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12th Mar '17 12:49:39 AM TroperDoper
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* The Creator/{{Syfy}} show ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' is built on this trope, or more precisely showing what happens when you don't have them. The title characters are shown as a drastic mutation in the human genome, but their bodies and minds have to adjust dramatically to accommodate their powers. You can read electromagnetic signals? Great, but that means you brain is now mostly a data processor, eating up the neurons used for emotional neural paths, making you severely autistic. One girl has enhanced senses. She's a neat freak because she ''can see bacteria'', CantHaveSexEver because it would overload her sense of touch/taste, and when she supercharges one of them, all other senses shut down because her brain can't handle the information. Bill can trigger his Flight-or-Fight response to become super strong, but has a HairTriggerTemper and using his powers is bad for his heart. Cornell Scipio has a PlayingWithFire-esque power, but only his hands are fireproof. The rest of his body can be burned, same as anyone else. Stanton Parrish is immortal, but he suffers TheFogOfAges effect because his brain isn't built to hold 200+ years worth of memories at one time. He counters this by using an Alpha who can store and retrieve the memories of others at will. Said Alpha also suffers from a lack of RequiredSecondaryPowers: He has no way to distinguish between the memories he has in storage and his ''actual'' memories, making him something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.

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* The Creator/{{Syfy}} show ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' is built on this trope, or more precisely showing what happens when you don't have them. The title characters are shown as a drastic mutation in the human genome, but their bodies and minds have to adjust dramatically to accommodate their powers. You can read electromagnetic signals? Great, but that means you brain is now mostly a data processor, eating up the neurons used for emotional neural paths, making you severely autistic. One girl has enhanced senses. She's a neat freak because she ''can see bacteria'', CantHaveSexEver because it would overload her sense of touch/taste, and when she supercharges one of them, all other senses shut down because her brain can't handle the information. Bill can trigger his Flight-or-Fight response to become super strong, but has a HairTriggerTemper and using his usinghis powers is bad for his heart. Cornell Scipio has a PlayingWithFire-esque power, but only his hands are fireproof. The rest of his body can be burned, same as anyone else. Stanton Parrish is immortal, but he suffers TheFogOfAges effect because his brain isn't built to hold 200+ years worth of memories at one time. He counters this by using an Alpha who can store and retrieve the memories of others at will. Said Alpha also suffers from a lack of RequiredSecondaryPowers: He has no way to distinguish between the memories he has in storage and his ''actual'' memories, making him something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.


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** Ashidr was granted immortality by the Doctor, however, she still possesses a human brain that cannot retain her memories of her adventures spanning centuries. As a result, she refers to herself as "Me" (having long forgotten her true name) and keeps her history documented in journals.
16th Jan '17 7:33:20 PM EnigmusPrime
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**** Lampshaded when Ro considers the possibility that they're dead and in some sort of afterlife. Geordi counters by pointing how strange it is that they're still wearing their uniforms and he still has his visor, when by her logic they should be naked and (in his case) blind.


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** A later episode brought up another issue when a character was working with the Genii in a HeroProtectionRacket tries to stand up to them using the shield... only for them to waterboard him in a barrel of water, with their leader to wonder what would happen if the buried him alive...
16th Oct '16 9:28:48 PM Mandolin
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** Skye/Daisy is not immune to her own vibration powers. Without suppressive gauntlets, overusing her powers results in thousands of microfractures, causing massive massive pain and horrific bruising.
29th Sep '16 4:13:16 PM TroperDoper
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** Early in season six, Phoebe gains the power to sense others' emotions, but can't turn it off. This causes her to uncontrollably act out other people's negative emotions which even leads to locking herself in the basement. It also becomes a nuisance to those around her who don't want their privacy invaded.
18th Sep '16 1:26:52 PM timotaka
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** He was also cold due to much of the heat passing around him. Somehow, however, he was able to freeze a bomb in the second episode but doesn't turn into a HumanPopsicle every time he goes invisible.

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** He was also cold due to much of the heat passing around him. Somehow, however, he was able to freeze a bomb in the second episode but doesn't turn into a HumanPopsicle every time he goes invisible.invisible, or alternatively suffer a heat stroke due to not being able to radiate his own body heat plus absorbing ambient heat.
18th Aug '16 1:25:28 PM Tre
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* The SyFy show ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' is built on this trope, or more precisely showing what happens when you don't have them. The title characters are shown as a drastic mutation in the human genome, but their bodies and minds have to adjust dramatically to accommodate their powers. You can read electromagnetic signals? Great, but that means you brain is now mostly a data processor, eating up the neurons used for emotional neural paths, making you severely autistic. One girl has enhanced senses. She's a neat freak because she ''can see bacteria'', CantHaveSexEver because it would overload her sense of touch/taste, and when she supercharges one of them, all other senses shut down because her brain can't handle the information. Bill can trigger his Flight-or-Fight response to become super strong, but has a HairTriggerTemper and using his powers is bad for his heart. Cornell Scipio has a PlayingWithFire-esque power, but only his hands are fireproof. The rest of his body can be burned, same as anyone else. Stanton Parrish is immortal, but he suffers TheFogOfAges effect because his brain isn't built to hold 200+ years worth of memories at one time. He counters this by using an Alpha who can store and retrieve the memories of others at will. Said Alpha also suffers from a lack of RequiredSecondaryPowers: He has no way to distinguish between the memories he has in storage and his ''actual'' memories, making him something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.

