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21st Nov '17 7:22:45 PM AtlantaHardcore
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** To further illustrate this point, a lot of old school wrestlers-turned-trainers (such as Stu Hart) were legit amateur wrestlers and made a point of training their students to really wrestle and grapple fight.
21st Nov '17 2:34:25 PM Godzillawolf
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** ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': Thunderchild hides the fact that unlike a regular Pegasus, he doesn't need a cloud to fire lightning.

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** ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': Thunderchild hides the fact that unlike a regular Pegasus, he doesn't need a cloud to fire lightning.lightning due to being a Gifted Pegasus.
*** The Princesses are ''constantly'' doing this, as their true cosmic power would be rather destructive if fully unleashed. For reference: Celestia is fully capable of using a solar flare to wipe out a planet if she wanted to.
13th Nov '17 7:22:10 PM PaulA
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* Daniel in ''The Dangerous Days of Daniel X'' by Creator/JamesPatterson. It's not that he discovers a new power, but more like he discovers a new combination of attacks to defeat the villain.

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* Daniel in ''The Dangerous Days of Daniel X'' ''Literature/TheDangerousDaysOfDanielX'' by Creator/JamesPatterson. It's not that he discovers a new power, but more like he discovers a new combination of attacks to defeat the villain.
1st Nov '17 5:22:05 AM StFan
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* EleventhHourSuperpower



* EleventhHourSuperpower



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* Competitor Marvel's flagship character Franchise/SpiderMan does something similar to Superman, too, albeit at a much lower level; after all, Spidey collars ordinary crooks almost as often as he clashes with super-villains (one of which actually has human-level toughness), and using his full strength to punch out a non-superpowered bank robber would end up rather messy. Often, he avoids this simply by webbing up normal guys rather than fighting them directly. A rare example of his actually taking the kid-gloves off occurred In ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' when he was goaded by ''ComicBook/TheKingpin'', someone who had always been considered a worthy match for him before - but not now. With nothing left to lose, [[CurbStompBattle Spidey wiped the floor with him]], letting every witness (and there were ''plenty'') know he could have done that ''any'' time he had wanted.

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* Competitor Marvel's flagship character Franchise/SpiderMan does something similar to Superman, too, albeit at a much lower level; after all, Spidey collars ordinary crooks almost as often as he clashes with super-villains (one of which actually has human-level toughness), and using his full strength to punch out a non-superpowered bank robber would end up rather messy. Often, he avoids this simply by webbing up normal guys rather than fighting them directly. A rare example of his actually taking the kid-gloves off occurred In ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' when he was goaded by ''ComicBook/TheKingpin'', someone who had always been considered a worthy match for him before - -- but not now. With nothing left to lose, [[CurbStompBattle Spidey wiped the floor with him]], letting every witness (and there were ''plenty'') know he could have done that ''any'' time he had wanted.



* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' - ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}'s glasses / goggles don't just let him control his powers, they also [[PowerLimiter limit]] them. If he's willing to take his visor off for even a few seconds, you're in trouble.
** In ''Astonishing X-Men'', the team are confronted by a Sentinel. They line up and talk tactics but Cyclops is in no mood for such things - he removes his glasses, and utterly ''eradicates'' the Sentinel from existence - as well as about a mile of forest around. Later in the same run he had his powers psychically de-activated by Emma Frost and had been captured and tortured by an alien warlord. When he finally tells the warlord that the X-Men's secret weapon "Leviathan", was completely fictional (thus throwing out any reason to keep him alive), he starts laughing. The warlord attacks him, demanding to know what else he's been lying about. [[spoiler: Then [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Gd8NBIma-zo/RzSgt3KLuhI/AAAAAAAABm8/hjnXT6PbLlA/s1600-h/scottLies1.jpg with the villain right up in his face,]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Gd8NBIma-zo/RzSguHKLuiI/AAAAAAAABnE/VsI5SKYySOM/s1600-h/scottLies2.jpg Cyclops reactivates his eyebeams and blasts the villain, leaving a massive hole in the building.]]]]

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* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' - ''ComicBook/XMen'': ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}'s glasses / goggles don't just let him control his powers, they also [[PowerLimiter limit]] them. If he's willing to take his visor off for even a few seconds, you're in trouble.
** In ''Astonishing X-Men'', the team are confronted by a Sentinel. They line up and talk tactics but Cyclops is in no mood for such things - -- he removes his glasses, and utterly ''eradicates'' the Sentinel from existence - -- as well as about a mile of forest around. Later in the same run he had his powers psychically de-activated by Emma Frost and had been captured and tortured by an alien warlord. When he finally tells the warlord that the X-Men's secret weapon "Leviathan", was completely fictional (thus throwing out any reason to keep him alive), he starts laughing. The warlord attacks him, demanding to know what else he's been lying about. [[spoiler: Then [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Gd8NBIma-zo/RzSgt3KLuhI/AAAAAAAABm8/hjnXT6PbLlA/s1600-h/scottLies1.jpg with the villain right up in his face,]] [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Gd8NBIma-zo/RzSguHKLuiI/AAAAAAAABnE/VsI5SKYySOM/s1600-h/scottLies2.jpg Cyclops reactivates his eyebeams and blasts the villain, leaving a massive hole in the building.]]]]



