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22nd Aug '16 9:10:36 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* The omake ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/184594/25/never-the-final-word/river-roads-where-blackmail-might-or-might-not-happen-mrnumbers-the-demesne-of-the-reluctant-twilight-sparkle Where Blackmail Might or Might Not Happen]]'' does this to ''FanFic/TheDemesneOfTheReluctantTwilightSparkle''. In that fanfic, [[spoiler: nobles with old claims to demesnes are dusting them off and taking full advantage of an unfair, outdated law that Celestia was trying to have slide into obscurity (although Luna [[NiceJobBreakingItHero torpedoed that by giving Twilight Sparkle the titular demesne]])]]. In the omake, [[spoiler: Celestia immediately abolishes the law, and when the nobles try to rebel, she points out that one of rights they'll be waiving is the crown's protection. Like from Discord, who has just been given a week off to do whatever he wants]]. Notable because the author of the original fic acknowledged that the path the omake took was probably the most logical one, but if he were to use it, he'd be left without a story.
19th Aug '16 10:22:57 PM TheSinful
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* When Harry has to find somewhere to ditch his highly distinctive ship due to the massive bounty on his head in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11157943/14/I-Still-Haven-t-Found-What-I-m-Looking-For I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For]]'', Ahsoka suggests he just leave it where it is: in the middle of space far from any planets or hyperspace lanes. The odds of anyone finding it are functionally zero.
16th Aug '16 9:19:06 AM res20stupid
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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': This is used to solve the ClosedCircle mystery of episode 2's First Twilight - how was the killer able to get 6 people inside the chapel when only Maria had the key and Rosa is absolutely sure that the door to the chapel was locked? Simple - [[spoiler: Rosa is lying about the chapel being locked.]]
16th Aug '16 8:46:21 AM res20stupid
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* ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'': King Stefan's initial plan to save his daughter's life from the curse Maleficent placed on her? [[KillItWithFire Have all the spinning wheels in the kingdom burned!]] [[LoopholeAbuse If there are no spinning wheels, then she can't fatally prick herself on her sixteenth birthday, can she?]] [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Maleficent just conjures one into existence.]]
8th Aug '16 2:06:56 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* The recent NSA scandal has made many {{Conspiracy Theorist}}s believe that the government can spy on anyone at anytime through the internet, much like they did in a certain Orwellian novel. Those who state the simple solution that debunks this - it's rather easy to unplug the computer - are often scorned.
4th Aug '16 9:31:50 PM mariic
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'''Eddy:''' What? And ruin the plot?

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'''Eddy:''' [[BreakingTheFourthWall What? And ruin the plot?plot?]]
4th Aug '16 9:31:04 PM mariic
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-->'''Ruth''': Marge, you're the levelheaded friend I never had.

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-->'''Ruth''': [[DidntThinkThisThrough Marge, you're the levelheaded friend I never had.]]
28th Jul '16 7:23:41 AM Morgenthaler
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Most often, it's a villain (usually of the DiabolicalMastermind or EvilOverlord variety) proposing the complicated scheme, and it is a GenreSavvy minion (or occasionally even TheHero himself) questioning their boss's grade-A BondVillainStupidity. However, it's not unheard of for DangerouslyGenreSavvy villains to brag about the fact that they're eschewing elaborate {{Death Trap}}s and intend to just shoot the hero. Sometimes, it's a HyperCompetentSidekick wondering why the hero is adhering to HonorBeforeReason.

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Most often, it's a villain (usually of the DiabolicalMastermind or EvilOverlord variety) proposing the complicated scheme, and it is a GenreSavvy minion (or occasionally even TheHero himself) questioning their boss's grade-A BondVillainStupidity. However, it's not unheard of for DangerouslyGenreSavvy clever villains to brag about the fact that they're eschewing elaborate {{Death Trap}}s and intend to just shoot the hero. Sometimes, it's a HyperCompetentSidekick wondering why the hero is adhering to HonorBeforeReason.



