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24th Aug '16 7:59:18 PM Angeldeb82
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** Later on, you come across a jeweled box with the MELBOR protection spell, bound shut by magical Gordian ropes that prevent the box from opening (and not even REZROV can open it). You only need a knife to cut the ropes, and the only way to obtain the knife is by HumanSacrifice... [[DeathIsCheap provided that you have the right kind of spell that can help you cheat death]], of course.

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** Later on, you come across a jeweled box with the MELBOR protection spell, bound shut by magical coils of thin Gordian ropes rope that prevent the box from opening (and not even REZROV can open it). You only need a knife to cut the ropes, rope, and the only way to obtain the knife is by HumanSacrifice... [[DeathIsCheap provided that you have the right kind of spell that can help you cheat death]], of course.
24th Aug '16 11:28:48 AM Angeldeb82
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Enchanter}}'', there is a jeweled egg with all the Gordian handles and buttons needed to open it. There are a few ways to open it, and besides the time-consuming way, you either break the egg to get a shredded scroll, or you can use the REZROV spell on the egg... [[SelfDestructingSecurity only for the egg to open and reveal a shredded scroll anyway]] (don't worry, it just needs repairing).
** Later on, you come across a jeweled box with the MELBOR protection spell, bound shut by magical Gordian ropes that prevent the box from opening (and not even REZROV can open it). You only need a knife to cut the ropes, and the only way to obtain the knife is by HumanSacrifice... [[DeathIsCheap provided that you have the right kind of spell that can help you cheat death]], of course.
24th Aug '16 9:23:21 AM Angeldeb82
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** Also, when stuck on the tech support hotline from hell (literally), you can copy down and work through the complicated set of rules to figure out which buttons to press... or just cast the "Simplify complex directions" spell [[ChekhovsBoomerang left over from a previous puzzle.]]

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** Also, when stuck on the tech support hotline from hell (literally), you can copy down and work through the complicated set of rules to figure out which buttons to press... or just cast the "Simplify complex directions" spell [[ChekhovsBoomerang left over from a previous puzzle.]]puzzle]].



* ''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]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{The Secret of Monkey Island}}'' ''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]].



* In ''VideoGame/Flashback'', a scenario has Conrad blowing up the current level you're on and you have to escape in time before it goes off with Conrad. Normally you're supposed to run like crazy to the escape point. However, you also have a portable teleporter with you. So instead, you could just throw the teleport beacon near the exit, continue on like normal, set the charges, and teleport.

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* In ''VideoGame/Flashback'', ''VideoGame/{{Flashback}}'', a scenario has Conrad blowing up the current level you're on and you have to escape in time before it goes off with Conrad. Normally you're supposed to run like crazy to the escape point. However, you also have a portable teleporter with you. So instead, you could just throw the teleport beacon near the exit, continue on like normal, set the charges, and teleport.
24th Aug '16 9:13:57 AM Angeldeb82
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The hero has only a limited amount of time to do something, be it rescue, [[DungeonBypass transport]], [[PercussiveMaintenance repair]], or simply OutrunTheFireball, but has a problem. Namely, a very complicated problem that would need time to solve, time the hero definitely doesn't have. After trying (or not trying) in vain to solve the problem the technical way, the hero just shrugs it and [[TakeAThirdOption Takes A Third Option]], namely, by getting rid of the problem altogether, often through violence. When the smart character is trying to get a way around it and the dumb character resorts to violence, the dumb character is often TooDumbToFool. When TheLeader tramples over objections to prevent DividedWeFall, this often comes into play.

