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5th Mar '17 7:20:55 PM Jacob175
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* This is why SelfDemonstrating/DrDoom has ruled Latveria for so long. He's evil, yes, but every time he's been replaced, the guy taking his place has been an even ''worse'' tyrant, as was [[AssholeVictim the guy that he replaced originally]]. If nothing else, he's good at protecting the place from external threats. When he returns, the citizens are always glad to have him back.

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* This is why SelfDemonstrating/DrDoom ComicBook/DoctorDoom has ruled Latveria for so long. He's evil, yes, but every time he's been replaced, the guy taking his place has been an even ''worse'' tyrant, as was [[AssholeVictim the guy that he replaced originally]]. If nothing else, he's good at protecting the place from external threats. When he returns, the citizens are always glad to have him back.



** TheTeam did this once when a Yeerk inspector came to Earth to see why the invasion was taking so long, and would have taken the Visser's place once the Andalite bandits had been taken care of. The Animorphs end up killing the inspector so Visser Three stays in charge; "better the evil we know and makes stupid mistakes than the one who doesn't."
** This is also their logic for not wanting Visser One to take over the Earth invasion again---which she proves by figuring out they're humans. [[PlayingWithATrope However this one is more complicated]]. Visser One wants a slow, secret infiltration of the planet while Visser Three wants to declare all-out war and kill millions or more people, so that the Animorphs have to balance Yeerk politics to get Visser One's ''methods'' while keeping Visser Three ''the person'' in power.

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** TheTeam did this once when a Yeerk inspector came to Earth to see why the invasion was taking so long, and would have taken the Visser's place once the Andalite bandits had been taken care of. The Animorphs end up killing the inspector so Visser Three stays in charge; charge: "better the evil we know and makes stupid mistakes than the one who doesn't."
** This is also their logic for not wanting Visser One to take over the Earth invasion again---which again--which she proves by figuring out they're humans. [[PlayingWithATrope However this one is more complicated]]. Visser One wants a slow, secret infiltration of the planet while Visser Three wants to declare all-out war and kill millions or more people, so that the Animorphs have to balance Yeerk politics to get Visser One's ''methods'' while keeping Visser Three ''the person'' in power.



--->'''Booster''': "Better the Hutt you have tagged than one you don't"

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--->'''Booster''': -->'''Booster''': "Better the Hutt you have tagged than one you don't"don't."



* The old RobinHood TV show (in black and white) had an episode that was titled this trope. It involved the Sheriff of Nottingham being replaced with a much more cunning and immoral man. Robin commented on the fact that they had been able to depend on the regular Sheriff being only so evil and still following the law when pressed. The new guy? not at all.

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* The old RobinHood Myth/RobinHood TV show (in black and white) had an episode that was titled this trope. It involved the Sheriff of Nottingham being replaced with a much more cunning and immoral man. Robin commented on the fact that they had been able to depend on the regular Sheriff being only so evil and still following the law when pressed. The new guy? not at all.



* ''ElChapulinColorado'' once helped a woman who invoked this trope to justify accepting his help instead of Supersam's.

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* ''ElChapulinColorado'' ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'' once helped a woman who invoked this trope to justify accepting his help instead of Supersam's.



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* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' to explain why the heroes of the story were working with ''Kerrigan'' ("Queen Bitch of the Universe," in her own words, and TheLeader of an alien locust swarm) of all people to fight the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters UED.]] - a dictatorship lead by [[RecycledInSpace Space Russians from Earth]], who's only contact with the heroes so far have involved bullets.
* The first half of ''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 [[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.
* Villainous variation in ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}''. When push comes to shove, Risky prefers to allow the titular heroine to regain all her magic powers and keep her as a rival than allow [[spoiler:the Pirate Master]] to have his way.
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* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'': This is why you don't defrost the old leaders of Miseryville. Lucious von Heinous the VIIth might be the devil, but compared to his dad, grandfather and great grandfathers way back down to Lucious von Heinous the Ist, he's the best of a bad situation.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'': This is why you don't defrost the old leaders of Miseryville. Lucious von Heinous the VIIth [=VIIth=] might be the devil, but compared to his dad, grandfather and great grandfathers way back down to Lucious von Heinous the Ist, he's the best of a bad situation.



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* Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' to explain why the heroes of the story were working with ''Kerrigan'' ("Queen Bitch of the Universe," in her own words, and TheLeader of an alien locust swarm) of all people to fight the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters UED.]] - a dictatorship lead by [[RecycledInSpace Space Russians from Earth]], who's only contact with the heroes so far have involved bullets.
* The first half of ''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 [[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.
* Villainous variation in ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}''. When push comes to shove, Risky prefers to allow the titular heroine to regain all her magic powers and keep her as a rival than allow [[spoiler:the Pirate Master]] to have his way.
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3rd Feb '17 12:02:21 PM KingGrimlock
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* Invoked in ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' a few times. First was when Qubit [[spoiler:used the 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, as Orian had a demonic army ready to invade earth the moment the Plutonian is defeated]]. The second was when [[spoiler: Qubit fears that The Survivor is becoming Plutonian 2.0, and thus works with Plutotian's ArchEnemy Modeus to bust him out of TheAlcatraz prison he's being held in]].

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* Invoked in ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' a few times. First was when Qubit [[spoiler:used the 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, as Orian had a demonic army ready to invade earth Earth the moment the Plutonian is defeated]]. The second was when [[spoiler: Qubit fears that The Survivor is becoming Plutonian 2.0, and thus works with Plutotian's ArchEnemy Modeus to bust him out of TheAlcatraz prison he's being held in]].
27th Dec '16 9:52:03 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Littlefinger lampshades this trope in "The Mountain and the Viper" asking if that's why Sansa decided to stick her neck for him. After being betrayed by [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]], [[spoiler:her Aunt Lysa, and having her entire House be wiped out by betrayal]], Sansa has decided that a [[MagnificentBastard treacherous and murderous yet politically astute]] creep who has an obvious crush on her is her best chance to survive.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Littlefinger lampshades this trope in "The Mountain and the Viper" asking if that's why Sansa decided to stick her neck for him. After being betrayed by [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]], [[spoiler:her Aunt Lysa, and having her entire House be wiped out by betrayal]], Sansa has decided that a [[MagnificentBastard treacherous and murderous yet politically astute]] creep who has an obvious crush on her is her best chance to survive.survive.
** This also seems to be Arya's rationale for not escaping from the Hound.
13th Dec '16 11:16:02 AM Doug86
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** The reason the gods locked [[GodOfEvil Tarizdun]] up instead of killing him, despite the danger he posed, [[spoiler:was because he was a pawn of the [[CthulhuMythos Great Old Ones]], who were worse, and they would have regained the power they invested in him if he died. To this day, Tharizdun acts as a "cosmic lynchpin" to prevent an even ''more'' destructive force.]]

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** The reason the gods locked [[GodOfEvil Tarizdun]] up instead of killing him, despite the danger he posed, [[spoiler:was because he was a pawn of the [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Great Old Ones]], who were worse, and they would have regained the power they invested in him if he died. To this day, Tharizdun acts as a "cosmic lynchpin" to prevent an even ''more'' destructive force.]]
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'':
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