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13th May '17 11:33:59 AM Nadim
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* An episode of ''{{Series/Austin&Ally}}'' shows a {{What If}} sequence in which Trish becomes signed to Starr Records. However, she doesn't take her career seriously and starts writing selfish songs to brag about her newfound fame. She even tricks Dez into being her assistant and nearly destroys her friendship with Ally. This eventually leads to her downfall when the fans start to lose interest because of the jerkish songs.

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* An episode of ''{{Series/Austin&Ally}}'' ''Series/{{Austin and Ally}}'' shows a {{What If}} sequence in which Trish becomes signed to Starr Records. However, she doesn't take her career seriously and starts writing selfish songs to brag about her newfound fame. She even tricks Dez into being her assistant and nearly destroys her friendship with Ally. This eventually leads to her downfall when the fans start to lose interest because of the jerkish songs.
13th May '17 11:31:55 AM Nadim
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* An episode of ''Series/Austin&Ally'' shows a {{What If}} sequence in which Trish becomes signed to Starr Records. However, she doesn't take her career seriously and starts writing selfish songs to brag about her newfound fame. She even tricks Dez into being her assistant and nearly destroys her friendship with Ally. This eventually leads to her downfall when the fans start to lose interest because of the jerkish songs.

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* An episode of ''Series/Austin&Ally'' ''{{Series/Austin&Ally}}'' shows a {{What If}} sequence in which Trish becomes signed to Starr Records. However, she doesn't take her career seriously and starts writing selfish songs to brag about her newfound fame. She even tricks Dez into being her assistant and nearly destroys her friendship with Ally. This eventually leads to her downfall when the fans start to lose interest because of the jerkish songs.
13th May '17 11:29:36 AM Nadim
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* An episode of ''Series/{{Austin & Ally}}'' shows a {{What If}} sequence in which Trish becomes signed to Starr Records. However, she doesn't take her career seriously and starts writing selfish songs to brag about her newfound fame. She even tricks Dez into being her assistant and nearly destroys her friendship with Ally. This eventually leads to her downfall when the fans start to lose interest because of the jerkish songs.