* The last fight in ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange: The Oath'' is a fistfight between Strange and Nicodemus West, who also knows magic but has deployed some anti-magic [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum]], expecting he can take Strange in a fair fight. Doc lets West pummel him for a minute or two (and waste his energy) before breaking out the KungFuWizard skills.
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Garfield harasses a leashed dog.
-->'''Garfield:''' Dogs are stupid. [[BullyingADragon (slaps dog repeatedly)]] With bad breath.
-->Dog effortlessly snaps his collar
-->'''Garfield:''' But I love them anyway.

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* The last fight in ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange: ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange: The Oath'' is a fistfight between Strange and Nicodemus West, who also knows magic but has deployed some anti-magic [[AppliedPhlebotinum phlebotinum]], expecting he can take Strange in a fair fight. Doc lets West pummel him for a minute or two (and waste his energy) before breaking out the KungFuWizard skills.
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Garfield harasses a leashed dog.
-->'''Garfield:''' Dogs are stupid. [[BullyingADragon (slaps dog repeatedly)]] With bad breath.
-->Dog effortlessly snaps his collar
-->'''Garfield:''' But I love them anyway.
skills.



-->[[spoiler: '''Sigurd]]:''' ...I've got a confession to make. I'm actually left-handed. *switches his sword to the other hand*
-->'''Loki:''' Oh? Then I, too, have a confession to make-- *switches HIS sword to the other hand* I've seen that same movie''eep!''
-->[[spoiler: Sigurd]] slices off a little of Loki's hair and [[spoiler: kicks him out of a window]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Sigurd:''' Ha! Made you look--]]

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-->[[spoiler: '''Sigurd]]:''' ...I've got a confession to make. I'm actually left-handed. *switches ''[switches his sword to the other hand*
-->'''Loki:'''
hand]''\\
'''Loki:'''
Oh? Then I, too, have a confession to make-- *switches make -- ''[switches HIS sword to the other hand* hand]'' I've seen that same movie''eep!''
-->[[spoiler: Sigurd]]
movie--''eep!''\\
''[[[spoiler:Sigurd]]
slices off a little of Loki's hair and [[spoiler: kicks [[spoiler:kicks him out of a window]].
-->[[spoiler: '''Sigurd:'''
window]]]''\\
[[spoiler:'''Sigurd:'''
Ha! Made you look--]]



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* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, Garfield harasses a leashed dog.
-->'''Garfield:''' Dogs are stupid. ''[[[BullyingADragon slaps dog repeatedly]]]'' With bad breath.\\
''[dog effortlessly snaps his collar]''\\
'''Garfield:''' But I love them anyway.
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', Thor gets thoroughly sick of the HYDRA distraction ''du jour'' - a necromantically reanimated kraken said to ''dwarf'' a Chitauri Leviathan which has been shrugging off everything the Avengers have been throwing at it, even Loki turning into a serpent the size of an apartment building - and draws in so much power from Earth's magnetosphere that it prompts [[spoiler: Magneto]] to briefly investigate, before ''vaporising it'' in a single shot.

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* In ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'':
**
Thor gets thoroughly sick of the HYDRA distraction ''du jour'' - -- a necromantically reanimated kraken said to ''dwarf'' a Chitauri Leviathan which has been shrugging off everything the Avengers have been throwing at it, even Loki turning into a serpent the size of an apartment building - -- and draws in so much power from Earth's magnetosphere that it prompts [[spoiler: Magneto]] [[spoiler:Magneto]] to briefly investigate, before ''vaporising ''vaporizing it'' in a single shot.



** From ''FanFic/SlyWitsParadise'', in chapter 21, Celestia and Luna have an Oh Crap moment when the dragon they are fighting turned out to be a magic user.

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** From ''FanFic/SlyWitsParadise'', ''Fanfic/SlyWitsParadise'', in chapter 21, Celestia and Luna have an Oh Crap moment when the dragon they are fighting turned out to be a magic user.



* In the Italian remake of ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject'' turns out [[SailorMoon Sailor Venus]] had been consciously holding back for the whole anime out of fear of being rejected by the other Sailor Senshi (as her friends in middle school had done when she had started dedicating herself to her duty as Sailor Venus). She explains it after her reaction to returning to life after Galaxia surrender and redemption and, before learning what had happened, decided to stop holding back and ''nearly killed [[WorldsStrongestWoman Galaxia]]'' (in fact the only reason she doesn't is that Artemis tells her what happened right before she can snap Galaxia's neck).
* In ShinobiOfTheHighSeas, during the fight at Ennies Lobby, Naruto reveals that his headband is a PowerLimiter, complete with a WorldOfCardboardSpeech. He then removes it and proceeds to [[spoiler: kick the crap out of one of the [=CP9=], destroy two-thirds of the Buster Call fleet, one-shot a Vice Admiral (who was using Armament Haki), and fight Admiral Aokiji to a stalemate.]]

