Created By: burningphantom13 on March 14, 2013 Last Edited By: thewriter on March 16, 2013

Unpunctual Powers

Group gets superpowers, but one member gets left out. After a long period of time, that member gets their own abilities.

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A group of people (generally teenagers) encounter something that gives each of them their very own superhuman abilities. Except one. This person has no powers whatsoever, and gets either jealous or depressed. Months or so later, something life-threatening causes the loner to unearth their own superpowers, which are usually stronger than any other group member's.
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  • March 14, 2013
    Jimmy Neutron has an episode where the main cast all get classic superpowers and they all become Captain Ersatz expies of various Marvel and DC comic heroes. But Jimmy's power is that he is orange. Just orange. The other characters make fun of him for this making him super angry. Really angry. So angry that he transforms into a giant rampaging Hulk expulsion near the episode's end.

    • In the Fantastic Four movie Victor Von Doom is thought to be shielded from the cosmic rays while the rest of the crew is bombarded by the radiation and given various superpowers. Over the course of the movie Doom slowly starts showing signs of having superpowers until the ed when he willingly ramps them up.
  • March 14, 2013
    Will Stronghold in Sky High is concerned when everyone in his peer group develops superpowers inherited from their parents except for him. Eventually, his powers do show, inheriting super strength from his father, and flight from his mother.
  • March 14, 2013
    • The Incredibles all have various powers from their superhero parents, including speed, strength, invisibility, stretching, etc. Except for the baby, Jack-Jack. It's not until the end of the film that it turns out he can fly. And teleport. And burst into flames, And shape-shift. And laser eyes. And even more revealed by the minute!
  • March 15, 2013
    I remember this being on YKTTW some time ago. Don't know what happened to it.

    I think one of the titles was Last Power Is The Best or something like that.
  • March 15, 2013
    • Patamon in Digimon Adventure is already the weakest of the Rookie-level Digimon, and unlike the rest of the Digimon he doesn't Digivolve until the very last battle of the arc where he single-handedly takes out the Big Bad as Angemon.

    • Rattrap in Beast Machines was the last in the group to learn how to transform. He was so desperate that he steals and uses an experimental transformation-enhancer, which of course goes terribly wrong. Eventually he masters it. However, this storyline is repeated later in the season when all his allies have useful combat abilities and he seemingly has none, and winds up striking a deal with Big Bad Megatron for some ordinance.
  • March 15, 2013
    I think Unpunctual Upgrade would be a better name.
  • March 15, 2013
    Not sure if this oounts, but in the Static Shock cartoon, Virgil's friend Richie did not develope powers until some time after Virgil did. Virgil is only one guy and not a team, but most of the bad guys got their powers the same time Virgil did (there was a mass empowering event) so it is sort of a similar idea.
  • March 15, 2013
    ^ The Static Shock example is a bit of a variation though. Richie was not at the original Mass Empowering Event, but according to Word Of God there were enough residual bang baby chemicals left on Vigil that eventually he developed super powers because of this.

    For its how about Late Arrival Superpower?
  • March 15, 2013
    Or Late Blooming Power as a pun on late blooming flower or Last Power To Bloom/Boom
  • March 15, 2013
    Not quite the severity, but lagging behind her teammates nonetheless:

    Comic Books
    • Susan Richards, the Invisible Girl of the Fantastic Four, at first could only become invisible. Not until Issue #22 did Sue discover that she could produce force fields, and much later still, sculpt these fields and project them.
  • March 16, 2013