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27th Jan '16 1:44:47 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Characters who gain the power of {{invisibility}} have a startling tendency to become jerks, if not outright homicidal maniacs, within fairly short order. Sometimes this is a result of power that makes the character invisible but more often it seems to be a natural side effect of invisibility itself. After all, you can't be punished for your actions if nobody even knows you're there. [[note]]one logical objection, however, is that animals who rely more on scent and hearing than they do sight - such as large implacable guard-dogs - would ''still'' know, perfectly well, that somebody was there... in some works, over-confident invisibility has come to grief because of inconvenient rottweilers, et c[[/note]]

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Characters who gain the power of {{invisibility}} have a startling tendency to become jerks, if not outright homicidal maniacs, within fairly short order. Sometimes this is a result of power that makes the character invisible but more often it seems to be a natural side effect of invisibility itself. After all, you can't be punished for your actions if nobody even knows you're there. [[note]]one logical objection, however, is that

Such invisible people must beware of
animals who rely more on scent and hearing than they do sight - such as large implacable guard-dogs - guard-dogs. Such creatures would ''still'' know, perfectly well, that somebody was there... in there. In some works, over-confident invisibility has come to grief because of inconvenient rottweilers, et c[[/note]]
rottweilers.



* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', when Gollum first acquired the Ring, he used it to sneak around his village, listening to secrets and stealing things.

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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
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when Gollum first acquired the Ring, he used it to sneak around his village, listening to secrets and stealing things.



* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry usually uses his Invisibility Cloak for good, for example, to sneak around Hogwarts and solve the current mystery. In the third book, however, he uses it to sneak into Hogsmeade village without permission, and at one point he decides to take revenge on Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle for their constant taunting, and throws mud and sticks and trips them while invisible. He's later chastised by Lupin for such behavior, claiming Harry's parents wouldn't want him "gambling their sacrifice for a bag of magic tricks". Which, since Harry was supposedly being pursued by a murderer at the time, makes his actions not only jerkish, but pretty stupid.
** Though since his father used the cloak for stealing food from the kitchens, he probably wouldn't have room to talk.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry usually uses his Invisibility Cloak for good, for example, to sneak around Hogwarts and solve the current mystery. In the third book, however, he uses it to sneak into Hogsmeade village without permission, and at one point he decides to take revenge on Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle for their constant taunting, and throws mud and sticks and trips them while invisible. He's later chastised by Lupin for such behavior, claiming Harry's parents wouldn't want him "gambling their sacrifice for a bag of magic tricks". Which, since Harry was supposedly being pursued by a murderer at the time, makes his actions not only jerkish, but pretty stupid.
** Though since
stupid. Since his father used the cloak for stealing food from the kitchens, he probably wouldn't have room to talk.talk.
*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Invisibility spells make Eric more comfortable with expressing his inner trickster. Even if someone realized an invisible person was present, they would instead blame [[TricksterArchetype Tasio]].
15th Dec '15 7:53:58 PM FF32
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* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-347 Claudia]] from the WebOriginal/SCPFoundation is a kleptomaniac woman who is permanently invisible like the classic Invisible Man. She's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold than anything and is amicable enough with the Foundation personnel, but struggles with depression and a fiery temper due to trauma, abuse, and homelessness she went through after her powers manifested. She usually doesn't do anything too serious aside from the occasional pickpocketing or prank, though she also ReallyGetsAround and has used sex to get out of her containment room a few times.

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* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-347 Claudia]] from the WebOriginal/SCPFoundation Wiki/SCPFoundation is a kleptomaniac woman who is permanently invisible like the classic Invisible Man. She's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold than anything and is amicable enough with the Foundation personnel, but struggles with depression and a fiery temper due to trauma, abuse, and homelessness she went through after her powers manifested. She usually doesn't do anything too serious aside from the occasional pickpocketing or prank, though she also ReallyGetsAround and has used sex to get out of her containment room a few times.
15th Dec '15 2:52:40 PM BattleMaster
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* [[AxCrazy Griffin]] from ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' is introduced raping a bunch of college girls, and he later murders several people for arbitrary reasons. The only difference between this Griffin and the Griffin from the original novel is that Moore made explicit what Wells could only get away with heavily implying.

