21 Dangerous Anime Techniques That Damage The User

Just because an ability is awesome doesn't mean that you always want to use it. In fact, sometimes the consequences of using an ability are so severe that you need to think long and hard before you ever use them at all. 

These are anime attacks that hurt the user. These abilities often bring the user significant benefit by diffusing dangerous situations when nothing else will do. But they come at a great personal cost. One example is Mankai from Yuki Yuna is a Hero, which gives the user a major power-up in exchange for a permanent disability. Another is Trafalgar Law's Op-Op Fruit in One Piece, which can grant another person immortality, but only at the expense of his own life. 

Which of these techniques would you still want to use despite the high personal cost?


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    The Eight Inner Gates Can't Be Opened Without Paying The Price In 'Naruto'

    Naruto has so many techniques that harm their user that they could fill up a whole list by themselves. For now, let's focus on the Eight Inner Gates, a technique that Might Guy learned from his father and passed on to his protege, Rock Lee.

    The Eight Inner Gates is a taijutsu technique that involves opening up the chakra pathways in a person's body. Normally, these are blocked because too much power being unleashed at once is potentially fatal. Removing the blocks is difficult and requires intense training, but results in a rush of power. Each time a gate is removed, the user is badly injured.

    Anyone who uses the 8th gate - literally known as the Gate of Death - must sacrifice their life in exchange. This is how Guy's father, Duy, passes away. 

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    Human Transmutation Takes Equivalent Exchange To The Extreme In 'Fullmetal Alchemist'

    Human Transmutation is a form of alchemy that supposedly brings people back to life. Not only is this virtually impossible to achieve at all, but the costs of trying are high. When Edward and Alphonse Elric attempt to revive their mother, Ed loses his arm and his leg, while Al loses his entire body and is forced to live with a soul that's fused to a suit of armor. When Izumi Curtis tries to revive her stillborn child, she loses some of her internal organs.

    In the 2003 series, things get even worse - the process can also create homunculi who must ultimately be defeated. Both versions of the story are heavily themed around the consequences of human transmutation.

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    The Little War Horn Saddles Its User With Chronic Pain In 'Akame Ga Kill'

    The Little War Horn Saddles Its User With Chronic Pain In 'Akame Ga Kill'
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    When you're wielding a poisonous sword, you have to expect that at some point, there's going to be a cost. For Akame and her Murasame, that cost comes in the form of the Little War Horn. It's activated when the user cuts themselves with the sword, then survives its poisonous curse. Some people won't even make it to this stage, but if they do, scarlike markings appear all over their bodies, and their sclera turns black.

    Their power is dramatically enhanced, but there's a major cost - the user will be in severe pain for the rest of their lives, even after the sword is destroyed. This can be temporarily alleviated with herbal medicine, but it's basically a lifelong chronic pain condition in exchange for a temporary power up.

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    Iced Shell Can Permanently Freeze Its User In 'Fairy Tail'

    Iced Shell is one of the most powerful - and dangerous - Ice Magic spells. It allows the user to freeze their target into an unmeltable block of ice, destroying their body in the process. But it also freezes the user's body as well. Although Moon Drip is the only way to unmelt the ice, it's an extremely lengthy and exhausting process. Therefore, it is nearly impossible to undo Iced Shell. Lost Iced Shell is an even deadlier version of this spell as it can wipe away the user's existence from everyone's memories. 

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    Vegeta's Final Explosion Is A Last Resort In 'Dragon Ball Z'

    Vegeta's attacks are extraordinarily powerful ones - and some of them are so powerful that even he cannot always withstand them. Final Explosion is a technique that obliterates the user instantly, which is why Vegeta only pulls it out when he realizes that defeating Buu is impossible otherwise.

    It's a defining character moment for Vegeta because he never would have been willing to sacrifice himself for anybody else in the past - but it ultimately proves pointless, as Buu just revives himself afterward. 

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    One For All Can Shatter Its Users' Bones In 'My Hero Academia'

    One For All is a powerful quirk that can be passed from user to user, which is how Izuku Midoriya ended up inheriting it from All Might. But while it allows the user to access great reserves of physical power, it can also easily destroy anybody who isn't strong enough to contain it. That's why Izuku has to undergo an intense bodybuilding campaign before All Might will even consider passing the technique along. 

    Once Izuku starts using the technique, he breaks a bone almost every time. Eventually, he gets the hang of it, learning to control his powers more effectively, but not without absolutely wrecking himself first.