->''"A slayer's life is simple. Want? Take. Have."''
--> -- '''Faith''', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

Let's face it, in some worlds HumansAreTheRealMonsters, and the only reason these {{Crapsack World}}s have a semblance of civility and law is fear of reprisal. So what happens when your typical misanthrope gets a hold of AppliedPhlebotinum, a RingOfPower, is [[ViralTransformation bit by a werewolf]] or discovers they're a mutant with StockSuperPowers? Blow off society and do whatever they want!

Rather than try to be a hero who got TheCall, they will use their powers for petty crime. Want a million dollars? Just use your EyeBeams to melt open the bank vault. A lover cheated on you? SuperStrength to turn the guy's car into a cube. That beautiful house? Summon up a ghost to scare the owners away and move in once the price drops. "But what if the cops find out?!" Well, with most cases of this trope, the newly empowered criminal will either make [[ImmuneToBullets short work of them]] or be totally undetectable. In truly disgusting extremes, they may walk into a restaurant (where they're ''known'' as a SuperVillain), [[EvilIsPetty be rude to the waiter]], not pay the bill, and then fight their way through the city's police force for it. And that's assuming the police even ''try'' to stop the super-jerk, as it won't take too many public demonstrations before the cops have to admit it's futile.

Most of the time, these villains will be very small time thinkers, at most terrorizing local authorities into making him a sort of king, but when one ''does'' [[VisionaryVillain see the big picture]] you [[AntiHumanAlliance can expect them to want]] to TakeOverTheWorld or even, [[TranshumanTreachery try to enslave humanity]]!

People with the power of {{invisibility}} are [[InvisibleJerkass especially prone to this]]. Expect a hero to berate them with "YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood!"

Subtrope of BewareTheSuperman. See also MightMakesRight and AppealToForce and SmugSuper.

Compare DrunkWithPower, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. Related to BeneathTheMask because super powers reveal how a person would act without any fear of reprisal. In this trope case that HiddenSelf is anything but {{lawful|Good}}.

The SupernaturalElite almost definitely have this sentiment.

Contrast CutLexLuthorACheck for the ways a supervillain could have used his or her abilities to make tons of ''entirely legal'' cash. Contrast ComesGreatResponsibility, this trope's exact opposite.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''[[Anime/PrettySammy Magical Project S]]'' Subverted by [[TheHero Pretty Sammy]] when she tried to break the rules, a classmate informs her that even Magical Girls have to abide by the rules.
** [[DarkMagicalGirl Pixy Misa]] does this all the time. It's no surprise being that [[BeneathTheMask she represents what a Misao without moral bounds would do]]. Even after her HeelFaceTurn, she still does things like stealing a NASA space shuttle.
* The first thing almost anybody who gets esper powers in ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'' is this. While PANDRA members manage to get away with doing it a lot, most of the other espers end up caught and jailed.
** Taken to an extreme when Kyosuke takes over a country. Why? To give the PANDRA children diplomatic immunity [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming so they can go to school with their friends]].
* From ''Anime/HellGirl'', this is tried out by [[spoiler:Mikage Yuzuki after she succeeds Ai Enma to send the one who sent her friend to hell... to hell.]] It doesn't go over too well and even before then, Ichimoku Ren and Honne-Onna leave.
* ''Manga/NaruTaru'' is basically a {{Deconstruction}} of your typical {{Mon}}s series, where the children with powerful critters at their beck and call [[KidsAreCruel are quick to abuse that power]].
* Pretty much the concept behind both ''Anime/CodeGeass'' and ''Manga/DeathNote'', with a clever teenager lamenting the state of the world, accidentally obtaining superpowers in the first episode, and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans immediately going on a world-changing killing spree]].
** It's worth noting though, that the two have entirely different motivations and goals, and only vaguely similar tactics.
* Stated and demonstrated by Mewtwo in ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie''. When one of his human guests says that a Pokémon can't be a trainer, Mewtwo counters this argument by tossing him into a fountain via telekinesis and later proceeds to do the same with said human's Gyarados.
* This is pretty much the motivation for Androids 17 and 18 of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', albeit to different extremes depending on the timeline. (The androids from Future Trunks timeline killed and destroyed simply ForTheEvulz while those in the present timeline were more interested in petty crimes and causing trouble, rarely using lethal force against any who tried to stop them, and viewing the hunt for Son Goku as a "game.")
