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18th Jan '18 5:51:12 PM customstone
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* Ruby Rose, the main character of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is an extremely talented warrior with her WeaponOfChoice [[SinisterScythe Crescent Rose]], but is completely useless ''without'' it. This has gotten her into more than one situation where she needed to fight, but didn't have Crescent Rose on hand, and so could really only try to dodge. Other characters have noted this however, and our working with her to overcome it through hand-to-hand combat training.

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* Ruby Rose, the main character of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is an extremely talented warrior with her WeaponOfChoice [[SinisterScythe Crescent Rose]], but is completely useless isn't so good ''without'' it. This has gotten her into more than one situation where she needed to fight, but didn't have Crescent Rose on hand, and so could really only try to dodge. Other characters have noted this however, and our working with her dodge (though she did kick a Griffon to overcome it through hand-to-hand combat training.death).
13th Jan '18 12:36:19 AM DastardlyDemolition
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** The Bnaeblade and its sisters are all built around tackling a single problem really well: Shadowswords and Doomhammers for killing titans, Stormswords for urban warfare, Stormblades for cheaper and more mobile Shadowswords, and Baneblades for unleashing eleven barrels of hell on everything. All of them move like a morbidly obese elephant who's pregnant with triplets and can't do anything other than what they're specialized for: if, for example, a Stormsword finds something its too large to fit through but can't plow through it's dead in the water.
12th Jan '18 12:10:47 PM spydre
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** The giant panda, which evolved in a time when there were massive forests of bamboo and becoming one of the few large animals that could the eat the stuff seems like a good idea at the time... before the bamboo forests started shrinking and breaking up into smaller areas, with the panda's diet effectively holding them prisoner on rapidly sinking islands. Thanks, of course, in part to Chinese bamboo farmers, and the propensity of farmers to kill things that like to eat their crops. It also doesn't help that the panda eats a vegetarian diet with what is essentially a carnivore's digestive tract. The panda in many ways represents a cascade failure of the evolutionary process, a series of "good enough" kludges that let it just barely hang on in its environment. They do however have one very important evolutionary adaptation that will pretty much ensure their survival; being adorable. [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute First priority endangered animal!]] However, this adaptation doesn't apply to ''each other'' considering their issues of either not raising their own cubs or just not interested in breeding at all due to simple apathy.

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** The giant panda, which evolved in a time when there were massive forests of bamboo and becoming one of the few large animals that could the eat the stuff seems seemed like a good idea at the time...idea... before the bamboo forests started shrinking and breaking up into smaller areas, with the panda's diet effectively holding them prisoner on rapidly sinking islands. Thanks, of course, in part to Chinese bamboo farmers, and the propensity of farmers to kill things that like to eat their crops. It also doesn't help that the panda eats a vegetarian diet with what is essentially a carnivore's digestive tract. The panda in many ways represents a cascade failure of the evolutionary process, a series of "good enough" kludges that let it just barely hang on in its environment. They do however have one very important evolutionary adaptation that will pretty much ensure their survival; being adorable. [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute First priority endangered animal!]] However, this adaptation doesn't apply to ''each other'' considering their issues of either not raising their own cubs or just not interested in breeding at all due to simple apathy.
9th Jan '18 6:54:23 AM DoctorNemesis
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In short, while bonded labor was a huge boon to the elites of society in the short term, in the long term it was an enormous drag on the economy and the nation at large that only grew as time went on, to the point where even the elites that had once prospered began to see their place in the world slip behind that of their industrial rivals. Many the regions of the world that had depended on bonded labor to support their economies in the past are now beset by all manner of poor social indicators, lagging behind their peers and struggling to overcome the legacy of a vast underclass. The American South only recovered its economic stature due to massive government investment in infrastructure and the Sun Belt boom starting in the postwar era (nearly a century after abolition) and even then former slave states tend to be less economically prosperous and have lower overall living standards when compared to other states; the Caribbean islands only ceased being a backwater once tourism took over their economies; Latin America [[BananaRepublic became an American fiefdom]] for generations; and Russia required [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober a vicious revolution]] to fully undo the damage that serfdom had done to their society (which caused all manner of other problems in the process).

