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16th Aug '16 8:56:27 AM sgamer82
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* In ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'', [[TheAce All]] [[DentedIron Might's]] fighting ability essentially amounts to punching things really, really hard. To counter him, the League of Villains create Nomu, a genetically-engineered super-soldier with the abilities of shock-absorption and regeneration, allowing him to NoSell All Might's attacks. Eventually All Might figures that since Nomu's power is to ''absorb'' shocks, not ''nullify'' them, all he has to do is just keep [[SpamAttack spamming punches]], harder and harder, until he [[ArcWords goes beyond]] the limits of Nomu's ability. Once he does, he promptly punts Nomu into the ''stratosphere''.

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* In ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'', ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', [[TheAce All]] [[DentedIron Might's]] fighting ability essentially amounts to punching things really, really hard. To counter him, the League of Villains create Nomu, a genetically-engineered super-soldier with the abilities of shock-absorption and regeneration, allowing him to NoSell All Might's attacks. Eventually All Might figures that since Nomu's power is to ''absorb'' shocks, not ''nullify'' them, all he has to do is just keep [[SpamAttack spamming punches]], harder and harder, until he [[ArcWords goes beyond]] the limits of Nomu's ability. Once he does, he promptly punts Nomu into the ''stratosphere''.
12th Aug '16 1:14:33 PM ironballs16
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** The trope itself was referenced by Rick at a bar, where he inverted it when talking with a woman and saying "When you're a nail, everything in the world looks like a hammer." Naturally, [[ButtMonkey her boyfriend didn't take kindly to Rick's apparent flirting]].
1st Aug '16 5:26:10 AM Tron80
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* Although he's intelligent, and is capable of coming up with plans and tactics, Franchise/{{Superman}}'s default method of attack is just to fly up to a problem and punch it. Given that he's [[WorldsStrongestMan Superman]], this ''does'' solve a number of problems. Likewise for Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, Comicbook/{{Superboy}}, Comicbook/PowerGirl and any other Kryptonians. Even moreso in fact, since Superman is a scientist and also takes the effort to find creative applications to his other powers, while the others are more reliant on muscle.

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* Although he's intelligent, and is capable of coming up with plans and tactics, Franchise/{{Superman}}'s default method of attack is just to fly up to a problem and punch it. Given that he's [[WorldsStrongestMan Superman]], this ''does'' solve a number of problems. Likewise for Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, Comicbook/{{Superboy}}, Comicbook/PowerGirl and any other Kryptonians. Even moreso in fact, since Superman is a scientist and also takes the effort to find creative applications to his other powers, while the others are more reliant on muscle.
30th Jul '16 7:21:16 PM JackG
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** In the Classic series, the Doctor is always ridiculing TheBrigadier's tendency to use military force to deal with the MonsterOfTheWeek. Of course, he's simply using the tools he knows well; it's the job of his 'scientific advisor' to come up with other options.
21st Jul '16 2:29:26 PM Jice_Wumpkin
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-->'''Peridot:''' We have a drill. ''We're going to drill.''

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-->'''Peridot:''' -->[[spoiler:'''Peridot:''']] We have a drill. ''We're going to drill.''
16th Jul '16 7:30:04 AM F1Krazy
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* In ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'', Zeromaru has full confidence his V-breath arrow's ability to defeat any monster, having seen that Yagami Taichi always comes up with some sort of plan if it initially fails that allows his shot to beat it. When the digimon of folder start lecturing him about EvolutionaryLevels, Zero's response is to simply shoot bigger v-breath arrows but eventually [[SubvertedTrope they evolve so far not even that works anymore.]]
* ''Manga/OnePunchMan'': The S-class heroes in general, at least the physical fighters, seem to find themselves in this category often, having a bit of trouble with regenerators because all they know how to do is, for example, smash things with a bat. However, with some good aim, proper knowledge of the enemy (in this case knowing the source of the regeneration) and skill, it can be overcome. Saitama himself, however, falls into this ''hard''. Enormous monster starts killing people and carving a swath through several cities? Punch it, monster's dead, problem over. Enormous meteor is a minute away from crashing into Earth and wiping out several cities? Jump out there, punch it, scatter it into smaller pieces that will just wreck one city, problem over. Smear campaign by jealous heroes? Punch them in front of everyone, embed them into the nearest wall, problem over. TheLancer wants a spar and won't stop until Saitama finally decides to go on the offensive? ''Almost'' punch him, let the windshear wreck the entire mountain range behind him, leave him gawking, problem over. Ultrapowerful alien tries to [[Anime/DragonBallZ pull a Frieza]] and destroy Earth with a giant KamehameHadoken? Punch the beam harder, split the fucking atmosphere, kill villain and underlings with that single punch, problem over.