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': Ling-Ling Huang. ''So'' badly. She and her brother need to get Tsukune into the Haung family's mafia. After Fang-Fang's [[MistakenForGay initial request]] and [[ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules failed challenge]], she drops in on another attempt when [[AnIcePerson Mizore]] points out that he needs to offer something in return. The Red (Huang's) Team wins? Tsukune joins the mafia (the girls are free to follow him, something they don't entirely have a problem with). The White (News Club) Team wins? Tour China's hotsprings, it's on us! Cue a couple hundred Jiang Shi on the Huang family's team, armed with bombs, emotionlessness, and dismemberment. What takes this UpToEleven is that ''supernatural powers are explicitly '''against the rules''''', and what's Ling-Ling's excuse? "Whatever. [[CatchPhrase I'm already dead]]."
* ''Manga/YuGiOh'':
** Pegasus can read minds, this allows him to get the knowledge of his opponents strategy and set cards. Whether it is rule breaking or not is debatable.
** Ishizu can see the future, allowing to prevent bad moves and go the "good route", which is definitively unfair.
** In the end, the Pharaoh can draw any card he wants by [[ScrewDestiny screwing destiny]].
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhTheMoviePyramidOfLight'', Anubis uses his power to protect the Permanent Trap Card "Pyramid of Light" from being destroyed. Then, he uses souls to empower his Theinen the Great Sphinx and tenfolds its ATK. And then the Pharaoh destroys it with his three Egyptian Gods without using effects, but by just combining their power, and he didn't used Obelisk or Ra's effects to destroy it.
** While tenfolding the ATK out of nowhere doesn't make sense in the English dub, Anubis actually activates Theinen's effect in the Japanese dub. Theinen gains ATK of all the monsters that are in Anubis graveyard. After doing the math, Anubis does really have enough monsters with an amount of 31,500 ATK in his graveyard.[[note]]3x Blue-Eyes White Dragon (3x3000), Blue-Eyes Ultimate Dragon (4500), Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon (3000), Familiar Knight (1200), Rare Metal Dragon (2400), Des Feral Imp (1600), Paladin of White Dragon (1900), Peten the Dark Clown (500, two of the three of them are banished), Spear Dragon (1900), Andro Sphinx (3000) and Sphinx Teleia (2500).[[/note]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Judai uses Super Polymerization to fuse ''himself with Yubel, his opponent''. As you guess, the result of the duel is ambiguous.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Go]][[ItsPronouncedTroPay odwin]] uses a bit of the power of the King of the Underworld to sabotage his three opponents by sending darkness condors at them. That's right. He doesn't use Monster Cards, but outside force.
* A lot of fans of ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' think that Yuma's ability to use Shining Draw in Zexal Mode pushes the limits of fair play, but you can excuse him, seeing as the villains cheat worse. ''Eliphas'', however, you cannot. His godlike powers and authority over the Astral World let him use the Shining Draw ability ''any time he wants'' (the equivalent of magical deck-stacking), as opposed to Yuma, who can use it at most twice per duel, and only in Zexal Mode. To make this worse, Eliphas sort of broke the bank on broken cards, his ace monster being a ''Rank 13'' Xyz Monster that was able to gain ''33 Overlay Units''. (Most real players would consider that, well, impossible.) Ironically, despite this blatant cheating, Yuma was able to defeat him without Astral's help, [[BreakTheHaughty using a Rank 1 Xyz Monster.]]
* The majority of ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'''s titular warriors hold the belief that their status grants them the right to do whatever they please. [[TheHero Godou Kusanagi]] is an exception. The magic associations have learned to accept this and simply try their best to earn favor so Campiones will be less likely to destroy them and their countries out of irritation.
* While not a requirement for piracy, many pirates in ''Manga/OnePiece'' will take advantage of their Devil Fruit powers to enhance their criminal activities. Of course, the World Government isn't without their own supply of Devil Fruit users...
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* In a way, the [[CorruptChurch Orzhov Syndicate]] from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. As expressed in [[http://www.magiccards.info/rav/en/108.html this card]]'s flavor text:
-->"Why limit yourself to mortal law when you can outlive those who enforce it?"
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* A ''LOT'' of supervillains tend to do this.
* Not just typical supervillains either. [[FaceHeelTurn Some are former heroes]]...
