History BlessedWithSuck / ComicBooks

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!!!Dc
* The Comicbook/DoomPatrol, a team that is ''based'' on BlessedWithSuck.
** MagnificentBastard super-genius Niles "The Chief" Caulder assembles the team and acts as MissionControl because he's in a wheelchair. The story he gave was that his brilliance attracted the attention of an DiabolicalMastermind who manipulated him into horrible actions. Creator/GrantMorrison pulled a {{Retcon}} that made Niles a ''real'' MagnificentBastard and granted him immortality... meaning he can't die, even as a BrainInAJar!
** Rita "Elasti-girl" Farr can grow or shrink to any size, and grow her limbs to be different sizes... but had zero control over it, wrecking her movie career.
** Hotshot test-pilot Larry Trainor gets exposed to cosmic radiation, and has a cool double (the Negative Spirit) that can teleport out of his body and phase through anything but lead... but if it's out of his body for longer than 60 seconds, it'll kill him, and he has to have every centimeter of flesh wrapped in specially-treated bandages to keep himself from dosing others with fatal levels of radiation.
** Cliff "Robotman" Steele was an extreme sports athlete, adventurer, and race car driver who got himself into a fatal car accident. His brain was put in a robot body which is stronger, faster, and tougher than any human one... but it locked him out of doing the things he loved because his new body disqualifies him from competition. Worse, he outlives all of his teammates several times over... the poor bastard frequently wonders if it would have been more merciful for him to die in the wreck.
*** It gets worse in the current continuity. [[spoiler: Why is he a robot? A group of scientists (including Caulder) gave him an injection of nanites to protect his life, when they hired him to drive for them. When the superbike he was testing went out of control, the only thing they could think of to do to save him was to consume his still completely conscious body, and convert it into an indestructible robot.]]
** Steve "Mento" Dayton enhances his telepathic and telekinetic abilities with a helmet of his own design... but between the loss of his wife and the helmet's unforeseen side effects, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.
** Karen "Bumblebee" Beecher started off as a GadgeteerGenius who used a suit of PoweredArmor, but her portrayal in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon was so well-received that DC decided to make her [[SizeShifter shrinking]] abilities from the show canon in the comics. Sort of. She shrank alright, but she's unable to return to her normal size.
* The interpretation of Comicbook/TheFlash given by the song ''The Ballad of Barry Allen'', by Jim's Big Ego. In the song, it is explained that because The Flash's perception is so much faster than normal, he is isolated from the rest of humanity, unable to form true connections with other people and tormented by the continual boredom of the rest of the world being so slow. As the lyrics say, "And I'll be there before you know it, I'll be gone before you see me, And do you think you can imagine, Anything so lonely?"
** Wally West has often expressed similar sentiments, and Bart Allen's hyperaccelerated childhood made the "slow" world almost unbearable for him for years.
** Implied in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', where Keystone City is one of the safest cities in the world, patrolled by a permanently-accelerated Wally West.
* Power Ring of the Crime Syndicate has all of the powers of ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' thanks to the Ring of Volthoom, which is not only verbally abusive towards him but is [[BodyHorror fusing to his hand]] and basically [[ArtifactOfDeath eating him alive]].
* In one story Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} story, ComicBook/PowerGirl was dying and needed surgery to save her life. But doctors could not operate on her for a simple reason: Her bulletproof skin made it impossible. There was no scalpel or surgical laser they had that was capable of cutting through her skin. Fortunately the rest of the League thought of something: they had former Green Lantern Corps member Kilowog put together a helmet that let Franchise/{{Superman}} focus his heat vision like a super-powered laser, which was able to do the job.
** Superman himself had a similar problem. After [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman his fatal fight with Doomsday]], people kept trying to resuscitate him with zero luck: The Guardian tried mouth-to-mouth and realized his lungs were like trying to breathe into an iron lung, normal defibs did jack squat and a special set made by Professor Hamilton only blew Bibbo down the street when he tried to use it.
* Multi-Man has two super powers. One is a relatively normal super power like flight, or x-ray vision or what have you, but temporary and based around his second power. The other super power is of the suck variety: any time he [[strike:dies]] is killed, he comes back to life with a new super power. This leads to him being [[ButtMonkey killed repeatedly]] by both villains ''and'' "heroes" until he has a super power that fits their current needs. What makes it worse for him is that he's not really a supervillain, he's only being held in Arkham because of the potential of his BlessedWithSuck and is considered a "model prisoner".
** Played to comical effect in ''ComicBook/JokersLastLaugh''. Multi-Man is an integral part of the Joker's mass prison break scheme. There are almost two whole pages of the Joker's playing cards and engaging in other mundane activities while asking "Now?" over and over again, while various other henchmen murder Multi in the background, punctuated by an announcement of his new powers.
* Another DC example, though not canon, was Creator/LarryNiven's essay, [[http://www.rawbw.com/~svw/superman.html "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex"]], in which he makes an argument that pre-crisis Franchise/{{Superman}} can never make love to Lois Lane (or any human, for that matter.)
** Post-Crisis, this is actually Superman's ''own'' viewpoint on his powers. Firstly, he's so immensely powerful that he has to constantly restrain himself, because he lives in fear of the massive death and destruction he could cause if he lost control. Secondly, as powerful as he is, he is ''not'' as god-like as many people believe him to be InUniverse, which means he lives with the constant guilt of not being able to help everyone as much as his help is wanted -- his ClarkKenting, in fact, is actually to give himself a legitimate excuse to "be selfish" and take some private time, lest he undergo a mental breakdown from overwork and exhaustion. Finally, his [[SuperSenses Super Hearing]] means he's constantly able to hear people begging for his help... and even he ''cannot'' answer all of them.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s cousin ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' also sees her powers as a burden. Pre-Crisis Kara came to a point where she was tired of being Supergirl constantly instead of being her own person and she actually felt guilty for wanting to lead a normal life. Post-Crisis, a lot of people tried to manipulate her or take advantage of her because she was so powerful, to the point she calls her formidable powers a curse in the ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' arc:
-->'''Supergirl:''' This strength, this power It's been like a curse. But I refuse to be a victim anymore!
* In ''ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'', Joel Kent, after years of living without Kryptonian superpowers due to being prenatally exposed to Gold Kryptonite radiation, receives a formula from the Ultra-Humanite (posing as Lex Luthor) which gives him back his powers. Unfortunately, after using those powers to [[CainAndAbel kill his sister Kara]], Joel found out that the formula that gave him back his powers ended up killing him after a few hours' use, despite Ultra's original claim of the contrary - which turns out to be just what Ultra was expecting Joel to believe.
** Years later, though, Superman and his grandson Clark Wayne (Knightwing) discover that Ultra was able to come up with a formula that could restore Kryptonian powers ''without'' killing whoever drank it.

