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* The UrExample example of this trope would probably have to be [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Heracles]] (his legends date back to 600 BC, three hundred years before the trope naming legend, in which Alexander the Great figured heavily). When met with a lion whose skin could not be ''[[ExactWords pierced]]'' with any blade or point, he ''bludgeoned'' it to death (or ''strangled'' it, depending on the translation). Later, when charged to wash out a massive set of stables in a very short time, he lifted up a river and washed them all out at once. Later still, he was told to go into the underworld to defeat and abduct Cerberus. Instead, he ''quite literally'' explains his situation to Hades and asks if he can borrow his dog for a while. [[DontFearTheReaper Being one of]] [[DarkIsNotEvil the more decent gods]], Hades basically said "just bring him back when you're done".
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* The UrExample example of this trope would probably have to be [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Heracles]] (his legends date back to 600 BC, three hundred years before the trope naming legend, in which Alexander the Great UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat figured heavily). When met with a lion whose skin could not be ''[[ExactWords pierced]]'' with any blade or point, he ''bludgeoned'' it to death (or ''strangled'' it, depending on the translation). Later, when charged to wash out a massive set of stables in a very short time, he lifted up a river and washed them all out at once. Later still, he was told to go into the underworld to defeat and abduct Cerberus. Instead, he ''quite literally'' explains his situation to Hades and asks if he can borrow his dog for a while. [[DontFearTheReaper Being one of]] [[DarkIsNotEvil the more decent gods]], Hades basically said "just bring him back when you're done".

* The TropeMaker and TropeNamer was the mythical, impossibly complex [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordian_Knot Gordian Knot]] that, the oracles predicted, could only be untied by the future king of Asia. AlexanderTheGreat tried in vain to untie it and then, when that didn't work, simply drew his sword and sliced it in two. Other versions of the story are the exact opposite of the trope, however, with Alexander finding a clever way to untie the knot without cutting it, like where he basically removes the main object that the knot was apparently wrapped around, thus loosening its entire structure; the equivalent of leveling a building by removing its foundation. By the ancient Greek definition of Asia, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatolia he did indeed conquer all of it]].
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* The TropeMaker {{Trope Maker|s}} and TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} was the mythical, impossibly complex [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordian_Knot Gordian Knot]] that, the oracles predicted, could only be untied by the future king of Asia. AlexanderTheGreat Alexander the Great tried in vain to untie it and then, when that didn't work, simply drew his sword and sliced it in two. Other versions of the story are the exact opposite of the trope, however, with Alexander finding a clever way to untie the knot without cutting it, like where he basically removes the main object that the knot was apparently wrapped around, thus loosening its entire structure; the equivalent of leveling a building by removing its foundation. By the ancient Greek definition of Asia, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatolia he did indeed conquer all of it]].

** In the last episode Roger {{lampshades}} this trope when he was unconscious underwater and Dorothy was unable to give him the oxygen. So she simply busts the oxygen tank to fill the cockpit with oxygen. Roger asks why she couldn't have been more gentle, such as using mouth to mouth. (He wouldn't have asked that if he knew how small her internal tank was, apparently.) She responds that the water displacement was quicker and far more effective by bursting the tank anyway.
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** In the last episode Roger {{lampshades}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this trope when he was unconscious underwater and Dorothy was unable to give him the oxygen. So she simply busts the oxygen tank to fill the cockpit with oxygen. Roger asks why she couldn't have been more gentle, such as using mouth to mouth. (He wouldn't have asked that if he knew how small her internal tank was, apparently.) She responds that the water displacement was quicker and far more effective by bursting the tank anyway.

* In one chapter of ''KeroroGunsou'', the Keroro Platoon has been beefing up the security on their base when Oka Nishizawa, Momoka's ActionMom, comes calling for apparently sinister purposes. The first obstacle they present her with is a heavily-encrypted electronic lock on the mini-fridge that serves as the entrance to their base. Oka almost immediately [[MyopicArchitecture rips the door off its hinges]]. * ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' has Nanoha's famous DungeonBypass to take out Quattro. So much for a ship full of super defenses, eh?
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* In one chapter of ''KeroroGunsou'', ''Manga/SgtFrog'', the Keroro Platoon has been beefing up the security on their base when Oka Nishizawa, Momoka's ActionMom, comes calling for apparently sinister purposes. The first obstacle they present her with is a heavily-encrypted electronic lock on the mini-fridge that serves as the entrance to their base. Oka almost immediately [[MyopicArchitecture rips the door off its hinges]]. * ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' has Nanoha's famous DungeonBypass to take out Quattro. So much for a ship full of super defenses, eh?

* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' does this frequently, in order to make the characters actions more realistic. Emotional duelists usually use their fists first unless they're already engaged in a duel. The crazy possessed guy using card games to seal souls gets physically held down and away from his deck until he recovers. Duelists will research their opponent if the duel is pre-determined to build a deck specifically for the duel. And [[spoiler: the corrupt Security call in for backup when the people they're trying to arrest beat them in a duel, and build road blocks to stop them from escaping.]] * ''LightNovel/FateZero'' has a few examples. Ironically, of all characters, AlexanderTheGreat, in spite of both being the TropeNamer and going around with the chariot that ''has'' the Gordian Knot, never does it:
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' does this frequently, in order to make the characters actions more realistic. Emotional duelists usually use their fists first unless they're already engaged in a duel. The crazy possessed guy using card games to seal souls gets physically held down and away from his deck until he recovers. Duelists will research their opponent if the duel is pre-determined to build a deck specifically for the duel. And [[spoiler: the corrupt Security call in for backup when the people they're trying to arrest beat them in a duel, and build road blocks to stop them from escaping.]] escaping]]. * ''LightNovel/FateZero'' has a few examples. Ironically, of all characters, AlexanderTheGreat, UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, in spite of both being the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} and going around with the chariot that ''has'' the Gordian Knot, never does it:

** Rider's status as the TropeNamer IS alluded to a bit, during the hunt for Caster. While everybody else is using the standard "Look around, we'll find him eventually" method, Waver goes for what he calls a more basic approach: He collects water from the river running through the city, and tests it for excess prana. Waver says it's nothing special and a very basic technique that literally any Magus could do, but Rider tells him that often the simplest course of action is the best. And indeed, they do find Caster's lair, when nobody else managed it. * In the Manwha DragonRecipe, a sword in the stone style contest is resolved when a girl checks to confirm that the rules are simply "Remove The Sword From The Stone". Her solution? She pulls out a hammer and chisel, then breaks open the stone.
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** Rider's status as the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} IS alluded to a bit, during the hunt for Caster. While everybody else is using the standard "Look around, we'll find him eventually" method, Waver goes for what he calls a more basic approach: He collects water from the river running through the city, and tests it for excess prana. Waver says it's nothing special and a very basic technique that literally any Magus could do, but Rider tells him that often the simplest course of action is the best. And indeed, they do find Caster's lair, when nobody else managed it. * In the Manwha DragonRecipe, ''Manwha/DragonRecipe'', a sword in the stone style contest is resolved when a girl checks to confirm that the rules are simply "Remove The Sword From The Stone". Her solution? She pulls out a hammer and chisel, then breaks open the stone.

* In ''Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}'', Batman loses in a fight to Prometheus because he downloaded the fighting abilities of several great martial artists (one of them was Batman himself). In the rematch, Batman wins because he switched that disc with another, containing the fighting skills of Professor StephenHawking.
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* In Franchise/{{Batman}} often does this in ''Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}'', Batman America}}''. ** In their initial fight, he loses in a fight to Prometheus because he his foe downloaded the fighting abilities of several great martial artists (one of them was Batman himself). In the rematch, Batman wins because he switched that disc with another, containing the fighting skills of Professor StephenHawking.Creator/StephenHawking.

** In another JLA story, the league is fighting the General, who has some of the highest levels of invulnerability and regeneration in the DC Universe along with tremendous super strength and no KryptoniteFactor. Batman's solution was to hypnotize the General and lure him to a bulk matter teleporter. It would have worked if the League hadn't barged in at that moment. But they accomplish the same thing by knocking him around with brute force until he's on the teleporter pad. * ''{{Nodwick}}'': Yeagar [[http://comic.nodwick.com/?comic=2009-10-16 shows how he deals with]] OnlySmartPeopleMayPass (and that is hardly the only time he does so).
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** In another JLA story, the league is fighting the General, who has some of the highest levels of invulnerability and regeneration in the DC Universe Franchise/TheDCU along with tremendous super strength and no KryptoniteFactor. Batman's solution was to hypnotize the General and lure him to a bulk matter teleporter. It would have worked if the League hadn't barged in at that moment. But they accomplish the same thing by knocking him around with brute force until he's on the teleporter pad. * ''{{Nodwick}}'': ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'': Yeagar [[http://comic.nodwick.com/?comic=2009-10-16 shows how he deals with]] OnlySmartPeopleMayPass (and that is hardly the only time he does so).

* Speaking of the Riddler, in one issue of ''[[ComicBook/TheFlash Impulse]]'' he challenges the titular hero to find a bomb hidden in Manchester. Impulse promptly goes over the town with his superspeed and is back with the bomb even before the Riddler's done reading his clue.
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* Speaking of the Riddler, in one issue of ''[[ComicBook/TheFlash ''[[Franchise/TheFlash Impulse]]'' he challenges the titular hero to find a bomb hidden in Manchester. Impulse promptly goes over the town with his superspeed and is back with the bomb even before the Riddler's done reading his clue.

* Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/AdventureTimeGraphicNovels Volume 1: Playing With Fire'', Flame Princess does this after getting fed up with the first Puzzle in the Dragon's Puzzle Dungeon and proceeds to blast her way thorugh the dungeon until she ends up in a chamber with a water fall. Jake then procedes to point out that just simply blasting your way out of a puzzle only creates a series of endless puzzle rooms till you take the time to solve them.
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* Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/AdventureTimeGraphicNovels Volume 1: Playing With Fire'', Flame Princess does this after getting fed up with the first Puzzle in the Dragon's Puzzle Dungeon and proceeds to blast her way thorugh through the dungeon until she ends up in a chamber with a water fall. Jake then procedes proceeds to point out that just simply blasting your way out of a puzzle only creates a series of endless puzzle rooms till you take the time to solve them.

** ''Mare of Steel'': With only moments to stop a bomb ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} has planted in Cloudsdale and unable to think of anything else to do, Rainbow Dash/[[{{Superman}} Supermare]] [[spoiler: ''punches it'']], which destroys its firing mechanism. She's as surprised as anyone that it actually worked.
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** ''Mare of Steel'': With only moments to stop a bomb ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} has planted in Cloudsdale and unable to think of anything else to do, Rainbow Dash/[[{{Superman}} Supermare]] Dash/Franchise/{{Superma|n}}re [[spoiler: ''punches it'']], which destroys its firing mechanism. She's as surprised as anyone that it actually worked.

** At the end [[spoiler: when both Cloud and Sephiroth are paralyzed by Jenova, Genesis shows up and impatiently fires off a few Fires, roasting Jenova.]]
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** At the end [[spoiler: when both Cloud and Sephiroth are paralyzed by Jenova, Genesis shows up and impatiently fires off a few Fires, roasting Jenova.]]Jenova]].

