Playing With / One Hero, Hold the Weaksauce

Basic Trope: The Hero doesn't have the sort of restrictions everyone else has with their abilities.
  • Straight: In a world where Elemental Powers are commonplace, everyone who has the capability is restricted to one element. Morgana, on the other hand, can use multiple elements.
  • Exaggerated: Morgana can channel and use all the elements — including some that nobody else in the entire world has ever been able to harness before.
  • Downplayed: Morgana can use all elemental powers, but her strongest is still one element. Although nobody else can use all of them, she's still weak enough that she doesn't consider any element she hadn't practised with to be functional enough.
  • Justified:
    • Morgana is The Chosen One.
    • Everybody uses a certain system, such as the astrological signs they were born under, to help control their element. Morgana, who has no idea when she was born, never had such a restriction and thus could use more powers simply because she didn't limit herself.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Morgana appears to use all elements, but it was actually her friends helping her from behind the scenes.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Morgana soon discovers she can actually control other elements — she just wasn't aware of it before. After all, she'd already discovered her elemental speciality, and had no reason to suspect she'd be any different than anyone else.
    • Morgana's friends used their elements behind the scenes to hide the fact that Morgana was not skilled with the other elements.
  • Parodied: In a World... where ice cream is only ever sold with one flavour per box, Morgana invents Neapolitan ice cream, shaking the dessert world to its foundations.
  • Zig Zagged: While Morgana is able to control more than one element, this turns out to have its own limitations: she can only use one at a time, having to mentally 'switch' between them. Eventually, she grows out of this restriction. Meanwhile, others discover how to tap into their potential with other elements; while most remain talented with only one power, several learn that they're talented in two or more spheres.
  • Averted: Morgana's powers work the same as everyone else's.
  • Enforced: In a video game where Morgana is the only playable character, forcing her to use only one element like everyone else would bar the player from using any other elements.
  • Lampshaded: "Wait, you can use wind AND fire?... HAX! I CALL HAX! CHEEETEEER!"
  • Invoked: Morgana, realizing that she would never be a "hero" without some sort of gimmick that she could call a "hero's mark", decides to try and break tradition to find something she can use that others would call her "hero's mark", and it ends up being practical.
  • Exploited: Morgana pretends to be a fire mage until she decides it's time to be serious.
  • Defied: Magic A Is Magic A and all attempts to break this rule end... Poorly.
  • Discussed: "If I could replicate that power, I would be the greatest mage in Arlia!'
  • Conversed: Fans argue whether or not Morgana's ability makes her a Mary Sue.
  • Implied: Morgana comes from a race of people who normally suffer from a Kryptonite Factor of some description, yet lives in an area where Kryptonite is abundant. This hasn't slowed her down, apparently.
  • Deconstructed: Since she doesn't have to deal with the same restrictions as everyone else, Morgana becomes very Prideful and overconfident. Others also become jealous and resentful of her talents, or grow suspicious of them — after all, such raw power could easily be abused... In fact, she is also targeted by Smug Snakes and Manipulative Bastards for just that reason.
  • Reconstructed: Morgana learns to be humble and use her abilities responsibly.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Turns out that Morgana's actual power is warping reality — which was mistaken for her being able to control multiple elements, as she was unaware of her true sphere of influence.
  • Played For Laughs: Morgana's powers aren't actually special, and everyone is simply too dim or dogmatic to use more than one element.
  • Played For Drama: Morgana's powers cause her to be ostracized and targeted by every power-mad would-be Manipulative Bastard who learns of them. Naturally, this includes Emperor Evulz.


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