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21st Aug '16 12:57:01 PM MrMediaGuy2
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* ''ComicStrip/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' feature several unicorns who respond with "Unicorn!" in answer to any question about a new ability or even an unusual behavior, even if it's something as mundane as [[http://www.gocomics.com/phoebe-and-her-unicorn/2015/03/06 eating grass]] or [[http://www.gocomics.com/phoebe-and-her-unicorn/2013/07/19 getting trapped in playground equipment]]. Marigold gets a little put out if anyone tries to [[http://www.gocomics.com/phoebe-and-her-unicorn/2015/01/07 cut into her action]].
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* ''WebComic/PhoebeAndHerUnicorn'' feature several unicorns who respond with "Unicorn!" in answer to any question about a new ability or even an unusual behavior, even if it's something as mundane as [[http://www.gocomics.com/phoebe-and-her-unicorn/2015/03/06 eating grass]] or [[http://www.gocomics.com/phoebe-and-her-unicorn/2013/07/19 getting trapped in playground equipment]]. Marigold gets a little put out if anyone tries to [[http://www.gocomics.com/phoebe-and-her-unicorn/2015/01/07 cut into her action]].
17th Aug '16 10:34:43 PM Ramona122003
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* A frequent element used in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' where the main hero will often get new powers that'll ultimately help him in the end, the most blatant examples being his [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique ghostly wail]] and [[ElementalPowers ice powers]].
** Except for the ice powers. He ditches everything for ice, for some reason. Season 3 did this with more than just Danny, though -- Danny got ice powers and temporary weather powers, while Kitty got some bizarre kiss-the-men-away power that seemingly came out of nowhere. Johnny better be careful not to upset her now.

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A frequent element used in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' where the main hero will often get new powers that'll ultimately help him in the end, the most blatant examples example being his [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique ghostly wail]] and [[ElementalPowers ice powers]].
** Except for the ice powers. He ditches everything for ice, for some reason.
powers]]. Season 3 did this with more than just Danny, though -- Danny got ice powers and temporary weather powers, while Kitty got some bizarre kiss-the-men-away power that seemingly came out of nowhere. Johnny better be careful not to upset her now.
17th Aug '16 10:15:44 PM Ramona122003
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** Klingons get some of this once they cease being AlwaysChaoticEvil. For instance, in the ''Next Generation'' episode "Ethics", a shaky camera accident breaks Worf's spine, paralyzing him. During the experimental operation to replace his spine, something goes wrong, and he goes braindead. For a moment, it looks like disaster; then his other neural system kicks in.
*** Perhaps he asked for a raise.
17th Aug '16 9:18:26 PM Ramona122003
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** [[TheHero Goku]] reads Krillin's mind when he arrives on Namek. This is given some LampshadeHanging, with Krillin asking "Where did you get such an ability from?!", and Goku replying he wasn't even sure that would work. The mind-reading does have some justification since Master Roshi and Korin can read minds better than him (Goku needs to physically touch someone for it to work), and Roshi claimed that any high-level martial artists can do it. In ''Super'', he learns to combine [[spoiler: Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan and the Kaio-Ken]] off-screen and no one knew about it, not even Vegeta who trained with Goku for three years in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.

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** [[TheHero Goku]] reads Krillin's mind when he arrives on Namek. This is given some LampshadeHanging, with Krillin asking "Where did you get such an ability from?!", and Goku replying he wasn't even sure that would work. The mind-reading does have some justification since Master Roshi and Korin can read minds better than him (Goku needs to physically touch someone for it to work), and Roshi claimed that any high-level martial artists can do it. In ''Super'', he learns to combine [[spoiler: Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan and the Kaio-Ken]] off-screen and no one knew about it, not even Vegeta who trained with Goku for three years in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. The reason why he never [[spoiler: combined the Kaio-Ken with any of his other Super Saiyan forms was because it was physically impossible since Super Saiyan alone is a stressful power-up and combining the Kaio-Ken with it is suicide. Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan only works because it's a calm transformation with great energy control]].
17th Aug '16 9:02:32 PM Ramona122003
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** [[TheHero Goku]] reads Krillin's mind when he arrives on Namek. This is given some LampshadeHanging, with Krillin asking "Where did you get such an ability from?!", and Goku replying he wasn't even sure that would work. The mind-reading does have some justification since Master Roshi and Korin can read minds better than him (Goku needs to physically touch someone for it to work), and Roshi claimed that any high-level martial artists can do it. In ''Super'', he learns to combine [[spoiler: Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan and the Kaio-Ken]] off-screen and no one knew about, not even Vegeta who trained with Goku for three years in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.

