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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?
3rd Apr '17 8:49:37 AM 3DDowner
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* PlayedWith in regards to Ganondorf/Ganon from Legend of Zelda - as the Fallen Hero timeline goes on, Ganon slowly and slowly requires fewer holy weapons to defeat, correlating with losing more of himself to his lust for power. Whereas the Hero can always find a way to avoid Ganon's mighty Trident and the Master Sword can [[TennisBoss repel]] [[HolyBurnsEvil evil]], in [[TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime his earliest chronological appearance]], he instead is able to fool the young Link and Zelda into handing him the Triforce on a silver platter. His relative sanity, compared to his megalomania in later forms, is what allowed him to attain the very [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity power that drives him mad]]. However, despite being a cloud of concentrated hatred of by the time ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendofZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'' comes around, he's become more powerful than ever. Sanity may have advantages, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity but Ganon considers growing his might worth losing his mind]].
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26th Mar '17 5:33:12 AM Fallingwater
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse: This is the main advantage the Jedi (and the Republic in general) have over the Sith. While your average Sith Lord is 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 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. While your 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.
23rd Mar '17 7:07:43 PM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'': In "Viva Lost Wages", a gambler named Billy steals Felix's magic bag and uses it as a lucky charm to win bets. When Felix breaks into Billy's mansion to recover the bag, he's easily caught by a security guard. Billy could just have Felix thrown away but can't resist when Felix challenges him to settle their score with a bet. [[spoiler:Felix points to a pair of dice and says he can get any number Billy calls. Subverted because Billy, not satisfied with the odds, calls ''13'' in spite of Felix's protests that the highest number one can get is 12. Fortunately, Felix has an idea: he gets the dot from the exclamation point that appeared with the idea and used it to turn a 6 into a 7. Felix eventually wins and reclaims his bag.]]
18th Mar '17 3:30:11 PM Argon2
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* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse: This is the main advantage the Jedi (and the Republic in general) have over the Sith. While your average Sith Lord is 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 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 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. While your average Sith Lord is 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 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.dead.
* The VillainProtagonist of ''[[Literature/WingsOfFire Darkstalker]]'' was extremely paranoid, so he made himself invincible to conventional weaponry- blades, flame breath, etc. [[spoiler:Clearsight neutralizes him with a sleep spell,]] a method which worked because Darkstalker never expected that [[BlackAndWhiteMorality his enemies]] would be moral enough to subdue him non-violently (and- being incredibly powerful and ruthless- Darkstalker himself never dealt with enemies in any other way than killing them).
1st Mar '17 9:22:40 PM JKRoo
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** 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.]]

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** For a non-Gem monster example, Jasper. She is extremely dangerous, but several months of IMustScream AndIMustScream 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.]]
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.
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