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* In ''Film/TheKarateKidIII'', Terry Silver's plan is to lure Daniel Larusso into taking on Mike Barnes at the All-Valley Tournament, and when challenged on this by Mr. Miyagi, contends that he will not only restore the glory of Cobra Kai, but open up 20 new dojos across California ''and'' make the training free to all new recruits. It doesn't occur to Silver (a billionaire with cash to burn), John Kreese or anyone else on their team that offering free karate lessons would be a ''huge'' public relations boon for them, and that it could help them restore their image after losing the previous All-Valley Tournament. Instead, Silver and Barnes resort to highly-questionable tactics (including hitting Daniel between rounds in the tournament) that ultimately leads to them being permanently barred from the tournament, as per ''Series/CobraKai''. Ironically, Daniel himself would use the tactic of offering free karate lessons 30 years later in order to jumpstart the Miyagi-Do school in ''Series/CobraKai''.

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* In ''Film/TheKarateKidIII'', ''Film/TheKarateKidPartIII'', Terry Silver's plan is to lure Daniel Larusso into taking on Mike Barnes at the All-Valley Tournament, and when challenged on this by Mr. Miyagi, contends that he will not only restore the glory of Cobra Kai, but open up 20 new dojos across California ''and'' make the training free to all new recruits. It doesn't occur to Silver (a billionaire with cash to burn), John Kreese or anyone else on their team that offering free karate lessons would be a ''huge'' public relations boon for them, and that it could help them restore their image after losing the previous All-Valley Tournament. Instead, Silver and Barnes resort to highly-questionable tactics (including hitting Daniel between rounds in the tournament) that ultimately leads to them being permanently barred from the tournament, as per ''Series/CobraKai''. Ironically, Daniel himself would use the tactic of offering free karate lessons 30 years later in order to jumpstart the Miyagi-Do school in ''Series/CobraKai''.

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* In ''Film/TheKarateKidIII'', Terry Silver's plan is to lure Daniel Larusso into taking on Mike Barnes at the All-Valley Tournament, and when challenged on this by Mr. Miyagi, contends that he will not only restore the glory of Cobra Kai, but open up 20 new dojos across California ''and'' make the training free to all new recruits. It doesn't occur to Silver (a billionaire with cash to burn), John Kreese or anyone else on their team that offering free karate lessons would be a ''huge'' public relations boon for them, and that it could help them restore their image after losing the previous All-Valley Tournament. Instead, Silver and Barnes resort to highly-questionable tactics (including hitting Daniel between rounds in the tournament) that ultimately leads to them being permanently barred from the tournament, as per ''Series/CobraKai''. Ironically, Daniel himself would use the tactic of offering free karate lessons 30 years later in order to jumpstart the Miyagi-Do school in ''Series/CobraKai''.


* Subverted with B-list ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villain Firefly. His backstory has working as a pyrotechnics expert for movies before he was lost his due to a recession in Gotham leading him to become a PsychoForHire before he decides to forgo the "For Hire" and embraces the fact he is a straight up {{Pyromanic}} who likes seeing stuff burn.

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* Subverted with B-list ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villain Firefly. His backstory has working as a pyrotechnics expert for movies before he was lost his due to a recession in Gotham leading him to become a PsychoForHire before he decides to forgo the "For Hire" and embraces the fact he is a straight up {{Pyromanic}} {{Pyromaniac}} who likes seeing stuff burn.


* ''ComicBook/DoctorDoom'':
** Doom could have probably taken over the world ''financially'' in far less time, with less effort and without any legal opposition if he just incorporated rather than maintaining his feudal {{Ruritania}} and venting his ComplexityAddiction. Especially since people in the ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'' are constantly shown to value security over freedom. This is mirrored by his heroic counterpart, {{Trope Namer|s}} [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Reed Richards]], who seemingly makes more money patenting and then ''not'' selling his inventions, and thus not overly-disrupting the similarities between Marvel Earth and RealLife. "Doomwar" reveals that he actually ''does'' use his technology to make money, albeit secretly. Ever wonder how he's able to fund his various schemes or afford to construct all that incredible technology (including his never-ending army of [[ActuallyADoombot Doombots]])? Turns out he's involved in ''thousands'' of perfectly legal businesses, and has made a killing in patents for robotics and medical research.

