"Zhe healing is not as rewarding as zhe hurting."You should never trust anyone with "Bad Powers"; more often than not they're villains, and at best will be dark but not evil. Instead, you should completely trust that lovely person dressed all in white with the happy Light based powers, like granting life to the fallen and raining down beams of judgement from the heavens... which they're using to raise an army of undead. Wait. Believe it or not, good powers do not necessarily make you a good person. Whether it's the Empathic Healer, Barrier Warrior, someone with powers fueled by love, light, or other traditionally positive Elemental Powers, it's ultimately personality and choice that determine whether the character is good or evil. And boy, have they ever chosen to be evil. In many ways this makes them worse than villains with "bad" powers; whereas the evil applications of say, a death touch or the ability to summon demons are obvious, someone with "good" powers has had to sit down and carefully think of ways to use their naturally beneficial powers to harmful ends. Maybe they ask for money in exchange for healing, or outright extort villagers for payment in order to "solve their problem". Beyond this merely mercenary outlook, a Bad Person with Good Powers might use their powers for outright evil or to aid evildoers, or find a way of twisting their previously squeaky clean power (say, Psychic Surgery) into a squicky mean torture. Lastly, any Knight Templar with "Holy" powers might be so dogmatic in their belief that they twist their holy mandate into things like ethnic cleansing of "Always Chaotic Evil" races. This can be considered a form of What the Hell, Hero? (well, villain), with the evil of using powers to make money varying by writer. To put it another way, it's like a personified version of a Crapsaccharine World, as the initial vision of someone whose powers seem well-meaning belie more heinous intent. The opposite of Bad Powers, Good People. Compare Yin-Yang Bomb, Cut Lex Luthor a Check, Light is Not Good, Power Perversion Potential. Contrast No Cure for Evil. See also Lethal Harmless Powers.
— The Medic, Team Fortress 2
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- The Doctor of Black Cat. He can heal people of injuries, even going so far as to reattach severed limbs. What does he do with this power? Serves as Creed Diskenth's primary healer and resident Evil Genius, going so far as to actually outdo his master in the scope of his depravity.
- Fran Madaraki from Franken Fran is an Obliviously Evil version of this. She has implausible skills as a surgeon and considers saving lives her first priority. Unfortunately for her patients, she has no idea on what acceptable quality of life means. Her sister Veronica calls her out on this in chapter 14.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Father can heal people and repair things, but he views people as being so lower than him that he doesn't care about mankind and is in fact willing to murder millions of people to achieve his goal. Bonus points for white clothes and appearing surrounded in light in the second anime.
- There's also the Gold-Toothed Alchemist who knows medical alchemy, but is a Mad Doctor who loyally serves Father because it gives him a chance to do terrible things For Science!.
- In the 2003 anime version, Dante is an expert on medicinal herbs and constructive alchemy and taught Izumi. Who hijacks bodies and would likely have taken Izumi's had she not left first.
- InuYasha: Sesshomaru gets Tenseiga, a sword that can bring the dead back to life. As he is on a quest to make himself as powerful as possible, having a sword that cannot kill infuriates him. That the sword is willing to choose him as its master, baffles everyone who knows him, until it becomes clear over time that he's developing compassion.
- Yakushi Kabuto (pre-Heel–Face Turn) in Naruto is a medic; he is also the Dragon Ascendant to the first major big bad, "biologist" Orochimaru, and one of his specialties is using "healing" powers to kill. Both of them use a skill that at its peak could be (and is, when Kabuto uses it) a Zombie Apocalypse. The Rinnegan is able to (among MANY other things) resurrect people without any real drawbacks, but the wielder of the Rinnegan is the Big Bad of an arc and loses it to The Man Behind the Man for the series.
- Lance of the Elite Four in Pokémon Special. He has the power to understand the hearts of Pokemon, to heal them by laying his hands on them, and he's plotting the complete genocide of all humans on Earth.
- Rezo of Slayers studied up on healing magic and got himself a wonderful reputation in the search for a cure for his blindness before Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
- Spunky Knight has Delfas, who theoretically could be the ultimate doctor due to his Healing Hands and mad scientist-level of technology in an RPG-like world, however, he uses such abilities to craft the ultimate sex slaves right down to being able to speed up a pregnant woman's gestation period with the intention of her giving birth on the auction block. To date, Phaia was the only one to survive the process.
