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4th Oct '17 7:43:30 PM f
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** The "Locate City" spell immediately notifies the caster of the location of a city within 10 miles. Seems harmless enough. With the right combination of reasonably minor feats (and a cooperative GM), it can become a nuclear-esque blast that kills everything within 10 miles and then resurrects them as Wraiths.[[note]]This one actually takes some explaining to make sense. As stated, the spell Locate City targets a city and notifies you of its location. Then, there's a feat that allows you to tack exactly 1 ice damage on to any spell you cast. There's another feat that states that if you do any ice damage to anything, you tack another 2d6 or so on top of it. Finally, there's a final feat that states that if you kill anything using a spell, in 24 hours it rises as a wight. Since the spell targets the entire city, it deals 2d6+1 cold damage to everything in the "area of effect" (the city). That's enough to kill most low-level non-adventurers, thus causing them to come back as wights. It's since been errataed that before the "Tack 1 ice damage" feat can add an ice damage, the spell has to deal at least 1 damage to begin with, rendering this tactic unfortunately moot.[[/note]]

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** The "Locate City" spell immediately notifies the caster of the location of a city within 10 miles. Seems harmless enough. With the right combination of reasonably minor feats (and a cooperative GM), it can become a nuclear-esque blast that kills everything within 10 miles and then resurrects them as Wraiths.[[note]]This one actually takes some explaining to make sense. As stated, the spell Locate City targets a city and notifies you of its location. Then, there's a feat that allows you to tack exactly 1 ice damage on to any spell you cast. There's another feat that states that if you do any ice damage to anything, you tack another 2d6 or so on top of it. Finally, there's a final feat that states that if you kill anything using a spell, in 24 hours it rises as a wight. Since the spell targets the entire city, it deals 2d6+1 cold damage to everything in the "area of effect" (the city). That's enough to kill most low-level non-adventurers, thus causing them to come back as wights. It's since been errataed that before the "Tack 1 ice damage" feat can add an ice damage, the spell has to deal at least 1 damage to begin with, rendering this tactic unfortunately moot. It can also be done using the Explosive Spell feat, which pushes all enemies within the area of effect to the outside of it-dealing damage based on how far they go. Given a spell with an area of effect measured in the miles, the resulting blast will kill just about anything.[[/note]]
20th Sep '17 6:36:24 PM Yuihime
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* In ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'', Isaac's "Move" power is simply a floating hand that gently pushes large objects a short distance. In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosBrawl'', the Assist Trophy version of Isaac uses Move to gently push your opponents a short distance... [[GravityIsAHarshMistress off the stage]].
18th Sep '17 8:51:24 PM Epificius
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* Elizabeth in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' has the ability to open up tears in reality to alternate universes, essentially making windows to other worlds. The first time you see her use it, she opens up a Tear to Paris, to check how accurate her painting of the Eiffel Tower is. Later in the game she uses it to bring in gun or rocket turrets. Maximum deadliness occurs when she opens up a window to [[spoiler:a tornado. In the finale she teleports herself, Booker and Songbird, the giant robot-monster-bird-thing that was threatenting them, to [[VideoGame/Bioshock the underwater city of Rapture]]. She and Booker appear inside, but Songbird is outside. Crunch.]]

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* Elizabeth in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' has the ability to open up tears in reality to alternate universes, essentially making windows to other worlds. The first time you see her use it, she opens up a Tear to Paris, to check how accurate her painting of the Eiffel Tower is. Later in the game she uses it to bring in gun or rocket turrets. Maximum deadliness occurs when she opens up a window to [[spoiler:a tornado. In the finale she teleports herself, Booker and Songbird, the giant robot-monster-bird-thing that was threatenting them, to [[VideoGame/Bioshock [[VideoGame/BioShock the underwater city of Rapture]]. She and Booker appear inside, but Songbird is outside. Crunch.]]
16th Sep '17 6:08:53 PM Bissek
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** Taylor Hebert, ''the main character'', has the ability to command insects within two blocks of her location. '''All''' the insects within two blocks of her location, ''simultaneously''. The weakness of any individual insect doesn't matter that much when she sends out swarms of thousands of them (and the number of insects in the typical two block radius from a given urban point is usually much larger) at a time, and that's before she starts getting clever and does things like having hornets airlift in black widow spiders to drop on people she doesn't like.
2nd Sep '17 10:57:05 AM nombretomado
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* {{Alphas}} has Dr. Kerns, who has the DisabilitySuperpower of echolocation. [[spoiler:He can also modulate the frequency of it to such a degree to cause extreme and subtle structural damage to a building, and if given time he can enhance it into MakeMeWannaShout.]]

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* {{Alphas}} ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' has Dr. Kerns, who has the DisabilitySuperpower of echolocation. [[spoiler:He can also modulate the frequency of it to such a degree to cause extreme and subtle structural damage to a building, and if given time he can enhance it into MakeMeWannaShout.]]
26th Aug '17 11:44:34 PM thatother1dude
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** It's repeatedly mentioned that the titular art is primarily defensive in nature, wielded by the pacifistic Air Nomads, but a few times, like during the discovery of Monk Gyatso's body, we see that it ''can'' be used to devastating effect. This leads to a lot of AscendedFridgeHorror in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' when a dangerous criminal named Zaheer gains airbending after [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent Harmonic Convergence]] and shows ''no'' qualms about using it on others [[spoiler:such as using it to asphyxiate the Earth Queen]]. The Fridge page on ''Avatar'' has also noted that airbending could be used to create things such as invisible swords, vacuums, alter pressure, and create sonic waves, all of which can be lethal to enemies. Its potential for lethality is so great that the fandom speculates that if it were not in the hands of the peaceful, pacific Air Nomads, it would probably be ''the most dangerous'' of the four bending arts.

