History Main / GoodIsImpotent

15th Jan '16 9:53:53 AM Anddrix
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** Made quite better in the sequel. In B&W2, 'Good' Gods rely on impressing foreign towns to join your own, whereas 'Evil' Gods use military forces to conquer other towns and defend them. Done properly (read: [[ViewersAreMorons Ones that don't use military units after being told that military is a Evil Thing]]), Good Gods are {{Barrier Warrior}}s whose walls stop enemies in their tracks, and the occasional [[KillItWithFire Fireball Miracle]] used to destroy a troop or two doesn't dent one's Good Rating.
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** Made quite better in the sequel. In B&W2, 'Good' Gods rely on impressing foreign towns to join your own, whereas 'Evil' Gods use military forces to conquer other towns and defend them. Done properly (read: [[ViewersAreMorons Ones that don't use military units after being told that military is a Evil Thing]]), Thing), Good Gods are {{Barrier Warrior}}s whose walls stop enemies in their tracks, and the occasional [[KillItWithFire Fireball Miracle]] used to destroy a troop or two doesn't dent one's Good Rating.
29th Dec '15 3:42:47 AM eroock
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->''Evil is everywhere \\
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->''Evil ->''"Evil is everywhere \\

Evil is bankable!''
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Evil is bankable!''bankable!"''
22nd Nov '15 11:25:06 AM thatmadork
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* Somewhat the point of ''Film/DemolitionMan''. In the future San Angeles, society has banned everything and anything that can possibly harm or offend anybody: guns, alcohol, swearing, caffeine, sexual intercourse, [[FelonyMisdemeanour chocolate, speeding, spicy food]]... The downside to this city of [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad Politically Correct]] PerfectPacifistPeople is that when AxCrazy criminal Simon Phoenix is thawed out of cryostasis, the wimpy police of the future have absolutely no idea how to deal with his old-school brutality, and Phoenix runs amok. Hence, they need to thaw out tough CowboyCop John Spartan to deal with Phoenix and save the day.
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* Somewhat the point of ''Film/DemolitionMan''. In the future San Angeles, society has banned everything and anything that can possibly harm or offend anybody: guns, alcohol, swearing, [[WellIntentionedExtremist caffeine, sexual intercourse, [[FelonyMisdemeanour intercourse (and physical contact too), chocolate, speeding, spicy food]]... The downside to this city of [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad Politically Correct]] PerfectPacifistPeople is that when AxCrazy criminal Simon Phoenix is thawed out of cryostasis, the wimpy police of the future have absolutely no idea how to deal with his old-school brutality, and Phoenix runs amok. Hence, they need to thaw out tough CowboyCop John Spartan to deal with Phoenix and save the day.
22nd Nov '15 11:24:06 AM thatmadork
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* Somewhat the point of ''Film/DemolitionMan''. In the future San Angeles, society has banned everything and anything that can possibly harm or offend anybody: guns, alcohol, swearing, caffeine, sexual intercourse, [[FelonyMisdemeanour chocolate, speeding, spicy food]]... The downside to this city of [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad Politically Correct]] PerfectPacifistPeople is that when AxCrazy criminal Simon Phoenix is thawed out of cryostasis, the wimpy police of the future have absolutely no idea how to deal with his old-school brutality, and Phoenix runs amok. Hence, they need to thaw out tough CowboyCop John Spartan to deal with Phoenix and save the day.
24th Jul '15 4:30:13 AM Morgenthaler
