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24th Mar '18 11:36:05 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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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.]]

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* In ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'', Zeromaru has full confidence in 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.]]
14th Mar '18 5:31:50 PM nighttrainfm
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* Late in the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, Jake makes this assertion regarding Visser Three.
-->'''Jake''': "Visser Three doesn't do tactics. He fights with a sledgehammer."
-->'''General Doubleday''': "If you have a big enough sledgehammer, that's all you need, son."

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* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
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Late in the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, Jake makes this assertion regarding Visser Three.
-->'''Jake''': "Visser Visser Three doesn't do tactics. He fights with a sledgehammer."
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Doubleday''': "If If you have a big enough sledgehammer, that's all you need, son."son.
** The way the Visser uses his Andalite host's morphing power backs Jake up on this. The Animorphs themselves shapeshift into all manner of animals, both powerful and subtle. [[GeneralRipper Visser Three]], by contrast, exclusively uses it to turn into [[OneWingedAngel terrifying alien monsters.]]
2nd Mar '18 11:17:23 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': The Darkness counterparts only real attack is firing a wave of pink orbs.
17th Feb '18 5:58:18 PM miniJag
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* This became a problem for Luke Skywalker in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse. Granted, the Force isn't so much a hammer as it is a complete garage full of the best power tools money can't even begin to buy, but even the Jedi of the old order, flawed though they were, knew that Jedi had to have tools and training beyond lightsabers and the Force. It was "fixed", temporarily, by [[Creator/TimothyZahn one author]], who noted that Yoda, Obi-Wan, and so on didn't use the Force except when forced to make a point, and that excessive Force use -- coming to see the Force as a [[Series/DoctorWho sonic screwdriver]] -- was the equivalent of making a whole lot of noise all the time, making you unable to hear even important whispers. When he established the Academy, Luke initially doesn't see the use for any weapon but lightsabers. Corran points out that lightsabers have no stun setting, and convinces Luke to have the trainees study basic unarmed combat too.

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* This became a problem for Luke Skywalker in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse. Granted, the Force isn't so much a hammer as it is a complete garage full of the best power tools money can't even begin to buy, but even the Jedi of the old order, flawed though they were, knew that Jedi had to have tools and training beyond lightsabers and the Force. It was "fixed", temporarily, by [[Creator/TimothyZahn one author]], who noted that Yoda, Obi-Wan, and so on didn't use the Force except when forced to make a point, and that excessive Force use -- coming to see the Force as a [[Series/DoctorWho sonic screwdriver]] -- was the equivalent of making a whole lot of noise all the time, making you unable to hear even important whispers. When he established the Academy, Luke initially doesn't see the use for any weapon but lightsabers. Corran Horn points out that lightsabers have no stun setting, and convinces Luke to have the trainees study basic unarmed combat too.too[[note]]Corran would know, being a former street cop[[/note]].
30th Jan '18 6:18:53 PM MagBas
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Team Rocket trio up to no good? Use a Pokémon to shock them or pop their balloon. A giant serpent gone mad, destroying the countryside? Why tranquilize it when you can defeat it with a couple of two-foot tall monsters? All of time and space in the process of being destroyed? Good thing we've got just the {{Mon}} for the job. Every once in a great while, a GuestStarPartyMember would throw a tranq dart at it, or calm it down with ThePowerOfFriendship, but 99% of the episodes have been solved by "battling it with a Pokémon until you can throw a Poké Ball at it." This is especially painfully obvious in the episode where Ash fights Brock for the Boulder Badge. What does he do when his Pikachu can't beat Brock in a straight fight? He charges his Pikachu up with MORE ELECTRICITY! Sadly, this tactic works, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation even though no amount of electricity should've made any difference]]. Misty offers to loan him a water Pokémon, which would have solved the problem and is the obvious solution. Ash goes with the lightning because he's stubborn and still a bit of an IdiotHero.\\

