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12th Feb '16 6:34:44 AM EDP
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*** A smaller example happened during the Black Saints mini-arc, where he held back even his chains due the BigBad being his brother ''and'' being caught by his counterpart while he was trying to save a poisoned Seiya from falling down a cliff. Then Seiya throws himself down and Black Andromeda mocks both of them... It's not pretty.
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*** A smaller example happened during the Black Saints mini-arc, where he held back even his chains due the BigBad being his brother ''and'' being caught by his counterpart while he was trying to save a poisoned Seiya from falling down a cliff. Then Seiya throws himself down and Black Andromeda mocks both of them... It's not pretty.[[BewareTheNiceOnes Before dying in a very messy way]].
12th Feb '16 6:33:15 AM EDP
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** In the anime, the Inner Senshi tend to hold back to avoid collateral damage, and only cut loose twice: at the end of the first season, where there's nothing to damage and even after being mortally wounded make short work of Beryl's five strongest youma, and in the battle on the asteroid during the first movie, at which point they waste an ''army'' of enemies.

** Gold Saint Virgo Shaka deliberately keeps his eyes closed when he battles his foes -- his constant meditation means that he devotes only a fraction of his attention to the outside world. People who know him, even fellow Gold Saints, are ''very'' afraid of him opening his eyes, because that means [[LetsGetDangerous he has stopped meditating]] and is now ''fully focused'' on the enemy. ** Another ''Saint Seiya'' example would be Bronze Saint Andromeda Shun; he literally refuses to wound others or take a life, even when the circumstances call for it, and gets called out on it several times by his foes. There is a theory that he actually mastered the seventh sense (though the fact is never openly stated, it is still highly believable) way before anyone else but always refused to use this tremendous power because of the havoc it could wreak. The first to actually see this is his master to whom Shun said he wanted to show his true power, and his Silver Cloth (remember, Shun is supposed to be a mere Bronze Saint) gets blown to ashes by an imperfect blow ; the second one to see it is Pisces Aphrodite once he ripped Shun's Cloth and chains off his body, forcing him into unleashing the Nebula Stream and Storm. Cue the OhCrap look on his face when he realizes he sort of just removed Shun's wards. His advanced mastery of Cosmo is further supported by the fact that (especially in the manga), at the drop of a hat, he could muster the willpower to land a hit on the Gemini Gold Saint even dimensions, once it was established breaking Gemini's spell would help save Hyoga who was sent in Another Dimension. He then repeats the feat when giving Hyoga, currently a HumanPopsicle freshly released from an ice coffin, IntimateHealing, with a Cosmo burning probably strong enough to rival with Aquarius Camus in the first place to revert the freezing. WillfullyWeak most of the time, and mostly when it comes to fighting, all right.
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** Gold Saint Virgo Shaka deliberately keeps his eyes closed when he battles his foes -- his constant meditation means that he devotes only a fraction of his attention to the outside world. People who know him, even fellow Gold Saints, are ''very'' afraid of him opening his eyes, because that means [[LetsGetDangerous he has stopped meditating]] and is now ''fully focused'' on the enemy. enemy... And has the power to [[CurbStompBattle easily take on any three Gold Saints]]. ** Another ''Saint Seiya'' example would be Bronze Saint Andromeda Shun; he literally refuses to wound others or take a life, even when the circumstances call for it, and gets called out on it several times by his foes. There is a theory that he actually mastered the seventh sense (though the fact is never openly stated, it is still highly believable) way before anyone else but always refused to use this tremendous power because of the havoc it could wreak. The first to actually see this is his master to whom Shun said he wanted to show his true power, and his Silver Cloth (remember, Shun