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16th Feb '18 10:32:17 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', Firestorm learns [[FusionDance he/they]] can transmute object. However, it takes many tries before he/they can actually do it instead of simply melting the object. Initially, all he/they can transmute the target into is water (which appears to work on complex alien machinery as well, such as Thanagarian meteorites and Dominator bombs). However, near the end of Season 2, he/they transforms a stone obelisk into a pile of ''jelly beans''.
16th Feb '18 10:28:36 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'', Barry sometimes has to practice a few times in order to get the hang of a new power (or rather, a new application of his superspeed). Notably, the episode, where he learns to leap long distances show him rather spectacularly failing, with Cisco being forced to catch him with his drones. Naturally, the episode's climax has him succeeding in leaping across a broken bridge. When Ralph learns his flexibility also allows him to shapeshift into other people (including copying their voice), he initially has trouble shifting (or even turning back into himself), but is able to perfectly imitate [[spoiler:Clifford [=DeVoe=]]] by the episode's end. After Wally becomes Kid Flash, several episodes involve Barry trying to teach to him one of his tricks (such as phasing).
3rd Dec '17 10:59:46 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Years ago, several [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} mutants]] developed secondary powers well after their initial abilities had become apparent. For example, Emma Frost can turn into diamond, though it inhibits her psionic talents. In recent times, Psylocke has developed telekinesis on top of her (apparently temperamental) telepathy.

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* Years ago, several [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} [[ComicBook/XMen mutants]] developed secondary powers well after their initial abilities had become apparent. For example, Emma Frost can turn into diamond, though it inhibits her psionic talents. In recent times, Psylocke has developed telekinesis on top of her (apparently temperamental) telepathy.



* The entire premise of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Quite a bit of some incarnations of ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' too.

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* The entire premise of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. Quite a bit of some incarnations of ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' too.
8th Oct '17 10:28:01 AM nombretomado
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* ''TheGreatestAmericanHero'' was entirely based on this trope.

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* ''TheGreatestAmericanHero'' ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' was entirely based on this trope.
14th Aug '17 7:12:06 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* A large part of the ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' series, with Harry being the main recipient (being a demigod helps in this respect, especially when [[spoiler: your mother merged with the Phoenix, you're cousins with Jean Grey, and]] Doctor Strange has been arranging matters to stack the deck in your favour), albeit fairly slowly - at first, he gets some wandless magic, which mostly consists of a degree of PlayingWithFire, which takes until chapter 50 to be of any use. He gets potentially vastly powerful PsychicPowers too... but they only start appearing consistently from chapter 55 onwards and, until chapter 70, [[PowerIncontinence are actually far more dangerous to him and those around him than they are useful.]] And then there's the intermittent SuperStrength, which again takes a while to appear, doesn't really stray above SuperSoldier levels, which is still sufficient that he's terrified he's [[PowerIncontinence accidentally going to squash]] [[{{Fingore}} someone's hand one day]]. So, yeah. As you might expect, Harry's BlessedWithSuck.



* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' features this trope in spades. When the series starts Clark only had the speed, invulnerability, and strength of latter-day Superman. Over the series each of his abilities (X-Ray vision, heat vision, super-hearing, telescopic/microscopic vision) has developed, some spontaneously, some as a result of a condition (i.e. hearing when he became blinded). Flight has already been hinted at, but it's unknown if it'll appear in the series due to the creator's "No Tights, No Flights" rule.

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* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' features this trope in spades. When the series starts Clark only had the speed, invulnerability, and strength of latter-day Superman.Superman, all at a relatively reduced level owing to his being a teen. Over the series each of his abilities (X-Ray vision, heat vision, super-hearing, telescopic/microscopic vision) has developed, some spontaneously, some as a result of a condition (i.e. hearing when he became blinded). Flight has already been is hinted at, but it's unknown if it'll appear in the series due to the creator's "No Tights, No Flights" rule.rule, until the finale finally showed it.



** Honorable note, Clark's heat vision problems happen again when he [[EasyAmnesia loses his memory]]. Thus lost control of all his powers and had to relearn them. The same happened with his X-Ray Vsion, Super Strength, and Super Speed-- which all happen in a matter of hours, as opposed to the three seasons it took the first time.

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** Honorable note, Clark's heat vision problems happen again when he [[EasyAmnesia loses his memory]]. Thus lost control of all his powers and had to relearn them. The same happened with his X-Ray Vsion, Vision, Super Strength, and Super Speed-- which all happen in a matter of hours, as opposed to the three seasons it took the first time.
9th Jun '17 2:49:08 PM nombretomado
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* In the WhateleyUniverse, this is one of the basic tropes for most everyone. The setting is the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy, where mutants from all over the world go after getting their PubertySuperpower. Few of them can get the best from their powers without training, and even those with the obvious powers (Lancer has the standard flying brick package) can learn better ways to use their abilities. In particular, Lancer's back story has him having to learn to use his powers in a hurry when his brother ratted him out to the local mutant-haters on the army base, leading to a fight in which Lancer had to bust up a couple jeeps and an Abrams tank to get away.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, this is one of the basic tropes for most everyone. The setting is the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy, where mutants from all over the world go after getting their PubertySuperpower. Few of them can get the best from their powers without training, and even those with the obvious powers (Lancer has the standard flying brick package) can learn better ways to use their abilities. In particular, Lancer's back story has him having to learn to use his powers in a hurry when his brother ratted him out to the local mutant-haters on the army base, leading to a fight in which Lancer had to bust up a couple jeeps and an Abrams tank to get away.
9th Apr '17 9:28:27 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''ComicBook/WildCards'' series, RogerZelazny's character "The Sleeper" gets his name because every time he wakes up he has a different set of superpowers. He stays awake for a few weeks (stretching it out with meth), then sleeps for a few months, and does it again. After several years of this, he develops a routine upon waking. It goes something like, "I couldn't pick up my bed with one hand, so I knew it wasn't super-strength this time, and I cut myself shaving, so it couldn't be invulnerability. Exercising my throat only made it rasp, so I didn't have the subsonic vocalizations I had that one time either..."

