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15th Sep '16 5:39:28 PM TheMeteorKing
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* The protagonist of the Disney MadeForTVMovie ''Up, Up, And Away'': the son of the two most famous heroes in the city and entirely powerless himself [[spoiler:and he stays that way for the duration]].
6th Sep '16 11:17:51 AM bowserbros
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* This trope is the very premise of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', where main character Izuku "Deku" Midoriya is one of the only normal people in a world where nearly everyone has superpowers (much to his dismay).
15th Jun '16 8:51:36 PM nombretomado
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* {{Temeraire}} starts out this way, sort of. Some [[OurDragonsAreDifferent breeds of dragons]] have breath weapons. Temeraire is identified as a breed which does not, and he is disappointed. At the end of the first book, [[spoiler: we learn that the dragon expert misidentified his breed, and in an example of almost literal DeusExMachina Temeraire actually can generate something called the "divine wind", a sort of [[MakeMeWannaShout supercharged roar]] which shatters wood, eardrums, and at point blank range even the earth]].

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* {{Temeraire}} Literature/{{Temeraire}} starts out this way, sort of. Some [[OurDragonsAreDifferent breeds of dragons]] have breath weapons. Temeraire is identified as a breed which does not, and he is disappointed. At the end of the first book, [[spoiler: we learn that the dragon expert misidentified his breed, and in an example of almost literal DeusExMachina Temeraire actually can generate something called the "divine wind", a sort of [[MakeMeWannaShout supercharged roar]] which shatters wood, eardrums, and at point blank range even the earth]].



* In MercedesLackey's ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels, the Call comes in the form of a beautiful white horse(-like magical being). The not-Called or not-yet-Called deal with it in various ways. Princess Elspeth, who needs a Call in order to be the rightful Heir, spends her time lurking around the pasture... just in case.

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* In MercedesLackey's ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' novels, the Call comes in the form of a beautiful white horse(-like magical being). The not-Called or not-yet-Called deal with it in various ways. Princess Elspeth, who needs a Call in order to be the rightful Heir, spends her time lurking around the pasture... just in case.
30th May '16 9:33:06 PM TSBasilisk
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' second-generation capes tend to trigger easily and third-generation capes even more so. This leaves Theo, son of Kaiser and grandson of Allfather, a peculiarity. The Pure capes eventually suss out it's because Kayden and her friends were always there for him so he never reached the right [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening state of mind to trigger]]. [[spoiler:They abandon him to be captured by the PRT, where he eventually triggers]].

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14th May '16 2:23:49 PM SophiaTheWise
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* ''Film/UpUpAndAway'' - pretty much the central plot of the movie.
25th Mar '16 7:28:29 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* [[spoiler: Nami]] of ''SoraWoKakeruShoujo'' - she was overshadowed by [[spoiler: her many sisters]], so when [[spoiler:Nerval]] offered her power she couldn't refuse.

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* [[spoiler: Nami]] of ''SoraWoKakeruShoujo'' ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughSpace'' - she was overshadowed by [[spoiler: her many sisters]], so when [[spoiler:Nerval]] offered her power she couldn't refuse.
5th Mar '16 10:11:29 AM Anddrix
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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', all young [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Moroi]] have elemental magic since birth, but in their adolescence they "specialize" when [[ElementalPowers one element of the four]] grows much stronger than the other three. Lissa, the protagonist's best friend, is gradually growing depressed because she still hasn't specialized at sixteen, but we later learn that this is because [[spoiler:she has specialized in spirit, a forgotten fifth element few people have nowadays, which involves uber-powerful abilities like MindControl and [[BackFromTheDead raising people from the dead]]. Unfortunately for Lissa, side effects include [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mental instability]]]].

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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', all young [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Moroi]] have elemental magic since birth, but in their adolescence they "specialize" when [[ElementalPowers one element of the four]] grows much stronger than the other three. Lissa, the protagonist's best friend, is gradually growing depressed because she still hasn't specialized at age sixteen, but we later learn that this is because [[spoiler:she has specialized in spirit, a forgotten fifth element few people have nowadays, which involves uber-powerful abilities like MindControl and [[BackFromTheDead raising people from the dead]]. Unfortunately for Lissa, side effects include [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mental instability]]]].
19th Jan '16 11:49:32 AM nombretomado
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* In ''StaticShock'', Virgil has superpowers while his friend Richie doesn't. In season three, Richie also develops superpowers as a delayed reaction to the initial exposure to [[AppliedPhlebotinum Bang Gas]] and repeated exposure to Virgil. Lampshaded:

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* In ''StaticShock'', ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', Virgil has superpowers while his friend Richie doesn't. In season three, Richie also develops superpowers as a delayed reaction to the initial exposure to [[AppliedPhlebotinum Bang Gas]] and repeated exposure to Virgil. Lampshaded:
10th Jan '16 10:08:33 PM Greenygal
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* "Shadow on the Moon", a later novella in Zenna Henderson's ''Literature/ThePeople'' series, has Remy, who apparently has no Gift. The Gift is a special power that usually awakens at ten or twelve, and Remy is seventeen. He has no idea that his ability to visualize in three dimensions from an abstract blueprint or diagram ''is'' his Gift, because IThoughtEverybodyCouldDoThat.

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* "Shadow on the Moon", a later novella in Zenna Henderson's ''Literature/ThePeople'' series, has Remy, who apparently has no Gift. The Gift is a special power that usually awakens at ten or twelve, and Remy is seventeen. He has no idea that his ability to visualize in three dimensions from an abstract blueprint or diagram ''is'' his Gift, because IThoughtEverybodyCouldDoThat.IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat.
3rd Jan '16 12:08:14 PM nombretomado
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* In ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Odie]] has a massive inferiority complex due to this. [[spoiler: He turns out to be the BlackSheep of a clan of powerful wizards who flunked out of the academy]]. In practice, he falls into the catagory of late bloomer, and is [[GameplayAndStorySegregation actually a powerful ally]], albeit one who suffers from CutsceneIncompetence (implied to be largely due to said inferiority complex).

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* In ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters'', [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Odie]] has a massive inferiority complex due to this. [[spoiler: He turns out to be the BlackSheep of a clan of powerful wizards who flunked out of the academy]]. In practice, he falls into the catagory of late bloomer, and is [[GameplayAndStorySegregation actually a powerful ally]], albeit one who suffers from CutsceneIncompetence (implied to be largely due to said inferiority complex).
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