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14th Mar '17 10:42:26 PM Dravencour
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* The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk frequently violates the "clever trick" aspect of this by simply beating things harder and harder until they break anyway, regardless of how cleverly designed or how skilled they are at absorbing or avoiding damage. He is thus the ultimate "hammer" and disabuser of the notion of rock/paper/scissors story design.

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* The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk primarily deals with his problems by smashing them. He frequently violates the "clever trick" aspect of this by simply beating things harder and harder until they break anyway, regardless of how cleverly designed or how skilled they are at absorbing or avoiding damage. He Hulk is thus the ultimate "hammer" and disabuser of the notion of rock/paper/scissors story design.



** Extra points for this being a joke that came true. In the 1990's the idea of a car working like this was both ridiculous and funny, today most warning light really are caused by errors that go away from restarting. Rudimentary computer knowledge has become a pretty useful hammer.

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** Extra points for this being a joke that came true. In the 1990's the idea of a car working like this was both ridiculous and funny, today most warning light lights really are caused by errors that go away from restarting. Rudimentary computer knowledge has become a pretty useful hammer.



* In the early seasons of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', as [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]]'s powers are limited to invulnerability, SuperSpeed and SuperStrength, his default attack is "throw the villain hard at something". In season two he gains [[EyeBeams heat vision]], but his default attack is unchanged because it would otherwise be messy. As his SuperSpeed increases, he seems to starts using "punching you at mach 10" more often against tougher opponents. Hey, it worked even on Brainiac, Zor-El and Zod! Not to mention he [[spoiler:took down Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} with one of those]]...

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* In the early seasons of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', as [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]]'s powers are limited to invulnerability, SuperSpeed and SuperStrength, his default attack is "throw the villain hard at something". In season two he gains [[EyeBeams heat vision]], but his default attack is unchanged because it would otherwise be messy. As his SuperSpeed increases, he seems to starts start using "punching you at mach Mach 10" more often against tougher opponents. Hey, it worked even on Brainiac, Zor-El and Zod! Not to mention he [[spoiler:took down Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} with one of those]]...



** The second season's MechaMooks, Z-Putties, were completely indestructible unless you knew their weakness. This weakness: being punched really hard at a point in the middle of their chest ''[[AttackItsWeakPoint which is conveniently marked]]''. (Despite learning this weakness during their first encounter, the heroes never aimed for it immediately, which would've made the show both realistic and boring.) This once led to them being defeated by ten-year-olds with dodgeballs.

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** The second season's MechaMooks, Z-Putties, were completely indestructible unless you knew their weakness. This weakness: being punched really hard at a point in the middle of their chest ''[[AttackItsWeakPoint which is conveniently marked]]''. (Despite learning this weakness during their first encounter, the heroes never aimed for it immediately, which would've made the show both realistic and boring.) This once led to them being defeated by ten-year-olds ''ten-year-olds with dodgeballs.dodgeballs''.



* In ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', the monsters of the week, Phantoms, are tasked with making special humans called "Gates" from crossing the DespairEventHorizon and have their Phantoms break out of their "Gate". Now, sometimes, the Phantom of the Week has a brilliant plan to make a Gate despair, such as turning their closest friends against them or destroying a portrait of the Gate's loved one, and fewer have ''succeeded'' in making their Gates despair... Well, just that part in the show anyway. However, there are some Phantoms, like [[AxCrazy Phoenix]], who tend to just go and attack the Gate repeatedly, hoping that the near-death experience can cause the Gate to despair. This was examined with Phoenix, as this way of thinking was what caused him to be [[KickedUpstairs promoted to]] {{Co Dragon|s}} status and Phantom Supervisor. Why? Because he ''killed'' a Gate while performing this very trope.

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* In ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', the [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week, week]], Phantoms, are tasked with making special humans called "Gates" from crossing cross the DespairEventHorizon and have their Phantoms break out of their "Gate". Now, sometimes, the Phantom of the Week has a brilliant plan to make a Gate despair, such as turning their closest friends against them or destroying a portrait of the Gate's loved one, and fewer have ''succeeded'' in making their Gates despair... Well, just that part in the show anyway. However, there are some Phantoms, like [[AxCrazy Phoenix]], who tend to just go and attack the Gate repeatedly, hoping that the near-death experience can cause the Gate to despair. This was examined with Phoenix, as this way of thinking was what caused him to be [[KickedUpstairs promoted to]] {{Co Dragon|s}} status and Phantom Supervisor. Why? Because he ''killed'' a Gate while performing this very trope.



* 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.]]

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* 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=], [=LuFisto=] clearly wasn't expecting it, as her strategy was out [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame suplex out-suplexing the suplex queen.]]
14th Mar '17 10:15:04 PM 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, an IaijitsuPractitioner who is hurting her friend Blake, and gets [[AnArmAndALeg her right arm sliced off]] 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 tactics against Adam Taurus, an IaijitsuPractitioner who is hurting her friend Blake, and gets [[AnArmAndALeg her right loses an arm sliced off]] for her trouble.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 Mar '17 10:13:29 PM Dravencour
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Yang's go-to strategy in a fight is basically "rush up to enemy and punch them." That fails? She [[TheBerserker gets angry]] and punches them harder. ''That'' fails? She [[PlayingWithFire ignites]] and punches them ''even harder''. '''''That''''' fails? [[CriticalStatusBuff She goes all red-eyed, boosts power to maximum]], and punches the everliving crap out of them. Not advanced or graceful by any means, but it usually gets the job done.