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In short, while bonded labor was a huge boon to the elites of society in the short term, in the long term it was an enormous drag on the economy and the nation at large that only grew as time went on, to the point where even the elites that had once prospered began to see their place in the world slip behind that of their industrial rivals. Many the regions of the world that had depended on bonded labor to support their economies in the past are now beset by all manner of poor social indicators, lagging behind their peers and struggling to overcome the legacy of a vast underclass. The American South only recovered its economic stature due to massive government investment in infrastructure and the Sun Belt boom starting in the postwar era (nearly a century after abolition) and even then several former slave states tend to be less economically prosperous and have lower overall living standards when compared to other states; the Caribbean islands only ceased being a backwater once tourism took over their economies; Latin America [[BananaRepublic became an American fiefdom]] for generations; and Russia required [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober a vicious revolution]] to fully undo the damage that serfdom had done to their society (which caused all manner of other problems in the process).
9th Jan '18 6:45:00 AM DoctorNemesis
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In short, while bonded labor was a huge boon to the elites of society in the short term, in the long term it was an enormous drag on the economy and the nation at large that only grew as time went on, to the point where even the elites that had once prospered began to see their place in the world slip behind that of their industrial rivals. Many the regions of the world that had depended on bonded labor to support their economies in the past are now beset by all manner of poor social indicators, lagging behind their peers and struggling to overcome the legacy of a vast underclass. The American South only recovered its economic stature due to massive government investment in infrastructure and the Sun Belt boom starting in the postwar era (nearly a century after abolition), the Caribbean islands only ceased being a backwater once tourism took over their economies, Latin America [[BananaRepublic became an American fiefdom]] for generations, and Russia required [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober a vicious revolution]] to fully undo the damage that serfdom had done to their society (which caused all manner of other problems in the process).

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In short, while bonded labor was a huge boon to the elites of society in the short term, in the long term it was an enormous drag on the economy and the nation at large that only grew as time went on, to the point where even the elites that had once prospered began to see their place in the world slip behind that of their industrial rivals. Many the regions of the world that had depended on bonded labor to support their economies in the past are now beset by all manner of poor social indicators, lagging behind their peers and struggling to overcome the legacy of a vast underclass. The American South only recovered its economic stature due to massive government investment in infrastructure and the Sun Belt boom starting in the postwar era (nearly a century after abolition), abolition) and even then former slave states tend to be less economically prosperous and have lower overall living standards when compared to other states; the Caribbean islands only ceased being a backwater once tourism took over their economies, economies; Latin America [[BananaRepublic became an American fiefdom]] for generations, generations; and Russia required [[UsefulNotes/RedOctober a vicious revolution]] to fully undo the damage that serfdom had done to their society (which caused all manner of other problems in the process).
6th Jan '18 12:20:49 PM DustSnitch
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[[caption-width-right:250:[-[[AwesomeButImpractical Good at combat. Bad at feeding himself.]]-]]]

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6th Jan '18 12:20:31 PM DustSnitch
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** The Raikage is this in spades. He uses taijutsu and focuses on melee combat using his high speed and strength to overwhelm the enemy. We see that when he tosses Sasuke around like a ragdoll. However, he tries to do the same against the ''much'' stronger [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha... and it doesn't work too well]]. He has no long ranged jutsus at all, or even summoning, bunshins displayed, or anything to make up for his style's weaknesses. Thus, he's the only Kage [[spoiler:to under perform in the War. Especially against Madara, since he needs [[BadassGrandpa Onoki]]'s help to even breach Madara's Susano'o.]]

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** The Raikage is this in spades. He uses taijutsu and focuses on melee combat using his high speed and strength to overwhelm the enemy. We see that when he tosses Sasuke around like a ragdoll. However, he tries to do the same against the ''much'' stronger [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha... and it doesn't work too well]]. He has no long ranged jutsus at all, or even summoning, bunshins displayed, or anything to make up for his style's weaknesses. Thus, he's the only Kage [[spoiler:to under perform in the War. Especially against Madara, since he needs [[BadassGrandpa Onoki]]'s Onoki's help to even breach Madara's Susano'o.]]
5th Jan '18 8:50:33 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** The Pyro's flamethrower is, [[VideogameFlamethrowersSuck as one might imagine, a short ranged weapon]]. [[AmbiguousGender Their]] long range alternative is [[ShortRangeShotgun a shotgun]], or a flare gun which has significant travel time, a firing arc, and can only load one shot at a time. This makes Pyros absurdly good at ambushing, but not that useful at other forms of combat [[DifficultButAwesome unless you have the skill for it.]]

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** The Pyro's flamethrower is, [[VideogameFlamethrowersSuck as one might imagine, a short ranged weapon]]. [[AmbiguousGender Their]] long range alternative is [[ShortRangeShotgun a shotgun]], or a flare gun which has significant travel time, a firing arc, and can only load one shot at a time. This makes Pyros absurdly good at ambushing, but not that useful at other forms of combat [[DifficultButAwesome unless you have the skill for it.]]]] Further unlocks make it harder for a Pyro as they add even more ways to put out their fires if the other team lacks a Pyro of their own.



