->'''Nidhiki:''' Wait a minute, Krekka. I thought Lariska said you could fly?\\
'''Krekka:''' ''(Stops punching handholds in cliff face)'' Oh, that's right. Forgot.
-->-- ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''

A subversion of ForgotAboutHisPowers usually used for [[PlayedForLaughs comic relief]]. We know sometimes characters [[HowDoIShotWeb have trouble mastering their powers]], but sometimes, established powers seem to just get forgotten entirely. A character finds themselves in a dire situation where any normal person would be in serious trouble. They start to panic... and then they remember, oh yeah, I have [[StockSuperpowers superpowers]] / [[MagicAndPowers magic]] / [[MagicFromTechnology advanced technology]]. Also seen from companions and enemies that forget about frequently-used powers. This is a very common subversion of the AcrophobicBird.

Can be more or less justified if the powers are rarely useful, so that the character has not used them for a long time; if the power's use in this situation is an entirely new one; if the character has (or has had) a good reason to avoid the use, and so got into the habit of not thinking of it; or if the power itself was gained only recently, and the character is not used to having it as an option. Also by not having time enough to think.

Compare RememberedTooLate.

Compare and contrast HowDoIShotWeb, InformedAbility and NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.

Contrast ForgotICouldntSwim.

'''NOTE''': Only include examples of a character not remembering that they have the ability and ''then remembering it'' (or being reminded by someone else). Simply forgetting about it altogether is ForgotAboutHisPowers (and often AcrophobicBird).



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Happens to Fukurou in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Franky was chasing him around firing bullets at him, when he suddenly remembered he could DoubleJump and had SuperSpeed. He said something along the lines of "What am I doing?!" before he started fighting back. Chopper did this too in his fight against Baroque Works. Miss Merry Christmas held onto his feet so he couldn't move, while Mr. 4's gun/dog Lasso fired an exploding baseball at him. He screamed as the ball flew towards his head, but then changed back into his (smaller) hybrid form, resulting in the ball flying harmlessly overhead. He even says "Whew, forgot I could do this."
%%* Sora in ''OhEdoRocket''.
* The manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' has a dramatic TakeMyHand scene where Adell refuses to let go of Rozalin even after she's spent their entire acquaintance screwing him over, after which they spend a heartwarming moment LayingOnAHillside...then FridgeLogic catches up with Adell and he realizes that Rozalin had ''[[WingedHumanoid wings]]'' the entire time. HilarityEnsues.
** In the ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' game this also happens, but the fallen person (Nina) isn't caught in time and falls. Ryu rushes down rumping into ledges to try and catch her, and after going ''past'' her he promptly ([[FaceFault face]])falls down to the bottom himself.
* The Charas of ''Manga/ShugoChara'' forget about and later remember their ability to fly in one early episode. Used to [[RuleOfScary scare]] a character and [[PlayedForLaughs amuse]] the audience.
* At one point in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', a roof hanging over Joshua begins to collapse. Since Joshua is a human boy with demon's horns, he's [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity more than a little insane]], so his first reaction is just to stare at it blankly. But right before TheHero saves him, he mutters "Oh, that's right" and uses his powers to stop time to keep himself from getting crushed, right at the last second.
* A very simple, but amusing example in the [[MartialArtsAndCrafts Martial Arts Fine Dining]] arc of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': throughout the training for the Parlay du Fois Gras, Ranma has been starving herself nearly to death. At the end of the final duel with Picolet Chardin, during which she has been using the technique to force-feed him (and the audience) to get rid of her food (the condition of winning), she has run out of options and is about to lose -- she still has food left, she's too weak from hunger to try the Fois Gras anymore, and Picolet is going for the last one -- then she says, "Oh, yeah." and just eats the last bits of food herself.
* In ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'', Ika Musume almost drowns and Goro rescues her. Eiko asks her why she can drown. Ika Musume suddenly remembers that she can breathe underwater. She later demonstrates by staying underwater long enough for everyone else to get bored and do other things.
