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->'''Amaya:''' So without your suit, you're useless.\\
'''Ray:''' And without your amulet, you're--\\
'''Amaya:''' A fifth-degree black belt.\\
'''Ray:''' ...oh.
-->-- ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''

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The world of superheroes has all types. Some gain their powers through TrainingFromHell and gain {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s, while others get them from some form of AppliedPhlebotinum. Trouble is, most heroes with the latter form have an AchillesHeel of some kind; it could be a WeaksauceWeakness, some KryptoniteFactor, or a PowerNullifier, that can rob them of their powers. When this happens, these heroes are left utterly useless, as their entire hero status rested on those powers. But sometimes, we will run across a hero who can ''still'' dish it out when their powers are gone. Basically, he's been BroughtDownToNormal, but he/she ''isn't'' useless or helpless.

These heroes (or villains) may be CrazyPrepared and [[BoxingLessonsForSuperman trained in non-powered fighting]] in case of such an occasion. Or, they may have gotten their powers ''[[EmpoweredBadassNormal after]]'' learning [[SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat five forms of martial arts]]. Or, maybe they just [[FightsLikeANormal plain didn't use their powers to kick ass anyway]]. Or, they're just that badass that they don't need powers to kick you into next week.

To qualify for this trope, a character must have had powers at one point, had them taken away, and still kick butt. You'll find sometimes that because of their powers the character had to act rather conservatively or hold the IdiotBall to balance it out, but when normal and forced to improvise they find themselves not holding back and subsequently smarter for it.

The opposite of EmpoweredBadassNormal, though as mentioned above this can be a result of such a thing being reversed. See BadassNormal for those who never had powers to begin with.

Compare with GotTheCallOnSpeedDial or PowerLossMakesYouStrong.



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* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'': Gohan mentions that he's neglected training for so long that he can only use the base Super Saiyan form, and wasn't even sure if he could do that much. Even so, he easily takes down most of Frieza's army by himself.
** ''Anime/DragonBallGT'': As a result of his being [[FountainOfYouth reverted to a child]] by the Black Star Dragon Balls, several of Goku's abilities have been affected by his less-developed body; he's unable to maintain Super Saiyan 3 for long, and can't even use [[{{Teleportation}} Instant Transmission]] properly outside of Super Saiyan 4. Nevertheless, he's still a powerful fighter and able to hold his own against the worst villains the universe has to offer. Best displayed in the Super 17 Saga, where, while he's trapped in Hell, Goku is double-teamed by [[BashBrothers Frieza and Cell]] and effortlessly defeats them both without even going Super Saiyan.
** The fat Majin Buu was considerably weakened when he [[EnemyWithout expelled Evil Buu from his body]], but he still has quite a bit of power left to him. In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', he's easily able to beat back Basil, one of Universe 9's top warriors, and Goku considers him one of his top picks for both the Universe 6 tournament and the Tournament of Power.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZBrolyTheLegendarySuperSaiyan'': The HypnoTrinket[=/=]PowerLimiter Paragus placed on Broly heavily restricts his power to the extent that he can't even assume a full-fledged Super Saiyan form. Even then, Broly is strong enough to effortlessly destroy the South Galaxy by himself, and NoSell a Big Bang Attack from Super Saiyan Vegeta.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** Protagonists Jotaro and Polnareff are in one chapter attacked by a villain named Alessi who can de-age his victims into children with his [[PsychicPowers Stand]]. Polnareff keeps his Stand upon becoming a child since he was born with it. However, Jotaro loses his Stand, since he didn't develop it until he was a teenager. Alessi thinks he's got the fight in the bag once Jotaro de-ages down to 7 years old, but Jotaro still has his nasty temper and manages to pummel Alessi with nothing but his fists.
** In a video game scenario, Alessi blunders into this problem again when he tries using his Stand on Joseph Joestar. He successfully ages Joseph down to his early 20's, when he had no Stand and knew nothing about Stands. Unfortunately for Alessi, in his early twenties Joseph was in his prime as a very strong young man and an expert in both martial arts and the usage of Hamon energy. Cue beatdown.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Blackbeard attacks Whitebeard with his darkness power, gloating about how it will nullify his earthquake ability... [[TooDumbToLive quite forgetting]] that he is facing the WorldsStrongestMan, standing at 18 feet, armed with an even longer [[BladeOnAStick bisento]]. [[spoiler: He still ends up getting the upper hand, though, and together with a bunch of underlings, ends up causing Whitebeard's death.]]
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''
** Uryū sacrifices his Quincy powers to defeat [[MadScientist Mayuri Kurotsuchi]], and is left as a normal human at the end of the Soul Society arc. He wasn't happy about it but felt [[YouKilledMyFather compelled by honor]] to do whatever it took to win. Uryū's strangely capable of fighting hollows ''even without'' his powers, but particularly potent hollows, such as the Espada, would have killed him if not for [[ParentExMachina his father's]] intervention. His father makes the decision to [[CantStayNormal restore his powers]] accordingly.
** Since Uryū is Ichigo's {{Foil}}, this ends up {{Foreshadowing}} what happens to Ichigo at the end of the Deicide arc: he sacrifices his powers in order to defeat Aizen, and spends the TimeSkip before the Fullbring Arc Brought Down To Badass, with only [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower physical strength and reflexes]] to rely on. He can ''still'' wipe the floor with pretty much any normal human, and he does get his powers back by the end of the arc.
** During the Fake Karakura Town arc, Aizen sends Wonderweiss Margela to take down Captain-Commander Yamamoto, because Wonderweiss was engineered specifically to seal away the flames of Yamamoto's immensely powerful [[EmpathicWeapon zanpakutō]] Ryūjin Jakka. While this leaves Yamamato unable to use his sword and its [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]], the old man still has [[BareFistedMonk two fists]]. [[CurbStompBattle It's more than enough.]]
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' (second season): Even after [[DePower losing]] his [[ShockAndAwe electricity-based]] superpowers, Hei still [[MookHorrorShow kicks serious ass]]. Which is hardly surprising, given the fact that he earned his [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast nickname]] "Black [[{{Shinigami}} Reaper]]" due to how good he was at killing contractors [[BadassNormal before he got his powers]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Nagi Springfield, a powerful mage, rescues [[spoiler:queen Arika]] from a valley filled to the brim with monsters. Magic doesn't work in there, so he simply jumps in, evades hordes of critters, picks her up and jumps out... using the monsters as a ladder. It should be noted that it was said a single bite from these monsters [[OneHitKill kills]].
** Don't worry, [[SealedEvilInACan Evangeline]] is still sealed by the School Curse, she can't be a threat... barring the century of martial arts practice she's had and the ruthless effectiveness of her puppet strings.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': When Gourry Gabriev lost his super mega giga artifact magic sword, he initially went through a period of depression and powerlessness. But after this brief period of despair was over, he quite adapted to kicking ass with a regular steel sword.
* Wrath in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' always seemed to rely on his CharlesAtlasSuperpower more than his MagicalEye, so when he loses that and is badly wounded, he's still a terrifying threat to the protagonists- even the ones who have [[FunctionalMagic alchemy-related]] knowledge and abilities. In TheMovie for the 2003 anime (which takes place 2 years after the events of the show), Ed can no longer use Alchemy [[spoiler: due to being trapped in our world]]. He's hardly helpless however, as he's still an expert martial artist and good at [[CombatPragmatist thinking on his feet.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Dlanor gets brought back to normal by a goat whose powers negate her Knox Commandments, and finds herself unable to fight back. Will, on the other hand, gets Brought Down To Badass as he proceeds to [[spoiler:HEADBUTT THE GOAT TO DEATH]] because he insulted the mystery genre. [[BerserkButton Do not. Insult. The mystery genre. In front of Will.]]
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''
** Acqua of the Back eventually loses his incredible powers, but he's still a walking tower of muscle and an experienced former soldier and mercenary.
