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16th Aug '16 4:04:45 AM Blazer
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** An interesting play on this trope would be the popular story "What's So Funny About Truth and Justice?" from ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' #775 and animated as ''WesternAnimation/SupermanVsTheElite'' as the Man of Steel deals with a team known as "The Elite", who gleefully put people in harm's way with their methods of stopping threats and their flippant attitude to that. When Superman decided to start buying what they're selling, his cruel and systematic methods of taking them out freak the team badly. [[spoiler:When the last remaining member, Manchester Black, calls out Superman on this, Supes tells him that never killed them or anyone else caught in the fight at all.]]
13th Jul '16 8:18:03 AM Morgenthaler
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And then you have these settings. The world's not better for having superhumans. [[CrapsackWorld It's worse]]. The government has no safety net to deal with rogue supers, and it seems like there ain't nothing but rogue supers [[GoodPowersBadPeople terrorizing]] {{Muggles}} or [[PsychoForHire freaks on leashes]]. And that's just the so-called heroes, who are usually [[NominalHero anything but]], being all-too-aware of their [[MugglePower superiority over the rest of the human race]] and [[TheSocialDarwinist a little too keen]] on [[SmugSuper arrogantly flaunting it]]. Maybe the crisis hasn't happened yet, but the way supers seem to be developing, it's only a matter of time until one of them [[ComicBook/TheNewUniverse blows up Pittsburgh]] and the rest go absolutely nuts. Not that they're exactly [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mentally-stable to begin with]]; many will gleefully [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers screw the rules with their powers]], but it's almost guaranteed that at least one of them is developing a [[AGodAmI God-complex]] as a result of their powers, and that they're only one bad day away from trying to [[TakeOverTheWorld enslave]] or [[KillAllHumans wipe out]] all of humanity (which they could [[PersonOfMassDestruction easily do within an afternoon]]).

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And then you have these settings. The world's not better for having superhumans. [[CrapsackWorld It's worse]]. The government has no safety net to deal with rogue supers, and it seems like there ain't nothing but rogue supers [[GoodPowersBadPeople terrorizing]] {{Muggles}} or [[PsychoForHire freaks on leashes]]. And that's just the so-called heroes, who are usually [[NominalHero anything but]], being all-too-aware of their [[MugglePower superiority over the rest of the human race]] and [[TheSocialDarwinist a little too keen]] on [[SmugSuper arrogantly flaunting it]]. Maybe the crisis hasn't happened yet, but the way supers seem to be developing, it's only a matter of time until one of them [[ComicBook/TheNewUniverse blows up Pittsburgh]] and the rest go absolutely nuts. Not that they're exactly [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity mentally-stable to begin with]]; many will gleefully [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers screw the rules with their powers]], but it's almost guaranteed that at least one of them is developing will become a full fledged SuperSupremacist and develop a [[AGodAmI God-complex]] as a result of their powers, and that they're only one bad day away from trying to [[TakeOverTheWorld enslave]] or [[KillAllHumans wipe out]] all of humanity (which they could [[PersonOfMassDestruction easily do within an afternoon]]).
9th Jul '16 5:11:21 AM VVK
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* The story line of ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' revolves around Superman installing himself as the ruler of Earth after [[spoiler: ComicBook/TheJoker and Comicbook/HarleyQuinn destroy Metropolis and murder ComicBook/LoisLane]]. Driving this home, the resistance is headed by the BadassNormal Batman and most of the heroes with Superpowers are with Superman.

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* The story line of ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' revolves around an alternative-universe Superman installing himself as the ruler of Earth after [[spoiler: ComicBook/TheJoker and Comicbook/HarleyQuinn destroy Metropolis and murder ComicBook/LoisLane]]. Driving this home, the resistance is headed by the BadassNormal Batman and most of the heroes with Superpowers are with Superman.
23rd Jun '16 10:27:03 AM JG98
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* ''Manga/LoveHina'': The ''Shinmei-ryū'' style of kendo was created specifically for protection and DemonSlaying. Motoko Aoyama, the heir to the school, is a borderline AxCrazy girl with a HairTriggerTemper who uses these skills to assault anyone who even ''slightly'' irritates her.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Manga/LoveHina'': The ''Shinmei-ryū'' style of kendo was created specifically for protection and DemonSlaying. Motoko Aoyama, the heir to the school, is a borderline AxCrazy girl with a HairTriggerTemper who uses these skills to assault anyone who even ''slightly'' irritates her.her, dealing a lot of AmusingInjuries.
20th Jun '16 5:37:04 AM DoctorTItanX
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** When Stygian, intent on SuicideByCop, confronts Tennyo with the (literal) ghosts of the Star Stalker's past, she is horrified to learn the the being she's bound to has destroyed entire star systems as casually as one might swat a fly - over her eight billion year existence, whole ''galaxies'' have fallen to the Destroyer, and the only emotion she seems to have experienced was a mild frustration. Rather than driving her into a murderous rage, Billie goes [[HeroicBSOD catatonic]]. She still doesn't know the full truth, however: that the Star Stalker's primary purpose was to [[ApocalypseHow destroy the entire multiverse]] in case the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] couldn't be stopped [[TakingYouWithMe by any other means]].

