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28th Jan '18 12:04:21 PM JKRoo
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* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Series/{{Valdemar}}'' books we have 'final strike' in which a magic-user channels all the magical energy in the area through his/her body. This generally creates an explosion that destroys the one invoking it and everything around him/her. How large the zone of destruction is depends on the invoker's power.

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* In Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Series/{{Valdemar}}'' books we have 'final strike' in which a magic-user channels all the magical energy in the area through his/her body. This generally creates an explosion that destroys the one invoking it and everything around him/her. How large the zone of destruction is depends on the invoker's power. In the first book in the timeline, a would-be GodEmperor and his good opponent ended up doing this (unintentionally in the villain's case, as a failsafe in the good mage's) which ended up creating an enormous lake a quarter of the size of a country and a crater so large it takes ''weeks'' to cross to the other side and qualifies ''as'' a country.



* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathwing]], the former Dragon Aspect of the Earth, had stolen power from the other four Dragon Aspects. However, this much power nearly rips apart his body, forcing him to have goblins weld [[{{Unobtainium}} adamantium]] plates to his body in order to keep it intact.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Deathwing]], the former Dragon Aspect of the Earth, had stolen power from the other four Dragon Aspects. However, this much power nearly rips apart his body, forcing him to have goblins weld [[{{Unobtainium}} adamantium]] plates to his body in order to keep it intact. Much later on, after marinating in the corruptive power of the [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]], even adamantium proves to not be enough, and he has the plates replaced with the even stronger "elementium".
27th Jan '18 9:32:46 AM chopshop
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* In ''RomVsTransformersShiningArmor'', its discovered that [[TheAssimilator Dire Wraiths]] possessing [[AmbiguousRobots Transformers]] ends ''horribly'' for both parties; the biomechanics of a Transformer wrecks havoc with Wraith magic, resulting in a deranged mutant who's powers are wildly out of control. This eventually leads to the Wraith overloading its new body and exploding into flames. [[spoiler:Vekktral manages to figure out a safe method that avoids the meltdown, but that technique has its own problem; the victim retains their individuality and is able to fight back against the possession.]]
15th Jan '18 4:53:41 PM Geostomp
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** Miroku's power ''is'' a meltdown. More precisely, he has a black hole in the palm of his hand, held at bay with an enchanted string of prayer beads, and though it's potentially the most destructive power anyone on the team has, it ''will'' eventually melt down and eat him regardless of how often he uses it, though overuse will hurry his end. [[FromBadToWorse This got worse by the end]] as a result of Miroku absorbing a lot of BigBad Naraku's poison. Though Kikyo purified some of it, the poison that's left cuts deeper into his body every time he uses the Wind Tunnel. Considering that he's continually forced into situations that compel him to use it, his only chance of survival lies in the other characters killing Naraku before his Wind Tunnel swallows him up. [[spoiler:Which they ultimately do.]]

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** Miroku's power ''is'' a meltdown. More precisely, he has a black hole in the palm of his hand, hand called the Wind Tunnel, held at bay with an enchanted string of prayer beads, and though beads. While it's potentially the most destructive power anyone on the team has, it ''will'' eventually melt down and eat him regardless of how often like [[HereditaryCurse as it did his father and grandfather before him]]. While he uses it, though can delay it through by avoiding overuse will hurry his end.and occasional repairs to its walls, the Wind Tunnel's collapse is inevitable. [[FromBadToWorse This got worse by the end]] as a result of Miroku absorbing a lot of BigBad Naraku's poison. Though Kikyo purified some of it, the poison that's left cuts deeper into his body every time he uses the Wind Tunnel. Considering that he's continually forced into situations that compel him to use it, his only chance of survival lies in the other characters killing Naraku before his Wind Tunnel swallows him up. [[spoiler:Which they ultimately do.]]
15th Jan '18 3:08:25 PM DustSnitch
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This depends on the [[StockSuperPowers power in question]] and its source. [[ILoveNuclearPower Nuclear and radiation]] based heroes have a distressing tendency to [[AngstNuke go nuclear]] under duress, but any super with enough [[PureEnergy raw power]] can have a meltdown, no matter the source: [[PsychicPowers psychic]], mystic, or [[ArtificialLimbs technological]]. Sometimes the power builds up inside the body by themselves; [[PentUpPowerPeril not releasing it regularly may mean disaster.]] Normal people using a GreenLanternRing or ArtifactOfDoom can inadvertently cause it (or their body) to self-destruct. This can also happen to heroes abusing ExplosiveOverclocking, who may enter HeroicRROD and start showing VolcanicVeins. Villains who are DrunkOnTheDarkSide might take OneWingedAngel a level too far and [[ClippedWingAngel peter out humiliatingly]]. A [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically empowered]] hero may discover the hard way [[CastFromLifespan pure humans have a longer lifespan]]. Shapeshifters will usually go lose control of their ShapeShifterMashup and go into a ShapeShifterSwanSong. Common side effect of GoingToGiveItMoreEnergy.

