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9th Oct '16 11:35:03 PM Kooshmeister
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* In ''Captain Sindbad'' (not to be confused with the Creator/RayHarryhausen Sinbad movies), Sinbad must fight an invisible beast in an arena.

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* In ''Captain Sindbad'' ''Film/CaptainSindbad'' (not to be confused with the Creator/RayHarryhausen Sinbad movies), Sinbad must fight an invisible beast in an arena.
2nd Oct '16 5:21:55 AM Bissek
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* Mocked in the "Mr Neutron is Missing" episode of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', where the episode ends before the story is resolved because the studio runs out of money. Shortly before the credits run, the narrator tries to explain what was going to happen, and how expensive the various scenes were going to be.

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* Mocked in the "Mr Neutron is Missing" episode of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', where the episode ends before the story is resolved because the studio runs out of money. Shortly before the credits run, the narrator tries to explain what was going to happen, and how expensive the various scenes were going to be. For a more conventional usage, the only thing Mr Neutron does with superpowers that allegedly could be used to destroy the world is turn a frumpy middle-aged housewife into a slightly better dressed middle-aged housewife.
21st Aug '16 8:03:12 PM lorgskyegon
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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]].
17th Aug '16 3:16:25 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Jedi have harnessed the Force that binds the universe together, but their powers are still largely rooted in special effects that were affordable in the 1970s and 1980s, such as making actors repeat things, speaking in voice-over to each other, and "sensing" things. More budget-heavy things like moving objects and jumping were still pretty cheap. All of this makes the Emperor's force lightning that much more of a shock in the first trilogy's finale.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Jedi have harnessed the Force that binds the universe together, but their powers are still largely rooted in special effects that were affordable limited by what was cheap and easy in the 1970s and 1980s, such as making actors repeat things, speaking in voice-over to each other, and "sensing" things. More budget-heavy things feats like moving objects and jumping were still pretty cheap.affordable. All of this makes the Emperor's force lightning that much more of a shock in the first trilogy's finale.
17th Aug '16 3:14:02 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** As digital effects have come a long way since 2006, ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' averts this completely. The movie starts off with a group of mutants, including Colossus and Iceman (who ''finally'' uses his ice slides), fighting a Sentinel attack in the CrapsackWorld future with powers fully on display; they do so again in the climax of the film, as the future group makes a final stand against the Sentinels. Storm's activity is unfortunately limited once again--however, it is not due to this trope, but to Storm being DemotedToExtra because of actress Halle Berry's [[HideYourPregnancy pregnancy]]. There are also some pretty badass displays from Blink and Sunspot, further showing just how much more the filmmakers can do these days.



* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Jedi have harnessed the Force that binds the universe together, but their powers are still largely rooted in special effects that were affordable in the 1970s and 1980s, such as making actors repeat things, speaking in voice-over to each other, and "sensing" things. More budget-heavy things like moving objects and jumping were still pretty cheap. All of this makes the Emperor's force lightning that much more of a shock in the first trilogy's finale.



* See also ''Series/NoHeroics''.

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* See also ''Series/NoHeroics''.''Series/NoHeroics'' is about heroes sitting around and chatting instead of using their powers to fight crime.



** Worth nothing that while the first season featured more on-screen flying than the rest, the effects for most of Superman's many other powers saw an upturn in quality as the show went on.



* Due to budget limitations, Marcus's telescoping fighting staff in ''Series/BabylonFive'' was opened and closed mostly off-screen.
** Although they did take care to actually show it open up when it was used for the first time.

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* Due to budget limitations, Marcus's telescoping fighting staff in ''Series/BabylonFive'' was opened and closed mostly off-screen.
** Although
off-screen, although they did take care to actually show it open up when it was used for the first time.
3rd Jul '16 4:57:45 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', the characters seem to use their ElementalPowers in far more elaborate and interesting ways in the written media than they do in the DirectToDVD movies. For example, Gali performing a [[FantasticNuke Nova Blast]] and crushing the entire realm of Kharzani with a GiantWallOfWateryDoom in a written web serial, but only doing a bit of FloatingWater and HealingHands in TheMovie.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', the characters seem to use their ElementalPowers in far more elaborate and interesting ways in the written media than they do in the DirectToDVD movies. For example, Gali performing a [[FantasticNuke Nova Blast]] and crushing the entire realm of Kharzani with a GiantWallOfWateryDoom in a written web serial, but only doing a bit of FloatingWater and HealingHands in TheMovie.
22nd Jun '16 1:42:11 PM cdrood
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** Season 26 of the original series usually began episodes with The Doctor and Ace coming out of the TARDIS. One episode did show them inside working at the console, but the rest of the console room was in darkness. The reason is they'd scrapped the set and didn't want to pay for a new one.
6th Jun '16 10:49:50 PM Brainiac0982
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** Odo from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and other [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting creatures]] constantly hang around in humanoid form and rarely seem to change their shape in moments when it would be helpful. Most of Odo's transformations [[InformedAbility take place off-screen]], obviously because because the special effects cost a small fortune at the time. Odo even spends most of a season without the ability to shapechange, and was given a backstory that made him understandably reluctant to use the ability in front of others. Creator/PeterDavid acknowledges the problem in the introduction of his ''[=DS9=]'' novel ''The Siege'' and notes that he's unrestrained by special effects budgets. As promised, the novel itself features Odo in a crazy mad number of shapeshifting instances.

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** Odo from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and other [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting creatures]] constantly hang around in humanoid form and rarely seem to change their shape in moments when it would be helpful. Most of Odo's transformations [[InformedAbility take place off-screen]], obviously because because the special effects cost a small fortune at the time. Odo even spends most of a season without the ability to shapechange, and was given a backstory that made him understandably reluctant to use the ability in front of others. Creator/PeterDavid acknowledges the problem in the introduction of his ''[=DS9=]'' novel ''The Siege'' and notes that he's unrestrained by special effects budgets. As promised, the novel itself features Odo in a crazy mad number of shapeshifting instances.
17th May '16 3:36:38 PM BoorishCast
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* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' tends to re-use the same constructs over and over, such as Kilowog's trusty hammer, or the sword used by both Hal Jordan and Salakk. This is because making new constructs requires that the animators model them, while re-using existing ones is about as easy as using an existing prop in a live-action production.
10th May '16 1:09:22 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Present in several ''Series/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 Soul]] 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 ''Series/KamenRider'' ''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 Soul]] 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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