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25th Aug '16 7:51:20 AM StFan
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* In ''The White Rose'', the third book of ''Literature/BlackCompany'' series by Glen Cook, published in 1985, near the end of the book exactly this occurs: "Idiots" the Lady murmured. "I'm surrounded by idiots. Even the Tree is a dolt".

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* In ''The White Rose'', the third book of ''Literature/BlackCompany'' ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' series by Glen Cook, published in 1985, near the end of the book exactly this occurs: "Idiots" the Lady murmured. "I'm surrounded by idiots. Even the Tree is a dolt".
25th Aug '16 6:28:30 AM Androgeos
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* In ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', everyone working for Dark Helmet is an asshole. At least, they have the surname Asshole. (The novelization {{bowdlerise}}s this to "Idiots". And the TV Edit substitutes Moron, or just cuts it out completely.)
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' "How many Assholes we got on this ship, anyway?"
-->'''Everyone:''' "Yo!"
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' "I knew it. I'm surrounded by Assholes." [closes faceplate, and then says in a deep voice...] "Keep firing, Assholes!"

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* In ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', almost everyone working for Dark Helmet on the bridge of ''Spaceball One'' is an asshole. At least, they have the surname Asshole. (The [[note]]The novelization {{bowdlerise}}s this to "Idiots". And "Idiots"; some TV edits replace "Asshole" with "Moron" or cut the TV Edit substitutes Moron, or just cuts it out completely.)
word/scene out.[[/note]]
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' "How many Assholes we got on this ship, anyway?"
-->'''Everyone:''' "Yo!"
-->'''Dark
ship anyhow?"\\
''(all except one crewmember on the bridge jump to their feet)''\\
'''Standing Crew:''' "'''Yo!'''"\\
''({{beat}} as Dark Helmet turns slowly around, pauses momentarily upon seeing the number of Assholes, then continues turning to face Colonel Sandurz)''\\
'''Dark
Helmet:''' "I "...I knew it. it, I'm surrounded by Assholes." [closes faceplate, and then says in a "\\
(another {{beat}} before Dark Helmet quickly slams his faceplate down)\\
'''Dark Helmet:''' (in his
deep voice...] voice) "Keep firing, Assholes!"
18th Aug '16 3:45:08 PM Godzillawolf
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* In ''Anime/BraveExkaiser'', [[TheDragon Ptera Geist]] feels this way about the rest of his teammates. To be fair, he's kinda right, as the other lower ranked Geisters are DumbMuscle. [[BigBad Dino Geist]] feels this way about the entire crew, Ptera Geist included, except his MouthOfSauron Komori. In fact several episodes ''open'' with him roaring in fury and then having Komori chew them out.
10th Aug '16 2:49:26 PM margdean56
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* In ''HarryPotter'' Severus Snape, the Potion teacher, repeatedly laments that very few, if any, of his students are up to his standards of intellect. To their faces. It becomes a vicious circle, because the environment of constant ridicule and deprecation without any kind of aid or approval from the teacher does not lend to productive education, thus causing children to make mistakes and earn even more insults. In some cases, Neville Longbottom in particular, fear of him makes students so nervous that they're simply so stupefied in terror that can't do their work properly, and thus earning his wrath.

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* In ''HarryPotter'' Severus Snape, the Potion Potions teacher, repeatedly laments that very few, if any, of his students are up to his standards of intellect. To their faces. It becomes a vicious circle, because the environment of constant ridicule and deprecation without any kind of aid or approval from the teacher does not lend itself to productive education, thus causing children to make mistakes and earn even more insults. In some cases, Neville Longbottom in particular, fear of him makes students so nervous that they're simply so stupefied in with terror that they can't do their work properly, and thus earning his wrath.



* As ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' progresses, Greg becomes much more aware of this. In the tenth book during the camping trip, he's the [[OnlySaneMan only sane person]] in the cabin, and helpless to prevent his cabin-mate's stupidity. In fact, Greg separates from the group it all goes wrong for them.

