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Basic Trope: A character gains a new power out of the blue when he needs it to solve the plot.

  • Straight: When Alice is struck down by Emperor Evulz, she suddenly gains Resurrective Immortality, despite being Badass Normal throughout all the story so far.
  • Exaggerated: Alice suddenly displays nigh-omnipotent reality warping but never uses it again.
  • Downplayed: When entering a dark cave, Alice turns out to have better night sight than it was previously established.
  • Justified:
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    • Alice's sudden discovery of her new powers is used to set up the story.
    • The entire idea of show SuperAlice is that Alice gains new superpower in each episode.
    • A God Alice is paladin of doesn't want her to die, so he gives her a new power as an act of Divine Intervention.
    • Alice's physiology reacts to events, developing new powers to protect her.
    • Alice has had a wide variety of powers since long before the story began, and never had occasion to use or mention this particular power at any point in the story until now.
    • When taken together, all of Alice's powers are Required Secondary Powers to a single ability.
    • Alice has an Adaptive Ability that gives her whatever power she needs at any given moment.
  • Inverted:
    • When shot by Evulz, Alice suddenly loses her Resurrective Immortality.
    • Alice has to be bailed out by her comrades, and is mentioned in hindsight to have had a heretofore unrevealed power that could have easily gotten her out of the jam, which she forgot about.
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    • Forgot About His Powers
    • Alice gains a new power that is of little to no help in resolving the current situation.
  • Subverted: It would seem that Alice gained Resurrective Immortality, but it turns out she was just field-testing new and improved bulletproof jacket, which was mentioned many times before.
  • Double Subverted: To her shock, it turns out that the jacket was pierced and she did, in fact, gained Resurrective Immortality out of all sudden.
  • Parodied: Alice keeps on gaining new superpowers, each stupider than the previous.
    • Upon learning how badly the Author has broken the rules of storytelling, Alice goes on a quest to punish him for being a bad writer.
    • The powers Alice gains are highly specialized for the situations she encounters. If she's trapped in a jail cell, she will gain key-shaped fingers and stretchy limbs. If she's up against a giant fly, she can turn into a giant flyswatter. If she's at sea and about to be thrown by pirates into shark-infested waters, she will emit shark repellant. Never will she use these powers again unless she's thrown into similar circumstances.
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  • Zig Zagged: Alice wins her battle against Emperor Evulz, and the people she tells her story to all start to argue over whether she used abilities for the first time during the battle.
  • Averted:
    • Alice's superpowers are well-foreshadowed before they appear.
    • Alice gets no superpowers.
  • Enforced: The writer wrote himself into a corner and didn't have time to properly integrate the rest of the novel with the sudden reveal.
  • Lampshaded: Evulz notes that Alice gaining new powers just like that is cheating on her part.
  • Invoked: Alice, equipped with Medium Awareness, throws herself in front of Evulz's gun to get new and nifty superpowers from the Author.
  • Exploited: Alice, knowing that if she's close to losing, she'll just gain a new power, starts acting more freely, as she doesn't have to worry anymore.
  • Defied: Evulz pumps Alice full of Applied Phlebotinum which stops any powers from manifesting before shooting her.
  • Discussed: Bobby worries that Alice will die, but Cloudcuckoolander Carol believes that Alice will just spontaneously develop a superpower.
  • Conversed: "Oh, come on, she can't survive that!" "Are you kidding? There are still two seasons left and she's the main character! I bet writers just conveniently 'remembered' she has a superpower!"
  • Implied: Alice somehow survives being shot in her heart by Evulz, but it's never mentioned or elaborated upon.
  • Deconstructed:
    • The new powers end up causing new problems instead of solving them, because of Possession Implies Mastery doesn't apply on this particular story/setting.
    • Developing new powers to solve her problems, Alice ends up enslaved by the same kingdom she was protecting when they realize they can force her to develops the powers required for ensuring their eternal domination over others.
  • Reconstructed:
    • However, it can be handled with enough training or having a new power to counteract these new problem.
    • Since Alice is conveniently able to develop powers to help herself, nobody is able to exploit her since she'll just manifest some people to let her escape.
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