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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.
4th Apr '17 3:04:16 PM margdean56
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At a moment of extreme stress, a superpower pops out that the character never knew was there. They might have continued to lead a normal existence, doomed to be - at best - a character in a romance, if it had not been for that car wreck, or fall from a great height, or evil-doer...

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At a moment of extreme stress, a superpower pops out that the character never knew was there. They might have continued to lead a normal existence, doomed to be - -- at best - -- a character in a romance, if it had not been for that car wreck, or fall from a great height, or evil-doer...



** The Richard Rider Comicbook/{{Nova}} is not a mutant, but he was depowered for a long time and the superhero, Night Thrasher, guessed that he could reignite Rider's powers with a high stress incident. To create one, he kidnapped Rider, dropped him off a building and found that his hunch was right when Rider instantly repowered in the fall, including his flight power. He tried it a second time after another depowering, only to be rescued before the splat and having it made very clear that a second power up was not what would have happened (he got his powers back again, of course, in another story arc).
** ComicBook/SpiderMan first discovered his powers this way. While walking home feeling sick after being bitten by the spider, a car is about to hit him. His new Spider Sense kicks in and he instinctively leaps up the side of a building and clings to it.

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** The Richard Rider Comicbook/{{Nova}} is not a mutant, but he was depowered for a long time and the superhero, Night Thrasher, guessed that he could reignite Rider's powers with a high stress incident. To create one, he kidnapped Rider, dropped him off a building and found that his hunch was right when Rider instantly repowered in the fall, including his flight power. He tried it a second time after another depowering, only to be rescued before the splat and having it made very clear that a second power up power-up was not what would have happened (he got his powers back again, of course, in another story arc).
** ComicBook/SpiderMan first discovered his powers this way. While he is walking home feeling sick after being bitten by the spider, a car is about to hit him. His new Spider Sense kicks in and he instinctively leaps up the side of a building and clings to it.



** Amara from ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' discovers her powers like that. Selene [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat drops her in a volcano]] and she ends up learning to [[PlayingWithFire manipulate lava]]. Guess her CodeName ? Magma, of course.

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** Amara from ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' discovers her powers like that. Selene [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat drops her in a volcano]] and she ends up learning to [[PlayingWithFire manipulate lava]]. Guess her CodeName ? CodeName? Magma, of course.



** This is Darwin from ComicBook/XFactor's main power. He always mutates the most simple and convinient power he needs to survive whatever situation he's in. This can range from surviving without a head, to being part Death, to teleporting out of the way of an angry hulk.

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** This is Darwin from ComicBook/XFactor's main power. He always mutates the most simple and convinient convenient power he needs to survive whatever situation he's in. This can range from surviving without a head, to being part Death, to teleporting out of the way of an angry hulk.Hulk.



** Another story featured wannabes hanging around hoping for the day of their Origin and one relating how one guy decided to stop waiting and shoved a fork into a toaster. While the guy he's talking with starts rattling off possible powers the answer for what it got was 'electrocuted'. Destiny doesn't like it when you try and cheat.
** ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'' has this as a slightly more mundane situation for the Batson siblings and/or Freeman: they are often in freefall and their only chance of survival is to [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull say their magic words]] to change in their FlyingBrick modes.

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** Another story featured wannabes hanging around hoping for the day of their Origin and one relating how one guy decided to stop waiting and shoved a fork into a toaster. While the guy he's talking with starts rattling off possible powers powers, the answer for what it he got was 'electrocuted'. Destiny doesn't like it when you try and cheat.
** ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'' has this as a slightly more mundane situation for the Batson siblings and/or Freeman: they are often in freefall and their only chance of survival is to [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull say their magic words]] to change in into their FlyingBrick modes.
2nd Apr '17 12:02:00 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' series uses this trope for the main characters of each game, usually by having them attacked by {{Mooks}}. ''[[{{Persona 2}} Innocent Sin]]'' does it differently; the main characters all awakened their Personas at different times, and it's not {{Mooks}} they were in danger of.

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* The ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' series uses this trope for the main characters of each game, usually by having them attacked by {{Mooks}}. ''[[{{Persona ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} Innocent Sin]]'' does it differently; the main characters all awakened their Personas at different times, and it's not {{Mooks}} they were in danger of.
26th Mar '17 12:04:17 PM Tightwire
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Evidently, life-threatening situations bring out our hidden powers. [[DontTryThisAtHome Do not try this at home, though]]. The threat seems to have to come from Fate for it to work out.

At a moment of extreme stress, a superpower pops out that the character never knew was there. They might have continued to lead a normal existence, doomed to be -- at best -- a character in a romance, if it had not been for that car wreck, or fall from a great height, or evil-doer...

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Evidently, life-threatening situations bring out our hidden powers. [[DontTryThisAtHome Do not try this at home, though]]. The threat seems to have to come from Fate for it to work out.

out. DontTryThisAtHome.

At a moment of extreme stress, a superpower pops out that the character never knew was there. They might have continued to lead a normal existence, doomed to be -- - at best -- - a character in a romance, if it had not been for that car wreck, or fall from a great height, or evil-doer...
21st Mar '17 7:35:26 AM Qrow
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* In ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'', the Ancient One strands Strange on Mount Everest to force him to figure out how to open a portal to get back. He nearly freezes to death before he manages it.

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* In ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'', the Ancient One strands Strange on Mount Everest to force him to figure out how to open a portal to get back. He nearly freezes to death before he manages it. [[FunnyMoment Mordo's reaction shows this isn't the first time she's done this.]]
--> '''Mordo:''' How is our latest student doing?
--> '''The Ancient One:''' We shall see...any second now.
--> ''{{Beat}}''
--> '''Mordo:''' Oh no, not again.
29th Jan '17 3:51:43 AM Zoxzix
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* In ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'', this happens a lot. The Zombies (resurrected people given power by undead reapers) can go through emergence in a life or death fight, but only if they are truly desperate, and not relying on emergence to save them... And the bad guys can have emergence triggered by the good guys emergence.
5th Jan '17 6:50:07 PM MiddleEighth
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**Similarly, George in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', when he desperately [[VoluntaryShapeshifting turns into an air elemental]] for the first time so he can carry John away from an angry mob. After he turns back to himself, he describes the experience as being like “an idea wrapped in air” and how he was terrified that he'd fly apart.
17th Nov '16 1:48:33 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Film/DoctorStrange'', the Ancient One strands Strange on Mount Everest to force him to figure out how to open a portal to get back. He nearly freezes to death before he manages it.

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* In ''Film/DoctorStrange'', ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'', the Ancient One strands Strange on Mount Everest to force him to figure out how to open a portal to get back. He nearly freezes to death before he manages it.



* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Jesse Wells awakens her SuperSpeed to escape getting hit by a car. When he learns about this, Wally West attempts to imitate her by [[TooDumbToLive stepping into traffic]]. If Jesse hadn't saved him, he would have most likely died.

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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Jesse Wells awakens her SuperSpeed to escape getting hit by a car. When he learns about this, Wally West attempts to imitate her by [[TooDumbToLive stepping into traffic]].traffic (and he just stands there instead of trying to avoid an incoming car)]]. If Jesse hadn't saved him, he would have most likely died.
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