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27th Sep '16 12:58:01 AM Tron80
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* ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'' runs with this: Neron seeks to obtain the purest of souls and immediately everyone assumes Franchise/{{Superman}}. However, he's not there and many people think Superman was captured by Neron already. This wasn't the case: he was captured by off-world aliens and dragged through "The Trial of Superman" storyline, taking him, Superboy, Supergirl and Steel with him.

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* ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'' runs with this: Neron seeks to obtain the purest of souls and immediately everyone assumes Franchise/{{Superman}}. However, he's not there and many people think Superman was captured by Neron already. This wasn't the case: he was captured by off-world aliens and dragged through "The Trial of Superman" storyline, taking him, Superboy, Supergirl Comicbook/{{Superboy}}, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} and Steel Comicbook/{{Steel}} with him.



* ''{{Film/Supergirl}}''. A radio news report mentions Superman's departure from Earth on an intergalactic peacekeeping mission, which explains why he isn't around to handle Serena.

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* ''{{Film/Supergirl}}''.''Film/{{Supergirl}}''. A radio news report mentions Superman's departure from Earth on an intergalactic peacekeeping mission, which explains why he isn't around to handle Serena.



** In the episode "Chaos at the Earth's Core", the miniature red sun of Skartaris weakens {{Supergirl}}'s powers almost to nothing.

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** In the episode "Chaos at the Earth's Core", the miniature red sun of Skartaris weakens {{Supergirl}}'s Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s powers almost to nothing.
20th Aug '16 9:51:58 AM Korodzik
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* ''Fanfic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'': It turns out the power of Darth Vulcan's Alicorn Amulet is perfectly inimical to [[RealityWarper Discord]]'s magic, so Discord cannot interfere with Vulcan in any way without possibly annihilating himself and everything around him. He decides to hide in a PocketDimension for the time being.
29th Jul '16 1:27:32 PM DoctorTItanX
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Well, [[SidekickGlassCeiling obviously we can't have that]], and if the character in question is any kind of good guy it would strain belief to have them just sit out the fight for no reason. Sure, you could [[ThePlotReaper kill them off]] or write them out of the story completely, but they don't have to leave ''forever'', just long enough for the hero to have to face the menace du jour on his or her own. The solution: take the bruiser and [[PutOnABus put them on a bus]] for a while. Maybe some other responsibility came up, maybe there's another villain rampaging around somewhere else, maybe they had the bad luck to break a leg and got stuck in the hospital, [[ProtectorBehindBars maybe they were arrested]] and are showing SelfRestraint. However it's done, the DeusExMachina is temporarily out of commission, and the weaker heroes have to win the fight on their own.

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Well, [[SidekickGlassCeiling obviously we can't have that]], and if the character in question is any kind of good guy it would strain belief to have them just sit out the fight for no reason. Sure, you could [[ThePlotReaper kill them off]] or write them out of the story completely, but they don't have to leave ''forever'', just long enough for the hero to have to face the menace du jour on his or her own. The solution: take the bruiser and [[PutOnABus put them on a bus]] for a while. Maybe some other responsibility came up, maybe there's another villain rampaging around somewhere else, maybe they had the bad luck to break a leg and got stuck in the hospital, [[ProtectorBehindBars maybe they were arrested]] and are showing SelfRestraint. However However, it's done, the DeusExMachina is temporarily out of commission, and the weaker heroes have to win the fight on their own.



An alternative approach is to have an ''[[GameBreaker insanely]]'' overpowered character actually join the plucky underdog's team for the big epic battle. He could easily [[{{Anticlimax}} save the day with a snap of his fingers]]...and then that character is immediately knocked out or otherwise disabled so that the story can actually be interesting. (This can also have the side effect of [[TheWorfEffect making the villain that much more threatening]].)

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An alternative approach is to have an ''[[GameBreaker insanely]]'' overpowered [[GameBreaker immensely]] powerful character actually join the plucky underdog's team for the big epic battle. He could easily [[{{Anticlimax}} save the day with a snap of his fingers]]...and then that character is immediately knocked out or otherwise disabled so that the story can actually be interesting. (This can also have the side effect of [[TheWorfEffect making the villain that much more threatening]].)



** [[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 powerful Stand ability in the entire series existence (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]].



** Peter could be [[ComboPlatterPowers the most overpowered character]] on the show, but he's held in check by a fatal combination of ForgotAboutHisPowers, CoconutSuperpowers (in that if he doesn't already know he has powers, they're the type of powers that not noticing is fairly logical), this trope, and his pet IdiotBall.

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** Peter could be [[ComboPlatterPowers the most overpowered overpowering character]] on the show, but he's held in check by a fatal combination of ForgotAboutHisPowers, CoconutSuperpowers (in that if he doesn't already know he has powers, they're the type of powers that not noticing is fairly logical), this trope, and his pet IdiotBall.



** Especially noticeable in ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'', where you literally lose him for nearly 1/3 of the game right after the very beginning, considering he's easily the most overpowered character in your party at that point in the game.

