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* The {{Hentai}} ''Bible Black'' features the eponymous Black Bible, a spell book that some of the main protagonists have used to cast romantic spells, and other curses for fun and profit. Said book also has spells to summon demons ([[WholeEpisodeFlashback years before,]] a character had to learn the hard way that said spell [[GoneHorriblyWrong required a human virgin sacrifice.]]) The victim of an attempted human sacrifice made a DealWithTheDevil to stay alive long enough to find a soul to exchange for her longevity, and has chosen the hero's ChildhoodFriend as her sacrifice.
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** Strangely enough, played straight by Maleficent, of all people. She is shown warning the other Disney villains about relying too heavily on the power of Darkness, pointing out how many have fallen to it and lost themselves. While she does eventually get overtaken herself, she had to be ''forced into it'' by Ansem. Apparently being the "Mistress of all Evil" means one has an understanding of how dangerous Evil can be even to oneself.
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* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Lex Luthor turns Zod's corpse into a mutated, unstoppable "deformity" (Doomsday) as his trump card against Superman. The first person Doomsday attacks is, naturally, Luthor himself - had Superman not got in the way of its punch, Luthor would have been paste on the wall.

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* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Lex Luthor turns Zod's corpse into a mutated, unstoppable "deformity" (Doomsday) as his trump card against Superman. The Despite Luthor boasting that Doomsday is "Blood of my blood, loyal only to me," as soon as he is released, the first person Doomsday attacks is, naturally, Luthor himself - had Superman not got in the way of its punch, Luthor would have been paste on the wall.
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* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', the original Rezo found out that he would have to release Shabranigdo in order for Rezo to be able to [[spoiler:open his own eyes]]; he believes he can adequately contain the lord of all demons thereafter, seal him back up, no harm done, right? It doesn't work out that way, mainly because [[spoiler:Shabranigdo was actually sealed ''inside'' of Rezo; the very act of opening his eyes breaks the seal and allows Shabranigdo to [[DemonicPossession take over his body]].]]

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', the original Rezo found out that he would have to release Shabranigdo in order for Rezo to be able to [[spoiler:open his own eyes]]; he believes he can adequately contain the lord of all demons thereafter, seal him back up, no harm done, right? It doesn't work out that way, mainly because [[spoiler:Shabranigdo was actually sealed ''inside'' of Rezo; the very act of opening his eyes breaks the seal and allows Shabranigdo to [[DemonicPossession take over his body]].]]body]]]].



* In ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', various shady forces- a [[NebulousCriminalConspiracy conspiracy]] or two consisting of [[ThoseWackyNazis Neo-Nazis]], {{mad scientist}}s, and ex-SecretPolice amongst others- all want to use Johan to bring about their OneWorldOrder. Johan is also implied to be TheAntichrist. For real. As Tenma points out, he is not interested in ideas of racial or ethnic superiority, for he [[{{Ubermensch}} "laughs at all of humanity"]]. Ultimately he plays along with their plans for his own ends- namely, TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt-, only to suffer an existential crisis and [[spoiler:murder them all as a kind of metaphorical "suicide", ''vis a vis'' erasing everyone and everything who has any significant connection to him, while planning to be shot by Tenma.]] The last part fails, but the conspirators' plan never had a hope.

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* In ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', various shady forces- a [[NebulousCriminalConspiracy conspiracy]] or two consisting of [[ThoseWackyNazis Neo-Nazis]], {{mad scientist}}s, and ex-SecretPolice amongst others- all want to use Johan to bring about their OneWorldOrder. Johan is also implied to be TheAntichrist. For real. As Tenma points out, he is not interested in ideas of racial or ethnic superiority, for he [[{{Ubermensch}} "laughs at all of humanity"]]. Ultimately he plays along with their plans for his own ends- namely, TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt-, only to suffer an existential crisis and [[spoiler:murder them all as a kind of metaphorical "suicide", ''vis a vis'' erasing everyone and everything who has any significant connection to him, while planning to be shot by Tenma.]] Tenma]]. The last part fails, but the conspirators' plan never had a hope.



** But completely averted with [[spoiler:Tobi, who was able to use his sharingan alone to bind the Kyuubi (the most powerful of the tailed beasts) to his will and attack both the Hokage and the Hidden Leaf Village separately (along with controlling the Sanbi and its human host in a flashback). His EvilPlan involves using the seven beasts he already captured to make 100,000 Zetsu from their chakra, with the overall goal of combining all the captured tailed beasts into one colossal ten-tailed beast, become its host, and use its power to place the entire world under his control with his Tsukuyomi technique.]]

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** But completely averted with [[spoiler:Tobi, who was able to use his sharingan alone to bind the Kyuubi (the most powerful of the tailed beasts) to his will and attack both the Hokage and the Hidden Leaf Village separately (along with controlling the Sanbi and its human host in a flashback). His EvilPlan involves using the seven beasts he already captured to make 100,000 Zetsu from their chakra, with the overall goal of combining all the captured tailed beasts into one colossal ten-tailed beast, become its host, and use its power to place the entire world under his control with his Tsukuyomi technique.]]technique]].



** During the [[spoiler: Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto actually has a talk with eight of the nine beasts and discovers that not only are they all individual sentient beings with varying personalities, they were once all pretty nice. Once the Sage of the Six Paths died, however, people began treating them like monsters and they [[SelfFulfillingProphecy became monsters in retaliation.]] With Naruto treating them like people, they all offer him their support and he's able to break Kurama/the Kyuubi's seal and let him share his body as an ally. So it turns out to be Evil Responds Well To Being Treated Like A Person.]]

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** During the [[spoiler: Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto actually has a talk with eight of the nine beasts and discovers that not only are they all individual sentient beings with varying personalities, they were once all pretty nice. Once the Sage of the Six Paths died, however, people began treating them like monsters and they [[SelfFulfillingProphecy became monsters in retaliation.]] With Naruto treating them like people, they all offer him their support and he's able to break Kurama/the Kyuubi's seal and let him share his body as an ally. So it turns out to be Evil Responds Well To Being Treated Like A Person.]]Person]].



** And then, [[spoiler: Madara gets hit by this when his ultimate plan turns out to have just been the resurrection scheme of someone even worse, who immediately possesses him.]]

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** And then, [[spoiler: Madara gets hit by this when his ultimate plan turns out to have just been the resurrection scheme of someone even worse, who immediately possesses him.]]him]].



* In ''Anime/StarDriver'', Glittering Crux gets a taste of this in episode 14 [[spoiler:when their Maiden seeking Cybody Ayingott turns out to be an evil robotic horror that overpowers its own Driver and goes berserk. It immediately attacks the Crux leaders. Only Takuto's and Sugata's intervention prevents things from getting worse.]]

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* In ''Anime/StarDriver'', Glittering Crux gets a taste of this in episode 14 [[spoiler:when their Maiden seeking Cybody Ayingott turns out to be an evil robotic horror that overpowers its own Driver and goes berserk. It immediately attacks the Crux leaders. Only Takuto's and Sugata's intervention prevents things from getting worse.]]worse]].



* In episode 3 of ''Manga/SoulEater'', a witch revives an ancient pharaoh and says he is now her servant. The pharaoh angrily eats her alive and goes back to sleep. Several groups try to manipulate the Great Old Ones, Asura in particular, and run into trouble trying to get ''personifications of human madness'' to do what they want. Medusa's more indirect attempt by [[spoiler: leading Crona down the path of becoming a replacement for Asura]] is more successful because [[spoiler: she has no intention of controlling the final outcome.]]

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* In episode 3 of ''Manga/SoulEater'', a witch revives an ancient pharaoh and says he is now her servant. The pharaoh angrily eats her alive and goes back to sleep. Several groups try to manipulate the Great Old Ones, Asura in particular, and run into trouble trying to get ''personifications of human madness'' to do what they want. Medusa's more indirect attempt by [[spoiler: leading Crona down the path of becoming a replacement for Asura]] is more successful because [[spoiler: she has no intention of controlling the final outcome.]]outcome]].



* Surprisingly subverted with Stroheim in Part 2 of ''Anime/JojosBizarreAdventure''. The story plays out in such a way to make the viewer believe it's going with the standard plot of "Nazis unearth some ancient evil power and try to find a way to harness it, only for it to blow up in their faces." However, it's revealed that, as soon as they discovered Santana and the power he possessed, they realized that he's far beyond their control, and Stroheim was trying to find a way to ''destroy'' him instead. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop Santana from awakening and wreaking havoc anyway.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', despite what Hanzo and Date think it's quite clear that [[spoiler:[[DestroyerDeity Izanami]] is a dangerous force that cannot be controlled and should not be messed with.]]

