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26th Apr '17 3:15:17 AM Nakuyabi
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* Gaston from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' is shown to be able to lift a wooden bench with his three triplet girl admirers on it, coming to somewhere upward of 400 pounds, with ''one hand'' and with relative ease. Theoretically, one might be able to find an actor capable of doing this in RealLife for a live-action version, but he'd basically have to be an Olympic weightlifter. (This is one reason why Gaston doesn't boast so much about his "biceps to spare" in the [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017 live-action remake]].)
24th Apr '17 11:03:02 PM shrikelet
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses both Western and Eastern variants[[note]]After the introduction of [[KiManipulation Haki]][[/note]] on ''absolutely everyone''. Every power mentioned in the trope description-- most often ''literally the intentionally hyperbolic description given''-- is displayed by someone in the series. Luffy punches hard enough to knock a grown man through a wharf and leave a knuckle-shaped impression on his face[[note]]before developing a technique to use his Devil Fruit ability to give him actual SuperStrength[[/note]]. Zoro slices through rocks and steel like paper. Sanji's incredible kicks allow him to ''walk on air''. By the end of the Dressrosa Arc, the only Straw Hats who hadn't got in on the action are Chopper (whose Devil Fruit ability gives him actual SuperStrength) and Nami (who by that point had settled into a sort of SquishyWizard role). This is without getting into [=CP9's=] Rokushiki (six specific Charles Atlas Super Powers: [[FlashStep Soru]], [[MadeOfIron Tekkai]], [[DoubleJump Geppou]], [[NonchalantDodge Kami-E]], [[FingerPokeOfDoom Shigan]], and [[RazorWind Rankyaku]][[note]]Plus secret DangerousForbiddenTechnique Rokuougan[[/note]]) or Jozu's ability to ''pick up an iceberg''. If you want an exhaustive list of everyone in the series covered by this trope, go check out [[Characters/OnePiece the ''One Piece'' character sheets]]. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters All 22 of them.]]

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses both Western and Eastern variants[[note]]After the introduction of [[KiManipulation Haki]][[/note]] on ''absolutely everyone''. Every power mentioned in the trope description-- most often ''literally the intentionally hyperbolic description given''-- is displayed by someone in the series. Luffy punches hard enough to knock a grown man through a wharf and leave a knuckle-shaped impression on his face[[note]]before developing a technique to use his Devil Fruit ability to give him actual SuperStrength[[/note]]. Zoro slices through rocks and steel like paper. Sanji's incredible kicks allow him to ''walk on air''. By the end of the Dressrosa Arc, the only Straw Hats who hadn't got in on the action are Chopper (whose Devil Fruit ability gives him actual SuperStrength) and Nami (who by that point had settled into a sort of SquishyWizard role). This is without getting into [=CP9's=] Rokushiki (six specific Charles Atlas Super Powers: [[FlashStep Soru]], [[MadeOfIron Tekkai]], [[DoubleJump Geppou]], [[NonchalantDodge Kami-E]], [[FingerPokeOfDoom Shigan]], and [[RazorWind Rankyaku]][[note]]Plus secret DangerousForbiddenTechnique Rokuougan[[/note]]) or Jozu's ability to ''pick up an iceberg''. If you want an exhaustive list of everyone in the series covered by this trope, go check out [[Characters/OnePiece the ''One Piece'' series character sheets]]. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters All 22 of them.]]
24th Apr '17 10:56:33 PM shrikelet
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Extremely common, even when it can't be explained away by [[SuperpowerLottery Devil Fruit powers]] or something natural to one's species (i.e. fishmen and giants). Three of the main protagonists ([[TheHero Luffy]], [[TheLancer Zoro]], and [[ChefOfIron Sanji]]) have this and demonstrate it often. Don Krieg could swing a one ton spear while wearing heavy armor. Mr. 4 could swing a four ton bat. And it's a stock superpower for anyone with a significant title; every Vice Admiral seen thus far has it, as does any Shichibukai that doesn't rely on Devil Fruit powers (and some of the ones that do), as well as the Yonko. Seriously, almost every character in the series whose combat ability does not solely revolve around weapons possesses at least some form of super strength/speed, or at least an inhumanly high level of endurance (seriously, Usopp surviving a 4-ton bat slammed into his skull? While being dragged along the ground at 30 MPH? ''And standing up after it to go into LetsGetDangerous mode?'').