** Accelerator is weakened early on so that he can only access his powers for a matter of minutes, leaving him an ordinary person most of the time. He doesn't seem to mind all that much, and even when he uses up his power, he continues to kick ass without it. Though he does get himself some firearms training so that he isn't defenseless without his powers.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' [[spoiler: Kotetsu]]'s powers are fading away, yet [[spoiler: he]] still manages to do incredibly well in fights with superpowered opponents without them [[spoiler: and without his powered armor]]. [[spoiler:In the epilogue, he decides that he isn't going to let a lack of powers stop him from being a superhero until the day he dies.]]
* In the manga version of ''Manga/SailorMoon'' the Sailor Senshi are temporarily depowered. During this period, most of them are defenseless until they recover their powers... But Minako still gives a run for their money at the enemy, reminding the reader she was the one that, untransformed, defeated a brainwashed but still super-strong Makoto [[OneHitKill with a single kick]].
* In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', despite losing her powers early on, Yuri's shown to still be a capable fighter, flinging around Snackies like they were nothing and being able to make last-minute saves during certain incidents.
* In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', an enemy disarms Haru of his magic sword and gloats. Haru ''punches right through his metal armor'' and says that all his constant fighting and carrying that heavy sword around have made him strong. It double as a nice CallBack, as Haru notes that his first fight in the manga was against a foe who could turn his skin to metal and he couldn't even harm him without his blade, showing how much Haru has strengthened since then.
* Souichi from ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'' lost his abilities before he even appears in the series, but not only is he a PintSizedPowerhouse who happens to be very skilled with a spear, he's one of ''the'' biggest {{One Man Arm|y}}ies in the series.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Kakashi Hatake [[spoiler: [[EyeScream loses his Sharingan]] to Madara]] during the final war, though Naruto [[spoiler:[[HealingHands restores]] his right eye]]. This [[spoiler: renders him incapable of using the Sharingan techniques, or even using Raikiri properly]], though he remains a highly-trained ninja [[spoiler: and becomes the Sixth Hokage]].
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', during the Yakuza Raid arc, [[spoiler: [[{{Intangibility}} Mirio Togata]] [[TakingTheBullet puts himself in the path]] of an experimental superpower-destroying bullet to protect a little girl. While the villain behind the creation of these bullets gloats about how he can't do anything, Mirio ''immediately'' launches a counterattack, showing that while he doesn't have his powers, he still has the training and foresight that he developed in order to make the most of his abilities in the first place. He manages to keep fighting this way for several minutes, buying the other heroes enough time to catch up]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has this precede one of ''the'' CrowningMomentOfAwesome moments in the series. What does MagnificentBastard Lelouch do when [[spoiler: he lost his manpower, support, and the trust of the Black Knights and all he has left is his Geass power and his personal Knightmare frame, the Shinkirō?]] He uses what remains to [[spoiler: Geass an entire military base to give him the forces to attack the Emperor's current base and then use his collection of explosives to [[SealedEvilInADuel trap his father with him with no way out]] that's what.]]

* Creator/MarvelComics:
** [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] and [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] have on various occasions throughout their careers gone from Ant-Man and Hulk (respectively) to "genius scientist" as their "superpower," making them even more dangerous. (In Pym's case, he was a "genius scientist with a BagOfHolding." Be very afraid.)
** After being temporarily deprived of his ability to transform into the Hulk, Bruce outfitted himself with self-designed "Bannertech"; which included a mentally-controlled mobile operating system that he can hack sophisticated systems within moments with, a gamma and old power fueled force-field, a pocket teleporter and a molecular repulsion field that could be used to simulate levitation. In fact, several characters actually remarked that Banner was infinitely more dangerous ''without'' the Hulk and desperately sought to re-power him in order to decrease the threat he poses.
* [[ComicBook/YoungAvengers Cassie Lang]] lost her {{size shift|er}}ing ability after coming back from the dead. She kept the hand to hand training she's been through. Having done sparring drills with ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, she's a certified teenage badass.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'': After the Fantastic Four alter history so that their accident never happened, Ben Grimm is naturally no longer a giant rocky monster... but he's still badass enough to beat the crap out of [[spoiler:the Skrull leader]].
* ComicBook/XMen:
** At one point in Claremont's run, the X-Men wound up on Magneto's island fortress (with a volcano machine) and all depowered. It took ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} to point out that they are still very well-trained and athletic people with a wide and varied skillset; he is a skilled pilot and tactician, ComicBook/{{Storm}} was a thief and still carries lockpicks, ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} was an acrobat, Colossus is still very strong, [[ComicBook/KittyPryde Shadowcat]] is good with computers, and Franchise/{{Wolverine}} still has his claws. Together they manage to wreck the doomsday device... [[AvertedTrope and are still subdued in moments]] once Magneto realizes the X-Men are actually there.
** Storm went through a long stretch without her weather powers, but ''with'' a Mohawk, a new [[HellBentForLeather leather wardrobe,]] and a take-no-crud attitude that made her just as dangerous as she had been when she was slinging lightning bolts or throwing tornadoes. Though her powers came back, she still possesses remarkable hand-to-hand prowess when she needs to use it.
** While not all being as badass as Storm, most if not all of the X-Men receive hand-to-hand combat training in preparation just in case they are robbed of their gifts/their gifts are rendered ineffective by their enemies, especially the females. Cyclops has beyond military-level training over years of conditioning, ComicBook/JeanGrey has demonstrated kung-fu skills (she aided Beast taking out armed attackers with psi-shielding at a period when her telekinesis was thought either dormant or transferred to ComicBook/{{Psylocke}}, who classifies as an ninja action girl with or without her powers). And every girl who becomes a follower of Franchise/{{Wolverine}} becomes able to kick ass by default.
** Cyclops deserves particular mention: given that his [[BlessedWithSuck powers can be a major liability,]] he has trained himself to fight blind if he loses his visor/glasses. He's also demonstrated that when depowered, he's just as good a shot with a gun as with his eye beams. (In fact, he's got near-Hawkeye-level ImprobableAimingSkills. And everybody refuses to ever play pool against him.)
** Prodigy of the ComicBook/YoungAvengers (formerly from the Comicbook/NewXMenAcademyX) was one of the few people to stay at the academy after being depowered by the Decimation, and with good reason - he was given the gift of being able to remember everything he ever learned from people using his powers, making him an expert in multiple fields. Having spent lots of time around fighters like Wolverine and Cyclops, this includes martial arts and tactician training. When his powers went away, all the combat skills he'd already learned via those powers ''didn't''.
** Wolverine is an interesting variation - when he lost his adamantium during ''ComicBook/FatalAttractions'', it also temporarily short-circuited his HealingFactor due to the damage done. While he was still a good fighter, he doubted his usefulness due to the fact he relied heavily on both. It took a TenMinuteRetirement and a BatFamilyCrossover to really get him back in the game.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica: Steve Rogers, most commonly known for his role as Captain America, in his own mini-series got exposed to vita-rays that deactivated his Super serum reducing him to a scrawny 100lb weakling. When half a dozen goons enhanced with the same serum came to execute him, he easily dealt with every one of them. The man fought in UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarII}}W2 and is one of the best trained soldiers on the planet, muscles only account for so much… Not to mention that he's usually fighting opponents many times stronger than him anyway.
* During Creator/EdBrubaker's run, ComicBook/TheFalcon was captured and stripped of his wings by a group of [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic right wing extremists]]. Unfortunately for the terrorists, nobody informed them that the Falcon was an accomplished brawler long before he met Captain America, [[BadassNormal or that he spent several years fighting alongside Cap before even getting his flight harness]]. Cue epic ass-whupping...
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'':
** Tony Stark would like to remind you that even without his armor, he's a GadgeteerGenius capable of MacGyvering a solution to any pressing issue. And if push comes to shove, well - he's also been trained in hand-to-hand combat by ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.
** In Creator/BrianBendis' run, Rhodey is captured by a Japanese villainess named Tomoe, who steals his Comicbook/WarMachine armor. He still handles himself quite nicely against Tomoe's ninjas, pointing out that even without his armor, he's an Avenger and an ex-Navy Seal, with all the years of combat experience and training that those two jobs entail.
