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Basic Trope: A character using their special powers (especially for the first time) faints.

  • Straight: Bob uses his Super Strength to pull a cart off someone and passes out.
  • Exaggerated: Bob uses his Super Strength to support a collapsing cavern and is Asleep for Days afterwards.
  • Downplayed: Bob uses his Super Strength to pull a cart off someone and gets woozy.
  • Justified: Bob has super strength, but not super stamina.
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  • Inverted: Bob takes a day off using his strength and passes out.
  • Subverted: Bob uses his Super Strength to pull a cart off someone and passes out...but it turns out he had the flu.
  • Double Subverted: ...However, the next time he uses his strength, he passes out again.
  • Parodied: Picking up something tiny like a pencil causes Bob to pass out, but he can lift a car with no trouble.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob uses his Super Strength and passes out, but it turns out he had the flu. The next time he uses it, however, he passes out. Sometimes he merely gets woozy.
  • Averted: No characters in the story have special powers.
  • Enforced: The author wants a dramatic scene.
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: No one ever told me the side effects of Super Strength include passing out.
  • Invoked: Similar to Justified, Bob passing out from using his Super Strength is due to Required Secondary Powers that kick in to avoid putting too much strain on his body.
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  • Exploited: Bob's archenemy uses the fainting spell to capture him.
  • Defied: Bob learns his limits to what he can lift and what he can't.
  • Discussed: "I mean, even with your crazy strong muscles, there's gotta be something that'll be too much for you, right?"
  • Conversed: "Wow, he's super strong but that cart was all it took to make him faint?"
  • Implied: Bob, who has Super Strength, is visible in one scene trying to lift a large boulder, and clearly straining to do so. In a later scene he's revealed to be passed out in a hospital bed.
  • Deconstructed: After he wakes up and is informed of what happened, Bob becomes depressed due to feeling he's not strong enough to face future threats.
  • Reconstructed: Bob trains himself to try and stretch his limits.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob lifts a cart, then promptly passes out... falling into the cart. Which suddenly rolls off with him inside.
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  • Played for Drama: Bob passing out from lifting the cart is a major indicator that he's not as powerful as he used to be.

Hurry! Get back to Power-Strain Blackout; I can't hold the portal open much longer. 'Nnnggh! [thud]

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