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4th Apr '17 3:45:53 AM Darth_Marth
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** The end of the Cell games saga removes both Goku and Future Trunks before the final battle with Super Perfect Cell (Goku sacrifices himself to stop Cell from destroying the Earth, and Trunks is killed by a sucker punch when Cell is revealed to have survived). They are two of the four characters strong enough to harm Cell at this point, the other two being Gohan and Vegeta. Since, unlike Vegeta, neither of them would have have hesitated to double-team Cell with Gohan if the situation became desperate enough, they had to go.
24th Mar '17 10:33:02 AM LaTriezieme
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* At the end of Volume 3 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', [[spoiler: Cinder gains the godlike power of the Fall Maiden. However, Ruby ends up unleashing the power of her silver eyes. We don't see the immediate result until the first episode of the next Volume, but we see that the power of the Maidens is weak to the power of the silver eyes, reducing Cinder to a cripple who can't even speak above a whisper, reducing her to healing by the side of the BigBad for the foreseeable future.]]

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* At ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' toys with this trope quite a bit during the first three volumes, since the titular team are still students, and so are outclassed by a lot of hunters.
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the end of Volume 3 2. After spending the previous episode desperately trying to avert a Grimm attack in Vale, The Grimm break in, only for JNPR, CFVY, and Beacon's staff to completely curbstomp them almost imediately, rendering the whole thing moot.
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of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Volume 3 did this several times over. Ozpin sending Qrow and Glynda into Vale to protect the public meant that not one of his allies was there to back him up against Cinder. It's debatable if they would actually have been any use against her, but he certainly seemed to think so. And then after this a villainous example happens [[spoiler: Cinder gains Cinder, despite being theorectically capable of curbstomping the godlike power of the Fall Maiden. However, entire cast, is crippled by Ruby ends up unexpectedly unleashing the power of her silver eyes. We don't see the immediate result until the first episode of the next Volume, but we see that the power of the Maidens is weak to the power of the silver eyes, reducing Cinder to a cripple who can't even speak above a whisper, Silver Eye power, reducing her to healing by the side of the BigBad for the foreseeable future.]]
**In Volume 4, Qrow keeps well away from RNJR, providing them support by taking out Grimm, but otherwise letting them get on with it. [[spoiler: he drops in to save them against Tyrian, but gets poisoned and promptly drops unconcious after explaining his actions, leaving them entirely without support for the rest of the volume.
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2nd Mar '17 5:00:48 PM Jgorgon
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** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' features neither Thor or the Hulk, [[spoiler: Thor had left at the end of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' to investigate matters regarding the infinity stones and the Hulk went into hiding again after the Sokovia event.]] This is intentional as either would seriously upset the balance of power if present and it is unlikely that Thor would want to be involved in Earthly politics plus the Hulk is already on bad terms with the US government.

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** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' features neither Thor or the nor Hulk, since [[spoiler: Thor had left at the end of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' to investigate matters regarding the infinity stones and the Hulk went into was back in hiding again after the Sokovia event.]] This In-story it is odd that the two most-powerful, least-accountable heroes get only one brief mention apiece in a story which revolves around a political debate regarding overpowered, unaccountable heroes. Out-of-story, it is of course intentional as given that either would seriously upset the balance of power if present and present. Besides, it is unlikely that Thor would want to be involved in Earthly politics plus and the Hulk is already on bad terms with the US government.
12th Feb '17 10:37:25 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Fanfic/{{Marionettes}}'', Fluttershy mentions she tried asking [[RealityWarper Discord]] for help with the current situation, but found he had just traveled to another dimension to go fishing with the Smooze.

