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27th Jul '17 3:44:05 PM Premonition45
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** In 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 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 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]]''.
** When Marge wanted to join the police department, she took the same obstacle course as the rest of the aspirants. She starts struggling to climb over a wall...
--->'''Wiggum''': Women always have trouble with the wall...they never seem to find the door. ''[Pan to the other trainees going through the door in a single file]''

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** In one episode, "Duffless", Homer uses an ancient map to escape the plant so he can sneak away to a tour of the Duff brewery. He encounters a 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 The "Treehouse of Horror'' special Horror XI" story "Scary Tales Can Come True" 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]]''.
** When In "The Springfield Connection", when Marge wanted to join the police department, she took the same obstacle course as the rest of the aspirants. She starts struggling to climb over a wall...
--->'''Wiggum''': -->'''Wiggum''': Women always have trouble with the wall...they never seem to find the door. ''[Pan to the other trainees going through the door in a single file]''
25th Jul '17 8:26:21 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'': TheConMan Locke Lamore has been caught and poisoned by TheSpymaster, an elderly woman who will only give him the antidote if he reveals his accomplices. Locke simply punches her in the face and chugs down the antidote.
24th Jul '17 11:31:40 AM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-28404-168/DianeCastle%2BXendra.htm Xendra]]'' the Scoobies try to search Warren Mears house but his basement door gives off an electric shock powerful enough to knock out a Slayer (or kill a normal human). Wesley finds a pair of heavy insulation gloves and dips them in latex paint to further insulate them. Faith kicks down the door.
17th Jul '17 11:10:13 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Frigg rescues kidnapped children. With her mace.
** Frigg tops herself there when she applies this trope [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-7/chapter-7-page-21/ to chess]].
14th Jul '17 9:35:51 PM HeroGal2347
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', [=McDuck=] is thrown in prison with Iron Mask, and tells him "you have to UseYourHead to get out". The Mask then destroys one wall with his helmet.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', [=McDuck=] is thrown in prison with Iron Mask, and tells him "you have to UseYourHead to get out". The Mask then destroys one wall with his helmet.
27th Jun '17 4:22:49 PM Austin
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* Whenever {{Franchise/Batman}} battles The Riddler, he'll often beat his riddles using either this Trope or TakeAThirdOption, essentially bypassing various {{plan}}s by winning in ways his enemy didn't expect. Notably, what usually drives Riddler crazy isn't that Batman is cheating, but rather that he (the Riddler) failed to anticipate the third option.

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* Whenever {{Franchise/Batman}} battles The Riddler, ComicBook/TheRiddler, he'll often beat his riddles using either this Trope or TakeAThirdOption, essentially bypassing various {{plan}}s by winning in ways his enemy didn't expect. Notably, what usually drives Riddler crazy isn't that Batman is cheating, but rather that he (the Riddler) failed to anticipate the third option.



* On ''Untold Stories of the ER'', a patient who desperately needs surgery can't be treated at the small clinic where he's diagnosed, but his insurance won't pay for the ambulance service to take him to a bigger hospital. Unable to cut through the red tape to arrange transport for their patient, the doctors hit upon a counterintuitive solution: they call 911, which the ambulance service is contractually obliged to respond to, even when the call comes ''from'' a hospital. The bill from the ambulance service went to the ''hospital'' not the person.

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* On ''Untold Stories of the ER'', ''Series/UntoldStoriesOfTheER'', a patient who desperately needs surgery can't be treated at the small clinic where he's diagnosed, but his insurance won't pay for the ambulance service to take him to a bigger hospital. Unable to cut through the red tape to arrange transport for their patient, the doctors hit upon a counterintuitive solution: they call 911, which the ambulance service is contractually obliged to respond to, even when the call comes ''from'' a hospital. The bill from the ambulance service went to the ''hospital'' not the person.



* In Norse legend, a man once gambled with a giant, and wagered his son. Predictably, the man lost, and the giant gave him a day to forfeit the boy, lest the giant simply kill him and his whole family. The man pleaded with Odin of the Aesir to save his son: Odin did this by hiding the boy from the giant by transforming him into a feather on the head of a swan. The giant caught the swan and in the middle of plucking it bald, the boy ran away. The man then went to a second Aesir, Hönir, to save his son, which he did by transforming the boy into a grain hidden in a field of wheat. The giant found the specific plant, and in the middle of counting out the individual seeds, the boy again escaped him. Finally, the man pleaded with Loki of the Aesir to save his son. Rather than rely on similar sorcerous gimmicks to trick the giant, Loki simply took the boy, and challenged the giant to come and get the boy if he still dared, whereupon the giant then promptly fell dead into the boobytrap Loki set specifically for him (although in some versions, Loki did try it first by transforming the boy into an egg in the roe of a shad fish and only resorted to the trap when it failed).

