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15th Apr '18 9:42:41 AM Nintendoman01
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** Gohan himself gets into this during the fight with Cell. He doesn't like to fight, let alone kill, and reveals his hidden power and how it [[EmotionalPowers only comes out when he's angry]]. While Gohan told Cell this in the hopes that it would get him to back down, [[ThreatBackfire it does the exact opposite]]; now that Cell knows about Gohan's hidden power, he, being a big-time BloodKnight, is determined to see it for himself.



** This series generally averts it: Unless they're just allies sparring (and even in those cases sometimes), characters will try their hardest not to explain their powers, including purposely using them in misleading ways or using only a narrow selection of their moves. Knowledge of someone else's powers is a frequent key to winning battles and can be used as bargaining tools outside of combat.

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** This series generally averts it: Unless they're just allies sparring (and even in those cases sometimes), characters will try their hardest not to explain their powers, including purposely using them in misleading ways or using only a narrow selection of their moves. Knowledge of someone else's powers is a frequent key to winning battles and can be used as bargaining *bargaining tools outside of combat.
13th Apr '18 4:30:20 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'': In "Return to New York, Part 3," while the Turtles are fighting [[MadScientist Baxter Stockman]], they try to put down his cyborg armor by [[CutTheJuice cutting its fuel lines]]... but Stockman thought ahead, and proceeds to gloat to the Turtles that every single component of his armor has its own internal backup power source. This leads Donatello to realize that the ArmCannon they previously chopped off still works; Stockman has just enough time to go OhCrap before Donnie blasts him out the window using the arm.
13th Mar '18 2:05:20 PM MBG159
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** And then there's Tousen, who explained the mechanics of his Bankai in his first major fight to his opponent. Said Bankai has the property of robbing all senses except touch. He's explaining it to a ''deaf person.''
11th Jan '18 10:56:44 AM erforce
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* ''Film/XMen'':

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6th Dec '17 5:24:33 PM hubakon1368
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* ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'': It's probably easier to count the villains that ''don't'' tell the heroes everything about their own powers. As expected, this often leads to the heroes [[NiceJobFixingItVillain coming up with ways to beat them based on their exposition]].

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* ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'': It's probably easier to count the villains that ''don't'' tell the heroes everything about their own powers. As expected, this often leads to the heroes [[NiceJobFixingItVillain coming up with ways to beat them based on their exposition]]. [[IdiotBall And even then, it still takes some time for Starfleet to realize how to defeat the bad guy.]]
6th Dec '17 5:19:14 PM BossKey
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* ''Fanfic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic'': It's probably easier to count the villains that ''don't'' tell the heroes everything about their own powers. As expected, this often leads to the heroes [[NiceJobFixingItVillain coming up with ways to beat them based on their exposition]].
25th Nov '17 6:00:48 PM MajinAkuma
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* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', people can make techniques with self-imposed restrictions on them (for example, only being usable at certain times or against certain people). The more harsh the restriction, the more powerful the technique becomes. The MadBomber ([[spoiler:Gethru]]) in the Greed Island arc made his restriction be that he'd have to explain how his ability worked before using it.

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* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', people can make techniques with self-imposed restrictions on them (for example, only being usable at certain times or against certain people). The more harsh the restriction, the more powerful the technique becomes. The MadBomber ([[spoiler:Gethru]]) ([[spoiler:Genthru]]) in the Greed Island arc made his restriction be that he'd have to explain how his ability worked before using it.
26th Oct '17 9:49:33 AM ZuTheSkunk
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* In the platform game ''VideoGame/KaoTheKangaroo 2'', an octopus boss begins battle by describing the exact method in which to defeat her, step by step, and only at the end realizes [[LampshadeHanging "How stupid of me - why am I telling you that?"]]

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* In the platform game ''VideoGame/KaoTheKangaroo 2'', ''[[VideoGame/KaoTheKangaroo Kao The Kangaroo: Round 2]]'', an octopus boss begins the battle by describing the exact method in which to defeat her, step by step, and only at the end realizes does she go [[LampshadeHanging "How stupid of me - why am I telling you that?"]]that?!"]].
26th Oct '17 6:05:57 AM jormis29
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* In the platform game ''Kao The Kangaroo 2'', an octopus boss begins battle by describing the exact method in which to defeat her, step by step, and only at the end realizes [[LampshadeHanging "How stupid of me - why am I telling you that?"]]

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* In the platform game ''Kao The Kangaroo ''VideoGame/KaoTheKangaroo 2'', an octopus boss begins battle by describing the exact method in which to defeat her, step by step, and only at the end realizes [[LampshadeHanging "How stupid of me - why am I telling you that?"]]
12th Oct '17 3:24:11 PM OG-Sama
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** Deconstructed by most of the events of Part 3, insofar as it was even really an established trope at that point. Constantly explaining and showing off their abilities puts the protagonists at a massive disadvantage against the various villains of the week who show up prepared and ready for everything thrown at them. In Dio's case in particular, the majority of the final fight is a mad scramble to work out what the hell his power even ''is''.
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