* The ''writer'' of ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'' after she inflicted this precise Plot-Induced Stupidity on her hero at the end of the Queen Camelia arc. She had Muraki leaving the scene in a helicopter, which defeats her hero...who had the power to fly established very early. She clearly wishes she hadn't done that, but--here's where 'forgot I could fly' comes in--for some reason rather than pretending she hadn't, she footnoted his frustration with the reminder "why don't you just fly after him?"
** This is especially painful because it comes shortly after Tsuzuki ''cracked bulletproof glass with his punch of sheer rage'' at the same guy who's now escaping for no good reason. He seriously takes IdiotHero to new levels.
* Inverted in an episode of ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', where in one flashback Troubadour tries to depart by leaping off a small cliff, apparently forgetting that he ''hasn't'' yet learned how to fly at this point.
* Bakinman from ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' is an alien germ that looks more like a human-esque fly. Because of this, he has two tiny wings on his back that he sometimes buzzes around with. As soon as the weapons on his UFO were fully established, he never used his wings again...until the episode "Baikinman and Baikin Castle", where, stuck on top of his fortress, he starts to panic...until he realizes "Oh yeah, there's that." when he sees his wings, as he flies off...but he comes back down when he's guilt tripped into saving the others.
* Bunbee from ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' is attacked by [[DragonInChief Kawarino]] and falls from a roof, but he can grab a window ledge. And then he remembers he can (transform into a humanoid bee and) fly. His survival allows him to appear in the sequel where he [[spoiler:undergoes a HeelFaceTurn in the end]].
* During the underwater battle in ''Manga/FairyTail'''s Tartaros arc, Levy desperately provides Gajeel some of her own air via an UnderwaterKiss. Then Gajeel reminds her that she can just use [[WordsCanBreakMyBones her magic]] to make air bubbles for them both, much to her severe embarrassment.
* In one episode of ''Anime/YokaiWatch'', Nate and Whisper get locked out of Nate's bedroom, and they spend the entire part trying to find ways to get in. At the end of the episode after they've gone through a lot of stuff to try and resolve the problem, Whisper suddenly realizes ''he's a ghost and so can just float through the door''. This makes Nate VERY angry.
* A few episodes of the ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' have Team Rocket putting up a tense battle against Ash's team for a change...until the heroes remember this isn't an official battle and [[CombatPragmatist they can send more than one Pokemon in to overpower them]].
* Ika in ''Manga/SquidGirl'' almost drowns and has to be rescued by Goro. Elko has to remind her that [[EpicFail she's a squid and therefore incapable of drowning]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' strip had Opus beach himself like a whale. Milo and Binkley stood over him, discussing the tragedy of whales beaching themselves, and then walked away, one of them lamenting, "If only they had feet." At which point Opus did a double take, stood up saying, "I ''do'' have feet, don't I?" and was next seen reclining in a chair watching TV.
* In a ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' tie-in comic. Bennet drives someone who can turn into water into a corner by shooting at him, knowing full well that the man in question is ImmuneToBullets. Justified in that he's relying on panic and the fact that the guy is new to his powers and won't use them instinctively. By the time the guy realizes this, Bennet's partner gets the drop on him.
* In one issue of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', ComicBook/{{Cloak|AndDagger}} is trying to get away from the Avengers, who think he hospitalized his partner Dagger. It apparently does not occur to him that he can just, you know, [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleport]] away from them until after he's ''thrown himself headfirst through a window''.
* Wesley tries to invoke this with a none-too-bright power stealing villain in ''Comicbook/{{Wanted}}''. The villain does remember he can fly but forgets that the power is seconds away from running out.
* An early issue of ''ComicBook/XMen'' has telekinetic superheroine Comicbook/JeanGrey trapped on the second floor of a building, until teammate Beast reminds her that she can fly. Yes, she forgot she had super powers. Silly females! (It would be a few years yet before feminism hit the Marvel Universe.)
* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': Something of an subversion, as Jesse Custer only remembers that he has [[CompellingVoice "The Word of God"]] after he's already [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beaten the crap out of]] Les Enfants Du Sang. Throughout the series, he often prefers to just fight mano-a-mano, but this time, it's actually lampshaded.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Played very seriously in ''FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi'':
** From [[https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/dungeon-keeper-ami-sailor-moon-dungeon-keeper-story-only-thread.30066/page-4#post-6355757 Generals Plot]]:
---> "Hey! Come back here!" Sailor Moon whined, panting as she looked at the back of the fleeing monster who had remembered that she could fly after being chased for several blocks, and was now taking a shortcut over a building.
** At the outset of the War on Crowned Death. Once, when assaulted by a priest of Crowned Death, Mercury is confronted by the priest's apparent invulnerability. She proceeds to throw everything and the kitchen sink at him. Unfortunately, this includes the [[MacGuffin Mantle of the Avatar, a powerful artifact she recovered in the previous story arc]]. This artifact was itself the object Crowned Death was looking for- and his priest escapes with it in his custody. Turns out the priest was not using a powerful intangibility spell, just a simple illusion that Ami could have seen through easily if she had thought to analyze it using her visor.
* In ''Fanfic/GarfieldInAlongCameASplut'', Garfield realizes that [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture the DeLorean]] can fly at exactly the right time, and then proceeds to do so.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act I'': After being [[DestinationDefenestration thrown out a window]], Ruby is freaking out over her impending doom... but then remembers, "Oh, wait. I can fly," and promptly spreads her wings to do so.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** This happens with [[PsychopathicManchild Nappa]]. What makes this particular example so hilarious is that this realization came after he forgot about it as he ''was'' flying and after he ''had been'' flying for the greater part of that fight and ''while he was in midair''.
** Also, Raditz could have avoided being shot through the chest by Piccolo if he had flown, regardless of the lock Goku put him in, as Piccolo helpfully points out.
** In the first episode, Krillin was reminded by the others that he ''could'' have flown after Raditz but didn't.
** It's frequently mentioned that Krillin forgets to use his Kienzan attack that slices through anything whenever it would be useful, only to have others (usually Gohan) point out instances where he could have used it better. In the ''Revenge of Cooler'' movie, Piccolo comments that he sometimes forgets about using his [[RubberMan stretchy limbs]], and when one of Cooler's {{mooks}} breaks out some [[ShockAndAwe electric powers]], TheDragon basically says "Oh yeah, I forgot you could do that."
** Goku panics when Cell is about to kill Tien, remarking that it's too far away for him to fly to his rescue... then suddenly remembers he can teleport and does so.
--->'''Gohan:''' Did... did he just remember he can do that?\\
'''Mr. Popo:''' Your father's an idiot.
** Another instance of this is when Vegeta turned Super Saiyan against Android 15, prompting Trunks and Goku to realize that they can simply turn into a Super Saiyan and does so during the fight against 14 and 13 respectively.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'': From the epilogue of the episode "Utter Lunacy": "Upon returning to Canterlot, Princess Celestia banished Luna to the moon again. This time Luna remembered she had wings and just flew back later that month."

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', Rapunzel and Flynn are trapped in a cave that's filling up with water. He tells her he can't find an exit, it's too dark, and confides in her what his real name is. Wanting to reciprocate, she tells him she had magical hair that glows in the dark when she sings. It even takes her a few moments after that to make a connection. Justified, as she wasn't accustomed to even thinking of that as a useful ability.
* Played with in the ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' movie. The gang (minus Piglet) is stuck in a pit, with no way out. Piglet is told to get help, but Piglet is afraid to go through the woods on his own. Owl flies out of the pit to talk to Piglet, and gives a rousing speech, convincing Piglet to go off. Owl hops back into the pit, and all his friends stare at him.
