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Chapter 778: Tactics No. 5
Pica has abandoned Zoro on a cliff to go crush King Riku and Usopp. Knowing that he can't fire off a Razor Wind powerful enough that far or jump across the distance, Zoro has Orlumbus Fastball Special him across the huge gap. With G-forces pressing against him, Zoro cuts Pica's giant stone body to pieces, until the Donquixote Executive doesn't have a big enough rock to hide in. Going full-body Haki, Pica attacks Zoro... who easily cuts him down. Sanzen Sekai!!
6th Jan '18 5:11:49 PM merotoker
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* ''Anime/YuGiOh''

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** ''The Princess of Themyscira'': [[WonderWoman Diana]] does this literally during the tournament to select an ambassador to the mortal realm as part of an intelligence test -- her mother [[ExactWords said]] to ''undo'' the knotted rope, not ''untie'' it.

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** ''The Princess of Themyscira'': [[WonderWoman [[Franchise/WonderWoman Diana]] does this literally during the tournament to select an ambassador to the mortal realm as part of an intelligence test -- her mother [[ExactWords said]] to ''undo'' the knotted rope, not ''untie'' it.



* A WebAnimation/DeathBattle [[http://dimension-dino.deviantart.com/art/Death-Battle-Darth-Maul-vs-General-Grievous-455750201 Darth Maul vs General Grievous]] ends this way [[spoiler: with the former breaking open a viewport on the CoolStarship they're fighting on, leading to both of them getting sucked into space. Grievous' cyborg body lets him survive, Maul isn't so lucky.]]

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* A WebAnimation/DeathBattle ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' stories:
** The match between
[[http://dimension-dino.deviantart.com/art/Death-Battle-Darth-Maul-vs-General-Grievous-455750201 Darth Maul vs General Grievous]] ends this way [[spoiler: with the former breaking open a viewport on the CoolStarship they're fighting on, leading to both of them getting sucked into space. Grievous' cyborg body lets him survive, survive; Maul isn't so lucky.]]lucky]].



* ''Film/JamesBond''

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* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''

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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', one drill sergeant tells the recruits that if they can get a flag off the flagpole, they won't need to finish their run and can take a ride back to base. After everyone fails to climb up the flagpole, Steve Rogers takes out the screws at its base, causing it to fall over, removes the flag, and gives it to the sergeant.
** 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/{{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]] in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' aboard the Heli-carrier:
--->'''Steve''': You're not the guy to make the sacrifice play. To lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over ''you''.
--->'''Tony''': I think I would just ''cut'' the wire.
--->'''Steve''': ''(smiles bitterly)'' Always a way out.

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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', one drill sergeant tells the recruits that if they can get a flag off the flagpole, they won't need to finish their run and can take a ride back to base. After everyone fails to climb up the flagpole, Steve Rogers takes out the screws at its base, causing it to fall over, removes the flag, and gives it to the sergeant.
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sergeant. 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 [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark Stark]] in ''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.]]
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]] This trope is actually [[ConversationalTroping mentioned in dialogue]] in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' aboard the Heli-carrier:
--->'''Steve''': -->'''Steve''': You're not the guy to make the sacrifice play. To lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over ''you''.
--->'''Tony''':
''you''.\\
'''Tony''':
I think I would just ''cut'' the wire.
--->'''Steve''':
wire.\\
'''Steve''':
''(smiles bitterly)'' Always a way out.



* This is is employed in book the third of ''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.

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* This is is employed in book the third of ''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.



* In Literature/HowKazirWonHisWife, Kazir wants to marry the daughter of a king. The king, with one always-truthful daughter and one always lying daughter [[OnlySmartPeopleMayPass sets him a series of]] KnightsAndKnaves puzzles, ending with an impossible one: he must determine both the name and the marital status of one of the king's daughters, whose honesty he does not know, with a single yes/no question. [[spoiler: one of the king's daughters elopes with Kazir]]

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* In Literature/HowKazirWonHisWife, Kazir wants to marry the daughter of a king. The king, with one always-truthful daughter and one always lying daughter [[OnlySmartPeopleMayPass sets him a series of]] KnightsAndKnaves puzzles, ending with an impossible one: he must determine both the name and the marital status of one of the king's daughters, whose honesty he does not know, with a single yes/no question. [[spoiler: one One of the king's daughters elopes with Kazir]]Kazir.]]



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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.

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* ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'': TheConMan ConMan 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.



* In ''Series/TwinPeaks'', Sheriff Truman gives Agent Cooper Laura Palmer's diary, saying that they haven't found the key yet. Cooper simply breaks the lock with his hands.