*** The Sniper's inability to push an offensive or handle most of their counters, coupled with their association with players who care more about kills than objectives, has led to them being declared the class least needed in large numbers. It's often said that a team with more than two or three Snipers is doomed to failure. "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cm2iFmASBc It's like Christmas morning. It's like Christmas morning. It's like Christmas morning.]]"

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*** The Sniper's inability to push an offensive or handle most of their counters, coupled with their association with players who care more about kills than objectives, has led to them being declared the class least needed in large numbers. It's often said that a team with more than two or three Snipers is doomed to failure. "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cm2iFmASBc It's like Christmas morning. It's like Christmas morning. It's like Christmas morning.]]"]]" They can take care of problems when their team hits a log jam by targeting the Medic or other important targets but that's it.


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** In FUNKe's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UiVtTR4aMY TF2's State of Specialists]] video he explains that the Sixes Meta is built around the Generalist classes rather than the Specialist classes. Specialist classes are focused on their set role and does it at the expense of everything else, which makes them easier to balance than the Soldier and Demoman. Sixes is based around having a Scout, Soldier, and Demoman to cap points while another Scout and Soldier (the latter having a Medic nearby) roam the area to prevent other roamers.
25th Dec '17 8:31:00 PM K2Misfit
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** Cheetahs, specializing in ultimate sprinting, have a very light build and not much strength compared to other large African predators. Against lions, hyenas, leopards and hunting dogs, all a cheetah can do is run. When it comes to prey, anything larger than a Thompson's gazelle is off-limits to most cheetahs (some males can become large and robust enough to take down yearling wildebeests). However, it may be subverted, as some cheetahs have learned to bring down larger prey by hunting in groups. Cheetah mothers sometimes have their cubs eaten by baboons, being unable to defend them. While baboons have an impressive build and sharp teeth, this is not something they could get away with against, for instance, a leopard.
** The giant panda, which evolved in a time when there were massive forests of bamboo and becoming one of the few large animals that could the eat the stuff seems like a good idea at the time... before the bamboo forests started shrinking and breaking up into smaller areas, with the panda's diet effectively holding them prisoner on rapidly sinking islands. Thanks, of course, in part to Chinese bamboo farmers, and the propensity of farmers to kill things that like to eat their crops. It also doesn't help that the panda eats a vegetarian diet with what is essentially a carnivore's digestive tract. The panda in many ways represents a cascade failure of the evolutionary process, a series of "good enough" kludges that let it just barely hang on in its environment. They do however have one very important evolutionary adaptation that will pretty much ensure their survival; being adorable. [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute First priority endangered animal!]]

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** Cheetahs, specializing in ultimate sprinting, have a very light build and not much strength compared to other large African predators. Against lions, hyenas, leopards and hunting dogs, all a cheetah can do is run. When it comes to prey, anything larger than a Thompson's gazelle is off-limits to most cheetahs (some males can become large and robust enough to take down yearling wildebeests). However, it may be subverted, as some cheetahs have learned to bring down larger prey by hunting in groups. Cheetah mothers sometimes have their cubs eaten by baboons, being unable to defend them. While baboons have an impressive build and sharp teeth, this is not something they could get away with against, for instance, a leopard.
leopard. The other drawback of the speed is win or lose, the burst of speed leaves the cheetah too tired to do ''anything'' to the point that other predators can survive off stealing their kills, so the individual cheetah is always living off ''just enough'' meat to get by, if even that.
** The giant panda, which evolved in a time when there were massive forests of bamboo and becoming one of the few large animals that could the eat the stuff seems like a good idea at the time... before the bamboo forests started shrinking and breaking up into smaller areas, with the panda's diet effectively holding them prisoner on rapidly sinking islands. Thanks, of course, in part to Chinese bamboo farmers, and the propensity of farmers to kill things that like to eat their crops. It also doesn't help that the panda eats a vegetarian diet with what is essentially a carnivore's digestive tract. The panda in many ways represents a cascade failure of the evolutionary process, a series of "good enough" kludges that let it just barely hang on in its environment. They do however have one very important evolutionary adaptation that will pretty much ensure their survival; being adorable. [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute First priority endangered animal!]]animal!]] However, this adaptation doesn't apply to ''each other'' considering their issues of either not raising their own cubs or just not interested in breeding at all due to simple apathy.
25th Dec '17 8:10:19 PM K2Misfit
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** The Chi-blockers, themselves were examples of this trope for similar reasons as Ty Lee. There was plenty of fire, water and earthbenders in Republic City to prepare against, but only a handful of [[BlowYouAway airbenders]] that already use an evasive style that makes [[BadassFamily Tenzin and his children]] the hardest to take down as well as having zero experience against a fellow non-bender like [[BadassNormal Asami]], who also has one of their [[StaticStunGun gloves]] to [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard OHKO them]] at a more efficient rate than any of her teammates.
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