* ACROSS from ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' is probably an example (until the GainaxEnding), although that's because it would lapse into BlackComedy if they seemed genuinely villainous, as opposed to any censorship keeping them that way.
** In [[Manga/ExcelSaga the manga]], Il Palazzo is genuinely villainous and is actually really creepy at points, particularly when he's suffering from multiple personality disorder or laughing weirdly, [[TheMillstone but Excel, Hyatt, and Elgala remain utterly useless at their villainous tasks]].
** Similarly, depending on whether you think ACROSS is right or not (and given the CrapsackWorld that ''Excel Saga'' takes place in, it's hard to argue that they're wrong about the world being corrupt), Kabapu's group is very bad at what they do as well, especially Iwata who, ironically, is the one who takes his job the most seriously.
* The [[TerribleTrio Team Rocket]] trio from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', no doubt about it. They're actually much better at being ''good'' than they are at being ''bad''.
** They've always been blunderers, but they ''did'' provide genuine conflict in the early episodes. By Johto, they'd gone through complete VillainDecay and reached their current status as comic relief. The original creator of the characters, Takeshi Shudo, had, by that point, lost control of them, and [[CreatorBacklash stated his dissatisfaction with how the characters have devolved]] on his blog.
** [[spoiler: In the new series, however, they've risen up to levels that make them seem more fearsome than when they first appeared, making them {{Not So Harmless Villain}}s.]]
** ''How I Became a Pokemon Card'', a manga full of one-shots, has a protagonist named Hiroshi. He's a kid who wants to be a part of Team Rocket, but he's always accidentally doing good things. Team Rocket, in that manga, is also this, though they're depicted as being a menace for some reason.
* Florsheim from ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'' has tried a few villainous schemes from time to time, but they always get caught up in helping Sunred with his love life, or saving a stray cat, or doing things that seem out of character for an evil organization. They're still fairly powerful, considering they're sentai villains, (amongst other things they curbstomp a rival organization honing in on their turf) but they aren't villain''ous'' by any stretch of the imagination.
** To put it in perspective, Florsheim's "BigBad", Vamp, favours a special brand of imported detergent for cleaning, because it's made from ecological coconut oil and is completely biodegradable. He's so harmless, he won't even resort to ''littering''. After Armour Tiger curbstomps a rival Evil Organization who tried to take over their territory, general Vamp starts lecturing their monsters because their {{delinquent}} aesthetics are making his monsters look bad.
* Emperor Pilaf and his two henchmen in ''Manga/DragonBall''. He was the series' first BigBad, but he later becomes an incompetent git who's plans are always easily foiled by Goku. [[spoiler:[[NotSoHarmlessVillain Of course]], he also freed King Piccolo and, much later in GT, accidentally made Goku young again at the cost of the Earth with the [[ArtifactOfDoom Black Star Dragon Balls]].]]
* Kurotowa in the ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'' anime. In the manga, he only briefly ''appears'' to be one of these, before [[NotSoHarmlessVillain proving to actually be dangerously competent.]]
* The pirates in ''Anime/PorcoRosso'' are positively polite:
-->"Do you really want to take all fifteen of them hostage?"\\
"Of course I do! It wouldn't be nice to separate them from their friends."
* [[GoldfishPoopGang Tom and Tab]] from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' are too stupid to carry out orders and too weak to pose an actual threat to Kimba.
* Hayate Ayasaki starts [[Manga/HayateTheCombatButler his manga series]] like this: after having been left by his AbusiveParents with a debt he could only pay by unwillingly donating his organs, he thinks of kidnapping Nagi when he first sees her and ask for the debt value as ransom (over ''150 million yen'', by the way), but he does nothing but being kind to her, and never outright states his intentions...Only to turn into her savior when some thugs, well, beat him to it.
* In the pilot episode of ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats'', The BigBad threatens to not invite his henchmen to his birthday party if they don't follow his orders (at least in the German dub).
* He may be more malicious in the anime than in the games, but King Dedede is still pretty much as harmless in ''KirbyRightBackAtYa'' as he is in the game franchise. The only time he does threaten to hurt someone (other than Kirby or Whispy Woods) is when he orders the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Dedede Stone]] to stomp Tiff - which would've resulted in her death if it weren't for her knight in shining armor, [[MagnificentBastard Meta Knight]], coming to her rescue.
** Speaking of Meta Knight, some of Dedede's Demon Beasts / monsters actually managed to hurt him - which was not what Dedede wanted.
* [[DirtyOldMan Happosai]] of Manga/RanmaOneHalf may be this. [[InvokedTrope Invoking]] {{Panty Shot}}s, [[PantyThief stealing underwear]], scaring girls, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and overeating]] hardly makes him [[InformedAttribute the demon-in-human-form Soun and Genma claim him to be]], although there's no denying he's a huge JerkAss. Happosai is also a very powerful martial artist, but Ranma can defeat him with ease through [[DistractedByTheSexy distraction]], with only a bucket of [[WeaksauceWeakness cold water]] and the [[BlessedWithSuck Jusenkyo curse]], or even just an item of ladies' underwear.
* Dr. Eggman in ''SonicX''. Very similarly to his AOSTH counterpart, he cooks up all kinds of ways to take over Station Square, but he fails every time. The closest he got to hurting someone (besides Sonic, of course) was attempting to have one of his robots (E-23 Missile Wrist, to be exact) crush Amy within the grip of its claws, and, similarly, attempting to have the Egg Mars crush Cosmo in its hand's grip as well.
** Eggman does tend to become NotSoHarmless every once in a while, but for [[RedemptionPromotion very good reasons]].
* ''MonColleKnights'' brings us another TerribleTrio: Prince Eccentro, Batch, and Gluko. Eccentro tries to be as evil as his father and Chuzaemon trained him to be, but he doesn't seem to go anywhere near even putting the slightest hurt on someone, and as a result, he and Batch often get punished by Chuzaemon with back-breaking exercises related to each episode's content. Gluko [[KarmaHoudini rarely gets punished]], however, considering how [[DissonantSerenity airheaded and cheerful]] she is all the time even when she, Prince Eccentro, and Batch are always losing to the heroes.
* Does anyone remember Clawdia from ''FightingFoodons''? She's another classic example, being incapable of even stealing a certain item such as Chef Crock Pop's scroll (which she ended up replacing with an empty fake scroll) or even the ultimate recipe held at Hamsterdam (in fact, what she got instead, to her embarrassment, was a pair of underpants), and can't even come anywhere near beating Chase and/or any of the other good chefs. One of the times she actually came close to winning for once was siccing a seemingly-indestructible [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bearafooda]] on the good guys in Episode 10 (who of course gained back the upper hand when they used a power topping). [[spoiler:She finally got one more chance to impress King Gorge in the third-to-last episode and she blew it, of course ([[YouHaveFailedMe which in turn leads to Gorge to attempt to kill her as punishment]] only for Chase to stop him, after which she later redeems when Chase and the others break Gorge's spell on her with their food).]]
* Cait Sith Cheshire, from ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'', who is mostly a PluckyComicRelief character who acts more like a servant than a combatant.
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