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* In the Italian remake of ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject'' ''Fanfic/BattleFantasiaProject'' turns out [[SailorMoon Sailor Venus]] had been consciously holding back for the whole anime out of fear of being rejected by the other Sailor Senshi (as her friends in middle school had done when she had started dedicating herself to her duty as Sailor Venus). She explains it after her reaction to returning to life after Galaxia surrender and redemption and, before learning what had happened, decided to stop holding back and ''nearly killed [[WorldsStrongestWoman Galaxia]]'' (in fact the only reason she doesn't is that Artemis tells her what happened right before she can snap Galaxia's neck).
* In ShinobiOfTheHighSeas, ''Fanfic/ShinobiOfTheHighSeas'', during the fight at Ennies Lobby, Naruto reveals that his headband is a PowerLimiter, complete with a WorldOfCardboardSpeech. He then removes it and proceeds to [[spoiler: kick the crap out of one of the [=CP9=], destroy two-thirds of the Buster Call fleet, one-shot a Vice Admiral (who was using Armament Haki), and fight Admiral Aokiji to a stalemate.]]



* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act III'': In chapters 41 and 42, the gang (minus Tsukune) is doing relatively well against Kuyou, and Rason and Ahakon remark that the fight is relatively easy and that Kuyou is a joke; however, Kurumu and Moka, who have faced Kuyou before, quickly inform them that the only reason they've been doing so well in the fight thus far is because Kuyou hasn't even been trying. Sure enough, Kuyou goes OneWingedAngel soon after Moka says this and makes short work of everyone... until Tsukune reenters the fray and annihilates him.

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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness ''Fanfic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act III'': In chapters 41 and 42, the gang (minus Tsukune) is doing relatively well against Kuyou, and Rason and Ahakon remark that the fight is relatively easy and that Kuyou is a joke; however, Kurumu and Moka, who have faced Kuyou before, quickly inform them that the only reason they've been doing so well in the fight thus far is because Kuyou hasn't even been trying. Sure enough, Kuyou goes OneWingedAngel soon after Moka says this and makes short work of everyone... until Tsukune reenters the fray and annihilates him.



* ''FanFic/AgesOfShadow'':

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* ''FanFic/AgesOfShadow'':''Fanfic/AgesOfShadow'':



* A classic example from ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder''. BigBad and QuickDraw specialist Marston finally captures FriendlySniper Matthew Quigley, (who has refused a pistol every time one was offered to him in the movie, saying "I never had much use for them") and decides to kill Quigley in a Western style shootout:

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* A classic example from ''Film/QuigleyDownUnder''. BigBad and QuickDraw specialist Marston finally captures FriendlySniper Matthew Quigley, (who has refused a pistol every time one was offered to him in the movie, saying "I never had much use for them") and decides to kill Quigley in a Western style Western-style shootout:



(''Marston continues to prattle smugly while setting up a ShowdownAtHighNoon'')\\
(''Quigley shoots Marston and his two henchmen before they can react'')
-->'''Quigley:''' I said I never had much use for one. [[YouDidntAsk Never said I didn't know how to use it.]]

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(''Marston ''[Marston continues to prattle smugly while setting up a ShowdownAtHighNoon'')\\
(''Quigley
ShowdownAtHighNoon]''\\
''[Quigley
shoots Marston and his two henchmen before they can react'')
-->'''Quigley:'''
react]''\\
'''Quigley:'''
I said I never had much use for one. [[YouDidntAsk Never said I didn't know how to use it.]]



*** Civil War also features War Machine, who mostly sticks to melee and repulsors (which have variable impact). Right up until [[spoiler:Ant-Man goes huge and tries to swing a bus at him, at which point War Machine unloads every single gun he has that's ''not a repulsor''. The bus basically disintegrates.]]

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*** Civil War ** ''Civil War'' also features War Machine, who mostly sticks to melee and repulsors (which have variable impact). Right up until [[spoiler:Ant-Man goes huge and tries to swing a bus at him, at which point War Machine unloads every single gun he has that's ''not a repulsor''. The bus basically disintegrates.]]



--> '''Jim:''' See this hand? (holds out his right hand)
--> '''Bart:''' Steady as a rock!
--> '''Jim:''' Yeah, but I shoot with this hand. (Holds out his left hand, which shakes violently).

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--> '''Jim:''' -->'''Jim:''' See this hand? (holds ''[holds out his right hand)
-->
hand]''\\
'''Bart:''' Steady as a rock!
-->
rock!\\
'''Jim:''' Yeah, but I shoot with this hand. (Holds ''[holds out his left hand, which shakes violently).violently]''



* There is an homage/send-up of a similar scene from Creator/DannyKaye's ''Film/TheCourtJester'', where Kaye goes from stumblebum to master swordsman with the sound of a finger-snap while fighting Basil Rathbone.



* The trope name and the page quote come from ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''. Inigo Montoya is so good that he fights with his left hand just to keep things somewhat challenging, but when faced with the Man in Black, he realises he's being outmatched, and switches the sword back to his right hand to gain the upper hand again. [[spoiler:Too bad the Man in Black was ''also'' fighting with his off-hand, presumably for the same reason.]] In the film, [[FreezeFrameBonus if you look closely]], you'll notice when the Man in Black first starts to draw his sword, [[spoiler:he is drawing it with his right hand until he notices that Inigo plans to fight with his left-hand.]]
* In This Book is Not Good For You from the Secret Series bynP. Bosch, Señor Hugo goes along as a blind man but eventually reveals he still has one good eye.

