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* In ''Fanfic/QuirkIncubus'', Izuku discovered his quirk when his English teacher Mr. Taya targeted him with for molestation, his quirk's first manifestation having been forced upon him, with Izuku allowing repeat offenses for the power boost.


* In ''Film/NinjaAssassin'', Raizo gains an EleventhHourSuperpower after [[spoiler:Mika, his LoveInterest, is stabbed by Lord Ozunu, and he gains the same type of FlashStep Lord Ozunu used prior]].

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* In ''Film/NinjaAssassin'', Raizo gains an EleventhHourSuperpower after [[spoiler:Mika, his LoveInterest, [[spoiler:Mika is stabbed by Lord Ozunu, and he gains the same type of FlashStep Lord Ozunu used prior]].


** Bardock went Super Saiyan this way after Berry [[TakingTheBullet took the bullet]] for him. Which, incidentally, [[StableTimeLoop started the Super Saiyan legend in the first place]].

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** Bardock went Super Saiyan this way in the special, ''[[Anime/DragonBallEpisodeOfBardock Episode of Bardock]]'' after Berry [[TakingTheBullet took the bullet]] for him. Which, incidentally, [[StableTimeLoop started the Super Saiyan legend in the first place]].







* Interestingly in the anime ''Anime/FlipFlappers'', both Cocona and Papika have activated their transformations after seeing the other in danger – Cocona after witnessing [[spoiler:Papika get trapped under the frozen lake]], and Papika after [[spoiler:Cocona and Uxekull are about to be submerged in lava]].



* In ''Anime/LostSong'', Finis [[spoiler:after technically losing her power by unknowingly killing her own LoveInterest, she crossed the DespairEventHorizon and sings the '''song of extinction'''. She uses this song to bring to earth a ''meteor shower that destroys the world''.]]



* In ''Film/NinjaAssassin'', Raizo gains an EleventhHourSuperpower after [[spoiler:Mika, his LoveInterest, is stabbed by Lord Ozunu, and he gains the same type of FlashStep Lord Ozunu used prior]].



** ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'': Invoked by [[BigBad Ajax]]. His SuperSoldier factory works by grabbing people, pumping them full of a mutant gene kickstarting serum, and then torturing them until the trauma gives them superpowers (or they die, whichever comes first). Deadpool's powers get activated when he is deprived oxygen for an entire night.

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** ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'': ''Film/{{Deadpool|2016}}'': Invoked by [[BigBad Ajax]]. His SuperSoldier factory works by grabbing people, pumping them full of a mutant gene kickstarting serum, and then torturing them until the trauma gives them superpowers (or they die, whichever comes first). Deadpool's powers get activated when he is deprived oxygen for an entire night.


* In Creator/StephenKing's short story "The Revelations of Becka Paulson", Becka, an ordinary housewife, accidentally shoots herself in the head with a small-caliber pistol while cleaning house. The trauma to her brain gives her PsychicPowers and makes her more intelligent as well.



* In Stephen King's short story "The Revelations of Becka Paulson", Becka, an ordinary housewife, accidentally shoots herself in the head with a small-caliber pistol while cleaning house. The trauma to her brain gives her PsychicPowers and makes her more intelligent as well.



* In the [[VideoGame/SuikodenI original Suikoden]], the main character comes into possession of the Soul Eater rune, a powerful rune that, true to its name, devours the souls of those its used on. [[spoiler: Throughout the events of the game, the rune becomes stronger (thus unlocking more powerful spells) by devouring the souls of people who are especially close to the protagonist; first, his loyal caretaker/bodyguard, then his own father, and finally, his best friend, who, as the former owner of the rune, sacrificed himself by forcing the rune to take his soul in order to prevent the BigBad from using him as a hostage to take the rune for herself.]]

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* In the [[VideoGame/SuikodenI original Suikoden]], ''[[VideoGame/SuikodenI Suikoden]]'', the main character comes into possession of the Soul Eater rune, a powerful rune that, true to its name, devours the souls of those its used on. [[spoiler: Throughout the events of the game, the rune becomes stronger (thus unlocking more powerful spells) by devouring the souls of people who are especially close to the protagonist; first, his loyal caretaker/bodyguard, then his own father, and finally, his best friend, who, as the former owner of the rune, sacrificed himself by forcing the rune to take his soul in order to prevent the BigBad from using him as a hostage to take the rune for herself.]]


* In Stephen King's short stopry "The Revelations of Becka Paulson", Becka, an ordinary housewife, accidentally shoots herself in the head with a small-caliber pistol. The trauma to her brain gives her PsychicPowers and makes her more intelligent as well.

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* In Stephen King's short stopry story "The Revelations of Becka Paulson", Becka, an ordinary housewife, accidentally shoots herself in the head with a small-caliber pistol.pistol while cleaning house. The trauma to her brain gives her PsychicPowers and makes her more intelligent as well.

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* In Stephen King's short stopry "The Revelations of Becka Paulson", Becka, an ordinary housewife, accidentally shoots herself in the head with a small-caliber pistol. The trauma to her brain gives her PsychicPowers and makes her more intelligent as well.


* Zig-zagged in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', where people can Awaken as mages in a rare moment of clarity where they see past mundane reality and touch the Supernal Realms of magic. For the lucky ones, this can be a peaceful or even joyful moment; for the rest, well, {{Near Death Experience}}s are a fairly common source of Awakenings. "Banishers" get it even worse, suffering Awakenings so nightmarishly traumatic that they instinctively despise all things magic. Archmages can actually induce Awakenings with the right magic, but those aren't great for the target's sanity either, though interestingly in those cases it's the Awakening that causes trauma rather than trauma that causes an Awakening.
** Klagen, Neid and Grimm typically go through this in ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', with Klagen Catalyzing in grief, Neid from ostracism and Grimm in rage. Sometimes it's directly related to the event, and other times as a result of whatever bit of MadScience they put together while dealing with it. Klagen tend to be the OnlySaneMan in their groups; Grimms [[HairTriggerTemper do not]], and neither do [[TheyCalledMeMad Neids]].



* Common in the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' as well:
** ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'': Whenever possible, the Garou make sure they identify likely candidates to hold the werewolf gene and keep watch over them. But for the Lost Cubs that slip through the cracks, the First Change generally means abrupt transformation into a frenzied monster and waking up surrounded by shredded corpses. It's even worse for the Ratkin, who have a heavier Wyld-infusion; it's so common for Ratkin to retreat permanently into insanity that they have two entire Aspects covering it: the Munchmausen, who regress into childlike fantasy, and the Twitchers, who are {{Grimdark}} ''even for the [[CrapsackWorld World of Darkness]]''.
** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'': Some mages Awaken in circumstances that send them straight into Marauder-hood, wrapping themselves in a bubble of permanent delusion that shields them from Paradox. Their madness taps into their magic, causing reality itself to warp to match their delusions.



* Zig-zagged in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', where people can Awaken as mages in a rare moment of clarity where they see past mundane reality and touch the Supernal Realms of magic. For the lucky ones, this can be a peaceful or even joyful moment; for the rest, well, {{Near Death Experience}}s are a fairly common source of Awakenings. "Banishers" get it even worse, suffering Awakenings so nightmarishly traumatic that they instinctively despise all things magic. Archmages can actually induce Awakenings with the right magic, but those aren't great for the target's sanity either, though interestingly in those cases it's the Awakening that causes trauma rather than trauma that causes an Awakening.
** Klagen, Neid and Grimm typically go through this in ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'', with Klagen Catalyzing in grief, Neid from ostracism and Grimm in rage. Sometimes it's directly related to the event, and other times as a result of whatever bit of MadScience they put together while dealing with it. Klagen tend to be the OnlySaneMan in their groups; Grimms [[HairTriggerTemper do not]], and neither do [[TheyCalledMeMad Neids]].
* Common in the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' as well:
** ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'': Whenever possible, the Garou make sure they identify likely candidates to hold the werewolf gene and keep watch over them. But for the Lost Cubs that slip through the cracks, the First Change generally means abrupt transformation into a frenzied monster and waking up surrounded by shredded corpses. It's even worse for the Ratkin, who have a heavier Wyld-infusion; it's so common for Ratkin to retreat permanently into insanity that they have two entire Aspects covering it: the Munchmausen, who regress into childlike fantasy, and the Twitchers, who are {{Grimdark}} ''even for the [[CrapsackWorld World of Darkness]]''.
** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'': Some mages Awaken in circumstances that send them straight into Marauder-hood, wrapping themselves in a bubble of permanent delusion that shields them from Paradox. Their madness taps into their magic, causing reality itself to warp to match their delusions.



* Psycho Mantis of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' had his powers fully awaken after he accidentally read his father's mind and learned just what he thought of the young Mantis (his father hated him, blaming him for his mother dying while giving birth to him), bringing Mantis to believe his father was going to kill him. [[NoodleIncident He doesn't remember much of what happened after that mind-reading]], but whatever happened resulted in the destruction of his entire village.

