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25th May '16 11:09:04 AM Korodzik
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* In [[https://www.facebook.com/notes/blake-ross/aphantasia-how-it-feels-to-be-blind-in-your-mind/10156834777480504 this article]], a man with aphantasia (inability to form mental sensations) relates how shocked he was when he realized that other people ''can'', in fact, visualize things in their mind.
24th May '16 7:20:07 PM SteveMB
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* Celia from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' designs her summoning talisman to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0529.html break from energy blasts]], completely unaware that this was not something normal humans could do at will, which leads to some [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0443.html unfortunate consequences]] when her boyfriend fails to use it. She can also detect abjurations like the Cloister spell through the way her teeth tingle. Because she thinks everybody can do the same, she only mentions it in passing, assuming Haley already knows about it; when she finds out [[NowYouTellMe Haley doesn't]], she actually gets angry about how worthless human(oid) senses seem to be compared to her own.

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* Celia from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' designs her summoning talisman to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0529.html break from energy blasts]], completely unaware that this was not something normal humans could do at will, which leads to some [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0443.html unfortunate consequences]] when her boyfriend fails to use it. She can also detect abjurations like the Cloister spell through the way her teeth tingle. Because she thinks everybody can do the same, she only mentions it in passing, assuming Haley already knows about it; when she [[YouDidntAsk finds out out]] [[NowYouTellMe Haley doesn't]], she actually gets angry about how worthless human(oid) senses seem to be compared to her own.
24th May '16 7:18:03 PM SteveMB
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* Celia from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' designs her summoning talisman to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0529.html break from energy blasts]], completely unaware that this was not something normal humans could do at will, which leads to some [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0443.html unfortunate consequences]] when her boyfriend fails to use it. She can also detect abjurations like the Cloister spell through the way her teeth tingle. Because she thinks everybody can do the same, she only mentions it in passing, assuming Haley already knows about it; when she finds out Haley doesn't, she actually gets angry about how worthless human(oid) senses seem to be compared to her own.

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* Celia from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' designs her summoning talisman to [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0529.html break from energy blasts]], completely unaware that this was not something normal humans could do at will, which leads to some [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0443.html unfortunate consequences]] when her boyfriend fails to use it. She can also detect abjurations like the Cloister spell through the way her teeth tingle. Because she thinks everybody can do the same, she only mentions it in passing, assuming Haley already knows about it; when she finds out [[NowYouTellMe Haley doesn't, doesn't]], she actually gets angry about how worthless human(oid) senses seem to be compared to her own.
23rd May '16 2:26:12 PM JustCause
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* In ''Fanfic/TheFifthAct'' Cloud thought he was rather average in Soldier strength and speed since his only basis for comparison was [[TheDreaded Sephiroth]] and [[TheAce Zack]] and sent most of his career training to catch up. When he joins SOLDIER, Cloud is surprised that he's actually unique even among SOLDIER and is faster and stronger than any of them, including Sephiroth.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheFifthAct'' Cloud thought he was rather average in Soldier strength and speed since his only basis for comparison was [[TheDreaded Sephiroth]] and [[TheAce Zack]] and sent spent most of his career training to catch up. When he joins SOLDIER, Cloud is surprised that he's actually unique even among SOLDIER and is faster and stronger than any of them, including Sephiroth.
11th May '16 1:18:34 PM legendaryweredragon
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* A really horrifying example of this happens in ''WebComic/ForestHill''. Benni has an extremely abusive and neglectful father who regularly forced Benni to have sex with men for money and also beat him when angered. Benni had no idea that that this wasn't normal or legal. When Kaleb's mother is kind to him, he thinks that she expects him to pay her back with sex and is surprised that that she doesn't treat her son the same way his father does to him. Another example this happens when Hunter is molested by a five year old girl who had no idea that children are not supposed to touch each other's private parts, due to the fact that she has been watching her father's porn and also may have seen her father having sex with Benni.
4th May '16 1:03:47 PM ladyofprocrastination
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* When ComicBook/SquirrelGirl makes an appearance in ''[[{{ComicBook/X23}} All-New Wolverine]]'', we learn that she has been operating under the assumption that all [[AnimalThemedSuperbeing Animal Themed Superbeings]] can communicate with the animal they're named after.
26th Mar '16 4:46:59 AM StFan
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* Goku of ''Manga/DragonBall'' thought that every boy has a tail. Amusingly, when he tells Bulma, she gets upset that she still doesn't know about the male anatomy at her age.

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Goku of ''Manga/DragonBall'' thought that every boy has a tail. Amusingly, when he tells Bulma, she gets upset that she still doesn't know about the male anatomy at her age.