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* In ''Fanfic/{{Marionettes}}'', Fluttershy mentions she tried asking [[RealityWarper Discord]] for help with the current situation, but found he had just traveled to another dimension to go fishing with the Smooze. [[spoiler:He eventually shows up to help Starlight Glimmer track down and deal with Mindwipe.]]
30th Jan '17 10:30:28 AM DstadZ
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* At the end of Volume 3 of ''WebAnimation/RWBY'', [[spoiler: Cinder gains the godlike power of the Fall Maiden. However, Ruby ends up unleashing the power of her silver eyes. We don't see the immediate result until the first episode of the next Volume, but we see that the power of the Maidens is weak to the power of the silver eyes, reducing Cinder to a cripple who can't even speak above a whisper, reducing her to healing by the side of the BigBad for the foreseeable future.]]

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* At the end of Volume 3 of ''WebAnimation/RWBY'', ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', [[spoiler: Cinder gains the godlike power of the Fall Maiden. However, Ruby ends up unleashing the power of her silver eyes. We don't see the immediate result until the first episode of the next Volume, but we see that the power of the Maidens is weak to the power of the silver eyes, reducing Cinder to a cripple who can't even speak above a whisper, reducing her to healing by the side of the BigBad for the foreseeable future.]]
22nd Jan '17 8:44:39 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** In the timeline Future Trunks came from, Goku got permanently written out by contracting a heart virus that killed him. The Dragon Balls cannot reverse a natural death. His absence led to the BadFuture.

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** In the timeline Future Trunks came from, Goku got permanently written out by contracting a heart virus that killed him. The Dragon Balls cannot reverse a natural death.death or one caused by disease. His absence led to the BadFuture.
21st Jan '17 7:19:49 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* ''ComicBook/TheNewFrontier'' gets Superman (and Wonder Woman) out of the way with a handy application of TheWorfEffect instead... but this trope is played straight for the magic-themed heroes (the Spectre, Dr. Fate, Zatanna, Captain Marvel, and the Phantom Stranger); the latter three ''deliberately convince'' the former two to stay out of the battle with the Centre to "help humanity grow" or somesuch.
20th Jan '17 3:29:04 PM margdean56
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** ''Philosopher's''/''Sorcerer's Stone'': Dumbledore is off at the Ministry of Magic when [[spoiler:Quirrell decides to steal the Stone]]. In this case, the summon he receives from the Ministry is fake, made so he'll be away when [[spoiler:Quirrell]] carries out his plans.

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** ''Philosopher's''/''Sorcerer's Stone'': Dumbledore is off at the Ministry of Magic when [[spoiler:Quirrell decides to steal the Stone]]. In this case, the summon summons he receives from the Ministry is fake, made so he'll be away when [[spoiler:Quirrell]] carries out his plans.
20th Jan '17 3:26:59 PM margdean56
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** Speaking of ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', this was one of the major in-story reasoning for the X-Men (or rather, "the mutants defending Hope", since about 1/4 of the then-active X-Men sided with the Avengers) to [[WhatTheHellHero MAJORLY call the Avengers to task]]: while the team was able to show up to stop every Tom, Dick and Harry in a super-suit from robbing a bank or instigating a small war, they were "somehow" never around while hundreds, thousands or ''millions'' of mutants went through everything from slavery to genetic experiments to genocide or [[FateWorseThanDeath even worse]] without intervention. There needed to be some SERIOUS KickTheDog moments after a talk like that to make the Avengers sympathetic again.

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** Speaking of ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'', this was one of the major in-story reasoning reasons for the X-Men (or rather, "the mutants defending Hope", since about 1/4 of the then-active X-Men sided with the Avengers) to [[WhatTheHellHero MAJORLY call the Avengers to task]]: while the team was able to show up to stop every Tom, Dick and Harry in a super-suit from robbing a bank or instigating a small war, they were "somehow" never around while hundreds, thousands or ''millions'' of mutants went through everything from slavery to genetic experiments to genocide or [[FateWorseThanDeath even worse]] without intervention. There needed to be some SERIOUS KickTheDog moments after a talk like that to make the Avengers sympathetic again.



