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* ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'' ran into this with some of the characters it featured; many of them, while normally ''not'' overpowering in their own books, where way too powerful for the current situation to progress without disabling, hindering, or even ''[[ThePlotReaper killing]]'' them to prevent the story being broken. For example Darkhawk is probably the most powerful hero kidnapped by Arcade, so much so that he could probably have [[CuttingTheKnot cut the knot]], blasted through Arcade's defenses, and broken Arcade's legs in an hour or so. Naturally he loses his armor (the source of his powers) in issue 3 to keep the whole thing from ending in 5 pages flat.
* Comicbook/CaptainAtom, even in continuities where he's not a step or two away from Doctor Manhattan (who was originally Atom before the story was retooled), has a wide assortment of powers which should theoretically make him as strong as Superman or Martian Manhunter. He's only held back by the fact that [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes he's not that bright]] and that if his containment suit is ruptured, he'll die (and presumably take out a lot of property & lives in the ensuing explosion).
* Monica Rambeau, the second ComicBook/CaptainMarVell, is rarely used for this very reason. She has a myriad of superpowers, including (but not limited to) flight, light-speed travel, and the ability to transform into a being of living energy. Naturally, she falls into Flash territory where she needs to be neutralized very quickly just to give the other [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avengers]] something to do.
* Creator/{{Disney}} comics:
** Super Goof, that is, WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} with ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'s powers''. There's a reason he's rarely used in serious stories, even with him being saddled by ''two'' {{Drama Preserving Handicap}}s (namely, [[HourOfPower his powers coming from special peanuts that have a time limit]], and [[CloudCuckooLander being Goofy]]). ''ComicBook/{{Ultraheroes}}'' is one of the few times he appears in a serious story, and in his first battle in the second chapter he quickly inflicts a CurbStompBattle to the mightiest of the villains. He's quickly saddled with ''another'' DramaPreservingHandicap by Gus wolfing down his peanuts to keep him out of the way until the final showdown, when there's finally someone who can fight him.
** ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' has Xadhoom, who is a {{Physical God}}dess who can hear radio signals, travel faster than light, can produce any form of energy with enough power to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up planets]], and, being an EnergyBeing, is effectively invulnerable and immortal (hitting her with enough kinetic or gravitational energy will knock her out, but it takes ''a lot'' of kinetic or gravitational energy and she'll recover quick enough). And that's her being WillfullyWeak ([[spoiler:as using her true power would mean a loss of self-control and death by PhlebotinumOverload]]): with her true power she could easily ''wipe out the universe with a gesture and then remake it''. To hamper her, the writers tended to put her into situations where she couldn't go even halfway to her self-imposed limits (as she's sensible to collateral damage, thus she won't use so much energy to kill innocents) and made her enemies {{Gadgeteer Genius}}es who are smart enough they have found ''two'' different working methods to contain or kill her (maybe three, but the third one relied on tricking her into wearing the helmet containing the device and she saw through it so we don't see if it could have worked).
* ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange''. A long term editorial problem concerns just why Strange can't wave his hands and fix everything. Whenever the good doctor gets involved in any significant way in Marvel's other books, serious {{Nerf}}age occurs by necessity.
* Franklin Richards, son of Reed and Sue Richards of the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour''. A RealityWarper on a cosmic scale, he has been largely [[ComicBookTime kept as a child for decades]] specifically because it has been demonstrated that his mature power levels would be so far off the scale that he would become virtually unusable as a character.
* ComicBook/{{Firestorm}} can restructure molecular bonds. This grants him a wide variety of superpowers that make him an insanely powerful demigod. His primary weaknesses are that his powers are really hard to use even if you're a genius nuclear physicist and that Firestorm is a FusionDance of people who don't always like each other. He also has a WeaksauceWeakness of being unable to directly alter organic matter without debilitating side effects.
* There's no reason Franchise/TheFlash shouldn't see the villain and have them tied up and in prison before they have a chance to react. Instead, he gets treated like a normal person with a few arbitrarily chosen speed based abilities, with one of the most baffling ones being the ability to [[IntangibleMan vibrate through solid objects]]. Lampshaded a bit in the ComicBook/{{New 52}} where Barry Allen is informed how fast he can process sensory input is the biggest bottleneck to his powers. At one point he gets shot due to overthinking, and reverts to just processing the superhuman speed environment on a somewhat instinctual level.
** This was explored in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' and ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion''. In the former, he is made of pure speed and is able to see the narrator in AnotherDimension, although he can no longer talk with anyone except Superman, because he's too fast (only Superman's superhuman senses can hear him), and he's so fast, he's constantly blurry, even when standing still. In the latter. a future Flash is the sole police force on the entire (heavily populated) planet Mercury, and The Spectre mentions that he is forever alone, unseen by most people in the city he guards "though all feel his presence".
* Freedom Ring, a young hero who had a ring made from the Cosmic Cube that allowed him to [[RealityWarper bend reality to his will within a 30-foot sphere of reach]]. He was even able to make a full recovery from a nearly-fatal blow from the Abomination just by ''willing it''. He was KilledOffForReal just a few issues later, and so writers never got to abuse his powers outside his own book.
* PlanetEater extraordinaire ComicBook/{{Galactus}}, subject to StrongAsTheyNeedToBe, is often this, typically serving as AlwaysABiggerFish when he's not a villain.
* ComicBook/GhostRider started out only being physically difficult to injure thanks to being a flaming skeleton along with low-level superhuman strength and a couple of other minor abilities. Over the years, the Ghost Riders have gotten steadily more powerful; they [[HealingFactor reform instantly from any physical damage]], are impossible to KO, have [[SuperStrength unlimited physical strength]], can create and produce as much hellfire as they want as much as they want as strong as they want, have the penance stare as an autowin, have [[CoolBike motor cycles that move as fast as they can will them that can scale 180 degree surfaces]], several other abilities, and can only be harmed by weapons created from the Christian heaven or other high-level magic. So of course magic or weapons to imprison them, separate them from their hosts or even kill their hosts become common with several of their powers given a slew of weaknesses to keep them from easily ending stories. ''ComicBook/AllNewGhostRider'' provides another solution: have a Ghost Rider whose powers come from a different source.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' it turns out [[spoiler:the Plutonian]] has absolute-level [[RealityWarper manipulation of reality]]. The people who know have (reasonably) decided that the knowledge of the full extent of power must at all costs be kept from them so to stop GoMadFromTheRevelation.
* ''ComicBook/JusticeSociety'' featured Jakeem Thunder, who had an all-powerful genie who could do anything he asked. The problem was that the genie often took wishes too literally, and so he was hamstrung... but even ''then'', the writers had to come up with constant reasons for why Jakeem either wasn't around, or why he was taken out within seconds (Mordru and other villains would wisely take Jakeem out ''first''). Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, would also suffer similar fates, being one of the few beings as powerful as Superman on Earth.
* ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'':
** The Legion were given a device they called the Miracle Machine by a race of NeglectfulPrecursors. Its power? Nothing less than [[RealityWarper turning your thoughts into reality]]. It's usually relegated to their trophy room, because, apart from the problem of how [[DrunkWithPower power corrupts]], the Miracle Machine doesn't have any safeties; turning a skyscraper into ice cream with a stray thought is a very mild example of what could go wrong. A later author wrote a plot specifically to remove the literal DeusExMachina from the plot forever (and make Matter Eater Lad [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower useful]] in the process).
*** At the end of ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Superman managed to create one to reverse the space-time shenanigans from most of the story. It's mentioned as only having a single use (though a later story showed that it's mere existance afterwards was a warp in space-time as well, albeit in a more smaller area), and that it's so complex, Superman will never be able to create another one again due to the fact that its magnificence erased its blueprints from his memory.
** Minor character Duplicate Boy can duplicate anyone else's superpowers. He's not in the Legion (he's a hero on some other planet), and a bit of a lunkhead besides.
* This is why the ComicBook/MartianManhunter rarely gets used to his full potential, both in the comics and on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. He has each of the various powers of Franchise/{{Superman}} (although with lesser magnitude; ''how'' much less varies with writers), but also with ShapeShifting, {{Telepathy}}, MindManipulation, and [[{{Intangibility}} phasing]], amongst other powers. Okay, so he's [[WeaksauceWeakness vulnerable to fire]], but he's been shown to get over that. With the above mentioned problems with Superman, they're even worse for J'onn, which might be one reason why [[spoiler:they killed him off]] in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''. Lampshaded during ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'': [[spoiler:When Black Lantern J'onn is fighting Hal and Barry, he picks up the fire station they are in and throws it into another building, saying "I'm as powerful as Superman. Why does everyone ''forget'' that?" Indeed, by the end of the issue he's incapacitated them both.]]
* ''ComicBook/TheMightyThor'':
** Loki is only a SquishyWizard compared to ''Thor'' . Although sometimes DependingOnTheWriter, Loki is generally ''far'' stronger than average even by Asgardian standards (where the average adult is nearly as strong as Spider-Man), so in addition to vast magical power (he is only listed as surpassed by Odin and perhaps Karnilla, another Thor character, so his exact magical abilites are unknown in comparison to someone like Comicbook/DoctorStrange or the ComicBook/ScarletWitch), Loki is also super strong, super durable, experienced in combat, a genius (though this aspect is limited by his InferioritySuperiorityComplex, [[TheUnfavourite Unfavorite-ness]], and need to defeat Thor no matter what), and is so much of ConsummateLiar that he has tricked Mephisto (aka the devil), ComicBook/NormanOsborn, Doctor Doom, Odin, and the heroes of Earth several times over. At least some of these traits need nerfing to keep the story alive. He was later depowered after dying and being resurrected in the body of a child in order to keep his ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' and ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' story engaging, however he was later aged back up which should have restored most if not all of his previous magical abilities. This trope is subsequently Lampshaded in the first issue of his solo series ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', where he is a good(ish) guy with a series of captions showing he's consciously making a better story, because as an Asgardian god, he is a creature of story (and also intentionally taking the hard route to avoid temptation to fall back into his old evil ways).
--->"Now, I know what you're thinking: WHY am I falling to my death while a man who makes terrible life decisions shoots an arrow at my face? eh? Why don't I just MAGIC everything better? Tell the universe a nice BIG story? "Then Loki wiggled his fingers and everything was fine. Also his mission was complete and he had a pony and balloons and a cosmic cube. The end." It's not a very GOOD story, is it?"
*** The same series also has an [[spoiler:evil older Loki from the future]] with even ''more'' power and the benefit of foreknowledge running around. What stops him from breaking the story? TemporalMutability.
** Thor's father Odin is virtually omnipotent to the point where heavy hitters who can easily destroy planets are ants next to him, and he's shown to have power to annihilate entire galaxies. For the most part, stories need some kind of plot device like the Odin Sleep to keep him out.
** Surtur is one of the few villains Odin is allowed to fight against. One of his first attacks was destroying a galaxy, and it was done to re-forge his magic sword.
* ''ComicBook/{{Planetary}}'':
** [[BlackDudeDiesFirst Ambrose Chase]] had concentration-based RealityWarper powers that allowed him to alter physics at will in a small radius around himself. Barring taking him completely by surprise (like a particular villain did by battling him in a universe that ran on HorrorTropes and using a bullet of AppliedPhlebotinum, hence the past tense), he was practically unkillable. [[spoiler:It turns out it didn't take; Chase used his power to freeze his own injury and trap himself in a pocket dimension until the others could extract and rescue him.]]
** The BigBad, Randall Dowling. His power allows him to [[MindVirus spread his own consciousness to minds around it]], basically screwing around with any parts of their memories at will, making people into {{Manchurian Agent}}s, or simply [[HiveMind turning other humans near him into more of himself]]. Notably, [[spoiler:he never even gets to ''use'' said power before the heroes drop him down a ravine, possibly because any conceivable combat scenario against him would involve the heroes having to fight enormous amounts of other people, provided they weren't ''already'' parts of him without being aware of it.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'':
** Jesse Custer, the eponymous preacher, has a CompellingVoice. Although the voice has some limitations (the victim must be able to literally hear and understand him), it still would allow Jesse to solve most of the problems he encounters rather easily. For this reason, the writer has him decide to avoid using it and occasionally even ''forget'' to use it so dramatic scenes can play out.
** The Saint Of Killers is a seemingly invulnerable, unstoppable gunslinger with a pair of special, demonic revolvers for weapons that [[BottomlessMagazines never inconveniently run out of ammo]], [[AlwaysAccurateAttack always hit their targets]], and [[OneHitKill always kill what they hit]]. His first act after gaining his signature weapons, forged by Satan? Kill Satan. Unlike other beings, he can neither be conveniently weakened, depowered, slowed down, nor damaged by anyone nor anything that stood in his way. [[spoiler:In the end, he kills ''God Himself''.]]
--->'''The Saint of Killers''': ''[after taking a nuke to the face, unharmed]'' Not enough gun.
* Morpheus, the title character of ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', is more powerful than most gods and only cosmic level beings like Lucifer are a real threat to him. On the other hand, he is weighed down with the rules and duties of his office, which renders him more impotent than many of his own dream creations. He is only able to use his full power in directly protecting the Dreaming (which does not necessarily mean protecting himself), and only while in the heart of the Dreaming. In the end, [[spoiler:The Furies -- minor mythological creatures from Greek Mythology -- kill him because the act of spilling family blood has rendered him a lawful quarry for their wrath. That, and he ''[[DeathSeeker wanted]]'' to be punished for the act.]]
* His name is ComicBook/TheSentry. He may be [[TheGrimReaper the Angel of Death]] (it's implied he was the one who caused [[Literature/TheBible the Plagues of Egypt]]). He was used by Norman Osborn on the ComicBook/DarkAvengers team ''because'' he has Story Breaker Power. After an intense, multi-issue battle with the Hand in Japan in ''Comicbook/NewAvengers'', Franchise/SpiderMan points out that the fight would've been over in five seconds had the Sentry been there to help. Severe mental illnesses kept him from doing too much until his death.
* ComicBook/TheSpectre. The wrath of God personified. Each major DC crossover event includes the obligatory scene explaining just why he can't help out this time... or he just gets mind-controlled by the bad guys. He ''did'' actually help out in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' (where, with a bit of magical assistance, he fought the BigBad, who had already absorbed the title's Infinite Earths, to a standstill) and in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'' (pity the BigBad didn't have a soul).
* ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' has a Spidey that was still fused to the Enigma Force, still allowing him to be ComicBook/CaptainUniverse. Consequently, he should be able to end the saga by going over and flash-frying [[Characters/SpiderManTheInheritors Morlun and his kin]]. When our Spidey asks him why he just doesn't do that, that Spidey says that he can't, as the Enigma Force can only stay at that universe. On the plus side, though, that means Morlun and the others can't waltz in without risking getting flash-fried by Cosmic Spidey... only they did, and promptly murdered him.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}. Not every writer can make his battles interesting, as he shrugs off pretty much ''anything'' not {{Kryptonite|Factor}} as easily as [[ShootingSuperman those idiot grunts whose bullets he probably doesn't even notice]]. Making something other than Kryptonite, Darkseid, or Doomsday challenge him without {{Nerfing}} Superman severely (see the early seasons of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'') is not a task just any writer can accomplish.
** Superman's Story Breaker Power has diminished significantly in the past few decades not only by [[PowerCreepPowerSeep reigning him in to more-manageable levels]] (like being ONLY able to lift an aircraft carrier with some effort), but also due to severe UniquenessDecay. Whereas Superman stood paramount among the DCU from the 1950s unto the 1980s, he's now actually just a JackOfAllStats, who shares his position with several ComicBook/NewGods, Franchise/WonderWoman, every other Kryptonian including [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} his cousin]] and [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} his clone]], ComicBook/{{Icon}}, Daxamites, Lobo, ComicBook/MartianManhunter, and is easily overpowered by RealityWarper characters utilizing magic like ComicBook/DoctorFate, ComicBook/TheSpectre (at full power), etc., or even just hyper-powerful villains like the Anti-Monitor. Basically, DC's answer to Superman's omnipotence was to not only nerf him, but also raise the bar for StoryBreakerPower in their universe up so high that even Superman can feel mundane.