* In the sequel series, ''Manga/DragonBallZ,'' the first time Gohan goes to school, he ends up playing baseball. He grew up among superhuman fighters and didn't realize that the average person can't jump 30 feet into the air.
* Nanami Jinnai in ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' is immune to illusions, but doesn't detect them, so when she happens to warn her friends about one, it's through blind luck ("I thought everyone saw what I did")

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* ** In the sequel series, ''Manga/DragonBallZ,'' ''Anime/DragonBallZ,'' the first time Gohan goes to school, he ends up playing baseball. He grew up among superhuman fighters and didn't realize that the average person can't jump 30 feet into the air.
* Nanami Jinnai in ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' is immune to illusions, but doesn't detect them, so when she happens to warn her friends about one, it's through blind luck luck. ("I thought everyone saw what I did")did.")



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* Aquaman in the JLA Year One series expresses this. He doesn't think of his abilities as powers because everyone can do it where he comes from. Likewise, Martian Manhunter thinks of his abilities more as "skills" or "gifts of will" rather than powers.

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* Aquaman in the JLA ''JLA Year One One'' series expresses this. He doesn't think of his abilities as powers because everyone can do it where he comes from. Likewise, Martian Manhunter thinks of his abilities more as "skills" or "gifts of will" rather than powers.



* Tristan of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' thinks that if you get angry, you turn into TheIncredibleHulk. When told the truth, he says he thought everyone could do it.

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* Tristan of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' thinks that if you get angry, you turn into TheIncredibleHulk.the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk. When told the truth, he says he thought everyone could do it.



* In ''Fanfic/TheStudentPrince'', Merlin doesn't realise that his magical ability is extraordinary even among sorcerers. He can stop time, expand his mind to cover thousands of miles and talk to Kilgharrah, and it's only when Gaius and Morgana tells him that he learns how unusual such talents are.
* In ''FanFic/TheFifthAct'' Cloud thought he was rather average in Soldier strength and speed since his only basis for comparison was [[TheDreaded Sephiroth]] and [[TheAce Zack]] and sent most of his career training to catch up. When he joins SOLDIER, Cloud is surprised that he's actually unique even among SOLDIER and is faster and stronger than any of them, including Sephiroth.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheStudentPrince'', Merlin doesn't realise realize that his magical ability is extraordinary even among sorcerers. He can stop time, expand his mind to cover thousands of miles and talk to Kilgharrah, and it's only when Gaius and Morgana tells him that he learns how unusual such talents are.
* In ''FanFic/TheFifthAct'' ''Fanfic/TheFifthAct'' Cloud thought he was rather average in Soldier strength and speed since his only basis for comparison was [[TheDreaded Sephiroth]] and [[TheAce Zack]] and sent most of his career training to catch up. When he joins SOLDIER, Cloud is surprised that he's actually unique even among SOLDIER and is faster and stronger than any of them, including Sephiroth.



* Ayla from ''EarthsChildren'' has an exceptionally well-trained memory for a Cro-Magnon. Of course, she was still considered to be "slow of memory" amongst her adoptive Neanderthal tribe. But once she is amongst her own people, they are constantly baffled by her surprising memory. Oh, and her ability to detect lies from body language. And her advanced gifts as a healer. And her domesticated animals. [[CanonSue And...]]
* In the ''{{Foundation}}'' series, the Mule briefly mentions that it took him a while to realize he could control people's emotions, and even longer to realize other people couldn't.

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* Ayla from ''EarthsChildren'' ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' has an exceptionally well-trained memory for a Cro-Magnon. Of course, she was still considered to be "slow of memory" amongst her adoptive Neanderthal tribe. But once she is amongst her own people, they are constantly baffled by her surprising memory. Oh, and her ability to detect lies from body language. And her advanced gifts as a healer. And her domesticated animals. [[CanonSue And...]]
* In the ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series, the Mule briefly mentions that it took him a while to realize he could control people's emotions, and even longer to realize other people couldn't.



** It's mentioned that Susan thought nothing of her ability to [[strike: walk through walls]] make herself unnoticeable, and assumed for the longest time that ''everyone'' could do that. Even in her second appearance (by which time she knows her origin), she finds stopping time to be so easy that she wonders why ordinary people can't do it. This is partially justified, in that many of Susan's (and Death's) "supernatural" abilities really ''are'' much more straightforward than the way regular humans approach reality. For instance, itís not that she can see things that arenít real, itís that everyone else can ''not'' see things that are.

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** It's mentioned that Susan thought nothing of her ability to [[strike: walk through walls]] make herself unnoticeable, and assumed for the longest time that ''everyone'' could do that. Even in her second appearance (by which time she knows her origin), she finds stopping time to be so easy that she wonders why ordinary people can't do it. This is partially justified, in that many of Susan's (and Death's) "supernatural" abilities really ''are'' much more straightforward than the way regular humans approach reality. For instance, itís it's not that she can see things that arenít aren't real, itís it's that everyone else can ''not'' see things that are.



