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19th Jul '17 11:00:46 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'': [[{{Weredragon}} Kanna]] could have easily won several of the events during the sports festival by herself (most notably in tug of war), but held herself back to the abilities of a normal 8 year old girl since she was more interesting in competing alongside her classmates than actually winning. The only time she went even a fraction above that was in the relay race because she didn't want Saikawa to feel like she cost their class victory.

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* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'': [[{{Weredragon}} Kanna]] could have easily won several of the events during the sports festival by herself (most notably in tug of war), but held herself back to the abilities of a normal 8 year old girl since she was more interesting interested in competing alongside her classmates than actually winning. The only time she went even a fraction above that was in the relay race because she didn't want Saikawa to feel like she cost their class victory.
19th Jul '17 12:57:40 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'': [[{{Weredragon}} Kanna]] could have easily won several of the events during the sports festival by herself (most notably in tug of war), but held herself back to the abilities of a normal 8 year old girl since she was more interesting in competing alongside her classmates than actually winning. The only time she went even a fraction above that was in the relay race because she didn't want Saikawa to feel like she cost their class victory).

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* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'': [[{{Weredragon}} Kanna]] could have easily won several of the events during the sports festival by herself (most notably in tug of war), but held herself back to the abilities of a normal 8 year old girl since she was more interesting in competing alongside her classmates than actually winning. The only time she went even a fraction above that was in the relay race because she didn't want Saikawa to feel like she cost their class victory).victory.
19th Jul '17 12:56:35 PM Gamermaster
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* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' Alastor is here instead of DeusExitMachina because his power is only ever used once, in a manner much more like a WaveMotionGun i.e,. a weapon, not someone who really does anything. He isn't used again (besides the obvious) because there's a chance [[spoiler:it could kill Shana.]]

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* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'': Alastor is here instead of DeusExitMachina because his power is only ever used once, in a manner much more like a WaveMotionGun i.e,. a weapon, not someone who really does anything. He isn't used again (besides the obvious) because there's a chance [[spoiler:it could kill Shana.]]


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* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'': [[{{Weredragon}} Kanna]] could have easily won several of the events during the sports festival by herself (most notably in tug of war), but held herself back to the abilities of a normal 8 year old girl since she was more interesting in competing alongside her classmates than actually winning. The only time she went even a fraction above that was in the relay race because she didn't want Saikawa to feel like she cost their class victory).
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* [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Thor]] and Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk have clashed many times through the years, with the majority of their fights ending in draws. Just before a memorable clash in Creator/PeterDavid's ''Incredible Hulk'' run, Thor revealed that he had intentionally held back during all of those past encounters, as he was worried unleashing his full strength would cause him to lose control.
27th May '17 6:24:29 PM merotoker
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* In ''Anime/BloodPlus'', [[OurVampiresAreDifferent chiropterans]] can only be killed by [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Saya's]] blood but [[FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire Hagi]] is a stronger fighter. Only once in the series does Hagi think to borrow Saya's sword after letting her coat it with her blood. This case has some justification, since there's a time limit to how long Saya's blood remains effective once it's drawn. Red Shield previously tried to manufacture bullets incorporating Saya's blood but found them ineffective, and Saya herself often has to redraw her blood during the same battle. Given that Hagi and Saya end up being separated from each other in many battles, it's not an efficient strategy.

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* In ''Anime/BloodPlus'', [[OurVampiresAreDifferent chiropterans]] can only be killed by [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Saya's]] blood but [[FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Hagi]] is a stronger fighter. Only once in the series does Hagi think to borrow Saya's sword after letting her coat it with her blood. This case has some justification, since there's a time limit to how long Saya's blood remains effective once it's drawn. Red Shield previously tried to manufacture bullets incorporating Saya's blood but found them ineffective, and Saya herself often has to redraw her blood during the same battle. Given that Hagi and Saya end up being separated from each other in many battles, it's not an efficient strategy.



* In the ''Chapter Black'' saga of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke is joined by several psychics. One of them, Kaito, not only has [[WordsCanBreakMyBones the power to take anyone's soul that violates his rules]] but also ''prevent anyone from using violence in his territory''. While this might have been useful during the ensuing chaos, the only time he is seen using his abilities is when Genkai is trying to prove a point to the heroes.

