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23rd Jul '17 2:47:26 AM Piterpicher
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* For elves in the ''TheHalfbloodChronicles'', males usually have ''far'' more magical power than females, but as it turns out, weak females have a lot more ''control'', allowing them to do a wide variety of useful things by using very little magic to alter their surroundings, like plants (food/shelter), animals (taming/control), minds (rewriting memories), themselves (minor shapeshifting), and enemies (stopping hearts). Not as flashy as giant illusions, fireballs, earthquakes, and so forth, but it gets the job done.

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* For elves in the ''TheHalfbloodChronicles'', ''Literature/TheHalfbloodChronicles'', males usually have ''far'' more magical power than females, but as it turns out, weak females have a lot more ''control'', allowing them to do a wide variety of useful things by using very little magic to alter their surroundings, like plants (food/shelter), animals (taming/control), minds (rewriting memories), themselves (minor shapeshifting), and enemies (stopping hearts). Not as flashy as giant illusions, fireballs, earthquakes, and so forth, but it gets the job done.
3rd Jul '17 12:23:36 PM MBG
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** Conversely, [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders Hol Horse]] and [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Mista]]. Both characters have roughly the same power (a gun with [[ImprobableAimingSkills bullets that they can redirect in mid-flight to hit a target]]), and it should make them incredibly formidable, since very few people in the setting are ImmuneToBullets. Except [[StoryBreakerPower it would be boring]] to simply have Mista unerringly shoot every opponent in the head, and Hol Horse is a villain so he can't just shoot and kill the protagonists, so both characters tend to be [[ATeamFiring surprisingly bad at actually hitting anything]] despite their power being that they can hit anything. Hell, more than a few times, they've ended up hitting ''themselves.''
7th Jun '17 7:16:44 PM nombretomado
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* Tennyo of the WhateleyUniverse has some extremely powerful abilities, making her a PersonOfMassDestruction. But she can't use those high-level abilities without risking killing innocent bystanders, turning the area into an irradiated disaster area, or ''ripping a hole in space-time''. Oops.

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* Tennyo of the WhateleyUniverse Literature/WhateleyUniverse has some extremely powerful abilities, making her a PersonOfMassDestruction. But she can't use those high-level abilities without risking killing innocent bystanders, turning the area into an irradiated disaster area, or ''ripping a hole in space-time''. Oops.
17th May '17 4:43:59 AM Couran
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** Likewise, in KnightsOfTheOldRepublic going darkside to use lots of Force Lightning and direct attack powers is pretty useless, given the existence of the neutral power [[GameBreaker Force Wave]].
17th May '17 4:31:37 AM Couran
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden and his apprentice, [[spoiler: Molly Carpenter]], have this going on with their respective focuses. Harry's very good at combat magic (he admits on multiple occasions that really power, but lacks finesse), which includes massive gouts of flame, wind, and force, and while he's got some skill with magical tinkering, he'll never be any good at subtle magics. [[spoiler: Molly]], on the other hand, is incredibly skilled with mind magic and veils, meaning that [[spoiler: she's]] got a lot of non-combat potential... but somewhat lacking at working up the will to protect [[spoiler: herself]] in battle, despite have more raw power than Dresden. At one point [[spoiler:she]] creates a massive-scale illusion of fog over water (which tends to negate magic) and hold it, while moving, and, in the process, seriously impresses Harry and Thomas with the sheer power involved.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden and his apprentice, [[spoiler: Molly Carpenter]], have this going on with their respective focuses. Harry's very good at combat magic (he admits on multiple occasions that really power, but lacks finesse), which includes massive gouts of flame, wind, and force, and while he's got some skill highly skilled with magical tinkering, he'll never be any good at subtle illusion magics. [[spoiler: Molly]], on the other hand, is incredibly skilled with mind magic and veils, meaning that [[spoiler: she's]] got a lot of non-combat potential... but somewhat lacking at working up the will to protect [[spoiler: herself]] in battle, despite have more raw power than Dresden. battle. At one point [[spoiler:she]] creates a massive-scale illusion of fog over water (which tends to negate magic) and hold it, while moving, and, in the process, seriously impresses Harry and Thomas with the sheer power difficulty involved.
14th May '17 1:52:18 PM BenOfHouston
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* ThePrincessAndTheFrog, Ray the firefly gets a CrowningMomentofAwesome when he takes on a pack of shadow monsters and also is critical in enabling the defeat of the buffoonish hunters. Louis the alligator is useless against both opponents, being late to one fight and running from the other.


