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->'''[[ThoseTwoBadGuys Mr. Croup:]]''' You find us funny, Monsieur le Marquis, do you not? A source of amusement. Is that not so? With our pretty clothes, and our convoluted circumlocutions-\\
'''[[ThoseTwoBadGuys Mr. Vandemar]]:''' ''(murmuring)'' [[CallingMeALogarithm I haven't got a circumlo]]...\\
'''Mr. Croup:''' -and our little silliness of manner and behavior. And perhaps we are funny. [...] But you must never imagine, that just because something is funny, Monsieur le Marquis, ''it is not dangerous''.
-->-- ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''

So you've got a person who might fulfill the role of [[PluckyComicRelief comedic relief]]. For the most part, both the fans and the characters in-story see them as just a great big doofus. Possibly, they spend more time [[ItAmusedMe acting ridiculous]] or laughing in the face of SeriousBusiness than [[LetsGetDangerous getting dangerous]]. Sure, they might rant up and down about how they're going to conquer the world in the name of Evil with a capital E or [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath drive the villains to suicide through bad jokes]], but in the end they seem to pose little threat to all present.

[[FridgeLogic There's just one thing most people forget:]] acting silly does not mean you aren't a OneManArmy. The villain can be ''really'' dangerous despite being LaughablyEvil; in fact, their silly nature may even ''add'' to their evil because of the unexpectedness of it. It could be a [[ObfuscatingStupidity façade]]. It could be that they just do it for the [[RuleOfFunny lulz]]. A well-hidden BerserkButton can be pressed. In any case, beware the silly ones.

Often achieved by way of CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass. Compare HarmlessVillain and NotSoHarmlessVillain. Also compare FightingClown. Contrast MilesGloriosus. May overlap with {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, at least by appearances. If it's this same silliness that makes them dangerous, it may overlap with CrazyAwesome. May make you liable to ThreatBackfire. See also BewareTheNiceOnes.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Pictured above is Gluttony from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Of all of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad homunculi]], he's the only one who's played for laughs, since he's [[FatIdiot fat, dumb]], and overall acts like a lovable dope. There's also the fact that he's very innocent, and only does what he does because his higher-ups tell him to, and he genuinely doesn't see any wrong in what he's doing. However, as his name suggests, [[ImAHumanitarian he has a bit of a hunger streak]]. In the manga and ''Brotherhood'', it's not helped when he's reminded of [[spoiler:Lust's death by Roy Mustang's hands]], [[BerserkButton which drives him into the monstrous state also shown above]].
* Matsuda Touta from ''Manga/DeathNote''. When Matsuda [[spoiler:realizes that Light is actually Kira, [[BreakTheCutie he breaks emotionally]] and shoots Light's hand when he tries to use a piece of the Death Note. When Light tries again, Matsuda (who was once or twice hinted to be a decent marksman despite his silliness) flies into a furious UnstoppableRage and then turns Light into swiss cheese with a barrage of bullets, only prevented from delivering the CoupDeGrace by the other officers]].
-->'''Matsuda:''' [[spoiler:"I'll kill him! I'LL KILL HIM! '''HE HAS TO DIE!'''"]]
* Etemon in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. Yes, he's a wannabe rock star comedy monkey, but that never stopped him from [[CurbStompBattle curbstomping]] the protagonists every time they saw him. The fact that he's a [[EvolutionPowerup level higher]] than them ''and'' can negate their ability to powerup helps tremendously. He also managed to throw their leader, Taichi, back to the real world, [[WeWereYourTeam resulting in the break up of the team left behind in the Digital World]]. He did it by ''[[TakingYouWithMe dying]]'', mind you, but that was a lot better than his predecessor Devimon did. He comes back and kicks off the series's RunningGag of killing Leomon at least once a series.
** Pinocchimon and Piemon are silly, fun-loving, Mega level sociopaths. The latter gets bonus points for also being a MonsterClown.
* Many a MonsterOfTheWeek from ''Manga/InuYasha''.
* Prince Clovis from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is depicted as a buffoon and is loved by his siblings, but [[MoralEventHorizon he ordered his men to indiscriminately slaughter everyone they came across]] [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident in order to cover up his mistakes]]. One wonders what other atrocities he might have gone on to casually commit [[spoiler: had Lelouch not shot him after interrogating him]].
* Maximillion Pegasus from "Anime/Yu-Gi-Oh!" is more or less this trope. Most of his dialogue is that of mockery and he acts like a playful child. But underneath that is a cold, calculating villain who through ultra-powerful cards and mind reading can prove to be a dangerous opponent. And when you start beating him, he drops the goofiness and becomes dead serious. This attitude is best represented through his Toon Monsters: Very silly looking creatures, but with enormous power that is difficult to beat. When they are destroyed, Pegasus becomes much darker...
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', we have Lau. You know, the goofy guy who constantly barges into the Phantomhive mansion and irritates the crud out of Ciel? [[spoiler: [[ObfuscatingStupidity it was all an act.]] Oh, and he was the head of the Chinese mafia.]]
** Also Madame Red. The red-dressed, haired and eyed aunt of Ciel who sees him as her surrogate son? [[spoiler:She's half of Jack the Ripper, punishing prostitutes for requesting abortions while she can't have kids because of an accident that also killed her husband; the other half being her seemingly-stupid but highly sociopathic shinigami butler Grell Sutcliff.]]
*** [[spoiler: Grell still fits this trope when in her true shinigami form. Throughout the show, she spends a lot of time being [[ThePratfall essentially]] [[ButtMonkey a]] [[AbhorrentAdmirer walking]] [[QueerPeopleAreFunny punchline]]. It's very easy to forget that she's capable of killing people in cold blood, and that she's a strong enough fighter to hold out against Sebastian for several minutes (most people manage about two seconds).]]
** The three bungling servants at the Phantomhive mansion. While they seemingly behave incompetently, the truth of the matter is [[spoiler:Sebastian hired them as bodyguards to protect the mansion. Bard's a former soldier, Mey-Rin's an ex-professional assassin, and Finny has superhuman strength. The three managed to effectively force a gang of mobsters to retreat in their failed attempt to attack the mansion.]]
*** Well, they don't so much "force a gang of mobsters to retreat in their failed attempt to attack the mansion" as "brutally murder a group of seven highly trained assassins who were going in to kill them all." The most used sound effect in that chapter was Splat.
** The Undertaker. He's a ridiculous {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who demands payment in jokes. He's also a highly trained shinigami, and as such can be extremely dangerous when he wants to be. Basically, BlackButler has an entire army of comic relief characters, and all of them are capable of doing very unpleasant things to you.
* Mr. Percival Pompass, as he's called in the 1960's version of ''Anime/AstroBoy'', seems a ninny comic relief from his whiny voice and habit of falling on his face; when action is needed, though, he's a tough fighter and a crack shot. Plus a reasonably good detective.
* In ''TrinityBlood'', we get a rare heroic example. Abel Nightroad is portrayed as a complete and utter moron throughout the entirety of the series. But beware! Threatening [=ANYone=] he cares about is [[BerserkButton a really bad idea]]. [[spoiler:"Nanomachine Crusnik 02, output 40% approved." <<< This phrase activates an utterly terrifying demon monster that [[FoodChainOfEvil eats vampires]]. [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Moron, indeed]]]] BEWARE!
** And just before the manga [[CutShort ended]] [[AuthorExistenceFailure abruptly]], female lead Esther meets a goofy, scatterbrained, lost-without-his-butler English gentleman [[spoiler: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast named]] [[CainAndAbel Cain]]]].
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' lives and breathes this trope. Many a villain is introduced as an apparently [[HarmlessVillain harmless]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} weirdo]] who does things such as accidentally hypnotizing himself more than once, humorously disagreeing with the protagonist about the taste of a pie or just plain looking and/or talking funny. A few chapters later they turn out to be [[LetsGetDangerous truly dangerous]], usually without losing any of their silliness.
** For that matter, some of the Straw Hats can qualify as this. TheCaptain Luffy may appear like a clueless idiot who only likes to eat meat but should [[BewareTheNiceOnes you]] [[BerserkButton cross]] [[PapaWolf him]], it won't be pleasant. Likewise with CowardlyLion Usopp.
*** By the end of the TimeSkip, the ''entire crew'' count as this. They might be one of the most eccentric pirate crews in the world-but they're also one of the most powerful and legendary ones as well.
* Right, so, in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', there's this [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad group of bad guys]]. After one bites it, this minion of the ManEatingPlant guy gets promoted to full [[QuirkyMinibossSquad miniboss-status]]. He seems kinda lame, but as it turns out, [[spoiler:he's not only the organization's founder and secret leader, he's explicitly carrying out the EvilPlan of one of history's most powerful ninjas]].
** And now, he's become the [[spoiler: Ten Tails' host.]] Remember, the last man who did that was the Sage of Six Paths, a man who could have killed Hashirama , The "God of Shinobi" with about as much effort and in as much time as it would have taked to look at him. He also created all ninjutsu and the Tailed Besats. By himself.
** His partner [[MadBomber Deidara]] was a candidate as well. Sure, his banter about art and his violent temper are funny, but he was able to take out [[SealedEvilInACan Gaara]] and didn't do so bad against Sasuke either.
*** Speaking of Gaara, his demon Shukaku certainly qualifies. While he is amusing to watch and acts like a violent drunk, he is still very dangerous and was more than a match for the boss toad Gamabunta.
** Might Guy as well. While the guy ''is'' a legitimate goofball, Itachi (the man who almost single-highhandedly wiped out one of Konoha's strongest clans) still considered him as a legitimate threat. In fact, he's one of the few characters capable of taking out a member of Akatsuki by ''himself''.
** Hell, a lot of the cast would fit this trope in some way. You've got Jiraiya, a hopeless pervert and LargeHam who is also so good at what he does [[spoiler: that [[AGodAmI Pain]] has to hide half of his bodies just to defeat him]]. Guy's [[GenerationXerox student]], Rock Lee delivers [[TheAce Sasuke]] his first real beatdown of the series[[spoiler:, kicks [[BigBad Madara]] so hard he ''splits in half'']] and usually has to be a victim of TheWorfEffect to be defeated. Even Naruto counts, being a notorious prankster and hyperactive idiot, as well as a serious heavy hitter. [[spoiler: He gets his silliness from his mother, Kushina, who survived being ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice an hour after giving birth to him and managed to restrain the Kyuubi with chakra chains just to protect her child.]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has the Ginyu Force, five goofy [[ManChild manchildren]] whose poses are SeriousBusiness as they play rock-paper-scissors to decide who fights who and bet on candies on who wins. Their power levels and/or their physical and special abilities are no laughing matter. Guldo alone would have killed Krillin and Gohan had Vegeta not stepped in. The 3 together were absolutely no match for any one of the other four.
