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* RidiculouslyPotentExplosive - for when normal explosives just don't give the necessary cool-factor.


* The Rule of Cool most likely explains why people usually portray phoenixes as birds of prey. Granted, herons and ibises (which phoenixes were historically based on) are effective predators in their environments, but they're just not as cool as hawks or eagles. Heck, showing phoenixes as birds [[IncendiaryExponent made of fire]] when the original myths just said they were regular birds reborn in fire is an example of this trope.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'': Two (later three) kids get to tag along with HumanAliens on space adventures to learn about science. Unrealistic? Yes. Totally awesome and way more fun than simply looking up information on the internet? Also yes. This even gets lampshaded in "[[Recap/ReadyJetGoS2E11PotatoesOnMarsBortronLeprechaun Potatoes on Mars]]".


* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', if something doesn't follow game mechanics, this is why, and no, we don't need ''humans'' getting directly involved in our Pokémon battles, up close and personal with the danger, but things sure do get a lot more awesome that way.

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* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', if something doesn't follow game mechanics, this is why, and no, we don't need ''humans'' getting directly involved in our Pokémon battles, up close and personal with the danger, but things sure do get a lot more awesome that way.



* ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]'': A huge sea/air/spaceplane turning into a giant bird of flame. To take down giant mecha. Hinotori or Firey Phoenix or Firebird mode, it is awesome. And then there was the episode with the ''Icebird''.

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* ''[[Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman Gatchaman]]'': ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'': A huge sea/air/spaceplane turning into a giant bird of flame. To take down giant mecha. Hinotori or Firey Phoenix or Firebird mode, it is awesome. And then there was the episode with the ''Icebird''.


The Rule Of Cool is another principle that seeks to dispel arguments among fans over implausibility in fiction. It has been cited by animation director Steve Loter (of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', ''[=Tarzan=],'' and ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'') in response to questions from fans attempting to justify temporary breaches in logical consistency. It is a complement to BellisariosMaxim and the MST3KMantra.

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The Rule Of of Cool is another principle that seeks to dispel arguments among fans over implausibility in fiction. It has been cited by animation director Steve Loter (of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', ''[=Tarzan=],'' and ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'') in response to questions from fans attempting to justify temporary breaches in logical consistency. It is a complement to BellisariosMaxim and the MST3KMantra.


* The ''Bounty'' built for the 1962 movie ''Film/MutinyOnTheBounty'' was twice the size of the real ship. Occasionally, replicas of old warships are made sligthly larger to accomodate the taller sailors of today, but never to this extent.

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* The ''Bounty'' built for the 1962 movie ''Film/MutinyOnTheBounty'' was twice the size of the real ship. Occasionally, replicas of old warships are made sligthly slightly larger to accomodate accommodate the taller sailors of today, but never to this extent.extent.
* The 1963 SwordAndSandal epic ''Film/JasonAndTheArgonauts'' features what has been called one of the greatest FinalBattle sequences in film history, and certainly the greatest stop-motion fight sequence in film history. Creator/RayHarryhausen's previous film, the 1958 ''The 7th Voyage of Sinbad'', featured a sword fight scene between the hero and an evil sorcerer's animated skeleton; it went down so well that for his next film he decided to up the ante and do ''three'' heroes fighting ''seven'' skeletons.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/DavidStarrSpaceRanger'': Sanito tables are made out of force fields. Why? Because they're easy to clean. However, the initial force fields worked too well, and they had to be made to purposely glitter so people would see that their plates and cutlery actually rested on something tangible.

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* PedalToTheMetalShot - Because the real way you accelerate at high speeds doesn't look as flashy.


