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19th Feb '18 3:38:26 PM margdean56
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** Anyone who gets near (much less uses) [[ArtifactOfDoom the One Ring]] in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. [[TheCorruption Gollum is the example]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity of how far things can go.]] Many of them start out with good or at least neutral intentions-- Isildur wanted an heirloom to commemorate his hard-won victory over Sauron, Gandalf and Galadriel are tempted to use it to free Middle-Earth from Sauron and Boromir actually tries to steal it to protect his homeland, Sam dreams of creating a great and beautiful garden-- but unless they give the thing up relatively early (an extraordinary feat of willpower only two characters ''ever'' willingly accomplish) it will turn them into another Dark Lord or get them killed.

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** Anyone who gets near (much less uses) [[ArtifactOfDoom the One Ring]] in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. [[TheCorruption Gollum is the example]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity of how far things can go.]] Many of them start out with good or at least neutral intentions-- Isildur intentions--Isildur wanted an heirloom to commemorate his hard-won victory over Sauron, Gandalf and Galadriel are tempted to use it to free Middle-Earth from Sauron and Boromir actually tries to steal it to protect his homeland, Sam dreams of creating a great and beautiful garden-- but garden--but unless they give the thing up relatively early (an extraordinary feat of willpower only two characters ''ever'' willingly accomplish) it will turn them into another Dark Lord or get them killed.



* Dark Magic in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' works like this. See, magic follows your intent and beliefs. So in order to break the Seven Laws of Magic, you have to truly believe that the things forbidden by the laws (MindControl, murder by magic, EldritchAbomination summoning, and so forth) are the ''right'' thing to do. Because of this, all Warlocks, no matter how good their original intentions, will eventually end up JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. The Council's reaction is classic ShootTheDog- the penalty for breaking the laws is death the instant the Wardens catch you, unless another wizard vouches for you. In that case, you're on a one-strike-you're-out probation, where any screw-up will mean the deaths of both you and the wizard who vouched for you. Basically, the council is answering "yes" to the question 'knowing what was to come, would you kill Hitler as a child?'

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* Dark Magic in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' works like this. See, magic follows your intent and beliefs. So in order to break the Seven Laws of Magic, you have to truly believe that the things forbidden by the laws (MindControl, murder by magic, EldritchAbomination summoning, and so forth) are the ''right'' thing to do. Because of this, all Warlocks, no matter how good their original intentions, will eventually end up JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope. The Council's reaction is classic ShootTheDog- the ShootTheDog--the penalty for breaking the laws is death the instant the Wardens catch you, unless another wizard vouches for you. In that case, you're on a one-strike-you're-out probation, where any screw-up will mean the deaths of both you and the wizard who vouched for you. Basically, the council is answering "yes" to the question 'knowing what was to come, would you kill Hitler as a child?'



*** Harry experiences this personally when he gets the shadow of the fallen angel Lasciel in his head. She offers him help remembering things, blocking out pain, and translating other languages, which saves his rear multiple times. She also has solutions to any problem he faces- all of which, by strange coincidence, involve Harry becoming a full Denarian. Harry is well aware of this and even quotes Gandalf at her when he refuses.

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*** Harry experiences this personally when he gets the shadow of the fallen angel Lasciel in his head. She offers him help remembering things, blocking out pain, and translating other languages, which saves his rear multiple times. She also has solutions to any problem he faces- all faces--all of which, by strange coincidence, involve Harry becoming a full Denarian. Harry is well aware of this and even quotes Gandalf at her when he refuses.



* In ''The Tennis Shoes Adventure Series'', there's a demonic sword, created by an evil king from The Book of Mormon. It would slowly work its way into someone's mind, convincing them they could use it to become powerful. Through the use of TimeTravel, Todd Finlay got a hold of it and turned to The Dark Side. Later on, Joshua Hawkins, son of TheHero gets seduced by it as well.

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* In ''The Tennis Shoes Adventure Series'', there's a demonic sword, created by an evil king from The Book of Mormon. It would slowly work its way into someone's mind, convincing them they could use it to become powerful. Through the use of TimeTravel, Todd Finlay got a hold of it and turned to The Dark Side. Later on, Joshua Hawkins, son of TheHero TheHero, gets seduced by it as well.



** The so-called True Power, which is drawn directly from [[SatanExpy the Dark One]], is highly addictive. Only the very upper echelon of the Dark One's flunkies are allowed to use it, and only one of them does so on a more than completely desperate basis, as they're all afraid of the side effect: [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity going utterly around the bend]] (the one who ''does'' use it is already nuts and a major nihilist to boot- he doesn't care about the consequences).

