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21st Apr '17 3:55:11 PM Golondrina
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* ComicBook/PlasticMan is a case of someone becoming what their powers allow them to be. Eel O'Brian was a small-time gangster who got doused by a vat of chemicals, came out with superpowers, and made a HeelFaceTurn, becoming a superhero. Over time, he developed into a superpowered JimCarrey-style comedian.

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* ComicBook/PlasticMan is a case of someone becoming what their powers allow them to be. Eel O'Brian was a small-time gangster who got doused by a vat of chemicals, came out with superpowers, and made a HeelFaceTurn, becoming a superhero. Over time, he developed into a superpowered JimCarrey-style Creator/JimCarrey-style comedian.
17th Apr '17 7:13:28 AM Godzillawolf
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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', the Elements of Harmony and the Elements of Chaos both work this way, giving their users superpowers based on how they represent it (though this is only seen in the [[BadFuture Dark World]] as the main timeline versions don't use their's often enough to develop the powers). For example, Fluttercruel is a SerialKiller and a Psychopathic Manchild, so her Element of Cruelty manifests by letting her make weapons from her body. [[spoiler:When [[PowerParasite Rarity gets it]] (via her Element of Desire), she's a ''lot'' less restricted in what she can make and what its made of (ranging from weapons to shields to walls and composed of anything from diamond to platinum), likely due to ''not'' representing a single aspect of the Element of Cruelty like Cruel did.]] Other examples include the paradox loving Element of Laughter Apple Pie having the ability to alter or disrupt the flow of mana via invoking {{Logic Bomb}}s and the {{Determinator}} Element of Loyalty Derpy Hooves getting SuperToughness and a LimitBreak that lets her continue fighting in order to protect what she cares about.

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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', the Elements of Harmony and the Elements of Chaos both work this way, giving their users superpowers based on how they represent it (though this is only seen in the [[BadFuture Dark World]] as the main timeline versions don't use their's often enough to develop the powers). For example, Fluttercruel is a SerialKiller and a Psychopathic Manchild, so her Element of Cruelty manifests by letting her make weapons from her body. [[spoiler:When [[PowerParasite Rarity gets it]] (via her Element of Desire), she's a ''lot'' less restricted in what she can make and what its made of (ranging from weapons to shields to walls and composed of anything from diamond to platinum), likely due to ''not'' representing a single aspect of the Element of Cruelty like Cruel did. When Dark World Diamond gets it in LooseCanon as Cruelty's RedeemingReplacement, the power changes completely to WordsCanBreakMyBones.]] Other examples include the paradox loving Element of Laughter Apple Pie having the ability to alter or disrupt the flow of mana via invoking {{Logic Bomb}}s and the {{Determinator}} Element of Loyalty Derpy Hooves getting SuperToughness and a LimitBreak that lets her continue fighting in order to protect what she cares about.
16th Apr '17 4:49:21 PM Racheakt
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* Played with in ''FanFic/Bird''. There is an element in Burnscar and Labyrinth's powers- the Pyrokinetic that is compelled to burn and the girl that literally gets lost in imaginary worlds. Others are less clear- like Charnel and Auspice. Justified in the former case (she's a girl profoundly transformed by a villainous Wetware Tinker), and the latter case is an abstract Thinker power (though considering the owner's BookWorm tenancies...)

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* Played with in ''FanFic/Bird''.''FanFic/{{Bird}}''. There is an element in Burnscar and Labyrinth's powers- the Pyrokinetic that is compelled to burn and the girl that literally gets lost in imaginary worlds. Others are less clear- like Charnel and Auspice. Justified in the former case (she's a girl profoundly transformed by a villainous Wetware Tinker), wetware tinker), and the latter case is an abstract Thinker power (though considering the owner's BookWorm tenancies...)
16th Apr '17 4:48:16 PM Racheakt
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* Played with in ''FanFic/Bird''. There is an element in Burnscar and Labyrinth's powers- the Pyrokinetic that is compelled to burn and the girl that literally gets lost in imaginary worlds. Others are less clear- like Charnel and Auspice. Justified in the former case (she's a girl profoundly transformed by a villainous Wetware Tinker), and the latter case is an abstract Thinker power (though considering the owner's BookWorm tenancies...)
15th Apr '17 12:43:44 PM nombretomado
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* ''SlightlyDamned'' tends to play fast and loose with this trope, playing with or against type as on an individual character basis.

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* ''SlightlyDamned'' ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' tends to play fast and loose with this trope, playing with or against type as on an individual character basis.
4th Apr '17 5:31:18 AM Doug86
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** Shizune, being a [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist Christian]], has AntiMagic powers that reduce the effectiveness of the [[MaiHime Himes]]' abilities.

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** Shizune, being a [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist Christian]], has AntiMagic powers that reduce the effectiveness of the [[MaiHime [[Anime/MaiHime Himes]]' abilities.
24th Mar '17 5:01:19 AM RedFireDragonWarrior
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12th Mar '17 9:59:34 PM Donquill
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* Seen often in {{Literature/Worm}} however [[spoiler: this is [[JustifiedTrope explained]] as powers are induced by a traumatic event, are often related in some way to personality, family powers and/or the nature of the event and can actually cause major ([[ParanoiaFuel or not so major]]) alterations to the minds of parahumans. It is hinted that at least some degree of the last one always occurs]]. Add individuals making their own costumes, personas and methods of using their powers and [[JustifiedTrope it makes perfect sense]].

