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24th Sep '16 8:45:59 AM Specialist290
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# As a result, are continually driven to go farther. Usually they succeed (remember, they're really good), [[BreakTheHaughty but their failures are spectacular]].

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# As a result, are continually driven to go farther. Usually they succeed (remember, they're really good), [[BreakTheHaughty but their failures failures]] [[EpicFail are spectacular]].
3rd Sep '16 6:33:07 AM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/ReapersGale'', the seventh book of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', discusses the downsides of this. When Fear Sengar points out that former slave Udinaas, by the measure of his intelligence and vision, should have been a king and not a slave, Udinaas acidly counters that he's too smart and driven and would be unable to stop once he'd started to openly question the system. Too many people like him on the loose and any governmental system would eventually collapse in bloody rebellion. Thus he deems it safer for society at large and himself in particular to spend his days scraping fish.
25th Aug '16 4:24:29 AM WillBGood
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** Also Nale. He may be smarter than Elan, but he's definitely not as smart as he thinks he is. For example, Nale had his [[HornyDevils succubus]] femme fatale disguise herself and send the party on a dangerous quest to recover star metal. He assumed that the star metal would have been recovered as "everyone" has known about its existence for a great deal of time. However, it ''hasn't'' been recovered, and after it is found the only result is Roy, an enemy of Nale's, having the star metal used to forge an InfinityPlusOneSword.\\
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** This ultimately leads to his death sometime later. [[spoiler:Having killed Minister Malack, right-hand man to General Tarquin, Nale's dad, [[EvilGloating he boasts]] [[ReminiscingAboutYourVictims about it]] [[WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied straight to his father's face]] -- in an exceptionally [[EvilIsPetty mean-spirited]] way to boot. He then rejects Tarquin's subsequent offer to reconcile and all but disavows him as his father; Tarquin, finally having had enough of his son's crap, proceeds to kill him, asking his shocked son what exactly he thought would happen after what he'd just done.]]

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** Also Nale. He may be smarter than Elan, but he's definitely not as smart as he thinks he is. For example, Nale had his [[HornyDevils succubus]] femme fatale disguise herself and send the party on a dangerous quest to recover star metal. He assumed that the star metal would have been recovered as "everyone" has known about its existence for a great deal of time. However, it ''hasn't'' been recovered, and after it is found the only result is Roy, an enemy of Nale's, having the star metal used to forge an InfinityPlusOneSword.\\
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InfinityPlusOneSword.
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This ultimately leads to his death sometime later. [[spoiler:Having killed Minister Malack, right-hand man to General Tarquin, Nale's dad, [[EvilGloating he boasts]] [[ReminiscingAboutYourVictims about it]] [[WouldYouLikeToHearHowTheyDied straight to his father's face]] -- in an exceptionally [[EvilIsPetty mean-spirited]] way to boot. He then rejects Tarquin's subsequent offer to reconcile and all but disavows him as his father; Tarquin, finally having had enough of his son's crap, proceeds to kill him, asking his shocked son what exactly he thought would happen after what he'd just done.]]
18th Aug '16 7:33:41 PM PaulA
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* ''The Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': The titular Miles Vorkosigan, as illustrated by the following quote from ''Mirror Dance''

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* ''The Literature/VorkosiganSaga'': The titular Miles Vorkosigan, as illustrated by the following quote from ''Mirror Dance''''Literature/MirrorDance'':
9th Aug '16 9:38:05 PM PaulA
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-->-- '''Vlad Taltos''', ''[[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Iorich]]''

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-->-- '''Vlad Taltos''', ''[[Literature/{{Dragaera}} Iorich]]''
''Literature/{{Iorich}}''
4th Jul '16 2:33:22 PM MikeW
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* In James Robinson's arc of ComicBook/FantasticFour, the team is expertly brought down by a genius calling himself the Quiet Man. He sets the Thing up for murder, has the Human Torch depowered, causes the FF to lose both their homes and patents, Reed and Sue lose custody of their children and the team torn apart. He's been helped by the Psycho Man using the power of an alternate universe to manipulate everyone. The Quiet Man plans to have Earth invaded by this other world, all so he can shut down the portals and "save it" and blame it all on Reed. Reed dares him to go ahead, the Quiet Man giving the shut-off signal...and nothing happens, the attack continuing. As the Quiet Man gapes in shock, Reed dryly points out to thus supposed genius mastermind that it may not have been the smartest move to give ultimate power over two worlds to THE PSYCHO MAN.


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* In an episode of ''Series/BurnNotice,'' a supposed spy master gloats on how he's got Mike wrapped around his finger only to get stabbed in the back (literally) by his own underling.
-->'''Underling''': Problem with guys like you is that you're so busy thinking ten steps ahead, you miss what's right in front of you.
14th May '16 7:26:08 AM ironballs16
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' first "Treehouse of Horror", Kang and Kodos abduct them in their flying saucer to live in luxury. Lisa snoops around the ship and finds a book titled "How to Cook Humans". Offended at the notion, the aliens blow some dust off the book's cover revealing the title to be "How to Cook For Humans". To which Lisa points out that there is still dust on the book, with the title now "How to Cook Forty Humans". Kang (or Kodos) then demonstrate that there is yet still more dust on the book's cover, finally revealing the book's full title "How to Cook For Forty Humans" (the Simpsons were gluttons).

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' first "Treehouse of Horror", Kang and Kodos abduct them in their flying saucer to live in luxury. Lisa snoops around the ship and finds a book titled "How to Cook Humans". Offended at the notion, the aliens blow some dust [[SpaceX space-dust]] off the book's cover revealing the title to be "How to Cook For Humans". To which Lisa points out that there is still dust on the book, with the title now "How to Cook Forty Humans". Kang (or Kodos) then demonstrate that there is yet still more dust on the book's cover, finally revealing the book's full title "How to Cook For Forty Humans" (the Simpsons were gluttons).
20th Mar '16 12:29:30 PM KingLyger
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** Light Yagami is impossibly clever, charming and manipulative...but for all his great plans, he ends up falling victim to his own {{pride}} too often.

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** VillainProtagonist Light Yagami is impossibly clever, charming and manipulative...but manipulative. But for all his great plans, he ends up falling victim to his own {{pride}} too often.often. By the end of the series, Light can't even consider the possibility he might fail anymore.
16th Mar '16 2:18:55 PM MsChibi
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** So does Matt. He's the 3rd smartest of the Wammy's Kids, and very much falls into the category of BrilliantButLazy. He additionally gets a little too confident that he won't miss anything important going on at Misa's [[spoiler: and completely misses Misa and Mogi escaping with the help of a "delivery man," until it's too late]], and attempts to talk himself out of a confrontation with Takada's bodyguards [[spoiler: which ends up getting him shot a million times over and killed as a result.]]
27th Feb '16 11:10:24 AM nombretomado
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* Loki tends to follow a pattern in Thor and Film/TheAvengers: he'll devise a clever plan, successfully manipulate everybody, have them where he wants them...and then he'll Main/KickTheDog, giving the heroes the motivation they need to bring him down. He seems to have gotten smarter in Film/ThorTheDarkWorld.

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* Loki tends to follow a pattern in Thor ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and Film/TheAvengers: ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'': he'll devise a clever plan, successfully manipulate everybody, have them where he wants them...and then he'll Main/KickTheDog, KickTheDog, giving the heroes the motivation they need to bring him down. He seems to have gotten smarter in Film/ThorTheDarkWorld.''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''.
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