Created By: RazorSmile on May 31, 2011 Last Edited By: RazorSmile on June 4, 2011

One Power Per Child.

Single Superpower Setting.

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A fairly common subtrope of Mass Super-Empowering Event settings. Each superpowered person gets one power each. Some powers are more versatile than others of course. The only exceptions are people whose one superpower is the power to copy or steal powers. Nobody gets Combo Platter Powers as a default.


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  • The Nightfall books by Mickey Zucker Reichert feature individuals with "natal talents".
  • The supers in Those Who Walk in Darkness and What Fire Cannot Burn by John Ridley all have strictly one power each.

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  • May 31, 2011

    Also, the all-caps markup is [[AC:whatever]]. The square brackets are required.
  • May 31, 2011
    Film: The Incredibles Mr. Incredible (Bob) has strength Elastigirl (Helen) has flexibility Violet has two related powers: invisibility and a shield bubble Dash has speed

    Frozone can make ice from the moisture in the air.
  • May 31, 2011
    Of course, you can argue that with enough Fridge Logic, most of these are not examples of "single" powers because just having a power most often necessitates a range of secondary powers that make one capable to survive, not to mention use, the power.

    ^not an objection to the trope, rather a See Also moment
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  • June 3, 2011
    I think we have enough examples to justify a launch. It's a simple enough trope. Thoughts?
  • June 3, 2011
    I think this: lasereyes-plus-flight-plus-strength-plus-breathing-in-space might be better off Pot Holed to Flying Brick.
  • June 3, 2011
    I would say this Needs A Better Title before launch, as it doesn't apply exclusively to children.
  • June 3, 2011
    While I intended it as a riff on "One Laptop Per Child", I have no objection to that.
  • June 4, 2011
  • June 4, 2011
    Hmm. "One Power One Person?"
  • June 4, 2011
    I'd switch that around: One Person One Power.

    But in any case, I haven't seen it, but I believe this is how One Piece works (you can only gain powers from one fruit). Hopefully someone else can expand or correct me there.
  • June 4, 2011
    I was going to say "One Super One Power" but "One Person One Power" is even better. I'm sold.

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