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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Why would anyone build a clockwork map of the world? Because it looks really really cool, that's why. The little-cogs-in-a-larger-machine effect satisfies the RuleOfSymbolism as well.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', being a Franchise/{{Superman}} show that ran for ten years, and with one of the producers a fan of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} madness, sure has its moments.
** The "[[BulletTime Clark time]]" effect. They love it so much they give SuperSpeed to dozens of villains that usually don't have them, because it looks so blasted cool.
** Lana Lang with the [[spoiler:Prometheus armour. It is "armour" that gives not the slightest trace of being worn, and gives kryptonian level speed and strength. Oh, and you need to start some fires... over a water tank... containing the test subject... and there is no energy input... Yes, it makes no sense but it is all forgiven when Lana bursts out of the lab like a phoenix from the flames and does a BulletCatch]].
* Early seasons of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower really had her pushing the limits]] of BadassNormal. She could fight one-on-one with a PhysicalGod or solo against armies and win. As a specific example: In one scene, she jumps from a cliff and horizontally spins hundreds of feet onto a passing ship. She could do this because she was Just That Cool. Her [[ThemeMusicPowerUp blood-quickening theme music]] sung by the Bulgarian Women's Choir always accompanied such feats. Later seasons had plot-devices and {{Flashback}}s explaining various powers.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' features this due to the creator's desire to include cool-looking SpaceWestern themes whether they [[FridgeLogic really made sense or not]]. From the DVD commentary:
--> "Nice floating train. Floating trains are cool."
--> "And I'll tell you for why, it's because they're floating, and also, trains."
* ''Series/MythBusters''
** TheTeam usually follows up a "busted" myth (and plausible and confirmed myths too) with an over-the-top experiment under improbable circumstances just to see how cool it looks like when it explodes. After all, [[CatchPhrase "we've replicated the circumstances of the myth, now let's replicate the results"]], and [[CatchPhrase "if it's worth doing,]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill it's worth overdoing"]].
** While testing to see if small amounts of dynamite can clean the inside of cement trucks of solidified cement, they fill one up with FBI-provided high explosives and blow it up to smithereens. Why would this be considered important information in the busting of this myth? The correct answer is: Who cares?
---> '''Jamie:''' [[LampshadeHanging This has got nothing to do with the myth;]] [[StuffBlowingUp it's just a big boom.]]
** It boggles the mind that they made a cannon entirely out of duct tape. The damned thing ''worked''.



* One of the key selling points of ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' is the authenticity of the wardrobe and the skill of the costume department at making it so. Then Arthur has a trenchcoat. Why? Because it looks cool.
* ''Series/TopGear'': Why race a Bugatti Veyron against an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon? Why attempt to turn a Reliant Robin into a space shuttle? Why do any of the things they do? Because they're cool, dammit!
* Nothing in ''Series/DoctorWho'' makes any sense at all. Not the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Nine Hundred And Three Years Old]] [[TheNthDoctor regenerating]] HumanAlien who travels around time and space in a police box, not the {{Technobabble}} he [[MotorMouth delivers at a hundred kilometres an hour]] to justify the latest ReversePolarity, not the [[ContinuitySnarl perpetually vague or contradicting continuity]], ''definitely'' not the TimeyWimeyBall, not the OmnicidalManiac motorised pepper pots armed with a whisk and a toilet plunger, and absolutely not the screwdriver that gets NewPowersAsThePlotDemands. There is also, however, not a single person that cares.
-->'''RedShirt''': "What you gonna do, sucker me to death?"
-->'''Dalek''': ''[[NightmareFuel (Promptly suckers him to death)]]''
** [[DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]] features MURDEROUS ALIEN TIN SANTA CLAUSES who shoot FIRE OUT OF THEIR TUBAS and a swordfight to the death between the Doctor and a Sycorax for planet Earth. Just 'cause.
** The 2008 Christmas special features a [[spoiler:GIGANTIC [[SteamPunk STEAMPUNK]] [[HumongousMecha CYBERMECHA]].]] Sure, it was ridiculous, but... [[spoiler: gigantic steampunk cybermecha]]!
** In the climax of "Tooth and Claw", the Tenth Doctor uses [[spoiler: a telescope and diamond to fire a beam capable of lifting a werewolf, easily weighing 3-400 lbs, into the air, using only moonlight]].
** Planet of the Dead. Flying alien stingrays! On a desert planet! And a flying bus!
** Victory of the Daleks. [[CoolPlane Spitfires]] InSPACE!
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A flying shark pulling a sled.]]
** A [[LizardFolk Silurian lady]] fighting crime in Victorian England with her human maid/lesbian lover? [[KatanasAreJustBetter WITH A KATANA??]] Admit it, you want to watch that episode now.
** Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong Balloon powered cars floating around a 'modern' London with flying-lizards, Roman soldiers on the underground, Charles Dickens on early-morning TV to talk about his latest book and Winston Churchill riding into parliament on his personal mammoth.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship Dinosaurs!]] ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship On a space ship!]]'' What more could you want?