** Also the last villain of the series, Majin Buu -- a fat, childish, bubblegum-pink creature, which nevertheless was rightfully seen as the most dangerous entity in the universe.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Team Rocket would actually succeed in many of their schemes if the twerps didn't get involved. In ''Best Wishes'', the silliness is completely dropped for Jessie and James, and at a minimum for Meowth.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Mashiro Kuna is a former shinigami who is 100+ years old, looks to be somewhere in her 20s, and acts like an eight-year-old. Her appearances highlight her as a joke character who has tantrums in the middle of murder investigations because her partner won't pay attention to her protests that she's hungry. She fights by kicking things to death and occasionally fires off lasers with an area of 20+ yards.
** Giselle Gewelle from [[spoiler: the Vandenreich]] as well. She is a cheerful young woman who likes to make silly faces and snark at her friends. She's also a [[CombatPragmatist ruthless fighter]] who has no remorse when using her BloodMagic powers to force a bunch of soldiers to [[PsychicAssistedSuicide kill themselves]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has Kenshin, who is usually a polite, obvious moron ... and, if you push him too far, the legendary assassin Hitokiri Battousai.
* The main character of ''Sasuga no Sarutobi'' is a perverted, meatball-shaped, troublemaker who jokes about everything. He's also near-invincible in battle.
* Apachai and Kensei of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', the former a ManChild while the latter is a DirtyOldMan, but both are masters.
* [[TheGrimReaper Lord Death]] of ''Manga/SoulEater''. The goofy face, goofy voice, and general jokester personality can make you forget he's the guy who handed the Kishin his ass [[spoiler:in a bag made of his own skin]] all those years ago. And be warned, Lord Death is by no means rusty.
* Vash the Stampede from ''Anime/{{Trigun}}''. He acts cowardly and stupid, providing general comic relief through out the show, but is in fact incredibly dangerous. If you piss him off (by hurting... pretty much any living thing) he can -- and ''will'' -- execute six precision quickdraw shots on your body, any one of which could cripple you. Why six, you ask? [[OhCrap Because his revolver only has six chambers]].
* This often happens to be the case with characters from ''Manga/FairyTail''. If a character looks or acts in a manner that seems strange, don't be surprised if turns out that they can kick 20 flavours of ass.
* Fay D. Fluorite from ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' is a big source of comic relief, but [[LetsGetDangerous when push comes to shove]], you don't want to be pitted against an [[spoiler:insanely powerful, well-trained mage]] who knows hand-to-hand combat and is skilled with both a normal bow and a crossbow. Not to mention that he [[spoiler: [[EmergencyTransformation gets turned into a Vampire]] half way through the series, complete with WolverineClaws which he makes good use of as [[BigBad Fei Wang Reed]]'s {{Mooks}} learn the hard way.]]
* The Millenium Earl in ''DGrayMan'' looks like an obese grinning goblin with an umbrella that makes him fly like Marry Poppins and often ends his speech bubbles with a heart. Despite this, though, do remember that he's the GodOfEvil.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'': Xerxes Break. That is all.
** Also, [[spoiler:Jack Vessalius counts, too. That sunshine demeanor and friendly attitude conceals a dangerous and insane underside. Same with Oz. Oz is also quite deadly when provoked. Try to insult Alice and he will cut you down with B-rabbit's scythe. Since he is also B-rabbit, that counts, too.]]
* Franchise/SailorMoon, especially in the first [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]]. Usagi Tsukino is a ditzy schoolgirl who cries, whines and eats a lot. But she's also a powerful MagicalGirl who will fight with with teeth, nails and magic to protect those she cares for.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor [[DependingOnTheWriter varies]] from MagnificentBastard to IneffectualSympatheticVillain, but one shudders to think what might have happened had Franchise/{{Superman}} not stopped him all those times....
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** His [[RoguesGallery foe list]] has numerous villains who may be this way. For example, ComicBook/TheRiddler mostly got into crime just to play mind games with Batman for fun. But from Commissioner Gordon's perspective, he's a MagnificentBastard.
** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is portrayed this way in some cases, too. Once he paid for doughnuts with play money with his face on it. Play money impregnated with his special formula, which was absorbed through the clerk's skin.
*** HarleyQuinn, though it varies more with her. Though mainly known for agility, people often forget that she also has superhuman strength (how else does she wield those giant mallets?) It's also easy to forget that she was a brilliant psychologist, and can revert to that personality to both apply those skills to mess with her opponent's head and to pass as normal far better than the Joker can. In her most recent incarnation, it's implied the Joker actually considers her more of a successor than a sidekick/girlfriend.
* [[ComicBook/NewGods Granny Goodness]] is laughed at for being an old lady super-villain, until you remember that 1. She's the only minion of {{Darkseid}} who doesn't get her ass kicked on a regular basis by super-heroes/Orion and 2. She's the Goddess of Horrific Child Abuse on Apokolips, which means that whenever she is not scheming against Darkseid's enemies, she's routinely crossing the MoralEventHorizon with young girls and boys. Being a super-villain is certainly a hard job and despite her age, she is still around, so you ''know'' she's good. Also, being around Darkseid for any amount of time and ''not'' getting the Omega Beams or Omega Sanction speaks volumes as to how dangerous she truly is. Just imagine how bad her abuse has to be for it to qualify as "horrific" ''on [[CrapsackWorld Apokolips]]''.
* Ragdoll from ''ComicBook/SecretSix'', no doubt. He's a master of the non sequitur, he's also perfectly capable of wrapping around you like a python and willing to snap your neck at the drop of a hat. In a recent issue, while attacking the rest of the team (and winning) he even gets a rant about people assuming he's just the comedy relief.
* Alfie O'Meagan from ''ComicBook/NthManTheUltimateNinja'' likes cookies and milk, plays video games, collects comic books, and has sandbox battles stomping on toy soldiers. Problem is, he's also a PsychopathicManchild RealityWarper...
* Mad Jim Jaspers from Marvel's CaptainBritain comics - ran around an alternate universe England with a gang of ludicrous criminals, committing ludicrous crimes... and happened to be a RealityWarper of such magnitude that his ''entire universe'' had to be destroyed to prevent the Jaspers Warp from contaminating the multiverse at large. And his main universe equivalent is even ''more'' powerful... ''and a member of Parliament.''
* Zodon from ''PS238'' is a {{Jerkass}} and the comic's bigtime ChewToy, with most of his plans ending him up in greater trouble than he started. Problem is, this is usually because one of the teachers or the students got in his way -- if they hadn't, the trouble -- and much bigger amounts of it -- would be someone else's.
* ComicBook/AmbushBug is a normal human in a ridiculous green suit amongst the gods of the DCUniverse. In his heyday, he defeated a group of enemies with little to no effort while utterly humiliating them and could take on Superman or Supergirl before essentially defeating himself. Nowadays he's more relaxed.
* SquirrelGirl looks and act doofy, has one of the silliest power in comics, yet defeated such omnipotent baddies as Doctor Doom and (seriously!) Galactus!
* The Violator from ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}''. Taking the form of a pudgy clown, he's primarily around for comic relief. But at any time, the seemingly harmless clown [[OneWingedAngel can morph into a demonic killing machine]], easily capable of kicking Spawn's ass.
* ComicBook/PlasticMan is a zany, rubbery man who spouts silly jokes while having cartoonish adventures. He's also one of the most powerful members of the Justice League; even Batman, who has contingency plans to neutralise any of the League members in case they go rogue, is actively wary of him. On at least one occasion, he single-handedly took down a villain who had easily beaten Superman.
* ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}''. A madcap goofball with weaponized YoMama jokes who [[MediumAwareness thinks he's in a comic book and has conversations with his thought captions]]. He is also insanely good with every weapon known to man, sometimes to the Bullseye level where it's pretty much a superpower, and he has ConfusionFu going for him, as well as a {{Wolverine}}-class HealingFactor. He is an ''exceptionally'' deadly fighter and you ''really'' would rather have him on your side (though on his side tend want him to just ''shut up already'' even if he is the best they've got. Even Galactus could only take so much.)
* ''ComicBook/{{Foolkiller}}'': In the limited series, Backhand, a local NY drug lord described Foolkiller as "crazier than ThePunisher...He don't come off like no soldier or cop. More like being yelled at by your momma or a preacher". Admittedly, it is rather silly to lecture the person that you are about to kill. As they don't exactly live to benefit from the lesson imparted. Some of his kills occur after a brief debate in which he pokes holes in the other person's argument, then calls them a fool, hence the name.
* Dr. Dinosaur from ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo''. He may seem silly and incompetent, but out of all of the villains not only is he the one who survives, but he survives Jenkins. Nobody else has been able to do that yet.
* 99% of the time, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Mr. Mxyzptlk]] just wants to use his awesome RealityWarper powers to play harmless practical jokes and be a funny pest. [[ComicBook/WhateverHappenedToTheManOfTomorrow As for that 1% of the time,]] ''be afraid.''
* {{Fables}} (being made up of fairy-tale characters) has a few examples.
** On the villainous side, we have [[TheWizardOfOz the Nome King]] who is initially an incompetent BloodKnight [[TheBrute brute]] to the Adversary. Upon getting power of his own he takes StupidEvil to new levels, and his legal system is so ridiculous that a defence attorney brags about how brilliant he is at his job because he's managed to get a relatively humane form of execution for his client (who hasn't actually had a trial, even a show-trial), but his insane slaughter of innocents is not played for laughs.
*** Mister Dark has TalkativeLoon tendencies so pronounced it's difficult to know whether he counts as FauxAffablyEvil or genuinely AffablyEvil, but since he is clearly introduced as a massive threat, they actually serve to make him creepier.
** On the heroic side we have Bufkin the [[TheWizardOfOz flying monkey]], who generally acts as comic relief with his gullibility, heavy drinking and simian interest in his own faeces, but as [[RetiredBadass a former captain]] of the flying monkeys and Fabletown's [[BadassBookworm main librarian]], he's a lot more dangerous than people realise when push comes to shove.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* [[CrazyAwesome Mukrezar]] is a whimsical, funny, likeable guy with a less-than-perfect record for succeeding in his many, many [[ZanyScheme schemes]]. He is also one of the most cruel and sadistic [[FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi Keepers]].
* Socrates, normally the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and JerkWithAHeartOfGold among the heroes of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', still has his moments of seriousness. Probably the most [[OutOfCharacter jarring]] moment he's had is the entirety of "Have You Seen This Tiger?", wherein he becomes extremely angry for the first half.
* [[PrivilegedRival Obsidian]] from the HungerGames fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning''. When heroine [[BrainyBrunette Vale]] first meets him in the Training Center, he comes off as rather silly, with his friendly, if a bit superior, attitude toward Vale and his [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny comment about being like a magpie and liking shiny things]]. He isn't seen exhibiting any skills with a weapon... and then, he gets the highest training score of all twenty-four tributes. To say nothing of the serious and competent skill he displays in the bloodbath.
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** Discord, [[UpToEleven even more so]] than in canon.
