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* ''Series/CrisisOnEarthX'' (the CW's CrisisCrossover arc wherein the Nazi evil counterparts of several superheroes attack [[Series/TheFlash2014 Barry Allen's wedding]]) provides us with "Overgirl", the evil counterpart of Supergirl that has embraced the whole "walking PhysicalGod" mentality and has the power to back it up... and she's suffering an uncontrollable solar power buildup that will kill her unless she gets a heart transplant (namely, from the good version of Kara Zor-El). She and her husband ([[spoiler:the evil version of Oliver Queen]]) spend a lot of their scenes undergoing the drama that they are racing against time. [[spoiler:Sure enough, our heroes prevent Kara's vivisection and Overgirl's energy build-up reaches critical levels and she explodes during the final fight, driving the evil Oliver to perform a SuicideByCop to the good Oliver out of despair.]]

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** ''Series/Supergirl2015'': In "Survivors", Supergirl confronts Veronica Sinclair/Roulette and orders her to stop her criminal activities. Unfortunately, Roulette is completely unafraid of and unimpressed by her, and none of Supergirl's power or threats can change her mind, even when Supergirl burns her with heat vision, since she knows Supergirl [[ThouShaltNotKill won't kill]] or maim her. Roulette is eventually arrested, but gets out immediately due to her connections.
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''Series/CrisisOnEarthX'' (the CW's CrisisCrossover arc wherein the Nazi evil counterparts of several superheroes attack [[Series/TheFlash2014 Barry Allen's wedding]]) provides us with "Overgirl", the evil counterpart of Supergirl that has embraced the whole "walking PhysicalGod" mentality and has the power to back it up... and she's suffering an uncontrollable solar power buildup that will kill her unless she gets a heart transplant (namely, from the good version of Kara Zor-El). She and her husband ([[spoiler:the evil version of Oliver Queen]]) spend a lot of their scenes undergoing the drama that they are racing against time. [[spoiler:Sure enough, our heroes prevent Kara's vivisection and Overgirl's energy build-up reaches critical levels and she explodes during the final fight, driving the evil Oliver to perform a SuicideByCop to the good Oliver out of despair.]]

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* ''Fanfic/RWBYEpicOfRemnant'': The Servants are all killing machines with abilities that dwarf many of the inhabitants of Remnant, and Angra Mainyu is able to repair Gudako's body, but none of them are able to wake her up from her coma and feel really helpless and guilty about that.

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* In ''Literature/WingsOfFire'', Darkstalker is an animus dragon, which essentially gives him PhysicalGod level powers to enchant objects to do anything. When his mother, Foeslayer, is captured by [=IceWings=], he is desperate to think of a spell that can save her, trying everything he can - but he's prevented from directly saving her by the animus powers of the dragon who is trying to capture her, Queen Diamond, and he can't just kill Diamond because then she'll be replaced as queen by her niece Snowfox, who is much more extreme than her and would probably kill the entire [=NightWing=] tribe. This feeling of helplessness is a big part of him sliding into [[HeWhoFightsMonsters increasingly more extreme uses]] of his powers to deal with anything that bothers him.

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* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'': In "Twilight", Hercules' mother Alcmene suffers a heart condition. All Hercules can do is sit by her side and comfort her, and she dies at the end. Iolaus sadly tells him that for all his strength and fighting skills, this is a battle he cannot win.

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** Kratos has been this since the beginning. What he wanted most of all was forgiveness for his sin of familicide, leading to years of service to Olympus and finally the final act of deicide. However, even when he earned official forgiveness, he was unable to forgive himself. Every time he achieves his goals of revenge, he realizes his emptiness and attempts suicide, which does not work for various reasons.

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Accelerator falls into despair and goes mad when despite all his world-shaking power, he can do nothing when his adoptive daughter Last Order falls seriously ill. Fortunately, Touma and others eventually lend a hand.


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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4'': Kratos, the bloody god who brought the Greek Pantheon crashing down in his original trilogy, is completely powerless to help his son Atreus after he falls seriously ill. What makes it worse is that Atreus's condition--"a god believing himself to be mortal", as Mimir surmises--is ultimately Kratos's fault, as he has staunchly refused to tell his son his true heritage.

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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4'': Kratos, the bloody god who brought the Greek Pantheon crashing down in his original trilogy, is completely powerless to help his son Atreus after he falls seriously ill. What makes it worse is that Atreus's condition--"a condition--the contradiction of "a god believing himself to be [to be] mortal", as Mimir surmises--is ultimately Kratos's fault, as he has staunchly refused to tell his son his true heritage.heritage, out of fear that Atreus might become something like the monster he is. The most Kratos can do is entrust Atreus to Freya's care, while he travels to Hel to obtain an ingredient that can help Atreus recover.

