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* ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'', which is ''also'' part of the DCAU, actually went out of its way to explain why they didn't shoot Zeta. Apparently the writers were aware this trope was being overused, so the first episode of the series proper has Bennett explaining two things: firstly, he's a very expensive robot assassin they cannot afford to rebuild, and secondly, he's an assassin and too much violence could trigger violence in retaliation. The possibility of bystanders being hit by stray bullets is addressed later on, as is the general concept of civilian death and crossfire damage.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'', which is ''also'' part of the DCAU, actually went out of its way to explain why they didn't shoot Zeta. Apparently the writers were aware this trope was being overused, so the first episode of the series proper has Bennett explaining two things: firstly, he's a very expensive robot assassin they cannot afford to rebuild, and secondly, he's an assassin and too much violence could trigger violence in retaliation. The possibility of bystanders being hit by stray bullets is addressed later on, as is the general concept of civilian death and crossfire damage. It is also mentioned they want to bring him back as intact as possible to find out what terrorist group was able to change his programming.


*** In Season 2, the BigBad Eobard Thawne never really tries to actually kill the Legends, despite being able to do it in the space of a second, frequently coming up with other means to deal with them. [[spoiler:On the other hand, he's always on the run from the Black Flash.]] His partners Damien Darhk and Malcolm Merlyn keep invoking this trope, but he ignores them. [[spoiler:He finally takes the gloves off in the season finale, [[AndShowItToYou ripping Ray's heart out]] (luckily, there's another version of Ray.)]] Off that, Thawne is constantly running from [[spoiler:the Black Flash]] who can detect him by his speed. When he finally tells this to Darkh and Merlyn, they suggest a very easy answer: ''Stop running.''

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*** In Season 2, the BigBad Eobard Thawne never really tries to actually kill the Legends, despite being able to do it in the space of a second, frequently coming up with other means to deal with them. [[spoiler:On the other hand, he's always on the run from the Black Flash.]] His partners Damien Darhk and Malcolm Merlyn keep invoking this trope, but he ignores them. [[spoiler:He finally takes the gloves off in the season finale, [[AndShowItToYou ripping Ray's heart out]] (luckily, there's another version of Ray.)]] Off that, Thawne is constantly running from [[spoiler:the Black Flash]] who can detect him by his speed. When he finally tells this to Darkh Darhk and Merlyn, they suggest a very easy answer: ''Stop running.''



* '''[[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]]''' has stated that the Greatest E-mail he ever sent from a text-to-impact ratio was when he was one of the few who proofread UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins' ''The God Delusion'' before publication. He came to a part of the manuscript when Dawkins quoted an American hater of his calling him "a cheese eater!", and Dawkins then spent two-and-a-half page trying to deconstruct how being a cheese eater could be a bad thing, where cheese was manufactured in America and if there was some correlation with that area and atheism. Penn's immediate realisation and comment?

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* '''[[Creator/PennAndTeller [[Creator/PennAndTeller Penn Jillette]]''' Jillette]] has stated that the Greatest E-mail he ever sent from a text-to-impact ratio was when he was one of the few who proofread UsefulNotes/RichardDawkins' ''The God Delusion'' before publication. He came to a part of the manuscript when Dawkins quoted an American hater of his calling him "a cheese eater!", and Dawkins then spent two-and-a-half page trying to deconstruct how being a cheese eater could be a bad thing, where cheese was manufactured in America and if there was some correlation with that area and atheism. Penn's immediate realisation and comment?


** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E7HorsePlay Horse Play]]," Applejack repeatedly tells Twilight that she should just be honest about [[BadBadActing how bad Celestia is at acting]], and admit that Celestia shouldn't act in the stage play. Twilight refuses to listen for the sake of Celestia's dream of starring in a play. Sure enough, everything comes crashing down when [[RageBreakingPoint Twilight can't take how bad things are going anymore]].
** Mean Twilight Sparkle from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E13TheMean6 The Mean Six]]" realizes that Queen Chrysalis needed to get close enough to get hair and photos of the original's cutie marks in order to cast the spell that made the clones, and asks Chrysalis [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim why she didn't just kill them when she was up close and personal]]. Chrysalis snaps back that the Mane Six and their allies have defeated the entire changeling army in the past. Even if Chrysalis had the element of surprise, [[PragmaticVillainy fighting the Mane Six and Starlight Glimmer alone was likely going to end badly]].
** Subverted with Grogar's Legion of Doom, where he recruits Cozy Glow, Lord Tirek, Queen Chrysalis, and King Sombra and tells them about his big complex plan to work together, combine their powers, shore up his, and raze Equestria to the ground. Sombra states it would be much simpler to just take the Crystal Empire on his own and destroy anyone who stands in his way. To his credit he does fairly well, conquering both the Crystal Empire and Equestria with almost laughable ease, until the Mane Six show up and ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids graphically obliterate him on-screen]]'' with ThePowerOfFriendship. Seeing this, the rest of the Legion [[OhCrap quickly decides Grogar's plan is the way to go]].

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** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E7HorsePlay Horse Play]]," Applejack repeatedly tells Twilight that she should just be honest about [[BadBadActing how bad Celestia is at acting]], Princess Celestia's acting is]], and admit that Celestia shouldn't act in the stage play. Twilight refuses to listen for the sake of Celestia's dream of starring in a play. Sure enough, everything comes crashing down when [[RageBreakingPoint Twilight can't take how bad things are going anymore]].
anymore]]. Celestia even lampshades it, saying that she's not disappointed that Twilight doesn't like her acting, but that Twilight thought she could lie her way through it.
** Mean Twilight Sparkle from "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E13TheMean6 The Mean Six]]" realizes that Queen Chrysalis needed to get close enough to get hair and photos of the original's original Mane Six's cutie marks in order to cast the spell that made the clones, and clones. This, Mean Twilight asks Chrysalis [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim why she didn't just kill them when she was up close and personal]]. Chrysalis snaps back that the Mane Six and their allies have defeated the entire changeling army in the past. Even if Chrysalis had the element of surprise, [[PragmaticVillainy fighting the Mane Six and Starlight Glimmer alone was likely going to end badly]].
** Subverted with Grogar's Legion of Doom, where he LegionOfDoom. He recruits Cozy Glow, Lord Tirek, Queen Chrysalis, and King Sombra and tells while telling them about his big complex plan to work together, combine their powers, shore up his, Grogar's power, and raze Equestria to the ground.ground by defeating Twilight Sparkle and her friends. Sombra states it would be much simpler to just take the Crystal Empire on his own and destroy anyone who stands in his way. To his credit Sombra's credit, he does fairly well, conquering both the Crystal Empire and Equestria with almost laughable ease, until the Mane Six show up and ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids graphically obliterate him on-screen]]'' with ThePowerOfFriendship. Seeing this, the rest of the Legion [[OhCrap quickly decides Grogar's plan is the way to go]].


** An even more astute example comes when [[http://xkcd.com/530/ Randall Munroe is locked out of his apartment.]]

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** An even more astute example comes when [[http://xkcd.com/530/ Randall Munroe is locked out of his apartment.]]apartment]], which provides the page image. Munroe has to hack into his roommate's Macbook downstairs and use a text-to-speech device to try and get inside. When someone else asks about the doorbell, Munroe is left in StunnedSilence, as the thought had apparently not occurred to him.


* ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles'':
** [[DeadpanSnarker Grif]] seems to do this in response to [[CrazyAwesome Sarge's]] crazy plans.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlueTheBloodGulchChronicles'':
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** [[DeadpanSnarker Grif]] seems to frequently do this in response to [[CrazyAwesome Sarge's]] crazy plans.



'''Grif:''' Or we could just listen to the coordinates that she's sending us.

