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28th Aug '17 6:51:23 AM Malady
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* YehudaMoonAndTheKickstandCyclery has Arboritum, a super-light alloy that would be ideal for making bike frames if it didn't have a tendency to break under stress, normally resulting in severe injuries for the rider.
* ''Webcomic/{{Space Kid}}'' 's strength-enhancing 'exo-suit' can be turned up to Overdrive to give him super-strength -- but doing so causes the suit to instantly overheat and burst into flames within seconds.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Second Empire}}'', Anzollo all but smashes his ship's gravitic lens to rip apart a pursuing Dalek force in a gravity pulse.

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* YehudaMoonAndTheKickstandCyclery has ''Webcomic/YehudaMoonAndTheKickstandCyclery'': Arboritum, a super-light alloy that would be ideal for making bike frames if it didn't have a tendency to break under stress, normally resulting in severe injuries for the rider.
* ''Webcomic/{{Space Kid}}'' 's ''Webcomic/SpaceKid'' The titular Space Kid's strength-enhancing 'exo-suit' can be turned up to Overdrive to give him super-strength -- but doing so causes the suit to instantly overheat and burst into flames within seconds.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Second Empire}}'', ''Webcomic/SecondEmpire'', Anzollo all but smashes his ship's gravitic lens to rip apart a pursuing Dalek force in a gravity pulse.
15th Jul '17 12:00:03 PM Mosher1024
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* Averted in ''The Sands Of Mars'' by Creator/ArthurCClarke. The ship's communications officer has to boost a radio transmitter (using [[TechnologyMarchesOn valves]]) by increasing the power supply from 750 to 1,000 volts. "Gibson, who had been expecting sparks to start flying, was disappointed. [...] Bradly, who knew better, looked at his meters and bit his lip savagely."
12th May '17 4:29:05 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''{{Metroid}} Prime 3: Corruption,'' Samus's [[ToxicPhlebotinum Phazon corruption]] and PED suit allow her to overclock ''herself'' by sending her into Hyper Mode whenever she wants, which [[CastFromHitPoints uses health as ammo]] and causes [[NonstandardGameOver total corruption]] if she stays in it for too long.

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* In ''{{Metroid}} Prime 3: Corruption,'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption,'' Samus's [[ToxicPhlebotinum Phazon corruption]] and PED suit allow her to overclock ''herself'' by sending her into Hyper Mode whenever she wants, which [[CastFromHitPoints uses health as ammo]] and causes [[NonstandardGameOver total corruption]] if she stays in it for too long.
9th Apr '17 2:44:14 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* As of the third season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', [[BeamSpam five simultaneous]] [[FinishingMove Starlight Breakers]] [[SuperMode on Blaster Mode Level Max]] is Nanoha's most powerful attack. Unfortunately, it also puts enormous strain on both [[MagicWand Raising Heart]] ''and'' [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique herself]], causing Raising Heart's entire frame to crack and [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique damaging Nanoha's body]] from one use.
** Also the case with Excellion Mode in A's. Fate is also warned about similar upgrades, though she's more powerful and thus can handle it a lot better than Nanoha can.

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* As of the third season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', [[BeamSpam five simultaneous]] [[FinishingMove Starlight Breakers]] [[SuperMode on Blaster Mode Level Max]] is Nanoha's most powerful attack. Unfortunately, it also puts enormous strain on both [[MagicWand Raising Heart]] ''and'' [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique herself]], causing Raising Heart's entire frame to crack and [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique damaging Nanoha's body]] from one use.
** Also the case with Excellion Mode in A's.''[[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs A's]]''. Fate is also warned about similar upgrades, though she's more powerful and thus can handle it a lot better than Nanoha can.
4th Apr '17 6:11:34 PM nombretomado
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* In TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons [[PlaneScape cosmology]], "Positive Energy" makes the boo-boos go away--[[ReviveKillsZombie as long as you're not undead]]. However, on a Positive Energy Plane itself, unprotected living being first heals, then "heals" more, then overdoses and explodes like a firework, not even leaving any remnants to [[BackFromTheDead raise]]. Inert matter jumps right to the last stage, [[IncrediblyLamePun for that matter]].

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* In TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons [[PlaneScape [[TabletopGame/PlaneScape cosmology]], "Positive Energy" makes the boo-boos go away--[[ReviveKillsZombie as long as you're not undead]]. However, on a Positive Energy Plane itself, unprotected living being first heals, then "heals" more, then overdoses and explodes like a firework, not even leaving any remnants to [[BackFromTheDead raise]]. Inert matter jumps right to the last stage, [[IncrediblyLamePun for that matter]].
12th Mar '17 10:47:36 AM Materioptikon
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** There's also the Smoke Knights' "Movit" potions. Movit #6 is the most potent one that your average schmuck can safely use; even Smoke Knights, whose training includes conditioning to be able to utilize the potions, tread carefully with the higher numbers. Zola (spoiler warning: not a Smoke Knight) somehow managed to steal a vial of Movit #11, the most potent one period; it gives her a massive energy boost, but Violetta explicitly says that it'll kill her in short order as her body burns up from within.