!!!Franchise/MarvelUniverse



* ComicBook/AdamWarlock, whose Soul Gem gives him various spiritual powers, up to and including the ability to rip someone's soul from their body. As the souls taken then go to a miniature paradise dimension contained within the gem, this doesn't seem too bad... until you learn that the gem is sentient and has a nasty tendency to try and break free of his control to steal souls on its own. Also, during the soul stealing process, Warlock has to relive ''every single one'' of the victim's memories. Now think about the fact that at one point, the only way to save the universe was to soul steal about 10,000 or so enemy black knights at once.
* The Boulder (better known by others as Butterball), who made one appearance in ''[[Comicbook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'' (which, again, is a Marvel Comic, demonstrating just how much they are in love with this trope), has the superpower of total [[NighInvulnerable Invulnerability]]. He's impervious to harm, can't be worn out, and is otherwise invincible. Sounds great, until you realize he's forever stuck in the body of a slow, weak, overweight teen who's incapable of losing weight or getting any stronger, making him worthless as a superhero.
** Oh, it gets worse. When one of his teammates offers to have sex with him, he tells her that there's no point - his invulnerability not only prevents him from feeling pain, but from feeling pleasure, too. Pretty damn rough when you consider that he's going to remain a teenager ''forever''... To be fair, he's since landed a job with the Shadow Initiative and has a bright future ahead of him in search and rescue. And, come on. This is the guy who broke the Taskmaster.
*** An extra down side is that while nothing can hurt him, he's still vulnerable to all forms of telepathy, including mind control. But an extra bright side to him, when in fights, he's the perfect shield for his teammates.
** Another character in ''Avengers: The Initiative'' who fits this trope is Trauma, who possesses both [[{{telepathy}} telepathic]] and [[VoluntaryShapeshifting metamorphic]] powers, and can therefore transform into whatever a person is most afraid of. Often, he will give this attack a nightmarish twist; if you're afraid of death, he'll morph into a mutilated corpse, if you're afraid of spiders, he'll turn into a spider about the size of a ''T. rex'', and so forth. He started off with a horrible case of PowerIncontinence, as his powers are triggered by strong emotion. If someone near him was upset or scared, he would spontaneously transform into something horrible. Unlike most people on this list, Trauma ''did'' eventually learn to control his powers -- but the damage, sadly, had been done. A recent issue of ''Avengers: The Initiative'' revealed that his family does not want anything to do with him. Even worse, in the very first issue, we're told that his mother is in a mental institution...
*** During ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'', the guys with which he was fighting Skrulls with were so afraid that one of them could be Skrull, that their fear made him change into one. While his buddies beat on him, ''real'' Skrulls caught them. He's no teamplayer at all.
*** Trauma was recently revealed to be the son of a dream manipulating demon named ''Nightmare'', thus explaining why he has his powers and why they suck so much.
*** His powers started to suck much more when he really wanted to scare someone who really pissed him off. Unlucky for him, it was [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere a badass magician]].
* The ComicBook/AvengersAcademy seems to be ''built'' on this. We have Veil who can turn into mist...yet her power is slowly killing her. Then we have Hazmat whose body produces deadly radiation, and has to be confined to a suit to protect others. Then there's Finesse, who is a super fighter but her brain can't handle all the information and in the future... it's revealed she's [[spoiler: continually forgetting her daughter's name.]] Then there's Mettle, who was a champion surfer before his powers awakened, granting him SuperStrength and NighInvulnerability... but making him look like a metal version of ComicBook/RedSkull (he even yells once 'I'm not related to Red Skull, I'm Jewish'), and then there's Reptil who could only transform his body parts into dinosaurs before getting a future power-up.
* [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avenger]] Black Knight had this in his magic sword, the Ebony Blade. On one hand, [[AbsurdlySharpBlade it could cut through nearly anything]]. On the other hand, it had a curse that took effect if it ever drew blood, which would do things like paralyze him, turn him into a statue, or drive him insane. These curses were generally pretty permanent, to the point even Comicbook/DoctorStrange had trouble removing them. Worse, even if someone else used the blade to draw blood, the curse would still affect Black Knight. It was no surprise when he eventually stopped using the damn thing.
** More recently, it's just resorted to trying to drive him and turn him into a literal BloodKnight. As an expert on the Ebony Blade remarks, every single previous Black Knight has gone mad. Except him. So far...
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} had terminal cancer so he turned to the Canadian government's Weapon X program for help. The good: He won't die of cancer. The bad: His cancer is now supercharged on HealingFactor and constantly destroys and rebuilds his ''entire body'', including his brain, leaving him with a face that... has the consistency and appearance of a hamburger patty, and made him just plain crazy, and very, very funny. At least his fans love him. Moral of the story? Canadian healthcare ain't all it's made out to be.
* While most of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' embraces their powers, the Thing genuinely believes that his superpower is a curse, and who can blame him? Even though he possesses super strength and near invulnerability, it doesn't change the fact that he's been turned into a hideous rock monster that scares the shit out of anybody who sees him, and destroys his chances of living a normal life. He was also forced to quit his job as a test pilot because he was too big and heavy to fit in a plane. Oh yeah, and did we mention that he was turned into a ''hideous rock monster''?
** As Reed said once, "He has his good days and his bad." Ben will never really be at peace with his monstrous form. For every writer who gives him a break from the angst, there's one who brings it back because it's so central to his character. Mark Waid's recent run is a good example of the latter.
** This is also upset by the fact that [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]] is one of the most absolutely loved heroes in the Marvel Universe. No hero has as many friends and is as respected and genuinely loved by other heroes. Laying the smack down on Ben Grimm in front of the Avengers [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor is a wonderful way to get some Asgardian hammer driven repeatedly into your face.]]
** On the bright side, if the one shot "Isla De Muerte" is to be believed, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Puerto Ricans love Ben Grimm]]. This is not a mere funny element in a comic, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Puerto Ricans seriously do love Ben Grimm]] and call him La Mole.
** It's also been suggested sometimes that Ben simply doesn't know how to turn his powers off or has some kind of mental block. Of the four, he's the only one that can't; so it's either mental or something physically different about him.
* From ''ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers'', Mister Immortal alias Craig Hollis. His one and only power: he can't ever stay dead. He discovered it by trying to commit suicide when his girlfriend did the same. And while all the loved ones around him died. And continued to die. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever He will, according to reliable sources, outlive things like stars, planets, and Galactus.]]
** Considering ComicBook/{{Galactus}} is a being which used to be mortal and was born in the universe that existed previous to the current Marvel universe (and gained his powers through surviving the death of his universe and the big bang that created the current one), it [[FridgeLogic stands to reason that Mr. Immortal would be a strong contender]] for becoming the [[TimeAbyss Galactus]] of the universe that follows the eventual death of the current Marvel universe.
** On the upside, the guy who was killing his friends was fired by Death. Now the guy in charge of the whole "prepare you for an eternity alone" bit is one of his closest friends. Yay?
*** One panel of him standing alone in a ruined landscape, surrounded by silhouettes of the corpses of his friends, is unusually bleak in a series that tends to play death for black humor.
* The newish mutants from the Marvel Universe, ''ComicBook/GenerationHope'', all have powers like this, or at least linked to this. You have Velocidad, who's a super-speedster who ages up with each use of his power as it just makes time move slower/faster/whichever would be relevant for him, Sadie (Transonic) who's trapped forever in some blue alien-looking body, some guy who got super-animal strength and senses... and the mind to go with them. Another one of them's walking BodyHorror. Being one of the new generation of mutants sucks.
** Idie is the one exception. Too bad her upbringing convinced her that just being a mutant was bad enough.
* Parodied in ''ComicBook/TheHood'' comics, when Parker offers his cousin a chance to try his flying shoes.
---> '''John:''' ''No fuckin' way! Who knows what makes that shit work, Parker. Those things'll probably steal your soul or? or give you nut cancer.''
** Since the artifacts allowed [[spoiler: Dormammu to make The Hood his bitch]], they ''did'' steal his soul.
* The ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk''. Here is that it might be more justified as a lot of people do hate and hound him (especially the army), and having multiple personalities is never fun. All that, and his wives keep on dying.
* Black Bolt, king of ComicBook/TheInhumans. This guy can produce a destructive force with his voice. If he so much as whispers, he'll destroy the landscape around him. Black Bolt has a bad case of PowerIncontinence -- and the only way he can avoid destroying everything around him is by not vocalizing (talking, laughing, crying, etc.). An old ''Fantastic Four'' comic revealed that Black Bolt had spent his childhood in an isolation chamber until he had learned the discipline to stay forever silent. And he ''killed his parents'' with an ill-timed utterance.
** Also, the reason why Bolt's brother Maximus is an insane supervillain is that BB used his vocal powers too close to him once, and that shattered his sanity.
*** That is to say, it's the reason why he's an ''insane'' supervillain, and not the reason for the villainy itself. Maximus was already a dick. Incidentally, the aforementioned incident was Maximus collaborating with the Kree - the very aliens who were responsible for their existence - to attack Attilan, in a scheme to get Black Bolt in trouble, and for him to step out of his shadow. Black Bolt used his hyper-sonic scream to down their flagship, and Maximus just happened to be nearby when it happened. BB may feel guilt about it, especially because their parents were caught when the ship crashed into the parliament building [[LaserGuidedKarma but for Maximus, it really was just desserts]].
* ComicBook/IronMan built his first armor to keep himself alive -- the powers were just a bonus to help him escape his captors. Ever since, his dependence on the suit has been a recurring plot element. For a long time, it kept his heart running (he could never take off the chestplate, and running out of power was a deadly problem); then that was fixed, but Tony was shot and paralyzed below the waist, unable to walk without his armor; still later, the chip that cured Tony's paralysis went on to sabotage his nervous system, and he couldn't control his body at ''all'' without a special Iron Man suit. Most recently, Tony was nearly killed gaining the power of Extremis, which lets him control machines -- this too is a power with serious downsides, as it makes him feel detached from humanity and allows smart enough enemies to attack his vital systems ''electronically.'' And now Extremis has been removed (or at least shut down) thanks to Skrulls, meaning his current armor can't be used anymore because it's far too complex for a normal human brain to use.
** {{Ultimate Marvel}}'s version is arguably worse off. On the one hand, he doesn't need the armor to support his heart like the mainstream Tony Stark does, and he has genuine SuperIntelligence plus a HealingFactor because of having "undifferentiated neural tissue" scattered throughout his body. The downside of this? ''Pain''. He's in perpetual agony; even when hovering on a blood alcohol level that would leave an ordinary man insensible ''and'' wearing a special bio-suit that was created to block out the pain, he's still constantly suffering.
* One of the few examples of this trope who is also a BadassNormal comes in the form of [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Michael Van Patrick, aka MVP]]. Long story short, he went through a diet and exercise regimen (starting from ''infancy'' it seems) devised by his grandfather who had worked on the SuperSoldier program that created ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. On the plus side, it made MVP a human being whose physical abilities were on par with ComicBook/CaptainAmerica himself, without SuperSerum. The downside? Hoo boy. When it was discovered that his grandfather worked on the project, school officials suspected that MVP's abilities weren't natural, so he got booted off his high school sports team. Then he got drafted by the Initiative because they also believed he had SuperSerum in his veins. While he adjusted well enough, he and his fellow recruits took part in an ill-advised live fire exercise on ''their first day''. End result? [[spoiler: To quote the Sniper from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', "BoomHeadshot."]] [[FromBadToWorse It]] [[CloningBlues didn't]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity end]] [[AxCrazy there]].
* Verity Willis, from the supporting cast of ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', [[LivingLieDetector can see through lies]]. All lies, every lie, up to invisibility powers and high level illusions. Unfortunately [[PowerIncontinence she can't turn it off]] so not even the small white lies that make daily life easier work on her. She can't even enjoy a book or a film because she lacks suspension of disbelief.
* [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] is NighInvulnerable to the point that bullets can't pierce his skin. Which is pretty awesome until something manages to injure him badly enough that he needs intensive medical care. Then it becomes a problem that needles can't pierce his skin.
* A similar interpretation to Flash example in Dc section is ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}, who once told a psychiatrist they would be short-tempered too if everyone else was like that one slow person in the checkout line.
** The "jerk speedster" attitude has become common enough that it's even been [[FanNickname named]] after Quicksilver. [[IncrediblyLamePun PMS: Pietro Maximoff Syndrome]].
* Rick Sheridan, from the 1990s MarvelComics series ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'' ends up having to share his head with the titular alien hero, who can only come out when Rick sleeps. Sleepy's presence causes no end of trouble for Rick in his social life, up to and including putting Rick in a coma when Sleepwalker tries to force his way out while Rick is still awake. At least Peter Parker got some cool powers to balance things out...



* Bunnie Rabbit from the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic book series has a laser cannon and energy shield built into her bionic arm. Very useful, but completely drains her if overused.
* Franchise/MarvelUniverse:
** Likewise, mutants (especially the ComicBook/XMen) are BlessedWithSuck, thanks to the [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman outcast status]] that their power brings, even if they look and act completely normal. Besides the social issues, many mutants have [[PowerIncontinence little or no control over their powers]], especially right after they first manifest. Force-fields that don't turn off, energy powers that lash out randomly, involuntary telepathy, etc.

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* Bunnie Rabbit Jessica Drew AKA ComicBook/SpiderWoman was one to get over this problem but initially, her powers caused accelerated aging, unwanted attraction due to pheromones and unjustified hatred because of those same pheromones.
* ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}} can perfectly memorize and copy the movements of other people. Fighting styles, sports, the works. Permanently. This comes with a heavy trade-off: All of the information that is involved with perfectly imitating so many people is too much for Taskmaster's brain. As a result, he constantly forgets things that aren't combat-related: people, places, even a conversation
from last Monday. He reveals all of this to Avengers Academy member Finesse, who has similar abilities [[spoiler: because she might be his daughter]] and might have the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic book series same problem down the road. [[{{Tearjerker}} He wants to fight her because memorizing her movements is the only way he won't forget her.]] FromBadToWorse in a recent mini that reveals just how much of his life he's forgotten. He used to be known as Tony Masters, a married S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and he forgot about his former vocation and his wife, who was also a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. He forgets all of this again at the end of the mini when he copies the skills of his attacker in order to save his wife. His wife is determined to keep reminding him though.
** Note that everything above is a fairly recent and incredibly unpopular {{Retcon}}, that causes more problems than it solves. Before this, however, he did have to deal with the issue that his photographic reflexes did not include RequiredSecondaryPowers - for example, as a young boy, he copied an Olympic diver... only to realize after he hit the water that he didn't know how to swim.
* Thunderbolt's super-fast metabolism caused him to die of old age about a week after getting his powers.
* ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'':
** Prodigy of the possessed the ability to absorb the knowledge of those around him. After he lost his powers to ComicBook/ScarletWitch after the ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', the Stepford Cuckoos were able to help him compensate by unlocking the accumulated knowledge of everyone he'd ever been in contact with. While this makes him one of the smartest teens in the MarvelUniverse, it also means he ended up with a ton of awkward, intimate stuff like {{Wolverine}}'s bathroom habits or Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} and ComicBook/EmmaFrost's sex life.
** William "Billy" Kaplan essentially won the SuperpowerLottery and
has a laser cannon power potentially on par with the gods. Great! Unfortunately, he doesn't have all that much ''control'' over his immense power. This means that when he screws up, the consequences are usually disastrous and energy shield built potentially world-ending. That is not hyperbole. He also might be ''accidentally'' warping reality just by existing and wanting things, although considering [[ConsummateLiar the]] [[MagnificentBastard source]] [[BigBadFriend of]] [[EvilAllAlong that]] information, it's likely a lie. Billy's still worried about it, though. There's also the part where his power scares the crap out of some people -- including his heroes, the Avengers, and ''himself'' -- and he's viewed as TooPowerfulToLive by Wolverine, leading to two attempts on his life. And there was an EldritchAbomination that wanted to eat him to gain his power. ''And'' Loki tried to [[DrivenToSuicide drive Billy to suicide]] to steal his power, which would have worked if Loki hadn't [[ConscienceMakesYouGoBack changed his mind]] and [[InterruptedSuicide stopped Billy from pulling the trigger]] at the last possible second. After that, Loki ''still'' tried to manipulate Billy so that Loki could control said power by proxy. In short, Billy was a lot happier back when he thought his powers consisted of nothing but flight, electricity, and basic magic.
** It's not difficult to imagine that Tommy "Speed" Shepherd of the ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' has the same problem of his uncleQuicksilver because he shares the same powers. It's incredibly easy to imagine, therefore, why he did the things that landed him in juvie in the first place, and why he's so distraught when [[spoiler: the Young Avengers split up at the end of Children's Crusade]] - he's literally incapable of fitting
into her bionic arm. Very useful, but completely drains her if overused.
normal society because of his time perception.
*** The Comicbook/MarvelNOW ''Young Avengers'' volume makes it even worse. It's established that when his body moves at super-speed, all of his forms of perception do as well. So while using his speed to assemble some cellphones at his civilian job, he claims that he essentially just wasted a week of his life in the span of a few seconds.
** Melter II of the ''Dark Young Avengers'' has the ability to dissolve objects. However, he's had it since a very young age, and his control is weak, leading to him [[spoiler: accidentally killing his parents, and later an old woman.]]
* Franchise/MarvelUniverse:
''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Likewise, mutants (especially the ComicBook/XMen) are BlessedWithSuck, thanks to the [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman outcast status]] that their power brings, even if they look and act completely normal. Besides the social issues, many mutants have [[PowerIncontinence little or no control over their powers]], especially right after they first manifest. Force-fields that don't turn off, energy powers that lash out randomly, involuntary telepathy, etc.



