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4th Sep '17 3:02:52 PM thatmadork
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** Way cooler than any of these is Settra the Imperishable from the fantasy ''Warhammer''. In ''TabletopGame/WarhammerTheEndTimes'', the world is falling apart, Chaos is curbstomping the forces of Order all over the place, and at the height of their power all four Chaos Gods approach the greatest of the Tomb Kings and offer him ''absolutely everything'': wealth, power, a new body of living gold, even minor godhood. What does Settra do? He ''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu gives them the finger]]'', because [[BadassBoast Settra does not serve, Settra rules]]. Absolutely awesome.
30th Aug '17 5:20:44 AM Eldrake
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* In Anime/DragonBallZ, the wizard Babidi has a mind control spell that works on anyone with evil in their heart and amplifies their physical strength as a side effect. [[AntiHero Vegeta]] is, by the point where Babidi is introduced, on the good guys' side but he's not pure of heart and thus placed under the influence of Babidi's spell. This is a spell that has worked on Dabura, the universe's version of Satan, and made him a loyal servant of Babidi, but the moment that Babidi gives Vegeta an order going against Vegeta's own interests (interest being [[BloodKnight fighting his rival]], command being to kill [[YouKilledMyFather Babidi's father's killer]] who's travelling with the heroes), he flat-out refuses, shocking both Babidi and aforementioned servant-Satan. Babidi isn't about to relent though, and commands every fiber in Vegeta's body to obey his command - It's at this point that Vegeta proves why he is the '''[[Pantheon/{{Pride}} God]]''' of {{pride}} here on [[HomePage TvTropes]] and breaks the mind control with the following quote:

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* In Anime/DragonBallZ, the wizard Babidi has a mind control spell that works on anyone with evil in their heart and amplifies their physical strength as a side effect. [[AntiHero Vegeta]] is, by the point where Babidi is introduced, on the good guys' side but he's not pure of heart and thus placed under the influence of Babidi's spell. This is a spell that has worked on Dabura, the universe's version of Satan, and made him a loyal servant of Babidi, but the moment that Babidi gives Vegeta an order going against Vegeta's own interests (interest being [[BloodKnight fighting his rival]], command being to kill [[YouKilledMyFather Babidi's father's killer]] who's travelling with the heroes), he flat-out refuses, shocking both Babidi and aforementioned servant-Satan. Babidi isn't about to relent though, and commands every fiber in Vegeta's body to obey his command - It's at this point that Vegeta proves why he is the '''[[Pantheon/{{Pride}} God]]''' prince of {{pride}} here on [[HomePage TvTropes]] saiyans and breaks the mind control with the following quote:
24th Aug '17 10:03:29 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Paarthurnax notes that as a dragon, he is driven by his nature to dominate and destroy (doubly so since his name is draconic for "Ambition, Overlord, Cruelty") and that it takes great willpower on his part to not revert to his past self.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Meridia is a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] whose sphere is obscured to mortals, but is associated with LifeEnergy, [[LightIsNotgood Light]], and [[ProudBeauty Beauty]]. She was originally one of the Magna-Ge, the "star orphans" who [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere abandoned the creation of Mundus]] (the mortal plane) part way through along with their "father", [[ThePowerOfTheSun Magnus]]. However, Meridia was banished from [[SpiritWorld Aetherius]] for "consorting with illicit spectra", implied to be the Daedra. Considered a "trespasser" in Oblivion by the Daedra, Meridia, '' through sheer force of will'', "bent and shaped" the rays of Magnus to create her own [[EldritchLocation Daedric realm]] in Oblivion and became one of the Daedric Princes.
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In ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', ''[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Paarthurnax notes that as a dragon, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]], he is driven by his nature to dominate and destroy (doubly so since his name is draconic for "Ambition, Overlord, Cruelty") and that it takes great willpower on his part to not revert to his past self.
17th Aug '17 1:49:21 PM Njein
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* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'': [[spoiler:While Liu Kang and Kitana have chosen to embrace their new status as revenants]], Kung Lao, [[spoiler:disliking his current predicament, secretly desires to get out of the Netherrealm for good and come back to the side of light, but is unable to do so. In his arcade ending however, his cousin Kung Jin, who didn't give up any hope on him, helps Lao to redeem and purify his soul, showing that the heroic willpower of a Shaolin monk is much stronger than the Netherrealm's corruption. This implies that it is possible to revive the other revenants to the side of good, but since Quan Chi brainwashed them to the point that they only have pure hatred and was KilledOffForReal by Scorpion, being restored to the side of good is now a difficult process with [[FaceHeelTurn Raiden gone rogue now]].]]
10th Aug '17 2:24:17 PM Eilevgmyhren
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10th Aug '17 2:23:50 PM Eilevgmyhren
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* Creator/HenrikWergeland wrote a short tale, ''the thistle gatherer'' about a boy who had resolved himself to rid his father´s field of thistles, and at the end of the day had only managed to cover a few square metres of it. But the aesop of that story is simply: "God counts only the will to carry on, even if your results seem feeble".


