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"All magic comes with a price!"
― Rumpelstiltskin (Once Upon a Time)
"It's a double-edged sword...The fighting technique could cost them their life."
― Brook on the Mink's Sulong Form (One Piece)
"That may be what you believe, but there are certain forces that even a Master of the Mystic Arts should not dabble in."
― The Ancient One (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

The circumstance in which the user possesses great strength and ability at a cost. Not to be confused with Aversion. Opposite of Disability Compensation.

Also Called

Capabilities

The user possesses great skill and power, but prolonged usage of it may come at a cost. Overuse or misuse of said power may result in, among other things, insanity and physical damage to the user's body.

Associations

Limitations

  • Some double-edged powers may affect people other than the user.
  • They may require something to keep their limits restrained.
  • With enough training, they may be able to overcome their limitations.
  • Overuse may result in critical injury, madness or death depending on the nature of the power.

Known Users

See Also: Power At A Price.

Cartoons/Comics

  • Mozenrath (Aladdin: The Animated Series); via Gauntlet
  • Avatars (Avatar: The Last Airbender); via the Avatar State
  • Gwen Tennyson (Ben 10)
  • Heat Jaws (Ben 10)
  • Danny Fenton/Phantom (Danny Phantom); via Ghostly Wail; formerly
  • Darkwing Duck (Darkwing Duck); via former use of Super Speed powers
  • Speedsters (DC Comics); via Speed Force
  • Kid Psycho (DC Comics)
  • Thaddeus Sivana (DC Comics)
  • Clark Kent/Kal-El/Superman (DC Comics); via Solar Flare, later Kryptonite energy infusion
  • Henry Clover Jr./Gotham (DC Comics)
  • Claire Clover/Gotham Girl (DC Comics)
  • Lord Commander (Final Space)
  • Spark (Girl Genius); there's a reason it's called The madness place.
  • Ace (Justice League Unlimited)
  • Miraculous holders (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir)
  • Some akumatized villains (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir)
  • Mar-Vell/Captain Marvel (Marvel Comics); is kept alive and given powers by his Nega-Bands, but they prevent him from being treated when he is diagnosed with Blackend (cancer)
  • Guido Carosella/Strong Guy (Marvel Comics)
  • Wielders of the Ebony Blade (Marvel Comics)
  • Zombie Spider-Man (Marvel Comics); using his own veins and arteries as webbing causes him intense pain
  • Kenny McCormick/Mysterion (South Park); cannot die but can still feel pain.
  • Heavyman/Dr. Koenig (Static Shock)
  • Eli Shane (Slugterra); using the double barrel with the wrong slugs for a fusion shot could cause disastrous results like draining all the energy of surrounding slugs or worse
  • Maul (WildStorm)

Folklore/Mythology

  • King Midas (Greek Mythology)

Literature

  • Dark Wizards (Harry Potter); especially when creating Horcruxes
  • Mundanes (Shadowhunter Chronicles); via Lilith's blood
  • The Sith (Star Wars)
  • Spirit Users (Vampire Academy/Bloodlines)
  • Fanoxean (The Young Guardians)
  • Witchers (The Witcher)

Movies

  • The Five Family Members (The Covenant)
    • Chase Collins (The Covenant)
    • Caleb (The Covenant); after his ascension.
  • Godzilla (Godzilla)

Live Television

  • Griffin Grey (Arrowverse/The Flash)
  • Willow Rosenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Cordelia Chase (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel)
  • Dr. Curtis Williamson (Charmed)
  • Hiro Nakamura (Heroes)
  • Peter Petrelli (Heroes)
  • Sylar (Heroes)
  • Magic Users (Once Upon A Time)
  • Castiel (Supernatural)
  • Users of the Mark of Cain (Supernatural)
  • Sam Winchester (Supernatural); via Demon Blood

