History Main / HarmlessVillain

11th Sep '17 7:45:26 PM TheFallofElDorado
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* AffablyEvil: The villain ''is'' a threat, but they just happen to be a really nice person.
* CompleteMonster: Instead of [[PokeThePoodle being a total goofball]], the villain commits [[MoralEventHorizon terrible acts]] that leaves everyone shocked and appalled.



* CompleteMonster: Instead of [[PokeThePoodle being a total goofball]], the villain commits [[MoralEventHorizon terrible acts]] that leaves everyone shocked and appalled.

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* CompleteMonster: Instead of [[PokeThePoodle being a total goofball]], the villain commits [[MoralEventHorizon terrible acts]] that leaves everyone shocked and appalled.
27th Jul '17 3:01:09 PM CyberTiger88
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Their minions are as often as not FacelessGoons and [[MinionWithAnFInEvil comically good]] {{Mauve Shirt}}s, both of which tend to do kooky and funny things when their boss isn't looking. These villains often have a degree of KarmicProtection because of the small scale of their "evil", especially when there are more {{serious|Business}} villains around.

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Their minions are as often as not FacelessGoons and [[MinionWithAnFInEvil comically good]] {{Mauve Shirt}}s, both of which tend to do kooky and funny things when their boss isn't looking. These villains often have a degree of KarmicProtection because of the small scale of their "evil", especially when there are [[SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness more {{serious|Business}} villains serious villains]] around.
11th Mar '17 8:12:08 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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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 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.]]

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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 accidentally leave his weapon at home ]].home]]. A HarmlessVillain will plan and try to shoot you... [[PokeThePoodle with a water pistol]]. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous And gloat about it.]]]]
** TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: When an IneffectualSympatheticVillain would be a bona fide KnightOfCerebus were he not hobbled by incompetence.
6th Feb '17 1:59:23 PM Jediuser
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* The title character in ''Dreamworks/{{Megamind}}'' appears to be this. Despite having 87 life sentences, it is implied that he never really causes physical harm to anyone, seeing as he chooses unoccupied areas for his base of operations (such as an abandoned observatory) and repeatedly abducts reporter Roxanne Ritchi but leaves her unharmed. Even after he 'wins' and takes over the city, he merely causes property damage. He even tells the citizens to proceed as usual.
29th Oct '16 9:23:48 AM nombretomado
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* Count Jim Moriarty of TheGoonShow is a subversion. He gradually devolved into a more and more pathetic villain, but what kept him from becoming a harmless one was a) that he was usually partnered with the slightly more competent Hercules Grytpype-Thynne and, most importantly b) he acted as antagonist to the likes of [[TooDumbToLive Ned Seagoon, Eccles and Bluebottle]].

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* Count Jim Moriarty of TheGoonShow ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' is a subversion. He gradually devolved into a more and more pathetic villain, but what kept him from becoming a harmless one was a) that he was usually partnered with the slightly more competent Hercules Grytpype-Thynne and, most importantly b) he acted as antagonist to the likes of [[TooDumbToLive Ned Seagoon, Eccles and Bluebottle]].
5th Oct '16 5:12:32 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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!

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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!
11th Sep '16 3:50:53 PM superboy313
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* InvincibleVillain: The polar opposite of this trope in terms of threat level. While a Harmless Villain would simply throw a rock at you, an Invincible Villain would destroy you without even noticing.

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* InvincibleVillain: The polar opposite of this trope in terms of threat level. While a Harmless Villain would simply throw a rock at you, an Invincible Villain would destroy [[CurbStompBattle annihilate you without even noticing.lifting a finger]].
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.
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