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* Psycho Mantis of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' had ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has this with Ragna. Terumi locked his Azure Grimoire from activating, and it was mostly a [[CurbStompbattle one sided fight for Terumi]]. Just as he was about to finish Ragna off, [[spoiler:Lambda/Nu]] jumped in the way and took the blow. She then gives her powers fully awaken after he accidentally read to Ragna, resulting in him getting the "Idea Engine" merging with his father's mind and learned just what he thought of Azure Grimoire which makes it's powers closer to complete. He then proceeds to wipe the young Mantis (his father hated him, blaming him for his mother dying while giving birth to him), bringing Mantis to believe his father was going to kill him. [[NoodleIncident He doesn't remember much of what happened after that mind-reading]], but whatever happened resulted in the destruction of his entire village.floor with Terumi.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'':
** Rydia is an inversion; she has an innate talent for magic, but the trauma of watching her village being burned to the ground makes it difficult for her to use fire spells.
** In response to his parents deaths, Edge is enraged at Rubicante, the Archfiend Edge deemed responsible. In his anger, Edge unlocked his Flood and Blitz Ninjutsu techniques.
* In the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' series, there are usually two ways to awakening to one's Persona: either naturally or unnaturally. Naturally obtaining your Persona involves accepting your ShadowArchetype as part of you, which only a handful of humans ever did (i.e. pretty much the entire ''VideoGame/Persona4'' cast and [[spoiler:Futaba Sakura from ''VideoGame/Persona5'']]), with all other Awakenings being unnatural. A Persona is awakened whenever the person in question experiences an extreme physical, mental or emotional reaction, which happened in ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' and ''VideoGame/Persona2''. In ''VideoGame/Persona3'', a Persona is summoned via an Evoker, an item that's [[InvokedTrope designed to invoke a fear of death to temporarily summon your Persona]], while in ''VideoGame/Persona5'', the heroes [[spoiler:barring Futaba Sakura]] each awaken to their Persona after experiencing an extreme emotional reaction, a CallBack to the earlier ''Persona'' games.
* Lang in ''[[VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia Legaia II: Duel Saga]]'' only awakens his origin, Galea, after being beaten to the point of near-death by a monster living at the top of Mt. Gabel
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' it seems mages can awaken their power if they are faced with strong emotions. For example, Wynne set one of her bullies on fire.
* Kevin from ''Videogame/TrialsOfMana'' unlocks the ability to shapeshift into a werewolf when he's attacked by his pet wolf cub, Karl, and he's forced to kill him in self-defence.



* Imu from ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'' in the Hebijo story mode of ''Shinovi Versus'' only manages to activate her Root of Calamity when she sees her sister [[TakingTheBullet take a bullet]] for her, getting beat up by the culprit and realising that the culprit is going after her best friend Miyabi next.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', you trigger one [[spoiler: on the [[KillEmAll Genocide Route]]. When you split Undyne in half with a single strike, she gains enough determination to protect her friends that she transforms into [[SuperMode Undyne the Undying.]]]]
* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'': Max's ability to rewind time is triggered when she sees her best friend Chloe (although she doesn't know who it is at the time) get shot. [[spoiler:In Episode 2, she manages to [[TimeStandsStill freeze time entirely for several minutes]] in response to seeing Kate jump off the dormitory roof]].
* ''VideoGame/InfamousSecondSon'' Eugene does this to ward off some bullies in high school after one of them pushes it too far and knocks his laptop out of his hands.

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* Imu from ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'' in the Hebijo story mode of ''Shinovi Versus'' only manages to activate her Root of Calamity when she sees her sister [[TakingTheBullet take a bullet]] for her, getting beat up by the culprit and realising that the culprit is going after her best friend Miyabi next.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', you trigger one [[spoiler: on the [[KillEmAll Genocide Route]]. When you split Undyne in half ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' it seems mages can awaken their power if they are faced with a single strike, she gains enough determination to protect strong emotions. For example, Wynne set one of her friends that she transforms into [[SuperMode Undyne the Undying.]]]]
* ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'': Max's ability to rewind time is triggered when she sees her best friend Chloe (although she doesn't know who it is at the time) get shot. [[spoiler:In Episode 2, she manages to [[TimeStandsStill freeze time entirely for several minutes]] in response to seeing Kate jump off the dormitory roof]].
bullies on fire.
* ''VideoGame/InfamousSecondSon'' Eugene does this to ward off some bullies in high school Psycho Mantis of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' had his powers fully awaken after one of them pushes it too far he accidentally read his father's mind and knocks learned just what he thought of the young Mantis (his father hated him, blaming him for his laptop out mother dying while giving birth to him), bringing Mantis to believe his father was going to kill him. [[NoodleIncident He doesn't remember much of what happened after that mind-reading]], but whatever happened resulted in the destruction of his hands.entire village.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'':
** Rydia is an inversion; she has an innate talent for magic, but the trauma of watching her village being burned to the ground makes it difficult for her to use fire spells.
** In response to his parents deaths, Edge is enraged at Rubicante, the Archfiend Edge deemed responsible. In his anger, Edge unlocked his Flood and Blitz Ninjutsu techniques.



* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has this with Ragna. Terumi locked his Azure Grimoire from activating, and it was mostly a [[CurbStompbattle one sided fight for Terumi]]. Just as he was about to finish Ragna off, [[spoiler:Lambda/Nu]] jumped in the way and took the blow. She then gives her powers to Ragna, resulting in him getting the "Idea Engine" merging with his Azure Grimoire which makes it's powers closer to complete. He then proceeds to wipe the floor with Terumi.

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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has ''VideoGame/InfamousSecondSon'' Eugene does this with Ragna. Terumi locked to ward off some bullies in high school after one of them pushes it too far and knocks his Azure Grimoire from activating, and it was mostly a [[CurbStompbattle one sided fight for Terumi]]. Just as he was about laptop out of his hands.
* Lang in ''[[VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia Legaia II: Duel Saga]]'' only awakens his origin, Galea, after being beaten
to finish Ragna off, [[spoiler:Lambda/Nu]] jumped in the way and took point of near-death by a monster living at the blow. She then gives her powers to Ragna, resulting in him getting the "Idea Engine" merging with his Azure Grimoire which makes it's powers closer to complete. He then proceeds to wipe the floor with Terumi.top of Mt. Gabel



* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Maya had started training for her latent spirit-channeling abilities, but was too young to host a spirit...until she saw [[spoiler:Redd - the man]] who murdered her sister - not only getting away scot-free, but framing Maya's only friend for the deed.

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* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Maya had started training for ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'': Max's ability to rewind time is triggered when she sees her latent spirit-channeling abilities, but was too young to host a spirit...until she saw [[spoiler:Redd - the man]] who murdered her sister - not only getting away scot-free, but framing Maya's only best friend Chloe (although she doesn't know who it is at the time) get shot. [[spoiler:In Episode 2, she manages to [[TimeStandsStill freeze time entirely for several minutes]] in response to seeing Kate jump off the deed.dormitory roof]].



* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', Maya had started training for her latent spirit-channeling abilities, but was too young to host a spirit...until she saw [[spoiler:Redd - the man]] who murdered her sister - not only getting away scot-free, but framing Maya's only friend for the deed.
* Imu from ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'' in the Hebijo story mode of ''Shinovi Versus'' only manages to activate her Root of Calamity when she sees her sister [[TakingTheBullet take a bullet]] for her, getting beat up by the culprit and realising that the culprit is going after her best friend Miyabi next.
* In the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona'' series, there are usually two ways to awakening to one's Persona: either naturally or unnaturally. Naturally obtaining your Persona involves accepting your ShadowArchetype as part of you, which only a handful of humans ever did (i.e. pretty much the entire ''VideoGame/Persona4'' cast and [[spoiler:Futaba Sakura from ''VideoGame/Persona5'']]), with all other Awakenings being unnatural. A Persona is awakened whenever the person in question experiences an extreme physical, mental or emotional reaction, which happened in ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' and ''VideoGame/Persona2''. In ''VideoGame/Persona3'', a Persona is summoned via an Evoker, an item that's [[InvokedTrope designed to invoke a fear of death to temporarily summon your Persona]], while in ''VideoGame/Persona5'', the heroes [[spoiler:barring Futaba Sakura]] each awaken to their Persona after experiencing an extreme emotional reaction, a CallBack to the earlier ''Persona'' games.




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* Kevin from ''Videogame/TrialsOfMana'' unlocks the ability to shapeshift into a werewolf when he's attacked by his pet wolf cub, Karl, and he's forced to kill him in self-defence.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', you trigger one [[spoiler: on the [[KillEmAll Genocide Route]]. When you split Undyne in half with a single strike, she gains enough determination to protect her friends that she transforms into [[SuperMode Undyne the Undying.]]]]



