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16th Feb '18 5:50:17 PM luiz4200
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* ''ComicBook/Batman66'': [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by King Tut when he leaves Batman and Robin buried alive and they explain how they escaped.
-->'''King Tut:''' Why don't I ever simply stay and watch you die? I'm just too decent!
13th Feb '18 9:05:06 PM Dravencour
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** He kills Lind L. Taylor on national television purely out of spite because Taylor insulted him, allowing the real L to significantly narrow down where he could be.
** He kills the FBI agent Raye Penber, unknown that the agent already came to believe that Light was innocent.

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** He kills Lind L. Taylor Tailor on national television purely out of spite because Taylor Tailor insulted him, [[BerserkButton telling him outright that what he was doing was evil]], allowing the real L to significantly narrow down where he could be.
** He kills the FBI agent Raye Penber, unknown not knowing that the agent already came to believe that Light was innocent.



** The final time leads to his downfall; [[spoiler:when he believes that he killed the task force, leading to his complete reveal that he is Kira when they didn't die.]]

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** The final time leads to his downfall; [[spoiler:when he believes that he Mikami has killed the SPK task force, leading to his complete reveal that he is Kira when they didn't die.]]



** This is essentially how Frieza was defeated. After surviving the Spirit Bomb, he, instead of just killing the exhausted Goku right then and there, shoots Piccolo and leaves him near-death, [[WhyAmITicking blows up Krillin]], and then explicitly [[WouldHurtAChild threatens Gohan's life]], all right in front of Goku himself. He ends up pissing Goku off enough to make him go [[SuperMode Super Saiyan]] for the first time, leading directly to Frieza's undoing.
*** In the anime, he ''does'' try to shoot Goku immediately, only for Piccolo to [[TakingTheBullet push Goku out of the way]], after which Frieza lets his sadistic impulses get the best of him.

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** This is essentially how Frieza was defeated. After surviving the Spirit Bomb, he, Frieza, instead of just killing the exhausted Goku right then and there, shoots Piccolo and leaves him near-death, [[WhyAmITicking blows up Krillin]], and then explicitly [[WouldHurtAChild threatens Gohan's life]], all right in front of Goku himself. He ends up pissing Goku off enough to make him go [[SuperMode Super Saiyan]] for the first time, leading directly to Frieza's undoing.
*** In the anime, he ''does'' try to shoot Goku immediately, only for Piccolo to [[TakingTheBullet push Goku out of the way]], after which Frieza lets his sadistic impulses sadism (his FatalFlaw) get the best better of him.
31st Jan '18 5:43:58 AM GigaHand
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* In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', the Phantom Thieves could have been taken care of by level bosses any number of times if the bosses didn't stop to gloat, leave said disposal of the thieves to their mooks, or assume that their traps would protect them from the hero and crew. Even the StarterVillain and his immediate superior could have prevented the creation of the Phantom Thieves if they had only thought to expel the hero for missing class on his first day after telling him just the previous day that ANY deviant behavior would result in said expulsion.
** This is especially jarring in the lead-up to the fourth dungeon where the level's boss has the hero and his three friends dead to rights in the real world, as opposed to the world where their personas could possibly attack and save them, but instead of [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shooting them]] like a good mob boss, he tells them to go make him an arbitrary amount of money within an arbitrary time limit, and then ''lets them go!''
** This gets averted any time you [[NonStandardGameOver fail to complete a level within the given time limit]], leading the villain of that level to do exactly what they said they would and with no need to wait or gloat or anything.
6th Jan '18 3:45:21 PM SinDustries
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* In ''VideoGame/Persona5'', the Phantom Thieves could have been taken care of by level bosses any number of times if the bosses didn't stop to gloat, leave said disposal of the thieves to their mooks, or assume that their traps would protect them from the hero and crew. Even the StarterVillain and his immediate superior could have prevented the creation of the Phantom Thieves if they had only thought to expel the hero for missing class on his first day after telling him just the previous day that ANY deviant behavior would result in said expulsion.
** This is especially jarring in the lead-up to the fourth dungeon where the level's boss has the hero and his three friends dead to rights in the real world, as opposed to the world where their personas could possibly attack and save them, but instead of [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shooting them]] like a good mob boss, he tells them to go make him an arbitrary amount of money within an arbitrary time limit, and then ''lets them go!''
** This gets averted any time you [[NonStandardGameOver fail to complete a level within the given time limit]], leading the villain of that level to do exactly what they said they would and with no need to wait or gloat or anything.
15th Dec '17 11:43:12 AM DustSnitch
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* In the episode "[[Recap/WeBareBearsS1E16PandasSneeze Panda's Save]]" from ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'', Nom Nom would have gotten exactly what he wanted out of Panda if he hadn't started sabotaging him.
12th Dec '17 11:24:35 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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"Evil sows the seeds of its own destruction", says the fortune cookie. Regardless of how GenreSavvy they might otherwise be, villains tend to inherently draw heroic attention to themselves that leads to their demise, or at least the demise of their EvilPlan. Even if their success is seemingly assured, they can't seem to help but do something evil that serves no purpose other than giving TheHero the extra [[ItsPersonal motivation]] and [[AlwaysClose opportunity]] to wreck everything, and he will.

