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* Team Skull in ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', especially in comparison to the evil teams in the past games. The only person who ever actually takes them seriously is Lillie, otherwise everyone dismisses them as a non-threat despite how much they try to be GangBangers. You even have the option to walk away from them during your first encounter with them! [[spoiler:Of course, the team is mostly a front to distract everyone from the ''real'' villains who provide Team Skull's funding: the Aether Foundation and their president Lusamine, who are [[KnightOfCerebus much more threatening.]]]]
14th Aug '16 10:18:03 AM nombretomado
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** He's proven so popular with fans that he's made reappearances as a summon in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII VIII]]'', a sidequest character in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX IX]]'', an unrelated character with the same name in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI XI]]'', and appeared in all his original glory as a comical quest-character/bonus boss in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII XII]]'', {{retcon}}ned into the rereleases of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' as a secret boss/summon, and a playable character in ''[[DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia Final Fantasy Duodecim 02]]''. The best part? Every time, it's the [[DimensionalTraveler original Gilgamesh, hopelessly lost in limbo and popping out from time to time.]].

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** He's proven so popular with fans that he's made reappearances as a summon in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII VIII]]'', a sidequest character in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX IX]]'', an unrelated character with the same name in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI XI]]'', and appeared in all his original glory as a comical quest-character/bonus boss in ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII XII]]'', {{retcon}}ned into the rereleases of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' as a secret boss/summon, and a playable character in ''[[DissidiaFinalFantasy ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia Final Fantasy Duodecim 02]]''. The best part? Every time, it's the [[DimensionalTraveler original Gilgamesh, hopelessly lost in limbo and popping out from time to time.]].
11th Aug '16 7:20:45 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has the Unggoy/Grunts, the main cannon fodder for the Covenant. Small (by Covenant standards), requiring gas masks to breathe in non-methane atmosphere, mistreated by the other races, they're slaves who come across as cowards. In large part because, fearing an uprising, the Covenant doesn't want to give them any actual combat training. Half the fandom feels sorry for them. The other half [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential loves to slaughter them]]. Averted in ''Halo3'' and ''Halo3: ODST'': there, they take [[TookALevelInBadass so many levels in badassery]].

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has the Unggoy/Grunts, the main cannon fodder for the Covenant. Small (by Covenant standards), (even when compared to PunyEarthlings), requiring gas masks to breathe in non-methane atmosphere, and mistreated by the other races, they're slaves who come across as cowards. In This is in large part because, fearing an uprising, the Covenant doesn't want to give them any actual combat training. Half the fandom feels sorry for them. The other half [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential loves to slaughter them]]. Averted in ''Halo3'' and ''Halo3: ODST'': there, That said, from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' onward they take [[TookALevelInBadass so many several levels in badassery]].badassery]] (even if they're still lovable cowards at heart).
30th Jul '16 8:29:46 PM Octorok103
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* Professor Nakayama in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC add-on "Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt". He's ''evil'', sure, and has a plan that he simply can't be allowed to carry out, but he's also scared out of his mind by the player characters. He sees you killing his minions with ease and is frightened by your power -- he's a bad guy but not a brave, confident, or competent one. [[spoiler: You don't even get to fight him. After putting a stop to his "plan", he walks out to confront you himself... annnnnndd promptly falls down some stairs and dies. Thus, you're spared from feeling like a total prick; he's just that pitiful.]] He's even more pathetic in [[Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel the Pre-Sequel]], in which he is characterized for his obsessive crush on Handsome Jack.

