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3rd Jul '16 5:12:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'': As part of their DramaPreservingHandicap, the three "Mistika" Makuta -- Krika, Gorast and Bitil -- suffered ShapeshifterModeLock and lost several of their near-fifty original powers due to MutagenicGoo. In truth, their EvilPlan required them to keep from using their powers to kill the heroes anyway, but the writers didn't want the fans to learn this too soon.

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* ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'': ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': As part of their DramaPreservingHandicap, the three "Mistika" Makuta -- Krika, Gorast and Bitil -- suffered ShapeshifterModeLock and lost several of their near-fifty original powers due to MutagenicGoo. In truth, their EvilPlan required them to keep from using their powers to kill the heroes anyway, but the writers didn't want the fans to learn this too soon.
1st Jul '16 7:57:23 PM lavendermintrose
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* Season 1 of ''Anime/{{K}}'' establishes that a King can beat any non-King in combat, and ''both'' the Red and Blue Kings are after the main characters. In season 2, [[spoiler: the aforementioned main character has been revealed as the most powerful King of all, and he makes an alliance with the Red and Blue Kings to defeat the Green King. They are just barely enough to top the Green King, and it would be difficult to justify an antagonist more powerful than him, so the series has the alliance defeat the Green King by destroying the Slates that give them their powers.]]
30th Jun '16 1:49:43 PM intastiel
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* A SadisticChoice in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' threatens this: before resurrecting a dead {{Muggle|s}} love interest, the Gods ask whether [[spoiler:Polgara the Sorceress]] would accept a life together with no more power than they. [[spoiler:She accepts, only to find out later that rather than de-power her, they {{empowered|BadassNormal}} him.]]
9th Jun '16 3:03:58 AM Chabal2
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* One Marvel comic has the Skrulls arrive benevolently and give every human on Earth superpowers with a pill (only Ben Grimm refuses). Then they cause a massive simultaneous DePower so they can invade unimpeded... except Ben Grimm is still a BadassNormal and thwarts the invasion all by himself.
15th Apr '16 4:26:24 AM aye_amber
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* Mantorok, an EldritchAbomination from ''EternalDarkness'', is sealed within his own temple by Pious Augustus. This prevents him from being able to fuel any SummonMagic the player character tries to cast using his rune (meaning no Mantorok Trappers, Zombies or Horrors). For extra irony, Pious used a spell fueled with Mantorok's own supreme element to seal it.

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* Mantorok, an EldritchAbomination from ''EternalDarkness'', ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', is sealed within his own temple by Pious Augustus. This prevents him from being able to fuel any SummonMagic the player character tries to cast using his rune (meaning no Mantorok Trappers, Zombies or Horrors). For extra irony, Pious used a spell fueled with Mantorok's own supreme element to seal it.



* In LunarEternalBlue, the main heroine, Lucia, begins as a literal demigod, with enough power to cripple final-dungeon-level enemies that she freely uses to annihilate any enemy you face... until partway out of the first dungeon, when EvilGod Zophar strips her of her power and leaves her a weak, helpless mortal. She can regain much of her power with experience, but for a time she's no better than the rest of the cast.

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* In LunarEternalBlue, VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue, the main heroine, Lucia, begins as a literal demigod, with enough power to cripple final-dungeon-level enemies that she freely uses to annihilate any enemy you face... until partway out of the first dungeon, when EvilGod Zophar strips her of her power and leaves her a weak, helpless mortal. She can regain much of her power with experience, but for a time she's no better than the rest of the cast.
5th Apr '16 1:36:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Chinese animated film MonkeyKingHeroIsBack features a main character who is famous for singlehandedly defeating all the gods by himself. Except for the first and last few minutes, he spends the entire film unable to use his magic powers.

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* The Chinese animated film MonkeyKingHeroIsBack ''Animation/MonkeyKingHeroIsBack'' features a main character who is famous for singlehandedly defeating all the gods by himself. Except for the first and last few minutes, he spends the entire film unable to use his magic powers.
17th Mar '16 8:28:27 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/GunsOfTheDawn'', warlocks get their powers from their king, so when Denland's monarchy fell, it was left without warlocks to bolster its army in the war against Lascanne. This kind of de-powerment becomes unexpectedly useful at the end of the book, when [[spoiler:Giles Scavian, a warlock of Lascanne captured when the Denlanders won the war, is rendered harmless and therefore safe thanks to Emily killing her own country's king]].
4th Mar '16 1:14:49 PM Sapphirea2
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* In ''Film/{{Hercules1983}}'', this happens to Circe in the late going when (an unseen) Aphrodite, on Zeus's orders, causes her to fall in love with Hercules, as love causes a witch to lose all of her powers; this keeps them from making it all the way to Atlantis by way of the flying chariot, leaving them to finish the journey on foot. Zeus does this to counter Hera's complaints that he and Athena have given ''Hercules'' too many advantages, since Circe's magic supplements his already-superhuman strength in various ways.
24th Jan '16 6:19:41 PM nombretomado
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*** This was also used in ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' a storyline based on [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Superman and Batman. Superman's first child, [[MythologyGag Joel,]] was exposed to Gold Kryptonite in the womb. His sister wasn't, but she wore a red sun pendant in early childhood until she was ready for her powers. This eventually led to a bitter adult Joel being manipulated by Lex Luthor into using temporary powers to [[CainAndAbel kill his sister.]]

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*** This was also used in ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' ''ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' a storyline based on [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Superman and Batman. Superman's first child, [[MythologyGag Joel,]] was exposed to Gold Kryptonite in the womb. His sister wasn't, but she wore a red sun pendant in early childhood until she was ready for her powers. This eventually led to a bitter adult Joel being manipulated by Lex Luthor into using temporary powers to [[CainAndAbel kill his sister.]]
23rd Jan '16 8:44:24 AM Kakai
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'':
** It's implied that this is what [[spoiler:Magnus]] wants to do for [[spoiler:Corrick]], although in this case both parties would probably see this as a gift rather than a curse.
** [[spoiler:Azeel]] actually does that to Corrick, although the effects are, thankfully, only temporary.
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