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->''"You take any one of them--say, even Frank Thurlowe Pulver, here. Put him into a B-29 over Japan, and you know what you'd have? You'd have Pulver, the Congressional Medal of Honor winner. Pulver, who single-handedly shot down twenty-three attacking Zeros! Pulver who, with his ''bare hands'', held together the severed wing struts of his plane! And with his ''bare feet'', successfully landed his mortally wounded plane on his home field! Reflex. It's like the knee jerk."''
-->-- '''Lt. "Doc"''', ''Literature/MisterRoberts'' (1955)

Things are looking bleak. The protagonist and his allies are in a corner; the villain's [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours kung fu is stronger than theirs.]] Outnumbered, outgunned, the situation calls for heroism, and unfortunately for our heroes, the only people around are all [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]], {{sidekick}}s or {{mentor|s}} figures who've never really stepped up to the plate, when they aren't mere {{Boisterous Weakling}}s.

Hey, what are they doing? Don't they know that they're outside the CompetenceZone? They're prime CListFodder! They're... punching the villain through a wall?

A moment in the story when all the quirky, eccentric supporting cast members, or SuperZeroes, ''stop'' being quirky and eccentric and start demonstrating their real skill. In effect, it can often be similar to [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]], except that really, when you think about it, it makes more sense. It's not so much that they [[{{Asspull}} pull the power from nowhere]]. Rather, these characters have always ''had'' that power, and it's simply that now they get to show it in a way that doesn't steal the hero's screen time. In some cases, [[InformedAbility they may even have been actively failing to demonstrate this much-hyped power before]].

This is a bit more realistic than TookALevelInBadass, because the level in badass has already been taken, it's only now, when they won't be stealing the Protagonist's spotlight, that they use their ability.

The TropeNamer is the CatchPhrase of WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck, a bumbling hero whose utterance of the phrase marked [[OnceAnEpisode the point in every episode]] where he would set aside his [[SmallNameBigEgo enormous ego]] and start taking things seriously, demonstrating his true competence as a crimefighter.

Sometimes preceded by LockAndLoadMontage or a HellYesMoment, depending on the circumstances.

Any RetiredBadass can pull off this trope if sufficiently provoked. {{Main/Hobbits}} are also particularly likely to have it occur every so often. Can overlap with a WorldOfCardboardSpeech, TheCoatsAreOff, TheGlassesComeOff, and/or a PreAsskickingOneLiner.

See also GivingTheSwordToANoob, TheSoCalledCoward, GoodIsNotDumb, ScrapHeapHero, NotSoHarmlessVillain (the EvilCounterpart), LethalJokeCharacter, IAmNotLeftHanded, ThisMeansWar, MisfitMobilizationMoment, and {{Badass|Bystander}}[=/=]HeroicBystander. When a whole ''civilization'' [[UpToEleven decides to get dangerous]], this is a SuperweaponSurprise.

'''Please do not confuse this with''' CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, which is when a genuinely ditzy and harmless character demonstrates bouts of superior skill, often accompanied by a change in personality or powers.

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* In the first game of Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder, players were just trying mostly in vain to damage said Godmodder. Then the Terror Zombie and Terror Skeleton joined the battle, and the number of poster-summoned entities went from zero to 5 in just a couple of pages. It never stopped there.
* In Roleplay/ArchipelagoExodus, this is Emily Schwartzwald's M.O. She spends the majority of most topics as a whimsical CloudCuckooLander handing out snacks to the ''real'' adventurers, but when the chips are down and her friends are in danger, she cuts loose with a frenzy of pinpoint projectiles that'll give any non-God-tier Power pause.
** Garth Firbolg is also worth noting; due to his powers slowly killing him and his retiring personality, he's usually the ButtMonkey for whatever plot he's in. But when he cuts loose, he's performed such feats as summoning a forty foot long python made of flames, launching a giant bull spirit into outer space, and '''gating in a comet the size of Kentucky'''.
* Ruby spends most of ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' as an ActionSurvivor. Then she confronts the Hound Zombie ([[spoiler: Daisy]]) and finishes the fight in one move by throwing the Hound Zombie through a container of acid and into an exposed electrical panel.
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* Wrestling/{{W|orld Wrestling Federation}}WF example: The Stooges (Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson) were retired ex-champions reduced to [[YesMan corporate yes-men]] for the [=McMahons=]. {{Tag team}} champions The New Age Outlaws arranged to meet them in a 'hardcore' (anything goes) match, and proceeded to find themselves on the end of 'old school hardcore' (i.e. blinding handfuls of talcum and concealed fist-loads instead of blatant weapons).
* Wrestling/BlackRose has as much to say about herself, but also of pro wrestlers in general. Just because they look happy or friendly when you see them out and about or in photo shoots doesn't mean you should expect that to last when they get in the ring. She said this about a picture taken with Jessicka Havok and Leilani Kai at SHINE, that latter of whom would help crush Rose's throat not long afterwards.