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4th Jun '18 4:03:19 PM TroperBeDoper
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* Titan in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' mixes this with great immaturity.

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* Titan in ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' mixes this with great immaturity. Hal is a feckless, mildly stalker-ish manchild with a creepy crush on Roxanne. Normally, he's completely harmless. But once he gets powers, that instability creates a complete psycho.
1st Jun '18 6:37:12 PM StrixObscuro
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* In the original Creator/{{Wildstorm}} continuity, ComicBook/{{Grifter}} spent several years suffering from mental illness after being exposed to Gen Factor before Zealot helped him regain his sanity.
29th May '18 5:00:37 AM FuzzyBoots
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* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsYouBelieveHer'', Penny [[spoiler:(the "Meatbag" one)]] has figured out a way to invoke her powers on command through an ingested drug. However, it's making her progressively more violent and insane. And it's addictive.
21st May '18 1:58:30 PM Carliro
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** This used to be the norm for planeswalkers, who once were basically gods. As pointed out by Jodah, their power and lack of need to see anyone else as being anything more than insects in comparison was strongly linked to their insanity. After the Mending, when planeswalkers just became people who can travel between dimensions, all the planeswalkers who saw themselves tripped from their power have either become power-hungry monsters or extremely morally dubious at best.
10th May '18 8:23:41 AM 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.

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** The power of [[spoiler: the Phoenix]] 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]] 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]], Phoenix [[spoiler: (Surtur)]], ''[[OmnicidalManiac they wiped out a galaxy]]''. Needless to say, there's a good reason why a) [[spoiler: the Phoenix]] 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.TheDreaded.
** However, as noted above, the insanity part isn't an inevitable result, with it being pointed out that a sufficiently sane host - not one who suppresses their emotions, someone who accepts them, but isn't controlled by them - is perfectly capable of controlling the power of the Phoenix. But if they slip...
3rd May '18 8:46:30 PM CheeseDogX
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' gives us the Mind Over Matter (M.O.M.) Works, a process that grants incredible strength, reflexes, and PsychicPowers to its users via a set of tiny chips implanted in key spots in their brains. Trouble is, the chips slowly cause mental instability that gets worse and worse with time. The character type that has M.O.M. conversion is called, fittingly, the Crazy.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' gives us the Mind Over Matter (M.O.M.) Works, a process that grants incredible strength, reflexes, and PsychicPowers to its users via a set of tiny chips implanted in key spots in their brains. Trouble is, the chips slowly cause mental instability that gets worse and worse with time. [[note]]In terms of game mechanics, every time the character levels up, he has to roll for a new random insanity. This starts off with relatively simple things like phobias and obsessions, but gets more debilitating each level.[[/note]] The character type that has M.O.M. conversion is called, fittingly, the Crazy.
2nd May '18 12:46:52 PM narm00
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** An interesting case concerning ComicBook/{{Azrael}}. When Jean-Paul Valley was born, he was implanted with a brainwashing trance of sorts known as The System, which would grant him amazing strength and agility when he donned the gear of Azrael, though it made him BrainwashedAndCrazy, pushing him to want to kill the guilty. When he first abandoned that role, he functioned pretty well... until the Scarecrow doused him with Fear Gas when JP [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} took up the Mantle of the Bat in Bruce Wayne's place]]. The entirety of the subsequent ''Knightquest'' storyline has Jean-Paul constantly fighting The System until he lets Abattoir die. When he does, he finally submits to The System and becomes a fearful mixture of Batman and Azrael and forces Bruce to take back the Mantle.
** Happen to Batman when he get Superman's power during a battle with the Silver Banshee in a ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' story. Batman uses his new powers to bring complete fear and order to Gotham's criminal underworld and eventually sets his sight to the world, but he became increasingly aggressive. With the aid of the Justice League, Superman is able to bring himself and The Dark Knight back to normal. Admittedly this was a BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor ArtifactOfDoom.