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'''Grif:''' '''Grif:''' ...Or we could just listen to the coordinates that she's sending ''sending us.''



* The bread and butter WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded -- stating the far simpler and/or funnier way to solve the problem of the story than what the characters in the movie did. Examples include the ''Film/JurassicWorld'' park containing the Indominus Rex by such simple measures as not putting in a dinosaur-sized exit to the habitat and building a moat inside it (something real life zoos very often do), [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Bucky]] avoiding his [[BrainwashedAndCrazy conditioning]] being activated by plugging his ears, and [[Film/SuicideSquad2016 June]] preventing the whole plot of the film by making sure that the statue the Enchantress was trapped in is never damaged or broken, like a good archeologist. It's also sometimes Deconstructed, like in the ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' HISHE, in which the simple method leads to Bing-Bong revealing the existence of the Mind World to Riley, causing her to go insane.

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** Later on, [[spoiler:[[HesBack Tex]]]] is [[CurbStompBattle laying an utter smackdown]] on the Reds and Tucker. Tucker - whose armor [[CallBack got colored black after going through a teleporter]] - is tackled by [[spoiler:Tex]] and she's trying to beat him up. Meanwhile, Simmons has a rocket launcher and he's trying to figure out which [=black-armored=] figure to shoot.
-->'''Simmons:''' (terrified) [[SpotTheImposter They look the same! Which one do I shoot?!]]\\
'''Tucker:''' (from afar, furious) Ow! ''Shoot the one who's winning, dumbass!''
** During ''Singularity'', [[OnlySaneMan Wash]] is using MentalTimeTravel [[spoiler:to figure out where Carolina was in-between the flashback segments of Season 10 and the present day]]. Unfortunately, he's traveled back to a time period where he was the resident ButtMonkey and got no respect. As he bemoans his problems to [[spoiler:[[ReassignedToAntarctica The Triplets]]]], they point out to him that since he can travel to ''anywhere'' along his own timeline, he should just travel into the future to when he and [[spoiler:Carolina]] are good friends and he can just ask her then. After a lengthy StunnedSilence, Wash immediately tries that out and gets an answer, causing him to scream in utter rage about how he CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot.
* The bread and butter of WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded -- stating the far simpler and/or funnier way to solve the problem of the story than what the characters in the movie did. Examples include the ''Film/JurassicWorld'' park containing the Indominus Rex by such simple measures as not putting in a dinosaur-sized exit to the habitat and building a moat inside it (something real life zoos very often do), [[Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar Bucky]] avoiding his [[BrainwashedAndCrazy conditioning]] being activated by plugging his ears, and [[Film/SuicideSquad2016 June]] preventing the whole plot of the film by making sure that the statue the Enchantress was trapped in is never damaged or broken, like broken (like a good archeologist. It's archaeologist should). However, it's also sometimes Deconstructed, like in the ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' HISHE, in which the simple method leads to Bing-Bong revealing the existence of the Mind World to Riley, causing her to go insane.



** [[TheEngineer Moloch Von Zinzer]] is very good at this sort of thing. It tends to annoy Sparks, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091019 who don't like having their drama harshed by a Mundane Solution.]]

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** [[TheEngineer Moloch Von Zinzer]] is very good at this sort of thing. It tends to annoy Sparks, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20091019 who don't like having their drama harshed by a Mundane Solution.]]a]] MundaneSolution.



''[turns around and notices he's become the subject of several disapproving glares]''\\

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''[turns around and notices he's become the subject of [[DeathGlare several disapproving glares]''\\glares]]]''\\


* In the Literature/{{Worm}} x Videogame/{{Dishonored}} crfssover fanfic, ''FanFic/AChangeOfPace'', [[spoiler: Vicky's second-trigger stops her from getting close to people or she'll basically render them into brain-dead worshippers, so she hasn't talked to her sister or aunt. Taylor hands her a cell-phone, leaving her to lampshade this. Though in her defense she was grieving and didn't have time to really think about it]].

