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[[caption-width-right:339:That's what you get after a DealWithTheDevil.]]

So, your characters aren't just PalsWithJesus... they ''[[PhysicalGod are]]'' {{Jesus}} (or a [[CrystalDragonJesus non-denomination reasonable facsimile thereof]]). Okay. How the heck do you ''write'' for this character? Short answer: not easily or not well. There are genres where such [[SuperWeight powerful characters]] are normal, but outside of those the character is at risk of becoming a BoringInvincibleHero or a MarySue. To solve this conundrum some authors will De Power the character, stripping them of some or all their powers in order to reintroduce them to the plot.

This isn't just a case of BroughtDownToNormal which inevitably ends, but a much longer lasting if not permanent reduction in strength. This is often done as a long term DramaPreservingHandicap on the character in order to keep them in the cast without having to [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence write them off]] or use really convoluted GreenRocks and KryptoniteFactor plots. (This may be accomplished by a PowerNullifier.)

It's unlikely the character will be pleased by this turn of events, and if they're power hungry or evil they'll fight tooth and nail to find a way to get it back. Heroes who [[IJustWantToBeNormal just want to be normal]] will be happy, even if it means they can no longer use their finger-snapping problem solving powers.

This trope mostly applies to characters who are already gods, [[GodModeSue godlike]], or mortals who through the story gain powers to rival the gods. The result is usually a GodInHumanForm. Expect them to learn that PowerLossMakesYouStrong.

This isn't just a simple FailureIsTheOnlyOption or StatusQuoIsGod, where a character who gains godlike powers has them gone in the same episode, but the writers trying jump out of the corner they've [[AuthorsSavingThrow painted themselves in]] by depowering the character who by all indications should/could have kept all their powers throughout the show.

