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27th Nov '16 1:19:20 PM Tron80
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** An excellent 1960s issue of ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' dealt with a villain tricking young Supes into thinking he had accidentally killed Lana Lang with a careless display of strength. Grief-stricken, Superboy turns himself in to the police and sits brooding in a jail cell, giving the villain and his mooks a free window of opportunity to commit crimes unopposed. Naturally, it's all a ruse, and Lana turns out to have been merely kidnapped and is totally unharmed.

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** An excellent 1960s issue of ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' dealt with a villain tricking young Supes into thinking he had accidentally killed Lana Lang Comicbook/LanaLang with a careless display of strength. Grief-stricken, Superboy turns himself in to the police and sits brooding in a jail cell, giving the villain and his mooks a free window of opportunity to commit crimes unopposed. Naturally, it's all a ruse, and Lana turns out to have been merely kidnapped and is totally unharmed.
25th Nov '16 8:32:16 PM ultimomant
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* In the ''Series/{{Supergirl 2015}}'' episode "World's Finest", a crossover with ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Kara gives Barry a friendly slap on the back, causing him to wince in pain and her to say, "Sorry."
19th Nov '16 5:40:48 PM Yib
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* Monkey king Bambina from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' can't find a suitable opponent [[spoiler:or a dance partner]], because almost everybody he comes across ends up ripped to shreds in seconds, when he tries to fight [[spoiler:or dance]] with them, due to his incredible strength. Even [[spoiler:powerful regenerating demon, capable of singlehandedly killing and eating almost every creature on planet]] managed to survive only for a couple seconds.

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* Monkey king Bambina from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' can't find a suitable opponent [[spoiler:or a dance partner]], because almost everybody he comes across ends up ripped to shreds in seconds, when he tries to fight [[spoiler:or dance]] with them, due to his incredible strength. Even [[spoiler:powerful regenerating demon, capable of singlehandedly killing and eating almost every creature on planet]] managed to survive only for a couple of seconds.
21st Oct '16 8:52:30 PM Witherbrine98
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* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Pokemon Sun and Moon]]'' has Bewear, the Strong Arm Pokemon, whose infamous for its immense strength and bone-crushing hugs. Trainers have to train these big bears to loosen their hugs!

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* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Pokemon Sun and Moon]]'' has Bewear, the Strong Arm Pokemon, whose infamous for its immense strength and bone-crushing hugs. And they don't even mean to crush people's bones! Trainers have to train these big bears to loosen their hugs!
21st Oct '16 8:51:46 PM Witherbrine98
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*''[[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Pokemon Sun and Moon]]'' has Bewear, the Strong Arm Pokemon, whose infamous for its immense strength and bone-crushing hugs. Trainers have to train these big bears to loosen their hugs!
9th Oct '16 8:42:39 AM zrice03
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** In "Masks", an alien probe starts taking over the Enterprise, and Data, who gets possessed by it. At one point, Data grabs Picard's wrist and Picard visibly freaks out as he knows Data could easily crush it (and is possibly already holding it ''way too hard'').
5th Oct '16 2:40:33 AM Cootling
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This trope is related to BlessedWithSuck but is specific to strength and to powers which resemble strength (i.e. the ability to crush objects via telekinesis). It works as a trade-off where the massive raw power that's great for a battle makes {{Mundane|Utility}} tasks hell to perform. Another variation involves FunctionalMagic or PsychicPowers, where a mage or telekinetic with the power to decimate armies must do chores by hand, because spellcaster lacks enough fine control over those powers. After all, incinerating enemies with [[NoKillLikeOverkill "too much fire"]] isn't really a problem, but burning dinner with "too much fire" is.

