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18th Jan '18 10:09:18 AM PhantomRider
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*In ''Series/Supergirl2015,'' Kara takes to the skies frequently but Martian shapeshifting gets the coconut treatment. You'll never see the Martian Manhunter use his powers the way he does in comics or animation, taking on forms like dinosaurs and giant snakes and such. Instead, he's strictly a FlyingBrick in combat, with shapeshifting used exclusively to allow him to spend most of his time looking like his actor (even in scenes with only people who know who he is.) At one point, he and Supergirl are helping some renegade White Martians who want to overthrow their genocidal kin. ''Kara is the only non-Martian present'' and yet everyone takes on human forms because... reasons.
15th Jan '18 12:51:13 PM laserviking42
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** The first appearance of the Daleks in the second serial was an early version of this trope. Only two actual moving Daleks are shown at any point, the rest are painted backdrops.
13th Jan '18 5:24:38 AM erforce
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* ComicBook/{{Storm}} and Jean Grey both used their powers far more cautiously in the 2000-2006 ''Film/XMen'' trilogy than in their animated or comic versions. Prolonged flight and telekinesis are still very difficult to film. Not to mention beings made of living ice or metal. Iceman doesn't become a full-fledged X-Man until the [[Film/XMenTheLastStand third film]], likely just so he won't have to use his powers to their fullest, with ice slides, ice projectiles, and ice armor. (He does learn how to do the ice armor at the end of the third film. For about ten seconds.) Also, Colossus only takes on his metal form ''just'' as something is about to hit him or he needs to use his strength.

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* ComicBook/{{Storm}} and Jean Grey both used their powers far more cautiously in the 2000-2006 ''Film/XMen'' ''[[Film/XMenFilmSeries X-Men]]'' trilogy than in their animated or comic versions. Prolonged flight and telekinesis are still very difficult to film. Not to mention beings made of living ice or metal. Iceman doesn't become a full-fledged X-Man until the [[Film/XMenTheLastStand third film]], likely just so he won't have to use his powers to their fullest, with ice slides, ice projectiles, and ice armor. (He does learn how to do the ice armor at the end of the third film. For about ten seconds.) Also, Colossus only takes on his metal form ''just'' as something is about to hit him or he needs to use his strength.
25th Nov '17 3:54:15 PM dvorak
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* Many 80's schlock fantasy films have their great and powerful sorcerors limited to squibs or firepots for fights, and images superimposed on birdbaths for scrying. If they're really trying, you might get some splotches in those colors you see when you look at a lightbulb too closely.
3rd Nov '17 10:40:56 AM RedScharlach
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** Tellingly, one of the major selling points Marvel made sure to mention for the comic book inspired by the show was that it had no budget or character restrictions. For the first time, fans could see the cast of the show interacting with the likes of ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/TheAvengers, [[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 Ms. Marvel]], the ComicBook/XMen, and many more.

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** Tellingly, one of the major selling points Marvel made sure to mention for in the comic book inspired by the show was that it had no budget or character restrictions. For the first time, fans could see the cast of the show interacting with the likes of ComicBook/IronMan, ComicBook/TheAvengers, [[ComicBook/MsMarvel2014 Ms. Marvel]], the ComicBook/XMen, and many more.



* The first three seasons of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had numerous stunts involving Prue's telekinesis, but budget cuts lead to her replacement Paige having the ability to remotely teleport objects instead, which turns out to be more efficient given that it's easier to add some CGI effects than to set up and insure stunts that involve flying through the air. Chris, introduced in the sixth season, also had telekinesis, but rarely used it. Billie, in season eight, ALSO had telekinesis, but rarely threw demons into walls the way Prue did.

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* The first three seasons of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had numerous stunts involving Prue's telekinesis, but budget cuts lead to her replacement Paige having the ability to remotely teleport objects instead, which turns out to be more efficient given that it's easier to add some a few CGI effects than to set up and insure stunts that involve flying through the air. Chris, introduced in the sixth season, also had telekinesis, but rarely used it. Billie, in season eight, ALSO had telekinesis, but rarely threw demons into walls the way Prue did.