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* An episode of ''Series/{{Austin & Ally}}'' ''Series/Austin&Ally'' shows a {{What If}} sequence in which Trish becomes signed to Starr Records. However, she doesn't take her career seriously and starts writing selfish songs to brag about her newfound fame. She even tricks Dez into being her assistant and nearly destroys her friendship with Ally. This eventually leads to her downfall when the fans start to lose interest because of the jerkish songs.
13th May '17 11:28:05 AM Nadim
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* An episode of ''Series/{{Austin & Ally}}'' shows a {{What If}} sequence in which Trish becomes signed to Starr Records. However, she doesn't take her career seriously and starts writing selfish songs to brag about her newfound fame. She even tricks Dez into being her assistant and nearly destroys her friendship with Ally. This eventually leads to her downfall when the fans start to lose interest because of the jerkish songs.
16th Apr '17 1:38:17 AM Walrusseal
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*''Series/ThreePercent'' [[spoiler: Marco]] gets drunk with power almost as soon as they have enough power to do so.
4th Apr '17 12:24:11 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Rosco was already one of the show's villains, due to his never-ending desire to catch the series' protagonists and his alignment with the corrupt Boss Hogg. But give him money $10 million, to be exact and Rosco turns from the inept, Wile E. Coyote lawman to a power-hungry, money crazed despot. (Well, not really a despot, but...) That's exactly what happens in Season 4's "The $10 Million Sheriff," where Rosco thinks that he's inherited a fortune, hires a criminal to hunt down Bo and Luke (in exchange for a $100,000 payoff)... and most tellingly insults Boss and wipes him out in a rigged poker game. The trope is quickly ended when Rosco finds out he didn't really inherit $10 million.
* Londo Molari from ''Series/BabylonFive'' can be quite accurately described as addicted to power. In his heart, he is not an evil man and simply longs for the good old times when things were easier and safe. But being from a species that has MagnificentBastard and ChronicBackstabbingDisorder as its [[PlanetOfHats hat]], he is too easily drawn to take part in conspiracies to increase the prestige of his species and himself. At several times he realizes that he has fallen in with the wrong crowds and he is helping them doing far more bad than good, but he simply can't live with the thought of loosing the respect of his allies or the embarasment for his species if the conspiracies are publically exposed. When confronted he gets violently angry and denies everything. One time he manages to break free and accept the ridicule he gets for being a cowardly men who abandons his position and duties, but then [[spoiler:his favorite concubine is murdered]], which instantly has him get in contact with his most powerful connections and promises them to do anything they want and abandon all his moral objections, if they help him getting his revenge. [[spoiler:It was actually the same people who had her murdered and anticipated that very reaction, because Londo is just so easy to manipulate if offered with power and threatened with damaging his prestige.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/BarneyMiller'' were the precinct gets new flackjackets, Wojo comments that he feels invincible while wearing them, and does ''not'' think that's a good thing. He starts to be afraid that wearing a vest might make him overconfident and take a risk that would hurt himself or someone else. (This is, of course, one of many {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s for the show, seeing as a Kevlar vest is standard equipment for police these days.)
* Hank Kingsley becomes one in ''Series/TheLarrySandersShow'' episode "Hank's Night In The Sun," after he is given the chance to guest-host the show due to Larry suffering a bout of food poisoning. A slightly unusual example, in that no one really thinks he's up to the job and both Larry and Artie are aware that Hank is exactly the type of person who will become a raging egomaniacal "[[{{Jerkass}} Ass of the Western World]]" if given such responsibility, but are forced to let him do it due to the last-minute nature of Larry's illness. True to form, after his initial appearance (in which he is bumbling but humble and self-deprecating, which the audience engages with) Hank becomes impossible to deal with - so Artie and Larry let him go on for a second evening, during which he is still incompetent and bumbling, but the audience finds his newfound arrogance so off-putting that he is booed off the stage, thus providing him with a humbling come-down.
* Spoofed in ''Series/NewsRadio'', when Matthew is given a promotion and it immediately goes to his head. Thing is, the promotion is a purely 'in-name-only' kind of thing, with absolutely no increase in authority or influence at all, and in any case his attempts at throwing his weight around are so petty and inept that no one pays any attention to him anyway. He still gives it up at the end anyway, citing that he's becoming someone he doesn't like.
* Played perfectly in an episode of ''Series/HomeImprovement'', where Wilson becomes the director of a previously laid-back production of Romeo and Juliet at the school and the episode morphs rapidly into a TyrantTakesTheHelm story.
* Happens to Jack in ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' after jumping straight from "homeless struggling to survive" to "leader of elite police squad". He learns not to abuse his power by the end of the episode and remains leader through the end of the series.
* ''Series/TheOffice''
** Dwight is given the task of choosing the company's health plan, and quickly gets delusional about it. Jim notes that it's the smallest amount of power that has ever gotten to someone's head.
** In the original UK version, Gareth was in a near-constant state of this as a result of his 'promotion' to 'Team Leader', which Tim perceptively notes is ''not'' a promotion at all, merely a job title someone has given him to encourage him to take on an increased workload for no extra money. [[spoiler: Curiously enough, when he gets promoted to being the office manager when David is fired, there's no noticeable increase in his arrogance or paranoia - which, granted, is not exactly saying much, since he's a pretty unpleasant person to begin with. Furthermore, even with his real promotion, no one pays the slightest bit of attention to him anyway.]]
** The fourth season of the US version features this a few times: Jim is put in charge of the office and attempts to turn all the birthday parties into one, which is met with disdain from the staff (who treat him as if he'd gone mad with power). Former temp Ryan is promoted to corporate and likewise goes mad with power, to the point of [[spoiler:conspiring to have Jim fired and committing fraud when it seems as if his groundbreaking new plan to revitalize the company, won't.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/TheGoodies'', Graeme's plan to set up a pirate radio station (and pirate post-office) and the resulting success soon turns him into a raging fascist dictator, complete with uniform and ranting Germanic accent, and he develops a mad plan to drag the entirety of Britain outside of the five-mile limit so that he can rule over it as a 'pirate state'. When Bill and Tim walk out on him in disgust, he eventually resorts to trying to tow Britain away single-handedly in a rowboat.
** In fact this sort of thing happens rather a lot in ''Series/TheGoodies'', for instance it happened to Bill in ''Kung-Fu Capers'' episode, Graeme AGAIN in ''the Bunfight at the OK Tearooms'' and ''all three of them'' in ''the Movies''.
* In ''Series/HappyDays'', there were two notable examples: [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when Richie was in the ROTC as the acting officer in command, and [[InvokedTrope invoked]] when Sheriff Kirk tried to run The Fonz out of town, as well as forcing business owners to adhere to his rules.



* Frank Burns from ''Series/{{MASH}}'' regularly got drunk with power: if the Colonel made the mistake of [[YouAreInCommandNow leaving him in charge]] for more than a day, he would create ridiculous rules and go through pseudo-military drills to prepare them for "the enemy."
** In one of the several instances of 'Frank in charge', there was a partial aversion when Frank decides that the medical staff is getting too alcohol-dependent, and declares the 4077 'dry'. He's a jerk about it, overbearing and shows all the signs of the trope... ''but'' it becomes clear as it goes along that Frank is more-or-less ''right''. Hawkeye and Trapper even find themselves asking themselves in horror if Frank has a point after they almost tear into each other over something trivial from booze withdrawl.
** Frank's replacement, Charles Winchester, went another way: when presented with power, he didn't lord it over the camp. He mainly used it as an excuse to drink more and get extra time off his shift, and the rest of the camp ran as efficiently as ever. However, in one episode ("Tell It to the Marines") Winchester assumes command in Potter's absence and turns Klinger into his personal valet.
** Semi-averted in "Commander Pierce". While Hawkeye does start acting authoritarian and in the way he normally despises officers' behaving, it's clear that it's because he's discovering the real problems and headaches of command in the absence of Potter and incapacity of Winchester. As CO he can't afford to only look at his own problems any more, he has to consider the needs of the unit... and suddenly he finds himself doing the stuff he hated in previous commanders.
* 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 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.
** 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, in part to prevent this kind of thing.
* Has happened a number of times on ''Series/HogansHeroes'' when the prisoners have let Schultz think he's boss for various reasons and have found it difficult to 're-tame' him.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Tribunal", when Admiral Chegwidden is away overseas and has designated Lieutenant Singer as ''Acting JAG'', one of the first things she decides to do is to have a fire drill and to have Lieutenant Sims to review and update all internal administrative manuals.
* Parodied on a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch concerning Al Gore paying a visit behind the scenes of ''Series/TheWestWing'' following his election defeat to George Bush. At one point, Gore good-humouredly asks he if can briefly sit behind the desk in the 'Oval Office'... and over the course of the skit becomes increasingly egomaniacal and tyrannical, and refuses to leave despite the cast's repeated insistence that it's just a mock-up of the Oval Office, and he doesn't actually have any more power at all.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' -- anyone who unexpectedly was given authority almost immediately began throwing their weight around in this manner.
** In his first appearance, TV's Frank vehemently declared that [[AGodAmI there's a new sheriff in town]] to Joel and the 'Bots... then went straight back to taking their order for take-out.
** When Pearl Forrester places him in charge of the Satellite of Love as part of a variation of the StanfordPrisonExperiment, Tom Servo is gussied up as a Fascist dictator and demanding that Crow and Mike (now done up like downtrodden masses in chains) that they turn over their cookies before he has them torn in half by Sumo wrestlers, before she's even done explaining the nature of the experiment. Given that her version involves having fire ants dumped down his clothes, he should have waited another minute.
** In a later episode, Crow doesn't show himself to be much better, instantly becoming an abusive babysitter when Pearl leaves him in charge.

