Emergency Power Emergence
A seemingly normal person manifests a super power at a moment of stress.
Joe is a an Ordinary Everydude with nothing to mark him as unusual. One day, Joe makes a mistake and walks into the wrong part of town, where he is attacked by something: a vampire, a powerful mutant, an evil alien, what have you. It all looks bleak for Joe, when suddenly something happens: he is unexpected surrounded by a Glow Of Power, he has the strength of ten men, and with a wave of his hand, he quickly dispatches his attacker. What happened? Joe's Emergency Power Emergence happened, that's what. Maybe Joe was a latent mutant. Or perhaps he had a sudden rush of insight that awakened him magically. Whatever the cause, it is a reoccurring theme that previously unknown superpowers are most likely to make themselves known just when the person needs them the most. May involve a Second Hour Superpower, if the powers are greater initially and then settle down to a lower level, but the two tropes are orthogonal to each other. Differs from 11th-Hour Superpower in that it the person gaining the power had never shown any unusual powers beforehand (though there may have been Foreshadowing of it). A common form of Super Hero Origin, especially where mutants are involved, and often counts as a Traumatic Superpower Awakening. This seems to be a slightly wider trope than either Die or Fly, Defense Mechanism Superpower, or Traumatic Superpower Awakening all of which I initially missed. Is this tropeworthy by itself? Alternative titles are more than welcome, as this one is rather weak. Examples:
- In Marvel Comics, Dazzler's younger half-sister, Lois, manifested her mutant powers when she was attacked by a homeless man.
- Whateley Universe has at least two:
- Generator, whose powers emerged when her father attempted to beat her to death;
- Vamp, whose powers emerged when she was being sexually assaulted.
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