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29th Jul '16 1:03:39 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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*** These 'blind spots' are less PowerIncontinence and more of DangerouslyGenreSavvy (in the case of the Volturi - knowing the leaders will be 'watched', others are allowed to act independently) and Victoria (whose SpiderSense leads her to do the same by having Riley act on his own as the lead of the newborn army). Regardless of it's shortcomings, Alice's precognition is immensely effective, as it has allowed the Cullens to amass a fortune in the tens of billions... and is ''still'' so coveted by Aro that he brings '''the entirety of the Volturi''' to attempt to destroy the Cullens and claim her.

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*** These 'blind spots' are less PowerIncontinence and more of DangerouslyGenreSavvy savvy (in the case of the Volturi - knowing the leaders will be 'watched', others are allowed to act independently) and Victoria (whose SpiderSense leads her to do the same by having Riley act on his own as the lead of the newborn army). Regardless of it's shortcomings, Alice's precognition is immensely effective, as it has allowed the Cullens to amass a fortune in the tens of billions... and is ''still'' so coveted by Aro that he brings '''the entirety of the Volturi''' to attempt to destroy the Cullens and claim her.
24th Jul '16 2:52:54 PM DarkHunter
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* ''WebOriginal/TrueFacts about the Cuttlefish'': This is [=ZeFrank's=] opinion of the cuttlefish's ability to perfectly change color to match its background in complete darkness. Amazing but... in what context would that ever be useful?
16th Jul '16 2:57:10 PM elemt
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' naturally has many feats, spells, and class features that are excessively situational or simply pointless; some carried over from Dungeons and Dragons, some brand new.
** Several witch hexes fall into this. One grants the ability to sniff out creatures, which would be fine from a flavor and balance perspective, but apparently someone decided that wasn't sufficiently witchy and made it useless with the caveat that it only works on [[EatsBabies children]].
** The baffling Scrollmaster wizard archetype allows wizards to wield magical scrolls as weapons - which are incredibly easy to break, really expensive, and you're a ''wizard'' and suck at fighting why don't you just unroll it and read the spell?
** Poisoned Egg is an often-mocked spell which transforms a single whole egg so it contains one dose of an incredibly weak poison for a few minutes - it doesn't even work through consumption, the egg has to be broken and its contents applied to a weapon. It also comes with the odd note that once the spell expires it reverts back to egg, which is harmless unless the poisoned creature is [[WeaksauceWeakness vulnerable to eggs.]]
9th Jul '16 2:48:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s Gali, a Toa of Water, complained to her trainer that she cannot think of a way to make good use of her [[MaskOfPower Mask of Water Breathing]] as an offensive ''or'' defensive item, especially since the training took place in a desert. Later on, though, she moved to a watery area and also gathered five other masks, so it was all good. Actually, a lot of mask powers in the Bionicle Universe may seem kind of awesome at first, but when you remember that often these are the only masks their user has access to, they may find themselves in hairy situations.

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'''s Gali, a Toa of Water, complained to her trainer that she cannot think of a way to make good use of her [[MaskOfPower Mask of Water Breathing]] as an offensive ''or'' defensive item, especially since the training took place in a desert. Later on, though, she moved to a watery area and also gathered five other masks, so it was all good. Actually, a lot of mask powers in the Bionicle Universe may seem kind of awesome at first, but when you remember that often these are the only masks their user has access to, they may find themselves in hairy situations.
6th Jul '16 10:33:34 PM Drakkenmensch
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** Gyrognome is really good at punching people in the balls. Justified since he's at the perfect height for it.
** Laser Pony can shoot immensely powerful laser beams from his eyes... that he can't ''aim'' because the lasers ''burned out his retinas.''
6th Jul '16 10:24:25 PM Drakkenmensch
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* Wheeler of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanet'' is even ''more'' useless than Ma-ti, the TropeNamer himself. On the surface having a flamethrower available to use at will sounds like a fantastic power... until you realize that he's on an edutainment show that is very strictly monitored by [[MoralGuardians broadcast standards and practices.]] As a result, he was never allowed to set ''anyone or anything'' on fire.
4th Jul '16 5:09:29 AM Nepeta
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** The lolcat and fangirl parody Nepeta Leijon, who actually is the Hero of Heart among the troll kids. Which may or may not be a reference to this trope...
** Later {{subverted|Trope}} when the power of the Hero of Heart is elaborated upon by [[spoiler:Calliope]], the Guardian's [[spoiler:Cherub]] guide. Apparently Heart is effectively the same as Soul, which, combined with the powers of the Hero's class, makes Nepeta the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Stealer of Souls]] and Dirk Strider, the Prince of Heart, the [[AwesomeMcCoolname Destroyer of Souls]]. Later he is shown being able to [[spoiler:rip the soul from someones body which apparently is very painful]].

