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* Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes: When [[RenegadeSplinterFaction McCullough's army]] is being attacked by the [[spoiler:Northern Army]] one of the machine gunners notices the group of escaping apes and opens fire despite the fact the apes where unarmed and that a literal army was bearing down on them, this also causes on of their [[LesCollaborateurs donkeys]] (traitor apes) to [[spoiler:turn on them at a critical moment and save Ceaser.]]
1st Sep '17 9:20:18 PM Daylight
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* Andrew Golota. A Heavyweight boxer who was twice ahead of former world champion Riddick Bowe on points proceeded to [[GroinAttack low blow]] him until disqualification. Both times.

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* Andrew Golota. A Heavyweight boxer who was twice ahead of former world champion Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe on points proceeded to [[GroinAttack low blow]] him until disqualification. Both times.times.
* In the world of [[UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships)]], [[TheAce Jon Jones]] been described as one of the most elite natural talents the sport has even seen, and many predicted he would surpass Anderson Silva as the greatest fighter of all time. Yet despite his great talent and only losing once in the Octagon, he was caught using banned substances and was banned for a year. After serving his time, he made a triumph return in 2017 with a rematch win over his rival Daniel Cormier who he beat the first time, only to test positive for banned substances again before the fight.
31st Aug '17 6:55:33 PM intastiel
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* In ''Literature/ShadowsForSilenceInTheForestsOfHell'', Theopolis has a handsome income collecting bounties on behalf of Silence Montane, who is secretly TheDreaded bounty hunter White Fox. Being an avaricious {{Jerkass}}, he tries to repossess Silence's business, then [[spoiler:repeatedly sabotages her most dangerous bounty hunt and endangers her daughter's life]]. When he shows up again to claim control of the business, [[spoiler:he slaps her and draws blood, violating one of the Simple Rules of the forest and meeting his death at the hands of an enraged [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Shade]].]]
1st Aug '17 3:25:06 PM Vir
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** RE6 confounds things further: It turns out that [[spoiler:Resident Evil's secret government conspiracy is The Family, a collection of old-money families who have been secretly controlling the United States government and its corporations (including Umbrella) since colonial times]], so Saddler's bumbling is likely the result of constant panic and insanity from realizing he's trying to take over the secret rulers with a mere puppet. However, blatantly explaining his motives just makes things worse, as said rulers send in their agents to screw him over further.

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** RE6 ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' confounds things further: It turns out that [[spoiler:Resident Evil's secret government conspiracy is The Family, a collection of old-money families who have been secretly controlling the United States government and its corporations (including Umbrella) since colonial times]], so Saddler's bumbling is likely the result of constant panic and insanity from realizing he's trying to take over the secret rulers with a mere puppet. However, blatantly explaining his motives just makes things worse, as said rulers send in their agents to screw him over further.
29th Jul '17 7:57:37 AM ironballs16
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** The ''[[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Wacky Races Forever]]'' pilot [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the hell out of this by having a scene where Dick Dastardly is taking a nap waiting for the other racers, wakes up, declares his intent to cheat, and when pointed out he's within three feet of the finish line, proudly declares he's a villain and therefore has to cheat.