* ComicBook/MsMarvel lost her powers briefly in one of her series, and continued to kick ass thanks to her years of training in the Air Force Special Ops. In fact, she's lost her powers more than once, and always remained an effective combatant afterward.
* After Rogue took her powers, she was a recurring ally of the X-Men while considered permanently depowered. The name "Ms. Marvel" scarcely came up; she was just Major Carol Danvers, asskicker extraordinaire, up for supervillain or space adventures alongside anyone in spandex.
* ''ComicBook/PowerPack'': at least twice during the original series, the kids lose their powers to the Snarks. It doesn't stop them from still fighting off the giant space lizards though, and actually reclaim their powers in the process.
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern'':
** Guy Gardner ''thinks'' he's this, as was seen in the 1980s ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' series. He took off his Green Lantern ring to have a ''mano-a-mano'' showdown with Franchise/{{Batman}} over leadership of the League. Batman knocked him out with one punch. (Guy's subsequent change of personalities came when he bumped his head while searching for his ring afterwards.) Batman ([[TradeSnark ™]]): so skilled that his punches ''cure'' brain damage. He also once goaded Hal Jordan into a no-rings-allowed fistfight. It didn't go ''quite'' as badly for him as the aforementioned encounter with Batman, but Hal was more than holding his own until the cops break them up.
** Kilowog is the combat instructor for the [[Characters/GLGreenLanternCorps Green Lantern Corps]], and one of the most powerful Lanterns ever to wear the ring. But take that ring away, and you're left with... well, a guy with the SuperStrength, training, and skills to ''fight Superman to a standstill.''
* [[Franchise/TheDCU Catwoman vs Zatanna]]: After she found out Zee had brainwashed her into becoming a vigilante ([[ComicBook/IdentityCrisis long story]]), ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} duct-taped ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}'s mouth to prevent her from casting spells, but forgot that all Justice League heroines go to Amazonian fighting training Summer camps. During the ensuing fight, Catwoman also pointed out that as a stage performer, Zee likely followed a pretty intense workout regimen to begin with.
* ''{{Franchise/Superman}}'':
** The main superhero lost his powers and just intimidated criminals by, y'know, ''being Superman'' at them. This was in the same arc where he became Electric Blue Superman. By now, Superman has so much experience suddenly losing his powers in the comics that he hardly breaks stride, even when he's the only powerless person on a planet full of Kryptonians.
** In ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', he lost his powers again for just about exactly one year. He ''did'' retire from crime fighting, but instead spent the time pulling off IntrepidReporter tricks that even gave ''Lois herself'' gray hairs. For example: wanting to get an interview with Supernova, he jumped out of his office window, betting that Supernova would save him.
** In JLA Foreign Bodies, Superman demonstrated to supervillain Kobra that even without his powers and with his mind inside the villain's body, his fighting skills are more then enough to let him match and defeat him while Kobra is in Batman's body.
** In the bottled city of Kandor, Superman becomes, well, Franchise/{{Batman}}, going by Nightwing (and yes, this is the inspiration for Dick Grayson choosing his new name.)
** It bears mention that Superman was [[BoxingLessonsForSuperman personally trained in boxing]] by no other than ''UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli himself''.
* ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'': Comicbook/LexLuthor steals Superman's powers, and Supes is BroughtDownToNormal. The result? Supes beats Luthor. [[Awesome/AllStarSuperman With his brains, no less.]]
* ''ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist'': Iron Fist has his link to his chi powers broken at one point, but the fact that he had to train to be a martial arts master and defeat a dragon to get those powers in the first place means he's still pretty damn strong.
* ''ComicBook/JLAActOfGod'', an {{Elseworld}}s story, had the premise that every super-powered person on Earth one day lost their powers. Some members of the Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}} retrained, re-equipped, and went back into action watched over by their new mentors: the BadassNormal heroes of Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/{{Robin}}, ComicBook/{{Huntress}}, and ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}.
* For a while in the 70s, Franchise/WonderWoman had to give up her magical powers and learned kung fu to keep on fighting crime.
* At the end of ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'', when he '''really''' comes back, he has no powers, just his good ol' fists, and a bunch of automatic machineguns. He storms the Cyborg Superman's/Mongul's base just with that, keeping up with ''Comicbook/{{Steel}}'', a genius creator of some superweapons which had been being used by criminals, and who made himself a suit of PoweredArmor capable of keeping up with said superweapons. He does get his powers back at the end of the arc, of course ([[PowerIncontinence and more]]), but he '''was''' pretty badass in the meanwhile.
* [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] and [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Hercules]] of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse have both had their godhood stripped away at times. With Thor it was back in the late nineties. He proved to be just as capable a fighter as Captain America. Hercules burned out all of his godly powers at the end of ''ComicBook/ChaosWar'', leaving him without any SuperStrength at all and still fights super-villains and criminals. He has access to some magical weaponry and is highly skilled at using it, but even then can barely keep up. Yet he still kicks butt. Thor first did this in the late 60s-early 70s. Temporarily stripped of his powers by Odin, he still sought to fight for justice. At one point for some reason he had to go up against the Thing, who said "Even without yer powers, you ain't no pantywaist!" He replied that he was still himself, powers or no powers.
* Happens rather interestingly in a ''Superman'' Elseworlds story ("Superman: Last Son of Earth"). When Earth faces destruction, scientists Jonathan and Martha Kent send their infant son Clark off in a rocket, which eventually lands on Krypton, where he is found and adopted by Jor-El and Lara. Clark has extreme difficulties surviving with Krypton's greater gravity and red sun that saps his strength, until he encounters a dying alien who entrusts him with a ring, making him the new Green Lantern. He is eventually sent to investigate activities on Earth, which wasn't actually destroyed completely, but has suffered a post-apocalyptic collapse of civilization. When he lands in Metropolis, he is captured by Lex Luthor, who takes his ring and throws him in a cell with Lois Lane. Clark complains that without the ring he is powerless, and lashes out at the wall... smashing a hole. Growing up on Krypton does a body good, apparently.
* Franchise/SpiderMan lost his powers once or twice, notably in the 70's; when tricked to drink a potion that nullified his spider-powers, he manages to burst out of several lengths of rope tying him up on a chair by flexing his muscles and getting pissed off - looks like playing super-hero daily helps building up upper body strength. On top of that, he remains a skilled chemist and physicist, good enough to show up the likes of Reed Richards, Doom and Tony Stark. He has, more than once, used his intellect to escape baddies while preserving his secret identity.
* In ''ComicBook/MarvelOneHundredthAnniversarySpecial'', Spidey loses his techno-symbiote suit to the Kingpin, yet ''still'' manages to kick its ass and ultimately destroy it.
* ComicBook/BlackCanary went for a while without her [[MakeMeWannaShout Canary Cry]], instead relying on her hand-to-hand ability. Since the character only gained said power after a couple decades of being a BadassNormal, this was more of a Returned Down To Badass.
* ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'': After causing the death of her husband Karate Kid, Nemesis Kid smugly negates [[MasterOfIllusion Princess Projectra's]] powers and assumes she's helpless. She [[NeckSnap snaps his neck]] with her bare hands.
* ComicBook/{{Empowered}} is a self-inflicted on-and-off case of this. She gets her powers from her super-suit, but it tears easily, and she loses power the more ClothingDamage she incurs. However, when her suit is intact, she's usually trying to use its powers, which are flaky at best even when it's in perfect condition. Once it's damaged, however, she's usually forced to get creative... and she can be ''stunningly'' clever when she's backed into a corner, which, combined with the fact that nobody takes her seriously, can often leave the perpetually-unlucky superheroine just the opening she needs to pull through in even the worst of situations.
* ComicBook/DoctorStrange is a master of the mystic ''and martial'' arts. AntiMagic only gets rid of one of those.
* In one story arc, Comicbook/CaptainAtom lost his powers for a while. Which still leaves him as a former special ops commander with years of combat experience in Vietnam and the hand-to-hand skills to go toe-to-toe with Batman.
* Dracula loses his shape shifting powers and resurrective immortality in the season 8 ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' comics. Mock him about being an ordinary vampire now, and he'll remind you that it's the old man you should be afraid of. Violently.