Video Games

  • Asura (Asura's Wrath); via his Wrath Form
  • ADAM users (BioShock)
  • Non-Belmont users of the Vampire Killer (Castlevania)
  • Power Within Users (Dark Souls)
  • Blood Mages (Dragon Age)
  • Crusader (Final Fantasy VI)
  • Users of the "Eyes of Etro" (Final Fantasy XIII-2)
  • Azura (Fire Emblem Fates)
  • Sora (Kingdom Hearts); via Anti-Form
  • Raziel (Legacy of Kain)
  • Mega Man (Mega Man 11); via Double Gear system.
  • Users of Phazon-Enhancement Devices (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption)
  • Pokémon that know "Perish Song" (Pokémon)
  • Pokémon that know recoil inflicting attacks (Pokémon)
  • Albert Wesker (Resident Evil)
  • Zephyr (Resonance of Fate)
  • Lord Genichiro (Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice)
  • Metal Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog); via V. Maximum Overdrive Attack
  • Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog); without Inhibitor Rings
  • Shirou Emiya (TYPE-MOON); after fusing with Archer's arm
  • Shiki Tohno (TYPE-MOON)
  • Infeliz (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Deathwing (World of Warcraft)

Anime/Manga/Manhwa

  • Julie Sigtuna (Absolute Duo)
  • Titan-Shifters (Attack on Titan); via Curse of Ymir
  • Dark Schneider (Bastard!!); via Judas Pain
  • Untrained Tao Users (Black Cat)
  • Est Contractors (Bladedance of Elementalers)
  • Bount (Bleach); via Dolls
  • Uryu Ishida (Bleach); via taking off the Sanrei Glove
  • Sajin Komamura (Bleach); via Humanization Technique
  • Giriko Kutsuzawa (Bleach)
  • Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach); via using the Final Getsuga Tensho and being controlled by his Inner Hollow
  • Several Shinigami (Bleach); via Bankai
  • Hatsuna Wakabayashi (Brynhildr in the Darkness)
  • Kanade Sakurada (Castle-Town Dandelion)
  • Acqua of the Back (A Certain Magical Index); via absorption half of Misha Kreutzev Telesma
  • Denji (Chainsaw Man); via his Chainsaw Devil form
  • Shunsuke Otosaka (Charlotte)
  • Yuu Otosaka (Charlotte)
  • Claymores (Claymore)
  • All Ability Users and Rare Kinds (Code:Breaker)
  • Kurumi Tokisaki (Date A Live)
  • Contractors except Hel (Darker than Black); they're required to perform a task in order to use their powers
  • Humans who make a deal for Shinigami Eyes (Death Note)
  • Saiyans (Dragon Ball series); via Great Ape Form and Super Saiyan 3
  • Son Goku (Dragon Ball series); via Kaio-Ken and Ultra Instinct
  • Frieza (Dragon Ball series)
  • Trunks (Dragon Ball series); via Super Saiyan Third Grade
  • Tenshinhan (Dragon Ball series); via Kikoho
  • Ultimate Shenron (Dragon Ball GT)
  • Guldo (Dragon Ball Z)
  • Rebecca Bluegarden (Edens Zero); via overuse of Cat Leaper
  • Acnologia (Fairy Tail); after ingesting the Time Rift
  • August (Fairy Tail); via Ars Magia
  • Kyouka (Fairy Tail)
  • Natsu Dragneel (Fairy Tail); via eating etherion's ethernano
  • Sherria Blendy (Fairy Tail); via Third Origin
  • Ultear Milkovich (Fairy Tail); via Last Ages
  • Practitioners of Hokuto Ryu Ken/Big Dipper Lapis Lazuli Fist (Fist of the North Star)
  • Alchemists (Fullmetal Alchemist); via Human Transmutation
  • Issei Hyoudou (High School DxD); via Juggernaut Drive
  • Seidou Goui Users (History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi)
  • Toori Aoi (Horizon In The Middle of Nowhere); via getting sad/upset will cause death
  • Sakuma Jirou (Inazuma Eleven); via Emperor Penguin no01 causes bone and muscle tissues to break down after 2nd use
  • Genda Koujirou (Inazuma Eleven); via Beast Fang, causes bone and muscle tissues to break down after 2nd use
  • Inuyasha (InuYasha); via becoming full demon
  • Miroku (InuYasha); formerly via Wind Tunnel
  • Eucliwood Hellscythe (Is This a Zombie?); when she heals someone she feels the pain inflicted. Talking gives reality warping powers but headaches.
  • Mahoro Andou (Mahoromatic)
  • Wamuu (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part II: Battle Tendency); via Final Mode: Atmospheric Rift
