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31st Mar '16 1:58:20 AM Mhazard
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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put to use when she [[spoiler: went after Orga's mobile worker to disrupt his command, only to be halted by Biscuit's HeroicSacrifice]] and her combat skill is decent for a person who enters the field for the first time with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser ceremonial weapon]]'', her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic part comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and [[UriahGambit staged]] by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it doesn't earn any respect, it nets a DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her unintentional killing.]]

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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents [[CombatPragmatist obviously have none none]] and has have no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put to use when she [[spoiler: went after Orga's mobile worker to disrupt his command, only to be halted by Biscuit's HeroicSacrifice]] and her combat skill is decent for a person who enters the field for the first time with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser ceremonial weapon]]'', her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic part comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and [[UriahGambit staged]] by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it doesn't earn any respect, it nets a DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her unintentional killing.]]
31st Mar '16 1:55:08 AM Mhazard
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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in use and her combat skill is decent for a person who enters the field for the first time with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser ceremonial weapon]]'', her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and [[UriahGambit staged]] by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it doesn't earn any respect, it nets a DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her unintentional killing.]]

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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in to use when she [[spoiler: went after Orga's mobile worker to disrupt his command, only to be halted by Biscuit's HeroicSacrifice]] and her combat skill is decent for a person who enters the field for the first time with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser ceremonial weapon]]'', her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic part comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and [[UriahGambit staged]] by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it doesn't earn any respect, it nets a DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her unintentional killing.]]
30th Mar '16 11:04:18 AM Mhazard
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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in use and her combat skill is decent for a person who enters the field for the first time with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser ceremonial weapon]]'', her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and [[UriahGambit staged]] by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it doesn't earn any respect, it nets a DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her intentionally killing.]]

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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in use and her combat skill is decent for a person who enters the field for the first time with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser ceremonial weapon]]'', her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and [[UriahGambit staged]] by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it doesn't earn any respect, it nets a DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her intentionally unintentional killing.]]
30th Mar '16 11:03:51 AM Mhazard
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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in use and her combat skill is decent for a person who enters the field for the first time with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser ceremonial weapon]]'', her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and [[UriahGambit staged]] by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it didn't earn any respect, it nets a DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her intentionally killing.]]

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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in use and her combat skill is decent for a person who enters the field for the first time with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser ceremonial weapon]]'', her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and [[UriahGambit staged]] by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it didn't doesn't earn any respect, it nets a DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her intentionally killing.]]
30th Mar '16 11:03:08 AM Mhazard
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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in use and her combat skill is decent for a person who enters the field for the first time with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser ceremonial weapon]]'', her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and staged by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it didn't earn any respect, it nets a DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her intentionally killing.]]

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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in use and her combat skill is decent for a person who enters the field for the first time with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser ceremonial weapon]]'', her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and staged [[UriahGambit staged]] by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it didn't earn any respect, it nets a DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her intentionally killing.]]
30th Mar '16 11:02:03 AM Mhazard
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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in use. Her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and staged by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it didn't earn any respect, it nets a DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her intentionally killing.]]

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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in use. Her use and her combat skill is decent for a person who enters the field for the first time with a ''[[ImprobableWeaponUser ceremonial weapon]]'', her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and staged by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it didn't earn any respect, it nets a DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her intentionally killing.]]
30th Mar '16 10:58:20 AM Mhazard
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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in use. Her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and staged by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it didn't earn any respect, it nets a DisportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her intentionally killing.]]

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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in use. Her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and staged by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it didn't earn any respect, it nets a DisportionateRetribution DisproportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her intentionally killing.]]
30th Mar '16 10:57:50 AM Mhazard
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** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' zig-zags between this and NotSoHarmlessVillain. She is a valorous LargeHam Gjallarhorn officer who overly relies on team formation and frequently [[TalkingIsAFreeAction talk mid-fight]]. The ineffectual part comes from [[BornInTheWrongCentury her belief in honor]] when her opponents have none and has no qualms about killing her off guard. While her knowledge of formation is actually put in use. Her urge for CombatByChampion frequently backfires. [[spoiler: The sympathetic comes from her tragic death, both delivered by Mikazuki and staged by none other than her treachous love interest, [=McGillis=]. In the end, Carta is just an honourable soldier who wants to honor her family, not only it didn't earn any respect, it nets a DisportionateRetribution from her enemy because of her intentionally killing.]]
20th Feb '16 11:19:51 AM LadyJaneGrey
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** The Logia Devil Fruits are the rarest and give their users the most powerful abilities; Smoker, Ace, and Crocodile are among known Logia users. However, [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl Honey Queen]] from the second movie (whether it was canon or not) was a Logia user who was pretty incompetent, trying to flee when her own siblings were losing, lacking the courage most Lugia users have. She didn't get far either, captured by Nami who simply bottled her up in a jar after she had assumed fluid form.



