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7th Oct '17 5:09:15 PM CaptEquinox
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Shapeshifting and [[AMindIsATerribleTHingToRead telepathy]] are close seconds to invisibility as potential causes of this trope, probably due to PersonalityPowers; after all, changing identities too often might result in losing track of the real you, and having other peoples' thoughts in your head is a lot like voices in your head (or can be abused for BigBrotherIsWatching). Anything can theoretically trigger it. Getting energy blasts can result in PsychoElectro. Getting {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s can result in AxCrazy. Getting FlyingBrick powers can result in BewareTheSuperman. Knowing that one is a RealityWarper will cause AGodAmI and the warper to remake the world [[InTheirOwnImage in his own image]]. Think of all the PowerPerversionPotential!

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Shapeshifting and [[AMindIsATerribleTHingToRead telepathy]] are close seconds to invisibility as potential causes of this trope, probably due to PersonalityPowers; after all, changing identities too often might result in losing track of the real you, and having other peoples' thoughts in your head is a lot like voices in your head (or can be abused for BigBrotherIsWatching). It's crazymaking when telepathy tells you people are lying and you can do nothing to prove it. Anything can theoretically trigger it. Getting energy blasts can result in PsychoElectro. Getting {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s can result in AxCrazy. Getting FlyingBrick powers can result in BewareTheSuperman. Knowing that one is a RealityWarper will cause AGodAmI and the warper to remake the world [[InTheirOwnImage in his own image]]. Think of all the PowerPerversionPotential!
9th Sep '17 2:09:12 AM Manny20444
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** ComicBook/{{Raven}} must suppress her anger, otherwise she takes on a far more evil side that has no mercy and takes up a form that can border on EldritchAbomination.
** WordOfGod ascribes this trope to the Amazing Mumbo; originally a harmless stage magician, when he got ahold of a magican's wand that was actually magical, it granted him [[MagiciansAreWizards full-fledged sorcerous powers]], turning him into a RealityWarper of such power he's even a DomainHolder, with a pocket-plane of which he is the DimensionLord tucked away inside of his top hat. However, the powers also drove him completely ''bonkers'', and as such he now uses them to create "real" magician tricks that he uses for petty crimes like robbing banks.


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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** ComicBook/{{Raven}} must suppress her anger, otherwise she takes on a far more evil side that has no mercy and takes up a form that can border on EldritchAbomination.
** WordOfGod ascribes this trope to the Amazing Mumbo; originally a harmless stage magician, when he got ahold of a magican's wand that was actually magical, it granted him [[MagiciansAreWizards full-fledged sorcerous powers]], turning him into a RealityWarper of such power he's even a DomainHolder, with a pocket-plane of which he is the DimensionLord tucked away inside of his top hat. However, the powers also drove him completely ''bonkers'', and as such he now uses them to create "real" magician tricks that he uses for petty crimes like robbing banks.
30th Aug '17 2:10:14 PM zealots
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** In ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam]]'', being infected by DG Cells has this effect. Lower-tier Gundam Fighters like Michelo Chariot, Jean-Pierre Mirabeau and Gentle Chapman (a top-tier Fighter in the past, but one who has aged badly and is addicted to painkillers in the present day) all get massive power-ups after being infected by the Cells, but they all lose their sanity to greater or lesser degrees (Michelo, a malevolent man even before the DG infection, is largely unchanged except for becoming more aggressive and less inclined to self-preservation, while Chapman, a FallenHero, is reduced to a barely-sentient attack dog).

