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* Done in ending [[spoiler:B]] in ''VideoGame/FearAndHunger''. More specifically, [[spoiler:after fighting and defeating the fragments of an Old God, he asks what you plan to do next. After saying you wish to kill him, he gives you knowledge of humanity's true form. The sight is so horrible that your body begins to shut itself down to try and cope with the knowledge, resulting in your demise.]]


* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'': The Infinity Stones are described as requiring tremendous power -- either personally or shared among a group -- to handle safely. In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', a non-super humanoid explodes like a bomb from touching one, and the [[spoiler:half-Celestial Peter Quill]] can only use it for a few seconds with help from three friends. Some artifacts, like [[spoiler:Ronan]]'s hammer or [[spoiler:the [[AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome Eye of Agamotto]] in ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'']], can channel their power safely, and the Mad Titan Thanos can handle multiple Infinity Stones barehanded without any difficulty.

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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'': The Infinity Stones are described as requiring tremendous power -- either personally or shared among a group -- to handle safely. In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', a non-super humanoid explodes like a bomb from touching one, and the [[spoiler:half-Celestial Peter Quill]] can only use it for a few seconds with help from three friends. Some artifacts, like [[spoiler:Ronan]]'s hammer or [[spoiler:the [[AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome Eye of Agamotto]] in ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'']], can channel their power safely, and the Mad Titan Thanos can handle multiple Infinity Stones barehanded without any difficulty.difficulty (though using them all at once to make widespread changes to the universe, even when channeled through the Gauntlet, is enough to seriously injure him, and later the Hulk!)



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]]: [[spoiler:Rose absorbs the Time Vortex to become the Bad Wolf and can't control its powers effectively]].

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]]: [[spoiler:Rose absorbs the Time Vortex to become the Bad Wolf and can't control its powers effectively]].eradicates the Daleks, and brings Jack back - though she did that a little too well, making him immortal, his survival an unwavering law of reality. Eventually, it would have destroyed her, so the Doctor had to draw it out of her, and hosting it was enough to force his first regeneration in the new series]].


* In ''Anime/BeastSaga'' The Godlot parts will kill anyone not strong enough to handle it's power if they touch it. As proven when a Sea Tribe foot solider touches a part of the Fire Godlot and gets fried. It takes a specially made potion just to be able to carry it.

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* In ''Anime/BeastSaga'' The Godlot parts will kill anyone not strong enough to handle it's power if they touch it. As proven when a Sea Tribe foot solider soldier touches a part of the Fire Godlot and gets fried. It takes a specially made potion just to be able to carry it.


* In ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'', this is the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] entire motive for possessing Tiffany. Possessing people helps the hiver stave off the crushing pain of being simultaneously aware of every blade of grass or speck of dust in the entire universe. Having experienced a similar phenomenon in ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' while channeling her full magical strength to defeat the Queen of the elves, Tiffany begins to sympathize with the hiver.

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* In ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'', ''Literature/AHatFullOfSky'', this is the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] entire motive for possessing Tiffany. Possessing people helps the hiver stave off the crushing pain of being simultaneously aware of every blade of grass or speck of dust in the entire universe. Having experienced a similar phenomenon in ''Discworld/TheWeeFreeMen'' ''Literature/TheWeeFreeMen'' while channeling her full magical strength to defeat the Queen of the elves, Tiffany begins to sympathize with the hiver.


* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'': The Infinity Stones are described as requiring tremendous power -- either personally or shared among a group -- to handle safely. In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', a non-super humanoid explodes like a bomb from touching one, and the [[spoiler:half-Celestial Peter Quill]] can only use it for a few seconds with help from three friends. Some artifacts, like [[spoiler:Ronan]]'s hammer or [[spoiler:the [[AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome Eye of Agamotto]] in ''Film/DoctorStrange'']], can channel their power safely, and the Mad Titan Thanos can handle multiple Infinity Stones barehanded without any difficulty.