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** [[TheHero Goku]] reads Krillin's mind when he arrives on Namek. This is given some LampshadeHanging, with Krillin asking "Where did you get such an ability from?!", and Goku replying he wasn't even sure that would work. The mind-reading does have some justification since Master Roshi and Korin can read minds better than him (Goku needs to physically touch someone for it to work), and Roshi claimed that any high-level martial artists can do it. In ''Super'', he learns to combine [[spoiler: Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan and the Kaio-Ken]] off-screen and no one knew about, about it, not even Vegeta who trained with Goku for three years in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
17th Aug '16 8:52:33 PM Ramona122003
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** The innate ability to sense energy is meant to be quite rare in DBZ, hence why Frieza's entire army (and even Frieza himself) utilize scouter devices. Vegeta relied on a scouter when we first meet him - although he knew not to trust them entirely - yet by the Namek Saga he randomly gained the ability to sense energy all on his own. With the Ki sensing, however, it wasn't that Frieza and his minions couldn't do it, but they didn't know that it even could be done. Vegeta mentioned that after he found out it was possible, he easily taught himself the ability. However, he wasn't as good at it compare to the Earthlings.
** [[TheHero Goku]] reads Krillin's mind when he arrives on Namek. This is given some LampshadeHanging, with Krillin asking "Where did you get such an ability from?!", and Goku replying he wasn't even sure that would work. The mind-reading does have some justification since Master Roshi and Korin can read minds better than him (Goku needs to physically touch someone for it to work), and Roshi claimed that any high-level martial artists can do it. In ''Super'', he learns to combine [[spoiler: Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan and the Kaio-Ken]] off-screen and no one knew about, not even Vegeta who trained with Whis.Goku for three years in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.

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** The innate ability to sense energy is meant to be quite rare in DBZ, hence why Frieza's entire army (and even Frieza himself) utilize scouter devices. Vegeta relied on a scouter when we first meet him - although he knew not to trust them entirely - yet by the Namek Saga he randomly gained the ability to sense energy all on his own. With the Ki sensing, however, it wasn't that Frieza and his minions couldn't do it, but they didn't know that it even could be done. Vegeta mentioned that after he found out it was possible, he easily taught himself the ability. However, he wasn't isn't as good at it compare to the Earthlings.
Earthlings. In ''Super'', he learns Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan off-screen by training with Whis and, unlike Goku, he gained god energy without the ritual.
** [[TheHero Goku]] reads Krillin's mind when he arrives on Namek. This is given some LampshadeHanging, with Krillin asking "Where did you get such an ability from?!", and Goku replying he wasn't even sure that would work. The mind-reading does have some justification since Master Roshi and Korin can read minds better than him (Goku needs to physically touch someone for it to work), and Roshi claimed that any high-level martial artists can do it. In ''Super'', he learns to combine [[spoiler: Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan and the Kaio-Ken]] off-screen and no one knew about, not even Vegeta who trained with Whis.Goku for three years in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.



* Happens about once per story arc all over the ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' franchise, when it isn't leaning on the EleventhHourSuperpower instead. Also combines with SoLastSeason in that suddenly gaining new abilities usually means the characters cease using their old ones.