* This was the motivation behind one-time ''ComicBook/XFactor'' foe Josef Huber's attempt to orchestrate the extinction of mutants. Unlike others with this goal, he wasn't a deranged fanatic; he just had the ability to automatically copy the [[AllYourPowersCombined powers of every mutant on the planet]], which resulted in him having telepathy so powerful that even the isolated arctic cave he lives in offers little refuge from the constant noise of thoughts from all over the world.
* The adamantium that makes ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s skeleton unbreakable and makes his claws even deadlier is also toxic. Wolverine would never have survived the adamantium infusion if it weren't for his HealingFactor. Another drawback is that his HealingFactor is weakened due to needing to work overtime to compensate for the adamantium poisoning. Having a metal skeleton also makes him a pretty poor opponent against on and off BigBad Magneto. This was graphically demonstrated in the ''Fatal Attractions'' arc (specifically ''X-Men'' vol. 2 #25) when Magneto ''ripped off the adamantium'' from Wolverine's bones, nearly killing him. [[spoiler: In UltimateMarvel, Magneto ''did'' kill Wolverine this way in ''Ultimatum''.]]
** The adamantium poisoning thing is a recent {{Retcon}}, and leaves a significant PlotHole in the form of Lady Deathstrike and Bullseye, both of whom have admantinum skeletons and lack Wolverine's healing factor. Earlier the problem was stated to be that as the metal covers his bones entirely, it interferes with the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow, and Wolverine's healing factor is constantly under stress compensating for that.
*** One could justify it in Deathstrike's case since she is also a full on cyborg with systems that could deal with the poisoning. As for Bullseye... And it's even worse in the case of Wolverine's old drill instructor Cyber. His original body did have a HealingFactor, but his [[GrandTheftMe new one]] doesn't and he still doesn't seem to have any issues with adamantium poisoning after lacing his skin with it. This happened long ''after'' the {{Retcon}} too.
*** Bullseye takes pills for it, when writers remember that property. Presumably, the other adamantium users that lack a healing factor do the same.
** It also makes him much slower (as far as combat speed, reaction time and running speed) than he would otherwise be, due to its not-so-light weight. He tends to have difficulties going through airports and any other facility with metal detectors. And (theoretically speaking), it makes him easy to track for any being with sensitivities to metal (obvious candidates being Magneto & Polaris) and he is much more susceptible to attack via electricity. The additional weight would make swimming a bit more of a chore than it would be otherwise.
*** It wouldn't make him more susceptible to electricity. the electricity would travel along the easy metal path, keeping his heart and organs and tissue safe from the damage it could cause.
*** The metal would still attract the electricity far more easily (especially with claws out); with claws in, it would have to get through the natural barrier of the skin. Plus, the electricity would fry anything in direct contact with the metal-laced bone, ''including'' one or more of the dura membranes surrounding the brain [[note]]the brain itself has no pain receptors[[/note]]; healing all that would still ''hurt''.
** A less severe case of BlessedWithSuck is the combination of a HealingFactor and retractable claws. Whenever Wolverine pops out the claws, he cuts open his hands. The HealingFactor keeps him from bleeding out, but also guarantees that he'll cut himself open again the next time. He's done it so often by now that he's probably used to it ([[GoodThingYouCanHeal and it's far from the worst pain he's ever suffered]]), but when they first came out, chances are it hurt.
*** His reaction and expression in the ''Origin'' mini-series says it all...
*** The first movie made this explicit: Rogue saw the claws pop out, and asked Wolverine if it hurt. His response: "Every time".
*** Parodied by Greg and Lou in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vQ2RVqJCNM Wolverine's Claws Suck]].
*** Also a retcon; originally, his claws had sheaths - back when they were artificial. Now that they're retconned as natural, they don't. Um, stop me if this starts to make sense... the first time he leaves them out for a few minutes, given his healing factor, they should form those sheaths anyway - like a pierced ear.
*** Shortly after Wolverine had his adamantium stolen, Jubilee asked if he still bleeds when he uses his claws. His reply is that he pops them in and out a few times every day, forming holes like pierced ears. But they still hurt.
** Wolverine's SuperSenses have the drawback of always being active. It's a wonder he doesn't pass out from sheer agony given the horrific injuries he suffers so often. This is arguably the case for anyone with SuperSenses.
*** He has on occasion complained about being in public places such as airports due to the olfactory overload he receives from all the different kinds of b.o., deodorant, cologne, bad breath, etc.
** Wolverine's HealingFactor is pretty awesome, but prior to M-Day (which gave Wolverine all of his memories back), it apparently helped him get over ''mental'' trauma -- by giving him ''amnesia''. Whether or not this is still the case -- or indeed, if it ever really was -- has not been confirmed. And yes, this means that ''all'' of Wolverine's powers are cases of BlessedWithSuck.
*** The amnesia was recently revealed to be due to Weapon X "memory implants", which amount to nothing more than Weapon X doctors taking a cattle prod to his brain and allowing it to grow back, and then telling him some bullshit story about why he can't remember anything and who he "really" is.
** Logan's daughter/OppositeSexClone Laura Kinney AKA ComicBook/{{X 23}} shares much of this, but unlike Logan is also burdened with ''remembering everything that's ever happened to her''. [[DarkAndTroubledPast And everything that's ever happened to her has really]], ''[[BrokenBird really]]'' [[TheWoobie sucked.]] Additionally, ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'' makes it clear that the second Laura steps into a room she has already analyzed everyone in it for threat assessment and calculated the best plan of attack for ''killing them all''. Sure, that sounds pretty useful if you're walking into a BadGuyBar or another situation where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou, but ''she can't turn it off''. Laura formulates a plan to kill her ''friends and loved ones'' every time she meets up with them.
*** The trigger scent falls into this as well. Laura is already an incredibly skilled and capable fighter by benefit of her instincts, heightened senses, and TrainingFromHell, but the trigger scent turns her into a whirling ball of unstoppable adamantium-bladed death. Unfortunately, it also induces an UnstoppableRage over which she has no control and will pursue and attack ''anything'', even those she cares about, that's been marked, and she will not stop until the target is either dead or the scent wears off.
*** Laura manages to avoid ''most'' of adamantium's BlessedWithSuck traits Logan has to deal with, since only her claws are laced with it (though she still notes in her solo series that swimming is troublesome. She would also have the same problems getting through metal detectors or fighting someone like Magneto). However she also ''adds'' a unique one of her own that Wolverine doesn't have to worry about: Because her skeleton isn't reinforced with adamantium as well, it's entirely possible for her to strike something with her claws with so much force, that the combination of shock of impact, the target's resistance to being cut, and resulting vibrations could ''shatter or pulverize'' the bones in her hands and wrists, or feet and ankles.
* For a time, Rhino's suit was grafted to his skin. While this provided the permanent secondary powers for him to break through walls without pain, he had a lack of feeling and required a special flap for natural functions. Also, a side story mini-series from the perspective of Kitty Pryde as a new X-Man revolved around Wolverine running off with her in the middle of the night and telling her about some bank robbers he had fought while in Canada that wore adamantium suits. Unfortunately, the suits could not be removed; and one of them ended up with some disease. The man was left on life support for decades because the doctors weren't able to give him the single injection he needed, and the suit was of similar strength to Wolverine's claws. Wolverine took Kitty because he suddenly realized her powers would allow them to phase the needle past the suit, but he had died shortly before they arrived.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', Bigby Wolf has to constantly smoke in order to keep his super-sensitive sense of smell from inhaling the millions of scents from all over Manhattan. Plus all the noise...
** Another example from the third issue of the SpinOff series ''Jack of Fables'', in which Jack learns that his overbearing lust for adventure has cursed him with being the center of all stories, including the ''Sword in the Stone"- where he plays the stone, after getting Excalibur shoved through his chest.
* In ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', one story features a superheroine (a "real", albeit minor one) whose power is that her body can take on different elements in order to protect her (i.e. diamonds to deflect bullets, etc). However this power is (naturally) involuntary and now she desperately wants to die, but can't. Enter [[TheGrimReaper Death of the Endless]]....
** To elaborate, the superheroine - Element Girl - looks utterly inhuman all the time, having a chalk-white face, green hair, and orange and purple arms. Despite being able to copy any chemical compound on Earth, she cannot morph into her former human form naturally because [[BodyHorror any attempts at forming human skin or flesh rot after use.]] As a result, she is forced to simulate it by wearing silicate masks.
** Also, any attempts to commit suicide by poison? Utterly ineffective, because her body just metabolises them. She's quite TheWoobie.

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* Gwen Raiden (see ''Series/{{Angel}}'' below) gets a mega-massive dose of this in ''Angel: After the Fall'' when [[spoiler: having found a cure for her electrical...ness, she uses the opportunity to get close to another person for the first time. Then everything goes to Hell and the electrical doohickey keeping her powers suppressed breaks... and she [[{{Squick}} deep-fries her new friend]].]]
* Anyone infected with the Beauty Virus in ''ComicBook/{{Beauty}}'' becomes thin, beautiful, and literally radiant. They can eat as much as they want and all they feel is a slightly feverish feeling. Unfortunately, they live a year or two before they blow up.
* Tony Chu of ''ComicBook/{{Chew}}'' has cibopathy. This is a form of PsychicPowers where he can see things relating to the past of anything he tastes; he can also absorb skills and knowledge by eating flesh or drinking blood from other human beings. What makes this suck? First and foremost, he can't turn it off -- and a lot of the visions he gets are pretty damn gross. Secondly, the only thing he can eat that doesn't trigger his cibopathy is beets... and he doesn't even ''like'' beets. Finally, his powers, combined with his {{jerkass}} boss, means he has to eat a lot of stuff that is inherently gross. Like corpses, dead animals, poop...
* Speeding Bullet of the series ''ComicBook/CommonGrounds'' is unable to enjoy movies because they were far too ''slow'' for him, essentially a series of still frames. He learned to lip-read so that he could fast-forward them with the sound off. That led to the problem of him having read every decent book and seen every film ''ever made'' to the point of boredom, and being unable to even enjoy sex due to it taking a subjective week or two for him if slowed down to human speed - and friction burns being involved for his partner if he actually allowed himself to move at a comfortable pace. Yeowch. The only thing that makes life worthwhile is the thought that as a superhero, he can improve the lives of others and make a lasting impression.
* The Darkness powers in ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'', which while making Jackie completely godly, only work in the dark and stop him from enjoying one of his favorite pastimes, casual sex (The Darkness is passed down from father to son, killing the father at the moment of conception process - which is how Jackie's father died).
** This is somewhat subverted because Jackie has the ability to create women from the Darkness which he can sex all he likes. But this usually goes horribly wrong.
* Happens frequently in the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse:
** Gladstone Gander occasionally gets this treatment: one story dealt with him trying to solve the problem of his home being cluttered by all the things he's won, a few stories have other people showing disdain for him for being effectively a cheater or a freeloader who has everything fall into his lap without having to make any effort, and in ''ComicBook/{{Ultraheroes}}'' his superhero alter ego is ''massively'' unpopular, both with the fans of the team and his own teammates. It has long since been established that Scrooge has struck Gladstone from his will because he has zero respect for someone who avoids doing any real work at every possibility.
*** Since in the vast majority of stories he appears in he's not only a lazy freeloader, but also insufferably ''smug'' about it, most readers aren't inclined to feel pity for him.
** {{Defied}} by Magica: she's trying to achieve Mida's Touch, the TropeCodifier of this (in fact it's even the trope image)... But it would come from ''an easily removed necklace'', allowing her to deactivate it at will.
*** Then played ''painfully'' straight in the imaginary stories where she succeeds and becomes richer than Scrooge... Only to find out she's just not cut to deal with the downsides of being a billionaire.
** ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' examples:
*** [[HumansAreSpecial Humans are so emotionally rich]] that the guns of the Evronians often fail to fully and definitely drain them with one shot, and they can recover. The Evronians being {{Emotion Eater}}s, this means that Earth graduated from InsignificantBluePlanet to ''eternal and unending buffet''.
*** Gorthan is one of the rare Evronians who achieved a full emotional spectrum and complete free will. As he's not a member of the Senate, that instantly made him a mortal danger for his society, and his fellow Evronians tried to kill him.
*** Xadhoom has achieved abilities that make her [[PhysicalGoddess the mightiest and effectively unkillable being in the universe, with unlimited energy]]. They're also physically painful (they literally ''burn'' her. Not that her HealingFactor allows her to notice), they gave her a massive guilt complex as she was too busy with the experiment that caused her mutation to realize that [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill the Evronians were not really coming to trade but to invade]] (and as she was the chief of the government, that meant she was responsible for the orbital defences of her homeworld being off-line when the Evronians attacked), and as the Evronian are facing an energy shortage she's permanently risking to be used as an infinite source of energy by them. [[SubvertedTrope The latter she actually likes]], as it means that once in a while an Evronian force comes to her and she doesn't have to search it before killing it.
*** In his final appearance, the Evronian scientist Zoster obtains the same powers as Xadhoom. [[spoiler: [[PhlebotinumOverload As he lacks the necessary self-control, the power]] ''[[DeaderThanDead reduces him to nothingness]]'']].
* ''ComicBook/DungeonsAndDragons'' In Issue #6 Drey describes that Adric suffers a curse...the curse of being clever. This means he can always see a way out when everything seems lost, but it also means he can't save everyone, no matter how much he wants to.
* The title character in ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' derives her powers from a [[EmpathicWeapon hypermembrane]] that grants her superhuman strength, invulnerability, the ability to generate powerful energy blasts, various optical enhancements, and other abilities not yet shown. Unfortunately, it tears easily, at which point much of her power goes away. She's also incredibly self-conscious, and the hypermembrane doesn't work if she's wearing anything over it. Considering it fits like a coat of body paint (but thinner), this is a definite problem. And to top it all off, it's all but stated that the suit's faults and frailties are all her own creation, her poor self-image and chronic self-doubt sabotaging her powerhouse potential.
** And to top it all off, she is the only one for whom the blasted thing works ''at all''. A more selfish soul would ditch the thing in a heartbeat rather than deal with the problems it has, but [[ComesGreatResponsibility all Emp ever wanted was to be a superhero...]]
** Another character called Cinderblock is implied that his current form (a man with cinderblocks for his head and hands) doesn't have the normal bodily functions. His ability is to manipulate concrete and stone - but he doesn't like using it because of the massive collateral damage it causes.
* The Top Cow series ''ComicBook/{{Freshmen}}'' featured Green Thumb, a vegan whose powers allow him to hear the thoughts of plants. ''All'' thoughts of ''all'' plants. It got terrible very quickly.
* The protagonist of the Top Cow one-shot ''Murderer'' sees/hears the thoughts of everyone around him all the time. This results in him knowing things he'd rather not (like how much his grandmother secretly hates him) and being so overwhelmed by other people's thoughts that it's hard to focus on his own. He speaks in broken fragments full of pauses[[note]]e.g. "Wife. Got sick. Lost job. No money. No food. Just want. Family okay."[[/note]] because he can't concentrate well enough to string together a whole sentence. The title comes from the fact that the only way for him to turn his power off (only for a few hours) is to be in someone's mind as they're dying.
* Steve Rude and Mike Baron's hero ''Comicbook/{{Nexus}}'' is Horatio Hellpop, who has vast powers granted to him by a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien. The problem is that he never asked for these powers, and said alien forces him to spend his life executing mass murderers, including his own father. Many of his targets are utter monsters who arguably deserve death, but others are penitents who just want to live a quiet life and put their sins behind them. Horatio is a good and decent man who hates being burdened with this task and frequently tries to escape it.
* Comic 9 of ''ComicBook/{{Noob}}'' has the characters participate in one of their FictionalVideoGame's battlegrounds. Each side of the battle gets a commander randomly selected among the players participating. Due to its duties, all other players have to protect that commander with their lives. Gaea, the cast DirtyCoward, is of course overjoyed when she gets chosen for the position. However, DecapitatedArmy also applies to these battlegrounds, so each side will dedicate part of its troops to a StraightForTheCommander strategy. Gaea herself ends up having to protect her own life after the three strongest players of her faction effectively perform a HeroicSacrifice in order to keep her alive a little longer.
* ''ComicBook/PS238'' has Lyle. He can "see patterns in things", and so he can tell you everything about anything or anyone he looks at, making him effectively omniscient. The catch is that he can't turn it off, and can see these patterns everywhere. He spends most of his time in a featureless white room to keep his brain from overloading.



