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9th Aug '16 10:51:34 PM PaulA
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* [[{{Dragaera}} Vlad Taltos]] often plays the utility-guy in the ''Jhereg'' series, where his associates have usually [[spoiler:until recently]] been immensely more lethal than he is. It's practically routine for him to get knocked out in the first exchange of blows/spells, yet still be the one who can think outside the box and solve the dilemma that's got Morrolan and Aliera stumped. Plus, versatility simply comes with the territory when you're a multiclassed witch/assassin/mob boss/sorcerer/smartass.

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* [[{{Dragaera}} In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels, Vlad Taltos]] Taltos often plays the utility-guy in the ''Jhereg'' series, utility-guy, where his associates have usually [[spoiler:until recently]] been immensely more lethal than he is. It's practically routine for him to get knocked out in the first exchange of blows/spells, yet still be the one who can think outside the box and solve the dilemma that's got Morrolan and Aliera stumped. Plus, versatility simply comes with the territory when you're a multiclassed witch/assassin/mob boss/sorcerer/smartass.
31st Jul '16 12:04:09 PM nombretomado
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* [[DCComics DCComic's]] ''Legion Of Substitute Heroes'', the rejects and washouts of the ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}''. Their powers were deemed useless or dangerous. The ones who best fit this trope were Infectious Lass (she gave people contagious diseases - but couldn't control when she used it, who got it, or what disease they got), Porcupine Pete (could shoot porcupine like quills, but only in every direction, hitting friend and foe alike), Color Kid (could change the colour of objects) and Stone Boy (turned into an immobile statue). Despite their potentially offensively devastating powers, Infectious Lass and Porcupine Pete, due to their lack of control were reduced to objects of humour, while Color Kid and Stone Boy, despite their powers being, on the surface, useless, had moments of awesomeness - like changing all Green Kryptonite to Blue, rendering it harmless to Superboy and Supergirl, or immobilizing Pulsar Stargrave by falling on him from a great height.

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* [[DCComics DCComic's]] Creator/DCComics' ''Legion Of Substitute Heroes'', the rejects and washouts of the ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}''. Their powers were deemed useless or dangerous. The ones who best fit this trope were Infectious Lass (she gave people contagious diseases - but couldn't control when she used it, who got it, or what disease they got), Porcupine Pete (could shoot porcupine like quills, but only in every direction, hitting friend and foe alike), Color Kid (could change the colour of objects) and Stone Boy (turned into an immobile statue). Despite their potentially offensively devastating powers, Infectious Lass and Porcupine Pete, due to their lack of control were reduced to objects of humour, while Color Kid and Stone Boy, despite their powers being, on the surface, useless, had moments of awesomeness - like changing all Green Kryptonite to Blue, rendering it harmless to Superboy and Supergirl, or immobilizing Pulsar Stargrave by falling on him from a great height.
15th Jul '16 6:14:50 PM Malady
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* Newbie players of ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' probably think "Machine Empathy" is an awesome mutation to get. Veteran players ask for a spare character sheet so they can get started on their next character ahead of time.

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* Newbie players of ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' probably think "Machine Empathy" is an awesome mutation to get. Veteran players ask for a spare character sheet so they can get started on their next character ahead of time.time, as being found out as a Machine Empath leaves you massively crippled, having only one body, instead of a six extras other players have.
20th Jun '16 11:07:17 AM Grudgeal
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* Firedrake from ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'' is a powerful [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinetic]], which is less useful than you'd think for a superhero who generally wants to avoid collateral damage and manslaughter charges. Firedrake knows this, and his role in his superhero team is mostly to fly around and look like a big flashy target (complete with a big mouth so he annoys his opponents into focusing on him) while his less-lethal team-mates subdue the bad guys.
19th Jun '16 11:34:20 AM BiffJr
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** Actually, both have powers useful in ship-to-ship combat, ''especially'' the Astropath. If you can't figure out why precognition is useful...then you're as useless as I am for not explaining it.
17th Jun '16 5:50:59 AM StongRadd
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' plays with this trope, as social interaction is actually played out as a form of combat - and characters who are skilled at "social-fu" can do things up to and including killing and/or converting armies by talking to them. Simple brainwashing is one of the most basic abilities of a social Exalt...

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' plays with this trope, as social interaction is actually played out as a form of combat - and characters who are skilled at "social-fu" "social warfare" can do things up to and including killing destroying and/or converting armies by talking to them. Simple brainwashing is one of the most basic abilities of a social Exalt...
30th May '16 5:00:54 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Numair Salmalin from TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' books runs up against this. He's one of (if not THE) most powerful mages in the world, and he has to blow out his own candles, because his power is tuned so heavily to big spells that if he tries to magic it out, ''it explodes''. He can still perform incredible feats of great utility, such as calling boulders from ten miles away to form a new wall, rearranging terrain to make more room for a refugee camp, or ''turning a guy into a tree'', it's just mundane things that most mages take for granted that give him trouble.

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* Numair Salmalin from TamoraPierce's Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' books runs up against this. He's one of (if not THE) most powerful mages in the world, and he has to blow out his own candles, because his power is tuned so heavily to big spells that if he tries to magic it out, ''it explodes''. He can still perform incredible feats of great utility, such as calling boulders from ten miles away to form a new wall, rearranging terrain to make more room for a refugee camp, or ''turning a guy into a tree'', it's just mundane things that most mages take for granted that give him trouble.
28th May '16 6:11:37 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' manga: Setsuna's concern over [[GoodIsDumb her weakening skills as a warrior]] turn to a concern over her lack of any ''other'' skills, and she imagines herself having to work a part-time job at a convenience store to support her girlfriend. Distracted by thoughts of failures, she then slices a giant metal ball that had been flying at Konoka [[AbsurdlySharpBlade clean in half]] [[OffhandBackhand without even noticing.]]

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* ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' manga: Setsuna's concern over [[GoodIsDumb her weakening skills as a warrior]] turn to a concern over her lack of any ''other'' skills, and she imagines herself having to work a part-time job at a convenience store to support her girlfriend. Distracted by thoughts of failures, she then slices a giant metal ball that had been flying at Konoka [[AbsurdlySharpBlade clean in half]] [[OffhandBackhand without even noticing.]]
19th Apr '16 2:23:35 PM Willbyr
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* Certain attacks in the ''{{Pokemon}}'' games will be this. Mostly, the one-hit KO moves, which will ignore defense and always take whatever it hits down in one hit, but only has an accuracy of 30% when an accuracy of 70% is considered low.

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* Certain attacks in the ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games will be this. Mostly, the one-hit KO moves, which will ignore defense and always take whatever it hits down in one hit, but only has an accuracy of 30% when an accuracy of 70% is considered low.
11th Mar '16 8:48:15 AM erforce
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* In the ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movies, Leonardo's swords are only useful for {{Flynning}} until he can get a good kick in to finish his opponent. Occasionally he's allowed to hit someone lightly with one. In the second movie he wasn't even allowed to draw them completely (the most he gets is them half out of their scabbards in a big panoramic shot, but he puts them back and fights unarmed for no apparent reason).

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* In the ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movies, Leonardo's swords are only useful for {{Flynning}} until he can get a good kick in to finish his opponent. Occasionally he's allowed to hit someone lightly with one. In the [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze second movie movie]] he wasn't even allowed to draw them completely (the most he gets is them half out of their scabbards in a big panoramic shot, but he puts them back and fights unarmed for no apparent reason).
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