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Fan Myopia. Always show the work's name.
* This and GoodIsNotNice is what usually leads to [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Jedi purges]]. In many eras, Jedi candidates are harvested from infancy or early childhood, cut off from and forbidden "attachments" (family, love, and any close bonds) or strong emotions, cultivated in relative isolation in temples and enclaves, and restricted from anything that challenges the prevailing dogma unless they're Master rank. This is all to make it so the product of this system never succumbs to the Dark Side. Then, they're sent out into the galaxy into the thick of galactic conflict as fighters (who can't strike unless in defense), exposing them to things that would make Audie Murphy wince, while being forbidden the comforts that even a common soldier would get (like friends, lovers, or a family to come home to)...And then The Order ''wonders'' why so many of them snap and start carving up planets? * While it's not so much "good" as "good intentions," the [[Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy Kindar]] have done such an awesome job of banishing conflict, crime, and [[{{Newspeak}} even words like "anger,"]] that their society is killing itself. Their Erdling counterparts are still hippies by our standards, but their acceptance of their emotional darker side makes them more robust.
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* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': This and GoodIsNotNice is what usually leads to [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Jedi purges]].purges. In many eras, Jedi candidates are harvested from infancy or early childhood, cut off from and forbidden "attachments" (family, love, and any close bonds) or strong emotions, cultivated in relative isolation in temples and enclaves, and restricted from anything that challenges the prevailing dogma unless they're Master rank. This is all to make it so the product of this system never succumbs to the Dark Side. Then, they're sent out into the galaxy into the thick of galactic conflict as fighters (who can't strike unless in defense), exposing them to things that would make Audie Murphy wince, while being forbidden the comforts that even a common soldier would get (like friends, lovers, or a family to come home to)...And then The Order ''wonders'' why so many of them snap and start carving up planets? * ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy'': While it's not so much "good" as "good intentions," the [[Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy Kindar]] Kindar have done such an awesome job of banishing conflict, crime, and [[{{Newspeak}} even words like "anger,"]] that their society is killing itself. Their Erdling counterparts are still hippies by our standards, but their acceptance of their emotional darker side makes them more robust.
24th Jul '15 4:29:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'''s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are the embodiment of this trope, in one package. Hyde even explains to the rest of the League why he has been getting stronger and stronger while Jekyll had been getting correspondingly weaker: as the embodiment of Jekyll's id, Hyde has all the drive and ambition, leaving Jekyll with nothing.
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* ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'''s ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'''s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are the embodiment of this trope, in one package. Hyde even explains to the rest of the League why he has been getting stronger and stronger while Jekyll had been getting correspondingly weaker: as the embodiment of Jekyll's id, Hyde has all the drive and ambition, leaving Jekyll with nothing.

