History Main / SheatheYourSword

15th Oct '17 8:00:31 AM lillolillo
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** He defeated Franchise/SpiderMan this way too in a very early inter-company crossover. Once he realized that he likely would have killed Spidey if he had hit him, he just ''let'' Spidey punch him until Spidey realized it was pointless and gave up. (Then they finally realized they were on the same side, and joined forces against Lex Luthor and Doc Ock.)

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** He defeated Franchise/SpiderMan this way too in a very early inter-company crossover.''ComicBook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan''. Once he realized that he likely would have killed Spidey if he had hit him, he just ''let'' Spidey punch him until Spidey realized it was pointless and gave up. (Then they finally realized they were on the same side, and joined forces against Lex Luthor and Doc Ock.))
** In ''Superman Family'' #194, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} fights a villain equipped with a device which absorbs hate and transforms it into strength. In order to beat him, Supergirl uses self-hypnosis to remain relaxed and motionless. Without hate to power his engine up, the villain loses his strength and is defeated.
15th Sep '17 4:35:02 AM TwilightLord
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* A {{Yonkoma}} in ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}'' has Maytag applying this trope to Bernadette, since Bernadette's "Split Rose" fighting style is a CounterAttack-based style with no offensive moves, so if Maytag just stands there and does nothing, Bernadette can't hurt her. Bernadette gets around this by throwing a brick at her.
15th Sep '17 4:26:26 AM TwilightLord
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* An amusing tactic given in the official guide for part of the BonusBoss fight against Sephiroth in ''Videogame/KingdomHearts'' reads as follows: "You can hurt him now, so dodge the meteors".
15th Sep '17 3:52:49 AM TwilightLord
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** The Flying Battery Zone Act 1 Miniboss in ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' involves you just making him hit himself. Technically speaking, you did NOT attack him!
** As well as this, Lava Reef Zone Act 2 Boss. You just avoid falling in the lava or touching the bombs and eventually he will bomb himself to defeat.

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** The Flying Battery Zone Act 1 Miniboss miniboss, Gapsule, in ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'', involves you just making him hit himself. Technically speaking, you did NOT attack him!
** The Act 2 miniboss, Barrier Eggman, is this as well. You defeat it by just avoiding its attacks until it apparently overheats and destroys itself.
** The Sandopolis Zone Act 1 boss, Egg Golem, can be attacked, but the only way to actually destroy it is by making it fall into quicksand at the edge of the area. You can either repeatedly attack it to knock it back into the quicksand, or just stand in the quicksand yourself (repeatedly jumping so you don't sink) at the very edge of the screen and let it just jump into the quicksand by itself.
** As well as this, Lava Reef Zone Act 2 Boss.boss, Hot Mobile. You just avoid falling in the lava or touching the bombs and eventually he will bomb himself to defeat.


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* This is the easiest way to beat Pyramid Head in ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'': the battle ends automatically after a certain amount of time, and Pyramid Head cannot be killed, so the best option is to just run around dodging attacks and wait for the cutscene (or run like hell in one case). Shooting Pyramid Head will speed up the battle, but it's better to just be patient and conserve ammo.
30th Aug '17 5:52:23 PM __Vano
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** In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1'', the Prince's mirror reflection would kill you if you tried to fight it, but if you sheathed your sword and walked into it, it would absorb into you. This was especially tricky since the Prince always put away his sword automatically after killing an enemy, and putting it away during combat was a move that was never necessary anywhere else and easily suicidal.

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** In ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1'', the Prince's mirror reflection would kill you if you tried to fight it, it since hitting it draws from your health, too, but if you sheathed your sword and walked into it, it would absorb into you. This was is especially tricky since the Prince always put away his sword automatically draws his sword upon facing an enemy and puts it away after killing an enemy, and putting it away during combat was a move that was it, so the player is never necessary anywhere else and easily suicidal.hinted they even can do that.
26th Jul '17 11:27:47 PM ShorinBJ
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* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', the player cannot damage The Sorrow -- He's already dead! The only option is to wait for him to kill you, then use the [[spoiler:Revival Pill]]. Getting as far as possible before being instant killed will net you some special camo, though.

