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19th Apr '17 1:33:52 PM Jhonny
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* In Sports, particularly UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball, trick plays tend to fall in one of three categories: Either they're so genius, they become part of the game, or they work based on being illogical and not what the opponent would expect (in which case they will remain rare and often only used in desperate situations) and the third category are those that make use of AintNoRule, in which case there is likely to be an ObviousRulePatch right after it's been used the first time. The first category is often not even considered a "trick" any more and includes stuff like play action passes, the second includes stuff like fake punts and the third includes stuff that is usually subject to quite a bit of controversy afterwards, such as the "Holy Roller" play or the shenanigans the Patriots pulled with declaring different receivers ineligible in their playoffs matchup against the Ravens some time in the 2010s.
19th Apr '17 1:21:48 PM Jhonny
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* The tactics the 9/11 hijackers used to seize control of the planes fall into this category. Generally speaking, since most passengers in previously hijacked airliners did in fact survive, there was no reason for passengers and crew not to cooperate.[[note]]Standard operating procedure for most hijackers in the past was "Take over the plane, then land it somewhere and use the passengers as bargaining chips for political concessions," which often allowed governments the chance to neutralize the hijackers with minimal collateral damage.[[/note]] [[CombatPragmatist Now that using the plane as a kamikaze weapon]] has been firmly established as a possibility, trying to take over a plane with knives will likely not work because the passengers and crew will fight back and overpower the hijackers.

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* The tactics the 9/11 hijackers used to seize control of the planes fall into this category. Generally speaking, since most passengers in previously hijacked airliners did in fact survive, there was no reason for passengers and crew not to cooperate.[[note]]Standard operating procedure for most hijackers in the past was "Take over the plane, then land it somewhere and use the passengers as bargaining chips for political concessions," which often allowed governments the chance to neutralize the hijackers with minimal collateral damage.[[/note]] [[CombatPragmatist Now that using the plane as a kamikaze weapon]] has been firmly established as a possibility, trying to take over a plane with knives will likely not work because the passengers and crew will fight back and overpower the hijackers. In fact it is a commonly cited theory that the passengers of United Flight 93 knew what had happened to the other flights hijacked that day and either risked their lives because they had nothing left to lose or went on an outright suicide mission to subvert the attackers.
8th Apr '17 6:39:10 AM Blazer
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** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Trunks and Mai attempt to use this this skill on Zamasu, unable to beat the immortal god by himself or with Goku and Vegeta's power. However, because they forgot the seals to prevent escape, Zamasu's able to escape and ''[[VillainousBreakdown flips the hell out]]''.
17th Mar '17 10:41:20 PM Steven
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* The UsefulNotes/NintendoWii was a massive success that was mostly helped from word of mouth spreading fast and Nintendo making games aimed at the casual/non gamer crowd. Nintendo tried a similar strategy again with the UsefulNotes/WiiU, but it bombed hard due to Nintendo barely advertising the console (which caused many people to get confused and think that the gamepad was the console itself and others thought it was just another version of the Wii) and the demographic from the Wii had moved onto mobile and tablet gaming. Nintendo learned from their mistakes and failure of the Wii U by making the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch appealing to the right crowd, launching a more aggressive advertising campaign, and having more games in the pipeline.
13th Mar '17 9:24:46 AM Eddy1215
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* Brought up in ''[[Franchise/{{Species}} Species II]]'' with Sil=/=Eve's alien race. If they survive being exposed to a disease, after healing, [[AdaptiveAbility they immediately develop an immunity to it]], leaving it ineffective later on.

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* Brought up in ''[[Franchise/{{Species}} Species II]]'' with Sil=/=Eve's Sil[=/=]Eve's alien race. If they survive being exposed to a disease, after healing, [[AdaptiveAbility they immediately develop an immunity to it]], leaving it ineffective later on.
13th Mar '17 9:22:40 AM Eddy1215
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* In an [=AU=] retelling of the ending of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Bats!" entitled [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/347603/you-look-so-sexy-this-way You Look So Sexy This Way]], it's revealed that the spell Twilight used on the vampire fruit bats can only affect a subject once. However, the attempt to return Flutterbat to normal only restored Fluttershy's senses, leaving the rest of her still a batpony, and as Fluttershy receiving the rebound from the bats counting as being cast, the spell would no longer work on her, leaving her a batpony permanently.


