History Main / ReedRichardsISUseless

11th Nov '16 4:53:03 PM comicwriter
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** Doctor Doom has a healing ray machine that can regenerate full-body third-degree-burn patients to full health in a day. Being the bad guy, he hasn't released it. But Reed hasn't even tried to duplicate or reverse-engineer that project... and Reed not only knows about the device (it appeared in FANTASTIC FOUR VS. X-MEN), Reed's had possession of Doom's castle at least twice since that story arc. This gizmo appears to have been derived from Battleworld technologies that can revive people to full health so long as any remote spark of life still exists in their body, which makes the lack of creation of similar technology by Richards look even worse by comparison.

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** Doctor Doom DoctorDoom has a healing ray machine that can regenerate full-body third-degree-burn patients to full health in a day. Being the bad guy, he hasn't released it. But Reed hasn't even tried to duplicate or reverse-engineer that project... and Reed not only knows about the device (it appeared in FANTASTIC FOUR VS. X-MEN), Reed's had possession of Doom's castle at least twice since that story arc. This gizmo appears to have been derived from Battleworld technologies that can revive people to full health so long as any remote spark of life still exists in their body, which makes the lack of creation of similar technology by Richards look even worse by comparison.
11th Nov '16 4:46:39 PM comicwriter
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* In [[WebOriginal/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]'s review of ''Rise of Arsenal'' he points out the titular character getting a robotic arm transplant and wonders just how available robotic limbs are to the DC Universe's general public. Linkara also asks if the DC superheroes can clone body parts, then why is Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} still stuck in his cybernetic body.

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* In [[WebOriginal/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]'s review of ''Rise of Arsenal'' he points out the titular character getting a robotic arm transplant and wonders just how available robotic limbs are to the DC Universe's general public. Linkara also asks if the DC superheroes can clone body parts, then why is Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} still stuck in his cybernetic body.[[note]]Cyborg actually ''was'' in a cloned body at the time of Linkara's review. For a while in the 90's, he looked perfectly human, and had the ability to switch back and forth between his organic and armored forms at will. Then StatusQuoIsGod hit, leaving him permanently trapped in his armored form, which was done to make him look closer to his original, iconic appearance.[[/note]]
11th Nov '16 4:41:14 PM comicwriter
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* This trope was used to justify Barbara "Batgirl/Oracle" Gordon remaining wheelchair-bound despite the ready availability of possible cures. She doesn't want to receive special treatment and therefore dishonor public servants who were disabled in the line of duty; either a cure becomes available for everyone, or she stays in the chair. That raises the question of why can't the numerous cures be made available to the public. The New 52 reboot [[ComicBook/BatGirl2011 changed this]], having her undergo a procedure to restore the use of her legs.

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* This trope was used to justify Barbara "Batgirl/Oracle" "Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}[=/=]Oracle" Gordon remaining wheelchair-bound despite the ready availability of possible cures. She doesn't want to receive special treatment and therefore dishonor public servants who were disabled in the line of duty; either a cure becomes available for everyone, or she stays in the chair. That raises the question of why can't the numerous cures be made available to the public. The New 52 reboot [[ComicBook/BatGirl2011 changed this]], having her undergo a procedure to restore the use of her legs.
11th Nov '16 4:38:13 PM comicwriter
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* In the Avengers/JLA crossover, Superman notes how civilian technology in the Marvel Earth was substantially behind that of DC Earth. At the time of the story, Metropolis was a futuristic city built on Brainiac technology, a RARE, non-handwaved example of this trope being inverted in the DC Universe (at least until it was undone in 2004).

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* In the Avengers/JLA above-mentioned ''JLA/Avengers'' crossover, Superman notes how civilian technology in the Marvel Earth was substantially behind that of DC Earth. At the time of the story, Metropolis was a futuristic city built on Brainiac technology, a RARE, non-handwaved example of this trope being inverted in the DC Universe (at least until it was undone in 2004).



* In Linkara's review of ''Rise of Arsenal'' he points out the titular character getting a robotic arm transplant and wonders just how available robotic limbs are to the DC Universe's general public. Linkara also asks if the DC superheroes can clone body parts, then why is Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} still stuck in his cybernetic body.

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* In Linkara's [[WebOriginal/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]'s review of ''Rise of Arsenal'' he points out the titular character getting a robotic arm transplant and wonders just how available robotic limbs are to the DC Universe's general public. Linkara also asks if the DC superheroes can clone body parts, then why is Comicbook/{{Cyborg}} still stuck in his cybernetic body.



