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17th Jun '16 10:04:04 PM NickFalcon
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* Reinhardt, from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', quotes this trope if he can land his ultimate ability, Earthshatter, on enough enemies. Fittingly enough, his weapon is a [[DropTheHammer giant rocket-powered hammer]], and if he does land his ult, he's got ''three seconds'' to use said hammer on his opponents without them being able to fight back. And since his hammer hits everything in front of him when he swings, it pretty much guarantees all non-tanks are ''boned.''
3rd Jun '16 4:02:32 PM ShinyManaphy
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* When the cast of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' have to face an unimaginably powerful foe in the core of the Earth, what's their plan? Well, they need to get to the core, and a giant drill is the most effective way they have to do it. As for actually defeating their foe?
-->'''Peridot:''' We have a drill. ''We're going to drill.''
27th May '16 12:27:00 PM Shadowgazer
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* Gilderoy Lockhart in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', who could do only one spell with any degree of competence: [[spoiler:[[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory erasure]]]]. On a general note, if it's a good guy, they will use Stupefy (stun) and Expelliarmus (disarm). If it's a bad guy, they will use Cruciatus (torture) and Avada Kedavra (kill).

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* Gilderoy Lockhart in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', who could do only one spell with any degree of competence: [[spoiler:[[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory erasure]]]]. On a general note, if it's a good guy, they will use Stupefy (stun) and Expelliarmus (disarm). If it's a bad guy, they will use Cruciatus (torture) and Avada Kedavra (kill). At first. Later when the Second War starts, there are plenty of good guys willing to use lethal or at the very least brute force on Dark Wizards, so much that Lupin calls Harry's having Expelliarmus as his trademark spell as childish.
22nd May '16 5:04:09 PM MrDeath
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* Cameron in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', being a literal killing machine, tends to view any problem in the context of how many people she has to kill, treating alternative methods with anything from bemusement to derision. That she is willing to apply other methods (including but not limited to her epic levels of FetishFuel) as the series progresses is an important point of CharacterDevelopment for her.

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* Cameron in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', being a literal killing machine, tends to view any problem in the context of how many people she has to kill, treating alternative methods with anything from bemusement to derision. That she is willing to apply other methods (including but not limited to her epic levels of FetishFuel) as the series progresses is an important point of CharacterDevelopment for her.
22nd May '16 5:01:42 PM MrDeath
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* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': Gwen's "hammer" is to [[CaptainObvious repeat what the computer says]].
-->'''Tommy''': You know, that is getting REALLY annoying!
-->'''Gwen''': I have '''one''' job on this lousy ship--[[LampshadeHanging it's stupid]], but I'm going to do it, OK?!
16th May '16 10:22:14 AM intastiel
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* [[http://www.broadside.net/M09083135.htm This]] Greenside cartoon (see also Music/TomLehrer above).
14th May '16 9:24:41 PM nombretomado
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A character has a limited offensive repertoire, but the writer wants to make him look clever anyway, so he faces him off against something which requires a little bit of strategy. Unfortunately, this strategy ends up being "Just do what you always do, but slightly better." It's not that our hero is uninventive. He may be an outright MacGyver, but he just doesn't have much to work with.

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A character has a limited offensive repertoire, but the writer wants to make him look clever anyway, so he faces him off against something which requires a little bit of strategy. Unfortunately, this strategy ends up being "Just do what you always do, but slightly better." It's not that our hero is uninventive. He may be an outright MacGyver, Series/MacGyver, but he just doesn't have much to work with.
3rd May '16 7:39:28 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The Young Bucks have a decent repertoire of moves. However, they are notorious for spamming the superkick over and over again until their opponents finally go down.

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* The Young Bucks Wrestling/TheYoungBucks have a decent repertoire of moves. However, they are notorious for spamming the superkick over and over again until their opponents finally go down.down.
* Nicole Savoy cited this as the reason she lost to [=LuFisto=] in their first Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} encounter, promising she'd show more versatility at Volume 80. [=LuFisto=], clearly wasn't expecting it, as her strategy was out [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame suplex the suplex queen.]]
21st Apr '16 1:34:03 PM erforce
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** ''Operation Overdrive'': Man of Mercury: Future SixthRanger, Tyzonn, has the power to turn himself into mercury, [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} T-1000]] style. Faced with the need to stop an alien army from escaping their imprisonment in a mirror, you might think that he'll use the reflective qualities of his mercury form in some way, as he'd been seen to do a few scenes earlier. He does end up using his powers: he extends his reach and smashes the mirror. ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' writers seem inordinately fond of smashing mirrors.

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** ''Operation Overdrive'': Man of Mercury: Future SixthRanger, Tyzonn, has the power to turn himself into mercury, [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay T-1000]] style. Faced with the need to stop an alien army from escaping their imprisonment in a mirror, you might think that he'll use the reflective qualities of his mercury form in some way, as he'd been seen to do a few scenes earlier. He does end up using his powers: he extends his reach and smashes the mirror. ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' writers seem inordinately fond of smashing mirrors.
11th Apr '16 11:32:15 AM Jhonny
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* Politics tends to be this. Almost any thing that parliaments do is in the form of laws. Justified in that laws are very flexible things that can create agencies, allocate funds, outlaw certain behavior, levy taxes and fees or do myriad other things.
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