She seems to be enjoying it a bit too much...
Power feels good...
For some that is true in a very literal sense. When a character either gains superpowers (often coupled with Powers as Programs
) or becomes more powerful they will feel pleasure sometimes expressed in a similar way to an orgasm. Thus it's often used as means of Getting Crap Past the Radar
The pleasure this power gives is usually expressed to phrases like "Yes!, yes! yes!
", "I can feel the power surging through my veins", "This feels so good" or similar, often in a very explicit way.
Whatever the case it is made clear that the person is really enjoying the pleasure his/her new powers give. Sometimes a side effect of this is that the person will have an addiction similar to drugs, which makes their "superpowers" similar to a G-Rated Drug
. If they experience this with Psycho Serum
, the two tropes merge.
This trope is mostly associated with villain characters as they are the more likely to express pleasure when gaining power and using it for hedonistic purposes than heroes. In contrast heroes are more likely expected to dislike their powers.
See also Drunk on the Dark Side
, Evil Feels Good
, Good Feels Good
, Drunk with Power
, Orgasmic Combat
and Power Is Sexy
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Anime and Manga
- Inverted in Princess Tutu. Rue feels pain when she transforms.
- In Puella Magi Kazumi Magica, Airi after becoming Yuuri says "Haha this is great!... these powers are the best." All of this while pulling her tongue out of her mouth and looking very very pleased in a suggestive way. as it can be seen here. Kazumi also has a moment of this in chapter 1 in her first battle.
- The reason the modern Claymores from Claymore are exclusively female is because release of yoki (demonic energy that powers them) is this to men. To be even exacter, male Claymores (produced long ago) experienced the power-up as sexual pleasure and Awakened almost immediately.
- Mecha pilots in Taiyou No Tsubasa react in a very orgasmic way when their mechs combine. The mechs gain a lot of power from the resulting Mind Meld, but the moaning and facial expressions are probably just there for Fanservice.
- Dragon Ball Z - After Piccolo absorbs / merges with Nail, he spends a good minute just standing there reveling in how awesome he feels. The infamous dubbed version is now known as "Motivational Piccolo".
"Wow... unreal... my gosh...! This is AMAZING! I feel INCREDIBLE~! YES! YES! YES! YES! I can win! I feel great! I! CAN! DO! THIS! AAUUUGH! [beat] Yes! I'm home! I'm alive! This is all a miracle! I'M AWAKE! I'M WIDE AWAKE!!"
- Masane in Witchblade enjoyed her combat form... very much, until she both got the hang of it and realized how taxing the transformation is. One of the first times, she briefly crouches high on the wall, murmurs "Amazing." and licks her lips, looking at incoming rocket swarm, before jumping. There's a lot of such scenes.
- S Cryed: While Kazuma may have a heroic motivation for gaining the power (fighting a Knight Templar organization) but there's no denying the look on his face when using his Alter. Particularly once he gets his first Alter upgrade.
"More power! And more! SHINE BRIGHTER!!"
- In The Big O, Alan Gabriel really enjoys being wired directly into Big Duo.
- With Strings Attached: In the Second Movement, when the other three get magic, it makes them so high that it takes them weeks to notice that Paul didn't get any.
Film — Animated
- In Disney's Aladdin, Jafar wishes to become a genie. His wish is fulfilled and while gaining "phenomenal cosmic powers" he proclaims "The power, the absolute power! The universe is mine to command, to control!" (This scene can be seen here). His enjoyment falls short thanks to Aladdin's Batman Gambit. He forgot about the "itty bitty living space" that comes with genie powers.
Film — Live Action
Live Action TV
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Willow starts to OD on witchcraft it's explicitly analogized to a drug high. She ends up in Rehab because of this.
- In the Wheel of Time, the One Power is so addictive that most channelers who lose the ability to channel die of despair within a year or two, The True Power, the Power supplied by the Dark One to his favoured minions is even more addictive.
- Everworld: Senna claims using magic "...filled me up, rushed through me, the sensation of power more erotic than any fantasy, more exciting. The power, I loved it so, it filled me and fulfilled me. It was mind, it was body, it was sex and money and power and revenge and triumph all rolled into one."
- Labyrinths of Echo had the Order of the Holey Chalice, where power was acquired by drinking from bottomless cups. The protagonist given a taste of this felt literally power-drunk, which an ex-adept confirmed to be the normal effect — and noted that it's important to discern the real power boost from illusions of power. The Order's acolytes were given the taste of power from their masters' cups now and then and became full members after they learned to keep the liquid from spilling on their own. As a result, it was one of the magical traditions with very, very motivated apprentices, but no training on self-discipline at all.
- When one of their Minor Magisters, already well-adapted to this, stole the reserve of power from a lot of huge aquariums. He remembers very little from the next few years, but managed to earn the monicker "Mad Fishmonger", among the mages half of whom were obviously batshit insane and the rest just dangerously obsessed. In the city which (according to himself, much later) everyone in right mind left in haste long ago on account of the civil war between these overpowered nutcases.
- Once was used in a mental attack against Max, after which, instead of hunting an enemy, he shredded annoying, but harmless phantasms in happy bloodthirst — and since he didn't actually receive any extra power, ended up so weak and vulnerable that his boss could neither leave nor use strong magic around him before arranging an external protection.
- Journey To Chaos: Breathing in the magical mist known as "Fog" will cause a rush of power directly to the user's soul. It's described as a "heady experience" and people get addicted to it. Those that capitalize on this are analogous to drug dealers.
- In Forgotten Realms, elven magic users in the area of raising mythal (city-scale spell field) had a peculiar reaction: spontaneously levitate and space out. Elminster in Myth Drannor had a scene when one elven gardener found his noble lady and her handmaiden floating naked over the basin, staring into nowhere and "moaning a chant." He had no options but to shake his head and conclude that "pleasure spells were certainly becoming powerful things these days." The tales spread, and much later some elven wizards (including one Wizard Guild's dean in Raven Bluff) became mythal proponents just because they heard colourful descriptions of this effect.
- Amber Diceless Role-Playing. In the section on the character Merlin, it says that the magical powers possessed by Amberites make the user feel so good that they can become addictive.
- In The Lazer Collection:
Dr. Octogonapus: Feel the power, Randal! Let it seep up your thighs and penetrate your body! Let it penetrate you, Randal!
Randal: It feels good!
Dr. Octogonapus: Now release! Let it build up and release!
Randal: Hnnn... BLAAAAH!!
- She-Hulk in the old 90's Hulk cartoon seems to really like transforming.
- In Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, Harvey, who gets his power from sunlight, discovers that suntan lotion can provide the same effect. He quickly becomes addicted to the rush, and starts spending all his money on lotion, until his friends are forced to stage an intervention.
- In The Mask animated series, a gypsy woman steals the power of the mask and screams "yes yes yes!" while she does.