* Comicbook/TheMightyThor from Creator/MarvelComics has [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]], [[TopGod King of Asgard]], and stated at times to be as powerful as all of the thousands or more of other gods in Asgard including Thor combined. At his lowest he is casually manhandling Thor and at his peak he is remaking galaxies. So of course whenever Asgard is threatened Odin is conveniently in the Odinsleep replenishing his powers, weakened, or missing. The few times he does fight are when it is against a threat that can match him in power...making the rest of Asgard virtually useless. A good example of this is in ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'', where Odin gathers gods from other faiths and they all agree that Comicbook/{{Thanos}} ''must'' be stopped. But, just as they march out to save the day, a massive galaxy-wide quake shatters the Rainbow Bridge, trapping Odin and the other gods on Asgard.

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* Comicbook/TheMightyThor from Creator/MarvelComics has [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]], [[TopGod King of Asgard]], and stated at times to be as powerful as all of the thousands or more of other gods in Asgard including Thor combined.Asgard--including Thor--combined. At his lowest he is casually manhandling Thor and at his peak he is remaking galaxies. So of course whenever Asgard is threatened Odin is conveniently in the Odinsleep replenishing his powers, weakened, or missing. The few times he does fight are when it is against a threat that can match him in power...making the rest of Asgard virtually useless. A good example of this is in ''ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet'', where Odin gathers gods from other faiths and they all agree that Comicbook/{{Thanos}} ''must'' be stopped. But, just as they march out to save the day, a massive galaxy-wide quake shatters the Rainbow Bridge, trapping Odin and the other gods on Asgard.
20th Jan '17 3:23:25 PM margdean56
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** Happened to the original {{Comicbook/Cable}}, too. He got rid of the technovirus, ''levitated an entire island while battling the ComicBook/SilverSurfer at once,'' burned himself out doing so, and was left with limited powers. Now the technovirus is NotQuiteDead and even ''those'' powers are reduced by the need to once again play SealedEvilInADuel.
* [[GooGooGodlike Franklin Richards]], the son of [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Reed and Sue.]] His powers make him one of the most powerful beings in existence... or would, if there wasn't always something holding him back. The various powersets he's had, and will have according to various future stories, are just what little of his omnipotence slips through the {{Power Limiter}}s. Finally, they had him burn out his powers restoring Comicbook/{{Galactus}} (who actually keeps something at bay that's worse than him) and become a normal human. The various beyond-godhood cosmic figures who took no notice of Dark Phoenix or Comicbook/ScarletWitch but are ''terrified'' of this ten-year-old can rest assured that [[Creator/MarvelComics an even higher power]] won't [[StoryBreakerPower ever let him keep his full power longer than one storyline's climax per decade]].

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** Happened to the original {{Comicbook/Cable}}, too. He got rid of the technovirus, ''levitated an entire island while battling the ComicBook/SilverSurfer at once,'' the same time,'' burned himself out doing so, and was left with limited powers. Now the technovirus is NotQuiteDead and even ''those'' powers are reduced by the need to once again play SealedEvilInADuel.
* [[GooGooGodlike Franklin Richards]], the son of [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Reed and Sue.]] Sue]]. His powers make him one of the most powerful beings in existence... or would, if there wasn't always something holding him back. The various powersets he's had, and will have according to various future stories, are just what little of his omnipotence slips through the {{Power Limiter}}s. Finally, they had him burn out his powers restoring Comicbook/{{Galactus}} (who actually keeps something at bay that's worse than him) and become a normal human. The various beyond-godhood cosmic figures who took no notice of Dark Phoenix or Comicbook/ScarletWitch but are ''terrified'' of this ten-year-old can rest assured that [[Creator/MarvelComics an even higher power]] won't [[StoryBreakerPower ever let him keep his full power longer than one storyline's climax per decade]].



* In the Belgium comic book series ''Comicbook/SuskeEnWiske'' (Spike & Suzy) , this frequently happens to Jerom because his superhuman strength would otherwise make the situations the characters encounter less of a challenge.

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* In the Belgium Belgian comic book series ''Comicbook/SuskeEnWiske'' (Spike & Suzy) , this frequently happens to Jerom because his superhuman strength would otherwise make the situations the characters encounter less of a challenge.
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