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10th Jun '17 4:54:34 PM maxwellsilver
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', Aku grabs the Villain Ball big-time in "Jack and the Zombies". While Jack is busy fighting off a horde of zombies, Aku manages to steal Jack's sword, which is the only thing in the world that can harm him. He then proceeds to do some EvilGloating, which is acceptable, given how Jack is absolutely powerless at this point. But then, he announces that he'll destroy the sword to become completely unstoppable ''after'' he kills Jack with it, to give him a [[DeathByIrony "fitting" death by the hands of his own sword]]. [[spoiler: Of course, after an epic but one-sided battle, something comes in at the last second to prevent Aku from succeeding, thereby allowing Jack to reclaim his sword, forcing Aku to retreat. Had Aku just destroyed the sword first, BEFORE going after Jack, he would've won.]]
** Pretty much anytime Aku gets the upper hand, he pulls one of these. Gets a MacGuffin? Gloats about it to Jack's face before it's secured. Captures Jack? Places him in a ''very'' slow running torture device so he can watch him suffer. Hires some minions to do his bidding? Mistreats or double crosses them enough to provoke their betrayal. Granted the guy is literaly MadeOfEvil so it is sort of in his nature not to forgo sadistic fun over tactics (or even temporarily hold it till the plan is actually over).



** "The Times They Are A Changeling" reveals the changelings are ''species-wide villain ball holders''. Thorax, a changeling [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch who'd rather be friends with ponies]], reveals that the changeling {{Mooks}} are free-thinking creatures capable of emotions and are fully capable of simply feeding on "ambient" love between others, and even on the love ''they could have for each other'' with literally no ill effects. They could keep peacefully to themselves or be the pony's ''greatest allies'' if they weren't naturally aggressive and didn't have [[BadBoss one hell of an evil douchebag teaching them from birth to invade and conquer instead]]. [[spoiler: "To Where And Back Again" reveals this to be true. The Changelings could easily feed on love for each other instead of stealing love from others. Not only is love-stealing totally inefficient, it actually [[BeingEvilSucks doesn't get them fed at all]]. It did benefit their [[ItsAllAboutMe very selfish leader]], though.]]

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** "The Times They Are A Changeling" reveals the changelings are ''species-wide villain ball holders''. Thorax, a changeling [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch who'd rather be friends with ponies]], reveals that the changeling {{Mooks}} are free-thinking creatures capable of emotions and are fully capable of simply feeding on "ambient" love between others, and even on the love ''they could have for each other'' with literally no ill effects. They could keep peacefully to themselves or be the pony's ''greatest allies'' if they weren't naturally aggressive and didn't have [[BadBoss one hell of an evil douchebag teaching them from birth to invade and conquer instead]].instead. [[spoiler: "To Where And Back Again" reveals this to be true. The Changelings could easily feed on love for each other instead of stealing love from others. Not only is love-stealing totally inefficient, it actually [[BeingEvilSucks doesn't get them fed at all]]. It did benefit their [[ItsAllAboutMe very selfish leader]], though.]]



** Multiple episodes of feature some variation of a plot where Aku forces a person or a group of people into deceiving Jack and luring him into a trap to save their own lives or get some desired MacGuffin from him. Inevitably, this plot will succeed, but Aku [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo always fails to uphold his end of the bargain]]. Which, of course, leads to [[TheDogBitesBack the dog biting back and helping Jack escape]]. Had Aku ever just swallowed his pride and ''not'' screwed somebody over in exchange for the death of his most hated and dangerous enemy -or just waited to do it until Jack had been dealt with- he would have won. At least one episode suggested that Aku, being [[MadeofEvil a living personification of evil]], is literally incapable of not [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]] even when it would be beneficial for him to do so.