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This trope is related to BlessedWithSuck but is specific to strength and to powers which resemble strength (i.e. the ability to crush objects via telekinesis). It works as a trade-off where the massive raw power that's great for a battle makes {{Mundane|Utility}} tasks hell to perform. Another variation involves FunctionalMagic or PsychicPowers, where a mage or telekinetic with the power to decimate armies must do chores by hand, because the spellcaster lacks enough fine control over those powers. After all, incinerating enemies with [[NoKillLikeOverkill "too much fire"]] isn't really a problem, but burning dinner with "too much fire" is.
5th Oct '16 2:39:29 AM Cootling
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Normally, it only happens to folks who gain SuperStrength, not characters born with it and who had it all their life. After all, in real life an Olympic athlete that can lift several times his own weight can also pick up a caterpillar without squishing it and it would create all sorts of FridgeLogic to see a character with long-established super strength constantly smashing plates or bottles and not wonder how they ever managed to feed themselves without learning how to control their power.

This trope is related to BlessedWithSuck but is specific to strength and to powers which resemble strength (i.e. the ability to crush objects via telekinesis). It works as a trade-off where the massive raw power that's great for a battle makes {{Mundane|Utility}} tasks hell to perform. Another variation involves FunctionalMagic or PsychicPowers, where a mage or telekinetic who could decimate armies with their powers have to do chores by hand, because they lack fine control. After all, when you're incinerating enemies, [[NoKillLikeOverkill "Too much fire"]] isn't really a problem.

If the hero's family is unaware of his powers, undoubtedly the blame for the damage will fall on 'shoddy construction' or on another house member's bad attempts at DIY.

A frequent and more realistic variation of this is that the hero is able to control his strength, but when tempers flare or the hero is startled (or otherwise incapacitated, or perhaps inebriated) that control quickly lapses.

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Normally, it only happens to folks who gain SuperStrength, not characters born with it and who had it all their life. After all, in real life an Olympic athlete that can lift several times his own weight can also pick up a caterpillar without squishing it and it would create all sorts of FridgeLogic to see a character characters with long-established super strength constantly smashing plates or bottles and not wonder how they ever managed to feed themselves without learning how to control their power.

This trope is related to BlessedWithSuck but is specific to strength and to powers which resemble strength (i.e. the ability to crush objects via telekinesis). It works as a trade-off where the massive raw power that's great for a battle makes {{Mundane|Utility}} tasks hell to perform. Another variation involves FunctionalMagic or PsychicPowers, where a mage or telekinetic who could with the power to decimate armies with their powers have to must do chores by hand, because they lack spellcaster lacks enough fine control. control over those powers. After all, when you're incinerating enemies, enemies with [[NoKillLikeOverkill "Too "too much fire"]] isn't really a problem.

problem, but burning dinner with "too much fire" is.

If the hero's family is unaware of his the hero's new powers, undoubtedly the blame for the damage will fall on 'shoddy construction' or on another house member's bad attempts at DIY.

A frequent and more realistic variation of this is that the hero is able to control his one's strength, but when tempers flare or the hero is startled (or otherwise incapacitated, or perhaps inebriated) that control quickly lapses.
3rd Sep '16 1:27:52 PM Tron80
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** In ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth'', as Kara is learning how to drive, she puts her foot on the brake... and through the bottom of the car. When it happens, her foster mother cries out "Again?".
22nd Aug '16 11:24:10 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' explains that John experienced this following his augmentation surgery, leading him to wonder if the artificial gravity in the gym where he was exercising had been reduced. Shortly afterwards he was forced into a spar with several veteran soldiers and accidentally killed two as a result of this trope.
** It's pretty much stated that the fight was deliberately set up to test John against four experienced [=ODSTs=]. Since then, there's been bad blood between the Helljumpers and the Spartans.

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* ''Literature/HaloTheFallOfReach'' explains that John (the future Master Chief) experienced this following his augmentation surgery, leading him to wonder if the artificial gravity in the gym where he was exercising had been reduced. Shortly afterwards he was forced into a spar with several against four veteran soldiers and Helljumpers, with John accidentally killed killing two as a result of this trope.
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trope (it's pretty much stated that the fight was deliberately set up to test John against four experienced [=ODSTs=]. Since the effectiveness of his augmentations; since then, there's been bad blood between the Helljumpers [=ODSTs=] and the Spartans.Spartans).
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