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* In a ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' a man mocks Menthor, the Peppermint god, and is cursed with eternally fresh breath, which he comments is a stupid curse. Subverted when it turns out it also makes everything taste like you just finished brushing your teeth, making it at least double-edged.

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* Hyperacusis is a ''very'' rare hearing disorder that makes a person's ear(s) extremely hypersensitive. As a result, they perceive sounds as being much louder than they really are. According to some hyperacusis sufferers, it is downright ''debilitating'' at times; even the quietest sounds (such as a fan blowing, or a heater) can be quite irritating, while sounds that actually ARE quite loud (such as a dog barking) are ''painful.'' However, they usually also admit that there are times where they are grateful to have it;extremely good hearing can be very helpful and important in some situations.
* Some insomniacs learn to adapt to not being able to get a full 8 hours of sleep, becoming "Sleepless Elites" -- people who can function just fine with half the amount of sleep.


** Spidey would be the trope namer if he had any cool catchphrase that related. Peter Parker is a genius, incredibly powerful (at least compared to us muggles), a successful photographer--who even published a book of Spider-Man photos -- and a college student. Despite his poverty, he is able to provide for himself--including crime-fighting gadgets like web-shooters, webbing and costumes--his aged aunt and his supermodel wife. Remember? He bagged a chick so hot she should be using dorks like him as a paperweight. Not to mention ComicBook/GwenStacy, Betty Brant, Liz Allen, the ComicBook/BlackCat, Deb Whitman...

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** Spidey would be the trope namer if he had any cool catchphrase that related. Peter Parker is a genius, incredibly powerful (at least compared to us muggles), a successful photographer--who even published a book of Spider-Man photos -- and a college student. Despite his poverty, he is able to provide for himself--including crime-fighting gadgets like web-shooters, webbing and costumes--his aged aunt and his supermodel wife. Remember? He bagged a chick so hot she should be using dorks like him as a paperweight. Not to mention ComicBook/GwenStacy, Betty Brant, Liz Allen, the ComicBook/BlackCat, Deb Whitman...



** Of course, in the long run he may wind up considering this to be the best thing that ever happens to him. It's all but outright stated that this version of Superman goes on to become Superman Prime of ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'', ensuring he eventually physically resurrects as nothing short of a god, living until at least the year 85200 and resurrecting Lois Lane to be as powerful and long-lived as him, so they can be together forever. Also, he LIVES IN THE GOD DAMNED SUN.

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** Of course, in In ''ComicBook/AMindSwitchInTime'', ComicBook/{{Superboy}} is not happy to learn his future self will be a famed newscaster since Pa and Ma always said he should keep himself out of the long run he may wind up considering this public eye. Still, going to be the best thing that ever happens greater lengths to him. It's all but outright stated that this version of Superman goes on protect your secret identity seems a small price to become Superman Prime of ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'', ensuring he eventually physically resurrects as nothing short of pay for becoming a god, living until at least the year 85200 and resurrecting Lois Lane to be as powerful and long-lived as him, so they can be together forever. Also, he LIVES IN THE GOD DAMNED SUN.renowned journalist.



* For most folks who gain powers via Gamma radiation like the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, the Abomination, and [[ComicBook/RedHulk General Ross]], [[BlessedWithSuck it's the opposite Trope]] but there are exceptions:
** Comicbook/SheHulk started out as Bruce Banner's mousy cousin Jennifer Walters who transformed after being given a blood transfusion from Dr. Banner. She went from a shy, rather nebbish girl into... well, She-Hulk. Eventually, writers realized there weren't any real ''downsides'' to it, and she hasn't complained about the situation in ''years.'' (The trick is that, as the name implies, they were trying to make a DistaffCounterpart to the Hulk - but while Bruce Banner turns into a horrific, mindless force of destruction [[DependingOnTheWriter most of the time]], Jennifer turns into a friendly, vivacious Amazon who is still mentally herself, just [[AmazonianBeauty tall, busty, and jacked]]. Hard to see any downsides in that, especially since she didn't like who she used to be all that much to ''begin'' with.)

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For most folks who gain powers via Gamma radiation like the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, Hulk, the Abomination, and [[ComicBook/RedHulk General Ross]], [[BlessedWithSuck it's the opposite Trope]] but there are exceptions:
** Comicbook/SheHulk ComicBook/SheHulk started out as Bruce Banner's mousy cousin Jennifer Walters who transformed after being given a blood transfusion from Dr. Banner. She went from a shy, rather nebbish girl into... well, She-Hulk. Eventually, writers realized there weren't any real ''downsides'' to it, and she hasn't complained about the situation in ''years.'' (The trick is that, as the name implies, they were trying to make a DistaffCounterpart to the Hulk - but while Bruce Banner turns into a horrific, mindless force of destruction [[DependingOnTheWriter most of the time]], Jennifer turns into a friendly, vivacious Amazon who is still mentally herself, just [[AmazonianBeauty tall, busty, and jacked]]. Hard to see any downsides in that, especially since she didn't like who she used to be all that much to ''begin'' with.)

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* ''TabletobGame/{{Talisman}}'': Getting cursed by the Poltergeist to only move one space per turn instead of a random d6 roll can have a lot of benefits. It allows you to hop on and off a beneficial space and get the rewards every other turn.


* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', Arnold's grandpa believes he is dying of a "curse" that causes men in his family to die at the age of 81...''exactly'' at the age of 81. They never die young and always live several years past the U.S. male life expectancy. What a terrible fate! It becomes even sillier when Arnold notices that [[spoiler:he did the math wrong; his predecessors died when they were ''91'']].

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In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', one episode, Arnold's grandpa believes he is dying of a "curse" that causes men in his family to die at the age of 81...''exactly'' at the age of 81. They never die young and always live several years past the U.S. male life expectancy. What a terrible fate! It becomes even sillier when Arnold notices that [[spoiler:he did the math wrong; his predecessors died when they were ''91'']].''91'']].
** Another episode concerns Helga's SiblingRivalry with her older sister Olga, with Helga being TheUnfavourite to Olga who routinely excels in her studies, has a promising career, and gets showered in endless praise by their parents, while Helga is seen as a mere tumor by them. After talking things over, Olga explains that Helga's lack of attention from her parents is actually a blessing in disguise since it allows Helga to enjoy her life however she pleases, while Olga [[BlessedWithSuck is weighed down with expectations of academic, professional, and material success from her parents]].


The jury is out on the [[JustifiedTrope justification]] of the "curse" of Awesome being FantasticRacism; on one hand, superpowers aren't that much fun when the majority of the population believe [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman suffocating you in your sleep]] is [[MugglePower pest control]]. On the other, it's not like AllOfTheOtherReindeer will have an easy time [[BurnTheWitch burning you]]. But if you keep driving off every [[TorchesAndPitchforks Torch-swinging]] {{Muggle}} for a generation or so, you're just reinforcing the Fantastic Racism... On and on it goes.

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The jury is out on the [[JustifiedTrope justification]] of the "curse" of Awesome being FantasticRacism; on one hand, superpowers aren't that much fun when the majority of the population believe [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman suffocating you in your sleep]] is [[MugglePower pest control]]. On the other, it's not like AllOfTheOtherReindeer will have an easy time [[BurnTheWitch burning you]]. But if you keep driving off every [[TorchesAndPitchforks Torch-swinging]] {{Muggle}} {{Muggle|s}} for a generation or so, you're just reinforcing the Fantastic Racism... On and on it goes.



There are also some cases where the drawback is just a straight-up InformedFlaw, or negated by a bit of FridgeBrilliance. The SuperMode can be legitimately terrifying if [[AndIMustScream the person using it loses control of themselves while remaining aware of what they're doing]], but not if they only do things that they could just as well have done anyway and are just as beneficial, [[NeverMyFault but now they have an excuse for behavior that might be otherwise unacceptable]]. The SmartGuy may be so smart that it's said to alienate others and leave him lonely or anti-social, but if he's in a FiveManBand, he almost certainly has at least four TrueCompanions.

