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* The ''Literature/{{Empirium}}'' Trilogy: Humans who can use one of the seven types of elemental magic can only use their power by channeling it through a metal focus that they forged themselves. The two [[TheChosenOne Chosen Ones]], the Blood and Sun Queens, are the only exceptions.

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* The ''Literature/{{Empirium}}'' Trilogy: ''Literature/TheEmpiriumTrilogy'': Humans who can use one of the seven types of elemental magic can only use their power by channeling it through a metal focus that they forged themselves. The two [[TheChosenOne Chosen Ones]], the Blood and Sun Queens, are the only exceptions.


* The running theme of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is a ComingOfAgeStory with the context of children being forced to mature by a universe propagating process that presents itself as a MMORPG where they hopefully can ascend into godhood. Over the course of their session they're supposed to find artifacts that grant access to abilities related to their mythological roles in completing their quests that they're meant to become able to use on their own as experience using them grows.

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* The running theme of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is a ComingOfAgeStory with the context of children being forced to mature by a universe propagating process that presents itself as a an MMORPG where they hopefully can ascend into godhood. Over the course of their session they're supposed to find artifacts that grant access to abilities related to their mythological roles in completing their quests that they're meant to become able to use on their own as experience using them grows.

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** X-Men villain Black Tom Cassidy has the superpower of projecting energy blasts, but he needs to channel it through and out of something made of wood. Usually he carries a shillelagh with him for this purpose. For a time he had a wood-like substance grafted to his body which eliminated the need for an external medium.


* Aoyama of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' was born with a birth defect that causes his navel laser to uncontrollably leak out and hurt him. To fix this, he uses a special belt that allows him to control the laser and use it as a proper superpower.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'':
** In a more indirect variant, Izuku uses specialized gloves and boots not to make [[SuperStrength One for All]] more powerful, but so he can use more of its power without [[HeroicRROD hurting or killing himself]].
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Aoyama of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' was born with a birth defect that causes his navel laser to uncontrollably leak out and hurt him. To fix this, he uses a special belt that allows him to control the laser and use it as a proper superpower.

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* ''Videogame/DevilMayCry5:'' V's cane has no power by its own, but as it's made of demonic metal, it's a good conduit for him to channel demonic energy.


* In ''Series/KamenRiderZeroOne'', [[BigBad Gai Amatsu/Kamen Rider Thouser]]'s main gimmick is his weapon, the [[MeaningfulName Thousand Jacker]], which gives him the ability to steal/copy powers from anyone with a Progrise Key, which he can use whenever he wants afterwards. This is to cover up Thouser's otherwise woefully short list of abilities, as the suit doesn't have any special abilities outside of [[MightyGlacier enhanced durability and strength]], nor does it provide a buffer to Gai's [[UnskilledButStrong poor combat learning skills]].



* In ''Series/KamenRiderZeroOne'', [[BigBad Gai Amatsu/Kamen Rider Thouser]]'s main gimmick is his weapon, the [[MeaningfulName Thousand Jacker]], which gives him the ability to steal/copy powers from anyone with a Progrise Key, which he can use whenever he wants afterwards. This is to cover up Thouser's otherwise woefully short list of abilities, as the suit doesn't have any special abilities outside of [[MightyGlacier enhanced durability and strength]], nor does it provide a buffer to Gai's [[UnskilledButStrong poor combat learning skills]].

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* In ''Series/KamenRiderZeroOne'', [[BigBad Gai Amatsu/Kamen Rider Thouser]]'s main gimmick is his weapon, the [[MeaningfulName Thousand Jacker]], which gives him the ability to steal/copy powers from anyone with a Progrise Key, which he can use whenever he wants afterwards. This is to cover up Thouser's otherwise woefully short list of abilities, as the suit doesn't have any special abilities outside of [[MightyGlacier enhanced durability and strength]], nor does it provide a buffer to Gai's [[UnskilledButStrong poor combat learning skills]].



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* In ''Series/KamenRiderZeroOne'', [[BigBad Gai Amatsu/Kamen Rider Thouser]]'s main gimmick is his weapon, the [[MeaningfulName Thousand Jacker]], which gives him the ability to steal/copy powers from anyone with a Progrise Key, which he can use whenever he wants afterwards. This is to cover up Thouser's otherwise woefully short list of abilities, as the suit doesn't have any special abilities outside of [[MightyGlacier enhanced durability and strength]], nor does it provide a buffer to Gai's [[UnskilledButStrong poor combat learning skills]].


* Many people who are less proficient in wielding [[AppliedPhlebotinum Shinsoo]] in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' use item called wands (though they come in many different forms) to make up for it.

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* Many people who are less proficient in wielding [[AppliedPhlebotinum Shinsoo]] Shinsu]] in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' use item called wands (though they come in many different forms) to make up for it.


* ''Literature/TheEmpiriumTrilogy'': Humans who can use one of the seven types of elemental magic can only use their power by channeling it through a metal focus that they forged themselves. The two [[TheChosenOne Chosen Ones]], the Blood and Sun Queens, are the only exceptions.