* When ComicBook/{{Thanos}} acquired ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet with all six Infinity Gems he gained absolute control over past, present and future, [[RealityWarper bent reality to his will]], could exist in any location and to move any object, [[YourSoulIsMine could steal and control souls of both living and dead]], had the most powerful {{Telepathy}} in the Universe and gained access to every source of power that ever existed or will exist. There was nothing that could defeat him, neither Marvel's greatest superheroes, [[TheGrimReaper Death]], [[{{Satan}} Mephisto]] or all-powerful cosmic gods, including The Eternity, who is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Universe itself. The main reason Thanos ultimately lost in the end was because the Gauntlet made him ''too'' powerful [[spoiler:meaning he could not be with his beloved Death since he was so far above her]]. The Heart of the Universe from ''Marvel Universe: The End'' is basically the same thing only on a multiversal scale, enabling him to defeat every single being in the Marvel Universe, culminating in thwarting the second biggest one of them all, The Living Tribunal (who was more powerful than the complete Infinity Gauntlet). After defeating the Living Tribunal however, he realises THE biggest one of them all, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The One Above All]], is still infinitely more powerful than him, [[spoiler:and TOAA has completely [[OutGambit out-gambitted]] Thanos into recreating the entire Multiverse, but with a few flaws removed.]]
* This has been done right at least once, in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''. Dr. Manhattan is a PhysicalGod who wins the Vietnam War practically singlehandely and ''should'' easily dissect the problem in the comic and excise it... except TheChessmaster plays not against his powers but his post-empowering uncertainty to get him to leave the planet. He's also hamstrung by his inability to see time like we do- he knows precisely what powers he's going to use, when he's going to use them, what they're going to do. He doesn't choose to use them, he just watches himself using them. He even describes the tachyon interference with his future sight, in the climax, as "freeing", allowing him to truly ''act'' for the first time in forty years.
* Unless handled carefully, Franchise/WonderWoman's lasso's power to force any being to tell the truth will naturally kill any mystery from a story, since deception spoken by any person who faces this power is impossible.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Professor Charles Xavier is the most powerful psychic in the world. By rights, any problems the X-Men face should be dealt with at the speed of thought. As a result, most of the major plotlines the team faces start with either a DeusExitMachina or a lecture on MindOverManners. There's also a vast array of [[PokeInTheThirdEye anti-telepathy technology]] that will pop up whenever the plot demands it; at one point a high-schooler built an anti-telepathy helmet using plans he downloaded off the internet, then beat up Xavier with a baseball bat. It wasn't one of the Professor's finer moments. In fact, Professor X is so prone to having his telepathy instantly shut down that his status as "World's Most Powerful Telepath" is something of an InformedAttribute.
** One of the reasons Phoenix hasn't been revived is because her canonically godlike abilities and strong friendships with her team would easily end the 'Wolverine vs. Cyclops civil war' that the writers seem intent on following. It's stated, in-universe, that the only reason they're fighting is because she's no longer there to mediate between them!
** Scarlet Witch's reality bending powers are considered way over the top. Once she remade the universe into the House of M, and depowered 90% of the mutant population that they had to nerf her down to the point she can't handle the Phoenix Force.
** On the villainous side of things, there's Exodus, one of the few psychics on Earth who can hold his own against Professor X, in addition to wielding telekinesis at such an advanced level that it practically makes him a RealityWarper. He's also immortal, a teleporter, can bring people back from the dead and... yeah, perhaps it's sinking in now why he's one of the more infrequently used X-villains. His initial affiliation was with {{ComicBook/Magneto}}, who was very quickly incapacitated by way of a psychic lobotomy because, ''duh'', if the X-Men ever had to contend with the two of them at once they'd be annihilated.
* ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} is one of the most powerful sorcerers in the DC Universe, and thus generally falls victim to some sort of DramaPreservingHandicap at least once per story. She notoriously has a WeaksauceWeakness that leaves her powerless if she is gagged, which is usually exploited in team-ups just so that she can't solve the problem before the rest of the [[ComicBook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] get out of bed.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
** Most of the Inhumans are significantly more powerful than anyone else on the show; Daisy can bring down buildings, and at one point Lincoln pours enough electricity into a power line to create an impassable rain of lightning. The show mostly gets around this by having them face enemies that they need to take in alive with minimal property damage. Their powers are still useful, but they don't break the show.
** Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez is a step above the rest of the Secret Warriors. Her power lets her move at superspeed for a single heartbeat before snapping back to where she was when she activated her power. While that's far less destructive than her teammates, it's far more useful, and she can use it to do everything from stripping the weapons from an entire corridor of soldiers to scouting a base in minutes. It should be noted that this is a heavily nerfed version of her comics powers (which was more traditional "move fast as long as you want" super speed), and she's still arguably the most powerful person on the team. She spends a lot of time away from the plot for various reasons because she would break the story too easily.
** On the other side we have Hive's CoDragons, Giyera and Lucio. Giyera has the ability to control any non-organic matter in his line of sight. This would be a pretty broken power if used to it's full potential, and to his credit he does do a couple cool things with it like [[spoiler: forcing ATCU Agent Banks to shoot himself and hijacking control of Zephyr One]]. But in a fight, mostly what he does is pick up small objects and telekenetically fling them at people. [[ArrogantKungFuGuy He's even been known to ignore his powers completely and instead fight with his martial skills alone]], allowing [[BadassNormal Badass Normals]] who'd otherwise have stood no chance to get the better of him. Lucio, meanwhile, has the power to paralyze anyone just by ''looking'' at them. You'd think that would allow him to neutralize whole groups of enemies in only a few seconds, and that does seem to be the case when he's up against {{mooks}}, but somehow he never seems to get more than one or two of the heroes at a time.
* ''Series/TheAlmightyJohnsons'': Mike as Ullr has the supernatural power to win any game and the smarts to make any challenge he's facing into one. Fortunately for the plot, Mike is TheFettered, as he considers Ullr his SuperPoweredEvilSide.
* ''Series/{{Alphas}}'':
** Nina Theroux can control people's will simply by looking at them in the eye. The show sometimes makes up excuses as to why she can't just "push" the bad guys left and right (since theoretically it would make the job too easy and a drama television show can't have that). A good example of this is in "Anger Management"; when Nina was questioned why she couldn't "just push [the] kid", she revealed that her power only lasted for a couple of minutes and "Rosen doesn't like to work that way". Well, that's too bad because it would have resolved the conflict MUCH sooner and easier.
** We're extremely lucky that Jason Miller, the all-powerful hormonal hive-mind gathering alpha, is just a lonely teen who just wants friends and has no psychotic motives.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'':
** Misty Day is a gifted witch whose main power is her [[HealingHands ability to resurrect the dead by touching them]]. She can do this to ''anything'' dead, from birds, to alligators, to people, [[HealingFactor to herself after she was burned at the stake]]. Moreover, she can heal ''serious'' damage inflicted upon the corpses of those she revives - she undoes completely burnt off skin and partial bodily decay with contemptuous ease. Misty has resurrected not only herself but two other members of the main cast, and it's gotten to the point where the characters just come to her when someone dies, [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] it as they go. In order to balance this, two characters have taken to destroying the bodies of their victims in order to keep them from being revived.
** Possibly why Madison was [[spoiler:killed off in episode three]] - her telekinesis and fire-starting powers would make short work of the zombie army attacking their house, and would stunt Zoe's arc about her necromancy powers.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Illyria started out as very much one of these. That list of powers likely to be story-breakers? She was pretty much all of the above. She specifically dismisses the {{Big Bad}}s of the entire series as being like insects compared with her, and not without justification claimed she was a god to the gods. She was so powerful that one wonders why she even needed an army back in ancient times, save that one recalls there were others like her running around. The heroes didn't (and couldn't) beat her; Illyria failed to conquer the world simply because she lost interest. In short, Illyria put the "cosmic" in CosmicHorrorStory. Until she lost control of her powers due to the [[PunyEarthlings puny human]] body she was reincarnated into, and got a PowerLimiter slapped on her, taking away some of her powers entirely and dialing the rest of them down so she wasn't much stronger than the other protagonists.
** Earlier in season one, Angel manages to acquire the Gem of Amarra, a mystical ring described as the equivalent to the Holy Grail for vampires, from Spike in a {{Crossover}} episode from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. This artifact would grant the vampire wearer increased abilities and complete invulnerability to all their usual weaknesses, as demonstrated by [[TortureTechnician Marcus]] earlier when he shrugs off a bow-to-the-heart from Oz and the ability to walk in direct sunlight without erupting in flames. At the end of the episode Angel, who had remained doubtful about keeping the ring or not, decided to destroy it, preventing the show and Angel's fights from being [[ImmortalHero a lot less suspenseful]].
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had a recurring problem with this after "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS01E19AVoiceInTheWildernessPart2 A Voice in the Wilderness, Part 2]]" granted the heroes control of a piece of ImportedAlienPhlebotinum on the uninhabited planet the station orbits. While they use the Great Machine as an intelligence source and to TimeTravel in later episodes, the installation also has tremendously powerful surface-to-space weapons, forcing the writers to always come up with a reason why they couldn't use them to defend Babylon 5 when it came under attack by the MonsterOfTheWeek (such as the Shadows jamming their communications in "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS03E22ZHaDum Z'ha'dum]]").
* Samantha from ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' and Jeannie from ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''. Their powers were pretty much "do anything by wiggling your nose/bobbing your head". If it weren't for the [[UselessSuperpowers random nature]] of their powers and otherworldly relatives, Darren and Major Tony would lead completely idyllic and boring lives.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor is the {{Trope Namer|s}} for the TimeyWimeyBall because without it, he could simply time travel anywhere and change anything, and if he made a mistake just go back again and fix it. This problem was parodied in the Comic Relief parody "Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death," which put the Doctor and the Master in a series of time traveling counter-moves to each other.
** The Doctor could just evacuate everyone on the doomed space ship that's getting sucked into the sun, sucked into a black hole, crashed into meteors a la the Titanic, etc, in the TARDIS, if it didn't always (in)conveniently get blasted away into space and out of useful range for the episode.
** The Doctor is a member of one of the most [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien advanced races]] that the universe ever has or ever will produce. If he seriously applied himself to any single project, he could probably end up [[EmperorScientist running everything]]. However, his short attention span keeps him constantly moving and prevents him from hatching many long-term plans. His seventh incarnation was an unusual exception in that he apparently had a number of elaborate schemes going on. But he [[NiceJobBreakingItHero rarely bothers to clean up after them]].
** So many stories would be a lot shorter if the Doctor remembered he can ''read minds'' - any of the [[MysteryFiction Whodunnit]] stories, any stories where someone turns out to be backstabbing the Doctor...
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** In the first season, Peter Petrelli can permanently gain anyone's power simply by being near them. It doesn't take long for him to rack up flying, time control, teleportation, and healing. With all of his powers, he should be able to achieve just about any conceivable goal. To keep him as a viable character, he's given amnesia in season 2, loses his powers briefly, and then regains them at a significant downgrade.
** Hiro's time control and teleportation abilities alone make it necessary for his character to constantly grasp the IdiotBall so that he doesn't just solve everything instantly.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Kilgrave]] can effortlessly [[MindControl control anyone's mind]] within his line of sight. The effects fade with distance and time [[spoiler: and under the influence of powerful sedatives]], but always leave him more than enough of a window to make a getaway in the unlikely event he's cornered. Basically, if he sees you, you've already lost. The reason he doesn't with Jessica is because he is a StalkerWithACrush who became obsessed with her after she broke his control the first time they encountered each other.
** [[spoiler: Or...as it turns out, Jessica Jones is completely immune.]]
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** Series/KamenRiderKuuga's [[SuperMode Ultimate Form]], which despite being a potentially DeadlyUpgrade, is also debatably one of '''the''' most powerful Kamen Riders. To wit, one of his previous {{Finishing Move}}s, the Rising Mighty Kick, causes a 3 kilometer-diameter explosion; the Ultimate Kick has the potential to ''[[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy the planet]]''. In order to keep from overpowering the plot, Ultimate Form only appears in the last two episodes and is mostly used to battle the BigBad, [[spoiler:who is said to be just as powerful and both share a few common abilities like pyrokinesis.]]
** [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Decade]]. BigBad monsters from previous series iterations? [[CurbStompBattle Taken care of in no time flat.]] Still in a tight spot? Turn on your SuperMode and [[SummonMagic summon a previous rider clone for a synchronized double attack.]] Baddie still not finished yet? [[EquippableAlly Turn that ally into a useful weapon or vehicle]] to blow him away. Going up against giants and spaceships? Merge with J and turn everyone else into a card to kick them all to death. Just another day for a [[CatchPhrase passing-through Kamen Rider.]]
** Series/KamenRiderKabuto's Hyper [[SuperSpeed Clock Up]] allows him to move faster than light, and travel through time and alternate dimensions. On top of Kabuto being TheAce. However, [[PowerIncontinence he does not appear to have full control over its more powerful functions]], it will sometimes send him to random places of its own accord, his most powerful attack cannot be used while it is active, and some of his enemies have [[TimeStandsStill powers which can counter it]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' has the villanous rider Eternal, who can make all Gaia Memories -- the main source of power for heroes and villains alike -- that were not created before his stop working. He can also [[AllYourPowersCombined use all the T2 Gaia Memories at once for several powerful attacks]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' has the villainous Kamen Rider Odin. He's physically stronger than the rest of the Kamen Riders, has stronger weapons, and has a TeleportSpam that makes hitting him almost impossible. He doesn't even need use his [[{{Mons}} Mirror Beast]] in any of his fights. Lead characters Kamen Riders Ryuki and Knight can barely slow him down, even with their [[SuperMode Survive Modes]], and if he dies [[BigBad Kanzaki Shirou]] can bring him back.
** And let's not forget ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', who [[spoiler:became a God.]]
* One drinking game for ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' could be described thusly: take a shot for every problem that [[TheArchmage Merlin]] could have solved if [[BanOnMagic magic wasn't punishable by death]] and he wasn't [[HowDoIShotWeb restricted by his lack of training]]. He gets his full power and training in the GrandFinale, and curb stomps the [[spoiler:''entire Saxon Army'' at Camlann.]]
* Parodied in ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', where Angel Summoner and the BMX Bandit form a mismatched duo. Angel Summoner can summon angels, which can accomplish essentially anything; BMX Bandit has... [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway BMX skills]], making him feel like a permanent third wheel. On one mission Angel Summoner allows BMX Bandit to fight alone, while secretly summoning invisible angels to help him.
* [[ExpositoryThemeTune The theme song]] to ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' says that Joel ''could'' have built a device that could have skipped movies directly to the end. Instead, he used those parts to build his robot friends.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Rumpelstiltskin could solve most of the shows problems if he wanted. Or if he weren't the cause of most of them.
* Tommy Oliver from the first season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' is the Green Ranger and, between his natural karate skills and ranger powers, is about as strong as the other five combined. So to keep things interesting, The Powers That Be gave him an appaling memory that meant he was always forgetting his communicator and they eventually took away his powers altogether. He got new ones but not quite on the same level.
** Doesn't help, the character they get his footage from...only appeared sparingly, and was just as much of a 'scenario solver'. His Super Sentai equivalent would die if he used his powers too much.
* Just like in the comics, ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' didn't want ComicBook/MartianManhunter hanging around overshadowing [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]], so they gave him an arbitrary weakness; his body's HealingFactor was inhibited by Earth's dense, oxygen-filled, and very un-Marslike atmosphere, so he frequently had to fly into space for extended periods to [[GoodThingYouCanHeal heal]] after a battle -- PutOnABus to the ionosphere, so to speak. Later they just [[BroughtDownToNormal depowered him]] entirely in a contrived HeroicSacrifice.
* Franchise/StargateVerse:
** The Asgard are one of, if not ''the'' most advanced race in the entire story (arguably surpassing even the Ancients at least in certain areas) by the end of their lifespan, and also happen to be [[BigGood very kind and helpful protectors of the Milky Way]]. So how come the Milky Way is overrun by the evil Goa'uld anyway? The Asgard are at a long-spanning war against [[MechanicalLifeforms the Replicators]], a far more dangerous enemy and they're ''not'' winning. Add that they are literally a dying race. The ''only'' time the writers allowed them to be BigDamnHeroes is in a parallel universe.
