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28th Mar '18 12:08:37 PM MrDeath
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-->'''Billy''': ''[on [[MegaManning Mimic Abilities]]]'' Itís a bit of an "evil people eater" power, so it should be treated very strictly when in PC hands.
25th Mar '18 8:53:28 AM Lopiny
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** Big Mom's power amounts to ripping the souls out of people, in chunks (measured by lifespan) or the whole thing at once, and stuffing them into things like animals or inanimate objects to bring them to life. Not many moral applications out there for a power like this one, and even then Big Mom takes it further than most: taxes in her land are paid with ''chunks of your soul'' if you want to keep living there, and she uses it all to create [[CrapsaccharineWorld a twisted wonderland like something out of a Disney parody]].
11th Mar '18 11:26:21 AM BGFU
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** Queen Chrysalis' abilities all revolve around brainwashing and shapeshifting to [[EmotionEater feed herself and her changelings]]. Said changelings (and possibly Chrysalis herself) can also use [[{{Squick}} green slime]] to entomb or trap their prey.[[spoiler: However, when they discover their ability to share love with each other, they're finally set free from theit permanent hunger [[and morph into bright-coloured creatures]]].]]

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** Queen Chrysalis' abilities all revolve around brainwashing and shapeshifting to [[EmotionEater feed herself and her changelings]]. Said changelings (and possibly Chrysalis herself) can also use [[{{Squick}} green slime]] to entomb or trap their prey.[[spoiler: However, when they discover their ability to share love with each other, they're finally set free from theit permanent hunger [[and [[DarkIsEvil and morph into bright-coloured creatures]]].bright-colored creatures]].]]



** The Sirens of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' tweak emotions with MindControlMusic and [[HatePlague turn them into jerks]], so they can feed on the negative energy produced by their fighting.

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** The Sirens of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' tweak emotions with MindControlMusic and [[HatePlague turn them people into jerks]], so they can feed on the negative energy produced by their fighting.
11th Mar '18 11:24:07 AM BGFU
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** Queen Chrysalis' abilities all revolve around brainwashing and shapeshifting to [[EmotionEater feed herself and her changelings]]. Said changelings (and possibly Chrysalis herself) can also use [[{{Squick}} green slime]] to entomb or trap their prey.

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** Queen Chrysalis' abilities all revolve around brainwashing and shapeshifting to [[EmotionEater feed herself and her changelings]]. Said changelings (and possibly Chrysalis herself) can also use [[{{Squick}} green slime]] to entomb or trap their prey.[[spoiler: However, when they discover their ability to share love with each other, they're finally set free from theit permanent hunger [[and morph into bright-coloured creatures]]].]]



** Starlight Glimmer's ability is to remove the cutie mark from a pony and replace it with an equals sign, leaving their colors muted and suppressing any ability in them whatsoever beyond the ''very'' basic and average abilities of a pony.
3rd Mar '18 2:49:11 AM Galiris8198
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* Bloodbending in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and its sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is particularly nasty variation of Waterbending that manipulates the water in others' blood to turn them into PeoplePuppets. The inventor of the technique was a particularly vicious [[spolier: old woman]] bent on exacting her pound of flesh from the Fire Nation by attacking innocent Fire Nation civilians. Katara learned the basics, but only uses it twice: once to save her friends from it, and the second time she was in a very bad place mentally. [[spoiler:Yakone and his sons Tarrlok and Noatak/Amon]] are evil ambitious control freaks who, at least in the former's case, get a sadistic thrill out of turning people into blood puppets. Coincidentally or not, they also happen to have a talent for Bloodbending [[spoiler:to the point where they can do it without a full moon, and Yakone and Noatak even without motion mnemonics (IE: purely by thought)]].

