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21st May '16 2:53:30 PM bwburke94
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* In ''Literature/InheritanceCycle,'' this is basically how the [[LanguageOfMagic Ancient Language]] works, with skilled/imaginative magicians able to perform feats using words that have no obvious relation. For example, [[spoiler:Selena]] was able to use the word for "heal" to perform a form of PsychicAssistedSuicide by "healing" people of all of their negative emotions, which caused them to just stand there in a state of total bliss while [[spoiler:she]] just walked up to them and calmly murdered them all.

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* In ''Literature/InheritanceCycle,'' this is basically how the [[LanguageOfMagic Ancient Language]] works, with skilled/imaginative magicians able to perform feats using words that have no obvious relation. For example, [[spoiler:Selena]] was able to use the word for "heal" to perform a form of PsychicAssistedSuicide by "healing" people of all of their negative emotions, which caused them to just stand there in a state of total bliss while [[spoiler:she]] she just walked up to them and calmly murdered them all.
19th May '16 7:07:28 PM Az_Tech341
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' does this a fair bit, the author showing a penchant for extrapolating the logical potential of a character's abilities. One prime example is [[ComicBook/XMen Sean Cassidy a.k.a. Banshee]] is canonically a fairly weak X-Man with the power of sound manipulation. This usually means he can fly and scream really loudly and that's about it. [[AdaptationalBadass Here,]] thanks to a little imagination, a little application of physics and a few uses of Cassidy's lesser known abilities, he's now capable of pulling a StealthHiBye that Batman would be proud of by dulling the sound around him (which works on claymore mines, to the misfortune of more than one HYDRA Agent), a sonar that Daredevil would be envious of and the ability to, by hitting the right frequency, resonate and shatter wood, concrete and ''[[BodyHorror bone]].'' Oh, and then there's his CompellingVoice. You ''really'' don't want to know what he can do with that.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' does this a fair bit, the author showing a penchant for extrapolating the logical potential of a character's abilities. One prime example is [[ComicBook/XMen Sean Cassidy a.k.a. Banshee]] Banshee]], who is canonically a fairly weak X-Man with the power of sound manipulation. This usually means he can fly and scream really loudly and that's about it. [[AdaptationalBadass Here,]] thanks to a little imagination, a little application of physics and a few uses of Cassidy's lesser known abilities, he's now capable of pulling a StealthHiBye that Batman would be proud of by dulling the sound around him (which works on claymore mines, to the misfortune of more than one HYDRA Agent), a sonar that Daredevil would be envious of and the ability to, by hitting the right frequency, resonate and shatter wood, concrete and ''[[BodyHorror bone]].'' Oh, and then there's his CompellingVoice. You ''really'' don't want to know what he can do with that.
19th May '16 6:05:32 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' does this a fair bit, the author showing a penchant for extrapolating the logical potential of a character's abilities. One prime example is [[ComicBook/XMen Sean Cassidy a.k.a. Banshee]] is canonically a fairly weak X-Man with the power of sound manipulation. This usually means he can fly and scream really loudly and that's about it. [[AdaptationalBadass Here,]] thanks to a little imagination, a little application of physics and a few uses of Cassidy's lesser known abilities, he's now capable of pulling a StealthHiBye that Batman would be proud of by dulling the sound around him (which works on claymore mines, to the misfortune of more than one HYDRA Agent), a sonar that Daredevil would be envious of and the ability to, by hitting the right frequency, resonate and shatter wood, concrete and ''[[BodyHorror bone]].'' Oh, and then there's his CompellingVoice. You ''really'' don't want to know what he can do with that.
23rd Apr '16 8:52:21 AM DannWoolf
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* Parodied by ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''. Red Mage is constantly showing his companions that he can make anything a MinmaxersDelight. Lockpicking can be accomplished, for instance, using the pickpocket skill because it's just removing a lock from a pocket in a door. The interrogation skill is simply emptying pockets of information in people's minds. This being 8-Bit Theater, InsaneTrollLogic is completely applicable [[AchievementsInIgnorance if you're stupid enough to not wonder how it's at all possible.]] ("[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/05/01/episode-986-164/ There is no problem that cannot be overcome by an imaginative and vigorous use of the animal husbandry skill.]]") Likewise, Thief can steal things that are intangible or that ''don't exist'', basically [[ImpossibleThief doing anything as long as can be called "theft"]]. Fighter can block anything, including the ground from a fall. Fighter's "logic" for this is that he's blocked the other elements, so why not Earth?