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** The ''[[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Wacky Races Forever]]'' pilot [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the hell out of this by having a scene where Dick Dastardly is taking a nap waiting for the other racers, wakes up, declares his intent to cheat, and when pointed out he's within three feet of the finish line, [[CardCarryingVillain proudly declares he's a villain villain]] and [[SlaveToPR therefore has to cheat.cheat]].
29th Jul '17 7:54:59 AM ironballs16
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** It should be noted that copying the key fell under AintNoRule, and they only wound up in the chase because they were dumb enough to talk about what the key unlocked [[SayingTooMuch in front of the guy about to make a copy of it]], who handed them blanks and kept the real one himself.
27th Jul '17 2:07:50 AM HelloLamppost
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' involves Dr. Two-Brains and his two henchmen entering a Barbershop Quartet singing competition (he counts himself twice because he's got two brains). The henchmen actually want to sing and would just as soon do the whole thing fairly, but Two-Brains invents a gizmo to sabotage everyone else's voices. Naturally, Word Girl exposes them, but before she can cart them off, the henchmen beg to be able to sing their song, and they and Two-Brains get to perform their act. They're really good, and the judge tells them they'd have won if they weren't disqualified for cheating.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' involves Dr. Two-Brains and his two henchmen entering a Barbershop Quartet singing competition (he counts himself twice because he's got two brains). The henchmen actually want to sing and would just as soon do the whole thing fairly, but Two-Brains invents a gizmo to sabotage everyone else's voices. voices. Naturally, Word Girl [=WordGirl=] exposes them, but before she can cart them off, the henchmen beg to be able to sing their song, and they and Two-Brains get to perform their act. They're really good, and the judge tells them they'd have won if they weren't disqualified for cheating.
27th Jul '17 2:07:06 AM HelloLamppost
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' involves Dr. Two-Brains and his two henchmen entering a Barbershop Quartet singing competition (he counts himself twice because he's got two brains). The henchmen actually want to sing and would just as soon do the whole thing fairly, but Two-Brains invents a gizmo to sabotage everyone else's voices. Naturally, Word Girl exposes them, but before she can cart them off, the henchmen beg to be able to sing their song, and they and Two-Brains get to perform their act. They're really good, and the judge tells them they'd have won if they weren't disqualified for cheating.
25th Jul '17 8:59:02 PM AnotherDuck
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* The TropeNamer, Dick Dastardly from ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', frequently stopped to cheat even though he was way out in the lead, [[WhatAnIdiot allowing his opponents to catch up and overtake him]]. More than one person has suggested he's doing this ''on purpose'', for varying reasons. These failed schemes always put him in last place, but every time he'd be back in first to try again. This would repeat 3-5 times an episode. Think about it for a minute; he could go from dead-last with a damaged vehicle to a commanding lead several times a race. The Mean Machine had to be far and away the best vehicle in the race, and [[CardCarryingVillain he'd piss that away because he's the baddie and has to cheat]]. If he tried racing fairly instead, he would have won every time.
** It actually makes a lot of sense that the Mean Machine is far superior to the other racecars, given that it's a rocket-propelled vehicle going up against (among other things), a Depression-era coupe, a World War I-era fighter that can barely fly, a glorified go-kart powered by a steam boiler in an advanced state of disrepair, a car made out of stone driven by two cavemen, and what seems to be a weird amalgam of a surplus army tank and a street sweeper. Really, to look at them, the only vehicles that should have even the faintest hope against the MM are Peter Perfect's Turbo Terrific (which is actually, you know, a RACE CAR), and Pat Pending's Convert-a-Car, if only due to the plethora of resources it has (that it can turn into an ACTUAL rocket, among other things, doesn't hurt either).

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The TropeNamer, Dick Dastardly from ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', Dastardly, frequently stopped to cheat even though he was way out in the lead, [[WhatAnIdiot allowing his opponents to catch up and overtake him]]. More than one person has suggested he's doing this ''on purpose'', for varying reasons. These failed schemes always put him in last place, but every time he'd be back in first to try again. This would repeat 3-5 times an episode. Think about it for a minute; he could go from dead-last with a damaged vehicle to a commanding lead several times a race. The Mean Machine had to be far and away the best vehicle in the race, and [[CardCarryingVillain he'd piss that away because he's the baddie and has to cheat]]. If he tried racing fairly instead, he would have won every time.
** It actually makes a lot of sense that the Mean Machine is far superior to the other racecars, given that it's a rocket-propelled vehicle going up against (among other things), a Depression-era coupe, a World War I-era fighter that can barely fly, a glorified go-kart powered by a steam boiler in an advanced state of disrepair, a car made out of stone driven by two cavemen, and what seems to be a weird amalgam of a surplus army tank and a street sweeper. Really, to look at them, the only vehicles that should have even the faintest hope against the MM are Peter Perfect's Turbo Terrific (which is actually, you know, a RACE CAR), and Pat Pending's Convert-a-Car, if only due to the plethora of resources it has (that it can turn into an ACTUAL rocket, among other things, doesn't hurt either).
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8th Jul '17 3:44:05 PM Luigifan
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** Team Rocket almost always falls victim to this (they're [[TerribleTrio Team Rocket]], after all). For instance, they planned to steal a (then) full set of four Eevee evolutions, each one individually extremely valuable. They get three of them and a huge lead, easily enough to escape -- but Musashi/Jesse insists on going back for the fourth one, resulting in their capture. Other times it's because they'll try and steal Pikachu even if they already have a chance to get away with some rare/valuable Pokémon/object.

