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* In ''WesternAnimation/LegoElves'', the Goblin King is constantly frustrated by his incompetent goblin mooks.
25th Aug '17 12:39:17 PM PatPayne
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** Similarly, on ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'', Scrooge asks [[CaptainCrash Launchpad]] if he can even pilot a submarine ([[TooDumbToLive he asks this AS Launchpad is at the controls and presumably has been for some time already]]). Launchpad replies that he [NoodleIncident once crashed a helicopter into a wading pool]], to which Scrooge dejectedly replies "I've done more with less..."

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** Similarly, on ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'', Scrooge asks [[CaptainCrash Launchpad]] if he can even pilot a submarine ([[TooDumbToLive he asks this AS Launchpad is at the controls and presumably has been for some time already]]). Launchpad replies that he [NoodleIncident [[NoodleIncident once crashed a helicopter into a wading pool]], to which Scrooge dejectedly replies "I've done more with less..."
25th Aug '17 12:38:35 PM PatPayne
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** Similarly, on ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'', Scrooge asks [[CaptainCrash Launchpad]] if he can even pilot a submarine ([[TooDumbToLive he asks this AS Launchpad is at the controls and presumably has been for some time already]]). Launchpad replies that he [NoodleIncident once crashed a helicopter into a wading pool]], to which Scrooge dejectedly replies "I've done more with less..."
20th Aug '17 9:09:01 AM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/{{Rules}}'': The reason why Light wants to stay in America for the summer is because this is his situation in Japan (with Misa being the most foremost example). When he was back home for Christmas, he desperately missed the intelligent company of Elijah and, to a lesser extent, Ethan, and has no desire to repeat the experience.
6th Aug '17 9:39:40 PM merotoker
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' has an odd take on this. [[spoiler:Witch Homura, and later Akuma Homura,]] intentionally creates the "Clara Doll" minions to represent parts of her personality, with upbeat names like Blockhead, Laziness, and Vanity. She certainly believes herself to be the sum total of these nasty traits, but [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation the accuracy of her self-loathing (one of the minions is Pessimism) is up for debate.]]

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' has an odd take on this. [[spoiler:Witch Homura, and later Akuma Homura,]] intentionally creates the "Clara Doll" minions to represent parts of her personality, with upbeat names like Blockhead, Laziness, and Vanity. She certainly believes herself to be the sum total of these nasty traits, but [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation the accuracy of her self-loathing (one of the minions is Pessimism) is up for debate.]]



* Doctor Doom, of course, has pulled it more than once. Then again, Doom has it harder than most -- in his eyes -- as everyone who isn't Doom fits this quote...

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* Doctor Doom, ComicBook/DoctorDoom, of course, has pulled it more than once. Then again, Doom has it harder than most -- in his eyes -- as everyone who isn't Doom fits this quote...



* Dr. Light (the hero) was the overly serious member of the late 80s "bwa-ha-ha" {{Justice League|OfAmerica}}. She said this a lot.

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* Dr. Light (the hero) was the overly serious member of the late 80s "bwa-ha-ha" {{Justice Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}. She said this a lot.



* In the ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' run, Otto Octavius (in Peter Parker's body) often considers everyone he ever meets to be an idiot. Then again, he is a genius.
* In a ''ComicBook/JusticeLeague'' issue detailing a potential universe where Darkseid won, Batman taunted him by answering his question of why he was "surrounded by maggots" - after winning, he'd done what he always said he would do: reform creation in his image. Thus, he has no room to complain: all he's seeing is his own ugly mug.
* Done interestingly in ''ComicBook/{{Wayward}}'' where the BigBad, a VisionaryVillain intent on bridging the gap between the past and the future, not only finds himself frustrated by his conservative team mates' idiotic insistance to much rather fight to the last man instead of accepting the changing times and embracing the future and its technological wonders, but finds himself equally frustrated by the heroes' idiotic lack of respect for the introspective virtues of the past and stubborn teenage mentality to just follow the whims of their flailing emotions.