* In ''Webcomic/AutumnBay'', as part of his awakening to magic, [[http://autumnbaycomics.com/comics/28/ Ghoul catches a glimpse of everything]] (due to a sorcerer's natural connection to the AkashicRecords). This [[http://autumnbaycomics.com/comics/51/ traps him on his own memories]] and [[AsleepForDays puts him in a short coma]].



* In ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'' it turns out that "near-death" experiences amplify the Freak Angels' powers and unlock new ones. For example, Arkady is capable of teleporting because of that drug overdose in her teens. [[spoiler: Turns out that ''[[CameBackStrong actually dying]]'' will do the trick as well, and this may in fact have been what happened to Arkady. It definitely happens to three other main characters before it occurs to them to try and find a less traumatic method.]]



* Becka in ''Webcomic/{{Shadowgirls}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'' it turns out that "near-death" experiences amplify the Freak Angels' powers and unlock new ones. For example, Arkady is capable of teleporting because of that drug overdose in her teens. [[spoiler: Turns out that ''[[CameBackStrong actually dying]]'' will do the trick as well, and this may in fact have been what happened to Arkady. It definitely happens to three other main characters before it occurs to them to try and find a less traumatic method.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Prequel, ''Start of Darkness,'' [[spoiler:Xykon's talent for sorcery first manifests itself when, as a four-year-old child, he finds the corpse of his dog, Barky. His grief causes him to accidentally cast an AnimateDead spell, which resurrects Barky as a zombie, much to his delight.]]



* In ''Webcomic/AutumnBay'', as part of his awakening to magic, [[http://autumnbaycomics.com/comics/28/ Ghoul catches a glimpse of everything]] (due to a sorcerer's natural connection to the AkashicRecords). This [[http://autumnbaycomics.com/comics/51/ traps him on his own memories]] and [[AsleepForDays puts him in a short coma]].

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* In ''Webcomic/AutumnBay'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' Prequel, ''Start of Darkness,'' [[spoiler:Xykon's talent for sorcery first manifests itself when, as part a four-year-old child, he finds the corpse of his awakening to magic, [[http://autumnbaycomics.com/comics/28/ Ghoul catches a glimpse of everything]] (due to a sorcerer's natural connection to the AkashicRecords). This [[http://autumnbaycomics.com/comics/51/ traps dog, Barky. His grief causes him on to accidentally cast an AnimateDead spell, which resurrects Barky as a zombie, much to his own memories]] and [[AsleepForDays puts him delight.]]
* Becka
in a short coma]].''Webcomic/{{Shadowgirls}}''.



* ''Literature/VoidDomain'': After [[spoiler: Eva loses her eyes]], she gains an alternate method of sight.



* ''Literature/VoidDomain'': After [[spoiler: Eva loses her eyes]], she gains an alternate method of sight.



* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', when Cartman wakes up from coma due to a head injury, he fakes psychic powers in "Cartman's Incredible Gift".
** Played with at the end of the episode. Kyle tries to convince the police that Cartman's psychic predictions are inaccurate, but the police refuse to listen to him, so Kyle gives himself a similar head injury, then after waking up in the hospital, pretends to have psychic powers now so the police will listen to what he's figured out with actual detective work. Afterward, Kyle can't convince the police he was faking it, then gets fed up with all the other fake psychics in the room and screams for them to stop... causing a light bulb to explode.
* A fairly mild example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Young Twilight Sparkle has to take an entrance examination to get into the School for Gifted Unicorns. She repeatedly fails the magic test which has been set up for her, leading her to become increasingly nervous, tense, and embarrassed. Then a large explosion occurs in the distance. Getting startled by the sudden noise when she is already strung tight as a wire triggers an enormous burst of random magic to burst from her horn.



* {{Downplayed}} in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' when a now-adult Comicbook/BlackCanary mentions that her first [[MakeMeWannaShout Canary Cry]] nearly deafened her entire first-grade class. She spent a period after that trying to never talk again.
** {{Invoked}} by [[spoiler:[[GalacticConqueror the Reach]]]], who kidnapped numerous teenagers and subjected them to ColdBloodedTorture to try to activate their metagene. [[ElectricBlackGuy Virgil]] makes it clear that most of his fellow captives did not survive.


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* A fairly mild example occurs in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Young Twilight Sparkle has to take an entrance examination to get into the School for Gifted Unicorns. She repeatedly fails the magic test which has been set up for her, leading her to become increasingly nervous, tense, and embarrassed. Then a large explosion occurs in the distance. Getting startled by the sudden noise when she is already strung tight as a wire triggers an enormous burst of random magic to burst from her horn.
* Parodied on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', when Cartman wakes up from coma due to a head injury, he fakes psychic powers in "Cartman's Incredible Gift".
** Played with at the end of the episode. Kyle tries to convince the police that Cartman's psychic predictions are inaccurate, but the police refuse to listen to him, so Kyle gives himself a similar head injury, then after waking up in the hospital, pretends to have psychic powers now so the police will listen to what he's figured out with actual detective work. Afterward, Kyle can't convince the police he was faking it, then gets fed up with all the other fake psychics in the room and screams for them to stop... causing a light bulb to explode.
* {{Downplayed}} in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' when a now-adult Comicbook/BlackCanary mentions that her first [[MakeMeWannaShout Canary Cry]] nearly deafened her entire first-grade class. She spent a period after that trying to never talk again.
** {{Invoked}} by [[spoiler:[[GalacticConqueror the Reach]]]], who kidnapped numerous teenagers and subjected them to ColdBloodedTorture to try to activate their metagene. [[ElectricBlackGuy Virgil]] makes it clear that most of his fellow captives did not survive.


* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': Muso Tensei, an ultimate Hokuto Shinken technique that cannot be taught, is a secret technique when one bears the sadness and trauma of his friends and their techniques. Kenshiro was able to learn this technique after seeing so many allies and former enemies die. Raoh, the series' BigBad, obtains this by the revelation that the woman he tried to force to love him is dying of radiation sickness. But his is much weaker than Kenshiro's years of witnessing the deaths of so many friends and rivals.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Naruto first gained access to the Kyuubi's chakra after seeing the (apparent) death of his best friend.
** From the same story arc, Haku discovered the full extent of his powers when his father tried to kill him.
** This is typical for the Sharingan. While the first form may also activate in DieOrFly situations, the advanced "Mangekyou" version requires severe trauma; So severe in fact, that the most reliable way to awaken was considered to be murdering your best friend. One notable [[{{averted|Trope}} aversion]] is [[spoiler:Sarada]], whose Sharingan awoke from the joy of [[spoiler:finally getting to meet her father]].
*** The Second Hokage explains that when an Uchiha feels strong emotions, usually grief or rage, it causes their brain to generate a unique type of chakra. This chakra mutates the eyes into Sharingan.
** It was initially believed that Nagato got his Rinnegan when he saw his parents die when they tried to defend themselves against soldiers who were just looking for supplies. It was later revealed that [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha]] had awoken the Rinnegan, but due to extreme old age was in no position to use it. While Nagato was still a kid, [[spoiler:Madara]] transplanted his Rinnegan into him without Nagato's knowledge. Later, Tobi made Nagato think that the Rinnegan marked him as the reincarnation of the Sage of the Six Paths while engineering his StartOfDarkness.
** [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata's]] youngest daughter, Himawari, awakened her Byakugan when her favorite stuffed toy was accidentally torn apart by her older brother, [[spoiler: Boruto]].

