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1st Jul '16 11:09:25 PM nombretomado
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* The writers of ''{{Bionicle}}'' tried to avoid this trope with their main bad guys, the Makuta. Since at one point, a huge variety of differently colored and shaped Kraata slugs could be [[MerchandiseDriven bought]], they had to come up with 42 different powers for each kind. Since Kraata are basically physical forms of the Makuta's essence, the writers decided to give these powers to them

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* The writers of ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' tried to avoid this trope with their main bad guys, the Makuta. Since at one point, a huge variety of differently colored and shaped Kraata slugs could be [[MerchandiseDriven bought]], they had to come up with 42 different powers for each kind. Since Kraata are basically physical forms of the Makuta's essence, the writers decided to give these powers to them
26th Jun '16 8:16:32 PM XSpectreGreyX
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** In the ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', [[AngryBlackMan Tyroc]] had the power to warp reality with his [[MakeMeWannaShout screams]]. (Of course, this made the "screaming" part just color...no pun intended.) He could do nearly anything, from teleportation to pyrokinesis to... making it rain glue. The character was soon written out; common wisdom is that the writers had no idea what to do with him. In his recent reintroduction he seems to have been {{Retcon}}ned into having more conventional Banshee/Black Canary [[MakeMeWannaShout scream powers]].

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** In the ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'', [[AngryBlackMan Tyroc]] had the power to warp reality with his [[MakeMeWannaShout screams]]. (Of course, this made the "screaming" part just color... no pun intended.) He could do nearly anything, from teleportation to pyrokinesis to... making it rain glue. The character was soon written out; common wisdom is that the writers had no idea what to do with him. In his recent reintroduction he seems to have been {{Retcon}}ned into having more conventional Banshee/Black Canary [[MakeMeWannaShout scream powers]].



* Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash, after the events of ''ComicBook/TheFlash: Rebirth''. Suddenly powered by an inexplicable thing called the "Negative Speed Force", he now has the ability to travel back in time at will and change history. He also gained gained Reverse-Flash II's ability to create a sonic boom when he snaps his fingers, something his Speed Force should negate (otherwise every step he takes should do that). He can also... reverse-age himself? What?



** There's also the convenient twin features that nobody actually knows what his powers are or how to use them intentionally, and his powers always seem to activate instinctively when he really, really needs them. He eventually finds a book the should tell him how his powers work...but cannot read it at the time because he's been depowered (it's established early on that there are magical trip mines in magic books that erase the memory of the contents from the mind of anyone who really shouldn't read that particular book).

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** There's also the convenient twin features that nobody actually knows what his powers are or how to use them intentionally, and his powers always seem to activate instinctively when he really, really needs them. He eventually finds a book the should tell him how his powers work... but cannot read it at the time because he's been depowered (it's established early on that there are magical trip mines in magic books that erase the memory of the contents from the mind of anyone who really shouldn't read that particular book).
24th Jun '16 1:04:35 PM StFan
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* ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}''. This is quite possibly the largest criticism laid at his feet: he started out faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and invulnerable to anything less than a bomb. Since then he's learned to fly, to blow like a hurricane, to survive nuclear explosions (though just barely), chill things with a [[SuperBreath puff of breath]], shoot [[EyeBeams lasers from his eyes]], and use XRayVision. And that's just the powers that have lasted: during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, he gained a new power nearly every month (Super Ventriloquism was bad - being able to travel through time as easily as he could fly was worse). The super-breath, at least, is a logical extension of someone with the kind of lungs he must have...

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* ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}''.''ComicBook/{{Superman}}''. This is quite possibly the largest criticism laid at his feet: he started out faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and invulnerable to anything less than a bomb. Since then he's learned to fly, to blow like a hurricane, to survive nuclear explosions (though just barely), chill things with a [[SuperBreath puff of breath]], shoot [[EyeBeams lasers from his eyes]], and use XRayVision. And that's just the powers that have lasted: during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, he gained a new power nearly every month (Super Ventriloquism was bad - being able to travel through time as easily as he could fly was worse). The super-breath, at least, is a logical extension of someone with the kind of lungs he must have...



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* ''[[{{Literature/MGP}} Magical Girl Policy]]'': This trope seems to be the process through which the Spirit Guard gain new abilities.



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* Sookie from ''TrueBlood'' has gained new abilities as well. [[spoiler: She can shoot some kind of energy from her hand. She did it accidentally against Maryann and possibly less so against a werewolf who attacked her in season 3.]]

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* Sookie from ''TrueBlood'' ''Series/TrueBlood'' has gained new abilities as well. [[spoiler: She can shoot some kind of energy from her hand. She did it accidentally against Maryann and possibly less so against a werewolf who attacked her in season 3.]]