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This depends on the [[StockSuperPowers power in question]] and its source. [[ILoveNuclearPower Nuclear and radiation]] based heroes have a distressing tendency to [[AngstNuke go nuclear]] under duress, but any super with enough [[PureEnergy raw power]] can have a meltdown, no matter the source: [[PsychicPowers psychic]], mystic, or [[ArtificialLimbs technological]]. Sometimes the power builds up inside the body by themselves; [[PentUpPowerPeril not releasing it regularly may mean disaster.]] Normal people using a GreenLanternRing or ArtifactOfDoom can inadvertently cause it (or their body) to self-destruct. This can also happen to heroes abusing ExplosiveOverclocking, who may enter HeroicRROD and start showing VolcanicVeins. Villains who are DrunkOnTheDarkSide might take OneWingedAngel a level too far and [[ClippedWingAngel peter out humiliatingly]]. A [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically empowered]] hero may discover the hard way [[CastFromLifespan pure humans have a longer lifespan]]. Shapeshifters will usually go lose control of their ShapeShifterMashup and go into a ShapeShifterSwanSong. Common side effect of GoingToGiveItMoreEnergy.
4th Jan '18 6:21:00 PM nombretomado
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Super powered individuals are, believe it or not, closely related to nuclear reactors. Oh sure, they don't (usually) [[PhlebotinumMuncher eat uranium]], or even have a [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear accident]] [[HowToGiveACharacterSuperPowers to credit with their powers]], but when facing critical injuries or mental attacks they run the risk of losing control of their powers and going into a Superpower [[GoingCritical Meltdown]] the likes of which could make Chernobyl look like a radioactive cough by comparison.

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Super powered individuals are, believe it or not, closely related to nuclear reactors. Oh sure, they don't (usually) [[PhlebotinumMuncher eat uranium]], or even have a [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear accident]] [[HowToGiveACharacterSuperPowers [[JustForFun/HowToGiveACharacterSuperPowers to credit with their powers]], but when facing critical injuries or mental attacks they run the risk of losing control of their powers and going into a Superpower [[GoingCritical Meltdown]] the likes of which could make Chernobyl look like a radioactive cough by comparison.
24th Dec '17 1:24:02 AM erforce
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* ''Film/XMen'':

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* The 2002 adaptation of ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' implies that the title character's telekinetic rampage is a case of this, with her seemingly going into a trance after being humiliated at the prom. (Other versions of the story, including the original novel, paint it as a straight RoaringRampageOfRevenge, with Carrie remaining in full command of [[MindOverMatter her powers]] and knowing exactly what she's doing throughout.)

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* The 2002 adaptation of ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' ''Film/Carrie2002'' implies that the title character's telekinetic rampage is a case of this, with her seemingly going into a trance after being humiliated at the prom. (Other versions of the story, including the original novel, paint it as a straight RoaringRampageOfRevenge, with Carrie remaining in full command of [[MindOverMatter her powers]] and knowing exactly what she's doing throughout.)
7th Nov '17 7:11:24 PM DLMaximum1
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** [[spoiler:Also Elle went all electric explosiony when Sylar starts to skullcap her, [[Main/CardboardPrison shorting out the circuits of Level 5 releasing it's inmates.]]]]
** In the volume 3 finale, Meredith, the pyrokinetic, is injected with a syringe full of adrenaline by Sylar. She goes into SuperPowerMeltdown mode, which [[spoiler: sadly ends quite tragically for her and anyone else who might not have escaped the Company building]]

