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12th Jan '18 11:06:05 AM erforce
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* ''Film/XMen''

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* ''Film/XMen''''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
11th Jan '18 3:31:06 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'': After becoming the Master of the Deck of Dragons, Ganoes Paran spends quite a while not knowing what his abilities (or responsibilities) actually are, let alone how to use them. By ''The Crippled God'' he has become a full-blown SpaceMaster capable of opening portals between or within dimensions and can go to or summon to himself anyone represented by the Deck. Since he is also commanding a BadassArmy this is terrifyingly effective in terms of logistics and maneuvers.
7th Jan '18 9:44:54 PM TheSinful
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* Xander in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9356520/6/New-Guard New Guard]]'' spends several chapters (a few days in-story) trying to figure out his powers as Superman. While some like speed and strength are fairly easy to figure out (though he doesn't know his limits), Xander's first "flight" comes after he jumps in surprise when he goes to the bathroom and his urine breaks the urinal he was using. Despite being airborne, he can't figure out how to move in any direction at all, leading to [[Franchise/StargateVerse SG1]] pulling him along like a balloon.
6th Jan '18 3:40:51 PM CheeseDogX
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* ''Series/TheSentinel'' is about a cop who discovers he has SuperSenses. At first, they trigger instinctively, and sometimes to his detriment. A large part of the show, and the purpose for the character Blair, is Jim learning how to use and control his powers to help him fight crime.
31st Dec '17 6:12:43 PM Quanyails
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* In WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures Tony's first controlled flight in his Iron Man armor has him ding a few buildings but manages to pull it together. [[Comicbook/WarMachine Rhodey's]] first foray goes so badly he creates a crater in the ground when he crashes and swears never to get in an armor again; that same episode [[TheFool Happy Hogan]] finds the armor and manages to get the hang of it so fast that Tony can't stop gushing about how good he is with it.

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* In WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'', Tony's first controlled flight in his Iron Man armor has him ding a few buildings but manages to pull it together. [[Comicbook/WarMachine Rhodey's]] first foray goes so badly he creates a crater in the ground when he crashes and swears never to get in an armor again; that same episode [[TheFool Happy Hogan]] finds the armor and manages to get the hang of it so fast that Tony can't stop gushing about how good he is with it.
31st Dec '17 6:12:01 PM Quanyails
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*** In Alien Force, there's no mistransformations and he can change from alien to alien! The bad news is mistransformations are how new forms were unlocked - ten means ten now, PERIOD. In season three, he tampers with it to unlock more aliens ([[BigBad Vilgax]] is returning, after all.) and ends up making it play by original series rules, for better or worse (sometimes worse.) He can still change from alien to alien, though.
*** In Ultimate Alien, the Ultimatrix can make his aliens go SuperMode... but there's still mistransformations, and it lacks some features the Omnitrix had, which he finds out about by ''trying'' to use them only to find out, no can do.
*** 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.

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*** In Alien Force, there's ''Alien Force'', there are no mistransformations mistransformations, and he can change from alien to alien! The bad news is mistransformations are how new forms were unlocked - ten means ten now, PERIOD. In season three, he tampers with it to unlock more aliens ([[BigBad Vilgax]] is returning, after all.) and ends up making it play by original series rules, for better or worse (sometimes worse.) He can still change from alien to alien, though.
*** In Ultimate Alien, ''Ultimate Alien'', the Ultimatrix can make his aliens go SuperMode... but there's still mistransformations, and it lacks some features the Omnitrix had, which he finds out about by ''trying'' to use them only to find out, no can do.
*** In Omniverse, ''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.
31st Dec '17 6:11:06 PM Quanyails
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** However, in Omniverse, it's {{Flanderized}} to the point that he almost ''never'' gets the alien he wanted. When he finally gets to confront the inventor over the supposedly upgraded version never working as intended, Azmuth tells him that he's just too rough on the controls (apparently, the way he dramatically slams his hand down on it to activate it before a battle is the culprit.)