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There are also some cases where the drawback is just a straight-up InformedFlaw, or negated by a bit of FridgeBrilliance. The SuperMode can be legitimately terrifying if [[AndIMustScream the person using it loses control of themselves while remaining aware of what they're doing]], but not if they only do things that they could just as well have done anyway and are just as beneficial, [[NeverMyFault but now they have an excuse for behavior that might be otherwise unacceptable]]. The SmartGuy TheSmartGuy may be so smart that [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation it's said to alienate others and leave him lonely or anti-social, anti-social]], but if he's in a FiveManBand, he almost certainly has at least four TrueCompanions.



** Spidey would be the trope namer if he had any cool catchphrase that related. Peter Parker is a genius, incredibly powerful (at least compared to us muggles), a successful photographer--who even published a book of Spider-Man photos -- and a college student. Despite his poverty, he is able to provide for himself--including crime-fighting gadgets like web-shooters, webbing and costumes--his aged aunt and his supermodel wife. Remember? He bagged a chick so hot she should be using dorks like him as a paperweight. Not to mention Gwen Stacey, Betty Brant, Liz Allen, the Black Cat, Deb Whitman...
** This is ultimately deconstructed during the ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' saga. ComicBook/DoctorOctopus, having hijacked'd Peter's body, uses it to be a superior Spidey. However, when the ComicBook/GreenGoblin opts to bring everything down around his ears, he comes to realize that Peter purposesly stops himself from using his Awesome because of things like this.

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** Spidey would be the trope namer if he had any cool catchphrase that related. Peter Parker is a genius, incredibly powerful (at least compared to us muggles), a successful photographer--who even published a book of Spider-Man photos -- and a college student. Despite his poverty, he is able to provide for himself--including crime-fighting gadgets like web-shooters, webbing and costumes--his aged aunt and his supermodel wife. Remember? He bagged a chick so hot she should be using dorks like him as a paperweight. Not to mention Gwen Stacey, ComicBook/GwenStacy, Betty Brant, Liz Allen, the Black Cat, ComicBook/BlackCat, Deb Whitman...
** This is ultimately deconstructed during the ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' saga. ComicBook/DoctorOctopus, having hijacked'd Peter's body, uses it to be a superior Spidey. However, when the ComicBook/GreenGoblin opts to bring everything down around his ears, he comes to realize that Peter purposesly purposely stops himself from using his Awesome because of things like this.



** Subverted with The Juggernaut. Those who are bestowed with the power of Cyttorak through his crimson gem are also compelled to do evil, regardless of their previous nature. However, Cain Marko is a natural sociopath, and doesn't need much prodding. When Cain tried to [[HeelFaceTurn turn over a new leaf]] and joined the X-Men, Cyttorak was very unhappy with this development. Thus, [[RedemptionDemotion Cain's power was greatly reduced]] and he was pushed into returning to a life of evil to regain the lost power.

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** Subverted with The Juggernaut.ComicBook/{{Juggernaut|MarvelComics}}. Those who are bestowed with the power of Cyttorak through his crimson gem are also compelled to do evil, regardless of their previous nature. However, Cain Marko is a natural sociopath, and doesn't need much prodding. When Cain tried to [[HeelFaceTurn turn over a new leaf]] and joined the X-Men, Cyttorak was very unhappy with this development. Thus, [[RedemptionDemotion Cain's power was greatly reduced]] and he was pushed into returning to a life of evil to regain the lost power.



** The first ''X-Men'' movie in many ways reflected this; the heroes were all extremely gorgeous people with cool powers played by people like Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and James Marsden, whilst the bad guys - with the notable exception of Ian [=McKellen=] - were all freaks. The later movies began to balance this out a bit more with the inclusion of characters such as Nightcrawler. Other X-Men films, such as ''First Class'' imply a number of evil mutants become evil ''because'' they're ugly; visible mutations make them bigger targets for prejudice, which in turn [[ThenLetMeBeEvil makes them more cynical and bitter toward humans]].

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** The first ''X-Men'' movie ''Film/XMen1'' in many ways reflected this; the heroes were all extremely gorgeous people with cool powers played by people like Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry Creator/HughJackman, Creator/HalleBerry and James Marsden, Creator/JamesMarsden, whilst the bad guys - with the notable exception of Ian [=McKellen=] Creator/IanMcKellen - were all freaks. The later movies began to balance this out a bit more with the inclusion of characters such as Nightcrawler. ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}}. Other X-Men films, such as ''First Class'' ''[[Film/XMenFirstClass First Class]]'' imply a number of evil mutants become evil ''because'' they're ugly; visible mutations make them bigger targets for prejudice, which in turn [[ThenLetMeBeEvil makes them more cynical and bitter toward humans]].



** This point's been lampooned in Toyfare's ''Twisted Toyfare Theater'' comic, with a villain exclaiming "rich teenagers with superpowers? Yeah, I WISH I had your problems!"

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** This point's been lampooned in Toyfare's ''Twisted Toyfare Theater'' comic, ''ComicStrip/TwistedToyfareTheatre'', with a villain exclaiming "rich teenagers with superpowers? Yeah, I WISH I had your problems!"



** During the ''WebVideo/CinemaSins'' video of ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Jeremy finally has had enough of Mystique claiming humans wouldn't find her attractive in her normal form: a nude, busty blue ActionGirl. He retorts it would be almost ''impossible'' for a straight man ''not'' to be turned on by her.

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** During the ''WebVideo/CinemaSins'' video of ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Jeremy finally has had enough of Mystique ComicBook/{{Mystique}} claiming humans wouldn't find her attractive in her [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm normal form: form]]: a nude, busty blue ActionGirl. He retorts it would be almost ''impossible'' for a straight man ''not'' to be turned on by her.



* The Thing in ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''. Super-strong & nigh invulnerable. Sure he's not the best looking guy around, but despite this he's had several women attracted to him, Alicia Masters, Thundra, the second Miss Marvel, heck even Tigra seemed interested in him. Boo-hoo, poor Ben.

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* The Thing ComicBook/TheThing in ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''. Super-strong & nigh invulnerable. Sure he's not the best looking guy around, but despite this he's had several women attracted to him, Alicia Masters, Thundra, the second Miss Marvel, heck even Tigra seemed interested in him. Boo-hoo, poor Ben.



** The big issue comes from the fact that he inadvertably causes damage to structures around him. Buildings would have to be well-reinforced to support him and he probably wouldn't be able to take stairs or elevators. His fingers are too big and powerful to use normal, everyday things like telephones or cups, and everything in the Baxter Building had to be Thing-proofed just so he'd be able to live there. In terms of living his day-to-day life he's essentially handicapped.

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** The big issue comes from the fact that he inadvertably inadvertently causes damage to structures around him. Buildings would have to be well-reinforced to support him and he probably wouldn't be able to take stairs or elevators. His fingers are too big and powerful to use normal, everyday things like telephones or cups, and everything in the Baxter Building had to be Thing-proofed just so he'd be able to live there. In terms of living his day-to-day life he's essentially handicapped.



** In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', ComicBook/LexLuthor [[BatmanGambit endangers a space flight]], forcing Superman to fly too close to the sun in the process of rescuing them. The damage to his body leaves him with one year to live. On the upside, it boosts his powers and intelligence, and renders him immune to kryptonite, which helps him deal with all his final year's problems.

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** In ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', ComicBook/LexLuthor [[BatmanGambit endangers a space flight]], forcing Superman to fly too close to the sun in the process of rescuing them. The damage to his body [[YourDaysAreNumbered leaves him with one year to live.live]]. On the upside, it boosts his powers and intelligence, and renders him immune to kryptonite, which helps him deal with all his final year's problems.



