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** ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' was, however, making a noble effort to avert the general RPG tendency to primarily reward fighting, and fighting harder foes more. That convention, in turn, gives all [=PCs=] a solid push to become {{Blood Knight}}s - combat with the biggest of badasses really is the only way to improve, and using perfectly reasonable means to avoid it really does make you weaker.



* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' was, however, making a noble effort to avert the general RPG tendency to primarily reward fighting, and fighting harder foes more. That convention, in turn, gives all [=PCs=] a solid push to become {{Blood Knight}}s - combat with the biggest of badasses really is the only way to improve, and using perfectly reasonable means to avoid it really does make you weaker.

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* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' was, however, ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has some optional stealth objectives for sidequests, such as making it through a noble effort to avert gang hideout without being seen or killing anyone, or making it through a gang hideout without being seen and killing ''everyone'', which can be especially hard since some of the general RPG tendency to primarily reward fighting, and fighting harder foes more. That convention, gangsters walk in turn, gives all [=PCs=] a solid push to become {{Blood Knight}}s - combat with the biggest of badasses really is the only way to improve, and using perfectly reasonable means to avoid it really does make you weaker.pairs.


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* In general, any game that gives you the option to use your skill points for something other than combat. Sometimes you need a specific skill, like diplomacy, to get better results from quests, but the drawback is lowered overall combat ability.


* In the eighth installment of ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', completing a Hypothetical objective to save a character from PlotlineDeath is usually impossible when playing as that character. You have to choose someone else and head things off the hard way.
** In order to get the Hypothetical star in The Battle of Xinye (which allows you to recruit Xu Shu after you've captured him,) you need to rescue Cao Ren who's stuck surrounded by enemies in the middle of the Eight Gates, a complex maze that needs to be navigated in a specific way or all the doors in your current chamber will shut and you'll be trapped, wasting time. Naturally, the proper way through is nearly the most roundabout route possible, all while beating every enemy captain who's inside the gates. You also need to take a detour in the middle of this to fight and defeat Xu Shu before actually heading into the central chamber to actually resue Cao Ren; Do it in the wrong order and you won't get the star.

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* In the eighth installment of ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', completing a Hypothetical objective to save a character from PlotlineDeath is usually impossible when playing as that character. You have to choose someone else and head things off the hard way.
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way. In order to get the Hypothetical star in The Battle of Xinye (which allows you to recruit Xu Shu after you've captured him,) you need to rescue Cao Ren who's stuck surrounded by enemies in the middle of the Eight Gates, a complex maze that needs to be navigated in a specific way or all the doors in your current chamber will shut and you'll be trapped, wasting time. Naturally, the proper way through is nearly the most roundabout route possible, all while beating every enemy captain who's inside the gates. You also need to take a detour in the middle of this to fight and defeat Xu Shu before actually heading into the central chamber to actually resue Cao Ren; Do it in the wrong order and you won't get the star.


** In order to get the Hypothetical star in The Battle of Xinye, you need to rescue Cao Ren who's stuck surrounded by enemies in the middle of the Eight Gates, a complex maze that needs to be navigated in a specific way or all the doors in your current chamber will shut and you'll be trapped, wasting time. Naturally, the proper way through is nearly the most roundabout route possible, all while beating every enemy captain who's inside the gates. There's also a second star that requires you to take a detour in the middle of this to fight and defeat Xu Shu before actually heading into the central chamber to actually resue Cao Ren, or Xu Shu will flee when defeated instead of being captured and recruited.

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** In order to get the Hypothetical star in The Battle of Xinye, Xinye (which allows you to recruit Xu Shu after you've captured him,) you need to rescue Cao Ren who's stuck surrounded by enemies in the middle of the Eight Gates, a complex maze that needs to be navigated in a specific way or all the doors in your current chamber will shut and you'll be trapped, wasting time. Naturally, the proper way through is nearly the most roundabout route possible, all while beating every enemy captain who's inside the gates. There's You also a second star that requires you need to take a detour in the middle of this to fight and defeat Xu Shu before actually heading into the central chamber to actually resue Cao Ren, or Xu Shu will flee when defeated instead of being captured Ren; Do it in the wrong order and recruited.you won't get the star.


