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20th Apr '17 6:15:36 PM intastiel
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* In ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', an office door that's ensorcelled against any sort of magical bypass turns out to be quite vulnerable to a good solid kick.
20th Apr '17 6:12:47 PM intastiel
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* Very common in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, especially where the witches are concerned. The primary example would be Magrat's magic wand in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'': after all of her attempts at controlling it by focusing and hoping fail to achieve anything but turning things into pumpkins, Granny demonstrates that the rings she had dismissed as decorations were actually setting controls. Magrat has a great many ceremonial athames, covered in filigre and runes and whatnot. Eventually she learns that the most magical knife is the reeeeelly old breadknife that not only can perform all the magical rituals the athame can, but also cut bread.

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* Very common in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, especially where the witches are concerned.novels:
** Witches thrive on this trope.
The primary example would be Magrat's magic wand in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'': after all of her attempts at controlling it by focusing and hoping fail to achieve anything but turning things into pumpkins, Granny demonstrates that the rings she had dismissed as decorations were actually setting controls. Magrat has a great many ceremonial athames, covered in filigre and runes and whatnot. Eventually she learns that the most magical knife is the reeeeelly old breadknife that not only can perform all the magical rituals the athame can, but also cut bread.



* In ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'', Mistborn can detect all metal sources in their presence and control them to terrifying effect, with the sole exception of any metal that they or other allomancers have swallowed to fuel their magic. Professional {{Mage Killer}}s simply make do with wooden, ceramic, and obsidian equipment. Meanwhile, the AxCrazy Mistborn murderer Zane nearly kills Vin with a coin that she couldn't detect, leaving her puzzled at how he foiled her powers... until she sees him spit out another one, which [[LampshadeHanging infuriates her]] with how she overlooked such an obvious trick.

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* Literature/TheCosmere:
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In ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'', Mistborn can detect all metal sources in their presence and control them to terrifying effect, with the sole exception of any metal that they or other allomancers have swallowed to fuel their magic. Professional {{Mage Killer}}s simply make do with wooden, ceramic, and obsidian equipment. Meanwhile, the AxCrazy Mistborn murderer Zane nearly kills Vin with a coin that she couldn't detect, leaving her puzzled at how he foiled her powers... until she sees him spit out another one, which [[LampshadeHanging infuriates her]] with how she overlooked such an obvious trick.trick.
** In ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'', this overlaps with DarkIsNotEvil to explain the GodEmperor Susebron's colossal black palace. While it stands out to his citizens as a dark spot in a riotously colourful city, and to the rival Idrians as the home of a soul-eating undead tyrant, the simple fact of the matter is that his magic acts as a prism for all nearby colours, so basic black is the only option that doesn't constantly distract him with rainbows.
20th Apr '17 9:23:03 AM 1810072342
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* It's generally accepted in the ''Fanfic/{{Pokeumans}}'' FanVerse that all Pokémon species have a HealingFactor and are MadeOfIron compared to humans (otherwise how would they survive the average Pokémon battle?). However, it has been noted and exploited several times in the group that if super-powered attacks aren't finishing off your Pokémon opponent, you could always use bullets.
** It has also been [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in the group that Pokextinction could bump up their security by making access to their major labs reliant on information or skills that the average TeenageHero will not possess.
** ''[[GenreSavvy How to Survive a Pokeumans Story]]'' and ''[[ThingsYouAreNotAllowedToDo Things Not to Do In a Pokeumans Base]]'' posts also discuss various simple solutions to in-universe problems - and mostly why they are a terrible idea.
---> ''We are not going to be able to simply buy Pokextinction out.''
20th Apr '17 2:57:28 AM 1810072342
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* In ''Literature/TheStoneheartTrilogy'', the Walker needs two mirrors made of black obsidian for his plan, and a lot of the second book concerns his means of acquiring the second one. At the end of the second book, he comes across a solution he had not considered in centuries of searching - take one mirror and split it in half.
3rd Apr '17 3:19:13 AM triassicranger
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* In Tim Burton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'', Alice almost makes the same mistake in the Hall of Doors she did originally. (Presented with a little door, she drinks the shrinking potion, then realizes she's left the key on the table, which she cannot reach, then to make it worse, eats the cake to grow, and as a result, can't possibly fit through the door.) fortunately, she's OlderAndWiser now and knows to simply hold onto the key as she drinks the potion.
2nd Apr '17 8:38:52 AM Monolaf317
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2nd Apr '17 6:24:44 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* Despite their virtually unlimited budget, the Wiki/SCPFoundation will bring out the cheaper mundane solutions whenever they can. Dr. Clef advises his fellows that the easiest way to bring down a RealityWarper is to [[ChunkySalsaRule shoot them in the head with a big gun when they aren't looking]]. Their solution to pacify SCP-096, a lanky monster that kills anyone who looks at its face, was to put a bag over its head. When they discovered SCP-2950 grows more violent when [[YourMindMakesItReal large numbers of people believe it's violent]], their solution was to trick everyone into thinking it's just a harmless chair [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve so it would transform into a harmless chair]]. Many of their containment protocols boil down to "lock it in a box and try to forget about it".

