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13th Nov '16 9:30:20 PM FordPrefect
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* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "Beginning of the End", HYDRA's plan to infiltrate the military is ruined because Garrett crashes the meeting that was supposed to convince to military to hire HYDRA's supersoldiers, rants about his delusions of godhood and attacks one of the representatives. Garrett's saner accomplices are not best pleased.

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* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "Beginning of the End", HYDRA's plan to infiltrate the military is ruined because Garrett crashes the meeting that was supposed to convince to the military to hire HYDRA's supersoldiers, rants about his delusions of godhood and attacks one of the representatives. Garrett's saner accomplices are not best pleased.
13th Nov '16 9:29:56 PM FordPrefect
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': The Goa'uld as a whole. Sure, they have an enormous technological advantage thanks to their genetic memory, but said memories as well as abuse of the sarcophagi mean they are all megalomaniacal cliché villains. Furthermore, most of them believe in their own propaganda about being gods, and act with the expected supreme arrogance. The System Lords spend most of their time and ressources fighting each other rather than dealing with their common enemies, which both Tok'ra and Tau'ri gladly take advantage of. They also [[WeHaveReserves waste their soldiers]] by [[BadBoss slaying them for the slightest failure]] or [[HonorBeforeReason insisting they always fight to the death]], even against disastrous odds, rather than withdraw to win another day. The Goa'uld were the dominant species of the Milky Way till season 8, but they would have been infinitely more powerful if only they had ''co-operated'' from the start, rather than being forced to by Anubis or the Replicators. Notably, the few System Lords that don't buy fully the godlike nonsense (like Ba'al, or Yu before he went senile) are portrayed as much smarter and dangerous than their brethren.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'': The Goa'uld as a whole. Sure, they have an enormous technological advantage thanks to their genetic memory, but said memories as well as abuse of the sarcophagi mean they are all megalomaniacal cliché villains. Furthermore, most of them believe in their own propaganda about being gods, and act with the expected supreme arrogance. The System Lords spend most of their time and ressources fighting each other rather than dealing with their common enemies, which both Tok'ra and Tau'ri gladly take advantage of. They also [[WeHaveReserves waste their soldiers]] by [[BadBoss slaying them for the slightest failure]] or [[HonorBeforeReason insisting they always fight to the death]], even against disastrous odds, rather than withdraw to win another day. The Goa'uld were the dominant species of the Milky Way till season 8, but they would have been infinitely more powerful if only they had ''co-operated'' from the start, rather than being forced to by Anubis or the Replicators. Notably, the few System Lords that don't buy fully buy the godlike nonsense (like Ba'al, or Yu before he went senile) are portrayed as much smarter and dangerous than their brethren.
13th Nov '16 9:14:35 PM FordPrefect
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* This is likely the biggest reason why the Rangers managed to defeat the Psycho Rangers in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', despite the fact that the Psycho Rangers were far stronger than they were. The Psycho Rangers were not only insane, they were obsessive, unwilling to co-operate with each other (something the real Rangers were rather good at) and too impatient to adherre to the careful strategies that Astronema laid out (while the true Rangers were very good at sticking to theirs). In fact, in retrospect, the villains may have been more trouble to Astronema than they were ever worth.

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* This is likely the biggest reason why the Rangers managed to defeat the Psycho Rangers in ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'', despite the fact that the Psycho Rangers were far stronger than they were. The Psycho Rangers were not only insane, they were obsessive, unwilling to co-operate with each other (something the real Rangers were rather good at) and too impatient to adherre adhere to the careful strategies that Astronema laid out (while the true Rangers were very good at sticking to theirs). In fact, in retrospect, the villains may have been more trouble to Astronema than they were ever worth.
4th Nov '16 3:32:54 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse: This has usually been why the Republic, for all its many flaws, endured for 25,000 years while variants of the Sith Empire burned themselves out after at few centuries at best. While your average Imperial or Sith is probably better equipped, tougher, and a better fighter than their Republic or Jedi counterparts, the Sith have a bad habit of getting DrunkOnTheDarkSide, mixed with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder being standard operating procedure in the Sith and the Imperial military, with the Intelligence Service as OnlySaneEmployee, though even ''that'' depends on who's in charge. The Republic plods along, playing defense, while the Empire predictably self-destructs. It's telling that Bane only preserved the Sith ideals by making sure there were ''only'' two at any given time, and that the Imperial Remnant became a stable government only ''after'' the Sith at the top were dead.

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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse: This has usually been why the Republic, for all its many flaws, endured for 25,000 years while variants of the Sith Empire burned themselves out after at few centuries at best. While your average Imperial or Sith is probably better equipped, tougher, and a better fighter than their Republic or Jedi counterparts, the Sith have a bad habit of getting DrunkOnTheDarkSide, mixed with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder being standard operating procedure in the Sith and the Imperial military, with the Intelligence Service as OnlySaneEmployee, though even ''that'' depends on who's in charge. The Republic plods along, playing defense, while the Empire predictably self-destructs. It's telling that Bane only preserved the Sith ideals by making sure there were ''only'' [[RuleOfTwo two at any given time, time]], and that the Imperial Remnant became a stable government only ''after'' the Sith at the top were dead.



