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4th May '17 11:35:51 AM valar55
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Rather than try to be a hero who got TheCall, they will use their powers for petty crime. Want a million dollars? Just use your EyeBeams to melt open the bank vault. A lover cheated on you? SuperStrength to turn the guy's car into a cube. That beautiful house? Summon up a ghost to scare the owners away and move in once the price drops. "But what if the cops find out?!" Well, with most cases of this trope, the newly empowered criminal will either make [[ImmuneToBullets short work of them]] or be totally undetectable. In truly disgusting extremes, they may walk into a restaurant (where they're ''known'' as a SuperVillain), [[EvilIsPetty be rude to the waiter]], not pay the bill, and then fight their way through the city's police force for it. And that's assuming the police even ''try'' to stop the super-jerk, as it won't take too many public demonstrations before the cops have to admit it's futile.

Most of the time, these villains will be very small time thinkers, at most terrorizing local authorities into making him a sort of king, but when one ''does'' [[VisionaryVillain see the big picture]] you [[AntiHumanAlliance can expect them to want]] to TakeOverTheWorld or even, [[TranshumanTreachery try to enslave humanity]]!

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Rather than try to be a hero who got TheCall, they will use their powers for petty crime. Want a million dollars? Just use your EyeBeams to melt open the bank vault. A lover cheated on you? SuperStrength to turn the guy's car into a cube. That beautiful house? Summon up a ghost to scare the owners away and move in once the price drops. "But what if the cops find out?!" Well, with most cases of this trope, the newly empowered criminal will either make [[ImmuneToBullets short work of them]] or be totally undetectable. In truly disgusting extremes, they may walk into a restaurant (where they're ''known'' as a SuperVillain), [[EvilIsPetty be rude to the waiter]], not pay the bill, and then fight their way through the city's police force for it. And that's assuming the police even ''try'' to stop the super-jerk, as it won't take too many public demonstrations before the cops have to admit that it's futile.

Most of the time, these villains will be very small time thinkers, at most terrorizing local authorities into making him a sort of king, but when one ''does'' [[VisionaryVillain see the big picture]] you [[AntiHumanAlliance can expect them to want]] to TakeOverTheWorld TakeOverTheWorld, or even, even [[TranshumanTreachery try to enslave humanity]]!



Compare DrunkWithPower, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. Related to BeneathTheMask and WhatYouAreInTheDark because super powers reveal how a person would act without any fear of reprisal. In this trope case that HiddenSelf is anything but {{lawful|Good}}. See SuperSupremacist for someone with superpowers who skips over the "get away with crime" part and goes for straight-up subjugating the non-superpowered.

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Compare DrunkWithPower, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. Related to BeneathTheMask and WhatYouAreInTheDark because super powers superpowers reveal how a person would act without any fear of reprisal. In this trope case that HiddenSelf is anything but {{lawful|Good}}.{{LawfulGood}}. See SuperSupremacist for someone with superpowers who skips over the "get away with crime" part and goes for straight-up subjugating the non-superpowered.
31st Mar '17 8:34:39 AM MCE
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* 'Creatures' of [[Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures DMFA]] and its fan comic [[Webcomic/ProjectFuture]] often believe that their increased physical strength and magic gives them the right to do whatever they like to 'Beings', who are weaker and usually have no magic.
30th Mar '17 9:25:36 PM MasterNecromancer
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* The protagonist of ''Literature/{{Jumper}}'' used his teleporting powers to wage a one-man vigilante antiterrorism campaign. ''In the 1990s''.

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* The protagonist of ''Literature/{{Jumper}}'' used his teleporting powers to wage a one-man vigilante antiterrorism anti-terrorism campaign. ''In the 1990s''.



* Many Epics have this mindset in ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''. Epics generally view normal humans as expendable at best: many Epics enjoy killing and/or torturing unpowered individuals for [[ForTheEvulz shits and giggles]].
** And the Capitulation Act states that Epics are now ''legally'' outside the law. They are basically classified as forces of nature, and trying to pass a law forbidding Epics from doing whatever the hell they want is about as pointless as forbidding the wind from blowing. On the other hand, if you ''do'' manage to kill an Epic, no human authority is going to prosecute you.

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* Many Most Epics have this mindset in ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''. Epics generally view normal humans as expendable at best: best; many Epics enjoy killing and/or torturing unpowered individuals for [[ForTheEvulz shits and giggles]].
** And the Capitulation Act states that Epics are now ''legally'' outside the law. They are basically classified as forces of nature, and trying to pass a law forbidding Epics from doing whatever the hell they want is about as pointless as forbidding the wind volcanoes from blowing.erupting. On the other hand, if you ''do'' manage to kill an Epic, no human authority is going to prosecute you.
20th Mar '17 11:50:44 AM BeerBaron
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* This is part of the Telvanni's outlook in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'': MightMakesRight (it's one of the core principles of the House, and your 'in' to be able to rise high despite being an Outlander), and the Telvanni tend ''very'' strongly towards magical might. They only care about Temple and Imperial bans on 'blasphemous' and 'dangerous' magic insofar as the Temple and the Empire can enforce those bans -- and since the House is led by a bunch of powerful sorcerer-lords, this is not very much.

