Drunk on the Dark Side

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Hal Jordan: Green Lantern and murderer of his entire Corps... and loving it!
"POWERRRRRRRR! UNLIMITED POWERRRRRRRR!"

Villains aren't ones to preach self control or restraint. They might understand and even use it to good effect, but in their blackest hearts they want to live it up and tear up the scenery... in this trope's case, literally.

A villain who is Drunk with Power on The Dark Side will show how "Evil Feels Good", he has become a God and With Great Power Comes Great Insanity, releasing waves or bolts of dark power, or if they're powerful enough cause a deliberate "controlled" Superpower Meltdown that can become a Sphere of Destruction.

The downside to this exercise in expressive megalomania is its equivalent to (and sometimes paired with) becoming a One-Winged Angel, meaning the villain has completely surrendered to The Corruption and is too far gone for the heroes to be able to save, and thus killing the villain becomes acceptable. Contrast This Is Your Brain on Evil, where the villain's mental processes are equally affected, but not in a fun way. The drug metaphor sometimes breaks down here, as villains will start out experiencing This Is Your Brain on Evil, then proceed to Drunk on the Dark Side when their humanity degrades to the point that they stop fighting it. (With drugs, you normally lead off with the carefree intoxication part, while the soul-crushing addiction part comes later.)

See also Evil Is Hammy.

Examples of Drunk on the Dark Side include:


Anime & Manga[edit | hide | hide all]

  • Magical Project S When Misao, normally a shy, timid girl, transforms into her evil magical self, she starts to do everything she couldn't in powerless form—and as pixy misa she starts to sing about how powerful she is (she sings in the middle of the street, as everyone assumes a WTF expression) with hilarious results.
  • Muska in Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle in the Sky qualifies at the climactic events of the film when he takes control of Laputa's powers and both kills the general and his soldiers and destroys the army's battleship with an army of robots, gloating, "A superior being such as myself has only one option—burn them!"
  • Nene in Blue Dragon does this when he absorbs the main characters' powers.
  • Death Note: Light Yagami started out as a kid groomed for success. His dream was to join the police and assist his father, the Chief of Police. He then became the popular guy in high-school because he was smart, studious, and Bishonen. He was even smart enough to be one of the top scoring high-school students in all of Japan! Then he found a Death Note...
  • In Bleach, Tosen goes absolutely batshit insane after he realizes his Resureccion gives him eyesight. More than he already was, anyway.
    • And Aizen has gone off the deep end as well, doing incredibly dickish things for no reason except that he can, and loses it not once, but twice, when Gin succeeds in killing him and when he discovers Ichigo's more powerful than him now. Yes, that's in the correct order.
    • Mabashi, in the Bount arc, was so against sucking living souls that he actually had to be force-fed his first. Afterward he goes Ax Crazy, burning through any sympathy we might have had very quickly.
  • Recently, in One Piece, Blackbeard stole the Gura Gura no Mi from Whitebeard's body, and goes off the rails, threatening to destroy the island of Maineford, kill everybody, etc. It takes the arrival of Shanks to sober him, but it's likely a temporary solution for now on that.
  • In Record of Lodoss War, the evil magician Wagnard becomes even MORE megalomaniacal by the final episode, cackling with mad glee as he blasts at Parn and Ashram with his magic from his scepter until Ashram eventually kills him. Even so, he gets to have one last bit of scenery to chew on as he screams, "All Lodoss is doomed! Hahahahaha! Nothing will remain! NOTHING! Hahahahahahaha!"
  • Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto initially wants power to surpass his treacherous brother Itachi, but with time, he spirals dangerously out of control. Too much exposure to evil and Mind Rape twisted him into an Ax Crazy lunatic- learning Itachi pretended to be a villain so his brother would kill him to atone for slaying his clan, but actually still loved him was what made him crack. Now, he's to the point where he wants his whole village wiped out. Unless... his revived brother can convince him otherwise...