* ''[[Series/{{Angel}} Angel: After the Fall]]'': After sending L.A. to Hell, the Senior Partners also turn Angel into a human as a means to deprive him of his vampire powers when he needs them the most. Thanks to a variety of spells and charms, he keeps in the game.
* The SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} storyline "Suicide Kings" ended up depriving Deadpool of his trademark HealingFactor, but not his mercenary skills. Taskmaster had to retrain him, though, since most of his tactics boiled down to "run in like a complete maniac and let my healing factor do the work."
* ''{{ComicBook/Valhalla}}'': Thor is at one point challenged over his [[TheAllSolvingHammer over-reliance on Mjolnir]] and dared to go on an epic quest without it. It turns out that when Thor is forced by circumstance to exercise his forebrain, he is just as able to think and charm his way out of trouble as he is at smashing his way out. [[spoiler: Also, while he was forbidden from carrying the hammer, he was ''not'' forbidden his anything-catching gauntlets, his strength-amplifying belt or his coat of mail, all of which he wore. Mjolnir is an important part of his arsenal, but far from all of it.]]

* Jason Shepard, aka Lightstorm, hailing from ''Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm''. His skill is great enough to fight the toughest of Negaverse drones even without powers, and he considers attacking and killing entire squadrons of heavily-armed humans to be training.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Recoil}}'', Taylor loses her insect-control powers after being sent into the past. Her sharp mind and mundane combat skills are still intact, though.
* In ''Fanfic/TheDarkSideOfTheMirrorVerse'', Mirror Spitfire was TheDragon to Mirror Celestia, and granted [[PlayingWithFire pyrokinesis]] by Celestia. However, after Celestia's HeelFaceTurn, she loses these powers. She's still able to put up a good fight with [[WorldsBestWarrior Mirror Gilda]] and nearly kill her during her fight.
* In the MagicalGirl CrisisCrossover ''FanFic/ShatteredSkies'', [[Franchise/SailorMoon all]] [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura of]] [[Franchise/PrettyCure the]] [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha "Big]] [[Franchise/MadokaMagica Five"]] (that is, the main characters of each series) suffer this to one degree to another. Usagi[=/=]Sailor Moon and [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Nagisa]][=/=][[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Cure Black]] have been depowered to their first transformations, and in Usagi's case, the Silver Crystal is gone. Sakura has lost twenty of her Cards, and her wand has reverted to its original form. Nanoha is still recovering from her [[HandicappedBadass grave injury]] during the Gadget Drone Incident between ''A's'' and ''StrikerS'', and Madoka... [[spoiler:well, the story is post-[[TheMovie Rebellion]], so all her powers are still in Homura's hands.]]
* ''Fanfic/XCOMRWBYWithin'': After being TrappedInAnotherWorld, team RWBY find themselves without access to their Aura or Semblance powers and with only limited [[GreenRocks Dust]] for their special weapons, but they lose ''none'' of their skill and training. Once they're decked out in proper armour and get used to the local weapons they go straight back to kicking ass and taking names. If anything they get even ''more'' badass, because not having NighInvulnerability and various individual superpowers means they have to compensate with better tactics.
* ''Fanfic/{{Transcendence}}'': Due to the spiritual differences between Azeroth and Earth, Ichigo cannot leave his body to become a shinigami on Azeroth, as he would simply be dragged into the nearest spiritual realm if he did. Instead he has to rely on what is essentially a hastily prepared vessel that only allows him to access a tiny amount of his full power. However, that tiny amount still grants him inhuman strength, agility, and durability, which puts him on a level far above most {{Mooks}}.
* In ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm,'' Thor loses Mjolnir at a couple of points. However, he's still a PhysicalGod with SuperStrength and ''1,500 years of combat experience.'' How does he prove this? He gets angry and puts a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on ''the Juggernaut.''
** Also, it doesn't hurt that while Mjolnir can store energy, and allows him to manipulate the weather more precisely, he can still use his ShockAndAwe powers without it.
* In ''Fanfic/TheHeartTrilogy'', the great fire drake Smaug is [[HumanityEnsues turned into a human]]. While no longer the unstoppable {{Juggernaut}} in this new form, his physical abilities are superior to those of average humans, making him a LightningBruiser. While his [[SuperSenses senses]] are not as superb as they are in his true form, they're still better than with average humans. He can also use his [[HypnoticEyes Dragon-spell]] along with other magic.

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* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': As revealed in ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', while being set free ''did'' rid him of the restrictions placed on him by the lamp, as a result, Genie also lost quite a bit of magic; in his own words, his "phenomenal cosmic powers" have been reduced to "semi-phenomenal nearly-cosmic powers." Despite this, he still has high magic power, and often proves essential in solving whatever disaster is plaguing Agrabah.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', [[spoiler:the majority of the climax has Joaquin without his precious medal, having to fight as a mortal again. After a brief moment of surprise due the loss of his powers, he shows he's just as skilled with a blade as before]].

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* ''Film/FreddyVsJason''. [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] loses his nigh-invulnerability and [[RealityWarper reality-warping powers]] when he's dragged into the Real World, but this doesn't mean he's going down without a fight. He's still MadeOfIron and strong enough to inflict lasting damage on [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] (with assistance from improvised weaponry and Jason's own Machete).
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** ''Film/IronMan'':
*** Another suitless Iron Man example: he would like to remind you that without the suit, he's still a [[Film/TheAvengers2012 genius billionaire playboy philanthropist]]. Taken even further in ''Film/IronMan3'', when Stark manages to juryrig a taser glove, a tranquilizer nailgun, and Christmas bauble flashbangs.
*** After being forced out of the Iron Patriot suit, [[Comicbook/WarMachine Rhodey]] shows himself still effective as a soldier.
--->'''Rhodes:''' No, no, no, don't open--open? OK, here we go...\\
(''Rhodes jumps out and punches TheDragon in the face'')
** The titular character of ''{{Film/Thor}}'' may have been stripped of his powers and {{Mjolnir}} but that doesn't stop him from beating up SHIELD agents to get back Mjolnir. After all, even without his powers, he's still an extremely-skilled combatant whose body is just about 100% muscle.
--> '''Agent Coulson''': It's not easy to do what you did. You made my men — some of the most highly trained professionals in the world — look like a bunch of minimum-wage mall cops.
** ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' has Thor once again lose the hammer that gives him ShockAndAwe and InstantArmor powers, and while he still has strength and durability far beyond humans, he's stuck on worlds full of SuperiorSpecies aliens with the exact same strengths (to the point he's easily captured. Repeatedly.), forcing Thor to utilize his MultiMeleeMaster and other fighting skills to escape instead.
* [[spoiler:Calypso]] in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' is [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan bound in human form]] without access to her shapeshifting or weather control abilities, but she's still clairvoyant, a powerful necromancer, and has control over endless crabs.
* ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'' and ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'': In the beginning of the former, ActionGirl Alice is injected with a serum by BigBad Albert Wesker that removes the super powers she had previously gained from the [[TheVirus T-virus]]. Though she subsequently [[CurbStompBattle gets her ass handed to her]] in the ensuing fight, she remains enough of a BadassNormal to fight off {{zombie|Apocalypse}}s and later defeats Wesker in a rematch. By the end of ''Retribution'', Wesker injects her with the T-virus again, restoring her powers. [[spoiler:Except he lied.]]
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Wolverine's HealingFactor is dialed down to near-human levels. While his adamantium skeleton and multiple lifetimes of traumatic injury have rendered him superhumanly strong, tough, and resistant to pain, he's still left considerably weaker since his injuries accumulate rather than healing automatically.
** In the past timeline of ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', which is before his adamantium infusion, Wolverine loses the considerable advantage it affords him in exchange for a moderately better HealingFactor, which doesn't really balance it out. He ends up playing a supporting role and badly loses the two real fights he gets into.

