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10th Jun '18 6:32:42 AM JackG
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** A justifiable example occurs when the Scoobies [[AllYourPowersCombined combined their powers]] to destroy Adam. The following episode showed the consequences of this, explaining why it was never used again.

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** A justifiable example occurs when the Scoobies [[AllYourPowersCombined combined their powers]] used an Enjoining Spell]] to destroy Adam. the BigBad of Season 4. The following episode showed the there were magical consequences of this, explaining why it was never used again.using this spell, as the First Slayer tries to kill them in their dreams.
10th Jun '18 6:28:13 AM JackG
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** A justifiable example occurs when the Scoobies [[AllYourPowersCombined combined their powers]] to destroy Adam. The following episode showed the consequences of this, explaining why it was never used again.
3rd Jun '18 9:41:28 PM merotoker
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* In ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'', the Spider-Man infused with the Enigma Force is this: he's powerful enough to eradicate the Inheritors on the spot, but he can't leave his Earth as the Enigma Force can only stay in that Earth. On the plus side, that makes that Earth a safe haven for the Spiders as the Inheritors will ''not'' go there and risk being killed.

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* In ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'', the Spider-Man infused with the Enigma Force is this: he's powerful enough to eradicate the Inheritors on the spot, but he can't leave his Earth as the Enigma Force can only stay in on that Earth. On the plus side, that makes that Earth a safe haven for the Spiders as the Inheritors will ''not'' go there and risk being killed.



* ''Fanfic/ConstantsAndVariables'': While she is no longer spread across the probability space, Elizabeth still has full control of her tear-based abilities. When Narcissa uses Legilimency on her in Ollivanders, she gets a brief glimpse off several alternate situations in the shop that she could see at any time (having placed a mental barrier to prevent them from overwhelming her), causing her to think that she is some type of {{Seer}}.

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* ''Fanfic/ConstantsAndVariables'': While she is no longer spread across the probability space, Elizabeth still has full control of her tear-based abilities. When Narcissa uses Legilimency on her in Ollivanders, she gets a brief glimpse off of several alternate situations in the shop that she could see at any time (having placed a mental barrier to prevent them from overwhelming her), causing her to think that she is some type of {{Seer}}.{{Seer|s}}.



* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow,'' ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} is able to fly and shoot energy blasts, but his main power from the comics - the ability to transmute any kind of matter into any ''other'' kind of matter - is a later-discovered ability and something that takes a lot of time and concentration to use, because if he could just turn anything into anything else with a wave of his hand, you'd have a guy who's arguably as overpowered as ComicBook/{{Superman}} on a team with much more down-to-earth powers. ''Even so,'' he's the most powerful member of the team, and events often conspire to keep Jax and Professor Stein in different places so they can't [[FusionDance fuse into Firestorm]] right away.

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* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow,'' ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} is able to fly and shoot energy blasts, but his main power from the comics - the ability to transmute any kind of matter into any ''other'' kind of matter - is a later-discovered ability and something that takes a lot of time and concentration to use, because if he could just turn anything into anything else with a wave of his hand, you'd have a guy who's arguably as overpowered as ComicBook/{{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} on a team with much more down-to-earth powers. ''Even so,'' he's the most powerful member of the team, and events often conspire to keep Jax and Professor Stein in different places so they can't [[FusionDance fuse into Firestorm]] right away.
28th May '18 4:05:18 AM Hanz
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* In the ''Blade of Galadriel'' DLC of ''Videogame/MiddleEarthShadowOfWar'', Eltariel has the same Ring of Power as Talion and thus has the power of [[HeelFaceBrainwashing Domination]], but refuses to do so since enslaving Orcs goes against her personal morals. She instead recruits willing followers by helping them out and earning their respect.
25th May '18 12:43:53 PM foxmccloud4387
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** Similarly, Yugi's god cards were stolen at the beginning of season 4.

