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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.]]
26th Feb '17 6:00:51 AM VVK
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** Illidan was always a self-serving JerkAss, but he had a more gentle side to him and never intended his collateral damage. After nearly being killed by Arthas, though, that gentle side was replaced in Burning Crusade with paranoia, insanity and a desire to crush anyone he deems as a threat, which happens to be ''everyone not on his side.'' The jump was severe enough that Blizzard went [[WordOfGod on record]] expressing a desire to bring him back for a proper redemption. He finally returns in ''Legion'' once more a morally ambiguous character whose positive sides are seen in greater light.

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** Illidan was always a self-serving JerkAss, but he had a more gentle side to him and never intended his collateral damage. After nearly being killed by Arthas, though, that gentle side was replaced in Burning Crusade with paranoia, insanity and a desire to crush anyone he deems as a threat, which happens to be ''everyone not on his side.'' The jump was severe enough that Blizzard went [[WordOfGod on record]] expressing a desire to bring him back for a proper redemption. He finally returns in ''Legion'' once more a morally ambiguous character whose positive sides are seen in greater light. It's a little exaggerated; there's a whole questline mostly dedicated to an EnergyBeing explaining everything in Illidan's past in as positive light as possible.
8th Feb '17 8:05:50 PM Jokubas
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* Minister Caudecus in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' was always a political rival to the heroic Queen, casting him in a negative light. However, his political stance often made a good point about things that were going ignored. Even when he revealed himself to be the leader of an evil organization, he was still pointing out flaws in the heroes and was revealing actual truths about the past. Once he's actually confronted, among other things, he reveals that he backstabbed his own wife, shoots his own daughter dead, and is cackling about how evil he is, dispelling any ambiguity in bringing him down.

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* Minister Caudecus in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' was always a political rival to the heroic Queen, casting him in a negative light. However, his political stance often made a good point about things that were going ignored. Even when he revealed himself to be the leader of an evil organization, he was still pointing out flaws in the heroes and was revealing actual truths about the past. Once he's actually confronted, among other things, he reveals that he backstabbed his own wife, shoots his [[spoiler:his own daughter dead, dead]], and is cackling about how evil he is, dispelling any ambiguity in bringing him down.
8th Feb '17 8:03:21 PM Jokubas
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* Minister Caudecus in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'' was always a political rival to the heroic Queen, casting him in a negative light. However, his political stance often made a good point about things that were going ignored. Even when he revealed himself to be the leader of an evil organization, he was still pointing out flaws in the heroes and was revealing actual truths about the past. Once he's actually confronted, among other things, he reveals that he backstabbed his own wife, shoots his own daughter dead, and is cackling about how evil he is, dispelling any ambiguity in bringing him down.
8th Feb '17 1:13:13 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Joffrey, who up to that point has really only been a RoyalBrat with a temper, orders Ned Stark executed in spite of all reason.
** Theon condones the murder of two innocent boys.
23rd Jan '17 7:54:58 PM lilysakura220
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** Amon and the Equalists start off with a relatively valid complaint: Benders really do have all of the power in Republic City. Up until Episode 10 they had only committed one really extreme crime. Then, they jump full on off the slope by [[spoiler:launching a full-scale invasion of Republic City, complete with ''bombings and gas attacks!'']]. Arguably, their point is also undermined by [[spoiler:the fact that Amon is actually a stupid-powerful Bender himself and uses his own bloodbending ability to destroy others' ability to bend]], but whether that's this trope or simple {{Hypocrisy}} is open for debate.

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** Amon and the Equalists start off with a relatively valid complaint: Benders really do have all of the power in Republic City. Up until Episode 10 they had only committed one really extreme crime. Then, they jump full on off the slope by [[spoiler:launching a full-scale invasion of Republic City, complete with ''bombings and gas attacks!'']]. Arguably, their point is also undermined by [[spoiler:the fact that Amon is actually a stupid-powerful Bender waterbender himself and uses his own bloodbending ability to destroy others' ability to bend]], but whether that's this trope or simple {{Hypocrisy}} is open for debate.
17th Jan '17 12:07:31 PM GothicProphet
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* Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium:
** Fëanor in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' starts out arrogant and slightly paranoid. Then [[BigBad Morgoth]] is released, and Fëanor starts doing things like drawing a sword on his half-brother, abandoning said half-brother to cross the [[GrimUpNorth Helcaraxë]], and swearing/making his sons swear an oath to reclaim the Silmarils whatever the cost.
** In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', Galadriel refuses the One Ring for fear of this.
8th Jan '17 11:10:52 PM Loekman3
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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': Zamasu, a Supreme Kai of [[AlternateUniverse Universe 10]], is first introduced as being [[FantasticRacism distrustful of mortals]]. From his introduction, he's SlowlySlippingIntoEvil... and he finally jumps off the slope when he learns of the Super Dragon Balls and the power he could gain from them, which spirals into him breaking into Zuno's temple and outright threatening his life in order to get information about them. From there, rather than simply wait a year for the Super Dragon Balls to be active again, he decides to [[spoiler: kill his master Gowasu and steal his Potaras so he can use his [[TimeTravel Time Ring]], jump ahead a year, wish for immortality, and begin his quest to wipe out all mortals]]. Zamasu freely admits that what he's doing is evil, but it's [[KnightTemplar all to serve a greater good]]. At the same time, [[spoiler: Future Zamasu deserves special mention. When Goku Black murders Gawasu, he is at first horrified and rushes to his master's side. After some words from Goku Black, he immediately joins his side and helps him murder all the other gods in the universes before going on to wipe out mortals]].

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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': Zamasu, a Supreme Kai of [[AlternateUniverse Universe 10]], is first introduced as being [[FantasticRacism distrustful of mortals]]. From his introduction, he's SlowlySlippingIntoEvil... and he finally jumps off the slope when he learns of the Super Dragon Balls and the power he could gain from them, which spirals into him breaking into Zuno's temple and outright threatening his life in order to get information about them. From there, rather than simply wait a year for the Super Dragon Balls to be active again, he decides to [[spoiler: kill his master Gowasu and steal his Potaras so he can use his [[TimeTravel Time Ring]], jump ahead a year, wish for immortality, Goku's body, and begin his quest to wipe out all mortals]]. Zamasu freely admits that what he's doing is evil, but it's [[KnightTemplar all to serve a greater good]]. At the same time, [[spoiler: Future Zamasu deserves special mention. When Goku Black murders Gawasu, he is at first horrified and rushes to his master's side. After some words from Goku Black, he immediately joins his side and helps him murder all the other gods in the universes before going on to wipe out mortals]].
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