--->'''BLAM!''' --->'''Korben:''' Anyone else wanna negotiate?
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--->'''BLAM!''' --->'''Korben:''' -->'''BLAM!''' -->'''Korben:''' Anyone else wanna negotiate?

* In ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', Lara finds the old clock containing the PlotCoupon (conveniently in her own basement), and her SmartGuy tries to disassemble it carefully and slowly, keeping track of which screw goes where. Lara will have none of it and smashes the clock to pieces with a hammer.
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* In ''Film/LaraCroftTombRaider'', Lara finds the old clock containing the PlotCoupon (conveniently in her own basement), and her SmartGuy [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]] tries to disassemble it carefully and slowly, keeping track of which screw goes where. Lara will have none of it and smashes the clock to pieces with a hammer.

* In the movie ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', Creator/RobertRedford's character is faced with a locked door and keypad and asks for advice over his earpiece on how to disable it. After several moments of a one sided conversation with Redford saying "mm hmm... uh huh... yeah," he says "Okay, I'll give it a shot," and kicks in the door.
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* In the movie ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', Creator/RobertRedford's character is faced with a locked door and keypad and asks for advice over his earpiece on how to disable it. After several moments of a one sided conversation with Redford saying "mm hmm... uh huh... yeah," he says "Okay, I'll give it a shot," and kicks in the door.

** Despite his advantageous shortcut-taking when it comes to problem solving, he believes this is ''not'' how you solve a life-or-death dilemma and that someone claiming to be a real hero knows when you have to do it the hard way ([[HeroicSacrifice whatever the consequence]]). This causes some friction when he confronts Tony Stark in ''Film/TheAvengers'', who at the time believed this was the proper solution when you're in a bind. [[spoiler:Almost having to sacrifice himself to a nuclear explosion and/or being trapped in the void of another dimension at the movie's climax is the breakthrough he needs to see things Steve's way.]] ** This trope is actually mentioned in dialogue in ''Film/TheAvengers'' aboard the Heli-carrier:
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** Despite his advantageous shortcut-taking when it comes to problem solving, he believes this is ''not'' how you solve a life-or-death dilemma and that someone claiming to be a real hero knows when you have to do it the hard way ([[HeroicSacrifice whatever the consequence]]). This causes some friction when he confronts Tony Stark in ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', who at the time believed this was the proper solution when you're in a bind. [[spoiler:Almost having to sacrifice himself to a nuclear explosion and/or being trapped in the void of another dimension at the movie's climax is the breakthrough he needs to see things Steve's way.]] ** This trope is actually [[ConversationalTroping mentioned in dialogue dialogue]] in ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' aboard the Heli-carrier:

* In the film of ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'', both Jason and Marie get in on this. Jason makes a complicated plan to get some information on one of his other identities from a hotel, but Marie simply walks up to the hotel manager, introduces herself as the personal assistant to "John Michael Kane", and asks for a photocopy of his hotel bill. Later, Marie and Jason are trying to get into Marie's cousin's house to hide. Marie starts looking for the spare key, but Jason rams the door open with his shoulder.
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* In the film of ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'', both Jason and Marie get in on this. Jason makes a complicated plan to get some information on one of his other identities from a hotel, but Marie simply walks up to the hotel manager, introduces herself as the personal assistant to "John Michael Kane", and asks for a photocopy of his hotel bill. Later, Marie and Jason are trying to get into Marie's cousin's house to hide. Marie starts looking for the spare key, but Jason rams the door open with his shoulder.

** [[spoiler:Carol Marcus valiantly stands up to her father, Admiral Marcus, stating that if he wants to destroy the ''Enterprise'', he'll have to kill her too. His solution? Immediately transport her off the ''Enterprise'' to his ship]].
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** [[spoiler:Carol Marcus valiantly stands up to her father, Admiral Marcus, stating that if he wants to destroy the ''Enterprise'', he'll have to kill her too. His solution? Immediately transport her off the ''Enterprise'' to his ship]].ship.]]


* Fire's ability to invoke this trope is frequently mentioned as a reason for its appeal in {{Fahrenheit451}}.
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* Fire's ability to invoke this trope is frequently mentioned as a reason for its appeal in {{Fahrenheit451}}.''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}''.

* This is is employed in book the third of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' when a child simply bites off a piece of Count Olaf's disguise to authority figures, with the author explaining the concept by name (Gordian Knot) immediately beforehand. * The novelization of the first ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' title has a scene analogous to the "Armor Room" puzzle from the actual game. Instead of manipulating two statues to block the poison gas vents before pressing the button to unlock the crest kept under glass (as happens in the game), Jill simply uses the butt of her pistol to smash the case and grab the crest - an option that, sadly, is not available in the game itself.
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* This is is employed in book the third of ''ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' when a child simply bites off a piece of Count Olaf's disguise to authority figures, with the author explaining the concept by name (Gordian Knot) immediately beforehand. * The novelization of the first ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' ''VideoGame/{{Resident Evil|1}}'' title has a scene analogous to the "Armor Room" puzzle from the actual game. Instead of manipulating two statues to block the poison gas vents before pressing the button to unlock the crest kept under glass (as happens in the game), Jill simply uses the butt of her pistol to smash the case and grab the crest - an option that, sadly, is not available in the game itself.