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** However, in Omniverse, ''Omniverse'', it's {{Flanderized}} to the point that he almost ''never'' gets the alien he wanted. When he finally gets to confront the inventor over the supposedly upgraded version never working as intended, Azmuth tells him that he's just too rough on the controls (apparently, the way he dramatically slams his hand down on it to activate it before a battle is the culprit.)
31st Dec '17 6:10:28 PM Quanyails
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** There's also the ever-constant problem of the Omnitrix not giving him the alien form that he desires. Acting like a puzzle of sorts akin to a tumbler lock, at first, Ben would quite often be transformed into an alien that he didn't want to be. He does get a little better over time, discovering new aliens altogether and their powers, but it still acts against him. Thanks to some guidance from the Omnitrix's creator (much to his constant frustration), Ben eventually does gain full control over the Omnitrix in ''Alien Force'', even being able to transform at will by speaking the alien name or thinking it. He ends up saving the universe at the expense of overloading the Omnitrix, forcing him to relearn '''EVERYTHING''' he learned over the past few years about unlocking i's powers. Even in ''Omniverse'', he has almost complete control over it, but it still likes to screw him over every once in a while. He pretty much lampshades it when he wanted to transform into an alien that excels in physical strength, and gets turned into a Galvan (a small, froglike alien known for its brains, not brawn.)

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** There's also the ever-constant problem of the Omnitrix not giving him the alien form that he desires. Acting like a puzzle of sorts akin to a tumbler lock, at first, Ben would quite often be transformed into an alien that he didn't want to be. He does get a little better over time, discovering new aliens altogether and their powers, but it still acts against him. Thanks to some guidance from the Omnitrix's creator (much to his constant frustration), Ben eventually does gain full control over the Omnitrix in ''Alien Force'', even being able to transform at will by speaking the alien name or thinking it. He ends up saving the universe at the expense of overloading the Omnitrix, forcing him to relearn '''EVERYTHING''' he learned over the past few years about unlocking i's its powers. Even in ''Omniverse'', he has almost complete control over it, but it still likes to screw him over every once in a while. He pretty much lampshades it when he wanted to transform into an alien that excels in physical strength, and gets turned into a Galvan (a small, froglike alien known for its brains, not brawn.)
31st Dec '17 6:06:28 PM Quanyails
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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. 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.

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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 ''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. 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.
31st Dec '17 6:02:29 PM Quanyails
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* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', [[spoiler:Bachiko]] has the power to rewrite people's personalities by stinging them with summoned bees. This proves more complex than it seems because 1)It's entirely possible for the rewrite to be too vague or too specific to fulfill the assigned purpose, 2)Removing one personality trait in order to influence a target's behavior in some way may not work if the target is acting this way because of other personality traits and 3)Unbeknownst to the user, a second sting, in addition to applying its own changes, completely undoes all the changes associated with the first. As a result, [[spoiler:Bachiko]] tends to make overly dramatic and unsubtle changes to personality, such as [[spoiler:making Nao extremely polite in an attempt to get her and Natsuki together]], which tend to undermine [[ShipperOnDeck her overall goals]].

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* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', [[spoiler:Bachiko]] has the power to rewrite people's personalities by stinging them with summoned bees. This proves more complex than it seems because 1)It's 1) It's entirely possible for the rewrite to be too vague or too specific to fulfill the assigned purpose, 2)Removing 2) Removing one personality trait in order to influence a target's behavior in some way may not work if the target is acting this way because of other personality traits and 3)Unbeknownst 3) Unbeknownst to the user, a second sting, in addition to applying its own changes, completely undoes all the changes associated with the first. As a result, [[spoiler:Bachiko]] tends to make overly dramatic and unsubtle changes to personality, such as [[spoiler:making Nao extremely polite in an attempt to get her and Natsuki together]], which tend to undermine [[ShipperOnDeck her overall goals]].
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