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->''"I believe most people are inherently good... but overcoming our nature is what separates us from the animals."''
-->-- ''Webcomic/ASofterWorld''

The prey of TheCorrupter or TheCorruption.

The role of this character is to be a constant threat of a FaceHeelTurn. While temptation sometimes happens to all heroes, it's more of a permanent condition with this guy. Whether it's a SuperpoweredEvilSide or a FatalFlaw he needs to suppress, a personal interest in him by TheCorrupter (often a family member or former loved one), or a deep dark past locked away by faltering LaserGuidedAmnesia, the corruptible will labour on, facing his personal demons alone.

If things go bad, expect a FaceHeelTurn, often into the BigBad. If things go good, then usually the corruptible realises that YouAreNotAlone, and defeats temptations with ThePowerOfFriendship. At their most desperate, the corruptible may demand a ShootTheDog, but usually granting this request is a bad idea.

Contrast BigBadFriend, where the character is evil all along, and TheMole, where the character is evil all along and works to undermine the rest of the team. See also TokenEvilTeammate. The opposite of IncorruptiblePurePureness. A character with poor resistance to ''supernatural'' influence is WeakWilled, not the Corruptible. See also CorruptTheCutie, when a sweet and lovable character gradually turns to the DarkSide.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The premise of ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' is centred around a group of half-demon warriors who are susceptible to losing their minds to their demonic nature if they don't control their emotions well enough.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': It's said that while everyone has some kind of insanity in them, some are more susceptible to TheCorruption of Asura than others. [[ReluctantPsycho Stein]] is a prime example, as it takes a lot of effort from him and his friends to keep him from becoming a murderous psycho.
* Sasuke from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. What Itachi started with his return to Konoha, [[BigBad Tobi]] finished; Tobi is more than happy to take advantage of Sasuke's confusion and unhappiness after [[spoiler: Itachi's death]], and his reveal of the truth about Itachi pushes Sasuke right off the deep end.
* In the manga ''[[Manga/TheLegendOfZelda Legend of Zelda: Four Swords]]'', Shadow Link hoped Vio might be one of these. [[spoiler: Turns out, he wasn't.]]
* Griffith from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is a prime example of this trope. While not wholly "good," Griffith's strongest trait was his love and loyalty for his men. Eventually he sacrificed his men to a horde of demons in order to turn himself into a demon-god.
** And now, this is Guts whenever he is under the influence of his EnemyWithin, the Beast of Darkness.
** Farnese also had a bout of this during the Conviction Arc due to her only sexual release without breaking her vows to the Holy See being whipping people and whipping herself, which made her easy prey for possession by the demons after Guts when the Black Swordsman kidnapped her.
* ''Manga/TheLuciferAndBiscuitHammer'' has this for a bunch of characters.
** [[spoiler: Shimaki, the knight of the Cat. The BigBad thinks he could be turned because he's most similar to him, being interested in the pursuit of knowledge. Nope!]]
** [[spoiler: Akane, the knight of the Owl, who starts off hating the world, and is urged to "choose the winning side". But he never really turns, and his theft of Animus's time manipulation skill becomes key to victory.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has [[spoiler:the Puella Magi. Yes, every single MagicalGirl in existence is subject to corruption, either by her own negative emotions or by expending too much magical energy. Being completely corrupted turns the girl into a [[EldritchAbomination Witch]] for other magical girls to hunt and kill]]. That revelation is so central to the plot that almost this entire entry had to be spoiler-tagged.
* [[LightIsNotGood Light]] [[VillainProtagonist Yagami]] of ''Manga/DeathNote'' starts out as this, though he doesn't manage to hold out through ''the first episode''. Granted, the episode took place over two weeks... but still, he was overwhelmed by the power of the titular ArtifactOfDeath almost instantaneously. This is implied to be the byproduct of a nasty combination of [[ItAmusedMe boredom]], [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation solitude]], and [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife purposelessness]].
* In ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'', [[spoiler:Urin]] becomes this as Sena plays on her fears, wishes, and feelings of inadequacy to lure her to her side.
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' with the [[UltimateLifeform Chimera Ant King]]. While introduced as a ruthless monster who exists solely to rule over everything, he is actually an extremely intelligent and philosophical man who is [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife still coming to terms with who he is and what it means to be a king]]. It's teased that [[HumanityIsInfectious contact with the right people]] could lead him to walk the path of [[ComesGreatResponsibility Noblesse Oblige]] and become a powerful force for good.
* All Angel Franchise/{{Digimon}} are capable of [[FallenAngel falling]] and a few Digimon such as [=GranDracmon=] are more than willing to [[TheCorrupter help the process along]].
* Averted in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia''. The Villian Alliance assumed [[spoiler:Bakugou]] would be this. But when [[spoiler:they kidnapped him and offered him an invitation to their ranks, he flat out told them no way.]]

* Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos of the Star Wars: Clone Wars comic series is a perfect example of this trope. He is constantly fighting his darker urges and experiences so many [[HeelFaceTurn alignment]] [[FaceHeelTurn shifts]] that halfway through the series you have no idea what side he's on...and neither does he. He even has several climactic battles with his inner darkness while fighting an external darkness at the same time. The kicker? His master tells him that, even after his major victory over himself and the enemy, he is still not free from TheDarkSide. He will ''always'' struggle. What makes him a hero? ''He never gives up the fight.''
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', [[spoiler:Pronto]] proves to be this. He simply wants his powers back more than anything.

* ''FanFic/{{Fade}}'': Two examples.
** Just like in canon, [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]]. However, the presence of the Kira story changes things. Since Light got the second half, he knows how far he fell and resolves to ''never'' become like the original Kira. While he isn't strong enough to stop using the Death Note (especially not with Ryuk threatening his life), he sticks to criminals that have been convicted and sentenced to death or have committed crimes worthy of the death penalty. He also hates manipulating people and refuses to use innocents to achieve his goals, even if they stand in his way. While still a SerialKiller and one at risk of JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope, he is far more sympathetic than he was in canon.
** L, who, once he gets his hands on the Death Note, barely lasts longer than canon!Light before he starts going off the deep end and killing criminals from his own personal files. His half of the Kira story did not help at all -- if anything, it made things ''worse''. His half ends in his death, and L is so desperate to subvert his fate that he is willing to become Kira himself to do so. Of course, since L believes he is justice, he refuses to acknowledge the truth of what he is doing.

* Anakin Skywalker being The Corruptible drives the overarching plot of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' series.
* ''Film/AManForAllSeasons'' has Richard Rich, a young acquaintance of Sir Thomas More, who asks Thomas to use his influence to secure him a powerful position at the Royal Court. More, however, knows full well that Rich is corruptible, and instead recommends that Rich accept a job as a schoolteacher, where he won't be tempted. In the end, [[spoiler: Rich ''does'' get an important position- that of the attorney-general for Wales- given to him by More's rival and the {{villain}} of the piece, Thomas Cromwell. In exchange for the job, he [[MiscarriageOfJustice commits flagrant perjury]] that sends Sir Thomas More to the executioner. More's response? "Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales?"]]
* ''Film/TheMatrix'' has [[spoiler: Cypher]], who is too cynical to believe that humanity has any chance of winning the war against the Machines, and turns out to prefer the Matrix to the real world, such that he eventually [[spoiler:makes a deal with the Agents to betray the Resistance and hand over Morpheus to them in exchange for being permanently reinserted into the Matrix]].
* [[spoiler: Farva]] in ''Film/SuperTroopers''.
* ''Film/TheWorldOfKanako'': The narrator is basically a good, benevolent, harmless person who wants to be like Ogata and his friend Kanako wants to help him with this. He fails to see that [[spoiler:Kanako]] has other plans and after some manipulation and drugs/alcohol, he finds himself capable of torturing another girl and finally wanting to [[spoiler:kill Kanako]], but he can't do it [[spoiler:and is killed himself]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Dillon in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' due to being a part machine hybrid with BigBad Venjix's technology inside him. The threat of being taken over completely was a major theme of the series. Of course, given what kind of show it is, there was little doubt that ThePowerOfFriendship and ThePowerOfLove would win out.
* Morgana from BBC ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' was shown as [[ScrewDestiny independent]], [[AmbitionIsEvil interested in gaining power]], [[TheSocialExpert manipulative]], self-focused (but not self-centered), [[ForHappiness and interested much more in personal consequences than political ones]]. None of this makes her evil, but the main character is an [[BecauseDestinySaysSo obedient/dutiful]], [[AmbitionIsEvil not interested in power]], [[ForGreatJustice politically scheming for the greater good]] young boy, whose moral views sometimes clash with hers. The writer had to make her evil, or to present her as an interesting alternate viewpoint, but their views are too contrary to Morgana's for them to choose this solution yet.
* Stefan Salvatore from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. He went from being the hero of the show to being the villain in season three. He became the Ripper, his sociopathic, remorseless alter ego without his humanity.
* [[spoiler: Zach]] on ''Series/{{Bones}}'' becomes this in season 4. Turns out his hyper-rationalization and tendency to look up to those he respects means that he can be persuaded to become [[spoiler: a serial killer's apprentice]].
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', [[Characters/SupernaturalDemons Azazel (The Yellow-Eyed Demon)]] plays TheCorrupter for [[Characters/SupernaturalSpecialChildren the Special Children]] by manipulating their {{Fatal Flaw}}s (killing or threatening family and loved ones, promising power and glory, or exploiting feelings of loneliness or a desire for revenge).

