Created By: bulmabriefs144 on June 19, 2012

Parasitic Protection

A method of enhancement or protection that eventually backfires, or eats its host

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Normally, it's easy to become immune or resistant to a magical disorder. Just use some Applied Phlebotinum such as a pendant or a ring to fight it off. Need magic to destroy your enemies? Just ask a Weasel Mascot to give you power.

But then there are some methods that aren't so savory. A demon outbreak? Implant demon eggs in your body. They'll act as antibodies against invading demons... until those eggs hatch, that is. An attack of witches? Here, make a wish, and I'll grant you magic. Just Be Careful What You Wish For, and even if you do, I'll still be taking your soul, which will turn you into a witch later.

A Perverse Protection is a form of protection or magical enhancement, that either augments or protects against a type of effect. The initial effect is great, but the side effects come at such a terrible price that it is surprising anyone would undergo the process if they knew the truth. He Who Fights Monsters is usually involved, often literally.

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  • Drowtales involves implanting lesser demons to "taint" drows. This is done as a buffer against being possessed in the case of battles with demonkind. But judging from the demons roaming the streets, there are some drawbacks to this method.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica has a process of using wishes to convert normal girls into magical girls to fight witches which eventually become witches themselves if they don't die first, since the process is exactly the same.
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  • June 19, 2012

    • Kirin in The Twelve Kingdoms can make familiars out of monsters. In exchange, when the Kirin dies, the monsters get to eat it's body.
    (A bit mild, I'm afraid)

    Live action television:

    • The larval goa'uld carried by Jaffa in Stargate SG-1 give their hosts' immunity system a boost. Of course, they destroy the original.

    Note that an adult goa'uld takes over the hosts body but doesn't have drawbacks if they agree to share, so that doesn't count.

    Also see Power At A Price.
  • June 19, 2012
    In Alien3, the xenomorph doesn't harm Ripley because it can sense she's incubating a Queen.

  • June 19, 2012
    In Final Fantasy VII, the Mega Corp Shin-Ra used genes of an Eldritch Abomination they found to create Super Soldiers. At least one of these super soldiers, Sephiroth, eventually went crazy and in cahoots with said abomination, and there is a hint that others can do it, too (an ex-SOLDIER NPC in Junon who suddenly started to dress like a Sephiroth clone).
  • June 19, 2012
    The Star Wars Expanded Universe gives us two example. First is orbalisk armor. It consists of orbalisks, small, Nigh Invulnerable parasites that attach to your skin and give you extra Dark Side power and almost impenetrable armored carapace in return. The kicker? They breed and, if uncontrolled, cover your face and choke you. The second example is Darth Krayt's Yuuzhan Vong armor, which is also a parasite and drains his life, making him perpetually on the edge of death.
  • June 19, 2012
    A religious example. There supposedly was a satanic cult in medieval Russia, called veretniki. They believed in inviting demons into their bodies that granted them powers of Black Magic. The downside? Well, Demonic Possession.
  • June 19, 2012
    In the Stargate example the Jaffa's lack of natural immune system was due to the genetic modifications, not the larval go'uld.
  • June 19, 2012
    Inverted in an issue of The Incredible Hulk. A mindless Hulk has been banished to the Crossroads, an otherworldly nexus of worlds from where he can go to different worlds to try to find one that suits him. He goes to one where everything is poisonous, but all the animals have parasites (which looke like walking, talking spines with fangs) that bite into the back of the neck. The parasites filter out the poisons. The one which attaches itself to the Hulk is warned not to by his bretheren; Hulk's energy is so alien that it will kill him. He refuses to let go, because he wants to explore the world and Hulk is the only creature with the strength of muscle and will to do so. Hulk takes him to the highest peak (that world's equivalent of Mt. Everest), where the parasite dies happy.
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  • June 19, 2012
    In Dragon Age:Origins the order responsible to fight the demonic creatures that infect humans into ghouls are called Grey Wardens. They drink from a goblet containing a mixture of darkspawn blood, lyrium, and a drop of blood from an archdemon during their joining ritual. This grants them the power to sense the darkspawn as well as immunity to their taint, but on the other hand it shortens their life span, gives them bad (if sometimes profetic) dreams and ultimately leads them to fall victims of darkspawn corruption and death).
  • June 19, 2012
    ^ Actually, the Joining does not make them immune to the Dakspawn taint. It only delays the onset of its symptoms by 20-30 years, after which it affects them just like it would anyone else. All There In The Manual.
  • June 19, 2012
    • Real Life: Most metals and alloys oxidize in the air, losing their useful properties. The solution is to oxidize the very outer layers of the metal, preventing the core metal from being affected. Of course, if you do it wrong you end up with a block of worthless oxide.
    • Averted for the Exorcists chapter of Space Marines in Warhammer 40 K: they alone practice a form of resistance training by getting their initiates possessed by minor Warp daemons. The initiate is then exorcised, those who survive are far more resistant to possession and manipulation.

  • June 19, 2012
    This sounds very much like The Corruption, if you ask me.