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11th Feb '16 8:12:26 AM DyingWillKirby
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* In ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'', this is the critical drawback of [[spoiler:Misdirection Overflow]]. After its effect wears off, not only will that technique not work anymore on the team it was used on, but that team will also become immune to [[spoiler:the most basic of misdirection techniques]]. It's described in-universe as "performing a trick while simultaneously showing how it's done."
1st Feb '16 10:30:34 AM ChronoLegion
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** This is also the case behind reactive armor for tanks and armored personnel vehicles. It works by detecting an incoming projectile and detonating a tiny explosive behind a metal plate. The plate flies off towards the projectile and, hopefully, deflects it from the target or detonates it prematurely. However, once a particular section of the reactive armor is spend, that area is vulnerable to repeated strikes. The good news is, it's very hard to hit the same spot twice, especially from far away, although it has happened (at least one Bradley IFV was lost to just such an unlucky double strike).
1st Feb '16 10:26:27 AM ChronoLegion
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** Considering what we know now about the hymen (i.e. it can regrow or even not break during intercourse), this is not necessarily the case.
1st Feb '16 10:17:12 AM ChronoLegion
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** In ''XCOM: Enemy Within'', there is a scripted event involving an [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs alien attack on your base]] (if you lose this mission, it's NonstandardGameOver for you). The means the aliens use to MindControl on some of your techs to get him to sabotage your base defenses is stated to be a one-off.
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** In ''XCOM: Enemy Within'', there is a scripted event involving an [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs alien attack on your base]] (if you lose this mission, it's NonstandardGameOver for you). The means the aliens use to MindControl on some of your techs to get him them to sabotage your base defenses is stated to be a one-off.
1st Feb '16 10:16:39 AM ChronoLegion
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** In ''XCOM: Enemy Within'', there is a scripted event involving an [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs alien attack on your base]] (if you lose this mission, it's NonstandardGameOver for you). The means the aliens use to MindControl on some of your techs to get him to sabotage your base defenses is stated to be a one-off.
28th Jan '16 5:19:55 AM gallium
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* Not ''once'', exactly, but... the bombs used by the US on Hiroshima and Nagasaki completely emptied the atomic stockpile. There had been three bombs; one was used in testing, and the other two were dropped a couple of days apart. While the US knew ''how'' to make more, there weren't any left after Nagasaki, and it would have been at least a week or two before another could be deployed.
19th Jan '16 7:38:30 AM Jake
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* Literature/{{Biggles}} found himself fighting AirPirates targeting bullion shipments in ''Biggles and Co''. The first time they hit his aircraft, he thwarted them with a false floor in the aircraft and some decoy crates full of lead... with some explosives wired to go off when the lid was lifted. The second time it happened, the air pirates immediately went for the secret compartment... And got another load of lead ingots because he'd put the real gold in the main cargo hold. The ''third'' time, the now very annoyed air pirates discovered they'd forced down an unloaded decoy aircraft. [[spoiler: That didn't work quite so well because the air pirates had [[TheMole an inside source]] who'd hidden a smoke bomb in the latest consignment.]]
8th Jan '16 12:28:47 PM DarkHunter
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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 applies, 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 applies, 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.
8th Jan '16 12:27:57 PM DarkHunter
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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 applies, 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 target 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 applies, 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 fighters]] (and this being the World Championship, that meant most of them) realize what's going on and go out of their way to target disable the shield first or attack with solid projectiles like missiles that can't be absorbed.
6th Jan '16 9:53:08 PM AJSthe2nd
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** Interesting the "high ground" trick works like this in that people remember it and react differently. When Maul knocks Obi-wan into a pit, and stands over him, Obi-wan flips over and takes Maul by surprise, chopping him in half. When he has a similar position against Anakin in their fight years later and Anakin tries the same thing Obi-wan did Obi-wan is expecting it and slices him before he can attack. Decades later when Anakin, now Vader is fighting Luke and Luke takes the high ground, rather than try to jump up since it didn't work last time he tosses his saber at him. In short, Obi-wan tries a trick against Maul, is then expecting and counters when Anakin tries it on him, and then Anakin is expecting it when figting Luke.
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