Subtrope of BroughtDownToNormal. See also HowToStopTheDeusExMachina and FieldPowerEffect.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''JapanTenguPartyIllustrated'' LaResistance discovers why the powerful {{tengu}} (supernatural crows and transformed humans) hate and fear a certain professor: [[spoiler: he's discovered a ''real'' tengu, a large, seemingly flightless bird (think [[WesternAnimation/{{Up}} Kevin]]) and if the supernatural tengu, who use their uniqueness to define their very existence [[BrownNote see the bird]] they become permanently depowered into ordinary humans and crows. Strangely enough, the tengu had no clue about the bird (it's as elusive as bigfoot) and were only going on the fact that the professor was snooping on them and thus a serious threat.]]
* Happened to Havoc in the backstory of ''DarkerThanBlack''. However, she ''really'' doesn't want her powers to come back, since that would also mean that she'd [[LackOfEmpathy lose her feelings and morals]] again, and she [[EatsBabies drank children's blood]] when she was a Contractor. In season 2, [[spoiler: Hei loses his ShockAndAwe powers, making him less of a OneManArmy, although he's [[BroughtDownToBadass still a formidable opponent]].]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Uryuu Ishida broke the Quincy limits in the Soul Society arc when Letzt Stil turned him into a WalkingWasteland to worlds that are built of reishi (Soul Society and Hueco Mundo). He was able to one-shot both a captain and his bankai at the same time at the cost of losing his power forever. ParentExMachina restored his power, revealing that Uryuu's power was under-developed and immature. [[spoiler: The final arc revisits this by finally allowing him to begin developing the true power his father indicated he was capable of more than 200 chapters previously.]]
** Ichigo went through a de-power at the end of the Arrancar Arc after fighting Aizen. The Lost Agent Arc was about the process of him finding a way to gain power to replace the power he's lost [[spoiler: and during which time he became a BadassInDistress, requiring the shinigami to step in at the very last minute to save him by restoring his shinigami powers. It was further confirmed his power to date had been controlled and surpressed by his Quincy heritage so it takes the final arc before he's allowed to begin developing his power properly.]]
** Yhwach possesses the ability to perform a ritual that de-powers any Quincy that is selected for it. [[spoiler: He used it nine years before the final arc to steal the power of all Quincies he classified as "impure", including Ichigo and Uryuu's mothers (Masaki and Kanae). Masaki was de-powered just as she entered battle with the Grand Fisher, leaving her defenceless against a hollow she should have curbstomped. At the same moment, Kanae collapsed into a coma that lasted three months before she finally died; de-powering her literally destroyed her very life.]]
* ''SaintSeiyaNextDimension'' had this since the last saga had all six of the main characters in '''God Cloths.'''
* In the ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' manga and ''Brotherhood'',: [[spoiler: Protagonist Edward Elric]] gave up his alchemy for [[spoiler:his brother Al's body]] in the end of the series.
* In ''TigerAndBunny'', there's a very rare phenomenon where [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual NEXT]] will slowly lose their powers over a period of time. [[spoiler:This starts happening to [[TheHero Kotetsu]] in the second half of the series, and Kotetsu learns in the 16th episode that his own hero, Mr. Legend, had the same thing happen to him -- [[BrokenPedestal and really didn't take it well.]]]]
* Alexiel in ''AngelSanctuary''. Her true powers were unsealed with the destruction of Eden.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Marvel's ''ComicBook/SecretWarsII'' has the Beyonder become a human to see what it's like.
* The original Comicbook/GhostRider, John Blaze eventually had the demon exorcised from himself, making him a normal human, and he enjoyed it. He later became a sort of mentor to a new Ghost Rider.
** Eventually, Johnny Blaze became the Ghost Rider again, and fought his way out of hell.
* The SilverAge DCU had characters so powerful that they basically had to destroy the universe in order to {{Depower}} all of them.
** In the PreCrisis era, Kryptonians could permanently lose their powers through exposure to Gold Kryptonite. PostCrisis Superman once had to use this to defeat a group of PreCrisis kryptonians (as they were far more powerful) fortunately, Krytonite only works on Kryptonians from the same universe.
*** This was also used in ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'' a storyline based on SilverAge Superman and Batman. Superman's first child, [[MythologyGag Joel,]] was exposed to Gold Kryptonite in the womb, his sister wasn't, but she wore a red sun pendant in early childhood until she was ready for her powers. This eventually lead to a bitter adult Joel being manipulated by Lex Luthor into using temporary powers to [[CainAndAbel kill his sister.]]
* WonderWoman was depowered for a while in the 70s. DC wanted to cash in on {{Action Girl}}s and was aiming for PowerLossMakesYouStrong, but feminists picked up on some UnfortunateImplications...
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', this happens to every superhero and villain in the world. Permanently.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The Disney version of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has him lose all of his godly powers except super strength as a baby, get them back full force towards the end, and chooses to be BroughtDownToNormal (er, normal for him, so he's still super strong) so he can be with his beloved Meg.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/SupermanII'', Clark gave up his powers to be with Lois Lane... of course, this turned out to be a spectacularly bad idea. Or at least, spectacularly badly timed considering Zod and his cronies broke out of the PhantomZone soon after.
* In Wim Wender's movies ''Wings of Desire'' and ''Faraway, so Close'', the protagonists are angels who renounce their status as spiritual creatures in order to experience mortal life as human beings. It's hinted that Peter Falk, of all people, is himself a former angel.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Small Gods'' centers around Brutha, the reluctant chosen one of the Great God Om, who has incarnated in the form of a turtle. Not his fault, mind you; he had planned to incarnate as a giant raging bull, but the Omnian religion has become a CorruptChurch ruled by fear of the Exquisition rather than any genuine ''faith'', and in a world where GodsNeedPrayerBadly and [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve belief]] can change the very nature of reality, this means bad news for any deity.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Gandalf, Saruman, and the other Wizards are angelical powers in the form of old men sent by the [[PowersThatBe Valar]] to assist the people of Middle Earth. [[BigBad Morgoth]] and [[EvilOverlord Sauron]] also were both eventually trapped in the material form that they have assumed, as a consequence of their corruption.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' books, aside from various measures to temporarily remove Channelers from the Source, such Mat's amulet, a ''stedding'', or being shielded by another channeler, there are two means by which a Channeler can permanently lose their power: accidentally, by trying to draw too much (this can also cause death in extreme cases), or by deliberate severing by another Channeler. This is called gentling for men and stilling for women. A cure is found about halfway through the series, but if one is cured by the same sex, their power will be restored to only a fraction of its original state.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Anyanka was a powerful vengeance demon who lost her powers to manipulate the past, thus changing the future. She got her powers back but then this happened to her ''again''.
