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24th Sep '17 11:22:27 AM Gravidef
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** Gladstone, Donald, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie once competed to find a rare ruby buried somewhere on a beach. While the boys dug, Gladstone spread his towel out on the sand and waited, knowing full well that his luck powers would eventually hand the ruby to him. When he finally got impatient and left, Huey, Dewey, and Louie decided to check the one spot no one had thought to luck: ''under Gladstone's blanket.'' And sure enough, that's precisely where the gem was. In other words, Gladstone's powers [[ExactWords did find the spot where the ruby was]]--they didn't ''give'' it to him.

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** Gladstone, Donald, and Huey, Dewey, and Louie once competed to find a rare ruby buried somewhere on a beach. While the boys dug, Gladstone spread his towel out on the sand and waited, knowing full well that his luck powers would eventually hand the ruby to him. When he finally got impatient and left, Huey, Dewey, and Louie decided to check the one spot no one had thought to luck: look: ''under Gladstone's blanket.'' And sure enough, that's precisely where the gem was. In other words, Gladstone's powers [[ExactWords did find the spot where the ruby was]]--they didn't ''give'' it to him.



** Michelle's power is the ability to carry and perfectly balance any tray, regardless of what's on it. She eventually translates this into a form of SuperStrength--if something is technically resting on a tray (regardless of the size of both), she can pick it up.

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** Michelle's power is the ability to carry and perfectly balance any tray, regardless of what's on it. She eventually learns to translates this into a form of SuperStrength--if something is technically resting on a tray (regardless of the size of both), she can pick it up.up.
** Collette is a SupremeChef who has the power to instinctively know a person's favorite food, and how to prepare it just the way they like it. With some creative thinking, this makes her a LivingLieDetector--people who disguise themselves as other individuals (which occurs more often than you think in a world where VoluntaryShapeshifting is commonplace) might be able to perfectly alter their appearance, but they can't change who they ''truly'' are, and that's what her power works on.
8th Sep '17 8:27:43 AM CosmicFerret
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* Mirror Master, one of TheFlash's enemies, can do just about whatever the writer can imagine as long as it involves light and/or glass, up to and including creating entire mirror universes.
-->''"I can use a mirror a thousand different ways. Can turn a man inside out. Cut a hole through a seven-foot concrete wall. Make ye see things from yer fantasies--or from yer worst nightmares."'' (''TheFlash'' vol. 2 #212)

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* Mirror Master, one of TheFlash's ComicBook/TheFlash's enemies, can do just about whatever the writer can imagine as long as it involves light and/or glass, up to and including creating entire mirror universes.
-->''"I can use a mirror a thousand different ways. Can turn a man inside out. Cut a hole through a seven-foot concrete wall. Make ye see things from yer fantasies--or from yer worst nightmares."'' (''TheFlash'' (''ComicBook/TheFlash'' vol. 2 #212)
28th Aug '17 11:43:58 AM BeerBaron
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* As shown in the page quote, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has a perfect example in [[DarkIsNotEvil Nocturnal's]] Daedric Artifact, the Skeleton Key. It "unlocks" anything, in a very broadly-interpreted sense. This means that anything which is restricted, hidden or not used to its potential can be "unlocked" in this way. In the case of [[spoiler:Mercer Frey]], he uses it to gain SuperStrength. However, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation the player is unable to use it as anything other than an unbreakable lockpick]].

