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->''"Power is intoxicating [...] and like any intoxicant, it's also addictive."''
-->-- '''Skulduggery''', ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant''

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[[caption-width-right:250: 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 PowersAsPrograms) 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 GettingCrapPastTheRadar.

The pleasure this power gives is usually expressed to phrases like
[[BigYes "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 GRatedDrug. If they experience this with PsychoSerum, 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 [[CursedWithAwesome more likely expected to dislike their powers.]]

See also DrunkOnTheDarkSide, {{Evil Feels Good}}, GoodFeelsGood, DrunkWithPower, OrgasmicCombat and PowerIsSexy.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Inverted in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. Rue feels pain when she transforms.
* In ''Manga/PuellaMagiKazumiMagica'', [[spoiler:Airi after becoming Yuuri says "Haha this is great! …these powers are the best." All of this while licking her lips and looking very very pleased in a suggestive way.]] Kazumi also has a moment of this in chapter 1 in her first battle.
** ''Manga/PuellaMagiSuzuneMagica'' has a {{flashback}} where ShrinkingViolet Arisa crushes a bully's hand shortly after becoming a MagicalGirl. Afterwards, she proclaims that her new powers are awesome while sweating and giving a big smile. This results in Arisa becoming a {{Tomboy}} and borderline {{Delinquent}}.
* The reason the modern Claymores from ''Manga/{{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 [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Awakened]] almost immediately.
* Pilots in ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion'' react downright orgasmically when three Vectors [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything combine]] into the eponymous Aquarion. The moaning and facial expressions are probably just there for {{Fanservice}}.
** The sequel ''Anime/AquarionEvol'' handles it the same way. The next sequel, ''Anime/AquarionLogos'', has it show up much more rarely. It being unrelated to the previous two seasons may have had something to do with that.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' - 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!!"
* The ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' version, while less memetic, has just as much ham.
--> "This strength...this ''unimaginable STRENGTH!'' If I had known that merging with another being could result in this kind of power, I would have sought it out YEARS ago! I am INVINCIBLE! No-one can stop me now!"
* Masane in ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' enjoyed her combat form... [[OrgasmicCombat 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 [[MacrossMissileMassacre rocket swarm]], before jumping. There's a lot of such scenes.
* ''Anime/SCryed'': While Kazuma may have a heroic motivation for gaining the power (fighting a KnightTemplar organization) but there's no denying the look on his face when using his Alter. [[spoiler:Particularly once he gets his first Alter upgrade.]]
-->"More power! And more! SHINE BRIGHTER!!"
* In ''Anime/TheBigO'', Alan Gabriel ''really'' enjoys [[spoiler:being wired directly into Big Duo.]]
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has DIO in Part 3, after rejuvenating himself with [[spoiler:Joseph]]'s blood.

[[folder: Comicbooks ]]
* The [[ComicBook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate version of She-Hulk]] ''definitely'' experiences this [[http://static.comicvine.com/uploads/original/3/39027/923312-ultimate_wolverine_vs_hulk__4_020_21.jpg in her first transformation]]
* The rare DCU PsychoSerum Aramilla gives the user an incredible rush. In ''ComicBook/{{Robin|Series}}'' when Tim is slipped some he notes how fun it feels and he knows he's become dangerously detached from the violence he's doling out. His feeble attempts to control his attitude are all for naught until he ''actually kills someone''. They get better of course since his performing CPR slips ''them'' the drug.

[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'': 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.
* While all of the four experienced Power Highs in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', by ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'' only Paul and Ringo still do in significant ways. Paul gets high off the “background noise” of his magic, which is like a “triumphant thundering symphony,” and uses it both to pass the time at night ([[TheSleepless he hardly sleeps]]) and to calm himself down when he's getting agitated, which proves useful on numerous occasions. He is not, however, addicted to it. Ringo, on the other hand, is so thoroughly addicted to his mindsight that he goes into withdrawal when he's blocked and thinks he'll kill himself if he has to go back to Earth without it again.
** Paul also discovers that absorbing energy gives him a rush as well—and, when he was hit by two lightning bolts in rapid succession, he also got drunk and had an orgasm.
* Lilith already had this to some degree in ''Borderlands'', made more explicit in ''Borderlands 2'' ("This stuff is the tits!"). In ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]], she goes off the deep end after [[FaceHeelTurn having a change in alignment]]. It's not just her powers, either--an actual PsychoSerum is also involved.

