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7th Jul '16 11:49:54 AM StFan
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* In the first season of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Lina Inverse has her powers of magic reduced by 99.9999999% for a few days due to her "Time of the Month", and this happens to ''all'' female magic wielders. It is never mentioned again. (The show turned out to have a larger female audience than expected, and the writers didn't want to offend them).
** This is also the one instance where [[TheDitz Gourry]] understood pretty much immediately the reason behind something being wrong with Lina.

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* In the first season of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', Lina Inverse has her powers of magic reduced by 99.9999999% for a few days due to her "Time of the Month", and this happens to ''all'' female magic wielders. It is never mentioned again. (The show turned out to have a larger female audience than expected, and the writers didn't want to offend them).
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them). This is also the one instance where [[TheDitz Gourry]] understood pretty much immediately the reason behind something being wrong with Lina.



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* Grant Morrison's ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' has Dorothy Spinner, a mutant who creates {{imaginary friend}}s with her powers. Due to trauma, she acts like she's a little girl. A period is enough to bring back her horrible memories, and the Candlemaker -- a gruesome monster that only children and lunatics can see.
** Artist Richard Case also made sure to draw Dorothy with red shoes, a longtime symbol for menstruation and a woman's maturation.
** Rachel Pollack expanded on the plot point of Dorothy's powers becoming stronger during her menstrual cycle because her first period was badly traumatic. No one had bothered to explain to Dorothy what would be happening to her body when she finally reached puberty, and her period began while a group of boys were mercilessly bullying her. After Dorothy finally made it home, her mother belittled her over the incident and said to Dorothy's face that she should've aborted her. This horrible experience became linked to Dorothy's power because, a little afterwards, she tried to "kill" some of her imaginary friends because she thought she was too old for them.
* Back in the 80's there was a black and white comic called 'MS. PMS'. A woman is infected by an alien device that locks her into a permanent state of PMS; frazzled hair, bad attitude, super-human strength. The aliens were present too, wearing their environmental armor called P.A.N.T.I.E shields. This comic lasted about two issues. [[WidgetSeries Yeah]].
* Alan Moore's Comicbook/SwampThing story, "The Curse," draws parallels between menstruation and the traditional lunar-cycle-based activity of werewolves.

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* Grant Morrison's ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'' has Dorothy Spinner, a mutant who creates {{imaginary friend}}s with her powers. Due to trauma, she acts like she's a little girl. A period is enough to bring back her horrible memories, and the Candlemaker -- a gruesome monster that only children and lunatics can see.
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see. Artist Richard Case also made sure to draw Dorothy with red shoes, a longtime symbol for menstruation and a woman's maturation.
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Rachel Pollack expanded on the plot point of Dorothy's powers becoming stronger during her menstrual cycle because her first period was badly traumatic. No one No-one had bothered to explain to Dorothy what would be happening to her body when she finally reached puberty, and her period began while a group of boys were mercilessly bullying her. After Dorothy finally made it home, her mother belittled her over the incident and said to Dorothy's face that she should've aborted her. This horrible experience became linked to Dorothy's power because, a little afterwards, she tried to "kill" some of her imaginary friends because she thought she was too old for them.
* Back in the 80's there was a black and white comic called 'MS. PMS'.''MS. PMS''. A woman is infected by an alien device that locks her into a permanent state of PMS; frazzled hair, bad attitude, super-human strength. The aliens were present too, wearing their environmental armor called P.A.N.T.I.E shields. This comic lasted about two issues. [[WidgetSeries Yeah]].
* Alan Moore's Comicbook/SwampThing ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' story, "The Curse," draws parallels between menstruation and the traditional lunar-cycle-based activity of werewolves.



* In ''{{Comicbook/Fables}}'', Frau Totenkinder first began to receive her magical powers after she had her first period ([[OlderThanTheyLook back in the Stone Age]]). It's mentioned that her shedding of blood fueled her powers, however she soon finds that the blood of other children gives her even more power. (Her name ''is'' [[MeaningfulName Mrs. Dead Children]]...)

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* In ''{{Comicbook/Fables}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'', Frau Totenkinder first began to receive her magical powers after she had her first period ([[OlderThanTheyLook back in the Stone Age]]). It's mentioned that her shedding of blood fueled her powers, however she soon finds that the blood of other children gives her even more power. (Her name ''is'' [[MeaningfulName Mrs. Dead Children]]...)



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* There's a joke in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' Fanon that the only time Leona transforms into her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Riot]] [[MindControlEyes of Blood]] form is during that time of the month.
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--> "You gotta problem with that?!"

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--> "You -->'''PMS Avenger:''' You gotta problem with that?!"that?!