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* As shown in the page quote, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has a perfect example in [[DarkIsNotEvil Nocturnal's]] the SkeletonKey, an artifact of Nocturnal, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Artifact, Prince]] of [[TheSacredDarkness Darkness and the Skeleton Key.Night]], who is also associated with Thieves and Luck. It "unlocks" anything, in a very broadly-interpreted sense. This means that anything which is restricted, hidden hidden, or otherwise not used to its potential [[FullPotentialUpgrade can be "unlocked" in this way. with the Key]]. In the case of [[spoiler:Mercer Frey]], he uses it to gain SuperStrength.{{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s. However, [[GameplayAndStorySegregation the player is unable to use it as anything other than an unbreakable lockpick]].
7th Aug '17 8:35:19 PM JoeMerl
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-->'''AQUAMAN:''' ''(cheerfully)'' A fish is a fish!
7th Aug '17 8:34:39 PM JoeMerl
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* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} can his use telepathic connection with fish to control silverfish, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverfish which are (non-aquatic) insects]], annoying [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ryan Choi]] And in the FantasticVoyagePlot episode he controls white blood cells, resulting in him using one as a steed and calling it 'Platelet'.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} can PlayedForLaughs on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''--ComicBook/{{AQUAMAN}} uses his use telepathic connection with command over fish to control a silverfish, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverfish which are is a (non-aquatic) insects]], annoying insect]]. [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ryan Choi]] And in the FantasticVoyagePlot episode he controls white blood cells, resulting in him using one as a steed and calling it 'Platelet'.[[LampshadeHanging points out]] that that doesn't make sense.
31st Jul '17 12:43:17 AM Baeraad555
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** In one instance, Huey, Dewey, and Louie fill a contest-entry box with pieces of paper with Gladstone's name on it, and leave only one of Donald's. Gladstone, confident of his victory, chooses a piece and gives it to the judges...only to realize (too late) that with the odds so stacked against Donald, the ''luckiest'' option would be choosing his name. Sure enough, Donald wins.

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** In one instance, Huey, Dewey, and Louie fill a contest-entry box with pieces of paper with Gladstone's name on it, and leave only one of Donald's. Gladstone, confident of his victory, chooses a piece and gives it to the judges... only to realize (too late) that with the odds so stacked against Donald, the ''luckiest'' option would be choosing his name. Sure enough, Donald wins. Subverted on the final page, where Gladstone insists that no amount of semantics can change the fact that having ''good luck'' should not lead to ''losing'' unless there was something bad about winning - and then finds out, much to his schadenfreude, that Donald's victory did indeed amount to him being BlessedWithSuck.
12th Jul '17 4:43:27 PM RallyBot2
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* Nico from ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' has the Staff of One, a powerful MagicStaff that can do just about anything. The only limitation is that she can't use the same command twice and expect the same result. However, she can get away with using ''synonyms''. A cursory look at the English language alone (and there's no reason to assume she's limited to English) proves that the Staff's limitation isn't much of a limitation at all.

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* Nico from ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' has the Staff of One, a powerful MagicStaff that can do just about anything. The only limitation is that she can't use the same command twice and expect the same result. However, she can get away with using ''synonyms''. A cursory look at the English language alone (and there's no reason to assume she's not limited to only English) proves that the Staff's limitation isn't much of a limitation at all.
15th Jun '17 9:09:03 AM bookwormgal
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** Confirmed in Chapter 15, where he attacks [[BigBad Ammit]] with boxes he swiped from a Guys In White's warehouse, reminding everyone that he can not only control boxes, but their contents as well.
** Sidney Poindexter has only the basic ghost powers everywhere but on the Casper High School grounds. ''Grounds'' is the key word here. When the school is attacked, and the Ghost Shield protecting the students limits his options, he drags up the plumbing and sprinkler system.
9th Jun '17 8:23:06 AM Lopiny
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** [[spoiler:Gold Experience]] Requiem can return anything to zero. [[spoiler:It's used to set an enemy's death to "zero". Since he can no longer die, he gets caught in a cycle where he constantly "dies" then wakes back up a few moments before "dying" again]]. The character profile suggests that this power can expand to nearly anything, such as a person's motivation.

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** [[spoiler:Gold Experience]] Requiem can return anything to zero. [[spoiler:It's [[spoiler:Its more straightforward use is to return attacks made against him to zero, basically applying a CosmicRetcon to anything that'd harm him. It's also used to set an enemy's death to "zero". Since he can no longer die, he gets caught in a cycle where he constantly "dies" then wakes back up a few moments before "dying" again]]. The character profile suggests that this power can expand to nearly anything, such as a person's motivation.
17th May '17 11:56:09 PM intastiel
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* In ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', Door can unlock anything. Including, when she sets her mind to it, people -- with gory results.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'', players typically stretch their powers over basic concepts of reality in this way.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'', players typically stretch their powers over basic concepts of reality in this way. The God of Borders once demonstrates this by suspending the conceptual distinction between "citizen" and "criminal", which plunges a city into anarchy for a month.
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