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15th Apr '18 6:06:44 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Wrestling/{{Batista}} vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 23, in which Undertaker was able to resist the Batista Bomb. Later that year, when the two fought again at Cyber Sunday, Undertaker resisted the Batista Bomb again, however this time [[GenreSavvy Batista delivered a second bomb right afterward]] and the match was over. And, during their next match in Survivor Series, Batista was able to resist the Tombstone Piledriver.

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** Wrestling/{{Batista}} vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 23, in which Undertaker was able to resist the Batista Bomb. Later that year, when the two fought again at Cyber Sunday, Undertaker resisted the Batista Bomb again, however this time [[GenreSavvy Batista delivered a second bomb right afterward]] afterward and the match was over. And, during their next match in Survivor Series, Batista was able to resist the Tombstone Piledriver.
13th Apr '18 10:53:12 PM MagnusForce
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* Common in ''SuperSentai'' (where ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' gets its footage from). If the team uses the team finisher early on in a fight (or while clearly losing already and only trying it out of desperation), or the HumongousMecha pulls out its weapon or finishing attack early in a fight, chances are that it will have no effect. Works for the heroes as well, usually with their giant robots getting attacked. They'll ignore physical moves, do the BarehandedBladeBlock against melee weapons, and ranged attacks result in explosions around the robot (which, in this series, indicates that the attack didn't work, not ATeamFiring.)

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* Common in ''SuperSentai'' ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' (where ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' gets its footage from). If the team uses the team finisher early on in a fight (or while clearly losing already and only trying it out of desperation), or the HumongousMecha pulls out its weapon or finishing attack early in a fight, chances are that it will have no effect. Works for the heroes as well, usually with their giant robots getting attacked. They'll ignore physical moves, do the BarehandedBladeBlock against melee weapons, and ranged attacks result in explosions around the robot (which, in this series, indicates that the attack didn't work, not ATeamFiring.)


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* Occasionally in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', a particularly powerful {{Kaiju}} [[MonsterOfTheWeek of the Week]] or a BigBad will get hit by an Ultraman's FinishingMove and survive (or even worse, [[EnergyAbsorption absorb the attack]] and maybe [[AttackReflector fire it back at them]]). Sometimes, using the FinishingMove a second time works, but other times, it means the humans need to step in and tip the scales, or the Ultras are gonna have to come up with a different way to kill the monster.
5th Apr '18 3:48:46 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* In ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'', Ranma goes to great trouble to get [[PersonOfMassDestruction Prince Herb]] angry enough so she can use the "[[FinishingMove ultimate technique]]" Hiryu Shoten Ha. She succeeds... but Herb had [[ItOnlyWorksOnce already seen that technique in the past]] and descends with a gigantic counterattack of his own, completely unscathed. The look of sheer disbelief and incomprehension on Ranma's face when she sees Herb come down says it all. But Ranma uses a variation of the move to eventually defeat Herb, and in later arcs he still can use it to some sucess.

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* In ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'', Ranma goes to great trouble to get [[PersonOfMassDestruction Prince Herb]] angry enough so she can use the "[[FinishingMove ultimate technique]]" Hiryu Shoten Ha. She succeeds... but Herb had [[ItOnlyWorksOnce already seen that technique in the past]] and descends with a gigantic counterattack of his own, completely unscathed. The look of sheer disbelief and incomprehension on Ranma's face when she sees Herb come down says it all. But Ranma uses a variation of the move to eventually defeat Herb, and in later arcs he still can use it to some sucess.success (it helps that the series tends to emphasize the ''comedy'' part of action-comedy, so most antagonists don't need to be tougher and scarier than the last guy, just [[RuleOfFunny funny]]).
30th Mar '18 4:25:09 AM CommanderBLAARGH
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--->'''Vegeta''': ''WHY WON'T YOU DIE?!''
8th Mar '18 4:43:04 AM MagiMecha
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*** To be incredibly fair of the Genki Dama, its failures are less because it worked correctly, but because of other factors - the one for Vegeta failed because Goku had lost most of that energy and the one for Frieza failed because Frieza was still insanely powerful. And let's not get into Jiren, Mr. "So-Strong-He-Turns-The-Genki-Dama-Into-A-Friggin'-Singularity". It works out a lot better in the movies and ''GT''.
5th Mar '18 5:24:53 PM nombretomado
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* Wrestling/BrockLesnar has done this to Cena. At SummerSlam 2014, Lesnar took an Attitude Adjustment and proceeded to kick out at two...and then sat up Undertaker-style seconds later, laughing the move off in a way that mocked his Wrestlemania opponent Undertaker, who he had beaten a few months prior. Then a month later, Lesnar took his finisher again and proceeded to kick out at ''one''...then took multiple [=AAs=] throughout the match, was put in multiple [=STFs=], took a curb stomp from Seth Rollins post-match and STILL had the strength to get up and F-5 Cena and walk off as if he were only momentarily stunned.

