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29th May '16 2:35:01 AM Anddrix
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* One ''Series/{{Mutant X}}'' episode has a young boy kidnapped for ransom. It turns out that the boy is an Elemental [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals New Mutant]] capable of throwing fireballs. However, his is young, so he's not sure how to control his ability. The first time it manifests is during the kidnapping, when he accidentally burns a hole in a kidnapper's hand. At the end of the episode, he finally learns to produce fireballs on demand by copying Brennan's PstandardPsychicPstance when he's charging his electric powers.

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One ''Series/{{Mutant X}}'' episode has a young boy kidnapped for ransom. It turns out that the boy is an Elemental [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals New Mutant]] capable of throwing fireballs. However, his is young, so he's not sure how to control his ability. The first time it manifests is during the kidnapping, when he accidentally burns a hole in a kidnapper's hand. At the end of the episode, he finally learns to produce fireballs on demand by copying Brennan's PstandardPsychicPstance when he's charging his electric powers.
23rd May '16 6:22:54 AM PaulA
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* In the Literature/{{Drenai}} saga, Decado, a former BadassNormal, experiences this on his first astral travel as there is nobody around to teach him the subtleties of it. Whereas his friends' spirit forms appear clothed in silver armour and carrying swords of light, he has to fight the forces of evil [[FullFrontalAssault naked]] and with his bare hands. [[BadAss Not that this slows him down too much]].
17th May '16 9:17:49 PM ThatBitterTase
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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' introduces the Arrow in Part 4. When it hits a person capable of using a Stand, it grants them one; otherwise it's like being shot with a regular arrow. When Koichi is struck by it, he's mortally wounded; however, Josuke saves his life with his healing powers... which acts as something of a loophole and gives Koichi a Stand. Unfortunately, because Koichi wasn't ''meant'' to have a Stand, it takes him a while to figure out how one works (those meant to have Stands innately know their powers).
22nd Apr '16 4:16:05 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''
** Whenever they figured out a new thing the ship could do, trying it always lead to embarrassing mistakes. The first time they tried to take off, the anti-grav units broke free of the ship. Using the fold system left them millions of miles off-course, surrounded by ''inhabited bits of the island'' they folded near, and the fold engine ''disappeared''. The first time they transformed the ''Macross'', they destroyed the entire city inside the ship. The first time they fired up an impenetrable energy shield, the shield generator overloaded and destroyed Toronto. Though they were able to use that last one to [[spoiler:take down Boddolza's flagship by using the Daedalus Maneuver to break through the hull and then activate the shield while inside]]. It nearly destroyed the ship, but it's still the ship's and crew's CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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** Whenever In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', whenever they figured out a new thing the eponymous ship could do, trying it always lead led to embarrassing mistakes. The first time they tried to take off, the anti-grav units broke free of the ship. Using the fold system left them millions of miles off-course, surrounded by ''inhabited bits of the island'' they folded near, and the fold engine ''disappeared''. The first time they transformed the ''Macross'', they destroyed the entire city inside the ship. The first time they fired up an impenetrable energy shield, the shield generator overloaded and destroyed Toronto. Though they were able to use that last one to [[spoiler:take down Boddolza's flagship by using the Daedalus Maneuver to break through the hull and then activate the shield while inside]]. It nearly destroyed the ship, but it's still the ship's and crew's CrowningMomentOfAwesome.



** On a much smaller scale, Hikaru in the second episode is a very competent pilot... of airplanes. When his Valkyrie unexpectedly turns into a giant robot, he promptly tries to make it walk. He topples forward and wrecks Minmay's room in doing so, and needs a conveniently-passing-by seafood truck to right him again.