* Discussed when Lex Luthor dated Lana Lang/Matrix Supergirl. Lex noted that if Supergirl's shapeshifting molecules could be duplicated, then it would ruin the fashion industry.

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* Discussed when Lex Luthor dated Lana Lang/Matrix Supergirl.Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}. Lex noted that if Supergirl's shapeshifting molecules could be duplicated, then it would ruin the fashion industry.
11th Nov '16 4:20:43 PM comicwriter
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* In ''Comicbook/DetectiveComicsRebirth'', Batwing uses his engineering know-how to create an arsenal of advanced, non-lethal weapons to be used by Gotham's police force. Comicbook/{{Batwoman}} quickly points out that while the weapons are effective, they're so expensive to produce that no police force on Earth could actually afford them.
30th Oct '16 1:29:17 PM Yuihime
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** Indeed, much of the drama of that story is the local leaders [[LampshadeHanging wondering]] "Why would he only cure this bum, if he's so all-powerful? There must be an ulterior motive, ergo [[HeroWithBadPublicity Jesus is a scam]]."
22nd Oct '16 11:53:10 AM timotaka
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* Speaking of ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', that 1.21 jigowatt nuclear reactor in the back of the car is an astonishing creation on all levels. To get that kind of energy output with current technology requires a huge reactor structure that costs hundreds of millions to build, while Doc Brown's reactor is about one cubic meter in size and he built it in his garage with the kind of resources a single well-to-do private citizen can muster. If this technology was allowed to spread, it would completely change the face of the global energy market. Even if you HandWave it by saying the reactor isn't suited for continuous energy production but it expends the whole fuel rod to give about ten seconds of electricity, that is remarkable for other reasons, such as being able to contain the rod without it melting its way through the bottom.
16th Oct '16 4:52:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is a general rule for superhero gadgets in ''HeroSystem'' as well. Devices cost character points to have; while other people are allowed to borrow them once or twice, they can't keep one unless they pay the character point cost as well.

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* This is a general rule for superhero gadgets in ''HeroSystem'' ''TabletopGame/HeroSystem'' as well. Devices cost character points to have; while other people are allowed to borrow them once or twice, they can't keep one unless they pay the character point cost as well.
10th Oct '16 8:43:43 AM milesenberg
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Jesus made one blind man see but didn't bother to cure blindness the world over. Presumably that's within his power.
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6th Oct '16 9:19:14 PM merotoker
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* Naturally, all of Marvel's brains turn up useless if the plotline calls for it. In ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', none of Marvel's brains were able to prevent Aunt May's death (or remember the things which have healed much worse injuries). Including Comicbook/DoctorStrange, who (totally removed from his ability to alter the fabric of the universe at will, being the Sorcerer Supreme), was a ''neurosurgeon.'' Enter [[DealWithTheDevil Mephisto.]] And at the end of Creator/JossWhedon's run on ''[[ComicBook/XMen Astonishing X-Men]]'', Cyclops said that he had contacted Reed, [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] and the other brain trust members, who were unable to rescue Kitty from the giant bullet. In both cases, the writer wanted to set up a specific plot resolution which wouldn't have been possible if Reed Richards (and the other brains) weren't useless.

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* Naturally, all of Marvel's brains turn up useless [[IdiotPlot if the plotline calls for it.it]]. In ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', none of Marvel's brains were able to prevent Aunt May's death (or remember the things which have healed much worse injuries). Including Comicbook/DoctorStrange, who (totally removed from his ability to alter the fabric of the universe at will, being the Sorcerer Supreme), was a ''neurosurgeon.'' Enter [[DealWithTheDevil Mephisto.]] And at the end of Creator/JossWhedon's run on ''[[ComicBook/XMen Astonishing X-Men]]'', Cyclops said that he had contacted Reed, [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] and the other brain trust members, who were unable to rescue Kitty from the giant bullet. In both cases, the writer wanted to set up a specific plot resolution which wouldn't have been possible if Reed Richards (and the other brains) weren't useless.



* In the [[ShortRunner short lived]] NFL Superstar, the protagonist's armor was designed to be the safest and most durable football uniform ever built. When Superpro points this out to the suit's creator, he explains that [[RealityEnsues the superstrong materials needed to make it cost millions of dollars,]] [[AwesomeButImpractical making it totally impractical for mass production.]]

