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* {{Downplayed}} example in ''[[Literature/{{Fablehaven}} Secrets Of The Dragon Sanctuary]]''. The unicorn horn the heroes need to steal is protected by alert centaur guards, a maze of invisible walls, a mountain troll, and magic that afflicts any would-be thief with crippling guilt. Seth has just been turned into a [[BadPowersGoodPeople shadow charmer]]. Among other powers, shadow charmers turn invisible in dim light, can see the invisible, can communicate with and easily befriend dark creatures, and are immune to magic that affects emotions.
28th Feb '17 1:19:35 PM Moonstreak
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Boy, [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway isn't that guy's power useless]]. Take ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, for instance. But wait...the villain's lair has an underwater base! That's cool, Aquaman might have a chance of winning. And what, his death trap dumps the hero into a pool of sharks? No problem, with his mighty powers Aquaman can easily overcome this convenient obstacle. [[CripplingOverSpecialization And it turns out his doomsday machine is powered by telepathically controllable sea plankton or]] {{Psycho Electric Eel}}s...

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Boy, [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway isn't that guy's power useless]]. Take ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, for instance. But wait... the villain's lair has an underwater base! That's cool, Aquaman might have a chance of winning. And what, his death trap dumps the hero into a pool of sharks? No problem, with his mighty powers Aquaman can easily overcome this convenient obstacle. [[CripplingOverSpecialization And it turns out his doomsday machine is powered by telepathically controllable sea plankton or]] {{Psycho Electric Eel}}s...
26th Feb '17 5:06:54 PM ZombieAladdin
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** Poison and Steel Mons have always been rather lame; Both are notorious for having the worst offensive Mons in the series[[note]]Previously, Poison was only super-effective against Grass, and Steel was only super-effective against Ice and Rock. All three of those types have enough weaknesses that Poison or Steel attacks are almost never needed to hit them hard. In the metagame, the only times they're used are to take advantage of STAB bonuses, make use of the [[ActionInitiative priority move Bullet Punch]], or when there are no other options.[[/note]], but they fill this role in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' where Fairy-Types are the new powerhouses, and players will need to be packing Mons with good Steel and Poison attacks to deal super-effective damage to the Fairy-type Pokémon, who can hit ''hard''.

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** Poison and Steel Mons have always been rather lame; Both are notorious for having the worst offensive Mons in the series[[note]]Previously, Poison was only super-effective against Grass, and Steel was only super-effective against Ice and Rock. All three of those types have enough weaknesses that Poison or Steel attacks are almost never needed to hit them hard. In the metagame, the only times they're used are to take advantage of STAB bonuses, make use of the [[ActionInitiative priority move Bullet Punch]], or when there are no other options.[[/note]], but they fill this role in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' where Fairy-Types are the new powerhouses, and players will need to be packing Mons with good Steel and Poison attacks to deal super-effective damage to the Fairy-type Pokémon, who can hit ''hard''. This is even more pronounced in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', which introduced the Island Guardians, a quartet of Fairy-types who generate field effects in their favor when deployed. If you don't have a super-effective move ready, they will annihilate your Pokémon.
21st Feb '17 4:36:59 PM Vir
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** Ash's Pidove is the [[ComMons Unova regional bird]], [[DemotedToExtra not used often]], and isn't very smart. She also happens to be female, meaning that she's the only one on Ash's team not affected by Snivy's [[EmotionBomb Attract]]. This allowed her to fight Snivy and let Ash catch her. Funnily enough, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration a regular Trainer probably would've used Pidove anyway]] due to the {{Elemental Rock Paper Scissors}}.

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** Ash's Pidove is the [[ComMons Unova regional bird]], [[DemotedToExtra not used often]], and isn't very smart. She also happens to be female, meaning that she's the only one on Ash's team not affected by Snivy's [[EmotionBomb Attract]]. This allowed her to fight Snivy and let Ash catch her. Funnily enough, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration [[SlidingScaleOfGameplayAndStoryIntegration a regular Trainer probably would've used Pidove anyway]] due to the {{Elemental Rock Paper Scissors}}.
5th Feb '17 9:38:57 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Let us not forget the way that James Bond 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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* Let us not forget the way that James Bond ''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.



* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series
** [[SilentProtagonist Link]] collects a wide variety of tools and weapons. Most are useful. Others...not so much. But you can expect that the new shiny toy you just got will be used in the same dungeon you found it in, often to defeat the boss.
** In older games, however, the reward might not be linked to the dungeon. Later games did this more and more, with some items ending as utterly useless aside from its one gimmick. So basically, the series {{flanderized}} itself into this.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series
** [[SilentProtagonist Link]]
''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'': Link collects a wide variety of tools and weapons. Most are useful. Others...not so much. But you can expect that the new shiny toy you just got will be used in the same dungeon you found it in, often to defeat the boss.
** In older games, however, the reward might not be linked to the dungeon. Later games did this more and more, with some items ending as utterly useless aside from its one gimmick. So basically, the series {{flanderized}} itself into this.
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** There is also the WildMassGuessing that the Chozo just left a huge imprint in the technology of the galaxy - and the Chozo saw it fit to make it so any structures taking advantage of their tech were easily navigable by someone with an ability that, oh surprise, only those with access to supersecret Chozo tech could have. It's less that they don't realize the problems, and more that [[BlackBox they just don't know which parts they can remove without the whole system going to pieces]], so they prefer to just pray Samus doesn't find out about ''this'' base, the poor optimistic fools. This "theory" is inspired by the fact that it seems from in-universe diaries in ''Prime'' that between getting rid of the morphball-sized conduits and ''killing hundreds of their own'' in a humoristically macabre research to duplicate the morphball tech to be able to patrol them, the second was considered ''less'' costly by the pirate high command.



** Poison and Steel Mons have always been rather lame; Both are notorious for having the worst offensive Mons in the series[[note]]Previously, Poison was only super-effective against Grass, and Steel was only super-effective against Ice and Rock. All three of those types have enough weaknesses that Poison or Steel attacks are almost never needed to hit them hard. In the metagame, the only times they're used are to take advantage of STAB bonuses, make use of the [[ActionInitiative priority move Bullet Punch]], or when there are pretty much no other options.[[/note]], but they fill this role in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' where Fairy-Types are the new powerhouses, and players will need to be packing Mons with good Steel and Poison attacks to deal super-effective damage to the Fairy-type Pokémon, who can hit ''hard''.

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** Poison and Steel Mons have always been rather lame; Both are notorious for having the worst offensive Mons in the series[[note]]Previously, Poison was only super-effective against Grass, and Steel was only super-effective against Ice and Rock. All three of those types have enough weaknesses that Poison or Steel attacks are almost never needed to hit them hard. In the metagame, the only times they're used are to take advantage of STAB bonuses, make use of the [[ActionInitiative priority move Bullet Punch]], or when there are pretty much no other options.[[/note]], but they fill this role in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' where Fairy-Types are the new powerhouses, and players will need to be packing Mons with good Steel and Poison attacks to deal super-effective damage to the Fairy-type Pokémon, who can hit ''hard''.



* In the DS rerelease of ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', Wario is one of the new playable characters. For the most part, he's useless compared to the other characters, but he is the only one able to break the black bricks.
** To a lesser extent, Yoshi. He's really not required for much, beyond being your starting character. The only thing he can really do that no one else can is melt ice, which is used even less than black bricks. He can't even break the normal bricks, and so is pretty much completely outclassed by both Mario Brothers.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X36RHC53tH8 Mega Man Day in the Limelight 2]] gives us Bubble Man as a playable character. He's the only character that can swim, but you arn't likely to use him much outside the water.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'':
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In the DS rerelease of ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'', rerelease, Wario is one of the new playable characters. For the most part, he's useless compared to the other characters, but he is the only one able to break the black bricks.
** To a lesser extent, Yoshi. He's really not required for much, beyond being your starting character. The only thing he can really do that no one else can is melt ice, which is used even less than black bricks. He can't even break the normal bricks, and so is pretty much completely outclassed by both Mario Brothers.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X36RHC53tH8 Mega Man Day in the Limelight 2]] gives us has Bubble Man as a playable character. He's the only character that can swim, but you arn't likely to use him much outside the water.



* In ''VideoGame/TerraBattle'', thanks to status ailments being UselessUsefulSpell, Remedy characters (which specializes in curing and causing ailments) are situationally useful at best, used more for their secondary buffs/heals rather than their ailments. However, there's the [[ThatOneBoss Lamia]] battle, where most enemies (including the boss) takes next to no damage from both physical or magical attacks, and can only be killed with Poison. Not to mention the enemies has ailment spells with 100% success rate, so the Remedy characters' ailment curing and immunities are going to be vital.

