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9th Jul '17 5:32:01 PM justanid
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See also SwissArmySuperpower, SemanticSuperpower.

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Compare NewPowersAsThePlotDemands and StrongAsTheyNeedToBe. See also SwissArmySuperpower, SemanticSuperpower.
7th Jun '17 4:12:42 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Parodied in ''Manga/OnePiece'': Kanjuro has the ability [[ArtInitiatesLife to turn anything he draws real]]. The problem is that he's a TerribleArtist, rendering anything he creates barely functional (or completely non-functional if drawn badly enough). If he creates a creature, it always appears to be in pain and is happy only when it's destroyed or reverts back to a drawing.
4th Jun '17 2:55:21 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* Invisible Woman of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' has this ability, given to her after her original ability turned out to be so useless that writers had to give her a reason to even EXIST. If you're a spy, a thief or an assassin, or just a phenomenally skill martial artist, being able to turn invisible at will would be quite useful by itself. But Sue is none of those things, and an otherwise ordinary human who can turn invisible isn't much help against enemies with superhuman strength. They pulled that off pretty well, considering that she is now the strongest member of the team. Basically, she's become an Invisible Lantern over the years, being able to shape her invisible forcefields into any sort of constructs she wants but with the added advantage that [[CaptainObvious her enemies can't see them]].

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* Invisible Woman of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' has this ability, given to her after her original ability turned out to be so useless that writers had to give her a reason to even EXIST. If you're a spy, a thief or an assassin, or just a phenomenally skill skilled martial artist, being able to turn invisible at will would be quite useful by itself. But Sue is none of those things, and an otherwise ordinary human who can turn invisible isn't much help against enemies with superhuman strength. They pulled that off pretty well, considering that she is now the strongest member of the team. Basically, she's become an Invisible Lantern over the years, being able to shape her invisible forcefields into any sort of constructs she wants but with the added advantage that [[CaptainObvious her enemies can't see them]].them]].
** In early stories, the Human Torch's flame could often come off as this. One of this solo yarns in ''Strange Tales'' had him building a ''catapult'' out of pure flame to get rid of a bomb.
5th May '17 10:13:48 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Spiral Energy is essentially this. It's the force of willpower manifested into reality, allowing one to "do the impossible." While first seen to apply (temporary) repairs to Gurren Lagann's leg early on, it also allows one to create matter, break physics and just overpower anything through sheer will. By the end of the series, Simon is able to harness it to do practically anything. Though namely in the[[GonnaNeedMoreX making of]] [[ThisIsADrill larger drills]] while powering the insanely huge mechs. Perhaps as a nod to its spiritual predecessor, Getter Robo, it usually manifests itself as green (with the exception of Lord Genome; who's is a rather sinister red, [[spoiler: though this is due to the fact he is using spiral energy against itself, working for suppressive and repressive means, since his was green back when he was a young man.]]

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Spiral Energy is essentially this. It's the force of willpower manifested into reality, allowing one to "do the impossible." While first seen to apply (temporary) repairs to Gurren Lagann's leg early on, it also allows one to create matter, break physics and just overpower anything through sheer will. By the end of the series, Simon is able to harness it to do practically anything. Though namely in the[[GonnaNeedMoreX the [[GonnaNeedMoreX making of]] [[ThisIsADrill larger drills]] while powering the insanely huge mechs. Perhaps as a nod to its spiritual predecessor, Getter Robo, it usually manifests itself as green (with the exception of Lord Genome; who's is a rather sinister red, [[spoiler: though this is due to the fact he is using spiral energy against itself, working for suppressive and repressive means, since his was green back when he was a young man.]]
5th May '17 10:13:31 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Spiral Energy is essentially this. It's the force of willpower manifested into reality, allowing one to "d the impossible." While first seen to apply (temporary) repairs to Gurren Lagann's leg early on, it also allows one to create matter, break physics and just overpower anything through sheer will. By the end of the series, Simon is able to harness it to do practically anything. Though namely in the[[GonnaNeedMoreX making of]] [[ThisIsADrill larger drills]] while powering the insanely huge mechs. Perhaps as a nod to its spiritual predecessor, Getter Robo, it usually manifests itself as green (with the exception of Lord Genome; who's is a rather sinister red, [[spoiler: though this is due to the fact he is using spiral energy against itself, working for suppressive and repressive means, since his was green back when he was a young man.]]