** The Replicators themselves, who turned the Asgard from the mightiest extant species in the known universe to TheRemnant barely holding onto their few remaining planets. They absorb and adapt rapidly to any new technology, which thanks to their FTL MindHive connection is spread amongst all units instantly, and can reform an entire swarm from a single active unit at ridiculous speeds, and that's before they start making [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots human-form Replicators]] which are even more advanced and ''[[ItCanThink smart]]''. {{Kinetic weapons|AreJustBetter}} can temporarily take down smaller units, but they just reform and larger units are impervious. As soon as they arrive in our galaxy the Goa'uld, the undisputed power of the Milky Way and the main threat for eight seasons, get [[CurbStompBattle absolutely demolished]] in a single episode, only taken down using a weapon that could wipe out all life in the galaxy. They're even considered a Story Breaker in-universe, as the back-up plan in ''Film/TheArkOfTruth'' is to [[GodzillaThreshold unleash a swarm in the Ori galaxy]], under the belief that not even they could take them down.
** {{Ascend|ToAHigherPlaneOfExistence}}ed beings are basically gods, able to command the forces of nature at will to terrifying effect. To prevent this trope, the writers introduced the idea that the Ancients also have a self-imposed AlienNonInterferenceClause. Which, naturally, they didn't apply to the Ancients' {{Evil Counterpart}}s the Ori when they needed new villains for the PostScriptSeason.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Counselor Troi can sense the emotions of most beings. This would end a lot of episodes really quickly if the writers didn't keep coming up with circumstances where her powers are blocked or confused or she's unable to warn the other characters. Some episodes HandWave or completely ignore her powers and the impact they would logically have on the plot. In early episodes, she's able to communicate with non-Betazoids (or at least her lovers) telepathically, even across long distances. It's not hard to guess why the writers [[ForgottenPhlebotinum quietly dropped]] this aspect of her character.
** There's the issue of the entire Betazoid race, and other friendly telepathic species, would seemingly be able to solve all sorts of problems by reading minds. It's a wonder anybody in the galaxy can carry out a hidden agenda. This was demonstrated in one episode where Troi's mother casually revealed that two alien diplomats were really assassins the second she encountered them.
** If it weren't for VillainDecay, The Borg would be in here easily. Before ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', they could basically copy and negate the technology of any species they came across, and design nanites that integrated the physiology of any species they encountered into their collective. One of their ships could bring the Alpha Quadrant and any races less powerful than Organians or Douwds to their knees. Indeed the Borg were so powerful that no good reason was ever given why the Borg hadn't conquered the entire galaxy: the writers could only combat this by handing the Borg multiple {{Idiot Ball}}s and eventually sticking them in many of ''Voyager'''s {{Idiot Plot}}s.
** The biggest StoryBreakerPower in the franchise, however, is the transporter. The ability to teleport seemingly anything anywhere has been the resolution of just about any plot [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere where it didn't get immediately taken offline or blocked.]]
** Replicators fall under this. They can convert energy into matter. Its rarely is ever even handwaved why any MacGuffin of the week cant just be replicated such as the Dilithium Crystals which allow ships to use FasterThanLight travel. Just some of the demonstrations include a robotic beam turret or a fully functioning rifle. One episode even had the Transporters and Replicators combined to make a gun that could fire teleporting bullets anywhere on a space station.
** Data's android intelligence does this in-universe when he plays Sherlock Holmes on the holodeck in "Elementary Dear Data". Even when the obvious GameBreaker and SequenceBreaking of being able to remember the plots down to the tiniest detail is worked around, the result is still the android equivalent of easy mode for the computer-generated plots. Increasing the difficulty level brings disaster when it makes one of the characters sapient...
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** A fifth season episode introduced Jesse Turner, the purported AntiChrist who (due to being a half-demon HalfHumanHybrid) gained really high-level RealityWarper powers following [[{{Satan}} Lucifer's]] presence on Earth, and was obviously more powerful than any other character seen up to that point. Having probably realized this, the writers quickly [[PutOnABus abandoned the character]] by writing him out at the end of his first appearance.
** Castiel. Angels are among the most powerful beings in the setting, even "grunt" angels like Castiel effortlessly dispatching most demons and monsters, heal fatal wounds, and even resurrect the dead. While this was fine for {{Story Arc}}s where he was fighting other angels who were equally powerful or even stronger than he was, it trivialized the MonsterOfTheWeek episodes as Cas could just locate the monster and zap it in two seconds. Thus, the writers were forced to continuously include [[DeusExitMachina excuses and storylines which explained why he couldn't help]] the {{Badass Normal}}s. In the seventh and eight seasons, the writers continuously toy with the idea of killing or permanently incapacitating Castiel, but they won't because [[BreakoutCharacter he's one of the most popular parts of the show]], and his episodes get the best ratings. Also, he's funny and arguably [[TheHeart the show's heart]], so his other attributes make the show more enjoyable. The writers just need to figure out how to depower him. [[spoiler:Indeed the season eight finale ends with Castiel's grace being taken from him, effectively [[BroughtDownToNormal turning him human]].]]
** Ezekiel is worse than Cas ever was. Introduced immediately after the above event, he quickly becomes the show's go-to fix it guy. In nearly every episode since his introduction he has served as some form of DeusExMachina, including [[spoiler:bringing Cas and Charlie back to life, healing Sam from the trial sickness and a slashed neck, and scaring Abbadon away when she and her mooks have the upper-hand against the Winchesters]]. They try to avert it by saying he's been weakened by his fall from Heaven and doesn't have enough power to be constantly doing this, and yet every time he's needed he's able to muster the strength without issue. But the worst part is, since [[spoiler:he's using Sam as a vessel]] they can't even not have him around when it's inconvenient to the plot like they did with Cas.
** WordOfGod admits that in hindsight they made angels too powerful and have had to come up with numerous {{Drama Preserving Handicap}}s to keep them from solving everything single-handedly, hence the proliferation of angel-killing blades and the angels' tendency to [[ForgotAboutHisPowers Forget About Their Powers]]. In season 7 they introduced the Leviathans, who were supposedly even stronger than angels, and unlike the angels were [[AlwaysChaoticEvil all villainous]], but a direct comparison of the Leviathan's abilities versus the angels' was still hilariously one-sided in the angels' favor. Season 9 had to issue a species-wide {{Nerf}} by [[spoiler:casting the angels out of Heaven and burning off their wings, removing their ability to teleport and weakening their other powers.]]
** The biggest problem with the angels is the trivial ease in which they can resurrect the dead. Despite the show's DeathIsCheap reputation, just about every character who isn't Sam, Dean, Bobby, or Castiel tends to stay dead when they die -[[spoiler:and even Bobby was eventually KilledOffForReal in season 7]]- and originally this was justified as resurrection having a high cost such as selling your soul or the victim [[CameBackWrong Coming Back Wrong]]. But once the angels were introduced, they were granted the ability to resurrect the dead with absolutely no drawbacks whatsoever. This has caused all sorts of problems as the show continues to kill off the heroes' friends and allies, and nobody ever seems to consider asking Cas or another angel to bring them back. Occasionally there will be a HandWave explanation as to why it can't be done, but more often than not the writers just pretend the angels don't have this ability unless the plot calls for it.
** The Colt, a supernaturally powered gun that can supposedly OneHitKill anything. Originally it was limited by the number of bullets it had - any old regular bullet wouldn't work, they had to be enchanted like the gun - so the heroes had to save them for kills that really mattered. In season 3, however, the heroes figured out a way to make new bullets for the gun after extinguishing the original supply. Without the limited ammo, the gun quickly became story-breaking as Sam and Dean no longer needed to figure out [[AchillesHeel monsters' weaknesses]] and could just kill anything they came across by shooting it. Once they realized this, the writers had Sam and Dean lose the Colt, and replaced it with Ruby's knife, which is also a OneHitKill, but only works on demons. The Colt briefly resurfaced in season 5, only for it to be revealed that it actually can't kill everything, [[spoiler:as the Winchesters discover to their horror that Archangels like Lucifer are immune]]. It's lost again after only a single episode in the heroes' possession and never seen again.
** The Angel Blade, the primary weapon angels carry which later fall into human hands. Like the original wielder, it is extremely powerful in that it can kill basically everything in [[{{Heaven}} the attic]] and [[{{Hell}} the basement]], including [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels and Seraphs]], [[HalfHumanHybrid Nephilim]], {{Hellhound}}s, [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demons]], the aforementioned ''near-omnipotent'' AntiChrist, and even [[TheGrimReaper Reapers]]. These weapons tend to drop in and out of the story though, and one tends to wonder why nobody tried to use such weapons on the MonsterOfTheWeek as they more than likely would work.
** The ultimate example in the series is [[spoiler:God Himself. That's actually the reason he doesn't take a more direct role in the story. When he finally ''does'', it's only because he isn't an example of this anymore since the BigBad is his own sister Amara who is [[StrongerSibling even stronger]] (at least in terms of combat ability).]]
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': The Machine, the omniscient espionage computer that is spying on the entire planet and calculating the possibility of violent crimes (it was designed to predict terrorists, but it works for anything) cannot be defeated, tricked, or hidden from. Its information is always right, since it is crunching data on '''everything'''. The unspeakable potential for misuse is why the Machine only gives the government social security numbers of people relevant to threats to national security; no data on how these numbers are generated is provided, and the Machine itself is a complete black box immune to all tampering. On the rare occasions when someone gains unfettered access to the Machine, they become invincible. The Machine warns them of every attack, every threat, from incoming enemies to massive conspiracies. At one point, [[spoiler:Root]] casually strolls through a gunfight with one of the two most dangerous men on the planet, then shoots him without even looking.
-->'''[[spoiler:Root]]:''' [[MachineWorship I have a direct line to a higher power. And She has a plan]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Bloodbending, which enables the user to control people's bodies, would be this if it were not only usable under a full moon. The only way Katara is able to defeat Hama while she is Bloodbending Aang and Sokka is to use Bloodbending herself. That said, it is shown that Bloodbending multiple people is difficult, and it's doubtful doing it to a large room was within the capabilities of either woman.
** Bloodbending came back as a true storybreaker in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', because it was the only way to create an opponent that would be remotely dangerous to Aang in his prime. With all four elements at his command and the Avatar state under his control, his opponent Yakone had to be a Bloodbending crime lord who could Bloodbend dozens of people in the middle of the day ''with his mind'', without a full moon, and it was still rather one-sided in Aang's favor. Likewise, [[spoiler:his sons needed the same ability]] if Korra, having already mastered three out of four elements, was to be believably challenged.
** [[SuperMode The Avatar State]] itself is this. The Avatar is already one of the strongest benders around in each of the four elements. The Avatar State takes that power and increases it to incalculable levels. Aang's ability to enter the state would've been devastating in the original series... [[DramaPreservingHandicap if he could use it at will. Or if Korra could have used it at all]]. At the end of Season two of ''The Legend of Korra'' [[spoiler:Raava, the Spirit of Light was destroyed and re-bonded with Korra, completely resetting it, but even Wan with Raava alone was extremely powerful, so that says something]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'':
** [[EleventhHourRanger Tigerhawk]], the last Maximal to premiere in the show. In addition to being a FlyingBrick, he can [[BlowYouAway create giant tornados]] and [[DishingOutDirt earthquakes]] that lays waste to the Predacons' lair that the Maximals have been hammering away at for three seasons; he can even stand toe-to-toe against Megatron's final form in a one-to-one match, something that not even [[TheHero Optimus Primal]] in his final form can do. If he was in the FinalBattle, it wouldn't last five minutes, [[spoiler:which was probably a reason why Tigerhawk died protecting the Maximal base just before the final showdown, against a giant CoolStarship that was stated to be the strongest Decepticon warship ever built, and he still managed to put a decent fight against it with it taking all the power in its [[WaveMotionGun fusion cannon]] to kill him.]]
** [[NighInvulnerability Rampage]] was introduced in a episode styled as a SlasherMovie. It took [[EnemyMine 2 Maximals and 1 Predacon]] to take him down and they had to resort to gunning him down [[DisneyVillainDeath off a cliff, knowing it would only stun him long enough for them to escape.]] At the end of the episode, Megatron manages to capture and weaken his spark, forcing him to obey the Predacons but levelling him down to "merely" MadeOfIron so he could be defeated in regular combat.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'':
** Ben is the wielder of the Omnitrix, an alien device that can potentially turn him into more than ''one million'' aliens, several of them with their own set of super-powers. This would, in theory, allow him to handle any possible situation as long as he choses the right form. So of course, this power is balanced by most alien forms being locked, Ben's tendencies to go for the IndyPloy and [[{{Troll}} the Omnitrix constantly giving him the wrong alien or turning him back to normal at the wrong time]]. There ''is'' a master code that allows to transform at will into any alien with no time limit, but it's extremely hard to unlock and Ben hasn't figured it out. [[FutureBadass Ben 10,000]] has unlocked it and, in the original series' future, ended up becoming so effective he made police and other heroes obsolete.
*** Two of Ben's alien form, Way Big and Alien X, could probably end any episode in a matter of seconds. Way Big is [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever a giant alien taller than skycrapers, with strength and durability proportional to his size]], but is too big for most places they fight in. Alien X is a ''{{Reality Warp|ing}}er'', but has a three-side SplitPersonality that you need to conciliate to make him do anything (down to things such as walking and moving).
** According to WordOfGod, the ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce Alien Force]]'' episode "Above and Beyond", which involved the [[FiveManBand Plumber's Helpers]] trying to save [[TheMentor Max Tennyson]] from a suddenly AxCrazy Ben on an abandoned space station, didn't have [[TheSmartGuy Cooper]] in it because of this: his power ([[{{Technopath}} Technopathy]]) would have quickly allowed the group to [[spoiler:figure out [[SuperDickery this was all just a masquerade orchestrated by Max and Ben to test their abilities]].]]
** In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', Ben often has to suffer from ForgotAboutHisPowers so he doesn't win every single fight easily. This includes being too inattentive to check if he's actually picking the right alien, not to mention not using the ones with obvious Breaker powers like the GravityMaster. This trope is probably also the reason why none of the Ultimate forms from Ultimate Alien carried over to Omniverse.
*** About halfway through ''Omniverse'', Ben was granted access to a form called Atomix, ILoveNuclearPower personified, and second in raw power only to Alien-X. The only reason Ben didn't almost automatically win every subsequent battle is, again, the Omnitrix itself deciding otherwise.
* [[TheHeart Ma-ti]] from ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''. Yes, ''[[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway that]]'' Ma-ti. While his powers are limited, just like the other Planeteers, he is still the most powerful of the group. He cannot mind control extremely evil people, calm animals that are too scared, read unconscious people, etc. But if Ma-Ti was flawed enough not to resist Zarm's evil charms and he picked up Heart of Conquest in the episode "The Conqueror", he would be able to mind control the world. An AlternateUniverse Ma-Ti abused his powers to force sympathy and get rich people to donate money to him freely.
* Liquidator from WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck. His power is complete control over water. In his origin episode he used several powers (like turning '''all water in St. Canard solid''') that he never used again as a member of the [[FiveBadBand Fearsome Five]].
* A recurring reason most plots have [[BadassNormal Rufus and Amberley]] save ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' whenever it is stolen, since both the Dream Maker and the Wut army have near limited amount of power that disposes of [[HarmlessVillain the Urpneys']] plans with complete ease whenever they are finally forced to take action (most exceptions seem to involve them simply [[ForgotAboutHisPowers standing there hopeless]] until the Noops do something). This however stills leaves the conundrum of why they constantly decide to send two powerless children into harm's way when they could easily do the job themselves.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Timmy has two nigh-omnipotent beings at his beck and call who have to do anything he says so long as he prefaces it with "I wish". Early seasons would usually have an AssPull reason why he couldn't use them to solve this particular problem, but in later seasons he just flat-out [[ForgotAboutHisPowers doesn't think of it unless the plot demands it]].
