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** [[spoiler: Spinel]] from [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverseTheMovie the movie]] qualifies. Her animation style and movements are heavily reminicent of a 1930s cartoon, and her purpose is as a playful 'best friend', but when [[spoiler: Pink Diamond leaves her to her Earth colony, with Spinel stuck on an aging garden for 6000 years, she comes back to Earth with a vengeance and control of a drill injecting poison that gradually kills all organic life on Earth.]]


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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Neo Politan fits this trope to a T. She is one of the seemingly least threatening characters on the show, being based off of Neapolitan ice-cream, mute, coming to 4í10 in heels, and her weapon of choice is a ''lacy, pink parasol''. However, Neo is Roman Torchwick's right-hand woman, who easily defeated Yang without taking a hit and ''decimated'' an entire airship of Atlesian soldiers single-handedly. She is also intelligent enough to perfectly coordinate attacks with Roman without speaking, and [[spoiler:steal a Mistralian ship]]. It's of little surprise that Neo was [[spoiler:able to go toe-to-toe with Cinder- someone who killed both Pyrrha and Ozpin- with the result being a ''draw'']].
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* [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Chimpanzees]] are known for being human-like, to the point where they are dressed in human outfits. Also, they can make a funny, huge, toothy grin they flash for the cameras, it makes them look devilish. The bad thing is, it's not a grin, but a mouthful of very large teeth being bared. One chimp even attacked his caretaker once. And don't get us started on National Geographic's Frodo...

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* [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Chimpanzees]] are known for being human-like, to the point where they are dressed in human outfits. Also, they can make a funny, huge, toothy grin they flash for the cameras, it makes them look devilish. The bad thing is, it's not a grin, but a mouthful of very large teeth being bared. One chimp even attacked his caretaker once. And don't get us started on National Geographic's Frodo...Despite their small size, they're strong enough to literally tear a human limb-from-limb with their bare hands.


* Zigzagged with Z-Mega in ''VideoGame/SuperCosplayWarUltra''. He's very blatantly based on Rugal Bernstein, infamous SNKBoss from the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series, only he's comically weak, all his specials being a sillier version of their original versions (i.e., his Repukken has him throwing bowling balls at his opponent, and his God Press has him shoving a cake in his opponent's face.) The only particularly hard thing about him is that you get one round to beat him, and if you don't your run instantly ends in a bad ending. But then there's an upgraded version called Shin-Z, based on Rugal's God Rugal incarnation from ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2'', who's fought at the end of Battle Royale mode and is just as much an SNKBoss as you'd expect.

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* Zigzagged with Z-Mega in ''VideoGame/SuperCosplayWarUltra''. He's very blatantly based on Rugal Bernstein, infamous SNKBoss from the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series, only he's comically weak, all his specials being a sillier version of their original versions (i.e., his Repukken has him throwing bowling balls at his opponent, and his God Press has him shoving a cake in his opponent's face.) The only particularly hard thing about him is that you get one round to beat him, and if you don't your run instantly ends in a bad ending. But then there's an upgraded version called Shin-Z, based on Rugal's God Rugal incarnation from ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2'', ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium'', who's fought at the end of Battle Royale mode and is just as much an SNKBoss as you'd expect.

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* Zigzagged with Z-Mega in ''VideoGame/SuperCosplayWarUltra''. He's very blatantly based on Rugal Bernstein, infamous SNKBoss from the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series, only he's comically weak, all his specials being a sillier version of their original versions (i.e., his Repukken has him throwing bowling balls at his opponent, and his God Press has him shoving a cake in his opponent's face.) The only particularly hard thing about him is that you get one round to beat him, and if you don't your run instantly ends in a bad ending. But then there's an upgraded version called Shin-Z, based on Rugal's God Rugal incarnation from ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2'', who's fought at the end of Battle Royale mode and is just as much an SNKBoss as you'd expect.


* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Neo Politan fits this trope to a T. She also has one of the least threatening appearances on the show; her colour palette being made up entirely of pink, white and brown; only coming up to 4í10 in heels; her Semblance is illusions; she is mute; and lastly, Neo's weapon of choice is a ''lacy, pink, parasol''. However, she is also the extremely dangerous right-hand woman to Roman Torchwick. She has gone up against both Yang and Ruby with neither able to land a hit on her, and ''decimated'' an entire airship of Atlesian soldiers on her own. Neo has even [[spoiler:fought Cinder, with the confrontation ending in a ''draw'']].

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Neo Politan fits this trope to a T. She also has is one of the seemingly least threatening appearances characters on the show; her colour palette show, being made up entirely based off of pink, white and brown; only Neapolitan ice-cream, mute, coming up to 4í10 in heels; heels, and her Semblance is illusions; she is mute; and lastly, Neo's weapon of choice is a ''lacy, pink, pink parasol''. However, she Neo is also the extremely dangerous Roman Torchwick's right-hand woman to Roman Torchwick. She has gone up against both woman, who easily defeated Yang and Ruby with neither able to land without taking a hit on her, and ''decimated'' an entire airship of Atlesian soldiers on her own. single-handedly. She is also intelligent enough to perfectly coordinate attacks with Roman without speaking, and [[spoiler:steal a Mistralian ship]]. It's of little surprise that Neo has even [[spoiler:fought Cinder, was [[spoiler:able to go toe-to-toe with Cinder- someone who killed both Pyrrha and Ozpin- with the confrontation ending in result being a ''draw'']].

