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I was about to add a new page (Gear Shift Speed Surge, which is searchable under YKTTW but doesn't actually appear in the list, and says it was already launched yet actually wasn't), when I came upon this trope. Here's the problem - this trope is really two different tropes.
The "oh we need to go faster, so let's just shift gears / mash the gas / pull the throttle and speed up" even when they are already at max speed - that's one trope. But there's also just plenty of stuff here covering actual uses of overdrive or high gear. These are not the same thing.
Well, you could bring up this issue in the Trope Repair Shop.
I may do that. I was mostly throwing it out to see if anyone else agreed or had a dissenting opinion.
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