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22nd Mar '18 7:19:07 AM FlashRebel
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* Chaos magic, an alternate form of spellcasting in ''DungeonsAndDragons 3.5'' - that can coexist with the standard form of spellcasting - is incredibly flexible and can become ridiculously powerful when used well, is limited by [[CastFromHitPoints self-inflicted nonlethal damage that only full rest can remove with every spell cast]] and carries a huge price in the form of an inherent risk to fail every cast (even when MinMaxing to death, it's hard to reduce this chance under 1/20), and every failed spell has a chance to permanently apply a random harmful condition to the caster, eventually resulting in [[DeaderThanDead a form of death no one can be brought back from]]. A chaos caster tends to be a CrutchCharacter for this reason : ridiculously powerful and versatile at first but gets weaker and weaker with each stage of corruption, and with a high chance to die for good before the rest of the party.
26th Jan '18 11:30:10 PM Andygal
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* Using a Soulcasting fabrial in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' apparently transforms your body into living stone. Radiant Soulcasters so far do ''not'' exhibit this effect.

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* Using a Soulcasting fabrial in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' apparently transforms your body into living stone. Or causes vines to grow on you, or causes you to slowly dissolve into smoke, depending on what you regularly soulcast things into. Radiant Soulcasters so far do ''not'' exhibit this effect.
13th Jan '18 7:08:24 PM aquagon
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* In ''VideoGame/EXA_PICO'', Third Generation Reyvateils suffer from this due to their human bodies not being capable of withstanding the Towers' energy coursing through them. Therefore, they can live up to 20 years without applying a trimestral dose of life extending medicine, and even then, if their partners aren't keeping tabs on administrating said medicine in a timely manner past a certain age, it's possible they won't get past their 40s.

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* In ''VideoGame/EXA_PICO'', ''VideoGame/ExaPico'', Third Generation Reyvateils suffer from this due to their human bodies not being capable of withstanding the Towers' energy coursing through them. Therefore, they can live up to 20 years without applying a trimestral dose of life extending medicine, and even then, if their partners aren't keeping tabs on administrating said medicine in a timely manner past a certain age, it's possible they won't get past their 40s.
13th Jan '18 7:07:24 PM aquagon
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* In ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'', the hymn Chronicle Key causes this. Ordinarily, a Beta-type Reyvateil like Misha might live to be 200. As the Star Singer, she'll only live about as long as a Third Generation (about 30 years).

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* In ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'', the hymn Chronicle Key causes this. Ordinarily, a Beta-type Reyvateil like Misha might live to be 200. As the Star Singer, she'll only live about as long as a ''VideoGame/EXA_PICO'', Third Generation (about 30 years).Reyvateils suffer from this due to their human bodies not being capable of withstanding the Towers' energy coursing through them. Therefore, they can live up to 20 years without applying a trimestral dose of life extending medicine, and even then, if their partners aren't keeping tabs on administrating said medicine in a timely manner past a certain age, it's possible they won't get past their 40s.
18th Sep '17 7:23:31 AM SolidSonicTH
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* ''{{Metroid}} Prime 3: [[TheCorruption Corruption]]'' has this happen to Samus; the more bosses she defeats, the larger her Phazon generating tumor grows, to the point where once you [[spoiler:reach Phaaze and are forced into permanent hypermode]] ''the gunship no longer acknowledges her as Samus''.

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* ''{{Metroid}} Prime 3: [[TheCorruption Corruption]]'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' has this happen to Samus; the more bosses she defeats, the larger her Phazon generating tumor grows, to the point where once you [[spoiler:reach Phaaze and are forced into permanent hypermode]] ''the gunship no longer acknowledges her as Samus''.Samus''.
** The other hunters succumb to this under the hand of Dark Samus. All of them (Samus included) are affected by Phazon infestation but only Samus manages to stave it off its mind-decaying effects long enough to end the war. The others succumb to it and turn antagonistic towards Samus, forcing her to put down her former allies.
1st Sep '17 5:13:52 AM Doug86
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* In one episode of ''JimmyNeutron'', the main characters get super powers. However, it would eventually kill them if they overused them. Unfortunately they were using them obtusely, and the TeenGenius who discovered the side effects and could reverse it became a [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]-like figure.

