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30th Apr '16 7:14:05 PM bassclefjeff
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* The dragon in the ''WesternAnimation/Shrek'' sequels suffers from this. She's off-screen except for a credits scene in the sequel (due to being pregnant, it turns out), and in the third installment, the first thing the villain's group does is throw a net over her, taking her out of the equation for some time. In the fourth movie, she's back to being an enemy because of the alternate timeline .
26th Apr '16 3:07:11 PM Mullon
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* In ''[[VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs Injustice: Gods Among Us]]'', Franchise/{{Superman}} is in outer space fighting [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Doomsday]], so he isn't taken to the alternate universe with the others. Although subverted, as the Franchise/{{Batman}} of the Injustice-verse, who brought everyone else over, is understandably skeptical of bringing another Superman over, seeing how his universe's Superman is the BigBad. [[spoiler:The real Supes is only brought over because of the demands of his universe's heroes, Franchise/TheFlash of the real world powering a portal that ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} already used, and a healthy dose of crossing the GodzillaThreshold.]]

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* In ''[[VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs Injustice: Gods Among Us]]'', ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', Franchise/{{Superman}} is in outer space fighting [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Doomsday]], so he isn't taken to the alternate universe with the others. Although subverted, as the Franchise/{{Batman}} of the Injustice-verse, who brought everyone else over, is understandably skeptical of bringing another Superman over, seeing how his universe's Superman is the BigBad. [[spoiler:The real Supes is only brought over because of the demands of his universe's heroes, Franchise/TheFlash of the real world powering a portal that ComicBook/{{Cyborg}} already used, and a healthy dose of crossing the GodzillaThreshold.]]
15th Apr '16 8:35:11 AM kawaiineko333
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* In WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged, this gets brought up during the Androids arc when Goku gets brought up.
--> Vegeta: Can we please stop talking about Kakarot for just a minute? I mean for God's sake, he's never even around!
--> Piccolo: Sad thing is, he's not exactly wrong.
13th Apr '16 8:27:54 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* This is the main reason why in ''Anime/QueensBlade Rebellion'' [[spoiler:Leina, the main heroine, is sidelined for almost the entire story: By the time ''Rebellion'' came out, Leina becomes the most powerful living being (only behind the angels and demons) ever existed, being able to wipe out armies by ''herself''. The only way to make Leina not taking part of the plot of ''Rebellion'' is by making [[BiggerBad The Swamp Witch]] cursing her by making her sleep for many hours and hindering her skills, so Leina could not being able to steal the spotlight from Annelotte and the rest of the new cast]].

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* This is the main reason why in ''Anime/QueensBlade Rebellion'' [[spoiler:Leina, the main heroine, is sidelined for almost the entire story: By the time ''Rebellion'' came out, Leina becomes the most powerful living being (only behind the angels and demons) ever existed, being able to wipe out armies by ''herself''. The only way to make Leina not taking part of the plot of ''Rebellion'' is by making [[BiggerBad The Swamp Witch]] Witch cursing her by making her sleep for many hours and hindering her skills, so Leina could not being able to steal the spotlight from Annelotte and the rest of the new cast]].
13th Apr '16 1:52:42 PM MisterCPC
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* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Season 7 has Jack sidelined for most of its second half due to being infected by the BigBad's biological weapon; since a seasoned veteran agent like himself can't go out on the field this ends up giving the newer agents a bigger challenge. This is eventually inverted by the final episodes of the season where Jack does get caught up in the action because the antagonists need him because of his infected blood making him a living {{Macguffin}}, and the infection is [[WorfHadTheFlu weakening his condition]] so he can't hold his own against them like he normally could, so he ''needs'' said newer agents to eventually come in and bail him out.
13th Mar '16 10:29:34 AM Toli
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** Happens also to Han Solo when he's Frozen in Carbonite.