* For most folks who gain powers via Gamma radiation like the Hulk the Abomination, and General Ross, [[BlessedWithSuck it's the opposite Trope]] but there are exceptions:
** Comicbook/SheHulk started out as Bruce Banner's mousy cousin Jennifer Walters who transformed after being given a blood transfusion from Dr. Banner. She went from a shy, rather nebbish girl into... well, She-Hulk. Eventually, writers realized there weren't any real ''downsides'' to it, and she hasn't complained about the situation in ''years.'' (The trick is that, as the name implies, they were trying to make a DistaffCounterpart to the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk - but while Bruce Banner turns into a horrific, mindless force of destruction [[DependingOnTheWriter most of the time]], Jennifer turns into a friendly, vivacious Amazon who is still mentally herself, just [[AmazonianBeauty tall, busty, and jacked]]. Hard to see any downsides in that, especially since she didn't like who she used to be all that much to ''begin'' with.)
** Lampshaded as early as the late-80s, when at the end of an issue, Mr. Fantastic sadly informs Jennifer that due to a burst of radiation she absorbed, she is now permanently stuck in her She-Hulk form. A couple of beat panels later she replies, "So, what's the ''bad'' news?"
** Jen isn't the only one to benefit from gamma radiation. The Hulk's enemy the Leader was once [[FromNobodyToNightmare nothing more than a janitor]] until an accident involving gamma radiation turned him into a super-genius with PsychicPowers. (He considered the green skin and enlarged, mutated cranium a ''very'' small price to pay.)

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* For most folks who gain powers via Gamma radiation like the Hulk ComicBook/IncredibleHulk, the Abomination, and [[ComicBook/RedHulk General Ross, Ross]], [[BlessedWithSuck it's the opposite Trope]] but there are exceptions:
** Comicbook/SheHulk started out as Bruce Banner's mousy cousin Jennifer Walters who transformed after being given a blood transfusion from Dr. Banner. She went from a shy, rather nebbish girl into... well, She-Hulk. Eventually, writers realized there weren't any real ''downsides'' to it, and she hasn't complained about the situation in ''years.'' (The trick is that, as the name implies, they were trying to make a DistaffCounterpart to the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk - but while Bruce Banner turns into a horrific, mindless force of destruction [[DependingOnTheWriter most of the time]], Jennifer turns into a friendly, vivacious Amazon who is still mentally herself, just [[AmazonianBeauty tall, busty, and jacked]]. Hard to see any downsides in that, especially since she didn't like who she used to be all that much to ''begin'' with.)
** Lampshaded as early as the late-80s, when at the end of an issue, Mr. Fantastic ComicBook/MisterFantastic sadly informs Jennifer that due to a burst of radiation she absorbed, she is now permanently stuck in her She-Hulk form. A couple of beat panels later she replies, "So, what's the ''bad'' news?"
** Jen isn't the only one to benefit from gamma radiation. The Hulk's enemy the Leader was once [[FromNobodyToNightmare nothing more than a janitor]] until an accident involving gamma radiation turned him into a super-genius with PsychicPowers. (He considered the green skin and [[MyBrainIsBig enlarged, mutated cranium cranium]] a ''very'' small price to pay.)



* As an {{Expy}} of Ben Grimm, above, [[ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew Pig-Iron]] was transformed into a hulking steel monster. While it made him NighInvulnerable and gave him SuperStrength, it also makes it utterly impossible for him to have a SecretIdentity or live any kind of normal, non-superheroic life. It also resulted in [[spoiler: his death from drowning, as unlike the other heroes he couldn't possibly swim. He would be resurrected by Creator/GrantMorrison to be a background character in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.]]

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* As an {{Expy}} of Ben Grimm, above, [[ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew Pig-Iron]] was transformed into a hulking steel monster. While it made him NighInvulnerable he gained NighInvulnerability and gave him SuperStrength, it also makes it utterly impossible for him to have a SecretIdentity or live any kind of normal, non-superheroic life. It also resulted in [[spoiler: his death from drowning, as unlike the other heroes he couldn't possibly swim. He would be resurrected by Creator/GrantMorrison to be a background character in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.]]''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'']].



* ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' fanfics ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11989539/1/Hakkōna Hakkōna]]'' and ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12023508/1/Kaitō-Kokoro Kaitō Kokoro]]'': Obake are creatures that can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]] into just about anything. Unfortunately, their powers made them feared by humans and [[GottaKillThemAll massacred as a result]] with [[spoiler:Kiku as the only survivor.]]

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* ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' fanfics ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11989539/1/Hakkōna Hakkōna]]'' and ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12023508/1/Kaitō-Kokoro Kaitō Kokoro]]'': Obake are creatures that can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]] into just about anything. Unfortunately, their powers made them feared by humans and [[GottaKillThemAll massacred as a result]] with [[spoiler:Kiku as the only survivor.]]survivor]].



* TheWisePrince protagonist in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6072033/1/Dragon_Age_The_Crown_of_Thorns Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns]]'' feels this way and even outright explains it when he [[spoiler:and his elder brother Trian, who dies in Canon but is only presumed dead in this case, make peace with each other ]]after the dwarven noble returns to Orzammar [[spoiler:incognito, while the female human noble plays the leader. ]] Having been clever enough to [[spoiler:totally manipulate Bhelen and his lackeys by faking Trian's death and getting himself framed for it deliberately]], he admits that he [[spoiler:believes he would make a great king but his cleverness would rub off on all the conniving politicians and actually cause them to become even more subtle in their backhanded dealing, meaning that he'd upgrade the game of bloody politics ]]that he wants to see shattered. Add to that the [[spoiler:fact that history would cause people to assume that only brilliant leaders like him can do any good, which goes against how he wants to see some luminosity in Orzammar as a whole]]. He argues that [[spoiler:Trian ]]can break the game because [[spoiler:he's capable of ObfuscatingStupidity so he can kickstart a chain reaction that would, in the long run, lead to a higher way of thinking. ]]So, he feels he'd [[spoiler:make a bad king in the current situation because he'd be too god at it. ]] The answer [[spoiler:Trian ]]gave? [[spoiler:"That... is just so incredibly stupid!" ]]And this is all before a king is decided upon.

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* TheWisePrince protagonist in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6072033/1/Dragon_Age_The_Crown_of_Thorns Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns]]'' feels this way and even outright explains it when he [[spoiler:and his elder brother Trian, who dies in Canon but is only presumed dead in this case, make peace with each other ]]after the dwarven noble returns to Orzammar [[spoiler:incognito, while the female human noble plays the leader. ]] leader]]. Having been clever enough to [[spoiler:totally manipulate Bhelen and his lackeys by faking Trian's death and getting himself framed for it deliberately]], he admits that he [[spoiler:believes he would make a great king but his cleverness would rub off on all the conniving politicians and actually cause them to become even more subtle in their backhanded dealing, meaning that he'd upgrade the game of bloody politics ]]that he wants to see shattered. Add to that the [[spoiler:fact that history would cause people to assume that only brilliant leaders like him can do any good, which goes against how he wants to see some luminosity in Orzammar as a whole]]. He argues that [[spoiler:Trian ]]can break the game because [[spoiler:he's capable of ObfuscatingStupidity so he can kickstart a chain reaction that would, in the long run, lead to a higher way of thinking. ]]So, thinking]]. So, he feels he'd [[spoiler:make a bad king in the current situation because he'd be too god at it. ]] it]]. The answer [[spoiler:Trian ]]gave? [[spoiler:"That... is just so incredibly stupid!" ]]And this is all before a king is decided upon.



* The Series/{{CSI}} / Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory crossover fic ''Death By Chocolate'' shows how Violet Beaureguard benefited from the incident of the blueberry pie gum from the film section below - she became a contortionist of such skill that she became a star of Cirque de Soleil. [[spoiler: Her mother wasn't too happy about it, though...]]

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* The Series/{{CSI}} ''Series/{{CSI}}'' / Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' crossover fic ''Death By Chocolate'' shows how Violet Beaureguard benefited from the incident of the blueberry pie gum from the film section below - she became a contortionist of such skill that she became a star of Cirque de Soleil. [[spoiler: Her mother wasn't too happy about it, though...]]



