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20th May '16 3:52:21 AM erforce
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* The causal viewer may not notice at first because he's the closest to a "main" protagonist, but every major problem the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' face in the first movie is caused by Dr. Peter Venkman. The Dean at Columbia U specifically cites his smarmy attitude and freewheeling approach to the scientific method as the reasons for kicking the team off campus, his overly-forward attempts to hit on Dana almost cost them their first customer, and his antagonizing of EPA agent Walter Peck backfires horribly when Peck turns out to be a petty tyrant who orders their containment grid shut down, freeing hundreds of trapped ghosts and speeding along the BigBad's plan. Despite this, Venkman can be considered a subversion of the usual Millstone, since it's his cleverness, resourcefulness and silver tongue that always end up fixing the problems he causes.
%% Jimmy from ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]''.

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* The causal viewer may not notice at first because he's the closest to a "main" protagonist, but every major problem the ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' team face in the first movie ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' is caused by Dr. Peter Venkman. The Dean at Columbia U specifically cites his smarmy attitude and freewheeling approach to the scientific method as the reasons for kicking the team off campus, his overly-forward attempts to hit on Dana almost cost them their first customer, and his antagonizing of EPA agent Walter Peck backfires horribly when Peck turns out to be a petty tyrant who orders their containment grid shut down, freeing hundreds of trapped ghosts and speeding along the BigBad's plan. Despite this, Venkman can be considered a subversion of the usual Millstone, since it's his cleverness, resourcefulness and silver tongue that always end up fixing the problems he causes.
%% Jimmy from ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} ''[[Film/{{Neighbors 2014}} Neighbors]]''.



* ''TheTwelveChairs'': Ippolit Matveyevich "Kisa" Vorobyaninov first is an employer to his MagnificentBastard companyon Ostap Bender, then becomes TheLoad... and then, when they almost buy the titular jewel-stuffed MacGuffin, not only does Kisa get drunk and spend all the cash, he completely screws ''any possibility'' of them buying the chairs ever and causes the chairs to be sold separately. Throughout the story he degrades morally and ends up ''[[MoralEventHorizon killing Ostap in the sleep]]'' (luckily, he got better) right before going for the final chair, only to discover that treasure was already found and taken away due to his own stupidity.

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* ''TheTwelveChairs'': ''Literature/TheTwelveChairs'': Ippolit Matveyevich "Kisa" Vorobyaninov first is an employer to his MagnificentBastard companyon Ostap Bender, then becomes TheLoad... and then, when they almost buy the titular jewel-stuffed MacGuffin, not only does Kisa get drunk and spend all the cash, he completely screws ''any possibility'' of them buying the chairs ever and causes the chairs to be sold separately. Throughout the story he degrades morally and ends up ''[[MoralEventHorizon killing Ostap in the sleep]]'' (luckily, he got better) right before going for the final chair, only to discover that treasure was already found and taken away due to his own stupidity.
19th May '16 4:22:39 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TheMightyBoosh'', Howard and Vince take turns. Which is the true Millstone is too close to call, as they'll occasionally switch in the same episode. (see The Nightmare of Milky Joe) Their millstoning gets more prevalent when they leave the Zooniverse after season one, as Bob Fossil is no longer instigating episodes.

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* In ''TheMightyBoosh'', ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', Howard and Vince take turns. Which is the true Millstone is too close to call, as they'll occasionally switch in the same episode. (see The Nightmare of Milky Joe) Their millstoning gets more prevalent when they leave the Zooniverse after season one, as Bob Fossil is no longer instigating episodes.
2nd May '16 7:12:52 PM Tianzi
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** Joffrey "Baratheon" is as completely evil as a 13-year-old RoyalBrat can be... but it's NOT his family's biggest problem. It's his utter stupidity which first causes a war and then places a constant the Lannisters' politics several times. All of his family members around, who vary in terms of both intelligence and conscience themselves, spend half of their energy trying to knock not even some morality, but some sense of PragmaricVillainy into him, to no avail.

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** Joffrey "Baratheon" is as completely evil as a 13-year-old RoyalBrat can be... but it's NOT his family's biggest problem. It's his utter stupidity which first causes a war and then places a constant the Lannisters' politics several times. All of his family members around, who vary in terms of both intelligence and conscience themselves, spend half of their energy trying to knock not even some morality, but some sense of PragmaricVillainy into him, to no avail. In fact, Joffrey's very life ends because someone finally decides that working around him is impossible.
2nd May '16 7:10:44 PM Tianzi
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** Joffrey "Baratheon" is as completely evil as a 13-year-old RoyalBrat can be... but it's NOT his family's biggest problem. It's his utter stupidity which first causes a war and then places a constant the Lannisters' politics several times. All of his family members around, who vary in terms of both intelligence and conscience themselves, spend half of their energy trying to knock not even some morality, but some sense of PragmaricVillainy into him, to no avail.
26th Apr '16 10:41:25 AM SmugTrope
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* In "WesternAnimation/InsideOut", any of the 5 emotions who are not Joy messes up control over Riley one way over the other. Anger is the biggest offender in this regard as every action he takes to control Riley results in the destruction of her 5 core personality islands. Sadness WAS responsible for interfering with Riley's core memories that caused her and Joy to be sucked out of headquarters, but it was also important to the story as it's revealed that [[spoiler:Sadness helps Riley cope with her disappointments which eventually turns into happiness.]]

