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23rd Jun '16 2:42:15 PM GoblinCipher
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* A conflict very common in ''MagicTheGathering'', where the colours Green and Blue are pitted against each other - the former, which represents life and "nature", is so good at dealing with metallic things that the latter, which represents inovation and is associated with technology, can only defend itself by countering spells. [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Phyrexia]], however, just takes the BodyHorror middle ground, fusing artifice with life in horrific and deadly ways.

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* A conflict very common in ''MagicTheGathering'', where the colours Green and Blue are pitted against each other - the former, which represents life and "nature", is so good at dealing with metallic things that the latter, which represents inovation innovation and is associated with technology, can only defend itself by countering spells. [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Phyrexia]], however, just takes the BodyHorror middle ground, fusing artifice with life in horrific and deadly ways.
24th Apr '16 5:53:46 PM Quanyails
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*** This has actually carried over into ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. The battlegrounds Strand of the Ancients and Isle of Conquest, and the outdoor BG Wintergrasp all included or relied upon the use of several of the above vehicles to achieve certain objectives, the problem was that while player HP and power increased over the course of the Wrath of the Lich King xpac they were introduced, the vehicles themselves' power and Hp remained static and constant. By the end of the WoLK xpac, several of these vehicles were so far behind in terms of health - particularly the Glaives, which had about 35,000 health (about as much as a player) but utterly lacked any of the [=PCs=] defensive options or stats - they could be literally two-shot by any well-geared player. This made these BGs rather frustrating, particularly if you were relying on those Glaives, as even with a strong and vigilant escort force, both available Glaives could be obliterated by a single Rogue or Feral Druid attacking from stealth. The current xpac, Cataclysm, has significantly buffed all these vehicles' damage and health to the point where a single player can no longer easily wipe out a Demolisher in under ten seconds, but it remains to be seen whether increasing PC power will bring us back to where we were at the end of ''[=WoTLK=]''.

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*** This has actually carried over into ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. The battlegrounds Strand of the Ancients and Isle of Conquest, and the outdoor BG Wintergrasp all included or relied upon the use of several of the above vehicles to achieve certain objectives, the problem was that while player HP and power increased over the course of the Wrath ''Wrath of the Lich King xpac King'' expansion pack they were introduced, the vehicles themselves' power and Hp remained static and constant. By the end of the WoLK xpac, ''[=WotLK=]'', several of these vehicles were so far behind in terms of health - particularly the Glaives, which had about 35,000 health (about as much as a player) but utterly lacked any of the [=PCs=] defensive options or stats - they could be literally two-shot by any well-geared player. This made these BGs [=BGs=] rather frustrating, particularly if you were relying on those Glaives, as even with a strong and vigilant escort force, both available Glaives could be obliterated by a single Rogue or Feral Druid attacking from stealth. The current xpac, Cataclysm, expansion pack, ''Cataclysm'', has significantly buffed all these vehicles' damage and health to the point where a single player can no longer easily wipe out a Demolisher in under ten seconds, but it remains to be seen whether increasing PC power will bring us back to where we were at the end of ''[=WoTLK=]''.''[=WotLK=]''.
28th Mar '16 2:18:46 AM Grudgeal
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* In the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' series, a recurring gameplay motif is that shells damage tanks and buildings, while bullets damage infantry. This means that tanks will require multiple shots from their main gun to kill even a single infantryman and will likely kill him quicker by [[CarFu running him over]], while a machine-gun using hummer can kill its weight in infantry easily. Similarly, grenadiers or bazooka-using infantry counter tanks, but not regular foot soldiers.
17th Jan '16 4:07:18 AM PicardsDouble
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** The metal based Geth enemies throughout the series are less durable than their flesh and blood counterparts.
6th Jan '16 2:52:18 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Real Life: Bonesaws. Even though it stands to reason that a mechanical circular blade can easily tear flesh, it is designed to be unable to penetrate through tough tissue, yet it can saw through bones or plaster with ease. Don't let [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 the Medic]] tell you otherwise.
** Of course, they are ''not'' circular saws. Bonesaws use a rapid back and forth movement small enough to not tear soft tissue, but which rapidly saws through hard materials like bone. In the same way a glass blade would shatter on impact with, say, a rock, while a steel blade would only get a dent.

