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16th Jun '17 8:57:04 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.
29th May '17 2:27:51 AM DarkHunter
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* If the cute bunny creatures in VideoGame/CaveStory consume the red flowers, they transform into GIANT, VIOLENT [[KillerRabbit KILLER RABBITS]]!

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* If the cute bunny creatures Mimigas in VideoGame/CaveStory ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' consume the red flowers, they transform into GIANT, VIOLENT [[KillerRabbit KILLER RABBITS]]!giant, hulking, quite literal {{Killer Rabbit}}s. Unfortunately, this transformation cannot be reversed, it drives them insane with bloodlust, and it kills them after a short time. The Mimigas did once eat the flowers deliberately in order to drive off a great threat, knowing full well that those who did so were sacrificing themselves regardless of whether they won or not.
29th May '17 2:20:56 AM DarkHunter
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*** Also from the Future Trunks arc. The fusion between [[spoiler: Goku Black and Zemasu]] is literally a deadly upgrade for [[spoiler: Zemasu]]. He is immortal, but [[spoiler: Goku Black]] is a mortal. By Fusing with him it means that his body is now half mortal, thereby making him mortal and finally killable - albeit insanely powerful and neigh invulnerable.

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*** Also from the Future Trunks arc. The fusion between [[spoiler: Goku Black and Zemasu]] Zamasu]] is literally a deadly upgrade for [[spoiler: Zemasu]]. the latter. He is immortal, but [[spoiler: Goku Black]] the other half is a mortal. By Fusing fusing with him it means that his body is now half mortal, thereby making him mortal and finally killable - albeit insanely powerful and neigh invulnerable.still nigh-invulnerable.
4th May '17 10:14:11 AM Galacton
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This transformation [[PowerAtAPrice comes at great cost]], though, as, once he uses it, it's only a matter of time before he [[YourDaysAreNumbered dies]], [[SuperPowerMeltdown explodes]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity goes insane]], [[SuperpoweredEvilSide becomes a mindless super-powered beast]], or [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascends to a higher plane of existence]]. Even if it doesn't poison him, he still may have to [[CastFromHitPoints use his own life force to attack]].

[[GodzillaThreshold When forced to pull it out]], the hero's friends will often try to talk him down, if uses it anyway it might be a HeroicSacrifice.

Often, the extreme bodily stress will be demonstrated by the character's [[PsychicNosebleed blood slowly oozing from one nostril]].

Compare HeroicRROD, MySkullRunnethOver, PhlebotinumOverload, GoingToGiveItMoreEnergy and PowerUpgradingDeformation, which has ugliness as the tradeoff.

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This transformation [[PowerAtAPrice comes at great cost]], though, as, once he uses it, it's only a matter of time before he [[YourDaysAreNumbered dies]], [[SuperPowerMeltdown explodes]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity goes insane]], [[SuperpoweredEvilSide becomes a mindless super-powered beast]], or [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascends to a higher plane of existence]]. Even if it doesn't poison kill him, he still may have to [[CastFromHitPoints use his own life force to attack]].

[[GodzillaThreshold When forced to pull it out]], the hero's friends will often try to talk him down, if uses it anyway it might be result in a HeroicSacrifice.

Often, the extreme bodily stress will be demonstrated by the character's [[PsychicNosebleed blood slowly oozing from one nostril]].

character [[PainfulTransformation being in incredible pain during the transformation]].

Sub trope of SuperMode.
Compare HeroicRROD, MySkullRunnethOver, PhlebotinumOverload, GoingToGiveItMoreEnergy and PowerUpgradingDeformation, which has ugliness as the tradeoff.
2nd May '17 11:47:14 AM rixion
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* ''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.

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* ''VideoGame/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.
24th Apr '17 12:55:10 PM Skylentt
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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 enter a redringofdeath.
24th Apr '17 10:35:16 AM arnoldmcguire335
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** Emu's first use of the Mighty Brothers XX Gashat in ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' causes him to begin suffering blackout-inducing headaches that reduce in intensity but grow in frequency with time, even when not using the Gashat. He eventually appears to overcome this drawback via CharacterDevelopment.
8th Apr '17 5:07:56 PM nombretomado
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* {{Rifts}} has two classes that fall under this trope.

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* {{Rifts}} ''{{TabletopGame/Rifts}}'' has two classes that fall under this trope.
7th Apr '17 6:34:43 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' reveals that [[spoiler: consuming the cerebrospinal fluid of a Titan Shifter allows someone to become one themselves. Unfortunately, once this happens, they have only 13 years left to live. Their human bodies gradually break down until they die, complete with BloodFromTheMouth.]]
29th Mar '17 4:25:16 PM Amahn
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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.]]'' 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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*** Brought up once again in the Future Trunks arc of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. It's revealed that the Kai's Fusion earrings are [[spoiler: only permanent for Kais. For mortals the fusion lasts 1 hour (which was the real reason they defused when absorbed by Super Buu). Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta use them to form Vegeto Blue, but the combination burns so much energy that the fusion lasts only about 5-10 minutes.]]
*** Also from the Future Trunks arc. The fusion between [[spoiler: Goku Black and Zemasu]] is literally a deadly upgrade for [[spoiler: Zemasu]]. He is immortal, but [[spoiler: Goku Black]] is a mortal. By Fusing with him it means that his body is now half mortal, thereby making him mortal and finally killable - albeit insanely powerful and neigh invulnerable.
** ''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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