->''...Well well well. Little Maui's having trouble with his look.\\
You little Semi-Demi-Mini-God.\\
OWWWCH! What a terrible performance! Get the hook! (get it?)\\
You don't swing it like you used to, maan...''
-->-- '''[[GiantEnemyCrab Tamatoa]]''', "[[VillainSong Shiny]]", ''Disney/{{Moana}}''

Super-powers are frequently linked to one's mental state. When the character has unresolved emotional issues, his or her superpowers can stop working. This is universally true of explicitly PsychoactivePowers, but this also can apply to powers that don't normally seem to have a psychoactive component.

Sometimes, there's really nothing wrong with the character's powers; he's just so out of emotional whack that he just can't bring himself to use them.

A Psychosomatic Superpower Outage is often precipitated by loss of self-confidence, loss of faith in one's cause, unresolved emotional conflict, a FreakOut or extreme fear.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Eren Yeager from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' often suffers from this: his transformation into the Rogue Titan is triggered by (usually self-inflicted) harm and a strong, planned out focus. If he tries to shift for the sake of shifting or with shaken faith, he'll end up pointlessly injured.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the usable strength of a spirit is of course affected by their mental state. Doubt and fear tend to limit how much spirit energy can be released, worst case scenario being a complete shutdown. For example, Ichigo's massive insecurity over the Hollow nature of his soul's power weakened him for an entire arc, so much that his Hollow mask would outright fail to release at times.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', this happens to Mirajane after Elfman tries a full-body [[PowersViaPossession Take Over]], loses control of himself, and ends up killing their younger sister Lisanna. Mirajane's left unable to use Take Over, because trying to use it reminded her of the incident. [[spoiler:When Elfman is threatened by Freed during the Battle of Fairy Tail, Mirajane's desire to protect her remaining sibling reactivates her Demon Take-Over - Satan Soul.]]
* When ''Anime/{{Guyver}}'''s Sho Fukamachi sees the damaged Guyver II consume its host, he has a FreakOut and can't bring himself to bioboost.
** In episode 8 of the OAV, Guyver won't respond when Sho calls for it after realising that he had killed his father (who had been transformed into an Enzyme II) when the Guyver's autopilot had taken over after Sho himself suffered massive head trauma. Sho's extreme determination to save Mizuki several episodes later is what gets it working again.
* ''Anime/JewelpetTwinkle'': in episode 33, Akari's magical power shuts down when she hears rumors that her love interest Yuuma has something going on with her elder sister. She gets better when they're disproven.
* This is the main conflict of ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''; the heroine loses her witch powers and goes through an identity crisis.
* Several characters in ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' have experienced instances where they're unable to access [[SuperMode the Zone]] because of their mental state. During [[spoiler: the Yosen match, Kagami]], under the stress of feeling powerless, attempted to forcibly activate the Zone to no avail. [[spoiler: Yosen's own ace, Murasakibara,]] always had the physical potential to enter the Zone, but couldn't do so until he stopped denying his love of basketball. [[spoiler: During the final game of the series, Akashi]] is ''forcibly ejected'' from the Zone due to the [[VillainousBreakdown absolute shock]] of his trump card being completely stopped, when before then he had never once lost at ''anything''.
* In ''Anime/MaiHime'', a shocking event that greatly distresses Natsuki prevents her from using her powers late in the story. In the anime, it's learning that her mother [[spoiler:wanted to sell her to the first District]], and she is unable to use her powers until she [[spoiler:saves Nao from Shizuru, by which point she fully understands what Shizuru means to her]]. In the manga, she loses her powers after learning from Nagi that Yuuichi kissed Mai, and gets them back while fighting [[spoiler:her mother]], after an internal monologue about caring for Yuuichi in her own way.
* In ''Anime/{{Pretear}}'', TheReveal regarding the Princess of Disaster [[spoiler:being a former Pretear]] shakes Himeno so badly that she can't transform until she manages to recover her resolve with some support from Hayate in the following episode.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', according to supplementary material Kyouko Sakura used to have the power to create illusionary clones of herself, but lost it [[spoiler:when her father [[PaterFamilicide went insane and slaughtered her whole family]]]].
* During ''Anime/RoninWarriors'', Kento can't summon his Armor of Hardrock after BigBad Talpa lies to him that the armor is inherently evil.
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Usagi loses the ability to use her Moon Tiara Action spell at one point; it's because she subconsciously doesn't want to be Sailor Moon anymore.
* In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', Reika lost her powers as Cure Beauty during a fight with Joker because the latter used the former's conflict between quitting being a Cure and disappointing her friends by not studying abroad to drive her into a breakdown and cause her to lose her transformation.
* During ''Anime/TekkamanBlade'', Blade goes into an UnstoppableRage after exceeding his time limit. When he recovers, he goes into a FreakOut and is so afraid that it will happen again that he can't transform.

