'''Basic Trope''': All that's necessary to gain superpowers is mental and/or spiritual reflection.
* '''Straight''': Monk-Man's OriginStory involves him meditating alone at the top of a mountain for ten years, ultimately learning the secret of SupernaturalMartialArts.
* '''Exaggerated''': Monk-Man had to dedicate himself totally to meditation, eventually dying from starvation and dehydration (though surviving much longer than an ordinary human would) so that he could AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and become a PhysicalGod.
* '''Downplayed''':
** Monk-Man flees to a remote location when he discovers his dangerous latent powers, and uses meditation to gain the willpower and understanding necessary [[HowDoIShotWeb to exercise control over them]].
** Most of Monk-Man's powers were gained through [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower years of hard training]], but meditation is the only way to unlock the DangerousForbiddenTechnique.
* '''Justified''': Superpowers are all about learning to control one's LifeEnergy, only possible through spiritual enlightenment.
* '''Inverted''':
** Monk-Man has powers gained from a DealWithTheDevil, and uses meditation to purge himself of them when he becomes aware of their harmful influence.
** Monk-Man already had powers, and sought to use meditation to improve his control over them. Sadly, his fire based powers required raw and reckless passion, which years of meditation have dimmed thus making him weaker.
* '''Subverted''': Monk-Man is unable to achieve enlightenment because subconsciously he is merely seeking power for himself.
* '''Double Subverted''': Monk-Man gives up attempting to gain power, [[SweetAndSourGrapes and in doing so he becomes enlightened.]]
* '''Parodied''': Monk-Man is capable of SuperEmpowering others by dishing out {{Ice Cream Koan}}s.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Monk-Man's FriendlyRival and frequent ally is a ScienceHero who follows a different kind of [[RomanticismVersusEnlightenment Enlightenment]]. He's [[DoingInTheWizard convinced that there must be a scientific explanation]] for Monk-Man's powers while Monk-Man insists [[DoingInTheScientist that his study of texts and contemplation]] of the universe is the source of his [[TheSparkOfGenius Spark Of Genius]]. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Some episodes support the monk and some the scientist]].
* '''Averted''': Superpowers are unrelated to spirituality.
* '''Enforced''': The author wants to send a message that wisdom and understanding are more powerful than reckless violence, anger and random superpowers, so the only way to gain the best powers (or improve on them) is to seek spiritual enlightenment.
* '''Lampshaded''': "By becoming one with the universe I can snap your neck with a thought."
* '''Invoked''': Monk-Man is jailed by the dictator of his country for preaching peace. Rather than lose hope he uses the long time in solitary to meditate and try to achieve enlightenment in the hope of invoking this trope.
* '''Exploited''':
** Since Monk-Man's origin and powers are proven as fact, Emmy Powers is able to use her SuperEmpowering and acting skills to convince others she's an enlightened nun and can unlock their "dormant potential" if they join her {{cult}}[[LastSecondWordSwap -- ural group]]. And pay a boat load of money.
** Monk Man convinces some thugs they are BullyingADragon by bringing up this trope. Unbeknownst to the thugs, he's just a guy in a costume.
* '''Defied''': "Years of meditation under a waterfall? Screw that! I'm bringing MoreDakka!"
* '''Discussed''': "So Monk-Man got his powers from meditating for years?" "Really makes you weep for all the hours you spent playing ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' rather than deepening your spiritual understanding of the cosmos, doesn't it?"
* '''Conversed''': "Wait, wouldn't a lifetime of pacifism and moral contemplation be the complete opposite of what heroes need to be motivated?" "He worships the god of heroes." "Oh... OK."
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Due to learning secrets of existence unknown to ordinary mortals, Monk-Man often seems to operate according to an OmniscientMoralityLicense, making him [[HeroWithBadPublicity considerably unpopular]].
** Monk-Man's total dedication to spiritual concerns over physical ones makes him a SquishyWizard -- he has great psychic power, but cannot defend himself physically.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** Due to learning secrets of existence unknown to ordinary mortals Monk-Man develops BlueAndOrangeMorality which confuses the people he protects and makes him unpopular. However, his [[GoodShepherd holy man life style]] inspires others.
** Monk Man's spiritual dedication has made him [[MasterOfYourDomain master of every aspect of his body]] and this assists him in combat
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