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* In ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'', Zeromaru has full confidence his V-breath arrow's ability to defeat any monster, having seen that Yagami Taichi always comes up with some sort of plan if it initially fails that allows his shot to beat it. When the digimon Digimon of folder Folder start lecturing him about EvolutionaryLevels, Zero's response is to simply shoot bigger v-breath V-breath arrows but eventually [[SubvertedTrope they evolve so far not even that works anymore.]]
* ''Manga/OnePunchMan'': The S-class heroes in general, at least the physical fighters, seem to find themselves in this category often, having a bit of trouble with regenerators because all they know how to do is, for example, smash things with a bat. However, with some good aim, proper knowledge of the enemy (in this case knowing the source of the regeneration) and skill, it can be overcome. Saitama himself, however, falls into this ''hard''. Enormous monster starts killing people and carving a swath through several cities? Punch it, monster's dead, problem over. Enormous meteor is a minute away from crashing into Earth and wiping out several cities? Jump out there, punch it, scatter it into smaller pieces that will just wreck one city, problem over. Smear campaign by jealous heroes? Punch them in front of everyone, embed them into the nearest wall, problem over. TheLancer wants a spar and won't stop until Saitama finally decides to go on the offensive? ''Almost'' punch him, let the windshear wreck the entire mountain range behind him, leave him gawking, problem over. Ultrapowerful alien tries to [[Anime/DragonBallZ pull a Frieza]] and destroy Earth with a giant KamehameHadoken? Punch the beam harder, split the fucking atmosphere, kill villain and underlings with that single punch, problem over. over.
* In ''Manga/BokuNoHeroAcademia'', [[TheAce All]] [[DentedIron Might's]] fighting ability essentially amounts to punching things really, really hard. To counter him, the League of Villains create Nomu, a genetically-engineered super-soldier with the abilities of shock-absorption and regeneration, allowing him to NoSell All Might's attacks. Eventually All Might figures that since Nomu's power is to ''absorb'' shocks, not ''nullify'' them, all he has to do is just keep [[SpamAttack spamming punches]], harder and harder, until he [[ArcWords goes beyond]] the limits of Nomu's ability. Once he does, he promptly punts Nomu into the ''stratosphere''.
9th Jul '16 1:59:27 PM Caps-luna
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* In pretty much any first person shooter with a physics engine the player will find themselves trying to manipulate objects with guns or bombs rather than with their hands. Clearly the best way to move a can across a room is with a shotgun.
8th Jul '16 3:01:41 AM roundhouse-von-zeppelin
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** One Stand user is limited to specific skill sets (unless something miraculous happen), so the question is about ''how'' the user utilize such abilities to overwhelm the opponents.

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** One Stand user is users are limited to specific skill sets (unless something miraculous happen), happens), so the question is about ''how'' the user utilize utilizes such abilities to overwhelm the opponents.



* Meet Touma of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. He has one hammer, his AntiMagic right hand which he uses to great effect by punching and or blocking. Enemy in your path, punch him in the face. Attack coming your way, dodge or block? That is the question. Still, it seems to serve him well. [[SpiderSense And it's not like he could try to do much else anyway...]]
** Also Mikoto, who ends all fights with her trusty [[WaveMotionGun Railgun]] and Accelerator, who end all by [[AttackReflector changing vectors]]. Given that most, if not, all people their owns one kind of power, we might say that most heroes in the series ends their problems with the only hammer they have.

