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2nd Oct '17 7:54:04 PM SSJMagus
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* Happens in ''Series/StargateSG1'' when [[spoiler:Anubis]] possesses a host. The host develops sores and various ailments, eventually dying, forcing him to look for a new host. This is because he's not an ordinary Goa'uld (who normally can make their hosts last for centuries) [[spoiler:but partially ascended.]]

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* Happens in ''Series/StargateSG1'' when [[spoiler:Anubis]] possesses a host. The host develops sores and various ailments, eventually dying, forcing him to look for a new host. This is because he's not an ordinary Goa'uld (who normally can make their hosts last for centuries) [[spoiler:but partially ascended.]]]] This is why [[spoiler:Anubis used a containment suit instead of a conventional host, [[Recap/StargateSG1S7E22LostCityPart2 until its destruction in the 7th season finale]]]].
3rd Sep '17 3:42:25 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''; while there's no gameplay consequences, the fact that [[VillainOverride Harbinger-possessed]] Collectors crumble into ash on their defeat while regular ones leave corpses suggests that there's something like this going on. Also notable is that their health bar is replaced with an armor bar, indicating they're no longer really alive.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** In the first game, [[spoiler:Saren's corpse]] is possessed by [[spoiler:Sovereign]], burning away all tissue until only the cybernetic components remained.
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''VideoGame/MassEffect2''; while there's no gameplay consequences, the fact that [[VillainOverride Harbinger-possessed]] Collectors crumble into ash on their defeat while regular ones leave corpses suggests that there's something like this going on. Also notable is that their health bar is replaced with an armor bar, indicating they're no longer really alive.



** [[spoiler:Saren's corpse]] in the first ''Franchise/MassEffect'' game is possessed by [[spoiler:Sovereign]], burning away all tissue until only the cybernetic components remained.
11th Aug '17 10:32:15 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' Voldemort goes through several host bodies before he can perform a resurrection ritual that gives him a stable new form. He has to resort to things like drinking unicorn blood to keep his hosts alive.

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* In ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', Voldemort goes through several host bodies before he can perform a resurrection ritual that gives him a stable new form. He has to resort to things like drinking unicorn blood to keep his hosts alive.
6th Aug '17 1:58:47 PM StFan
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* ''{{Naruto}}'': Orochimaru faces this issue after being forced to transfer into a body. While recovering from the transfer process, his body began to break down and required a constantly escalating regime of medication. Whether this was due to incompatibility or the damage done by the Third Hokage is unclear.

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* ''{{Naruto}}'': ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Orochimaru faces this issue after being forced to transfer into a body. While recovering from the transfer process, his body began to break down and required a constantly escalating regime of medication. Whether this was due to incompatibility or the damage done by the Third Hokage is unclear.



* The ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' villain Proteus "burns out" any body he possesses; by the end stages, his victims look like walking corpses. This was censored in the [[WesternAnimation/XMen television adaptation]], where it was shown that possession by him caused extreme fatigue instead.
* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}'s minions are frantically bioengineering new bodies for the New Gods of Apokolips because they destroy the human bodies they possess fairly quickly.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' villain Worldkiller-1 burns out any body he possess if his host isn't strong enough to contain his spirit. In ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' he possessed a baseline human, and his victim's body melted in a matter of seconds.

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* The ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain Proteus "burns out" any body he possesses; by the end stages, his victims look like walking corpses. This was censored in the [[WesternAnimation/XMen television adaptation]], where it was shown that possession by him caused extreme fatigue instead.
* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}'s ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'s minions are frantically bioengineering new bodies for the New Gods of Apokolips because they destroy the human bodies they possess fairly quickly.
* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' villain Worldkiller-1 burns out any body he possess if his host isn't strong enough to contain his spirit. In ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' he possessed a baseline human, and his victim's body melted in a matter of seconds.



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* The Bug Alien from the first ''Film/MenInBlack'' movie. By the end of the movie he had grey skin, could barely talk or walk. In this case, it had more to do with the bug wearing an "Edgar Suit" made of flayed skin, so it was natural decomposition.
* People possessed by Jason in ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'' eventually melt into goo.

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* The Bug Alien from the first ''Film/MenInBlack'' movie. By the end of the movie he had has grey skin, could can barely talk or walk. In this case, it had has more to do with the bug wearing an "Edgar Suit" made of flayed skin, so it was is natural decomposition.
* People possessed by Jason in ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'' eventually melt meld into goo.



* In Creator/AlanGarner's ''The Moon of Gomrath'', an ancient Celtic demonic entity, the Brollochan, is released form its prison cell by human interference. The Brollochan is an entity that lives vicariously through the senses of people and animals it serially possesses - but no host can contain it for long without burning from the inside and crumbling to death.