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' has Breach, an E.V.O. with the ability to create portals that go ''anywhere'', including at least one PocketDimension where she placed an entire city to be her "dollhouse". The only thing keeping her from completely breaking the story for either the [[DeusExMachina heroes]] or the [[DiabolusExMachina villains]] is that she's too [[SanityHasAdvantages mentally broken]] to reach her full potential.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** Franchise/TheFlash, period. Like the comics, the writers had to find a way to nerf his powers to better maintain tension in the story. When the writers finally have him go all out, Flash completely [[CurbstompBattle curbstomps]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Brainthor.]] In another episode, the completely unfettered Lex, given control of Flash's body, showed just how deadly the Flash could be if he didn't hold himself back.
** Amazo, returned with godlike powers ([[CurbStompBattle defeating the defenses of Oa and the entire Justice League at once without really breaking a sweat]]) and wanting to find his purpose in the universe. He quickly disappears for the remainder of the series after discovering his powers were making a magic-fueled enemy stronger. The writers must have realised that having a virtual god on the good guys' side who can shift planets to other dimensions on a whim and whose superpowers were as beyond Superman as Superman is beyond a normal human, would make the Justice League pointless.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': The title character's battle suit was meant to be a one-shot EleventhHourSuperpower in the GrandFinale; its enhanced strength, speed and other nifty abilities allowing her to put a definitive beatdown on arch foe Shego, and then ride off into the sunset (Or to the prom, in this case). Then the show was UnCancelled and the writers had to deal with a weapon that would let Kim curb stomp her entire rogues gallery. Solution: Split time between [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum making excuses to not put on the suit]] and having bad guys try and steal it. Up until the ''other'' Grand Finale, where Warhok is strong enough to take Kim out, suit or not. Of course then ''Ron's'' [[SupernaturalMartialArts Story Breaker Power]] kicks fully in...
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The Elements of Harmony are explicitly stated to be the most powerful magic in Equestria, and swiftly defeated every villain they've been used against. Thus the conflict revolves around actually getting to them, and then making sure they work properly (as they effectively weaponise ThePowerOfFriendship). In the Season 4 premiere the Mane Six sacrifice the elements by returning the items to its source, the Tree of Harmony, rendering them no longer usable, but in the season 4 finale [[spoiler:are replaced by the even ''more'' convenient Rainbow Power that when used was an InstantWinCondition for the two-part conflict. Fortunately, Rainbow Power OnlyWorksOnce.]]
** ThePowerOfFriendship, and to a lesser extent ThePowerOfLove, are horrendously powerful in Equestria. As mentioned it powers the Elements of Harmony, incinerates Windigos, defeated [[spoiler:Discord]] by [[spoiler:inducing a HeelFaceTurn]], and Queen Chrysalis gained a ''gargantuan'' power boost by [[EmotionEater absorbing the love]] of only one pony. There's a reason Celestia was so insistent on Twilight making friends.
** [[GodEmperor Princess Celestia and Princess Luna]] are magnitudes more powerful than all but a handful of beings [[note]]And only Luna's SuperPoweredEvilSide and Discord surpass them on their own merits; Chrysalis, Tirek, and Twilight all absorbed energy from others; and it took both Sisters just to temporarily defeat Sombra -- and even then, he was still able to cast a backup curse -- an instance that leaves the full extent of his power unknown.[[/note]], and their political clout could solve many of the interpersonal issues the cast faces, thus they frequently pull a DeusExitMachina or are otherwise unavailable. And the few times Celestia does show up she falls victim to TheWorfEffect.
** [[GreatGazoo Discord]] is a RealityWarper so powerful he's almost seems [[TheOmnipotent omnipotent]]. The Elements of Harmony are initially the only thing that threaten him, and his powers [[WrongContextMagic are so divergent from everyone else's]], that it's almost funny. As of "Keep Calm and Flutter On" Fluttershy has made him value his friendship with her too much to risk angering her by returning to his villainous ways, but as a being of chaos he generally isn't likely to help out in ''solving'' problems. In "Twilight's Kingdom", however, he is sent to stop [[spoiler: Tirek, and would have stopped him immediately... if Tirek hadn't manipulated him into temporarily joining his side. With Discord's help, Tirek eventually becomes powerful enough to backstab Discord.]]

* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the title character discover he has healing powers in "An Indirect Kiss", which destroys pretty much any tension from characters getting hurt or damaged provided that aren't killed outright. But following events in "House Guest" his healing powers no longer work.
* The Sword of Omens from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' kept getting new powers so it could be the solution to so many plots as the series wore on that it became this. Even when it was destroyed, they just reforged it again.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** [[SuperSpeed Kid Flash]], unlike his adult counterpart in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', did not conveniently receive a {{Nerf}}. This resulted in him being able to defeat enemies with ease that the actual main characters routinely struggled against. This may also be the reason why in the finale, Kid Flash is the [[EleventhHourRanger last to actually show up to help.]]
** Raven's powers are [[SwissArmySuperpower massively more diverse]] and [[SuperpowerLottery generally stronger]] than those of her teammates. Consider how many episodes have to either separate her from the group or remove her abilities altogether; when she does cut loose, she tends to end the plot in about ten seconds.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'':
** This trope is the reason [[TheMole Makeshift]] got KilledOffForReal during his debut episode. The creators felt [[HumanShifting his ability to copy the form of any Cybertronian]] would be too powerful, so after discovering the Autobot base, he went [[WhyAmITicking boom.]]
** This is also why the Dark Star Saber goes [[ForgottenSuperweapon unused and unmentioned]] throughout most of season 3. Megatron was already dramatically more powerful than everyone else, with the exception of Predaking and the upgraded Optimus who he winds up using the blade against in the finale.
** Even before that, the Star Saber was immediately broken after its' debut episode, since it gave the Autobots an advantage Megatron was ''terrified'' of. It gets repaired in the season finale, but it vanishes from the plot until the finale, and even then it's not wielded properly by a Prime, but it nevertheless is used by Bumblebee to [[spoiler:kill Megatron]]. It briefly appears in the GrandFinale movie, but it's never used again, not even against Unicron.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'':
** The Golden Tiger Claws lets its user to slash open a portal to anywhere the user wants to go. When [[ClassyCatBurglar Katnappe]] got a hold of them she [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] the Xiaolin Dragons without much effort. [[TheHero Omi]] stops her by using the claws to slash a portal to the earth's core and then throw them in [[NoMacGuffinNoWinner so neither side can use them]]. They eventually got retrieved when the Xiaolin Dragons have to use them to defeat [[TheBrute Mala Mala Jong]] but after that point [[SoLastSeason both teams became powerful and skilled enough where the claws don't make as much of a difference in battle]].
** The Shard Of Lightning - which stops time entirely - gives Jack the ability to not only curbstomp the heroes within seconds, but totally humiliate them at any given time, steal the Shen Gong Wu whenever he wants, and basically defeat any opponent without needing any help whatsoever. As he would have become totally undefeatable if he had held onto it, he manages to lose in the end and it's locked away in the vault where no one can abuse its power. This is basically how the show gets rid of every game breaker Shen Gong Wu: lock it away for the benefit of the world, just in case it somehow ends up in the wrong hands.
** The Reversing Mirror, mostly due to its having a myriad of uses and little downsides. It can reflect attacks magical or otherwise, it can cause attacks to have the opposite effect, it can override the effects of near any Shen Gong Wu just by being in the vicinity, it can change things that have nothing to do with Shen Gong Wu to their opposite, and can be used in conjunction with Shen Gong Wu most famously by ''bringing a ghost to life''. Pretty much every time it's used by someone with a bit of cunning, the results are extreme: more usage in the series might have brought about some very interesting techniques, but it also would have likely resulted in its user(s) being basically impossible to attack. So it was only brought out when the plot called for it specifically.
** The Sphere of Yun imprisons its target in an unbreakable sphere. The first time we see it in use, Jack Spicer - who is ''THE'' HarmlessVillain - uses it to effortlessly capture Chase Young, the strongest villain in the show. The only way to escape is the aforementioned Reversing Mirror.
** The Sands of Time. TimeTravel. Need we say more? It was disposed of when Omi's 80 year old self took it with him to his own time. Like the Golden Tiger Claws, it was later retrieved, but then flat-out destroyed soon after. 1500 years ago. [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble Whatever.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' introduces a remote that can control any mechanical device, even Zeta. Eventually, Roe gets her hands on one, but by the end of the episode it is forgotten. And for good reason; if the heroes have one they never have to fight again and if the villains have one they don't need to work to stop the heroes. Ironically, a later episode implied the device was a mass-produced children's toy.
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'': Aladdin has access to a [[BenevolentGenie Genie]], a [[{{Flight}} flying carpet]], and assistance from royalty. To compensate, not only did Genie and the Carpet get power downgrades and a slew of new weaknesses, many of their adversaries can range from [[MechaMooks armies of robots]] to [[PhysicalGod literal gods]].
** Oh, and the royal army? They all hate him.
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* The Key Of The Twilight from ''Anime/DotHackSign'' is rumored for being this within the confines of The World. It is said it allows the user to contradict the rules of the system and basically do whatever the hell they feel like doing. The REAL Key of the Twilight is Aura. She herself can do this (As her daughter later demonstrates) and is more or less the world itself.
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill''
** Akame's [[PoisonedWeapon Murasame]] injects a lethal venom into the blood of whomever it cuts, killing them once it reached their heart. There's no known cure for it either. Naturally, most of her important fights are against enemies that can get around it in someway. The two most obvious weaknesses (poison doesn't work on machines or zombies) come up more than once, and of course enemies turn up that are very hard to hit in the first place.
** Mine's [[SniperRifle Pumpkin]] increases in power the more danger Mine is in, becoming a WaveMotionGun at its strongest level. The [[CriticalStatusBuff nature]] of Pumpkin means that moreso than any other Night Raid member, Mine can punch far above her weight.
** Chelsea's [[ShapeShifting Gaea Foundation]] allows her to take on the form of anything from a cat to another human being, voice and all. From what was shown, there doesn't seem to be any limitations on what Chelsea can transform into.
** Esdeath's [[AnIcePerson Demon's Extract]] can create ice from nothing, lots of ice. Because she can create ice without limitation, her powers can be used for all sorts of tasks. She can use ice to create bridges, give her a vantage spot, restrain or kill individuals, and flight, etc. Esdeath even took her power to another level by developing Mahapadma, an ability to freeze time within a certain area once a day. She later shows the ability to created entire armies of ice soldiers. Quite literally, the only things that limit the usage of her Teigu are both her own stamina and imagination.
** Zank the Beheader's Spectator, is among the most versatile Teigu in the story. It grants Zank ''five'' abilities (CombatClairvoyance, MasterOfIllusion, SuperSenses, {{Telepathy}}, XRayVision) that when properly used in conjunction allows him to fight on par with ''Akame''. In the hands of a much more experienced combatant, it would have made them invincible.
** Syura's [[{{Teleportation}} Shambhala]] can teleport himself or others to fixed locations. In the manga, Syura once mentioned he had a last resort plan to defeating his opponents by teleporting them in the middle of an active volcano. Naturally with such overpowering ability, [[spoiler:the story finds ways to prevent Syura from ever doing just that before his death and his teigu destroyed]].
* ''AquarionLogos'': The titular mecha has the power to erase entire concepts from reality and by extension anything associated with them. Add a wide arsenal of powers from the pilots and an InfinityPlusOneSword and you get its final form, the Aquarion Logos Genesis.
* In ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'', Alice Fujii has a DisabilitySuperpower that lets her [[SuperReflexes see things in slow motion]], learn [[InstantExpert loads of information amazingly fast]] and [[IndyPloy make up complex plans in instants]]. This is coupled with the Kumoito, a RazorFloss weapon that fires a mind-controlled knife that lets out thread traps over a large range. Sooner or later, she gets anyone AllWebbedUp to be garroted to death. And oh boy, Alice eats CrazyPrepared for breakfast and is MadeOfIron. It gets to the point Alice [[spoiler:no scopes a sniper sitting miles away from her, which causes her to lose the Kumoito for the rest of the story]].
* Claire Stanfield from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has a story-breaking CharlesAtlasSuperpower - despite being ostensibly a [[BadassNormal normal human]], he's strong enough to take on anyone in the series (and a few in other series), including the resident [=demon/=]EldritchAbomination and a ''vampire''. WordOfGod is that he purposely didn't give Claire his own plotline because there's no one in the series who could possibly challenge him, which generally doesn't make for the most interesting story. He says he is tied for the third strongest character in TheVerse, only losing out to an EldritchAbomination that's a black hole and a character whose defining characteristic is being the strongest man ever.
* ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'': Hanma Yuujiro, the strongest creature on Earth. Able to fight anyone and win, earthquakes and the USA included. Just by CharlesAtlasSuperpower, because [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours he fights so good]].
* ''Manga/BlackCat'' invokes this with Leon, a twelve-year old boy who can manipulate air. As Eve notes, Leon could kill any member of the cast that he wanted to, simply by dispersing the air around them. Luckily he's too young to think of this, and instead resorts to trying to blow Eve away, enabling her to defeat him.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Aizen's Shikai is complete control over the five senses. Once hypnotised by the Shikai, a person will always be so vulnerable to the illusions they won't even know they're ensnared. Since everyone of note in Soul Society has been hypnotised, it's impossible for them to beat him, even when working together. Ichigo only stood a chance because he had not been ensnared [[spoiler:and, by the time they fought, Aizen was so drunk on power that he willfully discarded his sword due to the belief he had gained even better Story Breaker Powers than ever]].
** Letzt Stil vastly inflated Uryuu Ishida's abilities to such a degree he was capable of one-shotting both a captain and his bankai at the same time. It gives him complete control over spiritual particles. In a world made entirely out of those, it can destroy the world itself to give him limitless power. The ability is temporary, though, burning out the Quincy who uses it, destroying their power forever. Uryuu later regains his power due to ParentExMachina [[spoiler:and eventually the story introduces a different variant of this technique called Vollständig, ''which can be used freely because it doesn't burn out the Quincy's power afterwards'']].
** Ichigo's Final Getsuga Tenshou easily defeated Aizen when Aizen was at his most powerful. [[spoiler:As with Uryuu's Letzt Stil, using this form was temporary and burned out Ichigo's powers quickly. Also like Uryuu, ParentExMachina ensures that he eventually does regain his powers.]]
** Orihime possesses a RealityWarper power that is an in-universe mystery. Characters have speculated that she can do anything if she believes she can and that she's never tapped into her full potential. She is exactly as strong as she believes she is, which is both her greatest strength and her greatest weakness. Her personality is her limitation. She's so gentle, pacifistic, kind and unassuming that she cannot harm others, not even enemies. Later [[BarrierWarrior combining]] her weak offensive powers with her defensive ones does make for a potent technique, however.
** Yamamoto's Shikai is capable of killing every person for many miles around and he has to erect barriers to protect humans living outside the battlefield before he'll use it. The only way to combat Yamamoto is to seal his power and then fight him physically. Even then, Yamamoto is so overpowering, he can thrash the enemy with his bare fists alone... and if that's not enough, his spiritual power is enormous as well. His Bankai, Zanka no Tachi, is ThePowerOfTheSun. Activating it will destroy the world ''by accident'' if switched on for too long.
** As the Quincy progenitor, Yhwach possesses all Quincy powers, as well as the [[GreenLanternRing ability]] to give people power by lending them pieces of his soul. He can call back the soul shards at will, depriving the recipient of their power and life, to increase his strength. In battle, Quincies unknowingly infect their opponents with his soul shards, allowing Yhwach to steal life and power from both Quincies and their enemies. He can use this power recall to resurrect fallen Quincies, literally choosing who lives and dies at any moment. [[spoiler:Once he understands someone's power, his Schrift ability kicks in, allowing him to see into that person's future, allowing him to develop counters before their techniques have even been used.]] It's not for nothing that his Sternritter title is "The Almighty".
*** Recently, it's been revealed that the true power of the Almighty is the power to [[spoiler:change the entire future. It isn't really well defined, but he's used it to instantly break Ichigo's bankai and set up traps in all the places Ichigo steps.]]
** If not for Yhwach's even greater power countering him, Ichibē Hyōsube of the Royal Guard would've been this. He has the ability to [[IKnowYourTrueName inherently know the true name of everything]], in a universe where names and power are one and the same, and are actually crucial. And his ultimate ability is to seal away and alter names, changing or eliminating people's powers and very identity in any way he sees fit. [[spoiler:Against Yhwach, he erased his name to take away his powers and memory, then gave him the name of an insect so that he could be effortlessly squashed. Against absolutely anyone else, this would've been an unbeatable attack, and even Yhwach could've been killed by it...if his own "The Almighty" power hadn't kicked in first to preemptively counter Ichibē.]]