* In the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' books, Cain's enemies always assume that he is the corruptible. Fortunately, they are wrong. (At least, so long as [[AntiMagic Jurgen's]] around, and [[SlaveToPR there's an audience armed with guns watching him]].)
** In "The Beguiling", Cain manages to resist a Slaaneshi sorceress's seduction attempts ''without'' Jurgen or an audience thanks to his powerful self-preservation instincts. [[DirtyCoward Coward]] [[CowardlyLion or not]], Cain knows that Chaos would ultimately destroy him on every level possible.
* Boromir from ''TheLordOfTheRings'' is the member of the Fellowship most open to the Ring's seduction, though he's a good and honorable man otherwise. He does fall to it eventually, but is horrified by what he almost does and becomes TheAtoner briefly before [[RedemptionEqualsDeath completely redeeming himself]] via HeroicSacrifice.
** Isildur himself also qualifies big-time -- without his fall to the evil influence of the Ring, it would not have survived the fall of its master. The race of Men in general are easier to corrupt to evil than the other major races, though there are those who resist such corruption.
** Gollum even more so. He fell to the Ring's influence almost immediately after finding it and murdered his best friend for it.
** In point of fact, Sauron's downfall was ultimately a consequence of his inability to conceive that any individual could defy this trope for long where the One Ring is concerned. He was almost right actually.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''World Without Stars'', the crew of a crashed starship must survive among the primitive natives of a planet mostly conquered by a race of telepaths. Before meeting a group of these telepaths in person, the protagonist specifically explains to the reader that telepathic powers aren't actually that dangerous because "you know your own nervous system better than anyone, and you're closer to it". And then it turns out that [[spoiler: one slightly odd member of the crew was the victim of a botched medical procedure on his brain which resulted in him essentially no longer being able to recognize himself.]] And so the telepaths are able to immediately convince him to switch sides.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** [[DirtyCoward Peter Pettigrew]] was one of these, but his best friends never realized this at all. Some fanfics also subvert this trope by making the reason Sirius distrusted Remus either wrong conclusions due to mix-ups combined with Remus's lycanthropy, or having Remus be framed by Peter without Remus realizing it.
** Surprisingly, ''Deathly Hallows'' reveals that Albus Dumbledore was this in his youth. He was nearly manipulated into making a FaceHeelTurn by his [[ShipTease crush]] [[HoYay Gellert Grindelwald]] (the other major Dark Lord of the twentieth century and PredecessorVillain to Voldemort), and only rejected Grindelwald when those manipulations led to the death of Dumbledore's sister. Afterwards, Dumbledore became painfully aware that he was this, and as a result swore off love and stayed away from positions of power for the rest of his life.
* Some Gospel passages in the ''[[Literature/TheBible New Testament]]'' have Judas be one of these, often questioning Jesus' teachings.
* All male confessors from ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' are this, since they do not need the recovery time necessary to restore their powers as female confessors do, and in such develop this unquenchable blood lust even ''before'' they hit adolescence. Because of this, [[spoiler: male infanticide is practiced, making the confessors a OneGenderRace.]]
* Lionel is easily corrupted by his own paranoia in ''Literature/TheSeaHawk''.
* Scott Tyler from ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive''. Coupled with a stock crummy past like most of The Five [[spoiler: except for [[TheChick Scarlett]]]], Scott was pushed to the edge in the 3rd book when he was [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil tortured]] and brainwashed by [[EvilInc Night Rise]] to assassinate a presidential candidate. In the 5th book, Scott is identified as being the weakest link by the villains, invoking a FaceHeelTurn upon him. [[NeverBeHurtAgain He just wanted the pain to stop.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Riku in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', especially the first game. Ironically, he eventually manages to master the Darkness that corrupted him, so he can no longer be corrupted by it.
* [[spoiler: Bastila]] in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''.
* Kain from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''.
* Arthas in ''[[VideoGame/WarCraft Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos]]''. Even before hearing the whispers of the Lich King, Arthas was a self-centered and hot-headed jerk with a bad case of MoreThanMindControl that helped Ner'zul coerce him down the road towards picking up [[ArtifactOfDoom Frostmourne]].
* ''ShinMegamiTensei'': Almost every game in the main series features a Law Hero and a Chaos Hero to offset the HeroicMime protagonist. Inevitably, each will be drawn into their designated faction, often by a combination of choice and circumstance... and then they'll try to draw the protagonist in too. These characters are never portrayed unsympathetically at the outset, yet they remain all-too-susceptible to JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope when things get bad enough.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Throughout the Heaven's Feel path of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', there is constant fear of [[NiceGirl Sakura Matou]] succumbing to TheCorruption. [[spoiler:She eventually does, but only after resisting more than seems humanly possible.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Marqua from ''Card Players'' [[spoiler: which ultimately gets her killed.]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In "Necessary Sacrifice," Blake discusses this trope with Sun in regards to her EvilFormerFriend Ilia Amitola. Blake has come to see [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Adam]] as the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodiment]] of [[EvilIsPetty spite]] and describes his way of thinking as "[[TheCorrupter dangerously contagious]]." She can see that Adam's views are starting to rub off on Ilia, and wants to save her before she is corrupted fully and becomes exactly like him. [[spoiler:As of "True Colors," she's succeeded in pulling Ilia back from the brink.]]
-->'''Blake''': That's what worries me about Ilia. She's not like Adam, not yet at least, but I don't know how long that will last.

