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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).
9th Mar '16 1:08:51 AM GrammarNavi
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* A version of the fire example is mentioned in ''TheToughGuideToFantasyland'' in reference to a frequent idea that the first thing your callow apprentice-magic user learns to do is light a candle through sheer concentration (and they are considered weak if this is the only thing they can do). The author sardonically notes that it's a good thing no one in the real world has this "minor" power. No character is ever shown honing the ability so that they can ignite buildings and other people at will.

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* A version of the fire example is mentioned in ''TheToughGuideToFantasyland'' ''Literature/TheToughGuideToFantasyland'' in reference to a frequent idea that the first thing your callow apprentice-magic user learns to do is light a candle through sheer concentration (and they are considered weak if this is the only thing they can do). The author sardonically notes that it's a good thing no one in the real world has this "minor" power. No character is ever shown honing the ability so that they can ignite buildings and other people at will.
18th Jan '16 10:42:49 AM GoblinCipher
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Risus}}'' allows players to use any skill ("cliche") for combat, [[RuleOfFunny even if it makes no sense]]. Cliches are also as broad as in ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies,'' so a simple pick of Northlands Barbarian would include combat, arctic survival, tribal heraldry, camp cooking, etc., etc., etc.
** The earlier ''TabletopGame/{{Ghostbusters}}'' worked much the same way, though it added attributes to the system.
18th Jan '16 10:36:37 AM GoblinCipher
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** The Archive/Ivy averts this trope. She's the living embodiment of all written human knowledge and, by the expert and subtle application of magic, [[spoiler:holds off an entire team of Dragons with finesse beyond the comprehension of Harry]].

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** The Archive/Ivy averts this trope. She's the living embodiment of all written human knowledge and, by the expert and subtle application of magic, [[spoiler:holds off an entire team of Dragons Denarians with finesse beyond the comprehension of Harry]].
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