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The hero has only a limited amount of time to do something, be it rescue, [[DungeonBypass transport]], [[PercussiveMaintenance repair]], or simply OutrunTheFireball, but has a problem. Namely, a very complicated problem that would need time to solve, time the hero definitely doesn't have. After trying (or not trying) in vain to solve the problem the technical way, the hero just shrugs it and [[TakeAThirdOption Takes A a Third Option]], namely, by getting rid of the problem altogether, often through violence. When the smart character is trying to get a way around it and the dumb character resorts to violence, the dumb character is often TooDumbToFool. When TheLeader tramples over objections to prevent DividedWeFall, this often comes into play.
22nd Aug '16 9:37:00 AM Julia1984
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Compare: TakeAThirdOption; PercussiveMaintenance; DungeonBypass; StealTheSurroundings; OpenSaysMe; MurderIsTheBestSolution, where the "problem" to be "solved" is a person's existence; DebateAndSwitch, if this is done to a moral rather than physical problem; ImpossibleTask, what this trope is often the only solution to; and ThereWasADoor. Contrast WeHaveTheKeys, where violence is the ''complex'' solution.

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Compare: TakeAThirdOption; PercussiveMaintenance; DungeonBypass; StealTheSurroundings; OpenSaysMe; MurderIsTheBestSolution, where the "problem" to be "solved" is a person's existence; DebateAndSwitch, if this is done to a moral rather than physical problem; ImpossibleTask, what this trope is often the only solution to; and ThereWasADoor. Contrast WeHaveTheKeys, where violence is the ''complex'' solution.
solution. Can be stopped by SelfDestructingSecurity.
22nd Aug '16 9:35:48 AM Julia1984
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** In the episode "The Magic Harp," Magica tries to open the safe where she keeps a plot-relevant scroll with a magic spell. When nothing happens, she groans, "Why do I bother?", picks up a sledgehammer, and uses that to get the scroll instead.
20th Aug '16 8:37:38 PM MookVanguard
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art%C5%ABras_Zuokas Arturas Zuokas]] is a Lithuanian Politician who, in 2011, was awarded an Ig Nobel Peace Prize for [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2021838/Mayor-Arturas-Zuokas-uses-tank-crush-illegally-parked-cars-Vilnius.html "demonstrating that the problem of illegally parked luxury cars can be solved by running over them with a tank"]].

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art%C5%ABras_Zuokas Arturas Zuokas]] is a Lithuanian Politician who, in 2011, was awarded an Ig Nobel Peace Prize for [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2021838/Mayor-Arturas-Zuokas-uses-tank-crush-illegally-parked-cars-Vilnius.html "demonstrating that the problem of illegally parked luxury cars can be solved by running over them with a tank"]].an armored car"]].
17th Aug '16 10:45:39 AM NekoHybrid
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'', the group find a locked chest. Ray asks for a hairpin to try and pick the lock. As he struggles to unlock the chest, Peter simply shoots the lock with a proton beam.
15th Aug '16 6:27:13 AM dsollen
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* Traps show up throughout ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor''. Passing through hostile areas will do a lethally massive amount of damage, forcing one to figure out a means of disabling or circumventing them. Or one can cast a shield spell, cheap and available in the first chapter, that absorbs all damage for a few turns and walk right through the hostile traps instead. The shield option usually is quicker even if you know how to disable the trap.
4th Aug '16 1:26:20 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* Done inadvertently in ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'', the first stage of the Chunin exam is a written test full of questions far too difficult for Genin to actually solve. The test's myriad rules are designed with loopholes to compel the Genin to cheat, with the real test being their ability to do so without being caught. [[TheSmartGuy Sakura]] simply answers every question, not even realizing the hidden purpose of the test. [[IdiotHero Naruto]] doesn't answer at all, which means he also passes since he was never caught cheating either.

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* Done inadvertently in ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'', the first stage of the Chunin exam is a written test full of questions far too difficult for Genin to actually solve. The test's myriad rules are designed with loopholes to compel the Genin to cheat, with the real test being their ability to do so without being caught. [[TheSmartGuy Sakura]] simply answers every question, not even realizing the hidden purpose of the test. [[IdiotHero Naruto]] doesn't answer at all, which due to the setup of the test means that he also passes since passes, as he was never wasn't caught cheating either.cheating.
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