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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''.
21st Feb '16 8:08:15 PM ErikModi
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* Sikozu of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' definitely fits this trope, especially given her arrogance over her high intelligence.

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* Sikozu of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' definitely fits this trope, especially given her arrogance over her high intelligence. Doubly so given her knowledge comes almost exclusively from book-learning, leaving her woefully underprepared for the actual realities of the universe. Trying tell a Pilot how best to pilot his Leviathan, because you read about Leviathans in books? Good luck with that.
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.
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