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30th Apr '18 4:32:27 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/StarCraftTheDarkTemplarSaga'': After a protoss mystic named Zamara takes up residence in Jake Ramsey's brain, he's able to access both her expansive memories of protoss history and to some low-level psionic powers. [[spoiler:But the human brain isn't built to take on a second consciousness, and Zamara's presence leads to Jake developing a life-threatening brain tumor by the second book.]]
24th Apr '18 1:16:32 AM LinTaylor
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** In ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'', the main character can assume his "King form" through a process that [[spoiler:fuses all 13 of the monsters he's sealed as opposed to merely the "Ace"]]. However, [[spoiler:prolonged use of this form will turn him into a monster himself]].
** In ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'', there is a sword that can transform a Rider into an "Armed" form; however, if the Rider is not "ready" for the transformation, he loses the ability to transform.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'', the Big Bad [[spoiler:forcibly transforms himself from his human form in a final attempt to destroy the hero]]. The SuperPrototype Hopper Zecters seem to come with a requirement of [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity insanity]].

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** In ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'', the main character can assume title character's SuperMode King Form works by [[spoiler:fusing his "King form" through a process that [[spoiler:fuses all 13 body with the power of the monsters he's sealed as opposed to merely the "Ace"]]. 13 Category Spade [[MonsterOfTheWeek Undead]]]]. However, [[spoiler:prolonged use of [[spoiler:since this form will turn him is a fusion on the DNA level, it starts gradually turning Blade into an Undead himseld]]. [[spoiler:In the SeriesFinale he deliberately over-uses King Form with the express intent of becoming an Undead, as part of his [[TakeAThirdOption Taking a monster himself]].
Third Option]] to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]]
** In ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'', there is a sword that the Armed Saber can transform grant a Rider into massive power boost to an "Armed" form; however, Oni Rider, but only if the Rider is not "ready" they're properly prepared for the transformation, he loses it; otherwise they lose the ability to transform.
transform. [[spoiler:However, all four of the Oni to whom this happens end up regaining their transformations with further training, and Hibiki (one of the victims) goes on to gain a full-fledged SuperMode out of the Armed Saber.]]
** In ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'', the Big Bad [[spoiler:forcibly transforms himself from his human form into a monster in a final attempt to destroy the hero]]. The SuperPrototype Hopper Zecters seem to come with a requirement of [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity insanity]].



** In ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', the prototype IXA system puts incredible strain on its user's body, and can only be used for a short period of time before apparently overheating. [[spoiler:This is eventually used to help defeat Rook, by tricking him into using the IXA gear]].

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** In ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', the prototype IXA system puts incredible strain on its user's body, and can only be used for a short period of time before apparently overheating. [[spoiler:This is eventually used to help defeat Rook, [[spoiler:The heroes actually exploit this by tricking him a powerful enemy into using the IXA gear]].Knuckle, which weakens him enough that they almost kill him before he manages to retreat]].



** The Sclash Driver in ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' offers far greater power than the Build Driver it's initially billed as an improvement on, but it doesn't take long for the side effects to become evident: every usage makes the user more aggressive and violent than the last.

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** The Sclash Driver in ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' offers far greater power than the Build Driver it's initially billed as is said to be an improvement on, to the original Build Driver, but it doesn't take long for the side effects to become evident: every usage makes the user more aggressive and violent than the last.last. For a while Sento does his best to keep Banjou from using it for this reason, but he manages to conquer it via force of will.
*** '''Build''' also has the Hazard Trigger, which powers up Build's normal forms to a ludicrous extent. However, prolonged usage causes his mind to shut down from over-stimulation, turning him into a bloodthirsty berserker who attacks friend and foe alike with intent to kill. [[spoiler:This causes Sento to kill another human being, triggering a HeroicBSOD. He manages to overcome the problem by inventing the [=FullFull RabbitTank=] Bottle, which manages to diffuse the Hazard Trigger's power enough that it's still useful but no longer a threat to himself or others.]]
20th Mar '18 4:34:30 PM fobarimperius
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** In 4 and 5, the player can gain certain "Dark Chips". They are a variation of normal chips (there's Dark Fan, Dark Vulcan and so on), but with immense power and ability to change the tide of a fight. There are, however, two drawbacks. One is that every time Mega Man uses the chip, his HP lowers by 1 permanently. Also, the more he uses Dark Chips, the faster he will be placed under "Dark Mega Man" state. He becomes a super-powerful rampaging machine that randomly uses Dark Chips, moves chaotically and doesn't stagger when being hit, but he also slowly loses HP until he reaches 1, at which point he goes back to the normal state. It's made a bit better in [=BN5=], where you sacrifice a chip of a certain type to go into a cross form.\\