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* Despite their virtually unlimited budget, the Wiki/SCPFoundation will bring out the cheaper mundane solutions whenever they can. Dr. Clef advises his fellows that the easiest way to bring down a RealityWarper is to [[ChunkySalsaRule shoot them in the head with a big gun when they aren't looking]]. Their solution to pacify SCP-096, a lanky monster that kills anyone who looks at its face, was to put a bag over its head. When they discovered SCP-2950 grows more violent when [[YourMindMakesItReal large numbers of people believe it's violent]], their solution was to trick everyone into thinking it's just a harmless chair [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve so it would transform into a harmless chair]]. Many of their containment protocols boil down to "lock it in a box and try to forget about it". Many more are in the form of "If a user does X the SCP does Y. So don't do X."
28th Mar '17 9:36:45 AM zoop
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** In "The Day of the Doctor", the three Doctors have been placed in a cell, and spend a long time working out a complex method of using all their sonic screwdrivers to open the door by decomposing it. Just before they have the chance, however, Clara arrives and opens it manually - turns out it was unlocked.

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** In "The Day of the Doctor", the three Doctors have been placed in a cell, and spend a long time working out a complex method of using all their sonic screwdrivers to open the door by decomposing it. Just before they have the chance, however, Clara arrives and opens it manually - [[FailedASpotCheck turns out it was unlocked.]]
19th Mar '17 5:40:45 PM eroock
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* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the title character doesn't know how to [[spoiler:disarm a bomb]], but does know [[spoiler:that they must have an off-switch]].
** In another episode, Moriarty has developed an app that can hack anything from a prison to the Tower of London and Sherlock is out to stop him. During their big confrontation, Moriarty reveals [[spoiler:there is no super hacking bug. He just bribed the right people to open those places up for him and he's frankly disappointed Sherlock actually fell for the ruse.]]

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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'':
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In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the title character "The Empty Hearse", Sherlock doesn't know how to [[spoiler:disarm [[WireDilemma disarm a bomb]], but does know [[spoiler:that they must have an off-switch]].
off-switch]] which he quickly finds and activates. Problem solved.
** In another episode, "The Reichenbach Fall", Moriarty has developed an app that can hack anything from a prison to the Tower of London and Sherlock is out to stop him. During their big confrontation, Moriarty reveals [[spoiler:there is no super hacking bug. He just bribed the right people to open those places up for him and he's frankly disappointed Sherlock actually fell for the ruse.]]
16th Mar '17 12:51:46 PM jazzyamx
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* Played with in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife one episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Doctor Whooves/Time Turner has an actual time machine, from centuries of tinkering, yet it's completely obsolete due to there being a magic spell for it. However, if it really is a [[Series/DoctorWho certain]] time machine, it may be anything but "obsolete" by equestrian standards.

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* Played with in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife one episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Doctor Whooves/Time Turner has an actual time machine, from centuries of tinkering, yet it's completely obsolete due to there being a magic spell for it. However, if it really is a [[Series/DoctorWho certain]] time machine, it may be anything but [[CoolShip but]] "obsolete" by equestrian standards.
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