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* One ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** Following the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', Coulson has taken steps to avert S.H.I.E.L.D.'s SigilSpam, removing the emblem from the cars and many other obvious places. He couldn't bring himself to remove the giant symbol on the top
of the key selling points of ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' is the authenticity of the wardrobe and the skill of the costume department at making it so. Then Arthur has a trenchcoat. Why? Because it looks plane, though, because it's just too cool.
* ''Series/TopGear'': Why race ** Coulson has Fitz make him a Bugatti Veyron against device that projects an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon? Why attempt energy shield for the sole reason that they both agreed it would be cool for the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. to turn have a Reliant Robin shield. For bonus points, it's in the shape of Captain America's shield, though with the S.H.I.E.L.D. symbol rather than his star.
* ''Series/AguilaRoja'' pretty much lives on the Rule of Cool. For starters, the titular hero is a [[GratuitousNinja Gratuitous]] McNinja in the 17th century Madrid. This means that AbsurdlySharpBlade and KatanasAreJustBetter often come
into a space shuttle? Why do any of the things they do? Because they're cool, dammit!
play.
* Nothing in ''Series/DoctorWho'' makes any sense at all. Not the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Nine Hundred And Three Years Old]] [[TheNthDoctor regenerating]] HumanAlien who travels around time and space in a police box, not the {{Technobabble}} he [[MotorMouth delivers at a hundred kilometres an hour]] to justify the latest ReversePolarity, not the [[ContinuitySnarl perpetually vague or contradicting continuity]], ''definitely'' not the TimeyWimeyBall, not the OmnicidalManiac motorised pepper pots armed with a whisk and a toilet plunger, and absolutely not the screwdriver that gets NewPowersAsThePlotDemands. There is also, however, not a single person that cares.
-->'''RedShirt''': "What you gonna do, sucker me to death?"
-->'''Dalek''': ''[[NightmareFuel (Promptly suckers him to death)]]''
** [[DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]] features MURDEROUS ALIEN TIN SANTA CLAUSES who shoot FIRE OUT OF THEIR TUBAS and a swordfight to the death between the Doctor and a Sycorax for planet Earth. Just 'cause.
''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The 2008 Christmas special features a [[spoiler:GIGANTIC [[SteamPunk STEAMPUNK]] [[HumongousMecha CYBERMECHA]].]] Sure, it was ridiculous, but... [[spoiler: gigantic steampunk cybermecha]]!
** In the climax of "Tooth and Claw", the Tenth Doctor uses [[spoiler: a telescope and diamond to fire a beam capable of lifting a werewolf, easily weighing 3-400 lbs, into the air, using only moonlight]].
** Planet of the Dead. Flying alien stingrays! On a desert planet! And a flying bus!
** Victory of the Daleks. [[CoolPlane Spitfires]] InSPACE!
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A flying shark pulling a sled.]]
** A [[LizardFolk Silurian lady]]
episode "Buffy vs. Dracula" had [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Buffy fighting crime Dracula]]. In adapting the Count for their show, the writers let him keep all his most memorable traits (sleeping in Victorian England with her human maid/lesbian lover? [[KatanasAreJustBetter WITH A KATANA??]] Admit it, you want to watch a coffin, hypnotizing people, turning into a bat, etc.) even though [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Buffyverse vampires don't normally work that way]]. He even got to dwell in a BigFancyCastle, despite the show being set in California, where castles are rare to nonexistent (and, [[LampshadeHanging as Riley points out]], you'd think the MainCharacters would have noticed their town had a giant castle in it before now). This is all excused because, without those things, he just wouldn't feel like Dracula, and [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Buffy vs. Dracula]] would never have happened.
** Joss has specifically cited this as the reason why, in the final
episode now.
** Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong Balloon powered cars floating around a 'modern' London with flying-lizards, Roman soldiers on
of Season 7, all of the underground, Charles Dickens on early-morning TV to talk about his latest book and Winston Churchill riding into parliament on his personal mammoth.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship Dinosaurs!]] ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship On a space ship!]]'' What more could you want?
Ubervamps suddenly start dying easier than regular vampires seem to, even when being fought by normal humans.



* ''Series/HappyDays'': The Fonz can channel this trope [[PercussiveMaintenance through his fist and into a jukebox to activate it to impress chicks]].
* The creators of ''Series/{{Rome}}'' admitted they ignored the date the real Atia died simply because they loved the character and wanted to keep her on. Most fans agreed.



