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4th May '16 1:35:34 AM WillBGood
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* The 1980's revival of "The Twilight Zone" had a story about a traumatized Vietnam War veteran with the power to make his thoughts come to life. It worked best when he was dreaming, but all his dreams were about horrific battles. It got messy.

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* The 1980's revival An episode of "The Twilight Zone" ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' had a story, "Nightcrawlers" (adapted from the short story by Creator/RobertRMcCammon) about a traumatized Vietnam War veteran with the power to make his thoughts come to life. It worked best when he was dreaming, but all his dreams were about horrific battles. It got messy.



** In the game's backstory, Overbrook (now called "Faultline") was [[spoiler: supposedly]] leveled by the earthquake machines of an archvillain known as Faultine. [[spoiler: In truth, though, Faultline was a mutant hero who wouldn't have needed them; a villain named PsyCurse used a gadget known as the PsychoChronoMetron to rewrite Faultline into a villain. Unfortunately, feedback from the PsychoChronoMetron caused Faultline to lose control of his powers, resulting in the earthquake that leveled Overbrook. .]]

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** In the game's backstory, Overbrook (now called "Faultline") was [[spoiler: supposedly]] leveled by the earthquake machines of an archvillain known as Faultine. [[spoiler: In truth, though, Faultline was a mutant hero who wouldn't have needed them; a villain named PsyCurse [=PsyCurse=] used a gadget known as the PsychoChronoMetron [=PsychoChronoMetron=] to rewrite Faultline into a villain. Unfortunately, feedback from the PsychoChronoMetron [=PsychoChronoMetron=] caused Faultline to lose control of his powers, resulting in the earthquake that leveled Overbrook. .]]
26th Apr '16 4:26:39 PM Piando
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** When Goku delivered the killing blow to Broly in ''Dragon Ball Z: Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan'', he underwent a Superpower Meltdown and exploded.

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** When Goku delivered the killing blow to Broly in ''Dragon Ball Z: Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan'', ''Anime/DragonBallZBrolyTheLegendarySuperSaiyan'', he underwent a Superpower Meltdown and exploded.



* Manbot in ''FreedomForce'' had this as his FatalFlaw: his power made him prone to causing violent explosions, one of which killed his brother after making him a containment suit.
* Ultima, the BigBad of ''FinalFantasyTactics'', tries to once again go OneWingedAngel on Ramza's team after having its prior seraphim and skeleton-angel forms trashed. Too bad large explosions aren't exactly EnergyBeings.

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* Manbot in ''FreedomForce'' ''VideoGames/FreedomForce'' had this as his FatalFlaw: his power made him prone to causing violent explosions, one of which killed his brother after making him a containment suit.
* Ultima, the BigBad of ''FinalFantasyTactics'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', tries to once again go OneWingedAngel on Ramza's team after having its prior seraphim and skeleton-angel forms trashed. Too bad large explosions aren't exactly EnergyBeings.



* ''IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' ends with [[spoiler:the Nazi scientist being tricked into getting into a god-making machine and putting far too much fuel in it, transforming him into a glowing, horned [[EnergyBeings Energy Being]]. [[ExplosiveOverclocking Then he explodes.]]]]

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* ''IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' ''VideoGame/IndianaJonesAndTheFateOfAtlantis'' ends with [[spoiler:the Nazi scientist being tricked into getting into a god-making machine and putting far too much fuel in it, transforming him into a glowing, horned [[EnergyBeings Energy Being]]. [[ExplosiveOverclocking Then he explodes.]]]]



* In ''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 ''WorldOfWarcraft'', ''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.
20th Apr '16 11:47:26 AM Anicomicgeek
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* In ComicBook/TheAuthority story, ''The Authority:Revolution'', during a fight on the White House lawn, a superhuman with radioactive powers ends up losing control of his abilities, and the resulting explosion levels the city.

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* In ComicBook/TheAuthority story, ''The Authority:Revolution'', Authority: Revolution'', during a fight on the White House lawn, a superhuman with radioactive powers ends up losing control of his abilities, and the resulting explosion levels the city.



** A fairly common problem for [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} mutants]], especially when their powers first manifest since most of them have no idea that they even ''are'' mutants, much less any advance warning of what powers they have. Can also occur if physical or psychological trauma causes an individual to lose control of their powers.

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** A fairly common problem for [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} [[ComicBook/XMen mutants]], especially when their powers first manifest since most of them have no idea that they even ''are'' mutants, much less any advance warning of what powers they have. Can also occur if physical or psychological trauma causes an individual to lose control of their powers.



* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} is going through one of these in ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', causing him to glow red and be perpetually angry. Also, there's a fear that his literal [[ILoveNuclearPower meltdown]] will probably [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt blow up the atmosphere]]. Luckily, all this radiation is absorbed by Godzilla Junior, mutating him into [[LegacyCharacter the next Godzilla]], so that's okay.
** The Super-X3 thankfully also kept the now dead Godzilla's energy from rising high enough to burn the atmosphere, which if it had then Godzilla Junior's body would have burned up before it could save the city from the fallout. So man saves the world, and unwittingly a dead body, and the dead body saves Tokyo from the radiation and is brought back to life.

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* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} is going through one of these in ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'', causing him to glow red and be perpetually angry. Also, there's a fear that his literal [[ILoveNuclearPower meltdown]] will probably [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt blow up the atmosphere]]. Luckily, all this radiation is absorbed by Godzilla Junior, mutating him into [[LegacyCharacter the next Godzilla]], so that's okay.
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okay. The Super-X3 thankfully also kept the now dead Godzilla's energy from rising high enough to burn the atmosphere, which if it had then Godzilla Junior's body would have burned up before it could save the city from the fallout. So man saves the world, and unwittingly a dead body, and the dead body saves Tokyo from the radiation and is brought back to life.
19th Apr '16 9:41:04 AM LovePsychothefirst
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* In ''Anime/ProjectK'' when a King uses a considerable amount of power their abilities start to get more and more out of hand, until eventually their Swords of Damocles begin falling apart and eventually crash to the ground, causing catastrophic damages.

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* In ''Anime/ProjectK'' ''Anime/{{K}}'' when a King uses a considerable amount of power their abilities start to get more and more out of hand, until eventually their Swords of Damocles begin falling apart and eventually crash to the ground, causing catastrophic damages.damages. In the backstory, this already happened to the previous Red King Genji Kagutsu. The result of his Democles Down resulted in a ''100 km'' wide radius of Japan getting a bite chewed out of it that is known as the Kagutsu Crater. Twice this becomes a possibility of happening again. First in season one, Mikoto Suoh (then current Red King) is pushing his limits [[spoiler: and ultimately breaks them, resulting in Reisi Munakata, the Blue King, having to [[KillTheOnesYouLove kill him]] before a new crater incident.]] And then in season two [[spoiler: ''Reisi'', suffering from the backlash mentally, emotionally, and power wise from the previous incident, starts to risk having that happen.]]
28th Mar '16 7:12:15 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* A mild version happens to Iris in the original ''SakuraTaisen'' videogame, although she ''only'' blows the roof off a movie theater.

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* A mild version happens to Iris in the original ''SakuraTaisen'' videogame, first ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'', although she ''only'' blows the roof off a movie theater.
8th Feb '16 4:15:15 PM Willbyr
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* Chiaotzu and Android 16 in ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' triggered Super Power Meltdowns to try and defeat TheDragon and BigBad of separate arcs as part of a HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler: It didn't work.]]
** When Goku delivered the killing blow to Broly in Dragon Ball Z: Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan, he underwent a SuperpowerMeltdown and exploded.
** When the villain Cell threatened to destroy the planet by triggering his own, Goku [[spoiler: teleports them both away. Ironically, while he is the lead, his HeroicSacrifice was partly in vain since Cell survives and Gohan has to beat him.]]

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
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Chiaotzu and Android 16 in ''Manga/DragonBall Z'' triggered Super Power Meltdowns to try and defeat TheDragon and BigBad of separate arcs as part of a HeroicSacrifice. [[spoiler: It didn't work.]]
** When Goku delivered the killing blow to Broly in Dragon ''Dragon Ball Z: Broly The Legendary Super Saiyan, Saiyan'', he underwent a SuperpowerMeltdown Superpower Meltdown and exploded.
** When the villain Cell threatened to destroy the planet by triggering his own, Goku [[spoiler: teleports teleported them both away. Ironically, while he is was the lead, his HeroicSacrifice was partly in vain since Cell survives survived and Gohan has had to beat him.]]



* In ''{{Claymore}}'', the only people effective at finding and killing monstrous youma are the titular Claymores, women with youma flesh implanted in them; this also grants them increased physical abilities, and lets them draw on even more physical abilities if they choose to. If they draw too much, though, they risk 'awakening' and transforming into a murderous, human-eating Awakened Being that, due to its composite origin, is vastly more powerful and dangerous than the monsters they were supposed to be fighting in the first place. In actual practice, by the time the story takes place, the 'serious' threats are all Awakened Beings, and youma are little more than mooks... and yet they keep producing more Claymores to fight the Awakened Beings they produced when the ''previous'' Claymores went insane. [[spoiler:It's eventually revealed that the obviously insane nature of this strategy is deliberate on the part of the organization that creates Claymores, and their real goal was to create and test Awakened Beings from the start.]]
* ''{{Tsukihime}}'''s Tohno Shiki has the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, which perceive the nature of death in the form of lines and dots on virtually ''everything''. He potentially risks this trope every time he takes off his ability-sealing glasses, and (later on) when his eyes become too strong to be suppressed. It has been stated that [[WalkingWasteland it wouldn't be strange for everything to fall apart around him, just from his being nearby]].
* The ''{{Guyver}}'' armor does this if its [[RestrainingBolt Control Medal]] is torn out. Among the things that happen is that the armor EATS the user.

