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14th Mar '17 10:45:00 PM Karxrida
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* Completely averted by John Henry Irons, AKA {{Steel}}. When Franchise/{{Superman}} saved his life he asked how he could repay him and got the answer "live a life worth saving". So he builds PoweredArmor and uses it to become a Superhero. He remains a respected member of the superhero community to this day. Although when John Henry's niece gained powers through the Everyman Project and became leader of ComicBook/InfinityInc, he complained she hadn't "earned" them. This was less about "you shouldn't be a hero" and more about the fact that Infinity Inc. was sponsored by Lex '[[CivilianVillain reformed this time, honest]]' Luthor. There ''was'' a little bit of "you're not mature or responsible enough to be a hero yet", before she went to Luthor, in Steel's actions, but in his defense Natasha herself demonstrated that he wasn't ''entirely'' wrong about this. For example, she seemed to only be interested in the "beating up the bad guys" part of being a superhero and considered helping civilians rebuilt a wrecked city to be a waste of a hero's time. On the other hand, when he was at one point thought dead, Natasha picked up his hammer and triggered a fantastic recorded message saying "I don't want you to be a superhero like me, it's too dangerous, but since you'll probably ignore me, I rigged all my gear to answer to you. You'll be great." But then, [[LegacyCharacter taking up the]] [[TakingUpTheMantle mantle]] is a slightly different situation in Franchise/TheDCU.

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* Completely averted by John Henry Irons, AKA {{Steel}}. When Franchise/{{Superman}} saved his life he asked how he could repay him and got the answer "live a life worth saving". So he builds PoweredArmor and uses it to become a Superhero. He remains a respected member of the superhero community to this day. Although when John Henry's niece gained powers through the Everyman Project and became leader of ComicBook/InfinityInc, he complained she hadn't "earned" them. This was less about "you shouldn't be a hero" and more about the fact that Infinity Inc. was sponsored by Lex '[[CivilianVillain '[[FalselyReformedVillain reformed this time, honest]]' Luthor. There ''was'' a little bit of "you're not mature or responsible enough to be a hero yet", before she went to Luthor, in Steel's actions, but in his defense Natasha herself demonstrated that he wasn't ''entirely'' wrong about this. For example, she seemed to only be interested in the "beating up the bad guys" part of being a superhero and considered helping civilians rebuilt a wrecked city to be a waste of a hero's time. On the other hand, when he was at one point thought dead, Natasha picked up his hammer and triggered a fantastic recorded message saying "I don't want you to be a superhero like me, it's too dangerous, but since you'll probably ignore me, I rigged all my gear to answer to you. You'll be great." But then, [[LegacyCharacter taking up the]] [[TakingUpTheMantle mantle]] is a slightly different situation in Franchise/TheDCU.
8th Jan '17 12:35:52 PM nombretomado
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The real reason for the existence of this trope is that if lots of people gain powers and become superheroes, then it steals some of the main character's thunder. They become less special, unique, and one-of-a-kind. Never mind that even if [[TopTen everyone in the setting]] [[Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} had powers or gadgets]] it can be a compelling read, some authors must have felt insecure enough about this that they kept reusing this trope. Averting this often leads to an expanding cast that might turn into a HeroesUnlimited or TheChosenMany, or even grounds for a spinoff.

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The real reason for the existence of this trope is that if lots of people gain powers and become superheroes, then it steals some of the main character's thunder. They become less special, unique, and one-of-a-kind. Never mind that even if [[TopTen [[ComicBook/TopTen everyone in the setting]] [[Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}} had powers or gadgets]] it can be a compelling read, some authors must have felt insecure enough about this that they kept reusing this trope. Averting this often leads to an expanding cast that might turn into a HeroesUnlimited or TheChosenMany, or even grounds for a spinoff.
19th Nov '16 10:08:56 PM ultimomant
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' episode "Super Irma", Irma gains magnetic superpowers and immediately becomes a costumed crimefighter. April and the Turtles tried to get her to stop, mostly because Irma had become very arrogant, narcissistic, and a LeeroyJenkins. She refused to work with the Turtles and nearly got herself killed several times because she wasn't minding her surroundings (and didn't thank the Turtles whenever they saved her). Eventually, her powers wore off and the Turtles saved her again, and this time, she thanked them.
2nd Nov '16 2:49:52 AM Tron80
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* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: Played with in the Silver Age. When Kara Zor-El arrived on Earth, Superman insisted that his cousin kept her existence secret for a while during which he trained her. And she wasn't to operate openly until he gave his say-so. However he was kind of justified: she was a recently-orphaned teen ''PhysicalGod'' who needed desperately some kind of stability as she got used to her new life and learnt to use her godlike powers, several -imaginary and canonical- stories showed why being Superman's secret emergency-weapon was a good idea, and when he finally revealed her existence to the world, he stressed that his cousin was his ''partner'', no his sidekick.

