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3rd Jul '16 1:56:43 PM Morgenthaler
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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 [[TheObiWan 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 [[TheObiWan Genkai]] Genkai is trying to prove a point to the heroes.
12th May '16 5:21:14 AM GreatWyrmGold
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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 told him not 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 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 not to.
30th Apr '16 2:29:44 AM LinTaylor
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' had Libra's cannon, which was sabotaged into being recharged.

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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' had Libra's cannon, which was sabotaged into being recharged.can't be fired serially because it burns out several components each time it's used. [[spoiler:The Gundam Engineers, who were forced to work on Libra, added this defect on purpose.]]
24th Mar '16 3:27:02 PM EricNeoMatrix
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* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', Maledict explicitly holds back from using the ''Galaxy Crusher'' because he wants to [[PragmaticVillainy conquer the Milky Way Galaxy rather than destroy it]] and because he's utterly terrified of the prospect that it could be hijacked by his enemies. Indeed, it's only [[EldritchAbomination Dark Tails]] and hordes of Shroud devouring the galaxy that [[GodzillaThreshold convinces him to reactivate it]].
20th Jan '16 7:20:46 PM Lyner
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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.
4th Jan '16 1:17:40 PM Willbyr
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* ''UchuuSenkanYamato'': The WaveMotionGun mentioned above, a super-powerful cannon that frequently decimates the enemy but leaves the ship without power and vulnerable after use. Several episodes set up the ability to use the WaveMotionGun at the end. The gun was not -always- all-powerful, as Desler's version was once reflected back at him. By the second season, every ship in the newly-rebuilt navy had one, and dozens of ships all fired their superweapon at the Comet at once. NoOneCouldSurviveThat. Or [[StoryDrivenInvulnerability maybe not...]]
* Angol Mois of ''KeroroGunso'' is The Lord of Terror, capable of destroying entire planets with her powers. Hence, despite the fact that she could be a big help(And considering the multitude of giant, planet destroying things they face, it would be a big help) she rarely uses her powers to fight. If she does, she'll either use the most miniscule amount she can, or get nerfed by a GenreSavvy villain.

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* ''UchuuSenkanYamato'': * ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'': The WaveMotionGun mentioned above, a super-powerful cannon that frequently decimates the enemy but leaves the ship without power and vulnerable after use. Several episodes set up the ability to use the WaveMotionGun at the end. The gun was not -always- all-powerful, as Desler's version was once reflected back at him. By the second season, every ship in the newly-rebuilt navy had one, and dozens of ships all fired their superweapon at the Comet at once. NoOneCouldSurviveThat. Or [[StoryDrivenInvulnerability maybe not...]]
* Angol Mois of ''KeroroGunso'' ''Manga/SgtFrog'' is The Lord of Terror, capable of destroying entire planets with her powers. Hence, despite the fact that she could be a big help(And considering the multitude of giant, planet destroying things they face, it would be a big help) she rarely uses her powers to fight. If she does, she'll either use the most miniscule amount she can, or get nerfed by a GenreSavvy villain.
19th Dec '15 4:46:49 PM nombretomado
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* ''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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* ''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.]]
11th Dec '15 10:35:10 PM Vox
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-> ''"You talk big, Bo-Starr, but you're no match for my '''legion of invincible death-bots!''' ... Which I'm '''not''' going to be using!"''

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-> ''"You talk big, Bo-Starr, but you're no match for my '''legion of invincible death-bots!''' ...deathbots!''' ... Which I'm '''not''' going to be using!"''
5th Nov '15 2:31:30 PM Gallimaufry
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* ''MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'': Sinbad has captured no less than seven dungeons, thus possessing seven metal vessels with djinni. All of these get stolen ''in his very first appearance'', thus stopping him from steamrolling the plot.
5th Nov '15 12:46:53 PM DarkHunter
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** The original Gundam had the Solar System and the Colony Laser. No reason's given for Solar System's only use on Solomon (''Manga/GundamTheOrigin'' adds a brief scene of Zeon forces crippling it after its firing, and the war ended before it could be repaired), but the Colony Laser only had one shot because Ghiren was too anxious to use it, and fired it before it was fully ready.

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** The original Gundam had the Solar System and the Colony Laser. No reason's given for Solar System's only use on Solomon (''Manga/GundamTheOrigin'' (''Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin'' adds a brief scene of Zeon forces crippling it after its firing, and the war ended before it could be repaired), but the Colony Laser only had one shot because Ghiren was too anxious to use it, and fired it before it was fully ready.
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