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* Surprisingly subverted with Stroheim in Part 2 of ''Anime/JojosBizarreAdventure''.''Anime/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. The story plays out in such a way to make the viewer believe it's going with the standard plot of "Nazis unearth some ancient evil power and try to find a way to harness it, only for it to blow up in their faces." However, it's revealed that, as soon as they discovered Santana and the power he possessed, they realized that he's far beyond their control, and Stroheim was trying to find a way to ''destroy'' him instead. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop Santana from awakening and wreaking havoc anyway.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', despite what Hanzo and Date think it's quite clear that [[spoiler:[[DestroyerDeity Izanami]] is a dangerous force that cannot be controlled and should not be messed with.]]with]].



* A lot of ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'s enemies seem to think that they can use the Right Hand of Doom and [[EldritchAbomination Ogdru Jahad]] for their own ends (even Hell), while it is implied that they would merely destroy all of reality. A reoccurring theme among others who don't try to use the Ogdru Jahad. Sorcerers and witches who traffic with demons die painful deaths and are sucked down to Hell. TheFairFolk and witches revive a mad [[KingArthur Nimue]] to wage war on humanity, The results are far more horrifying then anyone expected.
* Sebastian Shaw, foe of the ''Comicbook/XMen'', helped to develop and secure funding the [[CapeBusters mutant-hunting]] [[GiantMecha Sentinels]], figuring if he builds them instead of someone else, he can instill a RestrainingBolt to keep them from recognizing him as a mutant. This led to the Days of Future Past, a BadFuture where the Sentinels TurnedAgainstTheirMasters and waged a genocidal war on mutants everywhere.
** Another Hellfire Club member didn't fare much better. Mastermind [[MindRape learned]] TheDogBitesBack when he twisted Phoenix into [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Dark Phoenix]].

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* A lot of ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'s enemies seem to think that they can use the Right Hand of Doom and [[EldritchAbomination Ogdru Jahad]] for their own ends (even Hell), while it is implied that they would merely destroy all of reality. A reoccurring theme among others who don't try to use the Ogdru Jahad. Sorcerers and witches who traffic with demons die painful deaths and are sucked down to Hell. TheFairFolk and witches revive a mad [[KingArthur [[Myth/KingArthur Nimue]] to wage war on humanity, The results are far more horrifying then anyone expected.
* Sebastian Shaw, foe of the ''Comicbook/XMen'', helped to develop and secure funding the [[CapeBusters mutant-hunting]] [[GiantMecha Sentinels]], figuring if he builds them instead of someone else, he can instill a RestrainingBolt to keep them from recognizing him as a mutant. This led to the Days of Future Past, ComicBook/DaysOfFuturePast, a BadFuture where the Sentinels TurnedAgainstTheirMasters and waged a genocidal war on mutants everywhere.
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Another Hellfire Club member didn't fare much better. Mastermind [[MindRape learned]] TheDogBitesBack when he twisted Phoenix into [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Dark Phoenix]].



* Invoked in ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore''. In order to cure Superman's illness, Wonder Woman's mentor I-Ching performs a dark magic ritual. He is aware of the risks and the foolishness of playing with black magic, but he thinks there is no other way to help the Man of Steel.

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* Invoked in ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Comicbook/KryptoniteNevermore''. In order to cure Superman's illness, Wonder Woman's Franchise/WonderWoman's mentor I-Ching performs a dark magic ritual. He is aware of the risks and the foolishness of playing with black magic, but he thinks there is no other way to help the Man of Steel.



* In ''Comicbook/{{Siege}}'', ComicBook/NormanOsborn and Loki realize just how badly they underestimated Sentry/Void's power and evil.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Siege}}'', ComicBook/NormanOsborn and Loki ComicBook/{{Loki}} realize just how badly they underestimated Sentry/Void's ComicBook/TheSentry/Void's power and evil.



* Pretty much OnceAnEpisode in ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'', someone will make a DealWithTheDevil, only to realize too late that they got more than they bargained for.
* In New ComicBook/SuicideSquad #1, Amanda Waller loses full control of the team of supervillains and has to share it with Victor Sage. Unlike Waller, however, Sage treats the Squad (sorry, Task Force X) like his personal fantasy league, introducing stupid changes like renaming the team Task Force XL, hiring [[OnlyInItForTheMoney the extremely mercenary Deathstroke]] ''[[WhatAnIdiot without the requisite]] ExplosiveLeash'' and putting together Harley Quinn (who recently gave up on the Joker for good) and LoonyFan Duela Dent (the self-proclaimed "Joker's Daughter"), [[TooDumbToLive in a bid to draw the Joker out of hiding so that they can put him on the team]]. Deathstroke betrays the team five minutes in, Harley brutally beats up Duela, and due to Sage's incompetence, Deadshot's aim is crippled. Waller chews him out for his colossal ego and absolute lack of foresight.

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* Pretty much OnceAnEpisode OncePerEpisode in ''ComicBook/{{Vampirella}}'', someone will make a DealWithTheDevil, only to realize too late that they got more than they bargained for.
* In New ComicBook/SuicideSquad #1, Amanda Waller loses full control of the team of supervillains and has to share it with Victor Sage. Unlike Waller, however, Sage treats the Squad (sorry, Task Force X) like his personal fantasy league, introducing stupid changes like renaming the team Task Force XL, hiring [[OnlyInItForTheMoney the extremely mercenary Deathstroke]] mercenary]] ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} ''[[WhatAnIdiot without the requisite]] ExplosiveLeash'' and putting together Harley Quinn (who recently gave up on the Joker for good) and LoonyFan Duela Dent (the self-proclaimed "Joker's Daughter"), [[TooDumbToLive in a bid to draw the Joker out of hiding so that they can put him on the team]]. Deathstroke betrays the team five minutes in, Harley brutally beats up Duela, and due to Sage's incompetence, Deadshot's aim is crippled. Waller chews him out for his colossal ego and absolute lack of foresight.



** In the original series, [[spoiler:Alex's secret plan is to bring about the end of the world in the mistaken belief that the Gibborim will reward his family more lavishly if he sabotages the rest of the Pride. This theory turns out to be false, and the Gibborim straight up kill him.]]
** In the second series, [[spoiler:the New Pride tries to renew the original Pride's efforts in order to resurrect Alex. They fail, thankfully, but not before killing Gert. And then Chase tries to make his own deal with the Gibborim, offering his own life to sustain them in exchange for Gert's resurrection. His plan is so poorly conceived that the Gibborim nearly kill the entire team.]]

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** In the original series, [[spoiler:Alex's secret plan is to bring about the end of the world in the mistaken belief that the Gibborim will reward his family more lavishly if he sabotages the rest of the Pride. This theory turns out to be false, and the Gibborim straight up kill him.]]
him]].
** In the second series, [[spoiler:the New Pride tries to renew the original Pride's efforts in order to resurrect Alex. They fail, thankfully, but not before killing Gert. And then Chase tries to make his own deal with the Gibborim, offering his own life to sustain them in exchange for Gert's resurrection. His plan is so poorly conceived that the Gibborim nearly kill the entire team.]]team]].



* In ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueVsSuicideSquad'', [[spoiler:Max Lord obtains the Heart of Darkness, takes possession of the powered members of the Justice League, then proceeds to take over the United States. When he brings in Amanda Waller to show her the fruits of his labor, he boasts that he has everything under control, even using a tattoo to protect him from the gem's owner. However, when Waller shows Max that he's sent the world into chaos, Max is horrified. Then, Eclipso takes over his body.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueVsSuicideSquad'', [[spoiler:Max Lord obtains the Heart of Darkness, takes possession of the powered members of the Justice League, then proceeds to take over the United States. When he brings in Amanda Waller to show her the fruits of his labor, he boasts that he has everything under control, even using a tattoo to protect him from the gem's owner. However, when Waller shows Max that he's sent the world into chaos, Max is horrified. Then, Eclipso takes over his body.]]body]].



* Inverted in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1048901/42/Stygian-Solace Stygian Solace]]''. Due [[ForWantOfANail Riku's unavailability as a host]], [[BigBad Ansem, Seeker of Darkness]] gets the next best person [[spoiler: Kairi.]] However, this results in the creation of Yami as Ansem's heartless is slowly purified [[spoiler: by Kairi's pure heart.]]

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* Inverted in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1048901/42/Stygian-Solace Stygian Solace]]''. Due [[ForWantOfANail Riku's unavailability as a host]], [[BigBad Ansem, Seeker of Darkness]] gets the next best person [[spoiler: Kairi.]] Kairi]]. However, this results in the creation of Yami as Ansem's heartless is slowly purified [[spoiler: by Kairi's pure heart.]]heart]].



** Gendo and Ritsuko allows the Emerald Tablet, a mysterious and powerful A.I., to operate without safety protocols in order to allow it to [[spoiler:[[MonsterProtectionRacket create new Angels for the Evas to fight in order to convince the UN of the necessity of keeping NERV around]], with the intention of buying Gendo more time to set up his version of Third Impact.]] They both manage to underestimate the [[spoiler:Tablet's capacity for self-learning, leading to it [[AIIsACrapShoot becoming self-aware and developing a God-complex as well as homicidal tendencies]]]], resulting in a lot of unforeseen damage and Ritsuko must eventually admit to Gendo that the situation is rapidly spinning out of their control.