** Angelus insists on using his mind games on Buffy, while Spike insists that he finish her off before she gets really mad and kills them all. Guess what? [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy He's right]]... after what Angelus did to upset Giles, not only did they have to contend with a very pissed-off Slayer, but she was [[{{Pun}} hot]] on the heels of her Watcher, [[Awesome/BuffyTheVampireSlayer who was whaling on Angelus with a flaming baseball bat]] [[KillItWithFire after throwing a molotov cocktail into the factory]].

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** Angelus insists on using his mind games on Buffy, while Spike insists that he finish her off before she gets really mad and kills them all. Guess what? [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy He's right]]...right... after what Angelus did to upset Giles, not only did they have to contend with a very pissed-off Slayer, but she was [[{{Pun}} hot]] on the heels of her Watcher, [[Awesome/BuffyTheVampireSlayer who was whaling on Angelus with a flaming baseball bat]] [[KillItWithFire after throwing a molotov cocktail into the factory]].
19th Jul '16 12:00:39 PM Nintendoman01
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** Angelus insists on using his mind games on Buffy, while Spike insists that he finish her off before she gets really mad and kills them all. Guess what? [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy He's right]]... after what Angelus did to upset Giles, not only did they have to contend with a very brassed-off Slayer, but she was [[{{Pun}} hot]] on the heels of her Watcher, [[Awesome/BuffyTheVampireSlayer who was whaling on Angelus with a flaming baseball bat]] [[KillItWithFire after throwing a molotov cocktail into the factory]].

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** Angelus insists on using his mind games on Buffy, while Spike insists that he finish her off before she gets really mad and kills them all. Guess what? [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy He's right]]... after what Angelus did to upset Giles, not only did they have to contend with a very brassed-off pissed-off Slayer, but she was [[{{Pun}} hot]] on the heels of her Watcher, [[Awesome/BuffyTheVampireSlayer who was whaling on Angelus with a flaming baseball bat]] [[KillItWithFire after throwing a molotov cocktail into the factory]].



* An Episode of “101 Dalmatians The Series” has one of these. The two Cows; Duchess & Princess, are arguing that the other is taking up too much room in their Stall. Cadpig tries to help, by using her own style of therapy on them, which eventually leads to the entire Dearly Farm at each others throats. Duchess& Princess then explain what their issue is and Spot suggests they just open the side of their stall up, which they agree would work. Hearing how easy the solution is makes al the other animals enraged at Cadpig?

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': In the episode "The DVD," Gumball accidentally ruins a DVD he rented, and goes through all manner of elaborate {{Zany Scheme}}s to either pay for or replace said DVD. Darwin suggests that they simply "face the consequences of their actions and tell Mom" every few minutes or so, but Gumball dismisses him every time. In the end, when Nicole ''does'' find out and simply pays for the DVD, Gumball [[HypocriticalHumor hypocritically]] throws the same "face the consequences of their actions" line right back at Darwin; Darwin, justifiably pissed, promptly decks him for it.
* An Episode episode of “101 Dalmatians The Series” ''WesternAnimation/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansTheSeries'' has one of these. The two Cows; cows, Duchess & and Princess, are arguing that the other is taking up too much room in their Stall.stall. Cadpig tries to help, by using her own style of therapy on them, which eventually leads to the entire Dearly Farm at each others throats. Duchess& Duchess and Princess then explain what their issue is and Spot suggests they just open the side of their stall up, which they agree would work. Hearing how easy the solution is makes al all the other animals enraged at Cadpig?Cadpig.



** A comic-based episode had Joker poring over a variety of odd tortures to inflict on Batman; he flies into a rage after Harley Quinn matter-of-factly offers to just shoot him. Irony bites Harley in the ass after her own dramatic death trap nearly succeeds ''until Mr. J becomes angry at her for upstaging him'' and busts in to stop her. Even more ironically, the Joker then goes to shoot the restrained Batman anyway after he gets Harley out of the picture, as it's just too rare an opportunity to turn down. By this point, of course, Batman has freed himself. The Joker is probably the canonical example of a BigBad who will accept nothing less than a deathtrap ending for the hero, no matter how many times it's been tried and failed. In his case, however, it is arguably {{justified|Trope}}, since the Joker is explicitly ''insane''. His actions and choices should not necessarily be expected to be rational. To add insult to injury Batman outright states that Harley's trap ''would'' have been successful, and would have managed to finish him off where Joker never could. The plan, of course, being one Joker rejected.

