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24th Jun '16 7:58:30 AM KingZeal
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Compare: RecruitingTheCriminal; WinYourFreedom and BoxedCrook, where a villain is ''forced'' into acting for good; CutLexLuthorACheck, where acting good would have obvious monetary benefits.

Contrast: ThenLetMeBeEvil, where villains ''attempt'' to use their powers for good, only for their treatment by others to cause them to turn to evil; ComesGreatResponsibility, ComesGreatInsanity, and ComesGreatPerks, where power changes a character's disposition all by itself.

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Compare: RecruitingTheCriminal; WinYourFreedom and BoxedCrook, where a villain is ''forced'' into acting for good; CutLexLuthorACheck, where acting good would have obvious monetary benefits.

benefits. If the character ''listens'' to this advice, they're a MoralPragmatist.

Contrast: ThenLetMeBeEvil, where villains ''attempt'' to use their powers for good, only for their treatment by others to cause them to turn to evil; ComesGreatResponsibility, ComesGreatInsanity, and ComesGreatPerks, where power changes a character's disposition all by itself.
22nd Jun '16 9:02:21 AM nighttrainfm
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** Piccolo severs Dr Gero's arm (Dr Gero being an android at this point) and crushes it, saying "It's a darn shame. You could've put this hand to good use! What a waste of technology!".

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** Piccolo severs Dr Gero's arm (Dr Gero being an android at this point) and crushes it, saying "It's a darn shame. You could've put this hand to good use! What a waste of technology!".technology!"
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', Goku notes Freeza would make a perfect sparring partner and considers his obsession with revenge and world domination a waste of talent. Freeza retorts that that attitude is what makes Goku's mere existence intolerable for him.
11th Apr '16 5:54:52 AM ChronoLegion
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** Then again, this is Obi-Wan misinterpreting the prophecy, which merely suggested that Anakin would bring the Force back into balance. This can have any number of interpretations. It also didn't say [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi when he would do that]] or that the Dark Side [[Film/TheForceAwakens wouldn't then come back anyway]].
11th Apr '16 5:52:27 AM ChronoLegion
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* The BigBad in ''Series/TheFamousJettJackson'' TV movie is told that, with his VoluntaryShapeshifting technology, he could make a killing in the beauty market. The guy merely gets angry at this and points out that he has decided to create his own world instead (by [[spoiler:stealing famous cities from all across the globe]]).
12th Mar '16 10:41:55 PM gophergiggles
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* If you contact Otacon after defeating Psycho Mantis in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', he laments that Mantis could have used his exceptional psychic powers for good if he [[FreudianExcuse didn't have the shitty life]] that made him AxCrazy.

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* ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' offers a "you could have used your powers for ''less'' evil" variant when [[BigBad Pagan Min]] remarks that rather than "joining the monkeys and throwing one's shit around" you could have simply joined and supported him instead, and succeeded in your quest of delivering your mother's ashes in less than an hour with considerably less bloodshed. [[spoiler:Indeed he has [[VillainHasAPoint one hell of a point:]] it turns out whichever rebel leader you side with is equally evil to the other and merely a ''different kind of evil'' than Min, and sure enough there is an EasterEgg ending found by waiting at the dinner table like Min tells you to... where you promptly go to deliver Ishwari's ashes and join Min in "shooting some goddamned guns".]]
* If you contact Otacon after defeating Psycho Mantis in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', he laments that Mantis could have used his exceptional psychic powers for good if he [[FreudianExcuse didn't have the shitty life]] that made him AxCrazy. Mantis might possibly even be an inversion, if his backstory is true: allegedly he was an [=FBI=] investigator, that is he ''did'' try to use his powers for good, until he got too far into the mind of a killer and became just like him.
3rd Mar '16 1:11:53 PM StClair
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* Volume 6 of ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' has the protagonist facing off against [[spoiler: an automatic intelligence like him named Alan, who had vast computing power and the ability to predict outcomes and determined that he could use the Cold War to build himself an Orion class spaceship. He did, but this made Robo realize something--with this ability and success, Alan could have used his power to stop the Cold War, to bring about a more stable and peaceful world. When confronted, Alan only has one response, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood "I don't understand, why?"]] ]]

