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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.]]
4th Dec '16 3:09:06 PM Arachnos
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** The main character is a similar case to some members of the Legion of Substitute Heroes, such as Fire Lad or Polar Lad, below. His (newly-acquired) power is not useless at all, being a ridiculous level of SuperStrength. However, as he has zero control over it, every time he uses it he cripples himself. As time goes by he finds ways to use it more effectively.
** Minoru Mineta also sees his Quirk (generating sticky balls from his head) as this, but it's actually fairly useful for weighing opponents down and locking them in place.
4th Dec '16 2:21:48 PM Arachnos
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** Chlorophyll Kid also suffered from the same problem, really. His ability to "grow plants really fast" was powerful enough to let him create [[ManEatingPlant giant botanical monsters]], but his inability to control them led to them becoming a threat to allies and enemies alike.
4th Dec '16 2:11:59 PM Arachnos
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** Poor Barnell Bohusk, aka Beak. His mutation was less a "power" and more a freak deformity. Basically, he had avian physiology in all the wrong ways. On top of being legendarily ugly (his face was a horrific mishmash of human and bird), he also had light and hollow bones, like birds, making him quite frail without the ability to properly fly to compensate (he could glide and sorta fly, with very great effort, though it is possible that he could have become able to fly properly later on). At least he had enhanced eyesight and dangerous talons he could fight with, but none of that really made up for his weaknesses.
2nd Dec '16 1:48:32 PM Morgenthaler
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** Sean Cassidy a.k.a. Banshee is mostly famous for screaming at people to knock them down or at the ground to (somehow) fly. The story delves into some of his lesser-known powers and the lesser-known properties of sound -- for instance, he's got a powerful CompellingVoice, he controls sound in a small area around him, so he can move in complete silence, he's got a form of superhearing that allows him to use his own footsteps as sonar and he can shatter anything if he hits its resonant frequency. Including wands, bone and diamond. Fairly formidable, even before you take into account the fact that he's had [[BadassGrandpa nearly fifty years]] to get very, very good with his powers. He's also [[OlderThanTheyLook physically about thirty]] due to a NoodleIncident involving [[ShoutOut 'a living island,]] [[ComicBook/XMen name of Krakoa']] and a {{Badass}} of note, who's prepared for his powers being nullified by training in hand to hand. Natasha notes that he's a particularly skilled practitioner of Aikido.

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** Sean Cassidy a.k.a. Banshee is mostly famous for screaming at people to knock them down or at the ground to (somehow) fly. The story delves into some of his lesser-known powers and the lesser-known properties of sound -- for instance, he's got a powerful CompellingVoice, he controls sound in a small area around him, so he can move in complete silence, he's got a form of superhearing that allows him to use his own footsteps as sonar and he can shatter anything if he hits its resonant frequency. Including wands, bone and diamond. Fairly formidable, even before you take into account the fact that he's had [[BadassGrandpa nearly fifty years]] to get very, very good with his powers. He's also [[OlderThanTheyLook physically about thirty]] due to a NoodleIncident involving [[ShoutOut 'a living island,]] [[ComicBook/XMen name of Krakoa']] and a {{Badass}} badass of note, who's prepared for his powers being nullified by training in hand to hand. Natasha notes that he's a particularly skilled practitioner of Aikido.
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