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10th Apr '17 2:54:22 PM TimeLordVictorious
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The EvilCounterpart to FailureHero. Arguably a subtrope of BoisterousWeakling. Supertrope to TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily, which specifically requires the villain to be incompetent and their likely threat level sans said incompetence to be that of a KnightOfCerebus. A character who acts like a villain while genuinely not wanting to do anything truly evil is a HarmlessVillain.

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The EvilCounterpart to FailureHero. Arguably a subtrope of BoisterousWeakling. Supertrope to TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily, which specifically requires the villain to be incompetent and their likely threat level sans said incompetence to be that of a KnightOfCerebus. A character who acts like a villain while genuinely not wanting to do anything truly evil is a HarmlessVillain. \n Contrast CompleteMonster, where we instead have an utterly nasty, dangerous, and unsympathetic villain with no moral qualms.
11th Mar '17 8:23:12 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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He may not necessarily be [[StupidCrooks entirely inept]] or have a [[PokeThePoodle laughably mild idea of what counts as villainy]]. VillainDecay is usually too simple an explanation. This is sometimes a relative situation, and the hero's RoguesGallery just happens to include people more showy, better financed, or just plain scarier than him. These guys are why people are found RootingForTheEmpire. The defining feature of such a villain is his gullibility: they are more often than not pitted against a Trickster who easily bamboozles them and leads them on their defeat, while it is obvious to the viewers that they should know better than listen to and believe their intended victim. Another way to showcase their stupidity is by making them foil their own plans and [[TooDumbToLive even die or get injured due to their own mistakes]].

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He may not necessarily be [[StupidCrooks entirely inept]] or have a [[PokeThePoodle laughably mild idea of what counts as villainy]]. VillainDecay is usually too simple an explanation. This is sometimes a relative situation, and the hero's RoguesGallery just happens to include people more showy, better financed, or just plain scarier than him. These guys are why people are found RootingForTheEmpire. The defining feature of such a villain is his gullibility: they are more often than not pitted against a Trickster [[TheTrickster Trickster]] who easily bamboozles them and leads them on their defeat, while it is obvious to the viewers that they should know better than listen to and believe their intended victim. Another way to showcase their stupidity is by making them foil their own plans and [[TooDumbToLive even die or get injured due to their own mistakes]].



The EvilCounterpart to FailureHero. Arguably a subtrope of BoisterousWeakling. A character who acts like a villain while genuinely not wanting to do anything truly evil is a HarmlessVillain.

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The EvilCounterpart to FailureHero. Arguably a subtrope of BoisterousWeakling. Supertrope to TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily, which specifically requires the villain to be incompetent and their likely threat level sans said incompetence to be that of a KnightOfCerebus. A character who acts like a villain while genuinely not wanting to do anything truly evil is a HarmlessVillain.
28th Oct '16 6:21:22 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Ariana was this in LLF during 2004, where she was so ineffectual that even when they were on the verge of winning a match she screwed so much up that her TagTeam partner Princesa Sugey snapped and assaulted her, then Polly Star, who was recovering from a prior match, decided join in. Ariana was so sympathetic that rather than try to win the match on of her {{tecnic|o}}a opponents tried to protect her and adding to whole thing was the referee ruling the disqualification in favor of the tecnicas, so they won anyway.
26th May '16 3:09:21 PM Shadowgazer
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May also be a {{Determinator}} out of necessity or overlap with DracoInLeatherPants. If they get even ''more'' pathetic in regard to the hero, {{Unknown Rival}}ry looms. Just watch out, they may suddenly turn out to be a NotSoHarmlessVillain.

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May also be a {{Determinator}} out of necessity or overlap with DracoInLeatherPants. If they get even ''more'' pathetic in regard to the hero, {{Unknown Rival}}ry looms. Just watch out, they may suddenly turn out to be a NotSoHarmlessVillain.
NotSoHarmlessVillain and succeed or come dangerously to succeeding with their goals in which case they will probably lose the sympathetic part and likely cross the MoralEventHorizon. After all, their appeal lies in how hopeless their attempts are.
14th Apr '16 2:35:24 AM Shadowgazer
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He may not necessarily be [[StupidCrooks inept]] or have a [[PokeThePoodle laughably mild idea of what counts as villainy]]. VillainDecay is usually too simple an explanation. This is sometimes a relative situation, and the hero's RoguesGallery just happens to include people more showy, better financed, or just plain scarier than him. These guys are why people are found RootingForTheEmpire.

