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* Vito Corleone in [[Film/TheGodfather The Godfather II]]


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* ''Dragon Ball Super'' features Zamasu, a Supreme Kai in training of Universe 10. He starts out as distrustful of mortal beings, claiming they are barbaric and cannot improve. He is immediately shown as having ties, albeit distant, to [[spoiler:Goku Black,]] and as time goes on his resent for mortals only increases, reaching what seemed to be its peak when Zamasu and Gowasu travel to a planet of primitive aliens who barely improved with time. Zamasu mercilessly kills one of the aliens when it attacks, and reacts almost euphorically. This begins a slippery slope for him, and he begins contemplating exterminating all mortals. With the arrival of Goku, investigating [[spoiler:Goku Black]] and his obsessive desire to fight, Zamasu becomes even more disgusted with mortals (and Goku specifically) upon realizing Goku has achieved godly power and defeated him. Eventually it's revealed [[spoiler:he is the one behind the devastation of Future Trunks' timeline, as in the future of the main timeline, he finally snaps and kills his master Gowasu, uses the Super Dragon Balls to switch bodies with Goku and travels to Trunks' timeline to begin his plan of wiping out all life in the universe.]] As he gets stronger he becomes even more unstable and sets his sights on the entire multiverse.

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* ''Dragon Ball Super'' ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' features Zamasu, a Supreme Kai in training of Universe 10. He starts out as distrustful of mortal beings, claiming they are barbaric and cannot improve. He is immediately shown as having ties, albeit distant, to [[spoiler:Goku Black,]] and as time goes on his resent for mortals only increases, reaching what seemed to be its peak when Zamasu and Gowasu travel to a planet of primitive aliens who barely improved with time. Zamasu mercilessly kills one of the aliens when it attacks, and reacts almost euphorically. This begins a slippery slope for him, and he begins contemplating exterminating all mortals. With the arrival of Goku, investigating [[spoiler:Goku Black]] and his obsessive desire to fight, Zamasu becomes even more disgusted with mortals (and Goku specifically) upon realizing Goku has achieved godly power and defeated him. Eventually it's revealed [[spoiler:he is the one behind the devastation of Future Trunks' timeline, as in the future of the main timeline, he finally snaps and kills his master Gowasu, uses the Super Dragon Balls to switch bodies with Goku and travels to Trunks' timeline to begin his plan of wiping out all life in the universe.]] As he gets stronger he becomes even more unstable and sets his sights on the entire multiverse.

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* ''Dragon Ball Super'' features Zamasu, a Supreme Kai in training of Universe 10. He starts out as distrustful of mortal beings, claiming they are barbaric and cannot improve. He is immediately shown as having ties, albeit distant, to [[spoiler:Goku Black,]] and as time goes on his resent for mortals only increases, reaching what seemed to be its peak when Zamasu and Gowasu travel to a planet of primitive aliens who barely improved with time. Zamasu mercilessly kills one of the aliens when it attacks, and reacts almost euphorically. This begins a slippery slope for him, and he begins contemplating exterminating all mortals. With the arrival of Goku, investigating [[spoiler:Goku Black]] and his obsessive desire to fight, Zamasu becomes even more disgusted with mortals (and Goku specifically) upon realizing Goku has achieved godly power and defeated him. Eventually it's revealed [[spoiler:he is the one behind the devastation of Future Trunks' timeline, as in the future of the main timeline, he finally snaps and kills his master Gowasu, uses the Super Dragon Balls to switch bodies with Goku and travels to Trunks' timeline to begin his plan of wiping out all life in the universe.]] As he gets stronger he becomes even more unstable and sets his sights on the entire multiverse.

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* A major of theme of ''Overlord 2012'' is that Ainz, despite starting out as an AntiHero or AntiVillain, is slowly becoming just as much of a ruthless, bloodthirsty tyrant as his underlings and the rest of the world see him as.


* Megabyte from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' is an interesting example. He's already a villain at the start of the series, but he's nothing but an AffablyEvil NobleDemon who's "Take Over The Supercomputer" schemes get foiled every week. However as the show goes on and he becomes more desperate to succeed, Megabyte becomes increasingly amoral and willing to do ruthless things. He finally crosses the line into true villainy when [[spoiler: he exploits Bob's belief that Megabyte was redeemable to banish Bob from the Mainframe.]]


** Sasuke didn't just slide down the slippery slope, he grabbed the sled [[spoiler:Itachi [[NiceJobBreakingItHero stupidly]] gave him]] on the way to the edge so he could get down faster. First, he betrayed the village by joining Orochimaru just so he could get strong enough to kill Itachi. He at least had some qualms about killing at this point. [[spoiler:Later on, after killing Itachi, he learns that Itachi massacred their clan under orders from ''four'' of the higher ups (one of which was against it but overruled) in order to stop a civil war that could develop into a ''world war''. Naturally, Sasuke decides that the ''entire village'' has to die because of this. By the time he reaches Konoha, he is not above cold-blooded murder of even his allies just to accomplish his goals.]]
** And he gets worse! Regardless of his statements of genocide, at first he tried to protect the friends that helped him on his revenge quest. Later, however, he'd gotten to the point that anyone who inconveniences him or his goal must die. [[spoiler:Poor Karin.]]
*** [[spoiler:This is later revealed to be caused by a genetic disorder, which drives members of the Uchiha clan insane.]]

