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4th Sep '17 8:52:06 PM PaulA
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* The Shining Trapezohedron from Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Haunter in the Dark''. Gazing into it allows you to see into the audient void and learn things man was not meant to learn, but the downside is that it also summons the god Nyarlathotep (or rather one of his many avatars) to hunt you down and kill/possess you.

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* The Shining Trapezohedron from Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Haunter in "The Haunter of the Dark''.Dark". Gazing into it allows you to see into the audient void and learn things man was not meant to learn, but the downside is that it also summons the god Nyarlathotep (or rather one of his many avatars) to hunt you down and kill/possess you.
2nd Aug '17 8:36:36 AM Nyame
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** The Peverell ring is cursed by Voldemort to rapidly kill anyone who owns it. Dumbledore very nearly succumbs to the curse, and only survives thanks to quick thinking by Professor Snape. He still believes that it will probably kill him within a year. [[spoiler:And it would have, if not for him [[ThanatosGambit dying by other means]].]]

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** The Peverell ring is cursed by Voldemort to rapidly kill anyone who owns it. Dumbledore very nearly succumbs to the curse, and only survives thanks to quick thinking by Professor Snape. He still believes that it will probably kill him within a year. [[spoiler:And it would have, if not for him [[ThanatosGambit dying by other means]].]] Said ring also happened to be the Resurrection Stone (another one of the Deathly Hallows, like the Elder Wand), which could also induce death in its own way, at least according to the tale from which the Hallows are from]].
6th Jul '17 5:42:37 PM nombretomado
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* The [[MacGuffinTitle eponymous]] Elysian Box from ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox''. Eventually, it's revealed that its notoriously lethal fame is the reason why it's so fatal. The box is made from a material that releases powerful hallucinogenic fumes that makes [[YourMindMakesItReal people experience what they believe]]. Since most people expect death to befall them when they open the box, that's exactly what happens. The reason why our heroes survive is that they were skeptical of its reputation.

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* The [[MacGuffinTitle eponymous]] Elysian Box from ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox''.''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox''. Eventually, it's revealed that its notoriously lethal fame is the reason why it's so fatal. The box is made from a material that releases powerful hallucinogenic fumes that makes [[YourMindMakesItReal people experience what they believe]]. Since most people expect death to befall them when they open the box, that's exactly what happens. The reason why our heroes survive is that they were skeptical of its reputation.
7th May '17 4:53:55 PM Golondrina
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* According to legend, the pieces of JamesDean's Porsche ''Little Bastard'' were sold for scrap and put in other cars, every single one of which had accidents that killed or maimed people.

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* According to legend, the pieces of JamesDean's Creator/JamesDean's Porsche ''Little Bastard'' were sold for scrap and put in other cars, every single one of which had accidents that killed or maimed people.
25th Mar '17 7:36:15 PM iowaforever
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** The [[HeroicRROD Spear of Ulthanash]] is a specifically mentioned example; it was once considered too dangerous to use because it binds itself to the user and slowly drains his soul, until [[GodzillaThreshold the Tyranids attacked the Craftworld where it was sealed away]] and Yriel had to take the Spear from stasis to kill the central beast of the HiveMind and drive the Tyranids from his home.

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** The [[HeroicRROD Spear of Ulthanash]] is a specifically mentioned example; it was once considered too dangerous to use because it binds itself to the user and slowly drains his soul, until [[GodzillaThreshold the Tyranids attacked the Craftworld where it was sealed away]] and Prince Yriel had to take the Spear from stasis to kill the central beast of the HiveMind and drive the Tyranids from his home.



** The Skaven love these -- not only can their normal "wonder weapons" decimate their own troops, but the magic items can cause madness, burn the skin off their arms, turn them into gibbering spawn or even suck them into hell. This doesn't stop them [[RuleOfFunny being used extensively]]. Well, when your army has an explicit rule called [[WeHaveReserves Life Is Cheap]] (a.k.a. "coratteral damage"), you should think about what gadgets you strap yourself into. A more serious take on the trope is the Fellblade, a sword forged from [[GreenRocks warpstone]] the Skaven made for the sole purpose of killing [[OmnicidalManiac Nagash the Undying]] and making sure it stuck. The sword was so infused with lethal energy that its only wielder was driven insane and died shortly after his victory, and even standing in the same room as the thing can have adverse consequences (to add insult to injury, it only managed to cripple Nagash for a few centuries, and the Skaven were not interested in trying their luck on Round 2).



* Many of the more powerful (almost exclusively evil) artifacts in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Battle'' fall into this trope. Especially Skaven -- not only can their normal "wonder weapons" decimate their own troops, but the magic items can cause madness, burn the skin off their arms, turn them into gibbering spawn or even suck them into hell. This doesn't stop them [[RuleOfFunny being used extensively]]. Well, when your army has an explicit rule called [[WeHaveReserves Life Is Cheap]] (a.k.a. "coratteral damage"), you should think about what gadgets you strap yourself into.
20th Feb '17 6:39:48 PM Guide
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' provides the page image has many cards that will take away life points in exchange for a benefit. Ironically, the page image is not an example- it's an alternate art for [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=630 Mox Jet]], which has no cost and is considered such a GameBreaker that it's a member of the Power Nine. It costs nothing and taps for one black mana, just like a Swamp. But it's an artifact instead of a land, meaning that ''unlike'' a Swamp, it's not restricted to one per turn.

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' provides the page image image, and has many cards that will take away life points in exchange for a benefit. Ironically, the page image is not an example- it's an alternate art for [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=630 Mox Jet]], which has no cost and is considered such a GameBreaker that it's a member of the Power Nine. It costs nothing and taps for one black mana, just like a Swamp. But it's an artifact instead of a land, meaning that ''unlike'' a Swamp, it's not restricted to one per turn.
16th Dec '16 7:54:41 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' has a rather more mundane artefact of death than many on this list, for a given value of mundane. Ladite Radium Swords are made from a bronze-radium alloy, making them incredibly sharp and able to reflect RAY blaster beams due to the fact that they are so radioactive they glow in the daytime. Of course wielding one for any length of time is enough to give the user cancer. They can also be deliberately shattered and explode, killing both the wielder and their enemies.

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* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' has a rather more mundane artefact artifact of death than many on this list, for a given value of mundane. Ladite Radium Swords are made from a bronze-radium alloy, making them incredibly sharp and able to reflect RAY blaster beams due to the fact that they are so radioactive they glow in the daytime. Of course wielding one for any length of time is enough to give the user cancer. They can also be deliberately shattered and explode, killing both the wielder and their enemies.
16th Dec '16 7:44:40 PM NozzDogg
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* ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' has a rather more mundane artefact of death than many on this list, for a given value of mundane. Ladite Radium Swords are made from a bronze-radium alloy, making them incredibly sharp and able to reflect RAY blaster beams due to the fact that they are so radioactive they glow in the daytime. Of course wielding one for any length of time is enough to give the user cancer. They can also be deliberately shattered and explode, killing both the wielder and their enemies.
15th Dec '16 6:41:21 PM MaxWest2
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* The ''Literature/NintendoAdventureBooks'' series had items you could collect; however one item in each book would lead to one of the bad endings. A specific example was the anchor in ''Leaping Lizards''. If Luigi collected it around the beginning, he'd sink later on when trying to swim in water and end up trapped in Pipe Land, leading to a NonStandardGameOver.
25th Nov '16 9:17:56 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Champions}} Universe'' of superheroes had the Juggernaut suit of power armour which can turn any ordinary schlub into someone able to throw down with the strongest superhumans on Earth. However, it's powered by a tiny but improperly shielded nuclear reactor so you'll be dead in a matter of months after starting to use it.

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* The ''{{Champions}} ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}} Universe'' of superheroes had the Juggernaut suit of power armour which can turn any ordinary schlub into someone able to throw down with the strongest superhumans on Earth. However, it's powered by a tiny but improperly shielded nuclear reactor so you'll be dead in a matter of months after starting to use it.
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