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23rd Jul '17 9:09:04 AM project13Kr
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* The Justice League all experience this in the aftermath of ''Comicbook/DarkseidWar'', as they gain godly powers that eat away at their humanity. Batman becomes a fascist, Franchise/{{Superman}} becomes a violent ManChild and The Flash becomes a sociopathic GrimReaper.
9th Jul '17 3:07:06 AM Kereea1
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** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsMagicalMovieNight'' has [[spoiler: Juniper Montage]] who in the third episode finds a magic mirror that shows her what she desires (to be an adored movie star). After using the mirror to grant her wishes and sucking the main cast inside, the mirror powers up and turns her into a giant version of her movie star self, as well as giving her delusions that the people running and fleeing in terror are all actually just admiring fans. The quick down-slide in her sanity from the second episode (where she just sabotaged a movie) is blamed on the mirror and she is EasilyForgiven, with references to Twilight and Sunset's instances of the trope from above being used as justification.
4th Jul '17 6:59:17 AM jouXIII
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* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed gets a power overload from contact with a huge amount of unfinished Philosopher's Stone and goes full-on uncontrollable with so much power it is described that if this goes on, he can attain enough power to be god-like (even freaking out the Homunculi) until a CooldownHug snaps him out of it.

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* In the first anime of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'', Ed gets a power overload from contact with a huge amount of unfinished Philosopher's Stone and goes full-on uncontrollable with so much power it is described that if this goes on, he can attain enough power to be god-like (even freaking out the Homunculi) until a CooldownHug snaps him out of it.
4th Jul '17 6:52:07 AM jouXIII
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** Kouga (from the third anime filler arc) fits this trope perfectly. His power to ([[spoiler:force others' zanpakutou to do his bidding]]) is truly enormous, and he quickly goes insane. Kouga had plenty of external help on that trip to insanity, but his obsession with his own great power made him a little unbalanced even when he was still one of the good guys.

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** Kouga (from the third anime filler arc) fits this trope perfectly. His power to ([[spoiler:force ([[spoiler:to force others' zanpakutou to do his bidding]]) is truly enormous, and he quickly goes insane. Kouga had plenty of external help on that trip to insanity, but his obsession with his own great power made him a little unbalanced even when he was still one of the good guys.
23rd Jun '17 6:57:48 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** To make it even worse, Claremont clearly hated the idea that the Phoenix entity was not Jean, he kept trying to sneakily [[CharacterRerailment re-retcon it back]], and the story got into the hands of other writers and mutated further, it eventually became a total, unworkable, self-contradictory ContinuitySnarl.

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** To make it even worse, Claremont clearly hated the idea that the Phoenix entity was not Jean, he kept trying to sneakily [[CharacterRerailment re-retcon it back]], and the story got into the hands of other writers and mutated further, it eventually became a total, unworkable, self-contradictory ContinuitySnarl. Nowadays, it's mostly ignored.


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*** Oddly enough, Jean and her relatives actually tend to handle vast/cosmic scale power pretty well, Phoenix saga aside. Jean spent most of the 90's and early 2000's being incredibly powerful under her own steam, and her teenage counterpart has largely kept her powers in hand too. Meanwhile, her children, Rachel, Nate, and Cable, are all vastly powerful (in Cable's case in particular, and recently with Nate, intermittently) and entirely sane. Cable seemed to undergo this when his Techno-Organic virus went into remission and he created the floating island of Providence, jacking him up to the point where he could fight the Silver Surfer on even footing, hold Providence in the air, and repair the landscape around them as they fought. As it turned out, however, it was a GenghisGambit to get the world to unite against him. Nate, meanwhile, lived in mortal terror of a combination of this and lethal cosmic scale PowerIncontinence, but largely held it together pretty well - which, for a LivingWeapon who had no functional childhood, grew up in the hell that was the Age of Apocalypse, had to live with the knowledge that he was slowly dying, and had just about everyone trying to manipulate or destroy him once he got to 616, is really quite impressive. As for Rachel, of the lot of them, she's by far the sanest.
*** While Stryfe and Maddie Pryor are worth noting, both were clones - Stryfe remains in denial about this, while Maddie did ''not'' take it well - and Stryfe was raised by Apocalypse, while Maddie was created by Sinister as his weapon with cobbled together memories from Jean Grey. Their insanity was not exactly of their making.
14th May '17 3:30:59 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', the Dominion-loyalist Ghost Nova proclaims that this is what happens to Spectres, an experimental form of "super-Ghost" who have their powers boosted by, among other things, exposure to Terrazine Gas. If the player chooses to ignore Nova's warnings and remain loyal to Tosh, the only free Spectre, and his plans for freeing his captured buddies, they learn that this isn't the case; Spectres are more powerful than Ghosts, but they were scrapped as a Dominion project because the upgrade process automatically blows their RestrainingBolt. Tosh, in fact, not only chooses only volunteers to become new Spectres, but deliberately screens them to ensure they are as sane and stable as is possible for a human with PsychicPowers in the Franchise/StarCraft universe to be. Nova herself is fairly sane, despite being stronger than an average ghost by at least an order of magnitude (her telekinetic blasts can be rated in megatons).

