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* The Scythe in ''Comicbook/DeathVigil''. [[DontFearTheReaper Bernie]] uses it to raise the recently dead as Death Knights for induction into the Vigil, and create their veilrippers and clothes drawn from their most treasured memories. It's also the source of all her power. However Maria implies that the Scythe is ''far'' more than that, and [[spoiler:Alicia]] calls it "The Shard." What that means, and what the Scythe's true purpose is, was not revealed by the end of the first series.
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* ''Manga/AnnCassandra'': The [[MaskOfPower Cassandra Mask]]. The mask's power lets its user warp the future to cause more disasters [[spoiler:in exchange for becoming the mask's puppet and eventually dying. The mask then compels the nearest person to pick it up and use it.]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''
** There are small magical items called Behelits. They look like eggs with human facial features scattered around them at random. When their possessor [[DespairEventHorizon hits an emotional nadir]], the features rearrange into a screaming face, and the four members of the Godhand appear to [[DealWithTheDevil offer the Behelit's owner the chance to become a demon]]... by sacrificing those close to them. And then there is the ''Crimson'' Behelit, owned by Griffith, which [[spoiler: transforms its bearer into [[AGodAmI a member of the nigh-invincible, demonic Godhand]].]] Curiously, the Behelits are mentioned to be completely harmless most of the time. It is only at ''one specific moment'' when held by ''one specific person'' that they become dangerous, and unfortunately it's almost impossible to tell when or who those are beforehand.
** There's also Guts' Berserker Armor, which removes a human being's natural limits by nulling pain and allows the user to keep fighting by temporarily mending broken bones, stitching together wounds, etc. It's very dangerous for the obvious reasons that your body has limits for a reason and bypassing them is bound to hurt you, but it also has the effect of bringing out the wearer's "inner beast" (in the Skull Knight's case, his familiar skull motif, in Guts' case, "The Beast", his HellHound evil side), turning him into a raging monster incapable of distinguishing friend from foe. After using it just once, Guts got a patch of white hair, became partially colorblind, and lost some of his sense of taste. Constant use of it might have reduced the Skull Knight to his current ghastly state.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** The library of 103,000 [[TomeOfEldritchLore grimoires]] in Index's brain counts. Not only do the grimoires themselves contain spells of incredible destructive power, the knowledge itself is dangerous. When one mage tried to absorb just ''one'' of the books [[spoiler:while trying to obtain a healing spell to save a girl he loved from a curse]], he nearly suffered a fatal aneurysm. The mage then wonders just what Index is considering that she can store the entire library in her mind without any negative side effects.
** Dáinsleif would probably also count since [[spoiler: it will trigger Ragnarok if it is fully unsheathed. Fortunately it's wielder can't bring herself to do so and it is destroyed shortly afterwards.]] In fact this particular artifact of doom is so doomy that its first use seen is to cause ''fatal heart attacks'' just by threatening to use it!
* In ''LightNovel/TheCircumstancesLeadingToWaltrautesMarriage'', dwarf-forged tools and weapons tend to be cursed. Gods and Valkyries are too powerful to be affected, but anybody else who tries to use them will suffer misfortune and death. The dwarves tend to do this out of revenge for their customers threatening and/or cheating them. When Jack Elvan (who was unaware of the threat of cursed tools) pays upfront and is polite, they give him a curse-free tool.
* This is the entire point of ''LightNovel/CubeXCursedXCurious'', where the series revolves around the idea that a cursed item eventually becomes intelligent and [[VoluntaryShapeshifting able to take human form]]. And being cursed is ''[[DarkIsNotEvil just as]] [[NonMaliciousMonster traumatic]] [[TheWoobie to them]]''.
* ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'' - the Giant Sakura Tree; though it is explicitly stated that it only fulfills one's fervently wished for desires, for some reason, it always end up working towards unimaginably evil ends (in the second season, it defeats the PowerOfLove). May be linked to its tendency to fulfill unconscious wishes even when this goes against the conscious desires of the user.
** Sakura states in the second season that the tree's purpose of granting wishes may be inherently damaging as it disrupts the struggle which is central to human life, thereby disrupting the process of human life itself. Essentially, since people don't know what they want granting it to them will inevitably go awry.
* The eponymous notebook from ''Manga/DeathNote'' kills those whose names are written in it. This is slightly different from most of the other examples on the list, in that it doesn't appear to be sentient or possess any kind of supernatural corrupting power -- the danger comes entirely from the power it places in the hands of the user, and how he decides to use it. Having power over other people's life and death is what corrupts, not the book. On the other hand, to quote Ryuk, "Don't think somebody who uses a Death Note can go to Heaven or Hell." [[spoiler:What Ryuk doesn't say is that there is no afterlife -- ''nobody'' is going to Heaven or Hell.]] He also mentions (in the very first episode) that the first human that picks up the Death Note will ultimately have their name written down by the Shinigami that dropped it. [[spoiler:Sure enough, following Light's ultimate defeat in the final episode, Ryuk makes good on his promise and writes Light's name into his personal Death Note making it the first, and last time, Ryuk uses his own notebook in the series and finally closing the Kira case.]].
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' features the Dark Spores. The good news: they make you faster and stronger, and provide genius intellect. The bad news: They turn you cold and sadistic. Worse news: their real purpose is to resurrect a [[SealedEvilInACan seriously nasty baddie]] once enough of them have collected enough energy from those they've corrupted. Even worse news: they're imperfect copies of the real thing, so if they're ''not'' harvested, you die. But there is good news: I Just Saved A Bunch Of Money On My Car Insurance By SwitchingToGeico!
** PS: Don't play with the Beast Spirits in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier,'' either. You can learn to control yourself while using 'em ''eventually'', but that's only after an episode or two of wrecking everything in sight. If you're not one of {{The Chosen One}}s, using 'em at ''all'' may be hazardous to your sanity.
* The Philosopher's Stone in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', which is [[PoweredByAForsakenChild forged with thousands of human souls]], and can be used to ignore the rules of alchemy. Most people in FMA who possess one use it to commit mass genocide.



* ''Anime/SoulEater'': The Black Blood is shown to be this. It gives the user great power (the ability to control your blood, seal deadly wounds and synchronise more effectively) however it does come at a price. Overuse leads to drowning in the madness, a black gooey substance which can only be overcome by an exorcism wavelength. The madness can even manifest itself as an alternate ego within your own soul, as seen with Soul's Little Demon.:

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* The Mesoamerican stone mask from ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is the main cause for most events of the series, especially the bad ones, due to its ability to turn the wearer into a vampire when splashed with blood. Later, the Stand Arrows fill a similar role.
* The Book of Darkness from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', which grants ultimate power to its user upon filling its [[NumberOfTheBeast 666 pages]]. Oh, and it takes over said user once said pages are filled and goes on an [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal rampage]] until it burns itself out [[ArtifactOfDeath together with said user]], whereupon it [[BackFromTheDead resurfaces somewhere else]] to snooker another mage. The guardians that accompany it never mention that part [[LaserGuidedAmnesia for some reason]]. If you're savvy enough to not use it, it will just eat your life force instead. [[spoiler: It's an interesting case, in that the only reason it's an Artifact of Doom is that it's malfunctioning. As it originally was, it was a harmless book meant to store knowledge of magic from all over the universe.]]
** Fans also like to joke that [[{{Magitek}} Raising Heart]] is one of these. Especially in doujins, she and Nanoha are prone to unleashing big pink beams of [[strike: death and destruction]] love and friendship anytime, anywhere, on anybody.
* ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' - The "Book of the Knowledge of All Living Things" is essentially this though it doesn't necessarily corrupt the holder himself.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has the "Lance of Longinus", a long, pronged artifact which grants its wielder (who has to be absolutely GIGANTIC to use it, by the way) absolute godly power. It plays a crucial role in both the Second and Third Impacts. The Lance is interesting in that it is not sentient, nor is its wielder[[spoiler:, Adam,]] [[TrueNeutral truly "evil"]]; it is only an Artifact of Doom from a human perspective, being as it will destroy us all if it falls into the wrong hands.
** [[AllThereInTheManual Classified Information]] suggests that the Lance actually ''is'' sentient, and comes in a set with [[spoiler:a Seed of Life (i.e. both Adam and Lilith had one, but Lilith lost hers)]]. It exists as the ultimate security device, but only does anything if [[spoiler:something goes ''horribly'' wrong (such as two Seeds landing on the same planet)]].
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', the Red and Blue Orbs are this, as merely touching them can drive you insane, and holding them for too long will cause them to fuse to your body and become crazed puppets for Groudon and Kyogre. Only by training one's mind and spirit can prevent this.
* [[spoiler:Soul Gems]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are an odd variation on this. They hold tremendous power, but anyone who possesses one could easily become an EldritchAbomination by using them too much, or by losing control of their negative emotions. The twist is that [[spoiler:they're the ''heroes''' {{Soul Jar}}s, not the villains', and the artifacts themselves are not evil, they're magical girls' souls made manifest in solid form. They ''become'' artifacts of doom over time by absorbing an amount of despair equal to the hope brought about by the girls' wishes and being depleted by the use of magic.]] Grief Seeds, the black and silver trinkets dropped by defeated Witches, play the trope straight: left to their own devices they'll eventually hatch and revive their Witch, and they're often found in places where they can prey on the suffering of others (such as hospitals and suicide sites).
* The Dark Bring in ''Manga/RaveMaster'', which grant the user different powers while slowly corrupting them. Special mention goes to the Sinclaire, which are especially corruptive.
* In the anime of ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'', the "heroine" Morte carries around with her a little black sphere called the ''Destruct Code'', which supposedly has the ability to destroy the world. However, she has no idea how to use it though it seems to react to main character Kyrie. [[spoiler: Those who have played the game know that ''Kyrie himself'' is the actual Destruct Code. Here, he's a being that has existed since the dawn of the world, created for the specific purpose of destroying the world should the need arise. The little black sphere mentioned above was a device he used to store his memories; when he lost it 4 years prior he developed amnesia.]]
* The Destruct Code in ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'' is suspected to be this. It appears as a little black sphere, which supposedly has the ability to destroy the world. However, Morte has no idea how to use it, though it seems to react to Kyrie, glowing with a mass of tentacles and eyes whenever he touches it. [[spoiler:It turns out that the sphere is nothing more than a memory storage device for Kyrie, the one who is ''actually'' able to destroy the world. Without it, he's an amnesiac and has no clue about his own powers. However, even he doesn't figure out how to trigger it - or even realize that he should try - and get his memories back until the final episode.]]
* ''Anime/SoulEater'': The Black Blood is shown to be this. It gives the user great power (the ability to control your blood, seal deadly wounds and synchronise more effectively) however it does come at a price. Overuse leads to drowning in the madness, a black gooey substance which can only be overcome by an exorcism wavelength. The madness can even manifest itself as an alternate ego within your own soul, as seen with Soul's Little Demon.:Demon.
* The titular ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' [[spoiler: is revealed to be responsible for the Black History, a time when Earth's technology was destroyed, killing a great deal of Earth's population as well. [[EvilTwin Turn X]] is also capable of this scale of destruction.]] This news is disturbing to main character [[TechnicalPacifist Loran]], who has up to this point only used his Gundam to try stopping people from killing each other.



