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  • Zigzagged in Groundhog Day, in which Bill Murray's character repeats the same day over and over again, with no way to stop the cycle. At first he's confused, and then overjoyed, but soon he's depressed as anything because he has no life to look forward to. However, eventually he realizes that the unlimited time can be used to master any skill, prevent any and all mishaps that would otherwise occur during his single day, and, once he learns to truly care for her, win the heart of his love interest. Which, it turns out, breaks the spell and canonizes that last perfect day as the one that actually happened.
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  • In the Drew Barrymore film (and the later TV miniseries sequel) Firestarter, Charlie McGee inherits psychic powers from her parents who took part in a government experiment (they got lucky, most of the other patients went batshit insane). Her father got the ability to read minds and psychically "push" people to do what he wants or see what he sees, but it gives him pinprick brain hemorrhages to do so. Charlie doesn't have this problem, but her pyrokinesis (the ability to make fires by frowning) prohibits her from being close to anyone, due to control issues. To top it all off, the government agency that sponsored the experiment wants to use her as a weapon. According to the film, by the time Charlie hits puberty she'll be powerful enough to crack the world in half. If that ain't this trope, nothing is.
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  • In X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, the main character grants himself x-ray vision. While he obtains some benefits from it - including the ability to cheat at cards - his vision gradually increases in power until he can see through his own eyelids, through reality itself and into the swirling madness beyond. The rumored deleted ending makes it worse. After ripping out his own eyes, he screams, "I can still see!"
  • In The Butterfly Effect the protagonist gains the power to go back in time and change key events in his childhood. But whatever he tries to fix he just ends up messing up his life and that of his friends even more. The Psychic Nosebleeds that follow shortly after changing the event aren't that nice either.
  • A major element of Matt Damon's character in Hereafter. He can read people's minds and/or communicate with their dead relatives by touching their hands. Cool, right? No. Imagine accidentally discovering the girl who you've been flirting with was sexually abused as a child by her father. Takes A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read to whole new levels.
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  • In Ringu, Sadako Yamamura was born with extraordinary psychic abilities, which gave her clairvoyance, psychography, and astral projection that enabled her personality to endure after death and in the books, her abilities are powerful enough to allow her genetic manipulation of people and viruses. Her mother was also shown having similar abilities. Instead of fame and recognition, these powers led to both of them being scorned, driven away and persecuted by society, leading to Sadako's mother throwing herself into a volcano, and Sadako herself being killed and thrown down a well, where her spirit will linger forever.
  • The Ring: Samara Morgan had the innate ability to imprint images and visions in the minds of other living things; unfortunately, the power manifested at birth, and she was never able to control it, leading both her mother and adoptive mother into complete madness. The second film says that Samara's powers came about because her mother let dead spirits possess her, and while these gave Samara awesome powers, her body was pretty much hijacked and all she could do was watch as the spirits controlled her body and — often — caused problems for people. She spent her whole life asking for people to drown her, because that was the only way to get the spirits out of her body.
  • Godzilla. It's his own radiation that ends up being the cause of his own death in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. Yes, we're talking about the SAME radiation that allows him to spew nuclear plasma and destroy his enemies.
  • It's no fun being a Scanner, mostly because of all that Power Incontinence. Also, hearing the thoughts of everyone around you gets noisy and distracting.
  • In Sky High (2005), one of the main plot points involves how all the people with the awesome powers go into the Hero class, the What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway? characters are stuck as "sidekicks". Subverted by the handy Plot Tailored to the Party, which lets the sidekicks do their part and teach everyone a valuable lesson.
  • While Darkman is impervious to pain, he had to burn nearly to death to get that way, and to undergo a dubious experimental surgical technique which left him subject to uncontrolled rage and mood swings. Plus, with no sense of pain, he can't even tell if he's injuring himself until he actually looks.