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* The trope name and the page quote come from ''Literature/ThePrincessBride''. Inigo Montoya is so good that he fights with his left hand just to keep things somewhat challenging, but when faced with the Man in Black, he realises realizes he's being outmatched, and switches the sword back to his right hand to gain the upper hand again. [[spoiler:Too bad the Man in Black was ''also'' fighting with his off-hand, presumably for the same reason.]] In the film, [[FreezeFrameBonus if you look closely]], you'll notice when the Man in Black first starts to draw his sword, [[spoiler:he is drawing it with his right hand until he notices that Inigo plans to fight with his left-hand.left hand.]]
* In This ''This Book is Not Good For You for You'' from the Secret Series bynP. Bosch, Señor Hugo goes along as a blind man but eventually reveals he still has one good eye.



* [[Literature/JohnCarter John Carter]], the "Greatest Swordsman of Two Worlds", deliberately sandbags a couple of times over the course of the series, usually because has a secret plan and he's stalling for time while it comes to fruition. He fights just barely well enough to keep from getting killed and takes the offensive just enough to keep his opponent from getting suspicious until he finally sees whatever it is he's been waiting for, at which point the fight is generally over within seconds.

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* [[Literature/JohnCarter John Carter]], Literature/JohnCarter, the "Greatest Swordsman of Two Worlds", deliberately sandbags a couple of times over the course of the series, usually because has a secret plan and he's stalling for time while it comes to fruition. He fights just barely well enough to keep from getting killed and takes the offensive just enough to keep his opponent from getting suspicious until he finally sees whatever it is he's been waiting for, at which point the fight is generally over within seconds.



* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Q-Pid" plays with the RobinHood legend, featuring this exchange:
-->'''Sir Guy of Gisbourne:''' I am the best swordsman in Nottingham.
-->'''Picard:''' (''as Robin'') I am not ''from'' Nottingham!

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* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Q-Pid" plays with the RobinHood Myth/RobinHood legend, featuring this exchange:
-->'''Sir Guy of Gisbourne:''' I am the best swordsman in Nottingham.
-->'''Picard:''' (''as Robin'')
Nottingham.\\
'''Picard:''' ''[as Robin]''
I am not ''from'' Nottingham!



--> "Right now I'm crushing your windpipe."
--> "Guess what I'm doing now? Not using my windpipe."
* Jack Deveraux does this while fencing Lawrence Alamain in Series/DaysOfOurLives. Rather than reveal he's not right-handed during the fight, he waits until he's already defeated Alamain, to twist the knife in even more.

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--> "Right -->"Right now I'm crushing your windpipe."\\
"Guess what I'm doing now? Not using my windpipe.
"
--> "Guess what I'm doing now? Not using my windpipe."
* Jack Deveraux does this while fencing Lawrence Alamain in Series/DaysOfOurLives.''Series/DaysOfOurLives''. Rather than reveal he's not right-handed during the fight, he waits until he's already defeated Alamain, to twist the knife in even more.



* In ''{{Band of Brothers}}'' this trope appears in such perfect form it almost looks like it was the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]. In the 4th episode ("Replacements"), Buck Compton plays darts against one of the new guys--Heffron--and loses saying, "It's a good thing we weren't gambling." Heffron suggests they bet on the next game and Buck "reluctantly" agrees. Before Buck takes his shot, he switches to his right hand and wins easily. Heffron has just enough time to realize he's been conned.
-->'''George Luz''': Lieutenant, are you going to shoot lefty all night?
-->'''Joe Toye''': Hey, c'mon.
-->'''George Luz''': I'm just curious cause he's right-handed.
-->''''Buck' Compton''': [switches hands] George, what would I do without George Luz?
* In an episode of the ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' recurring skit "Average Asian", a man challenges said Asian to a game of ping pong. After losing, the Asian says "Let me put the paddle in my OTHER hand" needless to say, "He's an expert Asian! When it comes to ping pong!"
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': Joxer pulls this, in an almost word-for-word sendup of the famous scene from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', while fighting under a spell cast by Aphrodite that turns him from TheScrappy to TheLancer at the ring of a bell.
** This was also an homage/send-up of a similar scene from Creator/DannyKaye's ''Film/TheCourtJester'', where Kaye goes from stumblebum to master swordsman with the sound of a finger-snap while fighting Basil Rathbone.
* {{The New Adventures of Zorro}}. "I am the greatest swordsman in Baja California!" "Unfortunately, you are in Alta California."
* {{Franchise/Zorro}}: In the 1957 Disney TV series, Don Diego de la Vega is a master swordsman, with many awards for his swordplay in Spain. When he decides to become a sword-fighting vigilante, one of the first things he does is to dispose of his awards so as to better pass himself off as a clumsy IdleRich to his new neighbors in California. One episode's plot naturally revolves around Don Diego being challenged to a duel, and having to somehow win while ''still'' fighting left-handed (figuratively speaking) so as to avoid blowing his cover.

