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9th Dec '17 12:30:46 PM StFan
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* One of the things that contributed to ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' 1960s DorkAge was the introduction of the "Space Coupe" and all its accompanying crime tracking and weaponry. Once you give the heroes a device that can go anywhere and track any kind of crime, the villains don't really have a chance. This led to the plot "Villains Try To Steal The Space Coupe" repeated ''ad nauseum'' for a while. When the new creative team started to reintroduce past elements to the current story, one of the first things they did was have Diet Smith tell Tracy that he mothballed the Space Coupe basically ''because'' of the "Villains Try To Steal The Space Coupe" factor.
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* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' has the Genie, who with phenomenal cosmic powers can do ''anything'' aside from killing someone, forcing someone to fall in love, or bringing people BackFromTheDead (though Genie implies that he ''can'' perform resurrections, but simply doesn't [[CameBackWrong like doing so]]). After hes freed in the first movie his powers are demoted to 'semi-phenomenal, nearly cosmic' for the sequels and ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', and gets to hold the [[IdiotBall idiot ball]] frequently.

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* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' has the Genie, who with phenomenal cosmic powers can do ''anything'' aside from killing someone, forcing someone to fall in love, or bringing people BackFromTheDead (though Genie implies that he ''can'' perform resurrections, but simply doesn't [[CameBackWrong like doing so]]). After hes he's freed in the first movie his powers are demoted to 'semi-phenomenal, "semi-phenomenal, nearly cosmic' cosmic" for the sequels and ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', and gets to hold the [[IdiotBall idiot ball]] IdiotBall frequently.



** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Comicbook/{{Nightcrawler}}'s energy level drains rapidly if he teleports too many people at the same time, and he's inert for part of the FinalBattle. John Ottman divulges in the "Unlimited Powers: VFX, Stunts and Set Pieces" featurette on the Blu-Ray the reason for the limitation on the character's endurance.
--->'''Ottman''': This is why we knocked Nightcrawler out. Because for the whole third act, if he's around, he can just bamf people endlessly.

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** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Comicbook/{{Nightcrawler}}'s ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}'s energy level drains rapidly if he teleports too many people at the same time, and he's inert for part of the FinalBattle. John Ottman divulges in the "Unlimited Powers: VFX, Stunts and Set Pieces" featurette on the Blu-Ray the reason for the limitation on the character's endurance.
--->'''Ottman''': --->'''Ottman:''' This is why we knocked Nightcrawler out. Because for the whole third act, if he's around, he can just bamf people endlessly.



** Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}}'s SuperSpeed is great enough that he can travel across countries in a few days at most, and everyone around him appears to be standing still while he's running in a fight. He would have been problematic to write around for future films, such as the below mentioned ''Civil War'', so it's a silent blessing for the writers that he dies in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.
** According to WordOfGod, this is a major reason both Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk and [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] were excluded from ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. They're so much more powerful than most of the other heroes that they'd tilt the balance of power ridiculously in favor of whichever team they ended up on. Comicbook/TheVision is also used very sparingly during the airport fight scene, not doing much until the end of the battle.

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** Comicbook/{{Quicksilver}}'s SuperSpeed is great enough that he can travel across countries in a few days at most, and everyone around him appears to be standing still while he's running in a fight. He would have been problematic to write around for future films, such as the below mentioned below-mentioned ''Civil War'', so it's a silent blessing for the writers that he dies in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.
** According to WordOfGod, this is a major reason both Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk and [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] were excluded from ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. They're so much more powerful than most of the other heroes that they'd tilt the balance of power ridiculously in favor of whichever team they ended up on. Comicbook/TheVision is also used very sparingly during the airport fight scene, not doing much until the end of the battle.



* In an obscure children's book called ''Literature/SamanthaStoneAndTheMermaidsQuest'', Samantha spends much of the book trying to learn how to teleport - both herself and objects. She gradually becomes realistically better at it, able to teleport herself and others, but often not exactly where she intends. But by the end, Samantha is teleporting behind enemies to knock them out, teleporting out of ropes when tied up, and teleporting captured prisoners out of a cell. The villain only undoes this power by binding and gagging her, thus preventing her from [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull casting the spell]]. However, the story ends shortly after that, on a cliffhanger.

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* In an obscure children's book called ''Literature/SamanthaStoneAndTheMermaidsQuest'', Samantha spends much of the book trying to learn how to teleport - -- both herself and objects. She gradually becomes realistically better at it, able to teleport herself and others, but often not exactly where she intends. But by the end, Samantha is teleporting behind enemies to knock them out, teleporting out of ropes when tied up, and teleporting captured prisoners out of a cell. The villain only undoes this power by binding and gagging her, thus preventing her from [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull casting the spell]]. However, the story ends shortly after that, on a cliffhanger.