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* Frank Burns Londo Mollari from ''Series/{{MASH}}'' regularly got drunk with power: if ''Series/BabylonFive'' can be quite accurately described as addicted to power. In his heart, he is not an evil man and simply longs for the Colonel made good old times when things were easier and safe. But being from a species that has MagnificentBastard and ChronicBackstabbingDisorder as its [[PlanetOfHats hat]], he is too easily drawn to take part in conspiracies to increase the mistake prestige of [[YouAreInCommandNow leaving him in charge]] for more than a day, he would create ridiculous rules his species and go through pseudo-military drills to prepare them for "the enemy."
** In one of the
himself. At several instances of 'Frank in charge', there was a partial aversion when Frank decides times he realizes that the medical staff is getting too alcohol-dependent, and declares the 4077 'dry'. He's a jerk about it, overbearing and shows all the signs of the trope... ''but'' it becomes clear as it goes along that Frank is more-or-less ''right''. Hawkeye and Trapper even find themselves asking themselves in horror if Frank he has a point after they almost tear into each other over something trivial from booze withdrawl.
** Frank's replacement, Charles Winchester, went another way: when presented
fallen in with power, he didn't lord it over the camp. He mainly used it as an excuse to drink wrong crowds and he is helping them doing far more and get extra time off his shift, and the rest of the camp ran as efficiently as ever. However, in one episode ("Tell It to the Marines") Winchester assumes command in Potter's absence and turns Klinger into his personal valet.
** Semi-averted in "Commander Pierce". While Hawkeye does start acting authoritarian and in the way
bad than good, but he normally despises officers' behaving, it's clear that it's because he's discovering the real problems and headaches of command in the absence of Potter and incapacity of Winchester. As CO he simply can't afford to only look at live with the thought of loosing the respect of his own problems any more, he has to consider allies or the needs of embarasment for his species if the unit... and suddenly he finds himself doing the stuff he hated in previous commanders.
*
conspiracies are publically exposed. When Daniel Jackson of ''Series/StargateSG1'' gains confronted he gets violently angry and denies everything. One time he manages to break free and accept the ancestral knowledge of the Goa'uld, ridicule he quickly promotes himself to world emperor, nukes cities gets for being a cowardly men who abandons his position and kills duties, but then [[spoiler:his favorite concubine is murdered]], which instantly has him get in contact with his friends. This is shown most powerful connections and promises them to be 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 do anything they want and abandon all his moral objections, if they help him getting a dose of their AxeCrazy AGodAmI mentality.
** Subverted later when he
his revenge. [[spoiler:It was actually gains the (much greater) knowledge same people who had her murdered and anticipated that very reaction, because Londo is just so easy to manipulate if offered with power and threatened with damaging his prestige.]]
* In an episode
of ''Series/BarneyMiller'' where the ascended, precinct gets new flack jackets, Wojo comments that he feels invincible while wearing them, and remains the compassionate hero we know him as. Then again, the ascended have an AlienNoninterferenceClause they strictly enforce, in part to prevent this kind of thing.
* Has happened a number of times on ''Series/HogansHeroes'' when the prisoners have let Schultz
does ''not'' think he's boss for various reasons that's a good thing. He starts to be afraid that wearing a vest might make him overconfident and have found it difficult to 're-tame' him.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Tribunal", when Admiral Chegwidden is away overseas and has designated Lieutenant Singer as ''Acting JAG'',
take a risk that would hurt himself or someone else. (This is, of course, one of many {{Funny Aneurysm Moment}}s for the first things she decides to do show, seeing as a Kevlar vest is to have a fire drill and to have Lieutenant Sims to review and update all internal administrative manuals.
standard equipment for police these days.)
* Parodied on a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch concerning Al Gore paying a visit behind ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' uses this trope when Bobby is named hall monitor.
* In
the scenes of ''Series/TheWestWing'' following his election defeat to George Bush. At one point, Gore good-humouredly asks he if can briefly sit behind ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E21ContemporaryAmericanPoultry "Contemporary American Poultry"]] the desk in the 'Oval Office'... and over the course of the skit becomes study group gets increasingly egomaniacal spoiled and tyrannical, and refuses to leave despite obnoxious the cast's repeated insistence that it's just a mock-up of the Oval Office, and he doesn't actually have any more power at all.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' -- anyone who unexpectedly was given authority almost immediately began throwing their weight around in this manner.
** In his first appearance, TV's Frank vehemently declared that [[AGodAmI there's a new sheriff in town]] to Joel and the 'Bots... then went straight back to taking their order for take-out.
** When Pearl Forrester places him in charge of the Satellite of Love as part of a variation of the StanfordPrisonExperiment, Tom Servo is gussied up as a Fascist dictator and demanding that Crow and Mike (now done up like downtrodden masses in chains) that
powerful they turn over their cookies before he has them torn in half by Sumo wrestlers, before she's even done explaining the nature of the experiment. Given that her version involves having fire ants dumped down his clothes, he should have waited another minute.
** In a later episode, Crow doesn't show
get. Curiously enough, however, Abed himself to be much better, instantly becoming an abusive babysitter when Pearl leaves him in charge.seems more Drunk With Actually Getting To Connect With People For Once.



