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27th Dec '16 5:28:40 PM KingLyger
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* This can occasionally come up in ''Manga/OnePiece,'' [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower along with unexpected strengths,]] when a Devil Fruit power sometimes provides an unforeseen advantage against another power. One of the more prominent examples would be low-tier villain Mr. 3, whose power to create objects out of wax ends up temporarily providing the single best countermeasure against poisonous ImplacableMan Magellan. Being able to do this is also stated as one of the marks of a strong fruit user. Since the powers themselves don't change too much as time goes on, the main way to get stronger with a fruit is to figure out more creative ways to use the powers you already have (such as how Luffy exploited his rubber body to develop the Gear techniques).

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* This can occasionally come up in ''Manga/OnePiece,'' [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower along with unexpected strengths,]] when a Devil Fruit power sometimes provides an unforeseen advantage against another power. One of Since the powers themselves don't change as time goes on, their users have to figure out more prominent examples would be low-tier villain Mr. 3, whose power creative ways to create objects out of wax ends up temporarily providing use the single best countermeasure against poisonous ImplacableMan Magellan.powers they already have (such as how Luffy exploited his rubber body to develop the Gear techniques). Being able to do this is also stated as one of the marks of a strong fruit user. Since
** Low-tier villain Mr. 3, whose power to create objects out of wax, ends up temporarily providing
the powers themselves don't change too much as time goes on, single best countermeasure against poisonous ImplacableMan Magellan.
** The Sky Island arc sees both
the main way to get stronger hero and the villain do this with a fruit is to figure out more creative ways to use the powers you already have (such as how Luffy exploited his their powers. Luffy's rubber body provided a LogicalWeakness to develop Eneru, who used [[ShockAndAwe lightning]], so Luffy both couldn't be affected by Eneru's lightning and actually deal damage. Eneru also had the Gear techniques).power to sense what someone was going to do, so Luffy still couldn't hit him. Luffy got around Eneru's prediction power by reflecting Eneru's attacks off of his ship, so Luffy wasn't consciously controlling where his punches would land, thus making them unable to be predicted. As for Eneru, he figured out that lightning generates heat, and used it to burn Luffy rather than shock him.
26th Dec '16 7:51:19 PM sgamer82
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** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', the Wall (Reflect) spell is integral to defeating Asura, who heals herself twice, at the end of every round, in addition to attacking your party. The catch? You have to cast Wall on her. That way, when she attempts to heal herself, Wall reflects it and heals your party instead. Asura inflicts insane amounts of damage and recovers 2,500-3,300 HP per recovery spell, making her borderline impossible to defeat without this trick.
** The DS Remake presents Dr. Lugae (robot form), who comes with a new tactic: the Reverse Gas. It turns damaging into healing and vice-versa. A player with straight power strategy will easily find him ThatOneBoss with a need to time hitting and healing. If one use this trope, however, the player can intentionally heal Lugae the moments Reverse Gas is in effect. In such case, he'll go down in a few doses of Cura or Elixer.

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** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''
*** The
Wall (Reflect) spell is integral to defeating Asura, who heals herself twice, at the end of every round, in addition to attacking your party. The catch? You have to cast Wall on her. That way, when she attempts to heal herself, Wall reflects it and heals your party instead. Asura inflicts insane amounts of damage and recovers 2,500-3,300 HP per recovery spell, making her borderline impossible to defeat without this trick.
** *** The DS Remake presents Dr. Lugae (robot form), who comes with a new tactic: the Reverse Gas. It turns damaging into healing and vice-versa. A player with straight power strategy will easily find him ThatOneBoss with a need to time hitting and healing. If one use this trope, however, the player can intentionally heal Lugae the moments Reverse Gas is in effect. In such case, he'll go down in a few doses of Cura or Elixer.
15th Dec '16 8:02:39 AM Rhodes7
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* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' this is supposed to be John Rumford's signature. Arguably many of his tactics should not work, and those that do mostly involve exploiting his enemies' reluctance to kill innocent bystanders. Some of his greatest hits include taking hundred of pilots hostage, using spar torpedoes against modern warships, ambushing a convoy by having his men cling to the underside of a bridge and nuking a major city to deal with rioters.
14th Dec '16 2:21:53 PM MarsJenkar
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** The FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'' can be taken down by shooting a bunch of missiles at it...or you can take it down faster (and with less missile ammo) by shooting a missile into its open mouth to stun it, jumping into that mouth in ball form, letting it swallow you, then crawling into its stomach and laying a trio of bombs. Rinse and repeat 5 times.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' has Draygon, who can be killed with a lot of missiles...or you can shoot out the cannons on the sides (exposing the power cables underneath), let the boss grab you, then use the Grapple Beam to grab one of the exposed power cables, electrocuting the boss to death rapidly.