* Creator/MarkWaid and Peter Krause's ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' shows us what happens when a Superman-level hero suddenly decides that he's completely sick of humanity and its infantile whining. During the first few pages we learn that the Plutonian has already killed millions by basically nuking a city and we personally see him incinerate one of his former allies in his own home, killing his wife and children as well. The series takes us along as his former mates try to stop him, but even they fear him as they would an angry god.
* Creator/BrianMichaelBendis' ''Comicbook/{{Powers}}'' also briefly explores this fallen-hero theme (much like ''Irredeemable'', but only for a short story arc).
** This trope gets uttered almost literally in one issue, where a man walks up to a bank teller and tells her simply, "I have powers. Give me all the money."
* There's a similar example to the one above in the Marvel series Comicbook/{{Exiles}}, where, in an alternate reality, Blob walks into a bank and hands the teller a note saying "This is a robbery. I am a bulletproof mutant. Quietly hand over the money." A security guard starts firing at him, and Blob merely shouts "Can't you people read?"
* "Mark Milton", aka Hyperion in ''SupremePower'' gets this revelation along with some basic {{Ubermensch}} / TheUnfettered philosophy when he learns he's an alien and was lied to since birth to make him a tool of the government.
* U-Go-Girl of ''{{Comicbook/X-Men}}'' spinoff team ''[[Comicbook/XForce X-Statix]]'' originally decided to use her teleportation to commit crime, intelligently - stealing tons of petty stuff and not challenging any superheroes. She got bored of it after 15 minutes when she got everything she always wanted and ended up returning it and becoming a superheroine instead.
* The entire story of ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis Aftermath: Run!'' The more power the Human Flame gets, the more petty his behaviour becomes. (And he was a minor-league supervillain to ''start'' with.) Note that in the first few issues, he betrays his wife and daughter and sets small dogs on fire. It gets ''worse'' from there.
* Pretty much the basic premise of ''{{Comicbook/Wanted}}''. The Fraternity were a group of supervillains who had triumphed and actually retconned the superheroes out of their reality. As a result, anyone with super powers was a member of the Fraternity, and anyone wearing a Fraternity badge, or driving a car with Fraternity plates could get away with ''anything'' and ''everything''.
* The kids in ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' pretty much do this, but they only screw ''some'' rules. They aren't actually breaking every law they think of. Just child protection laws, truancy rules, etc. They're still superheroes after all.
* The Invisible Man from ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' uses his invisibility to kill a police officer and steal his clothes because he was cold. This is perfectly in character with the original (see under "Literature", below).
* ComicBook/{{Invincible}} mentions this during a crossover with Comicbook/TheAstoundingWolfMan. When Wolf-Man asks if Invincible will get in trouble for breaking government property and beating up superheroes, Invincible shrugs it off, saying that as long as he's strong enough to save the earth, he gets a pass.
** While he often blows off the rules for good reason, Invincible increasingly starts to believe that because he's the most powerful superhero on Earth, the rules don't apply to him all. This is treated as a decidedly negative trait, and eventually backfires badly.
* Comicbook/TheAuthority, though for their case it might be more of 'Screw The Rules I Have Supernatural Powers - And I Will Make New Rules!'
* The ComicBook/{{New 52}} version of young Franchise/{{Superman}} in ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' and the first story arc of [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]]; which take place in his early superhero years. He laughs at the cops, throws [=CEOs=] into rivers, chokes Batman, etc. He grows out of it and is much more humble in the present.
* In ''Comicbook/TheBoys'' every superhero is this. They have superpowers and they decide that they can do anything they want, and feel that the government can't stop them.
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[[folder:FanFiction]]
* [[Manga/DeathNote Light]] in ''FanFic/ThePrinceOfDeath'' decides to be more of a JerkAss than usual when L is having a meeting with the Kira Taskforce and [[CrazyJealousGuy isn't paying enough attention to him.]] [[AttentionWhore He regains L's attention]] by telling the room full of cops he's the original Kira (and instigating a (cat)fight with Naomi by [[EvilGloating gloating]] [[KickTheDog over the fact that he killed her boyfriend]]) [[StoryBreakerPower knowing full well that there is absolutely nothing they can do about it now that he has become a literal God of Death]]:
-->'''Light''': I was hoping for something a little more entertaining... But I'm bored. This is pointless! You've already caught the Kira that killed her dear boyfriend. Just tell her!