[[folder: Film -- Animated ]]
* In Disney's ''Disney/{{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!" ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SuPz3u1kOQ This scene can be seen here]]). His enjoyment falls short thanks to Aladdin's BatmanGambit. [[spoiler: He forgot about the "itty bitty living space" that comes with genie powers.]]

[[folder: Film -- Live Action ]]
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': When [[spoiler:Tia Dalma]] is released from her human form and regains her godly powers by becoming Calypso, she makes a familiar expression that makes her enjoyment very evident.
* When Tony Stark inserts the new element into his arc-reactor in ''Film/IronMan2'', he gets a very sudden high.
-->''Tastes like... Coconut... and METAL! '''Oh, YEAH!'''''
** In the previous movie, Obadiah Stane pilots the Iron Monger suit in a last ditch effort to get rid of Tony. He later admits that he's ''really'' enjoying the power of the suit.
* An inversion is evidenced in ''Film/XMen1''.
-->'''Rogue''': "Does it hurt when [your claws] come out?"
-->'''Wolverine''': "Every time."
* ''Film/SpiderMan3'': When Peter gets the symbiote he says that "I feel wow... this feels good!"
* ''Franchise/StarWars''
-->'''Palpatine/Darth Sidious''': [[EvilIsHammy '''POWEERR!!! UUUUUNLIMITEEEED POOOOOWEEEEEEERRRR!!!!''']].
** Not to mention that [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything he seems to have undergone an orgasm after this]].

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when Willow starts to OD on witchcraft it's explicitly analogized to a drug high. She ends up in Rehab because of this.
* Spoofed in ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', where Carlton has this reaction...to Will handing over his little black book. Complete with [[PowerGlows a golden glow suffusing his body]].
* ''Series/TheShannaraChronicles'': Using magic affects everyone differently. When Eretria gets her first taste, she says it makes her "feel invincible."
-->'''Eretria:''' Is this how it feels when you use the [[AmplifierArtifact elfstones]]?\\
'''Wil:''' I mostly feel like I've been [[CastFromHitPoints set on fire and beaten with a shovel.]] So... [[{{Understatement}} no]].


[[folder: Literature ]]
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', 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 [[{{Satan}} the Dark One]] to his favoured minions, is [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil even more addictive]].
* ''Literature/{{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."
* ''Literature/LabyrinthsOfEcho'' 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.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': 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.