** Kodo may have lost the duel, but it did do his intended job, which was to wake up Aki's signer powers.

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** %%** Kodo may have lost the duel, but it did do his intended job, which was to wake up Aki's signer powers.
12th Feb '16 4:07:27 AM rafi
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* Mousse from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is a loser whose plots against Ranma go only so far before backfiring spectacularly. He's usually played as an unrepentant jerk, although maybe once a season, he'd get a moment of quiet reflection for the audience to sympathize with him -- right before going back to his old ways, naturally. Both the ineffectual and sympathetic aspects are ironic, because Mousse is the most ruthlessly homicidal of Ranma's regular rivals. By contrast, Mousse spends most of the series willing to do just about anything to kill Ranma, routinely using bladed and impaling weapons and attacking with ambushes. He even comments once on being willing to slip poisonous mushrooms into Ranma's food.

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* Mousse from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is a loser whose plots against Ranma go only so far before backfiring spectacularly. He's usually played as Feliciano/Italy in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', an unrepentant jerk, although maybe once a season, he'd get a moment odd example of quiet reflection for the audience to sympathize with him -- right before going back to his old ways, naturally. Both the an ineffectual and sympathetic aspects are ironic, villain title character semi-protagonist. He really only gets the title of villain because Mousse is the most ruthlessly homicidal manga is set predominantly in the WWII era. [[YouFailHistoryForever If further explanation of Ranma's regular rivals. By contrast, Mousse spends most that is needed...]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', this spot is owned by Dallas Genoard, who isn't all that sympathetic, but is more than ineffectual enough to make up for it.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Lilynette, Stark's TokenMiniMoe fraccion. She's currently fighting Ukitake, who is one
of the series willing 5 most powerful shinigami in existence. The fight so far has consisted of Ukitake telling her that he doesn't want to do just about anything fight a little girl and simply deflecting or dodging every attack she threw at him. Currently, he's playing keep-away with her Zanpaktou as she cries at him to give it back and threatens over and over again to kill Ranma, routinely using bladed and impaling weapons and attacking him. Ukitake even lectures the girl on how her determination is admirable, but she simply lacks the ability to 'fight' him properly (i.e take the sword back). She fires a [[KiAttack cero]], he deflects it with ambushes. He even comments his [[NonchalantDodge hand]]. No wonder she was pissed off.
* Jeremiah Gottwald from ''Anime/CodeGeass'', who began the show as the military equivalent of a JerkJock, but made the mistake of crossing [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]], which left him disgraced, hated, and saddled with the ignoble nickname "Orange". His [[EnsembleDarkhorse enormous popularity]] spared him from a planned quick death, resulting in his returning later [[spoiler:as an AxCrazy cyborg]]. Just to crank up the sympathy another few notches, [[AllThereInTheManual the side materials]] revealed that Jeremiah was a palace guard on the day Empress Marianne was killed, and based his entire career on an attempt to atone for failing not only Marianne, but her children, who disappeared in Japan, leading him to think that they were killed by the Japanese, which prompted his racism against Elevens, which resulted in Lelouch (Marianne's supposedly-dead son) publicly humiliating him. Whoops...In the second season, Jeremiah was [[spoiler: sent by the Geass Order to assassinate Lelouch, revealed that he was still loyal to Marianne, and when Lelouch admitted that avenging his mother was one of his main reasons for becoming Zero, "Orange-Boy" [[HeelFaceTurn immediately dropped his thirst for vengeance and became Lelouch's retainer]].]]
* Doctor West from ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'' is basically just an anime [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown Jack Spicer]].
* Buaku from ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'' and his sidekicks, the Puma sisters. They've always been wannabe {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, but they were slightly more competent in the manga. Granted, their failures are rarely their own fault, discounting their lack of foresight.
* Emperor Pilaf and his assistants from ''Manga/DragonBall''. Only
once on being willing does Pilaf (almost) get what he wants...he [[spoiler: manages to slip poisonous mushrooms into Ranma's food.successfully get a wish from Shen Long in the first episode of Dragonball GT. However, instead of wishing for what he wanted, he shouts in frustration at Goku (who showed up just as the dragon was summoned) "I wish you were a kid again!" - not as an actual intended wish, but because Goku was so much easier to defeat as a child.]]
* Excel in ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' at times. She really wants to help her Lord Il Palazzo's plans to take over the world, but she fails so badly at every mission given to her. Often subverted though by following a sympathetic moment with doing or saying something disturbing.
* ''Anime/FightingFoodons'': You really can't help but feel sorry for Claw dia after all the times that she fails throughout the series, [[spoiler:especially when King Gorge attempts to kill her for failing him for the last time. Luckily, Chase and the gang were there to stop him and chase him off (as he would've completely killed her off if it weren't for them returning her to her old self and redeeming her through Chase's tasty cooking)]].