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* In ''VideoGame/TerraBattle'', thanks to status ailments being UselessUsefulSpell, Remedy characters (which specializes in curing and causing ailments) are situationally useful at best, used more for their secondary buffs/heals rather than their ailments. However, there's the [[ThatOneBoss Lamia]] battle, where most enemies (including the boss) takes next to no damage from both physical or magical attacks, and can only be killed with Poison. Not to mention And the enemies has ailment spells with 100% success rate, so the Remedy characters' ailment curing and immunities are going to be vital.



* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', Sushie is a literal FishOutOfWater whose main gimmick is MakingASplash attacks. The first dungeon after she joins you is a volcano where most of the enemies (including the boss) are weak to water, making her very useful here. But once that's done, fire-based enemies are relatively uncommon, so even though she does learn some powerful moves like Tidal Wave, there's not much reason to use her when other partners can do the same thing and tend to have better utility on top of that.

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* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', ''VideoGame/PaperMario'':
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Sushie is a literal FishOutOfWater whose main gimmick is MakingASplash attacks. The first dungeon after she joins you is a volcano where most of the enemies (including the boss) are weak to water, making her very useful here. But once that's done, fire-based enemies are relatively uncommon, so even though she does learn some powerful moves like Tidal Wave, there's not much reason to use her when other partners can do the same thing and tend to have better utility on top of that.



* Arguably the blue and green minions fall into this in ''VideoGame/Overlord''. While the power to heal (as well as a lack of SuperDrowningSkills) or turn invisible can both be helpful in certain situations, outside of their own introductory levels, you're far more likely fielding a team of brown and red minions.



** The show also had a subversion during a later episode, by giving the villain Stinkor - a humanoid skunklike character with the power to, well...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stink]] - an upgrade that turns his rotten B.O. into directed jets of corrosive gas. As such, what was a laughably weak villain that the original series' creators swore they would ''never'' introduce to the series became such a big threat to He-Man and gang, that - during his debut episode - Skeletor not only recruited him as a minion, but also excluded from his usual punishment to failed minions.
*** It helped that his abilities were clearly more geared for support rather than straight up attacking like the rest of skeletor's forces. He would use his gas to disable the heroes by making them too sick to properly fight, giving the other minions a window of opportunity to take them out. If the rest of Skeletor's minions STILL couldn't take down the heroes after Stinkor's efforts to disable them, then it was hardly his fault if they failed.
*** Because of course [[BadBoss Skeletor]] was the standard for fair minded.

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** The show also had a subversion during a later episode, by giving the villain Stinkor - a humanoid skunklike character with the power to, well...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stink]] - an upgrade that turns his rotten B.O. into directed jets of corrosive gas. As such, what was a laughably weak villain that the original series' creators swore they would ''never'' introduce to the series became such a big threat to He-Man and gang, that - during his debut episode - Skeletor not only recruited him as a minion, but also excluded from his usual punishment to failed minions.
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minions. It helped that his abilities were clearly more geared for support rather than straight up attacking like the rest of skeletor's forces. He would use his gas to disable the heroes by making them too sick to properly fight, giving the other minions a window of opportunity to take them out. If the rest of Skeletor's minions STILL couldn't take down the heroes after Stinkor's efforts to disable them, then it was hardly his fault if they failed.
*** Because of course [[BadBoss Skeletor]] was the standard for fair minded.
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** Note that a character who normally talks like Creator/DustinHoffman in Film/RainMan used the word apotheosis.



* This was the main failing of the ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' cartoon episode "Karate Kid" - Karate Kid earns his place in the Legion not because he's a BadassNormal who can keep up with the rest of the Legion on a usual mission but because the villain of the week happens to obtain a way to nullify superpowers. Particularly unfortunate since Karate Kid in the LSH comics embodies the CharlesAtlasSuperpower and doesn't require such contrivances.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'':
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This was the main failing of the ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' cartoon episode "Karate Kid" - Karate Kid earns his place in the Legion not because he's a BadassNormal who can keep up with the rest of the Legion on a usual mission but because the villain of the week happens to obtain a way to nullify superpowers. Particularly unfortunate since Karate Kid in the LSH comics embodies the CharlesAtlasSuperpower and doesn't require such contrivances.



** However, Lagoon Boy in season 2 plays this trope straight. He lacks Aqualad's weapons and electrical abilities and so usually only gets used in missions near bodies of water. The HeroesUnlimited nature of the second season makes this far less obvious, though.
*** This does get a lampshade when Lagoon Boy whines about being "stereotyped as the water guy" but it's at least as much because he's obnoxious and annoying and no one really likes working with him unless the situation absolutely requires it.

