History Main / MisappliedPhlebotinum

29th Apr '16 9:23:34 PM CeruSaurus
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* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Despite possessing an incredibly versatile technology that could be used for any number of things, the series deliberately explores both the use and misuse of technology that allows one to imprint minds and skills into human bodies. At first glance, the eponymous Dollhouse appears to be flagrantly misusing their tech to run what essentially amounts to a high-tech brothel/thieves' guild/assassination broker that manufactures tailored agents. However, as the series progresses, we see the other uses of the tech, such as [[spoiler:mass-producing hive-minded supersoldiers, and weaponized use of imprinting/wiping signals across radios/telephones as weapons of mass destruction.]]

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* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Despite possessing an incredibly versatile technology that could be used for any number of things, the series deliberately explores both the use and misuse of technology that allows one to imprint minds and skills into human bodies. At first glance, the eponymous Dollhouse appears to be flagrantly misusing their tech to run what essentially amounts to a high-tech brothel/thieves' guild/assassination broker that manufactures tailored agents. However, as the series progresses, we see the other uses of the tech, such as [[spoiler:mass-producing hive-minded supersoldiers, and weaponized use of imprinting/wiping signals across radios/telephones as weapons of mass destruction.]]]] Averted by Topher during the second season when he reinvents his designs for Rossum specifically so that they can't be used for any other purpose than they are designed for.
13th Apr '16 8:02:45 PM frogpatrol
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** If your CoolStarship has a device that can generate and manipulate gravity irrespective of mass, then mounting {{Tractor Beam}}s, DeflectorShields, {{Inertial Dampen|ing}}ers and even '''engines''' may be redundant.
** Note that it takes a really strong and accurately-placed gravity field to significantly change the trajectory of a laser beam or anything else moving at relativistic speeds - a field which, apart from theoretically consuming an extremely large amount of energy to maintain (depending on your flavour of Phlebotinum), might have [[UsefulNotes/BlackHoles unintended consequences]].

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** If your CoolStarship has a device that can generate and manipulate gravity irrespective of mass, then mounting {{Tractor Beam}}s, DeflectorShields, {{Inertial Dampen|ing}}ers and even '''engines''' ''engines'' may be redundant.
** Note that it takes a really strong and accurately-placed gravity field to significantly change the trajectory of a laser beam or anything else moving at relativistic speeds - a field which, apart from theoretically consuming an extremely large amount of energy to maintain (depending on your flavour of Phlebotinum), might have [[UsefulNotes/BlackHoles unintended consequences]].
11th Apr '16 2:29:01 PM mzytryck01
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* ''Series/JessicaJones'' has [[HardboiledDetective Jessica]] herself (super strong and able to jump extremely high,) using her abilities just as a means to make her job as a private detective less dangerous and difficult. It's only somewhat effective, as she's still not particularly successful [[spoiler: until the end of the season, where her reputation grows and she starts getting more calls]]. [[BigBad Kilgrave]] has the power to mind control anybody who comes within a certain distance, and all he does is lead a life of amoral hedonism rather than attempt anything grander. Justified in both cases, as Kilgrave is a psychopath who cares about nothing beyond his immediate pleasure until he develops a psychotic obsession with Jessica, at which point he devotes all his energy towards dominating her. Jessica herself once considered being a superhero, but was so traumatised by her captivity by Kilgrave that she prefers to just get by with enough money to buy alcohol.
11th Apr '16 2:58:07 AM Sammettik
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** Which doesn't help in that Simon dislikes showing his rear for the camera.
*** Which is even funnier, considering ''he wears tights that practically show everything anyway.''



** ''Very'' shortly.
*** I see what you did there.



** Lampshaded in game.



** Not so much. The Clone Wars (well, the last five minutes or so) showed that while the Jedi are ''extraordinarily'' lethal in individual combat or against small groups of people, in terms of full-scale war they don't make a very effective army, with their primary use being as surprise-attack commandos (Vader has that) and generals (Vader IS that). And we don't know how prohibitively expensive [=PR0XY=] was.
*** Apparently, not that expensive, considering Vader trains multiple Starkiller clones with dozens of [=PR0XYs=].



*** That is, if it weren't for the fact that the living creatures stored there go into eternal unconsciousness, meaning it wouldn't so much be a "house" for the population of entire countries as a "horrific never-ending prison limbo". I have no mouth...
*** The technology is ''massively'' inconsistent, as well (you can't even store ''items'' in Unova). It would be a horrid risk to store living people in there until the system was unified.
*** However, by Generation IV, players would have HyperspaceArsenal, eliminating the need for storage on the PC.



* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The vast and varied amount of potential applications for some of the characters' powers are mind-boggling (for example, [[AnIcePerson Cirno]] can not only basically invent air conditioning by herself but could freeze any opponent solid in an instant), yet due to laziness, selfishness or sheer stupidity none of them even consider what they could accomplish. This has been ''massively'' averted recently though, with Kanako spending several games attempting to revolutionise Gensoukyou, including having a brand spanking new nuclear fusion plant built to produce free electricity.
** She only uses the nuclear fusion plant to create hot gas for her Hisoutensoku balloon though.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. The vast and varied amount of potential applications for some of the characters' powers are mind-boggling (for example, [[AnIcePerson Cirno]] can not only basically invent air conditioning by herself but could freeze any opponent solid in an instant), yet due to laziness, selfishness or sheer stupidity none of them even consider what they could accomplish. This has been ''massively'' averted recently though, with Kanako spending several games attempting to revolutionise Gensoukyou, including having a brand spanking new nuclear fusion plant built to produce free electricity.
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electricity. She only uses the nuclear fusion plant to create hot gas for her Hisoutensoku balloon though.
10th Apr '16 6:07:06 PM MitchellTF
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** Actually justified with the AI...he has NO idea how he did it. A plot point is actually him trying to get Flubber to market.
9th Apr '16 12:16:58 PM Vale
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** Interestingly this was actually a concept early on in the pre-production development of ''Star Trek: The Next Generation''. People would just beam from planet to planet without bothering with warp drive and starships. Fortunately for the franchise this was considered a few steps too far.
9th Apr '16 12:12:44 PM Vale
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** ''Very'' shortly.
*** I see what you did there.
7th Apr '16 3:24:33 AM Gallimaufry
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** Part three has a villain whose Stand can reverse a person's age (down to a child, or even a ''fetus''). There's no limit to people willing to pay him astronomical amounts of money for eternal youth (and assuming he needs to use the power continuously, they'd have to keep paying him). He uses it to weaken his targets before murdering them. However, he ''is'' a psychopathic axe killer, so fame and fortune might not actually rate higher than satisfying murder.
24th Mar '16 1:31:49 PM lorgskyegon
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** The Vidiians would need pure tissue to be able to clone to cure the Phage and their entire race is infected. One does wonder, though, what will happen now that the Think Tank has cured the Phage. As for the Sikarians, they also have a rule similar to the Prime Directive that forbids them from sharing their technology. And surely the Sikarians use it plenty.
24th Mar '16 11:13:55 AM lorgskyegon
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** After the war ended, it has become popular for rich Andalites to acquire morphing technology and visit Earth... to eat at Cinnabon.
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