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* In the ''Chapter Black'' saga of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke is joined by several psychics. One of them, Kaito, not only has [[WordsCanBreakMyBones the power to take anyone's soul that violates his rules]] but also ''prevent anyone from using violence in his territory''. While this might have been useful during the ensuing chaos, the only time he is seen using his abilities is when Genkai [[TricksterMentor Genkai]] is trying to prove a point to the heroes.



* Uatu the Watcher is an embodiment of this trope. He is theoretically capable of using his vast power to intervene in just about anything, but refuses to do so for the sake of his vow of non-interference. (Not that he hasn't bent and broken his vow numerous times.)
* This is the reason why ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' dragged on for so long - ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' deprived the heroes a few good telepaths, the Fantastic Four were off on a time-traveling romp and Iron Man was off in space. [[spoiler:That last one came back to bite Ock, though.]]
* ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'': Franklin Richards, son of Reed and Sue, has absolute omnipotence as his top range. At first he was deliberately held back - a psychic PowerLimiter kept him from rewriting the universe at age five and his AstralProjection powers he had when he was in ''Comicbook/PowerPack'' were all that seeped through. Using his total power later has burned out his powers completely, giving him the angst of being the only {{Muggle}} among the Richards family. In the ''FantasticFive'' possible future, a similar overtaxing of his powers reduced him to the level of your average psychic character. Apparently something like this happening to him falls under YouCantFightFate: the ''Days of Future Past'' and ''Fantastic Force'' versions of adult Franklin are at a similar power level.

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* Uatu the Watcher is an embodiment of this trope. He is theoretically capable of using his vast power to intervene in just about anything, but refuses to do so for the sake of his vow of non-interference.[[AlienNonInterferenceClause non-interference]]. (Not that he hasn't bent and broken his vow numerous times.)
* This is the reason why ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' dragged on for so long - ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' deprived the heroes a few good telepaths, the Fantastic Four were off on a time-traveling romp and Iron Man ComicBook/IronMan was off in space. [[spoiler:That last one came back to bite Ock, though.]]
* ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'': Franklin Richards, son of Reed and Sue, has absolute omnipotence as his top range. At first he was deliberately held back - a psychic PowerLimiter kept him from rewriting the universe at age five and his AstralProjection powers he had when he was in ''Comicbook/PowerPack'' were all that seeped through. Using his total power later has burned out his powers completely, giving him the angst of being the only {{Muggle}} {{Muggle|s}} among the Richards family. In the ''FantasticFive'' possible future, a similar overtaxing of his powers reduced him to the level of your average psychic character. Apparently something like this happening to him falls under YouCantFightFate: the ''Days of Future Past'' and ''Fantastic Force'' versions of adult Franklin are at a similar power level.



* Look at Comicbook/TheFlash; somebody who can run at supersonic or sometimes at faster than ''light'' speed, and whose perception of time when doing this gives him inhumanly fast thoughts should have ABSOLUTELY NO problem in dealing with villains who have ice guns or explosive boomerangs.

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* Look at Comicbook/TheFlash; Franchise/TheFlash; somebody who can run at supersonic or sometimes at faster than ''light'' speed, and whose perception of time when doing this gives him inhumanly fast thoughts should have ABSOLUTELY NO problem in dealing with villains who have ice guns or explosive boomerangs.



* ComicBook/BlackCanary could defeat most of the relatively mundane foes the ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' face with a single [[MakeMeWannaShout Canary Cry]]. She doesn't because she usually follows the ThouShaltNotKill rule, and a Canary Cry could kill an ordinary human at close range. One of the few times she did use the Canary Cry in ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' was when she fought a supernatural life draining killer named Harvest and it barely even phased her. There was one issue where she had an internal monologue lampshading this; as a martial artist she's trained to fight with her fists and her heart, and using her metahuman powers would be like bringing a bazooka to a boxing match. On this occasion Oracle had been kidnapped, though, so she was using the Cry right left and center with a 'screw them' attitude. Also, she tended to use the cry quite freely to break down doors, break through walls, knock out tanks, and so forth; she was just reluctant to use it directly on people.

