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16th May '18 10:34:14 AM ultimomant
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* ''Fanfic/FatesCollide'': Tamamo no Mae disarms Glynda Goodwitch of her riding crop and calls her useless without her "magic wand". Glynda corrects her that the riding crop is not the source of her powers, it just helps her focus.
30th Mar '18 4:57:30 PM thatother1dude
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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.

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Relates to UselessWithoutPowers.Contrast SuperWeaponAverageJoe, where someone really ''is'' just coasting on their equipment's strength. Compare AmuletOfDependency; Contrast MagicFeather, where the "phlebotinum" is just a psychological aid: the power was in the character all along.
14th Feb '18 9:17:01 PM lakingsif
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** And in the Season 8 comics we get a truly awesome example of this when one vamp makes the mistake of taunting a depowered [[spoiler: Dracula]]. "The vampire's the least of your concerns. It's the [[BadassGrandpa old man]] you need to worry about."

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** And in the Season 8 comics we get a truly awesome example of this when one vamp makes the mistake of taunting a depowered [[spoiler: Dracula]]. "The vampire's the least of your concerns. It's the [[BadassGrandpa old man]] man you need to worry about."
5th Feb '18 5:07:36 PM SpacemanSpoof
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* Maui in ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' self-identifies with his magic fishhook to a rather unhealthy degree, even using it as his signature when he autographs Moana's oar. When it gets damaged, he says this trope word-for-word and chooses to abandon Moana and her mission rather than risk breaking it. [[spoiler: [[ChangedMyMindKid He gets better.]]]]
3rd Nov '17 10:17:45 AM ultimomant
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-->'''Trunks''': You should know that a weapon doesn't make the man!

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-->'''Trunks''': -->'''Trunks:''' You should know that a weapon doesn't make the man!



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': answering whether or not she's anything without her powers is the premise of a test the Watcher's council tries to put Buffy through in the third season, by hypnotizing and doping her, they [[BroughtDownToNormal bring her down to the level of an ordinary girl]] in order to make her prove herself against a vampire without her powers.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': answering ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Answering
whether or not she's anything without her powers is the premise of a test the Watcher's council tries to put Buffy through in the third season, by hypnotizing and doping her, they [[BroughtDownToNormal bring her down to the level of an ordinary girl]] in order to make her prove herself against a vampire without her powers.



** Averted in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold. He challenges Darkseid to hand-to-hand combat, telling him to lay off the Omega Beam and call off his army. Darkseid complies and beats Batman silly.

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** * Averted in WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold. He challenges Darkseid to hand-to-hand combat, telling him to lay off the Omega Beam and call off his army. Darkseid complies and beats Batman silly.



* Also used in the ''WesternAnimation/KongTheAnimatedSeries'' cartoon, wherein the teenage hero confronts the mad scientist villain on an airplane without the titular ape to back him up- the villain snarls "without your ape your are nothing!". He is promptly judo-tossed out the side of the plane.

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* Also used in the ''WesternAnimation/KongTheAnimatedSeries'' cartoon, wherein the teenage hero confronts the mad scientist villain on an airplane without the titular ape to back him up- the villain snarls "without "Without your ape your you are nothing!". He is promptly judo-tossed out the side of the plane.



--> Darkwing: "Superpowers do ''not'' a superhero make!"

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--> Darkwing: -->'''Darkwing:''' "Superpowers do ''not'' a superhero make!"



--> Dark Kat: "What did I tell you? Without the Turbo-Kat, they're nothing".

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--> Dark Kat: -->'''Dark Kat:''' "What did I tell you? Without the Turbo-Kat, they're nothing".


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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'': In "Under A Red Sun", Steppenwolf tricks Superman into following him to a planet with a red sun, which takes away his powers. Steppenwolf mocks him by saying his powers are nothing but an accident of his biology, so he didn't earn them. As he and his mooks attempt to [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunt Superman like a wild animal]], Superman takes out his mooks with booby traps. Then, even after getting a broken leg, Superman defeats Steppenwolf by knocking him into water and then throwing one of Steppenwolf's own broken devices in to electrocute him into unconsciousness.
9th Oct '17 6:07:12 AM Medinoc
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** Getafix himself is prompt to tell Asterix the opposite: "My potion gives you strength, but your intelligence and cunning are yours only."
1st Sep '17 11:51:31 AM AFreakyDude
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** This is shown when Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} defeated the Undertaker in a [[GimmickMatch Casket Match]] when Undertaker was outnumbered by ten heels, and they stole the urn with Yokozuna removing the lid with a green smoke coming out of it, signaling the Undertaker's power leaving him to the point where he was lifeless, and Yokozuna simply just kicked him in the casket.

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** This is shown when Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} defeated the Undertaker in a [[GimmickMatch [[GimmickMatches Casket Match]] when Undertaker was outnumbered by ten heels, and they stole the urn with Yokozuna removing the lid with a green smoke coming out of it, signaling the Undertaker's power leaving him to the point where he was lifeless, and Yokozuna simply just kicked him in the casket.
1st Sep '17 11:49:18 AM AFreakyDude
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* As CharacterizationMarchesOn for Wrestling/TheUndertaker and Wrestling/PaulBearer, [[{{Heel}} heels]] would target Paul Bearer and steal his [[MacGuffin urn]] so the Undertaker can't draw power from the power of the urn.
** Wrestling/HarveyWhippleman and [[Wrestling/ElGigante Giant Gonzales]] hospitalized Paul and stole his urn to show Undertaker vulnerable until Bearer returned to attack Whippleman, and raises the urn to bring Undertaker "back to life" to defeat Giant Gonzales.
** This is shown when Wrestling/{{Yokozuna}} defeated the Undertaker in a [[GimmickMatch Casket Match]] when Undertaker was outnumbered by ten heels, and they stole the urn with Yokozuna removing the lid with a green smoke coming out of it, signaling the Undertaker's power leaving him to the point where he was lifeless, and Yokozuna simply just kicked him in the casket.
** When the [[Wrestling/TedDiBiase Million Dollar Corporation]] stole the urn and [[Wrestling/CharlesWright Kama]] melted it down into a gold chain necklace, the Undertaker [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve drew power from his fans (Creatures of the Night).]]
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23rd Apr '17 9:37:28 AM nombretomado
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* Used in SwatKats, where resident BigBad Dark Kat manages to capture the titular feline vigilantes after they have disembarked from their CoolPlane the Turbo-Kat.

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* Used in SwatKats, ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'', where resident BigBad Dark Kat manages to capture the titular feline vigilantes after they have disembarked from their CoolPlane the Turbo-Kat.
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