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22nd Aug '16 4:27:41 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/DavidEddings' ''TheElenium'' has an unusual variant of a benevolent curse. A god wants to hide his followers from obliteration and simultaneously give them magical powers to defend themselves. A blessing won't do, because blessings "ring in the air" and are easily detectable by magical means. So the god uses a curse with the exact same effects instead. It is notable that, while benevolent, it's still a curse; the god can't bring himself to curse his beloved followers directly and curses their drinking water instead.

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* Creator/DavidEddings' ''TheElenium'' ''Literature/TheElenium'' has an unusual variant of a benevolent curse. A god wants to hide his followers from obliteration and simultaneously give them magical powers to defend themselves. A blessing won't do, because blessings "ring in the air" and are easily detectable by magical means. So the god uses a curse with the exact same effects instead. It is notable that, while benevolent, it's still a curse; the god can't bring himself to curse his beloved followers directly and curses their drinking water instead.
26th Jul '16 9:07:40 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' [[note]]''The Tombs of Atuan''[[/note]], Arha curses another priestess. Unusually, there is no reason to believe that the curse has any actual effect.

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* In Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'' [[note]]''The Tombs of Atuan''[[/note]], ''Literature/TheTombsOfAtuan'', Arha curses another priestess. Unusually, there is no reason to believe that the curse has any actual effect.
25th Jul '16 12:41:59 AM PaulA
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* Creator/LoisMcmasterBujold's ''Curse of Literature/{{Chalion}}'' is a curse of corrupted virtues and ill luck on the country's ruling line.

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* Creator/LoisMcmasterBujold's ''Curse The plot of Literature/{{Chalion}}'' Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/TheCurseOfChalion'' is driven by a curse of corrupted virtues and ill luck on the country's ruling line.
20th Jul '16 9:06:11 AM StFan
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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Ranma fell into a cursed spring where a young girl drowned -- as a result, whenever he is splashed with cold water he will [[GenderBender turn into a girl]]. This is where most of the plot complications and comedy stem from. If he is splashed with hot water, he changes back. Several other characters apparently fell into magical springs where ''something'' drowned in it, and suffer InvoluntaryShapeshifting themselves.
** Besides Ranma's curse there are several other curses as well as cursed objects. Such as the other cursed springs, the curse that a ghost placed on Happosai to get him to steal her panties, the cursed paintings, and more.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': Guts and Casca have the Brand of Sacrifice as a result of Griffith's betrayal during the Eclipse, which acts as a magnet for ravening demons that want to eat them alive, causes them pain when the monsters draw near and generally makes their lives a living Hell.
** Arguably, just ''[[CrapsackWorld living in Midland]]'' qualifies as a living curse.

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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
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Ranma Saotome fell into a cursed spring where a young girl drowned -- as a result, whenever he is splashed with cold water he will [[GenderBender turn into a girl]]. This is where most of the plot complications and comedy stem from. If he is splashed with hot water, he changes back. back.
**
Several other characters apparently fell into magical springs where ''something'' drowned in it, and suffer InvoluntaryShapeshifting themselves.
** Besides Ranma's curse there are several other curses as well as cursed objects. Such as the other cursed springs, the curse that a ghost placed on Happosai Happōsai to get him to steal her panties, the cursed paintings, and more.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Guts and Casca have the Brand of Sacrifice as a result of Griffith's betrayal during the Eclipse, which acts as a magnet for ravening demons that want to eat them alive, causes them pain when the monsters draw near and generally makes their lives a living Hell.
**
Hell. Arguably, just ''[[CrapsackWorld living in Midland]]'' qualifies as a living curse.



