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16th Nov '16 9:37:17 PM drpv03
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' all Devil fruits are named like a basic concept (Quake Quake, Dog-Dog, flame-flame) with logias, representing elements considered the strongest category. However the paramecia category is the most diverse (pretty much being the "anything goes" category) and fruits can grant powers simple enough like being made of rubber, or incredibly powerful like creating earthquakes with every punch. There's also the Zoan type, which come with all the abilities of an animal which their users can transform into, like a phoenix's regenerative abilities. There is however a great element of ElementalRockPaperScissors involved, a great example being the rubber-man protagonist being immune to a direct application of 20,000 volts from the thunder-man.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' all Devil fruits are named like after a basic concept (Quake Quake, Dog-Dog, flame-flame) with logias, representing elements considered the strongest category. However the paramecia category is the most diverse (pretty much being the "anything goes" category) and fruits can grant powers simple enough like being made of rubber, or incredibly powerful like creating earthquakes with every punch. There's also the Zoan type, which come with all the abilities of an animal which their users can transform into, like a phoenix's regenerative abilities. There is however a great element of ElementalRockPaperScissors involved, a great example being the rubber-man protagonist being immune to a direct application of 20,000 volts from the thunder-man.
16th Nov '16 9:23:45 PM drpv03
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16th Nov '16 8:12:11 PM drpv03
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When a story contains a vast variety of ElementalPowers to choose from, the most powerful are inevitably the least complex. For example, individuals with elemental control over [[{{Technopath}} technology]], rubber, string, plastic, [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman fish]], etc., has less to work with against those who have elemental power over such basics as {{light|EmUp}}, [[CastingAShadow darkness]], [[PureEnergy energy]], [[GravityMaster gravity]], life, [[TouchOfDeath death]].

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When a story contains a vast variety of ElementalPowers to choose from, the most powerful are inevitably the least complex. For example, individuals with elemental control over [[{{Technopath}} technology]], rubber, string, plastic, [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman fish]], etc., has have less to work with against those who have elemental power over such basics as {{light|EmUp}}, [[CastingAShadow darkness]], [[PureEnergy energy]], [[GravityMaster gravity]], life, [[TouchOfDeath death]].
16th Nov '16 8:11:15 PM drpv03
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' the most powerful Devil Fruits are usually logias, which represent 'elements' such as fire, electricity, sand, ice, light, darkness, etc. Paramecia generally represent more specific concepts like push, throw, stretch, invisibility, etc. How powerful the precise details are change from fruit to fruit. "Push" for instance can apply to abstract concepts, such as pain, and seems to have no physical limitations whereas "throw" just allows a user to touch a target with their hand and as long as they don't touch someone else with that hand, they can always hit them with any thrown object from anywhere. Zoan devil fruits are generally the weakest fruits and just allow the user to turn into a specific creature (and a hybrid form).
** Monkey D. Luffy demonstrates a minor defiance of this trope - while he still can't harm Logia-weilders in their elemental forms, he is incredibly powerful with the rather lame-sounding rubber power because he's very ''inventive'' with his powers, including using his rubbery body defensively to absorb physical impact, making him very difficult to harm.
* In ''Manga/PsychicAcademy'', the characters each have dominion over a certain thing, such as string, fire, steel, healing. The most powerful elements are light and darkness.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' the most powerful all Devil Fruits are usually logias, which represent 'elements' such as fire, electricity, sand, ice, light, darkness, etc. Paramecia generally represent more specific concepts like push, throw, stretch, invisibility, etc. How powerful the precise details are change from fruit to fruit. "Push" for instance can apply to abstract concepts, such as pain, and seems to have no physical limitations whereas "throw" just allows a user to touch a target with their hand and as long as they don't touch someone else with that hand, they can always hit them with any thrown object from anywhere. Zoan devil fruits are generally named like a basic concept (Quake Quake, Dog-Dog, flame-flame) with logias, representing elements considered the weakest strongest category. However the paramecia category is the most diverse (pretty much being the "anything goes" category) and fruits and just allow the user to turn into a specific creature (and a hybrid form).
** Monkey D. Luffy demonstrates a minor defiance
can grant powers simple enough like being made of this trope - while he still can't harm Logia-weilders in their elemental forms, he is rubber, or incredibly powerful like creating earthquakes with every punch. There's also the rather lame-sounding rubber power because he's very ''inventive'' Zoan type, which come with his powers, including using his rubbery body defensively to absorb physical impact, making him very difficult to harm.
* In ''Manga/PsychicAcademy'',
all the characters each have dominion over abilities of an animal which their users can transform into, like a certain thing, such as string, fire, steel, healing. The most powerful elements are light and darkness.phoenix's regenerative abilities. There is however a great element of ElementalRockPaperScissors involved, a great example being the rubber-man protagonist being immune to a direct application of 20,000 volts from the thunder-man.
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20th Sep '16 12:08:46 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', most everyone has, at the core, a rather simple power. They proceed to use these powers in interesting, complex ways to do some pretty amazing stuff. For example, take Mikoto "Railgun" Misaka, whose power is generation and control of electricity. With this ability, she can: zap people (basic), launch small metal objects at over three times the speed of sound ("railgun"), control and manipulate metal (magnetism), hover when over bodies of water (electrolysis), cling to walls (magnetism again... this assumes the walls have a metal framework/coating), and [[spoiler:''read minds'' (copy the electrical impulses of another person's brain into her own)]].

