* This is a major plot point in the Creator/MarvelComics series ''ComicBook/StrikeforceMorituri''. To fight back against an AlienInvasion, humanity has developed the Morituri Process that give human subjects superpowers. The drawbacks?
## The process is biologically incompatible with humans, and causes ''guaranteed death'' in a year or less, [[YourHeadAsplode usually in a messy fashion]].
## The training procedure to activate the superpowers was fatal, unless the powers actually triggered and you were able to use them quickly.
## The power that would manifest was [[SuperpowerLottery completely random]].
## The more powerful the superpower, the less time you lived.
* Despite the perks of his powers, ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' has always viewed them as a burden and [[ComesGreatResponsibility responsibility]], rather than a blessing, because of the bad guys who've been pulled toward his family and friends because of them, and the problems that have cropped up when he chooses ''not'' to use them.
** This only got worse when Spidey briefly had cosmic powers. The responsibility that comes with his ''normal'' powers is bad enough; the responsibility he felt when he had ''cosmic-level'' powers was [[{{Wangst}} crushing]].
*** Not to mention his constant money problems due to his super heroics getting in the way of him just holding a job.
* Bunnie Rabbit from the ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic book series has a laser cannon and energy shield built into her bionic arm. Very useful, but completely drains her if overused.
* Franchise/MarvelUniverse:
** Likewise, mutants (especially the ComicBook/XMen) are BlessedWithSuck, thanks to the [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman outcast status]] that their power brings, even if they look and act completely normal. Besides the social issues, many mutants have [[PowerIncontinence little or no control over their powers]], especially right after they first manifest. Force-fields that don't turn off, energy powers that lash out randomly, involuntary telepathy, etc.
** Rogue ''is'' blessed with suck. Yes, technically the ability to [[MegaManning copy other mutants' powers]] by touching them makes her very adaptable, but ''draining people's life energy whenever she touches them'' is about as sucky as it gets. And absorbing '''everything else'' about that person, including memories and personality traits. And she ''can't not do so'', rendering her incapable of having any sort of intimate relationship. At the extreme end, she can essentially steal people's souls and hold on to them forever (happened with Ms. Marvel, but not quite intentionally and Ms. Marvel survived it). [[spoiler:She recently got over this problem, though, so now she can copy other mutant powers without causing them harm and freely touch others with no drawback. It only took about 30 years. [[StatusQuoIsGod Let's see if it sticks.]]]]
** In ''ComicBook/XMenForever'', it gets better and worse for her at the same time... [[spoiler:Thanks to ThePlan by Mystique, she arranged for Rogue and Nightcrawler to swap powers. Rogue now is free to touch anyone she wants without fear, and Kurt has to cover up. However, now, Rogue looks like a fuzzy blue demon, giving her replacement {{Wangst}}.]]
** Illyana Rasputin (Sister of Colossus) has a true double set. She was dreamed up as a mutant and a sorceress, specifically a ''demon sorceress''. As a direct result of her plotlines, she was raised under and by a corruptive heartless bastard from age six to sixteen, at least one alternate team of X-Men has DIED trying to help her, she's blessed with dimension-spanning powers that threaten to erase her soul and let the Elder Gods loose, and she's already died twice.
** Unus the Untouchable, a villain in the ''X-Men'' books, could repel objects. Beast built a gun to amplify it in order to defeat him, in an example similar to Midas. His powers eventually grew so strong they repelled ''air'' and he suffocated to death. Yet somehow he managed to father a child with similar powers beforehand...
*** Beast built the device so that its effects could be reversed -- he was using it to blackmail Unus into surrendering in order to save his own life. Henry [=McCoy=] is fricking hardcore.
*** Unus is so BlessedWithSuck, his powers manage to kill him ''twice''. In the ''Son of M'' mini-series, starring {{Quicksilver}}, Unus showed up alive without explanation, but depowered. He & several other depowered mutants are exposed to the [[GreenRock terrigen mists]] by the titular character, despite TheInhumans' warnings that exposing any non-Inhuman will end in tragedy. Everyone exposed has their powers returned, but to extreme levels, leading to madness, misery and (in Unus' case) death. Again.
** There is a character in volume 2 of ''NewMutants'' called Wither. [[TouchOfDeath Guess what his power is?]]
*** And when his power manifested, he happened to be touching his father at the time, thus killing Dad and turning Wither permanently into an EmoTeen who tends to {{Wangst}} quite a lot.
*** He's also cursed with incompatibility. The one mutant at the school who has a crush on him, whose body is wholly, ''permanently'' liquid metal, and Wither doesn't care for her and was later arrested for killing his dad. Oh, and M-Day didn't work on ''either'' of them.
*** He was already in love with Wallflower, who ''wasn't'' immune to his powers. When he thought he was cured on M-Day, he grabbed her to show it, and ''crippled her hand'' in the process ([[WhatAnIdiot way to test it first, dumbass]]). This, among other things, finally drove him to run away from the Institute. OTOH, it seems like he's finally met someone compatible... [[spoiler: Selene, a millennia-old mutant sorceress with life draining powers, the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club and a recurring foe of the X-Men. Who turned him into a vampire. Kid can't get a break.]]
** Surge from ''New Mutants'' is able to absorb and disperse electricity. The sucky part? She is always absorbing it because she can't fully control her powers. Because of this, she constantly has to discharge said electricity. If she doesn't, she can't arrange her own thoughts and her speech turns into babbling (at least in-universe; readers can understand her fine). Also, she can't touch water, which leads to the question as to how she drinks or bathes (while initially depicted as dirty, she was homeless then, and afterwards, she's clean, even though she compares her bathing to getting into a tub with a toaster). While she was homeless, she had to buy drugs to keep her powers under control (and they barely did that), to the point where Beast said she was addicted to them. Forge makes her a pair of gauntlets that she discharges into, but apparently didn't design them with style in mind, since she considers them ugly... even if readers don't.
** ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} is another classic case, with his destructive optic beams that, again, ''don't turn off'' without special glasses or shutting his eyes. His brother Havok has sometimes also needed special equipment to control his own powers.