* ''WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph'' has [[SuperStrength Super Strength]] to the point where he can destroy a brick building with his bare hands and split a [[IndestructibleEdible jawbreaker]] in half after a few hits (even though according to Vanellope [[MadeOfIndestructium they're unbreakable]]). Ralph can even destroy things with immense speed! However, this ability ([[HotBlooded as he is known to accidently wreck things when angry but sometimes purposely]]) and the fact that he's the villain of his game has made him [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer an outcast]] with most of the other (non bad guy) arcade characters also thinking of him as [[FantasticRacism someone to be feared (along with the other bad guys)]]. Because of this, Ralph's ashamed of his wrecking abilities at times even though he's very creative with his super strength and it comes in handy when he breaks into the top of the tower in Hero's Duty, he and Vanellope break into the Kart Bakery, he makes Vanellope a race track so she can practice racing, he busts Felix out of jail, and during the climax when [[spoiler:he tries to knock down all the Mentos stilactites into the diet cola lava at Diet Cola Mountain so he could [[GoIntoTheLight attract and get rid of]] the Cy-Bugs (even though he was stopped by King Candy, Ralph thought out loud that he needed to hit the Mentos at least one more time for it to work).]] [[SweetAndSourGrapes The NPCs from Ralph's game started treating him nicer though in the end, realizing he game-jumped because of the way he has been treated for the past thirty years and he made some friends (besides the few he already had) during his journey to become a hero]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/WreckItRalph'' has [[SuperStrength Super Strength]] to the point where he can destroy a brick building with his bare hands and split a [[IndestructibleEdible jawbreaker]] in half after a few hits (even though according to Vanellope [[MadeOfIndestructium they're unbreakable]]). Ralph can even destroy things with immense speed! However, this ability ([[HotBlooded as he is known to accidently accidentally wreck things when angry but sometimes purposely]]) and the fact that he's the villain of his game has made him [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer an outcast]] with most of the other (non bad guy) arcade characters also thinking of him as [[FantasticRacism someone to be feared (along with the other bad guys)]]. Because of this, Ralph's ashamed of his wrecking abilities at times even though he's very creative with his super strength and it comes in handy when he breaks into the top of the tower in Hero's Duty, he and Vanellope break into the Kart Bakery, he makes Vanellope a race track so she can practice racing, he busts Felix out of jail, and during the climax when [[spoiler:he tries to knock down all the Mentos stilactites stalactites into the diet cola lava at Diet Cola Mountain so he could [[GoIntoTheLight attract and get rid of]] the Cy-Bugs (even though he was stopped by King Candy, Ralph thought out loud that he needed to hit the Mentos at least one more time for it to work).]] work)]]. [[SweetAndSourGrapes The NPCs from Ralph's game started treating him nicer though in the end, realizing he game-jumped because of the way he has been treated for the past thirty years and he made some friends (besides the few he already had) during his journey to become a hero]].



* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Yes, it's so hard to be one of the richest, most attractive, most intelligent men in the world with fighting abilities rivaling most Special Forces, and hi-tech gizmos that NASA would need a decade to reverse-engineer. The Burton/Schumacher movies actually have characters calling out Bruce Wayne on this. The Nolan movies, however, examine how physically and mentally taxing it is to live a double-life as Batman.

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. Yes, it's so hard to be one of the richest, most attractive, most intelligent men in the world with fighting abilities rivaling most Special Forces, and hi-tech gizmos that NASA would need a decade to reverse-engineer. The Burton/Schumacher [[Creator/TimBurton Burton]][=/=][[Creator/JoelSchumacher Schumacher]] movies actually have characters calling out Bruce Wayne on this. [[Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy The Nolan movies, movies]], however, examine how physically and mentally taxing it is to live a double-life as Batman.



* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', the Witch Queen "curses" Kaulder with immortality in attempt to exploit WhoWantsToLiveForever, but it only turns him into world's best witch hunter. [[spoiler:Justified later, as it turns out she used him as "storage" for her immortality, it being necessary to bring her back to life fully.]]

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* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', the Witch Queen "curses" Kaulder with immortality in attempt to exploit WhoWantsToLiveForever, but it only turns him into the world's best witch hunter. [[spoiler:Justified later, as it turns out she used him as "storage" for her immortality, it being necessary to bring her back to life fully.]]



** Angel is cursed with a soul (see above).

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** Angel is cursed with a soul (see above).below).



* The Charmed Ones from ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' seem to fit this. For the first three series they don't half go on about being spectacularly powerful witches (especially Piper) and are all somewhat inclined towards giving up their powers if given the chance (especially Piper...) in fact, they only stop complaining about their abilities (to freeze time or move things with their mind/astrally project or see into the future/levitate) in order to use them to save the day from demon of the week.
** This may have more to do with the fact the writers set up the entire universe to ensure the sisters would never get to use their powers for anything besides demon-killing. Several episodes are centered around them trying to do something for themselves and [[PersonalGainHurts getting punished for it]].

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* The Charmed Ones from ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' seem to fit this. For the first three series they don't half go on about being spectacularly powerful witches (especially Piper) and are all somewhat inclined towards giving up their powers if given the chance (especially Piper...) in fact, they only stop complaining about their abilities (to freeze time or move things with their mind/astrally project or see into the future/levitate) in order to use them to save the day from the demon of the week.
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week. This may have more to do with the fact the writers set up the entire universe to ensure the sisters would never get to use their powers for anything besides demon-killing. Several episodes are centered around them trying to do something for themselves and [[PersonalGainHurts getting punished for it]].



* One episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' implies that the title character may have Asperger's Syndrome, which allows him to focus intensely on his cases, at the expense of being a complete social incompetent and highly self-destructive (on the basis of an autistic boy he was treating deliberately meeting his gaze at the end of the episode, which he is stated to have never done before). On the other hand, House may just be a [[DrJerk brilliant ass]].
** Wilson outright states at the end of the episode House doesn't have it -- he's [[DrJerk just an ass]].
* To some extent, David Banner of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk1977''. Turning into a green raging behemoth whenever you get angry is pretty lousy, yes, but as played on the show it nearly always kicked in to save him or someone else from life-threatening danger.
** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that David has no memory of what he does as the Hulk, and no conscious control over when he'll change or what he'll do when he does, and the Hulk's insane SuperStrength means it could very easily kill people. If David could see the Hulk as the audience sees him, he'd be much more relaxed about the whole thing. As it is, put yourself in David's shoes, and you have every reason to be terrified of the uncontrollable giant green rage monster lurking inside you. (Yes, [[Series/SmallVille young Clark Kent]], that means you.)

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* One episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' implies that the title character may have Asperger's Syndrome, which allows him to focus intensely on his cases, at the expense of being a complete social incompetent and highly self-destructive (on the basis of an autistic boy he was treating deliberately meeting his gaze at the end of the episode, which he is stated to have never done before). On the other hand, House may just be a [[DrJerk brilliant ass]].
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Wilson outright states at the end of the episode House doesn't have it -- he's [[DrJerk just an ass]].
* To some extent, David Banner of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk1977''. Turning into a green raging behemoth whenever you get angry is pretty lousy, yes, but as played on the show it nearly always kicked in to save him or someone else from life-threatening danger.
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danger. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that David has no memory of what he does as the Hulk, and no conscious control over when he'll change or what he'll do when he does, and the Hulk's insane SuperStrength means it could very easily kill people. If David could see the Hulk as the audience sees him, he'd be much more relaxed about the whole thing. As it is, put yourself in David's shoes, and you have every reason to be terrified of the uncontrollable giant green rage monster lurking inside you. (Yes, [[Series/SmallVille young Clark Kent]], that means you.)



* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Rumpelstiltskin is cursed to be the most powerful sorcerer in the land and to have sparkly grey skin--which he may or may not be able to conceal with magic. This also comes with a bent toward dark, murderous urges. That this ''is'' a curse is established in the Season 1 episode "Skin Deep", wherein [[spoiler:Belle almost ends it with True Love's Kiss]]. In a slight departure, while the show clearly wants us to see him as cursed, Rumpelstiltskin himself never complains about his powers, and is quite sensibly freaked out at the prospect of losing them and being at the mercy of the Evil Queen, not to mention [[spoiler:losing any chance of finding his son]].
** The detrimental aspects are not emphasised as much, but the power of the Dark One is much like that of a djinn in that he has incredible power, but there is a magical item which grants the holder complete control over him (as well as the ability to take on the curse via YouKillItYouBoughtIt). As long as he has the dagger, he can't be killed or controlled, but the curse also makes you prone to evil and the magic always comes with some kind of cost. What the cost will actually be doesn't seem to be predictable.

