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5th Dec '16 12:22:29 AM Arachnos
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** "Mill deck" is a catch all term used to describe a deck that negates damage and forces the opponent to discard cards from their deck. This is their entire win strategy. Generally speaking both of these are viable tactics, but are used to hinder the opponent rather then outright destroy them. Combined, however, they quickly deplete your opponents deck to zero (which is an automatic loss) all the while countering, negating, and generally obliterating all sources of damage they attempt to put out. Only certain cards can even hinder this strategy in any form and most decks won't be running those since they are so situational. It's little wonder that getting Milled is interpreted as being MindRape into an EmptyShell by the fandom.

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** "Mill deck" is a catch all term used to describe a deck that negates damage and forces the opponent to discard cards from their deck. This is their entire win strategy. Generally speaking both of these are viable tactics, but are used to hinder the opponent rather then outright destroy them. Combined, however, they quickly deplete your opponents deck to zero (which is an automatic loss) all the while countering, negating, and generally obliterating all sources of damage they attempt to put out. Only certain cards can even hinder this strategy in any form and most decks won't be running those since they are so situational. It's little wonder Made even more terrifying by the fact that getting Milled is interpreted as being MindRape "milled" canonically equates to being {{Mind Rape}}d into an EmptyShell by - what with lovely spells like [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=83597 Glimpse the fandom.Unthinkable]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=370663 Traumatize]], and the EldritchAbomination [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=188962 Nemesis of Reason]].
2nd Dec '16 10:25:01 AM LBHills
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*** Once, when [[BodyHorror Marrow's bone-growing powers were going out of control]], Shadowcat used her ability to pass through matter to pull her out of the gnarled mass of bone. Marrow wondered aloud how she could've done it, since the bones were still part of her body, and Shadowcat mentioned that, were she so inclined, she could pluck vital organs out of people's chests.

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*** Once, when [[BodyHorror Marrow's bone-growing powers were going out of control]], Shadowcat used her ability to pass through matter to pull her out of the gnarled mass of bone. Marrow wondered aloud how she could've done it, since the bones were still part of her body, and Shadowcat mentioned that, [[ThouShaltNotKill were she so inclined, inclined]], she could pluck vital organs out of people's chests.
30th Nov '16 8:26:02 AM Schol-R-LEA
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': One of e primary goals of the school is to teach students to use their powers effectively, no matter how powerful or how limited. Even a few Underdogs eventually learn that powers that seem worthless can still be used to devastating effect with enough cunning and ruthlessness.



** She's actually got one of the most terrifying powers, period. She could animate some wire- hey presto, instant flying strangling cords. By herself, she'd be a brilliant information broker... or assassin... or just about anything. Early on one of her teammates imagines what would happen if Jade projected herself into a pile of sand or a pool of water, before quickly resolving to never mention this to Jade and hope she didn't think of it herself. A later story includes her projecting herself into her own body to hold things in place and keep things functioning after being stabbed through the heart, doing the same to animate a handful of mook corpses, and then slaughtering her way through a secure facility as a "vampire princess" with a zombie army.

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** *** She's actually got one of the most terrifying powers, period. She could animate some wire- hey presto, instant flying strangling cords. By herself, she'd be a brilliant information broker... or assassin... or just about anything. Early on one of her teammates imagines what would happen if Jade projected herself into a pile of sand or a pool of water, before quickly resolving to never mention this to Jade and hope she didn't think of it herself. A later story includes her projecting herself into her own body to hold things in place and keep things functioning after being stabbed through the heart, doing the same to animate a handful of mook corpses, and then slaughtering her way through a secure facility as a "vampire princess" with a zombie army.


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** While no one would argue that super-martial-arts is a wimpy power, Chaka doesn't really have anything else except some slightly improved Exemplar strength and intelligence. That intelligence has proved the critical factor, as she has [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands found uses for her Ki powers]] that no one would have thought possible, letting her fight one-to-one against far more dangerous opponents.
** Gateway can create portals, and summon creatures through them. It's also been suggested that she could use them to TeleFrag opponents.
** The Siren powerset - being able to control your voice - sounds quite limited, until you see someone like Vox use it to make an EliteMook shoot his commanding officer, or Screech use it to [[MakeMeWannaShout completely liquefy a combat cyborg]].
** Aquerna was considered a joke - and ridiculed as a ComicBooks/SquirrelGirl wannabee - until she took a page out of that Marvel character's playbook and proved that a swarm of squirrels can indeed by quite effective. She also managed to outwit the Good Ol' Boys, something which they have yet to live down.
11th Nov '16 9:37:27 AM Yib
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** Timelords has the ability to regenrate - create the new body, after current one got mortally wounded. While they doing that, their bodies emit beams of energy, that can be pretty powerful. [[spoiler:River Song]] manages to weaponize that by prompting soldiers to shoot her shortly after her regeneration, forcing her body to use remains of the regenerative energy healing bullet wounds and emitting shock wave, powerful enough to knock soldiers out. [[spoiler:Doctor managed to weaponize regeneration himself, after his regenerative cycle got replenished, which made his body emit [[UptoEleven giant beam of energy, powerful enough to destroy a battleship and a town-leveling shock wave, thatdestroyed rest of dalek army]].]]