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** There are so many characters that are explicitly so powerful that, if they are put anywhere else, that story will probably end in moments. Accelerator can casually shatter continents and defeat opponents while sleeping. Vento of the Front can make you fall into a coma if you ever think even the slightest negative or confrontational thing about her anywhere in the universe that's undefendable except with a PowerNullifier or AntiMagic. And these are just the ''human'' characters that appear in the anime season 1 and 2, and the list increase exponetially (in both numbers and effectiveneess) as the novels go on.
** Even counting all of the magical human characters, almost nobody can really top [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the angels]] on the power scale, which have the capability to utterly annihilate all life on Earth within minutes, and that's nowhere near their full strength. Fortunately, angels are not particularly hostile: the two times one has been fought, it was being compelled to fight against its will. The only human character (not counting the AmbiguouslyHuman ones) that can take them on is [[spoiler:[[BigBad Fiamma of the Right]]]].
** Taken UpToEleven in the second half of the series, ''New Testament''. It introduces a character ([[spoiler:One-Eyed Othinus]]) that can [[spoiler:destroy and create universes at will]]. And she is the BigBad. The only reason why there is even a plot is because there are people who could do similar things and they [[spoiler:either lets her be (Aleister Crowley) or are using her (the True Gremlin group)]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' gives its protagonist [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lelouch]] the Geass, a miraculous mind-control power... that he actually uses a lot less than his favored BatmanGambit and military strategy. To combat this, the show gives him a RestrainingBolt in the fact that the Geass can only be used once on any specific person, though there is no specific limit to [[FridgeLogic how complex, long, and detailed that one instruction is]], which means that a pre-planned use of the Geass could allow Lelouch to command the actions of a person's entire life over the course of several hours.
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** [[Anime/DigimonAdventure Angemon, and later MagnaAngemon]], both seem to be on par with Digimon one level above their own. Patamon first digivolved to Angemon in order to defeat Devimon (the first BigBad). Much later when all of the Digimon evolved to their highest-level forms in order to face Myotismon (Ultimate for all 7 others), it was Angemon's attack that destroyed Phantomon, one of Myotismon's most powerful subordinates at the Ultimate level, and his attack had a debilitating effect on Myotismon himself whereas no-one else could touch him until Angewomon came along. Angemon finally gets to Digivolve to Ultimate just before the end of the show, and does the majority of the work in defeating Piedmon, a Mega-level digimon that had already beaten the combined might of [=WarGreymon=] and [=MetalGarurumon=] ''twice''. This is explained by Angemon, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin being an angel]], being naturally strong against evil Digimon, while being no more powerful than another of his level against anything else. Angemon then spent most of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' getting [[TheWorfEffect Worfed]].
*** Omnimon, introduced in the movie ''Our War Game'' immediately leapt to being the most powerful Digimon in the anime at the time and remains one of the top 5 strongest Digimon in the animated franchise (his exact spot on the list is debatable, as his opening feat remains probably the most extreme examples of power in the series. The other top class digimon appeared in 1 v 1 battles). In his first appearence he faces off against at least 16,000 (upped to a million in the dub) Mega-level digimon, each one more powerful than either [=WarGreymon=] or [=MetalGarurumon=] individually, and ''annihilates'' them. In his first move he reflects hundreds of attacks back on them and at no point appears to even try. The only reason the final copy (changed to be the original in the dub) lasted as long as it did was that with room to move, it could actually flee in abject terror. Like Angemon, Omnimon was severely nerfed in his 02 appearance. The nerfing was spectacularly undone in "Digimon Adventure Tri" when he goes up against Alphamon, a digimon with powers equal to his own in ''Our War Game''. After literally ignoring everything thrown at him (including [=WarGreymon=] and [=MetalGarurumon=]) he takes one look at Omnimon and powers up to his strongest form. The shockwaves from their first connection leveled the surrounding buildings, and Omnimon goes on to gain the upper hand before Alphamon's tactical retreat.
** In ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'', Arkadimon is pretty much the most powerful Digimon period. It can damage a Mega-level digimon ''at the in-training stage.'' Not just any Mega, but the above-mentioned Piedmon (to be fair he was already injured but that is a five level difference for a monster that still had five more levels to evolve to!).
*** The protagonist's very own partner, Zeromaru. As pointed out, it's usually more than just his uncanny strength that gets him by in fights (since many of his opponents are higher leveled) but when he reaches his Mega stage... [[spoiler:he unlocks the Ulforce, a HealingFactor so strong that he can recover from [[OneHitKO instant death attacks!]] Even [[BigBad Daemon]] had to negate it before he started whooping ass.]]
** Taiki Kudo and Shoutmon serve as an in-story example in ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime''. As the legendary general and the Digimon King respectively who saved the world in the preceding ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', the Watch Man is understandably concerned that his very presence will destabilise the balance of the Digimon-hunting game. So far, he's being proven ''very'' correct - Taiki and Shoutmon have spent most of the series so far effortlessly curbstomping everything that Tagiru and Yuu have trouble handling.
** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' itself has Shoutmon X7 Superior Mode. [[spoiler:He digixrosses with Thousands, if not, ''millions'', of digimon that appeared in the entire digital world, and one shots the big bad with it in one slash.]] Consequently, it has NEVER appeared again since.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Given all the times Goku arrives late, is dead, or [[DeusExitMachina just not in the picture for whatever reason]], Toriyama seems to think he's a story-breaking character. He's one of the strongest, most dependable beings in the series, and later he can teleport instantly anywhere in the universe as long as he can sense energy. Many of the sagas would end early if Goku was around from the start, and the time he wasn't around ''once'' was enough to plunge Earth into a BadFuture. [[spoiler: He becomes even more powerful in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' where he can combine the Kaio-Ken with his Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form, going up to ''10X'', making him by far the strongest mortal in Universe 7. Goku moves so quickly when using this combo that he utterly {{No Sell}}s Hit's time stopping power, meaning he's literally shattering time]]. The drawback, [[spoiler: since Goku is still working on this technique, it has a 90% failure rate and can severely harm or even kill him]].
** The one-shot villain from the first story arc Boss Rabbit. He has the ability to turn ''anyone'' who touches him into a carrot. Touch this guy in anyway and you're product. Thankfully, he's a weakling who gives up just by being hit by Goku's Power Pole and is never seen again since he can easily take out people who don't know about his powers.
** The devil Akkuman emits waves that amplify every evil or impure thought, causing even saintly people to ''explode from within''. He was defeated only because Goku has [[IncorruptiblePurePureness a totally pure heart]] and could not be affected. Unsurprisingly, he never appeared again after the story arc featuring him.[[note]]He did, however, appear in one DBZ fighting game where he retains the attack; while normally very weak, the attack does MASSIVE damage to evil characters, turning him into a LethalJokeCharacter who even gets a What-If story where he ends being the one to stop Freeza and King Cold by exploiting the move.[[/note]
** Garlic Jr, from the {{Filler}} and {{Non Serial Movie}}s, has CompleteImmortality. Both times he's popped up, he had to have [[WhatAnIdiot a sudden bout of stupidity]] and open a portal to an inescapable pocket dimension to finish off the protagonists, even though he could beat every single character in the series [[GradualGrinder simply by virtue of attrition.]] Both times, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the protagonists promptly shoved him into his own portal,]] because there simply wasn't any other way to get rid of him.
** Gohan can easily become the strongest mortal character in the entire universe, far surpassing his father and fellow hybrids, if he had a love for training and growing stronger. If Gohan had kept up his training during the seven year timeskip, he probably could have easily killed Fat Buu without any help. Also specific to Gohan is his Ultimate form, the state he gains after Old Kai unleashes all his hidden power. Gohan in his Ultimate state is stronger than both Super Saiyan 3 Goku and Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, and because his power is unlocked in his base form Gohan doesn't have the power drain issue that cripples the Super Saiyan 3 form. So he can fight at full power for a long time without losing any stamina, making it the best power-up in the series before the introduction of Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan.
** Several characters by the start of the Saiyan Saga have the ability to use [[BlindedByTheLight Solar Flare]] (temporarily blinds any enemy with eyes, effective against even much more powerful opponents) and [[DeadlyDisc Destructo Disc]] (unblockable, cut-anything attack; can't be blocked, but can be dodged), but they never think to use them together. However, after Freeza, it becomes a moot point because the main villains can all [[FromASingleCell regenerate]].
** [[TimeMaster Guldo's Time Freeze]]. As long as he holds his breath, he stops time for the entire universe. With time stop, he can move around freely to escape fatal attacks or attack his opponents while they're defenseless. He's the only being in the series able to manipulate time to this level except for [[spoiler: Whis and Hit]]. This power is balanced by Guldo being completely out of shape and not being particularly strong. If someone who is truly powerful had this ability, they would be nearly unbeatable. If that wasn't enough, he has ''another'' technique, Mind Freeze. When he uses this, he paralyzes any opponent even if they're many times stronger than him. He uses this to nearly kill Gohan and Krillin, and would have succeeded if Vegeta didn't save them. The only known drawback is that this technique uses a lot of energy and Guldo only uses it when he's desperate.
** Captain Ginyu's body switch technique. As far as we know, it's unblockable and paralyzes the person in place. The only thing that can stop it is another living creature getting between the beam and its intended victim. If Ginyu wanted to, [[HijackingCthulhu he could probably body jack Frieza]].
** Surprisingly, Frieza. The monster Goku and the others fought on Namek was ''naturally'' that powerful. Without training a day in his life, Frieza was the most powerful mortal in the universe. When he did trained, he surpasses Goku in pure power after he ascends past godhood in just ''four months''. His biggest failing is that he didn't bother to master his GoldenSuperMode, causing his stamina to tank after only a short time of fighting. He truly would have been unbeatable on Namek if he had Goku's work ethic. There is also Frieza's species extreme survivability. He can survive in a vacuum and even live if he's chopped to pieces. This rigs many battles in his favour since, while any fighter stronger than Namek Saga Frieza can survive a planetary explosion, only a select few can survive in outer space. [[spoiler: He actually kills Vegeta this way after the latter had him completely beat, but Whis reverses time on him.]]
** The regular Super Saiyan transformation itself. After defeating Frieza and his immediate family, there are no more naturally occurring individuals in the universe that are powerful enough to even threaten the Super Saiyans. This is why the only serious threats afterwards had to be machines with infinite power sources, a biological android made from [[LEGOGenetics the DNA of Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, and Frieza]], an EldritchAbomination created by absorbing all the evil in the universe, the {{Top God}}s of the Kais, and the God of Destruction.
** Speaking of advanced techniques, the Instant Transmission. With this technique, Goku can teleport anywhere in the universe and even the afterlife, as long as he can sense life energy. He can even gain access to the World of Kais which is supposed to be off-limits to mortals. Goku can also use his Instant Transmission to move around opponents who are faster than him like Beerus, escape lethal attacks like Cell's Kamehameha, or move dangerous objects or people to another location. Only the Kais themselves have a better version of the Instant Transmission (Instant Movement where the person can teleport ''anywhere'' in the lower realm regardless if it has life or not) and even Beerus must rely on Whis to ferry him across the universe. There's a reasons why this technique remains limited to only four characters in the entire series and two of them are dead.
** Cell can survive in any environment or with any injury due to having Frieza's cells, regenerate endlessly FromASingleCell thanks to inheriting the Namekian regeneration ability, and can grows stronger after suffering severe damage like a Saiyan. Under the right conditions, he could possibly surpass every being ever depicted in the series. Which is why he needed to go after surviving his own self-destruction.
** Dabura's SuperSpit that can turn anyone hit by it into [[TakenForGranite stone]], regardless of power. If you're not expecting it, you're almost guaranteed to be a lawn statue. Once hit, you are for all intents and purposes dead and the spell can only be reversed with Dabura's death. Thankfully, spit tends to be slow (by the standards of a series where everyone who's anyone has SuperSpeed), making it somewhat easy to dodge and if the spit hits clothing, it can be removed without harm.
** Buu's transformation ray can turn ''anyone'' into food or an object of Buu's desire, and is also unblockable. The only saving grace is that it can be dodged if a person is fast enough or expects it. However, one slip and you're dessert. This is on top of Buu being able to reform from a single molecule, and his absorption technique, [[TheAssimilator taking in any fighter and gaining their knowledge, techniques, and power]], though the latter can backfire and make him weaker if he absorbs the wrong type of person. Buu becomes even more powerful, after he learns how to teleport, destroying a planet, regenerating, teleporting to the next planet, and repeating, turning him into a galactic wrecking ball.
** Vegito, the fusion of Goku and Vegeta is (discounting the movies and ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', where Gogeta, a fusion of Goku and Vegeta using a different method, gives him a run for his money) the single most powerful mortal being in the universe, capable of defeating Majin Buu's most powerful form with ease, not even needing to go beyond Super Saiyan 1. Even after being turned into ''a piece of candy'', he was still too much for Buu. However, after he gets Buu to absorb him (as part of his [[BatmanGambit plan]] to free those absorbed by Buu before defeating the demon) ''something'' about Buu's insides makes Vegito defuse. Prior to the introduction of the Godly tier, Vegito was the undisputed strongest canon character.
** If you thought a regular Super Saiyan is seriously powerful, that is nothing compared to Super Saiyan God. Goku went from being beaten in two hits by Beerus as a Super Saiyan 3 to fighting almost evenly with him, [[spoiler: at least up to 70% of his full power]]. Even better, Goku absorbs the power of godhood into himself, making his base form vastly stronger than he ever was as a Super Saiyan and he can merged his god power with a regular Super Saiyan creating a Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan. Only a handful of people in the universe can compare and most of them are beings like Beerus and [[spoiler: Whis]]. Not even ''Vegito'' can compete against Goku and later Vegeta who also gains the power of godhood.
** Beerus, the God of Destruction from the ''Battle of the Gods'' movie, shames all of the above in terms of raw power. Not only he can destroy entire galaxies and curb-stomp Super Saiyan 3 ''Goku'' with a finger, he can also fight one-on-one with Super Saiyan God Goku (whose sheer power threatens the universe), while holding back roughly one-third of his power.
** Forget Goku, Gohan, Vegito, and Beerus, [[spoiler:the real story-breaking character is Whis]]. Toriyama put his power as a '''15''' on a 1 to 10 scale, beating the God of Destruction himself who ''only'' scores a 10. [[spoiler:He also has the ability to rewind time by three minutes so he can undo the mistakes of himself or others ''and'' he is a RealityWarper]]. We then find out that [[spoiler: Whis]] has a older sister who may be ''stronger'' than him and has almost the same power set.
** Botamo can transfer damage he would've taken to another dimension, negating all the damage. This unique damage absorption ability can even keep him safe from Saiyan Beyond God Goku's Kamehameha. If Botamo was in a regular fight, he would certainly beat most opponents simply by wearing down their stamina before finishing them off. Lucky for Goku, Botamo was in a tournament with ring out rules, allowing Goku to defeat him without showing any of his real strength.
** Frost has the same potential and extreme survivability as Frieza since they come from similar clans, and while he lacks an ultimate form he already is stronger than the tyrant in the same respective forms. [[spoiler: He also has a hidden poison needle that can affect fighters even stronger than himself.]]
** [[spoiler: Hit is a TimeMaster similar to Guldo who can freeze time for everyone except himself. He can only do it for 0.1 seconds, but since Hit has SuperSpeed on top of his ability, he can mortally wound an opponent before they even have the chance to move. Also, unlike Guldo, he can use his ability as many times as he wants since it seems to take no stamina. He uses this technique to decimates Vegeta in his Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan form. Vegeta never even lands a blow on him. Even scarier, he manages to ''improve'' it, taking his Time-Leaping power from 0.1 to 0.5, and it ''keeps'' increasing]].
** Zen-O is not a fighter according to Beerus, but he's by far the most powerful being in all the Dragon World, bar none. He can wipe out anything. Evil people, planets, galaxies, even universes. [[spoiler: Whis says that there was once 18 Universes. Zen-O destroyed 6 of them when he was angry]].