-->'''Ukita''': A-Already caught? B-But L who-?
-->''Light is [[PsychoticSmirk smirking]]''
-->'''Ukita''': Don't tell me its-
-->'''Naomi''': (to Light) You killed him? (to L) Why is he alive? Why is he just-
-->'''Light''': Direct your anger at me. I am the one you want dead.
-->''Naomi aims a gun at him''
-->'''L''': Please put your gun down.
-->'''Naomi''': Y-You killed him? You're really the one responsible?
-->'''Light''': Yes. You should know that-
-->'''Naomi''' (tightening grip around the gun): Know what?
-->'''Light''': [[ItsWhatIDo That it is my job to kill.]] ''summons deathscythe'' [[LargeHam I am Kira. The Prince of Shinigami... I live and thrive off death and thus do not think to threaten me. All I am familiar with is the filth, the madness, the rottenness that constructs this world. Do not attempt such a thing again...]]
-->'''L''': Light. Please put [[EquippableAlly her]] away.
-->'''Light''' (unsummons deathscythe): [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity That was actually the first time I used]] [[EquippableAlly her]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity too.]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'', Celestia is rendered as this. She's a goddess and doesn't have to answer to any of the shaved apes.
** [[FanFic/TheConversionBureauNotAlone In other stories she tries this]], only to find [[MugglesDoitBetter the shaved apes can hit back]].
* In ''FanFic/AllYourBaseAreBelongToHer'', Dawn embodies this to an ''Epic'' degree. She was [[ClassyCatBurglar bad enough]] back in the Buffyverse, where a small remnant of her awakened Key abilities remained active even after Buffy sacrificed herself, allowing her to defeat any lock. When she enters SG:1's universe, however, and discovers that Key+PortalNetwork=Teleportation abilities, she lives this trope with joyful abandon. Basically, if there is something shiny, fashionable or valuable lying unattended anywhere in Colorado, she'll get around to taking it eventually.
* [[WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie President Business]] convinces [[RidiculouslyAverageGuy Emmet]] that the Master Builders are like this in ''FanFic/APieceOfRebellion''. Supposedly, they think that their powers mean they should be able to do whatever they want, without caring how it affects ordinary civilians.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The main character uses his ability to rob banks in ''Film/{{Jumper}}''.
* The telekinetic guy from the movie ''Sidekick'' (not to be confused with the trope {{sidekick}}) begins using his powers for little practical jokes and stuff like that, but by the end, he's murdering people left and right.
* Pretty much the entire concept of the dark side in ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* A significant part of ''Film/{{Hancock}}'''s attempt to clean up his act is to convince the public that he doesn't live by this trope and that they can hold him accountable for his actions, willingly serving prison time for instance, until he's called back in to help.
* When Hal gets powers in ''{{WesternAnimation/Megamind}}'', even before [[FromNobodyToNightmare going on a destruction spree throughout the city]] he was using his powers to steal money, bikes, and arcade games. (This was screwing ''super'' rules as well, since he was supposed to fight Megamind but didn't bother showing up.)
* The main characters in ''Film/{{Chronicle}}'', most of the time, use their telekinesis to cheat at beer pong and play pranks on innocent shoppers. [[spoiler:[[BreadEggsMilkSquick And try to lay waste to half of Seattle.]]]]
* Elsa from Frozen. "That perfect girl is gone."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Diana Tregarde novel ''Jinx High'' by Creator/MercedesLackey, a VainSorceress uses her magical powers to rule the local high school.
* The title character in ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'' also uses invisibility to steal and tries to plunge England into a reign of terror.
* Examined and played with, heavily, in ''Literature/DresdenFiles''. Most supernatural beings feel no compunction towards obeying mortal authority, or believe themselves allowed to ignore the laws (case in point: the Wardens executing warlocks).
** Played with, however, in the supernatural world's set of laws codified by the wonderfully wicked Mab: the Unseelie Accords, laws to govern how magical beings behave towards one another. Most heavy players follow these laws - save for Nicodemus, who believes that his immortality and powers mean he shouldn't need to bow his head to anybody.
* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's [[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Talent]] series, in the early days the psychics form a group with a code of behavior in order to try to avert this trope. When a girl more powerful than any other psychic in the world learns how to use her powers (ironically because she saw a public service announcement by the group) she goes on a crime spree which eventually results in murder [[spoiler: and her own death]]. In later books, every Talent of significant strength is [[MutantDraftBoard brought into the fold early]] and [[ComesGreatResponsibility taught to use their powers responsibly]].