--> '''Owl''': What?
--> '''Rabbit''': Owl...that was a...beautiful speech! I didn't know you had it in you!
** Just prior to this, Piglet himself does something similar, when he offers to help get them out with a flower, then a book. After Rabbit suggests a rope, Piglet says "Like this rope?" and grabs one that had been there the whole time.
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'':
** [[TheDitz Dory]] does this with her ability to read human writing. (She [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} forgets plenty of other things]], too.)
-->(''Marlin and Dory are trying to escape a frenzied shark'')\\
'''Dory:''' Hey, look at this! Eskappay! You know, it's funny; it's spelled just like the word Escape...\\
'''Marlin:''' You can read?\\
'''Dory:''' I can read? That's right, I can read!
** She also claims to speak the language of whales, which just involves speaking [[TranslationConvention Fish]] with a deep and drawn out voice. Marlin scoffs at this, but the whale ''does'' understand her so he starts doing it too, leading to this:
--->'''Marlin:''' Thaaaank yooooooouuu, siiiirrrrrrr!\\
'''Dory:''' Wow. I wish I could speak Whale.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' is basically a story all about the titular character doing this.
** First he remembers he can fly while falling off a cliff
** Then he remembers [[spoiler: that he's got an arsenal of super weapons after Hogarth appears to die at the hands of the military, causing him to go on a rampage]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Marty tries to warn Doc Brown that he will be killed by the Libyans in 1985, but he doesn't want to hear it, fearing that Marty's presence in 1955 has already done enough damage to the time line. Marty is sitting in the time machine lamenting his failure, then he realizes ''he's in a time machine''; he can go back early and save Doc Brown in 1985. Which he ''still'' manages to screw up by only giving himself ten extra minutes and the car not starting, arriving at the mall just in time to see his friend getting shot.

* The ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' do this frequently, [[JustifiedTrope while in borrowed bodies.]]
** There are at least two instances of a character taking the shape of a cockroach and forgetting until the last minute that cockroaches can fly. A nice Double Subversion occurs then: Jake remembers just in time that cockroaches can fly, only to then remember they can't fly well.
** Another good example is after Marco rescues Ax from the Blade Ship they escape and plummet 2 miles up from the air, Marco freaks out until Ax reminds him that he could morph into a bird in midair.
** There's also a rather infamous incident in ''The Familiar'' where Future Cassie is thrown from a tower. Jake has to choose between saving her and saving the world, apparently because she's forgotten she can ''morph''. And ''she's the best morpher on the team''.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Harry and Ron are being strangled by the vines of the Devil's Snare while Hermione is panicking and trying to remember how to combat the plant. She then remembers that the plant shrinks from heat and light. Harry suggests she lights a fire and the brilliant and talented witch, who [[ChekhovsSkill has been noted as being particularly skilled at creating magic fire]], replies that there is no wood. Ron then manages to scream some sense into her. Justified at that point as Hermione, despite her skill, had spent most of her life as a muggle and has just under a year of even knowing magic exists, whereas Ron had grown up surrounded by magic.
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Hermione gets her own back. Ron panics when [[spoiler:he has to "freeze" the Whomping Willow so they can reach Voldemort's hideout]] and Hermione has to remind him that he's a wizard.
* In ''Discworld/EqualRites'', the wizards are standing around unsure of what to do until Esk yells, "You're wizards! Bloody well wizz!" (This was before the "power from not doing magic" thing started, so they weren't doing it deliberately; they just actually were unsure they should wizz.)
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', inverted. Two characters' loss of their superpowers and feelings of helplessness are played for drama. However, both characters had had BoxingLessonsForSuperman; when reminded of them, they prove to be BadassNormal.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel ''Literature/SmallFavor'', Queen Mab does this to Harry as a major plot point. It's done so well, only at the end does Harry realize, for the entire book, he hasn't used any [[spoiler:fire magic]] because he would have been killed if he did.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the finale of ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily'' they spend a good while panicking, surrounded by men with guns and looking for a way out, until Stephanie remembers she can immediately resolve the situation by using her superspeed to disable them. This is an improvement over a previous, similar situation, where it never occurred to her at all.