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** The lolcat and fangirl parody Nepeta Leijon, who actually is the Hero of Heart among the troll kids. Which may or may not be a reference to this trope...
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** Later {{subverted|Trope}} when the power of the Hero of Heart is elaborated upon by [[spoiler:Calliope]], the Guardian's [[spoiler:Cherub]] guide. Apparently Heart is effectively the same as Soul, [[spoiler:Soul]], which, combined with the powers of the Hero's class, makes makes the often thought innocent lolcat and fangirl parody Nepeta the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast [[spoiler:[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Stealer of Souls]] Souls]]]] and Dirk [[spoiler:Dirk Strider, the Prince of Heart, the [[AwesomeMcCoolname Destroyer of Souls]].Souls]]]]. Later he is shown being able to [[spoiler:rip the soul from someones body which apparently is very painful]].
26th Jun '16 4:21:08 PM Elfive
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* In the setting of Manga/MyHeroAcademia, 80% of people have some sort of power, known as a "quirk". While a lucky few have abilities worthy of a SuperHero, the majority fall into this category instead.

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* In the setting of Manga/MyHeroAcademia, ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', 80% of people have some sort of power, known as a "quirk". While a lucky few have abilities worthy of a SuperHero, the majority fall into this category instead.
26th Jun '16 4:20:29 PM Elfive
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* In the setting of Manga/MyHeroAcademia, 80% of people have some sort of power, known as a "quirk". While a lucky few have abilities worthy of a SuperHero, the majority fall into this category instead.
23rd Jun '16 9:03:25 PM merotoker
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** "Iron Mace" Alvida ate the Slip-Slip Fruit, which made her body...slippery. So far, the only uses her powers have shown is causing shrapnel to slip off of her (Causing no damage) and turning her from a {{Gonk}} to MsFanservice...oh yeah, and letting her slide across the ground while barefoot. However, this is useless against Smoker's Smoke-Smoke powers, and she can't slip out of Seastone nets, and because she's been OutOfFocus for ''[[LongRunner 17 years]]'' now, we have yet to see whether or not HeartIsAnAwesomePower.

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** "Iron Mace" Alvida ate the Slip-Slip Fruit, which made her body...slippery. So far, the only uses her powers have shown is causing shrapnel to slip off of her (Causing no damage) and turning her from a {{Gonk}} to MsFanservice...oh yeah, and letting her slide across the ground while barefoot. However, this is useless against Smoker's Smoke-Smoke powers, and she can't slip out of Seastone nets, and because she's been OutOfFocus for ''[[LongRunner ''[[LongRunners 17 years]]'' now, we have yet to see whether or not HeartIsAnAwesomePower.



** The Invisible Woman originally only had the power to… be invisible. It got so bad that one issue's main story was made shorter to allow room to ''try to justify Sue's existence'' after all the letters they'd gotten. The best [[Creator/StanLee The Man himself]] could do is "a pretty girl inspires the boys to fight harder." (They also pointed out that one time she invisibly tripped a lone, fleeing Skrull. They forgot to mention that her male teammates had each dispatched several fighting-mad Skrull.) After it became obvious that she was useless as an action hero in her current form, creators Stan Lee and Creator/JackKirby gave her the additional powers of making other objects/people invisible and projecting telekinetic force fields (making sure to call them ''invisible'' force fields instead of merely force fields every time they're used to try making it less obvious that it's got little to do with invisibility.) Wasn't until the Creator/JohnByrne period that she found [[GreenLanternRing many different uses]] for the force fields, such as powerful attack (suffocating an enemy inside a force field, creating a field ''inside'' an enemy and expanding it until they explode, etc,) and as a mode of transportation. As such, Susan is now usually considered not only the most powerful member of the team, but one of the most powerful characters in the entire Marvel universe, and her personality has [[TookALevelInBadass changed accordingly]], as she realized she didn't need to bow to anyone.

