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*** She had been hit by this even before her psychological trauma, back in [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her solo series]], two times: her battle with the four Founde youma happened right at the moment she had decided to retire (in fact she ''had'' retired about two minutes earlier, [[TenMinutesRetirement deciding to make a brief comeback only because the youma were already there and eventually staying as a superhero]]) after considering it for the last few days and thus had forgot to recharge her compact, keeping her from using the Crescent Beam right at a moment where the large number of brainwashed civilians was preventing her from just beating her opponents with her bare hands, and needed Ace to rescue her; and in the battle against Princess Linlin said youma revealed that [[spoiler:Ace, Venus' one true love, was a member of the Dark Kingdom and Kunzite's [[TheDragon Dragon]]]], the first of the events that caused her PTSD and depression, throwing off her game and needing her to be rescued by Ace for the last time before her powers fully Awakened and she had to [[spoiler:kill Ace with her own hands]]. It would have been three, as one youma caught her right after she had given over a ''liter'' of blood, but [[TheJuggernaut she powered through that one]].

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*** She had been hit by this even before her psychological trauma, back in [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her solo series]], two times: her battle with the four Founde youma happened right at the moment she had decided to retire (in fact she ''had'' retired about two minutes earlier, [[TenMinutesRetirement [[TenMinuteRetirement deciding to make a brief comeback only because the youma were already there and eventually staying as a superhero]]) after considering it for the last few days and thus had forgot to recharge her compact, keeping her from using the Crescent Beam right at a moment where the large number of brainwashed civilians was preventing her from just beating her opponents with her bare hands, and needed Ace to rescue her; and in the battle against Princess Linlin said youma revealed that [[spoiler:Ace, Venus' one true love, was a member of the Dark Kingdom and Kunzite's [[TheDragon Dragon]]]], the first of the events that caused her PTSD and depression, throwing off her game and needing her to be rescued by Ace for the last time before her powers fully Awakened and she had to [[spoiler:kill Ace with her own hands]]. It would have been three, as one youma caught her right after she had given over a ''liter'' of blood, but [[TheJuggernaut she powered through that one]].

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* The comic continuation of ''Series/Charmed1998'' does this to the final battle between Piper/Phoebe/Paige and Billie/Christy in the show, by explaining that [[spoiler: Prue had been reincarnated and was unwillingly leeching off the Power of Three]], meaning the Charmed Ones were not at full power.

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* In ''Fanfic/AvengersOfTheRing'', the energy drain caused by the portal that sent them to Middle-Earth is the only reason Thor and the Hulk didnít just tear through their early opposition such as the troll and the Uruk-Hai army and cut a path to Mount Doom single-handedly, as they needed time to regain their lost energy; immediately after arriving in Middle-Earth, the vortex had drained so much power that Banner only retained a degree of Hulkís enhanced healing, and Thorís only obvious abilities were greater-than-average strength and the ability to summon Mjolnir back to him after he threw it.


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* There is a case to be made for this for Thor in ''Film/AvengersEndgame''. Thanos beats Thor in round 3 of their fight (the first two coming in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''). However, Thor isn't the chiseled fighter he usually was and while he obviously retains most if not all of his physical strength, he hasn't done any fighting for five years, whereas Thanos is at the peak of his abilities.


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*** There is an argument to be made about the Pistons beating the 1989 "Showtime" Lakers team because of this, as well as the 2019 Toronto Raptors beating a Golden State team missing two of their three best players.


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* The problem of course is that so much of sports championships are based on luck and injuries are prevalent enough in pro leagues these days that nearly every modern championship loss could be blamed to some degree on this.


* Ash's Duskull Spectre in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11803928/25/Challenger Challenger]]'' is eventually revealed to be even older than Agatha but because it never bonded with a human trainer, most of it's power was still locked away in the Distortion World. After a single battle against Agatha's Mega Gengar, Spectre evolves into Dusclops and Agatha comments that once it has access to it's full power, Spectre will likely be stronger than her entire team.

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* Ash's Duskull Spectre in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11803928/25/Challenger Challenger]]'' is eventually revealed to be even older than Agatha but because it never bonded with a human trainer, most of it's power was still locked away in the Distortion World. After a single battle against Agatha's Mega Gengar, Spectre evolves into Dusclops and Agatha comments that once it has access to it's full power, Spectre will likely be stronger than a match for any of her entire team.pokemon.


* Downplayed in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/10799406/chapters/24443571#workskin The War is Far From Over Now]]''. Vision does remarkably well against Ultron and the Chitauri but he still realizes he's nowhere near as effective as he could be because, being only an hour old, Vision barely understands what his powers are, let alone how to use them.

