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13th Jun '17 3:32:32 PM Nulono
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** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]]" gives us the Flim Flam brothers, who have a machine that can produce apple cider at a rate faster than the Apple Family can. Had the two brothers not tried to drive the Apples out of business, not been such a pair of {{Jerkass}}es to the Apples, or heck, even tried to cut a fair deal with them instead of giving them an obviously bad one, they'd have ended up being filthy rich off the shared profits. Instead, they're hit with LaserGuidedKarma after they become so focused on beating the Apple Family that they [[PyrrhicVillainy turn off the quality control on their machine, thus winning the contest but making cider so awful that no one will buy it]]. If their closing lines are any indication, they screw up similarly in every town they pass through. There is also the possibility of them using the technology behind the titular cider machine and adapting it into transport vehicles to be mass produced and sold. Even if it does require a unicorn's magic to run, it's ''still'' worlds more advanced than any other vehicle shown in the series. They also never consider the possibility that the technology behind it could be easily adapted to run almost all of the manually operated machinery shown in the world. A possible BadFuture shown in the Season 5 finale hints that if the two ever got their act together (and the Mane Six weren't around to stop them) they'd be ''ruling Equestria'' instead of a pair of failed hucksters.
** Queen Chrysalis and her changeling army from the Season 2 Finale are obviously a justified example of this, being in a kids show and all, but let's be honest: a species that can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift into anyone]] and feeds on the loosely defined [[EmotionEater "love" of others]] wouldn't have much trouble [[PowerPerversionPotential using said powers to get their food source a different way]]. Instead they choose to invade and conquer which, as one Youtube commentator put it, is like "shooting a cow so you can milk it".
** The Changelings motives are explored more in Season 6. They ''[[HorrorHunger need]]'' the love and it's generally not a pleasant experience, as seen by [[TokenHeroicOrc good Changeling Thorax]]. Then, in [[spoiler: the Season 6 finale, we find out Chrysalis has kidnapped nearly anypony that could thwart her plans and she wishes for her Changelings to bring her the ponies... so ''she'' can grow more powerful. She's been intentionally starving her hive to make them more obedient and hiding that by sharing the love, it would end the HorrorHunger. When Thorax realizes this, he shares love and becomes new King, with all the Changelings following suit, except for her. All of the Changelings' motives boiled down to being in perpetual starvation and just wanting to stop being hungry; Chrysalis, though, wanted power and manipulated her people just so she can get more powerful and rule over Equestria. It ends with Starlight triumphing over her, the Changelings redeemed under Thorax, and Chrysalis on the run, her subject and kingdom gone]].

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** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000]]" gives us the Flim Flam brothers, who have a machine that can produce apple cider at a rate faster than the Apple Family can. Had the two brothers not tried to drive the Apples out of business, not been such a pair of {{Jerkass}}es to the Apples, or heck, even tried to cut a fair deal with them instead of giving them an obviously bad one, they'd have ended up being filthy rich off the shared profits. Instead, they're hit with LaserGuidedKarma after they become so focused on beating the Apple Family that they [[PyrrhicVillainy turn off the quality control on their machine, thus winning the contest but making cider so awful that no one will buy it]]. If their closing lines are any indication, they screw up similarly in every town they pass through. There is also the possibility of them using the technology behind the titular cider machine and adapting it into transport vehicles to be mass produced and sold. Even if it does require a unicorn's magic to run, it's ''still'' worlds more advanced than any other vehicle shown in the series. They also never consider the possibility that the technology behind it could be easily adapted to run almost all of the manually (hoofually?) operated machinery shown in the world. A possible BadFuture shown in the Season 5 finale hints that if the two ever got their act together (and the Mane Six weren't around to stop them) they'd be ''ruling Equestria'' instead of a pair of failed hucksters.
** Queen Chrysalis and her changeling army from the Season 2 Finale are obviously a justified example of this, being in a kids show and all, but let's be honest: a species that can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshift into anyone]] and feeds on the loosely defined [[EmotionEater "love" of others]] wouldn't have much trouble [[PowerPerversionPotential using said powers to get their food source a different way]]. Instead they choose to invade and conquer which, as one Youtube YouTube commentator put it, is like "shooting a cow so you can milk it".
** The Changelings motives are explored more in Season 6. They ''[[HorrorHunger need]]'' the love and it's generally not a pleasant experience, as seen by [[TokenHeroicOrc good Changeling Thorax]]. Then, in [[spoiler: the Season 6 finale, we find out Chrysalis has kidnapped nearly anypony that could thwart her plans and she wishes for her Changelings to bring her the ponies... so ''she'' can grow more powerful. She's been intentionally starving her hive to make them more obedient and hiding that by sharing the love, it would end the HorrorHunger. When Thorax realizes this, he shares love and becomes new King, with all the Changelings following suit, except for her. All of the Changelings' motives boiled down to being in perpetual starvation and just wanting to stop being hungry; Chrysalis, though, wanted power and manipulated her people just so she can get more powerful and rule over Equestria. It ends with Starlight triumphing over her, the Changelings redeemed under Thorax, and Chrysalis on the run, her subject subjects and kingdom gone]].
10th Jun '17 7:34:37 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''Comicbook/{{PS238}},'' this is combined with AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome. Zodon is a [[ChildProdigy super-intelligent child]] who spends most of his free time [[BigBadWannabe trying to be a supervillain]] and/or [[EvilVsEvil show up Victor]] only to get foiled by the school's staff or his fellow students. His alternate self from a world without metahumans just makes meme-tastic websites and sells them for millions of dollars.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{PS238}},'' this is combined with AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome. Zodon is a [[ChildProdigy super-intelligent child]] who spends most of his free time [[BigBadWannabe trying to be a supervillain]] and/or [[EvilVsEvil show up Victor]] Victor]], only to get foiled by the school's staff or his fellow students. His In an alternate self from a world universe without metahumans metahumans, his counterpart just makes meme-tastic websites and sells them for millions of dollars.
10th Jun '17 7:32:17 PM JoeMerl
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** [[TheCowl The Revenant]] has managed to "convince" a number of villains that it is better for them to find a more practical way to use their abilities. For example, [[GodwinsLaw Mr. Godwin]], visually a CaptainErsatz of Comicbook/RedSkull, now steals money from ''willing'' people through his casino.