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20th Feb '16 8:58:34 AM ReaderAt2046
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* A political variant in ''FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse''. While Princess Luna theoretically holds near-total sovereignty over the Court of the Night, in practice she is too terrified of falling into the same madness that took her sister to actually reign in the Court's corruption until it gets so bad she just has to start over from scratch.
21st Jan '16 10:17:49 PM TheTurboTornado
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* ''WebComic/ElGoonishShive'' Beta Tedd. He was introduced as a potential villain in the beginning of the comic, but hasn't been heard of since. WordOfGod says he was introduced into the story way too early.
15th Jan '16 12:32:47 PM merotoker
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** [[spoiler:Giorno]] also ended Part 5 with the [[StoryBreakerPower single most broken stand ability in the entire series (and possibly in all of fiction.)]] Once Part 5 was over, he was immediately PutOnABus and never seen again [[spoiler:unlike the other [=JoJos=], who at least got to make appearances in other parts if they managed to get out of their own stories alive.]]

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** [[spoiler:Giorno]] also ended Part 5 with the [[StoryBreakerPower single most broken stand ability in the entire series (and possibly in all of fiction.)]] Once Part 5 was over, he was immediately PutOnABus and never seen again [[spoiler:unlike the other [=JoJos=], who at least got to make appearances in other parts if they managed to get out of their own stories alive.]]alive]].



* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', the ridiculously powerful Xellos always seems to disappear at the most inconvenient times...or, even worse, is deliberately unhelpful. This is initially justified by his apparently flighty and unreliable personality, and later even more justified by the revelation that [[spoiler:he is actually a very loyal and reliable agent...''to the other side''. Likewise he can only be as helpful as he wishes as long as he doesn't arouse suspicion.]]

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', the ridiculously powerful Xellos always seems to disappear at the most inconvenient times...or, even worse, is deliberately unhelpful. This is initially justified by his apparently flighty and unreliable personality, and later even more justified by the revelation that [[spoiler:he is actually a very loyal and reliable agent...''to the other side''. Likewise he can only be as helpful as he wishes as long as he doesn't arouse suspicion.]]suspicion]].



** In ''DragonBallZResurrectionF'' both Goku and Vegeta were training off-world during Frieza's invasion. By the time they found out what was going on, the other Earth's fighters and Jaco finished curb stomping Frieza's army into the ground and was facing against the big guy himself. If they were there from the start, Goku by himself would have torn apart Frieza's army, leaving nothing for anyone else to do. In the dub, Krillin lampshades this by saying he wish for once Goku was there at the start of the battle. Buu's WrittenInAbsence is also a similar case. While he would have been no match for Frieza's golden form, he could have just turned the entire army into candy or conventionally killed them all just as easily. Depending on how arrogant Frieza is, Buu's candy ray could have conceivably hit him, too, ending the entire threat.

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** In ''DragonBallZResurrectionF'' ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'' both Goku and Vegeta were training off-world during Frieza's invasion. By the time they found out what was going on, the other Earth's fighters and Jaco finished curb stomping Frieza's army into the ground and was facing against the big guy himself. If they were there from the start, Goku by himself would have torn apart Frieza's army, leaving nothing for anyone else to do. In the dub, Krillin lampshades this by saying he wish for once Goku was there at the start of the battle. Buu's WrittenInAbsence is also a similar case. While he would have been no match for Frieza's golden form, he could have just turned the entire army into candy or conventionally killed them all just as easily. Depending on how arrogant Frieza is, Buu's candy ray could have conceivably hit him, too, ending the entire threat.



** Another example of this combined with TooPowerfulToLive: [[spoiler: Jack Rakan, who was essentially invincible, is ultimately defeated due to Fate's newly revealed RealityWarper abilities. Granted, there's a good plot reason for Fate to have that power, but it seems to have been revealed solely to have an excuse to take out Rakan.]]

