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Examples of Evil Is Not a Toy in anime and manga.

  • The Hentai Bible Black features the eponymous Black Bible, a spell book that some of the main protagonists have used to cast romantic spells, and other curses for fun and profit. Said book also has spells to summon demons (years before, a character had to learn the hard way that said spell required a human virgin sacrifice.) The victim of an attempted human sacrifice made a Deal with the Devil to stay alive long enough to find a soul to exchange for her longevity, and has chosen the hero's Childhood Friend as her sacrifice.
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  • Alan Gabriel in The Big O learns the hard way what happens when somebody thinks the Megadeuces are just a type of Humongous Mecha. Ye Guilty.
  • In Bleach, relying on the Hogyouku for power proves to be Aizen's undoing. Even though he survives Ichigo's Mugetsu and is on the verge of attaining even greater power, the Hogyouku is so unimpressed with his performance in the past few chapters that it no longer considers him a worthy master and depowers him. This activates a kidou Urahara hid inside Aizen which turns him into a Sealed Evil in a Can.
  • In Brave10, despite what Hanzo and Date think it's quite clear that Izanami is a dangerous force that cannot be controlled and should not be messed with.
  • This trope is a common theme in Chrono Crusade, usually having to do with the demons. The most obvious examples are the New York mobsters that think they can use demons as hit men, and Rosette's brother Joshua, who accepted a Deal with the Devil to have a pair of demon horns on his head.
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  • Death Note has Ryuk toward Light. Ryuk dropped a Death Note close by for Light to pick up, basically giving him a chance to kill people by the stroke of a pen. And for majority of the series, Ryuk more appears like a Harmless Villain, looks creepy, but ultimately spends his time watching Light's antics, eating apples or playing Mario Golf. It isn't until the end, when Light has been exposed as Kira and has "become boring" that Ryuk proves that he's still a Shinigami and writes Light's name into his own Death Note, just as Ryuk told him he eventually would.
  • In Digimon Adventure 02, when creating Kimeramon, Ken/the Digimon Emperor comes across the remains of Devimon, who warns him that "the powers of darkness cannot be controlled." Ken dismisses the warning and harvests Devimon's data to use in Kimeramon's creation; sure enough, Devimon's influence soon leads Kimeramon to turn against his creator.
    • In Digimon Xros Wars Dark Knightmon attempts to forcibly absorb his elder brother Big Bad Bagramon and use his powers to rule the world. It backfires spectacularly and Bagramon devours him instead, digivolving to Darkness Bagramon, the final boss.
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    • One of the tie-in games has the demon lord Barbamon spend the entire game trying to resurrect an ancient weapon Digimon named Armamon. He succeeds, and in a Karmic Transformation, is transformed into a sword and used as a weapon against the heroes.
    • Happens again in the Digimon World Data Squad tie-in. The main human villain unseals Lucemon, the most powerful of the demon lords, saying We Can Rule Together. Lucemon promptly eats him and uses him as a power source for the entirety of the final boss fight.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Emperor Pilaf, the Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain from early Dragon Ball, comes across the jar containing the Demon King Piccolo and releases him, hoping to mooch off of Piccolo's conquest. Piccolo initially goes along with it, but the minute he's used the Dragon Balls to restore his youth and full power, he kicks Pilaf and his Co-Dragons off of their own airship, after which Mai remarks to Pilaf that they never should have trusted King Piccolo, let alone set him loose, to begin with.
    • In Dragon Ball Z, Dr. Gero releases Androids 17 and 18, hoping to be able to control them with a remote control which 17 promptly takes away from him and breaks. A somewhat unusual case in that Gero was the one who created the Androids in the first place, and knew that he was taking a big gamble when he activated them. Not that realizing this saved him. 17 beheads Gero the first chance he gets.
    • Babidi revives Majin Buu and plans to use him to take over the world. Things don't go as planned. Initially, Buu does obey Babidi and shows no interest in betraying him, probably because he's too childish to think of such things. Even when Babidi insults Buu and threatens to re-seal him, the clearly enraged Buu backs down. Then Goku points out that Buu is far stronger (and faster) than Babidi and shouldn't take such abuse from him. Then Buu kills Babidi with a single punch to the face (which obliterates his head). The immediate consequences of Buu betraying Babidi are largely positive, since his capricious frolicking leads him to accidentally discover that Good Feels Good...and a mad gunman tries to kill him and nearly offs his new best friend in the process. Cue Enemy Without.