* In the DeanKoontz novel ''The Face'', BigBad [[FluffyTheTerrible Corky]] Laputa is breaking into a secured area. The door is held in place with a chain latched with a massive padlock, one with an immensely thick metal clamp that bolt cutters will be useless against. Heck, ShootOutTheLock might not even be an option! Corky ignores the lock completely and cuts the chain.
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* In the DeanKoontz Creator/DeanKoontz novel ''The Face'', BigBad [[FluffyTheTerrible Corky]] Laputa is breaking into a secured area. The door is held in place with a chain latched with a massive padlock, one with an immensely thick metal clamp that bolt cutters will be useless against. Heck, ShootOutTheLock might not even be an option! Corky ignores the lock completely and cuts the chain.

** In the second book ''Catching Fire'', [[spoiler:this is how the rebels save the heroine and (some of) her allies -- not by helping her win the game but by getting her to destroy the force field separating the arena from the outside world.]] * ''EndersGame'': While Ender is still in his preliminary training to combat the bugger aliens, he enjoys whiling away his downtime on a computer game called "Freeplay". In one section of the game he encounters an evil giant who forces him to choose between two drinks; one of them is poison. After failing the test several times, Ender makes his character attack the giant and gouge his eyes out, allowing Ender to continue. The school's top brass takes this as a sign that Ender has what it takes to win the alien war.
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** In the second book ''Catching Fire'', [[spoiler:this is how the rebels save the heroine and (some of) her allies -- not by helping her win the game but by getting her to destroy the force field separating the arena from the outside world.]] world]]. * ''EndersGame'': ''Literature/EndersGame'': While Ender is still in his preliminary training to combat the bugger aliens, he enjoys whiling away his downtime on a computer game called "Freeplay". In one section of the game he encounters an evil giant who forces him to choose between two drinks; one of them is poison. After failing the test several times, Ender makes his character attack the giant and gouge his eyes out, allowing Ender to continue. The school's top brass takes this as a sign that Ender has what it takes to win the alien war.

* ''TheTenthKingdom'' sees a pair of doors near the end, when Tony and Virginia are trying to sneak into the castle. The creature guarding the doors is a talking frog, and he presents a variation of the KnightsAndKnaves scenario where, of course, one door leads to a horrible death. Tony, by now fed up with the [[InsaneTrollLogic bizarre rules ]][[MoonLogicPuzzle of life in ]][[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality a fairy tale universe]], picks up the frog and tosses the protesting amphibian through one of the doors. Moments later there's a loud explosion from beyond the door, prompting Tony's remark that [[CaptainObvious that one must have been the horrible death.]]
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* ''TheTenthKingdom'' ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'' sees a pair of doors near the end, when Tony and Virginia are trying to sneak into the castle. The creature guarding the doors is a talking frog, and he presents a variation of the KnightsAndKnaves scenario where, of course, one door leads to a horrible death. Tony, by now fed up with the [[InsaneTrollLogic bizarre rules ]][[MoonLogicPuzzle of life in ]][[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality a fairy tale universe]], picks up the frog and tosses the protesting amphibian through one of the doors. Moments later there's a loud explosion from beyond the door, prompting Tony's remark that [[CaptainObvious that one must have been the horrible death.]]

** Buffy does this earlier in the series when fighting a demon called the Judge which is invulnerable to any weapon ''forged''. Cue rocket launcher.
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** Buffy does this earlier in the series when fighting a demon called the Judge which is invulnerable to any weapon ''forged''. [[Awesome/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Cue rocket launcher.]]

* In the "Countdown" episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Castle and Beckett are faced with a just-about-to-detonate dirty bomb with no sign of the bomb squad. Castle's response to this tricky situation is to simply grab all the wires he can see and yank them under the reasoning that neither of them knows how to do it the "right" way, and if he's wrong, the bomb will just go off two seconds sooner. [[spoiler: It works.]] ** He's smart enough to do it ''after'' kissing Beckett.
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* In the "Countdown" episode of ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Castle and Beckett are faced with a just-about-to-detonate dirty bomb with no sign of the bomb squad. Castle's response to this tricky situation is to simply grab all the wires he can see and yank them under the reasoning that neither of them knows how to do it the "right" way, and if he's wrong, the bomb will just go off two seconds sooner. [[spoiler: It works.]] ** ]] He's smart enough to do it ''after'' kissing Beckett.

* In an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the only weapon that can kill the monster of the week is a sword trapped Excalibur-style inside a stone. Dean does at first try just pulling it out, confident that he's the brave knight the legend says can free the sword; when that doesn't work he switches to sticking explosives all over the rock. [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfFunny And manages to break the sword]]]].
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' ** In an one episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', the only weapon that can kill the monster of the week is a sword trapped Excalibur-style inside a stone. Dean does at first try just pulling it out, confident that he's the brave knight the legend says can free the sword; when that doesn't work he switches to sticking explosives all over the rock. [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[spoiler:[[Funny/{{Supernatural}} And manages to break the sword]]]].sword]].]]

** Earlier, Dean killed a tiny [[FairFolk fairy]] by stuffing it into a microwave. * In a dream sequence on ''GilligansIsland'', someone tells the Skipper's character "Inspector Whatney", "Use your head, Inspector!" to defeat the vampire. The inspector head butts him. This works.
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** Earlier, Dean killed a tiny [[FairFolk [[TheFairFolk fairy]] by stuffing it into a microwave. * In a dream sequence on ''GilligansIsland'', ''Series/GilligansIsland'', someone tells the Skipper's character "Inspector Whatney", "Use your head, Inspector!" to defeat the vampire. The inspector head butts him. This works.

* In one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Abby's computer is being hacked by a person or system so fast and skilled that she can't stop them, even with super-nerd [=McGee=]'s help. Gibbs' solution? ''Unplug the computer.'' In another episode, someone has set up an evil supercomputer, and when Abby And [=McGee=] are struggling to hack into it and shut it down before a countdown ends, Gibbs ends up just shooting the computer. Many times.
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* In one episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Abby's computer is being hacked by a person or system so fast and skilled that she can't stop them, even with super-nerd [=McGee=]'s help. Gibbs' solution? ''Unplug the computer.'' In another episode, someone has set up an evil supercomputer, and when Abby And and [=McGee=] are struggling to hack into it and shut it down before a countdown ends, Gibbs ends up just shooting the computer. Many times.

* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}''. Faced with an anarchist hacker about to wreck the financial system from his computer who likes to reference Greek myths, Carrie asks him if he's heard of the Gordian knot. After he answers with the TropeNamer, she puts a bullet through his laptop.
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* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}''. Faced with an anarchist hacker about to wreck the financial system from his computer who likes to reference Greek myths, Carrie asks him if he's heard of the Gordian knot. After he answers with the TropeNamer, {{Trope Namer|s}}, she puts a bullet through his laptop.

* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', there is a point in which Wheatley must "hack" open a door. He tells you to turn around, then smashes the window, allowing Chell to portal herself into there. ** He does the same thing when attempting a "manual override" on a wall.
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', there is a point in which Wheatley must "hack" open a door. He tells you to turn around, then smashes the window, allowing Chell to portal herself into there. ** there. He does the same thing when attempting a "manual override" on a wall.

* At the end of Brog's segment of ''ZorkGrandInquisitor'', he is confronted with a complicated puzzle guarding the Skull of Yoruk. After making a valiant effort to solve the puzzle, the solution presents itself in the form of smashing the cage open with a wooden plank.
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* At the end of Brog's segment of ''ZorkGrandInquisitor'', ''VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor'', he is confronted with a complicated puzzle guarding the Skull of Yoruk. After making a valiant effort to solve the puzzle, the solution presents itself in the form of smashing the cage open with a wooden plank.

* At the climax of ''[[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Guilty Gear 2: Overture]]'', [[spoiler:Sol has to analyze and deactivate the Key before it can unlock the Cube while his party tries to hold off Valentine. After he accomplishes this, he reveals that even though his analysis was going well, he got bored and decided to just break the Key instead (this also has the beneficial effect of making it so that the same Key can never be used again).]]
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* At the climax of ''[[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Guilty Gear 2: Overture]]'', [[spoiler:Sol has to analyze and deactivate the Key before it can unlock the Cube while his party tries to hold off Valentine. After he accomplishes this, he reveals that even though his analysis was going well, he got bored and decided to just break the Key instead (this also has the beneficial effect of making it so that the same Key can never be used again).]]again)]].

** In the ending of ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCellPandoraTomorrow Pandora Tomorrow]]'' [[spoiler:Sam encounters a TimeBomb that will spread smallpox throughout the ventilation system of Los Angeles International Airport when it goes off, and he doesn't have the time to defuse it or get it far enough away from people to not endanger lives. He ultimately just takes it and leaves it in the main terminal building, knowing the bomb squad will show up with the proper gear and training to contain it for him (which they do).]]
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** In the ending of ''[[VideoGame/SplinterCellPandoraTomorrow Pandora Tomorrow]]'' [[spoiler:Sam encounters a TimeBomb that will spread smallpox throughout the ventilation system of Los Angeles International Airport when it goes off, and he doesn't have the time to defuse it or get it far enough away from people to not endanger lives. He ultimately just takes it and leaves it in the main terminal building, knowing the bomb squad will show up with the proper gear and training to contain it for him (which they do).]]do)]].

* In one mission of ''VideoGame/{{SWAT 4}}, you can choose to enter a building through the back door. However, the door has metal bars on it to prevent its use. Instead of removing the screws, bolts, or whatever held it together, the team simply attaches a hook and rope to a car and the metal bars and have it pulled away from the weak bricks. This is probably TruthinTelevision given the amount of research and realism the company put into that game.
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* In one mission of ''VideoGame/{{SWAT 4}}, 4}}'', you can choose to enter a building through the back door. However, the door has metal bars on it to prevent its use. Instead of removing the screws, bolts, or whatever held it together, the team simply attaches a hook and rope to a car and the metal bars and have it pulled away from the weak bricks. This is probably TruthinTelevision given the amount of research and realism the company put into that game.

* ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' has Guybrush thrown into the sea tied to an idol. You have ten minutes to escape before Guybrush drowns. There are several sharp objects that could free you ''just'' out of reach. The solution: [[spoiler:Pick up the idol and walk out with it.]]
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* ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' ''VideoGame/{{The Secret of Monkey Island}}'' has Guybrush thrown into the sea tied to an idol. You have ten minutes to escape before Guybrush drowns. There are several sharp objects that could free you ''just'' out of reach. The solution: [[spoiler:Pick up the idol and walk out with it.]]it]].

** Sometimes you ''can'' take this approach, but doing it turns out to be a very dumb idea: [[spoiler: It's possible to retrieve the seed from the Spore-Spitting Spirea plants in the first game by hacking apart whichever plant has it. Unfortunately, the dryad you have to give it to in order to learn how to win the game doesn't take kindly to this, and {{Baleful Polymorph}}s you into a NonStandardGameOver.]]
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** Sometimes you ''can'' take this approach, but doing it turns out to be a very dumb idea: [[spoiler: It's possible to retrieve the seed from the Spore-Spitting Spirea plants in the first game by hacking apart whichever plant has it. Unfortunately, the dryad you have to give it to in order to learn how to win the game doesn't take kindly to this, and {{Baleful Polymorph}}s you into a NonStandardGameOver.]]NonStandardGameOver]].