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* ComicBook/BlackCanary could defeat most of the relatively mundane foes the ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' face with a single [[MakeMeWannaShout Canary Cry]]. [[FightsLikeANormal She doesn't doesn't]] because she usually follows the ThouShaltNotKill rule, and a Canary Cry could kill an ordinary human at close range. One of the few times she did use the Canary Cry in ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'' was when she fought a supernatural life draining killer named Harvest and it barely even phased her. There was one issue where she had an internal monologue lampshading this; as a martial artist she's trained to fight with her fists and her heart, and using her metahuman powers would be like bringing a bazooka to a boxing match. On this occasion Oracle had been kidnapped, though, so she was using the Cry right left and center with a 'screw them' attitude. Also, she tended to use the cry quite freely to break down doors, break through walls, knock out tanks, and so forth; she was just reluctant to use it directly on people.



** Another example of this trope in the second movie are the [[spoiler: [[strike:lasers]] [[FanNickname Death Blossoms]]. Extremely powerful and capable of ending any confrontation but they can only be used once.]]

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** Another example of this trope in the second movie are the [[spoiler: [[strike:lasers]] [[FanNickname Death Blossoms]]. Extremely powerful and capable of ending any confrontation but they can only be used once.]]once]].



** The Genesis Device would undoubtedly still have been enormously useful as a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planetbusting]] (or, indeed, nebula-busting) WMD, even if design flaws in the prototype made it useless for its original purpose of planetary {{terraform}}ing. Fortunately, the ST writers made sure to end that particular movie arc with the device revealed to be unstable due to the use of [[GreenRocks protomatter]], which presumably accounted for its abandonment, even though it would've made a hell of a weapon despite the instability, and even though the inventor of the technology, Carol Marcus, was still around (despite being {{Brother Chuck}}ed from the franchise after one movie).
** There's also the fact that, as Star Treks III and especially IV showed, the Klingon Empire was none too thrilled to see the Federation have a planet-killing weapon. Had the Federation been able to salvage the research, there could easily have been a war.

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** The Genesis Device would undoubtedly still have been enormously useful as a [[EarthShatteringKaboom planetbusting]] (or, indeed, nebula-busting) WMD, even if design flaws in the prototype made it useless for its original purpose of planetary {{terraform}}ing. Fortunately, the ST writers made sure to end that particular movie arc with the device revealed to be unstable due to the use of [[GreenRocks protomatter]], which presumably accounted for its abandonment, even though it would've made a hell of a weapon despite the instability, and even though the inventor of the technology, Carol Marcus, was still around (despite being {{Brother Chuck}}ed [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome removed from the franchise franchise]] after one movie).
** There's also the fact that, as Star Treks III the third and especially IV fourth movies showed, the Klingon Empire was none too thrilled to see the Federation have a planet-killing weapon. Had the Federation been able to salvage the research, there could easily have been a war.



* Averted in ''StarWars'': While the original plan was to use the Death Star once and rule by fear, the Empire does use it every time they can.

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* Averted in ''StarWars'': ''Franchise/StarWars'': While the original plan was to use the Death Star once and rule by fear, the Empire does use it every time they can.



** Early in the series the heroes discovered an ancient superweapon on the planet below. To prevent it from being misused, one of their allies took charge of it, but promised to help out whenever he could. He was then conveniently absent whenever the weapon would have been useful. The forgetfulness was [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] later when, needing power to boost a LaResistance broadcast, Franklin suggests to Ivanova they use the super weapon on Epsilon III to help. Ivanova then realizes that only an idiot would not realize the obvious, and beats a hasty path to the planet below.

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** Early in the series the heroes discovered an ancient superweapon on the planet below. To prevent it from being misused, one of their allies took charge of it, but promised to help out whenever he could. He was then conveniently absent whenever the weapon would have been useful. The forgetfulness was [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}d later when, needing power to boost a LaResistance broadcast, Franklin suggests to Ivanova they use the super weapon on Epsilon III to help. Ivanova then realizes that only an idiot would not realize the obvious, and beats a hasty path to the planet below.



** During season five of Buffy comes into possession of a powerful magic hammer, which is completely ignored up until the final episode, where it is suddenly pulled off the shelf and used to quite handily beat the villain, a frigging ''god'', into submission. After this impressive display, the weapon is never seen or mentioned ever again.

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** During season five of Buffy comes into possession of a powerful magic hammer, which is completely ignored up until the final episode, where it is suddenly pulled off the shelf and used to quite handily beat the villain, a frigging ''god'', into submission. After this impressive display, the weapon is never seen or mentioned ever again.



* ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' frequently did bring back old phlebotinum, but occasionally it's shown that various political organizations and red tape often make it difficult to pull them out quickly, as a lot of it is being examined or stored by other organizations at Area 51. Whenever they get something ''truly'' shattering and usable, it tends to get blown up eventually [[spoiler:culminating in the destruction of Area 51 ''itself'' during the Atlantis finale]]

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' and ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' frequently did bring back old phlebotinum, but occasionally it's shown that various political organizations and red tape often make it difficult to pull them out quickly, as a lot of it is being examined or stored by other organizations at Area 51. Whenever they get something ''truly'' shattering and usable, it tends to get blown up eventually [[spoiler:culminating in the destruction of Area 51 ''itself'' during the Atlantis finale]]finale]].



* ''Series/PowerRangers''

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** Many [[SixthRanger additional rangers]] for were supposedly more powerful than their team mates, so as a counter, they were often given some kind of limitation to prevent them from swooping into the fight and running rings around the others. The most common excuse is that they are kept in reserve for when things go bad. Or they were busy doing something else.

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** Many [[SixthRanger additional rangers]] for were supposedly more powerful than their team mates, teammates, so as a counter, they were often given some kind of limitation to prevent them from swooping into the fight and running rings around the others. The most common excuse is that they are kept in reserve for when things go bad. Or they were busy doing something else.



* In the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]] episode "Darmok," the command crew learns that the two words "Darmok" and "Jalad" both refer to a particular body of myths and legends. They learn this by querying the ship's computer. So who does nobody think to say "Computer: Cross-reference: Darmak, Jalad, Tanagra?"
* Early in [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]] it was established that the Federation had the technology to erase specific events from a sentient being's memory. This is almost never used to solve a problem, because each time it would be useful (e.g. "Suddenly Human," "Homeward"), the process was handwaved as simply not working on the brain structures of the aliens of the week.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' in general, in fact, tends to do this a lot with its more mundane gadgets as well as the shiny new McGuffin Of The Week.

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In the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]] episode "Darmok," the command crew learns that the two words "Darmok" and "Jalad" both refer to a particular body of myths and legends. They learn this by querying the ship's computer. So who does nobody think to say "Computer: Cross-reference: Darmak, Jalad, Tanagra?"
* ** Early in [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]] the series it was established that the Federation had the technology to erase specific events from a sentient being's memory. This is almost never used to solve a problem, because each time it would be useful (e.g. "Suddenly Human," "Homeward"), the process was handwaved as simply not working on the brain structures of the aliens of the week.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' in general, in fact, tends to do this a lot with its more mundane gadgets as well as the shiny new McGuffin MacGuffin Of The Week.



* Series/{{Heroes}} had to do this ''permanently'' to Peter. His power is the ability to use the powers of whoever is around him. Eventually he learns to ''retain them,'' meaning his power is ''every power ever,'' making him so all-powerful, so invinicible that... using him would solve the problem in a second and utterly wipe out the special effects budget. Therefore, he'd spend most of the season with a king-sized IdiotBall shackled to him, and his moments of cutting loose tended to be [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome flashing lights seen from offscreen.]] So to make him usable at all, they had him run afoul of a power-stealing BigBad, and when his powers were restored by SuperSerum later, they were much weaker: he can only store one power at a time, and must actually touch you to '[[PowersAsPrograms download]]' it. This put him back in the same weight class as the rest of the cast, resulting in a much more usable character.

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* Series/{{Heroes}} ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
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had to do this ''permanently'' to Peter. His power is the ability to use the powers of whoever is around him. Eventually he learns to ''retain them,'' meaning his power is ''every power ever,'' making him so all-powerful, so invinicible invincible that... using him would solve the problem in a second and utterly wipe out the special effects budget. Therefore, he'd spend most of the season with a king-sized IdiotBall shackled to him, and his moments of cutting loose tended to be [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome flashing lights seen from offscreen.]] So to make him usable at all, they had him run afoul of a power-stealing BigBad, and when his powers were restored by SuperSerum later, they were much weaker: he can only store one power at a time, and must actually touch you to '[[PowersAsPrograms download]]' it. This put him back in the same weight class as the rest of the cast, resulting in a much more usable character.



* The reboot of ''RolePlay/CampusLife'' has this in effect for the students on Campus. Being a MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover, many characters can do magic, shoot energy beams, teleport, ect, ect... However, doing so will get them in serious trouble with the Campus staff. To a more meta extent, this is also why [[PhysicalGod Planet-Busters]] such as [[Franchise/DragonBall Goku]], [[Manga/OnePunchMan Saitama]] and the like are banned from the RP. The only ones allowed to reach the power scale are usually the {{Big Bad}}s of the respective arcs, and usually they end up being the FinalBoss of said arc.