* A sketch on ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' did this when the mailroom clerk is given a promotion. Not two seconds after receiving it he instantly goes mad with power (even admitting it) and starts to boss around his co-workers.
** "Okay, let's review your first week as second assistant manager. Oh, you came in on time every day. That's good, that's really good. But you killed Perkins, and that's bad."
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' uses this trope when Bobby is named hall monitor.
* On ''Remember WENN'', this happens to Mackie Bloom after Betty temporarily places him in charge of the station.

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* A sketch on ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' did ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor slips into this from time to time when he doesn't have a companion to rein him in. Most notably, his AGodAmI moment in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]]. Let's just say that 1200-odd years of constant victories of one man vs. the mailroom clerk is Universe has given him a promotion. Not two seconds after receiving bit of an ego, and he needs a human by his side to keep it he instantly goes mad in check.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Rosco was already one of the show's villains, due to his never-ending desire to catch the series' protagonists and his alignment
with power (even admitting it) the corrupt Boss Hogg. But give him money $10 million, to be exact and starts Rosco turns from the inept, Wile E. Coyote lawman to boss around his co-workers.
** "Okay, let's review your first week as second assistant manager. Oh, you came in on time every day.
a power-hungry, money crazed despot. (Well, not really a despot, but...) That's good, that's really good. But you killed Perkins, and that's bad."
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' uses this trope when Bobby is named hall monitor.
* On ''Remember WENN'', this
exactly what happens in Season 4's "The $10 Million Sheriff", where Rosco thinks that he's inherited a fortune, hires a criminal to Mackie Bloom after Betty temporarily places hunt down Bo and Luke (in exchange for a $100,000 payoff)... and most tellingly insults Boss and wipes him out in charge of the station.a rigged poker game. The trope is quickly ended when Rosco finds out he didn't really inherit $10 million.



* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E21ContemporaryAmericanPoultry Contemporary American Poultry]] the study group gets increasingly spoiled and obnoxious the more powerful they get. Curiously enough, however, Abed himself seems more Drunk With Actually Getting To Connect With People For Once.
* Once Regina in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' started on getting revenge on Snow, she slowly became more and more addicted to using magic. In season 2, [[spoiler: she decided to stop using it and is treating it like a drug addiction and seeing Archie for help to treat it.]]

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* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' an episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E21ContemporaryAmericanPoultry Contemporary American Poultry]] of ''Series/TheGoodies'', Graeme's plan to set up a pirate radio station (and pirate post-office) and the study group gets increasingly spoiled resulting success soon turns him into a raging fascist dictator, complete with uniform and obnoxious ranting Germanic accent, and he develops a mad plan to drag the more powerful they get. Curiously entirety of Britain outside of the five-mile limit so that he can rule over it as a 'pirate state'. When Bill and Tim walk out on him in disgust, he eventually resorts to trying to tow Britain away single-handedly in a rowboat.
** In fact this sort of thing happens rather a lot in ''Series/TheGoodies'', for instance it happened to Bill in "Kung-Fu Capers", Graeme AGAIN in "The Bunfight at the OK Tearooms" and ''all three of them'' in "The Movies".
* Harvard from ''Series/GroundFloor'' puts himself in charge of the building support staff when Jenny temporarily becomes Mansfield's assistant. He immediately launches into a version of the famous Glengarry Glen Ross speech using Pop Tarts as an incentive. He's Hoist by His Own Petard soon
enough, however, Abed though, as everyone walks out as he's talking (taking the Pop Tarts with them) leaving him to deal with 'New Phone Day' on his own. He ends up accidentally locking himself seems more Drunk With Actually Getting To Connect With People For Once.
* Once Regina
in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' started a cage.
* In ''Series/HappyDays'', there were two notable examples: [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when Richie was in the ROTC as the acting officer in command, and [[InvokedTrope invoked]] when Sheriff Kirk tried to run The Fonz out of town, as well as forcing business owners to adhere to his rules.
* Has happened a number of times
on getting revenge on Snow, ''Series/HogansHeroes'' when the prisoners have let Schultz think he's boss for various reasons and have found it difficult to 're-tame' him.
* Played perfectly in an episode of ''Series/HomeImprovement'', where Wilson becomes the director of a previously laid-back production of ''Romeo and Juliet'' at the school and the episode morphs rapidly into a TyrantTakesTheHelm story.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Tribunal", when Admiral Chegwidden is away overseas and has designated Lieutenant Singer as ''Acting JAG'', one of the first things
she slowly became more decides to do is to have a fire drill and more addicted to using magic. In season 2, [[spoiler: she decided have Lieutenant Sims to stop using it review and update all internal administrative manuals.
* A sketch on ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' did this when the mailroom clerk
is treating given a promotion. Not two seconds after receiving it like a drug addiction he instantly goes mad with power (even admitting it) and seeing Archie starts to boss around his co-workers.
** "Okay, let's review your first week as second assistant manager. Oh, you came in on time every day. That's good, that's really good. But you killed Perkins, and that's bad."
* Hank Kingsley becomes one in ''Series/TheLarrySandersShow'' episode "Hank's Night In The Sun", after he is given the chance to guest-host the show due to Larry suffering a bout of food poisoning. A slightly unusual example, in that no one really thinks he's up to the job and both Larry and Artie are aware that Hank is exactly the type of person who will become a raging egomaniacal "[[{{Jerkass}} Ass of the Western World]]" if given such responsibility, but are forced to let him do it due to the last-minute nature of Larry's illness. True to form, after his initial appearance (in which he is bumbling but humble and self-deprecating, which the audience engages with) Hank becomes impossible to deal with - so Artie and Larry let him go on
for help to treat it.]]a second evening, during which he is still incompetent and bumbling, but the audience finds his newfound arrogance so off-putting that he is booed off the stage, thus providing him with a humbling come-down.



