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10th Feb '16 8:28:12 PM merotoker
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->''"Heart!? ''Heart''!? They get [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[BlowYouAway wind]] and [[MakingASplash water]], and I get fucking heart!? What a ripoff! Why can't I get any flashy powers? Heart? Are you kidding me!? What a fucking coup! I mean, you can't do anything with heart. What, you make people feel better? Who gives a shit!? I mean, this kid totally got ripped off."'' -->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''' on [[TropeNamer Ma-ti]] from ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''
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->''"Heart!? ''Heart''!? They get [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[BlowYouAway wind]] fire, wind and [[MakingASplash water]], water, and I get fucking heart!? What a ripoff! Why can't I get any flashy powers? Heart? Are you kidding me!? What a fucking coup! I mean, you can't do anything with heart. What, you make people feel better? Who gives a shit!? I mean, this kid totally got ripped off."'' -->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''' on [[TropeNamer [[TropeNamers Ma-ti]] from ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers''

** Flashback character Corazon ate the Nagi Nagi no Mi (Nagi, meaning "calm" in Japanese), which basically gives him the power to be a...soundless human. To be specific, he can create an invisible bubble around him from which no sound can escape- no one outside can hear him, and those inside the bubble can't hear the outside. While it's very good for stealth, it has no obvious combat applications. Although, Corazon does use it effecitvly for a action sequence where he effectively ambushes a pirate stronghold without making ANY sounds, including fire burning, glass breaking, gun firing or EXPLOSIONS.
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** Flashback character Corazon ate the Nagi Nagi no Mi (Nagi, meaning "calm" in Japanese), which basically gives him the power to be a...soundless human. To be specific, he can create an invisible bubble around him from which no sound can escape- no one outside can hear him, and those inside the bubble can't hear the outside. While it's very good for stealth, it has no obvious combat applications. Although, Corazon does use it effecitvly effectively for a an action sequence where he effectively ambushes a pirate stronghold without making ANY sounds, including fire burning, glass breaking, gun firing or EXPLOSIONS.

* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', Kazari Uiharu is an esper like [[ShockAndAwe Mikoto]] and [[TeleportersAndTransporters Kuroko]], but her power is rather underwhelming: she can maintain an object's current temperature so long as she's touching it. However, she can only tolerate touching the usual range of temperatures a normal human can, and she doesn't seem to be able to affect her own body with it either. She usually uses her ability to keep takeout food warm or stop ice cream from melting.
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* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', Kazari Uiharu is an esper like [[ShockAndAwe Mikoto]] and [[TeleportersAndTransporters [[{{Teleportation}} Kuroko]], but her power is rather underwhelming: she can maintain an object's current temperature so long as she's touching it. However, she can only tolerate touching the usual range of temperatures a normal human can, and she doesn't seem to be able to affect her own body with it either. She usually uses her ability to keep takeout food warm or stop ice cream from melting.

** [[Characters/XMenVillains Toad]]. He originally had the power to jump high, period. He actually made good use of it (mainly as a distraction to set you up to be nailed by the more powerful Brotherhood members, but he was able to kick fairly hard with those leg muscles) and like many of these characters, has since received a beef-up (He's now mainly known for his prehensile tongue and the ability to spit slime at his enemies, on top of having very strong leg muscles). Although back in the day, the reason Magneto recruited him was more so he could have an expendable lackey than because of the usefulness of his powers.
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** [[Characters/XMenVillains [[Characters/XMenBrotherhoodOfMutants Toad]]. He originally had the power to jump high, period. He actually made good use of it (mainly as a distraction to set you up to be nailed by the more powerful Brotherhood members, but he was able to kick fairly hard with those leg muscles) and like many of these characters, has since received a beef-up (He's now mainly known for his prehensile tongue and the ability to spit slime at his enemies, on top of having very strong leg muscles). Although back in the day, the reason Magneto recruited him was more so he could have an expendable lackey than because of the usefulness of his powers.

** One Legion story was all about this trope. Dream Girl whose dreams are always prophetic was in an attempted mugging against herself and Karate Kid. She contemplated leaving the Legion because her power is useless in a fight. She is reminded of the value of her power the following night when she [[spoiler:saves Karate Kid's life because one of her prophetic dreams warned her that he was going to die, of wounds he unknowingly suffered in the attempted mugging.]]
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** One Legion story was all about this trope. Dream Girl whose dreams are always prophetic was in an attempted mugging against herself and Karate Kid. She contemplated leaving the Legion because her power is useless in a fight. She is reminded of the value of her power the following night when she [[spoiler:saves Karate Kid's life because one of her prophetic dreams warned her that he was going to die, of wounds he unknowingly suffered in the attempted mugging.]]mugging]].

* ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'': Kid Omega's power is 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.
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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.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.

* ''Series/MutantX'', an action show that obviously was based on X-Men, has a guy who can shoot [[ShockAndAwe lightning from his hands]], a girl who is [[AnimalThemedSuperbeing crazy cat-like]], a dude who can either [[IntangibleMan ghost himself]] or make himself [[TakenForGranite as hard as a statue]] and a girl who... has weak [[TheEmpath telepath powers.]] The last is often kept back at base. In later seasons they all get upgrades, and the telepath gains a weird "mental missile" attack that does manage to take out whoever it hit (but having no effect on the surrounding area); she still gets left behind, though. Emma's powers eventually grows to the point where she can erase memories with a thought and ca keep an army from discovering a weird-looking jet in a jungle clearing. As she explains to Jesse, to do this she has to remove all safeguards from her mind, meaning she won't be blocking anybody's thoughts. While she's saying that, she's wearing an outfit with lots of cleavage, which Jesse just happens to look at. Her reaction to his thoughts shows that she's not pleased. Apparently, the writers thought this made her too powerful, requiring a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge to be dropped]].
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* ''Series/MutantX'', an action show that obviously was based on X-Men, has a guy who can shoot [[ShockAndAwe lightning from his hands]], a girl who is [[AnimalThemedSuperbeing crazy cat-like]], a dude who can either [[IntangibleMan [[{{Intangibility}} ghost himself]] or make himself [[TakenForGranite as hard as a statue]] and a girl who... has weak [[TheEmpath telepath powers.]] The last is often kept back at base. In later seasons they all get upgrades, and the telepath gains a weird "mental missile" attack that does manage to take out whoever it hit (but having no effect on the surrounding area); she still gets left behind, though. Emma's powers eventually grows to the point where she can erase memories with a thought and ca keep an army from discovering a weird-looking jet in a jungle clearing. As she explains to Jesse, to do this she has to remove all safeguards from her mind, meaning she won't be blocking anybody's thoughts. While she's saying that, she's wearing an outfit with lots of cleavage, which Jesse just happens to look at. Her reaction to his thoughts shows that she's not pleased. Apparently, the writers thought this made her too powerful, requiring a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge to be dropped]].

* It's hard not to feel this way about Riley Blue in ''Series/{{Sense8}}''. While the rest of the sensates contribute various skills (fighting, acting, police experience, kick-boxing, hacking, scientific know-how) to the group, Riley's special skill is music. This creates some of the deepest and most profound moments of bonding between the eight sensates (who share a sort of hive mind with each other) but it's no coincidence that Riley is the one who ends up the DistressedDamsel in the final episode, contributing nothing to her rescue while all the others have pivotal roles to play.
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* It's hard not to feel this way about Riley Blue in ''Series/{{Sense8}}''. While the rest of the sensates contribute various skills (fighting, acting, police experience, kick-boxing, hacking, scientific know-how) to the group, Riley's special skill is music. This creates some of the deepest and most profound moments of bonding between the eight sensates (who share a sort of hive mind with each other) but it's no coincidence that Riley is the one who ends up the DistressedDamsel DamselInDistress in the final episode, contributing nothing to her rescue while all the others have pivotal roles to play.

* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkAndTheStickOfTruth'', Scott Malkinson boasts that he has "the power of diabetes." Unlike the game's other silly superpowers, like the Dovahkiin's {{Fartillery}} and the Jew class [[CriticalStatusBuff gaining power through his people's suffering]], this confers no benefits.
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* In ''VideoGame/SouthParkAndTheStickOfTruth'', ''VideoGame/SouthParkTheStickOfTruth'', Scott Malkinson boasts that he has "the power of diabetes." Unlike the game's other silly superpowers, like the Dovahkiin's {{Fartillery}} and the Jew class [[CriticalStatusBuff gaining power through his people's suffering]], this confers no benefits.