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** [[spoiler:Also Elle went all electric explosiony when Sylar starts to skullcap her, [[Main/CardboardPrison shorting out the circuits of Level 5 releasing it's its inmates.]]]]
** In the volume 3 finale, Meredith, the pyrokinetic, is injected with a syringe full of adrenaline by Sylar. She goes into SuperPowerMeltdown mode, which [[spoiler: sadly ends quite tragically for her and anyone else who might not have escaped the Company building]]building.]]
7th Nov '17 7:10:12 PM DLMaximum1
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* ComicBook/CaptainAtom in the [[Creator/DCComics DC comic]] ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', inadvertently causes the US Midwest to become a radioactive wasteland when the Parasite ruptures his containment suit. This has almost happened to him a few other times in mainstream DC continuity, since unlike other EnergyBeings he's made of nuclear radiation.
** A Captain Atom, or a [[EvilTwin quantum duplicate]] anyway, went on to become the insane villain Monarch. After some building up including absorbing all the other versions of Captain Atom, he has his suit ripped open by {{Superman}}-Prime. The explosion [[ApocalypseHow wipes out all life in an entire universe]].

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* ComicBook/CaptainAtom in the [[Creator/DCComics DC comic]] ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', inadvertently causes the US U.S. Midwest to become a radioactive wasteland when the Parasite ruptures his containment suit. This has almost happened to him a few other times in mainstream DC continuity, since unlike other EnergyBeings he's made of nuclear radiation.
** A Captain Atom, or a [[EvilTwin quantum duplicate]] anyway, went on to become the insane villain Monarch. After some building up including absorbing all the other versions of Captain Atom, he has his suit ripped open by {{Superman}}-Prime. The explosion [[ApocalypseHow wipes out all life in an entire universe]].



* The original appearance of Wildfire in the ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' had him do a meltdown as a HeroicSacrifice (He was an EnergyBeing in a containment suit, who [[WaveMotionGun released his whole self as an attack]] that was exponentially more powerful than his 'normal' energy blasts.) [[DeathIsCheap He got better]] a few issues later.

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* The original appearance of Wildfire in the ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' had him do a meltdown as a HeroicSacrifice (He (he was an EnergyBeing in a containment suit, who [[WaveMotionGun released his whole self as an attack]] that was exponentially more powerful than his 'normal' energy blasts.) [[DeathIsCheap He got better]] a few issues later.



* In the MarvelUniverse, some powers have had serious meltdowns. ComicBook/CaptainMarVell was given the Nega-bands, but it should be noted that they were turned into an apocalyptic Nuclear Option in Operation: Galactic Storm and used to ''blow up the Kree Galaxy'' and effectively mutate what little life made it through. (It was just as rough on the life in the Negative Zone, as it turns out). Also, such matters as Nova Flares from [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] (one destroyed the NYU campus, I believe) have long been staple in Marvel.

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* In the MarvelUniverse, some powers have had serious meltdowns. ComicBook/CaptainMarVell was given the Nega-bands, but it should be noted that they were turned into an apocalyptic Nuclear Option in Operation: ''Operation: Galactic Storm Storm'' and used to ''blow up the Kree Galaxy'' and effectively mutate what little life made it through. (It through (it was just as rough on the life in the Negative Zone, as it turns out). Also, such matters as Nova Flares from [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] (one destroyed the NYU Empire State University campus, I believe) have long been a staple in Marvel.



* The original (?) ComicBook/{{Quasar}} got his [[GreenLanternRing Power Bands]] because the previous two users incinerated themselves by trying too hard to control them, while Wendell Vaughn's more laid back go-with-the-flow attitude allowed him to "calm them down", so to speak.

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* The original (?) ComicBook/{{Quasar}} got his [[GreenLanternRing Power Bands]] because the previous two users incinerated themselves by trying too hard to control them, while Wendell Vaughn's more laid back go-with-the-flow attitude allowed him to "calm them down", so to speak.



