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21st Feb '18 4:05:22 PM Foreman
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* in town of salem the redistributionist can only bring someone back once per game and you only have one
** Doctor and bodygards have a one time self protect
** Witches have a one time auto-vest
** to lesser extent some roles have limited uses of abilties
19th Feb '18 9:29:29 PM MagiMecha
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has a very picky customer invoke an AchillesInHisTent by making Spongebob doubt his skills as a fry cook by claiming he forgot the pickles. When Spongebob returns and confronts him again, he pulls the same trick, but Spongebob quickly realizes how he got away with it when he starts laughing.
12th Feb '18 8:20:03 AM Sunflorazumarill
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** There is an item called the Sacred Ash, which revives all fainted Pokémon in your party AND fully restores their HP. The catch, usually the only place it's found is Ho-Oh holding it, so there's only one in the game. The Festival Plaza in ''Sun & Moon'', however, let's you purchase it.


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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5'', the team needs to head to a nanotech stabilizer and can't afford to go through a Battle Zone first, so Saige reveals a crystal that lets them skip the Battle Zone and go straight to their destination. When asked why they don't always use such a crystal, she reveals that she only managed to obtain one, thus limiting its use.
30th Jan '18 10:27:26 AM nighttrainfm
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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.

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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 limbs off, controlled paralyzed 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!"]] SPIRIT!"]], instantly rebuilds a replacement arm and leg, himself, ignores Blood's energy blasts (the ones that blew his arm and leg limbs 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 you, like, magic now or something?]]
-->'''Cyborg''': I'm
now?]]\\
'''Cyborg''': Pretty
sure it that was a one-time deal.deal. Blood was trying so hard to hack into my brain, I guess I sorta hacked into his.
26th Jan '18 2:10:55 PM DaibhidC
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* In one of the ''Comicbook/LegionOfSuperheroes'' try-out issues, one of the would-be Legionnaires was a woman called X-Bomb Betty, who had the power to "create an explosion of 150 million megatons". When they asked her to demonstrate this she got a panicked look and said "But ... But I can only do it ''once''!"
12th Jan '18 10:53:32 PM BlueCaper
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* ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'': The [[spoiler:[[ArtifactOfPower Seal of Metatron]]]] from the [[spoiler:first]] game. Granted, [[spoiler:Alessa]] knew [[GeometricMagic how to use it]] (having been [[spoiler:[[PreachersKid Dahlia's daughter]] and all]]), and she only sought to [[spoiler:''[[CapturedSuperEntity contain]]'' [[GodIsEvil "God"]] and the [[{{Darkworld}} Otherworld]] [[SealedEvilInACan within]] [[XanatosGambit her area]]]]. [[spoiler:Alessa's [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture next incarnation]]]] though she may be, [[spoiler:Heather]] is [[IHaveNoIdeaWhatImDoing ignorant on how it works]]; and it is reportedly "[[AwesomeButImpractical difficult to control]]," indeed making it "just a piece of junk"...[[PlacebotinumEffect in]] ''[[PlacebotinumEffect her]]'' [[PlacebotinumEffect hands]]. Presumably [[spoiler:Vincent]] [[DidntThinkThisThrough doesn't know]] either, seeing as [[spoiler:he would've told her how to use it otherwise]]. [[spoiler:Leonard]] was only [[spoiler:appointed [[{{Protectorate}} its]] [[GuardianEntity guardian]], expecting a member of [[MysteryCult "the order"]] to be [[TheChosenOne the chosen one]] to use it]], so it's also doubtful that he knew how to use it. [[spoiler:Claudia]] may or may not have known the required [[RitualMagic ritual]], but [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane denies its efficacy]]. Oh, well...at least [[spoiler:Harry [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture left Heather]] a [[AppliedPhlebotinum little present]]]].
10th Jan '18 8:09:45 PM Taxima
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* In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', the Phantom Thieves [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood force a change of heart onto corrupt people]] by stealing the manifestation of their distorted desires, their "Treasure", from that person's [[MentalWorld Palace]]. To make the Treasure take physical form, the Thieves have to send their target a CallingCard in the real world to alert the target that they will steal their desires. The shock and paranoia from the warning are what makes the Treasure physical. The drawback is that the initial shock of the threat will eventually wear off and can never be recreated, meaning that the Phantom Thieves only have a short window of time to steal the Treasure and only get one shot at it.
31st Dec '17 6:49:12 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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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.

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* The tactics the 9/11 hijackers used to seize control of the planes fall into this category.category, even if you're not counting increased paranoia around airports making it unlikely that any repeat performances would even make it to the plane (several of the hijackers had been flagged as suspicious, but lax security meant they got through anyway). 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.
22nd Dec '17 6:55:05 AM Scifiwriterguy
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** This is also the case behind Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) for tanks and armored personnel vehicles. When touched by an EFP (Explosively-Formed Projectile, the most common form of anti-armor round in use today, which essentially is a bolt of molten metal), the ERA plate explodes, disrupting the jet and preventing it from penetrating the vehicle's armor. Once an ERA plate detonates, that section is unprotected from further hits until it is replaced. The good news is that it's very hard to hit the same spot twice, especially from far away, although not impossible. ERA-protected vehicles have been destroyed by such unlucky double strikes.

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** This is also the case behind Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) for tanks and armored personnel vehicles. When touched by an EFP (Explosively-Formed Projectile, the most common form of anti-armor round in use today, which essentially is a bolt of molten metal), the ERA plate explodes, disrupting the jet and preventing it from penetrating the vehicle's armor. Once an ERA plate detonates, that section is unprotected from further hits until it is replaced. The good news is that While it's very hard to hit the same spot twice, especially from far away, although it's not impossible. ERA-protected vehicles have been destroyed by such unlucky double strikes. Newer armor-defeat munitions actually stack multiple shape-charge warheads that fire in sequence, burning through ERA and armor and allowing the hindmost EFP to penetrate to do damage.
21st Dec '17 11:42:35 PM LinTaylor
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* In the ''WebVideo/CounterMonkey'' episode "The Bardic Knock Spell", [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] discusses this in relation to [=RPGs=], saying that if you can impress the Game Master, he'll let you get away with doing something really audacious, but he'll only give it to you once. The example he gives, the titular "spell", involves gaining access to the villains' stronghold by just knocking on the front door, then punching out whomever answers.
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