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15th Mar '17 3:27:16 AM WanderingBrowser
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* In the ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'', there's an element of this to ''Talents'', or magic stemming from a pony's cutie mark. All ponies experience some degree of what's locally known as "flank-brain" when they first get their mark, as the surge of pleasure that comes from triggering their ''talent'' produces something of a Pavlovian conditioning effect. Friends and family usually try to intervene, but the spectrum of varying levels of addiction to mark-magic, locally known as "falling into the mark", remains the most prominent mental illness in Equestria.



* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has the two main villains, [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Regina]] and [[MagnificentBastard Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold]] both addicted to their dark magical powers, Rumplestiltskins dark magic [[EvilMakesYouUgly has made his skin turn a weird greenish gold with gold eyes]] after becoming the dark one, though Regina has still maintained her looks, she has a more cruel look to her than before she turned to dark magic. Archie Hopper (Jiminy Cricket) told Regina starting the magic was always easier than stopping.

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has the two main villains, [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Regina]] and [[MagnificentBastard Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold]] both addicted to their dark magical powers, Rumplestiltskins Rumplestiltskin's dark magic [[EvilMakesYouUgly has made his skin turn a weird greenish gold with gold eyes]] after becoming the dark one, though Regina has still maintained her looks, she has a more cruel look to her than before she turned to dark magic. Archie Hopper (Jiminy Cricket) told Regina starting the magic was always easier than stopping.


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* In the original ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTVSpecials'', Witchweed Potion is a powerful magic amplifier that is also incredibly addictive. It's unclear if Catrina can even use magic without supping it, or if that's a symptom of how addicted she's become.
18th Feb '17 3:15:47 AM Derkhan
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* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', there's Narcomancy -- especially dreamblood, one of the four dreamhumours. Coming in contact with it or using it gives wonderful sensations and visions, but after a time the user becomes dependent and must have dream blood or die.
14th Feb '17 9:57:29 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Series/EmeraldCity'', West claims she's glad for the Wizard's laws as "magic was a drug even worse than the poppy."

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* In ''Series/EmeraldCity'', the ''Series/EmeraldCity'' episode [[Recap/EmeraldCityS1E3MistressNewMistress "Mistress - New - Mistress"]], West claims she's glad for the Wizard's laws as "magic was a drug even worse than the poppy."
19th Jan '17 7:31:40 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Series/EmeraldCity'', West claims she's glad for the Wizard's laws as "magic was a drug even worse than the poppy."
15th Dec '16 7:06:11 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': As an adventurous boy before being paralyzed, it's natural for Bran to want to spend as much time running and hunting in Summer's skin as possible, but Jojen warns him that too much of this will cause him to forget he's actually human.
18th Nov '16 3:58:21 PM TSBasilisk
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** The Nightborne in ''Legion'' are the most extreme example seen so far. Having spent 10,000 years relying on the Nightwell's energy after sealing themselves away, they're completely reliant on its energy. Whereas Blood Elves need a long time to become Wretched, it can take only days or even ''hours'' for Nightborne to devolve into Withered.
*** Parallels with addiction are made even clearer with their preferred methods of imbibing mana being ground crystals, powder, and wine; body language of Nightfallen resembling that of hard drug addicts; and several characters obviously desperate for another hit. There's a reason many players have taken to flat-out calling them junkies.
14th Oct '16 12:15:55 PM Discar
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* ''Series/TheMagicians2016'': Referenced in the series tagline. "MAGIC IS A DRUG." Julia's behavior in pursuit of magic resembles an addiction to such a degree that people close to her actually believe she has gotten hooked on drugs and she even agrees to go to rehab. It is later explained to her that there is a reason for that.
-->'''Chaplain Richard''': The reason you treat magic like a drug, is because the people that taught it to you act like ''drug dealers''. They buy it and they sell it, and they fight and they fuck for it.
30th Sep '16 9:46:34 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Film/TheCovenant'', the Sons' magic is not merely highly addictive, but drains their vitality and [[CastFromLifespan prematurely ages them the more they use]].

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* In ''Film/TheCovenant'', the Sons' magic is not merely highly addictive, but drains their vitality and [[CastFromLifespan prematurely ages them the more they use]]. This is only after their 18th birthday, though. Before that, their magic is much less powerful but is also a freebie. However, if they're not careful, they'll get hooked and be unable to stop. [[spoiler:This is what happened to the protagonist's father and to the BigBad, who has to resort to stealing other Sons' magic to keep himself young]].
7th Sep '16 11:22:39 AM AnonFangeekGirl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Amethyst and Pearl see [[FusionDance fusion]] as a means of feeling [[PowerHigh stronger]]--especially when fusing with Garnet. Amethyst becomes excessively reckless while fused with Garnet, and Pearl fakes a villain's distress signal at least twice to be able to fuse with Garnet more.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', [[FusionDance Fusion]] has the potential to become this, because it gives the user a PowerHigh. Both Amethyst and Pearl see [[FusionDance fusion]] as a means of feeling [[PowerHigh stronger]]--especially when love fusing with Garnet. Garnet for this reason and because doing so allows them to feel Garnet's balance and confidence. This ends up causing serious problems- Amethyst becomes excessively reckless while fused with Garnet, and Pearl fakes a villain's distress signal at least twice to be able to fuse with Garnet more.(Sugilite) is highly reckless and destructive, and Pearl gets so addicted to the confidence boost that she [[FalseFlagOperation fakes enemy operation]] in order to have more chances to fuse into Sardonyx.
23rd Aug '16 9:00:36 AM Eievie
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If that were true, I thought, it would explain a lot of things, like how people could live the same day over and over for decades without losing their minds. Yes, it was beautiful and life was good, but if every day were exactly alike and if the kids really couldn’t leave, as Miss Peregrine had said, then this place wasn’t just a heaven but a kind of prison, too. It was just so hypnotizingly pleasant that it might take a person years to notice, and by then it would be too late; leaving would be too dangerous.''

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If that were true, I thought, it would explain a lot of things, like how people could live the same day over and over for decades without losing their minds. Yes, it was beautiful and life was good, but if every day were exactly alike and if the kids really couldn’t leave, as Miss Peregrine had said, then this place wasn’t just a heaven but a kind of prison, too. It was just so hypnotizingly pleasant that it might take a person years to notice, and by then it would be too late; leaving would be too dangerous.''
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