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* Seen often in {{Literature/Worm}} however [[spoiler: this is [[JustifiedTrope explained]] as powers are induced by a traumatic event, are often related in some way to personality, family powers and/or the nature of the event and can actually cause major ([[ParanoiaFuel or not so major]]) alterations to the minds of parahumans. It is hinted that at least some degree of the last one always occurs]].occurs, and the shards behind the powers choose what abilities to grant their hosts situationally]]. Add individuals making their own costumes, personas and methods of using their powers and [[JustifiedTrope it makes perfect sense]].


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** The "Weaver Dice" RPG explains that different types of trigger events lead to different powers. For example, Master powers come from triggers related to isolation.
6th Mar '17 2:41:18 AM TitanJump
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* [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon The Nimrods]] in {{Anime/HandShakers}} are shaped and created from the most dominant trait of their users and can only be manifested within [[AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield Ziggurat]], may it be light-rods, gears or cards or god-knows-what.
6th Mar '17 2:35:06 AM TitanJump
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* In ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' this is a plot point, given that all of the characters' duel avatars' powers are derived from past traumas.
** Haruyuki Arita, the main character, is a bullied child who uses games as a form of escape, and as such, gains the power of flight.
** Takumu Mayuzumi, as a result of being bullied by older kendo students practicing piercing techniques on his throat, gained the ability to use a pile driver.
** Haruyuki and Takumu's mutual friend Chiyuri Kurashima wants to turn back time to when they were closer, and so her avatar gains the power of time reversal.
** Seiji Noumi was bullied by his older brother Yuuichi, who forced him to give him many things, from New Year's money to Brain Burst points, and so gained the ability to steal other avatars' powers. Fittingly enough, Seiji also became just as bad as Yuuichi was, making this also a case of BadPowersBadPeople.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': [[spoiler: Many of the titan shifters are an example of this. [[BruiserWithASoftCenter Reiner]] is the [[HeavilyArmoredMook Armored Titan]], which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and corresponds to his TeamDad mentality ([[BecomingTheMask comes back to bite him in the ass later on]]). Bertholdt, who's said to "[[ExtremeDoormat lack initiative]]", is the Colossal Titan-- capable of dealing incredible amounts of damage, but very, ''very'' [[MightyGlacier slow and has great difficulty moving]]. And finally, [[TheBerserker Eren]] in his titan form is basically the AnthropomorphicPersonification of UnstoppableRage.]]
* A number of the characters in ''{{Manga/Basilisk}}'' have these:
** Gennosuke and Oboro are the two characters who most want the Kouga and Iga to make peace/want everyone to ge along, and they both have powers that nullify others' attacks (gruesomely and permanently in Gennosuke's case).
** Kagerou is a sexy kuniochi who can inflict DeathBySex, and a similar situation is in effect with Okoi and Akeginu in terms of appearance and powers
** Hotarubi normally comes across as a sweet and friendly woman, but is a total {{yandere}} and CuteAndPsycho. Fittingly, her power is being a FriendToAllLivingThings.... which she uses to kill people.
** Explicitly noted of Jingoro and true of pretty much all other {{gonk}} characters is that the grotesque outside appearance perfectly reflects their malevolent personalities.
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'': Shinigami manifest their sword powers from their soul in the form of an EmpathicWeapon for weaker Shinigami and TalkingWeapon for powerful Shinigami. The catch is that the sword also manifests the master's personality traits - warts and all. Acknowledging aspects of themselves that they aren't proud of creates personality clashes between sword and master, making it difficult for Shinigami to truly master their swords.
** Ichigo's sword originally lacked a hilt and cross-guard to indicate Ichigo's power was incomplete. The sword spirit initially looked like a middle-aged man who functions as a [[OlderAndWiser mentor]], but could also manifest a second spirit, a [[SuperPoweredEvilSide hollow]] that represented Ichigo's instinct and despair. Ichigo had to learn how to master both spirits before he could manifest his full power. [[spoiler: This wasn't possible until he had developed Fullbring and also learned that the Old Man represented his Quincy power and the hollow represented his real Shinigami power.]]
** Soi-Fon has a sting-themed weapon as her shikai manifesting as a needle-like dagger that she jabs into her enemy to kill in two hits. She loves her shikai because it's perfect for her stealth ninja career and image. [[spoiler: Her bankai is a giant stinger-missile whose AwesomeButImpractical nature is awful for a ninja but perfectly reflects her barely acknowledged personality flaw of being an attention-seeker who engages in flashy moves to show off her abilities.]]
** Hisagi is a MartialPacifist who fears his zanpakutou's power because its a killing weapon that is so focused on attack, it lacks defence. It's shaped to reap lives, is difficult to control and is utterly ruthless in battle. In the [[{{Filler}} Zanpakutou Arc]], Kazeshini is revealed to be an AxCrazy BloodKnight.
** Yumichika claims his zanpakutou is bossy, full of itself and utterly convinced it's the most beautiful thing alive. Rangiku observes that sounds just like Yumichika. She then complains that her zanpakutou is lazy, self-absorbed and snooty and it becomes Yumichika's turn to observe just how like her it is.
** Kyoraku and Katen Kyokotsu: He's laid-back and lazy and hates fighting seriously. His zanpakutou's power is to weaponise children's games, and its his zanpakutou that chooses which game to "play" (to the death, of course) on the battlefield, Kyoraku has to go along with the decision just like his enemy does.
** Shinji takes a childlike delight in reversing things. He even writes backwards sometimes just because he can. It turns out his shikai inverts everything - direction, senses, everything.
** Orihime is a gentle-spirited girl who hates to see people being hurt and who always wants to help. She has excellent karate skills which she almost never uses because she's a TechnicalPacifist. Her power manifests as six fairies, each with their own distinctive personalities ranging from a very shy fairy who barely talks to an arrogant, aggressive warrior. In keeping with her personality, her strongest [[BarrierWarrior powers]] are healing and shielding powers and her weakest, least used, attack is the one that kills. [[spoiler: As she learns to be more assertive, her powers also start to become more [[AttackReflector aggressive]].]]
** Sosuke Aizen is a chronic liar of epic proportions, so of course his Kyoka Suigetsu revolves around illusion. But both he and it have a flaw. When Aizen thinks he's touching an absolute power, or when he's blindsided by power he never planned for, he completely forgets about trickery. Likewise, when Kyoka Suigetsu directly touches someone, it stops its illusions. This could either mean directly stabbing someone (like Yamamoto) or being grabbed barehanded (like Gin or Ichigo).



