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** In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Galadriel refuses the One Ring for fear of this.

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** In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Galadriel refuses and Gandalf refuse the One Ring for fear of this.


* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' had numerous cases of this. For example, in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', it's revealed that after giving the Hirogen holographic technology from ''Voyager'', the Hirogen quickly got bored with the standard holograms and started creating more intelligent holograms to make their hunts better. These holograms eventually became self-aware and rebelled, before freeing others hologram in the area. Even ''Voyager's'' EMH joins their cause, agreeing that this is technically a form of slavery. Unfortunately, they quickly move onto anyone who uses humanoid holograms at all, regardless as to whether those holograms are actually ''sentient''. The Doctor is horrified when their leader brutally murders a man to free the holographic equivalent of ''Clippy''.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' had numerous cases of this. For example, in ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', it's revealed that after giving the Hirogen holographic technology from ''Voyager'', the Hirogen quickly got bored with the standard holograms and started creating more intelligent holograms to make their hunts better. These holograms eventually became self-aware and rebelled, before freeing others hologram in the area. Even ''Voyager's'' EMH joins their cause, agreeing that this is technically a form of slavery. Unfortunately, they quickly move onto anyone who uses humanoid holograms at all, regardless as to whether those holograms are actually ''sentient''. The Doctor is horrified when their leader brutally murders a man to free the holographic equivalent of ''Clippy''.


** Joffrey, who up to that point has really only been a RoyalBrat with a temper, orders Ned Stark executed in spite of all reason.
** Theon condones the murder of two innocent boys.
** Tyrion has clearly snapped by the end of his trial, but his murders of Tywin and Shae cement how far he's gone from the noble anti-hero he once was.

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** Joffrey, who up to that point has really only been a RoyalBrat with a temper, orders Ned Stark executed in spite of all reason.
reason. He transforms fully into TheCaligula after this event.
** Theon condones the murder of two innocent boys.
boys to make it appear as though he has executed the Stark boys Bran and Rickon.
** Tyrion has clearly snapped by the end of his trial, but his murders of Tywin and Shae cement how far he's gone from the noble anti-hero he once was. Oddly he sort of climbs back up the slope in later seasons, trying to protect his brother and sister from Daenerys's wrath (unlike his book counterpart who is openly in favor of killing everyone in King's Landing and even demands to Daenerys that he be allowed to rape his sister Cersei).
** The most extreme case is [[spoiler:Daenerys just flat-out snapping in the final season and burning most of King's Landing to the ground, soldiers and civilians and even ''children'' alike, an act that flies completely in the face of all the principles she ever held or espoused]].



** Deliberately invoked by the writers of StarTrekDeepSpaceNine in the case of Gul Dukat. Due to the charisma with which Marc Alaimo played the character, and his sometime-alliances with the main characters, a significant number of fans developed a DracoInLeatherPants effect, forgetting that Dukat had been a genocidal military dictator. To combat this in later seasons the writers had Dukat go mad, declare that he should have exterminated the entire Bajoran race, and finally become the series' equivalent of a Satan-worshipper.

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** Deliberately invoked by the writers of StarTrekDeepSpaceNine ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' in the case of Gul Dukat. Due to the charisma with which Marc Alaimo played the character, and his sometime-alliances with the main characters, a significant number of fans developed a DracoInLeatherPants effect, forgetting that Dukat had been a genocidal military dictator. To combat this in later seasons the writers had Dukat go mad, declare that he should have exterminated the entire Bajoran race, and finally become the series' equivalent of a Satan-worshipper.


* ''Webcomic/ReBootCodeOfHonor'': In the [[WesternAnimation/ReBoot original series]], Turbo was a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and saved Mainframe from destruction by delaying the detonation of the bomb the Guardians planted on Mouse. Here, Turbo is a straight-up KnightTemplar, berating Bob for the latter's beliefs in reformatting viruses instead of outright deleting them, blaming that as the reason the Viral War got as bad as it did. Turbo also complains about the Guardians being {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s, despite them not really being portrayed as such in the original series.

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* ''Webcomic/ReBootCodeOfHonor'': In the [[WesternAnimation/ReBoot original series]], Turbo was a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and saved Mainframe from destruction by delaying the detonation of the bomb the Guardians planted on Mouse. Here, Turbo is a straight-up KnightTemplar, berating Bob for the latter's beliefs in reformatting viruses instead of outright deleting them, blaming that as the reason for the Viral War got getting as bad as it did. Turbo also complains about the Guardians being {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s, despite them not really being portrayed as such in the original series.

