History Main / ItOnlyWorksOnce

16th Jun '17 12:55:02 PM MarcusSLazarus
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* This trope is used as an actual story element in ''{{Comicbook/Runaways}}''. Nico's weapon, the Staff of One, can cast any spell whatsoever but then can never cast it again. (Attempting to repeat a spell results in random effects.) It essentially serves as a leash to her otherwise godlike GreenLanternRing powers. However, it turns out that she can only use each specific spell with ''a specific code word'' once; in a team-up with the ComicBook/YoungAvengers, she was able to cast the same spell repeatedly by running through ComicBook/TheVision's language banks.

to:

** When Kristoff Vernard was uploaded with Doctor Doom's memories to take his place after his apparent death, he decided to attack the FF by reusing an old plan to send the Baxter Building into orbit, reasoning that it had only failed the first time the true Doom attempted it because of the treachery of Namor; the plan failed again, but only because Kristoff's uploaded memories didn't include the Invisible Girl's ability to generate forcefields, allowing the FF to survive the building exploding in space and return to Earth.
* This trope is used as an actual story element in ''{{Comicbook/Runaways}}''. Nico's weapon, the Staff of One, can cast any spell whatsoever but then can never cast it again. (Attempting to repeat a spell results in random effects.) It essentially serves as a leash to her otherwise godlike GreenLanternRing powers. However, it turns out that she can only use each specific spell with ''a specific code word'' once; in a team-up with the ComicBook/YoungAvengers, she was able to cast the same spell repeatedly by running through ComicBook/TheVision's language banks.banks, while on another occasion she was able to 'reuse' a 'Freeze' spell by instructing her enemies to freeze at a specific temperature.
6th Jun '17 6:25:05 AM Mitis
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Straits in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' had the powerful [[EyeBeams Space Ripper Stingy Eye]], an ability he witnessed in part one where a vampire can shoot fluids from the eyes at a ridiculously high velocity, allowing it to cut through flesh. The first time he fires it he misses a fatal shot at Joseph, but nicks his neck. The next time he tries it he hits a mirror reflection of Joseph and then the third time it is completely reflected, with Joseph lampshading that he only needed to see the attack once to know how to counter it, due to the predictability that Straits would go for the fatal shots in the neck and forehead again.

to:

* Straits ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Straits/Straizo in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part 2 had the powerful [[EyeBeams Space Ripper Stingy Eye]], an ability he witnessed in part one where a vampire can shoot fluids from the eyes at a ridiculously high velocity, allowing it to cut through flesh. The first time he fires it he misses a fatal shot at Joseph, but nicks his neck. The next time he tries it he hits a mirror reflection of Joseph and then the third time it is completely reflected, with Joseph lampshading that he only needed to see the attack once to know how to counter it, due to the predictability that Straits would go for the fatal shots in the neck and forehead again.



** 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 a living, still killable skeleton. With training he has subverted the trope by expanding on his power, making its ability to revive him only one aspect of his powers.

to:

** Brook's devil fruit 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 a living, still killable skeleton. With training But with training, he has subverted the trope by expanding on his power, making its ability to revive him only one aspect of his powers.
3rd Jun '17 10:43:49 PM Mitis
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

*** The same goes for First Impression, a Bug-Type variant more than twice as strong introduced in Generation VII. Of course, the only Pokémon that can use it is Golisopod...
16th May '17 7:06:47 PM Eddy1215
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In ''VideoGame/SheepDogNWolf'', Ralph Wolf uses a magic flute to hypnotize Sam Sheepdog and lure him away from the flock of sheep. It works so well, it's available to use in the next level. However, it's revealed that it won't work anymore as Sam now has earplugs.
16th May '17 7:01:35 PM Eddy1215
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* In an [=AU=] retelling of the ending of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Bats!" entitled [[http://www."[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/347603/you-look-so-sexy-this-way You Look So Sexy This Way]], 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.
10th May '17 6:56:25 AM Blazer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Likewise, it's revealed at the beginning of ''Manga/DragonBallZ'' that Shenron, and the Earth's Dragon Balls by extension, cannot grant the same wish twice; for example, if a person who has been already been resurrected is killed again, the person in question will be KilledOffForReal. Porunga, and the Namekian Dragon Balls by extension, have no such limitation.

to:

** Likewise, it's revealed at the beginning of ''Manga/DragonBallZ'' that Shenron, and the Earth's Dragon Balls by extension, cannot grant the same wish twice; for example, if a person who has been already been resurrected is killed again, the person in question will be KilledOffForReal. Porunga, and the Namekian Dragon Balls by extension, have no such limitation. When Dende is brought in to replace Kami, this limitation is removed.
30th Apr '17 2:54:10 PM Abodos
Is there an issue? Send a Message
30th Apr '17 2:54:09 PM Abodos
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In the past of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the Divine Beasts and Guardians were instrumental in the defeat of Calamity Ganon, so much so that King Rhoam insisted on using them again and following the same plan to the letter when Ganon inevitably returned. Unfortunately, he failed to consider the possibility that Ganon would remember how he was defeated last time and change tactics accordingly... [[TheCorruption by corrupting the Divine Beasts and Guardians and turning them against Hyrule]].
19th Apr '17 1:33:52 PM Jhonny
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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.
This list shows the last 10 events of 238. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.ItOnlyWorksOnce