History Main / ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers

5th Apr '16 4:56:44 AM Mr.Bubbles
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Using her ability to [[TimeStandStill stop time]], [[''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' Homura Akemi]] stole all kinds of weaponry from the JSDF and Yakuza to help her fight Witches. All of them are stored in some kind of BagOfHolding behind her shield. [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance A smart choice as well]], since it means her soul gem won't corrupt as fast as other Magical Girls and collecting grief seeds is much easier for her.]]

to:

* Using her ability to [[TimeStandStill stop time]], [[''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Homura Akemi]] stole all kinds of weaponry from the JSDF and Yakuza to help her fight Witches. All of them are stored in some kind of BagOfHolding behind her shield. [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance A smart choice as well]], since [[spoiler: it means her soul gem won't corrupt as fast as those of other Magical Girls and collecting grief seeds is much easier for her.]]
5th Apr '16 4:54:55 AM Mr.Bubbles
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* Using her ability to [[TimeStandStill stop time]], [[''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' Homura Akemi]] stole all kinds of weaponry from the JSDF and Yakuza to help her fight Witches. All of them are stored in some kind of BagOfHolding behind her shield. [[spoiler: [[FridgeBrilliance A smart choice as well]], since it means her soul gem won't corrupt as fast as other Magical Girls and collecting grief seeds is much easier for her.]]
24th Mar '16 4:45:57 PM merotoker
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* From ''Anime/HellGirl'', this is tried out by [[spoiler:Mikage Yuzuki after she succeeds Ai Enma to send the one who sent her friend to hell... to hell.]] It doesn't go over too well and even before then, Ichimoku Ren and Honne-Onna leave.

to:

* From ''Anime/HellGirl'', this is tried out by [[spoiler:Mikage Yuzuki after she succeeds Ai Enma to send the one who sent her friend to hell... to hell.]] hell]]. It doesn't go over too well and even before then, Ichimoku Ren and Honne-Onna leave.



* Pretty much the concept behind both ''Anime/CodeGeass'' and ''Manga/DeathNote'', with a clever teenager lamenting the state of the world, accidentally obtaining superpowers in the first episode, and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans immediately going on a world-changing killing spree]].
** It's worth noting though, that the two have entirely different motivations and goals, and only vaguely similar tactics.

to:

* Pretty much the concept behind both ''Anime/CodeGeass'' and ''Manga/DeathNote'', with a clever teenager lamenting the state of the world, accidentally obtaining superpowers in the first episode, and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans immediately going on a world-changing killing spree]]. \n** It's worth noting though, that the two have entirely different motivations and goals, and only vaguely similar tactics.



* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Go]][[ItsPronouncedTroPay odwin]] uses a bit of the power of the King of the Underworld to sabotage his three opponents by sending darkness condors at them. That's right. He doesn't use Monster Cards, but outside force. To make it worse, when Crow and Jack crash because of him, Goodwin uses the Riding Duel rules against them, even though he doesn't ride a D-Wheel to begin with.

to:

* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Go]][[ItsPronouncedTroPay Go]][[ItIsPronouncedTroPay odwin]] uses a bit of the power of the King of the Underworld to sabotage his three opponents by sending darkness condors at them. That's right. He doesn't use Monster Cards, but outside force. To make it worse, when Crow and Jack crash because of him, Goodwin uses the Riding Duel rules against them, even though he doesn't ride a D-Wheel to begin with.



* A ''LOT'' of supervillains tend to do this.
* Not just typical supervillains either. [[FaceHeelTurn Some are former heroes]]...

to:

* A ''LOT'' of supervillains tend to do this. \n* Not just typical supervillains either. [[FaceHeelTurn Some are former heroes]]...



* Creator/BrianMichaelBendis' ''Comicbook/{{Powers}}'' also briefly explores this fallen-hero theme (much like ''Irredeemable'', but only for a short story arc).
** This trope gets uttered almost literally in one issue, where a man walks up to a bank teller and tells her simply, "I have powers. Give me all the money."

to:

* Creator/BrianMichaelBendis' ''Comicbook/{{Powers}}'' also briefly explores this fallen-hero theme (much like ''Irredeemable'', but only for a short story arc).
**
arc). This trope gets uttered almost literally in one issue, where a man walks up to a bank teller and tells her simply, "I have powers. Give me all the money."



