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17th Feb '18 3:34:56 AM TroperBeDoper
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* Horus Lupercal of ''TabletopGames/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' expressed this feeling during the infamous Literature/HorusHeresy. With his Primarch brethren split evenly between himself and The Emperor, The Emperor got the likes of [[TheAce Sanguinius]], [[TheParagon Guilliman]] and [[UltimateBlacksmith Vulkan]]. Horus? He got the likes of the morose [[AxCrazy Konrad Curze]], the useless in everything but a fight [[TheBerserker Angron]] and the duplicitous [[ComplexityAddiction Alpharius]]. He often bemoaned his ragtag group of allies.
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11th Feb '18 5:17:45 PM IceLord0101
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Evil help is hard to find. How else can you explain how the EvilOverlord's [[TheDragon Dragon]] [[NumberTwoForBrains is a complete nincompoop]], {{mooks}} are all [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy dimwits]] who graduated from the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy, the elite special forces consist of a QuirkyMiniBossSquad, and all the ninjas are [[HighlyVisibleNinja standing around in plain sight]] or queuing up to attack the heroes [[MookChivalry one at a time]]?

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Evil Competent evil help is hard to find. How else can you explain how the EvilOverlord's [[TheDragon Dragon]] [[NumberTwoForBrains is a complete nincompoop]], {{mooks}} are all [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy dimwits]] who graduated from the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy, the elite special forces consist of a QuirkyMiniBossSquad, and all the ninjas are [[HighlyVisibleNinja standing around in plain sight]] or queuing up to attack the heroes [[MookChivalry one at a time]]?



* King K. Rool mutters this in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', during a cut scene in which Lanky Kong makes fools out of a couple of Kritters.

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* King K. Rool mutters this "I'm surrounded by fools..." in ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', during a cut scene in which Lanky Kong makes fools out of a couple of Kritters.
10th Feb '18 11:26:22 PM FearlessSon
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* The non-fiction ''The Dictator's Handbook'' by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith details the mechanisms by why this is so often {{justified|Trope}} in real life. For a leader in charge of a small-coalition organization (that is the leader only needs to rely on a relatively small number of people to keep themselves in power over a much large group of people, as in a dictatorship) loyalty to the leader is the most important criteria by which underlings are kept on and rewarded, since underlings have the capacity to undermine and even depose the leader should they feel the need and opportunity to do so. This takes even higher priority than competence: an incompetent but loyal underling can be trusted by the leader far more to keep them in power than a competent underling who's loyalty to the leader is uncertain. Competence and loyalty together are best, but ultimately loyalty is more important than competence.
29th Jan '18 12:58:07 PM Demetrios
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* In their first appearance in ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Hades' minions, Pain and Panic, can't even go down the stairs without slapstick stuff happening to them. Which prompts Hades to [[AsideGlance glance at the audience with a "I don't get paid enough for this" look]].
15th Jan '18 11:49:33 PM kaninefat
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*** Though he discusses it in a remarkably thoughtful way and points out that it has worked for him so far.
10th Jan '18 11:02:45 PM CerotechOmega
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-->'''Kayaba''': I ''tried'', you know. ''Lord knows'' I've tried. But there's just no helping you people! It's like you crave death, but not just ''any'' death, nooooo! You fuckers seem to have some sort of pool going to see who can end their existence in the dumbest, most avoidable way possible! ''[[SerialEscalation And you just keep one-upping each other!'' Do you know how many of you have died screaming "LeeroyJenkins"? ''More than zero!''

