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21st May '16 7:06:08 AM JustKnown
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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, but must constantly take anti-rejection drugs), Damsel (whose powers are related to her extraterrestrial origins, but as she is not actually a viable offspring of the two species she has an 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 Fatale, who lost half of her body in an accident and had it replaced with cybernetics, but must constantly take anti-rejection drugs), Damsel (whose drugs and ended up working black ops to pay for her esoteric maintenance, Damsel, whose powers are related to her extraterrestrial origins, origins but as she is not actually must live with some very odd allergies and other biochemistry issues because she's a viable offspring bioengineered HalfHumanHybrid of the two species she has an mostly unexplained illness), otherwise incompatible species, or Rainbow Triumph (who was given Triumph, whose powers stem from an experimental cure for a terminal illness and now has to must 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.
10th May '16 7:46:23 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Crystal Singer'' series, candidates to join the Heptite Guild (prospectors for crystals needed for interstellar communication) are [[TouchedByVorlons exposed to microscopic symbiotes]] by the very atmosphere of Ballybran itself. The symbiotes grant those exposed with [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld extended lifespans]], enhanced physical abilities and SuperSenses. At least, [[SuperpowerLottery the really lucky ones do.]] The majority will end up with ''one'' sense enhanced to a PowerIncontinence level (one wears special lenses to keep him from seeing everything on a microscopic level). Sometimes the enhancement will boost one sense and shut down another (another with super vision is rendered deaf). And then there's the rare death. The Singers (those with perfect transitions) don't escape unscathed either, as constant exposure to the piezoelectric fields of the crystals scrambles their brains, causing memory loss and personality alterations. And they ALL share an inability to leave Ballybran for long, otherwise their symbiont will start to weaken, causing them to sicken and die. Veteran Singers tend to either break down physically and retire to a convalescent home or get locked into a cycle of "Obsessively mine enough crystal to make it off Ballybran for a long time, be forced to return to renew the symbiont or when the money runs out, rinse, repeat." The risks are considered "worth it", due to the long hedonistic lifestyle the lucky ones get to live before things start to sour.

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* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Crystal Singer'' ''Literature/CrystalSinger'' series, candidates to join the Heptite Guild (prospectors for crystals needed for interstellar communication) are [[TouchedByVorlons exposed to microscopic symbiotes]] by the very atmosphere of Ballybran itself. The symbiotes grant those exposed with [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld extended lifespans]], enhanced physical abilities and SuperSenses. At least, [[SuperpowerLottery the really lucky ones do.]] The majority will end up with ''one'' sense enhanced to a PowerIncontinence level (one wears special lenses to keep him from seeing everything on a microscopic level). Sometimes the enhancement will boost one sense and shut down another (another with super vision is rendered deaf). And then there's the rare death. The Singers (those with perfect transitions) don't escape unscathed either, as constant exposure to the piezoelectric fields of the crystals scrambles their brains, causing memory loss and personality alterations. And they ALL share an inability to leave Ballybran for long, otherwise their symbiont will start to weaken, causing them to sicken and die. Veteran Singers tend to either break down physically and retire to a convalescent home or get locked into a cycle of "Obsessively mine enough crystal to make it off Ballybran for a long time, be forced to return to renew the symbiont or when the money runs out, rinse, repeat." The risks are considered "worth it", due to the long hedonistic lifestyle the lucky ones get to live before things start to sour.
15th Apr '16 5:18:25 AM direguy
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* '' In WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' '' Dipper and Mabel and the Time Pirates Treasure'', one ending has Dipper, Mabel and Blendin gaining a potion of Eternal Youth. The result is [[spoiler: Dipper and Mabel never reaching puberty, and are stuck as twelve year olds forever. They outlived their loved ones into the Time Baby's future, where they open up a museum of the past, with Blendin stuck as the janitor forever.]]

