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* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'': Duane's combat spellcasting gets mocked for being textbook-perfect core technique, often as basic as borrowing Solidity or Contours from nearby objects for striking or slashing attacks. Not only are just as lethal as flashier attacks but with less chance of MagicMisfire, but he's phenomenal spellwright who can both break out the big guns if needed and use those basic spells ''very, very effectively''.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'': Duane's combat spellcasting gets mocked for being textbook-perfect core technique, often as basic as borrowing Solidity or Contours from nearby objects for striking or slashing attacks. Not only are is this just as lethal as flashier attacks but and with less chance of MagicMisfire, but he's phenomenal spellwright who can both break out the big guns if needed and use those basic spells ''very, very effectively''.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Unsounded}}'': Duane's combat spellcasting gets mocked for being textbook-perfect core technique, often as basic as borrowing Solidity or Contours from nearby objects for striking or slashing attacks. Not only are just as lethal as flashier attacks but with less chance of MagicMisfire, but he's phenomenal spellwright who can both break out the big guns if needed and use those basic spells ''very, very effectively''.


* The ChooseYourOwnAdventure book ''Duel of the Masters'' both you and the book's BigBad are monks skilled in the martial arts. In at least one ending you realize he's used to fighting less skilled opponents and using flashy, impressive moves to cement his reputation as someone not to be messed with. Once you realize this you quickly start fighting back with moves that don't look cool, but, well, you win.

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* The ChooseYourOwnAdventure book {{Gamebook|s}} ''Duel of the Masters'' both you and the book's BigBad are monks skilled in the martial arts. In at least one ending you realize he's used to fighting less skilled opponents and using flashy, impressive moves to cement his reputation as someone not to be messed with. Once you realize this you quickly start fighting back with moves that don't look cool, but, well, you win.

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** Foreign language studies might sound boring and ridiculous in an era filled with everyone carrying a UniversalTranslator, but when it breaks down, it's helpful. Just ask [[Series/StarTrekDiscovery Saru]], who learned 94 languages and was able to aid the crew of the ''Discovery'' when a virus screwed around with the Translator.

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* Kirishima's Hardening Quirk in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/15423582/chapters/36555171 Vigilante Boss and Failed Retirement Plan]]'' simply grants him SuperToughness and even the boy himself remarks that it's not very flashy. But it nets him the top score in the entrance exam due to using his Quirk to shield other examees, often from debris from Bakugou's explosions.

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** FridgeBrilliance when you see that Freelancers have personal icons for the Leaderboard in their own series. Wash is represented not by a unique skill such as sniping (Wyoming) or brute strength (Maine) but by a battle rifle. Any ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' fan will recognize the implication: the battle rifle is efficient, reliable, and effective. Wash might not have the flamboyance of his peers, but he also doesn't suffer from their tactical flaws either.


** Along with all their cool spy gadgets, the Kingsmen keep a supply of off-the-shelf smartphones and tablets, which are undeniably useful for communication, photography, etc.

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** Along with all their cool spy gadgets, the Kingsmen keep a supply of off-the-shelf smartphones and tablets, which are undeniably useful for communication, photography, etc. (in the film, they explain that civilian technology had caught up to the spy game when it came to phones).

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* In ''Fanfic/MyHuntsmanAcademia'', Mei notes that weapons designed and built in Mountain Glenn, are "designed more for efficiency rather than any spark or showmanship." Case in point, Izuku's Emerald Gust is a set of armored gloves and boots that protect his hands and feet while bolstering his attacks with shotgun blasts. However, they don't have the bells and whistles and multiple transformations of weapons like Ruby's Crescent Rose and Weiss' Myrtenaster.

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* In ''Series/HomeImprovement'' this is Al's main schtick. While Tim comes up with [[TimTaylorTechnology wild and flashy projects]] that are [[AwesomeButImpractical just as spectacular when they fail as when they work]], Al uses straightforward handyman techniques and good general craftsmanship that work every time.


->''"Of all the weapons in the vast Soviet arsenal, nothing was more profitable than Avtomat Kalashnikova model of 1947. More commonly known as the AK-47, or Kalashnikov. It's the world's most popular assault rifle. A weapon all fighters love. An elegantly simple 9 pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood. It doesn't break, jam, or overheat. It'll shoot whether it's covered in mud or filled with sand. It's so easy, even a child can use it; [[ChildSoldiers and they do]]. The Soviets put the gun on a coin. Mozambique put it on their flag. Since the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, the Kalashnikov has become the Russian people's greatest export. After that comes vodka, caviar, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick suicidal novelists]]. One thing is for sure, no one was lining up to buy their cars."''

