Power Is Sexy


(permanent link) added: 2011-04-14 12:15:40 sponsor: Ekuran (last reply: 2011-04-17 16:48:28)

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"Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac."
-- Henry Kissinger, U.S. Secretary of State 1973-1977

What is it about power that can make someone weak in the knees? Perhaps it's the control issues, to be dominated by someone that's just more than you, or is itsomething that just brings out our primal lust? In any event, the world of fiction has known this since the beginning, and you may find examples of such throughout it.

Naturally the Super Trope of many dominate/subordinate relationship based tropes. Also related is Evil Is Sexy, seeing as how evil is often simply a means of attaining power.


Examples

Live-Action TV
  • A good example is found in Francis Urquhart, the scheming Tory politician, in House of Cards. To assist his bid for political power he has an affair with a young and attractive journalist. At an early stage in this process she comments on his attractiveness and one of her colleagues mentions the charismatic effect of power.

Western Animation
  • In Family Guy, Peter and the guys play "who would you do?"
    Peter: Hey, you guys, here's one for you. Let's say none of us were married, all right? If you could have any woman in the world, who would it be?
    snip
    Cleveland: I would go with Margaret Thatcher.
    Peter: Why the hell Margaret Thatcher?
    Cleveland: Oh, so nobody here thinks power is sexy? Not one of you finds power sexy?
  • In The Incredibles, Bob Parr (as Mr. Incredible) meets Mirage in a volcano, and he asks why the operation is situated in such a place. She responds with, "[My boss] is attracted to power... so am I."

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