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* Downplayed in ''[[https://archiveofourown.org/works/10799406/chapters/24443571#workskin The War is Far From Over Now]]''.''Fanfic/TheWarIsFarFromOverNow''. Vision does remarkably well against Ultron and the Chitauri but he still realizes he's nowhere near as effective as he could be because, being only an hour old, Vision barely understands what his powers are, let alone how to use them.


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* Ash's Duskull Spectre in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11803928/25/Challenger Challenger]]'' is eventually revealed to be even older than Agatha but because it never bonded with a human trainer, most of it's power was still locked away in the Distortion World. After a single battle against Agatha's Mega Gengar, Spectre evolves into Dusclops and Agatha comments that once it has access to it's full power, Spectre will likely be stronger than her entire team.


*** This trope [[AvertedTrope didn't stop Zoro]] during the Fishman Island Arc. His opponent was Hody Jones, a ''Great White Shark'' fishman. For those who didn't know, fishmen become ten times stronger while underwater, but the same can't be said for humans. However, despite needing to take a breath before drowning, '''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Zoro effortlessly defeated Hody with only a single slash...]]''' '''''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome WHILE UNDERWATER!]]'''''

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*** This trope [[AvertedTrope didn't stop Zoro]] during the Fishman Island Arc. His opponent was Hody Jones, a ''Great White Shark'' fishman. For those who didn't know, fishmen become ten times stronger while underwater, but the same can't be said for humans. However, despite needing to take a breath before drowning, '''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Zoro effortlessly defeated Hody with only a single slash...]]''' '''''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome WHILE UNDERWATER!]]'''''slash while underwater.



* Averted in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz, to this day thought of as "The Flu Game". According to The Other Wiki, UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan woke up the day before the game nauseated and sweating profusely. He was diagnosed with food poisoning. He barely had the strength to get up out of bed, and the Bulls trainers told him there was no way he could play in Game 5. The Bulls would be at a distinct disadvantage without their leader, because the Jazz had just won two straight games to even the series, and whoever won Game 5 would be one win away from the championship. But he rose out of bed three hours before tip-off, determined to play. And after a listless first quarter in which the Jazz ran off to a 16-point lead, Michael led the team back to a 90-88 victory, finishing with 38 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block. And then his teammate Scottie Pippen [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments helped carry him off the court]].

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* Averted in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz, to this day thought of as "The Flu Game". According to The Other Wiki, UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan woke up the day before the game nauseated and sweating profusely. He was diagnosed with food poisoning. He barely had the strength to get up out of bed, and the Bulls trainers told him there was no way he could play in Game 5. The Bulls would be at a distinct disadvantage without their leader, because the Jazz had just won two straight games to even the series, and whoever won Game 5 would be one win away from the championship. But he rose out of bed three hours before tip-off, determined to play. And after a listless first quarter in which the Jazz ran off to a 16-point lead, Michael led the team back to a 90-88 victory, finishing with 38 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block. And then his teammate Scottie Pippen [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments helped carry him off the court]].court.


* Just prior to the 1992 Royal Rumble, Intercontinental champion Wrestling/BretHart literally had the flu (or at least was booked as having one; nobody's really sure), one ranging near the 104 degree range. He lost the belt the night before the event to [[CanadaEh The Mountie]], who then set the record for the shortest [=IC=] title reign without immediately losing it when he lost it to Wrestling/RoddyPiper one day later at the Rumble itself.

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* Just prior to the 1992 Royal Rumble, Intercontinental champion Wrestling/BretHart literally had the flu (or at least was booked as having one; nobody's really sure), one ranging near the 104 degree range. He lost the belt the night before the event to [[CanadaEh [[Wrestling/JacquesRougeau The Mountie]], who then set the record for the shortest [=IC=] title reign without immediately losing it when he lost it to Wrestling/RoddyPiper one day later at the Rumble itself.

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* ''Manga/{{Mahou Sensei Negima}}'': Specially common when the 3-A non-combatant/non-magical girls have to be portraited as "dangerous" to more powerfull characters. Negi is an horrible victim of that when his students {{Took A Level In Jerkass}}.


** While in the first manga arc and the first season of the old anime Sailor Venus is shown to be by far the most formidable fighter of the Sailor Senshi, she doesn't get to show it all too often in the rest of the series. She also suffers from PTSD and is deeply depressed, [[StepfordSmiler even if she's so good that in the manga the others don't get a single hint until halfway the Dream Arc]], weakening her performance unless she gets furious, at which point [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5faDTcTMc4 she reminds everyone how terrifying she is]].

