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4th Dec '16 11:47:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', among the members of the Espada, the ten most powerful members of [[BigBad Aizen's]] Arrancar army, the one who holds the title of 1st is [[AnimalMotifs Coyote]] [[{{Badass}} Starrk]]... who is a [[BrilliantButLazy lazy bum]] of a person who needs to be kicked around by his Fraccion [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Lilynette]], would rather [[MartialPacifist pretend to fight]] his opponent, and even [[ApologeticAttacker apologizes]] to the protagonists several times before doing something that opposes them. The only thing that makes him really a villain is that he [[UndyingLoyalty chose to side with Aizen]] out of gratitude for a past action.

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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', among the members of the Espada, the ten most powerful members of [[BigBad Aizen's]] Arrancar army, the one who holds the title of 1st is [[AnimalMotifs Coyote]] [[{{Badass}} Coyote Starrk]]... who is a [[BrilliantButLazy lazy bum]] of a person who needs to be kicked around by his Fraccion [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Lilynette]], would rather [[MartialPacifist pretend to fight]] his opponent, and even [[ApologeticAttacker apologizes]] to the protagonists several times before doing something that opposes them. The only thing that makes him really a villain is that he [[UndyingLoyalty chose to side with Aizen]] out of gratitude for a past action.
12th Oct '16 7:01:30 PM MagnusForce
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LeagueOfSuperEvil'', Red Menace's tendency in this direction gets so noticeable that the others outfit him with a Pavlovian reward-punishment hat in one episode.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LeagueOfSuperEvil'', Red Menace's tendency in this direction gets so noticeable that the others outfit him with a Pavlovian reward-punishment hat in one episode. The SeriesFinale revealed that when he was a child he actually wanted to be a superhero, but joined the then-newly-formed League of Super Evil due to the {{Jerkass}} personalities of the superheroes.
11th Oct '16 8:28:24 PM MagnusForce
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LeagueOfSuperEvil'', Red Menace's tendency in this direction gets so noticeable that the others outfit him with a Pavlovian reward-punishment hat.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/LeagueOfSuperEvil'', Red Menace's tendency in this direction gets so noticeable that the others outfit him with a Pavlovian reward-punishment hat.hat in one episode.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'': The first time the Space Bikers appear, Tammy lets out a rather nonthreatening BattleCry during their BigEntrance.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'': The first time the [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels Space Bikers Bikers]] appear, Tammy lets out a rather nonthreatening BattleCry during their BigEntrance.



* Mr. Sunshine, [[StupidBoss Rancid Rabbit]]'s assistant from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''.
* Miss Warthog serves this to [[GrumpyBear Principal Pixiefrog]] from ''WesternAimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey''.

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* Mr. Sunshine, [[StupidBoss Rancid Rabbit]]'s assistant from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''.
* Miss Warthog serves this
Among the Greasers in ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', we have Lube to [[GrumpyBear Principal Pixiefrog]] from ''WesternAimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey''.Cliff, primarily because the former is takes DogsAreDumb to new levels.



* Subverted with [[spoiler: Candy Wife]] from ''WesternAimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''. [[spoiler: She]] got successful making [[ButtMonkey Flapjack]] miserable with help from the GreaterScopeVillain, [[spoiler: Peppermint Larry]].
3rd Oct '16 12:11:07 AM Fireblood
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* A ''Franchise/StarWars ExpandedUniverse'' book mentions Porcellus, Jabba the Hutt's chef. He felt sorry for Leia, and secretly fed Han Solo because he knew she was in love with him. Unfortunately for Porcellus, Jabba found out, and threw him in his dungeon, delaying executing him because [[CaptainObvious he had more important things to concern himself with at the moment]]. Seeing as Jabba didn't survive in the end, he was luckier.

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* A ''Franchise/StarWars ExpandedUniverse'' book mentions Porcellus, Jabba the Hutt's chef. He felt sorry for Leia, and secretly fed Han Solo because he knew she was in love with him. Unfortunately for Porcellus, Jabba found out, and threw him in his dungeon, delaying executing him because [[CaptainObvious he had more important things to concern himself with at the moment]]. Seeing as Jabba didn't survive in the end, he was luckier. luckier and escaped. He was never really evil in any sense, just working for a crime boss and being utterly terrified that his latest preparation would displease Jabba, who might then kill him for it.



