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15th Feb '17 6:44:28 AM ZorotheGallade
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* Clover accidentally does this in the Laboratory level of [[VideoGame/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors]]: while Junpei is trying to figure out the experiment that needs to be concluded for the doors to open, she ends up setting fire to the lab which causes the emergency program to unlock the doors.
14th Feb '17 7:58:36 PM krepta999
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* A rare non-violent example in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. In Kirk's backstory, it is revealed that he dealt with the infamous [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation "no-win" scenario in Starfleet training]] by [[spoiler: hacking the game so the Klingons would flee upon hearing his name, reasoning that he would be a starship caption of some reputation if he's been sent to investigate a distress signal in the Neutral Zone]]. He is given a citation for creative thinking.

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* A rare non-violent example in ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''. In Kirk's backstory, it is revealed that he dealt with the infamous [[UnwinnableTrainingSimulation "no-win" scenario in Starfleet training]] by [[spoiler: hacking the game so the Klingons would flee upon hearing his name, reasoning that he would be a starship caption captain of some reputation if he's been sent to investigate a distress signal in the Neutral Zone]]. He is given a citation for creative thinking.
14th Feb '17 5:47:01 AM mariofan1000
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* During a story arc on ''Series/{{Archer}}'', Ray and Kreiger are attempting to disarm a missile filled with nerve gas aimed at an unknown country. Unable to shut it off, Kreiger points out that the missile doesn't have any actual explosives in it and the only dangerous part is the nerve gas itself, so they just rip the nerve gas out and let the missile launch.

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* During a story arc on ''Series/{{Archer}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Ray and Kreiger are attempting to disarm a missile filled with nerve gas aimed at an unknown country. Unable to shut it off, Kreiger points out that the missile doesn't have any actual explosives in it and the only dangerous part is the nerve gas itself, so they just rip the nerve gas out and let the missile launch.
14th Feb '17 4:26:12 AM mariofan1000
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* During a story arc on ''Series/{{Archer}}'', Ray and Kreiger are attempting to disarm a missile filled with nerve gas aimed at an unknown country. Unable to shut it off, Kreiger points out that the missile doesn't have any actual explosives in it and the only dangerous part is the nerve gas itself, so they just rip the nerve gas out and let the missile launch.
31st Jan '17 10:15:33 PM KeithM
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** If you really need to go through an interior door, and aren't too worried about damage, there's an even easier way on most modern buildings with wooden or metal-frame construction (the vast majority of modern homes, and many commercial buildings): punch a hole in the wall next to the door. The door may be solid wood with a solid lock and good hinges that will resist kicking and take time to break down, while the wall next to it is probably just two sheets of thin drywall screwed to the wall studs. Make a hole, reach inside, and unlock the door.
22nd Jan '17 7:34:40 AM KingLyger
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* One of these appears as an AntiFrustrationFeature in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight''. Batman has to get the code to a door by watching a Joker infectee open it through a mirror. If the player still hasn't figured out the code after a few tries, Batman just punches the console, and the door opens automatically.
21st Jan '17 6:07:17 PM KingLyger
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* [[http://rebloggy.com/post/gif-lol-animals-win-bunny-rabbit-competition-fence-obstacle-steeplechase/66143130752 This rabbit]].
* [[http://cnt.winkal.com/528bb103e4b0b85a6eac1e64/N6Ue_700.gif This toddler]].

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* [[http://rebloggy.com/post/gif-lol-animals-win-bunny-rabbit-competition-fence-obstacle-steeplechase/66143130752 This rabbit]].
rabbit]], when faced with a fence made of sticks it can't jump over, puts one of the sticks in its mouth and jumps through the hole.
* [[http://cnt.winkal.com/528bb103e4b0b85a6eac1e64/N6Ue_700.gif This toddler]].toddler]] tries to fit a square peg in a round hole. When that fails, she takes off the lid and puts the peg in anyway.
21st Jan '17 7:31:25 AM ZimFan89
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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.

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* ''Series/TheExpanse'': In ''Series/TheExpanse'', the ''Rocinante'' CoolStarship first season finale, the ''[[CoolStarship Rocinante]]'' 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.


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* ''Series/{{Colony}}'': At one point during the second season premiere's [[WholeEpisodeFlashback long flashback]] to the day of [[AlienInvasion the Arrival]], the Hosts find themselves facing a building full of RetiredBadass Special Forces guys. Rather than fight, they simply ColonyDrop a giant rock on the whole building.
20th Jan '17 8:46:33 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Litearture/WolfHall'', Henry VIII has spent several years unsuccessfully trying to annul his marriage to Katharine of Aragon, and Cardinal Wolsey ends up dead for his inability to convince either Pope or cardinals to approve it. (The Pope was at that time effectively prisoner of Katharine's nephew, the Holy Roman Emperor, so there was no way he would do it.) Thomas Cromwell decides to fix the problem and advance Protestantism at the same time by cooking up some legalities that will allow Henry to declare ''himself'' head of the Church in England, thereby allowing him to annul his own marriage.
9th Jan '17 7:59:19 PM justanid
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Often parodied, most often where the hero tries to destroy the problem, only to succeed in destroying everything ''but'' the problem.

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. Can be stopped by SelfDestructingSecurity.

Heroes who make a habit of doing this may boast that WeDoTheImpossible.

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Often parodied, most often where the hero tries to destroy the problem, only to succeed in destroying everything ''but'' the problem.

Compare: TakeAThirdOption; PercussiveMaintenance; DungeonBypass; StealTheSurroundings; OpenSaysMe;
problem. Can be stopped by SelfDestructingSecurity. Heroes who make a habit of doing this may boast that WeDoTheImpossible.

Compare with DebateAndSwitch (when done with a philosophical rather than physical problem), DungeonBypass,
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; OpenSaysMe, PercussiveMaintenance, SequenceBreaking, StealTheSurroundings, and ThereWasADoor. TakeAThirdOption. Contrast WeHaveTheKeys, WeHaveTheKeys or ThereWasADoor, where violence is the ''complex'' solution. Can be stopped by SelfDestructingSecurity.

Heroes who make a habit of doing
See also ImpossibleTask, in which this may boast that WeDoTheImpossible.trope is often the only solution.
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