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19th Mar '17 4:26:13 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Usually, being able to shrink is an okay power so long as you have something to back it up; [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Ant-Man, the Wasp]], [[ComicBook/TheAtom the Atom]], and [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Shrinking Violet]] have all had moderately successful careers. However, Doll Man was a guy who had the shrinking ability and nothing else. Often, adventures involving him were the type where his specific skills were required. While he was a moderate hit for Quality Comics in [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks the Golden Age]] (enough to earn himself a love interest sidekick, Doll Girl) interest in him waned quickly. (DC Comics has tried to revive him a few times by upgrading his powers, but interest has yet to be rekindled.)
* The Man O Metal was the brainchild of H. G. Peters, co-creator of ComicBook/WonderWoman, and his powers, while not lame, were kind of limited. Originally a blue-collar worker in a steel mill, an accident where molten steel was dumped on him somehow gave him the ability to turn his skin to blazing-hot metal. The problem? It doesn’t last long, and he needs to contact open flame to use it. One would think this guy would carry a cigarette lighter with him, but for most of his heroic career (which wasn’t long, as Peters had little time to expand it once Wonder Woman became a smash hit) he relied on accidental sparks from radiators, ovens, backfiring cars, and cigars, among other things.
4th Mar '17 2:31:30 PM KnightLight321
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* Andrew "Smitty" Smith of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has the power to subconsciously create order where there was none, or as Parley puts it [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=385 "his super power is to make everything boring!"]]
** Shame he only can do it subconsciously, if could use it at will he could make a killing cleaning people's houses. "Clean your house in 30 seconds with magical powers only $200".
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=766 It has]] its uses, however. The most promising application so far was turning [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=769 inconvenient]] [[InconvenientSummons spontaneous teleport]] into [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=790 precise eyeblink-fast teleport]].

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* Andrew "Smitty" Smith of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has the power Andrew's etheric ability is to subconsciously create order where there was none, impose order, or as Parley puts it [[http://www.it,[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=385 "his super power is to make everything boring!"]]
** Shame he only can do
boring!"]] [[SubvertedTrope That being said]], it subconsciously, if could use gradually becomes more useful as Andrew becomes more competent at using it at will he could make a killing cleaning people's houses. "Clean your house in 30 seconds with magical powers only $200".
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=766 It has]] its uses, however. The most promising application so far was turning [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=769 inconvenient]] [[InconvenientSummons spontaneous teleport]]
and eventually develops into [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=790 precise eyeblink-fast teleport]].borderline RealityWarping thanks to being able to manipulate probability and subtly produce beneficial results for Andrew and anyone he's close to. His ability just isn't as flashy as, say, Parley's [[FlashStep teleportation]] or Annie's [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinesis]].
28th Feb '17 12:26:22 AM BattleMaster
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** For that matter, Reed's stretching powers can seem a tad useless in a lot of situations (he's never displayed the kind of limitless shapeshifting abilities of, say, ComicBook/PlasticMan). But Reed's ''real'' super-power is being [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist the most brilliant scientist on Earth]]. It's actually been implied a few times in different continuities that his stretching is related to his super-genius: by contracting the neural connections in his brain, he can actually think and learn ''faster'' than a normal human brain should be capable of (he was already a genius, but his powers make him a ''super''-genius)

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** For that matter, Reed's stretching powers can seem a tad useless in a lot of situations (he's never displayed the kind of limitless shapeshifting abilities of, say, ComicBook/PlasticMan). But Reed's ''real'' super-power is being [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist the most brilliant scientist on Earth]]. It's actually been implied a few times in different continuities that his stretching is related to his super-genius: by contracting the neural connections in his brain, he can actually think and learn ''faster'' than a normal human brain should be capable of (he was already a genius, but his powers make him a ''super''-genius)''super''-genius). [[ReedRichardsIsUseless This is still only of limited usefulness]].
24th Feb '17 6:00:46 PM Sammettik
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* Wheeler of ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' is even ''more'' useless than Ma-Ti, the {{Trope Namer|s}} 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.

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* Wheeler of ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' is even ''more'' actually ended up just useless than as Ma-Ti, the {{Trope Namer|s}} 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, practices]], and thus he too was never allowed to set ''anyone or anything'' on fire.use his power to its full extent.
5th Feb '17 7:25:19 PM Az_Tech341
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* Hannah, in Literature/HeroesSaveTheWorld, can make coins disappear. This, in a setting full of more conventionally-scaled powers, like controlling fire or seeing the future.

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* %%* Hannah, in Literature/HeroesSaveTheWorld, can make coins disappear. This, disappear in a setting full of more conventionally-scaled powers, like controlling fire or seeing the future.
5th Feb '17 12:29:29 PM Schol-R-LEA
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': students with weak or highly limited powersets are almost as BlessedWithSuck as those with [[BodyHorror severe GSD]], both at [[AcademyOfAdventure school]] due to the massive power differentials and the large number of bullies, and outside, because of FantasticRacism against {{Mutant}}s. While the school does its level best to find MundaneUtility for even the most minor powers, its priority of helping the students survive means that a lot of the time all they can do is teach them to keep their heads down.
4th Feb '17 2:15:10 PM RJamesGauvreau
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* Hannah, in Literature/HeroesSaveTheWorld, can make coins disappear. This, in a setting full of more conventionally-scaled powers, like controlling fire or seeing the future.
27th Dec '16 12:56:14 PM DustSnitch
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Not every character is this lucky. It is a fact of life that leadership tends to favor the BadAss, [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass even if their level difference has been no fault of the weaker character himself]]. [[CantCatchUp Soon they will be ignored in favor of other, more interesting characters]] and eventually [[TheLoad people will even question why they are still on the team at all]]. They may even turn into TheScrappy.