** In Luffy and Zoro's case, they actually showed/mentioned tedious training (Luffy's childhood showed him training by running through the mountains every day and fighting wild animals, mixed with some of his grandfather's TrainingFromHell, and Zoro's childhood showed him becoming superhuman at an early age, while at present, he exercises with weights roughly the size of monster truck wheels).
** [=CP9's=] ''Rokushiki'' are six specific Charles Atlas Superpowers, [[FlashStep Soru]], [[MadeOfIron Tekkai]], [[DoubleJump Geppou]], [[RagdollPhysics Kami-E]], [[FingerPokeOfDoom Shigan]], and {{Ra|zorWind}}nkyaku. There is also a [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique secret seventh skill]], Rokuougan.
** Jozu, 3rd Division Commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, is maybe the strongest in terms of brute strength yet in ''One Piece''. His Diamond powers shouldn't affect his muscles, but yet, he can [[http://read.mangashare.com/One-Piece/chapter-554/page004.html lift an iceberg.]]
** Haki could be considered a superpower by real standards. Haki makes you able to nullify Devil Fruit powers (which are the series' resident ''actual'' superpowers), feel an opponent's strength and predict their movements and, finally, knock out thousands of weaker opponents by your mere spirit - and to people who have never heard about it, it's often thought to be magic. Every human (and human-like beings) in the series has the potential for it, but only few manage to awaken that potential. So that way, it seems like an extraordinary superpower even though it's a power that every human has.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Extremely common, even when it can't be explained away
''Manga/OnePiece'' uses both Western and Eastern variants[[note]]After the introduction of [[KiManipulation Haki]][[/note]] on ''absolutely everyone''. Every power mentioned in the trope description-- most often ''literally the intentionally hyperbolic description given''-- is displayed by [[SuperpowerLottery someone in the series. Luffy punches hard enough to knock a grown man through a wharf and leave a knuckle-shaped impression on his face[[note]]before developing a technique to use his Devil Fruit powers]] or something natural ability to one's species (i.e. fishmen give him actual SuperStrength[[/note]]. Zoro slices through rocks and giants). Three steel like paper. Sanji's incredible kicks allow him to ''walk on air''. By the end of the main protagonists ([[TheHero Luffy]], [[TheLancer Zoro]], and [[ChefOfIron Sanji]]) have this and demonstrate it often. Don Krieg could swing a one ton spear while wearing heavy armor. Mr. 4 could swing a four ton bat. And it's a stock superpower for anyone with a significant title; every Vice Admiral seen thus far has it, as does any Shichibukai that doesn't rely Dressrosa Arc, the only Straw Hats who hadn't got in on the action are Chopper (whose Devil Fruit powers (and some of the ones that do), as well as the Yonko. Seriously, almost every character in the series whose combat ability does not solely revolve around weapons possesses at least some form of super strength/speed, or at least an inhumanly high level of endurance (seriously, Usopp surviving a 4-ton bat slammed gives him actual SuperStrength) and Nami (who by that point had settled into his skull? While being dragged along the ground at 30 MPH? ''And standing up after it to go a sort of SquishyWizard role). This is without getting into LetsGetDangerous mode?'').
** In Luffy and Zoro's case, they actually showed/mentioned tedious training (Luffy's childhood showed him training by running through the mountains every day and fighting wild animals, mixed with some of his grandfather's TrainingFromHell, and Zoro's childhood showed him becoming superhuman at an early age, while at present, he exercises with weights roughly the size of monster truck wheels).