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': The Toa Nuva lost their elemental powers when the Bohrok-Kal stole the source of their elemental powers. Subverted in that they could still use their mask powers, but they did have to rely on their wits, skills, heavy armor and (of course) huge-ass weapons to do the majority of the work for them.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Literature/TheMagiciansNephew'' [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Jadis]], a witch whose power once [[OmnicidalManiac killed every living thing in her home dimension]], is magically transported to London and finds herself deprived of her magic powers. Except she's still [[StatuesqueStunner seven feet tall]] and [[DarkActionGirl able to rip lamp posts apart]].
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', Alex reminds the depowered Lux and Lone Star of their BoxingLessonsForSuperman; they still have useful skills.
* ''Literature/{{Dexter}}'' has Chutsky, losing an arm and a leg, literally, and still kicking ass at [[spoiler:''Brian's'']] level. There's less than half of Sergeant Doakes and he still hounds Dexter, albeit not with the same stamina. Dexter unfortunately didn't fair so well when he was BroughtDownToNormal in the third book by losing his Passenger, but in the 5th, where he just shunned it, still showed skill, even if only in avoiding death.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': In ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', when Susan enters the Tooth Fairy's realm (where death does not exist), she loses the abilities she inherited from her grandfather. Being Susan Sto Helit, this makes her ''very angry'', and she uses a bit of psychoanalysis and a few punches to take down a trained and psychotic assassin.
* ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'': In ''Corambis'', a council of wizards binds Felix Harrowgate's powers. He fights off possession by a phantom, [[BigDamnHeroes saves]] a country from being destroyed by its SealedEvilInACan, and eventually gets his powers back, mostly through smarts and [[{{Determinator}} sheer force of will]].
* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] once found himself completely magically drained at an inopportune moment during a fight with a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent loup garou]]... so he shot it in the knee with his .38 instead. [[SubvertedTrope It almost worked.]]
* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'': In ''The Son of Neptune'', Percy loses the invulnerability he had previously gained in ''[[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians The Last Olympian]]'' early on in the book…and then spends the rest of the story reminding you why he was badass before he went and bathed in the River Styx.
* In the first novel of Robert Asprin's ''Literature/MythAdventures'', there is a wizard named Aahz who loses the ability to cast magic. Despite this loss, he's still a Pervect, a species that combines huge magical skills with great technological prowess and massive physical abilities. So even without being able to cast spells he's still nearly unstoppable in combat and has plenty of wits and skills to draw from outside of that. And that's without factoring in all the people he knows.
* Has happened several times to Eddie Drood of ''Literature/SecretHistories'', whenever his torc's power is suppressed or forfeit in some way. Although he can't manifest his Drood armor under such circumstances, he still has his family's expertise in unarmed combat, his cover-identity Shaman Bond's slate of arcane know-how and dirty tricks, and his own stubbornness and integrity to keep him going.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** Darth Vader is a case of this. The lava bath and loss of his limbs takes a tremendous toll on his abilities, reducing his Force potential by two thirds, barring him from using some Force powers entirely, and forcing him to re-learn lightsaber combat to compensate for his less mobile prostheses. This being ''Darth Vader'', he manages pretty well all the same, thanks in part to ThePowerOfHate.
** ''Literature/ANewDawn'' features a self-inflicted case of this: Kanan Jarrus survived [[ThePurge Order 66]] when he was just a teenager, and has spent the eight years since doing everything in his power to make sure his Force abilities don't come back. But even with him actively suppressing them, he's still a very good fighter who lasts far longer against the {{cyborg}} Count Vidian than anyone else.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** In Creator/TimothyZahn's ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'', there is a creature called a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Ysalamari ysalamiri]] that "pushes back" [[SentientCosmicForce the Force]]. A Jedi's powers don't work within 4 meters of an ysalamiri, or anywhere at all in a forest crowded with enough of them. Luke Skywalker finds himself in such a forest, completely cut off from the Force, and yet he's still able to take down a base full of Imperial stormtroopers with nothing but a good blaster at his side[[note]]Which, as we all know, trumps both hokey religions ''and'' ancient weapons[[/note]] and a basic knowledge of structural engineering. Mara, thinking that if anyone has reason to be worried it's him, between being stripped of his powers, on a strange planet whose very name is unknown, and with her, the Imperials, and the vornskyr lining up for the privilege of killing him, is grudgingly impressed: he's quick-witted, observant, and [[DissonantSerenity maddeningly serene]]. This is only one of several examples in Zahn's novels of Luke's ''ingenuity'' getting him (and, often, his friends) through a situation, rather than having Luke [[CuttingTheKnot brute-Force]] his way through. Mara herself is similarly depowered by the ysalamiri, but it's even less of an issue for her because she'd already lost her Force powers for years and they were just starting to come back. She expects that to give her an advantage over Luke; she was used to it and he wasn't. As mentioned above, she was mistaken.
* ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' (second book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): After [[spoiler:Kaladin kills Syl (his BondCreature and the source of his supernatural powers)]], he still manages to take down a [[{{Kaiju}} chasmfiend]] with some help. ''Armies'' usually run from chasmfiends rather than fighting them.
* At various times in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, Richard is stripped of pretty much everything (his magic on more than one occasion, his friends, his freedom in several different ways, his love, and even his self-confidence), and invariably not only gets it back, but becomes more powerful as a result.
* Vaness of ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' is a very powerful [[ExtraOreDinary Ironwitch]], so to restrain her, the bad guys put an AntiMagic collar on her while she's unconscious. When she wakes up, she promptly incapacitates a man twice her size with her bare hands and would've ran away if it wasn't for [[BadassNormal Lev]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperboy'', this happens a few times to Superboy. In "The Haunting of Andy [=McAlister=]", he and his friends are trapped in a Wild West town without his powers, but manages to defeat several outlaws in a BarBrawl.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Wesley was shot and nearly killed after having taken the first of his [[TookALevelInBadass multiple levels of badass]], temporarily confining him to a wheelchair and making him useless in hand to hand combat, the basis of most of the show's action sequences. When faced with a demon in his weakened state, Wesley grabbed a shotgun and blew it away. He didn't forget about his handiness with guns after he recovered and occasionally used them thereafter.
** Angel robbed Jasmine of her magical influence over people, but she was still able to smack him around like a rag doll.
** Sahjahn actually considered it a favor when he was made corporeal, because although it made it possible to kill him, it also allowed him to deal death and destruction himself, his love of which was the reason he was made incorporeal in the first place.
** The gang stripped Illyria of some of her power, leaving her still Badass enough to be a useful ally (stronger than most other vampires and demons), but not enough to wipe out half the city if the mood struck her.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': It's been stated that Glory was considerably weakened upon being banished to Earth and trapped in human form, and she's ''still'' capable of curb-stomping Buffy and the Scoobies any day of the week.
* Series/{{Chuck}} gets his powers from a government supercomputer stored in his brain called the Intersect. The Intersect 2.0 allows the user to tap into [[IKnowKungFu fighting knowledge.]] Chuck lost the Intersect and his best friend Morgan got it. Morgan turned in to a {{Jerkass}} and made a FaceHeelTurn. Chuck fights him and is easily a match for Morgan. With the corrupted Intersect out of Morgan's head, ''nobody'' has ''any'' version of it now. It hasn't stopped the team from being quite badass.
* What is [[VillainProtagonist Walter White]] in ''Series/BreakingBad'' [[spoiler: [[AmoralAttorney without Saul]], [[DrugsAreBad without his meth empire]], [[BitchInSheepsClothing without his cover]], [[FugitiveArc and wanted by every authority in the country?]] Note, at this point, he had grown so weak to cancer that even his wedding ring came loose.]] Answer: [[spoiler: A ruthless [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] who IS the danger, securing his family's future by threatening his former friends with just laser pointers, a carjacker who treks all the way to his home without getting detected by anyone, securing multi-dollar arms transactions without any hitch, appearing and disappearing at Skyler's new house inspite of heavy security by the DEA without anyone wiser, poisoning the only loose end who will go after Walt's family using [[ChekhovsGun ricin]] with elaborate BatmanGambit, [[MacGyvering building a ''freaking machine gun with nothing more than car engine and garage key'']], using said machine gun to kill ''every last one of his remaining enemies'' with a masterful application of WoundedGazelleGambit, avenging his brother in law singlehandedly, and ''then'' executing a DyingMomentOfAwesome.'''He indeed is the one who knocks.''']]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** During his third incarnation, the Doctor was stripped of his knowledge of time travel and exiled to Earth by the Time Lords. He still managed to save the Earth and often the Universe every other episode even with those handicaps.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]], the Doctor finds himself with neither his sonic screwdriver ''nor'' his TARDIS. He still manages to [[spoiler:save the world in 20 minutes with some creative Internet usage]].