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Played with in the Silver Age. When Kara Zor-El arrived on Earth, Superman insisted that his cousin kept her existence secret for a while during which he trained her. And she wasn't to operate openly until he gave his say-so. However he was kind of justified: she was a recently-orphaned teen ''PhysicalGod'' who needed desperately some kind of stability as she got used to her new life and learnt to use her godlike powers, several -imaginary and canonical- stories showed why being Superman's secret emergency-weapon was a good idea, and when he finally revealed her existence to the world, he stressed that his cousin was his ''partner'', no his sidekick.sidekick.
** In ''Comicbook/ManyHappyReturns'', Post-Crisis Superman meets Pre-Crisis Kara. Unfortunately he believes she is an obsessed fan playing super-heroes, so he tells her to go home and flies away before she can explain she is his cousin. Ironically she is way more powerful than him.
--->'''Superman:''' I see your type all the time. Friends of mine have suffered because of fans who developed unhealthy fixations. If you really look up to Superman, then you'll do yourself a favor and give up your ideas of partnership or adventuring. Trust me: If you keep it up, you'll get yourself killed.
27th Oct '16 4:01:41 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has the recurring character [[HeroWorshipper Conrad Verner]], who really wants to help his idol Shepard save the galaxy. Thing is, Conrad is a civilian without Shepard's military training, and is an idiot high on hero worship and doesn't realize his limitations. After a brief stint at trying to be a {{Badass}} BountyHunter or Alliance officer, the trope is subverted when it's revealed Conrad's doing genuine good without being a badass. [[spoiler: Shepard inspired him to set up a charity which is really helping all the orphans and people hurt in the wake of the first game's FinalBattle.]]

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has the recurring character [[HeroWorshipper Conrad Verner]], who really wants to help his idol Shepard save the galaxy. Thing is, Conrad is a civilian without Shepard's military training, and is an idiot high on hero worship and doesn't realize his limitations. After a brief stint at trying to be a {{Badass}} badass BountyHunter or Alliance officer, the trope is subverted when it's revealed Conrad's doing genuine good without being a badass. [[spoiler: Shepard inspired him to set up a charity which is really helping all the orphans and people hurt in the wake of the first game's FinalBattle.]]
13th Oct '16 11:03:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* The premise of ''Film/SkyHigh'' is this trope being applied to high school cliques-- the popular kids with the cool powers get to be heroes, the [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway freaks and geeks]] get swept under the [[SidekickGlassCeiling Hero Support Glass Ceiling]].

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* The premise of ''Film/SkyHigh'' ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' is this trope being applied to high school cliques-- the popular kids with the cool powers get to be heroes, the [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway freaks and geeks]] get swept under the [[SidekickGlassCeiling Hero Support Glass Ceiling]].
3rd Oct '16 1:51:13 AM Tron80
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* Completely averted by John Henry Irons, AKA {{Steel}}. When {{Superman}} saved his life he asked how he could repay him and got the answer "live a life worth saving". So he builds PoweredArmor and uses it to become a Superhero. He remains a respected member of the superhero community to this day. Although when John Henry's niece gained powers through the Everyman Project and became leader of ComicBook/InfinityInc, he complained she hadn't "earned" them. This was less about "you shouldn't be a hero" and more about the fact that Infinity Inc. was sponsored by Lex '[[CivilianVillain reformed this time, honest]]' Luthor. There ''was'' a little bit of "you're not mature or responsible enough to be a hero yet", before she went to Luthor, in Steel's actions, but in his defense Natasha herself demonstrated that he wasn't ''entirely'' wrong about this. For example, she seemed to only be interested in the "beating up the bad guys" part of being a superhero and considered helping civilians rebuilt a wrecked city to be a waste of a hero's time. On the other hand, when he was at one point thought dead, Natasha picked up his hammer and triggered a fantastic recorded message saying "I don't want you to be a superhero like me, it's too dangerous, but since you'll probably ignore me, I rigged all my gear to answer to you. You'll be great." But then, [[LegacyCharacter taking up the]] [[TakingUpTheMantle mantle]] is a slightly different situation in Franchise/TheDCU.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ComicBook/LoisLane used to get powers all the time, and every time there was an Aesop that she couldn't use them properly, with a huge unspoken "Because she's a ''[[StayInTheKitchen girl]]''". In fact, check out SuperDickery or the picture in ContagiousPowers for an idea of what Lois (and Lana) would typically do when they got powers.
** The website [[http://www.superdickery.com/ Superdickery's]] truly lethal DrinkingGame based around taking a shot every time ComicBook/JimmyOlsen [[SuperPowerSillyPutty gets superpowers.]]

