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20th May '17 11:07:15 PM Prometheus117
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' brings this up with [[GodEmperor Princess Celestia]] and her hypothetical [[SuperPoweredEvilSide counterpart]] [[EvilIsBurningHot Daybreaker]], who would be what Celestia would become if she decided that, as the most powerful pony in Equestria, she stopped caring [[AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength about the dangers of their own power]] and the wellbeing of others and decided to whatever she wanted with ''nopony'' capable of stopping her. Thankfully {{averted}} since the real Celestia is far too idealistic to fall down that path.
14th May '17 1:13:26 PM Avadar238
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** Unless it's an ''{{Elseworld}}s'' story which has this trope as its point, Superman is ([[SuperDickery almost]]) always as responsible as he can be with his powers and always lets people know that he's here to serve them, not the other way around. But again, as mentioned, ''Elseworlds'' stories LOVE to play with Superman this way. Most recently, Alternate!Superman in ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', who's a totalitarian ruler after the death of Alternate!Lois Lane.

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** Unless it's an ''{{Elseworld}}s'' story which has this trope as its point, Superman is ([[SuperDickery almost]]) always as responsible as he can be with his powers and always lets people know that he's here to serve them, not the other way around. But again, as mentioned, ''Elseworlds'' stories LOVE to play with Superman this way. Most recently, One example of this is Alternate!Superman in ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', who's a totalitarian ruler after the death of Alternate!Lois Lane.



*** Well, he ''was'' a nice guy... at the end of the most recent series... not so much anymore. Apparently he was always supposed to be the spearhead of an alien invasion... and he seems to ''accept'' that now.

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*** Well, he ''was'' a nice guy... at the end of the most recent later series... not so much anymore. Apparently he was always supposed to be the spearhead of an alien invasion... and he seems to ''accept'' that now.
10th Apr '17 8:50:55 PM kome360
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'': Ardyn was a legendary exorcist traveling the world and exorcising demons. Then the king of Ardyn's country got jealous because he was worried that the masses would replace him with that travelling miracle-worker, and had Ardyn arrested, mind-raped, and demonically possessed. And since that made him into an unkillable half-demon banned from the afterlife, he's fixated on ending the world [[NothingToDoButDie because there's nothing else left to do]].
10th Apr '17 8:45:24 PM kome360
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* Surprisingly, [[http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/superman/2013/05/superman_if_human_enhancement_gives_us_superpowers_will_we_use_them_for.html some experiments and studies]] indicate that this trope would actually be either averted in RealLife or depend heavily on what ''kind'' of powers the person gets. People who simulated being a FlyingBrick in the vein of Superman were found to act more benevolent and polite to the researchers, as if the very thought of being like Superman caused them to feel the need to be altruistic. Ironically when offered powers on the opposite end of the spectrum like invisibility or mind reading, most refused the idea out of explicit fear that this trope would come into effect; one man, when offered flight or invisibility, chose invisibility only to than change his answer after some thinking. He expressed the fear that being invisible would [[WhatYouAreInTheDark tempt him to indulge in morally dodgy behavior]].

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* Surprisingly, [[http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/superman/2013/05/superman_if_human_enhancement_gives_us_superpowers_will_we_use_them_for.html some experiments and studies]] indicate that this trope would actually be either averted in RealLife or [[GoodPowersGoodPeople depend heavily heavily]] [[BadPowersBadPeople on what ''kind'' of powers the person gets.gets]]. People who simulated being a FlyingBrick in the vein of Superman were found to act more benevolent and polite to the researchers, as if the very thought of being like Superman caused them to feel the need to be altruistic. Ironically when offered powers on the opposite end of the spectrum like invisibility or mind reading, most refused the idea out of explicit fear that this trope would come into effect; one man, when offered flight or invisibility, chose invisibility only to than change his answer after some thinking. He expressed the fear that being invisible would [[WhatYouAreInTheDark tempt him to indulge in morally dodgy behavior]].
23rd Mar '17 9:58:01 AM Sapphirea2
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** The Series 9 finale "Hell Bent" has the Twelfth Doctor become TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in the wake of captivity, torture, and [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion Clara]], the spoilered event being another fixed moment in time that he attempts to undo. Perhaps because he follows the "Never give up. Never give in" part of his credo a little '''too''' well this time, in the climax he revises it to "Never be cruel and never be cowardly. And if you ever are, always make amends" as he returns to his best self with a little help from [[spoiler: Mind Rape]].

