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17th Jun '16 10:48:39 AM XenusOregard
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* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', at one point, has Omi attempting to acquire an artifact from the legendary Grand Master Dashi. They begin a Showdown in which Omi must take a pebble from Dashi before time is up. However, because he is facing a master martial artist, all of his efforts fail. Then, in the very last seconds of the game, Dashi reminds Omi that there is one tactic he hasn't tried yet... simply asking for the pebble.
23rd May '16 3:01:44 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'' episode "Call of the Primitives", it is revealed that an ancient (an understatement) MadScientist named Primacron created Unicron, only to lose control of him. In the present day, not having learned a thing, Primacron creates an even stronger abomination, the EnergyBeing Tornedron, but quickly had the same problem. Before Tornedron had the chance to consume Primacron and his base (well, okay, he had a ''lot'' of chance, he was just taking his sweet time to do so, gloating as villains often do), when Grimlock barged into the scientists lab, where the panicked Primacron was trying everything he could think of to stop his creation, but failing miserably... Until Grimlock, with his simple instincts, threw the "off switch", a device that reversed polarity on Tornedron. (Indeed, the mysterious Oracle had called the animal and monster-based Transformer, or the Primitives, with such insight in mind; Primacron, in his hubris, never considered trying something so simple.)
28th Apr '16 5:43:33 AM Vorpale
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* In the animated short ''Dans la tête'' ("In the head"), French soldier Antoine Bertrand dies in battle after taking a bullet in the head. When he arrives in front of Saint Peter, the latter explains that every human has a tiny camera inside their head, which records their whole life so it can play out during their dying moments. But because Antoine died from a gunshot to the head, his camera was destroyed, which means he can't see the recording of his life and gain access to Heaven. Antoine is then resurrected, and instructed to die in a way that would leave the camera intact. But no matter how hard he tries, he ''always'' ends up dying from a head injury (ranging from a bullet to a wall crushing his skull to ''a mortar shot landing right on his head''), with his camera destroyed every time. After several dozen unsuccessful trials, he eventually gives up, decides not to join the military when he is resurrected once again [[spoiler: and then dies for good when he gets hit by a bus while crossing the street right after he leaves the army building.]]
20th Apr '16 7:37:05 AM Blazer
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** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E1TheCrystallingPart1 "The Crystalling]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E2TheCrystallingPart2 Parts 1 and 2"]] has Twilight Sparkle setting up Friendship Lessons for [[spoiler:the [[HeelFaceTurn Heel-Face Turned]] Starlight Glimmer]], but sets it up in her OCD way, methodically planned out and set up. [[spoiler:The end result is that Starlight, when first confronting her old friend Sunburst, can barely confront him over her own past.]] However, when the lesson goes through without Twilight's incredible list, she feels that she failed [[spoiler:Starlight]], only for Spike to reassure her and tell her exactly this trope.
25th Feb '16 11:25:23 AM AnotherDuck
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* Chinese Finger Traps.
* Magic Eye 3D pictures.
* The phenomenon of "choking" in sports, music or any other practiced form is a genuine neurological affect. When you practice doing something, you learn by procedural memory and can do it without conscious thought. When the pressure is on, you try so hard that your conscious mind tries to take over, and your conscious mind has ''no idea'' how to do it. This is why people playing sports for fun can often do much better than when stakes are high.
** In sports in general, people are more likely to "choke" when the stakes are higher, because they overthink things. Most complex physical actions are only possible by practicing until it becomes second nature. [[CentipedesDilemma Trying to do things consciously actually slows you down and interferes with your trained response.]]
* One [[IceCreamKoan piece of advice]] given to people that [[UnluckyEverydude aren't exactly lucky in love]] is "it's easiest to find a significant other when you stop looking for them". May be related to the real {{Koan}} "when the student is ready, the master will appear".
** This probably works because people getting on with and enjoying their lives are a lot more attractive than people desperately seeking someone else to make their lives worthwhile.

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* Chinese Finger Traps.
* Magic Eye 3D pictures.
* The phenomenon of "choking" in sports, music or any other practiced form is a genuine neurological affect. When you practice doing something, you learn
Traps works by procedural memory and can do it without conscious thought. When becoming tighter the pressure is on, more you try so hard that to pull your conscious mind tries to take over, and your conscious mind has ''no idea'' how to do it. This is why people playing sports for fun can often do much better than when stakes are high.
** In sports in general, people are more likely to "choke" when the stakes are higher, because they overthink things. Most complex physical actions are only possible by practicing until it becomes second nature. [[CentipedesDilemma Trying to do things consciously actually slows you down and interferes with your trained response.]]
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* One [[IceCreamKoan piece of advice]] given to people that [[UnluckyEverydude aren't exactly lucky in love]] is "it's easiest to find a significant other when you stop looking for them". May be related to the real {{Koan}} "when the student is ready, the master will appear".
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appear". This probably works because people getting on with and enjoying their lives are a lot more attractive than people desperately seeking someone else to make their lives worthwhile.



