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21st Jun '18 12:47:07 PM ultimomant
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** Aquaman and Wonder Woman constantly forget they have super strength. They often get grabbed by mooks and/or imprisoned and don't even try to break free. Yet in some episodes, Wonder Woman can bust down walls, hold up a building, and in "Will the World Collide", she threw an object into space. In some episodes, Aquaman can lift a bulldozer and even lift a beached ship to throw it back into the water.
19th Jun '18 8:20:53 PM ThorennG
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', during the Death Sentence arc, Grace [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-12-27 convinced]] Mr. Raven that she would be able to fly out of the boar's way if it turned violent. When it actually does start charging at her, she panics, [[http://www.egscomics.com/comic/2012-02-02 tries to run, and trips]], forcing Raven to [[http://www.egscomics.com/comic/2012-02-03 shoot it]]. She later [[http://www.egscomics.com/comic/2012-02-06 chides herself]] for her failing.
12th Jun '18 8:19:41 PM Xavon
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*** Except that the Doctor has repeatedly stated (and occasionally shown) that crossing his own timeline is a bad idea. [[spoiler: River's fall happened in New York, while the Doctor was in Nevada and he didn't find out for at least as long as it took Canton III to make the trip by conventional 19060's tech. Also, he was told she jumped, not that she hit. On the contrary, he watched as Clara fell, and she would have hit before he got the TARDIS to dematerialize. So while saving River might not have counted for crossing his own timeline, Clara definitely would have. Also, Clara wasn't technically real, and the Doctor might have sensed that on some level. Finally, River dove into the pool, arresting her fall. There's no way Clara could have known to do that, and that's assuming the redesigned TARDIS had a straight shot from the control room to the pool.]]
28th May '18 12:32:34 PM reppuzan
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* In ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'', Izuku worries about what would happen if he let go of All Might's leg while they were traveling in mid-air, even though he knows he's NighInvulnerable (though he does admit that he probably wouldn't die from it). Two chapters later, he's leaping over huge swathes of forest with ease.
7th May '18 9:00:46 PM infernape612
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** Possibly the worst offender is the end of ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E26ToWhereAndBackAgainPart2 To Where And Back Again]]'' where Queen Chrysalis is defeated and [[VillainExitStageLeft slowly flies away over the horizon]] as literally every main character just stands by and watches. Twilight Sparkle, Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, Princess Cadance, you gonna grab her with your telekinesis or trap her with a spell? Shining Armor, can't you seal her inside a barrier? Is Rainbow Dash or any of the fliers going to give chase? Discord, couldn't you snap a finger and put a cage around her or turn her into a muffin or something? No? Just asking.

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** Possibly the worst offender is the end of ''[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E26ToWhereAndBackAgainPart2 ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E26ToWhereAndBackAgainPart2 To Where And Back Again]]'' where Queen Chrysalis is defeated and [[VillainExitStageLeft slowly flies away over the horizon]] as literally every main character just stands by and watches. Twilight Sparkle, Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, Princess Cadance, you gonna grab her with your telekinesis or trap her with a spell? Shining Armor, can't you seal her inside a barrier? Is Rainbow Dash or any of the fliers going to give chase? Discord, couldn't you snap a finger and put a cage around her or turn her into a muffin or something? No? Just asking.
7th May '18 4:17:40 PM lluewhyn
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*** One has to wonder why the character was ever conceived by veteran TV screenwriters, knowing that the character as written was going to disrupt a lot of possible plots.
29th Apr '18 8:18:45 AM gophergiggles
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** While this was a regular occurrence for characters, the ComicBook/MartianManhunter is the king of this trope. He has the ability to transform into whatever {{Super Str|ength}}ong forms he can imagine -- an ability he uses three times in the ''entire series''. He'll stare at incoming projectiles with a surprised look on his face instead of turning intangible, or super solid or transforming into a form that cannot be so easily hit. In the season finale, ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} is holding everyone in an iron grip with tentacles. They struggle for an unreasonable time before J'onn remembers that he can ''turn intangible at will''. In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} comics, he had even more powers, with [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new ones popping up all the time]]. Somehow, he just never used them with the slightest tactical sense. On the other hand, with powers ranging from SuperStrength to making ice cream with your mind, it's hard to create conflict.