is supposed to be a mere Bronze Saint) gets blown to ashes by an imperfect blow ; the second one to see it is Pisces Aphrodite once he ripped destroyed Shun's Cloth and chains off his body, chains, forcing him into to unleashing the Nebula Stream and Storm. Cue the OhCrap look on his face when he realizes he sort of just removed Shun's wards. His advanced mastery of Cosmo is further supported by the fact that (especially in the manga), at the drop of a hat, he could muster the willpower to land a hit on the Gemini Gold Saint even dimensions, once it was established breaking Gemini's spell would help save Hyoga who was sent in Another Dimension. He then repeats the feat when giving Hyoga, currently a HumanPopsicle freshly released from an ice coffin, IntimateHealing, with a Cosmo burning probably strong enough to rival with Aquarius Camus in the first place to revert the freezing. WillfullyWeak most of the time, and mostly when it comes to fighting, all right.right. *** A smaller example happened during the Black Saints mini-arc, where he held back even his chains due the BigBad being his brother ''and'' being caught by his counterpart while he was trying to save a poisoned Seiya from falling down a cliff. Then Seiya throws himself down and Black Andromeda mocks both of them... It's not pretty.
6th Feb '16 5:27:36 AM neoamon
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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. In many games he seems to just move fast enough to get through a situation and show off, but we can judge by other games and various cutscenes that he is much faster than he lets on. Also, Fleetway's Sonic would rather not have to go Super because Super Sonic is ChaoticEvil and likes killing people and destroying entire planets just to stave off boredom. By extension, Super Sonic after he is separated from Sonic. He knows that if he uses his immense powers, he will go crazy and destroy the world.
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* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog''. In many games he seems to just move fast enough to get through a situation and show off, but we can judge by other games and various cutscenes that he is much faster than he lets on. Also, Fleetway's SonicTheComic Sonic would rather not have to go Super because Super Sonic is ChaoticEvil and likes killing people and destroying entire planets just to stave off boredom. By extension, Super Sonic after he is separated from Sonic. He knows that if he uses his immense powers, he will go crazy and destroy the world.
29th Nov '15 3:19:25 AM StarTropes
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** The ancient Egyptian priest Mahad locks away a portion of his strength, for fear of the damage it could cause. When he seals himself and the tomb robber Bakura in a pyramid away from innocent bystanders, he taps back into this hidden strength to strengthen his Illusion Magician.
5th Nov '15 9:21:53 AM nombretomado
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* ''TheSentry'' is an example of this as well. The more power he uses, the more insane he gets. When he is finally allowed to cut loose on the Hulk in World War Hulk, he loses control and becomes a bigger threat to the world than 'the worldbreaker'. * [[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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* ''TheSentry'' ''ComicBook/TheSentry'' is an example of this as well. The more power he uses, the more insane he gets. When he is finally allowed to cut loose on the Hulk in World War Hulk, he loses control and becomes a bigger threat to the world than 'the worldbreaker'. * [[TheMightyThor [[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.
22nd Oct '15 8:19:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* At the end of Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''{{Sphere}}'' [[spoiler:the surviving characters (some of them, anyway) will themselves into simply ''forgetting'' their PhysicalGod status, thus losing it, on the off chance they go mad with power.]]
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* At the end of Creator/MichaelCrichton's ''{{Sphere}}'' ''Literature/{{Sphere}}'' [[spoiler:the surviving characters (some of them, anyway) will themselves into simply ''forgetting'' their PhysicalGod status, thus losing it, on the off chance they go mad with power.]]

* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'' [[spoiler: Vasher suppresses his Returned Breath so that he can pass as normal.]] He can, of course, unleash it whenever he wants. He's pretty badass even without it, though.
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* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'' ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' [[spoiler: Vasher suppresses his Returned Breath so that he can pass as normal.]] He can, of course, unleash it whenever he wants. He's pretty badass even without it, though.

* In the [[TheDresdenFiles Dresdenverse]] anyone who bears the [[TheFairFolk Winter]] Knight's [[ClingyMacguffin mantle]] must restrain themselves this way or risk falling victim to TheCorruption. (We've seen at least one Knight who gave into temptation to use it at full power, and the results were ''not'' pretty.) It takes a lot of HeroicWillpower to even resist the mantle's conscious urges, and even then, the Knight gradually grows accustomed to the strength and speed it gives him, forgetting the limitations of normal people and becoming increasingly cruel. [[spoiler:The protagonist]] is clearly established as a {{Determinator}}, and even he acknowledges that he won't be able to stave its urges off eventually. In ''Cold Days'' he submits to the mantle's energy to win an especially difficult fight, and his ensuing actions are both unnervingly [[NightmareFuel sadistic]] and [[OneManArmy very powerful.]]
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* In the [[TheDresdenFiles [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Dresdenverse]] anyone who bears the [[TheFairFolk Winter]] Knight's [[ClingyMacguffin mantle]] must restrain themselves this way or risk falling victim to TheCorruption. (We've seen at least one Knight who gave into temptation to use it at full power, and the results were ''not'' pretty.) It takes a lot of HeroicWillpower to even resist the mantle's conscious urges, and even then, the Knight gradually grows accustomed to the strength and speed it gives him, forgetting the limitations of normal people and becoming increasingly cruel. [[spoiler:The protagonist]] is clearly established as a {{Determinator}}, and even he acknowledges that he won't be able to stave its urges off eventually. In ''Cold Days'' he submits to the mantle's energy to win an especially difficult fight, and his ensuing actions are both unnervingly [[NightmareFuel sadistic]] and [[OneManArmy very powerful.]]
12th Oct '15 1:21:14 PM narm00
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* Seen in flashback ''LightNovel/{{Log Horizon}}'' when two of the characters are remembering their first adventures in the game. The player who helped them get started set his level low (taking all his stats down in the progress) in order to maintain game balance while tutoring them.
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* Seen in flashback in ''LightNovel/{{Log Horizon}}'' when two of the characters are remembering their first adventures in the game. The player who helped them get started set his level low (taking all his stats down in the progress) in order to maintain game balance while tutoring them.

* Same with Captain Britain, who learned about all this while teaming with Spider-Man. Half-canine criminals don't deserve a max-power punch in the snout (Doggy-girl survived, her bills paid by the Cap). * ''TheSentry'' is an example of this as well. The more power he uses, the more insane he gets. When he is finally allowed to cut loose on the Hulk in World War Hulk, he loses control and becomes a bigger threat to the world then 'the worldbreaker'.
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* Same with Captain Britain, ComicBook/CaptainBritain, who learned about all this while teaming with Spider-Man. Half-canine criminals don't deserve a max-power punch in the snout (Doggy-girl survived, her bills paid by the Cap). * ''TheSentry'' is an example of this as well. The more power he uses, the more insane he gets. When he is finally allowed to cut loose on the Hulk in World War Hulk, he loses control and becomes a bigger threat to the world then than 'the worldbreaker'.
29th Sep '15 3:29:58 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Teri has PsychicPowers and can deploy an energy barrier. But she always tries to hide them and pretend she is normal.
11th Sep '15 10:07:55 PM nombretomado
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* Jaime Reyes, aka BlueBeetle, regularly has to [[KidWithTheLeash talk his suit down from using its more lethal abilities]]. It's implied that the suit's abilities go as far as ''deicide''.
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* Jaime Reyes, aka BlueBeetle, ComicBook/BlueBeetle, regularly has to [[KidWithTheLeash talk his suit down from using its more lethal abilities]]. It's implied that the suit's abilities go as far as ''deicide''.
11th Sep '15 4:25:26 PM MyFinalEdits
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* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': In this ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' crossover Shinji pretends he is way, way weaker than he is in order to hide his secret identity and lead a normal life.
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* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': In this ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': ** Shinji pretends he is way, way weaker than he is in order to hide his secret identity and lead a normal life.

* ''FanFic/TheSecondTry'': [[PeggySue After traveling back to the past]] [[TheHero Shinji]] [[BattleCouple and]] [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] are more emotionally stable, more experienced, more determined and are aware of their [[HumongousMecha robots']] true nature. Since piloting Evas depends heavily on their emotional state, their sync ratios are incredibly high. Still they suppress them during tests in order to keep up appearances. Though this causes odd fluctuations in their ratios that do not go unnoticed.
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* ''FanFic/TheSecondTry'': [[PeggySue After traveling back to the past]] [[TheHero Shinji]] [[BattleCouple and]] [[FieryRedhead Asuka]] Shinji and Asuka are more emotionally stable, more experienced, more determined and are aware of their [[HumongousMecha robots']] true nature. Since piloting Evas depends heavily on their emotional state, their sync ratios are incredibly high. Still they suppress them during tests in order to keep up appearances. Though this causes odd fluctuations in their ratios that do not go unnoticed.
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