** This happens to Willow with the destruction of the Seed of Wonder.
** This also happened to Amy with the destruction of the Seed of Wonder.
* Season Four of ''Series/{{Angel}}'': [[spoiler:Cordelia, after becoming a minor ThePowersThatBe:]] "Oh god, I'm so bored."
** Season Five as well: hellgod Illyria is brought down several orders of magnitude [[spoiler:when she takes over Fred's physical body.]]
*** And even then she had massive StoryBreakerPower and in all her fights she effortlessly [[CurbStompBattle curb stomped]] everyone else. She had to be depowered ''further'' before any of the other characters could touch her.
** Angel becomes human for a day in Season One.
* Volume 4 of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has done this with its two GameBreaker heroes, Peter Petrelli (mass-PowerCopying) and Hiro Nakamura (teleportation, time freeze, and time travel), whose powers were stolen by BigBad Arthur Petrelli in Volume 3. Both have since regained much weaker versions of their original abilities: Peter can only copy one power at a time (losing the previous power whenever he takes on a new one), and he now needs to copy powers by touch; while Hiro was limited to stopping time, but [[spoiler: it turns out that this was actually his powers becoming a bit unpredicatable: they're [[CastFromHitPoints killing him]] and he accelerates a brain tumor every time he uses his powers. He has his full range back, but his powers still misfire sometimes]].
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Sylar]] lost all of his powers prior to Volume 2, got his two main ones (telekinesis and understanding how things work) back at the end, and has been expanding his collection ever since.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'''s Daniel Jackson spends a season as an ascended being and a frequent guest star before rejoining the mortal plane and the main cast in the following season.
* Leo from ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. He [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascends]] ''thrice'', the last time being part of a cabal of reality-warping godlike beings, before finally becoming mortal again.
* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' kicked off the plot by having all the SuperSentai teams sacrificing their powers for a CombinedEnergyAttack that annihilates the Zangyack fleet invading Earth. [[spoiler:At the end of the series, the Gokaigers, who have inherited that power, returned them to their rightful owners.]]
* In order to keep them in check, one of the choices given to human telepaths in ''Series/BabylonFive'', alongside conscription into the MRA (Metasensory Regulation Authority) or prison, is a weekly sleeper injection to nullify their psychic abilities. It's not without its side-effects, however, namely disassociation and depression.
* ''{{Series/PainkillerJane}}'' The "chip" the agency tags [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual neuros]] with prevents them from using their ability, letting them be taken in safely.
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[[folder:Multi Media]]
* ''Franchise/{{BIONICLE}}'': As part of their DramaPreservingHandicap, the three "Mistika" Makuta -- Krika, Gorast and Bitil -- suffered ShapeshifterModeLock and lost several of their near-fifty original powers due to MutagenicGoo. In truth, their EvilPlan required them to keep from using their powers to kill the heroes anyway, but the writers didn't want the fans to learn this too soon.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* DungeonsAndDragons 4th edition gives this as a possible character's background, where you could no longer use arcane effects.
* MagicTheGathering: After Time Spiral, all Planeswalkers suffered this; most notably [[MagnificentBastard Nicol Bolas]], who went from a PhysicalGod to your average, run of the mill [[{{Badass}} Dragon Mage]] with a thousand [[GambitIndex gambits]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Amaterasu in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' has been severely weakened after being SealedGoodInACan for [[ExtyYearsFromNow hundred years.]] This means even lowly imps can pose a challenge, and by the end of the game you're strong enough to challenge [[spoiler: Yami, god of the Void and Darkness.]]
* Jade Curtiss from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is a major CrutchCharacter. When you meet him, he's level 45 and awesome enough to wipe the floor with anything your party might encounter, but he soon gets almost all of his powers sealed away, and has to spend the majority of the game unsealing them. (ie: Leveling up again)
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', [[spoiler:Joshua, the Composer]] seals much of his powers away so he can play the "game" he has going fairly.
* In ''VideoGAme/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' Etna is depowered by 999 levels to level 1.
* In ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' [[spoiler: Valvatorez was depowered from at least level 4000 (as revealed in a flashback DLC) to level 1 after he decided to honor his deal with Artina to not drink human blood until he could scare her even after her death. This also lowers his natural aptitudes so even if you level him back to 4000 he is still weaker than his past self.]]
* Mantorok, an EldritchAbomination from ''EternalDarkness'', is sealed within his own temple by Pious Augustus. This prevents him from being able to fuel any SummonMagic the player character tries to cast using his rune (meaning no Mantorok Trappers, Zombies or Horrors). For extra irony, Pious used a spell fueled with Mantorok's own supreme element to seal it.
* This is basically the player character in both of the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' games. They used to be very powerful, but lost their memory and/or powers just before the start of the game, and you have to gain it back slowly.
* Happens to two of the three Sacred Treasure bearers by the time ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIII'' rolls around because of Ash Crimson. Chizuru Kagura is unfortunately depowered to the point she can't even fight anymore but Iori Yagami doesn't let this handicap stop him and enters the tournament anyway (his family's fighting style also incorporates slashing attacks, which is what makes up the bulk of his moves without flame powers). By the end he regains his power, despite the fact [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity having it can turn him into a bloodthirsty monster]] if he's exposed to the Orochi's power.

