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21st Jul '17 7:18:23 AM BeerBaron
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* Dragons of [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] are otherworldy beings bound to flesh. Upon death, their souls do leave their bodies, but can easily return with help from another, making them functionally immortal. The only way to truly kill a dragon is for another dragon to [[YourSoulIsMine devour their soul]]. The player character, a mortal born with the soul of a dragon, is close enough to a real dragon to pull this trick off themselves.

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* Dragons of [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] are otherworldy [[TheAgeless ageless]] beings bound to flesh. Upon death, their souls do leave their bodies, but can easily return with help from another, making them functionally immortal. The only way [[DragonsAreDivine divine]] souls, akin to truly kill [[DragonsAreDemonic highly destructive]] [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]]. While anyone of sufficient ability can slay the physical form of a dragon is for another dragon to dragon, [[DeaderThanDead permanently killing one]] requires [[YourSoulIsMine devour their soul]]. The player character, absorbing its soul]], something only beings who also have dragon souls can do. In order to serve as a mortal born [[HunterOfHisOwnKind natural predator]] to the [[ResurrectiveImmortality functionally immortal]] dragons, Akatosh, the draconic God of Time and [[TopGod chief deity]] of the [[SaintlyChurch Nine Divines Pantheon]], created the [[TheChosenOne Dragonborn]], rare mortals gifted with the soul immortal souls of a dragon, dragons. Naturally, dragons see these "Dovahkiin" as [[HumanoidAbomination Humanoid Abominations]] for what they are capable of. The PlayerCharacter of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' is close enough the so-called "Last Dragonborn", sent to a real dragon to pull this trick off themselves.oppose the return of [[BigBad Alduin]] the [[BeastOfTheApocalypse World Eater]], the "first born" of the dragons.
16th Jul '17 5:38:32 PM nombretomado
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** Often, the best way to kill or disable a hostile unit is using something completely different against it; for example, battleships fell out of favor after WW2 because too many of them had been destroyed by aircraft, and a tank's worst enemy isn't necessarily always another tank. This is often because the best use of tanks is in destroying supply lines, rather than because tanks are not effective against other tanks.
** Averted with submarines, HotSubOnSubAction notwithstanding. WW2 and earlier subs, largely blind underwater and equipped mainly with unguided torpedoes, were basically incapable of attacking each other at all unless the target happened to be on the surface (in which case it would have been just as vulnerable to gunfire and aircraft), and while more modern ones are equipped with weapons that can seek out and destroy another submarine those weapons can often be just as easily be mounted on other platforms (such as helicopters, against which a submerged sub under attack cannot even return fire).

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** Often, the best way to kill or disable a hostile unit is using something completely different against it; for example, battleships fell out of favor after WW2 [=WW2=] because too many of them had been destroyed by aircraft, and a tank's worst enemy isn't necessarily always another tank. This is often because the best use of tanks is in destroying supply lines, rather than because tanks are not effective against other tanks.
** Averted with submarines, HotSubOnSubAction notwithstanding. WW2 [=WW2=] and earlier subs, largely blind underwater and equipped mainly with unguided torpedoes, were basically incapable of attacking each other at all unless the target happened to be on the surface (in which case it would have been just as vulnerable to gunfire and aircraft), and while more modern ones are equipped with weapons that can seek out and destroy another submarine those weapons can often be just as easily be mounted on other platforms (such as helicopters, against which a submerged sub under attack cannot even return fire).
10th Jul '17 6:50:15 AM Saveelich
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** ''Film/ManOfSteel'': No one knows about kryptonite yet, the only one who's able to kill the rampaging Kryptonian General Zod is Superman, a Kryptonian himself, [[spoiler:being strong enough to break Zod's neck.]]

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** ''Film/ManOfSteel'': No one knows about kryptonite yet, the only one who's able to kill stop the rampaging Kryptonian General Zod is Superman, a Kryptonian himself, [[spoiler:being being strong enough to break Zod's neck.]]
10th Jul '17 6:46:29 AM Saveelich
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* ''Film/WonderWoman'': Diana was led to believe that the God-Killer, a legendary weapon forged by Zeus himself to slay other gods (specifically Ares), was a sword, which she steals while fleeing Themyscira to join the war. [[spoiler:When she finally confronts Ares in battle, he easily destroys the sword, and reveals to her the truth: the only thing in the world that can kill a god is another god. The actual God-Killer is Diana herself, as the daughter of Zeus]].