* Literature/WarriorCats: Dovewing says this word for word when she finds out her super hearing is a special power.
* [[Literature/HonorHarrington Honor Harrington]] isn't modest enough not to realize she's an outstanding military commander, but has difficulty believing that when she pulls off some kind of awe-inspiring feat (such as the mass prison escape from Cerberus) that people don't accept it was merely her duty to do so and thus she deserves no special accolades for it. She also has no idea how inspiring she is: she's astonished to learn that people who have served under her end up, on average, being better officers than their peers afterwards.

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* Literature/WarriorCats: ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Dovewing says this word for word when she finds out her super hearing is a special power.
* [[Literature/HonorHarrington Honor Harrington]] Literature/HonorHarrington isn't modest enough not to realize she's an outstanding military commander, but has difficulty believing that when she pulls off some kind of awe-inspiring feat (such as the mass prison escape from Cerberus) that people don't accept it was merely her duty to do so and thus she deserves no special accolades for it. She also has no idea how inspiring she is: she's astonished to learn that people who have served under her end up, on average, being better officers than their peers afterwards.



* [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Hyde]] in ''{{Series/Jekyll}}''. He knows that ordinary people aren't as strong or fast as him, but is still surprised when he learns that Jackman can't do things like detect drugs in his bloodstream or pull up photo-quality images from his memory.
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"You can feel your blood?"\\
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* [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Hyde]] in ''{{Series/Jekyll}}''.''Series/{{Jekyll}}''. He knows that ordinary people aren't as strong or fast as him, but is still surprised when he learns that Jackman can't do things like detect drugs in his bloodstream or pull up photo-quality images from his memory.
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* Parker of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' makes a quick and accurate sketch of a hit man who's been following their mark around.

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* Parker of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' makes a quick and accurate sketch of a hit man who's been following their mark around. WordOfGod is that Parker has Asperger's, and some people in RealLife with Asperger's or Autism can make extremely-detailed drawings of things they only glimpse once due to their brains focusing on these details at the expense of other things.



** TruthInTelevision. WordOfGod is that Parker has Asperger's, and some people in RealLife with Asperger's or Autism can make extremely-detailed drawings of things they only glimpse once due to their brains focusing on these details at the expense of other things.
* In a sketch on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', recurring character Rusty Miller, a geeky college student, is having a trivia contest with two girls, and infuriating them by getting every question right. Except the last question, which asks the average length of a penis. The girls get it right by answering six inches. Rusty protests that the machine is wrong, and the average is ten inches, then leaves the bar in disgust. The girls give each other a look, then rush out after him. [[HoYay As do several guys]].

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** TruthInTelevision. WordOfGod is that Parker has Asperger's, and some people in RealLife with Asperger's or Autism can make extremely-detailed drawings of things they only glimpse once due to their brains focusing on these details at the expense of other things.
* In a sketch on ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', ''Series/MadTV'', recurring character Rusty Miller, a geeky college student, is having a trivia contest with two girls, and infuriating them by getting every question right. Except the last question, which asks the average length of a penis. The girls get it right by answering six inches. Rusty protests that the machine is wrong, and the average is ten inches, then leaves the bar in disgust. The girls give each other a look, then rush out after him. [[HoYay As do several guys]].



18th Feb '16 4:56:53 PM DelShiftB
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* Ao in ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO'' has the ability to see trapar particles, which are invisible to the naked eye. He always assumed they were part of the wind and that everyone could see them.

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* Ao As in ''Anime/EurekaSevenAO'' has the ability to see trapar particles, which are invisible to the naked eye. He always assumed they were part of the wind and that everyone could see them.them.
* Naoki in ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'' thinks his PhotographicMemory is normal.
7th Feb '16 11:32:36 PM Llygodenfawr
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* Cleverly played with in ''Manga/OnePiece''. When Luffy becomes friends with the inhabitants of Amazon Lily (who are all women by the way) each and every one of them think that Luffy is the poster boy for men. Their logic being that since he can stretch, other men must be able to stretch as well

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* Cleverly played with in ''Manga/OnePiece''. When Luffy becomes friends with the inhabitants of Amazon Lily (who are all women by the way) each and every one way), all of them think that Luffy is the poster boy for men. Their logic being is that since he can stretch, other men must be able to stretch as wellwell.
7th Feb '16 11:30:56 PM Llygodenfawr
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* Cleverly inverted in ''Manga/OnePiece''. When Luffy becomes friends with the inhabitants of Amazon Lily (who are all women by the way) each and every one of them think that Luffy is the poster boy for men. Their logic being that since he can stretch, other men must be able to stretch as well

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* Cleverly inverted played with in ''Manga/OnePiece''. When Luffy becomes friends with the inhabitants of Amazon Lily (who are all women by the way) each and every one of them think that Luffy is the poster boy for men. Their logic being that since he can stretch, other men must be able to stretch as well
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