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10th Feb '17 5:23:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/RedDwarf'': In the episode "Officer Rimmer", eternal prat Arnold Judas Rimmer is promoted to officer after he weasels his way into a captain's good graces (in fact, he was trying to blow up the captain's ship, which accidentally saved him from an asteroid belt). He immediately starts instituting a blatant class system on the ship with the other crew members relegated to crappy service elevators and corridors while Rimmer opens an exclusive officer's lounge and reclines in luxury. Then he goes one step further by creates dozens of duplicates of himself to order around and sing his praises. By the end, he's forced to give up his promotion when he inadvertently creates a Rimmer-hybrid monster and has to beg the others for help.
2nd Feb '17 12:23:05 PM MiddleEighth
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*A literal example in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'': When Paul absorbs or releases a lot of energy, he becomes blissfully intoxicated. And, in the case of being [[LightningCanDoAnything hit by lightning]], he also gets an erection.
**Actually, merely using his power gives him a lift. Focusing on the “background noise” of it makes him high and helps him pass the time at night, because he now [[TheSleepless just barely sleeps.]]
22nd Jan '17 7:30:55 PM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/{{Fade}}'': L, in an eerie parallel to canon!Light. Light himself manages to subvert this -- while he still uses the Death Note, he limits himself, sticks to those limits, and makes active attempts to ensure that he won't follow story!Kira's dark path. It helps that he was effectively blackmailed into the situation.
21st Jan '17 3:17:12 PM zarpaulus
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* An interpretation of Light Yagami in ''Manga/DeathNote'', after using the notebook twice he develops a god complex and becomes a remorseless sociopath who stops at nothing to rid the world of criminals. But when he temporarily loses his memory he decides that the mysterious SerialKillerKiller known as "Kira" is a monster and works to stop him, until he lays hand on the Death Note again and regains his memories of using it before.
28th Nov '16 8:13:31 AM zarpaulus
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* Subverted by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment Stanford prison experiment]] that helped solidify this trope in popular culture. Subjects acted as prisoners or guards and several of the "prisoners" ended up with emotional trauma from abuse inflicted by the "guards". The researchers concluded that the participants' behavior was influenced by their situation, but several critics found numerous problems with the study:
** First, the researchers pushed the "guards" into performing the roles the researchers expected, confirmation bias.
** Second, the experiment was volunteer so the guards were all college students who were interested in roleplaying as prison guards, selection bias.
** Third, even with those biases only one third of the guards showed sadistic tendencies, the majority of them did not exhibit any cruelty and in fact were often friendly and did favors for the prisoners.
20th Nov '16 1:27:59 PM cybertoy0
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* In season 5 of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Sister tells the Reds that she was sent to join their team because their leader dead (Much to their confusion, as Sarge is still alive), and that one of the normal soldiers would be promoted. Simmons eagerly jumps at the opportunity and establishes himself as the new CO, leading to this exchange;
-->'''Grif:''' You've gone mad with imaginary power!
-->'''Simmons:''' On the contrary, I've gone mad with ''real'' power!
18th Nov '16 1:50:13 PM theek01
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* During LetsPlay/{{raocow}}'s LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/CopyKitty'', the abundance of powerful weapon combinations and colourful explosions led to him [[BigHam hamming it up]] way more than usual, gleefully [[AGodAmI declaring himself a God]] and vowing to [[CatchPhrase "destroy the world"]] every few seconds.
9th Nov '16 4:39:59 PM Paranoia
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* When Daniel Jackson of ''Series/StargateSG1'' gains the ancestral knowledge of the Goa'uld, he quickly promotes himself to world emperor, nukes cities and kills his friends. This is shown to be AllJustADream. Subverted later when he actually gains the (much greater) knowledge of the ascended, and remains the compassionate hero we know him as. Then again, the ascended have an AlienNoninterferenceClause they strictly enforce, which could explain why power didn't go to his head that time.

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* When Daniel Jackson of ''Series/StargateSG1'' gains the ancestral knowledge of the Goa'uld, he quickly promotes himself to world emperor, nukes cities and kills his friends. This is shown to be AllJustADream. AllJustADream created by the current holder of this knowledge to show Jackson exactly ''why'' he was repressing it instead of trying to use it. Turns out that tapping into their collective memory of a race of interstellar dictators also means getting a dose of their AxeCrazy AGodAmI mentality.
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Subverted later when he actually gains the (much greater) knowledge of the ascended, and remains the compassionate hero we know him as. Then again, the ascended have an AlienNoninterferenceClause they strictly enforce, which could explain why power didn't go in part to his head that time.prevent this kind of thing.
29th Oct '16 11:24:16 AM nombretomado
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* Rei Ryghts in ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'' fits like a glove. At the start of the game, she's just an IneffectualSympatheticVillain. Once she gets some powers from a floating being named Croire and sent [[TheHero Neptune]] to Ultradimension Gamindustri, she was ''ecstatic'' to say the least. [[spoiler: This is actually a CallBack to what happened with Ultradimension Rei who had a similar situation when she first found her CPU Memory and by luck, she became a goddess. Croire then comes by and with just a little push, Rei becomes the tyrannical ruler of [[UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} the Tari]] nation. [[TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 At least until she destroyed said nation.]]]]

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* Rei Ryghts in ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaVictory'' fits like a glove. At the start of the game, she's just an IneffectualSympatheticVillain. Once she gets some powers from a floating being named Croire and sent [[TheHero Neptune]] to Ultradimension Gamindustri, she was ''ecstatic'' to say the least. [[spoiler: This is actually a CallBack to what happened with Ultradimension Rei who had a similar situation when she first found her CPU Memory and by luck, she became a goddess. Croire then comes by and with just a little push, Rei becomes the tyrannical ruler of [[UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} the Tari]] nation. [[TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 [[UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 At least until she destroyed said nation.]]]]
30th Sep '16 7:38:35 PM Thunderchin
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* Most, if not all dictators and a great many absolute monarchs end up this way.

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* Most, if not all dictators and a great many absolute monarchs end up this way. This phenomenon led one observer to remark:
--> '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Dalberg-Acton,_1st_Baron_Acton Baron Acton]]:''' Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
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