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* In the ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' run, [[ComicBook/DoctorOctopus Otto Octavius Octavius]] (in Peter Parker's body) often considers everyone he ever meets to be an idiot. Then again, he is a genius.
* In a ''ComicBook/JusticeLeague'' ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' issue detailing a potential universe where Darkseid ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} won, Batman taunted him by answering his question of why he was "surrounded by maggots" - after winning, he'd done what he always said he would do: reform creation in his image. Thus, he has no room to complain: all he's seeing is his own ugly mug.
* Done interestingly in ''ComicBook/{{Wayward}}'' where the BigBad, a VisionaryVillain intent on bridging the gap between the past and the future, not only finds himself frustrated by his conservative team mates' idiotic insistance insistence to much rather fight to the last man instead of accepting the changing times and embracing the future and its technological wonders, but finds himself equally frustrated by the heroes' idiotic lack of respect for the introspective virtues of the past and stubborn teenage mentality to just follow the whims of their flailing emotions.



* In chapter 3 of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10317264/3/A-Necromancer-s-Wild-Card A Necromancer's Wild Card]]'', a VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} and LightNovel/{{Is This A Zombie}} [[CrossOver crossover]], [[TheStoic Minato]] [[TheHero Ari]][[OurZombiesAreDifferent sato]] provides a heroic example as he quotes this trope verbatim after witnessing [[{{Muggles}} the students]] of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Ayumu]] [[TheLancer Aikawa]]'s school paying more attention to [[WholesomeCrossdresser Ayumu crossdressing]] instead of a '''[[UnusuallyUninterestingSight giant crawfish monster]]''' that [[ChainsawGood Ayumu recently killed]].

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* In chapter 3 of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10317264/3/A-Necromancer-s-Wild-Card A Necromancer's Wild Card]]'', a VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} and LightNovel/{{Is This A Zombie}} LightNovel/IsThisAZombie [[CrossOver crossover]], [[TheStoic Minato]] [[TheHero Ari]][[OurZombiesAreDifferent sato]] provides a heroic example as he quotes this trope verbatim after witnessing [[{{Muggles}} the students]] of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Ayumu]] [[TheLancer Aikawa]]'s school paying more attention to [[WholesomeCrossdresser Ayumu crossdressing]] instead of a '''[[UnusuallyUninterestingSight giant crawfish monster]]''' that [[ChainsawGood Ayumu recently killed]].



* In the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''

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* In the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians''



* In "Artemis Fowl", The main character, Artemis, often feels this way about all of the other main characters (except Foaly, who is a genius) throughout the entire series. To be fair to his friends and teammates, almost all of them are quite competent in their own right, but Artemis is still equal parts exasperated/amused at their lack of understanding of his jokes/references/plans. It's tough to be an evil genius!

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* In "Artemis Fowl", The main character, Artemis, Literature/ArtemisFowl often feels this way about all of the other main characters (except Foaly, who is a genius) throughout the entire series. To be fair to his friends and teammates, almost all of them are quite competent in their own right, but Artemis is still equal parts exasperated/amused at their lack of understanding of his jokes/references/plans. It's tough to be an evil genius!



* A heroic example in presented in Literature/TheOdyssey; Odysseus' men end up screwing Odysseus over time and time again, doing things like getting trapped on the [[LotusEaterMachine Island of Lotus Eaters]], opening the bag of winds just as they were almost home, and butchering Helios' sacred calves. Sure, it was Odysseus' fault that Poseidon was angry at them, but you'd think his men would know better than to piss off the rest of the pantheon.

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* A heroic example in presented in Literature/TheOdyssey; ''Literature/TheOdyssey''; Odysseus' men end up screwing Odysseus over time and time again, doing things like getting trapped on the [[LotusEaterMachine Island of Lotus Eaters]], opening the bag of winds just as they were almost home, and butchering Helios' sacred calves. Sure, it was Odysseus' fault that Poseidon was angry at them, but you'd think his men would know better than to piss off the rest of the pantheon.



* ''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' [[TeleportersAndTransporters Chronosphere]].

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* ''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' [[TeleportersAndTransporters [[{{Teleportation}} Chronosphere]].



