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Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social, or economic strength of individuals and communities. It often involves the empowered developing confidence in their own capacities.There are many kinds of ways in which a character can be empowered. True ways and faux ways, ways that come from within and ways that come from the outside, ways that are mundane and ways that are supernatural.
Empowerment, True (unless subverted)
Empowerment, Faux (unless played with)
Empowerment, True or Faux
Often providers of true empowerment
Often distributors of faux empowerment
Often receives (or builds) true empowerment
Often receives (or delude themselves into) faux empowerment
Tropes about averting empowerment
Individual examples, not fitting any of the above tropes