Many characters on television have an insatiable lust for power.
Some come from nothing and have a point to prove. Others were born into it but aren't satisfied with what they have.
More isn't always better, but these characters don't care.
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They will do whatever it takes to make sure they stay at the top no matter the cost to themselves or anyone around them.
Sometimes they can't see the forest for the trees, and it leads to their ultimate downfall.
Other times, luck is always on their side.
Here are 13 TV characters who are on a serious power trip.
Smurf - Animal Kingdom
Smurf knows her stuff. She's been head of her own crime family for years, and she's not about to hand over her business anytime soon. She can be vicious even willing to kill her own son to keep her at the top.
King Philip - Knightfall
Nothing is sacred in King Philip's world -- even his own wife. Granted she cheated on him with his best friend, but what kind of heartless soul kills a pregnant woman. He barely listens to his most trusted advisors because he thinks he knows everything. But his uncontrollable rage and quest for power was his inevitable downfall.
General Harding - Project Blue Book
General Harding is a major badass . He knows there's something out there. He has the proof, but he won't let anyone inside his secret circle. Maybe he thinks he's protecting the world from alien invaders. Maybe he just wants to find out more. Whatever his reasons, his need for power and control is what keeps him going.
Technical Boy - American Gods
Technology rules the world, and Technical Boy sits at the top. This New God has no use for the Gods of old and will be happy when they disappear never to be seen again. He's unpredictable and petulant, but isn't that a characteristic of everyone on a serious power trip?
Daenyrs - Game of Thrones
She used to treat people fairly and with respect, but as she gained power she began losing control. She could have ruled the throne but her need and greed to be on top and in control was what caused her ultimate downfall.
Tariq - Power
Money is great to have because it buys you many things. But sometimes money can be a trickster and in Tariq's case money tricked him good. The more money he made, the greedier he got and with that came his need for power. But money can't always buy you what you want and in his case, power was just a pipe dream.