* The eponymous notebook from ''Manga/DeathNote'' kills those whose names are written in it. This is slightly different from most of the other examples on the list, in that it doesn't appear to be sentient or possess any kind of supernatural corrupting power -- the danger comes entirely from the power it places in the hands of the user, and how he decides to use it. Having power over other people's life and death is what corrupts, not the book. On the other hand, to quote Ryuk, "Don't think somebody who uses a Death Note can go to Heaven or Hell." [[spoiler:What Ryuk doesn't say is that there is no afterlife -- ''nobody'' is going to Heaven or Hell.]] He also mentions (in the very first episode) that the first human that picks up the Death Note will ultimately have their name written down by the Shinigami that dropped it. [[spoiler:Sure enough, following Light's ultimate defeat in the final episode, Ryuk makes good on his promise and writes Light's name into his personal Death Note making it the first, and last time, Ryuk uses his own notebook in the series and finally closing the Kira case.]].
* In the anime of ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'', the "heroine" Morte carries around with her a little black sphere called the ''Destruct Code'', which supposedly has the ability to destroy the world. However, she has no idea how to use it though it seems to react to main character Kyrie. [[spoiler: Those who have played the game know that ''Kyrie himself'' is the actual Destruct Code. Here, he's a being that has existed since the dawn of the world, created for the specific purpose of destroying the world should the need arise. The little black sphere mentioned above was a device he used to store his memories; when he lost it 4 years prior he developed amnesia.]]
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' features the Dark Spores. The good news: they make you faster and stronger, and provide genius intellect. The bad news: They turn you cold and sadistic. Worse news: their real purpose is to resurrect a [[SealedEvilInACan seriously nasty baddie]] once enough of them have collected enough energy from those they've corrupted. Even worse news: they're imperfect copies of the real thing, so if they're ''not'' harvested, you die. But there is good news: I Just Saved A Bunch Of Money On My Car Insurance By SwitchingToGeico!
** PS: Don't play with the Beast Spirits in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier,'' either. You can learn to control yourself while using 'em ''eventually'', but that's only after an episode or two of wrecking everything in sight. If you're not one of {{The Chosen One}}s, using 'em at ''all'' may be hazardous to your sanity.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''
** There are small magical items called Behelits. They look like eggs with human facial features scattered around them at random. When their possessor [[DespairEventHorizon hits an emotional nadir]], the features rearrange into a screaming face, and the four members of the Godhand appear to [[DealWithTheDevil offer the Behelit's owner the chance to become a demon]]... by sacrificing those close to them. And then there is the ''Crimson'' Behelit, owned by Griffith, which [[spoiler: transforms its bearer into [[AGodAmI a member of the nigh-invincible, demonic Godhand]].]] Curiously, the Behelits are mentioned to be completely harmless most of the time. It is only at ''one specific moment'' when held by ''one specific person'' that they become dangerous, and unfortunately it's almost impossible to tell when or who those are beforehand.
** There's also Guts' Berserker Armor, which removes a human being's natural limits by nulling pain and allows the user to keep fighting by temporarily mending broken bones, stitching together wounds, etc. It's very dangerous for the obvious reasons that your body has limits for a reason and bypassing them is bound to hurt you, but it also has the effect of bringing out the wearer's "inner beast" (in the Skull Knight's case, his familiar skull motif, in Guts' case, "The Beast", his HellHound evil side), turning him into a raging monster incapable of distinguishing friend from foe. After using it just once, Guts got a patch of white hair, became partially colorblind, and lost some of his sense of taste. Constant use of it might have reduced the Skull Knight to his current ghastly state.
* The Book of Darkness from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', which grants ultimate power to its user upon filling its [[NumberOfTheBeast 666 pages]]. Oh, and it takes over said user once said pages are filled and goes on an [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal rampage]] until it burns itself out [[ArtifactOfDeath together with said user]], whereupon it [[BackFromTheDead resurfaces somewhere else]] to snooker another mage. The guardians that accompany it never mention that part [[LaserGuidedAmnesia for some reason]]. If you're savvy enough to not use it, it will just eat your life force instead. [[spoiler: It's an interesting case, in that the only reason it's an Artifact of Doom is that it's malfunctioning. As it originally was, it was a harmless book meant to store knowledge of magic from all over the universe.]]
** Fans also like to joke that [[{{Magitek}} Raising Heart]] is one of these. Especially in doujins, she and Nanoha are prone to unleashing big pink beams of [[strike: death and destruction]] love and friendship anytime, anywhere, on anybody.
* The Mesoamerican stone mask from ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is the main cause for most events of the series, especially the bad ones, due to its ability to turn the wearer into a vampire when splashed with blood. Later, the Stand Arrows fill a similar role.
* ''Manga/AnnCassandra'': The [[MaskOfPower Cassandra Mask]]. The mask's power lets its user warp the future to cause more disasters [[spoiler:in exchange for becoming the mask's puppet and eventually dying. The mask then compels the nearest person to pick it up and use it.]]
* The Dark Bring in ''Manga/RaveMaster'', which grant the user different powers while slowly corrupting them. Special mention goes to the Sinclaire, which are especially corruptive.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** The library of 103,000 [[TomeOfEldritchLore grimoires]] in Index's brain counts. Not only do the grimoires themselves contain spells of incredible destructive power, the knowledge itself is dangerous. When one mage tried to absorb just ''one'' of the books [[spoiler:while trying to obtain a healing spell to save a girl he loved from a curse]], he nearly suffered a fatal aneurysm. The mage then wonders just what Index is considering that she can store the entire library in her mind without any negative side effects.
** Dáinsleif would probably also count since [[spoiler: it will trigger Ragnarok if it is fully unsheathed. Fortunately it's wielder can't bring herself to do so and it is destroyed shortly afterwards.]] In fact this particular artifact of doom is so doomy that its first use seen is to cause ''fatal heart attacks'' just by threatening to use it!
* The Philosopher's Stone in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', which is [[PoweredByAForsakenChild forged with thousands of human souls]], and can be used to ignore the rules of alchemy. Most people in FMA who possess one use it to commit mass genocide.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has the "Lance of Longinus", a long, pronged artifact which grants its wielder (who has to be absolutely GIGANTIC to use it, by the way) absolute godly power. It plays a crucial role in both the Second and Third Impacts. The Lance is interesting in that it is not sentient, nor is its wielder[[spoiler:, Adam,]] [[TrueNeutral truly "evil"]]; it is only an Artifact of Doom from a human perspective, being as it will destroy us all if it falls into the wrong hands.
** [[AllThereInTheManual Classified Information]] suggests that the Lance actually ''is'' sentient, and comes in a set with [[spoiler:a Seed of Life (i.e. both Adam and Lilith had one, but Lilith lost hers)]]. It exists as the ultimate security device, but only does anything if [[spoiler:something goes ''horribly'' wrong (such as two Seeds landing on the same planet)]].
* ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' - The "Book of the Knowledge of All Living Things" is essentially this though it doesn't necessarily corrupt the holder himself.
* ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'' - the Giant Sakura Tree; though it is explicitly stated that it only fulfills one's fervently wished for desires, for some reason, it always end up working towards unimaginably evil ends (in the second season, it defeats the PowerOfLove). May be linked to its tendency to fulfill unconscious wishes even when this goes against the conscious desires of the user.
** Sakura states in the second season that the tree's purpose of granting wishes may be inherently damaging as it disrupts the struggle which is central to human life, thereby disrupting the process of human life itself. Essentially, since people don't know what they want granting it to them will inevitably go awry.
* This is the entire point of ''LightNovel/CubeXCursedXCurious'', where the series revolves around the idea that a cursed item eventually becomes intelligent and [[VoluntaryShapeshifting able to take human form]]. And being cursed is ''[[DarkIsNotEvil just as]] [[NonMaliciousMonster traumatic]] [[TheWoobie to them]]''.
* The titular ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' [[spoiler: is revealed to be responsible for the Black History, a time when Earth's technology was destroyed, killing a great deal of Earth's population as well. [[EvilTwin Turn X]] is also capable of this scale of destruction.]] This news is disturbing to main character [[TechnicalPacifist Loran]], who has up to this point only used his Gundam to try stopping people from killing each other.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', the Red and Blue Orbs are this, as merely touching them can drive you insane, and holding them for too long will cause them to fuse to your body and become crazed puppets for Groudon and Kyogre. Only by training one's mind and spirit can prevent this.
* [[spoiler:Soul Gems]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are an odd variation on this. They hold tremendous power, but anyone who possesses one could easily become an EldritchAbomination by using them too much, or by losing control of their negative emotions. The twist is that [[spoiler:they're the ''heroes''' {{Soul Jar}}s, not the villains', and the artifacts themselves are not evil, they're magical girls' souls made manifest in solid form. They ''become'' artifacts of doom over time by absorbing an amount of despair equal to the hope brought about by the girls' wishes and being depleted by the use of magic.]] Grief Seeds, the black and silver trinkets dropped by defeated Witches, play the trope straight: left to their own devices they'll eventually hatch and revive their Witch, and they're often found in places where they can prey on the suffering of others (such as hospitals and suicide sites).
* In ''LightNovel/TheCircumstancesLeadingToWaltrautesMarriage'', dwarf-forged tools and weapons tend to be cursed. Gods and Valkyries are too powerful to be affected, but anybody else who tries to use them will suffer misfortune and death. The dwarves tend to do this out of revenge for their customers threatening and/or cheating them. When Jack Elvan (who was unaware of the threat of cursed tools) pays upfront and is polite, they give him a curse-free tool.
* The Destruct Code in ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'' is suspected to be this. It appears as a little black sphere, which supposedly has the ability to destroy the world. However, Morte has no idea how to use it, though it seems to react to Kyrie, glowing with a mass of tentacles and eyes whenever he touches it. [[spoiler:It turns out that the sphere is nothing more than a memory storage device for Kyrie, the one who is ''actually'' able to destroy the world. Without it, he's an amnesiac and has no clue about his own powers. However, even he doesn't figure out how to trigger it - or even realize that he should try - and get his memories back until the final episode.]]



