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Basic Trope: A superpower based more on wording than anything else.

  • Straight:
    • Chuck has the ability to “throw anything”. In addition to what you would expect, he can flawlessly fake his death by “Throwing the fight,” and become a champion boxer by “throwing a punch.”
    • Genso has the ability to enlighten. In addition to light powers he can trigger epiphanies in other people,
  • Exaggerated:
    • Chuck is omnipotent, so long as he can phrase his omnipotence in terms of throwing.
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    • Chuck can also use synonyms of the word throw for his powers...
  • Downplayed: Chuck can throw intangible concepts because they are things, and he can throw “any thing.”
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Semantic weakness: Silversheen has powers based on becoming a reflection of his opponents. However, it's useless against the blind because they can't see their reflections and thus they are effectively non-existent for them.
  • Subverted: It turns out that Chuck is just really good at faking his death, and it’s nothing someone who is similarly talented couldn’t do, and the same applies to his boxing skills.
  • Double Subverted: However, he later turns out to be a Gravity Master, as he can “throw his weight around”
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  • Parodied: Chuck offers to use his power to throw his enemies off the trail... which he does by picking them up, and physically throwing them off the mountain trail he’s on.
  • Zig Zagged: Chuck’s other powers are a secondary mutation… that ‘just happen’ to fit other idioms based on throwing.
  • Averted: Powers all fall into more logical categories of Stock Superpowers
  • Enforced: The writer needs to get himself out of a corner somehow, but wants to do so in a way that isn’t quite bringing in New Powers as the Plot Demands.
  • Lampshaded: “I knew wordings was important to these things, but that’s just stupid.”
  • Invoked: Chuck asks for powers based on a word, knowing he can abuse them to his own ends mercilessly.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: “Well technically my powers are superhuman accuracy and massive amount of strength, rather than technically being able to “throw any thing. So, no, I can’t create ”throw” pillows."
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  • Discussed: “I wounder if he has one of those powers based on wording?”
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: Among Chuck’s powers are the ability to make flawlessly throw any kind of competitive game.

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