** The companion Rory Williams fits this, too. He spent [[spoiler: 2000 years as a Roman Centurion with the memories of a trained warrior, and furthermore, one made of plastic and with a gun in his hand]]. Even after being normal again, he still manages to kick ass and [[spoiler: punch Hitler]].
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys''
** In one episode, Hera strips Zeus of his godhood and exiles him to Earth, assuming he will become miserable and quickly killed. While Zeus does get confused by life as a mortal (he had to ask Hercules what this unpleasant sensation he was feeling was: pain), he easily wins a BarBrawl.
** In another episode, Hercules loses his strength and still beats up the god Strife. Strife only turns the tables when Ares reminds him to use his powers. Zeus then returns Hercules' strength for round two.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': He may have gotten the cool PowerWalk scene in Volume 2, but Peter Petrelli certainly turned up the heat on his awesomeness during his S3 BroughtDownToNormal phase, thinking situations through, teaming up with the Haitian to take down [[BigBad Arthur]], basically being a much better, smarter person than his [[IdiotHero V2 persona]]. Luckily, he retained these qualities [[spoiler: even after he regained powers, mainly because he was no longer a GodModeSue]].
* In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', despite the previous 34 Franchise/SuperSentai teams losing their powers, many of them are still quite capable of fighting without them as episodes featuring the Series/TokusouSentaiDekaranger, Series/ChourikiSentaiOhranger and Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricanger easily show.
** The king of this is probably [[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Ryo of the Celestial Fire Star]], who can keep up with Gokai Silver and still do all of the insane Dairanger posing and martial arts in his forties.
* The current page quote comes from ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''. [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ray]] lost his suit to Tokugawa and ended up being forced to help his teammates destroy it, [[SubvertedTrope feeling completely useless without it]] because he relied on it in their fights. [[ComicBook/{{Vixen}} Amaya]], on the other hand, amplified her impressive normal fighting skills with her animal abilities (usually "gorilla strength"), so losing the amulet isn't too much of a problem for her. Ultimately ended up being {{Double Subver|sion}}ted because Ray, wearing only samurai armor, could hold his own in a swordfight against Tokugawa wearing his suit (though only using it as a PoweredArmor and not to the full extent of its abilities).
** Played straight in season 3, when Amaya herself ''does'' briefly lose her amulet to [[spoiler: Nora Dhark]], and does indeed manage fight well without it.
* A fairly surreal version occurs in an episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark'', [[ItMakesSenseInContext on Lois and Clark's wedding night, H.G. Wells appears from the far future, with a device that lets people experience their prior reincarnations]]. He informs them that they are soulmates, destined to meet and fall in love in every life, but are also under a curse that will kill them on the first night they have, ahem, relations... he takes them through two of their past incarnations, [[{{Elseworld}} one in Medieval England and one in the Wild West]], in an attempt to remove the curse, and in each, Clark is a vigilante hero with a SecretIdentity, apparently also part of his destiny. However, since both these incarnations are human, Clark is a BadassNormal for the majority of the episode, easily capable of beating up multiple opponents without his powers.
* ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''
** Once Morgana loses her magic, she proceeds to kick multiple ass, with just a sword.
** Merlin gets depowered twice, and both times proves that does nothing to stop him from being his {{Determinator}} self.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'':
** Tommy can still kick ass after losing the Green Ranger powers the second time because he's a fourth-degree black belt.
*** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder opens'' with a morpherless Tommy who hasn't donned spandex in years kicking the asses of a small army of {{Mooks}} to escape the BigBad's island by diving into the sea (and presumably having to swim to shore unaided.)
** Use of this trope in ''Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger'' kept its footage from being used in the second season of MMPR, as the bulk of the series had unmorphed fights complete with unmorphed role calls.
** This happens too many times to list in the later ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' seasons. This was done partially because they became less reliant on dubbing over ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' footage as time went on.
** In the GrandFinale of ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''; the rangers lose their powers as the BigBad Lothor gloats about his apparent victory. The rangers then promptly remind him they're still trained ninjas and proceed to kick his ass anyway. It's the only season where the final battle is with not the Zords, not the Ranger powers, but just the Rangers fighting as themselves (against the villian who'd ''stolen'' their powers, no less.)
* At the end of ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' the Sailor Senshi lost their powers. In the Special Act, set a few years after the end of the series, a group of [[{{Mooks}} low-level youma]] try and kidnap Minako, quickly subdue her bodyguards... And [[OhCrap back down in terror after Minako kicked one in a concrete pillar so hard to ''shatter the pillar's surface'']]. Youma and bodyguards alike understood why Minako complained of her bodyguards' weakness when the youma started defeating them… In the same Special Act we are shown that ''all'' the Sailor Soldiers are still badass: Rei attacked the BigBad of the episode while without her Senshi powers and survived, albeit needing to be hospitalized; Ami resorted to CarFu to beat up the low-level youma and escape one of the BigBad [[TheDragon Dragons]]; Makoto simply beat up a horde of {{Mooks}}; and Mamoru and Usagi (who was implied to be ''pregnant'') quickly subdued a freakin' [[spoiler: fake]] Shitennou ''each'' to cover each other's running away, with Mamoru later temporarily incapacitating ''all'' of the [[spoiler: fake]] Shitennou.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** This has happened to Kal-El more than once.
** Another Kryptonian, Jor-El's lab assistant Raya, managed to survive for over ''50 years'' trapped in the [[TheAlcatraz Phantom Zone]], without her powers. One could argue this definitely qualifies her as one of the biggest badasses in the entire series.
* Although Castiel lost most of his Angel powers over the course of the fifth season of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', he still managed to kick a fair amount of ass via ingenuity and good old-fashioned nerve. Castiel has always been good at hand-to-hand combat against angels, and in season 9, human!Castiel takes out an angel with nothing but an angel blade. [[spoiler: He basically goes from being homeless to regaining his powers and an angel following without help from anyone else. Because he's just that good a leader. ]]

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* ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution'': Certain drugs will block espers from using their talents, but their baseline stats are still well above those of a normal human.
* Certain scenarios may result in one of the TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} being deprived of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Essence,]] making it impossible for them to use their various forms of magic. However, even without their Charms or sorcery, an Exalt is still at the peak of human ability, and can trounce any mortal contenders that try to beat them in their "weakened" state.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', a SpaceMarine without his PoweredArmor and {{BFG}} is probably ''more'' dangerous than before. This shows up most prominently in the Literature/SpaceMarineBattles series.
* Similar to the Order of the Stick example below with the dragon, wizards in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' are well-advised to be careful how they use the Anti-Magic Shell spell. After all, while their own powers are completely negated by the spell, an enemy warrior's sword is still a sword, and a masterwork one at that.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Most games that force you through a [[NoGearLevel No Gear Run]], LowLevelRun, or OneHitPointWonder run of some kind qualify the playable character as this. True your player character may be weaponless or powerless, but he or she is ''still'' tearing ass through their enemies with [[PuzzleBoss clever thinking]] or [[CombatPragmatist pragmatism]] instead.
* The whole story arc of ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' through the first two parts of the trilogy involve bringing Kerrigan back from Zerg infestation. Come the beginning of ''Heart of the Swarm'', while she can still control Zerg, she is quite capable of kicking ass without their help, as she was one of the most powerful ghost troops prior to infestation. In the very first level she single-handedly destroys a HumongousMecha with her psionic abilities alone. Similarly, Raynor is able to go toe-to-toe with Tychus, while the latter was the only one wearing power armor.
