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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.
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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'':
** 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.



* 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:
***
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!
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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'':
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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.
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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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7th Nov '17 7:08:43 AM Gosicrystal
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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' uses this trope from time to time.
** The heroes in ''Frontier'' use a combined attack to try to take out Duskmon. It doesn't even scratch him. Later, they attack [[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel Lucemon Satan Mode]]]] with several different attacks, but it fails for [[HealingFactor a different reason]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' uses this trope from time to time.
**
''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': The heroes in ''Frontier'' use a combined attack to try to take out Duskmon. It doesn't even scratch him. Later, they attack [[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel Lucemon Satan Mode]]]] with several different attacks, but it fails for [[HealingFactor a different reason]].



--> '''Vegeta:''' "Bad Move! Why'd you go and do that for?"\\
'''Trunks:''' "What's wrong?"\\
'''Vegeta:''' "Well, look, down there."\\
'''Trunks:''' "I don't understand; there's no way anyone could survive that! That was my most intense blast!"\\
'''Vegeta:''' "Looks like you spoke too soon. Now that's too bad; by doing that, you just showed them how weak you are!"

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--> '''Vegeta:''' "Bad Bad Move! Why'd you go and do that for?"\\
for?\\
'''Trunks:''' "What's wrong?"\\
What's wrong?\\
'''Vegeta:''' "Well, Well, look, down there."\\
\\
'''Trunks:''' "I I don't understand; there's no way anyone could survive that! That was my most intense blast!"\\
blast!\\
'''Vegeta:''' "Looks Looks like you spoke too soon. Now that's too bad; by doing that, you just showed them how weak you are!"are!



* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' was initially shocked that her Moon Tiara Action didn't work against Jadeite. This was plausible. However, when the ''Mystical Silver Crystal'' keeps deciding that it's not going to be all-powerful today for the next four seasons, one would think that she would have another back-up plan ready. Then again, she is TheDitz.
** A near identical thing happens in Sailor Stars when Sailor Moon is shocked that her Silver Moon Crystal Power fails to do anything to Galaxia. Later, she utters "Silver Moon Crystal Power!" which seems to affect Galaxia before being broken.

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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** Sailor Moon
was initially shocked that her Moon Tiara Action didn't work against Jadeite. This was plausible. However, when the ''Mystical Silver Crystal'' keeps deciding that it's not going to be all-powerful today for the next four seasons, one would think that she would have another back-up plan ready. Then again, she is TheDitz.
** A near identical thing happens in Sailor Stars when In ''Sailor Stars'', Sailor Moon is shocked that her Silver Moon Crystal Power fails to do anything to Galaxia. Later, she utters "Silver Moon Crystal Power!" which seems to affect Galaxia before being broken.



* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', the signature moves of the saints usually won't prove effective against the powerful monster of the week.
-->"How could he resist my Pegasus Ryuusei Ken?"\\
-- '''Seiya''', against every opponent he fights with
** Justified for Seiya in particular. His Pegasus Ryuusei Ken isn't so much a powerful blow as throwing more punches in an instant, so any enemy tough enough to NoSell the first has a head start on [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh withstanding them all]]... and many Saints have enough SuperSpeed to [[OhCrap dodge or block the whole barrage]]. The move [[FridgeLogic could almost have been designed for this trope]], in case RuleOfDrama wasn't enough.

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* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', the signature moves of the saints usually won't prove effective against the powerful monster of the week.
-->"How could he resist my Pegasus Ryuusei Ken?"\\
-- '''Seiya''', against every opponent he fights with
** Justified
week. It's justified for Seiya in particular. His Pegasus Ryuusei Ken isn't so much a powerful blow as throwing more punches in an instant, so any enemy tough enough to NoSell the first has a head start on [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh withstanding them all]]... and many Saints have enough SuperSpeed to [[OhCrap dodge or block the whole barrage]]. The move [[FridgeLogic could almost have been designed for this trope]], in case RuleOfDrama wasn't enough.



* In ''Anime/MaiOtomeZwei'', neither Mai's ultra-cool attack capable of destroying hundreds of Slaves at once (prominently shown in the opening credits since episode 16 of the original show) nor Arika's "Bolt from the Blue" work on the very first monster that threatens them -- and the other Otome monitoring the event just give up. If even ''that'' failed, what chance do the rest of them have? Obviously, the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil has come to play, but it's not a SoLastSeason moment because neither of them receives a power-up -- instead, they win by combining their attacks.