- While he normally just uses his power for pure destruction, Majin Buu of Dragon Ball Z is shown at several points to be just as adept at healing as he is at killing. He even manages to give sight to a boy who is implied to have been blind from birth. Which makes sense since it is imply that those set of powers come from the Kais he absorbed.
- Noi from Dorohedoro is kind, friendly and cheerful woman with powerful healing powers... which doesn't stop her from working as a "Cleaner", which involves killing people, who mess with mafia. Her magic can't hurt people, but allows her to quickly recover from life-threatening injuries, which, coupled with her enormous strength makes her a truly terrifying opponent.
- Beyond the ubiquitous telepathy, individuals with a magical talent are rare in ElfQuest, but the most well-known sort among all tribes are healers. The series' Big Bad, Winnowill, is the most powerful healer alive; while most with this talent only know one way to apply it (lay on hands, subject gets better), Winnowill takes great pleasure in using her powers to twist and deform organisms, subjecting them to unimaginable tortures.
- Hitman has a single-arc villain called Scarlet Rose, who has the power to make roses grow. She mostly uses it to horribly kill people by making roses grow inside their bodies.
- In Hellboy, a young man named Humbert T. Jones became known as the Miracle Boy who could heal anything with just a touch. As you would imagine, he became a worshipper of a Eldritch Abomination and caused the Frog men to come into being.
- Dr Light (AKA Arthur Light), a villain from the DC Universe, is a guy using a suit that grants him light-based powers. Turns out he also is a rapist and a villain so vicious that the Justice League ended up blocking his personality so he wouldn't be dangerous anymore. Ironically, DC also has a female superhero named Dr Light, who is pretty much a Jerk Ass With A Heart Of Gold and has fought her evil namesake on occasions.
- Similarly to Dr Light, the Living Laser from the Marvel Universe is a guy with the power, well, to turn into a being made of pure light. And he is pretty much a bad guy, one of Iron Man's enemies to be precise.
- Elixir, a healer on the X-Men, wavers between good and bad. A lot of his problems are caused by tragedies in his life, though, and getting drafted into X-Force was Wolverine's attempt to help.
- Poison Ivy may be a Poisonous Person, but those aren't the only powers she has- she can also grow plants and any other vegetation on her command, even when the soil around her isn't at all conducive to plant life, such as deserts and ruined soil. This is the kind of power that could be used in fabulously heroic ways, but unfortunately, like most Batman villains, Ivy is insane. She would rather spend her time trying to kill humanity to protect nature.
- The Big Bad in The Man with No Name turns out to be an alien of a species known as empaths and healers.
- The Legend of Korra fanfic tends to posit Ming-Hua as the Red Lotus's resident healer. While she is the one with the requisite bending element (and the one other known waterbender associated with the group—who, at any rate, had sold the others out thirteen years prior and was dead by the time they were officially introduced—explicitly did not have the skill), she also stands out even among a group that's The Dreaded in-universe as a scary little Blood Knight.
- In Star Trek Into Darkness, John Harrison cures a terminally ill nine year old girl... to coerce her father, Star Fleet officerSection 31 Agent Thomas Harewood, into bombing a Star Fleet archive claiming 42 lifes , including Harewood himself. Harrison's blood has regenerative properties. He is actually Khan Noonian Singh.
- The "Stitcher" in Push. An icy aristocratic Englishwoman with the power to heal. She seemed to enjoy the pain the healing process caused, and when paid to, had no problem undoing the healing on Nick (they can reverse their repair by touch) and trying to kill him.
- In Star Wars, Darth Plagueis was supposedly able to "keep those he loved from dying" through the unique abilities he had developed by mastering the Dark Side of the Force. The fact that he still had people he loved after becoming a Sith Lord was unusual in and of itself, although an alternative is that Palpatine was lying in order to ensnare Anakin.
- In the Expanded Universe book Darth Plagueis, it's stated that those who he kept alive were mostly his test subjects.
- The killer in Midnight Movie is an empath who uses his power to track his fleeing and hiding victims.
- In Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, Semirhage (one of the female Forsaken) was a master healer, but got off on torturing people with it. Another evil healer in the series has a signature habit of using her talents to stop hearts and boil blood. Likewise, Graendal (another female Forsaken) is so good at Mind Control because she was a psychotherapist (though unlike Semi, she used to be a nice, if annoyingly ascetic, person).
