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31st Oct '16 10:10:53 PM Plactus
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* In season four of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Team Machine allies with mafia boss Elias, an AffablyEvil NobleDemon, when he's targeted for a takeover by Dominic and his organization, the Brotherhood. In addition to Elias being a not-that-bad option (one of the major episodes of the arc is called "The Devil You Know"), he's figured out enough about the Machine to hide his operations from her, so to the Machine, it looks like Dominic's the sole aggressor. In the end, [[spoiler:both Elias and Dominic are taken out by someone even worse than both combined: [[BigBad Samaritan]]]].
19th Sep '16 6:41:30 PM PaulA
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* In ''For Love of Evil'' from the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, Satan is deposed after singing a hymn during the climax of the previous novel ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]). The most evil person on Earth is automatically selected as his replacement, and turns out to be far, far worse than Satan ever was. He gorges on food, rapes the damned child souls, and bullies Hell's staff around instead of actually governing Hell and keeping track of the evil portion of the CelestialBureaucracy, which is Satan's responsibility. Also, Satan is very AffablyEvil, while this guy is a complete asshole. The other Incarnations promptly help Satan take back his office, having decided that they prefer him to be in charge of evil.

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* In ''For Love of Evil'' from the ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'' series, ''Literature/ForLoveOfEvil'', Satan is deposed after singing a hymn during his noble actions at the climax of [[Literature/BeingAGreenMother the previous novel ([[ItMakesSenseInContext long story]]).novel]]. The most evil person on Earth is automatically selected as his replacement, and turns out to be far, far worse than Satan ever was. He gorges on food, rapes the damned child souls, and bullies Hell's staff around instead of actually governing Hell and keeping track of the evil portion of the CelestialBureaucracy, which is Satan's responsibility. Also, Satan is very AffablyEvil, while this guy is a complete asshole. The other Incarnations promptly help Satan take back his office, having decided that they prefer him to be in charge of evil.
4th Sep '16 9:16:48 AM SomberCaelifera
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** This is philosophy of Tok'ra. It explains their lack of progress over the millenia and also why crisi like those in the series rarely happen. They're right. When one Goa'uld starts to get power over the others (like Anubis and Ba'al), things get much, '''much''' worse for our heroes...and the galaxy at large.

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** This is philosophy of Tok'ra. It explains their lack of progress over the millenia millennia and also why crisi crises like those in the series rarely happen. They're right. When one Goa'uld starts to get power over the others (like Anubis and Ba'al), things get much, '''much''' worse for our heroes...and the galaxy at large.
12th Aug '16 6:36:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* According to legend [[note]] It isn't known if this was an actual event or just a legend, hence its placement here. [[/note]] {{Confucius}} and his followers happened upon a woman sobbing by a grave. He asked her what was wrong, and she replied, "A tiger killed my son. Later, the tiger killed my husband. Then it killed my father as well." Confucius then asked her why she is still in the area with this dangerous man-eating tiger still running amok. She replied, "Because there are no cruel leaders here."

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* According to legend [[note]] It isn't known if this was an actual event or just a legend, hence its placement here. [[/note]] {{Confucius}} Creator/{{Confucius}} and his followers happened upon a woman sobbing by a grave. He asked her what was wrong, and she replied, "A tiger killed my son. Later, the tiger killed my husband. Then it killed my father as well." Confucius then asked her why she is still in the area with this dangerous man-eating tiger still running amok. She replied, "Because there are no cruel leaders here."
29th Jul '16 2:38:46 PM TheUnknownUploader
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24th Jul '16 6:42:47 AM TheNerfGuy
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* Two very literal examples in the ''Franchise/{{Shadowchasers}}'' series, explained in ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersAscension'':

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* Two very literal examples in the ''Franchise/{{Shadowchasers}}'' series, ''FanFic/ShadowchasersSeries'', explained in ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersAscension'':
22nd Jun '16 7:48:59 PM nombretomado
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* The first half of ''BrutalLegend'' sees Eddie Riggs help out rebel leader Lars Halford, who's trying to free his people from the tyrannical rule of General Lionwhyte. They succeed, but the instant they do [[TimCurry Emperor Doviculus]] turns up, [[spoiler: kills Lars]], and shatters the rebel army. Turns out Lionwhyte was the only guy able to convince [[BigBad Doviculus]] not to KillAllHumans.