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** Team Rocket almost always falls victim to this (they're [[TerribleTrio Team Rocket]], after all). For instance, they planned to steal a (then) full set of four Eevee evolutions, each one individually extremely valuable. They get three of them and a huge lead, easily enough to escape -- but Musashi/Jesse insists on going back for the fourth one, resulting in their capture. Other times times, it's because they'll try and steal Pikachu even if they already have a chance to get away with some rare/valuable Pokémon/object.



** There was an episode in Advanced where James practically admits to this trope. The contest was going through a Fun House and the winner would get a year supply of Poke block. Team Rocket would get ahead of the twerps in every single phase, only to wait for them to catch up so they can knock them back again. At the final phase James admits "We could have crossed the finish line but we wanted Pikachu and Whismer too." They end up losing again.

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** There was an episode in Advanced where James practically admits to this trope. The contest was going through a Fun House and the winner would get a year supply of Poke block.Poké blocks. Team Rocket would get ahead of the twerps in every single phase, only to wait for them to catch up so they can knock them back again. At the final phase phase, James admits "We could have crossed the finish line line, but we wanted Pikachu and Whismer Whismur too." They end up losing again.



* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In one of the GosakuOta manga chapters, Dr. Hell plots the next scheme: overwhelm Mazinger-Z with a MacrossMissileMassacre as another of his [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] -Deathcross V9- attacks him, and as the HumongousMecha is weakened and disoriented by the constant battering of missiles and the onslaught of the Beast, shooting a freaking huge missile to finish him off. It was a good plan. It could have even worked... Should [[CoDragons Baron Ashura and Count Brocken]] have worked together. However, they were so eager and impatient for upstaging each other they attacked separately. Brocken shot the big missile without waiting for Ashura -- wasting it and forcing them to rebuild the strategy --, and Ashura decided he could use that chance to defeat Mazinger-Z using the Mechanical Beast (because that tactic had worked so well in the past, right?) and humilliating Brocken.
* Alisa from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' during a match between her team, Saunders, and Oarai Academy. Her team has numerical superiority (they outnumber the other team two to one), superior weapons and equipment and experienced tank crews compared to Oarai's new, inexperienced team and tanks rescued from the scrap heap. Despite this she still feels to need to listen in on the other team's radio communications [[AintNoRule which technically isn't cheating, but it certainly isn't cricket either.]] This comes back to bite her in the ass when the other team, and her own team captain, realize what she is doing.

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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In one of the GosakuOta manga chapters, Dr. Hell plots the next scheme: overwhelm Mazinger-Z with a MacrossMissileMassacre as another of his [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beasts]] -Deathcross V9- attacks him, and as the HumongousMecha is weakened and disoriented by the constant battering of missiles and the onslaught of the Beast, shooting a freaking huge missile to finish him off. It was a good plan. It could have even worked... Should [[CoDragons Baron Ashura and Count Brocken]] have worked together. However, they were so eager and impatient for upstaging each other they attacked separately. Brocken shot the big missile without waiting for Ashura -- wasting it and forcing them to rebuild the strategy --, -- and Ashura decided he could use that chance to defeat Mazinger-Z using the Mechanical Beast (because that tactic had worked so well in the past, right?) and humilliating Brocken.
* Alisa from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' during a match between her team, Saunders, and Oarai Academy. Her team has numerical superiority (they outnumber the other team two to one), superior weapons and equipment and experienced tank crews compared to Oarai's new, inexperienced team and tanks rescued from the scrap heap. Despite this this, she still feels to need to listen in on the other team's radio communications communications, [[AintNoRule which technically isn't cheating, but it certainly isn't cricket either.]] This comes back to bite her in the ass when the other team, and her own team captain, realize what she is doing.