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** Gendo and Ritsuko allows the Emerald Tablet, a mysterious and powerful A.I., to operate without safety protocols in order to allow it to [[spoiler:[[MonsterProtectionRacket create new Angels for the Evas to fight in order to convince the UN of the necessity of keeping NERV around]], with the intention of buying Gendo more time to set up his version of Third Impact.]] Impact]]. They both manage to underestimate the [[spoiler:Tablet's capacity for self-learning, leading to it [[AIIsACrapShoot becoming self-aware and developing a God-complex as well as homicidal tendencies]]]], resulting in a lot of unforeseen damage and Ritsuko must eventually admit to Gendo that the situation is rapidly spinning out of their control.



* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' Black Mask has some idea of what is going to happen if he releases SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood''
** What kicked off the entire plot was ComicBook/RasAlGhul hiring ComicBook/TheJoker to keep Batman and Robin distracted, believing he could control him. He's proven wrong when Joker goes against his plan by kidnapping Robin and ultimately killing him.
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Black Mask also has some idea of what is going to happen if he releases SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.the Joker.



** Similarly, what kicked off the entire plot is that Ra's al Ghul hired the Joker to keep Batman and Robin distracted, believing he could control him. He's proven wrong when Joker goes against his plan by kidnapping Robin and ultimately killing him.



* In ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', Freddy provokes Jason into rising up and attacking the teens of Springwood, in order to stir up a fresh generation's fear and give himself the power that'll let Krueger escape from Hell and continue killing himself. The plan [[GoneHorriblyRight works]], but Freddy failed to anticipate that Jason wouldn't stop killing, stealing Freddy's potential victims in the process.

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* In ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', Freddy provokes Jason into rising up and attacking the teens of Springwood, in order to stir up a fresh generation's fear and give himself the power that'll let Krueger escape from Hell and continue killing himself. The plan [[GoneHorriblyRight works]], but Freddy failed to anticipate that Jason wouldn't stop killing, [[KillSteal stealing Freddy's potential victims in the process.process]].



* ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' reveals that humans have been using parts of Decepticons (including ''Megatron'') [[spoiler:to build their own Transformers.]] Guess what happens. No go on, guess.

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* ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' reveals that humans have been using parts of Decepticons (including ''Megatron'') [[spoiler:to build their own Transformers.]] Transformers]]. Guess what happens. No go on, guess.



* In ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}'', Amanda Waller thinks she can control Enchantress (an immortal sorceress from another dimension) indefinitely. It backfires, as Enchantress finds a way to escape containtment and [[spoiler:free her demonic brother, and ends up a world threat.]] She's actually the ''first'' problem Task Force X (the Suicide Squad) is sent to handle.

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* In ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}'', Amanda Waller thinks she can control Enchantress (an immortal sorceress from another dimension) indefinitely. It backfires, as Enchantress finds a way to escape containtment containment and [[spoiler:free her demonic brother, and ends up a world threat.]] threat]]. She's actually the ''first'' problem Task Force X (the Suicide Squad) is sent to handle.



* At the climax of Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', [[spoiler:Rishda Tarkaan summons the evil god Tash into Narnia. (Oddly enough, he does this unintentionally: he doesn't even believe in Tash, but to support the imposter-Aslan, he claimed that Aslan and Tash are one and the same. Tash hears and decides to pay a visit.) The evil spirit immediately turns on its summoner; fortunately, Aslan (the real one) intervenes before the scene can get any uglier.]]

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* At the climax of Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', [[spoiler:Rishda Tarkaan summons the evil god Tash into Narnia. (Oddly enough, he does this unintentionally: he doesn't even believe in Tash, but to support the imposter-Aslan, he claimed that Aslan and Tash are one and the same. Tash hears and decides to pay a visit.) The evil spirit immediately turns on its summoner; fortunately, Aslan (the real one) intervenes before the scene can get any uglier.]]uglier]].



* In Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Literature/TheTangleBox'', Horris Kew and Biggar release the Gorse from its prison, and it enslaves them with the intent to send them down the Box when they are no longer useful. In the end, it is Horris who [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn saves the King]].]]

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* In Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Literature/TheTangleBox'', Horris Kew and Biggar release the Gorse from its prison, and it enslaves them with the intent to send them down the Box when they are no longer useful. In the end, it is Horris who [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn saves the King]].]]King]]]].



* [[Creator/HPLovecraft "Do not call up that which you cannot put down"]] was the advice given to a necromancer from "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard." He didn't listen. More to the point, [[spoiler: the title character's resurrection of said necromantic ancestor resulted in his own imprisonment and murder while the ancestor took over his life.]]

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* [[Creator/HPLovecraft "Do not call up that which you cannot put down"]] was the advice given to a necromancer from "Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard." He didn't listen. More to the point, [[spoiler: the title character's resurrection of said necromantic ancestor resulted in his own imprisonment and murder while the ancestor took over his life.]]life]].



** In the same book, Harry himself learns mysterious pseudonyms are not toys either, no matter how helpful they've been in the past. He tries casting "Sectumsempra" on Malfoy, without knowing what it does, and is horrified to find out it [[spoiler:vivisects the target.]]
** In the next book, Harry discovers that [[spoiler:Regulus Black, Sirius' Death Eater younger brother, also learned that EvilIsNotAToy, much like Draco. Regulus [[RedemptionEqualsDeath died betraying Voldemort]].]]

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** In the same book, Harry himself learns mysterious pseudonyms are not toys either, no matter how helpful they've been in the past. He tries casting "Sectumsempra" on Malfoy, without knowing what it does, and is horrified to find out it [[spoiler:vivisects the target.]]
target]].
** In the next book, Harry discovers that [[spoiler:Regulus Black, Sirius' Death Eater younger brother, also learned that EvilIsNotAToy, this lesson, much like Draco. Regulus [[RedemptionEqualsDeath died betraying Voldemort]].]]Voldemort]]]].



* In the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] book of ''Genesis'', chapter 3, God creates a Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, places it in the garden with His creations, and commands the man and woman not to eat any of the fruit from it lest they die.
** Debatable. The fruit was ''knowledge,'' not evil itself. Tasting it had [[LateArrivalSpoiler fairly drastic consequences]].



** In ''The Fuller Memorandum'', later in the series, the main character paraphrases the Lovecraft quote from above [[spoiler:when some amateur cultists try to use him as the host for a summoned EldritchAbomination - and screw it up very badly.]]
** In ''The Jennifer Morgue'' [[BigBad Billington]] intends to fish an ancient continent-crushing war machine created by one of elder races from oceanic depths and repair it [[spoiler: because its controlling intelligence [[MindControl mind screwed him into obedience]] when he tried to contact it.]]

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** In ''The Fuller Memorandum'', later in the series, the main character paraphrases the Lovecraft quote from above [[spoiler:when some amateur cultists try to use him as the host for a summoned EldritchAbomination - and screw it up very badly.]]
badly]].
** In ''The Jennifer Morgue'' [[BigBad Billington]] intends to fish an ancient continent-crushing war machine created by one of elder races from oceanic depths and repair it [[spoiler: because its controlling intelligence [[MindControl mind screwed him into obedience]] when he tried to contact it.]]it]].



* In the backstory of ''Literature/TheSeventhTower'', a woman named Kathilde and her brother wanted to depose Mercur, Emperor of [[TheMagocracy the Chosen]] and take his place. [[spoiler: So they released Sharrakor, SealedEvilInACan and ancient shapeshifting EvilOverlord, to help them out. Predictably, Sharrakor helped them overthrow Mercur, allowing Kathilde to become Empress and her brother her chief advisor, but in the end they were just walking rubberstamps for whatever Sharrakor wanted done]].

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* In the backstory of ''Literature/TheSeventhTower'', a woman named Kathilde and her brother wanted to depose Mercur, Emperor of [[TheMagocracy the Chosen]] and take his place. [[spoiler: So they released Sharrakor, SealedEvilInACan and ancient shapeshifting EvilOverlord, to help them out. Predictably, Sharrakor helped them overthrow Mercur, allowing Kathilde to become Empress and her brother her chief advisor, but in the end they were just walking rubberstamps for whatever Sharrakor wanted done]].done.]]



* A frequent occurrence in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. The major example is apparently [[spoiler: Lucifer, who according to Crowley would have destroyed the demons as soon as he no longer needed them.]]

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* A frequent occurrence in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. The major example is apparently [[spoiler: Lucifer, who according to Crowley would have destroyed the demons as soon as he no longer needed them.]]them]].



** VERY MUCH the case for [[spoiler: Castiel at the beginning of Season 7. He sucked in every soul from Purgatory to make himself powerful enough to kill Raphael, declared himself [[AGodAmI the new God]], and lasted a VERY short amount of time (hard to tell exactly in-universe, a few days probably, weeks at most, less than a full episode), and proceeded to get taken over and [[YourHeadAsplode blown up from inside]] by the ancient race of evil that had been sealed in Purgatory.]]

