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6th Feb '18 6:09:18 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' John Diggle is hired to be the bodyguard for millionaire playboy Oliver Queen and quickly realizes that there is more to Oliver than it seems. Oliver keeps slipping away from Diggle in ways that a spoiled rich kid with no training should not be able to. The clincher comes when Laurel is attacked by Triad assassins and Oliver saves her life by throwing a knife at an attacker's hand. Throwing a knife that precisely is very hard and this was an ordinary unbalanced table knife rather than a custom made throwing knife. The level of skill Oliver displayed could only have been acquired after years of training and practice.

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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', John Diggle is hired to be the bodyguard for millionaire playboy Oliver Queen and quickly realizes that there is more to Oliver than it seems. Oliver keeps slipping away from Diggle in ways that a spoiled rich kid with no training should not be able to. The clincher comes when Laurel is attacked by Triad assassins and Oliver saves her life by throwing a knife at an attacker's hand. Throwing a knife that precisely is very hard and this was an ordinary unbalanced table knife rather than a custom made throwing knife. The level of skill Oliver displayed could only have been acquired after years of training and practice.
5th Jan '18 3:07:03 PM Derkhan
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* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', ''Literature/DustOfDreams'' Captain Ruthan Gudd, heretofore thought of to be a regular human and very intent on not being noticed, blows his cover when he summons some alien [[spoiler: Stormrider]] armour to aid him in battle. Much to his dismay, the whole army sees him use it.

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* In ''Literature/DustOfDreams'', the ninth book of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', ''Literature/DustOfDreams'' Captain Ruthan Gudd, heretofore thought of to be a regular human and very intent on not being noticed, blows his cover when he summons some alien [[spoiler: Stormrider]] [[spoiler:Stormrider]] armour to aid him in battle. Much to his dismay, the whole army sees him use it.
15th Dec '17 6:17:15 PM Sally777
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* ''TabletopGame/SirenTheDrowning'' has it as a core mechanic known as Refraction. In this setting, the titular Sirens received their abilities from an enigmatic phenomenon known as the Song, created by the future death of humanity and empowered by Ceto, and it desires to keep humanity from making the same mistakes that lead to their original end. Unfortunately, the Song ''wants'' to be heard by as many people as possible to better warn them, so Sirens who use their abilities in front of humans suffer an effect called "Refraction" which will force them into their mermaid form. This is a problem for Sirens because they have plenty of pragmatic reasons to stay hidden from Muggles as well as the fact that their mermaid form tends to be useless on land.

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* ''TabletopGame/SirenTheDrowning'' has it as a core mechanic known as Refraction. In this setting, the titular Sirens received their abilities from an enigmatic phenomenon known as the Song, created by the future death apocalypse of humanity and empowered by Ceto, the world in a BadFuture, and it desires to keep humanity from making the same mistakes that lead to their original end. Unfortunately, the Song ''wants'' to be heard by as many people as possible to better warn them, so Sirens possible. As such, a Siren who use their abilities uses her [[MagicMusic Verses]] or [[PartialTransformation Alterations]] in front of humans suffer an effect called "Refraction" which will force them mortals have a chance of suffering it. If it happens, it forces a Siren into their mermaid form. This is a problem for Sirens because they have plenty of pragmatic reasons to stay hidden from Muggles as well as the fact that their mermaid form tends to be useless on land.
13th Dec '17 11:44:12 AM GhostLad
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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'':

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* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'':''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':



** Kaladin gets into a parallel problem when he [[spoiler:helps Adolin]] during an ill-considered duel. He could ''probably'' defeat all four opponents by himself if allowed to go full out, but since his powers are considered mythical at best and abominations at worst, he can't do anything obviously superhuman. Worse, his opponents are all wearing [[PoweredArmor Shardplate]] and wielding [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblades]], so he can't fight them at a baseline level and expect to survive. He contents himself with mostly using his passive abilities to dodge with superhuman skill, though at one point he uses his GravityMaster powers to "fall" at several gravities and kick a guy so hard his nigh-indestructible armor explodes. It does break Kaladin's legs, but his HealingFactor brings him up to snuff before anyone notices.

