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18th Aug '17 6:57:07 PM Vir
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** The trope is [[{{Pun}} heartily]] played with throughout. Other "sidekick" powers of the current class include a girl who can turn into a gerbil, which is immediately deemed lame, despite the fact that she can still communicate verbally, and a guy who glows. While not great on the surface, being able to turn into a very small, nimble rodent can allow one to get into all kinds of normally inaccessible places, and sharp teeth are great for, say, cutting through electrical wires. [[CaptainObvious And the guy who glows is great]] if you find yourself in a dark AirVentPassageway. One ActualPacifist simply declined to demonstrate her powers, and got branded a sidekick, so it came as quite a shock when she revealed how badass controlling plants and making them grow at ludicrous rates could be.
** And, in what might almost be a reference to Cypher above, [[spoiler: the villain is a technopath, who originally went to Sky High at the time the current classes parents were. At that time, technopathy was was just "being a super science nerd" and she was relegated to sidekick, became a supervillain, got de-aged by her own device, and went back to Sky High to get revenge, where her technopathy powers were considered much more powerful and useful with the prevalence of modern technology.]]

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** The trope is [[{{Pun}} heartily]] played with throughout. Other "sidekick" powers of the current class include a girl who can turn into a gerbil, which is immediately deemed lame, despite the fact that she can still communicate verbally, and a guy who glows. While not great on the surface, being able to turn into a very small, nimble rodent can allow one to get into all kinds of normally inaccessible places, and sharp teeth are great for, say, cutting through electrical wires. [[CaptainObvious And the guy who glows is great]] if you find yourself in a dark AirVentPassageway. One ActualPacifist simply declined to demonstrate her powers, powers and got branded a sidekick, so it came as quite a shock when she revealed how badass controlling plants and making them grow at ludicrous rates could be.
** And, in what might almost be a reference to Cypher above, [[spoiler: the villain is a technopath, who originally went to Sky High at the time the current classes class's parents were. At that time, technopathy was was just "being a super science nerd" and she was relegated to sidekick, became a supervillain, got de-aged by her own device, and went back to Sky High to get revenge, where her technopathy powers were considered much more powerful and useful with the prevalence of modern technology.]]
17th Aug '17 3:28:36 AM KamiKaze
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* ''Roleplay/TheBalladOfEdgardo'' is the story of someone making a character in a roleplay filled with overpowered characters... while theirs is a [[BareFistedMonk brawler]] with "Overwhelming Spirit." "Overwhelming Spirit" is an ability that removes your Spirit cap, but makes you unable to use stronger elemental abilities. In addition, unarmed combat is weaker than armed combat in this roleplay. At first, Edgardo starts as a weakling who is easily beaten by the other players. However, he spends a lot of time building his strength stat by brawling with a friend, which gives him more Spirit to hold on to. This proves to be advantageous as time goes on. After his player notices that [[NonElemental Raw Spirit cannot be resisted]] and that there's an area that brings your Spirit stat to its cap (which he ''doesn't have''), Edgardo becomes perfectly capable of delivering a CurbStompBattle to even the most powerful of characters.
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13th Aug '17 10:31:11 AM narm00
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** Ultimates 1 has her single handedly defeat the hulk in a single blow. Turns out no matter how strong your muscles get, your brain is still as weak as always.

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** Ultimates 1 has her single handedly defeat the hulk Hulk in a single blow. Turns out no matter how strong your muscles get, your brain is still as weak as always.



** Night Thrasher, the founder of the New Warriors, has no powers. He eventually becomes a GadgeteeringGenius, but he's best known as [[FadSuper the hero who rode into battle on a skateboard in the 90's]]. Though he drops it in later versions, his return in Contest of Champions (2015) has him reclaim his old board and use only it to take down an alternate universe telepathic Madame Hydra and a more ruthless alternate version of Elektra. He neutralizes both of them with only his skateboard, noting how its a transport, a weapon, and a shield. He doesn't care how silly it sounds in concept - it's still really effective.

