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4th Mar '17 3:05:23 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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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.
27th Dec '16 11:50:20 PM TheSinful
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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.
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.
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