Created By: jaren on December 23, 2012 Last Edited By: jaren on January 20, 2013

Having Magic Sucks

Having Magic Sucks

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Magic! With it, you can heal people! Or fly! Or turn princes into frogs! And several other things. Magic sure seems like something good, doesn't it?

Well, not always. When Having Magic Sucks, the sources for magic and/or mana are malevolent and/or distrusted groups such as eldritch abominations or demons. As well as the souls of the living, including humans. Or you can use actual live humans as materials, particularly if it involves transmutation.

The people who study magic range form those who are trying to help others or defend themselves to the point of crossing a line, the ineffectual wizards who don't use magic as much as they could even when they could change something for the better, and the sorcerers who repeatedly engage in necromancy, blood magic, soul taking, and other taboo arts that man was not meant to know or do.

And that's for people who weren't necessary innately magical compared to others. If you are, then chances are you will encounter people who want to use you as a soldier or guinea pig. To say nothing of how others might look upon you with fear or hatred for at least one reason, particularly if you aren't completely human. And they might very well have enough of a reason to do so, if you live in a setting where you are in danger of being possessed by a demon or eldritch abomination.

And there's the people who can't or don't use magic. They could be out to exploit you as a weapon and/or research tool. Or they might fear you and see to it that you are kept under watch, on the grounds that you can control others like puppets, or that you're at risk for being possessed by a demon or eldritch abomination and going on a killing spree. And there are those who want you killed as if you were a disease spreading rat on the same grounds or more.

TLDR: Having magic is not good automatically, if it can be good at all.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • December 24, 2012
    This is the entire premise for The Laundry Series by Charles Stross. Roughly speaking, MI 6 meets Lovecraft.
  • December 24, 2012
    I think this is Blessed With Suck (or Cursed With Awesome depending on the paragraph), unless you can come up with some examples that are distinct from those.
  • December 25, 2012
    Magic users possibly getting possessed by demons and being kept under watch is in Dragon Age.
  • December 25, 2012
    This is a subtrope of Blessed With Suck. The question is whether there are enough such examples of that to justify making a separate page for a subtrope.

    In the Wheel of Time series of books, being a male born with the ability to channel magic sucks bigtime. (I'm sure Blessed With Suck has an example that could be moved).
  • December 25, 2012
    So explain to me how this is anything but Blessed With Suck But More Specific.
  • December 27, 2012
    In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the Magical Girls are nothing but liches with their souls ripped out of their bodies, and they turn into the very thing they fight. ''
  • December 27, 2012
    In the BBC show Merlin, King Uther is very spiteful of magic and, therefore, all magical creatures (including Merlin himself) must maintain a seriously low profile or be put to death.
  • December 27, 2012
    If you have to put a TLDR at the bottom of a trope description, then you've done something wrong in writing it out. It should be much more concise and to the point. That said, I agree - this is Blessed With Suck.
  • January 20, 2013
    It's Blessed With Suck. Scrubbing.