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26th Sep '17 2:02:26 AM Yozzy
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** ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'': lowers Essence, losing too much causes death
** ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'': lowers Humanity, losing too much causes Cyberpsychosis

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** ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'': lowers Getting cyberware and bioware installed damages Essence, losing which is essentially the connection of the body to the soul. While higher grade 'ware can dramatically reduce the impact, having too low essence can, but not always, result in sociopathic tendencies, cyberpsychosis, dissociation, personality loss, and other physical maladies like becoming resistant to cloned replacement parts and picking up a laundry list of allergies along the way. Essence also provides a solid cap on how much causes death
modification somebody can take: if Essence reaches zero for whatever reason, the person in question dies.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk}} 2020'': lowers Humanity, losing too much causes CyberpsychosisCyberpsychosis.
31st Mar '17 7:25:05 PM WillBGood
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had an episode where an old diplomat takes his wife's share of age-reversing medication as well as his own.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' had an episode ("Too Short a Season") where an old diplomat takes his wife's share of age-reversing medication as well as his own.
31st Mar '17 7:23:57 PM WillBGood
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* In one ''FantasyIsland'' a woman was given a potion to become beautiful for a time (an hour??) if she took one drop. Complications ensued and she was forcibly made to drink the whole bottle on the grounds that "if one drop is good the whole bottle is better!" She became a harridan.

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%% * In one ''FantasyIsland'' a woman was given a potion to become beautiful for a time (an hour??) if she took one drop. Complications ensued and she was forcibly made to drink the whole bottle on the grounds that "if one drop is good the whole bottle is better!" She became a harridan.
28th Dec '16 2:16:46 PM MarcW
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* In Marc Cabot's novella ''And All His Heart's Desires,'' the Jade Throne, an artifact of the Indian goddess Rati, gives the first worshipper who touches it a small blessing from Rati once per lunar month. When the hero of the story finds it, it hasn't been touched for ''hundreds of years.'' He touches it. Hilarity ensues. (Did we mention that Rati is the Goddess of [[spoiler: Sex]]?)
3rd Nov '16 9:34:50 PM nombretomado
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* This is how the BigBad is defeated in the second {{Hoodwinked}} movie.

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* %%* This is how the BigBad is defeated in the second {{Hoodwinked}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' movie.
26th Oct '16 8:02:40 PM Pseudoname
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* A complicated version in ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}''. Patterson tech gives off minkowski radiation, which is agonizing to monsters. However, with enough exposure monsters can mutate, gaining new abilities and appearances. But if they get too much it comes full circle and kills them. In basic terms, they get hurt by too much phlebotinum ''and'' too little.
24th Oct '16 9:41:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* Spoofed by [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/sci_fi_writer_attributes this]] [[TheOnion Onion]] article.

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* Spoofed by [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/sci_fi_writer_attributes this]] [[TheOnion Onion]] Website/TheOnion article.
25th Aug '16 2:00:01 PM margdean56
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* The MagicTheGathering novel Time Spiral, Radha uses this to defeat Greht. She breaks his hold on his horde, he gets if back by starting a ridiculously powerful spell, and Radha starts feeding him more mana. This doesn't end well for him.

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* The MagicTheGathering novel Time Spiral, ''Time Spiral'', Radha uses this to defeat Greht. She breaks his hold on his horde, he gets if it back by starting a ridiculously powerful spell, and Radha starts feeding him more mana. This doesn't end well for him.



* Pictured at the top is Bizarro from ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', who reacts in the opposite manner to kryptonite that Clark does. He gains strength from green kryptonite, which depowers and poisons Clark. When exposed to blue kryptonite, which strips Clark of his powers for as long as it's in contact, he gains a massive power boost and explodes.

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* Pictured at the top is Bizarro from ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', who reacts in the opposite manner to kryptonite that than Clark does. He gains strength from green kryptonite, which depowers and poisons Clark. When exposed to blue kryptonite, which strips Clark of his powers for as long as it's in contact, he gains a massive power boost and explodes.
3rd Jul '16 10:27:22 AM billybobfred
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', {{Determinat|or}}ion turns out to be a physical substance that can be [[HumanResources extracted from SOULs]]. It's well known that humans have much more of it than monsters -- because monsters are made mostly of magic, while humans are made mostly of water, attempting to artificially increase a monster's determination tends to overwhelm their body and ''melt'' them. You can see the results of this in the GoldenEnding path as the Amalgamates, partially-melted monsters that had "[[OnlyMostlyDead fallen down]]" and were injected with determination as an experiment in preserving monster [=SOULs=], only to merge together into terrifying abominations [[spoiler:that turn out to be pretty much unchanged mentally, so they end up just returning to their families in the end.]] In any other path, you can see the process directly [[spoiler:by killing Undyne, who is so determined not to die at your hands that she ''naturally generates'' enough determination to overload her body and melt.]]
9th Apr '16 3:55:43 PM Steven
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* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' explains that the reason [[BigBad Wesker]] can perform inhuman feats like [[FlashStep avoiding bullets]] and having super strength is due to [[spoiler: an experimental virus within in his body and said virus needs to be kept in check with a specialized serum. Jill suggests to Chris that he should inject Wesker with more of the serum to make the virus unstable. When Chris does so, Wesker writhes in pain and is weakened enough for Chris and Sheva to attack him directly and succeed. Wesker decides to go for the last resort route by infecting himself with Ouroboros to get even stronger.]]
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