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21st May '16 10:13:26 AM DrFraud
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* Parodied in ''Bullet Heaven 2''. Natalie panics about the second level of the second world, stating she can't breathe.
-->'''Matt:''' Don't worry! Thanks to the developer, we can breathe underwater for no reason! It's actually kind of cool!
20th May '16 1:48:00 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Franchise/{{Batman}}: He does not have any super powers but he does have super intellect, peak level human ability, and is unequalled as a detective, fighter, inventor, scientist, strategist, and whatever else the plot requires him to the the best at. He is also one of the top three wealthiest men in the DC universe. Batman also has a backup for every backup for every backup et cetera. Alfred the butler also seems to also be everybit the universal polymath being a medic, mechanic, technician, spy, actor, and occasionally a butler.
20th May '16 1:45:02 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** There really are no strict rules for time travel in the series, or at least, none that make sense: The past can be changd, and indeed, is in danger of being disastrously changed all the time. The curious thing about this is that it's only very rarely a time traveler who poses the danger in these situations. Further, some things can never be changed (for no evident reason), and characters other than the Doctor are discouraged from trying to change anything lest they accidentally destroy the universe (he argues "I know what I'm doing," while his less-informed sidekicks generally don't). [[note]]See TimeyWimeyBall for further details.[[/note]] Add into this various Stable Time Loops and whatnot and, if you think about it even moderately hard, the whole premise goes to pieces. The show's solution? Just don't think about it.

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** There really are no strict rules for time travel in the series, or at least, none that make sense: The past can be changd, changed, and indeed, is in danger of being disastrously changed all the time. The curious thing about this is Time travel logical problems that need to be overcome are handwaved with TimeyWimeyBall. TO handwave why the Doctor sometimes can't fix a serious problem or prevent a historical tragedy, he'll announce that it's only very rarely a time traveler who poses the danger "fixed point in these situations. Further, some things can never be changed (for no evident reason), and characters other than the Doctor are discouraged from trying time," which makes him unable to change anything lest they accidentally destroy the universe (he argues "I know what I'm doing," while his less-informed sidekicks generally don't). [[note]]See TimeyWimeyBall for further details.[[/note]] Add into this various Stable Time Loops and whatnot and, if you think about it even moderately hard, the whole premise goes to pieces. The show's solution? Just don't think about it.



** "It's a 'Fixed Point in Time' " is one of the go-to handwaves to explain why the Doctor doesn't just use his time machine to fix any problem or undo any tragedy.
20th May '16 1:39:40 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** The TARDIS is semi-sentient and has long-range telepathic connections with the Doctor (as evidenced by the translation field). Not only that, in the new show the sonic screwdriver is increasingly connected to the TARDIS, to the point of the latter's "regeneration" with the 11th Doctor popping up a new sonic screwdriver in the control panel. Somehow these facts do not turn it into more than a very basic remote control (it can lock\unlock the doors) or ability to summon the TARDIS to the Doctor's current location, whether by flight or materialization.
20th May '16 1:33:10 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (1939 movie), Glinda waits till the end of the movie to tell Dorothy about the ruby slippers. Why didn't she tell her at the beginning, instead of sending her Off To See The Wizard down the Yellow Brick Road? "Because you wouldn't have believed me." This covers up a plot hole caused by merging two different Witches from the books.
** In an earlier scene, Dorothy asks how it is possible the Scarecrow can talk if he has no brain, to which he replies "I don't know. But some people do an awful lot of talking and haven't got any brains at all." Dorothy completely accepts this answer and no longer questions it even though it's not an answer at all.

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* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' (1939 movie), ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'':
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Glinda waits till the end of the movie to tell Dorothy about the ruby slippers. Why didn't she tell her at the beginning, instead of sending her Off To See The Wizard down the Yellow Brick Road? "Because you wouldn't have believed me." This covers up a plot hole caused by merging two different Witches from the books.
** In an earlier scene, Dorothy asks how it is possible the Scarecrow can talk if he has no brain, to which he replies "I don't know. But some people do an awful lot of talking and haven't got any brains at all." Dorothy completely accepts this answer and no longer questions it even though it's not an answer at all.
9th May '16 11:37:24 PM erforce
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--->'''Robot Leela:''' We're robots and we're in love. Let's ditch these meat jackets. ''[strips out of her mutant skin, revealing a {{Terminator}}-like exoskeleton]''\\

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--->'''Robot Leela:''' We're robots and we're in love. Let's ditch these meat jackets. ''[strips out of her mutant skin, revealing a {{Terminator}}-like Franchise/{{Terminator}}-like exoskeleton]''\\
9th May '16 6:49:36 PM H2SO4
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "The Junk Man", Sheen asks Jimmy several questions as they are flying to and from the Moon, like why the voyage takes only a few minutes and why the boys don't need space suits and helmets. However, both times Jimmy starts to answer Sheen's questions, the camera cuts to Carl on the other side of the rocket singing an off-key, made-up song about the Moon. Both times Carl finishes singing, the camera cuts to Jimmy asking Sheen if he understands his answer and Sheen responding that he is still confused.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "The Junk Man", Sheen asks Jimmy several questions as they are flying to and from the Moon, like why the voyage takes only a few minutes and why the boys don't need space suits and helmets. However, both times Jimmy starts to answer Sheen's questions, the camera cuts to Carl on the other side of the rocket singing an off-key, made-up song about the Moon. Both times Carl finishes singing, the camera cuts to Jimmy asking Sheen if he understands his answer and Sheen responding that he is still confused. On the third question, Carl's singing gets annoying, leading Sheen to yell "Carl! Enough with the song!", but even then we still do not get a plausible explanation.
6th May '16 2:25:08 PM tannwalters
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* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' the go-to handwaver was Leo, whose encyclopedic knowledge of magic and the Elder's rules allowed him to consistently offer an offhand one-sentence explanation for blatant inconsistencies between episodes.

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* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' the go-to handwaver was Leo, whose encyclopedic knowledge of magic and the Elder's rules allowed him to consistently offer an offhand one-sentence explanation for blatant inconsistencies between episodes. A good example of this is his explanation of Piper's powers working by speeding and slowing molecules, which doesn't scientifically add up.
2nd May '16 4:20:20 PM TheSinful
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** During the Horde campaign against Gilneas in Cataclysm there's an almost offhand remark about how being turned into a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Worgen]] makes one immune to undeath. Well since both are curses and the only undead Worgen are PlayerCharacter Death Knights that's understandable. But then Sylvanas throws out a line about the Alliance only sending non-human forces against the Forsaken because they're all immune to undeath. Said line only exists to justify why the Forsaken don't simply plague and turn all the Alliance forces.
21st Apr '16 2:12:21 AM Korodzik
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* In ''Roleplay/TheMassiveMultiFandomRPG'', as well as its SpiritualSuccessor ''Roleplay/CityOfLostCharacters'', it's common for players who can't post all the time to explain their characters' inactivity by stating that they got distracted by something or have been busy elsewhere in the meanwhile, usually potholing their explanation to this very trope.
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