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9th Dec '17 1:27:14 PM marcoasalazarm
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* The villains of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' tend to be a pretty petty bunch. Candy Sweet from "The Black Widows" was turned down by the Honeybees cheerleading squad as a kid, so she kidnaps them and builds an army of robots that uses the Honeybees' moves to infiltrate an international cheerleading contest and slaughter the competition (quite literally) in the finals. Dr. Bittersweet from "Passion Patties" was kicked out of the Happy Girls for eating the cookies she was supposed to sell, so she tries to discredit them with [[ImpossiblyDeliciousFood super-addictive]], [[TemporaryBulkChange super-fattening]] cookies. And so on.

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* The villains of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' tend to be a pretty petty bunch. Candy Sweet from "The Black Widows" was turned down by the Honeybees cheerleading squad as a kid, so she kidnaps them and builds an army of robots that uses the Honeybees' moves to infiltrate an international cheerleading contest and slaughter the competition (quite literally) in the finals. Dr. Bittersweet from "Passion Patties" was kicked out of the Happy Girls for eating the cookies she was supposed to sell, so she tries to discredit them with [[ImpossiblyDeliciousFood super-addictive]], [[TemporaryBulkChange super-fattening]] cookies. The titular BigBad of "Evil Ice Cream Man Much?" would prefer to turn the entirety of Los Angeles into a frozen wasteland rather than expand his ice cream line with flavors that modern teens like. And so on.
9th Dec '17 4:37:42 AM FoxBluereaver
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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Cyrus being an OmnicidalManiac bent on creating a WorldOfSilence is terrifying, but using Ash as his test subject for his RealityWarper abilities (by screwing with his intelligence and skill levels as he pleased) was a major dick move.
2nd Dec '17 5:10:46 PM wanderlustwarrior
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* Invoked in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' by the Flash, who is inhabiting Lex Luthor's body at the time and trying to avoid discovery. See the page quote above. (The Lex Luthor situation is different: he wants to provoke the heroes to rash behavior so the world will lose faith in them.) Luthor is an actual example though. His entire presidential campaign in the second season had nothing to do with his real EvilPlan [[spoiler:uploading his mind into an Amazo android]]. Luthor ran for President just to, in his own words, "tick Superman off", and he's quite successful at doing so.

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* Invoked in ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' by the Flash, who is inhabiting Lex Luthor's body at the time and trying to avoid discovery. See discovery, as per the page quote above. (The Lex Luthor situation is different: he wants to provoke the heroes to rash behavior so the world will lose faith in them.) Luthor is an above.
**Of course, this humorous pettiness goes unquestioned, because it's supported by Luthor's
actual example though.in the previous season. His entire presidential campaign in the second season had nothing to do with his real EvilPlan [[spoiler:uploading his mind into an Amazo android]]. Luthor ran for President just to, in his own words, "tick Superman off", and he's quite successful at doing so. He even based a ''side'' plan around this, via BriarPatching AmandaWaller and Project Cadmus, attempting to provoke the heroes to rash behavior so the world will lose faith in them.
24th Nov '17 11:50:31 AM lillolillo
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** In ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl2005 Supergirl (Volume 5)]]'', Reactron attempted to rape and kill Kara several times, murdered her parents and blew her planet up... because she had the gall to defend herself and beat him down when he first attacked her.
23rd Nov '17 10:41:13 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Adam Taurus wants to make Blake suffer by slaughtering everyone close to her, all because she walked away from him when she couldn't stomach his increasingly violent behavior any more. Blake believes that Adam's desire to destroy humanity isn't because he believes that equality between humans and Faunus is impossible, but rather because he doesn't ''want'' equality to come about due to the injustices that he personally suffered in the past. To drive home just how pitiful he is, Blake admits that she's come to see him as the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodiment]] of spite. Not hate or even rage, just spite.
19th Nov '17 9:41:29 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Franchise/{{Saw}]'': Jigsaw's motives are nowhere near as noble as he likes to think.
** While his primary victims are "people who have wasted their lives," Jigsaw also targets people who have wronged him in some way, and later in the series targets the police operatives investigating him. As the series continues and backbuilds his history, it becomes increasingly clear that many of his victims are people he has a personal connection with and just doesn't care for how they chose to live their lives.
** The criteria of targeting "people who have wasted their lives" or lived lives that caused harm to others, is pretty broad. The victim roster ranges from drug dealers and rapists, to prostitutes and drug addicts, to people feeling suicidal and practicing self-harm, to just people that suffered BystanderSyndrome and did nothing while seeing something terrible happen. In Jigsaw's mind, all of these offenses are deserving of death.
8th Nov '17 11:22:39 AM chopshop
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* Discussed in ''Film/TheHitmansBodyguard'', where Kincaid bitterly remarks upon the fact that [[spoiler: the man who murdered his father wasn't motivated by any sort of larger goal. He wasn't after money or carrying out a personal grudge or anything like that. He was just an angry, sadistic man who wanted to hurt somebody, and Kincaid's dad was as good a target as any.]]


