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24th May '16 2:50:19 PM Materioptikon
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* The Pontiff's Eye Rings in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII''. Wearing one will eventually transform the user into a crazed berserker, and if worn for even longer, will eat at their humanity until it transforms them into bestial abominations.

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* The Pontiff's Eye Rings in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII''. Wearing one will eventually transform cause the user into to lose their mind until they become a crazed berserker, and if worn for even longer, will eat at their humanity until it transforms them into bestial abominations.
24th May '16 2:49:30 PM Materioptikon
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* The Pontiff's Eye Rings in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII''. Wearing one will eventually transform the user into a crazed berserker, and if worn for even longer, will eat at their humanity until it transforms them into bestial abominations.
22nd May '16 10:10:25 PM OldBlindTrope
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* The Alicorn Amulet from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]". It [[AmplifierArtifact amplifies the user's magical powers to tremendous amounts]], but also [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity corrupts them into a megalomaniac]].
** The ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'' spell was inscribed on a stone tablet-like book covered in spikes, kept in a secret part of an ancient castle, on top of a pedestal the stairs leading up to which start to collapse if the book has been moved, guarded with a barred and locked gate. The spell itself also slowly corrupts the user.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' [[AllLovingHero Twilight Sparkle]]'s own [[CareBearStare Element Of Harmony]] is shown to be able to cause a horrific {{Painful Transformation}} {{Baleful Polymorph}} that can create an army of zombies in the wrong hands. Not a straight example, since it usually is implied to be an artifact of ultimate good and it's vague if the ensuing megalomania involved in the transformation was always part of [[spoiler:[[TheSociopath Sunset]]]]'s personality or a result of the change, but still a notable case since her evil was amplified when used by somebody other than Twilight.

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* The Alicorn Amulet from As a fantasy series, ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode has a number of examples.
** The Alicorn Amulet from
"[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E5MagicDuel Magic Duel]]". It [[AmplifierArtifact amplifies the user's magical powers to tremendous amounts]], but also [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity corrupts them into a megalomaniac]].
also brings on paranoid megalomania]]. By the end of the episode, [[spoiler:The Great and Powerful Trixie]] is ranting about how she doesn't trust wheels.
** The ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'' spell was inscribed on a stone tablet-like book covered in spikes, kept in a secret part of an ancient castle, on top of a pedestal the stairs leading up to which start to collapse if the book has been moved, guarded with a barred and locked gate. The spell itself also slowly corrupts the user.
''This should have been a hint.''
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' [[AllLovingHero has an example overlapping with HolyIsNotSafe. [[spoiler:[[Characters/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Sunset Shimmer]]]], who at that point was a pretty nasty piece of work, gets her hands on [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicTwilightSparkle Twilight Sparkle]]'s own [[CareBearStare Element Of Harmony]] is shown to be able to cause Harmony]], and undergoes a horrific {{Painful Transformation}} {{Baleful Polymorph}} that can create an army of zombies in the wrong hands. Not into a straight example, since it usually is implied demonic form which behaves about like Nightmare Moon did relative to be an artifact of ultimate good Princess Luna: much less inhibited, much less moral, and it's vague if the ensuing megalomania involved in the transformation was always part of [[spoiler:[[TheSociopath Sunset]]]]'s personality or a result of the change, much more magically powerful, but still recognizably herself. Originally, [[spoiler:Sunset]] hadn't been willing to threaten a notable case since her evil was amplified when used by somebody other than Twilight. dog; after she transformed, she tried to kill a group of high-schoolers.
16th May '16 8:59:18 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian novel ''The Hour of the Dragon'', the Heart of Ahriman. Even one of the evil conspirators tries to get it from the EvilSorcerer.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian novel ''The Hour of the Dragon'', ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', the Heart of Ahriman. Even one of the evil conspirators tries to get it from the EvilSorcerer.
13th May '16 6:45:06 PM LinTaylor
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* In one installment of ''Curiosities of Lotus Asia'' (a series of [[AllThereInTheManual side stories]] to VideoGame/{{Touhou}} written by the creator), [[TheOneGuy Rinnosuke Morichika]] gets "artifact of doom" vibes, via his ability to see the name and purpose of an object ([[SuperpowerLottery but not]] ''[[SuperpowerLottery how]]'' [[SuperpowerLottery it is used)]], from [[spoiler: a Game Boy]]. He spends most of the story agonizing whether he should allow it to fall into the hands of local RealityWarper Yukari Yakumo. (To be fair, it ''does'' allow you to "control a world", so to speak...)
** Rinnosuke does eventually decide to destroy it and attempts to smash it with a mallet, only to have Yukari stick her hand through one of her gaps and catch the mallet, waggle a finger at Rinnosuke, and take said artifact, leaving Rinnosuke dumbstruck.

