Created By: Ekuran on April 14, 2011 Last Edited By: Ekuran on April 17, 2011
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Power Is Sexy

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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."

Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • April 14, 2011
    Fanra
    Page quote:

    "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac."
    -- Henry Kissinger, U.S. Secretary of State 1973-1977
  • April 14, 2011
    X2X
    Hm... this could work better as a Super Trope. I could definitely see tropes like Hot Amazon, The Red Sonja, and All Amazons Want Hercules having a comfortable home here.
  • April 15, 2011
    randomsurfer
    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?
  • April 15, 2011
    Deboss
    Don't we have this? I want to say it's Kavorka Man, but I don't think that's quite right.
  • April 15, 2011
    captainbrass2
    Yes, Kavorka Man is a guy who by all conventional standards shouldn't be successful with women but is. However, this trope is one reason why Kavorka Man exists and Henry Kissinger is the image on that page.

    Another possible example is 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.

  • April 15, 2011
    tete
    What about The Incredibles? Bob Parr (as Mr. Incredible) meets Mirage in a volcano, and Mr. Incredible asks why the operation is situated in such a place. Mirage responds with, "Getting Crap Past The Radar I guess I'm just attracted to power," or something like that.
  • April 15, 2011
    tete
    Ohh... sorry about that bad linking... I'm a new troper (new to editing, at least).
  • April 15, 2011
    Rolf
    You can edit your posts at any time.
  • April 16, 2011
    pureWasted
    Related to Evil Is Sexy, seeing as how evil is often simply a means of attaining power.
  • April 16, 2011
    Sackett
    Mirage's line is "[My boss] is attracted to power... so am I."

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