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31st Jul '16 12:50:33 PM nombretomado
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* In DCComics' title ''The Great Ten'', Thundermind is a character that resembles a kind of Bodhisattva, an enlightened Buddhist with superhuman powers (siddhis) like invisibility, bilocation, super strength, super speed, telekinesis and telepathy. He is the powerhouse of the team. However, although it absolutely contrasts the understanding of an enlightened Buddhist, these powers can be knocked on or off. In reality, Thundermind is a high school teacher who is in love with his colleague Ms. Wu; however, love is something an enlightened Buddhist wouldn't feel, because it's a passion. He also uses a Dixie toilet to change into Thundermind ''à la'' Clark Kent by a magical incantation.

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* In DCComics' Creator/DCComics' title ''The Great Ten'', Thundermind is a character that resembles a kind of Bodhisattva, an enlightened Buddhist with superhuman powers (siddhis) like invisibility, bilocation, super strength, super speed, telekinesis and telepathy. He is the powerhouse of the team. However, although it absolutely contrasts the understanding of an enlightened Buddhist, these powers can be knocked on or off. In reality, Thundermind is a high school teacher who is in love with his colleague Ms. Wu; however, love is something an enlightened Buddhist wouldn't feel, because it's a passion. He also uses a Dixie toilet to change into Thundermind ''à la'' Clark Kent by a magical incantation.
31st May '16 11:01:00 AM Prime32
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Compare with: {{Precursors}}.

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Compare with: {{Precursors}}.
{{Precursors}} and HereThereWereDragons.
4th Jan '16 12:35:18 PM morenohijazo
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* Odysseus is actually an aversion; he has no special powers beyond being a really devious and clever man (and knowing how to string a recurve bow; which, again, relies on a trick and not on brute force).
* Tall Tales from the American oral tradition like Paul Bunyan and John Henry are built on this idea (with a wink and a nod).

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* ''Literature/TheOdyssey'': Odysseus is actually an aversion; he has no special powers beyond being a really devious and clever man (and knowing how to string a recurve bow; which, again, relies on a trick and not on brute force).
* Tall Tales {{Tall Tale}}s from the American oral tradition like Paul Bunyan and John Henry are built on this idea (with a wink and a nod).



* While [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Desmond Miles]] knows he grew up in an assassin compound, he is shocked to discover the truth about his ancestors. Both Altair and Ezio, for example, have the Eagle Vision ability, which allows them to distinguish friend from foe and even see things that are hidden. Due to the "bleeding effect" of the Animus, he gains that ability as well. The assassins were also master engineers, as they had technology centuries ahead of the rest of humanity. Not to mention the whole First Civilization plotline, which is pure AncientAstronauts.

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* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'': While [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Desmond Miles]] Miles knows he grew up in an assassin compound, he is shocked to discover the truth about his ancestors. Both Altair and Ezio, for example, have the Eagle Vision ability, which allows them to distinguish friend from foe and even see things that are hidden. Due to the "bleeding effect" of the Animus, he gains that ability as well. The assassins were also master engineers, as they had technology centuries ahead of the rest of humanity. Not to mention the whole First Civilization plotline, which is pure AncientAstronauts.
4th Jan '16 12:28:41 PM morenohijazo
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* ''FanFic/OfficerMisako'': The Mad Scientist's technology guarantees this after The Reset.