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** Another example of this combined with TooPowerfulToLive: [[spoiler: Jack Rakan, who was essentially invincible, is ultimately defeated due to Fate's newly revealed RealityWarper abilities. Granted, there's a good plot reason for Fate to have that power, but it seems to have been revealed solely to have an excuse to take out Rakan.]]Rakan]].



** Lately, some fans began suspecting that [[LadyOfWar Signum]] suffering [[TheWorfEffect grievous injuries]] and a NearDeathExperience in the beginning of ''Force'' had a very simple and unsavoury {{Doylist}} explanation: in the past two seasons (and especially in the [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary manga]]), she has been effectively established as equal in power and fighting capacity to the eponymous heroine. So, to avoid the EnsembleDarkhorse from [[SpotlightStealingSquad stealing the spotlight]], the writer had no choice but to put her out of commission before she received a SoLastSeason upgrade that would have allowed her to actually fight new villains on equal ground.

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** Lately, some fans began suspecting that [[LadyOfWar Signum]] suffering [[TheWorfEffect grievous injuries]] and a NearDeathExperience in the beginning of ''Force'' had a very simple and unsavoury {{Doylist}} unsavory [[WatsonianVersusDoylist Doylist]] explanation: in the past two seasons (and especially in the [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary manga]]), she has been effectively established as equal in power and fighting capacity to the eponymous heroine. So, to avoid the EnsembleDarkhorse from [[SpotlightStealingSquad stealing the spotlight]], the writer had no choice but to put her out of commission before she received a SoLastSeason upgrade that would have allowed her to actually fight new villains on equal ground.



*** Phantom Lord Arc: Makarov as stated above, and Erza is KO'd after tanking a shot from the PL [[WaveMotionGun massive cannon]] so nobody else got hurt. Laxus refuses to help, [[spoiler: And Gildarts is still off on his 100-year Mission while Mystogan is busy getting Makarov his magic back]]

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*** Phantom Lord Arc: Makarov as stated above, and Erza is KO'd after tanking a shot from the PL [[WaveMotionGun massive cannon]] so nobody else got hurt. Laxus refuses to help, [[spoiler: And Gildarts is still off on his 100-year Mission while Mystogan is busy getting Makarov his magic back]]back]].



*** Edolas Arc: [[spoiler: Practically the entire set of heavy hitters in the Guild is taken out of the way by being frozen as a lacrima crystal.]] However, this is a noticeable {{aver|tedTrope}}sion for the series, because Erza is NOT among them this time, although much of her time is spent locked in combat with [[spoiler: her Edolas counterpart]].

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*** Edolas Arc: [[spoiler: Practically the entire set of heavy hitters in the Guild is taken out of the way by being frozen as a lacrima crystal.]] crystal]]. However, this is a noticeable {{aver|tedTrope}}sion for the series, because Erza is NOT among them this time, although much of her time is spent locked in combat with [[spoiler: her Edolas counterpart]].



** Speaking of Laxus, in what sadly appears to be a RedemptionEqualsAffliction scenario due to him having performed a [[HeelFaceTurn Heel-Face Turn]], at the beginning of the Tartarus arc [[spoiler: he and the entire Thunder God Tribe are out of commission after the demon Tempesta pulls a TakingYouWithMe by releasing a deadly poison into the air with the intention of killing off the entire town of Hargeon, and Laxus himself makes a [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice]] by inhaling as much of the poison as possible in a desperate bid to save the town's citizens. He survives, but just barely, and the poison still manages to kill over a hundred Hargeon inhabitants.]]

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** Speaking of Laxus, in what sadly appears to be a RedemptionEqualsAffliction scenario due to him having performed a [[HeelFaceTurn Heel-Face Turn]], at the beginning of the Tartarus arc [[spoiler: he and the entire Thunder God Tribe are out of commission after the demon Tempesta pulls a TakingYouWithMe by releasing a deadly poison into the air with the intention of killing off the entire town of Hargeon, and Laxus himself makes a [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice]] by inhaling as much of the poison as possible in a desperate bid to save the town's citizens. He survives, but just barely, and the poison still manages to kill over a hundred Hargeon inhabitants.]]inhabitants]].



