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18th Aug '17 8:27:37 PM merotoker
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* For [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion NERV]] as a whole, Unit 01 is this. Got an Angel that can't be beaten? Throw Shinji at it. Shinji can't beat it? Piss Shinji off. There are a couple aversions, but generally Unit 01 is treated as the Ultimate Hammer. [[spoiler: There's a very good reason for this, since Unit 01 is a SuperPrototype PhysicalGod]]. The {{Deconstruct|ion}}ive nature of ''Evangelion'' comes from the horrific psychological toll that this treatment (along with everything else he goes through) takes on Shinji's mind.

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* For [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion NERV]] as a whole, Unit 01 is this. Got an Angel that can't be beaten? Throw Shinji at it. Shinji can't beat it? Piss Shinji off. There are a couple aversions, but generally Unit 01 is treated as the Ultimate Hammer. [[spoiler: There's a very good reason for this, since Unit 01 is a SuperPrototype PhysicalGod]]. PhysicalGod.]] The {{Deconstruct|ion}}ive nature of ''Evangelion'' comes from the horrific psychological toll that this treatment (along with everything else he goes through) takes on Shinji's mind.



** Thief resolves most problem by stealing stuff, and then stealing some more stuff, be it riches, mcguffins, plot devices, the soul of his enemies and other intangible stuff, to the point of [[spoiler:stealing his class change from himself in the future. This comes back to bite him when, during the battle with Sarda when his past self steals his class change.]]

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** Thief resolves most problem by stealing stuff, and then stealing some more stuff, be it riches, mcguffins, plot devices, the soul of his enemies and other intangible stuff, to the point of [[spoiler:stealing his class change from himself in the future. This comes back to bite him when, during the battle with Sarda when his past self steals his class change.]]change]].



* 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 [[NighInvulnerable 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 [[NighInvulnerable [[NighInvulnerability Supergirl]]. It backfires hilariously.
8th Aug '17 9:40:56 AM TheSinful
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* Shirou in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11905736/10/Fate-Gamer-Night-Shota-Edition Fate Gamer Night]]'' currently only has swordsmanship for fighting. When he fights a BlobMonster, he's forced to cut it faster than it can regenerate until he finds it's core and destroys it. Afterwards, he's asked if he realized the monster is weak against fire.
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3rd Aug '17 1:08:42 AM MBG
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* Due to [[ItMakesSenseInContext complicated circumstances]] in ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', a man enchanted to be [[SexGod the best at blowjobs in the world]] is made king. A vizier tells him that he can't fellate his way out of the kingdom's fiscal troubles. GilliganCut to the vizier sleeping at the king's feet with his pants down, a big smile on his face, and a giant bag of money in the king's hands.
17th Jul '17 4:16:38 PM Dravencour
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** ''Before'' he learned Rasengan, Naruto's favorite (only) tactic was to bum rush with his [[DoppelgangerAttack shadow clones]] a lot. When when that by itself inevitably failed, he would use it in combination with [[VoluntaryShapeshifting his disguises]] to sneak his real self into position while his clones distracted the villain.

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** ''Before'' he learned Rasengan, Naruto's favorite (only) tactic was to bum rush with his [[DoppelgangerAttack shadow clones]] a lot. When when that by itself inevitably failed, he would use it in combination with [[VoluntaryShapeshifting his disguises]] to sneak his real self into position while his clones distracted the villain.
5th Jul '17 6:16:54 AM MathMan
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* Solving mathematical equations with higher exponents: When all you have is a function for solving a(X^2)+bX+c=0, just change functions until they fit that formula(the cubic and quartic polynomials can be solved this way). Downplayed in that it can't be done with everything, and there are methods to solve things which can't be rewritten into this.

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* Solving mathematical equations with higher exponents: When all you have is a function for solving a(X^2)+bX+c=0, just change functions until they fit that formula(the formula (the cubic and quartic polynomials can be solved this way). Downplayed in that it can't be done with everything, and there are methods to solve things which can't be rewritten into this.
5th Jul '17 6:16:22 AM MathMan
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* Solving mathematical equations with higher exponents: When all you have is a function for solving a(X^2)+bX+c=0, just change functions until they fit that formula. Downplayed in that it can't be done with everything, and there are methods to solve things which can't be rewritten into this.

