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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.]]
8th Dec '15 10:23:18 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''DragonBall'', King Piccolo claimed that his lifespan shortens when he uses his full power or produces an egg. We never really see this since Goku takes him out shortly after he does the former and the latter is his last act before dying.

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* In ''DragonBall'', ''Manga/DragonBall'', King Piccolo claimed that his lifespan shortens when he uses his full power or produces an egg. We never really see this since Goku takes him out shortly after he does the former and the latter is his last act before dying.



* During the Dark Reign period of Marvel comics, [[MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] was having this issue to the point where her energy powers caused her to just explode.

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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.
* During the Dark Reign period of Marvel comics, [[MsMarvel [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] was having this issue to the point where her energy powers caused her to just explode.



* In Creator/ChrisClaremont's ''ComicBook/XMenForever'', it was revealed that mutantkind wasn't the much bollywhooed next step of human evolution, but something of a dead end - their mutant powers were slowly killing them in a process called "Mutant Burnout" that would kill them by age 50.
* WarrenEllis developed a pulp style detective character named Simon Specter who invented a drug that would enhance his intelligence and perception speed for approximately 12 hours, followed by a 24 hour crash and the loss of a week of his body's lifespan.

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* In Creator/ChrisClaremont's ''ComicBook/XMenForever'', it was revealed that mutantkind wasn't the much bollywhooed ballyhooed next step of human evolution, but something of a dead end - their mutant powers were slowly killing them in a process called "Mutant Burnout" that would kill them by age 50.
* WarrenEllis Creator/WarrenEllis developed a pulp style detective character named Simon Specter who invented a drug that would enhance his intelligence and perception speed for approximately 12 hours, followed by a 24 hour crash and the loss of a week of his body's lifespan.



* Bean from the ''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 ''EndersGame'' ''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.
8th Dec '15 10:06:26 PM TSBasilisk
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** Also it was revealed that the Mangekyo Sharingan [[spoiler:causes blindness after extended use.]]

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** Also it was revealed that the The Mangekyo Sharingan [[spoiler:causes blindness after extended use.]]causes progressive vision loss and eventual blindness. The only way to avoid this is by replacing them with the eyes of a blood relative.
** Danzo's [[spoiler:Sharingan-covered arm]] experiences this when he utilizes its ability to escape death. Each usage causes one of the [[spoiler:Sharingan to go visibly blind]]. He checks them periodically in battle to see how many uses he has left.
24th Oct '15 7:39:37 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* In ''Literature/FlowersForAlgernon'', [[spoiler:the operation that turned mentally-challenged Charlie into a super-genius is only temporary. In the second half of the story, his intelligence rapidly deteriorates until he is at least as impaired as he was when he started out. To make matters worse, there's a good chance that his mind will keep on deteriorating until he dies - after all, that's what happened to the mouse they tested it on.]]
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