Playing With: Smug Snake
Basic Trope: A scheming villain whose fatal flaw is overconfidence.
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- Straight: Eugene has the skills and the potential, but his ego gets the better of him, ultimately leading to his downfall.
- Exaggerated: Eugene is a megalomaniac and considers himself a god, which leads him to grossly overestimate his abilities and fail spectacularly.
- Downplayed: Eugene is quite an intelligent villain, however he would be a more effective one if he had a smaller ego.
- Eugene was mocked and teased viciously all throughout his youth, so he began to develop a big ego as a psychological defense mechanism.
- Eugene was subtly pushed into a place of power by several unseen masterminds. Not realizing their involvement, he assumes he got there by virtue of his own skill, and becomes arrogant as a result.
- Eugene is a villain with no self-esteem.
- Eugene is a scheming villain that always assumes the best out of his opponents; therefor, he always plans accordingly to not be surprised by any of them. There is no little enemy, after all.
- Eugene ultimately decides that his objective is more important than his pride.
- Eugene learns from his mistakes and becomes less smug in the process.
- Eugene is a Insufferable Genius that proves to succeed despite his ego.
- Eugene can back up his ego and is completely justified in his self-confidence.
- Double Subverted: But then Eugene compulsively tries to defend his pride, which leads to his demise.
- Parodied: Eugene is a street criminal who sets a house on fire out of a dare from his friends, and he dies in the fire.
- Zig Zagged: Eugene outwardly appears to be a sleazy arrogant jerk...but then it turns out that he was just a nice guy all along. Then it turns out that that Eugene was just a robot...then the real Eugene reveals himself, and he's a sleazy arrogant jerk...but then the heroes fatally wound him in a fight, and he says that he was just pretending to be a sleazy arrogant jerk before dying. But then it's revealed that that Eugene was a stunt double, and the real Eugene comes out and has a Villainous Breakdown because you destroyed all his robots and stunt doubles, but refuses to back down because his pride is at stake. The heroes brutally slaughter him.
- Averted: Eugene lacks the charm and grace of a Magnificent Bastard, but he has a normal-sized ego.
- Enforced: "I'd like my villain to be a contemptible, unlikable bastard. Let's give him an inflated sense of self-worth so the audience will want him to be beaten."
- Lampshaded: "Man, Eugene, you've got some serious ego issues."
- Invoked: Eugene lacks the charisma of a Magnificent Bastard and hints that he might be arrogant, too.
- Exploited: Eugene's smugness keeps people guessing since he never shows any other personality traits in public. Half of his enemies dismiss him as a little fish in a big pond; the other half assumes he knows something they don't by default (whether or not he actually does).
- Defied: Eugene is a Knight Templar who has no sense of self-worth, devoting his cause to what he believes to be the greater good for the people, rather than himself.
- Discussed: "Well, of course Eugene is an egotistical Jerk Ass."
- Conversed: "Is it really all that impossible for Eugene to do something for someone else rather than for himself?"
- Deconstructed: Eugene's ego and arrogance leads to him becoming a General Failure.
- ...But then he masters his ego and becomes a successful Magnificent Bastard and President Evil.
- It turns out that his outrageous confidence in himself was why his best plans would work.
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