* The basic plot of Marlowe's version of ''{{Faust}}''. He gains supernatural powers through a DealWithTheDevil and decides he can do whatever the heck he wants. After they do that, he grows [[EvilIsPetty increasingly petty]], stooping to playing pranks on ThePope, amusing the Emperor's court, and eventually just dying alone, realizing how badly he wasted his potential.
* The Literature/KittyNorville books spend a great deal of time thinking about this trope. In one of the earlier books, there's a big discussion on why (and why not) they don't often see supernaturals knocking over banks and the like. This is definitely averted with main character Kitty, but she does run in to a lot of people who feel differently, especially as the series progresses.
* In an extreme example, in ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' novels, the Great Ones of Tsuranuanni were ''legally'' outside the law. They could literally do ''anything'' unless the Assembly of Magicians (A council formed of all of the Great Ones) ruled that they couldn't (only done once in story - to declare that they could not free slaves). Beyond that, they could arbitrarily declare - and be obeyed - that people shut down their businesses, entire noble clans commit mass suicide, wars be arbitrarily ended, or anything else they could think of.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse discusses this in ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi''. It's nice that the Jedi listen to a [[SentientCosmicForce higher authority]] nobody else can hear. Somewhat less nice when one realizes that the [[ArchEnemy Sith]] apparently receive guidance from that same higher authority.
* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, David sees nothing wrong with using his newly acquired powers for casual theft. Fortunately, the other heroes are a bit more moral.
** The other Animorphs might count as well, considering that David gets the idea to use his powers for theft from the heroes [[IronicEcho in the first place]].
** The other Animorphs are examples, often using their powers for things like stealing a car dealerships mascot, cheating on a science project, sneaking into concerts, ruining a restaurant's reputation, and spying on people. While they don't often resort to outright theft, it's not uncommon to see them do things in the early books because it made things easier, or it was funny.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/{{Jumper}}'' used his teleporting powers to wage a one-man vigilante antiterrorism campaign. ''In the 1990s''.
** In a moment almost ripped from a buddy comedy, he kidnapped both the terrorist leader, and the NSA agent following him, then left them on an island surrounded by freezing-cold water in a large, sheer-walled pit in the desert.
* In ''TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' Darren's friend [[TheSociopath Steve]] wanted to be a vampire so he can kill people whenever he wants.
* In ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'' this tendency becomes more pronounced as vampires age, and their powers and invulnerability increase. By the time they have reached a point where they are a FlyingBrick with PsychicPowers, the rules of both humanity and weaker vampires become distinctly less important to them.
* Many Epics have this mindset in ''Literature/TheReckonersTrilogy''. Epics generally view normal humans as expendable at best: many Epics enjoy killing and/or torturing unpowered individuals for [[ForTheEvulz shits and giggles]].
** And the Capitulation Act states that Epics are now ''legally'' outside the law. They are basically classified as forces of nature, and trying to pass a law forbidding Epics from doing whatever the hell they want is about as pointless as forbidding the wind from blowing. On the other hand, if you ''do'' manage to kill an Epic, no human authority is going to prosecute you.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''{{Series/Sliders}}'' had a world in which a group that could kill through dreams flagrantly broke the law and killed people right in front of the police with their powers.
** Of course, nobody thought to just arrest the whole group, preventing them from touching you.
** Another episode has a world where magic is real, so the cops are afraid to touch powerful sorcerers.
* Widespread in ''Franchise/StarTrek''.
** In the pilot episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', [[AGodAmI Gary Mitchell]] developed superpowers after the ''Enterprise'' crossed the energy barrier at the edge of galaxy: he swiftly developed an AGodAmI mentality and started killing crew members. Averted when it came to Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, who used hers to stop Mitchell and ended up getting killed in the process.
** Charlie Evans from "Charlie X" was given superpowers by the Thasians after his ship crashed and everyone else was killed. When the ''Enterprise'' picks him up, he has obsession with being liked and "removes" people from reality if they piss him off. Eventually the Thasians show up to take him back and repair the damage, but they're too late for a ship he destroyed that was trying to warn the ''Enterprise''. While Charlie repents in the end and promises never to use the powers again, Kirk and the Thasians agree that it's too much of a temptation.