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* The Beast of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" was cursed to be a beast until a woman honestly loved him.
* In "Literature/BrotherAndSister", the WickedStepmother had cursed streams so that her stepchildren would be [[{{Animorphism}} transformed to beasts]] if they drank from it. Her stepson succumbed and became a deer, turning back [[NoOntologicalInertia only when she died]].
* In all variants of "The Kind and Unkind Girls", the unkind girl [[SecretTestOfCharacter behaves badly]] toward [[ThresholdGuardians a stranger or employer]] and is cursed. Some include [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/diamondstoads/index.html "Diamonds and Toads"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/diamondstoads/stories/wreath.html "The Enchanted Wreath"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/diamondstoads/stories/caskets.html "The Two Caskets"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/diamondstoads/stories/cakes.html "The Two Cakes"]], "Literature/TheThreeLittleMenInTheWood", and [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/diamondstoads/stories/heads.html "The Three Heads In the Well"]].
* In "Literature/EastOfTheSunWestOfTheMoon", the hero was cursed into a white bear by day by his WickedStepmother. When the heroine [[ForbiddenFruit looks at him by night]], that means to break it was gone; she [[EarnYourHappyEnding succeeds]] only after a long {{Quest}}.
** Other tales of this type include [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/brownbear.html "The Brown Bear of Norway"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/hoodiecrow.html "The Hoodie Crow"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/ironstov.html "The Iron Stove"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/whitewolf.html "The White Wolf"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/enchpig.html "The Enchanted Pig"]], and [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/norroway.html "The Black Bull of Norroway"]].
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/beautybeast/stories/lark.html "The Singing, Springing Lark"]], the hero is cursed into the form of a lion by day, and if he ever lets sunlight fall on him, he will be transformed again, into a dove, and have to wander for seven years.
* "Literature/TheFrogPrince" was cursed into that shape. As were the heroes of [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/frogking/stories/queen.html "The Queen Who Sought a Drink From A Certain Well"]] and [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/frogking/stories/wellworld.html "The Well of the World's End"]].
* In "Literature/SnowWhiteAndRoseRed", the bear is a cursed prince.
* In "Literature/SleepingBeauty", the princess is cursed to die from pricking her finger on a spindle before her 16th birthday. Another fairy manages to modify this to make her sleep a century.
* In "Literature/SnowWhiteFireRed",
** an ogress curses the hero to be unable to marry anyone but the heroine.
** another ogress curses the hero to forget the heroine as soon as his mother kisses him.
** In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/pentamerone/16dove1911.html "The Dove"]], any kiss whatever makes him forget the heroine.
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/index.html "The Six Swans"]], the princes are cursed by their WickedStepmother.
** In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/stories/twelvewilducks.html "The Twelve Wild Ducks"]], their mother's careless words do it, as a father's do in [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/stories/sevenravens.html "The Seven Ravens"]].
* In Creator/HansChristianAndersen's "The Wild Swans", having cursed the princes into swans, the queen tries to make the princess ugly and stupid:
-->''She took three toads with her, and kissed them, and said to one, "When Eliza comes to the bath, seat yourself upon her head, that she may become as stupid as you are." Then she said to another, "Place yourself on her forehead, that she may become as ugly as you are, and that her father may not know her." "Rest on her heart," she whispered to the third, "then she will have evil inclinations, and suffer in consequence." So she put the toads into the clear water, and they turned green immediately. She next called Eliza, and helped her to undress and get into the bath. As Eliza dipped her head under the water, one of the toads sat on her hair, a second on her forehead, and a third on her breast, but she did not seem to notice them, and when she rose out of the water, there were three red poppies floating upon it. Had not the creatures been venomous or been kissed by the witch, they would have been changed into red roses. At all events they became flowers, because they had rested on Eliza's head, and on her heart. She was [[IncorruptiblePurePureness too good and too innocent]] for witchcraft to have any power over her.''
* In [[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/185.htm "The False Prince and the True"]], the old woman proves to be under a curse. [[spoiler:She is actually younger than the young prince who married her.]]
* In ''Literature/TheLoveOfThreeOranges'', many variants have the prince cursed to marry no one but the woman from the oranges.
* In "Literature/TheStoryOfKingOdd", a curse forces an elvish royal to live as an exile in the human world.
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* [[Fanfic/WithStringsAttached C'hou]] is riddled with curses, which seem to be easy to cast.