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** Kaladin gets into a parallel problem when he [[spoiler:helps Adolin]] during an ill-considered duel. He could ''probably'' defeat all four opponents by himself if allowed to go full out, but since his powers are considered mythical at best and abominations at worst, he can't do anything obviously superhuman. Worse, his opponents are all wearing [[PoweredArmor Shardplate]] and wielding [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblades]], so he can't fight them at a baseline level and expect to survive. He contents himself with mostly using his passive abilities to dodge with superhuman skill, though at one point he uses his GravityMaster powers to "fall" at several gravities and kick a guy so hard his nigh-indestructible armor explodes. It does break Kaladin's legs, but his HealingFactor brings him up to snuff before anyone notices. [[spoiler:Luckily, Kaladin isn't the only secret Knight Radiant on their team.]]
** At one point, an undercover Kaladin, fighting off some invaders, has his personal gravity turned sideways by an enemy GravityMaster. Being a Gravity Master himself, he could easily cancel it - and reveal his presence in the process. Instead, he manages to catch himself on a wall and ambush a flying enemy by jumping sideways out a window onto them.
26th Nov '17 9:03:11 AM nombretomado
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* In an uncharacteristically thoughtful touch, the GameBoyColor ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' game made it so that transforming around people resulted in an instant GameOver.

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* In an uncharacteristically thoughtful touch, the GameBoyColor UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' game made it so that transforming around people resulted in an instant GameOver.
13th Nov '17 8:31:34 AM nighttrainfm
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** In the very first episode, "Pilot", [[spoiler:Clark survives being hit by Lex's car and ripped off the roof to save him. Lex was distracted, but this incident will bug him for many years to come.]]

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** In the very first episode, "Pilot", [[spoiler:Clark survives being hit by Lex's car and ripped rips off the roof to save him. Lex was distracted, is distracted at the time, but this incident will bug him for many years to come.]]
13th Nov '17 8:30:49 AM nighttrainfm
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11th Oct '17 4:20:53 PM infernape612
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* In the ''Lyrical Nanoha'' franchise:

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* In the ''Lyrical Nanoha'' ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise:



* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Ciel Phantomhive preemptively averts this trope when he first [[DealWithADevil hires]] Sebastian (as seen in Chapter 62 of the manga). The devil-of-a-butler repairs the Phantomhive manor (which had been set aflame) in the time it takes Ciel to get up from kneeling before his parents' graves, and generates a full-course meal while setting a tablecloth. Ciel quickly gets over being shocked and reprimands him for it.

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* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Ciel Phantomhive preemptively averts this trope when he first [[DealWithADevil [[DealWithTheDevil hires]] Sebastian (as seen in Chapter 62 of the manga). The devil-of-a-butler repairs the Phantomhive manor (which had been set aflame) in the time it takes Ciel to get up from kneeling before his parents' graves, and generates a full-course meal while setting a tablecloth. Ciel quickly gets over being shocked and reprimands him for it.
8th Oct '17 8:21:41 PM BattleMaster
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* In an early issue of ''{{Spider-Man}}'', in a fist-fight with Flash, Peter dodges so fast that people think he is being cowardly and flinching away.

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* In an early issue of ''{{Spider-Man}}'', ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'', in a fist-fight with Flash, Peter dodges so fast that people think he is being cowardly and flinching away.away. And then Peter retaliates with a punch that lays Flash out flat. It's only some quick-talking by Peter that convinces the bystanders that he's not Spider-Man... [[RefugeInAudacity by claiming that Flash must be Spider-Man in disguise to voluntarily take a fall like that]].
8th Aug '17 8:09:30 PM Sally777
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* ''TabletopGame/SirenTheDrowning'' has it as a core mechanic. In this setting, the titular Sirens received their abilities from a Sea Goddess so they could prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt by making sure humans won't accomplish any mistake that could lead to it. Unfortunately, because of this the Goddess' "Song" ''wants'' to be heard by as many people as possible to better warn them, so Sirens who use their abilities in front of humans suffer an effect called "Refraction" which will cause their human disguise to break and reveal them for what they are. This is a problem for Sirens because they have plenty of pragmatic reasons to stay hidden from Muggles.

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* ''TabletopGame/SirenTheDrowning'' has it as a core mechanic. mechanic known as Refraction. In this setting, the titular Sirens received their abilities from a Sea Goddess so they could prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt an enigmatic phenomenon known as the Song, created by the future death of humanity and empowered by Ceto, and it desires to keep humanity from making sure humans won't accomplish any mistake the same mistakes that could lead to it. their original end. Unfortunately, because of this the Goddess' "Song" Song ''wants'' to be heard by as many people as possible to better warn them, so Sirens who use their abilities in front of humans suffer an effect called "Refraction" which will cause force them into their human disguise to break and reveal them for what they are. mermaid form. This is a problem for Sirens because they have plenty of pragmatic reasons to stay hidden from Muggles.Muggles as well as the fact that their mermaid form tends to be useless on land.
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