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** Night Thrasher, the founder of the New Warriors, has no powers. He eventually becomes a GadgeteeringGenius, GadgeteerGenius, but he's best known as [[FadSuper the hero who rode into battle on a skateboard in the 90's]]. Though he drops it in later versions, his return in Contest of Champions (2015) has him reclaim his old board and use only it to take down an alternate universe telepathic Madame Hydra and a more ruthless alternate version of Elektra. He neutralizes both of them with only his skateboard, noting how its a transport, a weapon, and a shield. He doesn't care how silly it sounds in concept - it's still really effective.



** Spider-Ham is a cartoon pig with spider-powers (or more correctly, a cartoon spider bitten by a radioactive pig). This means that, as a cartoon character, he has the same properties as them. Bringing them to the more grittier and rougher worlds, such as Earth-616, this turns him into a MadeOfIron hero. A good example is during ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'''s version of ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'', when he coerces a Thor to punch him. He takes it, gets knocked through many walls, comes to a stop at a break room and casually gets up and walks off, taking Electro's sandwich while he was at it. This also allows him to eat pork without being considered cannibalism.

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** Spider-Ham is a cartoon pig with spider-powers (or more correctly, a cartoon spider bitten by a radioactive pig). This means that, as a cartoon character, he has [[ToonPhysics the same properties as them.them]]. Bringing them to the more grittier and rougher worlds, such as Earth-616, this turns him into a MadeOfIron hero. A good example is during ''ComicBook/SecretWars2015'''s version of ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'', when he coerces a Thor to punch him. He takes it, gets knocked through many walls, comes to a stop at a break room and casually gets up and walks off, taking Electro's sandwich while he was at it. This also allows him to eat pork without it being considered cannibalism.cannibalism.
* On a similar note to Spider-Ham, in ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'', [[ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew Captain Carrot]] comes from an AlternateTooniverse where everything runs on ToonPhysics, which he brings along when he visits the other worlds of the multiverse, allowing him to survive things that would kill anyone else, like taking a hit from a Hulk-analogue or getting decapitated.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/HeroesForEarth'', the {{Trope Namer|s}} gets it again. Besides the canon examples, his power acts as TranslatorMicrobes that are the only thing that lets the Planeteers understand each other, since there isn't any language that they all share.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/HeroesForEarth'', the {{Trope Namer|s}} gets it again. Besides the canon examples, his power acts as TranslatorMicrobes that are [[TranslatorMicrobes a universal translator]], the only thing that lets the Planeteers understand each other, since there isn't any language that they all share.



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles Molly Carpenter'': lives in a setting where most problems are solved with super strength, giant fireballs, or hordes of undead servants. Her forte? Illusions. At first, it's mostly good for hiding from a fight. As time goes on she learns to dazzle and disorient enemies with a "one woman rave" of light and sound, and eventually to create convincing duplicates of herself to draw enemy fire wherever she wants it. Now that the 14th book has had her [[spoiler: forced into the position of a lesser queen of the fae, who are physically incapable of lying, she could wreak havoc with the entire supernatural power structure by speaking only through lying illusions of herself]].

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles Molly Carpenter'': Carptenter from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' lives in a setting where most problems are solved with super strength, giant fireballs, or hordes of undead servants. Her forte? Illusions. At first, it's mostly good for hiding from a fight. As time goes on she learns to dazzle and disorient enemies with a "one woman rave" of light and sound, and eventually to create convincing duplicates of herself to draw enemy fire wherever she wants it. Now that the 14th book has had her [[spoiler: forced into the position of a lesser queen of the fae, who are physically incapable of lying, she could wreak havoc with the entire supernatural power structure by speaking only through lying illusions of herself]].