* Inverted in the ''BlackJewels'' series, where witches lose much of their power while menstruating.

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* Inverted in the ''BlackJewels'' ''Literature/BlackJewels'' series, where witches lose much of their power while menstruating.



* Characters in ASongOfIceAndFire repeatedly suggest this as an explanation for Brienne's fierce fighting style. Their tone of voice while doing so tends to vary between misogynist mockery (if she's busy or out of earshot) and outright pants-wetting terror (if she's not).

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* Characters in ASongOfIceAndFire ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' repeatedly suggest this as an explanation for Brienne's fierce fighting style. Their tone of voice while doing so tends to vary between misogynist mockery (if she's busy or out of earshot) and outright pants-wetting terror (if she's not).



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* Parodied in the second episode of ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace.'' The sole female character has a psychotic break, then goes on a telekinetic rampage that kills several people. In the end, all is forgiven because she couldn't help herself -- it was her inevitable female foolishness and hormones (as Thornton Reed puts it, "I think it's her time."). The point, of course, is that Marenghi is a sexist hack who thinks nothing of stealing the plot of ''Carrie'' and making it about how women's issues lead to death.

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* Parodied in the second episode of ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace.'' ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace''. The sole female character has a psychotic break, then goes on a telekinetic rampage that kills several people. In the end, all is forgiven because she couldn't help herself -- it was her inevitable female foolishness and hormones (as Thornton Reed puts it, "I think it's her time."). The point, of course, is that Marenghi is a sexist hack who thinks nothing of stealing the plot of ''Carrie'' and making it about how women's issues lead to death.



** [[FateWorseThanDeath If the cramps are bad enough and you have no painkillers ... yes, yes it is.]]



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-->"First day, cramps. Second day, this. My introduction to womanhood."

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-->"First --->"First day, cramps. Second day, this. My introduction to womanhood."



* In Myth/CelticMythology, Maeve (or Medb, or whatever Walisic naming you deem correct) holds back her period (other versions: urine...now where did I heard that before?) until the Big Battle ends. And then it's flood time, too.

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* In Myth/CelticMythology, Maeve (or Medb, or whatever Walisic naming you deem correct) holds back her period (other versions: urine...now where did I heard that before?) until the Big Battle ends. And then it's flood time, too.



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* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', superpowered mage Fey has her first case of PMS in her first few weeks at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy. This leads to thunderstorms, lightning bolts and rain. In the dorm hallways.
** For bonus points, all the magical fun ''also'' triggers menstrual discharge in every other girl in the dorm. Including the ones who had just finished with this month's visitor.

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* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', superpowered mage Fey has her first case of PMS in her first few weeks at SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy. This leads to thunderstorms, lightning bolts and rain. In the dorm hallways.
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hallways. For bonus points, all the magical fun ''also'' triggers menstrual discharge in every other girl in the dorm. Including the ones who had just finished with this month's visitor.



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* And let's not forget Katie Ka-Boom from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', who, even though they couldn't say it, might have had some major PMS.
** If she wasn't just [[TeensAreMonsters moody and insecure, like a lot of sixteen year olds]], regardless of what time of the month it is.

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And let's not forget Katie Ka-Boom from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', who, even though they couldn't say it, might have had some major PMS.
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PMS. If she wasn't just [[TeensAreMonsters moody and insecure, like a lot of sixteen year olds]], regardless of what time of the month it is.



* There's a joke in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' Fanon that the only time Leona transforms into her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Riot]] [[MindControlEyes of Blood]] form is during that time of the month.