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12th Apr '17 9:03:48 PM DPsycho
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* There are many {{RPG}}s out there that allow healing spells to be used outside of combat, meaning chances are that they will be your most used spells in the game as they're not confined to battle scenes. That's more that can be said for... pretty much anything else your character can do in combat.

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* There are many {{RPG}}s out there that allow healing spells to be used outside of combat, meaning chances are that they will be your most used spells in the game as they're not confined to battle scenes. That's more that than can be said for... pretty much anything else your character can do in combat.
12th Apr '17 8:47:40 PM DPsycho
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** Holds more or less true in the 2003 series as well, although it's pretty clear that Leoa nd raph are deliberately holding back to avoid killing anyone. For example, in ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', when the 1987 and 2003 turtles fight a group of Foot Clan robots, 2003 Raphael wrestles a robot until he's told it isn't human, at which point he stabs it through the head with his dagger, yelling "I love fighting robots!".
** Given that original comic books featured a lot more brutality. Having Turtles constantly be covered in scars, and having actually killing Foot with said weapons. And cutting off Saki's head.
** Curious example from the 80's cartoon; after a couple of seasons, parents complain about Michelangelo's nunchuks, cause kids supposedly started to imitate him (remember the toy nunchucks covered in foamy? ...well simply they just remove the cover and beat the plastic out of each other), so in later seasons the producers replace Mikey's weapon with a rope/grappling hook thing. Talking about something pretty lame.

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** Holds more or less true in the 2003 series as well, although it's pretty clear that Leoa nd raph Leo and Raph are deliberately holding back to avoid killing anyone. For example, in ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', when the 1987 and 2003 turtles fight a group of Foot Clan robots, 2003 Raphael wrestles a robot until he's told it isn't human, at which point he stabs it through the head with his dagger, yelling "I love fighting robots!".
** Given that Given, the original comic books featured a lot more brutality. Having The Turtles were constantly be covered in scars, and having they actually killing killed Foot with said weapons. And cutting off Saki's head.
their weapons and decapitated Saki.
** Curious example from the 80's cartoon; after a couple of seasons, parents complain complained about Michelangelo's nunchuks, cause because kids supposedly started to imitate him (remember the toy nunchucks covered in foamy? ...foam? ...well simply they just remove removed the cover and beat the plastic out of each other), so other). So in later seasons the producers replace replaced Mikey's weapon with a rope/grappling hook thing. Talking Talk about something pretty lame.
3rd Apr '17 2:47:31 PM wrpen99
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** [[spoiler: ''Shockingly'' averted in [[DarkerAndEdgier Season 5]], where thanks to the TV-14 rating Jack kills for the first time in his life, slicing the throat of one of the Daughters of Aku. The end builds this as a DespairEventHorizon...]][[spoiler:and the next episode involves him downright javelining another two, stabbing a third, and punching another one so hard it twists her neck. He throws the last two down a cliff, but Jack himself falls after them, showing it to be a survivable fall.]]
4th Mar '17 2:27:15 PM nombretomado
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** Interestingly, impressionable kids are a problem for Johnny ''in-story'' too. He's been driven to TenMinuteRetirement twice by hearing that some poor, misguided fan has burned himself to death. (This was a genuine fear at [[MarvelComics Marvel]]; there's an urban legend that the Torch was left out of ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'' cartoon for this reason. Actually, the character couldn't be used because the rights were tied up.)

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** Interestingly, impressionable kids are a problem for Johnny ''in-story'' too. He's been driven to TenMinuteRetirement twice by hearing that some poor, misguided fan has burned himself to death. (This was a genuine fear at [[MarvelComics Marvel]]; Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}}; there's an urban legend that the Torch was left out of ''WesternAnimation/TheFantasticFour1978'' cartoon for this reason. Actually, the character couldn't be used because the rights were tied up.)
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