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2nd Dec '16 9:53:06 AM LBHills
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* MindControl is a pretty nasty power; many mind controllers from comics, like Purple Man, The Controller, and Scarecrow, from ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}, ComicBook/IronMan, and Batman, really evil. Xavier, who has PsychicPowers, is often mentioned to have [[MindOverManners a code against controlling someone else's mind.]] There are some exceptions, like the Pied Piper from Franchise/TheFlash, who reformed.
** Maxwell Lord, former member of ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational'', fits this. He was originally a good guy who headed the League and had some psionic powers, then we found out his powers had increased a great deal and he had been manipulating the League for a long time. He went speeding past the MoralEventHorizon by murdering Ted Kord, the second ComicBook/BlueBeetle, then used mind control to give Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} hallucinations and endanger their lives, forcing WonderWoman to kill him to save them. [[spoiler: He's back to life as of ComicBook/BrightestDay and making his former teammates' lives a living hell. His powers are once again increased and he also nearly killed Kord's successor as the ComicBook/BlueBeetle, Jaime Reyes. Unambiguously a bad guy at this point.]]

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* MindControl is a pretty nasty power; many mind controllers from comics, like Purple Man, The Controller, and Scarecrow, from ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}, ComicBook/IronMan, and Batman, really evil. tend toward amorality if not full-fledged ForTheEvulz behavior. Xavier, who has PsychicPowers, is often mentioned to have maintains [[MindOverManners a strict code against controlling someone else's mind.]] There are some exceptions, like the Pied Piper from Franchise/TheFlash, who reformed.
** Maxwell Lord, former member of ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational'', fits this.is an example of the temptations of MindControl. He was originally a good guy who headed the League and had some psionic powers, then we found out his powers had increased a great deal and he had been manipulating the League for a long time. He went speeding past the MoralEventHorizon by murdering Ted Kord, the second ComicBook/BlueBeetle, then used mind control to give Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/{{Batman}} hallucinations and endanger their lives, forcing WonderWoman to kill him to save them. [[spoiler: He's back to life as of ComicBook/BrightestDay and making his former teammates' lives a living hell. His powers are once again increased and he also nearly killed Kord's successor as the ComicBook/BlueBeetle, Jaime Reyes. Unambiguously a bad guy at this point.]]



* If your shriek has the potential to kill other people like the Silver Banshee, you might be a villain too.

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* If your shriek has the potential to kill other people like the DC's Silver Banshee, you might be as the name implies, has a villain too.shriek with the capacity to kill. Great for villainy, not so great for anything else.
2nd Dec '16 9:46:40 AM LBHills
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Surprisingly, more often than not, people with "bad" powers end up turning bad (and even those that stay good end up being pretty dodgy). And don't even think of using your bad power: when it starts [[EvilFeelsGood feeling good]], you've already fallen off the slippery slope. Even if you use it for good, odds are that you'll become an angst-ridden AntiHero.

Some aren't even any more truly evil than other powers, but still have the stigma attached; spraying of acidic slime or shards of bone aren't much more damaging than [[AnIcePerson freezing solid]], but they're still a Bad Power because they have more of a {{Squick}}y [[LovecraftianSuperpower organic]] feel to them. Even "neutral" powers like telepathy can require good MindOverManners to stay clear of being PuppeteerParasite.

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Surprisingly, more often than not, people with "bad" powers end up turning bad (and even those that stay good end up being pretty dodgy). And don't even think of using your bad power: when it starts [[EvilFeelsGood feeling good]], you've already fallen off the slippery slope. Even if you use it for good, odds are that you'll become an angst-ridden AntiHero.

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AntiHero. If you're lucky enough not to have the ghastly appearance that tends to accompany the receipt of these powers, you could simply ignore them and go on living a civilian life, but such violations of the RuleOfDrama have a [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive strong tendency to fail.]]

A few such powers
aren't even any more truly evil than other powers, but still have the same stigma attached; spraying sprays of acidic slime or shards of bone aren't much more damaging than [[AnIcePerson freezing solid]], but they're still a Bad Power because they have more of a {{Squick}}y [[LovecraftianSuperpower organic]] feel to them. Even "neutral" powers like telepathy can require good MindOverManners to stay clear of being becoming a PuppeteerParasite.
3rd Nov '16 8:21:43 AM Someoneman
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* The Marvel Super Heroes game (in which ''[[RandomNumberGod absofrickinglutely everything]]'' was [[ScrappyMechanic randomly determined]]) had MindControl as a power (in the expansion listing an obscene number of superpowers, there are about 87 different versions of this). Using this on ''anyone'' would drain your Karma, which was basically your XP plus a power meter for badass stunts. '''Anyone'''. Not only is it unethical to use it to [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic avoid paying landing fees]], but you'd lose Karma by causing [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Doctor]][[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Malevolent]]'s [[TheIgor henchman Igor]] to ''[[HonorBeforeReason not pull the big red lever releasing a]] [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Horde of Genetically Engineered Monster Locusts]]''. It was entirely possible, considering the insane levels of dependence upon dice rolls, for you to end up with a hero whose ''sole ability'' is mind control, and all his stats are appalling. Recommended tactic: roll up a new character.
** The implications for Professor X and other canon characters with this power are...interesting, to say the least.
*** Xavier has always been strongly against manipulating peoples' minds, so the game's ideology is certainly consistent with the comics.

