Playing With: Bad Powers, Good People
Basic Trope: A character with bad powers, but is a hero.
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- Straight: Eric is a Nice Guy who can shoot Agony Beams and Death Rays from his eyes.
- Exaggerated: Anytime Eric is mildly annoyed, anyone and anything he looks at is disintegrated, so he has to always keep his eyes closed. This annoys him, and since he doesn't want to cause massive property damage he can't ever open them.
- Since Eric's Eye Beams are voluntary, and he can lower their intensity, he's really no more dangerous than a well trained and ethical police officer.
- Ned the Necromancer uses the zombies he reanimates for profit but fairly ethically. He takes cheap bodies where he finds them (never stealing and never from murderers) and uses them as expendables for highly dangerous work. He is a bit of a jerk but he ultimately keeps more people from dying.
- Sally the Super Empowering fairy only gives the really nasty powers to people who can be trusted to use them responsibly.
- Alternately, Personality Powers is not in effect, and if it is, Eric has since grown horrified at his potential for evil and resolved to be good.
- Eric's calmness has slowly amassed in him over the years, with anger and pain being the most repressed parts of him, eventually forming into the ability to release his own pain onto others because he never did so before.
- Bad Powers, Bad People. This trope is a subversion of that one, so subverting this trope means playing Bad Powers, Bad People straight.
- When Harold the Hater hits Eric with a Hate Wave, he inadvertently kills Harold... and likes it. Eric uses his evil powers for evil.
- Erics Eye Beams cause Heel Face Turns and heal puppies.
- Double Subverted:
- Parodied: Eric has won the evil Super Power Lottery. He is deadly Walking Wasteland. He is also The Pollyanna and refuses to be anything but nice, happy and optimistic.
- Zig Zagged: Eric is good and refuses to use his evil powers for evil. Except he's actually really trying to con the heroes. Only his power isn't actually evil. And he's pulling a double spy type deal to fool the villains into thinking he's secretly a villain when he isn't.
- Averted: Eric is evil and he uses his evil powers for evil. Evil!
- Enforced: The show is about Grey and Gray Morality, so the existence of Eric is necessary to confuse the protagonists.
- Lampshaded: "Whoever gives out superpowers must have a sense of humor, giving a literal Death Glare to someone who will never use it."
- Invoked: Eric wants to avoid the persecution and raw end of a Super Registration Act, so he founds a support and advocacy group of moral Differently Powered Individuals with bad powers.
- Exploited: Eric knows that good people with bad powers exist, so he pretends to be one to avoid scrutiny.
- Defied: Eric revels in using his evil powers for evil, and goes on a gloating spiel about how he's much more evil for knowing he could do differently.
- Discussed: "People like Eric really have it rough, if they don't prove they have Mind Over Manners every day they'll be branded as villains."
- Conversed: "Of course that character Eric isn't evil, as the Sixth Ranger he has to provide dark power for the team's Yin-Yang Bomb without actually being evil."
- Eric has the ability to command The Legions of Hell but commands them to return whence they came and never return. This prompts their masters to attack Earth. There are countless victims, and Eric can do nothing to command the Demon Lords and Archdevils, as they're much too complex for his unrefined abilities.
- Eric is a wizard who specializes in fearsome Elemental Powers, like Casting a Shadow and maybe Ice or Hellfire. Because he doesn't want to scare his allies, he masks these powers by focusing on more benevolent powers like Light The Way, Healing Hands, and Holy Hand Grenade. Eric is eventually forced to give his allies a big scare when he has to tap into his darker abilities to save the day. His allies lose trust in Eric, and/or accuse him of joining The Dark Side.
- Then Let Me Be Evil
- Eric learns that his eyebeams can also be controlled by wearing eyeglasses. He starts wearing them.
- It turns out Eric knew his command would summon the masters of Hell and hoped it would. He begins actively working with the Demon Lords and Archdevils to find the human with powers to command The Legions of Hell. Eric's plan is to finally defeat Evil. His actions and decisions creates a world without Evil.
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