** And in the ending, the power players eat each other up with their sheer stupidness erecting from Mother Britain spreading her legs and letting Russia into 10 Downing Street, leaving the intelligent survivors to rule. Specifically, [[spoiler:Stalin forgets his paranoia because he's too busy celebrating the communization of Britain, which lets Anya poison him and then shoot him six times. Then she lets loose a rant she clearly has held in for too long, insulting the U.S.S.R., religiously praising the Brotherhood of Nod, and generally flipping the bird on you by assigning you as a Lieutenant General until you are deemed useless in the 1990s and eliminated. Kane, realizing how much brain damage Anya has taken from her deep undercover assignment, shoots her in the back. He turns the gun to you, but explains that you may as well be Comrade Chairman, de facto ruler of Earth, because he's the future anyway.]]

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** And in the ending, the power players eat each other up with their sheer stupidness erecting from Mother Britain spreading her legs and letting Russia into 10 Downing Street, leaving the intelligent survivors to rule. Specifically, [[spoiler:Stalin forgets his paranoia because he's too busy celebrating the communization of Britain, which lets Anya poison him and then shoot him six times. Then she lets loose a rant she clearly has held in for too long, insulting the U.S.S.R., religiously praising the Brotherhood of Nod, and generally flipping the bird on you by assigning you as a Lieutenant General until you are deemed useless in the 1990s and eliminated. Kane, realizing how much brain damage Anya has taken from her deep undercover assignment, shoots her in the back. He turns the gun to you, but explains that you may as well be Comrade Chairman, de facto ruler of Earth, because he's the future anyway.]]anyway]].



** By the end of ''Pokemon XD'', [[spoiler:BigBad Greevil points out that after he finishes the XD project and makes irredeemable Shadow Pokemon, he would get to work on making Shadow Pokemon that can act independently so he doesn't have to rely on clunky Admins - like the five you beat down on the way to him. That kind of comment, from the man in charge of the most evil organization in Pokemon history, downplays Cyrus and his lies big time.]]

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** By the end of ''Pokemon XD'', [[spoiler:BigBad Greevil points out that after he finishes the XD project and makes irredeemable Shadow Pokemon, he would get to work on making Shadow Pokemon that can act independently so he doesn't have to rely on clunky Admins - like the five you beat down on the way to him. That kind of comment, from the man in charge of the most evil organization in Pokemon history, downplays Cyrus and his lies big time.]]time]].



* [[PlayerCharacter The Courier]] from VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Old World Blues is this (providing s/he has an INT higher than 1), with the majority of the people there being clinically braindead, with the beings actually capable of communicating with him being a nymphomaniac robot, his own Jerkass brain, a Large Ham Mad Scientist who cannot control THE VOLUME OF HIS VOICE!, a megalomaniacal toaster, and two bickering lightswitches. The only other sane people are Doctor Mobius, who is addicted to every drug in the game from the stress, and Doctor 8, who can only speak in programming code.

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* [[PlayerCharacter The Courier]] from VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Old World Blues Blues'' is this (providing s/he has an INT higher than 1), with the majority of the people there being clinically braindead, with the beings actually capable of communicating with him being a nymphomaniac robot, his own Jerkass brain, a Large Ham Mad Scientist who cannot control THE VOLUME OF HIS VOICE!, a megalomaniacal toaster, and two bickering lightswitches. The only other sane people are Doctor Mobius, who is addicted to every drug in the game from the stress, and Doctor 8, who can only speak in programming code.



* Villain [[PsychoElectro Carla Brunelle]] from ''Series/FlandersCompany'' is a {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch and a DragonInChief who is an actual treat in season 2. Starting with season 3, however, [[spoiler:her boss is killed]], and the only remaining competent member of her team is BadassBookworm [[IntangibleMan Nadège]]; the three others consist in a bunch of morons with [[FashionVictimVillain horrible sense of fashion]], with only one of them possessing actual (but lame) powers and fighting skills.

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* Villain [[PsychoElectro Carla Brunelle]] from ''Series/FlandersCompany'' is a {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch and a DragonInChief who is an actual treat in season 2. Starting with season 3, however, [[spoiler:her boss is killed]], and the only remaining competent member of her team is BadassBookworm [[IntangibleMan [[{{Intangibility}} Nadège]]; the three others consist in a bunch of morons with [[FashionVictimVillain horrible sense of fashion]], with only one of them possessing actual (but lame) powers and fighting skills.