* Several ace cards from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' have effects and/or traits that are seemingly tied to that of their masters.
** For example: [[HeroicSacrifice Stardust Dragon]] sacrifices itself to protect the controller's field from destroyed by a card effect, similar to how [[BigDamnHeroes Yusei]] often willingly help others in need. Or Blue-Eyes White Dragon having a [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill brute power]] strategy mirroring [[{{Jerkass}} Kaiba's]] brutal outside.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' uses this off and on. Some [[GuardianEntity Stands]] are based on the user's personality, such as Devo's Ebony Devil (Devo is a cruel, hateful person and his Stand is powered by hatred) and Josuke's [[TheMedic Crazy Diamond]] (Josuke is a kind person who wants to help people). Others, however, have no connection to the user's personality.
* Some of the many examples from ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
** Her first [[TheLancer Lancer]], Yuuno Scrya, NiceGuy that he is, has the BarrierWarrior with a touch of HealingHands. Most offensive one? [[RazorFloss Razor-sharp bindings]]...
*** Shamal, being similar to Yuuno in personality, has similar powers, but tends to specialize in being TheMedic rather than a BarrierWarrior, although her barriers are fairly impressive.
** Chrono Harlown, being a [[TroubledButCute Cold Boy]], was appropriately given the power of the strongest Ice-based spell known, in other words, AnIcePerson. Also master of FlechetteStorm.
** Vita, being a {{Tsundere}} (or JerkWithAHeartOfGold for some), naturally [[DropTheHammer Drops The Hammer]], although she sometimes spices things up with ThisIsADrill.
* In the original ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime, Sailor Mars has fire-based powers and is hot-tempered, Sailor Jupiter has thunder powers and is big and tough, Sailor Mercury controls ice and fog and is cool and intellectual...
** Averted in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], where Mars was a level-headed and standoffish Shinto priestess with fire-based powers. At least until she got mad, then she really ''[[IncrediblyLamePun burned with a fiery passion]]''.
* ''[[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Yes! Precure 5]]'' even references this in their heroic titles and [[InTheNameOfTheMoon speeches]]. AllLovingHero Nozomi? "Great power of hope". Easily angered tomboy Rin? "Red flame of passion". Happy IdolSinger Urara? "Scent of a bursting lemon"... okay, this is a language pun involving her bubble-based powers and cheerful personality that [[TooLongDidntDub didn't quite translate]].
* In the anime ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', there's a story arc in which humans acquire special abilities. It is explicitly explained that characters receive abilities specifically related to their personalities, even though about half of the characters abilities seem to otherwise have nothing to do with the characters (does Seaman cry me a river? Does Shadow seem that dark and mysterious? Most of the villains make sense, and Taboo is pretty thoroughly shown to be appropriate)
** Mitarai/Seaman is "emo" (sorta), since he ''has'' to cut himself to create his monsters and has a FreudianExcuse based in the extreme abuse he suffered at school. Kido can ''act'' dark and mysterious, as he proved when he captured Yusuke using his shadows... and poor Yanagisawa has to use his 'Copy' technique to ''have'' a personality in the first place, it seems...
* Well-{{justified|Trope}} in ''Manga/HunterXHunter''; Nen users don't get their Hatsu (special ability) spontaneously, they have to go through extensive and difficult training to develop it, and very few can manage to develop more than one. Thus, Nen users are frequently encouraged to develop a Hatsu that "suits them" and "feels right".
** The only exceptions to this are people who manifest Hatsu without any training whatsoever, like Neon Nostrade and Alluka Zaoldyke.
* To a certain extent, the girls of ''Manga/MaiHime'' exhibit PersonalityPowers, not all of which are elemental. Of the main PowerTrio, hot-blooded {{Determinator}} Mai fights with fire; while her cold, no-nonsense [[TheLancer sidekick]] and [[TheRival rival]] Natsuki utilizes ice attacks. Mikoto, who is considerably smaller than both girls but [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye deceptively strong]], simply slashes through her foes with a [[{{BFS}} sword much larger than she is]].
** This extends a bit to some of the secondary powered characters, as well. FemmeFatale Nao uses a pair of [[WolverineClaws sharp claws]], and a giant spider-like summon beast to paralyze and toy with her opponents. Shizuru, who appears kind and gentle at first, but can become [[BewareTheNiceOnes very ruthless if you push her the wrong way]], wields a naginata with an [[WhipSword extendable head]] and uses a multi-headed snake-like CHILD.
** By contrast, the quiet and reserved Yukino [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway didn't get off quite as lucky]], as her abilities in both the anime and manga relegate her to support roles most of the time. This actually ''does'' fit her shy, sweet, non-confrontational personality, though.
* The magical girl anime ''{{Manga/Pretear}}'' does this to some extent with the Leafe Knights. For example, Sasame's powers are related to sound, and he's portrayed as a good listener and works at a radio station, while the energetic hot-head of the group has fire powers. They lampshaded it by mentioning that the Knights get jobs related to their powers.
** At least in the case of Sasame -- when Himeno is at the radio station in the second episode, she says that his manner of speech is just what one would expect from the Knight of Sound. The manga version also does some LampshadeHanging on this. Kei, TheSmartGuy of the team, is the Knight of ''Light'' -- which he often points out when other characters start to doubt his plans. Hayate works as a messenger boy -- upon learning this, Himeno giggles and asks if it is because his power is Wind.