* Lampooned in the "The Adventures of Young God" skit on ''Series/TheState'', which portrays {{God}} as a crime-fighting, Batman-style superhero. He and his sidekick (the Boy Savior) have been captured by the bad guys, and are tied up in an abandoned factory next to a time bomb that's about to explode when...
-->'''Narrator:''' Suddenly God remembers that he's all-powerful, and changes the bomb into showers of blessings!
* A non-superpower version in the ''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'' TV series. On [[AfterTheEnd Mongo]], there is almost no transportation. People either walk or ride in animal-drawn carts. Which means a lot of walking for the heroes to get to distant cantons. Occasionally, Flash will remember that he's an Olympic-level distance runner and get somewhere fairly quickly without breaking a sweat.

* Played with in the parody Music/{{Vocaloid}} song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjRDUVGiaRA "Lord of Darkness"]] in which the title vampire starves to death in a cell, never managing to remember that he is able to [[SuperSmoke turn into mist]].

* At one point in the ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' storyline, Krekka has to be reminded that he knows how to fly. He's just [[DumbMuscle that stupid]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' has an instance towards the beginning of the game: two [[LoveableRogue Mogmas]], Ledd and Cobal, sit outside the Earth Temple, brainstorming ways to get inside to loot the place like they're in a cat burglar movie. The following exchange occurs:
-->'''Cobal:''' Can't we just dig in?\\
'''Cobal:''' Just sayin'.\\
'''Ledd:''' [[StealthInsult You're not as dumb as you look.]]
* Amusingly enough, due to the severe case of {{Altitis}} the game encourages, this can be a frequent problem in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''. What with having so many alts with different power sets, it's not easy to remember that your character of the hour can induce fear over a wide area, or shoot an awesome long-range fire beam, or use arrows that encase their targets in ice, or whatever else they learned to do six weeks ago when you last played them.
* It is possible to die from BottomlessPits-equivalents in ''VideoGame/DarkVoid'', a game whose premise is that ''its hero has a jet-pack''.
* In the second special episode of ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Sky'', Armaldo panics and looks for water to put out his treasure map that Igglybuff set on fire before remembering that he can use Water Gun.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'':
** [[CuteMonsterGirl Sveta]] cowers in fear when the [[spoiler:Chaos Hound]] appears near the end of the game.
--->'''Sveta:''' Help!\\
'''Tyrell:''' Are you an Adept or not?! Use some Psynergy on it!
** She also forgets that as a beastkin she has super-senses, until after the battle when she realizes [[spoiler:the Chaos Hound smells like her "dead" brother...]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** Lampshaded in a quest (though that quest is presented as [[BlatantLies a complete fabrication]] told by one of the [=NPCs=]):
--->''When I reached the end of the canyon, I remembered that my motorcycle could fly.\\
That would have been helpful to know earlier.''
** Like the ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' example, players running [[{{Altitis}} multiple alts]] can sometimes forget which ones have a Flight License.
** An inverse example, Stories of players leaping off cliffs planning to shift into flight form or use sometype of movement slowing, thinking they're on their druid, mage, etc., then realizing they're not and dying.
* It's not uncommon in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' to forget that your items have active effects only to kick yourself now that you're just out of range to inflict slow with your Hextech Gunblade.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario64'', Bombette is first seen stuck in a jail cell. Once she joins the party, she can use her explosion power to break through the wall. She then sheepishly admits that the idea hadn't occurred to her before that point. Apparently it hadn't occurred to any of the four ''other'' Bob-ombs locked in the cell with her, either.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[BedsheetGhost Napstablook]] falls down a hole and [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown tells the player to go on without him]] before remembering that ghosts can fly.