** Trelane from "The Squire Of Gothos". You want someone to hang out with? Instantaneously pluck your guests from their ship. Said guests try to defy you? Chase them around with the planet you're on. [[spoiler: Fortunately, Trelane's parents are close by whenever he takes the trope too far.]]
** There was an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' where a guy would enter people's dreams and do terrible things to them. He enters Dr. Crusher's and Counselor Troi's dreams and rapes them, and he enters Riker's dream and beats him within an inch of his life. When confronted, he claims to see nothing wrong with doing something for fun. Until he tries it again on Troi and Worf comes to her rescue.
** Basically every single member of the Q Continuum ignores ''all'' rules imposed by ''anybody'' except their own kind, and even then it's kind of iffy. Being [[TheOmnipotent omnipotent]] they can get away with this since nobody more powerful than them has appeared in any canonical story. Q's own son, appearing as a teenage boy in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', flat-out tells Janeway he can do whatever he wants because he has unlimited control over space, time and matter. At least his father felt the need to claim [[BlatantLies "superior morality"]] as a justification for his behavior.
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] uses a combination of advanced technology (psychic paper) and BavarianFireDrill / ImpersonatingAnOfficer to get past obstacles.
* Kind of the entire point of most plots - romantic and non - in the first few seasons of ''{{Series/Smallville}}''. The meteor [[MonsterOfTheWeek freak of the week]] suffers "Kryptonite Psychosis" and uses their meteor-given powers for their own selfish gain, perfectly willing to commit multiple murders to further their goals before Clark stops them and they get sent to the Belle Reve mental institution. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d numerous times by characters [[FantasticRacism biased against meteor freaks]].
** Clark himself when under the influence of Red Kryptonite. His Red K-activated personality, Kal, acts out Clark's basic wants and needs without concerning himself with the consequences of his actions, and is not only unconcerned with [[TheMasquerade keeping his powers a secret]], but is even tempted to go public with them because he believes that his powers make him infallible.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Faith and, in the episode "Bad Girls", Buffy herself. Also [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch the majority]] of [[AlwaysChaoticEvil vampires and demons]].
** It helps that Sunnydale was made for evil entities to screw around in. The rules are bent for slaughter and games.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' is ''made'' of this trope. Well, at least in [[AntiHero Alex's]] mind.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Literature/ItsAGoodLife" is built on this, although six-year old Anthony is convinced that he's just doing good things. Including getting rid of bad people. And of course, only bad people would think that the things he does could be bad...
* The finale of ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' had the titular character permanently cured of the insanity-causing side effect of his invisibility, thus no longer needing a regular supply of the temporary cure from his government employers. His initial response is to return to the life of crime he'd lived [[BoxedCrook before being recruited as a test subject for invisibility]]. Subverted shortly afterward, since after finding a bank robbery to be pathetically easy and boring with his powers (and realizing he's actually [[GoodFeelsGood grown to like being one of the good guys]]), he returns all the money before anybody even realizes it was stolen, and eventually goes back to his old job...but demands a higher salary for both himself and his partner, and the re-hiring of the scientist who cured him against orders.
* Widespread among vampires on ''Series/TrueBlood''. Although their public relations campaign claims that they just want to be a [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire part of normal human society]], including having equal civil rights, they have no problem with breaking the law if they think they can get away with it. In particular they are not above using mind control on humans and/or feeding from people without their consent.
** In one episode, Bill even subverts the rule that vampires aren't allowed to enter a human's home without an invitation by glamoring one of them and having that person invite him. In another episode, Eric physically threatens Sookie (who can't be glamored) into inviting him in, although this is only because he senses a werewolf in her house.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: The [[ClassicalMythology Greek myth]] of Gyges (most well known from {{Creator/Plato}}'s Literature/TheRepublic) is about a man who finds a ring of invisibility and uses it to commit all sorts of crimes, culminating in seducing the queen and killing the king.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* Crops up in ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' gamelines:
** The [[Quotes/{{Masquerade}} third quote]] for {{Masquerade}} illustrates a problem with this train of thought. That said, vampires in ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem Vampire: The Requiem]]'' (and most supernaturals, for that matter) can get away with ''a '''lot''''' considering both the CrapsackWorld they live in means people just don't care about most crimes, and their Masquerade clean up is top notch. (Provided you have the expertise/pull to have the clean up done for you without getting staked, mind you.)