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** When Stygian, intent on SuicideByCop, confronts Tennyo with the (literal) ghosts of the Star Stalker's past, she is horrified to learn the the being she's bound to has destroyed entire star systems as casually as one might swat a fly - over her eight billion year existence, whole ''galaxies'' have fallen to the Destroyer, and the only emotion she seems to have experienced was a mild frustration. Rather than driving her into a murderous rage, Billie goes [[HeroicBSOD catatonic]]. She still doesn't know the full truth, however: that the Star Stalker's primary purpose was to [[ApocalypseHow destroy the entire multiverse]] in case the [[EldritchAbomination Great Old Ones]] couldn't be stopped [[TakingYouWithMe by any other means]].
9th Jun '16 10:44:32 PM AP
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** Of course, Magneto was right. Colonel William Stryker (in [[Film/X2XMenUnited the second film]]) was a serious threat to mutant kind and would be only the first of many to come.
9th Jun '16 11:20:38 AM Doug86
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** According to the background material, the Nietzscheans had legitimate concerns, especially after the Magog invasion and the resultant treaty, which gave the Magog a number of border worlds, most of which were settled by Nietzscheans. To these übermenschen, this was not only a betrayal of them by the Commonwealth but appeasement (see WorldWarTwo for how well that worked historically). Their goal was to replace the "weak" government with a powerful Nietzschean Empire with the Drago-Kazov pride as the imperial dynasty. Thanks to Dylan, that was not meant to be, although it's implied that the empire would've quickly collapsed on itself through infighting.

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** According to the background material, the Nietzscheans had legitimate concerns, especially after the Magog invasion and the resultant treaty, which gave the Magog a number of border worlds, most of which were settled by Nietzscheans. To these übermenschen, this was not only a betrayal of them by the Commonwealth but appeasement (see WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII for how well that worked historically). Their goal was to replace the "weak" government with a powerful Nietzschean Empire with the Drago-Kazov pride as the imperial dynasty. Thanks to Dylan, that was not meant to be, although it's implied that the empire would've quickly collapsed on itself through infighting.
7th Jun '16 4:58:36 AM BillyHorrible
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* Played on multiple levels in the MarvelCinematicUniverse.
** There's regular Joes and politicians who think that the "supermen" like the Avengers should not be allowed to act on their own (one important reason being their collateral damage). These viewpoints get explored in Film/IronMan2 and are the main driving factor behind the plot from Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar.
** On a grander scale, mankind finding out that gods exist in Film/Thor causes a few scares for mankind. Film/TheAvengers2012 shows the effect a few times (mainly SHIELD's reaction), and by the end of that film actual aliens have caused massive damage in Manhattan, providing additional arguments for this trope in future movies.
7th Jun '16 12:55:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/TheTenSeconders'': A group of aliens crash-landed on Earth to escape a greater threat and [[NoSuchThingAsSpaceJesus posed as godlike superheroes]] to rule over humanity. These "Gods" then decided that humans were beneath them and proceed to wipe out their civilization.
6th Jun '16 12:10:45 AM SilentStranger
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** Three mini-series Creator/WarrenEllis wrote for them fit this trope. ''ComicBook/BlackSummer'' begins with one of the super"heroes" murdering the president of the United States, ''ComicBook/NoHero'' shows superheroes who have actually been manipulating world events for their own selfish ends, and ''ComicBook/{{Supergod}}'' takes the position that superhumans (all created in the lab) turn out to be inhuman, unpredictable engines of destruction. Their motivations are unknowable to humanity because they just aren't human.

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** Three mini-series Creator/WarrenEllis wrote for them fit this trope. ''ComicBook/BlackSummer'' begins with one of the super"heroes" murdering the president of the United States, ''ComicBook/NoHero'' shows superheroes who have actually been manipulating which revolves around the worlds premiere superhero team in reality controlling world events for their own selfish ends, politics from behind the scenes, and ''ComicBook/{{Supergod}}'' takes the position that superhumans (all created in the lab) turn out to be artifically created, like biological nukes) are exactly that, inhuman, unpredictable engines alien beings who have moved beyond human concepts of destruction. Their motivations are unknowable morality and even basic mindset, and range from WellIntentionedExtremist Krishna (who enacts a ''holocaust'' in India with the intent of reducing the population to humanity a level where everyone can enjoy a high-technological lifestyle) to OmncidalManiac Daijal who destroys most of the planet because they just aren't human.he thinks utopia is too boring.



* Omniman of ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' was a protector of his planet until it turned out that he was a mole for a race of evil super powered beings who wanted to conquer Earth.

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* Omniman of ''ComicBook/{{Invincible}}'' was a protector of his planet until it turned out that he was a mole for a race of evil super powered beings who wanted to conquer Earth. However, this is eventually subverted when it turns out both Omni-Man and the majority of his species are actually the result of a poorly-conceived social engineering experiment to make the race "stronger", and many of them are torn between the quasi-nazi ideology they've been brainwashed with, and their repressed desire for emotion and social and family bonding, which are all strictly forbidden by their society. Only a few are actually evil, and the rest quickly revert to forming normal emotional bonds when no longer under constant pressure to conform to social purity. Omni-Man himself basically had a nervous breakdown when torn between his obsession with his duty and the love for his human family.



** Groups like the Friends of Humanity in the ''ComicBook/XMen'' books believe this trope. While they're normal, they thrive on fear of mutants.

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** Groups like the Friends of Humanity in the ''ComicBook/XMen'' books believe this trope. While they're normal, they thrive on fear of mutants. Ironically, to even the playing field, they tend to rely on various high-tech weapons, many of which makes them MORE monstrous than the mutants they hate. Several prominent anti-mutant villains are heavily modified cyborgs that are barely human anymore.
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