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22nd Jul '16 5:59:27 AM MisterVercetti
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* In the 8-bit version of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2,'' Dr. Robotnik actually ''rescues'' Sonic from falling to his death -- in order to try killing him his preferred way, in a [[ShoutOut Sarlacc pit]].

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* In the 8-bit version of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2,'' Dr. Robotnik actually ''rescues'' Sonic from falling to his death -- in order to try killing him his preferred way, in a [[ShoutOut Sarlacc pit]]. Justified in that, at this point, Sonic was supposed to have one of the Chaos Emeralds on his person, so letting him fall into a pit of lava would ''definitely'' put a bit of a wrinkle in Robotnik's plans.
18th Jul '16 3:03:01 PM Peridonyx
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* [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel]] Vs. Wrestling/TheUndertaker at WrestleMania XII. Near the end, Diesel refused to immediately pin 'Taker post-[[FinishingMove Jackknife Powerbomb]], instead choosing to engage in some premature and lengthy EvilGloating while the match was still in progress -- against someone whom Diesel clearly knew had a knack for MyNameIsInigoMontoya-style recoveries. Oh, and the kicker? After 'Taker indeed rose back up, Diesel quickly managed to Jackknife him once again... and then actually '''''repeated''''' said kind of Gloating. Unsurprisingly, as LaserGuidedKarma for such foolishness, Diesel ultimately proceeded to become the fifth Streak victim.
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18th Jul '16 3:27:24 AM Juicehead_Baby
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* An EnforcedTrope for the Bene-Tleilaxu in ''{{Literature/Dune}}''. The Tleilaxu follow a code of honor that mandates that whenever they plan to kill somebody, they must always leave the victim some kind of opening to escape if only they're smart enough to notice it. This is due to their strong SocialDarwinist beliefs, the logic being that if the victim is smart enough to escape the DeathTrap, then they deserve to live.
17th Jul '16 9:16:41 AM Morgenthaler
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-->-- ''Film/AustinPowers: International Man of Mystery''

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-->-- ''Film/AustinPowers: International Man of Mystery''
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6th Jun '16 7:34:07 PM LadyJaneGrey
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** Ironically, during the five-part "Arise Serpentor Arise", when the villains took Sergeant Slaughter (likely one of the biggest thorns in their side) Cobra Commander was the smart on, wanting to kill him right away. Unfortunately for him, he had little control of the organization at the time, and Dr. Mindbender wanted to use Slaughter's DNA to supply the fighting expertise of his creation. It turned out ''very'' bad for them, and would be the biggest factor in the experiment creating just another failure of a leader.

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** Ironically, during the five-part "Arise Serpentor Arise", when the villains took Sergeant Slaughter (likely one of the biggest thorns in their side) hostage, Cobra Commander was the smart on, wanting to kill him right away. Unfortunately for him, he had little control of the organization at the time, and Dr. Mindbender wanted to use Slaughter's DNA to supply the fighting expertise of his creation. It turned out ''very'' bad for them, and would be the biggest factor in the experiment creating just another failure of a leader.
6th Jun '16 7:27:14 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* As you might expect, C.O.B.R.A. does this a lot in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'', but one that stands out as ''especially'' stupid was the ChristmasEpisode. It started out like a good idea; Cobra Commander thought he'd attack the Joes' headquarters on Christmas Eve (worked for UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, right?) and it actually worked - he and his men took the whole team of Joes hostage. Then the Commander got a good idea, ''maybe''. He had his men handcuff the prisoners and lock them up in their own meat locker, suspended from the hooks by their cuffs, then decided to take the Joes' vehicles for a joyride and attack a nearby city, maybe get the Joes in trouble. Then, however, Cobra Commander's last attempt at EvilGloating ruins the plan royally. He tells his prisoners he's leaving them a "Christmas present" and ''puts the keys to their handcuffs on a hook by the door'' before he leaves to taunt them, confident they can't possibly reach it. Unbeknownst to him, Shipwreck has already partially freed himself, getting down from the hook (he leaps up and grabs hold of it when they hear the Commander coming) so when the villain leaves again, freeing himself and the others is a simple matter. Even worse, when the villains leave with the Joes' vehicles, they ''leave their own vehicles behind'' (and apparently leave the keys in the ignitions, for that matter). Did the villains think the Joes wouldn't shoot down their own crafts? Wild Bill ''did'' say he felt "like [he] shot his own horse" when he did, but he still did, and so did the others. (So all this botched plan accomplished was to prove that C.O.B.R.A. can't claim that the Joes have better equipment as an excuse for their failures...)

