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24th Mar '17 3:33:38 PM Dvandemon
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** Averted in that his body is technically a dead husk already and his mutation actually turned him into an EnergyBeing that's animating it [[HowDoIShotWeb but has no idea how to reconstruct it]].


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* In [[ComicBook/HouseOfM Son of M]] and [[ComicBook/SilentWar Silent War]] it was established that [[GreenRocks terrigen crystals]] can give superpowers to non-inhumans, but they're unstable. Depowered mutants get uncontrolled versions of their powers they might survive, but humans have an inevitable mortality.
17th Mar '17 7:07:53 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Nasuverse}}'' must like this trope because it also happens to Shirou in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' in all three routes from using magic above his level, particularly in Heaven's Feel when [[spoiler: he gets Archer's arm grafted onto him. Interestingly, rather than merely physical corruption there is also mental corruption, and he starts to lose memories and the ability to form coherent thoughts.]]

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* The ''{{Nasuverse}}'' ''{{Franchise/Nasuverse}}'' must like this trope because it also happens to Shirou in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' in all three routes from using magic above his level, particularly in Heaven's Feel when [[spoiler: he gets Archer's arm grafted onto him. Interestingly, rather than merely physical corruption there is also mental corruption, and he starts to lose memories and the ability to form coherent thoughts.]]
31st Dec '16 9:14:55 PM nombretomado
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* "Charged" creations in the ''{{Geneforge}}'' series are infused with so much energy that they constantly lose health each round. In exchange, they're significantly more powerful than the normal versions and cost only a little more [[{{Mana}} essence]].
* In ''PhantomBrave'' the power that originally banished [[BigBad Sulphur]] called "Psycho Burgundy" will kill its user if it's used too often as it burn it user's soul.

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* "Charged" creations in the ''{{Geneforge}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' series are infused with so much energy that they constantly lose health each round. In exchange, they're significantly more powerful than the normal versions and cost only a little more [[{{Mana}} essence]].
* In ''PhantomBrave'' ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' the power that originally banished [[BigBad Sulphur]] called "Psycho Burgundy" will kill its user if it's used too often as it burn it user's soul.
14th Sep '16 7:22:56 PM PaulA
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* Bean from the ''Literature/EndersGame'' universe has a genetic enhancement that gives him super intelligence because his brain continues to learn and develop at a the fast pace of a young child's brain. The problem is that his body also keeps growing, putting him on a course to suffer from giantism and die of heart failure as a young adult.

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* Bean from the ''Literature/EndersGame'' universe ''Literature/EndersShadow'' series has a genetic enhancement that gives him super intelligence because his brain continues to learn and develop at a the fast pace of a young child's brain. The problem is that his body also keeps growing, putting him on a course to suffer from giantism and die of heart failure as a young adult.
2nd Aug '16 7:39:25 PM PaulA
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* Creator/DavidBrin's ''Kil'n People'' revolves around the various effects of "dittoes", golem-like copies of individual humans that only last for 24 hours but can have their memories downloaded into the original. As their time starts to run out their bodies begin turning back into clay. Note that they can be preserved by stuffing them into a fridge. The hero's girlfriend does this with a fresh copy [[SexBot in case he gets lonely]].
* Male channelers (read: magicians) in Robert Jordan's ''WheelOfTime''. The male half of One Power, ''saidin'', was tainted by the [[BigBad Dark One]], so that now all the male channelers unavoidably will go mad. The few that survive the madness and avoid being caught then start [[BodyHorror rotting while alive]]... [[spoiler: That is, until Rand manages to cleanse the ''saidin''.]]

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* Creator/DavidBrin's ''Kil'n People'' ''Literature/KilnPeople'' revolves around the various effects of "dittoes", golem-like copies of individual humans that only last for 24 hours but can have their memories downloaded into the original. As their time starts to run out their bodies begin turning back into clay. Note that they can be preserved by stuffing them into a fridge. The hero's girlfriend does this with a fresh copy [[SexBot in case he gets lonely]].
* Male channelers (read: magicians) in Robert Jordan's ''WheelOfTime''.''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The male half of One Power, ''saidin'', was tainted by the [[BigBad Dark One]], so that now all the male channelers unavoidably will go mad. The few that survive the madness and avoid being caught then start [[BodyHorror rotting while alive]]... [[spoiler: That [[spoiler:That is, until Rand manages to cleanse the ''saidin''.]]
4th Jul '16 9:40:51 AM jakobitis
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* The Ultimate iteration of Venom had a symbiote than was more of a parasite than truly symbiotic. Eddie Brock had two choices: consume other people's life force, or have his own consumed by the symbiote. He went with option A.
1st Jul '16 11:16:28 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', V-Type microbes allow the infected to [[spoiler: communicate with Vajra]], but they are also slowly killing the brain of that person. Now there are medications which, while not able to heal it, can strongly slow down the process giving the infected more time to live, but [[spoiler: Sheryl refuses to use them as she needs stronger Vajra link for Macross to win...]]

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* In ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', V-Type microbes allow the infected to [[spoiler: communicate with Vajra]], but they are also slowly killing the brain of that person. kill their brains. Now there are medications which, while not able to heal it, can strongly slow down the process giving and give the infected more time to live, but [[spoiler: Sheryl refuses to use them as she needs a stronger Vajra link for Macross the good guys to win...]]
30th Jan '16 8:47:10 AM Willbyr
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* This happens to almost every character in ''AyashiNoCeres'' whose ten'nyo powers are awakened, aside from the heroine and a few who get killed in other ways before their powers can kill them. It seems like they live longer the stronger their powers are, but actually ''using'' said powers seems to shorten their lifespan considerably.

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* This happens to almost every character in ''AyashiNoCeres'' ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' whose ten'nyo powers are awakened, aside from the heroine and a few who get killed in other ways before their powers can kill them. It seems like they live longer the stronger their powers are, but actually ''using'' said powers seems to shorten their lifespan considerably.



* Yoite of ''NabariNoOu'' pretty much defines this trope.

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* Yoite of ''NabariNoOu'' ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' pretty much defines this trope.
6th Jan '16 7:28:06 PM nombretomado
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* In Tira's ending in ''SoulCalibur'' ''IV'', Nightmare's body can no longer withstand its own power. Tira clings to him, tearfully begging him not to leave her alone. [[spoiler:He doesn't.]]

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* In Tira's ending in ''SoulCalibur'' ''IV'', ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur IV'', Nightmare's body can no longer withstand its own power. Tira clings to him, tearfully begging him not to leave her alone. [[spoiler:He doesn't.]]
21st Dec '15 2:15:06 PM Zephyr7
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* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', anyone chosen to be a King must constantly keep a sense of balance and mental stability in order to maintain control over their immense power. Failure to do so will result in a literal SwordOfDamocles falling on them and killing them and everyone else around them. This happened to [[spoiler: Mikoto]] after the murder of one of their friends. As a result of their loss of power, their hand started becoming charred black and their Sword decaying. Eventually, [[spoiler: after killing Tatara's murderer, another King, their Sword of Damocles almost falls on them (which would have triggered a SuperPowerMeltdown) if not for Reisi's MercyKill.]]
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