    • In the Universe Survival Saga of Dragon Ball Super, when Majin Buu falls into a two-month long hibernation, leaving them one member short for the Tournament of Power, Goku, having no other choice, arranges for Fortuneteller Baba to revive Frieza for one day to compete for them. Frieza makes it very clear to Goku and the Z-Fighters that they have only the barest vestiges of a leash on him, and immediately starts plotting against them. But subverted by the end. A combination of Pragmatic Villainy and the Final Boss of the tournament really being that strong lead to Frieza working alongside the heroes legitimately competing. As promised, Whis revives Frieza, who leaves without any further drama.
  • In chapter 242 of Fairy Tail, Zancrow gloats about retrieving Zeref. Seconds later, he is slain by a burst of Zeref's uncontrollable "Death Magic".
    • Hades wastes no time following his example. While trying to get the proper tools to undo the seal, Zeref informs him that he's wasting his time, that he has no interest in helping create Hades' magic horror world, and also that Hades trying to drag him into the whole thing has angered him enough to intentionally kill him.
  • Hell Girl both subverts it and plays it straight.
    • Subverted in that Ai can be summoned by humans through her website in a fairly simple manner and will kill the person she's ordered to as promised. However, as she warns you, the cost of having her do this is that you get dragged down to Hell upon your own death too. This contract is made clear, both in effects and consequences before it is entered into, and there are no hidden costs or tricks to bring about the human's "repayment" sooner or make the remainder of their life miserable, but it is obviously not to be entered into lightly due to the steep cost. Once Ai fulfills her end of the contract, neither she, nor her minions will further involve themselves in your life unless someone else uses the Hell Correspondence to have you sent to Hell.
    • Played straight in that, over the course of the series, certain people make attempts to capture and/or control Ai for her abilities or to avoid the cost of her services, but that never works and generally backfires horribly.
  • InuYasha:
    • Onigumo made his fateful deal with demons to become Naraku hoping he'd be able to control his new body. Instead, the demons suppress his consciousness, leaving Naraku himself in full control.
    • In the first movie, Ruri, one of Menomaru's Co-Dragons, copies Miroku's Wind Tunnel for her own use. During the climax of the film, she deliberately uses a knife to expand her own Wind Tunnel in an effort to overwhelm Miroku, only for it to promptly breach the confines of her palm and consume her. That's what happens when the power you copied is the product of a demon's curse, Ruri.
    • At one point, Naraku deliberately breaks the seal on Ryukotsusei, the dragon daiyokai who slew Inuyasha's father and was sealed by him in turn, and tries to encourage him to avenge himself by killing Inuyasha. Instead, Ryukotsusei attacks Naraku himself, deeming him to be nothing but an eye-sore, before electing to fight Inuyasha simply out of boredom.
  • Surprisingly subverted with Stroheim in Part 2 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. The story plays out in such a way to make the viewer believe it's going with the standard plot of "Nazis unearth some ancient evil power and try to find a way to harness it, only for it to blow up in their faces." However, it's revealed that, as soon as they discovered Santana and the power he possessed, they realized that he's far beyond their control, and Stroheim was trying to find a way to destroy him instead. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop Santana from awakening and wreaking havoc anyway.
  • Mazinger Z gives a textbook example. Dr. Hell searched and found the army of giant robots that legends rumored the lost civilization Mykene used, and thought he could control them through the rod of Rhode (a device he invented) and use them to Take Over the World. However, the Mykene civilization still existed, thriving underground... and Dr. Hell stealing their ancient weapons drew their attention back to the surface. Oops. One of them confronted Hell, accusing him of thieving their Lost Technology and demanding he returned it. Hell tried to bargain with him, and the Mykene messenger pretended to agree, but in reality he planned backstabbing Hell as soon as possible — which he did — to allow the Mykene Empire conquer the surface world instead of Hell.