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* Wrestling/BrockLesnar has done this to Cena. At SummerSlam Wrestling/SummerSlam 2014, Lesnar took an Attitude Adjustment and proceeded to kick out at two...and then sat up Undertaker-style seconds later, laughing the move off in a way that mocked his Wrestlemania opponent Undertaker, who he had beaten a few months prior. Then a month later, Lesnar took his finisher again and proceeded to kick out at ''one''...then took multiple [=AAs=] throughout the match, was put in multiple [=STFs=], took a curb stomp from Seth Rollins post-match and STILL had the strength to get up and F-5 Cena and walk off as if he were only momentarily stunned.
21st Jan '18 9:40:04 AM NoSpoilerz
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Might prompt a WhatTheHellAreYou moment. Compare with ItOnlyWorksOnce, SoLastSeason, PunchPunchPunchUhOh and NoSell. Contrast UnblockableAttack. If the attack wouldn't do anything to ''anybody'', it's more likely to be a FakeSpecialAttack. Often followed by a retaliatory NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. TanksForNothing is when military firepower is used to invoke this trope.

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Might prompt a WhatTheHellAreYou moment. Compare with ItOnlyWorksOnce, SoLastSeason, PunchPunchPunchUhOh and NoSell. Contrast UnblockableAttack. If the attack wouldn't do anything to ''anybody'', it's more likely to be a FakeSpecialAttack. Often followed by a retaliatory NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, MegatonPunch, or a FingerPokeOfDoom, [[SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness depending on the setting]]. Regardless, it's always a CurbStompBattle. TanksForNothing is when military firepower is used to invoke this trope.
23rd Dec '17 12:37:23 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* At the climax of ''Film/TheLastJedi'', Kylo Ren orders the entire army with him to fire everything they have at [[spoiler:Luke Skywalker, who is the last thing standing between them and the bunker holding the last of the Resistance]]. When the smoke clears and he is still standing, reacting to the attack by simply [[Awesome/TheLastJedi brushing some dirt off his shoulder]], Kylo gets out to fight him mano-a-mano, and finds out why his attack didn't work: [[spoiler:because Luke wasn't actually there, just projecting himself across the galaxy using the Force. Unfortunately, the effort required of him to do that ''does'' actually kill him.]]
12th Dec '17 11:21:25 AM Gosicrystal
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has the Genki Dama, or [[CombinedEnergyAttack Spirit Bomb]]. Supposedly an all-powerful, last minute countermeasure, it only works correctly ''once'' in the entire series. Goku also has the Kaioken attack, which, while effective for all of ten minutes in the battle against Vegeta, made no impact to any of his later battles, either being totally ineffectual in closing a power gap or countered with an equally powerful countermeasure.
** The spinoff series ''Dragon Ball GT'' ended up subverting this. The Universal Spirit Bomb just did what it supposed to do, blowing up Omega Shenron without much of a struggle. Both instances of the attack actually working, were on creatures actually MadeOfEvil, and since it was supposedly created for destroying evil, it might just be kind of... [[AttackItsWeakPoint literal]].
** A better example from DBZ was the BeamSpam employed at least once per battle. Naturally, this never did anything more than [[SmokeShield create a lot of dust]]. Also, everything done in battle by literally ''everyone'' that isn't Goku qualifies, the exception being Gohan's [[DayInTheLimelight showdown with Cell.]] Krillin's [[DiagonalCut Destructo Disk]], Vegeta's [[WaveMotionGun Final Flash]], Piccolo's [[BeamSpam Hellzone Grenade]] and Tien's [[CastFromHitPoints Neo Tri-Beam]] ''never'' accomplish anything but collateral damage and maybe slowing the villain down a bit.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** The
Genki Dama, or [[CombinedEnergyAttack Spirit Bomb]]. Supposedly an all-powerful, last minute countermeasure, it only works correctly ''once'' in the entire series. Goku also has the Kaioken attack, which, while effective for all of ten minutes in the battle against Vegeta, made no impact to any of his later battles, either being totally ineffectual in closing a power gap or countered with an equally powerful countermeasure.
** The spinoff series ''Dragon Ball GT'' ended up subverting this. The Universal Spirit Bomb just did what it supposed to do, blowing up Omega Shenron without much of a struggle. Both instances of the attack actually working, were on creatures actually MadeOfEvil, and since it was supposedly created for destroying evil, it might just be kind of... [[AttackItsWeakPoint literal]].
** A better example from DBZ was the
BeamSpam employed at least once per battle. Naturally, this never did anything more than [[SmokeShield create a lot of dust]]. Also, everything done in battle by literally ''everyone'' that isn't Goku qualifies, the exception being Gohan's [[DayInTheLimelight showdown with Cell.]] Krillin's [[DiagonalCut Destructo Disk]], Vegeta's [[WaveMotionGun Final Flash]], Piccolo's [[BeamSpam Hellzone Grenade]] and Tien's [[CastFromHitPoints Neo Tri-Beam]] ''never'' accomplish anything but collateral damage and maybe slowing the villain down a bit.



