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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.
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").
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