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25th Apr '18 5:08:00 PM eroock
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** In "The King", King Bumi utilizes this by throwing an object at Aang and forcing him to catch it with his airbending, revealing he is the last airbender and the Avatar.

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** In "The King", King of Omashu", King Bumi utilizes this by throwing an object at Aang and forcing him to catch it with his airbending, revealing he is the last airbender and the Avatar.
5th Mar '18 6:13:20 PM Gamermaster
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** Averted at the end of the third Sound Stage of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha the first season]]''. Nanoha shoots off some magical fireworks for Fate, but realizes Yuuno has forgotten the barrier that was supposed to make them InvisibleToNormals. Arisa and Suzuka notice them but don't realize what they are.

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** Averted at the end of the third Sound Stage of ''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha the first season]]''.season]]. Nanoha shoots off some magical fireworks for Fate, but realizes Yuuno has forgotten the barrier that was supposed to make them InvisibleToNormals. Arisa and Suzuka notice them but don't realize what they are.
26th Feb '18 11:52:13 AM Tacitus
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* Happens to Church in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' a couple of times. His ability to [[spoiler:phase in and out of peoples' bodies like a ghost would come in handy when he and Grif are locked in a jail-cell. It's then subverted when the door is opened before he uses it, so Grif thinks he has some kind of telekinesis]]. In ''Reconstruction'', he doesn't want to show Washington he can do it, but Simmons sucks at distracting Washington and he finds out anyway.

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* Happens to Early in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Church in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' a couple of times. His ability to [[spoiler:phase in and out of peoples' bodies like dies but comes back as a ghost would come in handy when who can possess a robot duplicate of his armor, something he tries to keep private from outsiders. When he and Grif are locked in a jail-cell. It's then jail cell it seems like an ideal time to use that ability, only for things to be subverted when the door is opened before he uses Church can try it, so Grif thinks ends up thinking he has some kind of telekinesis]]. telekinesis. In ''Reconstruction'', he doesn't want Church tries not to show Washington he can do it, step out of his body, but Simmons sucks at distracting Washington and he making distractions so Wash finds out anyway.anyway. But then it turns out [[spoiler:Washington isn't surprised in the slightest, and explains that Church isn't a "ghost," but an AI.]]
* Carefully avoided in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''[='s=] fifth season. [[spoiler:When Raven Branwen introduces her clan member Vernal as the Spring Maiden and asks for a demonstration of her powers, Raven is wearing her trademark mask. Then during a battle, Raven orders Vernal to "hold back" and not use those powers against the protagonists. This is all to hide the fact that Vernal is a decoy and ''Raven'' is the Spring Maiden - her mask was on during the demonstration to hide the telltale blaze of power around a Maiden's eyes when she uses those abilities.]]
22nd Feb '18 12:16:20 PM Wordpainter
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** Invoked in the first season episode "Imprisoned" in order to get onto the prison ship where the Fire Nation is holding earthbenders. As the Gaang doesn't include an earthbender yet, they have to fake it with airbending.
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.]]
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