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* Solving mathematical equations with higher exponents: When all you have is a function for solving a(X^2)+bX+c=0, just change functions until they fit that formula.formula(the cubic and quartic polynomials can be solved this way). Downplayed in that it can't be done with everything, and there are methods to solve things which can't be rewritten into this.
1st Jul '17 5:40:57 PM elemt
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* In ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' the Flagellant kills enemies by whipping them. If he's feeling stressed? Whip himself. Suffering from disease? Whip himself. ''Bleeding to death?'' Whip himself. He has some kind of BloodMagic, it seems, which encompasses healing magic.
26th Jun '17 4:03:49 PM KingLyger
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has an interesting (and repeated) aversion of this trope, as the characters TRY to pull out their trump card every time, only to be foiled repeatedly and frequently be forced to switch to another plan. The protagonists pursue and acquire the ancient, extremely powerful set of magical artifacts known as the Elements of Harmony, which are capable of extreme feats of power. As such, whenever a major threat rears its head, it is natural for the characters to immediately use them as their go-to weapon. In the second season, when faced with another powerful foe, their first instinct is to go for the artifacts, which he has stolen; they manage to retrieve them, but lose one of their members (and the Magic of Friendship) in the process and have to fix that to use them again. When Changelings invade Canterlot, they make a beeline for the Elements only to be stopped before they can get to them. Because they keep getting stolen, and in order to keep Discord in line, in season 3 they are given the Elements permanently, which backfires when Twilight Sparkle accidentally casts a spell on them which switches their lives around. Finally, when big black vines overrun Equestria, they yet again break out the Elements of Harmony to combat the threat, only to discover that they must return the elements to the Tree of Harmony to fix the problem.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has an interesting (and repeated) aversion of this trope, as ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** The Mane Six tend to try and use
the characters TRY to pull out their trump card Elements of Harmony for every time, only to be foiled repeatedly and frequently be forced to switch to another plan.major threat, often with little success. The protagonists pursue and acquire the ancient, extremely powerful set of magical artifacts known as the Elements of Harmony, which are capable of extreme feats of power. As such, whenever a major threat rears its head, it is natural for the characters to immediately use them as their go-to weapon. In the second season, when faced with another powerful foe, their first instinct is to go for the artifacts, which he has stolen; they manage to retrieve them, but lose one of their members (and the Magic of Friendship) in the process and have to fix that to use them again. When Changelings invade Canterlot, they make a beeline for the Elements only to be stopped before they can get to them. Because But, because they keep getting stolen, and in order to keep Discord in line, in season 3 they are given the Elements permanently, permanently in Twilight Sparkle's house, which backfires when Twilight Sparkle accidentally casts a spell on them which switches their lives around. Finally, when big black vines overrun Equestria, they yet again break out the Elements of Harmony to combat the threat, only to discover that they must return the elements to the Tree of Harmony to fix the problem.problem.
** This is the FatalFlaw of Starlight Glimmer. Her solution to any problem is "throw enough magic at it to make it go away". Not only has this backfired on her more than once, it's gotten her new allies very annoyed with her. In the season five finale "The Cutie Re-mark," it also potentially doomed the entire world, which [[NeverLiveItDown no one has let her forget]]. Even after pulling a HeelFaceTurn, she still struggles to learn that not every problem can be solved by casting a spell. "All Bottled Up" even had her try and solve of a problem of not using magic by using even more magic!
26th Jun '17 2:31:49 PM Kytseo
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** 5e Open Palm Monks can do a surprising amount of stuff by just punching stuff.
1st Jun '17 12:12:24 AM BardicKnowledge
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* Fix-It Felix Jr. from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' literally has a hammer as his only weapon. Unfortunately it's a magic hammer and its only function is fixing stuff. Likewise, his co-star Ralph is incredible when it comes to wrecking things.... but finds out when he's game-hopping that he's not so good at anything else.

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* Fix-It Felix Jr. from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' literally has a hammer as his only weapon. Unfortunately it's a magic hammer and its only function is fixing stuff. when he tries to break out of [[spoiler:King Candy's "Fungeon"]], he hits the bars with his hammer they become stronger, causing him to lament.
-->'''Felix:''' Why do I fix everything I touch?
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Likewise, his co-star Ralph is incredible when it comes to wrecking things.... but finds out when he's game-hopping that he's not so good at anything else.
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