* In ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'', you got Chiffon, a TykeBomb Mascot with powerful, undefined powers. While a lot of the anime is focused on the child and its destiny, both TheMovie and the first Anime/PrettyCureAllStars movie takes Chiffon out extremely early.

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* In ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'', you got Chiffon, a TykeBomb Mascot with powerful, undefined powers. While a lot of the anime is focused on the child and its destiny, both TheMovie and the first Anime/PrettyCureAllStars ''Anime/PrettyCureAllStars'' movie takes Chiffon out extremely early.



* Partway through ''{{Comicbook/Watchmen}}'', [[spoiler:Ozymandias gives a bunch of people cancer and tricks nigh-omnipotent Dr. Manhattan into thinking he caused it, prompting him to take a vacation on Mars. Doc comes back for the finale, but doesn't arrive until after the villain's plan has been carried out.]]

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* Partway through ''{{Comicbook/Watchmen}}'', [[spoiler:Ozymandias gives a bunch of people cancer and tricks nigh-omnipotent Dr. Manhattan into thinking he caused it, prompting him to take a vacation on Mars. Doc comes back for the finale, but doesn't arrive until after the villain's plan has been carried out.]]out]].



** Rachel Grey's disappearance from ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' is also a point of contention. As the only Phoenix Force host still alive with actual experience, her presence could have easily prevented the event from getting as bad as it did.

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** [[ComicBook/RachelSummers Rachel Grey's Grey]]'s disappearance from ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' is also a point of contention. As the only Phoenix Force host still alive with actual experience, her presence could have easily prevented the event from getting as bad as it did.



* Master Oogway in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', who had previously defeated Tai Lung, [[AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascends to a Higher Plane of Existence]] to keep him from doing so again. The in-universe explanation is that he needed Shifu to take over and help Po become the Dragon Warrior, which he wouldn't have done if he kept relying on Oogway. It also strongly implies that it is simply Oogway's time to die, having lived for over a thousand years.

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* Master Oogway in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', who had previously defeated Tai Lung, [[AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistence [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascends to a Higher Plane of Existence]] to keep him from doing so again. The in-universe explanation is that he needed Shifu to take over and help Po become the Dragon Warrior, which he wouldn't have done if he kept relying on Oogway. It also strongly implies that it is simply Oogway's time to die, having lived for over a thousand years.



* This happens several times in ''Film/TheKarateKidPartII'' and ''Film/TheKarateKidPartIII''. Mr. Miyagi is able to easily defeat any adversary, so of course for Daniel to have fights of his own, Mr. Miyagi must be away or kept out of the fight for some reason. Most notably is probably the final confrontation in the second movie when the main antagonist [[spoiler:drops the bridge into the water, leaving him isolated with Daniel and Kumiko while Mr. Miyagi is only able to watch the Fight To The Death that ensues.]]

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* This happens several times in ''Film/TheKarateKidPartII'' and ''Film/TheKarateKidPartIII''. Mr. Miyagi is able to easily defeat any adversary, so of course for Daniel to have fights of his own, Mr. Miyagi must be away or kept out of the fight for some reason. Most notably is probably the final confrontation in the second movie when the main antagonist [[spoiler:drops the bridge into the water, leaving him isolated with Daniel and Kumiko while Mr. Miyagi is only able to watch the Fight To The Death that ensues.]]ensues]].



** In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', [[spoiler:Quicksilver EASILY takes out the guards in Magneto's prison, and is faster than anybody, even two powerful mutants--and one with enhanced senses--can react. Combining him with Xavier in locating either Trask or Mystique would've wrapped the plot up in far shorter time and at least half the damage. So naturally, he's out of the story once the break-out scene is over, save for a cameo near the end. {{Justified|Trope}} in that he only worked with the Mutants because of the opportunity to pull off the heist of a lifetime (and Charles probably didn't want to drag more young people into this war after what happened to his students).]]

