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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.''
23rd Aug '16 8:54:46 AM Eievie
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* Downplayed and implied in ''Literature/MissPeregrinesHomeForPeculiarChildren''--Jacob suspects that the loop's magic is addictive.
-->''It was as if just being here had some kind of narcotic effect on me; like the loop itself was a drug--a mood enhancer and a sedative combined--and if I stayed too long, I’d never want to leave.\\
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.''
30th Jul '16 3:56:03 PM nombretomado
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* In the DarkSun setting 2e, set on a post-apocalyptic world damaged by arcane magic, there's an interesting variation. Arcane magic includes defiling (which requires less skill and training) which destroys plant life, and preserving (which requires more skill and a Wisdom requirement) which only lightly damages plant life. Arcane casters don't get addicted to spellcasting but can easily become addicted to the defiling ''method'' and never learn or use preserving. This is not good.

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* In the DarkSun TabletopGame/DarkSun setting 2e, set on a post-apocalyptic world damaged by arcane magic, there's an interesting variation. Arcane magic includes defiling (which requires less skill and training) which destroys plant life, and preserving (which requires more skill and a Wisdom requirement) which only lightly damages plant life. Arcane casters don't get addicted to spellcasting but can easily become addicted to the defiling ''method'' and never learn or use preserving. This is not good.
28th Jul '16 7:44:02 PM MsDevin92
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** Later, this is revealed to be the case for [[spoiler:Lapis and Jasper]] after [[spoiler:having spent months fused as Malachite]], fueled by their hatred. The former realizes how destructive it was but still feels some sort of longing for the latter...who took it ''much'' worse and [[InLoveWithYourCarnage became obsessed with the power it granted them, and is now more or less stalking the former as a result]].
17th May '16 7:39:14 AM Eievie
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-->-- Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, ''Series/OnceUponATime''

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-->-- Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold, '''Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold''', ''Series/OnceUponATime''



* Warlocks in ''Literature/TheLegendsOfEthshar'' series qualify — the more they use their magic, the easier and more pleasurable it gets. But the power's drawn from an external source, and a warlock who uses too much ends up being irresistibly summoned to that source.

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* Warlocks in ''Literature/TheLegendsOfEthshar'' series qualify — the qualify--the more they use their magic, the easier and more pleasurable it gets. But the power's drawn from an external source, and a warlock who uses too much ends up being irresistibly summoned to that source.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer:'' [[FormerTeenRebel Giles's]] past as a demon-summoner was treated a bit like his hooligan / stoner phase - he himself describes it as an extraordinary high. Willow's subplot in season six was less subtle. It started with her abusing MundaneUtility and getting carried away with her rapidly-increasing power. It ended with her visiting an actual "pusher" who provided his customers with weird hallucinations. It was later subject to an AuthorsSavingThrow that denied that magic itself is addictive.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer:'' [[FormerTeenRebel Giles's]] past as a demon-summoner was treated a bit like his hooligan / stoner phase - he hooligan/stoner phase--he himself describes it as an extraordinary high. Willow's subplot in season six was less subtle. It started with her abusing MundaneUtility and getting carried away with her rapidly-increasing power. It ended with her visiting an actual "pusher" who provided his customers with weird hallucinations. It was later subject to an AuthorsSavingThrow that denied that magic itself is addictive.
13th May '16 2:33:49 PM Quanyails
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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'', Amethyst and Pearl see [[FusionDance fusion]] as a means of feeling [[PowerHigh stronger]]- especially 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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