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30th May '16 4:56:35 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''[[Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall Lady Knight]]'' by TamoraPierce, Blayce is called "The Nothing Man", because that's what he is: [[SquishyWizard a short, weak, fidgety, acne-ridden slimeball]]. Given that he's a serial child murderer and necromancer who invented the horrific killing devices that plague the Tortallan front (as well as brutalizing the local population), Kel is disgruntled to find that he's so unimpressive and easy to kill once she takes care of his [[TheDragon Dragon]].

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* In ''[[Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall Lady Knight]]'' by TamoraPierce, Creator/TamoraPierce, Blayce is called "The Nothing Man", because that's what he is: [[SquishyWizard a short, weak, fidgety, acne-ridden slimeball]]. Given that he's a serial child murderer and necromancer who invented the horrific killing devices that plague the Tortallan front (as well as brutalizing the local population), Kel is disgruntled to find that he's so unimpressive and easy to kill once she takes care of his [[TheDragon Dragon]].
3rd Apr '16 2:14:00 AM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Played with in "Super", when John Reese accuses Harold Finch of being a master hacker who just made up the story of a supercomputer as cover. A flashback at the end of the episode shows that Finch is telling the truth.
15th Mar '16 6:23:50 AM Kossage
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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', Distreyd Thanadar XII, the High Cleric of Mardük, used to be a powerful sorcerer but became weak and aged rapidly after his constant leeching of the power within the Krystallopyr shard drained most of his lifeforce while he kept casting the Plague of Nightmares across the globe so his army could conquer other nations more easily. By the time Jemuel confronts him in Vulpengaard Keep at the end of the Great War, Distreyd has become a mere shell of his former self.
2nd Feb '16 8:43:47 AM Prfnoff
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* In the ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' series, Bob the goldfish may be evil, but he's confined to a small bowl and can do nothing to defend himself or his bowl.

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* In the ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' series, Bob the goldfish may be evil, but he's confined to a small bowl and can do nothing to defend himself or he and his bowl.bowl are completely defenseless.
2nd Feb '16 8:42:48 AM Prfnoff
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* Bob the goldfish in the ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' series.

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* Bob the goldfish in In the ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' series.series, Bob the goldfish may be evil, but he's confined to a small bowl and can do nothing to defend himself or his bowl.
24th Jan '16 11:50:10 AM rjd1922
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* Parodied in one of the joke endings of SilentHill2, where it is revealed that the unseen entity jerking James around and forcing him to relieve the most painful memories of his life is...[[spoiler: [[TheDogWasTheMastermind a shiba inu dog]]]]. Roll credits!

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* Parodied in one of the joke endings of SilentHill2, ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'', where it is revealed that the unseen entity jerking James around and forcing him to relieve the most painful memories of his life is...[[spoiler: [[TheDogWasTheMastermind a shiba inu dog]]]]. Roll credits!
15th Jan '16 10:34:16 PM jormis29
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* Emperor Murod in the original ''{{Summoner}}'', despite being served by legitimately intimidating and nasty lackeys and being responsible for actions of gross evil... is just a feeble old man. On top of this, he's an AnticlimaxBoss, even ''after'' pulling a OneWingedAngel out of nowhere.

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* Emperor Murod in the original ''{{Summoner}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Summoner}}'', despite being served by legitimately intimidating and nasty lackeys and being responsible for actions of gross evil... is just a feeble old man. On top of this, he's an AnticlimaxBoss, even ''after'' pulling a OneWingedAngel out of nowhere.
15th Jan '16 10:00:23 PM nombretomado
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Flagg and the Crimson King are two cases where The Man Behind The Curtain overlaps with VillainDecay. In previous novels like ''TheStand'' and ''Literature/{{Insomnia}}'', they were presented as competent and terrifying, but Creator/StephenKing subsequently changed his mind about the nature of evil and set these villains up to be exposed as humbugs in the final volume of ''The Dark Tower.''

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Flagg and the Crimson King are two cases where The Man Behind The Curtain overlaps with VillainDecay. In previous novels like ''TheStand'' ''Literature/TheStand'' and ''Literature/{{Insomnia}}'', they were presented as competent and terrifying, but Creator/StephenKing subsequently changed his mind about the nature of evil and set these villains up to be exposed as humbugs in the final volume of ''The Dark Tower.''
12th Nov '15 1:27:25 PM AgProv
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** The greatest and most terrible bogeyman to have stalked the Disc, the custodian of the Tower of Teeth and the entity who ultimately runs the Milk Fairy operation (in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'') is revealed to be incredibly weak and wizened, incredibly old, on the point of death, and motivated only by his perceived need to Keep The Children Safe by ensuring ''nobody else'' can psychically control them via their discared milk teeth.

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** The greatest and most terrible bogeyman to have stalked the Disc, the custodian of the Tower of Teeth and the entity who ultimately runs the Milk Fairy operation (in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'') is revealed to be incredibly weak and wizened, incredibly old, on the point of death, and motivated only by his perceived need to Keep The Children Safe by ensuring ''nobody else'' can psychically control them via their discared discarded milk teeth.
12th Nov '15 1:26:45 PM AgProv
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** The greatest and most terrible bogeyman to have stalked the Disc, the custodian of the Tower of Teeth and the entity who ultimately runs the Milk Fairy operation (in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'') is revealed to be incredibly weak and wizened, incredibly old, on the point of death, and motivated only by his perceived need to Keep The Children Safe by ensuring ''nobody else'' can psychically control them via their discared milk teeth.
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