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Dec 30th 2020 at 8:06:44 AM •••

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation : Not sure this is the right trope, in that the film never directly suggests that Jax's strength-multiplying arm casings aren't working exactly as advertised. The problem is that Jax already started with extreme levels of physical strength, more than enough to effectively pummel or grapple any foe he faces, and quadrupling the force of his arm muscles actually means he needs a bit of extra effort to set up and deliver blows without hurting himself or overcommiting and losing his balance. The need to control the enhanced and unnecessary strength meant that while he really could have downed his opponents more quickly if they just stood there and let him pound on them, the augmentations made him a worse fighter. (Granted, the film also doesn't provide enough detail to make this interpretation unambiguous.)

Mar 14th 2014 at 9:35:26 PM •••

I think this trope's name would be a LOT clearer if it was just something like "Innate Power All Along" or something...

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Mar 15th 2014 at 2:41:54 AM •••

Sure, but to be honest, it's got 15,914 inbounds. That is usually a sign that people understand it regardless.

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