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* Completely averted by John Henry Irons, AKA {{Steel}}. When {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} saved his life he asked how he could repay him and got the answer "live a life worth saving". So he builds PoweredArmor and uses it to become a Superhero. He remains a respected member of the superhero community to this day. Although when John Henry's niece gained powers through the Everyman Project and became leader of ComicBook/InfinityInc, he complained she hadn't "earned" them. This was less about "you shouldn't be a hero" and more about the fact that Infinity Inc. was sponsored by Lex '[[CivilianVillain reformed this time, honest]]' Luthor. There ''was'' a little bit of "you're not mature or responsible enough to be a hero yet", before she went to Luthor, in Steel's actions, but in his defense Natasha herself demonstrated that he wasn't ''entirely'' wrong about this. For example, she seemed to only be interested in the "beating up the bad guys" part of being a superhero and considered helping civilians rebuilt a wrecked city to be a waste of a hero's time. On the other hand, when he was at one point thought dead, Natasha picked up his hammer and triggered a fantastic recorded message saying "I don't want you to be a superhero like me, it's too dangerous, but since you'll probably ignore me, I rigged all my gear to answer to you. You'll be great." But then, [[LegacyCharacter taking up the]] [[TakingUpTheMantle mantle]] is a slightly different situation in Franchise/TheDCU.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: Played with in the Silver Age. When Kara Zor-El arrived on Earth, Superman insisted that his cousin kept her existence secret for a while during which he trained her. And she wasn't to operate openly until he gave his say-so. However he was kind of justified: she was a recently-orphaned teen ''PhysicalGod'' who needed desperately some kind of stability as she got used to her new life and learnt to use her godlike powers, several -imaginary and canonical- stories showed why being Superman's secret emergency-weapon was a good idea, and when he finally revealed her existence to the world, he stressed that his cousin was his ''partner'', no his sidekick.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] ComicBook/LoisLane and Comicbook/LanaLang used to get powers all the time, and every time there was an Aesop that she they couldn't use them properly, with a huge unspoken "Because she's a ''[[StayInTheKitchen girl]]''". In fact, check out SuperDickery or the picture in ContagiousPowers for an idea of what Lois (and Lana) would typically do when they got powers.
** The website [[http://www.superdickery.com/ Superdickery's]] truly lethal DrinkingGame based around taking a shot every time
girl]]''".
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ComicBook/JimmyOlsen [[SuperPowerSillyPutty gets superpowers.]]got silly superpowers]] the whole time. It never ended well for him.



** An argument can be made that Gotham is ''not'' a city that most heroes can operate in, however. This is not a city with people like Lex Luthor, who causes collateral damage, or Gorilla Grodd with his temporary and easily-fixed MindControl. Gotham has villains like the Joker, who kidnaps dozens of babies ''just because he enjoys screwing with Batman,'' or Killer Croc, a cannibal with monstrous strength. Batman's villains may not be high on the totem pole of supervillain ''power,'' but they're the reigning champions as far as terrifying and squick-inducing go. There's the added bonus that it typically requires intelligence to stop their plans in time. Sure, Superman ''could'' catch Joker--but if the Joker knew he would be facing off against Superman ahead of time, could the Big Blue Boyscout do it quickly enough to stop his plan or save the hostages?



*** There was perhaps some [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for Superman getting her to sit things out for a while- she wasn't nearly as powerful as him, and came uncomfortably close to getting herself killed on multiple occasions. After she had gotten a bit more acclimated to her powers and Earth in general, she ''did'' get into the game in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', and with her cousin's full support.

