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29th May '16 9:38:25 AM DeisTheAlcano
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* In the MarvelUniverse 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 had was not allowed to bring the transform-into-metal Colossus back from the dead, and had a story idea he wanted to use.
** 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 storyarc).
** {{Spider-Man}} 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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* In the MarvelUniverse there Franchise/MarvelUniverse:
** 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 had was not allowed to bring the transform-into-metal Colossus back from the dead, and had a story idea he wanted to use.
use that needed that power.
** 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.
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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 again, of course course, in another storyarc).
story arc).
** {{Spider-Man}} 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.



* {{Wolverine}} is a prime example of this--his claws first popped out during the attack on his parents.
* In its 1988 CrisisCrossover ''ComicBook/{{Invasion}}!'', [[TheDCU DC Comics]] introduced the "metagene", which gives humans superpowers as a way to survive lethal trauma, as a way to {{Handwave}} the many heroes and villains with FreakLabAccident [[SuperHeroOrigin origin stories]]. The concept was demonstrated by an alien scientist performing a mass execution of fifty abductees; six of them survived, gained powers, and briefly formed a superteam.

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* ** {{Wolverine}} is a prime example of this--his claws first popped out during the attack on his parents.
** 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.
* In its [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Comics]]:
** The
1988 CrisisCrossover ''ComicBook/{{Invasion}}!'', [[TheDCU DC Comics]] ''ComicBook/{{Invasion}}'', introduced the "metagene", which gives humans superpowers as a way to survive lethal trauma, as a way to {{Handwave}} the many heroes and villains with FreakLabAccident [[SuperHeroOrigin origin stories]]. The concept was demonstrated by an alien scientist performing a mass execution of fifty abductees; six of them survived, gained powers, and briefly formed a superteam.



** ''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.



* This is Darwin from ComicBook/{{X-factor}}'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.



* ''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.
29th May '16 12:56:35 AM Doug86
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* In the MarvelUniverse there is a relatively new phenomenon called Secondary Mutation, in which known mutants (typically Comicbook/{{X-Men}}) 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 had was not allowed to bring the transform-into-metal Colossus back from the dead, and had a story idea he wanted to use.

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* In the MarvelUniverse there is a relatively new phenomenon called Secondary Mutation, in which known mutants (typically Comicbook/{{X-Men}}) 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 had was not allowed to bring the transform-into-metal Colossus back from the dead, and had a story idea he wanted to use.
4th May '16 12:13:48 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''WildCards'' series, people infected with a latent version of the wild card virus often "turn their cards" after a near-death experience. Examples include Will-O'-Wisp (stepped on a power line, gained electrical powers), Stuntman (botched a stunt during a student film and fell several hundreds of feet onto solid ground, gained the ability to regenerate from any injury), and the Harlem Hammer (exposed to nuclear waste, gained superstrength and invulnerability but needs to consume heavy metal salts to survive).

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* In the ''WildCards'' ''Literature/WildCards'' series, people infected with a latent version of the wild card virus often "turn their cards" after a near-death experience. Examples include Will-O'-Wisp (stepped on a power line, gained electrical powers), Stuntman (botched a stunt during a student film and fell several hundreds of feet onto solid ground, gained the ability to regenerate from any injury), and the Harlem Hammer (exposed to nuclear waste, gained superstrength and invulnerability but needs to consume heavy metal salts to survive).



* An odd varient in the ''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.

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* An odd varient in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries''.''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.
13th Mar '16 11:44:40 AM AsForMyHandle
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->''[[TropeNamer "We're either gonna die, or we're gonna fly."]]''
-->-- '''Jamie Hyneman''', ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''

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->''[[TropeNamer ->'' "We're either gonna die, or we're gonna fly."]]''
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-->-- '''Jamie Hyneman''', '''[[TropeNamer Jamie Hyneman]]''', ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''
8th Mar '16 3:45:23 PM Andygal
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* In ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'', Allomantic powers are activated by "Snapping", which involves some form of trauma. Most nobles give their children a savage beating at some point in their life, hoping they're latent Allomancers. Kelsier was Snapped by the death of his wife. [[spoiler: The best way is to experience "mist-sickness", which only affects latent Allomancers and by design causes just enough harm to Snap them.]]

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* In ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'', Allomantic powers are activated by "Snapping", which involves some form of trauma. Most nobles give their children a savage beating at some point in their life, hoping they're latent Allomancers. Kelsier was Snapped by the death of his wife. Vin apparently snapped as a newborn due to an unusually difficult birth. [[spoiler: The best way is to experience "mist-sickness", which only affects latent Allomancers and by design causes just enough harm to Snap them.]]
7th Mar '16 2:41:38 PM Farseeker
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** That's not exactly true, Valdhino had enough biographical information to be fairly sure both where and who Tony (AKA Puma Man) was. If anything Valdhino's actions were more to demonstrate that Tony really was the descendant of "Gods from another world". YMMV on whether this actually MakesSenseInContext or instead is InsaneTrollLogic. The other young American men thrown out of windows during the movie were the result of the [[BigBad]] trying to "strike first" is his own words.

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** That's not exactly true, Valdhino had enough biographical information to be fairly sure both where and who Tony (AKA Puma Man) was. If anything Valdhino's actions were more to demonstrate that Tony really was the descendant of "Gods from another world". YMMV on whether this actually MakesSenseInContext or instead is InsaneTrollLogic. The other young American men thrown out of windows during the movie were the result of the [[BigBad]] BigBad trying to "strike first" is his own words.
6th Mar '16 10:46:19 AM Farseeker
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**That's not exactly true, Valdhino had enough biographical information to be fairly sure both where and who Tony (AKA Puma Man) was. If anything Valdhino's actions were more to demonstrate that Tony really was the descendant of "Gods from another world". YMMV on whether this actually MakesSenseInContext or instead is InsaneTrollLogic. The other young American men thrown out of windows during the movie were the result of the [[BigBad]] trying to "strike first" is his own words.
5th Mar '16 10:15:49 AM Anddrix
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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Lissa Dragomir had her spirit powers (which includes the power to bring the dead to life, at the possible cost of her own sanity) when a car crash kills her parents, brother, and best friend, while leaving her alive. In the moments after the crash, she unintentionally, brings her friend back to life, though at the time she does not realize that she was actually dead.

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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Lissa Dragomir had awakened her spirit powers (which includes the power to bring the dead to life, at the possible cost of her own sanity) when a car crash kills killed her parents, brother, and best friend, while leaving her alive. In the moments after the crash, she unintentionally, brings unintentionally brought her friend back to life, though at the time she does did not realize that she was actually dead.
27th Feb '16 1:19:23 PM StFan
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* Mai's powers manifest themselves this way in ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'', after Natsuki attacks Mikoto and she tries to defend her. Later, they come out more fully when her little brother is in danger.

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* Mai's powers manifest themselves this way in ''Anime/{{Mai-HiME}}'', ''Anime/MaiHime'', after Natsuki attacks Mikoto and she tries to defend her. Later, they come out more fully when her little brother is in danger.
27th Feb '16 12:38:04 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* In ''Film/{{Sky High|2005}}'', Will discover he has super strength after he tries to protect his friends from Warren. [[spoiler:He also discovers he can fly after Royal Pain throws him out of the floating highschool]]

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* In ''Film/{{Sky High|2005}}'', Will discover discovers he has super strength after he tries to protect his friends from Warren. [[spoiler:He also discovers he can fly after Royal Pain throws him out of the floating highschool]]



* 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 suffocated for a whole weekend.

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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 suffocated suffocation for a whole weekend.
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