* ''MugenDensetsuTakamagaharaDreamSaga'' has a few. Brash Taizou is strong, intelligent Souta is a seer, and girly Nachi's power is [[DanceBattler dancing]].



* Shown very often in ''Manga/FairyTail''. The most obvious examples are [[TheHero Natsu Dragoneel]] (a HotBlooded fire mage), [[SocialDarwinist Laxus Drayer]] (a PsychoElectro [[spoiler: who at one point tries to pull a FaceHeelTurn]]), and Laxus's grandfather and the [[BigGood leader of the guild]], [[LightIsGood Makarov]].



* One branch of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' {{Fanon}} claims that Jusenkyo's curses are embodiments of this trope, reflecting aspects of the cursee's personality (another claims they act to [[KarmicTransformation 'balance out' character flaws]]). The prime example is Genma Saotome, who turns into a panda- he abandoned his still young and sexy wife Nodoko for about a decade to train Ranma, he's a [[AbusiveParents terrible]] father who never fights and [[SinsOfOurFathers leaves it to Ranma to clean up his messes]]), and his primary interests are lounging around and eating. Similar characters who are used as "evidence" for this theory are Ryoga ("pigheaded"), Shampoo ("sly as a cat") and Mousse ("birdbrained").

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* One branch of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' {{Fanon}} claims Well-{{justified|Trope}} in ''Manga/HunterXHunter''; Nen users don't get their Hatsu (special ability) spontaneously, they have to go through extensive and difficult training to develop it, and very few can manage to develop more than one. Thus, Nen users are frequently encouraged to develop a Hatsu that Jusenkyo's curses are embodiments of "suits them" and "feels right".
** The only exceptions to
this trope, reflecting aspects of are people who manifest Hatsu without any training whatsoever, like Neon Nostrade and Alluka Zaoldyke.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' uses this off and on. Some [[GuardianEntity Stands]] are based on
the cursee's personality (another claims they act to [[KarmicTransformation 'balance out' character flaws]]). The prime example user's personality, such as Devo's Ebony Devil (Devo is Genma Saotome, who turns into a panda- he abandoned his still young and sexy wife Nodoko for about a decade to train Ranma, he's a [[AbusiveParents terrible]] father who never fights and [[SinsOfOurFathers leaves it to Ranma to clean up his messes]]), cruel, hateful person and his primary interests Stand is powered by hatred) and Josuke's [[TheMedic Crazy Diamond]] (Josuke is a kind person who wants to help people). Others, however, have no connection to the user's personality.
* Some of the many examples from ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
** Her first [[TheLancer Lancer]], Yuuno Scrya, NiceGuy that he is, has the BarrierWarrior with a touch of HealingHands. Most offensive one? [[RazorFloss Razor-sharp bindings]]...
*** Shamal, being similar to Yuuno in personality, has similar powers, but tends to specialize in being TheMedic rather than a BarrierWarrior, although her barriers
are lounging around and eating. Similar characters who are used as "evidence" fairly impressive.
** Chrono Harlown, being a [[TroubledButCute Cold Boy]], was appropriately given the power of the strongest Ice-based spell known, in other words, AnIcePerson. Also master of FlechetteStorm.
** Vita, being a {{Tsundere}} (or JerkWithAHeartOfGold
for this theory are Ryoga ("pigheaded"), Shampoo ("sly as a cat") and Mousse ("birdbrained").some), naturally [[DropTheHammer Drops The Hammer]], although she sometimes spices things up with ThisIsADrill.



* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'': Shinigami manifest their sword powers from their soul in the form of an EmpathicWeapon for weaker Shinigami and TalkingWeapon for powerful Shinigami. The catch is that the sword also manifests the master's personality traits - warts and all. Acknowledging aspects of themselves that they aren't proud of creates personality clashes between sword and master, making it difficult for Shinigami to truly master their swords.
** Ichigo's sword originally lacked a hilt and cross-guard to indicate Ichigo's power was incomplete. The sword spirit initially looked like a middle-aged man who functions as a [[OlderAndWiser mentor]], but could also manifest a second spirit, a [[SuperPoweredEvilSide hollow]] that represented Ichigo's instinct and despair. Ichigo had to learn how to master both spirits before he could manifest his full power. [[spoiler: This wasn't possible until he had developed Fullbring and also learned that the Old Man represented his Quincy power and the hollow represented his real Shinigami power.]]
** Soi-Fon has a sting-themed weapon as her shikai manifesting as a needle-like dagger that she jabs into her enemy to kill in two hits. She loves her shikai because it's perfect for her stealth ninja career and image. [[spoiler: Her bankai is a giant stinger-missile whose AwesomeButImpractical nature is awful for a ninja but perfectly reflects her barely acknowledged personality flaw of being an attention-seeker who engages in flashy moves to show off her abilities.]]
** Hisagi is a MartialPacifist who fears his zanpakutou's power because its a killing weapon that is so focused on attack, it lacks defence. It's shaped to reap lives, is difficult to control and is utterly ruthless in battle. In the [[{{Filler}} Zanpakutou Arc]], Kazeshini is revealed to be an AxCrazy BloodKnight.
** Yumichika claims his zanpakutou is bossy, full of itself and utterly convinced it's the most beautiful thing alive. Rangiku observes that sounds just like Yumichika. She then complains that her zanpakutou is lazy, self-absorbed and snooty and it becomes Yumichika's turn to observe just how like her it is.
** Kyoraku and Katen Kyokotsu: He's laid-back and lazy and hates fighting seriously. His zanpakutou's power is to weaponise children's games, and its his zanpakutou that chooses which game to "play" (to the death, of course) on the battlefield, Kyoraku has to go along with the decision just like his enemy does.
** Shinji takes a childlike delight in reversing things. He even writes backwards sometimes just because he can. It turns out his shikai inverts everything - direction, senses, everything.
** Orihime is a gentle-spirited girl who hates to see people being hurt and who always wants to help. She has excellent karate skills which she almost never uses because she's a TechnicalPacifist. Her power manifests as six fairies, each with their own distinctive personalities ranging from a very shy fairy who barely talks to an arrogant, aggressive warrior. In keeping with her personality, her strongest [[BarrierWarrior powers]] are healing and shielding powers and her weakest, least used, attack is the one that kills. [[spoiler: As she learns to be more assertive, her powers also start to become more [[AttackReflector aggressive]].]]
** Sosuke Aizen is a chronic liar of epic proportions, so of course his Kyoka Suigetsu revolves around illusion. But both he and it have a flaw. When Aizen thinks he's touching an absolute power, or when he's blindsided by power he never planned for, he completely forgets about trickery. Likewise, when Kyoka Suigetsu directly touches someone, it stops its illusions. This could either mean directly stabbing someone (like Yamamoto) or being grabbed barehanded (like Gin or Ichigo).
* A number of the characters in ''{{Manga/Basilisk}}'' have these:
** Gennosuke and Oboro are the two characters who most want the Kouga and Iga to make peace/want everyone to ge along, and they both have powers that nullify others' attacks (gruesomely and permanently in Gennosuke's case).
** Kagerou is a sexy kuniochi who can inflict DeathBySex, and a similar situation is in effect with Okoi and Akeginu in terms of appearance and powers
** Hotarubi normally comes across as a sweet and friendly woman, but is a total {{yandere}} and CuteAndPsycho. Fittingly, her power is being a FriendToAllLivingThings.... which she uses to kill people.
** Explicitly noted of Jingoro and true of pretty much all other {{gonk}} characters is that the grotesque outside appearance perfectly reflects their malevolent personalities.
* Shown very often in ''Manga/FairyTail''. The most obvious examples are [[TheHero Natsu Dragoneel]] (a HotBlooded fire mage), [[SocialDarwinist Laxus Drayer]] (a PsychoElectro [[spoiler: who at one point tries to pull a FaceHeelTurn]]), and Laxus's grandfather and the [[BigGood leader of the guild]], [[LightIsGood Makarov]].
* ''{{Manga/Sekirei}}'' averts this with an almost complete reshuffling of personalities. Earth types (Musubi, Kuu) are [[GenkiGirl genki]] [[TheDitz ditzes]]. Water is a HotBlooded and stubborn {{Tsundere}}. Wind is a CoolBigSis HardDrinkingPartyGirl. Fire is wielded by a SugarAndIcePersonality AloofAlly. The Tech Wizard is a CovertPervert trickster. The Electricity twins, however, are still PsychoElectro. And the AnIcePerson is still stoic, subdued and focused on her work but not entirely cold and even careless sometimes.
* ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' goes one step further by having all Euphorics gain powers based on their fetishes and obsessions. A man with a rubber fetish literally becomes a RubberMan. A woman with a diamond fascination gains the ability to literally transform her flesh into diamonds. And the lead, a former war photographer who [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence occasionally got an erection from getting good shots]], gains the ability to make anything he photographs explode.
* In ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' and ''Anime/RODTheTV'' it is pretty damn obvious - every paper user aside from Anita (who, admittedly, had a reason, and got into it later) are bibliophiles. "Extreme" bibliophiles.
* Played with in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. Blue Rose is expected to maintain a 'cool and sexy' persona for her fans but [[ShowWithinAShow off-screen]] has a temper at times. Of the two fire-using [=NEXTs=] Lunatic is creepily calm in and out of costume, while Nathan is flamboyant and cheerful and rarely shows anger. Pao Lin/Dragon Kid is a more clear aversion being in no way a Psycho Electro. The two leads have very different personalities but have ''identical superpowers''.

