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27th Jul '16 9:19:58 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Kabuto, however, explained the Impure World Resurrection technique in detail to Tobi. Of course, Kabuto's generally pretty GenreSavvy, so his explanation might be wildly inaccurate; at the very least he almost certainly left out a few critical details. Kabuto didn't really volunteer the information, either; Tobi threatened not to meet his end of the bargain if Kabuto refused to tell him how the technique worked.

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** Kabuto, however, explained the Impure World Resurrection technique in detail to Tobi. Of course, Kabuto's generally pretty GenreSavvy, savvy, so his explanation might be wildly inaccurate; at the very least he almost certainly left out a few critical details. Kabuto didn't really volunteer the information, either; Tobi threatened not to meet his end of the bargain if Kabuto refused to tell him how the technique worked.



** Parodied in Luffy's fight with [[AGodAmI God Eneru]]: [[PsychoElectro Eneru's]] in a bit of a pickle because of ElementalRockPaperScissors against a substance he's ''never'' even come across: rubber, much less met a RubberMan. Being Eneru, [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan after regaining his composure]], he immediately figures out that Luffy is a Paramecia-type fruit user, unlike his Logia-type. So he reforms his staff into a trident and pierces his skin. He then boasts that he's worked out that Luffy still has physical weaknesses like being stabbed, which Luffy replies, "yeah". Nami gets annoyed [[GenreSavvy that he told him this]], and couldn't be bothered to bluff.

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** Parodied in Luffy's fight with [[AGodAmI God Eneru]]: [[PsychoElectro Eneru's]] in a bit of a pickle because of ElementalRockPaperScissors against a substance he's ''never'' even come across: rubber, much less met a RubberMan. Being Eneru, [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan after regaining his composure]], he immediately figures out that Luffy is a Paramecia-type fruit user, unlike his Logia-type. So he reforms his staff into a trident and pierces his skin. He then boasts that he's worked out that Luffy still has physical weaknesses like being stabbed, which Luffy replies, "yeah". Nami gets annoyed [[GenreSavvy that he told him this]], this, and couldn't be bothered to bluff.



** {{Subverted|Trope}} in the Chapter Black arc when Yusuke keeps insisting that, had he known of Kido's powers, he could have taken him out easily. Genkai berates him for this, telling him that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy not all of his enemies will be stupid enough to hand over valuable information like that]].

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** {{Subverted|Trope}} in the Chapter Black arc when Yusuke keeps insisting that, had he known of Kido's powers, he could have taken him out easily. Genkai berates him for this, telling him that [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy not all of his enemies will be stupid enough to hand over valuable information like that]].that.



* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', people can make techniques with self-imposed restrictions on them (for example, only being usable at certain times or against certain people). The more harsh the restriction, the more powerful the technique becomes. The MadBomber ([[spoiler:Gethru]]) in the Greed Island arc of HunterXHunter, possibly being GenreSavvy, made his restriction be that he'd have to explain how his ability worked before using it.

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* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', people can make techniques with self-imposed restrictions on them (for example, only being usable at certain times or against certain people). The more harsh the restriction, the more powerful the technique becomes. The MadBomber ([[spoiler:Gethru]]) in the Greed Island arc of HunterXHunter, possibly being GenreSavvy, HunterXHunter made his restriction be that he'd have to explain how his ability worked before using it.



* As the page quote indicates, Comicbook/AtomicRobo's nemesis Lord Helsingard has a tendency to do this. In the first issue, Robo meets Baron von Helsingard right after Helsingard uses the Vril Organ to become an {{Energy Being|s}}. After effortlessly regenerating an arm, Helsingard brags while pointing to the organ implanted in his chest. As Robo puts it, he should change his name to "Baron von [[AttackItsWeakPoint Blabs About His Only Weakness]]." (Notably, though, the scene with the page quote wasn't entirely a straight example... Helsingard gave Robo just enough information [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy to goad Robo into a trap]].)

