History BlessedWithSuck / Literature

1st Jun '17 9:35:10 AM UglyPanda
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*** In fact, the ''plot'' of one of the books was based around this idea. A Yeerk found a time machine, and went back through critical points of Western History, trying to kill major historical figures. Because he'd possessed a history teacher, who drove him ''insane'' by yattering on about history.

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*** In fact, the ''plot'' of one of the books was based around this idea. A One Yeerk found was angered enough by his actor host's constant monologuing from HenryV that, during a time machine, and went back through critical points trip to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight, he stopped at the Battle of Western History, trying Agincourt to kill major historical figures. Because he'd possessed a history teacher, who drove him ''insane'' by yattering on about history.ruin the inspiration.
6th May '17 3:34:19 PM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'' has demonseeds. Pros: superhuman strength, speed and senses, HealingFactor, being a ShadowWalker. Cons: every spirit in existence fears you and strives to kill you, the League of Storms is hunting you down, and if you survive both of those, you will eventually be possessed and start devouring every spirit in existence.
20th Mar '17 3:37:57 AM CupOSunshine
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* In the ''{{Literature/Freya}}'' series by Matthew Laurence, gods are real, but they ''all'' have aspects of this trope due to the way belief shapes them. While they've been around for thousands of years and learned enough to generally know the best course of action, they ''have'' to pick the one that matches their nature, even if they know it's a bad idea. This means that anyone who knows their obsessions can use them as a means of manipulation - which is exactly what the book's villains do.

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* In the ''{{Literature/Freya}}'' series by Matthew Laurence, gods are real, but and they ''all'' have aspects of this trope due to the way belief shapes them. While they've been around for thousands of years and learned enough to generally know the best course of action, they ''have'' to pick the one that matches their nature, even if they know it's a bad idea. This means that anyone who knows their obsessions can use them as a means of manipulation - which is exactly what the book's villains do.
20th Mar '17 3:37:29 AM CupOSunshine
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* In the ''{{Literature/Freya}}'' series by Matthew Laurence, gods are real, but they ''all'' have aspects of this trope due to the way belief shapes them. While they've been around for thousands of years and learned enough to generally know the best course of action, they ''have'' to pick the one that matches their nature, even if they know it's a bad idea. This means that anyone who knows their obsessions can use them as a means of manipulation - which is exactly what the book's villains do.
14th Feb '17 9:15:13 AM AutumnLeaves
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* In Alexey Vinokurov's ''The Country of Three Lands'' Mycroft the Black Knight has a gift of defeating anyone who meets him in single combat. Only this gift is hereditary and his ancestor obtained it by striking a deal with demons and selling his own soul and the souls of his descendants. Therefore, every night Mycroft is tormented with the ghosts of people he had killed and with visions of his ancestors suffering in hellfire, and he knows that one day he'll join them too.
9th Jan '17 6:43:56 PM SenorYee
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* Master Chief (along with every other Spartan) in the ''Halo'' video game prequel novel Fall of Reach are given awesome physical and mental prowess plus kick-ass Mjolnir battle armor. Sounds good don't it.... until you take into consideration that Chief and the rest were kidnapped in the night (of their respective planets' nights I suppose) and replaced with flash clones subject to genetic defects and cancer (almost kills me to think what a parent of said abductee would be going through), put through harsh physical and psychological conditioning that at least on one occasion causes Chief to vomit, dangerously enhanced (Chief and the few who didn't die or become convulsing/"wish they were dead" invalids), and made to fight enemies immediately after acquiring said kick-ass armor that possess weapons making ArmorIsUseless. Plus, Master Chief is apparently the last survivor of the Spartan program, making his entire existence the living (on the outside) embodiment of BlessedWithSuck.

