History BlessedWithSuck / LiveActionTV

17th Jun '16 7:41:30 PM nombretomado
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** Kelly can [[{{telepathy}} read minds]], but has no filter between her own and her mouth, and having to hear what people think of her makes her even more [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead paranoid, insecure]] and [[ForgotAboutTheMindReader aggressive]] than she already was.

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** Kelly can [[{{telepathy}} [[{{Telepathy}} read minds]], but has no filter between her own and her mouth, and having to hear what people think of her makes her even more [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead paranoid, insecure]] and [[ForgotAboutTheMindReader aggressive]] than she already was.



* Parodied in a ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch, wherein a man bitterly angsts and curses about his supernatural ability... to levitate biscuits. It's a curse, apparently.

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* Parodied in a ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch, wherein a man bitterly angsts and curses about his supernatural ability... to levitate biscuits. It's a curse, apparently.
23rd Feb '16 2:23:52 AM jormis29
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* One episode of ''{{Fringe}}'' involved a man who was a reverse empath, meaning his emotions were projected and anyone near him would feel like what he was, he thus could spread happiness and joy and be someone you always would want to be around. Unfortunately the opposite was also true, and if he was ever sad or depressed couldn't seek comfort from anyone else without them feeling the same, this left him very lonely and socially isolated, and eventually suicidal, making it so that even ''going near him'' would make one suicidal as well and was quite dangerous.

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* One episode of ''{{Fringe}}'' ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' involved a man who was a reverse empath, meaning his emotions were projected and anyone near him would feel like what he was, he thus could spread happiness and joy and be someone you always would want to be around. Unfortunately the opposite was also true, and if he was ever sad or depressed couldn't seek comfort from anyone else without them feeling the same, this left him very lonely and socially isolated, and eventually suicidal, making it so that even ''going near him'' would make one suicidal as well and was quite dangerous.
20th Feb '16 8:46:53 AM Morgenthaler
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** As long as you have the legs of a human, there is no way you're ever gonna grow fish scales. However you legs are not going to be merged just by being touched by a few rain- or sweatdrops.
** Even if you live in a hot area, you're screwed: sweat is mostly water. As is saliva, so be careful not to drool or have any kind of… oral activities.
** The human body is over 70% water. Think about it. [[MST3KMantra Or don't.]]
* River Tam from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' (and its sequel movie, ''Serenity'') is an obvious case. Government experiments gave her [[WaifProphet mind-reading abilities]] and WaifFu ... the side effect? She's traumatized and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity schizophrenic]].
** It is also implied that she had latent psychic powers before being "recruited." That and her genius-level intellect led to her being selected for the Academy, which leads to a double-whammy of being BlessedWithSuck.

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** As long as you have the legs of a human, there is no way you're ever gonna grow fish scales. However you legs are not going to be merged just by being touched by a few rain- or sweatdrops.
** Even if you live in a hot area, you're screwed: sweat is mostly water. As is saliva, so be careful not to drool or have any kind of… oral activities.
** The human body is over 70% water. Think about it. [[MST3KMantra Or don't.]]
* River Tam from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' (and its sequel movie, ''Serenity'') is an obvious case. Government experiments gave her [[WaifProphet mind-reading abilities]] and WaifFu ... the side effect? She's traumatized and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity schizophrenic]].
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schizophrenic]]. It is also implied that she had latent psychic powers before being "recruited." That and her genius-level intellect led to her being selected for the Academy, which leads to a double-whammy of being BlessedWithSuck.



** The death of his wife Trudy did have a major impact on Monk, but it was because of Trudy's past, not him. In the series finale, [[spoiler: Trudy reveals that she had an affair and a child with her law professor who later became a judge and had her (and the midwife, and the doctor who worked at the clinic who was updating records that would have revealed the existence of said child) killed to cover up the affair.]]
*** He did believe it was his fault for the majority of the series. Another example is because of his extreme mental illness, he doesn't [[spoiler: open the final present his wife gave him for several years. Said present actually consists of his wife telling him who would murder her, and why.]]
* A similar thing happens to Dr. Gregory House in ''Series/{{House}}''. If he does anything to take away the pain in his damaged thigh muscle, he loses his brilliant diagnostic ability.
** He ''believed'' that's why he couldn't take stronger/safer drugs to dull his pain, however...[[spoiler:it's actually more that his injury made him more open to using his cynicism and lack of trust in people as tools in his diagnostic work. Now he's actively trying to NOT be a jerk, ''still'' with severe leg pain (he claims it's numbed by obsessing on things like cooking or medicine) and the same human petri dish of lying patients. Ouch.]] It's his own discomfort he's choosing to create at this point.