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** VERY MUCH the case for [[spoiler: Castiel at the beginning of Season 7. He sucked in every soul from Purgatory to make himself powerful enough to kill Raphael, declared himself [[AGodAmI the new God]], and lasted a VERY short amount of time (hard to tell exactly in-universe, a few days probably, weeks at most, less than a full episode), and proceeded to get taken over and [[YourHeadAsplode blown up from inside]] by the ancient race of evil that had been sealed in Purgatory.]]Purgatory]].



** In season 11, Crowley [[spoiler:takes in the child incarnation of Amara the Darkness -- ''the'' primordial evil of the setting which frightens even the likes of Lucifer and Michael -- and feeds her souls in a bid to get on her good side and manipulate her.]] By the end of the episode "Bad Seed", [[spoiler:she's become an adolescent and she wants even more souls]] and it starts to dawn on Crowley that he can't keep up with her demands. A few episodes later [[spoiler: and Amara has completely broken free of Crowley's control, only sparing him because he's NotWorthKilling.]]

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** In season 11, Crowley [[spoiler:takes in the child incarnation of Amara the Darkness -- ''the'' primordial evil of the setting which frightens even the likes of Lucifer and Michael -- and feeds her souls in a bid to get on her good side and manipulate her.]] her]]. By the end of the episode "Bad Seed", [[spoiler:she's become an adolescent and she wants even more souls]] and it starts to dawn on Crowley that he can't keep up with her demands. A few episodes later [[spoiler: and Amara has completely broken free of Crowley's control, only sparing him because he's NotWorthKilling.]]NotWorthKilling]].



** In season 4, Professor Walsh creates Adam, a Frankenstein-esque human/demon/cyborg creature intended to be the SuperPrototype for an army of similar SuperSoldiers. Within minutes of activation, Adam kills her himself and ultimately seizes control of Walsh's plans for himself.

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** In season 4, Professor Walsh creates Adam, a Frankenstein-esque human/demon/cyborg creature intended to be the SuperPrototype for an army of similar SuperSoldiers.{{Super Soldier}}s. Within minutes of activation, Adam kills her himself and ultimately seizes control of Walsh's plans for himself.



* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' reveals during the third season that [[NebulousEvilOrganization HYDRA]] is in fact an ancient cult dedicated to the worship of an evil, {{body surf}}ing Inhuman known as Hive. Gideon Malick, one of the main antagonists of the season and HYDRA's modern leader, has spent his whole life trying to find a way to free Hive from his [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment]] through a wormhole; after half a season, he succeeds, only for Hive to [[EvilerThanThou quickly usurp control]] of HYDRA from him, ultimately culminating in [[spoiler: killing Malick's daughter in front of him to make a point, and then killing him to prevent him squealing to SHIELD in retaliation.]]

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' reveals during the third season that [[NebulousEvilOrganization [[NebulousEvilOrganisation HYDRA]] is in fact an ancient cult dedicated to the worship of an evil, {{body surf}}ing Inhuman known as Hive. Gideon Malick, one of the main antagonists of the season and HYDRA's modern leader, has spent his whole life trying to find a way to free Hive from his [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment]] through a wormhole; after half a season, he succeeds, only for Hive to [[EvilerThanThou quickly usurp control]] of HYDRA from him, ultimately culminating in [[spoiler: killing Malick's daughter in front of him to make a point, and then killing him to prevent him squealing to SHIELD S.H.I.E.L.D. in retaliation.]]retaliation]].









* As a core part of TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse, the Arisen pretty much invariably gather cults around themselves, even whilst lying dormant. More than once, a cult has tried to use its patron as a tool, aided by the fact that rising from the grave in an amnesiac state and being bound to fulfil whatever purpose they were called back for is an inherent part of the Curse. However, what these cultists fail to take into account is that the Arisen are amnesiac, not mindless, and they do ''not'' simply fall down dead again once their purpose is fulfilled; they get to stick around and do whatever they want for a good while first. And their cultists are quite expendable...

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* As a core part of TabletopGame/MummyTheCurse, the Arisen pretty much invariably gather cults around themselves, even whilst lying dormant. More than once, a cult has tried to use its patron as a tool, aided by the fact that rising from the grave in an amnesiac state and being bound to fulfil fulfill whatever purpose they were called back for is an inherent part of the Curse. However, what these cultists fail to take into account is that the Arisen are amnesiac, not mindless, and they do ''not'' simply fall down dead again once their purpose is fulfilled; they get to stick around and do whatever they want for a good while first. And their cultists are quite expendable...



* In ''Videogame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler: both Flowey and Frisk get this in the [[KillEmAll Genocide Run]]. Flowey doesn't realize that Chara doesn't care about them until just before the end, at which point he makes a failed attempt to warn Asgore and then an equally unsuccessful attempt to convince Chara he never betrayed them. After the completion of the run, the player sells their soul to recreate the world, which leads to Chara killing your friends in any future pacifist run.]]

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* In ''Videogame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler: both Flowey and Frisk get this in the [[KillEmAll Genocide Run]]. Flowey doesn't realize that Chara doesn't care about them until just before the end, at which point he makes a failed attempt to warn Asgore and then an equally unsuccessful attempt to convince Chara he never betrayed them. After the completion of the run, the player sells their soul to recreate the world, which leads to Chara killing your friends in any future pacifist run.]]run]].



** Dark Gaia was released from his can (which was the planet, no less) within the first few seconds of ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', only to break apart and be of no use to anyone, [[MarathonLevel at first.]] Yet when fully restored, Dark Gaia [[spoiler:immediately sends Eggman flying when he tries to control it.]]
** In ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', [[spoiler:Eggman averts this, as he takes control of a time-erasing creature by mechanizing it and it never turns on him.]]

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** Dark Gaia was released from his can (which was the planet, no less) within the first few seconds of ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'', only to break apart and be of no use to anyone, [[MarathonLevel at first.]] Yet when fully restored, Dark Gaia [[spoiler:immediately sends Eggman flying when he tries to control it.]]
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** In ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', [[spoiler:Eggman averts this, as he takes control of a time-erasing creature by mechanizing it and it never turns on him.]]him]].



* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' played with this quite epically: [[spoiler:sealed evil is just a good bunch of TNT, but hey, works just as good!]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'': Mars [[DoomedHometown burns down the protagonists' town]] just to get one of the keys to unseal Dhaos. The first thing Dhaos does when unsealed is to disintegrate Mars. [[spoiler: Well, that's the second; the first thing is to reveal that he himself had manipulated Mars to unseal him]].

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* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' played with this quite epically: [[spoiler:sealed evil is just a good bunch of TNT, but hey, works just as good!]]
good]]!
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'': Mars [[DoomedHometown burns down the protagonists' town]] just to get one of the keys to unseal Dhaos. The first thing Dhaos does when unsealed is to disintegrate Mars. [[spoiler: Well, that's the second; the first thing is to reveal that he himself had manipulated Mars to unseal him]].him.]]



* Every time someone stumbles on Filth in ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' they will try to harness it, only to be turned into mindless AxCrazy HumanoidAbomination or [[spoiler: enslaved by [[EldritchAbomination Dreamers]] and trapped in their delusions. Apparently, their whispers are very persuasive.]]
** Slightly subverted for PowersThatBe, but played straight for everyone surrounding them: [[spoiler: Lilith has wards that are effective against Filth, but each of her tries has gone wrong, with the latest bringing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to previous iteration of reality.]]

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* Every time someone stumbles on Filth in ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' they will try to harness it, only to be turned into mindless AxCrazy HumanoidAbomination or [[spoiler: enslaved by [[EldritchAbomination Dreamers]] and trapped in their delusions. Apparently, their whispers are very persuasive.]]
persuasive]].
** Slightly subverted for PowersThatBe, but played straight for everyone surrounding them: [[spoiler: Lilith has wards that are effective against Filth, but each of her tries has gone wrong, with the latest bringing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to previous iteration of reality.]]reality]].



*** Subverted somewhat with [[spoiler: [[OurAngelsAreDifferent The Host]] - even though they originally harnessed Dreamers' power to create Earth in first place and know, how to control it, they understand dangers. Grigori are opposed to touching Dreamers at all, while Nephelim want to wake them with all precautions and full control.]]

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*** Subverted somewhat with [[spoiler: [[OurAngelsAreDifferent The Host]] - even though they originally harnessed Dreamers' power to create Earth in first place and know, how to control it, they understand dangers. Grigori are opposed to touching Dreamers at all, while Nephelim want to wake them with all precautions and full control.]]control]].



* An odd case of this happens in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception''; BigBad Onaga tricks Shujinko into bringing together the Kamidogu to revive him, then takes them all for himself afterwards in order to fuse all the realms into one. This, in turn, turns out to be another ploy by an even bigger BigBad, the One Being, who is manipulating Onaga into doing so to revive it, with Onaga's ultimate "reward" being non-existence. And, as a backup plan, the One Being also manipulated Onaga's traitorous successor, Shao Kahn, into conquering realms to fuse with Outworld to achieve the same goal. So far only Ermac, Shao Kahn's former enforcer, seems to be aware of his presence.
** The Elder Gods also know about the One Being (they did the sealing, after all), however, they are [[NeglectfulPrecursors idiots]].

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* ''Franchise/MortalKombat''
**
An odd case of this happens in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception''; BigBad Onaga tricks Shujinko into bringing together the Kamidogu to revive him, then takes them all for himself afterwards in order to fuse all the realms into one. This, in turn, turns out to be another ploy by an even bigger BigBad, the One Being, who is manipulating Onaga into doing so to revive it, with Onaga's ultimate "reward" being non-existence. And, as a backup plan, the One Being also manipulated Onaga's traitorous successor, Shao Kahn, into conquering realms to fuse with Outworld to achieve the same goal. So far only Ermac, Shao Kahn's former enforcer, seems to be aware of his presence.
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presence. The Elder Gods also know about the One Being (they did the sealing, after all), however, they are [[NeglectfulPrecursors idiots]].idiots]].
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'': In Jason Voorhees' arcade ending, the revenant menace of ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' catches the attention of the Netherrealm's new ruler, Liu Kang. He offered Jason a plentiful bounty of victims in exchange for his fealty. Jason's response? [[spoiler:He simply [[HoistByHisOwnPetard disembowels Liu Kang and strangles him with his own innards]], as Jason's loyalty lies only with one person: his own mother.]]



** [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Riku]] gives himself over to the Darkness at the very beginning of the game, thinking it's an easy way off his world and [[JumpedAtTheCall into the adventure he craves]]. It ends up separating him from his [[TrueCompanions friends]], [[DoomedHometown destroying his homeworld]], and apparently devouring the heart of [[TwoGuysAndAGirl the girl he and his best friend like]]. Oh, and it also [[spoiler:denies him a glorious destiny as the wielder of the Keyblade, but he doesn't learn that until later.]] He only blunders worse from there on. Having not yet learned his lesson, he makes a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Maleficent]] so he can try and find his friends, and he actively dives into the power of darkness to try and find Kairi's missing heart. When that doesn't work, he makes another deal with some figure he can't even ''see'' for more power, which winds up [[DemonicPossession costing him possession of his own body]]. He finally starts saying "No to Drugs," but it takes him the rest of the first game, all of the next, and most of the third to deal with the consequences.

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** [[WhiteHairBlackHeart Riku]] gives himself over to the Darkness at the very beginning of the game, thinking it's an easy way off his world and [[JumpedAtTheCall into the adventure he craves]]. It ends up separating him from his [[TrueCompanions friends]], [[DoomedHometown destroying his homeworld]], and apparently devouring the heart of [[TwoGuysAndAGirl the girl he and his best friend like]]. Oh, and it also [[spoiler:denies him a glorious destiny as the wielder of the Keyblade, but he doesn't learn that until later.]] later]]. He only blunders worse from there on. Having not yet learned his lesson, he makes a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with Maleficent]] so he can try and find his friends, and he actively dives into the power of darkness to try and find Kairi's missing heart. When that doesn't work, he makes another deal with some figure he can't even ''see'' for more power, which winds up [[DemonicPossession costing him possession of his own body]]. He finally starts saying "No to Drugs," but it takes him the rest of the first game, all of the next, and most of the third to deal with the consequences.



** ''Birth By Sleep'' reveals that Evil ''really'' is not a toy. Use of Darkness be it for good or evil weakens the body's natural Light defenses against other darkness users. Hence trying to fight a stronger darkness user with darkness won't work very well and will just make them hurt you more. Hence Terra who mastered his own power of darkness and swore to wield it against evil and for the sake of his friends (manifested in gameplay by him acquiring a dark Keyblade and an attack called Dark Impulse) uses it against the BigBad and defeats him with it [[spoiler: and then Xenahort unlocks his own heart and sends it into Terra, which Terra whose light defenses are weakened from the use of dark power is unable to resist, causing Xehanort to take control of Terra's body. EvilIsNotAToy or in this case something that can be used without consequence kids!]]

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** ''Birth By Sleep'' reveals that Evil ''really'' is not a toy. Use of Darkness be it for good or evil weakens the body's natural Light defenses against other darkness users. Hence trying to fight a stronger darkness user with darkness won't work very well and will just make them hurt you more. Hence Terra who mastered his own power of darkness and swore to wield it against evil and for the sake of his friends (manifested in gameplay by him acquiring a dark Keyblade and an attack called Dark Impulse) uses it against the BigBad and defeats him with it [[spoiler: and then Xenahort unlocks his own heart and sends it into Terra, which Terra whose light defenses are weakened from the use of dark power is unable to resist, causing Xehanort to take control of Terra's body. EvilIsNotAToy Evil Is Not A Toy or in this case something that can be used without consequence kids!]]kids]]!



*** Vanitas [[spoiler: is Ventus's SuperpoweredEvilSide which was extracted from Ventus's heart and body by [[BigBad Master Xehanort]].]] At the end of ''Birth By Sleep'', [[spoiler: he possesses an unlimited army of [[TheHeartless evil underlings]] and a [[InfinityPlusOneSword nigh omnipotent weapon]] capable of bending reality and plunging the worlds into neverending war.]] This is especially distressing because [[spoiler: 1) he's a [[EvilLaugh mani]][[ForTheEvulz ac]] and 2) earlier in the game he showed no remorse over disobeying [[BigBad Master Xehanort's]] express orders. In all likelihood, he would have just killed his "master" and wreaked havoc all over the universe had Aqua and Ventus not stopped him.]]

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*** Vanitas [[spoiler: is Ventus's SuperpoweredEvilSide which was extracted from Ventus's heart and body by [[BigBad Master Xehanort]].]] Xehanort]]]]. At the end of ''Birth By Sleep'', [[spoiler: he possesses an unlimited army of [[TheHeartless evil underlings]] and a [[InfinityPlusOneSword nigh omnipotent weapon]] capable of bending reality and plunging the worlds into neverending war.]] war]]. This is especially distressing because [[spoiler: 1) he's a [[EvilLaugh mani]][[ForTheEvulz ac]] and 2) earlier in the game he showed no remorse over disobeying [[BigBad Master Xehanort's]] express orders. In all likelihood, he would have just killed his "master" and wreaked havoc all over the universe had Aqua and Ventus not stopped him.]]him]].



* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', [[spoiler:the Shadow Queen blows Grodus up after he commands her after freeing her]]. This all happened because [[spoiler:the Shadow Sirens, the Shadow Queen's true servants, had deliberately tricked him into thinking it was possible to command her.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', [[spoiler:the Shadow Queen blows Grodus up after he commands her after freeing her]]. This all happened because [[spoiler:the Shadow Sirens, the Shadow Queen's true servants, had deliberately tricked him into thinking it was possible to command her.]]her]].



* Subversion, at the end of the first ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' game [[MagnificentBastard Albert Wesker]] tries to unleash the most powerful of the Umbrella Corporation's virus born monsters (the Tyrant) on the main characters. He gets a claw to the torso for his trouble but in the later games it turns out he [[ThePlan planned it all along]] and injected himself with a virus which put him in a deathlike state and gave him superhuman abilities.

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* Subversion, ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''
** Subversion;
at the end of [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil1 the first ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' game game]] [[MagnificentBastard Albert Wesker]] tries to unleash the most powerful of the Umbrella Corporation's virus born monsters (the Tyrant) on the main characters. He gets a claw to the torso for his trouble but in the later games it turns out he [[ThePlan planned it all along]] and injected himself with a virus which put him in a deathlike state and gave him superhuman abilities.



* Everyone who uses the Emigre Manuscript in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' assumes that, unlike the poor bastards before them, they'll be able to hold it together long enough to bring [[{{Necromantic}} their loved ones]] BackFromTheDead. They usually end up a statistic. [[spoiler:The only time it works properly, it requires a HeroicSacrifice and ''still'' produces an EldritchAbomination]].
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''; repeatedly. Spoilers ahoy!
** Fire Emblem 7's BigBad Nergal fully devoted himself to the dark arts in order to rescue his wife. Said dark arts consumed his free will and [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget caused him to forget]] ''[[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget why]]'' [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget he wanted power in the first place]].
** Fire Emblem ''Sacred Stones'' [[spoiler:Prince Lyon of Grado tries to use his country's sacred stone to heal his ailing father. Good idea, except he knows the Demon King's soul is imprisoned inside, but he's sure he can control it. Not only does it control him, but it kills his father, resurrects it as a zombie, and promptly declares war against the world. Oh, and it consumes Lyon's soul by the end of the game. Oops.]]
** ''Path of Radiance'' Mad King Ashnard declares war and pisses everyone off so he can generate enough chaos to unlock Lehran's Medallion and free the dark god inside. Luckily you stop him before it happens.
** ''Radiant Dawn'' Averted. [[spoiler: Lehran is still alive and well and he starts another war, hoping to break the medallion. He doesn't want the god trapped inside but if she wakes up, her counterpart will wake up and turn everyone to stone. That's exactly what he wants.]] ''Radiant Dawn'' also retroactively averts ''Path of Radiance'' for this trope: [[spoiler: the "dark god" imprisoned within the medallion is actually not a dark god at all, merely the embodiment of chaos, emotion, and free will. Which means Ashnard was never using evil like a toy to begin with.]]

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* Everyone who uses the Emigre Manuscript in ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' assumes that, unlike the poor bastards before them, they'll be able to hold it together long enough to bring [[{{Necromantic}} their loved ones]] BackFromTheDead. They usually end up a statistic. [[spoiler:The only time it works properly, it requires a HeroicSacrifice and ''still'' produces an EldritchAbomination]].
EldritchAbomination.]]
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''; ''VideoGame/FireEmblem''; repeatedly. Spoilers ahoy!
** Fire ''Fire Emblem 7's 7'''s BigBad Nergal fully devoted himself to the dark arts in order to rescue his wife. Said dark arts consumed his free will and [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget caused him to forget]] ''[[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget why]]'' [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget he wanted power in the first place]].
** Fire Emblem In ''Sacred Stones'' Stones'', [[spoiler:Prince Lyon of Grado tries to use his country's sacred stone to heal his ailing father. Good idea, except he knows the Demon King's soul is imprisoned inside, but he's sure he can control it. Not only does it control him, but it kills his father, resurrects it as a zombie, and promptly declares war against the world. Oh, and it consumes Lyon's soul by the end of the game. Oops.]]
Oops]].
** In ''Path of Radiance'' Radiance'', Mad King Ashnard declares war and pisses everyone off so he can generate enough chaos to unlock Lehran's Medallion and free the dark god inside. Luckily you stop him before it happens.
** Averted in ''Radiant Dawn'' Averted.Dawn''. [[spoiler: Lehran is still alive and well and he starts another war, hoping to break the medallion. He doesn't want the god trapped inside but if she wakes up, her counterpart will wake up and turn everyone to stone. That's exactly what he wants.]] ''Radiant Dawn'' also retroactively averts ''Path of Radiance'' for this trope: [[spoiler: the "dark god" imprisoned within the medallion is actually not a dark god at all, merely the embodiment of chaos, emotion, and free will. Which means Ashnard was never using evil like a toy to begin with.]]with]].



** Subverted in the backstory for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''; an ancient tribe ''did'' use the titular mask for curses and hexes, right up until they realized [[EldritchAbomination exactly what]] [[OmnicidalManiac they were "playing" with.]] Played straight with the Skull Kid from the same game, who stole the mask from the Happy Mask Salesman without really understanding what it was, and used it as a tool to play sadistic pranks [[spoiler:right up until it betrays him at the end. In fact, the mask was influencing Skull Kid's mind from the very beginning, twisting his playful nature into cruelty.]]

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** Subverted in the backstory for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask''; an ancient tribe ''did'' use the titular mask for curses and hexes, right up until they realized [[EldritchAbomination exactly what]] [[OmnicidalManiac they were "playing" with.]] Played straight with the Skull Kid from the same game, who stole the mask from the Happy Mask Salesman without really understanding what it was, and used it as a tool to play sadistic pranks [[spoiler:right up until it betrays him at the end. In fact, the mask was influencing Skull Kid's mind from the very beginning, twisting his playful nature into cruelty.]]cruelty]].



* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' the Bigbad [[TinTyrant Exdeath]] has the ultimate goal of gaining power over this thing called "the void" and take over the world with it. He laughs at people saying the Void couldn't be controlled and is seemingly using it without any problems, but after you beat his tree form in the game's final dungeon, he loses control of the Void and it possesses him, which for you is also bad (the form Voided Exdeath takes, Neo-Exdeath, is the FinalBoss of the game and an OmnicidalManiac who wants to destroy all of existence, and then himself).

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' the Bigbad BigBad [[TinTyrant Exdeath]] has the ultimate goal of gaining power over this thing called "the void" and take over the world with it. He laughs at people saying the Void couldn't be controlled and is seemingly using it without any problems, but after you beat his tree form in the game's final dungeon, he loses control of the Void and it possesses him, which for you is also bad (the form Voided Exdeath takes, Neo-Exdeath, is the FinalBoss of the game and an OmnicidalManiac who wants to destroy all of existence, and then himself).



*** To be fair to Nine, [[spoiler:Terumi could not break the geas on his own, and he needed to con her close friend and his (body's) love interest, Trinity Glassfield, into having it lifted. Once it was, he shanked them both and tossed them into the nearest cauldron.]]

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*** To be fair to Nine, [[spoiler:Terumi could not break the geas on his own, and he needed to con her close friend and his (body's) love interest, Trinity Glassfield, into having it lifted. Once it was, he shanked them both and tossed them into the nearest cauldron.]]cauldron]].



** Researching the rachni, the krogans, the geth or AI in general has a tendency to backfire spectacularly, [[spoiler:even if none of them are evil per se.]]
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:The Illusive Man attempts to take control of the Reapers. But as much of a MagnificentBastard as he is, he was still out of his league there and ends up indoctrinated.]]

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** Researching the rachni, the krogans, the geth or AI in general has a tendency to backfire spectacularly, [[spoiler:even if none of them are evil per se.]]
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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:The Illusive Man attempts to take control of the Reapers. But as much of a MagnificentBastard as he is, he was still out of his league there and ends up indoctrinated.]]indoctrinated]].



* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' Merrill knows making a deal with a Pride demon -- the most powerful and cunning breed of demon -- to restore the Eluvian is dangerous, but thinks the risk is worth it. Nearly everyone around her disagrees, including her mentor Marethari, Anders, Fenris, and Rival!Hawke. In the end [[spoiler:her detractors are proven right. The Pride demon was going to use the restored Eluvian to enter the real world and Merrill would have been its first victim. Only Marethari's sacrifice prevented this outcome.]] Anders is also guilty of this. He believed that becoming Justice's host wouldn't be too bad, since Justice was a "good" spirit. Merrill gently tells him that there is no such thing as a "good" Fade spirit -- ''all'' spirits are dangerous.
** And in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', the expansion to the original game, it is revealed that (weapons-grade spoiler) [[spoiler: the Architect, a darkspawn born with free will, accidentally caused the Fifth Blight when he awakened the Old God Urthemiel and tried to turn him into a free-willed darkspawn like himself, with the intention that this could '''prevent''' future Blights. Instead, he spread the darkspawn taint to Urthemiel and turned him into the Archdemon, causing the very Blight he was trying to prevent. Oops!]]

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' Merrill knows making a deal with a Pride demon -- the most powerful and cunning breed of demon -- to restore the Eluvian is dangerous, but thinks the risk is worth it. Nearly everyone around her disagrees, including her mentor Marethari, Anders, Fenris, and Rival!Hawke. In the end [[spoiler:her detractors are proven right. The Pride demon was going to use the restored Eluvian to enter the real world and Merrill would have been its first victim. Only Marethari's sacrifice prevented this outcome.]] outcome]]. Anders is also guilty of this. He believed that becoming Justice's host wouldn't be too bad, since Justice was a "good" spirit. Merrill gently tells him that there is no such thing as a "good" Fade spirit -- ''all'' spirits are dangerous.
** And in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', the expansion to the original game, it is revealed that (weapons-grade spoiler) [[spoiler: the Architect, a darkspawn born with free will, accidentally caused the Fifth Blight when he awakened the Old God Urthemiel and tried to turn him into a free-willed darkspawn like himself, with the intention that this could '''prevent''' future Blights. Instead, he spread the darkspawn taint to Urthemiel and turned him into the Archdemon, causing the very Blight he was trying to prevent. Oops!]]Oops]]!



* The entire Aurum arc in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' was revealed to be part of [[spoiler:Pyrrhon]]'s plan to [[spoiler:take control of the aforementioned [[Franchise/StarTrek Borg]] expies.]] It goes as well as you'd think. Notable in that [[spoiler:Pyrrhon himself]] is a [[PhysicalGod god]], albeit a minor and not very respected one.

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* The entire Aurum arc in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' was revealed to be part of [[spoiler:Pyrrhon]]'s plan to [[spoiler:take control of the aforementioned [[Franchise/StarTrek Borg]] expies.]] expies]]. It goes as well as you'd think. Notable in that [[spoiler:Pyrrhon himself]] is a [[PhysicalGod god]], albeit a minor and not very respected one.



** Furthermore, [[spoiler:Mengsk has been creating a Hybrid army to use against the Protoss and Zerg. He thinks he can control them; Stukov (who had previously tried to help the UED control the Zerg) is less optimistic.]]
** Then finally in ''{{StarCraft II Legacy of the Void}}'', [[spoiler:the Moebius Foundation was also breeding hybrid, which turned them into a PsychoForHire army.]] Alarak even comments how frequent this is within the Terrans.

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** Furthermore, [[spoiler:Mengsk has been creating a Hybrid army to use against the Protoss and Zerg. He thinks he can control them; Stukov (who had previously tried to help the UED control the Zerg) is less optimistic.]]
optimistic]].
** Then finally in ''{{StarCraft II Legacy of the Void}}'', [[spoiler:the Moebius Foundation was also breeding hybrid, which turned them into a PsychoForHire army.]] army]]. Alarak even comments how frequent this is within the Terrans.



* Implied from a torn-up note in ''VideoGame/DarkFall The Journal''.

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* %%* Implied from a torn-up note in ''VideoGame/DarkFall The Journal''.



* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': [[spoiler: Ivor planned to show everyone that Gabriel was a loser by summoning a controllable Wither and making it fight him. Unfortunately for him, slapping a Command Block into a Wither assembly does not make a controllable Wither, but a Wither that can control the landscape around it and assimilate it into itself, giving birth to the Wither Storm.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'': [[spoiler: Ivor planned to show everyone that Gabriel was a loser by summoning a controllable Wither and making it fight him. Unfortunately for him, slapping a Command Block into a Wither assembly does not make a controllable Wither, but a Wither that can control the landscape around it and assimilate it into itself, giving birth to the Wither Storm.]] Storm]].



* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'': In Jason Voorhees' arcade ending, the revenant menace of ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' catches the attention of the Netherrealm's new ruler, Liu Kang. He offered Jason a plentiful bounty of victims in exchange for his fealty. Jason's response? [[spoiler:He simply [[HoistByHisOwnPetard disembowels Liu Kang and strangles him with his own innards]], as Jason's loyalty lies only with one person: his own mother.]]



* ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'', Tristan helps release Vashi on the promise that when Vashi's boss Yzin takes over the world Tris can rule France. Vashi lied. Tris got mad [[spoiler:and punched Vashi so hard she landed in China, before [[HeelFaceTurn joining the good guys]].]]

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* ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'', Tristan helps release Vashi on the promise that when Vashi's boss Yzin takes over the world Tris can rule France. Vashi lied. Tris got mad [[spoiler:and punched Vashi so hard she landed in China, before [[HeelFaceTurn joining the good guys]].]]guys]]]].



** Xykon also believes (and this is whole plan) that he will be able to [[spoiler:control [[EldritchAbomination the Snarl]]]]. Instead, he'll just [[spoiler:unleash a god-destroying monstrosity that has no idea of control at all.]] [[DragonWithAnAgenda Redcloak]] knows this full well, and has other plans of his own.

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** Xykon also believes (and this is whole plan) that he will be able to [[spoiler:control [[EldritchAbomination the Snarl]]]]. Instead, he'll just [[spoiler:unleash a god-destroying monstrosity that has no idea of control at all.]] all]]. [[DragonWithAnAgenda Redcloak]] knows this full well, and has other plans of his own.



* For most of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Revelation'', the Meta seems to be treated as a guard dog of sorts by [[spoiler:Agent Washington]], and manages to somehow be a comedic foil for [[spoiler:Wash and Doc]]. [[spoiler: At the end of the series, he captures the AI Tex to return his lost powers, and promptly returns to being the AxCrazy ImplacableMan he was in ''Reconstruction'']].

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* For most of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: Revelation'', the Meta seems to be treated as a guard dog of sorts by [[spoiler:Agent Washington]], and manages to somehow be a comedic foil for [[spoiler:Wash and Doc]]. [[spoiler: Doc. At the end of the series, he captures the AI Tex to return his lost powers, and promptly returns to being the AxCrazy ImplacableMan he was in ''Reconstruction'']].



** A bunch of teenagers tried to do some cult like ritual hoping it would grant them powers, it goes awry and instead summons Solomon Grundy back from the dead. His first victim was one of the teens.

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** A bunch of teenagers tried to do some cult like ritual hoping it would grant them powers, powers; it goes awry and instead summons Solomon Grundy back from the dead. His first victim was one of the teens.



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' had an evil sorcerer freeing an evil dragon, and said dragon sticking the sorcerer into his old prison.

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An episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' had an evil sorcerer freeing an evil dragon, and said dragon sticking the sorcerer into his old prison.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', [[ManipulativeBastard Slade]] cuts a deal with the demonic Trigon to come BackFromTheDead in return for Slade helping the demon take over the world. After Slade fulfills his role, Trigon turns on him. [[spoiler: Slade knew this was going to happen and took precautions. He ends up orchestrating Trigon's downfall and getting his mortal life back, and is still at large at the end of the series while Trigon either was either destroyed or re-sealed in Hell. Technically, they were sealed in the same can -- Trigon was in Hell because he was a demon, and Slade was there because he was evil and dead. However, Trigon seems to have drawn Slade's soul to him, and ''he '' was the one who instigated the deal. Slade took it because it was the only chance he had.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', [[ManipulativeBastard Slade]] cuts a deal with the demonic Trigon to come BackFromTheDead in return for Slade helping the demon take over the world. After Slade fulfills his role, Trigon turns on him. [[spoiler: Slade knew this was going to happen and took precautions. He ends up orchestrating Trigon's downfall and getting his mortal life back, and is still at large at the end of the series while Trigon either was either destroyed or re-sealed in Hell. Technically, they were sealed in the same can -- Trigon was in Hell because he was a demon, and Slade was there because he was evil and dead. However, Trigon seems to have drawn Slade's soul to him, and ''he '' was the one who instigated the deal. Slade took it because it was the only chance he had.]]



** [[NebulousEvilOrganisation F.O.W.L.]] decides to find Taurus Bullba (the villain from the pilot and the only non-goofy villain of the series) and rebuild him as a {{cyborg}}. He was pissed. His voice is dripping with bitter sarcasm when he says, "So what if I have to drink motor-oil cocktails for the rest of my LIFE?"

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** [[NebulousEvilOrganisation F.O.W.L.]] decides to find Taurus Bullba (the villain from the pilot and [[VileVillainSaccharineShow the only non-goofy villain of the series) series]]) and rebuild him as a {{cyborg}}. He was pissed. His voice is dripping with bitter sarcasm when he says, "So what if I have to drink motor-oil cocktails for the rest of my LIFE?"



* Shredder from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' series has problems with this. In the pilot, he teams up with the brain from Dimension X Krang, but refuses to create a new body for him because of this trope, but caves in later on. Once the bad guys and the Technodrome end up in Dimension X, Krang takes charge. This pops up later on in ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', when Shredder rescues his counterpart from the 2003 series from imprisonment on an asteroid for the purpose of a VillainTeamUp. Unfortunately, the DarkerAndEdgier Shredder not only takes control of the Technodrome and Krang's technology, but also decides to wipe out creation himself.

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* Shredder from the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' series has problems with this. In the pilot, he teams up with the brain from Dimension X Krang, but refuses to create a new body for him because of this trope, but caves in later on. Once the bad guys and the Technodrome end up in Dimension X, Krang takes charge. This pops up later on in ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'', when Shredder rescues his counterpart from [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 series series]] from imprisonment on an asteroid for the purpose of a VillainTeamUp. Unfortunately, the DarkerAndEdgier Shredder not only takes control of the Technodrome and Krang's technology, but also decides to wipe out creation himself.



* In "Birds of a Feather", an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Veronica Vreeland brings the Penguin into her social circle as a publicity stunt. He eventually finds out he's being used, and in his true flamboyantly villainous fashion, kidnaps and attempts to murder her.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''
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In the episode "Birds of a Feather", an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Veronica Vreeland brings the Penguin into her social circle as a publicity stunt. He eventually finds out he's being used, and in his true flamboyantly villainous fashion, kidnaps and attempts to murder her.



* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', Professor Pericles spent the entire series and a good chunk of his backstory trying to [[spoiler:free the entity in the sarcophagus that drove most of the plot hoping to claim its power. In the end, he finally does, only for said entity to use Pericles as a physical vessel, killing him in the process.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'', Professor Pericles spent the entire series and a good chunk of his backstory trying to [[spoiler:free the entity in the sarcophagus that drove most of the plot hoping to claim its power. In the end, he finally does, only for said entity to use Pericles as a physical vessel, killing him in the process.]]process]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Vlad Plasmius attempts to gain enormous power by stealing the Crown of Fire (having already obtained the Ring of Rage). [[SealedEvilInACan He opens the sarcophagus]] of [[EvilOverlord Pariah Dark]], waking him up. Within minutes, Vlad is beaten, and is forced to team up with Danny to stop him.
** He falls into the same trap with Vortex after his RestrainingBolt is accidentally destroyed.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Vlad Plasmius attempts to gain enormous power by stealing the Crown of Fire (having already obtained the Ring of Rage). [[SealedEvilInACan He opens the sarcophagus]] of [[EvilOverlord Pariah Dark]], waking him up. Within minutes, Vlad is beaten, and is forced to team up with Danny to stop him.
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him. He falls into the same trap with Vortex after his RestrainingBolt is accidentally destroyed.



