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* Rather [[TearJerker tragically]] subverted with a lot of domestic abuse cases. The person may hit their partner or do something else horrible, then [[WoundedGazelleGambit start crying and begging for forgivness and promising never to do it again,]] only to do it again the very next time they get mad. Even worse, many victims will [[AesopAmnesia fall for this same act over and over.]]


* Similarly, the DC Villain Calculator (before he was revamped as an evil [[Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey Oracle]] equivalent) had an ability he'd use after each of his losses to a hero to "turn defeat into victory". He'd hit a button on his costume, which would render him immune to the powers of the hero who had just beaten him. Unfortunately, the DCU has an inexhaustible supply of heroes, so it never did him much good.

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* Similarly, the DC Villain Calculator (before he was revamped as an evil [[Comicbook/BirdsOfPrey Oracle]] Comicbook/{{Oracle}} equivalent) had an ability he'd use after each of his losses to a hero to "turn defeat into victory". He'd hit a button on his costume, which would render him immune to the powers of the hero who had just beaten him. Unfortunately, the DCU has an inexhaustible supply of heroes, so it never did him much good.


* Variation: Lelouch's mind control power in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' only works once on any ''specific person''. The duration can be permanent if worded correctly, but if the effect ends, that individual is never again affected by the power.
** Unless [[spoiler:Cyber-Jeremiah]] shows up with his Geass Canceler: the power alters their brain permanently, even if it only has any effect temporarily, but once the effect is reversed they're freed up to have it used on them again.

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* Variation: Lelouch's mind control power in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' only works once on any ''specific person''. specific person. The duration can be permanent if worded correctly, but if the effect ends, that individual is can never again be affected by the power.
** Unless [[spoiler:Cyber-Jeremiah]] shows up with
power. [[spoiler:That is, unless Jeremiah uses his Geass Canceler: Canceler to undo the effects. But even then, if he does, Lelouch's power alters their brain permanently, even if it only has any effect temporarily, but once the effect is reversed they're freed up to have it used can work on them someone again.]]


->The "I" of now absorbed your power from your shadow in the past.\\
What may have worked ten years ago, no longer does!
-->-- '''Mephilies the Dark''', ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006''

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->The "I" ->'''Flash''': ''[to J'onn]'' What's the big problem? Can't you just whip up another batch of now absorbed your power that nerve gas?\\
'''J'onn''': Unfortunately, no. The gas can only be made
from your shadow in the past.a rare Martian plant. I brought a sample with me, but it was destroyed when I was captured.\\
What may have worked ten years ago, no longer does!
'''Flash''': Uh, what's Plan B?
-->-- '''Mephilies ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''

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* In ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', Tiffany is told that while the Cunning Man has been defeated before, learning how it was done won't help her and she'll need to device her own strategy against him. The reason is that he won't fall for the same trick twice - he's ''cunning,'' after all.

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* In ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', ''Literature/IShallWearMidnight'', Tiffany is told that while the Cunning Man has been defeated before, learning how it was done won't help her and she'll need to device her own strategy against him. The reason is that he won't fall for the same trick twice - he's ''cunning,'' after all.


* The omnipotent Oracle from ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'' is "bound by the Rule of One: one question, one answer". She knows everything and will answer one question to any person who asks. After, she will never answer another of their questions (Much to Iago's frustration).

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* The omnipotent Oracle from ''Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'' ''WesternAnimation/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves'' is "bound by the Rule of One: one question, one answer". She knows everything and will answer one question to any person who asks. After, she will never answer another of their questions (Much to Iago's frustration).


** Played with and zig-zagged when it comes to the plan of taking Calamity Ganon down. In the distant past, Calamity Ganon appeared and the Guardians and Divine Beasts played a vital role in defeating him, with the Hyrulian princesss and a heroic knight eventually sealing him away. When a prophecy foretold the return of Calamity Ganon, King Rhoam had the Guardians and Divine Beasts excavated to recreate the circumstances of the ancient battle. Unfortunately, Calamity Ganon had learned how he was previously defeated and [[TheCorruption corrupted the Guardians and Divine Beasts with malice]] and [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard turned them against Hyrule]]. But since Calamity Ganon is defeated by Link fighting him and Zelda sealing him away with her divine power, the plan does end up working more than once.

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** Played with and zig-zagged when it comes to the plan of taking Calamity Ganon down. In the distant past, Calamity Ganon appeared and the Guardians and Divine Beasts played a vital role in defeating him, with the Hyrulian princesss princess and a heroic knight eventually sealing him away. When a prophecy foretold the return of Calamity Ganon, King Rhoam had the Guardians and Divine Beasts excavated to recreate the circumstances of the ancient battle. Unfortunately, Calamity Ganon had learned how he was previously defeated and [[TheCorruption corrupted the Guardians and Divine Beasts with malice]] and [[HoistByTheirOwnPetard turned them against Hyrule]]. But since Calamity Ganon is defeated by Link fighting him and Zelda sealing him away with her divine power, the plan does end up working more than once.