*** Justified as being due to both the result of physical (brain trauma) and mental issues.
*** Even worse about his powers is the one part no one thinks about. Due to having to always wear those special glasses, it means he sees everything in shades of red. Imagine going through life only really ever knowing one color. Not that he can't recall the others, just that unless he finds some way to make his periods of control last longer and longer, he's only ever going to see that one color.
** Chamber of ''GenerationX'' has energy powers allowing him to gank anyone this side of Juggernaut. The catch? His powers first manifested themselves so violently, they blew his upper torso and lower jaw off, leaving a glowing maw of energy and burnt flesh. He gets better for a while, working as an undercover agent in the Weapon X program - they can at least give him back his face, and install a device that lets him control his powers better. But naturally, he gets screwed again on M-Day when his powers get permanently turned off, as the regulator device now has nothing to regulate, and promptly explodes, destroying his face and chest again. He doesn't fare much better in alternate realities: In the ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse universe, he had a hole drilled into his chest to allow his power to vent.
*** He later gets new powers courtesy of a blood transfusion with Apocalypse, who it turns out is his ancestor.
**** Which makes him look sort of like Apocalypse, blue with funny lips. He also had tech installed, which gives him sound powers that work like a GreenLanternRing, which he's pleased with. So he finally lost the suck.
** Fate was particularly cruel to Masque, a member of the Morlocks. Born hideously ugly, his mutant power let him reshape the flesh of others... But ''not'' his own. Being unable to use his power on himself to make him better-looking made him a bitter, sadistic creature, who delighted in using his powers to mar and deform the faces of others, making him one of the few truly malicious members of the Morlocks.
** There's a guy in one issue of ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' whose entire mutant power is the dissolution of all living tissue within a ridiculous distance of him. He kills 385 people the day he hits puberty, and has to be taken out discreetly by Wolverine because if his existence ever got out mutants would be rounded up and stuck in camps faster than you can say Franklin Richards.
*** It was touching in a way. Wolverine tracked him down in a cave and shared a few beers with him while listening.
** There was a mutant whose power was to evaporate into air. Which is another way of saying to die instantly. Lucky for him, House of M happened.
*** One is left to wonder how he knew what his power was, if he can only do it once...
** Sally Floyd's baby had the "power" to [[MerlinSickness age backwards]] until she died.
** The short time X-Man Marrow was born with (or at least has them since a very early age) the power to have [[LovecraftianSuperpower bone plates and blades painfully growing out of her body]]. So unlike most mutants she didn't get to have a normal life before becoming a mutant. Only thanks to a HealingFactor is she still alive nowadays. So it's somewhat understandable that she went AxeCrazy over that. Also, so much for "[[EvolutionaryLevels next step of evolution]]".
** And then there's Lila Cheney. She's a teleporter capable of traveling interstellar distance in a eyeblink. Where the suck comes in is that she can ''only'' travel interstellar distances. If she wants to zap herself from North Cleveland to South Cleveland, she'd have to use Alpha Centauri as a halfway point.
*** Isn't that more CursedWithAwesome? You get to go to a different place in space AND get back home in a blink! Imagine how useful that is...
** During ''ComicBook/NewXMen'', Grant Morrison introduced a number of new mutants whose primary power was to look weird. Beak typifies the whole lot of them: he's a mutant who looks sort of like a humanoid chicken and has no other powers than looking like a chicken.
** Jean Grey used to have great difficulty controlling her powers. Her telekinesis wasn't so bad, but her telepathy was a huge hassle because she couldn't shut it off. It went FromBadToWorse when she became the host of the Phoenix -- she had even more power, but less control since the Phoenix isn't always content to stay in the passenger's seat.
** Professor Xavier's son Legion has the ultimate example of ComboPlatterPowers, seemingly being capable of accessing every single super-power it's possible to have. The suck side is that he can't control them consciously; as his codename suggests, his mind has fragmented into a thousand or more separate personalities, each of which has command over one (or a small group of) his powers. Of course, the "core" Legion personality is pretty nasty in its own right, what with being an extremely powerful RealityWarper... luckily, he rarely gets to come out to "play".
* The specials in ''ComicBook/RisingStars'' all get treated pretty badly over the course of the series due to [[BewareTheSuperman the public's fear of them]], but a few of them have especially sucky powers.
** Peter Dawson is almost completely invulnerable due to an invisible shield that lines his skin and the inside of his lungs and stomach. The shield let things like oxygen through, but kept out anything toxic. However, because nothing can actually touch his skin, he's completely numb. He can, however, taste things, so he eats a lot and becomes very obese. This disqualifies him from any law enforcement job where his power might be useful, and he ends up working a minimum wage job at a service station. [[spoiler: He's killed by having a plastic bag duct-taped over his head while he's asleep. The killer knew he'd never feel it, and he quietly suffocated.]]
** Chandra North's power was to be the most beautiful person in the world to whoever looked at her. Which meant they never actually saw ''her'', just their own ideas of beauty. This apparently did a good number on her psyche, and probably did very little for her self-esteem (double points for that blow: her power first manifested in the middle of a high school class.)
** Another character had the power to control any other specials, and later information revealed she was intended to lead them. The problem? She had to want to control others to use it, and was mousy... except when she was her AxCrazy alternate personality, who grew more dominant the more often she used this power.
** Yet another special seemed to have CursedWithAwesome instead, being only able to telekinetically move very small objects, like [[FridgeHorror carotid arteries]]. This graduated to BlessedWithSuck when she learned she could indeed use it on larger areas, like the entirety of the Middle East, with [[CastFromHitPoints only one tiny side-effect...]]
* Several NighInvulnerable characters are said to have little or no sense of touch -- Diamond Lil of ComicBook/AlphaFlight, Hardbody of the ComicBook/NextMen, Alea of {{Wildcore}}, etc.
** This is implied to be part of why [[{{Irredeemable}} Max Damage]] became a supervillain.
** Robotman of the DoomPatrol is an interesting subversion -- as his name implies, he's basically a brain in a robot body. To drive home the point at how BlessedWithSuck this can be, he once bashed his head repeatedly into a concrete wall, each time emphasizing he didn't feel a thing, before collapsing and [[TearJerker making crying sounds]] while saying [[MySoulHurts it hurt so much]]. This kicked off an arc about [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped living with mental illness.]]