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* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', most everyone has, at the core, a rather simple power. They proceed to use these powers in interesting, complex ways to do some pretty amazing stuff. For example, take Mikoto "Railgun" Misaka, whose power is generation and control of electricity. With this ability, she can: zap people (basic), launch small metal objects at over three times the speed of sound ("railgun"), control and manipulate metal (magnetism), hover when over bodies of water (electrolysis), cling to walls (magnetism again... this assumes the walls have a again, assuming there is some metal framework/coating), in the walls), hack electronics by thought (computers are just really complex sets of electric impulses after all), and [[spoiler:''read minds'' (copy the electrical impulses of another person's brain into her own)]].
17th Jul '16 4:08:35 AM NanoMoose
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' feature "benders," who [[SupernaturalMartialArts control]] one of the classical elements: Water, Fire, Earth, or Air. At first it seems pretty basic: firebenders control fire, waterbenders control water, and so on. But then FridgeLogic [[AscendedFridgeHorror ascends to canon]] and we learn that firebenders can generate and redirect lightning; earthbenders can bend the impurities in metal; waterbenders can control ''all'' fluids, including the blood in a person's body; airbenders can pull the air out of a person's lungs and suffocate them. All of these require a very high degree of control that most benders don't have the willpower, creativity or time to pursue, but the obscurity of such skills just makes them more dangerous. By that token, [[spoiler:manipulating the spirit, also called energy or chi, is substantially more difficult ''because'' its applications are so broad and so terrifyingly powerful. Traditional bending can injure you badly if it backfires; altering the ''spirit'' requires total concentration and a lot of raw power simply to avoid breaking one's own spirit, but success can shake the foundations of the world. Only Avatars appear to have the requisite skill and power due to their accumulated mastery and inherent spiritual link]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' feature "benders," who [[SupernaturalMartialArts control]] one of the classical elements: Water, Fire, Earth, or Air. At first it seems pretty basic: firebenders control fire, waterbenders control water, and so on. But then FridgeLogic [[AscendedFridgeHorror ascends to canon]] and we learn that firebenders can generate and redirect lightning; earthbenders can bend the impurities in metal; waterbenders can control ''all'' fluids, including the blood in a person's body; airbenders can pull the air out of a person's lungs and suffocate them. All of these require a very high degree of control that most benders don't have the willpower, creativity or time to pursue, but the obscurity of such skills just makes them more dangerous. By that token, [[spoiler:manipulating [[spoiler:there is another element from which all the others spring: spirit, also called energy or chi, is substantially more difficult ''because'' its applications are so broad the simplest and so terrifyingly powerful. most dangerously powerful art. Traditional bending can injure you badly if it backfires; altering the ''spirit'' requires total concentration and a lot of raw power simply to avoid breaking one's own spirit, self, but success can shake the foundations of the world. Only Avatars appear to have the requisite skill and power due to their accumulated mastery and inherent spiritual link]].
31st Mar '16 6:45:41 AM NanoMoose
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' feature "benders," who [[SupernaturalMartialArts control]] one of the classical elements: Water, Fire, Earth, or Air. At first it seems pretty basic: firebenders control fire, waterbenders control water, and so on. But then FridgeLogic [[AscendedFridgeHorror ascends to canon]] and we learn that firebenders can generate and redirect lightning; earthbenders can bend the impurities in metal; waterbenders can control ''all'' fluids, including the blood in a person's body; airbenders can pull the air out of a person's lungs and suffocate them.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' feature "benders," who [[SupernaturalMartialArts control]] one of the classical elements: Water, Fire, Earth, or Air. At first it seems pretty basic: firebenders control fire, waterbenders control water, and so on. But then FridgeLogic [[AscendedFridgeHorror ascends to canon]] and we learn that firebenders can generate and redirect lightning; earthbenders can bend the impurities in metal; waterbenders can control ''all'' fluids, including the blood in a person's body; airbenders can pull the air out of a person's lungs and suffocate them. All of these require a very high degree of control that most benders don't have the willpower, creativity or time to pursue, but the obscurity of such skills just makes them more dangerous. By that token, [[spoiler:manipulating the spirit, also called energy or chi, is substantially more difficult ''because'' its applications are so broad and so terrifyingly powerful. Traditional bending can injure you badly if it backfires; altering the ''spirit'' requires total concentration and a lot of raw power simply to avoid breaking one's own spirit, but success can shake the foundations of the world. Only Avatars appear to have the requisite skill and power due to their accumulated mastery and inherent spiritual link]].
27th Mar '16 11:17:22 AM FGHIK
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When a story contains a vast variety of ElementalPowers to choose from, the most powerful are inevitably the least complex. For example, individuals with elemental control over technology, rubber, string, plastic, [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman fish]], etc., has less to work with against those who have elemental power over such basics as {{light|EmUp}}, [[CastingAShadow darkness]], [[PureEnergy energy]], [[GravityMaster gravity]], life, [[TouchOfDeath death]].