* Jessie and James of Team Rocket, especially in the FourthWall-breaking 4Kids version of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. They are so pathetic, you can't help but feel sorry for them. [[EnemyMine They even occasionally team up with the heroes when the fate of the world is at stake]], showing that they're not really evil -- just misguided and incompetent. Ironically, [[EvilIsDumb they usually stop being ineffectual whenever they stop being villains.]]
** Meowth as well. He is one of the weakest battling Pokemon in the series, thus spends the large majority of the time assisting with the duo's zany schemes and blabbing his mouth off rather than face an inevitable curbstomp.
*** Meowth had an excuse. He spent so much time when he was young learning how to talk that he let his natural skills and powers as a Pokémon degenerate. He may be a poor Pokémon in terms of battles, but being able to talk (and translate the language of other Pokémon for his two partners) does occasionally have advantages. (Disadvantages too. He was kidnapped by Hunter-J once because she felt a talking Pokémon was worth a bundle.)
** They briefly TookALevelInBadass in BW, but reset back to incompetence once Team Rocket's plot arc ended.
* Martina, the anime-exclusive GuestStarPartyMember and [[PrincessInRags fallen princess]] from the second season of the ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' anime, who only knows how to perform minor curses and can't defend herself at all. She spends the first half of the season trying to get revenge on Lina and her friends for destroying her home, and fails every time; after that, she decides to tag along with them. She ''does'' [[spoiler:decide to help Lina out morally during the final battle]], though.
* Dorodoran in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar''. Unlike most ''Anime/PrettyCure'' villains, he's trying as hard as he can from the start, and is increasingly frustrated and upset by his repeated failures. When he finally comes close to victory, it all evaporates due to [[spoiler:sabotage by [[DarkMagicalGirl Michiru and Kaoru]]]]. It's hard not to feel sorry for him.
** Later, in ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', Bunbee almost exactly duplicated [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Waspinator's]] history: while introduced as a serious threat, he quickly fell into this, which had the side effect of [[EnsembleDarkhorse making him popular with the fans]], which saved him from being killed off at the end of the season and led to him getting a happy ending in the final episode. Fortunately for Bunbee, ''[=YPC5=]'' has no equivalent to ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines.''
** And then there's Westar in ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'', who quickly becomes the ButtMonkey of the QuirkyMinibossSquad. There's also an emphasis on the sympathetic part since he [[spoiler: still thinks of [[DarkMagicalGirl Setsuna/Eas]] as his comrade after she joins the heroes. Eventually he pulls a HeelFaceTurn and becomes an EleventhHourRanger.]]