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* In ''Anime/MaiOtomeZwei'', neither ''Anime/MaiOtomeZwei'':
** Neither
Mai's ultra-cool attack capable of destroying hundreds of Slaves at once (prominently shown in the opening credits since episode 16 of the original show) nor Arika's "Bolt from the Blue" work on the very first monster that threatens them -- and the other Otome monitoring the event just give up. If even ''that'' failed, what chance do the rest of them have? Obviously, the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil has come to play, but it's not a SoLastSeason moment because neither of them receives a power-up -- instead, they win by combining their attacks.



* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', when the military uses its "colossally powerful" N2 mines/bombs on the Angels, they (at very, very best) succeed in inflicting 30% to critical damage, giving the resident HumongousMecha an opportunity to display their capacity for badassness. Also, in the second episode, the MonsterOfTheWeek utilises a last-ditch suicide explosion, taking a large chuck of the city and (after the SmokeShield clears) lightly damaging the armor of the HumongousMecha.
** Or, when Shinji opens fire on Shamshel (with an assault rifle in the series and a ''[[GatlingGood chaingun]]'' in Rebuild) and fails to scratch 'er. Or when, in Rebuild, Ramiel takes a direct hit from a gun powered by the entire power grid of Japan, bleeds profusely, then turns around and ''burns through a mountain'' to get at Shinji. Or when...
** See also pretty much every time Asuka sorties Unit 02 against an Angel without immediate support (except her debut), especially in "Both of You, Dance Like You Want To Win".

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* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', when ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** When
the military uses its "colossally powerful" N2 mines/bombs on the Angels, they (at very, very best) succeed in inflicting 30% to critical damage, giving the resident HumongousMecha an opportunity to display their capacity for badassness. Also, in the second episode, the MonsterOfTheWeek utilises a last-ditch suicide explosion, taking a large chuck of the city and (after the SmokeShield clears) lightly damaging the armor of the HumongousMecha.
** Or, when When Shinji opens fire on Shamshel (with an assault rifle in the series and a ''[[GatlingGood chaingun]]'' in Rebuild) and fails to scratch 'er. Or when, in Rebuild, Ramiel takes a direct hit from a gun powered by the entire power grid of Japan, bleeds profusely, then turns around and ''burns through a mountain'' to get at Shinji. Or when...
** See also pretty Pretty much every time Asuka sorties Unit 02 against an Angel without immediate support (except her debut), especially in "Both of You, Dance Like You Want To Win".



* Also see the various {{Beam Spam}}s and {{Macross Missile Massacre}}s in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. This has more to do with Attenborough's tendency to outright ''miss'' than any lack of power, though.

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* Also see the The various {{Beam Spam}}s and {{Macross Missile Massacre}}s in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. This has more to do with Attenborough's tendency to outright ''miss'' than any lack of power, though.



* 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.
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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.



* Are you a goalkeeper in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''? And was your name revealed to the audience? You'll suffer this ''constantly'', honey, you're done.
** One exception is [[TheAce Wakabayashi Genzo]], who inverts the role by catching everything thrown by top players of the previous arc during the test match between Japan Youth Jr. and Hamburger SV.

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* Are you a goalkeeper in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''? And was your name revealed to the audience? You'll suffer this ''constantly'', honey, you're done.
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done. One exception is [[TheAce Wakabayashi Genzo]], who inverts the role by catching everything thrown by top players of the previous arc during the test match between Japan Youth Jr. and Hamburger SV.
2nd Nov '17 2:17:49 PM 1810072342
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* Izayoi's Immortal Breaker technique from ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' is able to kill anything, even immortal beings like Observers. However, it fails on two occasions - Jin willing himself to withstand it with the Power of Order, and Izanami taking it like a champ because [[spoiler: you can't kill death itself]].