** Most sourcebooks for ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' specifically warn Storytellers that this might be the case, and advises them to bring the hammer down if it happens. (A vampire kills a cop? Cop murders ''never'' go cold-case, and they might break through the Masquerade if they search enough; cop-killers tend to be left for the sunrise once the Prince finds out.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': How many players think this since you are, after all, the chosen of Gods and superior to normal mortals in every way! If you can cut down mortals with ease, why should you bother with their petty morals? You are a ''Living God!'' compared to them!
** Not just players, either. Attitudes like that led to the depravities of the First Age.
** Or yet, sometimes, just the characters. The player himself might not agree with such philosophy, but power corrupts and the exalted are literally more powerful and more important than most gods. Indeed, a character's attempts to ''avoid'' this trope can make for a particularly epic storyline within a campaign, regardless of success or failure.
* Player Characters in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' or ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' will try this. Any GameMaster worth his or her salt should have a thousand ready tricks to foil them, or else should simply embrace their descent into SociopathicHero or even CardCarryingVillain status. This can also extend to the Rules of Gravity for Oracles.
* This is Chaos's schtick in any of the Warhammer games. Because of their supernatural abilities, Chaos cults have been known to permanently take over entire solar systems and beat on the punitive army that arrives to take back what's theirs. It can get so bad that some worlds have essentially become permanent Chaos vassal states with no one being able to do anything about it.
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* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'':
-->'''[[BadassGrandpa Wise Old Man]]''': Vini; volui; mihi est (I came; I wanted; it's mine).
* This is part of the Telvanni's outlook in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'': MightMakesRight (it's one of the core principles of the House, and your 'in' to be able to rise high despite being an Outlander), and the Telvanni tend ''very'' strongly towards magical might. They only care about Temple and Imperial bans on 'blasphemous' and 'dangerous' magic insofar as the Temple and the Empire can enforce those bans -- and since the House is led by a bunch of powerful sorcerer-lords, this is not very much.
* The whole point of Prototype is that you got superpowers and can do anything you want.
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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''; Vriska uses her powers to kill, disable, and maim many other trolls, but this is in fact entirely legal and entirely natural and commonplace on Alternia.
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', more or less every government does this. Because sparks tend to suffer from WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity, this tends not to work out very well for the populace; they will be subjugated and mistreated at best and used as HumanResources at worst.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Evon}}'', Corrin tells Evon (who he's just found out is his half-sister) that since they're both sorcerers and shouldn't be [[http://evoncomics.com/?p=1603 "bound by the rules that govern ordinary people"]] and said rules shouldn't stop them from [[spoiler: taking up their affair from [[SurpriseIncest before they knew they were siblings.]]]] [[http://evoncomics.com/?p=1646 Evon's reaction]] to this is to threaten to kick his balls into his throat if he ever mentioned that again.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Mitchell Calrus[[spoiler:/Xio]] tries this in ''Literature/FineStructure''. He fails in an epic fashion, not by getting caught but by being incredibly obvious and inefficacious. Seph spends several paragraphs afterwards harping about how he is a "terrible, ineffective supervillain".
* Taylor, of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', comes to essentially this conclusion about the existence of parahumans; that they cause the system of human civilization to break down around them because it wasn't ''designed'' to deal with people like Alexandria, who can fly faster than a jet, is smarter than any ten geniuses, and is NighInvulnerable, or her, who can essentially perceive everything that happens within five city blocks. Instead of using her powers for her own gain, however, she decides to try to find a system that ''does'' work.
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* This is part of what makes the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' so enjoyable, because in a rare protagonist example, Ben does what pretty much any ten year old boy with super powers would do, switching between beating up super villains in the streets, to using his powers to find the prize in a box of cereal without buying it.
** This also gets referenced in ''Alien Force'' after his parents find out not only about the Omnitrix, but that Ben had been lying to them for years to cover up his superheroing [[YouAreGrounded they very quickly ground him]]. He actually plays along until he points out that they don't actually have the power to ''enforce'' this punishment, transforms, and flies out the window to help his friends. This shows how much Ben has matured since the first series in that he's still willing to break some rules, but only because they were stopping him from doing good and helping people.
** Alien Force villain Darkstar plays this trope ''very'' straight.
* The Griffin family in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' short "Super Griffins."
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