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* ''Film/WonderWoman'': Film/DCExtendedUniverse:
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'': No one knows about kryptonite yet, the only one who's able to kill the rampaging Kryptonian General Zod is Superman, a Kryptonian himself, [[spoiler:being strong enough to break Zod's neck.]]
** ''Film/{{Wonder Woman|2017}}'':
Diana was led to believe that the God-Killer, a legendary weapon forged by Zeus himself to slay other gods (specifically Ares), was Ares) is a sword, which she steals while fleeing Themyscira to join the war. [[spoiler:When she finally confronts Ares in battle, he easily destroys the sword, and reveals to her the truth: the only thing in the world that can kill a god is another god. The actual God-Killer is Diana herself, as the daughter of Zeus]].Zeus. And she ends up doing just that.]]
7th Jul '17 12:36:27 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', when the new (unnamed) Prime Minister is warned by the new Minister for Magic (Rufus Scrimgeour) that Voldemort is on the move, the PM remarks that the Ministry should be able to handle him since "you can do magic." Scrimgeour reminds him that Voldemort and his people can do magic too.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', when ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' there is a inversion. When the new (unnamed) Prime Minister is warned by the new Minister for Magic (Rufus Scrimgeour) that Voldemort is on the move, the PM remarks that the Ministry should be able to handle him since "you can do magic." Scrimgeour reminds him that Voldemort and his people can do magic too. In other words, magic is less effective when used against other magic users.



*''Liteature/JourneyToChaos'': Eric's plan at the start of ''Literature/TranscendingLimitations'' is to become a god (partly) to be better able to defend himself from [[spoiler: Gruffle]], who is now a GrimReaper.



* Frequently [[InvertedTrope inverted]] by the actual real life military. Often, the best way to kill or disable a hostile unit is using something completely different against it; for example, battleships fell out of favor after WW2 because too many of them had been destroyed by aircraft, and a tank's worst enemy isn't necessarily always another tank.
** That's often because the best use of tanks is in destroying supply lines, rather than because tanks are not effective against other tanks.

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* Frequently [[InvertedTrope inverted]] by the actual real life military.
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Often, the best way to kill or disable a hostile unit is using something completely different against it; for example, battleships fell out of favor after WW2 because too many of them had been destroyed by aircraft, and a tank's worst enemy isn't necessarily always another tank.
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tank. This is often because the best use of tanks is in destroying supply lines, rather than because tanks are not effective against other tanks.



* Diamonds can only be scratched by other diamonds.
** Or by [[ScienceMarchesOn even harder substances]], the first of which, cubic boron nitride, was synthesized in 1957.

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* Diamonds can only be scratched by other diamonds.
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diamonds.... Or by [[ScienceMarchesOn even harder substances]], the substances]]. The first of which, cubic boron nitride, was synthesized in 1957.
7th Jul '17 12:09:13 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** ''Heroic Menace vs Evil Menace:'' This is often used as a {{justifi|edTrope}}cation to why the protagonists, who either are this kind of monster/alien, can [[{{Animorphism}} turn into one]], or [[KidWithtHeRemoteControl have one under their control]], can seriously wail on the MonsterOfTheWeek, and yet the [[FiveRoundsRapid military forces and]] [[PoliceAreUseless police are still useless]] - though if this becomes a trend, it may lead to [[TheMainCharactersDoEverything other characters being unable to affect the plot in a meaningful way]] or even turn those connected to the monsters into a SpotlightStealingSquad. If the protagonists are forced to become this type of monster to win, expect a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment afterwards.

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** ''Heroic Menace vs Evil Menace:'' This is often used as a {{justifi|edTrope}}cation to why the protagonists, heroes, who either are this kind of monster/alien, can [[{{Animorphism}} turn into one]], or [[KidWithtHeRemoteControl have one under their control]], can seriously wail on the MonsterOfTheWeek, and yet the [[FiveRoundsRapid military forces and]] [[PoliceAreUseless police are still useless]] - though if this becomes a trend, it may lead to [[TheMainCharactersDoEverything other characters being unable to affect the plot in a meaningful way]] or even turn those connected to the monsters into a SpotlightStealingSquad. If the protagonists heroes are forced to become this type of monster to win, expect a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment afterwards.



* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': It's revealed that the only thing that can reliably hurt a Titan is another Titan. [[spoiler:Which makes the Titan Shifters extremely valuable allies]].

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': It's ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a complicated example. First there is special gear used to fight titans. It is definitely possible to kill titans in this manner but there is a often a large death toll. Then it's revealed that the only thing that can reliably hurt a Titan is another Titan. [[spoiler:Which makes the Titan Shifters extremely valuable allies]]. The gear used by normal humans is much more limited in application and effectiveness in comparison. For example, [[spoiler: Eren doesn't kill a single titan while in his human form for the entirety of the first season.]]



* A variant is used in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. [[HunterOfMonsters Ghoul Investigators]] hunt Ghouls using a weapon called a Quinque, which is made using a Ghoul's [[ShapeshifterWeapon kagune]] -- one of the few things capable of harming a Ghoul. The audience learns this when Kureo Mado brings out his Quinque to kill [[SacrificialLamb Mrs. Fueguchi]], who recognizes it as having been [[KickTheDog made from her husband]]. Later on, he brings out his newest Quinque to attempt to kill her daughter -- he had it made from Mrs. Fueguchi after killing her.

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* A variant is used in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. [[HunterOfMonsters Ghoul Investigators]] hunt Ghouls using a weapon called a Quinque, which is made using a Ghoul's [[ShapeshifterWeapon kagune]] -- one of the few things capable of harming a Ghoul.kagune]]. The audience learns this when Kureo Mado brings out his Quinque to kill [[SacrificialLamb Mrs. Fueguchi]], who recognizes it as having been [[KickTheDog made from her husband]]. Later on, he brings out his newest Quinque to attempt to kill her daughter -- he had it made from Mrs. Fueguchi after killing her. However, this is the ''most effective'' way of fighting ghouls available to humans. They could, theoretically, beat them to death with their bare hands, but ghouls have a physical edge in that area.



* Played with in Manga/{{Hellsing}} where everyone constantly thinks that in order to kill a monster you either need a monster or to some how become a monster, but Alucard, the biggest scariest monster around, thinks the only thing that can truly kill him is a human.

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* Played with in Manga/{{Hellsing}} where everyone constantly thinks that in order to kill a monster you either need a monster or to some how become a monster, but Alucard, the biggest scariest monster around, thinks the only thing that can truly kill him is a human. This is because he got his ass kicked by Dr. Abraham Van Helsing in his backstory.
28th Jun '17 7:26:54 PM Nyame
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* ''Film/WonderWoman'': Diana was led to believe that the God-Killer, a legendary weapon forged by Zeus himself to slay other gods (specifically Ares), was a sword, which she steals while fleeing Themyscira to join the war. [[spoiler:When she finally confronts Ares in battle, he easily destroys the sword, and reveals to her the truth: the only thing in the world that can kill a god is another god. The actual God-Killer is Diana herself, as the daughter of Zeus]].
21st Jun '17 11:24:24 AM TheLaughingFist
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* Played with in Manga/{{Hellsing}} where everyone constantly thinks that in order to kill a monster you either need a monster or to some how become a monster, but Alucard, the biggest scariest monster around, thinks the only thing that can truly kill him is a human.
11th Jun '17 3:50:50 PM Scorntex
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* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise:'' The Thirteen Primes held that only a Prime could kill another Prime. Then Galvatron proved decisively that this ''wasn't'' the case, by killing Nexus Prime with ease. The remaining Primes fled the planet before he decided to demonstrate that this wasn't a fluke.
6th Jun '17 5:20:59 PM Godzillawolf
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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', this is the case with the Draconequi, as due to a failsafe only a member of their family is capable of killing their mortal form and it sticking. If anyone else does it, they can BodySurf into another host. [[spoiler:As Discord did when Galaxia shattered his statue the first time and later exploited by him to escape the second time.]] This is a failsafe their parents put in place. [[spoiler:No longer the case as the Elders discontinued the rule for the above mentioned stuns by Discord.]]

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