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11th Feb '16 7:55:48 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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-> '''[[ComicBook/GhostRider Mephisto]]:''' If you so desired, [[MyParentsAreDead I could return your mother to you]], [[BackFromTheDead alive and well]]. I could even mend your relationship with your [[CainAndAbel brother]]-- make your family whole again. All I would require is-- ''[finds Ebony pressed against his neck]'' Gyark!\\ '''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]]:''' I'm not really interested in mending fences with my brother, [[DealWithTheDevil so here's my counteroffer]]: You give me a job that can pay my electric bill for the year, and I'll leave you here with your head attached to your body.\\
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-> '''[[ComicBook/GhostRider Mephisto]]:''' If you so desired, [[MyParentsAreDead I could return your mother to you]], [[BackFromTheDead you, alive and well]]. well. I could even mend your relationship with your [[CainAndAbel brother]]-- brother-- make your family whole again. All I would require is-- ''[finds Ebony pressed against his neck]'' Gyark!\\ '''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]]:''' I'm not really interested in mending fences with my brother, [[DealWithTheDevil so here's my counteroffer]]: counteroffer: You give me a job that can pay my electric bill for the year, and I'll leave you here with your head attached to your body.\\
15th Jan '16 2:39:40 PM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/PonyIsland'': Lucifer sucks at basic coding, game design, and is obsessed with girly ponies.
29th Dec '15 4:47:26 AM Anddrix
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** He was enslaved to Thanos during ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet saga. He was once humiliated by the ComicBook/BlackPanther by being cut off from his power and the crap beat out of him. He was OutGambitted by SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, and even bested by his own son, [[AntiAntiChrist Damien Hellstorm]]. Then in ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' he gets completely played and humiliated by the Leader SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} of all people. The Leader even taunts him when Mephisto threatens him, claiming that while Mephisto ''might'' be more evil than him, he's definitely smarter.
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** He was enslaved to Thanos during ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet saga. He was once humiliated by the ComicBook/BlackPanther by being cut off from his power and the crap beat out of him. He was OutGambitted by SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, Doctor Doom, and even bested by his own son, [[AntiAntiChrist Damien Hellstorm]]. Then in ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' he gets completely played and humiliated by the Leader SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} of all people. The Leader even taunts him when Mephisto threatens him, claiming that while Mephisto ''might'' be more evil than him, he's definitely smarter.
9th Nov '15 12:52:58 AM Doug86
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* In ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'', Satan rambles on about nothing and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment makes people]] watch ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'', watch ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek2}}'' or eat his mom's spaghetti. [[spoiler:He also lets Joel, Phil and Elly out of hell.]]
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* In ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'', Satan rambles on about nothing and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment makes people]] watch ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'', watch ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek2}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' or eat his mom's spaghetti. [[spoiler:He also lets Joel, Phil and Elly out of hell.]]
9th Nov '15 12:51:14 AM Doug86
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* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode "[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E21SantaClaus Santa Claus]" Mike Nelson sings "The Devil is a Wiener" to the tune of the soundtrack.
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* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode "[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E21SantaClaus "[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E21SantaClaus Santa Claus]" Claus]]" Mike Nelson sings "The Devil is a Wiener" to the tune of the soundtrack.
9th Nov '15 12:45:58 AM Doug86
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* Neron, DCComics's version of the Devil, fits often:
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* Neron, DCComics's Creator/DCComics's version of the Devil, fits often:

** Neron struck out in a way similar to the way Mephisto succeeded in ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' below. After many of TheFlash's old villains CameBackWrong (Neron himself was responsible) Wally and his wife Linda made separate deals with Neron to set them right (since they were mindless killing machine far more evil and dangerous than they used to be). Except instead of their souls, Neron asked each to give up their love for the other. Both agreed, and they split. (Un)fortunately, holding their love 'polluted' Neron, and he ''became nice'', something which was Hell ''to him''. He asked them to take back the bargain, and both refused (since neither one cared about the other, neither had any desire to get their love back). Ultimately the Neron begged them to take a new deal, taking back their love in return for him releasing any and all remaining hold on the villains.
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** Neron struck out in a way similar to the way Mephisto succeeded in ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' below. After many of TheFlash's Franchise/TheFlash's old villains CameBackWrong (Neron himself was responsible) Wally and his wife Linda made separate deals with Neron to set them right (since they were mindless killing machine machines far more evil and dangerous than they used to be). Except instead of their souls, Neron asked each to give up their love for the other. Both agreed, and they split. (Un)fortunately, holding their love 'polluted' Neron, and he ''became nice'', something which was Hell ''to him''. He asked them to take back the bargain, and both refused (since neither one cared about the other, neither had any desire to get their love back). Ultimately the Neron begged them to take a new deal, taking back their love in return for him releasing any and all remaining hold on the villains.