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** An interesting case concerning pre-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' ComicBook/{{Azrael}}. When Jean-Paul Valley was born, he was implanted with a brainwashing trance of sorts known as The System, which would grant him amazing strength and agility when he donned the gear of Azrael, though it made him BrainwashedAndCrazy, pushing him to want to kill the guilty. When he first abandoned that role, he functioned pretty well... until the Scarecrow doused him with Fear Gas when JP [[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} took up the Mantle of the Bat in Bruce Wayne's place]]. The entirety of the subsequent ''Knightquest'' storyline has Jean-Paul constantly fighting The System until he lets Abattoir die. When he does, he finally submits to The System and becomes a fearful mixture of Batman and Azrael and forces Bruce to take back the Mantle.
** Happen to Batman when he get gets Superman's power during a battle with the Silver Banshee in a ''ComicBook/SupermanBatman'' story. Batman uses his new powers to bring complete fear and order to Gotham's criminal underworld and eventually sets his sight to the world, but he became increasingly aggressive. With the aid of the Justice League, Superman is able to bring himself and The Dark Knight back to normal. Admittedly this was a BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor ArtifactOfDoom.



* 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 Franchise/TheFlash becomes a sociopathic [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]].

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* The Justice League all experience this in the aftermath course 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 Franchise/TheFlash becomes a sociopathic [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]].



*** As of ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers'', he's back as the Horseman of Death (the Void apparently got bored and wandered off) and is even crazier than ever.

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*** As of ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers'', he's back he returned as the Horseman of Death (the Void apparently got bored and wandered off) and is off), even crazier than ever.



** 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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** 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 becoming a total, unworkable, self-contradictory ContinuitySnarl. Nowadays, it's mostly ignored.



** Long story short, Jean's power level, mental state, and the effect these have on each other ''all'' depends on where Jean ends and the Phoenix begins. Too bad no two mentions of the Phoenix in a row give the same answer on that score. However, the cosmic critter isn't malevolent. ''Mastermind screwing with her head'' was what turned Phoenix into Dark Phoenix, and to suggest it ''might'' happen again much later in ''Phoenix: Endsong,'' it took a botched resurrection to again put the Phoenix out of whack. Poor Jean will NeverLiveItDown, despite this.

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** Long story short, Jean's power level, mental state, and the effect these have on each other ''all'' depends on where Jean ends and the Phoenix begins. Too bad no two mentions of the Phoenix in a row give the same answer on that score. However, the cosmic critter isn't malevolent. ''Mastermind screwing with her head'' was what turned Phoenix into Dark Phoenix, and to suggest it ''might'' happen again much later in ''Phoenix: Endsong,'' it Endsong'' took a botched resurrection to again put the Phoenix out of whack. Poor Jean will NeverLiveItDown, despite this.



** 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/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 had 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/XMenAcolytes Exodus]]. He has psychic ComboPlatterPowers ramped up to SuperpowerLottery levels, but unlike most mutants mutants, who manifest in puberty by 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 had never actually pushed the upper limits of his powers.
26th Apr '18 12:33:10 PM merotoker
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** It's even worse than that in the manga. [[spoiler:It turns out that a demon's horns, in addition to granting them direct access to the Astral line, are also what connect them to their "mother", Pandemonium]]. That constant, painful noise that Joshua was complaining about? [[spoiler:It was an EldritchAbomination ''constantly [[MindRape mind-raping]] him.'']]

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** It's even worse than that in the manga. [[spoiler:It turns out that a demon's horns, in addition to granting them direct access to the Astral line, are also what connect them to their "mother", Pandemonium]]. Pandemonium.]] That constant, painful noise that Joshua was complaining about? [[spoiler:It was an EldritchAbomination ''constantly [[MindRape mind-raping]] him.'']]



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* In ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'', this more or less happens to [[spoiler:[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Chise]], who loses her sanity as the [[BodyHorror weapon of mass destruction inside her]] grows and apparently slowly takes over her brain, turning her into a [[AxCrazy killing machine]] against her will.]] She gets [[ThePowerOfLove better]]. [[FromBadToWorse But]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt then]] [[DownerEnding again]]...

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* In ''Manga/{{Saikano}}'', this more or less happens to [[spoiler:[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Chise]], who loses her sanity as the [[BodyHorror weapon of mass destruction inside her]] grows and apparently slowly takes over her brain, turning her into a [[AxCrazy killing machine]] against her will.]] will]]. She gets [[ThePowerOfLove better]]. [[FromBadToWorse But]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt then]] [[DownerEnding again]]...



