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18th Oct '15 11:33:06 AM nombretomado
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* An episode of the ''PowerpuffGirls'' had them facing imposters in {{Paper Thin Disguise}}s, which nonetheless fooled the girls (and the crooks) into attacking each other until they got the idea to only attack their own counterpart--the inverse of the trope.

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* An episode of the ''PowerpuffGirls'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had them facing imposters impostors in {{Paper Thin Disguise}}s, which nonetheless fooled the girls (and the crooks) into attacking each other until they got the idea to only attack their own counterpart--the inverse of the trope.
25th Aug '15 11:11:58 AM HighCrate
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* Inverted in an episode of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. [[FragileSpeedster Uryuu]] fairs poorly against a SmashMook, while [[MightyGlacier Chad]] has trouble with a fast and agile Arrancar. They switch opponents and BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame.

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* Inverted in an episode of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. [[FragileSpeedster Uryuu]] fairs fares poorly against a SmashMook, while [[MightyGlacier Chad]] has trouble with a fast and agile Arrancar. They switch opponents and BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame.
5th Aug '15 2:15:55 PM StFan
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* An early ''[[ArchieSonic Archie Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comic had the Freedom Fighter's beating their evil selves from another dimension like this.
* The old ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' comics used this a lot. There were always mooks whose AppliedPhlebotinum allowed each mook to completely counter the powers of one certain X Man apiece... so the X Men switched sparring partners. and it never dawns on the mooks to develop the ability to counter the powers of ''multiple'' X Men at a time.
** Also done in a later episode of the '90s [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} animated series]], where some of the X-Men are facing X-Factor and having a stalemate (Cyclops vs. Havok; Wolverine vs. Multiple Man; Beast vs. Wolfsbane; etc.). The X-Men switch it up and get the upper hand.

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* An early ''[[ArchieSonic Archie Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' comic had the Freedom Fighter's beating their evil selves from another dimension like this.
* The old ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics used this a lot. There were always mooks whose AppliedPhlebotinum allowed each mook to completely counter the powers of one certain X Man apiece... so the X Men switched sparring partners. and it never dawns on the mooks to develop the ability to counter the powers of ''multiple'' X Men at a time.
** Also done in a later episode of the '90s [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} animated series]], where some of the X-Men are facing X-Factor and having a stalemate (Cyclops vs. Havok; Wolverine vs. Multiple Man; Beast vs. Wolfsbane; etc.). The X-Men switch it up and get the upper hand.
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* An episode of ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' had the heroes each take advantage of a teammate's clone this way (for instance, "Feara" believed she was chasing Mira using her intangibility powers, which wear her out, but she was actually chasing a hologram by XR, causing Feara to be the one to wear out.)

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* Done in a later episode of the '90s ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series, where some of the X-Men are facing X-Factor and having a stalemate (Cyclops vs. Havok; Wolverine vs. Multiple Man; Beast vs. Wolfsbane; etc.). The X-Men switch it up and get the upper hand.
* An episode of ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' had the heroes each take advantage of a teammate's clone this way (for instance, "Feara" believed she was chasing Mira using her intangibility powers, which wear her out, but she was actually chasing a hologram by XR, causing Feara to be the one to wear out.)
30th Mar '15 10:31:21 PM nombretomado
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* The DubiousCompany teams of start off running at their EvilCounterpart during the showdown in Kreedor's castle, only to trade up immediately for [[BacktoBackBadasses defensive]] or [[ThisIsUnforgivable vendetta]] reasons. It ends with [[TheSmartGirl Sal]] vs [[TheDragon Izor]], [[TheLeader Walter]] vs [[DarkChick Mary]], [[TheBigGirl Tiren]] vs [[EvilGenius Gary]], [[TheHeart Elly]] vs [[TheBrute Marty]], and [[TheLancer Leeroy]] vs [[DragonLady Sue]].

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* The DubiousCompany ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'' teams of start off running at their EvilCounterpart during the showdown in Kreedor's castle, only to trade up immediately for [[BacktoBackBadasses defensive]] or [[ThisIsUnforgivable vendetta]] reasons. It ends with [[TheSmartGirl Sal]] vs [[TheDragon Izor]], [[TheLeader Walter]] vs [[DarkChick Mary]], [[TheBigGirl Tiren]] vs [[EvilGenius Gary]], [[TheHeart Elly]] vs [[TheBrute Marty]], and [[TheLancer Leeroy]] vs [[DragonLady Sue]].
13th Oct '14 8:30:00 PM Gizbit99
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* Inverted in the case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Weasel Wild Weasels.]] American aircraft were being shot down by Anti-Aircraft missiles over North Vietnam, a classic Rock beats Scissors if there ever was one. Planes were then specifically sent to destroy said AA sites [[CrazyEnoughToWork and it WORKED.]] [[GameBreaker Almost like giving Scissors Paper missiles to take out rock.]]

