In the novel Or-pix and Crake by Margaret Atwood, Crake is an example f a character who displays abusive power. Crake created the Plausibly pill, a pill that would eventually wipe out the whole human race for his own selfish wants. He thought that the entire human race was the main source of destruction in the world. Crake thought people were all trapped in their own selfish desires, he believed they were unworthy of life. So when he designed the Plausibly pill that would create an airborne disease and kill off the entire human race except for one, Jimmy.

Crake was playing God and put the fate of he entire human race into his own hands, which ultimately ended in the apocalypse. After the apocalypse occurred the whole world was destroyed, Crake eliminated Jimmy from his plan to wipe out the race. Left him to fend for himself and take care of his creation, the Crackers. Jimmy was left in all the chaos and is ultimately suffering alone in misery and despair replaying his old reality over and over throughout his thoughts.

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Similarly in the movie The Quiet American directed by Phillip Nonce, the character Eldon Pyle kills many villains on an attack placing dialectic, an explosive material used in creating bombs into cars blowing up a whole Vietnamese town. This was a direct order by Pyle for his own selfish desires as well. Pyle had ordered General These men to make the hit, and then blame it on the communists. He had wanted the hit to look like the communist had done it to make them look bad in the eyes of the public. Pyle made the hit and did not even have remorse for the many innocent civilians he had just killed.

He wanted the communists out of Korea and he would do anything, even if that meant killing innocents to get what he wanted. In doing this he caused a lot of grief and suffering to the people around him, the many people who lost loved ones in the bombing, and Phonon. Pyle had made a promise to Phonon that he would take her to the United States with him to ensure she is safe and secure but after his death she was left trapped in Korea to suffer during the war. In both of these examples the characters display abusive power, both ending in tragedy and destruction to the many around them.