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21st Aug '16 11:15:38 AM nombretomado
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* Faen of ''{{Drowtales}}'' demonstrates the downsides of having empathy, since even though her mother is a powerful empath Faen's own powers aren't well controlled, and make her especially sensitive to demons and other people's pain.

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* Faen of ''{{Drowtales}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' demonstrates the downsides of having empathy, since even though her mother is a powerful empath Faen's own powers aren't well controlled, and make her especially sensitive to demons and other people's pain.
10th Aug '16 9:09:05 PM nombretomado
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* While passing through a busy courtyard, Dowager Queen Jehana in ''[[{{Deryni}} The King's Justice]]'' catches the thoughts of the assassins who are planning to attack her brother-in-law Nigel. She agonizes over whether or not to warn him (and save his life) since she believes her Deryni powers are evil (and a threat to her soul).

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* While passing through a busy courtyard, Dowager Queen Jehana in ''[[{{Deryni}} ''[[Literature/{{Deryni}} The King's Justice]]'' catches the thoughts of the assassins who are planning to attack her brother-in-law Nigel. She agonizes over whether or not to warn him (and save his life) since she believes her Deryni powers are evil (and a threat to her soul).
12th Jul '16 12:39:27 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* The titular character of ''[[Manga/TheDisastrousLifeOfSaikiK]]'' has access to seemingly every psychic power in the book, but is unable to shut them off, which has resulted in them robbing his life of any surprise, challenge, or sense of accomplishment. This includes being able to hear the thoughts of everyone around him, but unlike some other examples, he has enough mental fortitude that it's simply an annoyance to him.

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* The titular character of ''[[Manga/TheDisastrousLifeOfSaikiK]]'' ''Manga/TheDisastrousLifeOfSaikiK'' has access to seemingly every psychic power in the book, but is unable to shut them off, which has resulted in them robbing his life of any surprise, challenge, or sense of accomplishment. This includes being able to hear the thoughts of everyone around him, but unlike some other examples, he has enough mental fortitude that it's simply an annoyance to him.



* ''Film/{{Scanners}}''.

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* Sookie in ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries''.

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* %%* Sookie in ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries''.
12th Jul '16 12:30:54 AM kirara19
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* The titular character of ''[[Manga/ChounouryokushaSaikiKusuoNoSainan The Disaster of PSI Kusuo Saiki]]'' has access to seemingly every psychic power in the book, but is unable to shut them off, which has resulted in them robbing his life of any surprise, challenge, or sense of accomplishment. This includes being able to hear the thoughts of everyone around him, but unlike some other examples, he has enough mental fortitude that it's simply an annoyance to him.

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* The titular character of ''[[Manga/ChounouryokushaSaikiKusuoNoSainan The Disaster of PSI Kusuo Saiki]]'' ''[[Manga/TheDisastrousLifeOfSaikiK]]'' has access to seemingly every psychic power in the book, but is unable to shut them off, which has resulted in them robbing his life of any surprise, challenge, or sense of accomplishment. This includes being able to hear the thoughts of everyone around him, but unlike some other examples, he has enough mental fortitude that it's simply an annoyance to him.
29th Apr '16 11:31:11 AM Robinton
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', most psykers end up being consumed by the Astronomican or the Golden Throne as a sacrifice. Of course, if you're not put in that, you may [[YourHeadASplode have your head explode]], of turn to chaos, or be possessed by a chaos daemon...

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', most psykers end up being consumed by the Astronomican or the Golden Throne as a sacrifice. Of course, if you're not put in that, you may [[YourHeadASplode have your head explode]], of or turn to chaos, or be possessed by a chaos daemon...
9th Mar '16 9:51:14 AM Hossmeister
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* ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' features two sisters who can see the future. One sees only good things, but is constantly glum because she's no longer surprised or happy when the prediction actually happens. The other sees only bad things, but is [[StepfordSmiler constantly cheery]] because any moment she's not around misery seems good in comparison.

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* ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'' ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' features two sisters who can see the future. One sees only good things, but is constantly glum because she's no longer surprised or happy when the prediction actually happens. The other sees only bad things, but is [[StepfordSmiler constantly cheery]] because any moment she's not around misery seems good in comparison.
23rd Nov '15 1:14:35 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''"Imagine there was a door to the [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace realm of Daemons]], and the slightest inattention on your behalf would see them batter it down and rip you to shreds. Now imagine that door is [[YourHeadASplode inside your head]]. That is what being a Psyker is like."''

