Often, the key to victory is simply being stronger than your opponent. If you're stronger than they are, you don't need cunning strategems to win - though it still helps, obviously. But in some games, the player is penalised for using anything other than brute force alone. That, is this trope. Note that this can be achieved by many ways: Whoring (like using Zerg Rush to finish all levels easily), Level Grinding (10 more sets of skill points, everything solved. May involve One Stat to Rule Them All), or just using some pure Game-Breaker (Like a Disc One Nuke). Some may even use cheats to do this. As this is a trope, expect smart players to deliberately invoke this to their adventage. This does not happen only in games, however - there have been several Real Life wars in which insufficient attention to raw strength has brought about defeat, though the inverse - too much attention on raw strength - has been much more common. See also The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort, and Might Makes Right when you replace "Right" with "Author's intended strategy". Compare Attack! Attack! Attack!. Compare Unskilled, but Strong, where in this trope a win is guarenteed no matter what strategy you've chosen. Also compare Scissors Cuts Rock, where you need not to defy the strategies in this trope, since you just don't care. If you end up losing instead, you can become Leeroy Jenkins.
Video Game ExamplesRole-Playing Games
- The second-to-last battle in Final Fantasy VII. It's a multi-part battle that requires splitting your party into three, defeating two "side" battles, which destroys a shield protecting the part of the boss that's constantly healing the part of the boss you actually have to beat to win. However, if you're strong enough (through level grinding and especially getting a specific powerful summon spell), you can just out-damage the healing and beat it by sheer brute force, without ever switching to the other teams.
- Due to the damage formula (mainly the progression of upgrades), this is the logical conclusion of high level play as a whole in Disgaea3 and Disgaea4 (where this problem is even worse) as everything dies in one hit, pretty much screwing over any sense of actual strategy or tactics.
- Very likely to happen on Pokémon games if you trade over a high level pokemon from another game or the Global Trade System, or trade over an egg and hatch it, in which case it will not have the disobedience problem.
- Or alternately, a lot of level grinding. If you didn't train anything other than your Pikachu in the Yellow version, the first Gym Leader will own you hard, and you have to do this if you want to beat him.
- In Star Wars: Empire at War, if your fleet is big enough, you can simply throw ships on your opponent until they lose.
- In The Battle for Middle-Earth, if you have enough archer units with the Fire Arrows upgrade, you're basically unbeatable.
- The early patches of Sins of a Solar Empire suffered from this, due to fighter and bombers being more than mildly overpowered. All you had to do was spam Mothership-class capitals and fighter carriers and throw them across the solar system in one huge blob.
- In almost any of the Fire Emblem game, this can happen if you extensively favor one set of units or abuse the arena - there's not a lot an enemy can do when it has a 0% chance of doing any damage.
- You'll seriously give up any ounce of strategy in you while playing [PROTOTYPE]. Why? Because Alex Mercer is a walking death machine and can kill thousands of people in a few seconds.
Non-Video Game ExamplesComics
- Xykon from The Order of the Stick firmly believes that there is a certain level of power which no amount of strategic thinking by one's opponents can overcome.
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