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* ''Literature/TheEmpiriumTrilogy'': The ''Literature/{{Empirium}}'' Trilogy: Humans who can use one of the seven types of elemental magic can only use their power by channeling it through a metal focus that they forged themselves. The two [[TheChosenOne Chosen Ones]], the Blood and Sun Queens, are the only exceptions.


* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Naruto relies on a shadow clone to help form the [[EnergyBall Rasengan]], since he lacks the fine control skills necessary to give it the proper [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spin]]. He's overcome this after the TimeSkip, but still requires a clone to make the more powerful variations. By the end of the series, he's overcome that challenge as well.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Naruto relies on a shadow clone to help form the [[EnergyBall Rasengan]], since he lacks the fine control skills necessary to give it the proper [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning [[SpectacularSpinning spin]]. He's overcome this after the TimeSkip, but still requires a clone to make the more powerful variations. By the end of the series, he's overcome that challenge as well.


* {{Manga/Naruto}} relies on a shadow clone to help form the [[EnergyBall Rasengan]], since he lacks the fine control skills necessary to give it the proper [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spin]]. He's overcome this after the TimeSkip, but still requires a clone to make the more powerful variations. By the end of the series, he's overcome that challenge as well.

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* {{Manga/Naruto}} ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Naruto relies on a shadow clone to help form the [[EnergyBall Rasengan]], since he lacks the fine control skills necessary to give it the proper [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spin]]. He's overcome this after the TimeSkip, but still requires a clone to make the more powerful variations. By the end of the series, he's overcome that challenge as well.



* In ''[[ComicBook/MageTheHeroDiscovered Mage]]'', Kevin Matchstick's baseball bat Excalibur is one of these. If Excalibur gets more than a few yards away from Kevin, his powers conk out.

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* In ''[[ComicBook/MageTheHeroDiscovered Mage]]'', ''ComicBook/MageTheHeroDiscovered'':
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Kevin Matchstick's baseball bat Excalibur is one of these. If Excalibur gets more than a few yards away from Kevin, his powers conk out.



* Issac Mendez, the psychic painter from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' originally needed to get high on heroin in order to use his precognitive abilities. Even after he learned to do without, it was still easier for him to see the future while high.
** His paintings do become more focused while sober though. When he's sober he can actually focus on a certain person's future, such as Claire or Hiro. On heroin though, he has a tendency to paint the future totally at random.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Issac Mendez, the psychic painter from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' painter, originally needed to get high on heroin in order to use his precognitive abilities. Even after he learned to do without, it was still easier for him to see the future while high.
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high. His paintings do become more focused while sober though. When he's sober he can actually focus on a certain person's future, such as Claire or Hiro. On heroin though, he has a tendency to paint the future totally at random.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'', this is a type of focus.

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* %%* In ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'', this is a type of focus.



* Protoss Psi blades from ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' seem to work like this. As do Ghost "invisibility suits".

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* %%* Protoss Psi blades from ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' seem to work like this. As do Ghost "invisibility suits".



* Sol Badguy of the GuiltyGear series is a good example of someone using both a PowerLimiter and a PowerCrutch. As a FlawedPrototype, Sol need to wear his headband full of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Gear-suppressor cells]] to keep himself from both [[PowerIncontinence loosing control of his powers]] and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity his mind]], but alongside the headband he uses the Fireseal sword, one of several Anti-gear weapons (that [[GadgeteerGenius he himself created]]) that act as magical focci.

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Sol Badguy of the GuiltyGear series is a good example of someone using both a PowerLimiter and a PowerCrutch. As a FlawedPrototype, Sol need to wear his headband full of [[AppliedPhlebotinum Gear-suppressor cells]] to keep himself from both [[PowerIncontinence loosing control of his powers]] and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity his mind]], but alongside the headband he uses the Fireseal sword, one of several Anti-gear weapons (that [[GadgeteerGenius he himself created]]) that act as magical focci.


Without the Power Crutch, the character will find it difficult, if not impossible to use his or her powers. Characters who use Power Crutches may eventually learn to use their abilities without them. The power user, or sometimes others, may even mistake the Power Crutch for the ''source'' of his powers-- though it isn't. Often, especially in sequential works like comics, a Power Crutch will be revealed (or retconned) to have been a MagicFeather all along.

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Without the Power Crutch, the character will find it difficult, if not impossible to use his or her powers. The Power Crutch may be filling in the RequiredSecondaryPowers that the character somehow lacks. Characters who use Power Crutches may eventually learn to use their abilities without them. The power user, or sometimes others, may even mistake the Power Crutch for the ''source'' of his powers-- though it isn't. Often, especially in sequential works like comics, a Power Crutch will be revealed (or retconned) to have been a MagicFeather all along.

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* Aoyama of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' was born with a birth defect that causes his navel laser to uncontrollably leak out and hurt him. To fix this, he uses a special belt that allows him to control the laser and use it as a proper superpower.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pugmire}}'': Artisans need a {{Precursor}} relic to cast spells, it's powered by their life force but they need the device to cast spells, while Shepherds similarly need their holy symbols to cast spells. In the sister game ''TabletopGame/MonarchiesOfMau'' Mancers absorb the powers of a relic during their initiation but they still need a focus (crafted from bones) to use them.

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