* Several NighInvulnerable characters are said to have little or no sense of touch -- Diamond Lil of ComicBook/AlphaFlight, Hardbody of the ComicBook/NextMen, Alea of Wildcore, etc.
** This is implied to be part of why [[ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}} Max Damage]] became a supervillain.
** Diamond Lil was diagnosed with breast cancer, which could only be excised at the molecular level by Madison Jeffries.
** Robotman from ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' is an interesting subversion -- as his name implies, he's basically a brain in a robot body. To drive home the point at how BlessedWithSuck this can be, he once bashed his head repeatedly into a concrete wall, each time emphasizing he didn't feel a thing, before collapsing and [[TearJerker making crying sounds]] while saying [[ImHavingSoulPains it hurt so much]]. This kicked off an arc about [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped living with mental illness.]]
* The ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' is another Marvel example (they really seem to love this trope). The difference here is that it might be more justified as a lot of people do hate and hound him (especially the army), and having multiple personalities is never fun. All that, and his wives keep on dying.
* [[ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers Mister Immortal]], Craig Hollis. His one and only power: he can't ever stay dead. He discovered it by trying to commit suicide when his girlfriend did the same. And while all the loved ones around him died. And continued to die. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever He will, according to reliable sources, outlive things like stars, planets, and Galactus.]]
** Considering ComicBook/{{Galactus}} is a being which used to be mortal and was born in the universe that existed previous to the current Marvel universe (and gained his powers through surviving the death of his universe and the big bang that created the current one), it [[FridgeLogic stands to reason that Mr. Immortal would be a strong contender]] for becoming the [[TimeAbyss Galactus]] of the universe that follows the eventual death of the current Marvel universe.
** On the upside, the guy who was killing his friends was fired by Death. Now the guy in charge of the whole "prepare you for an eternity alone" bit is one of his closest friends. Yay?
*** One panel of him standing alone in a ruined landscape, surrounded by silhouettes of the corpses of his friends, is unusually bleak in a series that tends to play death for black humor.

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* Several NighInvulnerable characters are said Arson from Shadowhawk and the short-lived Regulators is always on fire. He cannot turn it off. He does not get the Human Torch's advantages like flying, nor is he nearly as strong as the Human Torch, although certainly strong enough to have burn anything he touches like food, clothing, furniture, or his teammates. Unlike the real unfortunates on this page, at least he does burn himself to death.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Sleeper}}'', the main character's power is kind of this way; he "absorbs" his pain without experiencing it, but also has most physical pleasures muted to
little or no sense of touch -- Diamond Lil of ComicBook/AlphaFlight, Hardbody of nothing (I don't recall the ComicBook/NextMen, Alea of Wildcore, etc.
** This is implied
details). However, the real Suck Stick Hammering got applied to be part of why [[ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}} Max Damage]] became a supervillain.
** Diamond Lil was diagnosed with breast cancer, which could
his off-again love interest, Miss Misery. She gets physically ill from engaging in virtuous acts, and can only be excised at the molecular level by Madison Jeffries.
** Robotman from ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' is an interesting subversion -- as his name implies, he's basically a brain in a robot body. To drive home the point at how BlessedWithSuck this can be, he once bashed his head repeatedly into a concrete wall, each time emphasizing he didn't feel a thing, before collapsing
relieve her condition through sadism and [[TearJerker making crying sounds]] while saying [[ImHavingSoulPains it hurt so much]]. This kicked off an arc sociopathy! Talk about [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped living with mental illness.]]
* The ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' is another Marvel example (they really seem to love this trope). The difference here is that it might be more justified as a lot of people do hate and hound him (especially
being trapped in the army), and having multiple personalities is never fun. All that, and his wives keep on dying.
* [[ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers Mister Immortal]], Craig Hollis. His one and only power: he
villain role! She can't ever stay dead. He discovered it by trying to commit suicide when his girlfriend did the same. And while all the loved ones around him died. And continued to die. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever He will, according to reliable sources, outlive things like stars, planets, and Galactus.]]
** Considering ComicBook/{{Galactus}} is a being which used
even get Wangsty about it; she has to be mortal and was born genuinely evil or she'll WITHER AND DIE. And as far as I know, there's no upside to this "power". So glad am I not to live in THAT universe....
* Bunnie Rabbit from
the universe that existed previous to the current Marvel universe (and gained his powers through surviving the death of his universe and the big bang that created the current one), it [[FridgeLogic stands to reason that Mr. Immortal would be a strong contender]] for becoming the [[TimeAbyss Galactus]] of the universe that follows the eventual death of the current Marvel universe.
** On the upside, the guy who was killing his friends was fired by Death. Now the guy in charge of the whole "prepare you for an eternity alone" bit is one of his closest friends. Yay?
*** One panel of him standing alone in a ruined landscape, surrounded by silhouettes of the corpses of his friends, is unusually bleak in a
''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic book series that tends to play death for black humor.has a laser cannon and energy shield built into her bionic arm. Very useful, but completely drains her if overused.



* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} had terminal cancer so he turned to the Canadian government's Weapon X program for help. The good: He won't die of cancer. The bad: His cancer is now supercharged on HealingFactor and constantly destroys and rebuilds his ''entire body'', including his brain, leaving him with a face that... has the consistency and appearance of a hamburger patty, and made him just plain crazy, and very, very funny. At least his fans love him. Moral of the story? Canadian healthcare ain't all it's made out to be.
* While most of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' embraces their powers, the Thing genuinely believes that his superpower is a curse, and who can blame him? Even though he possesses super strength and near invulnerability, it doesn't change the fact that he's been turned into a hideous rock monster that scares the shit out of anybody who sees him, and destroys his chances of living a normal life. He was also forced to quit his job as a test pilot because he was too big and heavy to fit in a plane. Oh yeah, and did we mention that he was turned into a ''hideous rock monster''?
** He seems okay with it now. It did take a while...
*** As Reed said once, "He has his good days and his bad." Ben will never really be at peace with his monstrous form. For every writer who gives him a break from the angst, there's one who brings it back because it's so central to his character. Mark Waid's recent run is a good example of the latter.
** This is also upset by the fact that [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]] is one of the most absolutely loved heroes in the Marvel Universe. No hero has as many friends and is as respected and genuinely loved by other heroes. Laying the smack down on Ben Grimm in front of the Avengers [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor is a wonderful way to get some Asgardian hammer driven repeatedly into your face.]]
** On the bright side, if the one shot "Isla De Muerte" is to be believed, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Puerto Ricans love Ben Grimm]]. This is not a mere funny element in a comic, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Puerto Ricans seriously do love Ben Grimm]] and call him La Mole.
** It's also been suggested sometimes that Ben simply doesn't know how to turn his powers off or has some kind of mental block. Of the four, he's the only one that can't; so it's either mental or something physically different about him.
*** Clearly he [[FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing needs a Thing Ring]].
* The Boulder (better known by others as Butterball), who made one appearance in ''[[Comicbook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'' (which, again, is a Marvel Comic, demonstrating just how much they are in love with this trope), has the superpower of total [[NighInvulnerable Invulnerability]]. He's impervious to harm, can't be worn out, and is otherwise invincible. Sounds great, until you realize he's forever stuck in the body of a slow, weak, overweight teen who's incapable of losing weight or getting any stronger, making him worthless as a superhero.
** Oh, it gets worse. When one of his teammates offers to have sex with him, he tells her that there's no point - his invulnerability not only prevents him from feeling pain, but from feeling pleasure, too. Pretty damn rough when you consider that he's going to remain a teenager ''forever''... To be fair, he's since landed a job with the Shadow Initiative and has a bright future ahead of him in search and rescue. And, come on. This is the guy who broke the Taskmaster.
*** An extra down side is that while nothing can hurt him, he's still vulnerable to all forms of telepathy, including mind control. But an extra bright side to him, when in fights, he's the perfect shield for his teammates.
** Another character in ''Avengers: The Initiative'' who fits this trope is Trauma, who possesses both [[{{telepathy}} telepathic]] and [[VoluntaryShapeshifting metamorphic]] powers, and can therefore transform into whatever a person is most afraid of. Often, he will give this attack a nightmarish twist; if you're afraid of death, he'll morph into a mutilated corpse, if you're afraid of spiders, he'll turn into a spider about the size of a ''T. rex'', and so forth. He started off with a horrible case of PowerIncontinence, as his powers are triggered by strong emotion. If someone near him was upset or scared, he would spontaneously transform into something horrible. Unlike most people on this list, Trauma ''did'' eventually learn to control his powers -- but the damage, sadly, had been done. A recent issue of ''Avengers: The Initiative'' revealed that his family does not want anything to do with him. Even worse, in the very first issue, we're told that his mother is in a mental institution...
*** During ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'', the guys with which he was fighting Skrulls with were so afraid that one of them could be Skrull, that their fear made him change into one. While his buddies beat on him, ''real'' Skrulls caught them. He's no teamplayer at all.
*** Trauma was recently revealed to be the son of a dream manipulating demon named ''Nightmare'', thus explaining why he has his powers and why they suck so much.
*** His powers started to suck much more when he really wanted to scare someone who really pissed him off. Unlucky for him, it was [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere a badass magician]].
* Yet another Marvel character who belongs here is Black Bolt, king of ComicBook/TheInhumans. This guy can produce a destructive force with his voice. If he so much as whispers, he'll destroy the landscape around him. Black Bolt has a bad case of PowerIncontinence -- and the only way he can avoid destroying everything around him is by not vocalizing (talking, laughing, crying, etc.). An old ''Fantastic Four'' comic revealed that Black Bolt had spent his childhood in an isolation chamber until he had learned the discipline to stay forever silent. And he ''killed his parents'' with an ill-timed utterance.
** Also, the reason why Bolt's brother Maximus is an insane supervillain is that BB used his vocal powers too close to him once, and that shattered his sanity.
*** That is to say, it's the reason why he's an ''insane'' supervillain, and not the reason for the villainy itself. Maximus was already a dick. Incidentally, the aforementioned incident was Maximus collaborating with the Kree - the very aliens who were responsible for their existence - to attack Attilan, in a scheme to get Black Bolt in trouble, and for him to step out of his shadow. Black Bolt used his hyper-sonic scream to down their flagship, and Maximus just happened to be nearby when it happened. BB may feel guilt about it, especially because their parents were caught when the ship crashed into the parliament building [[LaserGuidedKarma but for Maximus, it really was just desserts]].
* And yet another Marvel character, ComicBook/AdamWarlock, whose Soul Gem gives him various spiritual powers, up to and including the ability to rip someone's soul from their body. As the souls taken then go to a miniature paradise dimension contained within the gem, this doesn't seem too bad... until you learn that the gem is sentient and has a nasty tendency to try and break free of his control to steal souls on its own. Also, during the soul stealing process, Warlock has to relive ''every single one'' of the victim's memories. Now think about the fact that at one point, the only way to save the universe was to soul steal about 10,000 or so enemy black knights at once.
* An (apparently) rare DC example is the interpretation of Comicbook/TheFlash given by the song ''The Ballad of Barry Allen'', by Jim's Big Ego. In the song, it is explained that because The Flash's perception is so much faster than normal, he is isolated from the rest of humanity, unable to form true connections with other people and tormented by the continual boredom of the rest of the world being so slow. As the lyrics say, "And I'll be there before you know it, I'll be gone before you see me, And do you think you can imagine, Anything so lonely?"
** So he's a superspeed version of [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Dr. Manhattan]]? He probably belongs here too, if not for the near-total indifference caused by his powers.
** [[CaptainErsatz Speeding Bullet]] of the series ''ComicBook/CommonGrounds'' is unable to enjoy movies because they were far too ''slow'' for him, essentially a series of still frames. He learned to lip-read so that he could fast-forward them with the sound off. That led to the problem of him having read every decent book and seen every film ''ever made'' to the point of boredom, and being unable to even enjoy sex due to it taking a subjective week or two for him if slowed down to human speed - and friction burns being involved for his partner if he actually allowed himself to move at a comfortable pace. Yeowch. The only thing that makes life worthwhile is the thought that as a superhero, he can improve the lives of others and make a lasting impression.
** It's a canon interpretation for Marvel's ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}}, who once told a psychiatrist they would be short-tempered too if everyone else was like that one slow person in the checkout line.
*** The "jerk speedster" attitude has become common enough that it's even been [[FanNickname named]] after Quicksilver. [[IncrediblyLamePun PMS: Pietro Maximoff Syndrome]].
*** It's not difficult to imagine that Tommy "Speed" Shepherd of the YoungAvengers has this problem, seeing as Quicksilver's his uncle and he shares the same powers. It's incredibly easy to imagine, therefore, why he did the things that landed him in juvie in the first place, and why he's so distraught when [[spoiler: the Young Avengers split up at the end of Children's Crusade]] - he's literally incapable of fitting into normal society because of his time perception.
*** The Comicbook/MarvelNOW ''Young Avengers'' volume makes it even worse. It's established that when his body moves at super-speed, all of his forms of perception do as well. So while using his speed to assemble some cellphones at his civilian job, he claims that he essentially just wasted a week of his life in the span of a few seconds.
** Wally West has often expressed similar sentiments, and Bart Allen's hyperaccelerated childhood made the "slow" world almost unbearable for him for years.
** Implied in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', where Keystone City is one of the safest cities in the world, patrolled by a permanently-accelerated Wally West.
* Prodigy of the ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' possessed the ability to absorb the knowledge of those around him. After he lost his powers to ComicBook/ScarletWitch after the ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', the Stepford Cuckoos were able to help him compensate by unlocking the accumulated knowledge of everyone he'd ever been in contact with. While this makes him one of the smartest teens in the MarvelUniverse, it also means he ended up with a ton of awkward, intimate stuff like {{Wolverine}}'s bathroom habits or Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} and ComicBook/EmmaFrost's sex life.
* William "Billy" Kaplan, also of the YoungAvengers, essentially won the SuperpowerLottery and has power potentially on par with the gods. Great! Unfortunately, he doesn't have all that much ''control'' over his immense power. This means that when he screws up, the consequences are usually disastrous and potentially world-ending. That is not hyperbole. He also might be ''accidentally'' warping reality just by existing and wanting things, although considering [[ConsummateLiar the]] [[MagnificentBastard source]] [[BigBadFriend of]] [[EvilAllAlong that]] information, it's likely a lie. Billy's still worried about it, though. There's also the part where his power scares the crap out of some people -- including his heroes, the Avengers, and ''himself'' -- and he's viewed as TooPowerfulToLive by Wolverine, leading to two attempts on his life. And there was an EldritchAbomination that wanted to eat him to gain his power. ''And'' Loki tried to [[DrivenToSuicide drive Billy to suicide]] to steal his power, which would have worked if Loki hadn't [[ConscienceMakesYouGoBack changed his mind]] and [[InterruptedSuicide stopped Billy from pulling the trigger]] at the last possible second. After that, Loki ''still'' tried to manipulate Billy so that Loki could control said power by proxy. In short, Billy was a lot happier back when he thought his powers consisted of nothing but flight, electricity, and basic magic.
* Another DC example, though not canon, was Creator/LarryNiven's essay, [[http://www.rawbw.com/~svw/superman.html "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex"]], in which he makes an argument that pre-crisis Franchise/{{Superman}} can never make love to Lois Lane (or any human, for that matter.)
** Post-Crisis, this is actually Superman's ''own'' viewpoint on his powers. Firstly, he's so immensely powerful that he has to constantly restrain himself, because he lives in fear of the massive death and destruction he could cause if he lost control. Secondly, as powerful as he is, he is ''not'' as god-like as many people believe him to be InUniverse, which means he lives with the constant guilt of not being able to help everyone as much as his help is wanted -- his ClarkKenting, in fact, is actually to give himself a legitimate excuse to "be selfish" and take some private time, lest he undergo a mental breakdown from overwork and exhaustion. Finally, his [[SuperSenses Super Hearing]] means he's constantly able to hear people begging for his help... and even he ''cannot'' answer all of them.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s cousin ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' also sees her powers as a burden. Pre-Crisis Kara came to a point where she was tired of being Supergirl constantly instead of being her own person and she actually felt guilty for wanting to lead a normal life. Post-Crisis, a lot of people tried to manipulate her or take advantage of her because she was so powerful, to the point she calls her formidable powers a curse in the ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' arc:
-->'''Supergirl:''' This strength, this power It's been like a curse. But I refuse to be a victim anymore!
* And these DCU Examples have nothing on the Comicbook/DoomPatrol, a team that is ''based'' on BlessedWithSuck.
** MagnificentBastard super-genius Niles "The Chief" Caulder assembles the team and acts as MissionControl because he's in a wheelchair. The story he gave was that his brilliance attracted the attention of an DiabolicalMastermind who manipulated him into horrible actions. Creator/GrantMorrison pulled a {{Retcon}} that made Niles a ''real'' MagnificentBastard and granted him immortality... meaning he can't die, even as a BrainInAJar!
** Rita "Elasti-girl" Farr can grow or shrink to any size, and grow her limbs to be different sizes... but had zero control over it, wrecking her movie career.
** Hotshot test-pilot Larry Trainor gets exposed to cosmic radiation, and has a cool double (the Negative Spirit) that can teleport out of his body and phase through anything but lead... but if it's out of his body for longer than 60 seconds, it'll kill him, and he has to have every centimeter of flesh wrapped in specially-treated bandages to keep himself from dosing others with fatal levels of radiation.
** Cliff "Robotman" Steele was an extreme sports athlete, adventurer, and race car driver who got himself into a fatal car accident. His brain was put in a robot body which is stronger, faster, and tougher than any human one... but it locked him out of doing the things he loved because his new body disqualifies him from competition. Worse, he outlives all of his teammates several times over... the poor bastard frequently wonders if it would have been more merciful for him to die in the wreck.
*** It gets worse in the current continuity. [[spoiler: Why is he a robot? A group of scientists (including Caulder) gave him an injection of nanites to protect his life, when they hired him to drive for them. When the superbike he was testing went out of control, the only thing they could think of to do to save him was to consume his still completely conscious body, and convert it into an indestructible robot.]]
** Steve "Mento" Dayton enhances his telepathic and telekinetic abilities with a helmet of his own design... but between the loss of his wife and the helmet's unforeseen side effects, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.
** Karen "Bumblebee" Beecher started off as a GadgeteerGenius who used a suit of PoweredArmor, but her portrayal in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon was so well-received that DC decided to make her [[SizeShifter shrinking]] abilities from the show canon in the comics. Sort of. She shrank alright, but she's unable to return to her normal size.
* In one story Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} story, ComicBook/PowerGirl was dying and needed surgery to save her life. But doctors could not operate on her for a simple reason: Her bulletproof skin made it impossible. There was no scalpel or surgical laser they had that was capable of cutting through her skin. Fortunately the rest of the League thought of something: they had former Green Lantern Corps member Kilowog put together a helmet that let Franchise/{{Superman}} focus his heat vision like a super-powered laser, which was able to do the job.
** Superman himself had a similar problem. After [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman his fatal fight with Doomsday]], people kept trying to resuscitate him with zero luck: The Guardian tried mouth-to-mouth and realized his lungs were like trying to breathe into an iron lung, normal defibs did jack squat and a special set made by Professor Hamilton only blew Bibbo down the street when he tried to use it.
* ''Vertigo'' example: in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', Bigby Wolf has to constantly smoke in order to keep his super-sensitive sense of smell from inhaling the millions of scents from all over Manhattan. Plus all the noise...
** Another example from the third issue of the SpinOff series ''Jack of Fables'', in which Jack learns that his overbearing lust for adventure has cursed him with being the center of all stories, including the ''Sword in the Stone"- where he plays the stone, after getting Excalibur shoved through his chest.
* In ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', one story features a superheroine (a "real", albeit minor one) whose power is that her body can take on different elements in order to protect her (i.e. diamonds to deflect bullets, etc). However this power is (naturally) involuntary and now she desperately wants to die, but can't. Enter [[TheGrimReaper Death of the Endless]]....
** To elaborate, the superheroine - Element Girl - looks utterly inhuman all the time, having a chalk-white face, green hair, and orange and purple arms. Despite being able to copy any chemical compound on Earth, she cannot morph into her former human form naturally because [[BodyHorror any attempts at forming human skin or flesh rot after use.]] As a result, she is forced to simulate it by wearing silicate masks.
** Also, any attempts to commit suicide by poison? Utterly ineffective, because her body just metabolises them. She's quite TheWoobie.
* The title character in ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' derives her powers from a [[EmpathicWeapon hypermembrane]] that grants her superhuman strength, invulnerability, the ability to generate powerful energy blasts, various optical enhancements, and other abilities not yet shown. Unfortunately, it tears easily, at which point much of her power goes away. She's also incredibly self-conscious, and the hypermembrane doesn't work if she's wearing anything over it. Considering it fits like a coat of body paint (but thinner), this is a definite problem. And to top it all off, it's all but stated that the suit's faults and frailties are all her own creation, her poor self-image and chronic self-doubt sabotaging her powerhouse potential.
** And to top it all off, she is the only one for whom the blasted thing works ''at all''. A more selfish soul would ditch the thing in a heartbeat rather than deal with the problems it has, but [[ComesGreatResponsibility all Emp ever wanted was to be a superhero...]]
** Another character called Cinderblock is implied that his current form (a man with cinderblocks for his head and hands) doesn't have the normal bodily functions. His ability is to manipulate concrete and stone - but he doesn't like using it because of the massive collateral damage it causes.
* Gwen Raiden (see ''Series/{{Angel}}'' below) gets a mega-massive dose of this in ''Angel: After the Fall'' when [[spoiler: having found a cure for her electrical...ness, she uses the opportunity to get close to another person for the first time. Then everything goes to Hell and the electrical doohickey keeping her powers suppressed breaks... and she [[{{Squick}} deep-fries her new friend]].]]
* Rick Sheridan, from the 1990s MarvelComics series ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'' ends up having to share his head with the titular alien hero, who can only come out when Rick sleeps. Sleepy's presence causes no end of trouble for Rick in his social life, up to and including putting Rick in a coma when Sleepwalker tries to force his way out while Rick is still awake. At least Peter Parker got some cool powers to balance things out...
* One of the few examples of this trope who is also a BadassNormal comes from MarvelComics in the form of [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Michael Van Patrick, aka MVP]]. Long story short, he went through a diet and exercise regimen (starting from ''infancy'' it seems) devised by his grandfather who had worked on the SuperSoldier program that created ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. On the plus side, it made MVP a human being whose physical abilities were on par with ComicBook/CaptainAmerica himself, without SuperSerum. The downside? Hoo boy. When it was discovered that his grandfather worked on the project, school officials suspected that MVP's abilities weren't natural, so he got booted off his high school sports team. Then he got drafted by the Initiative because they also believed he had SuperSerum in his veins. While he adjusted well enough, he and his fellow recruits took part in an ill-advised live fire exercise on ''their first day''. End result? [[spoiler: To quote the Sniper from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', "BoomHeadshot."]] [[FromBadToWorse It]] [[CloningBlues didn't]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity end]] [[AxCrazy there]].