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** ''VideoGame/SonicForces'': Infinite manages to make the examples above look like the pinnacles of maturity. He helps Dr. Eggman take over the world, [[spoiler: murders the Avatar's entire squad]], beats Sonic within an inch of his life, and generally does everything in his power to inflict suffering on everyone around him. Why? [[spoiler: [[ItsAllAboutMe To soothe his fragile ego]]. He used to be the leader of a mercenary team and went around [[SmallNameBigEgo boasting about being "the Ultimate Mercenary"]] until Shadow effortlessly defeated him. His arrogance meant he couldn't accept the idea of others being better than him, so he joined up with Eggman to get access to the Phantom Ruby and become stronger. All the evil things he does are done purely because [[TheBully he's a petty, sadistic bully who hurts people to feel better about himself]].]] By the end of the game [[EveryoneHasStandards even Eggman sees him as utterly pathetic]].
31st Oct '17 1:59:43 PM darkemyst
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** Draco Malfoy is a fairly petty villain as well - his misdeeds are mostly limited to insulting others, [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney using his family connections to get whatever he wants]], cheating at Quidditch, and abusing his power as a prefect. That is, until Book 6, when he gets in way over his head and learns the hard way that EvilIsNotAToy.

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** Draco Malfoy is a fairly petty villain as well - his misdeeds are mostly limited to insulting others, [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney using his family connections to get whatever he wants]], cheating at Quidditch, and abusing his power as a prefect. That is, until [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Book 6, 6]], when he gets in way over his head and learns the hard way that EvilIsNotAToy.
28th Oct '17 1:27:59 AM darkemyst
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** While the BigBad and his minions are busy torturing, murdering, and attempting world domination, Dolores Umbridge is [[TyrantTakesTheHelm slowly usurping power at Hogwarts]], making students in detention write lines with [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment a pen that carves whatever they write into their hand]], [[FantasticRacism discriminating against non-humans and Muggle-borns]], and just being an arrogant and irritating {{Jerkass}} in general. While the Death Eaters use Unforgivable Curses left and right, Umbridge merely threatens people with them. The fact that she isn't as over-the-top evil as the REAL villains ironically makes her even more fun to hate than they are.

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** While In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' while the BigBad and his minions are busy torturing, murdering, and attempting world domination, Dolores Umbridge is [[TyrantTakesTheHelm slowly usurping power at Hogwarts]], making students in detention write lines with [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment a pen that carves whatever they write into their hand]], [[FantasticRacism discriminating against non-humans and Muggle-borns]], and just being an arrogant and irritating {{Jerkass}} in general. While the Death Eaters use Unforgivable Curses left and right, Umbridge merely threatens people with them. The fact that she isn't as over-the-top evil as the REAL villains ironically makes her even more fun to hate than they are.
26th Oct '17 5:16:47 AM Kalaong
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* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', [[spoiler:Hugh Darrow the inventor of augmentation]] is willing to drive a good chunk of the world insane for an ostensibly noble goal. This is mostly a cover for his real personal motive: [[spoiler:Hugh himself is incompatible with augmentation technology. He's doing all of this because he's jealous of people who can use his breakthrough to replace missing or useless body parts while he's stuck walking with a cane and missing an arm.]] Adam calling him out on how petty he's being will trigger a VillainousBreakdown.

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* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', [[spoiler:Hugh Darrow the inventor of augmentation]] is willing to drive a good chunk of the world insane for an to smear augmentation technology, ostensibly noble goal. This is mostly a cover to prevent the {{Illuminati}} from using it for his real personal motive: [[spoiler:Hugh MindControl. Except he's not even ''consciously aware'' that he's doing it because he himself is incompatible with augmentation technology. He's doing all of this because he's jealous of people who can use his breakthrough to replace missing or useless body parts technology; while he's anyone else with the money can turn themselves into a superhuman, he, its inventor, is stuck walking with a cane and missing an arm.]] a leg brace. When Adam calling him out on how petty uses his [[CompellingVoice CASIE mod]] to point this out, the revelation that he's being will committed ''the worst terrorist act in recorded history'' simply because he feels I was betrayed by my own genetics! Ruined by my own flesh! ''will'' trigger a VillainousBreakdown.VillainousBreakdown]].
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