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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'': The Infinity Stones are described as requiring tremendous power -- either personally or shared among a group -- to handle safely. In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', a non-super humanoid explodes like a bomb from touching one, and the [[spoiler:half-Celestial Peter Quill]] can only use it for a few seconds with help from three friends. Some artifacts, like [[spoiler:Ronan]]'s hammer or [[spoiler:the [[AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome Eye of Agamotto]] in ''Film/DoctorStrange'']], ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'']], can channel their power safely, and the Mad Titan Thanos can handle multiple Infinity Stones barehanded without any difficulty.


This is what happens when a character goes into [[PhysicalGod God mode]], or at least experiences it in some way... and then realizes that he can't handle it: The knowledge of the inner workings of the universe [[MySkullRunnethOver overwhelms his mere human brain]], the sheer power begins to burn out his mortal shell, he essentially experiences complete sensory overload on a cosmic scale. This can lead to [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity insanity]] and sometimes [[SuperpowerMeltdown other]] [[YourHeadAsplode grisly]] [[PowerDegeneration results]].

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This is what happens when a character goes into [[PhysicalGod God mode]], or at least experiences it in some way... and then realizes that he can't handle it: The knowledge of the inner workings of the universe [[MySkullRunnethOver overwhelms his mere human brain]], the sheer power begins to burn out his mortal shell, he essentially experiences complete sensory overload on a cosmic scale. This can lead to [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity insanity]] and sometimes [[SuperpowerMeltdown other]] [[YourHeadAsplode grisly]] [[PowerDegeneration results]].
results]]. Even if they manage to avoid all the aforementioned consequences, they likely can't help but be reduced to an AlmightyIdiot in the process.


* In George Perez's Ares storyline in ''WonderWoman'', Ares was defeated by Wonder Woman showing him what would happen if he won with the Golden Lasso.

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* In Franchise/WonderWoman's Lasso of Truth has helped her defeat enemies by forcing them to confront that their own goals will destroy them, most prominently in George Perez's ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'' Ares storyline in ''WonderWoman'', storyline. Ares was defeated by walked away from his plans and agreed to a long standing truce after Wonder Woman showing showed him what would happen if he won with the Golden Lasso.


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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E7TheLongGame "The Long Game"]] has a mention of futuristic computers activated by linking to people's brains having safeguards to prevent overload.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]]: [[spoiler:Rose absorbs the Time Vortex to become the Bad Wolf and can't control its powers effectively]].
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]]: [[spoiler:[[HalfHumanHybrid Doctor Donna's]] brain starts burning out from all of the Doctor's Time Lord experience, leading to a serious DownerEnding]].
* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'' once complained that she was tired of doing the oddball tasks God gave her without knowing the point of it all. God replied that people aren't meant to see the big picture, that they only see their part in it because that's all they can process. Joan insists on getting the full view of where her latest task leads and God obliges. Joan sees a rapid flash of images that showcase the results of her actions and she quickly blacks out from sensory overload.



* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Parting of the Ways", [[spoiler:Rose absorbs the Time Vortex to become the Bad Wolf and can't control its powers effectively]].
** The episode "The Long Game" has a mention of futuristic computers - activated by linking to people's brains - having safeguards to prevent overload.
** At the end of Series 4, [[spoiler:[[HalfHumanHybrid Doctor Donna's]] brain starts burning out from all of the Doctor's Time Lord experience, leading to a serious DownerEnding]].



* Series/JoanOfArcadia once complained that she was tired of doing the oddball tasks God gave her without knowing the point of it all. God replied that people aren't meant to see the big picture, that they only see their part in it because that's all they can process. Joan insists on getting the full view of where her latest task leads and God obliges. Joan sees a rapid flash of images that showcase the results of her actions and she quickly blacks out from sensory overload.



