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29th Jan '17 7:07:13 AM Ccook1956
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* Another hero-invoked instance: WesternAnimation/DangerMouse to the Demon of the Fourth Dimension after DM traps the Demon in a corridor between his dimension and ours (episode "Demons Aren't Dull").
29th Jan '17 7:02:05 AM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} is usually powerless when Bluto/Brutus finds away to part him from his spinach. But somehow Popeye finds a way to retrieve spinach from unlikely sources and right the wrongs.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} is usually powerless when Bluto/Brutus finds away to part him from his spinach. But somehow Popeye finds a way to retrieve spinach from unlikely sources and right the wrongs.
29th Jan '17 7:01:19 AM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} is usually powerless when Bluto/Brutus finds away to part him from his spinach. But somehow Popeye finds a way to retrieve spinach from unlikely sources and right the wrongs.
30th Dec '16 9:31:48 AM nombretomado
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* Virtually epidemic in the TheDCAU.

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* Virtually epidemic in the TheDCAU.Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse.
27th Nov '16 5:32:48 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', Vixen taunts Ray Palmer about this when she finds out all his abilities come from his PoweredArmor. He retorts that her abilities come from her amulet, but she explains that she's also a martial artist. Palmer steps up when his armor is stolen and later destroyed, proving he can be a hero without it.
22nd Oct '16 10:38:03 PM SpocktorWho
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* Used in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''. BigBad Lothor mocks the titular rangers for having lost their ranger powers. They then kindly remind him that they are still trained ninjas with ElementalPowers, which they use to knock him into the Abyss of Evil five feet behind him.


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* Used in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''. BigBad Lothor mocks the titular rangers for having lost their ranger powers. They then kindly remind him that they are still trained ninjas with ElementalPowers, which they use to knock him into the Abyss of Evil five feet behind him.
* Awkwardly, this trope is done hero to hero in season six of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. When Castiel's powers are suppressed for an episode [[spoiler:courtesy of Eve]], Dean promptly calls him "a baby in a trench coat." Although Castiel ''is'' generally less effective without his powers (seeing as they include SuperStrength and teleportation), [[BroughtDownToBadass he's still intelligent and combat capable]] and has saved Sam and Dean's lives without them before. One can only wonder how much that little comment might have influenced the [[SanitySlippage season]] [[WeUsedToBeFriends ender...]]
19th Sep '16 11:04:01 PM PaulA
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* [[spoiler:Played with]] at the end of the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' novel ''On A Pale Horse'', Satan bluntly tells the incarnation of Death that Death is nothing without his magic. So, the person who assumed the role of Death takes off all of the magic items (cloak, gloves, boots, etc). [[spoiler:But, Death's powers are part of him and cannot be taken by Satan, or by taking the items -- Satan was lying.]]

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* [[spoiler:Played with]] at the end of the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' novel ''On A Pale Horse'', ''Literature/OnAPaleHorse'', Satan bluntly tells the incarnation of Death that Death is nothing without his magic. So, the person who assumed the role of Death takes off all of the magic items (cloak, gloves, boots, etc). [[spoiler:But, Death's powers are part of him and cannot be taken by Satan, or by taking the items -- Satan was lying.]]
12th Sep '16 7:29:40 AM Gamermaster
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* Alessi in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' Part III gloats when he manages to turn Jotaro into a kid with his Stand. He's confident he can beat Jotaro since Jotaro didn't have his Stand Star Platinum when he was a child. Seven year old Jotaro pummels Alessi anyway. Hilariously, this means that Jotaro's mother Holly was wrong about [[UsedToBeASweetKid Jotaro being a sweet kid who only recently turned bad]]. He was ''always'' a badass.

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* Alessi in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' Part III gloats when he manages to turn Jotaro into a kid with his Stand. He's confident he can beat Jotaro since Jotaro didn't have his Stand Star Platinum when he was a child. Seven year old Jotaro pummels Alessi anyway. Hilariously, this means that Jotaro's mother Holly was wrong about [[UsedToBeASweetKid Jotaro being a sweet kid who only recently turned bad]]. He was ''always'' a badass.
4th Sep '16 6:57:03 AM Morgenthaler
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Compare AmuletOfDependency; Contrast MagicFeather, where the "phlebotinum" is just a psychological aid: the power was in the character all along.

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Relates to UselessWithoutPowers. Compare AmuletOfDependency; Contrast MagicFeather, where the "phlebotinum" is just a psychological aid: the power was in the character all along.
4th Aug '16 8:55:55 AM Morgenthaler
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** Steve Rogers sneers at Stark, "Big man in a [[PoweredArmor suit of armor]]. Take that away and what are you?" Stark immediately responds, "A genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist." However, the question of whether Stark has the heart of a hero is not concluded until the finale.

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** Steve Rogers sneers at Stark, "Big man in a [[PoweredArmor suit of armor]]. Take that away and what are you?" Stark immediately responds, "A genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist." Rogers then immediately shoots down Stark's smug reply by pointing out he knew plenty of better men who had none of that. However, the question of whether Stark has the heart of a hero is not concluded until the finale.
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