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20th Apr '18 7:19:52 PM MBI
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* The robots in ''Series/{{Westworld}}'' are programmed only to give minimal resistance to the human guests in the park, a fact which seriously bothers The Man in Black; if the robots can't fight back, then nothing that happens in the park actually matters, and he desperately wants them to matter.
2nd Apr '18 9:08:53 PM TheSinful
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* In a moment of introspection in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10917821/23/The-questionable-burdens-of-leadership-of-a-troll-Emperor The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor]]'', Naruto laments that his godhood means he hasn't felt the rush of a life and death struggle in centuries. Not only is he immortal, but any failures, setbacks, or even difficulties are due exclusively to him and Xanna refusing to use their powers as a SelfImposedChallenge.
8th Feb '18 8:22:45 AM Cryoclaste
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* This trope is commonly the reason why CarmenSandiego went into crime. She was originally an ACME detective (or a former spy, depending on how old the game is), and eventually became the absolute best the agency had ever seen. After a while, though, Carmen became [[VictoryIsBoring too good at her job]], and pulled a massive FaceHeelTurn by becoming a criminal, reasoning that it was a lot more fun to try to outwit her former employers rather than work for them.

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* This trope is commonly the reason why CarmenSandiego Franchise/CarmenSandiego went into crime. She was originally an ACME detective (or a former spy, depending on how old the game is), and eventually became the absolute best the agency had ever seen. After a while, though, Carmen became [[VictoryIsBoring too good at her job]], and pulled a massive FaceHeelTurn by becoming a criminal, reasoning that it was a lot more fun to try to outwit her former employers rather than work for them.
10th Jan '18 3:41:46 AM shamchimp28
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** This is also why [[HairTriggerTemper Bakugo]] demands that Todoroki use both his [[PlayingWithFire fire]] and [[AnIcePerson ice]] powers during the sports festival tournament. It ends up ruining the festival for Bakugo; instead of feeling proud that he impressed the whole nation with his skills, he walks away feeling insulted that (in his own mind) Todoroki didn't think he was worth using his full power on.
28th Nov '17 3:53:09 AM PlasmaTalon
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* [[spoiler:Endeavor]] in ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' feels this way after [[spoiler:All Might retires and he gains the number one hero rank]]. Believing that he didn't really earn it since it was just given to him.
30th Sep '17 8:12:52 AM AFP
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* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': In "Sugar Dirt", the human forces launch an assault to seize a base previously taken by the Chigs. The attack goes off flawlessly, and the humans effortlessly occupy the base and begin settling in. Given that the Chigs typically put up a hellishly difficult fight for the humans at every turn, their failure to defend the base sets off red flags for the human leaders. [[spoiler: It was a trap, and a devastating Chig counterattack, including additional forces pulled from another important Chig base, quickly overwhelms the human forces newly occupying the base.]]
30th Sep '17 6:36:17 AM AFP
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* ''Series/StarTrekDiscovery'': In "The Battle At The Binary Stars", the USS ''Shenzou'' stands her ground against a fleet of two dozen Klingon warships. The Klingons, rallied together by [[TheFundamentalist T'Kuvma]] to take on the Federation, complain that the single starship [[NotWorthKilling poses no challenge for them.]] [[spoiler: Cue the arrival of ten Federation starships to back up ''Shenzou'', and the Klingons are presented with the challenge they wanted. With better than two-to-one odds in their favor, of course.]]
17th Sep '17 9:18:09 PM Lemia
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* In ''Literature/BridgeOfBirds'', the wise man Li Kao, who has a [[PragmaticHero slight flaw in his character]], tells Number Ten Ox that he would actually have become a criminal like his parents if he hadn't found getting away with crimes to be so easy it was boring and that solving crimes was more of a challenge for him.
12th Aug '17 2:26:14 PM LinTaylor
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': When Homer becomes the leader of the Stonecutters lodge he gets very little satisfaction out of everyone being at his beck and call, and when they play poker they always show him their cards, etc. He changes the group so that they do good in the community, but they don't like doing that so they all quit the Stonecutters and form a new lodge, the Ancient Society of No Homers.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': When Homer becomes is revealed as the leader of Stonecutters' [[TheChosenOne Chosen One]], they start bending over backwards to keep him happy, which includes rigging games so that he always wins. When he goes bowling they count every roll as a strike (with Chief Wiggum even shooting the Stonecutters lodge he gets very little satisfaction out of everyone being at leftover pins with his beck and call, revolver), and when they play poker they always show him their cards, etc. He changes the group so that they do good in the community, but they don't like doing that so they all quit the other Stonecutters show Homer their cards and form a invent new lodge, hands on the Ancient Society of No Homers.spot ("What you've got there is the Royal...um, Sampler!"). Homer starts getting bored and dissatisfied with this pretty easily.
25th Jul '17 12:03:05 PM Gravidef
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* Creator/AgathaChristie invokes this trope in a sad way for "The Apples of Hesperides," one of the short stories in ''The Labours of Hercules.'' Emery Power, an [[Fiction500 incredibly rich]] man, hires Hercule Poirot to track down an extremely valuable (30,000 pounds-worth) golden goblet he had previously purchased at an auction and was stolen before he could receive it. Poirot eventually discovers the missing chalice at a small convent in Ireland; the thief's daughter had been a nun there, and she donated the goblet without realizing just how priceless it was. At Poirot's suggestion, Power lets the nuns keep the chalice--he's more interested in the knowledge that he ''owned'' the cup than the cup itself. But when Poirot returns to the Mother Superior and tells the whole story, he remarks that Power is a desperately unhappy man: his wealth has made him able to buy or obtain anything he wants, which has taken all the challenge--and therefore all the joy--out of his life.
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