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14th Apr '18 2:51:44 PM Nyame
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* On ''Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}'', we have Johnny Gargano. Even after everything his former best friend/tag team partner Tommaso Ciampa put him through, from betraying him, harassing him, attacking him, and [[spoiler:eventually costing him his NXT career]], even after coming to return that hatred, Gargano never quite gave up hope that Ciampa could be redeemed. That being said, Gargano also acknowledged the possibility that Ciampa ''couldn't'' be redeemed; [[spoiler:so when Ciampa took his mercy for granted towards the end of their unsanctioned match and tried to cheap shot him with his knee brace, Gargano ducked under the blow, and finished off his former best friend, reclaiming his career in NXT in the process]].
8th Apr '18 10:19:41 AM TheMysteriousTroper
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-->'''Superman:''' Oh, it's you again, Mister Kyltpzyxm.
-->'''Mr. Mxyzptlk:''' NOT KYLTPZYXM! IT'S- Aw, nertz. [''disappears'']
8th Apr '18 10:10:42 AM TheMysteriousTroper
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Flash and Substance"n Orion asks why Central City would honor a buffoon like the Flash, "who makes bad jokes, who concerns with pitiful men like the Trickster." But the Flash is anything but dumb -- he's able to handle the Trickster without throwing a single punch. In fact, he actually convinces the Trickster to happily turn himself in to the police. He also defeated the InsufferableGenius Grodd in one episode by outsmarting him, leading his teammate Franchise/GreenLantern to remark "Well, maybe you aren't an idiot." (Probably being at least partially sarcastic.) You can tell that even Batman is almost envious of his ability to quietly shut down a super-foe without violence, something he cannot imagine being able to do in Gotham... or anywhere else, for that matter. It does help that the Rogues (in the animations) are {{Punch Clock Villain}}s rather than crazies Batman has to deal with. The Comics are another story:

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Flash and Substance"n Substance" Orion asks why Central City would honor a buffoon like the Flash, "who makes bad jokes, [and] who concerns themselves with pitiful men like the Trickster." But the Flash is anything but dumb -- he's able to handle the Trickster without throwing a single punch. In fact, he actually convinces the Trickster to happily turn himself in to the police. He also defeated the InsufferableGenius Grodd in one episode by outsmarting him, leading his teammate Franchise/GreenLantern to remark "Well, maybe you aren't an idiot." (Probably being at least partially sarcastic.) You can tell that even Batman is almost envious of his ability to quietly shut down a super-foe without violence, something he cannot imagine being able to do in Gotham... or anywhere else, for that matter. It does help that the Rogues (in the animations) are {{Punch Clock Villain}}s rather than crazies Batman has to deal with. The Comics are another story:
8th Apr '18 10:05:08 AM TheMysteriousTroper
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:: When he does flip out and [[LampshadeHanging brings this up]], he scares some very hard to scare people, while delivering an [[CurbstompBattle incredible beatdown]] to the oversized war criminal sent to retrieve him. And at the end[=:=]

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:: ** When he does flip out and [[LampshadeHanging brings this up]], he scares some very hard to scare people, while delivering an [[CurbstompBattle incredible beatdown]] to the oversized war criminal sent to retrieve him. And at the end[=:=]
8th Apr '18 10:03:44 AM TheMysteriousTroper
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* The ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' supplement for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' makes a point of saying, early on, that Good does not equal stupid. A Good character won't leave a village to be eaten by a dragon, but they're perfectly allowed to ask questions about its power, its minions, and where it's living -- they aren't obligated to charge in blind. The same book also notes that good characters don't have to be even be too trusting and take the information of aforementioned example at a face value -- all of it may be a villain's trap, after all.

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* The ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' supplement for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' makes a point of saying, early on, that Good does not equal stupid. A Good character won't leave a village to be eaten by a dragon, but they're perfectly allowed to ask questions about its power, its minions, and where it's living -- they aren't obligated to charge in blind. The same book also notes that good characters don't don't even have to be even be too trusting and take the information of aforementioned example at a face value -- all of it may be a villain's trap, after all.
8th Apr '18 9:49:50 AM TheMysteriousTroper
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* Glinda the Good in ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' almost immediately figures out that Oz is not a wizard. Still, she knows that people need to believe that he ''is'' the Wizard of the prophecy in order to win against the Wicked Witches. This is in sharp contrast to Theodora, who is completely taken in by Oz, who flirts with her just like any other gullible girl, to the point where she's planning a wedding after knowing him a few hours. She also completely fails to notice [[spoiler:her sister Evanora playing her, resulting in Evanora turning her into an AxCrazy Wicked Witch]].

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* Glinda the Good in ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'' almost immediately figures out that Oz is not a wizard. Still, she knows that people need to believe that he ''is'' the Wizard of the prophecy in order to win against the Wicked Witches. This is in sharp contrast to Theodora, who is completely taken in by Oz, who flirts with her him just like any other gullible girl, to the point where she's planning a wedding after knowing him a few hours. She also completely fails to notice [[spoiler:her sister Evanora playing her, resulting in Evanora turning her into an AxCrazy Wicked Witch]].
5th Apr '18 11:44:27 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Despite bragging about how [[BrainsEvilBrawnGood he got all the brains and Mufasa got all of the brawn]], Scar actually is no smarter than his brother, yet is resentful that Mufasa is king and not him. When Scar finally does become King, it becomes clear he is not as smart as Mufasa; Scar is a lazy hedonist who isn't even remotely interested in maintaining the Pride Lands, letting the place become a barren {{Mordor}}.
8th Mar '18 6:34:14 PM vexusdylandasecond
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* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Dylan's lack of powers, NiceGuy attitude, and harmless looks lead to him being demeaned by his adversaries, but there is more to him than meets the eye...
3rd Feb '18 7:01:36 AM Flame
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* Emu Hojo of ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' is kind [[AllLovingHero doctor]] who wants everyone to get along and be happy. He always tries to talk to people and appeal to their better traits, but if that doesn't work, he uses his understanding of [[TheSocialExpert people]] and knack for [[BatmanGambit manipulation]]. This attitude allows him to be an AllLovingHero in CrapsackWorld.
2nd Dec '17 6:25:16 PM Kamiguy123
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* Touma from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Practically the only skill he has against his enemies is his intellect, as Imagine Breaker has extremely limited range (he has to be literally touching the thing for it to work). He will often let himself take multiple punches that he knows he can manage if it will give him a chance to get in one good shot against his opponent.

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* Kamijou Touma from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Practically the only skill he has against his enemies is his intellect, as [[AntiMagic Imagine Breaker Breaker]] has extremely limited range (he has to be literally touching the thing for it to work). He will often let himself take multiple punches that he knows he can manage if it will give him a chance to get in one good shot against his opponent.
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