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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Rumpelstiltskin is cursed to be the most powerful sorcerer in the land and to have sparkly grey skin--which he may or may not be able to conceal with magic. This also comes with a bent toward dark, murderous urges. That this ''is'' a curse is established in the Season 1 episode "Skin Deep", wherein [[spoiler:Belle almost ends it with True Love's Kiss]]. In a slight departure, while the show clearly wants us to see him as cursed, Rumpelstiltskin himself never complains about his powers, and is quite sensibly freaked out at the prospect of losing them and being at the mercy of the Evil Queen, not to mention [[spoiler:losing any chance of finding his son]].
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son]]. The detrimental aspects are not emphasised as much, but the power of the Dark One is much like that of a djinn in that he has incredible power, but there is a magical item which grants the holder complete control over him (as well as the ability to take on the curse via YouKillItYouBoughtIt). As long as he has the dagger, he can't be killed or controlled, but the curse also makes you prone to evil and the magic always comes with some kind of cost. What the cost will actually be doesn't seem to be predictable.



* Clark Kent on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', constantly whines and angsts about how terrible it is to be an alien "outsider" with such and awful secret. Yep, an outsider with: two unbelievably loving parents, some awesome best friends who are totally supportive when they eventually learn his secret (and one's a hottie that's totally in love with him to boot), an acceptable level of baseline popularity in school, gets to looks like Tom goddamn Welling so most chicks think he's hot-as... oh and the small matter of developing a [[ComboPlatterPowers wide array]] of earth-shattering superpowers that make him a virtually unkillable demigod. He's not even superficially distinguishable from a human. Yeah, boo-frikkety-hoo, Clark; cry me a river... If it weren't for [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite]] it would be win-win-win.
** Admittedly, his whining becomes ''slightly'' more justified in later seasons as some people he loves die or move away, his would-be {{OTP}} starts getting really screwy, and increasingly more dangerous and determined adversaries are pitted against him. '''Still''', you wish you could just tell him that a few years down the track he'll get the hot chick, be the universally beloved protector of the planet, hang out with a bunch of super buddies etc... SO JUST PUT A SOCK IN IT!

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* Clark Kent on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', constantly whines and angsts about how terrible it is to be an alien "outsider" with such and an awful secret. Yep, an outsider with: two unbelievably loving parents, some awesome best friends who are totally supportive when they eventually learn his secret (and one's a hottie that's totally in love with him to boot), an acceptable level of baseline popularity in school, gets to looks like Tom goddamn Welling so most chicks think he's hot-as... oh and the small matter of developing a [[ComboPlatterPowers wide array]] of earth-shattering superpowers that make him a virtually unkillable demigod. He's not even superficially distinguishable from a human. Yeah, boo-frikkety-hoo, Clark; cry me a river... If it weren't for [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite]] it would be win-win-win.
** Admittedly, his whining becomes ''slightly'' more justified in later seasons as some people he loves die or move away, his would-be {{OTP}} {{O|neTruePairing}}TP starts getting really screwy, and increasingly more dangerous and determined adversaries are pitted against him. '''Still''', you wish you could just tell him that a few years down the track he'll get the hot chick, be the universally beloved protector of the planet, hang out with a bunch of super buddies etc... SO JUST PUT A SOCK IN IT!



* "Living Hell" by German Rock[=/=]Punk band ''Die Ärzte'', [[InWhichATropeIsDescribed in which a successful musician complains about all the sex, money and fame he gets]]. InspiredBy some real musician's complaint whose name escapes me right now.

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* "Living Hell" by German Rock[=/=]Punk band ''Die Ärzte'', [[InWhichATropeIsDescribed in which a successful musician complains about all the sex, money and fame he gets]]. InspiredBy some real musician's complaint whose name escapes me us right now.



** A similar situation occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in "Treehouse of Horror [=IV=]" -

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** A similar situation occurs in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in "Treehouse of Horror [=IV=]" when Homer [[DealWithTheDevil sells his soul for a donut]] -



* In a Greco-Roman myth recorded by Ovid in ''[[Literature/TheMetamorphoses Metamorphoses]]'' a man named [[MeaningfulName Lycaeon]] is turned into a wolf as divine punishment for being a [[ImAHumanitarian cannibal]] and serving human flesh to the gods. It's strongly implied that he was happier in this form than as a human.

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* In a Greco-Roman myth recorded by Ovid Creator/{{Ovid}} in ''[[Literature/TheMetamorphoses Metamorphoses]]'' a man named [[MeaningfulName Lycaeon]] is turned into a wolf as divine punishment for being a [[ImAHumanitarian cannibal]] and serving human flesh to the gods. It's strongly implied that he was happier in this form than as a human.



* Diarmuid of The Love Spot from Myth/CelticMythology was "cursed" with the titular spot, which caused every woman who looked upon it to fall madly in love with him. A terrible, terrible curse indeed. [[spoiler: It DOES kind of, indirectly lead to his death, though...]]
** In fact, the concept of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geis geas]] (or geis) often overlaps with this trope; in many stories, it brings great power if the associated certain conditions are not violated, but upon violation a nasty curse ''does'' tend to kick in.

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* Diarmuid of The Love Spot from Myth/CelticMythology was "cursed" with the titular spot, which caused every woman who looked upon it to fall madly in love with him. A terrible, terrible curse indeed. [[spoiler: It DOES kind of, indirectly lead to his death, though...]]
**
]] In fact, the concept of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geis org/wiki/Geas geas]] (or geis) often overlaps with this trope; in many stories, it brings great power if the associated certain conditions are not violated, but upon violation a nasty curse ''does'' tend to kick in.



** Another common one is to be a WeirdnessMagnet (in fact, ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' is the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]). Weird, exciting things get to happen to you all the time - what's the downside? That's why you're playing an RPG!

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** Another common one is to be a WeirdnessMagnet (in fact, ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' is the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]]).{{Trope Namer|s}}). Weird, exciting things get to happen to you all the time - what's the downside? That's why you're playing an RPG!



** There's one tale [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] tell of a warband that ventured into [[NegativeSpaceWedgie the Eye of Terror]], ending up on a [[DeathWorld demon world]] where they were all slaughtered... only to be raised again every morning to keep fighting, for the Blood God. [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Orks consider this]] ''[[BloodKnight heaven]]''.

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** There's one tale [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] tell of a warband that ventured into [[NegativeSpaceWedgie the Eye of Terror]], ending up on a [[DeathWorld demon world]] where they were all slaughtered... only to be raised again every morning to keep fighting, for the Blood God. [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy [[ProudWarriorRace Orks consider this]] ''[[BloodKnight heaven]]''.



* ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}'' shows us that [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/hands-free/ getting your hands cut off]] can be more [[{{Pun}} handy]] than you think.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}'' shows us that [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/hands-free/ [[https://www.bugmartini.com/comic/hands-free/ getting your hands cut off]] can be more [[{{Pun}} handy]] than you think.



* [[spoiler: Raine]] from ''Webcomic/{{Twokinds}}'' [[spoiler: suffers from InvoluntaryShapeshifting, and relies on a PowerLimiter slave cuff to stop her from going full [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Keidran]]. However, this also lets her see through magical illusions]]

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* [[spoiler: Raine]] from ''Webcomic/{{Twokinds}}'' [[spoiler: suffers from InvoluntaryShapeshifting, and relies on a PowerLimiter slave cuff to stop her from going full [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Keidran]]. However, this also lets her see through magical illusions]]illusions]].



* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''

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* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'':



** A slightly different satirical comment on the world in [[https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/tower "Tower"]]: A princess doesn't mind being locke din a tower forever because there's lecetricity and good phone reception.

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** A slightly different satirical comment on the world in [[https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/tower "Tower"]]: A princess doesn't mind being locke din locked in a tower forever because there's lecetricity electricity and good phone reception.



* [[spoiler: Ara's curse]] in ''Webcomic/PennyBlackfeather'' makes you incredibly magically powerful, [[PowerDyesYourHair blue-haired]] and generally cool-looking, although there's a small matter of [[BalefulPolymorph turning into a parrot]] outside [[MagicLand GoblinValley]] and the SuperpoweredEvilSide lurking over your shoulder.

