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8th Apr '16 9:20:27 PM ElectricBoogaloo
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* ''Series/D.C.'s Legends of Tomorrow'' has already served up a number of examples, most notably in the effects for Firestorm and the mysterious way the winged characters' wings appear and disappear depending on the angle of the shot.

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* ''Series/D.C.'s Legends of Tomorrow'' ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' has already served up a number of examples, most notably in the effects for Firestorm and the mysterious way the winged characters' wings appear and disappear depending on the angle of the shot.
1st Apr '16 8:49:45 AM Otto
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* ''Series/D.C.'s Legends of Tomorrow'' has already served up a number of examples, most notably in the effects for Firestorm and the mysterious way the winged characters' wings appear and disappear depending on the angle of the shot.
25th Feb '16 8:40:09 PM ElectricBoogaloo
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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 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 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,) [=RescueZords=],) we saw the rangers fighting individually a ''lot'' more.



* 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]].

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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.
25th Feb '16 8:37:38 PM ElectricBoogaloo
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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]].
** There are also cases of a series' specific gimmick, that while showcased very flashily in the earlier episodes, gets gradually phased out and ends up barely seen if at all in the later half of the show. [[TimeStandsStill Clock-Up]] in ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'', while being a showcase of actually pretty good special effects for toku in the first quarter of the show, is almost completely forgotten in its last 10 episodes or so.
21st Feb '16 11:59:01 PM DannWoolf
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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 about a band.'']]]]
3rd Feb '16 9:07:52 PM comicwriter
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* The ''Film/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' pilot movie does this for a lot of the characters, but ''especially'' Comicbook/GreenLantern. In the comics, his [[RingOfPower Power Ring]] is capable of conjuring up anything he can imagine, while in the film, he conveniently sticks to creating easily-attainable props like chainsaws and umbrellas. Yes. Umbrellas.

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* The ''Film/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' pilot movie does this for a lot of the characters, but ''especially'' Comicbook/GreenLantern. In the comics, his [[RingOfPower Power Ring]] is capable of conjuring up anything he can imagine, while in the film, he conveniently sticks to creating easily-attainable props easy-to-render items like chainsaws and umbrellas. Yes. Umbrellas.
8th Nov '15 11:07:12 PM Doug86
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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 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 KyotoAnimation, 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.'']]



* In ''TheScorpionKing 2'', Mathayus fights an invisible giant scorpion in the climax.

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* In ''TheScorpionKing ''Film/TheScorpionKing 2'', Mathayus fights an invisible giant scorpion in the climax.



* {{Storm}} and Jean Grey both used their powers far more cautiously in the 2000-2006 ''Film/{{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.

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* {{Storm}} ComicBook/{{Storm}} and Jean Grey both used their powers far more cautiously in the 2000-2006 ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' ''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.



* ''TheDarkestHour'' takes this to new heights, depicting a massive [[AlienInvasion invasion of the Earth]] by invisible aliens.

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* ''TheDarkestHour'' ''Film/TheDarkestHour'' takes this to new heights, depicting a massive [[AlienInvasion invasion of the Earth]] by invisible aliens.



** 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.



* In ''{{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 ''{{Bionicle}}'', ''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.



* Used to great effect in AVeryPotterMusical and its sequel. Floo Powder consists of running in a circle shouting "Floo Powder Power!", while Portkeys are running in a circle shouting "Portkey!" Disapparating involves shouting "Disapparate!" and running offstage while everyone looks confused about where you went.

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* Used to great effect in AVeryPotterMusical ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' and its sequel. Floo Powder consists of running in a circle shouting "Floo Powder Power!", while Portkeys are running in a circle shouting "Portkey!" Disapparating involves shouting "Disapparate!" and running offstage while everyone looks confused about where you went.



* Used in the ''Skullduggery'' episode of {{The Spoony Experiment}}, with a magician (played by Spoony) breaking into the room, preparing a magic trick, only to cut to Spoony reacting with horror as it cuts to the magician, now in the form of the Headless from Ultima Underworld. It's a means of parodying the use of cuts, both regular and jump, to facilitate the "magic acts" by the magician in the film.

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* Used in the ''Skullduggery'' episode of {{The Spoony Experiment}}, ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'', with a magician (played by Spoony) breaking into the room, preparing a magic trick, only to cut to Spoony reacting with horror as it cuts to the magician, now in the form of the Headless from Ultima Underworld. It's a means of parodying the use of cuts, both regular and jump, to facilitate the "magic acts" by the magician in the film.
1st Nov '15 5:20:52 AM fearlessnikki
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** The BigBad of the seventh season can take the form of anyone that has died and its true form is only seen a couple of times. Quite lucky that Buffy herself has died twice in the show's continuity, which means that Sarah Michelle Gellar could easily double up and appear as the First when they didn't want to stretch the budget by bringing back old cast members for every episode.

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** The BigBad of the seventh season can take the form of anyone that has died and its true form is only seen a couple of times. Quite lucky that Buffy herself has died twice in the show's continuity, which means that Sarah Michelle Gellar could easily double up and appear as the First when they didn't want to stretch the budget by bringing back old cast members for every episode. Likewise since Spike is technically dead as a vampire, James Marsters could likewise play the First more than once too.




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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' only has the Wicked Witch of the West fly on her broom once, the rest of the time appearing out of thin air. Presumably because this is easier to set up with a CGI smoke effect rather than using green screen and insure Zelena flying through the air. Other than that, other characters use their powers freely and easily.
* Episode one of ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'' has Ethel talking to Mildred from her broomstick, which is only hovering a couple of feet off the ground - and the end of the broom just offscreen so it could be pushed by a trailer. Elsewhere a lot of the show's spells involve InvoluntaryShapeshifting or things appearing out of thin air. Though they do have rather obvious green screen effects to show the girls flying on their brooms.
29th Oct '15 4:01:55 PM ThatGuyYouKnowThatGuy
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* In ''Film/{{Dreamscape}}'', Dennis Quaid's psychic character is said to have telekinesis, and we see a still movie slide of him levitating a small metal, ball bearing. If viewers were expecting him to use this at any point in the film to save himself from a dangerous situation, they will be disappointed because the movie focuses on his ability to enter dream instead.

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* In ''Film/{{Dreamscape}}'', Dennis Quaid's psychic character is said to have telekinesis, and we see a still movie slide of him levitating a small metal, metal ball bearing. If viewers were expecting him to use this at any point in the film to save himself from a dangerous situation, they will be were disappointed because the movie focuses on his ability to enter dream dreams instead.
15th Oct '15 11:30:52 PM TheEvilDrBolty
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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. 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.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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