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* ''Webcomic/ReBootCodeOfHonor'': In the [[WesternAnimation/ReBoot original series]], Turbo was a ReasonableAuthorityFigure and saved Mainframe from destruction by delaying the detonation of the bomb the Guardians planted on Mouse. Here, Turbo is a straight-up KnightTemplar, berating Bob for the latter's beliefs in reformatting viruses instead of outright deleting them, blaming that as the reason the Viral War got as bad as it did. Turbo also complains about the Guardians being {{Obstructive Bureaucrat}}s, despite them not really being portrayed as such in the original series.


* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' has a twist on this in Season 2's "Morality Bites"; after the sisters use their powers to pull a vengeful yet relatively harmless prank on a man who continually lets his dog defecate on their driveway, Phoebe has a premonition of being burned at the stake for killing someone with her powers a decade in the future. One adventure later, they are sent back to that point in time to prevent falling prey to this trope, worded well by Phoebe:

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* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'' has a twist on this in Season 2's "Morality Bites"; after the sisters use their powers to pull a vengeful yet relatively harmless prank on a man who continually lets his dog defecate on their driveway, Phoebe has a premonition of being burned at the stake for killing someone with her powers a decade in the future. One adventure later, they are sent back to that point in time to prevent falling prey to this trope, worded well by Phoebe:


* It's arguable how far down the slope he already was, but the arc Franchise/{{Superman}}: Ending Battle is this for NinetiesAntiHero Manchester Black. Initially, Black managed to just hover on the line between UnscrupulousHero and NominalHero, but, after he learns Superman's secret identity, he leaps across the MoralEventHorizon; telepathically takes control of the supervillains (literally, all the supervillains) to attack anyone who's ever had any contact with Clark Kent, mind rapes the rest of the Elite (the only people who give a damn about him), and finally tortures and [[spoiler:pretends to]] kill Lois Lane, all as part of a massive ThanatosGambit to destroy Superman by goading him into breaking the [[ThouShaltNotKill One Rule]] [[spoiler:pointlessly]]. When Superman refuses, Black suffers a major HeelRealization and [[DrivenToSuicide telekinetically blows his own brains out]].

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* It's arguable how far down the slope he already was, but the arc Franchise/{{Superman}}: ''Franchise/{{Superman}}: Ending Battle Battle'' is this for NinetiesAntiHero Manchester Black. Initially, Black managed to just hover on the line between UnscrupulousHero and NominalHero, but, after he learns Superman's secret identity, he leaps across the MoralEventHorizon; telepathically takes control of the supervillains (literally, all the supervillains) to attack anyone who's ever had any contact with Clark Kent, mind rapes the rest of the Elite (the only people who give a damn about him), and finally tortures and [[spoiler:pretends to]] kill Lois Lane, all as part of a massive ThanatosGambit to destroy Superman by goading him into breaking the [[ThouShaltNotKill One Rule]] [[spoiler:pointlessly]]. When Superman refuses, Black suffers a major HeelRealization and [[DrivenToSuicide telekinetically blows his own brains out]].

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* Some iterations of the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise have the Decepticons starting out with a legitimate grievance, only to gradually lose their grip on it and become full-time Robot Assholes from Space. Both ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'' and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' have Megatron as a rebellious miner whose vengeance twisted back on him and turned him into the mirror image of the corrupt Cybertronian system he fought to overthrow, for example.
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* In the pilot episode of ''Series/TheShield'', Vic Mackey partakes in numerous criminal acts including the use of excessive force during arrests, working with a drug dealer and beating a suspect with a phone book in order to make him talk. Then, at the end of the episode, he [[spoiler:shoots another police officer in the face to prevent him from gathering evidence against Vic's team]].

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* In the pilot episode of ''Series/TheShield'', Vic Mackey partakes in [[CowboyCop numerous criminal dubious acts including the use of excessive force during arrests, working with a drug dealer and beating a suspect with a phone book in order to make him talk. talk]][[note]]and the last one is at the behest of the new Captain of the precinct who has sworn to bring Mackey down, when the suspect is ''clearly'' guilty but refuses to say anything, and his victim is in mortal danger[[/note]], but other cops [[AntiHero justify his actions by stating that he gets tangible results]]. Then, at the end of the episode, he [[spoiler:shoots another police officer in the face to prevent him from gathering evidence against Vic's team]].team]], firmly establishing him as a VillainProtagonist for the rest of the series.


