Created By: FallenLegend on November 1, 2010 Last Edited By: FallenLegend on November 9, 2010
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SuperpowersForADay

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Launching In 1 min if no one objects.

alternative titles Temporary Super Powers Powers for a Day

Laconic: A Character gets temporally super powers.

A non super-powered character gets superpowers. However because Status Quo Is God. Those powers won't last long and are strictly a one-shot deal. In other words: not only do the superpowers wear off by the end of the episode, but they can "never" get the powers again. Never! ever! again!.Unless they do using a Recycled Script and/or just becuase it's fun.

When this plot is repeatedly recycled with a particular character, see Superpower Silly Putty.

May overlap with Superhero Episode.Contrast with Brought Down to Normal

See also:Sidekick Glass Ceiling

Examples

Manga Anime

Comics
  • In All-Star Superman Lois Lane gets superpowers thanks to a formula for one issue
  • The Marvel Comics series Captain Universe dealt with this trope on a monthly basis. Captain Universe was not a double person, but a persona with cosmic powers attached which merges with various people in times of need.
  • In one issue of Love and Capes, Crusader's fiancée has a wizard grant her temporary superpowers so she can understand life as a superhero.

Live Action Tv
  • In Smallville Pete Ross got elastic super powers thanks to a chewing gum. However those powers only lasted for one episode.
    • Cloe Sullivan got the power to make everyone tell her the truth. Unfortunately that superpower was killing her. So it was removed by the end of the episode
  • The Gilligan's Island gang eats some radioactive vegetables and gets superpowers: super-strength, super-speed, super hearing etc.
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Hide and Q," Riker gets Q-powers.
    • Likewise in "to the fth Power," Barclay gets Q-like super-intelligence-- though it's hinted to be somewhat permanent, but it's uncertain how.
  • In one episode of Stargate SG-1 Jonas Quinn acquires precognitive abilities.

Literature
  • One Isaac Asimov short story had an Earthman given a Martian sense via a special drug. The effects only lasted for a few minutes and his vision was burned out. He thought it was worth it.

Western Animation
  • In the Bugs Bunny short "Super-Rabbit", Bugs gets temporary superpowers from eating super carrots . This is always mentioned in all subsequent shorts.
  • Fry and Leela get superpowers in Futurama, and become super-heroes.
  • Family Guy episode "Super Griffins."
  • A nuclear accident turns Homer Simpson into a a hulk like creature-- for about three seconds.
  • In the Dexter's Laboratory episode "World's Greatest Mom," Dexter accidentally gives his mom super-powers... for the rest of the episode.
  • George Jetson becomes "Super George" when an experiment goes wrong.
  • Partially applied in The Flintstones, where Fred and Barney learn to apply judo-chop powers which allow them to take out armies of giant mooks-- but they either somehow forget them by the end of the episode, or else they never encounter any more mooks ever again
  • In Danny Phantom Tucker wishes to have ghost powers like Danny and a genie grants the wish. Unfortunately he becomes evil with said powers and therefore a reset button is used.
  • Happens all the time in The Powerpuff Girls. Princess, Mojo Jojo, the Gangrene Gang, the Mayor, and a group of the girls' classmates all have episodes where they gain superpowers temporally.
  • In one episode of American Dragon: Jake Long, Spud wants to be normal like his mom. He ends up getting bitten by a magical frog that gives him a frog-like appearance, a long tongue, and the ability to jump very high. At the end of the episode, he gets them removed.

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Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • November 1, 2010
    SweetMadness
    We have tons of tropes related to giving people superpowers, and those generally also include powers that are temporary.

  • November 1, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    ^Thanks. I will take that as a no :)
  • November 1, 2010
    GewoonDaan
    What's it got to do with sue?
  • November 1, 2010
    FallenLegend
    nothing <I just tough the pun was funny :)
  • November 2, 2010
    Rhatahema
    @Fallen Legend:You can rename this to Temporary Superpower, and change Sue For A Day to Temporary Sueperpower. (include the previous names in the description, so that people can still search for it.) Instead of saying "Not to be confused with...", I would say "When this plot is repeatedly recycled with a particular character, see Superpower Silly Putty."