[[folder: Music ]]
* "Rising Force" by Music/YngwieMalmsteen.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* In ''ForgottenRealms'', elven magic users in the area of raising mythal (city-scale spell field) had a peculiar reaction: spontaneously levitate and space out. ''[[Literature/TheElminsterSeries Elminster in Myth Drannor]]'' had a scene when one elven gardener found his noble lady and her handmaiden [[PowerFloats floating]] naked over the basin, staring into nowhere and "moaning a chant." He had no options but to shake his head and conclude that "[[PowerPerversionPotential 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.
* ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber 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.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Juri from ''Super VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' after gaining ki based powers from the Feng Shui engine she proclaims: "Mmm...I like it. I can feel waves of ki energy surging through my whole body" in a very suggestive way. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVpCD7PPxTc This can be seen here]].
* In ''VideoGame/UltimateSpiderMan'', when Venom gains absolute control of his symbiotic suit he screams " Yes! Yes! Yes! now I have TOTAL absolute control!" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2JctYLzVJk&feature=player_detailpage#t=76s See it in this video]].
* In the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' franchise, the heroes of ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} 3]]'', ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} 4]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/{{Persona 5}} 5]]'' are all [[SlasherSmile shown enjoying a taste of their new power]] when they first summon their [[FightingSpirit Persona]]. This carried over to the anime adaptations of ''3'' and ''4''. Interestingly, in ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'', Yosuke can sometimes be heard yelling "Give me power!" in a demanding voice when summoning his own Persona. This seems to mostly just be for flavor, as in none of these cases do the Power High aspects play a role in the plot or character development.
%%* ''[[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile My soul burns. My power has awakened!]] [[http://youtu.be/DpEJb7Fr97o Finishing Strike! Dreaded Dragon!]]"
* The more Anarchy stacks [[GadgeteerGenius Gaige]] gets in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', the more she tends to invoke this. This includes yelling, "I'm getting a god complex and I LIKE IT!" and it all goes downhill from there.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'', [[spoiler:Wheatley]], when placed into a position of complete power over Aperture, immediately begins to show symptoms of a power high, commenting on how small and insignificant [[HeroicMime Chell]] is. Unfortunately, this ultimately leads to his FaceHeelTurn.
-->'''[[spoiler: Wheatley]]''' Do you have ''any'' idea how good this feels?
* In ''Overwatch'', all of the heroes have an "I am unstoppable!" line for when Ana [[StatusBuff nanoboosts]] them. Especially noticeable with the [[LargeHam tanks]] (except Roadhog).

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', when the new Heterodyne is subjected to the effect of [[SuperSerum Dyne water]] plus electroshock for the first time and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100419 feels (and looks)]] godlike. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100426 Later]] the Castle implies it's a ''normal'' reaction:
--> '''Agatha''': I believe another [[LudicrousPrecision forty-five point three seconds]], and I would have ''[[SuperPowerMeltdown exploded]]'' or something. [...] Oh, ''yeah''... I have ''got'' to try that ''again!''
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': Exploited. Everyone reacts to large amounts of magical power differently; some are pained by it, some get a burst of euphoria. An immortal found someone who became extremely suggestible when exposed to magic, so he pumped him with as much magic as possible, then started giving him "suggestions," which basically turned him into a mindless slave. [[LoopholeAbuse This allowed the immortal to get around the fact that immortals are only allowed to empower and guide mortals]].


[[folder: Web Original ]]
* In ''WebAnimation/TheLazerCollection'':
--> [[spoiler: '''Dr. Octogonapus]]:''' Feel the power, [[spoiler: Randal]]! Let it seep up your thighs and penetrate your body! Let it penetrate you, [[spoiler: Randal]]!\\
[[spoiler: '''Randal]]:''' It feels good!\\
[[spoiler: '''Dr. Octogonapus]]:''' Now release! Let it build up and release!\\
[[spoiler: '''Randal]]:''' Hnnn... BLAAAAH!!

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQptInZJbXo She-Hulk]] in the old 90's [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]] cartoon seems to really like transforming.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/TheMask'' animated series, a gypsy woman steals the power of the mask and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu0lWPM4RwM&feature=player_detailpage#t=237s screams "yes yes yes!" while she does]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Overdrive", Cyborg installs the Maximum-7 processor chip into his systems and he soon goes "BOOYAH!" as he feels the increase in power.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', this trope is one of the features of [[FusionDance gem fusion]]. Fusions are a good deal more powerful than the sum of their parts, and forming one feels ''good''. True to the nature of the trope, though, this is not without its cons. [[TheBrute Sugilite]] is so caught up in her own raw power that she refuses to unfuse back into Amethyst and Garnet. Pearl so deeply enjoys the strength and confidence she experiences as [[FunPersonified Sardonyx]] that she [[spoiler: starts pulling off a series of one-gem [[FalseFlagOperation False Flag Operations]] in secret, just to create an excuse to fuse with Garnet again. When Jasper takes control of her and Lapis' fusion Malachite, it's clear she's having the time of her life with the sheer power she now possesses. When she reappears later, she's completely obsessed with fusing with Lapis again.]]