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** However, Lagoon Boy in season 2 plays this trope straight. He lacks Aqualad's weapons and electrical abilities and so usually only gets used in missions near bodies of water. The HeroesUnlimited nature of the second season makes this far less obvious, though.
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though. This does get a lampshade when Lagoon Boy whines about being "stereotyped as the water guy" but it's at least as much because he's obnoxious and annoying and no one really likes working with him unless the situation absolutely requires it.



*** Not to mention that not only does he have limited invulnerability, strength, and is a general badass, he also commands the most powerful and advanced navy in the Justice League continuity. He's no longer the guy you call for underwater base missions; he's the guy you call if you want the enemy's base and possibly ''nation'' pounded into damp gravel and blackened craters by an armada of battleships.

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*** Not to mention that not only does he have limited invulnerability, strength, and is a general badass, he also commands the most powerful and advanced navy in the Justice League continuity. He's no longer the guy you call for underwater base missions; he's the guy you call if you want the enemy's base and possibly ''nation'' pounded into damp gravel and blackened craters by an armada of battleships.



** Averted where Aquaman has garnered an almost MemeticBadass status. Not only is he useful on both land, sea, [[FantasticVoyagePlot blood streams]], and other planets but also is a BoisterousBruiser who embodies all the wonderful cheesiness of a silver age comic book hero. Say it with us: [[CatchPhrase OUTRAGEOUS]]!
*** It's sometimes played straight, though, such as "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!", in which Clock King holds someone hostage right next to a lobster tank and the finale (but not most of the episode) takes place by a harbor. Other times, Aquaman keeps his powers useful through AchievementsInIgnorance.

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** Averted where Aquaman has garnered an almost MemeticBadass status. Not only is he useful on both land, sea, [[FantasticVoyagePlot blood streams]], and other planets but also is a BoisterousBruiser who embodies all the wonderful cheesiness of a silver age comic book hero. Say it with us: [[CatchPhrase OUTRAGEOUS]]!
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It's sometimes played straight, though, such as "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure!", in which Clock King holds someone hostage right next to a lobster tank and the finale (but not most of the episode) takes place by a harbor. Other times, Aquaman keeps his powers useful through AchievementsInIgnorance.



** Double subverted in the episode "Night of the Batmen!" Aquaman, filling in for an injured Batman, fights The Penguin. Penguin makes a daring escape on his submarine[[labelnote:*]]Praise Poseidon![[/labelnote]], but then quickly steers the sub onto land and cuts through the city streets [[labelnote:*]]How does Batman do this alone?[[/labelnote]].

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** Double subverted in the episode "Night of the Batmen!" Aquaman, filling in for an injured Batman, fights The Penguin. Penguin makes a daring escape on his submarine[[labelnote:*]]Praise Poseidon![[/labelnote]], submarine, but then quickly steers the sub onto land and cuts through the city streets [[labelnote:*]]How [[note]]How does Batman do this alone?[[/labelnote]].alone?[[/note]].



* ''WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNOW'' had Meltman, with the power to...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Melt!]] However, since he is only observed melting in the opening, this is more of a [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway What Kind of Lame Power is Melting Anyway?]] He ''did'' manage to get them tickets to a Music/{{KISS}} concert, though.
** Fellow member The Flesh had two powers, one of which ("He's super strong...") is of obvious usefulness. However, contriving a situation where his other power ("... and super naked") came in handy was apparently too much of a challenge for the writers.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNOW'' had ''WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNOW'':
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Meltman, with the power to...[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Melt!]] However, since he is only observed melting in the opening, this is more of a [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway What Kind of Lame Power is Melting Anyway?]] He ''did'' manage to get them tickets to a Music/{{KISS}} concert, though.
** Fellow member The Flesh had has two powers, one of which ("He's super strong...") is of obvious usefulness. However, contriving a situation where his other power ("... and super naked") came in handy was apparently too much of a challenge for the writers.



** Fry has no superpowers[[hottip:*:Well, except for a couple of episodes where he gains the ability to run really fast, once from "Miracle Cream" and once from the cumulative caffeine in 100 cups of coffee]]; he also has no Delta brainwaves, making him the only organism more advanced than a tree who can battle the Brain invasion. He has also saved the planet with his knowledge of 20th century television, and his 20th century garbage making skills. Among other things.

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** Fry has no superpowers[[hottip:*:Well, superpowers[[note]]Well, except for a couple of episodes where he gains the ability to run really fast, once from "Miracle Cream" and once from the cumulative caffeine in 100 cups of coffee]]; coffee[[/note]]; he also has no Delta brainwaves, making him the only organism more advanced than a tree who can battle the Brain invasion. He has also saved the planet with his knowledge of 20th century television, and his 20th century garbage making skills. Among other things.



