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2nd Feb '18 5:12:06 AM FoxBluereaver
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* In Chapter 31 of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', when Ash asks Misty about how she learned to use Water-type moves, she reveals that she learned Waterfall when it was either that, or fall to the rocky bottom of one.
31st Jan '18 1:39:17 PM bitemytail
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* Deconstructed with many Website/DarwinAward winners, and "breatharians."
12th Jan '18 9:25:47 PM erforce
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** There is a relatively new phenomenon called Secondary Mutation, in which known mutants (typically Comicbook/XMen) suddenly develop a new mutant power at [[DeusExMachina extremely convenient moments]], such as a healing power (after receiving an otherwise mortal wound) or the ability to become indestructible (in the middle of a bombing). It started as an excuse by Grant Morrison to give Emma Frost transform-into-diamond powers, since he was not allowed to bring the transform-into-metal Colossus back from the dead, and had a story idea he wanted to use that needed that power.

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** There is a relatively new phenomenon called Secondary Mutation, in which known mutants (typically Comicbook/XMen) ComicBook/XMen) suddenly develop a new mutant power at [[DeusExMachina extremely convenient moments]], such as a healing power (after receiving an otherwise mortal wound) or the ability to become indestructible (in the middle of a bombing). It started as an excuse by Grant Morrison to give Emma Frost transform-into-diamond powers, since he was not allowed to bring the transform-into-metal Colossus back from the dead, and had a story idea he wanted to use that needed that power.



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** In ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'', this is how the titular character gets his powers. Since adrenaline works as a catalyzer for the serum designed to cure Wade of his cancer and give him superpowers, he has to be constantly tortured to unlock them. They finally show up after he's left on the edge of suffocation for a whole weekend.



* In ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'', this is how the titular character gets his powers. Since adrenaline works as a catalyzer for the serum designed to cure Wade of his cancer and give him superpowers, he has to be constantly tortured to unlock them. They finally show up after he's left on the edge of suffocation for a whole weekend.
19th Dec '17 11:17:32 PM Xtifr
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* In the Matrin novels by Holly Lisle, [[spoiler:the shape-shifting characters only fly after dropping out of a building, or off of a mountain.]]

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* In the Matrin ''Literature/TheSecretTexts'' novels by Holly Lisle, [[spoiler:the shape-shifting characters only fly after dropping out of a building, or off of a mountain.]]
28th Nov '17 1:53:28 PM Wordpainter
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', most [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual parahumans]] get their powers in a TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening, which can include one of these; [[spoiler:Brandish]] and [[spoiler:Lady Photon]], for example, got their powers when they were about to be murdered, and Grue got his powers during a violent fight with [[spoiler: his and Aisha's abusive stepfather]].
** Faced with a situation beyond their ability to save themselves with their current powers, some parahumans have a ''second'' trigger event, which alters or enhances their powers to help them survive. [[spoiler: Grue, for example, had the power-draining effects of his darkness enhanced and gained the ability to copy others' powers with it, alongside more minor changes in how the darkness functions.]] The trauma that triggered it? [[spoiler: Having his body rearranged such that his organs were spread around a room [[AndIMustScream while still functioning]]. He needed the power-copying enhancement in order to copy a nearby parahuman's HealingFactor.]] It's speculated in-universe that particularly powerful parahumans had a second trigger event essentially at the same time as their first.



* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', all [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual parahumans]] get their powers in a TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening, which can include one of these; [[spoiler:Brandish]] and [[spoiler:Lady Photon]], for example, got their powers when they were about to be murdered, and Grue got his powers during a violent fight with [[spoiler:Aisha's abusive stepfather]].
** Not that parahumans can't get this. Some of them have a ''second'' trigger event, which alters their powers. [[spoiler: Grue, for example, had the power-draining effects of his darkness enhanced and gained the ability to copy others' powers with it, alongside more minor changes in how the darkness functions.]] Some parahumans had their second trigger event essentially at the same time as their first.
6th Oct '17 6:17:38 PM WillyFourEyes
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** This is the only method of development that works on [[HotBlooded Ichigo]]. He has to be put into life-or-death situations where he has no choice but to power up or die, including when he first obtained his own shinigami powers - Urahara severed his chain of fate which meant Ichigo had to transform into a shinigami or die. [[SinkOrSwim Urahara]] is a firm believer in this method of training anyway but all Ichigo's mentors have noticed it's the only way to train Ichigo. [[spoiler:His Quincy power was suppressing his Soul Reaper power in an attempt to protect him from the danger of being a Soul Reaper; it only lets up whenever Ichigo's in mortal peril.]]