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** Similarly, Yugi's god cards were stolen the Egyptian God Cards have a tendency to end up out of Yugi and Kaiba's reach when they would really help out. When possessing Jonouchi for a duel against Yugi, Marik forces Yugi to remove Slifer/Osiris from his deck lest Jonouchi immediately die; when Yugi and Kaiba end up trapped in the Virtual World, they lose access to their God Cards because they don't exist in the Virtual World's card database; and in the Doma arc, the God Cards are immediately stolen, turned into energy sources for the ArcVillain's plan, and only recovered when the plan goes to hell at the beginning end of season 4.the arc.
17th May '18 12:52:50 PM MagiMecha
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* In various ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games with sequels, if one game ends with a character armed with a powerful mech, they'll usually start the next game with a weaker mech. Sometimes, this is a handwaving example, like finetuning a machine; sometimes it's due to the plot of a series. For instance, the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' series will always have Kouji Kabuto, Amuro Ray and the Getter Team abandon Mazinkaiser, Shin Getter Robo and Nu/Hi-Nu Gundam in favor of Mazinger Z, Getter-1/Black Getter/Getter G or the Re-GZ because of various problems along the way.
18th Apr '18 7:28:52 PM aksnitd
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** In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow,'' ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} is able to fly and shoot energy blasts, but his main power from the comics - the ability to transmute any kind of matter into any ''other'' kind of matter - is a later-discovered ability and something that takes a lot of time and concentration to use, because if he could just turn anything into anything else with a wave of his hand, you'd have a guy who's arguably as overpowered as ComicBook/{{Superman}} on a team with much more down-to-earth powers. ''Even so,'' he's the most powerful member of the team, and events often conspire to keep Jax and Professor Stein in different places so they can't [[FusionDance fuse into Firestorm]] right away.
*** ''Legends'' has the ForgottenPhlebotinum version in Damien Darhk. (He was less bad about it on Arrow, as he wasn't directly confronted as often.) He'll slaughter {{Redshirt}}s en masse with a few gestures, but never uses his full power against named characters. At one point, the Legends have their hands full with a super-powered enemy... who Darhk casually kills when he walks in. He then tells the Legends it's time to die... only to pick up a sword and fight hand-to-hand. There's been serious fan discussion on why he might ''not want to win,'' given his refusal to just magically snap everyone like twigs (it'd work on even the super-powered team members, except for steel-skinned Nate, who he could probably still life-drain) and claim easy victory.

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** * In ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow,'' ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} is able to fly and shoot energy blasts, but his main power from the comics - the ability to transmute any kind of matter into any ''other'' kind of matter - is a later-discovered ability and something that takes a lot of time and concentration to use, because if he could just turn anything into anything else with a wave of his hand, you'd have a guy who's arguably as overpowered as ComicBook/{{Superman}} on a team with much more down-to-earth powers. ''Even so,'' he's the most powerful member of the team, and events often conspire to keep Jax and Professor Stein in different places so they can't [[FusionDance fuse into Firestorm]] right away.
*** ** ''Legends'' has the ForgottenPhlebotinum version in Damien Darhk. (He was less bad about it on Arrow, as he wasn't directly confronted as often.) He'll slaughter {{Redshirt}}s en masse with a few gestures, but never uses his full power against named characters. At one point, the Legends have their hands full with a super-powered enemy... who Darhk casually kills when he walks in. He then tells the Legends it's time to die... only to pick up a sword and fight hand-to-hand. There's been serious fan discussion on why he might ''not want to win,'' given his refusal to just magically snap everyone like twigs (it'd work on even the super-powered team members, except for steel-skinned Nate, who he could probably still life-drain) and claim easy victory.
18th Apr '18 1:23:53 AM M84
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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash's Domain of Power Bloodline ability allows him to give his Pokemon an incredible temporary power boost. The first time he unwittingly used this power, his Charmander was able to defeat a ''Kingdra'' (a fully evolved Water-Dragon type Pokemon that is extremely resistant to Fire attacks) with a single ''Ember'' attack (Ember is the ''weakest'' Fire-type move). Once he becomes aware of this power, he refrains from using it in Pokemon competition battles because he considers it cheating. The trainer Red strongly disapproves of this attitude because he believes holding back is disrespectful to opponents. Red himself has no qualms against using his own Domain of Power Bloodline ability which allows him to calculate the odds of victory and plan accordingly. The two don't get along afterwards. Ash thinks Red is a cheater, and Red thinks Ash is deliberately mocking his opponents by not giving it his all. Ash is however willing to use his powers in life-and-death matters and/or when it's to help other people.

