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27th Sep '17 8:25:45 PM julietvalcouer
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***Moriarty could be considered a form of PyrrhicVictory as [[spoiler: his suicide]] does actually force Sherlock to do what he wants [[spoiler: even if Sherlock gets out of it]] and allows him to die on his own terms [[spoiler: while knowing there's Eurus's plan on the back burner to boot.]] Magnussen, though, is a grade-A example of the writers staple-gunning the VillainBall to a character's hand, as up to that point he's actually been winning by wits and the only way out for Sherlock is for him to abruptly switch alignments to Chaotic Stupid and giving away the fatal information.
22nd Sep '17 9:44:00 AM MBG
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** 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).
13th Sep '17 2:10:48 AM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Best Friends Whenever}}'': [[spoiler: It's pretty obvious that Janet Smythe wants to get her hands on Shelby and Cyd, yet she should know better than to leave the arms free allowing them to jump. She did design the future lab, but it's poorly made.]]

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* ''Series/{{Best Friends Whenever}}'': [[spoiler: It's pretty obvious that Janet Smythe wants to get her hands on Shelby and Cyd, yet she should know better than to leave the their arms free allowing them to jump. She did design the future lab, but it's poorly made.]]
13th Sep '17 2:09:14 AM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Best Friends Whenever}}'': [[spoiler: It's pretty obvious that Janet Smythe wants to get her hands on Shelby and Cyd, yet she should know better than to leave the arms free allowing them to jump. She did design the future lab, but it's poorly made.]]
28th Aug '17 2:20:06 PM Megafierce
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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.]] 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.]]
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...
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