- Perverted talent is rather a big thing among the Forsaken. Mesaana started out as an excellent teacher until she went bad (after being refused some kind of prestigious research appointment), at which point she used her talents to instruct children in acts that make the most fanatic of the Hitler Youth look like amateurs. Ishamael had an unrivaled knowledge of philosophy as it applied to the battle between Light and Dark, and used it extensively after joining the latter. While the ability to access the World of Dreams is used extensively by the Aiel Wise Ones for positive ends, the Forsaken Lanfear and Moghedien prefer to stalk people, give them nightmares, and possibly enslave people's minds... and Ishamael may or may not have used it to destroy some poor sap's soul.
- In Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle, the main character's mother is described as having once killed a dozen highly trained soldiers; her only weapon was knowledge of a healing spell. How did she do this? Well, she "healed" the assailants of everything that drove them to kill... and then slit their throats with their own daggers. This works because the Language of Magic runs on Exact Words.
- In China Miéville's Perdido Street Station and other novels in that universe, there are professional magic users, thaumaturges, some of whom have impressive healing powers as well as the ability to perform transplants/surgery without risk of harming a patient. Unfortunately, this is a Crapsack World, and many thaumaturges with such powers are vile sadists. Instead of using their powers to heal, they play a role in the legal system, Remaking criminals as punishment for their crimes (i.e. painfully turning them into horribly disfigured biological or technological mash-ups).
- Used in Bones of Faerie. Liza must learn that the magic of the faerie is not evil in its nature, but how it is used.
- Done in great depth in The Dresden Files. However, its inverse is subverted: using powers for evil means you believe that's justified and it makes you believe even more that it's justified. That feedback reaction is why Warlocks are almost invariably killed, because having started down the wrong path, its incredibly hard to come back. There are only two known examples; an enigmatic Necromancer who used her powers to keep someone alive long enough to receive medical attention, and the Blackstaff, the White Council's super secret break-the-laws-of-magic enforcer.
- But as Harry keeps agonizing over, even mostly-good people can use good powers for evil and start down that slippery slope.
- Additive and Subtractive magic aren't inherently good or evil in the Sword of Truth, but because nobody was being born with Subtractive magic, the only people who have it were ones who had made deals with the Keeper, and they are evil.
- In H. Beam Piper's Paratime universe, narco-hypnosis can be used by those who are trained in it, like Dalla Hadron, for things like retrieving lost memories or easing grief over a loved one. It can also be used by agents for intertemporal criminal gangs to program assassins.
- Worm uses this along with all the various related tropes to drive home its divorce between powers and the person's moral nature. Probably best seen in Bonesaw of the Slaughterhouse Nine who is young, cute and has implausible science powers in seemingly any biological field. She can perform impossible surgeries and even bring the dead back to life if their body is intact, unfortunately she has no apparent sense of morality and her idea of fun and interesting is...bad. Very bad.
- Panacea is terrified that she is doomed to become this despite -or perhaps because of the psychological strain of- her massive healing powers.
Live Action TV
- Linderman from Heroes has the power to heal, but his goal is to blow up New York. He usually uses his power to manipulate or control people by giving, withholding or revoking healing.
- Gideon from Charmed is a healer and a well respected Elder. Unfortunately, he turned evil and tried to kill Wyatt and managed to kill Chris. He didn't so much turn evil as become a Well-Intentioned Extremist—Wyatt was set to become the Evil Overlord of Earth in the future, after all. As it turns out, only because of Gideon's intervention.
- In an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deanna Troi meets a man who is a quarter Betazoid, which makes him empathic like her (Troi is half Betazoid), and he uses that to win in political and economic negotiations. Troi calls him out on it, but he fires back that he's just using his natural abilities, that in his case all he's dealing with are property transactions, and that it is Troi who has an ethical problem because she uses her abilities to help her ship defeat enemy vessels and kill people.
- Lost Girl features a Dark Fae who's a Landwight. They are nature spirits who take over a plot of land, and anyone who eats the food that grows there will gain incredible good luck. Being a Dark Fae, though, means that this Landwight has no compunctions about using humans as plant food.
- This is one of many potential elements of Exalted. There's absolutely nothing preventing a person from becoming exactly this, and in fact, there are mechanics that make it a likely conclusion for most, as exalts fall prey to power and hubris.