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** *** On a much smaller scale, Hikaru in the second episode is a very competent pilot... of airplanes. When his Valkyrie unexpectedly turns into a giant robot, he promptly tries to make it walk. He topples forward and wrecks Minmay's room in doing so, and needs a conveniently-passing-by seafood truck to right him again.
20th Apr '16 11:47:48 AM BattleMaster
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** A recurring problem for Ben, especially prevalent when he gains a new alien form and has no idea what it does. The first time he turned into Cannonbolt, not only could he not figure out how rolling up into an armored ball was useful in combat, but he kept losing his balance and falling over backwards when he tried to stand. Reaches its ultimate conclusion in WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce with Alien X, which is seemingly [[GodModeSue omnipotent]], but since Ben only gets to be one of its three personalities and the other two are constantly at odds with each other (the ''only'' thing they agree on is that they want Ben to provide tiebreaking votes for all their thousands of years worth of disagreements before they get to what ''he'' wants to do), it's nearly impossible to get it to do ''anything''. (It just stands perfectly still, stiff as a board, completeley unresponsive to anything. Ben later learns that this is a serious problem, because he ''can't turn back'' until he can convince the other two entities to agree on it, effectively trapping him in the nonresponsive Alien X form.

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** A recurring problem for Ben, especially prevalent when he gains a new alien form and has no idea what it does. The first time he turned into Cannonbolt, not only could he not figure out how rolling up into an armored ball was useful in combat, but he kept losing his balance and falling over backwards when he tried to stand. Reaches its ultimate conclusion in WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce with Alien X, which is seemingly [[GodModeSue omnipotent]], but since Ben only gets to be one of its three personalities and the other two are constantly at odds with each other (the ''only'' thing they agree on is that they want Ben to provide tiebreaking votes for all their thousands of years worth of disagreements before they get to what ''he'' wants to do), do. And that they both [[NoodleIncident hate Doctor Paradox]]), it's nearly impossible to get it to do ''anything''. (It just stands perfectly still, stiff as a board, completeley unresponsive to anything. Ben later learns that this is a serious problem, because he ''can't turn back'' until he can convince the other two entities to agree on it, effectively trapping him in the nonresponsive Alien X form.



*** In Omniverse, the new Omnitrix has every alien he's ever had! Too bad no matter who he tries to select, what he actually gets is apparently completely random. So is the time limit; he's stayed in the same alien form for extended battles, or had the Omnitrix last only a handful of seconds and not let him change again.

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*** In Omniverse, the new Omnitrix has every alien he's ever had! Too bad no matter who he tries to select, what he actually gets is apparently completely random. So is the time limit; he's stayed in the same alien form for extended battles, or had the Omnitrix last only a handful of seconds and not let him change again. Worse, when a villain appeared who had a transforming alien dog with forms that were specifically geared to taking down some of Ben's specific forms, which aliens did the Omnitrix keep giving him? Yup, those forms.
26th Mar '16 10:40:13 AM Bissek
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* This is the entire premise of the show ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero''. The hero ''lost the manual'' in the first episode. It's worth noting that Ralph ''finally'' got a replacement super-suit instruction manual in one episode. [[spoiler:He loses it when, experimenting with shrinking powers, he gets startled by an ant and returns to normal size... leaving the manual microscopic.]]

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* This is the entire premise of the show ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero''. The hero ''lost the manual'' in the first episode.episode, and as a result does not know how to use his powers or even what they are. It's worth noting that Ralph ''finally'' got a replacement super-suit instruction manual in one episode. [[spoiler:He loses it when, experimenting with shrinking powers, he gets startled by an ant and returns to normal size... leaving the manual microscopic.]]



* ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'': Much of the comedy in the series can from the fact that Ralph lost the instruction book that was supposed to come with the [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman super suit]] and had no idea how to control his powers.



** [[EvilTwin Negaduck]] manages to gain the powers of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Fearsome Four]] and basically goes OneWingedAngel. Fortunately for our hero, Negaduck has trouble dealing with conflicting powersets ([[ShockAndAwe electricity]] and [[MakingASplash water]]) and the insanity he got from Quackerjack.

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** [[EvilTwin Negaduck]] manages to gain the powers of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Fearsome Four]] Five]] and basically goes OneWingedAngel. Fortunately for our hero, Negaduck has trouble dealing with conflicting powersets of Megavolt and Liquidator ([[ShockAndAwe electricity]] and [[MakingASplash water]]) and the insanity he got from Quackerjack.



