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20th Jun '16 3:01:30 PM Trevorg2000
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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}[[spoiler:'s Neutral Route empowers himself by absorbing the six human souls the monsters had collected by that point. As the battle progresses, you call for aid and the souls answer, rebelling against the one using them and eventually enabling you to win. This character also possesses a RippleEffectProofMemory of your gameplay, so on subsequent playthroughs, if you reach the Neutral route's final boss again he'll opt not to go through with it since he knows the souls will simply revolt against him again and the end result will be the same.]]

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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}[[spoiler:'s VideoGame/{{Undertale}}[[spoiler:'s Neutral Route empowers himself by absorbing the six human souls the monsters had collected by that point. As the battle progresses, you call for aid and the souls answer, rebelling against the one using them and eventually enabling you to win. This character also possesses a RippleEffectProofMemory of your gameplay, so on subsequent playthroughs, if you reach the Neutral route's final boss again he'll opt not to go through with it since he knows the souls will simply revolt against him again and the end result will be the same.]]
20th Jun '16 3:00:53 PM Trevorg2000
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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}[[spoiler:'s'' Neutral Route empowers himself by absorbing the six human souls the monsters had collected by that point. As the battle progresses, you call for aid and the souls answer, rebelling against the one using them and eventually enabling you to win. This character also possesses a RippleEffectProofMemory of your gameplay, so on subsequent playthroughs, if you reach the Neutral route's final boss again he'll opt not to go through with it since he knows the souls will simply revolt against him again and the end result will be the same.]]

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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}[[spoiler:'s'' ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}[[spoiler:'s Neutral Route empowers himself by absorbing the six human souls the monsters had collected by that point. As the battle progresses, you call for aid and the souls answer, rebelling against the one using them and eventually enabling you to win. This character also possesses a RippleEffectProofMemory of your gameplay, so on subsequent playthroughs, if you reach the Neutral route's final boss again he'll opt not to go through with it since he knows the souls will simply revolt against him again and the end result will be the same.]]
20th Jun '16 3:00:11 PM Trevorg2000
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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'s'' Neutral Route empowers himself by absorbing the six human souls the monsters had collected by that point. As the battle progresses, you call for aid and the souls answer, rebelling against the one using them and eventually enabling you to win. This character also possesses a RippleEffectProofMemory of your gameplay, so on subsequent playthroughs, if you reach the Neutral route's final boss again he'll opt not to go through with it since he knows the souls will simply revolt against him again and the end result will be the same.

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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'s'' ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}[[spoiler:'s'' Neutral Route empowers himself by absorbing the six human souls the monsters had collected by that point. As the battle progresses, you call for aid and the souls answer, rebelling against the one using them and eventually enabling you to win. This character also possesses a RippleEffectProofMemory of your gameplay, so on subsequent playthroughs, if you reach the Neutral route's final boss again he'll opt not to go through with it since he knows the souls will simply revolt against him again and the end result will be the same.]]
8th Jun '16 5:38:47 PM ultimomant
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* ''Fanfic/{{Marionettes}}: The first time Trixie faces Gear Shift and Cover Story, she covers the floor with ice to make them slip. In their second encounter, when she tries it again, they're wearing winter horseshoes that allow them to walk on ice.

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* ''Fanfic/{{Marionettes}}: ''Fanfic/{{Marionettes}}'': The first time Trixie faces Gear Shift and Cover Story, she covers the floor with ice to make them slip. In their second encounter, when she tries it again, they're wearing winter horseshoes that allow them to walk on ice.
8th Jun '16 5:36:19 PM ultimomant
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* ''Fanfic/{{Marionettes}}: The first time Trixie faces Gear Shift and Cover Story, she covers the floor with ice to make them slip. In their second encounter, when she tries it again, they're wearing winter horseshoes that allow them to walk on ice.
16th May '16 3:27:00 PM aaaaa
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* Before the release of Fallout 4, an excited fan sent Bethesda a box of real-life bottle caps weighing over 11 pounds with a tongue-in-cheek letter asking Bethesda if this would be an acceptable substitute for payment. To his surprise, Bethesda then sent him an email accepting the "payment", and agreeing to send him a copy with the understanding that it'll only work the once.
10th May '16 7:16:06 AM sgamer82
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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'s'' Neutral Route empowers himself by absorbing the six human souls the monsters had collected by that point. As the battle progresses, you call for aid and the souls answer, rebelling against the one using them and eventually enabling you to win. This character also possesses MediumAwareness, so on subsequent playthroughs, if you reach the Neutral route's final boss again he'll opt not to go through with it since he knows the souls will simply revolt against him again and the end result will be the same.