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** In 4 and 5, the player can gain certain "Dark Chips". They are a variation of normal chips (there's Dark Fan, Dark Vulcan and so on), but with immense power and ability to change the tide of a fight. There are, however, two drawbacks. One is that every time Mega Man uses the chip, his HP lowers by 1 permanently. Also, the more he uses Dark Chips, the faster he will be placed under "Dark Mega Man" state. He becomes a super-powerful rampaging machine that randomly uses Dark Chips, moves chaotically and doesn't stagger when being hit, but he also slowly loses HP until he reaches 1, at which point he goes back to the normal state. The only saving grace for 4 is the ability to have multiple playthroughs, so you can recollect HP upgrades and basically negate the HP downs. It's made a bit better in [=BN5=], where you sacrifice a chip of a certain type to go into a cross form.form, but using them regularly will permanently shave 1 HP off your max limit per use.\\
3rd Feb '18 3:13:45 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* In 90's ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films, the king of the monsters can fire a much stronger version of his blue atomic beam that is red and has lightning spiral around it if he absorbs enough energy. The down side is if he absorbs too much power he will turn into a meltdown mode that will cause a SuperPowerMeltdown that can burn up the atmosphere and kill all life. In ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', he does end up going into meltdown mode.

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* In 90's ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films, the king King of the monsters Monsters can fire a much stronger version of his blue atomic beam that is red and has lightning spiral around it if he absorbs enough energy. The down side is if he absorbs too much power he will turn into a meltdown mode that will cause a SuperPowerMeltdown that can burn up the atmosphere and kill all life. In ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', he does end up going into meltdown mode. It's only by his son Godzilla Junior does the Earth survive: [[spoiler: when Burning Godzilla finally has a total meltdown, Junior is forced to abosrb the excess radiation, maturing into a new Godzilla.]]
15th Jan '18 7:51:39 AM CouchAlmark
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** The Fang form of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' was supposed to be this, driving Philip violently insane, but it only did that once.
** Similarly, ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' can't use the three-of-a-kind combos without risking his life and sanity, supposedly, but so far there are no lasting effects (sometimes he's a little growly while using one, sometimes he faints afterward. But when you look at the above-mentioned examples of Rider powers becoming lethal or madness-inducing, when you watch OOO turn out fine in the end ''every time,'' you can't help but think "uh, weren't combos supposed to be, like, [[IThoughtItWasForbidden dangerous or something]]?")
*** The [=PuToTyra=] Combo, the ultimate form of OOO, is this. Eiji is forcibly changed to this form and he has no control over its power (or himself, by extension). If all the enemies are defeated by him, don't expect him to change back yet... ''he'll kill anyone who's with him during the fight (as in anyone that he can see, be it friend, foe, or non-powered civilian)'' and Birth must fight him to keep those around him safe. Luckily, Eiji got better as he managed to control this form later on.
*** We find, though, that there's something to the warnings about the power of OOO, though: Eiji's predecessor indeed went berserk, and those dinosaur medals [[spoiler: are having a cumulative effect on Eiji, giving him the qualities of a Greeed]]. However, none of these come from simply using the suit, even with combos: [[spoiler: The first OOO went nuts after activating ALL the medals at once, and the dinosaur medals are ''buried in Eiji's body, in the vacuum left by Eiji's lacking desires of his own,'' and as mentioned earlier, used him before he learned to use them]]. Using [=TaJaDor=] in almost every episode for a while, though, never did him any harm.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', the Yomotsu Heguri Lockseed used by Mitsuzane Kureshima to transform into Kamen Rider Ryugen Yomi, has immense power that rival even [[SuperMode Kamen Rider Gaim Kiwami Arms]], at the cost of his life force (and causes him immense pain with use). Gaim's Kiwami Arms also counts, as it will eventually [[spoiler:turn the user into an [[MonsterLord Over Lord]].]]