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* In ''{{Band of Brothers}}'' ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' this trope appears in such perfect form it almost looks like it was the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]. In the 4th episode ("Replacements"), Buck Compton plays darts against one of the new guys--Heffron--and guys -- Heffron -- and loses saying, "It's a good thing we weren't gambling." Heffron suggests they bet on the next game and Buck "reluctantly" agrees. Before Buck takes his shot, he switches to his right hand and wins easily. Heffron has just enough time to realize he's been conned.
-->'''George Luz''': Luz:''' Lieutenant, are you going to shoot lefty all night?
-->'''Joe Toye''':
night?\\
'''Joe Toye:'''
Hey, c'mon.
-->'''George Luz''':
c'mon.\\
'''George Luz:'''
I'm just curious cause he's right-handed.
-->''''Buck' Compton''': [switches hands]
right-handed.\\
'''[='Buck'=] Compton:''' ''[switches hands]''
George, what would I do without George Luz?
* In an episode of the ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' ''Series/MadTV'' recurring skit "Average Asian", a man challenges said Asian to a game of ping pong. After losing, the Asian says "Let me put the paddle in my OTHER hand" needless to say, "He's an expert Asian! When it comes to ping pong!"
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': Joxer pulls this, in an almost word-for-word sendup send-up of the famous scene from ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', while fighting under a spell cast by Aphrodite that turns him from TheScrappy to TheLancer at the ring of a bell.
* ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'':
** This was also an homage/send-up of a similar scene from Creator/DannyKaye's ''Film/TheCourtJester'', where Kaye goes from stumblebum to master swordsman with the sound of a finger-snap while fighting Basil Rathbone.
* {{The New Adventures of Zorro}}.
''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfZorro''. "I am the greatest swordsman in Baja California!" "Unfortunately, you are in Alta California."
* {{Franchise/Zorro}}: ** In the 1957 Disney ''Series/{{Zorro}}'' TV series, Don Diego de la Vega is a master swordsman, with many awards for his swordplay in Spain. When he decides to become a sword-fighting vigilante, one of the first things he does is to dispose of his awards so as to better pass himself off as a clumsy IdleRich to his new neighbors in California. One episode's plot naturally revolves around Don Diego being challenged to a duel, and having to somehow win while ''still'' fighting left-handed (figuratively speaking) so as to avoid blowing his cover.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', "The Freshman". A vampire has busted Buffy's left arm up, and she's spent most of the episode conspicuously not using it and fighting one-handed. Then...

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
**
"The Freshman". Freshman": A vampire has busted Buffy's left arm up, and she's spent most of the episode conspicuously not using it and fighting one-handed. Then...



'''Buffy:''' [[UseYourHead Let me answer that with a head butt.]] And for the record... The arm is hurt, not broken. *Punches Sunday halfway across the room with her left hand*

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'''Buffy:''' [[UseYourHead Let me answer that with a head butt.]] And for the record... The arm is hurt, not broken. *Punches ''[punches Sunday halfway across the room with her left hand* hand]''



-->'''Buffy:''' Broke your arm.
-->'''Adam:''' Got another. ''(His right arm turns into a [[GatlingGood gatling gun]]. Cue an OhCrap look from Buffy.)'' I've been upgrading.
* Joss Whedon scores a hat trick here; in the pilot of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', the titular vessel ''Serenity'' is fleeing a Reavers vessel hot on her heels and bearing down upon her - turns out that her thrusters ''rotate all the way round'', allowing her to pull a Crazy Ivan and escape.

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-->'''Buffy:''' Broke your arm.
-->'''Adam:'''
arm.\\
'''Adam:'''
Got another. ''(His ''[his right arm turns into a [[GatlingGood gatling gun]]. Cue gun]]; cue an OhCrap look from Buffy.)'' Buffy]'' I've been upgrading.
* Joss Whedon scores a hat trick here; in the pilot of ''{{Series/Firefly}}'', ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', the titular vessel ''Serenity'' is fleeing a Reavers vessel hot on her heels and bearing down upon her - -- turns out that her thrusters ''rotate all the way round'', allowing her to pull a Crazy Ivan and escape.



-->'''Mayor:''' I thought you were left-handed?
-->'''Charley:''' [[LampshadeHanging Not anymore.]]

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-->'''Mayor:''' I thought you were left-handed?
-->'''Charley:'''
left-handed?\\
'''Charley:'''
[[LampshadeHanging Not anymore.]]



* In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' season two episode "The Tap Out Job," Sophie ''panics'' when she realizes that the mark, not trusting Eliot's promise to [[ThrowingTheFight throw an MMA bout]], has [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink drugged his water]]... and thus taken away his ability to [[TheFettered hold himself back]]. [[spoiler:It turns out it's all part of the con and Eliot didn't actually drink the drugged water, but other dialogue during the episode suggests that Sophie's description is not inaccurate.]]
-->'''Sophie:''' [Eliot] fights to survive, that's his training. It takes all his control ''not'' to kill somebody! You've just made him more dangerous! ''You've taken the safety off the gun!''
** Eliot does it again in "The Big Bang Job." After three seasons of insisting he doesn't like guns and handling them only to dismantle and toss them away, he finally picks up a pair of handguns in order to face off with a good dozen mooks working for the season's BigBad. The absolute carnage that follows hits just about every gunplay trope in the book.

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* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
**
In the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' season two episode "The Tap Out Job," Sophie ''panics'' when she realizes that the mark, not trusting Eliot's promise to [[ThrowingTheFight throw an MMA bout]], has [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink drugged his water]]... and thus taken away his ability to [[TheFettered hold himself back]]. [[spoiler:It turns out it's all part of the con and Eliot didn't actually drink the drugged water, but other dialogue during the episode suggests that Sophie's description is not inaccurate.]]
-->'''Sophie:''' --->'''Sophie:''' [Eliot] fights to survive, that's his training. It takes all his control ''not'' to kill somebody! You've just made him more dangerous! ''You've taken the safety off the gun!''
** Eliot does it again in "The Big Bang Job." Job". After three seasons of insisting he doesn't like guns and handling them only to dismantle and toss them away, he finally picks up a pair of handguns in order to face off with a good dozen mooks working for the season's BigBad. The absolute carnage that follows hits just about every gunplay trope in the book.



