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21st Nov '17 10:06:10 PM mlsmithca
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** The pilot two-parter's villain, Nightmare Moon, has Phenomenal Cosmic Power (TM), telekinesis on a grand scale, super illusion powers, the ability to possess other living things, and perfect shape-shifting... and she uses it to make scary faces on trees and turn into a thorn to piss off a manticore. Or when she completely underestimates Twilight and her friends. (Some {{YMMV}} on how irrational this is, as the writers have chosen to be a bit vague about the sisters' split: if you presume the prime issue was Luna's pessimism about the pony psyche the episode makes sense as an [[TalkingThroughTechnique implicit challenge in absentia]] by Celestia.)

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** The pilot two-parter's villain, Nightmare Moon, has Phenomenal Cosmic Power (TM), telekinesis on a grand scale, super illusion powers, the ability to possess other living things, and perfect shape-shifting... and she uses it to make scary faces on trees and turn into a thorn to piss off a manticore. Or when she completely underestimates Twilight and her friends. (Some {{YMMV}} on how irrational this is, as the writers have chosen to be a bit vague about the sisters' split: if you presume the prime issue was Luna's pessimism about the pony psyche the episode makes sense as an [[TalkingThroughTechnique implicit challenge in absentia]] by Celestia.)
21st Nov '17 12:37:43 AM Nintendoman01
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** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': When he ascends to Super Saiyan 2, Gohan loses a good chunk of his sanity, wanting Cell to suffer for his actions so much that he [[RevengeBefoeReason deliberately drags the fight out rather than finish him off]]. This bites him in the ass ''big time'' when his decision to prioritize revenge and sadism over pragmatism leads Cell to a VillainousBreakdown and to try to blow up the Earth, costing Goku his life.

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** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': When he ascends to Super Saiyan 2, Gohan loses a good chunk of his sanity, wanting Cell to suffer for his actions so much that he [[RevengeBefoeReason [[RevengeBeforeReason deliberately drags the fight out rather than finish him off]]. This bites him in the ass ''big time'' when his decision to prioritize revenge and sadism over pragmatism leads Cell to a VillainousBreakdown and to try to blow up the Earth, costing Goku his life.
21st Nov '17 12:10:41 AM Nintendoman01
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** While he was always mentally unstable even on his best days, Frieza originally had enough lucidity to be something resembling a pragmatist and a NoNonsenseNemesis to his opponents, [[ShootTheMedicFirst as seen when he kills Dende.]] After Goku hands him his ass on a platter after going Super Saiyan, he steadily becomes so AxCrazy in his appearances that while he does have a couple moments of lucidity in battle, he's now so bonkers that the only arguable thoughts he has anymore are revolving around murdering people sadistically, especially when it comes to [[ArchEnemy Goku.]]
21st Nov '17 12:05:21 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''VideoGame/SonicForces'': While Infinite ''is'' extremely dangerous, he's also clearly an insane {{sadist}}. This screws over him and Eggman on several occasions, as he prioritizes his sadism over pragmatism.



* ''VideoGame/SonicForces'': While Infinite ''is'' extremely dangerous, he's also clearly an insane {{sadist}}. This screws over him and Eggman on several occasions, as he prioritizes his sadism over pragmatism.
21st Nov '17 12:02:48 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.

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** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': When he ascends to Super Saiyan 2, Gohan loses a good chunk of his sanity, wanting Cell to suffer for his actions so much that he [[RevengeBefoeReason deliberately drags the fight out rather than finish him off]]. This bites him in the ass ''big time'' when his decision to prioritize revenge and sadism over pragmatism leads Cell to a VillainousBreakdown and to try to blow up the Earth, costing Goku his life.
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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.
18th Nov '17 7:49:31 PM DanaO
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** The novelization either subverts this or makes it a touch more abstract by showing the exact problems with Plasmids were discovered before their initial marketing, and the major players are saner because they had the money and knowledge ''to demand a safer variety of drug''. The society topples mainly because of initial "reality-challenged" design (some assumptions about Rapture's population mix were provably false during its ''construction'') and an insistence there should be nothing to prevent it from collapsing.



** The pilot two-parter's villain, Nightmare Moon, has Phenomenal Cosmic Power (TM), telekinesis on a grand scale, super illusion powers, the ability to possess other living things, and perfect shape-shifting... and she uses it to make scary faces on trees and turn into a thorn to piss off a manticore. Or when she completely underestimates Twilight and her friends.

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** The pilot two-parter's villain, Nightmare Moon, has Phenomenal Cosmic Power (TM), telekinesis on a grand scale, super illusion powers, the ability to possess other living things, and perfect shape-shifting... and she uses it to make scary faces on trees and turn into a thorn to piss off a manticore. Or when she completely underestimates Twilight and her friends. (Some {{YMMV}} on how irrational this is, as the writers have chosen to be a bit vague about the sisters' split: if you presume the prime issue was Luna's pessimism about the pony psyche the episode makes sense as an [[TalkingThroughTechnique implicit challenge in absentia]] by Celestia.)
17th Nov '17 12:24:52 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Sasuke Uchiha is a better fighter, a calmner thinker and overall a happier person when he isn't plagued by his grief-fueled insanity.


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* ''VideoGame/SonicForces'': While Infinite ''is'' extremely dangerous, he's also clearly an insane {{sadist}}. This screws over him and Eggman on several occasions, as he prioritizes his sadism over pragmatism.
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.
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