** Another ''Franchise/StarWars'' example was Atour Riten, an Imperial Officer serving on the first Death Star (Who is featured prominently in the novel ''Death Star''.) He saw the destruction of Alderan as beyond cruel, and silently swore to devote his life to fighting his employers. He later helped Luke Skywalker and Han Solo rescue Leia by lowering the security systems on her cell block, although he doubted they would succeed. (As he told them himself, "Good luck, you'll need it.") He later aided a team of other defectors in escaping the Death Star during the Battle of Yavin. And ultimately, to ensure that they would escape, he forfeited his chance to do so himself, [[HeroicSacrifice dying when the Death Star was destroyed as a result.]]

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** Another ''Franchise/StarWars'' example was Atour Riten, an Imperial Officer serving on the first Death Star (Who (who is featured prominently in the novel ''Death Star''.) Star''). He saw the destruction of Alderan Alderaan as beyond cruel, and silently swore to devote his life to fighting his employers. He later helped Luke Skywalker and Han Solo rescue Leia by lowering the security systems on her cell block, although he doubted they would succeed. (As succeed (as he told them himself, "Good luck, you'll need it.") "). He later aided a team of other defectors in escaping the Death Star during the Battle of Yavin. And ultimately, to ensure that they would escape, he forfeited his chance to do so himself, [[HeroicSacrifice dying when the Death Star was destroyed as a result.]]



* PlayedForDrama with Draco Malfoy from Literature/HarryPotter. For the first five books, he was a {{Jerkass}} who never got closer than RedHerring to being a real villain. When he was finally given an important job by the bad guys in ''Half-Blood Prince'', it quickly became clear that he couldn't do real evil; he tried to kill Dumbledore indirectly but all of his attempts failed. When he finally had a golden opportunity to kill him on the spot, he couldn't go through with it, and only disarmed him. The only reason he tried to go through with it was fear of what Voldemort would do to him and his family. [[spoiler: Oh, and Dumbledore was perfectly aware of what he was up to the whole time, but didn't approach him for fear of Voldemort catching on through Legilemency.]] Also in ''Deathly Hallows'', when the trio are caught and brought to Malfoy Manor, and Draco is asked to take a look at them to see if they've got the real Harry Potter, he clearly knows it's them, and is clearly reluctant to identify them, since he knows that doing so will ensure that Voldemort will come and kill them.
* A variation of this theme occurs in the satire ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'', with the apprentice devil Wormwood. He ''wants'' to be an evil tempter of mortals, but he's ''really'' bad at it. He keeps making mistakes, getting both him and his uncle (the veteran tempter Screwtape) in trouble, and [[EpicFail failing miserably]] in the end.

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* PlayedForDrama with Draco Malfoy from Literature/HarryPotter. For the first five books, he was a {{Jerkass}} {{jerkass}} who never got closer than RedHerring to being a real villain. When he was finally given an important job by the bad guys in ''Half-Blood Prince'', it quickly became clear that he couldn't do real evil; he tried to kill Dumbledore indirectly but all of his attempts failed. When he finally had a golden opportunity to kill him on the spot, he couldn't go through with it, and only disarmed him. The only reason he tried to go through with it was fear of what Voldemort would do to him and his family. [[spoiler: Oh, and Dumbledore was perfectly aware of what he was up to the whole time, but didn't approach him for fear of Voldemort catching on through Legilemency.Legilimency.]] Also in ''Deathly Hallows'', when the trio are caught and brought to Malfoy Manor, and Draco is asked to take a look at them to see if they've got the real Harry Potter, he clearly knows it's them, and is clearly reluctant to identify them, since he knows that doing so will ensure that Voldemort will come and kill them.
* A variation of this theme occurs in the satire ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'', with the apprentice devil Wormwood. He ''wants'' to be an evil tempter of mortals, but he's ''really'' bad at it. He keeps making mistakes, getting both him and his uncle (the veteran tempter Screwtape) in trouble, and [[EpicFail failing miserably]] in the end.end, with the implication that Screwtape will eat him.



* Shitmouth, a man-at-arms in Ser Gregor Clegane's party, in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Gregor is utterly heinous, and most of his party are sadists and torturers. Not Shitmouth, his only vice is [[SirSwearsALot swearing a lot]].