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* In the Literature/{{Worm}} x Videogame/{{Dishonored}} crfssover crossover fanfic, ''FanFic/AChangeOfPace'', ''Fanfic/AChangeOfPace'', [[spoiler: Vicky's second-trigger stops her from getting close to people or she'll basically render them into brain-dead worshippers, so she hasn't talked to her sister or aunt. Taylor hands her a cell-phone, leaving her to lampshade this. Though in her defense she was grieving and didn't have time to really think about it]].


* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', Cordelia asks the [[BigBad Nightmare Knight]] why he doesn't [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just]] "defeat the hero yourself? Right '''now'''?" She narrowly escapes being punished for her insubordination.

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* In ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', Cordelia asks the [[BigBad Nightmare Knight]] why he doesn't [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just]] "defeat the hero yourself? Right '''now'''?" She narrowly escapes being punished for her insubordination. The actual answer is revealed much later, along with Nightmare Knight's true motivations.


* Pretty much the same thing happens in the ''[[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX Punisher MAX]]'' storyline "Widowmaker". As seen in the earlier storyline "ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank", actually shooting the Punisher sometimes just makes him even angrier.

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* Pretty much the same thing happens in the ''[[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX Punisher MAX]]'' ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' storyline "Widowmaker". As seen in the earlier storyline "ComicBook/WelcomeBackFrank", actually shooting the Punisher sometimes just makes him even angrier.



* The Stairs Coup in FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse. Quick Fix, Luna's majordomo, felt that Luna needed some stairs leading up to her chambers, in case the Night Court needed to contact her in an emergency. So in order to prove his point, he staged ''a fake coup'', complete with sending orders to Equestria's armies to muster on the borders of half a dozen neighboring nations. Though this does convince Luna to install some stairs, she does not fall to point out that Quick Fix ''could have just talked to her about it.''

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* The Stairs Coup in FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse.''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse''. Quick Fix, Luna's majordomo, felt that Luna needed some stairs leading up to her chambers, in case the Night Court needed to contact her in an emergency. So in order to prove his point, he staged ''a fake coup'', complete with sending orders to Equestria's armies to muster on the borders of half a dozen neighboring nations. Though this does convince Luna to install some stairs, she does not fall to point out that Quick Fix ''could have just talked to her about it.''



* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Commander Drake asks why Vice Admiral Jonathan hasn't simply shot Terry and Isaiah, to which Jonathan responds that he can't afford the two million beri fine.

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* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', ''Fanfic/ThisBites'', Commander Drake asks why Vice Admiral Jonathan hasn't simply shot Terry and Isaiah, to which Jonathan responds that he can't afford the two million beri fine.



* In ''FanFic/ThreeBadassesInWesteros'', Lysa Arryn has kidnapped Catelyn Stark and Tyrion Lannister (who had been taken there by Catelyn like in the books) as revenge for Littlefinger's death. Tywin Lannister and Eddard Stark are all for sending their armies to the Eyrie. Robert Baratheon points out that it would be far easier and cheaper to send some of their men to sneak in and get the two out without calling undue attention.

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* In ''FanFic/ThreeBadassesInWesteros'', ''Fanfic/ThreeBadassesInWesteros'', Lysa Arryn has kidnapped Catelyn Stark and Tyrion Lannister (who had been taken there by Catelyn like in the books) as revenge for Littlefinger's death. Tywin Lannister and Eddard Stark are all for sending their armies to the Eyrie. Robert Baratheon points out that it would be far easier and cheaper to send some of their men to sneak in and get the two out without calling undue attention.



* In the Literature/{{Worm}} x Videogame/{{Dishonored}} crossover fanfic, ''FanFic/AChangeOfPace'', [[spoiler: Vicky's second-trigger stops her from getting close to people or she'll basically render them into brain-dead worshippers, so she hasn't talked to her sister or aunt. Taylor hands her a cell-phone, leaving her to lampshade this. Though in her defense she was grieving and didn't have time to really think about it]].