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When a story contains a vast variety of ElementalPowers to choose from, the most powerful are inevitably the least complex. For example, individuals with elemental control over technology, [[{{Technopath}} technology]], rubber, string, plastic, [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman fish]], etc., has less to work with against those who have elemental power over such basics as {{light|EmUp}}, [[CastingAShadow darkness]], [[PureEnergy energy]], [[GravityMaster gravity]], life, [[TouchOfDeath death]].



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19th Feb '16 12:33:49 AM thatother1dude
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* ''Series/Misfits'' defies this trope. While we do not meet any real elemental powers, the user of the comparatively pathethic power of lactokinesis (control over dairy products) quickly becomes one of the most dangerous and despicable villains in the series [[spoiler: after he starts suffocating people with their lunch and lobotomising the unkillable Nathan with mozzarella]].

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* ''Series/Misfits'' ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' defies this trope. While we do not meet any real elemental powers, the user of the comparatively pathethic power of lactokinesis (control over dairy products) quickly becomes one of the most dangerous and despicable villains in the series [[spoiler: after he starts suffocating people with their lunch and lobotomising the unkillable Nathan with mozzarella]].
15th Feb '16 7:55:46 AM Soldancer
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* Creator/NeilGaiman's ComicBook/TheSandman features the seven Endless who are all {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of concepts [[ThemeNaming starting with the letter D]]. From oldest to youngest: Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair and Delirium. None of them are really "more" or "less" powerful; they are all omnipotent within their sphere of influence. However, Death is the one that will not be fazed by any of them, since she they admit she will almost certainly "exist" in some form longer then the rest of them.

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* Creator/NeilGaiman's ComicBook/TheSandman features the seven Endless who are all {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s of concepts [[ThemeNaming starting with the letter D]]. From oldest to youngest: Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair and Delirium. None of them are really "more" or "less" powerful; they are all omnipotent within their sphere of influence. However, Death is the one that will not would be least fazed by any of them, the other Endless, since she even they admit she will almost certainly "exist" in some form longer then long after the rest of them.
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