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* [[Fanfic/WithStringsAttached C'hou]] ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'': C'hou is riddled with curses, which seem to be easy to cast.



** Ketafa itself is under a curse: the gods cannot see anything on the continent.
*** [[spoiler: Actually, no, it's not, the gods are just ignoring the continent, but no one knows this.]]
** As'taris is cursed to return to his house every evening until Brox returns or he dies. (Brox did this to ensure that As would not go skylarking off after rumors of monsters.) Also, he's cursed not to initiate combat with anyone. He often tries to get people to fight him, but no one will.
*** After he's accidentally killed when Paul explodes, he runs off (with a very annoyed Grunnel in tow to keep him from disappearing) to surprise Brox at the [[WizardingSchool Wizards University]]. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' story, ''Fanfic/CourtneyAndTheViolinOfDespair'', a curse on the [[MacguffinTitle titular violin]] is the root cause of Courtney's [[ButtMonkey string of misfortunes]].

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** Ketafa itself is under a curse: the gods cannot see anything on the continent.
*** [[spoiler: Actually, no, it's not,
continent. [[spoiler:Although in reality, the gods are just ignoring the continent, but no one no-one knows this.]]
** As'taris is cursed to return to his house every evening until Brox returns or he dies. (Brox did this to ensure that As would not go skylarking off after rumors of monsters.) Also, he's cursed not to initiate combat with anyone. He often tries to get people to fight him, but no one will.
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will. After he's accidentally killed when Paul explodes, he runs off (with a very annoyed Grunnel in tow to keep him from disappearing) to surprise Brox at the [[WizardingSchool Wizards University]]. ItMakesSenseInContext.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''Fanfic/CourtneyAndTheViolinOfDespair'', a curse on the [[MacguffinTitle titular violin]] is the root cause of Courtney's [[ButtMonkey string of misfortunes]].



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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'': Merida accidentally unleashes a bear-y beastly curse, by turning her mother and brothers into black bears. [[spoiler: She learns from the Witch, that she must [[CurseEscapeClause "mend the bond, torn by pride," before the second sunrise.]] It didn't simply have to be mending a family tapestry, as Merida thought, just ThePowerOfLove in order to undo the curse.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'': Merida accidentally unleashes a bear-y beastly curse, by turning her mother and brothers into black bears. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She learns from the Witch, that she must [[CurseEscapeClause "mend the bond, torn by pride," before the second sunrise.]] It didn't simply have to be mending a family tapestry, as Merida thought, just ThePowerOfLove in order to undo the curse.]]



* ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' has the titular Penelope receive a hundred plus year old curse on her family that their first born daughter would be ugly until she were accepted by "one of her own." This is why her parents went about trying to get her married, but it turns out [[spoiler: the curse can be interpreted as "when she accepts herself." As soon as she becomes okay with the idea that she's going to be ugly forever, and it's not a cause for angst, does the curse lift.]]

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* ''Film/{{Penelope}}'' has the titular Penelope receive a hundred plus year old hundred-plus-year-old curse on her family that their first born daughter would be ugly until she were accepted by "one of her own." This is why her parents went about trying to get her married, but it turns out [[spoiler: the curse can be interpreted as "when she accepts herself." As soon as she becomes okay with the idea that she's going to be ugly forever, and it's not a cause for angst, does the curse lift.]]



