History InformedAbility / AnimeAndManga

3rd Apr '16 3:29:16 PM captainpat
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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', there are several moves which represent this, although it would be classed more as ''Informed Power'' then ability. The Iron Dragon's Sword is stated by Gajeel to "be able to tear through anything it touches" yet has not hit a single target, presumably due to fights ending rather quickly should it actually hit. Whilst there are other moves that fit this bill, such as Laxus' Raging Bolt, but the biggest offender is the Abyss Break. It's supposedly a devastating spell that is capable of wiping away an entire town. The first time it's attempted to be cast, it's power source is removed, the second time, the user ''faints'' before being able to finish casting it. Abyss Break is the only spell to have never been officially cast despite being mentioned practically once every other arc.

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', there are several moves which represent this, although it would be classed more as ''Informed Power'' then ability. The Iron Dragon's Sword is stated by Gajeel to "be able to tear through anything it touches" yet has not hit a single target, presumably due to fights ending rather quickly should it actually hit. Whilst there are other moves that fit this bill, such as Laxus' Raging Bolt, but the biggest offender is the Abyss Break.Break is a noticeable case. It's supposedly a devastating spell that is capable of wiping away an entire town. The first time it's attempted to be cast, it's power source is removed, the second time, the user ''faints'' before being able to finish casting it. Abyss Break is the only spell to have never been officially cast despite being mentioned practically once every other arc.



** Same with Sakura's supposed smarts.



** The worst offender, however, goes to the ANBU. They're sent on all the most dangerous missions, any BadAss main character has spent time in the ANBU, and overall, supposed to be the [=SEALs=] of the ninja world. When they actually get into a fight, they're degraded to {{mook}} status, those formerly BadAss masks now cementing their status as CannonFodder. The fact that they're anonymous but allegedly elite makes them custom-made for TheWorfEffect.
** Hanzou, leader of the Village Hidden in the Rain, also suffers from this. The audience is told of his almost unstoppable power and skills but we never actually see him in combat. This is then mixed with TheWorfEffect when [[spoiler:Hanzou's assassination is used to hype up Pain's own power, emphasized even more by the fact that Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Orochimaru all lost to Hanzou during the war. Both of these tropes are eventually averted for Pain when he proceeds to kill Jiraiya and blow up Konoha proving that the rumors of his abilities are no exaggeration.]]
** ''Naruto himself'' became a victim of this trope throughout the first half of Shippuden. Practically every mention of him was accompanied by a comment over how strong he is and how much he has improved, yet the only improvement he ever really showed was a bigger rasengan, and the constant need to get bailed out of any dangerous situation by his teammates. Thankfully, [[TookALevelInBadass he got better as the series went on]].

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** The worst offender, however, goes to the ANBU. They're ANBU sent on all the most dangerous missions, any BadAss main character has spent time in the ANBU, and overall, supposed to be the [=SEALs=] of the ninja world. When they actually get into a fight, they're degraded to {{mook}} status, those formerly BadAss masks now cementing their status as CannonFodder. The fact that they're anonymous but allegedly elite makes them custom-made for TheWorfEffect.
** The audience is told Hanzou, leader of the Village Hidden in the Rain, also suffers from this. The audience is told of his Rain has almost unstoppable power and skills but we never actually see him in combat. This is then mixed with TheWorfEffect when [[spoiler:Hanzou's assassination is used to hype up Pain's own power, emphasized even more by the fact that Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Orochimaru all lost to Hanzou during the war. Both of these tropes are eventually averted for Pain when he proceeds to kill Jiraiya and blow up Konoha proving that the rumors of his abilities are no exaggeration.]]
** ''Naruto himself'' became a victim of this trope throughout the first half of Shippuden. Practically Shippuden as practically every mention of him was accompanied by a comment over how strong he is and how much he has improved, yet the only improvement he ever really showed was a bigger rasengan, and the constant need to get bailed out of any dangerous situation by his teammates. Thankfully, [[TookALevelInBadass he got better as the series went on]].



* The [[HumongousMecha Mobile Suits]] suffer from this in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. They generally have a knack for using weapons once or twice (e.g. Exia only uses its wrist vulcans twice in 25 episodes. But blink and you'll miss it!) But [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials]] make things worse. For example, did you know the GN-007 Arios Gundam in season 2 had a beam shield? According to the official file it does, but it has never been animated. The Model Kits are another offender as well. The [[CompilationMovie Special Editions]] do add footage of some weapons in use, but these are only glimpses in action packed sequences.

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* The [[HumongousMecha Mobile Suits]] suffer from this in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. They generally ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' have a knack for using weapons once or twice (e.g. Exia only uses its wrist vulcans twice in 25 episodes. But blink and you'll miss it!) But [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials]] make things worse. For example, did you know the GN-007 Arios Gundam in season 2 had a beam shield? According to the official file it does, but it has never been animated. The Model Kits are another offender as well. The [[CompilationMovie Special Editions]] do add footage of some weapons in use, but these are only glimpses in action packed sequences.
28th Mar '16 9:29:58 AM ObsidianFire
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* In the ''Manga/SoulEater'' manga, Mosquito was about to assume his youngest form, when he was at his most powerful, but thanks to GenreSavvy intervention, [[spoiler: he was killed before he could finish the transformation]].