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** There's also the Smoke Knights' "Movit" potions. Movit #6 is the most potent one that your average schmuck can safely use; even Smoke Knights, whose training includes conditioning to be able to utilize the potions, tread carefully with the higher numbers. Zola (spoiler warning: not a Smoke Knight) somehow managed to steal a vial of Movit #11, the most potent one period; it gives her a massive energy boost, but Violetta explicitly says that it'll kill her in short order as her body burns up from within. Later on, rather than outright poisoning Zola, Violetta chooses to inject her with ''more'' Movit #11 - which at that point is more lethal to her than any poison.
8th Mar '17 10:18:50 AM nombretomado
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* All Mechs in the ''MechWarrior'' game series have reactors that heat up as their capacity is used. If you overheat them a safety system will automatically shut them down, cooling them much faster than usual but disabling your Mech; after a few seconds, when the temperature is back to normal levels, the Mech powers up again and lets you keep going about your business. If you haven't been blown up yet, that is; as this usually happens in the middle of combat, a shutdown usually leaves you unable to move or attack right in front of your enemy, often with preditcably messy results. Which is why there's the option to override the shutdown procedure, and keep using the Mech - if nothing else to turn tail and run like hell - even as the reactor redlines. Overuse this option at your own risk, as severe abuse results in your Mech spontaneously blowing up from the inside.

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* All Mechs in the ''MechWarrior'' ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' game series have reactors that heat up as their capacity is used. If you overheat them a safety system will automatically shut them down, cooling them much faster than usual but disabling your Mech; after a few seconds, when the temperature is back to normal levels, the Mech powers up again and lets you keep going about your business. If you haven't been blown up yet, that is; as this usually happens in the middle of combat, a shutdown usually leaves you unable to move or attack right in front of your enemy, often with preditcably messy results. Which is why there's the option to override the shutdown procedure, and keep using the Mech - if nothing else to turn tail and run like hell - even as the reactor redlines. Overuse this option at your own risk, as severe abuse results in your Mech spontaneously blowing up from the inside.
17th Feb '17 3:42:04 AM mirh
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* Early attempts to use [[http://www.kbptula.ru/eng/str/cannons/gsh6_30.htm GSh-6-30]] on aircraft (mainly [=MiG=]-27) suffered from the price of {{BFG}}'s performance -- vibrations caused by recoil, which proven to be too strong. This [[http://www.quarry.nildram.co.uk/GSh-6-30.htm led to lots of various damages]] -- from broken lights to breakages of various onboard devices to jammed gear doors to ''really wild'' cases, like failed locks causing spontaneous removal of the cockpit canopy or dash-board dropped right onto pilot's knees. In short, bursts longer than half-second shook planes so hard they just gradually fell apart, until either they were out of ammo, failed to shoot any more or gun overheat exploded ammo. It got better in CIWS, of course. [[SarcasmMode Oddly enough]], ships weighing thousands of tons are able to absorb the vibrations with no difficulty.

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* Early attempts to use [[http://www.kbptula.ru/eng/str/cannons/gsh6_30.htm ru/en/productions/small-arms-guns-grenade-launchers/guns-machine-guns/gsh-6-30 GSh-6-30]] on aircraft (mainly [=MiG=]-27) suffered from the price of {{BFG}}'s performance -- vibrations caused by recoil, which proven to be too strong. This [[http://www.quarry.nildram.quarryhs.co.uk/GSh-6-30.htm led to lots of various damages]] -- from broken lights to breakages of various onboard devices to jammed gear doors to ''really wild'' cases, like failed locks causing spontaneous removal of the cockpit canopy or dash-board dropped right onto pilot's knees. In short, bursts longer than half-second shook planes so hard they just gradually fell apart, until either they were out of ammo, failed to shoot any more or gun overheat exploded ammo. It got better in CIWS, of course. [[SarcasmMode Oddly enough]], ships weighing thousands of tons are able to absorb the vibrations with no difficulty.
26th Jan '17 7:34:20 PM PaulA
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* To send something back in time (in Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story ''The Red Queen's Race''), someone overclocks a ''nuclear power station'', making it a bunch of scrap.



* The Mule from ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' stated he had the ability to force a human brain to work at top capacity, effectively, as he stated, a state of permanent hunch. One known case resulted in a superweapon (an imperfect one), another allowed a man to replicate (in part) a genius mathematician's lifetime work. Death in a few weeks was the usual side effect.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov:
** In "The Red Queen's Race", to send something back in time, someone overclocks a ''nuclear power station'', making it a bunch of scrap.
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The Mule from ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' stated he had the ability to force a human brain to work at top capacity, effectively, as he stated, a state of permanent hunch. One known case resulted in a superweapon (an imperfect one), another allowed a man to replicate (in part) a genius mathematician's lifetime work. Death in a few weeks was the usual side effect.
4th Jan '17 8:19:23 AM Tinandel_1
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* ''VideoGame/Xcom2'' features a rather bizarre meta example: apparently, one of the developers was frustrated by long loading times and put in a shortcut to force the game to load everything required for the next scene in the space of a single frame. This feature was overlooked and made it into the final product undocumented, allowing players to use it as well. With a sufficiently powerful computer, this can reduce the game's annoying load times to almost nothing.... with a less powerful computer, it will immediately crash the game.
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