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** It's repeatedly mentioned that the titular art is primarily defensive in nature, wielded by the pacifistic Air Nomads, but a few times, like during the discovery of Monk Gyatso's body, we see that it ''can'' be used to devastating effect. This leads to a lot of AscendedFridgeHorror in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' when a dangerous criminal named Zaheer gains airbending after [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent Harmonic Convergence]] and shows ''no'' qualms about using it on others [[spoiler:such as using it to asphyxiate the Earth Queen]]. The Fridge page on ''Avatar'' has also noted that airbending could be used to create things such as invisible swords, vacuums, alter pressure, and create sonic waves, all of which can be lethal to enemies. Its potential for lethality is so great that the fandom speculates that if it were not in the hands of the peaceful, pacific Air Nomads, it would probably be ''the most dangerous'' of the four bending arts.



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Jinx only ever uses her probability manipulation to make inconvenient things happen around her foes. FridgeLogic sets in, realizing that probability manipulation is one step below [[RealityWarper reality warping]] on the scale of superpowers: quantum mechanics -- and, therefore, fundamental forces of nature -- is inherently probabilistic, and if something ''can'' happen, a probability manipulator can ''make'' it happen. That means that Jinx could be capable of taking the uranium that exists in any given rock and using it to make a miniature nuke, and because spontaneous fission occurs naturally in small quantities, there are no restrictions on how much uranium she would need to do that. The only limit is how finely she can tune probabilities.
29th Jul '17 7:20:46 AM CloudCuckooClock
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Turns out the kid with a GreenThumb can make the local flora [[GardenOfEvil emit toxic pollen]], the BarrierWarrior just needs to tilt her barrier to [[PortalCut use it as a knife, or the person who can create love can also create fear so powerful it makes people's hearts explode, or the WhiteMage with HealingHands can reverse her ability to [[TouchOfDeath rapidly]] drain LifeEnergy, or worse, heal too much and give the victim [[{{Deadpool}} horrible cancer]]. Other times, the power itself always had the lethal applications, such as PsychicSurgery being used not to take bullets out of a person, but to ''put them in... '''by hand'''''. However, the character had a self imposed DramaPreservingHandicap in the form of MindOverManners or NonLethalWarfare to [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim avoid becoming a villain]].

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Turns out the kid with a GreenThumb can make the local flora [[GardenOfEvil emit toxic pollen]], the BarrierWarrior just needs to tilt her barrier to [[PortalCut use it as a knife, knife]], or the person who can create love can also create fear so powerful it makes people's hearts explode, or the WhiteMage with HealingHands can reverse her ability to [[TouchOfDeath rapidly]] drain LifeEnergy, or worse, heal too much and give the victim [[{{Deadpool}} horrible cancer]]. Other times, the power itself always had the lethal applications, such as PsychicSurgery being used not to take bullets out of a person, but to ''put them in... '''by hand'''''. However, the character had a self imposed DramaPreservingHandicap in the form of MindOverManners or NonLethalWarfare to [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim avoid becoming a villain]].
29th Jul '17 2:03:06 AM Ender001
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Turns out the kid with a GreenThumb can make the local flora [[GardenOfEvil emit toxic pollen]], the BarrierWarrior just needs to tilt her barrier to [[PortalCut use it as a knife]], or the WhiteMage with HealingHands can reverse her ability to [[TouchOfDeath rapidly]] drain LifeEnergy, or worse, heal too much and give the victim [[{{Deadpool}} horrible cancer]]. Other times, the power itself always had the lethal applications, such as PsychicSurgery being used not to take bullets out of a person, but to ''put them in... '''by hand'''''. However, the character had a self imposed DramaPreservingHandicap in the form of MindOverManners or NonLethalWarfare to [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim avoid becoming a villain]].

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Turns out the kid with a GreenThumb can make the local flora [[GardenOfEvil emit toxic pollen]], the BarrierWarrior just needs to tilt her barrier to [[PortalCut use it as a knife]], knife, or the person who can create love can also create fear so powerful it makes people's hearts explode, or the WhiteMage with HealingHands can reverse her ability to [[TouchOfDeath rapidly]] drain LifeEnergy, or worse, heal too much and give the victim [[{{Deadpool}} horrible cancer]]. Other times, the power itself always had the lethal applications, such as PsychicSurgery being used not to take bullets out of a person, but to ''put them in... '''by hand'''''. However, the character had a self imposed DramaPreservingHandicap in the form of MindOverManners or NonLethalWarfare to [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim avoid becoming a villain]].
25th Jul '17 12:14:16 PM Gess
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* Elizabeth in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' has the ability to open up tears in reality to alternate universes, essentially making windows to other worlds. The first time you see her use it, she opens up a Tear to Paris, to check how accurate her painting of the Eiffel Tower is. Later in the game she uses it to bring in gun or rocket turrets. Maximum deadliness occurs when she opens up a window to [[spoiler:a tornado.]]

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* Elizabeth in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' has the ability to open up tears in reality to alternate universes, essentially making windows to other worlds. The first time you see her use it, she opens up a Tear to Paris, to check how accurate her painting of the Eiffel Tower is. Later in the game she uses it to bring in gun or rocket turrets. Maximum deadliness occurs when she opens up a window to [[spoiler:a tornado. In the finale she teleports herself, Booker and Songbird, the giant robot-monster-bird-thing that was threatenting them, to [[VideoGame/Bioshock the underwater city of Rapture]]. She and Booker appear inside, but Songbird is outside. Crunch.]]
25th May '17 10:12:16 AM PhantomRider
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***It's been tried on ''very'' rare occasion, though usually prevented by the fact that you can't beam stuff through the shields (the enemy's ''or'' your own! The need, or inability, to drop shields to beam someone up while being shot at has come up several times.)
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