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Spiral Energy is essentially this. It's the force of willpower manifested into reality, allowing one to "d "do the impossible." While first seen to apply (temporary) repairs to Gurren Lagann's leg early on, it also allows one to create matter, break physics and just overpower anything through sheer will. By the end of the series, Simon is able to harness it to do practically anything. Though namely in the[[GonnaNeedMoreX making of]] [[ThisIsADrill larger drills]] while powering the insanely huge mechs. Perhaps as a nod to its spiritual predecessor, Getter Robo, it usually manifests itself as green (with the exception of Lord Genome; who's is a rather sinister red, [[spoiler: though this is due to the fact he is using spiral energy against itself, working for suppressive and repressive means, since his was green back when he was a young man.]]
15th Apr '17 6:26:29 PM DVB
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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Spiral Energy is essentially this. It's the force of willpower manifested into various forms. By the end of the series, Simon is able to harness it to do practically anything. Mostly the [[GonnaNeedMoreX making of]] [[ThisIsADrill bigger drills]]. It's even green too (with the exception of Lord Genome's powers, which are an evil red color).

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* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Spiral Energy is essentially this. It's the force of willpower manifested into various forms.reality, allowing one to "d the impossible." While first seen to apply (temporary) repairs to Gurren Lagann's leg early on, it also allows one to create matter, break physics and just overpower anything through sheer will. By the end of the series, Simon is able to harness it to do practically anything. Mostly the [[GonnaNeedMoreX Though namely in the[[GonnaNeedMoreX making of]] [[ThisIsADrill bigger drills]]. It's even larger drills]] while powering the insanely huge mechs. Perhaps as a nod to its spiritual predecessor, Getter Robo, it usually manifests itself as green too (with the exception of Lord Genome's powers, which are an evil red color). Genome; who's is a rather sinister red, [[spoiler: though this is due to the fact he is using spiral energy against itself, working for suppressive and repressive means, since his was green back when he was a young man.]]



** There's also the other Lantern Corps, all of whom are capable of the same matter-creation as Green ones, though different Lantern Corps apply their GreenLanternRing powers differently. The Raging [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Red Lanterns]] typically vomit their energies from their mouth as a sort of acid, which can also corrode other Corps' constructs. [[Characters/GLOrangeLanternCorps Orange Lanterns]] are the physical recreations of Larfleeze's victims (as he is the only true member of the corps of Greed) in addition to being standard constructs. [[Characters/GLSinestroCorps Yellow]] is like Green but with Fear as its power source, [[Characters/GLBlueLanternCorps Blue Lanterns]] usually just let their Ring make a copy of whatever the target will feel Hope about, unless a Green Lantern is around to supercharge it. [[Characters/GLStarSapphireCorps Violet]] has the basic powers and imprison with Love. [[Characters/GLIndigoTribe The Indigo Tribe]] has the basic power set, weaponized Compassion, and the ability to tap into any of the other colors' powers.
** The ''ComicBook/LightsOut'' storyline reveals that there these powers do have a serious limitation: [[spoiler:the source of their powers, the Emotion Spectrum, is ''finite''.]]

