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Playing With: Power Nullifier
Basic Trope: Something that can turn off superpowers.
  • Straight: The nullifier is used to deactivate the powers of heroes or villains as the wielder requires.
  • Exaggerated: The nullifier can strip skills and abilities from anyone, reducing their physical and mental capacity to infant level.
  • Downplayed:
    • The Nullifier strips off exactly one of The Hero's skills... Specifically, one he doesn't use anymore.
    • Power Limiter
  • Justified:
    • Harmony uses sound waves for her powers. The nullifier reduces the strength of sound waves in the area, greatly reducing Harmony's powers.
    • Sometimes powers need to be removed before somebody can be taken on.
  • Inverted: The Nullifier actually grants a Superpower Lottery to The Hero.
  • Subverted: The nullifier is explained and put into use, but then has no effect on the hero.
  • Double Subverted: That's because they used the wrong type or setting of nullifier for the hero's particular power. When they use the correct one, it depowers them just fine.
  • Parodied: Nullifiers are so common that there are commercially-made guns which can launch them at super-villains. The villains keep trying to rob banks and take over the world anyway, but are constantly thwarted by random people on the street who pull out a nullifier and incapacitate them.
  • Zig Zagged: There is a nullifier. It only works 50% of the time, but it's supposed to strip the power of a hero when it does, it was just an advertisement to get the villain to buy it.
  • Averted: There is no way to remove powers.
  • Enforced: Evuls wins too much, so they decide to find a way to remove his main power.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, look, powers are off like a broken toaster. wonderful."
  • Invoked: Heroes learn enough martial arts to become Badass Normal, just in case one of their villains uses a nullifier.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "That wouldn't work! You can't just turn off a physical attribute like a light switch!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: The Nullifier ends up disabling a power that was essential to the hero's survival (i.e. breathing underwater), and it very nearly (or actually does) kill him/her.

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