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19th May '16 5:51:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* The male lead in ''My Demon Lover'' only transformed into his formidable demonic aspect when he was ''horny'' enough.

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* The male lead in ''My Demon Lover'' ''Film/MyDemonLover'' only transformed into his formidable demonic aspect when he was ''horny'' enough.
19th May '16 5:50:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''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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* ''WildCards'': ''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.



* In Larry Niven's KnownSpace universe, this is how Gil "The Arm" Hamilton got his power and nickname. He had lost his right arm in an accident, but one day when he absent-mindedly tried to catch a dropped object with the missing arm, he manifested an "imaginary" psychic arm that works via telekinesis. One story notes that psychic abilities work only [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve because the user believes in them]].

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* In Larry Niven's KnownSpace ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe, this is how Gil "The Arm" Hamilton got his power and nickname. He had lost his right arm in an accident, but one day when he absent-mindedly tried to catch a dropped object with the missing arm, he manifested an "imaginary" psychic arm that works via telekinesis. One story notes that psychic abilities work only [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve because the user believes in them]].
15th May '16 12:01:43 PM TSBasilisk
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* The above also applies to capes in ''Literature/{{Worm}}''. Skitter, for example, has her bug control range expand as she feels more trapped.
7th May '16 12:10:01 AM nombretomado
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* Rex's powers from ''GeneratorRex'' require him to be focused and level headed when using them. If he loses his concentration, for instance if he becomes confused his powers will fail.

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* Rex's powers from ''GeneratorRex'' ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' require him to be focused and level headed when using them. If he loses his concentration, for instance if he becomes confused his powers will fail.
6th Apr '16 5:16:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* Will Stronghold of ''Film/SkyHigh'' was in the gawky, awkward stage of adolescence, and had no confidence. He also had no powers, but hadn't made the connection between the two. The fear and shame involved in the idea of disappointing his superhero parents also didn't help. But when Warren put his friends in danger, Will grew confident and his powers suddenly manifested in the middle of the fight.

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* Will Stronghold of ''Film/SkyHigh'' ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' was in the gawky, awkward stage of adolescence, and had no confidence. He also had no powers, but hadn't made the connection between the two. The fear and shame involved in the idea of disappointing his superhero parents also didn't help. But when Warren put his friends in danger, Will grew confident and his powers suddenly manifested in the middle of the fight.
6th Apr '16 5:15:52 AM Morgenthaler
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26th Mar '16 7:22:34 PM Willbyr
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* ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead'' has the Di-Swords, only functional through... [[PowerBornOfMadness delusions.]] Thus, in somewhat of a departure from the classics, the user ''has'' to be screwed up in order to use the weapons. This, though, [[MindScrew is only fitting]] in a show such as ChaosHead.

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* ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead'' has the Di-Swords, only functional through... [[PowerBornOfMadness delusions.]] Thus, in somewhat of a departure from the classics, the user ''has'' to be screwed up in order to use the weapons. This, though, [[MindScrew is only fitting]] in a show such as ChaosHead.''Chaos;Head''.
26th Mar '16 7:10:58 PM Willbyr
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* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. The mecha of the series, called Gunmen, are powered by Spiral Energy, which comes from living things. The amount of Spiral Energy one produces is tied directly to their emotional state. Fear and despair lower it, hope and optimism increase it, and [[HotBlooded Hot Blood]] blasts it to OverNineThousand.

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* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. The mecha of the series, called Gunmen, are powered by Spiral Energy, which comes from living things. The amount of Spiral Energy one produces is tied directly to their emotional state. Fear and despair lower it, hope and optimism increase it, and [[HotBlooded Hot Blood]] blasts it to OverNineThousand.



* In ''YuYuHakusho'', Kuwabara is undoubtably the weakest of the heroes, but has proven capable of [[UnstoppableRage short bursts of incredible power]] when [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge properly]] [[LastStand motivated]]/[[ThePowerOfLove inspired]].
* Soul wavelengths in ''Manga/{{Soul Eater}}''. Mindset affects both the powerful moves that require a high level of soul resonance between meister and Weapon, and the basic ability of the two to work together.

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* In ''YuYuHakusho'', ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Kuwabara is undoubtably the weakest of the heroes, but has proven capable of [[UnstoppableRage short bursts of incredible power]] when [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge properly]] [[LastStand motivated]]/[[ThePowerOfLove inspired]].
* Soul wavelengths in ''Manga/{{Soul Eater}}''.''Manga/SoulEater''. Mindset affects both the powerful moves that require a high level of soul resonance between meister and Weapon, and the basic ability of the two to work together.



* ChaosHead has the Di-Swords, only functional through... [[PowerBornOfMadness delusions.]] Thus, in somewhat of a departure from the classics, the user ''has'' to be screwed up in order to use the weapons. This, though, [[MindScrew is only fitting]] in a show such as ChaosHead.

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* ChaosHead ''VisualNovel/ChaosHead'' has the Di-Swords, only functional through... [[PowerBornOfMadness delusions.]] Thus, in somewhat of a departure from the classics, the user ''has'' to be screwed up in order to use the weapons. This, though, [[MindScrew is only fitting]] in a show such as ChaosHead.
12th Mar '16 4:15:47 PM Orbiting
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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' fits here. Of course, Haruhi ''doesn't know''. It specifically depends on mental ''instability'', and the rest of the cast spends a great deal of effort ''preventing'' this.

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* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' fits In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', the title character's RealityWarper abilities fit here. Of course, Haruhi ''doesn't know''. It know'' she has them. They specifically depends depend on her mental ''instability'', ''instability'' (i.e, stress, depression, anger), and the rest of the cast spends spend a great deal of effort ''preventing'' this.these feelings by playing along with her schemes while simultaneously trying to keep her LockedOutOfTheLoop out of fear of how she'd react to finding out about her powers.
24th Jan '16 7:54:38 PM secretfan14
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' While the Crystal Gems are all thousands of years old and have effortless usage of their powers, the titular Steven is handicapped by being half human, and by being only ten years old. As such, his powers tend to work erratically. It is only when ThePowerOfLove is invoked that he can call his powers at will with certainty.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' While the Crystal Gems are all thousands of years old and have effortless usage of their powers, the titular Steven is handicapped by being half human, and by being only ten twelve years old. As such, his powers tend to work erratically. It is only when ThePowerOfLove is invoked that he can call his powers at will with certainty.
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