** One episode had the babies imagining themselves as superheroes from Phil's favourite TV show. The first adventure they went on utilised every baby except Chuckie (whose power was he drove their van). So Chuckie came up with the next adventure that made him the hero. This time everyone except Kimi was used so it was her turn for the next adventure...
** An earlier episode, "Mega Diaper Babies", had Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil pretending to be their favorite heroes, the Mega Hyper Heroes [[note]]Basically expies of the ComicBook/FantasticFour and the Franchise/PowerRangers[[/note]]. While Tommy, Phil and Lil had useful abilities [[note]]ShapeShifting, rapid fire spitballs and being a dotted line armed with an airplane[[/note]], Chuckie only had "the smell of two babies". However, it's that power that defeats Angelitron [[note]]Angelica basically playing along, despite the fact that she stole their toys[[/note]] and wins the day.

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** One episode had has the babies imagining themselves as superheroes from Phil's favourite TV show. The first adventure they went go on utilised utilise every baby except Chuckie (whose power was he drove is to drive their van). So Chuckie came comes up with the next adventure that made makes him the hero. This time everyone except Kimi was get used so it was her turn for the next adventure...
adventure.
** An earlier episode, "Mega Diaper Babies", had Babies" has Tommy, Chuckie, Phil and Lil pretending to be their favorite heroes, the Mega Hyper Heroes [[note]]Basically expies of the ComicBook/FantasticFour and the Franchise/PowerRangers[[/note]]. Heroes. While Tommy, Phil and Lil had have useful abilities [[note]]ShapeShifting, abilities,[[note]]ShapeShifting, rapid fire spitballs and being a dotted line armed with an airplane[[/note]], airplane[[/note]] Chuckie only had has "the smell of two babies". However, it's that power that defeats Angelitron [[note]]Angelica Angelitron[[note]]Angelica basically playing along, despite the fact that though she stole their toys[[/note]] and wins the day.



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Three Girls And A Monster" had Blossom and Buttercup unable to dispose of a giant lizard monster. Mainly because it's too friggin' big and strong, but also because the two sisters are arguing over whether brains or brawn are more effective. This leaves Bubbles. With her sweetness, innocence and politeness, she...asks it to leave. And it does.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Three Girls And A Monster" had has Blossom and Buttercup unable to dispose of a giant lizard monster. Mainly because it's too friggin' big and strong, but also because the two sisters are arguing over whether brains or brawn are more effective. This leaves Bubbles. With her sweetness, innocence and politeness, she... asks it to leave. And it does.
2nd Feb '17 12:27:11 PM cdrood
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** Note that a character who normally talks like Creator/DustinHoffman in Film/RainMan used the word apotheosis.
27th Jan '17 5:06:05 PM bwburke94
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Khepri]] dismissed the [[{{Shapeshifting}} Changer heroes]] as useless during the final battle with [[spoiler:Scion]]. During the last stretch, she realized the best chance to win was by [[spoiler:reminding Scion of Eden's death]], a perfect role for the Changers.



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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' during the final battle with [[spoiler:Scion]], [[spoiler:Khepri]] dismissed the Changer heroes as useless. During the last stretch she realized the best chance to win was by [[spoiler:[[DespairGambit reminding Scion of Eden's death]]]], a perfect role for the Changers.
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25th Jan '17 3:43:33 PM AsherTye
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* Arguably the blue and green minions fall into this in ''VideoGame/Overlord''. While the power to heal (as well as a lack of SuperDrowningSkills) or turn invisible can both be helpful in certain situations, outside of their own introductory levels, you're far more likely fielding a team of brown and red minions.


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**** Because of course [[BadBoss Skeletor]] was the standard for fair minded.
29th Dec '16 12:43:58 PM Blazer999
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** Also played completely straight in the Smallville episode Justice, where the Justice League (Clark/Superman, Green Arrow, Cyborg, Impulse/Flash, Aquaman) attacks a LuthorCorp facility that just so happens to be by the docks.
13th Dec '16 2:52:37 PM Andyroid
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* In one ''WebComic/{{Oglaf}}'' strip, [[http://oglaf.com/overbite/1/ some townsfolk beg a wizard]] to stop a rampaging beast. He protests that he only knows dental magic, but fortunately [[AndroclesLion he's able to subdue and befriend the monster]] when [[RampageFromANail it turns out to have an impacted molar]].
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