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2nd Dec '16 1:41:41 PM Morgenthaler
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** [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Sondra_Marshak Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath]] did this to Spock in their TOS fan fiction novels, ''The Price of the Phoenix'', ''The Fate of the Phoenix'' and ''The Prometheus Design''. According to them, canon Spock on the show was ''way'' suppressing his actual abilities so as to live among the PunyEarthlings; under normal conditions, Vulcans are so physically and mentally powerful as to be almost godlike. They use this to explain the ''Intrepid'' having an all-Vulcan crew in "The Immunity Syndrome". In ''Prometheus Design'' the legendary Vulcan Admiral Savaj gives Spock a WorldOfCardboardSpeech advising him to unleash his inner {{Badass}}. Spock does so, takes command, and tells the crew he will have [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "instant, unqualified, unargued obedience"]] as it would be on a Vulcan ship; at one point he literally leaps a tall wall in a single bound. [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Physical strength]] is Marshak's AuthorAppeal.

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** [[http://fanlore.org/wiki/Sondra_Marshak Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath]] did this to Spock in their TOS fan fiction novels, ''The Price of the Phoenix'', ''The Fate of the Phoenix'' and ''The Prometheus Design''. According to them, canon Spock on the show was ''way'' suppressing his actual abilities so as to live among the PunyEarthlings; under normal conditions, Vulcans are so physically and mentally powerful as to be almost godlike. They use this to explain the ''Intrepid'' having an all-Vulcan crew in "The Immunity Syndrome". In ''Prometheus Design'' the legendary Vulcan Admiral Savaj gives Spock a WorldOfCardboardSpeech advising him to unleash his inner {{Badass}}.badass. Spock does so, takes command, and tells the crew he will have [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "instant, unqualified, unargued obedience"]] as it would be on a Vulcan ship; at one point he literally leaps a tall wall in a single bound. [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Physical strength]] is Marshak's AuthorAppeal.
24th Nov '16 9:10:15 AM TheSinful
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** Sensui's original personality is so strong that he can't use his full power in the human world without destroying it, the world's "physics cannot hold him". He avoids doing so despite wanting to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt because he only wants to wipe out humanity, not destroy the world. [[spoiler:Or so he claims.]]
5th Nov '16 10:15:43 PM DarkHunter
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* Both the first and final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' are listed as having 80 ATK and DEF, values surpassed only by the [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll No Mercy route]] superbosses]]. But the former doesn't actually ''want'' to hurt you [[spoiler:-- and nor does the latter, for that matter --]] and a monster's strength is directly proportional to its KillingIntent. [[spoiler:The TrueFinalBoss, Asriel, is listed as having ''infinite'' attack power, which should logically mean that he could instantly end the fight. Once again, though, he's implied to be subconsciously holding back because, deep down, he doesn't really ''want'' to hurt the player.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''
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Both the first and final boss of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' are listed as having 80 ATK and DEF, values surpassed only by the [[spoiler:[[KillEmAll No Mercy route]] superbosses]]. But the former doesn't actually ''want'' to hurt you [[spoiler:-- and nor does the latter, for that matter --]] and a monster's strength is directly proportional to its KillingIntent. [[spoiler:The
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TrueFinalBoss, Asriel, [[spoiler:Asriel]], is listed as having ''infinite'' attack power, which should logically mean that he could instantly end the fight. Once again, though, he's implied to be subconsciously holding back because, [[spoiler:because, deep down, he doesn't really ''want'' to hurt the player.]]]]
** It is implied that [[NiceGuy Papyrus]] is actually much stronger than his fight with you would imply, but is holding back because he is simply too nice to hurt you (When he defeats you it ends in a capture rather than an actual GameOver), and Undyne later remarks that the only reason she won't make him a Royal Guard is she couldn't bare to see such a nice guy subjected to combat. If you spare him during what was otherwise a No Mercy run, his dialogue also hints that he can use the same [[WaveMotionGun Gaster Blasters]] used by the ''most difficult boss in the game''.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' it is implied that [[NiceGuy Papyrus]] is actually much stronger than his fight with you would imply, but is holding back because he is simply too nice to hurt you (When he defeats you it ends in a capture rather than an actual GameOver), and Undyne later remarks that the only reason she won't make him a Royal Guard is she couldn't bare to see such a nice guy subjected to combat. If you spare him during what was otherwise a No Mercy run, his dialogue also hints that he can use the same [[WaveMotionGun Gaster Blasters]] used by the ''most difficult boss in the game''.
5th Nov '16 10:12:56 PM DarkHunter
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** Gym Leaders in general are this as well. As their purpose is to test the skills of trainers, they purposely tailor their teams to be just a little more powerful than the teams of starting trainers. Only when they know you're a powerful and skilled trainer will they go all-out and use their most powerful Pokemon.

