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->''"Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac."''
-->-- '''[[KavorkaMan 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 it something that just brings out our primal lust?

Naturally, the SuperTrope of many dominant/subordinate relationship based tropes. Also related is EvilIsSexy, seeing as how evil is often simply a means of attaining power. This trope is often used to explain the KavorkaMan. Compare and contrast InLoveWithYourCarnage.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This is referenced in ''Anime/HighschoolDxD'' when Ddraig tells Issei that powerful dragons (like Issei) are always surrounded by women.
* The sole reason Boa Hancock is so smitten with Luffy in ''Anime/OnePiece'' (despite being likely the most gorgeous knockout in the whole series who could have any man she wants) is because [[ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou he has the willpower to resist her charms]]. (Sadly, that also makes her a HopelessSuitor towards him, as he is ObliviousToLove.)

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/NemesisTheWarlock'': Torquemada's wife Candida admits that she's primarily attracted to him because of his power when pressed why she's staying with a psycho fanatic.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', Bob Parr (as Mr. Incredible) meets Mirage in a volcano and asks why the operation is situated in such a place. She responds, "[My boss] is attracted to power. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar So am I]]."
-->'''Mirage''': It's a... weakness we share.

[[folder: Film -- Live-Action]]
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', as [[NerdInEvilsHelmet Dark Helmet]] play this very straight in his pathetic and very private ShowWithinTheShow: He's playing with dolls, and the doll representing the princess falls for the doll representing himself on the basis of him being so powerful.
-->'''Dark Helmet''' ''(as Vespa)'': Oh no! I hate you I hate you I hate you! Leave me alone! And yet, I find you strangely attractive.\\
'''Dark Helmet''' ''(as himself)'': Of course you do! Druish princesses are attracted to money and power, and I have ''both''.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', this appears to be the reason why the blond secretary flirted with Steve. During the debriefing scene with Colonel Phillips, she couldn't keep her eyes off of him. And later, when Steve asked to speak with Howard Stark, she wasn't even about to give him the time of the day until she recognized him. When she did, she was all over him.

[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', ladies' man Beckram mentions that being of Hurog blood gives one a certain reputation, "like owning a dangerous animal" that makes him popular with the ladies. However, actually ''owning'' castle Hurog doesn't seem so interesting, as "no woman would want to live there" (it is in a very cold and remote part of the country). That's why he wants his cousin Ward, the protagonist, to do the actual owning.
** It is mentioned that the king has lots of (male) lovers, although it is not entirely clear as to whether that is due to this trope, or whether they're just trying to gain influence over him.
* In ''Slave World'', one of the main reasons Jenny falls in love with Lady Isobel is seeing her power over other people. An even greater aphrodisiac is that her discreetly forceful attitude makes it clear that she's ''used'' to having people bend to her will.
* Various entities in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' world seem drawn to power, especially when it's expressed through violence. For one example, near the beginning of ''Cold Days'', Harry wins a fight in the Winter Court of the [[TheFairFolk Sidhe]], proclaims that the abuse of mortals stops now, and [[KilledMidSentence scatters a flash-frozen Sidhe noble across the dance floor]] when he starts to do the usual "[[PunyEarthlings pathetic mortal]]" routine. He promptly finds himself the focus of rapt attention from several superhumanly gorgeous Sidhe ladies.

[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* A good example is found in Francis Urquhart, the scheming Tory politician, in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK''. 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.
* Parodied in-universe in ''Series/TheThickOfIt'', where Ollie and his then-girlfriend have some flirty banter about how he's gotten promoted and how the additional power makes him attractive. However, since Ollie is neither particularly powerful nor attractive, and both of them are fully aware of that, they are both clearly just joking. It's actually one of the few times where a genuinely light-hearted joke is made that both sides find funny, in comparison to [[SadistShow the cock-ups and humiliations that are the usual source of humour]].
* On ''Series/{{The 100}}'', Bellamy establishes himself as the leader of the 100's camp early in Season 1, and he's quickly shown to have a borderline harem situation going on.
* In the ''Series/NightCourt'' episode "The Price of a Guy", Christine's reaction to a Polynesian RoyalBrat interrupting her leads to this:
-->'''Christine''': Hold it buster, I wasn't finished!\\
'''Prince''': In Kapua, no woman dares speak to a man that way.\\
'''Christine''': Well you're not in Kapua now, Chicken Legs, you're in America. And furthermore, my sex has no bearing on the fact that I'm a highly trained attorney, so pipe down and let me do this!\\
'''Prince''': I have never been spoken in this way by ''anyone''. ''(Beat)'' I ''like'' it.
:: And his attitude towards her for the rest of the episode is gushing and fawning, eventually trying to bribe her into being his wife. (She declines.)

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', a female Warden can make a remark to this effect when Alistair reveals his heritage.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', EvilOverlord [[spoiler:Tarquin]] has had many wives... though some needed a little "[[ColdBloodedTorture convincing]]".
* [[http://sinfest.net/view.php?date=2014-06-03 This strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* Discussed in this [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18866_5-reasons-women-are-as-shallow-as-men-according-to-science.html Cracked article.]] (Like we said, this trope is TruthInTelevision.)
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'' names this trope as one of the reasons why the fangirls go for Loki in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', 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?\\
'''Cleveland''': I would go with UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher.\\
'''All''': Margaret Thatcher?\\
'''Peter''': Why the hell Margaret Thatcher?\\
'''Cleveland''': Oh, so nobody here thinks power is sexy? Not one of you finds power sexy?