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* The Marvel Super Heroes game (in which ''[[RandomNumberGod absofrickinglutely everything]]'' was [[ScrappyMechanic randomly determined]]) had MindControl as a power (in the expansion listing an obscene number of superpowers, there are about 87 different versions of this). Using this on ''anyone'' would drain your Karma, which was basically your XP plus a power meter for badass stunts. '''Anyone'''. Not only is it unethical to use it to [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic avoid paying landing fees]], but you'd lose Karma by causing [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Doctor]][[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Malevolent]]'s [[TheIgor henchman Igor]] to ''[[HonorBeforeReason not pull the big red lever releasing a]] [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Horde of Genetically Engineered Monster Locusts]]''. It was entirely possible, considering the insane levels of dependence upon dice rolls, for you to end up with a hero whose ''sole ability'' is mind control, and all his stats are appalling. Recommended tactic: roll up a new character.
** The implications for Professor X and other canon characters with this power are...interesting, to say the least.
*** Xavier has always been strongly against manipulating peoples' minds, so the game's ideology is certainly consistent with the comics.
26th Oct '16 3:12:57 PM BlueGuy
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* A number of villainous Stand users in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' have nasty abilities. Dio's minions in part 3 include two flesh-eating Stands ''and'' two who can essentially create zombies, as well as a pair of brothers who can [[YourSoulIsMine steal souls]]; Kira Yoshikage turns people into bombs; [[MadDoctor Cioclatta]] controls a deadly mold; Sports Max in part 6 is yet another zombie-maker, and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Scary Monsters]] from part 7 crosses that with turning living creatures into bloodthirsty dinosaurs. Since Stands are almost always PersonalityPowers, these characters tend to be much more despicable than antagonists with generic abilities.

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* A number of villainous Stand users in ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' have nasty abilities. Dio's minions in [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders part 3 3]] include two flesh-eating Stands ''and'' two who can essentially create zombies, as well as a pair of brothers who can [[YourSoulIsMine steal souls]]; Kira Yoshikage from [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable part 4]] turns people into bombs; [[MadDoctor Cioclatta]] Cioccolatta]] from [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo part 5]] controls a deadly mold; Sports Max in [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureStoneOcean part 6 6]] is yet another zombie-maker, and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Scary Monsters]] from [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun part 7 7]] crosses that with turning living creatures into bloodthirsty dinosaurs. Since Stands are almost always PersonalityPowers, these characters tend to be much more despicable than antagonists with generic abilities.
7th Sep '16 1:20:10 AM PaulA
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* Doro in the OctaviaButler novel ''[[Literature/{{Patternist}} Wild Seed]]'' survives for centuries by passing his consciousness from one mind to another. When he takes someone over, he essentially consumes and destroys their soul; when he leaves the body for another one, the body dies. It would be pretty hard not to be a villain if that was your superpower.

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* Doro in the OctaviaButler Creator/OctaviaButler novel ''[[Literature/{{Patternist}} Wild Seed]]'' ''Literature/WildSeed'' survives for centuries by passing his consciousness from one mind to another. When he takes someone over, he essentially consumes and destroys their soul; when he leaves the body for another one, the body dies. It would be pretty hard not to be a villain if that was your superpower.
1st Jul '16 6:53:07 AM ReaderAt2046
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* Duke Greengrass in Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse has a cutie mark talent for weeding, which in his case means that he instinctively knows everything's physical, mental, and/or psychological weakpoints. This makes him ''very'' good at breaking other ponies down, but not so much at building them back up.
25th Jun '16 4:12:11 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Bionicle}}'': The Makuta have Mask Powers that other beings such as the Toa find immoral. For example, Vamprah's mask, the Avsa, lets him drain various types of energy from other beings, be it their physical energy, exhausting them, or their light energy, transforming them into an inherently evil Shadow being. Gorast's mask, the Felnas, lets her send the powers one anyone she touches out of control, potentially endangering themselves and others. Inverted with Matoro, a Toa and one of the greatest heroes of all time, who, upon transforming into a Toa Mahri was given a Tryna, which let him reanimate corpses, as a test by the Mask of Life.

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* ''{{Bionicle}}'': ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': The Makuta have Mask Powers that other beings such as the Toa find immoral. For example, Vamprah's mask, the Avsa, lets him drain various types of energy from other beings, be it their physical energy, exhausting them, or their light energy, transforming them into an inherently evil Shadow being. Gorast's mask, the Felnas, lets her send the powers one anyone she touches out of control, potentially endangering themselves and others. Inverted with Matoro, a Toa and one of the greatest heroes of all time, who, upon transforming into a Toa Mahri was given a Tryna, which let him reanimate corpses, as a test by the Mask of Life.
20th Jun '16 11:01:04 AM Grudgeal
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** Ilya from the second season has a DeadlyGaze that kills the victim by gradually shutting their brain down piece by piece, turning the victim from high-functioning to brain-damaged to [[EmptyShell vegetable]] to brain-dead in seconds. It really should surprise no-one that even by Contractor standards he's one evil and creepy bastard.
1st Jun '16 10:39:22 PM jormis29
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* Poison Ivy, from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. What homicidal environmentalist would be complete without a poisonous kiss? Besides Ra's al Ghul, that is.

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* Poison Ivy, from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. What homicidal environmentalist would be complete without [[KissOfDeath a poisonous kiss? kiss?]] Besides Ra's al Ghul, that is.
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