* Lucy becomes this by the end of the ''Manga/ElfenLied'' manga. Her vectors become so strong that she can [[spoiler:single-handedly combat an entire army with little apparent effort]]. Partially subverted in that [[spoiler:she was unable to sustain that level of power for long, and ignoring her limitations caused her to [[TooPowerfulToLive turn to mush]].]]
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' has the eponymous Hokuto Shinken. Every move it has is essesentially a fight ender, and it has a technique for everything. [[CrazyPrepared Everything]]. Kenshiro is ''very'' rarely ever really challenged, and his fights tend to end after he gets his first hit in. Only a selective few ever give him a true challenge, or even last for more than a couple of chapters, once they seriously begin fighting.
* Roy Mustang from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is a perfect example of StockSuperpowers taken UpToEleven. His power is just stock [[PlayingWithFire elemental fire]] but he uses it to singlehandedly kill 2 near immortal homunculi and he's the only alchemist [[TheDragon Pride]] is worried about. [[spoiler:He's given a DramaPreservingHandicap in the finale and still kicks his fair share of ass.]]
* Fans often describe Yuki from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' as the strongest character ever made. Although this is probably an exaggeration, she does demonstrate NighInvulnerability, SuperStrength, SuperSpeed, and RealityWarper powers. Her crowning achievement would be [[spoiler:''hijacking Haruhi's full power'' to retroactively depower everyone and rewrite the universe to her liking]]. Her job is only to observe, however, so her overt actions are limited.
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'':
** In a world where everybody is extremely powerful, we have Ophis, a dragon who is also known as [[RedBaron The Infinite One]]. She's fully capable of wiping out ''anybody'' in this series, and {{No Sell}}ing the strongest weapon in existence. She has a few quirks of her own such as not really being interested in any fighting as long as someone can kick out Great Red from the Dimensional Boundary so she can "attain silence". [[spoiler:Then when she joins the protagonists group, she gets hit with the {{Nerf}} stick twice; first from [[AchillesHeel Samael the dragon eater]], and by using up half of her already reduced powers to create a body suitable for Issei seeing as he died trying to save her.]]
** Great Red, ''the strongest character'' of the series bar none, [[spoiler:capable of wiping out a gigantic monster ''who has an instant regeneration power'', something that ultimate devils even have a hard time ''scratching''. [[ATasteOfPower Issei's combined form with Great Red]] was specifically stated by the author as a one-time form only]]. Fortunately, he prefers chilling in the Dimensional Boundary.
** Sun Wukong, who's just as powerful here as he is in the original story. To clarify, he stopped [[spoiler: True Longinus]], the single most powerful weapon in the entire series, ''with one finger!''
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Bakusaiga was introduced towards the end of the story just before the FinalBattle, and was said that the BigBad didn't stand a chance against it, since it's capable of killing anything that merely comes into contact with anything it's cut and it can kill ''thousands'' with a single swing. As a result, the BigBad immediately steals the sword owner's MoralityPet and traps her inside his body for most of the rest of the story. When Sesshoumaru does finally rescue Rin and use the sword, Naraku's body starts being destroyed.
** Miroku's [[PowerOfTheVoid Wind]] [[PowerPalms Tunnel]], what amounts to his own personal black hole in his hand, which he can use to suck any foe into oblivion. As a result, Naraku constantly manages to find a way to stop him from using it, such as [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere the Saimyosho]], whose poison spreads to Miroku should he suck them in.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Superior abilities abound. The main reason is because Creator/HirohikoAraki explores the [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower logical implications]] of various abilities, so powers that should be story-breaking ([[NighInvulnerability invulnerability]], [[OneHitKill disintegration]], [[TimeStandsStill almost]] [[SuperSpeed anything]] [[TrickedOutTime time-related]]) are treated as such.
** The first example is Cars, the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Pillar Men]] leader from Part 2, who had achieved CompleteImmortality via the Red Stone of Aja. His abilities includes an AdaptiveAbility cranked UpToEleven, an immunity to Hamon due to being capable of using it UpToEleven in power and finally an immunity to sunlight. This made Cars nearly invincible and is established that only sunlight and Hamon could kill vampires. The nearly part comes from two facts, one [[spoiler:Joseph had to fire him out of the Earth via volcano into space, where he eventually stops thinking from the isolation of being unable to do anything]] and second the Stand powers, specified below.
** From Part 3, Dio Brando's Stand The World can [[TimeStandsStill freeze time]]. The only reason the Jotaro and the survivors are able to triumph is because [[spoiler:Star Platinum has the same power.]]
** Vanilla Ice's Stand can create dimensional voids by literally eating itself, and whoever is hiding inside it. While inside his void sphere, Vanilla Ice is invulnerable to pretty much any attack, and can disintegrate enemies by merely coming in contact with them, and is literally invisible! Its only flaw is that the invisibility realistically prevents himself from seeing as well, so the only way he can adjust his aim to a target is to expose himself momentarily.
** From Part 4, [[AuthorAvatar Rohan Kishibe]] has Heaven's Door. Any person who sees an image of the Stand (which Rohan can simply draw in the air with his finger) has their body unravel into pages containing their memories and characteristics written on them, which Rohan can read and rip out. If incapacitating people by turning them into paper wasn't enough, Rohan can also write in the margins of these pages to give the targets fake memories, new characteristics (such as "I can speak fluent Italian") and rules that they are unable to break (such as "I cannot attack Rohan Kishibe). He can also write on his own body to modify himself to any extent that he pleases. The only thing stopping Rohan from simply writing "I am invincible and I will never lose at anything" on himself is his Pride as a Mangaka, and belief that if he used his Stand that way, it would... well, [[ShapedLikeItself break the story.]]
** From Part 5, Notorious B.I.G., [[spoiler:a psychic manifestation of a dead man, which takes the form of a blob that relentlessly consumes ''any'' matter, and has infinite durability, range and speed]]. The only reason it failed to wipe out the good-hearted members of Passione was because one of them had an ability almost ideal to counter it (to an extent), and they managed to make excellent use of their surroundings. Even then, Giorno and the others never truly defeated it...
** Giorno Giovanna, the hero of Part 5, may very well be the strongest individual in his reality, and that says ''a lot''. [[spoiler:In the final battle against the [[BigBad final enemy, Diavolo]], his Stand, Gold Experience is shot by the Requiem Arrow, becoming Gold Experience Requiem. and gains the ability to more or less ''nullify any and all actions an opponent takes'', even ones he cannot himself see. In addition, if said opponent is actually hit by the Stand, the victim is doomed to experience death for all eternity.]] Needless, to say it's fortunate that this only occurred at the very end of the part.
** From Part 6, [[SinisterMinister Enrico Pucci]] started out as simply clever and dangerous, whose Stand, [[PowersAsPrograms Whitesnake]], was versatile but lacking in a [[{{Pun}} stand]]-up fight. Then he made it [[DiscardAndDraw evolve into]] [[GravityMaster C-Moon]], which had less flexibility but a lot more power. [[spoiler:Then, just as the heroes figured out C-Moon and had him on the ropes, he evolves it again. Cue [[TimeMaster Made in Heaven]], whose power over time allowed him rip most of the heroes to shreds and ''remake the universe.'' He does, but still falls to the [[FinalGirl final boy]] Emporio Alnino, and even then it is mainly because of his arrogance.]]
** Funny Valentine, the BigBad of Part 7, is dominant in his own way. [[spoiler:His Stand, D4C, accesses [[AlternateUniverse alternate universes]], with which he could use WeaponizedTeleportation, trapping people in them, where [[NeverTheSelvesShallMeet if alternate selves touched each other, they would simultaneously disintegrate]] (an effect Valentine himself was conveniently immune to), [[ImmortalLifeIsCheap transfer his consciousness to alternate selves if his current body was killed]], [[WeHaveReserves summon aforementioned alternate selves to]] [[MesACrowd his universe to assist him]] and, with the help of another, [[KarmaHoudini redirect all "misfortune" targeting him to hit another random stranger on the opposite side of the planet]].]]
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'':
** The Ten-Year Bazooka has the ability to swap you with a version of oneself from 10 years in the future for 5 minutes. Before the GenreShift. it was just a gag weapon used by a hell raising 5-year-old to become a teenager, but afterwards the implications of its use in a FightingSeries were discovered. Difficult fights could be won by replacing weaker ones for stronger versions of themselves in the heat of battle and as shown during the events regarding the Varia, one can be shot by the weapon more than once to summon older and older versions of themselves as long as they were still in the 5 minute limit.
** where TimeTravel is as easy as getting yourself shot by a bazooka, Byakuran's ability is to [[spoiler:sync with all his selves in different {{Alternate Universe}}s, with at least ''8 tetratrillion'' worlds where he successfully takes over]]. Later, a potential weakpoint of his was revealed: none of [[spoiler:his alternate selves encountered the Vongola Boxes]], leaving him unaware of their powers, and killing him in one timeline kills him in all of them.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Reinforce Eins, [[AllYourPowersCombined who could use any spell known to a mage whose linker core had been drained with the Book of Darkness]], except that her versions of the copied spells were ''far'' more powerful than the originals. She was also able to completely negate ''simultaneous'' high-level bombardment spells from Nanoha and Fate, and even when Nanoha did manage to penetrate her shields [[NighInvulnerability she didn't take any visible damage]]. So naturally, she was TooPowerfulToLive after her HeelFaceTurn, because none of the other enemies would have posed any threat to her.
** By ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', the main characters (who were already [[PersonOfMassDestruction People of Mass Destruction]] to start with) became obscenely powerful after the TimeSkip and had to have their powers weakened by the use of {{Power Limiter}}s and extensive use of AntiMagic fields. The ''[[Audioplay/StrikerSSoundStageX SSX Sound Stage]]'' and the ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid ViVid]]'' manga solved this issue by completely switching focus to follow the new, weaker targets, but ''[[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Force]]'' went the opposite direction by introducing villains with the ''even more'' convenient power of ''complete immunity to all magic'', forcing the characters to essentially ditch their old powersets in favor of new weapons of [[FlawedPrototype questionable reliability]].
** The protagonist of ''Force'', Tohma. He starts out rather basic for this series, but then [[spoiler:he becomes fully infected and is turned into a Zero Divider, [[CursedWithAwesome a person who can cause everyone around him to fall unconscious and possibly die, doing so completely subconsciously.]].]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Jack Rakan is referred to as a "real-life broken video game character" in canon. [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Through skill alone]] he tosses around skyscraper-sized swords with ease, copies physics-defying sword techniques with a glance, and destroys pocket dimensions by ''flexing'', explicitly defying the laws of magic with [[BoisterousBruiser sheer]] [[CrazyAwesome awesomeness]].
** Thousand Master Nagi is established to somehow be even ''worse'', though the effect is mitigated by his reliance on a cheatsheet to cast spells and his greatest feats [[SecondHandStorytelling taking place off-camera]]. His "power"? Being invincible.
** Fate also has a game-breaking ability: [[spoiler:access to the power of the mage who created the Magic World, effectively making him a RealityWarper as long as he remains there.]]
** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Evangeline AK McDowell]], whose implied power level is so high that Fate ran away from her, stating that he would be at a disadvantage fighting against her. And when she loses any fight, most of the time it's suggested that [[ILetYouWin she wanted to lose]].
** Negi had his own Pactio card for a short while, which [[AllYourPowersCombined gave him access to every single one of his harem's pactio cards for his own use, and their additional powers]]. He only used it [[spoiler:to fight Rakan, and even then, it took a ridiculous amount of additional planning to just scrape a de-facto draw]]; after that, he had it cancelled immediately.
** The Lifemaker, who goes beyond mere RealityWarper to RealityMaker: [[spoiler:within the realm of the Magical World, he's practically omnipotent (logical enough, since he created said Magical World). He's vulnerable to "real" mages, from the physical world, but even compared with them he's tremendously strong.]]
* TheHero of ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha'' is this in a nutshell. If he ever got in a fight, ''any fight'', he's guaranteed to win. The only thing that's stopping him is that he's not trying to cause a war, but instead have world peace by working alongside Demon Queen.[[spoiler: He is however vulnerable to an entire rifle using army firing enchanted bullets at him.]]
* ''Anime/MyHeroAcademia'' has the BigBad [[spoiler: All For One]], whose power is to literally steal anyone's quirk. Among that, there are the side effects of stocking all quirks he ever stole, being able to use various at the same time to enhance their effects, including if he has more than one of the same quirk, forcing someone else to activate their quirks and using the sreal itself as a form of attack, as it seems to make people fell in a state similar to a coma.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Itachi Uchiha. His genjutsu was so powerful he could MindControl others without making eye contact with them. An exaggerated portion of the anime is spent detailing how the main character learned how to counter this kind of technique, only for it to be revealed that Itachi's version can't be countered the normal way. And that's before he brings out his [[PowerArmour trump card]] which just ''happens'' to be equipped with a shield that can counter almost any attack, ''and'' a sword which can trap the victim in a world of eternal drunken dreams!
** Madara Uchiha. His Eternal Mangekyo Sharingan gives him access to the most convenient abilities in the series, and this at some point evolved into the Rinnegan, THE most powerful and exalted eye power in the shinobi world, allowing him to resist a [[OneHitKill Rasenshuriken]]. His fire-based jutsu, an element notorious for being ineffective, would have killed many shinobi had it not been for a number of skilled Water users, including a Kage. He can summon meteors, and if the first one fails, he can summon another to crash into another one, killing many people, and they question whether it can even be compared to ninjutsu, and Gaara believed it to be a power comparable to a god's. He can also use Wood Release, an element that Uchiha shouldn't be able to use (due to stealing the 1st Hokage's DNA). Oh, and let's not forget that [[spoiler:he's an immortal zombie with unlimited chakra that will regenerate from any damage done to him. And he hijacked the resurrection jutsu controlling him, meaning no one can control him anymore]]. Then he was [[spoiler:truly resurrected in a living body and become the Ten-Tails' jinchuriki.]]
** The Sage of the Six Paths. Not ONLY did he CREATE the techniques that descended to the series's present day, he also saved the world from the original EldritchAbomination and split the beast in half, creating nine beasts that threatened the world on their own. With his own power, the Sage also created Earth's moon as a prison for the original beast's corpse. On his deathbed.
** [[spoiler:Obito, as host of the Ten-Tails,]] has a working facsimile of the Sage of the Six Paths' powers, and has shown the ability to negate aforementioned [[spoiler:zombie regeneration]], fire Tailed Beast Bombs and erect impassable barriers, as well as use a new element that is as malleable as the Kazekage's sand (although in a more fluid and highly cohesive fashion) and is as destructive as the Tsuchikage's Dust Release or beyond it (essentially meaning liquid black holes that violate the Law of Conservation by erasing all matter not protected by natural energy); [[spoiler:Naruto's Sage Mode]] is just about the only thing shown to be capable of hurting him, but his regeneration is on par with Tsunade's.
** Kaguya [[spoiler:ate the forbidden fruit of the Shinju which gave her godlike powers]]. She was singlehandedly able to end wars and destroy opposition, so much so that she was worshiped as a goddess. When we see her fight [[spoiler:she is virtually indestructible, with the only thing that can truly stop her being a sealing justsu her sons created to stop her.]]
* Eva Unit-01 from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', which effectively becomes a [[GodModeSue particularly power unit]] after [[AppendageAssimilation absorbing Zeruel's S2 Engine]]. She's kept in stasis or on standby for most of the remaining episodes, and Shinji spends much of ''End of Evangelion'' [[HeroicBSOD too distraught]] to pilot her. The same holds true in the third ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie, where Eva Unit-01 [[spoiler:is used to power Misato's CoolAirship, while Shinji is forced to pilot Eva Unit-13 as a replacement]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Whitebeard [[spoiler:can cause tsunamis with his Earthquake causing devil fruit, in a world consisting almost entirely of small islands]]. Specifically referred to in-universe as the power that can destroy the world. No wonder he's been in the background so much.