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** The Invisible Woman originally only had the power to… be invisible. It got so bad that one issue's main story was made shorter to allow room to ''try to justify Sue's existence'' after all the letters they'd gotten. The best [[Creator/StanLee The Man himself]] could do is "a pretty girl inspires the boys to fight harder." (They also pointed out that one time she invisibly tripped a lone, fleeing Skrull. They forgot to mention that her male teammates had each dispatched several fighting-mad Skrull.) After it became obvious that she was useless as an action hero in her current form, creators Stan Lee and Creator/JackKirby gave her the additional powers of making other objects/people invisible and projecting telekinetic force fields (making sure to call them ''invisible'' force fields instead of merely force fields every time they're used to try making it less obvious that it's got little to do with invisibility.) Wasn't until the Creator/JohnByrne period that she found [[GreenLanternRing [[ImaginationBasedSuperpower many different uses]] for the force fields, such as powerful attack (suffocating an enemy inside a force field, creating a field ''inside'' an enemy and expanding it until they explode, etc,) and as a mode of transportation. As such, Susan is now usually considered not only the most powerful member of the team, but one of the most powerful characters in the entire Marvel universe, and her personality has [[TookALevelInBadass changed accordingly]], as she realized she didn't need to bow to anyone.



** For a ''lesser'' example (which just goes to show how bad these situations ''could'' be), when we first met Jean Grey, her powers were only good for levitating as much as she could physically carry. She was considerably more useful than day-one Sue and Wasp, but compared to Beast, Cyclops, and Iceman, her powers weren't so great. Even Angel ''made'' more of a non-combat power (having flight alone ''should'' make you a bullet sponge, but with incredible agility, high flying speeds, and super-strong wings, he could kick some ''serious'' evil mutant posterior even pre-Archangel.) to the degree that Jean fell behind. However, she had incredible precision with her powers, and the 'school' theme means, like her teammates, she became stronger and more skilled with her powers as time went. Eventually, she became so powerful that she reached HumanoidAbomination levels...at least before the {{retcon}} hit. But even after that she's still one of the most powerful mutants.

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** For a ''lesser'' example (which just goes to show how bad these situations ''could'' be), when we first met Jean Grey, Comicbook/JeanGrey, her powers were only good for levitating as much as she could physically carry. She was considerably more useful than day-one Sue and Wasp, but compared to Beast, Cyclops, and Iceman, her powers weren't so great. Even Angel ''made'' more of a non-combat power (having flight alone ''should'' make you a bullet sponge, but with incredible agility, high flying speeds, and super-strong wings, he could kick some ''serious'' evil mutant posterior even pre-Archangel.) to the degree that Jean fell behind. However, she had incredible precision with her powers, and the 'school' theme means, like her teammates, she became stronger and more skilled with her powers as time went. Eventually, she became so powerful that she reached HumanoidAbomination levels...at least before the {{retcon}} hit. But even after that she's still one of the most powerful mutants.



* Both [[GravityMaster Xander]] and Comicbook/TheFlash have a secondary power born from "having become one with an aspect of reality" in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5237318/1/Crush Crush]]'': the power to sense where breasts are with larger ones being easier to detect. When Batman questions why Flash never mentioned said power, he points out that having breast radar is [[UselessSuperpowers basically never useful]], even in search and rescue operations since it doesn't help him find men (or young girls). Though apparently both Flash and Xander can detect [[BoobsOfSteel Powergirl]] anywhere on the planet.

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* Both [[GravityMaster Xander]] and Comicbook/TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash have a secondary power born from "having become one with an aspect of reality" in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5237318/1/Crush Crush]]'': the power to sense where breasts are with larger ones being easier to detect. When Batman questions why Flash never mentioned said power, he points out that having breast radar is [[UselessSuperpowers basically never useful]], even in search and rescue operations since it doesn't help him find men (or young girls). Though apparently both Flash and Xander can detect [[BoobsOfSteel Powergirl]] anywhere on the planet.



* ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'': Kid Omega's power is [[http://cdn-www.cracked.com/phpimages/photoshop/5/3/8/1538_slide.jpg?v=2 retractable spines all over his body]]. Onscreen, we only see him use them to ''hug'' a lady to death. However, it's played like his powers should be at least mildly intimidating to the X-Men, who can regenerate, shoot lighting, etc.
** When Magneto holds his meeting for mutants, he points out that there are a lot of weak mutants with powers that just make them unusual or have what amounts to aesthetic differences - a lot of them don't have much in the way of powers, but still get singled out for being different at all.