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** There's also the other Lantern Corps, all of whom are capable of the same matter-creation as Green ones, though different Lantern Corps apply their GreenLanternRing powers differently. The Raging [[Characters/GLRedLanternCorps Red Lanterns]] typically vomit their energies from their mouth as a sort of acid, which can also corrode other Corps' constructs. [[Characters/GLOrangeLanternCorps Orange Lanterns]] are the physical recreations of Larfleeze's victims (as he is the only true member of the corps of Greed) in addition to being standard constructs. [[Characters/GLSinestroCorps Yellow]] is like Green Green, but with Fear as its power source, source and it allows them to manifest the worst fears of their targets against them. [[Characters/GLBlueLanternCorps Blue Lanterns]] usually just let their Ring make a copy of whatever the target will feel Hope about, unless but in the presence of a Green Lantern is around Lantern, can do plenty more, especially sabotage or nerf the Red, Orange and Yellow corps while also being able to supercharge it. [[HealingHands heal.]] [[Characters/GLStarSapphireCorps Violet]] has the basic powers and imprison with Love. in addition to manifesting strange violet crystals to entrap lovers in a form of stasis.[[Characters/GLIndigoTribe The Indigo Tribe]] has the basic power set, weaponized Compassion, Compassion (forcing their victims to have compassion) and the ability to tap into any of the other colors' powers.
** The ''ComicBook/LightsOut'' storyline reveals that there these powers do have a serious limitation: [[spoiler:the source of their powers, the Emotion Emotional Electromagnetic Spectrum, is ''finite''.''finite''. Turns out the previous universe went dark since the "Lightsmiths" used them extensively and the sole survivor clearly doesn't want that to happen.]]


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** Then there is the Phantom Ring, a colorless (gray) ring that appears to be the FlawedPrototype for the Lantern Rings. The Phantom Ring can use any of the seven emotional lights, but it all depends on the emotion that the ''user'' is feeling. If they're relying on Willpower, they'll use Green, hopeful, they'll use Blue and so on. However, because it shifts on the person and because the farther you are on the Spectrum's ends, the more the light will influence you (which is why Red and Violet, the ones on the ends, are driven pretty much '' nuts'' by their rings). This means the Phantom Ring will pretty much make you into a very powerful but potentially very emotionally unstable person (and the person who got it was already kinda nuts to begin with.)
15th Apr '17 3:27:16 PM Theriocephalus
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** Q [[note]]''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.[[/note]] {{Expy}} Discord is an {{Omnipotent}} who works largely like this, often creating and/or warping things just for sheer [[TheHedonist Hedonism]].

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** Q [[note]]''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.[[/note]] {{Expy}} Discord is an {{Omnipotent}} a RealityWarper who works largely like this, often creating and/or warping things things, landscapes and people just for sheer [[TheHedonist Hedonism]].ForTheLulz.
15th Apr '17 12:39:49 PM mattthelurker
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** The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E2AllBottledUp All Bottled Up]]" reveals that this is, to an extent, true of Equestrian magic as a whole; for instance, transfiguration requires the caster to picture the object in their mind, and teleporting an object requires imagining the intended destination.
25th Feb '17 10:33:37 AM Whitewings
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* The Star Brand from ComicBook/TheNewUniverse easily fits this trope. It can do just about anything the user wants, from flying to immortality. However, it has a tons of downsides to it, including being unable to be fully rid of the power (passing it leaves you with 10% of the power and you can drain it completely, but there's the possibility that you'll get it back or accidentally pass it on) and it can only be held by living beings (the two times it was placed on inanimate objects? Gave people superpowers and turned Pittsburgh into a crater, respectively). When the New U's Earth was brought to the Marvel U, it was placed in quarantine because the Star Brand ''upset the balance of the universe''.

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* The Star Brand from ComicBook/TheNewUniverse easily fits this trope. It can do just about anything the user wants, from flying to immortality. However, it has a tons of downsides to it, including being unable to be fully rid of the power (passing it leaves you with 10% of the power and you can drain it completely, but there's the possibility that you'll get it back or accidentally pass it on) and it can only be held by living beings (the two times it was placed on inanimate objects? Gave people superpowers and turned Pittsburgh into a crater, respectively). When the New U's Earth was brought to the Marvel U, it was placed in quarantine because the Star Brand ''upset the balance of the universe''. Its main depicted weilder, Ken Connell, was severely lacking in imagination and functioned mostly as a FlyingBrick.
8th Feb '17 7:13:31 PM TrickyTroper
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* In ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Strong Bad has imagined invisibility and shapeshifting. The latter is a parody, as he notes that shapeshifting always comes with rules.
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