* A rare serious case in ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' with Harry Mason. You can't use his phone until Cybil reminds him that he has it on him. Of course, he forgot he had it since he just pulled himself out of a nasty car crash [[spoiler:that he [[DeadAllAlong didn't even survive]]]]; that rough of a time would make ''anyone'' forget they were carrying their phone.
* A common bug in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' is flying creatures that can't figure out how to get from here to there because a valid ground path doesn't exist. If you then build the ground path, they will immediately remember that they don't need it and fly there like they should have done all along.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0066.html Vaarsuvius reminding Elan]] about his bard-magic abilities. Elan forgetting his class features is actually a RunningGag, since he is TheDitz.
** In another strip, Durkon swings at an attacking goblin with his hammer and misses twice. However, when others remind him about the bonuses he forgot to add to his attack, he realizes that he hit after all -- and sure enough, the goblin [[PuffOfLogic is retroactively pummeled into submission.]] He'd be a great fighter if he had a better head for numbers.
** Also, other characters used to remind V about the familiar that comes with the wizard class. Although that is also poking fun at players forgetting their familiars.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'':
** Mega Man is working his way through a particularly hard level, not making much progress, and complaining about how much the ''jetpack'' he's wearing weighs. One BeatPanel later, he starts flying over the level, wondering how he could be so stupid.
** Not to mention when Megaman and Protoman are having trouble fighting the Yellow Demon in the first year, and the author points out that Megaman has beaten it several times before, so he shouldn't have a problem with it this time either. Megaman and Protoman proceed to rather messily destroy it.
** And when someone points out to George that he did not have to spend months in UnwillingSuspension with his superpowers -- he blows up the base.
** In another case it's first invoked but then subverted. Megaman enters Dr. Wiley's base, but in the course of combat gets his limbs blown off. He desperately crawls on his ruined stumps to Wiley's room, where he finds the other heroes already there. They ask why he didn't use his teleporter. [[HeroicBSOD He almost completely loses it,]] but then quickly remembers that the teleporter's broken, that's why.
* In ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', Walter forgets that he is a WingedHumanoid and so does everyone else. He mainly seems to remember if [[BadassInDistress Tiren is in danger]].
* From ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
--> "Dreambot!Jade: Realize you can fly."
--> "There is nothing to realize. Of course you can fly."
** At another point, Dave forgets that he's able to travel through time.
* In one arc of the ''Webcomic/{{Katamari}}'' comic, the King of All Cosmos needs to find the Prince (who's off on an adventure). It's only some time after hiring a BountyHunter to track him down that he realizes he can just use the Royal Rainbow.
* In one ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' strip, Grace spends a few panels trying fruitlessly to escape from a full nelson before realizing that she's a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]], and she can easily slip out by [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1238 turning into a tiny squirrel.]]
* {{Inverted}} in ''WebComics/TowerOfGod'' (Hell Train: The Dallar Show), when the birdlike humanoid Pompidou talks about how he could fly somewhere but then remembers that he ''can't'' fly.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* There's a ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon where [[DieOrFly Woody falls from a great height, starts flying]], and admits, "Hey, I forgot I was a bird!"
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
** In an episode, Mojo ties up the girls in an unbreakable filament, and they shout, "You forgot one thing!" and blast him with their heat vision, something they've actually quite often forgotten to do.
** In one episode, Buttercup is being chased away by an [[TorchesAndPitchforks angry mob]] in a parody of monster B-movies, and runs away from them... until she exclaims "Wait, what am I doing?", and remembers she can just fly away from them.
** In "Power-Noia," Buttercup -- within her nightmare landscape -- tells Blossom she can't fly. But this is through her own paralysis over spiders than it is forgetting how to fly.
** The girls once have to face a TrainProblem in order to figure out where a train collision might occur. As they struggle to find an answer, Blossom delivers a solution: [[CuttingTheKnot "We're superheroes! Let's just find the two trains and stop them!"]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the group are stuck in the desert with only a small amount of water in their pouch. Then Momo spills it and Sokka goes crazy... that is until Katara calmly bends the water out of the sand. Sokka sighs and says "Oh, I forgot. Bending."