* In ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'', the climactic showdown between Aiden Pearce and Lucky Quinn [[spoiler:has Lucky Quinn standing behind a completely bullet-proof glass wall. Not even the most powerful sniper-rifle in the game, the "Destroyer", can pierce the glass, making it seem as if Lucky Quinn can't be killed. For anyone who's played the game up to that point, the solution is actually fairly obvious: '''Hack Lucky Quinn's pacemaker'''!]]
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* In ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'', the climactic showdown between Aiden Pearce and Lucky Quinn [[spoiler:has Lucky Quinn standing behind a completely bullet-proof glass wall. Not even the most powerful sniper-rifle in the game, the "Destroyer", can pierce the glass, making it seem as if Lucky Quinn can't be killed. For anyone who's played the game up to that point, the solution is actually fairly obvious: '''Hack Lucky Quinn's pacemaker'''!]]pacemaker''']]!

** Black Mage makes a reference to the TropeNamer when confronted with a sealed, metal door with a confusing riddle on it.
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** Black Mage makes a reference to the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} when confronted with a sealed, metal door with a confusing riddle on it.

* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' plays this one brilliantly. When Dies Horribly's party is forced to solve the riddle of the temple guardian, [[SpeakOfTheDevil Noe]], who will kill them horribly if they summon him more than three times (and homonyms such as "know" and "no", which are used frequently, will also summon him), BigGuy K'seliss solves the problem in a beautifully direct fashion: [[spoiler:intentionally summoning him, then [[MurderIsTheBestSolution ripping his throat out]].]]
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* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' plays this one brilliantly. When Dies Horribly's party is forced to solve the riddle of the temple guardian, [[SpeakOfTheDevil Noe]], who will kill them horribly if they summon him more than three times (and homonyms such as "know" and "no", which are used frequently, will also summon him), BigGuy K'seliss solves the problem in a beautifully direct fashion: [[spoiler:intentionally summoning him, then [[MurderIsTheBestSolution ripping his throat out]].]]out]]]].

** A handful of Dr. Cossack's Robot Masters, lead by [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist Ran]], have to figure out how break into Dr. Wily's fortress. He discusses the various traps and hazards they'll have to navigate; Dive Man blows up the front door and walks in.
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** A handful of Dr. Cossack's Robot Masters, lead led by [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist Ran]], have to figure out how to break into Dr. Wily's fortress. He discusses the various traps and hazards they'll have to navigate; Dive Man blows up the front door and walks in.

* In a Homestar Runner flash, Strongbad's computer starts leaking viruses into reality. The technician enlisted to fix the problem is Bubs. He fixes the problem by taking a shotgun to the computer.
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* In a Homestar Runner ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' flash, Strongbad's computer starts leaking viruses into reality. The technician enlisted to fix the problem is Bubs. He fixes the problem by taking a shotgun to the computer.

* Parodied in ''BiggerThanCheeses'' making fun of this trope's heavy presence in action movies. A scientist is tells the action hero she can hack through a door panel but it will take some time. He responds that "there's no time" and shoots the panel. She tells him now they have PLENTY of time since ''there is no other way of opening the door''.
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* Parodied in ''BiggerThanCheeses'' ''Webcomic/BiggerThanCheeses'' making fun of this trope's heavy presence in action movies. A scientist is tells the action hero she can hack through a door panel but it will take some time. He responds that "there's no time" and shoots the panel. She tells him now they have PLENTY of time since ''there is no other way of opening the door''.

* In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the boys and some [[HarmlessVillain fake pirates]] are being harassed by the ghost of a former pilot named [[DavidBowie Major Tom]]. The boys contact Dr. Orpheus, the team sorceror, who tries to [[GhostlyGoals put Tom's soul to rest]]. It doesn't work. Plan B? Brock arrives and defeats the ghost by ''[[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome decapitating it with his fist]]''. * A ''{{Popeye}}'' cartoon ending where Olive Oyl is tied to a train track. After trying for a few seconds to untie her, Popeye simply decides to punch the train, which instantly stops and falls apart. It was so famous that it was repeated several times in several different episodes. In fact, most of the Popeye cartoons tend to this trope. * Nearly every time a locked door and keypad appears in ''TheSecretShow'', there is a request to enter a complicated and time consuming code or input, to which the heroes usually respond by blowing up the keypad, [[DestructionEqualsOffSwitch which always inexplicably opens the door]].
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* In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the boys and some [[HarmlessVillain fake pirates]] are being harassed by the ghost of a former pilot named [[DavidBowie [[Music/DavidBowie Major Tom]]. The boys contact Dr. Orpheus, the team sorceror, who tries to [[GhostlyGoals put Tom's soul to rest]]. It doesn't work. Plan B? Brock arrives and defeats the ghost by ''[[SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome decapitating it with his fist]]''. * A ''{{Popeye}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'' cartoon ending where Olive Oyl is tied to a train track. After trying for a few seconds to untie her, Popeye simply decides to punch the train, which instantly stops and falls apart. It was so famous that it was repeated several times in several different episodes. In fact, most of the Popeye cartoons tend to this trope. * Nearly every time a locked door and keypad appears in ''TheSecretShow'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'', there is a request to enter a complicated and time consuming code or input, to which the heroes usually respond by blowing up the keypad, [[DestructionEqualsOffSwitch which always inexplicably opens the door]].

* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer uses an ancient map to escape the plant so he can sneak away to a tour of the Duff brewery. He encounters a giant spider and consults the map, which says, "To escape the spider's curse, simply quote a Bible verse." When Homer can't think of any Bible verses, he throws a rock at it and knocks it out. ** One Treehouse of Horror special puts Bart and Lisa in Fairy Tale Land. When Bart comes across the Three Bears' porridge, he (of course) discovers that one is too hot and the other is too cold. He remarks "It doesn't take a genius to figure this out." and proceeds to ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny pour the contents of one bowl into the other]]''.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' ** In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', one episode, Homer uses an ancient map to escape the plant so he can sneak away to a tour of the Duff brewery. He encounters a giant spider GiantSpider and consults the map, which says, "To escape the spider's curse, simply quote a Bible verse." When Homer can't think of any Bible verses, he throws a rock at it and knocks it out. ** One Treehouse ''Treehouse of Horror Horror'' special puts Bart and Lisa in Fairy Tale Land. When Bart comes across the Three Bears' porridge, he (of course) discovers that one is too hot and the other is too cold. He remarks "It doesn't take a genius to figure this out." and proceeds to ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny pour the contents of one bowl into the other]]''.

* ''IronManArmoredAdventures'': Tony's classmate Happy winds up in the armor and has to deal with a bomb about to go off. Tony doesn't know how to defuse the bomb...so Happy just snaps it in half.
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* ''IronManArmoredAdventures'': ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'': Tony's classmate Happy winds up in the armor and has to deal with a bomb about to go off. Tony doesn't know how to defuse the bomb...so Happy just snaps it in half.

** A non Riddler example in Harley and Ivy is initially subverted and then played straight. Harley expertly manages to bypass numerous security measures and begins to carefully cut open a glass case containing a massive diamond. However the alarm suddenly goes off and she sees Ivy running out of another room. At this point Harley says "Heck with it." and smashes the case with her gun.
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** A non Riddler example in Harley "Harley and Ivy Ivy" is initially subverted and then played straight. Harley expertly manages to bypass numerous security measures and begins to carefully cut open a glass case containing a massive diamond. However the alarm suddenly goes off and she sees Ivy running out of another room. At this point Harley says "Heck with it." and smashes the case with her gun.

* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', one of the puzzles in "We Call it Maze" is to guess how many jelly beans are in a jar. While the duo and Baljeet attempt to solve the problem mathematically, Buford's solution was to eat all the jellybeans, then type the number zero. And it ''worked'', too. --> '''[[BollywoodNerd Baljeet:]]''' Okay, technically that was correct, but you did not show your work! --> '''Buford:''' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar I will in about twenty minutes.]]
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* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', one ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' ** One of the puzzles in "We Call it Maze" is to guess how many jelly beans are in a jar. While the duo and Baljeet attempt to solve the problem mathematically, Buford's solution was to eat all the jellybeans, then type the number zero. And it ''worked'', too. --> ---> '''[[BollywoodNerd Baljeet:]]''' Okay, technically that was correct, but you did not show your work! --> ---> '''Buford:''' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar I will in about twenty minutes.]]

* In the second season premiere of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, the new villain Discord sets out to corrupt the heroes while they find to powerful Elements of Harmony. When he gets to [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Fluttershy]], he tries to convinces her how her friends think she's helpless and it should make her mad. However, she openly admits her flaws and says that they try to help improve her. Frustrated at this unwanted outcome, Discord stops with the mind games and simply brainwashes her forcefully.
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* In the second season premiere of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the new villain Discord sets out to corrupt the heroes while they find to powerful Elements of Harmony. When he gets to [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Fluttershy]], he tries to convinces her how her friends think she's helpless and it should make her mad. However, she openly admits her flaws and says that they try to help improve her. Frustrated at this unwanted outcome, Discord stops with the mind games and simply brainwashes her forcefully.

* A [[MonsterOfTheWeek Supervillain of the Week]] on one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had Bats and four scientists tied up in a sort of game show, whose object was to stump the supervillain or get dumped into acid. The scientists ask difficult science and math questions; the supervillain answered them all easily. When it was Batman's turn, he simply asked the supervillain "What is the true identity of the Batman?" Apparently the supervillain never thought to take Batman's costume off. ** That part would require him to actually grab Batman, and we all know how hard [[BadassNormal that would be]] especially since he is massively obese.
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* A [[MonsterOfTheWeek Supervillain of the Week]] on one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had Bats two contestants and four scientists the host from his former GameShowAppearance tied up in a sort of game show, whose object was to stump the supervillain or get dumped into acid. The scientists three ask difficult science and math questions; the supervillain answered them all easily. When it was Batman's turn, Batman arrived and the villain allowed him to come up with an additional question, he simply asked the supervillain "What is the true identity of the Batman?" Apparently the supervillain never thought to take Batman's costume off. ** That off although that part would require him to actually grab Batman, and we all know how hard [[BadassNormal that would be]] especially since he is massively obese.

* WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox has a sequence where they need to choose who's going to jump over a fence with barbed wire, slide under tire spikes, etc, until one of them points out there's another path with no obstacles.
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* WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox'' has a sequence where they need to choose who's going to jump over a fence with barbed wire, slide under tire spikes, etc, until one of them points out there's another path with no obstacles.

** As noted in the Zombie Survival Guides (of all places), most north american doors are actually quite breachable by trained professionals with a boot; this is so that in the highly unlikely (but still possible) event that a Firefighter does not have access to the actual keys and either lost or cannot access a tool (the hammer or the axe) to help breach the door, he can literally just kick it down by knowing where the weakpoints are. Note that it still takes multiple kicks and considerable effort to breach a door this way, which is why it's only considered a last resort (such as you know there's someone on the other side that requires immediate attention).
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** As noted in the Zombie Survival Guides (of all places), most north american North American doors are actually quite breachable by trained professionals with a boot; this is so that in the highly unlikely (but still possible) event that a Firefighter does not have access to the actual keys and either lost or cannot access a tool (the hammer or the axe) to help breach the door, he can literally just kick it down by knowing where the weakpoints are. Note that it still takes multiple kicks and considerable effort to breach a door this way, which is why it's only considered a last resort (such as you know there's someone on the other side that requires immediate attention).