** In order to get the Hypothetical star in The Battle of Xinye, you need to rescue Cao Ren who's stuck surrounded by enemies in the middle of the Eight Gates, a complex maze that needs to be navigated in a specific way or all the doors in your current chamber will shut and you'll be trapped, wasting time. Naturally, the proper way through is nearly the most roundabout route possible, all while beating every enemy captain who's inside the gates. You also have to take a detour to fight and defeat Xu Shu before actually heading into the central chamber to actually resue Cao Ren, or Xu Shu will flee when defeated instead of being captured and you won't get the star.

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** In order to get the Hypothetical star in The Battle of Xinye, you need to rescue Cao Ren who's stuck surrounded by enemies in the middle of the Eight Gates, a complex maze that needs to be navigated in a specific way or all the doors in your current chamber will shut and you'll be trapped, wasting time. Naturally, the proper way through is nearly the most roundabout route possible, all while beating every enemy captain who's inside the gates. You There's also have a second star that requires you to take a detour in the middle of this to fight and defeat Xu Shu before actually heading into the central chamber to actually resue Cao Ren, or Xu Shu will flee when defeated instead of being captured and you won't get the star.recruited.


** One particularly brutal segment is getting the Hypothetical star for the Battle of Wuzhang Plains [[spoiler: which allows the Shu captains to have a final talk with Zhuge Liang before his death.]] At one point two messengers get sent out from opposite ends of the map, and to get the star you need to kill both of them before they can escape and get reinforcements. To do it, you not only need to kill both messengers yourself (the CPU captains won't do it for you,) but you have ''barely'' enough time if you make a mad dash to do that and ''only'' that, and in a specific order.

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** One particularly brutal segment is getting In order to get the Hypothetical star for the in The Battle of Wuzhang Plains [[spoiler: which allows the Shu captains to have a final talk with Zhuge Liang before his death.]] At one point two messengers get sent out from opposite ends of the map, and to get the star Xinye, you need to kill both rescue Cao Ren who's stuck surrounded by enemies in the middle of them before they can escape and get reinforcements. To do it, you not only need to kill both messengers yourself (the CPU captains won't do it for you,) but you have ''barely'' enough time if you make the Eight Gates, a mad dash to do complex maze that and ''only'' that, and needs to be navigated in a specific order.way or all the doors in your current chamber will shut and you'll be trapped, wasting time. Naturally, the proper way through is nearly the most roundabout route possible, all while beating every enemy captain who's inside the gates. You also have to take a detour to fight and defeat Xu Shu before actually heading into the central chamber to actually resue Cao Ren, or Xu Shu will flee when defeated instead of being captured and you won't get the star.

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** One particularly brutal segment is getting the Hypothetical star for the Battle of Wuzhang Plains [[spoiler: which allows the Shu captains to have a final talk with Zhuge Liang before his death.]] At one point two messengers get sent out from opposite ends of the map, and to get the star you need to kill both of them before they can escape and get reinforcements. To do it, you not only need to kill both messengers yourself (the CPU captains won't do it for you,) but you have ''barely'' enough time if you make a mad dash to do that and ''only'' that, and in a specific order.


** A general rule in ''Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'' games is that the highest route is the most difficult, but has the best power-ups, and is often the fastest route except for glitches.

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** A general rule in ''Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'' games is that the highest route is the most difficult, but has the best power-ups, and is often the fastest route except for glitches.


