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7th Sep '16 7:48:13 PM BiffJr
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* In the MMORPG ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', a sector of Paragon City, known as Siren's Call, was sealed off for several years due to a hero with radioactive powers supposedly going 'boom' there, conveniently allowing the villainous EvilOverlord Lord Recluse to establish a beachhead there.
** The trope itself is averted, however, in that the ''real'' reason for the explosion is either an android replica of the hero specifically made to explode by the EvilOverlord, or (according to the canonically-dubious StrategyGuide) a major villain disguising himself as a small-time crook to lure the hero into the area, before detonating a specially-made bomb and using the hero as a scapegoat.
** Of course, with the recently added Cyborg Booster Pack, players can now have access to a Self Destruct power, causing them to explode violently after a ten second countdown, doing immense damage to anything unlucky enough to be in range. It will usually wipe out anything below boss level. The down side? You just died. And it takes an hour to recharge.

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* In the MMORPG ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', a sector of Paragon City, known as Siren's Call, was sealed off for several years due to a hero with radioactive powers supposedly going 'boom' there, conveniently allowing the villainous EvilOverlord Lord Recluse to establish a beachhead there.
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there. [[note]] The trope itself is averted, however, in that the ''real'' reason for the explosion is either an android replica of the hero specifically made to explode by the EvilOverlord, or (according to the canonically-dubious StrategyGuide) a major villain disguising himself as a small-time crook to lure the hero into the area, before detonating a specially-made bomb and using the hero as a scapegoat.
scapegoat. [[/note]]
** Of course, with the recently With an added Cyborg Booster Pack, players can now have gained access to a Self Destruct power, causing them to explode violently after a ten second countdown, doing immense damage to anything unlucky enough to be in range. It will usually wipe out anything below boss level. The down side? You just died. And it takes took an hour to recharge.



** A game signature hero and AuthorAvatar of the current head of design, Positron, like Man-Bot wears a power suit to keep his powers from doing this. Eventually he was cured, and can now finally remove his helmet.
26th Aug '16 7:03:54 AM Morgenthaler
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** Damage actually does have one of those at the end of ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'' when he's fighting Parallax. Just as well, since [[spoiler:they were the only creatures in the DCU by then; Damage created a BigBang that [[CosmicRetcon recreated the DCU]] as something ''mostly'' resembling pre-ComicBook/ZeroHour continuity.]]

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** Damage actually does have one of those at the end of ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'' when he's fighting Parallax. Just as well, since [[spoiler:they were the only creatures in the DCU by then; Damage created a BigBang Big Bang that [[CosmicRetcon recreated the DCU]] as something ''mostly'' resembling pre-ComicBook/ZeroHour continuity.]]
9th Aug '16 4:24:45 AM narm00
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** Later, a lesser case occurs - when Minamoto quits his position as the supervisor of Tha Children (due to the new head of BABEL being too much of a ManipulativeBastard for him to endure), The Children responds by breaking into tears - and spontaneously calling up a huge whirlwind of mixed ESP that nearly dismantles the BABEL tower.

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** Later, a lesser case occurs - when Minamoto quits his position as the supervisor of Tha The Children (due to the new head of BABEL being too much of a ManipulativeBastard for him to endure), The Children responds by breaking into tears - and spontaneously calling up a huge whirlwind of mixed ESP that nearly dismantles the BABEL tower.



* In ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' anime, bionical [[EvilKnockoff Cloneblades]] work nice (though not as good as real thing) and do not causes problems (unlike self-willed Witchblade) until some minor damage happens to trigger deterioration. Shortly afterwards, their transforming power's failure ensues and user ends up crystallized (and usually [[LiterallyShatteredLives shattered]]). And ''of course'' it's [[ClingyMacGuffin irremovable]]. Witchblade itself is more perfect, but quickly overloads a human body.

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* In the ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' anime, bionical [[EvilKnockoff Cloneblades]] work nice (though not as good as real thing) and do not causes problems (unlike self-willed Witchblade) until some minor damage happens to trigger deterioration. Shortly afterwards, their transforming power's failure ensues and user ends up crystallized (and usually [[LiterallyShatteredLives shattered]]). And ''of course'' it's [[ClingyMacGuffin irremovable]]. Witchblade itself is more perfect, but quickly overloads a human body.



* 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 of 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: Galactic Storm and used to ''blow up the Kree Galaxy'' and effectively mutate what little life made it through. (It was just as rough of 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.



* 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 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.






** The Orks have (or at least had) psykers of their own, called Weirdboyz. Being an ''extremely'' psychic race to begin with, Ork Psykers tended to cause other nearby Orks [[YourHeadAsplode heads to explode]]. It got worse when Weirdboyz got near each other. Of course Orks think this is funny as hell

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** The Orks have (or at least had) psykers of their own, called Weirdboyz. Being an ''extremely'' psychic race to begin with, Ork Psykers tended to cause other nearby Orks [[YourHeadAsplode heads to explode]]. It got worse when Weirdboyz got near each other. Of course Orks think this is funny as hellhell.