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* ''Literature/MagicalGirlPolicy'': This trope seems to be the process through which the Spirit Guard gain new abilities.
22nd Jun '16 3:47:07 PM ajbit26
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* Speaking of [[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Captain Planet]], there was the titular hero himself, pulling out new powers out of nowhere anytime he needed to clean up the latest mess.
22nd Jun '16 4:43:40 AM Adept
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** Interestingly, a lot of this stems from various media adaptations, particularly the {{Superman Theatrical Cartoon|s}} shorts; originally the brothers Fleischer ''wanted'' to stick close to a relatively limited powerset, but animating him just "leaping" everywhere was time-consuming and expensive (even with their extravagant-for-the-time budget), so they asked DC "can we just make him fly?" DC said "Sure", he flew in the cartoons which introduced a ton of people to the character who then bought the comic and complained to DC, asking why Superman didn't fly like he did in the cartoon... and, well, we were off to the Super-races.

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** Interestingly, a lot of this stems from various media adaptations, particularly the {{Superman WesternAnimation/{{Superman Theatrical Cartoon|s}} shorts; originally the brothers Fleischer ''wanted'' to stick close to a relatively limited powerset, but animating him just "leaping" everywhere was time-consuming and expensive (even with their extravagant-for-the-time budget), so they asked DC "can we just make him fly?" DC said "Sure", he flew in the cartoons which introduced a ton of people to the character who then bought the comic and complained to DC, asking why Superman didn't fly like he did in the cartoon... and, well, we were off to the Super-races.
30th May '16 4:46:27 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Richard Rahl from ''TheSwordOfTruth'' falls victim to this trope fairly regularly. Understandable, since he's also subjected to OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow at least once a book.

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* Richard Rahl from ''TheSwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' falls victim to this trope fairly regularly. Understandable, since he's also subjected to OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow at least once a book.
18th May '16 2:01:03 PM kawaiineko333
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* In Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy, Star-Lord and his team crash into the Dark Aster to stop Ronan the Accuser from destroying Xandar with the Infinity Stone. While they're in a dark hallway, Groot puts out glowing spores to light the way. Drax asks when he was able to do that.
--> Star Lord: Pretty sure the answer is "I Am Groot."
15th May '16 11:08:46 AM nombretomado
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** Might as well put {{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?)

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** Might as well put {{Magneto}} 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?)
14th May '16 7:47:46 PM nombretomado
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* While not powers, per se, Franchise/{{Batman}} seems to always have that one thing in his utility belt that saves the day, despite there never being mention of it before. This was especially true in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, on [[Series/{{Batman}} the TV Show]] (shark-repellent bat-spray), and on the {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} ("You're a mouse? I'll put you in the bat belt mouse compartment!"). Fans have come to expect him to have all sorts of basic toys there (as well as a chunk of kryptonite in a lead-lined pouch because you can't be too careful), and the better writers either have him specifically preparing for a fight or have him MacGyver a solution out of things you would expect him to have.

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* While not powers, per se, Franchise/{{Batman}} seems to always have that one thing in his utility belt that saves the day, despite there never being mention of it before. This was especially true in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, on [[Series/{{Batman}} the TV Show]] (shark-repellent bat-spray), and on the {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} ("You're a mouse? I'll put you in the bat belt mouse compartment!"). Fans have come to expect him to have all sorts of basic toys there (as well as a chunk of kryptonite in a lead-lined pouch because you can't be too careful), and the better writers either have him specifically preparing for a fight or have him MacGyver {{MacGyver|ing}} a solution out of things you would expect him to have.
14th May '16 3:56:17 PM Eagal
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** The Winged Dragon of Ra is clearly this, revealing a new secret ability ''every single time'' it gets played. A full list of its abilities: its ATK and DEF are equal to the ATK and DEF of the monsters tributed to summon it, you can pay all but 1 Life Point to increase its attack by the same amount, you can pay 1000 Life Points to destroy a monster on the opponent's field, and you can tribute other monsters to add their ATK to Ra's ATK. And that doesn't count the requirement one needs to have Ancient Egyptian heritage and has to recite an ancient chant in order to summon it, and the immunity to card effects it shares with the other god cards.

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** The Winged Dragon of Ra is clearly this, revealing a new secret ability ''every single time'' it gets played. A full list of its abilities: its ATK and DEF are equal to the ATK and DEF of the monsters tributed to summon it, you can pay all but 1 Life Point to increase its attack by the same amount, you can pay 1000 Life Points to destroy a monster on the opponent's field, and you can tribute other monsters to add their ATK to Ra's ATK. And that doesn't count the requirement one needs to have Ancient Egyptian heritage and has to recite an ancient chant in order to summon it, and the immunity to card effects it shares with the other god cards. And the aforementioned effect to pay life points and increase Ra's attack? It can be reversed, allowing the user to to take back all of those attack points as life points by using ''De-Fusion''.



** ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' has the [[TheMagicPokerEquation Shining Draw]], which literally creates a card that will have the exact effects needed to beat his opponent, no matter how convoluted, up to a monster that lets him attack outside of his battle phase, an ability seen on no other card in the game.

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** ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' has the [[TheMagicPokerEquation Shining Draw]], which literally creates a card that will have the exact effects needed to beat his the opponent, no matter how convoluted, up to a monster that lets him attack outside of his battle phase, an ability seen on no other card in the game.
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