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22nd Apr '18 12:30:25 PM nombretomado
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* ''ComicBook/TheMonsterSocietyOfEvil'' has a literal Hydra created by Mister Mind, which when it loses a head grows it back with the head of another animal. [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] causes its heads to fight over meat, killing it.

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* ''ComicBook/TheMonsterSocietyOfEvil'' has a literal Hydra created by Mister Mind, which when it loses a head grows it back with the head of another animal. [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] causes its heads to fight over meat, killing it.
8th Mar '18 11:35:22 AM XDiakos
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* A similar event happened when manga publishers asserted their copyrights to get {{Scanlation}} sites taken down-many more sprung up to take the places of the ones targeted.

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* A similar event happened when manga publishers asserted their copyrights to get {{Scanlation}} sites taken down-many more sprung up to take the places of the ones targeted. The same thing tends to happen to sites that illicitly stream anime where anime publishers are concerned as well.
3rd Mar '18 3:32:26 PM Someoneman
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* Megaera is a three headed hydra in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s Throne of Thunder, when one of her heads is killed, two more grow in it's place. Megaera still takes damage with each head killed, so it's just a matter of killing seven heads and holding out against the assault from all the extra heads. Perhaps a ShoutOut to the original mythos, at the last stage of the fight, Megaera has nine heads; two that can be attacked and must be tanked, and seven[[note]]One at the start of the battle and six for each of the heads cut off, minus the seventh one that defeats her[[/note]] attacking the party from a distance.

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* Megaera is a three headed hydra in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s Throne of Thunder, when one of her heads is killed, two more grow in it's its place. Megaera still takes damage with each head killed, so it's just a matter of killing seven heads and holding out against the assault from all the extra heads. Perhaps a ShoutOut to the original mythos, at the last stage of the fight, Megaera has nine heads; two that can be attacked and must be tanked, and seven[[note]]One at the start of the battle and six for each of the heads cut off, minus the seventh one that defeats her[[/note]] attacking the party from a distance.
28th Feb '18 12:46:02 AM Chabal2
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** The Hydra also had one immortal head, which they had to bury under a rock.

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** The Hydra also had one immortal head, which they had to bury under a rock. The whole thing might be an allegory for a swamp that just couldn't be drained, as every time a spring was blocked off, more would pop up.
20th Feb '18 5:35:01 PM GirlofMassDeconstruction
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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;[[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.

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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;[[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. \n Solving this might involve the GeminiDestructionLaw.
2nd Feb '18 9:33:57 PM veronchung27
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*** [[spoiler:Averted trope as seen in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''. The Avengers take down one HYDRA base after another based on intel from Maria Hill until they arrive at the last remaining powerful HYDRA base. Strucker and List, the two last remaining higher-ups surrender and the former is even killed by Ultron. See also the ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'' example below, though beware spoilers for that series.]]

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*** [[spoiler:Averted trope as seen in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''. The Avengers take down one HYDRA base after another based on intel from Maria Hill until they arrive at the last remaining powerful HYDRA base. Strucker and List, the two last remaining higher-ups surrender and are killed, the former is even killed by Ultron.Ultron and the latter by Iron Man. See also the ''Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'' example below, though beware spoilers for that series.]]



* 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. In Season 4, HYDRA does not appear ''at all'' (in the real world anyway) and might be gone for good. It's also revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. has a division devoted to crushing any sign of HYDRA, effectively cutting off any head the moment one appears.]]

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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 (through sharing intel with Maria Hill) to deal the final blow. blow, giving them Strucker's location so they can attack his base. Hydra is now scattered and Kelbo Kebo 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 apprentice, while the modern-day head of the ancient Hive cult that eventually became HYDRA, Gideon Malick, joins forces with Ward; more heads have grown. All known heads are again cut by the end of the third season, including Hive, the original head.head and the reason HYDRA was founded in the first place. In Season 4, HYDRA does not appear ''at all'' (in the real world anyway) and might be gone for good. It's also revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. has a division devoted to crushing any sign of HYDRA, effectively cutting off any head the moment one appears.]]
2nd Feb '18 12:00:03 PM MetaFour
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': The heroes solved the problem of an actual hydra by repeatedly decapitating it until it fainted -- [[RealityEnsues its heart couldn't maintain the proper blood pressure in all the extra necks]]. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0326.html Then]] an enterprising goblin starts using it [[RuleOfFunny as an infinite supply of meat for a barbecue restaurant]].

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': The heroes solved the problem of an actual hydra by repeatedly decapitating it until it fainted -- [[RealityEnsues its heart couldn't maintain the proper blood pressure in all the extra necks]]. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0326.html Then]] an enterprising goblin starts using it [[RuleOfFunny [[MainliningTheMonster as an infinite supply of meat for a barbecue restaurant]].
30th Jan '18 9:12:01 AM ultimomant
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* ''ComicBook/GodzillaRageAcrossTime'': In Ancient Greece, Godzilla battles the Hydra. He defeats it by blasting Mount Olympus and letting the Hydra get crushed by the falling rocks.
26th Jan '18 8:12:14 PM Psychadelico
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* [[ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer Groo]] once faced a hydra-like monster, guarding the entrance to the underworld. Being a MasterSwordsman, but [[IdiotHero not much of a thinker]], Groo beats it in exactly the manner described in the page quote, chopping off head after head until the beast had so many it couldn't stand up anymore and Groo could just walk past, still puzzling about what it was he was doing wrong.
25th Jan '18 7:52:40 PM ultimomant
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* Starfish can regrow limbs or even form new starfish out of the old limbs f the severed appendage contains enough of the central disk. Oyster farmers unaware of this ability would often pull starfish from the reefs and cut them to pieces, unaware that they were creating more oyster eating starfish.

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* Starfish can regrow limbs or even form new starfish out of the old limbs f if the severed appendage contains enough of the central disk. Oyster farmers unaware of this ability would often pull starfish from the reefs and cut them to pieces, unaware that they were creating more oyster eating starfish.
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