* In the first ''Literature/ThePaperMagician'' book, the main character is initially dubious about [[PaperMaster paper-based magic]], and most prospective magicians seems to share her opinion; her school has to ''force'' people into the field just to keep it from dying out. But it turns out you can do a lot with it: you can create origami-animal servants, project house-sized illusions, predict the future, [[BlowYouAway summon gusts of wind]], shield yourself from projectiles...

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* In the first ''Literature/ThePaperMagician'' book, the main character is initially dubious about [[PaperMaster paper-based magic]], and most prospective magicians seems seem to share her opinion; her school has to ''force'' people into the field just to keep it from dying out. But it turns out you can do a lot with it: you can create origami-animal servants, project house-sized illusions, predict the future, [[BlowYouAway summon gusts of wind]], shield yourself from projectiles...



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor's companions are an interesting variation of this. When compared to the Doctor himself--a 900-plus year old Time Lord with a time machine, encyclopedic memory, sonic screwdriver that can pretty much get out of any situation--their "mere" human abilities seem lame in comparison. But in recent seasons, the companions and their various training have saved the Doctor's bacon on countless occasions:

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor's companions are an interesting variation of this. When compared to the Doctor himself--a 900-plus themself--a 2000-plus year old Time Lord with a time machine, encyclopedic memory, sonic screwdriver that can pretty much get out of any situation--their "mere" human abilities seem lame in comparison. But in recent seasons, the companions and their various training have saved the Doctor's bacon on countless occasions:



** Power of various emotional Estates are ridiculously powerful when combined with the animistic nature of Mythic Reality, especially in 1st & 2nd edition. Suddenly, gravity doesn't ''like'' you anymore.

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** Power Powers of various emotional Estates are ridiculously powerful when combined with the animistic nature of Mythic Reality, especially in 1st & 2nd edition. Suddenly, gravity doesn't ''like'' you anymore.



*** Realms also has Gayrlana "Lady Bloodsword". A female human fighter with topped out Charisma (traditional DumpStat) and Mindlink (ability to ''talk'' directly by telepathy) as a psionic wild talent. The result: a great LethalJokeCharacter, because she used these advantages, and what started as a simple dungeon crawl ended with her as the head of Mindulgulph Mercenary Company, a mercenary company comprised ''predominantly'' of MonsterAdventurers,[[note]]it's also in [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13961 available for download "Gold & Glory" sourcebook]][[/note]], and continued along this line. Whatever the task is, they probably have creatures well-suited to it and humans or humanoids who can play intermediary.
*** Also, one article in ''Dragon'' Magazine told the story of a heroic and legendary wizard who, after his death, [[WhosLaughingNow was revealed to have been a diviner.]] The article also included his spellbook, which included new Divination spells that were ''very'' useful.

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*** Realms also has Gayrlana "Lady Bloodsword". A female human fighter with topped out Charisma (traditional DumpStat) and Mindlink (ability to ''talk'' directly by telepathy) as a psionic wild talent. The result: a great LethalJokeCharacter, because she used these advantages, and what started as a simple dungeon crawl ended with her as the head of Mindulgulph Mercenary Company, a mercenary company comprised ''predominantly'' of MonsterAdventurers,[[note]]it's also in [[http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13961 available for download the [[http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/17556/FR15-Gold--Glory-2e "Gold & Glory" sourcebook]][[/note]], sourcebook]][[/note]] and continued along this line. Whatever the task is, they probably have creatures well-suited to it and humans or humanoids who can play intermediary.
*** Also, one article in ''Dragon'' ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' Magazine told the story of a heroic and legendary wizard who, after his death, [[WhosLaughingNow was revealed to have been a diviner.]] The article also included his spellbook, which included new Divination spells that were ''very'' useful.



* ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' has this with Werecockroaches, it seems lame yes, until you remember a cockroach can fly short distances and can lift 100 times its own weight while surviving with its head off.

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* ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' has this with Werecockroaches, Werecockroaches; it seems lame lame, yes, until you remember a cockroach can fly short distances and can lift 100 times its own weight while surviving with its head off.