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Sheriff Truman gives Agent Cooper Laura Palmer's diary, saying that they haven't found the key yet. Cooper simply breaks the lock with his hands.



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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''

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* A villainous example in the ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' episode "All In." The DirtyCop organization "HR" is trying curry favor with [[TheMafiya the Russian mob]] by getting one of their enforcers, arrested in an earlier episode, acquitted. At first they try framing the organized crime detective leading the investigation as a DirtyCop. [[spoiler:After Detective Carter uses ForensicAccounting to reveal the frame-up, HR turns to shooting the detective, and the DA prosecuting the case for good measure.]]

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* A villainous example in the ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' episode "All In." The DirtyCop organization "HR" is trying to curry favor with [[TheMafiya the Russian mob]] by getting one of their enforcers, arrested in an earlier episode, acquitted. At first they try framing the organized crime detective leading the investigation as a DirtyCop. [[spoiler:After Detective Carter uses ForensicAccounting to reveal the frame-up, HR turns to shooting the detective, and the DA prosecuting the case for good measure.]]



* In the episode "Head Case" of ''Series/SevenDays'' Parker is running around with the president's therapist. During the episode they need to get a piece of mail out of the mailbox. The therapist starts reciting one of her calming exercises as she tries to figure out how to get into the mail box. Frank just goes over to a nearby road construction crew and asks to borrow a sledgehammer.

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* In the episode "Head Case" of ''Series/SevenDays'' Parker is running around with the president's therapist. During the episode they need to get a piece of mail out of the mailbox. The therapist starts reciting one of her calming exercises as she tries to figure out how to get into the mail box.mailbox. Frank just goes over to a nearby road construction crew and asks to borrow a sledgehammer.



* In ''Series/TheOrville'', Claire's kids keep having inane arguments over a stupid video game of their's that they refuse to share. [[TheSpock Isaac]] tries to just ignore it, but when they start doing it while he's trying to locate a missing Claire, he decides to solve the argument in the most simple way he can; [[NoKillLikeOverkill ripping it out of their hands and shooting it to pieces with his gun so they nothing to argue over]]. He then turns to them and flatly says "the game is never to be spoken of again" before continuing on his way.

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* In ''Series/TheOrville'', Claire's kids keep having inane arguments over a stupid video game of their's that they refuse to share. [[TheSpock Isaac]] tries to just ignore it, but when they start doing it while he's trying to locate a missing Claire, he decides to solve the argument in the most simple way he can; [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill ripping it out of their hands and shooting it to pieces with his gun so they nothing to argue over]]. He then turns to them and flatly says "the game is never to be spoken of again" before continuing on his way.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'',

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* This trope is actually {{deconstructed}} in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. While training Yang in combat with her new robotic arm, her father Taiyang points out that this has been Yang's default method - trigger her Semblance and beat the ever-living shit out of her opponent. He compares this to a temper tantrum, especially if she's doing this after being insulted. He proceeds to teach her that sometimes, the best thing to do is not to barrel through, but to sidestep it.

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* This trope is actually {{deconstructed}} {{deconstructed|Trope}} in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''. While training Yang in combat with her new robotic arm, her father Taiyang points out that this has been Yang's default method - trigger her Semblance and beat the ever-living shit out of her opponent. He compares this to a temper tantrum, especially if she's doing this after being insulted. He proceeds to teach her that sometimes, the best thing to do is not to barrel through, but to sidestep it.



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** Movie example: The girls play an [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength unintentionally]] destructive game of tag. Blossom and Bubbles hide on the top of a building dozens of blocks away from Buttercup. Buttercup snaps and '''tears''' through all those buildings to get to them.

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** Movie [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie Movie]] example: The girls play an [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength unintentionally]] destructive game of tag. Blossom and Bubbles hide on the top of a building dozens of blocks away from Buttercup. Buttercup snaps and '''tears''' through all those buildings to get to them.



** In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' episode Legacy the decepticons find the Star Sabre embedded in a mountain, when they can't remove the sword they use their ship to move ''the entire mountain''. Naturally Optimus arrives before they can finish this and takes the Star Sabre himself.

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** In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' episode Legacy the decepticons Decepticons find the Star Sabre embedded in a mountain, when they can't remove the sword they use their ship to move ''the entire mountain''. Naturally Optimus arrives before they can finish this and takes the Star Sabre himself.



* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''

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* [[http://cnt.winkal.com/528bb103e4b0b85a6eac1e64/N6Ue_700.gif This 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.