** He was enslaved to Thanos during ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet saga. He was once humiliated by the Comicbook/BlackPanther by being cut off from his power and the crap beat out of him. He was OutGambitted by DoctorDoom, and even bested by his own son, [[AntiAntiChrist Damien Hellstorm]]. Then in ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' he gets completely played and humiliated by the Leader and {{Deadpool}} of all people. The Leader even taunts him when Mephisto threatens him, claiming that while Mephisto ''might'' be more evil than him, he's definitely smarter. ** In ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' he dissolved the marriage of Spider-Man and Mary Jane. He once faked defeat against the IncredibleHulk to get him to become overconfident and destroy his own life later. He generally tends to fare better against other villains where he is allowed to win by outsmarting and humiliating them such as Black Heart, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Hela, and Loki.]] * ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'': The First of The Fallen will NEVER succeed against John Constantine. It gets so bad that Constantine claims at one point if he is sent to hell he can easily take over and the First is reduced to taunting Constantine from a distance with other demons being far more effective than him in hurting Constantine. * The fallen angel Lucifer finally showed up in Comicbook/{{Ghost Rider}} after decades. Unlike other hell-lords like Mephisto and Satannish, he cannot leave Hell under his own power and had to trick Blaze into taking him with him. Despite claiming to be a master manipulator he is vulgar, crass and worse of all constantly tricked by Johnny Blaze, who both Blaze and Lucifer agree is something of an idiot, until finally being tricked into fighting Ghost Rider at half power, losing, and being sent back to Hell.
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** He was enslaved to Thanos during ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet saga. He was once humiliated by the Comicbook/BlackPanther ComicBook/BlackPanther by being cut off from his power and the crap beat out of him. He was OutGambitted by DoctorDoom, SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, and even bested by his own son, [[AntiAntiChrist Damien Hellstorm]]. Then in ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' he gets completely played and humiliated by the Leader and {{Deadpool}} SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} of all people. The Leader even taunts him when Mephisto threatens him, claiming that while Mephisto ''might'' be more evil than him, he's definitely smarter. ** In ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'' he dissolved the marriage of Spider-Man and Mary Jane. He once faked defeat against the IncredibleHulk ComicBook/IncredibleHulk to get him to become overconfident and destroy his own life later. He generally tends to fare better against other villains where he is allowed to win by outsmarting and humiliating them such as Black Heart, [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Hela, and Loki.]] * ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'': The First of The Fallen will NEVER succeed against John Constantine. It gets so bad that Constantine claims at one point if he is sent to hell Hell he can easily take over and the First is reduced to taunting Constantine from a distance with other demons being far more effective than him in hurting Constantine. * The fallen angel Lucifer finally showed up in Comicbook/{{Ghost Rider}} ComicBook/GhostRider after decades. Unlike other hell-lords like Mephisto and Satannish, he cannot leave Hell under his own power and had to trick Blaze into taking him with him. Despite claiming to be a master manipulator he is vulgar, crass and worse of all constantly tricked by Johnny Blaze, who both Blaze and Lucifer agree is something of an idiot, until finally being tricked into fighting Ghost Rider at half power, losing, and being sent back to Hell.

* ''TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperbeasto'': Dr. Satan is not Satan himself but some nerdy guy styled after him. In other words, "the guy pretending to be the devil is a loser".
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* ''TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperbeasto'': ''WesternAnimation/TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperbeasto'': Dr. Satan is not Satan himself but some nerdy guy styled after him. In other words, "the guy pretending to be the devil is a loser".

* In the ''DivineComedy'', Satan is a towering imbecile, trapped chest-deep in ice and forever crying and beating his wings in a vain attempt to escape, which only [[SelfInflictedHell cools and hardens the tears into ice, trapping him]].
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* In the ''DivineComedy'', ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Satan is a towering imbecile, trapped chest-deep in ice and forever crying and beating his wings in a vain attempt to escape, which only [[SelfInflictedHell cools and hardens the tears into ice, trapping him]].