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* The SyFy Creator/{{Syfy}} show ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' is built on this trope, or more precisely showing what happens when you don't have them. The title characters are shown as a drastic mutation in the human genome, but their bodies and minds have to adjust dramatically to accommodate their powers. You can read electromagnetic signals? Great, but that means you brain is now mostly a data processor, eating up the neurons used for emotional neural paths, making you severely autistic. One girl has enhanced senses. She's a neat freak because she ''can see bacteria'', CantHaveSexEver because it would overload her sense of touch/taste, and when she supercharges one of them, all other senses shut down because her brain can't handle the information. Bill can trigger his Flight-or-Fight response to become super strong, but has a HairTriggerTemper and using his powers is bad for his heart. Cornell Scipio has a PlayingWithFire-esque power, but only his hands are fireproof. The rest of his body can be burned, same as anyone else. Stanton Parrish is immortal, but he suffers TheFogOfAges effect because his brain isn't built to hold 200+ years worth of memories at one time. He counters this by using an Alpha who can store and retrieve the memories of others at will. Said Alpha also suffers from a lack of RequiredSecondaryPowers: He has no way to distinguish between the memories he has in storage and his ''actual'' memories, making him something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.



* On SciFiChannel's ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' series, the "Quicksilver" coating warped/blocked out all visible light, but converted ultraviolet passing through it into wavelengths that Darien could see. When invisible, Darien can still see, just in black and white. Not only that, he can see ''other'' invisible people and vice-versa. Occasionally, he would only cover his eyes in the Quicksilver rather than going entirely invisible for the effect. And to [[CoconutSuperpowers save money on effects]].

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* On SciFiChannel's [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]]'s ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' series, the "Quicksilver" coating warped/blocked out all visible light, but converted ultraviolet passing through it into wavelengths that Darien could see. When invisible, Darien can still see, just in black and white. Not only that, he can see ''other'' invisible people and vice-versa. Occasionally, he would only cover his eyes in the Quicksilver rather than going entirely invisible for the effect. And to [[CoconutSuperpowers save money on effects]].
12th Jul '16 11:48:56 AM Morgenthaler
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*** "Still not [[RedHeadedHero ginger]]!"

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*** "Still not [[RedHeadedHero ginger]]!"ginger!"
11th Jul '16 6:54:05 PM ErikModi
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** It's strongly implied that [[spoiler: part of what the Alliance did to River was to ''remove'' her required secondary powers. Examining her brain in a high-tech medical scanner, her brother discovers that "they stripped her amygdala," the part of the brain that allows overriding thoughts and emotions. "She's feels everything, she can't not." The point of the experiment seems to be increasing a psychic's power at the expense of their control over it.]]
6th Jun '16 5:56:09 AM BillyHorrible
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*** A variant occurred when a 14th century MonsterOfTheWeek said "no weapon forged" can stop him. Buffy realises that said villain was from a time before mankind started [[UpToEleven forging rocket launchers]]. After the blast, this villain is also disposed of by keeping the pieces seperate after the blast.
10th May '16 11:23:19 PM erforce
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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', Terminators don't need to breathe; that also means they can't take air into their lungs to float like humans can, and sink in deep water. Terminators that need to infiltrate human society also cannot weigh much more than humans, which is especially important for ones that have to pretend to be lightweight, small human women, like Cameron. That also makes them very easy for other Terminators to pick up and throw around and reduces their physical strength, meaning a Terminator like Cameron can't win a straight slugging match. A Terminator's mechanical nature means that it cannot heal physical damage like a human can and must keep a stockpile of parts to repair itself, and damage to its neural chip means that it cannot repair damage to its programming ''at all''.
* Series/PainkillerJane [[AvertedTrope averts]] the HealingFactor version (and is also a NonIndicativeName): Jane can heal herself, but has no super tolerance for pain and has to endure every minute of the pain associated with the injury she receives. However, she does become more resistant to pain and is able to avoid showing the pain, which she does when she's trying to convince a Neuro that he is being HoistByHisOwnPetard (she shoots her hand and shows it to him as the damage is repaired without any reaction on her face).

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* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', Terminators don't need to breathe; that also means they can't take air into their lungs to float like humans can, and sink in deep water. Terminators that need to infiltrate human society also cannot weigh much more than humans, which is especially important for ones that have to pretend to be lightweight, small human women, like Cameron. That also makes them very easy for other Terminators to pick up and throw around and reduces their physical strength, meaning a Terminator like Cameron can't win a straight slugging match. A Terminator's mechanical nature means that it cannot heal physical damage like a human can and must keep a stockpile of parts to repair itself, and damage to its neural chip means that it cannot repair damage to its programming ''at all''.
* Series/PainkillerJane ''Series/PainkillerJane'' [[AvertedTrope averts]] the HealingFactor version (and is also a NonIndicativeName): Jane can heal herself, but has no super tolerance for pain and has to endure every minute of the pain associated with the injury she receives. However, she does become more resistant to pain and is able to avoid showing the pain, which she does when she's trying to convince a Neuro that he is being HoistByHisOwnPetard (she shoots her hand and shows it to him as the damage is repaired without any reaction on her face).
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