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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.
10th Apr '16 5:27:05 PM 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.
1st Apr '16 1:52:53 PM Valaraukar
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* In ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'', [[WarGod Horus']] strategy for fighting seems to be this. This is amusingly lampshaded in ''The Serpent's Shadow'', all (of course) [[ItMakesSenseInContext while Horus is possessing a pigeon.]]
-->'''Horus:''' My knowledge of combat magic is rather basic. [[CarryABigStick Hit enemies with a sword until they're dead.]] If they rise again, hit them again. Repeat as necessary. It worked against [[GodOfEvil Set.]]
-->'''Carter:''' [[DeadpanSnarker After how many years of fighting?]]
30th Mar '16 1:25:25 PM Tacitus
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** The only thing the [[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guard]] of really have going for them? [[FiveRoundsRapid Guns]] [[BeamSpam and]] [[WeHaveReserves manpower]]. When confronted by the enemies of Man, they employ both of these, and if that doesn't work, they just keep throwing bigger guns and more men at it until it breaks. That said, their bigger guns tend to be ''really'' effective.
*** Kubrik Chenkov is a master of this. His strategy? Send men. If that doesn't work? Send more men. He uses men to clear minefields for his tanks. In one battle he lost 10 MILLION of his own soldiers. He won though.
** The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] and [[BugWar Tyranids]] tend to be even more extreme than the Guard, the former being "When All You Have Is MoreDakka" (and possessing a philosophy based around making things as loud and shooty as possible) and the latter being "When All You Have Is ZergRush" (who at least have the ridonkulous numbers to make such a strategy the stuff of nightmares).
*** The Ork gods Mork and Gork (the debate as to which is which rages on and is as good an excuse to fight as another) are described as being "kunnin' but brutal", i.e. he hits you when you're not looking. The other is "brutal but kunnin'", meaning he hits you really hard when you are.
*** This was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one issue of ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'', where before making a battle report, a Creator/GamesWorkshop Tyranid player said that you can discuss different rosters and tactics for Tyranids, but when it comes down to it, all Tyranid strategies end up being about "spikey death."
*** Averted in fluff. Tyranid Tyrants and [[UpToEleven especially]] Swarmlord tend to be brilliant strategists fully capable to outwit Imperial Guard generals, Space Marines Chaptermasters and Eldar Autarchs and reap apart tanks simultaneously. And Orks are not an easy target practice as well. Especially that Ghazkull guy.

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** The only thing the [[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guard]] of really have going for them? [[FiveRoundsRapid Guns]] [[BeamSpam and]] [[WeHaveReserves manpower]]. When confronted by the enemies of Man, they employ both of these, and if that doesn't work, they just keep throwing bigger guns and more men at it until it breaks. That said, their bigger guns tend to be ''really'' effective.
*** Kubrik Chenkov is a master of this. His strategy? Send men. If that doesn't work? Send more men. He uses men to clear minefields for his tanks. In one battle he lost 10 MILLION of his own soldiers. He won though.
sacrificed ten ''million'' men to achieve victory. His superiors gave him a medal.
** The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] and [[BugWar Tyranids]] tend to be even more extreme than the Guard, the former being just with "When All You Have Is MoreDakka" (and possessing a philosophy based around making things as loud MoreDakka." Or perhaps More [[{{BFS}} Choppa]]. At any rate, this mindset is reflected in the Greenskin deities, Gork and shooty as possible) and the latter being "When All You Have Is ZergRush" (who at least have the ridonkulous numbers to make such a strategy the stuff of nightmares).
*** The Ork gods
Mork and Gork (the debate as - the Orks love to fight over which is which rages on which, but the main difference between the two is that one is "brutally cunning" and is as good an excuse to fight as another) are described as being "kunnin' but brutal", i.e. he hits will bash you when you're not looking. The looking, while the other is "brutal but kunnin'", meaning he hits "cunningly brutal" and will bash you really ''really'' hard when even if you are.
*** This ** The [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] as well, which was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in one issue of a ''Magazine/WhiteDwarf'', where before making a battle report, report when a Creator/GamesWorkshop Tyranid player employee said that you can discuss different rosters and tactics for Tyranids, but when it comes down to it, all Tyranid their strategies end up being about "spikey death."
*** Averted in fluff. Tyranid Tyrants and [[UpToEleven especially]] the Swarmlord tend to be brilliant strategists fully capable to outwit Imperial Guard generals, Space Marines Chaptermasters Chapter Masters and Eldar Autarchs and reap apart tanks simultaneously.Autarchs. And Orks are not an easy target practice as well. Especially that Ghazkull Ghazghkull guy.



