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13th Jul '16 12:14:56 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* Violation of the Seven Laws of Magic in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' causes this, especially things that harm other people like mind control, [[EldritchAbomination Outsider]] summoning and murder-by-magic. It not only corrupts your soul but eventually drives you insane with power-hunger (assuming that the Wardens don't kill you first - at first you think that's the Wardens being draconian and cruel, but it turns out the laws and their [[OffWithHisHead one punishment]] exist because once you do certain things, you ''will'' get worse and worse and it won't matter what your intention was when you started. They don't ''like'' the fact that the best way to keep the body count down is to get out the ax when the violator is still a poor kid who broke a Law once without knowing about laws or councils or wardens, but in the book that deals with just such a situation, it turns out that is indeed the reason. The Council basically answers "yes" to "knowing what was coming, would you kill Hitler while he was still a baby?".)

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* Violation of the Seven Laws of Magic in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' causes this, especially things that harm other people like mind control, [[EldritchAbomination Outsider]] summoning and murder-by-magic. It not only corrupts your soul but eventually drives you insane with power-hunger (assuming power-hunger, assuming that the Wardens don't kill you first - at first. (At first you think that's the Wardens being draconian and cruel, but it turns out the laws and their [[OffWithHisHead one punishment]] exist because once you do certain things, you ''will'' get worse and worse and it won't matter what your intention was when you started. They don't ''like'' the fact that the best way to keep the body count down is to get out the ax when the violator is still a poor kid who broke a Law once without knowing about laws or councils or wardens, but in the book that deals with just such a situation, it turns out that is indeed the reason. The Council basically answers "yes" to "knowing what was coming, would you kill Hitler while he was still a baby?".)
2nd Jul '16 11:40:43 AM nombretomado
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* Draining one's [[AnatomyOfTheSoul moral light]] results in this in ''{{Bionicle}}.''

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* Draining one's [[AnatomyOfTheSoul moral light]] results in this in ''{{Bionicle}}.''Toys/{{Bionicle}}.''
16th Jun '16 4:05:15 AM Doug86
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** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' Sauron [[WellIntentionedExtremist started out with good and intelligent intentions]], but once he had begun supporting Morgoth as a means to an end, he was slowly corrupted until he became the [[EvilOverlord utterly inhuman force of evil]] seen in ''TheLordOfTheRings''. History then repeats itself with [[BigBadWannabe Saruman.]]

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** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' Sauron [[WellIntentionedExtremist started out with good and intelligent intentions]], but once he had begun supporting Morgoth as a means to an end, he was slowly corrupted until he became the [[EvilOverlord utterly inhuman force of evil]] seen in ''TheLordOfTheRings''.''The Lord of the Rings''. History then repeats itself with [[BigBadWannabe Saruman.]]
5th Jan '16 5:40:38 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Compare WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. Often leads to displays of DrunkOnTheDarkSide and shouts of "ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers" Also compare EvilIsNotAToy, where the danger is not moral, but physical. Opposite TheForce. The Dark Side tends to be, but is not always, associated with Discipline in HarmonyVersusDiscipline for its dominating aspects. Contrast DarkIsNotEvil. The Dark Side comes with its own built-in [[AnAesop Aesop]] about the ends not justifying the means. See also TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget, a scenario where a once well-meaning good guy uses the dark powers for good ends, and over time becomes a villain in the process.

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Compare WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. Often leads to displays of DrunkOnTheDarkSide and shouts of "ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers" Also compare EvilIsNotAToy, where the danger is not moral, but physical. Opposite TheForce. The Dark Side tends to be, but is not always, associated with Discipline in HarmonyVersusDiscipline for its dominating aspects. Contrast DarkIsNotEvil. The Dark Side comes with its own built-in [[AnAesop Aesop]] about the ends not justifying the means. See also TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget, a scenario where a once well-meaning good guy uses the dark powers for good ends, and over time becomes a villain in the process.
4th Jan '16 3:49:46 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* Free Magic in ''Literature/TheOldKingdom'' is like this. This power is the remains of the primordial magics that were not included in the creation of [[TheForce the Charter]], and are therefore inimical to life as we know it. Free Magic isn't ''evil'', exactly, but it's an extremely destructive, chaotic, and dangerous power, being the source of power for numerous hostile entities (including TheUndead) and prone to causing side-effects like madness and megalomania in those mortals who try to harness it.

