AllegedPowerLimits Alleged Power Limits YKTTW Discussion

Alleged Power Limits
Powers which have specifically stated limits suddenly don't have those limits.
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(permanent link) added: 2013-08-04 21:56:17 sponsor: immortalfrieza (last reply: 2013-08-18 02:53:49)

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A Super is in the middle of a fight, their powers are unable to do what's needed to get them out of his/her current jam and the character states as much... but then the Super does what he/she just said he/she can't do anyway.

This trope is Ass Pull and The Plot Demanded This Index at it's most blatant. A Super states and sometimes even shows that their powers can't do something, but then they go do that very thing/s regardless. The Super doesn't go through Training from Hell, they don't get their Power Limiter removed, and they didn't lie about their powers, or anything else that might justify it, just out of the blue they are able to do that which it's been said and even proven that they can't do, without explanation. Particularly egregious examples will have this occur within minutes of saying and/or showing that they can't. This could result in the alleged "limitation" becoming an Informed Flaw.

If the Super goes through Training from Hell, they put a stop to a Power Limiter, or otherwise do something to allow their powers to do more, then it is Not This Trope. If the power is held back for whatever reason, such as Power at a Price or the Godzilla Threshold, it is also Not This Trope. This trope only applies if a Super is explicitly stated or shown not to be able to do something is shown to do that anyway without any explanation given as to why.

Compare New Powers as the Plot Demands, Strong as They Need to Be and Power Creep, Power Seep. For the opposite, when a Super is able to do something with their powers but for no apparent reason doesn't, see Forgot About His Powers.


Comic Books
  • Wolverine from X-Men has his bones and trademark claws laced with adamantium, which, while hardening him, also causes poisoning within his body that affects his Healing Factor. One story had the adamantium removed entirely from his body, leaving him weaker offensively than before but the Healing Factor no longer being restrained, allowing him to survive mortal injuries more than before. Then much later, he got his adamantium back... and the writers forgot to remove the Healing Factor.
Live-Action TV
  • On Seven Days it is stated explicitly (even in the title!) that they can only go back in time seven days. This doesn't stop them from going back in time more than seven days on several occasions.
  • In Doctor Who the Doctor says that some things are a "fixed moment in time" and can't be changed. Then he runs into one of those in "The Waters of Mars" and decides to change it anyway. This doesn't end well.
Western Animation
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold B'wana Beast is able to merge 2 creatures together to create another creature with the capabilities of both. It's stated by Vixen and B'wana that the power does not work on humans nor on more than 2 animal at a time. However, in Gorrilas In Our Midst B'wana merges 4, Batman, a snake, a lion, and a hawk all at once not 10 minutes after Vixen stated that his powers don't work on people.
  • In Teen Titans Cyborg has a strength meter, and we are told that his strength can never exceed a given value. Of course, he proceeds to break both this value and the meter itself to prove that he's still more man than machine.
Video games
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