    @Sweet Madness: I think that characters gaining superpowers for the duration of an episode/issue is distinct and common enough to be given its own trope. It's especially common in comedy. Can you list some of the tropes that you think make this one unnecessary?
  • November 2, 2010
    Ghilz
    Yeah, remove the sue part. This has nothing to do with a Mary Sue, so no reason to pothole this.
  • November 2, 2010
    Arivne
    One Use Superpowers? Superpowers For A Day?

    Looney Tunes
    • In the Bugs Bunny short "Super-Rabbit", Bugs gets temporary superpowers from eating super carrots. This is not mentioned in any subsequent shorts.
  • November 2, 2010
    Roxor
    One Isaac Asimov short story had a man from Earth temporarily given an extra sense Martians possessed. The effects only lasted a few minutes and it burned out his vision. He thought it was worth it.
  • November 2, 2010
    Roxor
    One Isaac Asimov short story had an Earthman given a Martian sense via a special drug. The effects only lasted for a few minutes and his vision was burned out. He thought it was worth it.
  • November 2, 2010
    FallenLegend
    @Rhatahema Thanks I will !!}

    @Arivne thanks I will add them

    @Roxor Thanks I will add them
  • November 2, 2010
    TrustBen
    The Marvel Comics series Captain Universe dealt with this trope on a monthly basis. Captain Universe was not a single person, but a persona with cosmic powers attached which merges with various people in times of need.
  • November 2, 2010
    WackyMeetsPractical
    This may overlap, if not the same as, Superhero Episode.
  • November 2, 2010
    troacctid
    Happens all the time in The Powerpuff Girls. Princess, Mojo Jojo, the Gangrene Gang, the Mayor, and a group of the girls' classmates all have episodes where they gain superpowers temporarily.
  • November 2, 2010
    FallenLegend
    ^Thanks all of you :) I will add them!!
  • November 2, 2010
    Kurtulmak
    If you're going to launch this trope, you probably need to tweak the bit about the character never ever getting powers again. I invite you to look up the site Superdickery for dozens of examples of Lois Lane and Jimmy getting superpowers for a single story line over and over again during the Silver Age.
  • November 2, 2010
    droginator
    In one episode of American Dragon Jake Long, Spud wants to have magical powers like Jake. He ends up getting bitten by a magical frog that gives him a frog-like appearance, a long tongue, and the ability to jump very high. At the end of the episode, he gets them removed.
  • November 2, 2010
    randomsurfer
    @Roxor: you should add the Isaac Asimov story to Worth It.
  • November 2, 2010
    FallenLegend
    ^^Thanks I will make that part more clear ^Thanks I will add it!!

  • November 2, 2010
    PkMARIO
  • November 5, 2010
    BraveHoratio
    • In one episode of Stargate SG 1 Jonas Quinn acquires precognative abilities.
  • November 5, 2010
    FallenLegend
    Thanks I will add it
  • November 6, 2010
    FallenLegend
    In one issue of Love And Capes, Crusader's fiancee has a wizard grant her temporary superpowers so she can understand life as a superhero.
  • November 9, 2010
    FallenLegend
    Shouldn't you Just Launch It Already?
  • November 9, 2010
    FallenLegend
    ^Thanks I will add it!!.

    Yeah I wil laucnh it soon :)
  • November 9, 2010
    TBTabby
    In The Inexplicable Adventures Of Bob, Bob once got powers after being exposed to several superhero origin Shout Outs in rapid succession. He tried to become a superhero, but a disastrous attempt at stopping a bank robbery and his powers being transferred to a houseplant put a stop to that.
  • November 9, 2010
    babaGAReeb
    Your honor I object!!
  • November 9, 2010
    babaGAReeb
    OBJECTION!!!!!!!!!!!
  • November 9, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    this has been trolled by the baba fix it
  • November 9, 2010
    FallenLegend
    what? :/ I will fix it thanks Unknown troper!!
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