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4th Nov '17 10:22:53 AM WillKeaton
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* In the ''Comicbook/XMen'' verse, it has become formulaic for every team to have a telepath, powerhouse, energy blaster, and/or one member who won the SuperpowerLottery. And if not a telepath, then an animalistic mutant... at least before WolverinePublicity [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/219810 flew out of control]].

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* In the ''Comicbook/XMen'' verse, it has become formulaic for every team to have a telepath, powerhouse, energy blaster, and/or one member who won the SuperpowerLottery. And if not a telepath, then an animalistic mutant... at least before WolverinePublicity [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/219810 flew out of control]].control.]]
4th Nov '17 10:22:30 AM WillKeaton
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* Completely Averted in Manga/DragonBall. Every character has the same powers, with only one or two special moves differentiating them. But by the end of the series, everyone has either taught each other their unique moves, or developed something that essentially does the same thing. Whoever has the highest PowerLevel is the best in speed, power, endurance and Ki attacks.

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* Completely Averted in Manga/DragonBall.''Manga/DragonBall''. Every character has the same powers, with only one or two special moves differentiating them. But by the end of the series, everyone has either taught each other their unique moves, or developed something that essentially does the same thing. Whoever has the highest PowerLevel is the best in speed, power, endurance and Ki attacks.
4th Nov '17 10:21:58 AM WillKeaton
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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'''s Minako Aino originally starred in her own manga, ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', before being absorbed into the series, creating the odd situation where the derived character (Usagi) ended up being the lead. Minako has since undergone DivergentCharacterEvolution: a more outwardly capable but loopy character for the first anime, a straight serious character for the LiveActionAdaptation, and a mostly similar to the manga girl for ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''. Pretty much all her incarnations treat her as a veteran, and occasionally showcase her greater experience at being a MagicalGirl than the rest of the Senshi, and except in the anime. The manga, live-action show and later ''Crystal'' show her being serious and knowledgeable, though the manga and ''Crystal'' also give some silly moments; the first anime suggests that ''not being alone'' has loosened her up from the more serious personality she had in earlier seasons, but [[BewareTheSillyOnes shows her being able]] to pull magical girl stunts (like leaping onto second-floor balconies ''from the street outside the house'') while in civilian form.

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* ''Manga/SailorMoon'''s Minako Aino originally starred in her own manga, ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', before being absorbed into the series, creating the odd situation where the derived character (Usagi) ended up being the lead. Minako has since undergone DivergentCharacterEvolution: a more outwardly capable but loopy character for the first anime, a straight serious character for the LiveActionAdaptation, and a mostly similar to the manga girl for ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal''. Pretty much all her incarnations treat her as a veteran, and occasionally showcase her greater experience at being a MagicalGirl than the rest of the Senshi, and except in for the first anime. The manga, live-action show and later ''Crystal'' show her being serious and knowledgeable, though the manga and ''Crystal'' also give some silly moments; the first anime suggests that ''not being alone'' has loosened her up from the more serious personality she had in earlier seasons, but [[BewareTheSillyOnes shows her being able]] to pull magical girl stunts (like leaping onto second-floor balconies ''from the street outside the house'') while in civilian form.
19th Sep '17 7:11:05 AM DracoKanji
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* The ''{{Transformers}}'' franchise has this in spades in order to [[MerchandiseDriven sell more toys]]. No {{omnidisciplinary scientist}}s here - the original series' Autobots had a theoretician (Skids), a metallurgist (Swerve), an engineer (Wheeljack), and more. Sadly, the fiction often treats this as an InformedAbility.

