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21st Apr '18 2:10:18 PM LavonPapillon1
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* ''Fanfic/LadybugInAHalfShell'': When April clarifies that the American foes are mutants and not akumatized villains (thus are not innocent people BrainwashedAndCrazy), Chat Noir revealed that he was holding back and utterly [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomps]] Rahzar, Xever and Rocksteady shortly after.
15th Feb '18 12:28:33 AM TravisLanceHawkins
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A PowerLimiter in which a character is intentionally suppressing their true strength, be it by magic, technology, willpower, or just by not powering up. Can be for all sorts of reasons. Maybe they want to give their opponent a fair shot at winning. Maybe they [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength don't know their own strength]], or letting loose would simply uncork their PowerIncontinence. Maybe they [[IJustWantToBeNormal just want to be normal]]. Maybe they are afraid of the [[HeroInsurance collateral damage]]. Maybe they want to try this WeakButSkilled thing so they learn to fight tactically rather than steamroll others with brute force. Or maybe it's just to [[DramaPreservingHandicap keep their power from overtaking the plot]].

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A PowerLimiter in which a character is intentionally suppressing their true strength, be it by magic, technology, willpower, or just by not powering up. Can be for all sorts of reasons. Maybe they want to [[IAmNotLeftHanded give their opponent a fair shot at winning. winning.]] Maybe they [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength don't know their own strength]], or letting loose would simply uncork their PowerIncontinence. Maybe they [[IJustWantToBeNormal just want to be normal]]. Maybe they are afraid of the [[HeroInsurance collateral damage]]. Maybe they want to try this WeakButSkilled thing so they learn to fight tactically rather than steamroll others with brute force. Or maybe it's just to [[DramaPreservingHandicap keep their power from overtaking the plot]].
11th Jan '18 3:00:29 AM TroperBeDoper
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* Hanzo of ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' is no slouch with his bow. But the willful weakness comes when you remember he's a master ''swordsman'' as well. Even more skilled than his brother, Genji. But he refuses to ever wield a sword again, as the last time he did was when he was ordered to kill Genji.
29th Dec '17 3:33:11 PM AndreaTx
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* In season 3 of ''Series/TheFlash'', Caitlin wears a necklace that suppresses her powers because her evil alter ego, Killer Frost, takes over whenever they're activated.
20th Nov '17 10:07:13 PM Premonition45
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** In another episode, a young woman is discovered to be the daughter of two renegade Q, who were killed by a tornado (and Q pretty much admits they were assassinated by their fellow Q) before they could reveal the truth to her. At first, she ends up abusing her newfound powers, as well as using them to help others, but then Q give her an ultimatum: she can either stay with the humans but is forbidden from using her powers or leave with him to join the Q Continuum. She quickly realizes that she can't let others come to harm as long as she has the power to help them and leaves with Q.

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** In another episode, "True Q", a young woman is discovered to be the daughter of two renegade Q, who were killed by a tornado (and Q pretty much admits they were assassinated by their fellow Q) before they could reveal the truth to her. At first, she ends up abusing her newfound powers, as well as using them to help others, but then Q give her an ultimatum: she can either stay with the humans but is forbidden from using her powers or leave with him to join the Q Continuum. She quickly realizes that she can't let others come to harm as long as she has the power to help them and leaves with Q.
13th Nov '17 12:39:18 PM NoSpoilerz
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** 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''. One has to wonder, considering that [[spoiler:said most difficult boss is Sans, his brother]]; a character who is noted to actually have pretty weak stats, but is a formidable foe exactly because he does not hold back at all against the player in his boss fight and [[spoiler:even cheats by [[SNKBoss subverting several turn-based RPG conventions]] during the fight]], one has got to wonder what Papyrus, who has much better stats, would look like if sufficiently angered?

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** 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''. One has to wonder, considering that [[spoiler:said most difficult boss is Sans, his brother]]; a character who is noted to actually have pretty weak stats, but is a formidable foe exactly because he does not hold back at all against the player in his boss fight and [[spoiler:even cheats by [[SNKBoss subverting several turn-based RPG conventions]] during the fight]], one has got to wonder what Papyrus, who has much better stats, would look like if sufficiently angered?angered...
10th Nov '17 10:04:41 AM nighttrainfm
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* On the lower end of the scale, Cassandra Cain / [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Batgirl]] has CharlesAtlasSuperpower even by Batman's standards, but (almost) never uses more force than strictly necessary. In one issue, Batman leaves her guarding an unconscious superhuman, and tells her to hit him hard enough to crush a normal skull if he moves. When he starts to get up, she drives his head through the floorboards.
6th Nov '17 11:03:27 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'': [[WorldsBestWarrior Sieglinde Jeremiah]]'s fighting style is meant to force opponents into submitting so she doesn't have to use her full power. How strong is she actually? During their match, Micaiah suffered ''actual'' injuries after getting directly hit by Sieg's Geistqual, implying it was strong enough to go through the DSAA injury simulation system.[[note]] A system that lets fighters experience the effects of attacks on their bodies without actually harming them (e.g an attack that can possibly cause a broken arm limits arm movement and causes pain). This to protect participants from potentially life threatening or career threatening injuries[[/note]]
22nd Oct '17 12:17:44 AM creader
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** 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]].

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** 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]], Luthor uses this ability without restraint in order to [[StuffBlowingUp blow up huge areas of the Tower]].
18th Sep '17 6:55:31 PM BobTanaka
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* Princess Celestia in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is always portrayed as being extremely powerful; one of her royal duties is raising the sun, which according to ''The Journal of the Two Sisters'' used to take whole teams of unicorn wizards working together, and would often have disastrous side effects. The episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E10ARoyalProblem "A Royal Problem"]] implies that Celestia holds back considerably because she's actually ''afraid'' of just how dangerous she could be if she let herself go.

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* Princess Celestia in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is always portrayed as being extremely powerful; one of her royal duties is raising the sun, which according to ''The Journal of the Two Sisters'' used to take whole teams of unicorn wizards working together, and would often have disastrous side effects. The Even so, the episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E10ARoyalProblem "A Royal Problem"]] implies that Celestia holds back considerably because she's actually ''afraid'' of just how dangerous she could be if she let herself go.
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