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* In the Literature/{{Worm}} x Videogame/{{Dishonored}} crossover crfssover fanfic, ''FanFic/AChangeOfPace'', [[spoiler: Vicky's second-trigger stops her from getting close to people or she'll basically render them into brain-dead worshippers, so she hasn't talked to her sister or aunt. Taylor hands her a cell-phone, leaving her to lampshade this. Though in her defense she was grieving and didn't have time to really think about it]].



* In the FanFic ''[[http://www.improfanfic.com/dhh/ Dark Heart High]]'', a shojo-style parody of evil overlords that deliberately seeks out tropes to adopt and cherish, a class for aspiring supervillains is asked what they'd do when they had their nemesis at their mercy. After listening to the litany of death traps and tortures of her classmates' answers, protagonist Yuki fumbles for a moment, then shrugs and says, "I'd just shoot him." Her teacher is quite impressed.

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* In the FanFic Fanfic ''[[http://www.improfanfic.com/dhh/ Dark Heart High]]'', a shojo-style parody of evil overlords that deliberately seeks out tropes to adopt and cherish, a class for aspiring supervillains is asked what they'd do when they had their nemesis at their mercy. After listening to the litany of death traps and tortures of her classmates' answers, protagonist Yuki fumbles for a moment, then shrugs and says, "I'd just shoot him." Her teacher is quite impressed.



* ''Fanfic/TheManyDatesOfDannyFenton'' (''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', WesternAnimation, [[{{Series}} TV Series]], and ComicBooks.): Danny tells Tuck to change his profile to get better dates and he refuse to listen.

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* ''Fanfic/TheManyDatesOfDannyFenton'' (''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', WesternAnimation, [[{{Series}} TV Series]], and ComicBooks.): ''Fanfic/TheManyDatesOfDannyFenton'': Danny tells Tuck to change his profile to get better dates and he refuse to listen.listen.
* Justified in ''Fanfic/TheUnfantasticAdventuresOfBizarroNo1'', due to the backwards nature of SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}} and his race. White Lightning points out that Blue Kryptonite only affects Bizarro Supermen, so the rest of them can take care of the [[ManOfKryptonite Blue-Kryptonite Men]]. Bizarro notes that's their most efficient plan, hence it must be used as a last resort. Later, when Bizarro Lois points out her duplicates can fight the B-K Men with no risk, Bizarro states her idea is really smart so he’ll put it at the very bottom of the pile.

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** In Episode 4, Kirito and Silica are looking for the Pneuma Flower to revive Pina before its timer runs out, and Silica gets caught by a plant monster with tentacle-like vines. Rather than rush in hastily, Kirito informs Silica that she already has what she needs to get herself free.
--->'''Silica''': The power to believe in myself?\\
'''Kirito''': ''No'' -- a knife! Stab it!!



** At the end of the first season, when Kirito and Asuna learn ''why'' Kayaba imprisoned ten thousand people inside a lethal video game - [[spoiler: he created a ''glitch'' that killed players when their avatars died, and claimed IMeantToDoThat because he hadn't slept in 300 hours]] - Asuna asks why he didn't try to blame hackers impersonating him instead of continuing the charade for two years, given he had no motive.

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** At the end of the first season, when Kirito and Asuna learn ''why'' Kayaba imprisoned ten thousand people inside a lethal video game - [[spoiler: he created a ''glitch'' that killed players when their avatars died, and claimed IMeantToDoThat because he hadn't slept in 300 500 hours]] - Asuna asks why he didn't try to blame hackers impersonating him instead of continuing the charade for two years, given he had no motive.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZimEnterTheFlorpus'', when Zim teleports the Earth in the Irken Fleet's path so that the Tallest will have to meet him (and inadvertently creating the Florpus, a multidimensional, planet-destroying tear in reality, in doing so), the two Tallest are horrified of the idea of encountering Zim again (far more so than colliding with the Florpus), but when one of the pilots states they can simply turn out of the way, [[{{Manchild}} they just moan and groan like children]].
-->'''Purple:''' Earth? That means Zim! This is the worst news I've ever heard!
-->'''Irken Pilot:''' Sirs, we still have quite a bit of time to change course.
-->'''Red:''' But we're going straight!
--> '''Purple:''' Yeah, turning's no fun! Why is this happening? Make it not happen!
--> ''(Both Tallest groan very loudly)''