* When Wally West became ComicBook/TheFlash, he was rife with HeroicSelfDeprecation. Never being able to see himself living up to his late mentor Barry Allen's legacy, he was haunted by the nightmares of Barry being ashamed of him. As a result, he mentally limited himself to speed of sound for a long time. After the famous ''ComicBook/TheReturnOfBarryAllen'' story, he was finally able to make peace with himself and eventually surpassed all of [[SurpassedTheTeacher Barry's benchmarks]].
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern'': Kyle Rayner loses his powers when his confidence is shattered by Megaddon.
** Given that the [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience various colored lantern rings]] are powered by emotion, this can be a pretty common occurrence. A Green Lantern filled with fear and self-doubt, or a Blue Lantern who loses hope, would be left virtually powerless.
** This is especially dangerous for Blue Lanterns- to the point that it even happens to [[spoiler:Saint Walker himself.]]
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': In ''Amazing Spider-Man'' Annual #1 (published in 1964), Spider-Man seemed to lose his powers after a bout of guilt over [[ILetGwenStacyDie his uncle Ben's death]]. He regained them just in time to face off against the Sinister Six, an alliance of his biggest villains at the time. He even admitted to himself that his temporary power loss was probably psychosomatic in nature.

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', this happens to Natsuki in similar circumstances as in [[Anime/MaiHime canon]], although she only realizes what has happened when [[spoiler:she learns Yukariko has betrayed the others, tries and fails to summon Duran to defend herself and gets pulled into Yukariko's LotusEaterMachine as a result]].
* What prevents Li figuring out that he was a firebender in ''FanFic/{{Foxfire}}'' is that he's not angry. Without Zuko's anger, Li is forced to start from scratch which helps in rediscovering a lost form of firebending.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'': After reclaiming his magical fishhook, Maui finds that a thousand years without it have left him woefully out of practice and he has [[MagicMisfire lost control over his shapeshifting]]. Unfortunately, he discovers this just as he confronts Tamatoa who proceeds to mop the wall with him while delivering the BreakThemByTalking section in his song "Shiny". For a demigod that ''thrives'' on human adoration [[spoiler: and has a severe InferioritySuperiorityComplex ]], Maui spirals into a negative mental state that perpetuates his power outage. Once Moana gets him thinking positively again, however, he regains the knack.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* During ''Film/SpiderMan2'', Peter Parker loses his powers because he is unconsciously conflicted about whether or not to continue being Spider-Man. Given the suggestive nature of his powers, the whole thing [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything looks a lot like]] a man struggling with stress-related [[TheLoinsSleepTonight impotence]]. (With the webs being made from a sticky fluid coming out of his body, the parallel is even stronger.) This plot element may have been suggested by a similar plot point in 1964's ''Amazing Spider-Man Annual'' #1.

