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29th Apr '17 11:23:09 AM nombretomado
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** Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy, and TimothyZahn's work in general, gives him the ability to read someone's presence like a second face, picking up on emotional states and knowing if someone's had an idea, the ability to enhance his senses, plus a kind of short-term PhotographicMemory - he can rewind his short-term memories, within an hour or so, and recall with perfect accuracy things he wasn't paying attention to before. There is mention of him learning this from Yoda, at least.

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** Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy, and TimothyZahn's Creator/TimothyZahn's work in general, gives him the ability to read someone's presence like a second face, picking up on emotional states and knowing if someone's had an idea, the ability to enhance his senses, plus a kind of short-term PhotographicMemory - he can rewind his short-term memories, within an hour or so, and recall with perfect accuracy things he wasn't paying attention to before. There is mention of him learning this from Yoda, at least.
25th Apr '17 2:04:01 PM PhantomRider
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** Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter, suddenly displayed telepathic abilities in the Season 1 storyline "The Sensorites", actually predating the Doctor demonstrating similar abilities. In her case, it was a one-off demonstration as she never did it again on screen.

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** Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter, suddenly displayed telepathic abilities in the Season 1 storyline "The Sensorites", actually predating the Doctor demonstrating similar abilities. In her case, it was a one-off demonstration as she never did it again on screen.screen; explained as being the result of being on the Sense Sphere.
23rd Apr '17 4:18:21 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TransformersVictory'', Deathsaurus uses Transformer-eating insects to try and kill Star Saber. They turn out to be vulnerable to cold, and then Victory Leo decides to reveal he has a freeze power.

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* In ''TransformersVictory'', ''Anime/TransformersVictory'', Deathsaurus uses Transformer-eating insects to try and kill Star Saber. They turn out to be vulnerable to cold, and then Victory Leo decides to reveal he has a freeze power.
12th Apr '17 5:29:35 AM Vampireandthen
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': As early as the first episode, it's hinted that Ruby's silver eyes are special in some way. At the end of the third season, Ruby activates the secret powers her eyes have, freezing the [[{{Kaiju}} Grimm Dragon]] in place and defeating SuperMode![[ArcVillain Cinder]] off-screen. Afterwards, it's explained that "Silver Eyed Warriors" have special powers that allow them to beat even apocalyptic [[TheHeartless Creatures of Grimm]] with ease. The next season then reveals that the Four Maidens, legends hyped up throughout the last season, happen to be weak to Silver Eyed Warriors, sidestepping how Cinder could be defeated and crippled despite having stolen the Fall Maiden's powers.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': As early as the first episode, it's hinted that Ruby's silver eyes are special in some way. At the end of the third season, Ruby activates the secret powers her eyes have, freezing the [[{{Kaiju}} Grimm Dragon]] Dragon]], but not outright killing it, in place and defeating SuperMode![[ArcVillain Cinder]] off-screen. Afterwards, it's explained that "Silver Eyed Warriors" have special powers that allow them to beat even apocalyptic [[TheHeartless Creatures of Grimm]] with ease. The next season then reveals that the Four Maidens, legends hyped up throughout the last season, happen to be weak to Silver Eyed Warriors, sidestepping how Cinder could be defeated and crippled despite having stolen the Fall Maiden's powers. However, she's considered a novice by the people who have dealt with her kind before, and as it turns out, her powers might not work on normal humans, giving her a critical weakness.
8th Apr '17 1:29:08 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/UltamiteNineball's infamous fic ''Fanfic/{{soulless shell}}'' chronicles the adventures of [[GodModeSue Leif Melyamos]], who develops the ability to shoot FrickinLaserBeams, teleport at will, and outfight any opponent [[WaifFu at the age of about three]]. By the time he's eighteen, he can take on a bizarre OneWingedAngel form with horns and wings, and by the time the story comes to a [[NoEnding very abrupt stop]], has got hold of a sapient blood-drinking sword. Keep in mind this fic was put in the {{Redwall}} section, and said canon is supposed to have ''[[{{Demythtification}} no magic whatsoever]]'' (bar the occasional prophecies and InstantExpert routines). This fic is in fact a prequel to another fic entitled "Blood omen" (No, not [[VideoGame/LegacyOfKain that one]]), in which Leif's descendant Zain is an even better example, literally developing a new power with each fight scene.

