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16th Nov '17 2:46:29 PM Dark_Lord_
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* This trope is incredibly common in Main/Tokusatsu shows. If such a show has more than one superhero character, you can expect TheHero to get at least one more Power Up compared to the other superhero(es).

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* This trope is incredibly common in Main/Tokusatsu Main/{{Tokusatsu}} shows. If such a show has more than one superhero character, you can expect TheHero to get at least one more Power Up compared to the other superhero(es).


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** One of the biggest offenders in Kamen Rider is ''Series/KamenRiderOOO''. The titular rider is able to separately transform his head, torso and legs, allowing him to mix and match his transformations. This system would theocratically allow him to take on 128 transformations. SecondRider Birth on the other hand, doesn't have any transformations apart from his initial one, unless you count the Birthday form, which is him activating all of his weapons at the same time.
** An unintentionally mean example appears in ''Series/KamenRiderDrive''. SecondRider Mach does receive a SuperMode, but it is a hand me down from the titular Kamen Rider Drive after he received an even better SuperMode.
** The titular ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' has more than ten transformations, three of which are {{Super Mode}}s. The other two Riders don't even reach five and Kamen Rider Necrom doesn't even have a SuperMode.
4th Nov '17 8:35:42 AM Dark_Lord_
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* In both ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' the Avatar is the only person able to learn controlling all four elements, as well as using spiritual powers, while other non-{{Muggle}} characters are limited to only one element. This results in the titular characters learning new powers and techniques at least once a season.
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4th Nov '17 3:41:28 AM Dark_Lord_
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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' / ''Franchise/SuperSentai''
** In ''Power Rangers'', the Red Ranger usually has a "Battlizer" or some equivalent power-up that gives him armor and new abilities, and usually the other rangers will not get a similar power. This sort of goes back to the first season, with Tommy giving Jason the Dragon Dagger and power coin, and Jason receiving the gold shield on Tommy's uniform for his own.
** Not as prevalent in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', but there are cases like [=AbareMax=] from ''Abaranger'' and [=KyoryuRed=] Carnival from ''Kyoryuger''. Other shows like ''Shinkenger, Tokkyuger'' and ''Ninninger'' avert this by having a SuperMode that any team member can use - although Red still very much has priority.
* ''[[Franchise/KamenRider Kamen Rider]]''s starting with Agito follow this trend as well. The main Rider will often get access to [[MultiformBalance a number of starting forms specializing in different aspects]], at which point one or more secondary Riders will be introduced whose powers are typically better than all of these initial forms. If the main Rider only has one main form, or the multiple forms are shared between multiple starting Riders, they'll usually be the JackOfAllStats. Regardless of the setup, the main Rider will proceed to get the majority of the powerups and associated toys, with most secondary Riders only getting one enhanced form that puts them somewhere between the main Rider's penultimate and final forms. In particularly severe cases [[CantCatchUp the secondary Rider can end up stranded with no powerups at all]].