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"Evil sows the seeds of its own destruction", says the fortune cookie. Regardless of how GenreSavvy savvy they might otherwise be, villains tend to inherently draw heroic attention to themselves that leads to their demise, or at least the demise of their EvilPlan. Even if their success is seemingly assured, they can't seem to help but do something evil that serves no purpose other than giving TheHero the extra [[ItsPersonal motivation]] and [[AlwaysClose opportunity]] to wreck everything, and he will.



* Light in ''Manga/DeathNote'' does this a disproportionately high amount of times for someone who is also GenreSavvy.

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* Light in ''Manga/DeathNote'' does this a disproportionately high amount of times for someone who is also GenreSavvy.times.



** Cooler, after being reasonably GenreSavvy in [[Anime/DragonBallZCoolersRevenge his first outing,]] grabbed a colossal one and never let go in his second. In his quest to drain worlds of life, he inexplicably decides to conquer New Namek, a planet with no real resources and only a few dozen people living on it under the protection of the protagonists, and doesn't even make use of its Dragon Balls. He has a giant mechanical space thing that lets him produce hundreds of Meta-Coolers that are individually stronger than the strongest protagonists. With that in mind, he spends most of the runtime instead utilizing much weaker robots so that the other characters can have something to fight, and initially sends in just one Meta-Cooler that Goku and Vegeta manage to take down. After his Meta-Coolers have thrashed the protagonists, he decides to take them to right in front of his vulnerable core, and tries to drain their power despite the fact that they're weaker than he is (and somehow, they still manage to overload him).

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** Cooler, after being reasonably GenreSavvy smart in [[Anime/DragonBallZCoolersRevenge his first outing,]] grabbed a colossal one and never let go in his second. In his quest to drain worlds of life, he inexplicably decides to conquer New Namek, a planet with no real resources and only a few dozen people living on it under the protection of the protagonists, and doesn't even make use of its Dragon Balls. He has a giant mechanical space thing that lets him produce hundreds of Meta-Coolers that are individually stronger than the strongest protagonists. With that in mind, he spends most of the runtime instead utilizing much weaker robots so that the other characters can have something to fight, and initially sends in just one Meta-Cooler that Goku and Vegeta manage to take down. After his Meta-Coolers have thrashed the protagonists, he decides to take them to right in front of his vulnerable core, and tries to drain their power despite the fact that they're weaker than he is (and somehow, they still manage to overload him).