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-->'''Kayaba''': I ''tried'', you know. ''Lord knows'' I've tried. But there's just no helping you people! It's like you crave death, but not just ''any'' death, nooooo! You fuckers seem to have some sort of pool going to see who can end their existence in the dumbest, most avoidable way possible! ''[[SerialEscalation And you just keep one-upping each other!'' other!]]'' Do you know how many of you have died screaming "LeeroyJenkins"? ''More than zero!''
5th Jan '18 5:40:31 PM RaygunJustice
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* Botija feels this way in ''Series/{{Chespirito}}'', especially regarding his wife Chimoltrufia and his best friend and criminal accomplice Chompiras, in the case of the latter Botija would normally punish his stupidity with a slap in the face. Should be notice that of the three, Botija is by far the most intelligent, not only is shown to know a lot of culture and history, in latter seasons once they left the life of crime and became law-abiding citizens working in a hotel Botija is always shown reading. Of course, considering that both Chompiras and Chimoltrufia are dumber than average… It’s also explain in-universe that Botija is not from the same humble origins as Chimoltrufia and Chompiras and instead comes from a high middle class household, which may explain his more cultured persona.
* Chilindrina also feels this way in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', especially when she teams up with Chavo and Kiko for mischief and/or she’s trying to trick them. Chilindrina shows a normal intelligence, if not higher than usual for a little girl, she’s not only very astute but also quite clever in the school episodes (being her bad grades probable consequence of laziness), of course, considering that stupidity as a running gag is one of the main characteristic of both Chavo and Kiko, the other two kids in Vecindad, isn’t hard to be smarter.

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* Botija feels this way in ''Series/{{Chespirito}}'', especially regarding his wife Chimoltrufia and his best friend and criminal accomplice Chompiras, in the case of the latter Botija would normally punish his stupidity with a slap in the face. Should be notice noticed that of the three, Botija is by far the most intelligent, not only is he shown to know a lot of culture and history, in latter seasons seasons, once they left the life of crime and became law-abiding citizens working in a hotel hotel, Botija is always shown reading. Of course, considering that both Chompiras and Chimoltrufia are dumber than average… It’s It is also explain explained in-universe that Botija is not from the same poor and humble origins as Chimoltrufia and Chompiras and instead comes Chompiras, instead, coming from a high middle class household, which may explain his more cultured persona.
* Chilindrina also feels this way in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', especially when she teams up with Chavo and Kiko for mischief and/or she’s trying to trick them. Chilindrina shows a normal intelligence, if not higher than usual for a little girl, girl: she’s not only very astute but also quite clever in the school episodes (being her (her bad grades probable being a consequence of laziness), of laziness instead). Of course, considering that stupidity as a running gag is one of the main characteristic of both Chavo and Kiko, the other two kids in Vecindad, it isn’t hard to be portrayed as smarter.
4th Jan '18 3:13:55 PM CerotechOmega
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* ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'' has constant lamentation from named male characters to the outright stupidity of the rest of the player base. Kirito constantly has to remind his female companions (not named Asuna, thankfully) how aggro works, Diabel loses his temper when some of his fellow players break from the game to play ''Bejeweled'' of all things, Tiffany goes from trying to help his fellow players to [[ConArtist scamming them]] when he realizes just how stupid they are, and Kayaba's last vestiges of faith in humanity are sorely tested when one player attacks him ''after Kirito triggered the "Immortal Object" notice after attacking Kayaba himself''.
-->'''Kayaba''': I ''tried'', you know. ''Lord knows'' I've tried. But there's just no helping you people! It's like you crave death, but not just ''any'' death, nooooo! You fuckers seem to have some sort of pool going to see who can end their existence in the dumbest, most avoidable way possible! ''[[SerialEscalation And you just keep one-upping each other!'' Do you know how many of you have died screaming "LeeroyJenkins"? ''More than zero!''
2nd Jan '18 9:57:47 AM carkaroth
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* Pagan Min of ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is a BadBoss who tends to [[YouHaveFailedMe punish failure harshly]], but in his defence, his underlings really do make some spectacular screw-ups, most prominently failing check a prisoner for cell phones. His exasperated response:

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* Pagan Min of ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is a BadBoss who tends to [[YouHaveFailedMe punish failure harshly]], but in his defence, his underlings really do make some spectacular screw-ups, most prominently failing to check a prisoner for cell phones. His exasperated response:
2nd Jan '18 9:57:02 AM carkaroth
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* Pagan Min of ''VideoGame/FarCry4'' is a BadBoss who tends to [[YouHaveFailedMe punish failure harshly]], but in his defence, his underlings really do make some spectacular screw-ups, most prominently failing check a prisoner for cell phones. His exasperated response:
-->"Really, guys? We're not checking for these anymore?"
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