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** The so-called True Power, which is drawn directly from [[SatanExpy the Dark One]], is highly addictive. Only the very upper echelon of the Dark One's flunkies are allowed to use it, and only one of them does so on a more than completely desperate basis, as they're all afraid of the side effect: [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity going utterly around the bend]] (the one who ''does'' use it is already nuts and a major nihilist to boot- he boot--he doesn't care about the consequences).
19th Feb '18 3:33:37 PM margdean56
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Supergirl's school's Principal [[spoiler:-who is Mr. Mxyzptlk in disguise-]] encourages Belinda -who is pretty much an evil or at the very least jerkass counterpart of Supergirl- to succumb to her petty, mad and mean-spirited side.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Supergirl's school's Principal [[spoiler:-who Principal[[spoiler:--who is Mr. Mxyzptlk in disguise-]] encourages Belinda -who disguise--]]encourages Belinda--who is pretty much an evil or at the very least jerkass counterpart of Supergirl- to Supergirl--to succumb to her petty, mad and mean-spirited side.



* The Shun Leep martial arts style from ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' is so badass it has its own dark side for those who don't have the self control to master the higher techniques. It's not even a magic-related style! It just makes fighting so euphoric, and actively addictive, you stop caring about little things like 'whether your opponent lives'.

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* The Shun Leep martial arts style from ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' is so badass it has its own dark side for those who don't have the self control to master the higher techniques. It's not even a magic-related style! It just makes fighting so euphoric, and actively addictive, you stop caring about little things like 'whether ''whether your opponent lives'.lives''.



** Parallax, the living enbodiment of fear, who corrupted Hal Jordan into a maniac, and tried to do the same to Kyle Rayner.
** Sinestro, who was corrupted- not by Parallax, but by trying to bring order to his home planet by creating a tyrannical rule. He later allied himself with Parallax to try bringing order to ''the entire universe''.

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** Parallax, the living enbodiment embodiment of fear, who corrupted Hal Jordan into a maniac, and tried to do the same to Kyle Rayner.
** Sinestro, who was corrupted- not corrupted--not by Parallax, but by trying to bring order to his home planet by creating a tyrannical rule. He later allied himself with Parallax to try bringing order to ''the entire universe''.
1st Feb '18 1:59:53 PM Reparman30
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** In the alternate ending of ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', you can choose to [[spoiler:kill Darth Vader and take his place as the Emperor's right-hand man. However, you then decide to kill the Emperor to elevate yourself further, but he sees it coming and mangles you to the point that you had to be put into a suit like Vader was, and are forced to serve as his apprentice indefinitely.]]

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** During the game the player can decide to go full dark side, who will grant alternate quests, dialogue and the Dark side ending choice in the late game, where on [[spoiler: top of the ancient temple of Rakata Prime the player can decide to take up Bastila's offer and strike down his jedi companions in order to reclaim the lost title of Dark Lord of the Sith, this leads to the republic fleet getting obliterated by the Sith fleet and Jedi master Vandar dies, after that Revan kills Malak, finally he goes on the Ancient Temple where he's finally recognized as the Dark Lord of the Sith, as the Republic fleet is crippled for the losses, Revan builds an immense fleet from the Star Forge to conquer the galaxy]]
** After the third planet [[spoiler: the player discovers that they're Darth Revan, reprogrammed by the Jedi, aside from being angry to Bastila because she hid the truth, the player can later further go into villainy (especially if previously light side centered), and gives alternate responses from main quests, where Revan can tell Uthar Wynn on Korriban that they're Darth Revan, and he decides to pledge his allegiance to him]]
** ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed''
In the alternate ending of ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', you can choose to [[spoiler:kill Darth Vader and take his place as the Emperor's right-hand man. However, you then decide to kill the Emperor to elevate yourself further, but he sees it coming and mangles you to the point that you had to be put into a suit like Vader was, and are forced to serve as his apprentice indefinitely.]]
15th Nov '17 1:30:10 PM lillolillo
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade'', Supergirl's school's Principal [[spoiler:-who is Mr. Mxyzptlk in disguise-]] encourages Belinda -who is pretty much an evil or at the very least jerkass counterpart of Supergirl- to succumb to her petty, mad and mean-spirited side.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInTheEightGrade'', ''ComicBook/SupergirlCosmicAdventuresInThe8thGrade'', Supergirl's school's Principal [[spoiler:-who is Mr. Mxyzptlk in disguise-]] encourages Belinda -who is pretty much an evil or at the very least jerkass counterpart of Supergirl- to succumb to her petty, mad and mean-spirited side.