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* Creator/UltamiteNineball's infamous fic ''Fanfic/{{soulless shell}}'' chronicles the adventures of [[GodModeSue Leif Melyamos]], who develops the ability to shoot FrickinLaserBeams, teleport at will, and outfight any opponent [[WaifFu at the age of about three]]. By the time he's eighteen, he can take on a bizarre OneWingedAngel form with horns and wings, and by the time the story comes to a [[NoEnding very abrupt stop]], has got hold of a sapient blood-drinking sword. Keep in mind this fic was put in the {{Redwall}} ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'' section, and said canon is supposed to have ''[[{{Demythtification}} no magic whatsoever]]'' (bar the occasional prophecies and InstantExpert routines). This fic is in fact a prequel to another fic entitled "Blood omen" (No, not [[VideoGame/LegacyOfKain that one]]), in which Leif's descendant Zain is an even better example, literally developing a new power with each fight scene.
5th Apr '17 11:50:12 PM spaceyTraveller
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* Hilarously {{Subverted}} in DragonBallZAbridged, where [[ButtMonkey Krillin]] keeps forgetting about or forgetting to use his Kienzan (or "Destructo Disk").
**First, he forgets to use it to try and escape [[EliteMook Dodoria]].
-->'''Krillin''': Well, good thing I was there to get us out of that one!
-->'''Gohan''': Well yeah, but why didn't you use your Kienzan?
**It happens again after Krillin escaped 2nd Form Freeza:
-->'''Krillin''':([[MrExposition explaining]])...So I thought fast and used the [[BlindedByTheLight Solar Flare]] on him!
-->'''Gohan''':And then you used your Kienzan to cut him in half?
-->'''Krillin''':Umm...
-->(Suddenly, Freeza flies back at the gang, furious).
-->'''Freeza''':[[FauxAffablyEvil I WILL MOUNT YOUR HEAD]] [[VillainousBreakdown WHERE MY TAIL USED TO BE!]].
-->'''Krillin''':[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment To answer your question Gohan... No. I did not do that.]]
** This happens [[RunningGag yet a THIRD time]] when Freeza is transforming into his [[OneWingedAngel Final]] [[ThisWasHisTrueForm Form]]. However, if he is telling the truth, he is partially {{Justified}} here.
-->'''Gohan''':([[PainfulTransformation Freeza screaming in the background]]) Krillin, why aren't you using your Kienzan?
-->'''Krillin''':[[LampshadeHanging You know, I keep forgetting to do that.]]
-->'''Gohan''':...And?
-->'''Krillin''':Well, I kind of used all my energy to [[spoiler:mortally wound Vegeta.]]
-->'''[[OnlySaneMan Gohan]]''':Seriously, what did I miss?
**Double-subverted the one time Krillin DOES manage to remember he has this ability, which is when [[spoiler:it is completely useless. When Cell has just achieved perfection, Krillin slings a Kienzan [[OffWithHisHead right into Cell's neck]], but [[SubvertedTrope it does nothing]]. However, his [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KWlPc9K4lhE reaction]] is priceless.]]
2nd Apr '17 2:21:45 PM nombretomado
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** Teddie conveniently recalling that his persona, Kintoki-Douji, can cast Energy Shower, which (just as conveniently) cures Enervation ("old" status). However, Kintoki-Douji ''can'' cast Energy Shower in the games, and is one of his default spells. It will still feel like this to people watching that aren't familiar with [[Videogame/{{Persona 4}} the source material]], however.

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** Teddie conveniently recalling that his persona, Kintoki-Douji, can cast Energy Shower, which (just as conveniently) cures Enervation ("old" status). However, Kintoki-Douji ''can'' cast Energy Shower in the games, and is one of his default spells. It will still feel like this to people watching that aren't familiar with [[Videogame/{{Persona 4}} [[Videogame/Persona4 the source material]], however.



* May come up in ''{{Persona 3}}'' depending on your dialogue choices. [[spoiler: Assuming the protagonist wasn't just hitting buttons randomly (which you can fess up to), or using her women's intuition (which you can ALSO confess to), how DID he/she know which switch controlled the breaks to the train car? In TheMovie, the protagonist had [[IKnowMortalKombat played a train simulator at the arcade a couple of days back.]] Lampshaded in the manga, which revealed the Male MC had a hidden love for trains.]]

