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22nd Apr '16 10:07:25 PM TheMutant
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* High Elves in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' were essentially to addicted to magic and functioned for generations by sustaining themselves on the magic of their sacred Sun Well, but when the Sun Well was destroyed their entire race descended into withdrawl and they became the Blood Elves. The Blood Elves started siphoning fel magic from demons to sooth their withdrawl and a faction of them even enslaved an angelic entity to feed off of it. Player Character Blood Elves up to restoration of the Sun Well were functional addicts; and various forms of degenerate blood elves who had descended too deeply into their depraved addictions were common antagonists in the Burning Crusade Expansion.

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* High Elves in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' were essentially to addicted to magic and functioned for generations by sustaining themselves on the magic of their sacred Sun Well, but when the Sun Well was destroyed their entire race descended into withdrawl withdrawal and they became the Blood Elves. The Blood Elves started siphoning fel magic from demons to sooth their withdrawl and a faction of them even enslaved an angelic entity to feed off of it. Player Character Blood Elves up to restoration of the Sun Well were functional addicts; and various forms of degenerate blood elves who had descended too deeply into their depraved addictions were common antagonists in the Burning Crusade Expansion.


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** In ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', John Hancock, a possible companion of the player character, abuses every chem in the Commonwealth (and even became a ghoul originally after taking a hit of an experimental radioactive drug) but it never phases him one bit. How much of this is due to using chems for so long, or his ghoul physiology, is unknown. Cait, a human companion in the same game, is also an addict, but in her case it's treated as a legitimate problem [[spoiler: for which she eventually seeks assistance from the Sole Survivor in curing, if she ends up liking them enough.]]
30th Mar '16 6:27:05 PM DarkHunter
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** Prior to season 6 and [[spoiler:his being detoxed at the asylum]], Dr. House bounced between functional, barely functional, and "holy-crap-I-need-my-Vicodin-''right now''."

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** Prior to season 6 and [[spoiler:his being detoxed at the asylum]], Dr. House bounced between functional, barely functional, and "holy-crap-I-need-my-Vicodin-''right now''."" In fact, when they first got House to admit that he was addicted to Vicodin, he refused to admit that this was a ''problem'', since, he argued, he functioned just fine.
9th Mar '16 8:15:31 AM Hanz
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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': Rick is constantly drunk, yet remains the most intelligent (albeit idiotic) person in the series no matter how drunk he is. He's also dexterously athletic with lots of stuttering and burping. While the symptoms of extreme alcoholism are apparent, Birdperson is quick to explain that the abusive nature of alcohol is the only thing preventing Rick from committing suicide due to the horrors he has witnessed / committed.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': Rick is constantly drunk, yet remains the most intelligent (albeit idiotic) person in the series no matter how drunk he is. He's also dexterously athletic with lots of stuttering and burping. While the symptoms of extreme alcoholism are apparent, Birdperson is quick to explain that the abusive nature of alcohol is the only thing preventing Rick from committing suicide due to the horrors he has witnessed / committed.witnessed/committed. Subverted with his daughter Beth, who inherited his alcoholism and is shown to be quite the miserable wreck when drunk.



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13th Feb '16 4:51:34 PM valar55
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* While generally not vilified, coffee (caffeine) and cigarette (nicotine) addicts count, in addition to common place things such as sugar, salt, and fat, all of which the body naturally craves. As with any stereotypical narcotic, however, an addict of these things will still be pressured by society to quit or cut back when their functionality is affected.

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* While generally not vilified, coffee (caffeine) and cigarette (nicotine) addicts count, in addition to common place commonplace things such as sugar, salt, and fat, all of which the body naturally craves. As with any stereotypical narcotic, however, an addict of these things will still be pressured by society to quit or cut back when their functionality is affected.
2nd Feb '16 4:28:08 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Bubbles had quite a run of bad luck as the series progressed, but on an average day, he functioned just fine. In spite of how much some police underestimated and even dismissed him, he provided invaluable information and aid on many occasions. In the meantime, he was adept at scrounging up enough money to pay for his drugs through some ingenious scams, good with math, and ran a modestly successful business from a shopping cart for a time. Bubbles is still a homeless junkie, despite all that. He has a lot of intelligence and ability but he only ever uses his skills to get more dope, and it's been shown several times that he completely falls apart when he can't feed his habit.

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** Bubbles had quite a run of bad luck is as the series progressed, but on an average day, he functioned just fine. In spite of how much some police underestimated and even dismissed him, he provided invaluable information and aid on many occasions. In the meantime, he was adept at scrounging up enough money to pay for his drugs through some ingenious scams, good with math, and ran a modestly successful business from a shopping cart for a time. Bubbles is still functional as a homeless junkie, despite junkie can be, which hints at all that. He has a lot of intelligence and ability but the squandered potential he only ever uses had before succumbing to his skills addiction. He mentors two different homeless youths on how to get more dope, and it's been shown several times that he completely falls apart when he can't feed his habit.stay alive on the street, providing a range of schemes for them to make ends meet.