* From Comicbook/GreenLantern, we have several examples.

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* From Comicbook/GreenLantern, ''Franchise/GreenLantern'', we have several examples.



** Sinestro, who was corrupted- not by Parallax, but by trying to bring order to his home planet by creating a fascist rule. He later allied himself with Parallax to try bringing order to ''the entire universe''.

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** Sinestro, who was corrupted- not by Parallax, but by trying to bring order to his home planet by creating a fascist tyrannical rule. He later allied himself with Parallax to try bringing order to ''the entire universe''.
18th Oct '17 2:04:19 PM bitemytail
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[[folder:Religion and Mytholgy]]
Sin is this in Christianity and all Abrahamic religions in general.
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9th Oct '17 7:26:35 PM quackytrope
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** A darker side of Airbending is shown when [[spoiler: Zaheer sucks out all the oxygen in the Earth Queen's body, then suffocates her by forming said oxygen into a dome around her head]].
20th Sep '17 4:00:41 PM Carliro
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* Averted in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', were the many colors of mana are neutral, [[DarkIsNotEvil even Black]]. There are spells and groups like the [[AssimilationPlot phy]][[BodyHorror rexians]] that corrupt people's personalities, but magic by itself isn't a corrupter.
9th Sep '17 1:30:03 AM SeptimusHeap
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* This trope -- well, its subtrope ClothesMakeTheManiac, anyway -- was, oddly enough, not actually present in the original Black Costume ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' story, but [[LostInImitation appears in all adaptations thereof]].

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* This trope -- well, its subtrope ClothesMakeTheManiac, anyway -- was, oddly enough, not actually present in the original Black Costume ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}'' ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' story, but [[LostInImitation appears in all adaptations thereof]].
26th Jul '17 3:48:44 PM VVK
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** Naturally appears aplenty in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', with its Jedi themes. The Sith in general appear to like to be as evil as possible, and their view on how it's ''rational'' to do things may even be corrupted by the Dark Side. There are a couple of occasions where you are questioned about the right course of action to take from a Sith perspective, and the right option always seems to be the most evil one available. For example, they rationalise why you need to do the YouHaveFailedMe trope, and make sure to ShootTheDog even if it's not strictly necessary.
** In the alternate ending of ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', you can choose to [[spoiler:kill Darth Vader and take his place as the Emperor's right-hand man. However, you then decide to kill the Emperor to elevate yourself further, but he sees it coming and mangles you to the point that you had to be put into a suit like Vader was, and are forced to serve as his apprentice indefinitely .]]

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** Naturally appears aplenty in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', with its Jedi themes. The Sith in general appear to like to be as evil as possible, and their view on how it's ''rational'' to do things may even be corrupted by the Dark Side. There are a couple of occasions where you are questioned about the right course of action to take from a Sith perspective, and the right option always seems to be the most evil one available. For example, they rationalise why you need to do the YouHaveFailedMe trope, and make sure to ShootTheDog even if it's not strictly necessary.
necessary. There's also the story of Darth Revan, where it's not entirely clear whether the fallen Jedi with fearsome intellect and immensely strong personality was a puppet of the Dark Side or made it his puppet; it has been suggested that his plan of becoming the galaxy's bad guy in order to toughen up the Republic for the inevitable invasion of the True Sith was really a rational move, but then again, that's exactly what he would think if he was corrupted by the Dark Side in the way described above.
** In the alternate ending of ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'', you can choose to [[spoiler:kill Darth Vader and take his place as the Emperor's right-hand man. However, you then decide to kill the Emperor to elevate yourself further, but he sees it coming and mangles you to the point that you had to be put into a suit like Vader was, and are forced to serve as his apprentice indefinitely .indefinitely.]]
26th Jul '17 3:39:11 PM VVK
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** For instance, in the game ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', you are eventually confronted by a fallen Jedi, [[spoiler: Bastila]], who attempts to lure you to the Dark Side and applauds atrocious actions.

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** For instance, Naturally appears aplenty in the game ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', you are eventually confronted with its Jedi themes. The Sith in general appear to like to be as evil as possible, and their view on how it's ''rational'' to do things may even be corrupted by a fallen Jedi, [[spoiler: Bastila]], who attempts to lure you to the Dark Side Side. There are a couple of occasions where you are questioned about the right course of action to take from a Sith perspective, and applauds atrocious actions.the right option always seems to be the most evil one available. For example, they rationalise why you need to do the YouHaveFailedMe trope, and make sure to ShootTheDog even if it's not strictly necessary.
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