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* This In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', this is part of the Telvanni's outlook of [[TheClan Great House]] [[EvilSorcerer Telvanni]]. They strongly believe in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'': MightMakesRight (it's one MightMakesRight, and KlingonPromotion is a legitimate means of advancement within the core principles of the House, and house (which is your 'in' to be able "in" to rise high despite being an Outlander), and to the top of the as an otherwise hated outlander). The Telvanni tend ''very'' strongly towards toward magical might. They might, and only care about the Temple and Imperial laws and their various bans on 'blasphemous' and 'dangerous' certain kinds of magic insofar as the Temple and the Empire they can enforce actually ''enforce'' those bans -- laws and since the House is led by a bunch of powerful sorcerer-lords, this is not very much.bans...
9th Mar '17 11:00:32 AM marcoasalazarm
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* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'': Pretty much every single wizard and witch that appears on-screen (even Samantha) believes this: they are only really restrained by their own code of honor (which is still pretty flexible as long as they can get what they want with as less hassle as possible) and what other witches in the room may think of them--and even so, the ones that are ObnoxiousInLaws to Darren don't really have much of a problem making his life a living hell for as long as they can before Samantha tells them to stop or makes a counter-spell of her own (and then dismiss their 'WhatTheHellHero' reactions with "he's a mortal, you're a witch, it's your fault for getting married in the first place").
6th Mar '17 5:06:31 AM ShorinBJ
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* The Literature/KittyNorville books spend a great deal of time thinking about this trope. In one of the earlier books, there's a big discussion on why (and why not) they don't often see supernaturals knocking over banks and the like. This is definitely averted with main character Kitty, but she does run in to a lot of people who feel differently, especially as the series progresses.

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* The Literature/KittyNorville books spend a great deal of time thinking about this trope. In one of the earlier books, there's a big discussion on why (and why not) they don't often see supernaturals knocking over banks and the like. This is definitely averted with main character Kitty, but she does run in to into a lot of people who feel differently, especially as the series progresses.
5th Mar '17 5:39:12 PM LordDynasmon
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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhTheMoviePyramidOfLight'', Anubis uses his power to protect the Permanent Trap Card "Pyramid of Light" from being destroyed. Then, he uses souls to empower his Theinen the Great Sphinx and tenfolds its ATK. And then the Pharaoh destroys it with his three Egyptian Gods without using effects, but by just combining their power, and he didn't used Obelisk or Ra's effects to destroy it.

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhTheMoviePyramidOfLight'', Anubis uses his power to protect the Permanent Trap Card "Pyramid of Light" from being destroyed. Then, he uses souls to empower his Theinen the Great Sphinx and tenfolds its ATK. And then the Pharaoh destroys it with his three Egyptian Gods without using effects, but by just combining their power, and he didn't used use Obelisk or Ra's effects to destroy it.
6th Dec '16 9:42:28 AM LaszloZapacik
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** Marik creates a Shadow Game against Joey, who he repeatedly attacks with his monsters not for the purposes of defeating Joey within the rules of the game, but by draining his energy so much that Joey passes out. Incredibly, Kaiba declares that this is allowed and awards victory to Marik.
** In the final against Yugi, Marik is fused to the Winged Dragon of Ra due to his creation of a Shadow Game, so is able to use a De-Fusion card to separate himself. But Marik was only fused to Ra ''in the Shadow Realm'' - in the Duel Monsters game itself, they were never fused to begin with.
5th Dec '16 8:42:59 AM LBHills
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* This attitude is almost universal among the Princes in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber,'' since their principal power is walking between dimensions. There can be no consequences for the actions they take out in 'Shadow' (their word for any dimension except their own), since they can simply depart after they have what they want.
5th Dec '16 8:34:31 AM LBHills
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Compare DrunkWithPower, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. Related to BeneathTheMask because super powers reveal how a person would act without any fear of reprisal. In this trope case that HiddenSelf is anything but {{lawful|Good}}. See SuperSupremacist for someone with superpowers who skips over the "get away with crime" part and goes for straight-up subjugating the non-superpowered.

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Compare DrunkWithPower, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. Related to BeneathTheMask and WhatYouAreInTheDark because super powers reveal how a person would act without any fear of reprisal. In this trope case that HiddenSelf is anything but {{lawful|Good}}. See SuperSupremacist for someone with superpowers who skips over the "get away with crime" part and goes for straight-up subjugating the non-superpowered.
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