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* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** The death of his wife Trudy did have a major impact on Monk, but it was because of Trudy's past, not him. In the series finale, [[spoiler: Trudy reveals that she had an affair and a child with her law professor who later became a judge and had her (and the midwife, and the doctor who worked at the clinic who was updating records that would have revealed the existence of said child) killed to cover up the affair.]]
*** He did believe it was his fault for the majority of the series. Another example is because of his extreme mental illness, he doesn't [[spoiler: open the final present his wife gave him for several years. Said present actually consists of his wife telling him who would murder her, and why.]]
* A similar thing happens to
If Dr. Gregory House in ''Series/{{House}}''. If he does anything to take away the pain in his damaged thigh muscle, he loses his brilliant diagnostic ability.
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ability. He ''believed'' that's why he couldn't take stronger/safer drugs to dull his pain, however...[[spoiler:it's actually more that his injury made him more open to using his cynicism and lack of trust in people as tools in his diagnostic work. Now he's actively trying to NOT be a jerk, ''still'' with severe leg pain (he claims it's numbed by obsessing on things like cooking or medicine) and the same human petri dish of lying patients. Ouch.]] It's his own discomfort he's choosing to create at this point.



*** "Monkey's Paw!"



*** She told him it was a bit of a nuisance, yes, but she also told him that she wouldn't give it away for anything, because of how awesome it was to use.
*** Whether or not it was intentional we'll never know, but the note below about season 3 actually rationalises away the IdiotBall. Clever.



* Jack Bauer of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' could qualify despite not having a superpower (other than the power to be BadAss). He's an incredibly talented CTU agent, the best in the field, the go-to guy for every problem concerning National Security. At the cost of his family, friends and co-workers getting killed, being a wanted man by terrorists and foreign nations, and virtually having no chance at a normal life because when he tries, he always gets sucked back in.

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* Jack Bauer of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' ''Series/TwentyFour'' could qualify despite not having a superpower (other than the power to be BadAss). He's an incredibly talented CTU agent, the best in the field, the go-to guy for every problem concerning National Security. At the cost of his family, friends and co-workers getting killed, being a wanted man by terrorists and foreign nations, and virtually having no chance at a normal life because when he tries, he always gets sucked back in.



* Speaking of touching and death, the main character of ''PushingDaisies'' has the power to return the dead to life with a touch... but, he can't ever touch them again if he doesn't want them KilledOffForReal. Since he brought his true love back from the dead, this is sort of problematic...
** And if Ned doesn't re-kill someone again with a second touch within one minute, someone else nearby has to die in their place.
*** Even after this period, he STILL can't touch whoever he first re-animated.
** Ned's ability also caused him to accidentally kill both his mom and the dad of his childhood sweetheart.
** On top of all this? He can never eat his own pies, which he makes by buying rotten fruit on the cheap, "reanimating" it, and making it into filling without touching it again.
** He is, [[{{Squick}} out of necessity]], a vegetarian...
** He can't even date someone who doesn't know about his ability. At one point, he explains that on his last date (whenever that was), it ended with "intimate relations on a bearskin rug." So yeah...
* Sam from ''{{Reaper}}'' started out CursedWithAwesome, but after the first couple of episodes wound up BlessedWithSuck.
* Sam Winchester from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' could be considered Blessed With Suck. As one of a group of psychic children, some of whom have powers such as super strength, mind control, telekinesis, and the ability to electrocute people with a touch, he gets uncontrollable, painful visions of violent deaths. As one of the other psychics put it: "Dude, sucks."

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* Speaking of touching and death, the main character of ''PushingDaisies'' ''Series/PushingDaisies'' has the power to return the dead to life with a touch... but, he can't ever touch them again if he doesn't want them KilledOffForReal. Since he brought his true love back from the dead, this is sort of problematic...
** And if Ned doesn't re-kill someone again with a second touch within one minute, someone else nearby has to die in their place.
*** Even after this period, he STILL can't touch whoever he first re-animated.
** Ned's ability also caused him to accidentally kill both his mom and the dad of his childhood sweetheart.
** On top of all this? He can never eat his own pies, which he makes by buying rotten fruit on the cheap, "reanimating" it, and making it into filling without touching it again.
** He is, [[{{Squick}} out of necessity]], a vegetarian...
** He can't even date someone who doesn't know about his ability. At one point, he explains that on his last date (whenever that was), it ended with "intimate relations on a bearskin rug." So yeah...
* Sam from ''{{Reaper}}'' ''Series/{{Reaper}}'' started out CursedWithAwesome, but after the first couple of episodes wound up BlessedWithSuck.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
**
Sam Winchester from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' could be considered Blessed With Suck. As is one of a group of psychic children, some of whom have powers such as super strength, mind control, telekinesis, and the ability to electrocute people with a touch, he gets uncontrollable, painful visions of violent deaths. As one of the other psychics put it: "Dude, sucks."