* Livewire, experiencing some AdaptationalHeroism after [[CanonImmigrant immigrating to the comics]], has her status as a PsychoElectro justified by the observation that, as an EnergyBeing, taking on more energy affects her equivalent of brain chemistry. In her case more power is literally more insanity. Putting her in Superman's suit from his [[DorkAge blue period]] to regulate her form snaps her to sanity immediately and she soon becomes a hero.



** Livewire, experiencing some AdaptationalHeroism after [[CanonImmigrant immigrating to the comics]], has her status as a PsychoElectro justified by the observation that, as an {{Energy Being|s}}, taking on more energy affects her equivalent of brain chemistry. In her case more power is literally more insanity. Putting her in Superman's suit from his [[DorkAge blue period]] to regulate her form snaps her to sanity immediately and she soon becomes a hero.



* When the Canadian government was looking for people to join Comicbook/AlphaFlight, they initially had trouble finding recruits. The people in charge of the program decided to try creating their own superbeings, and they got the bright idea to experiment on a SerialKiller who got a pardon in exchange for agreeing to participate. The result was a crazed monster with deadly psychic abilities calling itself Bedlam. {{Wolverine}} had initially signed on to join Alpha Flight, but this debacle was what caused him to leave the group in disgust. Fortunately, Guardian left an emergency protocol that would automatically call Wolverine should Bedlam be freed, which proved necessary when a government official unfamiliar with the backstory ended up setting him free.

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* When the Canadian government was looking for people to join Comicbook/AlphaFlight, they initially had trouble finding recruits. The people in charge of the program decided to try creating their own superbeings, and they got the bright idea to experiment on a SerialKiller who got a pardon in exchange for agreeing to participate. The result was a crazed monster with deadly psychic abilities calling itself Bedlam. {{Wolverine}} Franchise/{{Wolverine}} had initially signed on to join Alpha Flight, but this debacle was what caused him to leave the group in disgust. Fortunately, Guardian left an emergency protocol that would automatically call Wolverine should Bedlam be freed, which proved necessary when a government official unfamiliar with the backstory ended up setting him free.



* All attempts to replicate the SuperSerum that gave ComicBook/CaptainAmerica his powers have [[PsychoSerum either made people go crazy]] or been used on someone who was already crazy. In fact, in the Comicbook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} universe, this seems to be the origin for all of [[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate Spider-Man's]] RoguesGallery.
** One of the rare ''good'' endings for someone getting the Super-Soldier serum is Isaiah Bradley, grandfather of Patriot from the ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers''. Instead of going crazy with power, he simply lost a lot of his intelligence, sort of a super-Alzheimer's. Yes, that's what passes for a good ending when trying to reproduce the Super-Soldier serum. One wonders why they keep trying.

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* All attempts to replicate the SuperSerum that gave ComicBook/CaptainAmerica his powers have [[PsychoSerum either made people go crazy]] or been used on someone who was already crazy. In fact, in the Comicbook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} universe, this seems to be the origin for all of [[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate Spider-Man's]] RoguesGallery.
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RoguesGallery. One of the rare ''good'' endings for someone getting the Super-Soldier serum is Isaiah Bradley, grandfather of Patriot from the ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers''. Instead of going crazy with power, he simply lost a lot of his intelligence, sort of a super-Alzheimer's. Yes, that's what passes for a good ending when trying to reproduce the Super-Soldier serum. One wonders why they keep trying.



*** As of ''Uncanny Avengers'', he's back as the Horseman of Death (the Void apparently got bored and wandered off) and is even crazier than ever.

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*** As of ''Uncanny Avengers'', ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers'', he's back as the Horseman of Death (the Void apparently got bored and wandered off) and is even crazier than ever.



*** Magneto's daughters, Polaris and the Comicbook/ScarletWitch, suffer from similar sanity-damaging "{{cursed|WithAwesome}}" powers. Insanity might be InTheBlood where this family's concerned.