* The ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'' is another Marvel example (they really seem to love this trope). The difference here is that it might be more justified as a lot of people do hate and hound him (especially the army), and having multiple personalities is never fun. All that, and his wives keep on dying.
* [[GreatLakesAvengers Mister Immortal]], Craig Hollis. His one and only power: he can't ever stay dead. He discovered it by trying to commit suicide when his girlfriend did the same. And while all the loved ones around him died. And continued to die. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever He will, according to reliable sources, outlive things like stars, planets, and Galactus.]]
** Considering {{Galactus}} is a being which used to be mortal and was born in the universe that existed previous to the current Marvel universe (and gained his powers through surviving the death of his universe and the big bang that created the current one), it [[FridgeLogic stands to reason that Mr. Immortal would be a strong contender]] for becoming the [[TimeAbyss Galactus]] of the universe that follows the eventual death of the current Marvel universe.
** On the upside, the guy who was killing his friends was fired by Death. Now the guy in charge of the whole "prepare you for an eternity alone" bit is one of his closest friends. Yay?
*** One panel of him standing alone in a ruined landscape, surrounded by silhouettes of the corpses of his friends, is unusually bleak in a series that tends to play death for black humor.
* Jukko Hamaleinen of ''StormWatch: Team Achilles'' has powers which cause him nothing but pain - he can feel the pain of every being within a 4 mile radius. This includes the people he beats up himself, including a mostly depowered [[ComicBook/TheAuthority Midnighter]] at one point. There isn't really ''any'' upside.
* {{Deadpool}} had terminal cancer so he turned to the Canadian government's Weapon X program for help. The good: He won't die of cancer. The bad: His cancer is now supercharged on HealingFactor and constantly destroys and rebuilds his ''entire body'', including his brain, leaving him with a face that... has the consistency and appearance of a hamburger patty, and made him just plain crazy, and very, very funny. At least his fans love him. Moral of the story? Canadian healthcare ain't all it's made out to be.
* While most of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' embraces their powers, the Thing genuinely believes that his superpower is a curse, and who can blame him? Even though he possesses super strength and near invulnerability, it doesn't change the fact that he's been turned into a hideous rock monster that scares the shit out of anybody who sees him, and destroys his chances of living a normal life. He was also forced to quit his job as a test pilot because he was too big and heavy to fit in a plane. Oh yeah, and did we mention that he was turned into a ''hideous rock monster''?
** He seems okay with it now. It did take a while...
*** As Reed said once, "He has his good days and his bad." Ben will never really be at peace with his monstrous form. For every writer who gives him a break from the angst, there's one who brings it back because it's so central to his character. Mark Waid's recent run is a good example of the latter.
** This is also upset by the fact that [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm]] is one of the most absolutely loved heroes in the Marvel Universe. No hero has as many friends and is as respected and genuinely loved by other heroes. Laying the smack down on Ben Grimm in front of the Avengers [[TheMightyThor is a wonderful way to get some Asgardian hammer driven repeatedly into your face.]]
** On the bright side, if the one shot "Isla De Muerte" is to be believed, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Puerto Ricans love Ben Grimm]].
*** This is not a mere funny element in a comic, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Puerto Ricans seriously do love Ben Grimm]]. We call him La Mole.
** It's also been suggested sometimes that Ben simply doesn't know how to turn his powers off or has some kind of mental block. Of the four, he's the only one that can't; so it's either mental or something physically different about him.
*** Clearly he [[FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing needs a Thing Ring]].
** In the UltimateMarvel universe, Ben admits to have actually attempting suicide. Thankfully for him, it turns out that his stoney monster form is actually only a transitory stage; he eventually becomes the Ultimate equivalent of WonderMan when his rock form shatters and reveals he's become a being of living ionic energy. In other words, he retains his stone-form's strength and [[NighInvulnerable Nigh Invulnerability]], but he looks perfectly human, he can fly and he can shoot energy blasts.
* The Boulder (better known by others as Butterball), who made one appearance in ''[[Comicbook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'' (which, again, is a Marvel Comic, demonstrating just how much they are in love with this trope), has the superpower of total [[NighInvulnerable Invulnerability]]. He's impervious to harm, can't be worn out, and is otherwise invincible. Sounds great, until you realize he's forever stuck in the body of a slow, weak, overweight teen who's incapable of losing weight or getting any stronger, making him worthless as a superhero.
** Oh, it gets worse. When one of his teammates offers to have sex with him, he tells her that there's no point - his invulnerability not only prevents him from feeling pain, but from feeling pleasure, too. Pretty damn rough when you consider that he's going to remain a teenager ''forever''... To be fair, he's since landed a job with the Shadow Initiative and has a bright future ahead of him in search and rescue. And, come on. This is the guy who broke the Taskmaster.
*** An extra down side is that while nothing can hurt him, he's still vulnerable to all forms of telepathy, including mind control. But an extra bright side to him, when in fights, he's the perfect shield for his teammates.
** Another character in ''Avengers: The Initiative'' who fits this trope is Trauma, who possesses both [[{{telepathy}} telepathic]] and [[VoluntaryShapeshifting metamorphic]] powers, and can therefore transform into whatever a person is most afraid of. Often, he will give this attack a nightmarish twist; if you're afraid of death, he'll morph into a mutilated corpse, if you're afraid of spiders, he'll turn into a spider about the size of a ''T. rex'', and so forth. He started off with a horrible case of PowerIncontinence, as his powers are triggered by strong emotion. If someone near him was upset or scared, he would spontaneously transform into something horrible. Unlike most people on this list, Trauma ''did'' eventually learn to control his powers -- but the damage, sadly, had been done. A recent issue of ''Avengers: The Initiative'' revealed that his family does not want anything to do with him. Even worse, in the very first issue, we're told that his mother is in a mental institution...
