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10th Jul '16 1:41:59 PM HeraldAlberich
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* Made explicit in CS Lewis's ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'', which is a satirical exploration of Christian theology, detailing a senior demon's advice to his nephew on securing the damnation of a human -- ''the safest road to hell is the gradual one -- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts''.

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* Made explicit in CS Lewis's ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'', which is a satirical exploration of Christian theology, detailing a senior demon's advice to his nephew on securing the damnation of a human -- ''the human--''the safest road to hell is the gradual one -- the one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts''.



* In ''Literature/{{Kenobi}}'', [[spoiler:Orrin Gault]] is eventually revealed to be this. He started by embezzling money from [[spoiler:the Settlers' Call Fund in order to make payments on his debts. When attacks by Tusken Raiders became rarer courtesy of Anakin Skywalker, more and more settlers canceled their subscriptions, so Orrin and his family began staging raids to make them return. They never gave the settlers more than light injuries, but were not above killing actual Sand People in "retaliation". At the climax, he attempts to murder Ben after the latter witnessed them faking a raid and finds out he's a Jedi in the process; even so, Ben lets Orrin go, only for the latter to [[RedemptionRejection refuse to turn around]] and plan to sell Ben's identity to the Galactic Empire. His kids don't fall far from the tree and decide to kill Annileen Calwell, who had been the family's best friend until the day before.]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Kenobi}}'', ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'', [[spoiler:Orrin Gault]] is eventually revealed to be this. He started by embezzling money from [[spoiler:the Settlers' Call Fund in order to make payments on his debts. When attacks by Tusken Raiders became rarer courtesy of Anakin Skywalker, more and more settlers canceled their subscriptions, so Orrin and his family began [[MonsterProtectionRacket staging raids to make them return. return]]. They never gave give the settlers more than light injuries, but were are not above killing actual Sand People in "retaliation". At the climax, he attempts to murder Ben after the latter witnessed them faking a raid and finds out he's a Jedi in the process; even so, Ben lets Orrin go, only for the latter to [[RedemptionRejection refuse to turn around]] and plan to sell Ben's identity to the Galactic Empire. His kids don't fall far from the tree and decide to kill Annileen Calwell, who had been the family's best friend until the day before.]]
7th Jul '16 3:27:27 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* A [[{{AnAesop}} warning]] that once you commit an evil act, no matter how small, you are tempted or otherwise persuaded to commit more and more evil.

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* A [[{{AnAesop}} warning]] that once you commit an evil act, no matter how small, you are easier to be tempted or otherwise persuaded to commit more and more evil.
3rd Apr '16 11:18:08 AM ClearMadness
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* ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' A goblin starts small and weak but to gain power in the "tribe" of outlaws he begins to kill.

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* In ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' A web serial, Blacknail the goblin starts out small and weak weak. At first he sticks to petty crimes such as theft, but in order to gain power in the his "tribe" of outlaws he begins to kill.
3rd Apr '16 10:33:42 AM sev085
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* ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' A goblin starts small and weak but to gain power in the "tribe" of outlaws he begins to kill.
18th Feb '16 3:09:05 PM Melendwyr
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* It's been heavily implied in ''Series/DoctorWho'' that the Doctor is terrified of this happening to him. And in fact, during his first adventure, he almost killed a caveman with a rock, until Ian intervened. Which is why he likes to have humans around him at all times. Because they keep his good side in check. Donna Noble's actions in "The Fires of Pompeii" was a good example.

