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Basic Trope: Paranormal or magical abilities manifest at puberty.

  • Straight: Alice gains her powers during her puberty.
  • Exaggerated: Alice's powers manifest exactly as her first menstruation starts.
  • Downplayed: Alice gets her powers young, in her early twenties.
  • Justified: Superpowers are triggered by new hormones produced by Alice's body.
  • Inverted: Alice gains her powers during early childhood and loses them before puberty.
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  • Subverted: Alice thinks her powers are going to awaken during her puberty, but gains them at her twentieth birthday.
  • Double Subverted: Then it turns out her powers appeared normally, but got magically blocked.
  • Parodied: Alice gets shapeshifting powers and tries to tell people around her about the strange things happening to her body. Her family and friends assume she is taking about normal puberty. She constantly gets The Talk.
  • Zig Zagged: Some people gain their powers during their puberty, some later and some earlier.
  • Averted: People can get their powers anytime during their lives.
  • Enforced: "Let’s use superpowers as a metaphor for teenagers growing up and discovering new things about their body."
  • Lampshaded: "I’m fifteen. I should get my powers soon."
  • Invoked: Alice's powers were engineered to manifest during her teens.
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  • Exploited: The Big Bad convinces Alice to join her in her ploy for world domination, appealing to her teenage desires for rebelliousness, acknowledgement, and popularity.
  • Defied:
    • Alice's parents put her through a special ritual to awaken her latent talents earlier.
    • Alice's doctor uses drugs to delay the onset of her powers.
  • Discussed : “I wonder when Alice's powers will manifest.””Probably when she hits puberty.”
  • Conversed: “All superheroes in movies seem to get their powers as teenagers.”
  • Deconstructed: Since teenagers get uncontrollable superpowers on top of their usual problems, raising children becomes even more difficult and rebellious teens turn about to be a danger for these around them.
  • Reconstructed: Children upbringing changes in such way to prepare teenagers for their future powers and make them more responsible.
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  • Implied: As an adult, Alice comments that puberty is harder for the superpowered, but doesn't reveal why.
  • Played For Laughs: Superpowers are casually added to The Talk, and Alice initially assumes her parents are talking about sex.
  • Played For Drama: Alice's Power Incontinence turns her into a social pariah.

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