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8th May '16 5:29:23 PM comicwriter
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* The ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' villain Proteus "burns out" any body he possesses; by the end stages, his victims look like walking corpses.

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* 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.
20th Apr '16 11:27:31 AM Kaleidostorm
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* The BodySnatcher race known as the Ing in MetroidPrime2Echoes generally can 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 which 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.

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* The BodySnatcher race known as the Ing in MetroidPrime2Echoes generally can usually possess hosts with little trouble, though it is apparently a power that requires a little practice, practice [[AllThereInTheManual according to Samus's scan notes.]] Younger Ing sometimes form imperfect possessions which 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]].
1st Mar '16 11:43:42 AM ChronoLegion
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* The alien leader Mabus from ''Series/FirstWave'' was able to possess humans, but the process was often fatal, sometimes within seconds. He eventually realized the host's physical health was unimportant, but rather high intelligence was the key to prolonged survival.

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* The alien leader Mabus from ''Series/FirstWave'' was able to possess humans, but the process was often fatal, sometimes within seconds. He eventually realized the host's physical health was unimportant, but rather high intelligence was the key to prolonged survival. The aliens knew that from the start, which is why they initially grew a husk from Cade's DNA, figuring that someone like Cade would definitely be able to contain Mabus's consciousness. [[spoiler:His final body is that of Cade and Jordan's son, whose growth was artificially accelerated]].


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* In an episode of ''Series/BloodTies'', the disembodied spirit of a cop Vicki knows visits her and asks her to [[WhodunnitToMe investigate his death]]. In fact, she finds out that his body is still walking around. Her assistant figures out that her friend's body has been taken over by an ancient entity that {{Body Surf}}s every few days because of this trope. By the time they force the entity out of the body and destroy it, the cop's body is too far gone, and he dies minutes later.
26th Feb '16 12:36:56 PM foxmccloud4387
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** In the ''Heaven's Feel'' route, [[spoiler:Shirou is implied to be suffering from this. Having Archer's left arm grafted onto him grants him Archer's stronger projection magic, but various scenes imply that Archer is actually still alive through the arm and dominating Shirou's mind whenever his powers are called upon (making this a case of PowersViaPossession). Because Servants have much heavier souls than normal humans, Shirou suffers from backlash whenever he uses the arm - eventually, when he uses it too much in a small time frame, it inflicts brain damage and causes swords to start growing out from under his skin, and in one Bad End Shirou outright becomes a vegetable due to using it too much too quickly.]]

