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6th Jun '17 12:55:21 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': Goku Black's plan to kill mortals and [[spoiler: take over the multiverse as the supreme god]] was nearly flawless outside of two major errors. He didn't seem to notice that [[spoiler: [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody Goku's body was corrupting him]] since he didn't have the desire for immortality, only gaining more power. This error gimped Fusion Zamasu's immortality and made it possible for the heroes to destroy his physical body]]. His second major error was [[spoiler: not coming up with a counter to deal with Zen'o outside of probably hoping that Fusion Zamasu could beat him]].
27th Apr '17 12:13:25 PM Gideoncrawle
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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]] [[EpicFail 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]] are [[EpicFail are spectacular]].
19th Mar '17 12:47:44 PM jccw227
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* Both Rabbit and Owl from ''Literature/WinnieThePooh''. Rabbit once noted they're smarter than say Pooh or Piglett as they have brains rather than being stuffed with fluff. That being said, they aren't as smart as they think, especially Owl who acts like he can read and write, when in reality, he can only spell his own name (which he does incorrectly).
19th Mar '17 11:43:34 AM jccw227
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** Wile E. Coyote as well when he's pitted against Bugs. Part of his problem is he overestimates his own intelligence while gravely underestimating Bugs', allowing Bugs to get the upper hand before he ever realizes it, combined with his problem in the Road Runner cartoons of falling for his own traps.
17th Mar '17 10:44:39 PM ImpudentInfidel
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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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** 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. It's also led to a crippling case of ComplexityAddiction; most of his plans are characterized by initial success, followed by everything falling apart when one of the far-to-many moving parts hits a snag.
17th Mar '17 10:32:23 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Gul Dukat in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' managed an extremely elaborate set of nasty surprises for anyone hijacking Terok Nor, then managed to get himself caught up in them because he beamed over to gloat at the crew for tripping them.

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** Gul Dukat in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' managed an extremely elaborate set of nasty surprises for anyone hijacking Terok Nor, then managed to get himself caught up in them because he beamed over to gloat at the crew for tripping them. Their was ''another'' set of security precautions he didn't know about set in place in case he tried to abandon his post after the first set was triggered.
17th Mar '17 10:28:38 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Voldemort is a half-example--he's a ''magical'' genius, yes, but he tends to generalize this and assume it means he's smarter than everyone at every''thing''. Given that he is in actuality [[WhatAnIdiot not even remotely competent at long-term planning]], he manages to get all the downsides of this trope with scant few of the benefits. His main flaw as a strategist is that he'll get so carried with a clever plan that he forgets his opponents are also clever, and so follows predictable patterns.

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** Voldemort is a half-example--he's a ''magical'' genius, yes, but he tends to generalize this and assume it means he's smarter than everyone at every''thing''. Given that he is in actuality [[WhatAnIdiot not even remotely competent at long-term planning]], he manages to get all the downsides of this trope with scant few of the benefits. His main flaw as a strategist is that he'll get so carried away with a clever plan that he forgets his opponents are also clever, and so follows predictable patterns.patterns. [[spoiler: The most glaring example, as pointed out by Dumbledore, is that he decided to make every SoulJar he built out of significant magical artifacts that can be traced to him which he guarded in varying ways (held by his chief lieutenant, bank vault, under a magic pool on an island in an underground lake filled with zombies). If he'd gone the simple route and used a random rock he then threw in a lake there would have been no way to stop him.]]
9th Feb '17 5:54:14 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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These characters are susceptible to the KansasCityShuffle, a deception that relies on the targets' overestimation of their own cleverness.

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These characters are especially susceptible to the KansasCityShuffle, a deception that relies on the targets' overestimation of their own cleverness.
3rd Feb '17 10:30:43 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* Grand Admiral Thrawn of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, especially ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy''. He'd probably claim that he's not arrogant, and it's true that he has no qualms about accepting a good idea just because it's not his, but he definitely has an ego underneath his self-control. He's an alien in a xenophobic Empire whose talents caused him to get that rank. To a lesser extent, [[KnowledgeBroker Talon Karrde]].

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* Grand Admiral Thrawn of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, especially ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy''. He'd probably claim that he's not arrogant, and it's true that he has no qualms about accepting a good idea just because it's not his, but he definitely has an ego underneath his self-control. He's an alien in a xenophobic Empire whose talents caused him to get that rank. His main problems are not leaving wiggle room for unknown unknowns and putting entirely to much trust in people he's manipulated both staying manipulated and making good decisions. To a lesser extent, [[KnowledgeBroker Talon Karrde]].
2nd Jan '17 2:18:02 PM JoieDeCombat
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** In "The Gold Job" Hardison makes this mistake as well. As he is planning his clever system for forcing the mark to pay for their client, he makes the mistake of [[spoiler: causing them to question all of the hoops they've had to jump through during the con.]] [[AnAesop Nate explains]] to him that he always avoids this by having a relatively simple backup plan.

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** It is a frequent failing of Hardison's as well; on multiple occasions the other characters point out his tendency to get himself and them into trouble by being a little too convinced of his own cleverness. In "The Iceman Job" he goes so overboard playing the part of a diamond thief that it gets him kidnapped by Russian mobsters who want him to steal some diamonds for them. In "The Gold Job" Hardison he demands to be allowed to run what should have been a simple con and makes this mistake as well. As he is planning his clever system for forcing it so needlessly complicated that the mark to pay for their client, he makes the mistake of [[spoiler: causing them to question marks start questioning all of the hoops they've had they're having to jump through during through, nearly ruining the con.]] entire job. [[AnAesop Nate explains]] to him that he always avoids this by having a relatively simple backup plan.plan, and advises Hardison to take his failure as an object lesson to apply to future jobs.
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