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Not every character is this lucky. It is a fact of life that leadership tends to favor the BadAss, badass, [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass even if their level difference has been no fault of the weaker character himself]]. [[CantCatchUp Soon they will be ignored in favor of other, more interesting characters]] and eventually [[TheLoad people will even question why they are still on the team at all]]. They may even turn into TheScrappy.



** Parodied and subverted with the character of Sewer Urchin. A useless comic relief hero most of the time, often seeming [[TheDitz less than bright]] with Rain-Man-like speech patterns and frequently [[ButtMonkey the butt of jokes]] about the way he smelled, one episode suddenly takes place in the sewers. All of a sudden, we learn about a huge subterranean ecosystem in which Sewer Urchin is an intelligent BadAss and his aboveground friends are reduced to bumbling FishOutOfWater. By the end of the episode, the Tick and Arthur have even picked up Sewer Urchin's "normal" speech patterns of stuttering shy bewilderment and Sewer Urchin has begun referring to them with the benign condescension he receives on the surface.

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** Parodied and subverted with the character of Sewer Urchin. A useless comic relief hero most of the time, often seeming [[TheDitz less than bright]] with Rain-Man-like speech patterns and frequently [[ButtMonkey the butt of jokes]] about the way he smelled, one episode suddenly takes place in the sewers. All of a sudden, we learn about a huge subterranean ecosystem in which Sewer Urchin is an intelligent BadAss badass and his aboveground friends are reduced to bumbling FishOutOfWater. By the end of the episode, the Tick and Arthur have even picked up Sewer Urchin's "normal" speech patterns of stuttering shy bewilderment and Sewer Urchin has begun referring to them with the benign condescension he receives on the surface.
17th Dec '16 11:29:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/LawrenceWattEvans' ''[[Literature/TheLegendsOfEthshar With a Single Spell]]'', the orphaned apprentice's eponymous lone firestarting spell is useless and laughable the entire book, until it plays a deadly role in the end. Also, when the protagonist is trapped in a dead mage's extraplanar castle and is going through all the spellbooks for a means of escape, he casts the {{Badass}} but extremely lame spell "Jalger's Jar Opener". This spell summons a 9-foot silvery spike-covered demonic entity. To open a jar for you. After which it disappears...

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* In Creator/LawrenceWattEvans' ''[[Literature/TheLegendsOfEthshar With a Single Spell]]'', the orphaned apprentice's eponymous lone firestarting spell is useless and laughable the entire book, until it plays a deadly role in the end. Also, when the protagonist is trapped in a dead mage's extraplanar castle and is going through all the spellbooks for a means of escape, he casts the {{Badass}} badass but extremely lame spell "Jalger's Jar Opener". This spell summons a 9-foot silvery spike-covered demonic entity. To open a jar for you. After which it disappears...



* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Linkara deconstructed the {{Trope Namer|s}} himself in his review of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' comic; said deconstruction can be found in the Western Animation section. He also deconstructed this trope as it applies to Aquaman. When the subject came up at one point, he went on a lengthy tract pointing out all of the legitimately {{Badass}} aspects of Aquaman's character and powers (He's King of the Ocean -- the entire thing, 70% of ''the planet'', mind you -- and controls the Atlantean's navy, all of the SuperStrength, NighInvulnerability, and SuperSpeed that being able to survive, much less swim really fast, in the crushing depths of the ocean entails, as well as being able to summon the likes of sharks, whales, and '''Cthulhu''' to lend a hand if he felt like it), and noting that he ''is'' badass in virtually every media in which he appears... with the '''[[NeverLiveItDown sole exception]]''' of ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' (and parodies written by people who seem to only know Aquaman ''through Super Friends'').

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* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Linkara deconstructed the {{Trope Namer|s}} himself in his review of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' comic; said deconstruction can be found in the Western Animation section. He also deconstructed this trope as it applies to Aquaman. When the subject came up at one point, he went on a lengthy tract pointing out all of the legitimately {{Badass}} badass aspects of Aquaman's character and powers (He's King of the Ocean -- the entire thing, 70% of ''the planet'', mind you -- and controls the Atlantean's navy, all of the SuperStrength, NighInvulnerability, and SuperSpeed that being able to survive, much less swim really fast, in the crushing depths of the ocean entails, as well as being able to summon the likes of sharks, whales, and '''Cthulhu''' to lend a hand if he felt like it), and noting that he ''is'' badass in virtually every media in which he appears... with the '''[[NeverLiveItDown sole exception]]''' of ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' (and parodies written by people who seem to only know Aquaman ''through Super Friends'').
11th Dec '16 3:12:21 AM iroanxi
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* ''FanFic/ThisBites'': A Devil Fruit that allows you to turn into a human child would be pretty much useless for anyone. [[spoiler:Unless they happen to be an inanimate object, like a ship.]]
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