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** Sasuke didn't just slide down the slippery slope, he grabbed the sled [[spoiler:Itachi [[NiceJobBreakingItHero stupidly]] gave him]] on the way to the edge so he could get down faster. First, he betrayed the village by joining Orochimaru just so he could get strong enough to kill Itachi. He at least had some qualms about killing at this point. point, refusing to kill Naruto in order to unlock the Mangekyo Sharingan, and even during his training he left his opponents alive, simply stating that the only one he wants to kill is Itachi. [[spoiler:Later on, after killing Itachi, Itachi dies at the end of their battle, he learns that Itachi massacred their clan under orders from ''four'' of the higher ups (one of which was against it but overruled) in order to stop a civil war that could develop into a ''world war''. Naturally, Sasuke decides that the ''entire village'' has to die because of this. By the time he reaches Konoha, he is not above cold-blooded murder of even his allies just to accomplish his goals.]]
** And he gets worse! Regardless of his statements of genocide, at first he tried to protect the friends that helped him on his revenge quest. Later, however, he'd gotten to the point that anyone who inconveniences him or his goal must die.be abandoned or killed. [[spoiler:Poor Karin.]]
*** [[spoiler:This is later revealed to be caused by a genetic disorder, which drives members of the Uchiha clan insane.insane as that which they love ends up being destroyed in front of them and causing them to lash out at the world in increasingly self-destructive ways.]]


* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Morgana has a long-term one of these over the course of the second and third series. Of course, this is usually conveniently forgotten about when she is not directly the antagonist of each plot of the week.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'': Morgana has a long-term one of these over the course of the second and third series. Of course, this is usually conveniently forgotten about when she is not directly the antagonist of each plot of the week.


Supertrope of HeWhoFightsMonsters, wherein fighting against evil is the thing that causes the person to slip into evil. See also ProtagonistJourneyToVillain. Can coincide with BigBadSlippage.

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Supertrope of HeWhoFightsMonsters, wherein fighting against evil is the thing that causes the person to slip into evil. See also ProtagonistJourneyToVillain.ProtagonistJourneyToVillain and ItGetsEasier. Can coincide with BigBadSlippage.


* This trope got a nice lampshading by Jenny Bunn in Creator/KingsleyAmis' ''Take A Girl Like You'':

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* This trope got a nice lampshading Lampshaded by Jenny Bunn in Creator/KingsleyAmis' ''Take A Girl Like You'':



* The trope comes up a few times in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/interlude-10-5-bonus/ Armsmaster's description of Skitter's career fits the template.]]
*** Armsmaster's description, however, neglects to mention the detail that [[spoiler:he was using her to spy on the Undersiders for his own gain.]] The truth is that she wasn't evil until he pushed her away.
** One of the people Skitter recruited in the wake of [[spoiler:Leviathan decimating the town]], Sierra Kiley, mentions in her narration during [[ADayInTheLimelight Interlude]] [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/interlude-14/ 14]] that she worried that Skitter would try to lead her down this path, and was [[AvertedTrope surprised it hadn't happened.]]



* The trope comes up a few times in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/interlude-10-5-bonus/ Armsmaster's description of Skitter's career fits the template.]]
*** Armsmaster's description, however, neglects to mention the detail that [[spoiler:he was using her to spy on the Undersiders for his own gain.]] The truth is that she wasn't evil until he pushed her away.
** One of the people Skitter recruited in the wake of [[spoiler:Leviathan decimating the town]], Sierra Kiley, mentions in her narration during [[ADayInTheLimelight Interlude]] [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/interlude-14/ 14]] that she worried that Skitter would try to lead her down this path, and was [[AvertedTrope surprised it hadn't happened.]]

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* Riddhe Marcenas of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn'' starts as an honorable young officer who has some issues with his family, who saves Banagher and his (surviving) classmates and decides to help Audrey after identity as Mineva Lao Zabi is revealed. When he finds out just how badly his family is involved in wrecking the Universal Century, however, Riddhe plunges into fatalism. After clashing with the idealistic and increasingly pacifistic Banagher, becoming fatalistic and deciding that it's better to preserve a corrupt but stable status quo than to try to improve the world, and being rejected by Mineva, Riddhe is in a pretty bad mood when Marida trashes his mobile suit. He proceeds to [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope dive headlong into his own personal zealotry]], which mainly involves wiping Gundams and Newtypes out.


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* A variation with "careless" instead of "evil": The "deviation normalization" principle. A high risk system, such as a spaceplane, is designed to work in some way. Then, something unexpected happens. There's a little problem, but it's rationalised as "unfixable" and "unimportant". It's just something that has always been happening, and it becomes the new standard. These little problems accumulate over time and, eventually, something turns out to be more important than thought and all goes horribly wrong. Case in point: Challenger [[note]]O-rings, rubber seals on tanks, would sometimes be damaged by the heat. This happened for over a dozen times, but was considered unimportant (it's always been like this...). Then, once, when there was very cold weather and the seals became brittle, they didn't hold, fuel escaped and Challenger exploded.[[/note]] and Columbia [[note]]A piece of foam got loose during the launch and pierced a hole in the heat shield. Two problems: It was known that foam sometimes gets loose, but it was believed it can't do harm; The software used to determine damages by the hit was outdated and wasn't callibrated, yet it was used anyway. This led to Columbia falling apart during reentry despite the problem being known.[[/note]] .

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Blake describes this happening to Adam, her former partner from the White Fang; At first, when he killed someone, they were accidents, which soon became acts of self-defense, and by the time of the Blake Trailer, Adam was killing (Or trying to) people out of spite. The Volume 6 Character Short shows that his first kill truly was an accident, done to protect the original High Leader Ghira from a racist human. Sienna, Ghira usurper, applauded Adam's actions and it's strongly implied that she enabled his violent tendencies without seeing what Adam was becoming.

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