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* In ''Podcast/TheHiddenAlmanac'', Pastor Drom is usually the ditzy comic relief. When Mord asks Drom how she would conquer a technologically advanced society, her answer involves two asteroids, nuclear winter, and food laced with highly addictive drugs. She also keeps a shotgun under her bed, a second one under the sink, and a pistol.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Neo Politan fits this trope to a T. She also has one of the least threatening appearances on the show; her colour palette being made up entirely of pink, white and brown; only coming up to 4í10 in heels; her Semblance is illusions; she is mute; and lastly, Neo's weapon of choice is a ''lacy, pink, parasol''. However, she is also the extremely dangerous right-hand woman to Roman Torchwick. She has gone up against both Yang and Ruby with neither able to land a hit on her, and ''decimated'' an entire airship of Atlesian soldiers on her own. Neo has even [[spoiler:fought Cinder, with the confrontation ending in a ''draw'']].
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It's a standard rule in fiction to never judge a book by its cover. [[HiddenBadass The Hidden Badass]] can be anyone in the setting, from the [[BewareTheNiceOnes friendly and peaceful hero]] [[GoodIsNotSoft who could still probably beat you within a inch of your life if you're a vile enough villain,]] to the [[BewareTheQuietOnes meek and reserved loner who is probably more formidable in a fight than you think,]] to even the [[BadassAdorable cute and cuddly creature]] [[KillerRabbit who can be monstrous when threatened.]] However, more often than not, no one ever seems to take notice of the PluckyComicRelief. Maybe its because of that SimpletonVoice or their ImpossiblyTackyClothes. It could even be because they're [[HarmlessVillain too ineffective]] [[ButtMonkey or unlucky]]. Either way, no one will take notice of these characters or their abilities and will shrug them off as unimportant.. until its too late that is.


Acting silly does not mean a character isnít dangerous. 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]]. Or maybe they are so badass that they find even the most dangerous scenario to be either just a joke or just a daily, normal thing. A well-hidden BerserkButton can be pressed. In any case, beware the silly ones.

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Acting 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 character isnít dangerous.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]]. Or maybe they are so badass that they find even the most dangerous scenario to be either just a joke or just a daily, normal thing. A well-hidden BerserkButton can be pressed. In any case, beware the silly ones.


** Pkunk are essentially a pacifistic offshoot of a species of proud warriors, that devolved into space hippies with a fondness for word salad metaphors, visions about mundane stuff and arguing with the supposed spirits giving them their visions. Some of their beliefs are very real, however, including the one about reincarnation; this manifests in their ships, which are already decent and charge their power by having their crew ''insult you'', can spontaneously resurrect themselves after getting destroyed. Not a good idea to get on their bad side.

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** Pkunk are essentially a pacifistic offshoot of a species of proud warriors, that devolved into space hippies with a fondness for word salad metaphors, visions about mundane stuff and arguing with the supposed spirits giving them their visions. Some of their beliefs are very real, however, including the one about reincarnation; this manifests in their ships, which are already decent and charge their power by having their crew ''insult you'', can spontaneously resurrect themselves after getting destroyed. Not a good idea to get on their bad side. Their flimsy little ships are also absolutely devastating against the game's final boss.

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** The Scavengers are this. They're a misfit group of the worst Decepticons in existence (in the sense of not being any good at it), who show up every now and again to have a wacky misadventure usually caused by their own incompetence and bickering. Despite this, they've survived nasty encounters with the Decepticon Justice Division, Fortress Maximus, and Scorponok, and may have even saved the universe off-panel ([[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext by playing Jenga]]). In the final battle with the Functionists, they join the heroes and help save the day.


* Norman Sheffield was the first manager of the band Music/{{Queen}}, and (allegedly) decided to take financial advantage of the newly-famous musicians, naive to the world of recording contracts and such. The leader of these goofy longhaired glam rockers later wrote "Death on Two Legs", which he said was "Dedicated to a [[PrecisionFStrike motherfucker]] of a gentleman", and filled with so many acidic insults it was essentially a musical TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.

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* Norman Sheffield was the first manager of the band Music/{{Queen}}, and (allegedly) decided to take financial advantage of the newly-famous musicians, them being naive to the world of recording contracts and such. The leader of these goofy longhaired glam rockers later wrote "Death on Two Legs", which he said was "Dedicated to a [[PrecisionFStrike motherfucker]] of a gentleman", and filled with so many acidic insults it was essentially a musical TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.


* Negan from ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' is an eccentric, AxCrazy {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who swear a lot, thinks of the most random things to say off the top of his head, has an over-the-top personality that confuses his own followers, and likes to speak to his baseball bat [[CompanionCube Lucille]] as if it were a person, [[CargoShip mentioning how she turns him on when she strikes]]. However, he's also one of the most infamous villains to enter the series and is a credible badass HeroKiller.

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* Negan from ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' is an eccentric, AxCrazy {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who swear swears a lot, thinks of the most random things to say off the top of his head, has an over-the-top personality that confuses his own followers, and likes to speak to his baseball bat [[CompanionCube Lucille]] as if it were a person, [[CargoShip mentioning how she turns him on when she strikes]]. However, he's also one of the most infamous villains to enter the series and is a credible badass HeroKiller.


** On the heroic side we have Bufkin the [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz 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.
** Fabletown also has Flycatcher, who wears a goofy frog hat and is on permanent janitorial duty since he keeps eating flies. Then he founds an UndefeatableLittleVillage and defeats several powerful armies single-handedly, all while remaining a pacifist.

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** On the heroic side we have Bufkin the [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz flying monkey]], who generally acts as comic relief with his gullibility, heavy drinking and simian interest in his own faeces, feces, 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.
** Fabletown also has Flycatcher, who wears a goofy frog hat and is on permanent janitorial duty since he keeps eating flies. Then Then, after suffering a HeroicBSOD, he magically TakesALevelInBadass and founds an UndefeatableLittleVillage and defeats several powerful armies single-handedly, all while remaining a pacifist.

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