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** In ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam]]'', ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', being infected by DG Cells has this effect. Lower-tier Gundam Fighters like Michelo Chariot, Jean-Pierre Mirabeau and Gentle Chapman (a top-tier Fighter in the past, but one who has aged badly and is addicted to painkillers in the present day) all get massive power-ups after being infected by the Cells, but they all lose their sanity to greater or lesser degrees (Michelo, a malevolent man even before the DG infection, is largely unchanged except for becoming more aggressive and less inclined to self-preservation, while Chapman, a FallenHero, is reduced to a barely-sentient attack dog).
30th Aug '17 2:08:40 PM zealots
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** In ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam]]'', being infected by DG Cells has this effect. Lower-tier Gundam Fighters like Michelo Chariot, Jean-Pierre Mirabeau and Gentle Chapman (a top-tier Fighter in the past, but one who has aged badly and is addicted to painkillers in the present day) all get massive power-ups after being infected by the Cells, but they all lose their sanity to greater or lesser degrees (Michelo, a malevolent man even before the DG infection, is largely unchanged except for becoming more aggressive and less inclined to self-preservation, while Chapman, a FallenHero, is reduced to a barely-sentient attack dog).
26th Aug '17 9:40:18 PM TheCuza
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** Seath the Scaleless, obsessed with immortality, conducted huge amounts of research and more or less invented the entire practice of sorcery in the process. He also drove himself completely insane, to the point that he starts creating monsters out of kidnapped humans for no particular reason other than he can.

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** Seath the Scaleless, obsessed with immortality, as the only dragon without natural immortality (other dragons have it because of their scales, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which Seath obviously lacks]]), conducted huge amounts of research trying to gain immortality some other way and more or less invented the entire practice of sorcery in the process. He also drove himself completely insane, to the point that he starts creating kidnapping people and turning them into bizarre monsters out of kidnapped humans for no particular reason other than [[ForScience because he can.can]].



** The third game continues the tradition with Oceiros, whose epithet is "The Consumed King". The guy found Seath's giant library of sorcery knowledge, and, you guessed it, went insane from studying it. When you arrive to fight him, his arms are held as though cradling something, and his dialogue reveals that he believes he's holding his youngest child, Ocelotte. Partway through the fight he realizes his child isn't there, and that's when he finally loses what's left of his sanity.
** Pontiff Sulyvhan ''invokes'' this with his Boreal Outrider Knights. The Outriders are knights whose ranks consist mostly of people who are a political threat to Sulyvhan or are just people he doesn't like, and he gives them magic rings and sends them out on missions to faraway lands. What he doesn't tell them is that those rings slowly drive their wearer insane with bloodlust, until they are reduced to acting like a mindless, feral beast.

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** The third game continues the tradition with Oceiros, whose epithet is "The Consumed King". The guy found Seath's giant library of sorcery knowledge, and, you guessed it, went insane from studying it. it (and also turned himself into a dragon somehow). When you arrive to fight him, his arms are held as though cradling something, and his though there's nothing there. His dialogue reveals that he believes he's holding his youngest child, Ocelotte. Partway through the fight he finally realizes his child isn't there, and that's when he finally loses what's left of his sanity.
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** Pontiff Sulyvhan ''invokes'' this with his Boreal Outrider Knights. The Outriders are knights whose ranks consist mostly of people who are a political threat to Sulyvhan or are just and people he just doesn't like, and he like. He gives them magic rings and sends them out on missions to faraway lands. What he doesn't ''doesn't'' tell them is that those in addition to their advertised beneficial effects, these rings are designed to slowly drive their wearer insane with bloodlust, until they are reduced to acting like a mindless, feral beast.beast. [[GameplayAndStorySegregation And you can use them]]!
21st Aug '17 11:22:31 AM BattleMaster
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** Claremont also established that classic X-Men adversary ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s magnetic powers damage his sanity over time. This explains rather a lot; wouldn't being able to control one of the four fundamental forces of the ''universe'' screw you up, too?

