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15th Dec '17 1:45:56 AM Wolfeight
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* The long term consequences of a DeadlyUpgrade might be taking a silent toll.

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* The long term long-term consequences of a DeadlyUpgrade might be taking a silent toll.



Subtrope of 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.

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Subtrope of 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, 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.



** Tsunade's and Naruto's healing factor makes them age faster. Technically, they both involve making their cells regenerate faster, but since cells only have a limited number of regenerations, this means they will run out of regenerative cycles and start dying of old age sooner. As a result, Tsunade uses her HealingFactor only when ''not'' using it would shorten her life span rather more suddenly.

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** Tsunade's and Naruto's healing factor makes them age faster. Technically, they both involve making their cells regenerate faster, but since cells only have a limited number of regenerations, this means they will run out of regenerative cycles and start dying of old age sooner. As a result, Tsunade uses her HealingFactor only when ''not'' using it would shorten her life span lifespan rather more suddenly.



* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', [[spoiler:Ed once used his own soul as a Philosopher's Stone (read: a huge energy source, itself made of souls) to heal himself from mortal wounds, shortening his lifespan in process. Bleeding out from a massive abdominal wound would of course have shortened his lifespan a lot faster, so it seems like a good trade-off...except that one of Ed's new allies finds an ''actual'' Philospher's Stone 30 feet away not 5 minutes later. [[StupidSacrifice Whoops]].]]

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', [[spoiler:Ed once used his own soul as a Philosopher's Stone (read: a huge energy source, itself made of souls) to heal himself from mortal wounds, shortening his lifespan in process. Bleeding out from a massive abdominal wound would of would've course have shortened his lifespan a lot faster, so it seems like a good trade-off...except that one of Ed's new allies finds an ''actual'' Philospher's Philosopher's Stone 30 feet away not 5 minutes later. [[StupidSacrifice Whoops]].]]



** In addition to being CastFromHitPoints, the Tri Beam is stated on its first use to shorten your lifespan even if it doesn't kill you. This is then completely forgotten about, as within ten episodes Tien feels free to use it for such mundane tasks as clearing a large amount of ice to find a Dragon Ball faster.

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** In addition to being CastFromHitPoints, the Tri Beam Tri-Beam is stated on its first use to shorten your lifespan even if it doesn't kill you. This is then completely forgotten about, as within ten episodes Tien feels free to use it for such mundane tasks as clearing a large amount of ice to find a Dragon Ball faster.



* In the ComicBook/{{Shadowpact}} books, Enchantress is mentioned using a spell that takes an year off her life to keep her team's leader Nightmaster alive for either another hour or another day. However its also mentioned that she's supposed to live for centuries like a lot of other magic users in the Franchise/DCUniverse so she probably doesn't mind nearly as much as a normal person would

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* In the ComicBook/{{Shadowpact}} books, Enchantress is mentioned using a spell that takes an a year off her life to keep her team's leader Nightmaster alive for either another hour or another day. However However, its also mentioned that she's supposed to live for centuries like a lot of other magic users in the Franchise/DCUniverse so she probably doesn't mind nearly as much as a normal person would



* Used in a particularly barmy (probably Italian[[note]]This is based on the Finnish translation, but since those particular translations are pretty decent, it can't have made any more sense to begin with. Less is possible.[[/note]]) [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] story. Let's see... Scrooge finds out that if you travel to the centre of the Earth (beware the giant snails!), you'll find a smaller Earth whence all time originates, and there the keepers of time can give you the key to time, which enables you to operate on all time zones at once. (No-one knows what that's supposed to mean, not even after he starts doing it, but it's the key to making boatloads of money.) But they also give him twenty-four negative briefcases. Those vanish, but they're still with him, much like the key is never shown to be an item but just is in his pocket. Anywho, it turns out that in doing whatever he's doing with the "key", he's also consuming his own time twenty-four times faster. Not that it's very relevant, since very shortly he would have been crushed by the weight of the briefcases anyway, whatever that means. Um. Got it?

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* Used in a particularly barmy (probably Italian[[note]]This is based on the Finnish translation, but since those particular translations are pretty decent, it can't have made any more sense to begin with. Less is possible.[[/note]]) [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] story. Let's see... Scrooge finds out that if you travel to the centre of the Earth (beware the giant snails!), you'll find a smaller Earth whence all time originates, and there the keepers of time can give you the key to time, which enables you to operate on all time zones at once. (No-one knows what that's supposed to mean, not even after he starts doing it, but it's the key to making boatloads of money.) But they also give him twenty-four negative briefcases. Those vanish, but they're still with him, much like the key is never shown to be an item but just is in his pocket. Anywho, it turns out that in doing whatever he's doing with the "key", he's also consuming his own time twenty-four times faster. Not that it's very relevant, relevant since very shortly he would have been crushed by the weight of the briefcases anyway, whatever that means. Um. Got it?



* This trope is foundational to the ''Literature/MagisterTrilogy''. Whenever anyone casts a spell, it costs them part of their allotted life span, and human society is built upon the sacrifices of witches. Magisters seem to be able to circumvent this law and do any magic without ever paying for it, but even they are afraid of what would happen if the secret behind their power ever got out.

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* This trope is foundational to the ''Literature/MagisterTrilogy''. Whenever anyone casts a spell, it costs them part of their allotted life span, lifespan, and human society is built upon the sacrifices of witches. Magisters seem to be able to circumvent this law and do any magic without ever paying for it, but even they are afraid of what would happen if the secret behind their power ever got out.



** Several spells caused aging as a side effect of using them, including ''Gate'', ''Haste'' and ''Wish''. Varies from edition to edition. Generally such costs are much more common in Second Edition than the Third.

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** Several spells caused aging as a side effect of using them, including ''Gate'', ''Haste'' and ''Wish''. Varies from edition to edition. Generally Generally, such costs are much more common in Second Edition than the Third.



** 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.

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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 that, you don't just die, you turn to ashes.



* 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.

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* Iron-Bound Elves in ''TabletopGame/WickedFantasy'' have the ability to sacrifice some of their lifespan lifespans 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.
14th Dec '17 2:50:54 AM Chabal2
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* Attempted in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''. Red Mage casts several Haste spells on a bone dragon in the hopes that it's lifespan will be greatly accelerated until it dies... even though he knows it doesn't work that way, he just wanted to see if it could work. You honestly can't blame Black Mage for trying to shank him right after.
7th Dec '17 6:53:12 PM WillBGood
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* MerlinsShopofMysticalWonders (best known for its MysteryScienceTheater3000 episode), states that all magic artificially ages the user. The finale to the first story in the anthology culminates in the magic user needing to concoct a youth potion to counteract the effects.

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* MerlinsShopofMysticalWonders ''Film/MerlinsShopOfMysticalWonders'' (best known for its MysteryScienceTheater3000 episode), states that all magic artificially ages the user. The finale to the first story in the anthology culminates in the magic user needing to concoct a youth potion to counteract the effects.
7th Dec '17 6:52:38 PM WillBGood
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A story arc spanning Marvel Comics' Avengers issues #281-285 saw the team up against the Greek gods, who blamed Earth's Mightiest Heroes for injuries team member Hercules sustained in battle. One of their main allies on Mount Olympus was the Titan Prometheus, who sought to quell the conflict by waking Hercules from his injury-induced coma, imparting part of his own immortal lifeforce to do so. The results were reflected in new wrinkles on the face of the previously ageless Prometheus, as well as grey hairs.

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* A story arc spanning Marvel Comics' Avengers issues #281-285 saw the team up against the Greek gods, who blamed Earth's Mightiest Heroes for injuries team member Hercules sustained in battle. One of their main allies on Mount Olympus was the Titan Prometheus, who sought to quell the conflict by waking Hercules from his injury-induced coma, imparting part of his own immortal lifeforce to do so. The results were reflected in new wrinkles on the face of the previously ageless Prometheus, as well as grey hairs.
20th Nov '17 10:29:56 PM animenutcase
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* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'': Chrono is powered by Rosette's LifeEnergy, shortening her lifespan. [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding It leads to her dying at the end of the anime.]] In the manga, it leads to her becoming an IllGirl by the end, and she dies at age 23.]]

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* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'': Chrono is powered by Rosette's LifeEnergy, shortening her lifespan. Early on, she comments that she probably won't make it to age 30. [[spoiler:[[DownerEnding It leads to her dying at the end of the anime.]] In the manga, it leads to her becoming an IllGirl by the end, and she dies at age 23.24.]]
8th Nov '17 10:55:07 PM Tuckerscreator
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* A variant in ''ComicBook/TheHerderWitch''. Magic requires the sacrifice of a memory to function. Morie's attempt at teaching Yanna spells includes her implanting Yanna with a foreign memory so as to have something she can expend for her practice spell.
2nd Nov '17 8:43:20 PM Heartlesswithaheart
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* ''Daibanchou - Big Bang Age -'' has this with Jinnai Heita after you clear all his character events but his final one, which has him go Super Saiyan. He also gains an attack called Ten Year Knuckle, which he claims takes ten years off his life each time he uses it. [[spoiler:It does, and you need to use it seven times to get his full character clear, which results in his death.]]
* ''VideoGame/DemonGaze'' has this with [[spoiler:demon gazing, which takes a massive amount of your lifespan, even if you don't fully gaze them. This results in one character dying and being unable to be revived by the necromancer, as she can only bring back people who died before their lifespan ended. This applies to the main character as well, but he's so long lived that it hardly matters.]]
11th Oct '17 8:18:11 PM Scrounge
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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': The human villain Nanosec found himself at the same situation of the above mentioned Speed Demon. Fortunately for him, he teamed up with and started dating the villainess Slo-Mo, who could use her time-manipulation to reverse his aging.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': The human villain Nanosec found himself at the same situation of the above mentioned Speed Demon. Fortunately for him, he teamed up with and [[UnholyMatrimony started dating dating]] the villainess Slo-Mo, who could use her time-manipulation to reverse his aging.
1st Oct '17 7:12:52 PM Kaiseror
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* The [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demons]] of ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' have the ability to enter a monstrous OneWingedAngel form with vastly increased size, strength and magic but doing this causes them to both [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity become mindless killers]] and will kill them in a short time due to how much stress it puts on their bodies. They can [[TakingYouWithMe trigger it willingly]] but as we've seen with [[spoiler:Lazuli]] it can also happen involuntarily if they receive fatal (but not immediately lethal) injuries.
** However there is a way to get around the fatal part, by drinking [[spoiler:the [[{{Superstrength}} red]] [[AlchemyIsMagic Rainbow Reverie potion]]]] they will only be berserk for a short time and when it wears off they change back [[PowerStrainBlackout exhausted]] but alive.
3rd Aug '17 1:13:56 PM ZombieAladdin
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* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Kurapika learns how to activate his [[SuperMode Emperor Time]] ability at will instead of only when under large emotional stress, but it will remove one hour from his lifespan for each second it's used in this way.
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