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** The Fang [=FangJoker=] form of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' was supposed alleged to be this, driving Philip violently insane, but it only did that once.
proved to be a psychological block rather than a trait inherent to the form and was thus overcome.
** Similarly, ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' can't can use three Medals of the three-of-a-kind combos without risking his life and sanity, supposedly, but so far there are no lasting effects (sometimes he's same kind to achieve a little growly while using one, sometimes he faints afterward. But when you look Combo, gaining a SetBonus superpower at the above-mentioned examples cost of Rider powers becoming lethal or madness-inducing, when you watch considerable exertion. Ankh warns that Combos will be addictive and otherwise deleterious to the user's mindset, which is true based on his experience, but proves to be inaccurate: OOO turn out fine in feeds off and amplifies the end ''every time,'' you can't help but think "uh, weren't combos supposed user's greed, and Eiji is utterly lacking in worldly desires, making him largely immune to be, like, [[IThoughtItWasForbidden dangerous or something]]?")
*** The
the dangers of the belt's power. However, the final upgrade he receives, [=PuToTyra=] Combo, represents [[ExactWords the ultimate form of OOO, is this. desire for nothing]], and the same mindset that makes Eiji is forcibly changed immune to corruption by the other Combos makes him a puppet of this form one's influence. Even when he overcomes the short-term dominance the purple Medals exhibit over him, they continue to steadily corrupt his mind and body so that he'll become a monstrous OmnicidalManiac sooner or later: he has no control over its power (or himself, by extension). If all the enemies are defeated by him, don't expect him to change back yet... ''he'll kill anyone who's with him during the fight (as in anyone that means of stopping it, so it's only a matter of how long he can see, be it friend, foe, or non-powered civilian)'' and Birth must fight him to keep those around him safe. Luckily, resist. So deadly is this upgrade that in the finale Eiji got better as he managed destroys it to control this form later on.
*** We find, though, that there's something to the warnings about the power of OOO, though: Eiji's predecessor indeed went berserk, and those dinosaur medals [[spoiler: are having a cumulative effect on Eiji, giving him the qualities of a Greeed]]. However, none of these come from simply using the suit, even with combos: [[spoiler: The first OOO went nuts after activating ALL the medals at once,
save himself and the dinosaur medals are ''buried in Eiji's body, in the vacuum left by Eiji's lacking desires of his own,'' world from it, and as mentioned earlier, used him before he learned to use them]]. Using in all future canonical material [=TaJaDor=] Combo becomes his new final form, with [=PuToTyra=] only ever seeing use again in almost every episode for a while, though, never did him any harm.
non-canonical films where RuleOfCool is in full effect.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', three of the main characters undergo such transformations. Gaim's [[SuperMode Kiwami Arms]] slowly transforms him into a [[MonsterLord Over Lord]] with each usage, taking away his desire for any food but the fruit of the Helheim Forest. Baron's EmergencyTransformation into an Over Lord grants him a monstrous form with vastly increased power, but the infected wound he used to access the form continues to slowly kill him. Ryugen's version, meanwhile, comes across as more of a parody: the Yomotsu Heguri Lockseed used he's given by Mitsuzane Kureshima the local MadScientist will supposedly use his life force to transform into Kamen Rider Ryugen Yomi, has give him immense power that to rival even [[SuperMode Kamen Rider Gaim Kiwami Arms]], Arms. In practice, [[ClippedWingAngel the upgrade inflicts so much pain on the user that they're left writhing in agony and unable to do anything useful with that power]], so much so that Kouta could have beaten him without even transforming if he'd wanted to.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' shares the Type Deadheat upgrade with his secondary Rider Mach, which both use to achieve ExplosiveOverclocking
at the cost of his life force (and causes him immense pain with use). Gaim's Kiwami Arms also counts, as it will eventually [[spoiler:turn going berserk, a drawback Mach eventually overcomes. Type Formula is even more deadly, as its SuperSpeed is too much for the user into an [[MonsterLord Over Lord]].]]user's body and using its Rider Kick might kill them. Unusually for such threats, this actually ''did'' happen the one time he used it, but a GroundhogDayLoop was in effect at the time and he got better.


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** The Sclash Driver in ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' offers far greater power than the Build Driver it's initially billed as an improvement on, but it doesn't take long for the side effects to become evident: every usage makes the user more aggressive and violent than the last.
11th Dec '17 12:07:36 PM ultimomant
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* ''Manga/DGreyMan'': Every exorcist has a synchronizing rate with their empatheticWeapon. If they force their innocence to go over this rate, they can gain a power boost but their bodies break down and they suffer a HeroicRROd.