* In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', the Phantom Thieves [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood force a change of heart onto corrupt people]] by stealing the manifestation of their distorted desires, their "Treasure", from that person's [[MentalWorld Palace]]. To make the Treasure take physical form, the Thieves have to send their target a CallingCard in the real world to alert the target that they will steal their desires. The shock and paranoia from the warning are what make the Treasure physical. The drawback is that the initial shock of the threat will eventually wear off and can never be recreated, meaning that the Phantom Thieves only have a short window of time to steal the Treasure and only get one shot at it.

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* In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', this applies to the Phantom Thieves Thieves, who [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood force a change of heart onto corrupt people]] a person]] by stealing the manifestation root of their distorted desires, their "Treasure", from that person's [[MentalWorld Palace]]. MentalWorld. To make the Treasure take physical form, form so that they can steal it, the Thieves have to send their target a CallingCard in the real world to alert the target that they will steal their desires. world. The shock and paranoia from the warning are what make the Treasure physical. The drawback is that manifest, but those emotions won't last long and the initial shock of the threat will eventually wear off and can never be recreated, meaning that the Phantom Thieves can't repeat the process; they only have a short window of time get one day to steal the Treasure and only get one shot at it.Treasure.


** The Master Ball, which has a 100% chance of capturing any Pokémon, but often only appears once in each game, which becomes especially frustrating in later generations as the number of stupidly-difficult-to-catch Pokemon increases. Later games have it given out in the lottery, but only if every number matches. So you can get more, it's just really really really rare to.
** There is an item called the Sacred Ash, which revives all fainted Pokémon in your party AND fully restores their HP. The catch, usually the only place it's found is Ho-Oh holding it, so there's only one in the game. The Festival Plaza in ''Sun & Moon'', however, lets you purchase it.

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** The Master Ball, which has a 100% chance of capturing any Pokémon, but often you're only appears once guaranteed a single one in each game, which becomes especially frustrating in later generations as the number of stupidly-difficult-to-catch Pokemon stupidly difficult-to-catch Pokémon increases. Later games have it given out in You ''can'' get more through the lottery, lottery in most games, but only if every number matches. So you can get more, it's just really really really rare to.
the default odds are 1 in 100,000.
** There is an item called the Sacred Ash, which revives all fainted Pokémon in your party AND fully restores their HP. The catch, usually the only place it's found catch is Ho-Oh holding it, that it appears almost exclusively in Ho-Oh's presence, so there's only one in the game. The Festival Plaza in ''Sun & Moon'', however, lets you purchase it.



* In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', the Phantom Thieves [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood force a change of heart onto corrupt people]] by stealing the manifestation of their distorted desires, their "Treasure", from that person's [[MentalWorld Palace]]. To make the Treasure take physical form, the Thieves have to send their target a CallingCard in the real world to alert the target that they will steal their desires. The shock and paranoia from the warning are what makes the Treasure physical. The drawback is that the initial shock of the threat will eventually wear off and can never be recreated, meaning that the Phantom Thieves only have a short window of time to steal the Treasure and only get one shot at it.

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* In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', the Phantom Thieves [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood force a change of heart onto corrupt people]] by stealing the manifestation of their distorted desires, their "Treasure", from that person's [[MentalWorld Palace]]. To make the Treasure take physical form, the Thieves have to send their target a CallingCard in the real world to alert the target that they will steal their desires. The shock and paranoia from the warning are what makes make the Treasure physical. The drawback is that the initial shock of the threat will eventually wear off and can never be recreated, meaning that the Phantom Thieves only have a short window of time to steal the Treasure and only get one shot at it.

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* ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'': Alicorns have a whole suite of powerful magical abilities, plus a HiveMind. Therefore, any time Littlepip finds a way to trick around their [[ImmuneToBullets impregnable shields]], next time they're ready for it. Stealth is the preferred method of dealing with them, but it's not always an option since they're often the ones ambushing her.

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* ''Literature/TheBeyonders:'' If Maldor sends out a torivor to duel, it's all but guaranteed to kill whoever he sent it after. However, once the toriovr has killed its mark, it is freed from the bindings on it and can return to its native realm. Since Maldor has neither the power nor the knowledge to summon more torivors, he usually sticks to sending them out to spy.


** Partway through Season 2, Jason prevents demons from capturing him and his friends using a quick Molotov Cocktail and a BattleCry. Next season, he tries the same thing to defeat another group of demons - only for one demon clamp a hand over Jason's mouth while another douses the Molotov.

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** Partway through Season 2, Jason prevents demons from capturing him and his friends using a quick Molotov Cocktail and a BattleCry. Next season, he tries the same thing to defeat another group of demons - only for one demon to clamp a hand over Jason's mouth while another douses the Molotov.

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* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'':
** After Eleanor works out that "The Good Place" is [[spoiler:actually a psychological Hell for her and three other humans]], she thwarts [[spoiler:Michael's]] plan to reset their memories by writing herself a note and hiding it in Janet's mouth. While this allows her to uncover the truth much quicker without her old memories, [[spoiler:Michael]] simply reboots their memories ''again'', and checks Janet's mouth as he restarts the neighbourhood.
** Partway through Season 2, Jason prevents demons from capturing him and his friends using a quick Molotov Cocktail and a BattleCry. Next season, he tries the same thing to defeat another group of demons - only for one demon clamp a hand over Jason's mouth while another douses the Molotov.