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* As you might expect, C.O.B.R.A. ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'',
** COBRA
does this a lot in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'', lot, but one that stands out as ''especially'' stupid was the ChristmasEpisode. It started out like a good idea; Cobra Commander thought he'd attack the Joes' headquarters on Christmas Eve (worked for UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, right?) and it actually worked - he and his men took the whole team of Joes hostage. Then the Commander got a good idea, ''maybe''. He had his men handcuff the prisoners and lock them up in their own meat locker, suspended from the hooks by their cuffs, then decided to take the Joes' vehicles for a joyride and attack a nearby city, maybe get the Joes in trouble. Then, however, Cobra Commander's last attempt at EvilGloating ruins the plan royally. He tells his prisoners he's leaving them a "Christmas present" and ''puts the keys to their handcuffs on a hook by the door'' before he leaves to taunt them, confident they can't possibly reach it. Unbeknownst to him, Shipwreck has already partially freed himself, getting down from the hook (he leaps up and grabs hold of it when they hear the Commander coming) so when the villain leaves again, freeing himself and the others is a simple matter. Even worse, when the villains leave with the Joes' vehicles, they ''leave their own vehicles behind'' (and apparently leave the keys in the ignitions, for that matter). Did the villains think the Joes wouldn't shoot down their own crafts? Wild Bill ''did'' say he felt "like [he] shot his own horse" when he did, but he still did, and so did the others. (So all this botched plan accomplished was to prove that C.O.B.R.A. can't claim that the Joes have better equipment as an excuse for their failures...))
** Ironically, during the five-part "Arise Serpentor Arise", when the villains took Sergeant Slaughter (likely one of the biggest thorns in their side) Cobra Commander was the smart on, wanting to kill him right away. Unfortunately for him, he had little control of the organization at the time, and Dr. Mindbender wanted to use Slaughter's DNA to supply the fighting expertise of his creation. It turned out ''very'' bad for them, and would be the biggest factor in the experiment creating just another failure of a leader.
1st Jun '16 5:12:22 PM SteveMB
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* The villain is [[NiceJobBreakingItHero secretly manipulating the heroes]] into [[UnwittingPawn doing his bidding for him]]; perhaps [[TrickedIntoEscaping he wants them to escape]] so that he can track them to their secret hideout, but it will only work if they think they've escaped on their own.

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* The villain is [[NiceJobBreakingItHero secretly manipulating the heroes]] into [[UnwittingPawn doing his bidding for him]]; perhaps [[TrickedIntoEscaping he wants them to escape]] so that he can [[TrickAndFollowPloy track them to their secret hideout, hideout]], but it will only work if they think they've escaped on their own.
1st Jun '16 5:04:07 PM SteveMB
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* The villain is [[NiceJobBreakingItHero secretly manipulating the heroes]] into [[UnwittingPawn doing his bidding for him]]; perhaps he wants them to escape so that he can track them to their secret hideout, but it will only work if they think they've escaped on their own.

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* The villain is [[NiceJobBreakingItHero secretly manipulating the heroes]] into [[UnwittingPawn doing his bidding for him]]; perhaps [[TrickedIntoEscaping he wants them to escape escape]] so that he can track them to their secret hideout, but it will only work if they think they've escaped on their own.



* The villain wants to avoid being blamed for killing the hero, and thus waits for a situation where he can {{make it look like an accident}} or produce an alibi for the time when the hero is supposed to die.

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* The villain wants to avoid being blamed for killing the hero, and thus waits for sets up a situation where he can {{make it look like an accident}} or produce an alibi for the time when the hero is supposed to die.
24th May '16 12:50:16 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Also, whispering to Simba that he indeed killed Mufasa wasn't too bright, as it led to Simba's BerserkButton being pushed.

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** Also, whispering to Simba that he indeed killed Mufasa wasn't too bright, as it led to Simba's BerserkButton being pushed.HeroicSecondWind.
24th May '16 12:17:28 AM JoeCB1991
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* Dr. Evil employs this frequently in ''Franchise/AustinPowers''. The page quote above is just one example.

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* Dr. Evil employs this frequently in ''Franchise/AustinPowers''.''Film/AustinPowers''. The page quote above is just one example.
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