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->''"Imagine there was a door to the [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace realm of Daemons]], Daemons, and the slightest inattention on your behalf would see them batter it down and rip you to shreds. Now imagine that door is [[YourHeadASplode inside your head]].head. That is what being a Psyker is like."''
22nd Nov '15 6:21:33 PM nombretomado
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* Stygian in the WhateleyUniverse was so depressed that only the attention of two dedicated spirits to get him out of bed and eating. [[spoiler: He also gets forgiven for his role in the Sim sabotage which he took part in only so he would get killed.]]
* The "demon seed" mediums in ''TheSalvationWar'' often went insane from the constant torment from demons taunting them and showing them Hell. Most of the sane ones kept their powers secret, since nobody will want to hear "your relatives are burning in a river of lava for all eternity, and so will you." However, humans find ways to block out the messages, and uses them to open portals to invade Hell.

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* Stygian in the WhateleyUniverse Literature/WhateleyUniverse was so depressed that only the attention of two dedicated spirits to get him out of bed and eating. [[spoiler: He also gets forgiven for his role in the Sim sabotage which he took part in only so he would get killed.]]
* The "demon seed" mediums in ''TheSalvationWar'' ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' often went insane from the constant torment from demons taunting them and showing them Hell. Most of the sane ones kept their powers secret, since nobody will want to hear "your relatives are burning in a river of lava for all eternity, and so will you." However, humans find ways to block out the messages, and uses them to open portals to invade Hell.
5th Nov '15 10:39:04 AM Willbyr
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* Mao from ''CodeGeass'' fits this trope perfectly. Out of all the Geass users in the series, he is undeniably the most damaged and miserable; his mind-reading power puts him in so much pain that [[BrokenBase fans are actually divided]] over whether to loathe him completely for his [[MoralEventHorizon cruel treatment of the heroes]] or [[TragicMonster feel sorry for him]].

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* Mao from ''CodeGeass'' ''Anime/CodeGeass'' fits this trope perfectly. Out of all the Geass users in the series, he is undeniably the most damaged and miserable; his mind-reading power puts him in so much pain that [[BrokenBase fans are actually divided]] over whether to loathe him completely for his [[MoralEventHorizon cruel treatment of the heroes]] or [[TragicMonster feel sorry for him]].



* In ''ChronoCrusade'', Joshua Christopher is [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity driven insane]] by being [[HearingVoices unable to stop reading the minds of those around him]].

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* In ''ChronoCrusade'', ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Joshua Christopher is [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity driven insane]] by being [[HearingVoices unable to stop reading the minds of those around him]].



* ''{{xxxHolic}}'' revolves around Watanuki, one of the few people able to see the the myriad of supernatural phenomena that exist in the universe. Unfortunately, said supernatural phenomena are also powerfully attracted to him. Having to constantly fend of creatures that other people can't even see has not had a good impact on his life.

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* ''{{xxxHolic}}'' ''Manga/XxxHolic'' revolves around Watanuki, one of the few people able to see the the myriad of supernatural phenomena that exist in the universe. Unfortunately, said supernatural phenomena are also powerfully attracted to him. Having to constantly fend of creatures that other people can't even see has not had a good impact on his life.



* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'': ComicBook/JeanGrey couldn't control her telepathic powers when she was a child, causing her to develop mental problems. Xavier put blocks on her mind designed to let her grow into her powers gradually. Originally the Phoenix wasn't a cosmic entity, but her full potential, unleashed before she was ready for it by extreme duress. Even ''before'' Jason Wyngarde attempted MoreThanMindControl and found out he really, really shouldn't have, Jean had to constantly fight against WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity and was more anti-heroish.

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* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'': ''ComicBook/XMen'': ComicBook/JeanGrey couldn't control her telepathic powers when she was a child, causing her to develop mental problems. Xavier put blocks on her mind designed to let her grow into her powers gradually. Originally the Phoenix wasn't a cosmic entity, but her full potential, unleashed before she was ready for it by extreme duress. Even ''before'' Jason Wyngarde attempted MoreThanMindControl and found out he really, really shouldn't have, Jean had to constantly fight against WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity and was more anti-heroish.
26th Aug '15 7:13:56 AM TrustBen
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* ''Series/{{Millennium}}[='=]s Frank Black, whose abilities as TheProfiler edge into PsychicPowers territory, is often morose. He'd be more so without his family, and goes into HeroicBSOD (again) after [[spoiler: he's widowed]].

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* ''Series/{{Millennium}}[='=]s ''Series/{{Millennium}}''[='=]s Frank Black, whose abilities as TheProfiler edge into PsychicPowers territory, is often morose. He'd be more so without his family, and goes into HeroicBSOD (again) after [[spoiler: he's widowed]].
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