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* ''Film/AvengersEndgame'' begins with the heroes plotting to steal the Infinity Stones back from Thanos and use them to undo his culling of half the universe. However, it turns out Thanos had accounted for this possibility and destroyed the stones to prevent anyone from doing so, necessitating the much more complicated "Time Heist" plan of taking the stones from alternate timelines.


** Drake later asks why the World Government simply doesn't just sic the Admirals, the most powerful fighting force they have, on the Straw Hats. Jonathan responds that it would hurt the World Government either way. If the Admiral wins, the act would be seen as overkill for having to resort to using an Admiral to beat what should be a weak rookie pirate crew, and therefore implicates the World Government as incompetent. However, on the off-chance that the Straw Hats win, it would convince the Warlords to rebel, bringing both them and the Emperors down on the World Government simultaneously. Jonathan thus argues that [[PregmaticVillainy it just isn't worth it either way]].

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** Drake later asks why the World Government simply doesn't just sic the Admirals, the most powerful fighting force they have, on the Straw Hats. Jonathan responds that it would hurt the World Government either way. If the Admiral wins, the act would be seen as overkill for having to resort to using an Admiral to beat what should be a weak rookie pirate crew, and therefore implicates the World Government as incompetent. However, on the off-chance that the Straw Hats win, it would convince the Warlords to rebel, bringing both them and the Emperors down on the World Government simultaneously. Jonathan thus argues that [[PregmaticVillainy [[PragmaticVillainy it just isn't worth it either way]].


** He later asks why the World Government simply doesn't just sic the Admirals, the most powerful fighting force they have, on the Straw Hats. Jonathan responds that it would hurt the World Government either way: Either the Admiral wins, but the act is seen as overkill by the rest of the world for having to resort to using an Admiral to beat what should be considered a weak rookie pirate crew and therefore implicates the World Government as incompetent, or risk the off-chance of the Straw Hits actually winning, and thus convincing the Warlords to rebel, bringing both them and the Emperors down on the World Government simultaneously.

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** He Drake later asks why the World Government simply doesn't just sic the Admirals, the most powerful fighting force they have, on the Straw Hats. Jonathan responds that it would hurt the World Government either way: Either way. If the Admiral wins, but the act is would be seen as overkill by the rest of the world for having to resort to using an Admiral to beat what should be considered a weak rookie pirate crew crew, and therefore implicates the World Government as incompetent, or risk incompetent. However, on the off-chance of that the Straw Hits actually winning, and thus convincing Hats win, it would convince the Warlords to rebel, bringing both them and the Emperors down on the World Government simultaneously.simultaneously. Jonathan thus argues that [[PregmaticVillainy it just isn't worth it either way]].


* A Villain of the Week in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' is a former model who lost her leg in a photoshoot with a lion. She decides to take over the fashion industry using a machine to swap body parts between women (such as Clover's legs and Sam's teeth) and create an army of perfect models. Sam asks why she didn't just use the machine to get herself a new leg instead.

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* A Villain of the Week in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' is a former model who lost her leg in a photoshoot with a lion. She decides to take over the fashion industry using a machine to swap body parts between women (such as Clover's legs legs, Alex's hair and Sam's teeth) and create an army of perfect models. Sam Alex asks why she didn't just use the machine to get herself a new leg instead.instead. The villain replies that she has a point, but [[ForTheEvulz her plan sounds a lot more fun]].

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