'''Eliot:''' I don't. [''unloads four rounds rapid-fire into Chapman's chest''] Never said I couldn't use them.
* In one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', Willy has to compete in a judo competition, and it's all he can do to keep from losing long enough for the rest of the team to do what they needed to do while he was distracting the audience with the match (despite Willy's considerable strength, he had never trained in judo before the start of the mission). At the end of the episode, he ends up fighting the villain's judo champion again, and since it's not a formal match, Willy switches to jujitsu, a martial art he ''had'' trained in, and mopped the floor with him.

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'''Eliot:''' I don't. [''unloads ''[unloads four rounds rapid-fire into Chapman's chest''] chest]'' Never said I couldn't use them.
* In one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'', Willy has to compete in a judo competition, and it's all he can do to keep from losing long enough for the rest of the team to do what they needed need to do while he was is distracting the audience with the match (despite Willy's considerable strength, he had has never trained in judo before the start of the mission). At the end of the episode, he ends up fighting the villain's judo champion again, and since it's not a formal match, Willy switches to jujitsu, a martial art he ''had'' ''has'' trained in, and mopped mops the floor with him.



* Done to tragic effect in the backstory of ''Series/BabylonFive'': during the early phases of the Earth-Minbari War the Minbari inflicted a small series of [[CurbStompBattle Curb-Stomp Battles]] against [=EarthForce=] until Sheridan managed to nuke the Minbari flagship during a raid in the Sol System, prompting the Minbari to pull back for a while-and then come out more unstoppable than ever, as the raid in the Sol System was a scouting manouver to prepare a decapitation strike because they didn't want to ''fully mobilize their standing force''. After that loss, however, the Minbari got serious and, even without mobilizing their reserves, they methodically occupied the whole Earth Alliance and destroyed [=EarthForce=] as they slowly but inexorably came for Earth to start the complete destruction of Mankind.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
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Done to tragic effect in the backstory of ''Series/BabylonFive'': backstory: during the early phases of the Earth-Minbari War the Minbari inflicted a small series of [[CurbStompBattle Curb-Stomp Battles]] against [=EarthForce=] until Sheridan managed to nuke the Minbari flagship during a raid in the Sol System, prompting the Minbari to pull back for a while-and then come out more unstoppable than ever, as the raid in the Sol System was a scouting manouver to prepare a decapitation strike because they didn't want to ''fully mobilize their standing force''. After that loss, however, the Minbari got serious and, even without mobilizing their reserves, they methodically occupied the whole Earth Alliance and destroyed [=EarthForce=] as they slowly but inexorably came for Earth to start the complete destruction of Mankind.



* Akuma from ''StreetFighter'' does this deliberately. The form everybody sees him in is Akuma using only part of his power. [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Shin Akuma]], however, is when Akuma stops holding back and goes full-force at whomever he's fighting. Considering every version of this form that a player can fight doubles as an SNKBoss, it's lucky he doesn't do it more often.

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* Akuma from ''StreetFighter'' ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' does this deliberately. The form everybody sees him in is Akuma using only part of his power. [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Shin Akuma]], however, is when Akuma stops holding back and goes full-force at whomever he's fighting. Considering every version of this form that a player can fight doubles as an SNKBoss, it's lucky he doesn't do it more often.



* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Wa]][[KungFuWizard zy]] from VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki, leader of "Testament" gang, is constantly at odds with leader of a rival gang "Saber Viper", Wald, to determine which of the two gangs hold authority in Crosbell's downtown. In Ao prologue when Wazy joins SSS, Wald challenges Wazy for another match only to be [[CurbStompBattle easily defeated]], showing that he has been holding back in their previous duels. Near the end of the game, it's revealed that the reason Wazy was that strong is because he's [[spoiler: one of Dominion, twelve strongest fighters in Septian Church's [[ChurchMilitant Gralsritter]] with nickname "Blue Testament".]]

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* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Wa]][[KungFuWizard zy]] Wazy from VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki, ''VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki'', leader of "Testament" gang, is constantly at odds with leader of a rival gang "Saber Viper", Wald, to determine which of the two gangs hold authority in Crosbell's downtown. In Ao prologue when Wazy joins SSS, Wald challenges Wazy for another match only to be [[CurbStompBattle easily defeated]], showing that he has been holding back in their previous duels. Near the end of the game, it's revealed that the reason Wazy was that strong is because he's [[spoiler: one of Dominion, twelve strongest fighters in Septian Church's [[ChurchMilitant Gralsritter]] with nickname "Blue Testament".]]



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--> '''Tarvek''': I'm sorry, Violetta -- as my days of needing the family to [[UnderestimatingBadassery underestimate me]] appears to be ''over''--I will no longer require your assistance in [[ButtMonkey this particular charade]].

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--> '''Tarvek''': -->'''Tarvek:''' I'm sorry, Violetta -- as my days of needing the family to [[UnderestimatingBadassery underestimate me]] appears to be ''over''--I ''over'' -- I will no longer require your assistance in [[ButtMonkey this particular charade]].