  • In the movie Death Becomes Her, two of the main characters take a potion that grants eternal life and youth. No, the suck doesn't involve Who Wants to Live Forever?, as most of the aspects of that trope are either ignored or handwaved (anyone who takes the potion is supposed to sever all human contact after so many years anyway, so as to avoid suspicion). The suck comes after both newly immortal characters try to kill each other, and find out that, while they won't die, their bodies will. From then on, they are stuck in their own broken corpses, having to utilize undertaking techniques just to keep themselves looking and moving like living people. By the end of the movie, even this isn't enough, as their bodies fall apart around them, leaving them spending what may very well be eternity as a pile of rotting body parts.
  • The plot of Ella Enchanted. Ella receive the "Gift" of obedience by Lucinda, a fairy. So, is forced to obey every direct order given to her, no matter what. Being obedient 24/7 is just as bad – if not worse – as It sounds.
  • Being sensitive to the Force in Star Wars isn't really fun at all. Yeah it comes with nifty psychic powers and super reflexes, but Force Users have to maintain strict control over their emotions, sometimes to the point of being The Stoic. Otherwise they run the risk of falling to the Dark Side of the Force, and while this also comes with nifty (and scary) powers, spending too much time on the Dark Side inevitably leads to the loss of friends and loved ones, insanity, and death. Being Force-sensitive also means being able to feel the deaths of others, especially loved ones; imagine feeling the population of an entire planet, or worse, that of an entire star system with your spouse as the icing on the poison cake, perish all at once.
  • X-Men Film Series: As expected of this franchise, examples abound:
    • X-Men:
      • Rogue's superpower doesn't allow her to touch the ones she loves.
      • Cyclops must always cover his eyes with a ruby quartz lens, otherwise he might accidentally kill someone.
      • The mutations produced by Magneto's machine are fatal.
    • X2: X-Men United: Jones can change television channels by blinking, but he never sleeps.
    • X-Men: First Class: Havok is very uncomfortable using his mutant ability because of its high potential for destruction, and most likely he has been incarcerated for manslaughter.
    • The Wolverine: Yukio's mutant power allows her to foresee a person's death (including that of her own parents), but she can't do anything to prevent it from happening.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past:
      • After slipping into a deep depression, the younger Charles views his telepathy as a curse because he can no longer control it. He is unable to shut out the clamour of thoughts that he doesn't want to hear, and this causes a tremendous amount of agony, to the point where he becomes addicted to a serum which numbs his ability, allowing him to sleep at night.
      • At the age of nine, Xavier believed that he was mentally ill (schizophrenia, most likely) due to the voices in his head, and it took him three whole years to recognize that he was actually telepathic—as dysfunctional as he is in 1973, his childhood experience must have been downright nightmarish in comparison.
      • This is Beast's attitude towards his physical mutation. He goes through great lengths in order to mask what he perceives to be his body's grotesque deformities.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse:
      • Professor X invokes this in his opening narration ("A gift can often be a curse"). When a blindfolded Scott Summers tells him that a mutation "doesn't exactly feel like a gift," Charles agrees and responds with, "It never does at first."
      • Jean Grey's ever-expanding superpowers make her life miserable because her classmates don't want to be near someone who's prone to losing control, and she's anxious that she might inadvertently hurt others.
    • Logan shows that once Xavier is depressed and saddled with dementia, his psychic powers are downright lethal.
  • Those who take the Mark of the Beast in the Apocalypse film series are blessed with limited telekinetic and telepathic powers and can also receive miraculous healings, all at the cost of spending eternity in the Lake of Fire.
  • The so-called Holy Implant in Six: The Mark Unleashed.
  • The protagonists from the Final Destination series (Alex Browning, Kimberly Corman, Wendy Christensen, Nick O'Bannon and Sam Lawton). The visions in regards to the impending disasters along with their own demise drives the plot of cheating Death. Either that, or Death is pretty sadistic or he is a sore loser. It's a whole lot worse than that. There is absolutely no escaping Death — the visions are given for no apparently good reason, although Death wanting to play is the theory that the characters of the fourth film voice... about five seconds before getting killed.
