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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.
28th Jun '17 1:03:26 PM mariofan1000
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* In ''Comicbook/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Comicbook/AntMan displays the ability to transform into the collossal Giant-Man, something he couldn't do in [[Film/AntMan his own movie]]. Slightly offset by this power at least being logically connected to his existing abilities, and [[TropesAreNotBad Giant-Man's fight scene being considered one of the best parts of the movie]].

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* In ''Comicbook/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Comicbook/AntMan displays the ability to transform into the collossal Giant-Man, something he couldn't do in [[Film/AntMan his own movie]]. Slightly offset by this power at least being logically connected to his existing abilities, and [[TropesAreNotBad Giant-Man's fight scene being considered one of the best parts of the movie]].
17th Jun '17 8:39:56 AM lillolillo
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' had the "Super Napalm", an odd weapon that was used to destroy the remains of Side 7's Operation V project.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' had Kamille pull out a lot of attacks out of his ass during the final two episodes, essentially doing Super Robot things in a Real Robot setting. It was later explained that the Zeta had a psycommu-based device called the Bio-Sensor, which amplified Kamille's power to do crazy stuff.

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* Franchise/{{Gundam}}:
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''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' had the "Super Napalm", an odd weapon that was used to destroy the remains of Side 7's Operation V project.
* ** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' had Kamille pull out a lot of attacks out of his ass during the final two episodes, essentially doing Super Robot things in a Real Robot setting. It was later explained that the Zeta had a psycommu-based device called the Bio-Sensor, which amplified Kamille's power to do crazy stuff.stuff.
** In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE Cosmic Drive]]'', the mobile suit gets upgrades increasingly frequently. Even after the most tear-jerkin scene, [[spoiler: where Desil kills Yurin]], Vargas stills pop up in the middle of the fight, proudly and happily presenting [[MechaExpansionPack a new armor pack.]]



* Franchise/{{Superman}} 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).

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* Franchise/{{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}}:
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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).lasted.



** A Magazine/{{Cracked}} Magazine Guide for Superheroes encouraged them to ''simulate'' super-kissing to improve their love lives. Apparently you use your super-breath to suck all the air out of the room just before you lock lips. The girl passes out from lack of oxygen, and wakes up convinced that she fainted from your kiss.
** 'Super-hypnotism' - though not called that at the time - was actually acquired at a very early point, certainly by 1940 at the latest (he hypnotizes Lois in at least two different stories that year alone.) It's just that it's used so irregularly and the 'super' makes it sound so silly that it ''seems'' Silver Age.

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** A Magazine/{{Cracked}} Magazine Guide for Superheroes encouraged them to ''simulate'' super-kissing to improve their love lives. Apparently you use your super-breath to suck all the air out of the room just before you lock lips. The girl passes out from lack of oxygen, and wakes up convinced that she fainted from your kiss.
** 'Super-hypnotism' - though not called that at the time - was actually acquired at a very early point, certainly by 1940 at the latest (he hypnotizes Lois in at least two different stories that year alone.) It's just that it's used so irregularly and the 'super' makes it sound so silly that it ''seems'' Silver Age.)



** In one episode of the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, Superman teams up with Robin to search for Batman, and displays his super-mimicry, explained as him having extraordinary control of his vocal muscles, to first mimic Batman, then Robin himself. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny This completely freaks Robin out, and he demands that Supes]] [[NeverSayThatAgain "Never. Do that. Again."]] Superman never uses this power again.

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** In one episode of the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, Superman teams up with Robin to search for Batman, and displays his super-mimicry, explained as him having extraordinary control of his vocal muscles, to first mimic Batman, then Robin himself. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny This completely freaks Robin out, and he demands that Supes]] Supes [[NeverSayThatAgain "Never. Do that. Again."]] Superman never uses this power again.



** 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.
** 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}} Comicbook/LoisLane 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.
** 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 had super-intuition -a power unique to her-, 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).faints).
** Parodied in Supergirl storyline "Way of the World". Supergirl fights a villain that at one point brags about his new powers:
--->'''Luzano:''' Hyper-Strength! Hyper-Speed! Plasmagenesis! Yes, that's a word! Hyper-sensual perception!\\
'''Supergirl:''' (incredulous) "Hyper-sensual"?



* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE Gundam AGE Cosmic Drive]]'', your gundam gets upgrades even more frequent than in the anime. Even after the most [[TearJerker Tear Jerking]] scene, [[spoiler: where Desil kills Yurin]], Vargas stills pop up in the middle of the fight, proudly and happily presenting you with [[MechaExpansionPack a new armor pack.]]



