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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.
14th Mar '17 6:51:00 AM flodoris
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** The [[ComboPlatterPowers Sharingan frequently gets new abilities]]. Generally, these tie into the eyes in some fashion (copying moves, mild precognition, trapping someone in an illusion by looking at them, shooting black fire from the user's eyes, hypnotic abilities), but powers such as Susanoo (some sort of giant spirit robot), [[spoiler: Izanagi (extra lives)]], [[spoiler: Izanami (LotusEaterMachine essentially)]], and [[spoiler: transforming into the Rinnegan]] don't have anything to do with that, with many of them (especially the last three) coming out of nowhere.
** Madara's Limbo technique was created solely to catch the Tailed Beasts off guard so that Madara can easily defeat and seal them. [[spoiler:It's later revealed to be nothing more than a higher-level invisible clone technique.]]

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** The Members of the Uchiha clan frequently gets new abilities straight out of nowhere. Generally [[ComboPlatterPowers Sharingan frequently gets new abilities]]. Generally, these their powers]], tie into the eyes in some fashion (copying moves, mild precognition, trapping someone in an illusion by looking at them, shooting black fire from the user's eyes, hypnotic abilities), but as the story progressed, members of the Uchiha clan began to show more and more powers such as Susanoo (some sort of giant spirit robot), [[spoiler: Izanagi (extra lives)]], [[spoiler: Izanami (LotusEaterMachine essentially)]], and [[spoiler: transforming into the Rinnegan]] don't have anything to do with that, with many of them (especially the last three) coming out of nowhere.
** Madara's *** In the first example, we have Itachi Uchiha who in his battle against Sasuke showed such ability as [[InstantArmor Susanoo]] which in principle is some sort of giant spirit robot which wields 2 of Japan's Sacred Treasures: the Totsuka Sword (Evidently another version of the Kusanagi) which here is a LaserBlade with sealing abilities, and the Yata Mirror which functions as a shield able to protect against anything. All this appeared directly out of nowhere and needed only in order to seal Orochimaru and give Sasuke in the future the same ability. And also later in the battle with Kabuto, Itachi will show such jutsu as Izanami, the purpose of which is incredibly contrived and wouldn't have worked on anyone except than the person Itachi was fighting at the time.
*** In the following example Sasuke Uchiha when he attacks Orochimaru, deciding he's not useful anymore. Orochimaru tries to use his GrandTheftMe on Sasuke, only for Sasuke somehow to turn it back on him without explaning how did he do it. And later his Hawk Summoning Contract, which he didn't have at the time he left Konoha, and is unlikely to have obtained from Orochimaru.
*** But the biggest example this trope, in the series is an [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha. Since his resurrection, he just kept on revealing one new ability after the other to NoSell everything they threw at him. Pitched to collide against a Rasen Shuriken? Activate the Rinnegan! Outnumbered five to one? Summon clones and have them use Susanoo! Faced with a barrage of elemental and disintegrating attacks? Summon a mountain busting Susanoo! The guy who summoned you got defeated? Break your contract and fight on with unlimited chakra! Once he is revived and no longer immortal, he retains somehow the ability to absorb chakra through his Senju cells and goes on to steal Hashirama's Senjutsu-enhanced HealingFactor. When he is crushed under a pyramid of sand enhanced by Shukaku he simply bursts out with Susanoo despite having no eyes! Getting crushed by nine Bijuu tail whips and losing an arm? Have White Zetsu return your right Rinnegan and give his own arm as a replacement! You're the one against nine Tailed Beasts? Suddenly appears ability
Limbo technique which was created solely to catch the Tailed Beasts off guard so that Madara can easily defeat and seal them. [[spoiler:It's later revealed them! [[SerialEscalation And the list goes on...]]]]
*** And in the last example [[spoiler:Obito Uchiha]] apparently following the general tradition his clan, showed a new ability out of nowhere. [[spoiler:After his death he reverts
to be nothing more his younger self and immediately uses his shiny new Mangekyo Sharingans to teleport back to the world of the living, where he using chakra transfer transfers his eyes to Kakashi, stronger than a higher-level invisible clone technique.they ever were when Obito was alive.]]