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** While this was a regular occurrence for characters, the ComicBook/MartianManhunter is the king of this trope. He has the ability to transform into whatever {{Super Str|ength}}ong forms he can imagine -- an ability he uses three times in the ''entire series''. He'll stare at incoming projectiles with a surprised look on his face instead of turning intangible, or super solid or transforming into a form that cannot be so easily hit. Many is the time he'll forget he's capable of flight, super speed, superhuman strength, telepathy, VoluntaryShapeshifting, phasing through matter, changing his density (allowing him to increase his strength to Superman levels or become a liquid or gas), healing factor, and genius-level intellect and take a hit he could have easily dodged or blocked from a foe who really should have been no match for him. In the season finale, ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} is holding everyone in an iron grip with tentacles. They struggle for an unreasonable time before J'onn remembers that he can ''turn intangible at will''. In UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}} comics, he had even more powers, with [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new ones popping up all the time]]. Somehow, he just never used them with the slightest tactical sense. On the other hand, with powers ranging from SuperStrength to making ice cream with your mind, it's hard to create conflict.
6th Apr '18 6:28:30 PM BattleMaster
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** ''Film/X2XMenUnited'': Wolverine realizes that Mystique is disguised as Jean Grey by feeling the scars on her belly rather than by her smell, which he was established to be able to do in the first film when she tried the same trick with Storm.

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** ''Film/X2XMenUnited'': Wolverine realizes that Mystique is disguised as Jean Grey by feeling the scars on her belly rather than by her smell, which he was established to be able to do in the first film when she tried the same trick with Storm.Storm ''which was how Mystique got the scars in the first place''.
30th Mar '18 8:45:28 AM Zaptech
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* ''Film/{{Captain America Civil War}}'':
** Scarlet Witch doesn't use the mind-alteration she demonstrated in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', not even when she was trapped under house arrest by Vision. However, she may have invoked this trope intentionally to avoid repeating the disasters from ''Age of Ultron'' as well as the guilt that she accidentally blew up a building in the beginning of the film.
** During the battle at the airport, Ant-Man only uses his size-alteration powers and not his ability to communicate with ants.
28th Mar '18 1:29:21 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' cosmology, the {{Demon Lord|sAndArchDevils}} Kostchtchie, a brute with influence over cold, rage, and frost giants, has many powerful spell-like abilities at his disposal, including Harm, Ice Storm, Unholy Blight, and Greater Dispel Magic. But despite how powerful and useful they are, according to one source, he has [[BerserkButton such a rotten temper]] that he often forgets about them completely and just charges into battle with his warhammer. (Of course, with a title like [[RedBaron The Prince of Wrath]], it isn't surprising.)
** He's probably a barbarian, and thus literally cannot use those abilities when his temper is flaring, see below.
* This happens in general to ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' players, especially as they attain higher levels and have amassed a big catalog of magical artifacts, spells, and such. Forgetting about fantastic powers and resorting to mundane utility is one of the many jokes surrounding the 10-foot pole.
** Also mechanically enforced by barbarian rage. One of the effects in almost all editions is that while raging, the character forgets how to use spells, spell-like abilities, and skills involving concentration.

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cosmology, the {{Demon Lord|sAndArchDevils}} Kostchtchie, a brute with influence over cold, rage, and frost giants, has many powerful spell-like abilities at his disposal, including Harm, Ice Storm, Unholy Blight, and Greater Dispel Magic. But despite how powerful and useful they are, according to one source, he has [[BerserkButton such a rotten temper]] that he often forgets about them completely and just charges into battle with his warhammer. (Of course, with a title like [[RedBaron The Prince of Wrath]], it isn't surprising.)
** He's probably a barbarian, and thus literally cannot use those abilities when his temper is flaring, see below.
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This happens in general to ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' players, especially as they attain higher levels and have amassed a big catalog of magical artifacts, spells, and such. Forgetting about fantastic powers and resorting to mundane utility is one of the many jokes surrounding the 10-foot pole.
** Also mechanically Mechanically enforced by barbarian rage. One of the effects in almost all editions is that while raging, the character forgets how to use spells, spell-like abilities, and skills involving concentration.
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