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26th Apr '16 11:25:42 PM Lemia
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** Shampoo once offered Ranma a packet of bath powder that would nullify his curse in exchange for a date. She learns soon after that the powder works only once, but leaves that part out when Ranma finally gets the powder.
19th Apr '16 4:56:53 PM NegiSpongie
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Titans East Part 2", Cyborg is the only Titan left who can resist Brother Blood's [[MindManipulation Mind Control]]. Blood has effortlessly torn Cyborg's leg and arm off, controlled the other Titans, and is ripping Cyborg's circuitry apart, trying to find the component that makes Cyborg immune. Cyborg announces [[HeroicResolve "It's my SPIRIT!"]] instantly rebuilds a replacement arm and leg, ignores Blood's energy blasts (the ones that blew his arm and leg off 15 seconds ago) and takes Blood out with one punch. They at least {{lampshade|Hanging}} it this time.
-->'''Beast Boy''': [[DoingInTheScientist So are you magic now or something?]]
-->'''Cyborg''': I'm sure it was a one-time deal.
15th Apr '16 3:29:23 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Film/GameraVsBarugon'', the humans goad Barugon into firing his rainbow beam at a giant mirror, which bounces back and knocks him down. When the humans try it again, Barugon [[ItCanThink realizes what is going on]] and instead attacks them physically. He doesn't use his rainbow beam for the remainder of the film.

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* In ''Film/GameraVsBarugon'', the humans goad Barugon into firing his rainbow beam at a giant mirror, which bounces back and knocks him down. When the humans try it again, Barugon [[ItCanThink realizes what is going on]] and instead attacks them physically. He doesn't use his rainbow beam for the remainder of the film.film, except once out of desperation when Gamera kills him.
15th Apr '16 7:34:25 AM delightfulCheshire
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick,'' Vaarsuvius make a deal with a trio of demons to become a virtual GodModeSue, but later claims that it can never be done again. This is probably true, since the demons have no reason to help now, but it is likely the real reason is trauma: while in power [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius not only did some ''[[MoralEventHorizon really]]'' [[MoralEventHorizon nasty things]], but nearly got killed due to overconfidence]].
** We don't know if they didn't have reason not to help her, the real problem is the other end of the deal which is giving the third-party villains time for which Vaarsuvius must serve them.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick,'' Vaarsuvius make makes a deal with a trio of demons to become a virtual GodModeSue, but later claims that it can never be done again. This is probably true, since the demons have no reason to help now, but it is likely the real reason is trauma: while in power [[spoiler:Vaarsuvius not only did some ''[[MoralEventHorizon really]]'' [[MoralEventHorizon really nasty things]], but nearly got killed due to overconfidence]].
** We don't know if they didn't have any reason not to help her, the real problem hir, another is the other end of the deal which is giving the third-party villains time for which Vaarsuvius must serve them.
31st Mar '16 11:19:35 AM EDP
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* The reason why ComicBook/{{Diabolik}} and [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist inspector Ginko]] [[NeverRecycleYourSchemes don't bother reusing plans and gadgets]]: the next time the police will have figured out how to counter Diabolik's tricks, and Diabolik will know how to get around the counter, as shown by Diabolik's [[LatexPerfection perfect masks]] (one of the rare tricks he does reuse: the police checks faces multiple times if they even suspect he's around, and sometimes Diabolik can pass through the checks if the circumstances are right). [[SubvertedTrope However this is valid only if the opponent knows what happened, as otherwise they can't figure a way out of it]].
8th Mar '16 9:24:49 PM gophergiggles
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Aku manages to fool Jack by transforming into a beautiful woman named Ikra and feeding him a sob story to gain his trust, which results in Aku trashing a portal to the past and taunting Jack about it. The second time Aku tries this trick, however (this time as a [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda-ish]] old master), Jack immediately sees through it: he [[BluffTheImposter Bluffs The Imposter]], turns the plan against Aku, and nearly takes him out once and for all.
29th Feb '16 2:07:44 PM CalicoJack
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* In ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' Zhuge Liang uses the Empty Fort Strategy, but then claims it to be this. Specifically, he orders his few hundred soldier to dress as civilians and all the city gates to be thrown open. Sima Yi is wary of Zhuge Liang's (entirely fictional) strategic brilliance and assumes it to be a triple bluff as Zhuge Liang's plans never leave his army open to this kind of risk. There are no historical records of this, however. Zhuge Liang's campaigns were poorly planned and executed and Sima Yi didn't know Zhuge Liang's modus operandi well enough for a plan that relied on him knowing it to work.



* The [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Eastern variant]] was [[TheStrategist Zhuge]] [[TheChessmaster Liang]], who, when faced with 60:1 odds in a battle, he sits himself on the parapet above the gate to play the lute with the gates themselves flung wide open. Due to his well-deserved reputation, the opposing general ''retreats'' rather than risk getting lured into a trap - and it fits squarely into this trope because the only reason it worked so well was due to it being the first time Liang had ever bluffed.
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.
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