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2nd Dec '16 12:35:33 AM GhostOfAGeek
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* Also [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=73518 parodied]] in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', when Carrie gets Summer out of doing chores by using the power of her PuppyDogEyes.

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* Also [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=73518 [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1888400/to-be-used-only-for-good/ parodied]] in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'', when Carrie gets Summer out of doing chores by using the power of her PuppyDogEyes.
27th Nov '16 1:59:02 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/CSLewis's ''[[{{Narnia}} Voyage of the Dawn Treader]]'', half invoked. Lucy uses her access to cast a spell to find out what your friends think of you, but when Aslan rebukes her, it is not the personal gain, but the eavesdropping. He explicitly says that spying on people by magical means is still spying. So with great power comes -- more chances to do things that would be wrong regardless of how you do them.

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* In Creator/CSLewis's ''[[{{Narnia}} Voyage of the Dawn Treader]]'', ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', half invoked. Lucy uses her access to cast a spell to find out what your friends think of you, but when Aslan rebukes her, it is not the personal gain, but the eavesdropping. He explicitly says that spying on people by magical means is still spying. So with great power comes -- more chances to do things that would be wrong regardless of how you do them.
26th Nov '16 8:20:23 AM TheSinful
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* Very much averted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8233288/34/Faery-Heroes Faery Heroes]]'' with the idea of Harry teaching students Defense Against the Dark Arts. He instructs only a handful of students and when the two Hufflepuff among them try to insist that he's obligated to teach everyone because he's so good at it, Harry retorts that it's the professors jobs to teach. He's doing this out of the goodness of his heart and doesn't have time to tutor more than a few students.
25th Nov '16 1:58:20 AM Tron80
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* Subverted by ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' in which Spider-Man's mantra provokes the following reaction from Gert.
--> "Really? That's '''insane'''. Most people in life don't have great power, and few that do are almost '''never''' responsible with it. The people who have the greatest responsibility are the kids with '''no power''' because we're the one who have to keep everyone else in check."
* Used in ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', although not spelled out. [[spoiler: Lex Luthor gains Superman's powers at the end and goes on a rampage, stopping every so often as his SuperSenses give him new insights on the universe. Just as his powers run out, he declares that life is beautiful and everyone needs to stick together - implying that anybody with Superman's godlike perspective would naturally choose to become an altruist. The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue implies that Luthor mellowed out considerably after the experience.]] Although [[spoiler: Luthor is smart and would be capable of recognizing the beauty of the universe with his new SuperSenses... and it didn't completely stop him from trying to defeat Superman anyway. If anything it's a combination of Superman's godlike perspective and being raised well that makes Clark Kent who he is.]]

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* Subverted by ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' in which Spider-Man's mantra provokes the following reaction from Gert.
--> "Really? That's '''insane'''. Most people in life don't
Franchise/{{Superman}}:
** In ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', after helping him find Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, Comicbook/TheSpectre remembers Clark that power must be used responsibly.
--->'''Superman:''' Thank you, Spectre. You
have taught me a great power, lesson here and few that do are almost '''never''' responsible I won't forget it! Fate has granted us great power But power for power's sake is utterly worthless! Power is meaningless... until it is tempered with it. The people who have the greatest responsibility are the kids with '''no power''' because we're the one who have to keep everyone else in check."
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conscience!
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Used in ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', although not spelled out. [[spoiler: Lex Luthor [[spoiler:Comicbook/LexLuthor gains Superman's powers at the end and goes on a rampage, stopping every so often as his SuperSenses give him new insights on the universe. Just as his powers run out, he declares that life is beautiful and everyone needs to stick together - implying that anybody with Superman's godlike perspective would naturally choose to become an altruist. The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue implies that Luthor mellowed out considerably after the experience.]] Although [[spoiler: Luthor is smart and would be capable of recognizing the beauty of the universe with his new SuperSenses... and it didn't completely stop him from trying to defeat Superman anyway. If anything it's a combination of Superman's godlike perspective and being raised well that makes Clark Kent who he is.]]]]
** Superman isn't above using his powers to get a good news story if doing so doesn't interfere with fighting evil. In one of the earliest comics he scooped Lois on a story about a dam bursting by outrunning her train, stopping the flood, and phoning the story in. Sort of justified in that his heroing makes his job more difficult far more often than it makes it easier like Peter Parker, the guy deserves a break.