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* The Beast of "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" was cursed to be a beast until a woman honestly loved him.
* In "Literature/BrotherAndSister", the WickedStepmother had cursed streams so that her stepchildren would be [[{{Animorphism}} transformed to beasts]] if they drank from it. Her stepson succumbed and became a deer, turning back [[NoOntologicalInertia only when she died]].
* In all variants of "The Kind and Unkind Girls", the unkind girl [[SecretTestOfCharacter behaves badly]] toward [[ThresholdGuardians a stranger or employer]] and is cursed. Some include [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/diamondstoads/index.html "Diamonds and Toads"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/diamondstoads/stories/wreath.html "The Enchanted Wreath"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/diamondstoads/stories/caskets.html "The Two Caskets"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/diamondstoads/stories/cakes.html "The Two Cakes"]], "Literature/TheThreeLittleMenInTheWood", and [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/diamondstoads/stories/heads.html "The Three Heads In the Well"]].
* In "Literature/EastOfTheSunWestOfTheMoon", the hero was cursed into a white bear by day by his WickedStepmother. When the heroine [[ForbiddenFruit looks at him by night]], that means to break it was gone; she [[EarnYourHappyEnding succeeds]] only after a long {{Quest}}.
** Other tales of this type include [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/brownbear.html "The Brown Bear of Norway"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/hoodiecrow.html "The Hoodie Crow"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/ironstov.html "The Iron Stove"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/whitewolf.html "The White Wolf"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/enchpig.html "The Enchanted Pig"]], and [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/norroway.html "The Black Bull of Norroway"]].
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/beautybeast/stories/lark.html "The Singing, Springing Lark"]], the hero is cursed into the form of a lion by day, and if he ever lets sunlight fall on him, he will be transformed again, into a dove, and have to wander for seven years.
* "Literature/TheFrogPrince" was cursed into that shape. As were the heroes of [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/frogking/stories/queen.html "The Queen Who Sought a Drink From A Certain Well"]] and [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/frogking/stories/wellworld.html "The Well of the World's End"]].
* In "Literature/SnowWhiteAndRoseRed", the bear is a cursed prince.
* In "Literature/SleepingBeauty", the princess is cursed to die from pricking her finger on a spindle before her 16th birthday. Another fairy manages to modify this to make her sleep a century.
* In "Literature/SnowWhiteFireRed",
** an ogress curses the hero to be unable to marry anyone but the heroine.
** another ogress curses the hero to forget the heroine as soon as his mother kisses him.
** In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/pentamerone/16dove1911.html "The Dove"]], any kiss whatever makes him forget the heroine.
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/index.html "The Six Swans"]], the princes are cursed by their WickedStepmother.
** In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/stories/twelvewilducks.html "The Twelve Wild Ducks"]], their mother's careless words do it, as a father's do in [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/stories/sevenravens.html "The Seven Ravens"]].
* In Creator/HansChristianAndersen's "The Wild Swans", having cursed the princes into swans, the queen tries to make the princess ugly and stupid:
-->''She took three toads with her, and kissed them, and said to one, "When Eliza comes to the bath, seat yourself upon her head, that she may become as stupid as you are." Then she said to another, "Place yourself on her forehead, that she may become as ugly as you are, and that her father may not know her." "Rest on her heart," she whispered to the third, "then she will have evil inclinations, and suffer in consequence." So she put the toads into the clear water, and they turned green immediately. She next called Eliza, and helped her to undress and get into the bath. As Eliza dipped her head under the water, one of the toads sat on her hair, a second on her forehead, and a third on her breast, but she did not seem to notice them, and when she rose out of the water, there were three red poppies floating upon it. Had not the creatures been venomous or been kissed by the witch, they would have been changed into red roses. At all events they became flowers, because they had rested on Eliza's head, and on her heart. She was [[IncorruptiblePurePureness too good and too innocent]] for witchcraft to have any power over her.''
* In [[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/185.htm "The False Prince and the True"]], the old woman proves to be under a curse. [[spoiler:She is actually younger than the young prince who married her.]]
* In ''Literature/TheLoveOfThreeOranges'', many variants have the prince cursed to marry no one but the woman from the oranges.
* In "Literature/TheStoryOfKingOdd", a curse forces an elvish royal to live as an exile in the human world.
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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' episode The Lady of the Lake. Freya was a Druid girl cursed to turn into a winged werepanther at the stroke of midnight.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' episode The "The Lady of the Lake.Lake". Freya was a Druid girl cursed to turn into a winged werepanther at the stroke of midnight.



* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. After Caesar rejects her for political reasons, his mistress Sevillia writes out a formal curse according to Roman custom. It doesn't work, so she conspires to his assassination instead. Later she curses her long-time rival Atia, and this curse appears to be more effective -- Atia's son gains all the power she wanted for him, but Atia loses the love of her life Marc Antony.
** After discovering his wife's infidelity, and realising his children were keeping the secret from him, Vorenus curses them all to damnation. This is SeriousBusiness for a Roman so [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Vorenus is aghast]] when he returns to his house and finds them missing. Pullo assures him he can just lift the curse when his children return. They don't, having been abducted and sold into slavery by an enemy of Vorenus while he was absent.

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* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. ''Series/{{Rome}}'':
**
After Caesar rejects her for political reasons, his mistress Sevillia writes out a formal curse according to Roman custom. It doesn't work, so she conspires to his assassination instead. Later she curses her long-time rival Atia, and this curse appears to be more effective -- Atia's son gains all the power she wanted for him, but Atia loses the love of her life Marc Antony.
** After discovering his wife's infidelity, and realising realizing his children were keeping the secret from him, Vorenus curses them all to damnation. This is SeriousBusiness for a Roman so [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Vorenus is aghast]] when he returns to his house and finds them missing. Pullo assures him he can just lift the curse when his children return. They don't, having been abducted and sold into slavery by an enemy of Vorenus while he was absent.




* {{Alestorm}}'s "Captain Morgan's Revenge" has its title character pronouncing a dying curse upon the mutinous crew who have made him WalkThePlank:
-->''And as he fell down to the depths, he swore a deadly curse:''
-->''"As sure as Hell's my final fate, you'll all soon die or worse!"''
-->''Now as we stand before the gallows waiting for the end,''
-->''I'll say these final words, my friend...''

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\n* {{Alestorm}}'s Music/{{Alestorm}}'s "Captain Morgan's Revenge" has its title character pronouncing a dying curse upon the mutinous crew who have made him WalkThePlank:
-->''And as he fell down to the depths, he swore a deadly curse:''
-->''"As
curse:\\
"As
sure as Hell's my final fate, you'll all soon die or worse!"''
-->''Now
worse!"\\
Now
as we stand before the gallows waiting for the end,''
-->''I'll
end,\\
I'll
say these final words, my friend...''
''






* The ''WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw'' had a short run of a curse, The Curse of the Undertaker. Eddie Guerrero was involved in a storyline with Taker that ended in him buried alive. Two days before its North American release... well, Eddie died. A game later, Undertaker said "Your grieving family will have no-one but you to blame when the inevitable occurs." Nothing too big, but he said it to Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, who killed himself and his family the next year. A year after that, Wrestling/RandyOrton was injured after an in game feud with Taker.



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* Bestow Curse (the reversal of the Remove Curse spell) in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is of the "cloud of misfortune type". The Geas spells force the target to follow a certain course of action.
** Although [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/magicItems/cursedItems.htm cursed items]] can have such fun effects as changing your [[InvoluntaryTransformation species]], [[GenderBender gender]], alignment or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking making your hair grow longer...once]]
** The Book of Vile Darkness has a nice assortment of alternate Curse effects, including sterility, blindness and deafness, the next person the target is introduced to will hate the target uncontrollably forever, critical successes become critical failures, all creatures of a designated species are permanently invisible to the target, age the target one age category, and cause all the target's wealth to vanish.
*** It also has an assortment of Greater Bestow Curse alternate effects, including permanent destruction of one of the target's magic items, give an incurable disease to a friend or family member of the target, the target's touch turns precious metals into lead, the target cannot use spells from any source, and the particularly nasty all the target's friends and family suddenly hate him/her.
** The Book of Erotic Fantasy obviously adds [=STDs=] and impotence to the possible effects of a curse.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
**
Bestow Curse (the reversal of the Remove Curse spell) in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is of the "cloud of misfortune type". type".
**
The Geas Geas/Quest spells force the target to follow a certain course of action.
** Although [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/magicItems/cursedItems.htm cursed Cursed items]] can have such fun effects as changing your [[InvoluntaryTransformation species]], [[GenderBender gender]], alignment or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking making your hair grow longer...longer... once]]
** The Book ''Book of Vile Darkness Darkness'' has a nice assortment of alternate Curse effects, including sterility, blindness and deafness, the next person the target is introduced to will hate the target uncontrollably forever, critical successes become critical failures, all creatures of a designated species are permanently invisible to the target, age the target one age category, and cause all the target's wealth to vanish.
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vanish. It also has an assortment of Greater Bestow Curse alternate effects, including permanent destruction of one of the target's magic items, give an incurable disease to a friend or family member of the target, the target's touch turns precious metals into lead, the target cannot use spells from any source, and the particularly nasty all the target's friends and family suddenly hate him/her.
** The Book ''Book of Erotic Fantasy Fantasy'' obviously adds [=STDs=] and impotence to the possible effects of a curse.



** TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}, in addition to making the normal D&D curse spells harder to get rid of, has "curses of vengeance" which can be invoked by any character on somebody they believe has wronged them (whether or not they've actually wronged them). They can have pretty much any effect the players and/or DM can come up with from merely annoying to deadly. They aren't guaranteed to work though.
* ''{{GURPS}}: Magic'' has Curse which prevents the victim from having any meaningful success. ''Thaumatology'' has Doom, for days worse and worse things happen to the target until something really horrible finally strikes.

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** TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}, in addition to making the normal D&D ''D&D'' curse spells harder to get rid of, has "curses of vengeance" which can be invoked by any character on somebody they believe has wronged them (whether or not they've actually wronged them). They can have pretty much any effect the players and/or DM can come up with from merely annoying to deadly. They aren't guaranteed to work work, though.
* ''{{GURPS}}: ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Magic'' has Curse which prevents the victim from having any meaningful success. ''Thaumatology'' has Doom, for days worse and worse things happen to the target until something really horrible finally strikes.



** ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'': Once upon a time, a Roman legionary stabbed the crucified son of God and was drenched by the spilled divine blood. For his treachery, he was turned into a vampire. [[MultipleChoicePast At least that's what the Lancea et Sanctum tells everyone.]]

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** * ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'': Once upon a time, a Roman legionary stabbed the crucified son of God and was drenched by the spilled divine blood. For his treachery, he was turned into a vampire. [[MultipleChoicePast At least that's what the Lancea et Sanctum tells everyone.]]



* ''TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse'': See the title. But when it comes to hurling curses, the Arisen have several Utterances that have the "Curse" descriptor - and on top of that, if they're killed (temporarily, that is), they have the option to unleash such curses reflexively on the person who slew them.
* An integral part of the setting and mechanics of ''{{TabletopGame/Exalted}}''. With their dying breaths, the defeated Primordials enacted the Great Curse upon the victorious Exalted Host. The exact effects of the curse vary by Exalt type, with the effects being more severe the more powerful the type, but generally revolve around WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.

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* ''TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse'': See the title. But when it comes to hurling curses, the Arisen have several Utterances that have the "Curse" descriptor - -- and on top of that, if they're killed (temporarily, that is), they have the option to unleash such curses reflexively on the person who slew them.
* An integral part of the setting and mechanics of ''{{TabletopGame/Exalted}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. With their dying breaths, the defeated Primordials enacted the Great Curse upon the victorious Exalted Host. The exact effects of the curse vary by Exalt type, with the effects being more severe the more powerful the type, but generally revolve around WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.
WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.



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* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0256.html Lenny is a little worried that Emily will curse his armor]]

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* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0256.html Lenny is a little worried that Emily will curse his armor]]armor]].



* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', TheDreaded, insane paladin known as Kore is said to be under a curse, though he considers it a blessing.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'':
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TheDreaded, insane paladin known as Kore is said to be under a curse, though he considers it a blessing.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Whither}}'', Finn is [[CursedWithAwesome suffering]] [[AnIcePerson from one]]. [[spoiler: But the guardian witch says it's something else]].

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Whither}}'', Finn is [[CursedWithAwesome suffering]] [[AnIcePerson from one]]. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But the guardian witch says it's something else]].



* Techwolf of the WhateleyUniverse looks like a seven foot werewolf, as does his father, all because of a witch's curse on an ancestor.

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
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Techwolf of the WhateleyUniverse looks like a seven foot seven-foot werewolf, as does his father, all because of a witch's curse on an ancestor.



* {{Roleplay/Vatheon}}: Of many variations, thanks to curse weeks! Enjoy your random [[HybridMonster Zombie Mermaids]], {{Ghost Pirate}}s, and [[AppliedPhlebotinum random]] [[IdentityAmnesia amnesia]]!

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* {{Roleplay/Vatheon}}: ''Roleplay/{{Vatheon}}'': Of many variations, thanks to curse weeks! Enjoy your random [[HybridMonster Zombie Mermaids]], {{Ghost Pirate}}s, and [[AppliedPhlebotinum random]] [[IdentityAmnesia amnesia]]!



* Beth in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'' curses her team with a cursed Tiki idol in Boney Island.
** DJ in World Tour believes that he cursed himself after destroying the remains of a mummified dog in the first episode of ''World Tour''.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' Josee curses her and her partner by taking a Hawaiian lava rock to use as a good luck charm.

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Beth in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama ''Total Drama Island'' curses her team with a cursed Tiki idol in Boney Island.
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** DJ in World Tour believes that he cursed himself after destroying the remains of a mummified dog in the first episode of ''World Tour''.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'', Josee curses her and her partner by taking a Hawaiian lava rock to use as a good luck charm.



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* The WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw had a short run of a curse, The Curse Of The Undertaker. In one storyline, Eddie Guerrero was involved in a storyline with Taker that ended in him buried alive. Two days before its North American release... well, Eddie died. A game later, Undertaker said "Your grieving family will have no one but you to blame when the inevitable occurs." Nothing too big, but he said it to ChrisBenoit, who killed himself and his family the next year. A year after that, RandyOrton was injured after an in game feud with Taker.

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* The WWE Smackdown Vs. Raw had a short run of a curse, The Curse Of The Undertaker. In one storyline, Eddie Guerrero was involved in a storyline with Taker that ended in him buried alive. Two days before its North American release... well, Eddie died. A game later, Undertaker said "Your grieving family will have no one but you to blame when the inevitable occurs." Nothing too big, but he said it to ChrisBenoit, who killed himself and his family the next year. A year after that, RandyOrton was injured after an in game feud with Taker.
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14th Jun '16 2:48:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* Prince Strong Heart in ''LadyLovelyLocks'' is cursed to live as a dog. He can transform back into a human for brief periods of time, but only so long as Lady doesn't see him.

