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->''"While most great powers come with great responsibilities, the power of invisibility isn't one of them. In fact, shirking responsibility is sort of the point of owning an invisibility suit in the first place."''
-->-- '''Soren Bowie''', ''Website/{{Cracked}}''

Characters who gain the power of {{invisibility}} have a startling tendency to become jerks, if not outright homicidal maniacs, within fairly short order. Sometimes this is a result of power that makes the character invisible but more often it seems to be a natural side effect of invisibility itself. After all, you can't be punished for your actions if nobody even knows you're there.

Such invisible people must beware of animals who rely more on scent and hearing than they do sight such as large implacable guard-dogs. Such creatures would ''still'' know, perfectly well, that somebody was there. In some works, over-confident invisibility has come to grief because of inconvenient rottweilers.

Not related to the trope WhatYouAreInTheDark, but related to the saying it comes from. See also TimeFreezeTrollingSpree, VillainTeleportation, InvisibleStreaker. See {{GIFT}} for the equivalent result when applied to anonymity on the internet.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Guenael Lee aka Sternritter V - The Vanishing Point. Not only can he turn invisible, he can also erase people's memories of his existence. He enjoys screwing with people by popping in and out of their sight and memories several times in a row, then eventually stabbing them in the back with his knife.
* Nobita from ''Manga/{{Doraemon}}'' when he exaggerates in using Doraemon's gadgets that make him invisible.
* Lucy makes use of this in ''Manga/FairyTail''. Though initially just looking for help undoing the invisibility magic on her, when she hears the guild joking about her behind her back she proceeds to make them all fight one another.
* Sakurai Tomoki from ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'' does this in an early chapter/episode when he asks Ikaros to make him invisible. He then used his invisibility to sneak into the home of his friend Sohara while she was changing and "punished" her by groping her breasts.
* Both words in this Trope (along with "pervert") describe Absalom from ''Manga/OnePiece'', along with the Trope itself. He uses his power to [[spoiler: peep and ''molest'' Nami while she's ''in a bathhouse'']], and it's strongly implied he's done this before. Sanji is upset about that, though [[spoiler:he also wanted that power, [[ChivalrousPervert but only]] to ogle women.]]
%%* The backstage thief in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[AxCrazy Griffin]] from ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' is introduced raping a bunch of boarding-school girls, and he later murders several people for arbitrary reasons.
%%* ''ComicBook/TheHood''.
* If you believe that "Not Me" of ''ComicStrip/TheFamilyCircus'' is a real being, he might qualify as one.
* Milo Manara's ''Butterscotch'' is a porn comic, so you can probably guess what the invisible man in it uses his power for. [[spoiler: That's right, to watch a beautiful woman he's been in love with since they were children but was too shy to ever contact; and he gets quite indignant at the suggestion that he may abuse his power to peek at her in the shower or something like that; he just wants to be ''near'' her. His SecretKeeper, a woman named Honey (who keeps appearing in other Manara comics) calls him a "poor wimp" because "any real man who found out how to be invisible would have gone out and robbed a bank, layed all the most gorgeous chicks..." and eventually he ends up going nuts, stripping innocent women for no reason, and relaying his voyeuristic experiences. And then ''another'' invisible man shows up to rape Honey. Yeah, [[CrapsackWorld everyone is a complete jerk in that comic]].]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'', the Invisible Man does use his invisibility to play practical jokes, but like all the "monsters" ([[MonsterMash and there are plenty]]) he's a good guy.
* Randall Boggs's EstablishingCharacterMoment in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' is to use his ability to blend into the background to frighten Mike. It only gets worse from there...

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Spoofed in ''Film/AmazonWomenOnTheMoon'' in which the ''Son of the Invisible Man'' states that he's taken the invisibility potion despite that fact that it turned his father into a raving madman. He then proves this by [[InvisibleStreaker running around with no clothes on]], playing tricks on unimpressed patrons at his hotel, unaware that he's not invisible at all.
* ''Film/HollowMan'' spells this trope out: "You know what, Matt? It's amazing what you can do... when you don't have to [[MirrorMonologue look at yourself in the mirror]] any more." It is heavily hinted in the film that [[PsychoSerum the procedure itself]] turns subjects [[JustifiedTrope psychotic]], as with the gorilla in the beginning.
%%* Claude Rains' portrayal of Griffin in the film version of ''The Invisible Man''.
* The film adaptation of ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', where the new Invisible Man (Rodney Skinner) is a thief who stole the invisibility formula solely to become a better thief. He's the most obvious suspect as TheMole, and is shown spying on the other members of the League. However, it turns out that he was spying to learn who the real mole is. He also has his moments of heroism toward the end of the film.[[note]]The novelization gives Skinner the same backstory as Griffin from the comic, which would make him a rapist on top of being a thief and a spy. However, this is absent from the theatrical cut of the film.[[/note]]
* Michele in ''IlRagazzoInvisibile'' wastes no time getting revenge on the bullies who picked on him.