** In Chapter 562, in order to get all the five kages to fight [[spoiler:a revived Uchiha Madara]], we learned Genma's team are able to use a watered down version of Tobirama's Hiraishin ("Flying Thunder God") technique and they quickly use it to transport the Raikage.

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** In Chapter 562, in order to get all the five kages to fight [[spoiler:a revived Uchiha Madara]], we learned Genma's team are able to use a watered down version of Tobirama's Hiraishin ("Flying Thunder God") technique and they quickly use it to transport the Raikage.



** Obito [[spoiler:can ''Kamui from the afterlife'' as a chakra entity.]]
2nd Mar '17 8:41:00 AM comicwriter
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* Although Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} was created in the late Silver Age and she was so overpowered like her cousin, she was not liable to come up with new powers every issue. Still she used super-ventiloquism, in ''Comicbook/ActionComics #258'' she used super-aiming and in ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} Supergirl Vol 1]]'' issue #1 she uses [[VacuumMouth Super-Suction Breath]] to capture a serial killer (she draws out the air out of a cab so the man in there faints).

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* ** This applies to some of his supporting cast as well. In an old issue of ''Superman Family'', Comicbook/{{Lois|Lane}} assumes the identity of a Russian ballerina after [[MuggedForDisguise knocking her out and leaving her bound and gagged in a closet]]. She's suddenly able to dance well enough to fool the audience ''and'' the other Russians, which she attributes to years of ballet lessons she supposedly had as a child.
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Although Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} was created in the late Silver Age and she was so overpowered like her cousin, she was not liable to come up with new powers every issue. Still she used super-ventiloquism, in ''Comicbook/ActionComics #258'' she used super-aiming and in ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} Supergirl Vol 1]]'' issue #1 she uses [[VacuumMouth Super-Suction Breath]] to capture a serial killer (she draws out the air out of a cab so the man in there faints).
27th Feb '17 3:39:37 PM Vrahno
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** Also, it seems that [[spoiler: Tahu]] is going to demonstrate this trope in the near future, as WordOfGod is refusing to state [[spoiler: how many Makuta powers Tahu absorbed from the Golden Armour]].

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** Also, it seems It seemed that [[spoiler: Tahu]] is Tahu was going to demonstrate this trope in the near future, at one poine, as WordOfGod is refusing refused to state [[spoiler: how many Makuta powers Tahu he had absorbed from the Golden Armour]].Armour. However the story got LeftHanging before we could have found out.
** In the first movie, Kopaka wore a Mask of X-Ray Vision as his standard mask. But Kopaka wasn't in the second movie, and the writers needed someone to see through the floor to advance the plot. So Whenua's Mask of Night Vision got enhanced by them to the point where it functioned both as a flashlight ''and'' an x-ray device. In the third, when the characters were mutated into forms that could not use mask powers, it was Nuju who received the ability to see through rock with the help of his built-in mechanical eyepiece. It never displayed this function before and made Whenua's similarly out-of-the-blue ability redundant in retrospect.
21st Feb '17 12:50:50 PM superstrijder15
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**The series also gives an inversion: usually people don't get hurt by simple thing like a fireblast to the face, but some people do, whenever the plot requires Aang not to learn firebending yet or Zuko to be scarred for life.
19th Feb '17 12:23:15 PM VenomousSeal
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* "Anime/Bakugan" has the mechanical Bakugan (and to a lesser extent Helios) pull out new more powerful abilities towards the end of the season. Justified through off-screen upgrades.
18th Jan '17 7:41:12 PM bjshipley1
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** In addition to his gadgets, Batman has whatever skills will be needed to solve the problem. And those skills have added up over the years to the point where he's [[MasterOfAll an expert at literally every skill imaginable.]]
8th Jan '17 3:03:01 PM nombretomado
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*** And {{Ultimatum}}, in which 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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*** And {{Ultimatum}}, ComicBook/{{Ultimatum}}, in which UltimateMarvel 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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