History Main / RuleOfCool

21st Jul '16 1:21:00 PM kazokuhouou
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* In the nondescript space future of ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' wars are literally FOUGHT on the Rule of Cool: the point of it is to get the public to think you have the coolest army. Case in point: CommanderBadass wants to punch his superior officer. Any other army: that'd get him immediately punished, probably demoted, and lucky not to get kicked out. In an army running on this trope: they decide it could be 'mad bitching' and set ground rules to give the Commander one free no-strings-attached sucker punch on the Admiral (preferably in public). However, the concept is also deconstructed and averted: sometimes Rule of Cool isn't the best option: red jackets may look cool, but make the wearer a big target. And the military has no problem emotionally manipulating their soldiers to make them be 'more like Batman', which is what actually led to the case in point. (And by the way, no, the Commander hasn't punched the Admiral yet. It's not about punching him, it's about him knowing he's getting punched.)
11th Jul '16 5:30:15 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': ...narrow it down to ''one'' example? Um.
9th Jul '16 11:46:59 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' qualifies with such things as giant-sized, biomechanical tigers that can extend their neck and have caterpillar tracks instead of back legs; robotic heroes surfing on lava or riding on rock slides with buzz saws attached to their feet; humongous insects with powerful blasters implanted onto their bodies; desert bandits riding on dinosaurs; and all kinds of warriors/villains/monsters you can [[BuiltWithLego build out of Lego sets]] with the most bizarre powers you can imagine. Even such mundane things as transportation were cool when the setting called for it. Nowadays, the story tends to focus less on these aspects and more on the actual plot -- that is why the introduction of cybernetic dinosaurs with laser targeting-systems was so welcomed.

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' qualifies with such things as giant-sized, biomechanical tigers that can extend their neck and have caterpillar tracks instead of back legs; robotic heroes surfing on lava or riding on rock slides with buzz saws attached to their feet; humongous insects with powerful blasters implanted onto their bodies; desert bandits riding on dinosaurs; and all kinds of warriors/villains/monsters you can [[BuiltWithLego build out of Lego sets]] with the most bizarre powers you can imagine. Even such mundane things as transportation were cool when the setting called for it. Nowadays, the story tends to focus less on these aspects and more on the actual plot -- that is why the introduction of cybernetic dinosaurs with laser targeting-systems was so welcomed.
9th Jul '16 2:13:30 AM LOA
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* BFS
29th Jun '16 9:59:48 PM magmablock
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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'': Special mention has to go to the Coma-Doof Warrior. An insane, blind guitarist, wearing his dead mother's face for a mask, rocking out in front of a massive wall of speakers, careening through the desert at high speeds, with a team of drummers bringing up the rear, and the guitar shoots fire.

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* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'': Special mention has to go to the Coma-Doof Warrior. An insane, blind guitarist, wearing his dead mother's face for a mask, rocking out in front of a massive wall of speakers, careening through the desert at high speeds, with a team of drummers bringing up the rear, and the guitar shoots fire. Not only is it awesome, it's also practical; Immortan Joe uses the music for morale and to relay commands to the rest his convoy, like a next-level drummer boy.
23rd Jun '16 5:37:10 AM Quanyails
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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': There is a in-universe reason for all the strange awesomess but why would you care with so hammy hot blood and HumongousMecha?

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': There is a in-universe reason for all the strange awesomess awesomeness but why would you care with so hammy hot blood and HumongousMecha?



** Kamina, resident BadAss draws his [[KatanasAreJustBetter trusty Katana]], and it keeps coming out of the sheath for ten feet, for no reason other than it looks cool while battling someone wielding a meat cleaver. The length of Kamina's sword seems directly proportional to the length of the speech he is making while drawing it.

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** Kamina, resident BadAss draws his [[KatanasAreJustBetter trusty Katana]], katana]], and it keeps coming out of the sheath for ten feet, for no reason other than it looks cool while battling someone wielding a meat cleaver. The length of Kamina's sword seems directly proportional to the length of the speech he is making while drawing it.
10th Jun '16 7:31:20 PM nombretomado
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%%* ''SamuraiJack''

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%%* ''SamuraiJack'' ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
10th Jun '16 8:59:58 AM NativeJovian
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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'': Raiden has taken multiple [[TookALevelInBadass levels in badass]] since his debut as the ReplacementScrappy in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' along with a huge amount of {{Angst}}, and now has a super-strong [[UnwillingRoboticisation cybernetic body]] and [[AbsurdlySharpBlade ridiculously sharp]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]. At his disposal are ImplausibleFencingPowers such a deflecting bullets and the ability to cut through [[CleanCut practically anything]] including {{walking tank}}s, aircraft, and entire HumongousMecha. Every boss has some impractical but cool weapon such as a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw tail]] or pair of [[ShearMenace scissor-swords]], and each gets their own HotBlooded Rock [[AutobotsRockOut theme music]].

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'': Raiden has taken multiple [[TookALevelInBadass levels in badass]] since his debut as the ReplacementScrappy in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' along with a huge amount of {{Angst}}, and now has a super-strong [[UnwillingRoboticisation cybernetic body]] and [[AbsurdlySharpBlade ridiculously sharp]] [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]. At his disposal are ImplausibleFencingPowers such a deflecting bullets ParryingBullets and the ability to [[CleanCut cut through [[CleanCut practically anything]] including {{walking tank}}s, aircraft, and entire HumongousMecha. Every boss has some impractical but cool weapon such as a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw tail]] or pair of [[ShearMenace scissor-swords]], and each gets their own HotBlooded Rock [[AutobotsRockOut theme music]].
16th May '16 11:20:55 PM erforce
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** Enzo's birthday party. During the festivities, [[EvilOverlord Megabyte]] crashes the party, and brings out... a guitar? With a [[ThisIsSpinalTap dial turned to 11?]] Megabyte begins jamming. Then Bob steps up to face him, seemingly angry at him for crashing the party. Then he commands his [[SwissArmyWeapon keytool]] to turn into a guitar and thus begins a rocking '''guitar duel''', between [[GoKartingWithBowser the Hero and the Big Bad!]] The whole thing ends with Megabyte giving Enzo his guitar, "I've always wanted to do that" and then leaving. Sure, it could've been a trap, or just about anything, but those thoughts never crossed ANYONE'S mind because it was just that freaking AWESOME.

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** Enzo's birthday party. During the festivities, [[EvilOverlord Megabyte]] crashes the party, and brings out... a guitar? With a [[ThisIsSpinalTap [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap dial turned to 11?]] Megabyte begins jamming. Then Bob steps up to face him, seemingly angry at him for crashing the party. Then he commands his [[SwissArmyWeapon keytool]] to turn into a guitar and thus begins a rocking '''guitar duel''', between [[GoKartingWithBowser the Hero and the Big Bad!]] The whole thing ends with Megabyte giving Enzo his guitar, "I've always wanted to do that" and then leaving. Sure, it could've been a trap, or just about anything, but those thoughts never crossed ANYONE'S mind because it was just that freaking AWESOME.
6th May '16 6:19:15 AM OafishVulture
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* The F-117 is painted black, supposedly for stealth. Some designers on the project have acknowledged that dark grey would be a better color, but the decision was essentially handed down because black would look cooler.
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