* ''LeftBehind'' has the devil so incompetent that he becomes sympathetic solely because of how badly he gets beaten. He tries to turn things around, but [[YouCantFightFate he was destined to lose at God's hand anyway.]]
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* ''LeftBehind'' ''Literature/LeftBehind'' has the devil so incompetent that he becomes sympathetic solely because of how badly he gets beaten. He tries to turn things around, but [[YouCantFightFate he was destined to lose at God's hand anyway.]]

* Chichikov from ''DeadSouls'' definitely invokes this with the whole "buying people's 'souls'" thing and he's a lot like the "devil as small time bureaucrat / loser" portrayal in other works. In fact, both Chichikov and Scratch store their souls in a box - the only difference is that Chichikov's are metaphorical. * Torak of ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and Azash of ''TheElenium''. Both are incredibly powerful in physical/magical terms, but they're also crippled, handicapped by an inability to change, stupid, and totally unable to understand human emotions, which ultimately results in both their downfalls.
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* Chichikov from ''DeadSouls'' ''Literature/DeadSouls'' definitely invokes this with the whole "buying people's 'souls'" thing and he's a lot like the "devil as small time bureaucrat / loser" portrayal in other works. In fact, both Chichikov and Scratch store their souls in a box - the only difference is that Chichikov's are metaphorical. * Torak of ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' and Azash of ''TheElenium''.''Literature/TheElenium''. Both are incredibly powerful in physical/magical terms, but they're also crippled, handicapped by an inability to change, stupid, and totally unable to understand human emotions, which ultimately results in both their downfalls.

*** After choking on a grape following his threat to eat their bloody entrails, another minion played by David Spade tells him that he shouldn't attempt to eat bloody entrails until he ''mastered grapes.'' They keep on mocking him even after he turns them all into barnyard animals.
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*** After choking on a grape following his threat to eat their bloody entrails, another minion played by David Spade tells him that he shouldn't attempt to eat bloody entrails until he ''mastered grapes.'' They keep on mocking him even after he turns them all into barnyard animals.monkeys.

* In an episode of ''NorthernExposure'', the town is visited by Satan, who is a dumpy and unimpressive man more interested in small acts of betrayal than diabolical evil. He ultimately fails to corrupt the citizens of Cicely even slightly. * There's a ''TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' routine in which the Devil [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed is depicted as an]] [[Creator/ChrisCrocker effeminate Southern guy]] who spends [[OverlyLongGag two minutes of screentime]] going on what Wikipedia calls "unprecedented rants against people who make assumptions of what the Devil is".
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* In an episode of ''NorthernExposure'', ''Series/NorthernExposure'', the town is visited by Satan, who is a dumpy and unimpressive man more interested in small acts of betrayal than diabolical evil. He ultimately fails to corrupt the citizens of Cicely even slightly. * There's a ''TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' ''Series/TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' routine in which the Devil [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed is depicted as an]] [[Creator/ChrisCrocker effeminate Southern guy]] who spends [[OverlyLongGag two minutes of screentime]] going on what Wikipedia calls "unprecedented rants against people who make assumptions of what the Devil is".

* On an episode of ''Series/XPlay'' about the time a ''WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion came out, Morgan made a deal with the devil to have him level up her character. Unfortunately, the Devil sucks at ''[=WoW=]''.
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* On an episode of ''Series/XPlay'' about the time a ''WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion came out, Morgan made a deal with the devil to have him level up her character. Unfortunately, the Devil sucks at ''[=WoW=]''.

* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode "SantaClaus" Mike Nelson sings "The Devil is a Wiener" to the tune of the soundtrack.
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* In the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode "SantaClaus" "[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E21SantaClaus Santa Claus]" Mike Nelson sings "The Devil is a Wiener" to the tune of the soundtrack.

* On ''GoodEats'' this happens sometimes. Sometimes a BigRedDevil will appear and get his ass kicked by Alton (who is a Christian in RealLife). Or, as in the Devil's Food Cake episode, he simply will not get to taste the cake.
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* On ''GoodEats'' ''Series/GoodEats'' this happens sometimes. Sometimes a BigRedDevil will appear and get his ass kicked by Alton (who is a Christian in RealLife). Or, as in the Devil's Food Cake episode, he simply will not get to taste the cake.