11th Jan '16 2:47:40 AM Mhazard
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', Yharnam, the Pthumerian Queen weaponized her menstrual blood (which was influenced by the stillborn [[EldritchAbomination Great One]] [[EnfantTerrible Mergo]] inside her body) as a sort of BloodMagic. Her descendants, the Cainhurst Vileblood carried the very same blood on the [[KatanasAreJustBetter Chikage]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', Yharnam, the Pthumerian Queen weaponized her menstrual blood (which was influenced by the stillborn [[EldritchAbomination Great One]] [[EnfantTerrible [[FetusTerrible Mergo]] inside her body) as a sort of BloodMagic. Her descendants, the Cainhurst Vileblood carried the very same blood on the [[KatanasAreJustBetter Chikage]].
11th Jan '16 2:43:22 AM Mhazard
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', Yharnam, the Pthumerian Queen weaponized her menstrual blood (which was influenced by the [[EldritchAbomination Great One]] [[EnfrantTerrible Mergo]]) as a sort of BloodMagic. Her descendants, the Cainhurst Vileblood carried the very same blood on the [[KatanasAreJustBetter Chikage]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', Yharnam, the Pthumerian Queen weaponized her menstrual blood (which was influenced by the stillborn [[EldritchAbomination Great One]] [[EnfrantTerrible Mergo]]) [[EnfantTerrible Mergo]] inside her body) as a sort of BloodMagic. Her descendants, the Cainhurst Vileblood carried the very same blood on the [[KatanasAreJustBetter Chikage]].
11th Jan '16 2:42:41 AM Mhazard
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', Yharnam, the Pthumerian Queen weaponized her menstrual blood (which was influenced by the [[EldritchAbomination Great One]] [[EnfrantTerrible Mergo]]) as a sort of BloodMagic. Her descendants, the Cainhurst Vileblood carried the very same blood on the [[KatanasAreJustBetter Chikage]].
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26th Oct '15 7:57:50 PM Ekelai
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', when Wendy mentions how awful High School is in the episode "Dipper and Mabel vs. The Future", one of her gripes is that "your body flat out turns against you", implying this.
22nd Sep '15 8:40:55 PM nombretomado
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* In NorseMythology, [[DaddysLittleVillain Gjalp]] attempted to [[NauseaFuel drown Thor in a torrent of her menstrual blood]] Though in later versions, it's not menstrual blood, but [[{{Squick}} urine]]. In both versions, however, Thor stops the torrent by throwing a rock at her and plugging up... well, yes.
* In Celtic mythology, Maeve (or Medb, or whatever Walisic naming you deem correct) holds back her period (other versions: urine...now where did I heard that before?) until the Big Battle ends. And then it's flood time, too.

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* In NorseMythology, Myth/NorseMythology, [[DaddysLittleVillain Gjalp]] attempted to [[NauseaFuel drown Thor in a torrent of her menstrual blood]] Though in later versions, it's not menstrual blood, but [[{{Squick}} urine]]. In both versions, however, Thor stops the torrent by throwing a rock at her and plugging up... well, yes.
* In Celtic mythology, Myth/CelticMythology, Maeve (or Medb, or whatever Walisic naming you deem correct) holds back her period (other versions: urine...now where did I heard that before?) until the Big Battle ends. And then it's flood time, too.
2nd Aug '15 12:03:54 PM Llygodenfawr
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The MenstrualMenace is particularly popular as a MonsterOfTheAesop. Any monster evolving out of a girl's period will serve as an object lesson of how to deal with the [[IncrediblyLamePun pain of puberty.]] If the moral is that GrowingUpSucks, the whole cast will be dead or insane by the end. At the more idealistic end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, defeating the MenstrualMenace will be an {{Anvilicious}} moral about the importance of [[ItsAllJunk abandoning childish things]].

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The MenstrualMenace Menstrual Menace is particularly popular as a MonsterOfTheAesop. Any monster evolving out of a girl's period will serve as an object lesson of how to deal with the [[IncrediblyLamePun pain of puberty.]] If the moral is that GrowingUpSucks, the whole cast will be dead or insane by the end. At the more idealistic end of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, defeating the MenstrualMenace Menstrual Menace will be an {{Anvilicious}} moral about the importance of [[ItsAllJunk abandoning childish things]].
23rd Jun '15 10:59:17 AM nombretomado
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* There's a joke in the ''KingOfFighters'' Fanon that the only time Leona transforms into her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Riot]] [[MindControlEyes of Blood]] form is during that time of the month.

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* There's a joke in the ''KingOfFighters'' ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' Fanon that the only time Leona transforms into her [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Riot]] [[MindControlEyes of Blood]] form is during that time of the month.
13th Jun '15 9:13:11 PM YapoolSeijin
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* In ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'', the problems are all due to [[spoiler: a monster created from Sagi Tsukiko's guilt over a mistake she made while distracted by her first period.]]



* And let's not forget Katie Ka-Boom from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', who, even though they couldn't say it, was pretty obviously having some major PMS.

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* And let's not forget Katie Ka-Boom from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', who, even though they couldn't say it, was pretty obviously having might have had some major PMS.
7th May '15 7:19:56 PM SarcasmKid
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** Rachel Pollack expanded on the plot point of Dorothy's powers becoming stronger during her menstrual cycle because her first period was badly traumatic. No one had bothered to explain to Dorothy what would be happening to her body when she finally reached puberty, and her period began while a group of boys were mercilessly bullying her. After Dorothy finally made it home, her mother belittled her over the incident and said to Dorothy's face that she should've aborted her. This horrible experience became linked to Dorothy's power because, a little afterwards, she tried to "kill" some of her imaginary friends because she thought she was too old for them.
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