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A [[{{muggle}} non super-powered character]] gets superpowers. However, because StatusQuoIsGod, those powers won't last long and are strictly a one-shot deal. In other words: [[ResetButton not only do the superpowers wear off by the end of the episode]], but they can ''never'' get the powers again. [[NegativeContinuity Unless they do]] using a RecycledScript and/or [[RuleOfFun just because it's fun]].

Often happens to the superpowered character's MuggleBestFriend. When this [[RecycledScript plot is repeatedly recycled]] with a particular character, see SuperpowerSillyPutty.

May overlap with SuperheroEpisode and with MuggleBestFriend. Contrast with BroughtDownToNormal. For moments where a character temporarily receive omnipotent powers, see GodForADay.

See also: SidekickGlassCeiling.

!! Examples


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Akane (one of the more realistic martial artists) was given powers to match the rest of the cast twice, once with magic noodles (which also caused her to grow whiskers) and once with a magically-super-powered martial arts costume.
* In an episode of ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'', Horrorman manages to obtain Shokupanman's cape (which gives the wearer flight abilities) and attempts to be a hero...all while Shokupanman looks for his cape.
** There are also a few episodes where Baikinman makes Horrorman superhuman thanks to his machine. However, the catch is that Horrorman can only do some "things" for Bakinman (eg. doing evil deeds).

* In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'' ComicBook/LoisLane gets superpowers thanks to a formula for one issue. This was a shout out to a couple of different devices Superman had during UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} which could temporarily grant superpower. Lana famously used one of these devices to give her the power to defend Superman to the death in ''ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow'' [[TearJerker gaining superhearing just in time to hear that Superman had finally chosen Lois. She fought for him anyway.]]
* In UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks, it happened so often to ComicBook/JimmyOlsen that [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=996:the-jimmy-olsen-drinking-game&catid=29:confounding-comic-covers-index&Itemid=32 Superdickery.com]] has a running gag where it's a drinking game.
** [[http://www.superdickery.com/the-world-of-1000-olsens/ "The World of 1000 Olsens!"]]
-->All right, everyone, get your final affairs in order and take one thousand shots.
* The Creator/MarvelComics series ''ComicBook/CaptainUniverse'' dealt with this trope on a monthly basis. Captain Universe was not one person, but a persona with cosmic powers attached which merges with various people in times of need, one of which most famously was Spiderman.
* In issue 456 of ''[[CreatorDCComics Detective Comics]]'', the ComicBook/ElongatedMan gets himself captured when [[PhlebotinumBreakdown his powers wore off]] [[FinaglesLaw at the worst possible moment]]. This results in a cliffhanger that leads into the next issue, in which his {{Muggle}} wife [[http://www.dialbforblog.com/tec457.jpg becomes the Elongated Woman]]. Interestingly, while Ralph gets his powers from [[AppliedPhlebotinum Gingold]], Sue is allergic to it, so she instead gets her powers from technology.

* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
** Pete Ross got elastic super powers thanks to a chewing gum. Those powers only lasted for one episode.
** Chloe Sullivan got the power to make everyone tell her the truth. That superpower was killing her. It was removed by the end of the episode. She then got EmpathicHealing for a couple of episodes before trading out for SuperIntelligence, then going back to normal.
** Lana was clairvoyant. In a later episode, Lana temporarily copied Clark's powers. Clark actually had to remove them because Lana was determined to use her powers to get vengeance on Luthor.
** Clark briefly had "[[Literature/TheDeadZone Dead Zone]]" Vision
** Lex, Lana and Jonathan were all briefly [[strike:Flying]] [[FlyingBrick Speeding Bricks]]. It cost Jonathan his health and eventually his life.
* In Series/{{I Dream of Jeannie}}, Jeannie temporarily transfers her powers for 24 hours to avoid causing any trouble at the NASA banquet. Tony,not realizing that they were transferred to him, unknowingly causes a lot of chaos at work and ends up transferring them to Dr Bellows.
* In ''Series/LoisAndClark'', a villain tries to steal Clark's powers but accidentally transfers them to Lois.
** Several episodes involve people getting Clark's powers after both are struck by [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]]. A villainess tries to replicate the process in a lab environment, and ends up succeeding (first turning a mouse into a flying menace for any cat in the city), but Clark ends up depowering her with the same device.
* The ''Series/GilligansIsland'' gang eats some radioactive vegetables and gets superpowers: super-strength, super-speed, super hearing, etc.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Hide and Q," Riker gets Q-powers.
** Likewise in "The Nth Degree" Barclay gets Q-like super-intelligence -- though it's hinted to be somewhat permanent, but it's uncertain how.
* In one episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'' Jonas Quinn acquires precognitive abilities.
** This was the result of a brain tumor (given to him by Nirrti's DNA manipulator), which had to be removed at the end of the episode to save him.
** Both Jack O'Neill and Daniel Jackson got powers from Ancient knowledge, which was later removed. O'Neill got super-healing, and Daniel got telekinesis and lightning control.
* In one episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', [=McKay=] gains super senses, mind reading abilities, telekinesis, and became much smarter as a result of an accidental encounter with an Ancient device. Unfortunately, the machine is designed to induce [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascension]] meaning that the subject will die if they don't figure out how to Ascend in time.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' has Earl get superpowers from rolling around in toxic waste. His powers include being able to guess weight of any person at a glance, EyeBeams, flight, super-strength, super-toughness, etc. It's all find and dandy until his CorruptCorporateExecutive boss finds out the truth and forces him to use his powers for the good of the company (as per the "[[CrazyPrepared superpower clause]]" in his contract), meaning to sell cheap household items on infomercials. He refuses to shower, as he's afraid to lose the powers, but does so at the very end, only to realize that the powers are still there.
* Thanks to a power-transferring meta, Iris from ''Series/TheFlash2014'' gets to experience what it's like to be Barry for an episode. She then gladly gives up the speed back to Barry at the end, as her calling is writing.
* The [[Series/DoctorWho Tenth Doctor]] gets a number of powers for a few minutes by having all the population of Earth concentrate on him at the same exact moment, joined into a single psychic network by the Master's satellites. He reverses his physical age, flies, forms a DeflectorShield around himself, and uses telekinesis to disarm the Master.

* One Creator/IsaacAsimov short story "[[http://www.e-reading.org.ua/bookreader.php/82105/The_Secret_Sense.html The Secret Sense]]" had an Earthman gain a Martian sense via a special drug. The effects only lasted for a few minutes and ItOnlyWorksOnce. However, it arguably wasn't worth it, because as the Martian points out, the Earthman won't be able to experience that sense again. Metaphorically speaking "You entered a normal man! [[SenseLossSadness You leave blind-blind-BLIND]]."
* In the Literature/{{Relativity}} story "August Moon", an accident gives skier Augustine Fennis [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic powers]], but also links him mentally with one of the heroes. The upshot is that the hero gains the ability to read Fennis's mind, but only until the end of the story.

* In one issue of ''Webcomic/LoveAndCapes'', Crusader's fiancée has a wizard grant her temporary superpowers so she can understand life as a superhero (which is why it is possible. Superpowers take a lot of energy, but apparently ThePowerOfLove is one hell of an energy-source).
** Her intention was for it to be literally this trope's name - having superpowers for 24 hours. Just after she drinks the triggering potion, she learns the ''actual'' time-limit is [[spoiler: non-existent. She'll have the powers until she decides she doesn't want them. Which she does, at the end of that story-arc.]].
* Issue #8 of ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' had Yeagar gaining superpowers due to a stray blob of ink from the artist, but he lost them when they got siphoned off by a super villain and ended up empowering the president of the Henchman's union (a hamster, by the way).
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Bob once got powers after being exposed to several superhero origins [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] in rapid succession. He tried to become a superhero, but [[NiceJobBreakingItHero a disastrous attempt at stopping a bank robbery]] and his powers being transferred to a houseplant put a stop to that.