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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash's Domain of Power Bloodline ability allows him to give his Pokemon an incredible temporary power boost. The first time he unwittingly used this power, his Charmander (a non-evolved Starter Pokemon) was able to defeat a ''Kingdra'' (a fully evolved Water-Dragon type Pokemon that is extremely resistant to Fire attacks) with a single ''Ember'' attack (Ember is the ''weakest'' Fire-type move). Once he becomes aware of this power, he refrains from using it in Pokemon competition battles because he considers it cheating. The trainer Red strongly disapproves of this attitude because he believes holding back is disrespectful to opponents. Red himself has no qualms against using his own Domain of Power Bloodline ability which allows him to calculate the odds of victory and plan accordingly. The two don't get along afterwards. Ash thinks Red is a cheater, and Red thinks Ash is deliberately mocking his opponents by not giving it his all. Ash is however willing to use his powers in life-and-death matters and/or when it's to help other people.
18th Apr '18 1:22:58 AM M84
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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash's Domain of Power Bloodline ability allows him to give his Pokemon an incredible temporary power boost. The first time he unwittingly used this power, his Charmander was able to defeat a ''Kingdra'' (a fully evolved Water-Dragon type Pokemon that is extremely resistant to Fire attacks) with a single ''Ember'' attack (Ember is the ''weakest'' Fire-type move). Once he becomes aware of this power, he refrains from using it in Pokemon competition battles because he considers it cheating. The trainer Red strongly disapproves of this attitude because he believes holding back is disrespectful to opponents. Red himself has no qualms against using his own Domain of Power Bloodline ability which allows him to calculate the odds of victory and plan accordingly. The two don't get along afterwards. Ash thinks Red is a cheater, and Red thinks Ash is deliberately mocking his opponents by not giving it his all.

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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash's Domain of Power Bloodline ability allows him to give his Pokemon an incredible temporary power boost. The first time he unwittingly used this power, his Charmander was able to defeat a ''Kingdra'' (a fully evolved Water-Dragon type Pokemon that is extremely resistant to Fire attacks) with a single ''Ember'' attack (Ember is the ''weakest'' Fire-type move). Once he becomes aware of this power, he refrains from using it in Pokemon competition battles because he considers it cheating. The trainer Red strongly disapproves of this attitude because he believes holding back is disrespectful to opponents. Red himself has no qualms against using his own Domain of Power Bloodline ability which allows him to calculate the odds of victory and plan accordingly. The two don't get along afterwards. Ash thinks Red is a cheater, and Red thinks Ash is deliberately mocking his opponents by not giving it his all. Ash is however willing to use his powers in life-and-death matters and/or when it's to help other people.
18th Apr '18 1:21:31 AM M84
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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash's Domain of Power Bloodline ability allows him to give his Pokemon an incredible temporary power boost. The first time he unwittingly used this power, his Charmander was able to defeat a ''Kingdra'' (a fully evolved Water-Dragon type Pokemon that is extremely resistant to Fire attacks) with a single ''Ember'' attack (Ember is the ''weakest'' Fire-type move). Once he becomes aware of this power, he refrains from using it in Pokemon competition battles because he considers it cheating. The trainer Red strongly disapproves of this attitude because he believes holding back is disrespectful to opponents. Red himself has no qualms against using his own Domain of Power Bloodline ability which allows him to calculate the odds of victory and plan accordingly. The two don't get along afterwards. Ash thinks Red is a cheater, and Red thinks Ash is deliberately mocking his opponents by not giving it his all.
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