* ''Series/Kaamelott}}'':
** Given an InUniverse justification: Kaamelott's enchanter Merlin is an IneptMage extraordinaire, so every time he uses his powers, it's as underwhelming as the special effects can make it. The show isn't entirely run on Coconut Effects- Excalibur always glows when held by someone with an exceptional destiny-, but is so sparingly used as to be forgiveable.

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* ''Series/Kaamelott}}'':
''Series/{{Kaamelott}}'':
** Given an InUniverse justification: Kaamelott's enchanter Merlin is an IneptMage extraordinaire, so every time he uses his powers, it's as underwhelming as the special effects can make it. The show isn't entirely run on Coconut Effects- Excalibur always glows when held by someone with an exceptional destiny-, but is so sparingly used as to be forgiveable.forgivable.



* In ''Series/PowerRangers'', one question even the show's youngest fans frequently asked during Megazord battles is why the rangers didn't disassemble the Megazord and fight individually more often (this was especially prevalent when they were fighting multiple monsters at once or an individual Zord had a useful ability the Megazord itself didn't, such as the ability to fly.) The obvious reason is that it's easier to film with a guy in a foam rubber suit instead of having to design and work with multiple props for each individual Zord (some seasons only showed individual zords through a few repeated scenes of StockFootage.) It's telling that, on the odd occasion where the Zord had individual humanoid forms (such as the Shogunzords, Super Zeo Zords, or the [=RescueZords=],) we saw the rangers fighting individually a ''lot'' more.

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* In ''Series/PowerRangers'', one question even the show's youngest fans frequently asked during Megazord battles is why the rangers didn't disassemble the Megazord and fight individually more often (this was especially prevalent when they were fighting multiple monsters at once or an individual Zord had a useful ability the Megazord itself didn't, such as the ability to fly.) The obvious reason is that it's easier to film with a guy in a foam rubber suit instead of having than to design and work with multiple props for each individual Zord (some seasons only showed individual zords through a few repeated scenes of StockFootage.) It's telling that, on the odd occasion where the Zord had individual humanoid forms (such as the Shogunzords, Super Zeo Zords, or the [=RescueZords=],) we saw the rangers fighting individually a ''lot'' more.



* Parodied also in ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', in "Tomb of Invisibo", featuring an invisible bad guy with a not-invisible staff. The announcer even let the watchers know that the following segment had been made when low on budget. Then the villain's staff appeared suspended on fishing line for a while. ("The following special effects are not scary, please pretend that they are"). After a few scenes of this, the announcer declares that the executives were shamed into raising the budget, and the invisibility is done "properly" from that point on.

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* Parodied also in ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', in "Tomb of Invisibo", featuring an invisible bad guy with a not-invisible staff. The announcer even let the watchers know that the following segment had been was made when low on budget. Then the villain's staff appeared suspended on a fishing line for a while. ("The following special effects are not scary, please pretend that they are"). After a few scenes of this, the announcer declares that the executives were shamed into raising the budget, and the invisibility is done "properly" from that point on.
30th Oct '17 7:41:58 AM Malachi108
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** In the comics, Calvin Zabo/Mister Hyde possesses the ability to [[HulkOut transform into a massive, muscular beast]] à la Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk. So far, the show has downplayed any of his physical abilities in favor of making him a BadassNormal and DeadpanSnarker. He does transform at the end of Season 2, but the transformation is a relatively minor one.

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** In the comics, Calvin Zabo/Mister Hyde possesses the ability to [[HulkOut transform into a massive, muscular beast]] à la Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk. So far, the The show has downplayed any of his physical abilities in favor of making him a BadassNormal and DeadpanSnarker. He does transform at the end of Season 2, but the transformation is a relatively minor one.
19th Sep '17 4:19:52 PM LinTaylor
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* Present in several ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series. There is almost always at least one attack or form that's too CG intensive to be used more than once or twice throughout the entire show (and the movies, where the budget is less tight). Examples include [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Gatakiriba Combo]], [[Series/KamenRiderGhost Beethoven Damashii]] and [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Suika Arms]]. Meanwhile, forms that require little to no additional SFX budget, like sword and unarmed combat-based ones, get most of the screentime.