* Mega-[[PsychoSerum Juicers]] in ''{{Rifts}}'' start to become consumed by their power when they near the end of their lives. First their eyes start to glow, then their whole bodies, and eventually they just burst into flame. If/when they die at any point during this period, they ''explode''.
* ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'' 's parapsychics have a non-zero chance of going into "Burn" every time they use their powers.

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* Mega-[[PsychoSerum Juicers]] in ''{{Rifts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' start to become consumed by their power when they near the end of their lives. First their eyes start to glow, then their whole bodies, and eventually they just burst into flame. If/when they die at any point during this period, they ''explode''.
* ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'' 's ''TabletopGame/CthulhuTech'''s parapsychics have a non-zero chance of going into "Burn" every time they use their powers.



* At the end of Heavens Feel route in VisualNovel/FateStayNight [[spoiler:Sakura]] loses the ability to control the Grail's energy, resulting in a potentially world destroying... thingy... requiring first the use of Rule Breaker to separate [[spoiler:Sakura]] from the Grail and then [[spoiler:either Shirou or Ilya's HeroicSacrifice to keep from getting worse]].

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* At the end of the Heavens Feel route in VisualNovel/FateStayNight [[spoiler:Sakura]] loses the ability to control the Grail's energy, resulting in a potentially world destroying... thingy... requiring first the use of Rule Breaker to separate [[spoiler:Sakura]] from the Grail and then [[spoiler:either Shirou or Ilya's HeroicSacrifice to keep from getting worse]].



* A story line in ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' involves [[spoiler:the titular heroine going into one after an altercation with two supervillains stealing a [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke "Genetic Infusion Chamber" powered by a "Cherenkov]][[JackKirby -Kirby]] [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke Reactor]].]]

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* A story line in ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' involves [[spoiler:the titular heroine going into one after an altercation with two supervillains stealing a [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke "Genetic Infusion Chamber" powered by a "Cherenkov]][[JackKirby "Cherenkov]][[Creator/JackKirby -Kirby]] [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke Reactor]].Reactor"]].]]
31st Jul '16 2:16:18 PM nombretomado
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* ComicBook/CaptainAtom in the [[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.

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* ComicBook/CaptainAtom in the [[DCComics [[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.
18th Jul '16 11:21:14 PM Qube
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** Chiaotzu, Android 16, and Vegeta each triggered Super Power Meltdowns to try and defeat TheDragon and BigBad of separate arcs as part of a HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler: It never works.]]

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** Chiaotzu, Android 16, and Vegeta each triggered Super Power Meltdowns to try and defeat TheDragon and or BigBad of separate arcs as part of a HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler: It never works.]]
18th Jul '16 11:20:44 PM Qube
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** Chiaotzu and Android 16 triggered Super Power Meltdowns to try and defeat TheDragon and BigBad of separate arcs as part of a HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler: It didn't work.]]

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** Chiaotzu and Chiaotzu, Android 16 16, and Vegeta each triggered Super Power Meltdowns to try and defeat TheDragon and BigBad of separate arcs as part of a HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler: It didn't work.never works.]]



** If you're going to count Chiaotzu and #16, shouldn't Vegeta's HeroicSacrifice against Majin Buu count as well?
18th Jul '16 8:49:03 PM Willbyr
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* In ''ZettaiKarenChildren'', Kaoru is nearly killed when her psychic powers begin to go haywire, slamming a helicopter carrying herself and others into a building and being crushed on the ground by the weight of her power. She's saved when her supervisor shows something similar to ThePowerOfFriendship; she has the guts to then stop her own heart, resulting in the cancellation of the meltdown.

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* In ''ZettaiKarenChildren'', ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'':
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Kaoru is nearly killed when her psychic powers begin to go haywire, slamming a helicopter carrying herself and others into a building and being crushed on the ground by the weight of her power. She's saved when her supervisor shows something similar to ThePowerOfFriendship; she has the guts to then stop her own heart, resulting in the cancellation of the meltdown.
2nd Jul '16 10:37:20 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Bionicle}}'': the Bohrok-Kal were defeated simply by the Toa Nuva overloading them with power, causing each one to be destroyed by their own powers.

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* ''{{Bionicle}}'': the ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
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Bohrok-Kal were defeated simply by the Toa Nuva overloading them with power, causing each one to be destroyed by their own powers.
20th Jun '16 10:28:29 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', this is a problem for any Powered (Supers with PowerIncontinence) with a strong enough ability. Some are only an inconvenience to themselves (e.g. a girl who levitates when experiencing a strong emotion or a guy who randomly teleports when sneezing), while others can threaten a large group of people (e.g. a guy who can accidentally cause a state-wide blackout by absorbing all that electricity, necessitating that he be kept in total isolation in order to slowly bleed off that energy or a guy who unintentionally causes the laws of probability to be in flux around him).
7th Jun '16 8:52:00 AM 32_Footsteps
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*** This could be weaponized by Fabian Cortez, one-time second-in-command for ComicBook/{{Magneto}}. His mutant ability focused around modifying the powers of other mutants, which could cause cellular damage if ramped up too high. In fact, he attempted to kill [[spoiler: Magneto himself]] by causing all of his victim's powers to flare out as much as possible.
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