History Main / HarmlessVillain

14th Jun '16 10:13:56 AM Shadowgazer
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Basically, they aren't saddled with a bag of {{Villain Ball}}s so much as they're expert jugglers, using them to entertain rather than as signs of stupidity [[SugarBowl (it is a kid's show, after all)]]. A few of them are even GenreSavvy enough to be aware of this, and are pretty easy-going about it. These amiable villains will more often than not show that EvenEvilHasStandards when that VerySpecialEpisode rolls around. Out of all the villains, they're the likeliest to enjoy a good time with VillainsOutShopping, or even be {{Friendly Enem|y}}ies with the hero!

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Basically, they aren't saddled with a bag of {{Villain Ball}}s so much as they're expert jugglers, using them to entertain rather than as signs of stupidity [[SugarBowl (it is a kid's show, after all)]]. They are more or less enforcing on themselves the DesignatedVillain role. A few of them are even GenreSavvy enough to be aware of this, and are pretty easy-going about it. These amiable villains will more often than not show that EvenEvilHasStandards when that VerySpecialEpisode rolls around. Out of all the villains, they're the likeliest to enjoy a good time with VillainsOutShopping, or even be {{Friendly Enem|y}}ies with the hero!



* BigBadWannabe: A Harmless Villain tries to be dangerous but the more harmful villains quickly snuff him/her and make him/her know his place.

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* BigBadWannabe: A Harmless Villain villain tries to be dangerous and he may be to an extent but the more harmful villains quickly snuff him/her and make him/her know his place.
11th Jun '16 4:03:07 PM superboy313
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* InvincibleVillain: When a villain is virtually unstoppable and manhandles the heroes on a regular basis.

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* InvincibleVillain: When The polar opposite of this trope in terms of threat level. While a villain is virtually unstoppable and manhandles the heroes on Harmless Villain would simply throw a regular basis.rock at you, an Invincible Villain would destroy you without even noticing.
6th Apr '16 6:51:18 AM LondonKdS
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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: When a villain who was previously Harmless or Ineffectually Sympathetic levels up or morally decays and becomes genuinely dangerous; or when the villain was never actually harmless to begin with.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: When a villain who was previously Harmless or Ineffectually Sympathetic levels up or morally decays and becomes genuinely dangerous; or when the villain was never actually harmless to begin with.with but the audience [[BaitTheDog was misled]] about them.
31st Mar '16 11:10:55 PM superboy313
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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: When a villain who was previously Harmless or Ineffectually Sympathetic levels up or morally decays and becomes genuinely dangerous.

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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: When a villain who was previously Harmless or Ineffectually Sympathetic levels up or morally decays and becomes genuinely dangerous.dangerous; or when the villain was never actually harmless to begin with.



* CompleteMonster: Instead of [[PokeThePoodle being a total goofball]], the villain commits [[MoralEventHorizon terrible acts]] that leaves everyone shocked and appalled. A Harmless Villain will often [[EvenEvilHasStandards react with horror]] by the evil deeds of a Complete Monster.

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* CompleteMonster: Instead of [[PokeThePoodle being a total goofball]], the villain commits [[MoralEventHorizon terrible acts]] that leaves everyone shocked and appalled. A Harmless Villain will often [[EvenEvilHasStandards react with horror]] by the evil deeds of a Complete Monster.
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17th Mar '16 2:18:41 AM superboy313
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* InvincibleVillain: When a villain is virtually unstoppable and manhandles the heroes on a regular basis.
12th Dec '15 4:44:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''BurntFaceMan'' series has got Taps Man, who erodes metal over a period of time, Have A Nice Day Man, who wishes everyone a great day, and Detergent Man, who washes clothes deliberately on the wrong settings. There are many others.

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* ''BurntFaceMan'' ''WebAnimation/BurntFaceMan'' series has got Taps Man, who erodes metal over a period of time, Have A Nice Day Man, who wishes everyone a great day, and Detergent Man, who washes clothes deliberately on the wrong settings. There are many others.
21st Nov '15 7:59:25 PM superboy313
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* KnightOfCerebus: The introduction of a genuinely-dangerous villain to a show marks a general ToneShift in a more serious direction.
* CompleteMonster: Instead of [[PokeThePoodle being a total goofball]], the villain commits [[MoralEventHorizon terrible acts]] that leaves everyone shocked and appalled. A Harmless Villain will often [[EvenEvilHasStandards react with horror]] by the atrocities of a Complete Monster.

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* KnightOfCerebus: The introduction of a genuinely-dangerous genuinely dangerous villain to a show marks a general ToneShift in a more serious direction.
* CompleteMonster: Instead of [[PokeThePoodle being a total goofball]], the villain commits [[MoralEventHorizon terrible acts]] that leaves everyone shocked and appalled. A Harmless Villain will often [[EvenEvilHasStandards react with horror]] by the atrocities of a Complete Monster.
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* CompleteMonster: Instead of [[PokeThePoodle being a total goofball]], the villain commits [[MoralEventHorizon terrible acts]] that leaves everyone shocked and appalled. A Harmless Villain will often [[EvenEvilHasStandards react with horror]] by the evil deeds of a Complete Monster.
21st Nov '15 7:58:20 PM superboy313
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Compare and contrast the following tropes:

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Compare and contrast the following tropes:
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* KnightOfCerebus: The introduction of a genuinely-dangerous villain to a show marks a general ToneShift in a more serious direction.



* KnightOfCerebus: The introduction of a genuinely-dangerous villain to a show marks a general ToneShift in a more serious direction.
18th Nov '15 2:43:47 PM LondonKdS
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* VileVillainSaccharineShow, which is when a genuinely nasty and dangerous villain appears in a work whose tone would lead you to expect this trope.

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* VileVillainSaccharineShow, which is when a VileVillainSaccharineShow: A genuinely nasty and dangerous villain appears in a work whose tone would lead you to expect this trope.
18th Nov '15 3:04:33 AM LondonKdS
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* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: When a villain has genuinely malicious intentions but never manages to do anything nasty because of their incompetence or because the hero is so overwhelmingly superior to them. A good example of the differences between a Harmless and an IneffectualSympatheticVillain is this: An IneffectualSympatheticVillain will plan and try to shoot and kill you [[TooDumbToLive but he will likely forget his weapon at home ]]. A HarmlessVillain will plan and try to shoot you... [[PokeThePoodle with a water pistol]]. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous And gloat about it.]]

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* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: When a villain has genuinely malicious intentions but never manages to do anything nasty because of their incompetence or because the hero is so overwhelmingly superior to them. A good example of the differences between a Harmless and an IneffectualSympatheticVillain is this: An IneffectualSympatheticVillain will plan and try to shoot and kill you [[TooDumbToLive but he will likely forget accidentally leave his weapon at home ]]. A HarmlessVillain will plan and try to shoot you... [[PokeThePoodle with a water pistol]]. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous And gloat about it.]]



* KnightOfCerebus: When a villain is NOT portrayed as harmless and is a serious threat to the heroes.




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Also see VileVillainSaccharineShow, which is when a genuinely nasty and dangerous villain appears in a work whose tone would lead you to expect this trope. Polar opposite of the HeroKiller.

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\nAlso see * KnightOfCerebus: The introduction of a genuinely-dangerous villain to a show marks a general ToneShift in a more serious direction.
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VileVillainSaccharineShow, which is when a genuinely nasty and dangerous villain appears in a work whose tone would lead you to expect this trope. Polar opposite of the HeroKiller.trope.
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