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Basic Trope: A character gains an ability, but lacks the know-how.

  • Straight: Bob can reflexively shoot webs from his arms, but doesn't know how to utilize it.
  • Exaggerated: Bob can ultimately do anything, but doesn't know how.
  • Justified: Bob somehow got the power to shoot webs. He hasn't practiced yet.
  • Inverted: Bob knows how he could shoot webs, but he can't.
  • Subverted: Bob just got his new superpower, and does not seem to know how to use it. But he was keeping Evulz of guard, and really understands his powers.
  • Double Subverted: But then Bob gets his memory of how to use his abilities erased by Evulz.
  • Parodied: Bob's power activates in truly ridiculous situations - such as in bed, where his girlfriend slaps him; or during a soccer match, where he gets a penalty for using an illegal move.
    • Bob's mentor teaches him how to shoot webs from his arms...but the mentor can't.
  • Deconstructed: Bob has to face Emperor Evulz, one of the most feared supervillains, and gets his ass handed to him.
  • Reconstructed: Bob tries to not let Evulz find out about him. When Evulz finally does, he has mastered his power.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes, Bob uses his power right, but he sometimes forgets how to use it.
  • Averted: As soon as Bob got his power, he knows how to use it.
  • Enforced: "Bob using his power without knowing what he's doing is a gag gold mine!"
  • Lampshaded: "Bob? It looks like you don't know what you're doing with that web shooting thing."
  • Invoked: Bob's superhero trainer gives him uselessly vague Don't Think, Feel advice, and confesses to a side character that it's because watching Bob bumbling his powers is hilarious.
  • Defied: Bob spends days to master his power.
  • Discussed: "Yeah, shooting web is fun, unless you don't know how you do it." "Bob, it's not really fun either to freeze your coffee thanks to ice powers."
  • Conversed: "I just fought a noob in the online mode of Lethal Kombat, he just used his special abilities at random. He was damn tough though."

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