* WorldOfWarcraft: While all skills are learned based on character level anyway, there are a few notable examples:

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* WorldOfWarcraft: ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'': While all skills are learned based on character level anyway, there are a few notable examples:
7th Jun '17 2:50:53 PM GodEmperor
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[[caption-width-right:350:Oh boy, Tacos! SelfDemonstrating/{{Waluigi}} Time!]]
30th May '17 6:21:04 PM Malady
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* Literature/PrincessesOfThePizzaParlor: Defied, as said in the first novel:
--> You can't decide a few hours in that [your character] knows kung-fu or anything, just because it's convenient.
30th May '17 9:33:14 AM Prometheus117
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* [[MagicTheGathering Planeswalkers]]: Old walkers are able to do virtually anything according to the comics and novels, and Post-Mending walkers are capable of quite a bit (shown by them getting printed with new abilities). The players themselves are old walkers: literally capable of casting anything they have in their decks (provided certain limitations). But this is kinda the point of playing.


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* [[MagicTheGathering Planeswalkers]]: Old walkers are able to do virtually anything according to the comics and novels, and Post-Mending walkers are capable of quite a bit (shown by them getting printed with new abilities). The players themselves are old walkers: literally capable of casting anything they have in their decks (provided certain limitations). But this is kinda the point of playing.
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30th May '17 9:32:33 AM Prometheus117
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* In ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' [[SlimeGirl Suu]], being one of the few cast members based on a modern monster rather than a mythological one, tends to manifest new abilities whenever the plot requires it. Most egregiously, at one point it's revealed that she's capable of reading minds.

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** Natsu tends to serve as a guinea pig for this sort of thing when it comes to introducing unique abilities for Dragon Slayers, with other Slayers stuck in a similar situation intentionally emulating him because, hey, if he could do it, why can't they? Devouring large amounts of magical energy to obtain [[SuperMode Dragon Force]]? The guy he first used it against (Jellal) intentionally replicates the phenomena again to help him defeat [[ArcVillain Zero]] and [[BlowYouAway Wendy]] does it herself with Magic-saturated air to defeat [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Ezel]]. [[spoiler:Eating Laxus's lightning]] to gain a new SuperMode? Gajeel, [[spoiler:Rogue in the BadFuture, and Sting]] all do the same thing with various elements to gain their own {{Super Mode}}s.
* In ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' [[SlimeGirl Suu]], being one of the few cast members based on a modern monster rather than a mythological one, tends to manifest new abilities whenever the plot requires it.it, with it being {{lampshaded}} that there's really not a lot of info on how slimes work. Most egregiously, at one point it's revealed that she's capable of reading minds.



* [[MagicTheGathering Planeswalkers]]: Old walkers are able to do virtually anything according to the comics and novels, and Post-Mending walkers are capable of quite a bit (shown by them getting printed with new abilities). The players themselves are old walkers: literally capable of casting anything they have in their decks (provided certain limitations). But this is kinda the point of playing.[[/folder]]

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* [[MagicTheGathering Planeswalkers]]: Old walkers are able to do virtually anything according to the comics and novels, and Post-Mending walkers are capable of quite a bit (shown by them getting printed with new abilities). The players themselves are old walkers: literally capable of casting anything they have in their decks (provided certain limitations). But this is kinda the point of playing.playing.
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27th May '17 10:01:27 PM JapaneseTeeth
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* In ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' [[SlimeGirl Suu]], being one of the few cast members based on a modern monster rather than a mythological one, tends to manifest new abilities whenever the plot requires it. Most egregiously, at one point it's revealed that she's capable of reading minds.
25th May '17 10:08:12 AM PhantomRider
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** Creator/GrantMorrison used this trope by [[strike:an AssPull]] a CerebusRetcon in his run on ''X-Men'' by introducing "secondary mutations", which would grant entirely new sets of powers to mutants, even years after they first gained their powers. This was his excuse for letting Emma Frost turn into living diamond for no obvious reason besides RuleOfCool. [[spoiler: It turns out later that Emma was given that ability by Cassandra Nova so she could survive the Mega Sentinel attack as part of her plan to return if defeated. However, ''other'' characters get interesting secondary mutations too.]]

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** Creator/GrantMorrison used this trope by [[strike:an AssPull]] a CerebusRetcon in his run on ''X-Men'' by introducing "secondary mutations", which would grant entirely new sets of powers to mutants, even years after they first gained their powers. This was his excuse for letting Emma Frost turn into living diamond for no obvious reason besides RuleOfCool. [[spoiler: It turns out later that Emma was given that ability by Cassandra Nova so she could survive the Mega Sentinel attack as part of her plan to return if defeated. However, ''other'' characters get interesting (or terrifying) secondary mutations too.]]
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