* Not a competition, but the same idea: in ''Film/TheMummy1999'', Beni - who spent the entire first movie as the BigBad's lackey - manages to escape the ruins with scores of bags laden with gold and a ride to safety. He is ''this'' close to being a KarmaHoudini... but he can't abate the urge to go back in for even more loot, and meets his end inside. The heroes, on the other hand, leave using Beni's cammels, unaware that they are loaded with treasure (until the second film, where they have clearly put that money to good use).
* ''Film/{{Casino}}'' - Nicky's job in Vegas is to be the mob's enforcer and protect their control of the casinos and the skim from potential rivals. He even owns a successful restaurant and hobnobs with its celebrity patrons. He can't help but start loan sharking, fencing, and burglary teams. He even goes on some burglaries himself. Since, his bosses don't want him doing such things because they don't want any extra attention on the casino operations, he keeps most of the money for himself.

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* Not a competition, but the same idea: in ''Film/TheMummy1999'', Beni - -- who spent the entire first movie as the BigBad's lackey - -- manages to escape the ruins with scores of bags laden with gold and a ride to safety. He is ''this'' close to being a KarmaHoudini... but he can't abate [[{{Greed}} the urge to go back in for even more loot, loot]], and meets his end inside. The heroes, on the other hand, leave using Beni's cammels, camels, unaware that they are loaded with treasure (until the second film, where they have clearly put that money to good use).
* ''Film/{{Casino}}'' - ''Film/{{Casino}}'': Nicky's job in Vegas is to be the mob's enforcer and protect their control of the casinos and the skim from potential rivals. He even owns a successful restaurant and hobnobs with its celebrity patrons. He can't help but start loan sharking, fencing, and burglary teams. He even goes on some burglaries himself. Since, Since his bosses don't want him doing such things because they don't want any extra attention on the casino operations, he keeps most of the money for himself.



* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the villains are quite successful, [[spoiler: having killed half of the royal family, with the intend to become Queens themselves]], but then make the mistake of messing with the Whistler family. Instead of asking to marry one of the Whistler cousins, who have just as much royal ancestry (which is the thing they're after), they kidnap the recently engaged Jerin Whistler. [[spoiler: This ends badly for them.]]

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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the villains are quite successful, [[spoiler: [[spoiler:[[RulingFamilyMassacre having killed half of the royal family, family]], with the intend intent to become Queens themselves]], but then make the mistake of messing with the Whistler family. Instead of asking to marry one of the Whistler cousins, who have just as much royal ancestry (which is the thing they're after), they kidnap the recently engaged Jerin Whistler. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This ends badly for them.]]



* Zandramas of [[Literature/TheBelgariad The Mallorean]] is practically the epitome of this trope. If she isn't blowing past [[MoralEventHorizon Moral Event Horizons]], she's setting traps for the protagonists, or [[KickTheDog kicking puppies.]] This comes back to massively bite her in the behind for two reasons. One, It's frequently mentioned how much of a lead she keeps getting ahead of the protagonists. Yet each of her schemes end up causing Team Light to catch up to her. Two: It does not endear her to Cyradis, whose job is to choose between the Darkness or the Light at the end, quite probably biasing the choice against her.

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* Zandramas of [[Literature/TheBelgariad The Mallorean]] is practically the epitome of this trope. If she isn't blowing past [[MoralEventHorizon Moral Event Horizons]], she's setting traps for the protagonists, or [[KickTheDog kicking puppies.]] This comes back to massively bite her in the behind for two reasons. One, It's it's frequently mentioned how much of a lead she keeps getting ahead of the protagonists. Yet each of her schemes end up causing Team Light to catch up to her. Two: It does not endear her to Cyradis, whose job is to choose between the Darkness or the Light at the end, quite probably biasing the choice against her.



* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'': In the final Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin, the Slytherins start off with a huge advantage -they're far enough ahead on the scoreboard that Harry can't catch the Snitch until the Gryffindor Chasers score enough goals to close the gap, or else Gryffindor will win the game but lose the cup. But rather than utilize what is essentially free time for Malfoy to catch the Snitch and win the game, they insist on repeatedly trying (and failing) to injure the Gryffindor players, causing the referee to award Gryffindor multiple free penalty shots.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'': In the final Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin, the Slytherins start off with a huge advantage -they're -- they're far enough ahead on the scoreboard that Harry can't catch the Snitch until the Gryffindor Chasers score enough goals to close the gap, or else Gryffindor will win the game but lose the cup. But rather than utilize what is essentially free time for Malfoy to catch the Snitch and win the game, they insist on repeatedly trying (and failing) to injure the Gryffindor players, causing the referee to award Gryffindor multiple free penalty shots.



