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13th Feb '17 9:42:05 PM FieryLion428
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** [[GenerationXerox Similarly]], the Avatar's child Kana first transforms into a dragon after they see their parent getting attacked by enemies.
13th Feb '17 9:41:16 PM FieryLion428
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the death of the avatar's mother causes the avatar enough anguish to [[ScaledUp transform into a dragon]].
** [[GenerationXerox Similarly]], Corrin's child Kana first transforms into a dragon after they see their parent getting attacked by enemies.

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the death [[spoiler:death of the avatar's mother Avatar's mother]] causes the avatar Avatar enough anguish to [[ScaledUp transform into a dragon]].
** [[GenerationXerox Similarly]], Corrin's the Avatar's child Kana first transforms into a dragon after they see their parent getting attacked by enemies.
28th Jan '17 10:24:01 AM Pilomotor
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** Played with at the end of the episode, when Kyle, after waking up from a similar injury, gets fed up with all the fake psychics and screams for them to stop... causing a light bulb to explode.

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** Played with at the end of the episode, when Kyle, episode. Kyle tries to convince the police that Cartman's psychic predictions are inaccurate, but the police refuse to listen to him, so Kyle gives himself a similar head injury, then after waking up from a similar injury, in the hospital, pretends to have psychic powers now so the police will listen to what he's figured out with actual detective work. Afterward, Kyle can't convince the police he was faking it, then gets fed up with all the other fake psychics in the room and screams for them to stop... causing a light bulb to explode.
16th Jan '17 4:38:02 AM bwburke94
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* Most [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual capes]] in the superhero web serial ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' acquired their powers in traumatic situations. As a result, cape demographics are skewed toward females and people from bad parts of town/the world. However, it gets easier for second-generation capes to gain their powers; whereas a first-generation cape needs to experience a life-or-death situation, i.e. their entire village being wiped out by soldiers who then use the children for mine-clearing, second-generation capes can get their powers by, say, getting fouled while playing basketball.
** This is a major reason for there being far more villains than heroes. Superpowers may sometimes fix the immediate problem of the trigger event but they won't fix the underlying problems that led to it. A person who feels that society has failed them is far more likely to use their powers selfishly than heroically.
** Additionally, those who already have powers can experience a ''second'' awakening that improves them or removes some of their limitations. These require far worse trauma of a similar nature to the first trigger, and usually leave the person in question a complete wreck.
** It turns out that there's a completely justified reason for this, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality depending on who you ask.]] [[spoiler: The Entities need data on each superpower-granting shard they release, and the best way to get that data is in combat. The shards are thus engineered to only activate when the host is in extreme danger, increasing the chances that they'll end up in situations where the host will be fighting or will be psychologically-damaged enough to go out and cause trouble and thus start fighting.]]



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* Most [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual capes]] in the superhero web serial ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' acquire(d) their powers in traumatic situations. As a result, cape demographics are skewed toward females and people from bad parts of town/the world. However, it gets easier for second-generation capes to gain their powers; whereas a first-generation cape needs to experience a life-or-death situation, i.e. their entire village being wiped out by soldiers who then use the children for mine-clearing, second-generation capes can get their powers by, say, getting fouled while playing basketball.
** This is a major reason for there being far more villains than heroes. Superpowers may sometimes fix the immediate problem of the trigger event but they won't fix the underlying problems that led to it. A person who feels that society has failed them is far more likely to use their powers selfishly than heroically.
** Additionally, those who already have powers can experience a ''second'' awakening that improves them or removes some of their limitations. These require far worse trauma of a similar nature to the first trigger, and usually leave the person in question a complete wreck.
** It turns out that there's a completely justified reason for this, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality depending on who you ask.]] [[spoiler: The Entities need data on each superpower-granting shard they release, and the best way to get that data is in combat. The shards are thus engineered to only activate when the host is in extreme danger, increasing the chances that they'll end up in situations where the host will be fighting or will be psychologically-damaged enough to go out and cause trouble and thus start fighting.]]