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* Parodied by ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''. Red Mage is constantly showing his companions that he can make anything a MinmaxersDelight. Lockpicking can be accomplished, for instance, using the pickpocket skill because it's just removing a lock from a pocket in a door. The interrogation skill is simply emptying pockets of information in people's minds. This being 8-Bit Theater, InsaneTrollLogic is completely applicable [[AchievementsInIgnorance if you're stupid enough to not wonder how it's at all possible.]] ("[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/05/01/episode-986-164/ There is no problem that cannot be overcome by an imaginative and vigorous use of the animal husbandry skill.]]") Likewise, Thief can steal things that are intangible or that ''don't exist'', basically [[ImpossibleThief doing anything as long as can be called "theft"]]. Fighter can block anything, including the ground from a fall. Fighter's "logic" for this is that he's blocked it's NotTheFallThatKillsYou, it's the other elements, so why not Earth?ground.
16th Apr '16 7:29:50 AM SMARTALIENQT
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* In Disney's ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', the fairies can only "do good to bring joy and happiness." This implies that they can't use offensive or martial magic, but there's [[LoopholeAbuse a loophole]]: "good" can be interpreted fairly broadly (killing Maleficent might be considered evil, but they didn't kill her themselves, they helped Phillip to do it), and "to bring joy and happiness" includes what makes ''themselves'' happy (as turning Diablo into a gargoyle made Merryweather happy).
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1st Apr '16 1:29:31 PM thatother1dude
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* ''{{Once Upon a Time}}'' has the Enchanted Sand, whose power makes anything broken appear fixed. It's first used on the broken blade of Excalibur, making it look like the sword is whole again. Later, it effectively works as a love potion when Arthur uses it on his wife Guinevere to fix their "broken" marriage after finding out about her affair with Lancelot. Then things get weird when he uses it to enslave Snow and David's minds after they find out about his nefarious goals, meaning... it fixed their broken trust or something?

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* ''{{Once ''Series/{{Once Upon a Time}}'' has the Enchanted Sand, whose power makes anything broken appear fixed. It's first used on the broken blade of Excalibur, making it look like the sword is whole again. Later, it effectively works as a love potion when Arthur uses it on his wife Guinevere to fix their "broken" marriage after finding out about her affair with Lancelot. Then things get weird when he uses it to enslave Snow and David's minds after they find out about his nefarious goals, meaning... it fixed their broken trust or something?
31st Mar '16 1:22:42 AM AXavierB
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* ''{{Once Upon a Time}}'' has the Enchanted Sand, whose power makes anything broken appear fixed. It's first used on the broken blade of Excalibur, making it look like the sword is whole again. Later, it effectively works as a love potion when Arthur uses it on his wife Guinevere to fix their "broken" marriage after finding out about her affair with Lancelot. Then things get weird when he uses it to enslave Snow and David's minds after they find out about his nefarious goals, meaning... it fixed their broken trust or something?
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21st Mar '16 10:24:03 AM Gravidef
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** Main character Keepsie, inherently protects her belongings by paralyzing anyone who tries to steal something from her. In other words, anything that's hers can't be taken away. She eventually realizes that her ''life'' "belongs" to her, which makes her completely immortal, and begins to extend this skill to several other metaphysical concepts. You know how people tend to call their companions "''my'' friends?"