*** During ''SecretInvasion'', the guys with which he was fighting Skrulls with were so afraid that one of them could be Skrull, that their fear made him change into one. While his buddies beat on him, ''real'' Skrulls caught them. He's no teamplayer at all.
*** Trauma was recently revealed to be the son of a dream manipulating demon named ''Nightmare'', thus explaining why he has his powers and why they suck so much.
**** His powers started to suck much more when he really wanted to scare someone who really pissed him off. Unlucky for him, it was [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere a badass magician]].
* Yet another Marvel character who belongs here is Black Bolt, king of TheInhumans. This guy can produce a destructive force with his voice. If he so much as whispers, he'll destroy the landscape around him. Black Bolt has a bad case of PowerIncontinence -- and the only way he can avoid destroying everything around him is by not vocalizing (talking, laughing, crying, etc.). An old ''Fantastic Four'' comic revealed that Black Bolt had spent his childhood in an isolation chamber until he had learned the discipline to stay forever silent. And he ''killed his parents'' with an ill-timed utterance.
** Also, the reason why Bolt's brother Maximus is an insane supervillain is that BB used his vocal powers too close to him once, and that shattered his sanity.
* And yet another Marvel character, AdamWarlock, whose Soul Gem gives him various spiritual powers, up to and including the ability to rip someone's soul from their body. As the souls taken then go to a miniature paradise dimension contained within the gem, this doesn't seem too bad... until you learn that the gem is sentient and has a nasty tendency to try and break free of his control to steal souls on its own. Also, during the soul stealing process, Warlock has to relive ''every single one'' of the victim's memories. Now think about the fact that at one point, the only way to save the universe was to soul steal about 10,000 or so enemy black knights at once.
* An (apparently) rare DC example is the interpretation of Comicbook/TheFlash given by the song ''The Ballad of Barry Allen'', by Jim's Big Ego. In the song, it is explained that because The Flash's perception is so much faster than normal, he is isolated from the rest of humanity, unable to form true connections with other people and tormented by the continual boredom of the rest of the world being so slow. As the lyrics say, "And I'll be there before you know it, I'll be gone before you see me, And do you think you can imagine, Anything so lonely?"
** So he's a superspeed version of [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Dr. Manhattan]]? He probably belongs here too, if not for the near-total indifference caused by his powers.
** [[CaptainErsatz Speeding Bullet]] of the series ''CommonGrounds'' is unable to enjoy movies because they were far too ''slow'' for him, essentially a series of still frames. He learned to lip-read so that he could fast-forward them with the sound off. That led to the problem of him having read every decent book and seen every film ''ever made'' to the point of boredom, and being unable to even enjoy sex due to it taking a subjective week or two for him if slowed down to human speed - and friction burns being involved for his partner if he actually allowed himself to move at a comfortable pace. Yeowch. The only thing that makes life worthwhile is the thought that as a superhero, he can improve the lives of others and make a lasting impression.
** It's a canon interpretation for Marvel's {{Quicksilver}}, who once told a psychiatrist they would be short-tempered too if everyone else was like that one slow person in the checkout line.
*** The "jerk speedster" attitude has become common enough that it's even been [[FanNickname named]] after Quicksilver. [[IncrediblyLamePun PMS: Pietro Maximoff Syndrome]].
*** It's not difficult to imagine that Tommy "Speed" Shepherd of the YoungAvengers has this problem, seeing as Quicksilver's his uncle and he shares the same powers. It's incredibly easy to imagine, therefore, why he did the things that landed him in juvie in the first place, and why he's so distraught when [[spoiler: the Young Avengers split up at the end of Children's Crusade]] - he's literally incapable of fitting into normal society because of his time perception.
*** The [[MarvelNOW Marvel NOW!]] ''Young Avengers'' volume makes it even worse. It's established that when his body moves at super-speed, all of his forms of perception do as well. So while using his speed to assemble some cellphones at his civilian job, he claims that he essentially just wasted a week of his life in the span of a few seconds.
** Wally West has often expressed similar sentiments, and Bart Allen's hyperaccelerated childhood made the "slow" world almost unbearable for him for years.
** Implied in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', where Keystone City is one of the safest cities in the world, patrolled by a permanently-accelerated Wally West.
* Prodigy of the ''YoungAvengers'' possessed the ability to absorb the knowledge of those around him. After he lost his powers to ScarletWitch after the ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'', the Stepford Cuckoos were able to help him compensate by unlocking the accumulated knowledge of everyone he'd ever been in contact with. While this makes him one of the smartest teens in the MarvelUniverse, it also means he ended up with a ton of awkward, intimate stuff like {{Wolverine}}'s bathroom habits or Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} and Emma Frost's sex life.
* Another DC example, though not canon, was Creator/LarryNiven's essay, [[http://www.rawbw.com/~svw/superman.html "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex"]], in which he makes a convincing argument that pre-crisis {{Superman}} can never make love to Lois Lane (or any human, for that matter.)
* And these DCU Examples have nothing on the Comicbook/DoomPatrol, a team that is ''based'' on BlessedWithSuck.
** MagnificentBastard super-genius Niles "The Chief" Caulder assembles the team and acts as MissionControl because he's in a wheelchair. The story he gave was that his brilliance attracted the attention of an EvilMastermind who manipulated him into horrible actions. Creator/GrantMorrison pulled a {{Retcon}} that made Niles a ''real'' MagnificentBastard and granted him immortality... meaning he can't die, even as a BrainInAJar!
** Rita "Elasti-girl" Farr can grow or shrink to any size, and grow her limbs to be different sizes... but had zero control over it, wrecking her movie career.
** Hotshot test-pilot Larry Trainor gets exposed to cosmic radiation, and has a cool double (the Negative Spirit) that can teleport out of his body and phase through anything but lead... but if it's out of his body for longer than 60 seconds, it'll kill him, and he has to have every centimeter of flesh wrapped in specially-treated bandages to keep himself from dosing others with fatal levels of radiation.
** Cliff "Robotman" Steele was an extreme sports athlete, adventurer, and race car driver who got himself into a fatal car accident. His brain was put in a robot body which is stronger, faster, and tougher than any human one... but it locked him out of doing the things he loved because his new body disqualifies him from competition. Worse, he outlives all of his teammates several times over... the poor bastard frequently wonders if it would have been more merciful for him to die in the wreck.
