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19th Jun '18 7:01:05 AM MBG159
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* Early issues of ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' liked to contrive sequences that required stealth, to give the at-the-time rather useless Susan Storm something to do; she had no real training and her sole power was invisibility, so stealth was pretty much all she had. Later on, she got her forcefields, which lessened this considerably.
19th Jun '18 6:36:40 AM MBG159
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* Before he was given his signature "all the powers of Superman but only one at a time" deal, Ultra Boy of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperheroes only had the power of "Penetra-Vision" ([[AccidentalInnuendo hee]]), which worked the same as Superman's "vision" powers (EyeBeams, XRayVision, telescopic/microscopic vision, etc), except that unlike Superman, his vision could penetrate lead. Cue Ultra Boy being confronted by people firing lead bullets, falling lead-lined boulders, and killer robots made of lead.

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* Before he was given his signature "all the powers of Superman but only one at a time" deal, Ultra Boy of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperheroes only had the power of "Penetra-Vision" ([[AccidentalInnuendo hee]]), which worked the same as Superman's "vision" powers (EyeBeams, XRayVision, telescopic/microscopic vision, etc), except that unlike Superman, his vision could penetrate lead. Cue Ultra Boy being confronted by people firing lead bullets, falling lead-lined boulders, and killer robots made of lead. Even after, this is how he dodges the Legion's "[[CastSpeciation no two people with the same power]]" clause; technically, his only unique power is being able to see through lead.
15th Jun '18 12:02:31 PM MBG
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** The Cleaner's Carbine is usually seen as one of the worst Sniper weapons out there; it takes an already ineffective weapon (the SMG) and then makes it worse at shooting people, in exchange for an ability that requires you to do lots of damage with said ability, and said ability (eight seconds of minicrits for you) is directly outclassed by Jarate's ability to make people in an area take minicrits from everyone for ten seconds. But in Mann vs. Machine, one of the primary enemies is the Tank, a StoneWall DamageSpongeBoss with ridiculous health, ContractualBossImmunity, and no offense; the challenge being to simply do lots of damage very fast. Jarate is useless, and so are your usual headshots, but the Carbine can effortlessly build up the damage needed to charge its ability. Add in the Bushwhacka, a knife that turns mini-crits into normal crits, and suddenly, unloading the Cleaner's Carbine into a tank and then charging in with melee out can do thousands of points of damage without using any upgrades or canteens.
11th Jun '18 10:05:48 PM azbyc15243
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* ''VideoGame/AncientEmpires'': Lizards and Elementals are a literal example. Though great in water, and essential for maps with a lot of water, on land they're no stronger than Soldiers despite being twice as expensive.
10th Jun '18 11:54:12 AM MurlocAggroB
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Gems are generally physically superior to humans in every way; they don't age, they can take much more of a beating, can shapeshift to various sizes (with varying degrees of success), etc. Their only weaknesses are the stones that project their physical form; if the Gem is even cracked it can cause major problems to a Gem's physical and mental state, and shattering it is fatal. Naturally most Gem-made security systems are made keeping that in mind, and will aim straight for a Gem if they find one, while ones simply meant to contain will damage the Gem's light-based physical form. With that in mind, these systems are highly ineffective or just plain don't work at containing organic creatures. As such, when [[spoiler:Lars]] finds himself on Homeworld, he quickly becomes a hero [[spoiler:the Off Colors]] by using this to his advantage. [[spoiler:Specifically, by blocking Gem-searching beams with his own body.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Gems are generally physically superior to humans in every way; they don't age, they can take much more of a beating, can shapeshift to various sizes (with varying degrees of success), etc. Their only weaknesses are the stones that project their physical form; if the Gem is even cracked it can cause major problems to a Gem's physical and mental state, and shattering it is fatal. Naturally most ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
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Gem-made security systems are made keeping that in mind, to target a Gem's unique physiology, and will aim straight for a Gem the [[HeartDrive Gem]] if they find one, while ones simply meant to contain will damage the Gem's light-based physical form. With that in mind, these systems are highly ineffective or just plain don't work at containing organic creatures. As such, when [[spoiler:Lars]] [[spoiler:Lars finds himself on Homeworld, Homeworld]], he quickly becomes a hero [[spoiler:the to [[spoiler: the Off Colors]] by using this to his advantage. [[spoiler:Specifically, by blocking Gem-searching beams with his own body.]]]]
** Padparadscha is a defective [[{{Seer}} Sapphire]] that can only see into the recent past. This is usually a crippling SuperpowerDisability, but its comes in handy a few times. She's used it to figure out that Emerald specifically meant to miss her shots at the ship, and at another time to catch that the captain was pressing the wrong button.
27th May '18 10:37:48 AM kbissett
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* ''Franchise/JamesBond'': The eponymous character always seems to find himself in a situation that requires the use of whatever gadgets Q has presciently seen fit to supply him with.

