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22nd Apr '17 4:35:32 AM erforce
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*** In the miniseries ''Born'' it's pretty much stated the Punisher is a sociopath who's addicted to killing, and that if it wasn't criminals it would just be someone else. It is also sort of ambiguous as to whether he sold his soul to some sort of demonic entity, or was just going increasingly insane.

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*** In the miniseries ''Born'' ''[[ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn Born]]'' it's pretty much stated the Punisher is a sociopath who's addicted to killing, and that if it wasn't criminals it would just be someone else. It is also sort of ambiguous as to whether he sold his soul to some sort of demonic entity, or was just going increasingly insane.
12th Apr '17 10:45:43 AM Sapphirea2
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** The Doctor himself jumps from the top of the slope to the bottom in the last 10 or so minutes of "The Waters of Mars". After having spent the whole episode with a group of people destined to die, the Doctor snaps and decides to save them after most of them have already been killed. Just moments after saving the remaining people (in the most epic way possible), the Doctor decides that he can mess with the timeline in any way he sees fit, completely ignoring his species' laws. At this point, the Doctor is almost antagonistic. Thankfully the Doctor is only in this state for one scene, and is brought down a couple of pegs before he can really do anything.
** It's implied in "The Runaway Bride" and more-or-less stated in "Journey's End" that the reason the Doctor travels around with a companion is so that he has someone to remind him not to do this, since he has so much power and gets into such intense and painful situations it would be hard for him not to slip, and hard for anyone to stop him once he starts sliding.

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** It's implied in "The Runaway Bride" and more-or-less stated in "Journey's End" that the reason the Doctor travels around with a companion is so that he has someone to remind him not to do this, since he has so much power and gets into such intense and painful situations it would be hard for him not to slip, and hard for anyone to stop him once he starts sliding. The Doctor himself officially jumps from the top of the slope in two stories in which he is without a companion, though he does manage to return to the bottom side of right in both:
** The Tenth Doctor does this
in the last 10 or so minutes of "The Waters of Mars". After having spent the whole episode with a group of people destined to die, the Doctor snaps and decides to save them after most of them have already been killed. Just moments after saving the remaining people (in the most epic way possible), the Doctor decides that he can mess with the timeline in any way he sees fit, completely ignoring his species' laws. At this point, the Doctor is almost antagonistic. Thankfully the Doctor is only in this state for one scene, and is brought down a couple of pegs before he can really do anything.
** It's implied The Twelfth Doctor does this in the Series 9 finale "Hell Bent". All season he'd been struggling with how much he could or couldn't do to save those around him -- letting O'Donnell die and being willing to die himself but still trying to save his beloved companion Clara Oswald from a preordained death in "Before the Flood", and immortalizing Ashildr/Me in "The Runaway Bride" and more-or-less stated in "Journey's End" Girl Who Died" because it was the only way he could save her from the grave. In "Face the Raven", he considered going on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge that would have slaughtered innocents over [[spoiler: Clara's ''actual'' death]] but Clara talked him down. But he spent the reason next episode "Heaven Sent" not only imprisoned and completely alone but subjected to ColdBloodedTorture. So in "Hell Bent", which takes place after he escapes, he is effectively insane and once again tries to alter a fixed point in time by [[spoiler: undoing Clara's death altogether]], which took place ''billions'' of years ago in-universe by the Doctor travels around with a companion is so that time he manages to get the means to do so; he has someone no plan to remind him not to do this, since he has so much power and gets into such intense and painful situations it avert the destruction of the universe this would be hard for cause and basically hopes he'll get lucky, and justifies his actions by invoking his "duty of care" and DudeWheresMyReward.. For bonus points, he also intends to [[spoiler: Mind Rape Clara of her memories of him]]. But [[spoiler: Clara herself]] manages to talk him down and he returns to his best self by not to slip, and hard for anyone to stop only giving up his TragicDream but [[spoiler: losing his memories of her]], which means he no longer is consumed by the horrors that drove him once he starts sliding.to extremes.
9th Apr '17 5:56:26 PM nombretomado
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** SaintsRowTheThird plays this with most if not all of the main characters, and they each suffer for it. Boss, Gat, Shaundi, Loren, Killbane, Kiki, Temple and Kia are just some of the names who are guilty of this, and all either die or with the exception of Boss can be killed. Boss arguably gets it even worse if s/he chooses to jump off the slippery slope: s/he reverts back to being worse than ever, and a thoroughly despicable person.