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* It's been heavily implied in ''Series/DoctorWho'' that the Doctor is terrified of this happening to him. And in fact, during his first adventure, he almost killed a caveman with a rock, until Ian intervened. Which is why he likes to have humans around him at all times. Because they keep his good bad side in check. Donna Noble's actions in "The Fires of Pompeii" was a good example.
13th Jan '16 6:45:53 PM WillBGood
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* Mentioned in ''Don't Download This Song'' by ''Music/WeirdAl''.
-->Cuz you start off stealing songs
-->Then you're robbing liquor stores
-->And selling crack, and running over school kids with your caaaaar!
13th Jan '16 10:41:56 AM Jake
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* A major theme of ''Literature/TheLostFleet''. [[OneNationUnderCopyright The Syndicate Worlds]] were a brutally repressive and unpleasant oligarchy to start with, but in [[ForeverWar a full century]] of bloody and seemingly unwinnable war, TheAlliance has started [[HeWhoFightsMonsters started resorting to tactics as ruthless and immoral as their enemies.]] It takes recently-defrosted HumanPopsicle Captain John Geary bringing an outside perspective -not to mention [[BerserkButton really blowing his stack in public]], [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness something he does no more than five times in seven volumes]]- to shock some of the other SpaceNavy officers into [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone realising just how far they've fallen.]]
6th Dec '15 3:46:32 PM Nohbody
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* A major theme in ''Franchise/BioShock'', where the two Big Bads during the [[FlavorText backstory]] change from rude ruler to the people they hate most (in the [[VideoGame/BioShock1 first]], an objectivist became first a dictator, then a totalitarian dictator, in the [[VideoGame/BioShock2 second]], an Altruist became more and more selfish and [[spoiler:ends up sacrificing everything to save herself]]). The [[AnAesop lesson]] here is the danger of fanaticism.

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* A major theme in ''Franchise/BioShock'', ''VideoGame/BioShock'', where the two Big Bads during the [[FlavorText backstory]] change from rude ruler to the people they hate most (in the [[VideoGame/BioShock1 first]], an objectivist became first a dictator, then a totalitarian dictator, in the [[VideoGame/BioShock2 second]], an Altruist became more and more selfish and [[spoiler:ends up sacrificing everything to save herself]]). The [[AnAesop lesson]] here is the danger of fanaticism.
2nd Dec '15 6:35:16 PM MJC
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** Sasuke didn't just slide down the slippery slope, he grabbed the sled [[spoiler:Itachi stupidly gave him]] on the way to the edge so he could get down faster. First, he betrayed the village by joining Orochimaru just so he could get strong enough to kill Itachi. He at least had some qualms about killing at this point. [[spoiler:Later on, after killing Itachi, he learns that Itachi massacred their clan under orders from ''four'' of the higher ups (one of which was against it but overruled) in order to stop a civil war that could develop into a ''world war''. Naturally, Sasuke decides that the ''entire village'' has to die because of this. By the time he reaches Konoha, he is not above cold-blooded murder of even his allies just to accomplish his goals.]]

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** Sasuke didn't just slide down the slippery slope, he grabbed the sled [[spoiler:Itachi stupidly [[NiceJobBreakingItHero stupidly]] gave him]] on the way to the edge so he could get down faster. First, he betrayed the village by joining Orochimaru just so he could get strong enough to kill Itachi. He at least had some qualms about killing at this point. [[spoiler:Later on, after killing Itachi, he learns that Itachi massacred their clan under orders from ''four'' of the higher ups (one of which was against it but overruled) in order to stop a civil war that could develop into a ''world war''. Naturally, Sasuke decides that the ''entire village'' has to die because of this. By the time he reaches Konoha, he is not above cold-blooded murder of even his allies just to accomplish his goals.]]
30th Oct '15 3:40:19 PM margdean56
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* In Literature/SherlockHolmes story "A man with a twisted lip", the resolution is that a respectable journalist first poses as a beggar for the sake of research, then discovers this pays way more than his job (if done artistically enough), then uses begging to get out of a medical debt, and finally abandons journalism altogether, becoming professional beggar.

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* In Literature/SherlockHolmes story "A man "The Man with a twisted lip", the Twisted Lip", the resolution is that a respectable journalist first poses as a beggar for the sake of research, then discovers this pays way more than his job (if done artistically enough), then uses begging to get out of a medical debt, and finally abandons journalism altogether, becoming a professional beggar.
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