Main Inverse Law Of Complexity To Power Discussion

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04:34:08 PM Mar 22nd 2015
edited by Joesolo
Not sure if this exactly fits because of the elemental requirements of the trope, but in Star Wars, There's a tendency for moderate-to-high powered individuals to have multiple/variant lightsabers (Darth Maul and his double-bladed saber, Rebel's inquisitor with his spinning double bladed, Ventress's dual sabers), while the absolute most powerful Jedi and Sith using only one (Yoda, Emperor Palpatine, Luke).

The old EU paralleled this as well, with one villain possessing a light-whip, requiring Luke to take up a second lightsaber to defeat her, while in a later battle once he'd become a stronger Jedi, he needed only one to whip her.
11:34:29 AM Mar 22nd 2011
Removed this example:

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender demonstrates the less complex side of this with every kind of bending, except Air. (Although, that's only because Aang is the only one left). Water benders can bend Ice and Water, both of which make sense, but can also heal injuries ones which makes much less sense, except that the main waterbender of the series is very motherly and it fits her personality. Earth benders can Bend any sort of Rock, Sand, or soil, but then Toph learns to bend METAL, which is... somewhat understandable. Finally, the Firebenders can shoot two colors of fire, which is fine, and then, presumably because someone had to, they can also shoot out lightning.
    • Only Azula can shoot blue fire. Since firebending is powered by emotion, it may have something to do with her sociopathy.

I find that it didn't really count since it doesn't explain how these compare to more complex powers in the show (if at all)
07:50:10 AM Jul 18th 2010
Has this met any of the criteria for the Three Rules of Three before being launched?
10:46:06 AM Jul 18th 2010
I can see how this is a trope, but it needs loads more wiki love. I've only just gotten it up to six inbound links.
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