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** Doom
ComicBook/DoctorDoom could have probably taken over the world ''financially'' in far less time, with less effort and without any legal opposition if he just incorporated rather than maintaining his feudal {{Ruritania}} and venting his ComplexityAddiction. Especially since people in the ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'' are constantly shown to value security over freedom. This is mirrored by his heroic counterpart, {{Trope Namer|s}} [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Reed Richards]], who seemingly makes more money patenting and then ''not'' selling his inventions, and thus not overly-disrupting the similarities between Marvel Earth and RealLife. "Doomwar" reveals that he actually ''does'' use his technology to make money, albeit secretly. Ever wonder how he's able to fund his various schemes or afford to construct all that incredible technology (including his never-ending army of [[ActuallyADoombot Doombots]])? Turns out he's involved in ''thousands'' of perfectly legal businesses, and has made a killing in patents for robotics and medical research.


* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': If a real-life nightclub could pull the headliners and crowds that Cottonmouth is able to host at Harlem's Paradise, the owner would be a multi-millionaire. But Cottonmouth doesn't seem to notice or care that he has one of the best clubs in all of New York City. Mariah even points out that his legitimate business interests are successful enough on their own that he doesn't need to run drugs or guns in order to be one of the most powerful men in Harlem.

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* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': If a real-life nightclub could pull the headliners and crowds that Cottonmouth is able to host at Harlem's Paradise, the owner would be a multi-millionaire. But Cottonmouth doesn't seem to notice or care that he has one of the best hottest clubs in all of New York City. Mariah even points out that his legitimate business interests are successful enough on their own that he doesn't need to run drugs or guns in order to be one of the most powerful men in Harlem.


* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' features Thanos [[spoiler: successfully using the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out half the Universe]] as he claims there aren't enough resources to support everyone. He could have simply used the gauntlet to create more resources. General consensus is that he's just insane.

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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' features Thanos [[spoiler: successfully using the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out half the Universe]] as he claims there aren't enough resources to support everyone. He could have simply used the gauntlet to create more resources. General consensus is that he's just insane.insane and has a ''[[DarkAndTroubledPast massive]]'' axe to grind with the whole issue.


* In ''Spiderman and the X-Men'', Sauron discusses this trope with Spidey. Spider-man points out he could cure cancer with the technology he uses to turn people into dinosaurs. Sauron replies that he doesn't want to cure cancer, he wants to turn people into dinosaurs.

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* In ''Spiderman ''Spider-Man and the X-Men'', Sauron discusses this trope with Spidey. Spider-man Spider-Man points out to Sauron that he could cure cancer with the technology his technology, which allows him to alter a person's DNA as he uses to turn people into dinosaurs. pleases. Sauron bluntly replies that he doesn't want ''want'' to cure cancer, he wants to turn people into dinosaurs.


* Subverted with B-list ''Franchise/Batman'' villain Firefly. His backstory has working as a pyrotechnics expert for movies before he was lost his due to a recession in Gotham leading him to become a PsychoForHire before he decides to forgo the "For Hire" and embraces the fact he is a straight up {{Pyromanic}} who likes seeing stuff burn.

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* Subverted with B-list ''Franchise/Batman'' ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villain Firefly. His backstory has working as a pyrotechnics expert for movies before he was lost his due to a recession in Gotham leading him to become a PsychoForHire before he decides to forgo the "For Hire" and embraces the fact he is a straight up {{Pyromanic}} who likes seeing stuff burn.


** Dr. Doofenshmirtz builds, rebuilds, or reuses a new "-inator" [[OncePerEpisode nearly every episode]]. Almost all of them work to or beyond specifications. If he'd just stop trying to use them to take over the Tri-State Area, he would be rich.
*** He cares less about getting rich, since he gets all his money from his wife's alimony. Plus his "-inators" tend to be built to fail on their own.

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** Dr. Doofenshmirtz builds, rebuilds, or reuses a new "-inator" [[OncePerEpisode nearly every episode]]. Almost all of them work to or beyond specifications. If he'd just stop trying to use them to take over the Tri-State Area, he would be rich.
*** He cares less about getting rich, since he gets all his money from his wife's alimony. Plus his "-inators" tend
rich. Although {{Justified|Trope}} given Doof's intentions are to be built (in)famous as an evil scientist and not to fail on their own.get rich.


