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20th Jul '17 7:09:48 PM WillBGood
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', this is pretty much Joffrey's [[spoiler:and later, Cersei's]] main weakness. Joffrey only knows how to be as cruel as his imagination can allow him to be, and nothing else. It's his [[spoiler: execution of Eddard Stark]], done for no reason other than petty cruelty, that basically guarantees that the war between the Starks and the Lannisters has no possibility of a peaceful conclusion, and when Tyrion is appointed as acting Hand, most of his job consists of trying to minimize the damage done by Joffrey's insanity. [[spoiler:Cersei's]] is slightly different, as most of her mistakes result from her mind-blowing level of paranoia, thinking that ''everyone'' who doesn't constantly kiss ass and do absolutely everything they ask is trying to sabotage them, so they make sure everyone around them is nothing more than a yes-man, and has everyone who's competent removed. This bites them right in the ass, and ''fast'' when they [[spoiler:reinstitute the Faith Millitant, which promptly arrests them for treason and adultery.]]

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', this is pretty much Joffrey's [[spoiler:and later, Cersei's]] main weakness. Joffrey only knows how to be as cruel as his imagination can allow him to be, and nothing else. It's his [[spoiler: execution of Eddard Stark]], done for no reason other than petty cruelty, that basically guarantees that the war between the Starks and the Lannisters has no possibility of a peaceful conclusion, and when Tyrion is appointed as acting Hand, most of his job consists of trying to minimize the damage done by Joffrey's insanity. [[spoiler:Cersei's]] is slightly different, as most of her their mistakes result from her a mind-blowing level of paranoia, thinking that ''everyone'' who doesn't constantly kiss ass and do absolutely everything they ask is trying to sabotage them, so they make sure everyone around them is nothing more than a yes-man, and has everyone who's competent removed. This bites them right in the ass, and ''fast'' when they [[spoiler:reinstitute the Faith Millitant, which promptly arrests them for treason and adultery.]]
20th Jul '17 7:09:30 PM WillBGood
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', this is pretty much Joffrey's [[spoiler:and later, Cersei's]] main weakness. Joffrey only knows how to be as cruel as his imagination can allow him to be, and nothing else. It's his [[spoiler: execution of Eddard Stark]], done for no reason other than petty cruelty, that basically guarantees that the war between the Starks and the Lannisters has no possibility of a peaceful conclusion, and when Tyrion is appointed as acting Hand, most of his job consists of trying to minimize the damage done by Joffrey's insanity. [[spoiler:Cersei's]] is slightly different, as most of her mistakes result from her mind-blowing level of paranoia, thinking that ''everyone'' who doesn't constantly kiss [[spoiler:her]] ass and do absolutely everything she asks is trying to sabotage her, so she makes sure everyone around her is nothing more than a yes-man, and has everyone who's competent removed. This bites her right in the ass, and ''fast'' when she [[spoiler:reinstitutes the Faith Millitant, which promplty arrests her for treason and adultery.]]

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', this is pretty much Joffrey's [[spoiler:and later, Cersei's]] main weakness. Joffrey only knows how to be as cruel as his imagination can allow him to be, and nothing else. It's his [[spoiler: execution of Eddard Stark]], done for no reason other than petty cruelty, that basically guarantees that the war between the Starks and the Lannisters has no possibility of a peaceful conclusion, and when Tyrion is appointed as acting Hand, most of his job consists of trying to minimize the damage done by Joffrey's insanity. [[spoiler:Cersei's]] is slightly different, as most of her mistakes result from her mind-blowing level of paranoia, thinking that ''everyone'' who doesn't constantly kiss [[spoiler:her]] kiss ass and do absolutely everything she asks they ask is trying to sabotage her, them, so she makes they make sure everyone around her them is nothing more than a yes-man, and has everyone who's competent removed. This bites her them right in the ass, and ''fast'' when she [[spoiler:reinstitutes they [[spoiler:reinstitute the Faith Millitant, which promplty promptly arrests her them for treason and adultery.]]
19th Jul '17 12:25:54 AM CountDorku
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* This is the difference between Miss Information's two forms in ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse''. Her first form is ruthless and more than a little obsessed with [[FailureToSaveMurder Failure-To-Save Murdering]] the Freedom Five, but is still functional enough to weave a web of surprises, lures, distractions and traps to do as much damage to them as possible. Her second is a RealityWarper...but has lost an awful lot of SAN, meaning that not only is she a team-up villain rather than a solo operator, but she's not even a notably strong team-up villain compared to, for example, Sergeant Steel.
5th Jul '17 8:34:35 AM Couran
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse: This is the main advantage the Jedi (and the Republic in general) have over the Sith. Your average Sith Lord is usually more powerful than your average Jedi Knight, because of a general lack of restraint combined with Force powers that focus on direct assault rather than defence or tactics; however, 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 tendency to backstab any and everyone for personal power]] meant that the Jedi (who weren't as individually powerful but could trust each other to work effectively as a team) were basically picking them off one by one as the Sith were too busy dealing with each other to effectively counter them. The Republic beat the Sith Empire by playing defense and waiting for the inevitable self-destruct, and the Imperial Remnant only became a stable entity ''after'' the Sith at the top were dead.

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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse: This is the main advantage the Jedi (and the Republic in general) have over the Sith. Your average Sith Lord is usually more powerful than your average Jedi Knight, because of a general lack of restraint combined with Force powers that focus on direct assault rather than defence or tactics; however, WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity is in ''full'' full force here 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 tendency to backstab any and everyone for personal power]] meant that the Jedi (who weren't as individually powerful but could trust each other to work effectively as a team) were basically picking them off one by one as the Sith were too busy dealing with each other to effectively counter them. The Republic beat the Sith Empire by playing defense and waiting for the inevitable self-destruct, and the Imperial Remnant only became a stable entity ''after'' the Sith at the top were dead.
27th Jun '17 3:17:17 PM Austin
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* Most of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s foes have done this at least once. You could argue it's The Riddler's whole gimmick.