    • He also does it in an one-shot chapter drawn by Ken Ishikawa (called Mazinger-Z: Relic of Terror and later adapted to Mazinkaiser manga and Shin Mazinger) with the Kedora: Mykene bio-computers that can take over any machine. There's just one problem: The Mykenes designed them specifically to wipe out any non-Mykene civilization they found. Lucky for him, Dr. Hell had only activated one of them before he found that out, and promptly destroyed the rest.
  • In Monster, various shady forces — a conspiracy or two consisting of Neo-Nazis, mad scientists, and ex-Secret Police, among others — all want to use Johan to bring about their One World Order. Johan is also implied to be The Antichrist. For real. As Tenma points out, he is not interested in ideas of racial or ethnic superiority, for he "laughs at all of humanity". Ultimately he plays along with their plans for his own ends — namely, The End of the World as We Know It — only to suffer an existential crisis and murder them all as a kind of metaphorical "suicide", vis a vis erasing everyone and everything who has any significant connection to him, while planning to be shot by Tenma. The last part fails, but the conspirators' plan never had a hope.
  • In Naruto the First Hokage used his Wood Release techniques to capture several of the tailed beasts and divided them among the other shinobi villages both as peace treaties and to stabilize the balance of power. However, being monstrous embodiments of chakra energy, the villages had trouble just containing them and attempts to utilize their power often met with mixed result (like Gaara and the Shukaku).
    • But completely averted with Tobi, who was able to use his sharingan alone to bind the Kyuubi (the most powerful of the tailed beasts) to his will and attack both the Hokage and the Hidden Leaf Village separately (along with controlling the Sanbi and its human host in a flashback). His Evil Plan involves using the seven beasts he already captured to make 100,000 Zetsu from their chakra, with the overall goal of combining all the captured tailed beasts into one colossal ten-tailed beast, become its host, and use its power to place the entire world under his control with his Tsukuyomi technique.
    • Also averted by Killer Bee, for whom the more appropriate trope would be Evil Is A Toy And Also Your Best Friend. He managed to become allies with the Hachibi, while Yugito appears to have had a decent relationship with the Nibi, which means that it makes a bit more sense for others to try it, too.
    • To his credit, post-time-skip Gaara was shown to be more or less in complete control of Shukaku by the time he became the Kazekage. Whether he had made peace with it (like Killer B) or had simply worked up the willpower to completely suppress its murderous tendencies wasn't revealed before the Akatsuki ripped it out of him.
    • During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto actually has a talk with eight of the nine beasts and discovers that not only are they all individual sentient beings with varying personalities, they were once all pretty nice. Once the Sage of the Six Paths died, however, people began treating them like monsters and they became monsters in retaliation. With Naruto treating them like people, they all offer him their support and he's able to break Kurama/the Kyuubi's seal and let him share his body as an ally. So it turns out to be Evil Responds Well To Being Treated Like A Person.
    • During the beginning of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kabuto Yakushi uses Orochimaru's Edo Tensei jutsu to resurrect several past characters as zombies under his control, including the real Madara Uchiha. When Kabuto is defeated and the jutsu is broken, Madara frees himself from the seal binding him to it, telling the five Kages to make sure to punish Kabuto for delving in forbidden jutsu before making his escape.
    • Even Madara Uchiha admits that the Ten-tails might be difficult to control as it mutates. That said, when he finally merges with it he has no problem handling it because they want the same thing.
    • And then, Madara gets hit by this when his ultimate plan turns out to have just been the resurrection scheme of someone even worse, who immediately possesses him.
  • Overlord (2012):
    • Averted for the most part: absolutely no one who meets Ainz harbors thoughts of manipulating him for their own ends, simply because his power is exponentially higher than their own (he casually creates undead that even The Archmage can't control). The Emperor briefly considered trying to turn some of Nazarick's guardians as double agents, but after witnessing a Willfully Weak Ainz participate in a battle and still dominate his opponent, he gives up even on that idea.