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* As ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' progresses, Greg becomes much more aware of this. In the tenth book during the camping trip, he's the [[OnlySaneMan only sane person]] in the cabin, and helpless to prevent his cabin-mate's cabin-mates' stupidity. In fact, when Greg separates from the group it all goes wrong for them.
10th Aug '16 2:45:00 PM margdean56
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* 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 (the hero) was the overly serious member of the late 80s "bwa-ha-ha" {{Justice League|OfAmerica}}. She said this a lot.



* Subverted in ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' where Thugboy and the other self-dubbed Witless Minions [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretended to be this]] to aspiring supervillians so they could fleece their high-tech equipment (and administer some quick, unexpected justice whenever a supervillain tried to cross the MoralEventHorizon). It went pretty well for them for a while, then [[FromBadToWorse It Got Worse]] - [[{{Squick}} So]], [[PlayingWithFire SO]] [[NightmareFetishist Much]] [[FateWorseThanDeath Worse]].

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* Subverted in ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' where Thugboy and the other self-dubbed Witless Minions [[ObfuscatingStupidity pretended to be this]] to aspiring supervillians supervillains so they could fleece their high-tech equipment (and administer some quick, unexpected justice whenever a supervillain tried to cross the MoralEventHorizon). It went pretty well for them for a while, then [[FromBadToWorse It Got Worse]] - [[{{Squick}} So]], [[PlayingWithFire SO]] [[NightmareFetishist Much]] [[FateWorseThanDeath Worse]].



* In the Superior Spider-Man run, Otto Octavius (in Peter Parker's body) often consider everyone he ever meets to be an idiot. Then again, he is a genius.
* This is Shiela's reaction on discovering who her final team-mates are during the "Grudge Match" arc in ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''. Following the elimination games, one member of each of the gaming groups is supposed to belly up to the table for the final showdown. Sheila expects to be backed up by the power players from the other 'evil' groups: the other players being supposed to take the fall to allow them to progress. Instead she ends up with the most useless character from every team.

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* In the Superior Spider-Man run, Otto Octavius (in Peter Parker's body) often consider considers everyone he ever meets to be an idiot. Then again, he is a genius.
* This is Shiela's Sheila's reaction on discovering who her final team-mates are during the "Grudge Match" arc in ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable''. Following the elimination games, one member of each of the gaming groups is supposed to belly up to the table for the final showdown. Sheila expects to be backed up by the power players from the other 'evil' groups: the other players being supposed to take the fall to allow them to progress. Instead she ends up with the most useless character from every team.
9th Aug '16 1:24:45 AM __Vano
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* This was an actual advice given to Ivan the Terrible. "How do I make my seat of power stand firm?" - "Do not keep anyone around who's smarter than you." Quite a few tyrants throughout the history did likewise.
28th Jul '16 7:21:12 PM MrNickelodeon
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* In ''Theatre/TheEighthVoyageOfSindbad'' show at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's Islands of Adventure]], Miseria bemoans, "Why is it so hard to find good help these days?", upon seeing all of her minions get plowed through by the heroes.
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28th Jul '16 9:08:21 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': Sandra's minions aren't exactly bright. They seem to mean well, but they frequently go above and beyond what she expects of them, resulting in them [[spoiler:almost killing Crystal and knocking Sam unconscious]]. Sandra's feelings about them include annoyance, disbelief, anger and barely contained fury. She even goes as far as saying that she would have killed some of them on the spot if her combustion power actually worked on them.
28th Jul '16 7:37:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* Villain [[PsychoElectro Carla Brunelle]] from ''Series/FlandersCompany'' is a DangerouslyGenreSavvy {{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 DangerouslyGenreSavvy {{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.
17th Jul '16 9:01:11 AM nombretomado
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** In the G1 cartoon episode ''Auto Berserk'', Megatron actually makes a rare pop culture reference by perfectly quoting ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', screaming out in the middle of battle "I've got MORONS on my team!".

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** In the G1 cartoon episode ''Auto Berserk'', Megatron actually makes a rare pop culture reference by perfectly quoting ''ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'', screaming out in the middle of battle "I've got MORONS on my team!".



* 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]] [[ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid MORONS on my team]]!!"

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* 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]] [[ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid [[Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid MORONS on my team]]!!"
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