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* In ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'', the Dominion-loyalist Ghost Nova proclaims that this is what happens to Spectres, an experimental form of "super-Ghost" who have their powers boosted by, among other things, exposure to Terrazine Gas. If the player chooses to ignore Nova's warnings and remain loyal to Tosh, the only free Spectre, and his plans for freeing his captured buddies, they learn that this isn't the case; Spectres are more powerful than Ghosts, but they were scrapped as a Dominion project because the upgrade process automatically blows their RestrainingBolt. Tosh, in fact, not only chooses only volunteers to become new Spectres, but deliberately screens them to ensure they are as sane and stable as is possible for a human with PsychicPowers in the Franchise/StarCraft ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' universe to be. Nova herself is fairly sane, despite being stronger than an average ghost by at least an order of magnitude (her telekinetic blasts can be rated in megatons).
9th May '17 9:53:01 PM MagnusForce
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'' episode "Sword Sisters", Pauline becomes the superheroine Sword Sister after she gets her hands on a CoolSword, but soon goes mad due to its incredible power. Joey and AP are forced to find the sword's original owner in order to stop their friend.
7th May '17 3:58:09 AM lillolillo
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* In ''New Anime/GetterRobo'', Ryouma lets himself get hopped up on Getter Energy, powering him and New Getter-1 to new heights to combat the Four Heavenly Kings. However, Ryouma loses himself and Hayato and Benkei have to try to reel him back in before his actions get them killed.

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* In ''New Anime/GetterRobo'', Manga/GetterRobo'', Ryouma lets himself get hopped up on Getter Energy, powering him and New Getter-1 to new heights to combat the Four Heavenly Kings. However, Ryouma loses himself and Hayato and Benkei have to try to reel him back in before his actions get them killed.
1st May '17 12:59:33 PM Arcana4th
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** In the miniseries ''Elements'': [[spoiler:Patience St. Pim creates a spell to wake the Elementals powers forcibly, this leads to them being overturned by their own elements and parting the land of Ooo in 4 parts, one for each. Fire Princess turns into a dragon that looks for things to fight against, as well as all her followers, Bubblegum becomes a always happy Tower-sized entity that turns everyone around her in candy overly sweet versions of themselves and does BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood, Slime princess becomes tyrannical, lazy and wishes to absorb other slimes into her own besides behaving and talking in a similar fashion to [[Franchise/StarWars Jabba The Hut]] and Patience herself becomes gloomy and melancholic]].
26th Apr '17 4:30:14 PM intastiel
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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', witches make a study of {{def|iedTrope}}ying this. The combination of magical power, a keen grasp of (or throttle-hold on) human psychology, and a solitary lifestyle tend to do weird things to their minds over time; so they take care to keep each other grounded and at least somewhat socially engaged so they don't "start cackling."

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* In ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', witches make a study of {{def|iedTrope}}ying this. The combination of magical power, a keen (and [[ManipulativeBastard sometimes bruising]]) grasp of (or throttle-hold on) human psychology, and a solitary lifestyle tend to do weird things to their minds over time; so they take care to keep each other grounded and at least somewhat socially engaged so they don't "start cackling."
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