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has Tsukiko, who, as a fairly high-level Mystic Theurge (a PrestigeClass for multiclassed divine and arcane casters), depends on high scores of Intelligence and Wisdom -- but is a complete and total lunatic. Among other things she's a [[ILoveTheDead necrophiliac]] who makes it even {{squick}}ier by the fact she sees herself as the mother of the undead that she raises. Thusly, her power is undermined by her tendency to make ridiculous decisions. [[spoiler:The last of which is underestimating Redcloak's true power, or the fact her greater arsenal of spells can be neutralized by a simple combination of the evil Cleric's Command Undead ability, a Dimensional Ward spell, and the {{Counterspell}} option.]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has Tsukiko, who, as a fairly high-level Mystic Theurge (a PrestigeClass for multiclassed divine and arcane casters), depends on high scores of Intelligence and Wisdom -- Wisdom. Because of this, she's fairly powerful and knows her way around magic- but is she's also a complete and total lunatic. Among other things utter lunatic who [[WrongGenreSavvy seems to think that]] she's a [[ILoveTheDead necrophiliac]] who makes it even {{squick}}ier by the fact protagonist of a [[BoyMeetsGhoul Girl Meets Lich]] romance with Xykon. Because of this, she sees herself as the mother of the undead that she raises. Thusly, her power is undermined by her tendency tends to make ridiculous decisions. [[spoiler:The last of which is underestimating Redcloak's true power, or the fact incredibly bad decisions, [[spoiler: like dismissing Redcloak as a mere obstacle to her greater arsenal romance with Xykon, and neglecting to consider that her great array of spells can be neutralized by a simple combination of the evil Cleric's Command Undead ability, a Dimensional Ward spell, and the {{Counterspell}} option.]]
26th Oct '16 9:11:42 PM PaulA
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*** In ''Film/BatmanForever'', [[spoiler:Two-Face has Batman on the ropes, about to shoot, when Batman reminds him to flip his coin. When he does, Batman throws out a dozen or so similar coins. Two-Face tries to catch them all, and falls to his death.]] In the PeterDavid novelization, [[spoiler:Bats blindly throws a Batarang, hoping to knock the coin away and stymie Two-Face. It works, but Two-Face just leaps to catch the coin and falls two yards onto a girder, with the equivalent of "nice try". Then Robin calls him out on never using the coin on ''himself''. He looks at the coin, and just lets go. Robin says he didn't actually mean to ''kill'' him, and Batman says that maybe Two-Face just made his first real choice in a long time.]]
*** Another case of Batman taking advantage of Two-Face's mania occurs during one of [[CardboardPrison Arkham Asylum's]] bimonthly mass jailbreaks, with Batman pinning Two-Face's coin under some fresh rubble, good face up, while Harvey is distracted. Two-Face finds it, declares that he's a good guy until he's able to flip it again, and promptly starts helping Batman contain the jailbreak.

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*** In ''Film/BatmanForever'', [[spoiler:Two-Face has Batman on the ropes, about to shoot, when Batman reminds him to flip his coin. When he does, Batman throws out a dozen or so similar coins. Two-Face tries to catch them all, and falls to his death.]] In the PeterDavid Creator/PeterDavid novelization, [[spoiler:Bats blindly throws a Batarang, hoping to knock the coin away and stymie Two-Face. It works, but Two-Face just leaps to catch the coin and falls two yards onto a girder, with the equivalent of "nice try". Then Robin calls him out on never using the coin on ''himself''. He looks at the coin, and just lets go. Robin says he didn't actually mean to ''kill'' him, and Batman says that maybe Two-Face just made his first real choice in a long time.]]
*** Another case of Batman taking advantage of Two-Face's mania occurs in ''ComicBook/BatmanAdventures'', during one of [[CardboardPrison Arkham Asylum's]] bimonthly mass jailbreaks, with Batman pinning Two-Face's coin under some fresh rubble, good face up, while Harvey is distracted. Two-Face finds it, declares that he's a good guy until he's able to flip it again, and promptly starts helping Batman contain the jailbreak.
22nd Oct '16 5:05:42 PM Dravencour
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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Spike is cornered by NighInvulnerable Mad Pierrot, but is saved by Mad Pierrot's paralyzing [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes fear of]] [[spoiler:cats]]. In the episode's climax he is saved my Pierrot's [[PsychopathicManchild childishly low threshold for pain]].

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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Spike is cornered by NighInvulnerable Mad Pierrot, but is saved by Mad Pierrot's paralyzing [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes fear of]] [[spoiler:cats]]. In the episode's climax he is saved my by Pierrot's [[PsychopathicManchild childishly low threshold for pain]].



* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', after Aizen fuses with the Hogyoku, he proclaims AGodAmI and throws away [[MasterOfIllusion all]] [[FlawExploitation the]] [[BatmanGambit tactics]] that had previously served him so well in favor of relying on raw power to crush his enemies. This trope comes into play when [[spoiler:he finally comes across someone more powerful than he is- Ichigo after his latest bout of TrainingFromHell- at which point Aizen promptly gets curb stomped.]]