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* Shitmouth, a man-at-arms in Ser Gregor Clegane's party, in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Gregor is utterly heinous, and most of his party are sadists and torturers. Not Shitmouth, his only vice is [[SirSwearsALot swearing a lot]].lot]] (hence his name).



* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': Despite Joy's best efforts, Darnell is too much of a NiceGuy to shore up the household budget with petty theft like Earl used to. He tries to snatch a little old lady's purse and run away, but he barely makes it ten steps before he starts feeling guilty and goes back to return it and apologise. She is so charmed by his guilty-puppy-dog look that she offers him a candy bar. Even when Joy is plotting against or yelling at Earl, Darnell and Earl always exchange a friendly hello.

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* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': Despite Joy's best efforts, Darnell is too much of a NiceGuy to shore up the household budget with petty theft like Earl used to. He tries to snatch a little old lady's purse and run away, but he barely makes it ten steps before he starts feeling guilty and goes back to return it and apologise.apologize. She is so charmed by his guilty-puppy-dog look that she offers him a candy bar. Even when Joy is plotting against or yelling at Earl, Darnell and Earl always exchange a friendly hello.



* Played straight on ''Series/{{Roots}}''. A poor white man is hoping to be [[PunchClockVillain hired as an overseer]] on a slave plantation. A couple of the slaves teach him how to sound and act right for the role. (They find it hilarious when he actually says "please" to a slave.) Their reasoning is, an overseer who has to ''remember'' to be brutal is much better than one who does it naturally.

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* Played straight on ''Series/{{Roots}}''. A poor white man is hoping to be [[PunchClockVillain hired as an overseer]] on a slave plantation. A couple of the slaves teach him how to sound and act right for the role. (They role (they find it hilarious when he actually says "please" to a slave.) slave). Their reasoning is, an overseer who has to ''remember'' to be brutal is much better than one who does it naturally.
3rd Oct '16 12:03:32 AM Fireblood
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** A scene deleted from the script but present in the novelization says that Cocteau induced this behavior in Bob by ''castrating him''.

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** A scene deleted from the script but present in the novelization says that Cocteau induced this behavior in Bob by ''castrating him''.''[[GroinAttack castrating'']] him.
23rd Sep '16 5:51:44 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': In fandom, Demyx, the magical sitar player of Organization XIII is [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation either]] an example of this trope or an incredibly scary and evil CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. In the game itself, he carries cue cards with his mission on them, and his first line is "Run! Run away!"

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': In fandom, ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
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Demyx, the magical sitar player of Organization XIII XIII. His first line is [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation either]] an example of this trope or an incredibly scary "Run, run away!" and evil CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. In the game itself, he carries needs to carry cue cards with his mission on them, and them. Even his first line evil laugh is "Run! Run away!"[[UnevilLaugh sub-par]], although he does [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass put up quite a fight]] when cornered.
16th Sep '16 6:08:01 PM Looneygamemaster
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'''Wiggins:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Gift baskets!]]\\

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'''Wiggins:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Gift Oooh, gift baskets!]]\\
16th Sep '16 6:06:30 PM Looneygamemaster
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* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'': Governor Ratcliffe is a greedy, scheming brute. His valet, Wiggins, is a polite, cheerful fool.
-->'''Ratcliffe:''' We shall give them a proper English greeting!\\
'''Wiggins:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Gift baskets!]]\\
'''Ratcliffe:''' And he came so highly recommended.
18th Aug '16 11:19:05 AM Geoduck
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* Kronk is this to Yzma in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''.
-->'''Yzma:''' A few drops of ''this'', and he'll be dead before dessert!\\
'''Kronk:''' Which is a shame, cuz it's gonna be delicious!
12th Aug '16 11:19:50 PM merotoker
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* Shia in ''Manga/PitaTen'' is the epitome of this trope; as a demon she's not only supposed to do evil, she ''has'' to do evil, but she always seems to wind up baking cookies for everybody, or cleaning up the apartment she shares with Misha ([[HeroWithAnFInGood an angel almost as bad at doing good as she is at doing evil]]), or just in general being polite, soft-spoken and helpful, much to the exasperation of her demon-adviser in cat form, Nyaa. In the manga it's revealed that the reason why demons ''have'' to be evil is because [[spoiler: it nourishes them, and Shia's inability to be evil eventually makes her body too weak to even go on living. Nyaa admits after she has passed away that she may have been a far more successful demon than he realized by making everyone love her and then dying, leaving everyone heartbroken.]]