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Team Rocket trio up to no good? Use a Pokémon to shock them or pop their balloon. A giant serpent gone mad, destroying the countryside? Why tranquilize it when you can defeat it with a couple of two-foot tall monsters? All of time and space in the process of being destroyed? Good thing we've got just the {{Mon}} for the job. Every once in a great while, a GuestStarPartyMember would throw a tranq dart at it, or calm it down with ThePowerOfFriendship, but 99% of the episodes have been solved by "battling it with a Pokémon until you can throw a Poké Ball at it." This is especially painfully obvious in the episode where Ash fights Brock for the Boulder Badge. What does he do when his Pikachu can't beat Brock in a straight fight? He charges his Pikachu up with MORE ELECTRICITY! Sadly, this tactic works, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation even though no amount of electricity should've made any difference]].ELECTRICITY!. Misty offers to loan him a water Pokémon, which would have solved the problem and is the obvious solution. Ash goes with the lightning because he's stubborn and still a bit of an IdiotHero.\\
15th Jan '18 11:08:44 AM DastardlyDemolition
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* By the time of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' the New California Republic has conquered everything from parts of Washington in the north to parts of Baja in the south and has started to expand eastward into the Mojave Desert. How do they deal with their problems there? They throw people at it. Brotherhood of Steel taking control of the Helios One solar power plant? Throw waves of bodies at it. Caesar's Legion trying to take over Hoover Dam? Throw people at it. As you companion Arcade Gannon states when the NCR throws enough hands at something "they can make or break anything". Being the sole Old World styled superpower this side of the Mississippi, they have the largest industrial base and the farms to support a population of their size. Caesar's Legion functions the same way: throwing waves of poorly armed and trained Legionnaires at something, usually tribes, and crush them.
1st Jan '18 6:09:05 PM Psi001
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* Often used anti-climatically in ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''. The Urpneys rarely put up a real fight, and even when they do, the Dream Maker and the Wuts' magic is powerful enough to neutralise even ''Zordrak'' with a flick of a wrist, let alone his incompetent minions. The one time Urpgor made a device capable of resisting the heroes' powers, they were left reliant on dumb luck to stop them. Due to having no magic powers, this often led to the main heroes, Rufus and Amberley, being redundant, though they did become [[GuileHero more crafty]] on their own later on.
1st Jan '18 5:58:21 PM Psi001
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When he faced Drake, the leader of the Orange Crew, Ash used this tactic to take down Drake's first Pokémon. That first Pokémon was a Ditto that would copy the appearance and moves of its opponent, which caught Ash and Pikachu off guard when the match began. Misty suggested that Ash change Pokémon, but he pointed out that Ditto would simply change shape again into whichever Pokémon he sent out next. He eventually defeated the Ditto by simply having Pikachu blast it with everything he had, realizing that while the Ditto might have copied Pikachu's abilities, it couldn't copy Pikachu's power level and couldn't take as much punishment.

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When he faced Drake, the leader of the Orange Crew, Ash used this tactic to take down Drake's first Pokémon. That first Pokémon was a Ditto that would copy the appearance and moves of its opponent, which caught Ash and Pikachu off guard when the match began. Misty suggested that Ash change Pokémon, but he pointed out that Ditto would simply change shape again into whichever Pokémon he sent out next. He eventually defeated the Ditto by simply having Pikachu blast it with everything he had, realizing that while the Ditto might have copied Pikachu's abilities, it couldn't copy Pikachu's power level and couldn't take as much punishment.\\



The ''Sun and Moon'' series does bother to try downplay this, since the SliceOfLife format of many episodes involves situations where the protagonists want to solve a problem pacifistically, meaning instances of them often still utilising their Pokémon's abilities, but achieving their ends [[GuileHero through cunning]] rather than raw power. Compared to the standard "Pikachu, use Thunderbolt!" climax of many previous series' episodes, one has Ash deal with a hungry Morelull by eating enough food for it to absorb the life energy off of him. Another has Jigglypuff livid when Komala seemingly sleeps through its singing (it sleeps ''constantly'' by default). Despite Komala being able to easily outmanoeuvre Jigglypuff, the group know battling won't end it's vendetta, so instead teach Komala to mimic it's Sing ability in it's sleep, making Jigglypuff think it's joining it's performance.

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The ''Sun and Moon'' series does bother to try downplay this, since the SliceOfLife format of many episodes involves situations where the protagonists want to solve a problem pacifistically, meaning instances of them often still utilising their Pokémon's abilities, but achieving their ends [[GuileHero through cunning]] rather than raw power. Compared to the standard "Pikachu, use Thunderbolt!" climax of many previous series' episodes, one has Ash the gang deal with a hungry Morelull absorbing the team's life energy. Ash however pities it and solves the problem by eating enough food for it to absorb the life energy and fill off of him. Another has Jigglypuff livid when Komala seemingly sleeps through its singing (it sleeps ''constantly'' by default). Despite Komala being able to easily outmanoeuvre Jigglypuff, the group know battling won't end it's vendetta, so instead teach Komala to mimic it's Sing ability in it's sleep, making Jigglypuff think it's joining it's performance.
1st Jan '18 5:56:17 PM Psi001
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This can often be the calling card of a BoringInvincibleHero, since the lack of challenges which force them to change or upgrade their approach in much any way can eventually make them repetitive in action.


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The ''Sun and Moon'' series does bother to try downplay this, since the SliceOfLife format of many episodes involves situations where the protagonists want to solve a problem pacifistically, meaning instances of them often still utilising their Pokémon's abilities, but achieving their ends [[GuileHero through cunning]] rather than raw power. Compared to the standard "Pikachu, use Thunderbolt!" climax of many previous series' episodes, one has Ash deal with a hungry Morelull by eating enough food for it to absorb the life energy off of him. Another has Jigglypuff livid when Komala seemingly sleeps through its singing (it sleeps ''constantly'' by default). Despite Komala being able to easily outmanoeuvre Jigglypuff, the group know battling won't end it's vendetta, so instead teach Komala to mimic it's Sing ability in it's sleep, making Jigglypuff think it's joining it's performance.
31st Dec '17 9:46:12 PM DarthWalrus
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*** To be fair, it's not like the rest of the cast don't just solve most situations with gun. It's just that where everyone else's plan B for when gun doesn't work is things like "use space magic to immobilize them, ''then'' gun" or "turn invisible, sneak behind them, ''then'' gun" or "set self on fire, ''then'' gun", the Gunzerker's special skill is just ''more'' gun.
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