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[=CP9's=] ''Rokushiki'' are six Rokushiki (six specific Charles Atlas Superpowers, Super Powers: [[FlashStep Soru]], [[MadeOfIron Tekkai]], [[DoubleJump Geppou]], [[RagdollPhysics [[NonchalantDodge Kami-E]], [[FingerPokeOfDoom Shigan]], and {{Ra|zorWind}}nkyaku. There is also a [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique [[RazorWind Rankyaku]][[note]]Plus secret seventh skill]], Rokuougan.
** Jozu, 3rd Division Commander
DangerousForbiddenTechnique Rokuougan[[/note]]) or Jozu's ability to ''pick up an iceberg''. If you want an exhaustive list of everyone in the Whitebeard Pirates, is maybe series covered by this trope, go check out [[Characters/OnePiece the strongest in terms of brute strength yet in ''One Piece''. His Diamond powers shouldn't affect his muscles, but yet, he can [[http://read.mangashare.com/One-Piece/chapter-554/page004.html lift an iceberg.]]
** Haki could be considered a superpower by real standards. Haki makes you able to nullify Devil Fruit powers (which are the series' resident ''actual'' superpowers), feel an opponent's strength and predict their movements and, finally, knock out thousands
Piece'' character sheets]]. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters All 22 of weaker opponents by your mere spirit - and to people who have never heard about it, it's often thought to be magic. Every human (and human-like beings) in the series has the potential for it, but only few manage to awaken that potential. So that way, it seems like an extraordinary superpower even though it's a power that every human has.them.]]
13th Apr '17 8:47:09 AM marcoasalazarm
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* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'s superhuman senses can explain his increased reactions -- he notices tension, hints of movement, and so on before anyone else would -- but his endurance and strength are pure training. His archnemesis, Bullseye, has no superpowers, but both his ability to aim and his ability to throw projectiles (including incredibly un-aerodynamic things, such as [[DeathDealer playing cards]] and straightened paperclips; indeed, it's been said that [[ImprobableWeaponUser anything]] is a deadly weapon in his hands, to the point that his prison guards won't even give him a plastic spoon to eat with) to lethal effect basically is one. It's one thing to be a brilliant marksman with thrown weapons. It's quite another to make the objects you throw defy the laws of physics.

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* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'s superhuman senses can explain his increased reactions -- he notices tension, hints of movement, and so on before anyone else would -- but his endurance and strength are pure training. His archnemesis, Bullseye, has no superpowers, but both his ability to aim and his ability to throw projectiles (including incredibly un-aerodynamic things, such as [[DeathDealer playing cards]] and straightened paperclips; indeed, it's been said that [[ImprobableWeaponUser anything]] is a deadly weapon in his hands, to the point that his prison guards won't even give him a plastic spoon to eat with) with, and [[{{Squick}} his meals have stool softeners mixed on them]]) to lethal effect basically is one. It's one thing to be a brilliant marksman with thrown weapons. It's quite another to make the objects you throw defy the laws of physics.
13th Apr '17 2:47:08 AM Ymirsdaughter
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* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'s superhuman senses can explain his increased reactions -- he notices tension, hints of movement, and so on before anyone else would -- but his endurance and strength are pure training. His archnemesis, Bullseye, has no superpowers, but both his ability to aim and his ability to throw projectiles (including incredibly un-aerodynamic things, such as [[DeathDealer playing cards]] and straightened paperclips; indeed, it's been said that [[ImprobableWeaponUser anything]] is a deadly weapon in his hands) to lethal effect basically is one. It's one thing to be a brilliant marksman with thrown weapons. It's quite another to make the objects you throw defy the laws of physics.

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* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'s superhuman senses can explain his increased reactions -- he notices tension, hints of movement, and so on before anyone else would -- but his endurance and strength are pure training. His archnemesis, Bullseye, has no superpowers, but both his ability to aim and his ability to throw projectiles (including incredibly un-aerodynamic things, such as [[DeathDealer playing cards]] and straightened paperclips; indeed, it's been said that [[ImprobableWeaponUser anything]] is a deadly weapon in his hands) hands, to the point that his prison guards won't even give him a plastic spoon to eat with) to lethal effect basically is one. It's one thing to be a brilliant marksman with thrown weapons. It's quite another to make the objects you throw defy the laws of physics.