** There's also the OnceASeason scene of the entire military mobilizing into one big army, trying to take down the current villain by pelting them full of missiles, gunfire and explosions... which usually lasts for a few minutes full of continuous attack, and after the smoke clears amounts to nothing. After which the villain kills them all in a single stroke. This occurred against the Saiyans and Cell, and happened several times to Majin Buu.
** Arguably what happens a few times with the Kamehameha. The most clear example is what happened in the '[[CurbStompBattle fight]]' when Cooler ascends to a higher form and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8HloiBnagMjust flies through it]].
** Vegeta also calls out Trunks for trying to Worf Barrage the androids (and nearly killing the rest of the Z Warriors due to their close proximity to his attack). Trunks even quotes the common response of those launching a Worf Barrage.
--> '''Vegeta:''' Bad Move! Why'd you go and do that for?\\

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** There's also the The OnceASeason scene of the entire military mobilizing into one big army, trying to take down the current villain by pelting them full of missiles, gunfire and explosions... which usually lasts for a few minutes full of continuous attack, and after the smoke clears amounts to nothing. After which the villain kills them all in a single stroke. This occurred against the Saiyans and Cell, and happened several times to Majin Buu.
** Arguably what What happens a few times with the Kamehameha. The most clear example is what happened in the '[[CurbStompBattle fight]]' when Cooler ascends to a higher form and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8HloiBnagMjust flies through it]].
** Vegeta also calls out Trunks for trying to Worf Barrage the androids (and nearly killing the rest of the Z Warriors due to their close proximity to his attack). Trunks even quotes the common response of those launching a Worf Barrage.
--> ---> '''Vegeta:''' Bad Move! Why'd you go and do that for?\\



** Also occurs a couple of times in the [[Anime/DragonBall original series]]. It first occurs in the 22nd Tournament where Tien simply shouts a Kiai to deflect Goku's Kamehameha. The second is in the 23rd Tournament from Cyborg Tao's perspective, where Tien uses the same technique to deflect Tao's Super Dodon-pa.
** In GT, Vegeta decides to debut his brand new finishing move, the Final Shine. Unfortunately, he tried it against Super 17, who can absorb energy.

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** Also occurs * Occurs a couple of times in the [[Anime/DragonBall ''Anime/DragonBall'', the original series]].series. It first occurs in the 22nd Tournament where Tien simply shouts a Kiai to deflect Goku's Kamehameha. The second is in the 23rd Tournament from Cyborg Tao's perspective, where Tien uses the same technique to deflect Tao's Super Dodon-pa.
* ''Dragon Ball GT'':
** In GT, The Universal Spirit Bomb just did what it supposed to do, blowing up Omega Shenron without much of a struggle. Both instances of the attack actually working, were on creatures actually MadeOfEvil, and since it was supposedly created for destroying evil, it might just be kind of... [[AttackItsWeakPoint literal]].
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Vegeta decides to debut his brand new finishing move, the Final Shine. Unfortunately, he tried it against Super 17, who can absorb energy.
11th Nov '17 10:11:13 AM Gosicrystal
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* During ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' storyline, at one point the entire Justice League hits Doomsday with their combined powers (Comicbook/{{Superman}} with his heat vision, ComicBook/BoosterGold with his hand blasts, Fire with her flame, Bloodwynd with his eye-beam, Guy Gardner with his yellow power ring, etc.), and when they're all finally drained and stop and the smoke clears, we see that the total amount of damage Doomsday endured was distributed entirely throughout his restrictive suit, which was now unrestricting him. He hadn't even been knocked down.
** In a later story, {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} blasted Doomsday with a "full power" Omega beam. It knocked him back and caused a mountain to fall on him. Doomsday simply pushed it off of him, stood up, and KO'd Darkseid with a single punch.