* ''Series/LazyTown'''s Robbie Rotten, whose goal is to return the town to its original lazy state, is the most active person in the town due to his schemes.

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* ''Series/LazyTown'''s ''Series/LazyTown''[='=]s Robbie Rotten, whose goal is to return the town to its original lazy state, [[{{Irony}} is the most active person in the town due to his schemes.schemes]].



* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfShirleyHolmes'' has an episode where the leading candidate at the election for StudentCouncilPresident was believed to have invoked the trope (he even pointed out he was ''leading'' when he was accused) but was actually framed. The heroine found out but was unable to expose and it became a case of TheBadGuyWins.
* Reese turns out to be a surprisingly good cook on ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', and would have easily won an amateur cook off but still decided to sabotage the other dishes. Though this isn't because he wanted to win, he is just a JerkAss. It does give his parents incentive on a unique way to punish Reese for his actions, by ''[[CoolAndUnusualPunishment banning him from preparing any food of any kind for a month.]]''

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* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfShirleyHolmes'' has an episode where the leading candidate at the election for StudentCouncilPresident was believed to have invoked the trope (he even pointed out he was ''leading'' when he was accused) but was actually framed. The heroine found out but was unable to expose the deception, and it became a case of TheBadGuyWins.
* Reese turns out to be a surprisingly good cook on ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', and would have easily won an amateur cook off off, but still decided to sabotage the other dishes. Though this isn't because he wanted to win, he is just a JerkAss. It does give his parents incentive on a unique way to punish Reese for his actions, by ''[[CoolAndUnusualPunishment banning him from preparing any food of any kind for a month.]]''



* In every group playing ''TabletopGame/{{Diplomacy}}'', there's one guy who, upon hearing that you can backstab people, believes that the whole game is about backstabbing people. So, he does so for some very short term gains, derailing everybody else's carefully laid plans, sending the victim on a long HumiliationConga as he loses all of his states, and screwing himself over since nobody will deal with him, effectively making victory impossible.

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* In every group playing ''TabletopGame/{{Diplomacy}}'', there's one guy who, upon hearing that you can backstab people, believes that the whole game is about backstabbing people. So, he does so for some very short term short-term gains, derailing everybody else's carefully laid carefully-laid plans, sending the victim on a long HumiliationConga as he loses all of his states, and screwing himself over since nobody will deal with him, effectively making victory impossible.



** Delaying your touchdown to tackle or foul opposing players can be a good way of improving your team's long term position, but also risks your own player being knocked down or sent off, either of which ends your turn and lets your opponent regain the initiative.

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** Delaying your touchdown to tackle or foul opposing players can be a good way of improving your team's long term long-term position, but also risks your own player being knocked down or sent off, either of which ends your turn and lets your opponent regain the initiative.



* ''VideoGame/FZero'': This can actually happen to the player: attack your opponents in the wrong place and you might send yourself flying off the track. X and GX actually encourages such behavior by not only giving you an extra life if you smash five people off the track, but placing a huge RIVAL sign above the opponent who is highest on the leaderboard. Should that racer suffer an unfortunate "accident", the sign moves to the highest remaining opponent... Even then, it's still played straight if you're going on the offense: Attacking costs you speed -- a LOT of it (especially the Spin Attack), and even on [[HarderThanHard Master]] difficulty the best way to win, is simply to stay on the course, and use as much boost as physically possible whenever you can -- not wasting speed to attack... not that killing your rival doesn't help, especially since the game's RubberBandAI will often put the two of you in striking range of one another regardless of how well you're driving.

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* ''VideoGame/FZero'': This can actually happen to the player: attack your opponents in the wrong place and you might send yourself flying off the track. X and GX actually encourages such behavior by not only giving you an extra life if you smash five people off the track, but placing a huge RIVAL sign above the opponent who is highest on the leaderboard. Should that racer suffer an unfortunate "accident", the sign moves to the highest remaining opponent... Even then, it's still played straight if you're going on the offense: Attacking costs you speed -- a LOT of it (especially the Spin Attack), and even on [[HarderThanHard Master]] difficulty difficulty, the best way to win, win is simply to stay on the course, and use as much boost as physically possible whenever you can -- not wasting speed to attack... not that killing your rival doesn't help, especially since the game's RubberBandAI will often put the two of you in striking range of one another regardless of how well you're driving. (Not to mention that in ''X'', the controls are finicky enough that [[SomeDexterityRequired it's genuinely difficult to attack]].)



* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' has this trope as its motivation for ''eighty percent of the game''. At the end of Chapter 2-1, Leon has rescued Ashley and signaled for the rescue chopper, when Saddler appears and starts {{monologuing}} about his big plan, which is already complete - inject Ashley with Las Plagas and have her under Saddler's control when she gets home. He then notes that Leon can't stop him, since he was injected as well while unconscious. But then, despite the fact that Saddler literally has to ''do nothing to win'', his toadies show up and shoot flaming crossbow darts at them. Then they shoot down the chopper as well and proceed to try and kill Leon and Ashley for the rest of the game. Why? Because, as Saddler states just after rattling off his entire plan, he wants to squeeze the US for some ransom money before sending her back. Had he simply not given in to ''simple greed,'' he would have won. The worst part? If he'd had the sense to stick to his plan, he would've gained access to the ''entire United States Treasury!''
** RE6 confounds things further: It turns out that [[spoiler:Resident Evil's secret government conspiracy is The Family, a collection of old-money families who have been secretly controlling the united states government and its corporations (including Umbrella) since colonial times]], so Saddler's bumbling is likely the result of constant panic and insanity from realizing he's trying to take over the secret rulers with a mere puppet. However, blatantly explaining his motives just makes things worse as said rulers send in their agents to screw him over further.

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* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' has this trope as its motivation for ''eighty percent of the game''. At the end of Chapter 2-1, Leon has rescued Ashley and signaled for the rescue chopper, when Saddler appears and starts {{monologuing}} about his big plan, which is already complete - -- inject Ashley with Las Plagas and have her under Saddler's control when she gets home. He then notes that Leon can't stop him, since he was injected as well while unconscious. But then, despite the fact that Saddler literally has to ''do nothing to win'', his toadies show up and shoot flaming crossbow darts at them. Then they shoot down the chopper as well and proceed to try and kill Leon and Ashley for the rest of the game. Why? Because, as Saddler states just after rattling off his entire plan, he wants to squeeze the US for some ransom money before sending her back. Had he simply not given in to ''simple greed,'' he would have won. The worst part? If he'd had the sense to stick to his plan, he would've gained access to the ''entire United States Treasury!''
** RE6 confounds things further: It turns out that [[spoiler:Resident Evil's secret government conspiracy is The Family, a collection of old-money families who have been secretly controlling the united states United States government and its corporations (including Umbrella) since colonial times]], so Saddler's bumbling is likely the result of constant panic and insanity from realizing he's trying to take over the secret rulers with a mere puppet. However, blatantly explaining his motives just makes things worse worse, as said rulers send in their agents to screw him over further.further.
** To be fair, he felt that he ''had'' to squeeze out ransom money because simply returning Ashley without making any sort of demands or putting up a fight would make the U.S. government suspicious -- maybe not suspicious enough to actually figure out his plan, but suspicious enough to not be caught as off-guard as he'd like when he made his move. Of course, if he ''really'' wanted to keep his true agenda a secret, he shouldn't have [[JustBetweenYouAndMe blabbed it aloud]]...



* In ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}'', the player (El Presidente) has the option of rigging elections which moves about 10% of the votes to your favor. You can do this even if you are going to win the election in a landslide, although this will upset your people.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}'', the player (El Presidente) has the option of rigging elections elections, which moves about 10% of the votes to your favor. You can do this even if you are going to win the election in a landslide, although this will upset your people.



* ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' has a starfighter race as a campaign mission. Near the end of the race, the other pilot will stop near the finish line to activate some turrets. (The cleaner you race--i.e., the less you bump him--the later he'll activate the weapons. A totally clean race means you'll only have to endure a couple seconds of firepower, assuming you've kept up with him.) His stopping to activate the turrets gives you an opportunity to pass him if you're behind or even with him, and essentially counts as a forfeit if you're ahead.
* In the cinematic trailer for ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', Reaper has a fallen Winston at gunpoint, but pauses long enough to [[EvilIsPetty crush Winston's glasses beneath his boot]]. It backfires spectacularly; the anger Winston feels at the destruction is enough to instantly activate his [[SuperMode Primal Rage]] form.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Freelancer}}'' has a starfighter race as a campaign mission. Near the end of the race, the other pilot will stop near the finish line to activate some turrets. (The cleaner you race--i.race -- i.e., the less you bump him--the him -- the later he'll activate the weapons. A totally clean race means you'll only have to endure a couple seconds of firepower, assuming you've kept up with him.) His stopping to activate the turrets gives you an opportunity to pass him if you're behind or even with him, and essentially counts as a forfeit if you're ahead.
* In the cinematic trailer for ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', Reaper has a fallen Winston at gunpoint, but pauses long enough to [[EvilIsPetty crush Winston's glasses beneath his boot]]. It backfires spectacularly; the anger Winston feels at [[ThrewMyBikeOnTheRoof the destruction destruction]] is enough to instantly activate his [[SuperMode Primal Rage]] form.



* Ryan Haywood and Creator/GavinFree of ''Creator/AchievementHunter'' has something of this problem as they'll attempt to do something to screw over the other AH members and get hit with karma in return. The most infamous example, though, is with Caleb Denecour, who derailed episode 28 of ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play Minecraft]]'', angering both the AH crew ''and'' the fanbase. This act has lead to the term [[PersonAsVerb "Calebing"]]. It should be noted, though, that what makes Caleb's incident stand out more than what Ryan and Gavin have done is that while the latter's attempts are cartoonish and tend to backfire, especially if it's done in ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries Let's Play Grand Theft Auto]]'', Caleb's was purposeful ''and'' ruined the game they were playing.

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* Ryan Haywood and Creator/GavinFree of ''Creator/AchievementHunter'' has something of this problem problem, as they'll attempt to do something to screw over the other AH members and get hit with karma in return. The most infamous example, though, is with Caleb Denecour, who derailed episode 28 of ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play Minecraft]]'', angering both the AH crew ''and'' the fanbase. This act has lead to the term [[PersonAsVerb "Calebing"]]. It should be noted, though, that what makes Caleb's incident stand out more than what Ryan and Gavin have done is that while the latter's attempts are cartoonish and tend to backfire, especially if it's done in ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries Let's Play Grand Theft Auto]]'', Caleb's was purposeful ''and'' ruined the game they were playing.



* The TropeNamer, Dick Dastardly from ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', frequently stopped to cheat even though he was way out in the lead, [[WhatAnIdiot allowing his opponents to catch up and overtake him]]. More than one person has suggested he's doing this ''on purpose'', for varying reasons. These failed schemes always put him in last place, but every time he'd be back in first to try again. This would repeat 3-5 times an episode. Think about it for a minute; he could go from dead-last with a damaged vehicle to a commanding lead several times a race. The Mean Machine had to be far and away the best vehicle in the race, and [[CardCarryingVillain he'd piss that away because he's the baddie and has to cheat]]. If he tried racing fairly instead he would have won every time.

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* The TropeNamer, Dick Dastardly from ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', frequently stopped to cheat even though he was way out in the lead, [[WhatAnIdiot allowing his opponents to catch up and overtake him]]. More than one person has suggested he's doing this ''on purpose'', for varying reasons. These failed schemes always put him in last place, but every time he'd be back in first to try again. This would repeat 3-5 times an episode. Think about it for a minute; he could go from dead-last with a damaged vehicle to a commanding lead several times a race. The Mean Machine had to be far and away the best vehicle in the race, and [[CardCarryingVillain he'd piss that away because he's the baddie and has to cheat]]. If he tried racing fairly instead instead, he would have won every time.



** "Whizzin' To Washington" climaxes with Dastardly attempting to win ''without'' cheating, speeding past everybody. But he suddenly stops and allows the others to pass because [[spoiler: Muttley wanted his autograph]].

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** "Whizzin' To Washington" climaxes with Dastardly attempting to win ''without'' cheating, speeding past everybody. But he suddenly stops and allows the others to pass because [[spoiler: Muttley [[spoiler:Muttley wanted his autograph]].
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