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** Multiple episodes of feature some variation of a plot where Aku forces a person or a group of people into deceiving Jack and luring him into a trap to save their own lives or get some desired MacGuffin from him. Inevitably, this plot will succeed, but Aku [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo always fails to uphold his end of the bargain]]. Which, of course, leads to [[TheDogBitesBack the dog biting back and helping Jack escape]]. Had Aku ever just swallowed his pride and ''not'' screwed somebody over in exchange for the death of his most hated and dangerous enemy -or just waited to do it until Jack had been dealt with- he would have won. At least one episode suggested that Aku, being [[MadeofEvil a living personification of evil]], is literally incapable of not ''not'' [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]] even when it [[PragmaticVillainy would be beneficial for him not to do so.so]].


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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MegaBabies'', the babies accidentally uncover an evil plot by a restaurateur to sell recycled food to unsuspecting customers. When he realises the babies simply don't care and are more interested in a bouncing ball, he announces he'll destroy their ball because he can, which prompts them to attack and defeat him.
10th Jun '17 1:24:18 PM Darth_Marth
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* Multiple episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' feature some variation of a plot where Aku forces a person or a group of people into deceiving Jack and luring him into a trap to save their own lives or get some desired MacGuffin from him. Inevitably, this plot will succeed, but Aku [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo always fails to uphold his end of the bargain]]. Which, of course, leads to [[TheDogBitesBack the dog biting back and helping Jack escape]]. Had Aku ever just swallowed his pride and ''not'' screwed somebody over in exchange for the death of his most hated and dangerous enemy -or just waited to do it until Jack had been dealt with- he would have won. At least one episode suggested that Aku, being [[MadeofEvil a living personification of evil]], is literally incapable of not [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]] even when it would be beneficial for him to do so.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
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Multiple episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' feature some variation of a plot where Aku forces a person or a group of people into deceiving Jack and luring him into a trap to save their own lives or get some desired MacGuffin from him. Inevitably, this plot will succeed, but Aku [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo always fails to uphold his end of the bargain]]. Which, of course, leads to [[TheDogBitesBack the dog biting back and helping Jack escape]]. Had Aku ever just swallowed his pride and ''not'' screwed somebody over in exchange for the death of his most hated and dangerous enemy -or just waited to do it until Jack had been dealt with- he would have won. At least one episode suggested that Aku, being [[MadeofEvil a living personification of evil]], is literally incapable of not [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]] even when it would be beneficial for him to do so.so.
** When Aku finally manages to capture Jack in the series finale, he decides to broadcast his execution to the entire world to make an example out of him. Then he wastes so much time debating (onscreen) about what the most painful way to kill Jack would be, that all of the people Jack has helped over the years have time to fly to his castle and launch an assault to rescue Jack. Aku being NighInvulnerable, they aren't able to do much more than annoy him, but it does provide Jack the distraction he needs to escape.
9th Jun '17 9:37:55 PM thecarolinabull01
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** In ''ReturnOfTheJedi'', after Luke refuses to turn to the Dark Side, Palpatine tries to kill him slowly and painfully with Force Lightning (rather than, say, quickly with a lightsaber or something), right in front of Darth Vader, who has a tendency to go nuts when you target his loved ones. While Vader and Sidious agreed beforehand to kill Luke if he refused to join them, Vader has been slowly turning away from the Dark Side due to the love for his recently discovered son and Palpatine is [[EvilCannotComprehendGood too deluded to see it]] and as a result, Vader fully rejects the Dark Side and throws Sidious to his death.
4th Jun '17 9:00:20 PM Zaptech
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* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'', Mason is able to decode the location of the transmitter because Dragovich included it in the broadcast itself. But he at least encoded it in a series of numbers... which he also brainwashed Mason to be able to understand. Without this clue, his plan would have succeeded wildly.
20th May '17 1:30:27 AM Darth_Marth
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* Multiple episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' feature some variation of a plot where Aku forces a person or a group of people into deceiving Jack and luring him into a trap to save their own lives or get some desired MacGuffin from him. Inevitably, this plot will succeed, but Aku [[YouSaidYouWouldLetThemGo always fails to uphold his end of the bargain]]. Which, of course, leads to [[TheDogBitesBack the dog biting back and helping Jack escape]]. Had Aku ever just swallowed his pride and ''not'' screwed somebody over in exchange for the death of his most hated and dangerous enemy -or just waited to do it until Jack had been dealt with- he would have won. At least one episode suggested that Aku, being [[MadeofEvil a living personification of evil]], is literally incapable of not [[KickTheDog kicking the dog]] even when it would be beneficial for him to do so.
19th May '17 4:59:43 PM Zaptech
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* The Comicbook/RedSkull in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' had ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and the world on the ropes. If Skull just [[spoiler: let the [[CosmicKeystone Tesseract]] alone when it was exposed (or, better, thrown it at Captain America)]], he would have scored a near-victory when his superbomber [[spoiler: got close enough into the United States to either crash land and activate its weapons]], even if he and Cap were still fighting when it happened. In this case, the Skull [[spoiler: literally picked up the Tesseract, the one thing that doomed his plans, and [[NeverFoundTheBody apparently destroyed himself]].]]
** At the last minute, an insult from Cap made Red Skull turn the bombing personal, by flying the Valkyrie to New York first rather than all his other targets in Europe. Had he controlled his temper, he would have succeeded in bombing several capitals before Cap would have reached the cockpit.
2nd May '17 4:45:45 PM mouschilight
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* Sasuke Uchiha during the Five Kages Arc in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Instead of, you know, acting like a shinobi and keeping himself hidden, he decides to meet the investigating Samurai head on. And kills most of them brutally. When the Raikage and his bodyguards C and Darui arrive, he doesn't try to hide. Again, meeting ''three powerful ninjas head on'' alone. He gets soaked and electrocuted by Darui for his troubles. Any other ninja would start trying to cut their losses. Not Sasuke. He gets himself caught in C's blinding genjutsu, but even though he can see through it A and Darui nearly blitz him and Suigetsu and Jugo have to save him. Rise, rinse, repeat for the rest of the arc. The biggest ball he grabbed was when Karin was taken hostage by Danzo. Instead of going for a headshot, he decides to [[ShootTheHostage shoot through Karin to kill Danzo]], because having been taken hostage somehow translates in [[InsaneTrollLogic Sasuke-logic]] to having [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived her usefulness]].
** Pain, during his climactic fight against Naruto. When he has Naruto at his mercy, he proceeds to blow up Konoha and then critically injure Hinata right in front of him instead of just taking him to the Akatsuki. Naruto [[RageBreakingPoint snaps]] and gives in to the [[OneWingedAngel Nine-Tails]], which proceeds to kick Pain's ass.