- Or starting that way. Even Solar Exaltation has as its only requirements that the human in question be (usually) physically fit to wield power, inclined to use the full power granted by Exaltation, and not want the complete destruction of Creation. You don't have to be at all good - just usable.
- One of the possible weapon enchantments in Dungeons & Dragons is "merciful", which causes a weapon to deal a little more damage, but all of it nonlethal. Some sourcebooks recommend merciful weapons as torture devices, since they still hurt but don't leave scars or cause lasting harm. And the enchantment requires the Cure Light Wounds spell.
- And if the party hasn't got a cleric, expect healers to charge for their help or ask favors. Death Is Cheap, but Raise Dead is an expensive spell. Sometimes good clerics will do this "at cost."
- Belial, the father of the lady of the fourth hell (Fierna), was originally known as Belial the Merciful and appeared to use his healing powers for good. What he was actually doing, and still does do, is torturing and raping people then healing them and repeating the process until he had cracked their minds and made them his willing slaves.
- One of Ravenloft's Darklords, Sodo, had this as a side effect of his Dark Powers' Provided Curse: take a guy (or doppelganger, in this case) who loves murdering via strangulation with his own hands, then make his touch not only healing, but also one of the few minimum-risk means to resurrect someone. (The victims usually come to thinking they woke up from a nightmare)
- With some work, a healer can be built that creates a pool of the elemental plane of positive energy on the material world that not only heals someone past full but eventually causes them to explode from life energy.
- Where in earlier editions paladins and clerics were expected to stay within the boundaries set by alignment and the strictures of their faith on penalty of potentially losing their powers by straying too far, 4th edition does away with this by making being invested with the power to work divine magic very much a one-time event that the god(s) in question can't then simply take back at whim. This makes it entirely possible for divinely-powered characters to eventually stray from their faith in any direction while keeping (and possibly expanding on) their old powers, at least until their former fellow followers take sufficient exception to do something about them in person.
- The Spell Jammer expansion takes this a bit further. In one of the crystal sphere settings, a natural anomaly connects with the Positive Energy plane, and can cure characters of any injury, ailment, or disease, but has a cumulative chance of creating incurable, disfiguring tumors. It is guarded, and worshiped by a Cult of Bane, a "dead" evil god.
- In 3rd edition any divine spellcaster was capable of using healing magic, though good clerics could convert any prepared spell to a healing spell there was also nothing stopping an evil cleric from preparing healing spells.
- In Magic: The Gathering a major Big Bad, Yawgmoth of Phyrexia, was once one of the greatest healers in existence.
- In the prequel tie-in book that his origin is covered in, we find that he was actually a great surgeon, not someone using healing magic, and the distinction is made clear from very early on. That being said, surgery is still (usually) considered a healing art.
- He was also a con-man, prone to introducing plagues specifically so he could heal them, and prone to fishing for sympathy based on the fact that surgeons were persecuted as scapegoats for a recent war. If he was a typical surgeon, they probably were responsible for starting the war.
- In Warhammer has Aekold Helbrass his special ability is the breath of life, and has the ability to heal himself and others around him. The catch is he's a champion of Tzeentch, who kills people with devotion and glee.
- Genius: The Transgression has Thulian Revanchists, who have access to the improving and healing Axiom of Exelixi. No Cure for Evil Does not apply.
- In The Dark Eye, the sadistic too-evil-for-the-black-guild School Of Pains had healing magic as its main subject. Certainly helpful when studying the physical and mental limits of living beings or performing vivisections.
- killer7 plays with this trope, as the two main supernatural antagonists are both basically "Gods". However, Kun Lan, armed with the "good" power of life, uses it to create heaven smiles, hideous monsters used as living bombs, while Harman Smith, armed with the "evil" power of death, uses this to empower his assassins to destroy manifestations of evil in the world (said heaven smiles).
- The ending implies that the two sometimes switch which of them is "good" and "evil", which leads to the other tropes.
- Tech User, Techmaster and Dark Witch enemies from Phantasy Star IV are known to heal their allies in battle.
- In Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword one of the bosses you face is a light magic user by the name of Kenneth an ex-bishop who denies the existence of all gods.
- The "evil bishop" character archetype has been in use for a while. In Path of Radiance, Oliver uses light magic exclusively and is probably one of the most repulsive villains in the game.