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** The Over the course of Series 9, the Twelfth Doctor becomes increasingly frustrated with his nigh-immortality meaning he ultimately loses everyone he comes to care for and others besides. He becomes increasingly desperate to protect his companion Clara Oswald and to save others no matter how risky the means are, resulting in him [[spoiler: immortalizing a human girl, Ashildr]] -- which causes him trouble down the line. This sets up the Series 9 finale "Hell Bent" has the Twelfth Doctor become Bent", in which he becomes TheUnfettered WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in the wake of captivity, torture, and [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion Clara]], the Clara]]. Said spoilered event being is another fixed moment in time that he attempts to undo. undo, arguing DudeWheresMyReward with regard to all he's done for others at one point. Perhaps because he follows the "Never give up. Never give in" part of his credo a little '''too''' well this time, in the climax he revises it to "Never be cruel and never be cowardly. And if you ever are, always make amends" as he returns to his best self with a little help from [[spoiler: Mind Rape]].
27th Feb '17 4:42:21 AM merotoker
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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'' which revolves around the worlds premiere superhero team in reality controlling world politics from behind the scenes, and ''ComicBook/{{Supergod}}'' takes the position that superhumans (all artifically created, like biological nukes) are exactly that, inhuman, alien beings who have moved beyond human concepts of morality and even basic mindset, and range from WellIntentionedExtremist Krishna (who enacts a ''holocaust'' in India with the intent of reducing the population to a level where everyone can enjoy a high-technological lifestyle) to OmnicidalManiac Daijal who destroys most of the planet because he thinks utopia is too boring.

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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'' which revolves around the worlds premiere superhero team in reality controlling world politics from behind the scenes, and ''ComicBook/{{Supergod}}'' takes the position that superhumans (all artifically artificially created, like biological nukes) are exactly that, inhuman, alien beings who have moved beyond human concepts of morality and even basic mindset, and range from WellIntentionedExtremist Krishna (who enacts a ''holocaust'' in India with the intent of reducing the population to a level where everyone can enjoy a high-technological lifestyle) to OmnicidalManiac Daijal who destroys most of the planet because he thinks utopia is too boring.



* A recurring problem in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. [[BigApplesauce New York City]] in particular has been the epicenter for superhuman events from ComicBook/{{Galactus}} trying to devour the planet (on more than one occasion), [[ComicBook/{{Inferno}} demonic invasions]] and seemingly endless battles between superheroes and villains (or sometimes just between superheroes and other superheroes), aliens, the occasional giant monster of undefined origin and one instance where a Herald of the above-mentioned Galactus levitated Manhattan Island into orbit. SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} once blasted the entire planet with an EMP, has raised volcanoes on a whim and moved his giant space station around to anywhere he wants it. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]] has left trails of destruction across America countless times. A prominent head of state goes by the name ''Doctor Doom''. The U.S. government has scary giant, purple robots flying around to "protect" the public from mutants. That any sane person does not live in a state of abject terror over all of this requires incredible powers of denial, a fact which has been lampshaded on many occasions.

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* A recurring problem in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. [[BigApplesauce New York City]] in particular has been the epicenter for superhuman events from ComicBook/{{Galactus}} trying to devour the planet (on more than one occasion), [[ComicBook/{{Inferno}} demonic invasions]] and seemingly endless battles between superheroes and villains (or sometimes just between superheroes and other superheroes), aliens, the occasional giant monster of undefined origin and one instance where a Herald of the above-mentioned Galactus levitated Manhattan Island into orbit. SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} ComicBook/{{Magneto}} once blasted the entire planet with an EMP, has raised volcanoes on a whim and moved his giant space station around to anywhere he wants it. [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk The Hulk]] has left trails of destruction across America countless times. A prominent head of state goes by the name ''Doctor Doom''. The U.S. government has scary giant, purple robots flying around to "protect" the public from mutants. That any sane person does not live in a state of abject terror over all of this requires incredible powers of denial, a fact which has been lampshaded on many occasions.



* In Franchise/StarWars, especially the ExpandedUniverse this is the reason why falling to the DarkSide is so terrible. Even a single one of the weakest of Dark Jedi and Sith are powerful enough to kill small armies singlehandedly, while some of the most powerful can [[ApocalypseHow KILL ENTIRE PLANETS,]] as well as raise armies out of similar minded individuals. Just one Force User going DarkSide is enough to cause galaxy-wide chaos. And to make things worse, the Dark Side is addictive. Even if a Jedi slips into it by accident, it takes incredible willpower to turn back and avoid becoming a monster.