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* This trope is incredibly common in Main/Tokusatsu shows. If such a show has more than one superhero character, you can expect TheHero to get at least one more Power Up compared to the other superhero(es).
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' / ''Franchise/SuperSentai''
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''Franchise/SuperSentai'': Usually, the red ranger gains access to the more impressive weapons, mecha and/or power ups that the rest of the team won't get. If the red ranger gains an extra mecha, there is a high chance it can transform into a robot on its own without any other components and fights just as good, if not better than the team's initial combined mecha. \\\
''Power Rangers'', Rangers'' takes it a step further, as the Red Ranger usually has a "Battlizer" or some equivalent power-up that gives him armor and new abilities, and usually the other rangers will not get a similar power. Some ''Super Sentai'' series also follow this practice, giving only the red ranger a power up, but this is not as regular as in ''Power Rangers''. \\\
This sort of goes back trend seemingly started in ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger''. Just before the SixthRanger died, he transferred his powers and ownership over his mecha Dragon Ceasar over to the first season, with Tommy giving Jason red ranger, enabling him to don golden chest armor and use the Dragon Dagger and power coin, and Jason receiving SixthRanger's weapon. ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' did the gold shield on Tommy's uniform for his own.
** Not as prevalent in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', but there are cases like [=AbareMax=] from ''Abaranger'' and [=KyoryuRed=] Carnival from ''Kyoryuger''. Other shows like ''Shinkenger, Tokkyuger'' and ''Ninninger'' avert this by having a SuperMode that any team member can use - although Red still very much has priority.
same, except the SixthRanger didn't die.
* ''[[Franchise/KamenRider Kamen Rider]]''s starting with Agito follow this trend as well. The main Rider will often get access to [[MultiformBalance a number of starting forms specializing in different aspects]], at which point one or more secondary Riders will be introduced whose powers are typically better than all of these initial forms. \\
If the main Rider only has one main form, or the multiple forms are shared between multiple starting Riders, they'll usually be the JackOfAllStats. Regardless of the setup, the main Rider will proceed to get the majority of the powerups and associated toys, with most secondary Riders only getting one enhanced form that puts them somewhere between the main Rider's penultimate and final forms. In particularly severe cases [[CantCatchUp the secondary Rider can end up stranded with no powerups at all]].all]].
* Taken to ridiculous extents in ''Series/MadanSenkiRyukendo'', where the titular Ryukendo receives three transformations based on fire, water and lightning respectively, a MidSeasonUpgrade, improved versions of the aforementioned elemental transformations to go along with the MidSeasonUpgrade and, near the end of the show, a GoldenSuperMode. The other warriors, Ryugunoh and Ryujinoh get no such luck, with only Ryugunoh receiving a single MidSeasonUpgrade, while both of them temporarily get a GoldenSuperMode after Ryukendo shares some of his powers with them.
* In both ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueForce'' and ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueFire'' TheHero receives a SuperMode the rest of the team has no access to. The latter even gets his own humanoid HumongousMecha.


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* In the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series, only the protagonists and [[TheLancer Lancers]] gain access the massively strong Ninja and Samurai classlines.
3rd Nov '17 9:24:57 PM DustSnitch
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* Originally averted in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', where all of the main characters at the time[[note]]Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles[[/note]] had a SuperMode that you could unlock after collecting all seven [[BonusStageCollectables Chaos Emeralds]] from the special stages(Although Sonic's was the only one that was [[GoldenSuperMode golden]]). The games then start to play it straight from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' onwards when Tails and Knuckles` super forms are retconned out of the series. Afterward, the only additional characters to get super forms were [[TheRival Shadow]], [[BadassPrincess Blaze]],[[note]]Blaze has her own set of emeralds[[/note]] and [[FutureBadass Silver.]] Despite that however, the latter three show up very infrequently and Sonic is the one who uses this power more than anyone else.

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* Originally averted in ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', where all of the main characters at the time[[note]]Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles[[/note]] had a SuperMode that you could unlock after collecting all seven [[BonusStageCollectables Chaos Emeralds]] from the special stages(Although Sonic's was the only one that was [[GoldenSuperMode golden]]). The games then start to play it straight from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' onwards when Tails and Knuckles` super forms are retconned out of the series. Afterward, the only additional characters to get super forms were [[TheRival Shadow]], [[BadassPrincess Blaze]],[[note]]Blaze Blaze,[[note]]Blaze has her own set of emeralds[[/note]] and [[FutureBadass Silver.]] Despite that however, the latter three show up very infrequently and Sonic is the one who uses this power more than anyone else.
24th Oct '17 1:49:58 PM papyru30
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* In ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' [[TheHero Mario's]] ability to flip between 3D and 2D is the most useful and prominent of the playable characters' secondary abilities. The ability is so useful that it was used as one of the game's main selling points despite being a character specific ability.
11th Oct '17 12:28:55 AM acrobox
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If TheLancer is lucky, he'll get to share an otherwise exclusive power with the Hero that the other members of the group won't get. Expect this especially if the Lancer is also a {{Foil}} or TheRival, so the two can stay on an equal level of power.

