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16th Mar '16 9:27:35 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Not so much the powers, but the names of [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Apollo and Midnighter]]. While they're both badasses, Apollo is a lot more cheerful and easygoing, whereas Midnighter is more dark and reclusive.
** "Not so much the powers?" Are you kidding? Apollo literally [[{{Pollyanna}} runs on sunshine]], while Midnighter's powers relate exclusively to [[BadAss beating the crap out of his opponents]] [[AwesomenessByAnalysis in the most efficient way possible]]. Though how much of Midnighter's disposition comes from natural cynicism, and [[SelfFulfillingProphecy how much of it comes from being the ruthless killing machine among more, er, constructive powers]], is up for debate.

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* Not so much the powers, but the names of [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Apollo and Midnighter]]. While they're both badasses, Apollo is a lot more cheerful and easygoing, whereas Midnighter is more dark and reclusive.
** "Not so much the powers?" Are you kidding?
''ComicBook/TheAuthority'': Apollo literally [[{{Pollyanna}} runs on sunshine]], while Midnighter's powers relate exclusively to [[BadAss beating the crap out of his opponents]] [[AwesomenessByAnalysis in the most efficient way possible]]. Though how much of Midnighter's disposition comes from natural cynicism, and [[SelfFulfillingProphecy how much of it comes from being the ruthless killing machine among more, er, constructive powers]], is up for debate.



* The Comicbook/IncredibleHulk is an interesting variation, considering that his powers are actually ''based'' on his personality. As the Hulk himself notes, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "the angrier Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets"]], as his strength, speed, and HealingFactor all increase with his emotions. Partially {{justified|Trope}} by the suggestion that the Hulk's powers are in fact tied to his body's adrenaline production-the more stress chemicals his body produces, the stronger his powers become.
** It was a plot point that gamma mutants like the Hulk have transformations directly linked to their mental state. In the case of the Hulk, his transformation is linked to Banner's repressed anger issues combined with multiple personality disorder. His cousin, Jen Walters, was a meek, sexually repressed woman, but as ComicBook/SheHulk she becomes the ideal woman; strong, independent, beautiful, and sexually liberated. Doc Samson's transformation was based on a repressed desire to be a hero. Sam Sterns was a bit of a moron who envied the smarter people he worked around, and he became the Leader, one of (if not the) smartest people in the MarvelUniverse. Emil Blonsky was filled with self loathing, and he became the Abomination. The general powers of these individuals are mostly the same (except for the Leader), but the manifestation varies widely based on the personality of the person being affected by gamma.

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* The Comicbook/IncredibleHulk is an interesting variation, considering that Comicbook/IncredibleHulk
** As far as the Hulk himself,
his powers are actually ''based'' on his personality. As the Hulk himself notes, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "the angrier Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets"]], as his strength, speed, and HealingFactor all increase with his emotions. Partially {{justified|Trope}} by the suggestion that the Hulk's powers are in fact tied to his body's adrenaline production-the more stress chemicals his body produces, the stronger his powers become.
** It was a plot point that gamma Gamma mutants like the Hulk have transformations directly linked to their mental state. In the case of the Hulk, his transformation is linked to Banner's repressed anger issues combined with multiple personality disorder. His cousin, Jen Walters, was a meek, sexually repressed woman, but as ComicBook/SheHulk she becomes the ideal woman; strong, independent, beautiful, and sexually liberated. Doc Samson's transformation was based on a repressed desire to be a hero. Sam Sterns was a bit of a moron who envied the smarter people he worked around, and he became the Leader, one of (if not the) smartest people in the MarvelUniverse. Emil Blonsky was filled with self loathing, and he became the Abomination. The general powers of these individuals are mostly the same (except for the Leader), but the manifestation varies widely based on the personality of the person being affected by gamma.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' [[WordOfGod intentionally plays this straight]] with the Parrs. Bob the father gets super strength because he's the foundation for the family. Helen the mom gets super-stretching, because mothers tend to many tasks simultaneously. [[ShrinkingViolet Violet]], as an insecure teenager, gets invisibility and forcefields. Dash, the hyperactive kid, gets SuperSpeed. Jack-Jack, as the baby, gets a grab-bag of powers, a metaphor for the vast potential of infants.
** The cool and collected Frozone.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' [[WordOfGod intentionally plays this straight]] straight with the Parrs. Bob the father gets super strength because he's the foundation for the family. Helen the mom gets super-stretching, because mothers tend to many tasks simultaneously. [[ShrinkingViolet Violet]], as an insecure teenager, gets invisibility and forcefields. Dash, the hyperactive kid, gets SuperSpeed. Jack-Jack, as the baby, gets a grab-bag of powers, a metaphor for the vast potential of infants.
** The
infants. There's also the cool and collected Frozone.



** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': The SuperSoldier Serum always grants enhanced strength, but its other effects are extrapolations of what the recipient is like; "good becomes great, bad becomes worse". After seeing what the prototype serum did to the ComicBook/RedSkull, Doctor Erskine refuses to give the serum to a candidate who is in much better shape than Steve Rogers, but is also a bully.
** In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', it's [[CerebusRetcon explained]] that the backstory established by ''TheIncredibleHulk'' was that Banner had been attempting to replicate the serum, having been told by the Military that it was a way to make soldiers resistant to radiation, only learning the truth ''after'' he used himself as a lab-rat. It's inferred that in Banner, it vastly magnified his suppressed rage, while Blonsky ended up losing control to his BloodKnight tendencies.

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** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': The SuperSoldier Serum always grants enhanced strength, but its other effects are extrapolations of what the recipient is like; "good becomes great, great; bad becomes worse". worse," After seeing what the prototype serum did to the ComicBook/RedSkull, Doctor Erskine refuses to give the serum to a candidate who is in much better shape than Steve Rogers, but is also a bully.
** In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', it's [[CerebusRetcon explained]] that the backstory established by ''TheIncredibleHulk'' ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' was that Banner had been attempting to replicate the serum, having been told by the Military that it was a way to make soldiers resistant to radiation, only learning the truth ''after'' he used himself as a lab-rat. It's inferred that in Banner, it vastly magnified his suppressed rage, while Blonsky ended up losing control to his BloodKnight tendencies.
10th Mar '16 10:19:43 PM Gamermaster
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* Some of the many examples from MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha:

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* Some of the many examples from MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha:''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
24th Feb '16 9:45:50 AM nombretomado
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** In ''Film/TheAvengers'', it's [[CerebusRetcon explained]] that the backstory established by ''TheIncredibleHulk'' was that Banner had been attempting to replicate the serum, having been told by the Military that it was a way to make soldiers resistant to radiation, only learning the truth ''after'' he used himself as a lab-rat. It's inferred that in Banner, it vastly magnified his suppressed rage, while Blonsky ended up losing control to his BloodKnight tendencies.

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** In ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', it's [[CerebusRetcon explained]] that the backstory established by ''TheIncredibleHulk'' was that Banner had been attempting to replicate the serum, having been told by the Military that it was a way to make soldiers resistant to radiation, only learning the truth ''after'' he used himself as a lab-rat. It's inferred that in Banner, it vastly magnified his suppressed rage, while Blonsky ended up losing control to his BloodKnight tendencies.
22nd Feb '16 10:45:20 AM RookEncounte
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** Also a bit of a deconstruction in that powers can screw with people's heads to make them more like their power, such as replacing human social cues with animal ones, creating major WithUsOrAgainstUs mentalities, or otherwise warping their personalities to fit the trope.
2nd Jan '16 10:53:31 PM nombretomado
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* Played interestingly in ''SoonIWillBeInvincible''. Feral, either an uplifted big cat or other form of result of gene splicing, is brutal and violent and hides pain from others, while WordOfGod says he's gay. Fatale is a cyborg heavy-hitter, and is analytic but slow at getting abstract connections and skeptical about magic. Mr. Mystic is a poor performing magician with access to the real stuff, tends to be a creepy and withdrawn from normal society. Another character with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder is so transparent as to be invisible.

