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May 29th 2016 at 6:14:38 PM •••

  • Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender is initially upset at finding out he's the Avatar (and to be fair, the circumstances of the world shortly after he runs away do make the responsibility a pain). Still, you'd think that a 12 year old kid finding out that he could bend not just one, but ALL of the elements would be a little more excited. And as Avatar Roku mentions, being the Avatar doesn't hurt with the ladies.
  • The Legend of Korra: Korra, on the other hand, practically reveled in being the Avatar from the moment she knew she was, having already taught herself three of the four elements by age 5. The weight of her responsibilities did eventually catch up to her, however, when she proved capable of living up to them when the time came.

For Aang, it really was a curse. Yes, he was potentially the most powerful Bender there was, but it also came with being ostracized by his friends, being yanked from the only home he'd known, then having the rest of the world look to him as The Only One who can stop Fire Lord Ozai. And all of that was on top of the pressure of being the world's only living master Airbender, for most of his life.

And the trope never fit Korra at all. She reveled in being Avatar and handled the pressures of the position with far less angst than Aang did.

Apr 15th 2014 at 6:47:38 PM •••

Recently, Awesome Yet Practical was cut by TRS(Link: {{}} ) As the reasoning included "awesome" be subjective, i am nominating Cursed with Awesome and Awesome, but Impractical to YMMV banner in the 'Pages that need the YMMV banner' thread.

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Apr 15th 2014 at 10:36:43 PM •••

Commented in the forum thread.

You should link it in the future.

Feb 26th 2014 at 10:10:59 PM •••

I have question:

Does Cursed With Awesome count if the character complains about suffering Power Incontinence, but as soon as the character learns to control it on demand, there are no real drawbacks anymore?

Mar 24th 2013 at 3:14:31 AM •••

Ranma 1/2 "Don't even ask how the eel and the octopus managed to drown..."

Explained later in the arc with the Phoenix King Saffron and his bird people. "Drowning" apparently means 'get dunked into', as when Kiima digs a new hole down to the water level, then dunks Akane in it. Akane survives, but Kiima is able to use the pool to take Akane's form and infiltrate Ranma's group.

The definition of the trope seems to be the overall results are good and there's a golden chance of a happy ending. (Or as much as possible in the relevant world.)

This Cracked article 7 Awesome Super Powers Ruined by Science discusses Blessed with Suck vs Cursed with Awesome with a good dose of Required Secondary Powers.

"Star Trek tends to go in for this trope a lot. Odo in Deep Space 9 and Seven of Nine in Voyager are other examples of characters with cool abilities and immunities who go through lots of angst over the fact that they aren't the same as everyone else."

Seven at least has a good psychological reason; unlike Odo and Data, who were born/made what they are, Seven was changed from a little girl to a cyborg. Wanting to go back can be seen as a way of going back to that time in her life where things weren't so scary and her parents were around. (Not that it would work, and she logically understands this, but emotions are strange and funny things.)

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Nov 4th 2012 at 12:39:14 AM •••

A lot of the examples listed here involve characters in genuinely crappy situations which happen to have some cool side effects. For example, I just removed this one:

The characters do have enhanced strength and the ability to use magic, but it's because they've been unwillingly drafted by an inhuman being to destroy the world they live in, which puts them at the top of their own community's list of public enemies; if they fail to carry out their focus, they'll turn into corrupted shambling monsters, and if they succeed they'll turn into crystal paperweights.

The trope seems to be written as "the supposed curse's benefits outweigh its drawbacks," but most of the examples are written as "character doesn't appreciate the beneficial side effects of a curse that's nevertheless still making their life hell."

Mar 21st 2011 at 7:14:00 PM •••

"In the classic Disney film Beauty and the Beast the Beast is constantly whimpering about how ugly he is."

Is he?

Mar 20th 2011 at 4:30:48 AM •••

Should this be divided into sub-pages? After all, Blessed with Suck was

Mar 5th 2011 at 10:13:24 AM •••

I think we should remove the picture, that picture was when She-Hulk was a mindless monster like hulk.

Jun 15th 2010 at 11:15:49 PM •••

Cut for being X Just X with no explanation:

  • Barajou No Kiss. Just...Barajou no Kiss. "Is this the punishment you were talking about, Dad?"
Feel free to add it again if you know what the hell Barajou No Kiss is. (It doesn't have a page on the wiki as of this writing.)

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Sep 3rd 2010 at 6:46:04 PM •••

The main character's Dad told her to never take of her choker or a terrible punishment would befall her. But the the terrible punishment seems to consist of taking command of 4 bishonen knights.

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