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* In one episode of ''JimmyNeutron'', ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'', the main characters get super powers. However, it would eventually kill them if they overused them. Unfortunately they were using them obtusely, and the TeenGenius who discovered the side effects and could reverse it became a [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]]-like figure.



* ''ReBoot:'' After fusing with a broken Glitch, Bob's overuse of his new powers would eventually result in total fragmentation (aka death). This is shown as Bob becoming transparent and staticy. Bob is able to delay the process by consuming extra energy shakes to hold himself together. This problem gets fixed when Bob separates from Glitch.

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* ''ReBoot:'' ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot:'' After fusing with a broken Glitch, Bob's overuse of his new powers would eventually result in total fragmentation (aka death). This is shown as Bob becoming transparent and staticy. Bob is able to delay the process by consuming extra energy shakes to hold himself together. This problem gets fixed when Bob separates from Glitch.
26th Aug '17 5:43:01 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ArTonelico'', the hymn Chronicle Key causes this. Ordinarily, a Beta-type Reyvateil like Misha might live to be 200. As the Star Singer, she'll only live about as long as a Third Generation (about 30 years).

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* In ''ArTonelico'', ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'', the hymn Chronicle Key causes this. Ordinarily, a Beta-type Reyvateil like Misha might live to be 200. As the Star Singer, she'll only live about as long as a Third Generation (about 30 years).
17th Jul '17 6:47:46 PM jormis29
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** Speaking of the Flash, in the alternate universe presented in ''Batman: Holy Terror'', the Commonwealth tried to replicate Barry Allen's speed powers. Only two of the test subjects got useful speed powers, but one of them is prone to exploding and then reconstituting himself, while the other, just a kid, has ended up with accelerated aging and is likely to die within a few weeks.

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** Speaking of the Flash, in the alternate universe presented in ''Batman: Holy Terror'', ''ComicBook/BatmanHolyTerror'', the Commonwealth tried to replicate Barry Allen's speed powers. Only two of the test subjects got useful speed powers, but one of them is prone to exploding and then reconstituting himself, while the other, just a kid, has ended up with accelerated aging and is likely to die within a few weeks.
6th Jul '17 8:16:37 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* Due to the poisonous nature of adamantium, {{Wolverine}}'s skeleton and claws slowly kill him on those occasions when his mutant powers are disabled. And he can't use the claws, either, for obvious blood-loss-from-the-hands reasons.

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* [[ComicBook/XMan Nate Grey]] suffered from an intentional version throughout the vast majority of his series, since he was created by the ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' version of Mister Sinister as a weapon to kill Apocalypse, and he didn't want said weapon hanging around once it had done its job. Hence the genetic flaw which led to frequent cases of the PsychicNoseBleed, one or other of his powers switching off, and potentially a burn-out that would take out half the planet. In the end, he got a genetic brand that stabilised his powers.
* Due to the poisonous nature of adamantium, Adamantium, {{Wolverine}}'s skeleton and claws slowly kill him on those occasions when his mutant powers are disabled. And he can't use the claws, either, for obvious blood-loss-from-the-hands reasons.
16th May '17 10:30:04 AM nombretomado
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* Happens to Shiki in ''{{Tsukihime}}'' where using his magic eyes that can see death stresses his brain from it attempting to understand what it's not supposed to. In addition to repeated use of his eyes, merely having them is hinted to have permanent effects that will lower his lifespan.

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* Happens to Shiki in ''{{Tsukihime}}'' ''{{VisualNovel/Tsukihime}}'' where using his magic eyes that can see death stresses his brain from it attempting to understand what it's not supposed to. In addition to repeated use of his eyes, merely having them is hinted to have permanent effects that will lower his lifespan.
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