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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]].
25th Oct '17 5:56:28 PM WillKeaton
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*** Furthermore, he only transforms when facing down enemies it would take him literally seconds to kill with full power. These episodes are usually both awesome and frustrating. His human form can sometimes fall into NotEntirelyUseless as well, as being a human allows him to circumvent and NoSell things that would be dangerous or otherwise lethal to anyone with demonic blood, such as the demon purifying barrier of Mt. Hakurei. He's still got all the disadvantages of being mortal, but it's saved his bacon more than once.

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*** Furthermore, he only transforms when facing down enemies it would take him literally seconds to kill with full power. These episodes are usually both awesome and frustrating. His human form can sometimes fall into NotEntirelyUseless NotCompletelyUseless as well, as being a human allows him to circumvent and NoSell things that would be dangerous or otherwise lethal to anyone with demonic blood, such as the demon purifying barrier of Mt. Hakurei. He's still got all the disadvantages of being mortal, but it's saved his bacon more than once.
14th Oct '17 2:13:25 PM Malady
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* Noetic Chiasm's Meristogenous Transgression was developed by Meander, the main character of ''[[TenPercentPlus 10%+]]'', to help counteract his tendency for his mind to wander; it allows him to focus his full attention on multiple things at once (which proves ''very'' handy during his battle against Rule). Downside? Putting that much stress on his mind will (and does) cause brain damage.

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* Noetic Chiasm's Meristogenous Transgression was developed by Meander, the main character of ''[[TenPercentPlus ''[[Webcomic/TenPercentPlus 10%+]]'', to help counteract his tendency for his mind to wander; it allows him to focus his full attention on multiple things at once (which proves ''very'' handy during his battle against Rule). Downside? Putting that much stress on his mind will (and does) cause brain damage.
25th Sep '17 6:51:04 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', most prominently seen in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', [[BarbarianTribe Reachmen]] warriors may choose to become "Briarhearts." A [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies Hagraven]] will remove the warrior's heart and replace it with a Briar Heart, a magical organic object which looks something like a pine cone. The Briarhearts receive a massive power upgrade at the cost of free will and thought. They also pick up the WeaksauceWeakness that if the Briar Heart is stolen (say, by a skilled pickpocket) or damaged (say, by a skilled archer), they will fall dead instantly.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Becoming a [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]] is a very literal case of the trope. Mortal sorcerers, often {{necromancer}}s, undergo a ritual that turns them undead while [[WitchSpecies greatly increasing their magical power]] and also gives them [[ImmortalitySeeker the undead form of immortality]]. This is common among the senior members of the [[TheOrder Order of the Black Worm]], a reclusive MagicalSociety who mainly study TheDarkArts, following in the footsteps of their leader (and first ever Lich), Mannimarco, the King/God of Worms.
** As
most prominently seen in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', [[BarbarianTribe Reachmen]] warriors may choose to become "Briarhearts." A [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies Hagraven]] will remove the warrior's heart and replace it with a Briar Heart, a magical organic object which looks something like a pine cone. The Briarhearts receive a massive power upgrade at the cost of free will and thought. They also pick up the WeaksauceWeakness that if the Briar Heart is stolen (say, by a skilled pickpocket) or damaged (say, by a skilled archer), they will fall dead instantly.
25th Aug '17 12:43:48 PM NoxSky12599
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Daenerys without, then with her dragons.
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