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* During ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'' storyline, at ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'':
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one point the entire Justice League hits Doomsday with their combined powers (Comicbook/{{Superman}} with his heat vision, ComicBook/BoosterGold with his hand blasts, Fire with her flame, Bloodwynd with his eye-beam, Guy Gardner with his yellow power ring, etc.), and when they're all finally drained and stop and the smoke clears, we see that the total amount of damage Doomsday endured was distributed entirely throughout his restrictive suit, which was now unrestricting him. He hadn't even been knocked down.
** In a later story, {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} blasted Doomsday with a "full power" Omega beam. It knocked him back and caused a mountain to fall on him. Doomsday simply pushed it off of him, stood up, and KO'd Darkseid with a single punch.



* The Saint of Killers from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' shrugs off pretty much everything without even flinching, up to and including [[spoiler: a nuclear warhead]].

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* The Saint of Killers from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' shrugs off pretty much everything without even flinching, up to and including [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a nuclear warhead]].



* The end of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' (arguably, this happens ''twice'').
** WordOfGod subverts this. Eventually it actually ''did'' die from all the bombs.

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* %%* The end of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' (arguably, this happens ''twice'').
** WordOfGod subverts this. Eventually it actually ''did'' die from all the bombs.
''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.



* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} movies, whenever you see the regular army set up a bunch of tanks, artillery, and lasers, the most they ever do to the giant monster, usually Godzilla, is make it angry. There was one case in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}'' where a special armor piercing missile actually appeared to damage Godzilla, but he just instantly healed from it.

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* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies, whenever you see the regular army set up a bunch of tanks, artillery, and lasers, the most they ever do to the giant monster, usually Godzilla, is make it angry. There was one case in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}'' where a special armor piercing missile actually appeared to damage Godzilla, but he just instantly healed from it.



--> Soldier: "He's still alive!"
--> Kent Mansley: "Then SHOOT AT HIM!!"

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--> Soldier: "He's '''Soldier:''' He's still alive!"
alive!
--> Kent Mansley: "Then '''Kent Mansley:''' Then SHOOT AT HIM!!"HIM!!



--> '''Goldberg:''' My mother would not approve of this, Coach. She'd like me to live to my Bar Mitzvah.
--> '''Bombay:''' This ''is'' your Bar Mitzvah, Goldberg. Today you become a man!

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--> ---> '''Goldberg:''' My mother would not approve of this, Coach. She'd like me to live to my Bar Mitzvah.
--> ---> '''Bombay:''' This ''is'' your Bar Mitzvah, Goldberg. Today you become a man!



* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] has often suffered from this, where his spell would blow the living Hell out of the enemy, only to have it shake it off and come back at him.

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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] Dresden from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has often suffered from this, where his spell would blow the living Hell out of the enemy, only to have it shake it off and come back at him.



* Occurs twice ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', once when the king golem tries to kill Dorfl (it does put him out for a little bit), and once when he's hit by a lightning bolt from the gods.

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* Occurs twice in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', once when the king golem tries to kill Dorfl (it does put him out for a little bit), and once when he's hit by a lightning bolt from the gods.



* A partial example in the climax of ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'', when Elend's 300 Seers burn the Lord Ruler's atium cache. Atium grants CombatClairvoyance and the enhanced mental skill to perfectly use it, so while they were burning it they were effectively unstoppable, and they had enough atium to last for ''hours''. The catch? While Elend had 300 men, the enemy had 300,000. The 300 burned through the entire atium reserve, and still the enemy had more troops to throw at them.

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* A partial example in In the climax of ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'', when Elend's 300 Seers burn the Lord Ruler's atium cache. cache, Atium grants CombatClairvoyance and the enhanced mental skill to perfectly use it, so while they were burning it they were effectively unstoppable, and they had enough atium to last for ''hours''. The catch? While Elend had 300 men, the enemy had 300,000. The 300 burned through the entire atium reserve, and still the enemy had more troops to throw at them.



* Speaking of Worf, the deflector dish weapon from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s "The Best of Both Worlds"—complete with a huge, dramatic build-up to the famous part-one cliffhanger—is, at the beginning of part two, simply shrugged off by the Borg. Guess who pulled the trigger.