** Then there's the demon blood thing.



* Gwen Raiden of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has a massive dose of this. Sure, her ability to manipulate electricity makes her a fearsome weapon, gets her in a lot of places she could never otherwise go, and makes her oodles of money as a professional thief...but at the expense of even the smallest human intimacies and any semblance of a normal life. Plus the trauma of getting regularly struck by lightning and accidentally injuring and killing people who are actually nice to her.
** Doyle also of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' suffers crippling headaches due to his visions which are [[FigureItOutYourself never very clear to begin with]].
*** Cordelia gets these later, and they nearly kill her. [[spoiler:She becomes part demon to survive, rather than giving them up]].
*** Even Doyle being half-demon can count as BlessedWithSuck. He is stronger in demon form [[spoiler: and can survive having his neck broken]], but he can't cope with being half-demon, leading him to be very distant from both humans and demons, and leading him to have a pretty crappy life.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
**
Gwen Raiden of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has a massive dose of this. Sure, her ability to manipulate electricity makes her a fearsome weapon, gets her in a lot of places she could never otherwise go, and makes her oodles of money as a professional thief...but at the expense of even the smallest human intimacies and any semblance of a normal life. Plus the trauma of getting regularly struck by lightning and accidentally injuring and killing people who are actually nice to her.
** Doyle also of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' suffers crippling headaches due to his visions which are [[FigureItOutYourself never very clear to begin with]].
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with]]. Cordelia gets these later, and they nearly kill her. [[spoiler:She becomes part demon to survive, rather than giving them up]].
*** Even Doyle being half-demon can count as BlessedWithSuck. He is stronger in demon form [[spoiler: and can survive having his neck broken]], but he can't cope with being half-demon, leading him to be very distant from both humans and demons, and leading him to have a pretty crappy life.
up]].



** It later turns out that they are officially BlessedWithSuck when [[spoiler: The guy with the parrot tries to unload some stocks that would crash the next day, but only because he had sold them, thus bankrupting the small inventing company Gary was supposed to have saved and throwing the entire future into turmoil.]]



** A flashback shows why he thinks this. Whenever he gets stressed, his powers cause biscuits to fly at the source of the disturbance, [[spoiler:resulting in his ex and her boyfriend getting buried under a mound of assorted biscuits during an awkward meeting in a store.]]



* Anybody who possesses an [[ArtifactOfDoom Object]] in the miniseries ''TheLostRoom''. They can accomplish powerful and bizarre things, but anybody who comes to have one becomes more paranoid of losing it or becomes a DoomMagnet.
* ''TheVampireDiaries''. Bonnie, especially in Season 1. She's a witch, but apart from mind-whammying Damon, using any of her other abilities mainly seem to cause her to lose consciousness.

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* Anybody who possesses an [[ArtifactOfDoom Object]] in the miniseries ''TheLostRoom''.''Series/TheLostRoom''. They can accomplish powerful and bizarre things, but anybody who comes to have one becomes more paranoid of losing it or becomes a DoomMagnet.
* ''TheVampireDiaries''. ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'':
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Bonnie, especially in Season 1. She's a witch, but apart from mind-whammying Damon, using any of her other abilities mainly seem to cause her to lose consciousness.



** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' introduces us to a group of genetically-engineered humans. Many have impressively boosted intellects, if not special powers. Unfortunately, they're also rendered generally unstable, if not catatonic.
** And from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', a society which creates an empath designed to bond with and become the perfect mate for her husband. Sounds great, until it turns out that the guy she ended up bonding with is ''not'' the guy she has no choice but marry. Oops.

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** * ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' introduces us to a group of genetically-engineered humans. Many have impressively boosted intellects, if not special powers. Unfortunately, they're also rendered generally unstable, if not catatonic.
** * And from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', a society which creates an empath designed to bond with and become the perfect mate for her husband. Sounds great, until it turns out that the guy she ended up bonding with is ''not'' the guy she has no choice but marry. Oops.



