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9th Feb '16 6:23:25 PM chopshop
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* Dominic from ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. He's an ingenious criminal and skilled coordinator but also too certain of his own abilities, meaning he bites off more than he can chew and reacts badly to things going OffTheRails. As Reese notes, he's smart enough to be a threat but also stupid enough to get himself killed. [[spoiler: Sure enough this ends up leading to his defeat and death; he underestimates the abilities of Team Machine and Elias while simultaneously making such a big name for himself that he gets targeted and murdered by [[KnightTemplar Samaritan]] immediately after arrest.]]
14th Dec '15 11:00:30 AM TheCheshireCat
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** Not to mention that the Allied intelligence services were running circles around them, having subverted essentially every German agent while their own agents were placed in very high positions in the German war effort. Much like the scam/con example above, they'd so thoroughly convinced themselves that they couldn't be fooled that they never even bothered to look.
9th Dec '15 1:59:09 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': [[spoiler:Foxface dies because, lacking the know-how to forage food from the forest for herself, she relies on stealth to observe and steal from other Tributes - meaning that she doesn't recognize nightlock berries and, assuming them to be safe because Peeta collected them, inadvertently poisons herself with them.]] ** [[spoiler:While this is true for the book, an early shot during the training sequence indicates that Foxface actually had a higher knowledge of the flora in the area than the other tributes. In fact, the addition of this shot carries the implication that she committed suicide rather than dying at the hands of, or killing, the other tributes. The fact that the Nightlock berries were out in the open had to have set off some warning bells as well, if she were clever enough to avoid the other tributes without being detected after all this time.]]
3rd Dec '15 10:49:44 AM Micah
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** Granted, his Riddling compulsion apears to be a real psychological problem.
2nd Dec '15 8:15:52 PM DVB
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** Granted, his Riddling compulsion apears to be a real psychological problem.
2nd Dec '15 7:30:44 PM DVB
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* Sasuke Uchiha from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a child prodigy and one of the few survivors of the all-powerful Uchiha clan. However, his brother, Itachi, trashes him showing that he isn't as powerful as he thought, and even Naruto, who had always been inferior to him, manages to almost defeat him. As a result, Sasuke's confidence and inferiority complex kick in. Because of his wounded pride, he defects.
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* Sasuke Uchiha from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a child prodigy and one of the few survivors of the all-powerful Uchiha clan. However, his brother, Itachi, trashes older brother and the one who slayed their clan came back and easily defeated him showing that before subjecting him to the same psychological horror he isn't went through as powerful as he thought, and even a child, being forced to ''relive his clan's extermination in his mind for 72 hours.''When Naruto, who had always been inferior to him, manages to almost defeat him. As a result, Sasuke's confidence him, it reinforces the severe doubts he has on himself and inferiority complex kick in. Because of coupled with his wounded pride, greater troubled mind, he defects.
30th Nov '15 8:49:20 AM Micah
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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. *** 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. *** InfinityPlusOneSword.\\ \\ ** 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.]]
30th Nov '15 8:14:24 AM MinisterOfSinister
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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]] [[ReminiscingAboutYourVictim 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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*** 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]] [[ReminiscingAboutYourVictim [[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.]]
20th Nov '15 11:40:29 AM Anddrix
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** Nathan's undoing is his pride. [[spoiler:He needed to construct a scenario in which Ava would use Caleb to facilitate her escape, thus proving her sentience. His failing is that someone clever enough to be capable of assisting her would be clever enough to outwit him, and thus all his machinations fall apart because Caleb caught on to the game and played into it, which Nathan didn't figure out until it was too late]]. ** This also applies to Caleb, [[spoiler:when he rightly guessed that Nathan was still able to observe him and Ava when the power outages occurred, and put his plan to free Ava into motion before Nathan realized it too late. What he didn't count on was Ava betraying him and leaving him locked up in the monitoring room. Meaning, while he saw through Nathan's gambit, he still fell for the DamselInDistress act that Ava was doing after all]].
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** Nathan's undoing is his pride. [[spoiler:He needed to construct a scenario in which Ava would deceive and use Caleb to facilitate her escape, thus proving her sentience. sapience. His failing is that someone clever enough to be capable of assisting her her, would also be clever enough to outwit him, and thus all his machinations fall apart because Caleb caught on to the game and played into it, which Nathan didn't figure out until it was too late]]. ** This also applies to Caleb, [[spoiler:when he rightly guessed that Nathan was still able to observe him and Ava when the power outages occurred, and put his plan to free Ava into motion before Nathan realized it was too late. What he didn't count on was Ava betraying him and leaving him locked up in the monitoring room. Meaning, while he saw through Nathan's gambit, he still fell for the DamselInDistress act that Ava was doing after all]].
20th Nov '15 5:34:28 AM MinisterOfSinister
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