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* The first half of ''BrutalLegend'' ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' sees Eddie Riggs help out rebel leader Lars Halford, who's trying to free his people from the tyrannical rule of General Lionwhyte. They succeed, but the instant they do [[TimCurry [[Creator/TimCurry Emperor Doviculus]] turns up, [[spoiler: kills Lars]], and shatters the rebel army. Turns out Lionwhyte was the only guy able to convince [[BigBad Doviculus]] not to KillAllHumans.
16th Jun '16 4:00:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''PotsworthAndCompany'' episode "When Bubba Rules" featured the [[BigBad Nightmare Prince]]'s mother demoting him and hiring another villain. Despite knowing they'd have to face a new enemy, the heroes were happy they'd no longer have to worry about the Nightmare Prince. However, once they tried to stop the new villain, the heroes decided to trick TheManBehindTheMan into firing the new villain and reinstating the Prince.

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* ''PotsworthAndCompany'' ''WesternAnimation/PotsworthAndCompany'' episode "When Bubba Rules" featured the [[BigBad Nightmare Prince]]'s mother demoting him and hiring another villain. Despite knowing they'd have to face a new enemy, the heroes were happy they'd no longer have to worry about the Nightmare Prince. However, once they tried to stop the new villain, the heroes decided to trick TheManBehindTheMan into firing the new villain and reinstating the Prince.
15th Jun '16 8:43:32 PM Doug86
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* In the MarvelComics storyline ''[[ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet Infinity War]]'', Adam Warlock has been captured by his EnemyWithout, the Magus, who is minutes away from reactivating an artifact that will give him godhood. Then, they're attacked by Doctor Doom and Kang The Conqueror, who naturally want this artifact for themselves. After a moment's hesitation, Warlock begins helping the Magus against the would-be usurpers, telling himself "Better the devil you know..." And what devil could you know better than the one who's part of you?

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* In the MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics storyline ''[[ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet Infinity War]]'', Adam Warlock has been captured by his EnemyWithout, the Magus, who is minutes away from reactivating an artifact that will give him godhood. Then, they're attacked by Doctor Doom and Kang The Conqueror, who naturally want this artifact for themselves. After a moment's hesitation, Warlock begins helping the Magus against the would-be usurpers, telling himself "Better the devil you know..." And what devil could you know better than the one who's part of you?
26th May '16 8:47:53 PM KizunaTallis
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* This is one of the reasons why Comicbook/SpiderMan, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, and the Comicbook/{{Punisher}} are usually hesitant to take out ComicBook/TheKingpin- they know that there'll be chaos without him. In fact, in one story, the Kingpin was legitimately out of the crime business but he was asked back to New York City in order to help calm the chaos of myriad gang wars.

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* This is one of the reasons why Comicbook/SpiderMan, Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}, and the Comicbook/{{Punisher}} are usually hesitant to take out ComicBook/TheKingpin- ComicBook/TheKingpin - they know that there'll be chaos without him. In fact, in one story, the Kingpin was legitimately out of the crime business but he was asked back to New York City in order to help calm the chaos of myriad gang wars.



* Invoked in ''ComicBook/Irredeemable'' a few times. First was when [[spoiler: Qubit used the candlewax bullet to kill Orian instead of Plutonian, as Orian had a demonic army ready to invade the moment Plutonian is defeated.]] The second was when [[spoiler: Qubit feels that The Survivor is becoming Plutonian 2.0, and worked with Modeus to bust him out of TheAlcatraz.]]

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* Invoked in ''ComicBook/Irredeemable'' ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' a few times. First was when [[spoiler: Qubit used [[spoiler:used the candlewax bullet made from the wax of the Nahru Visna Candle (the only known [[PowerNullifier object in existence to depower the Plutonian]]) to kill Orian instead of Plutonian, instead, as Orian had a demonic army ready to invade earth the moment the Plutonian is defeated.]] defeated]]. The second was when [[spoiler: Qubit feels fears that The Survivor is becoming Plutonian 2.0, and worked thus works with Plutotian's ArchEnemy Modeus to bust him out of TheAlcatraz.]]TheAlcatraz prison he's being held in]].
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