** Meanwhile, Edward Verres has the Power of Exposition. That is, he can explain complex subjects moderately well, conjuring (by magic?) charts and graphs to assist him. This suffices to protect earth from a [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-01-10 deathless army of rage]] on at least one occasion.

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** Meanwhile, Edward Verres has the Power of Exposition. That is, he can explain complex subjects moderately well, conjuring (by magic?) charts and graphs to assist him. This suffices to protect earth Earth from a [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-01-10 deathless army of rage]] on at least one occasion.



* Invoked at ''Luke Surl'' comic [[http://www.lukesurl.com/archives/1294 strip 299]].

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* Invoked at in ''Luke Surl'' comic [[http://www.lukesurl.com/archives/1294 strip 299]].



* In ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' [[http://pbfcomics.com/136/ strip 136: Super League]], the Super Leage thinks of Caffeinator this way.
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': Heavenly Sword's power, which as lampshaded as potentially being ''very'' adaptable by WordOfGod.

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* In ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' [[http://pbfcomics.com/136/ strip 136: Super League]], the Super Leage League thinks of Caffeinator this way.
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': Heavenly Sword's power, which as was lampshaded as potentially being ''very'' adaptable by WordOfGod.



** Amongst the unique abilities ponies possess, Fluttershy being the FriendToAllLivingThings is highly useful when [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows nature needs to managed]], but doesn't seem that impressive. Except her ability really does include '''all''' living things, including a manticore, a ''gigantic'' adult dragon, a cockatrice, Cerberus, and even [[spoiler:the spirit of chaos himself]], all of whom she managed to pacify with nothing but a firm tone and a kind touch (with occasional help from [[DeathGlare The Stare]]). Good thing she's the nice, shy little pegasus she is...

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** Amongst the unique abilities ponies possess, Fluttershy being the FriendToAllLivingThings is highly useful when [[PaintingTheFrostOnWindows nature needs to be managed]], but doesn't seem that impressive. Except her ability really does include '''all''' living things, including a manticore, a ''gigantic'' adult dragon, a cockatrice, Cerberus, and even [[spoiler:the spirit of chaos himself]], all of whom she managed to pacify with nothing but a firm tone and a kind touch (with occasional help from [[DeathGlare The Stare]]). Good thing she's the nice, shy little pegasus she is...



* ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'': Zero the Hero's power seems useless on surface, but at one section he alters any number by the power of 10 through adding (and presumably removing) zeroes. He also altered weights by adding zeroes, making it literally heavier. He created money by altering the $4 written on a piggy bank to a $4000, and there doesn't appear to be any limit to this. So he theoretically could change reality, simply by altering numbers. If there was box of "10 guns" he could grow it to a box of "1,000,000 guns" and supply an army. This also implies he could reduce anything to zero as well, causing it to vanish! He didn't do much in the video besides making some small-time money and making weights heavier, but he is still young yet... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxYsgRsNg2s The video.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock'': Zero the Hero's power seems useless on the surface, but at one section point he alters altered any number by the power of 10 through adding (and presumably removing) zeroes. He also altered weights by adding zeroes, making it literally heavier. He created money by altering the $4 written on a piggy bank to a $4000, and there doesn't appear to be any limit to this. So he theoretically could change reality, simply by altering numbers. If there was a box of "10 guns" he could grow it to a box of "1,000,000 guns" and supply an army. This also implies he could reduce anything to zero as well, causing it to vanish! He didn't do much in the video besides making some small-time money and making weights heavier, but he is still young yet... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxYsgRsNg2s The video.]]
12th Aug '17 1:34:15 PM FactoidCow
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* In the first ''Literature/ThePaperMagician'' book, the main character is initially dubious about [[PaperMaster paper-based magic]], and most prospective magicians seems to share her opinion; her school has to ''force'' people into the field just to keep it from dying out. But it turns out you can do a lot with it: you can create origami-animal servants, project house-sized illusions, predict the future, [[BlowYouAway summon gusts of wind]], shield yourself from projectiles...
12th Aug '17 2:54:12 AM LinTaylor
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** Shigechi's Harvest allows him to control 500 small, weak bugs. Although each of them is individually weak, they can deal severe damage when attacking as a group, especially if they go for weak spots such as the jugular or [[EyeScream the eyes]]. It says a lot that he came very close to defeating Josuke and Okuyasu ''at the same time'', and later [[spoiler:nearly defeated the BigBad Kira Yoshikage, only losing because he tried to give him a chance to surrender]].