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* May come up in ''{{Persona 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona3'' depending on your dialogue choices. [[spoiler: Assuming the protagonist wasn't just hitting buttons randomly (which you can fess up to), or using her women's intuition (which you can ALSO confess to), how DID he/she know which switch controlled the breaks to the train car? In TheMovie, the protagonist had [[IKnowMortalKombat played a train simulator at the arcade a couple of days back.]] Lampshaded in the manga, which revealed the Male MC had a hidden love for trains.]]
23rd Mar '17 5:03:57 AM Dark_Lord_
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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have been known to dabble in this area, depending on the series. Conner in ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'' for example, is able to access his Battlizer for the first time ever by just...wishing for it I guess... Generally, more technological based teams are better about this, with new weapons and zords being built and tested prior to use.
** Dino Thunder has this as part of the premise: the power source itself is mysterious meteor fragments. More powers are unlocked as the series goes by, and using the raw power of the gems into a very strong blast comes along later still. The BigBad is finished off by being ''chomped by a dinosaur made of pure Dino Gem energy.'' However, that permanently depletes the Dino Gems (but of course, 'permanently' means 'until a ReunionShow demands their return.')
** An interesting subversion occurs in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', in which Andros has been carrying his own Battlizer for a good portion of the season, using it only to power up his attacks and control the Delta Megazord. Eventually Carlos asks him why he's never used the highest power setting on the device, to which Andros replies that he worries that it may be ''too'' powerful. Later, in a battle in which he is unable to morph, the final setting is activated and he becomes the Red Battlized Ranger for the first time.
*** Mind you, Andros isn't the one who activated it--it was pressed by a little girl nearby. For all she knew, the setting ''was'' too powerful and it could have blown them all up.

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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and its adaptation ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' have been known to dabble in this area, depending on the series. Conner in ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'' for example, is able The later series tend to access his Battlizer for the first time ever by just...wishing for it I guess... Generally, do this a lot more, as they need to introduce more technological based teams are better about this, with new weapons and zords being built and tested prior to use.
** Dino Thunder has this as part of
mecha for the premise: Rangers compared to the power source itself is mysterious meteor fragments. More powers are unlocked as the series goes by, and using the raw power of the gems into a very strong blast comes along later still. The BigBad is finished off by being ''chomped by a dinosaur made of pure Dino Gem energy.'' However, that permanently depletes the Dino Gems (but of course, 'permanently' means 'until a ReunionShow demands their return.')
earlier ones.
** An interesting subversion occurs in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', in which Andros has been carrying his own Battlizer for a good portion of the season, using it only to power up his attacks and control the Delta Megazord. Eventually Carlos asks him why he's never used the highest power setting on the device, to which Andros replies that he worries that it may be ''too'' powerful. Later, in a battle in which he is unable to morph, the final setting is activated and he becomes the Red Battlized Ranger for the first time.
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time. Mind you, Andros isn't the one who activated it--it was pressed by a little girl nearby. For all she knew, the setting ''was'' too powerful and it could have blown them all up.up.
** Conner in ''[[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Dino Thunder]]'' for example, is able to access his Battlizer for the first time ever by just...wishing for it I guess... Generally, more technological based teams are better about this, with new weapons and zords being built and tested prior to use. Dino Thunder has this as part of the premise: the power source itself is mysterious meteor fragments. More powers are unlocked as the series goes by, and using the raw power of the gems into a very strong blast comes along later still. The BigBad is finished off by being ''chomped by a dinosaur made of pure Dino Gem energy.'' However, that permanently depletes the Dino Gems (but of course, 'permanently' means 'until a ReunionShow demands their return.')



* Most ''Franchise/KamenRider'' shows have this trope, but the first one to get the ball rolling was ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'', which gave Kotaro two forms in the middle of the show, one gave him a CoolSword and the ability to turn into water, and the other [[TheGunslinger gave him a gun]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' and his various forms. 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!]]''
*** Granted, this was mitigated by two things. First, 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). And second, in order to get his stronger forms he had to be shocked with a defibrillator.
*** Also take into account that those forms ''did'' exist (or there was at least a rough outline, hard to tell) prior to him wishing from them, how do we know that? ''Because the belt of all thing had [[GuideDangIt instructions]] for them''! Granted they weren't ''good'' instructions (but at least they got the point across), and they were in another language that only ''just'' got translated right when he needed them the most, but the fact that they were there ''before'' Kuuga first activated them shows that he didn't just 'wish' new forms that didn't exist before into existence. Heck after he got Dragon form the fact that there was still text left to translate basically foreshadowed that there was more.
** A particularly egregious villain example happens in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze''. When Gamou is about to [[YouHaveFailedMe send Hayami to the Dark Nebula]] He [[ContrivedCoincidence conveniently]] gains his Supernova power, the Eye of Laplace. While every previous Supernova just turned a Horoscopes into a [[OneWingedAngel giant monster]], Hayami instead gains the power to see Zodiarts evolutions so he can just look at someone and instantly not only know if they can become a Horoscopes, but find people who are so compatible that just pressing the switch will instantly evolve them. In the 33 episodes before this, only 2 Horoscopes had evolved during the course of the show (5 were evolved before the series began). After this, a new Horoscope was introduced every 2 episodes Without this power, there would be no way for the writers to possibly fit in the remaining 5 Horoscopes in the last 14 episodes.

