The Call Has Bad Reception


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This happens when a hero receives the call, but for one reason or another, they don't quite get the instructions or mission straight. This results in all kinds of mishaps where the hero tries to do right by whoever sent them on this mission, but fail because they don't know how to use their power, or worse yet, don't know what to do.


Examples

  • The Greatest American Hero is a well known example of this. Ralph Hinkley tries to use the suit the aliens gave him to do good, but because he doesn't know how to use it, and the aliens are less than patient with him, he winds up being less than effective at his task of saving the world.

  • In Army of Darkness, this happens to Ash, though this is largely his own fault: when told the magical words to speak to prevent an apocalypse, Ash ignores the wizard telling him. When the time comes to speak the words, he doesn't remember what to say, and winds up causing the apocalypse.

  • In some versions of Green Lantern, the recipient of the ring gets it with little to no instruction, only to be told "you'll know what to do when it's time." Most notably Justice League: New Frontier.
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