History Main / CripplingOverSpecialization

14th May '18 10:36:57 PM morane
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** The [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finnish Air Forces]] were able to use the Brewster to good effect against Russian bombers during the Winter War, which was in large part due to the fact that they stripped off all unnecessary weight and were generally facing even more mediocre aircraft.

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** The [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finnish Air Forces]] were able to use the Brewster to good effect against Russian bombers during the Winter Continuation War, which was in large part due to the fact that they stripped off all unnecessary weight and used tactics which emphasized Brewster's strengths. It also helped the Finnish pilots were generally facing good, the Soviets were generally bad and they were generally flying even more mediocre aircraft.aircraft. Brewster was phased out in the Finnish Air Force only in 1948.
9th May '18 10:25:42 AM Divra
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* In ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'', Marston assumes Quigley's refusal to carry a backup weapon to his extended rifle and dismissal of revolvers as something he "never had much use for" mean that he's only effective at sniping. [[spoiler:Averted. Quigley is actually a damn good shot with a revolver. He just prefers the rifle.]]

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* In ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder'', Marston assumes Quigley's refusal to carry a backup weapon to his extended rifle and dismissal of revolvers as something he "never had much use for" mean that he's only effective at sniping. [[spoiler:Averted. Quigley is actually a damn good shot with a revolver. revolver as well as a fantastically quick draw. He just prefers the rifle.rifle, and is good enough with it that it's been a long time since anyone with a weapon and a mind to use it got into revolver range.]]
3rd May '18 11:23:33 PM BattleMaster
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*** Many prestige classes and non-core standard classes in 3.5 edition tended to be extremely specialized, as writers struggled to create new content that wasn't redundant with existing materials. For example, the War Mage and Healer classes were primary spellcasters who could only cast damage-dealing offensive spells and HP healing cure spells, respectively. Considering that flexibility has always been one of the primary advantages of spellcasters, both were ridiculed as being woefully underpowered. Prestige classes that were focused on specific goals, like fighting dragons or undead, also tended to have this issue. Playing a Dragon Hunter was great when fighting dragons, but given that nearly all of its abilities only worked against dragons, it was quite underpowered against anything that did not include the word "dragon" in its name.
3rd May '18 4:02:10 PM mariofan1000
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* Inverted and played straight in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. As an inversion, Goku and Gohan form Universe 7's team for the Tournament of Power around a combination of power and skill, thus allowing weaker warriors like Master Roshi, Krillin and Tien to fight through their smarts rather than any sort of strength. Conversely, the other teams are built around one major idea: punish and defeat Goku. Thus, many of the teams are totally and completely blindsided when someone else proves to be much stronger than Goku.

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* ** Inverted and played straight in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. As an inversion, Goku and Gohan form Universe 7's team for the Tournament of Power around a combination of power and skill, thus allowing weaker warriors like Master Roshi, Krillin and Tien to fight through their smarts rather than any sort of strength. Conversely, the other teams are built around one major idea: punish and defeat Goku. Thus, many of the teams are totally and completely blindsided when someone else proves to be much stronger than Goku.Goku.
** Hit is an extremely good ProfessionalKiller and a formidable opponent even for Goku - However, since he focuses solely on killing, he is hindered during tournaments that have a "No Killing" rule.
25th Apr '18 12:49:31 AM Tyrannocyon
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** The saber-tooths, whose massive choppers were designed for hunting large megafauna such as mastodons, woolly rhinos, and giant bison. But when the megafauna died out at the end of the ice age due to a combination of climate change and the arrival from Africa of [[ExpospeakGag an adaptable, omnivorous animal that proved to be much better at hunting large megafauna than the sabers]], the sabers were unable to adapt to a diet of smaller game, and so followed their massive prey to oblivion.

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** The saber-tooths, whose massive namesake dagger-like choppers were designed for hunting large megafauna such as mastodons, woolly rhinos, and giant bison. But when the megafauna died out at the end of the ice age due to a combination of climate change and the arrival from Africa of [[ExpospeakGag an adaptable, omnivorous animal that proved to be much better at hunting large megafauna than the sabers]], the sabers were unable to adapt to a diet of smaller game, and so followed their massive prey to oblivion.oblivion.
** Likely a cause for the extinction of the large native carnivorous marsupials of Australia as well. The last of them, the thylacine, was simply not able to adapt to the coming of the dingo and was rather quickly displaced and outcompeted.
22nd Apr '18 1:11:49 PM TheSinful
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* Ash eventually realizes his team is too specialized in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11803928/23/Challenger Challenger]]'' on both a whole and individual basis. On the whole, while he has a Pokémon of almost every type, he also doesn't have more than one of pretty much any of them, even though some might not be suited for certain situations. For example, his Charizard Pyro is a great flyer but much clumsier on land while also being his only fire type. On an individual basis, almost all of Ash's Pokémon are either UnskilledButStrong or WeakButSkilled and he's learned the hard way that neither cuts it once a trainer reaches a certain point..
13th Apr '18 8:05:53 PM TheSinful
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* Lampshaded in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5985329/3/I-Still-Say-it-Looks-like-a-Nail I Still Say it Looks like a Nail]]'' when [[Franchise/StargateVerse Anise]] claims to be invulnerable to physical damage while using a Goa'uld personal force field. Jack knows full well they only stop energy based attacks or fast moving objects; he once got around such a shield by walking through it and stabbing the Goa'uld using it.
4th Apr '18 10:32:40 AM Gravidef
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** On a larger note, the whole movie is about the ramifications of this. Joy is usually the one controlling Riley, to the point where all of the girl's Core Memories, which form her personality, are bright yellow, which means they appeared when Joy was "driving." To make matters worse, Joy often [[InnocentlyInsensitive naively shoves the other emotions]], and especially Sadness, aside when they ''should'' be in charge. When Joy and Sadness are out of Headquarters, Riley's sense of self begins breaking down (signified by the Islands of Personality turning gray and crumbling); Joy has been running things for so long that the other emotions, and thus Riley herself, can't function if she isn't happy. Joy's CharacterDevelopment across the movie is her learning to stop being overly controlling and letting the other emotions perform their proper roles, which in turn allows Riley to become more honest and function in a mentally healthy way.
28th Mar '18 9:11:19 PM Lanes17B
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* In the 1960s' when aircraft manufacturers were seeking to get a cut of the profitable civil aviation market, the French company Dassault, maker of the Mirage series of fighter-bomber series, came up with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXXHsPrasx0 the Mercure.]] While other contemporary aircraft were designed to fly to either medium or long range destinations, the Mercure was designed to be a short range aircraft. Unfortunately, Dassault did not figure that other medium range aircraft could be used for short range travel as well, and [[DidntThinkThisThrough their calculations as to what ranges the Mercure could reach were based on Mercures taking off from Paris, and did not account Merures taking off from other European cities, or how practical they could be in a large country like the U.S.]]
24th Mar '18 12:06:10 PM FoxBluereaver
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* Actively averted by the Genin teams in ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin''. While each of the graduated teams in the Konoha Ninja Academy specializes in a specific area for missions, none of the teams fall into this when it comes to actual combat. Case in point, [[spoiler: Sasuke]] is placed in a team where every other member is a medic-nin.
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