* In one of the endings to ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', crime boss Cyprian "Whoreson Junior" Wily [[HeelFaithTurn gets religion]], divests himself of his criminal enterprises and re-invents himself as an above-board brown-water trader. He comments that he makes twice as much money from his legitimate enterprises as he ever did from his illegal ones, and that his goons stay loyal because twice as much coin buys twice as much loyalty with that kind of people. [[spoiler: Of course, the fact that the "reborn" Whoreson Junior is in fact Dudu Biberveldt the Doppler, who is not only ''not'' a sadistic, murderous nutjob like the real Whoreson, but established early on as intelligent and business-savvy, helps the profitability a lot.]]

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* In one of the endings to ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', crime boss Cyprian "Whoreson Junior" Wily [[HeelFaithTurn gets religion]], divests himself of his criminal enterprises and re-invents himself as an above-board brown-water trader. He comments that he makes twice as much money from his legitimate enterprises as he ever did from his illegal ones, and that his goons stay loyal because twice as much coin buys twice as much loyalty with that kind of people. [[spoiler: Of course, the fact that the "reborn" Whoreson Junior is is, in fact fact, Dudu Biberveldt the Doppler, who is not only ''not'' a sadistic, murderous nutjob like the real Whoreson, but established early on as intelligent and business-savvy, helps the profitability a lot.]]



* Averted in the GoldenEnding for ''VideoGame/Payday2'' where it is revealed [[spoiler: several members of the gang went to use their skills to earn money legitimately examples include [[TheBigGuy Chains]] becoming a Hollywood stuntman, Bonnie opening a distillery in Glasgow and making a popular new brand of whiskey, [[GamerGirl Joy]] founding an award-winning retro-game company that is the biggest in the world, and [[TheCracker Locke]] opening a cyber-security company in Silicon Valley.]]

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* Averted in the GoldenEnding for ''VideoGame/Payday2'' where it is revealed [[spoiler: several members of the gang went to use their skills to earn money legitimately legitimately; examples include [[TheBigGuy Chains]] becoming a Hollywood stuntman, Bonnie opening a distillery in Glasgow and making a popular new brand of whiskey, [[GamerGirl Joy]] founding an award-winning retro-game company that is the biggest in the world, and [[TheCracker Locke]] opening a cyber-security company in Silicon Valley.]]



** A very clever subversion occurs in in "Fear of Victory", where the Scarecrow combines both legal and illegal methods to make money. He bets against famous professional and college athletes, and then secretly dopes them with his fear toxin. When the athletes lose their competitions, the Scarecrow makes a huge amount of money for betting against the odds. The Scarecrow uses the money to pay for the chemicals and other paraphernalia he uses in his more dangerous schemes, making "Fear of Victory" one of the rare times when we actually ''see'' where OffscreenVillainDarkMatter might come from. Notably, Batman and Robin only discover the Scarecrow's plans when Robin is accidentally doped with fear toxin along with his college football playing-friend.

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** A very clever subversion occurs in in "Fear of Victory", where the Scarecrow combines both legal and illegal methods to make money. He bets against famous professional and college athletes, and then secretly dopes them with his fear toxin. When the athletes lose their competitions, the Scarecrow makes a huge amount of money for betting against the odds. The Scarecrow uses the money to pay for the chemicals and other paraphernalia he uses in his more dangerous schemes, making "Fear of Victory" one of the rare times when we actually ''see'' where OffscreenVillainDarkMatter might come from. Notably, Batman and Robin only discover the Scarecrow's plans when Robin is accidentally doped with fear toxin along with his college football playing-friend.



* D list DC villain Sonar is an interesting case of this, as he was never after money in the first place. He became a supervillain in pursuit of his main goal to make his tiny native country of Modora famous, and invented and built several sound based devices to commit crimes in order to accomplish this, capable of mental manipulation, ranged sonic attacks, lifting massive objects, and even independent flight. However, he never gets the idea that he could make his country famous and himself massively rich simply selling the technology, never realizing how fleeting his own exploits are and how it makes his own country look bad, if anything, compared to the country having actual value to the world.

