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28th Apr '16 11:04:34 PM Pichu-kun
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* The [[TerribleTrio Team Rocket]] trio from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', no doubt about it. They're actually much better at being ''good'' than they are at being ''bad''.
** They've always been blunderers, but they ''did'' provide genuine conflict in the early episodes. By Johto, they'd gone through complete VillainDecay and reached their current status as comic relief. The original creator of the characters, Takeshi Shudo, had, by that point, lost control of them, and [[CreatorBacklash stated his dissatisfaction with how the characters have devolved]] on his blog.
** [[spoiler: In the new series, however, they've risen up to levels that make them seem more fearsome than when they first appeared, making them {{Not So Harmless Villain}}s.]]
** ''How I Became a Pokemon Card'', a manga full of one-shots, has a protagonist named Hiroshi. He's a kid who wants to be a part of Team Rocket, but he's always accidentally doing good things. Team Rocket, in that manga, is also this, though they're depicted as being a menace for some reason.
* Florsheim from ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'' has tried a few villainous schemes from time to time, but they always get caught up in helping Sunred with his love life, or saving a stray cat, or doing things that seem out of character for an evil organization. They're still fairly powerful, considering they're sentai villains, (amongst other things they curbstomp a rival organization honing in on their turf) but they aren't villain''ous'' by any stretch of the imagination.
** To put it in perspective, Florsheim's "BigBad", Vamp, favours a special brand of imported detergent for cleaning, because it's made from ecological coconut oil and is completely biodegradable. He's so harmless, he won't even resort to ''littering''. After Armour Tiger curbstomps a rival Evil Organization who tried to take over their territory, general Vamp starts lecturing their monsters because their {{delinquent}} aesthetics are making his monsters look bad [[BackInMyDay and they don't respect their elders]].

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* The [[TerribleTrio Team Rocket]] trio from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', no doubt about it. They're actually much better at being ''good'' than they are at being ''bad''.
**
''bad''. They've always been blunderers, but they ''did'' provide genuine conflict in the early episodes. By Johto, they'd gone through complete VillainDecay and reached their current status as comic relief. The original creator of the characters, Takeshi Shudo, had, by that point, lost control of them, and [[CreatorBacklash stated his dissatisfaction with how the characters have devolved]] on his blog.
** [[spoiler:
blog. In the new series, ''Best Wishes'' however, they've risen they rose up to levels that make them seem more fearsome than even when they first appeared, making them {{Not So Harmless Villain}}s.]]
** ''How I Became
Villain}}s. Partway through they were booted down a Pokemon Card'', bit to be more comedic and similar to their classic tone, but kept some of their more competent traits.
* ''Manga/HowIBecameAPokemonCard'',
a manga full of one-shots, has a protagonist named Hiroshi.Hiroshi in one story. He's a kid who wants to be a part of Team Rocket, but he's always accidentally doing good things. Team Rocket, in that manga, is also this, though they're depicted as being a menace for some reason.
* Florsheim from ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'' has tried a few villainous schemes from time to time, but they always get caught up in helping Sunred with his love life, or saving a stray cat, or doing things that seem out of character for an evil organization. They're still fairly powerful, considering they're sentai villains, (amongst other things they curbstomp a rival organization honing in on their turf) but they aren't villain''ous'' by any stretch of the imagination.
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imagination. To put it in perspective, Florsheim's "BigBad", Vamp, favours a special brand of imported detergent for cleaning, because it's made from ecological coconut oil and is completely biodegradable. He's so harmless, he won't even resort to ''littering''. After Armour Tiger curbstomps a rival Evil Organization who tried to take over their territory, general Vamp starts lecturing their monsters because their {{delinquent}} aesthetics are making his monsters look bad [[BackInMyDay and they don't respect their elders]].
19th Dec '15 10:26:20 AM Grudgeal
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** To put it in perspective, Florsheim's "BigBad", Vamp, favours a special brand of imported detergent for cleaning, because it's made from ecological coconut oil and is completely biodegradable. He's so harmless, he won't even resort to ''littering''. After Armour Tiger curbstomps a rival Evil Organization who tried to take over their territory, general Vamp starts lecturing their monsters because their {{delinquent}} aesthetics are making his monsters look bad.

