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5th May '18 4:55:48 AM Yukianesa
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* In ''Literature/{{Misery}}'', Paul Sheldon is a badly injured novelist held captive by his number one fan, the insane BattleaxeNurse Annie Wilkes. Crippled and helpless, he is still able to manipulate Annie by invoking her love of the main character of his flagship novel series, the Victorian bimbo Misery Chastain. He knows that Annie won't kill him until he finishes the book that brings her favourite character BackFromTheDead, and at the end when he [[spoiler:seemingly]] burns the draft at the end, Annie immediately drops her guard to "rescue" Misery from the flames, which gives Paul just the opening he needs to whack her over the head.
28th Apr '18 1:39:11 AM Dracis
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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 kill himself]] [[TakingYouWithMe (and everyone else too)]].

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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 kill himself]] [[TakingYouWithMe (and everyone else too)]].]]
27th Apr '18 4:57:09 PM SSJMagus
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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 after his latest bout of TrainingFromHell -- at which point Aizen promptly gets curb-stomped.]]
* ''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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* 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.]]
This is shown again in the final battle of the Blood War arc, when [[EnemyMine Aizen and Ichigo join forces against]] the new BigBad. While Hogyoku now "only" gives Aizen CompleteImmortality and otherwise his power level is back to what it was before fusing with it...but his masterful use of illusions is extremely effective even though said new BigBad is a RealityWarper so powerful he's known as "[[TheOmnipotent The Almighty]]"]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Sasuke Uchiha is a better fighter, a calmner calmer thinker and overall a happier person when he isn't plagued by his grief-fueled insanity.
26th Apr '18 12:26:51 PM intastiel
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* Subverted in ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing''. When Apropos leads an army against the mad king Meander's city, he finds Meander recycling Apropos' strategy for BluffingTheAdvanceScout and leads the charge with a laugh, thinking Meander too senile to remember that he learned it from him. Then Meander's ''actual'' forces strike from ambush and devastate Apropos' army -- Meander might be insane, but he's BunnyEarsLawyer insane, not incompetent.

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* Subverted in ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing''. When Apropos leads an army against the mad king Meander's city, he finds Meander recycling [[NeverRecycleYourSchemes recycling]] Apropos' strategy for BluffingTheAdvanceScout and leads the charge with a laugh, thinking Meander too senile to remember that he learned it from him. Then Meander's ''actual'' forces strike from ambush and devastate Apropos' army -- Meander might be insane, but he's BunnyEarsLawyer insane, not incompetent.
7th Apr '18 12:11:51 PM nombretomado
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*** A couple of comics have posited that he ''isn't'' insane. One story in ''Batman Black and White 2'' has the psychologists at Arkham stumble across an anonymous report from one of Joker's therapists, which explains in detail how he is chillingly rational and aware of his actions, and perpetuating the ultimate scam by faking madness to avoid execution. The report ends with the writer recommending he be tried as sane and sentenced to death. The other Doctors actually find themselves agreeing with this assessment...until HarleyQuinn walks by and recites the final words. ''She'' wrote it, is now mad herself, and there's no way her diagnosis would stand up in court. The doctors still think she was ''right'', though...and that the Joker let them find the report, knowing they couldn't do anything with it.

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*** A couple of comics have posited that he ''isn't'' insane. One story in ''Batman Black and White 2'' has the psychologists at Arkham stumble across an anonymous report from one of Joker's therapists, which explains in detail how he is chillingly rational and aware of his actions, and perpetuating the ultimate scam by faking madness to avoid execution. The report ends with the writer recommending he be tried as sane and sentenced to death. The other Doctors actually find themselves agreeing with this assessment...until HarleyQuinn [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGalleryPart1 Harley Quinn]] walks by and recites the final words. ''She'' wrote it, is now mad herself, and there's no way her diagnosis would stand up in court. The doctors still think she was ''right'', though...and that the Joker let them find the report, knowing they couldn't do anything with it.
4th Apr '18 10:23:50 AM intastiel
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* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Ishamael/Moridin is TheDragon to the [[GodOfEvil Dark One]] and has vast supernatural power: he's as strong in the [[FunctionalMagic One Power]] as TheChosenOne Rand, can kill people DeaderThanDead through their {{dream|Walker}}s, and can draw directly on the Dark One's strength. Fortunately for the good guys, his StrawNihilist philosophy and [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil direct link to the Dark One]] have short-circuited his brain to the point that believes himself to [[AGodAmI be the Dark One]] or its [[DarkMessiah prophesied champion]], passes up multiple opportunities to kill Rand and guarantee the Dark One's victory in favour of EvilGloating, and delivers counterintuitive orders which the Dark One's followers accept as part of the usual {{Chronic Backstabbing|Disorder}}.
4th Apr '18 10:06:54 AM intastiel
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* Subverted in ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing'' with the mad king Meander. When Apropos leads an army against Meander's city, he finds Meander recycling Apropos' strategy for BluffingTheAdvanceScout and leads the charge with a laugh, thinking Meander too senile to remember that he learned it from Apropos. Then Meander's ''actual'' forces strike from ambush and devastate Apropos' army -- Meander might be insane, but he's BunnyEarsLawyer insane, not incompetent.

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* Subverted in ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing'' with the mad king Meander. ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing''. When Apropos leads an army against the mad king Meander's city, he finds Meander recycling Apropos' strategy for BluffingTheAdvanceScout and leads the charge with a laugh, thinking Meander too senile to remember that he learned it from Apropos.him. Then Meander's ''actual'' forces strike from ambush and devastate Apropos' army -- Meander might be insane, but he's BunnyEarsLawyer insane, not incompetent.
4th Apr '18 10:05:43 AM intastiel
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* Subverted in ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing'' with the mad king Meander. When Apropos leads an army against Meander's city, he finds Meander recycling Apropos' strategy for BluffingTheAdvanceScout and leads the charge with a laugh, thinking Meander too senile to remember that he learned it from Apropos. Then Meander's ''actual'' forces strike from ambush and devastate Apropos' army -- Meander might be insane, but he's BunnyEarsLawyer insane, not incompetent.
4th Apr '18 2:00:01 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/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 [[PragmaticVillainy mainly driven by profit profit]] and is a NoNonsenseNemesis rather than enjoying wanton death and destruction and drawing out fights.


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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Adam Taurus]] is indeed dangerous, but as shown throughout Volume 5, he's also a complete lunatic. [[spoiler:After going on a furious rant about how much he hates the Belladonna family, he has to struggle to calm himself down before ordering the deaths of Blake's parents [[EvilIsPetty purely to]] [[RevengeByProxy spite Blake]]; the attempt backfires and rallies Menagerie against Adam and the White Fang. The Albains even comment on Adam's growing instability and contemplate removing him from power.]]
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3rd Apr '18 1:01:44 PM Ninamarie124
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