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* [[spoiler: Ara's curse]] in ''Webcomic/PennyBlackfeather'' makes you incredibly magically powerful, [[PowerDyesYourHair blue-haired]] and generally cool-looking, although there's a small matter of [[BalefulPolymorph turning into a parrot]] outside [[MagicLand [[MagicalLand GoblinValley]] and the SuperpoweredEvilSide lurking over your shoulder.



* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Angel can revive the dead, which is an incredible power and is exactly why she doesn't like it and tries to be descrete about it. [[DumbBlonde Kayla]] of all people realizes what could happen.

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* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Angel can revive the dead, which is an incredible power and is exactly why she doesn't like it and tries to be descrete discrete about it. [[DumbBlonde Kayla]] of all people realizes what could happen.



* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Jason Blood betrays Camelot to Morgan Lefay, and as a punishment, Merlin binds his soul with the demon ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} - thus rendering him virtually immortal. Although Jason perceives this as a terrible curse, it's hard to see the downside, since the demon can't even come out unless Jason recites a specific short poem (although the demon also speaks inside his head constantly, so it can go either way).
** The downside of the curse isn't directly the immortality. It's the fact that Jason feels so miserable he'd be suicidal, and CAN'T KILL HIMSELF to escape from it. Quick recap: the reason Merlin curses him is that he breaks his oaths of loyalty by betraying his fellow knights in order to be with the woman he (thinks he) loves, Morgan Lefay. She, in turn, promptly reveals she was just using him to give her son Mordred a shot at the throne. So basically, he murdered all his friends to be with a woman who thinks he's little more an inconvenience. You'd probably feel pretty sucky, too.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Jason Blood betrays Camelot to Morgan Lefay, and as a punishment, Merlin binds his soul with the demon ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} - thus rendering him virtually immortal. Although Jason perceives this as a terrible curse, it's hard to see the downside, since the demon can't even come out unless Jason recites a specific short poem (although the demon also speaks inside his head constantly, so it can go either way).
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way). The downside of the curse isn't directly the immortality. It's the fact that Jason feels so miserable he'd be suicidal, and CAN'T KILL HIMSELF to escape from it. Quick recap: the reason Merlin curses him is that he breaks his oaths of loyalty by betraying his fellow knights in order to be with the woman he (thinks he) loves, Morgan Lefay. She, in turn, promptly reveals she was just using him to give her son Mordred a shot at the throne. So basically, he murdered all his friends to be with a woman who thinks he's little more an inconvenience. You'd probably feel pretty sucky, too.



** In the episode "The Mansion Family", it was revealed that Mr. Burns suffers from every disease known to man, some of them discovered in him. However, "Three Stooges Syndrome" basically causes the diseases to cancel each other out. Mr. Burns thinks he's indestructible because of this despite the doctor warning him that even a slight breeze can kill him.
*** This later came back to bite him in the boney butt later on in the series when a new disease managed to "shove them through the door" and he suddenly found out how mortal he really was. [[spoiler: Turns out it was his hatred and malice keeping him alive all these years, and he blissfully went back to the way he was, much to the chagrin of the rest of the town.]]
** In the Treehouse Of Horror episode "A Costume To Your Face", a witch punishes the town by cursing them to become their costumes after they refuse to let her win the costume contest, [[HonorBeforeReason as she wasn't technically in costume]]. Of course, for people like Marge (A skeleton), Disco Stu (Steve Martin Arrow), or Hans Moleman (A mole, and also not a costume) it's a true punishment, but people like Bart (Wolfman), Sideshow Mel (Spiderman), or Milhouse (Muscular construction worker) ended up enjoying their "fate" and not wanting to be changed back.

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** In the episode "The Mansion Family", it was revealed that Mr. Burns suffers from every disease known to man, some of them discovered in him. However, "Three Stooges Syndrome" basically causes the diseases to cancel each other out. Mr. Burns thinks he's indestructible because of this despite the doctor warning him that even a slight breeze can kill him.
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him. This later came back to bite him in the boney butt later on in the series when a new disease managed to "shove them through the door" and he suddenly found out how mortal he really was. [[spoiler: Turns out it was his hatred and malice keeping him alive all these years, and he blissfully went back to the way he was, much to the chagrin of the rest of the town.]]
** In the Treehouse Of "Treehouse of Horror episode "A XVI" segment "I've Grown a Costume To on Your Face", a witch punishes the town by cursing them to [[BecomingTheCostume become their costumes costumes]] after [[DisproportionateRetribution they refuse to let her win the costume contest, [[HonorBeforeReason as she wasn't technically in costume]]. Of course, for people like Marge (A (a skeleton), Disco Stu (Steve Martin Arrow), or Hans Moleman (A (a mole, and also not a costume) it's a true punishment, but people like Bart (Wolfman), Sideshow Mel (Spiderman), (Spider-Man), or Milhouse (Muscular construction worker) ended up enjoying their "fate" and not wanting to be changed back.



* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' it has been revealed that Kenny dying in many episodes has been retconned to not be a case of NegativeContinuity, but an actual superpower, he cannot die. Or more accurately, he does die, but is then instantly reborn, with all his memories intact. He remembers all his deaths, but nobody else does. [[BlessedWithSuck He thinks this sucks,]] because he has to suffer all the pain of all those deaths over and over -- and he's had plenty of extremely unpleasant deaths -- and he's annoyed that nobody else remembers it. Still, it comes in handy for the occasional HeroicSacrifice.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' (in which teenage Sabrina is retconned into being a preteen or young teen), Sabrina's aunts Hilda and Zelda were punished for abuse of their powers by being transformed into being permanently looking 17. Being young and beautiful forever is something that many people through the ages in real life would drink potentially toxic elixirs in order to achieve. And all they had to do was overuse their powers. Since they're REALLY not 17, they don't have the age-related drawbacks, either. Not that it'd matter, since they could make their own alcohol, tobacco, porn, you name it, even if they weren't legally allowed to buy it. One of its draw backs however, is they can't get any real jobs that require someone to be at least 20 years old, and they were stuck working in a restaurant just to earn their own money.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' it has been revealed that Kenny dying in many episodes has been retconned to not be a case of NegativeContinuity, but an actual superpower, he cannot die. Or more accurately, [[ResurrectiveImmortality he does die, but is then instantly reborn, reborn]], with all his memories intact. He remembers all his deaths, but nobody else does. [[BlessedWithSuck He thinks this sucks,]] because [[ImmortalityHurts he has to suffer all the pain of all those deaths over and over over]] -- and he's had plenty of extremely unpleasant deaths -- and he's annoyed that nobody else remembers it. Still, it comes in handy for the occasional HeroicSacrifice.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' (in which teenage Sabrina is retconned into being a preteen or young teen), Sabrina's aunts Hilda and Zelda were punished for abuse of their powers by being transformed into being to permanently looking look 17. Being young and beautiful forever is something that many people through the ages in real life would drink potentially toxic elixirs in order to achieve. And all they had to do was overuse their powers. Since they're REALLY not 17, they don't have the age-related drawbacks, either. Not that it'd matter, since they could make their own alcohol, tobacco, porn, you name it, even if they weren't legally allowed to buy it. One of its draw backs drawbacks however, is they can't get any real jobs that require someone to be at least 20 years old, and they were stuck working in a restaurant just to earn their own money.



* In season two of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Superboy still looks the same even after a five year TimeSkip. One of the side effects of the cloning process that created him is that he will never visibly age. He can still eventually die of old age, but he'll always look like a teenager/young adult. Superboy is less than happy about this [[spoiler:and it's implied to be one of the reasons he broke up with M'gann.]]. Alanna tries to sympathize with him but judging by the way she says [[SarcasmMode "curse"]], she's clearly not seeing the downside.

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* In season two of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', Superboy still looks the same even after a five year TimeSkip. One of the side effects of the cloning process that created him is that he will never visibly age. He can still eventually die of old age, but he'll always look like a teenager/young adult. Superboy is less than happy about this [[spoiler:and it's implied to be one of the reasons he broke up with M'gann.]].M'gann]]. Alanna tries to sympathize with him but judging by the way she says [[SarcasmMode "curse"]], she's clearly not seeing the downside.