  • Men in Black 3 introduces Griffin, an alien who can see all possible timelines at once. When he shows J and K the Mets winning the 1969 World Series three months before it'll happen, J says it's incredible; Griffin calls it a pain in the ass. Unusually for this trope, though, he does seem to enjoy the ability to some extent; he refers to said World Series as his favorite moment of all time, because of all the insanely improbable things that came together to make it happen. Though at the end of the film, it's replaced by the moment where J gets back from the past and meets up with K, who's (slightly) less Stoic thanks to the events of the movie.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Captain America: The First Avenger reveals that, after undergoing the transformation from a scrawny kid to a Super Soldier thanks to Erskine's Super Serum, Steve Rogers realizes that his boosted metabolism prevents him from getting drunk and drowning his sorrows. His body neutralizes alcohol faster than he can drink it. His food bill's pretty hefty too.
    • Iron Man 3: The villain's Mooks are imbued with a drug called "Extremis", which makes you virtually unkillable and gives you fire powers, but it also seems to make you a violently unstable drug addict and you might explode if you're not careful.
    • The MCU's take on Spider-Man's enhanced senses have caused him trouble in various movies:
      • Captain America: Civil War: Peter likens his powers to Sensory Overload. While he does have a greater awareness that allows him to have better reflexes, it's also overwhelming to take in everything happening at once. His iconic mask with the large white eyes is specifically designed to adjust based on how much input would actually be helpful.
      • The same is Played for Laughs in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Enhanced perception is helpful on the battlefield, but less so when you're a bored teenager who has to stay put for six hours.
      • Avengers: Infinity War gives the suckiest portrayal of his powers yet: his Spider-Sense warns him about danger a few seconds in advance, but when faced with a problem he can't escape, it just prolongs the discomfort he'd be feeling anyways. Case in point: when he's being killed by the Infinity Gauntlet, his Spider-Sense picks up that he's dying, and that there's nothing he or anyone else can do to save him. The boy goes out terrified and crying before turning to ash in Tony Stark's arms.
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Ava Starr, a.k.a. Ghost, has intangibility powers that allow her to turn invisible and walk through solid objects. However, the Freak Lab Accident that gave her these abilities also killed her family. She was taken in by a government agency who exploited her powers and raised her as a Child Soldier. To make matters worse, her instability at the quantum level causes her extreme daily pain, and if she doesn't find a cure soon, her body will fall apart, cell by cell. She's only at odds with the heroes out of desperation to keep herself alive.
  • In Man of Steel, when young Clark's X-ray vision and super-hearing first manifest, he freaks out from sensory overload and locks himself in a closet.
  • All of the Precogs of Minority Report are cursed to foresee events that have yet to come, Agatha especially. Throughout the movie, she tells random people and Anderton things she's seen happen. She even sees her mother's death replay in her mind.
  • In Boris and Natasha, Professor Paulovitch invents a time-reversal device which reverses time by a few seconds when a nearby disaster happens. As he explains to the title characters, he quickly realized this could be bad if fallen into the wrong hands and tried to have it destroyed, only for its effects to keep saving it.
  • Down Periscope gives us Sonarman 2nd Class E.T. "Sonar" Lovacelli, a man with hearing so sharp that he's able to detect two crabs fighting each other at the bottom of the sea and determine exactly how much money a man dropped on the ground (after reacting like someone dropped a depth charge when he first hears it) through a pair of passive sonar headphones. All the other submarine commands he was assigned to before being sent to the U.S.S. Stingray were flat-out afraid of him being a security risk (even after he, a big Kind Hearted Simpleton, kept reassuring the captains that he didn't listened everything).
  • In Looper, by the year 2040, 10% of the population is telekinetic (or TK). However, as Joe mentions in his narration, everyone expected superheroes but most of those who are TK can barely even lift coins with their abilities. The few characters who can do more become a Chekhov's Gun near the end of the movie.
  • When Evil Calls: Michael wishes for X-Ray vision and then happily oggles the girls' basketball team in the nude. However, he can't turn it off, so he's then horrified to also see his male teachers naked, along with his obese father.

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