* Jeremiah Gottwald from ''Anime/CodeGeass'', who began the show as the military equivalent of a JerkJock, but made the mistake of crossing [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]], which left him disgraced, hated, and saddled with the ignoble nickname "Orange". His [[EnsembleDarkhorse enormous popularity]] spared him from a planned quick death, resulting in his returning later [[spoiler:as an AxCrazy cyborg]]. Just to crank up the sympathy another few notches, [[AllThereInTheManual the side materials]] revealed that Jeremiah was a palace guard on the day Empress Marianne was killed, and based his entire career on an attempt to atone for failing not only Marianne, but her children, who disappeared in Japan, leading him to think that they were killed by the Japanese, which prompted his racism against Elevens, which resulted in Lelouch (Marianne's supposedly-dead son) publicly humiliating him. Whoops...In the second season, Jeremiah was [[spoiler: sent by the Geass Order to assassinate Lelouch, revealed that he was still loyal to Marianne, and when Lelouch admitted that avenging his mother was one of his main reasons for becoming Zero, "Orange-Boy" [[HeelFaceTurn immediately dropped his thirst for vengeance and became Lelouch's retainer]].]]
* Excel in ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' at times. She really wants to help her Lord Il Palazzo's plans to take over the world, but she fails so badly at every mission given to her. Often subverted though by following a sympathetic moment with doing or saying something disturbing.
* Viral from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', who does not have Spiral Power like the protagonists and thus can only watch as they reach ever increasing heights of power. By the time the heroes [[spoiler:reach the Spiral King himself]], Viral, even given immortality and a four-armed upgrade to his HumongousMecha, is swatted aside by Simon as if he is a humorous interlude.
* Harry Champ from ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury'', though he's more of a rival than a villain per se. Major Polta is certainly ineffectual, but does very little to garner sympathy aside from [[PityTheKidnapper kidnapping Leena]].
** There's also the Zabre Fangs; though they do prove to be worthy opponents a few times in the series, they're mostly comic relief, and, in fact, lose their final battle against the Blitz Team when their Zoids do a {{facefault}} and malfunction from the fall.
* Doctor West from ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'' is basically just an anime [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown Jack Spicer]].

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* Jeremiah Gottwald from ''Anime/CodeGeass'', ''[[Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim Heavy Metal L-Gaim's]]'' Gavlet Gabre is a particularly jarring example. He's introduced as the primary rival, but never once defeats the protagonist, Daba Myroad. [[spoiler:During the final battle at Sveto, he fails to defeat the unimportant and generic villain Rockley Ron, which makes the later the sole villain who began makes it out of the show as the military equivalent of a JerkJock, but made the mistake of crossing [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]], which left him disgraced, hated, and saddled with the ignoble nickname "Orange". His [[EnsembleDarkhorse enormous popularity]] spared him from a planned quick death, resulting in his returning later [[spoiler:as an AxCrazy cyborg]]. Just to crank up the sympathy another few notches, [[AllThereInTheManual the side materials]] revealed that Jeremiah was a palace guard on the day Empress Marianne was killed, and based his entire career on an attempt to atone for failing not only Marianne, but her children, who disappeared in Japan, leading him to think that they were killed by the Japanese, which prompted his racism against Elevens, which resulted in Lelouch (Marianne's supposedly-dead son) publicly humiliating him. Whoops...In the second season, Jeremiah was [[spoiler: sent by the Geass Order to assassinate Lelouch, revealed that he was still loyal to Marianne, and when Lelouch admitted that avenging his mother was one of his main reasons for becoming Zero, "Orange-Boy" [[HeelFaceTurn immediately dropped his thirst for vengeance and became Lelouch's retainer]].without being captured or killed.]]
* Excel in ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' at times. She really wants to help her Lord Il Palazzo's plans to take over the world, but she fails so badly at every mission given to her. Often subverted though by following a sympathetic moment with doing or saying something disturbing.
* Viral
Keroro from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', who does not have Spiral Power like the protagonists and thus can only watch as they reach ever increasing heights ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' probably counts. His schemes to conquer Earth always seem to end in disasters of power. By the time the heroes [[spoiler:reach the Spiral King himself]], Viral, even given immortality and a four-armed upgrade to his HumongousMecha, is swatted aside by Simon as if he is a humorous interlude.
* Harry Champ from ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury'', though
some kind, when he's more of a rival than a villain per se. Major Polta is certainly ineffectual, but does very little to garner sympathy aside not being sidetracked saving the world from [[PityTheKidnapper kidnapping Leena]].
** There's also the Zabre Fangs; though they do prove to be worthy opponents a few times in the series, they're mostly comic relief, and, in fact, lose their final battle against the Blitz Team when their Zoids do a {{facefault}} and malfunction
''other'' alien invaders or something.
* Kurumi, Kurumi,
from ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke''. As of the fall.
* Doctor West from ''VisualNovel/{{Demonbane}}'' is basically just an anime [[WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown Jack Spicer]].
end of the anime's first season, she still hasn't caught a break despite [[spoiler:confessing to Kazehaya and tearing down what was left of her fake persona]] -- or if she has, [[OutOfFocus it was offscreen]].



