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27th May '17 6:19:15 AM youngstormlord
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* In ''Literature/{{Atharon}}'', every member of the class/ magical discipline has the similar approach to solving the problem. It mostly defaults to TheMurderIsTheBestSolution but it causes no end of problems to the protagonists.

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* In ''Literature/{{Atharon}}'', every member of the class/ magical discipline has the similar approach to solving the problem. It mostly defaults to TheMurderIsTheBestSolution MurderIsTheBestSolution but it causes no end of problems to for the protagonists.
27th May '17 6:18:04 AM youngstormlord
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* In ''Literature/{{Atharon}}'', every member of the class/ magical discipline has the similar approach to solving the problem. It mostly defaults to TheMurderIsTheBestSolution but it causes no end of problems to the protagonists.
17th May '17 4:11:25 AM Dravencour
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE20GirlsNightOut Girl's Night Out]]", Supergirl and Batgirl team up to take down Livewire, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Harley's response every time the three villainesses find a locked door is to repeatedly (and futilely) hit the door with a large prop hammer. After Harley's second attempt, Ivy just looks at Livewire and says, "She tries so hard." Then Harley sneaks up and tries her hammer on Supergirl. It backfires hilariously.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "[[Recap/TheNewBatmanAdventuresE20GirlsNightOut Girl's Night Out]]", Supergirl and Batgirl team up to take down Livewire, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Harley's response every time the three villainesses find a locked door is to repeatedly (and futilely) hit the door with a large prop hammer. After Harley's second attempt, Ivy just looks at Livewire and says, "She tries so hard." Then Harley sneaks up and tries her hammer on Supergirl.[[NighInvulnerable Supergirl]]. It backfires hilariously.



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' sees Bobby wanting to learn to defend himself. Lacking the discipline to take up martial arts, he takes a basic women's self-defense course, and thus starts using groin attacks to solve every possible conflict.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', "Bobby Goes Nuts", sees Bobby wanting to learn to defend himself. Lacking the discipline to take up martial arts, he takes a basic women's self-defense course, and thus starts using groin attacks {{Groin Attack}}s to solve every possible conflict.
17th May '17 4:01:34 AM Dravencour
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** The series starts to deconstruct this as it goes on, though. At the end of Season Two, Yang [[TheWorfEffect suffers a rather embarrassing]] CurbStompBattle at the hands of [[PintSizedPowerhouse Neopolitan]], who is just too nimble for her to land a hit on. Then in Season Three's penultimate episode, [[spoiler:Yang tries her old rush-and-punch tactics against Adam Taurus, a {{Yandere}} asshole who is hurting her friend Blake and unfortunately for Yang is also an IaijutsuPractitioner with a Semblance that allows him to absorb the power of attacks that he blocks with his sword and unleash that power in a single draw. The result is Yang losing her right arm in one blow. In Season 4, her father, Taiyang Xiao Long, calls her out on her dependence on her [[CriticalStatusBuff Semblance]] to win her fights and lack of lateral thinking]].

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** The series starts to deconstruct this as it goes on, though. At the end of Season Two, Yang [[TheWorfEffect suffers a rather embarrassing]] CurbStompBattle at the hands of [[PintSizedPowerhouse Neopolitan]], who is just too nimble for her to land a hit on. Then in Season Three's penultimate episode, [[spoiler:Yang tries her old rush-and-punch tactics against Adam Taurus, a {{Yandere}} asshole who is hurting her friend Blake and unfortunately for Yang is also an IaijutsuPractitioner with a Semblance that allows him to absorb the power of attacks that he blocks with his sword and unleash that power in a single draw. The result is draw, resulting in Yang losing her right arm in one blow.arm. In Season 4, her father, Taiyang Xiao Long, calls her out on her dependence on her [[CriticalStatusBuff Semblance]] to win her fights and lack of lateral thinking]].
17th May '17 4:00:26 AM Dravencour
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** The series starts to deconstruct this as it goes on, though. At the end of Season Two, Yang [[TheWorfEffect suffers a rather embarrassing]] CurbStompBattle at the hands of [[PintSizedPowerhouse Neopolitan]], who is just too nimble for her to land a hit on. Then in Season Three's penultimate episode, [[spoiler:Yang tries her old rushdown tactics against Adam Taurus, a {{Yandere}} asshole who is hurting her friend Blake and unfortunately for Yang is also an IaijutsuPractitioner with a Semblance that allows him to absorb the power of attacks that he blocks with his sword and unleash that power in a single draw, resulting in Yang losing an arm for her trouble. In Season 4, her father, Taiyang Xiao Long, calls her out on her dependence on her [[CriticalStatusBuff Semblance]] to win her fights and lack of lateral thinking]].

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** The series starts to deconstruct this as it goes on, though. At the end of Season Two, Yang [[TheWorfEffect suffers a rather embarrassing]] CurbStompBattle at the hands of [[PintSizedPowerhouse Neopolitan]], who is just too nimble for her to land a hit on. Then in Season Three's penultimate episode, [[spoiler:Yang tries her old rushdown rush-and-punch tactics against Adam Taurus, a {{Yandere}} asshole who is hurting her friend Blake and unfortunately for Yang is also an IaijutsuPractitioner with a Semblance that allows him to absorb the power of attacks that he blocks with his sword and unleash that power in a single draw, resulting in draw. The result is Yang losing an her right arm for her trouble.in one blow. In Season 4, her father, Taiyang Xiao Long, calls her out on her dependence on her [[CriticalStatusBuff Semblance]] to win her fights and lack of lateral thinking]].
17th May '17 3:56:49 AM Dravencour
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** The series starts to deconstruct this as it goes on, though. At the end of Season Two, Yang [[TheWorfEffect suffers a rather embarrassing]] CurbStompBattle at the hands of [[PintSizedPowerhouse Neopolitan]], who is just too nimble for her to land a hit on. Then in Season Three's penultimate episode, [[spoiler:Yang tries her old tactics against Adam Taurus, a {{Yandere}} asshole who is hurting her friend Blake and unfortunately for Yang is also an IaijutsuPractitioner with a Semblance that allows him to absorb the power of attacks that he blocks with his sword and unleash it in a single draw, resulting in Yang losing an arm for her trouble. In Season 4, her father, Taiyang Xiao Long, calls her out on her dependence on her [[CriticalStatusBuff Semblance]] to win her fights and lack of lateral thinking]].