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* In ''{{Claymore}}'', ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', the only people effective at finding and killing monstrous youma are the titular Claymores, women with youma flesh implanted in them; this also grants them increased physical abilities, and lets them draw on even more physical abilities if they choose to. If they draw too much, though, they risk 'awakening' and transforming into a murderous, human-eating Awakened Being that, due to its composite origin, is vastly more powerful and dangerous than the monsters they were supposed to be fighting in the first place. In actual practice, by the time the story takes place, the 'serious' threats are all Awakened Beings, and youma are little more than mooks... and yet they keep producing more Claymores to fight the Awakened Beings they produced when the ''previous'' Claymores went insane. [[spoiler:It's eventually revealed that the obviously insane nature of this strategy is deliberate on the part of the organization that creates Claymores, and their real goal was to create and test Awakened Beings from the start.]]
* ''{{Tsukihime}}'''s ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'''s Tohno Shiki has the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception, which perceive the nature of death in the form of lines and dots on virtually ''everything''. He potentially risks this trope every time he takes off his ability-sealing glasses, and (later on) when his eyes become too strong to be suppressed. It has been stated that [[WalkingWasteland it wouldn't be strange for everything to fall apart around him, just from his being nearby]].
* The ''{{Guyver}}'' ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' armor does this if its [[RestrainingBolt Control Medal]] is torn out. Among the things that happen is that the armor EATS the user.



* Subaru's famous berserker scene in MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha was apparently her first use of her [[spoiler:cyborg]] abilities as well as using her normal armaments as hard as she possibly could. Afterward, her gear is horribly damaged and she nearly destroyed her intelligent device entirely. Couple that with not bothering to dodge or block attacks and she was pretty seriously injured after that.

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* Subaru's famous berserker scene in MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was apparently her first use of her [[spoiler:cyborg]] abilities as well as using her normal armaments as hard as she possibly could. Afterward, her gear is horribly damaged and she nearly destroyed her intelligent device entirely. Couple that with not bothering to dodge or block attacks and she was pretty seriously injured after that.



* In ''RosarioToVampire'', Tsukune's [[SuperhumanTransfusion vampire blood injections]] power him up immensely, but they slowly eat away at both his [[BodyHorror body]] and his [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity humanity]]. He's gained some measure of control over those powers at this point, but he still occasionally [[SuperpoweredEvilSide loses control]]

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* In ''RosarioToVampire'', ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Tsukune's [[SuperhumanTransfusion vampire blood injections]] power him up immensely, but they slowly eat away at both his [[BodyHorror body]] and his [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity humanity]]. He's gained some measure of control over those powers at this point, but he still occasionally [[SuperpoweredEvilSide loses control]]
15th Jan '16 9:02:27 AM Adept
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* Katsumi in [[SilentMoebius Silent Möbius]] [[spoiler: after she finds Robert [=DeVice=] dead, her grief and anger make her magical power leash out, blowing up the apartment building in a PillarOfLight as she screams inside the fire with GlowingEyesOfDoom.]]

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* Katsumi in [[SilentMoebius Silent Möbius]] ''Manga/SilentMobius'' [[spoiler: after she finds Robert [=DeVice=] dead, her grief and anger make her magical power leash out, blowing up the apartment building in a PillarOfLight as she screams inside the fire with GlowingEyesOfDoom.]]
13th Jan '16 7:01:49 PM nombretomado
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* In the original ''SquadronSupreme'' limited series, Nuke has a meltdown which ends up [[spoiler:killing him, as he burns up all the oxygen inside the force field that's keeping him from incinerating the countryside.]]

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* In the original ''SquadronSupreme'' ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' limited series, Nuke has a meltdown which ends up [[spoiler:killing him, as he burns up all the oxygen inside the force field that's keeping him from incinerating the countryside.]]
6th Jan '16 7:46:48 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''SoulCalibur III'' start-up trailer, Nightmare seems to have one of these because he consumed the souls of a whole army, ''all at once''. It didn't seem to hurt him though.

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* In the ''SoulCalibur ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur III'' start-up trailer, Nightmare seems to have one of these because he consumed the souls of a whole army, ''all at once''. It didn't seem to hurt him though.
29th Dec '15 6:20:42 PM jormis29
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* A story line in ''{{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 ''{{Spinnerette}}'' ''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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