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* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the Darkhold is a TomeOfEldritchLore penned by Chthon (an Elder God turned demon lord) to serve as a foothold in Earth's dimension after his banishment from it. Anyone who uses it risks becoming enslaved to Chthon's purposes.

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* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'':
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Darkhold is a TomeOfEldritchLore penned by Chthon (an Elder God turned demon lord) to serve as a foothold in Earth's dimension after his banishment from it. Anyone who uses it risks becoming enslaved to Chthon's purposes.



* Satirized in ''ComicBook/{{Nodwick}}'' by "This One Ring", which is a One Ring parody that inspired an epic ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''-esque plot based on ''hype'' alone. It has no actual powers, but only Nodwick [[OnlySaneMan realizes this and no-one else believes him]]. By the end of the story, history repeats itself when Nodwick bribes off the story's Gollum-equivalent with "this one rock". Yeah, it's just a rock. Cut to the DistantFinale...
** The print comic also features a straight example in the Gauntlet of Supremacy. It renders its wielder immune to harm, fires powerful energy blasts, and gives the wielder [[CharmPerson dominion over all living beings near them]]. Unfortunately, it was forged by a GodOfEvil and a God of War working together, and drives its wielder to conquer the world and kill anyone who opposes them. Only said GodOfEvil can control it.
* In the DCU, the Heart of Darkness is a black crystal that can grant its host fearsome mystical powers. The cost? Said host [[spoiler: almost]] always becomes a flesh puppet to the evil spirit within the diamond, often referred to as "ComicBook/{{Eclipso}}".
** The only time Eclipso was ever contained, the captor used special tattoos all over his body to turn himself into a living prison. Unfortunately, those were [[spoiler: broken by an accidental slice from his lover Nemesis, and the freed Eclipso ended up killing both of them]].
* The Tactigon from ''[[ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'' might go here. It's a shapeshifting alien weapon that can become whatever its host wants or needs. It's choosy, too; it won't work for just anybody, but it has an unfortunate tendency to pick hosts that are... troubled. Its first known host was a suicidal girl who at least tried to use the Tactigon for good, but its second host was out and out AxCrazy.
** The Tactigon actually appears to be some sort of subversion, as [[WhatTheHellHero The Avengers stole it from its first host]] and kept (unsuccessfully) trying to graft it onto various people until [[HoistByHisOwnPetard they stuck it on]] [[OurSoulsAreDifferent an insane clone.]]

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* Satirized in ''ComicBook/{{Nodwick}}'' by "This One Ring", which is a One Ring parody that inspired an epic ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''-esque plot based on ''hype'' alone. It has no actual powers, but only Nodwick [[OnlySaneMan realizes this and no-one else believes him]]. By the end of the story, history repeats itself when Nodwick bribes off the story's Gollum-equivalent with "this one rock". Yeah, it's just a rock. Cut to the DistantFinale...
** The print comic also features a straight example in the Gauntlet of Supremacy. It renders its wielder immune to harm, fires powerful energy blasts, and gives the wielder [[CharmPerson dominion over all living beings near them]]. Unfortunately, it was forged by a GodOfEvil and a God of War working together, and drives its wielder to conquer the world and kill anyone who opposes them. Only said GodOfEvil can control it.
* In the DCU, the Heart of Darkness is a black crystal that can grant its host fearsome mystical powers. The cost? Said host [[spoiler: almost]] always becomes a flesh puppet to the evil spirit within the diamond, often referred to as "ComicBook/{{Eclipso}}".
** The only time Eclipso was ever contained, the captor used special tattoos all over his body to turn himself into a living prison. Unfortunately, those were [[spoiler: broken by an accidental slice from his lover Nemesis, and the freed Eclipso ended up killing both of them]].
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The Tactigon from ''[[ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'' might go here. It's a shapeshifting alien weapon that can become whatever its host wants or needs. It's choosy, too; it won't work for just anybody, but it has an unfortunate tendency to pick hosts that are... troubled. Its first known host was a suicidal girl who at least tried to use the Tactigon for good, but its second host was out and out AxCrazy.
** *** The Tactigon actually appears to be some sort of subversion, as [[WhatTheHellHero The Avengers stole it from its first host]] and kept (unsuccessfully) trying to graft it onto various people until [[HoistByHisOwnPetard they stuck it on]] [[OurSoulsAreDifferent an insane clone.]]]]
** The [[BizarreAlienBiology alien costumes/symbiotes]] of ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', with an added BodyHorror bonus. Years later, Flash Thompson, the fourth user of the ComicBook/{{Venom}} symbiote, learned that this wasn't ''originally'' the case at all!
** The Star Brand from ''ComicBook/TheNewUniverse'' is exactly like this. A limitless power only held back by one's imagination, it can only be used by living things. The first time someone tried to place it into a inanimate object to get rid of the power, it initiated the White Event, the world's biggest SuperpowerLottery. The second time, it ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero vaporized]] UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}!'' Even worse, even if you do get rid of it, you're keeping a portion of the power that will recharge itself back to full. It's so dangerous that, when the New Universe Earth was transported to the mainstream Marvel Universe, the Living Tribunal erected an impenetrable barrier so it won't contaminate the rest of the universe with its power.
* ''Franchise/theDCU'':
** The Heart of Darkness is a black crystal that can grant its host fearsome mystical powers. The cost? Said host [[spoiler: almost]] always becomes a flesh puppet to the evil spirit within the diamond, often referred to as "ComicBook/{{Eclipso}}".
*** The only time Eclipso was ever contained, the captor used special tattoos all over his body to turn himself into a living prison. Unfortunately, those were [[spoiler: broken by an accidental slice from his lover Nemesis, and the freed Eclipso ended up killing both of them]].
** Any of the various Franchise/GreenLantern Corps rings could become an Artifact of Doom under the right circumstances. The Orange Lantern ring curses its owner with ever-lasting greed and hunger. The Red Lantern ring causes heart stoppage and uncontrollable rage, and you can't take it off without it killing you. The Black Rings bring the dead back as undead Black Lanterns that crave hearts.
** ''ComicBook/TrinityWar'' has PandorasBox, which contained the Seven Deadly Sins of Man and can also re-contain them. It can only be opened by those with the [[PureIsNotGood strongest or darkest heart]]. Those that aren't get corrupted by it when they hold it. [[spoiler: And in the finale, it turns out to be an advanced piece of technology that opens a doorway to Earth 3, the birthplace of evil, and allows the [[EvilCounterpart Crime Syndicate]] to arrive on the Prime Earth.]]
** ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': when he is trapped in the opening chapter Dream has his mask, ruby and pouch of dream sand stolen. While the mask doesn't do anything (the demon who gets it knows how dangerous and powerful it is) the pouch of sand falls into the hands of a drug addict who uses it to get a high, only for it to start turning her home into a nightmare landscape. The ruby on the other hand is used by a mad scientist who starts using its powers to take over the world and is stopped by the Justice League. The items themselves aren't evil, just really powerful because Dream poured his power into them to make them what they were.
** How Creator/GrantMorrison describes ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Ultra Comics #1]]'':
-->"It's a haunted comic book, actually, it's the most frightening thing anyone will ever read. It's actually haunted—if you read this thing, you'll become possessed."
* The Cauldron of Blood in ''ComicBook/{{Arawn}}'' was created by an evil druid and its fueled by the power of human souls. The Cauldron has an will of its own, and it happens to be a [[ManipulativeBastard cuttroat bastard]], and is constantly corrupting people into desiring it, promising godhood and ultimate power. It might as well as qualify as the real BigBad in the story, as its machinations cause Arawn's StartOfDarkness and nearly every bad thing that happens can be traced back to it.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has the Sekhmet Stone, a giant Sphinx-like stone face that is somehow alive and claims to have mystic insight. It is the ultimate leader of the NebulousEvilOrganization Pyramid.
* The Winslowe in ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' is something of a subversion in that it is alive, slightly mobile, slightly intelligent [[spoiler: (actually ''quite'' intelligent)]], and to all appearances not the least bit malevolent or proactive in any way. That doesn't change the fact that any time it pops up, half the known universe goes violently crazy with avarice to possess it, because they're convinced it is the most important object/being in all of Creation.
* ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'': A italian story center around a mysterious item from outer space that did absolutely nothing, but was still more an Artifact of Doom than a MacGuffin. It was so absolutely and completely useless anything done with it was automatically a waste of time and amounted to nothing. It was in the possession of Scrooge [=McDuck=] first, so he naturally tried to make money out of it, but his every attempt merely broke even, until he managed to sell it to Rockerduck (at zero profit). As time went on, the sheer uselessness of the item made it hold a peculiar fascination to people, and news of it apparently spread globally. Everyone was in fact so affected by the uselessness that they began to turn apathetic and think nothing was worth doing because it was useless, or were inspired to start doing completely useless things themselves. A researcher then came to the conclusion that the item could cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt unless it was launched back into space to remove its effect on the collective psyche. [[spoiler:But when they did this, the story subverted its own premise, because the item saved the entire planet; it was picked up by an alien armada of doom, whose leader consequently decided attacking the Earth would be pointless, and decided not to bother.]] Perhaps a TrueNeutral equivalent of the default evil Artifact of Doom.



* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': OncePerEpisode, Iznogoud acquires a bizarre magical artifact which the vendor assures will arrange a FateWorseThanDeath for a victim of his choice. No points for guessing ahead of time that it will backfire horribly on Iznogoud himself. Just to name a few examples:
** In "Dark Designs", Inzogoud acquires a magic pencil; when he draws a picture of someone or something and then tears the paper in half, the subject of the picture is banished to an alternate dimension. He can't get the spell to work until he takes art classes, and during an idle moment, [[CreatorCameo his teacher]] sketches Iznogoud. When Iznogoud's art skills have finally improved, he sketches the Caliph and tears the page in half... unaware his teacher's sketch of him is on the other side of the page, so that they are both banished, and the Caliph ends up as sovereign of the island to which they were sent.
** "The Box of Souvenirs" sees the title object, a camera, sold to Iznogoud by Japanese tourist Judoka Karate; when he takes a picture of someone or something with the camera, that someone or something is trapped forever in the photograph that results. Every time Iznogoud tries to take the Caliph's picture, someone or something gets in the way and disappears instead, and when he finally gets the Caliph alone, he is standing in front of a mirror and bends down at the crucial moment, causing Iznogoud to take a picture of his own reflection and disappear.
** The title character in "The Merchant of Forgetfulness", Mumbaijumbo, sells Iznogoud a perfume which, when sniffed, causes instant and total amnesia in the victim. Iznogoud sprinkles it on the Caliph's flowers and food and finally puts it in an atomiser, but they are all sniffed by other people before the Caliph can get to them, and inevitably, the final victim is Iznogoud himself, who is left an empty shell.
** In "The Jigsaw Turk", Iznogoud buys a 10,000 piece jigsaw from joke shop merchant Dokodah Bey; when the last piece is put in, the person of whom the puzzler is thinking will disintegrate into 10,000 pieces. There's one problem: there's a piece missing, which Iznogoud and Wa'at Alahf have to retrieve from the factory, several days' journey away. After several further failed attempts to finish the puzzle, Iznogoud is forced to retrieve the missing piece from the palace bins; meanwhile, Dokodah Bey has found the missing piece in his shop, but the Caliph is the one who takes delivery of it, and Iznogoud returns with his own copy of the missing piece... just in time to see the Caliph put the last piece in, beaming that he's always thinking of Iznogoud. The luckless vizier disintegrates immediately.
* In ''The Skull of Agarash'' graphic novel, a spin-off from the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series, the eponymous demonic cranium is yet another evil artifact that needs to be destroyed by Lone Wolf. The series is actually rife with these, and has a bunch more examples listed under Gamebooks.



* The [[BizarreAlienBiology alien costumes/symbiotes]] of ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', with an added BodyHorror bonus. Years later, Flash Thompson, the current user of the ComicBook/{{Venom}} symbiote, learned that this wasn't ''originally'' the case at all!
* A clever (probably originally Italian) ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' story centered around a mysterious item from outer space that did absolutely nothing, but was still more an Artifact of Doom than a MacGuffin. It was so absolutely and completely useless anything done with it was automatically a waste of time and amounted to nothing. It was in the possession of Scrooge [=McDuck=] first, so he naturally tried to make money out of it, but his every attempt merely broke even, until he managed to sell it to Rockerduck (at zero profit). As time went on, the sheer uselessness of the item made it hold a peculiar fascination to people, and news of it apparently spread globally. Everyone was in fact so affected by the uselessness that they began to turn apathetic and think nothing was worth doing because it was useless, or were inspired to start doing completely useless things themselves. A researcher then came to the conclusion that the item could cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt unless it was launched back into space to remove its effect on the collective psyche. [[spoiler:But when they did this, the story subverted its own premise, because the item saved the entire planet; it was picked up by an alien armada of doom, whose leader consequently decided attacking the Earth would be pointless, and decided not to bother.]] Perhaps a TrueNeutral equivalent of the default evil Artifact of Doom.
* The Winslowe in ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' is something of a subversion in that it is alive, slightly mobile, slightly intelligent [[spoiler: (actually ''quite'' intelligent)]], and to all appearances not the least bit malevolent or proactive in any way. That doesn't change the fact that any time it pops up, half the known universe goes violently crazy with avarice to possess it, because they're convinced it is the most important object/being in all of Creation.
* Any of the various Franchise/GreenLantern Corps rings could become an Artifact of Doom under the right circumstances. The Orange Lantern ring curses its owner with ever-lasting greed and hunger. The Red Lantern ring causes heart stoppage and uncontrollable rage, and you can't take it off without it killing you. The Black Rings bring the dead back as undead Black Lanterns that crave hearts.
* The Star Brand from ''ComicBook/TheNewUniverse'' is exactly like this. A limitless power only held back by one's imagination, it can only be used by living things. The first time someone tried to place it into a inanimate object to get rid of the power, it initiated the White Event, the world's biggest SuperpowerLottery. The second time, it ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero vaporized]] UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}!'' Even worse, even if you do get rid of it, you're keeping a portion of the power that will recharge itself back to full. It's so dangerous that, when the New Universe Earth was transported to the mainstream Marvel Universe, the Living Tribunal erected an impenetrable barrier so it won't contaminate the rest of the universe with its power.
* ''ComicBook/TrinityWar'' has PandorasBox, which contained the Seven Deadly Sins of Man and can also re-contain them. It can only be opened by those with the [[PureIsNotGood strongest or darkest heart]]. Those that aren't get corrupted by it when they hold it. [[spoiler: And in the finale, it turns out to be an advanced piece of technology that opens a doorway to Earth 3, the birthplace of evil, and allows the [[EvilCounterpart Crime Syndicate]] to arrive on the Prime Earth.]]
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': when he is trapped in the opening chapter Dream has his mask, ruby and pouch of dream sand stolen. While the mask doesn't do anything (the demon who gets it knows how dangerous and powerful it is) the pouch of sand falls into the hands of a drug addict who uses it to get a high, only for it to start turning her home into a nightmare landscape. The ruby on the other hand is used by a mad scientist who starts using its powers to take over the world and is stopped by the Justice League. The items themselves aren't evil, just really powerful because Dream poured his power into them to make them what they were.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has the Sekhmet Stone, a giant Sphinx-like stone face that is somehow alive and claims to have mystic insight. It is the ultimate leader of the NebulousEvilOrganization Pyramid.
* How Creator/GrantMorrison describes ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Ultra Comics #1]]'':
-->"It's a haunted comic book, actually, it's the most frightening thing anyone will ever read. It's actually haunted—if you read this thing, you'll become possessed."
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': OncePerEpisode, Iznogoud acquires a bizarre magical artifact which the vendor assures will arrange a FateWorseThanDeath for a victim of his choice. No points for guessing ahead of time that it will backfire horribly on Iznogoud himself. Just to name a few examples:
** In "Dark Designs", Inzogoud acquires a magic pencil; when he draws a picture of someone or something and then tears the paper in half, the subject of the picture is banished to an alternate dimension. He can't get the spell to work until he takes art classes, and during an idle moment, [[CreatorCameo his teacher]] sketches Iznogoud. When Iznogoud's art skills have finally improved, he sketches the Caliph and tears the page in half... unaware his teacher's sketch of him is on the other side of the page, so that they are both banished, and the Caliph ends up as sovereign of the island to which they were sent.
** "The Box of Souvenirs" sees the title object, a camera, sold to Iznogoud by Japanese tourist Judoka Karate; when he takes a picture of someone or something with the camera, that someone or something is trapped forever in the photograph that results. Every time Iznogoud tries to take the Caliph's picture, someone or something gets in the way and disappears instead, and when he finally gets the Caliph alone, he is standing in front of a mirror and bends down at the crucial moment, causing Iznogoud to take a picture of his own reflection and disappear.
** The title character in "The Merchant of Forgetfulness", Mumbaijumbo, sells Iznogoud a perfume which, when sniffed, causes instant and total amnesia in the victim. Iznogoud sprinkles it on the Caliph's flowers and food and finally puts it in an atomiser, but they are all sniffed by other people before the Caliph can get to them, and inevitably, the final victim is Iznogoud himself, who is left an empty shell.
** In "The Jigsaw Turk", Iznogoud buys a 10,000 piece jigsaw from joke shop merchant Dokodah Bey; when the last piece is put in, the person of whom the puzzler is thinking will disintegrate into 10,000 pieces. There's one problem: there's a piece missing, which Iznogoud and Wa'at Alahf have to retrieve from the factory, several days' journey away. After several further failed attempts to finish the puzzle, Iznogoud is forced to retrieve the missing piece from the palace bins; meanwhile, Dokodah Bey has found the missing piece in his shop, but the Caliph is the one who takes delivery of it, and Iznogoud returns with his own copy of the missing piece... just in time to see the Caliph put the last piece in, beaming that he's always thinking of Iznogoud. The luckless vizier disintegrates immediately.
* In ''The Skull of Agarash'' graphic novel, a spin-off from the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series, the eponymous demonic cranium is yet another evil artifact that needs to be destroyed by Lone Wolf. The series is actually rife with these, and has a bunch more examples listed under Gamebooks.
* The Cauldron of Blood in ''ComicBook/{{Arawn}}'' was created by an evil druid and its fueled by the power of human souls. The Cauldron has an will of its own, and it happens to be a [[ManipulativeBastard cuttroat bastard]], and is constantly corrupting people into desiring it, promising godhood and ultimate power. It might as well as qualify as the real BigBad in the story, as its machinations cause Arawn's StartOfDarkness and nearly every bad thing that happens can be traced back to it.