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* Speaking of Worf, the Worf's deflector dish weapon from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s "The Best of Both Worlds"—complete with a huge, dramatic build-up to the famous part-one cliffhanger—is, at the beginning of part two, simply shrugged off by the Borg. Guess who pulled the trigger.



*** Of course, Jake Sisko ''did'' tell them it was a bad idea.



** Even [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]] contains examples of this trope:
*** When the Vulcan nerve pinch fails to work on any particularly tough opponent.
*** In ''The Doomsday Machine'', Cdre. Decker commandeers the ''Enterprise'' and launches an attack on the eponymous device. Multiple phaser salvos at full power fail to even scratch it--though Decker was the only one who thought it might.
*** Subverted in the first pilot, ''The Cage''. When an species of [[MasterOfIllusion masters of illusion]] kidnap Captain Pike, the ''Enterprise'' crew makes several attempts to force their way into the aliens' base. Physically forcing the door fails, and so does blasting the it with multiple, increasingly powerful phaser salvos. Finally, they decide to hit it with the Starfleet version of field artillery; all to seemingly no effect. After Pike forces the aliens to drop their illusions, the charred ruins of both the entrance and the surrounding landscape are revealed.
*** In the second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the phaser rifle has no effect on the transformed Gary Mitchell.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** Even [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]] contains examples of this trope:
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When the Vulcan nerve pinch fails to work on any particularly tough opponent.
*** ** In ''The "The Doomsday Machine'', Machine", Cdre. Decker commandeers the ''Enterprise'' and launches an attack on the eponymous device. Multiple phaser salvos at full power fail to even scratch it--though Decker was the only one who thought it might.
*** ** Subverted in the first pilot, ''The Cage''. When an species of [[MasterOfIllusion masters of illusion]] kidnap Captain Pike, the ''Enterprise'' crew makes several attempts to force their way into the aliens' base. Physically forcing the door fails, and so does blasting the it with multiple, increasingly powerful phaser salvos. Finally, they decide to hit it with the Starfleet version of field artillery; all to seemingly no effect. After Pike forces the aliens to drop their illusions, the charred ruins of both the entrance and the surrounding landscape are revealed.
*** ** In the second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the phaser rifle has no effect on the transformed Gary Mitchell.



* This happens in ''[[Franchise/StargateVerse [=Stargate=]]]'' a few times. The most notable examples are in the ''Atlantis'' finale. You know a ship is badass when it takes only minimal damage from Asgard plasma beams and withstands a barrage of Ancient drone weapons.
** Then there's the naquadriah-enhanced gatebusting nuke, the most powerful WMD in Earth's arsenal at the time, which didn't do a thing to remove the Ori beachhead. In fact, it did the exact opposite, as the Ori were counting on the Tau'ri to provide them with a powerful energy source, and a humongous nuclear explosion did exactly that.
** Happened in an early episode too, when two Goa'uld Ha'taks were in Earth's orbit preparing to invade. Major Samuels makes a big deal of the new Naquadah-enhanced [=ICBMs=] (modified for space flight) with the yield increased a thousandfold. The missiles harmlessly explode against Goa'uld shields. In fact, they do more damage to ''Earth'' than to the Goa'uld with the EMP taking out satellites in the vicinity. Of course, they immediately start developing the means to pierce shields and, according to Sam, succeeded. This is the last we hear of them.

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* This happens in ''[[Franchise/StargateVerse [=Stargate=]]]'' a few times. The most notable examples are ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
** Happens
in the ''Atlantis'' finale. You know a ship is badass when it takes only minimal damage from Asgard plasma beams and withstands a barrage of Ancient drone weapons.
** Then there's the The naquadriah-enhanced gatebusting nuke, the most powerful WMD in Earth's arsenal at the time, which didn't do a thing to remove the Ori beachhead. In fact, it did the exact opposite, as the Ori were counting on the Tau'ri to provide them with a powerful energy source, and a humongous nuclear explosion did exactly that.
** Happened in an early episode too, episode, when two Goa'uld Ha'taks were in Earth's orbit preparing to invade. Major Samuels makes a big deal of the new Naquadah-enhanced [=ICBMs=] (modified for space flight) with the yield increased a thousandfold. The missiles harmlessly explode against Goa'uld shields. In fact, they do more damage to ''Earth'' than to the Goa'uld with the EMP taking out satellites in the vicinity. Of course, they immediately start developing the means to pierce shields and, according to Sam, succeeded. This is the last we hear of them.



* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. When the Beast makes its appearance in "Apocalypse Nowish", the Fang Gang hit it with everything they have - axes, swords, crossbows, wooden stakes, GunsAkimbo pistols and finally a shotgun. None of it works and the Beast thrashes the lot of them.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. ''Series/{{Angel}}'': When the Beast makes its appearance in "Apocalypse Nowish", the Fang Gang hit it with everything they have - axes, swords, crossbows, wooden stakes, GunsAkimbo pistols and finally a shotgun. None of it works and the Beast thrashes the lot of them.



* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's "Spaceman Spiff" daydreams almost always involve finding out the "monster" is invulnerable to his "death ray blaster" or "zorcher" (same thing).
** One particularly memorable sequence had him firing a laundry list of weapons at an attacking fleet, none of which have any effect. The last panel shows him in class giving a bunch of wild guesses to a question he was asked.

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* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's "Spaceman Spiff" daydreams almost always involve finding out the "monster" is invulnerable to his "death ray blaster" or "zorcher" (same thing).
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thing). One particularly memorable sequence had him firing a laundry list of weapons at an attacking fleet, none of which have any effect. The last panel shows him in class giving a bunch of wild guesses to a question he was asked.



* Also applies to the Superstars, when another superstar puts their "unbeatable" finishing move (which always ended the match on ALL prior occasions), on the ''top'' superstar (i.e. Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/HulkHogan or Wrestling/UltimateWarrior, etc.). The audience is led to expect that the top superstar is finished — only for the Undertaker to sit up after [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts the DDT]], the Hulkster to fight his way out of [[Wrestling/TheIronSheik the Camel Clutch]], or The Ultimate Warrior to come back after Hulk's "unbeatable" leg-drop (all of these were actual scenarios).
** Although Warrior subverted it somewhat by getting out of the way, rather than taking it. He'd later take the trope to the most extreme example, eating FIVE of Macho Man Wrestling/RandySavage's lethal top rope elbows, then surviving to pummel Savage into retirement.
*** But not before Savage himself would do the same to Warrior, kicking out of Warrior's drop splash finisher. Really, the match itself is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* Also applies Applies to the Superstars, when another superstar puts their "unbeatable" finishing move (which always ended the match on ALL prior occasions), on the ''top'' superstar (i.e. Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/HulkHogan or Wrestling/UltimateWarrior, etc.). The audience is led to expect that the top superstar is finished — only for the Undertaker to sit up after [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts the DDT]], the Hulkster to fight his way out of [[Wrestling/TheIronSheik the Camel Clutch]], or The Ultimate Warrior to come back after Hulk's "unbeatable" leg-drop (all of these were actual scenarios).
** Although Warrior subverted it somewhat by getting out of the way, rather than taking it. He'd later take the trope to the most extreme example, eating FIVE of Macho Man Wrestling/RandySavage's lethal top rope elbows, then surviving to pummel Savage into retirement.
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retirement. But not before Savage himself would do the same to Warrior, kicking out of Warrior's drop splash finisher. Really, the match itself is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.finisher.



** Another case was Wrestling/{{Batista}} vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 23, in which Undertaker was able to resist the Batista Bomb. Later that year, when the two fought again at Cyber Sunday, Undertaker resisted the Batista Bomb again, however this time [[GenreSavvy Batista delivered a second bomb right afterward]] and the match was over.
*** And, during their next match in Survivor Series, Batista was able to resist the Tombstone Piledriver.

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** Another case was Wrestling/{{Batista}} vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 23, in which Undertaker was able to resist the Batista Bomb. Later that year, when the two fought again at Cyber Sunday, Undertaker resisted the Batista Bomb again, however this time [[GenreSavvy Batista delivered a second bomb right afterward]] and the match was over.
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over. And, during their next match in Survivor Series, Batista was able to resist the Tombstone Piledriver.



* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3.5 a lot of evocation spells like ''Fireball'' and ''Lightning Bolt'' can be like this. They are flashy, but really only good for taking out {{Mook}}s. It is probably better to use a different spell on the BigBad you are fighting because a lot of the time they simply can not do enough damage. One of the main reasons for this is because the damage they do has been unchanged since AD&D 1st Edition. 10d6 may have been a lot when the dragon only had 66 hit points, but when it has 300+ and the average damage is only in the mid-30s, it can lead to a scene of a players firing off an impressive spell, only for the enemy to be relatively unharmed.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
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In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3.5 5, a lot of evocation spells like ''Fireball'' and ''Lightning Bolt'' can be like this. They are flashy, but really only good for taking out {{Mook}}s. It is probably better to use a different spell on the BigBad you are fighting because a lot of the time they simply can not do enough damage. One of the main reasons for this is because the damage they do has been unchanged since AD&D 1st Edition. 10d6 may have been a lot when the dragon only had 66 hit points, but when it has 300+ and the average damage is only in the mid-30s, it can lead to a scene of a players firing off an impressive spell, only for the enemy to be relatively unharmed.



