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23rd Jul '17 3:38:39 PM nombretomado
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** A pre-Crisis story had an old pre-WW2 supervillain (despite the fact that this was Earth-1, where Supes himself was supposed to be the first superhuman) give up his life of crime to go star-hopping with his "alien friends". He comes back to Earth to see home again while he can, but is a bit peeved that his tales of traveling in space are disbelieved and that he's mostly been forgotten in favour of Superman, so he gets his friends to rejuvenate him temporarily so that he can have one last splash of super-villainy. He fights Superman, who lets him win so that he can die in triumph.

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** A pre-Crisis story had an old pre-WW2 pre-[=WW2=] supervillain (despite the fact that this was Earth-1, where Supes himself was supposed to be the first superhuman) give up his life of crime to go star-hopping with his "alien friends". He comes back to Earth to see home again while he can, but is a bit peeved that his tales of traveling in space are disbelieved and that he's mostly been forgotten in favour of Superman, so he gets his friends to rejuvenate him temporarily so that he can have one last splash of super-villainy. He fights Superman, who lets him win so that he can die in triumph.
15th Jul '17 5:58:25 AM SpinAttaxx
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': In the BadFuture that Future Trunks hails from, it's heavily hinted that this is why Androids 17 and 18 dragged out their fights with Trunks and Future Gohan for so long before ultimately going for the kill. In fact, when Trunks returns to challenge them after the defeat of Cell in the main timeline and Future 18 decides to kill him to blow off steam, Future 17 gives her the okay, but nonetheless points out that they'll be throwing away "weeks worth of fun" if she does.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
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In the BadFuture that Future Trunks hails from, it's heavily hinted that this is why Androids 17 and 18 dragged out their fights with Trunks and Future Gohan for so long before ultimately going for the kill. In fact, when Trunks returns to challenge them after the defeat of Cell in the main timeline and Future 18 decides to kill him to blow off steam, Future 17 gives her the okay, but nonetheless points out that they'll be throwing away "weeks worth of fun" if she does.does.
** From ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' is Universe 12's God of Destruction, [[FishPeople Geene]]. He carries out his job ruthlessly and indiscriminately, leaving his universe with the second-highest quality of life in the multiverse (allowing him to skip the universe-ending Tournament of Power)... and leaving him with almost nothing to do, thus he's grown very bored.
26th Jun '17 8:46:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ReBoot'', Hexadecimal infects Mainframe with the Medusa Bug, turning it to stone. All of its inhabitants are petrified, except for Bob, who [[BatmanGambit thanks Hex for making Mainframe so peaceful and predictable]]. After thinking quickly, Hex realizes she doesn't want peace and order, so she returns Mainframe to normal by [[ResetButton literally snapping her fingers.]]

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* In ''ReBoot'', ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', Hexadecimal infects Mainframe with the Medusa Bug, turning it to stone. All of its inhabitants are petrified, except for Bob, who [[BatmanGambit thanks Hex for making Mainframe so peaceful and predictable]]. After thinking quickly, Hex realizes she doesn't want peace and order, so she returns Mainframe to normal by [[ResetButton literally snapping her fingers.]]
26th Jun '17 8:46:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': The Brain once succeeded in taking over the world by building a full-size replica of the Earth out of papier-mache and luring the population there with free T-shirts. Unfortunately, that left him as [[MayorOfAGhostTown the ruler of an empty planet.]] A comet then destroys the real Earth, leaving Brain and Pinky stranded in the fake Earth, where their plans start anew (much to Brain's relief, one may imagine).

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* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'':
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The Brain once succeeded in taking over the world by building a full-size replica of the Earth out of papier-mache and luring the population there with free T-shirts. Unfortunately, that left him as [[MayorOfAGhostTown the ruler of an empty planet.]] A comet then destroys the real Earth, leaving Brain and Pinky stranded in the fake Earth, where their plans start anew (much to Brain's relief, one may imagine).



* The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted" has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Candace actually getting Mom to see the boys' antics]], which results in them being sent to a hellish reform school. Candace realizes how much she truly loves and misses her brothers, and embarks on a mission to rescue them. (In the end, though, [[spoiler:the episode turns out to be a DreamWithinADream...of Perry!]])