* Before the release of ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', an excited fan sent Bethesda a box of real-life bottle caps weighing over 11 pounds with a tongue-in-cheek letter asking Bethesda if this would be an acceptable substitute for payment. To his surprise, Bethesda then sent him an email accepting the "payment", and agreeing to send him a copy with the understanding that it'll only work the once.

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* Before the release of ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', an excited fan sent Bethesda a box of real-life bottle caps weighing over 11 pounds with a tongue-in-cheek letter asking Bethesda if this would be an acceptable substitute for payment. To his surprise, Bethesda then sent him an email accepting the "payment", and agreeing to send him a copy with the understanding that it'll only work the once.one time.


* In the ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'' episode "Mario and the T-Pose Virus", the T-Pose Virus [[spoiler: caused by Waluigi]] is undone by [[spoiler: using 1-up Mushrooms]]. In [[spoiler: "The Mario Convention", Waluigi creates another T-Pose Mushroom, which turns Meggy (and others) into T-Pose zombies. Mario tries using a 1-up Mushroom on Meggy, only for it to have no effect due to Waluigi's Rejection powers being stronger this time around]].

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* In the ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'' episode "Mario and the T-Pose Virus", the T-Pose Virus [[spoiler: caused by Waluigi]] is undone by [[spoiler: using 1-up Mushrooms]]. In [[spoiler: "The Mario Convention", Waluigi creates another T-Pose Mushroom, which turns Meggy [[VideoGame/{{Splatoon}} Meggy]] (and others) into T-Pose zombies. Mario tries using a 1-up Mushroom on Meggy, only for it to have no effect due to Waluigi's Rejection powers being stronger this time around]].


* The tactics the 9/11 hijackers used to seize control of the planes fall into this category, even if you're not counting increased paranoia around airports making it unlikely that any repeat performances would even make it to the plane (several of the hijackers had been flagged as suspicious, but lax security meant they got through anyway). Generally speaking, since most passengers in previously hijacked airliners did in fact survive, there was no reason for passengers and crew not to cooperate.[[note]]Standard operating procedure for most hijackers in the past was "Take over the plane, then land it somewhere and use the passengers as bargaining chips for political concessions," which often allowed governments the chance to neutralize the hijackers with minimal collateral damage.[[/note]] [[CombatPragmatist Now that using the plane as a kamikaze weapon]] has been firmly established as a possibility, trying to take over a plane with knives will likely not work because the passengers and crew will fight back and overpower the hijackers. In fact it is a commonly cited theory that the passengers of United Flight 93 knew what had happened to the other flights hijacked that day and either risked their lives because they had nothing left to lose or went on an outright suicide mission to subvert the attackers.

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* The tactics the 9/11 hijackers used to seize control of the planes fall into this category, even if you're not counting increased paranoia around airports making it unlikely that any repeat performances would even make it to the plane (several of the hijackers had been flagged as suspicious, but lax security meant they got through anyway). anyway).
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Generally speaking, since most passengers in previously hijacked airliners did in fact survive, there was no reason for passengers and crew not to cooperate.[[note]]Standard operating procedure for most hijackers in the past was "Take over the plane, then land it somewhere and use the passengers as bargaining chips for political concessions," which often allowed governments the chance to neutralize the hijackers with minimal collateral damage.[[/note]] [[CombatPragmatist Now that using the plane as a kamikaze weapon]] has been firmly established as a possibility, trying to take over a plane with knives will likely not work because the passengers and crew will fight back and overpower the hijackers. In fact it is a commonly cited theory that the passengers of United Flight 93 knew what had happened to the other flights hijacked that day and either risked their lives because they had nothing left to lose or went on an outright suicide mission to subvert the attackers.



*** Finally military pilots are trained to shoot down commercial aircraft if necessary and will do so if they consider the plane will probably be used as a missile against a strategic target.

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*** ** Finally military pilots are trained to shoot down commercial aircraft if necessary and will do so if they consider the plane will probably be used as a missile against a strategic target.



* Successful suicide bombing.
** Likewise, if you botch the bombing such that you don't die but the target knows your intentions, they'll likely try their damnedest to kill you.

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* Successful suicide bombing.
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bombing. Likewise, if you botch the bombing such that you don't die but the target knows your intentions, they'll likely try their damnedest to kill you.



* One of the poetic metaphors for a woman's maidenhead (or, more generally, virginity) is, "the rose that can be given only once".
** Considering what we know now about the hymen (i.e. it can regrow or even not break during intercourse), this is not necessarily the case.

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* One of the poetic metaphors for a woman's maidenhead (or, more generally, virginity) is, "the rose that can be given only once".
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once". Considering what we know now about the hymen (i.e. it can regrow or even not break during intercourse), this is not necessarily the case.case but it remains a truism.

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