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Yang's Yang Xiao Long's go-to strategy in a fight is basically "rush up to her enemy and punch them." That fails? She [[TheBerserker gets angry]] and punches them harder. ''That'' fails? She [[PlayingWithFire ignites]] and punches them ''even harder''. '''''That''''' fails? [[CriticalStatusBuff She goes all red-eyed, boosts her power to maximum]], and punches the everliving crap out of them. Not advanced or graceful by any means, but it usually gets the job done.
14th Mar '17 10:11:14 PM 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 learns that trying to rush in and punch an IaijutsuPractitioner can cost you AnArmAndALeg. In Season 4 her father, Taiyang Xiao Long, calls her out on her dependence on her CriticalStatusBuff to win her fights and lack of lateral thinking]].

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** The series starts to Deconstruct 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 learns that trying to rush in [[spoiler:Yang tries her old tactics against Adam Taurus, an IaijitsuPractitioner who is hurting her friend Blake, and punch an IaijutsuPractitioner can cost you AnArmAndALeg. gets [[AnArmAndALeg her right arm sliced off]] for her trouble. In Season 4 4, her father, Taiyang Xiao Long, calls her out on her dependence on her CriticalStatusBuff [[CriticalStatusBuff Semblance]] to win her fights and lack of lateral thinking]].
5th Mar '17 10:57:15 AM Dravencour
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** Of course, the other half of the problem for Hitler was that Stalin didn't particularly ''care'' that his troops were being treated like nails.

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** Of course, the other half of the problem for Hitler was that Stalin [[WeHaveReserves didn't particularly ''care'' particularly]] ''[[WeHaveReserves care]]'' [[WeHaveReserves that his troops were being treated like nails.nails]].
17th Feb '17 9:44:23 AM riverdine
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* Spider Jerusalem from ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' usually doesn't use firearms except for self-defence, but for everything else, there's the (usually) non-lethal [[BrownNote bowel disruptor]] to incapacitate painfully and messily.

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* Spider Jerusalem from ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'' usually doesn't use firearms except for self-defence, but for everything else, there's has his go-to joke gun, the (usually) non-lethal [[BrownNote bowel disruptor]] Bowel Disruptor]] to incapacitate painfully and messily.messily.
** Used as [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] when, while on the run from the government, they are so used to him using the bowel distruptor that they are unprepared when he has actual firearms and knows how to use them.
*** Then DOUBLE-subverted when, finally getting a one-on-one with the [[BigBad president]], the security is so aware and careful of his new-found use of firearms that they neglect to check for any Source Gas recording tech on him, the first trick he ever pulled on the president.
3rd Feb '17 1:14:02 PM MarsJenkar
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': John Sheridan's motto appears to be, "When in doubt, [[NuclearOption nuclear warheads]]." No wonder Creator/{{Syfy}} keeps hiring Boxleitner for their similarly inclined [[Film/SyfyOriginalMovie movies]]. (To be fair to Sheridan, though, he never uses nukes in the same manner twice.)

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': John Sheridan's motto appears to be, "When in doubt, [[NuclearOption nuclear warheads]]." No wonder Creator/{{Syfy}} keeps hiring Boxleitner for their similarly inclined [[Film/SyfyOriginalMovie movies]]. (To be fair to Sheridan, though, he never uses nukes in the same manner twice.twice, and he's got plenty of other tactics in his bag of tricks that he's perfectly willing to use.)



--> '''James''': Don't hit it with the hammer.
-->'''Jeremy''': Why not?
-->'''James''': Because it's the tool of a pikey.

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--> '''James''': Don't hit it with the hammer. \n-->'''Jeremy''': \\
'''Jeremy''':
Why not?
-->'''James''':
not?\\
'''James''':
Because it's the tool of a pikey.
1st Feb '17 3:01:34 PM Jhonny
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* Planned Parenthood once offered a [[http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/253533/new-york-city-council-takes-bad-aim-crisis-pregnancy-centers-greg-pfundstein dubiously legal late-term abortion]] to a woman who mistakenly came to them looking for a car seat.
1st Feb '17 12:40:22 PM Allronix
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* Painfully common with young high school or college students; they learn a new technique or term, and suddenly ''everything'' falls into that category. Did they learn a new political theory or media litmus test last week? Now, everything is going to be filtered through what they learned in class.
19th Jan '17 7:12:21 PM CloudCuckooClock
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* In ''LetsPlay/{{Boatmurdered}}'' once Operation Fuck The World (which when activated floods everything on the map outside the fortress with lava) was complete, it became their response to everything. Initially designed to provide a permanent [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill solution]] to the elephant problem, it was eventually used against goblin invaders, [[TheJuggernaut a bronze colossus]], an inoffensive merchant caravan come to trade with them, and a ''flood'' The last of these was disastrous, creating an enormous cloud of steam that enveloped the fortress and scalded many dwarves to death.

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* In ''LetsPlay/{{Boatmurdered}}'' once Operation Fuck The World (which when activated floods everything on the map outside the fortress with lava) was complete, it became their response to everything. Initially designed to provide a permanent [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill solution]] to the elephant problem, it was eventually used against goblin invaders, [[TheJuggernaut a bronze colossus]], an inoffensive merchant caravan come to trade with them, and a ''flood'' ''flood.'' The last of these was disastrous, creating an enormous cloud of steam that enveloped the fortress and scalded many dwarves to death.



** 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 learns that trying to rush in and punch an IaijutsuPractitioner can cost you AnArmAndALeg. In Season 4his father, Taiyang Xiaolong, calls her out on her dependence on her CriticalStatusBuff 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 learns that trying to rush in and punch an IaijutsuPractitioner can cost you AnArmAndALeg. In Season 4his 4 her father, Taiyang Xiaolong, Xiao Long, calls her out on her dependence on her CriticalStatusBuff to win her fights and lack of lateral thinking]].
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