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** In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', [[spoiler:Quicksilver EASILY takes out the guards in Magneto's prison, and is faster than anybody, even two powerful mutants--and one with enhanced senses--can react. Combining him with Xavier in locating either Trask or Mystique would've wrapped the plot up in far shorter time and at least half the damage. So naturally, he's out of the story once the break-out scene is over, save for a cameo near the end. {{Justified|Trope}} in that he only worked with the Mutants because of the opportunity to pull off the heist of a lifetime (and Charles probably didn't want to drag more young people into this war after what happened to his students).]]students)]].



* In ''Film/SkyHigh'', Will Stronghold is forced to handle the {{Big Bad}} when his parents, expert super-heroes and saviors of the world, are [[spoiler:turned into babies by Royal Pain]].

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* In ''Film/SkyHigh'', ''Film/{{Sky High|2005}}'', Will Stronghold is forced to handle the {{Big Bad}} BigBad when his parents, expert super-heroes and saviors of the world, are [[spoiler:turned into babies by Royal Pain]].



* In the 7th ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novel, Mikuru gets [[spoiler:kidnapped by some hostile organizations]]. What follows is a [[spoiler:carchase with Mori and Arakawa from the organization.]] Of course, Kyon ''could'' have just [[spoiler:called Yuki for help, since she's just about omnipotent.]] This is justified by a) there was not much time and Kyon was in serious panic and b) He doesn't like to rely on [[spoiler:Yuki]], because he already owes her enough. The best thing is when Kyon actually ''thinks'' what would have happened if [[spoiler:Yuki was involved.]] To quote the man himself:

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* In the 7th ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' novel, Mikuru gets [[spoiler:kidnapped by some hostile organizations]]. What follows is a [[spoiler:carchase with Mori and Arakawa from the organization.]] organization]]. Of course, Kyon ''could'' have just [[spoiler:called Yuki for help, since she's just about omnipotent.]] omnipotent]]. This is justified by a) there was not much time and Kyon was in serious panic and b) He doesn't like to rely on [[spoiler:Yuki]], because he already owes her enough. The best thing is when Kyon actually ''thinks'' what would have happened if [[spoiler:Yuki was involved.]] involved]]. To quote the man himself:



* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Tyrion Lannister, on two separate occasions, is forced to have a trial by combat to save himself. Fortunately for him, his brother Jaime is one of the best swordsmen in recent memory and is more than willing to fight for his brother's life. Unfortunately for him, during the first trial, Jaime is hundreds of miles away and Tyrion's captor insists on having the trial that day, and, during the second trial, Jaime is incapable of helping due to [[spoiler:having his sword hand cut off, making him worthless in a fight.]]

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Tyrion Lannister, on two separate occasions, is forced to have a trial by combat to save himself. Fortunately for him, his brother Jaime is one of the best swordsmen in recent memory and is more than willing to fight for his brother's life. Unfortunately for him, during the first trial, Jaime is hundreds of miles away and Tyrion's captor insists on having the trial that day, and, during the second trial, Jaime is incapable of helping due to [[spoiler:having his sword hand cut off, making him worthless in a fight.]]fight]].



** And of course, the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' had Tommy and his "swiss cheese brain" that would cause him to forget important things (like his morpher on at least one occasion) and be unavailable to fight the MonsterOfTheWeek. Other times there'd be a different reason, such as him caught up in the middle of a fight elsewhere, or injured in previous attack which forced him to wait on the sidelines for a bit. This had a RealLife explanation as well, since Tommy's Japanese counterpart pulled a HeroicSacrifice and wasn't around nearly as much, a problem rectified by Toei producing brand-new suit footage for the second season.

