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27th Jul '16 6:37:22 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In the fourth season premier "The Freshman," [[MonsterOfTheWeek Sunday]] has the better of Buffy for most of the episode, even managing to sprain her arm. When she seemingly has Buffy at her mercy, she [[KickTheDog deliberately breaks Buffy's Class Protector Award]] under the belief that it would demoralize her further. Instead, Sunday only pisses Buffy off enough to get her to pull off a HeroicSecondWind and dust her.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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In the fourth season premier "The Freshman," [[MonsterOfTheWeek Sunday]] has the better of Buffy for most of the episode, even managing to sprain her arm. When she seemingly has Buffy at her mercy, she [[KickTheDog deliberately breaks Buffy's Class Protector Award]] under the belief that it would demoralize her further. Instead, Sunday only pisses Buffy off enough to get her to pull off a HeroicSecondWind and dust her.her.
** In every one of his appearances, Ethan Rayne shows up in Sunnydale and stirs up some trouble, and decides to stay and admire the result of his actions for kicks, which ''always'' gives Buffy and the Scoobies enough time to track him down, beat him up, and put a stop to it. In his final TV appearance, "A New Man," he even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it:
-->'''Ethan''': I've gotta learn to just do the damage and leave town. It's the "stay-and-gloat" that gets me every time.
21st Jul '16 10:28:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* Every villain on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has underestimated the Winchester brothers, and every single one of them has ended up dead or otherwise incapacitated. Crowley is the only one so far who is GenreSavvy enough ''not'' to underestimate "those denim-wrapped nightmares]].

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* Every villain on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has underestimated the Winchester brothers, and every single one of them has ended up dead or otherwise incapacitated. Crowley is the only one so far who is GenreSavvy smart enough ''not'' not to succumb to hubris and takes them seriously as a threat.
-->'''Crowley:''' ''"Don't worry about them?" What, like Lucifer didn't worry? Or Michael, or Lilith, or Alastair, or Azazel didn't worry? Am I the only game piece on the board who DOESN'T
underestimate "those those denim-wrapped nightmares]].nightmares?!''
17th Jul '16 9:17:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures fic ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', after Jade becomes evil once more, she juggles the Villain Ball by sometimes gloating and overestimating her own abilities, but she is ALSO DangerouslyGenreSavvy, and attempts to learn from both her own mistakes and the mistakes of previous {{Big Bad}}s, like not going for a WorldDomination plot, remembering how Shendu and siblings got sealed away, and having a special prison constructed to contain the good guys if they are captured.

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* In the WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures fic ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', after Jade becomes evil once more, she juggles the Villain Ball by sometimes gloating and overestimating her own abilities, but she is ALSO DangerouslyGenreSavvy, and attempts to learn from both her own mistakes and the mistakes of previous {{Big Bad}}s, like not going for a WorldDomination plot, remembering how Shendu and siblings got sealed away, and having a special prison constructed to contain the good guys if they are captured.



** Brennen is generally quite DangerouslyGenreSavvy, except that he can never quite figure out that leaving Michael unattended for any length of time is a bad idea.

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** Brennen is generally quite DangerouslyGenreSavvy, cunning, except that he can never quite figure out that leaving Michael unattended for any length of time is a bad idea.
9th Jul '16 2:37:01 PM nombretomado
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* It is ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s GrandFinale, and the BigBad Makuta Teridax is standing right above Mata Nui, in the HumongousMecha body that he stole from him. Mata Nui's weaker robot body is falling apart, malfunctioning, and barely has any power left. Makuta's body is, on the other hand, fully powered and quite capable of finishing off the only being who could ever hope to stand in his way. Even if he just stood there, Mata Nui would have fallen apart eventually. Instead, he of course has to make a show, so he uses his gravity power to fold the planet into itself, just to make sure Mata Nui would witness the end of his allies. [[spoiler:Seemingly having forgotten about those two moons orbiting at head-level, and that using this power requires him to lift up his arms, giving Mata Nui the opening he needed.]]