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* Shia in ''Manga/PitaTen'' is the epitome of this trope; as a demon she's not only supposed to do evil, she ''has'' to do evil, but she always seems to wind up baking cookies for everybody, or cleaning up the apartment she shares with Misha ([[HeroWithAnFInGood an angel almost as bad at doing good as she is at doing evil]]), or just in general being polite, soft-spoken and helpful, much to the exasperation of her demon-adviser in cat form, Nyaa. In the manga it's revealed that the reason why demons ''have'' to be evil is because [[spoiler: it nourishes them, and Shia's inability to be evil eventually makes her body too weak to even go on living. Nyaa admits after she has passed away that she may have been a far more successful demon than he realized by making everyone love her and then dying, leaving everyone heartbroken.]]heartbroken]].



* Shiyu Kusanagi in the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' manga, CD Drama and TV series. What is a GentleGiant who goes out of his way to help other people (including his enemies!) doing in the humanity-destroying Dragons of the Earth group? Eventually this mismatch results in [[spoiler:him switching sides]] in both the anime and manga.

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* Shiyu Kusanagi in the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'' manga, CD Drama and TV series. What is a GentleGiant who goes out of his way to help other people (including his enemies!) doing in the humanity-destroying Dragons of the Earth group? Eventually this mismatch results in [[spoiler:him switching sides]] in both the anime and manga.



* Chachamaru in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is technically a villain because she's trying to kill Negi, but that's only because she's following her programming. When she's not doing that, she can be seen retrieving lost balloons for little girls, helping old ladies across the street, and rescuing stray cats. And later [[spoiler:has a HeelFaceTurn.]]

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* Chachamaru in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is technically a villain because she's trying to kill Negi, but that's only because she's following her programming. When she's not doing that, she can be seen retrieving lost balloons for little girls, helping old ladies across the street, and rescuing stray cats. And later [[spoiler:has a HeelFaceTurn.]]HeelFaceTurn]].



::In his first apppearance in ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'', Overdrive tried to get Spidey's autograph ''while they were fighting''. ''Superior Foes'' eventually reveals he's a HeroicWannabe who became a villain with the full intention of pulling a HeelFaceTurn at the dramatically appropriate moment.

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::In ::
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his first apppearance appearance in ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'', Overdrive tried to get Spidey's autograph ''while they were fighting''. ''Superior Foes'' eventually reveals he's a HeroicWannabe who became a villain with the full intention of pulling a HeelFaceTurn at the dramatically appropriate moment.



* Seems to be common in {{Pixar}} films:

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* Seems to be common in {{Pixar}} Creator/{{Pixar}} films:



* In ''Film/MeanGirls'', Karen seems to be remarkably lacking in actual ''meanness'' per se; in nearly all respects she comes across as a good natured ditz. In fact, her only real defining characteristic, besides being TheDitz, is that she remains a loyal friend to Gretchen even through Gretchen's VillainousBreakdown.

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* In ''Film/MeanGirls'', ''Film/MeanGirls''
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Karen seems to be remarkably lacking in actual ''meanness'' per se; in nearly all respects she comes across as a good natured ditz. In fact, her only real defining characteristic, besides being TheDitz, is that she remains a loyal friend to Gretchen even through Gretchen's VillainousBreakdown.



* From ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'': Sherman McMasters, Texas Jack Vermillion, and Turkey Creek Jack Johnson don't mind robbin' and stealin', but don't like messin' with the women for the evulz. Also Deputy Billy Breckinridge thinks there has to be some law.

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* From ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'': Sherman McMasters, [=McMasters=], Texas Jack Vermillion, and Turkey Creek Jack Johnson don't mind robbin' and stealin', but don't like messin' with the women for the evulz. Also Deputy Billy Breckinridge thinks there has to be some law.



* Smee, Captain Hook's bosun in ''PeterPan,'' as well as its many adaptations.

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* Smee, Captain Hook's bosun in ''PeterPan,'' ''Literature/PeterPan,'' as well as its many adaptations.