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Sasuke Uchiha during the Five Kages Arc in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.Kage Summit Arc. Instead of, you know, acting like a shinobi and keeping himself hidden, he decides to meet the investigating Samurai head on. And kills most of them brutally. When the Raikage and his bodyguards C and Darui arrive, he doesn't try to hide. Again, meeting ''three powerful ninjas head on'' alone. He gets soaked and electrocuted by Darui for his troubles. Any other ninja would start trying to cut their losses. Not Sasuke. He gets himself caught in C's blinding genjutsu, but even though he can see through it A and Darui nearly blitz him and Suigetsu and Jugo have to save him. Rise, rinse, repeat for the rest of the arc. The biggest ball he grabbed was when Karin was taken hostage by Danzo. Instead of going for a headshot, he decides to [[ShootTheHostage shoot through Karin to kill Danzo]], because having been taken hostage somehow translates in [[InsaneTrollLogic Sasuke-logic]] to having [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived her usefulness]].
** Pain, during his climactic fight against Naruto. When he has Naruto at his mercy, he proceeds to blow up Konoha and then critically injure Hinata almost kill [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]] [[ForcedToWatch right in front of him him]] instead of just taking him to the Akatsuki. Naruto [[BerserkButton This causes]] [[RageBreakingPoint snaps]] Naruto to snap]] and gives give in to the [[OneWingedAngel Nine-Tails]], which proceeds [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Kyuubi]], and his six-tailed and eight-tailed forms proceed to kick Pain's ass.



