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3rd May '17 6:27:29 PM Orbiting
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-->''...Well well well. Little Maui's having trouble with his look.\\

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You don't swing it like you used to, maan...''\\
--[[GiantEnemyCrab Tamatoa]], in "[[VillainSong Shiny]]". ''Disney/{{Moana}}''

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You don't swing it like you used to, maan...''\\
--[[GiantEnemyCrab Tamatoa]], in
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-->-- '''[[GiantEnemyCrab Tamatoa]]''',
"[[VillainSong Shiny]]". Shiny]]", ''Disney/{{Moana}}''
22nd Apr '17 8:16:31 PM Gemfyre
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* * ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' - Dumbo is convinced that he requires The Magic Feather to help him fly, so when he loses it he loses his confidence and forgets how to fly. Luckily his crisis is shortlived.
14th Apr '17 2:33:20 PM baschapp
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* This happened in the [[Literature/DresdenFiles]] to Mortimer Linquist, Chicago's resident ectomancer. Apparently he felt guilty about faking a few ghosts( despite his whole power revolving around real ghosts) or something, and lost confidence, which then made him doubt his abilities, which disrupted them further, which caused him to lose confidence... by Dead Bead he's nearly powerless. Harry gives him a pep talk, and by Ghost Story he's recovered.
4th Apr '17 5:32:14 AM Doug86
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* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', this happens to Natsuki in similar circumstances as in [[MaiHime canon]], although she only realizes what has happened when [[spoiler:she learns Yukariko has betrayed the others, tries and fails to summon Duran to defend herself and gets pulled into Yukariko's LotusEaterMachine as a result]].

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* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', this happens to Natsuki in similar circumstances as in [[MaiHime [[Anime/MaiHime canon]], although she only realizes what has happened when [[spoiler:she learns Yukariko has betrayed the others, tries and fails to summon Duran to defend herself and gets pulled into Yukariko's LotusEaterMachine as a result]].
3rd Apr '17 6:08:48 PM AthenaBlue
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the usable strength of a spirit is of course affected by their mental state. Doubt and fear tend to limit how much spirit energy can be released, worst case scenario being a complete shutdown. For example, Ichigo's massive insecurity over the Hollow nature of his soul's power weakened him for an entire arc, so much that his Hollow mask would outright fail to release at times.



* When ''{{Guyver}}'''s Sho Fukamachi sees the damaged Guyver II consume its host, he has a FreakOut and can't bring himself to bioboost.

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* When ''{{Guyver}}'''s ''Anime/{{Guyver}}'''s Sho Fukamachi sees the damaged Guyver II consume its host, he has a FreakOut and can't bring himself to bioboost.



* In ''MaiHime'', a shocking event that greatly distresses Natsuki prevents her from using her powers late in the story. In the anime, it's learning that her mother [[spoiler:wanted to sell her to the first District]], and she is unable to use her powers until she [[spoiler:saves Nao from Shizuru, by which point she fully understands what Shizuru means to her]]. In the manga, she loses her powers after learning from Nagi that Yuuichi kissed Mai, and gets them back while fighting [[spoiler:her mother]], after an internal monologue about caring for Yuuichi in her own way.
* In ''{{Pretear}}'', TheReveal regarding the Princess of Disaster [[spoiler:being a former Pretear]] shakes Himeno so badly that she can't transform until she manages to recover her resolve with some support from Hayate in the following episode.

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* In ''MaiHime'', ''Anime/MaiHime'', a shocking event that greatly distresses Natsuki prevents her from using her powers late in the story. In the anime, it's learning that her mother [[spoiler:wanted to sell her to the first District]], and she is unable to use her powers until she [[spoiler:saves Nao from Shizuru, by which point she fully understands what Shizuru means to her]]. In the manga, she loses her powers after learning from Nagi that Yuuichi kissed Mai, and gets them back while fighting [[spoiler:her mother]], after an internal monologue about caring for Yuuichi in her own way.
* In ''{{Pretear}}'', ''Anime/{{Pretear}}'', TheReveal regarding the Princess of Disaster [[spoiler:being a former Pretear]] shakes Himeno so badly that she can't transform until she manages to recover her resolve with some support from Hayate in the following episode.



* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the usable strength of a spirit is of course affected by their mental state. Doubt and fear tend to limit how much spirit energy can be released, worst case scenario being a complete shutdown. For example, Ichigo's massive insecurity over the Hollow nature of his soul's power weakened him for an entire arc, so much that his Hollow mask would outright fail to release at times.



* When Wally West became ComicBook/TheFlash he was rife with HeroicSelfDeprecation. Never being able to see himself living up to his late mentor Barry Allen's legacy, he was haunted by the nightmares of Barry being ashamed of him. As a result, he mentally limited himself to speed of sound for a long time. After the famous ''The Return of Barry Allen'' story, he was finally able to make peace with himself and eventually surpassed all of [[SurpassedTheTeacher Barry's benchmarks]].
* ''GreenLantern'': Kyle Rayner loses his powers when his confidence is shattered by Megaddon.

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* When Wally West became ComicBook/TheFlash ComicBook/TheFlash, he was rife with HeroicSelfDeprecation. Never being able to see himself living up to his late mentor Barry Allen's legacy, he was haunted by the nightmares of Barry being ashamed of him. As a result, he mentally limited himself to speed of sound for a long time. After the famous ''The Return of Barry Allen'' story, he was finally able to make peace with himself and eventually surpassed all of [[SurpassedTheTeacher Barry's benchmarks]].
* ''GreenLantern'': ''Franchise/GreenLantern'': Kyle Rayner loses his powers when his confidence is shattered by Megaddon.



* In ''Literature/AfterTheGoldenAge'', this happens to the superhero Typhoon. [[spoiler:She loses the ability to use her powers after accidentally killing a police officer]].



* In ''Literature/AfterTheGoldenAge'', this happens to the superhero Typhoon. [[spoiler:She loses the ability to use her powers after accidentally killing a police officer]].
* In ''Creator/{{Mercedes Lackey}}'''s ''Series/{{Heralds of Valdemar}}'', this sometimes happens with Heralds whose Gifts are less tangible, like Empathy and True Magic--if you try to use it and it doesn't work, you start to disbelieve in your Gift a little. This gives Talia trouble, because she's the first Herald in a long time to have Empathy as her primary Gift, and nobody really knows how to train her properly.

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* In ''Literature/AfterTheGoldenAge'', this happens to the superhero Typhoon. [[spoiler:She loses the ability to use her powers after accidentally killing a police officer]].
* In ''Creator/{{Mercedes Lackey}}'''s ''Series/{{Heralds of Valdemar}}'',
Creator/{{Mercedes Lackey}}'s ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'', this sometimes happens with Heralds whose Gifts are less tangible, like Empathy and True Magic--if Magic -- if you try to use it and it doesn't work, you start to disbelieve in your Gift a little. This gives Talia trouble, because she's the first Herald in a long time to have Empathy as her primary Gift, and nobody really knows how to train her properly.



* This also happens to the title character of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''.
* John Locke of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' loses his Island-restored ability to walk after an incident of self-doubt.
* In ''Series/{{The Sentinel}}'' this happens to Jim's Sentinel abilities sometimes.



%%* This also happens to the title character of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''.



* John Locke of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' loses his Island-restored ability to walk after an incident of self-doubt.
* In ''Series/{{The Sentinel}}'' this happens to Jim's Sentinel abilities sometimes.



* On ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Raven's powers stop working when the monsters in a horror movie they're watching come to life. [[spoiler: Except they're actually working perfectly well, just out of her control. She's subconsciously creating the monsters and can't divert her powers to intentional uses until she admits the movie actually scared her.]]
** Starfire needs to feel happy to fly, so when she's depressed or emotionally confused, she loses the ability to fly.