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* In "WesternAnimation/InsideOut", any of the 5 emotions who are not Joy messes up control over Riley one way over the other. Anger is the biggest offender in this regard as every action he takes to control Riley results in the destruction of her 5 core personality islands. Sadness WAS responsible for interfering with Riley's core memories that caused her and Joy to be sucked out of headquarters, but it was also important to the story as it's revealed that [[spoiler:Sadness helps Riley cope with open herself up about her disappointments which eventually turns into happiness.]]
26th Apr '16 10:40:38 AM SmugTrope
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* In "WesternAnimation/InsideOut", any of the 5 emotions who are not Joy messes up control over Riley one way over the other. Anger is the biggest offender in this regard as every action he takes to control Riley results in the destruction of her 5 core personality islands. Sadness WAS responsible for interfering with Riley's core memories that caused her and Joy to be sucked out of headquarters, but it was also important to the story as it's revealed that [[spoiler:Sadness helps Riley cope with her disappointments which eventually turns into happiness.]]
26th Apr '16 10:24:42 AM SmugTrope
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* Nearly every bad thing that has ever happened in "Manga/Naruto" was a result of actions taken by someone from The Uchiha Clan. The most primitive examples are Madara Uchiha who manipulates events that throw the ninja world into chaos and war and Obito Uchiha who kills the main character's parents and forms a terrorist organization that goes out to kill even more people to create a doomsday genjutsu, all because he loved Rin to much. And of course, there's Sasuke who not only abandons his friends and comrades causing more problems for the heroes, but also [[spoiler:decides to kill off the world leaders and the tailed beasts to take over the world for himself.]] On an additional note, there was the coup that The Uchiha were planning to use to overthrow the leaf village which would have started another world war. At this point, anyone with a Sharingan should be put on a blacklist.

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* Nearly every bad thing that has ever happened in "Manga/Naruto" "Franchise/{{Naruto}}" was a result of actions taken by someone from The Uchiha Clan. The most primitive examples are Madara Uchiha who manipulates events that throw the ninja world into chaos and war and Obito Uchiha who kills the main character's parents and forms a terrorist organization that goes out to kill even more people to create a doomsday genjutsu, all because he loved Rin to much. And of course, there's Sasuke who not only abandons his friends and comrades causing more problems for the heroes, but also [[spoiler:decides to kill off the world leaders and the tailed beasts to take over the world for himself.]] On an additional note, there was the coup that The Uchiha were planning to use to overthrow the leaf village which would have started another world war. At this point, anyone with a Sharingan should be put on a blacklist.
26th Apr '16 10:20:46 AM SmugTrope
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* Nearly every bad thing that has ever happened in "Manga/Naruto" was a result of actions taken by someone from The Uchiha Clan. The most primitive examples are Madara Uchiha who manipulates events that throw the ninja world into chaos and war and Obito Uchiha who kills the main character's parents and forms a terrorist organization that goes out to kill even more people to create a doomsday genjutsu, all because he loved Rin to much. And of course, there's Sasuke who not only abandons his friends and comrades causing more problems for the heroes, but also [[spoiler:decides to kill off the world leaders and the tailed beasts to take over the world for himself.]] On an additional note, there was the coup that The Uchiha were planning to use to overthrow the leaf village which would have started another world war. At this point, anyone with a Sharingan should be put on a blacklist.
26th Apr '16 1:05:03 AM Euodiachloris
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** [[WhatAnIdiot Merrett]] "[[MeaningfulName Muttonhead]]" [[SmugSnake Frey]] is a wonderful example of the breed, for instance: almost any venture he's touched hasn't gone well, dating back to being a young teen. As is [[FatBastard Ryman]] [[SmugSnake Frey]]... given that he is one of the heirs to the House, it's almost a relief for readers to learn that the vastly more competent and ruthless Black Walder is widely considered by other Freys as being likely out to kill him (and others) to gain the lordship. Politically smooth and savvy the gormless twerp ''isn't''. Which explains why no other Freys are moving to defend him against Black Walter.

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** [[WhatAnIdiot Merrett]] "[[MeaningfulName Muttonhead]]" [[SmugSnake Frey]] is a wonderful example of the breed, for instance: almost any venture he's touched hasn't gone well, dating back to being a young teen. As is [[FatBastard Ryman]] [[SmugSnake Frey]]... given that he is one of the heirs to the House, it's almost a relief for readers to learn that the vastly more competent and ruthless Black Walder is widely considered by other Freys as being likely out to kill him (and others) to gain the lordship. Politically smooth and savvy the gormless twerp ''isn't''. Which explains why no other Freys are moving to defend him against Black Walter.Walder.
3rd Apr '16 7:55:03 PM bobwolf
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Nick deliberately tries to be this to Judy at first, purposefully delaying her after she conscripts him to help her track down Mr. Otterton. Thankfully, he cuts it out once he realizes what's at stake.
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