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* Brought up in ''[[Franchise/{{Species}} Species II]]'' with Sil=/=Eve's alien race. If they survive being exposed to a disease, after healing, [[AdaptiveAbility they immediately develop an immunity to it]], leaving it ineffective later on.
4th Mar '17 12:47:31 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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* In ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', Robogog's ultimate weapon was a [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt world ending 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.
2nd Mar '17 11:10:02 AM Baileyjrob
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* Quantum Destabilizer from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Dipper and [[spoiler: Ford]] try to use this against [[spoiler: Bill Cipher]] in [[spoiler: [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E18Weirdmageddon Weirdmageddon Part 1]]. Ford directly acknowledges that they only have one shot, and, while the shot does damage Bill, it is ultimately a missed shot as it fails to kill him. Ford is captured, and the weapon is never able to be used again.]]


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* Quantum Destabilizer from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Dipper and [[spoiler: Ford]] try to use this against [[spoiler: Bill Cipher]] in [[spoiler: [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E18Weirdmageddon Weirdmageddon Part 1]]. Ford directly acknowledges that they only have one shot, and, while the shot does damage Bill, it is ultimately a missed shot as it fails to kill him. Ford is captured, and the weapon is never able to be used again.]]
2nd Mar '17 11:08:29 AM Baileyjrob
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* Quantum Destabilizer from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Dipper and [[spoiler: Ford]] try to use this against [[spoiler: Bill Cipher]] in [[spoiler: [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E18Weirdmageddon Weirdmageddon Part 1]]. Ford directly acknowledges that they only have one shot, and, while the shot does damage Bill, it is ultimately a missed shot as it fails to kill him. Ford is captured, and the weapon is never able to be used again.]]
27th Feb '17 7:42:33 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'', the Star Build Strike's Absorb Shield wasn't designed this way, but that tends to be how it works out in practice. As the name implies, the shield opens up and [[EnergyAbsorption absorbs any beam attacks that come its way]], then uses the energy to power some rather impressive {{Limit Break}}s; after its spectacular first use, most of the [[GenreSavvy smarter fighters]] (and this being the World Championship, that meant most of them) realize what's going on and go out of their way to disable the shield first or attack with solid projectiles like missiles that can't be absorbed.

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* In ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'', the Star Build Strike's Absorb Shield wasn't designed this way, but that tends to be how it works out in practice. As the name implies, the shield opens up and [[EnergyAbsorption absorbs any beam attacks that come its way]], then uses the energy to power some rather impressive {{Limit Break}}s; after its spectacular first use, most of the [[GenreSavvy smarter fighters]] fighters (and this being the World Championship, that meant most of them) realize what's going on and go out of their way to disable the shield first or attack with solid projectiles like missiles that can't be absorbed.



* In an issue of ''Comicbook/UncannyXMen'' ComicBook/{{Rogue}} absorbed ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}'s powers and defeated Nimrod, the mutant killing robot from the future, by teleporting a chunk of his body away. The next time the X-Men fought Nimrod, Nightcrawler simply tried the same trick again, only to discover that Nimrod had adapted himself so that not only did it not work but the attempt messed Nightcrawler up quite badly. Thus proving that when it comes to ForgottenPhlebotinum, the line between GenreSavvy and GenreBlindness is whether it works.

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* In an issue of ''Comicbook/UncannyXMen'' ComicBook/{{Rogue}} absorbed ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}'s powers and defeated Nimrod, the mutant killing robot from the future, by teleporting a chunk of his body away. The next time the X-Men fought Nimrod, Nightcrawler simply tried the same trick again, only to discover that Nimrod had adapted himself so that not only did it not work but the attempt messed Nightcrawler up quite badly. Thus proving that when it comes to ForgottenPhlebotinum, the line between GenreSavvy and GenreBlindness is whether it works.



*** In Marvel's ComicBook/HeroesReborn arc Doctor Doom had guard robots that had this programmed into them.
* Similar to the Doomsday example above, {{Creator/Marvel|Comics}} villain ComicBook/{{Ultron}} tends to come back whenever he's destroyed, now with immunity to whatever wrecked him the last time.

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*** ** In Marvel's ComicBook/HeroesReborn arc Doctor Doom had guard robots that had this programmed into them.
* Similar to the Doomsday example above, {{Creator/Marvel|Comics}} villain ComicBook/{{Ultron}} tends to come back whenever he's destroyed, now with immunity to whatever wrecked him the last time.
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