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** Main character Keepsie, Keepsie inherently protects her belongings by paralyzing anyone who tries to steal something from her. In other words, anything that's hers can't be taken away. She eventually realizes that her ''life'' "belongs" to her, which makes her completely immortal, and begins to extend this skill to several other metaphysical concepts. You know how people tend to call their companions "''my'' friends?"
5th Feb '16 11:04:16 PM thatother1dude
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* It's common in ''Manga/OnePiece'' for Devil Fruit users to not have any obvious limits to their powers. It's stated that one of the true marks of a strong fruit user is how much experience they have with their powers and by extension, how many of these uses for their powers they can figure out. A good example is Kuma, alluded to in the trope description, who ate the Paw-Paw Fruit. A paw man, he can push and repel anything with the paws on his hands. While he can repel any attack he can put his hand on, he can do more with it. He can push the ait at supersonic speeds as a powerful ranged attack while also pushing himself so fast he seems to be teleporting. He can push the air and concentrate it into a large paw bubble and condense it to make a pressure explosive. He can send someone basically anywhere in the world they can travel to via a straight line (or taking gravity into account, a parabolic curve) at intense speeds. That straight line limitation is only as far as one can guess. He can even ''repel the pain'' out of someone, taking the form of an omnious red bubble that can then be pushed into someone to deal them the damage and fatigue the other person had.

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* It's common in ''Manga/OnePiece'' for Devil Fruit users to not have any obvious limits to their powers. It's stated that one of the true marks of a strong fruit user is how much experience they have with their powers and by extension, how many of these uses for their powers they can figure out. A good example is Kuma, alluded to in the trope description, who ate the Paw-Paw Fruit. A paw man, he can push and repel anything with the paws on his hands. While he can repel any attack he can put his hand on, he can do more with it. He can push the ait air at supersonic speeds as a powerful ranged attack while also pushing himself so fast he seems to be teleporting. He can push the air and concentrate it into a large paw bubble and condense it to make a pressure explosive. He can send someone basically anywhere in the world they can travel to via a straight line (or taking gravity into account, a parabolic curve) at intense speeds. That straight line limitation is only as far as one can guess. He can even ''repel the pain'' out of someone, taking the form of an omnious red bubble that can then be pushed into someone to deal them the damage and fatigue the other person had.
31st Jan '16 6:53:14 PM DVB
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* It's common in ''Manga/OnePiece'' for Devil Fruit users to not have any obvious limits to their powers. It's stated that one of the true marks of a strong fruit user is how much experience they have with their powers and by extension, how many of these uses for their powers they can figure out. A good example is Kuma, alluded to in the trope description, who has the power to repel things. He often uses this to repel attacks, but it turns out he can repel the pain from a person's body, or send someone basically anywhere in the world they can travel to via a straight line (or taking gravity into account, a parabolic curve). That straight line limitation is only as far as one can guess.

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* It's common in ''Manga/OnePiece'' for Devil Fruit users to not have any obvious limits to their powers. It's stated that one of the true marks of a strong fruit user is how much experience they have with their powers and by extension, how many of these uses for their powers they can figure out. A good example is Kuma, alluded to in the trope description, who has ate the power to Paw-Paw Fruit. A paw man, he can push and repel things. He often uses this to repel attacks, but it turns out anything with the paws on his hands. While he can repel any attack he can put his hand on, he can do more with it. He can push the pain from ait at supersonic speeds as a person's body, or powerful ranged attack while also pushing himself so fast he seems to be teleporting. He can push the air and concentrate it into a large paw bubble and condense it to make a pressure explosive. He can send someone basically anywhere in the world they can travel to via a straight line (or taking gravity into account, a parabolic curve).curve) at intense speeds. That straight line limitation is only as far as one can guess. He can even ''repel the pain'' out of someone, taking the form of an omnious red bubble that can then be pushed into someone to deal them the damage and fatigue the other person had.
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