*** Creator/GarthEnnis admitted that [[AuthorTract his sheer anger regarding human trafficking and sex slavery led]] to the infamous arc "The Slavers," which has Frank Castle [[spoiler:graphically disembowel a slaver, throw his sister face first into a window repeatedly until the shatterproof window breaks off from the frame, and then set their father on fire]]... even after Frank admits that this won't make a big difference and that he's just going after their group and at the end his inability to really help the victims.

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*** Creator/GarthEnnis admitted that [[AuthorTract his sheer anger regarding human trafficking and sex slavery led]] to the infamous arc "The Slavers," which has Frank Castle [[spoiler:graphically disembowel a slaver, throw his sister face first into a window repeatedly until the shatterproof window breaks off from the frame, and then set their father on fire]]... even after Frank admits that this won't make a big difference and difference. The end of the arc is a brutal reality check on the fact that he's just going after their group he has not made a dent in human trafficking, and at the end his inability to really help victims of it are forever scarred by the victims.experience no matter what justice he provided.


* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** Discussed between the president and Beast in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', when they debate weaponizing the cure as a safeguard against dangerous mutants. The president tries to rationalize it as an extreme circumstance, to which Beast responds by pointing out how quickly such a justification can snowball before resigning. The president ends up doing just that when Magneto's mutant army shows up, but by the end, he's climbed back up and rehired Beast to help smooth things out again.
** For all its faults, ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'''s opening montage of the many wars the US has been in did show Victor's decline from a soldier doing his job to a ruthless killer quite nicely without being really obvious about it.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
*** Young Erik has grown increasingly amoral since his actions in ''[[Film/XMenFirstClass First Class]]''. Mystique isn't far off, either. The two split right before Dallas.
*** Trask Industries' Sentinels originally targeted mutants. But as time passed, their programming came to include regular humans whose offspring would be mutants and eventually, anyone sympathetic to mutants who stood in their way. This ultimately brought about the BadFuture where the worst of humanity lord over the remnants of civilization, using the latest Sentinels to finish off the mutants once and for all.

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** Deliberately invoked by the writers of StarTrekDeepSpaceNine in the case of Gul Dukat. Due to the charisma with which Marc Alaimo played the character, and his sometime-alliances with the main characters, a significant number of fans developed a DracoInLeatherPants effect, forgetting that Dukat had been a genocidal military dictator. To combat this in later seasons the writers had Dukat go mad, declare that he should have exterminated the entire Bajoran race, and finally become the series' equivalent of a Satan-worshipper.

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* ''FanFic/IWillNotBow'' series: Noboru starts out as a DirtyCoward who abandons Alice and Mai to save his own skin, but he's not exactly evil at first. Come ''Blazing Revolution'', [[spoiler:he, out of jealousy that Alice chose Ren over him, throws all moral concerns out the window, making a doctored video involving a fight with Laughing Coffin in an attempt to frame Kirito and Ren for murder, and outright assaulting Alice in real life while forcing her to grovel before him to prevent him from posting another video to completely ruin their reputation.]]

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* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': Gaston isn't evil at first. He's just a smug {{Jerkass}} and a sexist, controlling egomaniac... but his obsession with Belle and his refusal to accept she doesn't love him eventually drives him to form an [[TorchesAndPitchforks angry mob]] to attempt to kill the Beast. One of the animators sums it up best:
-->"He goes from a buffoon and a jerk to a murderer."


* ''Film/Dogma'': Bartleby and Loki are angels, exiled to Wisconsin. After the Tenth Plague, Bartleby convinced Loki to abandon his post as the angel of death. ''Dogma'' is about their ploy to get back into Heaven, through a loophole in Catholic rules. Throughout the movie, Bartleby seems to be the sane man to murder-happy Loki. But when they find out [[spoiler:that the Last Scion (distant grand-niece of Jesus) has been dispatched to kill the two of them, Bartleby snaps.]] He goes directly from ''complacent in the antics of his empathy-lacking partner'', to ''murdering clergymen and innocents indiscriminately because he's bothered about humanity being favored''.

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* ''Film/Dogma'': ''Film/{{Dogma}}'': Bartleby and Loki are angels, exiled to Wisconsin. After the Tenth Plague, Bartleby convinced Loki to abandon his post as the angel of death. ''Dogma'' is about their ploy to get back into Heaven, through a loophole in Catholic rules. Throughout the movie, Bartleby seems to be the sane man to murder-happy Loki. But when they find out [[spoiler:that the Last Scion (distant grand-niece of Jesus) has been dispatched to kill the two of them, Bartleby snaps.]] He goes directly from ''complacent in the antics of his empathy-lacking partner'', to ''murdering clergymen and innocents indiscriminately because he's bothered about humanity being favored''.

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