* Harvard from Series/GroundFloor puts himself in charge of the building support staff when Jenny temporarily becomes Mansfield's assistant. He immediately launches into a version of the famous Glengarry Glen Ross speech using Pop Tarts as an incentive. He's Hoist by His Own Petard soon enough, though, as everyone walks out as he's talking (taking the Pop Tarts with them) leaving him to deal with 'New Phone Day' on his own. He ends up accidentally locking himself in a cage.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor slips into this from time to time when he doesn't have a companion to rein him in. Most notably, his AGodAmI moment in "The Waters of Mars". Let's just say that 1200 years of constant victories of one man vs. the Universe has given him a bit of an ego, and he needs a human by his side to keep it in check.
* In the season six finale of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Castiel absorbs all the souls of Purgatory, boosting his angelic powers to a godlike level, enough to utterly destroy Raphael, an Archangel. Unfortunately, the power of the souls had made him drunk with it to the point of proclaiming himself as God, and as a result, goes on a smiting spree in season seven's premiere; wiping out all of Raphael's followers, killing a hypocritical priest, and even willing to kill Dean when the latter binds Death to kill him.

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* Harvard Frank Burns from Series/GroundFloor puts ''Series/{{MASH}}'' regularly got drunk with power: if the Colonel made the mistake of [[YouAreInCommandNow leaving him in charge]] for more than a day, he would create ridiculous rules and go through pseudo-military drills to prepare them for "the enemy".
** In one of the several instances of 'Frank in charge', there was a partial aversion when Frank decides that the medical staff is getting too alcohol-dependent, and declares the 4077 'dry'. He's a jerk about it, overbearing and shows all the signs of the trope... ''but'' it becomes clear as it goes along that Frank is more-or-less ''right''. Hawkeye and Trapper even find themselves asking themselves in horror if Frank has a point after they almost tear into each other over something trivial from booze withdrawal.
** Frank's replacement, Charles Winchester, went another way: when presented with power, he didn't lord it over the camp. He mainly used it as an excuse to drink more and get extra time off his shift, and the rest of the camp ran as efficiently as ever. However, in one episode ("Tell It to the Marines") Winchester assumes command in Potter's absence and turns Klinger into his personal valet.
** Semi-averted in "Commander Pierce". While Hawkeye does start acting authoritarian and in the way he normally despises officers' behaving, it's clear that it's because he's discovering the real problems and headaches of command in the absence of Potter and incapacity of Winchester. As CO he can't afford to only look at his own problems any more, he has to consider the needs of the unit... and suddenly he finds
himself doing the stuff he hated in previous commanders.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' -- anyone who unexpectedly was given authority almost immediately began throwing their weight around in this manner.
** In his first appearance, TV's Frank vehemently declared that [[AGodAmI there's a new sheriff in town]] to Joel and the 'Bots... then went straight back to taking their order for take-out.
** When Pearl Forrester places him
in charge of the building support staff Satellite of Love as part of a variation of the StanfordPrisonExperiment, Tom Servo is gussied up as a Fascist dictator and demanding that Crow and Mike (now done up like downtrodden masses in chains) that they turn over their cookies before he has them torn in half by Sumo wrestlers, before she's even done explaining the nature of the experiment. Given that her version involves having fire ants dumped down his clothes, he should have waited another minute.
** In a later episode, Crow doesn't show himself to be much better, instantly becoming an abusive babysitter
when Jenny temporarily becomes Mansfield's assistant. He Pearl leaves him in charge.
* Spoofed in ''Series/NewsRadio'', when Matthew is given a promotion and it
immediately launches into a version of goes to his head. Thing is, the famous Glengarry Glen Ross speech using Pop Tarts as an incentive. He's Hoist by His Own Petard soon enough, though, as everyone walks out as promotion is a purely 'in-name-only' kind of thing, with absolutely no increase in authority or influence at all, and in any case his attempts at throwing his weight around are so petty and inept that no one pays any attention to him anyway. He still gives it up at the end anyway, citing that he's talking (taking the Pop Tarts with them) leaving him to deal with 'New Phone Day' on his own. He ends up accidentally locking himself in a cage.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor slips into this from time to time when
becoming someone he doesn't have a companion to rein him in. Most notably, his AGodAmI moment in "The Waters like.
* ''Series/TheOffice''
** Dwight is given the task
of Mars". Let's just say choosing the company's health plan, and quickly gets delusional about it. Jim notes that 1200 years of constant victories of one man vs. it's the Universe smallest amount of power that has ever gotten to someone's head.
** In the original UK version, Gareth was in a near-constant state of this as a result of his 'promotion' to 'Team Leader', which Tim perceptively notes is ''not'' a promotion at all, merely a job title someone
has given him to encourage him to take on an increased workload for no extra money. [[spoiler: Curiously enough, when he gets promoted to being the office manager when David is fired, there's no noticeable increase in his arrogance or paranoia - which, granted, is not exactly saying much, since he's a pretty unpleasant person to begin with. Furthermore, even with his real promotion, no one pays the slightest bit of an ego, and he needs a human by his side attention to keep it in check.
* In the
him anyway.]]
** The fourth
season six finale of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Castiel absorbs the US version features this a few times: Jim is put in charge of the office and attempts to turn all the souls of Purgatory, boosting his angelic powers to a godlike level, enough to utterly destroy Raphael, an Archangel. Unfortunately, the power of the souls had made him drunk birthday parties into one, which is met with it disdain from the staff (who treat him as if he'd gone mad with power). Former temp Ryan is promoted to corporate and likewise goes mad with power, to the point of proclaiming himself as God, [[spoiler:conspiring to have Jim fired and committing fraud when it seems as a result, goes if his groundbreaking new plan to revitalize the company, won't.]]
* Once Regina in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' started
on a smiting spree in getting revenge on Snow, she slowly became more and more addicted to using magic. In season seven's premiere; wiping out all of Raphael's followers, killing a hypocritical priest, 2, [[spoiler: she decided to stop using it and even willing is treating it like a drug addiction and seeing Archie for help to kill Dean when treat it.]]
* Happens to Jack in ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' after jumping straight from "homeless struggling to survive" to "leader of elite police squad". He learns not to abuse his power by
the latter binds Death to kill him.end of the episode and remains leader through the end of the series.