*** It gets worse in the current continuity. [[spoiler: Why is he a robot? A group of scientists (including Caulder) gave him an injection of nanites to protect his life, when they hired him to drive for them. When the superbike he was testing went out of control, the only thing they could think of to do to save him was to consume his still completely conscious body, and convert it into an indestructible robot.]]
** Steve "Mento" Dayton enhances his telepathic and telekinetic abilities with a helmet of his own design... but between the loss of his wife and the helmet's unforeseen side effects, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity.
** Karen "Bumblebee" Beecher started off as a GadgeteerGenius who used a suit of PoweredArmor, but her portrayal in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' cartoon was so well-received that DC decided to make her [[SizeShifter shrinking]] abilities from the show canon in the comics. Sort of. She shrank alright, but she's unable to return to her normal size.
* In one story JusticeLeague story, PowerGirl was dying and needed surgery to save her life. But doctors could not operate on her for a simple reason: Her bulletproof skin made it impossible. There was no scalpel or surgical laser they had that was capable of cutting through her skin. Fortunately the rest of the League thought of something: they had former Green Lantern Corps member Kilowog put together a helmet that let {{Superman}} focus his heat vision like a super-powered laser, which was able to do the job.
* ''Vertigo'' example: in ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', Bigby Wolf has to constantly smoke in order to keep his super-sensitive sense of smell from inhaling the millions of scents from all over Manhattan. Plus all the noise...
** Another example from the third issue of the SpinOff series ''Jack of Fables'', in which Jack learns that his overbearing lust for adventure has cursed him with being the center of all stories, including the ''Sword in the Stone"- where he plays the stone, after getting Excalibur shoved through his chest.
* In ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', one story features a superheroine (a "real", albeit minor one) whose power is that her body can take on different elements in order to protect her (i.e. diamonds to deflect bullets, etc). However this power is (naturally) involuntary and now she desperately wants to die, but can't. Enter [[TheGrimReaper Death of the Endless]]....
* The title character in ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' derives her powers from a [[EmpathicWeapon hypermembrane]] that grants her superhuman strength, invulnerability, the ability to generate powerful energy blasts, various optical enhancements, and other abilities not yet shown. Unfortunately, it tears easily, at which point much of her power goes away. She's also incredibly self-conscious, and the hypermembrane doesn't work if she's wearing anything over it. Considering it fits like a coat of body paint (but thinner), this is a definite problem. And to top it all off, it's all but stated that the suit's faults and frailties are all her own creation, her poor self-image and chronic self-doubt sabotaging her powerhouse potential.
** And to top it all off, she is the only one for whom the blasted thing works ''at all''. A more selfish soul would ditch the thing in a heartbeat rather than deal with the problems it has, but [[ComesGreatResponsibility all Emp ever wanted was to be a superhero...]]
** Another character called Cinderblock is implied that his current form (a man with cinderblocks for his head and hands) doesn't have the normal bodily functions. His ability is to manipulate concrete and stone - but he doesn't like using it because of the massive collateral damage it causes.
* Gwen Raiden (see ''Series/{{Angel}}'' below) gets a mega-massive dose of this in ''Angel: After the Fall'' when [[spoiler: having found a cure for her electrical...ness, she uses the opportunity to get close to another person for the first time. Then everything goes to Hell and the electrical doohickey keeping her powers suppressed breaks... and she [[{{Squick}} deep-fries her new friend]].]]
* Rick Sheridan, from the 1990s MarvelComics series ''{{Sleepwalker}}'' ends up having to share his head with the titular alien hero, who can only come out when Rick sleeps. Sleepy's presence causes no end of trouble for Rick in his social life, up to and including putting Rick in a coma when Sleepwalker tries to force his way out while Rick is still awake. At least Peter Parker got some cool powers to balance things out...
* One of the few examples of this trope who is also a BadassNormal comes from MarvelComics in the form of [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Michael Van Patrick, aka MVP]]. Long story short, he went through a diet and exercise regimen (starting from ''infancy'' it seems) devised by his grandfather who had worked on the SuperSoldier program that created ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. On the plus side, it made MVP a human being whose physical abilities were on par with ComicBook/CaptainAmerica himself, without SuperSerum. The downside? Hoo boy. When it was discovered that his grandfather worked on the project, school officials suspected that MVP's abilities weren't natural, so he got booted off his high school sports team. Then he got drafted by the Initiative because they also believed he had SuperSerum in his veins. While he adjusted well enough, he and his fellow recruits took part in an ill-advised live fire exercise on ''their first day''. End result? [[spoiler: To quote the Sniper from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', "BoomHeadshot."]] [[FromBadToWorse It]] [[CloningBlues didn't]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity end]] [[AxCrazy there]].
* Jhiaxus in IDW's ''[[TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comics [[spoiler: gains immortality as a result of being on the border between two universes, and so cannot die. This would be fine if it weren't for the hyperviolent Arcee using this to take her revenge against him. So she kills him again, and again, and again, and again...]]
** However, this is karma paying him back tenfold. Arcee wasn't hyperviolent until Jhiaxus turned her into a her. Until he experimented on Arcee, she ''had'' no gender, just like the rest of the Transformers. He did it just to see what would happen, just because he could. So this is a bit less this, more him getting his just desserts.
* In the original TheTransformers comics from Marvel, Grimlock, needing to repair his fellow Dinobots, gains access to Nucleon, a "wonder cure" seemingly able to cure every ailment. However, after being confronted by [[HarmfulHealing several beings horribly deformed and maimed after their attempts to use Nucleon to heal their illnesses]] he decides to use himself as guinea pig. In the end, he becomes stronger and more powerful than he ever used to be, but [[ShapeshifterModeLock loses his ability to transform]].
