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14th Sep '16 12:16:41 PM Allronix
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse: This has usually been why the Republic, for all its many flaws, endured for 25,000 years while variants of the Sith Empire burned themselves out after at few centuries at best. While your average Imperial or Sith is probably better equipped, tougher, and a better fighter than their Republic or Jedi counterparts, the Sith have a bad habit of getting DrunkOnTheDarkSide, mixed with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder being standard operating procedure in the Sith and the Imperial military, with the Intelligence Service as OnlySaneEmployee, though even ''that'' depends on who's in charge. The Republic plods along, playing defense, while the Empire predictably self-destructs. It's telling that Bane only preserved the Sith ideals by making sure there were ''only'' two at any given time, and that the Imperial Remnant became a stable government only ''after'' the Sith at the top were dead.
16th Jul '16 12:56:50 PM GCarty
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* Explored in ''Literature/TheAngloAmericanNaziWar''. Some of the most formidable troops used by the increasingly desperate Nazis during [[AlternateHistory D-Day 1960]] are simply the leftover Heer troops used in the original invasion of continental Europe in the early 1940's pressed back into service. Despite mostly being in their forties and fifties and armed with hugely obsolete equipment, their methodical and rational approach to battle means these "old bastards" actually put up a decent fight against Allied units, [[WorthyOpponent even earning a begrudging respect from them in the process]]. This is compared to the more modern SS units, who tend to be young men and [[ChildSoldiers kids]] brainwashed by the Nazi education system and so tend to [[TheBerserker fight like maniacs]] [[RealityEnsues but get brushed aside easily]].

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* Explored in ''Literature/TheAngloAmericanNaziWar''. Some of the most formidable troops used by the increasingly desperate Nazis during [[AlternateHistory D-Day 1960]] 1958]] are simply the leftover Heer troops used in the original invasion of continental Europe in the early 1940's pressed back into service. Despite mostly being in their forties and fifties and armed with hugely obsolete equipment, their methodical and rational approach to battle means these "old bastards" actually put up a decent fight against Allied units, [[WorthyOpponent even earning a begrudging respect from them in the process]]. This is compared to the more modern SS units, who tend to be young men and [[ChildSoldiers kids]] brainwashed by the Nazi education system and so tend to [[TheBerserker fight like maniacs]] [[RealityEnsues but get brushed aside easily]].
2nd Jul '16 1:44:53 PM HasturHasturHastur
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Is the villain suffering from a SplitPersonality? Well, turn the multiple personalties against each other, the villain will be completely ineffective as they squabble and fight for control. Is the villain's problem a ComplexityAddiction? Appeal to his ego; simply [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim killing the hero with the pull of a trigger or a swing of an axe]] probably isn't grandiose enough for him. Is the villain a [[TheGamblingAddict gambling addict]]? Challenge him to a game of chance, he won't be able to resist. What about the remorseless, sadistic PsychopathicManchild who kills ForTheEvulz? Even he will grovel sobbingly at the feet of the guy who holds his favorite teddy bear hostage. A BloodKnight hopelessly addicted to fighting? Killing you quickly will rob them of the thrill of battle, and they can ''very'' easily be talked into holding back just to give you a chance because it'll be more fun that way if they aren't already doing that.