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* In the [[ShortRunner [[ShortRunners short lived]] NFL Superstar, the protagonist's armor was designed to be the safest and most durable football uniform ever built. When Superpro points this out to the suit's creator, he explains that [[RealityEnsues the superstrong materials needed to make it cost millions of dollars,]] [[AwesomeButImpractical making it totally impractical for mass production.]]



* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark Kent discovers that his blood can bring people back to life, but the revived people have to keep taking it every twelve hours or else they die, ''for good''. And, being around kryptonite hastens the time limit. In addition, they come back increasingly psychotic. [[spoiler:Clark disposes of all the blood samples, deciding it isn't worth it]]. In one episode it was subverted when [[spoiler:Clark used his blood to revive Zod of all people, not only bringing him back to life, but also giving him/releasing his locked super powers. No 12 hours limit there - possibly due to Zod also being from Krypton? Way to go Clark.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark Kent discovers that his blood can bring people back to life, but the revived people have to keep taking it every twelve hours or else they die, ''for good''. And, being around kryptonite hastens the time limit. In addition, they come back increasingly psychotic. [[spoiler:Clark disposes of all the blood samples, deciding it isn't worth it]]. it.]] In one episode it was subverted when [[spoiler:Clark used his blood to revive Zod of all people, not only bringing him back to life, but also giving him/releasing his locked super powers. No 12 hours limit there - possibly due to Zod also being from Krypton? Way to go Clark.]]Clark]].



** In "A Fistful of Datas", Worf makes a timed-duration personal shield using a communicator badge and 19th-century stuff lying around. Nobody except the borg, kind-of, uses personal shields even though there's plenty of episodes where it would have been incredibly useful. This ends up getting Averted, though, in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''.

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** In "A Fistful of Datas", Worf makes a timed-duration personal shield using a communicator badge and 19th-century stuff lying around. Nobody except the borg, kind-of, uses personal shields even though there's plenty of episodes where it would have been incredibly useful. This ends up getting Averted, averted, though, in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''.



* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': Magical healing is commonplace enough that every player character starts with it by default. Every major holdfast has a court wizard who can teach the basics of it to anyone willing to pay a modest fee. For those too poor for that, any shrine of the Divines can heal virtually any injury or disease short of death itself, and most curses, perfectly and instantly for free, and there is, again, at least one shrine in every major holdfast and most minor ones. Despite this, [[MemeticMutation a simple arrow to the knee]] is all it takes to injure a promising young adventurer so badly that they give up on their dreams for good.
** There's a [[FridgeBrilliance explanation for it:]] [[spoiler: they got ''[[RealityEnsues married]].'']]

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': Magical healing is commonplace enough that every player character starts with it by default. Every major holdfast has a court wizard who can teach the basics of it to anyone willing to pay a modest fee. For those too poor for that, any shrine of the Divines can heal virtually any injury or disease short of death itself, and most curses, perfectly and instantly for free, and there is, again, at least one shrine in every major holdfast and most minor ones. Despite this, [[MemeticMutation a simple arrow to the knee]] is all it takes to injure a promising young adventurer so badly that they give up on their dreams for good.
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good. There's a [[FridgeBrilliance explanation for it:]] [[spoiler: they got ''[[RealityEnsues married]].'']]



* ''Website/{{Superdickery}}.com'' presents [[http://www.superdickery.com/superman-joins-the-army/ the most inefficient use]] of ''{{Superman}}''. "Again, couldn't he pretty much instantly win the war if he wanted to?"

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* ''Website/{{Superdickery}}.com'' presents [[http://www.superdickery.com/superman-joins-the-army/ the most inefficient use]] of ''{{Superman}}''.''Franchise/{{Superman}}''. "Again, couldn't he pretty much instantly win the war if he wanted to?"



* {{Literature/Enter the Farside}}: Averted. Artifex is a Fartouched with the ability to simplify technology. It's explained that "he can take an existing piece of technology and make it half as big, twice as quick and three times as energy efficient." He uses his powers to make his factories just as efficient this way, so he can market his improved devices for the same price, for less materials and time required to make them. The National Farside Unit have him under contract to make armour, weapons and technology for themselves.

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* {{Literature/Enter the Farside}}: Literature/EnterTheFarside: Averted. Artifex is a Fartouched with the ability to simplify technology. It's explained that "he can take an existing piece of technology and make it half as big, twice as quick and three times as energy efficient." He uses his powers to make his factories just as efficient this way, so he can market his improved devices for the same price, for less materials and time required to make them. The National Farside Unit have him under contract to make armour, weapons and technology for themselves.
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