* Rachel from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. While Baam adores her, she is afraid of his overshadowing skill, fearing that he might take her place in the Tower and throw her back into the world they came from.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[spoiler: Jay]] in WebVideo/MarbleHornets becomes this over the course of the series, slowly falling prey to [[EldritchAbomination the Operator's]] influence. By the final part of the last season, he's almost a wreck. [[spoiler: Alex]] turns out to have gone down this road long before the series even started.
* Sylvester in ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' is this due to his BlankSlate personality and tendency to adapt himself in the way he perceives his friends want him to be. When paired with any of his more monstrous family members, like Gordon, Mary, or Helen, Sy will lose any semblance of a moral compass and match any level of brutality they employ. It falls to the more kindhearted Jamie and Lillian to act as a MoralityPet, under which circumstances Sy can become one of the more heroic Lambs.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Raimundo from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', whose temporary FaceHeelTurn is the main plot of the first season finale. After an attempt at "defying orders for the greater good" backfires and inadvertently helps the villains, Master Fung gives him nothing but harsh words while his friends get promoted. As Raimundo starts to question whether he wants to stay on the team, Wuya offers him a "more rewarding" path.
* Bolin from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is a cheerful guy, but easily falls victim to the schemes of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Varrick]] (in Book 2) and [[TheConqueror Kuvira]] (in Book 4).
* Ezra Bridger from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels''. He cares deeply for his family and the victims of the Empire, so much so that desires revenge on the Empire for those he's lost and power to protect those he hasn't lost yet, much like Anakin. Unlike Anakin, he has a strong support system in his adopted family, who help him deal with his emotions and call him out when he goes too far. [[spoiler:He nearly falls completely when [[ParentalSubstitute Kanan]] isolates himself from the group in season 3, but snaps out of it after nearly getting himself and his friends killed.]]
* Heidi Turner from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', whose boyfriend [[FatBastard Eric Cartman]] is slowly turning her into a female version of himself, by tricking her into eating unhealthy foods to make her fatter and convincing her that Kyle (and Jews in general) are terrible people (after Kyle nearly convinced her to leave Cartman).

[[folder:Real Life]]
* When one applies for a security clearance, determining this is one of the reasons behind the gauntlet of paperwork and interviews. Someone with addictions, heavy debt, potential blackmail material, etc. might be more susceptible to selling out if someone can exploit these issues, even if the background checks are otherwise squeaky clean.