** [[GeneralRipper General-Admiral Makarov]], the BigBad of the Shining Armor Arc, is a LargeHam PsychopathicManchild who flies off the handle for the smallest things. However, he's also the leader of one of the largest militaries on the planet, with advanced (for the setting) technology that he's not adverse to using, will kill anyone for [[EvilIsPetty the pettiest reasons]], and is strong enough to deliver a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Shining. And then, its revealed that [[spoiler: he's an [[HumanoidAbomination Equineoid Abomination]] with RealityWarper powers]], and that his endgame involves a war to take over the world and multiple acts of ''genocide''.
* This and OOCIsSeriousBusiness are used horribly effectively in FanFic/TheMeasureOfATitan with Starfire. When she is upset enough to go out looking for criminals to brutally beat each night until she passes out from exhaustion, so much so that the crime rate drops as all the baddies try to stay under the radar, it cannot be a good thing.
* [[Fanfic/KingdomHeartsNewEpicTheFirst Wolfang Richler]] does not seem like a very imposing villain at first, despite using his magic to blast off a statue's head. He babbles to himself, he seems to not believe people let themselves age, and his interactions with Jonahs paint the picture of a very lonely, ''immensely bored'' immortal. When Jonahs joins back up with his friends, we learn [[spoiler: Wolfang turned two guards to stone, simply for getting in his way, and later in the same chapter seems to teleport all over the place, kills people with absurd ease and nonchalance, and during his conversation with Sarasho, we see he wants to set up ''a universe wide civil war.'']]
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', Tai Lung's attempt to kill Master Shifu was interrupted by Po. The snow leopard scoffs at the idea that this comical panda could possibly be the Dragon Warrior, only to find out the hard way that he most definitely is!
* Disney's Willie the Giant from ''FunAndFancyFree''. In the first scenes of the ''Mickey and the Beanstalk'' segment of the film, Willie is introduced as a terrifying kleptomaniac who seems more storm cloud than giant. In his second entrance, he appears as a goofy shapeshifter with a fondness for [[RealMenWearPink pink bunnies]], and an inability to pronounce the word "pistachio." Oh, and he's also a BigEater who almost [[ImAHumanitarian accidentally eats]] the Disney power trio of MickeyMouse, DonaldDuck and {{Goofy}}. [[TemptingFate But don't confuse his playfulness for dimwittedness]] like Mickey, Donald and Goofy tried to. Count yourself lucky if he keeps you as a literal souvenir in a box, rather than squishing you like an insect. And when Willie gets really riled up, he also wields an iron morning star the size of a two-story house.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'''s King Candy doesn't look all that intimidating at first glance. He's basically a CGI {{Expy}} of the Mad Hatter. [[spoiler: But then comes TheReveal and by the time the movie ends, you ''will'' believe the Mad Hatter can be a legitimately dangerous villain.]]
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Ed. Sure, he seems goofy and bumbling, with that laugh and blank wall-eyed stare, but Scar found out the hard way he can be deadly serious.
* ''Disney/RobinHood'': Prince John is [[ManChild extremely infantile]], but if you mock him badly enough, he will ''not'' let you get away with it.
* Flik from ''ABugsLife'' is a light-hearted clown for most of the movie, but has a darker side which shows itself at the end when he tricks the BigBad into getting himself killed.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Tuco (The Ugly) of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' may be a LaughablyEvil goon, but he is every bit as dangerous as Blondie (The Good) and Angel Eyes (The Bad), nearly killing them both on several occasions. Prior to the final shootout, [[spoiler:Blondie makes sure to empty Tuco's gun rather than face him in a gunfight]].
* Several of the characters in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', perhaps most particularly the Mad Hatter, fall into this trope.
* Yoon Tae-Goo (the Weird) of ''Film/TheGoodTheBadTheWeird'' qualifies. He provides most of the comic relief and is more prone to amusing mishaps than the Good and the Bad, but this does ''not'' mean he isn't capable of being incredibly dangerous. (Fittingly, he's an {{Expy}} of Tuco.)
* In ''TheHobbit'', with the exception of Thorin, all the dwarves in the company range from mildly goofy to downright mad at times. But they are ''all'' a force to be reckoned with when it comes down to a fight.
** Radagast the Brown is absent-minded and has bird poop in his hair but there is a reason why he is one of the most powerful wizards in Middle Earth, including banishing a herd of attack spiders from his home, brings a hedgehog back from the dead, leads a pack of wargs on a merry chase and [[spoiler: manages to fend off ''the Witch King''.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Mr. Croup in Creator/NeilGaiman's ''LIterature/{{Neverwhere}}'' even {{Lampshades}} that just because something is silly doesn't mean it can't be dangerous. Then he and his associate Mr. Vandemar crucify the person who found them funny. While arguing whether circumlocution is a grammatical technique or a body part. (The former, if you were wondering.)
* Warlord Zsinj is like this in ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'', but in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' we see it's only as a cover. He goes to extraordinary lengths to convince people that he is a foolish, [[FatIdiot fat]], mustachioed criminal, while [[ObfuscatingStupidity underneath he is a talented, experienced strategic genius]].
** His [[NumberTwo second-in-command]], General Melvar, almost goes to the opposite extreme. The persona he shows everyone but Zsinj is almost extraordinarily cruel, sadistic, and an AxCrazy idiot. When they're gone, his features are curiously bland, he enjoys startling his Warlord, and he's a DeadpanSnarker. They'll both [[KickTheDog kick puppies]] like there's no tomorrow, but they're more businesslike about it.
* Count Fosco in Creator/WilkieCollins' classic sensation novel ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'' is the Victorian-era poster boy for this trope.
* ''LIterature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Nanny Ogg in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is a prime example, looking like an amiably-wrinkled, sexual-innuendo-prone old woman, with a mind like a razor. She's been Granny Weatherwax's friend since they were girls.
** Otto von Chriek from ''Discworld/TheTruth'' speaks in HEAVILY accented VampireVords, throws in a blah here and then (blah), is addicted to flash photography, which is bordering on a suicidal hobby for a vampire, and towards the end of the book clears a room of armed guards before ending it with a kiss to the forehead of their employer.
** Lampshaded in a later book when someone realizes that Otto does this deliberately to blend in.
---> Little fussy Otto, in his red-lined black opera cloak with pockets for all his gear, his shiny black shoes, his carefully cut widow’s peak and, not least, his ridiculous accent that grew thicker or thinner depending on whom he was talking to, did not look like a threat. He looked funny, a joke, a music-hall vampire. It had never previously occurred to Vimes that, just possibly, the joke was on other people.
** Pepe from ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' seems like a goofy, CampGay fashion designer, but that's only when he's on the job. Off the clock, he's a hard-drinking, wise-cracking, street-smart fellow who's a veteran of the mean streets of Ankh-Morpork. What plants him firmly in this trope is a scene at the end of the book where [[spoiler: Pepe corners street thug Andy Shank in a dark alley and ''stabs him in the face'' as a warning to leave Trev Likely and his friends alone.]]
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden is perpetually sarcastic, spouting pop culture references at the drop of a hat and is generally quite friendly. He is also [[TheDreaded powerful enough to give the Senior Council pause]].
* ''Literature/AlbertCampion'', protagonist of most of Margery Allingham's books. He might act like a silly ass, natter on about his mouse's birthday, and compulsively make jokes, but you should never underestimate his mental or physical capabilities. ''Ever''.
** Also, [[spoiler: Alastair Barber]] from [[spoiler: "Mystery Mile"]] who appears to be an embarrassingly-talkative bore who has a penchant for throwing food at acquaintances, is actually the BigBad who runs a criminal network that is feared across continents.
* Similarly, ''LIterature/LordPeterWimsey'' plays the idiot man about town to the hilt, including carrying the requisite cane and monocle, and babbling on at the drop of a hat. The cane and monocle are secretly tools. Lord Peter is unstoppable as a detective. And it is seldom mentioned, but he is a war hero.
* While Bast's lighthearted and, well, ''silly'' demeanor often provides some much-needed comic relief in ''LIterature/TheNameOfTheWind'', you really ''do not'' want to get on his bad side. As a Fae, he often cares only for his own whims and desires... and he will happily [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon string a fiddle with your guts and make you play it while he dances]], should you get in his way.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Paranormalcy}} Supernaturally]]'', Jack seems to act like an immature teenager. He uses his PortalDoor ability to appear in a girls' locker room and to appear in Evie's room to jump on her bed. [[spoiler: However, he is secretly behind all the random paranormal encounters that Evie keeps having, because he wants to use her to get rid of the faeries. When she doesn't agree to do this, he banishes her into the Faerie Paths.]]
* In ''LIterature/{{Foundation}} and Empire'', Magnifico Giganticus appears first as a rather pathetic clown before being revealed as [[spoiler: a mutant telepath known as the Mule who conquers a significant portion of the galaxy and nearly destroys the titular Foundation forever.]]
* CampGay [[TheDandy Dandy]] Lord Akeldama in ''LIterature/TheParasolProtectorate''. He might dress outrageously and live in an overdecorated townhouse with a horde of PrettyBoy drones, but he's still a very old [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]]. And those drones of his? He's trained them to be so effective at collecting gossip that he often knows more than the actual ''government''.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** SixthRanger and [[AlienAmongUs resident alien]] Ax is frequently played up as a comedic character, his infatuation with taste and tendency to play with sounds used for easy laughs. But when push comes to shove, Ax is ''the'' most dangerous of the Animorphs, beating out even [[BloodKnight Rachel]]. His feats include killing a rogue crocodile in ''The Reaction'' (after it beat half the team), defeating [[BigBad Visser Three]] in single combat as early as ''The Decision'' and even killing a Tyrannosaurus Rex in ''In the Time of Dinosaurs''. This is highlighted pretty effectively in The Separation, when even [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Mean Rachel]] doesn't want to tangle with him.
** And of course, Marco. The team's resident clown (if somewhat of a [[SadClown sad one]]), he spends half of his time making bad jokes and the other half viciously picking apart every plan of his friends and his enemies. In terms of planning he is the most ruthless Animorph--he [[IDidWhatIHadToDo does what he has to do]], up to the point of once pushing his own mother off of a cliff. (She's the host body to [[EvilOverlord Visser One]]. [[JokerImmunity And they both survived, anyway]].)
* Oh, no. Literature/HerculePoirot is investigating those murders I committed. But wait, he seems to be bumbling, he's very much the funny foreigner, and he's fallen for my {{Red Herring}}s. Maybe he's lost his touch with age. I think I'm [[KarmaHoudini safe]]. I--[[OhCrap What the]]? How did he figure out... Damn! He got the goods on me for this murder and then tricked me into revealing what he hadn't known for sure.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': You honestly wouldn't consider Glory a threat, at least a major one, if you weren't aware of her strength or that she is a GodInHumanForm.