* In the final showdown between [[WebVideo/TheNewAdventuresOfCaptainS Captain S]] and the Game Genie, Captain S seems to have the Genie's number before the Genie proclaimed "We're not * snort* left-handed." and proceeded to transform into his true form

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* ''WebVideo/TheNewAdventuresOfCaptainS'': In the final showdown between [[WebVideo/TheNewAdventuresOfCaptainS Captain S]] S and the Game Genie, Captain S seems to have the Genie's number before the Genie proclaimed "We're not * snort* [=*snort*=] left-handed." and proceeded to transform into his true form



* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': On the subject of Linkara's magic gun [[spoiler:a.k.a. Margaret, she]] has been holding back [[spoiler:her]] full strength most of the time. There are a couple sneak peaks of it in the "Silent Hill: Dead/Alive" and "Silent Hill: The Grinning Man]] reviews, but we don't really properly see the gun cut loose until Star Wars 3D #1.
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Gaea is a notable hoarder of both money and precious items and a DirtyCoward when it comes to combat. However, if she's cornered into combat and has her mind set on winning, [[spoiler:she does NOT consider her most powerful items to be Too Awesome To Use]].

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* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': On the subject of Linkara's magic gun [[spoiler:a.k.a. Margaret, she]] has been holding back [[spoiler:her]] full strength most of the time. There are a couple sneak peaks of it in the "Silent Hill: Dead/Alive" and "Silent Hill: The Grinning Man]] Man]]" reviews, but we don't really properly see the gun cut loose until Star Wars 3D #1.
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Gaea is a notable hoarder of both money and precious items and a DirtyCoward when it comes to combat. However, if she's cornered into combat and has her mind set on winning, [[spoiler:she does NOT consider her most powerful items to be Too Awesome To to Use]].



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Zuko does this when fighting an earthbender and realizing that holding back his firebending to conceal his identity is no longer an option.
** This backfires on him, when the very people he was protecting and risking his life for [[UngratefulBastard treat him like dirt afterwards and run him out of town]], albeit understandably, seeing as Zuko's father ''is'' leading the army that's been oppressing them and aside from his one stray good deed they've only ever been mistreated by the Fire Nation before.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' "[[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS1E8WhenExtremesMeet When Extremes Meet]]": Tarrlok resorts to [[spoiler:bloodbending]] when he runs out of water.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Zuko does this when fighting an earthbender and realizing that holding back his firebending to conceal his identity is no longer an option.
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option. This backfires on him, when the very people he was protecting and risking his life for [[UngratefulBastard treat him like dirt afterwards and run him out of town]], albeit understandably, seeing as Zuko's father ''is'' leading the army that's been oppressing them and aside from his one stray good deed they've only ever been mistreated by the Fire Nation before.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
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"[[Recap/TheLegendOfKorraS1E8WhenExtremesMeet When Extremes Meet]]": Tarrlok resorts to [[spoiler:bloodbending]] when he runs out of water.



* The moment when Flash surpasses any speed ever achieved by a human being in order to whup Brainiac-Luthor's ass in the ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' episode "Divided We Fall". The episode practically gave the character an immediate boost from the goofy, comic relief of the League to an absolute badass in ''a few seconds''. And to show how serious he was, we learn that going that deep into the Speed Force runs the risk ''of not coming back''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
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The moment when Flash surpasses any speed ever achieved by a human being in order to whup Brainiac-Luthor's ass in the ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' ''Unlimited'' episode "Divided We Fall". The episode practically gave the character an immediate boost from the goofy, comic relief of the League to an absolute badass in ''a few seconds''. And to show how serious he was, we learn that going that deep into the Speed Force runs the risk ''of not coming back''.



** Also in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Superman lets himself get beaten up a lot because of this; he will fight using all of his powers, and he's beaten many times, but either because somebody broke out the [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite]] or because he's holding back early on and for some reason can't go back to being right handed. Case in point: when he unknowingly fights Wonder Woman, he has to stop fighting, period, once he realizes it's her, and is badly beaten up because of that. However, he frequently talks about the reasons he does this. At one point, he says that every hit he takes is one less hit his teammates has to. This especially comes to proof when Superman fights Darkseid in the series finale. After getting beat down, Superman gives his famous WorldOfCardboardSpeech:

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** Also in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Superman lets himself get beaten up a lot because of this; he will fight using all of his powers, and he's beaten many times, but either because somebody broke out the [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite]] or because he's holding back early on and for some reason can't go back to being right handed.right-handed. Case in point: when he unknowingly fights Wonder Woman, he has to stop fighting, period, once he realizes it's her, and is badly beaten up because of that. However, he frequently talks about the reasons he does this. At one point, he says that every hit he takes is one less hit his teammates has to. This especially comes to proof when Superman fights Darkseid in the series finale. After getting beat down, Superman gives his famous WorldOfCardboardSpeech:



* Billiards and particularly Snooker players sometimes switch hands to avoid awkward stretching across the table; some even actively train to become near-ambidextrous. However, only superstar [[TroubledButCute Ronnie O'Sullivan]] will sometimes play entire frames left-handed just to mess with his opponent's head. Opinions differ on whether this is pure awesome or just jerkassery.
** O'Sullivan once received a formal complaint about being disrespectful after playing left-handed. In response he claimed that he could play better left-handed better than his opponent could play right handed. He wasn't disciplined because he proceeded to play a 3 games in a row against a professional, left-handed, and won all 3.

