Enforced: "We need a way to provide competitive balance!" "Let's make this weapon really bad!"
Lampshaded: "What?! This laser is way too weak!"
Invoked: The boss dials down his gun's power, then tears off the control dial and leaves it around for Alicia to find.
Exploited: Emperor Evulz takes all of Alicia's weapons except the gun, forcing her to use it.
Defied: Alicia takes the weapon, tries it out for a bit, then decides it's useless and tosses it aside.
Discussed: "Don't pick up that weapon, Alicia! It's useless!"
Conversed: "See how horrible this weapon is?"
Deconstructed: The weapon actually has a hidden function that lets it shoot energy balls, which are much more useful. Unfortunately, since everyone hates the weapon so much, no one uses it, and ergo no one finds it.