* A ''StarWars ExpandedUniverse'' book mentions Porcellus, Jabba the Hutt's chef. He felt sorry for Leia, and secretly fed Han Solo because he knew she was in love with him. Unfortunately for Porcellus, Jabba found out, and threw him in his dungeon, delaying executing him because [[CaptainObvious he had more important things to concern himself with at the moment]]. Seeing as Jabba didn't survive in the end, he was luckier.

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* A ''StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars ExpandedUniverse'' book mentions Porcellus, Jabba the Hutt's chef. He felt sorry for Leia, and secretly fed Han Solo because he knew she was in love with him. Unfortunately for Porcellus, Jabba found out, and threw him in his dungeon, delaying executing him because [[CaptainObvious he had more important things to concern himself with at the moment]]. Seeing as Jabba didn't survive in the end, he was luckier.



* Some of the mooks in the ''{{Redwall}}'' series.

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* Some of the mooks in the ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series.



* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, many of the StateSec [[PoliticalOfficer Citizen Commissioners]] appointed to watch over the Havenite military officers are portrayed as being reasonably lenient when enforcing the Committee of Public Safety's decrees. The Havenite officers fall even deeper into this trope, thus having the StateSec officers babysitting them to begin with.

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* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, many of the StateSec [[PoliticalOfficer [[ThePoliticalOfficer Citizen Commissioners]] appointed to watch over the Havenite military officers are portrayed as being reasonably lenient when enforcing the Committee of Public Safety's decrees. The Havenite officers fall even deeper into this trope, thus having the StateSec officers babysitting them to begin with.



** Theon Greyjoy began as his father's wannabe-[[TheDragon Dragon]], but after [[spoiler:being abducted and put through the ringer by the legitimately evil Ramsay Snow]], he became much nicer and more sympathetic, even as [[spoiler:he's forced to act as Ramsay's personal slave and minion]]
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''/Literature/TheCloakSociety'', Alex on his first mission first fails to open the bank vault (which, as later development show, may mean he didn't ''want'' to) and then, more definitively, saves a superhero's life from a teammate's attack.

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** Theon Greyjoy began as his father's wannabe-[[TheDragon Dragon]], but after [[spoiler:being abducted and put through the ringer by the legitimately evil Ramsay Snow]], he became much nicer and more sympathetic, even as [[spoiler:he's forced to act as Ramsay's personal slave and minion]]
minion]].
* In Jeramey Kraatz's ''/Literature/TheCloakSociety'', ''Literature/TheCloakSociety'', Alex on his first mission first fails to open the bank vault (which, as later development show, may mean he didn't ''want'' to) and then, more definitively, saves a superhero's life from a teammate's attack.



** Most recently Luke Rattigan in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]], who thinks the Sontarans killing people with his inventions is cool, but lacks the nerve to get his own hands dirty and [[spoiler:ultimately sacrifices himself so the Doctor won't have to.]]

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** Most recently Luke Rattigan in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E5ThePoisonSky "The Poison Sky"]], who thinks the Sontarans killing people with his inventions is cool, but lacks the nerve to get his own hands dirty and [[spoiler:ultimately sacrifices himself so the Doctor won't have to.]]to]].



* Rusty the Tow Truck in the preschool series ''TheBigGarage''. In fact, [[OnceAnEpisode in every single episode]], he always joins the cast for the final song of the episode, and leaves the garage just before the credits roll.

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* Rusty the Tow Truck in the preschool series ''TheBigGarage''. In fact, [[OnceAnEpisode [[OncePerEpisode in every single episode]], he always joins the cast for the final song of the episode, and leaves the garage just before the credits roll.



* Played straight on ''{{Roots}}''. A poor white man is hoping to be [[PunchClockVillain hired as an overseer]] on a slave plantation. A couple of the slaves teach him how to sound and act right for the role. (They find it hilarious when he actually says "please" to a slave.) Their reasoning is, an overseer who has to ''remember'' to be brutal is much better than one who does it naturally.

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* Played straight on ''{{Roots}}''.''Series/{{Roots}}''. A poor white man is hoping to be [[PunchClockVillain hired as an overseer]] on a slave plantation. A couple of the slaves teach him how to sound and act right for the role. (They find it hilarious when he actually says "please" to a slave.) Their reasoning is, an overseer who has to ''remember'' to be brutal is much better than one who does it naturally.