* The Doctor of ''Series/DoctorWho'' just wants to have a bit of fun. "There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes," he says. He's been accurately described as a "madman with a box", and no one with his dress sense (no matter how much it changes) could ever be taken seriously. He's also stopped more villainous plots and saved more lives than could possibly be counted, and is outright ''[[TheDreaded feared]]'' by some of the most evil beings in existence.
** As befitting an EvilCounterpart, the Master sometimes shows shades of this. The Anthony Ainley and John Simm incarnations especially loved to bust out the EvilLaugh and add some flair to their villainy, but there is a very good reason the Doctor continually regards him as his worst enemy.
** In the same way, River Song is a sweet, flighty, flirty woman...right up to the point where she reduces Daleks to gibbering terror by ''saying who she is''.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'''s Jim Moriarty. Criminal mastermind. Also, one of his first lines was an OrAreYouJustHappyToSeeMe joke.
* Lothor of ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm''. He spends most of the series sitting on his throne and cracking meta-jokes while his henchmen fight the Rangers for him, but is still a dangerous opponent whenever he can be bothered.
** Divatox of ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' probably takes the cake. Screechy enough to make Rita sound like Beyonce, completely incompetent, and managed to MindWipe ''herself'' on one occasion. Then [[LetsGetDangerous the season finale happened...]]
* Rudy of ''Series/KickinIt'' is your standard Disnick KidCom AdultChild BigBrotherMentor, unless something ''really bad'' is about to happen at which point the writers remember what a third-degree black belt karate instructor's supposed to be capable of.
* Jack O'Neill of ''Series/StargateSG1'' likes to play dumb and joke around, but gets things DONE.
* Fran Fine, ''Series/TheNanny'', may come off as nasal, big-haired, and desperate, but, people tend to forget she is also a hypermanipulative master of the CoolAndUnusualPunishment, most often in the form of forced proximity with her [[MyBelovedSmother overbearing mother]]. She's also skilled with Jewish guilt, and can reduce feelings of triumph to bitter sadness with a snap of her fingers.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' portrays Merlin as this. He's the PluckyComicRelief of the knights who [[ButtMonkey is constantly abused for laughs]], but beneath the joking exterior is an extremely dark AntiHero who's also a PersonOfMassDestruction. Arthur and most of Camelot are unaware of this.
* Rygel from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' is a deposed Hynerian (small, toad-like creatures) royal with an ego the size of a dwarf star and a tendency to either flee from battle or fart helium when pressed into a corner. He's also, at times, killed the man who spent years torturing him and paraded his head about on a stick, and tortured captive enemies to death for information.
** Then there's "Coup by Clam," where Rygel has officially had ''enough'' of a blackmailing poisoner's shit, and thus [[spoiler: ''bites his nose off'', then poisons him in such a way that he can't possibly cure himself]].
* Walter Bishop from ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' is a somewhat addled old man who constantly gets the name of his FBI overseer wrong, has an unquenchable taste for a different food each week, and often consumes drugs of his own making. In this context, it's somewhat hard to remember he was consigned to an asylum for years after a lab experiment that killed several of his assistants. [[spoiler: And, when he's hooked up to the parts of his own brain, removed to destroy extremely sensitive knowledge, he shows how much of a righteous bastard he once was.]] He can also bring the fury in his current state - in "The Bishop Revival," he finds an ageless Nazi scientist has been using his father's research to design aerosolized poisons that target certain genetic markers. His response, in turn, is to design his own toxin, track the man down at a conference on peace and tolerance he'd been planning to target, and passionlessly cause him to asphyxiate in the middle of the gathering.
* Alfie from ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' may be the class clown, but he's no pushover, as he has proven to be a useful presence in Sibuna- and if he is serious about something, you better not stand in his way. He yelled at Fabian and Patricia when they wanted to have breakfast instead of rescuing the currently-trapped Amber, and then later was the one standing up against [[TheSoulless Sinner!Fabian]]- to the point of pressing Fabian's BerserkButton and getting away with it.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* A case of HoistByHisOwnPetard: Sometimes, {{Heel}}s in Wrestling/{{ECW}} would throw out open challenges and the worst they would leave with was a bruised ego. After Justin Credible d. Chris Chetti at ''ECW Ultimate Jeopardy 97,'' November 8, 1997 (televised on the November 15th show), his manager [[TheFightingNarcissist Jason "The Sexiest Man on Earth"]] got on the mic and talked about how, out of 30 or so guys in the locker room, he was one of the few who could actually wrestle and that "it sucks" only working as a manager. So, since he was in his "street clothes," he issued an open challenge for a "street fight." Cue "Let Me Clear My Throat" by DJ Kool, and out comes...Wrestling/TheBlueMeanie with [[Wrestling/MikeBucci Super Nova]]? Jason dismisses Meanie at first, but finally agrees. While it's not much of a match, and even less of a "street fight" (referee John [=Finnegan=] blocks Meanie from attacking when Jason ducks his head through the ropes), it qualifies as Jason basically treats Meanie as a joke the whole time...until Meanie [[GroinAttack comes up with a testicular claw]] into a schoolboy rollup for the pin! (For an example of how much worse this could have turned out for Jason, see [[TooDumbToLive/ProfessionalWrestling Too Dumb To Live]].)
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[[folder: Puppet Shows]]
* Miss Piggy, full stop. She's a veritable empress among drama queens, insufferably vain, yet charmingly foppish, and is constantly comedically pining for the love of her employer, Kermit The Frog, who, half the time, doesn't notice her affections, and the other half is living in mortal fear of her affections. But, don't forget that a large part of her charm is that she's also a take-charge ActionGirl who can become a PersonOfMassDestruction at the drop of a (designer) hat. Plus, don't press her [[BerserkButton buttons]] if you want to live, i.e., don't insult her or her abilities, [[AndYourLittleDogToo don't ever threaten her loved ones]], and most importantly, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking don't make pork jokes in her presence]]. [[TooDumbToLive Well, you can if you want to,]] but, as TheMuppetMovie demonstrated, she'll then open a six-pack of extra-strength whoopass on your minions, and violently install you in your own MindRape device with extreme prejudice.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Florian from ''OverlordII'' is a bumbling, useless buffoon whose entire purpose appears to be to embarrass the elven race, right up until [[spoiler:it's revealed that he is actually the ''BigBad'' and built ''TheEmpire'' purely so he could transform himself into a god.]]
* Demyx from ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is a great example. The first time you run into him, on Hades' lair, he is ''running away'' from him. Then, during the battle at Hollow Bastion, you have to fight him. Pushover, right? [[ThatOneBoss No]].
** To an extent, Axel, for those who hadn't played Chain of Memories. At first, he's just a PunchClockVillain who wants to grab Roxas and go home. Then [[ATasteOfPower you fight him as Roxas]]. Somehow, you never really forget that moment whenever you deal with Axel afterwards.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' has Dr. Eggman. The patron saint of HoistByHisOwnPetard, he even ends ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' on surprisingly ''amicable'' terms with the heroic members of the cast. [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Considering how useless he seems to be, you almost start to feel sorry for him.]] And then you turn around and take a look at his track record. His original shtick of sealing animals inside his robot minions, either to provide power or AI or just plain ForTheEvulz (or some combination of these reasons) already catapults him far past the MoralEventHorizon, and has demonstrated enough OffscreenVillainDarkMatter to construct his very own Death Star-esque Doomsday Machine [[note]]which took Sonic 2-3 games to stop... after which Eggman went and built a second one[[/note]], as well as ''two'' {{Airborne Aircraft Carrier}}s ''in the same game.'' Consider also that ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' starts off with Sonic tearing his way through Eggman's space fleet. Let's read that again: ''Eggman's space fleet''. It's not that Eggman ''sucks'' as a villain; it's that Sonic is just ''that'' good (that, and Eggman has an unfortunate habit of trying to harness the power of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s [[EvilIsNotAToy that are far beyond his control]]). And even then, he [[SonicGenerations eventually gets complete control of one]]!
** Dr. Eggman in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2'' starts off the plot by '''''personally''''' destroying a big chunk of a top secret military installation and hacking the computer security system surrounding the SealedEvilInACan. And the first thing he did after getting the ARK and the Chaos Emeralds was ''blow up half the moon'' and give the entire world a 24 hour "surrender-or-die" demand. Eggman is over confident, but his track record kind of warrants it.
** The aforementioned ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed'' opening shows what happens when anyone -''Sonic'' included- underestimates Eggman, as it ended with him ''nullifying [[SuperMode Super Sonic]] and'' '''''breaking the Earth in pieces'''''.
** The ending of ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles''. Eggman doesn't go with the rest of the gang to stop Ix, claiming he needs to operate some groundside machine to let the others through. [[spoiler:Thanks to the [[YearInsideHourOutside differential time flow inside Ix's prison]], by the time Sonic et al get out, Eggman's rebuilt Eggmanland and may well have taken over the world.]]
** And then there's ''VideoGame/SonicColors''. Not only was he [[spoiler:the BigBad for the entirety of the game,]] but had it not been for a [[spoiler:broken piece of a robot damaging a vital component of his latest weapon]], he would've succeeded in his ultimate plan to [[spoiler:mind-control the entire population of Earth ''with Sonic and Tails none the wiser''.]]
*** Eggman had also managed to enslave three planets and an inhabited AsteroidThicket, as well as build the largest space fleet seen yet, completely under Sonic's nose, and covered much of the land on all of the planets and asteroids with his own metal facilities. He would've completely snuffed Planet Wisp of life as well had Sonic not caught on in time, and he may have succeeded with Sweet Mountain.
**** Really, Colors ''would'' have ended up as a ''victory'' for Eggman if it weren't for one simple fact: The hero was actually being proactive rather than atypically ''reactive''. Rather than wait for the villain to begin his rampage, the hero decided to investigate his machinations without any reason other than ''he is a irredeemable villain!''
* The comic relief character in any BioWare game usually doesn't appear harmless per se, but he/she/it is usually one of the scariest people on your team.
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': [[HeroicComedicSociopath HK-47]] isn't the most effective combatant on your team, but he's [[spoiler:an assassin droid tailor-built by the greatest Sith Lord in recent memory]] and has a very impressive kill count.
** ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'': The prime source of comic relief is [[BoisterousBruiser Black]] [[DrunkenMaster Whirlwind]]. He's half again as tall as anyone else on your team, he's got more chest hair than every other person in the game combined, and he dual-wields axes that look like the main character might have trouble lifting one.
*** Also, you can ask him about his past, and be regaled with cheerful and silly stories that prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that he's a terrifying sociopath who is capable of killing anyone for any reason, sees nothing wrong with this, and should not be allowed to be anywhere near innocent people.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': [[TheIngenue Merrill's]] social unawareness and clumsiness form a major portion of the humor in the game. She's also a [[BloodMagic blood mage]] with no spells other than those designed to inflict very painful deaths.
** ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy: Jeff "Joker" Moreau is the snarktastic guy who flies the ship, and [[DisabledSnarker would snap in half if you picked him up and shook him hard]]. [[spoiler:He's the guy who fired the shot that killed Sovereign.]] By the third game, he's considered the best pilot in the Systems Alliance, and possibly all of Council space. By a significant margin, at that.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': Mordin Solus is an unintimidating salarian [[DeadlyDoctor doctor]] who sings Creator/GilbertAndSullivan and participates in children's shows about science. He also [[GlassCannon has purely offensive combat powers]], [[RetiredBadass used to be part of the salarian Special Tasks Group]] (his outfit is a lab coat worn over a commando uniform), and once killed a krogan by stabbing him (or possibly her) in the face with a pitchfork.
** The Volus in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' multiplayer are 3-foot tall mole men with an obsession with cash, and while they can't exactly take on a 10-foot tall mech by beating it with its face like a krogan can, they have a lot of tech and biotic powers that manage to turn enemy troopers into so many red smears.
*** Now you can add the [[PowerFist Batarian Gauntlet]] to their equipment. They can [[GroinAttack punch their enemies in the nuts]] so hard it causes their [[YourHeadASplode heads to explode]]. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Killing an opponent with the Batarian Gauntlet Heavy melee causes their heads to splatter. However, this effect happens on every species, even when you're playing a volus, who are waist-high at most.[[/labelnote]]
* {{Bioware}} loves this trope so much that in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the protagonist can be played with this personality. Snarky!Hawke frequently using BuffySpeak and ObfuscatingStupidity to lure their opponents into a false sense of security that they can't ''possibly'' be that dangerous, right? In reality, s/he frequently shows him/herself to be arguably the most intelligent of the three possible personalities.
** During the ''Mark of the Assassin DLC'', during their heist of Duke Prosper's vault, to distract a guard, Snarky!Hawke pretends to suffer an allergic reaction to a bee attack, falling to their knees as dramatic music plays;
-->'''Hawke:''' If I die... tell the world... [[LargeHam I DIED AT CHATEAU HAINE!]]
* ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' has Dr. Wily who, like Robotnik, loses to a blue guy on a regular basis, but at the same time is a brilliant scientist capable of creating robots with great powers. His greatest creation, [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]], even outlasts Dr. Light's last creation, [[VideoGame/MegaManX X]], and saves all of humanity (though X was active for much longer).
** Wily is dead and buried but his legacy has yet to fade from the series. TheVirus he made with Zero was the origin of [[BigBad Sigma]], and was adapted to make the [[ApocalypseMaiden Dark Elf]].
** His ''[[VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork Battle Network]]'' counterpart never stops being a credible threat; every time he's stopped, he's minutes from causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Bowser is often portrayed comically and sometimes Mario will indeed be GoKartingWithBowser or challenging him to other games, but it's clear that he would probably succeed in taking over the world if Mario and Luigi and allies didn't keep thwarting him.
** Mario himself. He's VERY happy-go-lucky, doesn't think twice about GoKartingWithBowser, and is sometimes a straight-up {{Cloudcuckoolander}} due to his overall lack of consistent traits. He's also incredibly strong and very nearly never loses a fight, even if his opponent has an unfair advantage.
** Fawful in the ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' series. Oh he may be funny with his similes and engrish and funny comments... but he manages to conquer the entire kingdom/world unresisted, mind controls pretty much the entire population and unleashes a monster that wants to destroy reality. He's especially this in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', where he gets promoted from TheDragon in the form of a villain's sidekick to the BigBad and driver of the entire storyline.
** ''Videogame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'' has put King Boo here, going from a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], sympathetic WellIntentionedExtremist to an insane, [[TheUnfettered unfettered]] sociopath with a vindictive streak ten miles wide who nearly ''[[spoiler: destroys the universe]]'' in a mad bid for revenge.
** All the villains of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' are pretty silly, especially [[VillainousHarlequin Dimentio]]. [[spoiler: They plan to destroy the multiverse, and ''succeed in destroying at least one universe''.]]
* The original Silly Villain was Garland "I will knock you all down!" from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI''. Who knew [[spoiler:that the very first boss you fight would wind up being the final boss, Chaos, in a ''huge'' EvilPlan?]]
** And in ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' and its prequel, Garland becomes [[BloodKnight just that much scarier.]]
* Kefka of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. Over the course of the game he goes from a [[LaughingMad cackling]] [[AxCrazy nutjob]] in [[MonsterClown clown makeup]], with fairly unremarkable combat abilities, to a PhysicalGod (but still a cackling nutjob in clown makeup, with the exception of the final boss fight).
** This carried over to the ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' games. Yes, he's the Chaos Warrior most likely to crack a joke about [[ToiletHumour farting]], and has a walk silly enough to get him into the [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Ministry]], but, when the situation calls for it, he's incredibly conniving and dangerous. In fact, it even turns out that '''''he's''''' the one who [[spoiler:jumpstarted the rivalry between Cloud and Sephiroth]]!
* And let's not leave out Gilgamesh, of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. Every times he opens his mouth, it's for either a badass boast, a biting insult, or some random pop culture reference. Sometimes all at once. And, despite being both a complete nutter and the source of most of the game's funniest moments, he's still able to level entire armies singlehandedly, survive onslaughts from ancient sealed monsters, and oneshot an endgame boss. And this is ''before'' he started hopping TheMultiverse.
* [[BigBad Purge]], from ''SpaceChannel5'' (part 2). At first, he seems just as goofy and [[CampStraight camp]] as [[WidgetSeries everyone else in the game]]. He constantly [[GigglingVillain giggles]], pelvic thrusts, and dons a ''sparkly purple disco suit'' for your penultimate dance-off. With Michael Jackson and a giant laser at your side, all it should take is one attack to finish him off! ... "[[KaizoTrap Tch]], [[DisneyDeath yeah]] [[HopelessBossFight right]]!"
* Dr. Mundo from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''. He's huge, he's purple, he talks in the third person, he has a silly voice, and he has silly dialogue. He is also a serial killer who regularly engages in human experimentation.
* Kaos, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'', is an {{Expy}} of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. His first battle with the heroes ended with the Core of Light, the only thing keeping Skylands safe from the forces of Darkness, destroyed along with most of their HQ and ''all'' the Skylanders plus their BigGood MIA.
* Ghirahim, the BigBad of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', could be considered an inversion, as the "beware" side was seen first when he mentions that he created the tornado to capture Zelda. He displays his silliness in his campy lines and hand gestures after Link gets to meet him.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has Cicero, the mad jester and Keeper of the Night Mother. At first his wheezing giggle, eccentric personality and high-pitched voice are merely obnoxious. [[spoiler:Then he attacks Astrid, wounds Veezara and disappears to the empty Dawnstar Sanctuary, after wounding Arnbjorn (a werewolf) in hot pursuit. He will continue to taunt the player from the shadows of the Sanctuary as the player fights through a legion of Spectral Assassins, though he grows [[VillainousBreakdown increasingly panicky as the player continues to progress]].]]
** We also have this lovely quote from [[MadGod Sheogorath, Daedric Prince of Madness]]:
-->'''Sheogorath:''' Now you. You can call me Ann Marie. But only if you're partial to being flayed alive and having an angry immortal skip rope with your entrails.
* Jasper Batt Jr. from ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle''. Setting aside the fact that [[spoiler: he used his pizza empire to climb to the top of the UAA and was the one who ordered the hit on Bishop]], most players will think, "He's just a scrawny, bucked-tooth nerd with a hilariously bad sense of fashion. How bad can he be?" Then they actually fight the guy and he turns out to be one of the most irritating bosses in video game history.
* A heroic example: Tyrell from ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' is blatantly set up as the bumbling sidekick. He starts the game by getting into trouble over his head and breaking valuable equipment, he makes fun of the bad guys' names, he identifies an extinct settlement as such by the [[BigEater lack of food]], and he [[LetsGetDangerous flips out and attempts]] a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on [[TheEvilGenius Arcanus]]. Wait, what?
* Sho Minamimoto of ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' seems not such a big deal when he first appears. He's just some annoying reaper who screams in a megaphone and makes junk sculptures while talking in math. Even when you first fight him, he's not too bad. Oh, and he [[spoiler:unleashed an army of nearly indestructible monsters on the UG and managed to come back to life in a new body that ends up being one of the hardest optional bosses in the game.]] Also, [[spoiler:'''HE'S TRYING TO KILL GOD AND ALMOST DID IT TWICE.''']]
* Steven Heck of ''AlphaProtocol'' is a very silly individual: he rambles on about conspiracy theories involving the Federal Reserve having UsefulNotes/WilliamMcKinley assassinated and the government tinkering with the price of strawberries to control people's minds, gives {{Word Salad Title}}s to every covert operation that occurs in Taipei, is willing to use the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique on someone to get him to remember where he put his car keys, and takes TimeCube quotes seriously. He is also, however, one of the most dangerous men alive, capable of wiping out entire rooms full of soldiers and elite intelligence operatives singlehanded. His method of dealing with the Chinese Secret Police agents who have Mike Thorton pinned down in the Taipei subway perfectly captures Heck's mix of silly and lethal:
-->"During the pursuit, Steven Heck (at Agent Thorton's request) arrived to offer emergency backup. Said backup came in the form of Heck crudely mounting a minigun to a subway car and firing wildly at Chinese secret police officers as his train passed the platform."
* The modrons in PlanescapeTorment are practically comic relief, behaving like socially awkward and poorly programmed robots that are very easy to kill. Then you get hit by the [[PlasmaCannon Mechanus Cannon]] spell for the first time - the first spell to get its own cutscene - and they cease to be as funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUjvJP1gOMc.
* The final ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' "Meet the Team" video reveals something very disturbing about the [[{{Pyromaniac}} Pyro]]: that he, she, or it ([[AmbiguousGender take your guess]]) doesn't see the world the same way everyone else does. The Pyro sees a rainbow blower, a bubbler; and lollipops, everyone else sees searing flames, explosive flares, and a mean fire axe. Pyro cheers for joy [[DreamLand in a psychedelic dream world]]; others see Pyro cheer in sadistic glee, a burning town for a backdrop. In a way, it makes the Pyro even scarier.
* The Spathi of ''VideoGame/StarControl'' are these ridiculous clam creatures who live in perpetual fear of virtually everything. They also advanced from the Bronze Age into the Atomic Age in under a century in response to the arrival of the Evil Ones, and a Spathi Eluder is one of the best ships in the game.
* The Goof-off/Jester/Gadabout class of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' is just that - they will often disregard your commands and do something random and useless. Plus, they have all around low stats so they do very little even when they follow orders. Then they get a free class change into a [[MagicKnight Sage]], which is one of the best classes in the game.
* Solt and Peppor of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' are the QuirkyMinibossSquad, HeKnowsAboutTimedHits, and GoldfishPoopGang all rolled up into two rather silly and bumbling brothers. That is until [[spoiler: they call out their superior, Karsh, for the murder of Dario, upon which they drop all the silliness and become a genuinely challenging boss fight.]]