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* Bloodbending in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and its sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is particularly nasty variation of Waterbending that manipulates the water in others' blood to turn them into PeoplePuppets. The inventor of the technique was a particularly vicious [[spolier: old [[spoiler:old woman]] bent on exacting her pound of flesh from the Fire Nation by attacking innocent Fire Nation civilians. Katara learned the basics, but only uses it twice: once to save her friends from it, and the second time she was in a very bad place mentally. [[spoiler:Yakone and his sons Tarrlok and Noatak/Amon]] are evil ambitious control freaks who, at least in the former's case, get a sadistic thrill out of turning people into blood puppets. Coincidentally or not, they also happen to have a talent for Bloodbending [[spoiler:to the point where they can do it without a full moon, and Yakone and Noatak even without motion mnemonics (IE: purely by thought)]].
3rd Mar '18 2:47:45 AM Galiris8198
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* Bloodbending in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and its sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is particularly nasty variation of Waterbending that manipulates the water in others' blood to turn them into PeoplePuppets. The inventor of the technique was a particularly vicious old woman bent on exacting her pound of flesh from the Fire Nation by attacking innocent Fire Nation civilians. Katara learned the basics, but only uses it twice: once to save her friends from it, and the second time she was in a very bad place mentally. [[spoiler:Yakone and his sons Tarrlok and Noatak/Amon]] are evil ambitious control freaks who, at least in the former's case, get a sadistic thrill out of turning people into blood puppets. Coincidentally or not, they also happen to have a talent for Bloodbending [[spoiler:to the point where they can do it without a full moon, and Yakone and Noatak even without motion mnemonics (IE: purely by thought)]].

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* Bloodbending in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and its sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is particularly nasty variation of Waterbending that manipulates the water in others' blood to turn them into PeoplePuppets. The inventor of the technique was a particularly vicious [[spolier: old woman woman]] bent on exacting her pound of flesh from the Fire Nation by attacking innocent Fire Nation civilians. Katara learned the basics, but only uses it twice: once to save her friends from it, and the second time she was in a very bad place mentally. [[spoiler:Yakone and his sons Tarrlok and Noatak/Amon]] are evil ambitious control freaks who, at least in the former's case, get a sadistic thrill out of turning people into blood puppets. Coincidentally or not, they also happen to have a talent for Bloodbending [[spoiler:to the point where they can do it without a full moon, and Yakone and Noatak even without motion mnemonics (IE: purely by thought)]].
3rd Jan '18 5:07:24 PM Ninamarie124
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* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', shadow powers belong to evil characters.
11th Dec '17 1:15:04 PM saregos
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* In ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'', seemingly random people gain super powers but without exception they all become villainous. It is unclear if this is a case of Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely, only bad people get powers, or the powers themselves turn the people bad. It is likely that readers will find out when the trilogy finishes. [[spoiler: The ending of the first book confirms that using the powers turns their wielders evil, but not using your powers allows you to regain humanity.]]

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* In ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'', seemingly random people gain super powers but without exception they all become villainous. It is unclear if this is a case of Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely, only bad people get powers, or the powers themselves turn the people bad. It is likely that readers will find out when the trilogy finishes. [[spoiler: The ending Book 3 reveals that this is due to the psychic pressure of the first book confirms that using original Epic, Calamity. Once his influence is gone, many of the powers turns their wielders evil, but not using your powers allows you to regain humanity.]]Epics undergo a HeelFaceTurn, although some remain evil]]
27th Nov '17 10:45:10 AM merotoker
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Let's face it: there are [[TheDarkArts some powers]] that just aren't conducive to superheroics. {{Necromancy}}? Not so much. [[KissOfDeath Toxic kiss]]? No. [[SupernaturalFearInducer Inducing terror]]? Hardly. [[TouchOfDeath Life-draining touch]]? Not very likely. [[LovecraftianSuperpower Bone tentacles out of your back]]? No way.

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Let's face it: there are [[TheDarkArts some powers]] that just aren't conducive to superheroics. {{Necromancy}}? {{Necromanc|er}}y? Not so much. [[KissOfDeath Toxic kiss]]? No. [[SupernaturalFearInducer Inducing terror]]? Hardly. [[TouchOfDeath Life-draining touch]]? Not very likely. [[LovecraftianSuperpower Bone tentacles out of your back]]? No way.