* The Revenant has managed to "convince" a number of villains of the ''ComicBook/PS238'' universe that it is better for them to find a more practical way to use their abilities. For example, [[GodwinsLaw Mr. Godwin]], a.k.a. the Crystal Skull, was convinced to stop robbing banks and to take money from people voluntarily... by running a legit casino.
10th Jun '17 7:13:29 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''Comicbook/{{PS238}},'' this is combined with AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome. Zodon is a [[ChildProdigy super-intelligent child]] who spends most of his free time [[BigBadWannabe trying to be a supervillain]] and/or [[EvilVsEvil show up Victor]] only to get foiled by the school's staff or his fellow students. His alternate self from a world without metahumans just makes meme-tastic websites and sells them for millions of dollars.
5th Jun '17 5:13:28 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': Dr. Gero was the leading scientist of the Red Ribbon Army, a military global superpower and rival to Capsule Corp. in terms of its technological output. When Goku puts an end to the RR, he makes death machines, some of which run on [[PerpetualMotionMonster perpetual energy]], to kill Goku as revenge, and it's known without Goku they'll turn the planet into a hellhole. He probably could have made a huge profit out from his cybernetic enhancements, weapons, etc. Piccolo even lampshades this after chopping off Gero's arm, declaring his efforts to be a "waste of technology."



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'', Plankton actually sold all of his evil inventions in order to get enough money to pay everyone in town to sign a petition to bulldoze the Krusty Krab. He even managed to buy Mr. Krab's signature... four times! The only person who didn't sign the petition was [=SpongeBob=], but he still had the majority on his side "and in a democracy, that's all you need'', so the Krusty Krab got bulldozed... one foot away, so it would comply with the new law that says all fast food restaurants were at least 100 feet away from each other.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'', Plankton actually sold all of his evil inventions in order to get enough money to pay everyone in town to sign a petition to bulldoze the Krusty Krab. He even managed to buy Mr. Krab's signature... four times! The only person who didn't sign the petition was [=SpongeBob=], but he still had the majority on his side "and in a democracy, that's all you need'', need", so the Krusty Krab got bulldozed... one foot away, so it would comply with the new law that says all fast food restaurants were at least 100 feet away from each other.



* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Dr. Gero was capable of building machines that have infinite fuel. Given the world's demand for fuel, he could easily become the richest man in the world with this technology. Plus being able to make androids capable of defeating Super Sayians, just imagine if he put that kind of technology into construction or space travel. Too bad he was only interested in getting revenge against Goku.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Dr. Gero was capable of building machines that have infinite fuel. Given the world's demand for fuel, he could easily become the richest man in the world with this technology. Plus being able to make androids capable of defeating Super Sayians, just imagine if he put that kind of technology into construction or space travel. Too bad he was only interested in getting revenge against Goku. Piccolo even lampshades it after chopping off Gero's arm, declaring his efforts to be a "waste of technology."
2nd Jun '17 10:47:48 AM Discar
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** In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsIHaveANemesis'', it's mentioned that most MadScientist villains are very rich, because they sold their inventions as a civilian. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for otherwise ordinary {{Mad Scientist}}s to randomly go insane and try to take over the world.
2nd Jun '17 7:53:46 AM luiz4200
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* ''ComicBook/ScoobyDooTeamUp'': In "Enter the Dragons - Exit Scooby Doo", the villain behind the robot dragons is [[spoiler:Bernie, a robotics scientist who, needing funds to pay for his research, used the dragons to scare everyone away from Chinatown so he could steal the stores' money and use it to pay for his work. Shaggy suggests Bernie could have sold the robots in Hollywood. Bernie likes the idea.]]
29th May '17 7:42:37 PM RacattackForce
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* Staunchly averted in ''WesternAnimation/Villainous'', as the main characters are in the business of weapons development. A number of the shorts involve [[VillainProtagonist Black Hat]]'s attempts to market the inventions of his main henchman, Dr. Flug, to other villains.

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* Staunchly averted in ''WesternAnimation/Villainous'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Villainous}}'', as the main characters are in the business of weapons development. A number of the shorts involve [[VillainProtagonist Black Hat]]'s attempts to market the inventions of his main henchman, Dr. Flug, to other villains.
29th May '17 7:40:39 PM RacattackForce
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* Staunchly averted in ''WesternAnimation/Villainous'', as the main characters are in the business of weapons development. A number of the shorts involve [[VillainProtagonist Black Hat]]'s attempts to market the inventions of his main henchman, Dr. Flug, to other villains.
27th May '17 3:08:10 PM StarSword
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', one sidequest deals with a pair of crime bosses fighting over their organization. Should you take one of them out and then convince the other to give up their life of crime, she turns up in the next game on [[WretchedHive Omega]], [[GoodFeelsGood using her people skills and knowledge of the criminal underworld for social work]].
-->'''Paragon Shepard:''' That's... more noble than I expected.
* In the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting, the Red Wizards of Thay are mostly known as a tyrannical {{magocracy}} with aspirations to world conquest. In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'''s second expansion ''Storm of Zehir'', though, there's a magic shop in Neverwinter run by a Red Wizard who says making money selling magic items is a better use of his associates' time.
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