* Steve Rude and Mike Baron's hero ''Comicbook/{{Nexus}}'' is Horatio Hellpop, who has vast powers granted to him by a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien. The problem is that he never asked for these powers, and said alien forces him to spend his life executing mass murderers, including his own father. Many of his targets are utter monsters who arguably deserve death, but others are penitents who just want to live a quiet life and put their sins behind them. Horatio is a good and decent man who hates being burdened with this task and frequently tries to escape it.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Sleeper}}'', the main character's power is kind of this way; he "absorbs" his pain without experiencing it, but also has most physical pleasures muted to little or nothing (I don't recall the details). However, the real Suck Stick Hammering got applied to his off-again love interest, Miss Misery. She gets physically ill from engaging in virtuous acts, and can only relieve her condition through sadism and sociopathy! Talk about being trapped in the villain role! She can't even get Wangsty about it; she has to be genuinely evil or she'll WITHER AND DIE. And as far as I know, there's no upside to this "power". So glad am I not to live in THAT universe....
* ComicBook/IronMan built his first armor to keep himself alive -- the powers were just a bonus to help him escape his captors. Ever since, his dependence on the suit has been a recurring plot element. For a long time, it kept his heart running (he could never take off the chestplate, and running out of power was a deadly problem); then that was fixed, but Tony was shot and paralyzed below the waist, unable to walk without his armor; still later, the chip that cured Tony's paralysis went on to sabotage his nervous system, and he couldn't control his body at ''all'' without a special Iron Man suit. Most recently, Tony was nearly killed gaining the power of Extremis, which lets him control machines -- this too is a power with serious downsides, as it makes him feel detached from humanity and allows smart enough enemies to attack his vital systems ''electronically.'' And now Extremis has been removed (or at least shut down) thanks to Skrulls, meaning his current armor can't be used anymore because it's far too complex for a normal human brain to use.
** {{Ultimate Marvel}}'s version is arguably worse off. On the one hand, he doesn't need the armor to support his heart like the mainstream Tony Stark does, and he has genuine SuperIntelligence plus a HealingFactor because of having "undifferentiated neural tissue" scattered throughout his body. The downside of this? ''Pain''. He's in perpetual agony; even when hovering on a blood alcohol level that would leave an ordinary man insensible ''and'' wearing a special bio-suit that was created to block out the pain, he's still constantly suffering.
* Multi-Man has two super powers. One is a relatively normal super power like flight, or x-ray vision or what have you, but temporary and based around his second power. The other super power is of the suck variety: any time he [[strike:dies]] is killed, he comes back to life with a new super power. This leads to him being [[ButtMonkey killed repeatedly]] by both villains ''and'' "heroes" until he has a super power that fits their current needs. What makes it worse for him is that he's not really a supervillain, he's only being held in Arkham because of the potential of his BlessedWithSuck and is considered a "model prisoner".
** Played to comical effect in ''ComicBook/JokersLastLaugh''. Multi-Man is an integral part of the Joker's mass prison break scheme. There are almost two whole pages of the Joker's playing cards and engaging in other mundane activities while asking "Now?" over and over again, while various other henchmen murder Multi in the background, punctuated by an announcement of his new powers.
* Parodied in Marvel's ''ComicBook/TheHood'' comics, when Parker offers his cousin a chance to try his flying shoes.
---> '''John:''' ''No fuckin' way! Who knows what makes that shit work, Parker. Those things'll probably steal your soul or? or give you nut cancer.''
** Since the artifacts allowed [[spoiler: Dormammu to make The Hood his bitch]], they ''did'' steal his soul.
* In Marvel, the super-speedster Thunderbolt's super-fast metabolism caused him to die of old age about a week after getting his powers.
* Melter II of the [[YoungAvengers "Dark Young Avengers"]] has the ability to dissolve objects. However, he's had it since a very young age, and his control is weak, leading to him [[spoiler: accidentally killing his parents, and later an old woman.]]
* The adamantium that makes {{Wolverine}}'s skeleton unbreakable and makes his claws even deadlier is also toxic. Wolverine would never have survived the adamantium infusion if it weren't for his HealingFactor. Another drawback is that his HealingFactor is weakened due to needing to work overtime to compensate for the adamantium poisoning. Having a metal skeleton also makes him a pretty poor opponent against on and off BigBad Magneto. This was graphically demonstrated in the ''Fatal Attractions'' arc (specifically ''X-Men'' vol. 2 #25) when Magneto ''ripped off the adamantium'' from Wolverine's bones, nearly killing him. [[spoiler: In UltimateMarvel, Magneto ''did'' kill Wolverine this way in ''Ultimatum''.]]
** The adamantium poisoning thing is a recent {{Retcon}}, and leaves a significant PlotHole in the form of Lady Deathstrike and Bullseye, both of whom have admantinum skeletons and lack Wolverine's healing factor. Earlier the problem was stated to be that as the metal covers his bones entirely, it interferes with the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow, and Wolverine's healing factor is constantly under stress compensating for that.
*** One could justify it in Deathstrike's case since she is also a full on cyborg with systems that could deal with the poisoning. As for Bullseye... And it's even worse in the case of Wolverine's old drill instructor Cyber. His original body did have a HealingFactor, but his [[GrandTheftMe new one]] doesn't and he still doesn't seem to have any issues with adamantium poisoning after lacing his skin with it. This happened long ''after'' the {{Retcon}} too.
*** Bullseye takes pills for it, when writers remember that property. Presumably, the other adamantium users that lack a healing factor do the same.
** It also makes him much slower (as far as combat speed, reaction time and running speed) than he would otherwise be, due to its not-so-light weight. He tends to have difficulties going through airports and any other facility with metal detectors. And (theoretically speaking), it makes him easy to track for any being with sensitivities to metal (obvious candidates being Magneto & Polaris) and he is much more susceptible to attack via electricity. The additional weight would make swimming a bit more of a chore than it would be otherwise.
*** It wouldn't make him more susceptible to electricity. the electricity would travel along the easy metal path, keeping his heart and organs and tissue safe from the damage it could cause.
*** The metal would still attract the electricity far more easily (especially with claws out); with claws in, it would have to get through the natural barrier of the skin. Plus, the electricity would fry anything in direct contact with the metal-laced bone, ''including'' one or more of the dura membranes surrounding the brain [[note]]the brain itself has no pain receptors[[/note]]; healing all that would still ''hurt''.
** A less severe case of BlessedWithSuck is the combination of a HealingFactor and retractable claws. Whenever Wolverine pops out the claws, he cuts open his hands. The HealingFactor keeps him from bleeding out, but also guarantees that he'll cut himself open again the next time. He's done it so often by now that he's probably used to it ([[GoodThingYouCanHeal and it's far from the worst pain he's ever suffered]]), but when they first came out, chances are it hurt.
*** His reaction and expression in the ''Origin'' mini-series says it all...
*** The first movie made this explicit: Rogue saw the claws pop out, and asked Wolverine if it hurt. His response: "Every time".
*** Parodied by Greg and Lou in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vQ2RVqJCNM Wolverine's Claws Suck]].
*** Also a retcon; originally, his claws had sheaths - back when they were artificial. Now that they're retconned as natural, they don't. Um, stop me if this starts to make sense... the first time he leaves them out for a few minutes, given his healing factor, they should form those sheaths anyway - like a pierced ear.
*** Shortly after Wolverine had his adamantium stolen, Jubilee asked if he still bleeds when he uses his claws. His reply is that he pops them in and out a few times every day, forming holes like pierced ears. But they still hurt.
** Wolverine's SuperSenses have the drawback of always being active. It's a wonder he doesn't pass out from sheer agony given the horrific injuries he suffers so often. This is arguably the case for anyone with SuperSenses.
*** He has on occasion complained about being in public places such as airports due to the olfactory overload he receives from all the different kinds of b.o., deodorant, cologne, bad breath, etc.
** Wolverine's HealingFactor is pretty awesome, but prior to M-Day (which gave Wolverine all of his memories back), it apparently helped him get over ''mental'' trauma -- by giving him ''amnesia''. Whether or not this is still the case -- or indeed, if it ever really was -- has not been confirmed. And yes, this means that ''all'' of Wolverine's powers are cases of BlessedWithSuck.
*** The amnesia was recently revealed to be due to Weapon X "memory implants", which amount to nothing more than Weapon X doctors taking a cattle prod to his brain and allowing it to grow back, and then telling him some bullshit story about why he can't remember anything and who he "really" is.
** Logan's daughter/OppositeSexClone Laura Kinney AKA ComicBook/{{X 23}} shares much of this, but unlike Logan is also burdened with ''remembering everything that's ever happened to her''. [[DarkAndTroubledPast And everything that's ever happened to her has really]], ''[[BrokenBird really]]'' [[TheWoobie sucked.]] Additionally, ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'' makes it clear that the second Laura steps into a room she has already analyzed everyone in it for threat assessment and calculated the best plan of attack for ''killing them all''. Sure, that sounds pretty useful if you're walking into a BadGuyBar or another situation where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou, but ''she can't turn it off''. Laura formulates a plan to kill her ''friends and loved ones'' every time she meets up with them.
*** The trigger scent falls into this as well. Laura is already an incredibly skilled and capable fighter by benefit of her instincts, heightened senses, and TrainingFromHell, but the trigger scent turns her into a whirling ball of unstoppable adamantium-bladed death. Unfortunately, it also induces an UnstoppableRage over which she has no control and will pursue and attack ''anything'', even those she cares about, that's been marked, and she will not stop until the target is either dead or the scent wears off.
*** Laura manages to avoid ''most'' of adamantium's BlessedWithSuck traits Logan has to deal with, since only her claws are laced with it (though she still notes in her solo series that swimming is troublesome. She would also have the same problems getting through metal detectors or fighting someone like Magneto). However she also ''adds'' a unique one of her own that Wolverine doesn't have to worry about: Because her skeleton isn't reinforced with adamantium as well, it's entirely possible for her to strike something with her claws with so much force, that the combination of shock of impact, the target's resistance to being cut, and resulting vibrations could ''shatter or pulverize'' the bones in her hands and wrists, or feet and ankles.
* The Darkness powers in ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'', which while making Jackie completely godly, only work in the dark and stop him from enjoying one of his favorite pastimes, casual sex (The Darkness is passed down from father to son, killing the father at the moment of conception process - which is how Jackie's father died).
** This is somewhat subverted because Jackie has the ability to create women from the Darkness which he can sex all he likes.
*** But this usually goes horribly wrong.
* ''ComicBook/DungeonsAndDragons'' In Issue #6 Drey describes that Adric suffers a curse...the curse of being clever. This means he can always see a way out when everything seems lost, but it also means he can't save everyone, no matter how much he wants to.
* This was the motivation behind one-time ''ComicBook/XFactor'' foe Josef Huber's attempt to orchestrate the extinction of mutants. Unlike others with this goal, he wasn't a deranged fanatic; he just had the ability to automatically copy the [[AllYourPowersCombined powers of every mutant on the planet]], which resulted in him having telepathy so powerful that even the isolated arctic cave he lives in offers little refuge from the constant noise of thoughts from all over the world.
* The protagonist of the Top Cow one-shot ''Murderer'' sees/hears the thoughts of everyone around him all the time. This results in him knowing things he'd rather not (like how much his grandmother secretly hates him) and being so overwhelmed by other people's thoughts that it's hard to focus on his own. He speaks in broken fragments full of pauses[[note]]e.g. "Wife. Got sick. Lost job. No money. No food. Just want. Family okay."[[/note]] because he can't concentrate well enough to string together a whole sentence. The title comes from the fact that the only way for him to turn his power off (only for a few hours) is to be in someone's mind as they're dying.