** Frank Grimes. The whole premise of his episode is watching a normal person try to cope in [[WorldGoneMad Springfield.]] Eventually, his frustration overwhelms him and he gets himself killed.
** Lisa Simpson shows signs of this. Hell, she actually once voiced that she lives in a town of idiots in a issue of the comic.

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** Frank Grimes. The whole premise of his episode is watching a normal person try to cope in [[WorldGoneMad Springfield.]] Eventually, [[SanitySlippage his frustration overwhelms him him]] and he gets himself killed.
** Lisa Simpson shows signs of this. Hell, she actually once voiced that she lives in a town of idiots in a an issue of the comic.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': After Azula's captain completely ruins her attempt to capture her brother, the princess wisely trades in her RedshirtArmy for a QuirkyMinibossSquad PowerTrio. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the season 2 finale, in which Azula's [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguised]] sidekicks blab that they are Fire Nation. As it turns out, [[TheChessmaster she had staged the situation]]; [[BluffTheEavesdropper the Dai Li overhearing is key to their take over.]] Turns out she was better off with the redshirts -- [[spoiler:her QuirkyMinibossSquad has consciences, and when they storm out on her [[VillainousBreakdown she loses a lot of SAN points]].]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': After Azula's captain completely ruins her attempt to capture her brother, the princess wisely trades in her RedshirtArmy for a QuirkyMinibossSquad PowerTrio. [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the season 2 finale, in which Azula's [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguised]] sidekicks blab that they are Fire Nation. As it turns out, [[TheChessmaster she had staged the situation]]; [[BluffTheEavesdropper the Dai Li overhearing is key to their take over.]] Turns out she was better off with the redshirts -- [[spoiler:her QuirkyMinibossSquad has consciences, and when they storm out on her [[VillainousBreakdown she loses a lot of SAN points]].]]points]]]].



* Aku complained about this more than once in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' (and the majority of his minions being mindless robots didn't tend to help). That Jack was able to turn his robots to junk with such ease was the biggest reason he tried to face him mano-a-mano in "Jack Versus Aku".
** Of course, in ''that'' episode, the breaking point for him was a pretty big EpicFail, when he sent a whole army of robots after Jack, and then ''one'' of them tripped, causing ''all'' of them to fall over like dominoes, destroying the ''entire'' army. Jack never did a thing. You can't blame Aku for wanting to rethink his plans after something like ''that''.

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* Aku complained about this more than once in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' (and the majority of his minions being mindless robots didn't tend to help). That Jack was able to turn his robots to junk with such ease was the biggest reason he tried to face him mano-a-mano in "Jack Versus Aku".
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Aku". Of course, in ''that'' episode, the breaking point for him was a pretty big EpicFail, when he sent a whole army of robots after Jack, and then ''one'' of them tripped, causing ''all'' of them to fall over like dominoes, destroying the ''entire'' army. Jack never did a thing. You can't blame Aku for wanting to rethink his plans after something like ''that''.



* Helga Pataki or Grandpa Phil of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' often respond to idiocy by use a shortened version of "I'm surrounded by idiots" by saying "I'm surrounded."

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* Helga Pataki or Grandpa Phil of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' often respond to idiocy by use using a shortened version of "I'm surrounded by idiots" by saying "I'm surrounded."



* Mother Brain always mentions her minions stupidity in most episodes of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster''.

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* Mother Brain always mentions her minions minions' stupidity in most episodes of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster''.
28th Jul '17 11:31:39 AM Julia1984
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': [[DefrostingIceQueen Twilight Sparkle]] feels this way after she visits Ponyville for the first time. She gets better though.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': [[DefrostingIceQueen Twilight Sparkle]] feels this way after she visits Ponyville for the first time.time ("All the ponies in this town are CRAZY!"). She gets better though.
25th Jul '17 3:45:15 AM kome360
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** Then Stalin assigns you, his only ''competent'' minion, to capture the Chronosphere. [[spoiler:It's impossible.]]

