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9th Feb '16 5:32:28 AM Alia_of
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* In ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' many pure-blooded trolls can use very powerful magic and are also mentally unstable - probably due to 500 years of excessive inbreeding. The best example is young troll prince Roland, who is extremely powerful (like everyone in his family) and stark raving mad. His favourite pastime is to go out in the streets and brutally kill random mixed-blood trolls (who in this society are slaves without any rights).
23rd Jan '16 11:18:50 PM WillBGood
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** {{Inverted}} in "[[Recap/AdventureTimeS6E4TheTower The Tower]]," when Finn's trauma over losing his arm and being [[AbsenteeFather abandoned by his father a second time]] unlocks his latent psychic potential, creating a powerful psionic ghost arm. [[{{Inversion}} With Great Insanity Comes Great Power]].
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** {{Inverted}} in "[[Recap/AdventureTimeS6E4TheTower The Tower]]," when Finn's trauma over losing his arm and being [[AbsenteeFather [[DisappearedDad abandoned by his father a second time]] unlocks his latent psychic potential, creating a powerful psionic ghost arm. [[{{Inversion}} With Great Insanity Comes Great Power]].

** Best shown by the Trix:\\ they start out as powerful, ambitious and mean, but not particularly evil (especially [[TokenGoodTeammate Darcy]], who actually fell in love and got together with Riven halfway through the first season);\\ the moment they got their hands on the enormous power of the Dragon's Flame (a power-up they couldn't handle), they ''instantly'' became borderline {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s bent to take over the universe or destroy it trying (with Darcy 'breaking up' with Riven in a nightmarish BreakTheHaughty sequence, in which she claimed she was only using him);\\ at the start of season 2 they've lost the Dragon's Flame, and aside from the mental trauma from getting imprisoned at [[TastesLikeDiabetes Lightrock]] (AFateWorseThanDeath, according to them), they seem back to normal;\\ soon after Darkar give them the Gloomix power-up, and they grow more sadistic;\\ in season 3, without the Gloomix and with ''little'' negative emotions due to their crush on Valtor, they're at their weakest, only returning to be dangerous when facing Bloom (who they blame for defeating them and letting them get imprisoned at Lightrock);\\ in the second movie and early season 5, after the Ancestral Witches' tutelage brough them on par with Believix fairies, they're back to Gloomix-like evil;\\ when they get the Dark Sirenix (and somehow maintain that level of power even after losing it), they're back trying to take over the universe.
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** Best shown by the Trix:\\ Trix: *** they start out as powerful, ambitious and mean, but not particularly evil (especially [[TokenGoodTeammate Darcy]], who actually fell in love and got together with Riven halfway through the first season);\\ season); *** the moment they got their hands on the enormous power of the Dragon's Flame (a power-up they couldn't handle), they ''instantly'' became borderline {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s bent to take over the universe or destroy it trying (with Darcy 'breaking up' with Riven in a nightmarish BreakTheHaughty sequence, in which she claimed she was only using him);\\ him); *** at the start of season 2 they've lost the Dragon's Flame, and aside from the mental trauma from getting imprisoned at [[TastesLikeDiabetes Lightrock]] (AFateWorseThanDeath, according to them), they seem back to normal;\\ normal; *** soon after Darkar give them the Gloomix power-up, and they grow more sadistic;\\ sadistic; *** in season 3, without the Gloomix and with ''little'' negative emotions due to their crush on Valtor, they're at their weakest, only returning to be dangerous when facing Bloom (who they blame for defeating them and letting them get imprisoned at Lightrock);\\ Lightrock); *** in the second movie and early season 5, after the Ancestral Witches' tutelage brough them on par with Believix fairies, they're back to Gloomix-like evil;\\ evil; *** when they get the Dark Sirenix (and somehow maintain that level of power even after losing it), they're back trying to take over the universe.
23rd Jan '16 11:09:32 PM WillBGood
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*** Speaking of Mastermind and his plan to gain power through unleashing the Dark Phoenix, as Jean lost her mind and became the Dark Phoenix for Mastermind's evil means, she turned on him and [[KarmicDeath ironically, gave Mastermind more power than he could ever comprehend, sending him into a coma (and insanity when he came to)]].
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*** Speaking of Mastermind and his plan to gain power through unleashing the Dark Phoenix, as Jean lost her mind and became the Dark Phoenix for Mastermind's evil means, she turned on him and [[KarmicDeath [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor ironically, gave Mastermind more power than he could ever comprehend, comprehend,]] sending him into a coma (and insanity when he came to)]].to).

** Knuckles' ancestor Dimitri ends up becoming the insane Enerjak after absorbing 11 Chaos Emeralds worth of power, one of the most powerful and evil villains in the series. A later retcon revealed that Enerjak was an echidna who grew mad with power after AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistance and, unable to destroy him, scattered his essence throughout the Chaos Force, allowing him to inhabit future echidnas who used Chaos powers.
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** Knuckles' ancestor Dimitri ends up becoming the insane Enerjak after absorbing 11 Chaos Emeralds worth of power, one of the most powerful and evil villains in the series. A later retcon revealed that Enerjak was an echidna who grew mad with power after AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistance AscendingToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and, unable to destroy him, scattered his essence throughout the Chaos Force, allowing him to inhabit future echidnas who used Chaos powers.