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', pretty much down to the letter. Aladdin asks another character to take a rope to the top of a high tower for him, at which point said character launches into a diatribe about how dangerous this would be for him, and how crazy and inconsiderate a thing it is to ask of him. Aladdin's response is to wait the rant out, as there's no point in trying to reason with him until he's finished, then points out to him that he can fly. At which point, the character -- ([[TalkingAnimal the parrot, Iago]]) -- says, "Oh, yeah."
* In ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', when Superman and Timberwolf have to deliver Brainiac 5's head to be exposed to a rare metal's radiation in order to prevent Brainy dying from a corruption of his data, Superman has to go to a planet with a red sun (meaning he loses all his powers for the duration). When he and Timberwolf are running from mutant miners, Superman is reminded by Timberwolf that he has a flight-ring that still allows him to fly. Superman's excuse is that he never really did use the ring's function, seeing as he can fly on his own.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' episode, Teela and Orko on up on the palace roof during an attack. A blast nearly sends Orko off the roof. Grasping the edge, he cries out to Teela for help, at which point Teela points out that he can levitate. Orko then says something near the trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In the second episode the ponies come across a broken bridge. When Pinkie Pie wonders what to do next, Rainbow Dash shrugs and flies over to fix it.
** In the episode "Dragonshy", Fluttershy is so frightened she has to be reminded that she can fly. This then gets {{subverted|Trope}} when she becomes so terrified that her wings lock up entirely, stranding her on the ground.
** A variant occurs in "The Last Roundup" when Applejack thinks she's managed to shake off her pursuing friends behind a long train. Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy simply fly over the train instead.
** Another variant in "Read it and Weep" when Rainbow Dash was running from the pursuing hospital security and comes to a river. Since her wing was injured, she couldn't fly and had to swing across on a vine. She runs, thinking she got away with the river separating them, until the pony security simply ran across the bridge nearby.
** In "Wonderbolts Academy", Rainbow Dash's friends (two earth ponies, two unicorns, and Fluttershy, a pegasus) fall out of a hot-air balloon. Rainbow Dash saves them with a dense cloud, bouncing them up. The other pegasi in the academy catch them as they fall up. Cloudchaser catches Fluttershy, and she jumps out with a sheepish look on her face as Cloudchaser glares at her.
** In the season 4 premiere, Twilight hopes she hasn't missed the train to Ponyville... right before Spike reminds her that she can just fly there. Justified as she had ''just'' gained the ability to fly and is still not too familiar with it. [[ForgotAboutHisPowers Teleportation, on the other hand...]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E25TheCutieRemarkPart1 The Cutie Re-Mark Part 1]]", Twilight briefly panics after the first travel through the time vortex when she's falling above Cloudsdale, but then she remembers she has wings.
* In the third episode of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' Bloom is caught in one of Darcy's illusion spells, until she remembers that fairies can fly and flies out of the spell's reach. Justified as this was the first time that Bloom had transformed into her fairy form.
* Princess Flame in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/BlazingDragons''. While sneaking out of her tower bedroom, the rope she has made by tying her bed sheets together unravels and she abruptly falls out of frame. She then flits back into frame, hovering in place and smirking. Seeing as she is the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] in this series, that is rather notable. All Dragons have wings, but only occasionally [[ForgotAboutHisPowers remember that they can fly]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Brian keeps forgetting about his superior sense of smell.
* Happens with Squirt the dragon in [[Creator/DisneyChannel Disney Junior's]] ''WesternAnimation/MikeTheKnight'' when tumbling down a cliff, though there's another dragon named Sparkie who actually can't fly and has to be rescued.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', [[TheFairFolk Oberon's]] HairTriggerTemper sometimes gets in the way of him remembering that he's [[PhysicalGod virtually omnipotent]] and can use his magic to come up with straightforward solutions to most problems.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', after [[spoiler:Mind-Raping a friend by mistake]], M'Gann suffers a horrible breakdown and this trope in the result. She can hardly communicate telepathically, her species equivalent to talking, and has to be reminded that she can walk through walls.