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** The FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'' can be taken down by shooting a bunch of missiles at it...or you can take it down faster (and with less missile ammo) by shooting a missile into its open mouth to stun it, jumping into that mouth in ball form, letting it swallow you, then crawling into its stomach and laying a trio of bombs. Rinse and repeat 5 times.
times. You do take drain damage from being inside the boss's digestive tract, but it's a relatively slow drain, and in the end you take about the same damage that you would take trying to face-tank her lunges the normal way.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' has Draygon, who can be killed with a lot of missiles...or you can shoot out the cannons on the sides (exposing the power cables underneath), let the boss grab you, then use the Grapple Beam to grab one of the exposed power cables, electrocuting the boss to death rapidly. Again, you take damage from grabbing the power cable, but the boss takes far more.
14th Dec '16 2:12:29 PM MarsJenkar
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** ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' has Draygon, who can be killed with a lot of missiles...or you can shoot out the power cables on the sides, let the boss grab you, then use the Grapple Beam to grab the exposed power cables, electrocuting the boss to death rapidly.

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** ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' has Draygon, who can be killed with a lot of missiles...or you can shoot out the cannons on the sides (exposing the power cables on the sides, underneath), let the boss grab you, then use the Grapple Beam to grab one of the exposed power cables, electrocuting the boss to death rapidly.
14th Dec '16 2:11:20 PM MarsJenkar
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* Several enemies in ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption Metroid Prime 3]]'' can be killed in a single strike of the Nova Blaster augmented by the X-Ray Visor, due to the limitations of their Phazite armor.

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* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' series:
** The FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/MetroidIIReturnOfSamus'' can be taken down by shooting a bunch of missiles at it...or you can take it down faster (and with less missile ammo) by shooting a missile into its open mouth to stun it, jumping into that mouth in ball form, letting it swallow you, then crawling into its stomach and laying a trio of bombs. Rinse and repeat 5 times.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' has Draygon, who can be killed with a lot of missiles...or you can shoot out the power cables on the sides, let the boss grab you, then use the Grapple Beam to grab the exposed power cables, electrocuting the boss to death rapidly.
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Several enemies in ''[[VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption Metroid Prime 3]]'' can be killed in a single strike of the Nova Blaster augmented by the X-Ray Visor, due to the limitations of their Phazite armor.


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28th Nov '16 11:39:18 PM Tron80
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* In an issue of [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]], the League fight an Amazo who has the powers of the whole League...on a conceptual level. Every time they bring in more reinforcements, Amazo gets more powerful. The Atom works out how to beat him; he tells {{Superman}} to officially disband the League. Since the League now no longer "exists", Amazo loses all his powers and shuts down.

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* In an issue of [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]], the League fight an Amazo who has the powers of the whole League...on a conceptual level. Every time they bring in more reinforcements, Amazo gets more powerful. The Atom Comicbook/TheAtom works out how to beat him; he tells {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} to officially disband the League. Since the League now no longer "exists", Amazo loses all his powers and shuts down.down.
* In ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'', Franchise/{{Superman}} beats Comicbook/LexLuthor by being unpredictable: they were fighting inside a submarine, Superman was blinded and Lex kept blasting him and weakening him. So Superman's heat vision burned down a wall, flooding the submarine and forcing Lex to surrender.
16th Nov '16 9:12:43 PM Gingerkitteh
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*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': Both Hell Wyrm and Yiazmat have [[TakenForGranite Stone Breath]]. As the victim gets more petrified, the damage they take decreases, so stave off the sorts and stonas as long as you dare; it'll save on them and healing in the long run.

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*** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'': Both Hell Wyrm and Yiazmat have [[TakenForGranite Stone Breath]]. As the victim gets more petrified, the damage they take decreases, so stave off the sorts softs and stonas as long as you dare; it'll save on them and healing in the long run.
16th Nov '16 9:02:01 PM Gingerkitteh
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'':
*** Ever hear of the Nihopalaoa accessory? It takes a lot of Mark takedowns to increase your Clan Rank enough to see it available to buy, and its description reads "Reverses effects of restorative items such as potions." Why would anyone ever want to equip that? Well, when you consider that it works on items such as Remedy, items have a 100% Hit Chance, and the number of effects that Remedy "cures" get increased with Remedy Lore Licenses... Let's just say that this accessory turns a single Remedy on a character with all three Remedy Lore Licenses into "''Inflict every Status Effect in the game that the target is not immune to, with 100% accuracy''".
22nd Oct '16 7:00:13 AM Gemser
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* In the original version of ''Film/GameOfDeath'' Bruce Lee relies heavily on this:
** With all of his enemies, he uses an unpredictable fighting style that can adapt to anything (Jeet Kune Do) and gains significant advantange.
** In his fight with Pascal (Dan Inosanto), he uses a flexible bamboo stick that breaks Pascals rhythm.
** On the final floor, [[spoiler:he simply '''asks''' Jabbar why he just won't let him pass to the highest floor. When Jabbar refuses, Bruce kills him off mercilessly.]]
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