** Also multiple instances of people randomly getting suited in the Gizmoduck outfit by accidentally saying the command code "Blathering Blatherskates." It doesn't help that the suit is also a unicycle. How many people that aren't wearing clown makeup can ride one? One apparently, and it took him some time to get used to it before he could actually protect Scrooge [=McDuck=], Duckburg and St. Canard.

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** Also multiple instances of people randomly getting suited in the Gizmoduck outfit by accidentally saying the command code "Blathering Blatherskates.Blatherskyte." It doesn't help that the suit is also a unicycle. How many people that aren't wearing clown makeup can ride one? One apparently, and it took him some time to get used to it before he could actually protect Scrooge [=McDuck=], Duckburg and St. Canard.
26th Mar '16 9:40:26 AM rjd1922
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The name comes from Website/SomethingAwful's randomly renamed and [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs incredibly nonsensical]] "FYAD" subforum, where it originated as a quotable quote from somebody playing the ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' mod ''Natural Selection'' and trying to figure out the alien faction's special abilities (shooting webs). In his frustration, he posted [[TropeNamer "how do i]] [[MemeticMutation shot web"]] repeatedly. It got quickly transposed to Franchise/SpiderMan because [[RuleOfFunny it's funnier when he says it]]. It has since spread wide across the Internet, as such things are [[MemeticMutation wont to do]].

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The name comes from Website/SomethingAwful's randomly renamed and [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs incredibly nonsensical]] "FYAD" subforum, where it originated as a quotable quote from somebody playing the ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life}}'' mod ''Natural Selection'' ''VideoGame/{{Natural Selection|2}}'' and trying to figure out the alien faction's special abilities (shooting webs). In his frustration, he posted [[TropeNamer "how do i]] [[MemeticMutation shot web"]] repeatedly. It got quickly transposed to Franchise/SpiderMan because [[RuleOfFunny it's funnier when he says it]]. It has since spread wide across the Internet, as such things are [[MemeticMutation wont to do]].
17th Mar '16 2:18:54 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Objects from ''TheLostRoom'' have shades of this, when someone even knows what they do or how to activate them. This is doubly true for the abilities of Object combinations, which don't always have anything to do with combining the abilities of the individual Objects.

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* The Objects from ''TheLostRoom'' ''Series/TheLostRoom'' have shades of this, when someone even knows what they do or how to activate them. This is doubly true for the abilities of Object combinations, which don't always have anything to do with combining the abilities of the individual Objects.



* Vampires in the ''ForeverKnight'' verse have to learn to control their powers right after being turned, especially the trick of not being overpowered by the hunger. That's why most of them have masters guiding them for a while.

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* Vampires in the ''ForeverKnight'' ''Series/ForeverKnight'' verse have to learn to control their powers right after being turned, especially the trick of not being overpowered by the hunger. That's why most of them have masters guiding them for a while.
1st Mar '16 5:15:22 AM MoPete
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* In Issue #37 of ''ComicBook/SonicX'', Sonic and Eggman get their brains switched. They both run into this problem: Eggman can't control Sonic's speed and constantly crashes into things, and Sonic can't figure out Eggman's technology and can barely pilot the Eggmobile.
23rd Feb '16 9:27:09 PM ZombieAladdin
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Often follows up PowersInTheFirstEpisode. Sometimes followed by PowerStrainBlackout. The trope is the inverse of PowerOverhaul. LimbSensationFascination can be a variant without superpowers. DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength is the SuperStrength version of this trope. See also IneptMage, when someone does understand how to use the powers, but lacks finesse.

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Often follows up PowersInTheFirstEpisode. Sometimes followed by PowerStrainBlackout. The trope is the inverse of PowerOverhaul. LimbSensationFascination can be a variant without superpowers. DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength is the SuperStrength version of this trope. See also IneptMage, when someone does understand how to use the powers, but lacks finesse.finesse, and NewAbilityAddiction, when someone, upon recently acquiring powers, will try to use them at every opportunity, usually clumsily.
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