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* As the page quote indicates, Comicbook/AtomicRobo's nemesis Lord Helsingard has a tendency to do this. In the first issue, Robo meets Baron von Helsingard right after Helsingard uses the Vril Organ to become an {{Energy Being|s}}. After effortlessly regenerating an arm, Helsingard brags while pointing to the organ implanted in his chest. As Robo puts it, he should change his name to "Baron von [[AttackItsWeakPoint Blabs About His Only Weakness]]." (Notably, though, the scene with the page quote wasn't entirely a straight example... Helsingard gave Robo just enough information [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy to goad Robo into a trap]].trap.)
18th Jul '16 2:18:58 AM Morgenthaler
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*** Gin [[spoiler: didn't keep an ability secret, he ''flat out ''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy lied]]''' '' about what his Zanpakutou's ability is.]] In fact, this worked as perfectly as he planned it to, and even [[spoiler: Aizen, who was on the receiving end of Gin's savvy, thought the attack was going to kill him. It didn't, because [[DiabolusExMachina the Hougyoku's]] got more power than either of them thought.]]

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*** Gin [[spoiler: didn't keep an ability secret, he ''flat out ''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy lied]]''' '''lied''' '' about what his Zanpakutou's ability is.]] In fact, this worked as perfectly as he planned it to, and even [[spoiler: Aizen, who was on the receiving end of Gin's savvy, thought the attack was going to kill him. It didn't, because [[DiabolusExMachina the Hougyoku's]] got more power than either of them thought.]]
10th Jul '16 10:26:45 AM DoctorTItanX
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** Guenael Lee constantly explains his ability, The Vanishing Point. In his case, he can afford to because The Vanishing Point makes him invisible ''and'' constantly erases his opponents' memories, so they forget all about him even while exchanging blows. Though it does raise the question of why you would explain to people your power of being able to make them forget your explanation.

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** Guenael Lee constantly explains his ability, The Vanishing Point. In his case, he can afford to because The Vanishing Point makes him literally invisible ''and'' constantly erases his opponents' memories, so they forget all about him even while exchanging blows. Though it does raise the question of why you would explain to people your power of being able to make them completely forget your explanation.



** Averted by Pernida Parnkgjas, [[spoiler:the Left Arm of the Soul King]], who ''never'' explains any of his powers even when his enemies figure out what's going on. Most of his victories result in his enemies [[NothingIsScarier having no idea what the hell hit them]], and even [[CrazyPrepared Mayuri Kurotsuchi]], the guy who's basically ten steps ahead of his enemies and mocking them about it, can't quickly figure out his powers until after they're in effect, resulting in multiple {{Oh Crap}}s as his predictions blow up in his face.

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** Averted by Pernida Parnkgjas, [[spoiler:the Left Arm of the Soul King]], who ''never'' explains any of his powers even when his enemies figure out what's going on. Most of his victories result in his enemies [[NothingIsScarier having no idea what the hell hit them]], and even [[CrazyPrepared Mayuri Kurotsuchi]], the guy who's basically th scientist who is essentially ten steps ahead of his enemies and mocking them about it, can't quickly figure out his powers until after they're in effect, resulting in multiple {{Oh Crap}}s as his predictions blow up in his face.



** Lampshaded during a conversation between Kenpachi and Gerard Valkyrie. This trope was brought up when Kenpachi called Gerard a "bad villian cliché". Justified because there is nothing any ordinary person could do to stop Gerard's from killing anyone. [[BigDamnHeroes However]], Kenpachi is not ordinary.

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** Lampshaded during a conversation between Kenpachi and Gerard Valkyrie. This trope was brought up when Kenpachi called Gerard a "bad villian villain cliché". It is Justified because there is nothing any ordinary person could do to stop Gerard's from killing anyone. [[BigDamnHeroes However]], Kenpachi is not ordinary.
18th Jun '16 2:24:45 AM GamingFan1997
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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}},'' Guts is fighting a regenerating demon whose wounds heal as fast as they're inflicted. The demon taunts him by saying that it can regenerate endlessly as long as its head is intact. Guts immediately chops the demon's head in half and thanks it for telling him.