* Nothing in ''Series/DoctorWho'' makes any sense at all. Not the [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld centuries-old]] [[TheNthDoctor regenerating]] HumanAlien who travels around time and space in a police box, not the {{Technobabble}} they [[MotorMouth deliver at a hundred kilometres an hour]] to justify the latest ReversePolarity, not the [[ContinuitySnarl perpetually vague or contradicting continuity]], ''definitely'' not the TimeyWimeyBall, not the OmnicidalManiac motorised pepper pots armed with a whisk and a toilet plunger, and absolutely not the screwdriver that gets NewPowersAsThePlotDemands. There is also, however, not a single person that cares.
-->'''Simmons:''' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek What you gonna do, sucker me to death?]]\\
''[Dalek [[NightmareFuel promptly suckers him to death]][=]=]''
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion "The Christmas Invasion"]] features MURDEROUS ALIEN TIN SANTA CLAUSES who shoot FIRE OUT OF THEIR TUBAS and a [[DuelToTheDeath swordfight to the death]] between the Doctor and a Sycorax for planet Earth. Just 'cause.
** In the climax of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E2ToothAndClaw "Tooth and Claw"]], the Tenth Doctor uses [[spoiler:a telescope and diamond to fire a beam capable of lifting a werewolf, easily weighing 3-400 lbs, into the air, using only moonlight]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Next Doctor"]] features a [[spoiler:GIGANTIC [[SteamPunk STEAMPUNK]] [[HumongousMecha CYBERMECHA]].]] Sure, it was ridiculous, but... [[spoiler: gigantic steampunk cybermecha]]!
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E15PlanetOfTheDead "Planet of the Dead"]]: Flying alien stingrays! On a desert planet! And a flying bus!
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]]: [[CoolPlane Spitfires]] InSpace
** [[Recap/DoctorWho2010CSAChristmasCarol A flying shark pulling a sled.]]
** A [[LizardFolk Silurian lady]] fighting crime in Victorian England with her human maid/lesbian lover? [[KatanasAreJustBetter WITH A KATANA??]] Admit it, you want to watch that episode now.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]]'s AnachronismStew: Balloon powered cars floating around a 'modern' London with flying-lizards, Roman soldiers on the underground, Charles Dickens on early-morning TV to talk about his latest book and Winston Churchill riding into parliament on his personal mammoth.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship Dinosaurs!]] ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship On a space ship!]]''" What more could you want?
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' features this due to the creator's desire to include cool-looking SpaceWestern themes whether they [[FridgeLogic really made sense or not]]. From the DVD commentary:
-->"Nice floating train. Floating trains are cool."\\
"And I'll tell you for why, it's because they're floating, and also, trains."
* In the GrandFinale of ''{{Series/Fringe}}'', [[MadScientist Walter]] has developed AbnormalAmmo that will not only kill their typically-ImmuneToBullets enemy, but cause the bodies to float in the air due to [insert TechnoBabble here]. When Peter asked why they'd need them to float them if it could kill them, Walter says, as if he'd been asked the painfully obvious, "Because it's '''cool.'''"



* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': You could fill a hundred encyclopedias with all the technical and narrative inaccuracies; two dimensional space, clear contradictions in the standard operating procedures of Starfleet, glaringly inefficient ship designs, unrealistic scale of space, unrealistic equipment, convoluted timeline of events, the list is infinite. However....when ''Trek'' fires on all [[strike: cylinders]] warp nacelles, NOBODY gives a damn.
* In the season four premiere of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', the Enterprise's targeting sensors are disabled, requiring the ship to get close enough to the target to eyeball it. This serves no plot purpose but the target happened to be a facility in Nazi-occupied New York. The result was the Enterprise flying over New York City, fighting [[StupidJetpackHitler Stukas with plasma cannons]].