* Steve Rude and Mike Baron's hero ''Comicbook/{{Nexus}}'' is Horatio Hellpop, who has vast powers granted to him by a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien. The problem is that he never asked for these powers, and said alien forces him to spend his life executing mass murderers, including his own father. Many of his targets are utter monsters who arguably deserve death, but others are penitents who just want to live a quiet life and put their sins behind them. Horatio is a good and decent man who hates being burdened with this task and frequently tries to escape it.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Sleeper}}'', the main character's power is kind of this way; he "absorbs" his pain without experiencing it, but also has most physical pleasures muted to little or nothing (I don't recall the details). However, the real Suck Stick Hammering got applied to his off-again love interest, Miss Misery. She gets physically ill from engaging in virtuous acts, and can only relieve her condition through sadism and sociopathy! Talk about being trapped in the villain role! She can't even get Wangsty about it; she has to be genuinely evil or she'll WITHER AND DIE. And as far as I know, there's no upside to this "power". So glad am I not to live in THAT universe....
* ComicBook/IronMan built his first armor to keep himself alive -- the powers were just a bonus to help him escape his captors. Ever since, his dependence on the suit has been a recurring plot element. For a long time, it kept his heart running (he could never take off the chestplate, and running out of power was a deadly problem); then that was fixed, but Tony was shot and paralyzed below the waist, unable to walk without his armor; still later, the chip that cured Tony's paralysis went on to sabotage his nervous system, and he couldn't control his body at ''all'' without a special Iron Man suit. Most recently, Tony was nearly killed gaining the power of Extremis, which lets him control machines -- this too is a power with serious downsides, as it makes him feel detached from humanity and allows smart enough enemies to attack his vital systems ''electronically.'' And now Extremis has been removed (or at least shut down) thanks to Skrulls, meaning his current armor can't be used anymore because it's far too complex for a normal human brain to use.
** {{Ultimate Marvel}}'s version is arguably worse off. On the one hand, he doesn't need the armor to support his heart like the mainstream Tony Stark does, and he has genuine SuperIntelligence plus a HealingFactor because of having "undifferentiated neural tissue" scattered throughout his body. The downside of this? ''Pain''. He's in perpetual agony; even when hovering on a blood alcohol level that would leave an ordinary man insensible ''and'' wearing a special bio-suit that was created to block out the pain, he's still constantly suffering.
* Multi-Man has two super powers. One is a relatively normal super power like flight, or x-ray vision or what have you, but temporary and based around his second power. The other super power is of the suck variety: any time he [[strike:dies]] is killed, he comes back to life with a new super power. This leads to him being [[ButtMonkey killed repeatedly]] by both villains ''and'' "heroes" until he has a super power that fits their current needs. What makes it worse for him is that he's not really a supervillain, he's only being held in Arkham because of the potential of his BlessedWithSuck and is considered a "model prisoner".
** Played to comical effect in ''Joker's Last Laugh''. Multi-Man is an integral part of the Joker's mass prison break scheme. There are almost two whole pages of the Joker's playing cards and engaging in other mundane activities while asking "Now?" over and over again, while various other henchmen murder Multi in the background, punctuated by an announcement of his new powers.
* Parodied in Marvel's ''TheHood'' comics, when Parker offers his cousin a chance to try his flying shoes.
---> '''John:''' ''No fuckin' way! Who knows what makes that shit work, Parker. Those things'll probably steal your soul or? or give you nut cancer.''
** Since the artifacts allowed [[spoiler: Dormammu to make The Hood his bitch]], they ''did'' steal his soul.
* In Marvel, the super-speedster Thunderbolt's super-fast metabolism caused him to die of old age about a week after getting his powers.
* Melter II of the [[YoungAvengers "Dark Young Avengers"]] has the ability to dissolve objects. However, he's had it since a very young age, and his control is weak, leading to him [[spoiler: accidentally killing his parents, and later an old woman.]]
* The adamantium that makes {{Wolverine}}'s skeleton unbreakable and makes his claws even deadlier is also toxic. Wolverine would never have survived the adamantium infusion if it weren't for his HealingFactor. Another drawback is that his HealingFactor is weakened due to needing to work overtime to compensate for the adamantium poisoning. Having a metal skeleton also makes him a pretty poor opponent against on and off BigBad Magneto. This was graphically demonstrated in the ''Fatal Attractions'' arc (specifically ''X-Men'' vol. 2 #25) when Magneto ''ripped off the adamantium'' from Wolverine's bones, nearly killing him. [[spoiler: In UltimateMarvel, Magneto ''did'' kill Wolverine this way in ''Ultimatum''.]]
** The adamantium poisoning thing is a recent {{Retcon}}, and leaves a significant PlotHole in the form of Lady Deathstrike and Bullseye, both of whom have admantinum skeletons and lack Wolverine's healing factor. Earlier the problem was stated to be that as the metal covers his bones entirely, it interferes with the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow, and Wolverine's healing factor is constantly under stress compensating for that.
*** One could justify it in Deathstrike's case since she is also a full on cyborg with systems that could deal with the poisoning. As for Bullseye... And it's even worse in the case of Wolverine's old drill instructor Cyber. His original body did have a HealingFactor, but his [[GrandTheftMe new one]] doesn't and he still doesn't seem to have any issues with adamantium poisoning after lacing his skin with it. This happened long ''after'' the {{Retcon}} too.
*** Bullseye takes pills for it, when writers remember that property. Presumably, the other adamantium users that lack a healing factor do the same.
** It also makes him much slower (as far as combat speed, reaction time and running speed) than he would otherwise be, due to its not-so-light weight. He tends to have difficulties going through airports and any other facility with metal detectors. And (theoretically speaking), it makes him easy to track for any being with sensitivities to metal (obvious candidates being Magneto & Polaris) and he is much more susceptible to attack via electricity. The additional weight would make swimming a bit more of a chore than it would be otherwise.
*** It wouldn't make him more susceptible to electricity. the electricity would travel along the easy metal path, keeping his heart and organs and tissue safe from the damage it could cause.
*** The metal would still attract the electricity far more easily (especially with claws out); with claws in, it would have to get through the natural barrier of the skin. Plus, the electricity would fry anything in direct contact with the metal-laced bone, ''including'' one or more of the dura membranes surrounding the brain [[note]]the brain itself has no pain receptors[[/note]]; healing all that would still ''hurt''.
