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* A minor superhero in ''Soon I Will Be Invincible'' is mentioned to have undergone this. His powers slowly killed him and drove him insane, driving him to attack his old team-mates, while his previously invisible forcefield degenerate, becoming weaker, blue and tainted with ozone.

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* A minor superhero in ''Soon I Will Be Invincible'' ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'' is mentioned to have undergone this. His powers slowly killed him and drove him insane, driving him to attack his old team-mates, while his previously invisible forcefield degenerate, becoming weaker, blue and tainted with ozone.


** The expanded universe delved deeper into this, revealing that Sidious would transfer his mind into clone bodies to restore his youth, but his dark side powers constantly caused each body to degenerate very quickly.

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* In ''Fanfic/TheOneWithTheAngelicFace'', after the vampire Angelus is physically separated from the now-human Angela, the gang determine that Angelus is now becoming a pure vampire demon, which grants him increasingly greater strength (albeit with minor ‘issues’ like having trouble reverting to his human features on occasion), but with the cost that he will eventually become a pure demon and be unable to exist on this plane.

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** One episode shows three scientists who gained superpowers in a FreakLabAccident. It turns out that their transformations are slowly killing them and driving them insane.


* Immortal Man-In-Darkness of ''The Great Ten'' is a pilot bonded to the Dragonwing, an extremely advanced [[LivingShip living fighter plane]]. Each flight of the Dragonwing takes a year off of the pilot's life.

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* Immortal Man-In-Darkness of ''The Great Ten'' is a pilot bonded to the Dragonwing, an extremely advanced [[LivingShip living fighter plane]]. Each flight of the Dragonwing takes a year off of the pilot's life. The government doesn't have a problem finding willing pilots -- piloting the Dragonwing is considered a great honor and there are plenty of pilots waiting in reserve ''eager'' for their chance even though they know the price.


* [[spoiler:Lucy]] gets a particularly horrific version of this late in the manga of ''Anime/ElfenLied''. Using her vectors results in [[ArtisticLicensePhysics entropic backlash]] that causes her body to melt.

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* [[spoiler:Lucy]] gets a particularly horrific version of this late in the manga of ''Anime/ElfenLied''.''Manga/ElfenLied''. Using her vectors results in [[ArtisticLicensePhysics entropic backlash]] that causes her body to melt.

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* In ''Literature/JadeCity'', jade grants a suite of superpowers to people in physical contact with it, but requires years of training and exposure therapy to handle safely. If someone carries more than they can handle (which is any at all, for most people), they can become addicted to the sensation and go insane from "the itches" -- one proficient jade user bit off a bit more than she could chew and ended up flaying her own arms with a cheese grater.


* ComicBook/{{Superboy|1994}}'s powers start failing him along with his body due to Agenda's experiments with his use of them rapidly increases up the rate at which his body is falling apart. He still uses them after realizing what's going on to rescue those stranded aboard a sinking fishing vessel by loading them into a damaged life boat and carrying them to shore before he can't move any further. He spends the next several issues of his own book and ''ComicBook/SuperboyAndTheRavers'' non-active on a table, and then in a HealingVat while his body falls apart and scientists scramble for a way to save him.

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* ComicBook/{{Superboy|1994}}'s powers start failing him along with his body due to Agenda's experiments with his use of them rapidly increases up the rate at which his body is falling apart. He still uses them after realizing what's going on to rescue those stranded aboard in a sinking fishing vessel by loading them into a damaged life boat and carrying them to shore before storm until he can't move any further. He spends the next several issues of his own book and ''ComicBook/SuperboyAndTheRavers'' non-active on a table, and then in a HealingVat while his body falls apart and scientists scramble for a way to save him.

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* ComicBook/{{Superboy|1994}}'s powers start failing him along with his body due to Agenda's experiments with his use of them rapidly increases up the rate at which his body is falling apart. He still uses them after realizing what's going on to rescue those stranded aboard a sinking fishing vessel by loading them into a damaged life boat and carrying them to shore before he can't move any further. He spends the next several issues of his own book and ''ComicBook/SuperboyAndTheRavers'' non-active on a table, and then in a HealingVat while his body falls apart and scientists scramble for a way to save him.