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* In one of the later ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' books, the protagonists learn that ''all'' humans were once telepaths. People eventually suppressed this ability because of the growing population - contact with so many other minds would have driven them insane otherwise. This is used to explain, in part, why HumansAreBastards sometimes, as they evolved to coexist using a means of communication and understanding which they no longer possessed.
* In Vasiliy Golovachov's ''Literature/TheEnvoy'', the protagonist accidentally becomes a new Envoy after witnessing the assassination of the last one. He occasionally gets glimpses of his ancestors via GeneticMemory, who were ancient Russian knights with nigh-superhuman abilities.
* Played with in ''Literature/TheChrysalids'', given that current Labrador society has only the vaguest idea of technology (they do keep a basic steam engine around just as a sort of museum curiosity, apparently either unaware of or uninterested in how it could be used). It's suggested the 'Old People' had superhuman intelligence, the power to move mountains at a whim, and could even fly. A companion rumor, first mentioned by Uncle Axel, holds that they could also communicate with each other over long distances -- just like David & company.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In one of the later ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' books, the protagonists learn that ''all'' humans were once telepaths. People eventually suppressed this ability because of the growing population - contact with so many other minds would have driven them insane otherwise. This is used to explain, in part, why HumansAreBastards sometimes, as they evolved to coexist using a means of communication and understanding which they no longer possessed.
* In Vasiliy Golovachov's ''Literature/TheEnvoy'', the protagonist accidentally becomes a new Envoy after witnessing the assassination of the last one. He occasionally gets glimpses of his ancestors via GeneticMemory, who were ancient Russian knights with nigh-superhuman abilities.

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* In Literature/TheBible the first humans are depicted as living for anywhere from 300 to 900 years, even the ones who didn't have god-given superpowers. Justified in other cases like Samson, or the miracles of the prophets like Moses, Elijah and Jesus. There is implication that humans were originally created immortal with natural abilities that could be considered superhuman but greatly diminished after the Fall and have been further declining over time, healthcare and technology notwithstanding.

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* In Literature/TheBible ''Literature/TheBible'' the first humans are depicted as living for anywhere from 300 to 900 years, even the ones who didn't have god-given superpowers. Justified in other cases like Samson, or the miracles of the prophets like Moses, Elijah and Jesus. There is implication that humans were originally created immortal with natural abilities that could be considered superhuman but greatly diminished after the Fall and have been further declining over time, healthcare and technology notwithstanding.






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* ''Roleplay/RyuguAcademy'': The in-universe explanation as to why 'normal' students have powers is that at some point in their family tree, their ancestors did the [[UnusualEuphemism squiggle dance]] with another species, making it so that even those who deem themselves humans aren't exactly 100% human.

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* ''VideoGame/HyruleTotalWar'': Magical power was very common amongst Ancient Hylians, until...
** ...TheMagicGoesAway
19th Oct '15 5:22:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'' has the ancient Xiox civilization, which the cultists are descended from (and which Rowsdower is only a halfbreed descendant of.) Before being cursed by their gods, the Xiox had the power to make floating cities and, if [[BigBad Sartorus]] is any indication, at least some of them had psychic powers as well.



* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'' has the ancient Xiox civilization, which the cultists are descended from (and which Rowsdower is only a halfbreed descendant of.) Before being cursed by their gods, the Xiox had the power to make floating cities and, if [[BigBad Sartorus]] is any indication, at least some of them had psychic powers as well.

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* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'' has the ancient Xiox civilization, which the cultists are descended from (and which Rowsdower is only a halfbreed descendant of.) Before being cursed by their gods, the Xiox had the power to make floating cities and, if [[BigBad Sartorus]] is any indication, at least some of them had psychic powers as well.
19th Oct '15 5:20:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Sanctuary}}'' pegs UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla as a vampire with electric, and later magnetic, powers, [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Doctor Watson]] as a super-human genius, and UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper as a teleporting bloodthirsty maniac.

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* ''{{Sanctuary}}'' ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' pegs UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla as a vampire with electric, and later magnetic, powers, [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Doctor Watson]] as a super-human genius, and UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper as a teleporting bloodthirsty maniac.



* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''TheFinalSacrifice'' has the ancient Xiox civilization, which the cultists are descended from (and which Rowsdower is only a halfbreed descendant of.) Before being cursed by their gods, the Xiox had the power to make floating cities and, if [[BigBad Sartorus]] is any indication, at least some of them had psychic powers as well.

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* The ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''TheFinalSacrifice'' ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'' has the ancient Xiox civilization, which the cultists are descended from (and which Rowsdower is only a halfbreed descendant of.) Before being cursed by their gods, the Xiox had the power to make floating cities and, if [[BigBad Sartorus]] is any indication, at least some of them had psychic powers as well.



