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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.
7th May '16 8:28:24 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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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.



* 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'' 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 .
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.
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