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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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** [[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.
17th Jun '16 7:55:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''ThatMitchellAndWebbSound'' - Angel Summoner and the BMX Bandit. One can summon hordes of immensely powerful angels. One rides a BMX. Any guess as to whose power tends to get used?

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* ''ThatMitchellAndWebbSound'' ''Radio/ThatMitchellAndWebbSound'' - Angel Summoner and the BMX Bandit. One can summon hordes of immensely powerful angels. One rides a BMX. Any guess as to whose power tends to get used?
22nd May '16 11:11:42 PM TheSinful
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* 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.
16th May '16 11:30:49 AM MagnusForce
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* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', the SuperheroEpisode had Heloise become [[BubbleGun Trouble Bubble Girl]]. Jimmy and Beezy laugh...until Heloise shows her powers off.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', the second SuperheroEpisode had Heloise become [[BubbleGun Trouble Bubble Girl]]. Jimmy and Beezy laugh...until Heloise shows her powers off.
14th May '16 9:24:02 PM nombretomado
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* The InteractiveFiction series ''The Frenetic Five'' features a group of superheroes in a world where not all powers are awesome. The player character, Improv, has the power of "thinking ''MacGyver'' was a rank amateur," (a power which doesn't actually have any effect on the game -- the player himself is expected to provide that power in the form of solving puzzles through improvization). His teammates are:

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* The InteractiveFiction series ''The Frenetic Five'' features a group of superheroes in a world where not all powers are awesome. The player character, Improv, has the power of "thinking ''MacGyver'' ''Series/MacGyver'' was a rank amateur," (a power which doesn't actually have any effect on the game -- the player himself is expected to provide that power in the form of solving puzzles through improvization). His teammates are:
11th May '16 9:40:09 PM Scorntex
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** Rewind turns into a memory stick. After several million years of ribbing about an alt-mode that has to be carried everywhere, he's kind of sensitive.
-->'''Rewind:''' This is how it starts. Let's all have a go at Rewind because he turns into a memory stick, and not a - a super space tank or whatever!
11th May '16 2:45:22 PM Ninja857142
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** At one point, Black Widow playfully ribs Hawkeye by saying that he's important because the other Avengers have to work together to humor him into thinking he actually contributes something.
** Also subverted in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' which shows [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower that he is a man who never misses, regardless of what he is using.]] And that he is TheHeart of the team, grounding the resident god, supersoldier, rampaging monster, and Billionaire Playboy in reality somewhat by not letting their power go to their heads.

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** At one point, Black Widow playfully ribs Hawkeye by saying that he's important because the other Avengers have to work together to humor him into thinking he actually contributes something. \n She's probably joking (after all, she's not really [[HypocriticalHumor one to talk]]).
** Also subverted in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' which shows [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower that he is a man who never misses, regardless of what he is using.]] And that he is TheHeart of the team, grounding the resident god, supersoldier, rampaging monster, and Billionaire Playboy in reality somewhat by not letting their power go to their heads. He's also the only one to beat ''both'' Maximoff twins through his own efforts, whereas none of the other Avengers ever really beat even one on their own (Cap strikes Quicksilver down, but only when he was disoriented).
8th May '16 7:49:49 AM Hanz
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If they won the SuperpowerLottery and still have one of these powers, it's FlightStrengthHeart. If he's suddenly in a situation where the power is useful all by itself, it's ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman. If he's able to hold his own in a fight through good old training and determination, he FightsLikeANormal.

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SuperZeroes often suffer from this. If they won the SuperpowerLottery and still have one of these powers, it's FlightStrengthHeart. If he's suddenly in a situation where the power is useful all by itself, it's ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman. If he's able to hold his own in a fight through good old training and determination, he FightsLikeANormal.
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