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': You could ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Why would anyone build a clockwork map of the world? Because it looks really really cool, that's why. The little-cogs-in-a-larger-machine effect satisfies the RuleOfSymbolism as well.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': The Fonz can channel this trope [[PercussiveMaintenance through his fist and into a jukebox to activate it to impress chicks]].
* One of the key selling points of ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' is the authenticity of the wardrobe and the skill of the costume department at making it so. Then Arthur has a trenchcoat. Why? Because it looks cool.
* ''Series/MythBusters''
** TheTeam usually follows up a "busted" myth (and plausible and confirmed myths too) with an over-the-top experiment under improbable circumstances just to see how cool it looks like when it explodes. After all, [[CatchPhrase "we've replicated the circumstances of the myth, now let's replicate the results"]], and [[CatchPhrase "if it's worth doing,]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill it's worth overdoing"]].
** While testing to see if small amounts of dynamite can clean the inside of cement trucks of solidified cement, they
fill a hundred encyclopedias one up with all the technical FBI-provided high explosives and narrative inaccuracies; two dimensional space, clear contradictions blow it up to smithereens. Why would this be considered important information in the standard operating procedures busting of Starfleet, glaringly inefficient ship designs, unrealistic scale of space, unrealistic equipment, convoluted timeline of events, the list is infinite. However....when ''Trek'' fires on all [[strike: cylinders]] warp nacelles, NOBODY gives a damn.
* In the season four premiere of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', the Enterprise's targeting sensors are disabled, requiring the ship to get close enough to the target to eyeball it.
this myth? The correct answer is: Who cares?
--->'''Jamie:''' [[LampshadeHanging
This serves no plot purpose but has got nothing to do with the target happened to be myth;]] [[StuffBlowingUp it's just a facility in Nazi-occupied New York. big boom.]]
** It boggles the mind that they made a cannon entirely out of duct tape.
The result was damned thing ''worked''.
* The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise got its success by being practically fueled by this trope,
the Enterprise flying over New York City, premise alone involving a small group of teens doing martial arts and [[SuperSentaiStance making awesome if slightly goofy team poses]] while wearing motorcycle helmets and fighting [[StupidJetpackHitler Stukas with plasma cannons]].giant monsters by piloting [[HumongousMecha transforming giant robots]] might seem very silly, but if you tell it to any Power Ranger fan, you'll likely get the response "Who cares? it's freaking awesome!"



* In the GrandFinale of ''{{Series/Fringe}},'' [[MadScientist Walter]] has developed AbnormalAmmo that will not only kill their typically-ImmuneToBullets enemy, but cause the bodies to float in the air due to [insert TechnoBabble here]. When Peter asked why they'd need them to float them if it could kill them, Walter says, as if he'd been asked the painfully obvious, "Because it's '''cool.'''"
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The episode "Buffy vs. Dracula" had [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Buffy fighting Dracula]]. In adapting the Count for their show, the writers let him keep all his most memorable traits (sleeping in a coffin, hypnotizing people, turning into a bat, etc.) even though [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Buffyverse vampires don't normally work that way]]. He even got to dwell in a BigFancyCastle, despite the show being set in California, where castles are rare to nonexistent (and, [[LampshadeHanging as Riley points out]], you'd think the MainCharacters would have noticed their town had a giant castle in it before now). This is all excused because, without those things, he just wouldn't feel like Dracula, and [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Buffy vs. Dracula]] would never have happened.
** Joss has specifically cited this as the reason why, in the final episode of Season 7, all of the Ubervamps suddenly start dying easier than regular vampires seem to, even when being fought by normal humans.
* The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise got its success by being practically fueled by this trope, the premise alone involving a small group of teens doing martial arts and [[SuperSentaiStance making awesome if slightly goofy team poses]] while wearing motorcycle helmets and fighting giant monsters by piloting [[HumongousMecha transforming giant robots]] might seem very silly, but if you tell it to any Power Ranger fan, you'll likely get the response "Who cares? it's freaking awesome!"
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** Following the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', Coulson has taken steps to avert S.H.I.E.L.D.'s SigilSpam, removing the emblem from the cars and many other obvious places. He couldn't bring himself to remove the giant symbol on the top of the plane, though, because it's just too cool.
** Coulson has Fitz make him a device that projects an energy shield for the sole reason that they both agreed it would be cool for the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. to have a shield. For bonus points, it's in the shape of Captain America's shield, though with the S.H.I.E.L.D. symbol rather than his star.
* ''Series/AguilaRoja'' pretty much lives on the Rule of Cool. For starters, the titular hero is a [[GratuitousNinja Gratuitous]] McNinja in the 17th century Madrid. This means that AbsurdlySharpBlade and KatanasAreJustBetter often come into play.