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** Timelords has the ability to regenrate - create the new body, after current one got mortally wounded. While they doing that, their bodies emit beams of energy, that can be pretty powerful. [[spoiler:River Song]] manages to weaponize that by prompting soldiers to shoot her shortly after her regeneration, forcing her body to use remains of the regenerative energy healing bullet wounds and emitting shock wave, powerful enough to knock soldiers out. [[spoiler:Doctor managed to weaponize regeneration himself, after his regenerative cycle got replenished, which made his body emit [[UptoEleven giant beam of energy, powerful enough to destroy a dalek battleship and a town-leveling shock wave, thatdestroyed that killed rest of dalek army]].]]
11th Nov '16 9:36:00 AM Yib
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** Timelords has the ability to regenrate - create the new body, after current one got mortally wounded. While they doing that, their bodies emit beams of energy, that can be pretty powerful. [[spoiler:River Song]] manages to weaponize that by prompting soldiers to shoot her shortly after her regeneration, forcing her body to use remains of the regenerative energy healing bullet wounds and emitting shock wave, powerful enough to knock soldiers out. [[spoiler:Doctor managed to weaponize regeneration himself, after his regenerative cycle got replenished, which made his body emit [[UptoEleven giant beam of energy, powerful enough to destroy a battleship and a town-leveling shock wave, thatdestroyed rest of dalek army]].]]



** Jack Noir, after [[spoiler:obtaining power of a First Guardian]] not only get a ton of different deadly powers, but manage to weaponize non-lethal one - he used ability to turn his own body into a portal, to [[spoiler:redirect bullets, aimed at him at him, in Dave's back]].

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** Jack Noir, after [[spoiler:obtaining power of a First Guardian]] not only get a ton of different deadly powers, but manage to weaponize non-lethal one - he used ability to turn his own body into a portal, to [[spoiler:redirect bullets, aimed at him at him, in Dave's back]].
11th Nov '16 5:53:03 AM Yib
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** Jade once said, that she could kill Roxy by teleporting her intestines out of her body.

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** Jade has teleporting powers, similar to Jack's. She once said, that she could threatened to kill Roxy by teleporting her intestines out of her body.
6th Nov '16 1:25:23 PM nombretomado
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* Physicists have noted that ''any'' form of FasterThanLight drive would be as devastating a weapon as it is a useful tool. Even leaving aside the various exotic wedgies you're giving to physics, there's still the fact that, as stated in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', Sir IsaacNewton is the deadliest SOB in space (check out the page quote for ArbitraryMaximumRange for why this is so).

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* Physicists have noted that ''any'' form of FasterThanLight drive would be as devastating a weapon as it is a useful tool. Even leaving aside the various exotic wedgies you're giving to physics, there's still the fact that, as stated in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', Sir IsaacNewton UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton is the deadliest SOB in space (check out the page quote for ArbitraryMaximumRange for why this is so).
5th Nov '16 3:49:34 AM Dragoon321
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': These kinds of things crop up all the time, generally by combining several annoying, but otherwise harmless spell effects into a monstrous instant win condition.
** "Mill deck" is a catch all term used to describe a deck that negates damage and forces the opponent to discard cards from their deck. This is their entire win strategy. Generally speaking both of these are viable tactics, but are used to hinder the opponent rather then outright destroy them. Combined, however, they quickly deplete your opponents deck to zero (which is an automatic loss) all the while countering, negating, and generally obliterating all sources of damage they attempt to put out. Only certain cards can even hinder this strategy in any form and most decks won't be running those since they are so situational. It's little wonder that getting Milled is interpreted as being MindRape into an EmptyShell by the fandom.
** Many "instant win" decks revolve around drawing several specific cards and using them to essentially nuke your opponent before the match even begins. Needless to say the key cards tend to be pretty unassuming at a glance.
*** Using the "Vault nuke" as an example: The combo uses Protean Hulk (which summons creatures from your deck when it dies) and Flash (a cheap spell which summons creatures that instantly die if you don't pay a reduced cost). You Flash the Hulk, let it die, then use it's ability to summon up four Disciple of the Vault (which cause 1 damage every time an artifact creature leaves play) and eight 0/0 artifact creatures. The 0/0s die immediately due to having 0 toughness which causes each of the Disciples to deal 8 damage to the enemy for 32 damage (starting hp is 20) killing the opponent instantly. With the right back up cards this can be done on "turn 0" (essentially the setup phase before the fight begins) ensuring your enemy can't even respond to it.
25th Oct '16 8:08:27 PM DPsycho
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** Canary is an example of an [[AccidentalMurder accidental use of this trope]]. Her power causes [[CompellingVoice anybody who hears her sing to become susceptible to commands]]. The problem is, it comes with a side-effect of making victims extremely LiteralMinded. For one example, telling someone under the control of Canary's power to stand still will make them stand absolutely rigid- they won't even breath or blink. For a second, Canary's only in the Birdcage, and hence considered a criminal in the first place because [[spoiler: she told her BastardBoyfriend to go screw himself- and he actually tried to.]]

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** Canary is an example of an [[AccidentalMurder accidental use of this trope]]. Her power causes [[CompellingVoice anybody who hears her sing to become susceptible to commands]]. The problem is, it comes with a side-effect of making victims extremely LiteralMinded. For one example, telling someone under the control of Canary's power to stand still will make them stand absolutely rigid- they won't even breath breathe or blink. For a second, Canary's only in the Birdcage, and hence considered a criminal in the first place because [[spoiler: she told her BastardBoyfriend to go screw himself- and he actually tried to.]]
25th Oct '16 4:28:48 PM PatPayne
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** Under some interpretations of the rules, a Cleric with healing spells can be the most dangerous thing to undead, as healing magic causes them to take dmaage. This same rule is explicitly described as one of the few sure ways to kill a Nilbog, a (non-undead) creature that actually ''gains'' hit points every time it sustains damage. Healing, on the other hand, does it injury.
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