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* The [[BizarreAlienBiology alien costumes/symbiotes]] of ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', with an added BodyHorror bonus. Years later, Flash Thompson, the current user of the ComicBook/{{Venom}} symbiote, learned Satirized in ''ComicBook/{{Nodwick}}'' by "This One Ring", which is a One Ring parody that this wasn't ''originally'' the case at all!
* A clever (probably originally Italian) ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' story centered around a mysterious item from outer space that did absolutely nothing, but was still more an Artifact of Doom than a MacGuffin. It was so absolutely and completely useless anything done with it was automatically a waste of time and amounted to nothing. It was in the possession of Scrooge [=McDuck=] first, so he naturally tried to make money out of it, but his every attempt merely broke even, until he managed to sell it to Rockerduck (at zero profit). As time went on, the sheer uselessness of the item made it hold a peculiar fascination to people, and news of it apparently spread globally. Everyone was in fact so affected by the uselessness that they began to turn apathetic and think nothing was worth doing because it was useless, or were
inspired to start doing completely useless things themselves. A researcher then came an epic ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''-esque plot based on ''hype'' alone. It has no actual powers, but only Nodwick [[OnlySaneMan realizes this and no-one else believes him]]. By the end of the story, history repeats itself when Nodwick bribes off the story's Gollum-equivalent with "this one rock". Yeah, it's just a rock. Cut to the conclusion that the item could cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt unless it was launched back into space to remove its effect on the collective psyche. [[spoiler:But when they did this, the story subverted its own premise, because the item saved the entire planet; it was picked up by an alien armada of doom, whose leader consequently decided attacking the Earth would be pointless, and decided not to bother.]] Perhaps a TrueNeutral equivalent of the default evil Artifact of Doom.
*
DistantFinale...
**
The Winslowe in ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' is something of a subversion in that it is alive, slightly mobile, slightly intelligent [[spoiler: (actually ''quite'' intelligent)]], and to all appearances not the least bit malevolent or proactive in any way. That doesn't change the fact that any time it pops up, half the known universe goes violently crazy with avarice to possess it, because they're convinced it is the most important object/being in all of Creation.
* Any of the various Franchise/GreenLantern Corps rings could become an Artifact of Doom under the right circumstances. The Orange Lantern ring curses its owner with ever-lasting greed and hunger. The Red Lantern ring causes heart stoppage and uncontrollable rage, and you can't take it off without it killing you. The Black Rings bring the dead back as undead Black Lanterns that crave hearts.
* The Star Brand from ''ComicBook/TheNewUniverse'' is exactly like this. A limitless power only held back by one's imagination, it can only be used by living things. The first time someone tried to place it into a inanimate object to get rid of the power, it initiated the White Event, the world's biggest SuperpowerLottery. The second time, it ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero vaporized]] UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}!'' Even worse, even if you do get rid of it, you're keeping a portion of the power that will recharge itself back to full. It's so dangerous that, when the New Universe Earth was transported to the mainstream Marvel Universe, the Living Tribunal erected an impenetrable barrier so it won't contaminate the rest of the universe with its power.
* ''ComicBook/TrinityWar'' has PandorasBox, which contained the Seven Deadly Sins of Man and can
print comic also re-contain them. It can only be opened by those with the [[PureIsNotGood strongest or darkest heart]]. Those that aren't get corrupted by it when they hold it. [[spoiler: And features a straight example in the finale, it turns out Gauntlet of Supremacy. It renders its wielder immune to be an advanced piece of technology that opens a doorway to Earth 3, the birthplace of evil, and allows the [[EvilCounterpart Crime Syndicate]] to arrive on the Prime Earth.]]
* ''ComicBook/TheSandman'': when he is trapped in the opening chapter Dream has his mask, ruby and pouch of dream sand stolen. While the mask doesn't do anything (the demon who gets it knows how dangerous and
harm, fires powerful it is) energy blasts, and gives the pouch of sand falls into the hands of a drug addict who uses wielder [[CharmPerson dominion over all living beings near them]]. Unfortunately, it to get a high, only for it to start turning her home into a nightmare landscape. The ruby on the other hand is used was forged by a mad scientist who starts using GodOfEvil and a God of War working together, and drives its powers wielder to take over conquer the world and is stopped by the Justice League. The items themselves aren't evil, just really powerful because Dream poured his power into them to make them what they were.
* ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' has the Sekhmet Stone, a giant Sphinx-like stone face that is somehow alive and claims to have mystic insight. It is the ultimate leader of the NebulousEvilOrganization Pyramid.
* How Creator/GrantMorrison describes ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Ultra Comics #1]]'':
-->"It's a haunted comic book, actually, it's the most frightening thing
kill anyone will ever read. It's actually haunted—if you read this thing, you'll become possessed."
* ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'': OncePerEpisode, Iznogoud acquires a bizarre magical artifact which the vendor assures will arrange a FateWorseThanDeath for a victim of his choice. No points for guessing ahead of time that it will backfire horribly on Iznogoud himself. Just to name a few examples:
** In "Dark Designs", Inzogoud acquires a magic pencil; when he draws a picture of someone or something and then tears the paper in half, the subject of the picture is banished to an alternate dimension. He can't get the spell to work until he takes art classes, and during an idle moment, [[CreatorCameo his teacher]] sketches Iznogoud. When Iznogoud's art skills have finally improved, he sketches the Caliph and tears the page in half... unaware his teacher's sketch of him is on the other side of the page, so that they are both banished, and the Caliph ends up as sovereign of the island to which they were sent.
** "The Box of Souvenirs" sees the title object, a camera, sold to Iznogoud by Japanese tourist Judoka Karate; when he takes a picture of someone or something with the camera, that someone or something is trapped forever in the photograph that results. Every time Iznogoud tries to take the Caliph's picture, someone or something gets in the way and disappears instead, and when he finally gets the Caliph alone, he is standing in front of a mirror and bends down at the crucial moment, causing Iznogoud to take a picture of his own reflection and disappear.
** The title character in "The Merchant of Forgetfulness", Mumbaijumbo, sells Iznogoud a perfume which, when sniffed, causes instant and total amnesia in the victim. Iznogoud sprinkles it on the Caliph's flowers and food and finally puts it in an atomiser, but they are all sniffed by other people before the Caliph
who opposes them. Only said GodOfEvil can get to them, and inevitably, the final victim is Iznogoud himself, who is left an empty shell.
** In "The Jigsaw Turk", Iznogoud buys a 10,000 piece jigsaw from joke shop merchant Dokodah Bey; when the last piece is put in, the person of whom the puzzler is thinking will disintegrate into 10,000 pieces. There's one problem: there's a piece missing, which Iznogoud and Wa'at Alahf have to retrieve from the factory, several days' journey away. After several further failed attempts to finish the puzzle, Iznogoud is forced to retrieve the missing piece from the palace bins; meanwhile, Dokodah Bey has found the missing piece in his shop, but the Caliph is the one who takes delivery of it, and Iznogoud returns with his own copy of the missing piece... just in time to see the Caliph put the last piece in, beaming that he's always thinking of Iznogoud. The luckless vizier disintegrates immediately.
* In ''The Skull of Agarash'' graphic novel, a spin-off from the ''Literature/LoneWolf'' series, the eponymous demonic cranium is yet another evil artifact that needs to be destroyed by Lone Wolf. The series is actually rife with these, and has a bunch more examples listed under Gamebooks.
* The Cauldron of Blood in ''ComicBook/{{Arawn}}'' was created by an evil druid and its fueled by the power of human souls. The Cauldron has an will of its own, and it happens to be a [[ManipulativeBastard cuttroat bastard]], and is constantly corrupting people into desiring it, promising godhood and ultimate power. It might as well as qualify as the real BigBad in the story, as its machinations cause Arawn's StartOfDarkness and nearly every bad thing that happens can be traced back to
control it.
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* In the DCU, the Heart of Darkness is a black crystal that can grant its host fearsome mystical powers. The cost? Said host [[spoiler: almost]] always becomes a flesh puppet to the evil spirit within the diamond, often referred to as "Eclipso".

