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23rd Jul '17 6:10:37 PM legoking831
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** If the TrueColors of Smile Away are a secret from parents, why would you show the victimized kids getting tortured beyond compare on a daytime TV show?
*** That episode was AllJustADream, so isn't really an example of this trope.
14th Jul '17 11:14:44 AM Allronix
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** ItsPersonalWithTheDragon: When the Dragon is carrying the ball, causing The Hero to go after him and the boss.
14th Jul '17 1:12:29 AM MBG
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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.

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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. Of course, you'd ''think'' that, but Sauron wouldn't - like Saruman, he doesn't understand Good, and doesn't understand how or why anyone would willingly destroy the Ring, especially if they were [[AmbitionIsEvil strong enough]] to get all the way inside his territory.
11th Jul '17 11:32:45 AM gb00393
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** Lord Tywin Lannister's and Queen Regent Cersei Lannister's spiteful and, often, rather petty abuse they give to their very competent relative (son and brother, respectively) Tyrion Lannister for the crimes of "murder" and being a supposed DepravedDwarf. The latter of which is slightly true, but nonetheless exaggerated by the pair (the effect of Tyrion constantly being ostracized and mocked while his often stunning successes are downplayed and dismissed leads to him striking out against the ungrateful bastards. This directly leads to the family's downfall.

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** Lord Tywin Lannister's and Queen Regent Cersei Lannister's spiteful and, often, rather petty abuse they give to their very competent relative (son and brother, respectively) Tyrion Lannister for the crimes of "murder" and being a supposed DepravedDwarf. The DepravedDwarf, the latter of which is slightly true, but nonetheless exaggerated by the pair (the effect of Tyrion constantly being ostracized and mocked while his often stunning successes are downplayed and dismissed leads to him striking out against the ungrateful bastards. This directly leads to the family's downfall.
11th Jul '17 11:31:03 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': While many events were beyond their control, there were more than a few times that the Lannisters and friends screwed themselves over. (MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD) Highlights include:
** Lord Tywin Lannister's and Queen Regent Cersei Lannister's spiteful and, often, rather petty abuse they give to their very competent relative (son and brother, respectively) Tyrion Lannister for the crimes of "murder" and being a supposed DepravedDwarf. The latter of which is slightly true, but nonetheless exaggerated by the pair (the effect of Tyrion constantly being ostracized and mocked while his often stunning successes are downplayed and dismissed leads to him striking out against the ungrateful bastards. This directly leads to the family's downfall.
** Tywin revealing to Tyrion, for no other reason than to be an asshole, that Tyrion's first wife is actually a former whore who Tywin then ''gives'' to his men to be raped/paid for sex while Tyrion watches (leading to Tyrion's eventual cynicism and bitterness, his aforementioned outcast status, and to some very long-term bad blood).
** Tywin giving Tyrion a KangarooCourt trial after Cersei accuses him of killing Joffrey because he was at the scene of the crime, which was a blatantly obvious FrameUp job by some unknown third party (leading to Tyrion's breakdown and setting him up for execution).
** And finally, Tywin's actions when Tyrion goes to confront him after being set free by his brother, Ser Jaime Lannister, and his friend, Lord "Master of Whisperers" Varys: Upon stumbling across Tyrion's ex-girlfriend Shae (another prostitute), in his father's bed she freaks out and attacks him with a knife which forces him to kill her. Tywin (while taking a shit on the toilet) decides to mock Tyrion (after the aforementioned ex's death) even as Tyrion is pointing a crossbow at his chest. Yeah...
4th Jul '17 2:01:55 PM comicwriter
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* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': At the climax of the film, Ultron kidnaps Black Widow for literally no reason except that he wanted someone to [[EvilGloating gloat]] to. This gives her the opportunity to transmit the location of his humanity-destroying device to the other Avengers, allowing them to show up and stop him.

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* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': At the climax of the film, Ultron kidnaps Black Widow for literally no reason except that he wanted someone to [[EvilGloating gloat]] to. This gives her the opportunity to transmit the location of his humanity-destroying device to the other Avengers, allowing them to show up and stop him. He also has a chance to escape Sokovia in a stolen Quinjet, but is caught by the Hulk after stupidly deciding to circle back for one last futile attack on the Avengers.
1st Jul '17 2:53:37 PM gophergiggles
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* The Gurlukovich Mercenaries from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' decide to defend several key points of the tanker ship they've seized with infrared sensors tied into Semtex explosives. Say that out loud. They are defending key points of the tanker they themselves are on ''and'' need to keep afloat because they've yet to take the cargo they're after with a security system that will sink the ship along with [[HoistByHisOwnPetard it's cargo and all their own men]] if tripped.
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.
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