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** ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' and its adaptation ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'': Whenever the narrative thinks the rangers learned the [[AnAesop Aesop Of The Week]], they gain a new set of Headers, which are items that can either combine with their weapons for more powerful attacks or enlarge to serve as a MechaExpansionPack.
** Anniversary series ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' has this trope as a recurring plotline. The Gokaigers are the 35th Sentai and need to learn to use the powers of the previous 34 Super Sentai teams in order to unlock the greatest treasure of the universe. Whenever a member of one of the previous teams deems the Gokaigers worthy, they will unlock a new power for them. This mostly happens when the Gokaigers show HeroicResolve against a particularly tough MonsterOfTheWeek or show another virtue associated with one of the older teams. The adaptation ''Series/PowerRangersSuperMegaforce'' plays this trope even straighter, by having the mentor Gosei randomly hand out new power ups or mecha whenever the rangers need them. A particularly ridiculous example is when he tells the rangers they suddenly gained the power to summon the Ninja Zord, despite the episode not featuring or even having anything to do with ninjas.
* Most ''Franchise/KamenRider'' shows have this trope, but trope. Like the Sentai and Power Rangers example above, the later series feature this more prominently compared to the older ones, since newer series feature more Riders, more weapons and/or more transformations, compared to the older series.
** The
first one to get the ball rolling was ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'', which gave Kotaro two forms in the middle of the show, one gave him a CoolSword and the ability to turn into water, and the other [[TheGunslinger gave him a gun]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' and his various forms. All 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!]]''
*** Granted,
off!]]'' But ''Kuuga'' actually subverts this was mitigated by two things. First, 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 take into account that those forms ''did'' exist (or there was at least a rough outline, hard to tell) prior to him wishing from them, how do we know that? ''Because the belt of all thing had [[GuideDangIt instructions]] for them''! Granted they weren't ''good'' instructions (but at least they got the point across), and they were in another language that only ''just'' got translated right when he needed them the most, but the fact that they were there ''before'' Kuuga first activated them shows that he didn't just 'wish'
defibrillator. Also, these new forms that didn't exist before into existence. Heck after he got Dragon form were mentioned on a piece of ancient text, which, at the fact that there was still text left to translate basically foreshadowed that there was more.
beginning of the series, could not be read by the protagonists, meaning Yusuke did not simply wish for them.
** A particularly egregious villain example happens in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze''. When Gamou is about to [[YouHaveFailedMe send Hayami to the Dark Nebula]] He [[ContrivedCoincidence conveniently]] gains his Supernova power, the Eye of Laplace. While every previous Supernova just turned a Horoscopes into a [[OneWingedAngel giant monster]], Hayami instead gains the power to see Zodiarts evolutions so he can just look at someone and instantly not only know if they can become a Horoscopes, but find people who are so compatible that just pressing the switch will instantly evolve them. In the 33 episodes before this, only 2 Horoscopes had evolved during the course of the show (5 were evolved before the series began). After this, a new Horoscope was introduced every 2 episodes episodes. Without this power, there would be no way for the writers to possibly fit in the remaining 5 Horoscopes in the last 14 episodes.
21st Mar '17 10:29:31 PM NNinja
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** Goten and Trunks achieves Super Saiyan without knowing that it was a hard thing to do.
14th Mar '17 7:12:03 PM nmn3r3
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': As early as the first episode, it's hinted that Ruby's silver eyes are special in some way. At the end of the third season, Ruby activates the secret powers her eyes have, freezing the [[{{Kaiju}} Grimm Dragon]] in place and defeating SuperMode![[ArcVillain Cinder]] off-screen. Afterwards, it's explained that "Silver Eyed Warriors" have special powers that allow them to beat even apocalyptic [[TheHeartless Creatures of Grimm]] with ease. The next season then reveals that the Four Maidens, legends hyped up throughout the last season, happen to be weak to Silver Eyed Warriors, sidestepping how Cinder could be defeated and crippled despite having stolen the Fall Maiden's powers.
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