WiseMan23753 on Jan 5th 2017 at 6:23:25 PM
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- "The public likes you, Dent. That's the only reason this might fly. But that means it's on you. They're all coming after you now. Not just the mob: politicians, journalists, cops. Anyone whose wallet's about to get lighter. Are you up to it?"- Mayor Anthony Garcia to Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight
Being a superhuman or a military genius does not always make you friends. Often times, this makes a lot of enemies who want you dead, even from who used to be your friends.
Often the main reason is because you are The Dreaded. This is usually applied on the political level: your powers and/or expertise will threaten the interests of other nations and factions, who would put a knife in your back after You Have Outlived Your Usefulness. Conservative forces who want to preserve the status quo will do anything to prevent you from changing it. It can also be applied on the social level: a world of muggles would be terrified if they discovered superhumans that could wipe them off the map or drastically change their world to something they don't like. Or everyone wants your powers and is willing to capture you for experimentation.
Compare Intelligence Equals Isolation. The Superhero Paradox is when "opposition" is there because of meta/out-of-universe reasons: "if there are heroes, there must be villains who oppose them for the sake of the story."
Contrast I Fight for the Strongest Side, where people fight for The Dreaded, and Enemies Equals Greatness, when the fact people are willing and able to oppose you means that you probably are on the right path.
- A Certain Magical Index:
- Accelerator has this problem - he's among the most powerful Espers in the verse, with his ability making him nigh untouchable - and yet, people try to hunt him anyways because he's that powerful (and they see him as a challenge/want a bounty on his head etc). He eventually gets tired of it and tries to find a way to make himself horrifyingly more powerful so that people will leave him alone.
- This is the curse of those who wear the Number Two Headband in Afro Samurai. You're the only one who can challenge the wielder of the Number One Headband, which is supposed to give extraordinary power, so the Number Two supposedly would exchange through many hands. The previous wielder before Afro was his mentor, who hid the headband to prevent the flow of violence. When Afro found him out, results were...not pretty for anyone.
- Anyone is willing to sell out an Ajin for whatever it pays. The only few who don't do so is the main protagonist's delinquent friend.
- The main heroine of Izetta: The Last Witch is worshiped on the front lines as the second coming of the White Witch. Almost everyone in Europe who is not a Germanian is also in awe. One of the allies, the United States, doesn't think so and when an ambassador sees her power, he recommends her death.
- Legend of Galactic Heroes has the two main characters, Reinhard and Yang Wen-li. Both are pushed around by political authorities because of their supreme intellect and threat to the status quo. Yang suffers through it and sticks by the rules, which results in the fall of the Free Planets Alliance. On the other hand, Reinhard takes a stand against his opponents; all of his internal enemies are annihilated in a civil war and he seizes power to make reforms.
- The major conflict on Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. Ever since the emergence of George Glenn, natural born humans were so excessively jealous of Coordinators that they waged a political and later violent war to keep them suppressed.
- The beginning of Valvrave the Liberator has the students of Module 77 fending off the political encroachments of ARUS, who want their Humongous Mecha after its Curb-Stomp Battle against the Dorssians.
- A major theme of X-Men in wars between normal humans and mutants, the former fearing what the latter would bring in an open society. This gave rise to the main leaders Professor X and Magneto.
- A Discussed Trope in The Dark Knight, which has the above quote. Harvey Dent is backed by a strong base of law enforcers, judges and the Batman, all of which are putting the Mob on the ropes. Mayor Garcia warns him that while his stances and allies give him an edge against crime, they also threaten the paychecks of those who profited from it.
- In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, heroes have become very intolerable by how obstructive and intrusive S.H.I.E.L.D. is for the sake of watching "potential threats." In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, said heroes were on HYDRA's kill list.
- In Revenge of the Sith, this is what Anakin Skywalker comes to believe of his relations with the Jedi Council: that they are jealous and afraid of his power as the The Chosen One of the Force. In reality, only one Jedi Master, Mace Windu, felt something along the lines, while the rest were "only" too mired in the conservative inertia of millennia worth of Jedi traditions to deal with Anakin's unusual circumstances appropriately. The rest was really just Anakin's delusional paranoia skillfully played up by Darth Sidious to turn him to The Dark Side.
- Harry Potter:
- In the fourth book, Harry and Ron have a falling out when Harry is made to participate in the Triwizard Tournament. Ron, who for three years has seen Harry be generally better than him in terms of wealth, skill and fame, thinks Harry signed up of his own free will (Harry, meanwhile, is very much annoyed at the fame he gets for having survived Voldemort's attack and had no intention of signing up for a challenge intended for older students). They make up after the first task, when Ron realizes Harry would never have signed up for such dangerous activities.
- It's averted in the sixth book when Harry's warning of Voldemort's return is finally officially believed and he is once more unwillingly popular, but by then Ron has more self-confidence and is an admirer of his own.
- In Transformers: Exodus, Megatron immediately abandons his friendship with Pax/Optimus when the latter is unexpectedly made a Council member, because his Dark and Troubled Past had left Megatron with an abiding hatred and distrust of their planet's government. (Essentially, he considers Optimus a Sell-Out.) Also, he considers Optimus' elevation to be a "betrayal" of their original plan, in which Megatron would be the sole leader of their rebellion.
- As you make gains in the Nod campaign of Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, your liaison Seth shows hints of jealousy and gives you hard missions with faulty intelligence to ensure your failure. Fortunately, Kane kills him before that happens.
- Discussed and ultimately averted in Heroes of Might and Magic by Gauldoth, a Necromancer who ends up governing the nation of Nekross. He's Genre Savvy enough to recognize that necromancers like himself make great villains and, if they become too power-hungry, risk the rest of the world coming together to destroy them, so he goes out of his way to avoid becoming too powerful, forms alliances with other small nations that he could easily conquer with military force, and is content with the knowledge that he'll be ruling his own dead corner of the world, long after everyone powerful enough to threaten him is dead.
- A major political study in international relations is whether states tend to ally against or bandwagon with the strongest or most threatening state. To the extent that there is any consensus, states balance when they can and bandwagon when they must.
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