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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.
22nd Apr '17 1:58:07 PM nombretomado
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* The True Runes of the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series are an unusual case. If they aren't used, the Runes halt the aging of their bearers, rendering them effectively immortal. However, the True Runes are the PiecesOfGod in this setting, and are understandably difficult for mere mortals to control. With some of the more volatile True Runes, such as the Rune of Punishment and the Sun Rune, insanity and death are almost inevitable. It doesn't help that the Runes seem to have minds of their own, and seem to somehow manipulate their Bearers into situations where they ''have'' to use the Runes' power.

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* The True Runes of the ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series are an unusual case. If they aren't used, the Runes halt the aging of their bearers, rendering them effectively immortal. However, the True Runes are the PiecesOfGod in this setting, and are understandably difficult for mere mortals to control. With some of the more volatile True Runes, such as the Rune of Punishment and the Sun Rune, insanity and death are almost inevitable. It doesn't help that the Runes seem to have minds of their own, and seem to somehow manipulate their Bearers into situations where they ''have'' to use the Runes' power.
8th Apr '17 5:15:39 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Rifts}}'', one character class is "Juicers", which can be described as [[PsychoSerum somebody on steroids]] [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on steroids]]. You wear a drug-injection rig and your lifespan is about five years. Also, Crazies, people who have had their brains rewired to gain psychic powers eventually lose their sanity.
* The ''MagicTheGathering'' card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=108827 Unstable Mutation]] grants the enchanted creature a significant power spike... that becomes less significant every turn, and after three, it actually starts to get weaker. The lethal aspect of this trope comes in when you realize that the [=-1/-1=] counters will eventually reduce Toughness to 0, and unlike Power 0, creatures with 0 toughness ''die.''

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* In ''{{Rifts}}'', ''{{TabletopGame/Rifts}}'', one character class is "Juicers", which can be described as [[PsychoSerum somebody on steroids]] [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on steroids]]. You wear a drug-injection rig and your lifespan is about five years. Also, Crazies, people who have had their brains rewired to gain psychic powers eventually lose their sanity.
* The ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=108827 Unstable Mutation]] grants the enchanted creature a significant power spike... that becomes less significant every turn, and after three, it actually starts to get weaker. The lethal aspect of this trope comes in when you realize that the [=-1/-1=] counters will eventually reduce Toughness to 0, and unlike Power 0, creatures with 0 toughness ''die.''
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...]]
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