* In ''Theatre/DamnYankees'', Lola fails miserably at playing TheVamp when it comes to Joe. Nothing disgusts [[LouisCypher Applegate]] more than having her sympathize with the man she is supposed to seduce.
** Although it's implied that she is usually far more effective. Her first few lines involve her mentioning very off-handedly that she drove a man to suicide and asking quite eagerly if she should make the next one jump off the Empire State building. She even has a song devoted to several past, successful exploits. Lola only took to Joe because he was the only guy faithful enough to his wife to not succumb to her seduction.

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* In ''Theatre/DamnYankees'', Lola fails miserably at playing TheVamp when it comes to Joe. Nothing disgusts [[LouisCypher Applegate]] more than having her sympathize with the man she is supposed to seduce.
** Although it's
seduce. It's implied that she is usually far more effective. Her first few lines involve her mentioning very off-handedly that she drove a man to suicide and asking quite eagerly if she should make the next one jump off the Empire State building. She even has a song devoted to several past, successful exploits. Lola only took to Joe because he was the only guy faithful enough to his wife to not succumb to her seduction.



* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': In fandom, Demyx, the magical sitar player of Organization XIII is [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation either]] an example of this trope or an incredibly scary and evil CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. In the game itself, he carries cue cards with his mission on them, and his first line is "Run! Run away!"

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* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'': In fandom, Demyx, the magical sitar player of Organization XIII is [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation either]] an example of this trope or an incredibly scary and evil CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. In the game itself, he carries cue cards with his mission on them, and his first line is "Run! Run away!"



* In the final case of the VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney trilogy, there is a character who receives instructions to help with a murder and is so innocent as to misinterpret them as instructions to throw gravy onto a portrait. The same case also involves a [[spoiler: PuritySue who is absolutely committed to helping protect both a heinous villain and a SympatheticMurderer and following any instructions from them regarding how to help them avoid being caught.]]
* Bianca of ''SpyroTheDragon'' spends most of [[VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon her first appearance]] acting as [[BigBad the Sorceress']] [[{{Adorkable}} meek and clumsy]] underling, badly attempting to intimidate Spyro out of taking back their stolen colony of dragon eggs (which gradually breaks down into her practically begging him to go back so he spares himself her abusive master's wrath). She eventually pulls a HeelFaceTurn after finding our the Sorceress' plans for the eggs were far less [[WellIntentionedExtremist well intentioned]] than she expected (as well as gaining a crush on Spyro's ally, Hunter).

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* In the final case of the VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney trilogy, there is a character who receives instructions to help with a murder and is so innocent as to misinterpret them as instructions to throw gravy onto a portrait. The same case also involves a [[spoiler: PuritySue who is absolutely committed to helping protect both a heinous villain and a SympatheticMurderer and following any instructions from them regarding how to help them avoid being caught.]]
caught]].
* Bianca of ''SpyroTheDragon'' ''Franchise/SpyroTheDragon'' spends most of [[VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon her first appearance]] acting as [[BigBad the Sorceress']] [[{{Adorkable}} meek and clumsy]] underling, badly attempting to intimidate Spyro out of taking back their stolen colony of dragon eggs (which gradually breaks down into her practically begging him to go back so he spares himself her abusive master's wrath). She eventually pulls a HeelFaceTurn after finding our the Sorceress' plans for the eggs were far less [[WellIntentionedExtremist well intentioned]] than she expected (as well as gaining a crush on Spyro's ally, Hunter).



** The Monster in the Darkness, who manages to spend most of an epic battle scene having a tea party, and constantly fails to grasp the main plan of the villains. He even gets a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming with a captured paladin which causes one to wonder if he's even ''trying'' to be evil. It's made clear that he ''should'' be incredibly dangerous, on account of his massive strength and durability, along with vague but powerful other abilities, but his personality renders him (in the words of [[TheDragon Redcloak]]) "about as scary as musty styrofoam." [[spoiler:He later saves said paladin (named O-chul) and Vaarsuvius from death via ingested meteors. He teleports them away and Xykon doesn't even realize it was The Monster in the Darkness who did it]].