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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'s'' Neutral Route empowers himself by absorbing the six human souls the monsters had collected by that point. As the battle progresses, you call for aid and the souls answer, rebelling against the one using them and eventually enabling you to win. This character also possesses MediumAwareness, a RippleEffectProofMemory of your gameplay, so on subsequent playthroughs, if you reach the Neutral route's final boss again he'll opt not to go through with it since he knows the souls will simply revolt against him again and the end result will be the same.
9th May '16 5:08:21 PM sgamer82
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', numerous villains seem to just give up after an ass-kicking by Luffy and co., despite the fact that they could logically resume their activities after the Straw Hats left the area. Especially since Luffy and company nearly never actually kill the BigBad. Most of the time they go a ways to justify why the BigBad doesn't do this, but occasionally they don't bother.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', numerous ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Numerous
villains seem to just give up after an ass-kicking by Luffy and co., co. despite the fact that they could logically resume their activities after the Straw Hats have left the area. Especially since Luffy and company nearly never actually kill the BigBad. Most of the time they go a ways to justify why the BigBad doesn't do this, but occasionally they don't bother.



** Crocodile looks this way (while his loss of Shichibukai status means he can no longer operate out in the open without drawing attention of the Marines, his criminal organization still exists), too, but a miniarc revealed that after Luffy defeated him, Crocodile lost interest in the outside world, which is why he didn't bother escaping with most of the rest of the officer agents. However, when he heard about the Whitebeard War, and when Luffy showed up on Level 6 too late to rescue his brother, [[EnemyMine he offered his power to help them escape]], his interest rekindled by a chance to strike back at the pirate who ruined his dreams of becoming King. And with that pirate's death, he's ready to give it another shot; the last we heard from Crocodile, he was headed towards the New World again.
** On the topic of Alabasta, there's Nami's Clima-Tact; Usopp had made it little more than a tool for parlor tricks, but the Tornado Tempo...what was it he said?
--->"Okay, here's the deal: as long as your enemy is human, they won't be able to stand after being struck by it. But it's a last resort, and you only get one shot; if you miss, it's over."
*** This is due to the attack relying on wound springs inside one of the 3 poles. Once it fires it looks like it would take significant effort to reload (think trying to re-coil a stretched out slinky) and many of Nami's attacks require all 3 poles so losing one means her fight is basically over regardless of if she's won or not.
** Brook's devil fruit grants him the ability to come back from the dead...once. Since his soul took too long to find his body, he is now just a living killable (though arguably less easily) skeleton.
*** Arguably? With any risk of his body wearing out neutralized, he's immortal unless he's defeated in battle. He also gains natural abilities due to having the same strength without any of the weight of muscles, letting him jump far higher and even run on water temporarally.
** The Fighting King himself in Doflamingo's tournament. One hour of warm up = one punch. See the page image. Now, admittedly it's rather hard to squander a punch that more or less wrecks the ''entire'' battlefield and everyone in it, but [[spoiler:when a BarrierWarrior comes by and blocks it, the King's trounced completely]].