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* Inverted in the case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Weasel Wild Weasels.]] American aircraft were being shot down by Anti-Aircraft missiles over North Vietnam, a classic Rock beats Scissors if there ever was one. Planes were then specifically sent to destroy said AA sites [[CrazyEnoughToWork and it WORKED.]] [[GameBreaker Almost like giving Scissors Paper missiles made of Paper to take out rock.Rock.]]
10th Aug '14 9:39:18 PM W43
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* In ''PowerRangers'', this happened with the original [[ThePsychoRangers Psycho Rangers]] - all the rangers dressed as the Blue Ranger to confuse them.

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* In ''PowerRangers'', ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', this happened with the original [[ThePsychoRangers Psycho Rangers]] - Rangers]], who had previously downloaded all their opponents fighting styles. Unfortunately, the Psychos proved to be quite DangerouslyGenreSavvy about it:
** The first time the Psychos just fought off their current opponent, and then went to their main one and wailed on them. T.J. got an especially brutal NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
** T.J. then got the idea of having
all the rangers dressed as the Blue Ranger Rangers appear in a blue uniform to confuse them.the Psychos; but, they then just pulled back and blasted everyone allowing them to still win the fight.
** After that, the surviving Psychos analyzed the voices of each of the Rangers, allowing them to distinguish them regardless of disguise or being unmorphed.
* ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' had a variation of it, where there was only one monster. [[MonsterOfTheWeek Chameliac]] scanned the Rangers unique fighting moves or specific weapons allowing him to dominate the fight. In round 2, they used each others fighting moves/weapons. It even extended to the weapons one of their Zords used. This confused him enough to allow them to destroy him.



* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' had this when the seven heroes went up against Brainithor. This had Wonder Woman and Superman trading off, as well as Hawk Girl and Green Lantern.

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* ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' had this when the seven heroes went up against Brainithor. This had Wonder Woman and Superman trading off, as well as Hawk Girl and Green Lantern. Batman and Flash already destroyed their opponents, J'onn beats his off screen.
14th Apr '14 5:16:06 AM Kereea
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* Season Four finale of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' when Trigon created evil duplicates of Starfire, Cyborg, and Beast Boy. Beast Boy took on Evil Starfire, Cyborg took on Evil Beast Boy, and Starfire took on Evil Cyborg.

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* Season Four finale of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' when Trigon created evil duplicates of Starfire, Cyborg, and Beast Boy. Beast Boy took on Evil Starfire, Cyborg took on Evil Beast Boy, and Starfire took on Evil Cyborg. It's also semi-justified that they don't switch until late in the fight, since they're not trying to ''win'', they're trying to keep Trigon's attention on them instead of Robin's secret mission, and only become concerned with winning once Trigon admits he knows what they're doing.
9th Feb '14 9:49:58 PM Gamecubist
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* Inverted in an episode of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Uryuu fairs poorly against a SmashMook, while [[GentleGiant Chad]] has trouble with a fast and agile Arrancar. They switch opponents and BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame.

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* Inverted in an episode of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. Uryuu [[FragileSpeedster Uryuu]] fairs poorly against a SmashMook, while [[GentleGiant [[MightyGlacier Chad]] has trouble with a fast and agile Arrancar. They switch opponents and BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame.
13th Nov '13 7:05:59 AM AP
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* This happend in a lot of ''Comicbook/{{Avengers}}'' issue as well, often when the team fought the Masters of Evil, which was a team consisting of their individual enemies.
** This was inverted by the villains in the CrisisCrossover ''Acts of Vengeance'' which saw mostly Avengers villains going after different heroes in hopes of finally ridding them of the good guys once and for all.
4th Nov '13 9:27:50 AM Joesolo
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* Inverted in the case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Weasel Wild Weasels.]] American aircraft were being shot down by Anti-Aircraft missiles over North Vietnam, a classic Rock beats Scissors if there ever was one. Planes were then specifically sent to destroy said AA sites [[CrazyEnoughToWork and it WORKED.]] [[GameBreaker Almost like giving Scissors Paper missiles to take out rock.]]
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