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22nd Jul '17 2:36:04 PM MBG
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* ''ComicBook/{{Superior}}'' heavily averts this, with the titular character (a CaptainErsatz to Superman) wasting no time in trying to solve the world's problems, including rounding up terrorist groups singlehandedly, preventing natural disasters, and carrying shiploads of food and water to impoverished areas. It's implied, though, that when [[spoiler:he leaves at the end]], the world mostly reverts to normal, as there's always going to be people who need food and clothing.
8th Jul '17 8:15:10 AM Schol-R-LEA
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** Note that these inventions and Devises ''are'' changing things, just not in ways most people would necessarily see all the time. Still, there are lunar bases owned by the US, Russia, and China; improved treatments for a number of deadly diseases and genetic conditions; and several other general benefits which are impacting everyone's lives. This is becoming more evident in the Gen 2 stories, set ten years after the first series, where holographic Virtual Assistants are commonplace among other things. On the other hand, there are also mass-produced power armor and advanced weapons which aren't necessarily kept out of the hands of criminals and terrorists, exotic street drugs, and several other down sides. It hasn't changed quite as drastically as the ''Literature/WildCards'' world, at least not in visible ways, but it is certain diverging from our own world rapidly.
8th Jul '17 8:04:02 AM Schol-R-LEA
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# The invention is a product of TheSparkOfGenius; either the inventor couldn't remember how it works after they come out of their inventing frenzy, or their notes were incomprehensible, or it simply doesn't work for anyone else because it is really MagicPoweredPseudoscience or something similar. This is more commonly found in {{Deconstruction}}s, such as ''Literature/WildCards'', where explaining this sort of plot element is a part of the purpose of the story.


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An explanation that is often used is that the invention is a product of TheSparkOfGenius; either the inventor couldn't remember how it works after they come out of their inventing frenzy, or their notes were incomprehensible, or it simply doesn't work for anyone else because it is really MagicPoweredPseudoscience or something similar. This is more commonly found in {{Deconstruction}}s, such as ''Literature/WildCards'', where explaining this sort of plot element is a part of the purpose of the story.
8th Jul '17 8:00:13 AM Schol-R-LEA
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# The invention is a product of TheSparkOfGenius; either the inventor couldn't remember how it works after they come out of their inventing frenzy, or their notes were incomprehensible, or it simply doesn't work for anyone else because it is really MagicPoweredPseudoscience or something similar. This is more commonly found in {{Deconstruction}}s, such as ''Literature/WildCards'', where explaining this sort of plot element is a part of the purpose of the story.
3rd Jul '17 7:22:55 PM Heartlesswithaheart
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** That said, Jimmy does have one creation that could benefit humanity that has no issues that couldn't be prevented with a little foresight: Goddard. With the exceptions of playing dead (exploding and reassembling himself) and him transforming into a giant, berserk mech from having a video game disk inserted in his disk drive, robotic dogs like Goddard would be extremely beneficial in service, search and rescue, and even simply being a pet for someone allergic to dogs. Jimmy wouldn't even need to give him up to make his design available to manufacturers, as he made Goddard all by himself.
13th Jun '17 3:53:24 PM Nulono
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** Hilariously, it's shown that had he not been born, everyone's lives would have been far better off; Vicky, lacking a job, would have become Dr. Bender's assistant, which means that her sadistic need to inflict pain would be put to good use. Same with Francis, who would have become a football star now that he had no one to bully. He also wouldn't have mucked up Crocker's childhood, allowing him to become a successful college professor (the spasms though seems to be genetically written into Crocker) and finally, a girl would have taken his place, making his parents incredibly wealthy with the movies she'd star in. In the end he still reverses the wish and brings himself back to the world, at the expense of everyone else (and, due to the status quo, never actually learns from this experience).

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** Hilariously, it's shown that had he not been born, everyone's lives would have been far better off; Vicky, lacking a job, would have become Dr. Bender's a dentist's assistant, which means that her sadistic need to inflict pain would be put to good use. Same with Francis, who would have become a football star now that he had no one to bully. He also wouldn't have mucked up Crocker's childhood, allowing him to become a successful college professor (the spasms though seems to be genetically written into Crocker) and finally, a girl would have taken his place, making his parents incredibly wealthy with the movies she'd star in. In the end he still reverses the wish and brings himself back to the world, at the expense of everyone else (and, due to the status quo, never actually learns from this experience).
13th Jun '17 3:50:22 PM Nulono
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* In ''Film/{{Flubber}}'', the Creator/RobinWilliams remake of ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor'', Professor Braniard (Williams) has to come up with some sort of scientific breakthrough to secure enough funding to keep his college solvent. If only he had some sort of supertech available to show potential investors... like a flying, self-aware RobotBuddy. Oh, wait... This is later {{justified|Trope}} when he explains that Weebo was a "happy accident", he actually has no idea why she's intelligent. To figure that out would probably involve dismantling her... i.e., "killing" her. [[spoiler:Weebo herself managed to figure it out, though, and leaves lehind a set of blueprints that will allow Braniard to re-create the process.]] It's also explained his previous successful inventions have been stolen by a rival.

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* In ''Film/{{Flubber}}'', the Creator/RobinWilliams remake of ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor'', Professor Braniard (Williams) has to come up with some sort of scientific breakthrough to secure enough funding to keep his college solvent. If only he had some sort of supertech available to show potential investors... like a flying, self-aware RobotBuddy. Oh, wait... This is later {{justified|Trope}} when he explains that Weebo was a "happy accident", accident"; he actually has no idea why she's intelligent. To figure that out would probably involve dismantling her... i.e., "killing" her. [[spoiler:Weebo herself managed to figure it out, though, and leaves lehind a set of blueprints that will allow Braniard to re-create the process.]] It's also explained his previous successful inventions have been stolen by a rival.
1st Jun '17 10:06:14 PM Kotomikun
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** Doc's brother, "Dark Smoke Puncher," is a genius robot engineer who uses his skills solely to build attack-bots that patrol his family's territory, and occasionally engages in HollywoodHacking when supervillains come knocking.

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** Doc's brother, "Dark Smoke Puncher," is a genius robot engineer who uses his skills solely to build attack-bots that patrol his family's territory, and occasionally engages in HollywoodHacking when supervillains come knocking. It's implied that his and Doc's narrow and impractical ambitions are probably caused by their parents, who consider ninja-ing the only appropriate aspiration for anyone in their family.
1st Jun '17 10:00:50 PM Kotomikun
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** This is also true of Doc himself, to an extent. He doesn't have much in the way of advanced technology, but he does have advanced degrees in dozens of fields (thanks to experimental cloning technology, which itself is an example since the only other thing he's used it for is to resurrect Ben Franklin) and rarely uses any of this vast knowledge. Instead, he runs a family-practice clinic and spends his free time emulating Batman.
** Doc's brother, "Dark Smoke Puncher," is a genius robot engineer who uses his skills solely to build attack-bots that patrol his family's territory, and occasionally engages in HollywoodHacking when supervillains come knocking.
24th May '17 3:50:42 PM Materioptikon
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* Likewise, the Alan Scott Green Lantern was outright terrified of his ring in a few continuities. In a ''Batman: Black and White'' story, he joins Batman in searching a group of gangsters who nearly burned down the Gotham Broadcasting Building. In it, he effortlessly turns Batman invisible, travels back in time to save the gangsters (with zero timeline repercussions), uses the standard Green Lantern constructs, and more. He confesses that he eventually came to fear the sheer power of the ring, and that was the precise reason he abandoned Gotham - the city needs a hero... not a god.
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