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4th Sep '16 10:15:07 PM Tre
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': John Sheridan's motto appears to be, "When in doubt, [[NuclearOption nuclear warheads]]." No wonder Creator/{{Syfy}} keeps hiring Boxleitner for their similarly inclined movies. (To be fair to Sheridan, though, he never uses nukes in the same manner twice.)

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': John Sheridan's motto appears to be, "When in doubt, [[NuclearOption nuclear warheads]]." No wonder Creator/{{Syfy}} keeps hiring Boxleitner for their similarly inclined movies.[[Film/SyfyOriginalMovie movies]]. (To be fair to Sheridan, though, he never uses nukes in the same manner twice.)
4th Sep '16 10:14:25 PM Tre
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': John Sheridan's motto appears to be, "When in doubt, [[NuclearOption nuclear warheads]]." No wonder SyFy keeps hiring Boxleitner for their similarly inclined movies. (To be fair to Sheridan, though, he never uses nukes in the same manner twice.)

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': John Sheridan's motto appears to be, "When in doubt, [[NuclearOption nuclear warheads]]." No wonder SyFy Creator/{{Syfy}} keeps hiring Boxleitner for their similarly inclined movies. (To be fair to Sheridan, though, he never uses nukes in the same manner twice.)
29th Aug '16 2:55:16 AM WryPierine
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*** By extension, the Pyro is practically a trope victim. Since all his [[RunningGag (her?, it?)]] primary weapons deal damage through fire, all but one/two of his secondaries also light things on fire (the exception being the fairly generic shotgun or the Reserve Shooter which scores minicrits against airborne foes[[note]]It doesn't help that Pyro can airblast people in the air[[note]]), and one of the best melee options (the Axetinguisher and it's reskin the Postal Pummeler) relying on the target being on fire, it can be safely assumed that fire will be making your kills. This puts the Pyro in a bad position as the number of ways to counter ongoing burn keep increasing.

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*** By extension, the Pyro is practically a trope victim. Since all his [[RunningGag (her?, it?)]] primary weapons deal damage through fire, all but one/two of his secondaries also light things on fire (the exception being the fairly generic shotgun or the Reserve Shooter which scores minicrits against airborne foes[[note]]It doesn't help that Pyro can airblast people in the air[[note]]), air[[/note]]), and one of the best melee options (the Axetinguisher and it's reskin the Postal Pummeler) relying on the target being on fire, it can be safely assumed that fire will be making your kills. This puts the Pyro in a bad position as the number of ways to counter ongoing burn keep increasing.
28th Aug '16 10:57:16 PM DastardlyDemolition
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*** By extension, the Pyro is practically a trope victim. Since all his [[RunningGag (her?, it?)]] primary weapons deal damage through fire, all but one of his secondaries also light things on fire (the exception being the fairly generic shotgun), and one of the best melee options (the Axetinguisher) relying on the target being on fire, it can be safely assumed that fire will be making your kills. This puts the Pyro in a bad position as the number of ways to counter ongoing burn keep increasing.
*** The Heavy is in a similar boat. Too slow to really benefit from melee weapons and having only a choice between some underwhelming shotguns and a support item lunchbox, a heavy is going to be solving virtually every conflict by way of minigun. Indeed, this is the heavy's main balancing factor. The minigun is one of the most destructive elements on the field but any way around it (high mobility scouts, long-range snipers, spies, etc.) and the heavy is best off getting back-up rather than handling it themselves.

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*** By extension, the Pyro is practically a trope victim. Since all his [[RunningGag (her?, it?)]] primary weapons deal damage through fire, all but one one/two of his secondaries also light things on fire (the exception being the fairly generic shotgun), shotgun or the Reserve Shooter which scores minicrits against airborne foes[[note]]It doesn't help that Pyro can airblast people in the air[[note]]), and one of the best melee options (the Axetinguisher) Axetinguisher and it's reskin the Postal Pummeler) relying on the target being on fire, it can be safely assumed that fire will be making your kills. This puts the Pyro in a bad position as the number of ways to counter ongoing burn keep increasing.
*** The Heavy is in a similar boat. Too slow to really benefit from melee weapons and having only a choice between some underwhelming shotguns and a support item lunchbox, a heavy Heavy is going to be solving virtually every conflict by way of minigun. Indeed, this is the heavy's Heavy's main balancing factor. The minigun is one of the most destructive elements on the field but any way around it (high mobility scouts, long-range snipers, spies, etc.) and the heavy Heavy is best off getting back-up rather than handling it themselves.
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''.
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