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Is the villain suffering from a SplitPersonality? Well, turn the multiple personalties against each other, the villain will be completely ineffective as they squabble and fight for control. Is the villain's problem a ComplexityAddiction? Appeal to his ego; simply [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim killing the hero with the pull of a trigger or a swing of an axe]] probably isn't grandiose enough for him. Is the villain a [[TheGamblingAddict gambling addict]]? Challenge him to a game of chance, he won't be able to resist. What about the remorseless, sadistic PsychopathicManchild who kills ForTheEvulz? Even he will grovel sobbingly at the feet of the guy who holds his favorite teddy bear hostage. A BloodKnight hopelessly addicted to fighting? Killing He won't kill you quickly and will rob them of the thrill of battle, and they can ''very'' easily be talked into holding probably hold himself back just to or even deliberately give you a chance an advantage at some point because it'll be more fun that way if they aren't already doing that.
killing you or winning by an overwhelming margin is no fun. Particularly bad case of HairTriggerTemper? You can easily get them to do something incredibly stupid in a blind rage without even really trying.
23rd Jun '16 10:09:57 AM catmuto
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* ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' has Daniella as one of the toughest opponents... if her mental issues wouldn't result in her getting distracted from hunting for Fiona at times. When it's 'cleaning time', Daniella is focused solely on that and actually ''can't'' chase Fiona, making her no threat those times.
15th Jun '16 11:48:23 AM HasturHasturHastur
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Is the villain suffering from a SplitPersonality? Well, turn the multiple personalties against each other, the villain will be completely ineffective as they squabble and fight for control. Is the villain's problem a ComplexityAddiction? Appeal to his ego; simply [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim killing the hero with the pull of a trigger or a swing of an axe]] probably isn't grandiose enough for him. Is the villain a [[TheGamblingAddict gambling addict]]? Challenge him to a game of chance, he won't be able to resist. What about the remorseless, sadistic PsychopathicManchild who kills ForTheEvulz? Even he will grovel sobbingly at the feet of the guy who holds his favorite teddy bear hostage.

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Is the villain suffering from a SplitPersonality? Well, turn the multiple personalties against each other, the villain will be completely ineffective as they squabble and fight for control. Is the villain's problem a ComplexityAddiction? Appeal to his ego; simply [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim killing the hero with the pull of a trigger or a swing of an axe]] probably isn't grandiose enough for him. Is the villain a [[TheGamblingAddict gambling addict]]? Challenge him to a game of chance, he won't be able to resist. What about the remorseless, sadistic PsychopathicManchild who kills ForTheEvulz? Even he will grovel sobbingly at the feet of the guy who holds his favorite teddy bear hostage.
hostage. A BloodKnight hopelessly addicted to fighting? Killing you quickly will rob them of the thrill of battle, and they can ''very'' easily be talked into holding back just to give you a chance because it'll be more fun that way if they aren't already doing that.
10th Jun '16 2:22:58 PM Someoneman
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* "[[Videogame/{{Touhou}} In Gensoukyou]] [[InvertedTrope you can't let yourself be held back by common sense!]]"

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* "[[Videogame/{{Touhou}} In Gensoukyou]] [[InvertedTrope Inverted in Videogame/{{Touhou}}.
--> "In Gensoukyou
you can't let yourself be held back by common sense!]]"sense!"
29th May '16 7:28:51 PM MugaSofer
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* This is described as the unique benefit of [[GreenLantern Green Power Rings]] in Fanfic/WithThisRing.
23rd Apr '16 12:41:44 PM Andre
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It's notable that teaching this technique involves covering the student in fish and throwing them in a hole with a buttload of cats. The book in which Genma found the technique even points out that the technique is effectively useless (because of all the reasons above) and was only included as a historical curiosity. If only Genma'd turned the page and read that part... In the manga the page with the insanity warning and how useless the Cat Fist is was stuck to another page, keeping Genma from noticing it.

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It's notable that teaching this technique involves covering the student in fish and throwing them in a hole with a buttload of hungry cats. The book in which Genma found the technique even points out that the technique is effectively useless (because of all the reasons above) and was only included as a historical curiosity. If only Genma'd turned the page and read that part... In the manga the page with the insanity warning and how useless the Cat Fist is was stuck to another page, keeping Genma from noticing it.
16th Apr '16 9:09:53 PM tdwally
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'' the denizens of Rapture have access to Plasmids, drugs that give you superpowers by rewriting your dna. The problem is that, like other drugs, you can easily get addicted to splicing and even worse, rewriting your genetic code does a number on your sanity. It's not a coincidence all the major players in Rapture have refrained from all but the most basic Plasmids, allowing them to rule by virtue of being the only people sane enough to plan and organize.
14th Apr '16 10:39:31 AM trixus
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*** Although his obsession with Batman means he can't resolve to kill him (even when all powerful in Emperor Joker) or trying to find out who is behind his mask to the point ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily shows that Bruce can come up to him and make clear he is Batman and Joker won't even notice.
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