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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Leon loses his half-god powers when he is resurrected as a mortal. All mortals lose their innate magical abilities after the Cataclysm which was caused by the Godslayer.
* ''Literature/FineStructure'' [[spoiler:''starts'' with the BigGood sealing himself and the BigBad in our universe (where they both, at least temporarily, end up as a GodInHumanForm). Also, a side effect of one character's spectacular YouShallNotPass moment is the depowering of every FlyingBrick super hero in the setting.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Cauldron apparently has a method of removing parahuman powers. [[spoiler:Contessa uses it on Taylor at the end of the story.]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' [[spoiler: the Light Warriors are all reduced to a fraction of their abilities by Sarda. Thief also has his class change stolen. By Thief.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' Gregory loses his White Magic when the Infernomancer ''rips them out of his chest''. In the comic's final arc [[spoiler:Dominic loses his Third Sight to the Beast, and his Second Sight returns to the Heart of Magic forever.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the finale of ''WesternAnimation/ActionMan'', the villains Tempest and Quake lose their powers permanently.
* In the finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' [[spoiler:instead of killing the Fire Lord, Aang opts to use this trope on him instead.]]
** In the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', this is what [[BigBad Amon]] does to benders he believes are oppressing non-benders. And he believes ''all'' benders oppress non-benders.
*** [[spoiler:An adult Aang does this in a flashback in ''Korra'' to the bloodbending mobster Yakone.]]
*** As of the season finale, [[spoiler:Korra]] is at least capable of doing this, having [[spoiler:inherited Aang's energy/spirit bending]], though so far we've technically only seen [[spoiler:her ''re''-power Lin]].
* In the GrandFinale of ''StaticShock'', most of the Bang Babies lose their powers permanently.
* Shining Armor finds himself with [[BodyHorror black crystals embedded in his horn]] which seal off his magic after holding off King Sombra long enough so the others can escape in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
* Both Bumblebee and Starscream lose their transformation cogs over the course of season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. This leads to both ModeLock and the inability to use their [[ShapeshifterWeapon built-in weapons]] leaving both bots at a severe disadvantage against other Cybertronians.

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