* {{Superman}} isn't above using his powers to get a good news story if doing so doesn't interfere with fighting evil. In one of the earliest comics he scooped Lois on a story about a dam bursting by outrunning her train, stopping the flood, and phoning the story in.
** Sort of justified in that his heroing makes his job more difficult far more often than it makes it easier like Peter Parker, the guy deserves a break.
20th Nov '16 4:55:21 AM Yukianesa
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* In the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' books, the Iron Throne is a CoolChair [[ThroneMadeOfX made from the thousand swords of Aegon the Conquerer's enemies]]. It's incredibly uncomfortable to sit on and is rumoured to have killed Aegon's son, Maegor. The entire point is to remind anyone who sits on it that supreme power is supremely dangerous, not something to be trifled with and one can never slouch and grow complacent while they sit in the throne. The overwhelming majority of people in these books [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatPerks completely miss]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity this point]].
9th Nov '16 5:34:19 PM nombretomado
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* In JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'', Victor's BackStory includes a time where he made a worm and discarded it and was sternly rebuked: the stronger must protect the weaker, or those who are still stronger than they will treat them in the same manner. In the story itself, as the oldest child (with Amelia, the next oldest), he watches over and protects the younger children. [[spoiler:At the climax, he makes his declaration of love to Amelia and regrets that he has nothing to offer her but himself; he had wanted to wait until he could [[UnableToSupportAWife provide]] for her.]]

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* In JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfChaos'', Victor's BackStory includes a time where he made a worm and discarded it and was sternly rebuked: the stronger must protect the weaker, or those who are still stronger than they will treat them in the same manner. In the story itself, as the oldest child (with Amelia, the next oldest), he watches over and protects the younger children. [[spoiler:At the climax, he makes his declaration of love to Amelia and regrets that he has nothing to offer her but himself; he had wanted to wait until he could [[UnableToSupportAWife provide]] for her.]]
24th Sep '16 3:32:30 PM catmuto
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* ''Manga/IWish'' has Wye talk about how Dee is in desperate need to learn this lesson. She's too carefree and willing to flaunt her magic powers on everything and everyone and it often leads to causing more problems than help. He's afraid that she'll eventually go down the same path as he once did, [[spoiler:using his magic to resurrect people, become feared by previous admirers and ultimately doing something that ''could'' lead to the end of the world]] if she were not stopped. Dee does learn the lesson [[spoiler:when her love-obsessed, stalking servants try to kill her and Wye [[HeroicSacrifice takes the hit for her]] to keep her safe]] and she is much more responsible.
19th Sep '16 12:01:59 PM Allronix
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19th Sep '16 11:05:32 AM Allronix
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* ''Fanfic//DCNation'': Fauna points out to a couple of her fellow (non-powered) activists that if someone obtains metahuman abilities, their options are surprisingly few. Try to hide them? Well, you don't have any control or training, so your abilities end up using you instead ''and'' you're a target for people who want to exploit you. Embrace them, but still don't take up the hero position? Well, if someone could have been helped by your abilities and you refused to use them, good luck dealing with the guilt. You can't get rid of them most of the time, even if you want to, and it ''still'' makes you a target. Heroism is a dirty, dangerous job, but at least you're not a lone target, and you might be able to eke some good out of it.

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* ''Fanfic//DCNation'': ''Fanfic/DCNation'': Fauna points out to a couple of her fellow (non-powered) activists that if someone obtains metahuman abilities, their options are surprisingly few. Try to hide them? Well, you don't have any control or training, so your abilities end up using you instead ''and'' you're a target for people who want to exploit you. Embrace them, but still don't take up the hero position? Well, if someone could have been helped by your abilities and you refused to use them, good luck dealing with the guilt. You can't get rid of them most of the time, even if you want to, and it ''still'' makes you a target. Heroism is a dirty, dangerous job, but at least you're not a lone target, and you might be able to eke some good out of it.
19th Sep '16 11:04:53 AM Allronix
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* ''Fanfic//DCNation'': Fauna points out to a couple of her fellow (non-powered) activists that if someone obtains metahuman abilities, their options are surprisingly few. Try to hide them? Well, you don't have any control or training, so your abilities end up using you instead ''and'' you're a target for people who want to exploit you. Embrace them, but still don't take up the hero position? Well, if someone could have been helped by your abilities and you refused to use them, good luck dealing with the guilt. You can't get rid of them most of the time, even if you want to, and it ''still'' makes you a target. Heroism is a dirty, dangerous job, but at least you're not a lone target, and you might be able to eke some good out of it.
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