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26th Jan '16 1:38:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* Loki announces his arrival in ''Film/TheAvengers'' by [[BigBad wreaking some serious havoc]] throughout the rest of the movie, signifying a [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope dramatic]] [[TookALevelInBadass change]] from his previous appearance in ''Film/{{Thor}}''. But his mental change for the worse is accompanied by physical changes as well: his hair is even more stringy and mussed than usual, his skin is unnaturally pale, and his eyes are sunken to the point of appearing bruised.

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* Loki announces his arrival in ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' by [[BigBad wreaking some serious havoc]] throughout the rest of the movie, signifying a [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope dramatic]] [[TookALevelInBadass change]] from his previous appearance in ''Film/{{Thor}}''. But his mental change for the worse is accompanied by physical changes as well: his hair is even more stringy and mussed than usual, his skin is unnaturally pale, and his eyes are sunken to the point of appearing bruised.
18th Jan '16 12:34:30 AM TSBasilisk
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Black Magic. When using an evil magic belt in ''Fool Moon'' Harry notes that the effect is an amazing high along with the designed effect. The White Council views all Black Magic this way as well and they have a strict policy on what to do with its users.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Black Magic. When using an evil magic belt in ''Fool Moon'' Harry notes that the effect is an amazing high along with the designed effect. effect.
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The White Council views all Black Magic this way as well and they have a [[AllCrimesAreEqual strict policy policy]] on what to do with its users.
21st Oct '15 7:32:07 PM M84
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** In the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' series, being fully on the dark side causes GlowingEyesOfDoom, wrinkled skin, a change in underwear (to a black-and-red jumpsuit-like thing) and some [=NPCs=] comment briefly on your appearance. Although if you were on the dark side and they commented on your appearance, the rest of their lives were generally very brief.

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** In the ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' series, being fully on the dark side causes GlowingEyesOfDoom, wrinkled skin, a change in underwear (to a black-and-red jumpsuit-like thing) and some [=NPCs=] comment briefly on your appearance. Although if you were on the dark side and they commented on your appearance, the rest of their lives were generally very brief. A computer in the first game reveals that using the Dark Side actually changes a person's neurological patterns, much like prolonged drug use.
14th Jun '15 6:30:16 AM eliaskelham
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* If you think that Light Yagami is capable of maintaining his sanity after he starts writing names in the Manga/DeathNote, you haven't been watching or reading the series anywhere near close enough.

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* If you think that Light Yagami is capable of maintaining his sanity after he starts writing names in the Manga/DeathNote, Manga/DeathNote...are you haven't been watching or reading the series anywhere near close enough.sure you're not evil?
5th Apr '15 5:18:13 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Then, you feel it: a straining in your head, a dagger-like pain in your chest, a feeling of queasiness or disorientation or some other physical malady. Or [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity you realize you've become incredibly cold and antagonistic toward your friends and loved ones]], followed by a feeling of being [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide out of control]] with [[WhatTheHellHero your own actions]]. Something is wrong; you never expected ''this'' to happen. And if you don't find a way to stop it, it'll ruin your relationships, kill your career, or -- in the most extreme cases -- drive you into an early grave.

Congratulations, This Is Your Brain On Evil. Since evil is often depicted as being a tantalizing and corrupting influence, it's just as often used as an euphemism for another, similarly tantalizing and corrupting, influence: [[PsychoSerum drugs.]] And, just like drugs, the side effects are all there: addiction, withdrawal, [[NotHimself uncontrollable behavior]] and, eventually, health problems and death. Usually, when a character is thrust into this trope, they get into it only knowing or caring about the positive, "feel-good" parts of the power or evil they're taking and never seem to realize that they can't take the "good" parts out of the deal without acquiring the negative as well until it's almost too late. Once they reach that point, they're almost guaranteed to [[ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere try to "quit"]] their newfound lease on life to ensure that it doesn't [[SuperPowerMeltdown destroy them and those around them completely.]] Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they end up [[RedemptionEqualsDeath dying]] and regretting having ever started in the first place.

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Then, you feel it: a straining in your head, a dagger-like pain in your chest, a feeling of queasiness or disorientation or some other physical malady. Or [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity you realize you've become incredibly cold and antagonistic toward your friends and loved ones]], followed by a feeling of being [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide out of control]] control with [[WhatTheHellHero your own actions]]. Something is wrong; you never expected ''this'' to happen. And happen, and if you don't find a way to stop it, it'll ruin your relationships, kill your career, or -- in the most extreme cases -- drive you into an early grave.

