Created By: Ajardoor on September 27, 2009
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Screw The Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!

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Exactly what the title says, magic or weird abilities being used to flaut the law or some other obstacle.

Examples:
  • Sliders had a world in which a group that could kill through dreams flagrantly breaking the law and killing people right in front the the police with their powers.
  • Gary Mitchell in Star Trek: The Original Series.
  • The Diana Tregarde novel Jinx High by Mercedes Lackey, a Vain Sorceress uses her magical powers to rule the local high school.
  • The second page quote for Masquerade illustrates a problem with this train of thought. That said, vampires in Requiem (and most supernaturals, for that matter) can get away with a lot considering both the Crapsack World they live in means people just don't care about most crimes, and their Masquerade clean up is top notch. (Provided you have the expertise/pull to have the clean up done for you without getting staked, mind you.)
  • "Mark Milton", aka Hyperion in Supreme Power gets this revelation along with some basic ‹bermensch / The Unfettered philosophy when he learns he's an alien and was lied to since birth to make him a tool of the government.
  • The main character uses his ability to rob banks in Jumper.
  • I don't know if it counts as "Supernatural" but The Doctor uses a combination of advanced technology (psychic paper) and Bavarian Fire Drill / Impersonating an Officer to get past obstacles.
  • Older Than Dirt: The Greek myth of Gyges (most well known from Plato's Republic) is about a man who finds a ring of invisibility and uses it to commit all sorts of crimes, culminating in seducing the queen and killing the king.
  • The protagonist in The Invisible Man also uses invisibility to steal and tries to plunge England into a reign of terror.
  • The telekinetic guy from the movie Sidekick begins using his powers for little practical jokes and stuff like that, but by the end, he's murdering people left and right.
  • Used all the time in Yu-Gi-Oh!, partly to make the games very Serious Business.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • September 20, 2009
    calronmoonflower
    Live Action TV
    • Sliders had a world in which a group that could kill through dreams fragrantly breaking the law and killing people right in front the the police with their powers.
  • September 20, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • September 20, 2009
    foxley
    The Diana Tregarde novel Jinx High by Mercedes Lackey, a Vain Sorceress uses her magical powers to rule the local high school.
  • September 20, 2009
    Earnest
    The second page quote for Masquerade illustrates a problem with this train of thought. That said, vampires in Requiem (and most supernaturals, for that matter) can get away with a lot considering both the Crapsack World they live in means people just don't care about most crimes, and their Masquerade clean up is top notch. (provided you have the expertise/pull to have the clean up done for you without getting staked, mind you)

    • "Mark Milton", aka Hyperion in Supreme Power gets this revelation along with some basic Ubermensch / The Unfettered philosophy when he learns he's an alien and was lied to since birth to make him a tool of the government.
  • September 23, 2009
    Ajardoor
    Bump it up!
  • September 23, 2009
    Umptyscope
    Re: Sliders: "fragrantly?" Do you mean "flagrantly"? Or did they break the law in some floral-scented manner?
  • September 24, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    The main character uses his ability to rob banks in Jumper.
  • September 24, 2009
    Fanra
    I don't know if it counts as "Supernatural" but The Doctor uses a combination of advanced technology (psychic paper) and Bavarian Fire Drill / Impersonating An Officer to get past obstacles.
  • September 24, 2009
    Medinoc
    Why not call this Fantastic Crime ?
  • September 24, 2009
    Ajardoor
    Fantastic Crime would just be a subtroper (or merely an aspect) of this trope.
  • September 24, 2009
    Earnest
  • September 24, 2009
    jewelleddragon
    Older Than Dirt: The Greek myth of Gyges (most well known from Plato's Republic) is about a man who finds a ring of invisibility and uses it to commit all sorts of crimes, culminating in seducing the queen and killing the king.

    The protagonist in The Invisible Man also uses invisibility to steal and tries to plunge England into a reign of terror.

    The telekinetic guy from the movie Sidekick begins using his powers for little practical jokes and stuff like that, but by the end, he's murdering people left and right.
  • September 24, 2009
    Digitalpotato
    Used all the time in Yu Gi Oh, partly to make the games very Serious Business.
  • September 30, 2009
    Earnest
    Unless there are any objections, I'll launch this as Screw The Rules I Have Powers on Thursday. It's formulaic, but it actually works better than our suggestions.
  • September 30, 2009
    Ajardoor
    Go ahead, although can I still claim credit for the final page on my contrib page?
  • September 30, 2009
    Earnest
    Sure, you'll have the original idea credit on my page as well. ;D
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