* U-Go-Girl of ''Comicbook/XMen'' spinoff team ''[[Comicbook/XForce X-Statix]]'' originally decided to use her teleportation to commit crime, intelligently - stealing tons of petty stuff and not challenging any superheroes. She got bored of it after 15 minutes when she got everything she always wanted and ended up returning it and becoming a superheroine instead.

to:

* U-Go-Girl of ''Comicbook/XMen'' spinoff team ''[[Comicbook/XForce X-Statix]]'' ''Comicbook/XStatix'' originally decided to use her teleportation to commit crime, intelligently - stealing tons of petty stuff and not challenging any superheroes. She got bored of it after 15 minutes when she got everything she always wanted and ended up returning it and becoming a superheroine instead.



* ComicBook/{{Invincible}} mentions this during a crossover with Comicbook/TheAstoundingWolfMan. When Wolf-Man asks if Invincible will get in trouble for breaking government property and beating up superheroes, Invincible shrugs it off, saying that as long as he's strong enough to save the earth, he gets a pass.
** While he often blows off the rules for good reason, Invincible increasingly starts to believe that because he's the most powerful superhero on Earth, the rules don't apply to him all. This is treated as a decidedly negative trait, and eventually backfires badly.

to:

* ComicBook/{{Invincible}} mentions this during a crossover with Comicbook/TheAstoundingWolfMan. When Wolf-Man asks if Invincible will get in trouble for breaking government property and beating up superheroes, Invincible shrugs it off, saying that as long as he's strong enough to save the earth, he gets a pass.
**
pass. While he often blows off the rules for good reason, Invincible increasingly starts to believe that because he's the most powerful superhero on Earth, the rules don't apply to him all. This is treated as a decidedly negative trait, and eventually backfires badly.



* In ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'', Celestia is rendered as this. She's a goddess and doesn't have to answer to any of the shaved apes.
** [[FanFic/TheConversionBureauNotAlone In other stories she tries this]], only to find [[MugglesDoitBetter the shaved apes can hit back]].

to:

* In ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'', Celestia is rendered as this. She's a goddess and doesn't have to answer to any of the shaved apes.
**
apes. [[FanFic/TheConversionBureauNotAlone In other stories she tries this]], only to find [[MugglesDoitBetter the shaved apes can hit back]].



* Examined and played with, heavily, in ''Literature/DresdenFiles''. Most supernatural beings feel no compunction towards obeying mortal authority, or believe themselves allowed to ignore the laws (case in point: the Wardens executing warlocks).

to:

* Examined and played with, heavily, in ''Literature/DresdenFiles''.''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Most supernatural beings feel no compunction towards obeying mortal authority, or believe themselves allowed to ignore the laws (case in point: the Wardens executing warlocks).



* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] uses a combination of advanced technology (psychic paper) and BavarianFireDrill / ImpersonatingAnOfficer to get past obstacles.
* Kind of the entire point of most plots - romantic and non - in the first few seasons of ''{{Series/Smallville}}''. The meteor [[MonsterOfTheWeek freak of the week]] suffers "Kryptonite Psychosis" and uses their meteor-given powers for their own selfish gain, perfectly willing to commit multiple murders to further their goals before Clark stops them and they get sent to the Belle Reve mental institution. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d numerous times by characters [[FantasticRacism biased against meteor freaks]].
** Clark himself when under the influence of Red Kryptonite. His Red K-activated personality, Kal, acts out Clark's basic wants and needs without concerning himself with the consequences of his actions, and is not only unconcerned with [[TheMasquerade keeping his powers a secret]], but is even tempted to go public with them because he believes that his powers make him infallible.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Faith and, in the episode "Bad Girls", Buffy herself. Also [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch the majority]] of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil vampires and demons]].
** It helps that Sunnydale was made for evil entities to screw around in. The rules are bent for slaughter and games.

to:

* [[Series/DoctorWho ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor]] Doctor uses a combination of advanced technology (psychic paper) and BavarianFireDrill / ImpersonatingAnOfficer to get past obstacles.
* Kind of the entire point of most plots - romantic and non - in the first few seasons of ''{{Series/Smallville}}''. The meteor [[MonsterOfTheWeek freak of the week]] suffers "Kryptonite Psychosis" and uses their meteor-given powers for their own selfish gain, perfectly willing to commit multiple murders to further their goals before Clark stops them and they get sent to the Belle Reve mental institution. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d numerous times by characters [[FantasticRacism biased against meteor freaks]].
**
freaks]]. Clark himself qualifies when under the influence of Red Kryptonite. His Red K-activated personality, Kal, acts out Clark's basic wants and needs without concerning himself with the consequences of his actions, and is not only unconcerned with [[TheMasquerade keeping his powers a secret]], but is even tempted to go public with them because he believes that his powers make him infallible.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Faith and, in the episode "Bad Girls", Buffy herself. Also [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch the majority]] of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil vampires and demons]].
**
demons]]. It helps that Sunnydale was made for evil entities to screw around in. The rules are bent for slaughter and games.



* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Literature/ItsAGoodLife" is built on this, although six-year old Anthony is convinced that he's just doing good things. Including getting rid of bad people. And of course, only bad people would think that the things he does could be bad...

to:

* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' episode "Literature/ItsAGoodLife" is built on this, although six-year old Anthony is convinced that he's just doing good things. Including getting rid of bad people. And of course, only bad people would think that the things he does could be bad...



* Widespread among vampires on ''Series/TrueBlood''. Although their public relations campaign claims that they just want to be a [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire part of normal human society]], including having equal civil rights, they have no problem with breaking the law if they think they can get away with it. In particular they are not above using mind control on humans and/or feeding from people without their consent.
** In one episode, Bill even subverts the rule that vampires aren't allowed to enter a human's home without an invitation by glamoring one of them and having that person invite him. In another episode, Eric physically threatens Sookie (who can't be glamored) into inviting him in, although this is only because he senses a werewolf in her house.

to:

* Widespread among vampires on ''Series/TrueBlood''. Although their public relations campaign claims that they just want to be a [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire part of normal human society]], including having equal civil rights, they have no problem with breaking the law if they think they can get away with it. In particular they are not above using mind control on humans and/or feeding from people without their consent.
**
consent. In one episode, Bill even subverts the rule that vampires aren't allowed to enter a human's home without an invitation by glamoring one of them and having that person invite him. In another episode, Eric physically threatens Sookie (who can't be glamored) into inviting him in, although this is only because he senses a werewolf in her house.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Evon}}'', Corrin tells Evon (who he's just found out is his half-sister) that since they're both sorcerers and shouldn't be [[http://evoncomics.com/?p=1603 "bound by the rules that govern ordinary people"]] and said rules shouldn't stop them from [[spoiler: taking up their affair from [[SurpriseIncest before they knew they were siblings.]]]] [[http://evoncomics.com/?p=1646 Evon's reaction]] to this is to threaten to kick his balls into his throat if he ever mentioned that again.

to:

* In ''Webcomic/{{Evon}}'', Corrin tells Evon (who he's just found out is his half-sister) that since they're both sorcerers and shouldn't be [[http://evoncomics.com/?p=1603 "bound by the rules that govern ordinary people"]] and said rules shouldn't stop them from [[spoiler: taking up their affair from [[SurpriseIncest before they knew they were siblings.]]]] siblings]]]]. [[http://evoncomics.com/?p=1646 Evon's reaction]] to this is to threaten to kick his balls into his throat if he ever mentioned that again.



* 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 NighInvulnerable, 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.

to:

* 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 NighInvulnerable, {{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.


Added DiffLines:

-->'''Peter''': Well, we promised Lois we'd use our powers responsibly, but I suppose doing the exact opposite couldn't hurt.
13th Jan '16 8:53:15 PM jormis29
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* "Mark Milton", aka Hyperion in ''SupremePower'' gets this revelation along with some basic {{Ubermensch}} / TheUnfettered philosophy when he learns he's an alien and was lied to since birth to make him a tool of the government.
* U-Go-Girl of ''{{Comicbook/X-Men}}'' spinoff team ''[[Comicbook/XForce X-Statix]]'' originally decided to use her teleportation to commit crime, intelligently - stealing tons of petty stuff and not challenging any superheroes. She got bored of it after 15 minutes when she got everything she always wanted and ended up returning it and becoming a superheroine instead.

to:

* "Mark Milton", aka Hyperion in ''SupremePower'' ''ComicBook/SupremePower'' gets this revelation along with some basic {{Ubermensch}} / TheUnfettered philosophy when he learns he's an alien and was lied to since birth to make him a tool of the government.
* U-Go-Girl of ''{{Comicbook/X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' spinoff team ''[[Comicbook/XForce X-Statix]]'' originally decided to use her teleportation to commit crime, intelligently - stealing tons of petty stuff and not challenging any superheroes. She got bored of it after 15 minutes when she got everything she always wanted and ended up returning it and becoming a superheroine instead.
12th Dec '15 7:56:42 PM ultimomant
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* A lot of fans of ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' think that Yuma's ability to use Shining Draw in ZEXAL Mode pushes the limits of fair play, but you can excuse him, seeing as the villains cheat worse. ''Eliphas'', however, you cannot. His godlike powers and authority over the Astral World let him use the Shining Draw ability ''any time he wants'' (the equivalent of magical deck-stacking), as opposed to Yuma, who can use it at most twice per duel, and only in ZEXAL Mode. To make this worse, Eliphas sort of broke the bank on broken cards, his ace monster being a ''Rank 13'' Xyz Monster that was able to gain ''33 Overlay Units''. (Most real players would consider that, well, impossible.) Ironically, despite this blatant cheating, Yuma was able to defeat him without Astral's help, [[BreakTheHaughty using a Rank 1 Xyz Monster]].

to:

* A lot of fans of ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' think that Yuma's ability to use Shining Draw in ZEXAL Mode pushes the limits of fair play, but you can excuse him, seeing as the villains cheat worse. ''Eliphas'', however, you cannot. His godlike powers and authority over the Astral World let him use the Shining Draw ability ''any time he wants'' (the equivalent of magical deck-stacking), as opposed to Yuma, who can use it at most twice per duel, and only in ZEXAL Mode. To make this worse, Eliphas sort of broke the bank on broken cards, his ace monster being a ''Rank 13'' Xyz Monster that was able to gain ''33 Overlay Units''. (Most real players would consider that, well, impossible.) Ironically, despite this blatant cheating, Yuma was able to defeat him without Astral's help, [[BreakTheHaughty using a Rank 1 Xyz Monster]].
11th Dec '15 5:45:44 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''Manga/{{Saki}}'': This series is often called "YuGiOh meets Mahjong", and true to that idea, the series is basically about Saki encountering girls with increasingly powerful supernatural abilities who use these abilities to cheat in Mahjong tournaments - and Saki beating them using her own supernatural powers.

to:

* ''Manga/{{Saki}}'': This series is often called "YuGiOh "Franchise/YuGiOh meets Mahjong", and true to that idea, the series is basically about Saki encountering girls with increasingly powerful supernatural abilities who use these abilities to cheat in Mahjong tournaments - and Saki beating them using her own supernatural powers.



* ''Manga/YuGiOh'':

to:

* ''Manga/YuGiOh'':''Franchise/YuGiOh'':
22nd Nov '15 4:13:55 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In ''TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' Darren's friend [[TheSociopath Steve]] wanted to be a vampire so he can kill people whenever he wants.

to:

* In ''TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' Darren's friend [[TheSociopath Steve]] wanted to be a vampire so he can kill people whenever he wants.
17th Oct '15 6:59:31 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The basic plot of Marlowe's version of ''{{Faust}}''. He gains supernatural powers through a DealWithTheDevil and decides he can do whatever the heck he wants. After they do that, he grows [[EvilIsPetty increasingly petty]], stooping to playing pranks on ThePope, amusing the Emperor's court, and eventually just dying alone, realizing how badly he wasted his potential.

to:

* The basic plot of Marlowe's version of ''{{Faust}}''. He gains supernatural powers through a DealWithTheDevil and decides he can do whatever the heck he wants. After they do that, he grows [[EvilIsPetty increasingly petty]], stooping to playing pranks on ThePope, UsefulNotes/ThePope, amusing the Emperor's court, and eventually just dying alone, realizing how badly he wasted his potential.
24th Sep '15 2:50:27 AM Deblin
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** It comes up more in Vampire because the only real threat to most vampires from breaking the masquerade is retaliation from the people intent on keeping it. Most other splats involve a more direct mechanical penalty that's difficult to cover over with further power use or roleplay: werewolves drive anyone in line of sight into a killing rage or madness, mages are bitch-slapped by the laws of physics or break the world and let [[EldritchAbomination something]] in to say hello, ghosts can be banished by mortals extremely easily, etc. The only other splat that's as easy to indulge in this trope as Vampire is HunterTheReckoning, which can lead to a lot of fast escalation since the two are each others' greatest natural enemies.
9th Aug '15 9:36:04 AM ShorinBJ
Is there an issue? Send a Message


->''"A slayer's life is simple. Want? Take. Have."''

to:

->''"A slayer's life is simple. Want? Want. Take. Have."''
This list shows the last 10 events of 153. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers