History Main / ForcedIntoEvil

16th Nov '16 7:12:25 AM narm00
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Contrast with {{Brainwashed}} and FaceMonsterTurn tropes, where the character is forcefully modified and robbed of free will to be steered into evil, or MindRape where they were wrecked so hard their free will wasn't working straight to steer them into evil. In that case they didn't really make a choice and weren't really even themselves. Not so for this character, this character knows what he/she is doing and had their free will intact and straight, but still couldn't do a thing to resist the forcing... for the moment. They have a choice it is just a very,very harsh one and possibly a choice to die. Also compare with MoreThanMindControl where the character is coerced mentally into believing that the only way available is something that he/she doesn't like, thus being forced to make a free will choice of steering themselves into evil.

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Contrast with the {{Brainwashed}} and FaceMonsterTurn tropes, where the character is forcefully modified and robbed of free will to be steered into evil, or MindRape where they were wrecked so hard their free will wasn't working straight to steer them into evil. In that case they didn't really make a choice and weren't really even themselves. Not so for this character, this character knows what he/she is doing and had their free will intact and straight, but still couldn't do a thing to resist the forcing... for the moment. They have a choice choice, it is just a very,very very, very harsh one and possibly a choice to die. Also compare with MoreThanMindControl where the character is coerced mentally into believing that the only way available is something that he/she doesn't like, thus being forced to make a free will choice of steering themselves into evil.
13th Nov '16 5:06:49 PM Eddy1215
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Character types that are prone to this trope are the NobleDemon, FriendlyEnemy, TragicMonster, SlaveMook and AntiVillain ([[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains almost always a Type IV]]). Situations like ExplosiveLeash, IHaveYourWife, PleaseSpareHimMyLiege, or AnOfferYouCantRefuse usually turns into this (when TheHero is the pleading party). Also expect one-sided TeethClenchedTeamwork on the side of the forced, if they're told to fight alongside the evil.

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Character types that are prone to this trope are the NobleDemon, FriendlyEnemy, TragicMonster, SlaveMook and AntiVillain ([[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains almost always a Type IV]]). Situations like ExplosiveLeash, IHaveYourWife, PleaseSpareHimMyLiege, or AnOfferYouCantRefuse usually turns into this (when TheHero is the pleading party). Also expect one-sided TeethClenchedTeamwork on the side of the forced, if they're told to fight alongside the evil.
evil. When the audience knows the characters are forcibly doing this but the protagonists don't, see DramaticIrony.
22nd Oct '16 6:43:41 AM SimiOfDoom
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*Doum'wielle Armgo from ''Literature/CompanionsCodex'' of ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'', wins a contest for the sentinent magical sword Kazid'hea against her brother, and it's all downhill from there. First, the sword makes her kill her brother in a fit of bloodthirst wich leads her to flee her elven village. Then her father Tos'Un, former owner of the sword, joins her thinking his time among the surface elves is at an end and intends to return to Menzoberranzan with her in tow, not realizing that as a half-drow Doum'wielle will be treated like dirt. Sure enough, once they meet some other dark elves, Doum'wielle and her father are immediately roped into their machinations as pawns. From there it's a dark journey of killing, rape and emotional unstability for her.
12th Oct '16 12:23:39 PM Nepeta
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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': A female troll (possessing clockwork [[{{Magick}} majyyks]] and other powers) was nearly single-handedly responsible for making planet Alternia an antagonistic, caste-warfare-torn hellhole. She rained so much destruction on Alternia that history remembered her only as "The Demoness", and mythology remembered her as [[TheGrimReaper Death's]] right-hand servant. And she did all of this because she was forced into it by a time-traveling, universe-eating demon.

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* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'': A female troll (possessing clockwork [[{{Magick}} majyyks]] and other powers) was nearly single-handedly responsible for making planet Alternia an antagonistic, caste-warfare-torn hellhole. She rained so much destruction on Alternia that history remembered her only as "The Demoness", a demoness, and mythology remembered her as [[TheGrimReaper Death's]] right-hand servant. And she did all of this because she was forced into it by a time-traveling, universe-eating demon.
24th Sep '16 2:22:14 AM Astaroth
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* Dr Noore Najjar in ''Videogame/FarCry4'' was once a human rights activist working for the UN... until she insulted Pagan Min by trying to expose the human rights violations he was carrying out in Kyrat. He subsequently had her family kidnapped and placed her in charge of the [[GladiatorGames Shannath Arena]] and Kyrat's prostitution and drug manufacturing industries, telling her he would have her family tortured and killed if she refused to cooperate.
14th Sep '16 6:08:12 AM Kurotalia44
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* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' this happens to all but three of [[spoiler: the ''entire'' cast of Earthrelm's protectors]] when they are [[spoiler:killed by Sindel, along with Sindel herself and the Outland warriors who allied themselves with the Earthrealm]] after their souls are stolen by Quan Chi. By the time of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', a few are freed from Quan Chi's hold, while the rest are forever trapped as revenants following [[spoiler:Quan Chi's demise]] leaving [[spoiler:Liu Kang, Katana, and Sindel]] as potential enemies in the future.

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* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' this happens to all but three of [[spoiler: the ''entire'' cast of Earthrelm's protectors]] when they are [[spoiler:killed by Sindel, along with Sindel herself and the Outland Outworld warriors who allied themselves with the Earthrealm]] after their souls are stolen by Quan Chi. By the time of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', a few are freed from Quan Chi's hold, while the rest are forever trapped as revenants following [[spoiler:Quan Chi's demise]] leaving [[spoiler:Liu Kang, Katana, Kitana, and Sindel]] as potential enemies in the future.
5th Sep '16 12:59:35 PM FallenDelf
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* Dracula, [[spoiler:previously known as Gabriel Belmont]], in the ''VisualNovel/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' series, believes himself to be this. Embittered towards those he feels drove him into evil, he decides to embrace it, at least at first.
21st Aug '16 4:03:29 AM whereismytea
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* An interesting case in ''Anime/{{Brave 10}}''. As revealed, [[spoiler:Anastasia served Hanzo in the first place because Hanzo was holding her family heirloom that she has been looking for since childhood and her parents dead, at first playing it straight. Over time, however, she developed into a cold BrokenBird IceQueen that is nearly as bad as Hanzo himself (though not quite), therefore subverting it. Once Hanzo's dead, however, she actually regretted that her whole life as an evil assassin has been for naught, since she found out that the heirloom was fake, thus making it somewhat of a double subversion.]]

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* An interesting case in ''Anime/{{Brave 10}}''. As revealed, [[spoiler:Anastasia served In ''Manga/Brave10'', [[spoiler:Ana's deeply traumatic childhood followed by becoming a ninja and being forced to do nefarious things by Hanzo in the first place because Hanzo was holding order to retrieve her family heirloom that all push her to become TheMole and betray the Braves. Although she has been looking for since childhood and her parents dead, at first playing it straight. Over time, however, she developed into a cold BrokenBird maintains an IceQueen that is nearly as bad as Hanzo himself (though not quite), therefore subverting it. Once Hanzo's dead, however, pretense and mocks the others for their naivete, deep down it's clearly hurting her even though it's all she actually regretted that her whole life as an evil assassin has been for naught, since she found out that the heirloom was fake, thus making it somewhat of a double subversion.knows how to do anymore.]]
9th Aug '16 10:15:05 PM Chariset
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* Lana Skye in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' is TheDragon for a corrupt Chief of Police: she helps him forge evidence and frame the people he wants framed because he holds evidence that her little sister committed a murder. (It's forged evidence -- he killed the person himself and set things up to gain a hold on Lana.)
4th Aug '16 8:17:39 AM madammina
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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has two examples. ''Videogame/KingdomHearts2'' has Hades control Auron's mind/soul so Auron can fight and kill Hercules. [[spoiler: KH3D goes on to show that Xehanort's ultimate plan involves making 13 of himself. While a few joined willingly, the series goes on to state that others were forced into it. For example, Isa has the mark carved into his face, and hates the other known Norts.]]
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