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You Could Have Used Your Powers For Good
(permanent link) added: 2010-09-07 15:48:48 sponsor: Wulf (last reply: 2010-11-12 01:36:09)

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Also- You Could Have Used Your Powers for Evil

A sentiment often expressed to the Worthy Opponent. Hero Bob wonders why Alice, with their immense power, chose to do evil rather than good. If the evildoer is a recurring character, rather than a one-shot, this can sometimes lead to a Heel-Face Turn, although as we all know, sometimes Redemption Equals Death.

Of course, the reverse can also occur, with Alice questioning why Bob bothers to protect these weaklings when he could just use his powers to take whatever he wants. If Alice succeeds in convincing him that Evil Feels Good, Bob may become a Fallen Hero.

Compare: Recruiting the Criminal, when a hero brings in a villain to do some less-than heroic work, and Boxed Crook, when a prisoner is forced to use his powers for good.


  • In The Spectacular Spider-Man, Spidey asks The Sandman why he chooses to do evil when he could just as easily be a superhero. At the end of the episode, Sandman ends up changing sides and making a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • In SaGa Frontier, after the final battle with Metal Black, Alkaiser says to the defeated villain that he could have used his powers for good.
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