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** The series starts to deconstruct this as it goes on, though. At the end of Season Two, Yang [[TheWorfEffect suffers a rather embarrassing]] CurbStompBattle at the hands of [[PintSizedPowerhouse Neopolitan]], who is just too nimble for her to land a hit on. Then in Season Three's penultimate episode, [[spoiler:Yang tries her old rushdown tactics against Adam Taurus, a {{Yandere}} asshole who is hurting her friend Blake and unfortunately for Yang is also an IaijutsuPractitioner with a Semblance that allows him to absorb the power of attacks that he blocks with his sword and unleash it that power in a single draw, resulting in Yang losing an arm for her trouble. In Season 4, her father, Taiyang Xiao Long, calls her out on her dependence on her [[CriticalStatusBuff Semblance]] to win her fights and lack of lateral thinking]].
14th May '17 3:28:50 PM nombretomado
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* The page quote comes back often in [[Franchise/StarCraft Liberty's Crusade]], seeing how Mengsk's primary strategy to solve every problem is to plant a PSI Emitter near it and let the Zerg take care of the rest (followed by the entire planet being incinerated by the Protoss).

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* The page quote comes back often in [[Franchise/StarCraft [[VideoGame/StarCraft Liberty's Crusade]], seeing how Mengsk's primary strategy to solve every problem is to plant a PSI Emitter near it and let the Zerg take care of the rest (followed by the entire planet being incinerated by the Protoss).
14th May '17 12:03:24 PM Vir
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When he faced Drake, the leader of the Orange Crew, Ash used this tactic to take down Drake's first Pokemon. That first Pokemon 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 Pokemon, but he pointed out that Ditto would simply change shape again into whichever Pokemon 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 Pokemon. Pokémon. That first Pokemon 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 Pokemon, Pokémon, but he pointed out that Ditto would simply change shape again into whichever Pokemon 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.



* Pick ''any video game with LevelGrinding''. You will get players whose main tactic is to power-level to a point where all challenges become moot. For example, right up until ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' (which introduced [[AntiGrinding diminishing returns]]) it was a perfectly valid tactic to ''only'' use your starter Pokemon and grind it until all elemental weaknesses and strengths were flattened by raw level advantage. Even there, if you pick the right starter, then even the diminishing returns aren't enough to stop you, as there are exactly enough trainers to hit the level cap.

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* Pick ''any video game with LevelGrinding''. You will get players whose main tactic is to power-level to a point where all challenges become moot. For example, right up until ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' (which introduced [[AntiGrinding diminishing returns]]) it was a perfectly valid tactic to ''only'' use your starter Pokemon Pokémon and grind it until all elemental weaknesses and strengths were flattened by raw level advantage. Even there, if you pick the right starter, then even the diminishing returns aren't enough to stop you, as there are exactly enough trainers to hit the level cap.



** Also the Choice Items give the Pokemon holding it increased Speed, more powerful physical attacks, or more powerful special attacks, depending on which one you use. However, it forces that Pokemon to keep using the same move you pick first, unless you switch it out and back in, or lose the item somehow.
** A number of specific Pokemon fit this, either due to a limited move pool or because their stats, type, or some other factor keeps them from using most of the moves they can get effectively. A prime example is Lilligant; if you see one competitively, you can already guess 3/4s of its move set with near certainty: Sleep Powder, Quiver Dance, and Petal Dance. The last move is more of a toss-up, but it tends to be little more than filler anyway, and is usually only used if the "Disable opponent with Sleep Powder, power up with Quiver Dance, kill everything with Petal Dance" plan fails.

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** Also the Choice Items give the Pokemon Pokémon holding it increased Speed, more powerful physical attacks, or more powerful special attacks, depending on which one you use. However, it forces that Pokemon Pokémon to keep using the same move you pick first, unless you switch it out and back in, or lose the item somehow.
** A number of specific Pokemon Pokémon fit this, either due to a limited move pool or because their stats, type, or some other factor keeps them from using most of the moves they can get effectively. A prime example is Lilligant; if you see one competitively, you can already guess 3/4s of its move set with near certainty: Sleep Powder, Quiver Dance, and Petal Dance. The last move is more of a toss-up, but it tends to be little more than filler anyway, and is usually only used if the "Disable opponent with Sleep Powder, power up with Quiver Dance, kill everything with Petal Dance" plan fails.
11th May '17 1:54:42 PM ludditetolpuddle
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* In "Armageddon", a Russian cosmonaut, confronted with a malfunctioning piece of equipment, repeatedly hits it with another, similarly malfunctioning, piece of equipment, shouting,"THIS IS HOW YOU FIX THINGS ON RUSSIAN SPACE STATION!"
9th May '17 9:17:28 AM GMantis
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** Of course, the other half of the problem for Hitler was that Stalin [[WeHaveReserves didn't particularly]] ''[[WeHaveReserves care]]'' [[WeHaveReserves that his troops were being treated like nails]].
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