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** And of course, the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' had Tommy and his "swiss cheese brain" that would cause him to forget important things (like his morpher on at least one occasion) and be unavailable to fight the MonsterOfTheWeek. Other times there'd be a different reason, such as him caught up in the middle of a fight elsewhere, or injured in a previous attack which forced him to wait on the sidelines for a bit. This had a RealLife explanation as well, since Tommy's Japanese counterpart pulled a HeroicSacrifice and wasn't around nearly as much, a problem rectified by Toei producing brand-new suit footage for the second season.



** The most JustForFun/{{egregious}} of these was probably in the third volume when Hiro was given the mind of a 10 year old to prevent him interfering, before the volume's BigBad [[spoiler: completely stripped him of his power.]] WordOfGod says that they're trying to write out time-traveling powers from the storyline so they won't have to keep doing this to characters.

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** The most JustForFun/{{egregious}} of these was probably in the third volume when Hiro was given the mind of a 10 year old to prevent him interfering, before the volume's BigBad [[spoiler: completely stripped him of his power.]] power]]. WordOfGod says that they're trying to write out time-traveling powers from the storyline so they won't have to keep doing this to characters.



** The third time, Castiel is busy fighting an offscreen civil war in Heaven [[spoiler:and being one of the BigBadEnsemble of the season.]]

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** The third time, Castiel is busy fighting an offscreen civil war in Heaven [[spoiler:and being one of the BigBadEnsemble of the season.]]season]].



** Finally, [[spoiler:he gets BroughtDownToBadass because of Metatron.]]

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** Finally, [[spoiler:he gets BroughtDownToBadass because of Metatron.]]Metatron]].



** Not really, Raiden essentially exists to negate Vamp as Old Snake is in no shape to engage in a hand to hand fight by this point. Stopping the super submarine was [[{{Understatement}} questionable]] though, but it didn't prevent Raiden from helping in the next chapter anyway to make sure Old Snake made it to the control center. The only reason he wasn't there at the very end was that [[spoiler:It was a suicide mission and Old Snake was already transforming into a WMD]]

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** Not really, Raiden essentially exists to negate Vamp as Old Snake is in no shape to engage in a hand to hand fight by this point. Stopping the super submarine was [[{{Understatement}} questionable]] though, but it didn't prevent Raiden from helping in the next chapter anyway to make sure Old Snake made it to the control center. The only reason he wasn't there at the very end was that [[spoiler:It was a suicide mission and Old Snake was already transforming into a WMD]]WMD]].



** In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'', this is presumably why [[spoiler: Hydreigon ends up being taken out of the picture by Kyurem. Saving the world would've been much easier had he been able to stick around as he intended to.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'', this is presumably why [[spoiler: Hydreigon ends up being taken out of the picture by Kyurem. Saving the world would've been much easier had he been able to stick around as he intended to.]]to]].



* Howard Taylor of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has mentioned this as a problem for writing when [[spoiler:Petey]] has [[AGodAmI ascended to a higher state of being]] but stuck around with virtually omnipotent powers. However, he's introduced a [[FridgeHorror horrifying]] limitation that cripples [[spoiler:Petey]]: while he could instantly teraport anything or anyone in the galaxy anywhere he wants at will, [[spoiler:he needs every watt of energy to save trillions of sentient life-forms in the Andromeda galaxy, and each time he meddles with the main characters represents a sacrifice of lives he could have saved.]]