* Averted in ''[[VideoGame/CustomRobo Custom Robo Arena]]''. You need to climb a mountain to meet an OldMaster who will teach you an AwesomeButImpractical skill needed to progress the story and are presented with 3 opponents, labeled easy, medium and hard. Given you are being tested, you'd expect you have to choose the "hard" foe to proceed. Regardless of you choice, the game moves on and all difficulties are as described. One interesting thing of note is the "hard" foe will have mixed words, telling you many people like you have died on battlefields, while also telling you the expected bravery stuff.



* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in the comic strip ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. Jason (the video game fan) is having an impossible time getting past a certain boss, and Paige (who has very little interest in video games) discovers that if you [[SheatheYourSword don't attack]], you can just walk right past him with nothing to stop you. Jason finds this quite hard to believe, and when he does believe it, he remarks that doing things the easy way is extremely counterintuitive.

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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] Discussed and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] subverted in the comic strip ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''. Jason (the video game fan) is having an impossible time getting past a certain boss, and Paige (who has very little interest in video games) discovers that if you [[SheatheYourSword don't attack]], you can just walk right past him with nothing to stop you. Jason finds this quite hard to believe, and when he does believe it, he remarks that doing things the easy way is extremely counterintuitive.difficult.



* RealLife:
** It's claimed to be the way to succeed - especially when you're entering a highly technical position or something that requires skill. However, it's subverted by those that bluff their way to gain a status position.
** Averted with the saying "work smarter, not harder", which emphasizes finding a smarter solution as opposed to brute-forcing your way through a job. Sure one person could half-kill himself by working hard enough to do a task, but if he can find an easier way to do it (getting help or using machinery, for example), he's far better off doing that: more often than not the effort you put into a task is completely irrelevant and people only care about how well the task itself was completed.


** In order to achieve the [[EarnYourHappyEnding best ending]], according to the secret message in the manual, you need to: [[spoiler: Acquire the Booster v2.0 from Arthur's House (see above). Find the Tow Rope to save Curly after you finish the Core, put Curly on the bed in the cabin in the Waterway so that you can drain her of water and save her life, be sure to read the book and not to forget Curly. Talk to Curly and the Cthulhu in the Plantation to learn about the Ma Pignon. Get a Badge from the Storage Room in Mimiga Village Cemetery and examine the Badge. Talk to Ma Pignon, defeat it and feed it to Curly in the Plantation to restore her memories and get the Iron Bond. After defeating the Undead Core, instead of making your way to the aircraft for the Good Ending, use the trap door in the prefab building to enter the [[BrutalBonusLevel Sacred Grounds/Blood Stained Sanctuary]], finally, you have to make your way through the Sacred Grounds/Blood Stained Sanctuary and defeat the SuperBoss Balrog]].

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** In order to achieve the [[EarnYourHappyEnding best ending]], according to the secret message in the manual, you need to: [[spoiler: Acquire the Booster v2.0 from Arthur's House (see above). Find the Tow Rope to save Curly after you finish the Core, put Curly on the bed in the cabin in the Waterway so that you can drain her of water and save her life, be sure to read the book and not to forget Curly. Talk to Curly and the Cthulhu in the Plantation to learn about the Ma Pignon. Get a Badge from the Storage Room in Mimiga Village Cemetery and examine the Badge. Talk to Ma Pignon, defeat it and feed it to Curly in the Plantation to restore her memories and get the Iron Bond. After defeating the Undead Core, instead of making your way to the aircraft for the Good Ending, use the trap door in the prefab building to enter the [[BrutalBonusLevel Sacred Grounds/Blood Stained Sanctuary]], finally, you have to Sanctuary]] and make your way through the Sacred Grounds/Blood Stained Sanctuary and throught it to defeat the SuperBoss Balrog]].[[TrueFinalBoss Ballos]]]].