* In ''[[AWrinkleInTime A Swiftly Tilting Planet]]'', this is somewhat averted: the "good" people are proactive, strong, and willing to face evil, at least to give it a stern talking-to. But the wicked people are tolerated in the communities because they're ''better at things'' - one woman who is racist against Indians is the best midwife in the village, and Gedder the evil sumbitch is able to teach others how to farm.
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* In ''[[AWrinkleInTime ''[[Literature/AWrinkleInTime A Swiftly Tilting Planet]]'', this is somewhat averted: the "good" people are proactive, strong, and willing to face evil, at least to give it a stern talking-to. But the wicked people are tolerated in the communities because they're ''better at things'' - one woman who is racist against Indians is the best midwife in the village, and Gedder the evil sumbitch is able to teach others how to farm.

* On ''AmericanGothic'', no matter how hard Dr. Crower and Gail fight for Caleb's rights, and no matter how much Merlyn uses her angelic powers to protect him, Caleb is inexorably drawn into Buck's orbit and everyone seems helpless to prevent it, or even expose Buck's evil. It doesn't help that the sheriff is a VillainWithGoodPublicity and that both Matt and Gail are hardly immune to mind games or [[EvilIsSexy temptation]], but even Merlyn is made out to be decidedly weaker than her adversary--and gaining more power to face him [[NotSoDifferent almost pushes her too far]].
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* On ''AmericanGothic'', ''Series/AmericanGothic'', no matter how hard Dr. Crower and Gail fight for Caleb's rights, and no matter how much Merlyn uses her angelic powers to protect him, Caleb is inexorably drawn into Buck's orbit and everyone seems helpless to prevent it, or even expose Buck's evil. It doesn't help that the sheriff is a VillainWithGoodPublicity and that both Matt and Gail are hardly immune to mind games or [[EvilIsSexy temptation]], but even Merlyn is made out to be decidedly weaker than her adversary--and gaining more power to face him [[NotSoDifferent almost pushes her too far]].
24th Jul '15 4:27:31 AM Morgenthaler
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** Buu's internal conflict splits him into good and evil halves. While good Buu is far from impotent, he is still bested by his evil side and is absorbed into the more powerful Super Buu. Later on, when Buu is extricated from Super Buu, it is revealed that "Fat Buu" was created when the Grand Supreme Kai was absorbed by the original, pure evil, Kid Buu.
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** ** Buu's internal conflict splits him into good and evil halves. While good Buu is far from impotent, he is still bested by his evil side and is absorbed into the more powerful Super Buu. Later on, when Buu is extricated from Super Buu, it is revealed that "Fat Buu" was created when the Grand Supreme Kai was absorbed by the original, pure evil, Kid Buu.

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24th Jul '15 4:23:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is something scorned in Islam. It's not enough to claim to be faithful: God shall test His servants. The test can come in many form: hunger, poverty, ''war''... This is one of the reasons why Sufism (and the ''[[PerpetualPoverty zuhud]]'' life-style) is derided. A Muslim can't simply lock himself in his home and spend all his time praying that God will solve all his problems. Amongst the very first verses of TheKoran is about ''not'' wrapping yourself in SecurityBlanket (in Muhammad's case, he was cowering in fear after the first visitation by Gabriel).
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* This is something scorned in Islam. It's not enough to claim to be faithful: God shall test His servants. The test can come in many form: hunger, poverty, ''war''... This is one of the reasons why Sufism (and the ''[[PerpetualPoverty zuhud]]'' life-style) is derided. A Muslim can't simply lock himself in his home and spend all his time praying that God will solve all his problems. Amongst the very first verses of TheKoran Literature/TheQuran is about ''not'' wrapping yourself in SecurityBlanket (in Muhammad's case, he was cowering in fear after the first visitation by Gabriel).
23rd Jul '15 1:15:53 AM darksoul4242
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** Earlier, Kami splits into a good and evil half to ensure that he could work as Earth's "God" (God in this series is actually a [[GodJob job position]]) without the evil in him causing him to abuse his power. The evil half that becomes Piccolo Daimou is not, as far as the audience can see, actually any stronger Kami, but Kami is a NonActionGuy so it's rather academic. The 2nd Piccolo ''is'' stronger due to a combination of youthfulness and an inversion of VillainForgotToLevelGrind.
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** Earlier, Kami splits into a good and evil half to ensure that he could work as Earth's "God" (God in this series is actually a [[GodJob job position]]) without the evil in him causing him to abuse his power. The evil half that becomes Piccolo Daimou Daimaou is not, as far as the audience can see, actually any stronger Kami, but Kami is a NonActionGuy so it's rather academic. The 2nd Piccolo ''is'' stronger due to a combination of youthfulness and an inversion of VillainForgotToLevelGrind.
15th Jun '15 12:40:47 PM MGD107
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* TheDisneyAfternoon cartoon ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' featured an episode of this: Darkwing was hit by a beam that divided him into his "positrons" and "negatrons", resulting in him dividing in two. The "good" version was treacly, cloying, and so nonviolent he refused to even step on bugs... and of course useless in the effort to round up the evil version.
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* TheDisneyAfternoon cartoon ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' featured an episode of this: Darkwing was hit by a beam that divided him into his "positrons" and "negatrons", resulting in him dividing in two. The "good" version was treacly, cloying, and so nonviolent he refused to even step on bugs... and of course useless in the effort to round up the evil version. However its arguably Downplayed, as the Good version proves to be BadassPacifist, who manages to single handily save himself, Gosalyn and Launchpad from his evil Counterpart's death trap.
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