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* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'': Shinigami manifest their To a certain extent, the girls of ''Manga/MaiHime'' exhibit PersonalityPowers, not all of which are elemental. Of the main PowerTrio, hot-blooded {{Determinator}} Mai fights with fire; while her cold, no-nonsense [[TheLancer sidekick]] and [[TheRival rival]] Natsuki utilizes ice attacks. Mikoto, who is considerably smaller than both girls but [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye deceptively strong]], simply slashes through her foes with a [[{{BFS}} sword powers from their soul in the form of an EmpathicWeapon for weaker Shinigami and TalkingWeapon for powerful Shinigami. The catch is that the sword also manifests the master's personality traits - warts and all. Acknowledging aspects of themselves that they aren't proud of creates personality clashes between sword and master, making it difficult for Shinigami to truly master their swords.
much larger than she is]].
** Ichigo's sword originally lacked a hilt and cross-guard to indicate Ichigo's power was incomplete. The sword spirit initially looked like a middle-aged man who functions as a [[OlderAndWiser mentor]], but could also manifest a second spirit, a [[SuperPoweredEvilSide hollow]] that represented Ichigo's instinct and despair. Ichigo had to learn how to master both spirits before he could manifest his full power. [[spoiler: This wasn't possible until he had developed Fullbring extends a bit to some of the secondary powered characters, as well. FemmeFatale Nao uses a pair of [[WolverineClaws sharp claws]], and also learned that the Old Man represented his Quincy power and the hollow represented his real Shinigami power.]]
** Soi-Fon has a sting-themed weapon as her shikai manifesting as a needle-like dagger that she jabs into her enemy to kill in two hits. She loves her shikai because it's perfect for her stealth ninja career and image. [[spoiler: Her bankai is
a giant stinger-missile whose AwesomeButImpractical nature is awful for a ninja spider-like summon beast to paralyze and toy with her opponents. Shizuru, who appears kind and gentle at first, but perfectly reflects her barely acknowledged personality flaw of being an attention-seeker who engages in flashy moves to show off her abilities.]]
** Hisagi is a MartialPacifist who fears his zanpakutou's power because its a killing weapon that is so focused on attack, it lacks defence. It's shaped to reap lives, is difficult to control and is utterly
can become [[BewareTheNiceOnes very ruthless in battle. In if you push her the [[{{Filler}} Zanpakutou Arc]], Kazeshini is revealed to be wrong way]], wields a naginata with an AxCrazy BloodKnight.
** Yumichika claims his zanpakutou is bossy, full of itself
[[WhipSword extendable head]] and utterly convinced it's uses a multi-headed snake-like CHILD.
** By contrast,
the quiet and reserved Yukino [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway didn't get off quite as lucky]], as her abilities in both the anime and manga relegate her to support roles most beautiful thing alive. Rangiku observes that sounds just like Yumichika. She then complains that of the time. This actually ''does'' fit her zanpakutou is lazy, self-absorbed and snooty and it becomes Yumichika's turn to observe just how like her it is.
** Kyoraku and Katen Kyokotsu: He's laid-back and lazy and hates fighting seriously. His zanpakutou's power is to weaponise children's games, and its his zanpakutou that chooses which game to "play" (to the death, of course) on the battlefield, Kyoraku has to go along with the decision just like his enemy does.
** Shinji takes a childlike delight in reversing things. He even writes backwards sometimes just because he can. It turns out his shikai inverts everything - direction, senses, everything.
** Orihime is a gentle-spirited girl who hates to see people being hurt and who always wants to help. She has excellent karate skills which she almost never uses because she's a TechnicalPacifist. Her power manifests as six fairies, each with their own distinctive personalities ranging from a very shy fairy who barely talks to an arrogant, aggressive warrior. In keeping with her
shy, sweet, non-confrontational personality, her strongest [[BarrierWarrior powers]] are healing and shielding powers and her weakest, least used, attack though.
* ''MugenDensetsuTakamagaharaDreamSaga'' has a few. Brash Taizou
is the one that kills. [[spoiler: As she learns to be more assertive, her powers also start to become more [[AttackReflector aggressive]].]]
** Sosuke Aizen
strong, intelligent Souta is a chronic liar of epic proportions, so of course his Kyoka Suigetsu revolves around illusion. But both he seer, and it have a flaw. When Aizen thinks he's touching an absolute power, or when he's blindsided by power he never planned for, he completely forgets about trickery. Likewise, when Kyoka Suigetsu directly touches someone, it stops its illusions. This could either mean directly stabbing someone (like Yamamoto) or being grabbed barehanded (like Gin or Ichigo).
* A number of the characters in ''{{Manga/Basilisk}}'' have these:
** Gennosuke and Oboro are the two characters who most want the Kouga and Iga to make peace/want everyone to ge along, and they both have powers that nullify others' attacks (gruesomely and permanently in Gennosuke's case).
** Kagerou is a sexy kuniochi who can inflict DeathBySex, and a similar situation is in effect with Okoi and Akeginu in terms of appearance and powers
** Hotarubi normally comes across as a sweet and friendly woman, but is a total {{yandere}} and CuteAndPsycho. Fittingly, her
girly Nachi's power is being a FriendToAllLivingThings.... which she uses to kill people.
** Explicitly noted of Jingoro and true of pretty much all other {{gonk}} characters is that the grotesque outside appearance perfectly reflects their malevolent personalities.
* Shown very often in ''Manga/FairyTail''. The most obvious examples are [[TheHero Natsu Dragoneel]] (a HotBlooded fire mage), [[SocialDarwinist Laxus Drayer]] (a PsychoElectro [[spoiler: who at one point tries to pull a FaceHeelTurn]]), and Laxus's grandfather and the [[BigGood leader of the guild]], [[LightIsGood Makarov]].
* ''{{Manga/Sekirei}}'' averts this with an almost complete reshuffling of personalities. Earth types (Musubi, Kuu) are [[GenkiGirl genki]] [[TheDitz ditzes]]. Water is a HotBlooded and stubborn {{Tsundere}}. Wind is a CoolBigSis HardDrinkingPartyGirl. Fire is wielded by a SugarAndIcePersonality AloofAlly. The Tech Wizard is a CovertPervert trickster. The Electricity twins, however, are still PsychoElectro. And the AnIcePerson is still stoic, subdued and focused on her work but not entirely cold and even careless sometimes.
* ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' goes one step further by having all Euphorics gain powers based on their fetishes and obsessions. A man with a rubber fetish literally becomes a RubberMan. A woman with a diamond fascination gains the ability to literally transform her flesh into diamonds. And the lead, a former war photographer who [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence occasionally got an erection from getting good shots]], gains the ability to make anything he photographs explode.
* In ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' and ''Anime/RODTheTV'' it is pretty damn obvious - every paper user aside from Anita (who, admittedly, had a reason, and got into it later) are bibliophiles. "Extreme" bibliophiles.
* Played with in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. Blue Rose is expected to maintain a 'cool and sexy' persona for her fans but [[ShowWithinAShow off-screen]] has a temper at times. Of the two fire-using [=NEXTs=] Lunatic is creepily calm in and out of costume, while Nathan is flamboyant and cheerful and rarely shows anger. Pao Lin/Dragon Kid is a more clear aversion being in no way a Psycho Electro. The two leads have very different personalities but have ''identical superpowers''.
[[DanceBattler dancing]].



* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': [[spoiler: Many of the titan shifters are an example of this. [[BruiserWithASoftCenter Reiner]] is the [[HeavilyArmoredMook Armored Titan]], which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin and corresponds to his TeamDad mentality ([[BecomingTheMask comes back to bite him in the ass later on]]). Bertholdt, who's said to "[[ExtremeDoormat lack initiative]]", is the Colossal Titan-- capable of dealing incredible amounts of damage, but very, ''very'' [[MightyGlacier slow and has great difficulty moving]]. And finally, [[TheBerserker Eren]] in his titan form is basically the AnthropomorphicPersonification of UnstoppableRage.]]
* Justified and reversed in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': after [[DealWithTheDevil contracting]], [[spoiler:Homura]] gains the ability to rewind time, which she uses often. Because of the constant rewinds, [[spoiler:Homura]] ''becomes'' exceedingly [[SeenItAll complacent]] (because, technically, she's already lived through any surprises life throws at her) and determined (because she knows she has the power to avert nearly any event that isn't in her favor).

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': [[spoiler: Many The magical girl anime ''{{Manga/Pretear}}'' does this to some extent with the Leafe Knights. For example, Sasame's powers are related to sound, and he's portrayed as a good listener and works at a radio station, while the energetic hot-head of the titan shifters are an example group has fire powers. They lampshaded it by mentioning that the Knights get jobs related to their powers.
** At least in the case
of Sasame -- when Himeno is at the radio station in the second episode, she says that his manner of speech is just what one would expect from the Knight of Sound. The manga version also does some LampshadeHanging on this. [[BruiserWithASoftCenter Reiner]] Kei, TheSmartGuy of the team, is the [[HeavilyArmoredMook Armored Titan]], Knight of ''Light'' -- which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin he often points out when other characters start to doubt his plans. Hayate works as a messenger boy -- upon learning this, Himeno giggles and corresponds to asks if it is because his TeamDad mentality ([[BecomingTheMask comes back to bite him in the ass later on]]). Bertholdt, who's said to "[[ExtremeDoormat lack initiative]]", power is the Colossal Titan-- capable of dealing incredible amounts of damage, but very, ''very'' [[MightyGlacier slow and has great difficulty moving]]. And finally, [[TheBerserker Eren]] in his titan form is basically the AnthropomorphicPersonification of UnstoppableRage.]]
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* Justified and reversed in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': after [[DealWithTheDevil contracting]], [[spoiler:Homura]] gains the ability to rewind time, which she uses often. Because of the constant rewinds, [[spoiler:Homura]] ''becomes'' exceedingly [[SeenItAll complacent]] (because, technically, she's already lived through any surprises life throws at her) and determined (because she knows she has the power to avert nearly any event that isn't in her favor).



* In ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' this is a plot point, given that all of the characters' duel avatars' powers are derived from past traumas.
** Haruyuki Arita, the main character, is a bullied child who uses games as a form of escape, and as such, gains the power of flight.
** Takumu Mayuzumi, as a result of being bullied by older kendo students practicing piercing techniques on his throat, gained the ability to use a pile driver.
** Haruyuki and Takumu's mutual friend Chiyuri Kurashima wants to turn back time to when they were closer, and so her avatar gains the power of time reversal.
** Seiji Noumi was bullied by his older brother Yuuichi, who forced him to give him many things, from New Year's money to Brain Burst points, and so gained the ability to steal other avatars' powers. Fittingly enough, Seiji also became just as bad as Yuuichi was, making this also a case of BadPowersBadPeople.