* ''Series/NurseJackie'' is a functional addict to Oxycodone. She regularly snorts or chews it, yet she never shows any signs of inebriation and she is able to work effectively as a nurse.
** Contrast to her coworker Sam, who was very clearly high at work including showing no response to pain, having glossy eyes, and showing too much amusement at the way a sheet moved while making a bed.

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* ''Series/NurseJackie'' is a functional addict to Oxycodone. She regularly snorts or chews it, yet she never shows any signs of inebriation and she is able to work effectively as a nurse. \n** Contrast to her coworker Sam, who was very clearly high at work including showing no response to pain, having glossy eyes, and showing too much amusement at the way a sheet moved while making a bed.
2nd Feb '16 4:23:26 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Averted in ''Film/{{Looper}}''. While both Young!Joe and Old!Joe are relatively efficient at their jobs, both are crippled by the "eyedrop drug", though it's played closer to this trope with Old!Joe since his wife helped him get off the stuff.

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* Averted in ''Film/{{Looper}}''. While both Young!Joe and Old!Joe are relatively Joe is efficient at their jobs, both are crippled by his job in spite of his youthful addiction to the "eyedrop drug", though it's played closer to this trope with Old!Joe since drug." His older self got help from his wife helped him get in getting off of the stuff.
2nd Feb '16 4:20:45 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Despite his [[NeverLiveItDown/ComicBooks far more well-known breakdowns]], [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] actually spent a lot of time beforehand as a ''functioning'' alcoholic. Of course, as typical of works of fiction, that went downhill so steeply that he [[DespairEventHorizon slammed straight into rock bottom]]. '''''[[DeathSeeker H]][[HeroicBSOD a]][[SurvivorGuilt r]][[DrowningMySorrows d]]'''''. Granted, Tony's gone through [[TraumaCongaLine a lot of awful shit]], so his descent into [[TheAlcoholic full-blown alcoholism]] wasn't unjustified.

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* Despite his [[NeverLiveItDown/ComicBooks far more well-known breakdowns]], [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] actually spent a lot of time beforehand as a ''functioning'' alcoholic. Of course, as typical of works of fiction, that went downhill so steeply that he [[DespairEventHorizon slammed straight into rock bottom]]. '''''[[DeathSeeker H]][[HeroicBSOD a]][[SurvivorGuilt r]][[DrowningMySorrows d]]'''''.''Hard''. Granted, Tony's gone through [[TraumaCongaLine a lot of awful shit]], so his descent into [[TheAlcoholic full-blown alcoholism]] wasn't unjustified.



* '''Many''' characters are like this in ''Series/MadMen'', particularly around booze. Don Draper himself can usually work well while being an alcoholic, even boozing up at work. However, when characters in this series [[AddledAddict fall down the steep slope of addiction]], they crash '''''hard'''''.

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* '''Many''' Many characters are like this in ''Series/MadMen'', particularly around booze. Don Draper himself can usually work well while being an alcoholic, even boozing up at work. However, when characters in this series [[AddledAddict fall down the steep slope of addiction]], they crash '''''hard'''''.hard.



** Prior to season 6 and [[spoiler:his being detoxed at the asylum]], Dr. House bounced between functional, barely functional, and "holy-crap-I-need-my-Vicodin-''right''-'''now'''".

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** Prior to season 6 and [[spoiler:his being detoxed at the asylum]], Dr. House bounced between functional, barely functional, and "holy-crap-I-need-my-Vicodin-''right''-'''now'''"."holy-crap-I-need-my-Vicodin-''right now''."
2nd Feb '16 4:18:33 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/SchindlersList'': Oskar Schindler is shown to be a very heavy drinker. He uses this to his advantage by taking Nazi officers out in the town, matching them drink for drink and staying level-headed while the Nazis get sloppy and easily manipulated.


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* Oskar Schindler was a very heavy drinker who was noted to have a nearly superhuman tolerance for alcohol. One of his favorite tactics to getting favors from the Nazi government was going out drinking with Nazi officers. They would get sloppy drunk, while he stayed level-headed.
23rd Jan '16 5:43:55 PM Will-A-Wisp
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* ''VideoGame/{{Lisa}}'' has party members who are often addicted to joy which has alot of nasty withdrawal symptoms often than not rendering the party member useless. The two exceptions being Brad and Carp who still can hold there own while in withdrawl.
14th Jan '16 4:39:53 PM chicagomel
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* Cade Skywalker in ''ComicBook/StarWarsLegacy'' seems to do fairly well despite his death stick addiction. Especially since many users don't survive too long once they're addicted.
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