- Villainous priests and bishops in the Fire Emblem games tend to be "skewed" iterations of the classic healer, switching out normal light magic for variations that steal HP, or poison. They also use Berserk or Sleep staves rather than healing ones.
- It's worth noting that Oliver undergoes a... sort-of-Heel–Face Turn in Radiant Dawn, wherein he joins Ike and instead defends the Herons. Essentially, he's a Joke Character, really, and this doesn't exactly excuse him from the stuff he did. Meanwhile, the other Begnion senators fit this trope a lot better, especially Lekain. The only exception is Hetzel, who thinks the Begnion senators passed the Moral Event Horizon but was too afraid to step up and fight against them.
- The "evil bishop" character archetype has been in use for a while. In Path of Radiance, Oliver uses light magic exclusively and is probably one of the most repulsive villains in the game.
- In Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Riev is clearly this trope. Despite that he obviously looks evil, has been excommunicated from his country for practicing demon worship, is The Dragon to the Big Bad, yet when you fight him both times (one of which is actually optional), he uses Aura, a high level light magic tome.
- The cast of Touhou is composed primarily of jerkasses, so a weak version of this applies to most people who have "good" powers. But the strongest example would be Yuuka, the flower youkai, who is, depending on the game, anywhere from extraordinarily creepy to an outright Omnicidal Maniac.
- The Scarlet Crusade/Onslaught in Warcraft 'verse are also fond of healing their torture victims to prepare them for the next session.
- Sir Zeliek of the four horsemen of Naxxramas is also an example - sort of. It's really more good powers, good-person-controlled-by-bad-person. So by extension, it's Zeliek's good powers being used by a bad person (the Lich King).
- Arguably, any healer in an evil organization (unless they use shadow based heals such as Dark Mending, like most undead healers tend to do) is one of these. While there tend not to be a lot of true evil paladins around (though some pseudo-paladin knockoffs do exist) except in the aforementioned Scarlet Crusade, evil priests, shamans, and druids with holy or natural based healing power are present for most evil races and factions.
- Note that the Warcraft universe uses both the Lowest Cosmic Denominator and All Myths Are True systems, so it's especially true that Light is Not Good. The Church of the Holy Light is almost Buddhist in its lack of belief in a personal god; the holy powers of priests and paladins is channeled via meditation and inner peace rather than the involvement of God. Anyone can use the Light's power, even really horrible people like Knight Templars who are long past the slippery slope of morality or having holy priests among the Forsaken Undead, as long as they have the necessary training and sincere belief.
- Dungeon Keeper lets you cast Heal on your torture victims. Nothing breaks a do-gooder's spirit better than the knowledge he can't just bear the torture until he dies from it.
- You can also bless them with resistance to damage and increased speed... both of which are likewise not blessings in that situation.
- Exdeath is the Barrier Warrior of Dissidia: Final Fantasy. He's also the villain of the game he originates from, using his barriers here to block almost any attack and subsequently counter with his own attacks, which would otherwise be exceedingly slow to execute. He's quite firmly Neutral Evil, what with his desire to send everything to THE VOID.
- Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter plays with this. The final Scripted Battle is against Chetyre, the dragon trying to keep people from leaving their underground society. If enough turns go by, he uses Kaiser Breath against you, a power that was the hero's signature attack in the second, third, and fourth games.
- The Medic from Team Fortress 2 can heal his teammates, make them invincible and cure them of most ailments. He only really does this to pay the bills, but it still rewards his sheer bloodlust and his desire to kill everyone through the violence his patients cause. The manual even states that the healing effect of his device is actually an unexpected and unintended side effect of whatever the hell that thing was supposed to do to people.
- Genlock Emissaries from Dragon Age have three Creation-school healing spells in addition to their stock of Black Magic.
- In Guild Wars, we have General Bayel. He is very Obviously Evil, of course, especially given his backstory, but when you see him in cutscenes, you'll notice he's got caster weapons. When you fight him, he actually is a monk. A smite monk, but a monk nonetheless.
- There are also a lot of enemy monks as well, such as margonites, demons, Mursaat, and White Mantle.
- Elraine in Tales of Destiny 2. She's a holy priestess and healer for the goddess Fortuna who's gone insane and is determined to provide "happiness" to humans, even if it means rendering them completely subservient to her will and stripping them of individuality.
