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5th Sep '17 2:21:40 PM TheWildWestPyro
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** Slightly Inverted when it came to small arms. In the beginning of the Vietnam War, the Viet Cong and NVA were armed with the AK-47 assault rifle (dismissed by the American higher ups as cheap and ineffective), while the Americans were initially armed with the M14 rifle. The M14, while outranging the AK-47, weighed nearly 12 pounds and was 4 feet long. It's CripplingOverspecialization meant that American troops could only carry limited ammo and were left vulnerable against the lighter and more maneuverable AK, which was perfectly suited to the short-range fighting of the Vietnam jungle (negating the one advantage the M14 had). The US would respond by rushing the M16 into combat, only to find the M16 unable to stand up to the humidity of Vietnam and prone to failure, compared to the almost legendary reliability of the AK.

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** Slightly Inverted when it came to small arms. In the beginning of the Vietnam War, the Viet Cong and NVA were armed with the AK-47 assault rifle (dismissed (which was dismissed by the American higher ups higher-ups as cheap and ineffective), while the Americans were initially armed with the M14 rifle. The M14, while outranging the AK-47, weighed nearly 12 pounds and was 4 feet long. It's CripplingOverspecialization meant that American troops could only carry limited ammo and were left vulnerable against the lighter and more maneuverable AK, which was perfectly suited to the short-range fighting of the Vietnam jungle (negating the one advantage the M14 had). The US would respond by rushing the M16 into combat, only to find the M16 unable to stand up to the humidity of Vietnam and prone to failure, compared to the almost legendary reliability of the AK. The M16 was eventually improved with the introduction of the [=M16A1=], but those early issues still plague the gun's reputation to this day.
30th Aug '17 2:24:40 AM HalcyonDayz
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** Even more jarring, in many fps games, e.g., [[VideoGame/GoldenEyeWii GoldenEye on Wii]], meleeing someone with the butt of an assault rifle is more deadly than shooting someone with a bullet from [[ArbitraryGunPower said rifle]]. It will take just one or two melee hits, but many AK47 shots to kill someone[[note]]Unless you [[BoomHeadshot aim for the head]], in which case it takes two or three bullets[[/note]]. This is mostly just to get the player out of tight spots, as actively trying to rush and melee will get you killed pretty quickly.

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** Even more jarring, in many fps games, e.g., [[VideoGame/GoldenEyeWii GoldenEye on Wii]], meleeing someone with the butt of an assault rifle is more deadly than shooting someone with a bullet from [[ArbitraryGunPower said rifle]]. It will take just one or two melee hits, but many AK47 [=AK47=] shots to kill someone[[note]]Unless you [[BoomHeadshot aim for the head]], in which case it takes two or three bullets[[/note]]. This is mostly just to get the player out of tight spots, as actively trying to rush and melee will get you killed pretty quickly.



* After the reuinification of Germany, NATO managed to get their hands on Soviet-made East German weapons systems -- which resulted in some shocking instances of this trope. NATO had created advanced flares designed to spoof IR missile guidance systems, and so NATO seekers in Sidewinder missiles had been improved to compensate for such flares. The Soviets, however, continued using cruder dirty-burning flares. In a serious [[CripplingOverspecialization technological oversight]] the Sidewinder's developers had optimized the missile seeker to discriminate the thermal patterns of NATO flares on the assumption that the Soviets had developed something similar. [[GoneHorriblyRight You know where this is going.]] This oversight was corrected in later versions of the missile.

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* After the reuinification reunification of Germany, NATO managed to get their hands on Soviet-made East German weapons systems -- which resulted in some shocking instances of this trope. NATO had created advanced flares designed to spoof IR missile guidance systems, and so NATO seekers in Sidewinder missiles had been improved to compensate for such flares. The Soviets, however, continued using cruder dirty-burning flares. In a serious [[CripplingOverspecialization technological oversight]] the Sidewinder's developers had optimized the missile seeker to discriminate the thermal patterns of NATO flares on the assumption that the Soviets had developed something similar. [[GoneHorriblyRight You know where this is going.]] This oversight was corrected in later versions of the missile.
24th Jul '17 8:11:49 PM ironcommando
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* In ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'', the Infi-nut (a [[ProjectedMan projected]] HardLight Wall-Nut that regenerates via its projector) can be instantly destroyed, projector and all, by a zombie carrying a lit wooden torch, a caveman pushing ice blocks, a caveman with rocks tied to his hands, or a girl zombie with roller skates.

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* In ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'', the Infi-nut (a [[ProjectedMan projected]] HardLight Wall-Nut that regenerates via its projector) can be instantly destroyed, projector and all, by a zombie carrying a lit wooden torch, a caveman pushing ice blocks, or a girl zombie with roller skates. In a literal example of the trope there's the Jurassic Rockpuncher, who's a caveman with rocks tied to his hands, or hands and uses said rocks to smash plants for a girl zombie OneHitKill. It will also destroy the HardLight laser Infi-nut along with roller skates.its projector.
24th Jul '17 8:08:07 PM ironcommando
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** In the sequel, the Infi-nut (a [[ProjectedMan projected]] HardLight Wall-Nut that regenerates via its projector) can be instantly destroyed, projector and all, by a zombie carrying a lit wooden torch, or a caveman pushing ice blocks.