Congratulations, This Is Your Brain On Evil. Since evil is often depicted as being a tantalizing and corrupting influence, it's just as often used as an euphemism for another, similarly tantalizing and corrupting, influence: [[PsychoSerum drugs.]] And, just Just like drugs, the side effects are all there: addiction, withdrawal, [[NotHimself uncontrollable behavior]] and, eventually, health problems and death. Usually, when a character is thrust into this trope, they get into it only knowing or caring about the positive, "feel-good" parts of the power or evil they're taking and never seem to realize that they can't take the "good" parts out of the deal without acquiring the negative as well until it's almost too late. Once they reach that point, they're almost guaranteed to [[ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere try to "quit"]] their newfound lease on life to ensure that it doesn't [[SuperPowerMeltdown destroy them and those around them completely.]] Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they end up [[RedemptionEqualsDeath dying]] and regretting having ever started in the first place.
31st Mar '15 9:25:15 AM nighttrainfm
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* Riku, in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI''.

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* Riku, Riku in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI''.''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'' (and, to a lesser extent, anyone who uses the darkness for a quick and easy power boost).
1st Jan '15 8:09:18 AM Morgenthaler
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->[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything You think I've not tried to stop - to stop tying? I'm hooked!]] It's a ''habit'' with me now! Oh, boo-hoo-hoo! I swear to you: after I [[ChainedToARailway tie up this]] ''one'' [[DamselInDistress defenseless woman]], I'm going to swear ''off'', so ''help'' me!
-->--'''[[DastardlyWhiplash Snidely Whiplash]]''', ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight''

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->[[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything You ->You think I've not tried to stop - to stop tying? I'm hooked!]] hooked! It's a ''habit'' with me now! Oh, boo-hoo-hoo! I swear to you: after I [[ChainedToARailway tie up this]] this ''one'' [[DamselInDistress defenseless woman]], woman, I'm going to swear ''off'', so ''help'' me!
-->--'''[[DastardlyWhiplash Snidely Whiplash]]''', -->-- '''Snidely Whiplash''', ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight''
19th Aug '14 10:50:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* Pleasure Island in the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney version]] of ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', where bad boys are invited to do what bad boys love to do... [[NightmareFuel/{{Pinocchio}} until they learn too late it's a trap]], and the island is [[{{Animorphism}} magically imbued to turn them all into donkeys]] after a while; after they have thus literally made jackasses of themselves, they are sold into slavery. Fortunately for the title puppet, he and a few other boys manage to escape before the transformation fully sets in.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', the heroes run into a group of sharks who are trying to give up {{carnivor|eConfusion}}ism in an AA-esque setting. When Bruce the shark goes into a feeding frenzy after smelling blood, it's treated like a relapse (the other sharks even call it "falling off the wagon.")
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* In Series/OnceUponATime, Rumplestiltskin becomes increasingly violent and paranoid to the point of even killing his mute servant who had a drawing of the dagger, after becoming The Dark One. He is shown to be extremely unhinged throughout the series.

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* In Series/OnceUponATime, ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Rumplestiltskin becomes increasingly violent and paranoid to the point of even killing his mute servant who had a drawing of the dagger, after becoming The Dark One. He is shown to be extremely unhinged throughout the series.



* Pleasure Island in the [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney version]] of ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', where bad boys are invited to do what bad boys love to do... [[NightmareFuel/{{Pinocchio}} until they learn too late it's a trap]], and the island is [[{{Animorphism}} magically imbued to turn them all into donkeys]] after a while; after they have thus literally made jackasses of themselves, they are sold into slavery. Fortunately for the title puppet, he and a few other boys manage to escape before the transformation fully sets in.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', the heroes run into a group of sharks who are trying to give up {{carnivor|eConfusion}}ism in an AA-esque setting. When Bruce the shark goes into a feeding frenzy after smelling blood, it's treated like a relapse (the other sharks even call it "falling off the wagon.")
27th Jul '14 5:33:16 AM ReaderAt2046
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* In ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy'', using any superpower almost instantly turns you into a sociopath.
18th Jul '14 1:59:30 PM sqrfrk
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* Not an example, exactly, but used in [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1266 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''.

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* Not an example, exactly, but used in [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=1266 net/view.php?date=2003-07-13 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''.
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