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** To put it in perspective, Florsheim's "BigBad", Vamp, favours a special brand of imported detergent for cleaning, because it's made from ecological coconut oil and is completely biodegradable. He's so harmless, he won't even resort to ''littering''. After Armour Tiger curbstomps a rival Evil Organization who tried to take over their territory, general Vamp starts lecturing their monsters because their {{delinquent}} aesthetics are making his monsters look bad.bad [[BackInMyDay and they don't respect their elders]].
24th Sep '15 11:40:09 PM Adept
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* Does anyone remember Clawdia from ''FightingFoodons''? She's another classic example, being incapable of even stealing a certain item such as Chef Crock Pop's scroll (which she ended up replacing with an empty fake scroll) or even the ultimate recipe held at Hamsterdam (in fact, what she got instead, to her embarrassment, was a pair of underpants), and can't even come anywhere near beating Chase and/or any of the other good chefs. One of the times she actually came close to winning for once was siccing a seemingly-indestructible [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bearafooda]] on the good guys in Episode 10 (who of course gained back the upper hand when they used a power topping). [[spoiler:She finally got one more chance to impress King Gorge in the third-to-last episode and she blew it, of course ([[YouHaveFailedMe which in turn leads to Gorge to attempt to kill her as punishment]] only for Chase to stop him, after which she later redeems when Chase and the others break Gorge's spell on her with their food).]]
* Cait Sith Cheshire, from ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'', who is mostly a PluckyComicRelief character who acts more like a servant than a combatant.

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* Does anyone remember Clawdia from ''FightingFoodons''? ''Manga/FightingFoodons''? She's another classic example, being incapable of even stealing a certain item such as Chef Crock Pop's scroll (which she ended up replacing with an empty fake scroll) or even the ultimate recipe held at Hamsterdam (in fact, what she got instead, to her embarrassment, was a pair of underpants), and can't even come anywhere near beating Chase and/or any of the other good chefs. One of the times she actually came close to winning for once was siccing a seemingly-indestructible [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bearafooda]] on the good guys in Episode 10 (who of course gained back the upper hand when they used a power topping). [[spoiler:She finally got one more chance to impress King Gorge in the third-to-last episode and she blew it, of course ([[YouHaveFailedMe which in turn leads to Gorge to attempt to kill her as punishment]] only for Chase to stop him, after which she later redeems when Chase and the others break Gorge's spell on her with their food).]]
* Cait Sith Cheshire, from ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'', ''Anime/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'', who is mostly a PluckyComicRelief character who acts more like a servant than a combatant.
23rd Aug '15 8:42:43 PM nombretomado
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* ''MonColleKnights'' brings us another TerribleTrio: Prince Eccentro, Batch, and Gluko. Eccentro tries to be as evil as his father and Chuzaemon trained him to be, but he doesn't seem to go anywhere near even putting the slightest hurt on someone, and as a result, he and Batch often get punished by Chuzaemon with back-breaking exercises related to each episode's content. Gluko [[KarmaHoudini rarely gets punished]], however, considering how [[DissonantSerenity airheaded and cheerful]] she is all the time even when she, Prince Eccentro, and Batch are always losing to the heroes.

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* ''MonColleKnights'' ''Anime/MonColleKnights'' brings us another TerribleTrio: Prince Eccentro, Batch, and Gluko. Eccentro tries to be as evil as his father and Chuzaemon trained him to be, but he doesn't seem to go anywhere near even putting the slightest hurt on someone, and as a result, he and Batch often get punished by Chuzaemon with back-breaking exercises related to each episode's content. Gluko [[KarmaHoudini rarely gets punished]], however, considering how [[DissonantSerenity airheaded and cheerful]] she is all the time even when she, Prince Eccentro, and Batch are always losing to the heroes.
24th Jun '15 9:01:35 PM nombretomado
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* He may be more malicious in the anime than in the games, but King Dedede is still pretty much as harmless in ''KirbyRightBackAtYa'' as he is in the game franchise. The only time he does threaten to hurt someone (other than Kirby or Whispy Woods) is when he orders the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Dedede Stone]] to stomp Tiff - which would've resulted in her death if it weren't for her knight in shining armor, [[MagnificentBastard Meta Knight]], coming to her rescue.