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' has a variation in the fight with the Ninja; you're supposed to keep your weapons stowed and fight with your fists. After a few hits, the Ninja will toss aside his sword and say, "Good. Now we can fight as warriors -- hand to hand. It is the basis of all combat. Only a fool trusts his life to a weapon." Try to use your weapons, and it will not go well for you.
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In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater Snake Eater]]'', the player cannot damage The Sorrow -- He's already dead! The only option is to wait for him to kill you, then use the [[spoiler:Revival Pill]]. Getting as far as possible before being instant killed will net you some special camo, though.



* A lot of martial arts that are applicable towards self defense seem to recommend the ScrewThisImOuttaHere school of self-defense: when confronted by (for instance) a mugger, you turn the hell around and run your ass off. The "martial" part of the martial arts regimen only comes into play when avoiding physical harm befalling you or the mugger is no longer an option.

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* A lot of martial arts that are applicable towards self defense seem to recommend the ScrewThisImOuttaHere school of self-defense: when confronted by (for instance) a mugger, you turn the hell around and run your ass off.off, or just give him what he wants. The "martial" part of the martial arts regimen only comes into play when avoiding physical harm befalling you or the mugger is no longer an option.



* There is a Zen parable where a samurai asks a master if there is an afterlife and what it is like. The master challenged him, saying what sort of question was that for a samurai, and what a worthless samurai would ask it. The furious samurai grabbed his sword and began to draw it, to which the master shouted, "Here open the gates of hell!" The shamed samurai, realizing his error, sheathed his weapon and asked for forgiveness to which the master whispered, "And here open the gates of heaven."

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* There is a Zen parable where a samurai asks a master if there is an afterlife and what it is like. The master challenged him, saying what sort of question was that for a samurai, and what a worthless samurai would ask it. it? The furious samurai grabbed his sword and began to draw it, to which the master shouted, "Here open the gates of hell!" The shamed samurai, realizing his error, sheathed his weapon and asked for forgiveness forgiveness, to which the master whispered, "And here open the gates of heaven."
26th Jul '17 11:13:24 PM ShorinBJ
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*** In the episode "Peak Performance", Data is pitted in a friendly game with a visiting Alien who is the galaxy's champion at this game. He is soundly defeated by the smug alien, unable to match his offense or defense. In a rematch at the end of the episode, Data wins by playing for a tie instead of a victory, rather than trying to gain advantage or take the lead when chances occur, he chooses moves which favor neither player in the long run and promote stalemate. The alien is unable to defeat the android, and storms off in a huff over the maddening strategy.

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*** In the episode "Peak Performance", Data is pitted in a friendly game with a visiting Alien alien who is the galaxy's champion a master at this game. He is soundly defeated by the smug alien, unable to match his offense or defense. In a rematch at the end of the episode, Data wins by playing for a tie instead of a victory, rather than trying to gain advantage or take the lead when chances occur, he chooses moves which favor neither player in the long run and promote stalemate. The alien is unable to defeat the android, and storms off in a huff over the maddening strategy.



*** In a later episode, Quark once again meets his Klingon ex-wife (she divorced him at the end of "The House of Quark" at his request) and is now enamored with her. However, one of her servants is disgusted by a Ferengi putting the moves on his mistress and challenges him to a duel. When asked by Worf what he plans to do, Quark suggests doing the same thing as before. Worf replies that, last time, he was only saved by Gowron. This time, he would get his head cut off. Instead, they have Worf remotely control Quark. After "Quark" wins, he makes as if to finish off the Klingon... only for Worf to force him to step away. Nobody said this particular duel had to be to the death. The female Klingon declares his honor satisfied and fires him.