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* In The creators of ''Series/{{Rome}}'' admitted they ignored the GrandFinale of ''{{Series/Fringe}},'' [[MadScientist Walter]] has developed AbnormalAmmo date the real Atia died simply because they loved the character and wanted to keep her on. Most fans agreed.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', being a Franchise/{{Superman}} show
that will not only kill their typically-ImmuneToBullets enemy, but cause ran for ten years, and with one of the bodies to float in the air due to [insert TechnoBabble here]. When Peter asked why they'd need them to float them if it could kill them, Walter says, as if he'd been asked the painfully obvious, "Because it's '''cool.'''"
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
producers a fan of UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} madness, sure has its moments.
** The episode "Buffy vs. Dracula" had [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Buffy fighting Dracula]]. In adapting the Count for their show, the writers let him keep all his most memorable traits (sleeping in a coffin, hypnotizing people, turning into a bat, etc.) even though [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Buffyverse vampires "[[BulletTime Clark time]]" effect. They love it so much they give SuperSpeed to dozens of villains that usually don't normally work have them, because it looks so blasted cool.
** Lana Lang with the [[spoiler:Prometheus armour. It is "armour"
that way]]. He even got to dwell in a BigFancyCastle, despite gives not the show slightest trace of being set in California, where castles are rare worn, and gives kryptonian level speed and strength. Oh, and you need to nonexistent (and, [[LampshadeHanging as Riley points out]], you'd think start some fires... over a water tank... containing the MainCharacters would have noticed their town had a giant castle in test subject... and there is no energy input... Yes, it before now). This makes no sense but it is all excused because, without those things, he just wouldn't feel forgiven when Lana bursts out of the lab like Dracula, a phoenix from the flames and [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny Buffy vs. Dracula]] would never have happened.
** Joss has specifically cited this as
does a BulletCatch]].
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'': You could fill a hundred encyclopedias with all
the reason why, technical and narrative inaccuracies; two dimensional space, clear contradictions in the final episode standard operating procedures of Season 7, all Starfleet, glaringly inefficient ship designs, unrealistic scale of space, unrealistic equipment, convoluted timeline of events, the Ubervamps suddenly start dying easier than regular vampires seem to, even list is infinite. However....when being fought by normal humans.
''Trek'' fires on all [[strike: cylinders]] warp nacelles, NOBODY gives a damn.
* In the season four premiere of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', the Enterprise's targeting sensors are disabled, requiring the ship to get close enough to the target to eyeball it. This serves no plot purpose but the target happened to be a facility in Nazi-occupied New York. The ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' franchise got its success by being practically fueled by this trope, result was the premise alone involving a small group of teens doing martial arts and [[SuperSentaiStance making awesome if slightly goofy team poses]] while wearing motorcycle helmets and Enterprise flying over New York City, fighting giant monsters by piloting [[HumongousMecha transforming giant robots]] might seem very silly, but if you tell it [[StupidJetpackHitler Stukas with plasma cannons]].
* ''Series/TopGear'': Why race a Bugatti Veyron against an RAF Eurofighter Typhoon? Why attempt
to turn a Reliant Robin into a space shuttle? Why do any Power Ranger fan, you'll likely get the response "Who cares? it's freaking awesome!"
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** Following the events of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', Coulson has taken steps to avert S.H.I.E.L.D.'s SigilSpam, removing the emblem from the cars and many other obvious places. He couldn't bring himself to remove the giant symbol on the top
of the plane, though, things they do? Because they're cool, dammit!
* Early seasons of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower really had her pushing the limits]] of BadassNormal. She could fight one-on-one with a PhysicalGod or solo against armies and win. As a specific example: In one scene, she jumps from a cliff and horizontally spins hundreds of feet onto a passing ship. She could do this
because it's just too cool.
** Coulson has Fitz make him a device that projects an energy shield for the sole reason that they both agreed it would be cool for the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. to have a shield. For bonus points, it's in the shape of Captain America's shield, though with the S.H.I.E.L.D. symbol rather than his star.
* ''Series/AguilaRoja'' pretty much lives on the Rule of
she was Just That Cool. For starters, Her [[ThemeMusicPowerUp blood-quickening theme music]] sung by the titular hero is a [[GratuitousNinja Gratuitous]] McNinja in the 17th century Madrid. This means that AbsurdlySharpBlade Bulgarian Women's Choir always accompanied such feats. Later seasons had plot-devices and KatanasAreJustBetter often come into play.{{Flashback}}s explaining various powers.

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* The ''Franchise/TheFutureIsWild'' BBC miniseries, a followup to the ''Walking with ___'' series, focuses on what life might be like millions of years in the future. It's got elements of evolutionary biology, but most of it is rule of cool all over.

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* The ''Franchise/TheFutureIsWild'' ''Series/TheFutureIsWild'' BBC miniseries, a followup to the ''Walking with ___'' series, focuses on what life might be like millions of years in the future. It's got elements of evolutionary biology, but most of it is rule of cool all over.

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** The page image is from a cover of ''Soul Music'' - Death, about to bring down a pick made of his shattered scythe on a magical, sentient guitar that may or may not be the host of an EldritchAbomination.

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