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* Steve Rude and Mike Baron's hero ''Comicbook/{{Nexus}}'' is Horatio Hellpop, who has vast powers granted to him by a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien. The problem is that he never asked for these powers, and said alien forces him to spend his life executing mass murderers, including his own father. Many of his targets are utter monsters who arguably deserve death, but others are penitents who just want to live a quiet life and put their sins behind them. Horatio is a good and decent man who hates being burdened with this task and frequently tries to escape it.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Sleeper}}'', the main character's power is kind of this way; he "absorbs" his pain without experiencing it, but also has most physical pleasures muted to little or nothing (I don't recall the details). However, the real Suck Stick Hammering got applied to his off-again love interest, Miss Misery. She gets physically ill
Sludge from engaging in virtuous acts, and can only relieve her condition through sadism and sociopathy! Talk about being trapped in the villain role! She can't even get Wangsty about it; she has to be genuinely evil or she'll WITHER AND DIE. And as far as I know, there's no upside to this "power". So glad am I not to live in THAT universe....
* ComicBook/IronMan built his first armor to keep himself alive -- the powers were just a bonus to help him escape his captors. Ever since, his dependence on the suit has been a recurring plot element. For a long time, it kept his heart running (he could never take off the chestplate, and running out of power was a deadly problem); then that was fixed, but Tony was shot and paralyzed below the waist, unable to walk without his armor; still later, the chip that cured Tony's paralysis went on to sabotage his nervous system, and he couldn't control his body at ''all'' without a special Iron Man suit. Most recently, Tony was nearly killed gaining the power of Extremis, which lets him control machines -- this too is a power with serious downsides, as it makes him feel detached from humanity and allows smart enough enemies to attack his vital systems ''electronically.'' And now Extremis has been removed (or at least shut down) thanks to Skrulls, meaning his current armor can't be used anymore because it's far too complex for a normal human brain to use.
** {{Ultimate Marvel}}'s version is arguably worse off. On the one hand, he doesn't need the armor to support his heart like the mainstream Tony Stark does, and he has genuine SuperIntelligence plus a HealingFactor because of having "undifferentiated neural tissue" scattered throughout his body. The downside of this? ''Pain''. He's in perpetual agony; even when hovering on a blood alcohol level that would leave an ordinary man insensible ''and'' wearing a special bio-suit that was created to block out the pain, he's still constantly suffering.
* Multi-Man has two super powers. One is a relatively normal super power like flight, or x-ray vision or what have you, but temporary and based around his second power. The other super power is of the suck variety: any time he [[strike:dies]] is killed, he comes back to life with a new super power. This leads to him being [[ButtMonkey killed repeatedly]] by both villains ''and'' "heroes" until he has a super power that fits their current needs. What makes it worse for him is that he's not really a supervillain, he's only being held in Arkham because of the potential of his BlessedWithSuck and is considered a "model prisoner".
** Played to comical effect in ''ComicBook/JokersLastLaugh''. Multi-Man is an integral part of the Joker's mass prison break scheme. There are almost two whole pages of the Joker's playing cards and engaging in other mundane activities while asking "Now?" over and over again, while various other henchmen murder Multi in the background, punctuated by an announcement of his new powers.
* Parodied in Marvel's ''ComicBook/TheHood'' comics, when Parker offers his cousin a chance to try his flying shoes.
---> '''John:''' ''No fuckin' way! Who knows what makes that shit work, Parker. Those things'll probably steal your soul or? or give you nut cancer.''
** Since the artifacts allowed [[spoiler: Dormammu to make The Hood his bitch]], they ''did'' steal his soul.
* In Marvel, the super-speedster Thunderbolt's super-fast metabolism caused him to die of old age about a week after getting his powers.
* Melter II of the [[YoungAvengers "Dark Young Avengers"]] has the ability to dissolve objects. However, he's had it since a very young age, and his control is weak, leading to him [[spoiler: accidentally killing his parents, and later an old woman.]]
* The adamantium that makes {{Wolverine}}'s skeleton unbreakable and makes his claws even deadlier is also toxic. Wolverine would never have
''ComicBook/TheUltraverse'' survived the adamantium infusion if it weren't for his a murder attempt when conveniently close chemicals gave him a HealingFactor. Another drawback is that his HealingFactor is weakened due to needing to work overtime to compensate for the adamantium poisoning. Having a metal skeleton They also makes combined with nearby sewage to make him a pretty poor opponent against on humanoid mass of slime and off BigBad Magneto. This was graphically demonstrated cancer, damaging his ability to think and speak. His touch melts and warps living creatures. He started working for a supervillain in the ''Fatal Attractions'' arc (specifically ''X-Men'' vol. 2 #25) when Magneto ''ripped off the adamantium'' from Wolverine's bones, nearly killing him. [[spoiler: In UltimateMarvel, Magneto ''did'' return for a promise to kill Wolverine this way in ''Ultimatum''.]]
** The adamantium poisoning thing is a recent {{Retcon}}, and leaves a significant PlotHole in the form of Lady Deathstrike and Bullseye, both of whom have admantinum skeletons and lack Wolverine's healing factor. Earlier the problem was stated to be that as the metal covers
him, since his bones entirely, it interferes with the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow, and Wolverine's healing factor is constantly under stress compensating for that.
*** One could justify it in Deathstrike's case since she is also a full on cyborg with systems that could deal with the poisoning. As for Bullseye... And it's even worse in the case of Wolverine's old drill instructor Cyber. His original body did have a HealingFactor, but his [[GrandTheftMe new one]] doesn't and he still doesn't seem to have any issues with adamantium poisoning after lacing his skin with it. This happened long ''after'' the {{Retcon}} too.
*** Bullseye takes pills for it, when writers remember that property. Presumably, the other adamantium users that lack a healing factor do the same.
** It also makes him much slower (as far as combat speed, reaction time and running speed) than he would otherwise be, due to its not-so-light weight. He tends to have difficulties going through airports and any other facility with metal detectors. And (theoretically speaking), it makes him easy to track for any being with sensitivities to metal (obvious candidates being Magneto & Polaris) and he is much more susceptible to attack via electricity. The additional weight would make swimming a bit more of a chore than it would be otherwise.
*** It wouldn't make him more susceptible to electricity. the electricity would travel along the easy metal path, keeping his heart and organs and tissue safe from the damage it could cause.
*** The metal would still attract the electricity far more easily (especially with claws out); with claws in, it would have to get through the natural barrier of the skin. Plus, the electricity would fry anything in direct contact with the metal-laced bone, ''including'' one or more of the dura membranes surrounding the brain [[note]]the brain itself has no pain receptors[[/note]]; healing all that would still ''hurt''.
** A less severe case of BlessedWithSuck is the combination of a HealingFactor and retractable claws. Whenever Wolverine pops out the claws, he cuts open his hands. The HealingFactor keeps him from bleeding out, but also guarantees that he'll cut himself open again the next time. He's done it so often by now that he's probably used to it ([[GoodThingYouCanHeal and it's far from the worst pain he's ever suffered]]), but when they first came out, chances are it hurt.
*** His reaction and expression in the ''Origin'' mini-series says it all...
*** The first movie made this explicit: Rogue saw the claws pop out, and asked Wolverine if it hurt. His response: "Every time".
*** Parodied by Greg and Lou in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vQ2RVqJCNM Wolverine's Claws Suck]].
*** Also a retcon; originally, his claws had sheaths - back when they were artificial. Now that they're retconned as natural, they don't. Um, stop me if this starts to make sense... the first time he leaves them out for a few minutes, given his healing factor, they should form those sheaths anyway - like a pierced ear.
*** Shortly after Wolverine had his adamantium stolen, Jubilee asked if he still bleeds when he uses his claws. His reply is that he pops them in and out a few times every day, forming holes like pierced ears. But they still hurt.
** Wolverine's SuperSenses have the drawback of always being active. It's a wonder he doesn't pass out from sheer agony given the horrific injuries he suffers so often. This is arguably the case for anyone with SuperSenses.
*** He has on occasion complained about being in public places such as airports due to the olfactory overload he receives from all the different kinds of b.o., deodorant, cologne, bad breath, etc.
** Wolverine's HealingFactor is pretty awesome, but prior to M-Day (which gave Wolverine all of his memories back), it apparently helped him get over ''mental'' trauma -- by giving him ''amnesia''. Whether or not this is still the case -- or indeed, if it ever really was -- has not been confirmed. And yes, this means that ''all'' of Wolverine's powers are cases of BlessedWithSuck.
*** The amnesia was recently revealed to be due to Weapon X "memory implants", which amount to nothing more than Weapon X doctors taking a cattle prod to his brain and allowing it to grow back, and then telling him some bullshit story about why he can't remember anything and who he "really" is.
** Logan's daughter/OppositeSexClone Laura Kinney AKA ComicBook/{{X 23}} shares much of this, but unlike Logan is also burdened with ''remembering everything that's ever happened to her''. [[DarkAndTroubledPast And everything that's ever happened to her has really]], ''[[BrokenBird really]]'' [[TheWoobie sucked.]] Additionally, ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'' makes it clear that the second Laura steps into a room she has already analyzed everyone in it for threat assessment and calculated the best plan of attack for ''killing them all''. Sure, that sounds pretty useful if you're walking into a BadGuyBar or another situation where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou, but ''she can't turn it off''. Laura formulates a plan to kill her ''friends and loved ones'' every time she meets up with them.
*** The trigger scent falls into this as well. Laura is already an incredibly skilled and capable fighter by benefit of her instincts, heightened senses, and TrainingFromHell, but the trigger scent turns her into a whirling ball of unstoppable adamantium-bladed death. Unfortunately, it also induces an UnstoppableRage over which she has no control and will pursue and attack ''anything'', even those she cares about, that's been marked, and she
will not stop until the target is either dead or the scent wears off.
*** Laura manages to avoid ''most'' of adamantium's BlessedWithSuck traits Logan has to deal with, since only her claws are laced with it (though she still notes in her solo series that swimming is troublesome. She would also have the same problems getting through metal detectors or fighting someone like Magneto). However she also ''adds'' a unique one of her own that Wolverine doesn't have to worry about: Because her skeleton isn't reinforced with adamantium as well, it's entirely possible for her to strike something with her claws with so much force, that the combination of shock of impact, the target's resistance to being cut, and resulting vibrations could ''shatter or pulverize'' the bones in her hands and wrists, or feet and ankles.
* The Darkness powers in ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'', which while making Jackie completely godly, only work in the dark and stop
let him from enjoying one of his favorite pastimes, casual sex (The Darkness is passed down from father to son, killing the father at the moment of conception process - which is how Jackie's father died).
** This is somewhat subverted because Jackie has the ability to create women from the Darkness which he can sex all he likes.
*** But this usually goes horribly wrong.
* ''ComicBook/DungeonsAndDragons'' In Issue #6 Drey describes that Adric suffers a curse...the curse of being clever. This means he can always see a way out when everything seems lost, but it also means he can't save everyone, no matter how much he wants to.
* This was the motivation behind one-time ''ComicBook/XFactor'' foe Josef Huber's attempt to orchestrate the extinction of mutants. Unlike others with this goal, he wasn't a deranged fanatic; he just had the ability to automatically copy the [[AllYourPowersCombined powers of every mutant on the planet]], which resulted in him having telepathy so powerful that even the isolated arctic cave he lives in offers little refuge from the constant noise of thoughts from all over the world.
* The protagonist of the Top Cow one-shot ''Murderer'' sees/hears the thoughts of everyone around him all the time. This results in him knowing things he'd rather not (like how much his grandmother secretly hates him) and being so overwhelmed by other people's thoughts that it's hard to focus on his own. He speaks in broken fragments full of pauses[[note]]e.g. "Wife. Got sick. Lost job. No money. No food. Just want. Family okay."[[/note]] because he can't concentrate well enough to string together a whole sentence. The title comes from the fact that the only way for him to turn his power off (only for a few hours) is to be in someone's mind as they're dying.
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* ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}} from Marvel can perfectly memorize and copy the movements of other people. Fighting styles, sports, the works. Permanently. This comes with a heavy trade-off: All of the information that is involved with perfectly imitating so many people is too much for Taskmaster's brain. As a result, he constantly forgets things that aren't combat-related: people, places, even a conversation from last Monday. He reveals all of this to Avengers Academy member Finesse, who has similar abilities [[spoiler: because she might be his daughter]] and might have the same problem down the road. [[{{Tearjerker}} He wants to fight her because memorizing her movements is the only way he won't forget her.]] FromBadToWorse in a recent mini that reveals just how much of his life he's forgotten. He used to be known as Tony Masters, a married S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and he forgot about his former vocation and his wife, who was also a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. He forgets all of this again at the end of the mini when he copies the skills of his attacker in order to save his wife. His wife is determined to keep reminding him though.
** Note that everything above is a fairly recent and incredibly unpopular {{Retcon}}, that causes more problems than it solves. Before this, however, he did have to deal with the issue that his photographic reflexes did not include RequiredSecondaryPowers - for example, as a young boy, he copied an Olympic diver... only to realize after he hit the water that he didn't know how to swim.
* Happens frequently in the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse:
** Gladstone Gander occasionally gets this treatment: one story dealt with him trying to solve the problem of his home being cluttered by all the things he's won, a few stories have other people showing disdain for him for being effectively a cheater or a freeloader who has everything fall into his lap without having to make any effort, and in ''ComicBook/{{Ultraheroes}}'' his superhero alter ego is ''massively'' unpopular, both with the fans of the team and his own teammates. It has long since been established that Scrooge has struck Gladstone from his will because he has zero respect for someone who avoids doing any real work at every possibility.
*** Since in the vast majority of stories he appears in he's not only a lazy freeloader, but also insufferably ''smug'' about it, most readers aren't inclined to feel pity for him.
** {{Defied}} by Magica: she's trying to achieve Mida's Touch, the TropeCodifier of this (in fact it's even the trope image)... But it would come from ''an easily removed necklace'', allowing her to deactivate it at will.
*** Then played ''painfully'' straight in the imaginary stories where she succeeds and becomes richer than Scrooge... Only to find out she's just not cut to deal with the downsides of being a billionaire.
** ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' examples:
*** [[HumansAreSpecial Humans are so emotionally rich]] that the guns of the Evronians often fail to fully and definitely drain them with one shot, and they can recover. The Evronians being {{Emotion Eater}}s, this means that Earth graduated from InsignificantBluePlanet to ''eternal and unending buffet''.
*** Gorthan is one of the rare Evronians who achieved a full emotional spectrum and complete free will. As he's not a member of the Senate, that instantly made him a mortal danger for his society, and his fellow Evronians tried to kill him.
*** Xadhoom has achieved abilities that make her [[PhysicalGoddess the mightiest and effectively unkillable being in the universe, with unlimited energy]]. They're also physically painful (they literally ''burn'' her. Not that her HealingFactor allows her to notice), they gave her a massive guilt complex as she was too busy with the experiment that caused her mutation to realize that [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill the Evronians were not really coming to trade but to invade]] (and as she was the chief of the government, that meant she was responsible for the orbital defences of her homeworld being off-line when the Evronians attacked), and as the Evronian are facing an energy shortage she's permanently risking to be used as an infinite source of energy by them. [[SubvertedTrope The latter she actually likes]], as it means that once in a while an Evronian force comes to her and she doesn't have to search it before killing it.
*** In his final appearance, the Evronian scientist Zoster obtains the same powers as Xadhoom. [[spoiler: [[PhlebotinumOverload As he lacks the necessary self-control, the power]] ''[[DeaderThanDead reduces him to nothingness]]'']].
* In ''ComicBook/SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'', Joel Kent, after years of living without Kryptonian superpowers due to being prenatally exposed to Gold Kryptonite radiation, receives a formula from the Ultra-Humanite (posing as Lex Luthor) which gives him back his powers. Unfortunately, after using those powers to [[CainAndAbel kill his sister Kara]], Joel found out that the formula that gave him back his powers ended up killing him after a few hours' use, despite Ultra's original claim of the contrary - which turns out to be just what Ultra was expecting Joel to believe.
** Years later, though, Superman and his grandson Clark Wayne (Knightwing) discover that Ultra was able to come up with a formula that could restore Kryptonian powers ''without'' killing whoever drank it.
* [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avenger]] Black Knight had this in his magic sword, the Ebony Blade. On one hand, [[AbsurdlySharpBlade it could cut through nearly anything]]. On the other hand, it had a curse that took effect if it ever drew blood, which would do things like paralyze him, turn him into a statue, or drive him insane. These curses were generally pretty permanent, to the point even Comicbook/DoctorStrange had trouble removing them. Worse, even if someone else used the blade to draw blood, the curse would still affect Black Knight. It was no surprise when he eventually stopped using the damn thing.
** More recently, it's just resorted to trying to drive him and turn him into a literal BloodKnight. As an expert on the Ebony Blade remarks, every single previous Black Knight has gone mad. Except him. So far...
* Jessica Drew AKA ComicBook/SpiderWoman was one to get over this problem but initially, her powers caused accelerated aging, unwanted attraction due to pheromones and unjustified hatred because of those same pheromones.
* Further Marvel examples: for a time, Rhino's suit was grafted to his skin. While this provided the permanent secondary powers for him to break through walls without pain, he had a lack of feeling and required a special flap for natural functions. Also, a side story mini-series from the perspective of Kitty Pryde as a new X-Man revolved around Wolverine running off with her in the middle of the night and telling her about some bank robbers he had fought while in Canada that wore adamantium suits. Unfortunately, the suits could not be removed; and one of them ended up with some disease. The man was left on life support for decades because the doctors weren't able to give him the single injection he needed, and the suit was of similar strength to Wolverine's claws. Wolverine took Kitty because he suddenly realized her powers would allow them to phase the needle past the suit, but he had died shortly before they arrived.
* The ComicBook/AvengersAcademy seems to be ''built'' on this. We have Veil who can turn into mist...yet her power is slowly killing her. Then we have Hazmat whose body produces deadly radiation, and has to be confined to a suit to protect others. Then there's Finesse, who is a super fighter but her brain can't handle all the information and in the future... it's revealed she's [[spoiler: continually forgetting her daughter's name.]] Then there's Mettle, who was a champion surfer before his powers awakened, granting him SuperStrength and NighInvulnerability... but making him look like a metal version of ComicBook/RedSkull (he even yells once 'I'm not related to Red Skull, I'm Jewish'), and then there's Reptil who could only transform his body parts into dinosaurs before getting a future power-up.
* The newish mutants from the Marvel Universe, ''ComicBook/GenerationHope'', all have powers like this, or at least linked to this. You have Velocidad, who's a super-speedster who ages up with each use of his power as it just makes time move slower/faster/whichever would be relevant for him, Sadie (Transonic) who's trapped forever in some blue alien-looking body, some guy who got super-animal strength and senses... and the mind to go with them. Another one of them's walking BodyHorror. Being one of the new generation of mutants sucks.
** Idie is the one exception. Too bad her upbringing convinced her that just being a mutant was bad enough.
* Arson from Shadowhawk and the short-lived Regulators is always on fire. He cannot turn it off. He does not get the Human Torch's advantages like flying, nor is he nearly as strong as the Human Torch, although certainly strong enough to burn anything he touches like food, clothing, furniture, or his teammates. Unlike the real unfortunates on this page, at least he does burn himself to death.
* Sludge from ''ComicBook/TheUltraverse'' survived a murder attempt when conveniently close chemicals gave him a HealingFactor. They also combined with nearby sewage to make him a humanoid mass of slime and cancer, damaging his ability to think and speak. His touch melts and warps living creatures. He started working for a supervillain in return for a promise to kill him, since his healing factor will not let him die.
* Tony Chu of ''ComicBook/{{Chew}}'' has cibopathy. This is a form of PsychicPowers where he can see things relating to the past of anything he tastes; he can also absorb skills and knowledge by eating flesh or drinking blood from other human beings. What makes this suck? First and foremost, he can't turn it off -- and a lot of the visions he gets are pretty damn gross. Secondly, the only thing he can eat that doesn't trigger his cibopathy is beets... and he doesn't even ''like'' beets. Finally, his powers, combined with his {{jerkass}} boss, means he has to eat a lot of stuff that is inherently gross. Like corpses, dead animals, poop...
* The Top Cow series ''ComicBook/{{Freshmen}}'' featured Green Thumb, a vegan whose powers allow him to hear the thoughts of plants. ''All'' thoughts of ''all'' plants. It got terrible very quickly.
* [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] is NighInvulnerable to the point that bullets can't pierce his skin. Which is pretty awesome until something manages to injure him badly enough that he needs intensive medical care. Then it becomes a problem that needles can't pierce his skin.