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** * In the sequel, ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'', the Infi-nut (a [[ProjectedMan projected]] HardLight Wall-Nut that regenerates via its projector) can be instantly destroyed, projector and all, by a zombie carrying a lit wooden torch, or a caveman pushing ice blocks.blocks, a caveman with rocks tied to his hands, or a girl zombie with roller skates.
24th Jul '17 6:34:00 PM ChronoLegion
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** In "The Day of the Doctor", The Doctor [[spoiler:(all three)]] can't use the sonic screwdriver to escape a cell because the door is too primitive.

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** In "The Day of the Doctor", The Doctor [[spoiler:(all three)]] can't use the sonic screwdriver to escape a cell because the door is too primitive. [[spoiler:Of course, the Queen has actually left the door unlocked, figuring the Doctors would take forever to actually try ''opening'' it.]]
24th Jul '17 4:46:27 PM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'', the USS ''Donnaghey'' is a square rig frigate with broadside weaponry straight out of the Age of Sail. The only main modern additions (by WW2 standards) are rudimentary fire control (to target and fire all cannons) and a Y gun to shoot depth charges to scare off mountain fish. After a pitched battle with a similar Dominion vessel, the ''Donnaghey'' captures the enemy. Then the ships encounter a modern League destroyer. In order to give themselves a fighting chance, the crew of the ''Donnaghey'' run up a Dom flag in order to pretend that the battle went in the Doms' favor. Being currently allied with the Dominion, the destroyer's captain has the ship approach the "allies". When the destroyer is very close, the Dom flags are suddenly replaced by American ones, and the ''Donnaghey''[='s=] captain demands their surrender. The destroyer's XO orders all weapons to fire, and a few manages to hit the ''Donnaghey'' but don't penetrate the tough wooden hull. The return broadsides from both sailing ships cripple the modern vessel and kill most of the officers.
4th Jul '17 1:35:30 PM penguinist
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** Some technology was simply ''unfathomable'' to the aliens, even though they're from outer space and have fusion at their finger tips. They never had someone twisted enough to employ gas during warfare, and hence are completely unprepared when the British decide to employ it when the Lizards invade.

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** Some technology was simply ''unfathomable'' to the aliens, even though they're from outer space and have fusion at their finger tips. They never had someone twisted enough to employ gas during warfare, and hence are completely unprepared when the British decide to employ it when the Lizards invade. Their homeworld is very arid with no large bodies of water; a navy, ''especially'' an aircraft carrier, is completely mindboggling to them.
** Funnily enough, the Race expected the technological disparity to be even greater than it was. Their last probe was during the HighMiddleAges, and being an extremely conservative species, they expected to be fighting knights on horseback. Never did they imagine that their own tanks and planes would be fighting native models, however primitive.
27th Jun '17 12:40:20 PM BeerBaron
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** Averted in the ancient past when the Aldmer, ancestors of the modern races of Mer (Elves), first came to Tamriel. Tamriel was said to have already been inhabited by the Beast Races, but they were aboriginal and primitive, making them "easily displaced" by the more magically and technologically advanced Aldmer.
17th Jun '17 4:54:07 PM TheNerevarine
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* In ''Film/WonderWoman2017'', the Amazons successfully dispose a German battalion armed with rifles using only ancient times weaponry and lifelong martial training, as well as being super-human warriors. With that said, they suffer a couple of losses in the battle and even [[spoiler:Antiope, their general and most skilled warrior]] is killed by a well-placed bullet.
16th Jun '17 12:12:14 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Bosmer (Wood Elves)]] of Valenwood are bound by the Green Pact, a deal they made with the patron deity of their forest homeland ages ago in which they are not allowed to harm Valenwood's plant life. Due to the Green Pact, forges are extremely uncommon in Valenwood. As a result, metal weapons and armor have never gained popularity amongst the Bosmer. Their weaponry tends to be made of natural ingredients, such as bone for clubs and obsidian blades. They are known to make composite horn bows which are said to be some of the best in Tamriel. For armor, they either forgo it completely or use light natural materials such as leather and hide.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the [[OurElvesAreDifferent ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** The [[OurElvesAreBetter
Bosmer (Wood Elves)]] of Valenwood are bound by the Green Pact, a deal they made with the patron deity of their forest homeland ages ago in which they are not allowed to harm Valenwood's plant life. Due to the Green Pact, forges are extremely uncommon in Valenwood. As a result, metal weapons and armor have never gained popularity amongst the Bosmer. Their weaponry tends to be made of natural ingredients, such as bone for clubs and obsidian blades. They are known to make composite horn bows which are said to be some of the best in Tamriel. For armor, they either forgo it completely or use light natural materials such as leather and hide.
** The Reachmen, [[BarbarianTribe tribal natives]] of the Reach region along the border of High Rock and Skyrim, eschew metal in their weapons and armor, favoring wood, stone, [[FurBikini fur]], [[PeltsOfTheBarbarian hide]], feathers, [[SkeletonsInTheCoatCloset bone, and antler]]. Despite this, they are able fight evenly against better equipped adversaries through use of guerilla tactics and their [[{{Druid}} druidic]] "hedge magic." In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', this can be seen in the weapons and armor of the Forsworn, a [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters terrorist/freedom fighter]] group of Reachmen.
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