* Emperor Pilaf and his assistants from ''Manga/DragonBall''.
** Only once does Pilaf (almost) get what he wants...he [[spoiler: manages to successfully get a wish from Shen Long in the first episode of Dragonball GT. However, instead of wishing for what he wanted, he shouts in frustration at Goku (who showed up just as the dragon was summoned) "I wish you were a kid again!" - not as an actual intended wish, but because Goku was so much easier to defeat as a child.]]

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* Emperor Pilaf and his assistants King Dedede in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' is the kind of guy who wants respect from ''Manga/DragonBall''.
** Only once does Pilaf (almost) get what
the Cappies, and just wants to beat up Kirby for the sake of it, which is why he wants...he [[spoiler: manages to successfully get a wish buys Demon Beasts/monsters online from Shen Long Holy Nightmare/Nightmare Enterprises. Of course, [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin Kirby always wins the day]], so Dedede never gets the respect he wants. To be fair, Dedede isn't really all that bad, he's just mean, misunderstood, and a completely incompetent half-wit.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Hannyabal. Initially presented as TheStarscream, but eventually shows that [[TheDeterminator he has it where it counts]] when the going gets tough.
** The LaughablyEvil {{Gonk}}, Foxy the Silver Fox, particularly
in the first episode of Dragonball GT. However, instead of wishing for what anime where he wanted, he shouts in frustration at Goku (who showed gets more screen time. He's relatively WeakButSkilled and has only built up just as the dragon was summoned) "I wish you were such a kid again!" - not as an actual intended wish, but large crew because Goku was so much easier he won them in games stacked in his favor, but they seem to defeat as a child.]]genuinely enjoy serving under him because of the fun carnival atmosphere of the Davy Back Fights.



* Feliciano/Italy in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', an odd example of an ineffectual sympathetic villain title character semi-protagonist. He really only gets the title of villain because the manga is set predominantly in the WWII era. [[YouFailHistoryForever If further explanation of that is needed...]]
* Lilynette, Stark's TokenMiniMoe fraccion from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. She's currently fighting Ukitake, who is one of the 5 most powerful shinigami in existence. The fight so far has consisted of [[spoiler:Ukitake telling her that he doesn't want to fight a little girl and simply deflecting or dodging every attack she threw at him. Currently, he's playing keep-away with her Zanpaktou as she cries at him to give it back and threatens over and over again to kill him.]]
** And then [[spoiler: she merges with Stark and they descend into full out loner {{Woobie}} territory -- turns out, Lilynette is Stark's ImaginaryFriend turned real due to sheer loneliness.]]
** [[spoiler: Or Stark is her ImaginaryFriend. He states for both of them that they've been together so long that he can't even remember who is the real one anymore.]]
** Ukitake even lectures the girl on how her determination is admirable, but she simply lacks the ability to 'fight' him properly (i.e take the sword back). She fires a [[KiAttack cero]], he deflects it with his [[NonchalantDodge hand]]. No wonder she was pissed off.
* Hannyabal from ''Manga/OnePiece''. Initially presented as TheStarscream, but eventually shows that [[TheDeterminator he has it where it counts]] when the going gets tough.
** Also from ''Manga/OnePiece'' is the LaughablyEvil {{Gonk}}, Foxy the Silver Fox, particularly in the anime where he gets more screen time. He's relatively WeakButSkilled and has only built up such a large crew because he won them in games stacked in his favor, but they seem to genuinely enjoy serving under him because of the fun carnival atmosphere of the Davy Back Fights.
* Buaku from ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'' and his sidekicks, the Puma sisters. They've always been wannabe {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, but they were slightly more competent in the manga. Granted, their failures are rarely their own fault, discounting their lack of foresight.
* ''[[Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim Heavy Metal L-Gaim's]]'' Gavlet Gabre is a particularly jarring example. He's introduced as the primary rival, but never once defeats the protagonist, Daba Myroad. [[spoiler:During the final battle at Sveto, he fails to defeat the unimportant and generic villain Rockley Ron, which makes the later the sole villain who makes it out of the show without being captured or killed.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', this spot is owned by Dallas Genoard, who isn't all that sympathetic, but is more than ineffectual enough to make up for it.