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* In the DCU, the Heart of Darkness is a black crystal that can grant its host fearsome mystical powers. The cost? Said host [[spoiler: almost]] always becomes a flesh puppet to the evil spirit within the diamond, often referred to as "Eclipso"."ComicBook/{{Eclipso}}".
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* In ''WebOriginal/HundredCompanions'' we have Alister, a demonic executioner trapped in a sword for crimes [[EvenEvilHasStandards hateful]] even to his fellow [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Chaotic Evil]] [[EldritchAbomination outsiders]].

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* In ''WebOriginal/HundredCompanions'' ''Literature/HundredCompanions'' we have Alister, a demonic executioner trapped in a sword for crimes [[EvenEvilHasStandards hateful]] even to his fellow [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Chaotic Evil]] [[EldritchAbomination outsiders]].
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* In FanFic/AtlantisRising, the Orichalcos comes back with a vengeance.[[spoiler: The villain uses it to power his magic and his ultimate goal is to raise the Heartstone, the source of the Orichalcos' power, which has been quietly growing in the sunken city of Atlantis for millennia. A small piece of Orichalcum in Mariks unwilling possession also reawakens Yami Marik.]]

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* In FanFic/AtlantisRising, ''FanFic/AtlantisRising'', the Orichalcos comes back with a vengeance.[[spoiler: The villain uses it to power his magic and his ultimate goal is to raise the Heartstone, the source of the Orichalcos' power, which has been quietly growing in the sunken city of Atlantis for millennia. A small piece of Orichalcum in Mariks unwilling possession also reawakens Yami Marik.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' has an example overlapping with HolyIsNotSafe. [[spoiler:[[Characters/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsSunsetShimmer Sunset Shimmer]]]], who at that point is a pretty nasty piece of work, gets her hands on [[Characters/FriendshipIsMagicTwilightSparkle Twilight Sparkle]]'s own [[CareBearStare Element of Harmony]], and undergoes a horrific PainfulTransformation into a demonic form which behaves about like Nightmare Moon did relative to Princess Luna: much less inhibited, much less moral, and much more magically powerful, but still recognizably herself. Originally, [[spoiler:Sunset]] hasn't been willing to threaten a dog; after she transforms, she tries to kill a group of high-schoolers.



* The [[spoiler:Fuyuki Holy Grail]] in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and ''Literature/FateZero'', after it became [[TheCorruption corrupted]] by [[spoiler:granting a wish to create the source of "All The World's Evil"]].
** When it appears in the spinoffs, it's still bad news. In ''VideoGame/FateExtra'', [[spoiler: the Holy Grail War is even bloodier since there are at least 128 Masters, and ThereCanOnlyBeOne. And that's not counting everyone who failed the preliminaries. And it's all orchestrated by an NPC who wants to use the Grail to sustain a ForeverWar.]] And in ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', EIGHT of them end up scattered throughout time at various points in humanity's development in order to screw up the future.
* The Geneforges and canisters in the ''Geneforge'' series. You ''will'' become violent and crazy if you use the Geneforge or too many canisters. [[EvilFeelsGood By the time you realize that, you won't care.]]
* The Keyblades from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' shattered the world from one large one into millions of small isolated world-shards, due to a war between good Keyblade wielders and evil ones (the shards were saved from ''total'' destruction by the hearts of children, although the good keyblade wielders may have helped). It's not for nothing that the general reaction of people who recognize the Keyblades for what they are goes something along the lines of "oh god, get away from my world-shard NOW".

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* The [[spoiler:Fuyuki Holy Grail]] in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and ''Literature/FateZero'', after it became [[TheCorruption corrupted]] by [[spoiler:granting a wish to create the source of "All The World's Evil"]].
** When it appears in the spinoffs, it's still bad news. In ''VideoGame/FateExtra'', [[spoiler: the Holy Grail War is even bloodier since there are at least 128 Masters, and ThereCanOnlyBeOne. And that's not counting everyone who failed the preliminaries. And it's all orchestrated by an NPC who wants to use the Grail to sustain a ForeverWar.]] And in ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', EIGHT of them end up scattered throughout time at various points in humanity's development in order to screw up the future.
* The Geneforges and canisters in the ''Geneforge'' ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' series. You ''will'' become violent and crazy if you use the Geneforge or too many canisters. [[EvilFeelsGood By the time you realize that, you won't care.]]
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
**
The Keyblades from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' shattered the world from one large one into millions of small isolated world-shards, due to a war between good Keyblade wielders and evil ones (the shards were saved from ''total'' destruction by the hearts of children, although the good keyblade wielders may have helped). It's not for nothing that the general reaction of people who recognize the Keyblades for what they are goes something along the lines of "oh god, get away from my world-shard NOW".



* The Marker from ''VideoGame/DeadSpace''. [[spoiler:Subverted. It's actually a government-manufactured copy of the real one.]]
** [[spoiler: Doubly subverted in that it's not that the Marker itself is the Artifact of Doom. The Marker is, in fact, a sentient containment device for the BigBad that spawns the Necromorphs.]] It's also what creates the titular [[TitleDrop "dead space"]]- [[spoiler:an energy field that repels the Necromorphs.]]
*** Even if it does [[spoiler: create the dead space that suppresses the Necromorphs]], the Marker still makes people slowly go crazy, see their dead relatives, write strange messages on the wall in their own blood, and kill themselves.
*** In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', [[spoiler: Isaac inadvertently creates another Marker that does all the same things minus the suppression, that almost starts something called a convergence event.]]
*** ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'' reveals the Markers' true purpose, and it is ghastly. [[spoiler:They are the tools an incomplete post-convergence Necromorph is using to gather the [[HumanResources raw material]] it needs to make itself whole.]]

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* The Marker from ''VideoGame/DeadSpace''. [[spoiler:Subverted. It's actually a government-manufactured copy of the real one.]]
** [[spoiler:
Doubly subverted in that it's not that the Marker itself is the Artifact of Doom. The Marker is, in fact, a sentient containment device for the BigBad that spawns the Necromorphs.]] It's also what creates the titular [[TitleDrop "dead space"]]- space"]] -- [[spoiler:an energy field that repels the Necromorphs.]]
*** Even
]]Even if it does [[spoiler: create the dead space that suppresses the Necromorphs]], the Marker still makes people slowly go crazy, see their dead relatives, write strange messages on the wall in their own blood, and kill themselves.
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themselves. In ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', [[spoiler: Isaac inadvertently creates another Marker that does all the same things minus the suppression, that almost starts something called a convergence event.]]
*** ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3''
]]''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'' reveals the Markers' true purpose, and it is ghastly. [[spoiler:They are the tools an incomplete post-convergence Necromorph is using to gather the [[HumanResources raw material]] it needs to make itself whole.]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' gives us the ominous, Lovecraftian obelisk in the Dunwich Building's Virulent Underchambers. Not the cause of any doom so far, but it did drive [[ApocalypticLog Jaime]] pretty insane, and you do hear those "dark whispers of power" mentioned in the article description when around it. ''Point Lookout'' added the Krivbeknih (Necronomicon knock-off) into the mix, which you can destroy by pressing it against the obelisk, which absorbs the book and grows in power.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' gives us the ominous, Lovecraftian obelisk in the Dunwich Building's Virulent Underchambers. Not the cause of any doom so far, but it did drive [[ApocalypticLog Jaime]] pretty insane, and you do hear those "dark whispers of power" mentioned in the article description when around it. ''Point Lookout'' added the Krivbeknih (Necronomicon knock-off) into the mix, which you can destroy by pressing it against the obelisk, which absorbs the book and grows in power.



* The Eye from the ''Thief'' video game trilogy. To sum up its role in the first game, ''VideoGame/ThiefTheDarkProject'', Garett's main objective throughout the majority of the game is to locate a magic stone known as The Eye within a monster infested cathedral for an aristocrat named Constantine. The catch is that this artifact is likely responsible for the monsters in the first place. Oh, and it's sentient. [[spoiler: When you do overcome the ordeals surrounding The Eye and bring it back to Constantine, he reveals one last detail about the artifact. Namely that it's evil powers can only be restored by its organ namesake. And then he commands his aquaintence Viktoria to extract Garett's eye after they both reveal themselves to be demons. Yep, Garett just lost his eye. Ouch.]]
--> '''Constantine:''' Viktoria, are you prepared to give Mr. Garett his... COMPENSATION?

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* The Eye from the ''Thief'' ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' video game trilogy. To sum up its role in the first game, ''VideoGame/ThiefTheDarkProject'', Garett's main objective throughout the majority of the game is to locate a magic stone known as The Eye within a monster infested cathedral for an aristocrat named Constantine. The catch is that this artifact is likely responsible for the monsters in the first place. Oh, and it's sentient. [[spoiler: When you do overcome the ordeals surrounding The Eye and bring it back to Constantine, he reveals one last detail about the artifact. Namely that it's evil powers can only be restored by its organ namesake. And then he commands his aquaintence Viktoria to extract Garett's eye after they both reveal themselves to be demons. Yep, Garett just lost his eye. Ouch.]]
--> '''Constantine:''' -->'''Constantine:''' Viktoria, are you prepared to give Mr. Garett his... COMPENSATION?



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* The [[spoiler:Fuyuki Holy Grail]] in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and ''Literature/FateZero'', after it became [[TheCorruption corrupted]] by [[spoiler:granting a wish to create the source of "All The World's Evil"]].When it appears in the spinoffs, it's still bad news. In ''VideoGame/FateExtra'', [[spoiler: the Holy Grail War is even bloodier since there are at least 128 Masters, and ThereCanOnlyBeOne. And that's not counting everyone who failed the preliminaries. And it's all orchestrated by an NPC who wants to use the Grail to sustain a ForeverWar.]] And in ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', EIGHT of them end up scattered throughout time at various points in humanity's development in order to screw up the future.
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* The Book of E-Ville from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Or at least that's how most of the characters treat it. While it contains more than one spell for summoning world-destroying demons, it has yet to actually do much of anything malevolent aside from following Gwynn around.
** Recently got a big upgrade. [[spoiler: The book is the prison for K'z'k, a recurring BigBad OmnicidalManiac who wants to destroy all of reality and has ''done so'' numerous times. The book is a ClingyMacGuffin because it also contains the pharoah K'z'k was possessing when he was imprisoned, who thanks to the TimeyWimeyBall is in love with Gwynn.]]

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* The Book of E-Ville from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Or at least that's how most of the characters treat it. While it contains more than one spell for summoning world-destroying demons, it has yet to actually do much of anything malevolent aside from following Gwynn around.
** Recently got
around. Later gets a big upgrade. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The book is the prison for K'z'k, a recurring BigBad OmnicidalManiac who wants to destroy all of reality and has ''done so'' numerous times. The book is a ClingyMacGuffin because it also contains the pharoah K'z'k was possessing when he was imprisoned, who thanks to the TimeyWimeyBall is in love with Gwynn.]]



* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', the Axe of Piridan is a major subversion: while Big-Ears initially senses a palpaple aura of evil around it, and we initially see it in the hands of a monster, it's actually a ''Good'' weapon. The aura comes from the fact that it's a RestrainingBolt against a powerful demon, and it won't hurt a [[KnightInShiningArmor Paladin]] unless the Paladin wants it to... which is unlikely at best.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', the ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'':
** The
Axe of Piridan Prissan is a major subversion: while Big-Ears initially senses a palpaple aura of evil around it, and we initially see it in the hands of a monster, it's actually a ''Good'' weapon. The aura comes from the fact that it's a RestrainingBolt against a powerful demon, and it won't hurt a [[KnightInShiningArmor Paladin]] unless the Paladin wants it to... which is unlikely at best.




* In ''HundredCompanions'' we have Alister, a demonic executioner trapped in a sword for crimes [[EvenEvilHasStandards hateful]] even to his fellow [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Chaotic Evil]] [[EldritchAbomination outsiders]].

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\n* In ''HundredCompanions'' ''WebOriginal/HundredCompanions'' we have Alister, a demonic executioner trapped in a sword for crimes [[EvenEvilHasStandards hateful]] even to his fellow [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Chaotic Evil]] [[EldritchAbomination outsiders]].



** Some of the artifacts aren't in any way evil or malevolent, but could end up destroying the world anyway, often very weirdly. Like by burying the whole world under cakes, or causing everyone in the world to ignore basic biological necessities in favour of arguing over some trivial subject.

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** Some of the artifacts aren't in any way evil or malevolent, but could end up destroying the world anyway, often very weirdly. Like by burying the whole world under cakes, or causing everyone in the world to ignore basic biological necessities in favour favor of arguing over some trivial subject.



* The [[spoiler:gyroids]] in ''TheTerribleSecretOfAnimalCrossing.''

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* %%* The [[spoiler:gyroids]] in ''TheTerribleSecretOfAnimalCrossing.''''LetsPlay/TheTerribleSecretOfAnimalCrossing''.



* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] [[spoiler:Magic Gun]] is a subversion of this. The cultists who created intended it to be a [[spoiler: a weapon powered by pure hate and agony, and used their own daughter to power it. But the weapon backfired, killed them, and the spirit inside the gun eventually became more benevolent and a partner of sorts to Linkara.]]

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* [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'': Linkara's [[spoiler:Magic Gun]] is a subversion of this. The cultists who created intended it to be a [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a weapon powered by pure hate and agony, and used their own daughter to power it. But the weapon backfired, killed them, and the spirit inside the gun eventually became more benevolent and a partner of sorts to Linkara.]]



* In the animated series based on ''ComicBook/WildCATS'', the series MacGuffin that the heroes and villains are in a desperate race to find, the Orb, is an artifact left behind by the {{Precursors}} on Earth that can give anyone power on a cosmic scale. [[spoiler: It's also evil to the core, possibly more evil than the BigBad himself]]. Guess the {{Precursors}} hid the thing on Earth for good reason.
* The Eye of Odin from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' isn't exactly ''evil'', but it is incredibly dangerous to use because it enhances the dominant trait of the users' personality into what often amounts to a SuperpoweredEvilSide. [[DarkActionGirl Fox]] became a werewolf, and [[TheHero Goliath]] became a godlike KnightTemplar. The only people who seem to be able to use the Eye safely are Odin himself and the Archmage, who was ''already'' a crazy EvilSorcerer.
** This stands in contrast to the Phoenix Gate, which is a subversion. Though many groups in the setting desire it as readily-accessible time travel, it only allows the creation of a StableTimeLoop. [[WildMassGuessing Fans have inferred]] this to mean something else is controlling the gate and its users.

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* In the animated series based on ''ComicBook/WildCATS'', ''ComicBook/WildCATs'', the series MacGuffin that the heroes and villains are in a desperate race to find, the Orb, is an artifact left behind by the {{Precursors}} on Earth that can give anyone power on a cosmic scale. [[spoiler: It's also evil to the core, possibly more evil than the BigBad himself]]. Guess the {{Precursors}} hid the thing on Earth for good reason.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
**
The Eye of Odin from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' isn't exactly ''evil'', but it is incredibly dangerous to use because it enhances the dominant trait of the users' personality into what often amounts to a SuperpoweredEvilSide. [[DarkActionGirl Fox]] became a werewolf, and [[TheHero Goliath]] became a godlike KnightTemplar. The only people who seem to be able to use the Eye safely are Odin himself and the Archmage, who was is ''already'' a crazy EvilSorcerer.
** This stands in contrast to the Phoenix Gate, which is a subversion. Though many groups in the setting desire it as readily-accessible readily accessible time travel, it only allows the creation of a StableTimeLoop. [[WildMassGuessing Fans have inferred]] this to mean something else is controlling the gate and its users.



* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', the Eliacube is the most powerful artifact in the world, created as the acme of the magical science of the Eliatrope race. It acts as a very efficient AmplifierArtifact as long as it is feed with wakfu -- the magic lifeforce found in all plants and beings. At first, you could think its great potential was simply misused by [[BigBad Nox]], who's a madman, but the StartOfDarkness episode "Noximilien" reveals that, 200 years before, the Eliacube already exercised a dangerous fascination over Nox, slowly turning him obsessed and insane.
** To further prove the point, it also drove ''his [[RightHandAttackDog dog]]'' insane.

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* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', the Eliacube is the most powerful artifact in the world, created as the acme of the magical science of the Eliatrope race. It acts as a very efficient AmplifierArtifact as long as it is feed with wakfu -- the magic lifeforce found in all plants and beings. At first, you could think its great potential was simply misused by [[BigBad Nox]], who's a madman, but the StartOfDarkness episode "Noximilien" reveals that, 200 years before, the Eliacube already exercised a dangerous fascination over Nox, slowly turning him obsessed and insane.
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insane. To further prove the point, it also drove ''his [[RightHandAttackDog dog]]'' insane.