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** SaintsRowTheThird ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' plays this with most if not all of the main characters, and they each suffer for it. Boss, Gat, Shaundi, Loren, Killbane, Kiki, Temple and Kia are just some of the names who are guilty of this, and all either die or with the exception of Boss can be killed. Boss arguably gets it even worse if s/he chooses to jump off the slippery slope: s/he reverts back to being worse than ever, and a thoroughly despicable person.
6th Apr '17 9:54:52 AM Cuddles
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*** Arthas' jumping point comes long before that, when he decided to murder an entire city rather than trying to help them or warn anyone else of the undead plague, which was the prompt for Jaina to abandon him. Giving up his soul to Frostmourne, and in the process murdering his last remaining ally, was the final step off the bottom of the slope long after he'd decided to toboggan down it.
3rd Apr '17 9:04:17 PM nombretomado
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* Ho-oh from ''PokeWars'' wants Pokémon-kind to live in a utopia and he limits his targets to humans only and tries to limit the damage he causes. [[spoiler:He soon starts engaging in things like ordering wanton killing of Pokémon contrary to his ideals, utterly ruining the environment and not giving a damn about it, and generally being a filthy hypocrite.]]

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* Ho-oh from ''PokeWars'' ''Fanfic/PokeWars'' wants Pokémon-kind to live in a utopia and he limits his targets to humans only and tries to limit the damage he causes. [[spoiler:He soon starts engaging in things like ordering wanton killing of Pokémon contrary to his ideals, utterly ruining the environment and not giving a damn about it, and generally being a filthy hypocrite.]]
3rd Apr '17 7:53:35 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''VideoGame/Portal2'''s [[spoiler: Wheatley]] does this as part of [[spoiler: his FaceHeelTurn]] after [[spoiler: a core transfer with [=GLaDOS=] gets him DrunkWithPower.]] He calls the escape lift to let Chell go, gushing over [[spoiler: how cool his new body is]], but when Chell is almost out, he starts laughing. The music turns dark, his laughter turns into a downright EvilLaugh, and the lift starts lowering again. He starts monologuing about how HE did all of this, and when [=GLaDOS=] points out that it was CHELL who did all the work, [[spoiler: Wheatley]] gets so mad, he [[spoiler: takes [=GLaDOS=] apart and [[DisproportionateRetribution sticks her in a potato battery]]]], permanently showcasing that the [[spoiler: cute little personality core he'd been for the entire duration of the game has turned into a sadistic monster.]]

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* ''VideoGame/Portal2'''s [[spoiler: Wheatley]] does this as part of [[spoiler: his FaceHeelTurn]] after [[spoiler: a core transfer with [=GLaDOS=] gets him DrunkWithPower.]] He calls the escape lift to let Chell go, gushing over [[spoiler: how cool his new body is]], but when Chell is almost out, he starts laughing. The music turns dark, his laughter turns into a downright EvilLaugh, and the lift starts lowering again. He starts monologuing about how HE did all of this, and when [=GLaDOS=] points out that it was CHELL who did all the work, [[spoiler: Wheatley]] gets so mad, he [[spoiler: takes [=GLaDOS=] apart and [[DisproportionateRetribution sticks her in a potato battery]]]], permanently showcasing that the [[spoiler: cute little personality core he'd been for the entire duration of the game has turned into a sadistic monster.]]
3rd Apr '17 7:51:51 PM CheeseDogX
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the White Council is extremely strict with their 7 Laws of Wizardry. First violation means an instant beheading unless a wizard on the Council bets their life they can reform the wizard, except in rare cases of self-defense. This is because Black Magic is almost always a slippery slope.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the White Council is extremely strict with their 7 Laws of Wizardry. First violation means an instant beheading unless a wizard on the Council bets their life they can reform the wizard, except in rare cases of self-defense. self-defense (as in it's rare that they admit it was a case of self-defense). This is because Black Magic is almost always [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide almost]] [[EvilFeelsGood always]] a slippery slope.
18th Mar '17 1:49:34 AM Siempie
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* ''VideoGame/Portal2'''s [[spoiler: Wheatley]] does this as part of [[spoiler: his FaceHeelTurn]] after [[spoiler: a core transfer with [=GLaDOS=] gets him DrunkWithPower.]] He calls the escape lift to let Chell go, gushing over [[spoiler: how cool his new body is]], but when Chell is almost out, he starts laughing. The music turns dark, his laughter turns into a downright EvilLaugh, and the lift starts lowering again. He starts monologuing about how HE did all of this, and when [=GLaDOS=] points out that it was CHELL who did all the work, [[spoiler: Wheatley]] gets so mad, he [[spoiler: takes [=GLaDOS=] apart and [[DisproportionateRetribution sticks her in a potato battery]]]], permanently showcasing that the [[spoiler: cute little personality core he'd been for the entire duration of the game has turned into a sadistic monster.]]
6th Mar '17 6:19:05 AM MaulMachine
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* CJ and Niko Bellic from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', respectively. Let's assume that they're good-hearted people at the start (if the cut-scenes are any indication), and let's assume the player doesn't do any killing not encouraged by the storyline (which is a stretch, but go with it). Now watch how their lives unfold. CJ in particular goes from "I guess I'll kill this guy since he's been screwing with my gang" to "guess I'll just kill all these guys for no apparent reason" so quickly it might make you wonder if you're still playing as the same guy.