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* Prince Strong Heart in ''LadyLovelyLocks'' ''WesternAnimation/LadyLovelyLocks'' is cursed to live as a dog. He can transform back into a human for brief periods of time, but only so long as Lady doesn't see him.
3rd Jun '16 12:37:38 PM Euodiachloris
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* From ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' we get plenty of cursing and a few actual curses/ spiteful prophesies/ blood magic rituals which [[MayBeMagicMayBeMundane may or may not work]], depending on the beliefs of the chracter and how much a person buys into the nocebo concepts of either [[SelfFulfillingProphecy Self-Fulfilling]] or SelfDefeatingProphecy. One thing most in the Seven Kindoms agree on, though, regardless of their individual levels of scepticism: if [[BigFancyCastle Harrenhal]] is not actually under a known, specifically-worded curse, it's got the [[AwesomeButImpractical next best thing to it]] clinging to its stones. ''So much'' bad stuff has happened in and around it over just its relatively young 300 years, that it gives far more ancient [[HauntedCastle keeps and castles]], like even the dead scary Nightfort, a run for their ghost story money. [[TheMillstone And, usually beats them.]]

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* From ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' we get plenty of cursing and a few actual curses/ spiteful prophesies/ blood magic rituals which [[MayBeMagicMayBeMundane may or may not work]], depending on the beliefs of the chracter and how much a person or reader buys into the nocebo concepts workings of either [[SelfFulfillingProphecy Self-Fulfilling]] or SelfDefeatingProphecy. SelfDefeatingProphecy -- or, the possible magic. One thing most in the Seven Kindoms agree on, though, regardless of their individual levels of belief or scepticism: if [[BigFancyCastle Harrenhal]] is not actually under a known, specifically-worded curse, curse (there are plenty of rumours about vague dying curses, the blood of innocents used in mortar triggering things, parents' invoking curses due to slain children, divine vengeance for the breaking of oathes -- the whole enchilada; any or all of it plausible according to various beliefs married to events that have occurred), it's got the [[AwesomeButImpractical next best thing to it]] clinging to its stones. ''So much'' bad stuff has happened in and around it over just its relatively young 300 years, that it gives far more ancient [[HauntedCastle keeps and castles]], like even the dead scary Nightfort, a run for their ghost story money. [[TheMillstone And, usually beats them.]]
1st Jun '16 9:06:28 PM PaulA
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* In PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/ThirteenthChild'', Uncle Earn [[MaliciousSlander accuses]] Eff of casting a curse when she is five -- too young to cast magic. Later, William asks Eff if her nervousness springs from being under a curse.

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* In PatriciaCWrede's Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/ThirteenthChild'', Uncle Earn [[MaliciousSlander accuses]] Eff of casting a curse when she is five -- too young to cast magic. Later, William asks Eff if her nervousness springs from being under a curse.curse.
* Creator/PatriciaCWrede's "Literature/TheSixtyTwoCursesOfCaliphArenschadd" features a variety of imaginative examples.
30th May '16 8:52:38 PM Doug86
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* In AndreNorton's ''WitchWorld'', That Which Runs The Ridges turns out to be under a curse.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''WitchWorld'', That Which Runs The Ridges turns out to be under a curse.
28th May '16 9:38:55 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', the character Reis was cursed into the form of a dragon when she took on a curse intended for her lover, Beowulf. Because TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody, she also appears to have no memory of her life as a human either, though the dragon Reis still joins the party when Beowulf rescues her. He eventually changes her back when the party recovers the Cancer Zodiac Stone and she joins the party as a "Dragonkin" (Dragoner in the PS1 version) with all her dragon skills.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', the character Reis was cursed into the form of a dragon when she took on a curse intended for her lover, Beowulf. Because TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody, she also appears to have no memory of her life as a human either, though the dragon Reis still joins the party when Beowulf rescues her. He eventually changes her back when the party recovers the Cancer Zodiac Stone and she joins the party as a "Dragonkin" (Dragoner in the PS1 [=PS1=] version) with all her dragon skills.
16th May '16 11:59:46 AM Doug86
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* ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'': In "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", as a result of a DealWithTheDevil a witch is born to the [[RoyalBlood royal family]] every century.

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* ''Literature/ConanTheBarbarian'': ''Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian'': In "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", as a result of a DealWithTheDevil a witch is born to the [[RoyalBlood royal family]] every century.
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