** But even 40K has to play it straight sometimes. The recently (re-)introduced "Vortex" weapon class is nothing short of a crackling, seething portal STRAIGHT TO HELL. Its rules expressly state that it doesn't care about your equipment, your special rules, or even the building you're hiding behind. If it touches a model, THAT MODEL DIES. HORRIBLY. END OF STORY. Oh, and it destroys any scenery pieces it touches, too -- even the battlefield itself isn't safe!
*** Except when you hit a Garguntan Creature or Super Heavy Vehicle with Vortex Weapons, then, if you're lucky, will only cause ONE point of wound/Structure Point loss. Yes, having a tank sized chunk carved out of you is OnlyAFleshWound for, let's say, a Titan.

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** But even 40K has to play it straight sometimes. The recently (re-)introduced "Vortex" weapon class is nothing short of a crackling, seething portal STRAIGHT TO HELL. Its rules expressly state that it doesn't care about your equipment, your special rules, or even the building you're hiding behind. If it touches a model, THAT MODEL DIES. HORRIBLY. END OF STORY. Oh, and it destroys any scenery pieces it touches, too -- even the battlefield itself isn't safe!
***
safe! Except when you hit a Garguntan Creature or Super Heavy Vehicle with Vortex Weapons, Weapons; then, if you're lucky, will only cause ONE point of wound/Structure Point loss. Yes, having a tank sized chunk carved out of you is OnlyAFleshWound for, let's say, a Titan.



* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', Tellah's use of Meteor (the most powerful spell in the game) against Golbez is used both as a Worf Barrage and a SenselessSacrifice. If anything, at least it forces Golbez to back off and [[spoiler:temporarily]] breaks his hold on Kain's mind.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'':
**
Tellah's use of Meteor (the most powerful spell in the game) against Golbez is used both as a Worf Barrage and a SenselessSacrifice. If anything, at least it forces Golbez to back off and [[spoiler:temporarily]] breaks his hold on Kain's mind.



* And in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', there's Kuja's [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome unforgettable fight with Bahamut]]. Kuja gets a FantasticNuke to the face. ''[[NighInvulnerability It barely draws blood]].''

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* And in In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', there's Kuja's [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome unforgettable fight with Bahamut]].Bahamut. Kuja gets a FantasticNuke to the face. ''[[NighInvulnerability It barely draws blood]].''



** The original ''Paper Mario'' also had [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Invincible Tubba Blubba]], at least until you find and deal with his secret, then he becomes [[TheWorfEffect a different trope.]]

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** The original ''Paper Mario'' also had %%** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Invincible Tubba Blubba]], at least until you find and deal with his secret, then he becomes [[TheWorfEffect a different trope.]] TheWorfEffect.



* Played straight, dust and all, in ''Webcomic/KidRadd''.

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* %%* Played straight, dust and all, in ''Webcomic/KidRadd''.



** Another example is during the [[Franchise/DragonBall Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}} fight. You'd think that after absorbing the energy of a Spirit Bomb to power his [[KamehameHadoken Kamehameha]], Goku would defeat Superman quite handily, but Superman just powers through the beam of Ki like it's nothing. It helps that Superman took that time bathing in the sun itself to get his own power-up, however.

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** Another example is during the The [[Franchise/DragonBall Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}} fight. You'd think that after absorbing the energy of a Spirit Bomb to power his [[KamehameHadoken Kamehameha]], Goku would defeat Superman quite handily, but Superman just powers through the beam of Ki like it's nothing. It helps that Superman took that time bathing in the sun itself to get his own power-up, however.



-->'''Shao Kahn:''' Is that your best?

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-->'''Shao --->'''Shao Kahn:''' Is that your best?



* Naturally, Creator/TeamFourStar poked fun at [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged the Spirit Bomb's]] ineffectiveness.
-->'''Goku''': Better use that thing that always works!