* The second episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' circles around an amulet with a bright green gem that causes the bearer to transform into the spirit of the Dragon of Aaragon when angry.
** Later in the series there's the Scepter of Dul-Aman. It gives the wielder (Tucker) neat powers, but it also causes him to become proud and imperious.
* The two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' where Finn and Jake went through [[spoiler: Ice King]]'s tapes revealed [[spoiler:his crown]] to be one. It gives the wearer immense magical power and immortality... while simultaneously slowly driving them to utter madness and amnesia, aware of their mental degeneration the entire time.
** Notably, an AlternateUniverse saw [[spoiler:Finn]] suffering the same possession, minus the ''slowly'' part.
*** This has led fans to come to the conclusion that [[spoiler: Ice King/Simon]] must have had an amazing amount of self-control to last as long as he did. Even the final result of said Artifact of Doom's powers isn't nearly as bad as what could have happened in anyone else's hands.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
**
The second episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' circles around an amulet with a bright green gem that causes the bearer to transform into the spirit of the Dragon of Aaragon when angry.
** Later in the series series, there's the Scepter of Dul-Aman. It gives the wielder (Tucker) neat powers, but it also causes him to become proud and imperious.
* The two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' where Finn and Jake went through [[spoiler: Ice King]]'s tapes revealed [[spoiler:his crown]] to be one. It gives the wearer immense magical power and immortality... while simultaneously slowly driving them to utter madness and amnesia, aware of their mental degeneration the entire time.
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time. Notably, an AlternateUniverse saw [[spoiler:Finn]] suffering the same possession, minus the ''slowly'' part.
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part. This has led fans to come to the conclusion that [[spoiler: Ice [[spoiler:Ice King/Simon]] must have had an amazing amount of self-control to last as long as he did. Even the final result of said Artifact of Doom's powers isn't nearly as bad as what could have happened in anyone else's hands.



* A substance rather than an object, but otherwise, Dark Energon from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', which is said to be the blood of [[EldritchAbomination Unicron]], fits the bill perfectly. Turns dead Cybertronians into mindless berserker zombies. Powers up Megatron, but likely at a horrible cost to his sanity... He claims he can hear Unicron speaking to him, and it's ''entirely posible'' he wasn't hallucinating, but it'd probably be more reassuring if he ''was''. Can also be hazardous to your health just to be in contact with... Just ask Arcee or Raf, the first became dizzy and sick after contact with the stuff, while Megatron nearly ''killed'' the latter with it.
** If that wasn't bad enough, Megatron forged himself a sword made out of the stuff that [[spoiler: shattered the Star Saber.]]
** One final side effect was revealed during [[GrandFinale Predacons Rising]]. Anyone who dies with Dark Energon in their system is not allowed to enter the [[BarredFromTheAfterlife afterlife]] and can be [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by Unicron as puppet.

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* A substance rather than an object, but otherwise, Dark Energon from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', which is said to be the blood of [[EldritchAbomination Unicron]], fits the bill perfectly. Turns dead Cybertronians into mindless berserker zombies. Powers up Megatron, but likely at a horrible cost to his sanity... He claims he can hear Unicron speaking to him, and it's ''entirely posible'' he wasn't isn't hallucinating, but it'd probably be more reassuring if he ''was''.''is''. Can also be hazardous to your health just to be in contact with... Just ask Arcee or Raf, the first became becomes dizzy and sick after contact with the stuff, while Megatron nearly ''killed'' ''kills'' the latter with it.
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it. If that wasn't isn't bad enough, Megatron forged forgeq himself a sword made out of the stuff that [[spoiler: shattered shatterq the Star Saber.]]
**
]] One final side effect was is revealed during [[GrandFinale Predacons Rising]]. Anyone who dies with Dark Energon in their system is not allowed to enter the [[BarredFromTheAfterlife afterlife]] and can be [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by Unicron as puppet.



** 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. ''This should have been a hint.''
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' has an example overlapping with HolyIsNotSafe. [[spoiler:[[Characters/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsSunsetShimmer 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]], and undergoes a horrific {{Painful Transformation}} {{Baleful Polymorph}} into a demonic form which behaves about like Nightmare Moon did relative to Princess Luna: much less inhibited, much less moral, and much more magically powerful, but still recognizably herself. Originally, [[spoiler:Sunset]] hadn't been willing to threaten a dog; after she transformed, she tried to kill a group of high-schoolers.

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** The ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'' Manifestation]]" spell was is 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. ''This should have been a hint.''
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' has an example overlapping with HolyIsNotSafe. [[spoiler:[[Characters/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsSunsetShimmer 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]], and undergoes a horrific {{Painful Transformation}} {{Baleful Polymorph}} into a demonic form which behaves about like Nightmare Moon did relative to Princess Luna: much less inhibited, much less moral, and much more magically powerful, but still recognizably herself. Originally, [[spoiler:Sunset]] hadn't been willing to threaten a dog; after she transformed, she tried to kill a group of high-schoolers.
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* Both versions of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse'' are full of these things, but likely the worst was the Star Seed from the original version. Supposedly created as an aftereffect of ''the creation of the universe'', anyone holding this small, glowing sphere can do ''anything'' simply by requesting it. The problem is, nobody can hold such omnipotent power without being tempted by "its dark side" (as the Sorceress described it), and even He-Man almost succumbed to it when foiling Skeletor's attempt to claim it, though eventually, HeroicWillpower was enough to resist doing so.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' features the Scimitar, an evil talking sword that bends its user to its will and compels them to kill for it. It turns the heroic Thriffith completely evil, while Puss In Boots manages to subdue it with a little bit of struggle, and the (almost) IncorruptiblePurePureness of Dulcinea allows her to wield it for an extended duration, but even she starts to become gradually more evil as time passes. El Moco, however, is evil enough that the sword doesn't need to control him entirely, because their beneficial goals put them on the same page.

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* Both versions of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse'' are full of these things, but likely the worst was is the Star Seed from the original version. Supposedly created as an aftereffect of ''the creation of the universe'', anyone holding this small, glowing sphere can do ''anything'' simply by requesting it. The problem is, nobody can hold such omnipotent power without being tempted by "its dark side" (as the Sorceress described it), and even He-Man almost succumbed succumbs to it when foiling Skeletor's attempt to claim it, though eventually, HeroicWillpower was is enough to resist doing so.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'' features the Scimitar, an evil talking sword that bends its user to its will and compels them to kill for it. It turns the heroic Thriffith completely evil, while Puss In in Boots manages to subdue it with a little bit of struggle, and the (almost) IncorruptiblePurePureness of Dulcinea allows her to wield it for an extended duration, but even she starts to become gradually more evil as time passes. El Moco, however, is evil enough that the sword doesn't need to control him entirely, because their beneficial goals put them on the same page.



19th Apr '17 4:31:57 AM StFan
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[spoiler:the Crimson Mantle arguably qualifies. It's not clear that it has any direct control over the wearer, but it does give a divine command to enact a plan that could destroy all reality.]] It also [[spoiler:halts the bearer's aging, which has the apparent side effect of preventing the bearer from maturing as well. Its current bearer is, in many ways, still the angry vengeful teenager he was when he first took up the Mantle.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[spoiler:the the Crimson Mantle arguably qualifies. It's not clear that it has any direct control over the wearer, but it does give a divine command to enact a plan that could destroy all reality.]] It also [[spoiler:halts halts the bearer's aging, which has the apparent side effect side-effect of preventing the bearer he or she from maturing as well. Its current bearer is, in many ways, still the angry vengeful teenager he was when he first took up the Mantle.]]
11th Apr '17 6:42:14 PM nombretomado
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* The Shabby Doll from ''SilentHill4'', which causes unremovable hauntings if you put it in the item chest.

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* The Shabby Doll from ''SilentHill4'', ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'', which causes unremovable hauntings if you put it in the item chest.
9th Apr '17 8:47:09 AM erforce
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* Most if not all of the twenty-seven True Runes in the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series are Artifacts of Doom. They give their host a supernatural ability and make them TheAgeless. However, each True Rune has a [[EvilWeapon will of its own]]. What a rue Rune wants is more often then not horrifically mentally scaring or deathly to the human that is in possession of it. Examples of this include:
** The ''True Rune of Punishment'' from ''SuikodenIV'' By the time characters figure out what it is, the rune has killed ''everyone'' who is seen using it. In an optional scene, the main character can overhear a discussion where other characters discuss who's going to get the rune next ''after it kills the main character!''
** The Sun Rune of SuikodenV grants nearly God-like power, but at the cost of [[AGodAmI their sanity]].
** The Soul Eater Rune from the [[SuikodenI original Suikoden]] ''will'' eventually kill the user's dearest friends and family to become more powerful.

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* Most if not all of the twenty-seven True Runes in the ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''Franchise/{{Suikoden}}'' series are Artifacts of Doom. They give their host a supernatural ability and make them TheAgeless. However, each True Rune has a [[EvilWeapon will of its own]]. What a rue Rune wants is more often then not horrifically mentally scaring or deathly to the human that is in possession of it. Examples of this include:
** The ''True Rune of Punishment'' from ''SuikodenIV'' ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' By the time characters figure out what it is, the rune has killed ''everyone'' who is seen using it. In an optional scene, the main character can overhear a discussion where other characters discuss who's going to get the rune next ''after it kills the main character!''
** The Sun Rune of SuikodenV ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' grants nearly God-like power, but at the cost of [[AGodAmI their sanity]].
** The Soul Eater Rune from the [[SuikodenI original Suikoden]] ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden|I}}'' ''will'' eventually kill the user's dearest friends and family to become more powerful.
1st Apr '17 1:43:41 AM HotelCalifornia
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* The Chaos Emeralds are revealed to be this in ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos''. They were created by Maledict himself and hold small fragments of his power. They also have wills of their own, are constantly trying to possess anyone who attempts to use them, and always trying to return to their master. It later becomes a plot point - [[spoiler: the only reason Sonic, Shadow, and Eric can use them to turn into Super forms is because they're clones of Maledict]].
** The Master Emerald is this as well to a lesser extent, since it was created by Allysion to counter the Chaos Emeralds by using a SealedEvilInACan to absorb them.
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