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30th Mar '17 6:31:16 AM Peridonyx
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* In general, any authority-figure ({{Kayfabe}} and/or RealLife) who repeatedly invokes things like TakeThatAudience -- despite said audience being the company's source of revenue.
27th Mar '17 7:41:29 PM WillBGood
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** This is Norman's entire M.O.. While he can be TheChessmaster when he is at his best, he ''[[FatalFlaw always]]'' falls back into this. Throughout Dark Reign, everyone, [[ArchEnemy from Spider-Man]] to ComicBook/DrDoom, continues to hang a lampshade on the fact that he's a ticking timebomb who will implode and cause his own downfall.

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** This is Norman's entire M.O.. While he can be TheChessmaster when he is at his best, he ''[[FatalFlaw always]]'' falls back into this. Throughout Dark Reign, everyone, [[ArchEnemy from Spider-Man]] to ComicBook/DrDoom, ComicBook/DoctorDoom, continues to hang a lampshade on the fact that he's a ticking timebomb who will implode and cause his own downfall.
27th Mar '17 1:22:50 AM CL
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* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Bad to the Bone", the killer is close to this (he's shown to have a short temper and be [[MurderIsTheBestSolution extremely]] [[AxCrazy violent]]). He steals poker chips (and never cashes them in despite having thousands of dollars worth), starts fights (in which he beat a man several times his size to death with his bare hands) and then walks into a diner covered in blood to wash his hands and order a sandwich. [[spoiler: He's killed when he decides to try and strangle Grissom when he's swabbing his hands for blood residue and dies in the ensuing brawl with the police (his sister, and only surviving family member, is relieved he finally got himself killed). The rest of the episode is devoted to the team finding the remains of one of his victims in his garden]]. While he's not the only example in the series, he's the only one who doesn't have the excuse of being on drugs or a stupid kid.

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* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode "Bad to the Bone", the killer is close to this (he's shown to have a short temper and be [[MurderIsTheBestSolution extremely]] [[AxCrazy violent]]). He steals poker chips (and never cashes them in despite having thousands of dollars worth), starts fights (in which he beat a man several times his size to death with his bare hands) and then walks into a diner covered in blood to wash his hands and order a sandwich. [[spoiler: He's killed when he decides to try and strangle Grissom when he's swabbing his hands for blood residue and dies in the ensuing brawl with the police (his sister, and only surviving family member, is relieved he finally got himself killed). The rest of the episode is devoted to the team finding the remains of one of his victims in his garden]]. While he's not the only example in the series, he's one of the only one who doesn't have the excuse of being on drugs or a stupid kid.kid (though it is implied that he has some kind of neurological disorder or is simply some kind of psychopath with with next to no impulse control whatsoever).
19th Mar '17 9:53:36 AM nombretomado
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** The ''NewWorldOfDarkness'' has its share as well, most notably Belial's Brood in ''VampireTheRequiem''. [[SubvertedTrope ...unless you happen to have their book]], which shows them to be more of a Gnostic ReligionOfEvil that views the chaos they cause as needed for their enlightenment, and quite capable of subtlety and patience if the situation calls for it. In fact, the ''pneuma'' (soul-focused) factions are actually all about subtlety and patience-the Nameless are primarily researchers and scholars, while the Mercy Seat regards playing TheCorrupter as a holy mission.

