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27th May '16 8:06:55 PM ANTMuddle
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostBusters'', the heroes' mutations are made out of ectoplasmic energy (borne out of failing to properly dispose of their old uniforms). As Egon puts it, "Each time they fire, they weaken." The more energy they consume, the less that is available to them.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostBusters'', the heroes' mutations are made out of ectoplasmic energy (borne out of failing to properly dispose of their old uniforms). As Egon puts it, "Each time they fire, they weaken." The more energy they consume, the less that is available to them.
27th May '16 8:06:25 PM ANTMuddle
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostBusters'', the heroes' mutations are made out of ectoplasmic energy (borne out of failing to properly dispose of their old uniforms). As Egon puts it, "Each time they fire, they weaken." The more energy they consume, the less that is available to them.
26th May '16 11:15:21 AM Willbyr
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* In ''ViolinistOfHameln,'' Flute and her mother can heal anyone but at the cost of their own lives. To compensate, they have extra long lives.
* In ''NabariNoOu'', Yoite's Kira technique continually saps his [[LifeEnergy lifespan]]. By the beginning of the series, he only has 1 or 2 months left to live. [[spoiler: He dies from this in both [[DownerEnding the anime]] and the manga.]]

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* In ''ViolinistOfHameln,'' ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln,'' Flute and her mother can heal anyone but at the cost of their own lives. To compensate, they have extra long lives.
* In ''NabariNoOu'', ''Manga/NabariNoOu'', Yoite's Kira technique continually saps his [[LifeEnergy lifespan]]. By the beginning of the series, he only has 1 or 2 months left to live. [[spoiler: He dies from this in both [[DownerEnding the anime]] and the manga.]]
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.
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