16th Jan '16 2:02:15 PM DarkHunter
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** In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', the ZERO System gives the person who uses it incredible reaction times and tactical predictions bordering on prescience. The problem is, the System evaluates ''everything'' as a potential threat, and plugs into the user's mind all of the possible attacks that could happen. If he can't focus on the battle, those violent predictions start afflicting whatever he starts thinking about (like, say, his girlfriend, or that nice peaceful space colony over there), and soon enough he's a psychopath slaughtering whatever the System says is his enemy.
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** In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'', the ZERO System gives the person who uses it incredible reaction times and tactical predictions bordering on prescience. The problem is, without any guidance, the System evaluates ''everything'' as a potential threat, and plugs into the user's mind all of the possible attacks that could happen. If he can't focus on his mind and give the battle, System the necessary context (which is hard to do when you're conflicted as to why you're fighting), those violent predictions start afflicting whatever he starts thinking about (like, say, his girlfriend, or that nice peaceful space colony over there), and soon enough he's a psychopath slaughtering whatever the System says is his enemy.
10th Jan '16 6:20:26 PM M84
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* This trope is why the world of Enroth (setting of a good chunk of the original Might and Magic games) is no more. In ''Videogame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic'' ''III'', Gelu is entrusted with the Armageddon's Blade after he helped foil the Kreegans' plot to destroy Enroth with it. Unfortunately, literally wielding a FantasticNuke awakens something dark in Gelu, and he begins to dream of conquering Enroth with it (in the name of "saving" it of course). When he hears a prophecy that warns against allowing the Blade to clash with the Sword of Frost (another sword that doubles as a weapon of mass destruction), Gelu refuses to do the smart thing and get rid of his own sword since by then he's grown too attached to its power. The Immortal Hero Tarnum [[GenreSavvy knows where this is headed]] and tries in vain to warn Gelu against acting like an idiot. When the Barbarian King Kilgor acquires the Sword of Frost (Kilgor is ''not'' an example of this trope since he was already AxCrazy even before he gained the power to wipe out entire armies with a single swing of a sword) Gelu makes the incredibly stupid decision to fight Kilgor with the Blade (remember there is a prophecy stating that the world will be destroyed if the two swords clash and Gelu knows it). By this point, Gelu had pretty much lost all reason, having been seduced by the Blade's immense power. The fight between Gelu and Kilgor leads to the swords clashing which triggers the Reckoning, killing both leaders and destroying the world of Enroth.
10th Jan '16 6:05:36 PM M84
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** Near casts some doubt on this in his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Light, claiming that a sane and decent person would use the Note out of curiosity, be frightened by the consequences, and get rid of the Note out of regret. A sane and evil person would use it for self-interes. Light on the other hand deluded himself into believing the Note made him a god.
10th Jan '16 11:05:54 AM Waddle
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* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} games have SelfDemonstrating/{{Mewtwo}}, who is said in various Pokédex entries to have the most savage heart of all Pokémon due to the genetic experiments performed on it to create it as [[OlympusMons powerful as it is]]. This is averted in [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie the first movie's]] depiction of Mewtwo, where his "madness" was more psychological than physical.
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* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} games have SelfDemonstrating/{{Mewtwo}}, Mewtwo, who is said in various Pokédex entries to have the most savage heart of all Pokémon due to the genetic experiments performed on it to create it as [[OlympusMons powerful as it is]]. This is averted in [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie the first movie's]] depiction of Mewtwo, where his "madness" was more psychological than physical.
8th Jan '16 1:42:19 PM Willbyr
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* Played with in ''Manga/MiraiNikki'', where some individuals who're not so mentally sound to begin with are given the ability to predict the future and told by God to kill each other [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne Highlander style]]. Whether the ability, situation, or just generally being that nuts before drives them [[AxCrazy crazy]] is up for interpretation.
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* Played with in ''Manga/MiraiNikki'', ''Manga/FutureDiary'', where some individuals who're not so mentally sound to begin with are given the ability to predict the future and told by God to kill each other [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne Highlander style]]. Whether the ability, situation, or just generally being that nuts before drives them [[AxCrazy crazy]] is up for interpretation.
3rd Jan '16 6:14:22 AM WhosAsking
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** The struggle between power and insanity is best depicted with Soul. After he's infected with Black Blood after being struck by Ragnarok, his inner psyche gets a new persona in the form of the Little Red Demon. The Demon represents the Black Blood, and he's either trying to tempt Soul to use its power (which he sometimes does, but for Maka's sake he always vows to do it on ''his'' terms, fighting the madness) or just trying to shove Soul's personality aside and take over.
29th Dec '15 1:28:07 PM Anddrix
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** SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor creates a super suit ostensibly to help the police fight crime. The officer testing it builds an unhealthy bond with it and becomes drunk with power, forcing the Man of Steel and John Henry Irons to take him down. Irons later worked out the flaws in the suit that caused this behavior and created his iconic "{{Steel}}" armor. Interestingly, the first opponent he fights as Steel is Metallo, the below example.
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** SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor creates a super suit ostensibly to help the police fight crime. The officer testing it builds an unhealthy bond with it and becomes drunk with power, forcing the Man of Steel and John Henry Irons to take him down. Irons later worked out the flaws in the suit that caused this behavior and created his iconic "{{Steel}}" armor. Interestingly, the first opponent he fights as Steel is Metallo, the below example.
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