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* In Franchise/StarWars, especially the ExpandedUniverse this is the reason why falling to the DarkSide TheDarkSide is so terrible. Even a single one of the weakest of Dark Jedi and Sith are powerful enough to kill small armies singlehandedly, while some of the most powerful can [[ApocalypseHow KILL ENTIRE PLANETS,]] as well as raise armies out of similar minded individuals. Just one Force User going DarkSide Dark Side is enough to cause galaxy-wide chaos. And to make things worse, the Dark Side is addictive. Even if a Jedi slips into it by accident, it takes incredible willpower to turn back and avoid becoming a monster.



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** And in ''Film/SuicideSquad'', this fear of what a Superman-like entity could do if he decided to act against the world (or at least the interests of the U.S Government) is the driving force behind the creation of the eponymous squad of [[BoxedCrook supervillains pressed into government service.]]

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** And in ''Film/SuicideSquad'', ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}'', this fear of what a Superman-like entity could do if he decided to act against the world (or at least the interests of the U.S Government) is the driving force behind the creation of the eponymous squad of [[BoxedCrook supervillains pressed into government service.]]



* Played on multiple levels in the MarvelCinematicUniverse.

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* Played on multiple levels in the MarvelCinematicUniverse.Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.



* Creator/JMichaelStraczynski likes this trope. His ''Series/BabylonFive'' series has the [[TheCorpsIsMother Psi-Corps]], the result of a SuperRegistrationAct that only served to unite telepaths in a monstrous organization with the creed that [[MugglePower "mundanes" are expendable]].

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* Creator/JMichaelStraczynski likes this trope. His ''Series/BabylonFive'' series has the [[TheCorpsIsMother [[MutantDraftBoard Psi-Corps]], the result of a SuperRegistrationAct that only served to unite telepaths in a monstrous organization with the creed that [[MugglePower "mundanes" are expendable]].



** [[spoiler: The [[{{UnPerson}} War Doctor]]]] of "The Name of the Doctor" and the 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" was an extended example of this happening to him. Happily, the ending of the latter reveals that [[spoiler: he and his other lives later managed to save Gallifrey rather than destroy it]].

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** [[spoiler: The [[{{UnPerson}} [[UnPerson War Doctor]]]] of "The Name of the Doctor" and the 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" was an extended example of this happening to him. Happily, the ending of the latter reveals that [[spoiler: he and his other lives later managed to save Gallifrey rather than destroy it]].



* ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' runs a lot with this trope. The galaxy is in ruins after what's been called "The Jedi Civil War," with trillions of casualties across hundreds of planets. Many of the {{NPC}}s the Exile encounters neither know nor care about the difference between Jedi and Sith. (As one party member puts it, "Just men and women fighting about religion while the galaxy burns") Kreia points out that the Republic and the Empire themselves are little more than proxies for the Force Users' never-ending religious warfare, and the Exile is her means to try and stop it all [[spoiler: by destroying the Force itself]].

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* ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' runs a lot with this trope. The galaxy is in ruins after what's been called "The Jedi Civil War," with trillions of casualties across hundreds of planets. Many of the {{NPC}}s {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PCs the Exile encounters neither know nor care about the difference between Jedi and Sith. (As one party member puts it, "Just men and women fighting about religion while the galaxy burns") Kreia points out that the Republic and the Empire themselves are little more than proxies for the Force Users' never-ending religious warfare, and the Exile is her means to try and stop it all [[spoiler: by destroying the Force itself]].
24th Feb '17 7:14:11 AM Ilya_Rysenkov
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** What's worse is that it's heavily implied that the Emperor planned to destroy Primarchs and Space Marines, after they would outlive their usefullness.
8th Jan '17 6:26:20 PM MGD107
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* In ''Series/{{Powers}}'' the original purpose of Kaotic Chic was to raise awareness of how reckless Powers could be. Unfortunately they [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope ended up proving]] to be [[KnightTemplar just as if not more dangerous.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Powers}}'' the original purpose of Kaotic Chic was to raise awareness of how reckless Powers could be. Unfortunately they [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope ended up proving]] to be [[KnightTemplar just as as, if not more more, dangerous.]]
8th Jan '17 6:20:37 PM MGD107
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8th Jan '17 6:20:35 PM MGD107
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* In ''Series/{{Powers}}'' the original purpose of Kaotic Chic was to raise awareness of how reckless Powers could be.

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* In ''Series/{{Powers}}'' the original purpose of Kaotic Chic was to raise awareness of how reckless Powers could be. Unfortunately they [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope ended up proving]] to be [[KnightTemplar just as if not more dangerous.]]
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