  • Some Stand Users (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure); if the user doesn't have a fighting spirit to control the Stand it can go out of control and slowly kill the user like a disease.
  • Clan Shiyuu (Kingdom); via the Priestess Dance
    • Kyou Kai
  • Ohma Tokita (Kengan Ashura); via his "Advance" technique
  • Megumin (Konosuba)
  • Refal (Legend of the Legendary Heroes)
  • Tigre Vorn (Madan no Ou to Vanadis); via The Black Bow
  • Kōta Shibaki (Majmoji Rurumo); via Wish Tickets
  • Users of "One For All" (My Hero Academia)
  • Various Quirk users (My Hero Academia)
  • Yoite (Nabari no Ou); via the Kira Technique
  • Naofumi Iwatani (The Rising of the Shield Hero); via Blutopfer/Blood Sacrifice
  • Users of the Cursed Seal (Naruto)
  • Eight Gates users (Naruto)
  • Users of Creation Rebirth
  • Kakashi Hatake (Naruto); via former use of Sharingan eye
  • Mizuki (Naruto); anime only
  • Uchiha Clan (Naruto); via use of Izanagi and Izanami techniques, losing sight in the eye forever
  • Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto); via former usage of Cursed Seal of Heaven, his Mangekyō Sharingan and his Rinnegan.
  • Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto); via former usage of Rasenshuriken, Fox Shroud, and his Baryon Mode
  • Mitsuki (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations/Naruto); via continuous use of Sage Mode
  • Eve Neuschwanstein (Needless); via Doppelganger's energy use
  • Negi Springfield (Negima! Magister Negi Magi) via Magia Erebea
  • Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece); over-dosage of the Rumble Ball (pre-timeskip) and (post-timeskip) Rumble Ball only needed to use Monster Point; later additional side-effects after the improved Rumble Ball time limit
  • Mansherry (One Piece); via the Chiyu Chiyu no Mi restoration power
  • Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece); via Gear Second & Gear Third (pre-timeskip), or Gear Fourth - Bounceman, and Haoshoku Haki (pre-timeskip)
  • Marshall D. Teach/Blackbeard (One Piece); more susceptible to pain via gravity-element drawback
  • Tsumegeri Guards (One Piece); via Hero Water
  • Capone Bege (One Piece)
  • Trafalgar D. Water Law (One Piece); via overuse of Ope Ope no Mi
  • Minks (One Piece); via Sulong transformation
  • Boros (One Punch Man)
  • Limiter Breakers (One Punch Man)
  • Gene Starwind (Outlaw Star); via use of #4, #9, and #13 Caster Shells
  • Aun Freya (Photon: The Idiot Adventures)
  • Celebi (Pokémon Adventures); from forced time travel
  • Niebel (Rave Master); via Last Moment
  • Tsukune Aono (Rosario + Vampire)
  • Ruby Tojo (Rosario + Vampire); via Iron Maiden
  • Yukishiro Enishi (Rurouni Kenshin)
  • Kazuma (s-CRY-ed)
  • Refined Alters (s-CRY-ed)
  • Sailor Moon (Sailor Moon); via the Legendary Silver Crystal
  • Sailor Saturn (Sailor Moon); using her full destructive and deathly powers also causes her to perish
  • Ruki (Senyu)
  • Adam (Shuumatsu no Valkyrie: Record of Ragnarok); via overusing "Eye of the Lords"
  • Zeus (Shuumatsu no Valkyrie: Record of Ragnarok); via Adamas form
  • Meliodas (The Seven Deadly Sins); via his Revenge Counter technique
  • Ten Commandments (The Seven Deadly Sins); via their signature Commandments
  • Escanor (The Seven Deadly Sins); as "The One Ultimate"
  • Shana (Shakugan No Shana); via Tenpa Josai
  • Lina Inverse (Slayers); via Giga Slave
  • Kumoko/Shiraori (So I'm a Spider, So What?)
  • Wrath/Sasajima Kyouya (So I'm a Spider, So What?)
  • Male members of Cosmo's species (Sonic X); via Mover Mode
  • Hrotsvit Lesedrama (Swordsman of Magic Technique School and Summoned Vasreus)
  • Users of the "Swan Song" (Symphogear)
  • Half-Humans (Tokyo Ghoul)
    • Kishou Amira
    • Ching-Li Hsiaso
  • Toriko (Toriko); via his Original Appetite Demon
  • Masane Amaha (Witchblade)
  • Moroha (Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon); via using Izayoi's makeup
  • Hiei (Yu Yu Hakusho); via using the Kokuryuha
  • Younger Toguro (Yu Yu Hakusho)
  • Lestion (Yumekui Merry); firing his gun
  • Various Demons (Zatch Bell!); via casting certain spells
  • Riou (Zatch Bell!); via performing his family's curse.

