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Basic Trope: A Power-Up that just plain doesn't.

  • Straight: After beating a boss, Alicia receives a laser gun. However, said gun has a ridiculously small range, making it useless.
  • Exaggerated:
    • After beating That One Boss, Alicia receives a spike-covered hammer. It breaks after only five uses, and doesn't dish out much damage either.
    • Alicia receives an orb that gives her the ability to jump... and there is absolutely nothing in the game that actually requires jumping, making the ability to jump useless.
  • Downplayed:
    • The gun fires rather slow, but hits pretty hard.
    • Though reasonably powerful for the point its acquired, the laser gun doesn't quite compete with some sidequest weapons that can be obtained around the same time.
  • Justified: The boss was a Dirty Coward who mostly let his minions fight Alicia because he had such a crappy weapon. She took it without thinking.
    • The weapon has a dispersal pattern that's unbelievably obtuse, meaning that 90% of the shots fired miss.
    • The weapon must be charged between firings by holding down the trigger/using a turn. By the time the charge is released, you would have done more damage by plinking away at an enemy with your weakest gun.
    • The weapon is only part one of 5. To make it even halfway effective, you need at least one more piece.
    • The weapon has inconsistent damage output.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Shortly after getting the gun, Alicia finds an upgrade that increases its range drastically.
    • it's a One-Hit Kill vs. Mechanical enemies.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Some weapons are good, some aren't.
  • Averted: All powerups are equally useful.
  • Enforced: "We need a way to provide competitive balance!" "Let's make this weapon really bad!"
  • Lampshaded: "What?! This laser is way too weak!"
  • Invoked: The boss dials down his gun's power, then tears off the control dial and leaves it around for Alicia to find.
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz takes all of Alicia's weapons except the gun, forcing her to use it.
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  • Defied: Alicia takes the weapon, tries it out for a bit, then decides it's useless and tosses it aside.
  • Discussed: "Don't pick up that weapon, Alicia! It's useless!"
  • Conversed: "See how horrible this weapon is?"
  • Deconstructed: The weapon actually has a hidden function that lets it shoot energy balls, which are much more useful. Unfortunately, since everyone hates the weapon so much, no one uses it, and ergo no one finds it.
  • Reconstructed: A dedicated player decides to play through the game using only the gun, revealing its status as a Lethal Joke Weapon and redeeming the weapon.
  • Played For Laughs: The Mooks outright mock Alicia for trying to kill them with the gun.
  • Played For Drama: Alicia is swiftly killed by Bob, who shows up immediately afterwards with a superior weapon.

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