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* Naturally, Creator/TeamFourStar poked fun at [[WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged:
** As to
the Spirit Bomb's]] ineffectiveness.
-->'''Goku''':
Bomb's ineffectiveness:
--->'''Goku''':
Better use that thing that always works!



-->'''Krillin''': Did we get him?
-->'''Gohan''': Krillin, we can sense his energy. Why do you even ask?
-->'''Krillin''': I'm an optimist.
** And later, Cell mocks Vegeta's [[BeamSpam ki bullet barrage]] towards the end of their battle, while ''casually walking through every bullet''.
-->'''Cell''': Prince... has this ''ever'' worked?

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-->'''Krillin''': --->'''Krillin''': Did we get him?
-->'''Gohan''': --->'''Gohan''': Krillin, we can sense his energy. Why do you even ask?
-->'''Krillin''': --->'''Krillin''': I'm an optimist.
** And later, Cell mocks Vegeta's [[BeamSpam ki bullet barrage]] towards the end of their battle, while ''casually walking through every bullet''.
-->'''Cell''': --->'''Cell''': Prince... has this ''ever'' worked?



* Similar to Attenborough, Lugnut of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has "[[RocketPunch The Punch of Kill Everything]]", which is an effective weapon, but frequently (and often comically) backfires on him.
** Also, Bumblebee's stingers almost never do any real damage.
*** Until Ratchet decides to unlock their military mode in season 3 (why he didn't do it before is another story) and suddenly Bumblebee's stingers are more powerful then anyone else's weapon, the only weapon of the entire team capable of ''scratching'' Omega Supreme!

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* Similar to Attenborough, ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'':
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Lugnut of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' has "[[RocketPunch The Punch of Kill Everything]]", which is an effective weapon, but frequently (and often comically) backfires on him.
** Also, Bumblebee's stingers almost never do any real damage.
*** Until
damage... until Ratchet decides to unlock their military mode in season 3 (why he didn't do it before is another story) and suddenly Bumblebee's stingers are more powerful then anyone else's weapon, the only weapon of the entire team capable of ''scratching'' Omega Supreme!



* The last day of the Battle of Gettysburg was an unfortunate case of this. Despite general basic knowledge, Lee's plan for the infamous "Pickett's Charge" was to level ''all'' Southern artillery on the Union center, blasting apart Union infantry deposits and artillery, in order to essentially destroy the Union center ''before'' the infantry even began their assault. It was a Napoleonic tactic known as a ''[[http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_feu_denfer_mean feu d'enfer]]''. The cannonade was said to be so thunderous, Lincoln in Washington D.C. could feel the earth shake. The problem: Southern artillery shells were defective, causing them to constantly overshoot their targets. This was unknown to them at the time, so while the Southern artillery wrecked utter hell on the Union supply lines and main base, it all happened ''behind'' the Union center. When the charge itself took place, the advancing Confederates found themselves assaulted by artillery and an ambush, and when close enough to the Union line, constant rifle fire and canister shot. They managed to inflict 1,500 casualties at the cost of over four times their own number (all their senior officers were killed as well), and the fact that they managed to even reach the Union line exceeded at least Longstreet's expectations.
** To make thing worse for the Confederates, the Union commander realized what Lee was trying to do and ordered his guns to gradually stop firing to give the impression that they'd been hit. Then, when the charge started...

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* The last day of the Battle of Gettysburg was an unfortunate case of this. Despite general basic knowledge, Lee's plan for the infamous "Pickett's Charge" was to level ''all'' Southern artillery on the Union center, blasting apart Union infantry deposits and artillery, in order to essentially destroy the Union center ''before'' the infantry even began their assault. It was a Napoleonic tactic known as a ''[[http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_feu_denfer_mean feu d'enfer]]''. The cannonade was said to be so thunderous, Lincoln in Washington D.C. could feel the earth shake. The problem: Southern artillery shells were defective, causing them to constantly overshoot their targets. This was unknown to them at the time, so while the Southern artillery wrecked utter hell on the Union supply lines and main base, it all happened ''behind'' the Union center. When the charge itself took place, the advancing Confederates found themselves assaulted by artillery and an ambush, and when close enough to the Union line, constant rifle fire and canister shot. They managed to inflict 1,500 casualties at the cost of over four times their own number (all their senior officers were killed as well), and the fact that they managed to even reach the Union line exceeded at least Longstreet's expectations.
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expectations. To make thing worse for the Confederates, the Union commander realized what Lee was trying to do and ordered his guns to gradually stop firing to give the impression that they'd been hit. Then, when the charge started...





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