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*** In a later episode, Quark once again meets his Klingon ex-wife (she divorced him at the end of "The House of Quark" at his request) and is now enamored with her. However, one of her servants is disgusted by a Ferengi putting the moves on his mistress and challenges him to a duel. When asked by Worf what he plans to do, Quark suggests doing the same thing as before. Worf replies that, last time, he was only saved by Gowron. This time, he would get his head cut off. Instead, they have Worf remotely control Quark. After "Quark" wins, he makes as if to finish off the Klingon... only for Worf to force him to step away. Nobody said this particular duel had to be to the death. The female Klingon declares his honor satisfied and fires him.
19th May '17 11:22:33 PM GrammarNavi
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** Another fight with Amazo's "son" (this was well after the above flaw was the subject of an ObviousRulesPatch) realized that this Amazo could tap into their minds and use the tactics one leager would use to counter the other. Realizing this, Batman instead started hurling insults at Superman, which snowballed into the league bickering with each other. Of course, since this Amazo had the personality of all the league and could get in tune with them, it resulted in him fighting himself until he self-destructed. It worked, but it was implied that it did more damage to the League in other ways.

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** Another fight with Amazo's "son" (this was well after the above flaw was the subject of an ObviousRulesPatch) ObviousRulePatch) realized that this Amazo could tap into their minds and use the tactics one leager would use to counter the other. Realizing this, Batman instead started hurling insults at Superman, which snowballed into the league bickering with each other. Of course, since this Amazo had the personality of all the league and could get in tune with them, it resulted in him fighting himself until he self-destructed. It worked, but it was implied that it did more damage to the League in other ways.
12th May '17 10:08:21 AM Randomwaffle23
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* In VideoGame/Stellaris, if you find yourself in a defensive war during the early game against a superior foe, the best advice is to keep building your economy and let them try and take your capital (hopefully armed with a defense station with a subspace snare by your starbase). The enemy fleet will be pulled right next to your starbase and fleet, and be unable to counter both. If you have a low enough war score, they will concede after a few tries at this and their economy will be in shambles. During the early game, your Starbase is your biggest gun and can take on all but the most Fanatical Militant AIs of the equivalent level.

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* In VideoGame/Stellaris, ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', if you find yourself in a defensive war during the early game against a superior foe, the best advice is to keep building your economy and let them try and take your capital (hopefully armed with a defense station with a subspace snare by your starbase). The enemy fleet will be pulled right next to your starbase and fleet, and be unable to counter both. If you have a low enough war score, they will concede after a few tries at this and their economy will be in shambles. During the early game, your Starbase is your biggest gun and can take on all but the most Fanatical Militant AIs of the equivalent level.level.
* In the Plague of Shadows campaign of ''VideoGame/ShovelKnight'', if you stand perfectly still and do nothing, the attacks used by [[spoiler:the Plague of Shadows]] won't hurt you, and you'll eventually be allowed to move on without fighting. It's still possible to win by fighting normally though.
7th May '17 5:32:50 PM DustSnitch
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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', [[spoiler:Steve's final battle with the titular villain ends this way. The fight starts out brutal, but after Steve completes his objective of stopping the three Helicarriers, he refuses to continue to fight his brainwashed best friend. To illustrate that, he drops his iconic shield into the Potomac below, and gives Bucky an IronicEcho. Steve doesn't really win the fight this way, but after he drops unconscious into the Potomac himself, the Winter Soldier rescues him.]]

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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', [[spoiler:Steve's Captain America's final battle with the titular villain ends this way. The fight starts out brutal, but after Steve completes his objective of stopping the three Helicarriers, he refuses to continue to fight his brainwashed best friend. To illustrate that, he drops his iconic shield into the Potomac below, and gives repeats something his best friend Bucky an IronicEcho. Steve doesn't really win the fight this way, but after he drops unconscious into the Potomac himself, told him years ago. It's fitting too, because the Winter Soldier rescues him.]]is [[spoiler:Bucky.]] In any case, the Soldier beats the Captain, but eventually empathizes enough to stop and rescue the captain from the collapsing airship.
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