* ''Website/{{Cracked}}': "'''Nobody outpunches the Punchmaster!''' A running joke comic by columnist Seanbaby, made from various unnamed Golden Age comic panels featuring a man whose only solution to anything (from answering a question to submitting a resume) is to punch it. Any discussion, confrontation or remark with '''the Punchmaster''' will result in being punched.

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* ''Website/{{Cracked}}': ''Website/{{Cracked}}'': "'''Nobody outpunches the Punchmaster!''' A running joke comic by columnist Seanbaby, made from various unnamed Golden Age comic panels featuring a man whose only solution to anything (from answering a question to submitting a resume) is to punch it. Any discussion, confrontation or remark with '''the Punchmaster''' will result in being punched.



* In Smash Kingdom, King Dedede, a king with a nation of weapons and variance of abilities, is a bit too dependent on his hammer, as per the quotes page.
* Referenced in [[http://www.the-editing-room.com/thor.html this]] [[TheAbridgedSeries abridged script]] for Film/{{Thor}}:

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* In Smash Kingdom, ''Smash Kingdom'', King Dedede, a king with a nation of weapons and variance of abilities, is a bit too dependent on his hammer, as per the quotes page.
* Referenced in [[http://www.the-editing-room.com/thor.html this]] [[TheAbridgedSeries abridged script]] for Film/{{Thor}}:''Film/{{Thor}}'':



* In ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'''s crossover review of ''Southland Tales'', Linkara claims the safety of the universe is threatened by the film, and tells the assembled they must review it.
--> Nash: "Why is our default response to everything to automatically review it?"

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* In ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'''s crossover review of ''Southland Tales'', ''Film/SouthlandTales'', Linkara claims the safety of the universe is threatened by the film, and tells the assembled they must review it.
--> Nash: "Why -->'''Nash:''' Why is our default response to everything to automatically review it?"it?



* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Yang's go-to strategy in a fight is basically "rush up to enemy and punch them". That fails? She gets angry and punches them even harder. ''That'' fails? She punches them ''even harder still'' [[PlayingWithFire with flames added on]]. '''''That''''' fails? [[CriticalStatusBuff She goes all red-eyed, boost power to the maximum]] and punches the everliving crap out of them. Not advanced or graceful by any means, but considering she's won every fight she's been in [[TheWorfEffect with the exception of]] [[CurbStompBattle the rather embarrassingly one-sided one against]] [[PintSizedPowerhouse Neopolitan]], it presumably gets the job done.

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Yang's go-to strategy in a fight is basically "rush up to enemy and punch them". them." That fails? She [[TheBerserker gets angry angry]] and punches them even harder. ''That'' fails? She [[PlayingWithFire ignites]] and punches them ''even harder still'' [[PlayingWithFire with flames added on]]. harder''. '''''That''''' fails? [[CriticalStatusBuff She goes all red-eyed, boost boosts power to the maximum]] maximum]], and punches the everliving crap out of them. Not advanced or graceful by any means, but considering she's won every fight she's been in it usually gets the job done.
** The series starts to Deconstruct this as it goes on, though. At the end of Season Two, Yang
[[TheWorfEffect with the exception of]] [[CurbStompBattle the suffers a rather embarrassingly one-sided one against]] embarrassing]] CurbStompBattle at the hands of [[PintSizedPowerhouse Neopolitan]], it presumably gets the job done.who is just too nimble for her to land a hit on. Then in Season Three's penultimate episode, [[spoiler: Yang learns that trying to rush in and punch an IaijutsuPractitioner can cost you AnArmAndALeg]].
30th Mar '16 11:31:30 AM Kadorhal
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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 and grind it until all elemental weaknesses and strengths were flattened by raw level advantage.
** if you pick the right starter than even the [[AntiGrinding diminishing returns]] is not enough to stop you, as there are exactly enough trainers to hit the level cap
* For that matter, just about every "realistic" modern shooter. Chances are if your problems aren't solved by shooting it, you're either not shooting it enough or you're supposed to use explosives.

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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 and grind it until all elemental weaknesses and strengths were flattened by raw level advantage.
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advantage. Even there, if you pick the right starter than starter, then even the [[AntiGrinding diminishing returns]] is not returns aren't enough to stop you, as there are exactly enough trainers to hit the level cap
cap.
* For that matter, just about every shooter, from the classic ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' clones to more modern "realistic" modern shooter. ones. Chances are if your problems aren't solved by shooting it, you're either not shooting it enough enough/in the right place, or you're supposed to use explosives.