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* Most of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s foes have done this at least once. You could argue it's The Riddler's ComicBook/TheRiddler's whole gimmick.



** All of the above notwithstanding, the Joker largely ''benefits'' from being insane, since it has the advantage of making him completely unpredictable, which is handy when his nemesis' primary skill is being CrazyPrepared. It's also the only thing that has kept him from getting the Death Penalty dozens of times over.

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** All of the above notwithstanding, the Joker ComicBook/TheJoker largely ''benefits'' from being insane, since it has the advantage of making him completely unpredictable, which is handy when his nemesis' primary skill is being CrazyPrepared. It's also the only thing that has kept him from getting the Death Penalty dozens of times over.
5th Jun '17 8:05:50 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': In contrast to the completely insane Frieza, Frost, for all his cruelty and grievances, appears to use his head and control his emotions rather than let them get the best of him in the heat of the moment and, for the most part, ends up much better off for it. Whereas Frieza literally gets himself killed months after his revival, Frost is able to survive for over a year as a fugitive upon losing everything he had. Even as a villain, Frost is mainly driven by profit and is a NoNonsenseNemesis rather than enjoying wanton death and destruction and drawing out fights.
16th May '17 2:03:56 PM nombretomado
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** ''VideoGame/FateExtra'' it's outright stated that if Berserker's powers hadn't been crippled by her class (and further by her own master's insanity), then what was merely a very challenging battle would have been outright impossible. Considering their Berserker is [[{{Tsukihime}} Arcueid]], [[WorldsStrongestWoman it may even be an understatement]].

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** ''VideoGame/FateExtra'' it's outright stated that if Berserker's powers hadn't been crippled by her class (and further by her own master's insanity), then what was merely a very challenging battle would have been outright impossible. Considering their Berserker is [[{{Tsukihime}} [[VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}} Arcueid]], [[WorldsStrongestWoman it may even be an understatement]].
13th May '17 10:06:55 AM StFan
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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. Because of this, she's fairly powerful and knows her way around magic- but she's also a complete and utter lunatic who [[WrongGenreSavvy seems to think that]] she's the protagonist of a [[BoyMeetsGhoul Girl Meets Lich]] romance with Xykon. Because of this, she tends to make incredibly bad decisions, [[spoiler: like dismissing Redcloak as a mere obstacle to her 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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* ''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. Because of this, she's fairly powerful and knows her way around magic- magic -- but she's also a complete and utter lunatic who [[WrongGenreSavvy seems to think that]] she's the protagonist of a [[BoyMeetsGhoul Girl Meets Lich]] romance with Xykon. Because of this, she tends to make incredibly bad decisions, [[spoiler: like [[spoiler:like dismissing Redcloak as a mere obstacle to her 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.]]



* Explored in ''Literature/TheAngloAmericanNaziWar''. Some of the most formidable troops used by the increasingly desperate Nazis during [[AlternateHistory D-Day 1958]] are simply the leftover Heer troops used in the original invasion of continental Europe in the early 1940's pressed back into service. Despite mostly being in their forties and fifties and armed with hugely obsolete equipment, their methodical and rational approach to battle means these "old bastards" actually put up a decent fight against Allied units, [[WorthyOpponent even earning a begrudging respect from them in the process]]. This is compared to the more modern SS units, who tend to be young men and [[ChildSoldiers kids]] brainwashed by the Nazi education system and so tend to [[TheBerserker fight like maniacs]] [[RealityEnsues but get brushed aside easily]].

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* Explored in ''Literature/TheAngloAmericanNaziWar''. Some of the most formidable troops used by the increasingly desperate Nazis during [[AlternateHistory D-Day 1958]] are simply the leftover Heer troops used in the original invasion of continental Europe in the early 1940's 1940s pressed back into service. Despite mostly being in their forties and fifties and armed with hugely obsolete equipment, their methodical and rational approach to battle means these "old bastards" actually put up a decent fight against Allied units, [[WorthyOpponent even earning a begrudging respect from them in the process]]. This is compared to the more modern SS units, who tend to be young men and [[ChildSoldiers kids]] brainwashed by the Nazi education system and so tend to [[TheBerserker fight like maniacs]] [[RealityEnsues but get brushed aside easily]].
22nd Apr '17 4:18:36 PM Lopiny
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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation's acquisition of [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-668 SCP-668]] was made significantly easier by the obsessive behavior of the AxCrazy SerialKiller employing it in his killing spree. If he'd had the sense to move around more, the Foundation would've had to resort to [[DeathFromAbove nuking the whole area]].

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* The Wiki/SCPFoundation's acquisition of [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-668 SCP-668]] was made significantly easier by the obsessive behavior of the AxCrazy SerialKiller employing it in his killing spree. If he'd had the sense to move around more, and not waste so much time in [[CruelAndUnusualDeath making the deaths extra-horrific]], the Foundation would've had to resort to [[DeathFromAbove nuking the whole area]].
12th Apr '17 9:41:06 PM Nulono
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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': Let's face it: How many times would Zim have conquered or annihilated the Earth if he wasn't completely out of his Irken mind?

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': Let's face it: How many times would Zim have conquered or annihilated the Earth if he wasn't weren't completely out of his Irken mind?
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