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* In [[Myth/NorseMythology Norse legend, legend]], a man once gambled with a giant, and wagered his son. Predictably, the man lost, and the giant gave him a day to forfeit the boy, lest the giant simply kill him and his whole family. The man pleaded with Odin of the Aesir to save his son: Odin did this by hiding the boy from the giant by transforming him into a feather on the head of a swan. The giant caught the swan and in the middle of plucking it bald, the boy ran away. The man then went to a second Aesir, Hönir, to save his son, which he did by transforming the boy into a grain hidden in a field of wheat. The giant found the specific plant, and in the middle of counting out the individual seeds, the boy again escaped him. Finally, the man pleaded with Loki of the Aesir to save his son. Rather than rely on similar sorcerous gimmicks to trick the giant, Loki simply took the boy, and challenged the giant to come and get the boy if he still dared, whereupon the giant then promptly fell dead into the boobytrap Loki set specifically for him (although in some versions, Loki did try it first by transforming the boy into an egg in the roe of a shad fish and only resorted to the trap when it failed).



* Likewise, in The Gamers: Humans & Households, the party has to enter a house in the suburbs. A note on the door says that the key is in the mailbox. However, the party believes the mailbox to be trapped, and thus don't dare to open it, since nobody has any ranks in Criminal (which they apparently need to disarm a trap). What do they do? Take the mailbox off the railing, throw through the window next to the door and climb inside and unlock the door from the inside.

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* Likewise, in The Gamers: Humans & Households, ''WebVideo/TheGamersHumansAndHouseholds'', the party has to enter a house in the suburbs. A note on the door says that the key is in the mailbox. However, the party believes the mailbox to be trapped, and thus don't dare to open it, since nobody has any ranks in Criminal (which they apparently need to disarm a trap). What do they do? Take the mailbox off the railing, throw through the window next to the door and climb inside and unlock the door from the inside.
24th Jun '17 2:40:37 AM Axelmania
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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.


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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.
14th Jun '17 12:42:17 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', when the heroes finally make it to Eren's father's basement, the key Eren had been carrying this whole time won't fit in the lock. Levi loses patience and just kicks the door down.
8th Jun '17 3:32:44 PM Viira
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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': Church is implanted with ten megaton bomb which proceeds to destroy the present and send everyone into the future, except for himself who instead gets sent into the past (don't ask). After returning to the present, Church makes several attempts to disarm the bomb in his former self only to be constantly met with failure, including making several copies of himself. At one point, his plan is as follows:
-->'''Church:''' And then I teleported back and just decided to kill everybody that I could see.
-->'''Other Church:''' Why did you do that?
-->'''Church:''' Well... seemed like fun... think I went a little nuts there for a while...
** Sarge uses his contingency plan when their attempt to bluff their way past the computer failed. The contingency plan being "shotgun to the face".

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'':
** In season 3,
Church is implanted with ten megaton bomb which proceeds to destroy the present and send everyone into the future, except for himself who instead gets sent into the past (don't ask). After returning to the present, Church makes several attempts to disarm the bomb in his former self only to be constantly met with failure, including making several copies of himself. At one point, his plan is as follows:
-->'''Church:''' --->'''Church:''' And then I teleported back and just decided to kill everybody that I could see.
-->'''Other
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'''Other
Church:''' Why did you do that?
-->'''Church:'''
that?\\
'''Church:'''
Well... seemed like fun... think I went a little nuts there for a while...
** In season 8, Sarge uses his contingency plan when their the team's attempt to bluff their way past the computer failed.fails. The contingency plan being "shotgun to the face".
3rd Jun '17 10:05:02 AM nombretomado
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* WhateleyUniverse example: in "Boston Brawl 2", the Necromancer creates a horrific rip in time-space that the mages try to magically repair. Instead, Bladedancer just slices through it with Destiny's Wave.

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* WhateleyUniverse Literature/WhateleyUniverse example: in "Boston Brawl 2", the Necromancer creates a horrific rip in time-space that the mages try to magically repair. Instead, Bladedancer just slices through it with Destiny's Wave.
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