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* Izayoi's Immortal Breaker technique from ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' is able to kill anything, even immortal beings like Observers. However, it fails on two occasions - Jin willing himself to withstand it with the Power of Order, and Izanami taking it like a champ because [[spoiler: you can't kill death itself]]. Ironically, this means Immortal Breaker is never actually shown killing anything.
1st Nov '17 3:25:21 AM 1810072342
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* Izayoi's Immortal Breaker technique from ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' is able to kill anything, even immortal beings like Observers. However, it fails on two occasions - Jin willing himself to withstand it with the Power of Order, and Izanami taking it like a champ because [[spoiler: you can't kill death itself]].
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** 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.
23rd Oct '17 5:20:00 PM ElSquibbonator
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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.

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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. TanksForNothing is when military firepower is used to invoke this trope.
21st Oct '17 3:16:28 PM Zaptech
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** It gets lampshaded when Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan are fighting Freeza, when they launch a huge barrage of energy beams at Freeza, which covers him in smoke.
-->'''Krillin''': Did we get him?
-->'''Gohan''': Krillin, we can sense his energy. Why do you even ask?
-->'''Krillin''': I'm an optimist.
30th Sep '17 8:29:44 PM Vir
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** In the next arc, when Natsu and Gajeel team up and use their biggest attacks (ending with Iron/Fire Dragon Roars from both of them), [[spoiler:Laxus]] shrugs off the attacks, which ended an arc two arcs ago, and uses his own Dragon Roar, which blows them both away.
*** A notable aversion for a Shonen is Natsu's Guren Bakuenjin(Crimson-Lotus Exploding Blade), which he always saves as his FinishingMove for whatever BigBad he fights and it never fails. The only time it was proven ineffective was against Gildartz, which is justified because it's Gildartz.
** Justified with Abyss Break with is implied to destroy a whole town but was interrupted twice.

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** In the next arc, when Natsu and Gajeel team up and use their biggest attacks (ending with Iron/Fire Fire/Iron Dragon Roars from both of them), [[spoiler:Laxus]] shrugs off the attacks, which ended an arc two arcs ago, and uses his own Dragon Roar, which blows them both away.
*** A notable aversion for a Shonen is Natsu's Guren Bakuenjin(Crimson-Lotus Bakuenjin (Crimson-Lotus Exploding Blade), which he always saves as his FinishingMove for whatever BigBad he fights and it never fails. The only time it was proven ineffective was against Gildartz, which is justified because it's Gildartz.
** Justified with Abyss Break with Break, which is implied to destroy a whole town town, but was interrupted twice.



* Inverted in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', where Nanoha effortlessly shrugs off one of her enemies huge attacks at least once per season, with accompanying SmokeShield or OutOfTheInferno effect. Two straight usages can be found in the second season though, where a MysteriousProtector and an ImplacableMan each take one of Nanoha's newly introduced [[WaveMotionGun Busters]] and appear out of the SmokeShield without any visible damage.

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* Inverted in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', where Nanoha effortlessly shrugs off one of her enemies huge attacks at least once per season, with accompanying SmokeShield or OutOfTheInferno effect. Two straight usages can be found in the second season though, where a MysteriousProtector and an ImplacableMan each take one of Nanoha's newly introduced [[WaveMotionGun Busters]] and appear out of the SmokeShield without any visible damage.
30th Aug '17 1:32:59 PM CV12Hornet
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** This was still true for the "unarmored" American carriers, which had wood decks since wood absorbed shrapnel that would have simply ricocheted off metal British decks, potentially into something important. Despite this, they had armored ''hangars'' which were just a bit under the deck, meaning all the damage done was the ship equivalent of OnlyAFleshWound.

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** This was still true for the "unarmored" American carriers, which had wood decks since wood absorbed shrapnel that would have simply ricocheted off metal British decks, potentially into something important. Despite this, they had armored ''hangars'' which were just a bit under the deck, meaning all the damage done was the ship equivalent of OnlyAFleshWound. A day's patch work later and they were back in action.


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* A laundry list of problems[[note]]Poor launching angles for the Mk. 13 aerial torpedo and deep runs, a faulty magnetic exploder, a too-fragile contact exploder, and a bad habit of [[OhCrap running circular]] for the Mk. 14 submarine and Mk. 15 surface torpedoes[[/note]] turned far too many American torpedo salvoes into this trope early in World War II. The attempted scuttling of USS Hornet is an illustrative example: nine torpedoes fired at an already crippled carrier completely failed to sink her.
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