** A less severe case of BlessedWithSuck is the combination of a HealingFactor and retractable claws. Whenever Wolverine pops out the claws, he cuts open his hands. The HealingFactor keeps him from bleeding out, but also guarantees that he'll cut himself open again the next time. He's done it so often by now that he's probably used to it ([[GoodThingYouCanHeal and it's far from the worst pain he's ever suffered]]), but when they first came out, chances are it hurt.
*** His reaction and expression in the ''Origin'' mini-series says it all...
*** The first movie made this explicit: Rogue saw the claws pop out, and asked Wolverine if it hurt. His response: "Every time".
*** Parodied by Greg and Lou in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vQ2RVqJCNM Wolverine's Claws Suck]].
*** Also a retcon; originally, his claws had sheaths - back when they were artificial. Now that they're retconned as natural, they don't. Um, stop me if this starts to make sense... the first time he leaves them out for a few minutes, given his healing factor, they should form those sheaths anyway - like a pierced ear.
*** Shortly after Wolverine had his adamantium stolen, Jubilee asked if he still bleeds when he uses his claws. His reply is that he pops them in and out a few times every day, forming holes like pierced ears. But they still hurt.
** Wolverine's SuperSenses have the drawback of always being active. It's a wonder he doesn't pass out from sheer agony given the horrific injuries he suffers so often. This is arguably the case for anyone with SuperSenses.
*** He has on occasion complained about being in public places such as airports due to the olfactory overload he receives from all the different kinds of b.o., deodorant, cologne, bad breath, etc.
** Wolverine's HealingFactor is pretty awesome, but prior to M-Day (which gave Wolverine all of his memories back), it apparently helped him get over ''mental'' trauma -- by giving him ''amnesia''. Whether or not this is still the case -- or indeed, if it ever really was -- has not been confirmed. And yes, this means that ''all'' of Wolverine's powers are cases of BlessedWithSuck.
*** The amnesia was recently revealed to be due to Weapon X "memory implants", which amount to nothing more than Weapon X doctors taking a cattle prod to his brain and allowing it to grow back, and then telling him some bullshit story about why he can't remember anything and who he "really" is.
** Logan's daughter/OppositeSexClone Laura Kinney AKA {{X-23}} shares much of this, but unlike Logan is also burdened with ''remembering everything that's ever happened to her''. [[DarkAndTroubledPast And everything that's ever happened to her has really]], ''[[BrokenBird really]]'' [[TheWoobie sucked.]] Additionally, ''AvengersArena'' makes it clear that the second Laura steps into a room she has already analyzed everyone in it for threat assessment and calculated the best plan of attack for ''killing them all''. Sure, that sounds pretty useful if you're walking into a BadGuyBar or another situation where EverythingIsTryingToKillYou, but ''she can't turn it off''. Laura formulates a plan to kill her ''friends and loved ones'' every time she meets up with them.
*** The trigger scent falls into this as well. Laura is already an incredibly skilled and capable fighter by benefit of her instincts, heightened senses, and TrainingFromHell, but the trigger scent turns her into a whirling ball of unstoppable adamantium-bladed death. Unfortunately, it also induces an UnstoppableRage over which she has no control and will pursue and attack ''anything'', even those she cares about, that's been marked, and she will not stop until the target is either dead or the scent wears off.
*** Laura manages to avoid ''most'' of adamantium's BlessedWithSuck traits Logan has to deal with, since only her claws are laced with it (though she still notes in her solo series that swimming is troublesome. She would also have the same problems getting through metal detectors or fighting someone like Magneto). However she also ''adds'' a unique one of her own that Wolverine doesn't have to worry about: Because her skeleton isn't reinforced with adamantium as well, it's entirely possible for her to strike something with her claws with so much force, that the combination of shock of impact, the target's resistance to being cut, and resulting vibrations could ''shatter or pulverize'' the bones in her hands and wrists, or feet and ankles.
* The Darkness powers in ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'', which while making Jackie completely godly, only work in the dark and stop him from enjoying one of his favorite pastimes, casual sex (The Darkness is passed down from father to son, killing the father at the moment of conception process - which is how Jackie's father died).
** This is somewhat subverted because Jackie has the ability to create women from the Darkness which he can sex all he likes.
*** But this usually goes horribly wrong.
* This was the motivation behind one-time ''ComicBook/{{X-Factor}}'' foe Josef Huber's attempt to orchestrate the extinction of mutants. Unlike others with this goal, he wasn't a deranged fanatic; he just had the ability to automatically copy the [[AllYourPowersCombined powers of every mutant on the planet]], which resulted in him having telepathy so powerful that even the isolated arctic cave he lives in offers little refuge from the constant noise of thoughts from all over the world.
* The protagonist of the Top Cow one-shot ''Murderer'' sees/hears the thoughts of everyone around him all the time. This results in him knowing things he'd rather not (like how much his grandmother secretly hates him) and being so overwhelmed by other people's thoughts that it's hard to focus on his own. He speaks in broken fragments full of pauses[[note]]e.g. "Wife. Got sick. Lost job. No money. No food. Just want. Family okay."[[/note]] because he can't concentrate well enough to string together a whole sentence. The title comes from the fact that the only way for him to turn his power off (only for a few hours) is to be in someone's mind as they're dying.
* Velcroman from a comic by German artist Creator/WalterMoers is about a superhero all covered in velcro (not a suit, but due to a biological-nuclear accident). In a world which is completely covered with fuzz, because of a [[RunningGag biological-nuclear catastrophe]].
* {{Taskmaster}} from Marvel can perfectly memorize and copy the movements of other people. Fighting styles, sports, the works. Permanently. This comes with a heavy trade-off: All of the information that is involved with perfectly imitating so many people is too much for Taskmaster's brain. As a result, he constantly forgets things that aren't combat-related: people, places, even a conversation from last Monday. He reveals all of this to Avengers Academy member Finesse, who has similar abilities [[spoiler: because she might be his daughter]] and might have the same problem down the road. [[{{Tearjerker}} He wants to fight her because memorizing her movements is the only way he won't forget her.]] FromBadToWorse in a recent mini that reveals just how much of his life he's forgotten. He used to be known as Tony Masters, a married S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and he forgot about his former vocation and his wife, who was also a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. He forgets all of this again at the end of the mini when he copies the skills of his attacker in order to save his wife. His wife is determined to keep reminding him though.