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Happens about once per story arc all over the ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' franchise, when it isn't leaning on the EleventhHourSuperpower instead. Also combines with SoLastSeason in that suddenly gaining new abilities usually means the characters cease using their old ones.
17th Aug '16 8:48:13 PM Ramona122003
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** Even [[TheHero Goku]] does this from time to time. He reads Krillin's mind when he arrives on Namek, learns the Instant Transmission from the inhabitants of a planet he crashed on, and figures out how to turn into a Super Saiyan 3 while he was dead. He learned all three of these techniques conveniently off-screen. The first example was given some LampshadeHanging, with Krillin asking "Where did you get such an ability from?!", and Goku replying he wasn't even sure that would work. It was also reused during the Android/Cell Saga. Master Roshi used the mind-reading technique near the beginning of the series along with Korin.
** Almost exactly the same happened with Goten. He achieved the Super Saiyan level without knowing that it was a hard thing to do, but being 7-8 years old, he hasn't learn how to fly by himself.
** The Super Saiyan forms. In the beginning, it was believed that only one saiyan can make said transformation every 1,000 years. Not even a full year after Goku BECOMES that saiyan, two more saiyans show up with said ability. Granted, one of them was from the future, but only by about 15 years. Later, another character gains this ability. Seven years later, two children discover this ability completely by accident. And apparently in the distant future, two more kids also discover this ability. And by the point "Super Saiyan" isn't even a big transformation anymore. The entire thing was dwarfed in power once "Super Saiyan 2" was introduced. Then there was "3rd Grade", then "Super Saiyan 2", which completely dwarfed all of said powers combined. Once "Super Saiyan 3" was introduced, viewers weren't even surprised and even expected it. This transformation wasn't important during the saga it was introduced, as it was downplayed with "[[FusionDance Fusion]]" and "Ultimate Power" being introduced.
** The prevalence of the Super Saiyan form is at least partially explained in the manga and anime. Goku and Vegeta had to undergo extreme emotional stress and desperation in order to transform, and Gohan required many years of training to achieve the transformation. However, because Trunks and Goten were both conceived after their respective fathers had learned the transformation, that trait was passed on to them, and they found the transformation process much, much easier, implying that a child conceived by at least one super saiyan capable parent will have an almost instinctual ability to transform.

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** Even [[TheHero Goku]] does this from time to time. He reads Krillin's mind when he arrives on Namek, learns the Instant Transmission from the inhabitants of a planet he crashed on, and figures out how to turn into a Super Saiyan 3 while he was dead. He learned all three of these techniques conveniently off-screen. The first example was Namek. This is given some LampshadeHanging, with Krillin asking "Where did you get such an ability from?!", and Goku replying he wasn't even sure that would work. It was also reused during the Android/Cell Saga. The mind-reading does have some justification since Master Roshi used the mind-reading technique near the beginning of the series along with Korin.
** Almost exactly the same happened with Goten. He achieved the
and Korin can read minds better than him (Goku needs to physically touch someone for it to work), and Roshi claimed that any high-level martial artists can do it. In ''Super'', he learns to combine [[spoiler: Super Saiyan level God Super Saiyan and the Kaio-Ken]] off-screen and no one knew about, not even Vegeta who trained with Whis.Goku for three years in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber.
** Goten and Trunks achieves Super Saiyan
without knowing that it was a hard thing to do, but being 7-8 years old, he hasn't learn how to fly by himself.
** The Super Saiyan forms. In the beginning, it was believed that only one saiyan can make said transformation every 1,000 years. Not even a full year after Goku BECOMES that saiyan, two more saiyans show up with said ability. Granted, one of them was from the future, but only by about 15 years. Later, another character gains this ability. Seven years later, two children discover this ability completely by accident. And apparently in the distant future, two more kids also discover this ability. And by the point "Super Saiyan" isn't even a big transformation anymore. The entire thing was dwarfed in power once "Super Saiyan 2" was introduced. Then there was "3rd Grade", then "Super Saiyan 2", which completely dwarfed all of said powers combined. Once "Super Saiyan 3" was introduced, viewers weren't even surprised and even expected it. This transformation wasn't important during the saga it was introduced, as it was downplayed with "[[FusionDance Fusion]]" and "Ultimate Power" being introduced.
** The prevalence of the Super Saiyan form is at least partially explained in the manga and anime. Goku and Vegeta had to undergo extreme emotional stress and desperation in order to transform, and Gohan required many years of training to achieve the transformation. However, because Trunks and Goten were both conceived after their respective fathers had learned the transformation, that trait was passed on to them, and they found the transformation process much, much easier, implying that a child conceived by at least one super saiyan capable parent will have an almost instinctual ability to transform.
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5th Aug '16 10:12:33 AM KingWumpus
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* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a half-human, half-alien hybrid that seems to unlock new powers every other episode. This includes [[spoiler: energy shields, healing saliva, the ability to activate magic teleport pads and other artifacts, granting sentient life to watermelons, telepathy, shape shifting, mind swapping with both his sentient watermelons and a human, personal gravity control, magically fusing with a human into a single entity, and instantly knowing how to perfectly drift race a car on first use]]. This is in addition to the physical fortitude and agility of at least a peak human (if not higher) despite his physique and lifestyle not backing that up.
31st Jul '16 5:24:00 PM nombretomado
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* Also from the {{DCU}}, Infinity Man had the ill-explained power to, uh (googling it), bend all natural laws. He can modify the atomic structure of things. Good.