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* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'': The Infinity Stones are described as requiring tremendous power -- either personally or shared among a group -- to handle safely. In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', a non-super humanoid explodes like a bomb from touching one, and the [[spoiler:half-Celestial Peter Quill]] can only use it for a few seconds with help from three friends. Some artifacts, like [[spoiler:Ronan]]'s hammer or [[spoiler:the [[AmuletOfConcentratedAwesome Eye of Agamotto]] in ''Film/DoctorStrange'']], can channel their power safely, and the Mad Titan Thanos can handle multiple Infinity Stones barehanded without any difficulty.


* In ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'', once a ten'nyo/celestial maiden's powers are activated, her (or his) body starts to break down on a cellular level. It goes more quickly for some than for others, but it happens to all of them (save Aya/Ceres, who is [[strike:the protagonist]] different).

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* In ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'', ''Manga/CeresCelestialLegend'', once a ten'nyo/celestial maiden's powers are activated, her (or his) body starts to break down on a cellular level. It goes more quickly for some than for others, but it happens to all of them (save Aya/Ceres, who is [[strike:the protagonist]] different).

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* ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'': A recurring problem for those who try to use divine powers if they have access to them:
** In the first game, Hakuowlo completely loses himself whenever he activates his divine powers, transforming into a deific beast of immense power, but in that form he cannot control himself. [[spoiler:He ultimately chooses to allow himself to be sealed away before he can accidentally do any more damage with his power.]]
** ''VideoGame/UtawarerumonoMaskOfTruth'': At the end of the game, [[spoiler:Kuon gets this when she tries to activate the full power of her divine blood. She figures that if she can just control it for a second, she can use it to resurrect Haku. Unfortunately, Uistalnemetia's power is far, far beyond anything a mortal can comprehend or control, and Kuon winds up losing herself in the power and getting possessed by it.]]


* Ursault the All-Seeing from ''[[ForgottenRealms A Little Knowledge]]'' by Elaine Cunningham has a great and clean prescience... and all he saw was one infinite maze of [[ForWantOfANail possibilities that change everything]] both for good and ill, depending on other possibilities, that... and so on. Since even his trained mind could keep only a very little part of the picture, this was more annoying than useful. Others considered him a MadOracle because if he was asked for a prediction, it habitually dissolved into babble of endless conditional forks.

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* Ursault the All-Seeing from ''[[ForgottenRealms ''[[Literature/ForgottenRealms A Little Knowledge]]'' by Elaine Cunningham has a great and clean prescience... and all he saw was one infinite maze of [[ForWantOfANail possibilities that change everything]] both for good and ill, depending on other possibilities, that... and so on. Since even his trained mind could keep only a very little part of the picture, this was more annoying than useful. Others considered him a MadOracle because if he was asked for a prediction, it habitually dissolved into babble of endless conditional forks.


This is what happens when a character goes into [[PhysicalGod God mode]], or at least experiences it in some way... and then realizes that he can't handle it: The knowledge of the inner workings of the universe overwhelms his mere human brain, the sheer power begins to burn out his mortal shell, he essentially experiences complete sensory overload on a cosmic scale. This can lead to [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity insanity]] and sometimes [[SuperpowerMeltdown other]] [[YourHeadAsplode grisly]] [[PowerDegeneration results]].

Related to but different from ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow, as it is more the reaction/effects of said Things. Contrast PossessionBurnout, where DemonicPossession inherently damages the body.

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This is what happens when a character goes into [[PhysicalGod God mode]], or at least experiences it in some way... and then realizes that he can't handle it: The knowledge of the inner workings of the universe [[MySkullRunnethOver overwhelms his mere human brain, brain]], the sheer power begins to burn out his mortal shell, he essentially experiences complete sensory overload on a cosmic scale. This can lead to [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity insanity]] and sometimes [[SuperpowerMeltdown other]] [[YourHeadAsplode grisly]] [[PowerDegeneration results]].

Related to but different from ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow, as it is more the reaction/effects of said Things. Contrast PossessionBurnout, where DemonicPossession inherently damages the body. Compare MySkullRunnethOver, where information overload strains someone's mind beyond its limits.