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* '' In WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' '' Dipper and Mabel and the Time Pirates Treasure'', one ending has Dipper, Mabel and Blendin gaining a potion of Eternal Youth. The result is [[spoiler: Dipper and Mabel never reaching puberty, and are stuck as twelve year olds forever. They outlived their loved ones into the Time Baby's future, where they open up a museum of the past, with Blendin stuck as the janitor forever.]]
15th Apr '16 5:17:49 AM direguy
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* '' In WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' '' Dipper and Mabel and the Time Pirates Treasure'', one ending has Dipper, Mabel and Blendin gaining a potion of Eternal Youth. The result is [[spoiler: Dipper and Mabel never reaching puberty, and are stuck as twelve year olds forever. They outlived their loved ones into the Time Baby's future, where they open up a museum of the past, with Blendin stuck as the janitor forever.]]
10th Mar '16 1:27:04 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* ''Gislaug'', titular character of the the narrative poem cycle ''Haugtussa'' (''Fairy mound girl'', written by Norwegian writer Arne Garborg), is given the "sight" (not unlike Danny´s powers in ''Literature/TheShining''). This is a mixed blessing at best, because it alienates her from her community, destroys her possibilities for love, and is essentially haunted by every secondary world being in her home area. She ends up as a mix of MysteriousWaif, WaifProphet and downright CloudCuckoolander, but in a moment of clarity, she actually chooses this over the alternative - not seeing anything at all. This messy situation is eventually solved, and she ends up as a wise, caring woman in the end.

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* ''Gislaug'', titular character of the the narrative poem cycle ''Haugtussa'' (''Fairy mound girl'', written by Norwegian writer Arne Garborg), is given the "sight" (not unlike Danny´s powers in ''Literature/TheShining''). This is a mixed blessing at best, because it alienates her from her community, destroys her possibilities for love, and she is essentially haunted by every secondary world being in her home area. She ends up as a mix of MysteriousWaif, WaifProphet and downright CloudCuckoolander, but in a moment of clarity, she actually chooses this over the alternative - not seeing anything at all. This messy situation is eventually solved, and she ends up as a wise, caring woman in the end.
10th Mar '16 1:26:07 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* ''Gislaug'' titular character of the the narrative poem cycle ''Haugtussa'' (''Fairy mound girl'', written by Norwegian writer Arne Garborg), is given the "sight" (not unlike Danny´s powers in ''Literature/TheShining''). This is a mixed blessing at best, because it alienates her from her community, destroys her possibilities for love, and is essentially haunted by every secondary world being in her home area. She ends up as a mix of MysteriousWaif, WaifProphet and downright CloudCuckoolander, but in a moment of clarity, she actually chooses this over the alternative - not seeing anything at all. This messy situation is eventually solved, and she ends up as a wise, caring woman in the end.

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* ''Gislaug'' ''Gislaug'', titular character of the the narrative poem cycle ''Haugtussa'' (''Fairy mound girl'', written by Norwegian writer Arne Garborg), is given the "sight" (not unlike Danny´s powers in ''Literature/TheShining''). This is a mixed blessing at best, because it alienates her from her community, destroys her possibilities for love, and is essentially haunted by every secondary world being in her home area. She ends up as a mix of MysteriousWaif, WaifProphet and downright CloudCuckoolander, but in a moment of clarity, she actually chooses this over the alternative - not seeing anything at all. This messy situation is eventually solved, and she ends up as a wise, caring woman in the end.
10th Mar '16 1:25:34 AM Eilevgmyhren
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* ''Gislaug'' titular character of the the narrative poem cycle ''Haugtussa'' (''Fairy mound girl'', written by Norwegian writer Arne Garborg), is given the "sight" (not unlike Danny´s powers in ''Literature/TheShining''). This is a mixed blessing at best, because it alienates her from her community, destroys her possibilities for love, and is essentially haunted by every secondary world being in her home area. She ends up as a mix of MysteriousWaif, WaifProphet and downright CloudCuckoolander, but in a moment of clarity, she actually chooses this over the alternative - not seeing anything at all. This messy situation is eventually solved, and she ends up as a wise, caring woman in the end.
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.
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