* Veigar, from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', is generally seen as ridiculous in large part thanks to being short, having a very high pitched voice, and then there's the whole scheme to steal Bandle City's monument-thing using helium baloons and horseshoes. He also happens to have one of the highest burst damage potentials in the game, as well as being one of only two characters that has a potentially infinite offensive scaling.
* The ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' loves to do this with its [[TheMole mole]] characters. There's usually one traitor per game, and while they mix it up enough to keep you guessing, it's often the biggest idiots who screw you over the hardest:
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has [[spoiler: Zelos, team ButtMonkey and TheCasanova, turn on you last second and hand Colette over to the BigBad. In a way, this scene can double as a Beware The Silly Ones for the villains; they, too, underestimate Zelos, and in certain paths that enables him to [[BigDamnHeroes save the entire party]] and rejoin you with a key plot item.]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has [[spoiler: Raven, who acts like a grown-up and less flirtatiously successful version of Zelos. He, too, hands your female protagonist over to the BigBad, and then reveals himself to be Captain Schwann, and ''then'' promptly kicks your ass so hard he's ThatOneBoss for a lot of people. Like Zelos, the BigBad makes the same mistake, and Raven returns to you later, despite the fact that the villain could literally kill him at any time.]]
** ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has a temporally inverted version of this. The bewaring comes first and the silly second. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Young Richard]] is relatively quiet and melancholy, but then he gets [[spoiler: possessed by the BigBad Lambda]] and goes on the rampage. You spend most of the main plot bewaring of Richard and his terrifying winged form and his VoiceOfTheLegion...and then he gets better, and Richard in the future arc is a {{Troll}} and a completely incomparable LargeHam goofball with his own line of fruit snacks.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''
** [[spoiler: [[BigBad Hades]] is largely comedic for most of the game, but he's far from harmless. His first fight with Pit is a CurbStompBattle that ends with him destroying the Three Sacred Treasures and eating Pit alive. And even when he puts up a better fight with the [[EleventhHourSuperpower Great Sacred Treasure]], Hades still manages to claim the upper hand and destroy it. Had Medusa not pulled a VillainousRescue, Hades would have killed him.]]
** And then there's [[MonsterClown Thanatos]]. He's a flamboyant goofball, but is likewise far from harmless. Especially in the anime short ''Thanatos Rising'' [[spoiler: where he effortlessly defeats a human army and takes control of their trojan horse tanks. And he nearly kills Pit soon after.]]
* It'd be hard to list all the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' characters who ''don't'' qualify as this, due to their wacky plots and hijinks, and the dangerous (or potentially-dangerous) powers they're capable of using.
* There are quite a few comic-relief characters in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series, several of which have committed crimes.
** Luke Atmey takes the cake. It's rather difficult to take this particular blowhard seriously, [[spoiler:until you learn he was the mastermind between several thefts thought impossible. In fact, while Atmey is a {{Pride}}ful AttentionWhore, he also qualifies as an InsufferableGenius and even a MagnificentBastard, getting you to have him ''accused of theft'' just so he could use that as an alibi for a murder that happened at the same time--a murder he actually had committed!]]
** ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'' manages to one-up Atmey with Detective Bobby Fulbright. When you first meet him, he comes off as an incompetent buffoon, with his [[LargeHam over-the-top shouting about justice]], but he [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass ends up being quite competent when it comes to handling the enraged Prosecutor Blackquill and actually manages to come up with some crucial evidence at just the right moment to save your client in Case 4.]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Which directly causes Case 5.]] [[spoiler:This wasn't accidental. The ''real'' Bobby Fulbright died one year prior to when the game takes place. The "Bobby Fulbright" you know throughout the game is in fact the nameless "phantom" directly responsible for several murders, who wanted to frame Athena for his crime. He's a MasterOfDisguise who took on the identity of the dead Detective Fulbright in order to manipulate evidence, as well as to use Fulbright's over-the-top personality to conceal his own ''near-complete lack'' of normal human emotions.]]
* ''Videogame/DawnOfWar II: Retribution'': While Warhammer 40K orks are plenty silly in general while also being plenty deadly, the ones followed in the Ork campaign take both these traits further than usual. The silly? They treat a gigantic war machine like one'd treat a puppy (complete with ''walks''), have a stealth specialist that once tried to hide in lava, and their leader is a space pirate, complete with ''hat and attire'', among many moments of gleeful lampshading and general black humor. The dangerous? This band of lunatics easily stomps several recently-defected chaos bases, take down the Eldar campaign's own hero, [[spoiler: finish off an entire craftworld, manage to track down a Space Marine chaptermaster through logic alone (where even the Eldar failed at first, mind you), beat the living ''hell'' out of him when he had ascended to greater Daemon only ''minutes'' ago, and blow his head off with a captured asteroid]], and, to top off these and many other acts of wanton looting and burning, depending on the optional missions taken, they [[spoiler:simply leave on their new ship, looking for more planets to loot. The new ship being a gigantic dreadnought that had been stuck in [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the Warp]] for so long it was basically the Film/EventHorizon's bigger brother. Oh, and their leader also mugged Inquisitor Adrastia for her NiceHat.]]
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* Black Mage is the ChewToy of ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' and spends most of his time stabbing [[MadeOfIron Fighter]] and failing to get into White Mage's pants. A few times, however, he's acquired enough power that he decides he doesn't need his companions. On these occasions, he shows in no uncertain terms that he's not joking about being an OmnicidalManiac, and he has come ''very'' close to wiping out reality. On one occasion, he finally succeeded in murdering the rest of the Light Warriors [[spoiler:only for Sarda to resurrect them just to screw with Black Mage.]]
* Khrima from ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' spends most of the story as comic relief, since he's [[PokeThePoodle laughably bad at conceiving with evil plans]] and his minions are(for the most part) about as threatening as a wet sock. It's hard to take him seriously as an EvilOverlord, especially when compared to [[KnightOfCerebus Eternion]] later on. Despite all this, he still manages to be a very tough FinalBoss with no less than ''four'' OneWingedAngel forms.
* Marmalade was introduced as a harmless mook in ''DarkLegacyComics'' but when he became self-aware, he became a monster.
* Lord Kyran from ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' is usualy depicted as both [[http://eecomics.net/EEArchives/?strip_id=143 silly]] and [[http://eecomics.net/EEArchives/?strip_id=779 harmless]] then you get moments like [[http://eecomics.net/EEArchives?strip_id=657 this]] and [[http://eecomics.net/EEArchives/?strip_id=1006 this]].
* The Jaegermonsters known as [[FanNickname da Boyz]] in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' are [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation variously-hued]], apparently dim (except for Dimo, who is often the OnlySaneMan of the trio) FunetikAksent speaking comic relief...until it's time to fight, and then readers are reminded that they are brightly-colored ''engineered super soldiers'' who do not just have pointy teeth and sharp nails for decoration.
** Hell, just Jaegers in general. They ''all'' have that accent, all of them like their hats big and shiny, and all of them would joyfully run into a huge, bloody battlefield like a kid would into an amusement park, before tearing up entire squadrons barehanded. Even their generals, who are several centuries old, have no qualms joking around in a skirmish, to the point four of them decided to have a little body-count competition, with one of them spending most of the battle getting the rules straightened out, during an invasion on their hometown. [[CurbstompBattle And they stomped the everloving hell out of the invaders]], with the general that wasted most of the battle winning the competition by way of ''blowing up the airship carrying the entire force''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[spoiler: Gamzee goes from a goofy, [[TheStoner stoner]] LoveFreak while drugged out on sopor slime to a frighteningly effective [[SlasherMovie Slasher-esque]] [[AxCrazy killer]] when sober.]]
** The [[AffablyEvil Courtyard Droll]] counts too. Despite working for the evil Dersites, he's a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} whose version of torture involves [[FelonyMisdemeanor swapping hats with someone]] - and a terrifyingly effective assassin with a bodycount that includes [[spoiler:both Jade and Jake's dreamself.]] For comparison, Hegemonic Brute, TheBigGuy of the agents, managed to accumulate ''zero'' kills before his [[spoiler:death in both universes]].
** John, Jade and Nepeta also count. With the exception of Gamzee, they are the silliest of the heroes. Nepeta is able to kill large wild animals with her bare hands, John, [[spoiler:upon becoming a wind god, creates a massive tornado which he uses to drill to the centre of a planet to retrieve a massive bomb, In Cascade, he creates lava tornadoes and defeats the largest enemy seen in the game with a single hit, and sometime later becomes the first person to land a hit on Bec Noir, dealing about 1/10th of his health in damage off of one hit]]. When Jade [[spoiler:reaches God Tier, she becomes fused with Bec, making her probably the strongest member of the group.]]
* Head Alien of ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'' fame generally comes off as a cartoon villain, constantly dreaming up plans doomed to be easily foiled by the introduction of the heroes, who never passes up the opportunity to show his love for dramatic tension, even when doing so hinders or even cripples his plans. [[XanatosGambit He always managing to further some goal every time he is effortlessly crushed]], and all it takes is a moment of talking before he's got you trapped with a BreakingSpeech, eating out of his hand doing exactly what he wants.
** The title character himself counts, considering he spends much of the series as a ManChild. Even if it's [[ObfuscatingStupidity partly an act.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Xykon spends much of his time as borderline comic relief: much of his villainy appears to be of the [[CardCarryingVillain card carrying]] variety, and many of his interactions with his supposed subordinate Redcloak imply that the latter is the far more intelligent of the two. This all obscures the fact that Xykon ''scares the pants'' off of Redcloak; even though he's the high priest of an evil god, Redcloak's goal is equality for goblins, orcs, and other races that are normally just cannon fodder, while Xykon's goal is more or less "TakeOverTheWorld and [[ForTheEvulz inflict as much pain and mayhem as undeadly possible]]".
** Even ''with'' the heroes out to stop him, he's a credible threat to the entire world. They kind of beat him the first time kind of by accident, but since then they've been lucky to get away with their lives when tackling him (and not always so lucky), and that's with him conquering a city and beating its forces at the same time. (With Redcloak's help.)
** The time when he took on the entire roomful of Sapphire Guard makes this even more apparent. He starts out by tossing a super bouncy ball at them, which was inscribed with a Symbol of Insanity that made them kill each other. Xykon got a whole lot less funny all of a sudden. He even commented that he could've just kept to the air and blast all of them. The only reason he had the Sapphire Guard kill each other was because he thought it would be "going the extra mile".
** Xykon's BatmanGambit in ''Start of Darkness'': [[spoiler:Xykon tempted Redcloak into killing his brother Right-Eye to protect him]]. The BreakingSpeech that follows speaks for itself.