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In the Season 5 premiere, Tiger Claw summons the [[DragonsAreDemonic Demodragon]] Kavaxas, intending to use his power to [[spoiler:resurrect the Shredder, who Leo killed in the Season 4 finale]], using the Seal of the Ancients, a magical talisman that forces Kavaxas to obey whoever possesses it without question, to keep him in line. Three episodes later, in "End Times," [[spoiler:Shredder is successfully resurrected, but he CameBackWrong as Kavaxas' zombie slave and destroys the Seal of the Ancients, after which it's revealed that Kavaxas was just using Tiger Claw to complete the three tasks he needed to accomplish on Earth in order to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt; to slay a strong warrior (Tatsu), to resurrect an evil warrior (Shredder), and to destroy the Seal of the Ancients.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In the Season 5 premiere, Tiger Claw summons the [[DragonsAreDemonic Demodragon]] Kavaxas, intending to use his power to [[spoiler:resurrect the Shredder, who Leo killed in the Season 4 finale]], using the Seal of the Ancients, a magical talisman that forces Kavaxas to obey whoever possesses it without question, to keep him in line. Three episodes later, in "End Times," [[spoiler:Shredder is successfully resurrected, but he CameBackWrong as Kavaxas' zombie slave and destroys the Seal of the Ancients, after which it's revealed that Kavaxas was just using Tiger Claw to complete the three tasks he needed to accomplish on Earth in order to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt; to slay a strong warrior (Tatsu), to resurrect an evil warrior (Shredder), and to destroy the Seal of the Ancients.]]Ancients]].
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* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', both Barbossa and Beckett are convinced they have what it takes to keep evil on a [[RestrainingBolt leash]] and working for them. First, there's Calypso, a vicious pagan goddess bound in human form by pirate lords, who Barbossa -- a pirate lord himself -- disrespectfully throws in the brig, with the intention of unleashing her on Beckett. Then, there's Davy Jones, Calypso's ex-lover turned heartless [[TheGrimReaper Reaper]], who Beckett has enslaved and intends to have take on the entire Brethren Court for him. This, inevitably, works out for ''neither'' of them. [[spoiler: Well, it ''kinda'' worked for Barbossa. Calypso was angry at him, but this anger was dwarfed by her anger at Jones, and the following storm she created gave the pirates a much needed advantage.]]

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* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', both Barbossa and Beckett are convinced they have what it takes to keep evil on a [[RestrainingBolt leash]] and working for them. First, there's Calypso, a vicious pagan goddess bound in human form by pirate lords, who Barbossa -- a pirate lord himself -- disrespectfully throws in the brig, with the intention of unleashing her on Beckett. Several other pirate lords comment on this, [[GenreSavvy certain she'll immediately smite them in revenge if she gets her powers back]]. As she reveals to Davy Jones, they're right. [[spoiler:The only reason she doesn't is because Will tells her that Davy Jones (her former lover) was the one that taught the pirate lords how to bind her. Instead of smiting anyone, she creates a maelstrom to put two sides she hates at a MutualDisadvantage.]]
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Then, there's Davy Jones, Calypso's ex-lover turned heartless [[TheGrimReaper Reaper]], who Beckett has enslaved and intends to have take on the entire Brethren Court for him. This, inevitably, works out for ''neither'' of them. [[spoiler: Well, it ''kinda'' worked for Barbossa. Calypso was angry at him, but this anger was dwarfed by her anger at Jones, and The moment Jones has the following storm she created gave chance, he horribly murders Beckett's [[TheDragon Dragon]]. The only reason he doesn't kill Beckett too is that he then loses the pirates a much needed advantage.]]fight against the Brethren Court. Had he won, Beckett surely would have been next on his list.]]
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** Crowley does it again in Season 2. [[spoiler: Instead of having Lucifer returned to his cage (where he'd be no threat), Crowley has him chained up in his throne room and boasts about he will break Lucifer's will and reduce him to an attack dog. Unsurprisingly, this backfires horribly]].

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** Crowley does it again in Season 2.12. [[spoiler: Instead of having Lucifer returned to his cage (where he'd be no threat), Crowley has him chained up in his throne room and boasts about he will break Lucifer's will and reduce him to an attack dog. Unsurprisingly, this backfires horribly]].
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* In ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'', Ivan Ooze is freed from his prison by Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa, who hope to get him to join them. Out of genuine gratitude, Ivan assists them by assaulting and nearly killing Zordon. However, when Zedd tries to continue treating him like a minion, Ivan traps them in a snowglobe and usurps their base and minions for his own purposes.

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* In ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'', Ivan Ooze is freed from his prison by Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa, who hope to get him to join them. Out of genuine gratitude, Ivan assists them by assaulting Given Ooze utterly hates Zordon, he's perfectly happy to ransack the Command Centre and nearly killing Zordon.leave Zordon for dead. However, when Zedd tries to continue treating him like a minion, Ivan traps them in a snowglobe and usurps their base and minions for his own purposes.
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Despite being [[GodOfEvil the personification of chaos and darkness]] and having a great hatred for humans, Vaatu arrangement with Unalaq is entirely on the level. He could've betrayed Unalaq during their fusion and still achieve the result he wanted, but presumably, their mutually beneficial goals kept them on the same page.
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The Sealed Evil in a Can will inevitably turn on the one who freed it -- sometimes sooner, sometimes later. In many cases, it turns out to have no [[EvilCannotComprehendGood understanding of loyalty or gratitude at all]]. Bob may end up being killed on the spot, or he may be [[DemonicPossession enslaved]] by the sealed evil -- bonus points if the one who freed it sought to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard enslave the evil themselves]]. The sealed evil may make a bargain that it has no intention of honoring (or it may [[FalseReassurance promise Bob he will be rewarded "as he deserves"]]... [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves guess what he deserves?]]). Or it may simply refuse to obey him. If he's ''very'' lucky, Bob may merely be [[DemotedToDragon forced to become the newly-unsealed evil's minion]] on pain of death. In any case, if Bob was the BigBad before, he was really just a LittleBad; the formerly-sealed evil is the true BigBad. In the event that Bob survives, this is a leading cause of EnemyMine twists, since Bob now must seek any allies he can find to deal with the evil that he unleashed. In any case, in order for this trope to work, the one who releases said evil can't be GenreSavvy in any way and must always have GenreBlindness.

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The Sealed Evil in a Can will inevitably turn on the one who freed it -- sometimes sooner, sometimes later. In many cases, it turns out to have no [[EvilCannotComprehendGood understanding of loyalty or gratitude at all]]. Bob may end up being killed on the spot, or he may be [[DemonicPossession enslaved]] by the sealed evil -- bonus points if the one who freed it sought to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard enslave the evil themselves]]. The sealed evil may make a bargain that it has no intention of honoring (or it may [[FalseReassurance promise Bob he will be rewarded "as he deserves"]]... [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves guess what he deserves?]]). Or it may simply refuse to obey him. If he's ''very'' lucky, Bob may merely be [[DemotedToDragon forced to become the newly-unsealed evil's minion]] on pain of death. In any case, if Bob was the BigBad before, he was really just a LittleBad; the formerly-sealed evil is the true BigBad. In the event that Bob survives, this is a leading cause of EnemyMine twists, since Bob now must seek any allies he can find to deal with the evil that he unleashed. In any case, in order for this trope to work, the one who releases said evil can't be GenreSavvy in any way and must always have GenreBlindness.\n



This goes both ways, as sometimes Bob is the SealedEvilInACan and the villain he's trying to dupe into releasing him is the one who's not a toy (due to being GenreSavvy or simply more powerful than the SealedEvilInACan), and as such will ''brutally'' subjugate Bob the ''moment'' he underestimates the releaser.

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This goes both ways, as sometimes Bob is the SealedEvilInACan and the villain he's trying to dupe into releasing him is the one who's not a toy (due to being GenreSavvy or simply more powerful than the SealedEvilInACan), toy, and as such will ''brutally'' subjugate Bob the ''moment'' he underestimates the releaser.
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** In "Malleus Maleficarum" a group of housewives turn to witchcraft to better their lives. They are horrified to learn that in doing they so they made a pact with a demon and damned their souls to hell. The demon possess one [[spoiler: and murders all the others when they either make to big of a scene, annoy her, or turn on her]].



** The idiotic amateur witch who summoned a demon without any kind of protection. It possessed his friend, and offered him "gratitude" instead of the rewards they'd been promised for killing Dean. Then he ''complained'' to it about how hard he'd worked and demanded something more, at which point it killed him.

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** The idiotic amateur witch (when will they learn?) who summoned a demon without any kind of protection. It possessed his friend, and offered him "gratitude" instead of the rewards they'd been promised for killing Dean. Then he ''complained'' to it about how hard he'd worked and demanded something more, at which point it killed him.


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** Crowley does it again in Season 2. [[spoiler: Instead of having Lucifer returned to his cage (where he'd be no threat), Crowley has him chained up in his throne room and boasts about he will break Lucifer's will and reduce him to an attack dog. Unsurprisingly, this backfires horribly]].
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