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* CJ and Niko Bellic from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'', respectively. Let's assume that they're good-hearted people at the start (if the cut-scenes are any indication), and let's assume the player doesn't do any killing not encouraged by the storyline (which is a stretch, but go with it). Now watch how their lives unfold. CJ in particular goes from "I guess I'll kill this guy since he's been screwing with my gang" to "guess I'll just kill all these guys for no apparent reason" so quickly it might make you wonder if you're still playing as the same guy. By the end of the game, at least, he gets to see the awful results of his actions, and he tells his family outright in the final cutscene that they need to rein it in and be more subtle. It helps that he was being blackmailed the entire game. His brother has fewer excuses, and the other Grove OGs have none.
2nd Mar '17 8:45:25 AM NNinja
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch Lamperouge wanted to destroy the Empire of Britannia (despite being an ex-Imperial Prince) and started to organize LaResistance. He starts out sane and unquestionably morally right, but increasingly horrible incidents cause him to turn darker and darker. Both seasons, near the end have a point where he takes a massive dive into the darkness.However, by the end going as far as [[spoiler: massacring children and unarmed people for possessing Geass powers and being a part of a Britannian-sponsored cult... which ''trained'' the children in it to use ''their'' Geass to make a guy murder his own allies. Let us not forget Rolo, THE TykeBomb of the series, was raised there too.]]
** And of course, we have TheEmperor and V.V, [[spoiler: who after suffering immense loss as children, do the exact same thing fifty years later, even though they said they will eliminate lies. Not to mention V.V. is to blame for ordering the brainwashing and training of Rolo and the kids, and also [[{{Hypocrite}} lying to and betraying Charles himself]] in addition to instigating some of the worst twists in the series...]]
** In general, ''everyone'' in Geass flew off slippery slopes.
*** Lelouch and Suzaku are the extreme cases. As well as the others named above. Ironically, [[spoiler: Euphemia, who actually goes on a rampage, killing Japanese people, only did so because she was under the power of Geass and had no choice.]]
*** If you truly think about it the entire show is about Lelouch going from the fettered to the unfettered. He slowly slips into darkness as the series progresses and using more brutal tactics to achieve his ends. This happens because his situations demanded it and his own personal losses take a toll on him like killing Shirley's dad, to having to geass his best friend, to having to kill his sister, to having Shirley die in his arms, to having his main goals snuffed out because they either died or became lies, to having the army he founded betray him, everything about Lelouch's life sucks. Compare his methods at the beginning villeta being geassed to give up her knightmare instead of killing her and taking it to having legions give up their freedom at the end. Lelouch goes off the deep end but spends the better part of two seasons to get there.
*** There's also Nina. Who has one of these when [[spoiler:her idol Euphemia is killed.]]
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