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20th Jan '16 11:00:59 AM Caps-luna
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** In 5e the only hydra in the monster manual has this ability, sort of. If it looses 25 health in a single turn it losses a head and regrows to more for every head lost in its turn. It only gains a total of 20 points of health back so, without healing, the hydra will eventually die if it heads keep getting cut off.
17th Jan '16 12:52:31 PM awakeningcry
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* ''VideoGame/YouDontKnowJack'' (the UK edition anyway) has a question asking "Suppose you cut off all of the Hydra's heads, all its replacement heads, then half of the new heads, how many heads would there be?" [[note]] A: 54. The host will then say [[DeadpanSnarker "at this point it might be wise to consider a different approach"]] [[/note]]
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* ''VideoGame/YouDontKnowJack'' (the UK edition anyway) has a question asking "Suppose you cut off all of the Hydra's heads, all its replacement heads, then half of the new heads, how many heads would there be?" [[note]] A: 54. The host will then say say, [[DeadpanSnarker "at this point it might be wise to consider a different approach"]] [[/note]]
17th Jan '16 12:51:49 PM awakeningcry
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* ''VideoGame/YouDontKnowJack'' (the UK edition anyway) has a question asking "Suppose you cut off all of the Hydra's heads, all its replacement heads, then half of the new heads, how many heads would there be?" [[note]] A: 54. The host will then say [[DeadpanSnarker at this point it might be wise to consider a different approach]] [[/note]]
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* ''VideoGame/YouDontKnowJack'' (the UK edition anyway) has a question asking "Suppose you cut off all of the Hydra's heads, all its replacement heads, then half of the new heads, how many heads would there be?" [[note]] A: 54. The host will then say [[DeadpanSnarker at "at this point it might be wise to consider a different approach]] approach"]] [[/note]]
17th Jan '16 12:51:09 PM awakeningcry
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* ''VideoGame/YouDontKnowJack'' (the UK edition anyway) has a question asking "Suppose you cut off all of the Hydra's heads, all its replacement heads, then half of the new heads, how many heads would there be?" [[note]] [[DeadpanSnarker at this point it might be wise to consider a different approach]] [[/note]]
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* ''VideoGame/YouDontKnowJack'' (the UK edition anyway) has a question asking "Suppose you cut off all of the Hydra's heads, all its replacement heads, then half of the new heads, how many heads would there be?" [[note]] A: 54. The host will then say [[DeadpanSnarker at this point it might be wise to consider a different approach]] [[/note]]
17th Jan '16 12:49:26 PM awakeningcry
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* ''VideoGame/YouDontKnowJack'' (the UK edition anyway) has a question asking "Suppose you cut off all of the Hydra's heads, all its replacement heads, then half of the new heads, how many heads would there be?" [[note]] [[DeadpanSnarker at this point it might be wise to consider a different approach]] [[/note]]
9th Jan '16 1:29:39 PM Vios
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* In ''VideoGame/GemsOfWar'', there's a Hydra troop, and its famous feature is represented in its special attack; the base damage is boosted by however much damage to its health the troop has taken, reflecting the extra heads which the Hydra now has. (The Hydra doesn't actually gain any extra health to represent the increased difficulty in killing it, however.)
