Created By: CelestiaCadenceLuna on January 1, 2018 Last Edited By: CelestiaCadenceLuna on January 17, 2018
Corrupting Power Equals Corrupted Use
A character is unable to use Phlebotinium for the benefit of mankind because said Phlebotinium is portrayed as being harmful or sinister.
When seeing an amazing power or technology in media, we often think how could it be used either for profit, to better mankind, or both. The problem? The author doesn't see it that way. In this trope, said technology/power is constantly described and/or depicted as a corrupting, malevolent force, and thus the author wants us to know, loud and clear, that everyone is better off with it gone, regardless of the potential good uses the character could give it.
Examples:Anime and Manga
- In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Eva technology could be used for several different fields (construction, demolition, space travel), but Evas are an example of the Powered by a Forsaken Child trope.
- In The Tommyknockers, where alien probes enhanced the intelligence of several people in a small town. The enhanced geniuses could potentially improve several different fields (physics, biology, chemistry, engineering), but the newfound intelligence is consistently described in the book as a sinister, malevolent force.
- In Adventure Time, the Ice King Crown could be used to either improve the field of medicine, or take care of harmful weather and natural disasters. It's even more potentially useful if you take into account the After the End setting. However, the Crown induces dementia-like madness on whoever wear it.
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