* In ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfQuest'', the magician-in-training Anna specializes in bringing inanimate objects to life. In the beginning, no matter what spell she tries to do, she ends up bringing things to life by accident (lthough considering she brought A MOUNTAIN to life and then it helped them in a fight, even though the fight was almost over, it might not be so lame). After a while, it seems she has started to be able to do other spells, but animating stuff is still about 80% of her powers. Although, being a parody of fantasy campaigns, most characters are pretty one-sided. Way just shows the way, Prince Nestor can only rarely shoot some energy balls but usually just sucks in a fight, Grair only flies... and most of the other characters only fight. But considering most of those can actually fight well, only Nestor would count as lame.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/WorldOfQuest'', the magician-in-training Anna specializes in bringing inanimate objects to life. In the beginning, no matter what spell she tries to do, she ends up bringing things to life by accident (lthough (although considering she brought A MOUNTAIN to life and then it helped them in a fight, even though the fight was almost over, it might not be so lame). After a while, it seems she has started to be able to do other spells, but animating stuff is still about 80% of her powers. Although, being a parody of fantasy campaigns, most characters are pretty one-sided. Way just shows the way, Prince Nestor can only rarely shoot some energy balls but usually just sucks in a fight, Grair only flies... and most of the other characters only fight. But considering most of those can actually fight well, only Nestor would count as lame.