* On ''Series/RememberWENN'', this happens to Mackie Bloom after Betty temporarily places him in charge of the station.
* Parodied on a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch concerning Al Gore paying a visit behind the scenes of ''Series/TheWestWing'' following his election defeat to George Bush. At one point, Gore good-humouredly asks he if can briefly sit behind the desk in the 'Oval Office'... and over the course of the skit becomes increasingly egomaniacal and tyrannical, and refuses to leave despite the cast's repeated insistence that it's just a mock-up of the Oval Office, and he doesn't actually have any more power at all.
* 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 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.
** 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, in part to prevent this kind of thing.
* In the season six finale of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Castiel absorbs all the souls of Purgatory, boosting his angelic powers to a godlike level, enough to utterly destroy Raphael, an Archangel. Unfortunately, the power of the souls had made him drunk with it to the point of proclaiming himself as God, and as a result, goes on a smiting spree in season seven's premiere; wiping out all of Raphael's followers, killing a hypocritical priest, and even willing to kill Dean when the latter binds Death to kill him.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron'': Jimmy becomes this when he becomes a hall monitor.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' featured an episode where Steve became the school announcer, but the power went to his head, and caused him to believe whatever he said came true. ''Everyone'' who used the intercom in the episode eventually went mad with power. ''Everyone''.
** Even after they were on the intercom ''for just a few seconds.''
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' had that episode where they, Mervis, and Mr. Sunshine got presumably stuck at sea. They made Cat captain but he becomes increasingly tyrannical. When they find out [[spoiler:[[KarmicTwistEnding they had been in a fountain all that time but couldn't see because of dense fog]]]], Cat had already gone mad.
** Also happened to Dog when the duo are working at a cereal company and Dog gets promoted from box licker to prize stuffer.
* Numbuh 3 of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has this ''any'' time she gets power. The two times we've seen this is when gaining control of her father's thermostat turned her into a fiery demon that would even attack her own friends to stop them from turning it down and when using [[SantaClaus Santa's]] present delivery system caused her to direct every single present in the world to her house. However, both times she was secretly bitter over something. (Humorously in the former example, her father similarly becomes an icy demon as he turns the treehouse thermostat down; [[HereWeGoAgain the adventure of getting him out of there is never shown.]])
** Numbuh 4 does this too, when he's made temporary leader while Numbuh 1 was away. He ends up declaring himself permanent temporary team leader and tries to build a giant [[AbnormalAmmo "Clam Cannon"]] based on a sarcastic comment from Numbuh 5. (Humorously, not only does it work to stop an ambush by the DCFDTL, Numbuh 1 approves of the Clam Cannon idea when he gets back, but tells them they'll need to rework a good chunk of the device. Numbuhs 2, 3, and 5 instantly shake off the fatigue Numbuh 4 put them through and are eager to work all night again.)
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', Fenton Crackshell is obliged to [[EmergencyImpersonation impersonate Scrooge, who has gone missing]], and soon starts acting like a caricature of Scrooge, with all his negative personality traits at full blast and none of the mitigating positive ones, even when he's alone with people who know about the impersonation.
* "Field Marshall" Phoebe in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' when she became hall monitor.
* Daffy in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' (the pizza episode).
** Even Marvin Martian says "You're drunk with power!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseWorks'' short "Sandwich Makers", Goofy is put in charge of a sandwich shop with Mickey and Donald as workers. Goofy eventually takes his "How To Be In Charge" book seriously and grows mad with power as 'captain', calling his friends yeomen and throwing them in "the brig" (storage closet).
--> '''Goofy:''' "Chapter Three: Who Needs Friends When You've Got Power!" (thunder crashes)
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Magic Duel", the Great and Powerful Trixie returns to Ponyville to challenge Twilight Sparkle, armed with an evil-looking amulet that boosts her power massively... at the cost of her mental stability. After soundly outclassing Twilight, she forcibly throws her out of town and places a magic barrier over the place to keep her out. Eventually the town has turned into a dark den full of sinister red banners and statues of Trixie and a permanent storm cloud keeping sunlight out; the mayor is locked in a cage, Twilight's friends are forced to do slave labor, and she's making Snips and Snails cart her around on a wagon without wheels, because she has decided that wheels are "untrustworthy". [[spoiler:Once the amulet comes off, she loses her power boost but returns to her senses, and later apologizes for what she's done.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'':
** Gus became this when King Bob appointed him temporary monarch of the playground.
** In a more bureaucratic fashion, it also happened to [=TJ=]; when the whole playground started using stickers as a form of currency, [=TJ=] went from rags to riches to CorruptCorporateExecutive, implementing extortionate fees for every form of entertainment on the playground.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'':
** Rocko is left in charge of the comic book store while the boss is away. Brainwashed by the boss's massage chair, he becomes greedy and ill-tempered, and starts to ''look'' like him.
** Heffer after he becomes a security guard at the Conglom-O building.



* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'':
** Rocko is left in charge of the comic book store while the boss is away. Brainwashed by the boss's massage chair, he becomes greedy and ill-tempered, and starts to ''look'' like him.
** Heffer after he becomes a security guard at the Conglom-O building.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'':
** Gus became this when King Bob appointed him temporary monarch of the playground.
** In a more bureaucratic fashion, it also happened to [=TJ=]; when the whole playground started using stickers as a form of currency, [=TJ=] went from rags to riches to CorruptCorporateExecutive, implementing extortionate fees for every form of entertainment on the playground.
* JimmyNeutron becomes this when he becomes a hall monitor.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', Finn quickly goes mad with power after being left in charge while Aerrow is away, eventually provoking his teammates to mutiny against him.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', Fenton Crackshell is obliged to [[EmergencyImpersonation impersonate Scrooge, who has gone missing]], and soon starts acting like a caricature of Scrooge, with all his negative personality traits at full blast and none of the mitigating positive ones, even when he's alone with people who know about the impersonation.
* In an episode of ''[[WaysideSchool Wayside]]'', Myron gets tagged it and becomes the most powerful person on the playground. The end results aren't pretty. In fact, you can't even dare tag Myron it, because everyone knows what happens.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseWorks'' short "Sandwich Makers", Goofy is put in charge of a sandwich shop with Mickey and Donald as workers. Goofy eventually takes his "How To Be In Charge" book seriously and grows mad with power as 'captain', calling his friends yeomen and throwing them in "the brig" (storage closet).
--> '''Goofy:''' "Chapter Three: Who Needs Friends When You've Got Power!" (thunder crashes)



* Numbuh 3 of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has this ''any'' time she gets power. The two times we've seen this is when gaining control of her father's thermostat turned her into a fiery demon that would even attack her own friends to stop them from turning it down and when using [[SantaClaus Santa's]] present delivery system caused her to direct every single present in the world to her house. However, both times she was secretly bitter over something. (Humorously in the former example, her father similarly becomes an icy demon as he turns the treehouse thermostat down; [[HereWeGoAgain the adventure of getting him out of there is never shown.]])
** Numbuh 4 does this too, when he's made temporary leader while Numbuh 1 was away. He ends up declaring himself permanent temporary team leader and tries to build a giant [[AbnormalAmmo "Clam Cannon"]] based on a sarcastic comment from Numbuh 5. (Humorously, not only does it work to stop an ambush by the DCFDTL, Numbuh 1 approves of the Clam Cannon idea when he gets back, but tells them they'll need to rework a good chunk of the device. Numbuhs 2, 3, and 5 instantly shake off the fatigue Numbuh 4 put them through and are eager to work all night again.)
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' featured an episode where Steve became the school announcer, but the power went to his head, and caused him to believe whatever he said came true. ''Everyone'' who used the intercom in the episode eventually went mad with power. ''Everyone''.
** Even after they were on the intercom ''for just a few seconds.''
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' had that episode where they, Mervis, and Mr. Sunshine got presumably stuck at sea. They made Cat captain but he becomes increasingly tyrannical. When they find out [[spoiler:[[KarmicTwistEnding they had been in a fountain all that time but couldn't see because of dense fog]]]], Cat had already gone mad.
** Also happened to Dog when the duo are working at a cereal company and Dog gets promoted from box licker to prize stuffer.
* Daffy in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' (the pizza episode).
** Even Marvin Martian says "You're drunk with power!"
* "Field Marshall" Phoebe in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' when she became hall monitor.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Magic Duel", the Great and Powerful Trixie returns to Ponyville to challenge Twilight Sparkle, armed with an evil-looking amulet that boosts her power massively... at the cost of her mental stability. After soundly outclassing Twilight, she forcibly throws her out of town and places a magic barrier over the place to keep her out. Eventually the town has turned into a dark den full of sinister red banners and statues of Trixie and a permanent storm cloud keeping sunlight out; the mayor is locked in a cage, Twilight's friends are forced to do slave labor, and she's making Snips and Snails cart her around on a wagon without wheels, because she has decided that wheels are "untrustworthy". [[spoiler:Once the amulet comes off, she loses her power boost but returns to her senses, and later apologizes for what she's done.]]