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** A comic-based episode had Joker poring over a variety of odd tortures to inflict on Batman; he flies into a rage after Harley Quinn matter-of-factly offers to just shoot him. Irony bites Harley in the ass after her own dramatic death trap nearly succeeds ''until Mr. J becomes angry at her for upstaging him'' and busts in to stop her. Even more ironically, the Joker then goes to shoot the restrained Batman anyway after he gets Harley out of the picture, as it's just too rare an opportunity to turn down. By this point, of course, Batman has freed himself. The Joker is probably the canonical example of a BigBad who will accept nothing less than a deathtrap DeathTrap ending for the hero, no matter how many times it's been tried and failed. In his case, however, it is arguably {{justified|Trope}}, since the Joker is explicitly ''insane''. His actions and choices should not necessarily be expected to be rational. To add insult to injury Batman outright states that Harley's trap ''would'' have been successful, and would have managed to finish him off where Joker never could. The plan, of course, being one Joker rejected.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' gives us a heroic example: The girls run up against the Ministry of Pain, a team of arch-criminals some thirty years past their shelf life. Despite Bubbles and Buttercup pointing out that they could probably arrest them within all of two seconds, Blossom insists upon being "polite to their elders" and instead brings the Ministry's old heroic nemesis out of retirement to fight them. The end result: Both superhero and villains end up getting hurt trying to fight each other and get hospitalized, with everyone (even the narrator) remarking Blossom is stupid for causing all this.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' gives us episode "Fallen Arches" presents a heroic example: example. The girls run up against the Ministry of Pain, a an elderly team of arch-criminals some thirty years past their shelf life. who have recently come out of retirement. Despite Bubbles and Buttercup pointing out that they could probably arrest them within all of two seconds, ''easily'' take them, Blossom insists upon being "polite refuses to let them fight the Ministry of Pain on the grounds that they have to "respect their elders" elders," and instead brings decides to talk the Ministry's old heroic nemesis equally elderly archenemies, [[OldSuperhero Captain Righteous and Lefty]], out of retirement to fight do the job for them. The end result: Both superhero and villains all five old men end up getting hurt trying to fight each other and get hospitalized, with everyone (even and the narrator) remarking Blossom is stupid for causing all this.local news outright states that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the entire mess could have been avoided]] [[LampshadeHanging if the Powerpuff Girls had just stepped in and stopped the Ministry of Pain in the first place]].
17th Jul '16 9:01:32 PM Valiona
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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Gajeel is fighting an enemy who [[MakingASplash can surround everyone with poisonous water]]. He's fighting but running out of air when Levy swoops in and uses an UnderwaterKiss to give him air. Levy is horribly embarrassed when Gajeel later points out she could have just used her particular ability to conjure air without having to do that.

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Gajeel is fighting an enemy who [[MakingASplash can surround everyone with poisonous water]]. He's fighting but running out of air when Levy swoops in and uses an UnderwaterKiss to give him air. Levy is horribly embarrassed when Gajeel later points out she could have just used her particular ability ability- magical writing that becomes whatever word is written- to conjure air without having to do that.


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* In the ''Manga/Saki'' spinoff "Saki Biyori", this happens twice in Shindouji's second chapter, in which, as a result of one thing leading to another, the "round robin journal" used to chronicle the club's activities ends up getting a comic strip that everyone contributes to. When ClubPresident Mairu is unable to continue, her best friend Himeko asks her whether they need one, causing Mairu to issue a ban. Popular demand forces them to bring the comic strip back, though, but Himeko has another plan in mind- giving the comic an ending.


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* In ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' parody of Film/DoubleJeopardy, the main character briefly considers using the fact that her husband, whom she was framed for murdering, is in fact alive against him to secure her exoneration and ensure he gets his just desserts, but instead is talked into doing what she did in the movie- killing him under the belief that she can't be tried for his murder again.
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