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18th Oct '17 7:57:12 PM PaulA
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->'''Hiroim''': Impossible... \\
'''Caiera''': He shifted the very plates... \\
'''Korg''': Of course he did, he's the Hulk. \\
'''Caiera''': But you said he couldn't. \\
'''Korg''': I was just making him mad. He seems to work best that way.
-->-- ''PlanetHulk''

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->'''Hiroim''': ->'''Hiroim:''' Impossible... \\
'''Caiera''': '''Caiera:''' He shifted the very plates... \\
'''Korg''': '''Korg:''' Of course he did, he's the Hulk. \\
'''Caiera''': '''Caiera:''' But you said he couldn't. \\
'''Korg''': '''Korg:''' I was just making him mad. He seems to work best that way.
-->-- ''PlanetHulk''
''ComicBook/PlanetHulk''
1st Oct '17 10:59:36 AM zealots
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* As of the ''Comicbook/CaptainBritainAndMI13'' series, Captain Britain's powers work like this; super strength and durability in proportion to his confidence and emotional stability.
** His alternate universe teenage counterpart Kid Briton introduced in ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'' has the same powers which he fuels by being TheBully at the Braddock Academy.



* As of the ''Comicbook/CaptainBritainAndMI13'' series, Captain Britain's powers work like this; super strength and durability in proportion to his confidence and emotional stability.
** His alternate universe teenage counterpart Kid Briton introduced in ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'' has the same powers which he fuels by being TheBully at the Braddock Academy.



* {{Spider-Man}}'s powers have stopped working several times due to emotional issues, in almost every medium that he's been in. He gets them back when he becomes self assured again, usually just in the nick of time. Inversely, [[HeroicResolve when people he cares about are in danger his powers grow exponentially stronger]].
* Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk. Bruce Banner only turns into the Hulk when angry, and then [[CatchPhrase the angrier Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets]].

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* {{Spider-Man}}'s powers have stopped working several times due to emotional issues, Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk is rooted in almost every medium that he's been in. He gets them back when he becomes self assured again, usually just in the nick of time. Inversely, [[HeroicResolve when people he cares about are in danger his powers grow exponentially stronger]].
* Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk.
this, as Bruce Banner only turns transforms into the Hulk when angry, and then [[CatchPhrase the angrier Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets]].



* In ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'', the superhero Speedball, after becoming [[DarkerAndEdgier Penance]], found that his [[DiscardAndDraw new powers]] only worked when he was in pain. Cue the iron maiden styled combat suit. Except, Creator/WarrenEllis [[ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} realized]] that people who cut themselves process pain abnormally; the adrenaline rush of self-mutilation triggers an endorphin reaction, in effect making them ''high''. Thus, his powers have the same trigger as always; he can't use them unless he's happy. As the FunPersonified character he had been before ComicBook/CivilWar, it makes some sense that this had previously not been noticed. Doc Samson points this out, and in the process helps him start overcoming his depression.
* ComicBook/SpiderMan's powers have stopped working several times due to emotional issues, in almost every medium that he's been in. He gets them back when he becomes self assured again, usually just in the nick of time. Inversely, [[HeroicResolve when people he cares about are in danger his powers grow exponentially stronger]].



* In {{Creator/Marvel}}, the superhero Speedball, after becoming [[DarkerAndEdgier Penance]], found that his [[DiscardAndDraw new powers]] only worked when he was in pain. Cue the iron maiden styled combat suit. Except, Creator/WarrenEllis [[ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} realized]] that people who cut themselves process pain abnormally; the adrenaline rush of self-mutilation triggers an endorphin reaction, in effect making them ''high''. Thus, his powers have the same trigger as always; he can't use them unless he's happy. As the FunPersonified character he had been before ComicBook/CivilWar, it makes some sense that this had previously not been noticed. Doc Samson points this out, and in the process helps him start overcoming his depression.
* ComicBook/{{XMen}}:
** Storm is incurably claustrophobic due to having been buried alive for days with only the corpses of her parents for company when she was a small child. She has control over it most of the time, but when underground or trapped in a situation where she cannot breathe, her need to be free manifests in her powers, which grow stronger and more destructive.

