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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.
22nd Jun '16 8:04:03 PM MyFinalEdits
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* {{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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* {{Superman}} 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.)



* {{Spider-Man}} usually pulls his punches to avoid seriously injuring the people he fights. It's subverted in ''Spider-Man vs. Wolverine'' when he accidentally kills an assassin... who happens to be Wolverine's ex-girlfriend.

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* {{Spider-Man}} ComicBook/SpiderMan usually pulls his punches to avoid seriously injuring the people he fights. It's subverted in ''Spider-Man vs. Wolverine'' when he accidentally kills an assassin... who happens to be Wolverine's ex-girlfriend.



* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' has TheFlash's secondary ability, which you almost never see: he can vibrate at an incredibly fast rate, creating an unstable resonance. When he ends up [[FreakyFridayFlip swapping bodies with Luthor]] Luthor uses this ability without restraint in order to [[StuffBlowingUp blow up huge areas of the Tower]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' has TheFlash's ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
** There's ComicBook/TheFlash's
secondary ability, which you almost never see: he can vibrate at an incredibly fast rate, creating an unstable resonance. When he ends up [[FreakyFridayFlip swapping bodies with Luthor]] Luthor uses this ability without restraint in order to [[StuffBlowingUp blow up huge areas of the Tower]].
22nd Jun '16 6:38:01 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* {{Spider-Man}} usually pulls his punches to avoid seriously injuring the people he fights. It's subverted in ''Spider-Man vs. Wolverine'' when he accidentally kills an assassin...who happens to be Wolverine's ex-girlfriend.

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* {{Spider-Man}} usually pulls his punches to avoid seriously injuring the people he fights. It's subverted in ''Spider-Man vs. Wolverine'' when he accidentally kills an assassin... who happens to be Wolverine's ex-girlfriend.



* [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], the Norse god of thunder, has to intentionally hold himself back when fighting due to him not wanting to kill his enemies, make his friends feel weak in comparison or harm a lot of innocent bystanders and cause huge collateral damage.

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* [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], the Norse god of thunder, has to intentionally hold himself back when fighting due to him not wanting to kill his enemies, make his friends feel weak in comparison or harm a lot of innocent bystanders and cause huge collateral damage. When he cuts loose, the collateral damage can include ''planets.''



** Chapter 75 has Doctor Strange inform Jean Grey that she's actually far more powerful than she ever realised - in terms of raw power, she's actually the strongest psychic in history by quite some margin. After that, she [[spoiler: [[TookALevelInBadass promptly used Cerebro to astrally project herself into Asgard and break Gravemoss' sleeping beauty style enchantment on Thor.]]]]

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** Chapter 75 has Doctor Strange inform Jean Grey that she's actually far more powerful than she ever realised - in terms of raw power, she's actually the strongest psychic in history by quite some margin. After that, she [[spoiler: [[TookALevelInBadass promptly used Cerebro to astrally project herself into Asgard and break Gravemoss' sleeping beauty style enchantment on Thor.Thor before immediately getting involved in the big fight and telekinetically crushing tens of thousands of demons like juice cartons.]]]]
26th May '16 2:16:38 AM 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.

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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.]]
5th May '16 4:34:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Because he hates so much that he has it, the only time in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries'' that Michael uses [[spoiler:magic]] is when he's in a life or death situation and activates it without thinking.

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* Because he hates so much that he has it, the only time in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries'' ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' that Michael uses [[spoiler:magic]] is when he's in a life or death situation and activates it without thinking.
25th Mar '16 4:29:47 PM Ramidel
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** In the [[TropeNamer Trope Naming]] WorldOfCardboardSpeech, Superman explains that he has to be this nearly all the time, because he is ''so immensely powerful'' that he has to take extra care not to break the world around him. But since Darkseid can ''take'' his strength, he doesn't need to screw around anymore.
17th Mar '16 1:08:34 AM Perseus
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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:-- nor does the latter, for that matter --]] and a monster's strength is directly proportional to its KillingIntent.

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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.
17th Mar '16 1:07:25 AM Perseus
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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:-- nor does the latter, for that matter --]] and a monster's strength is directly proportional to its KillingIntent.
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