* In Creator/{{Plato}}'s story the ''Ring of Gyges'', Gyges seduces the queen and kills several people. Plato made up this story but wrote it in such a way that pretended it was hundreds of years old and a commonly-heard myth. People unfamiliar with Plato's habit of doing this took his later claims of a lost island of {{Atlantis}} at face value.
* Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'' deconstructs this trope showing us the real implications of invisibility and how they could affect an individual. To cite Creator/JorgeLuisBorges "A postulation of reality" the invisible man...
--> That character, a solitary student of chemistry at the desperate winter of London- [[BlessedWithSuck finishes recognizing that the invisible state privileges do not cover the drawbacks]]. He has to go barefoot and naked because an overcoat and boots rushed autonomous could disturb the entire city. A revolver in his transparent hand makes concealment impossible. Before being assimilated, so does the food swallowed by him. From dawn, his nominal eyelids cannot stop light, and he should get used to sleeping with open eyes. Useless is also take his ghostly arm over his eyes. On the street, traffic accidents always prefer him and he always lives in fear of being crushed. He has to flee London. He has to take refuge in wigs, in smoked spectacles, faked noses like those used in carnivals, in suspicious beards, in gloves, so '' they do not see that he is invisible''. Discovered, he begins in a village inland a miserable {{reign of terror}}. He wounds, to inspire respect, a man. Then the sheriff organizes a pack of hounds to track him, cornered him near the station and kill him.
** It' also slightly subverted: consigning he was willing to experiment on yowling cats and despised his landowner, Griffin was likely a prick from the start.
* RalphEllison's ''Literature/InvisibleMan'' analyzes this in a different way. He isn't literally transparent; it's simply that as a black man no one cares about him. He even attacks a man at random, knowing that the only thing his target will remember will be his ethnicity.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''
** when Gollum first acquired the Ring, he used it to sneak around his village, listening to secrets and stealing things.
** Bilbo has elements of this in ''Literature/TheHobbit'', once he gets the Ring, nicking food from the Elvenking and making a RunningGag out of sneaking past guards only to snark at them for not seeing him. His cheap trick at his birthday party in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' counts too.
* Averted in the obscure Swedish YA novel ''Trollstenen''. The magic stone in the title has a failsafe spell on it that means it stops working if used for selfish ends. How it determines what is selfish is not revealed.
* In Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/TheOgreDownstairs'', one of the boys in a blended family turns himself invisible during an extremely tense period with his stepfather, and fairly shortly he goes over the line from angry to homicidal. The stepfather suggests that it's the effect of becoming "all thoughts."
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry usually uses his Invisibility Cloak for good, for example, to sneak around Hogwarts and solve the current mystery. In the third book, however, he uses it to sneak into Hogsmeade village without permission, and at one point he decides to take revenge on Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle for their constant taunting, and throws mud and sticks and trips them while invisible. He's later chastised by Lupin for such behavior, claiming Harry's parents wouldn't want him "gambling their sacrifice for a bag of magic tricks". Which, since Harry was supposedly being pursued by a murderer at the time, makes his actions not only jerkish, but pretty stupid. Since his father used the cloak for stealing food from the kitchens, he wouldn't have room to talk.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Invisibility spells make Eric more comfortable with expressing his inner trickster. Even if someone realized an invisible person was present, they would instead blame [[TricksterArchetype Tasio]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Episode "Gone" involves a JerkAss moments from Buffy herself. The point was that she had so much stress and depression going on at the time that she felt trapped and powerless. The invisibility let her get away with doing the things she ''wanted'' to do anyway, without having to take any responsibility for her actions--as Spike points out, she's pretending that she isn't really "there" as she does it.
** There was the girl in "Out of Mind, Out of Sight," who became a psychopath after turning invisible. For her it was a case of GoMadFromTheIsolation; everyone treated her like she was invisible so the Hellmouth made her invisible and thereby empowered her to get revenge on others.
* Claude Rains (named for the actor who starred in ''The Invisible Man'' movie) on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is an invisible JerkAss [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a heart of gold]], being rude and misanthropic, yet at the same time willing to mentor Peter Petrelli and unwilling to let Manhattan get nuked.
* The main character from the Sci Fi Channel's TV series ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' had to deal with the nasty side effect that overusing his invisibility gland would trigger a homicidal rage. However, even under normal circumstances he wasn't especially scrupulous about how he used his invisibility, from spying on his co-workers to making his legs invisible so he could park in a disabled spot. Of course he was a thief even before he got his powers, so those are probably more his personality than anything.
* Averted in the 1970s series of the same name starring David [=McCallum=]. The title character maintains his composure and sense of ethics throughout the show.
* Mocked, as was ''everything'' else, in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "200". In a flashback (not seen in the previous episodes), O'Neill becomes invisible due to an alien device. His subsequent pranks include leaving the room so that Carter is left talking to an empty chair, falling asleep and snoring in a room where Daniel is having a meeting, driving up to the base entrance and placing his dog behind the wheel to confuse the soldiers, and spying on Carter when she takes a shower.
* In the "Wishing Well" episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', a boy wishes to become invisible so he can spy on women in the shower. It fails, due to the kid's lack of reflex and agility.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Je Souhaite," a guy is talking to a genie about what he wants for his last wish, and it's pretty clear that he's going to be an invisible jerkass.
-->'''Anson Stokes:''' I wish that I could turn invisible... at will.
-->'''Jenn:''' You're kidding.
-->'''Anson Stokes:''' No, no. This is perfect. Yeah, I could have an advantage that nobody else on earth can have. I can, um, you know, spy and learn secret information, pick up stock tips.
-->'''Jenn:''' Sneak into a women's locker room.
-->'''Anson Stokes:''' Not just that, okay? I'm talking about James Bond type stuff. You know?
** [[spoiler:He's flattened by a truck in a crosswalk because the driver couldn't see him.]]
* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'' episode "To See the Invisible Man", Mitchell Chaplin is punished by being given an implant that means others have to ignore him and act as if he was not there. He initially does things like walking into a women's change room. It's a punishment because he soon starts going crazy from loneliness due to nobody talking to him, and everybody ignores him when he gets hit by a car (he survives in agony).
* Lampshaded in ''Series/LazyTown'', the "evil dude" uses a watch to make himself invisible & often kidnap Stephanie or Bill without getting caught.
* ''Series/HenryDanger'': Brad in the aptly titled "Invisible Brad". Brad was made invisible years earlier as a bystander when a shot meant to make Captain Man invisible instead hit Brad. It is unknown whether Brad was a jerk before he became invisible, but Captain Man is annoyed that he came by. He tried to get Henry to quit after Captain Man agreed to make Brad his sidekick if Henry quits.
* Zigzagged in an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' where Bulk and Skull are turned invisible. While they do play some pranks on people and steal food, they also make money by entertaining with a magic show. (But also using their "skill" to discipline a heckler.) Of course, seeing as they had spent most of the season [[BalefulPolymorph turned into monkeys]], maybe they deserved to have a little fun.