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* One of the things that contributed to ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' 1960s DorkAge was the introduction of the "Space Coupe" and all its accompanying crime tracking and weaponry. Once you give the heroes a device that can go anywhere and track any kind of crime, the villains don't really have a chance. This led to the plot "Villains Try To Steal The Space Coupe" repeated ''ad nauseum'' for a while. When the new creative team started to reintroduce past elements to the current story, one of the first things they did was have Diet Smith tell Tracy that he mothballed the Space Coupe basically ''because'' of the "Villains Try To Steal The Space Coupe" factor.
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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': The legendary hero Hakumen is hands down the strongest character in the setting, with the possible exception of Azrael. However, he doesn't truly exist as we understand; he's stuck in another dimension called the Boundary, and the threads binding him to the physical world are tenuous at best, [[spoiler:and getting weaker]]. Hence, he can only access a fraction of his true power. In one of the drama [=CDs=], [[spoiler:he absolutely [[CurbStompBattle thrashes]] the two {{Big Bad}}s of the story with only 15% of his power, but he was transported away before he could finish them off]]. It's suggested that currently he can only use 40% of his power. If he could use all of it, there probably wouldn't be much of a plot.\\
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Central Fiction explains why; [[spoiler: Hakumen's body is known to all as the Susanō'o Unit. The truth is it IS Susanō'o, as in the Japanese God of Storms. Hakumen is not the body's original user. [[BigBad Yūki Terumi]] is. And he gets it back, killing Hakumen in doing so. He knows everything that the thing can do and is at full power, and his first act on regaining his true form is one shotting five of the most powerful characters in the franchise, including the below mentioned Jubei, without breaking a metaphorical sweat.]] It only occur [[EleventhHourSuperpower for the finale]].

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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': The legendary hero Hakumen is hands down the strongest character in the setting, with the possible exception of Azrael. However, he doesn't truly exist as we understand; he's stuck in another dimension called the Boundary, and the threads binding him to the physical world are tenuous at best, [[spoiler:and getting weaker]]. Hence, he can only access a fraction of his true power. In one of the drama [=CDs=], [[spoiler:he absolutely [[CurbStompBattle thrashes]] the two {{Big Bad}}s of the story with only 15% of his power, but he was transported away before he could finish them off]]. It's suggested that currently he can only use 40% of his power. If he could use all of it, there probably wouldn't be much of a plot.\\
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Central Fiction explains why; [[spoiler: Hakumen's [[spoiler:Hakumen's body is known to all as the Susanō'o Unit. The truth is it IS Susanō'o, as in the Japanese God of Storms. Hakumen is not the body's original user. [[BigBad Yūki Terumi]] is. And he gets it back, killing Hakumen in doing so. He knows everything that the thing can do and is at full power, and his first act on regaining his true form is one shotting five of the most powerful characters in the franchise, including the below mentioned Jubei, without breaking a metaphorical sweat.]] It only occur [[EleventhHourSuperpower for the finale]].



** [[NinjaMaid Sakuya Izayoi]] is one big ShoutOut to [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]] above, with a TimeStandsStill ability that's just as effective, and because of RequiredSecondaryPowers can also manipulate space, doing things like making the Scarlet Devil Mansion BiggerOnTheInside and making a {{Hammerspace}} pocket filled with infinite [[KnifeNut knives]]. In canon she doesn't kill people ([[DarkAndTroubledPast anymore]]), but the third ''FanFic/FantasyKaleidoscope'' episode gives a terrifying glimpse of what she's capable of.

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** [[NinjaMaid Sakuya Izayoi]] is one big ShoutOut to [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]] above, with a TimeStandsStill ability that's just as effective, and because of RequiredSecondaryPowers can also manipulate space, doing things like making the Scarlet Devil Mansion BiggerOnTheInside and making a {{Hammerspace}} pocket filled with infinite [[KnifeNut knives]]. In canon she doesn't kill people ([[DarkAndTroubledPast anymore]]), but the third ''FanFic/FantasyKaleidoscope'' ''WebAnimation/FantasyKaleidoscope'' episode gives a terrifying glimpse of what she's capable of.