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->''"Of all the weapons in the vast Soviet arsenal, nothing was more profitable than Avtomat Kalashnikova model of 1947. More commonly known as the AK-47, or Kalashnikov. It's the world's most popular assault rifle. A weapon all fighters love. An elegantly simple 9 pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood. It doesn't break, jam, or overheat. It'll shoot whether it's covered in mud or filled with sand. It's so easy, even a child can use it; [[ChildSoldiers and they do]].do. The Soviets put the gun on a coin. Mozambique put it on their flag. Since the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, Cold War, the Kalashnikov has become the Russian people's greatest export. After that comes vodka, caviar, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick suicidal novelists]].novelists. One thing is for sure, no one was lining up to buy their cars."''


* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13180633/7/Beast-Mode Beast Mode]]'', Shoto Todoroki freezes the entire building the moment his battle trial starts, which instantly traps his opponents in ice without fighting them. While described InUniverse as lame and anticlimactic, it did win his team the match.

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* In The moment Todoroki's battle trial starts in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13180633/7/Beast-Mode Beast Mode]]'', Shoto Todoroki he freezes the entire building the moment his battle trial starts, building, which instantly traps his opponents in ice without fighting them. While described InUniverse as lame and anticlimactic, it did win his team the match.


* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** The [[BlindedByTheLight Taiyouken/Solar Flare]] technique. It's the most generally useful technique in the entire story because it doesn't rely on power levels. If [[HonorBeforeReason the Z-Fighters were more pragmatic]] [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim a whole lot of story arcs would be a whole lot shorter]].

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* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** The [[BlindedByTheLight Taiyouken/Solar Flare]] technique.technique introduced in ''Manga/DragonBall''. It's the most generally useful technique in the entire story because it doesn't rely on power levels. If [[HonorBeforeReason the Z-Fighters were more pragmatic]] [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim a whole lot of story arcs would be a whole lot shorter]].



*** Even earlier, he became strong enough to go toe-on-toe with Cell not with bulked-up transformations like Ascended or Ultra Super Saiyan, but by mastering the basic form: ASSJ increases the power but at cost of consuming stamina and power much faster, and USSJ grants power even greater than Super Saiyan 2 but consumes stamina and power even faster and reduces speed too, while simply mastering the basic form reduces ''ki'' consumption (and thus power and stamina ones) to negligible levels, to the point one can keep it up in their ''sleep'', and the greater ''ki'' availability gives enough power and speed increase to surpass ASSJ ''as a side effect''. Also, it negates the usual wild emotions, allowing the fighter to ''think straight'' (with the inability of thinking straight as ASSJ being what led Vegeta to be defeated by Cell).

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*** Even earlier, he became strong enough to go toe-on-toe with Cell in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' not with bulked-up transformations like Ascended or Ultra Super Saiyan, but by mastering the basic form: ASSJ increases the power but at cost of consuming stamina and power much faster, and USSJ grants power even greater than Super Saiyan 2 but consumes stamina and power even faster and reduces speed too, while simply mastering the basic form reduces ''ki'' consumption (and thus power and stamina ones) to negligible levels, to the point one can keep it up in their ''sleep'', and the greater ''ki'' availability gives enough power and speed increase to surpass ASSJ ''as a side effect''. Also, it negates the usual wild emotions, allowing the fighter to ''think straight'' (with the inability of thinking straight as ASSJ being what led Vegeta to be defeated by Cell).


* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13180633/7/Beast-Mode Beast Mode]]'', Shoto Todoroki freezes the entire building the second his battle trial starts, which instantly traps his opponents in ice without fighting them. While described InUniverse as lame and anticlimactic, it did win his team the match.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13180633/7/Beast-Mode Beast Mode]]'', Shoto Todoroki freezes the entire building the second moment his battle trial starts, which instantly traps his opponents in ice without fighting them. While described InUniverse as lame and anticlimactic, it did win his team the match.

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*** In the same vein, the Earthshaker cannon is nothing but a simple gun-howitzer using bagged charges, an invention that predates the M2 by almost twenty years. It's one of the Imperial Guard's most formidable weapons.

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** The one thing that supports her melee skills: plain old physical exercise, performed as long as her immense stamina (another boring quality) allows it. Sailor Jupiter may be the physically strongest one, but Venus regularly outperforms her simply because she exercises and knows what to do.

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