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** Crocodile looks this way (while way, since his loss of Shichibukai Warlord of the Sea status means he can no longer operate out in the open without drawing attention of from the Marines, but his criminal organization still exists), too, but a exists. A miniarc revealed that after Luffy defeated him, Crocodile lost interest in the outside world, which is why he didn't doesn't bother escaping jail with most of the rest of the officer agents. his Officer Agents. However, when he heard about the impending war with Whitebeard War, and when the World Government and Luffy showed up on Level 6 too late attempting to rescue his brother, [[EnemyMine he offered his power to help them escape]], his interest rekindled by a chance to strike back at the pirate who ruined his dreams of becoming King. And with that pirate's death, he's ready to give it another shot; the last we heard from Crocodile, next time Crocodile is seen after that arc, he was headed has plans to head towards the New World again.
** On the topic of Alabasta, there's Nami's Clima-Tact; Usopp had made it little more than a tool for parlor tricks, but the Tornado Tempo...what Tempo was it he said?
--->"Okay, here's the deal:
specifically described as long as your enemy is human, they won't be able to stand after being struck by it. But it's a last resort, and you an attack that can work only get one shot; if you miss, it's over."
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once. This is due to the attack relying on wound springs inside one of the 3 poles. Once it fires it looks like it would take significant effort to reload (think trying to re-coil a stretched out slinky) and many of Nami's attacks require all 3 poles so losing one means her fight is basically over regardless of if she's won or not.
--->'''Usopp's Instructions:''' Tornado Tempo packs a knockout punch. However, it is absolutely a weapon of last resort! You have only one shot! If you miss, it's all over.
** Brook's devil fruit grants him the ability to come back from the dead... once. Since his soul took too long to find his body, he is now just a living living, still killable (though arguably less easily) skeleton.
*** Arguably?
skeleton. With any risk training he has subverted the trope by expanding on his power, making its ability to revive him only one aspect of his body wearing out neutralized, he's immortal unless he's defeated in battle. He also gains natural abilities due to having the same strength without any of the weight of muscles, letting him jump far higher and even run on water temporarally.
** The Fighting King himself in Doflamingo's tournament. One hour of warm up = one punch. See the page image. Now, admittedly it's rather hard to squander a punch that more or less wrecks the ''entire'' battlefield and everyone in it, but [[spoiler:when a BarrierWarrior comes by and blocks it, the King's trounced completely]].
powers.



* Rockets in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''. Since the Heavy Class is carrying a light machine gun (the heaviest weapon in the game), he is already very burdened, so he can only carry one rocket, with no way to resupply during a battle. Well, technically, if he takes the right promotion perks, he can use two rockets and a special shredder rocket (which causes less damage but inflict a DamageIncreasingDebuff), still, with a maximum of three rockets, make them count.

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* Rockets in ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''.''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''
** Rockets.
Since the Heavy Class is carrying a light machine gun (the heaviest weapon in the game), he is already very burdened, so he can only carry one rocket, with no way to resupply during a battle. Well, technically, if he takes the right promotion perks, he can use two rockets and a special shredder rocket (which causes less damage but inflict a DamageIncreasingDebuff), still, with a maximum of three rockets, make them count.


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* The final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'s'' Neutral Route empowers himself by absorbing the six human souls the monsters had collected by that point. As the battle progresses, you call for aid and the souls answer, rebelling against the one using them and eventually enabling you to win. This character also possesses MediumAwareness, so on subsequent playthroughs, if you reach the Neutral route's final boss again he'll opt not to go through with it since he knows the souls will simply revolt against him again and the end result will be the same.
4th May '16 5:41:36 PM ultimomant
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* After TheFlash defeated [[FanNickname Brainthor]] in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' by tapping into the Speed Force he said he didn't think he'd come back if he went that fast again. Notably, when another version of the Flash in the comics did something similar, he ''didn't'' come back.

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* After TheFlash defeated [[FanNickname Brainthor]] in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' Unlimited]]'':
** After The Flash defeated [[FanNickname Brainthor]]
by tapping into the Speed Force Force, he said he didn't think he'd come back if he went that fast again. Notably, when another version of the Flash in the comics did something similar, he ''didn't'' come back.


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** Shadow Thief was weak against bright lights in his first appearance. In his second appearance, he comments light hasn't worked on him in months.
2nd May '16 6:01:37 PM Eddy1215
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* In ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', Robogog's ultimate weapon was a world ending WaveMotionGun called Calamity Destruction, but it could be used once, and thanks to [[spoiler:Buredoran, who intentionally didn't seal Gosei Knight's morpher completely]], Gosei Knight was able to block the blast and stop it from destroying the world, leaving Robogog furious that his ultimate weapon had been wasted.
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