26th Dec '15 7:48:40 PM erforce
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->Kudos (Greek!) to Hercules for thinking outside the ampitheatre on this one [...] but it seems to me there was another way out. If he had just kept chopping, eventually the creature would have had a hundred thousand heads, making it look something like venomous reptilian broccoli. Then it would have tipped over and been no threat to anyone. People could come up and laugh at it, it would have been a great tourist attraction. -->-- Creator/LoreSjoberg, ''The Book of Ratings''
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->Kudos ->''Kudos (Greek!) to Hercules for thinking outside the ampitheatre on this one [...] but it seems to me there was another way out. If he had just kept chopping, eventually the creature would have had a hundred thousand heads, making it look something like venomous reptilian broccoli. Then it would have tipped over and been no threat to anyone. People could come up and laugh at it, it would have been a great tourist attraction. attraction.'' -->-- Creator/LoreSjoberg, '''Creator/LoreSjoberg''', ''The Book of Ratings''
13th Dec '15 7:46:39 PM nombretomado
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* Madrox the Multiple Man of ''[[XFactor X-Factor]]'' has the power of SelfDuplication, but it usually works like the HydraProblem from his enemies' point of view because he involuntarily creates a copy of himself when struck. Punch him, and suddenly he has backup. The answer to beating him is a OneHitKill (PrettyLittleHeadshots don't create copies), restraining him so that he can't receive a sufficient blow (punching a wall would suffice, so you'd better tie him up tight), or employing a method that doesn't involve direct force (poison, for example).
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* Madrox the Multiple Man of ''[[XFactor X-Factor]]'' ''ComicBook/XFactor'' has the power of SelfDuplication, but it usually works like the HydraProblem from his enemies' point of view because he involuntarily creates a copy of himself when struck. Punch him, and suddenly he has backup. The answer to beating him is a OneHitKill (PrettyLittleHeadshots don't create copies), restraining him so that he can't receive a sufficient blow (punching a wall would suffice, so you'd better tie him up tight), or employing a method that doesn't involve direct force (poison, for example).
7th Dec '15 11:23:45 PM Chabal2
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* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' features hydras as a neutral monster, but use AsteroidsMonster due to the limitations: every three-headed hydra splits into two smaller three-headed hydras.
28th Nov '15 11:36:48 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* TropeNamer comes from the Lernaean Hydra from Myth/ClassicalMythology. Whenever a head was broken, two more grew in its place. To defeat it, the hero Heracles had his friend Iolaus burn the stumps before the head grew back until he smashes off all the beast's heads with his club.
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* TropeNamer The TropeNamer: ** The name comes from the Lernaean Hydra from Myth/ClassicalMythology. Whenever a head was broken, two more grew in its place. To defeat it, the hero Heracles had his friend Iolaus burn the stumps before the head grew back until he smashes off all the beast's heads with his club. (Adding insult to injury, King Eurystheus wouldn't count this one towards the Ten Labors because Iolaus helped him.)

*** {{Deconstructed}} [[http://math.andrej.com/2008/02/02/the-hydra-game/ here]] and [[http://www.math.uchicago.edu/~drh/278files/notes16.pdf here]], as it turns out not only can a demigod like Hercules not fail to beat a Hydra no matter how many heads it can grow back, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodstein%27s_theorem the]] [[MindScrew heads can grow in a sufficiently complex structure to contain all of arithmetic]]. **** Note however that this is only true for a non-standard version of the hydra where heads can be either directly connected to the body or branched off another neck and it won't regrow any heads if the head cut-off is directly attached to the body. *** Parody hero Samurai Cat fought Cerberus, who it turned out had the same power. Samurai Cat just kept chopping off heads until Cerberus had so many, 1) they were all too small to bite effectively and 2) they weighed so much Cerberus couldn't walk around anymore.
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*** ** {{Deconstructed}} [[http://math.andrej.com/2008/02/02/the-hydra-game/ here]] and [[http://www.math.uchicago.edu/~drh/278files/notes16.pdf here]], as it turns out not only can a demigod like Hercules not fail to beat a Hydra no matter how many heads it can grow back, but [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodstein%27s_theorem the]] [[MindScrew heads can grow in a sufficiently complex structure to contain all of arithmetic]]. **** arithmetic]].( Note however that this is only true for a non-standard version of the hydra where heads can be either directly connected to the body or branched off another neck and it won't regrow any heads if the head cut-off is directly attached to the body. *** body.) ** Parody hero Samurai Cat fought Cerberus, who it turned out had the same power. Samurai Cat just kept chopping off heads until Cerberus had so many, 1) they were all too small to bite effectively and 2) they weighed so much Cerberus couldn't walk around anymore.
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