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* The ''{{Transformers}}'' ''{{Transformers}}'':
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franchise has this in spades in order to [[MerchandiseDriven sell more toys]]. No {{omnidisciplinary scientist}}s here - the original series' Autobots had a theoretician (Skids), a metallurgist (Swerve), an engineer (Wheeljack), and more. Sadly, the fiction often treats this as an InformedAbility.InformedAbility.
** It also [[PlayingWithATrope flip-flops]] on body designs, which are often reused to reduce the cost of introducing LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Some characters in one series will share a mold, but later have different designs entirely. One example is with twins Sunstreaker and Sideswipe, whose 2008 ''Universe'' figures are the same mold, but with slightly different transformations; the chest of one is the back of the other. Meanwhile, Bumblebee and Cliffjumper were originally entirely different molds but more often than not now are simple recolors, occasionally with different heads.
11th Sep '17 7:15:26 PM Lorealie
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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' started off with a team of three, Aqualad the [[MakingASplash hydrokinetic]], Kid Flash with SuperSpeed and Robin the BadassNormal [[TheHacker Hacker]]. When Artemis is introduced it's mentioned that after Speedy refused membership in the team that they could use TheArcher to fill a gap in the teams skillset. It's later shown that Aqualad's limited magic leaves another skill gap, which is later filled with Zatanna.

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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' started off with a team of three, Aqualad the [[MakingASplash hydrokinetic]], Kid Flash with SuperSpeed and Robin the BadassNormal [[TheHacker Hacker]].PlayfulHacker. This also seems to be the cause of AdaptionalWimp for Superboy and Miss Martian, to keep either from making the other redundant, as his major focus is SuperStrength (lacking in flight, eyebeams, and telekinetic abilities common to the character) while she keeps her flight, shapeshifting, and psychic powers at the cost of her own strength. When Artemis is introduced it's mentioned that after Speedy refused membership in the team that they could use TheArcher to fill a gap in the teams skillset. It's later shown that Aqualad's limited magic leaves another skill gap, which is later filled with Zatanna.
30th Aug '17 1:54:11 PM pinkdalek
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** ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' is a MascotFighter featuring the main heroes and main villains of ''Final Fantasy'' titles, which results in it dealing with a lot of these problems, since those roles tend to fit similar templates (pretty young men with [[HeroesPreferSwords big swords]] on the hero side, LargeHam mages on the villains'). However, the game does an admirable job keeping the characters' personalities and play styles distinct, with or without some DependingOnTheWriter AlternateCharacterInterpretation to reinforce this. For just one example, Kefka, Sephiroth and Kuja all have remarkably similar backstories and a lot in common in personality; ''Dissidia'' makes them different by focusing on Sephiroth's FallenHero aspect, Kuja's more NobleDemon characteristics, and Kefka's MonsterClown demeanor.
30th Jul '17 11:50:40 PM KJMackley
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* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' started off with a team of three, Aqualad the [[MakingASplash hydrokinetic]], Kid Flash with SuperSpeed and Robin the BadassNormal [[TheHacker Hacker]]. When Artemis is introduced it's mentioned that after Speedy refused membership in the team that they could use TheArcher to fill a gap in the teams skillset. It's later shown that Aqualad's limited magic leaves another skill gap, which is later filled with Zatanna.
29th Jul '17 3:04:13 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''ComicBook/NewSuperMan'' acknowledges this in-universe when Kenan Kong and [[ComicBook/TheFlash Avery Ho]] have a race. Avery notes that while Kenan has a whole range of powers, he's not going to beat her at [[SuperSpeed her one and only thing.]]

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* ''ComicBook/NewSuperMan'' acknowledges this in-universe when Kenan Kong and [[ComicBook/TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Avery Ho]] have a race. Avery notes that while Kenan has a whole range of powers, he's not going to beat her at [[SuperSpeed her one and only thing.]]
29th Jul '17 3:03:47 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''ComicBook/NewSuperMan'' acknowledges this in-universe when Kenan Kong and [[ComicBook/TheFlash Avery Ho]] have a race. Avery notes that while Kenan has a whole range of powers, he's not going to beat her at [[SuperSpeed her one and only thing.]]
7th Jul '17 1:58:30 PM MBG
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** This also happened a fair bit with Superman and ComicBook/MartianManhunter. During the early Silver Age ''Justice League'' issues, Martian Manhunter was given very similar powers to Superman (a FlyingBrick with heat vision), and mostly got used as a stand-in. Later runs and alternate takes tend to make his FlyingBrick powers more incidental (though still fairly impressive) in favor of focusing on his shapeshifting, density control, and telepathy.
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