--->'''Xykon:''' [[spoiler:So therefore, you're just going to continue following me and doing whatever I order you to do. Because as long as you're loyal to me, I'll let you pretend this never happened. We'll just go about our daily business, and you can hide from the horrifying truth of what you've become - namely, a murderer who just killed his baby brother in cold blood. And hey, we can pretend that you don't really have any options about any of the despicable actions I ask you to take here on out rather than acknowledging that, like Right-Eye, you do in fact have a choice. But unlike Right-Eye there, you're too chickenshit to ever make it. You'll obey me forever now, because I give you an excuse for your inexcusable behavior. Now, are you going to stand there and tell me I'm wrong? Didn't think so.]]
** Also, [[QuirkyBard Elan]], as [[SmugSnake Kubota]] found out the hard way
** In the Linear Guild, Thog the half-orc. Because he's a funny, ditzy, childlike blithe spirit, people ([[DracoInLeatherPants readers especially]]) tend to forget that he's a killing machine prone to {{Unstoppable Rage}}s when he gets bored (like, say, if he runs out of ice cream).
-->'''Tarquin:''' It's weird. [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall No matter how many people he kills, people still think he's lovable.]]
* Brian Souballo, from ''OurLittleAdventure''. He is hard to take seriously as the BigBad as he's [[AffablyEvil friendly]] and a bit of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. His cheerful demeanor was only ruined once by an old magic teacher he was trying to recruit for the empire. [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0197.html Read about it.]]
* Jareth from ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}''. Let's see he seems like a {{keet}}, [[DumbBlonde blond]], [[TheTrickster prankster]] with [[FearlessFool questionable level of self-preservation instinct]] who [[ItAmusedMe only wants to have fun]]. Did we mention that he can warp [[TimeMaster time]] and [[SpaceMaster space]]? Manipulate [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mem]][[CharacterRerailment ories]] and [[DreamWeaver dreams]] and more? And he also has a SuperpoweredEvilSide not above trying to kill his own friends [[spoiler: (almost succeeded only a ChekhovsSkill saved them first time, the second he actually killed his best friend (who [[HeroicSacrifice took the shot]] for the LoveInterest / MoralityChain), he got better but still)]].
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': Torg [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/090216 is in]][[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/090217 a wacky mood!]]
** The [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=090205 beware]] part.
* Lewie the Lich of ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' is initially kind of laughable. Then he decides to try playing [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]], and after a couple of misfires (beholders can't wear rings...), he enslaves ''a mountain of monsters''.
** This trope could actually be considered the [[PlanetOfHats hat]] of many of the comic's protagonists, both monstrous and otherwise. Just for another example, [[http://yafgc.net/?id=574 here's]] what can happen if you underestimate one of the bigger {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s on the mountain...
*** Unless [[http://yafgc.net/?id=599 this]] is the biggest {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, in which case [[http://yafgc.net/?id=2166 this]] is what can happen. To a goddess.
* Coyote in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has incredible power at his command. Most of the time, he just uses it to have fun without causing (too much) trouble. On occasion, however, he uses it for ''very'' cruel acts.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* At times, Dr. Insano of ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'' and ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' seems like an IneffectualSympatheticVillain, but there have been times where he's been a somewhat legit menace, such as the times he took control of the giant robot {{Neutro}}, discovered the Anti-Comic Equation (with Warrior #1, a comic so irredeemably awful it distorted the space-time continuum), and hired Squall to assassinate Spoony. Despite all this, Spoony still let him [[GoKartingWithBowser assist him with the review]] of the awful film, ''The Clones Of Bruce Lee''.
** One could argue that wasn't exactly a [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment reward]] for good behavior.
** Also, according to some interpretations of the ContinuitySnarl, that one was a clone.
* The Noisy Tenant series of {{Creepypasta}} is an entire mythology of this. It's an entire building complex of whimsical, decrepit recreations/mockeries of modern places, like Silent Hill designed by the same people who did Pee-Wee's Playhouse. And it's filled with funny and whimsical inhabitants like [[http://scythemantis.deviantart.com/art/The-Hospital-another-horror-story-364122993 Dr.]] [[http://scythemantis.deviantart.com/art/The-Hospital-II-364837295 Phage]], a smiling man-sized bactereophage with a ridiculous bow-tie who performs horrible and unnecessary surgeries on people who end up in his office. Or Harmburger, a tottering anthropomorphic hamburger who [[http://scythemantis.deviantart.com/art/HARMBURGER-A-Horror-Tale-362001994 tries to slaughter people in his freezer of alien meats]] or, with the help of similarly whimsical/horrible chronies resembling an anthropomorphised barbecue grill and meat grinder, [[spoiler: brainwashes all of humanity with his tainted meat, which also infects them with horrible parasitoid brain-flies that are then sold to some other dimension, in the [[http://www.burgrr.com/ burgrr.com]] ARG/creepypasta]].
* The Evil League of Evil in '' [[DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog]]'' features such silly gimmicks as Dead Bowie and Fake Thomas Jefferson, but they're all unrepentant murderers at the very least.
** It says something that the League's leader is ''a horse'' that seems to be universally recognized as the embodiment of all evil.
* The Evil Mastermind, an EvilGenius from the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is this. He favors grandiose [[ThePlan schemes]] within schemes within schemes within schemes. (Whaddaya want? He's a super-intelligent twelve year old boy.) Most of the heroes consider him a joke. But you know, he did almost poison New York City's whole water supply that one time. And other time he actually had control of the nation's air traffic control systems for nearly half an hour...
* Generator (Jade Sinclair) of the WhateleyUniverse. She's cute, she's wacky, she invents crazy stuff, she looks like she's only ten... She stopped a supervillain with the powers of the werewolf by ''nailing him to a tree with railroad spikes''. She destroyed a Syndicate hardsite by killing their minions and making it look like she had turned them into zombies. Her shoulder angels nearly caused warfare across the Whateley Academy campus.
* ''Cracked'' muses on a real-life example [[http://www.cracked.com/article_15853_the-6-cutest-animals-that-can-still-destroy-you.html here]]:
--->The platypus is Mother Nature's way of saying, "I made this thing out of spare parts I found on the workshop floor, and it can still fucking cripple you."
* [[PetesDragon Elliott]] in Website/{{Rplegacy}}'s ''Dark Clouds Gathering'' fantasy crossover [=RPG=] is a good-natured goofball most of the time. God help you [[BerserkButton if you mess with any kids]] when he's around to see you doing it, though.
* Even if he's a complete fool who doesn't know what he's doing, even if he is AffablyEvil, Nappa from ''DragonBallZAbridged'' is still virtually unstoppable to the most powerful human.

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** HarmlessVillain Drakken and [[TheDragon Dragon]] DarkActionGirl poster girl Shego would arguably be {{Not So Harmless Villain}}s without someone to foil their plans. Once, they attempted to build an army of cute little toy robots.... [[ZergRush 100,000,000 of them]].
** The [[TheMovie first movie]] reveals [[BadFuture what happens]] if the heroes were out of the picture.
** Ron could also fit: when he is temporarily made a villain in one episode, he's unstoppable. Shego (who rightly shows disdain for her boss Drakken's incompetence and demonstrated in the first movie how incredibly dangerous she'd be if she treated villainy as [[PunchClockVillain more than just a job]] and [[BrilliantButLazy applied herself]]) is ''terrified'' of Evil!Ron.
** Lucre was also a surprisingly effective villain with his lame gimmicks.
* Dr. Robotnik as he appeared in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' is regarded as less competent than his deadly serious ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'' counterpart. But he and his robot minions Scratch and Grounder execute any number of formidably dangerous plans to take over Mobius that only fail because of Sonic, and they often succeed at capturing or otherwise incapacitating Sonic. It often happens that Sonic's actions do nothing more than undo the damage that Robotnik had ''already done''.
* The supervillains in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' are indulged for precisely this reason. In particular, the Monarch seemed content for years to engage in a cat-and-mouse (or "cat-and-also-cat" as he described it) rivalry with Dr. Venture, preferring to live out a hero/villain fantasy with the disinterested scientist than actually kill him when he had the opportunity. The early episodes would even make him seem like a HarmlessVillain if not for his habit of killing his own henchmen. [[spoiler:Then he loses the right to arch Venture, and promptly murders his next five archenemies out of frustration.]]
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'':
** Shredder from WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 probably qualifies. ''WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever'' explicitly spells out that he and Krang are sitting on technology powerful enough to ''completely take over the multiverse'' if used by someone with brains.
** Then there's the AllJustADream episode where the Turtles see what would happen if they weren't around-Shredder [[TheBadGuyWins would actually succeed at taking over the world.]]
* Skeletor from Creator/{{Filmation}}'s ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' was portrayed in a ridiculous manner at times, but there's no doubt that if He-Man and his allies didn't exist, he would have been able to create much chaos and, possibly, take over Eternia completely.
* Self-proclaimed boy genius Jack Spicer from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' starts off as the main villain but [[BadassDecay slowly slips into a mockable state]] as more powerful villains show up, even to the point of being a fanboy of the Prince Of Darkness, Chase. By season three, the Xiaolin monks are defeating him for sport, fight scenes with him last on average three minutes, and he only lays claim to one Shen-Gong-Wu, the ridiculous Monkey Staff. Cue the season finale, Time After Time pt. 1, where Omi freezes himself to get to the future, and in his absence, Jack ''takes over the world'', including imprisoning the remaining three Xiaolin warriors and the three main villains of the show.
* In spite of the silliness of the show, the villains from ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' managed to be more or less serious enough to appear dangerous. But if you look at him from the perspective of the bad guys, Freakazoid himself completely nails this Trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretShow'', a villain simply known as 'The Clown' appears and babbles on about taking over the world, while seeming completely ridiculous. The main characters decide to ignore him in favor of more visible threats, and The Clown, unopposed, takes over the world in short order.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' had a BadFuture that occured after [[TheCassandra Candace]] manages to bust her brothers, which also results in Perry being taken out of commission for a few months. Without anyone to oppose him, Dr. Doofenshmirtz manages to TakeOverTheWorld (or at least [[WhereTheHellIsSpringfield the Tri-State Area]], it's not really clear). Admittedly, the actions of MoralGuardians helped him, but not being opposed was still a factor.
* Most of the time, the title character of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' either falls victim to his own GeniusDitz nature or completely fails to properly use his extremely advanced technology. The few times he's half-way competent however show that he is ''very'' good at causing large scale mayhem and destruction, even if sometimes [[MikeNelsonDestroyerOfWorlds he destroys the wrong thing]].
** In one episode, Zim locks [[RobotBuddy GIR]] into "Duty Mode" (the red-eyed, serious version), and he promptly becomes much more evil and competent than Zim himself, including deciding that Zim is a threat to the mission and needs to be eliminated. Long story short, Zim just barely turns him back to normal in time to prevent a KlingonPromotion.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** ''Unlimited'' episode "Flash and Substance" focused on the Flash and his RoguesGallery. Flash's villains might be incredibly silly theme-based, pun-spouting PunchClockVillain holdovers from the SilverAge, but when the fighting breaks out they're able to easily take out [[PhysicalGod Orion]] and fight competently against the Goddamn Batman.