** Actually fainting after Confession is considered a ''good thing'' as it prevents the ability from being used too frequently and corrupting the Confessor. That is why male Confessors are killed at birth - they can recover extremely fast and usually just start to confess everyone around them. The BadFuture season 1 finale shows Nicholas Rahl, the son of [[BigBad Darken Rahl]] and Kahlan who ends up having his parents killed and becoming the worst dictator in history with an army of confessed followers who kill anyone who isn't confessed.



* Some of the objects in ''[[FridayThe13thTheSeries Friday the 13th: The Series]]''. They and anyone who has ever owned/used them is thoroughly this trope. Some objects are solid evil, but some objects are capable of a good act: creating beautiful dance, healing, or mind reading, for a few. But there is an equally horrible act required: killing the dancers, needing to drop the disease or injury on another victim (tenfold), or mocking the user and bringing them to their death.
* The title character of ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' is the most powerful sorcerer that will ever live, but he's born in a time when magic's outlawed and his destiny is to go to Camelot, the heart of all anti-magic hatred, and to protect and teach Prince Arthur. Okay, not so bad. Then the show goes on, and he's constantly forced to ShootTheDog, [[YankTheDogsChain have virtually every good thing that happens to him yanked away]], and is occasionally forced to confront the fact that he has ''no'' indication that all of his friends won't turn on him the instant he tells them. The guy has a bigger section on the [[TheWoobie Woobie]] page for Live-Action TV than '''Sam and Dean Winchester''', the gods of woobiedom themselves. And if he backs out at any moment, destiny will fail and he will never be able to live in peace.

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* Some of the objects in ''[[FridayThe13thTheSeries Friday the 13th: The Series]]''.''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries''. They and anyone who has ever owned/used them is thoroughly this trope. Some objects are solid evil, but some objects are capable of a good act: creating beautiful dance, healing, or mind reading, for a few. But there is an equally horrible act required: killing the dancers, needing to drop the disease or injury on another victim (tenfold), or mocking the user and bringing them to their death.
* The title character of ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' ''{{Series/Merlin 2008}}'' is the most powerful sorcerer that will ever live, but he's born in a time when magic's outlawed and his destiny is to go to Camelot, the heart of all anti-magic hatred, and to protect and teach Prince Arthur. Okay, not so bad. Then the show goes on, and he's constantly forced to ShootTheDog, [[YankTheDogsChain have virtually every good thing that happens to him yanked away]], and is occasionally forced to confront the fact that he has ''no'' indication that all of his friends won't turn on him the instant he tells them. The guy has a bigger section on the [[TheWoobie Woobie]] page for Live-Action TV than '''Sam and Dean Winchester''', the gods of woobiedom themselves. And if he backs out at any moment, destiny will fail and he will never be able to live in peace.
29th Jan '16 6:35:11 AM TheCuza
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* One episode of '{{Fringe}}'' involved a man who was a reverse empath, meaning his emotions were projected and anyone near him would feel like what he was, he thus could spread happiness and joy and be someone you always would want to be around. Unfortunately the opposite was also true, and if he was ever sad or depressed couldn't seek comfort from anyone else without them feeling the same, this left him very lonely and socially isolated, and eventually suicidal, making it so that even ''going near him'' would make one suicidal as well and was quite dangerous.

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* One episode of '{{Fringe}}'' ''{{Fringe}}'' involved a man who was a reverse empath, meaning his emotions were projected and anyone near him would feel like what he was, he thus could spread happiness and joy and be someone you always would want to be around. Unfortunately the opposite was also true, and if he was ever sad or depressed couldn't seek comfort from anyone else without them feeling the same, this left him very lonely and socially isolated, and eventually suicidal, making it so that even ''going near him'' would make one suicidal as well and was quite dangerous.
29th Jan '16 6:34:53 AM TheCuza
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* One episode of '{{Fringe}}'' involved a man who was a reverse empath, meaning his emotions were projected and anyone near him would feel like what he was, he thus could spread happiness and joy and be someone you always would want to be around. Unfortunately the opposite was also true, and if he was ever sad or depressed couldn't seek comfort from anyone else without them feeling the same, this left him very lonely and socially isolated, and eventually suicidal, making it so that even ''going near him'' would make one suicidal as well and was quite dangerous.

