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27th May '16 1:46:40 AM Ereiam
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* Dr Manhattan in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' is a subtler and relatively benign variation of the trope; it's implied that he was more at home dealing with elementary particles than other people even before the FreakLabAccident turned him into an [[WeAreAsMayflies immortal]] PhysicalGod who can see the future [[YouCantFightFate but not change any of it, even]] ''[[YouCantFightFate his own actions]]''. However, instead of suffering a spectacular HeroicBSOD and subsequent FaceHeelTurn, he's one of the least emotionally damaged people in the entire cast, whilst still being almost entirely disconnected from normal human thought patterns.

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* Dr Manhattan in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' is a subtler and relatively benign variation of the trope; it's implied that he was more at home dealing with elementary particles than other people even before the FreakLabAccident turned him into an [[WeAreAsMayflies immortal]] PhysicalGod who can see the future [[YouCantFightFate but not change any of it, even]] ''[[YouCantFightFate his own actions]]''. However, instead of suffering a spectacular HeroicBSOD and subsequent FaceHeelTurn, he's one of the least emotionally damaged people in the entire cast, whilst still being [[BlueAndOrangeMorality almost entirely disconnected from normal human thought patterns.patterns]].
26th May '16 1:50:14 AM MiriOhki
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1769554/1/Aftermath-A-Story-of-Blended-Clich%C3%A9s Aftermath: A Story of Blended Cliches]]'' has [[RanmaOneHalf Ranma]] temporarily slipping into this with a combination of [[SailorMoon Pluto's]] meddling and her coming into {{RealityWarper}}-level powers. Fortunately for her, [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes a cat]] manages to get her attention. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, [[ForWantOfANail not all versions of here were so fortunate to have caring friends and family]], as another version of her from a parallel dimension was a bit more permanent version of this trope.]]
18th May '16 8:53:25 AM FekketCantenel
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* The title character in ''Literature/EdenGreen'' is a rationalist and amateur biologist, but once infected with an alien needle symbiote, its immortality (and increasing power) gradually push her toward the deep end.
17th May '16 11:01:04 AM ShoolLion
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Shapeshifting and 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 telepathy [[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!
3rd May '16 8:22:57 PM TSBasilisk
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* Similarly, in ''LightNovel/KumoDesuGaNaniKa'' the Skills corresponding with the SevenDeadlySins ''and'' SevenHeavenlyVirtues grant the bearer powerful abilities and Ruler authority at the cost of slowly warping their soul to reflect the sin or virtue. The only way to avoid this is by not activating the Skill or gaining Heresy Resistance, which reduces the damage to the soul.
27th Apr '16 3:38:37 PM DarkHunter
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** Prince Lothric was raised to feed the First Flame and become a Lord of Cinder, but it was worried that his frail and sickly body couldn't handle the Flame's power. So his elder twin brother Lorian decided to burn with Lothric, taking the majority of the Flame's power on himself. Unfortunately, he didn't have the mental fortitude to handle it, and was reduced to a broken, mindless man only able to vocalize growls.
27th Apr '16 3:34:01 PM DarkHunter
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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, 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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** 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, 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.
27th Apr '16 3:32:40 PM DarkHunter
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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. 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, 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.
26th Apr '16 10:32:17 PM DarkHunter
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** Big Hat Logan, one of the most accomplished human sorcerers in the world, studies Seath's work in the Archives and eventually goes violently insane from the magical study, to the point that he strips naked in an attempt to emulate Seath's lack of scales.
21st Apr '16 11:15:56 PM thatmadork
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** The Geniuses of the fan-game ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression''. [[MadScientist They're all mad]], [[IRejectYourReality and have the potential to get even madder]].
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