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* Professor Nakayama in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC add-on "Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt". He's ''evil'', sure, He outright has to beg the Vault Hunters to come fight him, since they're more interested in hunting with Sir Hammerlock. Once the Vault Hunters decide to thwart his plans just to shut him up, he immediately realizes how deeply in over his head he is as the Vault Hunters mow down waves of his best minions and has a destroy crucial components of his plan that he simply can't be allowed to carry out, but with minimal effort. Sure, he's also scared out of his mind by the player characters. He sees you killing his minions with ease trying to clone Handsome Jack, and is frightened by your power -- he's succeeded in creating a bad guy handful of genetic abominations, but not a brave, confident, or competent one. [[spoiler: You criminal mastermind he ain't. [[spoiler:You don't even get to fight him. After putting a stop to his "plan", he walks out to confront you himself... annnnnndd promptly falls down some stairs and dies. Thus, you're spared from feeling like a total prick; he's just that pitiful.]] He's even more pathetic in [[Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel the Pre-Sequel]], in which he is characterized for his obsessive crush on Handsome Jack.Jack, and his incompetence in the realm of science gets highlighted even further; apparently he had to lie about his doctorate to even get hired by Hyperion in the first place. [[NotSoHarmless Then again]], in ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', [[spoiler:it's revealed he managed to perfect his Jack AI sometime between the events of the Pre-Sequel and Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt, causing a ''lot'' of problems for everyone.]]



* Papyrus from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', when you first meet him. Unlike the Royal Guard, he's not actually out to ''kill'' the player character, but he still wants to run them through a gauntlet of puzzles before capturing them and sending them to King Asgore (who's killed six other children already). But he's not particularly good at it - with some covert help from his brother Sans, his puzzles become a non-issue, and the bars of his prison cell are wide enough to walk through (escape enough times and he'll ask you to let him know beforehand next time, because he got worried about you when you disappeared. And he ''means it''). Averted, though, when his boss fight hits - first [[WakeUpCallBoss he drops the "ineffectual" part]], then he decides to let the player character go, becoming a sweet and loyal friend for the rest of the game.

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* Papyrus from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', when you first meet him. Unlike the Royal Guard, he's not actually out to ''kill'' the player character, but he still wants to run them through a gauntlet of puzzles before capturing them and sending them to King Asgore (who's killed six other children already). But he's not particularly good at it - with some covert help from his brother Sans, his puzzles become a non-issue, and the bars of his prison cell are wide enough to walk through (escape enough times and he'll ask you to let him know beforehand next time, because he got worried about you when you disappeared. And he ''means it''). Averted, though, when his boss fight hits - first [[WakeUpCallBoss he drops the "ineffectual" part]], then he decides to let the player character go, becoming a sweet and loyal friend for the rest of the game. The game strongly implies that he could be quite competent if he wanted to, but he's intentionally holding back because he only ever wanted friends and holds no malice towards humans whatsoever.
9th Jul '16 10:25:41 PM rjd1922
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* Winston Payne from the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, while not a villain, is a prosecutor, and therefore an antagonist. He was once the famous "Rookie Killer" who claims to have never lost a case in his first seven years as a lawyer, but lost one case along [[HairTodayGoneTomorrow with his hair]] and, from then on, basically became a joke.

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* Winston Payne from the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, while not a villain, is a prosecutor, and therefore an antagonist. He was once the famous "Rookie Killer" who claims to have never lost a case in his first seven years as a lawyer, but lost one case along [[HairTodayGoneTomorrow with his hair]] and, from then on, [[VillainDecay basically became a joke.joke]].
19th Jan '16 10:13:54 AM WWRU
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* Papyrus from ''[[VideoGame/{{Undertale}}]]'', when you first meet him. Unlike the Royal Guard, he's not actually out to ''kill'' the player character, but he still wants to run them through a gauntlet of puzzles before capturing them and sending them to King Asgore (who's killed six other children already). But he's not particularly good at it - with some covert help from his brother Sans, his puzzles become a non-issue, and the bars of his prison cell are wide enough to walk through (escape enough times and he'll ask you to let him know beforehand next time, because he got worried about you when you disappeared. And he ''means it''). Averted, though, when his boss fight hits - first [[WakeUpCallBoss he drops the "ineffectual" part]], then he decides to let the player character go, becoming a sweet and loyal friend for the rest of the game.

