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23rd Nov '16 10:19:05 AM Yukianesa
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* From ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}}'', practically any gully dwarf character. Gully dwarves are the half-breed children of dwarves and gnomes, missing everything that makes dwarves cool. Gully dwarves have no land of their own and often live in refuse heaps, sewers and backalleys in the more run-down cities of other races, and most of them are so stupid that they can barely count to two (some can count to three, these tend to be the shamans and leaders among the gully dwarves, though these individuals are still stupid enough to be often found licking ale off the tavern floors). Stupid, cowardly, hideous, obnoxious and generally unpleasant to be around, it's quite baffling why anyone would want to roll a gully dwarf unless they clearly just wanted a laugh at the game.
17th Nov '16 1:04:21 PM nombretomado
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* Several of these exist in the fan-made ''{{Kinnikuman}}'' game ''Kinnikuman Muscle Fight''. The most notable is King Cobra, who moves slowly and does very little damage, even if he manages to build enough meter to use a super attack. There's also a series of ''StreetFighter''-patterned characters, whose movesets are limited and not very damaging and feature unimpressive supers (if any at all).

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* Several of these exist in the fan-made ''{{Kinnikuman}}'' ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' game ''Kinnikuman Muscle Fight''. The most notable is King Cobra, who moves slowly and does very little damage, even if he manages to build enough meter to use a super attack. There's also a series of ''StreetFighter''-patterned characters, whose movesets are limited and not very damaging and feature unimpressive supers (if any at all).
23rd Oct '16 7:35:24 PM nombretomado
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* The GameFAQs Character Battles always have one - [[VideoGame/ZeroWing CATS]], [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Weighted Companion Cube]], [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} MissingNo]]... and [[LethalJokeCharacter the most glorious example]], the L-Block from ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'', [[DarkHorseVictory who managed to even win a contest in 2007!]]

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* The GameFAQs Website/GameFAQs Character Battles always have one - [[VideoGame/ZeroWing CATS]], [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Weighted Companion Cube]], [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} MissingNo]]... and [[LethalJokeCharacter the most glorious example]], the L-Block from ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'', [[DarkHorseVictory who managed to even win a contest in 2007!]]
15th Oct '16 11:14:50 AM NESBoy
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** Nearly every Joke Character in Pokémon has some sort of strange gimmick. Chatot interacts with the DS microphone with its move Chatter by copying anything the player said (or at least used to, that feature was dropped since Gen VI, in exchange for a much deserved buff), Smeargle [[{{Mega Manning}} can learn any move in the game through Sketch]], Plusle and Minun have an interaction in double battles, etc. Sometimes a gimmick allows one of these to be a LethalJokeCharacter; most of the time, they are stuck being the TierInducedScrappy.

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** Nearly every Joke Character in Pokémon has some sort of strange gimmick. Chatot interacts with the DS microphone with its move Chatter by copying anything the player said (or at least used to, that feature was dropped since Gen VI, in exchange for a much deserved buff), Smeargle [[{{Mega Manning}} [[PowerCopying can learn any move in the game through Sketch]], Plusle and Minun have an interaction in double battles, etc. Sometimes a gimmick allows one of these to be a LethalJokeCharacter; most of the time, they are stuck being the TierInducedScrappy.
14th Oct '16 6:34:04 PM iowaforever
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* The ''Franchise/{{Warhammer}}'' franchise have the Chaos Spawn; humans that devolved into beasts which are used as cannon fodder or kept as pets.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Warhammer}}'' franchise have the Chaos Spawn; humans that devolved into beasts which are used as cannon fodder or kept as pets. They did get a major buff in the 6th edition of ''40K'', making them a LethalJokeCharacter.
**The Tyranid Pyrovore is by and large useless. It's designed as a close-assault unit, with a template weapon to take out enemy units hiding in cover... provided it ever gets there, as it moves far too slowly for a dedicated assault army (which is the 'Nids [[ZergRush bread and butter]]). Its close-combat abilities are subpar (worse than unaugmented humans), it can easily be killed by small arms fire, and has the unfortunate tenancy to violently explode and kill any friendly models that happened to be too close. Finally, the Pyrovore is an Elite choice, competing with the psychic powerhouse Zoanthropes and tank-killing Hive Guard (among others), many of which are considered staples in Tyranid lists. The only saving grace of the Pyrovore is that its model looks cool, causing players to use the models to proxy for the silly looking (but infinitely more useful) Biovore.
5th Sep '16 8:45:54 PM 4444jdm
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* Pichu in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' is a weakened version of Pikachu. It damages itself when it uses electrical attacks, it's lighter and easier to knock off, has drastically inferior range, and often has to use its head in the place of Pikachu's longer, more powerful tail. There are some advantages, such as it being a little faster, having higher knockback, and possessing a tiny hit-box, but most would agree that that doesn't make up for all of the disadvantages. In fact, Pichu's own trophies blatantly admit that it's worthless, going so far as to describe it as the weakest character in the game, and that it's better suited as a handicap for experienced players fighting newer, unskilled players.