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* Master Chief (along with every other Spartan) in the ''Halo'' video game prequel novel Fall of Reach are given awesome physical and mental prowess plus kick-ass Mjolnir battle armor. Sounds good don't it.... until you take into consideration that Chief and the rest were kidnapped in the night (of their respective planets' nights I suppose) and replaced with flash clones subject to genetic defects and cancer (almost kills me to think what a parent of said abductee would be going through), cancer, put through harsh physical and psychological conditioning that at least on one occasion causes Chief to vomit, dangerously enhanced (Chief and the few who didn't die or become convulsing/"wish they were dead" invalids), and made to fight enemies immediately after acquiring said kick-ass armor that possess weapons making ArmorIsUseless. Plus, Master Chief is apparently the last survivor of the Spartan program, making his entire existence the living (on the outside) embodiment of BlessedWithSuck.
30th Dec '16 4:45:41 AM Rhodes7
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* Being Infected in ''Literature/{{TheInfected}}'' is already this, since you get superpowers but for the most part they're useless and you get a crippling mental disorder with them. Even more so for Brian Yi, a fat out-of-shape geek with the power... to physically take the place of people who are about to die. In some cases that can mean correcting a skid, very carefully climbing down, scaring off wild animals or kids, and in one case talking a single mother with serious post-partum depression into getting some help. More often though, he's dropped into robberies, deadly fights, warzones, assassinations, angry mobs and in arm's reach of superhuman serial killers.
** And even ''more'' so for [[spoiler: Melanie Miller, a young girl with PowerIncontinence that turns everyone around her, including her whole family and community, into superstrong, nigh-invulnerable monsters that eat people. And they all have an instinct to seek her out, since eating her flesh specifically makes them faster, stronger, tougher and smarter. After a grueling trek through the wilderness, with Brian replacing her multiple times, they get her to safety on an island (the monsters can't swim) only to realize the situation when the guards protecting her turn. As the monsters rather around the shore of the lake, the decision is made to drop ten fuel-air bombs on the site, and remove the threat posed by monsters and little girl all at once.]]
14th Nov '16 12:26:06 AM PaulA
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* Floyd Jones, the driving character (though almost never the viewpoint character) of Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/TheWorldJonesMade'' can see a year into the future. Too bad his future sight is actually made of memories broadcast by his future self to his past self, essentially [[YouCantFightFate stripping him of free will]].
** Manfred, a boy from the same author's ''Martian Time-Slip'', can see into the future. Which means he is almost perpetually stuck in a twisted vision of his future as a paralyzed, dying old man in a decaying hospital. His only, temporary escape is succumbing to his schizophrenia-induced hallucinations, which are just as nightmarish and tainted by his obsession with death.

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Floyd Jones, the driving character (though almost never the viewpoint character) of Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/TheWorldJonesMade'' ''Literature/TheWorldJonesMade'', can see a year into the future. Too bad his future sight is actually made of memories broadcast by his future self to his past self, essentially [[YouCantFightFate stripping him of free will]].
** Manfred, a boy from the same author's ''Martian Time-Slip'', can see into the future. Which means he is almost perpetually stuck in a twisted vision of his future as a paralyzed, dying old man in a decaying hospital. His only, temporary escape is succumbing to his schizophrenia-induced hallucinations, which are just as nightmarish and tainted by his obsession with death.
2nd Nov '16 6:41:38 PM MasterGhandalf
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* [[FromNobodyToNightmare Rhulad Sengar]] in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' has a magical sword that brings him back to life any time he dies, as well as granting supernatural strength and other magical abilities. Unfortunately, the sword was a gift from [[BigBad the Crippled God]], who never does a good turn for anyone without cost; Rhulad can't physically put the sword ''down'', his resurrections are incredibly physically and mentally agonizing (leading to SanitySlippage), and the first time around he was dead for several days and had already been dressed for burial before he came back - which, in his culture, involves having gold coins ritually sealed with hot wax across the entire body. When Rhulad resurrects, the coins [[BodyHorror stay attached]], with the exception of the ones on his eyelids. Add in the TraumaCongaLine that ensues after Rhulad gets the sword, and its small wonder he ends up half-mad and completely miserable, immortality or no.
11th Oct '16 9:10:48 PM PaulA
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** That last bit was actually averted in one of the Creator/BruceCoville story collections; after the main character and her friend test a forward-only time machine they find with a teddy bear, it never shows up. The lead decides to try it anyway, over the nerd's objections it's not safe. He has a EurekaMoment on the staircase and rushes back to stop her, but it's too late and she's transported into space.
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