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* [[AxCrazy Griffin]] from ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' is introduced raping a bunch of college boarding-school girls, and he later murders several people for arbitrary reasons. The only difference between this Griffin and the Griffin from the original novel is that Moore made explicit what Wells could only get away with heavily implying.
11th Dec '15 12:05:33 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Both words in this Trope (along with "pervert") describe Absalom from ''Manga/OnePiece'', along with the Trope itself. He uses his power to [[spoiler:''molest'' Nami]]while she's ''in a bathhouse'', and it's stated he does this ''a lot''. Sanji is upset about that, though [[spoiler:he also wanted that power, [[ChivalrousPervert but only]] to ogle women.]]

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* Both words in this Trope (along with "pervert") describe Absalom from ''Manga/OnePiece'', along with the Trope itself. He uses his power to [[spoiler:''molest'' Nami]]while Nami while she's ''in a bathhouse'', bathhouse'']], and it's stated he does this ''a lot''. Sanji is upset about that, though [[spoiler:he also wanted that power, [[ChivalrousPervert but only]] to ogle women.]]
11th Dec '15 12:05:00 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Absalom from ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses his power to [[spoiler:''molest'' Nami]]. Sanji is upset about that, though [[spoiler:he also wanted that power, [[ChivalrousPervert but only]] to ogle women.]]

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* Both words in this Trope (along with "pervert") describe Absalom from ''Manga/OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'', along with the Trope itself. He uses his power to [[spoiler:''molest'' Nami]].Nami]]while she's ''in a bathhouse'', and it's stated he does this ''a lot''. Sanji is upset about that, though [[spoiler:he also wanted that power, [[ChivalrousPervert but only]] to ogle women.]]
6th Dec '15 8:27:47 AM AgProv
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Characters who gain the power of {{invisibility}} have a startling tendency to become jerks, if not outright homicidal maniacs, within fairly short order. Sometimes this is a result of power that makes the character invisible but more often it seems to be a natural side effect of invisibility itself. After all, you can't be punished for your actions if nobody even knows you're there. [[one logical objection, however, is that animals who rely more on scent and hearing than they do sight - such as large implacable guard-dogs - would ''still'' know, perfectly well, that somebody was there... in some works, over-confident invisibility has come to grief because of inconvenient rottweilers, et c[[/note]]

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Characters who gain the power of {{invisibility}} have a startling tendency to become jerks, if not outright homicidal maniacs, within fairly short order. Sometimes this is a result of power that makes the character invisible but more often it seems to be a natural side effect of invisibility itself. After all, you can't be punished for your actions if nobody even knows you're there. [[one [[note]]one logical objection, however, is that animals who rely more on scent and hearing than they do sight - such as large implacable guard-dogs - would ''still'' know, perfectly well, that somebody was there... in some works, over-confident invisibility has come to grief because of inconvenient rottweilers, et c[[/note]]
6th Dec '15 8:27:09 AM AgProv
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Characters who gain the power of {{invisibility}} have a startling tendency to become jerks, if not outright homicidal maniacs, within fairly short order. Sometimes this is a result of power that makes the character invisible but more often it seems to be a natural side effect of invisibility itself. After all, you can't be punished for your actions if nobody even knows you're there.

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Characters who gain the power of {{invisibility}} have a startling tendency to become jerks, if not outright homicidal maniacs, within fairly short order. Sometimes this is a result of power that makes the character invisible but more often it seems to be a natural side effect of invisibility itself. After all, you can't be punished for your actions if nobody even knows you're there.
there. [[one logical objection, however, is that animals who rely more on scent and hearing than they do sight - such as large implacable guard-dogs - would ''still'' know, perfectly well, that somebody was there... in some works, over-confident invisibility has come to grief because of inconvenient rottweilers, et c[[/note]]
3rd Dec '15 7:56:24 AM HowlingSnail
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* Michele in ''IlRagazzoInvisibile'' wastes no time getting revenge on the bullies who picked on him.
1st Nov '15 12:44:20 PM IronScope
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** [[{{Griefer}} Players]] can enact this trope in other ways, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoUBl6Nf4Xo standing invisibly on the edge of a drop]] and, as you can't pass through non-teammates, trick other players into falling to their deaths.
23rd Oct '15 12:41:56 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Zigzagged in an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' where Bulk and Skull are turned invisible. While they do play some pranks on people and steal food, they also make money by entertaining with a magic show. (But also using their "skill" to discipline a heckler.) Of course, seeing as they had spent most of the season [[BalefulPolymorph turned into monkeys]], maybe they deserved to have a little fun.
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