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* Pichu in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' is a weakened weakened, baby version of Pikachu. It damages itself when it uses electrical attacks, it's lighter and easier to knock off, has drastically inferior range, and often has to use its head in the place of Pikachu's longer, more powerful tail. There are some advantages, such as it being a little faster, having higher knockback, and possessing a tiny hit-box, but most would agree that that doesn't make up for all of the disadvantages. In fact, Pichu's own trophies blatantly admit that it's worthless, going so far as to describe it as the weakest character in the game, and that it's better suited as a handicap for experienced players fighting newer, unskilled players.
6th Aug '16 11:50:18 PM Sammettik
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* Smashy Road: Wanted takes this to subvert PowerEqualsRarity. Four out of the first five epic cars are completely horrible to use, such as Drag Racer, who is fragile and have mediocre control, Hovercraft, who has slippery turning and can't float on water like it should on real life, Dr. Drift, who always drift every turn, making turning very hard, and Alien, a [=UFO=] who turns too fast and slows down while doing it. The 4X4 is the only one out of the five to actually be decent, with the weakness is being a large target.

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* Smashy ''Smashy Road: Wanted Wanted'' takes this to subvert PowerEqualsRarity. Four out of the first five epic cars are completely horrible to use, such as Drag Racer, who is fragile and have mediocre control, Hovercraft, who has slippery turning and can't float on water like it should on real life, Dr. Drift, who always drift every turn, making turning very hard, and Alien, a [=UFO=] who turns too fast and slows down while doing it. The 4X4 is the only one out of the five to actually be decent, with the weakness is being a large target.
31st Jul '16 2:27:36 PM Shadoboy
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* Jeff from ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion''. He's a surfer dude who, like the main hero Dave, he has no way of getting past Purple Tentacle at the endgame. His only special skill is to fix the phone, which can also be done by the much more useful [[HollywoodNerd Bernard]].

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* Jeff from ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion''. He's a surfer dude who, like the main hero Dave, he has no way of getting past Purple Tentacle at the endgame. His only special skill is to fix the phone, which can also be done by the much more useful [[HollywoodNerd [[{{Nerd}} Bernard]].
31st Jul '16 2:24:09 PM Shadoboy
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* Jeff from ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion''. He's a surfer dude who can inexplicably fix phones, but that's it; like the main hero Dave, he has no way of getting past Purple Tentacle at the endgame.
** Not to mention that Bernard not only can also fix phones, but many other things that Jeff can't.

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* Jeff from ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion''. He's a surfer dude who can inexplicably fix phones, but that's it; who, like the main hero Dave, he has no way of getting past Purple Tentacle at the endgame.
** Not to mention that Bernard not
endgame. His only special skill is to fix the phone, which can also fix phones, but many other things that Jeff can't.be done by the much more useful [[HollywoodNerd Bernard]].
31st Jul '16 1:44:57 PM Shadoboy
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* [[FakeUltimateHero Hercule/Mister Satan]] in the ''DragonBall'' Budokai series. In the first installment, his attacks and special attacks can do reasonable damage to any other character, pinning him in the same tier as other decent fighters and even receiving a bonus story featuring him fighting his way through the Cell Games. In the third installment, he's the only character in the game whose base ki only goes up to two bars instead of three or more, he can't shoot ki blasts, and often his special attacks are actually things like him tripping and accidentally headbutting the opponent. Furthermore, in the Tenkaichi/Sparking series, damage dealt by his melee attacks is ''far'' lower than any other character, he hurls short-ranged rocks and grenades instead of Ki blasts, and his Ultimate Attack will either cause a somewhat reasonable amount of damage (around a regular character's 'Blast 2' damage, which is still pretty bad for a UB), or do ''1 point of damage''! In Budokai Tenkaichi, characters don't even flinch from his melee attacks, making them incredibly hard to do, and making it nearly impossible for him to take on [[SuperToughness Oozaru]], who are immune to all of his special moves. Equiping an item that makes the enemies flinch when hit will pass him to a "useable" category, making him at least a good option to fill a slot in a Dragon Points BAttle, since he only uses one point.

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* [[FakeUltimateHero Hercule/Mister Satan]] in the ''DragonBall'' Budokai series. In the first installment, his attacks and special attacks can do reasonable damage to any other character, pinning him in the same tier as other decent fighters and even receiving a bonus story featuring him fighting his way through the Cell Games. In the third installment, he's the only character in the game whose base ki only goes up to two bars instead of three or more, he can't shoot ki blasts, and often his special attacks are actually things like him tripping and accidentally headbutting the opponent. Furthermore, in the Tenkaichi/Sparking series, damage dealt by his melee attacks is ''far'' lower than any other character, he hurls short-ranged rocks and grenades instead of Ki blasts, and his Ultimate Attack will either cause a somewhat reasonable amount of damage (around a regular character's 'Blast 2' damage, which is still pretty bad for a UB), or do ''1 point of damage''! In Budokai Tenkaichi, characters don't even flinch from his melee attacks, making them incredibly hard to do, and making it nearly impossible for him to take on [[SuperToughness Oozaru]], who are immune to all of his special moves. Equiping an item that makes the enemies flinch when hit will pass him to a "useable" category, making him at least a good option to fill a slot in a Dragon Points BAttle, Battle, since he only uses one point.
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