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** While in the first manga arc and the first season of the old anime Sailor Venus is shown to be by far the most formidable fighter of the Sailor Senshi, she doesn't get to show it all too often in the rest of the series. She also suffers from PTSD and is deeply depressed, [[StepfordSmiler even if she's so good that in the manga the others don't get a single hint until halfway the Dream Arc]], Arc (or NEVER in the anime)]], weakening her performance unless she gets furious, at which point [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5faDTcTMc4 she reminds everyone how terrifying she is]].is]].
*** She had been hit by this even before her psychological trauma, back in [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her solo series]], two times: her battle with the four Founde youma happened right at the moment she had decided to retire (in fact she ''had'' retired about two minutes earlier, [[TenMinutesRetirement deciding to make a brief comeback only because the youma were already there and eventually staying as a superhero]]) after considering it for the last few days and thus had forgot to recharge her compact, keeping her from using the Crescent Beam right at a moment where the large number of brainwashed civilians was preventing her from just beating her opponents with her bare hands, and needed Ace to rescue her; and in the battle against Princess Linlin said youma revealed that [[spoiler:Ace, Venus' one true love, was a member of the Dark Kingdom and Kunzite's [[TheDragon Dragon]]]], the first of the events that caused her PTSD and depression, throwing off her game and needing her to be rescued by Ace for the last time before her powers fully Awakened and she had to [[spoiler:kill Ace with her own hands]]. It would have been three, as one youma caught her right after she had given over a ''liter'' of blood, but [[TheJuggernaut she powered through that one]].


* ''Fanfic/FateHaremAntics'': Rider gets stabbed with Lancer's Gae Bolg. Since Gae Bolg inflicts [[WoundThatWillNotHeal wounds that do not heal naturally]], the wound hinders her and makes her struggle in her next few fights. It isn't until she [[IntimateHealing has sex with Shirou]] that she gains enough mana to heal the wound.

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Rider gets stabbed with Lancer's Gae Bolg. Since Gae Bolg inflicts [[WoundThatWillNotHeal wounds that do not heal naturally]], the wound hinders her and makes her struggle in her next few fights. It isn't until she [[IntimateHealing has sex with Shirou]] that she gains enough mana to heal the wound.wound.
** Like in canon, Saber's poor energy supply from Shirou leaves her with poor stamina and unable to use Mana Burst very often, until she replenishes her mana by having sex with Shirou.

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* A particularly literal example of this occurs in ''Fanfic/SpiderX'' when Peter misses attending the carnival where most of the X-Men were temporarily 'enslaved' by Mesmero because he had the flu and Rogue stayed behind to keep an eye on him, thus ensuring that Peter wouldn't get a spider-sense warning of the danger Mesmero posed and prevent the team falling victim to the hypnotist's efforts.


** Elsewhere in the Arrowverse, there's Tabitha, Neron's {{Dragon}} and lover from ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow.'' Season finale spoilers here: [[spoiler: We've got another case of "the curse had benefits" like the speed force prison. As a fairy godmother, Tabitha can do pretty much ''anything'' on behalf of the person she's fairy godmother ''to.'' Of course, that last part means she has the need to convince her charge to ask for things in line with her plans, and without a charge, she's powerless. However, she was ''totally'' untouchable when her charge gave her commands she could work with. Once she tricks another character into taking on her fairy godmother status and is free to use magic at will, that magic is ''not'' the same as the near-omnipotent power she had when granting a charge's wish. A powerful magic user who grows stronger by the minute (she's powered by fear and Neron's machinations are giving her a really good supply of it) is like the unbound Savitar: a terrifying opponent, yes, but beatable.
** The Legends actually tried to ''invoke'' that with the previous season's BigBad, Mallus. A demon is limited to what he can do as a SealedEvilInACan, but you also can't punch it. The obvious solution... once you have what's needed to vanquish him, free him so you can face him in person and use it on him! Of course, since it resulted in [[spoiler: the death of Rip Hunter and a reformed Damien as well as the freeing of every ''other'' prisoner who'd been canned with Mallus, including the aforementioned Neron and Tabitha]], they probably don't consider that a success even if they were able to destroy Mallus in the end.

