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16th Jun '18 10:22:39 PM SenorCornholio
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** In the live-action retelling ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', this is actually the point where it clearly deviates from the original story: This time she sends her only competent underling, the raven Diablo (renamed Diaval), out ''first'', and the changes cascade from there.

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** In the live-action retelling ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', this is actually the point where it clearly deviates from the original story: This time she sends her only competent underling, the raven Diablo (renamed Diaval), out ''first'', and [[SpannerInTheWorks the changes cascade from there.there]].
13th Jun '18 12:33:23 AM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' episode "The 29th Page" had Al Vermin quip about having to give his goons dumbbells for Christmas when they're having trouble opening a safe, then retracting his statement after deciding that he doesn't want any more dummies working for him.
6th Jun '18 7:24:52 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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--->'''He is brilliant. He is deadly. And he is still surrounded by frickin' idiots.''

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--->'''He --->''He is brilliant. He is deadly. And he is still surrounded by frickin' idiots.''
5th Jun '18 11:34:21 PM Siempie
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** In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', Tony Stark, Peter Parker and Stephen Strange wind up teaming up with the Guardians (minus Rocket and Groot). Tony quickly becomes annoyed when the Guardians refuse to listen to any of his plans, and when Mantis tells him they "[[{{Malaproper}} kick names and take ass]]", there's a long {{beat}} where Tony looks like he's seriously reconsidering every single one of his life choices.
2nd Jun '18 6:26:55 PM Monolaf317
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* ''Creator/SamAndMickey'': Deborah.
-->'''Deborah:''' ''(to Barbie and Ken)'' How many cooking shows do we have to cancel because you keep getting drunk and making fools of yourselves on air?
29th May '18 9:37:18 PM PaulA
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* Smee, first mate of the Jolly Roger in every adaptation of ''Literature/PeterPan'', is portrayed as cowardly and bumbling, a little bit too jovial for a member of Hook's crew, and in the live-action "sequel" ''Film/{{Hook}}'', is [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere all too happy to run off with his pockets full of treasure when things start going badly]].
18th May '18 10:02:44 AM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'': In "Fly-By-Knights," Dick Dastardly bemoans "What's a nice guy like me doing in a goof-up squadron like this?"
16th May '18 7:31:28 AM jto5334t
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** In the live-action retelling ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', this is actually the point where it clearly deviates from the original story: This time she sends her only competent underling, the raven Diablo (renamed Diaval), out ''first'', and the changes cascade from there.



* In ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', Maleficent sends her henchbeings out to search for the baby Princess Aurora. Sixteen years later, she's disgusted to learn that not only have they not found her... they're still looking for a baby. [[FridgeLogic (Of course, given this, you have to wonder why she didn't check up on them sooner...)]] In the live-action retelling ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'', this is actually the point where it clearly deviates from the original story: This time she sends her only competent underling, the raven Diablo (renamed Diaval), out ''first'', and the changes cascade from there.
10th May '18 12:42:44 AM ImpudentInfidel
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*** Though he discusses it in a remarkably thoughtful way and points out that it has worked for him so far.

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*** Though he discusses it in a remarkably thoughtful way and points out that it has worked for him so far. Apparently the trick is to act before the other guy is done thinking.
28th Apr '18 8:35:05 PM merotoker
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* ''Series/DoctorWho''.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''.''Series/DoctorWho'':



* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'', in the twelveth Soviet mission, [[UsefulNotes/JosephStalin Stalin]] says the exact same line in response to Nadia and Georgi Kukov questioning his desire to obtain the Allies' [[{{Teleportation}} Chronosphere]].

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'', in the twelveth twelfth Soviet mission, [[UsefulNotes/JosephStalin Stalin]] says the exact same line in response to Nadia and Georgi Kukov questioning his desire to obtain the Allies' [[{{Teleportation}} Chronosphere]].



** Reisen gets similar treatment; her boss is an absolute [[BadBoss sadist]] MadScientist who experiments on her [[ForTheEvulz just to pass the time]], none of the underlings she supposedly commands listen to her, Tewi (who they do listen to) is a {{trickster}} who would rather torment her than help her, and the other Earth Rabbits are just as lazy, stupid, and easily distracted as any fairy. Because of these things, she winds up being [[MemeticMutation just a no-good bunny, only useful for her sex-appeal]].

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** Reisen gets similar treatment; her boss is an absolute [[BadBoss sadist]] MadScientist who experiments on her [[ForTheEvulz just to pass the time]], none of the underlings she supposedly commands listen to her, Tewi (who they do listen to) is a {{trickster}} TheTrickster who would rather torment her than help her, and the other Earth Rabbits are just as lazy, stupid, and easily distracted as any fairy. Because of these things, she winds up being [[MemeticMutation just a no-good bunny, only useful for her sex-appeal]].



* Another rare heroic example: In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', Scrooge [=McDuck=] is preparing to retrieve his vast fortune from the Marinaras Trench. He sees [[MeaningfulName Doofus]], Launchpad, and Gyro Gearloose, the crew that will help him, trip each other up and fall all over the place. And so, Scrooge can't help but exclaim in exasperation, [[HereWeGoAgain "MORONS! I've got]] [[Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid MORONS on my team]]!!"

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* Another rare heroic example: In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', Scrooge [=McDuck=] is preparing to retrieve his vast fortune from the Marinaras Trench. He sees [[MeaningfulName Doofus]], Launchpad, and Gyro Gearloose, the crew that will help him, trip each other up and fall all over the place. And so, Scrooge can't help but exclaim in exasperation, [[HereWeGoAgain "MORONS! I've got]] [[Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid MORONS on my team]]!!"



* Raven of the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', no doubt.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
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Raven of the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', no doubt.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' "Wishology" trilogy, The Lead Eliminator is noticeably more competent than his comrades.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' "Wishology" trilogy, The Lead Eliminator is noticeably more competent than his comrades.



* Interesting inversion in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' when [[TheDragon Shego]] constantly complains about [[PointyHairedBoss her boss being a nitwit]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
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Interesting inversion in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' when [[TheDragon Shego]] constantly complains about [[PointyHairedBoss her boss being a nitwit]].



** At least Dib still has some hope for humanity, his sister, [[CreepyChild Gaz]], on the other hand sees everyone around her as idiots. Like Dib, she knows Zim is an alien. But unlike him, she finds it stupid to even care.

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** At least Dib still has some hope for humanity, his humanity. His sister, [[CreepyChild Gaz]], on the other hand sees everyone around her as idiots. Like Dib, she knows Zim is an alien. But unlike him, she finds it stupid to even care.
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