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11th May '16 3:23:29 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''ValkyrieProfileCovenantofThePlume'' has the titular Destiny Plume - when used on an ally, it multiplies their base stats by 10, makes them immune to status aliments and elemental damage and uses an extremely powerful character-specific ability TheHero learns permanently after the battle, but it [[KilledOffForReal costs them their life]] at the end of the battle. It could almost count as a HeroicSacrifice, except the choice is never theirs to make.

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* ''ValkyrieProfileCovenantofThePlume'' ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantofThePlume'' has the titular Destiny Plume - when used on an ally, it multiplies their base stats by 10, makes them immune to status aliments and elemental damage and uses an extremely powerful character-specific ability TheHero learns permanently after the battle, but it [[KilledOffForReal costs them their life]] at the end of the battle. It could almost count as a HeroicSacrifice, except the choice is never theirs to make.
11th May '16 2:24:54 AM Doug86
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* ChangelingTheDreaming used Leanan Sidhe to create a whole house of Sidhe who did just that - and a game mechanic for all fae to do the same.

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* ChangelingTheDreaming TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming used Leanan Sidhe to create a whole house of Sidhe who did just that - and a game mechanic for all fae to do the same.
20th Apr '16 3:59:14 PM Blazer
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* During the post-''ComicBook/{{Convergence}}'' stories, ComicBook/{{Superman}} went through two close-call DeadlyUpgrades - becoming a God after the death of Darkseid during the ComicBook/JusticeLeague storyline ''The Darkseid War'' and swimming through the Fire Pits of Apokalips then charging himself up with Kryptonite during ''ComicBook/SupermanSavageDawn''. That, combined with his DisneyDeath at the hands of the Kryptonian God Rao lead to the events of ''ComicBook/SupermanSuperLeague'', where Superman is now dying because of those changes.
18th Apr '16 7:06:53 AM Tropetastic1995
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* The Kaioken technique from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[InformedFlaw supposedly]] risked permanent damage to Goku's body whenever he used it -- especially when he overclocked it. However, thanks to MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours, by the time he's fighting against Frieza, he can multiply it by twenty-fold.
** Super Saiyan 3 is another example; a few minutes of use drained Goku (who was dead at the time, but who was given 24 hours of life force so he could visit his family) of about 12 hours of his life force, and Gotenks, who burned out his 30 minute fusion in 5 minutes.

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* The Kaioken technique from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[InformedFlaw supposedly]] risked permanent damage to Goku's body whenever he used it -- especially when he overclocked it. However, thanks to MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours, by the time he's fighting against Frieza, he can multiply it by twenty-fold.
twenty-fold with fairly limited drawbacks. [[spoiler: By ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Goku learns to combine Kaio-Ken X 10 with the Super Saiyan Blue form, but as this combo is still a work in progress it initially only has a 10% succes rate, with the other 90 spelling severe injuries or even death.]]
** Super Saiyan 3 is another example; a few minutes of use drained Goku (who was dead at the time, but who was given 24 hours of life force so he could visit his family) of about 12 hours of his life force, and Gotenks, who burned out his 30 minute fusion in 5 minutes. Goku eventually manages to mostly iron out this flaw, but by the time he does Super Saiyan 3 has become SoLastSeason.
30th Mar '16 7:45:00 AM Morgenthaler
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*** This happens to Daniel in "The Quest", though Merlin presumably controlled the information so it wouldn't kill him. However, as Mitchell pointed out, "you don't get fancy mind powers unless there has been major redecorating going on inside your skull!"

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*** ** This happens to Daniel in "The Quest", though Merlin presumably controlled the information so it wouldn't kill him. However, as Mitchell pointed out, "you don't get fancy mind powers unless there has been major redecorating going on inside your skull!"



*** Ditto for Ganos Lal doing the same to Adria in ''The Ark of Truth''.
* Also ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' -- Lt. Ford is addicted to a Wraith enzyme that gives the user superior strength and durability, but causes a kind of madness. Ford's men eventually die in Wraith custody from withdrawal. [=McKay=] takes an obscenely-high amount of the enzyme, becoming a small colossus; he overpowers his guards and races back to the stargate, collapsing on the Atlantis control room floor and has to ride out the withdrawal in the infirmary.

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*** ** Ditto for Ganos Lal doing the same to Adria in ''The Ark of Truth''.
* Also ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' -- ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
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Lt. Ford is addicted to a Wraith enzyme that gives the user superior strength and durability, but causes a kind of madness. Ford's men eventually die in Wraith custody from withdrawal. [=McKay=] takes an obscenely-high amount of the enzyme, becoming a small colossus; he overpowers his guards and races back to the stargate, collapsing on the Atlantis control room floor and has to ride out the withdrawal in the infirmary.



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Parting of the Ways", Rose absorbs the Time Vortex, gaining [[AGodAmI godlike powers]] which would have killed her had the Doctor not sacrificed himself instead.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Parting of the Ways", Rose absorbs the Time Vortex, gaining [[AGodAmI godlike powers]] which would have killed her had the Doctor not sacrificed himself instead.



* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': The deadlier sort of HilarityEnsues when Lorne has his sleep removed for a party.
** Albeit, unlike most other examples of this trope, this was deadly to everyone else, rather than to Lorne himself...
*** LORNE SMASH!
** Of course, one could say Angelus himself is a form of this trope.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
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The deadlier sort of HilarityEnsues when Lorne has his sleep removed for a party.
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party. Albeit, unlike most other examples of this trope, this was deadly to everyone else, rather than to Lorne himself...
*** LORNE SMASH!
** Of course, one could say Angelus himself is a form of this trope.
himself...



** Leanan Sidhe (see above) may be the inspiration.



** This is deliberate, though. The BigBad secretly added a flaw into the gland in order to control anyone who buys it with a counteragent.
** The episode with the invisible [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Bigfoot]] seems to indicate that the original gland was flawed from the beginning, as the beast is constantly enraged.



* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}: The Peacekeeper Wars'', John goes rather comatose after activating (and deactivating) the wormhole weapon, as the agreed-upon removal process of the implanted wormhole knowledge had the possibility of frying his brain. Doesn't mean he can't create his own version of the tech in time though.

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
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In ''Series/{{Farscape}}: The ''The Peacekeeper Wars'', John goes rather comatose after activating (and deactivating) the wormhole weapon, as the agreed-upon removal process of the implanted wormhole knowledge had the possibility of frying his brain. Doesn't mean he can't create his own version of the tech in time though.



* In the same vein as ''Red Baron'', the Karakuri Giant Senpuujin of ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' has a Super Mode called Hurrier Mode, which sheds its armor and allows it to be faster and agile for sixty seconds. If it doesn't revert back within that time, it'll suffer internal damage.

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* In the same vein as ''Red Baron'', the The Karakuri Giant Senpuujin of ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'' has a Super Mode called Hurrier Mode, which sheds its armor and allows it to be faster and agile for sixty seconds. If it doesn't revert back within that time, it'll suffer internal damage.



* In ''BaldursGate 2'', the PC is granted the ability to assume the form of the Slayer, a manifestation of his dead father Bhaal, the God of Murder. Not only does maintaining the transformation kill you, using it is an inherently evil act that lowers your reputation, and may cause you to turn on party members.
** It also isn't much of an upgrade, seeing that you can't cast spells in this form, and if you're a combat class already, can actually make you less formidable. However, it does come with no small amount of side benefits, such as immunity to many powerful nuisance spells, and as such for many characters is the tactic of choice for fighting certain creatures, like demi-liches.
** [[MundaneUtility It also opens magically locked doors.]]
* Berserkers in DungeonFighterOnline get the Frenzy skill, which more or less makes them BloodyMurder Personified (blood weapons, Blood boost), but drains health over time. Though use of HP regeneration [[BribingYourWayToVictory Avatar items]] can slow the process.

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* In ''BaldursGate 2'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGate2'', the PC is granted the ability to assume the form of the Slayer, a manifestation of his dead father Bhaal, the God of Murder. Not only does maintaining the transformation kill you, using it is an inherently evil act that lowers your reputation, and may cause you to turn on party members.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonFighterOnline'':
** It also isn't much of an upgrade, seeing that you can't cast spells in this form, and if you're a combat class already, can actually make you less formidable. However, it does come with no small amount of side benefits, such as immunity to many powerful nuisance spells, and as such for many characters is the tactic of choice for fighting certain creatures, like demi-liches.
** [[MundaneUtility It also opens magically locked doors.]]
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Berserkers in DungeonFighterOnline get the Frenzy skill, which more or less makes them BloodyMurder Personified (blood weapons, Blood boost), but drains health over time. Though use of HP regeneration [[BribingYourWayToVictory Avatar items]] can slow the process.



** Also, using it will prevent you from getting the best ending.



* ''MissionCritical'' features the [[UnusualUserInterface Hype/Telecon System]], which allows the player to control the ship's combat drones with his mind - at the same speed as computer guidance systems. Unfortunately, the nanotech injection required causes certain death within a few days.

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* ''MissionCritical'' ''VideoGame/MissionCritical'' features the [[UnusualUserInterface Hype/Telecon System]], which allows the player to control the ship's combat drones with his mind - at the same speed as computer guidance systems. Unfortunately, the nanotech injection required causes certain death within a few days.



** The {{Nasuverse}} ''really'' likes this trope, doesn't it?



** If it isn't clear why this is a problem, the catch is they can't change back. They basically become giant, violent, killer rabbit berserkers until they get killed, in combat or old age or whatever. They do turn back to their original forms after dying, though.
27th Mar '16 5:14:02 AM Hylarn
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* Near the end of the Nailbat story in ''Webcomic/AntiBunny'' Nailbat [[Spoiler: begins trading off the last of his lifespan for enhanced physical abilities, and in the climax flight.]]