* Mystique Sonia from ''WesternAnimation/Hero108'' is "cursed" with having anyone who tells her that he loves her three times in a row turns into a Yaksha... an adorable creature which she can wear on her head like a hat and which she is very close to. She especially takes advantage of this when her (presumably) first Yaksha gets destroyed by the ligers and soon gets replaced with another one because in the same episode, she has the luck of encountering a man who loves her and tricks him into saying that three times. Another upside is that if a Yaksha stops loving Sonia, it turns back into its original self. This means that Sonia will always know who is merely infatuated with her, and who loves her unconditionally.
** Yaksha is cursed to lose its original form and be stuck as this monster. A monster with an incredibly durable elastic body, that makes it a huge asset in battle. Not to mention all the time Yaksha spends cuddling with the woman it loves.

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* Mystique Sonia from ''WesternAnimation/Hero108'' is "cursed" with having anyone who tells her that he loves her three times in a row turns into a Yaksha... an adorable creature which she can wear on her head like a hat and which she is very close to. She especially takes advantage of this when her (presumably) first Yaksha gets destroyed by the ligers and soon gets replaced with another one because in the same episode, she has the luck of encountering a man who loves her and tricks him into saying that three times. Another upside is that if a Yaksha stops loving Sonia, it turns back into its original self. This means that Sonia will always know who is merely infatuated with her, and who loves her unconditionally.
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unconditionally. Yaksha is cursed to lose its original form and be stuck as this monster. A monster with an incredibly durable elastic body, that makes it a huge asset in battle. Not to mention all the time Yaksha spends cuddling with the woman it loves.



** Katara grieves learning and having to use such a power as she doesn't want as bloodbending. Only a few episodes later, though, she is able to put it to good use during a side quest to avenge her and Sokka's mother, manipulating a Fire Nation soldier for information about said mother's killer.

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** Katara grieves learning and having to use such a power as she doesn't want as bloodbending. Only a few episodes later, though, she is able to put it to good use during a side quest to avenge her and Sokka's mother, manipulating a Fire Nation soldier for information about said mother's killer.



* Narcissists. They are much more confident, ambitious and sure of themselves than ordinary people, giving them a greater chance of success. On the other side, their relationships and self-control can become really serious issues, with a chance they end up putting themselves or others in danger.

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* Narcissists.{{Narcissist}}s. They are much more confident, ambitious and sure of themselves than ordinary people, giving them a greater chance of success. On the other side, their relationships and self-control can become really serious issues, with a chance they end up putting themselves or others in danger.



** Not just during the World Wars. People with eyes on Russia like the Teutonic Knights and Napoleon Bonaparte also got caught up in the winters, to the point that it was almost expected for a Russian Army to used a Scorched-Earth strategy - wherein they'd evacuate and then raze all the villages in the invaders' path [[NoKillLikeOverkill to keep them hungry and exposed to the elements]]. Napoleon's failed invasion is considered (one of) his greatest failure(s). The Nazis also suffered this, and Hitler expected them to keep on going and not retreat. It's not for nothing that Russia's winter is sometimes nicknamed "General Frost" or "General Winter."

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** Not just during the World Wars. People with eyes on Russia like the Teutonic Knights and Napoleon Bonaparte also got caught up in the winters, to the point that it was almost expected for a Russian Army to used a Scorched-Earth strategy - wherein they'd evacuate and then raze all the villages in the invaders' path [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill to keep them hungry and exposed to the elements]]. Napoleon's failed invasion is considered (one of) his greatest failure(s). The Nazis also suffered this, and Hitler expected them to keep on going and not retreat. It's not for nothing that Russia's winter is sometimes nicknamed "General Frost" or "General Winter."



* ADHD and ADD helps with some things in life, but unless the circumstamces are already in your favour they may not be of any use.

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* ADHD and ADD helps with some things in life, but unless the circumstamces circumstances are already in your favour they may not be of any use.


** The X-man Beak became an interesting, fairly literal example. At first, he was simply BlessedWithSuck since his only mutant power was looking like a giant plucked chicken. Than the ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}''' boss [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien The Timebroker]] decides to draft Beak onto the team, and forcibly yank him away from his home reality. Why? Because Beak will supposedly save TheMultiverse some day. Essentially, the Timebroker just decided to hand Beak [[ComesGreatResponsibility a great responsibility]] while Beak [[HomeSweetHome just wanted his life back]], literally cursing him with awesomeness. Of course, the Timebroker turned out to be right when [[spoiler: Beak found a way to defeat Hyperion]].

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** The X-man Beak became an interesting, fairly literal example. At first, he was simply BlessedWithSuck since his only mutant power was looking like a giant plucked chicken. Than Then the ''ComicBook/{{Exiles}}''' boss [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien The Timebroker]] decides to draft Beak onto the team, and forcibly yank him away from his home reality. Why? Because Beak will supposedly save TheMultiverse some day. Essentially, the Timebroker just decided to hand Beak [[ComesGreatResponsibility a great responsibility]] while Beak [[HomeSweetHome just wanted his life back]], literally cursing him with awesomeness. Of course, the Timebroker turned out to be right when [[spoiler: Beak found a way to defeat Hyperion]].


-->'''Lord:''' Wah, Iím so rich and handsome, and women like me, and Iíve got a Maclaren! Something about my parents!

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-->'''Lord:''' Wah, "Wah, Iím so rich and handsome, and women like me, and Iíve got a Maclaren! Something about my parents!parents!"



** This is parodied in ''TableTopGame/NinjaBurger'', where the cursed item card has no drawback, and means the "cursed" item can now never be stolen or destroyed.

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** This is parodied in ''TableTopGame/NinjaBurger'', ''TabletopGame/NinjaBurger'', where the cursed item card has no drawback, and means the "cursed" item can now never be stolen or destroyed.



* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has the Oracle class, divine spellcasters who all are cursed with disabilities. The good news is, these curses come with matching benefits, which get more powerful as you level.

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* ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has the Oracle class, divine spellcasters who all are cursed with disabilities. The good news is, these curses come with matching benefits, which get more powerful as you level.



* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''

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* ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}''''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'':


* The Thing in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour''. Super-strong & nigh invulnerable. Sure he's not the best looking guy around, but despite this he's had several women attracted to him, Alicia Masters, Thundra, the second Miss Marvel, heck even Tigra seemed interested in him. Boo-hoo, poor Ben.

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* The Thing in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour''.''ComicBook/FantasticFour''. Super-strong & nigh invulnerable. Sure he's not the best looking guy around, but despite this he's had several women attracted to him, Alicia Masters, Thundra, the second Miss Marvel, heck even Tigra seemed interested in him. Boo-hoo, poor Ben.



* Thunderfoot, a homage to the character of ''Literature/WatershipDown'', is cursed in the Vertigo comic book series ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' by a dark magician hare to change into a horrendous, disgusting form--that of a ''human''--until he gets the love of a pretty doe (female hare). Actually, Thunderfoot is the most awesome lad the readers may have seen. Ever. But his attempts to woo lady hares are constantly thwarted by their fearful cries of "MONSTER! Monster!"
* ComicBook/{{Halloween Man}}, the eponymous hero of Drew Edwards' indie comic, is a pretty good example; though Solomon Hitch's "origin story" disfigured half his face and left him with a skeletal hand, he gains superhuman strength and agility, virtual immortality, and even vague psychic powers. In addition, his wealthy, attractive, and brilliant girlfriend Lucy and demigod best friend Ron (son of Dionysus) accept him without hesitation, even if many of the other, more "mainstream" heroes of Solar City do not. Subverted to an extent, as Halloween Man is still one of the undead and needs to gruesomely consume fresh organs from other monsters to maintain himself (rather than reverting to eating humans). It is also hinted that in at least some future time lines he flips to the dark side anyway, becoming a [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] type slasher.