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** The Monster in the Darkness, who manages to spend most of an epic battle scene having a tea party, and constantly fails to grasp the main plan of the villains. He even gets a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming with a captured paladin which causes one to wonder if he's even ''trying'' to be evil. It's made clear that he ''should'' be incredibly dangerous, on account of his massive strength and durability, along with vague but powerful other abilities, but his personality renders him (in the words of [[TheDragon Redcloak]]) "about as scary as musty styrofoam." [[spoiler:He later saves said paladin (named O-chul) and Vaarsuvius from death via ingested meteors. He teleports them away and Xykon doesn't even realize it was The Monster in the Darkness who did it]].it.]]



* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' features so many subversions of standard hero and villain roles that this trope inevitably shows up, most notably with Garland, who can't seem to grasp that [[AffablyEvil offering the goodguys cupcakes]] is not proper behavior for a wannabe EvilOverlord. It's so bad that his captive, Princess Sara, has to ''help'' him be evil. The rest of the Dark Warriors are hardly any better: Bikke makes [[TheSimpsons Ralph Wiggum]] look bright (his worst "crime" is getting his entire crew killed by being [[ForgotToFeedTheMonster too cheap to feed them]]), Vilbert is a {{Goth}} vampire who thinks he's in a LARP, and Drizz'l might be a threat except that he's forced to play OnlySaneMan for the other three idiots.

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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' features so many subversions of standard hero and villain roles that this trope inevitably shows up, most notably with Garland, who can't seem to grasp that [[AffablyEvil offering the goodguys cupcakes]] is not proper behavior for a wannabe EvilOverlord. It's so bad that his captive, Princess Sara, has to ''help'' him be evil. The rest of the Dark Warriors are hardly any better: Bikke makes [[TheSimpsons [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Ralph Wiggum]] look bright (his worst "crime" is getting his entire crew killed by being [[ForgotToFeedTheMonster too cheap to feed them]]), Vilbert is a {{Goth}} vampire who thinks he's in a LARP, and Drizz'l might be a threat except that he's forced to play OnlySaneMan for the other three idiots.



** [[spoiler:Grimbark!Jade]] plays with this trope. While she is dangerous and won't hesitate to do evil acts, nobody takes her seriously and [[spoiler: although she is being controled by Her Imperious Condescension, her personality still remains]].

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** [[spoiler:Grimbark!Jade]] plays with this trope. While she is dangerous and won't hesitate to do evil acts, nobody takes her seriously and [[spoiler: although she is being controled controlled by Her Imperious Condescension, her personality still remains]].



* Heartbreaker and Jello of The Masterminds, in the WhateleyUniverse. They seem a lot more interested on protecting their friends than in actual villainy.

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* Heartbreaker and Jello of The Masterminds, in the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. They seem a lot more interested on protecting their friends than in actual villainy.



* In the ''LeagueOfSuperEvil'', Red Menace's tendency in this direction gets so noticeable that the others outfit him with a Pavlovian reward-punishment hat.

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* In the ''LeagueOfSuperEvil'', ''WesternAnimation/LeagueOfSuperEvil'', Red Menace's tendency in this direction gets so noticeable that the others outfit him with a Pavlovian reward-punishment hat.



* Lurky, Murky's flunky, from ''RainbowBrite''.

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* Lurky, Murky's flunky, from ''RainbowBrite''.''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite''.



* Some of Zurg's henchaliens in ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''.
** The Grubs are too dim to be properly evil-when quizzed on what they hate most about Buzz, they say, "I donno. He seems like a pretty nice guy." The Brain Pods are better at it (since their purpose is to be smart) but the thinking aspect is all they're good for.
* Stormer on ''{{Jem}}''; a few episodes even dealt with the fact.
** The best known being the one where she and Kimber form their own duo group; Stormer only returns to the Misfits because she cares too much to let her friends utterly fail, which they would without her.

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* Some of Zurg's henchaliens in ''BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''.
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''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''. The Grubs are too dim to be properly evil-when quizzed on what they hate most about Buzz, they say, "I donno. He seems like a pretty nice guy." The Brain Pods are better at it (since their purpose is to be smart) but the thinking aspect is all they're good for.
* Stormer on ''{{Jem}}''; ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}''; a few episodes even dealt with the fact.
**
fact. The best known being the one where she and Kimber form their own duo group; Stormer only returns to the Misfits because she cares too much to let her friends utterly fail, which they would without her.