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** Then Stalin assigns you, his only ''competent'' minion, to capture the Chronosphere. [[spoiler:It's impossible. Literally. The win condition is to save your own hide by executing the plan near flawlessly, only for an unseen, invincible fourth alert tower to activate, automatically failing the stealth mission. Turns out, Kuckov was stupid enough not to notify you when he found it because it went against regulations to speak to a general without hours of bureaucratic permissions. Stalin is so dumbfounded by this stupidity that he breaks Kuckov's neck himself.]]
** And in the ending, the power players eat each other up with their sheer stupidness erecting from Mother Britain spreading her legs and letting Russia into 10 Downing Street, leaving the intelligent survivors to rule. Specifically, [[spoiler:Stalin forgets his paranoia because he's too busy celebrating the communization of Britain, which lets Anya poison him and then shoot him six times. Then she lets loose a rant she clearly has held in for too long, insulting the U.S.S.R., religiously praising the Brotherhood of Nod, and generally flipping the bird on you by assigning you as a Lieutenant General until you are deemed useless in the 1990s and eliminated. Kane, realizing how much brain damage Anya has taken from her deep undercover assignment, shoots her in the back. He turns the gun to you, but explains that you may as well be Comrade Chairman, de facto ruler of Earth, because he's the future anyway.
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21st Jul '17 1:02:46 PM gb00393
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* Tywin Lannister in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is a rare case of a BigBad who, while unhappy about the situation, is aware of his subordinates' tendency toward idiocy and accepts it as a fact of life. That doesn't stop him from berating them for their incompetence, but he doesn't get ''angry'' about it.

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* Tywin Lannister in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' is a rare case of a BigBad who, while unhappy about the situation, is aware of his subordinates' tendency toward idiocy and accepts it as a fact of life. That doesn't stop him from berating them for their incompetence, but he doesn't get ''angry'' about it. He also considers his eldest two children to be stupid in their ways.
** He makes it clear when he notices Arya that he considers everyone else in the fortress to be the equivalent of blind cattle in terms of intellect, both for wasting good talent and for not noticing a girl dressed as a boy.



** This is actually the reason he treats Arya so well, until he hands her over to Gregor at least. He recognizes her as very intelligent and enjoys having conversations with someone on a strong intellectual level, which is rare for him.

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** This is actually the reason he treats Arya so well, until he hands her over to Gregor at least. He recognizes her as very intelligent and enjoys having conversations with someone on a strong intellectual level, which is rare for him. The only other subordinate that he considers remotely competent on a mental level is Tyrion.
4th Jul '17 2:16:25 PM IamTheCaligula
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* Done interestingly in ''ComicBook/{{Wayward}}'' where the BigBad, a VisionaryVillain intent on bridging the gap between the past and the future, not only finds himself frustrated by his conservative team mates' idiotic insistance to much rather fight to the last man instead of accepting the changing times and embrace the future and its technological wonders, but finds himself equally frustrated by the heroes' idiotic lack of respect for the introspective virtues of the past and stubborn teenage mentality to just follow the whims of their flailing emotions.

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* Done interestingly in ''ComicBook/{{Wayward}}'' where the BigBad, a VisionaryVillain intent on bridging the gap between the past and the future, not only finds himself frustrated by his conservative team mates' idiotic insistance to much rather fight to the last man instead of accepting the changing times and embrace embracing the future and its technological wonders, but finds himself equally frustrated by the heroes' idiotic lack of respect for the introspective virtues of the past and stubborn teenage mentality to just follow the whims of their flailing emotions.
4th Jul '17 2:11:41 PM IamTheCaligula
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* Done interestingly in ''ComicBook/{{Wayward}}'' where the BigBad, a VisionaryVillain intent on bridging the gap between the past and the future, not only finds himself frustrated by his conservative team mates' idiotic insistance to much rather fight to the last man instead of accepting the changing times and embrace the future and its technological wonders, but finds himself equally frustrated by the heroes' idiotic lack of respect for the introspective virtues of the past and stubborn teenage mentality to just follow the whims of their flailing emotions.
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