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* Thunderfoot, a homage to the character of ''Literature/WatershipDown'', is cursed in the Vertigo comic book series ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' by a dark magician hare to change into a horrendous, disgusting form--that of a ''human''--until he gets the love of a pretty doe (female hare). Actually, Thunderfoot is the most awesome lad the readers may have seen. Ever. But his attempts to woo lady hares are constantly thwarted by their fearful cries of "MONSTER! Monster!"
* ComicBook/{{Halloween Man}}, the ''ComicBook/HalloweenMan'': The eponymous hero of Drew Edwards' indie comic, comic is a pretty good example; though Solomon Hitch's "origin story" disfigured half his face and left him with a skeletal hand, he gains superhuman strength and agility, virtual immortality, and even vague psychic powers. In addition, his wealthy, attractive, and brilliant girlfriend Lucy and demigod best friend Ron (son of Dionysus) accept him without hesitation, even if many of the other, more "mainstream" heroes of Solar City do not. Subverted to an extent, as Halloween Man is still one of the undead and needs to gruesomely consume fresh organs from other monsters to maintain himself (rather than reverting to eating humans). It is also hinted that in at least some future time lines he flips to the dark side anyway, becoming a [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] type slasher.



* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfics ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11989539/1/Hakkōna Hakkōna]]'' and ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12023508/1/Kaitō-Kokoro Kaitō Kokoro]]'': Obake are creatures that can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]] into just about anything. Unfortunately, their powers made them feared by humans and [[GottaKillThemAll massacred as a result]] with [[spoiler:Kiku as the only survivor.]]

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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' fanfics ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11989539/1/Hakkōna Hakkōna]]'' and ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12023508/1/Kaitō-Kokoro Kaitō Kokoro]]'': Obake are creatures that can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift]] into just about anything. Unfortunately, their powers made them feared by humans and [[GottaKillThemAll massacred as a result]] with [[spoiler:Kiku as the only survivor.]]



* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown'', Ed is burdened by knowing the dark side of alchemy. But he now knows the ins and outs of alchemy and can do feats thought to be impossible by regular alchemists. [[spoiler: He knows how to directly bargain with the Gate and what are the set prices and transactions for EquivalentExchange.]]

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* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' fanfic ''FanFic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown'', ''Fanfic/BuildYourWingsOnTheWayDown'', Ed is burdened by knowing the dark side of alchemy. But he now knows the ins and outs of alchemy and can do feats thought to be impossible by regular alchemists. [[spoiler: He knows how to directly bargain with the Gate and what are the set prices and transactions for EquivalentExchange.]]



* This is lampshaded and then kicked in the balls in FanFic/{{Luminosity}} with this exchange.

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* This is lampshaded and then kicked in the balls in FanFic/{{Luminosity}} ''Fanfic/{{Luminosity}}'' with this exchange.



* A repeated theme in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman''. Particularly so with Discord, but Nav, Celestia, and Luna also stand out.
* In ''FanFic/ACharmedLife'' Light angsts a bit over L and his father's assertion that Kira is cursed but later decides that if he is "cursed" than he couldn't have asked for a nicer curse to have.

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* A repeated theme in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman''.''Fanfic/DiariesOfAMadman''. Particularly so with Discord, but Nav, Celestia, and Luna also stand out.
* In ''FanFic/ACharmedLife'' ''Fanfic/ACharmedLife'' Light angsts a bit over L and his father's assertion that Kira is cursed but later decides that if he is "cursed" than he couldn't have asked for a nicer curse to have.



-->'''Lord:''' "Wah, Iím so rich and handsome, and women like me, and Iíve got a Maclaren! Something about my parents!"

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-->'''Lord:''' "Wah, Wah, Iím so rich and handsome, and women like me, and Iíve got a Maclaren! Something about my parents!"parents!


A character has some "terrible" {{curse}} placed on them (if they weren't [[BornWinner born with it]]) that is actually pretty awesome. Often, such characters will bemoan their fate and [[IJustWantToBeNormal go to great lengths to be rid of the "curse"]] instead of taking advantage of whatever cool side effects the curse may have. Other times it's the "reward" for HeroicWillpower. Sometimes a [[FreakyIsCool subset of people try to tell him this]]. The idea that the awesome is a curse may cause some forms of InternalizedCategorism.

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A character has some "terrible" {{curse}} placed on them (if they weren't [[BornWinner born with it]]) that is actually pretty awesome. Often, such characters will bemoan their fate and [[IJustWantToBeNormal go to great lengths to be rid of the "curse"]] instead of taking advantage of whatever cool side effects the curse may have. Other times it's the "reward" for HeroicWillpower. Sometimes a [[FreakyIsCool subset of people try to tell him them this]]. The idea that the awesome is a curse may cause some forms of InternalizedCategorism.


Occasionally leads to a WorldOfCardboardSpeech whether or not the character is unhappy about the effects of their curse.

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Occasionally leads to a WorldOfCardboardSpeech NoMoreHoldingBackSpeech whether or not the character is unhappy about the effects of their curse.


* ''Fanfic/{{Atonement}}'' has Ruin. Her power can do some incredible damage and one use is enough to end most battles- but if she makes any sound ''outside'' of combat, she'll inadvertently kill everyone around her.

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* The Literature/{{Worm}} ''Fanfic/{{Atonement}}'' has Ruin. Her power can do some incredible damage and one use is enough to end most battles- but if she makes any sound ''outside'' of combat, she'll inadvertently kill everyone around her.


** The page picture's subject, Comicbook/SheHulk, started out as Bruce Banner's mousy cousin Jennifer Walters who transformed after being given a blood transfusion from Dr. Banner. She went from a shy, rather nebbish girl into... well, She-Hulk. Eventually, writers realized there weren't any real ''downsides'' to it, and she hasn't complained about the situation in ''years.'' (The trick is that, as the name implies, they were trying to make a DistaffCounterpart to the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk - but while Bruce Banner turns into a horrific, mindless force of destruction [[DependingOnTheWriter most of the time]], Jennifer turns into a friendly, vivacious Amazon who is still mentally herself, just [[AmazonianBeauty tall, busty, and jacked]]. Hard to see any downsides in that, especially since she didn't like who she used to be all that much to ''begin'' with.)

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** The page picture's subject, Comicbook/SheHulk, Comicbook/SheHulk started out as Bruce Banner's mousy cousin Jennifer Walters who transformed after being given a blood transfusion from Dr. Banner. She went from a shy, rather nebbish girl into... well, She-Hulk. Eventually, writers realized there weren't any real ''downsides'' to it, and she hasn't complained about the situation in ''years.'' (The trick is that, as the name implies, they were trying to make a DistaffCounterpart to the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk - but while Bruce Banner turns into a horrific, mindless force of destruction [[DependingOnTheWriter most of the time]], Jennifer turns into a friendly, vivacious Amazon who is still mentally herself, just [[AmazonianBeauty tall, busty, and jacked]]. Hard to see any downsides in that, especially since she didn't like who she used to be all that much to ''begin'' with.)


* Mistyque Sonia from ''WesternAnimation/Hero108'' is "cursed" with having anyone who tells her that he loves her three times in a row turning into a Yaksha... an adorable creature which she can wear on her head like a hat and which she is very close to. She especially takes advantage of this when her (presumably) first Yaksha gets destroyed by the ligers and soon gets replaced with another one because in the same episode, she has the luck of encountering a man who loves her and tricks him into saying that three times. Another upside is that if a Yaksha stops loving Sonia, it turns back into its original self. This means that Sonia will always know who is merely infatuated with her, and who loves her unconditionally.

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* Mistyque Mystique Sonia from ''WesternAnimation/Hero108'' is "cursed" with having anyone who tells her that he loves her three times in a row turning turns into a Yaksha... an adorable creature which she can wear on her head like a hat and which she is very close to. She especially takes advantage of this when her (presumably) first Yaksha gets destroyed by the ligers and soon gets replaced with another one because in the same episode, she has the luck of encountering a man who loves her and tricks him into saying that three times. Another upside is that if a Yaksha stops loving Sonia, it turns back into its original self. This means that Sonia will always know who is merely infatuated with her, and who loves her unconditionally.


* Mild cases of light sensitivity can very easily become this. Your eyes are better in the dark than most others', at the cost of having to wear sunglasses when you go out in daylight, which many people do regardless.

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* Mild cases of light sensitivity can very easily become this. Your eyes are better You see more clearly in the dark than most others', others, at the cost of having to wear sunglasses when you go out in daylight, which many people do regardless.

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