** A more straight example would be Gecko Moria. The power to steal peoples' shadows (without which they will vaporize in sunlight) and then put them inside ''corpses'' to make a slave army of ZombieMooks? What possible use for good could that possess?
*** Note, however, that ''that'' is merely one of the various applications of Moria's Shadow-Shadow Fruit; he's shown to also be able to use those powers to create impromptu weapons and [[MookMaker temporary mooks]], teleport, and use people's shadows to temporarily add the strength and skills of the shadows's owners to someone else(and considering how Devil Fruit powers tend to be pretty broadly defined, there's probably a lot more to it than even that.). Moria didn't start using his powers to create ZombieMooks until his TrueCompanions [[FreudianExcuse were all killed]]; at the same time, it's implied that he was actually a fairly nice guy back before that point, too.

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** A more straight example would be Gecko Moria. The power to steal peoples' shadows (without which they will vaporize in sunlight) and then put them inside ''corpses'' to make a slave army of ZombieMooks? [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Zombie Mooks]]? What possible use for good could that possess?
*** Note, however, that ''that'' is merely one of the various applications of Moria's Shadow-Shadow Fruit; he's shown to also be able to use those powers to create impromptu weapons and [[MookMaker temporary mooks]], teleport, and use people's shadows to temporarily add the strength and skills of the shadows's owners to someone else(and considering how Devil Fruit powers tend to be pretty broadly defined, there's probably a lot more to it than even that.). Moria didn't start using his powers to create ZombieMooks [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Zombie Mooks]] until his TrueCompanions [[FreudianExcuse were all killed]]; at the same time, it's implied that he was actually a fairly nice guy back before that point, too.



** Played straight with Sugar from the Donquixote family. She can [[spoiler: turn people into toys]], her victims are [[{{Puppetmaster}} forced to obey her will]] [[AndIMustScream (most of them can't act by themselves)]]. As a side effect, [[spoiler: everyone, friends, family, loved ones, and even Sugar herself, loses their memories about the people turned into toys]]. Pretty convenient power if you are a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity tyrant that wants to keep a good king facade]], considering [[FridgeHorror the giant pile of broken toys hidden in Dressrosa]]. Not to mention [[spoiler:she's 22 years old but looks 10 due to her Devil Fruit]].

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** Played straight with Sugar from the Donquixote family. She can [[spoiler: turn people into toys]], toys]]; her victims are [[{{Puppetmaster}} forced to obey her will]] [[AndIMustScream (most of them can't act by themselves)]]. As a side effect, [[spoiler: everyone, friends, family, loved ones, and even Sugar herself, loses their memories about the people turned into toys]]. Pretty convenient power if you are a [[VillainWithGoodPublicity tyrant that wants to keep a good king facade]], considering [[FridgeHorror the giant pile of broken toys hidden in Dressrosa]]. Not to mention [[spoiler:she's 22 years old but looks 10 due to her Devil Fruit]].



* Zeref, of ''Manga/FairyTail'', whose two known powers thus far are to create horrible demons and suck the life out of anything and everything in the surrounding area. It has since been revealed that he was [[spoiler:literally cursed with the power to suck the life out of everything in his vicinity. The worst part? He is only able to control his powers if he doesn't care whether the things and people around him die, as long as he loves anything in this world he will not be able to stop himself from killing that very thing/person.]] Also, [[spoiler:Mavis certainly counts as well, since she suffers from the same curse. Her story is even more heartwrenching to watch, since she actually cares about everything and everyone, while Zeref has already learned to be apathetic over centuries.]]
* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'': [[MadBomber Kimblee]] destabilizes the air, transforming the entire area he is standing in into a ready-made bomb. Pride uses [[CastingAShadow shadows]] to slice apart and devour his victims. They are both bad guys. Taken UpToEleven by the version of Kimblee in the [[Anime/FullMetalAlchemist 2003 anime]] adaptation wherein he could transmute ''people'' into [[WhyAmITicking explosives]]; perhaps unsurprsingly, the [[PsychoForHire anime]] [[MisanthropeSupreme version]] had even fewer morals than the [[SociopathicSoldier manga]] [[MoralSociopathy version]].

