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19th Aug '17 3:25:42 PM MarsPlatypus
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* Dr. Maracot from Arthur Conan Doyle's sci-fi classic, ''The Maracot Deep'', is introduced as one of the world's leading experts in marine biology. Then, about four fifths into the book, the narrator suddenly reveals that he's also an expert in ancient mythology, which happened to be what the plot needed at that point.
19th Aug '17 12:40:54 AM TheSinful
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** He was also shown to use other things like butterfly wings. The biggest offender was Yusuke being resurrected as a powerful half demon and then having a demon god take over his body conveniently to win.

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** He was also shown to use other things like butterfly wings. The biggest offender was Yusuke being resurrected as a powerful half demon and then having a demon god take over his body conveniently to win.
15th Aug '17 12:58:44 PM CityOfTheDead
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* ''FanFic/MiTruLov'' sees Russia gain earth powers. If that wasn't enough, Kawaiilyn suddenly gains the ability to manipulate [[spoiler:earth, water, fire and lightning ''as well as'' air]] the second she needs them.
11th Aug '17 3:53:42 PM PistolsAtDawn
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* GoldenAge hero Comicbook/StardustTheSuperwizard's powers are never clearly defined, other than his "tubular spacial" which he uses to fly, but mostly consist of whatever the author thinks would be cool at that moment.[[/folder]]
10th Aug '17 3:46:58 PM Nerrin
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** Many Fate games also suggest players at the beginning of a campaign leave a lot of their character sheet blank, especially for players entirely new to the game. When the party comes up against a new obstacle (be it a locked door or a gang of hostiles), players are then allowed to declare their character always had a skill or aspect relevant to the situation and fill it in, unless their sheet is already completely filled out.


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* In the ''TabletopGame/ProseDescriptiveQualities'' game ''Dead Inside'', magic powers work this way as characters can learn how to do them by seeing them happen, or are taught by important [=NPCs=] (such circumstances which the GameMaster obviously controls). One, the [[ShadowArchetype Shadow]], exists largely to let the GM offer new powers whenever players are in a tight spot (such as teaching you how to fly while you're busy falling off a skyscraper), or just to tempt them with convenience, but the Shadow's gifts [[PowerAtAPrice usually have a cost]].
10th Aug '17 11:51:50 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** Might as well put ComicBook/{{Magneto}} in there as well. He started off with the ability to control metal magnetically, then developed the ability to fly with a reasonable enough explanation. Then, as stories became more ambitious, he was suddenly able to control the entire electromagnetic spectrum, which effectively made him invincible. Of course, then there's the ''Planet X'' story by Creator/GrantMorrison, in which he's powerful enough to (somehow) control gravity and ''time.'' (Grand Unified Theory?)
*** And ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}, in which ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Magneto is able to use his powers to [[spoiler: shift the magnetic poles of the Earth, [[ArtisticLicensePhysics which causes massive weather shifts, which causes massive tidal waves to destroy almost all of the East Coast]].]]

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** Might as well put ComicBook/{{Magneto}} in there as well. He started off with the ability to control metal magnetically, then developed the ability to fly with a reasonable enough explanation. Then, as stories became more ambitious, he was suddenly able to control the entire electromagnetic spectrum, which effectively made him invincible. invincible, so long as no one managed to get in a cheap shot. He could even go toe to toe with the freaking Phoenix (admittedly, this was before the retcon of the Phoenix being a vastly powerful cosmic entity, but even so, it's no mean feat)! Of course, then there's the ''Planet X'' story by Creator/GrantMorrison, in which he's powerful enough to (somehow) control gravity and ''time.'' (Grand Unified Theory?)
Theory?) Of course, in that case, he was retconned into being Xorn posing as Magneto, while the real Magneto was living in the ruins of Genosha. However, stories like ''ComicBook/AvengersDisassembled'' when he demonstrated the ability to basically stargate across continents to get his daughter, which are canonically him, don't under-sell his ludicrously vast pwers.
*** And ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}, in which ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Magneto is able to use his powers to [[spoiler: shift the magnetic poles of the Earth, [[ArtisticLicensePhysics which causes massive weather shifts, which causes massive tidal waves to destroy almost all of the East Coast]].]]]] Admittedly, he needed Mjolnir to do it.


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* ComicBook/TheSentry is one of the more blatant examples of this; at first, he was a standard FlyingBrick with additional LightEmUp powers and PsychicPowers (sufficient to wipe everyone's memory of him), albeit strong enough to - with effort - contain a Cosmic Cube. Then his dark side, the Void, demonstrated all sorts of abilities like WeatherManipulation and combat tentacles strong enough to break every bone in the Hulk's body. After that, it steadily progressed up to grand scale Molecular Manipulation and being a flat out RealityWarper (which goes some way to explaining his constantly changing origin) - there's a reason that one theory about him holds that he's actually a sentient Cosmic Cube, like Kobik. Either way, he can't die unless he wants to, and is only generally restricted by his rampant neuroses. Then he came back from the dead as one of the Apocalypse Twins' Horsemen of Death, totally without the Void (apparently it got bored and left for the White Hot Room) and even crazier and more powerful than ever.
9th Aug '17 3:35:42 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Link in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Legend of Zelda]] fanfic, ''FanFic/ZeldasHonor'', can [[spoiler: summon up horses, bows, torches and just about anything else as the plot demands]] because of his [[spoiler: Nevachrean heritage]]. He also can defy [[spoiler: death by an eleventh hour appearance of Navi]]. Can't beat the BiggerBad with the powers he has now? No problem! Just [[spoiler: put on the Fierce Deity Mask that you just recently restored using the innate temporary healing powers from the newly reawakened Triforce of Courage within you and due to the new Hylia like qualities Navi bestowed upon you, become a righteous god of terrible power]]!