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*** Magneto's daughters, Polaris ComicBook/{{Polaris|MarvelComics}} and the Comicbook/ScarletWitch, suffer from similar sanity-damaging "{{cursed|WithAwesome}}" powers. Insanity might be InTheBlood where this family's concerned.



* As the page quote shows, [[Creator/AlbertBrooks Russ Cargill]], head of the Environmental Protection Agency in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', quickly loses it. What starts as [[DomedHometown sealing away Springfield]] [[QuarantineWithExtremePrejudice to keep an environmental disaster]] from spreading leads to preventing anyone from escaping the city, roaming death squads, and ultimately [[spoiler: trying to destroy Springfield altogether.]]

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* As the page quote shows, [[Creator/AlbertBrooks Russ Cargill]], head of the Environmental Protection Agency in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'', quickly loses it. What starts as [[DomedHometown sealing away Springfield]] [[QuarantineWithExtremePrejudice to keep an environmental disaster]] from spreading leads to preventing anyone from escaping the city, roaming death squads, and ultimately [[spoiler: trying to destroy Springfield altogether.]]altogether]].



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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

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* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3rd Edition suppliment ''Hero Builder's Guide'' has the Raver, a character build for Dwarven Sorcerers where they were driven insane by their magical powers manifesting. The Raver is described as being only kind of arcane spellcaster considered "acceptable" to Dwarves because they're obviously mentally ill and in need of help, but says that their families feel a guilty sense of relief if they decide to leave the delve.

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* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3rd Edition suppliment supplement ''Hero Builder's Guide'' has the Raver, a character build for Dwarven Sorcerers where they were driven insane by their magical powers manifesting. The Raver is described as being only kind of arcane spellcaster considered "acceptable" to Dwarves because they're obviously mentally ill and in need of help, but says that their families feel a guilty sense of relief if they decide to leave the delve.



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* One possible interpretation regarding the actions of [[spoiler: Lily and Isaac]] in''Videogame/KathyRain''. [[spoiler: Lily]] was forced to see all that will happen and thus [[spoiler: became depressed and painted extremely disturbing images that depict the end of the world before forcing her mentally-challenged brother to drown her]]. [[spoiler: Isaac]] on the other hand got [[spoiler: indoctrinated by his father, but misunderstood his teachings, leading to kidnapping dozens of people and forcing them to [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow see into the abyss]], leaving them an EmptyShell]].

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* One possible interpretation regarding the actions of [[spoiler: Lily and Isaac]] in''Videogame/KathyRain''.in ''Videogame/KathyRain''. [[spoiler: Lily]] was forced to see all that will happen and thus [[spoiler: became depressed and painted extremely disturbing images that depict the end of the world before forcing her mentally-challenged brother to drown her]]. [[spoiler: Isaac]] on the other hand got [[spoiler: indoctrinated by his father, but misunderstood his teachings, leading to kidnapping dozens of people and forcing them to [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow see into the abyss]], leaving them an EmptyShell]].



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* Ian Samael of ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' starts to fall into this trope after obtaining godlike powers. To his credit, it did take [[spoiler:his mother killing herself and his sister to finally drive him off the deep end.]]

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* Ian Samael of ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'' starts to fall into this trope after obtaining godlike powers. To his credit, it did take [[spoiler:his mother killing herself and his sister to finally drive him off the deep end.]]end]].



* ''Webcomic/CwensQuest'': This seems to be case with the [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Cwens_Quest/index.php?p=467213 Witch Queen]]. She is easily the most magically inclined character in the series, and while normally smart, she seems incapable of mentioning the word magic without bursting into bouts of insane [[LaughingMad Maniacal Laughter]] that would scare most versions of the Joker. It is even more clear she is brilliant but insane in her Twitterings.

