A new use of existing Phlebotinum is so obvious it's hard to believe no one realized it before.
One of the great hallmarks of a Guile Hero in a science fiction story is the moment when, facing incredible danger, the hero comes up with a new and unique way of using his existing tools in an unexpected, yet brilliant, manner to save the day. Unfortunately, this can sometimes bring up a serious question. If this new use of the technology is so sensible then why has it only been discovered now? Surely with so many other brilliant people using an established technology for an extensive amount of time someone else should have already realized its other applications before now. One good way to justify this trope is to suggest that the current users of the technology are so dogmatic that they would never consider new uses, or that the protagonist has some sort of new/unique view which helps him to visualize new techniques. This trope only applies if the technology being used is an established or commonly used technology in-universe. If a device or technology is brand new or still in development then it's not unexpected that the full implications of the technology won't be fully realized by the time of the story. While this trope usually occurs in a science fiction setting it can be used in other situations. Fantasy worlds that rely heavily on Magic A Is Magic A and Sufficiently Analyzed Magic can also manage the magical equivalent of this trope. Compare Reverse Polarity and Technobabble where the protagonist uses an existing technology in a new manner, but is not a logical extension of the natural technology. If no one ever reuses the technique/method developed by the protagonist again despite its proven effectiveness this can be a form of Forgotten Phlebotinum or even Reed Richards Is Useless.
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