-->'''M'Gann:''' Hmm, what? Oh, yes, density shift. I can do that... I can still do ''that''...
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Happens ''twice'' to WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck in the short "The Million Hare" as Bugs lampshades both instances.
* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': In "Sky-Hi I.Q.," Muttley is made the leader of Vulture Squadron. Normally, he uses his tail as a propeller to keep him airborne after the Squadron crashes out their planes, but in this episode, Muttley loses his plane to a botched mission and plummets to the ground. Dastardly catches him in a net and receives a puny medal for his efforts. Dastardly unstrings the net and sends Muttley hurtling to the ground again.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBlueRacer'': Crazy-Legs Crane frequently forgets he is able to fly. In fact a whole episode was dedicated to his conscience trying to teach him how to do it properly.
* In "A Liking to Biking" on ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'', Ord bicycles off the edge of a cliff and is left dangling from a tire swing, scared out of his mind that he's going to fall, until Cassie reminds him, "Ord! You're a dragon! Use your wings!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Ray gets a pair of bionic legs in Season 4... which he has to be reminded of when the jeep that he, Archer, and Cyril are in gets stuck in a sand dune. Of course, that leads to this hilarious exchange when [[CrackOhMyBack he throws his back out]] trying to get it unstuck.
-->'''Archer:''' Are you kidding me? Bionic legs and you ''[[WhatAnIdiot lift with your back]]!?''
* ''ComicStrip/{{Bananaman}}'' isn't the brightest superhero, so when he's told to "get on your bike", he starts bicycling through the air, until NonHumanSidekick Crow reminds him that bicycles can't fly. Cue drop. Crow then reminds him that Bananaman ''can'' fly. "Oh, so I can."
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', a very tiny kitten assassin named Me-Mow threatens to inject Jake with poison unless he helps him. Eventually, Finn catches on and tries to stop him, only for Me-Maw to inject enough poison into Jake to kill a dog 50 times his size. A brief panic is held before Jake remembers he can [[VoluntaryShapeshifter change his size]], resulting in making his liver 51x bigger in order to effectively neutralize the poison.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' in "Charlie Burgers", when Uncle Grandpa has to find a way to pick up a ball off Old Man Johnson's roof without going into his yard:
-->'''Uncle Grandpa:''' All we have to do is turn the world upside down!\\
'''Mr. Gus:''' Why don't we just ask Giant Realistic Flying Tiger to fly us up there?\\
'''Uncle Grandpa:''' Because she's in the shower, and we never disturb a lady during shower time.
* ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine'':
** In "Wishy Washy Genie", the titular Wishy Washy Genie tries to cross a bridge without being sure it can withstand him. Suddenly, one of the ends of the bridge gives in and he holds onto the bridge out of fear he'll fall down. He then sees Shimmer, Shine and Kaz flying into safety and remembers that, as a genie, he can do that as well.
** In "The Darpoppy", Leah, Shimmer and Shine leap from one spot to another and Kaz is afraid of doing the same until he's reminded that he can float.
* Many many episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' have the Dream Maker sending in [[WeAreTeamCannonFodder Rufus and Amberley]] in to stop the Urpneys' plans, only for them to get captured. All is lost. Good thing the Dream Maker won the SuperpowerLottery ''and'' is good friends with an army of near equally powerful Wuts so can just magic their scheme away easily. Only as plan B though.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', Hundun threatens Po by telling him that he'll throw Mr. Ping off a building if he doesn't give in to his demands. Po does so, and Hundun [[ILied throws Mr. Ping down anyway]]...only for Mr. Ping to suddenly flap his wings just before he can reach the ground.