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[[folder: Web Originals]]
* Most [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual capes]] in the superhero web serial ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' acquire(d) their powers in traumatic situations. As a result, cape demographics are skewed toward females and people from bad parts of town/the world. However, it gets easier for second-generation capes to gain their powers; whereas a first-generation cape needs to experience a life-or-death situation, i.e. their entire village being wiped out by soldiers who then use the children for mine-clearing, second-generation capes can get their powers by, say, getting fouled while playing basketball.
** This is a major reason for there being far more villains than heroes. Superpowers may sometimes fix the immediate problem of the trigger event but they won't fix the underlying problems that led to it. A person who feels that society has failed them is far more likely to use their powers selfishly than heroically.
** Additionally, those who already have powers can experience a ''second'' awakening that improves them or removes some of their limitations. These require far worse trauma of a similar nature to the first trigger, and usually leave the person in question a complete wreck.
** It turns out that there's a completely justified reason for this, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality depending on who you ask.]] [[spoiler: The Entities need data on each superpower-granting shard they release, and the best way to get that data is in combat. The shards are thus engineered to only activate when the host is in extreme danger, increasing the chances that they'll end up in situations where the host will be fighting or will be psychologically-damaged enough to go out and cause trouble and thus start fighting.]]
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7th Jan '17 5:16:35 AM kazokuhouou
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Goku was [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge able to break]] the [[SuperMode Super Saiyan]] barrier after his friend Krillin was blown up in sadistic fashion by Frieza, who then [[PapaWolf proceeded to threaten his son]]. Also, Gohan and Trunks from an alternate future obtained Super Saiyan this way (Gohan when the androids killed Piccolo, Trunks when they killed Gohan, as illustrated above). [[spoiler: And Bardock went Super Saiyan this way after Berry [[TakingTheBullet took the bullet]] for him. Which, incidentally, [[StableTimeLoop started the Super Saiyan legend in the first place]].]]

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Goku was [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge able to break]] the [[SuperMode Super Saiyan]] barrier after his friend Krillin was blown up in sadistic fashion by Frieza, who then [[PapaWolf proceeded to threaten his son]]. Also, Gohan and Trunks from an alternate future obtained Super Saiyan this way (Gohan when the androids killed Piccolo, Trunks when they killed Gohan, as illustrated above). [[spoiler: While his initial transformation was not ''quite'' this trope, Gohan's powerup into Super Saiyan 2 was triggered by Android #16 getting destroyed by Cell as he made a RousingSpeech to Gohan (made more tragic that, as a fully mechanical creature, 16 couldn't be revived). And Bardock went Super Saiyan this way after Berry [[TakingTheBullet took the bullet]] for him. Which, incidentally, [[StableTimeLoop started the Super Saiyan legend in the first place]].]]



* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' uses the aforementioned examples from its source material for Goku, Future Gohan and Future Trunks, but puts on a twist for ''Episode of Bardock Abridged''. It's not a HeroicSacrifice that triggers Bardock going Super Saiyan, but the realization that his story's plot involves TimeTravel.

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* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' uses the aforementioned examples from its source material for Goku, Future Gohan and Future Trunks, but puts on and adds one more in Gohan's initial transformation to a twist Super Saiyan: he realizes that he's all alone, he's unable to dodge, and no one could save him (from his own father attacking him, no less). On the other hand, it's played for laughs in ''Episode of Bardock Abridged''. It's not a HeroicSacrifice that triggers Bardock going Super Saiyan, but the realization that his story's plot involves TimeTravel.
3rd Jan '17 9:17:27 PM Psyga315
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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', the first time Eren Jäger utilises his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Titan Shifting]] ability is after losing two of his limbs and being swallowed by a Titan.[[spoiler: Later, he awakens his power as the [[MindControl Coordinate]] after seeing [[HonoraryUncle Hannes]] being eaten by the same Titan that ate his mother.]]

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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', the first time Eren Jäger utilises utilizes his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Titan Shifting]] ability is after losing two of his limbs and being swallowed by a Titan.[[spoiler: Later, he awakens his power as the [[MindControl Coordinate]] after seeing [[HonoraryUncle Hannes]] being eaten by the same Titan that ate his mother.]]



* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Jotaro realized that his Stand [[spoiler:could stop time]] right when a road roller was thrown on top on of him.