Comic Books[edit | hide]

  • Superboy Prime, starting with Infinite Crisis and getting steadily worse thereafter.
  • The Scarlet Witch, often.
  • Madelyne Pryor did this when she went Goblyn Queen and tried to sacrifice her own son to usher in a Hell on Earth. Needless to say, though she's died and come back since then, she'll likely Never Live It Down.
  • As seen in the page image, Hal Jordan after his temporary Face Heel Turn and turning into Parallax.
  • Happens in Mega Man, when Mega Man starts getting the Robot Masters' powers he starts to get increasingly cocky and arrogant, to the point where he declares himself invincible. This results in Dr. Light having to contain him while he throws what amounts to a super-powered temper tantrum. When he calms down, he's so horrified at his response that he asks Dr. Light to take them away.
    • An act of Fridge Brilliance on the writer's part- this explains why Mega Man's acquired powers don't carry over into the next game- he's only borrowing them until Wily's beaten.


Film[edit | hide]

  • Palpatine really tears into Mace Windu in Episode III of Star Wars and then Luke in Episode VI.
    • Being drunk on the dark side is considered a legitimate strategy among the Sith as a whole.
    • It's part and parcel of a Sith's power in the first place- as opposed to the Jedi, who control the Force through serenity and self-discipline, a Sith unleashes it through raw, destructive emotion- and as such, even a normally self-controlled Sith like the Emperor will go straight to Large Ham mode when using his powers.
  • In Disney's Aladdin, Jafar really hams it up after wishing to become the world's most powerful sorcerer and, when even that isn't enough, he wishes to become a genie himself and hams it up even more until he notices the BIG downside to being a genie.
  • Skeletor pulls one of these in the Masters of the Universe movie. Oddly enough, his godlike power does not allow him to win a swordfight against He-Man.
  • Dungeons & Dragons (2000). Jeremy Iron hams it up as Profion at the climax so much, his skull is ready to pop out of his head.

Profion: LET THEIR BLOOD RAIN FROM THE SKYYYYYY!!!!


Live-Action TV[edit | hide]

  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Revelations," renegade Watcher Gwendolyn Post tricks the Scooby Gang into recovering the evil artifact the Glove of Myhnegon, and promptly becomes this trope.

after Miss Post has put on the Glove of Myhnegon and absorbed its power
Faith: What's going on?
Ms. Post: Faith... a word of advice: you're an idiot!
blasts Faith with lightning bolt

Tabletop Games[edit | hide]


Videogames[edit | hide]

  • In Knights of the Old Republic, most of the students at the Sith Academy have this to various degrees. In fact, one way to get inside is to murder one such student, since he's just being a total dick and killing people at random because he cant get over how easy it is. If you turn to the Dark Side, you can force one of the main characters to kill his best friend because she won't swear loyalty to you. Although he'll snap out of it and turn on you if you keep him in your party.
  • Final Fantasy villains are fond of this trope, coupled with nihilism. To name a few, Kefka, Sephiroth, and Kuja.

"I've tapped into the ultimate power. Observe...! Such magnificent power! You are like insects to me!" -Kefka, Final Fantasy VI