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** Shigechi's Harvest allows him to control 500 small, weak bugs. Although each of them is individually weak, they can deal severe damage when attacking as a group, especially if they go for weak spots such as the jugular or [[EyeScream the eyes]]. It says a lot that he came very close to defeating Josuke and Okuyasu ''at the same time'', and later [[spoiler:nearly defeated the BigBad Kira Yoshikage, only losing because he tried to give him a chance to surrender]]. In fact, part of the reason he almost beat Josuke and Okuyasu is because Harvest used their needle-like noses to discreetly inject liquor into their bodies, getting them drunk; if he'd really wanted the guys dead, Shigechi could have used any number of more toxic liquids instead.
*** Harvest has an more lucrative use outside of combat. When Shigechi is first introduced, he'd been using the Harvests to pick up loose change all over town and had collected a fair sum; Josuke suggests that he expand his horizons and collect discarded lottery tickets too, which results in his finding a winning ticket worth 5 million yen whose owner discarded it without checking the numbers first.
27th Jul '17 11:08:38 AM Necrodomo
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* The [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Advocate]] from ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' has no direct combat powers and their main class-unique ability involves spending enormous amounts of their limited [[PointBuildSystem Character Points]] on stat buffs to others that do not have any direct benefit for the Advocate. However, there's ''no'' upper limit to the number of people the Advocate can buff this way, and an Advocate who can give full buffs to dozens of characters at once edges into GameBreaker territory, altering the outcome of the whole war at the price of individual power.
25th Jul '17 10:32:12 AM khalcyon2011
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* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', the Box Ghost becomes the definition of HarmlessVillain after the first few episodes and Danny gains some control of his powers, but his ADayInTheLimelight episode reveals 'control of all boxes' includes ''Pandora's Box'' (although that one [[HoistByHisOwnPetard kinda backfired]]). In the BadFuture episode, we meet Boxlunch, daughter of the Box Ghost and another recurring enemy, The Lunch Lady. She's got the powers of both her parents, which she quickly uses to create some PoweredArmor for herself. Not to mention Box Ghost himself TookALevelInBadass in the BadFuture, to where even his CatchPhrase "Beware" sounds threatening.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', the Box Ghost becomes the definition of HarmlessVillain after the first few episodes and Danny gains some control of his powers, but his ADayInTheLimelight episode reveals 'control of all boxes' includes ''Pandora's Box'' (although that one [[HoistByHisOwnPetard kinda backfired]]). In the BadFuture episode, we meet Boxlunch, daughter of the Box Ghost and another recurring enemy, The Lunch Lady.Lady[[note]]eww[[/note]]. She's got the powers of both her parents, which she quickly uses to create some PoweredArmor for herself. Not to mention Box Ghost himself TookALevelInBadass in the BadFuture, to where even his CatchPhrase "Beware" sounds threatening.
22nd Jul '17 6:02:48 AM VoraciousJohn
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18th Jul '17 9:49:15 PM boxorak
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* This is part of ''VideoGame/CopyKitty'''s premise: Entanma are beings who possess a single ability that makes them a local RealityWarper. Protagonist Boki Lamira's ability is [[PowerCopying the power to copy something]]. She was so desperate to gain a cool superpower her sheer envy awakened her own power to mimmick others, she doesn't think much of it. Her uncle Savant thinks differently, and sends her a VR training program to convince her of how versatile her powers can be. Turns out, he's right: PowerCopying might not sound all that great, except for the part where Boki can copy fighting styles, Or copying an enemy's MookMaker abilities to summon her own minions, or even ''power herself up whenever a boss TurnsRed''. Oh, did we mention that Boki can combine those copied powers into devastating weaponry? How about the part involving copying a (giant) robot's {{Magitek}} AI in order to take control of it?