* Then there is the TropeNamer itself, which is {{Lordi}}'s song ''The Devil Is A Loser''. The song ridicules someone for making a DealWithTheDevil... because they were stupid enough to make a deal with someone that pathetic.
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* Then there is the TropeNamer itself, which is {{Lordi}}'s Music/{{Lordi}}'s song ''The Devil Is A Loser''. The song ridicules someone for making a DealWithTheDevil... because they were stupid enough to make a deal with someone that pathetic.

* The Creator/PsychopathicRecords supergroup "Soopa Villainz" has Mr. Diamond([[Music/InsaneClownPosse Violent J]]) reference this trope in their BoastfulRap "Conquer"...
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* The Creator/PsychopathicRecords supergroup "Soopa Villainz" has Mr. Diamond([[Music/InsaneClownPosse Diamond ([[Music/InsaneClownPosse Violent J]]) reference this trope in their BoastfulRap "Conquer"...

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* The Ebon Dragon, from ''{{Exalted}}'' is basically the [[{{Satan}} Devil-figure]] of the setting; the master of betrayal, lies, and deceit, and the only one of the [[EldritchAbomination Yozis]] who operates on [[CardCarryingVillain standard human morality]]...but see WordOfGod's explanation for exactly why ''his'' villainy is represented not by [[AboveGoodAndEvil alternative]] [[{{Ubermensch}} interpretations]] of the Virtue system, but merely by having bad Virtue scores:
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* The Ebon Dragon, Dragon from ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' is basically the [[{{Satan}} Devil-figure]] of the setting; the master of betrayal, lies, and deceit, and the only one of the [[EldritchAbomination Yozis]] who operates on [[CardCarryingVillain standard human morality]]...but see WordOfGod's explanation for exactly why ''his'' villainy is represented not by [[AboveGoodAndEvil alternative]] [[{{Ubermensch}} interpretations]] of the Virtue system, but merely by having bad Virtue scores:

* Conor McPherson's play ''The Seafarer,'' the Devil is a character named Mr. Lockhart. He wastes an entire evening playing cards with a bunch of guys, some of whom are alcoholic and one of whom is blind, just to get one soul.
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* Conor McPherson's [=McPherson=]'s play ''The Seafarer,'' the Devil is a character named Mr. Lockhart. He wastes an entire evening playing cards with a bunch of guys, some of whom are alcoholic and one of whom is blind, just to get one soul.

* Once faced with Tennyo and Generator in the story "Sit In" in the WhateleyUniverse, the demon lord (okay, brevet under-baron) Phesclangorenthal rapidly turns into this.
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* Once faced with Tennyo and Generator in the story "Sit In" in the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, the demon lord (okay, brevet under-baron) Phesclangorenthal rapidly turns into this.

* In ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'', Satan rambles on about nothing and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment makes people]] watch ''TimeSquad'', watch ''{{Shrek}} 2'' or eat his mom's spaghetti. [[spoiler:He also lets Joel, Phil and Elly out of hell.]]
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* In ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'', Satan rambles on about nothing and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment makes people]] watch ''TimeSquad'', ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'', watch ''{{Shrek}} 2'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek2}}'' or eat his mom's spaghetti. [[spoiler:He also lets Joel, Phil and Elly out of hell.]]

* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Red Guy With No Pants]] from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' and ''IAmWeasel''. He certainly looks the part but he's only referred to as the devil in the first show's pilot (in which his "EvilPlan" is to make Chicken smoke cigarettes).
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* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Red Guy With No Pants]] from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' and ''IAmWeasel''.''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel''. He certainly looks the part but he's only referred to as the devil in the first show's pilot (in which his "EvilPlan" is to make Chicken smoke cigarettes).

* The Robot Devil from ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''. The guy is [[IdiotHero outsmarted by Fry]] and in one episode is seen in jail.[[ManChild He's also whiny,]] ScreamsLikeALittleGirl [[ImprobableWeaponUser when you hit him with a fiddle,]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and lives in New Jersey.]] His only positive trait is that he's a good musician.
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* The Robot Devil from ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}''. The guy is [[IdiotHero outsmarted by Fry]] and in one episode is seen in jail. [[ManChild He's also whiny,]] whiny]], ScreamsLikeALittleGirl [[ImprobableWeaponUser when you hit him with a fiddle,]] fiddle]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and lives in New Jersey.]] Jersey]]. His only positive trait is that he's a good musician.

* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''makes this a SubvertedTrope. [[SissyVillain Him]] may mince around [[CreepyCrossdresser in drag]] between launching invariably doomed {{Evil Plan}}s, but he is ''far'' from harmless. An [[CompleteImmortality immortal]] RealityWarper, Him only loses because his schemes hinge on exploiting some character flaw, a MonsterOfTheWeek, or poorly-chosen combat conditions. He comes far closer to success than other villains, and [[BadFuture one particular episode]] [[HellOnEarth demonstrated exactly what would happen]] [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce should the girls fail]]...
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''makes ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' makes this a SubvertedTrope. [[SissyVillain Him]] may mince around [[CreepyCrossdresser in drag]] between launching invariably doomed {{Evil Plan}}s, but he is ''far'' from harmless. An [[CompleteImmortality immortal]] RealityWarper, Him only loses because his schemes hinge on exploiting some character flaw, a MonsterOfTheWeek, or poorly-chosen combat conditions. He comes far closer to success than other villains, and [[BadFuture one particular episode]] [[HellOnEarth demonstrated exactly what would happen]] [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce should the girls fail]]...
1st Nov '15 2:25:11 PM Market43Fan
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** Similarly, many of Carman's songs fit this particular trope as well.
31st Oct '15 8:36:08 PM nombretomado
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* Satan from ''PuyoPuyo'' and ''Madou Monogatari'' is a pathetic StalkerWithACrush for protagonist Arle Nadja. His schemes are frequently ridiculous or pointless (such as increasing the power of the sun so he can get a tan and attract girls), and is always foiled by her and Carbuncle.
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* Satan from ''PuyoPuyo'' ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' and ''Madou Monogatari'' is a pathetic StalkerWithACrush for protagonist Arle Nadja. His schemes are frequently ridiculous or pointless (such as increasing the power of the sun so he can get a tan and attract girls), and is always foiled by her and Carbuncle.
18th Oct '15 4:09:15 PM nombretomado
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* ''ThePowerpuffGirls''makes this a SubvertedTrope. [[SissyVillain Him]] may mince around [[CreepyCrossdresser in drag]] between launching invariably doomed {{Evil Plan}}s, but he is ''far'' from harmless. An [[CompleteImmortality immortal]] RealityWarper, Him only loses because his schemes hinge on exploiting some character flaw, a MonsterOfTheWeek, or poorly-chosen combat conditions. He comes far closer to success than other villains, and [[BadFuture one particular episode]] [[HellOnEarth demonstrated exactly what would happen]] [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce should the girls fail]]...
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* ''ThePowerpuffGirls''makes ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''makes this a SubvertedTrope. [[SissyVillain Him]] may mince around [[CreepyCrossdresser in drag]] between launching invariably doomed {{Evil Plan}}s, but he is ''far'' from harmless. An [[CompleteImmortality immortal]] RealityWarper, Him only loses because his schemes hinge on exploiting some character flaw, a MonsterOfTheWeek, or poorly-chosen combat conditions. He comes far closer to success than other villains, and [[BadFuture one particular episode]] [[HellOnEarth demonstrated exactly what would happen]] [[EvilOnlyHasToWinOnce should the girls fail]]...
3rd Oct '15 9:39:50 AM nombretomado
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* One AlternativeCharacterInterpretation in ''ParadiseLost'' is that despite Satan's fancy rhetoric and impressive figure, he's just posturing as an epic hero and making self-defeating arguments and that he's simply too proud to ask for forgiveness and admit his mistakes in front of all his loyal followers. Even in the battle scene he gets clobbered unconscious the moment he takes the field.
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* One AlternativeCharacterInterpretation in ''ParadiseLost'' ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' is that despite Satan's fancy rhetoric and impressive figure, he's just posturing as an epic hero and making self-defeating arguments and that he's simply too proud to ask for forgiveness and admit his mistakes in front of all his loyal followers. Even in the battle scene he gets clobbered unconscious the moment he takes the field.
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