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* Meet Touma of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. He has one hammer, his AntiMagic right hand which he uses to great effect by punching and or and/or blocking. Enemy in your path, punch him in the face. Attack coming your way, dodge or block? That is the question. Still, it seems to serve him well. [[SpiderSense And it's not like he could try to do much else anyway...]]
** Also Mikoto, who ends all fights with her trusty [[WaveMotionGun Railgun]] and Accelerator, who end all by [[AttackReflector changing vectors]]. Given that most, if not, all people their owns there own one kind of power, we might say that most heroes in the series ends end their problems with the only hammer they have.
28th Jun '16 11:22:58 AM DannWoolf
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** Xykon's two main tactics consist of brute magical force and [[WeHaveReserves sacrificing minions]] (sometimes combining the two by using brute force to kill his minions and then turning then into obedient zombies). He has no head for strategy and hates thinking too hard, but as he put "there's a level of force against which no tactics can succeed", and takes extra pleasure in killing wizards who accuse him of being dumb and repetitive. But while he hates battle tactics, he's absolutely brilliant at psychological manipulation. Examples include the rubber bouncy ball [[spoiler:engraved with the Symbol of Insanity which causes an entire room of paladins to start killing each other]] and the brutal "[[EvilerThanThou Butch and Bitch]]" speech in ''Start of Darkness'', [[spoiler:where he gets Redcloack to kill his own brother so the guilt will tie him to Xykon forever.]]

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** Xykon's two main tactics consist of brute magical force and [[WeHaveReserves sacrificing minions]] (sometimes combining the two by using brute force to kill his minions and then turning then into obedient zombies). He has no head for strategy and hates thinking too hard, but as he once put it "there's a level of force against which no tactics can succeed", and takes extra pleasure in killing wizards who accuse him of being dumb and repetitive. But while he hates battle tactics, he's absolutely brilliant at psychological manipulation. Examples include the rubber bouncy ball [[spoiler:engraved with the Symbol of Insanity which causes an entire room of paladins to start killing each other]] and the brutal "[[EvilerThanThou Butch and Bitch]]" speech in ''Start of Darkness'', [[spoiler:where he gets Redcloack to kill his own brother so the guilt will tie him to Xykon forever.]]
28th Jun '16 11:19:41 AM DannWoolf
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* Contractors in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' get only one ticket in SuperpowerLottery. Some adopt the "hit it with a hammer" approach and act like walking guns with a single type of ammo, but smarter or {{badass}} ones are more than just their powers. Hei and Wei, as martial artists, use sound tactics and combine powers with normal moves. In addition, some contractors are ''very'' versatile and find a MundaneUtility or dozen if possible. [[RazorFloss Force whip]] cuts bottle necks, people or incoming projectiles just as well. [[AnIcePerson Ice]] may immobilize, stab, or shield. [[ShockAndAwe Electrical discharges]] allow to attack via various conductors, repair a TV, [[spoiler:crack electrical locks, defibrillate hearts, tweak particle beams, alter substances]]...

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* Contractors in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' get only one ticket in the SuperpowerLottery. Some adopt the "hit it with a hammer" approach and act like walking guns with a single type of ammo, but smarter or {{badass}} ones are more than just their powers. Hei and Wei, as martial artists, use sound tactics and combine powers with normal moves. In addition, some contractors are ''very'' versatile and find a MundaneUtility or dozen if possible. [[RazorFloss Force whip]] cuts bottle necks, people or incoming projectiles just as well. [[AnIcePerson Ice]] may immobilize, stab, or shield. [[ShockAndAwe Electrical discharges]] allow to attack via various conductors, repair a TV, [[spoiler:crack electrical locks, defibrillate hearts, tweak particle beams, alter substances]]...
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