* ''Film/IronMan3'' has the Extremis characters. Control of the power? Raising your body heat to plus 3400 degrees [[spoiler: and that's enough to cut through ''Iron Man armour''!]]. Loss of control of the power, or high-temperature attack? An ''explosion'' at plus 3400 degrees.

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* ''Film/IronMan3'' has the Extremis characters. Control of the power? Raising your body heat to plus 3400 3,400 degrees [[spoiler: and that's enough to cut through ''Iron Man armour''!]]. armor''!]]. Loss of control of the power, or high-temperature attack? An ''explosion'' at plus 3400 3,400 degrees.



* In the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Wings of Fire'', one of the AL-52 Dragons is mounted with a new laser that uses a contained plasma field as a power source. This generates immense heat and radiation that damages the components maintaining the containment, and when the plasma field gets free it will vaporise stuff in a large area.

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* In the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Wings of Fire'', one of the AL-52 Dragons is mounted with a new laser that uses a contained plasma field as a power source. This generates immense heat and radiation that damages the components maintaining the containment, and when the plasma field gets free it will vaporise vaporize stuff in a large area.



* One of the crises of the first season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' was the fear that Ted would use his literal nuclear powers to level New York. In the end, [[spoiler: it wasn't Ted they had to worry about.]]

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* One of the crises of the first season of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' was the fear that Ted Sprague would use his literal nuclear powers to level New York. In the end, [[spoiler: it wasn't Ted they had to worry about.]]



* Gabriel Ashlocke (AKA Patient Zero) in ''Series/MutantX''. The first person to be experimented on by Adam Kane and the first known [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual new mutant]]. Unlike all other new mutants, which are separated into categories (elementals, ferals, moleculars, and [[PsychicPowers psionics]]), Ashcroft has powers from all four categories (although not all possible powers). He's also a murderous psychopath. However, so many powers cause his cells to slowly destabilize. Ashlocke's first attempt to save himself involves awakening an ancient sorceress, then he tries to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight, then he tries to bully Adam into helping... Ultimately, he explodes, taking half the team's base with him.

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* Gabriel Ashlocke (AKA Patient Zero) in ''Series/MutantX''. The first person to be experimented on by Adam Kane and the first known [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual new mutant]]. Unlike all other new mutants, which are separated into categories (elementals, ferals, moleculars, and [[PsychicPowers psionics]]), Ashcroft has powers from all four categories (although not all possible powers). He's also a murderous psychopath. However, so many powers cause his cells to slowly destabilize. Ashlocke's first attempt to save himself involves awakening an ancient sorceress, then he tries to MakeWrongWhatOnceWentRight, then he tries to bully Adam into helping... Ultimately, ultimately, he explodes, taking half the team's base with him.



5th Nov '17 3:26:44 PM thatother1dude
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** Red Star's [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear power]] is highly unstable, requiring him to regularly vent his excess energy with a machine. Then he discovers said venting [[CreateYourOwnVillain created]] [[NuclearNasty the monster terrorizing his village]], and pulls a with HeroicSacrifice destroying it. ([[UnexplainedRecovery He got better.]])

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** Red Star's [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear power]] is highly unstable, requiring him to regularly vent his excess energy with a machine. Then he discovers said venting a leak in the storage [[CreateYourOwnVillain created]] [[NuclearNasty the monster terrorizing his village]], and pulls a with HeroicSacrifice destroying it. ([[UnexplainedRecovery He got better.]])
3rd Nov '17 6:42:20 AM thatother1dude
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* Terra in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
** The hero Red Star from the same series also tended to do this, complete with HeroicSacrifice at the end of his first appearance. ([[spoiler: [[DisneyDeath He got better]].]])

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
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Terra in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
overextends her [[DishingOutDirt Earth-control powers]] stopping a volcanic eruption, which [[TakenForGranite petrifies her]].
** The hero Red Star from Star's [[ILoveNuclearPower nuclear power]] is highly unstable, requiring him to regularly vent his excess energy with a machine. Then he discovers said venting [[CreateYourOwnVillain created]] [[NuclearNasty the same series also tended to do this, complete monster terrorizing his village]], and pulls a with HeroicSacrifice at the end of his first appearance. ([[spoiler: [[DisneyDeath destroying it. ([[UnexplainedRecovery He got better]].better.]])
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