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* Free Magic in ''Literature/TheOldKingdom'' is like this. This power is the remains of the primordial magics that were not included in the creation of [[TheForce the Charter]], and are therefore inimical to life as we know it. Free Magic isn't ''evil'', exactly, but it's an extremely destructive, chaotic, and dangerous power, being the source of power for numerous hostile entities (including TheUndead) and prone to causing side-effects like madness and megalomania in those mortals who try to harness it. It's more of an OrderVsChaos situation and even Charter magic can be dangerous for the untrained.
4th Jan '16 3:47:02 PM LovePsychothefirst
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** Considered by itself, ''Episode VII: Film/TheForceAwakens'' actually [[AvertedTrope averts]] this: Kylo Ren has spent quite enough time serving the Dark Side of the Force, and he is intellectually convinced that this is the right thing to do -- but it has not corrupted him into total evil and made him forget his human attachments. Instead he is still, in an ironic inversion, tempted by the Light Side.

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** Considered by itself, ''Episode VII: Film/TheForceAwakens'' actually [[AvertedTrope averts]] this: [[spoiler: Kylo Ren has spent quite enough time serving the Dark Side of the Force, and he is intellectually convinced that this is the right thing to do -- but it has not corrupted him into total evil and made him forget his human attachments. Instead he is still, in an ironic inversion, tempted by the Light Side.]]
31st Dec '15 5:36:42 AM SolidSonicTH
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* One of Wrestling/TheUndertaker's {{Red Baron}}s is "The Man from the Dark Side." More on-topic, he also served a "higher power" during the Wrestling/AttitudeEra as part of his "Ministry" phase. It even caused a WorkedShoot where his someone close to him tried to convince him that his character was starting to bleed into his real life, using his actual name "Mark" during the promo.

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* One of Wrestling/TheUndertaker's {{Red Baron}}s is "The Man from the Dark Side." More on-topic, he also served a "higher power" during the Wrestling/AttitudeEra as part of his "Ministry" phase. It even caused a WorkedShoot situation where his someone close to him tried to convince him that it was claimed his character was starting to bleed into his real life, using life (which resulted in his actual name "Mark" during real name, "Mark", being used on-air for the promo.first time in [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]]).
31st Dec '15 5:29:48 AM SolidSonicTH
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* One of Wrestling/TheUndertaker's {{Red Baron}}s is "The Man from the Dark Side." More on-topic, he also served a "higher power" during the Wrestling/AttitudeEra as part of his "Ministry" phase. It even caused a WorkedShoot where Sara (his real wife at the time) tried to convince him that his character was starting to bleed into his real life, using his actual name "Mark" during the promo.

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* One of Wrestling/TheUndertaker's {{Red Baron}}s is "The Man from the Dark Side." More on-topic, he also served a "higher power" during the Wrestling/AttitudeEra as part of his "Ministry" phase. It even caused a WorkedShoot where Sara (his real wife at the time) his someone close to him tried to convince him that his character was starting to bleed into his real life, using his actual name "Mark" during the promo.
31st Dec '15 5:27:36 AM SolidSonicTH
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* One of Wrestling/TheUndertaker's {{Red Baron}}s is "The Man from the Dark Side."

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* One of Wrestling/TheUndertaker's {{Red Baron}}s is "The Man from the Dark Side."" More on-topic, he also served a "higher power" during the Wrestling/AttitudeEra as part of his "Ministry" phase. It even caused a WorkedShoot where Sara (his real wife at the time) tried to convince him that his character was starting to bleed into his real life, using his actual name "Mark" during the promo.
22nd Dec '15 3:34:57 PM VVK
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** Considered in by itself, ''Episode VII: Film/TheForceAwakens'' actually [[AvertedTrope averts]] this: Kylo Ren has spent quite enough time serving the Dark Side of the Force, and he is intellectually convinced that this is the right thing to do -- but it has not corrupted him into total evil and made him forget his human attachments. Instead he is still, in an ironic inversion, tempted by the Light Side.

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** Considered in by itself, ''Episode VII: Film/TheForceAwakens'' actually [[AvertedTrope averts]] this: Kylo Ren has spent quite enough time serving the Dark Side of the Force, and he is intellectually convinced that this is the right thing to do -- but it has not corrupted him into total evil and made him forget his human attachments. Instead he is still, in an ironic inversion, tempted by the Light Side.
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