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13th May '16 7:07:09 PM bt8257
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Subtrope of CastFromHP. Compare RapidAging as a side effect of some versions of Cast From Lifespan. While less squicky and immediately harmful than BloodMagic, magic Cast From Lifespan can be more dangerous in the long-term, and has even ''worse'' ethical ramifications if you aren't paying the price yourself. A revive spell that is also this will likely fall into SacrificialRevivalSpell. The existence of this trope in a magic system tends to be detrimental to the trend that WizardsLiveLonger.

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Subtrope of CastFromHP.CastFromHitPoints. Compare RapidAging as a side effect of some versions of Cast From Lifespan. While less squicky and immediately harmful than BloodMagic, magic Cast From Lifespan can be more dangerous in the long-term, and has even ''worse'' ethical ramifications if you aren't paying the price yourself. A revive spell that is also this will likely fall into SacrificialRevivalSpell. The existence of this trope in a magic system tends to be detrimental to the trend that WizardsLiveLonger.
10th May '16 9:24:55 PM WanderingBrowser
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* At the beginning of ''{{Spawn}}'', every time Spawn used one of his powers, he was closer to dying and going back to hell and the reader was constantly reminded of this at first by the appearance of his power bar. After a while, the power bar appeared less and less, until the creators seemed to forget about it altogether. Recently, having lost the throne of Hell (and the unlimited power it maintains), Spawn has limited power again, cued by the reappearance of the power bar.

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* At the beginning of ''{{Spawn}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'', every time Spawn used one of his powers, he was closer to dying and going back to hell and the reader was constantly reminded of this at first by the appearance of his power bar. After a while, the power bar appeared less and less, until the creators seemed to forget about it altogether. Recently, having lost the throne of Hell (and the unlimited power it maintains), Spawn has limited power again, cued by the reappearance of the power bar.



* ''SeventhSea'' has the Bearsark advantage, which allows a player to fly into a superhuman rage so terrible to behold that enemies must make a Resolve test to keep from cowering. However, the Bearsark ages by 1 week for each round he is in this state.
* Sorcerers in ''Carcosa'' risk aging several years every time they perform a magic ritual.

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* ''SeventhSea'' ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'' has the Bearsark advantage, which allows a player to fly into a superhuman rage so terrible to behold that enemies must make a Resolve test to keep from cowering. However, the Bearsark ages by 1 week for each round he is in this state.
* Sorcerers in ''Carcosa'' ''TabletopGame/{{Carcosa}}'' risk aging several years every time they perform a magic ritual.ritual.
* Iron-Bound Elves in ''TabletopGame/WickedFantasy'' have the ability to sacrifice some of their lifespan to enhance various abilities, making them, at the least, more likely to succeed at attack rolls, skill checks or ability checks. As the process of becoming Iron-Bound cuts an elf's normal lifespan from "tens of thousands of years" to about "one to twelve years" in and of itself, and is typically the result of the elf being forcibly enslaved by a (usually human) master, most don't consider the sacrifice to be all that big a deal.
10th May '16 3:17:38 PM Lopiny
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** The Wu Jen spell, Transcend Mortality, takes this to the logical conclusion: You use up ''all'' of your lifespan (and lifeforce in general) at once. You'll be more or less entirely indestructible for a while, but after that you don't just die, you turn to ashes.
8th May '16 2:32:23 AM MJC
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** Turns out to be an InformedFlaw in Tsunade's case. [[spoiler:She's still shown to be alive in the series' epilogue when she'd be around 70 years old, and there's no indication that she's in poor health.]]
27th Apr '16 12:50:18 PM ultimomant
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': In "Back to Normal", Griffin Grey has SuperStrength, but since it works by overexerting his cells, every time he uses it, his body ages. He's only 18 and by the end of the episode, he looks like an old man.
23rd Apr '16 2:48:01 PM ThatBitterTase
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* One of the even-more-multitudinous ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' series, the Cleric Quintet, concludes with a BittersweetEnding in which [[spoiler: Cadderly, the protagonist, uses divine magic CastFromLifespan to construct a cathedral to his god, reducing himself to an old man even as his LoveInterest remains youthful]].

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* One of the even-more-multitudinous ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' series, the Cleric Quintet, concludes with a BittersweetEnding in which [[spoiler: Cadderly, the protagonist, uses divine magic CastFromLifespan to construct a cathedral to his god, reducing himself to an old man even as his LoveInterest remains youthful]]. A cameo appearance in one of the Drizzt Do'Urden books implies [[spoiler:that his god, as a reward for his willingness to make the sacrifice, is slowly restoring his youth.]]
16th Mar '16 11:58:58 AM Scorpion451
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* it may be part of a DealWithTheDevil,

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* it may be part of a DealWithTheDevil, with a set upfront cost- say, ten years of life for a spell to wipe out that army.



Actual consequences of it may be shown on screen to do a DownerEnding if the power belongs to a main character, or a TearJerker if it's secondary. The main appeal of this trope for writers is that it gives a way to put a very real DramaPreservingHandicap onto various abilities, without CastFromHitPoints' issues of hindering the character in the short term. Those years come off the ''end'' of the character's life, after all, and after the story is over they can drop dead whenever it is convenient to do so.

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Actual consequences of it may be shown on screen to do for a DownerEnding if the power belongs to a main character, or a TearJerker if it's secondary. The main appeal of this trope for writers writers, however, is that it gives a way to put a very real DramaPreservingHandicap onto various abilities, without CastFromHitPoints' issues of hindering the character in the short term. Those years come off the ''end'' of the character's life, after all, and after the story is over they can drop dead whenever it is convenient to do so.
16th Mar '16 11:53:51 AM Scorpion451
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Actual consequences of it may be shown on screen to do a DownerEnding if the power belongs to a main character, or a TearJerker if it's secondary. But they can be not shown at all, and it makes the trope different from casting from HP. In this case the trope can be used as a kind of a limit for using an overpowered ability.

The price can be paid in different ways: a part of a DealWithTheDevil, a side effect of one's HealingFactor (speeding cell division, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayflick_limit shortening their lifespan and making the user age faster]]), draining LifeEnergy connected with age in this setting, s form of DeadlyUpgrade, plain MagicAIsMagicA and so on.

Anyway, if you have such a power, you either are BlessedWithSuck or can use it as a DangerousForbiddenTechnique.

This trope is often a way for writers to have a 'downside' onto various abilities, without actually creating a visible one, as very rarely will a character who does this actually be seen in old age. It can then proceed to making that character drop dead whenever it is convenient to do so.

Subtrope of CastFromHP. Compare RapidAging as a side effect of some versions of Cast From Lifespan. A revive spell that is also this will likely fall into SacrificialRevivalSpell. The existence of this trope in a magic system tends to be detrimental to the trend that WizardsLiveLonger.

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The price can be paid in different ways, and for a number of reasons:
* it may be part of a DealWithTheDevil,
* each use may literally [[InsertPaymentToUse cost a set price in hours, days, or years]]
* it may be an inherent side effect of a power like a HealingFactor [[note]]say, faster cell division makes them heal faster, but shortens their lifespan and makes them [[RapidAging age faster]] thanks to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayflick_limit Hayflick Limit]][[/note]]
* EquivalentExchange and LiquidAssets may allow magic and age-related LifeEnergy to be used interchangeably.
* the long term consequences of a DeadlyUpgrade might be taking a silent toll.
* Using their powers might accelerate PowerDegeneration or TheCorruption.
* Their FuelMeterOfPower might also be powering that life support system keeping them alive (and reactor-grade {{Unobtainium}} isn't easy to come by.) A PureMagicBeing or EnergyBeing may face similar problems.

If you have such a power, you either are BlessedWithSuck or can use it as a DangerousForbiddenTechnique.

Actual consequences of it may be shown on screen to do a DownerEnding if the power belongs to a main character, or a TearJerker if it's secondary. But they can be not shown at all, and it makes the The main appeal of this trope different from casting from HP. In this case the trope can be used as a kind of a limit for using an overpowered ability.

The price can be paid in different ways: a part of a DealWithTheDevil, a side effect of one's HealingFactor (speeding cell division, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayflick_limit shortening their lifespan and making the user age faster]]), draining LifeEnergy connected with age in this setting, s form of DeadlyUpgrade, plain MagicAIsMagicA and so on.

Anyway, if you have such a power, you either are BlessedWithSuck or can use it as a DangerousForbiddenTechnique.

This trope is often a way
for writers is that it gives a way to have put a 'downside' very real DramaPreservingHandicap onto various abilities, without actually creating a visible one, as very rarely will a CastFromHitPoints' issues of hindering the character who does this actually be seen in old age. It the short term. Those years come off the ''end'' of the character's life, after all, and after the story is over they can then proceed to making that character drop dead whenever it is convenient to do so.

Subtrope of CastFromHP. Compare RapidAging as a side effect of some versions of Cast From Lifespan. While less squicky and immediately harmful than BloodMagic, magic Cast From Lifespan can be more dangerous in the long-term, and has even ''worse'' ethical ramifications if you aren't paying the price yourself. A revive spell that is also this will likely fall into SacrificialRevivalSpell. The existence of this trope in a magic system tends to be detrimental to the trend that WizardsLiveLonger.
3rd Mar '16 5:38:37 PM ultimomant
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* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Issei compromises his lifespan several times. He's first warned he cost himself some time when [[spoiler:[[YinYangBomb incorporating a fragment of]] Divine Dividing into Boosted Gear]], and later costs himself 99% of his lifespan by activating [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Juggernaut Drive]] the first time. [[spoiler:He eventually uses what life he has left to defend Ophis. He's rewarded for the HeroicSacrifice by being resurrected in a new body that can handle the strain of his abilities without sending him to an early grave which also restores the lifespan he lost from his previous actions.]]

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* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', Issei compromises his lifespan several times. He's first warned he cost himself some time when [[spoiler:[[YinYangBomb incorporating a fragment of]] Divine Dividing into Boosted Gear]], and later costs himself 99% of his lifespan by activating [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Juggernaut Drive]] the first time. [[spoiler:He eventually uses what life he has left to defend Ophis. He's rewarded for the HeroicSacrifice by being resurrected in a new body that can handle the strain of his abilities without sending him to an early grave which also restores the lifespan he lost from his previous actions.]]
1st Mar '16 7:51:02 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has [[spoiler: Azura, who possesses a magic pendant that lets her use MagicMusic. However, the pendant's powers have been slowly killing her ever since she started using them. This leads to her dying in ''two'' of the three paths of the game.]]
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