* Verity Willis, from the supporting cast of ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', [[LivingLieDetector can see through lies]]. All lies, every lie, up to invisibility powers and high level illusions. Unfortunately [[PowerIncontinence she can't turn it off]] so not even the small white lies that make daily life easier work on her. She can't even enjoy a book or a film because she lacks suspension of disbelief.
* ''ComicBook/PS238'' has Lyle. He can "see patterns in things", and so he can tell you everything about anything or anyone he looks at, making him effectively omniscient. The catch is that he can't turn it off, and can see these patterns everywhere. He spends most of his time in a featureless white room to keep his brain from overloading.
* Comic 9 of ''ComicBook/{{Noob}}'' has the characters participate in one of their FictionalVideoGame's battlegrounds. Each side of the battle gets a commander randomly selected among the players participating. Due to its duties, all other players have to protect that commander with their lives. Gaea, the cast DirtyCoward, is of course overjoyed when she gets chosen for the position. However, DecapitatedArmy also applies to these battlegrounds, so each side will dedicate part of its troops to a StraightForTheCommander strategy. Gaea herself ends up having to protect her own life after the three strongest players of her faction effectively perform a HeroicSacrifice in order to keep her alive a little longer.
* Sure, Ben Grimm from ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'' is super-strong and durable, but he weighs a ton, meaning any furniture he sits on has to be reinforced. Not to mention he looks like he's made of rock, which makes going outside difficult.
* Anyone infected with the Beauty Virus in ''ComicBook/{{Beauty}}'' becomes thin, beautiful, and literally radiant. They can eat as much as they want and all they feel is a slightly feverish feeling. Unfortunately, they live a year or two before they blow up.
* Power Ring of the Crime Syndicate has all of the powers of ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' thanks to the Ring of Volthoom, which is not only verbally abusive towards him but is [[BodyHorror fusing to his hand]] and basically [[ArtifactOfDeath eating him alive]].
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*** An often overlooked aspect of Cyclops's condition is that due to having to wear ruby quartz glasses to control his powers, he can only see everything in shades of red. In practice, he's completely colorblind.
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** Diamond Lil was diagnosed with breast cancer, which could only be excised at the molecular level by Madison Jeffries.
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* Power Ring of the Crime Syndicate has all of the powers of ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' thanks to the Ring of Volthoom, which is not only verbally abusive towards him but is [[BodyHorror fusing to his hand]] and basically [[ArtifactOfDeath eating him alive]].
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* Another DC example, though not canon, was Creator/LarryNiven's essay, [[http://www.rawbw.com/~svw/superman.html "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex"]], in which he makes a convincing argument that pre-crisis Franchise/{{Superman}} can never make love to Lois Lane (or any human, for that matter.)

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* Another DC example, though not canon, was Creator/LarryNiven's essay, [[http://www.rawbw.com/~svw/superman.html "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex"]], in which he makes a convincing an argument that pre-crisis Franchise/{{Superman}} can never make love to Lois Lane (or any human, for that matter.)


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* Franchise/{{Superman}}'s cousin ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' also sees her powers as a burden. Pre-Crisis Kara came to a point where she was tired of being Supergirl constantly instead of being her own person and she actually felt guilty for wanting to lead a normal life. Post-Crisis, a lot of people tried to manipulate her or take advantage of her because she was so powerful, to the point she calls her formidable powers a curse in the ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' arc:
-->'''Supergirl:''' This strength, this power It's been like a curse. But I refuse to be a victim anymore!
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* This was the motivation behind one-time ''ComicBook/{{X-Factor}}'' foe Josef Huber's attempt to orchestrate the extinction of mutants. Unlike others with this goal, he wasn't a deranged fanatic; he just had the ability to automatically copy the [[AllYourPowersCombined powers of every mutant on the planet]], which resulted in him having telepathy so powerful that even the isolated arctic cave he lives in offers little refuge from the constant noise of thoughts from all over the world.

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* This was the motivation behind one-time ''ComicBook/{{X-Factor}}'' ''ComicBook/XFactor'' foe Josef Huber's attempt to orchestrate the extinction of mutants. Unlike others with this goal, he wasn't a deranged fanatic; he just had the ability to automatically copy the [[AllYourPowersCombined powers of every mutant on the planet]], which resulted in him having telepathy so powerful that even the isolated arctic cave he lives in offers little refuge from the constant noise of thoughts from all over the world.
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* {{Taskmaster}} from Marvel can perfectly memorize and copy the movements of other people. Fighting styles, sports, the works. Permanently. This comes with a heavy trade-off: All of the information that is involved with perfectly imitating so many people is too much for Taskmaster's brain. As a result, he constantly forgets things that aren't combat-related: people, places, even a conversation from last Monday. He reveals all of this to Avengers Academy member Finesse, who has similar abilities [[spoiler: because she might be his daughter]] and might have the same problem down the road. [[{{Tearjerker}} He wants to fight her because memorizing her movements is the only way he won't forget her.]] FromBadToWorse in a recent mini that reveals just how much of his life he's forgotten. He used to be known as Tony Masters, a married S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and he forgot about his former vocation and his wife, who was also a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. He forgets all of this again at the end of the mini when he copies the skills of his attacker in order to save his wife. His wife is determined to keep reminding him though.

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* {{Taskmaster}} ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}} from Marvel can perfectly memorize and copy the movements of other people. Fighting styles, sports, the works. Permanently. This comes with a heavy trade-off: All of the information that is involved with perfectly imitating so many people is too much for Taskmaster's brain. As a result, he constantly forgets things that aren't combat-related: people, places, even a conversation from last Monday. He reveals all of this to Avengers Academy member Finesse, who has similar abilities [[spoiler: because she might be his daughter]] and might have the same problem down the road. [[{{Tearjerker}} He wants to fight her because memorizing her movements is the only way he won't forget her.]] FromBadToWorse in a recent mini that reveals just how much of his life he's forgotten. He used to be known as Tony Masters, a married S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and he forgot about his former vocation and his wife, who was also a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. He forgets all of this again at the end of the mini when he copies the skills of his attacker in order to save his wife. His wife is determined to keep reminding him though.
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* Jhiaxus in IDW's ''[[TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comics [[spoiler: gains immortality as a result of being on the border between two universes, and so cannot die. This would be fine if it weren't for the hyperviolent Arcee using this to take her revenge against him. So she kills him again, and again, and again, and again...]]

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* Jhiaxus in IDW's ''[[TheTransformersIDW ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comics [[spoiler: gains immortality as a result of being on the border between two universes, and so cannot die. This would be fine if it weren't for the hyperviolent Arcee using this to take her revenge against him. So she kills him again, and again, and again, and again...]]
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** There's a guy in one issue of ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' whose entire mutant power is the dissolution of all living tissue within a ridiculous distance of him. He kills 385 people the day he hits puberty, and has to be taken out discreetly by Wolverine because if his existence ever got out mutants would be rounded up and stuck in camps faster than you can say Franklin Richards.
*** It was touching in a way. Wolverine tracked him down in a cave and shared a few beers with him while listening.

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** There's 'ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' has a guy in one issue of ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' heart-breaking example: a child whose entire mutant power is the dissolution of all living tissue within a ridiculous distance of him. When he wakes up and discovers his power has activated, the first sight are the corpses of his family and friends. He kills 385 people the day he hits puberty, puberty. In order to prevent the spread of widescale panic and has to be taken out discreetly by revelation of mutnats in such a way, Wolverine because if his existence ever got out mutants would be rounded up and stuck in camps faster than you can say Franklin Richards.
*** It was touching in a way.
is sent to kill him. His regeneration powers protect him, but the whole ordeal is hreatbreaking as Wolverine tracked him down in is pretty much performing a cave and shared a few beers with him while listening.MercyKill on him.
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* ''ComicBook/DungeonsAndDragons'' In Issue #6 Drey describes that Adric suffers a curse...the curse of being clever. This means he can always see a way out when everything seems lost, but it also means he can't save everyone, no matter how much he wants to.
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