* [[KidHero Ezra Bridger]] of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' had this happen to him in his backstory. He has abnormally strong empathic abilities, even for a Jedi, but after losing his parents and being abandoned he emotionally shut down. It isn't until he bonds with his new family and forgives the person who abandoned him that he regains it.

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[[KidHero Ezra Bridger]] of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' had this happen to him in his backstory. He has abnormally strong empathic abilities, even for a Jedi, but after losing his parents and being abandoned he emotionally shut down. It isn't until he bonds with his new family and forgives the person who abandoned him that he regains it.


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* On ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Raven's powers stop working when the monsters in a horror movie they're watching come to life. [[spoiler: Except they're actually working perfectly well, just out of her control. She's subconsciously creating the monsters and can't divert her powers to intentional uses until she admits the movie actually scared her.]]
** Starfire needs to feel happy to fly, so when she's depressed or emotionally confused, she loses the ability to fly.


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29th Mar '17 2:54:00 PM SingtheRing
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* This was practically a mantra on ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. "Your powers are tied to your emotions."
1st Mar '17 7:21:51 PM darksoul4242
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* In ''Manga/{Bleach}'', the usable strength of a spirit is of course affected by their mental state. Doubt and fear tend to limit how much spirit energy can be released, worst case scenario being a complete shutdown. For example, Ichigo's massive insecurity over the Hollow nature of his soul's power weakened him for an entire arc, so much that his Hollow mask would outright fail to release at times.

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* In ''Manga/{Bleach}'', ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the usable strength of a spirit is of course affected by their mental state. Doubt and fear tend to limit how much spirit energy can be released, worst case scenario being a complete shutdown. For example, Ichigo's massive insecurity over the Hollow nature of his soul's power weakened him for an entire arc, so much that his Hollow mask would outright fail to release at times.
9th Jan '17 9:39:55 PM DiscoVader
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You little Demi-Semi-Mini-God.\\

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You little Demi-Semi-Mini-God.Semi-Demi-Mini-God.\\
9th Jan '17 9:02:26 AM DiscoVader
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* Disney's Moana provides the current page quote, sung during Tamatoa's VillainSong. Maui's finally retrieved his mythical fishhook, the source of all his magical powers, and is fully prepared to go to town on the narcissistic crab... but when he tries to transform, a thousand years of being out of practice rears its head, and he's soundly thrashed (in front of Moana's eyes, no less, after constantly bragging to her about his legendary strength). And for a demigod that ''thrives'' on human adoration [[spoiler: and has a severe InferioritySuperiorityComplex and considers himself worthless without his magic powers]], it's more than enough to cause some serious PowerIncontinence.

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* Disney's Moana ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' provides the current page quote, sung during Tamatoa's VillainSong. Maui's finally retrieved his mythical fishhook, the source of all his magical powers, and is fully prepared to go to town on the narcissistic crab... but when he tries to transform, a thousand years of being out of practice rears its head, and he's soundly thrashed (in front of Moana's eyes, no less, after constantly bragging to her about his legendary strength). And for a demigod that ''thrives'' on human adoration [[spoiler: and has a severe InferioritySuperiorityComplex and considers himself worthless without his magic powers]], it's more than enough to cause some serious PowerIncontinence.
9th Jan '17 9:00:44 AM DiscoVader
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* Disney's Moana provides the current page quote, sung during Tamatoa's VillainSong. Maui's finally retrieved his mythical fishhook, the source of all his magical powers, and is fully prepared to go to town on the narcissistic crab... but when he tries to transform, a thousand years of being out of practice rears its head, and he's soundly thrashed (in front of Moana's eyes, no less, after constantly bragging to her about his legendary strength). And for a demigod that ''thrives'' on human adoration [[spoiler: and has a severe InferioritySuperiorityComplex and considers himself worthless without his magic powers]], it's more than enough to cause some serious PowerIncontinence.
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