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* The reboot of ''RolePlay/CampusLife'' has this in effect for the students on Campus. Being a MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover, many characters can do magic, shoot energy beams, teleport, ect, ect...etc, etc... However, doing so will get them in serious trouble with the Campus staff. To a more meta extent, this is also why [[PhysicalGod Planet-Busters]] such as [[Franchise/DragonBall Goku]], [[Manga/OnePunchMan Saitama]] and the like are banned from the RP. The only ones allowed to reach the power scale are usually the {{Big Bad}}s of the respective arcs, and usually they end up being the FinalBoss of said arc.



* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' The Sword of Eden is portrayed as very powerful and in the hands of the BigBad capable of draining Arno's health very quickly with lightning bolts. Conveniently during the final battle it loses its power, leaving it a powerful but ordinary sword.

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* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' The ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed''
** [[spoiler:After retrieving the Apple of Eden from the Borgias]] in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', Ezio rarely uses it again unless he ''really'' needs its power and knowledge. His ally Machiavelli encourages him to use it more often, but Ezio refuses since he doesn't want to become too dependent on it. Eventually it stops working for Ezio entirely [[spoiler:since the Apple itself tells him it is time to relinquish it so that future generations of Assassins can use it]].
** In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'', the
Sword of Eden is portrayed as very powerful and in the hands of the BigBad capable of draining Arno's health very quickly with lightning bolts. Conveniently during the final battle it loses its power, leaving it a powerful but ordinary sword.



* [[spoiler:After retrieving the Apple of Eden from the Borgias]] in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', Ezio rarely uses it again unless he ''really'' needs its power and knowledge. His ally Machiavelli encourages him to use it more often, but Ezio refuses since he doesn't want to become too dependent on it. Eventually it stops working for Ezio entirely [[spoiler:since the Apple itself tells him it is time to relinquish it so that future generations of Assassins can use it.]]



* In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' this is how [[spoiler:the main universe Superman]] is treated, mostly because the Insurgent Batman doesn't trust him and has to be given reason to. Once he does come over, this go MUCH smoother.

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* In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' this is how [[spoiler:the main universe Superman]] is treated, mostly because the Insurgent Batman doesn't trust him and has to be given reason to. Once he does come over, this go goes MUCH smoother.



* The android AMAZO as seen in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Return" and "Wake the Dead". Here is a being with the powers of a god (think Dr Manhattan) who defeats the entire Justice League and shifts the Green Lanterm homeworld of Oa to [[NoKillLikeOverkill another dimension]] in one episode, has a HeelFaceTurn and is later called in to defeat a resurrected Solomon Grundy in another episode. However, this Grundy ended up being able to absorb AMAZO's power, rather than be instantly obliterated. AMAZO realizes his very presences is making him stronger, so he departs the earth and is never seen again in the series. The writers may have wisely concluded that his presence would for the most part, render the Justice League completely irrelevant.

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* The android AMAZO as seen in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Return" and "Wake the Dead". Here is a being with the powers of a god (think Dr Manhattan) who defeats the entire Justice League and shifts the Green Lanterm homeworld of Oa to [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill another dimension]] in one episode, has a HeelFaceTurn and is later called in to defeat a resurrected Solomon Grundy in another episode. However, this Grundy ended up being able to absorb AMAZO's power, rather than be instantly obliterated. AMAZO realizes his very presences presence is making him stronger, so he departs the earth Earth and is never seen again in the series. The writers may have wisely concluded that his presence would for the most part, render the Justice League completely irrelevant.



** Used in the Season 2 finale when the Changeling invasion moves into full swing, Princess Celestia immediately calls upon the Mane 6 to get the Elements of Harmony to stop them. However, [[ZergRush thanks to overwhelming numbers]], the heroes are stopped by the Changeling army before they even manage to reach the Elements, much less use them. The trend continues in the next episode, the Season 3 premiere. Although that was less of TheWorfEffect[=/=]CurbStompBattle and more of SecretTestOfCharacter mixed with the fact that the Crystal Ponies already have their own version of the Elements of Harmony in the form of the Crystal Heart. In the Season 4 premiere [[spoiler:the Mane 6 have to sacrifice the Elements to save the day, depriving them of their phlebotinum.]]

