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I took Gotham's White Knight... and I brought him down to our level. It wasn't hard. See, madness, as you know, is like gravity... All it takes is a little... push!
~ The Joker on how he turned Harvey Dent into another killer.

A villain or Evil Artifact able to attract many to the Dark Side via persuasion, temptation or manipulation, calling upon one's darkest desires and tempting them with the prospect of fulfilling their wishes or granting them power or simply because of the foul evil energy radiating from it so intensely that it twists the minds of any who come into contact with it and increases their inner darkness (i.e. Malefor).

Those submitted to Corrupting Influences become more manipulative and evil depending on how they work and the ways they are exposed. Corruptions may occur when one is exposed though victims develop addictions, become convinced or increase over time but if nothing is done to stop it the corruption becomes permanent and irreversible. On rare occasions this leads to Damned Souls as some go over the Moral Event Horizon.

They are the opposites of the Passively Good who attract others to the good side and are generally regarded as among those everyone else would ultimately be better off without (e.g. Peter Griffin, Eric Cartman).

Note that Pure Goods are immune to, unaffected by or not subject to Corrupting Influences as they are incorruptible.

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