%%* The Barnes and Barnes song, "The Invisible Maniac".
* Clay Aiken's "Invisible" is explicit about how the singer would use the power of invisibility to [[StalkerWithACrush stalk the person]] he is addressing.

* [[http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=178 Episode 178]] of the radio show ''Radio/ThisAmericanLife'' notes that in an informal survey, most people who would choose the power of invisibility over flight would use it to commit crimes or other mischief they think it would help them get away with. It also says that some people who choose flight may be lying because of this fact.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/RowanAtkinson has a sketch where he is the victim of an invisible prankster, but eventually turns the tables on him. Done entirely in mime no less.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', we have the Spy, with an invisibility watch that he uses to get behind enemy lines and wreak havoc. This, combined with his ability to disguise as the enemy, and his insta-kill backstab makes for a very deadly combination. However, he's a [[FrenchJerk jerk]][[{{Jerkass}} ass]] even without the watch.
** [[{{Griefer}} Players]] can enact this trope in other ways, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoUBl6Nf4Xo standing invisibly on the edge of a drop]] and, as you can't pass through non-teammates, trick other players into falling to their deaths.
* Reading some interoffice e-mail in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' reveals that this happened at the REPCONN test site, which accidentally received a shipment of [[InvisibilityCloak Stealth Boys]]: "In light of [[NoodleIncident yesterday's upsetting events]] all employees are hereby directed to give a thorough reading to [=REPCONN's=] sexual harassment and workplace behavior policies. Also, while it is not explicitly stated in the Employee Handbook, unauthorized use of military hardware against fellow employees is ground for immediate termination."
* ''VideoGame/WildArms4'': One member of the villainous organization attacking the protagonists supposedly had the power of invisibility, but was executed by his commanding officer prior to the start of the game for abusing it. Given how said commandiing officier is a pyscho [[EvenEvilHasStandards it must have been a serious abuse.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Bad claims in one WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail that, if he were invisible, he'd do the same sort of stuff he already does: Stealing snacks from Bubs, punching Homestar and eating junk food while watching TV. Being Strong Bad, his point is undermined in that of the activities listed, the last one is the only one we see Strong Bad doing with any frequency outside this cartoon.
* Grif of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' is also already a JerkAss, so his greatest ambition involving invisibility is to take uninterruptable naps on a whim.