* Certain techniques in fencing, especially making an attack to the foot in epee, are less accurate the harder you think about what you are doing.
* Some alcoholics speak of total surrender as the necessary first step on the path to recovery.
** Recovered addicts usually start the recovery process because they hit such a desolate, soul-crushing rock bottom that it's practically less effort to go through rehab than it is to ''go on living'' like that.
* Much of Taoist philosophy revolves around this. Constantly struggling to get what you want leads to suffering and defeat, while simply "going with the flow" and doing what you're good at will reward you.
* Many inexperienced kids on the internet fall victim to this trope. They try too hard to make themselves seem respectable, by giving themselves unnecessarily cool names like [=DarkEvilLord97=] or Xkiller74x, and acting like an InternetToughGuy, when it isn't cool at all. As they grow up they mature a bit they realize that you shouldn't ''try'' to be a "cool" person, whatever that means this week.
** Similarly, other kids on the internet try too hard to [[SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome seem special or unique]] by acting "random". What they fail to realize is that real {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s don't need to ''try'' to act the way they are, they're just eccentric by default.
** And whatever you do, don't try to be [[DarkerAndEdgier edgy]]. You'll just come off as annoying.



* Pregnancy also is more likely to happen when the lady isn't [[LawOfInverseFertility desperately wanting children]]; being unstressed can really make a difference.
* Most art is like this. Any attempts at rushing something usually results in it not working, being subpar, or being a mess. In the same vein, artist who focus too much on a certain area in their artwork or a specific technique will grow frustrated when the results don't look right to them, only for the piece to come out good overall when they just go with the flow.
* This trope is a likely cause of MagnumOpusDissonance. When artists strain over every little detail that goes into their self-proclaimed masterpiece- details most viewers won't even notice- the art's quality will not be equal to the effort used to create it.



* This trope could be why some people have trouble finding their own things but can easily find someone else's. The stress of losing something makes it harder to remember where you last saw it.
2nd Jan '16 2:00:35 PM nombretomado
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* In ''SonicTheComic'', Robotnik modifies a standard trooper robot with a powerful predictive artificial intelligence that allows it to counter any attack made by Sonic and his allies. Sonic eventually defeats it by saying he's giving up, because that is so outside the {{Determinator}} psychological profile for him the robot is programmed with that it (explosively) shuts down.

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* In ''SonicTheComic'', ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', Robotnik modifies a standard trooper robot with a powerful predictive artificial intelligence that allows it to counter any attack made by Sonic and his allies. Sonic eventually defeats it by saying he's giving up, because that is so outside the {{Determinator}} psychological profile for him the robot is programmed with that it (explosively) shuts down.
28th Dec '15 7:42:07 PM Anddrix
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* In the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' story arc "Unthinkable," Reed Richards' technical devices are useless against the newly magically-empowered SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, forcing him to rely on a magic device provided by Comicbook/DoctorStrange. No matter how hard he concentrates on saying or doing the right things, it won't work. [[spoiler: Of course, when he gives up and admits that there are things he'll never understand, the device starts working flawlessly. It was apparently powered by humility.]]

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* In the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' story arc "Unthinkable," Reed Richards' technical devices are useless against the newly magically-empowered SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, Doctor Doom, forcing him to rely on a magic device provided by Comicbook/DoctorStrange. No matter how hard he concentrates on saying or doing the right things, it won't work. [[spoiler: Of course, when he gives up and admits that there are things he'll never understand, the device starts working flawlessly. It was apparently powered by humility.]]
13th Nov '15 2:57:39 PM Gamermaster
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* : Teana's mentality at the beginning of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' is that she thinks the only way to get stronger is through a self-imposed TrainingFromHell. It was not until she learns of Nanoha's NearDeathExperience as well as Nanoha's admission that she was gradually easing her students into more intense training to prevent a similar incident from happening to them, as well as ensuring that the forwards would be able to fully utilize the skills they are most proficient at that Teana comes to realize that what she was doing was wrong all along. Pretty soon, she accepts the fact that while she may not be as strong as the others in terms of raw power, she can be an elite mage through other means. By ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'', she not only becomes a full fledged Enforcer, but also becomes an S-ranked mage.

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* : Teana's mentality at the beginning of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' is that she thinks the only way to get stronger is through a self-imposed TrainingFromHell. It was not until she learns of Nanoha's NearDeathExperience as well as Nanoha's admission that she was gradually easing her students into more intense training to prevent a similar incident from happening to them, as well as ensuring that the forwards would be able to fully utilize the skills they are most proficient at that Teana comes to realize that what she was doing was wrong all along. Pretty soon, she accepts the fact that while she may not be as strong as the others in terms of raw power, she can be an elite mage through other means. By ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'', she not only becomes a full fledged Enforcer, but also becomes an S-ranked mage.
13th Nov '15 2:57:27 PM Gamermaster
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*: Teana's mentality at the beginning of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' is that she thinks the only way to get stronger is through a self-imposed TrainingFromHell. It was not until she learns of Nanoha's NearDeathExperience as well as Nanoha's admission that she was gradually easing her students into more intense training to prevent a similar incident from happening to them, as well as ensuring that the forwards would be able to fully utilize the skills they are most proficient at that Teana comes to realize that what she was doing was wrong all along. Pretty soon, she accepts the fact that while she may not be as strong as the others in terms of raw power, she can be an elite mage through other means. By ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid ViVid]]'', she not only becomes a full fledged Enforcer, but also becomes an S-ranked mage.
6th Nov '15 6:22:26 AM Argon2
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* During the Valentine's Day arc in ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', [[spoiler:Akari]] angsts over how to [[LoveConfession confess]] to Nagisa. She researches how other girls do it, she asks Karma for advice...but in the end, realizes that all she really needed (or wanted) to do was express her feelings honestly to him. This trope also applies to another aspect of their relationship: [[spoiler:while Akari was playing the part of a carefree schoolgirl, she interacted with Nagisa calmly and easily (even though their friendship was important to both Kayano (Akari's false persona) and her "true self"). It's only once she starts taking it seriously that she doesn't know how to deal with it.]]
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