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* Also from the {{DCU}}, Franchise/TheDCU, Infinity Man had the ill-explained power to, uh (googling it), bend all natural laws. He can modify the atomic structure of things. Good.
26th Jul '16 4:12:50 PM DukeTulpersn
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** Less prominent examples happen throughout part 3, mostly because [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Stands were a new concept, and didn't have such defined rules as they did in later parts.]] Some examples: [[spoiler: Star Platinum being able to stretch its finger with bullet-like force, Star Platinum being able to inhale like a vacuum, [[FantasticVoyagePlot Kakyoin's and Polnareff's stands being able to shrink to insect size,]] and Avdol's stand being able to create a flame that can somehow "detect life." ]] None of these abilities are ever used more than once.
** Oh, it happens to the villains too. Part 4 had [[spoiler: Kira getting the ability to reset time back to the time a kid woke up in the morning so that he could find out who got killed trying to figure out who Kira was because the kid was under the effect of Kira's just gotten the night before power.]] Part 6 had [[spoiler: the main villain of that getting the power to alter the universe's gravity, causing time to accelerate to the universe's end so that he could reset time to the way he wants it to be.]]

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** Less prominent examples happen throughout part 3, mostly because [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness Stands were a new concept, and didn't have such defined rules as they did in later parts.]] Some examples: [[spoiler: Star Platinum being able to stretch its finger with bullet-like force, Star Platinum being able to inhale like a vacuum, [[FantasticVoyagePlot Kakyoin's and Polnareff's stands being able to shrink to insect size,]] and Avdol's stand being able to create a flame that can somehow "detect life." life," a la the Human Torch example below. ]] None of these abilities are ever used more than once.
** Oh, it happens to the villains too. In Part 4 had [[spoiler: 4, [[spoiler:Yoshikage Kira getting the gets an ability to reset he calls "Bites the Dust," that instantly blows up anyone who activates its trigger no matter where he is, then rewind time back to a set point, and THEN blow up any previous victim at the time a kid woke up point where the trigger went off in the morning so that he could find out last timeline. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext It's convoluted and confusing,]] but the end result is that, by the end of the day, all the people who got are a threat to Kira are killed trying to figure out who without Kira was because the kid was under the effect of Kira's just gotten the night before power.having to lift a finger.]] Part 6 had [[spoiler: the main villain of that getting the power to alter the universe's gravity, causing time to accelerate to the universe's end so that he could reset time to the way he wants it to be.]]
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