History Main / HarmlessVillain

26th Jan '18 10:08:31 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)]]. They are more or less enforcing on themselves the DesignatedVillain role. A few of them are even 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!

A Harmless Villain will never KickTheDog, much less [[MoralEventHorizon cross the depravity line]]. However, they ''will'' PokeThePoodle...a ''LOT''.

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 villains]] around.

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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 Its more or less as if they are enforcing on themselves the DesignatedVillain role. A few of them are even 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!

A true Harmless Villain will never KickTheDog, much less [[MoralEventHorizon cross the depravity line]]. However, they ''will'' PokeThePoodle...a ''LOT''.

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 supposed villains often have a degree of KarmicProtection because of the small scale of their "evil", especially when there are [[SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness more serious villains]] around.
26th Jan '18 5:13:25 AM Nadim
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* {{Troll}}: When tje most insulting thing the character does is [[PokeThePoodle annoy people until they become angry]].

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* {{Troll}}: When tje the most insulting thing the character does is [[PokeThePoodle annoy people until they become angry]].
26th Jan '18 5:12:40 AM Nadim
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* {{Troll}}: When the most insulting thing the character does is [[PokeThePoodle annoy people until they become angry]].



* TeamRocketWins: Where a normally ineffectual villain achieves a temporary victory.



* PokeThePoodle: A villain's attempt to be evil fails.

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* PokeThePoodle: A villain's attempt villain does lame and ridiculous things trying to be evil fails.
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* TeamRocketWins: When a normally ineffectual villain achieves a temporary victory.
* {{Troll}}: When tje most insulting thing the character does is [[PokeThePoodle annoy people until they become angry]].


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* BigBad: A villain who is the biggest threat.


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* MoralEventHorizon: The villain does the worst things imaginable.
26th Jan '18 5:04:10 AM Nadim
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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 but the audience [[BaitTheDog was misled]] about them.




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* PokeThePoodle: A villain's attempt to be evil fails.


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* NotSoHarmlessVillain: When a villain who was previously Harmless or Infecuatually Sympathetic levels up or morally decays and becomes geniunely dangerous; or when the villain was never actually harmless to begin with but the audience [[BaitTheDog was misled]] about them.
29th Oct '17 5:57:55 AM Nadim
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* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' has greedy toy collector Al [=McWhiggen=] [[ObliviouslyEvil who actually poses no real threat to the toys]] (especially Woody, who care is in his best interest, if just not for the money he would nab Woody by selling him).
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]].
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