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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.
11th Apr '16 11:30:29 AM Jhonny
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* Two political systems in Germany tried to make Germany (largely) self-sufficient for different reasons. The Nazis and [[UsefulNotes/EastGermany the GDR]]. However, as the GDR found out after intensive study, pretty much the only resource Germany has in abundance is lignite.[[note]]West Germany had at the time and still has notable quantities of black coal, which is much more useful and can be sold at higher prices; however, the Nazis needed it for their heavy industry and the GDR did not get any major deposits[[/note]] A type of coal that is just this side of peat, contains way too much sulfur and comes out of the ground so wet, half of it is water. It is so dirty, even oil or regular coal is an improvement in terms of the environmental record and it is mostly mined open pit, meaning whole villages had to be moved to access it. On the other hand, there is nothing in organic chemistry that cannot be made from lignite and water and lignite can be burned as a fuel. At the end of years of experimentation, chemical engineers had found a way to make ''margarine'' from it. That's right, they even tried to feed their citizens something made from lignite. The GDR had a huge chemical industry which - after the USSR cut petroleum supplies - ran almost exclusively on lignite.

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* Two political systems in Germany tried to make Germany (largely) self-sufficient for different reasons. The Nazis and [[UsefulNotes/EastGermany the GDR]]. However, as the GDR found out after intensive study, pretty much the only resource Germany has in abundance is lignite.[[note]]West Germany had at the time and still has notable quantities of black coal, which is much more useful and can be sold at higher prices; however, the Nazis needed it for their heavy industry and the GDR did not get any major deposits[[/note]] A type of coal that is just this side of peat, contains way too much sulfur and comes out of the ground so wet, half of it is water. It is so dirty, even oil or regular coal is an improvement in terms of the environmental record and it is mostly mined open pit, meaning whole villages had to be moved to access it. On the other hand, there is nothing in organic chemistry that cannot be made from lignite and water and lignite water. Lignite can also be burned as a fuel. At the end of years of experimentation, chemical engineers had found a way to make ''margarine'' from it. That's right, they even tried to feed their citizens something made from lignite. The GDR had a huge chemical industry which - after the USSR cut petroleum supplies - ran almost exclusively on lignite.
11th Apr '16 11:28:18 AM Jhonny
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* In urban planning this could be renamed to "when all you have is cars, all solutions will look like streets". While there has been a major paradigm shift in Europe and some American cities are also slowly moving away from this philosophy, in many cases this is still the main line of thinking. Congestion? Build more freeways! Downtown business in trouble? Nothing that a bit of freeways won't solve! Your city is losing residents? Well, it's probably because they do not have enough freeways! And if the freeways don't fix it, don't forget to add ample parking.
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