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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.
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.
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