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28th Mar '17 10:46:39 AM Caps-luna
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* Exploitation of the cube squared law was the driving factor of the race to build the largest luxury liners that dominated ship builing from the late 1800s to the 1930s. As a liner's six increases the the amount of free space to devote to more rooms (and thus more paying passengers) increases much faster than need to expand both common rooms and machinery necessary to propel the ship.However this was also a driving factor behind the Titanic Disaster. Laws at the time required life boats based off of Tonnage ratter than total number of people the ship carrier. The proportions specified in the law were calculated assuming much smaller vessels which meant far less efficient use of tonnage. When super ships like the Titanic rolled around the laws requirements for lifeboats were horribly behind actual passenger capacity.
27th Mar '17 3:04:02 PM FergardStratoavis
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* Applied in Jarosław Grzędowicz's ''Pan Lodowego Ogrodu'' (Lord of the Ice Garden): the protagonist stumbles upon artificially created dragons that, due to the square/cube law being in effect, cannot move effectively and starve to death; then he finds an entire ''boneyard'' of dragon bones. The creator of said dragons later goes around the issue by [[spoiler: making the dragons lighter than air.]]
16th Mar '17 4:05:41 PM rockysavannah
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* Actually {{hand wave}}d in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', the [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 49 foot 11 inch woman]] is mentioned to have gained SuperStrength from the [[GreenRocks alien meteorite]] she was hit by. Not that that explains how the roadways can support her weight. Or those cars she used as skates.



* Actually {{hand wave}}d in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', the [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 49 foot 11 inch woman]] is mentioned to have gained SuperStrength from the [[GreenRocks alien meteorite]] she was hit by. Not that that explains how the roadways can support her weight. Or those cars she used as skates.
12th Mar '17 9:26:43 PM TheSinful
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** Pokemon in general is extremely inconsistent about height and weight proportions of their and often ignore square-cube law. Onix is a 16 ft. long snake made of boulders, but its weight of 463 pounds makes it seem like it's made of Papier-mâché.

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** Pokemon in general is extremely inconsistent about height and weight proportions of their and often ignore square-cube law. Onix is a 16 28 ft. long snake made of boulders, but its weight of 463 pounds makes it seem like it's made of Papier-mâché.
12th Mar '17 5:14:20 PM nombretomado
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* This trope is why all the actual giant bugs in ''TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}}'' are dog sized at most, and to actually get giant bug-like creatures, you have to combine them with humans to form the Brundlefly-style Arthropoids.
5th Mar '17 10:49:24 AM nombretomado
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** In Hank Pym's first appearance as Giant-Man, MarvelComics played the Law quite accurately -- after he's grown a few feet, he's no longer capable of standing and needs the Wasp's help just to get at a reversal pill. He pegs his maximum effective size as twelve feet or so, and sticks to it for a while. The limitation didn't [[PowerCreepPowerSeep last long, though]] - soon he was fighting giant monsters at Godzilla size!

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** In Hank Pym's first appearance as Giant-Man, MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics played the Law quite accurately -- after he's grown a few feet, he's no longer capable of standing and needs the Wasp's help just to get at a reversal pill. He pegs his maximum effective size as twelve feet or so, and sticks to it for a while. The limitation didn't [[PowerCreepPowerSeep last long, though]] - soon he was fighting giant monsters at Godzilla size!
2nd Mar '17 11:54:07 AM Kombucha
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** Imagine how slow sauropods would have been due to their gigantic sizes. The ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'' animators found that ''diplodoci'' would have to keep three feet on the ground at all times or they would trip over while designing early models.

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** Imagine how slow sauropods would have been due to their gigantic sizes. The ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'' animators found that ''diplodoci'' ''Diplodocus'' would have to keep three feet on the ground at all times or they would trip over while designing early models.
1st Feb '17 7:08:33 AM Rday
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* Invoked in ''[[Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures Shadow of Doubt]]'' as Salli and Ali watch their culture's version of a {{Kaiju}} movie. Salli complains that such a creature shouldn't be able to move, and Ali responds that the aliens who made it, "...laugh at the Square-Cube Law!"
18th Jan '17 12:54:54 PM Mujaki
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* In ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour, Creator/WarrenEllis [[JustifiedTrope justified]] Ben Grimm's "Thing" appearance in this way. For Ben to be as strong and durable as he is, his size and weight were correspondingly scaled up to around nine feet tall and ''eight tons'', with super-dense skin and hyper-efficient organs. His mass and strength as so great that the mere act of walking around measures on ''the Richter Scale'', leading Reed to develop a body suit lined with a new type of shock absorber to act as a PowerLimiter for Ben. Otherwise, Ben taking a stroll through Times Square could result in the destruction of New York City itself.

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* In ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour, Creator/WarrenEllis [[JustifiedTrope justified]] Ben Grimm's "Thing" appearance in this way. For Ben to be as strong and durable as he is, his size and weight were correspondingly scaled up to around nine feet tall and ''eight tons'', with super-dense skin and hyper-efficient organs. organs (handy, as Ben sinks like [[JustForPun a stone]] in open water). His mass and strength as are so great that the mere act of walking around measures on ''the Richter Scale'', leading Reed to develop a body suit lined with a new type of shock absorber to act as a PowerLimiter for Ben. Otherwise, Ben taking a stroll through Times Square could result in the destruction of New York City itself.
18th Jan '17 12:51:30 PM Mujaki
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* In ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour, Creator/WarrenEllis [[JustifiedTrope justified]] Ben Grimm's "Thing" appearance in this way. For Ben to be as strong and durable as he is, his size and weight were correspondingly scaled up to around nine feet tall and ''eight tons'', with super-dense skin and hyper-efficient organs. His mass and strength as so great that the mere act of walking around measures on ''the Richter Scale'', leading Reed to develop a body suit lined with a new type of shock absorber to act as a PowerLimiter for Ben. Otherwise, Ben taking a stroll through Times Square could result in the destruction of New York City itself.
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