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* Present in several ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series. There is almost always at least one attack or form that's too CG intensive to be used more than once or twice throughout the entire show (and the movies, where the budget is less tight). Examples include [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Gatakiriba Combo]], [[Series/KamenRiderGhost Beethoven Damashii]] and [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Suika Arms]]. Meanwhile, tight); meanwhile, forms that require little to no additional SFX budget, like sword and unarmed combat-based ones, get most of the screentime.screentime. Examples of this trope across the franchise include:
** The HoverBoard mode of Series/KamenRiderAgito's CoolBike.
** Series/KamenRiderOOO's Gatakiriba Combo, whose main power is a DoppelgangerAttack.
** Series/KamenRiderGaim's Suika Arms, a watermelon-themed MiniMecha.
** Series/KamenRiderGhost's [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven Damashii]], which [[MusicalAssassin fights with music]].
1st Sep '17 4:10:12 AM HalcyonDayz
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** The eponymous character from the DS9 episode "Melora" is an alien from a low gravity world and can float and self-propel in a low gravity environment. She was originally intended to be the primary science officer for DS9, but this was canceled due to the difficulty and expense it would take for her to be in every episode. She was turned into a one-shot crewman and we instead got [[BadassBookworm Lieutenant Jadzia Dax]].

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** The eponymous character from the DS9 [=DS9=] episode "Melora" is an alien from a low gravity world and can float and self-propel in a low gravity environment. She was originally intended to be the primary science officer for DS9, [=DS9=], but this was canceled due to the difficulty and expense it would take for her to be in every episode. She was turned into a one-shot crewman and we instead got [[BadassBookworm Lieutenant Jadzia Dax]].
31st Aug '17 12:54:08 PM thatother1dude
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* The animated equivalent of Coconut Superpowers is something difficult and expensive to animate, such as an accurate depiction of people playing musical instruments. One of the main criticisms against ''Manga/KOn'' is not only that it's about a high school rock band who avoid practicing as much as possible, but even when they do play, most of the time the camera cuts away just as they begin and cuts back when they finish. This is especially {{egregious}} because ''K-ON!'' is produced by Creator/KyotoAnimation, who had previously animated an astonishingly good scene of a rock band performance in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''. There's a rumor that the animators got so bored/exhausted animating the latter that they don't want to animate any more band scenes, but that just presents the question of [[ExecutiveMeddling why they would then do a series about a band.]]

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* The animated equivalent of Coconut Superpowers is something difficult and expensive to animate, such as an accurate depiction of people playing musical instruments. One of the main criticisms against ''Manga/KOn'' is not only that it's about a high school rock band who avoid practicing as much as possible, but even when they do play, most of the time the camera cuts away just as they begin and cuts back when they finish. This is especially {{egregious}} because ''K-ON!'' is produced by Creator/KyotoAnimation, who had previously animated an astonishingly good scene of a rock band performance in ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''. There's a rumor that the animators got so bored/exhausted animating the latter that they don't want to animate any more band scenes, but that just presents the question of [[ExecutiveMeddling why they would then do a series about a band.]]
29th Aug '17 5:41:22 PM HotelCalifornia
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* Franchise/{{Superman}} gained his trademark ability of flight in the ''WesternAnimation/Superman TheatricalCartoons'' because they didn't want to have to animate him running and jumping to get around, and even when they did, it looked kinda silly seeing him bounce all over the place. This is why his famed listing of powers mentions leaping tall buildings in a single bound, but not the presumably more impressive flight.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}} gained his trademark ability of flight in the ''WesternAnimation/Superman TheatricalCartoons'' ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheatricalCartoons'' because they didn't want to have to animate him running and jumping to get around, and even when they did, it looked kinda silly seeing him bounce all over the place. This is why his famed listing of powers mentions leaping tall buildings in a single bound, but not the presumably more impressive flight.
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