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10th Feb '17 9:02:14 AM I_love_dragons
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This is where when you defeat an enemy, one or two more show up in its place, and so on until you perform some kind of specific attack to kill it for good. Named for the Hydra from Greek mythology, which had nine heads that grew two more heads whenever one was chopped off; the only way to destroy it was to cut off the heads and cauterize the stumps with fire before the head was able to grow back and multiply. Compare to {{Asteroids Monster}}s, in which a destroyed monster divides into several smaller versions of itself and you have to keep killing them until they are dead for good. Expect a lot of decapitation, even though this is probably the worst possible strategy to use.

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This is where when you defeat an enemy, one or two more show up in its place, and so on until you perform some kind of specific attack to kill it for good. Named for the Hydra from Greek mythology, which had nine heads that grew two more heads whenever one was chopped off; off;[[note]] Although some versions state it just keeps regenerating its severed heads instead of growing more. Thus the total number of heads would never exceed 9.[[/note]] the only way to destroy it was to cut off the heads and cauterize the stumps with fire before the head was able to grow back and multiply. Compare to {{Asteroids Monster}}s, in which a destroyed monster divides into several smaller versions of itself and you have to keep killing them until they are dead for good. Expect a lot of decapitation, even though this is probably the worst possible strategy to use.
26th Jan '17 9:26:51 PM Bedelato
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* Averted by actual hydrae in VideoGame/DwarfFortress, but played straight in some evil biomes, where ''individual severed body parts'' of a dead creature can rise up and attack. Now in these evil biomes all the wild animals are zombies, so the effect is that killing zombies creates more zombies. Only way to kill such zombies for good is by pulping.
17th Jan '17 8:58:35 PM SantosLHalper
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11th Jan '17 1:12:38 PM SantosLHalper
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* There's a small aquatic predator literally known as ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_(genus) Hydra]]'', and true to their name, they immediately grow into even more hydras when cut into pieces. Scientists actually divided it ''into its individual cells'' with hundreds of more hydras sprouting up from the ensuing goop. They're a pest in freshwater aquaria to fish fry and small shrimp in freshwater aquaria, and if you try and stop them by crushing them, well...

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* There's a small aquatic predator literally known as ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_(genus) Hydra]]'', and true to their name, they immediately grow into even more hydras when cut into pieces. Scientists actually divided it ''into its individual cells'' with hundreds of more hydras sprouting up from the ensuing goop. They're a pest threat in freshwater aquaria to fish fry and small shrimp in freshwater aquaria, and if you try and stop them by crushing them, well...
11th Jan '17 1:08:56 PM SantosLHalper
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* There's a small aquatic predator literally known as ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_(genus) Hydra]] because they immediately grow into even more hydras when severed. Scientists actually divided it ''into its individual cells'' with hundreds of hydras sprouting up from the cells. They're a pest in freshwater aquaria to fish fry and small shrimp in freshwater aquaria, and if you try and stop them by crushing them, well...

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* There's a small aquatic predator literally known as ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_(genus) Hydra]] because Hydra]]'', and true to their name, they immediately grow into even more hydras when severed. cut into pieces. Scientists actually divided it ''into its individual cells'' with hundreds of more hydras sprouting up from the cells.ensuing goop. They're a pest in freshwater aquaria to fish fry and small shrimp in freshwater aquaria, and if you try and stop them by crushing them, well...
11th Jan '17 1:07:45 PM SantosLHalper
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* Most directly related to the mythological hydra, if a planarian's head is split without severing it from the body (not that they can't survive ''that'') both halves can regenerate, ending up with a two-headed planarian.

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* Most directly related to There's a small aquatic predator literally known as ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydra_(genus) Hydra]] because they immediately grow into even more hydras when severed. Scientists actually divided it ''into its individual cells'' with hundreds of hydras sprouting up from the mythological hydra, cells. They're a pest in freshwater aquaria to fish fry and small shrimp in freshwater aquaria, and if you try and stop them by crushing them, well...
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a planarian's head is split without severing it from the body (not that they can't survive ''that'') both halves can regenerate, ending up with a two-headed planarian.planarian.
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9th Jan '17 7:56:09 AM Berrenta
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* Website/ThePirateBay. Sink a pirate ship, two more shall rise from the water. For years, people have tried to shut down the site; sometimes they pull it off for a few hours or days, but it never goes away for good. Reports say that all the magnet links are just 90MB, making it very easy to do this.
8th Oct '16 11:47:09 AM Prinzenick
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-->'''Phil''': "Will ya forget the head-slicing thing?!"

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-->'''Phil''': "Will ya you forget the head-slicing thing?!"
8th Oct '16 9:18:04 AM Prinzenick
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-->'''Phil''': "Will ya forget the head-slicing thing?!"
3rd Oct '16 7:06:11 PM Bissek
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* The Chaodyn in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' are monsters which, if wounded, their spilt blood will turn into another Chaodyn. The only way to stop this is to deliver a wound that kills them before any of their blood hits the ground.



* The show ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' shares a continuity with the ''Captain America'' film examples above. Coulson [[spoiler:takes down HYDRA by basically cutting off as many heads as possible and, when he gathers enough intel, he calls in the Avengers to deal the final blow. Hydra is now scattered and Kelbo says that "heads ain't growin' back". Then Ward decides to revive HYDRA in his own image and recruits Baron Von Strucker's son as his apprentice; two more heads have grown.]]

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* The show ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' shares a continuity with the ''Captain America'' film examples above. Coulson [[spoiler:takes down HYDRA by basically cutting off as many heads as possible and, when he gathers enough intel, he calls in the Avengers to deal the final blow. Hydra is now scattered and Kelbo says that "heads ain't growin' back". Then Ward decides to revive HYDRA in his own image and recruits Baron Von Strucker's son as his apprentice; two more heads have grown. All known heads are again cut by the end of the third season, including Hive, the original head. Of course, it's still possible that more will turn up in season four...]]
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