* One of the major aspects of the returning character of Psycho in ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}} 3'' is his angst over being "skinned" and having his Nanosuit taken away. He sees it as being BroughtDownToNormal. Thing is, he still manages to kick nine kinds of ass even without it, despite being in his fifties. He ''was'' in the SAS and Delta Force, after all.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', this trope applies to all members of The Six Heroes to some extent.
** Hakumen was once one of the world's most powerful beings, so much so that the only being implied to be around his level still said Hakumen was the sole reason as to why they managed to slay [[{{Orochi}} the Black Beast]]. After he was imprisoned in [[EldritchLocation the Boundary]] for 90 years, the one who salvaged him could only get 20% of his existence out of there. However, 20% of Hakumen's former full power turns out to be several levels above what most characters can handle, as he is able to hand Ragna's ass to him with ease.
** [[BattleButler Valkenhayn]] [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent R. Hellsing]] and [[PintsizedPowerhouse Jubei]] were both badasses extraordinaire in their prime when they fought the Black Beast, but you can't fight old age and 90 additional years have definitely weakened their bodies. They can both tear the more youthful characters of the game a new one with ease, though, and Jubei is ''still'' regarded as the WorldsStrongestMan.
** Trinity Glassfield hasn't been quite as lucky: After being manipulated, betrayed, shanked and thrown into a Cauldron by Terumi, she lost her body and her soul was sealed into the [[EvilWeapon Nox Nyctores,]] [[PowerOfCreation Muchourin.]] Right now her soul resides in the body of Platinum the Trinity, the resident TokenMiniMoe and she still plays a key role in the battle against evil.
** Konoe "Nine" A. Mercury's fate was a bit more ambiguous; after getting caught up in Terumi's shaking of Trinity she had been presumed dead but [[spoiler:was revealed to have been resurrected and turned into Terumi's cohort, Phantom, who had to be reduced to a plot device and [[VillainTeleportation glorified transportation service]] due to her {{Story Breaker Power}}s. However, she eventually regains control over herself, as well as her powers, come ''Central Fiction'']].
** And as for their TokenEvilTeammate, Yuuki Terumi has been reduced to a literal specter of his former self and has to rely on possession, [[{{Synchronization}} life links]] and Observers to not get stuck with a bad case of RetGone. He's still an EvilGenius and ManipulativeBastard par excellence and the ArtificialHuman he inhabits is still strong enough to go toe-to-toe with the best of them. [[spoiler:In ''Central Fiction'' he finally reclaims his former power again. Turns out that Terumi is actually Takehaya Susanoo no Mikoto, {{Physical|God}} JerkassGod and DestroyerDeity [[SatanicArchetype par supreme]]... It's a bad time for everyone.]]
** Outside of the Six Heroes, Jin Kisaragi is also struck with a temporary form of this during ''Continuum Shift'' in order to both reinforce his badassery and [[ThatOneLevel drive players nuts]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XI'', VillainProtagonist Ash Crimson gets the jump on [[TheRival Iori Yagami]] after he succumbs to [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity The Riot of the Blood]] and becomes [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Orochi Iori]] (for those not in the loop, the {{seal|edEvilInACan}} on {{Orochi}} had been weakened in this [[StoryArc saga]]), trashing his teammates [[TheHero Kyo Kusanagi]] and [[TheHeart Shingo Yabuki]]. This leaves Iori without his trademark [[DeadlyUpgrade cursed]] [[PlayingWithFire purple fire]]. What does he decide to do? ''Slash the hell out of his foes with his [[WolverineClaws hands]]''. Unfortunately when this same thing happened to Chizuru Kagura in the previous game, she was hit ''hard'' by {{Chickification}}, being regulated to the sidelines and her confidence shaken. [[spoiler:Thanks to a CosmicRetcon due to a TemporalParadox-induced HeroicSacrifice by Ash in ''KOF XIII'', both Iori and Chizuru [[CantStayNormal regain their powers]].]]
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'':
** According to the [[Creator/CyberConnect2 developers]], Asura has lost most of his godly power being sealed away for 12,000 years. Even without them, he slaughters mooks like they are nothing, can keep up and takes hits from Wyzen after growing over 60 meters tall, and when angry enough, stops Wyzen's Tennessee-sized finger in his planet sized state and punches it and Wyzen into oblivion. [[HolyShitQuotient God damn.]]
** There are a few times where Asura ''[[UpToEleven loses his arms completely]]'' as a result of some battle. Despite that, [[{{Determinator}} Asura fights on regardless]], taking on [[TheRival Yasha]] and a [[{{Kaiju}} Gohma Striker]] (putting up a decent fight in the former case and winning [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome offscreen]] in the latter).
** The final battle against [[spoiler:Chakravartin]] involves [[spoiler: Asura getting knocked out of his shiny new [[EleventhHourSuperPower Destructor]] form and reduced back to his normal form. Asura still keeps up with and eventually defeats Chakravartin once and for all]].
* Gig in ''VideoGame/SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''. Let's see, he was [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in a sword]] for millions of years, lost most of his godly power, lives as a formless spirit sealed in the body of a mortal and only gives the [[HeroicMime main character]] a very small share of what's left. They are still able to destroy pretty much anything on their path. Also still considered one of the Nippon-verse big three alongside Zetta and real Zenon.
* The PlayerCharacter in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX''. S/he starts out as a Celestrian (basically an angel), but is partly BroughtDownToNormal early in the game. By the end of the game, this trope comes into full effect, since by now the character is probably a very powerful character [[spoiler:but sacrifices his Celestrian abilities permanently to fight the BigBad]].
* Valvatorez in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|APromiseUnforgotten}}'' was originally titled the Tyrant due to his netherworld being absolutely terrified of him. He may have been an equal to Baal. After no longer drinking blood, he was reduced to a Prinny Instructor who Zetta (official title: The Most Badass Frickin' Overlord in All the Cosmos) considers a WorthyOpponent.
* ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'':
** Judas in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' willingly decided to stop using [[spoiler: Chaltier, thus no longer being considered a Swordian Master (in a world where you need some kind of GreenRocks to cast magic and a Swordian is powered by the purest version of said GreenRocks]] and was at a much lower level than he should be [[spoiler: likely due to being dead for an undetermined period of time]]. He still taught himself how to dual-wield [[spoiler: at least, before Leon's play style was retconned]], learns two more magical proficiencies, and remained a hyper-competent MagicKnight.
** Jade Curtiss in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' gets hit with the temporary version. He joins the party very early at a game-breaking level 45, with access to many high-level fonic artes. And then he's hit with a PowerLimiter that brings him back down to level 1, and cuts you off from the majority of his spells. At around the same time, he briefly loses access to the [[CoolShip Tartarus]]. But he's still [[ColonelBadass Jade Curtiss]] the man so cool he doesn't even take his hand out of his pocket when casting spells, whose arm is magically fused with a spear, and who has to wear glasses just so his eyes don't ''make everything around him explode.'' Seriously.
** At the beginning of ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'', Milla (the human incarnation of the Lord of Spirits, Maxwell) loses most of her insane summoning power when the four elemental spirits are kidnapped by the bad guys. But she's still a {{Determinator}} of unbelievably epic proportions, and after Alvin teaches her a thing or two, she's a fair hand with a sword and a good mage to boot.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}''. During one point in the game, the main character temporarily loses his ability to generate {{Shapeshifter weapon}}s, bringing him only slightly back to normal. But he still gets to keep his superhuman strength and agility, still allowing him to karate kick helicopters out of the sky.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII'': In the first level of the game, Kratos attacks Rhodes as a giant, but Zeus, in the guise of an eagle, blasts him with lightning and shrinks him down to normal size. As the soldiers of Rhodes discover the hard way, just because Kratos is normal-sized now doesn't mean he's any less capable of going OneManArmy on them.