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* ''VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar'': You can have the strongest empire in the game spanning all of Europe, a treasury packed with gold and a professional army that even the Golden Horde fears to challenge - and none of it will matter when TheBlackDeath strikes. Expect half your city population to die, and your army to wither to next to nothing. There is no cure and germ theory of disease will not be a thing for 700 years, so no way to prevent the spread. The one upside? Your enemies are just as much ruined by the disease as you are, and you can infect your own spies and send them into your cities to infect them as well.


* Contessa from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has the power to defeat anything... ''except'' the entities that will cause the apocalypse. [[spoiler: A lot of the problems in the setting are the result of her and Cauldron's desperate attempt to find something, ''anything'', that will allow them to fight off the apocalypse, since despite all their power they're shooting in the dark as much as anyone.]]



* Count Strahd von Zarovich from the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is an immortal DomainHolder of a considerable chunk of the multiverse, but his one true wish--gaining the love of the only woman he has ever loved--is kept forever just out of his reach by the PowersThatBe.

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* Count Part and parcel of being a Darklord in ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}''. They are the undisputed masters of their domain, with the ability to prevent anyone from leaving... but ''they'' can't leave either, and they are cursed never to achieve what they really want. Strahd von Zarovich from the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is an an immortal DomainHolder of a considerable chunk vampire, but despite all his mind-control powers, he will ''never'' win the heart of the multiverse, but his one true wish--gaining the love of the only woman he loves. Azalin Rex is a powerful lich, but he can't learn any new spells (which kinda defeats the point of turning into a lich in the first place), and he's stuck in the Demiplane of Dread, unable to undo what he sees as MyGreatestFailure. Vlad Drakov has ever loved--is kept forever a country to control, but he can never conquer any other. [[PowersThatBe Dark Powers]] make absolutely sure that the Darklords both never get what they want and are never able to just out of his reach by the PowersThatBe.give up their attempts and find peace. It's a good thing they all [[IronicHell really, really deserve it]].

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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWarPS4'': Kratos, the bloody god who brought the Greek Pantheon crashing down in his original trilogy, is completely powerless to help his son Atreus after he falls seriously ill. What makes it worse is that Atreus's condition--"a god believing himself to be mortal", as Mimir surmises--is ultimately Kratos's fault, as he has staunchly refused to tell his son his true heritage.


->''"You have nothing to threaten me with! Nothing to do with all of your strength!"''

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->''"You have nothing have'' nothing! ''Nothing to threaten me with! Nothing to do with all of your strength!"''


* When Jafar steals the lamp from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Genie can do nothing but obey. So in spite of his phenominal cosmic powers he can only watch as Jafar wishes to be the most powerful mortal on the planet and sends Aladdin to the ends of the Earth.

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* When Jafar steals the lamp from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Genie can do nothing but obey. So in spite of his phenominal phenomenal cosmic powers he can only watch as Jafar wishes to be the most powerful mortal on the planet and sends apologize while sending Aladdin to the ends of the Earth.


* When Jaffar steals the lamp from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Genie can do nothing but obey. So in spite of his phenominal cosmic powers he can only watch as Jafar wishes to be the most powerful mortal on the planet and sends Aladdin to the ends of the Earth.

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* When Jaffar Jafar steals the lamp from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Genie can do nothing but obey. So in spite of his phenominal cosmic powers he can only watch as Jafar wishes to be the most powerful mortal on the planet and sends Aladdin to the ends of the Earth.Earth.
** Likewise, the already DrunkWithPower Jafar is tricked by Aladdin into becoming a genie himself - he gains the omnipotence he desires, but forgets that phenomenal cosmic power comes at the price of imprisonment and only being able to use that power in the service of a master.


* In the ''Franchise/XMen'' franchise, Comicbook/{{Magneto}}'s immense magnetic powers can defeat almost any threat to himself, but can't do anything to make people stop hating mutants (which is one of his reasons for often taking a KillEmAll approach). Additionally, his enemies often put him in situations where there is no metal in range to manipulate, rendering him as powerful as the average late-middle aged man that he is.

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* In the ''Franchise/XMen'' franchise, Comicbook/{{Magneto}}'s immense magnetic powers can defeat almost any threat to himself, but can't do anything to make people stop hating mutants (which is one of his reasons for often taking a KillEmAll approach). Additionally, his enemies often put him in situations where there is no metal in range to manipulate, rendering him as powerful as the average late-middle aged man that he is.

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