- The Four Seraphim, and the angels in general, in Tales of Symphonia.
- Subverted with the Doctor in Flanoir who demands to be paid in full and in advance before he'll help Altessa. When Lloyd calls him on this, he calmly points out that being a doctor is his job and it's how he makes his living.
- In Bravely Default, Holly Whyte of the Eternian Sky Knights is a haughty, cruel and sadistic woman who happens to be a White Mage. She assures Tiz that Agnès's life will be spared if she comes quietly... as she intends to torture her within an inch of her life, heal her, and do it all over and over until her mind snaps.
- Umineko: When They Cry has an example of this: Bernkastel, aka the Witch of Miracles, who can make ''anything'' happen as long as the possibility of the event occuring is greater than 0. She starts out seeming to be good, or at least neutral. Then she reveals her True Colors, and reminds the audience that she never said that her miracles had to be good or bad. Guess which ones she favors?
- Kirei Kotomine in Fate/stay night is the Big Bad of two routes and mostly responsible for the third. He's in it For the Evulz, throws swords around, kicks puppies, tries to use the Token Mini-Moe to destroy the world and is a member of both the Church and the Magi's association, which is apparently a supreme heresy for both organizations or something. Oh, and the only magic he has any talent for whatsoever is healing wounds, as well as possessing the ability to exorcise unnatural entities. He's very good at healing people. In fact, he saves Sakura's life in Heavens Feel because he knows she's essentially 'pregnant' with the devil and that if he saves her, Shirou will probably protect her and then she will unleash Angra Mainyu on the world and destroy it.
- Redcloak semi-lampshades this at the bottom of this Order of the Stick strip. "Healing? No, they're going so they can zombify our dead. We're the bad guys, remember?" The moment where the 'good' powers of a cleric are used, however, are seen later when the clerics turn out to be entirely competent healers.
- Like all clerics, Redcloak has the ability to heal people (though evil clerics can do so less readily than good ones). In one strip he mentions that he will have to heal his captive O-Chul...so that he can survive his daily session of torture.
- Miko Miyazaki, a Paladin from the same series, is overzealous, prejudiced, and dangerously violent when given even a suspicion of wrongdoing.
- Rich Burlew describes a group of people in Start of Darkness as "good people who do bad things". He is likely referring to the Paladins' attempted genocide of the goblin people, as well as Redcloak (who ends up becoming much more malevolent by the end of the comic) and his band of goblins.
- Kore from Goblins is a paladin, which is supposed to be a paragon of Lawful Good behaviour. And yet he routinely exterminates anyone from a "monstrous" race he comes across whether or not they are harming anyone or even if they themselves are innocent. He even puts down people who have associated with monstrous races to prevent them from developing sympathies with them. Word of God has stated repeatedly that Kore is a paladin, and there's a reason he still has his powers.
- He uses Lay On Hands to heal Chief - in order to torture him, so Chief's screams draw the other goblins out of hiding. That said, his magical aura is a little... unusual.
- Penny Arcade shows how it's done.
- True Magic has the Priests of Lucideus, the Light Bringer. They stole the his power and began a reign of terror over the land. And set people on fire.
- The Bitka Spirit Father from Dominic Deegan - the most powerful wielder of the Akta, a force for life and healing, among the orcs of Maltak. He's also a fanatical xenophobe.
- Her Imperious Condescension from Homestuck has the ability to extend life. She is also... well, herself.
- She uses her powers to extend naturally short livespan of Ψiioniic, making him live thousands of years... after he was turned into a living battery for her spaceship. Fact that she was genuinely enamored with him somehow makes it even worse.
- In that vein, the attributes given to players don't always correlate very well to what they do with those powers once they have them, and can in fact be subverted depending on the player's class. Vriska is a sometimes sadistically cruel hero of light (although the term appears to be synonymous with luck in-universe), and her light-aspect dancestor Aranea goes from being basically good-hearted and harmless to being a Well-Intentioned Extremist. Of course, those pale in comparison to Eridan, whose class as a prince combined with his use of the hope aspect mean that he uses bright-and-shiny powers to destroy hope.
- Erfworld: Olive Branch is a Florist, the caster class associated with peace and pacifism- in fact, the spell we see Olive using most often is a magical song that prevents anyone who hears it from attacking anyone else until Olive's next turn. She's also a scheming manipulator, determined to prove Flower Power's worth above all other disciplines of magic and willing to use poison and mind control to do it while using her magic to force pacifism on anyone who tries to kill her.