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** The ''NewWorldOfDarkness'' ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' has its share as well, most notably Belial's Brood in ''VampireTheRequiem''. [[SubvertedTrope ...unless you happen to have their book]], which shows them to be more of a Gnostic ReligionOfEvil that views the chaos they cause as needed for their enlightenment, and quite capable of subtlety and patience if the situation calls for it. In fact, the ''pneuma'' (soul-focused) factions are actually all about subtlety and patience-the Nameless are primarily researchers and scholars, while the Mercy Seat regards playing TheCorrupter as a holy mission.
19th Mar '17 2:36:24 AM spydre
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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', the super-intelligent AI using humans as a fuel source really isn't very intelligent when you think about it. First of all, humans aren't exactly the best source of energy among living things. Two, keeping humans alive and unknowing of the true state of the world by altering their perceptions seems to take a great deal of energy, which would be unneeded had they simply rendered them brain dead first, or maybe didn't use humans to begin with. It seems it never saw the flaw in this setup, leaving itself vulnerable and a sitting duck to anyone who ''did'' find out.
18th Mar '17 9:29:29 PM Nicoaln
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*** The playerbase seems to feel this as well, especially when it comes to [[WouldNotHurtAChild two quest options that involve kids being killed]]. Two early quests for Republic and Imperial players involve the dark side choice killing kids. [[EvenEvilHasStandards even dark sided players]] find themselves unwilling to strand about 20 kids on wartorn Ord Mantell, or leave sabotaged piece of equipment that will kill kids on Balmorra. Balmorra requires special mention - since the game does give you a chance to call out the person who told you to leave the bombs on the battlefield, he [[FacePalm flat out says that killing kids is the point]], and even despite [[JerkassHasAPoint pointing out that you were disobeying orders and actually harmed your side slightly by using a different method]], that wasn't enough to convince people otherwise.
16th Mar '17 5:56:29 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** [[FallenAngel Nightmare Moon]] wanted to make [[TheNightThatNeverEnds the night last forever]], apparently just to make the ponies appreciate the night. This would have caused a slow and excruciating death for every living thing on the planet due to cold and starvation. As a firm motivation is never outright stated, however, it's possible that Nighmare Moon, being [[GodEmperor Princess Luna]]'s SuperpoweredEvilSide, took Luna's bitterness to a new level and was intentionally attempting a vengeful [[OmnicidalManiac omnicide]], or even a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum. However, Season 5 finale showed that [[spoiler:Equestia would survive, seeing Twilight and Spike always returned to the same point in space-time (meaning at least a full year passed from Nightmare Moon's return), and Nightmare Moon's BadFuture showed ponies, other creatures and plantlife perfectly alive.]]
** Diamond Tiara veers into this in the episode "Ponyville Confidential." Having been appointed the editor of the school newspaper, she attempts to blackmail the Cutie Mark Crusaders into continuing to write their anonymous gossip column, despite the fact that A) everyone in town has stopped reading the paper due to the hurtful lies the gossip column spread, and B) everyone in town already knows who the columnists are.

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** [[FallenAngel Nightmare Moon]] wanted to make [[TheNightThatNeverEnds the night last forever]], apparently just to make the ponies appreciate the night. This would have caused a slow and excruciating death for every living thing on the planet due to cold and starvation. As a firm motivation is never outright stated, however, it's possible that Nighmare Moon, being [[GodEmperor Princess Luna]]'s SuperpoweredEvilSide, took Luna's bitterness to a new level and was intentionally attempting a vengeful [[OmnicidalManiac omnicide]], or even a SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum. However, Season 5 finale showed that [[spoiler:Equestia would survive, seeing Twilight and Spike always returned to the same point in space-time (meaning at least a full year passed from Nightmare Moon's return), and Nightmare Moon's BadFuture showed ponies, other creatures and plantlife perfectly alive.]]
** Diamond Tiara veers into this in the episode "Ponyville Confidential." Having been appointed the editor of the school newspaper, she attempts to blackmail the Cutie Mark Crusaders into continuing to write their anonymous gossip column, despite the fact that A) everyone in town has stopped reading the paper due to the hurtful lies the gossip column spread, and B) everyone in town already knows who the columnists are.



*** By the time of the Season 6 finale episodes, she has grown out of it for the most part, though she still retains enough of this trope to:
*** Outright deem the Princess of Friendship's new student (You know, the inexplicably ultra-powerful Unicorn?) NotWorthKilling. [[spoiler:She does change her mind at the end, but by then it's too late.]]
*** See no problem in [[spoiler:imprisoning every character capable of defeating her ''in the same room''.]]
16th Mar '17 5:45:13 PM morenohijazo
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* ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}, while displaying intelligence from time to time (and being much smarter than both [[SurroundedByIdiots most people around him]] and [[GoodIsDumb the Caliph]]) occasionally falls in this trope: a lot of his plans backfire precisely because he made idiotic mistakes, or couldn't resist the temptation to KickTheDog at the wrong time.

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* ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}, while displaying intelligence from time to time generally intelligent (and being much smarter than both [[SurroundedByIdiots most people around him]] and [[GoodIsDumb the Caliph]]) Caliph]]), occasionally falls in into this trope: a lot of his plans backfire precisely because he made idiotic mistakes, or couldn't resist the temptation to KickTheDog at the wrong time.
6th Mar '17 4:33:12 PM CL
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* The villains of ''Train'' are organ and body part thieves, which you'd think would deter them from damaging the "merchandise" via gratuitously sadistic and pointless brutalization and mutilation.
5th Mar '17 10:53:33 AM nombretomado
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* Invoked in SFDebris' "The Rise And Fall of the Comic Empire", where he says that MarvelComics' response to the GreatComicsCrashOf1996 "combined the evil of [[StarWars Darth Vader]] with the coordination of LaurelAndHardy".

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* Invoked in SFDebris' "The Rise And Fall of the Comic Empire", where he says that MarvelComics' Creator/MarvelComics' response to the GreatComicsCrashOf1996 "combined the evil of [[StarWars Darth Vader]] with the coordination of LaurelAndHardy".
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