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** Used in the Season 2 finale when the Changeling invasion moves into full swing, Princess Celestia immediately calls upon the Mane 6 to get the Elements of Harmony to stop them. However, [[ZergRush thanks to overwhelming numbers]], the heroes are stopped by the Changeling army before they even manage to reach the Elements, much less use them. The trend continues in the next episode, the Season 3 premiere. Although that was less of TheWorfEffect[=/=]CurbStompBattle and more of SecretTestOfCharacter mixed with the fact that the Crystal Ponies already have their own version of the Elements of Harmony in the form of the Crystal Heart. In the Season 4 premiere [[spoiler:the Mane 6 have to sacrifice the Elements to save the day, depriving them of their phlebotinum.]]phlebotinum]].
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* The MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha series actually gives a good reason for the tendency to wait until late in battle to use the most powerful "Breaker" techniques: these techniques do not use the mage's own power, but instead concentrate latent magic released into the atmosphere during battle. At the end of a fierce all-out battle, a Breaker can be a nuclear-scale attack; at the very beginning of hostilities, it's about as powerful and dangerous as a belch.

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* The MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series actually gives a good reason for the tendency to wait until late in battle to use the most powerful "Breaker" techniques: these techniques do not use the mage's own power, but instead concentrate latent magic released into the atmosphere during battle. At the end of a fierce all-out battle, a Breaker can be a nuclear-scale attack; at the very beginning of hostilities, it's about as powerful and dangerous as a belch.
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* Averted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11292442/1/Nil-Desperandum Nil Desperandum]]'' where [[GenderFlip Luluka]], having memorized the blueprints for [=FLEIJA=] warheads in her [[PeggySue previous life]], liberally abuses them as part of her revolution.
19th Dec '16 7:18:25 AM TokoWH
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* The reboot of ''RolePlay/CampusLife'' has this in effect for the students on Campus. Being a MassivelyMultiplayerCrossover, many characters can do magic, shoot energy beams, teleport, ect, ect... However, doing so will get them in serious trouble with the Campus staff. To a more meta extent, this is also why [[PhysicalGod Planet-Busters]] such as [[Franchise/DragonBall Goku]], [[Manga/OnePunchMan Saitama]] and the like are banned from the RP. The only ones allowed to reach the power scale are usually the {{Big Bad}}s of the respective arcs, and usually they end up being the FinalBoss of said arc.
26th Nov '16 1:16:09 AM Morgenthaler
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WordOfGod states that this is merely a case of ValuesDissonance, that Samus was acting properly according to Japanese military and social traditions, and that the [[OneManArmy one-woman army]] space-pirate stomping ultra-BadAss that she was before this (it being an interquel set almost immediately after Super Metroid) was because she was under orders to be so, and after this because she was essentially a ronin following her own orders. Even in Japan, many people cried foul because of how [[TooDumbToLive suicidally stupid]] the decision was in the first place, since as-stated she wasn't actually IN the chain of command she was following. It would be like a civilian airline pilot refusing to activate several of the plane's systems in the middle of a storm because an army Colonel on board hadn't told him to.

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WordOfGod states that this is merely a case of ValuesDissonance, that Samus was acting properly according to Japanese military and social traditions, and that the [[OneManArmy one-woman army]] space-pirate stomping ultra-BadAss ultra-badass that she was before this (it being an interquel set almost immediately after Super Metroid) was because she was under orders to be so, and after this because she was essentially a ronin following her own orders. Even in Japan, many people cried foul because of how [[TooDumbToLive suicidally stupid]] the decision was in the first place, since as-stated she wasn't actually IN the chain of command she was following. It would be like a civilian airline pilot refusing to activate several of the plane's systems in the middle of a storm because an army Colonel on board hadn't told him to.
5th Oct '16 3:57:51 PM Arha
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* In the first season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' several dangerous situations were resolved by using the Avatar state, allowing Aang to become stronger than any threat he might plausibly face. It wasn't easy to trigger and wasn't exactly safe, but it was a definite conflict killer if it ever came up. So as soon as the second season started an earth kingdom general pointed out that if Aang was in the Avatar state he would be able to crush Ozai with ease and worked on trying to get him to unlock it at will. However, the point of the episode was to show that it's too dangerous and he was generally but not completely kept from using it for the rest of the series thanks to the numerous drawbacks.
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