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9th Dec '17 5:17:27 AM starofjusticev21
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* ''Fanfic/ShowaAndVampire'' ran into this just with [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters sheer size of its cast]], almost all of whom have superpowers of one form or another, the most prominent among them being akin to [[PhysicalGod gods]] after a couple arcs. This requires '''a lot''' of ForgotAboutHisPowers to make ''Franchise/KamenRider''-style MonstersOfTheWeek a creditable threat to them. The most dramatic example is probably the character who's a {{Technopath}} who can mentally hack computers, make battle robots form themselves out of junk, and instantly repurpose everyday machines into deadly weapons with his powers. And when all the villains ''cyborgs''...it's just as well he never thought of what he should've been able to do.
4th Dec '17 12:58:58 PM LentilSandEater
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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': The legendary hero Hakumen is hands down the strongest character in the setting, with the possible exception of Azrael. However, he doesn't truly exist as we understand; he's stuck in another dimension called the Boundary, and the threads binding him to the physical world are tenuous at best, [[spoiler:and getting weaker]]. Hence, he can only access a fraction of his true power. In one of the drama [=CDs=], [[spoiler:he absolutely [[CurbStompBattle thrashes]] the two {{Big Bad}}s of the story with only 15% of his power, but he was transported away before he could finish them off]]. It's suggested that currently he can only use 40% of his power. If he could use all of it, there probably wouldn't be much of a plot.
*** Central Fiction explains why; [[spoiler: Hakumen's body is known to all as the Susanō'o Unit. The truth is it IS Susanō'o, as in the Japanese God of Storms. Hakumen is not the body's original user. [[BigBad Yūki Terumi]] is. And he gets it back, killing Hakumen in doing so. He knows everything that the thing can do and is at full power, and his first act on regaining his true form is one shotting five of the most powerful characters in the franchise, including the below mentioned Jubei, without breaking a metaphorical sweat.]] It only occur [[EleventhHourSuperpower for the finale]].

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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': The legendary hero Hakumen is hands down the strongest character in the setting, with the possible exception of Azrael. However, he doesn't truly exist as we understand; he's stuck in another dimension called the Boundary, and the threads binding him to the physical world are tenuous at best, [[spoiler:and getting weaker]]. Hence, he can only access a fraction of his true power. In one of the drama [=CDs=], [[spoiler:he absolutely [[CurbStompBattle thrashes]] the two {{Big Bad}}s of the story with only 15% of his power, but he was transported away before he could finish them off]]. It's suggested that currently he can only use 40% of his power. If he could use all of it, there probably wouldn't be much of a plot.
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Central Fiction explains why; [[spoiler: Hakumen's body is known to all as the Susanō'o Unit. The truth is it IS Susanō'o, as in the Japanese God of Storms. Hakumen is not the body's original user. [[BigBad Yūki Terumi]] is. And he gets it back, killing Hakumen in doing so. He knows everything that the thing can do and is at full power, and his first act on regaining his true form is one shotting five of the most powerful characters in the franchise, including the below mentioned Jubei, without breaking a metaphorical sweat.]] It only occur [[EleventhHourSuperpower for the finale]].



** Durkon, being a cleric, is just as powerful as V, if not more so. His displayed spells include healing to the point of resurrection, paralyzing at range, turning into a giant, tossing around lightning, changing the weather, flying, sending messages across long ranges, and making people immune to MindControl or LevelDrain, and that's on top of being [[ChurchMilitant a decent warrior in his own right.]] As such, it's practically a RunningGag that he [[ForgotAboutHisPowers doesn't use his skills to their full potential]]. Even then, he usually ends up either sitting fights out (the bandit forest, both Miko fights), being far away from people who need him (most of the battle of Azure City, most of Don't Split The Party), or, currently, [[spoiler:being turned into a vampire.]]

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** Durkon, being a cleric, is just as powerful as V, if not more so. His displayed spells include healing to the point of resurrection, paralyzing at range, turning into a giant, tossing around lightning, changing the weather, flying, sending messages across long ranges, and making people immune to MindControl or LevelDrain, and that's on top of being [[ChurchMilitant a decent warrior in his own right.]] As such, it's practically a RunningGag that he [[ForgotAboutHisPowers doesn't use his skills to their full potential]]. Even then, he usually ends up either sitting fights out (the bandit forest, both Miko fights), being far away from people who need him (most of the battle of Azure City, most of Don't Split The Party), or, currently, [[spoiler:being turned into a vampire.]]
4th Dec '17 12:56:57 PM LentilSandEater
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** And now we have [[spoiler: John and his retcon powers, which not only allow him to move through different universes (something not even Jade can do), but it also gives him the ability to make changes to the ''alpha timeline''. Meaning that when things go wrong or get too hot to handle, he can just go back and change it, with absolutely no one able to stop him]]. It was through this ability that [[spoiler: John managed to revive most of the dead main characters, as well as transport the entirety of the Land of Wind and Shade to his newly created alpha timeline]].