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* This is part of ''VideoGame/CopyKitty'''s premise: Entanma are beings who possess a single ability that makes them a local RealityWarper. Protagonist Boki Lamira's ability is [[PowerCopying the power to copy something]]. She was so desperate to gain a cool superpower her sheer envy awakened her own power to mimmick others, she doesn't think much of it. Her uncle Savant thinks differently, and sends her a VR training program to convince her of how versatile her powers can be. Turns out, he's right: PowerCopying might not sound all that great, except for the part where that Boki can perfectly copy fighting styles, Or copying or copy an enemy's MookMaker abilities to summon her own minions, or even ''power herself up whenever a boss TurnsRed''. Oh, did we mention that Boki can combine those copied powers into devastating weaponry? a wide variety of ludicrously destructive attacks? How about the part involving that involves copying a (giant) robot's {{Magitek}} AI in order to take control of it?
18th Jul '17 9:45:27 PM boxorak
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* This is part of ''VideoGame/CopyKitty'''s premise: Entanma are beings who possess a single ability that makes them a local RealityWarper. Protagonist Boki Lamira's ability is [[PowerCopying the power to copy something]]. She was so desperate to gain a cool superpower her sheer envy awakened her own power to mimmick others, she doesn't think much of it. Her uncle Savant thinks differently, and sends her a VR training program to convince her of how versatile her powers can be. Turns out, he's right: After all, what's not awesome about taking an enemy's ability? Or combining up to three powers into unique devastating weapons? Or copying an enemy's MookMaker abilities to summon your own minions? TurnsRed just as the boss does? Copying the boss' entire moveset? How about copying a (giant) robot's {{Magitek}} data in order to take control of it?
** Taken to [[NightmareFuel terrifying]] extremes during the [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Exgal]]]] fight. It turns out that whatever Boki's limitations are, [[spoiler: the DangerousForbiddenTechnique powering Exgal's abilities (that was ''never meant to be copied'') isn't one of them. It doesn't end well for Exgal or [[HeroicRROD Boki]]]] .

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* This is part of ''VideoGame/CopyKitty'''s premise: Entanma are beings who possess a single ability that makes them a local RealityWarper. Protagonist Boki Lamira's ability is [[PowerCopying the power to copy something]]. She was so desperate to gain a cool superpower her sheer envy awakened her own power to mimmick others, she doesn't think much of it. Her uncle Savant thinks differently, and sends her a VR training program to convince her of how versatile her powers can be. Turns out, he's right: After all, what's PowerCopying might not awesome about taking an enemy's ability? Or combining up to three powers into unique devastating weapons? sound all that great, except for the part where Boki can copy fighting styles, Or copying an enemy's MookMaker abilities to summon your her own minions? TurnsRed just as the minions, or even ''power herself up whenever a boss does? Copying the boss' entire moveset? TurnsRed''. Oh, did we mention that Boki can combine those copied powers into devastating weaponry? How about the part involving copying a (giant) robot's {{Magitek}} data AI in order to take control of it?
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** Taken to [[NightmareFuel terrifying]] extremes during the [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Exgal]]]] fight. It turns out that whatever Whatever Boki's limitations are, [[spoiler: the DangerousForbiddenTechnique powering Exgal's abilities (that was ''never meant to be copied'') isn't one of them. It doesn't end well for Exgal or [[HeroicRROD Boki]]]] .
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