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* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', after Aizen fuses with the Hogyoku, he proclaims AGodAmI [[AGodAmI that he is a god]] and throws away [[MasterOfIllusion all]] [[FlawExploitation the]] [[BatmanGambit tactics]] that had previously served him so well in favor of relying on raw power to crush his enemies. This trope comes into play when [[spoiler:he finally comes across someone more powerful than he is- Ichigo is--Ichigo after his latest bout of TrainingFromHell- at TrainingFromHell--at which point Aizen promptly gets curb stomped.]]
22nd Oct '16 3:15:28 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Normal humanoid Gems are far stronger than Gem Monsters [[spoiler: who were normal gems caught by a weapon that corrupted their bodies and minds]] because (moments of ItCanThink aside) Gem monsters are basically bundles of fight-or-flight instincts with no real sense of strategy or tactics.
** For a non-Gem monster example, Jasper. She is extremely dangerous, but several months of IMustScream trapped at the bottom of the ocean eroded her sanity ''considerably'', and now she's totally obsessed with getting revenge on Steven for what (she perceives) he did to her, and it's rather easy to infuriate her to the point where her accuracy and tactical skills go down quite a lot. [[spoiler: And then her obsession with fusion causes her to fuse with a Gem monster to defeat Smokey Quartz, which infects her with what corrupted the monster. After that, she can be one-shotted by Peridot.]]
** Malachite is a 'split personality' example. Despite her immense power, her two component minds (Jasper and Lapis Lazuli) don't mesh well and indeed actively oppose each other.
22nd Oct '16 3:02:34 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* A so-called [[UselessUsefulSpell "invincible technique"]] in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', the Cat Fist, induces an UnstoppableRage in its user that boosts speed and reflexes, as well as giving "ki claws" that can cut through anything... but since he acts and thinks like a kitten, he can be distracted by toys and games. Even Kunō figured out this weakness within seconds of witnessing the Cat Fist in action. Not only that, it takes considerable time for Ranma's fear to reach the necessary level, which means he (or she, as the case may be) is simply running around, completely open, unable to fight back until it kicks in... a perfect target for anyone who is aware of what's happening and has the skill to capitalize on it. In fact, the only time that the Cat Fist has been an actual advantage is the climax of the Phoenix Pill saga, where Ranma uses it to catch Cologne off-guard: most likely, as an OldMaster who may well have been one of the people who proclaimed the Nekoken to be HarmfulToMinors, she doubted anyone would be stupid enough to teach it in this day and age, nevermind the trainee actually being willing to use that training.\\\

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* A so-called [[UselessUsefulSpell "invincible technique"]] in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', the Cat Fist, induces an UnstoppableRage in its user that boosts speed and reflexes, as well as giving "ki claws" that can cut through anything... but since he acts and thinks like a kitten, he can be distracted by toys and games. Even Kunō ''[[TheDitz Kunō]]'' figured out this weakness within seconds of witnessing the Cat Fist in action. Not only that, it takes considerable time for Ranma's fear to reach the necessary level, which means he (or she, as the case may be) is simply running around, completely open, unable to fight back until it kicks in... a perfect target for anyone who is aware of what's happening and has the skill to capitalize on it. In fact, the only time that the Cat Fist has been an actual advantage is the climax of the Phoenix Pill saga, where Ranma uses it to catch Cologne off-guard: most likely, as an OldMaster who may well have been one of the people who proclaimed the Nekoken to be HarmfulToMinors, she doubted anyone would be stupid enough to teach it in this day and age, nevermind the trainee actually being willing to use that training.\\\
14th Oct '16 3:21:11 PM nombretomado
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** The Riddler example was sent up by ''ExterminatusNow'', which featured a joke about the Riddler leaving a [[{{Unwinnable}} nonsensical riddle]], and three weeks later Batman is still working on it when the TV news reports that the Riddler has stolen the ''Moon''. [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20081213.html Here it is]].

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** The Riddler example was sent up by ''ExterminatusNow'', ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'', which featured a joke about the Riddler leaving a [[{{Unwinnable}} nonsensical riddle]], and three weeks later Batman is still working on it when the TV news reports that the Riddler has stolen the ''Moon''. [[http://exterminatusnow.comicgenesis.com/d/20081213.html Here it is]].
14th Sep '16 12:16:41 PM Allronix
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse: This has usually been why the Republic, for all its many flaws, endured for 25,000 years while variants of the Sith Empire burned themselves out after at few centuries at best. While your average Imperial or Sith is probably better equipped, tougher, and a better fighter than their Republic or Jedi counterparts, the Sith have a bad habit of getting DrunkOnTheDarkSide, mixed with ChronicBackstabbingDisorder being standard operating procedure in the Sith and the Imperial military, with the Intelligence Service as OnlySaneEmployee, though even ''that'' depends on who's in charge. The Republic plods along, playing defense, while the Empire predictably self-destructs. It's telling that Bane only preserved the Sith ideals by making sure there were ''only'' two at any given time, and that the Imperial Remnant became a stable government only ''after'' the Sith at the top were dead.
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