* The titular scrolls from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' are divine artifacts from outside space and time. If a mortal attempts to read them they usually go blind, go insane, or simply die. There's an order of monks who spend their whole life preparing to glimpse an Elder Scroll through study and meditation, knowing that the knowledge they attain will permanently blind them, but also give them glimpses of the distant past or future. The Dragonborn of ''Skyrim'' "only" suffers a few seconds of disorientation, possibly because he/she isn't an ordinary mortal with an ordinary fate. The Scrolls are so eldritch that even Alduin, a draconic ''demigod of time'', is afraid of their power.

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* The titular scrolls from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has the titular Elder Scrolls themselves. To note:
** The Scrolls
are divine artifacts [[TomeOfEldritchLore Tomes Of Eldritch Lore]] combined with TomesOfProphecyAndFate. Referred to as "Fragments of Creation," the Scrolls are of unknown origin and number which simultaneously record past, present, and future events irrefutably; what did happen, what could have happened, what might yet happen. [[MindScrew Even the falsehoods in them are true]]. (''Especially'' the falsehoods, as is pointed out several times in the series.) To the untrained eye, the Scrolls will yield an odd chart that looks like it has constellations on it with odd glyphs printed over or under it. A knowledgeable reader will be able to interpret the Scrolls to a degree, but incompletely, and will be irrevocably struck blind. A well-trained reader, such as a member of the Cult of the Ancestor Moth, will glean much more from the Scroll and will even recover their eyesight... for a finite number of times before their sight is permanently lost. In all of these cases, reading the Scrolls tends to lead to madness for the user. Even those who merely ''study'' the Scrolls, never actually using or even handling them, are [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven to complete madness]] with alarming regularity.
** The power of the Elder Scrolls is so great, their truths so irrefutable, that not even the machinations of a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] can overcome them; that's how [[spoiler: the curse on the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal is broken]] in the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' ThievesGuild questline. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', you get to read one yourself to [[spoiler:gain knowledge of a [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um shout]] lost to time; it turns out you don't read the scroll, you see events happen as if the scroll was a window to another (possibly alternate) time]]. Trying to read the scroll
outside space of the [[RealityIsOutToLunch Time-Wound]] temporarily robs you of vision and time. If the reason you only suffer that much is because you have the soul of a mortal attempts to read them being that exists partially outside of time, not unlike the Elder Scroll itself. Even the [[DragonsAreDivine dragons]] like Paarthurnax and [[BigBad Alduin]] himself fear the Elder Scrolls' power. Turns out that they usually go blind, go insane, or simply die. There's an order of monks don't just reveal events, they can [[RealityWarper alter reality]] as well; with no recourse left, the ancient Nordic heroes who spend their whole life preparing to glimpse faced Alduin invoked the power of an Elder Scroll through study and meditation, knowing that to "cast Alduin out of time", postponing his reckoning until the knowledge they attain will permanently blind them, but also give them glimpses of the distant past or future. The Dragonborn of age where ''Skyrim'' "only" suffers a few seconds (the game, not the province) takes place. The residue from that event created the Time-Wound, mentioned above.
** As seen in ''Skyrim'', the glyphs on the Elder Scrolls match closely to those seen on the Eye
of disorientation, possibly Magnus, an [[ArtifactOfDoom artifact of great and mysterious power]] connected to Magnus, the god of magic and "architect" of Mundus. This has led to the theory that the scrolls are related to that event (and their alternative name, "Fragments of Creation", further lends credence).
** In ''Skyrim'''s ''Dawnguard'' DLC [[spoiler: you undergo the same ritual Moth Priests go through to be able to read an Elder Scroll after the Moth Priest you rescued goes blind after reading one without the necessary precautions. After reading the Scroll you are none the worse for wear, likely
because he/she isn't an ordinary mortal with an ordinary fate. The Scrolls are so eldritch that even Alduin, a draconic ''demigod of time'', is afraid of their power.as the Dragonborn, your [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Aedric]] [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]] protected you from the normal side-effects]].


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