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** This is the only method of development that works on [[HotBlooded [[TheHero Ichigo]]. He has to be put into life-or-death situations where he has no choice but to power up or die, including when he first obtained his own shinigami powers - Urahara severed his chain of fate which meant Ichigo had to transform into a shinigami or die. [[SinkOrSwim Urahara]] Urahara is [[SinkOrSwimMentor a firm believer in this method of training anyway anyway]], but all Ichigo's mentors have noticed it's the only way to train Ichigo. [[spoiler:His Quincy power was suppressing his Soul Reaper power in an attempt to protect him from the danger of being a Soul Reaper; it only lets up whenever Ichigo's in mortal peril.]]
5th Sep '17 8:37:20 PM ultimomant
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* In the Sakura Cards arc of Manga/CardcaptorSakura, this effect is deliberately invoked Eriol to help Sakura change the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards.
* In Manga/BirdMen , Karasuma is having trouble flying, so Takayama, just picks him, flies to a distance and let's go. Karasuma starts flapping his wings in panic, and now he can fly!

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* In the Sakura Cards arc of Manga/CardcaptorSakura, ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', this effect is deliberately invoked by Eriol to help Sakura change the Clow Cards into Sakura Cards.
* In Manga/BirdMen , ''Manga/BirdMen'', Karasuma is having trouble flying, so Takayama, just picks him, flies to a distance and let's go. Karasuma starts flapping his wings in panic, and now he can fly!


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* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', King Arthur is said by several characters to have a lot of latent magical power, but he has no idea how to access it. He's repeatedly thrown himself into life or death fights in an attempt to access it, but so far, it doesn't work.
30th May '17 12:11:31 PM Psyclone
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** [[spoiler:Literally,]] when [[BigBad Zaheer]], after [[spoiler:his lover P'li dies and he manages to capture Korra, he throws himself off a cliff while holding an unconscious Korra; and he discovers that P'li dying severed his last attachment to the world, allowing him to fly like Superman, and continue the final phase of his plans.]]

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** [[spoiler:Literally,]] when [[spoiler:Happens literally,]] with [[BigBad Zaheer]], after [[spoiler:his lover P'li dies and he manages to capture Korra, he throws himself off a cliff while is holding an unconscious Korra; and he Korra while surrounded at the edge of a cliff. He discovers that P'li dying severed his last attachment to the world, allowing him to fly like Superman, and continue the final phase of his plans.]]
4th Apr '17 3:38:47 PM margdean56
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* In Steven Gould's novel ''Literature/{{Jumper}}'', Davy first "jumps" (teleports) involuntarily to escape his abusive father. At first he thinks he just blacked out after his dad beat him, and began hitchhiking. The first time he consciously realizes he "jumped" is when some truckers tried to rape him, and he was suddenly back in the library.

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* In Steven Gould's novel ''Literature/{{Jumper}}'', Davy first "jumps" (teleports) involuntarily to escape his abusive father. At first he thinks he just blacked out after his dad beat him, and began begins hitchhiking. The first time he consciously realizes he "jumped" is when some truckers tried try to rape him, and he was is suddenly back in the library.



* An odd varient in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries''. When Michael is tossed off a cliff his magic activates on his own and saves him. Despite not wanting to die, he stops it the moment he realizes what's going on. (Fortunately, he's only a few feet from the ground at this point). The only time they don't manifest when his life depends on it is when he's desperately trying to put out a fire.
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' - ''Darke'' Septimus must try the '''Flyte''' spell without its charm in order to escape from Dungeon Number One, and succeeds at it.

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* An odd varient variant in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries''. When Michael is tossed off a cliff his magic activates on his its own and saves him. Despite not wanting to die, he stops it the moment he realizes what's going on. (Fortunately, he's only a few feet from the ground at this point). The only time they his powers don't manifest when his life depends on it is when he's desperately trying to put out a fire.
* In ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' - -- ''Darke'' Septimus must try the '''Flyte''' spell without its charm in order to escape from Dungeon Number One, and succeeds at it.



* In ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' the Bene Gesserit have at least two such tests. In the Gom Jabbar an acolyte must hold their hand in a pain inducer and endure unbearable pain or be pricked in the neck with a poisoned needle. While in the ritual to become a Reverend Mother they ingest a deadly poison and have to exert conscious control over their biochemistry to neutralize it.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' the Bene Gesserit have at least two such tests. In the Gom Jabbar an acolyte must hold their hand in a pain inducer and endure unbearable pain or be pricked in the neck with a poisoned needle. While in In the ritual to become a Reverend Mother they ingest a deadly poison and have to exert conscious control over their biochemistry to neutralize it.
4th Apr '17 3:05:01 PM margdean56
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* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', Zahntee's shielding power first manifests when he saves Skot and Krim from being struck by a falling branch. Justified in that this is the first opportunity he'd had to invoke it after being exposed to the Palace, which enhances elves' powers.

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* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', Zahntee's Zhantee's shielding power first manifests when he saves Skot and Krim from being struck by a falling branch. Justified in that this is the first opportunity he'd had to invoke it after being exposed to the Palace, which enhances elves' powers.
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