    • After Nazarick becomes a recognized country and Albedo is named diplomatic envoy to the Kingdom, a minor noble becomes infatuated with her and considers himself up to the task of seducing her and taking over the Sorcerous Kingdom by marrying her. The Eight Fingers working under Albedo have to relay each other when dealing with him because of how jaw-droppingly stupid this is.
  • Rosario + Vampire: Gyokuro steals Moka's rosary and uses it to control Alucard. It works at first, but Moka ultimately takes back her rosary, and Gyokuro is promptly devoured by Alucard as a result.
  • Kaolinite was instantly killed by Mistress 9 in Sailor Moon upon her revival. Likewise Metaria possessed Queen Beryl in the end of the first season.
  • In Slayers, the original Rezo found out that he would have to release Shabranigdo in order for Rezo to be able to open his own eyes; he believes he can adequately contain the lord of all demons thereafter, seal him back up, no harm done, right? It doesn't work out that way, mainly because Shabranigdo was actually sealed inside of Rezo; the very act of opening his eyes breaks the seal and allows Shabranigdo to take over his body.
    • Then there is Phibrizzo/Fibrizo, who arm-wrings Lina into casting the Giga Slave, in hope that the released power of the Lord of Nightmares will consume the world. He does partly succeed... the Lord of Nightmares itself is released inside Lina's body. It then promptly obliterates Phibrizzo.
  • In episode 3 of Soul Eater, a witch revives an ancient pharaoh and says he is now her servant. The pharaoh angrily eats her alive and goes back to sleep. Several groups try to manipulate the Great Old Ones, Asura in particular, and run into trouble trying to get personifications of human madness to do what they want. Medusa's more indirect attempt by leading Crona down the path of becoming a replacement for Asura is more successful because she has no intention of controlling the final outcome.
  • In Star Driver, Glittering Crux gets a taste of this in episode 14 when their Maiden seeking Cybody Ayingott turns out to be an evil robotic horror that overpowers its own Driver and goes berserk. It immediately attacks the Crux leaders. Only Takuto's and Sugata's intervention prevents things from getting worse.
  • Tears to Tiara kicks off the plot with the evil High Priest Drwc releasing the Demon King Arawn from his 1000 years of slumber in the first episode. Arawn kills Drwc shortly afterward, but instead of being the Big Bad, Arawn turns out to be the Noble Demon protagonist.
  • Umineko: When They Cry: If setting up a family meeting just so you can sacrifice the whole lot of them to a witch to bring her back to life seems like a good idea, you probably need your head examined. Appropriately enough, Kinzo tends to be found dead on a regular basis. However, it turns out to be a subversion; he's been dead for more than a year.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pegasus takes ancient magic duels that nearly destroyed the world and resurrects them as a (supposedly non-magical) card game, thereby threatening to incur the wrath of the Egyptian God Monsters. No wonder the game soon became Serious Business. (After said gods were placated, the game continued to be a Weirdness Magnet for all sorts of mystical forces.)
    • The Seal of Orichalcos is another example. As many villains of the DOMA Arc discovered, this cursed card does not play favorites.
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, both Fubuki Tenjoin (Atticus Rhodes in the English dub) and Yusuke Fujiwara seem to have trouble grasping this concept and end up using a Mask of Power and developing (the same) Super-Powered Evil Side. Then there's Brron, Mad King of Dark World, who tries to defeat Juudai by forcing him into despair by killing his friends. This activates Juudai's Super-Powered Evil Side, and does not end well for Brron. Ryo Marufuji/Zane Truesdale developed heart problems after forcing his opponents into duels in which both players wear collars that release electricity whenever the player takes damage.
  • The Ghingnham faction in ∀ Gundam. Both Agrippa Maintainer and Guin Sard Rhineford believe that Gym Ghingnham and his faction of the lunar military are Dumb Muscle who they can use to accomplish their goals. They fail to grasp that Gym is a highly intelligent Blood Knight who is using them in his bid to reawaken humanity's "warlike instinct" and will happily bulldoze them once they're no longer useful to him. This is obviously not in line with Agrippa's wish to suppress the history of war, and Guin loses his flagship to a stray shot by Gym's Gundam and ends the series as a fugitive in hiding.


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