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* ''Franchise/JamesBond'': The eponymous character always seems to find himself in a situation that requires the use of whatever gadgets Q has presciently seen fit to supply him with. The early movies tended to give him rather generic items that could be used for any number of things (like a briefcase that contains some concealed weapons and a stash of bribe money), but as the series went on, the tools got more and more unusual and specific-purpose, but still somehow managed to be just what he ended up needing. The films reverted back to a limited supply of general-purpose tools in the Daniel Craig era.
5th May '18 5:28:38 AM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* Played for laugh in ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' TV Funhouse's ''Kobayashi the Hot Dog Eater'' short, in which Takeru Kobayashi, whose only power is eating hot dogs, saves a bunch of school kids from a burning school by eating the back wall of the building, which is inexplicably made of hot dogs..

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* Played for laugh in ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' TV Funhouse's ''Kobayashi the Hot Dog Eater'' short, in which Takeru Kobayashi, whose only power is eating hot dogs, saves a bunch of school kids from a burning school by eating the back wall of the building, which is inexplicably made of hot dogs..dogs.
5th May '18 5:27:35 AM SuperFeatherYoshi
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* Played for laugh in ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' TV Funhouse's ''Kobayashi the Hot Dog Eater'' short, in which Takeru Kobayashi, whose only power is eating hot dogs, saves a bunch of school kids from a burning school by eating the back wall of the building, which is inexplicably made of hot dogs..
26th Apr '18 2:47:36 PM BreadBull
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The exact opposite of this would be KryptoniteIsEverywhere, when it's a hero's weakness that is far more commonly available than it makes sense. Compare HeartIsAnAwesomePower, when the power seems uselessly specific but turns out to be useful in many situations; and LethalJokeCharacter, who might have only one or two strengths but is unmatched in those areas. Compare and contrast WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway.

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The exact opposite of this would be KryptoniteIsEverywhere, when it's a hero's weakness that is far more commonly available than it makes sense. Compare HeartIsAnAwesomePower, when the power seems uselessly specific but turns out to be useful in many situations; and LethalJokeCharacter, who might have only one or two strengths but is unmatched in those areas. Compare and contrast WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway.
WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway, HandyShortcoming.
26th Apr '18 12:10:07 PM MBG159
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'', several characters have vehicle modes that are only useful in a severely limited number of situations. Seaspray's watercraft mode basically limits his usefulness to situations that take place on or around water [[note]]His actual vehicle mode was a hovercraft, so he could still function on dry land as long as it was flat enough terrain, but his skills were based on navel engagements[[/note]], much like Aquaman. Even more limited is Perceptor, whose alternate mode is a microscope, thus limiting his effectiveness to situations where things are found that need a microscope for evaluation. Every once in a while, they do get their opportunity to shine. Perceptor is also a scientist, not a warrior, so he's not very upset by his lack of a combat-oriented altmode.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'', several characters have vehicle modes that are only useful in a severely limited number of situations. Seaspray's watercraft mode basically limits his usefulness to situations that take place on or around water [[note]]His actual vehicle mode was a hovercraft, so he could still function on dry land as long as it was flat enough terrain, but his skills were based on navel engagements[[/note]], much like Aquaman. Even more limited is Perceptor, whose alternate mode is a microscope, thus limiting his effectiveness to situations where things are found that need a microscope for evaluation. Every once in a while, they do get their opportunity to shine. Perceptor is also a scientist, not a warrior, so he's not very upset by his lack of a combat-oriented altmode. Later stories tend to point out that he's actually a Triple Changer; like his original toy, he can also become a tank (which basically just looks like the microscope with its scope pointing upward and treads folded out, but still). Several other characters avoid this trope by being able to ignore the limitations of their altmodes somehow (for instance, characters with train modes can drive around on flat ground).
** Overlapping with ForgottenPhlebotinum, characters tend to forget certain powers or abilities to create these situations. For instance, in the second episode, all the Autobots could fly without assistance. In the third episode, only Sideswipe (whose toy bio gave him a rocket pack) could fly, so he could lend the rocket pack to Optimus and help save the day. On a similar note, the Decepticons can usually fly through space unassisted... except when Astrotrain (who turns into a space shuttle) is around, in which case they pile into him.
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