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*** ** There was perhaps some [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for Superman getting her to sit things out for a while- she wasn't nearly as powerful as him, and came uncomfortably close to getting herself killed on multiple occasions. After she had gotten a bit more acclimated to her powers and Earth in general, she ''did'' get into the game in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', and with her cousin's full support.
3rd Oct '16 1:15:40 AM Tron80
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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' had a case of this. As {{Supergirl}} has all the powers of Superman, and a love for the big city, yet Superman still forces her to live her life on the Smallville farm under a secret identity (even though such an identity is even MORE useless for her).

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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' had a case of this. As {{Supergirl}} Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} has all the powers of Superman, and a love for the big city, yet Superman still forces her to live her life on the Smallville farm under a secret identity (even though such an identity is even MORE useless for her).



*** There was perhaps some [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for Superman getting her to sit things out for a while- she wasn't nearly as powerful as him, and came uncomfortably close to getting herself killed on multiple occasions. After she had gotten a bit more acclimated to her powers and Earth in general, she ''did'' get into the game in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', and with her cousin's full support.

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*** There was perhaps some [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for Superman getting her to sit things out for a while- she wasn't nearly as powerful as him, and came uncomfortably close to getting herself killed on multiple occasions. After she had gotten a bit more acclimated to her powers and Earth in general, she ''did'' get into the game in ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', and with her cousin's full support.
31st Jul '16 12:39:55 PM nombretomado
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* Completely averted by John Henry Irons, AKA {{Steel}}. When {{Superman}} saved his life he asked how he could repay him and got the answer "live a life worth saving". So he builds PoweredArmor and uses it to become a Superhero. He remains a respected member of the superhero community to this day. Although when John Henry's niece gained powers through the Everyman Project and became leader of ComicBook/InfinityInc, he complained she hadn't "earned" them. This was less about "you shouldn't be a hero" and more about the fact that Infinity Inc. was sponsored by Lex '[[CivilianVillain reformed this time, honest]]' Luthor. There ''was'' a little bit of "you're not mature or responsible enough to be a hero yet", before she went to Luthor, in Steel's actions, but in his defense Natasha herself demonstrated that he wasn't ''entirely'' wrong about this. For example, she seemed to only be interested in the "beating up the bad guys" part of being a superhero and considered helping civilians rebuilt a wrecked city to be a waste of a hero's time. On the other hand, when he was at one point thought dead, Natasha picked up his hammer and triggered a fantastic recorded message saying "I don't want you to be a superhero like me, it's too dangerous, but since you'll probably ignore me, I rigged all my gear to answer to you. You'll be great." But then, [[LegacyCharacter taking up the]] [[TakingUpTheMantle mantle]] is a slightly different situation in [[DCComics the DCU]].

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* Completely averted by John Henry Irons, AKA {{Steel}}. When {{Superman}} saved his life he asked how he could repay him and got the answer "live a life worth saving". So he builds PoweredArmor and uses it to become a Superhero. He remains a respected member of the superhero community to this day. Although when John Henry's niece gained powers through the Everyman Project and became leader of ComicBook/InfinityInc, he complained she hadn't "earned" them. This was less about "you shouldn't be a hero" and more about the fact that Infinity Inc. was sponsored by Lex '[[CivilianVillain reformed this time, honest]]' Luthor. There ''was'' a little bit of "you're not mature or responsible enough to be a hero yet", before she went to Luthor, in Steel's actions, but in his defense Natasha herself demonstrated that he wasn't ''entirely'' wrong about this. For example, she seemed to only be interested in the "beating up the bad guys" part of being a superhero and considered helping civilians rebuilt a wrecked city to be a waste of a hero's time. On the other hand, when he was at one point thought dead, Natasha picked up his hammer and triggered a fantastic recorded message saying "I don't want you to be a superhero like me, it's too dangerous, but since you'll probably ignore me, I rigged all my gear to answer to you. You'll be great." But then, [[LegacyCharacter taking up the]] [[TakingUpTheMantle mantle]] is a slightly different situation in [[DCComics the DCU]].Franchise/TheDCU.
10th Jun '16 7:10:23 AM dmcreif
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*** The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department in 2016 became the subject of controversy when one night, one of their cruisers chased down a car that had been stolen by three teenagers with lengthy criminal records. Said stolen car went off the road and into a swamp, where it sank, killing the three inside. Many criticized the police for not trying to mount a rescue attempt, when in fact they did, but turned back because of the conditions in the swamp, since a common sense rule of rescuing a drowning victim is that you don't attempt a rescue when doing so could make yourself a victim.
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