** Flash himself is an excellent example. Wise-cracking hero with a friendly and cheerful disposition, constantly flirting and a hopeless romantic... who is also one of the most conscientious of the League in regards to collateral damage, regularly talks villains into giving up, and, if that doesn't work, can single handedly defeat living gods like [[spoiler:Brainiac merged with Luthor]].
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure", [[spoiler:the dark overlord in the BadFuture turns out to be [[TheDitz Fred Fredburger]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Beast Boy. He's a KidAppealCharacter and the resident PluckyComicRelief and ButtMonkey, but [[SuperpoweredEvilSide don't make]] [[BerserkButton him]] [[LetsGetDangerous angry]].
** Control Freak is always played for comic relief, but he's also essentially a RealityWarper with his special remote control.
** The Amazing Mumbo may seem ridiculous and corny with his silly stage-magician gimmick, but [[DomainHolder he's got a world inside his hat where he's in complete control and he's all too happy to suck you in and make you part of the show.]] And even outside this little world of his, he's surprisingly agile, and his tricks pack a nasty punch.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Discord is a [[FauxAffablyEvil cheerful]], fun-loving, [[RealityWarper reality warping]] [[TheTrickster trickster]] who enjoys chocolate rain, cotton candy clouds, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and]] [[CorruptTheCutie corrupting]] and [[BreakTheCutie breaking]] ponies and laughing at their misery as their entire world crumbles around them, literally and metaphorically. He's [[VileVillainSaccharineShow the worst evil in the series]] by an enormous margin, yet always maintains [[FauxAffablyEvil a thin veneer of amiable insanity]], even as he's laughing at your suffering.
** Also, don't ever [[BerserkButton break a Pinkie Promise...]]
** On that note, don't mess with the Cutie Mark Crusaders. After Babs Seed pushed them hard enough, they rigged a trap in a parade float that would make TheATeam blush ([[ShoutOut To music that sounded suspiciously like the A-Team's theme, no less]]) and lured Babs into stealing it with a BatmanGambit. The only reason it failed is because the CMC had a change of heart and saved Babs from it.
* Cobra Commander from ''WesternAnimation/GIJoe''. One of his plots involved [[DefaceOfTheMoon carving the image of his face into the moon]]. On the other hand, he has a knack for coming up with a lot of crazy plans, and some were CrazyEnoughToWork if it wasn't for GI Joe and betrayal by his minions.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Prometheus Black[=/=]Meltdown, despite his DiscoDan style outfits and cartoony MadScientist nature is, ''by far,'' the most dangerous human villain on the show. That may not seem like much, considering [[HarmlessVillain the other villains]], but he's almost on the same level of evil as the Decepticons. While other human villains at most got a single episode of being at all dangerous, Meltdown was ''consistently'' portrayed as a genuine threat nearing if not equaling the Decepticons -- who in this continuity, are incredibly dangerous threats that are more than a match for the team on an equal playing field.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Plankton is, at his best, a LaughablyEvil villain, and at his worst, a [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain pitable]] DesignatedVillain whose only crime is that he's TheRival to [[TookALevelInJerkass Mr. Krabbs]]. However, in TheMovie, he frames Mr. Krabs for the theft of [[JerkassGods Neptune]]'s crown and gets him frozen in ice, and takes over Bikini Bottom and [[MoralEventHorizon makes everyone his slave]].
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': DaffyDuck and PorkyPig could be ''very'' silly...when they weren't, y'know, [[AxCrazy running around with axes]].
* Goofy, when he gets DrunkWithPower and put in charge in "[[WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse Sandwich Makers]]".
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' had the recurring villain, Mirage, convince Chaos, who was visiting, to make a little, well, chaos, in the palace of Agrabah where Aladdin and Jasmine are holding a dinner for some nobles. Chaos is a silly blue cat with wings. He also has more power in his whisker than a palace full of genies, can grant his own wishes, shrunk Jasmine to the size of an insect and nearly got her stepped on by her own husband when she ordered him to stop his mischief, and was able to poof up an EvilTwin that Aladdin was forced to fight to a near standstill after [[IdiotBall Genie]] mentioned the only predictable part of Aladdin's adventures was he always won. Chaos ''terrifies'' Mirage, who is the current personification of evil, and who has proven quite capable of offing the heroes and wiping Agrabah off the map. And after the series, Chaos appeared one last time in a short Aladdin comic in Disney Adventures Magazine in a DeusExMachina type ending by stripping the powers of a devilish entity known simply as "Evil" ,who was near to defeating Aladdin, when he felt things were getting too predictable.
* [[LargeHam The Duke of Detroit]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''. Dresses like a really rich guy out jogging, is LargeHam personified, and loves to break out into random karaoke. He's also one of the most influential people in Motorcity, with enough wealth and artillery at his disposal to make your life a living hell, anytime he sees fit.
* Otto, from ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'', may [[GeniusDitz come across as a clown]], but some clowns are [[ChainsawGood quite handy with chainsaws]].
* The Vreedle Brothers introduced in the ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' part of the franchise are idiots. Idiots with a ''tremendous'' overabundance of firepower and love of using it.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** Old Man Mcgucket, the local kook, has proven himself perfectly capable of mass destruction. In "Legend of the Gobblewonker" we learn he builds highly-destructive HumongousMecha as a coping mechanism for rejection and loneliness, and in "Land Before Swine" it's implied [[spoiler: he ''ate'' his way out of the belly of a pterodactyl.]]
** And then there's Bill Cipher from "Dreamscaperers", an EldritchAbomination whose goofy appearance and laid-back personality hides massive amounts of power.
* Varrick from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' may act flighty and absentminded, but he hides behind that ditzy exterior [[spoiler:a ruthless CorruptCorporateExecutive who is willing to start a civil war between the Southern and Northern Water Tribes just to grab a few bucks from the conflict.]]
* Aku from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is so [[LaughablyEvil downright silly and hilarious]] at times that new viewers can be forgiven for seeing him as a HarmlessVillain if their first episode is something like ''Aku's Fairy Tales'' or ''Jack Vs. Aku''. In episodes like ''Jack Under The Sea'' or ''Jack And The Zombies'', he reminds you just how terrifying the [[VoluntaryShapeshifter shape-shifting]] [[NighInvulnerable practically invincible]] [[MadeOfEvil embodiment of evil]] can really be.
* Ty Lee from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is a bubbly, cheerful acrobat who babbles about reading people's auras and does things like walking on her hands for no particular reason, but when she actually fights, she is more terrifying than an army of Firebenders.
** Also Avatar Aang, the only person scarier than Ty Lee. He is generally a bit "air-headed", enjoying penguin rides, fruit pies, and bad jokes, not to mention that he is a TechnicalPacifist. But there's a reason it's TechnicalPacifist: provoke him, and he can and will MindRape you and ''rip out your soul''.
** King Bumi appears to be a crazy old man who loves candy, bad jokes and ridiculous outfits. However, he's also one of the strongest Earthbenders in the world, and took back an entire city from the Fire Nation in under eight minutes (Granted, the Fire Nation soldiers were depowered due to an eclipse, but that doesn't stop Bumi from crushing tanks like beer cans and throwing buildings across canyons).
* This happens a ''lot'' in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', since the world the show takes place in is both a CloudcuckooLand and a WorldOfBadass. Some of the most notable examples are Finn, a goofy IdiotHero teenager who has nonetheless been taking down omnicidal [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] since childhood; Jake, a lazy TalkingAnimal who has been shown going full-on PapaWolf in protection of his [[BigBrotherInstinct brother]] or children; and Ice King, a [[LaughablyEvil comedic]] IneffectualSympatheticVillain whose [[AnIcePerson powers]] are in fact near PhysicalGod levels and who can be fairly [[PsychopathicManchild disturbing]] and [[LackOfEmpathy sociopathic]] sometimes.
* [[TheDragon Jose]] from ''WesternAnimation/CyberSix'' is a pint-sized little kid who throws tantrums, has a beyond ridiculous LeitMotif, and [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar goose-steps]] from place to place. It's enough to make you forget he's a DangerouslyGenreSavvy MadScientist with a [[EvilGenius genius-level IQ]] who has failed to kill Cyber Six thanks to dumb luck ''alone'' on more than a few occasions.
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* The teddy-bear cholla, a cactus native to the deserts of the American southwest, from a distance looks as cute and fuzzy as the name implies. Those fuzzy-looking spines, however, frickin' mean business! Entire segments of the plant will break away and cling to their victim like a gigantic, vampiric cockleburr. This is also simultaneously the teddy-bear cholla's main defense against herbivores and their primary form of reproduction (in that the segments sprout as soon as they're removed from their victim). They tend to grow in patches, making large swaths of the Sonoran Desert impassable. The cactus is so devious that locals like to repeat an old wives' tale that claims plants are able to reach out and stick passers-by, which, by the way, inspires its other common name of "jumping cholla."
* The platypus is an odd animal, even among the grab-bag of evolutionary oddities that make up the ecology of Australia. Possessing a duck's bill, a beaver tail, and ottter-like feet, it further distinguishes itself by being one of only five species of mammals to lay eggs. Beware the male ones, though, as they produce a venom that causes excruciating, intractable pain in humans, lasts for weeks and is noted for not responding to analgesics like morphine. This venom is not actually fatal - but a dose of morphine that ''is'' will not make a dent in it.
* Guess which animal in Africa has killed the most people? Black mamba? Lion? Cheetah? Hyena? Human-baby-eating-monkeys? No, my friend. It is the ''hippo''. Yep. The big fatty with cute little ears. Word of advice: When in Africa, don't ever go near where a hippo lives, because they ''are'' territorial and if they see you, they ''will'' chase you and you better have a runaway truck nearby, because they ''are'' faster than they look. Why should you be so worried about escaping an angry hippo? Why is the death rate so high? [[http://images.travelpod.com/users/shieldsontour/world_tour_2008.1215108420.angry-hippo.jpg Hippos aren't afraid to bite.]]
* Caterpillars are a perennial source of visual amusement for humans. After all, the typical caterpillar is soft, fuzzy and too interested in eating to notice the big humans poking and gawking at it. However, there are some caterpillars that, despite looking rather peculiar or ridiculous, are actually dangerous. One offender is the caterpillar of the puss moth, which is a big, fat, green caterpillar. If threatened, it rears up to show off its big, pink head, which it sinks into its neck, so that one sees a face with what appears to be a pair of lips underneath its mouth. Any predator (animal or human) that does not get the hint to leave it alone from this threat display will then find out that the "lips" serve as the opening to a gland that squirts out a jet of caustic formic acid. The caterpillar of the flannel moth is far worse, appearing as a disheveled and strangely adorable ball of fluff. [[NamesToRunAwayFrom Do not touch any caterpillar with the nickname "asp!"]] The fluff hides numerous venomous spines that cause excruciating pain, comparable in agony to snakebite, and, with the added bonus of causing bleeding, blistering rash at the site of contact.
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