* In ''Fanfic/WaitingIsWorthIt'', Izuku is given the option to get into [=UA=] on Toshinori's recommendation, allowing him to skip the entrance exam all together. Feeling like this would be unfair to all of the other applicants, he decides to forgo this and take the exam instead. Not only does he get in anyway, but this allows him to show off his raw power and save Uraraka

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* In ''Fanfic/WaitingIsWorthIt'', Izuku is given the option to get into [=UA=] on Toshinori's recommendation, allowing him to skip the entrance exam all together. Feeling like this would be unfair to all of the other applicants, he decides to forgo this and take the exam instead. Not only does he get in anyway, but this allows him to show off his raw power and save Uraraka Uraraka.
* In ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', while the team are en route to the Dwarven town of Firmament to stop the plot of [[spoiler:the High Priest of Hel]], they come to the conclusion that they're on the right path upon consideration that the ambush of a group of Frost Giants on their airship was not a RandomEncounter but a calculated effort to obstruct them.
-->'''Elan:''' I guess it woulda been strange if we'd gotten all the way there without anyone trying to stop us.\\
'''Haley:''' Yeah. If you think about it, this only proves that we really are a threat to [[spoiler:Hel]]'s evil plans.\\
'''Belkar:''' Hell yeah, we are!\\
'''Vaarsuvius:''' The relative dearth of pretext and subterfuge does imply an increase in urgency.


* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ Gokuu Gekitouden, the only way to get the "true" ending (the one where Goku goes Super Saiyan and finishes Frieza in a secret ultimate optional final boss fight instead of the game ending when Goku drops the Spirit Bomb on Frieza) is to have everyone at around the power levels they were in the anime when you fight Frieza. This means fighting Frieza, at least up until Goku shows up, is EXTREMELY painful.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ Gokuu Gekitouden, Gekitouden'', the only way to get the "true" ending (the one where Goku goes Super Saiyan and finishes Frieza in a secret ultimate optional final boss fight instead of the game ending when Goku drops the Spirit Bomb on Frieza) is to have everyone at around the power levels they were in the anime when you fight Frieza. This means fighting Frieza, at least up until Goku shows up, is EXTREMELY painful.extremely painful. Just like in the anime.

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* One of the ways UselessUsefulStealth can be, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin useless]], in games where the rewards from killing enemies (weapons, experience, money, etc) is useful or necessary. Sure it's a lot easier to slip past, as compared to facing enemy resistance head-on and {{Leeroy Jenkins}}ing your way through them like a madman, but then you're missing out on resources that will make the game easier. ''[[VideoGame/{{Boktai}} Boktai 2]]'' infamously rendered the stealth mechanic entirely worthless by introducing a level progression. Certain games alleviate this by introducing alternatives like a BackStab ability to OneHitKO enemies stealthily (and still get the rewards), or reward the player in different ways for sneaking through (Like ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' where avoiding fights with the guards and knocking them out from behind meant you got no experience, but instead rewarded you with mid-tonics).


* In RealLife, it's claimed to be the way to succeed - especially when you're entering a highly technical position or something that requires skill. However, it's subverted by those that bluff their way to gain a status position.

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* In RealLife, it's RealLife:
** It's
claimed to be the way to succeed - especially when you're entering a highly technical position or something that requires skill. However, it's subverted by those that bluff their way to gain a status position.position.
** Averted with the saying "work smarter, not harder", which emphasizes finding a smarter solution as opposed to brute-forcing your way through a job. Sure one person could half-kill himself by working hard enough to do a task, but if he can find an easier way to do it (getting help or using machinery, for example), he's far better off doing that: more often than not the effort you put into a task is completely irrelevant and people only care about how well the task itself was completed.

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** The Battle Arena in the Gold Saucer gives handicaps determined by a spinning wheel each round. While it's possible to get no handicap or even earn a full healing, doing so significantly lowers the payout in battle points, which are needed to get both Clouds final LimitBreak and an extremely powerful materia.


* Required multiple times in''VideoGame/CaveStory'' in order to get the best equipment and the best ending:

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* Required multiple times in''VideoGame/CaveStory'' in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' in order to get the best equipment and the best ending:

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