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* Link in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Legend of Zelda]] fanfic, ''FanFic/ZeldasHonor'', can [[spoiler: summon up horses, bows, torches and just about anything else as the plot demands]] because of his [[spoiler: Nevachrean heritage]]. He also can defy [[spoiler: death by an eleventh hour appearance of Navi]]. Can't beat the BiggerBad villain with the powers he has now? No problem! Just [[spoiler: put on the Fierce Deity Mask that you just recently restored using the innate temporary healing powers from the newly reawakened Triforce of Courage within you and due to the new Hylia like qualities Navi bestowed upon you, become a righteous god of terrible power]]!
31st Jul '17 8:45:39 PM PhantomRider
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**Not that there weren't outright inexplicable new powers sometimes. In one issue, he managed to ''rewire complex circuitry'' with his vision to stop some evil machinery of Brainiac's, and another time he somehow used his vision to attempt a ''phone trace.'' It's especially {{Egregious}} with Silver Age Superman ''because'' of the number and extent of his established powers. You'd think you wouldn't need to resort to making inexplicable new powers from whole cloth to let a guy who's so overpowered he has to ''[[https://blog.kissmetrics.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/super-sneeze.jpg leave the solar system to sneeze]]'' win, but honest examples of such have happened.



** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' made extensive use of this trope; all one of the Magirangers had to do was demonstrate sufficient [[HeroicResolve courage]] or [[AnAesop learn an important lesson]], and they would be gifted with a new spell suited for whatever predicament they've found themselves in. [[JustifiedTrope Mind]], this was because the spells were being granted to them by the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Heavenly Saints]], who were always watching over them. This carried over into ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', and even dropped the justification as there were no higher powers actively giving the spells. In PRMF, the Xenotome would reveal a spell whenever the rangers learned it (though they were often shown being taught magic by TheMentor and TheSixthRanger during downtime, so sometimes a new spell was introduced with no fanfare in situations where it's easy to imagine they learned it at some point.)

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** ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' made extensive use of this trope; all one of the Magirangers had to do was demonstrate sufficient [[HeroicResolve courage]] or [[AnAesop learn an important lesson]], and they would be gifted with a new spell suited for whatever predicament they've found themselves in. [[JustifiedTrope Mind]], this was because the spells were being granted to them by the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Heavenly Saints]], who were always watching over them. This carried over into ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'', and even dropped the justification as there were no higher powers actively giving the spells. In PRMF, a bit differently: a book called the Xenotome would reveal a spell whenever the rangers learned it (though they earned it, and their SuperMode was granted by the Tribunal of Magic (''roughly'' equivalent to the Saints; figures neutral to the Rangers vs. Underworld battle, far outranking the characters who had been Saints in Magiranger, but impressed by the Rangers' courage.) The Mystic Rangers were also often shown being taught magic by TheMentor and TheSixthRanger during downtime, so sometimes a new spell was introduced with no fanfare in situations where it's easy to imagine likely they learned it at some point.)offscreen.



** ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' and his various forms. It seemed that all he has to do is wish for a new ability, and [[TransformationTrinket the Kuuga Belt]] will give him a new ''form'' for that ability! How'd he get Dragon form? [[InASingleBound He needed to fly!]] How'd he get Pegasus form? [[TheGunslinger He needed a gun!]] How'd he get Titan form? [[MightyGlacier He needed to be stronger!]] How'd he get Ultimate form? ''[[UnstoppableRage He got really pissed off!]]'' But ''Kuuga'' actually subverts this trope as Yusuke needed to learn how his abilities worked (his initial fight using Dragon Form, before he knew it used a staff, was a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown against him, while his first fight in Pegasus form overwhelmed his mind due to not being used to the SuperSenses it gave him). And second, in order to get his stronger forms he had to be shocked with a defibrillator. Also, these new forms were mentioned on a piece of ancient text, which, at the beginning of the series, could not be read by the protagonists, meaning Yusuke did not simply wish for them.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' and his various forms. It seemed that all he has to do is wish for a new ability, and [[TransformationTrinket the Kuuga Belt]] will give him a new ''form'' for that ability! How'd he get Dragon form? [[InASingleBound He needed to fly!]] How'd he get Pegasus form? [[TheGunslinger He needed a gun!]] How'd he get Titan form? [[MightyGlacier He needed to be stronger!]] How'd he get Ultimate form? ''[[UnstoppableRage He got really pissed off!]]'' But ''Kuuga'' actually subverts this trope as Yusuke needed to learn how his abilities worked (his initial fight using Dragon Form, before he knew it used a staff, was a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown against ''against'' him, as he was finally able to ''reach'' the monster in Dragon Form but was weaker than his JackOfAllStats Mighty Form, while his first fight in Pegasus form overwhelmed his mind due to not being used to the SuperSenses it gave him). And second, in order to get his stronger forms he had to be shocked with a defibrillator. Also, these new forms were mentioned on a piece of ancient text, which, at the beginning of the series, could not be read by the protagonists, meaning Yusuke did not simply wish for them.
9th Jul '17 5:31:15 PM justanid
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Compare EleventhHourSuperpower, MagicAIsMagicA, SoLastSeason and finally StrongAsTheyNeedToBe. Contrast with TheWorfEffect, where the plot demands the character's powers and abilities are suddenly rendered impotent.

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Compare EleventhHourSuperpower, ImaginationBasedSuperpower, MagicAIsMagicA, SoLastSeason SoLastSeason, and finally StrongAsTheyNeedToBe. Contrast with TheWorfEffect, where the plot demands the character's powers and abilities are suddenly rendered impotent.
9th Jul '17 9:12:58 AM kraas
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** This power gets activated by accident in the post-credits scene, while Morty is in class.
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