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* Howard Taylor of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has mentioned this as a problem for writing when [[spoiler:Petey]] has [[AGodAmI ascended to a higher state of being]] but stuck around with virtually omnipotent powers. However, he's introduced a [[FridgeHorror horrifying]] limitation that cripples [[spoiler:Petey]]: while he could instantly teraport anything or anyone in the galaxy anywhere he wants at will, [[spoiler:he needs every watt of energy to save trillions of sentient life-forms in the Andromeda galaxy, and each time he meddles with the main characters represents a sacrifice of lives he could have saved.]]saved]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', once Queen Elyon realizes her true powers and comes to the side of good, she should be able to make fights a lot easier, right? After all, she can warp reality and is probably more powerful than the five Guardians put together. However, during the first part of the second season, she's stuck taking care of the daily affairs of Meridian, and during the second half of the season, she's [[spoiler:tricked into giving up her power and stuck inside the Seal of Nerissa.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', once Queen Elyon realizes her true powers and comes to the side of good, she should be able to make fights a lot easier, right? After all, she can warp reality and is probably more powerful than the five Guardians put together. However, during the first part of the second season, she's stuck taking care of the daily affairs of Meridian, and during the second half of the season, she's [[spoiler:tricked into giving up her power and stuck inside the Seal of Nerissa.]]Nerissa]].



* When the 90's ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon adapted ''The Phoenix Saga,'' the writers had to get rid of Rogue for the first episode (Xavier mentioned that she was away on a mission), since her PowerCopying and FlyingBrick powers would have solved the atmospheric-reentry problem far too easily. This is lampshaded when she returns, where the first thing she says is that she should have been there since she could have handled it. In the comics, she didn't exist as a character yet, and so she wasn't around to absorb the rescued astronaut's piloting skills and calmly bring down the shuttle as the solar radiation harmlessly bounced off her invulnerable body, with the astronauts and other X-Men safely in the shielded area. No fuss, no muss, no unstable cosmic entity.

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* When the 90's ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon adapted ''The Phoenix Saga,'' the writers had to get rid of Rogue ComicBook/{{Rogue}} for the first episode (Xavier mentioned that she was away on a mission), since her PowerCopying and FlyingBrick powers would have solved the atmospheric-reentry problem far too easily. This is lampshaded when she returns, where the first thing she says is that she should have been there since she could have handled it. In the comics, she didn't exist as a character yet, and so she wasn't around to absorb the rescued astronaut's piloting skills and calmly bring down the shuttle as the solar radiation harmlessly bounced off her invulnerable body, with the astronauts and other X-Men safely in the shielded area. No fuss, no muss, no unstable cosmic entity.



* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' Alien X is basically a god. They write him out by [[spoiler:making him unable to use his powers without a quorum from Ben and two very opposed personalities.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' Alien X is basically a god. They write him out by [[spoiler:making him unable to use his powers without a quorum from Ben and two very opposed personalities.]]personalities]].



** Tigerhawk, who is introduced with Earth-shattering (literally) power in the 3rd season, then a few episodes later, [[spoiler: Megatron, in control of the Nemesis ship, promptly annihilates him before the series finale.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': periodically the Justice League are left indisposed so there's a reason the titular team have to be taking on the biggest issues. In the first season finale [[spoiler:the Justice League ''were'' the threat because they were being mind-controlled.]] Partway into the second season [[spoiler:most of the league's strongest members are forced off-world to take responsibility for action they were made to do during said period.]]
** Within the main cast, you'll rarely see the entire team together, especially in the second season. A lot of it has to to with budgetary issues, so you'll often have at least several members of the team absent in each episode.

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** Tigerhawk, who is introduced with Earth-shattering (literally) power in the 3rd season, then a few episodes later, [[spoiler: Megatron, in control of the Nemesis ship, promptly annihilates him before the series finale.]]
finale]].
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': periodically the Justice League are left indisposed so there's a reason the titular team have to be taking on the biggest issues. In the first season finale [[spoiler:the Justice League ''were'' the threat because they were being mind-controlled.]] Partway into the second season [[spoiler:most of the league's strongest members are forced off-world to take responsibility for action they were made to do during said period.]]
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** Within the main cast, you'll rarely see the entire team together, especially in the second season. A lot of it has to to do with budgetary issues, so you'll often have at least several members of the team absent in each episode.



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** That and Xellos just really enjoys dicking people around.
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