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* Billiards and particularly Snooker players sometimes switch hands to avoid awkward stretching across the table; some even actively train to become near-ambidextrous. However, only superstar [[TroubledButCute Ronnie O'Sullivan]] will sometimes play entire frames left-handed just to mess with his opponent's head. Opinions differ on whether this is pure awesome or just jerkassery.
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jerkassery. O'Sullivan once received a formal complaint about being disrespectful after playing left-handed. In response he claimed that he could play better left-handed better than his opponent could play right handed. right-handed. He wasn't disciplined because he proceeded to play a 3 three games in a row against a professional, left-handed, and won all 3. three.



** Played straight by Phil Mickelson, probably the most successful left-handed player in history; in golf circles, if you make a reference to "Lefty", everyone knows you're talking about him. Mickelson does ''everything else'' right-handed—he learned to play golf as a child by mirroring what his father did while facing him; his father played right-handed.

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** Played straight by Phil Mickelson, probably the most successful left-handed player in history; in golf circles, if you make a reference to "Lefty", everyone knows you're talking about him. Mickelson does ''everything else'' right-handed—he right-handed -- he learned to play golf as a child by mirroring what his father did while facing him; his father played right-handed.



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* In the "What If?" Civil War special, Henry Gyrich creates an army of Thor clones to enforce registration. Reed Richards notes that Thor once told him that no matter how powerful a mortal is, he will only ever use a third of his strength for fear of killing them. The clones, of course, have no such restraint.

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* In the "What If?" Civil War ComicBook/CivilWar special, Henry Gyrich creates an army of Thor clones to enforce registration. Reed Richards notes that Thor once told him that no matter how powerful a mortal is, he will only ever use a third of his strength for fear of killing them. The clones, of course, have no such restraint.
22nd Oct '17 6:57:57 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* In the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise, Stephen is always shown in a wheelchair, [[MrExposition provides necessary exposition]], developed essential tools for combating demons such as the Demon Summoning Program, and can heal the player's party. Beyond that, he doesn't do much. In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', [[spoiler:not only does he reveal himself to be capable of offensive abilties in combat, but, as part of a SecretTestOfCharacter to Nanashi and the protagonists of the previous four mainline ''SMT'' games, he can also stand up just fine and become the hardest BonusBoss in the game at level 128, putting him at an even higher level than YHVH (100), the game's FinalBoss!]]

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* In the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' franchise, Stephen is always shown in a wheelchair, [[MrExposition provides necessary exposition]], developed essential tools for combating demons such as the Demon Summoning Program, and can heal the player's party. Beyond that, he doesn't do much. In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', [[spoiler:not only does he reveal himself to be capable of offensive abilties in combat, but, as part of a SecretTestOfCharacter to Nanashi and the protagonists of the previous four mainline ''SMT'' games, he can also stand up just fine and become the hardest BonusBoss in the game at level 128, putting him at an even higher level than YHVH (100), the game's FinalBoss!]]FinalBoss; in other words, Stephen is more powerful than ''God Himself''.]]
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* ''FanFic/AgesOfShadows'':

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* ''FanFic/AgesOfShadows'':
** At one point, [[FakeUltimateHero Maximus Domino]] conjures up [[FallenHero Jade]] in way that reduces her to a quarter of her regular strength. At first, this looks like it's allowing him the edge to actually hurt her, only for her to reveal that [[PhysicalGod she's so powerful]] that even her reduced strength is far beyond his. She just faked her injuries [[ItAmusedMe as a sick joke]].
** During the FinalBattle, [[spoiler: Jade also reveals that the ExactWords of the rules for the Yade Khan game allow her to interfere and declare the winner. She just never has before because VictoryIsBoring.]]
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* On a broader sense, few military powers respond with the full strength of their arsenal to threats anymore, least of all the nuclear ones. The reason is that doing so would result a lot of neutral civilian casualties. Perhaps one of the greatest illustrations of this trope comes from fellujah when over a hundred insurgents barricaded themselves in a booby trapped three story apartment building. The US Army's response was to simply blow the whole thing up using a single tank since there was no risk to civilians. In less than an hour all the insurgents were dead with no other casualties.

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* On a broader sense, few military powers respond with the full strength of their arsenal to threats anymore, least of all the nuclear ones. The reason is that doing so would result a lot of neutral civilian casualties. Perhaps one of the greatest illustrations of this trope comes from fellujah Fallujah when over a hundred insurgents barricaded themselves in a booby trapped three story apartment building. The US Army's response was to simply blow the whole thing up using a single tank since there was no risk to civilians. In less than an hour all the insurgents were dead with no other casualties.
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* In the final showdown between [[TheNewAdventuresOfCaptainS Captain S]] and the Game Genie, Captain S seems to have the Genie's number before the Genie proclaimed "We're not * snort* left-handed." and proceeded to transform into his true form

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* In the final showdown between [[TheNewAdventuresOfCaptainS [[WebVideo/TheNewAdventuresOfCaptainS Captain S]] and the Game Genie, Captain S seems to have the Genie's number before the Genie proclaimed "We're not * snort* left-handed." and proceeded to transform into his true form
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