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19th May '17 3:21:46 PM DustSnitch
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* In ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'', Beast Boy's power is "shapeshifting into animals", taking on both their form and natural powers. The range, mechanism, and limitations of his power have never, in the fifty years since his debut, been really examined, leading to what is basically one of the most versatile movesets in all of DC. Here's a few applications of his broad power:
** Typically he shifts into normal earth organisms, but he's turned into normal animals of unusual size (like a man-sized spider or a room-sized octopus), alien creatures (both in the ''Titans'' cartoon and the ''Who is Wonder Girl?'' arc), extinct creatures (including dinosaurs), demonic monsters (when under demonic influence, usually Trigon's or one of his children's), chimerical or amorphous monstrosities (when consumed with insane rage), mythical creatures like dragons or phoenixes, fictional and imaginary creatures like [[Literature.{{Jabberwocky}} the Jabberwock]] (as per a future incarnation of himself named [[Comicbook/KingdomCome Menagerie]]), and in some cases multiple animals at once (like swarms of flies).
** At least one interpretation of him can actually use multiple animal powers at once, such as replicating like an amoeba when he's a bull (that would be "Animal Man", from ''Titans Tomorrow'').
** Should his powers allow Beast Boy to turn into other humans? [[RequiredSecondaryPowers Wolfman and Perez say yes]]. Is he ''allowed'' to turn into other humans? [[EnforcedTrope Wolfman and Perez say no]]. (Next question: Can he become [[Comicbook.SuperMan Kryptonian]]?)
** Given that he can turn into bacterial life forms, his powerset doesn't actually rule out transforming into plants or fungi. He just never does it, and perhaps it's never even occurred to the writers.
** Note, this is without getting into the secondary powers he's exhibited, like superhuman strength, speed, and senses. Following the events of ''The Judas Contract'', he also was shown to use [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Mento's psionic helmet]]... which can only be used by people with inherent psychic abilities.
15th May '17 6:21:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''TrintonChronicles'' has the base super-powers of fire, ice, time, and electricity but tosses it up a bit with more oddity characters who have things like {{summon|Magic}}ing, [[ImprobableWeaponUser glass manipulation]], [[HollywoodAcid acid control]], [[UniversalPoison poison creation]], [[PaperMaster paper control]], or the power over [[BornLucky luck]].

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* ''TrintonChronicles'' ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'' has the base super-powers of fire, ice, time, and electricity but tosses it up a bit with more oddity characters who have things like {{summon|Magic}}ing, [[ImprobableWeaponUser glass manipulation]], [[HollywoodAcid acid control]], [[UniversalPoison poison creation]], [[PaperMaster paper control]], or the power over [[BornLucky luck]].
15th May '17 4:08:01 AM 1810072342
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Compare/Contrast SemanticSuperpower and SandersonFirstLaw, which states that powers that are well-understood by the audience are more useful in solving conflicts.

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Compare/Contrast SemanticSuperpower and SandersonFirstLaw, SandersonsFirstLaw, which states that powers that are well-understood by the audience are more useful in solving conflicts.
15th May '17 4:07:41 AM 1810072342
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Compare/Contrast SemanticSuperpower

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Compare/Contrast SemanticSuperpowerSemanticSuperpower and SandersonFirstLaw, which states that powers that are well-understood by the audience are more useful in solving conflicts.
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.
**
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]].
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