    • Kefka is a subversion, as his personality stays exactly the same after gaining ultimate power - which is bad, because he was a gleefully psychotic monster to begin with. Kefka goes from being a gleefully psychotic man to being a gleefully psychotic god.
    • Sephiroth does not become insane as a result of his evil nature. He becomes evil when he goes crazy, and he's much less of a nihilist, and much more of an A God Am I type villain. Plus, his plan isn't random destruction, but instead a very carefully thought out plan in which the destruction he plans is vitally important to him achieving godhood.
      • It wasn't carefully thought out. It involved dropping a meteor on the planet. There would be nobody left for him to laud his newfound godhood over. He'd just be alone on a cold, dead rock without anyone to witness his power.
        • At which point he would simply use the rotting husk of the dead planet as a giant space ship until he finds another inhabitable planet, where he would then use his godly power to start life over from scratch. And there you go (Somehow he seems to have gotten the idea that all Humans Are Bastards and that this justifies him destroying the world and starting over on another planet...I blame Hojo) To be fair, you only find out about his planet-is-a-spaceship plan if you watch Advent Children. And then no explanation is given as to HOW he is going to move the damn thing. As powerful as he would be, I would think that even he would have a problem pulling the planet he was standing on out of orbit. Maybe the weight of his ego would cause the earth to fall out of orbit...
          • The fact that it's never outright stated how is a bit of a problem. It's possible to figure out if you do a bit of research, hunt down the side-material (some of which, sadly, is Japan-only) and then connect the dots. It has to do with the Geostigma: Sephiroth causes Geostigma by spreading Jenova's remains through the lifestream, then when the Geostigma kills someone it corrupts that persons soul and places it under Sephiroth's complete control. He's eating the souls of anyone killed by it. The plan then is to use the corrupted lifestream to take control of the planet and pull it out of orbit. The dark clouds descending from the sky during the final battle are corrupted lifestream reaching down to grasp the planet. He just needs to get a good grip, and then use the souls of everyone killed by the Geostigma as a giant lifting crane to move the planet. Then the freezing cold of dark space will kill everyone that's left and leave Sephiroth to eat the rest of the lifestream.
  • Esher in Myst V: End of Ages does this if you make the mistake of giving him the tablet.
  • The reason the "canisters" in Geneforge are listed under both Upgrade Artifact and Psycho Serum—not only are they addictive, they're prone to causing egomania, severe anger management problems, Hallucinations, and, occasionally, Body Horror.
  • Exposure to Phazon causes this in the Metroid Prime series. In the third installment, Samus gets to experience it herself. It's still better than the alternative, though.
    • What makes Phazon even more insidious is that early stages of The Corruption can be shrugged off by expelling excess Phazon by shooting randomly, which is highly likely to cause any and all allies to think you've either gone berserk or already succumbed to this trope.
  • In Mega Man Zero 2, as the final boss Elpizo is transforming into his One-Winged Angel form, he lets out a piercing scream, and then yells (in Japanese) "MORE POWER!!!" in a demonically distorted voice.
  • In the Demon Path of Soul Nomad and The World Eaters, Revya does this, intoning "More... More power..." during some attacks, complete with a Voice of the Legion.
  • In Overlord II, when you drain Queen Fay of her magic, she slowly begins to be corrupted by your dark magic, begging for you to continue and yelling at the Elves and Pixies for trying to save her. By the end she's driven completely insane and becomes a full-on Fallen Hero who joins you.
  • In the Kingdom Hearts series, Ansem Xehanort and Organization XIII are so Drunk on the Dark Side that sometimes it seems like the darkness is all they ever talk about.
  • "Ulala! I needed your dance power you see, now we have all the power we need!"
  • In World of Warcraft:
    • It is a quite common effect of demonic magic, especially for careless users. One boss in Magister's Terrace which, after charging up with a bit of it outright screams "YES! I AM A GOD!". His boss, Kael'thas, gets "unlimited power"-style quotes in both his appearances.
    • In a meta vein, whenever any class or skill ends up buffed up significantly, players of that class will go on this trope completely. In one case, Shamans getting the ability to cast Chain Lightning with no pauses made the resulting light-show look just like Palpatine's Force Lightning. Flooding of Youtube with mashups of his quote from the page top with in-game footage promptly followed.
  • This is one of the more... legitimate reasons Blood Magic and dealing with spirits is forbidden for mages in Dragon Age.
  • Most of the voice acting in the first Baten Kaitos game is very wooden and monotone. However, during Kalas' Face Heel Turn...


Webcomics[edit | hide]

  • Yeager in Nodwick acted this way when he had won the power of "The Quirkening", going so far as to threaten to kill Nodwick... well, ok, he's normally like that, but this time he meant to use his Reality Warper powers to really screw him over.
  • Vaarsuvius in Order of the Stick, after making a Deal with the Devil. At least initially. Soon after the character starts actually using that power, they feel nothing but frustration as resolutions to some plot threads have been reached without having them use it. And then finally when they try to fight the Big Bad, an Evil Sorceror that has technically less power, but is more than equal and is much more proficient in it's use where it matters, they get stomped and lose all of that power. Though while the end result was far short of what the character imagined, they still managed to achieve a couple important things - and could have done more if not for the power-drunk rampage.
  • In Endstone, rocking the Banestone does this.
  • In Homestuck Rose Lalonde does this after going Grimdark


Web Originals[edit | hide]


Western Animation[edit | hide]

"I have all the power in the WOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRLD!!"

    • He was a raging sociopath long before the comet, it's just now he had enough firepower to really let it out.