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If TheRival (sometimes overlapping either TheLancer is lucky, he'll or the SixthRanger) may get to share an otherwise exclusive power with the Hero that the other members of the group won't get. Expect this especially if the Lancer is also a {{Foil}} or TheRival, so This way the two can stay on an relative equal level of power.
11th Aug '17 12:20:58 PM CouchAlmark
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** In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', Tai and Matt and their partners Agumon and Gabumon, are the only ones to reach Mega level, while everyone else stops at Ultimate. The strangest part is that they reach this level thanks to a prophecy that more directly concerns their younger siblings (Kari and TK), whose partners (Angewomon and Angemon) have significant [[GoodHurtsEvil type advantages]] over the villains. So of course theyre the ones taking out the Mega-level Dark Master and although AllYourColorsCombined destroy the final boss their Digimon destroy his physical form while the rest just take out his defenses.
*** In the games, all of the team reaches their canon Mega stage.
*** ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' is also on its way towards averting this, as [[spoiler: Currently Joe and Mimi with their partners Gomamon and Palmon have currently reached their Mega stages. Previews for later movies hint at the other digimon also achieving the stage]]
** In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', Wormmon lends its power to V-Mon so that the latter can reach the golden Magnamon form to defeat an out of control Ultimate, while none of the ''Adventure'' characters have the chance to beat it. The theme for the strongest stages is partnership, setting out to subvert this trope. Double subverted in that TheHero Daisuke and SixthRanger Ken's composite partner (made from Wormmon and V-Mon's evolved forms) is the only one to reach the Mega stage, and then gets a mode change and a Fighter Mode. However, the final big bad is beaten by [[spoiler: TalkingTheMonsterToDeath, and the simultaneous appearance of every form of every partner digimon that season]].

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** In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', Tai and Matt and their partners Agumon and Gabumon, are the only ones to reach Mega level, while everyone else stops at Ultimate. The strangest part is that they reach this level thanks to a prophecy that more directly concerns their younger siblings (Kari This makes Agumon and TK), whose partners (Angewomon and Angemon) have significant [[GoodHurtsEvil type advantages]] over the villains. So of course theyre Gabumon the ones taking out who do most of the work against the Mega-level Dark Master and Masters, although AllYourColorsCombined destroy Patamon's Ultimate-level form is treated as also being on their level and defeats the final boss their Digimon destroy his physical form while Dark Master before the rest just take out his defenses.
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FinalBoss. A subsequent movie gave Tai and Matt the games, all of the team reaches their canon Mega stage.
*** ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' is also on its way towards averting this, as [[spoiler: Currently Joe and Mimi with
ability to fuse their partners Gomamon into [[EleventhHourSuperpower Omegamon]], cementing them as ''two'' levels above everyone else. Followup video games, and Palmon have currently reached over fifteen years later the anime itself in the form of ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'', would close the gap a little by giving everyone else access to Mega level versions of their Mega stages. Previews for later movies hint at the other digimon also achieving the stage]]
partners, though they still have nothing to match Omegamon.
** In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', V-Mon gets a third Armor form where everyone else only gets either one or two. Said form, [[GoldenSuperMode Magnamon]], is outrageously powerful compared to all of the others but disappears after its one usage. V-Mon and Wormmon lends its power to V-Mon so that get the latter can reach first DNA Digivolution form, which everyone else eventually matches, but they're the golden Magnamon form only ones to defeat an out of control Ultimate, while none of the ''Adventure'' characters have the chance to beat it. The theme for the strongest stages is partnership, setting out to subvert evolve this trope. Double subverted in that TheHero Daisuke and SixthRanger Ken's composite partner (made from Wormmon and V-Mon's evolved forms) is the only one to reach the Mega stage, and then gets a mode change and a Fighter Mode. However, the final big bad is beaten by [[spoiler: TalkingTheMonsterToDeath, and the simultaneous appearance of every form of every partner digimon that season]].into a Mega-level form, once more leaving everyone else stuck at Ultimate.



* ''[[Franchise/KamenRider Kamen Rider]]''s starting with Ryuki have followed this trend as well, when there are more than just [[TheHero the Hero]] and [[TheLancer the Second Rider]].