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* Played interestingly in ''SoonIWillBeInvincible''.''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible''. Feral, either an uplifted big cat or other form of result of gene splicing, is brutal and violent and hides pain from others, while WordOfGod says he's gay. Fatale is a cyborg heavy-hitter, and is analytic but slow at getting abstract connections and skeptical about magic. Mr. Mystic is a poor performing magician with access to the real stuff, tends to be a creepy and withdrawn from normal society. Another character with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder is so transparent as to be invisible.
27th Dec '15 6:37:01 PM jormis29
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** The first story arc's BigBad has powers over aether, the legendary FifthElement. We see that aether is an extremely powerful weapon, but it is something of an AllOrNothing ability with little use outside combat or destruction. Aether's wielder is impatient, greedy and insane, with little capacity for fine control and an unchecked ego. This instance too is justified- it's implied that, in this case, the experiment gave the person so much power that it wrecked [[spoiler:his]] sanity.

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** The first story arc's BigBad has powers over aether, the legendary FifthElement.[[ElementNumberFive Fifth Element]]. We see that aether is an extremely powerful weapon, but it is something of an AllOrNothing ability with little use outside combat or destruction. Aether's wielder is impatient, greedy and insane, with little capacity for fine control and an unchecked ego. This instance too is justified- it's implied that, in this case, the experiment gave the person so much power that it wrecked [[spoiler:his]] sanity.
26th Dec '15 9:06:22 PM nombretomado
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* Barry Allen, TheFlash of {{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, is an ironic reversal type, a speedster with a slow-and-steady personality.

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* Barry Allen, TheFlash of {{the UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}, is an ironic reversal type, a speedster with a slow-and-steady personality.
19th Dec '15 5:42:36 PM nombretomado
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** It was a plot point that gamma mutants like the Hulk have transformations directly linked to their mental state. In the case of the Hulk, his transformation is linked to Banner's repressed anger issues combined with multiple personality disorder. His cousin, Jen Walters, was a meek, sexually repressed woman, but as SheHulk she becomes the ideal woman; strong, independent, beautiful, and sexually liberated. Doc Samson's transformation was based on a repressed desire to be a hero. Sam Sterns was a bit of a moron who envied the smarter people he worked around, and he became the Leader, one of (if not the) smartest people in the MarvelUniverse. Emil Blonsky was filled with self loathing, and he became the Abomination. The general powers of these individuals are mostly the same (except for the Leader), but the manifestation varies widely based on the personality of the person being affected by gamma.

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** It was a plot point that gamma mutants like the Hulk have transformations directly linked to their mental state. In the case of the Hulk, his transformation is linked to Banner's repressed anger issues combined with multiple personality disorder. His cousin, Jen Walters, was a meek, sexually repressed woman, but as SheHulk ComicBook/SheHulk she becomes the ideal woman; strong, independent, beautiful, and sexually liberated. Doc Samson's transformation was based on a repressed desire to be a hero. Sam Sterns was a bit of a moron who envied the smarter people he worked around, and he became the Leader, one of (if not the) smartest people in the MarvelUniverse. Emil Blonsky was filled with self loathing, and he became the Abomination. The general powers of these individuals are mostly the same (except for the Leader), but the manifestation varies widely based on the personality of the person being affected by gamma.
17th Dec '15 12:11:21 PM FF32
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* Some human [[SCPFoundation SCP items]] have these.

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* Some human [[SCPFoundation [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP items]] have these.
14th Nov '15 11:42:17 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* To a certain extent, the girls of ''{{Manga/Mai-HiME}}'' 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]].

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* To a certain extent, the girls of ''{{Manga/Mai-HiME}}'' ''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]].
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