"This ingredient is made of blur. Hah.... And this has blur in it too. Blur is very dangerous. You don't want to mix blur with blur."
So you are someone who wants more power? Well, If one is good two must be better right? Not necessarily. You see some forms of Applied Phlebotinum
are incompatible and attempt to mix the two will yield dangerous results. there are several reasons for this:
- The Phlebotinum used are Polar Opposites: Generally speaking using two polarized sources of power together like that will be impossible. Light and Darkness will try to engulf the other and mixing Fire with ether Ice or Water will get you Water or Steam respectivly. Contrast with Yin-Yang Bomb.
- They both have a failsafe to prevent this: If the Phelebotinum is made by the same person/group or people related to thhat person/group then they would be compatable enough to work toghether, thus if the combined forces are capable of The End of the World as We Know It then chances are that they implement systems in place to prevent them for working properly together or just make it impossible for them to work together at all (This is more aligned with the science made Phlebotinum) Of course if Failsafe Failure come into play then watch out.
- It would be Awesome, but Impractical: The use of both Phlebotinum would actually make it harder to use ether one to their full potential. Simple as that.
Of course there can be other reasons why it would be a bad idea to mix two different sources of great power. Compare Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object
. When the heroes are warned of this and have to do it anyway because they've hit The Godzilla Threshold
, that's Forbidden Chekhov's Gun
- In The Incredible Hulk, Blonsky makes Sterns infuse him with Bruce Banner's blood so he can gain the Hulk's power. Due to his own Super Soldier Serum reacting with it he undergoes a one way transformation to the stronger (and uglier) Abomination.
- In one episode of Dark Angel, Max used a brain implant designed to boost normal humans to superhuman levels of performance. With her genetically-enhanced physiology, it would have killed her if the implant hadn't been removed very soon.
- The early Stargate SG-1 episode "Singularity" shows that in addition to the main way naquadah is explosive, it reacts explosively with an alloy of iron and potassium (we're talking two microscopic amounts of each obliterating a whole room, including the camera on the other side of it), a fact used by Nirrti to turn a girl into a walking weapon of mass destruction.
- Parodied in MythBusters with the page quote, where the actual names of the ingredients for an experiment are blurred out to keep from giving the audience ideas.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- 1st Edition had the Potion Miscibility Table, which had a variety of results when someone drank two magic potions. The bad results ranged from mild poison to lethal poison to an explosion inside the victim.
- Putting a portable hole into a Bag of Holding causes very bad things to happen, although precisely what effect results depends on which is put into which. Putting the bag into the hole sucks both into the Astral Plane and renders both items Lost Forever. Putting the hole into the bag opens a dimensional breach into the Astral Plane, destroying both hole and bag and sucking anything in a ten foot radius into space.