** [[spoiler:Black Zetsu during revival Kaguya. After activation Infinite Tsukuyomi he backstabs Madara and to use him as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection but also he showed that he knows about the seals on Naruto and Sasuke's hands that will seal Kaguya if they touch her together. So why he just not wait until Madara, will win them and already after this using him for Kaguya's resurrection. After all, the Madara better chance to beat them because he much more experienced in combat than Kaguya and he does not need to worry about these seals unlike Kaguya. [[EvilGloating But apparently he just wanted to gloat]].]]

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** [[spoiler:Black Zetsu during the revival of Kaguya. After activation activating the Infinite Tsukuyomi Tsukuyomi, he backstabs Madara and to use uses him as fodder for Kaguya's resurrection resurrection, but also he showed that he knows about the seals on Naruto and Sasuke's hands that will seal Kaguya if they touch her together. So why he just not wait until Madara, will win them and already after this using him for Kaguya's resurrection. After all, the Madara better chance to beat them because he much more experienced in combat than Kaguya and he does not need to worry about these seals unlike Kaguya. [[EvilGloating But apparently he just wanted to gloat]].]]
19th Apr '17 5:58:37 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Sauron gets one by leaving the Cracks of Doom completely unguarded. While the heroes are successfully bluffing him into thinking Aragorn has the ring, you'd think the one spot in his territory where it's even possible to harm him would have ''some'' security.
16th Mar '17 2:21:56 PM BrendanRizzo
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* The Warden's goal in ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' is to [[spoiler:acquire the buried treasure of Kissin' Kate Barlow]] by forcing the inmates at her juvenile correction facility to dig holes every day, in the hopes that one will eventually dig it up, so she can confiscate it. But since her family has owned Camp Green Lake for generations, she could have just hired a group of contractors to dig for her, and she'd get [[spoiler:the treasure]] no matter what. Instead, because the one inmate who finds what she is looking for just happens to [[spoiler:be a descendant of the person Barlow robbed, and share his name]], he is able to claim it as his own, the Warden never even sees it, and she [[spoiler:gets arrested for mistreating children]].
14th Mar '17 1:48:48 PM Lord_Chespin
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* ''Film/ScoobyDooAndTheCyberChase'' has this happen to a staggering degree with both the BigBad (the Phantom Virus) and the GreaterScopeVillain ([[spoiler:Bill]]):
** The Phantom Virus, despite being able to [[{{Technopath}} bend technology to his will]] and [[ShockAndAwe shoot lightning from his hands]], barely actually uses his powers, instead letting his minions do the dirty work [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim even when he could easily just kill Mystery Inc. himself]]. He only becomes a legitimate threat at the climax of the movie, when he stops relying on minions and (surprise) ''actually uses his powers''.
** [[spoiler:Bill]], the creator of the Phantom Virus, ends up getting smacked with the ball twice. During the end of the film, he attempts to flee the crime scene despite Mystery Inc. only having vague hints that he may have been involved with the Phantom Virus' creation and hardly enough evidence to convict him with the crime. His other grabbing of the ball (as pointed out by ''{{WebVideo/Caddicarus}}'') is more reliant on FridgeLogic, but still applies: since he ''made'' the Phantom Virus, he must have had to spend ''hours'' programming it, and thus is to blame for all of the Virus' design flaws, including [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim failing to just kill Mystery Inc.]], constantly making stupid mistakes, and [[spoiler:making tons of baseball references, which is what made Mystery Inc. suspect Bill was behind the Virus' creation]].
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