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29th Jan '17 11:45:47 PM Argon2
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* In ''VideoGame/{{KGB}}'' a pimp gets his workers addicted to cocaine so they'll be more compliant. This makes them incredibly easy to bribe.
27th Jan '17 11:07:48 AM Argon2
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* Insanity may not be exactly the right term. The Ontongard of ''Literature/UkiahOregon'' are HiveMind aliens that think of themselves on a scale smaller than humans can see; they take multicellular forms but if those are torn apart they form into smaller animals. Ukiah, being descended of a mutant Ontongard who kept individuality, escapes "one" human-shaped mass of them by going over a cliff and catching a branch near the edge. The Ontongard mass follows, and some parts of it grab for the branch, some try to backpedal, so it falls. Individuality does have its perks, Ukiah thinks.

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* Insanity [[BlueAndOrangeMorality may not be exactly the right term.term]]. The Ontongard of ''Literature/UkiahOregon'' are HiveMind aliens that think of themselves on a scale smaller than humans can see; they take multicellular forms but if those are torn apart they form into smaller animals. Ukiah, being descended of a mutant Ontongard who kept individuality, escapes "one" human-shaped mass of them by going over a cliff and catching a branch near the edge. The Ontongard mass follows, and some parts of it grab for the branch, some try to backpedal, so it falls. Individuality does have its perks, Ukiah thinks.


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* In ''VisualNovel/MyHaremHeavenIsYandereHell'', the schizophrenic [[KnightTemplar Sayuri]] collapses from cognitive dissonance at a ''really'' inopportune time, allowing her captive to escape. Since her schizophrenia is (largely) what made her do villainous things in the first place, this is fitting.
5th Jan '17 11:34:32 AM StFan
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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 ''[[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.\\\

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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 ''[[TheDitz Kunō]]'' figured figures 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.\\\



* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', after Aizen fuses with the Hogyoku, he proclaims [[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 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 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.curb-stomped.]]



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* A redeemed (mostly) Loki feels this way in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', inwardly observing that while 'madness may provide great inspiration, but it [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking plays havoc with your probability calculation, capacity for rational thought and ability to appreciate the arts.]] Though it does do wonders for your fashion sense. Black, after all, is always in style.' He goes on, however, to note that it also provides perspective. After all, you set a thief to catch a thief...
* This is described as the unique benefit of [[GreenLantern Green Power Rings]] in Fanfic/WithThisRing.

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* A redeemed (mostly) Loki feels this way in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', inwardly observing that while 'madness "madness may provide great inspiration, but it [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking plays havoc with your probability calculation, capacity for rational thought and ability to appreciate the arts.]] Though it does do wonders for your fashion sense. Black, after all, is always in style.' " He goes on, however, to note that it also provides perspective. After all, you set a thief to catch a thief...
* This is described as the unique benefit of [[GreenLantern Green Power Rings]] in Fanfic/WithThisRing.''Fanfic/WithThisRing''.



* In ''Brisingr'' of the Literature/InheritanceCycle, Brom hints to Eragon in a memory that Galbatorix's insanity is something that he should use to his advantage when it finally comes time to face him. "Whatever you do, you must remain nimble in your thinking. Do not become so attached to any one belief that you cannot see past it to another possibility. Galbatorix is mad and therefore unpredictable, but he also has gaps in his reasoning that an ordinary person would not. If you can find those, Eragon, then perhaps you and Saphira can defeat him." [[spoiler: Galbatorix has no empathy, so Eragon gives him some - for all of the lives the mad king ruined - and it drives Galbatorix to [[NuclearOption commit]] [[TakingYouWithMe suicide]].]]

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* In ''Brisingr'' of the Literature/InheritanceCycle, Brom hints to Eragon in a memory that Galbatorix's insanity is something that he should use to his advantage when it finally comes time to face him. "Whatever you do, you must remain nimble in your thinking. Do not become so attached to any one belief that you cannot see past it to another possibility. Galbatorix is mad and therefore unpredictable, but he also has gaps in his reasoning that an ordinary person would not. If you can find those, Eragon, then perhaps you and Saphira can defeat him." [[spoiler: Galbatorix has no empathy, so Eragon gives him some - -- for all of the lives the mad king ruined - -- and it drives Galbatorix to [[NuclearOption commit]] [[TakingYouWithMe suicide]].]]



* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', it's repeatedly alluded to that Voldemort's egomania is keeping him from being a much more effective villain by compelling him to keep the VillainBall on his person constantly. He starts juggling it in the final book, and becomes ''much'' more dangerous. Probably the best example is the horcruxes themselves. Harry observes that had he made them innocuous items and hid them in plain sight, it would be impossible to find them. Fortunately, as Dumbledore explains, Voldemort's obsessive nature focuses on trophies and rituals, so he '''needs''' them to be special items, hidden in special places, which makes them easier to track. Although in truth it's not so much Voldemort's obsessive nature that makes him choose grandiose objects for his horcruxes; it's his pride. Said hubris is behind pretty much every mistake he makes -- look at how he decides straight-off that Harry, rather than [[spoiler:the pure-blooded Neville]] is the Chosen One, just because Harry is a half-blood like himself.

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repeatedly alluded to that Voldemort's egomania is keeping him from being a much more effective villain by compelling him to keep the VillainBall on his person constantly. He starts juggling it in the final book, and becomes ''much'' more dangerous. Probably the best example is the horcruxes themselves. Harry observes that had he made them innocuous items and hid them in plain sight, it would be impossible to find them. Fortunately, as Dumbledore explains, Voldemort's obsessive nature focuses on trophies and rituals, so he '''needs''' them to be special items, hidden in special places, which makes them easier to track. Although in truth it's not so much Voldemort's obsessive nature that makes him choose grandiose objects for his horcruxes; it's his pride. Said hubris is behind pretty much every mistake he makes -- look at how he decides straight-off that Harry, rather than [[spoiler:the pure-blooded Neville]] is the Chosen One, just because Harry is a half-blood like himself.



* Invoked by the character Zane in the second ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' book. He ''is'' legitimately AxCrazy, but is quite self-aware about that fact, considering the fact that he hears a voice in his head that goads him to kill everyone he meets to be personal flaw that he must work to overcome if he's to reach his full potential. Of course, being AxCrazy, when this plan falls apart he [[VillainousBreakdown doesn't take it well]], but the (sane) ActionGirl who he tries to take it out on succeeds in killing him, thereby proving the trope.
** [[spoiler: Ironically enough, the voice in his head is ''not'' a symptom of his insanity. He actually has the setting's GodOfEvil in his head, which is the primary ''cause'' of his insanity.]]

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* Invoked by the character Zane in the second ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' book. He ''is'' legitimately AxCrazy, but is quite self-aware about that fact, considering the fact that he hears a voice in his head that goads him to kill everyone he meets to be personal flaw that he must work to overcome if he's to reach his full potential. Of course, being AxCrazy, when this plan falls apart he [[VillainousBreakdown doesn't take it well]], but the (sane) ActionGirl who he tries to take it out on succeeds in killing him, thereby proving the trope. \n** [[spoiler: Ironically [[spoiler:Ironically enough, the voice in his head is ''not'' a symptom of his insanity. He actually has the setting's GodOfEvil in his head, which is the primary ''cause'' of his insanity.]]



* Clearly, this is why Kirk and Spock were able to defeat Garth in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Whom Gods Destroy". Garth was a madman, and the fact that he flew into rage on more than one occasion when he was frustrated (such as when he realized he needed to know a countersign in order to board ''The Enterprise'') showed that his madness was hindering him greatly. Garth's attempt to intimidate Kirk by murdering his lover with the super-powerful bomb he created does nothing more than prove to Kirk - and the viewers, most likely - that he's a lunatic, and when he thinks he'll have more luck with Spock due to Spock being a "very logical man", Spock's logical thinking is, in fact, what leads to Garth's final defeat.

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* Clearly, this is why Kirk and Spock were able to defeat Garth in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Whom Gods Destroy". Garth was a madman, and the fact that he flew into rage on more than one occasion when he was frustrated (such as when he realized he needed to know a countersign in order to board ''The Enterprise'') showed that his madness was hindering him greatly. Garth's attempt to intimidate Kirk by murdering his lover with the super-powerful bomb he created does nothing more than prove to Kirk - -- and the viewers, most likely - -- that he's a lunatic, and when he thinks he'll have more luck with Spock due to Spock being a "very logical man", Spock's logical thinking is, in fact, what leads to Garth's final defeat.
29th Dec '16 8:41:48 AM Chabal2
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** It's often easy to take advantage of Chaos' self-destructive nature. Literature/CiaphasCain ('''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!!''') once foiled a Slaaneshi summoning by telling his men to hold fire until two Khornate SpaceMarines had taken out the cultists barricading the entrance (opposed gods hate each other on a fundamental level, and killing followers of the one is a god way to get favor with the other). By the time they arrived at the summoning, the cultists were all dead and so were the Marines, leaving the Imperials with the comparatively minor problem of an angry Slaaneshi daemon princess who considered herself a WomanScorned by Cain (some heretics take lasbolts to the chest so personally).



* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', insanity runs in the Capellan Confederation's rulers, House Liao. Maximilian Liao was originally a fairly shrewd and cunning ruler, but slipped into delusion after his defeat in the 4th Succession War. After his death, the reigns of the shattered realm passed to his daughter [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Romano]]. A completely paranoid individual, she ordered numerous bloody purges of the realm that left it barely able to function when she was killed by her sister Candace in retaliation for assassinating Candace's husband. At that point, control was transferred to the ''much'' saner Sun-Tzu Liao, who immediately set about undoing Romano's destructive policies. In only a decade, he was able to turn the Confederation completely around and make it into a prosperous and militarily powerful nation again.

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* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', insanity runs in the Capellan Confederation's rulers, House Liao. Maximilian Liao was originally a fairly shrewd and cunning ruler, but slipped into delusion after his defeat in the 4th Succession War. After his death, the reigns reins of the shattered realm passed to his daughter [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Romano]]. A completely paranoid individual, she ordered numerous bloody purges of the realm that left it barely able to function when she was killed by her sister Candace in retaliation for assassinating Candace's husband. At that point, control was transferred to the ''much'' saner Sun-Tzu Liao, who immediately set about undoing Romano's destructive policies. In only a decade, he was able to turn the Confederation completely around and make it into a prosperous and militarily powerful nation again.
26th Dec '16 1:18:00 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'' [[RuleOfTwo 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 is the Republic, for all its many flaws, endured for 25,000 years while variants of main advantage the Sith Empire burned themselves out after at few centuries at best. Jedi (and the Republic in general) have over the Sith. While your average Imperial or Sith Lord is probably better equipped, tougher, and a better fighter usually more powerful than your average Jedi Knight, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity is in ''full'' force with anyone strong enough to be a good Sith. The ''reason'' there's currently [[RuleOfTwo only two Sith at a time]] is because whenever there were any more, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder their Republic or tendency to backstab any and everyone for personal power]] meant that the Jedi counterparts, (who weren't as individually powerful but could trust each other to work effectively a team) were basically picking them off one by one as the Sith have a bad habit of getting DrunkOnTheDarkSide, mixed were too busy dealing 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. each other to effectively counter them. The Republic plods along, playing defense, while the Empire predictably self-destructs. It's telling that Bane only preserved beat the Sith ideals Empire by making sure there were ''only'' [[RuleOfTwo two at any given time]], playing defense and that waiting for the inevitable self-destruct, and the Imperial Remnant only became a stable government only entity ''after'' the Sith at the top were dead. dead.
18th Dec '16 11:08:34 PM TheSinful
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* A redeemed (mostly) Loki feels this way in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', inwardly observing that while 'madness may provide great inspiration, but it [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking plays havoc with your probability calculation, capacity for rational thought and ability to appreciate the arts.]] Though it does do wonders for your fashion sense. Black, after all, is always in style.' He goes on, however, to note that it also provides perspective. After all, you set a thief to catch a thief...
* This is described as the unique benefit of [[GreenLantern Green Power Rings]] in Fanfic/WithThisRing.
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* A redeemed (mostly) Loki feels this way in ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'', inwardly observing that while 'madness may provide great inspiration, but it [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking plays havoc with your probability calculation, capacity for rational thought and ability to appreciate the arts.]] Though it does do wonders for your fashion sense. Black, after all, is always in style.' He goes on, however, to note that it also provides perspective. After all, you set a thief to catch a thief...
* This is described as the unique benefit of [[GreenLantern Green Power Rings]] in Fanfic/WithThisRing.
* Hinamori in ''[[http://ficwad.com/story/213011 Eroninja]]'' fails in her attempt to make Naruto and Kiyomi/Kyuubi kill each other because she's too insane to realize that even under an illusion making her think Naruto wanted her dead, Kiyomi would refuse to fight him. Furthermore, while Naruto sees and hears a taunting Sasuke instead of Kiyomi, he still notices something is wrong when "Sasuke" only flees and never attacks.
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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.]]
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