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* ''Webcomic/CwensQuest'': This seems to be case with the [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Cwens_Quest/index.php?p=467213 Witch Queen]]. She is easily the most magically inclined character in the series, and while normally smart, she seems incapable of mentioning the word magic without bursting into bouts of insane [[LaughingMad Maniacal Laughter]] that would scare most versions of the Joker. It is even more clear clearer she is brilliant but insane in her Twitterings.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' three [=supervillains=] qualify when they get bonus mental instability with their powers. Electro and ComicBook/DoctorOctopus each suffer a FreakLabAccident. Electro gets [[PowerIncontinence volatile]] [[PsychoElectro electricity]]-based powers, then [[FreakOut freaks out]] at his loss of humanity. Comicbook/DoctorOctopus' [[ArtificialLimbs robotic arms]] are [[{{Cyborg}} fused]] [[UnusualUserInterface to his spine]] when radiation fuses his mechanical arms with his spinal column, which causes an [[NotSoHarmlessVillain extreme]] [[MadScientist personality change]]. The Green Goblin ''claims'' that he suffered no blackouts and no change in personality from his PsychoSerum, but it is very likely that he is in denial considering that he actually keeps acting crazy and speaking in rhymes while he's hovering above the prison in season 2 while no one can hear him. The Goblin formula probably enhanced his insanity, however.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderman,'' three [=supervillains=] qualify when they get bonus mental instability with their powers. Electro and ComicBook/DoctorOctopus each suffer a FreakLabAccident. Electro gets [[PowerIncontinence volatile]] [[PsychoElectro electricity]]-based powers, then [[FreakOut freaks out]] at his loss of humanity. Comicbook/DoctorOctopus' [[ArtificialLimbs robotic arms]] are [[{{Cyborg}} fused]] [[UnusualUserInterface to his spine]] when radiation fuses his mechanical arms with his spinal column, which causes an [[NotSoHarmlessVillain extreme]] [[MadScientist personality change]]. The Green Goblin ''claims'' that he suffered no blackouts and no change in personality from his PsychoSerum, but it is very likely that he is in denial considering that he actually keeps acting crazy and speaking in rhymes while he's hovering above the prison in season 2 while no one can hear him. The Goblin formula probably enhanced his insanity, however.



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20th Apr '18 12:31:23 PM kyojikasshu
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* When the Canadian government was looking for people to join Comicbook/AlphaFlight, they initially had trouble finding recruits. The people in charge of the program decided to try creating their own superbeings, and they got the bright idea to experiment on a SerialKiller who got a pardon in exchange for agreeing to participate. The result was a crazed monster with deadly psychic abilities calling itself Bedlam. {{Wolverine}} had initially signed on to join Alpha Flight, but this debacle was what caused him to leave the group in disgust.

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* When the Canadian government was looking for people to join Comicbook/AlphaFlight, they initially had trouble finding recruits. The people in charge of the program decided to try creating their own superbeings, and they got the bright idea to experiment on a SerialKiller who got a pardon in exchange for agreeing to participate. The result was a crazed monster with deadly psychic abilities calling itself Bedlam. {{Wolverine}} had initially signed on to join Alpha Flight, but this debacle was what caused him to leave the group in disgust. Fortunately, Guardian left an emergency protocol that would automatically call Wolverine should Bedlam be freed, which proved necessary when a government official unfamiliar with the backstory ended up setting him free.
** Madison Jeffries, a {{Technopath}}, and his brother Lionel, a doctor with HealingHands, fought in a war together, where Madison could forget about his mutant powers, while Lionel used his to heal wounded soldiers. Then one day, some soldiers were brought back [[AnArmAndALeg in pieces]]. Lionel attempted to put them back together, and when he couldn't bring them BackFromTheDead, he went insane and started using his powers to [[BodyHorror mutilate everybody within arm's reach]], becoming Scramble the Mixed-Up Man. Madison had to use his powers to create a containment suit for his brother, and had him locked away, completely isolated from human contact. Scramble was eventually able to [[HealThyself seemingly fix himself by using his powers on his own brain]], but it was a temporary fix at best, and his lack of ethics helped to push him around the bend again, forcing Madison (now using the Box robot) to put him down for good.
18th Apr '18 6:23:11 PM LinTaylor
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* The ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3rd Edition suppliment ''Hero Builder's Guide'' has the Raver, a character build for Dwarven Sorcerers where they were driven insane by their magical powers manifesting. The Raver is described as being only kind of arcane spellcaster considered "acceptable" to Dwarves because they're obviously mentally ill and in need of help, but says that their families feel a guilty sense of relief if they decide to leave the delve.
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