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** Gym Leaders in general are this as well. As their purpose is to test the skills of trainers, they purposely tailor their teams to be just a little more powerful than the teams of starting trainers. Only when In some games, you can challenge them to rematches upon reaching the endgame, and they know you're a powerful and skilled trainer will they go all-out and use have Championship-level teams, implying that those are their most powerful Pokemon.true fighters.
29th Oct '16 11:57:09 AM Derleth
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* Chinese renminbi. The government enforces that the exchange rate of renminbi is lower than its real value. The purpose is to make Chinese goods very cheap when exported, and to immunize the renminbi against the Western's casino capitalism. So far it has been SuperEffective. It's also so they can make sure the money in the hands of their populace (from what little wage they make) is practically worthless and has no buying power.

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* Chinese renminbi. The government enforces that the exchange rate of renminbi is lower than its real value. The purpose is to make Chinese goods very cheap when exported, and to immunize the renminbi against the Western's casino capitalism.exported. So far it has been SuperEffective. It's also so they can make sure the money in the hands of their populace (from what little wage they make) is practically worthless and has no buying power.
13th Oct '16 4:20:11 AM gophergiggles
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* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow.'' The one reason why you, [[spoiler:the reincarnation of the BigBad who always gets his ass kicked by the Belmonts,]] are able to bring Julius Belmont to his knees is because he sensed Soma's soul[[spoiler: as well as Dracula's]]. Imagine how fast you'd die if a badass like Julius ''WASN'T'' holding back.

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* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow.'' The one reason why you, [[spoiler:the reincarnation of the BigBad who always gets his ass kicked by the Belmonts,]] are able to bring Julius Belmont to his knees is because he sensed Soma's soul[[spoiler: as well as Dracula's]]. Imagine how fast you'd die if a badass like Julius ''WASN'T'' holding back.back, considering he's ''already'' [[ThatOneBoss the most difficult boss in the game]].
8th Oct '16 7:53:44 AM gophergiggles
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' it is implied that [[NiceGuy Papyrus]] is actually much stronger than his fight with you would imply, but is holding back because he is simply too nice to hurt you (When he defeats you it ends in a capture rather than an actual GameOver), and Undyne later remarks that the only reason she won't make him a Royal Guard is she couldn't bare to see such a nice guy subjected to combat. If you spare him during what was otherwise a No Mercy run, his dialogue also hints that he can use the same [[WaveMotionGun Gaster Blasters]] used by the ''most difficult boss in the game''.
2nd Aug '16 10:06:37 AM Tron80
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* ComicBook/{{Superman}} is always doing this because he's so powerful, the rest of the world may as well be [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech made of cardboard]], and the slightest lapse in control on his part could kill someone. When the modern Kara Zor-El ({{Supergirl}}) arrived on Earth, it was thought she was actually more powerful than Superman. Superman had been holding back so long it seemed that even he forgets what he can do when he lets go. She caused a lot of property damage in the early issues. (It seems she does still have the edge in flight speed, whereas he has an edge in strength and toughness.)

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* ComicBook/{{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} is always doing this because he's so powerful, the rest of the world may as well be [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech made of cardboard]], and the slightest lapse in control on his part could kill someone. When the modern Kara Zor-El ({{Supergirl}}) ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' arrived on Earth, Earth -in the post-Crisis universe-, it was thought she was actually more powerful than Superman. Superman because had been holding back so long it seemed that even he forgets what he can do when he lets go. She caused a lot of property damage in the early issues. (It go (it seems she does still have the edge in flight speed, whereas he has an edge in strength and toughness.)toughness)
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'': Supergirl holds back the whole time for the same reasons her cousin does: she's too powerful and she'll kill someone if her control slips.
** When the modern Kara Zor-El (Supergirl) arrived on Earth, she caused a lot of property damage in the early issues until she learned how to control her enormous strength.
** Even when she briefly went out of her mind in ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' due to the influence of the Red Ring, Supergirl instinctively held back because she didn't want to hurt anybody.
30th Jun '16 8:24:40 PM Lyner
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* Akari from AriaTheScarletAmmo AA appears to have graduated with top marks from the ImperialStormTrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. She can't hit anything no matter how close it is. Then it's revealed [[spoiler:she's descended from a line of noble assassins and is able to hit all the most lethal points on an enemy without even really aiming. Since this skill is so instinctual at this point she has to fight to avoid targeting those points, an effort that results in her not only missing those points but missing the target entirely.]]
26th Jun '16 1:29:06 PM Taxima
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' implies this about your player character, the Warrior of Light, come ''Heavensward''. After defeating the Primal [[BloodKnight Ravana]], [[spoiler:Iceheart]] notes that [[spoiler:she]] hasn't seen your character fight that strongly since [[spoiler:she summoned/became Shiva]]. This implies that the Warrior of Light holds back unless fighting a significant threat like the Primals or Ascians.
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