Created By: ChaosVincent on March 16, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on June 2, 2014

Penance Stare

An attack that uses a target\'s evil to kill them.

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Sometimes, an Anti-Hero who dabbles in Dark Is Not Evil or a villain will use an attack that turns the evil within a target's soul (or at least their past sins) as a means of inflicting damage. This can be very difficult to avoid as most of us do have some degree of evil within us. The Anti-Hero version bases the damage on how evil a person is while the villain version will simply dig deep into one's soul, able to pinpoint the smallest amount of evil present, and cause an Instant Kill no matter how otherwise pure the target is.

Many times, this attack will be invoked on someone with a pure heart will be subjected to this attack, proving useless. Other times, there will be other reasons that it proves to have no effect.

A specific form of Karmic Death because death is the most common result.


Anime and Manga
  • In Dragon Ball, there is a character named Devil Man, who, while not being distinctly a villain, uses the villainous variant. Needless to say, two attempts to use it on Goku during a fighting competition prove useless.

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Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • March 16, 2012
    This is how Ravages, basically Good's answer to poison, work in the Dungeons And Dragons supplement Book of Exalted Deeds. They're very much the antiheroic version.
  • March 16, 2012
    The 'Grudge' attack wielded by the Tonberries in most Final Fantasy games works like this - it does damage equal to the number of monsters that person has killed. Hence, your 'heroic' main character will almost certainly be one-shotted by it, while your benevolent White Mage MIGHT survive.

    Bit of an odd duck, considering that it's used by monsters against the main characters, but it's still a clear-cut example, demonstrating a sense of moral relativism by turning the anger of the countless monsters you've slain without a second thought against you.
  • March 16, 2012
    ^^ Really? Doesn't it just say "harms Evil creatures", and that's all? Same for "antiheroic": can't remember it being that cautious.
  • March 16, 2012
    According to the description of Ravages and Afflictions in my copy of Book of Exalted Deeds, they work by "turning the moral corruption of evil creatures into physical corruption that wracks their bodies." You are right about them only affecting evil creatures though -- they don't really affect neutral characters who may have done bad things but aren't out-and-out villains.
  • March 16, 2012
    I was thinking of devilman when I wrote about the differences. I have seen examples that tap into the target's inner darkness for a form of brainwashing, but this was about using the target's evil as a way of inflicting damage. Clearly, the instant kill is not suited for anyone who has any potential as a protagonist, as that could become a story breaker power in no time flat.

    Either way, This is about the target's own darkness becoming a tool for inflicting damage.
  • March 17, 2012
    ^^ in itself, this doesn't explicitly state a casual connection more immediate than that in classic one-liners in lamely poetical "If you're such a blockhead, I'll hammer you square!" style. ;]
  • June 1, 2014
    You guys on Morality Fatality should check this out.
  • June 2, 2014
    ^ honestly, Morality Fatality is better developed than this.
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