Known Objects

Anime/Manga/Manhwa

  • The Berserker Armor (Berserk)
  • Bakkōtō (Bleach)
  • Enrakyōten (Bleach)
  • Most Cursed Tools (C3: CubexCursedxCurious)
  • Ros-series Heart Hybrid Gears (Hybrid × Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia)
  • Wish Tickets (Majimoji Rurumo)
  • Darkness ÄRMs (Marchen Awakens Romance)
  • Ghost ÄRMs (Marchen Awakens Romance)
  • Mobile Suits equipped with Trans-Am (Mobile Suit Gundam 00)
  • Akimichi Three-Colored Pills (Naruto)
  • Hero Water (Naruto)
  • Devil Fruits (One Piece)
  • Energy Steroids (One Piece)
  • Hero Water (One Piece)
  • Reject Dials (One Piece)
  • Rumble Ball (One Piece)
  • Curse Series of the Legendary Hero Weapons (Rising of the Shield Hero)
  • Silver Crystal (Sailor Moon)
  • Crown Series Gollems (In Another World with my Smartphone)

Cartoons/Comics

  • Mozenrath's Gauntlet (Aladdin: The Animated Series)
  • Telecephaloscope (Blake and Mortimer - The Yellow "M")
  • The Red Sweater of Courage (Dave the Barbarian)
  • Ebony Blade (Marvel Comics)
  • Miraculouses (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir)
  • Alicorn Amulet (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic)
  • The Sword of Tengu (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003)

Literature

  • Soulcutter (Book of Swords)
  • The One Ring (The Lord of the Rings)

Live Television/Movies

  • The Infinity Gauntlet (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
  • The Mark of Cain (Supernatural)
  • Equalizer/Hammurabi (Supernatural)
  • Hazard Trigger (Kamen Rider Build)
  • GeizRevive Ridewatch (Kamen Rider Zi-O)

Video Games

  • Beast Spear (Breath of Fire III)
  • Boots of Blinding Speed (The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind)
  • Kōkai Gyoku (Flame of Recca)
  • Double Gear System (Mega Man 11)
  • Phazon Enhancement Device (Metroid Prime 3: Corruption)
  • Rejuvenating Waters (Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice)
  • Vulture's Artificial Wings (Spider-Man PS4)

Web Original

Known Powers

  • Project Daycare (American Dad!)
  • Valhalla's Gate (Cautious Hero)
  • Kaioken (Dragon Ball series)
  • Lucid Gadget (Dream Eater Merry); when used in reality
  • Angel Zafkiel (Date A Live)
  • Law (Fairy Tail)
  • Third Origin (Fairy Tail)
  • Tao (Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku)
  • Priestess Dance (Kingdom)
  • Mangekyō Sharingan (Naruto)
  • Last Moment (Rave Master)
  • Sunshine (The Seven Deadly Sins)
  • Blastor Mode (Tekkaman)

Gallery

Anime/Manga/Manhwa

Cartoons/Comics

Literature

Live Television/Movies

Video Games

Web Original