- In Runewriters, Jonan of Rusanne wields the Magic of Life, Necromancy and Nature Control (since it's fundamentally the same thing) but being an expert healer doesn't make this narcissistic sociopath a nicer person. He likes to use healing spells to seal shut the eyes and mouths of people who piss him off (say, by asking his help as a healer) or steal from him. Fortunately, the spells are only temporary, lasting a week at most. Unfortunately, he never realized that people can't go without water for a week.
- Cheesecake, a member of the Vandolls from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, uses the Power of Love to burn out the brains of men, and then follows this trick up by feeding on their souls.
- Cytherea, at Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe. As the avatar (or reincarnation or something) of Aphrodite, she has the powers of the goddess of love. Which she uses to manipulate men, get herself out of trouble when she gets caught doing bad things, avoid work, cheat in her classes, etc....which is, of course, entirely true to most portrayals of the original Aphrodite as well.
- Adventure Time : One episode sees baby piglets (in cute costumes, no less) using magic wands that fire glitter and rainbows. They happen to be very, very, evil.
- Similarly to his comic counterpart, Dr. Light in the Teen Titans animated series was a villain who while not a rapist, still had no problems abducting a super-powered teenager in one episode to exploit her as a power source for one of his machines. As to add to the irony, he also suffered a traumatizing experience when he was victim of Mind Rape... by Raven, who is a Half-Demon with a case of Bad Powers, Good People.
- The Star Sapphire Corps in Green Lantern: The Animated Series started out as a group of beautiful women dressed in pink who use the Power of Love. Except their conception of "Love" is to imprison their true loves in giant crystals so they won't get hurt by the outside, and put a Mercy Kill on people whose true loves are already dead. Fortunately, they get better.
- Zig-zagged with Michael Morningstar in Ben 10: Alien Force. In his first appearance, he uses light-based powers characterized by a gold colour. He turned out to be a villain, but he actually gets his energy by draining energy from schoolgirls, turning them into zombies in the process. After the girls turned against him and devoured most of his energy, he is left with dark energy-based powers. He does get back the golden version whenever he drain enough energy from something, though.
- The Legend of Korra:
- Unalaq, from season 2, has a natural affinity with spirits and specializes in a Waterbending technique used to purify and appease spirits. He also happens to be the Big Bad of this season, trying to fuse with an Eldritch Abomination so he can basically become The Antichrist.
- Airbending is the least offensive and most spiritual of all the elemental abilities. Most airbenders are naturally pacifists. Season 3 gives us Zaheer, who shows us what airbending can do in the hands of a determined villain. And it's quite horrific.
- Master Brightmore in Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, while not evil, is the least sympathetic of the Duel Masters, despite being the Master specialized in Light Civilisation Creatures. He turns evil at the end of season 1.
- Dark-mirroring Shining Armor and Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, The Great and Powerful Trixie is briefly able to use Barrier Magic to temporarily banish Twilight Sparkle, thanks to the power of the Alicorn Amulet.
- Played with in Grossology with Kid Rot. Since everything he touches withers and dies, he initially believes himself to be a good guy with evil powers. However he soon learns whatever he rots becomes a hyper effective compost that causes plants to grow at a ridiculously fast rate and realizes his powers are quite good given the possibilities of this. Then the source of his powers, a parasite spreading throughout his body, begins to alter his mind and turn him into a psychopath, landing him firmly in this trope.
- Hawk Moth from Miraculous Ladybug has the ability to sense the emotions of others and give them superpowers because he possesses one of the Miraculous. All the Miraculous are supposed to be used for good, and Hawk Moth's was intended to create superheroes. Unfortunately, he uses his powers to prey on people's negative emotions and turn them into supervillains instead. His goal is also to steal the Miraculous of the two heroes and add their powers to his own, although one of those two falls under Bad Powers, Good People.
- Generator Rex: Van Kleiss has the ability to control the Nanites in all of his home country and most commonly uses them to manipulate the foliage. His debut had him walking across the land with flowers springing up from his Fertile Feet. When the charade was dropped he shows all the grotesque killer plants he can unleash when he tries to kill the heroes and eventually displays the ability to mutate people with the control of life and the Nanites that he has.