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
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The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted" has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Candace actually getting Mom to see the boys' antics]], which results in them being sent to a hellish reform school. Candace realizes how much she truly loves and misses her brothers, and embarks on a mission to rescue them. (In the end, though, [[spoiler:the episode turns out to be a DreamWithinADream...of Perry!]])



** Same thing happens in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' with Sonic trying to convince Eggman (who is depressed) into trying to take over the world again.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', this happens on one of the episodes of the ShowWithinAShow ''Series/{{The|TwilightZone}} [[Series/TheOuterLimits Scary]] [[Series/TalesFromTheDarkSide Door]]'', where a man is hit by a car and then wakes up in a casino.

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** * Same thing happens in ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' with Sonic trying to convince Eggman (who is depressed) into trying to take over the world again.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', this ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** This
happens on one of the episodes of the ShowWithinAShow ''Series/{{The|TwilightZone}} [[Series/TheOuterLimits Scary]] [[Series/TalesFromTheDarkSide Door]]'', where a man is hit by a car and then wakes up in a casino.



* Sideshow Bob spares Bart at the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Great Louse Detective" because he feels he'll end up this way if he kills him, as he explains by singing [[VillainSong "The Very Reason That I Live"]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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Sideshow Bob spares Bart at the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' the episode "The Great Louse Detective" because he feels he'll end up this way if he kills him, as he explains by singing [[VillainSong "The Very Reason That I Live"]].
26th Jun '17 8:44:35 AM Morgenthaler
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*In an episode of ''The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy'', Billy begs Grim to give him yogurt-based superpowers after getting excited about the superhero mascot on a yogurt commercial. He flies to a deserted alien planet populated only by a derpy little alien. He becomes so bored and depressed and desperate for action that he declares all of the microbes on the planet an evil microscopic empire and literally drowns the entire planet in yogurt.

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*In an episode of ''The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy'', ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Billy begs Grim to give him yogurt-based superpowers after getting excited about the superhero mascot on a yogurt commercial. He flies to a deserted alien planet populated only by a derpy little alien. He becomes so bored and depressed and desperate for action that he declares all of the microbes on the planet an evil microscopic empire and literally drowns the entire planet in yogurt.
15th Jun '17 1:30:33 PM Steam_Lord
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** In another episode a non-canon segment features Professor Farnsworth having answered the last scientific question ever, and soon grows dreadful of his seemingly eternal victory, right up until Stephen Hawking discovers that there can never be a scarcity of questions now that the universe is forever expanding in complexity, and he and the Planet Express crew celebrate.

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** In another episode a non-canon segment features Professor Farnsworth having answered the last scientific question ever, and soon grows dreadful of his seemingly eternal victory, right up until Stephen Hawking discovers that there can never be a scarcity of questions now that inspires him to try to find out why the universe is forever expanding exists in complexity, the state that it does instead of some other way, and he and the Planet Express crew celebrate.
12th Jun '17 1:13:18 PM lillolillo
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has often said that he doesn't want to kill Franchise/{{Batman}}, because if he did then it would spoil all their lovely fun.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Comicbook//TheJoker has often said that he doesn't want to kill Franchise/{{Batman}}, because if he did then it would spoil all their lovely fun.



In ''Comicbook/DCComicsPresents'' #56, Franchise/{{Superman}} and [[Comicbook/PowerGirl an alternate universe]] Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} fight Maaldor, a villain with godlike powers who challenges them because he's conquered his whole universe... and now he's ''bored''.

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** In ''Comicbook/DCComicsPresents'' #56, Franchise/{{Superman}} and [[Comicbook/PowerGirl an alternate universe]] Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} fight Maaldor, a villain with godlike powers who challenges them because he's conquered his whole universe... and now he's ''bored''.
12th Jun '17 1:06:45 PM lillolillo
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* The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' fan comic ''Webcomic/LilFormers'' illustrates this [[http://www.lilformers.com/blog/2008/03/24/03242008/ here]].
** Which isn't too far from what actually happens in the storyline it's making a parody of.
* In a TearJerker issue, {{Superman}} competes against someone who has similar powers and [[spoiler: and whose method of rejuvenating himself would eventually kill him]]. Because of a technicality [[spoiler: (the rejuvenation process is considered cheating)]], Superman wins. Superman then [[spoiler: reveals that he's learned his opponent was TheLastOfHisKind and sorrowfully]] asks "when you're [[BoringInvincibleHero Superman]], what's one more victory?"

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* The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' fan comic ''Webcomic/LilFormers'' illustrates this [[http://www.lilformers.com/blog/2008/03/24/03242008/ here]].
** Which
here]]... which isn't too far from what actually happens in the storyline it's making a parody of.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}:
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In a TearJerker heart-wrenching issue, {{Superman}} Superman competes against someone who has similar powers and [[spoiler: and whose method of rejuvenating himself would eventually kill him]]. Because of a technicality [[spoiler: (the rejuvenation process is considered cheating)]], Superman wins. Superman then [[spoiler: reveals that he's learned his opponent was TheLastOfHisKind and sorrowfully]] asks "when you're [[BoringInvincibleHero Superman]], Superman, what's one more victory?"



In ''Comicbook/DCComicsPresents'' #56, Franchise/{{Superman}} and [[Comicbook/PowerGirl an alternate universe]] Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} fight Maaldor, a villain with godlike powers who challenges them because he's conquered his whole universe... and now he's ''bored''.



** A similar thing occurred after [[spoiler: the first]] Robotnik was finally defeated. Mobius is free, Mobotropolis is reclaimed, everyone is happy...except Sonic, who's completely overwhelmed by the tense political climate, the [[FantasticRacism overwhelming hatred]] of the Robians, and of course, the lack of a single enemy to fight. He goes so far as to wish Robotnik was back, so he'd know what he was fighting. Fortunately, Naugus showed up soon after[[spoiler:, followed by the second Robotnik]].

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** A similar thing occurred after [[spoiler: the first]] Robotnik was finally defeated. Mobius is free, Mobotropolis is reclaimed, everyone is happy... except Sonic, who's completely overwhelmed by the tense political climate, the [[FantasticRacism overwhelming hatred]] of the Robians, and of course, the lack of a single enemy to fight. He goes so far as to wish Robotnik was back, so he'd know what he was fighting. Fortunately, Naugus showed up soon after[[spoiler:, followed by the second Robotnik]].



*** As it turns out [[spoiler:TheVoice is actually [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]], Twilight's [[FutureMeScaresMe potential future]] SuperPoweredEvilSide who invoked this trope to turn the Dark World into Discord's IronicHell by trapping him in a GroundhogDayLoop where his defeats are always undone with each loop, meaning he's been ruling Equestria for several ''hundred'' million years. The sheer boredom of this, combined with the fact he's had a HeelRealization she won't ''let'' him act on has turned his victory into an AndIMustScream fate.]]

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*** ** As it turns out [[spoiler:TheVoice is actually [[BiggerBad Nightmare Eclipse/Paradox]], Twilight's [[FutureMeScaresMe potential future]] SuperPoweredEvilSide who invoked this trope to turn the Dark World into Discord's IronicHell by trapping him in a GroundhogDayLoop where his defeats are always undone with each loop, meaning he's been ruling Equestria for several ''hundred'' million years. The sheer boredom of this, combined with the fact he's had a HeelRealization she won't ''let'' him act on has turned his victory into an AndIMustScream fate.]]
6th Jun '17 5:31:21 AM Turrican
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* In ''Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'' this is part of the premise. The evil machine intelligence AM already succeeded in its war against humanity over a century ago, and so its only purpose now is to torture the last five human survivors endlessly as a means to cope with the sheer boredom of its eternal hate-filled existence.
29th May '17 12:03:33 PM nombretomado
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* This is [[BadassGrandpa Yoshihiro]] [[BloodKnight Shimazu's]] entire reason for joining the 'losing' side in every ''Warriors'' game he's in. He finds being on the side of the stronger guy and having victory be all but assured boring, and would rather go against long odds. Especially prominent in WarriorsOrochi 3 where he defects from Orochi's army by basically invoking the trope on the spot.

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* This is [[BadassGrandpa Yoshihiro]] [[BloodKnight Shimazu's]] entire reason for joining the 'losing' side in every ''Warriors'' game he's in. He finds being on the side of the stronger guy and having victory be all but assured boring, and would rather go against long odds. Especially prominent in WarriorsOrochi 3 ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi 3'' where he defects from Orochi's army by basically invoking the trope on the spot.
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