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* Volume 6 of ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' has the protagonist facing off against [[spoiler: an automatic intelligence like him named Alan, who had vast computing power and the ability to predict outcomes and determined that he could use the Cold War to build himself an Orion class spaceship. He did, but this made Robo realize something--with this ability and success, Alan could have used his power to stop the Cold War, to bring about a more stable and peaceful world. When confronted, Alan only has one response, ]]
-->'''Robo''': You could have ''helped'' them.
-->'''[[spoiler:ALAN]]''':
[[EvilCannotComprehendGood "I I don't understand, why?"]] ]]understand. Why?]]
11th Feb '16 7:48:58 AM Nuxx
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* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' the BigBad, Kilgrave, has the ability to compel anyone do anything he says. In one episode we briefly get a glimpse of the potential he could have had as a hero when he effortlessly stops a man talking his family hostage with a simple word and then commands him to hand himself over to the police. [[TheHero Jessica]] briefly muses over the fact she has a slim chance to use his powers to do an incredible amount of good in the world. However she quickly dismisses this notion and knows that Kilgrave is too far gone at this point.

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* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' the BigBad, Kilgrave, has the ability to compel anyone do anything he says. In one episode we briefly get a glimpse of the potential he could have had as a hero when he effortlessly stops a man talking his family hostage with a simple word and then commands him to hand himself over to the police. [[TheHero Jessica]] briefly muses over the fact she has a slim chance to teach him to use his powers to do an incredible amount of good in the world. However she quickly dismisses this notion and knows that Kilgrave is too far gone at this point.
11th Feb '16 7:45:34 AM Nuxx
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* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' the BigBad, Kilgrave, has the ability to compel anyone do anything he says. In one episode we briefly get a glimpse of the potential he could have had as a hero when he effortlessly stops a man talking his family hostage with a simple word and then commands him to hand himself over to the police. [[TheHero Jessica]] briefly muses over the fact she has a slim chance to use his powers to do an incredible amount of good in the world. However she would have to sacrifice her own freedom just for that unlikely chance.

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* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' the BigBad, Kilgrave, has the ability to compel anyone do anything he says. In one episode we briefly get a glimpse of the potential he could have had as a hero when he effortlessly stops a man talking his family hostage with a simple word and then commands him to hand himself over to the police. [[TheHero Jessica]] briefly muses over the fact she has a slim chance to use his powers to do an incredible amount of good in the world. However she would have to sacrifice her own freedom just for quickly dismisses this notion and knows that unlikely chance.Kilgrave is too far gone at this point.
11th Feb '16 7:41:50 AM Nuxx
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* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' the BigBad, Kilgrave, has the ability to compel anyone do anything he says. In one episode we briefly get a glimpse of the potential he could have had as a hero when he effortlessly stops a man talking his family hostage with a simple word and then commands him to hand himself over to the police. [[TheHero Jessica]] briefly muses over the fact she has a slim chance to use his powers to do an incredible amount of good in the world, but would have to sacrifice her own freedom to make Kilgrave happy for the greater good.

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* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' the BigBad, Kilgrave, has the ability to compel anyone do anything he says. In one episode we briefly get a glimpse of the potential he could have had as a hero when he effortlessly stops a man talking his family hostage with a simple word and then commands him to hand himself over to the police. [[TheHero Jessica]] briefly muses over the fact she has a slim chance to use his powers to do an incredible amount of good in the world, but world. However she would have to sacrifice her own freedom to make Kilgrave happy just for the greater good.that unlikely chance.
11th Feb '16 7:38:49 AM Nuxx
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* In ''Series/JessicaJones'' the BigBad, Kilgrave, has the ability to compel anyone do anything he says. In one episode we briefly get a glimpse of the potential he could have had as a hero when he effortlessly stops a man talking his family hostage with a simple word and then commands him to hand himself over to the police. [[TheHero Jessica]] briefly muses over the fact she has a slim chance to use his powers to do an incredible amount of good in the world, but would have to sacrifice her own freedom to make Kilgrave happy for the greater good.
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