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* ''Manga/DGreyMan'': ''Manga/DGrayMan'': Every exorcist has a synchronizing rate with their empatheticWeapon. If they force their innocence to go over this rate, they can gain a power boost but their bodies break down and they suffer a HeroicRROd.
11th Dec '17 12:07:05 PM ultimomant
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* Dgrayman : Every exorcist has a synchronizing rate with their empatheticWeapon. If they force their innocence to go over this rate, they can gain a power boost but their bodies break down and they suffer a HeroicRROd.

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* Dgrayman : ''Manga/DGreyMan'': Every exorcist has a synchronizing rate with their empatheticWeapon. If they force their innocence to go over this rate, they can gain a power boost but their bodies break down and they suffer a HeroicRROd.
8th Dec '17 8:20:00 AM WillBGood
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** ''Anime/DragonballGT'' reveals that by taking control of the transformation into an ape, a Saiyan can reach Super Saiyan 4, which Goku and Vegeta can maintain ''without'' exhausting themselves. However, the real problem comes when they perform a FusionDance into Gogeta against Omega Shenron, who has enough power to waste their galaxy if he wanted. Gogeta can use ''both'' Goku's and Vegeta's deadliest attacks ''[[AllYourPowersCombined as one]]'', the first hit knocking out Omega Shenron's stolen Dragon Balls, and the second would've ''killed'' the weakened Syn Shenron... but he's too much of an idiot clown to do the job soon enough. Instead, he forgets the fusion will only last 30 minutes, and wastes precious time screwing with the dragon on ''[[WhatAnIdiot cheap parlor tricks.]][[note]]It wasn't a goof-off waste of time. He was purposefully acting that way in order to get Shenron to use his negative karma attack so that he could reflect it and convert it into a positive karma attack, thereby dispelling the cloud surrounding the Earth. It just took too long to get that job done before "getting serious".[[/note]]'' When Gogeta ''does'' try to execute the final blow... [[EpicFail the fusion comes undone...]] with less than ''[[OhCrap ten]]'' minutes elapsed. And they ''[[CurbstompBattle pay]]'' for it...

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** ''Anime/DragonballGT'' reveals that by taking control of the transformation into an ape, a Saiyan can reach Super Saiyan 4, which Goku and Vegeta can maintain ''without'' exhausting themselves. However, the real problem comes when they perform a FusionDance into Gogeta against Omega Shenron, who has enough power to waste their galaxy if he wanted. Gogeta can use ''both'' Goku's and Vegeta's deadliest attacks ''[[AllYourPowersCombined as one]]'', the first hit knocking out Omega Shenron's stolen Dragon Balls, and the second would've ''killed'' the weakened Syn Shenron... but he's too much of an idiot clown to do the job soon enough. Instead, he forgets the fusion will only last 30 minutes, and wastes precious time screwing with the dragon on ''[[WhatAnIdiot cheap parlor tricks.]][[note]]It ]]''[[note]]It wasn't a goof-off waste of time. He was purposefully acting that way in order to get Shenron to use his negative karma attack so that he could reflect it and convert it into a positive karma attack, thereby dispelling the cloud surrounding the Earth. It just took too long to get that job done before "getting serious".[[/note]]'' [[/note]] When Gogeta ''does'' try to execute the final blow... [[EpicFail the fusion comes undone...]] with less than ''[[OhCrap ten]]'' minutes elapsed. And they ''[[CurbstompBattle pay]]'' for it...
4th Nov '17 4:12:45 PM thatother1dude
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* On ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', The Flash goes really, really, ''[[UpToEleven really]]'' fast, and ends up nearly pulled into another dimension, communing with a quasi-mystical "[[TheLifestream speed force]]," one of the show's many [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to the comics.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', The Flash goes really, really, ''[[UpToEleven ''[[LudicrousSpeed really]]'' fast, and ends up nearly pulled into another dimension, communing with a quasi-mystical "[[TheLifestream speed force]]," one of force]]" [[MythologyGag that was the show's many [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to source of his power in the comics.comic]].
25th Oct '17 5:57:11 PM WillKeaton
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* [[spoiler: Edward]] uses this in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist". After receiving a massive injury during a fight, he [[spoiler: uses his soul as a mini-Philosopher's stone, stopping the blood loss in exchange for a few years of his life]].

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* [[spoiler: Edward]] uses this in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist". ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist.'' After receiving a massive injury during a fight, he [[spoiler: uses his soul as a mini-Philosopher's stone, stopping the blood loss in exchange for a few years of his life]].
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