*** 21 subverted this in season 4 [[spoiler: after witnessing 24's murder/accidental death]] when he [[spoiler: TookALevelInBadass by completely whipping his body and selfdiscipline into shape and becoming "General 21", a highly trained, merciless supersoldier. However he still does not fare very well in the evil department, as he completely fails to torture Hank and Dean and openly admits to them that he cannot tap into his inner hatred the way the Monarch can.]]

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*** 21 subverted this in season 4 [[spoiler: after witnessing 24's murder/accidental death]] when he [[spoiler: TookALevelInBadass by completely whipping his body and selfdiscipline into shape and becoming "General 21", a highly trained, merciless supersoldier. However he still does not fare very well in the evil department, as he completely fails to torture Hank and Dean and openly admits to them that he cannot tap into his inner hatred the way the Monarch can.]]can]].



* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' [[TheEeyore the Weeper]] nearly managed to destroy a city once, but couldn't when he realized how many innocent lives that would actually take. After thirty years in jail for the attempt, he gets out and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker helps him [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]]. (This is a stark contrast to his comics counterpart, where his MO was "inflict a CruelAndUnusualDeath on anyone he felt was happier than him, but then "mourn" for them.")

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* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' [[TheEeyore the Weeper]] nearly managed to destroy a city once, but couldn't when he realized how many innocent lives that would actually take. After thirty years in jail for the attempt, he gets out and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker helps him [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]]. (This is a stark contrast to his comics counterpart, where his MO was "inflict a CruelAndUnusualDeath on anyone he felt was happier than him, but then "mourn" for them.")



* Miss Warthog serves this to [[GrumpyBear Principal Pixiefrog]] from MyGymPartnersAMonkey.
* Smithers from ''WesternAimation/TheSimpsons'' actually is a bit kind hearted even though he is Mr. Burns' "minion."
* Subverted with [[spoiler: Candy Wife]] from TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack. [[spoiler: She]] got successful making [[ButtMonkey Flapjack]] miserable with help from the BiggerBad, [[spoiler: Peppermint Larry]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Spongebob can sometimes be one when Mr. Krabs has him go along with a scheme.

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* Miss Warthog serves this to [[GrumpyBear Principal Pixiefrog]] from MyGymPartnersAMonkey.
''WesternAimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey''.
* Smithers from ''WesternAimation/TheSimpsons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' actually is a bit kind hearted even though he is Mr. Burns' "minion."
* Subverted with [[spoiler: Candy Wife]] from TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack. ''WesternAimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''. [[spoiler: She]] got successful making [[ButtMonkey Flapjack]] miserable with help from the BiggerBad, GreaterScopeVillain, [[spoiler: Peppermint Larry]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] can sometimes be one when Mr. Krabs has him go along with a scheme.



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' features a squad of [[AdorableEvilMinions Rubies]] the Crystal Gems end up playing baseball against. Not only does it never occur to them to ''cheat'' and continue on with their mission unmolested, they...[[TheDitz aren't particularly bright]], with their leader [[spoiler:missing the Crystal Gem's own Ruby adding herself to the squad]] because she forgot to count ''herself'' during roll call, not actually bothering to figure out the difference between humans and [[AmazingTehnicolorPopulation Gems]] before going to Earth, barely show any aggression except for Left Eye Ruy (and even then it's more because she's impatient and focused on the mission than any actual meanness), and when they finally figure out their opponents are Gems [[spoiler:are entirely willing to leave well enough alone when put on a Snipe Hunt for their actual objective.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' features a squad of [[AdorableEvilMinions Rubies]] the Crystal Gems end up playing baseball against. Not only does it never occur to them to ''cheat'' and continue on with their mission unmolested, they...[[TheDitz aren't particularly bright]], with their leader [[spoiler:missing the Crystal Gem's own Ruby adding herself to the squad]] because she forgot to count ''herself'' during roll call, not actually bothering to figure out the difference between humans and [[AmazingTehnicolorPopulation [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation Gems]] before going to Earth, barely show any aggression except for Left Eye Ruy (and even then it's more because she's impatient and focused on the mission than any actual meanness), and when they finally figure out their opponents are Gems [[spoiler:are entirely willing to leave well enough alone when put on a Snipe Hunt for their actual objective.]]
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