** The Logia fruits as a whole have the potential to be this, as one characteristic that almost all of them share is the ability to allow their user to become the element on which they are based, albeit with the element's weaknesses (for example, Crocodile, the user of the Sand Sand fruit, cannot turn into sand if he is wet), thus rendering them virtually immune to physical attacks. Eneru can turn into electricity, and would've just effortlessly steamrolled over everyone in the Skypeia arc if Luffy's powers [[ContrivedCoincidence didn't just happen to make him a living insulator.]] While Blackbeard's Devil Fruit lacks that ability, it has the ability to cancel all other Devil Fruit powers if it hits the target. [[spoiler: He also has access to a (currently unknown) method to give himself a secondary Devil Fruit power (something that would normally kill the user,) which he uses to steal Whitebeard's power after his death.]]
*** Eneru in particular was so ridiculously powerful that the story had to let him [[TheBadGuyWins get away with his master plan to travel to the moon]] just so he could be PutOnABus (though fortunately his secondary goal to destroy Skypeia on his way out was ultimately foiled.)
*** This is deconstructed a bit after the TimeSkip. As it turns out the most powerful characters, including many of those who reside in the [[DeathWorld New World]], have access to KiAttacks that can bypass the NighInvulnerability that Logia fruits grant. One New World-based character even states that Logia users tend to not last long in the New World, since they're so used to their powers being an example of this trope that they tend to find out the hard way that they aren't anymore. True to that, three villainous characters with Logia powers have been introduced since the TimeSkip, every one of them [[CurbstompBattle taken down with very little effort.]]
** Apart from being a Pacifista with FrickinLaserBeams, NighInvulnerability and SuperStrength, Kuma can use his Devil Fruit power to essentially teleport anything anywhere he wants to by 'pushing' whatever he touches. He can defeat absolutely anyone in a single hit by teleporting a fruit user into, say, [[SuperDrowningSkills the ocean]] or anyone else into an active volcano. He can also "push" things that aren't even physical, like pushing the fatigue out of somebody and into somebody else, and pushed the pain out of Luffy's wounds. [[spoiler:Luckily, he seems to be a mostly decent fellow, or at least to have no pressing reason to kill the Straw Hat crew, considering he beat them all at once easily. He also was once on the Revolutionary Army's side, and thus willing to help Dragon's son, but now that he's been roboticized, he is now the Straw Hats' enemy.]]
** Sugar, who serves Doflomingo, has the Hobby-Hobby power. She can turn anything she touches into a toy. From great big animals, to people, to giants, there seems little she can't turn into a toy with a single touch of her body, though she has to touch you. A person restraining her won't be affected. And once a toy, she can place a {{geas}} on the person to make them loyal to the crew, so the toy cannot fight back no matter how much it wants to. And as for rescuing the cursed people [[spoiler:it likely wouldn't happen because once you become a toy all of history forgets you even existed. Friends, family, loved ones, and enemies will no longer remember you or even that there really was a person with your name.]] Even worse, when she ''was'' eventually beaten, a perfect way to foil her power was implemented (which proved a foil in her attempt to gain revenge) and spoiled most ways to expand on any other confrontation.
** Robin's Devil Fruit allows her to sprout limbs on any surface. She almost never gets into fights post-TimeSkip, because then, fights went two ways for her: she immediately sprouts two arms on the enemy's shoulders and snaps their neck, or she gets nullified before she can do exactly that. Although, after the TimeSkip, having trained herself in its use [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tSxa8I-4Go and discovered]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYy1Uuiw1kI several unique ways to use it]], she's involved in quite a few fight scenes; [[OneManArmy just not against individuals.]]
** Trafalgar Law's Devil Fruit allows him to generate "Rooms" where he can control anything inside. He can cut people to bits and rearrange them as he likes with the person still alive, swap around people and objects instantly, cut through whatever he wants including armored Haki and whole mountains, rip out organs, swap souls, and inflict an unhealing wound. Unlike most Devil Fruit users, there is one special check on this power: unlike all other fruits, ''any'' use saps his stamina. But even with this drawback, it requires specific targets and situations for him to not instantly win fights.
** Magellan, the warden of Impel Down, has the Toxin-Toxin Devil Fruit, one of the most effective Devil Fruit in the series. Everything about him, from his sweat, to his skin, to even his breath are all poisonous and he has different varieties from poison that acts like tears gas to poison that can make your skin melt. He can also generate massive waves of poison out of himself, create hydra heads of pure poison to attack people, and any contact with him or his attacks instantly poisons the target. His poison is so powerful that it can kill a person within minutes unless an antidote is administered. However, if you get hit by too many poisons, you're too far gone to be cured and are sentence to a slow and painful death. The worst part is even if you have some sort of ability that could block the poison, such as Mr 3's Wax Wax Fruit, he can just make his poison so strong that it melt steel. Plus, he isn't even a logia type, so he doesn't have any of the usual weaknesses of a logia Devil Fruit user.
* Saitama in ''Manga/OnePunchMan'' can, as the title suggests, beat anything in one punch. ANYTHING. In a world where ''{{kaiju}}'' make regular appearances. The manga usually parodies this concept, as the main character is a total InvincibleHero who is bored out of his mind because no one is strong enough to make him use even a third of his true strength and whose backstory is disappointingly simple to the point of boring (he literally just does push-ups, sit-ups, and squats every day).
* ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}''. The name alone says it all. Our main protagonist finds himself "trapped" in the body of his video game character, a premise which is common enough, but he also happens to be [[{{Cap}} max level]], outfitted with legendary artifacts, specialized in [[OneHitKO one hit kill spells]] (which are '''not''' {{Useless Useful Spell}}s in the setting), '''and''' has a massive dungeon's worth of devoted followers to do his bidding. On top of that, the world where he winds up is actually significantly lower "level" than the game of origin, with beings that can pose much of a threat to even a level 40-50 foe being virtually unheard of. Thankfully, the series seems pretty self-aware about how overpowering he is, with most of the audience's enjoyment being derived from the myriad of ways he can administer an [[RuleOfCool awesome]] CurbStompBattle to his foes, or from watching him deal with the daily problems that come with administering a dungeon full of monsters [[EmotionSuppression and the emotionlessness that comes with becoming an undead lich]]. It helps that he quickly becomes a VillainProtagonist, and villains are usually given a free pass with being [[AntagonistAbilities far more powerful than anyone else]].
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** During the final climatic battle of the Yellow chapter in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', it turns out that Yellow apparently has the ability to absorb energy directly into her body as to amplify her ''other'' ability, SuperEmpowering. Giovanni states that the attack she and Pika unleashed, "Megavolt", is ''10x stronger'' than a regular Thunderbolt, an attack with the base power of ''95''. Thankfully, with the constantly rotating cast, she has never really had the chance since to try this again.
** Most Legendary Pokémon are portrayed as very strong demigod-like beings in [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]]. Naturally, this means that Ash will never have the chance to actually capture and own them in the same way player characters can in the games. He can befriend them (and has done so many times, especially in the movies), and has beaten a few that do belong to other trainers, but actually capturing them would not only be disastrous for the world, but it would also make Ash almost invincible.
** Many of Ash's Pokémon from previous regions such as Charizard, or Sceptile. He could have easily won most of his gym battles in the new regions, and might give him a higher chance of winning in the Pokémon Leagues. But that would remove the need to catch and train newer Pokémon (which is kind of bad for a MerchandiseDriven Show).
** [[SuperMode Mega Evolution]]. In the games, Mega Evolution is powerful, but only a select few Pokémon benefit enough from it to be a GameBreaker. The mechanic as a whole is balanced out by the fact all Mega Evolved Pokémon (except Rayquaza, who was so powerful, Smogon had to [[UpToEleven ban it from their banlist]]) have to give up their held item to hold a Mega Stone. In the anime, where held items are nonexistent, Mega Evolutions are a free powerup, and the only Pokémon qualified to fight them are other Mega Evolved Pokémon, the above-mentoined Legendaries, and [[TheHero Ash's]] [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe Pikachu.]]
** Ash-Greninja, the unique Mega Evolution-like transformation exclusive to Ash's Greninja. It provides a power boost on par with a Mega Evolution, perhaps even stronger, and allows Ash to see the battle from Greninja's POV, which is an immense tactical advantage. At first, Ash and Greninja still had some trouble with it and tended to [[PowerStrainBlackout pass out]] from fighting too hard. However, as their proficiency with the form improved, they were able to challenge [[WorldsBestWarrior Diantha]] to a close fight, and upon completing the forme, not even Wulfric's Mega Abomasnow, which had a ''massive'' Type Advantage, had much of a chance. The only real drawback is that Ash [[{{Synchronization}} shares Greninja's pain]], but even this becomes manageable after mastering the form.
* Hiko Seijuro XIII of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has been described by the author as a "Joker in the Card Deck", being the [[ GodModeSue the very best]] in the world. The fact that the author realizes this is also the reason why he rarely appears.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Sailor Saturn can end the world simply by bringing her glaive down. She uses her power a grand total of once - to essentially kill everything on Earth in a BatmanGambit to chase away Master Pharaoh 90. The [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] dodges it by showing people ''stopping'' Saturn from ending the world.
** Sailor Pluto ''controls time itself'' and is aware of the future. The [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] depicts her stopping time a grand total of once at the cost of her life. In the anime. she only pretends to die instead of actually dying, though whatever foreknowledge she has, she refuses to divulge and she has a strict code of honor about not interfering with the flow of time. She largely spends the series as a background character except when needed to move the plot, and largely falls out of the series entirely after ''Sailor Moon S''.
** The title character [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist explicitly has the power of resurrection]] and in the present revives everyone on Earth, while her future self reincarnates Sailor Pluto as a human in the present day. In the anime she does not explicitly have resurrection as a power and reviving people after death is nearly impossible (only twice in the series do the main characters recover from death, and largely only because of the way they died in the second instance).
** Beyond this, Sailor Moon's final power has her getting the combined power of the other eight Sailor Senshi poured into her, including the above mentioned Saturn. By the final story arc this renders the rest of the cast canon fodder.
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'':
** Alastor is the God of Atonement. Manifesting physically is his "I Win" card. In the novels (and movie), he plays this to incinerate the first villain. The anime saves this for the climax of the first season, in which [[spoiler:he blows up everything, sends the {{Big Bad}}s fleeing, and saves the city from an impending overload of energy all by just showing up]]. He doesn't even have to fight at all--he's ''just that powerful''. However [[spoiler:it's supposed to kill the Flame Haze that does it (Shana thankfully is capable of surviving it)]] and the manifestation requires a ''truly '''MASSIVE''''' amount of [[LifeEnergy Power of Existence]]; unless there's an external source nearby, his mere presence in the human world would create a [[ApocalypseHow reality-killing distortion]].
** The Snake of the Festival is the God of ''Creation'', and is just as powerful as Alastor is. What makes him even more this trope is because of his host, [[spoiler:''the main character'']]. With the host's own power, who possesses an amulet that [[spoiler:grants immunity to flame]], and a sword that [[spoiler:causes anyone who tries blocking it to sustain heavy injuries (Blutsager)]].
* ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}'': The Mushrambo upgrade makes the trio (Mushra, Saago, and Kutall) unstoppable when they [[FusionDance fuse together]]. His first appearance is bad enough and further alterations make him even stronger. The villains recognize they can't beat him and so their plans involve exploiting the transformation somehow. At the end of the first season, all they can do is summon an ''evil'' Mushrambo because nothing else is up to the task.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** Shinigami started Shibusen to have humans fight kishin because he could not. If he had been freed from Death City when Asura was, the main cast would have had nothing to do because he was strong enough to defeat him on his on. As it is, he's kept effectively useless (combat-wise at the very least) [[BarrierMaiden within]] Death City while the students and his beleaguered staff do the dirty work for him. Aside from the one fight when Asura was inside the city, all we get is tantalising hints via flashbacks and his son, of what this grim reaper's capable of.
** Deconstructed with Excalibur; it is the most powerful sword in existence, but he is too annoying to be tolerated by anyone.
** Asura himself. Only Shingami was strong enough to defeat it, and even by the end of the series the protagonists are no match for him. [[spoiler:And he's got CompleteImmortality]], explaining why Shinigami didn't kill him.
* ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyo Tenchi Muyo Ryo-Ohki]]'': Tenchi and Z, who is introduced later, possess powers from something that's even more powerful than [[spoiler:''the Choushin that made the multiverse''.]] Even ''before'' the feats of the 3rd [=OVA=], the 2nd not only has Tenchi effortlessly escaping from inside the event horizon of a black hole, he did this not by moving faster than light or teleportation, but by ''sheer brute force'', as he ''destroyed the black hole in the process''.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
** The Blue-Eyes White Dragon is the most powerful monster in the original manga and first 2 Duel Monsters anime that could be summoned without any secondary requirements. Any monster around or above Blue-Eyes needed a summon condition fulfilled to be played. Having 3000 Attack Points back when the game started players with 2000 Life Points meant the White Dragon could win almost any duel just by being played as soon as you drew it, giving birth to the idea in-universe that the Blue-Eyes brings victory. Pegasus only made 4 copies of the card ever because it was so powerful, and Seto Kaiba getting 3 of them was treated as the greatest OhCrap moment in the manga's history. The overwhelming advantage of the Blue-Eyes White Dragon began to wain the [[PowerCreep longer the franchise went on]], starting with Battle City requiring 2 tributes to summon it normally, and ending with the once mighty dragon [[OvershadowedByAwesome no longer impressive in the face of newer monsters with powerful effects and easier summoning methods]].
** [[Manga/YuGiOh The manga]] zig-zags the trope with the Exodia cards, which singlehandedly gave Yugi his second victory against Kaiba's much more powerful deck. Not long afterward, they were pitched into the sea by a rival using a cheap ploy. It's anyone's guess how much an instant win would have helped out Yugi in the following arcs. As time went on, however, Exodia was shown to be the very definition of AwesomeButImpractical, riddled with weaknesses and drawbacks, the least of which being the issue of drawing all five cards out of a deck of at least forty without Yugi's insane luck of the draw on your side. Unless someone had a deck specifically revolving around Exodia, using the thing was extremely difficult, and even then there were inherent problems, as shown when Yugi fought the first Rare Hunter. The individual pieces could be dead draws when a duelist needed a strong monster, and they vulnerable to attacks on the hand. One Card Destruction could spell ruin for the mighty Forbidden One. Ultimately, Exodia stopped showing up in its vanilla form, and duelists instead went for different incarnations of it: Gozaboro Kaiba's Exodia Necross, or Adrian Gekko's Exodius, the Ultimate Forbidden Lord.
** Pegasus' Toon World can turn regular monster cards into "Toon" type monsters that are impervious to battle destruction, and can hide inside Toon World on Pegasus' turn to become totally impervious to all harm. Much like the Blue-Eyes White Dragon above, Pegasus never released Toon World to the general public because every duelist having an army of [[ToonPhysics Bugs Bunnies and Daffy Ducks]] would be a disaster for game balance. When Kaiba and Yugi dueled Pegasus, they had to come up with creative ways to destroy the Toons instead of relying on brute force. Toon World became less powerful after the Duelist Kingdom arc ended and the anime updated the card's rules to match its real-life counterparts (i.e. No turning every monster you want into a Toon, and Toons weren't NighInvulnerable anymore).
** Pegasus' Millennium Eye allows him to read the minds of anyone he wished, even during a duel. Pegasus used this to read Bandit Keith's mind and humiliate him by asking a child in the audience to play the perfect counter to Keith's move. Pegasus basically couldn't be surprised, ever, by any strategy any opponent came up with because he could read their minds to see it and prepare accordingly. Kaiba countered the powers of the Eye by topdecking without looking at his cards, and Yugi switched minds with Dark Yugi after each played a card to do the same.
** The Egyptian God Cards are immune to basically everything except massive brute force. By the end of Battle City, Yugi had obtained all three, and he spent the rest of the series, filler, or spinoffs either getting them stolen or just not drawing them.
** The worst one was the Devil's Avatar from ''Manga/YuGiOhR'', used by the main villain - on top of possessing godly immunity, being unaffected by even the other God Cards bar Ra, it was also impossible to overpower with brute force, with its ATK always being slightly higher than the strongest card on the field. It required a custom card to elevate another God enough to force a ''draw.''
** Ishizu's Millennium Tauk allows her to see into the future, and her visions are frighteningly accurate. Like Pegasus, she would be unbeatable in a normal duel because no strategy could surprise her. She uses her powers to reverse Seto Kaiba's entire Crush Card strategy against him by seeing what he would play beforehand and preparing for it. If Kaiba didn't have his own connection to a Millennium Item, he would have played into Ishizu's hands and lost their duel.