* In ''Literature/AfterTheGoldenAge'', this happens to the superhero Typhoon. [[spoiler:She loses the ability to use her powers after accidentally killing a police officer]].
* This happened in the ''Literature/DresdenFiles'' to Mortimer Linquist, Chicago's resident ectomancer. Apparently he felt guilty about faking a few ghosts( despite his whole power revolving around real ghosts) or something, and lost confidence, which then made him doubt his abilities, which disrupted them further, which caused him to lose confidence... by ''Dead Beat'' he's nearly powerless. Harry gives him a pep talk, and by ''Ghost Story'' he's recovered.
* This happens to Tonks in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''. She loses control of her metamorphmagus powers in her depression over both Sirius' death and her feelings for Lupin. We later learn that this also happened to Merope, when she was under the thumbs of her brother and father, and Dumbledore's sister Ariana after being attacked by a group of Muggle boys.
* In Creator/{{Mercedes Lackey}}'s ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'', this sometimes happens with Heralds whose Gifts are less tangible, like Empathy and True Magic -- if you try to use it and it doesn't work, you start to disbelieve in your Gift a little. This gives Talia trouble, because she's the first Herald in a long time to have Empathy as her primary Gift, and nobody really knows how to train her properly.
* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', Kaladin draws his Surgebinding powers from his bond with Sylphrena, a spirit of pure honor. This means that when he starts behaving dishonorably, the bond weakens and his powers fade.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
** Annala starts the series without the shapeshifting ability inherent to her species because of trauma related to it as well as a CrisisOfFaith. [[spoiler: A VisionQuest in ''Literature/TranscendingLimitations'' helps her to resolve the crisis and regain her shapeshifting.]]
** In the immediate aftermath of [[spoiler: his mana mutation]], Eric finds himself unable to use his CastingAShadow based spells due to confusion regarding his new identity. [[spoiler: As he gets more used to thinking of himself as a grendel instead of a human, he regains this ability as well greater control over his physical transformations.]]


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* This was practically a mantra on ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. "Your powers are tied to your emotions."
%%* This also happens to the title character of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''.
* A variation in ''Series/TheFlash2014''. A VillainOfTheWeek drains Barry's superspeed, leaving him unable to go fast (in fact, Cisco observes that Barry's running speed is lower than a normal person's). Barry tries to shock himself to get his powers back, but it doesn't seem to work. However, when Dr. Wells is about to be killed by the same meta-human, not only do Barry's powers return, but they kick into overdrive, and he ends moving faster than ''lightning''. Wells later observes in a log that his initial speculation that Barry needed to focus on increasing his speed at the expense of his personal relationships and concern for the victims was mistaken. Indeed, Barry's concern for the people he cares about is what fuels his speed.
* John Locke of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' loses his Island-restored ability to walk after an incident of self-doubt.
* In ''Series/{{The Sentinel}}'' this happens to Jim's Sentinel abilities sometimes.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/WildTalents'', if you run out of willpower, your powers lose strength and become unreliable.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Somewhat implied in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Your party members gain their final powers after you help resolve their emotional baggage. Of course, while some of them have actual powers (Miranda's Slam, Samara's Reave), others apparently have a psychosomatic power outage on their ability to...use [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells variant ammo types]].

* Yeon Yihwa from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' has insecurities… so much that she has a problem [[PowerIncontinence controlling her flames]]. Which just fuels her insecurities even more.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Hazard from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' is a super-athletic martial artist whose powers and abilities depend on the strength of his willpower. Normally, he's able to shrug off things that would completely disable normal people. If his confidence in himself is ever shaken, all his strengths and skills disappear.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* After Zuko does his HeelFaceTurn in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', he loses his firebending powers for a while, since he no longer feels the anger (re: Emotional Drive) that fueled them.
* The animated series ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' features a hero whose powers flicker on and off depending on his feelings at the time.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E9BridleGossip Bridle Gossip]]", Twilight Sparkle wakes up in the morning and uses her magic to brush her hair. But the moment she sees her horn is floppy (apparently cursed [[spoiler:but really afflicted by exposure to the "poison joke" plant]]), she drops her brush, and doesn't use her powers again until she is cured.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[KidHero Ezra Bridger]] had this happen to him in his backstory. He has abnormally strong empathic abilities, even for a Jedi, but after losing his parents and being abandoned he emotionally shut down. It isn't until he bonds with his new family and forgives the person who abandoned him that he regains it.
** Kanan's HeroicBSOD between seasons 2 and 3 severely limited his ability to sense things through the Force, to the point where he couldn't even tell his own padawan was in danger until he broke out of it.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Raven's powers stop working when the monsters in a horror movie they're watching come to life. [[spoiler: Except they're actually working perfectly well, just out of her control. She's subconsciously creating the monsters and can't divert her powers to intentional uses until she admits the movie actually scared her.]]
** Starfire needs to feel happy to fly, so when she's depressed or emotionally confused, she loses the ability to fly.