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Playing With: What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?
Basic Trope: A superpower that's too specific to be practical in most situations.
  • Straight: The Robed Ranger is a superhero whose main power is the ability to make sad people happy by touch.
  • Exaggerated: The Red Ninja has the power to make natural disasters. The Pierced Warrior has the power to manipulate atomic particles to (even) make atomic blasts. And The Robed Ranger can make small kids happy.
  • Downplayed: Robed Ranger's powers can only affect people emotions, as opposed to something practical like, say, blasting his way through walls.
  • Justified: The goddess that granted the Ranger his powers did so because she wanted to bring more happiness to the world, and perhaps didn't think things through all the way.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • One of the Ranger's allies laughs at his abilities, and he admits that his powers stem a bit further from that, giving him complete control over people's emotions. He's only holding back because he thinks he's too dangerous.
    • Lethal Harmless Powers: As it turns out, making people so deliriously happy they can't move or breathe is really useful!
  • Double Subverted: He made that up to save face.
  • Parodied:
    • The Robed Ranger can control minds, emotions and read thoughts. The Red Ninja can produce rainbows. The Pierced Warrior can melt butter. They both think The Robed Ranger has the lamest power.
    • Whenever the Robed Ranger tries to use his power, it makes the situation worse, and making StabLockey happy only makes him really happy about stabbing you.
  • Zig Zagged: One of the Ranger's allies laughs at his abilities, and he admits that his powers stem a bit further from that, giving him complete control over people's emotions. He's only holding back because he thinks he's too dangerous. But he made that up to save face. However, making mooks happy is awfully convenient to erase their anger and calmly slit their throats. However, the Big Bad is Dangerously Genre Savvy and replaces his mooks with robots who can't feel. But the power works out anyway because the robots have a human commander.
  • Averted: The Ranger's powers are on par with everyone else's.
  • Enforced: The Ranger was created to balance the overpowered Ninja and Warrior.
  • Lampshaded: "Seriously? Everyone else gets cool powers and I'm stuck with THIS?"
  • Invoked: Plot Tailored to the Party
  • Exploited: The Ranger searches opponents whose fighting prowess are fuelled by emotions, which he is able to remove with a single touch.
  • Defied: The Ranger refuses to gain his powers.
  • Discussed: "Hey, come on, buddy, I know they suck, but at least you can learn practical skills."
  • Conversed: "There's always that one guy in a group that has a stupid power."
  • Deconstructed: The Ranger is constantly made fun of by his peers for his useless superpowers. Severely depressed by the abuse (and unable to use his powers on himself), he resigns in shame from superheroism and gets a job as a therapist.
  • Reconstructed: The Ranger helps thousands of people per day with his new job. Far more than The Ninja and The Warrior, who eventually come to seek his help.

What kind of lame trope is What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?, anyway?

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