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16th Jan '16 6:09:49 PM FekketCantenel
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* The main characters in ''Literature/EdenGreen'' are infected with an alien needle symbiote that heals any injury and helps them survive even the most dangerous situations. On the downside, it's painful, disfiguring, 'freaky', and suggests AndIMustScream scenarios.
9th Jan '16 4:02:27 AM jormis29
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* While Gwen's psychometry helps her get through all the various problems she encounters at ''Literature/MythosAcademy'', it has it's downsides, mainly stemming from the fact that she can't turn it off, causing her to learn things she would rather not know. Like the fact that during her first kiss, she read her suddenly ex-boyfriend's mind and learned that he would have much rather been kissing someone else. Or the time she borrowed a friend's hairbrush and suddenly getting to experience how said friend had been raped by her stepfather the night before while holding said hairbrush...
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* While Gwen's psychometry {{psychometry}} helps her get through all the various problems she encounters at ''Literature/MythosAcademy'', it has it's downsides, mainly stemming from the fact that she can't turn it off, causing her to learn things she would rather not know. Like the fact that during her first kiss, she read her suddenly ex-boyfriend's mind and learned that he would have much rather been kissing someone else. Or the time she borrowed a friend's hairbrush and suddenly getting to experience how said friend had been raped by her stepfather the night before while holding said hairbrush...
5th Dec '15 1:15:53 AM WillBGood
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* In the Literature/Dragonlance novel ''Darkness and Light'', Sturm, Kitiara, and a bunch of gnomes end up on Lunitari, the red moon. The moon grants them all powers; Kit gets super strength, Sturm gets visions, one gnome gets amazing eyesight, another can fly, another summons rain and lightning, etc. This all seems great at first, but soon enough, the powers become too much for them to handle; the gnome with good eyesight eventually gets it strong enough that he can see through his eyelids and miles down into the ground, preventing him from getting any rest; the one that summons rain is stuck in a perpetual rain cloud centered on him; the flying gnome needs to be anchored by his friends, lest he fly off into space. The only person who loves her gift is Kit, and she's sorry to see it go.
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* In the Literature/Dragonlance ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novel ''Darkness and Light'', Sturm, Kitiara, and a bunch of gnomes end up on Lunitari, the red moon. The moon grants them all powers; Kit gets super strength, Sturm gets visions, one gnome gets amazing eyesight, another can fly, another summons rain and lightning, etc. This all seems great at first, but soon enough, the powers become too much for them to handle; the gnome with good eyesight eventually gets it strong enough that he can see through his eyelids and miles down into the ground, preventing him from getting any rest; the one that summons rain is stuck in a perpetual rain cloud centered on him; the flying gnome needs to be anchored by his friends, lest he fly off into space. The only person who loves her gift is Kit, and she's sorry to see it go.
5th Dec '15 1:15:14 AM WillBGood
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* In Austin Grossman's ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'' common superhero tropes are dissected and deconstructed leaving you with people like Fatale who lost half of her body in an accident and had it replaced with cybernetics, only she has to constantly take drugs to prevent herself from rejecting the cybernetics, Damsel whose powers are related to her extra terrestrial origins, but as it turns out is not actually a viable offspring of the two species leaving her with some mostly unexplained illness, or Rainbow Triumph who was given an experimental cure for a terminal illness and now has to take drugs once every few hours or die horribly. In fact it's damn near impossible to name a character in this book who isn't either blessed with suck or CursedWithAwesome.
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* In Austin Grossman's ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'' common superhero tropes are dissected and deconstructed leaving you with people like Fatale who (who lost half of her body in an accident and had it replaced with cybernetics, only she has to but must constantly take drugs to prevent herself from rejecting the cybernetics, anti-rejection drugs), Damsel whose (whose powers are related to her extra terrestrial extraterrestrial origins, but as it turns out she is not actually a viable offspring of the two species leaving her with some she has an mostly unexplained illness, illness), or Rainbow Triumph who (who was given an experimental cure for a terminal illness and now has to take drugs once every few hours or die horribly.horribly). In fact it's damn near impossible to name a character in this book who isn't either blessed with suck or CursedWithAwesome.
5th Dec '15 1:07:45 AM WillBGood
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** {{Prescience|IsPredictable}} in the Duniverse has its own trope.
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** {{Prescience|IsPredictable}} in the Duniverse has is its own trope.

* The Struldbrugs in ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' are born already with eternal life, but destined to grow old and never die.
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* The Struldbrugs in ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' are born already with eternal life, but destined to [[AgeWithoutYouth grow old and never die.]]
5th Dec '15 1:06:22 AM WillBGood
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* The Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier feature it big style. There are legends of "The Great Bird Of Galaxy", and it settling down on a planet is considered a big blessing (for example by Hermats.) It turns out legends are true but the blessing has a '''massive''' suck factor: said bird will fill your planet with easily harvestable energy which also has the ability to make the planet super-fertile, but the energy is destined for the bird's embryo which uses the planet as egg, and when it hatches, the planet is destroyed. [[spoiler: This is what happened to Thallon.]]