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** Claremont also established that classic X-Men adversary ComicBook/{{Magneto}}'s magnetic powers damage his sanity over time. This explains rather a lot; wouldn't being able to control one of the four fundamental forces of the ''universe'' screw you up, too?too? This is also why he's generally a lot weaker at times when he's a good guy: he's got to hold back in order to avoid having another case of megalomania.
20th Aug '17 7:39:03 PM DarkPhoenix94
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** The power of [[spoiler: the Phoenix]] is [[TheUnfettered insanely volatile]] by nature, which is why She needs to act through Hosts in the first place - their conscience and rationality acts as a RestrainingBolt. However, her power tends to have a corrosive effect on the sanity of those who aren't totally emotionally balanced and in control; the power of [[spoiler: the Phoenix]] magnifies emotions and is magnified by strong emotion in turn. In other words, you've got a vicious circle where the ''start'' is an insane RealityWarper who can make the Laws of Nature sit down and shut up, one who gets ''even more powerful'' [[SanitySlippage the madder they get,]] and the end is a nigh-omnipotent HumanoidAbomination [[OmnicidalManiac that wants to burn]] ''[[OmnicidalManiac everything]]''. For context, the last time a Host went mad and [[spoiler: became the Dark Phoenix]], ''[[OmnicidalManiac they wiped out a galaxy]]''. Needless to say, there's a good reason why a) [[spoiler: the Phoenix]] is so incredibly picky with Her hosts, b) doesn't usually stick around, c) is universally regarded by gods and demons alike as TheDreaded.
18th Aug '17 4:18:07 PM KobyFish
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* in ''WebAnimation/TheTransformersCombinerWars'' Starscream goes completely insane soon after using the Enigma of Combination, and he goes out of control, attacking everything.
9th Aug '17 4:10:22 PM zealots
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*** This trope as related to the Summers family is further deconstructed in the character of Tyler Dayspring, son of either Cable or Stryfe (raised by Cable, but it's heavily implied that Stryfe is his true father). Like Stryfe and Maddie above, Tyler lost his sanity through means not of his own making (he was brainwashed in the future by one of Stryfe's minions) -- but unlike them, he has very weak mutant powers, to the point of needing to augment himself with Apocalypse's technology just to stand a chance against the heroes. In a way, Tyler got the rawest deal out of the entire Summers line -- all the insanity of this trope without any of the power.



** While not part of Magneto's family per se, a special mention should be made for his [[TheDragon Dragon]] and intended successor from the 90s, [[Characters/XMenRoguesGalleryAToL Exodus]]. He has psychic ComboPlatterPowers ramped up to SuperpowerLottery levels, but unlike most mutants who manifest in puberty his powers didn't manifest until adulthood, and then not until being forcibly awakened by ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}. The result is a character who projects constant wide-band PsychicStatic where he goes, was implied to always be speaking telepathically and physically ''simultaneously'', and at one point was even implied to suffer from a psychic variant of schizophrenia because his telepathy was so strong. He's developed greater control of it over the years, but even as recently as 2012 it was stated that he's never actually pushed the upper limits of his powers.

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** While not part of Magneto's family per se, a special mention should be made for his [[TheDragon Dragon]] and intended successor from the 90s, [[Characters/XMenRoguesGalleryAToL [[Characters/XMenAcolytes Exodus]]. He has psychic ComboPlatterPowers ramped up to SuperpowerLottery levels, but unlike most mutants who manifest in puberty his powers didn't manifest until adulthood, and then not until being forcibly awakened by ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}. The result is a character who projects constant wide-band PsychicStatic where he goes, was implied to always be speaking telepathically and physically ''simultaneously'', and at one point was even implied to suffer from a psychic variant of schizophrenia because his telepathy was so strong. He's developed greater control of it over the years, but even as recently as 2012 it was stated that he's he had never actually pushed the upper limits of his powers.
7th Aug '17 6:54:35 AM WillBGood
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* [[Poison]]-users in ''Literature/DisAcedia'' eventually go insane, including [[spoiler: the main character himself]].

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* [[Poison]]-users Poison-users in ''Literature/DisAcedia'' eventually go insane, including [[spoiler: the main character himself]].
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