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* He may be more malicious in the anime than in the games, but King Dedede is still pretty much as harmless in ''KirbyRightBackAtYa'' ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' as he is in the game franchise. The only time he does threaten to hurt someone (other than Kirby or Whispy Woods) is when he orders the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Dedede Stone]] to stomp Tiff - which would've resulted in her death if it weren't for her knight in shining armor, [[MagnificentBastard Meta Knight]], coming to her rescue.
18th Nov '14 10:04:43 AM sylviaviridian
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* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', Stoffel is an interesting example, in that he was an EvilChancellor in the past, manipulating the previous Maoh (his sister!) to some pretty extreme ends and generally causing a lot of damage and sorrow to a lot of people. But his villainy is all about politics and manipulation: in the current timeline, the new Maoh's advisors keep a close eye on him, and Yuuri himself is TooDumbToFool into being politically manipulated, so after spending his first appearance trying and failing to win Yuuri's favor and nearly starting a civil war, Stoffel becomes a comically inept sycophantic toady in short order.
9th Jun '14 9:01:49 AM Willbyr
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* Kurotowa in the ''NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' anime. In the manga, he only briefly ''appears'' to be one of these, before [[NotSoHarmlessVillain proving to actually be dangerously competent.]]
* The pirates in ''PorcoRosso'' are positively polite:
-->"Do you really want to take all fifteen of them hostage?"
-->"Of course I do! It wouldn't be nice to separate them from their friends."

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* Kurotowa in the ''NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' anime. In the manga, he only briefly ''appears'' to be one of these, before [[NotSoHarmlessVillain proving to actually be dangerously competent.]]
* The pirates in ''PorcoRosso'' ''Anime/PorcoRosso'' are positively polite:
-->"Do you really want to take all fifteen of them hostage?"
-->"Of
hostage?"\\
"Of
course I do! It wouldn't be nice to separate them from their friends."
14th Mar '14 11:41:52 AM Aiguille
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* Cait Sith Cheshire, from ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'', who is mostly a ComicRelief character who acts more like a servant than a combatant.

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* Cait Sith Cheshire, from ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'', who is mostly a ComicRelief PluckyComicRelief character who acts more like a servant than a combatant.
24th Feb '14 10:21:32 PM WanderingBrowser
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* [[DirtyOldMan Happosai]] of RanmaHalf may be this. [[InvokedTrope Invoking]] {{Panty Shot}}s, [[PantyThief stealing underwear]], scaring girls, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and overeating]] hardly makes him [[InformedAttribute the demon-in-human-form Soun and Genma claim him to be]], although there's no denying he's a huge JerkAss. Happosai is also a very powerful martial artist, but Ranma can defeat him with ease through [[DistractedByTheSexy distraction]], with only a bucket of [[WeaksauceWeakness cold water]] and the [[BlessedWithSuck Jusenkyo curse]], or even just an item of ladies' underwear.

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* [[DirtyOldMan Happosai]] of RanmaHalf Manga/RanmaOneHalf may be this. [[InvokedTrope Invoking]] {{Panty Shot}}s, [[PantyThief stealing underwear]], scaring girls, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and overeating]] hardly makes him [[InformedAttribute the demon-in-human-form Soun and Genma claim him to be]], although there's no denying he's a huge JerkAss. Happosai is also a very powerful martial artist, but Ranma can defeat him with ease through [[DistractedByTheSexy distraction]], with only a bucket of [[WeaksauceWeakness cold water]] and the [[BlessedWithSuck Jusenkyo curse]], or even just an item of ladies' underwear.
15th Nov '13 9:13:33 PM maylove25
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* ''MonColleKnights'' brings us another TerribleTrio: Count Collection, Bacchi, and Guuko. The Count tries to be as evil as his father and Chuzaemon trained him to be, but he doesn't seem to go anywhere near even putting the slightest hurt on someone, and as a result, he and Bacchi often get punished by Chuzaemon with back-breaking exercises related to each episode's content. Guuko [[KarmaHoudini rarely gets punished]], however, considering how [[DissonantSerenity airheaded and cheerful]] she is all the time even when she, the Count, and Bacchi are always losing to the heroes.

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* ''MonColleKnights'' brings us another TerribleTrio: Count Collection, Bacchi, Prince Eccentro, Batch, and Guuko. The Count Gluko. Eccentro tries to be as evil as his father and Chuzaemon trained him to be, but he doesn't seem to go anywhere near even putting the slightest hurt on someone, and as a result, he and Bacchi Batch often get punished by Chuzaemon with back-breaking exercises related to each episode's content. Guuko Gluko [[KarmaHoudini rarely gets punished]], however, considering how [[DissonantSerenity airheaded and cheerful]] she is all the time even when she, the Count, Prince Eccentro, and Bacchi Batch are always losing to the heroes.
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