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* In the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short "Super-Rabbit", Bugs gets temporary superpowers from eating super carrots. At the end, he loses or runs out of the carrots and decides to become "a real hero": [[WartimeCartoon a US Marine]].
* Fry and Leela get superpowers in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}},'' and become super-heroes.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Super Griffins."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': A nuclear accident turns Homer Simpson into a [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk a hulk like creature]] -- for about three seconds.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "World's Greatest Mom," Dexter accidentally gives his mom super-powers... for the rest of the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'': George Jetson becomes "Super George" when an experiment goes wrong.
* Applied in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones,'' where Fred and Barney learn to apply judo-chop powers which allow them to take out armies of giant mooks-- but they either somehow forget them by the end of the episode, or else they never encounter any more mooks ever again
* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' Tucker wishes to have ghost powers like Danny and a genie grants the wish. Unfortunately he becomes evil with said powers and has to be separated from them, resulting in Tuck seeing it manifested as a ghoulish doppleganger before it's sealed away.
* Happens all the time in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Princess, Mojo Jojo, the Gangrene Gang, the Mayor, and a group of the girls' classmates all have episodes where they gain superpowers temporarily, usually through Chemical X.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', Spud wants to be normal like his mom. He ends up getting bitten by a magical frog that gives him a frog-like appearance, a long tongue, and the ability to jump very high. At the end of the episode, he gets them removed.
* Timmy Turner in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' wishes life was like a comic book. Everyone on Earth gets super powers, but only for one episode.
** He also wished for heat vision in a Season 1 episode and simply forgot about it, making a comeback in a far later episode. He presumably still has heat vision as we never see him wish it away.
* Occurs in the ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' episode "The Supermen in Black Syndrome", where an alien AmplifierArtifact grants Jay, Kay and Elle, alongside three alien criminals, superpowers. Kay becomes a [[SuperStrength super strong]] [[Franchise/FantasticFour Thing]] {{Expy}}, Elle gets various EyeBeams with different effects, Jay becomes {{Super Speed}}y and super-agile, one villain becomes a Human Torch expy, another gets {{Flight}}, and the last one can [[ActionBomb blow himself up at will]] ([[RequiredSecondaryPowers reassembling himself immediately afterwards]]).
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' concerns Dale getting elastic powers, thanks to a chunk of crystal that broke off a meteorite, and turning into a superhero named "Rubber Bando!" Of course, the crystal is smashed by the end of the episode, rendering it useless.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Supersmurf", Brainy gets Superman-like powers through magic in order to get the food that Bigmouth has stolen from the Smurfs back, but the formula only lasts for a few hours.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'' does this. General Specific acquires superpowers and becomes ''General Specificman''. He still fails to capture Sheep.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': "Power Ponies" has the [[FanNickname Mane 6]] dive into a comic book, assume the roles of its stars, and all inherit their superpowers (except for Spike, who gets stuck playing the clumsy, powerless comedy relief sidekick). Granted the characters are already magical, but within the [[MundaneFantastic setting of the show]] this definitely qualifies.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Wizard", Finn and Jake learn an assortment of magical spells, ranging from controlling shadows to conjuring mayonnaise. They lose their powers when [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman their wizard robes are accidentally burned off near the end of the episode]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Go Team Go", a villain tries to [[PowersAsPrograms steal]] Hego's SuperStrength, but instead accidentally transfers it to Kim [[NoOntologicalInertia until the power-transfer device is broken]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': If anyone gets superpowers, [[StatusQuoIsGod they're likely to lose them by the end of the episode.]]
** Halfway through the episode [[spoiler: "Let's Play Goodbye, Mr. Cat"]], Stumpy and Mr. Cat are granted invisibility powers, which they lose by the end of the episode.
** In Episode 97, Quack Quack gains the power to [[CompellingVoice control people with his voice]] after he accidentally swallows a spoon. [[spoiler: The spoon gets knocked put of him when Mr. Cat gets angry at him and beats him up.]]
* The main premise of the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TheMiniavengers'', is a bunch of kids getting temporal [[PersonalityPowers superpowers based in their defects]], in ADayInTheLimelight epiosdes, in which they learn life lessons before being BroughtDownToNormal.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': One episode has Jimmy, Carl, Sheen, Libby, and Cindy gain superpowers via the Fantastic Four origin story (they flew through a radiation belt in Jimmy's spaceship). Sheen gets super speed, Libby gets invisibility and force fields, Cindy gets flight and super-strength, Carl gets super-burps, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Jimmy turns orange]]. Jimmy and the others initially think he got no powers, until Cindy pisses him off so much that he accidentally reveals he got The Hulk's powers with The Thing's appearance. Jimmy ends up curing them by the end of the episode because their powers are draining their cells and killing them.