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* In the ''Manga/SoulEater'' manga, Mosquito was about to assume his youngest form, when he was at his most powerful, but thanks to GenreSavvy intervention, [[spoiler: he was killed before he could finish the transformation]].
15th Mar '16 8:15:40 PM Loekman3
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** Yagura, the Jinchuuriki of the Three Tailed Turtle is stated to be one of the four people who has a complete control over his Bijuu, yet when we see him fight after being resurrected by Kabuto, he fights no better than the other Jinchuurikis sent to fight Naruto. Adding insult to the injury, he easily falls under Tobi's Genjutsu despite the fact that he normally should be immune to this by virtue of his own Bijuu breaking it.
13th Mar '16 1:15:52 PM NNinja
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** In addition to being a ChessMaster, Lelouch is said to be an actual chess master, and the show at least tries to demonstrate it by showing fragments of his games. However, the few times his games are shown, his moves and thought processes, while good for the camera, aren't going to win games against any remotely skilled player in real life.
*** Worse still is Schneizel, who's said to be the only one who can beat Lelouch at chess (which doesn't sound so hard, considering). Then you have the situation in which he ''puts his own king in check'', even though that move is just plain illegal. Which proves he doesn't really seem to care at all about the game.
10th Mar '16 1:51:03 PM Willbyr
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* ''SaintSeiya'' spends hours of footage telling us that Bronze Saints can reach the speed of sound, Gold Saints can reach the speed of light, and so forth. But when any of them need to get anywhere in a certain limit in time (read: once per arc), they run more-or-less as fast as a normal person ([[{{Padding}}or even slower]]).

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* ''SaintSeiya'' ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' spends hours of footage telling us that Bronze Saints can reach the speed of sound, Gold Saints can reach the speed of light, and so forth. But when any of them need to get anywhere in a certain limit in time (read: once per arc), they run more-or-less as fast as a normal person ([[{{Padding}}or even slower]]).
28th Jan '16 1:58:04 PM Willbyr
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* ''OnePiece'': The Sea Kings are supposedly very powerful, and serve as a means of dissuading sailors from entering the Calm Belt, but they only demonstrate how deadly they are when the Lord of the Coast- which was extremely vicious compared to most Sea Kings- eats Higuma the Bear in Luffy's past, and then eats Shanks' arm. They mostly serve to show how powerful certain characters are by [[TheWorfEffect falling in battle against them]]. Some even get cut in two.

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* ''OnePiece'': ''Franchise/OnePiece'': The Sea Kings are supposedly very powerful, and serve as a means of dissuading sailors from entering the Calm Belt, but they only demonstrate how deadly they are when the Lord of the Coast- which was extremely vicious compared to most Sea Kings- eats Higuma the Bear in Luffy's past, and then eats Shanks' arm. They mostly serve to show how powerful certain characters are by [[TheWorfEffect falling in battle against them]]. Some even get cut in two.
19th Jan '16 4:00:33 AM InsomniacWeasel
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* One might be excused for forgetting that Sena Kashiwazaki from BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai is meant to be an academic genius and an athletic prodigy, as the LawOfFunny means she regularly falls for painfully obvious tricks and the LawOfSexy means her general method of movement is clumsy enough to invoke plenty of swinging shots of her GagBoobs. She's also laughably clueless, although in that regard she may be justified due to her absurd wealth making her unfamiliar with the way the "real world" works.
10th Dec '15 8:28:13 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'': In the anime, when Frieza and King Cold are landing on Earth, the Z-Fighters state that Cold's PowerLevel is even higher than Frieza. Of course, since Trunks kills Cold with even less effort than when he killed Frieza, who is explicitly mentioned to even stronger as [[{{Cyborg}} Mecha-Frieza]] than he was when he fought Goku on Namek, this is a little difficult to believe.
22nd Nov '15 9:10:00 PM drac0blade
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* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has Isao Kachidoki, who placed second in the last Maiami Championship tournament and is treated as an incredibly skilled and expertly-trained Duelist. However, he doesn't how Ranks work in a world where Xyz Summoning is quite common, which makes this hard to believe.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has Isao Kachidoki, who placed second in the last Maiami Championship tournament and is treated as an incredibly skilled and expertly-trained Duelist. However, he doesn't know how Ranks work in a world where Xyz Summoning is quite common, which makes this hard to believe.
11th Nov '15 11:01:23 AM eowynjedi
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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' does this to Kio Asuno, the third-generation protagonist. Initially, he's an inexperienced pilot who relies on the power of the Gundam, [[PsychicPowers his X-Rounder abilities]], and his wingmates to get through battle. As the series progresses, everyone starts talking about what a great pilot he is, except he's still easily defeated as soon as he's deprived of one of his crutches.

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** * ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' does this to Kio Asuno, the third-generation protagonist. Initially, he's an inexperienced pilot who relies on the power of the Gundam, [[PsychicPowers his X-Rounder abilities]], and his wingmates to get through battle. As the series progresses, everyone starts talking about what a great pilot he is, except he's still easily defeated as soon as he's deprived of one of his crutches.
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