* ''Series/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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* ''Series/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'', ''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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9th Feb '16 7:45:31 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' likes this, although several of them prove to be much more useful once they get used to them. But Alisha's power is to [[PowerIncontinence uncontrollably]] make any guy who touches her try to have sex with her. [[spoiler: Nikki]]'s ability to teleport would be good if she could control when it happened or where she went, but as is, is nothing but a liability. The girl who can make people go bald. Still, all of them pale beside the guy whose "power" is to mentally become a dog. This brings no enhanced abilities at all, and is just an especially embarrassing form of sleepwalking (i.e. naked and impersonating a dog whilst running around the streets of London). Subverted with a character who had the power of telekinesis, but only for milk (he called it Lactokenesis). After being roundly mocked, the character found he was able to kill people by filling their wind pipe and lungs with dairy from their own stomach.
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* ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' likes this, although several of them prove to be much more useful once they get used to them. But Alisha's power is to [[PowerIncontinence uncontrollably]] make any guy who touches her try to have sex with her. [[spoiler: Nikki]]'s ability to teleport would be good if she could control when it happened or where she went, but as is, is nothing but a liability. The girl who can make people go bald. Still, all of them pale beside the guy whose "power" is to mentally become a dog. This brings no enhanced abilities at all, and is just an especially embarrassing form of sleepwalking (i.e. naked and impersonating a dog whilst running around the streets of London). Subverted with a character who had the power of telekinesis, but only for milk (he called it Lactokenesis). After being roundly mocked, the character found he was able to [[LethalHarmlessPowers kill people by filling their wind pipe and lungs with dairy from their own stomach.]] ** There was one guy whose power was that he became a tortoise. A completely normal, non-powered tortoise. And he couldn't change back on his own. ** Taking ecstasy reverses the effects of a person's powers, often turning them into this and BlessedWithSuck. For example, anyone who touched Alisha irrationally hated her, Kelly's reversed telepathy made her verbalize all her thoughts, and Nathan's immortality transformed so that he was even ''more'' mortal than the average person.
8th Feb '16 3:01:33 PM Natty
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[[folder:Visual Novels]] * ''VisualNovel/HalloweenOtome'': When looking at a list of her teammates skills, Emma’s is the only one without an impressive list of skills (stating simply, unknown). Mr. Bandages comments on this a few times. [[/folder]]
7th Feb '16 3:46:56 AM jormis29
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He —> Her
* While the ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' franchise has quite a lot of characters ([[VoluntaryShapeshifting or forms]], in the hero's case) being shining examples of HeartIsAnAwesomePower, supervillain Nyancy-Chan from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' is quite infamous in the fandom for being ridiculously weak. He sole ability is to control felines, which ''could'' have been an actually useful ability in another setting. Unfortunately for her, she lives in the Ben 10 universe, where the hero has possibly the most overpowered MultiformBalance in fiction and takes on alien invaders on regular basis. [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman The only time she was allowed to be even close to a threat was when he accidentally turned into the single feline form of his arsenal]].
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* While the ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' franchise has quite a lot of characters ([[VoluntaryShapeshifting or forms]], in the hero's case) being shining examples of HeartIsAnAwesomePower, supervillain Nyancy-Chan from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' is quite infamous in the fandom for being ridiculously weak. He Her sole ability is to control felines, which ''could'' have been an actually useful ability in another setting. Unfortunately for her, she lives in the Ben 10 universe, where the hero has possibly the most overpowered MultiformBalance in fiction and takes on alien invaders on regular basis. [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman The only time she was allowed to be even close to a threat was when he accidentally turned into the single feline form of his arsenal]].
7th Feb '16 3:21:56 AM Theokal3
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* While the ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' franchise has quite a lot of characters ([[VoluntaryShapeshifting or forms]], in the hero's case) being shining examples of HeartIsAnAwesomePower, supervillain Nyancy-Chan from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' is quite infamous in the fandom for being ridiculously weak. He sole ability is to control felines, which ''could'' have been an actually useful ability in another setting. Unfortunately for her, she lives in the Ben 10 universe, where the hero has possibly the most overpowered MultiformBalance in fiction and takes on alien invaders on regular basis. [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman The only time she was allowed to be even close to a threat was when he accidentally turned into the single feline form of his arsenal]].
5th Feb '16 9:57:31 PM TheSinful
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* In ''FanFic/TheEyesHaveIt'', Kurenai Yuuhi has a doujutsu that let's her slightly (1.5x) magnify objects she's looking at. According to her, it's mostly useful for reading fine print.
1st Feb '16 6:42:12 AM AnotherGuy
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* Wheeler actually mocks Ma-Ti in the comic book adaptation of ''Captain Planet'' #3, directly invoking the trope, "What kind of useless power is heart?" Of course, we then learn Ma-Ti can read minds. '''Read.''' '''Minds.''' That power is one of the most ''useful'' powers of all - just ask [[Franchise/XMen Professor X]]. He then makes fun of Ma-Ti '''pacifying guards and making them go to sleep'''. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. And his power can actually talk to animals - basically having Franchise/{{Aquaman}}'s ability, but with land animals not sea life.
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* Wheeler actually mocks Ma-Ti in the comic book adaptation of ''Captain Planet'' #3, directly invoking the trope, "What kind of useless power is heart?" Of course, we then learn Ma-Ti can read minds. '''Read.''' '''Minds.''' That power is one of the most ''useful'' powers of all - just ask [[Franchise/XMen Professor X]]. He then makes fun of Ma-Ti '''pacifying guards and making them go to sleep'''. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. And his power can actually talk to animals - basically having Franchise/{{Aquaman}}'s ability, but with land animals not sea life. Finally, his power has the ability to have the target look into their own ''soul''. And Wheeler still mocks him. Right.
1st Feb '16 6:40:47 AM AnotherGuy
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* Wheeler actually mocks Ma-Ti in the comic book adaptation of ''Captain Planet'' #3, directly invoking the trope, "What kind of useless power is heart?" Of course, we then learn Ma-Ti can read minds. '''Read.''' '''Minds.''' That power is one of the most ''useful'' powers of all - just ask [[Franchise/XMen Professor X]]. He then makes fun of Ma-Ti '''pacifying guards and making them go to sleep'''. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
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* Wheeler actually mocks Ma-Ti in the comic book adaptation of ''Captain Planet'' #3, directly invoking the trope, "What kind of useless power is heart?" Of course, we then learn Ma-Ti can read minds. '''Read.''' '''Minds.''' That power is one of the most ''useful'' powers of all - just ask [[Franchise/XMen Professor X]]. He then makes fun of Ma-Ti '''pacifying guards and making them go to sleep'''. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. And his power can actually talk to animals - basically having Franchise/{{Aquaman}}'s ability, but with land animals not sea life.
1st Feb '16 6:34:39 AM AnotherGuy
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* One character actually mocks Ma-Ti in the comic book adaptation of ''Captain Planet'' #3, directly invoking the trope, "What kind of useless power is heart?" Of course, we then learn Ma-Ti can read minds. '''Read.''' '''Minds.''' That power is one of the most ''useful'' powers of all - just ask [[Franchise/XMen Professor X]].
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* One character Wheeler actually mocks Ma-Ti in the comic book adaptation of ''Captain Planet'' #3, directly invoking the trope, "What kind of useless power is heart?" Of course, we then learn Ma-Ti can read minds. '''Read.''' '''Minds.''' That power is one of the most ''useful'' powers of all - just ask [[Franchise/XMen Professor X]]. He then makes fun of Ma-Ti '''pacifying guards and making them go to sleep'''. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
1st Feb '16 6:31:17 AM AnotherGuy
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* One character actually mocks Ma-Ti in the comic book adaptation of ''Captain Planet'' #3, directly invoking the trope, "What kind of useless power is heart?" Of course, we then learn Ma-Ti can read minds. '''Read.''' '''Minds.''' That power is one of the most ''useful'' powers of all - just ask [[Franchise/XMen Professor X]].
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