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** Especially noticeable in ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'', where you literally lose him for nearly 1/3 of the game right after the very beginning, considering he's easily the most overpowered powerful character in your party at that point in the game.
10th Jul '16 9:00:19 PM CRBWildcat
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* Yukari Yakumo in ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness''. Megas's unexpected teleportation into Gensokyo completely blindsides her, and even after she wakes up she rationalizes the situation to herself before falling asleep again. [[note]]To be fair, she didn't know at first that it was a giant robot car that struck her.[[/note]]
5th Jul '16 9:10:25 PM Josef5678
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', Princess Twilight Sparkle doesn't respond to Sunset Shimmer's messages asking for advice and help, forcing her and her friends to solve the problem themselves. At the very end of the movie, Twilight shows up and apologizes, since she was busy dealing with the crisis Starlight Glimmer created in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Cutie Re-Mark", which happened [[SimultaneousArcs at the same time as the movie]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', Princess Twilight Sparkle doesn't respond to Sunset Shimmer's messages asking for advice and help, forcing her and her friends to solve the problem themselves. At the very end of the movie, Twilight [[spoiler:Twilight shows up and apologizes, since she was busy dealing with the crisis Starlight Glimmer created in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Cutie Re-Mark", which happened happens [[SimultaneousArcs at the same time as the movie]].]]
3rd Jul '16 1:22:36 PM Morgenthaler
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** In the series finale, [[TheObiWan Iroh]] refuses to fight Fire Lord Ozai because -- even assuming he won -- it would not bring true peace, being ultimately nothing more than "a brother killing a brother for power." This leaves it up to our plucky hero Aang to face the Fire Lord himself.

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** In the series finale, [[TheObiWan Iroh]] Iroh refuses to fight Fire Lord Ozai because -- even assuming he won -- it would not bring true peace, being ultimately nothing more than "a brother killing a brother for power." This leaves it up to our plucky hero Aang to face the Fire Lord himself.
30th May '16 3:14:29 AM AmbushBugbear
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* Rich Burlew, the author of ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', has said in commentaries that he is often forced to do this to Vaarsuvius, the party's wizard. Because the comic is based on ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', readers already know what powers and abilities a wizard of that level should be able to muster and would naturally wonder why the elf wasn't deploying them in a given situation...whereas if the magic system had been an original invention, he could simply have not given Vaarsuvius any powers that would circumvent the plot.
29th May '16 2:19:41 PM ultimomant
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*** Juvia is also a frequent victim since unlike most of the guild she's actually friends with most of Natsu's team, and doesn't have her own team to hang with. Despite this she's rarely tagging along with Natsu's group, and when she is she's usually disabled by either stone/taking herself out to free another/frozen in Lacrima. This is because (much like the Logia users in ''OnePiece'') she can ignore most attacks by turning her body into water and reforming so most enemies can't hurt her. The two times she did assist them in battle she was brainwashed for most of the first fight until Lucy freed her so they could double team the villain, and the other was against an opponent who could negate her water shifting by causing her pain and damage regardless.

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*** Juvia is also a frequent victim since unlike most of the guild she's actually friends with most of Natsu's team, and doesn't have her own team to hang with. Despite this she's rarely tagging along with Natsu's group, and when she is she's usually disabled by either stone/taking herself out to free another/frozen in Lacrima. This is because (much like the Logia users in ''OnePiece'') ''Manga/OnePiece'') she can ignore most attacks by turning her body into water and reforming so most enemies can't hurt her. The two times she did assist them in battle she was brainwashed for most of the first fight until Lucy freed her so they could double team the villain, and the other was against an opponent who could negate her water shifting by causing her pain and damage regardless.


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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', Princess Twilight Sparkle doesn't respond to Sunset Shimmer's messages asking for advice and help, forcing her and her friends to solve the problem themselves. At the very end of the movie, Twilight shows up and apologizes, since she was busy dealing with the crisis Starlight Glimmer created in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "The Cutie Re-Mark", which happened [[SimultaneousArcs at the same time as the movie]].
28th May '16 8:38:07 AM ultimomant
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* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated, [[spoiler:Midori]] gets pre-emptively taken out of action by a StupidityInducingAttack, as [[spoiler:Bachiko and Meiko, learning that they've been exposed]], decide to change tactics and eliminate the Himes.

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* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated, ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', [[spoiler:Midori]] gets pre-emptively taken out of action by a StupidityInducingAttack, as [[spoiler:Bachiko and Meiko, learning that they've been exposed]], decide to change tactics and eliminate the Himes.



* 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.



* 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.

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* The dragon in the ''WesternAnimation/Shrek'' ''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.
9th May '16 5:39:30 PM ZerroDefex
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* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' franchise usually need to keep Neo away from the action after becoming the godlike One to maintain enough tension. In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', a backdoor traps Neo hundreds of miles away while Trinity and Morpheus fight the {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le Twins, then Agents for the duration of the long highway scene. In ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', Neo ends up trapped in a train station for most of the beginning.

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* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' franchise usually need to keep Neo away from the action after becoming the godlike One to maintain enough tension. In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', a backdoor traps Neo hundreds of miles away while Trinity and Morpheus fight the {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le Twins, then Agents for the duration of the long highway scene. scene (until Neo can arrive to extract them.) In ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', Neo ends up trapped in a train station for most of the beginning.



** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' has Odin, who goes to sleep for most of the movie, something he periodically has to do to rejuvenate his powers.

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** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' has Odin, who goes to sleep for most of the movie, something he periodically has to do to rejuvenate his powers.powers and has been putting off for too long.



** ''Film/AntMan'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by having Scott, having just been told Hank the gravity of the situation they're in, responding by saying the first thing they should do is call in the Avengers. Hank replies that he won't because of his distrust of the Stark family.

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** ''Film/AntMan'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this by having Scott, having just been told by Hank the gravity of the situation they're in, responding by saying the first thing they should do is call in the Avengers. Hank replies that he won't because of his distrust of the Stark family.
** ''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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