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He may not necessarily be [[StupidCrooks entirely inept]] or have a [[PokeThePoodle laughably mild idea of what counts as villainy]]. VillainDecay is usually too simple an explanation. This is sometimes a relative situation, and the hero's RoguesGallery just happens to include people more showy, better financed, or just plain scarier than him. These guys are why people are found RootingForTheEmpire.
RootingForTheEmpire. The defining feature of such a villain is his gullibility: they are more often than not pitted against a Trickster who easily bamboozles them and leads them on their defeat, while it is obvious to the viewers that they should know better than listen to and believe their intended victim. Another way to showcase their stupidity is by making them foil their own plans and [[TooDumbToLive even die or get injured due to their own mistakes]].
14th Apr '16 2:23:07 AM Shadowgazer
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20th Mar '16 10:02:45 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Pretty much every heel in the Wrestling/{{WWE}} these days is one of these.

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* Pretty much every heel in Virgil, the Million Dollar Man A.K.A Wrestling/TedDibiase's dragon was presented this way during his Wrestling/{{WWE}} these days wrestling career. For years Ted Dibiase treated Virgil like a servant, yet Virgil would do whatever Heel action he was told. That is one of these.until a storyline was created where Virgil [[{{MistreatmentInducedBetrayal}} turned against]] Ted Dibiase and [[HeelFaceTurn became a Face]].



* Virgil, the Million Dollar Man A.K.A Ted Dibiase's dragon was presented this way during his WWE wrestling career. For years Ted Dibiase treated Virgil like a servant, yet Virgil would do whatever Heel action he was told. That is until a storyline was created where Virgil [[{{MistreatmentInducedBetrayal}} turned against]] Ted Dibiase and became a [[HeelFaceTurn Face]].

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* Virgil, Despite spending at least half of her career as part of the Million Dollar Man A.K.A Ted Dibiase's dragon was presented this way during his WWE wrestling career. For years Ted Dibiase treated Virgil like a servant, yet Virgil would do whatever Heel action he was told. That is until a storyline was created where Virgil [[{{MistreatmentInducedBetrayal}} turned against]] Ted Dibiase hostile occupying PowerStable Oedo tai and became a [[HeelFaceTurn Face]].being as willing to commit fouls as most other members, Kris Wolf serves as such in World Wonder Ring STARDOM simply because she's so happy and energetic that she doesn't come off as being very malicious and she remains in good spirits facing many setbacks. Being pretty tiny helps too. Even the other goofy members such as Kyoko Kimura, for one contrast, tend to have worrying tempers, sadistic streaks, devious plots and ''success'' in their endeavors, which means they don't get showered in as many cheers or streamers.
9th Oct '15 2:58:46 PM nombretomado
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* Most of the [[DesignatedVillain so-called "villains"]] of ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'' count, but [[PercyJackson Grover]] stands out in "The Evil Gods Part 1". He typically can't do more than threaten or taunt the "[[DesignatedHero heroes]]", and while it's implied that he played a role in Chiron's off-screen death after converting and returning to Camp Half-Blood to convert the others, in the resulting fight with Percy, he gets defeated and beheaded fairly quickly.

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* Most of the [[DesignatedVillain so-called "villains"]] of ''Fanfic/ThePrayerWarriors'' count, but [[PercyJackson [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Grover]] stands out in "The Evil Gods Part 1". He typically can't do more than threaten or taunt the "[[DesignatedHero heroes]]", and while it's implied that he played a role in Chiron's off-screen death after converting and returning to Camp Half-Blood to convert the others, in the resulting fight with Percy, he gets defeated and beheaded fairly quickly.
3rd Jun '15 5:58:39 AM TheUnknownUploader
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He may not necessarily be [[StupidCrooks inept]] or have a [[PokeThePoodle laughably mild idea of what counts as villainy]]. VillainDecay is usually too simple an explanation. This is sometimes a relative situation, and the hero's RoguesGallery just happens to include people more showy, better financed, or just plain scarier than him.

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He may not necessarily be [[StupidCrooks inept]] or have a [[PokeThePoodle laughably mild idea of what counts as villainy]]. VillainDecay is usually too simple an explanation. This is sometimes a relative situation, and the hero's RoguesGallery just happens to include people more showy, better financed, or just plain scarier than him.
him. These guys are why people are found RootingForTheEmpire.



The EvilCounterpart to FailureHero. Arguably a subtrope of BoisterousWeakling. A character who acts like a villain while genuinely not wanting to do anything truly evil is a HarmlessVillain.

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The EvilCounterpart to FailureHero. Arguably a subtrope of BoisterousWeakling. A character who acts like a villain while genuinely not wanting to do anything truly evil is a HarmlessVillain.
HarmlessVillain.
11th May '15 10:55:23 AM EricNeoMatrix
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* The Metarex of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' become this trope thanks to flanderization and VillainDecay. This is notably averted with Eggman, who has taken [[TookALevelInBadass several levels in badass]].
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