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Lisa: Wait a minute, Xena can't fly!
Lucy Lawless: I told you, I'm not Xena! I'm Lucy Lawless.

The characters of a work are in some kind of a crisis, and simply need help. Thankfully, they bump into a friendly celebrity. No, the work is not Like Reality Unless Noted - they could very well be diminutive talking sea creatures who meet David Hasselhoff on the beach. And it's more than that — the celebrity is very unlike reality. In fact, they have super-powers. Why? Because they're a celebrity.


Similar to, but distinct from Memetic Badass and Popularity Power. In both of those cases, it's a fictional character who most often gets the treatment; in Celebrity Power, it's a real-life celebrity, and it doesn't need to be a meme to qualify. Any celebrity who has super-powers just because they're a celebrity counts.


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  • In a sketch on Saturday Night Live where Christopher Reeve guest-hosts, it's shown that Reeve got the part of Superman in Superman in part because he can actually catch bullets in his teeth, squeeze a lump of coal into a diamond, and has heat vision. So could the other guy he is up against, even better than Reeve could (plus he has super-breath); but the other guy couldn't make the first day of filming because he already had a commercial callback scheduled for that day.

    Puppet Shows 
  • On an episode of Muppets Tonight, Cindy Crawford was shown to have heat vision, because she's a supermodel.
    • And then there was Christopher Reeve back on the original Muppet Show, as demonstrated after a backhanded comment about Ms Piggy.
      Piggy: Hi-yah! <bounces off>
      Kermit: Wow! He really is the Man of Steel.

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    Western Animation 
  • In a Treehouse of Horror episode, the following exchange occurs after (super-powered) Bart and Lisa rescue a certain actress from "The Collector":
    Lisa: "Wait, Xena can't fly!"
    Lucy Lawless: "I told you, I'm not Xena. I'm Lucy Lawless!"
  • An episode of Johnny Bravo features the unlikely team of Don Knotts, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and the Blue Falcon. Al gets to invoke the trope at the end.
  • The final episode of God, the Devil and Bob ends with the Devil nearly causing a riot at a performance of Arsenic and Old Lace as the citizens of Detroit clash over censorship versus free speech, but the two sides' animosity is destroyed by the inexplicable arrival of... Kevin Bacon, who convinces everyone to dance. To that song from Footloose. Everyone is friends again and have fun. The Devil laments to his henchman Smeck: "Kevin Bacon again! I create one little party game, and now he won't leave me alone!"
  • Family Guy had an episode where newsman Hugh Downs (doing his own voice) shows up to rescue Meg and the local geek from a hostage situation. At the end of the scene, he flies away, a la Superman.
  • ¡Mucha Lucha! had Penn and Teller appear as actually magical in the movie.
  • The South Park boys are contacted by Barbra Streisand, who transforms into... Mecha Streisand. She is opposed by Leonard Maltin, Sidney Poitier, and Robert Smith, all of whom transform into one kind of Kaiju or another. The first three fell under the show's "all celebrity voices are impersonated... poorly" rule, but they got the real Robert Smith.
  • In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode about Juggalos, Insane Clown Posse (voicing themselves) make an appearance at the end of the episode in a court case in which they're being sued by Frylock and Meatwad over Shake committing suicide. After offering a reasonable defense wherein they explain their contributions to charity, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope conclude by stating that they spit fire before turning into demonic creatures and spraying the courtroom with napalm. Rob Lowe (who is acting as the prosecuting attorney) states that he has no further questions.


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