%%[[folder:Web Comics]]
%%* [[http://www.ghastlycomic.com/d/20030518.html This strip]] ({{NSFW}}) from ''Webcomic/GhastlysGhastlyComic'' shows that one does %%not have to be entirely invisible to fit this trope.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-347 Claudia]] from the Wiki/SCPFoundation is a kleptomaniac woman who is permanently invisible like the classic Invisible Man. She's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold than anything and is amicable enough with the Foundation personnel, but struggles with depression and a fiery temper due to trauma, abuse, and homelessness she went through after her powers manifested. She usually doesn't do anything too serious aside from the occasional pickpocketing or prank, though she also ReallyGetsAround and has used sex to get out of her containment room a few times.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ArchiesWeirdMysteries'', Reggie makes use of this.
* A dark example from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode ''See No Evil.'' An ex-con steals invisibility fabric to rob people. He also uses it to see his daughter (who he is legally prohibited to contact) as her imaginary friend "Mojo", and later [[AdultFear tries to kidnap her.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''
** Danny has been known to use his invisibility/intangibility [[PowerPerversionPotential to spy in the girls' locker room]], cheat at bowling/mini golf, and spy on Sam while she was on dates with a Hungarian exchange student.
** Tucker briefly gained ghost powers and mostly used them to play pranks (pictured).
* In one ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' episode had Diddy Kong becoming invisible thanks to the Crystal Coconut's power. He immediately uses his new invisibility to play pranks, most of which get blamed on DK, the only other ape to know what's going on.
-->'''Diddy:''' ''I'm having fun with everyone, when I disappear! Playing tricks on people while pretending I'm not there!''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Timmy Turner once wished to be invisible to avoid being beaten up, but then went on to scare everyone in the school. Episode 9 Season 2.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'': Downplayed with Charlie Brown in ''It's Magic, Charlie Brown''. After being turned invisible, he doesn't like it all, feeling like a "lost soul" and constantly falling over because he can't see his feet. ''However'', while he never truly becomes a "jerk", he ''does'' manage [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome to sneak up on Lucy and kick the football]] once.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'':
** Mr. Cat was already a jerk, but in some episodes when he gets turned invisible he's even worse, and he does things like kick Kaeloo and hit Quack Quack with mallets while constantly moving so they can't get back at him.
** When Stumpy is turned into a ghost in Episode 123, [[PowerPerversionPotential he tries to sneak into the bathroom to watch Pretty take a bath.]] Kaeloo stops him before he can do it.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': Patches, [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Imaginary Friend]] was invisible to anyone except the boy who created him. He was using this state to bully all kids' friends.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'': One of the last episodes had Todd finding a hat that rendered him ([[InvisibleStreaker but not his clothes]]) invisible, and he used it to get revenge for an embarrassing [[strike:Website/YouTube]] [[BlandNameProduct FleemTube]] video of him. [[spoiler:It didn't work out.]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had Angelica covering herself in Vanishing Cream, thinking she'll be invisible. It only "works" because Drew is ignoring her at Didi's insistence. However, when Angelica can't get the cream off of her, she quickly changes her tune.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick once bought invisible paint and made themselves invisible so that they could scare everybody else in Bikini Bottom.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon "The Invisible Mouse", Jerry dipped himself in invisible ink and would then continue to torment Tom. But then again, [[StatusQuoIsGod what else is new]]? This plot was used twice more, in "The Vanishing Duck" and "Of Feline Bondage".