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* One episode of '{{Fringe}}'' involved a man who was a reverse empath, meaning his emotions were projected and anyone near him would feel like what he was, he thus could spread happiness and joy and be someone you always would want to be around. Unfortunately the opposite was also true, and if he was ever sad or depressed couldn't seek comfort from anyone else without them feeling the same, this left him very lonely and socially isolated, and eventually suicidal, making it so that even ''going near him'' would make one suicidal as well and was quite dangerous.dangerous.
* A recurring character on the Canadian sketch show ''Comedy Inc.'' is a tantric sex master who has achieved the state of constant orgasm. It's quite clear from his attitude that it's not as good as it sounds.
13th Dec '15 9:08:32 PM brtd
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** The Soul Eater is a man with the power to heal people. However he's also an EmpathicHealer and he's used his healing powers so much, with so many different medical problems that he's been left as a deformed, barely functioning monster who's in constant agony. [[spoiler: Similar to Bruckman, he's in so much pain that he ultimately chooses to use his power to revive Doggett after he's been fatally wounded and thus kill himself.]]

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** The Soul Eater is a man with the power to heal people. However he's also an EmpathicHealer and he's used his healing powers so much, with so many different medical problems that he's been left as a deformed, barely functioning monster who's in constant agony. [[spoiler: Similar to Bruckman, he's in so much pain that he ultimately chooses to use his power to revive Doggett after he's been fatally wounded and thus kill himself.]]]]
* One episode of '{{Fringe}}'' involved a man who was a reverse empath, meaning his emotions were projected and anyone near him would feel like what he was, he thus could spread happiness and joy and be someone you always would want to be around. Unfortunately the opposite was also true, and if he was ever sad or depressed couldn't seek comfort from anyone else without them feeling the same, this left him very lonely and socially isolated, and eventually suicidal, making it so that even ''going near him'' would make one suicidal as well and was quite dangerous.
5th Dec '15 1:25:09 AM WillBGood
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** The Soul Eater is a man with the power to heal people. However he's also an EmpatheticHealer and he's used his healing powers so much, with so many different medical problems that he's been left as a deformed, barely functioning monster who's in constant agony. [[spoiler: Similar to Bruckman, he's in so much pain that he ultimately chooses to use his power to revive Doggett after he's been fatally wounded and thus kill himself.]]

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** The Soul Eater is a man with the power to heal people. However he's also an EmpatheticHealer EmpathicHealer and he's used his healing powers so much, with so many different medical problems that he's been left as a deformed, barely functioning monster who's in constant agony. [[spoiler: Similar to Bruckman, he's in so much pain that he ultimately chooses to use his power to revive Doggett after he's been fatally wounded and thus kill himself.]]
5th Dec '15 1:24:45 AM WillBGood
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* Koeschi on ''Series/{{Grimm}}. You can heal with a touch or cause anyone who attacks you to die in a pretty horrible way. But you feel the pain of those whom you heal, and every time you use your healing, it weakens you, so if you use it too much too often you can drain yourself to death. Some of the other Wiesen have similar examples.

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* Koeschi on ''Series/{{Grimm}}.''Series/{{Grimm}}''. You can heal with a touch or cause anyone who attacks you to die in a pretty horrible way. But you feel the pain of those whom you heal, and every time you use your healing, it weakens you, so if you use it too much too often you can drain yourself to death. Some of the other Wiesen have similar examples.
5th Nov '15 10:58:22 AM Willbyr
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* In the {{Sanctuary}} episode Hero, Walter makes contact with a parasite that shields him like a suit and grants him extraordinary superhero powers, such as flight, super strength, bullet proof, and a host of other goodies. However, like most parasites, it is actually feeding off him and (unlike most parasites) slowly killing him.

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* In the {{Sanctuary}} ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' episode Hero, Walter makes contact with a parasite that shields him like a suit and grants him extraordinary superhero powers, such as flight, super strength, bullet proof, and a host of other goodies. However, like most parasites, it is actually feeding off him and (unlike most parasites) slowly killing him.
1st Nov '15 6:09:24 PM chopshop
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'''Ty:''' Of ''skiing!'' The ''fun'' bit of winter!

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'''Ty:''' Of ''skiing!'' The ''fun'' bit of winter!winter!
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' has a number of examples:
** Clyde Bruckman has the power to see how people will die. It's vaguely useful for some tasks (especially since Bruckman works as an insurance salesman), but it makes him miserable. Not only is it often pretty disturbing, but he's never been able to ''prevent'' a death through his visions since nobody believes him. This leaves him with incredible guilt and depression. [[spoiler: In the end, it gets too much for him to bear and he commits suicide rather than continue seeing death everywhere he went.]]
** The Soul Eater is a man with the power to heal people. However he's also an EmpatheticHealer and he's used his healing powers so much, with so many different medical problems that he's been left as a deformed, barely functioning monster who's in constant agony. [[spoiler: Similar to Bruckman, he's in so much pain that he ultimately chooses to use his power to revive Doggett after he's been fatally wounded and thus kill himself.]]
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