7th Apr '17 1:38:12 PM MCE
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*** Various perks in non magic skills in skyrim, seem like super powers,like slowing time by concentrating while aiming a bow or my able to resist magic by being good with a shield.
29th Mar '17 7:33:49 PM DarkHunter
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** Simon is even more inexplicable: he's strong and tough enough to ''restrain Shizuo'', though he avoids combat whenever possible and most still count Shizuo as being the stronger of the two. Still, while there is an explanation for Shizuo, there is none for Simon.
16th Mar '17 8:05:37 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* While it's nowhere near ''Franchise/DragonBall'' levels in real life, sufficiently-trained martial artists can break human bone with a single attack (note that bones are about as dense and hard as concrete), as well as other seemingly impossible feats (such as ''Bruce Lee'''s famous One-Inch Punch).

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* While it's nowhere near ''Franchise/DragonBall'' levels in real life, sufficiently-trained martial artists can break human bone with a single attack (note that bones are about as dense and hard as concrete), as well as other seemingly impossible feats (such as ''Bruce Lee'''s Creator/BruceLee's famous One-Inch Punch).
15th Mar '17 5:23:58 PM Discar
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* As far as is known, the Seguleh from ''Literature/MalazanBookOftheFallen'' don't use magic in their training and just become supreme warriors through discipline and training alone. Mok and Co. are among the very few non-Ascendants of the series who are able to fight an undead K'ell hunter and live to tell the tale.

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* As far as is known, the Seguleh from ''Literature/MalazanBookOftheFallen'' ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' don't use magic in their training and just become supreme warriors through discipline and training alone. Mok and Co. are among the very few non-Ascendants of the series who are able to fight an undead K'ell hunter and live to tell the tale.tale.
* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): While tending to a wounded Dalinar:
--> '''Surgeon:''' Storms! Highprince, you're all scars under here! How many times have you been wounded in the shoulder?\\
'''Dalinar:''' [[MadeOfIron Can't remember.]]\\
'''Surgeon:''' How can you still use your arm?\\
'''Dalinar:''' Training and practice.\\
'''Surgeon:''' [[LampshadeHanging That's not how it works!]]
9th Mar '17 5:43:37 PM troodos
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* Cassandra Cain as ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2000}} is possibly one of the most over-the-top examples in Western comics. [[TykeBomb Being raised as an assassin from birth]] is used to explain how she can dodge bullets being fired directly at her head from less than a foot away, and even ones she can't hear or see being fired from, perhaps, miles away. Even when she is actually hit by a bullet, she can do so without flinching, because she was conditioned from when she was very young to ignore the pain. As a means of explanation that strains credulity, she was not taught to interpret speech or writing but instead taught human movement as a language (e.g. through recognition of tensing in specific arm and hand muscles, avoids gunfire by reacting first away from the direction of a pointed gun). She is shown on multiple occasions as basically having Spider-sense. It's implied that there might be something more to her abilities, given that her mother (who did not go through that training) has similar abilities, but it's never really explored.

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* Cassandra Cain as ComicBook/{{Batgirl|2000}} is possibly one of the most over-the-top examples in Western comics. [[TykeBomb Being raised as an assassin from birth]] is used to explain how she can dodge bullets being fired directly at her head from less than a foot away, and even ones she can't hear or see being fired from, perhaps, miles away. Even when she is actually hit by a bullet, she can do so without flinching, because she was conditioned from when she was very young to ignore the pain. As a means of explanation that strains credulity, she was not taught to interpret speech or writing but instead taught human movement as a language (e.g. through recognition of tensing in specific arm and hand muscles, avoids gunfire by reacting first away from the direction of a pointed gun). She is shown on multiple occasions as basically having Spider-sense. It's implied that there might be something more to her abilities, given that her mother (who did not go through that training) has similar abilities, but it's never really explored.explored, save for the brief mention by some government agents that her hormone levels are incredibly odd.
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