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* In one installment of ''Curiosities of Lotus Asia'' (a series of [[AllThereInTheManual side stories]] to VideoGame/{{Touhou}} written by the creator), [[TheOneGuy Rinnosuke Morichika]] gets "artifact finds a gray box made of doom" vibes, via inorganic material, and his ability {{Namedar}} power tells him that it can control people, force them to see fight, cause wars, and potentially even end the name and purpose of an object world ([[SuperpowerLottery but not]] it doesn't say ]] ''[[SuperpowerLottery how]]'' [[SuperpowerLottery it the device is used)]], from [[spoiler: a Game Boy]]. used)]]. He spends most of the story agonizing whether he should allow about it to fall falling into the hands wrong hands, especially those of local RealityWarper Yukari Yakumo. (To be fair, it ''does'' allow you to "control a world", so to speak...)
** Rinnosuke does eventually decide
When he finally decides to destroy it, Yukari simply snatches it and attempts to smash it away using her gaps; the next day, Marisa shows up with a mallet, only message from Yukari, clarifying that the device is [[spoiler:a handheld game machine]][[note]]It's all but explicitly stated to have be a first-generation UsefulNotes/GameBoy, with Yukari stick her hand through talking about how old it is and mentioning that the most popular one of her gaps and catch at the mallet, waggle a finger at Rinnosuke, and take said artifact, leaving Rinnosuke dumbstruck.moment [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS has two screens]][[/note]].
10th May '16 2:02:03 PM DarkHunter
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** Caliborn believes that the puppet Lil' Cal is a juju, an artifact whose sole purpose is to turn the lives of everyone who lives in the same universe with it into a nightmare. [[spoiler:Turns out ''he'' is the reason Lil' Cal is so dangerous, because Lil' Cal is destined to be his SoulJar.]]

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** Caliborn believes that the puppet Lil' Cal is a juju, an artifact whose sole purpose is to turn the lives of everyone who lives in the same universe with it into a nightmare. It's apparently so evil that one of the only times [[EvenEvilHasStandards he gives sincere advice]] to the main characters is to tell them to get rid of it ''right now''. [[spoiler:Turns out ''he'' is the reason Lil' Cal is so dangerous, because Lil' Cal is destined to be his SoulJar. He didn't know this at first, and when he does learn of it, he ceases being horrified by Lil' Cal and is instead ''proud'' of the suffering it brings.]]
7th May '16 9:13:43 PM WillBGood
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* There is a Polynesian fairy tale about a bottle that contains a demon that grants wishes to whoever owns it. The bottle cannot be lost, stolen or given to somebody else- if you want to get rid of it, you have to sell it, and you must sell it for less that you paid for it. This means that eventually the bottle becomes worthless and cannot be resold, however, if you die while owning the bottle, the demon gets your soul and you go to Hell no matter how good you were in life. Eventually it becomes worth so little it can only be resold one more time and owned by an evil sailor who decides that he's probably going to Hell anyway, so he might as well keep it and live his life in luxury.
4th May '16 6:58:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied in the ''RippingYarns'' episode "The Curse of the Claw."
* The Objects in ''TheLostRoom'' have the potential to be these, but they ''can'' also been used for good. The worst ones, though, are ''very'' dangerous, such as the Deck of Cards, which [[BrownNote subjects you to terrible visions]], and there's at least one combination of Objects with the ability to cause something unspeakably awful.

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* Parodied in the ''RippingYarns'' ''Series/RippingYarns'' episode "The Curse of the Claw."
* The Objects in ''TheLostRoom'' ''Series/TheLostRoom'' have the potential to be these, but they ''can'' also been used for good. The worst ones, though, are ''very'' dangerous, such as the Deck of Cards, which [[BrownNote subjects you to terrible visions]], and there's at least one combination of Objects with the ability to cause something unspeakably awful.
3rd May '16 2:54:31 PM Patcher
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* The Celestial Stone in ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} 64: The Second Attack'' is a priceless gem that's said to contain limitless power, but much of it's story is forgotten by time, so it's only natural that when a space pirate finally locates the stone, his body is possessed by an [[SealedEvilInACan ancient demon god of chaos]].

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* The Celestial Stone in ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}} 64: The Second Attack'' is a priceless gem that's said to contain limitless power, but much of it's its story is forgotten by time, so it's only natural that when a space pirate finally locates the stone, his body is possessed by an [[SealedEvilInACan ancient demon god of chaos]].
2nd May '16 5:41:09 PM TSBasilisk
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*** [[spoiler:The uncorrupted Dragon Soul returns via TimeTravel, and is used to destroy its own creator in the final battle of ''Cataclysm''.]]

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*** [[spoiler:The uncorrupted Dragon Soul returns via TimeTravel, and is used to destroy its own creator in the final battle of ''Cataclysm''.]]''Cataclysm'']].
** The Orb of Domination in ''Warlords of Draenor'' is used by the Shadow Council to corrupt and control the minds of unwilling converts. The player steals it to free Garona [[spoiler:only for the Warden tasked with destroying it to be corrupted herself]].
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