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** And now we have [[spoiler: John and his retcon powers, which powers not only allow him to move through different universes (something not even Jade can do), but it also gives him the ability to make changes to the ''alpha timeline''. Meaning that when things go wrong or get too hot to handle, he can just go back and change it, with absolutely no one able to stop him]].him. It was through this ability that [[spoiler: John managed to revive most of the dead main characters, as well as transport the entirety of the Land of Wind and Shade to his newly created alpha timeline]].
15th Nov '17 9:49:08 AM WaxingName
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** In ''VideoGame/SonicForces'', Infinite gets outfitted with the Phantom Ruby from ''VideoGame/SonicMania'', giving him the ability to warp reality. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that he can create illusions that warp his victims' perception of reality, but the [[YourMindMakesItReal effects are the same]].]] He repeatedly routs the Resistance armies, and the limits by which he's able to warp reality are ill-defined. Consequently, he never seems to use the Phantom Ruby to its fullest potential in his actual boss fights, preferring to create harmful obstacles and do charging attacks.
13th Nov '17 10:13:29 AM WaxingName
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* MasterOfIllusion, as a person with enough creativity and power over hallucinations and other such trickery could get away with ''whatever they wanted to'', especially if their target doesn't know that they have such powers

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* MasterOfIllusion, as a person with enough creativity and power over hallucinations and other such trickery could get away with ''whatever they wanted to'', especially if their target doesn't know that they have such powerspowers. If it has a YourMindMakesItReal component, even more so.
7th Nov '17 1:55:09 PM immortalfrieza
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** Star Wars and Force Users in general has this trope in hand whenever a Non-Force User is the opponent. The telekinesis they all have alone should make any battles between a Force User and Non-Force User a CurbstompBattle in the former's favor every time, not to mention their other powers. So with any stories that involve one a DramaPreservingHandicap is made or the writers simply have a Force User [[ForgotAboutHisPowers not use much if any of their abilities]] just to give the Non-Force Users a reason to exist.
31st Oct '17 11:06:43 AM MBG
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** Durkon, being a cleric, is just as powerful as V, if not more so. His displayed spells include healing to the point of resurrection, paralyzing at range, turning into a giant, tossing around lightning, changing the weather, flying, sending messages across long ranges, and making people immune to MindControl or LevelDrain, and that's on top of being [[ChurchMilitant a decent warrior in his own right.]] As such, it's practically a RunningGag that he [[ForgotAboutHisPowers doesn't use his skills to their full potential]]. Even then, he usually ends up either sitting fights out (the bandit forest, both Miko fights), being far away from people who need him (most of the battle of Azure City, most of Don't Split The Party), or, currently, [[spoiler:being turned into a vampire.]]
23rd Oct '17 11:18:45 AM GM_3826
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** The ''Wish'' spell, which is pretty much as it sounds. The player wishes for ''anything'' to happen and reality will reshape itself to make it come true. There are some limitations, and some downsides. The spell is difficult to obtain and cast, and drains the life force of the caster (read: XP loss) to empower the events. If the wish is something too insane, the caster may die without yielding enough power to make it happen. Second, and usually even more importantly, you should be ''very'' careful what you wish for. Just wishing for a lot of gold, for example, may result in all the gold in every king's treasury teleported to you. However, how you will explain that to their armies that are sure to follow is not in the scope of the spell. In fact, the GM is specifically instructed by Gygax on what wishes to give them a chance, in Second Edition, and if the players ask for more, to make SURE they regret it.

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** The ''Wish'' spell, which is pretty much as it sounds. The player wishes for ''anything'' to happen and reality will reshape itself to make it come true. There are some limitations, and some downsides. The spell is difficult to obtain and cast, and drains the life force of the caster (read: XP loss) to empower the events. If the wish is something too insane, the caster may die without yielding enough power to make it happen. Second, and usually even more importantly, you should be ''very'' careful what you wish for. Just wishing for a lot of gold, for example, may result in all the gold in every king's treasury teleported to you. However, how you will explain that to their armies that are sure to follow is not in the scope of the spell. In fact, the GM is specifically instructed by Gygax on what wishes to give them a chance, in Second Edition, and if the players ask for more, to make SURE they regret it.
19th Oct '17 11:50:23 PM PaulA
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** Teela Brown's [[BornLucky "luck gene"]] prevented anything bad from happening to her unless it led to an even better outcome. Niven wrote one last story set after all humans were supremely lucky, then mostly gave up on setting any stories later.

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** Teela Brown's [[BornLucky "luck gene"]] prevented anything bad from happening to her unless it led to an even better outcome. Niven wrote one last story set after all humans were supremely lucky, "Literature/SafeAtAnySpeed", then mostly gave up on setting any stories later.
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