** Note that everything above is a fairly recent and incredibly unpopular {{Retcon}}, that causes more problems than it solves. Before this, however, he did have to deal with the issue that his photographic reflexes did not include RequiredSecondaryPowers - for example, as a young boy, he copied an Olympic diver... only to realize after he hit the water that he didn't know how to swim.
* [[DonaldDuck Gladstone Gander]] occasionally gets this treatment. One story dealt with him trying to solve the problem of his home being cluttered by all the things he's won. A few stories have other people showing disdain for him for being effectively a cheater or a freeloader who has everything fall into his lap without having to make any effort.
** Since in the vast majority of stories he appears in he's not only a lazy freeloader, but also insufferably ''smug'' about it, most readers aren't inclined to feel pity for him.
* In ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'', Joel Kent, after years of living without Kryptonian superpowers due to being prenatally exposed to Gold Kryptonite radiation, receives a formula from the Ultra-Humanite (posing as Lex Luthor) which gives him back his powers. Unfortunately, after using those powers to [[CainAndAbel kill his sister Kara]], Joel found out that the formula that gave him back his powers ended up killing him after a few hours' use, despite Ultra's original claim of the contrary - which turns out to be just what Ultra was expecting Joel to believe.
** Years later, though, Superman and his grandson Clark Wayne (Knightwing) discover that Ultra was able to come up with a formula that could restore Kryptonian powers ''without'' killing whoever drank it.
* [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avenger]] Black Knight had this in his magic sword, the Ebony Blade. On one hand, [[AbsurdlySharpBlade it could cut through nearly anything]]. On the other hand, it had a curse that took effect if it ever drew blood, which would do things like paralyze him, turn him into a statue, or drive him insane. These curses were generally pretty permanent, to the point even Comicbook/DoctorStrange had trouble removing them. Worse, even if someone else used the blade to draw blood, the curse would still affect Black Knight. It was no surprise when he eventually stopped using the damn thing.
* Jessica Drew AKA SpiderWoman was one to get over this problem but initially, her powers caused accelerated aging, unwanted attraction due to pheromones and unjustified hatred because of those same pheromones.
* Further Marvel examples: for a time, Rhino's suit was grafted to his skin. While this provided the permanent secondary powers for him to break through walls without pain, he had a lack of feeling and required a special flap for natural functions. Also, a side story mini-series from the perspective of Kitty Pryde as a new X-Man revolved around Wolverine running off with her in the middle of the night and telling her about some bank robbers he had fought while in Canada that wore adamantium suits. Unfortunately, the suits could not be removed; and one of them ended up with some disease. The man was left on life support for decades because the doctors weren't able to give him the single injection he needed, and the suit was of similar strength to Wolverine's claws. Wolverine took Kitty because he suddenly realized her powers would allow them to phase the needle past the suit, but he had died shortly before they arrived.
* The ComicBook/AvengersAcademy seems to be ''built'' on this. We have Veil who can turn into mist...yet her power is slowly killing her. Then we have Hazmat whose body produces deadly radiation, and has to be confined to a suit to protect others. Then there's Finesse, who is a super fighter but her brain can't handle all the information and in the future... it's revealed she's [[spoiler: continually forgetting her daughter's name.]] Then there's Mettle, who was a champion surfer before his powers awakened, granting him SuperStrength and NighInvulnerability... but making him look like a metal version of RedSkull (he even yells once 'I'm not related to Red Skull, I'm Jewish'), and then there's Reptil who could only transform his body parts into dinosaurs before getting a future power-up.
* The newish mutants from the Marvel Universe, ''ComicBook/GenerationHope'', all have powers like this, or at least linked to this. You have Velocidad, who's a super-speedster who ages up with each use of his power as it just makes time move slower/faster/whichever would be relevant for him, Sadie (Transonic) who's trapped forever in some blue alien-looking body, some guy who got super-animal strength and senses... and the mind to go with them. Another one of them's walking BodyHorror. Being one of the new generation of mutants sucks.
** Idie is the one exception. Too bad her upbringing convinced her that just being a mutant was bad enough.
* Arson from Shadowhawk and the short-lived Regulators is always on fire. He cannot turn it off. He does not get the Human Torch's advantages like flying, nor is he nearly as strong as the Human Torch, although certainly strong enough to burn anything he touches like food, clothing, furniture, or his teammates. Unlike the real unfortunates on this page, at least he does burn himself to death.
* Sludge from ''ComicBook/TheUltraverse'' survived a murder attempt when conveniently close chemicals gave him a HealingFactor. They also combined with nearby sewage to make him a humanoid mass of slime and cancer, damaging his ability to think and speak. His touch melts and warps living creatures. He started working for a supervillain in return for a promise to kill him, since HealingFactor will not let him die.
* Tony Chu of ''{{Chew}}'' has cibopathy. This is a form of PsychicPowers where he can see things relating to the past of anything he tastes; he can also absorb skills and knowledge by eating flesh or drinking blood from other human beings. What makes this suck? First and foremost, he can't turn it off -- and a lot of the visions he gets are pretty damn gross. Secondly, the only thing he can eat that doesn't trigger his cibopathy is beets... and he doesn't even ''like'' beets. Finally, his powers, combined with his {{jerkass}} boss, means he has to eat a lot of stuff that is inherently gross. Like corpses, dead animals, poop...
* The TopCow series ''{{Freshmen}}'' featured Green Thumb, a vegan whose powers allow him to hear the thoughts of plants. ''All'' thoughts of ''all'' plants. It got terrible very quickly.
* [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] is NighInvulnerable to the point that bullets can't pierce his skin. Which is pretty awesome until something manages to injure him badly enough that he needs intensive medical care. Then it becomes a problem that needles can't pierce his skin.
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