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* In ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' One branch of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' {{Fanon}} claims that Jusenkyo's curses are embodiments of this is a plot point, given that all trope, reflecting aspects of the characters' duel avatars' cursee's personality (another claims they act to [[KarmicTransformation 'balance out' character flaws]]). The prime example is Genma Saotome, who turns into a panda- he abandoned his still young and sexy wife Nodoko for about a decade to train Ranma, he's a [[AbusiveParents terrible]] father who never fights and [[SinsOfOurFathers leaves it to Ranma to clean up his messes]]), and his primary interests are lounging around and eating. Similar characters who are used as "evidence" for this theory are Ryoga ("pigheaded"), Shampoo ("sly as a cat") and Mousse ("birdbrained").
* In ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' and ''Anime/RODTheTV'' it is pretty damn obvious - every paper user aside from Anita (who, admittedly, had a reason, and got into it later) are bibliophiles. "Extreme" bibliophiles.
* In the original ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime, Sailor Mars has fire-based
powers and is hot-tempered, Sailor Jupiter has thunder powers and is big and tough, Sailor Mercury controls ice and fog and is cool and intellectual...
** Averted in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], where Mars was a level-headed and standoffish Shinto priestess with fire-based powers. At least until she got mad, then she really ''[[IncrediblyLamePun burned with a fiery passion]]''.
* ''{{Manga/Sekirei}}'' averts this with an almost complete reshuffling of personalities. Earth types (Musubi, Kuu)
are derived from past traumas.
** Haruyuki Arita, the main character,
[[GenkiGirl genki]] [[TheDitz ditzes]]. Water is a bullied child who uses games as a form of escape, HotBlooded and as such, stubborn {{Tsundere}}. Wind is a CoolBigSis HardDrinkingPartyGirl. Fire is wielded by a SugarAndIcePersonality AloofAlly. The Tech Wizard is a CovertPervert trickster. The Electricity twins, however, are still PsychoElectro. And the AnIcePerson is still stoic, subdued and focused on her work but not entirely cold and even careless sometimes.
* ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'' goes one step further by having all Euphorics gain powers based on their fetishes and obsessions. A man with a rubber fetish literally becomes a RubberMan. A woman with a diamond fascination
gains the power of flight.
** Takumu Mayuzumi, as a result of being bullied by older kendo students practicing piercing techniques on his throat, gained
the ability to use a pile driver.
** Haruyuki and Takumu's mutual friend Chiyuri Kurashima wants to turn back time to when they were closer, and so
literally transform her avatar flesh into diamonds. And the lead, a former war photographer who [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence occasionally got an erection from getting good shots]], gains the power of time reversal.
** Seiji Noumi was bullied by his older brother Yuuichi, who forced him to give him many things, from New Year's money to Brain Burst points, and so gained
the ability to steal other avatars' powers. Fittingly enough, Seiji also became just as bad as Yuuichi was, making make anything he photographs explode.
* Played with in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. Blue Rose is expected to maintain a 'cool and sexy' persona for her fans but [[ShowWithinAShow off-screen]] has a temper at times. Of the two fire-using [=NEXTs=] Lunatic is creepily calm in and out of costume, while Nathan is flamboyant and cheerful and rarely shows anger. Pao Lin/Dragon Kid is a more clear aversion being in no way a Psycho Electro. The two leads have very different personalities but have ''identical superpowers''.
* ''[[Anime/YesPrettyCure5 Yes! Precure 5]]'' even references
this also a case in their heroic titles and [[InTheNameOfTheMoon speeches]]. AllLovingHero Nozomi? "Great power of BadPowersBadPeople.hope". Easily angered tomboy Rin? "Red flame of passion". Happy IdolSinger Urara? "Scent of a bursting lemon"... okay, this is a language pun involving her bubble-based powers and cheerful personality that [[TooLongDidntDub didn't quite translate]].
** Mitarai/Seaman is "emo" (sorta), since he ''has'' to cut himself to create his monsters and has a FreudianExcuse based in the extreme abuse he suffered at school. Kido can ''act'' dark and mysterious, as he proved when he captured Yusuke using his shadows... and poor Yanagisawa has to use his 'Copy' technique to ''have'' a personality in the first place, it seems...
* Several ace cards from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' have effects and/or traits that are seemingly tied to that of their masters.
** For example: [[HeroicSacrifice Stardust Dragon]] sacrifices itself to protect the controller's field from destroyed by a card effect, similar to how [[BigDamnHeroes Yusei]] often willingly help others in need. Or Blue-Eyes White Dragon having a [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill brute power]] strategy mirroring [[{{Jerkass}} Kaiba's]] brutal outside.
* In the anime ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', there's a story arc in which humans acquire special abilities. It is explicitly explained that characters receive abilities specifically related to their personalities, even though about half of the characters abilities seem to otherwise have nothing to do with the characters (does Seaman cry me a river? Does Shadow seem that dark and mysterious? Most of the villains make sense, and Taboo is pretty thoroughly shown to be appropriate)
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