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* Numbuh 3 of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has this ''any'' time she gets power. The two times we've seen this is when gaining control of her father's thermostat turned her into a fiery demon that would even attack her own friends to stop them from turning it down and when using [[SantaClaus Santa's]] present delivery system caused her to direct every single present In ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'', Finn quickly goes mad with power after being left in the world to her house. However, both times she was secretly bitter over something. (Humorously in the former example, her father similarly becomes an icy demon as he turns the treehouse thermostat down; [[HereWeGoAgain the adventure of getting him out of there is never shown.]])
** Numbuh 4 does this too, when he's made temporary leader
charge while Numbuh 1 was away. He ends up declaring himself permanent temporary team leader and tries Aerrow is away, eventually provoking his teammates to build a giant [[AbnormalAmmo "Clam Cannon"]] based on a sarcastic comment from Numbuh 5. (Humorously, not only does it work to stop an ambush by the DCFDTL, Numbuh 1 approves of the Clam Cannon idea when he gets back, but tells them they'll need to rework a good chunk of the device. Numbuhs 2, 3, and 5 instantly shake off the fatigue Numbuh 4 put them through and are eager to work all night again.)
mutiny against him.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' featured In an episode where Steve became the school announcer, but the power went to his head, of ''[[WesternAnimation/WaysideSchool Wayside]]'', Myron gets tagged it and caused him to believe whatever he said came true. ''Everyone'' who used the intercom in the episode eventually went mad with power. ''Everyone''.
** Even after they were on the intercom ''for just a few seconds.''
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' had that episode where they, Mervis, and Mr. Sunshine got presumably stuck at sea. They made Cat captain but he
becomes increasingly tyrannical. When they find out [[spoiler:[[KarmicTwistEnding they had been in a fountain all that time but couldn't see the most powerful person on the playground. The end results aren't pretty. In fact, you can't even dare tag Myron it, because of dense fog]]]], Cat had already gone mad.
** Also happened to Dog when the duo are working at a cereal company and Dog gets promoted from box licker to prize stuffer.
* Daffy in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' (the pizza episode).
** Even Marvin Martian says "You're drunk with power!"
* "Field Marshall" Phoebe in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' when she became hall monitor.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Magic Duel", the Great and Powerful Trixie returns to Ponyville to challenge Twilight Sparkle, armed with an evil-looking amulet that boosts her power massively... at the cost of her mental stability. After soundly outclassing Twilight, she forcibly throws her out of town and places a magic barrier over the place to keep her out. Eventually the town has turned into a dark den full of sinister red banners and statues of Trixie and a permanent storm cloud keeping sunlight out; the mayor is locked in a cage, Twilight's friends are forced to do slave labor, and she's making Snips and Snails cart her around on a wagon without wheels, because she has decided that wheels are "untrustworthy". [[spoiler:Once the amulet comes off, she loses her power boost but returns to her senses, and later apologizes for
everyone knows what she's done.]]happens.


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** A more low-key version happens when the MENSA takes over the Springfield city government; their [[StrawVulcan "completely rational"]] rule is initially not so bad, but they start disagreeing and splitting up shortly after reaching the power. The people of Springfield are also less than impressed with some of their latter initiatives, including Comic Book Guy's proposed ordinance of citizens having sex only every seven years (which will mean more for him, in any case). They quit once Stephen Hawking makes them realize their mistakes.

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** A more low-key version happens in "They Saved Lisa's Brain" when the local chapter of MENSA takes over the Springfield city government; their [[StrawVulcan "completely rational"]] rule is initially not so bad, but they start disagreeing and splitting up shortly after reaching the power. The people of Springfield are also less than impressed with some of their latter initiatives, including Comic Book Guy's proposed ordinance of citizens having sex only every seven years (which will mean more for him, in any case). They quit once Stephen Hawking makes them realize their mistakes.
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* In ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', [[spoiler:MarzGurl. She punches recruits to keep them in line, and asks Linkara if he has when he's doing their FBI surprise training.]]

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* In ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', [[spoiler:MarzGurl.[[spoiler:WebVideo/MarzGurl. She punches recruits to keep them in line, and asks Linkara if he has when he's doing their FBI surprise training.]]
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* ''Film/DasExperiment'': Deconstructed, in that it's shown that both the Guards and the Prisoners ultimately contribute to the escalation. At first the Guards limit themselves to minor abuses such as forcing a man with lactose intolerance to drink his required dosage of milk, but when the prisoners start to riot (largely because of prodding from Prisoner #77, who's a plant from a newspaper looking for a good story) they start resorting to increasingly violent methods to keep control over them. By the end the Guards are beating the Prisoners into comas, keep the junior scientists who are supposed to be monitoring the experiment captive so they can't interfere, and one of them even tries to rape a woman from the staff.
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