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* Papyrus from ''[[VideoGame/{{Undertale}}]]'', ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', when you first meet him. Unlike the Royal Guard, he's not actually out to ''kill'' the player character, but he still wants to run them through a gauntlet of puzzles before capturing them and sending them to King Asgore (who's killed six other children already). But he's not particularly good at it - with some covert help from his brother Sans, his puzzles become a non-issue, and the bars of his prison cell are wide enough to walk through (escape enough times and he'll ask you to let him know beforehand next time, because he got worried about you when you disappeared. And he ''means it''). Averted, though, when his boss fight hits - first [[WakeUpCallBoss he drops the "ineffectual" part]], then he decides to let the player character go, becoming a sweet and loyal friend for the rest of the game.
19th Jan '16 10:13:19 AM WWRU
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%%* Portal 2. [[spoiler: Wheatley. Oh, Wheatley.]]


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* Papyrus from ''[[VideoGame/{{Undertale}}]]'', when you first meet him. Unlike the Royal Guard, he's not actually out to ''kill'' the player character, but he still wants to run them through a gauntlet of puzzles before capturing them and sending them to King Asgore (who's killed six other children already). But he's not particularly good at it - with some covert help from his brother Sans, his puzzles become a non-issue, and the bars of his prison cell are wide enough to walk through (escape enough times and he'll ask you to let him know beforehand next time, because he got worried about you when you disappeared. And he ''means it''). Averted, though, when his boss fight hits - first [[WakeUpCallBoss he drops the "ineffectual" part]], then he decides to let the player character go, becoming a sweet and loyal friend for the rest of the game.
16th May '15 6:04:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Halo}}'' has the Unggoy/Grunts, the main cannon fodder for the Covenant. Small (by Covenant standards), requiring gas masks to breathe in non-methane atmosphere, mistreated by the other races, they're slaves who come across as cowards. In large part because, fearing an uprising, the Covenant doesn't want to give them any actual combat training. Half the fandom feels sorry for them. The other half [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential loves to slaughter them]]. Averted in ''Halo3'' and ''Halo3: ODST'': there, they take [[TookALevelInBadass so many levels in badassery]].

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* ''{{Halo}}'' ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' has the Unggoy/Grunts, the main cannon fodder for the Covenant. Small (by Covenant standards), requiring gas masks to breathe in non-methane atmosphere, mistreated by the other races, they're slaves who come across as cowards. In large part because, fearing an uprising, the Covenant doesn't want to give them any actual combat training. Half the fandom feels sorry for them. The other half [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential loves to slaughter them]]. Averted in ''Halo3'' and ''Halo3: ODST'': there, they take [[TookALevelInBadass so many levels in badassery]].
28th Apr '15 7:47:54 AM Maxaphone
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* [[spoiler:Wheatley]] in ''[[VideoGame/PortalTwo Portal 2]]''. Which makes sense, seeing as he's ''programmed'' to be stupid.
5th Apr '15 7:17:12 AM Hanz
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* Professor Nakayama in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC add-on "Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt". He's ''evil'', sure, and has a plan that he simply can't be allowed to carry out, but he's also scared out of his mind by the player characters. He sees you killing his minions with ease and is frightened by your power -- he's a bad guy but not a brave, confident, or competent one. [[spoiler: You don't even get to fight him. After putting a stop to his "plan", he walks out to confront you himself... annnnnndd promptly falls down some stairs and dies. Thus, you're spared from feeling like a total prick; he's just that pitiful.]]

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* Professor Nakayama in the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC add-on "Sir Hammerlock's Big Game Hunt". He's ''evil'', sure, and has a plan that he simply can't be allowed to carry out, but he's also scared out of his mind by the player characters. He sees you killing his minions with ease and is frightened by your power -- he's a bad guy but not a brave, confident, or competent one. [[spoiler: You don't even get to fight him. After putting a stop to his "plan", he walks out to confront you himself... annnnnndd promptly falls down some stairs and dies. Thus, you're spared from feeling like a total prick; he's just that pitiful.]] He's even more pathetic in [[Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel the Pre-Sequel]], in which he is characterized for his obsessive crush on Handsome Jack.
-->'''Claptrap''': Man, what a loser! And that means a lot coming from ME.
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