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** Elsewhere **Elsewhere in the Arrowverse, there's Tabitha, Neron's {{Dragon}} and lover from ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow.'' Season finale spoilers here: [[spoiler: We've got another case of "the curse had benefits" like the speed force prison. As a fairy godmother, Tabitha can do pretty much ''anything'' on behalf of the person she's fairy godmother ''to.'' Of course, that last part means she has the need to convince her charge to ask for things in line with her plans, and without a charge, she's powerless. However, she was ''totally'' untouchable when her charge gave her commands she could work with. Once she tricks another character into taking on her fairy godmother status and is free to use magic at will, that magic is ''not'' the same as the near-omnipotent power she had when granting a charge's wish. A powerful magic user who grows stronger by the minute (she's powered by fear and Neron's machinations are giving her a really good supply of it) is like the unbound Savitar: a terrifying opponent, yes, but beatable.
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Legends actually tried to ''invoke'' that with the previous season's BigBad, Mallus. A demon is limited to what he can do as a SealedEvilInACan, but you also can't punch it. The obvious solution... once you have what's needed to vanquish him, free him so you can face him in person and use it on him! Of course, since it resulted in [[spoiler: the death of Rip Hunter and a reformed Damien as well as the freeing of every ''other'' prisoner who'd been canned with Mallus, including the aforementioned Neron and Tabitha]], they probably don't consider that a success even if they were able to destroy Mallus in the end.


* Savitar, the so-called "god of speed" from ''Series/TheFlash2014,'' is case of becoming beatable by getting uncanned, similar to, of all things, the Power Rangers Samurai example. In his early appearances, he outclasses everyone he fights by an insane degree, can only be seen by certain people, and earns his status as TheDreaded. However, it turns out that he is actually trapped in the Speed Force, and is only able to temporarily appear under certain circumstances. This gives him the ''appearance'' of this OutsideContextProblem that can be anywhere and everywhere and can only be seen by speedsters and at certain times; he's not just fast, he's traveling through and manipulating a primal force of space-time and is able to appear to others connected to that force ''because he's actively grappling with it for every second of freedom.'' Once free, all that's gone. Portrayed now with practical effects instead of CGI, he even ''looks and feels'' more real and thus more hittable to the audience. It's telling that when he properly escapes, it's the first time Barry is able to injure him. He proves to be a very tough opponent, but the "god of speed" isn't looking so godlike with both feet in this world.

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* Savitar, the so-called "god of speed" from ''Series/TheFlash2014,'' is case of becoming beatable by getting uncanned, similar to, of all things, the Power Rangers Samurai example. In his early appearances, he outclasses everyone he fights by an insane degree, can only be seen by certain people, and earns his status as TheDreaded. He claims to be a supernatural force and nearly has the heroes convinced. However, it turns out that he is actually trapped in the Speed Force, and is only able to temporarily appear under certain circumstances. This gives him the ''appearance'' of this OutsideContextProblem that can be anywhere and everywhere and can only be seen by speedsters and at certain times; he's not just fast, Just That Fast, he's traveling exiting the speed force prison in different places, and he drags opponents through it to disorient them. But he's able to travel through and manipulating manipulate a primal force of space-time and is able can only to appear to others connected to that force ''because he's actively grappling with it for every second of freedom.'' Once free, all that's gone.gone and he's just another speedy bad guy - and the Flash has beaten three of those already. Portrayed now with practical effects instead of CGI, he even ''looks and feels'' more real and thus more hittable to the audience. It's telling that when the scene in which he properly escapes, it's escapes is also the first time Barry is able to injure him. He proves to be a very tough opponent, but the "god of speed" isn't looking so godlike with both feet in this world.world.
**Elsewhere in the Arrowverse, there's Tabitha, Neron's {{Dragon}} and lover from ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow.'' Season finale spoilers here: [[spoiler: We've got another case of "the curse had benefits" like the speed force prison. As a fairy godmother, Tabitha can do pretty much ''anything'' on behalf of the person she's fairy godmother ''to.'' Of course, that last part means she has the need to convince her charge to ask for things in line with her plans, and without a charge, she's powerless. However, she was ''totally'' untouchable when her charge gave her commands she could work with. Once she tricks another character into taking on her fairy godmother status and is free to use magic at will, that magic is ''not'' the same as the near-omnipotent power she had when granting a charge's wish. A powerful magic user who grows stronger by the minute (she's powered by fear and Neron's machinations are giving her a really good supply of it) is like the unbound Savitar: a terrifying opponent, yes, but beatable.
**The Legends actually tried to ''invoke'' that with the previous season's BigBad, Mallus. A demon is limited to what he can do as a SealedEvilInACan, but you also can't punch it. The obvious solution... once you have what's needed to vanquish him, free him so you can face him in person and use it on him! Of course, since it resulted in [[spoiler: the death of Rip Hunter and a reformed Damien as well as the freeing of every ''other'' prisoner who'd been canned with Mallus, including the aforementioned Neron and Tabitha]], they probably don't consider that a success even if they were able to destroy Mallus in the end.

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