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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}},'' Guts is fighting a regenerating demon whose wounds heal as fast as they're inflicted. The demon taunts him by [[TooDumbToLive saying that it can regenerate endlessly as long as its head is intact.intact]]. Guts immediately chops the demon's head in half and thanks it for telling him.
14th Jun '16 9:42:08 PM DoctorTItanX
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* In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', this happens quite a bit in the manga, mostly when new moves are introduced to the audience. Possibly deconstructed during the fight with Doryu when Ruby, explaining to our heroes how innate magical alignments work, [[WhatAnIdiot accidentally reveals the alignments of the heroes to the bad guy.]] His saving grace was that he changed their alignment to Dark earlier, making the information useless.

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* In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', this happens quite a bit in the manga, mostly when new moves are introduced to the audience. Possibly deconstructed during the fight with Doryu when Ruby, explaining to our the heroes how innate magical alignments work, [[WhatAnIdiot accidentally reveals the alignments of the heroes to the bad guy.]] His saving grace was that he changed their alignment to Dark earlier, making the information rather useless.
6th Jun '16 1:09:12 PM Psyga315
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* This gets mercilessly mocked in WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries, poking fun at how every character feels the need to explain their cards, especially if the card has an [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin extremely obvious effect based on its name]]. Seto and Yugi especially call out their opponents for this, since they are the creator of the Duel Monsters gaming system and King of Games respectively, and therefore ''know'' what most of these cards do already.

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* This gets mercilessly mocked in WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries, poking fun at how every character feels the need to explain their cards, especially if the card has an [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin extremely obvious effect based on its name]]. Seto and Yugi especially call out their opponents for this, since they are made a fortune with the creator of the Duel Monsters gaming system game and King of Games respectively, and therefore ''know'' what most of these cards do already.
3rd Jun '16 2:46:54 PM Griffonmender
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Sometimes this ExpositionBomb is because the character is confident that their opponent doesn't actually pose a threat, so they can [[TalkingIsAFreeAction afford to spend time chatting]] about what they're going to do next. Sometimes it's a way to psych out the enemy, letting then know how utterly screwed they are. Or maybe they don't realize they're being {{Genre Blind|ness}} (or [[ContractualGenreBlindness they do, but don't care]]).

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Sometimes this ExpositionBomb is because the character is confident that their opponent doesn't actually pose a threat, so they can [[TalkingIsAFreeAction afford to spend time chatting]] about what they're going to do next. Sometimes it's a way to psych out the enemy, letting then them know how utterly screwed they are. Or maybe they don't realize they're being {{Genre Blind|ness}} (or [[ContractualGenreBlindness they do, but don't care]]).
22nd Apr '16 6:38:21 AM wille179
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* Justified in ''FanFic/SplitSecond''. By explaining her power, Twilight gives Sunset a small advantage, which further empowers the [[ConditionalPowers Conditional Magic]] of her [[DropTheHammer warhammer]].
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2nd Apr '16 10:21:56 AM hillo315
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** Lampshaded during a conversation between Kenpachi and Gerard Valkyrie. This trope was brought up when Kenpachi called Gerard a "bad villian cliché". Justified because there is nothing any ordinary person could do to stop Gerard's from killing anyone. [[BigDamnHeroes However]], Kenpachi is not ordinary.
19th Feb '16 12:22:36 AM DarkHunter
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* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', this is frequently subverted. While many people will happily explain how their power works, this is usually either unhelpful (Espers explain how they're doing something, but this rarely reveals what they ''can't'' do) or deliberately false.

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* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', this ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
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is frequently subverted. While many people will happily explain how their power works, this is usually either unhelpful (Espers explain how they're doing something, but this rarely reveals what they ''can't'' do) or deliberately false.


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* ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'':
** Sent up by the Ancient Lizard King when he encounters Tatsumaki. He brags that only a meteor falling from space would have the power to kill him. Tatsumaki replies, "Okay, I'll do that, then." and uses her psychic powers to drop a meteor on him. OneHitKO.
** Boros does this a lot against Saitama. Mostly he's just bragging about his strength because he's excited that he's finally got someone powerful enough to use said strength against without instantly winning. Of course, Saitama really doesn't care, at one point telling Boros to shut up and start fighting already.
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