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6th Feb '16 4:19:36 PM Saber15
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* In ''Series/TheExpanse'', the ''Rocinante'' CoolStarship is stuck clamped in the Eros docking bay in the middle of a lockdown. After a couple attempts to break the codes to unlock the clamps, Alex simply guns the throttle to snap off the clamps, then jettisons the gunship's [[AWolfInSheepsClothing tanker camouflage]] that the remaining clamps are attached to.
26th Jan '16 4:07:46 AM Medinoc
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* ''Webcomic/HeroInTraining'': [[http://www.herointrainingcomic.com/?date=2007-12-22 these]] [[http://www.herointrainingcomic.com/?date=2007-12-27 strips]].
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* ''Webcomic/HeroInTraining'': In [[http://www.herointrainingcomic.com/?date=2007-12-22 these]] [[http://www.herointrainingcomic.com/?date=2007-12-27 strips]].strips]], our heroes are stuck behind a door with a keycard lock. Until Sebastian reminds them it's a ''glass'' door, and breaks it.
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--> '''Rippen''': [[LampshadeHanging NO! It can't be THAT easy!]]
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** An actual feature in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'': rather than spend precious time trying to pick a lock, you could simply kick the door down. This feature was noticeably absent in later games.
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** This is part of a larger problem, that only members of the imperial family can be companion to a Celestial. They solve this by [[spoiler: having the emperor adopt Lawrence]]. Lawrence even refers to the solution (via the narration) as severing the knot.

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* In a story in the "If I Were An Evil Overlord" anthology, when faced with an indestructible door, the empress orders her men to tear down the wall next to it.
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* [[http://cnt.winkal.com/528bb103e4b0b85a6eac1e64/N6Ue_700.gif This toddler]].

* [[http://cnt.winkal.com/528bb103e4b0b85a6eac1e64/N6Ue_700.gif This toddler]].
14th Dec '15 10:16:50 AM malter
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* [[http://rebloggy.com/post/gif-lol-animals-win-bunny-rabbit-competition-fence-obstacle-steeplechase/66143130752 This rabbit.]]
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* [[http://rebloggy.com/post/gif-lol-animals-win-bunny-rabbit-competition-fence-obstacle-steeplechase/66143130752 This rabbit.]]rabbit]].

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11th Dec '15 10:37:12 AM Divra
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* ''Literature/RiftwarSaga'' Pug has a EurekaMoment along these lines in Tsuranuanni, when he wants to build a house. Technically, he has the right to requisition goods and labor from any citizen of the Empire, who will then be reimbursed from the Imperial treasury, but the to the craftsmen he needs to get his house built getting money from the treasury is like squeezing Dr. Pepper from hand grenades, and Pug doesn't want to use his position to extort goods and services from poor craftsmen. He cuts the knot by requisitioning cash from a rich and smarmy moneylender, and leaves it to the moneylender to get his money back (the guy has the book-keeping skills and connections to possibly see some of that money reimbursed, and even if he can't get it back it's not like he'll starve or anything). Meanwhile, Pug builds his popularity by being the first Great One ever to pay for stuff with cash.
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* ''Literature/RiftwarSaga'' ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' Pug has a EurekaMoment along these lines in Tsuranuanni, when he wants to build a house. Technically, he has the right to requisition goods and labor from any citizen of the Empire, who will then be reimbursed from by the Imperial treasury, but the to the craftsmen he needs to get his house built getting money from the treasury is like squeezing Dr. Pepper from hand grenades, and Pug doesn't want to use his position to extort goods and services from poor craftsmen. He cuts the knot by requisitioning cash from a rich and smarmy moneylender, and leaves it to the moneylender to get his money back (the guy has the book-keeping skills and connections to possibly see some of that money reimbursed, and even if he can't get it back it's not like he'll starve or anything). Meanwhile, Pug builds his popularity by being the first Great One ever to pay for stuff with cash.
11th Dec '15 10:35:52 AM Divra
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* ''Literature/TheRiftwarSaga'' Pug has a EurekaMoment along these lines in Tsuranuanni, when he wants to build a house. Technically, he has the right to requisition goods and labor from any citizen of the Empire, who will then be reimbursed from the Imperial treasury, but the to the craftsmen he needs to get his house built getting money from the treasury is like squeezing Dr. Pepper from hand grenades, and Pug doesn't want to use his position to extort goods and services from poor craftsmen. He cuts the knot by requisitioning cash from a rich and smarmy moneylender, and leaves it to the moneylender to get his money back (the guy has the book-keeping skills and connections to possibly see some of that money reimbursed, and even if he can't get it back it's not like he'll starve or anything). Meanwhile, Pug builds his popularity by being the first Great One ever to pay for stuff with cash.
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* ''Literature/TheRiftwarSaga'' ''Literature/RiftwarSaga'' Pug has a EurekaMoment along these lines in Tsuranuanni, when he wants to build a house. Technically, he has the right to requisition goods and labor from any citizen of the Empire, who will then be reimbursed from the Imperial treasury, but the to the craftsmen he needs to get his house built getting money from the treasury is like squeezing Dr. Pepper from hand grenades, and Pug doesn't want to use his position to extort goods and services from poor craftsmen. He cuts the knot by requisitioning cash from a rich and smarmy moneylender, and leaves it to the moneylender to get his money back (the guy has the book-keeping skills and connections to possibly see some of that money reimbursed, and even if he can't get it back it's not like he'll starve or anything). Meanwhile, Pug builds his popularity by being the first Great One ever to pay for stuff with cash.
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