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* ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'': Kid Omega's power is [[http://cdn-www.cracked.com/phpimages/photoshop/5/3/8/1538_slide.jpg?v=2 retractable spines all over his body]]. Onscreen, we only see him use them to ''hug'' a lady to death. However, it's played like his powers should be at least mildly intimidating to the X-Men, who can regenerate, shoot lighting, etc. \n** When Magneto holds his meeting for mutants, he points out that there are a lot of weak mutants with powers that just make them unusual or have what amounts to aesthetic differences - a lot of them don't have much in the way of powers, but still get singled out for being different at all.



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* The4400:''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'':



** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dW8p1bQ9So This one, with guest star]] RobinWilliams, features heroes Run Away From Danger Man, Paranoid Man, and Captain Pork.

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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dW8p1bQ9So This one, with guest star]] RobinWilliams, Creator/RobinWilliams, features heroes Run Away From Danger Man, Paranoid Man, and Captain Pork.



** A sketch featured "The Interesting Four":
** Weather Woman, who could change the air temperature of the room she was in by up to ''eight degrees'' in either direction;
** Staple, whose thumb was a stapler;
** Seiko, who, by pressing a button on his watch, would go back in time by one second one second one second one second (this continued until someone else snapped him out of it); and
** Mister Wonderful. He doesn't have any powers, he's just Mister Wonderful!
* Another ''sketch had more conventional superheroes, where Franchise/TheFlash was clearly underwhelmed by Comicbook/AntMan's powers.

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** A sketch featured "The Interesting Four":
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Four": Weather Woman, who could change the air temperature of the room she was in by up to ''eight degrees'' in either direction;
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direction; Staple, whose thumb was a stapler;
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stapler; Seiko, who, by pressing a button on his watch, would go back in time by one second one second one second one second (this continued until someone else snapped him out of it); and
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and Mister Wonderful. He doesn't have any powers, he's just Mister Wonderful!
* ** Another ''sketch sketch had more conventional superheroes, where Franchise/TheFlash was clearly underwhelmed by Comicbook/AntMan's powers.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', the various deities you get your powers from are the gods of things like fire, restoration, water, etc. The cat, Kabegami, however, is the God of ''Walls'', and while being able to walk up vertical surfaces may seem pretty handy, in practice it's limited to a few very specific paths marked by Kabegami statues and pawprints. Oh well. The power is mainly only useful for OneHundredPercentCompletion.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', the various deities you get your powers from are the gods of things like fire, restoration, water, etc. The cat, Kabegami, however, is the God of ''Walls'', and while being able to walk up vertical surfaces may seem pretty handy, in practice it's limited to a few very specific paths marked by Kabegami statues and pawprints. Oh well. The power is mainly only useful for OneHundredPercentCompletion.HundredPercentCompletion.



* In the ''Webvideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl'', resident ButtMonkey Ma-Ti gets his ass handed to him by everyone while shouting "Heart" as his battle cry, then subverted as it suddenly becomes more badass when he repeats while repeatedly firing a gun. "Look out, Ma-Ti is packing heat!" Turned UpToEleven in their 3-year anniversary, where heart [[spoiler:is the only thing that can beat the evil wizard.]]

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* In the ''Webvideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl'', resident ButtMonkey Ma-Ti gets his ass handed to him by everyone while shouting "Heart" as his battle cry, then subverted as it suddenly becomes more badass when he repeats while repeatedly firing a gun. "Look out, Ma-Ti is packing heat!" Turned UpToEleven in their 3-year anniversary, where heart [[spoiler:is the only thing that can beat the evil wizard.]]wizard]].



''Angelica:''' Any idiot can [[VisibleInvisibility see a dotted line]].

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''Angelica:''' '''Angelica:''' Any idiot can [[VisibleInvisibility see a dotted line]].



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', the 80s series, also gives unicorns single-use magic - the most useless-seeming is Fizzy with her bubble powers. However, WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer was in full effect, and the ditzy, childlike pony was actually the ''best'' at figuring a way to make her power useful. However, the basic unicorn ability is ''teleportation.'' However, its usefulness is {{Nerfed}} by the fact that you can only teleport through open space - even a ''net'' is too much. Teleportation is most useful in that series when cheating at hide-and-seek.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', the 80s series, also gives unicorns single-use magic - the most useless-seeming is Fizzy with her bubble powers. However, WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer was in full effect, and the ditzy, childlike pony was actually the ''best'' at figuring a way to make her power useful. However, the basic unicorn ability is ''teleportation.'' However, its usefulness is {{Nerfed}} {{Nerf}}ed by the fact that you can only teleport through open space - even a ''net'' is too much. Teleportation is most useful in that series when cheating at hide-and-seek.
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