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* In Creator/AlanGarner's ''The Moon of Gomrath'', an ancient Celtic demonic entity, the Brollochan, is released form its prison cell by human interference. The Brollochan is an entity that lives vicariously through the senses of people and animals it serially possesses - -- but no host can contain it for long without burning from the inside and crumbling to death.



* In the ''[[Literature/HushHush Hush, Hush]]'' world, it's said that this happens when fallen angels possess humans. This is why they generally aim to possess immortal Nephilim - those bodies don't wear out, so the Nephilim [[AndIMustScream can look forward to an eternity of being possessed]].

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* In the ''[[Literature/HushHush Hush, Hush]]'' world, it's said that this happens when fallen angels possess humans. This is why they generally aim to possess immortal Nephilim - -- those bodies don't wear out, so the Nephilim [[AndIMustScream can look forward to an eternity of being possessed]].



* Happens in ''Series/StargateSG1'' when [[spoiler:Anubis]] possesses a host. The host develops sores and various ailments, eventually dying, forcing him to look for a new host. This is because he's [[spoiler: partially ascended.]]

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* Happens in ''Series/StargateSG1'' when [[spoiler:Anubis]] possesses a host. The host develops sores and various ailments, eventually dying, forcing him to look for a new host. This is because he's [[spoiler: not an ordinary Goa'uld (who normally can make their hosts last for centuries) [[spoiler:but partially ascended.]]



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', Monster Manual III, introduces the Effigy, a fiery undead spirit that literally immolates its host.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', Monster ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
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Manual III, III'', introduces the Effigy, a fiery undead spirit that literally immolates its host.



** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' has deities very strongly involved in the world's affairs. They are known to possess people sometimes, but can't keep the body in a good shape for long even in the perfect circumstances - it's simply TooMuchForManToHandle.

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** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' has deities very strongly involved in the world's affairs. They are known to possess people sometimes, but can't keep the body in a good shape for long even in the perfect circumstances - -- it's simply TooMuchForManToHandle.



* The BodySnatcher race known as the Ing in MetroidPrime2Echoes usually possess hosts with little trouble, though it is apparently a power that requires a little practice [[AllThereInTheManual according to Samus's scan notes.]] Younger Ing sometimes form imperfect possessions that cause permanent damage to the host form. Ing can also possess fresh corpses, but the bodies are still dead so they are slow and zombie-like. If inexperienced Ing bite off more than they can chew and try to possess powerful creatures, the creature can reject them or even kill them from within. The SpacePirates figured this out and began to look into how to prevent possession, though it mainly devolved into UnfriendlyFire or [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled suicide]].

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* The BodySnatcher race known as the Ing in MetroidPrime2Echoes ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' usually possess hosts with little trouble, though it is apparently a power that requires a little practice [[AllThereInTheManual according to Samus's scan notes.]] Younger Ing sometimes form imperfect possessions that cause permanent damage to the host form. Ing can also possess fresh corpses, but the bodies are still dead so they are slow and zombie-like. If inexperienced Ing bite off more than they can chew and try to possess powerful creatures, the creature can reject them or even kill them from within. The SpacePirates figured this out and began to look into how to prevent possession, though it mainly devolved into UnfriendlyFire or [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled suicide]].



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* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Whitelegs' possession of [[spoiler:Jack Hyland]] gradually degraded his sanity and was very taxing, but it's not clear whether it was harmful on its own, because it "enhanced" him enough to manifest PowersViaPossession, or simply because he [[TheSleepless never slept all this time]]. When the possession ended, he instantly collapsed, though later gradually recovered.

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* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Whitelegs' possession of [[spoiler:Jack Hyland]] gradually degraded degrades his sanity and was is very taxing, but it's not clear whether it was is harmful on its own, because it "enhanced" "enhances" him enough to manifest PowersViaPossession, or simply because he [[TheSleepless never slept sleeps all this time]]. When the possession ended, ends, he instantly collapsed, collapses, though later gradually recovered.recovers.



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* In ''Film/NoobLaQueteLegendaire'', [[spoiler:Dortös]] implies this applies to his GrandTheftMe victims to an extent, due to talking about using his first host until his ressources run out. It however seems to be slow enough that he can actively search for a more compatible host and the videogame context implies his PlayerCharacter host will get out of it with lower HitPoints rather than outright dead.

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* In ''Film/NoobLaQueteLegendaire'', [[spoiler:Dortös]] implies this applies to his GrandTheftMe victims to an extent, due to talking about using his first host until his ressources run out. It however seems to be slow enough that he can actively search for a more compatible host and the videogame video-game context implies his PlayerCharacter host will get out of it with lower HitPoints rather than outright dead.