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* The Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier feature it big style. There are legends of "The Great Bird Of Galaxy", and it settling down on a planet is considered a big blessing (for example by Hermats.) It turns out legends are true but the blessing has a '''massive''' suck factor: said bird will fill your planet with easily harvestable energy which also has the ability to make the planet super-fertile, super-fertile-- but the energy is destined for the bird's embryo embryo, which uses the planet as its egg, and when it hatches, destroys the planet is destroyed.when it hatches. [[spoiler: This is what happened to Thallon.]]

** Prescience in Dune almost defines this. See ''PrescienceIsPredictable'', plays a really big role in the story of ''Literature/DuneMessiah''.
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** Prescience in Dune almost defines this. See ''PrescienceIsPredictable'', plays a really big role {{Prescience|IsPredictable}} in the story of ''Literature/DuneMessiah''.Duniverse has its own trope.
12th Oct '15 9:30:48 PM Aspie
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* Quite a few of the aliens in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' have powers. Taxxons have a pretty twisted take on the ExtremeOmnivore ability: their ability to eat nearly anything stems from their instinctive and nearly psychotic hunger which can almost never be sated. Everything they can eat, they will eat, no questions. Which is to say, if you are a Taxxon and you get a paper cut in front of your crewmates, goodbye.
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* Quite a few of the aliens in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' have powers. Taxxons have a pretty twisted take on the ExtremeOmnivore ability: their ability to eat nearly anything stems from their instinctive and nearly psychotic hunger which can almost never be sated. Everything they can eat, they will eat, no questions. Which is to say, if you are a Taxxon and you get a paper cut in front of your crewmates, goodbye. This isn't even the worst of it, either: One book has a Taxxon get cut in two, at which point ''[[{{Squick}} one half of it began to eat the other.]]'' Imagine being conscious for that.
4th Oct '15 9:39:39 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In Literature/TheBible, the now famous ''Mark of Cain'' was given to...you'll never guess...Cain! It was ''called'' a blessing, God allegedly bestowed it not as a punishment but a blessing to protect anyone from hurting Cain. But seeing how wandering the earth for eternity is such a cruel punishment that he wants people to kill him on first sight, it seems that it was a blessing in name only. ** If anyone did kill Cain, then that person would have Cain's curse leveled upon them seven times over. What they got was seven times the harm ''they'' did to Cain. ** Cain did get to settle down. (Genesis 4:17-18). And there is nothing in the Bible that suggest Cain was cursed to live forever and that he would never die. On the flip side, the Bible records lifespans of ''hundreds'' of years for humans at that point in time. ** It would make sense, in a way, for God to be a tad bit pissed at Cain for killing Abel, and retaliating by giving him a "blessing"... ** Averted in Eden, God intervenes to prevent Adam and Eve from eating the fruit of the Tree of Life after they sinned, because if they had eaten of it, it would have essentially turned them into demons- immortal sinners who therefore would be impossible to redeem, and thus fit only to be cast into the Lake of Fire. *** ''Ahem'' Although what he actually ''says'' is that they have become "like one of us, knowing good and evil" and "must not be allowed" to live forever. If you're giving him the benefit of the doubt and a long theological tradition, this might be because immortals can't be purified for some reason (though I've honestly never heard that one before) but the more natural interpretation is that he wants to keep them in the dust, because [[AIIsACrapshoot creations manifesting too much independence is very bad.]] ** By breaking the ''one'' rule Jehovah gave Adam and Eve to follow, they challenged his sovereignty and his right to rule Creation. The problem with allowing imperfect humans to become immortal can be seen in the harm humans have done down the ages. An immortal like Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr wouldn't necessarily be a worry, but someone like Hitler or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Jeffreys,_1st_Baron_Jeffreys Judge Jeffrys]] would be a very bad thing. Until the point has been proven that humans ''can not'' perfectly rule themselves under ''any'' form of government they try, Jehovah's point about his sovereignty being the only one that works remains unproven, and humans can not begin the final days where they will reclaim long life and, finally, their immortality that Adam and Eve lost.[[note]]Yes, it is Adam's fault too. He was the elder and had heard the rules just as Eve had.[[/note]]
4th Oct '15 9:37:43 PM CaptainCrawdad
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*** If you take a close look at the second and fourth items above, it's actually possible that '''[[WildMassGuessing Bink's own magic talent is conspiring to get him kicked out of Xanth for his own good]]'''
4th Oct '15 9:36:22 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** There's also that if that portrait is destroyed [[spoiler:Dorian dies]], and he ends up murdering the guy who painted it to hide the fact that it was showing how he was supposed to look because of and as well as his crimes.
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