* In one of the later ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' books, the protagonists learn that ''all'' humans were once telepaths. People eventually suppressed this ability because of the growing population - contact with so many other minds would have driven them insane otherwise. This is used to explain, in part, why HumansAreBastards sometimes, as they evolved to coexist using a means of communication and understanding which they no longer possessed.
* In Vasiliy Golovachov's ''The Envoy'', the protagonist accidentally becomes a new Envoy after witnessing the assassination of the last one. He occasionally gets glimpses of his ancestors via GeneticMemory, who were ancient Russian knights with nigh-superhuman abilities.

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* In one of the later ''MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' books, the protagonists learn that ''all'' humans were once telepaths. People eventually suppressed this ability because of the growing population - contact with so many other minds would have driven them insane otherwise. This is used to explain, in part, why HumansAreBastards sometimes, as they evolved to coexist using a means of communication and understanding which they no longer possessed.
* In Vasiliy Golovachov's ''The Envoy'', ''Literature/TheEnvoy'', the protagonist accidentally becomes a new Envoy after witnessing the assassination of the last one. He occasionally gets glimpses of his ancestors via GeneticMemory, who were ancient Russian knights with nigh-superhuman abilities.



* ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' makes a recurring plot point out of the ancestral Adepts known as Jenei, whereas earlier games in the series pretty much hand-waved Adept-hood as the result of [[GreenRocks Psynergy Stones]]. How this affects the Adepts who emerged from non-Adept communities in said previous games isn't shown.

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* ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'' ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' makes a recurring plot point out of the ancestral Adepts known as Jenei, whereas earlier games in the series pretty much hand-waved Adept-hood as the result of [[GreenRocks Psynergy Stones]]. How this affects the Adepts who emerged from non-Adept communities in said previous games isn't shown.
18th Apr '15 8:14:08 PM rodneyAnonymous
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->"''I fell 8,000 feet and landed on some jagged rocks. Of course, people were a lot tougher in those days. I was jitterbuggin' that very night!''"
-->'''[[TheSimpsons Grandpa Simpson]]''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "King of the Hill"

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->"''I fell 8,000 feet and landed on some jagged rocks. Of course, people were a lot tougher in those days. I was jitterbuggin' that very night!''"
-->'''[[TheSimpsons Grandpa Simpson]]''', -->-- '''Grandpa Simpson''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "King of the Hill"
18th Apr '15 8:13:17 PM rodneyAnonymous
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-->'''[[TheSimpsons Grandpa Simpson]]'''

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-->'''[[TheSimpsons Grandpa Simpson]]'''
Simpson]]''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "King of the Hill"
24th Jan '15 6:26:41 PM Mullon
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** And there is, apparently, an entire advanced civilization living in sprawling cities deep underground. The [[{{Myst}} D'ni]], perhaps.

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** And there is, apparently, an entire advanced civilization living in sprawling cities deep underground. The [[{{Myst}} [[VideoGame/{{Myst}} D'ni]], perhaps.
7th Dec '14 11:34:08 AM Patachou
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* ''{{Sanctuary}}'' pegs UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla as a vampire with electric, and later magnetic, powers, [[SherlockHolmes Doctor Watson]] as a super-human genius, and JackTheRipper as a teleporting bloodthirsty maniac.

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* ''{{Sanctuary}}'' pegs UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla as a vampire with electric, and later magnetic, powers, [[SherlockHolmes [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Doctor Watson]] as a super-human genius, and JackTheRipper UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper as a teleporting bloodthirsty maniac.



* The ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''TheFinalSacrifice'' has the ancient Xiox civilization, which the cultists are descended from (and which Rowsdower is only a halfbreed descendant of.) Before being cursed by their gods, the Xiox had the power to make floating cities and, if [[BigBad Sartorus]] is any indication, at least some of them had psychic powers as well.

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* The ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode ''TheFinalSacrifice'' has the ancient Xiox civilization, which the cultists are descended from (and which Rowsdower is only a halfbreed descendant of.) Before being cursed by their gods, the Xiox had the power to make floating cities and, if [[BigBad Sartorus]] is any indication, at least some of them had psychic powers as well.
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