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* Zeref, of ''Manga/FairyTail'', whose two known powers thus far are to create horrible demons and suck the life out of anything and everything in the surrounding area. It has since been revealed that he was [[spoiler:literally cursed with the power to suck the life out of everything in his vicinity. The worst part? He is only able to control his powers if he doesn't care whether the things and people around him die, as long as he loves anything in this world he will not be able to stop himself from killing that very thing/person.]] thing/person]]. Also, [[spoiler:Mavis certainly counts as well, since she suffers from the same curse. Her story is even more heartwrenching to watch, since she actually cares about everything and everyone, while Zeref has already learned to be apathetic over centuries.]]
centuries]].
* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'': [[MadBomber Kimblee]] destabilizes the air, transforming the entire area he is standing in into a ready-made bomb. Pride uses [[CastingAShadow shadows]] to slice apart and devour his victims. They are both bad guys. Taken UpToEleven by the version of Kimblee in the [[Anime/FullMetalAlchemist 2003 anime]] adaptation wherein he could transmute ''people'' into [[WhyAmITicking explosives]]; perhaps unsurprsingly, unsurprisingly, the [[PsychoForHire anime]] [[MisanthropeSupreme version]] had even fewer morals than the [[SociopathicSoldier manga]] [[MoralSociopathy version]].



** ComicBook/JeanGrey's experiences with the Phoenix Force kinda dance around this line. She has the power to manipulate entire timelines for the better, can go toe-to-toe with Galactus, can make matter with her mind, survive being inside of and eating stars, beat Xavier and Emma Frost in a telepathic battle, make star-gates, breathe in space, generate all kinds of awesome fire, oh, and burn up the life force reserved for beings who have not yet been born. Good thing she's on our side most of the time.
*** [[ContinuitySnarl For added fun]], her Phoenix powers are actually their own sentient being, which for a while impersonated Jean.

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** ComicBook/JeanGrey's experiences with the Phoenix Force kinda dance around this line. She has the power to manipulate entire timelines for the better, can go toe-to-toe with Galactus, can make matter with her mind, survive being inside of and eating stars, beat Xavier and Emma Frost in a telepathic battle, make star-gates, breathe in space, generate all kinds of awesome fire, oh, and burn up the life force reserved for beings who have not yet been born. Good thing she's on our side most of the time.
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time. [[ContinuitySnarl For added fun]], her Phoenix powers are actually their own sentient being, which for a while impersonated Jean.



* ComicBook/PoisonIvy, from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. What homicidal environmentalist would be complete without [[KissOfDeath a poisonous kiss?]] Besides Ra's al Ghul, that is. Ivy is also a case of GoodPowersBadPeople. She could regrow the rain forest, feed the hungry, fix global warming, etc. Shame she's insane, really. In ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}'', Ivy, along with a number of 'former' villains, started a series of good will moves across the globe. She was shown in an impoverished desert, either north Africa or middle east, growing entire orchards and crop fields. The main reason she doesn't do this more often is that she is essentially an eco-terrorist with superpowers who believes she can help the environment more by destroying factories and businesses.

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* ComicBook/PoisonIvy, from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. What homicidal environmentalist would be complete without [[KissOfDeath a poisonous kiss?]] Besides Ra's al Ghul, that is. Ivy is also a case of GoodPowersBadPeople. She could regrow the rain forest, feed the hungry, fix global warming, etc. Shame she's insane, really. In ''Comicbook/{{Justice}}'', Ivy, along with a number of 'former' villains, started a series of good will moves across the globe. She was shown in an impoverished desert, either north North Africa or middle east, Middle East, growing entire orchards and crop fields. The main reason she doesn't [[CutLexLuthorACheck do this more often often]] is that she is essentially an eco-terrorist with superpowers who believes she can help the environment more by destroying factories and businesses.



* Unlike AlternateCompanyEquivalent Rogue, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Parasite]] never decided to try the second option. His inhuman looks didn't help, making him more inclined to be taken for a villain in the first place.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
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Unlike AlternateCompanyEquivalent Rogue, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Parasite]] ComicBook/{{Rogue}}, Parasite never decided to try the second option. His inhuman looks didn't help, making him more inclined to be taken for a villain in the first place.place.
** Silver Banshee, as the name implies, has a shriek with the capacity to kill. Great for villainy, not so great for anything else.



* DC's Silver Banshee, as the name implies, has a shriek with the capacity to kill. Great for villainy, not so great for anything else.
* ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'' is a series about averting this. The first six students were manipulated, enhanced and tortured by Norman Osborn, and many of them are inherently lethal, such as Striker's lightning and Hazmat's toxic and radioactive secretions.

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* DC's Silver Banshee, as the name implies, has a shriek with the capacity to kill. Great for villainy, not so great for anything else.
* ''ComicBook/AvengersAcademy'' is a series about averting this. The first six students were manipulated, enhanced and tortured by Norman Osborn, ComicBook/NormanOsborn, and many of them are inherently lethal, such as Striker's lightning and Hazmat's toxic and radioactive secretions.



* ''Series/{{Charmed}}''

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* ''Series/JessicaJones'' has a interesting examination in Kilgrave. His ability MindManipulation is more or less inherently dangerous and evil and even small orders are incredibly traumatic to the victim. The ability to get whatever you want whenever you want is also so inherently corrupting that it's near impossible to turn out normal, let alone good. Especially since Kilgrave developed his powers in childhood, and thus never learned about reciprocal relationships; as far back as he can remember, everyone in the world only exists to fulfill his desires.

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* ''Series/JessicaJones'' ''Series/JessicaJones2015'' has a an interesting examination example in Kilgrave. His ability MindManipulation is more or less inherently dangerous and evil and even small orders are incredibly traumatic to the victim. The ability to get whatever you want whenever you want is also so inherently corrupting that it's near impossible to turn out normal, let alone good. Especially since Kilgrave developed his powers in childhood, and thus never learned about reciprocal relationships; as far back as he can remember, everyone in the world only exists to fulfill his desires.



** Illithids, or mind flayers, have a host of powerful abilities that only evil creatures would likely use. Their physical attack can extract the brain of a victim (which they then devour) while they can use their {{Psychic Power}}s to enslave a victim forever or create their dreaded [[KiManipulation Mind Blast.]] As one might expect, they are rightfully dreaded for the numerous atrocities they have done in the pastand universally hated by most others, Good and Evil alike.

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** Illithids, or mind flayers, have a host of powerful abilities that only evil creatures would likely use. Their physical attack can extract the brain of a victim (which they then devour) while they can use their {{Psychic Power}}s to enslave a victim forever or create their dreaded [[KiManipulation Mind Blast.]] As one might expect, they are rightfully dreaded for the numerous atrocities they have done in the pastand past and universally hated by most others, Good and Evil alike.



* In theory, being a necromantic Lich in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' is morally neutral and one can be either good or evil. In practice, the Lich's status on the KarmaMeter is [[TheChainsOfCommanding tied to its minions]]...who are ravenous, fearsome undead. It doesn't take many unplanned battles with good-aligned characters to drag the Lich down to evilness.

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* In theory, being a necromantic Lich in ''[[NexusWar ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' is morally neutral and one can be either good or evil. In practice, the Lich's status on the KarmaMeter is [[TheChainsOfCommanding tied to its minions]]...who are ravenous, fearsome undead. It doesn't take many unplanned battles with good-aligned characters to drag the Lich down to evilness.
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