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* Near the end of the Nailbat story in ''Webcomic/AntiBunny'' Nailbat [[Spoiler: begins [spoiler:begins trading off the last of his lifespan for enhanced physical abilities, and in the climax flight.]]
25th Mar '16 10:08:28 AM Willbyr
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* Speaking of blood, [[SuperhumanTransfusion vampire blood]] in ''RosarioToVampire'' is this to a human (Tsukune) who receives it. First, it either heals the recipient's body completely or kills him, which already makes it [[EmergencyTransformation a last resort]]. Then, it [[HourOfPower temporarily]] gives him the powers of a vampire, but after so many uses, the change becomes permanent. Unfortunately, the blood gradually breaks down his body and mind from within, and had its progress not been stopped by a PowerLimiter, he would have been turned into a [[TheBerserker rampaging]] [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier ghoul]]. It still surfaces occasionally.

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* Speaking of blood, [[SuperhumanTransfusion vampire blood]] in ''RosarioToVampire'' ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is this to a human (Tsukune) who receives it. First, it either heals the recipient's body completely or kills him, which already makes it [[EmergencyTransformation a last resort]]. Then, it [[HourOfPower temporarily]] gives him the powers of a vampire, but after so many uses, the change becomes permanent. Unfortunately, the blood gradually breaks down his body and mind from within, and had its progress not been stopped by a PowerLimiter, he would have been turned into a [[TheBerserker rampaging]] [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier ghoul]]. It still surfaces occasionally.
13th Feb '16 2:40:20 PM Franklansburg
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* Chechnya is this when it become an independent nation back in 1991. This caused Russia to have a full scale war that killed a lot of people aganist the country and annexed it as a republic of Russia.
2nd Feb '16 2:21:26 AM Adept
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* The Kaioken technique from ''DragonBallZ'' [[InformedFlaw supposedly]] risked permanent damage to Goku's body whenever he used it -- especially when he overclocked it. However, thanks to MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours, by the time he's fighting against Frieza, he can multiply it by twenty-fold.

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* The Kaioken technique from ''DragonBallZ'' ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' [[InformedFlaw supposedly]] risked permanent damage to Goku's body whenever he used it -- especially when he overclocked it. However, thanks to MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours, by the time he's fighting against Frieza, he can multiply it by twenty-fold.



* The anime ''{{Claymore}}'' almost entirely revolves around the caveat that when the series' eponymous half-demons overclock their powers too far they turn into monsters far more dangerous than those they were created to destroy; some of the more powerful of these 'awakened ones' are the primary villains of the series.

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* The anime ''{{Claymore}}'' ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' almost entirely revolves around the caveat that when the series' eponymous half-demons overclock their powers too far they turn into monsters far more dangerous than those they were created to destroy; some of the more powerful of these 'awakened ones' are the primary villains of the series.



* In ''YuYuHakusho'', Hiei's [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Dragon of the Darkness Flame]] goes given a second use beyond basically an out of control beam attack- Hiei can let it hit him in order to absorb its power. The catch to this powered up state? It leaves him utterly drained and basically comatose for a time. Good thing he's got teammates to look after him.

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* In ''YuYuHakusho'', ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Hiei's [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Dragon of the Darkness Flame]] goes given a second use beyond basically an out of control beam attack- Hiei can let it hit him in order to absorb its power. The catch to this powered up state? It leaves him utterly drained and basically comatose for a time. Good thing he's got teammates to look after him.



* In ''AyashiNoCeres'', the villains have developed some sort of serum to activate/boost the powers of potential ten'nyo, but once someone is injected with it their body begins to break down, which process seems to be accelerated by frequent use of ten'nyo powers.

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* In ''AyashiNoCeres'', ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'', the villains have developed some sort of serum to activate/boost the powers of potential ten'nyo, but once someone is injected with it their body begins to break down, which process seems to be accelerated by frequent use of ten'nyo powers.
25th Jan '16 10:59:13 AM Willbyr
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* In ''{{Mahoromatic}}'', combat android-turned-maid Mahoro has an Ultimate Attack that is actually fueled by her life-force, so every use of it shortens her already brief lifespan.
* Subverted in DragonHalf. Mink's power grows constantly when she passes her metamorphosis, due to be a red dragon/human hybrid. However, if she achieves her maximum might and completes her metamorphosis, a prophecy states that "a black monster shall appear". A magic bracelet allows her to stop her power development at will, but against the stronger enemies she keeps facing, she is forced to [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential unlock more potential]]. When she finally unleashes all her power to save her true love, the transformation comes? The black beast finally is showed in front of them all. [[spoiler:As a tattoo on Mink's butt.]]

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* In ''{{Mahoromatic}}'', ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'', combat android-turned-maid Mahoro has an Ultimate Attack that is actually fueled by her life-force, so every use of it shortens her already brief lifespan.
* Subverted in DragonHalf.''Manga/DragonHalf''. Mink's power grows constantly when she passes her metamorphosis, due to be a red dragon/human hybrid. However, if she achieves her maximum might and completes her metamorphosis, a prophecy states that "a black monster shall appear". A magic bracelet allows her to stop her power development at will, but against the stronger enemies she keeps facing, she is forced to [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential unlock more potential]]. When she finally unleashes all her power to save her true love, the transformation comes? The black beast finally is showed in front of them all. [[spoiler:As a tattoo on Mink's butt.]]
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