7th Apr '17 8:36:06 AM H2SO4
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Wan wanted to be able to bend multiple elements to fight Vaatu. The Lion Turtle explained to him that humans lack the energy needed to bend more than one element at a time. To get around this problem, Wan allowed himself to fuse with Raava every time he needed to bend multiple elements. Holding a spirit and its extra power inside his body was extremely dangerous. Raava warned Wan that if she stayed inside him for too long he would die. In the end [[spoiler:they solve the problem by making the fusion permanent by tapping into the [[WhenThePlanetsAlign Harmonic Convergence]] , starting the Avatar Cycle.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Wan wanted to be able to bend multiple elements to fight Vaatu. The Lion Turtle explained to him that humans lack the energy needed to bend more than one element at a time. To get around this problem, Wan allowed himself to fuse with Raava every time he needed to bend multiple elements. Holding a spirit and its extra power inside his body was extremely dangerous. Raava warned Wan that if she stayed inside him for too long he would die. In the end [[spoiler:they solve the problem by making the fusion between their spirits permanent by tapping into the [[WhenThePlanetsAlign Harmonic Convergence]] , starting the Avatar Cycle.]]
18th Mar '17 6:00:19 PM Doug86
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* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'', this happens to daemonhosts, along with (and partly because of) the TransformationOfThePossessed.

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* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', this happens to daemonhosts, along with (and partly because of) the TransformationOfThePossessed.
9th Mar '17 3:21:35 PM ZhaneX24
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** Turns out to be a common issue for his children, the Demon Kings known as the Baal, as well who all suffer from it to some extent or another. Despite being the second most powerful son, Samael [[spoiler:aka Mephisto]] suffers from it the least due to being King of Space and Time, letting him effectively stop the degradation of his body. His elder brother [[BigBad Lucifer]] is not so lucky.
5th Mar '17 2:00:10 PM Dravencour
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* In the ''Hush, Hush'' world, it's said that this happens when fallen angels possess humans. This is why they generally aim to possess immortal Nepilim - those bodies don't wear out, so the Nephilim [[AndIMustScream can look forward to an eternity of being possessed]].

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* In the ''Hush, Hush'' ''[[Literature/HushHush Hush, Hush]]'' world, it's said that this happens when fallen angels possess humans. This is why they generally aim to possess immortal Nepilim Nephilim - those bodies don't wear out, so the Nephilim [[AndIMustScream can look forward to an eternity of being possessed]].
2nd Dec '16 2:36:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played very literally on rare and usually momentous occasions in ''PerryRhodan''. If a [[CosmicBeing Cosmocrat]] wishes to pay the "standard" universe a visit and a 'mere' ProjectedAvatar (already indistinguishable from a normal life-form and potentially quite {{badass}} in its own right if challenged) won't suffice, there exists an alternative in which the entity possesses a specially prepared host body, typically drawn from a servant species of physically extremely tough and naturally long-lived cyclopean giants, which allows it to bring a significantly larger portion of its power to bear directly -- but which also results in said almost preternaturally durable host body ''immediately'' starting to smolder and then burn, held together and kept moving only by the willpower of its possessor. Cosmocrats using this approach will generally arrange to have several spare bodies available because they can go through them ''fast'' even in the course of a slightly extended conversation.

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* Played very literally on rare and usually momentous occasions in ''PerryRhodan''. If a [[CosmicBeing Cosmocrat]] wishes to pay the "standard" universe a visit and a 'mere' ProjectedAvatar (already indistinguishable from a normal life-form and potentially quite {{badass}} badass in its own right if challenged) won't suffice, there exists an alternative in which the entity possesses a specially prepared host body, typically drawn from a servant species of physically extremely tough and naturally long-lived cyclopean giants, which allows it to bring a significantly larger portion of its power to bear directly -- but which also results in said almost preternaturally durable host body ''immediately'' starting to smolder and then burn, held together and kept moving only by the willpower of its possessor. Cosmocrats using this approach will generally arrange to have several spare bodies available because they can go through them ''fast'' even in the course of a slightly extended conversation.
1st Nov '16 6:48:26 PM navaash
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** The AD&D 2E psionics supplement includes a power called Switch Personality that enables its user to literally exchange minds with another, effectively possessing them. However, both swapped bodies degenerate over time (represented as a temporary Constitution loss per skill check failure) unless the caster switches back to their original body; if either body hits 0, both are doomed. A [[LoopholeAbuse creative player]], though, could just swap to a creature with no Constitution score, hence auto-passing the skill check!

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** The AD&D 2E psionics supplement includes a power called Switch Personality that enables its user to literally exchange minds with another, effectively possessing them. However, both swapped bodies degenerate over time (represented as a temporary Constitution loss per skill check failure) unless the caster switches back to their original body; if either body hits 0, both are doomed. A [[LoopholeAbuse creative player]], though, could just swap to a creature with no Constitution score, hence [[SubvertedTrope auto-passing the skill check!check]]!
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