** The Seal of Orichalos from the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' FillerArc grants its owner massive advantages over their opponent, up to and including control over the God Cards without having to be of actual Egyptian descent, making anyone that plays the card dramatically more powerful than whomever they were dueling. The ArcVillain, Dartz, possessed 2 separate upgrades to the Seal that made him into an SNKBoss in his duel against Yugi and Kaiba.
** One that is a literal GameBreaker, is Golden Castle of Stromberg. It cannot be destroyed, and forces your opponent to attack every turn... and any monster he attacks with is IMMEDIATELY destroyed, and the opponent takes damage. Furthermore, your opponent has to sacrifice half his deck every round. It cannot be destroyed, either. It's so powerful... because it was intended as a single-release promo and illegal for play in-universe. The villain of the arc hacked the systems to recognize this card as legal and also to add more effects to create an even bigger advantage for his representative.[[note]]What is inferred from commentary is that the cost of giving up half the Deck was supposed to apply to the ''user'' of the card, not the opponent, and that the destruction invulnerability was also absent on the original version of the card.[[/note]] [[spoiler: Yugi defeats it anyway, because he's THAT darn good.]]
** Because all duels start with 4000 Life Points in the anime and manga, Effect Damage becomes a far more powerful option. Dark Bakura is the first person to demonstrate this with his "Just Desserts" Trap Card. In real life, its effect of dealing 500 Effect Damage per monster on the opponents field wouldn't be worth a second glance, but during the Duelist Kingdom arc, it was one of the most devastating Trap Cards existing thanks to each duel beginning with 2000 Life Points. Dark Yugi almost ''lost'' his first duel with Dark Bakura thanks to one use of "Just Desserts". Kaiba banned all Effect Damage cards from his Battle City tournament for this reason later in the series.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' has Super Fusion, a focal point of the third season and gained permanently in the fourth. This little number could fuse together any two monsters, even if the opponent was controlling them, essentially letting the user make their own cards. Every time it was used, it immediately shifted the balance of the duel - and that was just in the game; the card could also fuse together just about anything, including living beings and entire universes. It was only used to fuse something besides cards once, and its user, Judai, spent most of the final season either playing friendly duels that didn't warrant ungodly power or conveniently not drawing it.
** ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' has the Shining Draw ability possessed by the protagonist Yuma Tsukumo when fused with Astral, which allows him to create any ZEXAL Weapon he wants... and later, any card he wants. Every ZEXAL Weapon conveniently possesses [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands exactly the correct abilities to win the current duel,]] and they can be alarmingly complex - presumably, the only reason Yuma doesn't just declare that the cards he creates with Shining Draw automatically win the Duel is out of fairness. Add in the fact that Yuma's deck is very OTK-friendly, and Yuma spends much of the second series either out of commission or unable to fuse with Astral just so that every single episode didn't become "summon Hope, Shining Draw, win."
** Also from ''ZEXAL'' is Number 7: Lucky Straight. Anyone who possessed this card was given WindsOfDestinyChange powers, as demonstrated by the original owner Charlie [=McCoy=]. Charlie was able to roll 6's on his dice roll effects whenever he needed to, and gave him a come from behind victory against a duelist that would make Judai and Atem jealous. Against Yuma, Charlie was able to gain ''100,000'' life points thanks to Lucky Straight's powers and a continuous spell card requiring dice rolls. Yuma could only win after breaking the BargainWithHeaven that granted Charlie Lucky Straight's powers, which only happened because Charlie played a very convenient spell card that allowed the prophecy to be fulfilled. Even though Charlie could no longer use the power, anyone he transferred ownership of the card to still could. This is why Yuma and Astral don't get Lucky Straight like they usually do after beating a Number Holder, they'd be functionally unbeatable otherwise.
** Don Thousand in ''ZEXAL'' takes this trope UpToEleven, even by series standards. His Deck makes use of a Field Spell that lets him activate Spells and Traps from his Deck at will, some of which include ''changing what Spell or Monster that an opponent has activated or Summoned''. It also lets his own Xyz Monsters use their effect without needing Xyz Materials, blatantly ignoring the limiting factor inherent in the Xyz Monster design, and with minimal resources, employ a combo that can OneHitKO his opponents. When that's beaten, he switches up to Summoning a monster with ''10,000 ATK'' along with other effects that let him steal the protagonists' monsters for his use. And when that is defeated, he gets to Summon a monster with '''[[SerialEscalation 100,000 ATK]]''' that resists destruction and forces the opponent into a MortonsFork of attacking into its ridiculous ATK score or getting an instant loss. It takes the protagonists' own Story Breaker Power to defeat him.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' Raizen is stated to have once been the most powerful demon in existence. His power was so great that the other Two Kings of Demon World could be easily defeated if he was currently in his prime. What is preventing Raizen from using this power? He's starving. Raizen's power comes from eating human flesh and he gave up the practice hundreds of years ago. Notably on his '''death bed''' Raizen still has S class demon power on par with Yusuke's current powers who as far as S class demons are concerned is a runt in the litter. Raizen is said by everyone who knew him in his prime as the most powerful demon that had ever lived and that his power was so great that his enemies would "piss their pants" if they saw him in action.
21st Jul '16 2:14:38 PM Robinton
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** [[SuperMode The Avatar State]] itself is this. The Avatar is already one of the strongest benders around in each of the four elements. The Avatar State takes that power and increases it to incalculable levels. Aang's ability to enter the state would've been devastating in the original series... [[DramaPreservingHandicap if he could use it at will. Of if Korra could have used it at all]]. At the end of Season two of ''The Legend of Korra'' [[spoiler:Raava, the Spirit of Light was destroyed and re-bonded with Korra, completely resetting it, but even Wan with Raava alone was extremely powerful, so that says something]].


** [[SuperMode The Avatar State]] itself is this. The Avatar is already one of the strongest benders around in each of the four elements. The Avatar State takes that power and increases it to incalculable levels. Aang's ability to enter the state would've been devastating in the original series... [[DramaPreservingHandicap if he could use it at will. Of Or if Korra could have used it at all]]. At the end of Season two of ''The Legend of Korra'' [[spoiler:Raava, the Spirit of Light was destroyed and re-bonded with Korra, completely resetting it, but even Wan with Raava alone was extremely powerful, so that says something]].
21st Jul '16 12:46:28 PM Robinton
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* TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'' characters are able to break any possible story once they get powers in the level four or five range. At will, they can make massive hive-minds, destroy the entire ecosystem of Earth, or will humanity into extinction.


* TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'' characters are able to break any possible story once they get powers in the level four or five range. At will, they can make massive hive-minds, destroy the entire ecosystem of Earth, or will humanity into extinction.
21st Jul '16 11:52:42 AM Robinton
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** [[spoiler:Obito, as host of the Ten-Tails,]] has a working facsimile of the Sage of the Six Paths' powers, and has shown the ability to negate aforementioned [[spoiler:zombie regenration]], fire Tailed Beast Bombs and erect impassable barriers, as well as use a new element that is as malleable as the Kazekage's sand (although in a more fluid and highly cohesive fashion) and is as destructive as the Tsuchikage's Dust Release or beyond it (essentially meaning liquid black holes that violate the Law of Conservation by erasing all matter not protected by natural energy); [[spoiler:Naruto's Sage Mode]] is just about the only thing shown to be capable of hurting him, but his regeneration is on par with Tsunade's.


** [[spoiler:Obito, as host of the Ten-Tails,]] has a working facsimile of the Sage of the Six Paths' powers, and has shown the ability to negate aforementioned [[spoiler:zombie regenration]], regeneration]], fire Tailed Beast Bombs and erect impassable barriers, as well as use a new element that is as malleable as the Kazekage's sand (although in a more fluid and highly cohesive fashion) and is as destructive as the Tsuchikage's Dust Release or beyond it (essentially meaning liquid black holes that violate the Law of Conservation by erasing all matter not protected by natural energy); [[spoiler:Naruto's Sage Mode]] is just about the only thing shown to be capable of hurting him, but his regeneration is on par with Tsunade's.
18th Jul '16 9:50:39 PM VeryMelon
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** Universe 2's Neko Majin and Arale are treated as ParodySue versions of this trope. Their RuleOfFunny powers are used in a serious context during the tournament, making them both extremely powerful {{Reality Warper}}s that equal even Zen Buu's magic in potency. Arale hands Universe Android 18 her ass the entire fight, only losing because of a DeusExMachina. Neko Majin is able to copy everything Universe 18 Gotenks can do, including using ''the Fusion Dance'' with only himself to fuse with, the Super Saiyan form, and the Ghost Kamikaze Attack. He isn't harmed by anything Gotenks can do, so Gotenks had to bribe him into giving up for a dollar.


** Universe 2's Neko Majin and Arale are treated as ParodySue versions of this trope. Their RuleOfFunny powers are used in a serious context during the tournament, making them both extremely powerful {{Reality Warper}}s that equal even Zen Buu's magic in potency. Arale hands Universe Android 18 her ass the entire fight, only losing because of a DeusExMachina. Neko Majin is able to copy everything Universe 18 Gotenks can do, including using ''the Fusion Dance'' with only himself to fuse with, the Super Saiyan form, and the Ghost Kamikaze Attack. He isn't harmed by anything Gotenks can do, so Gotenks had to bribe him into giving up for a dollar.the fight.
18th Jul '16 3:10:15 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' has Xadhoom, who is a {{Physical God}}dess who can hear radio signals, travel faster than light, can produce any form of energy with enough power to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up planets]], and, being an EnergyBeing, is effectively invulnerable and immortal (hitting her with enough kinetic or gravitational energy will knock her out, but it takes ''a lot'' of kinetic or gravitational energy and she'll recover quick enough). And that's her being WillfullyWeak ([[spoiler:as using her true power would mean a loss of self-control and death by PhlebotinumOverload]]): with her true power she could easily ''wipe out the universe with a gesture and then remake it''. To hamper her, the writers tended to put her into situations where she couldn't go even halfway to her self-imposed limits (as she's sensible to collateral damage, thus she won't use so much energy to kill innocents) and made her enemies {{Gadgeteer Genius}}es who are DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough they have found ''two'' different working methods to contain or kill her (maybe three, but the third one relied on tricking her into wearing the helmet containing the device and she saw through it so we don't see if it could have worked).


** ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' has Xadhoom, who is a {{Physical God}}dess who can hear radio signals, travel faster than light, can produce any form of energy with enough power to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up planets]], and, being an EnergyBeing, is effectively invulnerable and immortal (hitting her with enough kinetic or gravitational energy will knock her out, but it takes ''a lot'' of kinetic or gravitational energy and she'll recover quick enough). And that's her being WillfullyWeak ([[spoiler:as using her true power would mean a loss of self-control and death by PhlebotinumOverload]]): with her true power she could easily ''wipe out the universe with a gesture and then remake it''. To hamper her, the writers tended to put her into situations where she couldn't go even halfway to her self-imposed limits (as she's sensible to collateral damage, thus she won't use so much energy to kill innocents) and made her enemies {{Gadgeteer Genius}}es who are DangerouslyGenreSavvy smart enough they have found ''two'' different working methods to contain or kill her (maybe three, but the third one relied on tricking her into wearing the helmet containing the device and she saw through it so we don't see if it could have worked).

* ''Literature/JackBlank'''s power is his ability to [[{{Technopath}} control and talk to machines]]. The series primary antagonists, the [[PuppeteerParasite Rüstov]], are ''living machines''. One of them is living inside Jack. Normally this means instant death, but Jack's powers keep TheCorruption resulting from the infection in remission involuntarily. In the third installment, ''End Of Infinity'', the Rüstov are GenreSavvy enough to saddle Jack with a DramaPreservingHandicap to prevent him from using his technopath powers against them directly, as well as to speed along the development of his corruption. Once Jack manages to overcome it, he [[spoiler: single-handedly destroys the entire Rüstov race with a wave of his hand by forcibly ripping each one out of their hosts without harming the host bodies, then crushing them with a thought]].


* ''Literature/JackBlank'''s power is his ability to [[{{Technopath}} control and talk to machines]]. The series primary antagonists, the [[PuppeteerParasite Rüstov]], are ''living machines''. One of them is living inside Jack. Normally this means instant death, but Jack's powers keep TheCorruption resulting from the infection in remission involuntarily. In the third installment, ''End Of Infinity'', the Rüstov are GenreSavvy smart enough to saddle Jack with a DramaPreservingHandicap to prevent him from using his technopath powers against them directly, as well as to speed along the development of his corruption. Once Jack manages to overcome it, he [[spoiler: single-handedly destroys the entire Rüstov race with a wave of his hand by forcibly ripping each one out of their hosts without harming the host bodies, then crushing them with a thought]].

* ''Series/TheAlmightyJohnsons'': Mike as Ullr has the supernatural power to win any game and the GenreSavvy to make any challenge he's facing into one. Fortunately for the plot, Mike is TheFettered, as he considers Ullr his SuperPoweredEvilSide.


* ''Series/TheAlmightyJohnsons'': Mike as Ullr has the supernatural power to win any game and the GenreSavvy smarts to make any challenge he's facing into one. Fortunately for the plot, Mike is TheFettered, as he considers Ullr his SuperPoweredEvilSide.

** ThePowerOfFriendship, and to a lesser extent ThePowerOfLove, are horrendously powerful in Equestria. As mentioned it powers the Elements of Harmony, incinerates Windigos, defeated [[spoiler:Discord]] by [[spoiler:inducing a HeelFaceTurn]], and Queen Chrysalis gained a ''gargantuan'' power boost by [[EmotionEater absorbing the love]] of only one pony. There's a reason [[GenreSavvy Celestia was so insistent on Twilight making friends]].


** ThePowerOfFriendship, and to a lesser extent ThePowerOfLove, are horrendously powerful in Equestria. As mentioned it powers the Elements of Harmony, incinerates Windigos, defeated [[spoiler:Discord]] by [[spoiler:inducing a HeelFaceTurn]], and Queen Chrysalis gained a ''gargantuan'' power boost by [[EmotionEater absorbing the love]] of only one pony. There's a reason [[GenreSavvy Celestia was so insistent on Twilight making friends]].friends.
17th Jul '16 9:49:14 AM PrinnyOverlord
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* In ''WebComic/WhiteDarkLife'', the story breaking power is NOT [[AllYourPowersCombined Mimicry]], but rather [[spoiler:Altair's combined soul stealing and erasure powers. The more he kills, the stronger he gets and with no one even capable of remembering his victims. Well, photos excluded]].
15th Jul '16 7:29:49 PM VeryMelon
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** Pegasus' Millennium Eye allows him to read the minds of anyone he wished, even during a duel. Pegasus used this to read Bandit Keith's mind and humiliate him by asking a child in the audience to play the perfect counter to Keith's move. Pegasus basically couldn't be surprised, ever, by any strategy any opponent came up with because he could read their minds to see it and prepare accordingly. Even Kaiba couldn't beat the powers of the Eye by topdecking without looking at his cards, because Pegasus resorted to seeing what cards Kaiba put in his deck instead. The only way Yugi could fight against the Eye was playing a card and then switching with Dark Yugi, the idea being that Pegasus couldn't read Dark Yugi's mind to see what cards Yugi played because Dark Yugi didn't know either, and vice versa.


** Pegasus' Millennium Eye allows him to read the minds of anyone he wished, even during a duel. Pegasus used this to read Bandit Keith's mind and humiliate him by asking a child in the audience to play the perfect counter to Keith's move. Pegasus basically couldn't be surprised, ever, by any strategy any opponent came up with because he could read their minds to see it and prepare accordingly. Even Kaiba couldn't beat countered the powers of the Eye by topdecking without looking at his cards, because Pegasus resorted to seeing what cards Kaiba put in his deck instead. The only way and Yugi could fight against the Eye was playing a card and then switching switched minds with Dark Yugi, the idea being that Pegasus couldn't read Dark Yugi's mind to see what cards Yugi after each played because Dark Yugi didn't know either, and vice versa.a card to do the same.
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