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* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': Muso Tensei, an ultimate Hokuto Shinken technique that cannot be taught, ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''
** The first time Eren Yeager utilizes his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Titan Shifting]] ability
is a secret technique when one bears the sadness and trauma after losing two of his friends limbs and their techniques. Kenshiro was able being swallowed by a Titan.
** Eren would later activate [[spoiler:The Coordinate, the ability
to learn this technique control other Titans after seeing so many allies and former enemies die. Raoh, the series' BigBad, obtains this by the revelation that the woman he tried to force to love him is dying of radiation sickness. But his is much weaker than Kenshiro's years of witnessing his ParentalSubstitute Hannes get devoured by the deaths of so many friends and rivals.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Naruto first gained access to the Kyuubi's chakra after seeing the (apparent) death of his best friend.
** From
Smiling Titan, the same story arc, Haku discovered one that ate his mother at the full extent beginning of his powers when his father tried the series. Eren unwittingly uses it to kill him.
command the other Titans in the area to devour the Smiling Titan.]]
** This is typical for the Sharingan. While the first form may also activate in DieOrFly situations, the advanced "Mangekyou" version requires severe trauma; So severe in fact, that the most reliable way to awaken was considered to be murdering your best friend. One notable [[{{averted|Trope}} aversion]] is [[spoiler:Sarada]], whose Sharingan awoke from the joy of [[spoiler:finally getting to meet her father]].
*** The Second Hokage explains that when an Uchiha feels strong emotions, usually grief or rage, it causes their brain to generate a unique type of chakra. This chakra mutates the eyes into Sharingan.
** It was initially believed that Nagato got his Rinnegan when he saw his parents die when they tried to defend themselves against soldiers who were just looking for supplies. It was later revealed that [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha]] had awoken the Rinnegan, but due to extreme old age was in no position to use it. While Nagato was still a kid, [[spoiler:Madara]] transplanted his Rinnegan into him without Nagato's knowledge. Later, Tobi made Nagato think that the Rinnegan marked him as the reincarnation of the Sage of the Six Paths while engineering his StartOfDarkness.
** [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata's]] youngest daughter, Himawari,
how Mikasa Ackerman awakened her Byakugan superhuman abilities when her favorite stuffed toy Eren was accidentally torn apart about to be killed by her older brother, [[spoiler: Boruto]].kidnapper [[spoiler:and is revealed to be the activation process for the members of the [[SuperSoldier Ackerman clan]], of whom Mikasa and Levi are the only surviving members.]]
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' ultimately kicks off thanks to this happening to the lead [[AntiAntiChrist Okumura]] [[TheHero Rin]]. Rin gets threatened to be carved up (burned by a hot pipe in the anime) by a demon-possessed delinquent he previously "fought" (aka knocked back with [[SuperStrength one punch]]) and thus pulling out his [[HellFire Blue Flames]] in response, due to realizing he really was going to kill him. It then goes on to top it as Rin ends up deliberately breaking the seal that keeps him from being a true half-demon in response to being tossed into a [[HellGate Gehenna Gate]] by his "father" who possessed his foster father (and ultimately killed him in the process).





* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** A flashback shows Erza first using magic after seeing a friend die.
** Natsu [[spoiler:transforms into the [[SuperPoweredEvilSide demonic E.N.D.]] after seeing the seemingly lifeless body of Lucy and goes on a rampage in search of Zeref, thanks to the homing instinct to find and kill his creator/older brother. Thankfully she turns out to be okay, and is in time to help Erza stop Natsu and Gray from fighting to the death.]]
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': Muso Tensei, an ultimate Hokuto Shinken technique that cannot be taught, is a secret technique when one bears the sadness and trauma of his friends and their techniques. Kenshiro was able to learn this technique after seeing so many allies and former enemies die. Raoh, the series' BigBad, obtains this by the revelation that the woman he tried to force to love him is dying of radiation sickness. But his is much weaker than Kenshiro's years of witnessing the deaths of so many friends and rivals.
* Newtype and [[{{Expy}} other similar power]] in ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' multiverse are usually triggered the moments the users are put in tight situations or suffering from traumatic experiences. For example, ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'''s villains at one time intentionally leave their pre-awaken Newtype subordinate behind to fight the heroes alone, knowing that doing so will allow him to reach his inner-power.



* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', a flashback shows Erza first using magic after seeing a friend die.
** Natsu [[spoiler:transforms into the [[SuperPoweredEvilSide demonic E.N.D.]] after seeing the seemingly lifeless body of Lucy and goes on a rampage in search of Zeref, thanks to the homing instinct to find and kill his creator/older brother. Thankfully she turns out to be okay, and is in time to help Erza stop Natsu and Gray from fighting to the death.]]
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Lunatic's power manifested when he tried to stop his father from beating his mother.
* Shiki in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' gains his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception as a result of his near death experience as a child.
* In ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'', a hidden power within Sasami activates for the first time after their club advisor Washu decides to quit. Everyone, including the witches, are dumbfounded at how she was able to manifest such powers, as even they were unable to do it. It shows up again throughout the show, and later her TrueCompanions are able to use the same ability due to ThePowerOfFriendship with Sasami.

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Invoked in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' when [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist the Liese Twins]]]] disguise themselves as Nanoha and Fate, tell [[IllGirl Hayate]] that her illness is incurable and fatal, and ''slaughter Vita in front of her on Christmas Eve''; all so she'd unlock the power of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Book of Darkness]].
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' revolving around
a flashback shows Erza world where EveryoneIsASuper, this naturally tends to happen to a few unlucky fellows:
** When [[BigBad Tomura Shigaraki]]'s Quirk
first using magic after seeing awakened when he was a friend die.
** Natsu [[spoiler:transforms into the [[SuperPoweredEvilSide demonic E.N.D.]] after seeing the seemingly lifeless body of Lucy and goes on a rampage in search of Zeref, thanks to the homing instinct to find and kill
child, [[spoiler:he accidentally killed his creator/older brother. Thankfully she turns out entire family with it; which is even more HarmfulToMinors since his Quirk is to be okay, and is in time to help Erza stop Natsu and Gray MakeThemRot. He only has fragments of memories left from fighting to the death.event, but the shock of learning about it when he was a child caused the poor boy to StressVomit]].
** Eri discovered her Quirk when [[spoiler:she accidentally rewound her father out of existence with it. This caused her distraught mother to disown her, leading to her ending up under Kai Chisaki's [[AbusiveParents "care"]].
]]
** Downplayed with [[TheHeart Kirishima]]. He accidentally activated his [[StoneWall Hardening]] ability as a child while [[EyeScream rubbing his eye]]; thankfully the eyelid took the damage, leaving a faint scar. As a result, it took him a while before he came to like his power.
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Lunatic's power manifested ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Naruto first gained access to the Kyuubi's chakra after seeing the (apparent) death of his best friend.
** From the same story arc, Haku discovered the full extent of his powers
when he tried to stop his father from beating his mother.
* Shiki in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' gains his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception as a result of his near death experience as a child.
* In ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'', a hidden power within Sasami activates
tried to kill him.
** This is typical
for the Sharingan. While the first time after form may also activate in DieOrFly situations, the advanced "Mangekyou" version requires severe trauma; So severe in fact, that the most reliable way to awaken was considered to be murdering your best friend. One notable [[{{averted|Trope}} aversion]] is [[spoiler:Sarada]], whose Sharingan awoke from the joy of [[spoiler:finally getting to meet her father]].
*** The Second Hokage explains that when an Uchiha feels strong emotions, usually grief or rage, it causes
their club advisor Washu decides brain to quit. Everyone, including generate a unique type of chakra. This chakra mutates the witches, are dumbfounded at how she eyes into Sharingan.
** It
was able to manifest such powers, as even initially believed that Nagato got his Rinnegan when he saw his parents die when they tried to defend themselves against soldiers who were unable to do it. just looking for supplies. It shows up again throughout the show, and was later her TrueCompanions are able revealed that [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha]] had awoken the Rinnegan, but due to extreme old age was in no position to use it. While Nagato was still a kid, [[spoiler:Madara]] transplanted his Rinnegan into him without Nagato's knowledge. Later, Tobi made Nagato think that the same ability due to ThePowerOfFriendship with Sasami.Rinnegan marked him as the reincarnation of the Sage of the Six Paths while engineering his StartOfDarkness.
** [[spoiler:Naruto and Hinata's]] youngest daughter, Himawari, awakened her Byakugan when her favorite stuffed toy was accidentally torn apart by her older brother, [[spoiler: Boruto]].



* Newtype and [[{{Expy}} other similar power]] in ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' multiverse are usually triggered the moments the users are put in tight situations or suffering from traumatic experiences. For example, ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'''s villains at one time intentionally leave their pre-awaken Newtype subordinate behind to fight the heroes alone, knowing that doing so will allow him to reach his inner-power.

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* Newtype and [[{{Expy}} other similar power]] in ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' multiverse are usually triggered In ''Manga/OnePiece'', this is one of the moments methods of attaining Haki. Coby awakened [[SpiderSense Kenbunshoku]] Haki this way. And so did [[spoiler:Usopp with the users are put same, who suddenly found himself able to perfectly perceive auras in tight situations or suffering from traumatic experiences. For example, ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'''s villains at one time intentionally leave their pre-awaken Newtype subordinate behind to fight the heroes alone, knowing middle of aiming a do-or-die snipe across an entire island with enemies bearing down on him; he made that doing so will allow him shot]].
* This is the main premise of ''Manga/PlusAnima'', where people (usually children) receive animal-based powers when subjected
to reach his inner-power.extremely harsh conditions, intense fear, and life-threatening dangers.



* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''
** The first time Eren Yeager utilizes his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Titan Shifting]] ability is after losing two of his limbs and being swallowed by a Titan.
** Eren would later activate [[spoiler:The Coordinate, the ability to control other Titans after witnessing his ParentalSubstitute Hannes get devoured by the Smiling Titan, the same one that ate his mother at the beginning of the series. Eren unwittingly uses it to command the other Titans in the area to devour the Smiling Titan.]]
** This is how Mikasa Ackerman awakened her superhuman abilities when Eren was about to be killed by her kidnapper [[spoiler:and is revealed to be the activation process for the members of the [[SuperSoldier Ackerman clan]], of whom Mikasa and Levi are the only surviving members.]]
* In ''LightNovel/UnlimitedFafnir'', several characters go through these right before learning to control their powers, or being able to summon something even more powerful to defeat the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''
** The first time Eren Yeager utilizes his [[LovecraftianSuperpower Titan Shifting]] ability is after losing two of his limbs and being swallowed by a Titan.
** Eren would later activate [[spoiler:The Coordinate, the ability to control other Titans after witnessing his ParentalSubstitute Hannes get devoured by the Smiling Titan, the same one that ate his mother at the beginning of the series. Eren unwittingly uses it to command the other Titans in the area to devour the Smiling Titan.]]
** This is how Mikasa Ackerman awakened her superhuman abilities when Eren was about to be killed by her kidnapper [[spoiler:and is revealed to be the activation process for the members of the [[SuperSoldier Ackerman clan]], of whom Mikasa and Levi are the only surviving members.]]
* In ''LightNovel/UnlimitedFafnir'', several characters go through these right before learning to control their powers, or being able to summon something even more powerful to defeat the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''
''Franchise/SailorMoon'':



* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' ultimately kicks off thanks to this happening to the lead [[AntiAntiChrist Okumura]] [[TheHero Rin]]. Rin gets threatened to be carved up (burned by a hot pipe in the anime) by a demon-possessed delinquent he previously "fought" (aka knocked back with [[SuperStrength one punch]]) and thus pulling out his [[HellFire Blue Flames]] in response, due to realizing he really was going to kill him. It then goes on to top it as Rin ends up deliberately breaking the seal that keeps him from being a true half-demon in response to being tossed into a [[HellGate Gehenna Gate]] by his "father" who possessed his foster father (and ultimately killed him in the process).
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', this is one of the methods of attaining Haki. Coby awakened [[SpiderSense Kenbunshoku]] Haki this way. And so did [[spoiler:Usopp with the same, who suddenly found himself able to perfectly perceive auras in the middle of aiming a do-or-die snipe across an entire island with enemies bearing down on him; he made that shot]].
* This is the main premise of ''Manga/PlusAnima'', where people (usually children) receive animal-based powers when subjected to extremely harsh conditions, intense fear, and life-threatening dangers.
* Invoked in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' when [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist the Liese Twins]]]] disguise themselves as Nanoha and Fate, tell [[IllGirl Hayate]] that her illness is incurable and fatal, and ''slaughter Vita in front of her on Christmas Eve''; all so she'd unlock the power of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Book of Darkness]].

to:

* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' ultimately kicks off thanks to this happening to the lead [[AntiAntiChrist Okumura]] [[TheHero Rin]]. Rin gets threatened to be carved up (burned by a hot pipe in the anime) by a demon-possessed delinquent he previously "fought" (aka knocked back with [[SuperStrength one punch]]) and thus pulling out his [[HellFire Blue Flames]] in response, due to realizing he really was going to kill him. It then goes on to top it as Rin ends up deliberately breaking the seal that keeps him from being a true half-demon in response to being tossed into a [[HellGate Gehenna Gate]] by his "father" who possessed his foster father (and ultimately killed him in the process).
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', this is one of ''Anime/SasamiMagicalGirlsClub'', a hidden power within Sasami activates for the methods of attaining Haki. Coby awakened [[SpiderSense Kenbunshoku]] Haki this way. And so did [[spoiler:Usopp with first time after their club advisor Washu decides to quit. Everyone, including the same, who suddenly found himself witches, are dumbfounded at how she was able to perfectly perceive auras in manifest such powers, as even they were unable to do it. It shows up again throughout the middle of aiming a do-or-die snipe across an entire island show, and later her TrueCompanions are able to use the same ability due to ThePowerOfFriendship with enemies bearing down on him; he made that shot]].
Sasami.
* This is the main premise of ''Manga/PlusAnima'', where people (usually children) receive animal-based powers when subjected to extremely harsh conditions, intense fear, and life-threatening dangers.
* Invoked in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' when [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist the Liese Twins]]]] disguise themselves as Nanoha and Fate, tell [[IllGirl Hayate]] that her illness is incurable and fatal, and ''slaughter Vita in front of her on Christmas Eve''; all so she'd unlock the
In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', Lunatic's power manifested when he tried to stop his father from beating his mother.
* Shiki in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' gains his Mystic Eyes
of Death Perception as a result of his near death experience as a child.
* In ''LightNovel/UnlimitedFafnir'', several characters go through these right before learning to control their powers, or being able to summon something even more powerful to defeat
the [[ArtifactOfDoom Book of Darkness]].MonsterOfTheWeek.



* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' revolving around a world where EveryoneIsASuper, this naturally tends to happen to a few unlucky fellows:
** When [[BigBad Tomura Shigaraki]]'s Quirk first awakened when he was a child, [[spoiler:he accidentally killed his entire family with it; which is even more HarmfulToMinors since his Quirk is to MakeThemRot. He only has fragments of memories left from the event, but the shock of learning about it when he was a child caused the poor boy to StressVomit]].
** Eri discovered her Quirk when [[spoiler:she accidentally rewound her father out of existence with it. This caused her distraught mother to disown her, leading to her ending up under Kai Chisaki's [[AbusiveParents "care"]].]]
** Downplayed with [[TheHeart Kirishima]]. He accidentally activated his [[StoneWall Hardening]] ability as a child while [[EyeScream rubbing his eye]]; thankfully the eyelid took the damage, leaving a faint scar. As a result, it took him a while before he came to like his power.



* ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'' Has most of the kids except Reptil and Finesse manifest their powers in such a way with the crowning example probably being Striker manifesting his to fend off his child molesting manager.
* [[ComicBook/{{Empowered}} Adam Warren]]'s run as writer of ''ComicBook/{{Gen13}}'' introduced Leslie, a.k.a. "Trauma Queen", a member of another SecretProjectRefugeeFamily who had a variation of this trope: she was able to use her memories of traumatic experiences to activate a wide variety of superpowers. In Warren's last issue, Leslie invoked the memory of when one of the secret project's scientists proposed inflicting more intense trauma on her to make her more powerful[[note]]This specific memory allows her to read the mind of a rogue project scientist to locate a MacGuffin[[/note]].
* Deliberately subverted in ''ComicBook/MsMarvel2014'', where Kamala Khan gains her powers through a peaceful communion with the terrigen mists and it's treated as an almost religious experience. G. Willow Wilson wanted to dispel the notion that all superhero origins have to be tragic or horrifying.
* In Franchise/TheDCU {{Elseworld}} story ''Superman: Speeding Bullets'', where [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kal-El]] is adopted by [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Thomas and Martha Wayne]], young Kal-El/Bruce Wayne's first manifestation of his superpowers is using his [[EyeBeams heat vision]] to kill the mugger who killed his adoptive parents.



* In the DC {{Elseworld}} story ''Superman: Speeding Bullets'', where [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kal-El]] is adopted by [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Thomas and Martha Wayne]], young Kal-El/Bruce Wayne's first manifestation of his superpowers is using his [[EyeBeams heat vision]] to kill the mugger who killed his adoptive parents.
* ‘’ComicBook/AvengersAcademy’’ Has most of the kids except Reptil and Finesse manifest their powers in such a way with the crowning example probably being Striker manifesting his to fend off his child molesting manager.
* [[ComicBook/{{Empowered}} Adam Warren]]'s run as writer of ''ComicBook/{{Gen13}}'' introduced Leslie, a.k.a. "Trauma Queen", a member of another SecretProjectRefugeeFamily who had a variation of this trope: she was able to use her memories of traumatic experiences to activate a wide variety of superpowers. In Warren's last issue, Leslie invoked the memory of when one of the secret project's scientists proposed inflicting more intense trauma on her to make her more powerful[[note]]This specific memory allows her to read the mind of a rogue project scientist to locate a MacGuffin[[/note]].
* Deliberately subverted in ''ComicBook/MsMarvel2014'', where Kamala Khan gains her powers through a peaceful communion with the terrigen mists and it's treated as an almost religious experience. G. Willow Wilson wanted to dispel the notion that all superhero origins have to be tragic or horrifying.



* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': Rainbow Dash's superpowers are unlocked after she suffers from a case of Kryptonite Poisoning.
* A variation occurs in ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act I''. When Tsukune is badly injured after TakingTheBullet for Moka, courtesy of a jealous Mizore trying to MurderTheHypotenuse, [[SplitPersonality Inner Moka]] is so horrified and outraged that she actually bypasses her [[PowerLimiter rosary's]] [[RestrainingBolt seal]] to give Mizore a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* In the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', Danny discovers a new ghost form in this manner.



* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', it's not uncommon for bloodliners to start manifesting their powers in life-or-death situations. An example is Misty: at age seven she fell into the Cerulean Gym's pool and almost drowned, and just when she was thinking that maybe she was better off dead (due to the way [[ParentalFavoritism her family]] [[TheUnfavorite always treated her]]), her powers kicked in [[SuperNotDrowningSkills allowing her to breathe inside the water.]]



* In ''Fanfic/WaitingIsWorthIt'', Izuku's telekinetic quirk awakens when he is accidentally pushed off a bridge and breaks his back, crippling himself for life.

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* In ''Fanfic/WaitingIsWorthIt'', Izuku's telekinetic quirk awakens when he is accidentally pushed off the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', Danny discovers a bridge and breaks his back, crippling himself for life.new ghost form in this manner.



* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': Rainbow Dash's superpowers are unlocked after she suffers from a case of Kryptonite Poisoning.



* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', it's not uncommon for bloodliners to start manifesting their powers in life-or-death situations. An example is Misty: at age seven she fell into the Cerulean Gym's pool and almost drowned, and just when she was thinking that maybe she was better off dead (due to the way [[ParentalFavoritism her family]] [[TheUnfavorite always treated her]]), her powers kicked in [[SuperNotDrowningSkills allowing her to breathe inside the water.]]
* A variation occurs in ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act I''. When Tsukune is badly injured after TakingTheBullet for Moka, courtesy of a jealous Mizore trying to MurderTheHypotenuse, [[SplitPersonality Inner Moka]] is so horrified and outraged that she actually bypasses her [[PowerLimiter rosary's]] [[RestrainingBolt seal]] to give Mizore a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.
* ''Fanfic/ServiceWithASmile'': Aura is a SoulPower that must be "unlocked" by someone with unlocked Aura in order to make full use of it. In ''extremely'' rare situations, someone can unlock their own Aura when their life is in danger; it's generally assumed this is where unlocked Aura came from in the first place. After Jaune is mugged and beaten halfway to Hell, Cinder unlocks his Aura [[HealingFactor so that he'll heal faster]], but everyone tells the police that Jaune unlocked his Aura on his own because it's technically illegal to unlock someone's Aura outside of very specific circumstances.
* Exploited in ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin''. [[spoiler:After Sasuke is forced to stab Naruto in order to BeatTheCurseOutOfHim, Obito tricks him into thinking that the wound was fatal, causing him to awaken his Mangekyo Sharingan. Obito had planned on taking it for himself, but reinforcements show up before he gets the chance and he's forced to retreat.]]



* This is why Gecko Moria Awakens his [[CastingAShadow Shadow-Shadow Devil Fruit]] in the ''Franchise/OnePiece'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ThisBites'': awakening from his slumber to discover his army of zombie slaves has been decimated and his three living allies defeated by invaders who attacked the island as he was sleeping would have been traumatic enough... but it also {{trigger}}s Moria's memories of being the SoleSurvivor when Kaido brutally slaughtered his original crew. The combined trauma causes him to Awaken, [[TookALevelInBadass resulting in a massive power boost to his abilities]].
* A possibility for unicorns in the FanFic/TriptychContinuum. Anypony who attempts to find new magic in desperate circumstances has the ''chance'' to come up with a spontaneous working: the odds are somewhat improved for those acting from the heart of their mark. But it's only a chance, and most of the other options work out to 'fully uncontrolled magic surging into the world.' It's the closest thing unicorns have to a chaos effect, and those who don't touch their dream just might die all the faster.
* In ''Fanfic/WaitingIsWorthIt'', Izuku's telekinetic quirk awakens when he is accidentally pushed off a bridge and breaks his back, crippling himself for life.



* ''Fanfic/ServiceWithASmile'': Aura is a SoulPower that must be "unlocked" by someone with unlocked Aura in order to make full use of it. In ''extremely'' rare situations, someone can unlock their own Aura when their life is in danger; it's generally assumed this is where unlocked Aura came from in the first place. After Jaune is mugged and beaten halfway to Hell, Cinder unlocks his Aura [[HealingFactor so that he'll heal faster]], but everyone tells the police that Jaune unlocked his Aura on his own because it's technically illegal to unlock someone's Aura outside of very specific circumstances.
* Exploited in ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin''. [[spoiler:After Sasuke is forced to stab Naruto in order to BeatTheCurseOutOfHim, Obito tricks him into thinking that the wound was fatal, causing him to awaken his Mangekyo Sharingan. Obito had planned on taking it for himself, but reinforcements show up before he gets the chance and he's forced to retreat.]]
* This is why Gecko Moria Awakens his [[CastingAShadow Shadow-Shadow Devil Fruit]] in the ''Manga/OnePiece'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ThisBites'': awakening from his slumber to discover his army of zombie slaves has been decimated and his three living allies defeated by invaders who attacked the island as he was sleeping would have been traumatic enough... but it also {{trigger}}s Moria's memories of being the SoleSurvivor when Kaido brutally slaughtered his original crew. The combined trauma causes him to Awaken, [[TookALevelInBadass resulting in a massive power boost to his abilities]].
* A possibility for unicorns in the FanFic/TriptychContinuum. Anypony who attempts to find new magic in desperate circumstances has the ''chance'' to come up with a spontaneous working: the odds are somewhat improved for those acting from the heart of their mark. But it's only a chance, and most of the other options work out to 'fully uncontrolled magic surging into the world.' It's the closest thing unicorns have to a chaos effect, and those who don't touch their dream just might die all the faster.



* This happens to the main character in ''Film/KungFuHustle'': after he is beaten to within an inch of his life, his chi flows are unblocked, and his potential to become the Greatest Kung Fu Master the World has Ever Known is suddenly realized.
* In the film version of ''{{Film/Matilda}}'', Matilda's telekinesis first displays itself when her father rips up her library books and tries to force her to watch TV with the rest of the family.



* A variant in ''Film/SpiderMan1''. Though Peter gains all of his powers at once from the radioactive spider bite, he originally has a very difficult time using them, particularly the web-swinging. However, when [[DeathByOriginStory Uncle Ben is shot]] and a grieving Peter tries to chase down the killer for revenge, he finds that parkour is too impractical to catch up to the getaway car - leading him to perfect the web-slinging technique he would use from then on as a superhero.



* In the film version of ''{{Film/Matilda}}'', Matilda's telekinesis first displays itself when her father rips up her library books and tries to force her to watch TV with the rest of the family.
* This happens to the main character in ''Film/KungFuHustle'': after he is beaten to within an inch of his life, his chi flows are unblocked, and his potential to become the Greatest Kung Fu Master the World has Ever Known is suddenly realized.
* A variant in ''Film/SpiderMan1''. Though Peter gains all of his powers at once from the radioactive spider bite, he originally has a very difficult time using them, particularly the web-swinging. However, when [[DeathByOriginStory Uncle Ben is shot]] and a grieving Peter tries to chase down the killer for revenge, he finds that parkour is too impractical to catch up to the getaway car - leading him to perfect the web-slinging technique he would use from then on as a superhero.



* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' Ward has some weak magical ability, but lost most of it when his abusive father almost killed him. He regains it when [[spoiler: a supernatural entity attacks his sister, and won't let go. This makes him angry, which unlocks his magic.]]
* In one of the short stories in ''Literature/TheWitcher'' book ''Literature/TheLastWish'', a queen hires Geralt to kill a monster (actually a cursed prince) to stop him from marrying her daughter. [[spoiler: When she nearly succeeds, it turns out that the princess is really in love and is an untrained source - and so everyone must forget their differences and fight together to get her powers under control.]]
* Literature/HarryPotter initially used his unfocused, underage magic in times of distress. This seems to be a common way for magic to appear in the setting, but not universal: contrast Voldemort, whose powers manifested as ways to manipulate and hurt people.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', those who have the "spark", the more powerful manifestation of the ability to "channel", and who haven't been trained in channeling by someone who already can, will typically begin channeling unconsciously in their mid-to-late teens, and it will usually manifest itself during either a traumatic situation or when they wish to do something suitable for one who is angsty in general. For many, this takes the form of an eavesdropping weave or something similar. For one of the main characters, Nynaeve, it is an extreme sickness of a friend that leads to her unconsciously forming a healing weave.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LabyrinthOfReflections'', Divers most commonly acquire their rare gift under extremely stressful circumstances, such as when your friend is dying in RealLife and you have to exit CyberSpace ''right now'' without using any common devices.
** The short-story ''Transparent Stained Glass Windows'' reveals that the Russian government is working on a secret project aimed at creating Divers using a virtual prison as a cover. Their goal is to induce traumatic experiences in the inmates which mirror the reason for their imprisonment. The project is a failure, though.
* Creator/BrandonSanderson:

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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' Ward While a rather softer version then most, ''Literature/TheBoywhowasashardasStone'' has some weak magical ability, but lost most of it when his abusive father almost killed him. He regains it when [[spoiler: Joe undergoing this after taking a supernatural entity attacks his sister, and won't let go. This makes him angry, which unlocks his magic.]]
* In one of the short stories in ''Literature/TheWitcher'' book ''Literature/TheLastWish'', a queen hires Geralt to kill a monster (actually a cursed prince) to stop him
beating from marrying her daughter. [[spoiler: When she nearly succeeds, it turns out that the princess is really in love and is an untrained source - and so everyone must forget their differences and fight together to get her powers under control.]]
bullies.
* Literature/HarryPotter initially used his unfocused, underage magic in times of distress. This seems to be a common way for magic to appear in the setting, but not universal: contrast Voldemort, whose powers manifested as ways to manipulate and hurt people.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', those who have the "spark", the more powerful manifestation of the ability to "channel", and who haven't been trained in channeling
Books by someone who already can, will typically begin channeling unconsciously in their mid-to-late teens, and it will usually manifest itself during either a traumatic situation or when they wish to do something suitable for one who is angsty in general. For many, this takes the form of an eavesdropping weave or something similar. For one of the main characters, Nynaeve, it is an extreme sickness of a friend that leads to her unconsciously forming a healing weave.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LabyrinthOfReflections'', Divers most commonly acquire their rare gift under extremely stressful circumstances, such as when your friend is dying in RealLife and you have to exit CyberSpace ''right now'' without using any common devices.
** The short-story ''Transparent Stained Glass Windows'' reveals that the Russian government is working on a secret project aimed at creating Divers using a virtual prison as a cover. Their goal is to induce traumatic experiences in the inmates which mirror the reason for their imprisonment. The project is a failure, though.
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* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'':
** In the ''Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy'', the protagonist, Vanyel, has his [[PsychicPowers Gifts]] triggered when his lover/soulmate commits suicide, after using him to help power a CoolGate spell. The backlash of Tylendel's power, released by his death, burns open all of Vanyel's mental channels at once.
** In ''Brightly Burning'', Lavan's [[PlayingWithFire Firestarting Gift]] was starting to come through as a normal PubertySuperpower, but being tortured by older students at a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors forces it to full power prematurely.
* In the original novel of ''{{Literature/Matilda}}'', her telekinesis first appears when she grows uncontrollably angry over being (loudly and violently) accused of something she did not do.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': This is how Benji activates his dragokin powers [[spoiler: at the very end of the story when he leaps to his mom's defense.]]

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* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'':
** In
This is the ''Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy'', case in ''Literature/{{Brennus}}'', mixed with PubertySuperpower. Manifestation is in response to a traumatic event, and often manifestation itself is just as if not more traumatic than the protagonist, Vanyel, triggering event.
** Interestingly enough, the [[AllThereInTheManual Brennus Files]] article on the subject noted that, while ''exceptionally'' rare, an overwhelmingly ''positive'' experience can cause a Manifestation just as easily as a ''negative'' one. One of the most powerful Metahumans, Elysium, manifested while dancing with the love of her life.
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'': Odiana first came into her [[MakingASplash watercrafting]] abilities when she was gang-raped by slavers. Unfortunately, since watercrafting gives you a sixth sense for the emotions the people around you are experiencing, it made the trauma even worse.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' Ward
has his [[PsychicPowers Gifts]] triggered some weak magical ability, but lost most of it when his lover/soulmate commits suicide, after using him to help power a CoolGate spell. The backlash of Tylendel's power, released by his death, burns open all of Vanyel's mental channels at once.
** In ''Brightly Burning'', Lavan's [[PlayingWithFire Firestarting Gift]] was starting to come through as a normal PubertySuperpower, but being tortured by older students at a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors forces
abusive father almost killed him. He regains it to full power prematurely.
* In the original novel of ''{{Literature/Matilda}}'', her telekinesis first appears
when she grows uncontrollably angry over being (loudly and violently) accused of something she did not do.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': This is how Benji activates his dragokin powers
[[spoiler: at the very end of the story when he leaps to a supernatural entity attacks his mom's defense.sister, and won't let go. This makes him angry, which unlocks his magic.]]



* In ''VideoGame/StarCraft: Ghost: Nova'', the titular character is unaware of her enormous PsychicPower potential, and her wealthy father goes to great lengths to keep it a secret, lest his daughter be taken away to the Ghost Academy. She knows that she is somehow able to sense what other people are feeling but can't explain it. However, when a group of rebels infiltrates her parents' penthouse mansion and kills them in front of her, her MindOverMatter powers manifest in a rather spectacular manner. The transparent dome over the penthouse is completely shattered by her mental blast that also kills anyone in the vicinity but her. That dome is, apparently, rated to withstand a direct nuclear strike. However, she never uses her power to that extent again. It's heavily implied that Nova is much more powerful than even Kerrigan, at least until Kerrigan becomes the Queen of Blades.
* In the ''Literature/WearingTheCape'' series, physical trauma is the standard way of getting powers.
* While a rather softer version then most, ''Literature/TheBoywhowasashardasStone'' has Joe undergoing this after taking a beating from bullies.
* The second time Henry's time travel ability manifested in ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'' was when he was involved in a car accident. If he hadn't time traveled, he would have been killed.



* Literature/HarryPotter initially used his unfocused, underage magic in times of distress. This seems to be a common way for magic to appear in the setting, but not universal: contrast Voldemort, whose powers manifested as ways to manipulate and hurt people.
* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'':
** In the ''Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy'', the protagonist, Vanyel, has his [[PsychicPowers Gifts]] triggered when his lover/soulmate commits suicide, after using him to help power a CoolGate spell. The backlash of Tylendel's power, released by his death, burns open all of Vanyel's mental channels at once.
** In ''Brightly Burning'', Lavan's [[PlayingWithFire Firestarting Gift]] was starting to come through as a normal PubertySuperpower, but being tortured by older students at a BoardingSchoolOfHorrors forces it to full power prematurely.
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LabyrinthOfReflections'', Divers most commonly acquire their rare gift under extremely stressful circumstances, such as when your friend is dying in RealLife and you have to exit CyberSpace ''right now'' without using any common devices.
** The short-story ''Transparent Stained Glass Windows'' reveals that the Russian government is working on a secret project aimed at creating Divers using a virtual prison as a cover. Their goal is to induce traumatic experiences in the inmates which mirror the reason for their imprisonment. The project is a failure, though.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': This is how Benji activates his dragokin powers [[spoiler: at the very end of the story when he leaps to his mom's defense.]]
* In the original novel of ''{{Literature/Matilda}}'', her telekinesis first appears when she grows uncontrollably angry over being (loudly and violently) accused of something she did not do.
* In ''Literature/{{Renegades}}'', the prodigies who don't gain their powers at birth usually acquire them due to a traumatic event. Several examples are given:
** Ruby gained her BodyToJewel power when looters attacked her family's house and she swallowed a bag of jewels to keep them out of their hands.
** Oscar gained SmokeOut when he nearly died from smoke inhalation in a house fire.
** Leroy became a PoisonousPerson when a fellow student who hated him poured various acids on him.
** Nova is an interesting case, in that she could induce ForcedSleep since she was born, but only became TheSleepless after witnessing the death of her family.
* In ''VideoGame/StarCraft: Ghost: Nova'', the titular character is unaware of her enormous PsychicPower potential, and her wealthy father goes to great lengths to keep it a secret, lest his daughter be taken away to the Ghost Academy. She knows that she is somehow able to sense what other people are feeling but can't explain it. However, when a group of rebels infiltrates her parents' penthouse mansion and kills them in front of her, her MindOverMatter powers manifest in a rather spectacular manner. The transparent dome over the penthouse is completely shattered by her mental blast that also kills anyone in the vicinity but her. That dome is, apparently, rated to withstand a direct nuclear strike. However, she never uses her power to that extent again. It's heavily implied that Nova is much more powerful than even Kerrigan, at least until Kerrigan becomes the Queen of Blades.
* The second time Henry's time travel ability manifested in ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'' was when he was involved in a car accident. If he hadn't time traveled, he would have been killed.



* In the ''Literature/WearingTheCape'' series, physical trauma is the standard way of getting powers.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', those who have the "spark", the more powerful manifestation of the ability to "channel", and who haven't been trained in channeling by someone who already can, will typically begin channeling unconsciously in their mid-to-late teens, and it will usually manifest itself during either a traumatic situation or when they wish to do something suitable for one who is angsty in general. For many, this takes the form of an eavesdropping weave or something similar. For one of the main characters, Nynaeve, it is an extreme sickness of a friend that leads to her unconsciously forming a healing weave.
* ''Literature/{{Touch}}'' is a deconstruction of this: in this world, people only seem to get powers this way, and our main characters are all grappling with issues as a result. The main character, James, was [[RapeAsBackstory raped]] by a stranger while his friend Caspar got powers due to his AbusiveParents [[spoiler:trying to {{Invoke}} this trope]]. It's noted that more benign examples exist, though, like breaking a bone in a less traumatic way.
* In one of the short stories in ''Literature/TheWitcher'' book ''Literature/TheLastWish'', a queen hires Geralt to kill a monster (actually a cursed prince) to stop him from marrying her daughter. [[spoiler: When she nearly succeeds, it turns out that the princess is really in love and is an untrained source - and so everyone must forget their differences and fight together to get her powers under control.]]