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* In the ''ComicBook/WildCards'' series, RogerZelazny's Creator/RogerZelazny's character "The Sleeper" gets his name because every time he wakes up he has a different set of superpowers. He stays awake for a few weeks (stretching it out with meth), then sleeps for a few months, and does it again. After several years of this, he develops a routine upon waking. It goes something like, "I couldn't pick up my bed with one hand, so I knew it wasn't super-strength this time, and I cut myself shaving, so it couldn't be invulnerability. Exercising my throat only made it rasp, so I didn't have the subsonic vocalizations I had that one time either..."
7th Nov '16 9:19:23 AM ChaoticNovelist
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Ultimately it will solve his problem that week. Half the time it's never important again, but the other half of the time it becomes a major step forward for the character. NewPowersAsThePlotDemands is when this is [[AssPull Ass Pulled]].

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Ultimately it will solve his problem that week. Half the time it's never important again, but the other half of the time it becomes a major step forward for the character. NewPowersAsThePlotDemands is when this is [[AssPull Ass Pulled]].Pulled]] (i.e. it comes out of nowhere and there is no learning curve).



* Franchise/SpiderMan has experienced this. Tying in with the live-action film series, he was granted organic webshooters. After the events in "The Other", he developed night-vision and stingers within his body. Since ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', however, these abilities have been RetConned away, and eventually passed onto [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider his clone Kaine]].

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* Franchise/SpiderMan has experienced this. Franchise/Spiderman: Tying in with the live-action film series, he was granted organic webshooters. After the events in "The Other", he developed night-vision and stingers within his body. Since ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', however, these abilities have been RetConned away, and eventually passed onto [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider his clone Kaine]].


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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Every time Eric learns/receives new powers there is an adjustment period. In ''Literature/LoomingShadow'' it was acting like a CloudCuckooLander while his EnlightenmentSuperpower settled in. In ''Literature/ManaMutationMenace'', he struggled to come to terms with his Grendel body; [[FantasticScience the ICDMM had a laboratory and danger room for him to experiment]].
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* In the WildCards series, RogerZelazny's character "The Sleeper" gets his name because every time he wakes up he has a different set of superpowers. He stays awake for a few weeks (stretching it out with meth), then sleeps for a few months, and does it again. After several years of this, he develops a routine upon waking. It goes something like, "I couldn't pick up my bed with one hand, so I knew it wasn't super-strength this time, and I cut myself shaving, so it couldn't be invulnerability. Exercising my throat only made it rasp, so I didn't have the subsonic vocalizations I had that one time either..."

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* In the WildCards ''ComicBook/WildCards'' series, RogerZelazny's character "The Sleeper" gets his name because every time he wakes up he has a different set of superpowers. He stays awake for a few weeks (stretching it out with meth), then sleeps for a few months, and does it again. After several years of this, he develops a routine upon waking. It goes something like, "I couldn't pick up my bed with one hand, so I knew it wasn't super-strength this time, and I cut myself shaving, so it couldn't be invulnerability. Exercising my throat only made it rasp, so I didn't have the subsonic vocalizations I had that one time either..."



* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' used the ''HeroSystem'' rules regarding ExperiencePoints, thus allowing characters to [[PointBuy purchase]] new powers. Restrictions were put into place, however, that only allowed new superpowers that made sense when compared to the character's base concepts. Several storylines involved the player figuring out how to use these new powers.

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* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' used the ''HeroSystem'' ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' rules regarding ExperiencePoints, thus allowing characters to [[PointBuy purchase]] new powers. Restrictions were put into place, however, that only allowed new superpowers that made sense when compared to the character's base concepts. Several storylines involved the player figuring out how to use these new powers.



* Attempting to deal with her newfound powers in TransformersAnimated , caused [[spoiler:Sari to nearly kill Bumblebee as well as self-destruct]]. She reduced herself to shooting small energy blasts and using her jetpack for the rest of the series and never returned to her more superpowered state--[[MarySue thankfully.]]

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* Attempting to deal with her newfound powers in TransformersAnimated , ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', caused [[spoiler:Sari to nearly kill Bumblebee as well as self-destruct]]. She reduced herself to shooting small energy blasts and using her jetpack for the rest of the series and never returned to her more superpowered state--[[MarySue thankfully.]]
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