Playing With / Heart Is an Awesome Power

Basic Trope: A power which seems weak at first glance, until you consider the creative applications of it.
  • Straight:
    • Robed Ranger can make people deliriously happy with a touch: to the point where they can no-longer fight back.
    • Occlusion can turn invisible, but his real talent is that he can turn anything invisible, which he can use to set up sneak attacks by his allies, seemingly pull tools or weapons out of nowhere, or just cause foes to run headfirst into a telephone pole they didn't know was there. There's also no way to know when he's using his powers, and he's not above abusing this fact for the sake of paranoia-inducing mind games.
    • Pepple can teleport objects but only if they fit in the palm of his hand and only a few feet. Only one of two things can happen when he teleports a small rock, a grenade or a dagger into his opponent's skull.
    • Rainblast can change the color of an object close or near to him. While the ability to grab attention or sneak away is rather nice, changing the color of something rapidly tends to cause headaches and seizures.
    • Star Girl has the power to 'reveal the true heart' of people. Sounds useless, until you notice that villains tend to have a Heel Realization before they can attack her, hero teams function better when she's around, bad guys she fights are more likely to join the side of good, and her mere presence forces people to drop the Conflict Ball and avert Poor Communication Kills. She may not have a very offensive power, but she's an invaluable teammate.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Monkey Master has the power to telepathically control monkeys. This extends to apes, humans, and thus 80% of all earth’s superheros and supervillains, not to mention any Killer Space Monkeys that come by. Then, to everyone’s surprise and especially Monkey Master's, one of the gods is an ape and is promptly put under his mental dominion.
    • Occlusion has the ability to form an invisibility sphere around himself . While the invisibility is somewhat useful, the real application of this power is to deflect ALL the electromagnetic radiation of any kinds away from himself, making Occlusion completely immune to Frickin' Laser Beams, Shock and Awe, Playing with Fire, radiation, both of the normal and crazy-space kinds, and Cosmic Doom-Blasts From The Very Gods Themselves
    • Thunder-dragoon has the power to control electromagnetism. Seeing as the four fundamental forces are controlled by such, he eventually becomes a Reality Warper.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Even if a power is useless, the required secondary powers behind it could be quite powerful.
    • The ecosystem where Monkey-master evolved had Big Creepy-Crawlies where most ecosystems would have vertebrates, and thus his ability to control monkeys is much more useful here than there.
    • Even if it's only a weak power, it may still be more than normal people can do.
    • A ridiculous/seemingly useless power is very easy to underestimate or dismiss outright. Any villain worth their salt will be ready to deal with Super Strength, Flight, and Eye Beams, but who'd expect someone with the power to summon their own theme music to be an actual threat?
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: Then he's possessed by Legion, who abuses his powers to horrifying effect.
  • Parodied: Out of all the Flying Bricks and Reality Warpers running around, it is the man who can make fish fall from the sky who is the most feared.
  • Zig Zagged: The usefulness of Robed Ranger’s power varies from episode to episode: sometimes he can utterly annihilate an Eldritch Abomination with a friendly glance, sometimes he can only make StabLockey feel really, really happy at getting to chop him up.
  • Averted: Every power on the show is as initially useful as it looks.
  • Enforced: It’s an Aesop about making lemonade when life gives you lemons.
  • Lampshaded: “Beaten... by the power to turn into a HAMSTER? MY EXISTENCE IS NOTHING BUT SHAME!!
  • Implied: Daisygrower is the top superhero in the roster. Veteran villains will surrender at the prospect of his arrival. He and his powers are never shown but either he has one major case of Atrocious Alias/Fluffy the Terrible or this trope is in effect.
  • Invoked: Balthazar the Cruelly Inventive seeks out a spell to heat enamel, knowing his foes will be surprised when their teeth suddenly explode.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: Pepple is an Actual Pacifist who decided to specialize in transportation rather than use his powers to kill, primarily because he knows what he can do with them.
  • Discussed: “The more obscure and seemingly worthless the power, the more dangerous it inevitably becomes when you look back over it.”
  • Conversed:
    “Wait, he can make people happy? How’s that going to help him?”
    “Just keep watching and you'll see...”
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The main themes on the show revolve around creativity and imagination, and use of powers like this form it’s main foundation.
  • Played For Laughs: As it turns out, even without the ability to control humans and super-apes, Monkey-Master is feared worldwide... merely because monkey poop is nigh-impossible to wash out of a costume.
  • Played For Drama: Rainblast's power to change color really quickly makes him a walking seizure risk... To friend, foe, and innocent bystander alike. He seems weak because using his powers to their full effect runs the risk of massive collateral damage, and when he does cut loose, it's not pretty, and he's definitely not happy about it.

Well, it seems like the link to Heart Is an Awesome Power was useful after all.