* ''Literature/CodexAlera'': Odiana first came into her [[MakingASplash watercrafting]] abilities when she was gang-raped by slavers. Unfortunately, since watercrafting gives you a sixth sense for the emotions the people around you are experiencing, it made the trauma even worse.
* In ''Literature/{{Renegades}}'', the prodigies who don't gain their powers at birth usually acquire them due to a traumatic event. Several examples are given:
** Ruby gained her BodyToJewel power when looters attacked her family's house and she swallowed a bag of jewels to keep them out of their hands.
** Oscar gained SmokeOut when he nearly died from smoke inhalation in a house fire.
** Leroy became a PoisonousPerson when a fellow student who hated him poured various acids on him.
** Nova is an interesting case, in that she could induce ForcedSleep since she was born, but only became TheSleepless after witnessing the death of her family.
* This is the case in ''Literature/{{Brennus}}'', mixed with PubertySuperpower. Manifestation is in response to a traumatic event, and often manifestation itself is just as if not more traumatic than the triggering event.
** Interestingly enough, the [[AllThereInTheManual Brennus Files]] article on the subject noted that, while ''exceptionally'' rare, an overwhelmingly ''positive'' experience can cause a Manifestation just as easily as a ''negative'' one. One of the most powerful Metahumans, Elysium, manifested while dancing with the love of her life.
* In ''Literature/WildCards'' the eponymous Wild Card is a mutagenic xenovirus with an unpredictable latency. Triggering the virus (a.k.a. "turning the Card") requires intense stress. The state of mind of the victim is closely linked to the possible powers granted and the far more likely deformities inflicted by the virus' activation. When the physical mutations exceeds compatibility with human life, the infected dies (a.k.a. "draws the Black Queen"), which happens 90% of the time. Those carrying the virus in its latent state are hence called Suicide Kings, and deliberately causing them enough stress to activate the virus is a punishable offense.
** The most common activators are obviously life-threatening situations, puberty and birth (for both mother and child). Thus the birth of Double Helix' and Genetrix' baby requires the presence of Dr. Tachyon; not just because he's the premier expert on the virus, but because his telepathic powers are one of the very few methods to ensure that the child survives (and presumably gets useful powers out of the ordeal).



* ''Series/FirstWave'': In an early episode with a Ukrainian telekinetic, a government agent tells Cade that her powers first awakened when a heavy cart fell on top of her father. She lifted the cart off him with a thought.



* ''Series/FirstWave'': In an early episode with a Ukrainian telekinetic, a government agent tells Cade that her powers first awakened when a heavy cart fell on top of her father. She lifted the cart off him with a thought.





* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' Aang is forced into the Avatar State when he is either in mortal danger or experiencing emotional trauma. A major focus of the story is him learning to control that power and to only use it when he wants to.

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In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the first series]], Aang is forced into the Avatar State when he is either in mortal danger or experiencing emotional trauma. A major focus of the story is him learning to control that power and to only use it when he wants to.


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[[caption-width-right:350:''"All I have to do is think about how the androids killed Piccolo and Krillin. Then I feel a horrible hurt, and then the pain from that turns into rage, it's maddening! I don't ever want it to happen again, something that unfair. And [...]And then suddenly... the dam breaks."'']]


* Most [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual capes]] in the superhero web serial ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' acquired their powers in traumatic situations. As a result, cape demographics are skewed toward females and people from bad parts of town/the world. However, it gets easier for second-generation capes to gain their powers; whereas a first-generation cape needs to experience a life-or-death situation, i.e. their entire village being wiped out by soldiers who then use the children for mine-clearing, second-generation capes can get their powers by, say, getting fouled while playing basketball.[[Note: It's later shown in ''Literature/{{Ward}}'' that even second generation triggers are far from pleasant; while the physical threat is often minor, the underlying psychological distress is often intense. Case in point, the cape who triggered from being fouled in a basketball game was the child of capes in a cape extended family, who was basically being neglected by her parents due to not having superpowers of her own. For years she desperately tried to prove herself worthy to them in some arena and her trigger at the basketball game occurred not because of the foul but because she had just noticed that her parents were ''ignoring'' her and ''didn't care'' about what she was doing and about her getting fouled, and she came to the realization that they ''never would'' unless she developed superpowers.]]

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* Most [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual capes]] in the superhero web serial ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' acquired their powers in traumatic situations. As a result, cape demographics are skewed toward females and people from bad parts of town/the world. However, it gets easier for second-generation capes to gain their powers; whereas a first-generation cape needs to experience a life-or-death situation, i.e. their entire village being wiped out by soldiers who then use the children for mine-clearing, second-generation capes can get their powers by, say, getting fouled while playing basketball.[[Note: It's [[note]]It's later shown in ''Literature/{{Ward}}'' that even second generation triggers are far from pleasant; while the physical threat is often minor, the underlying psychological distress is often intense. Case in point, the cape who triggered from being fouled in a basketball game was the child of capes in a cape extended family, who was basically being neglected by her parents due to not having superpowers of her own. For years she desperately tried to prove herself worthy to them in some arena and her trigger at the basketball game occurred not because of the foul but because she had just noticed that her parents were ''ignoring'' her and ''didn't care'' about what she was doing and about her getting fouled, and she came to the realization that they ''never would'' unless she developed superpowers.]][[/note]]


* Most [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual capes]] in the superhero web serial ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' acquired their powers in traumatic situations. As a result, cape demographics are skewed toward females and people from bad parts of town/the world. However, it gets easier for second-generation capes to gain their powers; whereas a first-generation cape needs to experience a life-or-death situation, i.e. their entire village being wiped out by soldiers who then use the children for mine-clearing, second-generation capes can get their powers by, say, getting fouled while playing basketball.

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* Most [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual capes]] in the superhero web serial ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' acquired their powers in traumatic situations. As a result, cape demographics are skewed toward females and people from bad parts of town/the world. However, it gets easier for second-generation capes to gain their powers; whereas a first-generation cape needs to experience a life-or-death situation, i.e. their entire village being wiped out by soldiers who then use the children for mine-clearing, second-generation capes can get their powers by, say, getting fouled while playing basketball.[[Note: It's later shown in ''Literature/{{Ward}}'' that even second generation triggers are far from pleasant; while the physical threat is often minor, the underlying psychological distress is often intense. Case in point, the cape who triggered from being fouled in a basketball game was the child of capes in a cape extended family, who was basically being neglected by her parents due to not having superpowers of her own. For years she desperately tried to prove herself worthy to them in some arena and her trigger at the basketball game occurred not because of the foul but because she had just noticed that her parents were ''ignoring'' her and ''didn't care'' about what she was doing and about her getting fouled, and she came to the realization that they ''never would'' unless she developed superpowers.]]

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* In the [[VideoGame/SuikodenI original Suikoden]], the main character comes into possession of the Soul Eater rune, a powerful rune that, true to its name, devours the souls of those its used on. [[spoiler: Throughout the events of the game, the rune becomes stronger (thus unlocking more powerful spells) by devouring the souls of people who are especially close to the protagonist; first, his loyal caretaker/bodyguard, then his own father, and finally, his best friend, who, as the former owner of the rune, sacrificed himself by forcing the rune to take his soul in order to prevent the BigBad from using him as a hostage to take the rune for herself.]]


** Same for its ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' [[SpiritualSuccessor predecessor]], ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', although they don't have a Banisher-equivalent. However, some mages Awaken in circumstances that send them straight into Marauder-hood, wrapping themselves in a bubble of permanent delusion that shields them from Paradox.


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* Common in the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' as well:
** ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'': Whenever possible, the Garou make sure they identify likely candidates to hold the werewolf gene and keep watch over them. But for the Lost Cubs that slip through the cracks, the First Change generally means abrupt transformation into a frenzied monster and waking up surrounded by shredded corpses. It's even worse for the Ratkin, who have a heavier Wyld-infusion; it's so common for Ratkin to retreat permanently into insanity that they have two entire Aspects covering it: the Munchmausen, who regress into childlike fantasy, and the Twitchers, who are {{Grimdark}} ''even for the [[CrapsackWorld World of Darkness]]''.
** ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'': Some mages Awaken in circumstances that send them straight into Marauder-hood, wrapping themselves in a bubble of permanent delusion that shields them from Paradox. Their madness taps into their magic, causing reality itself to warp to match their delusions.

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