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* Feliciano/Italy Jessie and James of Team Rocket, especially in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', an odd example the FourthWall-breaking 4Kids version of an ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. They are so pathetic, you can't help but feel sorry for them. [[EnemyMine They even occasionally team up with the heroes when the fate of the world is at stake]], showing that they're not really evil -- just misguided and incompetent. Ironically, [[EvilIsDumb they usually stop being ineffectual sympathetic villain title character semi-protagonist. He really only gets the title of villain because the manga is set predominantly in the WWII era. [[YouFailHistoryForever If further explanation of that is needed...whenever they stop being villains.]]
* Lilynette, Stark's TokenMiniMoe fraccion from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. She's currently fighting Ukitake, who ** Meowth as well. He is one of the 5 most powerful shinigami weakest battling Pokemon in existence. The fight the series, thus spends the large majority of the time assisting with the duo's zany schemes and blabbing his mouth off rather than face an inevitable curbstomp.
*** Meowth had an excuse. He spent
so far has consisted of [[spoiler:Ukitake telling her much time when he was young learning how to talk that he doesn't want to fight a little girl let his natural skills and simply deflecting or dodging every attack powers as a Pokémon degenerate. He may be a poor Pokémon in terms of battles, but being able to talk (and translate the language of other Pokémon for his two partners) does occasionally have advantages. (Disadvantages too. He was kidnapped by Hunter-J once because she threw at him. Currently, felt a talking Pokémon was worth a bundle.)
** They briefly TookALevelInBadass in BW, but reset back to incompetence once Team Rocket's plot arc ended.
* ''Anime/PrettyCure''
** Dorodoran in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar''. Unlike most ''Anime/PrettyCure'' villains,
he's playing keep-away trying as hard as he can from the start, and is increasingly frustrated and upset by his repeated failures. When he finally comes close to victory, it all evaporates due to [[spoiler:sabotage by [[DarkMagicalGirl Michiru and Kaoru]]]]. It's hard not to feel sorry for him.
** Later, in ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', Bunbee almost exactly duplicated [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Waspinator's]] history: while introduced as a serious threat, he quickly fell into this, which had the side effect of [[EnsembleDarkhorse making him popular
with her Zanpaktou the fans]], which saved him from being killed off at the end of the season and led to him getting a happy ending in the final episode. Fortunately for Bunbee, ''[=YPC5=]'' has no equivalent to ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines.''
** And then there's Westar in ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'', who quickly becomes the ButtMonkey of the QuirkyMinibossSquad. There's also an emphasis on the sympathetic part since he [[spoiler: still thinks of [[DarkMagicalGirl Setsuna/Eas]]
as his comrade after she cries at him to give it back joins the heroes. Eventually he pulls a HeelFaceTurn and threatens over and over again to kill him.becomes an EleventhHourRanger.]]
** And then [[spoiler: she merges with Stark and they descend into full out loner {{Woobie}} territory -- turns out, Lilynette is Stark's ImaginaryFriend turned real due to sheer loneliness.]]
** [[spoiler: Or Stark is her ImaginaryFriend. He states for both of them that they've been together so long that he can't even remember who is the real one anymore.]]
** Ukitake even lectures the girl on how her determination is admirable, but she simply lacks the ability to 'fight' him properly (i.e take the sword back). She fires a [[KiAttack cero]], he deflects it with his [[NonchalantDodge hand]]. No wonder she was pissed off.
* Hannyabal Mousse from ''Manga/OnePiece''. Initially presented as TheStarscream, but eventually shows that [[TheDeterminator he has it where it counts]] when the going gets tough.
** Also from ''Manga/OnePiece''
''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is the LaughablyEvil {{Gonk}}, Foxy the Silver Fox, particularly in the anime where he gets more screen time. a loser whose plots against Ranma go only so far before backfiring spectacularly. He's relatively WeakButSkilled and has only built up such a large crew because he won them in games stacked in his favor, but they seem to genuinely enjoy serving under him because of the fun carnival atmosphere of the Davy Back Fights.
* Buaku from ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'' and his sidekicks, the Puma sisters. They've always been wannabe {{Magnificent Bastard}}s, but they were slightly more competent in the manga. Granted, their failures are rarely their own fault, discounting their lack of foresight.
* ''[[Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim Heavy Metal L-Gaim's]]'' Gavlet Gabre is a particularly jarring example. He's introduced
usually played as the primary rival, but never an unrepentant jerk, although maybe once defeats a season, he'd get a moment of quiet reflection for the protagonist, Daba Myroad. [[spoiler:During audience to sympathize with him -- right before going back to his old ways, naturally. Both the final battle at Sveto, he fails to defeat the unimportant and generic villain Rockley Ron, which makes the later the sole villain who makes it out of the show without being captured or killed.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', this spot is owned by Dallas Genoard, who isn't all that sympathetic, but is more than
ineffectual enough and sympathetic aspects are ironic, because Mousse is the most ruthlessly homicidal of Ranma's regular rivals. By contrast, Mousse spends most of the series willing to make up for it.do just about anything to kill Ranma, routinely using bladed and impaling weapons and attacking with ambushes. He even comments once on being willing to slip poisonous mushrooms into Ranma's food.



