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RTanker
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09:38:20 AM Aug 22nd 2013
Reason number six:
The spell is incapable of actually killing an enemy. Percent Damage Attack and HP to One attacks, for example, require a follow-up normal attack to deal the killing blow.
makes no sense. As long as none of the other reasons apply, there is nothing useless about an attack that reduces a target's hit points to zero, or even reduces them by some lesser percentage. Just because a certain attack doesn't kill the target outright doesn't mean that it was useless. So I am removing that reason.
Larkmarn
10:20:34 AM Aug 22nd 2013
It should definitely stay, but be edited to mention that it only applies "when normal attacks/spells are strong enough to deal similar damage, but with the chance to kill on the first blow."

Also there should be a reference to reason number 1, since they never work against bosses.
Grant
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09:26:13 PM Jan 15th 2012
Is this purely for magic or can useless sci-fi abilities in games be added to the list?
Scardoll
02:16:27 PM Apr 10th 2012
It's a game mechanic. It works for sci-fi stuff too, but only if it's an equivalent sort of weapon.
LukeBitts
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10:26:08 AM Feb 7th 2011
Can someone clarify what this trope is about? I've seen examples of useless spells and useful (without being useless) spells (with no 'aversion' stamp)
Octagon8
09:10:23 AM Feb 8th 2011
If I understand it correctly, it is about spells or other actions or items, whose use is very situative: they're mostly useless, but quite important or powerful for a certain purpose.
MrDeath
09:29:33 AM Feb 8th 2011
It's about spells that should be useful, but for various reasons are not. Like status spells in RPG's, for example. All the garden variety mooks are susceptible to them, but those enemies are the ones you don't really need them to beat. The enemies you would really like to blind/silence/slow/poison, like bosses, tend to be immune to them as a matter of course.
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