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* [[http://cnt.winkal.com/528bb103e4b0b85a6eac1e64/N6Ue_700.[[https://media.giphy.com/media/G2MPcSmq0DZcs/giphy.gif This 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.
30th Dec '17 4:40:28 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* Noah of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiNocturne'' is a {{Barrier Change|Boss}} PuzzleBoss which also reflects physical attacks and resists almighty ones, forcing a player to play by his rules. However, a combination of Freikugel[[note]]physical almighty attack[[/note]] and Pierce[[note]]allows physical attacks like Freikugel to ignore resistances barring repel[[/note]] allows the player to skip all that tedium and defeat him in about half the number of turns.

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Noah of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiNocturne'' is a {{Barrier Change|Boss}} PuzzleBoss which also reflects physical attacks and resists almighty ones, forcing a player to play by his rules. However, a combination of Freikugel[[note]]physical almighty attack[[/note]] and Pierce[[note]]allows physical attacks like Freikugel to ignore resistances barring repel[[/note]] allows the player to skip all that tedium and defeat him in about half the number of turns.turns.
** Like its precesessors, ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse''[='=]s battle system is all about exploiting enemy weaknesses to do as much damage as possible, and reap extra turns from them so you can continue damaging them. Or, just go do either of the "neutral" routes, unlock Nanashi's Awakened Power which makes all of his attacks bypass resistances, and blast everything with Charge- and Concentrate-buffed endgame attacks of your choice.
30th Dec '17 4:29:02 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* This is Adell's modus operandi in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. He even lampshades it at one point by solving a complex geopuzzle in no time when he explains that it's not that he can't think, it's that it's usually faster to just beat your problems into submission.

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* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
** You can defeat an enemy Prinny by either stuffing him with physical and magical attacks...or you can simply throw him, causing him to explode upon landing and damaging any adjacent units, and if any other Prinnies are caught up in the blast, they'll explode too. It doesn't matter if it's a Level 1 Prinny with two-digit HP or a Level 9999 Prinny with HP that would not fit on a conventional calculator, a tossed Prinny is a gone Prinny. Downplayed, however, in that you get ''no'' reward for killing a Prinny and his comrades in this fashion.
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This is Adell's modus operandi in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. He even lampshades it at one point by solving a complex geopuzzle in no time when he explains that it's not that he can't think, it's that it's usually faster to just beat your problems into submission.



* In ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'', you can defeat an enemy Prinny by either stuffing him with physical and magical attacks...or you can simply throw him, causing him to explode upon landing and damaging any adjacent units, and if any other Prinnies are caught up in the blast, they'll explode too. Downplayed, however, in that you get ''no'' reward for killing a Prinny and his comrades in this fashion.
30th Dec '17 4:25:08 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* In ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'', you can defeat an enemy Prinny by either stuffing him with physical and magical attacks...or you can simply throw him, causing him to explode upon landing and damaging any adjacent units, and if any other Prinnies are caught up in the blast, they'll explode too. Downplayed, however, in that you get ''no'' reward for killing a Prinny and his comrades in this fashion.
27th Dec '17 9:42:29 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': How does Bronn, the Commander of the City Watch, keep peace and order and prevent widespread looting on the eve of a major siege by a hostile power? By having the boys round up all the known thieves and killing them, of course. Tyrion and Varys give each other a glorious look that says, "It can't really be that simple." But yes. Yes, it is.
24th Dec '17 7:28:20 PM BattleMaster
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'' there are several missions where the player character can employ stealth tactics to sneak into enemy compounds in order to accomplish objectives. Or you can run over all the defenses with a tank. Or call in an airstrike to level the place.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Mercenaries}}'' there are several missions where the player character can employ stealth tactics to sneak into enemy compounds in order to accomplish objectives. Or you can run over all the defenses with a tank. Or call in an airstrike to level the place. In this game, StuffBlowingUp is ''always'' a viable solution.
24th Dec '17 7:18:37 PM BattleMaster
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* The Dinobots in most iterations ''Franchise/TheTransformers'' prefer this, at least in their incarnations where they're actually smart enough to think of it. Like this gem from ''The Transformers: Salvation'':
--->'''Sludge''': Who '''cares''' what's the '''right''' way or the '''wrong''' way- '''Dinobots''' just blast a hole and go our '''own''' way.
19th Dec '17 11:34:36 PM Kirayoshi
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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk Dragons; Race To The Edge]]'', Hiccup and Toothless explore a derelict dragon-hunting ship and come across the door to the commander's quarters, which featured a rather formidable looking lock.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk Dragons; Race To The Edge]]'', Hiccup and Toothless explore a derelict dragon-hunting ship and come across the door to the commander's quarters, which featured featurs a rather formidable looking lock.
19th Dec '17 11:33:58 PM Kirayoshi
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