* Over the course of ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}: Risky's Revenge'', Shantae is stripped of her genie powers and spends the rest of the game and the sequel, ''Shantae and the Pirate's Curse'', as a powerless human. It doesn't slow her down one bit.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', many story missions strip the Boss of their powers, and later the Zin can do so on command with [[PowerNullifier suppression grenades.]] But the Boss was a OneManArmy long before they got powers, and losing them just means the enemy lives a little bit longer.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Infernal}}'', Lennox (the protagonist) is in this position three times. At the start of the game, he has lost his angelic powers as a result of being fired. Later, Lucius Black revokes Lennox's new demonic powers when Lennox appears to have failed and has been questioning orders, but is persuaded to return them on the basis that they need each other. Finally, Black takes the powers back when he and Lennox fight in the final boss battle. Lennox isn't ever helpless, however.
* Though implemented poorly, the Game Gear game ''VideoGame/SonicLabyrinth'' has Eggman shove Sonic's feet into special shoes that seal away his super speed. Sonic ends up making up for it with his Spin Dash attack.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', this happens to the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deities]] after [[spoiler:[[PlayerCharacter the Nerevarine]] severs their ties to the Heart of Lorkhan, their divine power source, in order to defeat [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]], who shares that same power source]]. They are, per Vivec, able to exist with a [[SemiDivine trace of their divinity in-tact]] thanks to [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly the faith of their followers]]. Each is still an extremely powerful, [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld extremely old]] MagicKnight, especially proven by [[spoiler:Almalexia]] when she is fought in the ''Tribunal'' expansion.
** In a manner of speaking, this is the case for [[BigBad Alduin]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skryim]]''. As Alduin is ''[[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodiment]]'' of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of the world]] itself, he can only manifest his full power when it is time to actually end the world, at which point he becomes a [[BeastOfTheApocalypse titanic monster]] with divine power beyond that of even the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]]. Anytime outside of that, however, he is "merely" an invincible [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]] who needs a very specific realty-warping [[LanguageOfMagic Thu'um]] [[MakeMeWannaShout Shout]] ([[BrownNote Dragonrend]]) to even render him into a state where he can be hurt.
* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' has T.J. Combo, a world-champion heavyweight boxer and a jock asshole who used cybernetic implants to boost his strength. When his cheating was caught out and he was subsequently disgraced, he had a huge BreakTheHaughty[=/=]HeelFaceTurn moment and decided to make up for it by coming back to the Ultratech tournament with the intention of winning it without his implants. Just to point out, this means going up against cybernetic killing machines, genetically engineered dinosaurs, skeleton warriors and people with all kinds of crazy superpowers with ''nothing but his fists''. Ballsy as hell.
* Cullen is this in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', since he's defected from the Templar order. He no longer takes the lyrium which gives Templars their abilities; however, he still has all of his discipline and military training, so he's still very highly regarded by the soldiers serving under him.
* Near the end of the ''A Realm Reborn'' arc of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', [[spoiler:the dragon Midgardsomr steals away the blessing that the goddess Hydaelyn granted you (and it is even assumed that Hydaelyn ''allowed'' it). You end up spending a good deal of ''Heavensward'' winning that right back fight by fight]].
* Corvo in ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored 2}}'' might qualify if you refuse the Outsider's gift in the visit to the void. In the opening cut scene, he uses the Outsider's gift from the prior installment to fight off the initial group of guards until Delilah strips him of the Mark and turns him to stone. His playthrough without powers demonstrates how he earned his title of Royal Protector before the Empress's assassination: with his athleticism, stealth, swordsmanship, and various weapons/equipment (earning him the additional title of BadassGrandpa).

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Lich notes that by removing his soul from the [[CosmicKeystone Earth Orb]] he had hidden it in and returning it to his body, the Light Warriors have successfully made him mortal, but he's still a mage vastly more powerful than they are.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Nanase, even without her crazy powerful magic, is still a very experienced martial artist who can bench press 160 pounds[[note]]which is vastly above average for a 16 year old girl[[/note]]and (along with Ellen) was able to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-04-30 recapture an escaped gorilla]].
* In ''WebComic/LookingForGroup'' Richard can lose his powers if he fails to perform the proper actions. When he is depowered and imprisoned Benny laments how he's useless until Richard pulls out one of his recent botanical experiments.
-->''Even without magic, I'm never powerless. Or any less dangerous.''
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the dragon that ambushes Vaarsuvius casts an AntiMagic field to escape a Forcecage. As she points out, this means the SquishyWizard elf is [[BroughtDownToNormal now just Squishy]], while the dragon is still a dragon.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[TheDragon Azula]], even when deprived of her firebending on the Day of Black Sun, still manages to keep Aang, Toph and Sokka busy and away from [[BigBad her father]] long enough for the eclipse to get over with.
** The DVDCommentary mentions a funny story behind that: she decided [[BadassNormal Mai and Ty Lee]] would be her friends exactly because she'd be able to learn some of their abilities, and indeed the aforementioned scene does have her using some very [[SheFu Ty Lee-ish]] moves. Along with having a concealed bladed throwing weapon literally up her sleeve that could only be something she picked up from [[KnifeNut Mai.]]
** Same with Zuko--normally, he's an at-least decent firebender (he beat Zhao in an Agni Kai early on with just the basics, and his skill notably improves over the course of the series), while Ozai is [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking The Greatest Firebender In The World]]. But during the eclipse, Ozai is at his mercy because Zuko is a master swordsman while Ozai never bothered to learn non-firebending combat. Also, when Zuko had to hide his powers while traveling in the Earth Kingdom and as the Blue Spirit, he was still able to take on several bandits, match [[BadassNormal Jet]] in a fight and break Aang out of a Fire Nation fortress.
** It runs in the family. His uncle Iroh is considered one of the only Firebenders capable of taking on Ozai. But, like the previous two, loses his powers on the Day of Black Sun. [[spoiler:That's when he breaks out of the prison he's in and is ''still'' considered a OneManArmy!]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Lost Soul", the [[PoweredArmor Batsuit]] is taken over by a hostile AI. Terry goes up against it equipped only with one of Bruce's old utility belts and Nightwing's old mask to conceal his identity, and wins.
* Hal Jordan and Kilowog in ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' are both quite competent fighters even without their [[GreenLanternRing power rings]]. This comes in handy in "Razer's Edge", when they are trapped on an asteroid filled with yellow crystals ([[PowerNullifier which cancel out Green Lantern power rings]]) and ambushed by a troop of alien guards.
-->'''Hal Jordan''': I was kicking butt long before I got this ring!
* From ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** In one episode, Superman ended up in a world with a red sun ([[spoiler:[[BadFuture Earth]]]]), robbing him of his power, and still manages to survive, kill the leader of a pack of wolf-like animals to become their leader, and [[spoiler:team up with Vandal Savage to take back a nuclear fusion device from a bunch of giant mutant insects]].
** In an episode where the League travels back in time to UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart's power ring runs out of juice in the middle of a battlefield. He quickly recalls his Marine training and goes native with a squad of US infantrymen.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'', Steppenwolf tries to take out Superman by transporting them both to a planet with a red sun, stripping him of his powers. Superman still manages to beat him, even after breaking his leg. By the time Batman and Big Barda finally make it over to help, the fight is already over.
* Pharaoh Man in the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon. Usually when Mega Man [[PowerCopying steals the power]] of a Robot Master, they don't do much of anything. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7dSJN5LgsE Not Pharaoh Man.]] [[Awesome/MegaMan DECISIVELY not Pharaoh Man.]] [[Funny/MegaMan HILARIOUSLY not Pharaoh Man.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' {{Crossover}} event, ''[[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbMissionMarvel Mission Marvel]]'', Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the Hulk all lose their powers, but they ''still'' manage to kick some ''serious butt'' in the final battle of the episode!
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': Jack's magic katana is his best, most deadly weapon and capable of cutting through pretty much anything and killing supernatural evils. Without it? He's still the WorldsBestWarrior and a OneManArmy. Best shown in Season 5, where he lost the sword during the TimeSkip, but still manages to annihilate an army of [[MechaMooks Beetle Drones]] with ''less'' effort than he originally did and defeat a powerful bounty hunter.
* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'': Captain Atomic may no longer be able to use his superpowers as a sock puppet, but that doesn't prevent him from still being able to face off a variety of villains.
-->'''AP:''' Puppet or not, I still got it!