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** In the ''Heaven's Feel'' route, [[spoiler:Shirou is implied to be suffering from this. Having Archer's left arm grafted onto him grants him Archer's stronger projection magic, but various scenes imply that Archer is actually still alive through the arm and dominating Shirou's mind whenever his powers are called upon (making this a case of PowersViaPossession). Because Servants have much heavier souls than normal humans, Shirou suffers from backlash whenever he uses the arm - eventually, when he uses it too much in a small time frame, it inflicts brain damage and causes swords to start growing out from under his skin, and in one Bad End Shirou outright becomes a vegetable due to using it too much too quickly. Even right after he receives the arm, Rin and Kirei need to put a magical seal on it to prevent it from causing this trope due to merely being attached to his body.]]
26th Feb '16 12:35:11 PM foxmccloud4387
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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', this is why Matou Zouken wants the Holy Grail. His method of prolonging life is by possessing and molding other bodies by filling them with worms, but each body lasts less than the previous one, and by the time the game starts, he can only remain in a body for a few months at most.
** Though, this is less a cause of the bodies themselves burning out faster, since in reality it's [[spoiler: his ''soul'' that's burning out.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', this is why Matou ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
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Zouken wants the Holy Grail. Matou is constantly suffering from this. His method of prolonging life is by possessing and molding other bodies by filling them with worms, but each body lasts less than the previous one, and by the time the game starts, he can only remain in a body for a few months at most.
** Though,
most. It's revealed that this is has less to do with the degenerating quality of his stolen bodies, but rather [[spoiler:the fact that his very soul is decaying]]. This is why he wants the Holy Grail, as it can allow him to achieve immortality [[spoiler:not through a cause wish, but through its true function, the creation of the bodies themselves burning Third Magic.]]
** In the ''Heaven's Feel'' route, [[spoiler:Shirou is implied to be suffering from this. Having Archer's left arm grafted onto him grants him Archer's stronger projection magic, but various scenes imply that Archer is actually still alive through the arm and dominating Shirou's mind whenever his powers are called upon (making this a case of PowersViaPossession). Because Servants have much heavier souls than normal humans, Shirou suffers from backlash whenever he uses the arm - eventually, when he uses it too much in a small time frame, it inflicts brain damage and causes swords to start growing
out faster, since in reality it's [[spoiler: from under his ''soul'' that's burning out.skin, and in one Bad End Shirou outright becomes a vegetable due to using it too much too quickly.]]
30th Jan '16 6:37:26 PM OmegaKross
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** Though, this is less a cause of the bodies themselves burning out faster, since in reality it's [[spoiler: his ''soul'' that's burning out.]]
20th Jan '16 10:21:01 AM Creek719
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', Corvo has the ability "Possession" which can be used on either animals or humans, neither of which respond kindly to the process. Animals die once the possession ends (with some, like rats, winding up as LudicrousGibs), while humans puke their guts out.
30th Dec '15 3:12:55 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheHidden'': The reason why the evil alien needs to switch bodies much more frequently than its good counterpart is because of the drastic wear and tear it inflicts on its hosts. When it possesses an old man with a stomach ailment, it actually has trouble keeping it alive and simply covers its wounds with duct tape. It bleeds out within minutes after he ditches it for a younger one.
15th Nov '15 7:17:45 PM MadCat221
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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, 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 permanent, permanent by tapping into the [[WhenThePlanetsAlign Harmonic Convergence]] , starting the Avatar Cycle.]]
9th Oct '15 2:01:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Smallville}}'', any host for a certain Phantom Zone criminal dies in 24 hours. Naturally, a Kryptonian body can withstand it much better, but somehow, trying to possess Clark results in the creation of a new, cloned body (with the same clothes Clark is wearing, too, though the color of his jacket becomes the color of his shirt and vice versa.) He becomes the series' version of Bizarro.

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* In ''{{Smallville}}'', ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', any host for a certain Phantom Zone criminal dies in 24 hours. Naturally, a Kryptonian body can withstand it much better, but somehow, trying to possess Clark results in the creation of a new, cloned body (with the same clothes Clark is wearing, too, though the color of his jacket becomes the color of his shirt and vice versa.) He becomes the series' version of Bizarro.



* The alien leader Mabus from ''FirstWave'' was able to possess humans, but the process was often fatal, sometimes within seconds. He eventually realized the host's physical health was unimportant, but rather high intelligence was the key to prolonged survival.

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* The alien leader Mabus from ''FirstWave'' ''Series/FirstWave'' was able to possess humans, but the process was often fatal, sometimes within seconds. He eventually realized the host's physical health was unimportant, but rather high intelligence was the key to prolonged survival.



* ''ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'': After losing [[spoiler: Utsusemimaru]] as a host, AnimatedArmor villain Dogold is forced to use [[EliteMooks Cambrimas]]. Unfortunately for him, they only last a month, forcing him to keep moving on to a new Cambrima when the current one perishes. They ''melt'' when he leaves them. His goal for some time is getting [[spoiler: Utchy]] back, then it's finding a new host. Eventually, [[spoiler: the new general Endorf makes an ass of himself once too often, and so once weakened by King's SuperMode, Dogold kills two birds with one stone, getting rid of him and getting an even stronger host than Utsusemimaru.]]

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* ''ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'': ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'': After losing [[spoiler: Utsusemimaru]] as a host, AnimatedArmor villain Dogold is forced to use [[EliteMooks Cambrimas]]. Unfortunately for him, they only last a month, forcing him to keep moving on to a new Cambrima when the current one perishes. They ''melt'' when he leaves them. His goal for some time is getting [[spoiler: Utchy]] back, then it's finding a new host. Eventually, [[spoiler: the new general Endorf makes an ass of himself once too often, and so once weakened by King's SuperMode, Dogold kills two birds with one stone, getting rid of him and getting an even stronger host than Utsusemimaru.]]
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