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* Real Life: Bonesaws. Even though it stands to reason that a mechanical circular blade can easily tear flesh, it is designed to be unable to Bonesaws penetrate through tough tissue, yet it can saw through bones or hard, rigid substances like plaster with ease. Don't let [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 and bone, but not soft substance like flesh. This is because the Medic]] tell you otherwise.
** Of course, they are ''not'' circular saws. Bonesaws use a rapid
saw doesn't spin, it vibrates back and forth movement small enough to forth, chipping away at substances that do not tear soft tissue, give, but which rapidly saws through hard materials like bone. In the same way a glass blade would shatter on impact with, say, a rock, while a steel blade would only get a dent.simply pushing back malleable substances.
5th Jan '16 7:16:42 AM zarpaulus
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* In the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series the Yuuzhan Vong exclusively use OrganicTechnology that often outperforms the drytech of the New Republic. Conquering or destroying vast stretches of the galaxy. Though in the final book it's noted that the Vong are running short on ships more quickly since fabrication is faster than growth.
29th Dec '15 3:57:40 PM InfoPunkie
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* The Franchise/DragonBall anime. A bullet to Goku's head makes him say "Ouch!", and an axe to the head gives him a headache - ''shattering the axe''. He blocks rocket-propelled grenades with his arms, jumps through steel-lined floors head-first, destroys the Franchise/{{Terminator}} with a ki blast, and dispatches wave after wave of tanks and helicopters like its ''nothing''.

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* The Franchise/DragonBall anime. A bullet to Goku's head makes him say "Ouch!", and an axe to the head gives him a headache - ''shattering the axe''. He blocks rocket-propelled grenades with his arms, jumps through steel-lined floors head-first, destroys the Franchise/{{Terminator}} with a ki blast, and dispatches wave after wave of tanks and helicopters like its it's ''nothing''.



* In Scott Westerfeld's ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' series the Darwinists' "fabricated beasts" often seem to have the advantage over the Clankers' machines. I couple times the titular living airship takes on Clanker planes and zeppelins two-to-one and wins. Of course, its' packed with flechette bats and strafing hawks that can ZergRush the Clankers and breed reinforcements for the next battle.

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* In Scott Westerfeld's ''Literature/{{Leviathan}}'' series the Darwinists' "fabricated beasts" often seem to have the advantage over the Clankers' machines. I couple times the titular living airship takes on Clanker planes and zeppelins two-to-one and wins. Of course, its' it's packed with flechette bats and strafing hawks that can ZergRush the Clankers and breed reinforcements for the next battle.
6th Dec '15 4:04:22 PM Nohbody
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* Mostly justified in ''Franchise/{{Bioshock}}'', where the Little Sisters, girls all around the age of four or five, are invulnerable to attacks that kill genetically altered adults, combat bots, and the massively armored Big Daddies. This is due to the sea slug which the game is based around, which seems to live symbiotically within the Little Sisters, automatically repairing any and all damage to the girls. However, one would still think a direct hit from a grenade launcher would make them explode in a shower of LudicrousGibs.... May be a case of GameplayAndStorySegregation, since if they were meant to be as invulnerable in-story as they are in gameplay, they'd have no need of their Big Daddy protectors.
** Unless they're to prevent the Little Sisters from being kidnapped, not killed. They may be unkillable but an ordinary Splicer can easily overpower one and steal her ADAM.

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* Mostly justified in ''Franchise/{{Bioshock}}'', ''VideoGame/BioShock'', where the Little Sisters, girls all around the age of four or five, are invulnerable to attacks that kill genetically altered adults, combat bots, and the massively armored Big Daddies. This is due to the sea slug which the game is based around, which seems to live symbiotically within the Little Sisters, automatically repairing any and all damage to the girls. However, one would still think a direct hit from a grenade launcher would make them explode in a shower of LudicrousGibs.... May be a case of GameplayAndStorySegregation, since if they were meant to be as invulnerable in-story as they are in gameplay, they'd have no need of their Big Daddy protectors.\n** Unless they're to prevent the Little Sisters from being kidnapped, not killed. They may be unkillable but an ordinary Splicer can easily overpower one and steal her ADAM.
29th Sep '15 7:10:05 PM SkyHavenPath13
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** Averted with super-suits and the mechanical androids, but those stop working as Goku gets stronger and the villains are forced to hire more muscle. In DragonBallZ, Dr. Gero finally learns from previous mistakes and actually starts making his death machines out of flesh instead of steel. By that point, Goku's flesh can literally withstand attacks that would [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the planet]].



** Averted with super-suits and the mechanical androids, but those stop working as Goku gets stronger and the villains are forced to hire more muscle. In DragonBallZ, Dr. Gero finally learns from previous mistakes and actually starts making his death machines out of flesh instead of steel. By that point, Goku's flesh can literally withstand attacks that would [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the planet]].
6th Aug '15 2:41:46 PM Announcerve
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* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Attacks that blow up buildings, leave huge craters in the ground or even ''rearrange the geography'' can have a mage survive standing in the centre of it with nothing more than bruises if the mage is tough enough or a complete NoSell for the truly powerful ones.
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