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* ''Theatre/{{Brand}}'' by Creator/HenrikIbsen runs on this trope, but Ibsen, of course, subverts it. Brand himself believes that the will counts, sets free or puts down. At a crucial point, another character points out that ThePowerOfLove has to be taken into account as well.
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6th Jul '17 2:37:01 PM SpocktorWho
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** Sam's a big invoker of this trope. In season five "My Bloody Valentine" [[spoiler:through sheer willpower manages to stand in Famines presence without being completely consumed by his hunger for Demon Blood; Famine urges him to give in by offering his henchmen but Sam instead uses his powers to exorcise them, responding with a badass [[LittleNo "No"]]]]. In the season 5 finale "Swan Song" [[spoiler:took control of his body while the Devil was riding it]] just so he could [[spoiler:throw himself and the Devil into [[FateWorseThanDeath Hell's solitary confinement]]]]. In the season six finale, he drags himself to assist Dean and Bobby in the battle [[spoiler:against Castiel and Crowley despite obviously suffering under the strain of his "hell memories".]] In season 9 "Road Trip" [[spoiler:kicks a possessing Gabriel out of his body after a [[BattleintheCenteroftheMind mental beatdown.]]]]

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** Sam's a big invoker of this trope. In season five "My Bloody Valentine" [[spoiler:through sheer willpower manages to stand in Famines presence without being completely consumed by his hunger for Demon Blood; Famine urges him to give in by offering his henchmen but Sam instead uses his powers to exorcise them, responding with a badass [[LittleNo "No"]]]]. In the season 5 finale "Swan Song" [[spoiler:took control of his body while the Devil was riding it]] just so he could [[spoiler:throw himself and the Devil into [[FateWorseThanDeath Hell's solitary confinement]]]]. In the season six finale, he drags himself to assist Dean and Bobby in the battle [[spoiler:against Castiel and Crowley despite obviously suffering under the strain of his "hell memories".]] In season 9 "Road Trip" [[spoiler:kicks a possessing Gabriel Gadreel out of his body after a [[BattleintheCenteroftheMind mental beatdown.]]]]
29th Jun '17 11:57:17 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* Golden Age superhero the ComicBook/MasterMystic had as his superpower such strong will that he became TheOmnipotent.
11th Jun '17 11:59:10 AM nombretomado
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* LudwigVanBeethoven suffered from his deafness after his earlier period of composing more Classical works. Initially, he had a hard time accepting this handicap (which would usually be an [[CaptainObvious obvious death sentence for a music carreer]]), and even [[DrivenToSuicide wrote the Heiligenstadt Testament which he mentioned losing the will to live]]. He got better, though, and went on to compose his [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic later masterpieces]] including the 3rd (Eroica), 5th (Fate), 6th (Pastoral), and 9th (''Ode to Joy'') Symphonies, ''Moonlight Sonata'', a Violin Concerto, and his only opera ''Fidelio'', and he is now considered as the pioneer of Romantic Music.

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* LudwigVanBeethoven Music/LudwigVanBeethoven suffered from his deafness after his earlier period of composing more Classical works. Initially, he had a hard time accepting this handicap (which would usually be an [[CaptainObvious obvious death sentence for a music carreer]]), and even [[DrivenToSuicide wrote the Heiligenstadt Testament which he mentioned losing the will to live]]. He got better, though, and went on to compose his [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic later masterpieces]] including the 3rd (Eroica), 5th (Fate), 6th (Pastoral), and 9th (''Ode to Joy'') Symphonies, ''Moonlight Sonata'', a Violin Concerto, and his only opera ''Fidelio'', and he is now considered as the pioneer of Romantic Music.
7th May '17 9:19:20 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'', Josef manages to keep going despite mortal wounds through sheer willpower and refusal to die. FridgeLogic suggests that it might be a more primitive version of Tesset's self-mastery (which allows Tesset to control every aspect of his body with his mind).
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