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* It is ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'''s ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'''s GrandFinale, and the BigBad Makuta Teridax is standing right above Mata Nui, in the HumongousMecha body that he stole from him. Mata Nui's weaker robot body is falling apart, malfunctioning, and barely has any power left. Makuta's body is, on the other hand, fully powered and quite capable of finishing off the only being who could ever hope to stand in his way. Even if he just stood there, Mata Nui would have fallen apart eventually. Instead, he of course has to make a show, so he uses his gravity power to fold the planet into itself, just to make sure Mata Nui would witness the end of his allies. [[spoiler:Seemingly having forgotten about those two moons orbiting at head-level, and that using this power requires him to lift up his arms, giving Mata Nui the opening he needed.]]
15th Jun '16 8:25:34 PM NihilisticBagel
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* ''Film/RoboCop2014'': Despite being skilled at shifting anything into his or the company's favor earlier in the movie [[spoiler: chief executive officer of Omnicorp Sellars]] catches this and runs home with it.
** [[spoiler: Sellars could have simply kept Murphy at bay with the RestrainingBolt that stopped important assets from being attacked and stuck to the story that Murphy was going rogue. Murphy's family may have even believed it at this point after seeing him storm the roof and attempt to attack Sellars. Instead Sellars picks up a pistol and brags about how Murphy is just a machine and how he could kill his family, which gives Murphy the resolve he needs to break programming and shoot him.]]
15th Jun '16 4:26:12 PM nighttrainfm
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* Pick a ''Series/DoctorWho'' villain. Any ''Series/DoctorWho'' villain. Special mention must go to [[EvilCounterpart the Master]], however, who even originally had a BeardOfEvil and is explicitly more interested in messing with the Doctor than actually ruling the world.

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* Pick a ''Series/DoctorWho'' villain. Any ''Series/DoctorWho'' villain. Special mention must go to [[EvilCounterpart the Master]], however, who even originally had a BeardOfEvil and is explicitly more interested in messing with the Doctor than actually ruling the world. The current model considers the two of them trying to kill each other to be "sort of our texting" at this point.
10th Jun '16 7:38:38 PM nombretomado
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* In 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.]]

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* In SamuraiJack, ''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.]]
31st May '16 12:19:14 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'': Rather than kill his victims outright, Freddy prefers to draw out their torment for his own amusement, overconfident in their inability to effectively fight back. This has given many of his victims a chance to escape or find the means to defeat him, and [[Film/FreddyVsJason Jason]] [[KillSteal stole one of his kills]] because of this.
20th May '16 10:34:11 AM gophergiggles
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** Even dumber, Saddler's plan was to infect the president's daughter (Ashley) & send her back to the president without anyone knowing she's infected so she'd kill the president but, when Leon frees her, Saddler tells him that he infected them both. After that, he tries to stop Leon from saving her, eventually catches her again, & locks her up on the island the cure is on. If he had just let Leon leave after finding Ashley the first time, the president would've had an infected daughter & an infected bodyguard.

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** Even dumber, Saddler's plan was to infect the president's daughter (Ashley) & and send her back to the president without anyone knowing she's she was infected so she'd kill the president but, when and, due to sheer luck, he managed to infect Leon frees her, Saddler tells him as well. His plan had ''succeeded'' the second Leon freed her with the added bonus that he the president would soon have an infected ''bodyguard'' as well as daughter. However instead of kicking back with a beer and watching them both. After that, "escape" he tries to stop Leon from saving her, eventually catches her again, & locks her confronts them, blabs his whole plan, and then ''DOES EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO PREVENT THEIR ESCAPE'' culminating in capturing and locking up Ashley on the island that houses the cure is on. If he had just let Leon leave after finding Ashley parasite-removal machine mentioned above. His only "justification" for this (using that term ''loosely'' by the first time, the president would've had an infected daughter & an infected bodyguard.way) is he intended to hold her for ransom to make some money, and needless to say he's more responsible for his plan falling to pieces than Leon's sheer bad-assery.
19th May '16 6:14:53 PM RaphBlade7
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* In ''VideoGame/Hyrule Warriors'', BigBad Ganondorf [[spoiler:Obtains the complete Triforce]] after defeating the Hyrulean Forces. Instead eliminating his enemies in one fell swoop, he disappears from the battlefield [[spoiler:leaving his generals Zant & Ghirahim to lead his army and decides to use its power to summon more monsters to serve him]]. However the Hyrulean Forces manage to [[spoiler:defeat Zant and Ghirahim in Gerudo Desert after summoning their allies from across time]]. They then return to Hyrule Castle [[Spoiler:which Ganondorf had transformed into Ganon's Tower]] and [[spoiler:defeat Ganondorf who uses the Triforce to transform into Ganon, only to be defeated by the combined might of the Hyrulean Forces and their allies]].

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* In ''VideoGame/Hyrule ''Hyrule Warriors'', BigBad Ganondorf [[spoiler:Obtains the complete Triforce]] after defeating the Hyrulean Forces. Instead eliminating his enemies in one fell swoop, he disappears from the battlefield [[spoiler:leaving his generals Zant & Ghirahim to lead his army and decides to use its power to summon more monsters to serve him]]. However the Hyrulean Forces manage to [[spoiler:defeat Zant and Ghirahim in Gerudo Desert after summoning their allies from across time]]. They then return to Hyrule Castle [[Spoiler:which [[spoiler:which Ganondorf had transformed into Ganon's Tower]] and [[spoiler:defeat Ganondorf who uses the Triforce to transform into Ganon, only to be defeated by the combined might of the Hyrulean Forces and their allies]].
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