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* In ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' Strader Pharmaceuticals develops a drug that's meant to give the user super-strength but has the unfortunate side-effect of slowly breaking down their bodies killing them horrifically and painfully.

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* Chaos magic, an alternate form of spellcasting in ''DungeonsAndDragons 3.5'' - that can coexist with the standard form of spellcasting - is incredibly flexible and can become ridiculously powerful when used well, is limited by [[CastFromHitPoints self-inflicted nonlethal damage that only full rest can remove with every spell cast]] and carries a huge price in the form of an inherent risk to fail every cast (even when MinMaxing to death, it's hard to reduce this chance under 1/20), and every failed spell has a chance to permanently apply a random harmful condition to the caster, eventually resulting in [[DeaderThanDead a form of death no one can be brought back from]]. A chaos caster tends to be a CrutchCharacter for this reason : ridiculously powerful and versatile at first but gets weaker and weaker with each stage of corruption, and with a high chance to die for good before the rest of the party.


* Using a Soulcasting fabrial in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' apparently transforms your body into living stone. Radiant Soulcasters so far do ''not'' exhibit this effect.

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* Using a Soulcasting fabrial in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' apparently transforms your body into living stone. Or causes vines to grow on you, or causes you to slowly dissolve into smoke, depending on what you regularly soulcast things into. Radiant Soulcasters so far do ''not'' exhibit this effect.


* In ''VideoGame/EXA_PICO'', Third Generation Reyvateils suffer from this due to their human bodies not being capable of withstanding the Towers' energy coursing through them. Therefore, they can live up to 20 years without applying a trimestral dose of life extending medicine, and even then, if their partners aren't keeping tabs on administrating said medicine in a timely manner past a certain age, it's possible they won't get past their 40s.

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* In ''VideoGame/EXA_PICO'', ''VideoGame/ExaPico'', Third Generation Reyvateils suffer from this due to their human bodies not being capable of withstanding the Towers' energy coursing through them. Therefore, they can live up to 20 years without applying a trimestral dose of life extending medicine, and even then, if their partners aren't keeping tabs on administrating said medicine in a timely manner past a certain age, it's possible they won't get past their 40s.


* In ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'', the hymn Chronicle Key causes this. Ordinarily, a Beta-type Reyvateil like Misha might live to be 200. As the Star Singer, she'll only live about as long as a Third Generation (about 30 years).

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* In ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'', the hymn Chronicle Key causes this. Ordinarily, a Beta-type Reyvateil like Misha might live to be 200. As the Star Singer, she'll only live about as long as a ''VideoGame/EXA_PICO'', Third Generation (about 30 years).Reyvateils suffer from this due to their human bodies not being capable of withstanding the Towers' energy coursing through them. Therefore, they can live up to 20 years without applying a trimestral dose of life extending medicine, and even then, if their partners aren't keeping tabs on administrating said medicine in a timely manner past a certain age, it's possible they won't get past their 40s.


* ''{{Metroid}} Prime 3: [[TheCorruption Corruption]]'' has this happen to Samus; the more bosses she defeats, the larger her Phazon generating tumor grows, to the point where once you [[spoiler:reach Phaaze and are forced into permanent hypermode]] ''the gunship no longer acknowledges her as Samus''.

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* ''{{Metroid}} Prime 3: [[TheCorruption Corruption]]'' ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' has this happen to Samus; the more bosses she defeats, the larger her Phazon generating tumor grows, to the point where once you [[spoiler:reach Phaaze and are forced into permanent hypermode]] ''the gunship no longer acknowledges her as Samus''.Samus''.
** The other hunters succumb to this under the hand of Dark Samus. All of them (Samus included) are affected by Phazon infestation but only Samus manages to stave it off its mind-decaying effects long enough to end the war. The others succumb to it and turn antagonistic towards Samus, forcing her to put down her former allies.

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