* In ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'', [[spoiler:Ayumi]]'s ability first manifests after getting attacked by a jealous {{Yandere}} classmate.
17th Dec '16 10:33:09 PM Discar
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* In Franchise/{{Mistborn}}, [[FunctionalMagic allomantic]] powers only manifest themselves following an intense trauma, which is usually a near-death experience (not always, though, as Kelsier, one of the main characters, came into his powers after watching his wife get beaten to death). [[AristocratsAreEvil Noble houses]] often severely beat their children to try and force "snapping".
** In later books, Snapping is caused automatically by "mist-sickness", which by design only affects unSnapped Allomancers, and just badly enough to Snap them.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', by the same author, it is explicitly stated that only those who are "broken" can form a Nahel bond and become a Surgebinder.

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* In Franchise/{{Mistborn}}, Creator/BrandonSanderson:
** ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}'':
***
[[FunctionalMagic allomantic]] powers only manifest themselves following an intense trauma, which is usually a near-death experience (not always, though, as Kelsier, one of the main characters, came into his powers after watching his wife get beaten to death). [[AristocratsAreEvil Noble houses]] often severely beat their children to try and force "snapping".
** *** In later books, Snapping is caused automatically by "mist-sickness", which by design only affects unSnapped Allomancers, and just badly enough to Snap them.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', by *** WordOfGod is that the same author, it primary reason that Vin learns Allomancy so quickly is because she Snapped at ''birth''. Even though she didn't know what she was doing, she was using Allomancy before she could walk.
** ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': It
is explicitly stated that only those who are "broken" can form a Nahel bond and become a Surgebinder. However, this process is usually far slower and less obvious than in ''Mistborn''. What happens is that [[ElementalEmbodiment spren]] find people with broken souls and slip into the cracks, shoring up their soul and granting them Surgebinding in the process. While Surgebinders will use their powers instinctively, it usually starts as [[HealingFactor healing oddly quickly]] or [[GravityMaster having arrows always hit their shield instead of them]]. It takes something big for them to draw enough power to realize what is happening.
5th Nov '16 10:05:32 PM TSBasilisk
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*** The Second Hokage explains that when a Uchiha feels strong emotions, usually grief or rage, it causes their brain to generate a unique type of chakra. This chakra mutates the eyes into Sharingan.
29th Oct '16 2:21:56 PM kazokuhouou
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* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' uses the aforementioned examples from its source material for Goku and Trunks, but puts on a twist for ''Episode of Bardock Abridged''. It's not a HeroicSacrifice that triggers Bardock going Super Saiyan, but the realization that his story's plot involves TimeTravel.

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* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' uses the aforementioned examples from its source material for Goku Goku, Future Gohan and Future Trunks, but puts on a twist for ''Episode of Bardock Abridged''. It's not a HeroicSacrifice that triggers Bardock going Super Saiyan, but the realization that his story's plot involves TimeTravel.
16th Oct '16 10:58:19 AM siberia82
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* As mentioned above, the ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' movie franchise has many examples.
** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Erik is originally only able to use his powers when extremely angry. The first two times, it involves maternal separation.
** Then there is Logan's awakening in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' when he stabs his father's killer to death.
** Invoked by [[BigBad Ajax]] in ''Film/{{Deadpool}}''. His SuperSoldier factory works by grabbing people, pumping them full of a mutant gene kickstarting serum, and then torturing them until the trauma gives them superpowers (or they die, whichever comes first). Deadpool's powers get activated when he is deprived oxygen for an entire night.

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* As mentioned above, the ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' movie franchise has many examples.
''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Erik Lehnsherr is originally only able to use his powers when extremely angry. The first two times, it involves maternal separation.
** Then there is Logan's ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'': James Howlett's awakening in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' occurs when he stabs his father's killer to death.
** ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'': Invoked by [[BigBad Ajax]] in ''Film/{{Deadpool}}''.Ajax]]. His SuperSoldier factory works by grabbing people, pumping them full of a mutant gene kickstarting serum, and then torturing them until the trauma gives them superpowers (or they die, whichever comes first). Deadpool's powers get activated when he is deprived oxygen for an entire night.
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