* In ''{{VideoGame/Borderlands 2}}'', Brick and Mordecai, two NPC's who were playable characters in the [[{{VideoGame/Borderlands}} first game]], discuss their tactics with each other in one story mission. Brick's preferred method of solving problems is to utilize his secret "punch them in the face till they die" technique. Mordecai prefers to shoot stuff from far away.
--> '''Mordecai:''' Like I said, instead of punching, I prefer to keep my distance from my target, pick my moment, then kill them with a single, well placed shot.
--> '''Brick:''' You lost me at "instead of punching".

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* In ''{{VideoGame/Borderlands 2}}'', Brick and Mordecai, two NPC's [=NPCs=] who were playable characters in the [[{{VideoGame/Borderlands}} first game]], discuss their tactics with each other in one story mission. Brick's preferred method of solving problems is to utilize his secret "punch them in the face till they die" technique. Mordecai prefers to shoot stuff from far away.
--> '''Mordecai:''' -->'''Mordecai:''' Like I said, instead of punching, I prefer to keep my distance from my target, pick my moment, then kill them with a single, well placed shot.
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shot.\\
'''Brick:''' You lost me at "instead of punching".



** In the very first ''Swordcraft Story'' game, Pratty (or [[OppositeSexClone Cleru]]) can't get in the labyrinth without a weapon, but she can't forge a weapon without first collecting the materials from the labyrinth, so what she going to do? Why, use a hammer of course!

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** In the very first ''Swordcraft Story'' game, Pratty (or [[OppositeSexClone Cleru]]) can't get in the labyrinth without a weapon, but she can't forge a weapon without first collecting the materials from the labyrinth, so what what's she going to do? Why, use a hammer as her weapon, of course!



* In ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio''/''Jet Grind Radio'' and ''Jet Set Radio Future'', pretty much the only thing you can do to defeating enemies is to spray them with your graffiti cans. You spray rival gang members, you spray law enforcement officers, you spray tanks and helicopters, and you even spray ''[[SpiderMech spider mechs]]'', and they all somehow get destroyed. This is taken all the way to the final boss fights too: in the first game, the evil millionaire is summoning demons with his turntables and you have to spray paint all over his sigils to defeat him.

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* In ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio''/''Jet Grind Radio'' ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' and ''Jet Set Radio Future'', its sequel ''Future'', pretty much the only thing you can do to defeating defeat enemies is to spray graffiti on them with your graffiti paint cans. You spray rival gang members, you spray law enforcement officers, you spray tanks and helicopters, and you even spray ''[[SpiderMech spider mechs]]'', and they all somehow get destroyed. This is taken all the way to the final boss fights too: in the first game, the evil millionaire is summoning demons with his turntables and you have to spray paint all over his sigils to defeat him.
30th Mar '16 10:50:35 AM LotusQuill
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* EVE, from ''WesternAnimation/WallE''. Her problem solving tree is something like "blast it with my arm cannon. Does it still need to be blasted more? [Y/n]"

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* EVE, from ''WesternAnimation/WallE''. Her problem solving tree is something like "blast it with my arm cannon. Does it still need to be blasted more? [Y/n]"Audri"



** Then in the second game, Aera (or the guy, whatever his name is) is given the materials to make a basic dagger... which promptly breaks after the first boss fight. Then she gets another set... which ends up poorly forged and breaks immediately. Cue Hammer Time at the local forest.

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** Then in the second game, Aera (or Edgar, the guy, whatever his name is) Male Character) is given the materials to make a basic dagger... which promptly breaks after the first boss fight. Then she gets another set... which ends up poorly forged and breaks immediately. Cue Hammer Time at the local forest.
23rd Mar '16 11:32:53 AM erforce
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* The corridor fight scene in ''Film/{{Oldboy}}''. On the way to confront Woo-jin, Oh Dae-su meets a corridor filled with over two dozen mooks armed with almost every simplistic melee weapon under the sun, including metal poles, baseball bats, chunks of 2x4, and knives. Despite having little more than the clothes on his back and a claw hammer, Dae-su proceeds to beat each and every one of them down. Given that the entire scene is done in a single take and lasts the better part of three minutes...

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* The corridor fight scene in ''Film/{{Oldboy}}''.''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}''. On the way to confront Woo-jin, Oh Dae-su meets a corridor filled with over two dozen mooks armed with almost every simplistic melee weapon under the sun, including metal poles, baseball bats, chunks of 2x4, and knives. Despite having little more than the clothes on his back and a claw hammer, Dae-su proceeds to beat each and every one of them down. Given that the entire scene is done in a single take and lasts the better part of three minutes...
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