Playing With / Cursed with Awesome

Basic Trope: A curse comes with positive side-effects that outweigh any negative effects of the curse.
  • Straight: He's cursed to be the cleverest person in the world.
  • Exaggerated: He's cursed with omnipotence.
  • Downplayed: The Agony Beam curse cripples our hero with horrible pain, but afterwards he trains his body to fight through it and becomes a more vicious warrior as a result.
  • Justified:
    • "She was required by the rules of magic to place a curse upon her son... but nowhere did it say that the curse had to be a terrible burden, and she did love him with all her heart".
    • Or it was intentionally a curse, but the hero bends it to be a power.
    • The wizard focused solely on "Curse" magic, and, through Sufficiently Analyzed Magic, learned to use a painless version of The Punishment as a reward.
    • The wizard himself is cursed; the effects of "Curse" and "Bless" are inverted.
    • The hexer wanted it to be a blessing, but was Geased against it. Due to poor wording, however...
    • Because the magic of the universe runs on Magic A Is Magic A, the wizard who has focused on curses has learned through Exact Words and Loophole Abuse to make a curse which is only a slight annoyance but can offer a huge boon to the one who bears it.
  • Inverted: Blessed with Suck
  • Subverted:
    • He's cursed to be the cleverest person in the world... but "cleverness" in this case means being able to see through every argument, and not being able to shut up, so that it really is a curse.
    • Alternately, he's cursed with a demonic form with Super Powers... that are preventing him from using his normal, more powerful Super Powers.
    • The superpowers would normally be a blessing, but With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility... Eventually, he has a nervous breakdown because no matter how hard he tries, he can't save everyone. This is the real curse, the burden of the mighty, the guilt of a hero. Consumed by his failures, he cries himself to sleep at night, alone in his tiny apartment, with no time for friends, too busy scrambling to save the world to hold a steady job.
    • The hero's curse works in his favor and it doesn't even have any serious downsides. It turns out, however that the hero's cursed form is weaker than his true form, despite its benefits, and it's this that is pissing him off so much.
    • The curse turns out to be actually one which tailors itself to the person it's on: whatever the benefits and downsides are, to the person it's on, the benefits aren't worth it...and are there merely to make it harder to get help lifting the curse.
  • Double Subverted:
    • He's cursed to be the cleverest person in the world... but "cleverness" in this case means being able to see through every argument, and not being able to shut up, so that it really is a curse... but he figures out how to get around the "never shut up" part, and thus, find his curse useful.
    • He's cursed with a demonic form of Super Powers that are preventing him from using his normal, more powerful Super Powers... but then he faces the enemy immune to his normal powers and finds out that he is vulnerable to his demonic powers.
  • Parodied: People start lining up to get cursed by the evil wizard in the hopes of getting wonderful side effects as a bonus.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Sometimes the curse of berserker rages causes problems, sometimes the cursed character can overcome the negative effects through willpower and use their curse-boosted physical abilities to act as a true hero.
    • It's The Corruption and it gives superpowers in exchange for the user's health and sanity.
    • Lovecraftian Superpower. Yeah, it's a superpower-but you have to say "If you are a minor, pregnant, may become pregnant, or have a heart condition, please leave the room" before you use it.
    • His powers hurt like crazy while in use.
  • Averted: It's a terrible curse. Full stop.
  • Enforced: "We can't have something really bad happen to the hero, so let's make the curse inadvertently beneficial".
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, one of THOSE curses". "Huh?" "He's saying that it actually benefits the person cursed".
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: "You'll place a curse on him. And the curse must be a true curse, none of this 'blessing in disguise' nonsense!"
  • Discussed: "You do realize that some people would kill to have that curse placed on them, don't you?"
  • Conversed: "Why is that character complaining? He got Super Powers, and none of the usual downsides thereof".
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • "With great power comes great responsibility", and responsibility is meant to be the "true" curse.
    • The antagonist eventually appreciates that while the curse is mostly positive, it still has it's downsides.

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