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* In {{Creator/Marvel}}, the superhero Speedball, after becoming [[DarkerAndEdgier Penance]], found The ComicBook/XMen have a few examples among their ranks:
** Much like Gladiator above, [[Characters/XMenAcolytes Exodus]] has power levels
that are based in large part on his [[DiscardAndDraw new powers]] only worked when he was in pain. Cue the iron maiden styled combat suit. Except, Creator/WarrenEllis [[ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} realized]] that people who cut themselves process pain abnormally; the adrenaline rush of self-mutilation triggers an endorphin reaction, in effect making them ''high''. Thus, confidence, along with his powers have the same trigger as always; he can't use them unless he's happy. As the FunPersonified character he had been before ComicBook/CivilWar, it makes some sense that this had previously not been noticed. Doc Samson points this out, and [[KnightTemplar certainty in the process helps righteousness of his cause]] at any given time. This is why his power levels fluctuate so wildly, swinging from being able to thrash an entire team of X-Men ''plus'' an entire team of Avengers during the ''Bloodties'' story to suffering more than one [[TheWorfEffect embarrassing defeat]] during ''Messiah Complex'' (which saw him start overcoming forge a very reluctant alliance with noted StalkerWithATestTube Mr. Sinister). He'd probably surpass his depression.
* ComicBook/{{XMen}}:
mentor ComicBook/{{Magneto}} if he ever overcame this limitation.
** Storm ComicBook/{{Storm}} is incurably claustrophobic due to having been buried alive for days with only the corpses of her parents for company when she was a small child. She has control over it most of the time, but when underground or trapped in a situation where she cannot breathe, her need to be free manifests in her powers, which grow stronger and more destructive.
3rd Aug '17 8:03:40 AM appealus
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* ComicBooks/{{XMen}}:

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* ComicBooks/{{XMen}}:ComicBook/{{XMen}}:
22nd Jul '17 1:54:09 PM Piterpicher
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* Three of the six main student wizards in ''[[DarkLordOfDerkholm Year of the Griffin]]'' have a particular quirk to their magic due to psychological issues:

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* Three of the six main student wizards in ''[[DarkLordOfDerkholm ''[[Literature/DarkLordOfDerkholm Year of the Griffin]]'' have a particular quirk to their magic due to psychological issues:
10th May '17 12:46:43 PM EmperorZim
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* Bending works this way in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Aang has to adjust his mindset when he learns a new element, which becomes a serious problem when the [[ThePollyanna happy-go-lucky hero]] has to learn to be steadfast and forceful to learn Earthbending. Zuko also loses most of the power behind his [[PlayingWithFire Firebending]] when [[spoiler: he joins the good guys and loses the hatred in his heart. Luckily, he finds a secret society where he learns that Firebending is about passion, not anger.]]

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* Bending works this way in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Aang has to adjust his mindset when he learns a new element, which becomes a serious problem when the [[ThePollyanna happy-go-lucky hero]] has to learn to be steadfast and forceful to learn Earthbending. Zuko also loses most of the power behind his [[PlayingWithFire Firebending]] when [[spoiler: he joins the good guys and loses the hatred in his heart. Luckily, he finds a secret society civilization where he learns that Firebending is about passion, not anger.]]
2nd Apr '17 1:50:03 AM Nintendoman01
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** It's true of his son Gohan even from childhood. As a small boy, his power level is pathetic when he's scared but when he's angry it climbs and keeps climbing, enough to nearly knock a full blood Saiyan off his feet.

