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1st Jan '18 12:59:58 AM ironpok028
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* Oddly inverted with ''Manga/HunterXHunter''; Hunters can apparently get away with things that they probably shouldn't. Hisoka outright tells the chairman of the Hunters Association that the reason he wants to become a Hunter is that a Hunter License gets you out of most of the responsibility for committing ''murder''. The chairman confirms this. The result is that would-be criminals wind up taking the Hunter Exam for an extra layer of legal protection. This becomes a political plot point later in the series.
31st Dec '17 3:56:21 PM MasterFuzzy
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** The entire reason the White Council exists, according to Ebenezar [=McCoy=] is to hold this attitude in check among wandless Wizards (as it often leads to dark magic) and protect ordinary humanity from those less pleasant species that would use and abuse them, which is also why they often stay aloof of mortal disputes (for one thing, grudges and feuds can last for centuries with ordinary human lifespans. Wizards live for most of half a millennium). It's also the reason they heartily dislike/are wary of Doctor Strange, who has absolutely no qualms about getting involved in mortal politics, and persuades, manipulates, or outright bullies pretty much everyone into doing what he wants - he is, after all, the key representative of unchecked power. While Strange has his own, largely justified, reasons for what he does, you can see the Council's point.

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** The As per canon, the entire reason the White Council exists, according to Ebenezar [=McCoy=] is to hold this attitude in check among wandless Wizards (as it often leads to dark magic) and protect ordinary humanity from those less pleasant species that would use and abuse them, which is also why they often stay aloof of mortal disputes (for one thing, grudges and feuds can last for centuries with ordinary human lifespans. Wizards live for most of half a millennium). It's also the reason they heartily dislike/are wary of Doctor Strange, who has absolutely no qualms about getting involved in mortal politics, and persuades, manipulates, or outright bullies pretty much everyone into doing what he wants - he is, after all, the key representative of unchecked power. While Strange has his own, largely justified, reasons for what he does, you can see the Council's point.



** Played with, however, in the supernatural world's set of laws codified by the wonderfully wicked Mab: the Unseelie Accords, laws to govern how magical beings behave towards one another. Most heavy players follow these laws - save for Nicodemus, who believes that his immortality and powers mean he shouldn't need to bow his head to anybody.

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** Played with, however, in the supernatural world's set of laws codified by the wonderfully wicked Mab: the Unseelie Accords, laws to govern how magical beings behave towards one another. Most heavy players follow these laws - save for Nicodemus, who believes that his immortality and powers mean he shouldn't need to bow his head to anybody. As it turns out, Mab doesn't agree-and he learns this, to his regret.


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** The Greek myths in general have the gods hold the attitude that "With Great Power Comes Very Little Responsibility." The only restrictions placed on them are those done by other gods, and even then, they often try to fight it. For example, Zeus is a loving and faithful husband to Hera only as long as there are no pretty mortal women around-in which case, he's only a loving and faithful husband while she's around.
12th Oct '17 10:49:31 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* This attitude, to varying degrees, is a key plot driver in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm''. For instance, the British Wizarding World has this attitude in regard to the Muggle world, which is why Peter Wisdom [[spoiler: a.k.a. Regulus Black]] is determined to use [=MI13=] to bring them to heel by force.
** Ironically enough, the Avengers also tend to only obey the rules either when it suits them, or when they're on duty.
** The entire reason the White Council exists, according to Ebenezar [=McCoy=] is to hold this attitude in check among wandless Wizards (as it often leads to dark magic) and protect ordinary humanity from those less pleasant species that would use and abuse them, which is also why they often stay aloof of mortal disputes (for one thing, grudges and feuds can last for centuries with ordinary human lifespans. Wizards live for most of half a millennium). It's also the reason they heartily dislike/are wary of Doctor Strange, who has absolutely no qualms about getting involved in mortal politics, and persuades, manipulates, or outright bullies pretty much everyone into doing what he wants - he is, after all, the key representative of unchecked power. While Strange has his own, largely justified, reasons for what he does, you can see the Council's point.
1st Oct '17 8:59:54 PM WillBGood
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Compare DrunkWithPower, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. Related to BeneathTheMask and WhatYouAreInTheDark because superpowers reveal how a person would act without any fear of reprisal. In this trope case that HiddenSelf is anything but {{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.

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Compare DrunkWithPower, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. Related to BeneathTheMask and WhatYouAreInTheDark because superpowers reveal how a person would act without any fear of reprisal. In this trope case that HiddenSelf hidden self is anything but {{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.
29th Aug '17 2:06:08 AM bwburke94
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* Mitchell Calrus[[spoiler:/Xio]] tries this in ''Literature/FineStructure''. He fails in an epic fashion, not by getting caught but by being incredibly obvious and inefficacious. Seph spends several paragraphs afterwards harping about how he is a "terrible, ineffective supervillain".
* Taylor, of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', comes to essentially this conclusion about the existence of parahumans; that they cause the system of human civilization to break down around them because it wasn't ''designed'' to deal with people like Alexandria, who can fly faster than a jet, is smarter than any ten geniuses, and is {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le, or her, who can essentially perceive everything that happens within five city blocks. Instead of using her powers for her own gain, however, she decides to try to find a system that ''does'' work.



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* Mitchell Calrus[[spoiler:/Xio]] tries this in ''Literature/FineStructure''. He fails in an epic fashion, not by getting caught but by being incredibly obvious and inefficacious. Seph spends several paragraphs afterwards harping about how he is a "terrible, ineffective supervillain".
* Taylor, of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', comes to essentially this conclusion about the existence of parahumans; that they cause the system of human civilization to break down around them because it wasn't ''designed'' to deal with people like Alexandria, who can fly faster than a jet, is smarter than any ten geniuses, and is {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le, or her, who can essentially perceive everything that happens within five city blocks. Instead of using her powers for her own gain, however, she decides to try to find a system that ''does'' work.
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21st Aug '17 7:34:45 PM PaulA
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* The Diana Tregarde novel ''Jinx High'' by Creator/MercedesLackey, a VainSorceress uses her magical powers to rule the local high school.

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* The Diana Tregarde In the novel ''Jinx High'' ''Literature/JinxHigh'' by Creator/MercedesLackey, a VainSorceress uses her magical powers to rule the local high school. school.
8th Aug '17 10:14:21 AM HowlingSnail
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* ''Film/BruceAlmighty'''s crimes include, among other things, vandalism (Breaking a fire hydrant), theft (Swapping his clothes for those in a shop), sexual harassment (Blowing a girl's skirt up) and assault (the Butt Monkey). And that's just one scene.
3rd Aug '17 3:34:32 AM Baeraad555
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* Played straight or subverted in ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', depending on [[RuleOfFunny whatever is funnier at the time.]] Sabrina herself [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin keeps running afoul of]] a surprisingly large number of laws governing witch behaviour that are as byzanthine as they are draconean, but most other witches seem to be able to do whatever they want to whomever they want as long as a stronger witch doesn't oppose them.
2nd Jul '17 7:21:35 AM valar55
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** Pegasus can read minds, this allows him to get the knowledge of his opponents strategy and set cards. Whether it is rule breaking or not is debatable.

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** Pegasus can read minds, this allows him to get the knowledge of his opponents opponent's strategy and set cards. Whether it is rule breaking rule-breaking or not is debatable.
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.
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