** Season 7 finale spoilers: [[spoiler:Littlefinger. Oh, Littlefinger. Throughout the series, he pulls strings from the shadows, manipulating a great many people for, essentially, his depraved "love" for Catelyn Stark, and later her daughter Sansa. This ultimately earns him Sansa's distrust, but in Season 6 she is forced to rely upon him for aid, to which he responds by saving the day. As a result, he is once again welcome in her presence, even if she can never fully trust him again, and he ends up becoming her main advisor for a brief time. Unfortunately, ChronicBackstabbingDisorder strikes and he attempts to manipulate her and the rest of her family in such a manner as to have her sister killed/imprisoned and her brother removed from power, to be replaced by Sansa. [[GenreSavvy Sansa saw through it.]] Had he done nothing but continue to support the Starks' forces, or even acted to mend the rifts between the three siblings, he would have regained more of the trust he'd lost - but by trying to break the family, he united them against him, and lost dearly.]]

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** Season 7 finale spoilers: [[spoiler:Littlefinger. Oh, Littlefinger. Throughout the series, he pulls strings from the shadows, manipulating a great many people for, essentially, his depraved "love" for Catelyn Stark, and later her daughter Sansa. This ultimately earns him Sansa's distrust, but in Season 6 she is forced to rely upon him for aid, to which he responds by saving the day. As a result, he is once again welcome in her presence, even if she can never fully trust him again, and he ends up becoming her main advisor for a brief time. Unfortunately, ChronicBackstabbingDisorder strikes and he attempts to manipulate her and the rest of her family in such a manner as to have her sister killed/imprisoned and her brother removed from power, to be replaced by Sansa. [[GenreSavvy Sansa saw through it.]] it. Had he done nothing but continue to support the Starks' forces, or even acted to mend the rifts between the three siblings, he would have regained more of the trust he'd lost - but by trying to break the family, he united them against him, and lost dearly.]]
12th Dec '17 11:17:41 PM lalalei2001
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* In the first ''WesternAnimation/RosePetalPlace'' special, Nastina plans to use a catapult to bury Rose Petal and her friends under rocks... but doesn't wait until they've left her castle first, and the rocks destroy it.
12th Dec '17 6:54:20 PM ngh93
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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/HeyArnold Hey Arnold!: The Movie]]'', the villain, Scheck finds a document that would prove Arnold's neighborhood is a historical landmark and therefore can't be torn down and he keeps it hidden in a filing cabinet instead of destroying it. The idea of destroying it doesn't occur to him until after he catches Arnold and Gerald with it, which leads to him being caught on a security camera burning the document.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/HeyArnold Hey Arnold!: The Movie]]'', ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheMovie'', the villain, Scheck finds a document that would prove Arnold's neighborhood is a historical landmark and therefore can't be torn down and he keeps it hidden in a filing cabinet instead of destroying it. The idea of destroying it doesn't occur to him until after he catches Arnold and Gerald with it, which leads to him being caught on a security camera burning the document.
10th Dec '17 10:42:08 AM nombretomado
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* Shown in the DeviantART page [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Elastigirl-on-the-Rack-647744836 here]], a ''really'' stupid villain tries to use a stretch rack on [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Elastigirl]]; doesn't seem to be working...

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* Shown in the DeviantART Website/DeviantART page [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/Elastigirl-on-the-Rack-647744836 here]], a ''really'' stupid villain tries to use a stretch rack on [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Elastigirl]]; doesn't seem to be working...
4th Dec '17 7:12:28 AM gophergiggles
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* In ''Film/HomeAlone'', Marv delights in going that extra mile to KickTheDog for a field goal after running a touchdown by plugging all the drains and turning on all the faucets in the homes they rob, leaving the already ransacked houses flooded. Even ''Harry'' calls him out for how [[EvenEvilHasStandards dickish]] and [[PragmaticVillain pointless]] it is, but Marv just insists he does it because they're "The Wet Bandits". Of course when they get arrested in the end, their calling card served to provide the police a list of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard every single home they robbed]] and kept them from otherwise being able to reasonably deny robbing any home other than Kevin's where they were caught red-handed.
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