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** It's true of his son Gohan even from childhood. As a small boy, his power level is pathetic when he's scared but when he's angry it climbs and keeps climbing, enough to nearly knock a full blood Saiyan off his feet. Goku even [[ExploitedTrope exploits it]] during the Cell Saga, knowing that Gohan's at his strongest when he's angry and [[BatmanGambit counting on Cell to]] ''[[BatmanGambit make]]'' [[BatmanGambit him angry]].
14th Mar '17 12:05:55 AM dutchguy1986
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* ''Literature/WildCards'': The school of thought that Aces are internally confident and end up being beautiful and powerful, while Jokers have some sort of internal self-hatred that manifests outwardly. This also reflects in their powers, because some Jokers have powers that would make them Aces if they weren't so hideously deformed.

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* ''Literature/WildCards'': The school of thought is that Aces are internally confident and end up being beautiful and powerful, while Jokers have some sort of internal self-hatred that manifests outwardly. This also reflects in their powers, because some Jokers have powers that would make them Aces if they weren't so hideously deformed.
5th Mar '17 6:30:28 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Marvel}}'' the superhero Speedball, after becoming [[DarkerAndEdgier Penance]], found that his [[DiscardAndDraw new powers]] only worked when he was in pain. Cue the iron maiden styled combat suit. Except, Creator/WarrenEllis [[ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} realized]] that people who cut themselves process pain abnormally; the adrenaline rush of self-mutilation triggers an endorphin reaction, in effect making them ''high''. Thus, his powers have the same trigger as always; he can't use them unless he's happy. As the FunPersonified character he had been before ComicBook/CivilWar, it makes some sense that this had previously not been noticed. Doc Samson points this out, and in the process helps him start overcoming his depression.

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* In ''{{Marvel}}'' {{Creator/Marvel}}, the superhero Speedball, after becoming [[DarkerAndEdgier Penance]], found that his [[DiscardAndDraw new powers]] only worked when he was in pain. Cue the iron maiden styled combat suit. Except, Creator/WarrenEllis [[ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} realized]] that people who cut themselves process pain abnormally; the adrenaline rush of self-mutilation triggers an endorphin reaction, in effect making them ''high''. Thus, his powers have the same trigger as always; he can't use them unless he's happy. As the FunPersonified character he had been before ComicBook/CivilWar, it makes some sense that this had previously not been noticed. Doc Samson points this out, and in the process helps him start overcoming his depression.
23rd Jan '17 6:46:57 AM Galacton
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Our hero has acquired a new onboard superpower through the power of an origin story or receiving AppliedPhlebotinum. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of the power or device depends on the mental stability and/or confidence of the user -- and it's all too often an [[PowerBornOfMadness inverse relation]] ([[EnlightenmentSuperpower though not always]]). Inherent to TheDarkSide.

Naturally, tends to be an example of PersonalityPowers. Not to be confused with PsychicPowers or [[PsychoSerum powers from psychoactives]]. Compare HeroicSpirit and ThePowerOfLove, which may overlap with this trope.

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Our hero has acquired a new onboard superpower through the power of an origin story or receiving AppliedPhlebotinum. Unfortunately, [[NecessaryDrawback However]], the effectiveness of the power or device depends on the mental stability and/or confidence of the user -- and it's all too often an [[PowerBornOfMadness inverse relation]] ([[EnlightenmentSuperpower though not always]]). Inherent to TheDarkSide.

[[PsychosomaticSuperpowerOutage hope you're good with your emotions]].

Naturally, tends to be an example of PersonalityPowers. Not to be confused with PsychicPowers or [[PsychoSerum powers from psychoactives]]. Compare HeroicSpirit and ThePowerOfLove, ThePowerOfLove which may overlap be justified with this trope.
14th Jan '17 6:11:21 PM MiddleEighth
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*Paul has at least one of these in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' and carried over to ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. In the first book, he manifested an energy zap from his fingernails when he was “out of [his] mind with fury” over the slaughter of wolves by the Hunter. But in ''Keys'', when he tries to zap things again, he just can't do it because he can't work himself up to that level of fury again.
**He may also be holding back because he's afraid of the energy getting away from him and triggering one of his explosions.
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