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* ''[[Franchise/KamenRider Kamen Rider]]''s starting with Ryuki have followed Agito follow this trend as well, when there are well. The main Rider will often get access to [[MultiformBalance a number of starting forms specializing in different aspects]], at which point one or more secondary Riders will be introduced whose powers are typically better than just [[TheHero all of these initial forms. If the Hero]] main Rider only has one main form, or the multiple forms are shared between multiple starting Riders, they'll usually be the JackOfAllStats. Regardless of the setup, the main Rider will proceed to get the majority of the powerups and [[TheLancer associated toys, with most secondary Riders only getting one enhanced form that puts them somewhere between the Second Rider]].main Rider's penultimate and final forms. In particularly severe cases [[CantCatchUp the secondary Rider can end up stranded with no powerups at all]].
5th Jul '17 1:09:39 AM Edgar81539
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** In ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', Shoutmon is the base form of all the DigiXroses, being the consciousness in charge even when he DigiXrosses with a more powerful Digimon. He and Greymon are also the only ones that can Digivolve, ''and'' when Shoutmon DigiXrosses with Zeekgreymon he's the one in charge instead of sharing consciousness.

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** In ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', Shoutmon is the base form of all the DigiXroses, Digixros, being the consciousness in charge even when he DigiXrosses Digixrosses with a more powerful Digimon. He and Greymon are also the only ones that can Digivolve, ''and'' when Shoutmon DigiXrosses Digixrosses with Zeekgreymon he's the one in charge instead of sharing consciousness.
5th Jul '17 1:08:50 AM Edgar81539
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** Averted in ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', despite not having the ensemble of the previous seasons. Four characters evolve all the way to the end, getting Burst Mode power-ups.

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** Averted in ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', despite not having In ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', Shoutmon is the ensemble base form of the previous seasons. Four characters evolve all the way to DigiXroses, being the end, getting Burst Mode power-ups.consciousness in charge even when he DigiXrosses with a more powerful Digimon. He and Greymon are also the only ones that can Digivolve, ''and'' when Shoutmon DigiXrosses with Zeekgreymon he's the one in charge instead of sharing consciousness.



** Jaden's rivals also end up getting one or two boss monsters with evolutions/alternate forms (Chazz has Armed Dragon Lv 7 and Lv 10, and VWXYZ; Zane has Cyber End Dragon and Cyberdark Dragon, Aster has D-Hero Dogma and Plasma, and Jesse has Crystal Beast Rainbow Pegasus/Rainbow Dragon) while the rest of his supporting cast only has one boss monster or ''don't'' have one at all.



* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'': Subverted with Yuya's Pendulum Summoning, where it is a plot point that he isn't the only one to have them, and he and everyone else are learning new summon techniques throughout the series. Played straight when he starts creating Pendulum Hybrid monsters that no one else has done yet. Also played straight with his Ace monster, Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon. Only one other duelist has shown an alternate form of their Dimension Dragon ([[spoiler:Yugo with Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon, an evolution of Clear Wing Synchro Dragon]]), while Yuya has three variants of his and many more in the real-life card game that haven't been in the anime yet.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'': Subverted with Yuya's Pendulum Summoning, where it is a plot point that he isn't ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' has Yuya being the only one able to have them, and he and everyone else are learning new summon techniques throughout create Pendulum-hybrids with other monsters types, with TheRival Akaba Reiji only using his own Pendulum-hybrids in the last 2 episodes of the series. Played straight when he starts creating Pendulum Hybrid monsters His [[spoiler:SuperpoweredEvilSide Zarc is also the only one that no one else has done yet. Also played straight with his Ace monster, Odd-Eyes Pendulum Dragon. Only one other duelist has shown an alternate form of their Dimension Dragon ([[spoiler:Yugo with Crystal Wing Synchro Dragon, an evolution of Clear Wing Synchro Dragon]]), while Yuya has three variants of his and many more in the real-life card game that haven't been in the anime yet.was able to create a Pendulum-Synchro-Fusion-Xyz hybrid.]]
8th May '17 2:34:34 AM zequeins
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* For MMORPG, the Main Tank in Guild Raids tend to get first pick of the loot dropped by the boss, or at least at a significant discount compared to other members. And for good reason: the better geared the Main Tank is, the less likely he is to die. And if the Main Tank dies, it doesn't matter how much dps you can put out, as usually the boss will inflict a TotalPartyKill shortly after.
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