History Main / SemanticSuperpower

13th Jan '18 4:57:27 PM WillKeaton
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* On ThisVeryWiki, much of the protagonist of [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13967366270A45619600&page=1 this forum game]]'s power is based on this. At least, until the [[spoiler: AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent(?).]]

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* On ThisVeryWiki, much of the protagonist protagonists of [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/posts.php?discussion=13967366270A45619600&page=1 this forum game]]'s power is based on this. At least, until the [[spoiler: AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent(?).]]
AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent?]]
13th Jan '18 4:56:20 PM WillKeaton
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* PlayedForLaughs on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''--ComicBook/{{AQUAMAN}} uses his command over fish to control a silverfish, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverfish which is a (non-aquatic) insect]]. [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ryan Choi]] [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that that doesn't make sense.

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* PlayedForLaughs on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''--ComicBook/{{AQUAMAN}} uses his command over fish to control a silverfish, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverfish which is a (non-aquatic) insect]]. insect.]] [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ryan Choi]] [[LampshadeHanging points out]] that that doesn't make sense.
17th Dec '17 7:21:10 AM KakuradyDrakenar
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** Thanks to the mechanics of linking casters for a spell, creative use of linking can allow for this. Example? [[spoiler: Parson linking an Earthamancer with a Croakamancer, and uncroaking (reviving) a ''volcano'']].

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** Thanks to the mechanics of linking casters for a spell, creative use of linking can allow for this. Example? [[spoiler: Parson linking an Earthamancer Dirtamancer with a Croakamancer, and uncroaking (reviving) a ''volcano'']].
13th Dec '17 12:56:20 PM Woodrobin
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* Cypher of ''ComicBook/XMen,'' whose only power is the ability to understand all languages. After being written as completely useless 99% of the time, writers upgraded his powers to include programming languages and a dozen other things most sane people would never label a language. For example, understanding "body language" lets him know what somebody's going to do in a fight before they make the move. And let's not get into how broken it is to have total understanding of the language of ''magic''.

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* Cypher of ''ComicBook/XMen,'' whose only power is the ability to understand all languages. After being written as completely useless 99% of the time, writers upgraded his powers to include programming languages and a dozen other things most sane people would never label a language. For example, understanding "body language" lets him know what somebody's going to do in a fight before they make the move. And let's not get into how broken it is to have total understanding of the language of ''magic''.''magic'' (Not as broken as one might assume, though. Doctor Strange has pointed out to several foes (most notably Nicodemus and Silver Dagger) that mastering the reciting of spells can only make one a skilled adept. True mastery requires spiritual development and enduring trials and experiences . . . it has to be earned as well as learned).
10th Dec '17 8:46:49 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Cypher of ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}},'' whose only power is the ability to understand all languages. After being written as completely useless 99% of the time, writers upgraded his powers to include programming languages and a dozen other things most sane people would never label a language. For example, understanding "body language" lets him know what somebody's going to do in a fight before they make the move. And let's not get into how broken it is to have total understanding of the language of ''magic''.

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* Cypher of ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}},'' ''ComicBook/XMen,'' whose only power is the ability to understand all languages. After being written as completely useless 99% of the time, writers upgraded his powers to include programming languages and a dozen other things most sane people would never label a language. For example, understanding "body language" lets him know what somebody's going to do in a fight before they make the move. And let's not get into how broken it is to have total understanding of the language of ''magic''.
23rd Nov '17 5:47:45 PM DVB
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* Accelerator's power in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' is 'controlling vectors.' Now, let's look at what he's done so far and what he says he can do. Flight because he has to LET gravity affect him. Super strength and speed that can be multiplied infinitely. Telekinesis. Pyrokinesis. Wind control. Plasma creation. [[{{Technopath}} Control over all electrical currents, including bioelectricity.]] Immunity to all weaponry and damage except lack of air, pretty much. And much, much more. Vector control means he gets to do pretty much whatever he wants to as long as it involves 'something goes somewhere,' which is basically everything since movement is the basis of, well, everything. The only thing shown to affect him without tricking him or making him neglect to deflect something is [[spoiler:HollywoodVoodoo]].

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* Accelerator's power in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' is 'controlling vectors.' Now, let's look at what he's done so far and what he says he can do. Flight because he has to LET gravity affect him. Super strength and speed that can be multiplied infinitely. Telekinesis. Pyrokinesis. Wind control. Plasma creation. [[{{Technopath}} Control over all electrical currents, including bioelectricity.]] Immunity to all weaponry and damage except lack of air, pretty much. And much, much more. Vector control means he gets to do pretty much whatever he wants to as long as it involves 'something goes somewhere,' which is basically everything since movement is the basis of, well, everything. The only thing things shown to affect him without tricking him or making him neglect to deflect something aew [[spoiler: [[HollywoodVoodoo magic or techniques that would make him take damage or pain that the other is [[spoiler:HollywoodVoodoo]].feeling or something similar]], since [[LogicalWeakness he has nothing to repel there]]]].
23rd Nov '17 5:45:23 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 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 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.

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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, it doesn't stop there. First off, anything he repels he can do more with it. He can push so at any speed he desires, such as ''the air itself.'' His "Paw Cannon" where he reflects the air at supersonic speeds serves 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.
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]].
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