* Kurumi, Kurumi, ''[[Manga/KimiNiTodoke Kurumi]]''. As of the end of the anime's first season, she still hasn't caught a break despite [[spoiler:confessing to Kazehaya and tearing down what was left of her fake persona]] -- or if she has, [[OutOfFocus it was offscreen]].
* Keroro from ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' probably counts. His schemes to conquer Earth always seem to end in disasters of some kind, when he's not being sidetracked saving the world from ''other'' alien invaders or something.



* King Dedede in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' is the kind of guy who wants respect from the Cappies, and just wants to beat up Kirby for the sake of it, which is why he buys Demon Beasts/monsters online from Holy Nightmare/Nightmare Enterprises. Of course, [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin Kirby always wins the day]], so Dedede never gets the respect he wants. To be fair, Dedede isn't really all that bad, he's just mean, misunderstood, and a completely incompetent half-wit.

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* King Dedede in ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' is Martina, the kind of guy who wants respect anime-exclusive GuestStarPartyMember and [[PrincessInRags fallen princess]] from the Cappies, second season of the ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' anime, who only knows how to perform minor curses and just wants can't defend herself at all. She spends the first half of the season trying to beat up Kirby get revenge on Lina and her friends for destroying her home, and fails every time; after that, she decides to tag along with them. She ''does'' [[spoiler:decide to help Lina out morally during the sake of it, which is why he buys Demon Beasts/monsters online from Holy Nightmare/Nightmare Enterprises. Of course, [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin Kirby always wins the day]], so Dedede never gets the respect he wants. To be fair, Dedede isn't really all that bad, he's just mean, misunderstood, and a completely incompetent half-wit.final battle]], though.



* Viral from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', who does not have Spiral Power like the protagonists and thus can only watch as they reach ever increasing heights of power. By the time the heroes [[spoiler:reach the Spiral King himself]], Viral, even given immortality and a four-armed upgrade to his HumongousMecha, is swatted aside by Simon as if he is a humorous interlude.
* All the villains of the ''Anime/TimeBokan'' series. The Doronbo Gang from ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'' is the most famous example.



* ''Anime/FightingFoodons'': You really can't help but feel sorry for Claw dia after all the times that she fails throughout the series, [[spoiler:especially when King Gorge attempts to kill her for failing him for the last time. Luckily, Chase and the gang were there to stop him and chase him off (as he would've completely killed her off if it weren't for them returning her to her old self and redeeming her through Chase's tasty cooking)]].

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* ''Anime/FightingFoodons'': You really can't help Harry Champ from ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury'', though he's more of a rival than a villain per se. Major Polta is certainly ineffectual, but feel sorry for Claw dia after all does very little to garner sympathy aside from [[PityTheKidnapper kidnapping Leena]].
** There's also
the Zabre Fangs; though they do prove to be worthy opponents a few times that she fails throughout in the series, [[spoiler:especially they're mostly comic relief, and, in fact, lose their final battle against the Blitz Team when King Gorge attempts to kill her for failing him for their Zoids do a {{facefault}} and malfunction from the last time. Luckily, Chase and the gang were there to stop him and chase him off (as he would've completely killed her off if it weren't for them returning her to her old self and redeeming her through Chase's tasty cooking)]].fall.
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