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* D list DC villain Sonar is an interesting case of this, as he was never after money in the first place. He became a supervillain in pursuit of his main goal to make his tiny native country of Modora famous, and invented and built several sound based sound-based devices to commit crimes in order to accomplish this, capable of mental manipulation, ranged sonic attacks, lifting massive objects, and even independent flight. However, he never gets the idea that he could make his country famous and himself massively rich simply selling the technology, never realizing how fleeting his own exploits are and how it makes his own country look bad, if anything, compared to the country having actual value to the world.



* Averted in the original ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' game by Higsby, a teacher employed by the WWW to brainwash the students of ACDC and steal their rare chips for himself. He later opens up a chip shop. In the subsequent games of the series, [[spoiler:Dr. Regal and Wily]] do this too.

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* Averted in the original ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' game ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork1'' by Higsby, a teacher employed by the WWW to brainwash the students of ACDC and steal their rare chips for himself. He later opens up a chip shop. In the subsequent games of the series, [[spoiler:Dr. Regal and Wily]] do this too.



** Dr Wily became the villain in this series because years ago, his research on robotics was shunned over Dr Hikari's research on networking. In the end he finally quits being a villain and has one of his creation do real good.

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** Dr Dr. Wily became the villain in this series because years ago, his research on robotics was shunned over Dr Dr. Hikari's research on networking. In the end end, he finally quits being a villain and has one of his creation creations do real good.



** They're shown to be quite suited to work as diggers or business owners, as Tron shows a knack for penny pinching and could easily market her machinery itself, if their choice of profession didn't have to be piracy. However, they're also shown to be quite well off, suggesting their piracy has been quite lucrative for them at least until they borrowed money from a ''really'' corrupt loan shark in ''The Misadventures of Tron Bonne'' and later ran afoul of Mega Man Trigger.
** They've also been shown to repeatedly use legitimate means to earn money as well. Tron not only lets some of her Servbots open a restaurant on Kattelox Island but even [[BenevolentBoss helps them do it legitimately]], and between Legends 1 and 2 they opened a business that ultimately ended up nearly going bankrupt due to poor sales choices (forcing them to resort to piracy again). [[spoiler:The ending also has them go straight once more, though this time it's not to make money but instead save Mega Man who they've by now come to like.]] ''The Misadventures of Tron Bonne'' shows them digging regularly for money, and they are ''extremely'' successful at it, with the series implying they are pirates just because they enjoy the job.

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** They're shown to be quite suited to work as diggers or business owners, as Tron shows a knack for penny pinching penny-pinching and could easily market her machinery itself, if their choice of profession didn't have to be piracy. However, they're also shown to be quite well off, suggesting their piracy has been quite lucrative for them at least until they borrowed money from a ''really'' corrupt loan shark in ''The Misadventures of Tron Bonne'' and later ran afoul of Mega Man Trigger.
** They've also been shown to repeatedly use legitimate means to earn money as well. Tron not only lets some of her Servbots open a restaurant on Kattelox Island but even [[BenevolentBoss helps them do it legitimately]], and between Legends 1 ''Legends 1'' and 2 ''2'' they opened a business that ultimately ended up nearly going bankrupt due to poor sales choices (forcing them to resort to piracy again). [[spoiler:The ending also has them go straight once more, though this time it's not to make money but instead save Mega Man who they've by now come to like.]] ''The Misadventures of Tron Bonne'' shows them digging regularly for money, and they are ''extremely'' successful at it, with the series implying they are pirates just because they enjoy the job.



** In several games, he's also uncovered evidence of multiple ancient, extraterrestrial, trans dimensional artifacts, beings and civilization. Evidence of these, as well as the corresponding research, would revolutionize the world, exonerate him and his grandfather multiple times over, herald him as pioneer in science, history, among other fields, and essentially hand him the world on a silver platter!

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** In several games, he's also uncovered evidence of multiple ancient, extraterrestrial, trans dimensional trans-dimensional artifacts, beings beings, and civilization.civilizations. Evidence of these, as well as the corresponding research, would revolutionize the world, exonerate him and his grandfather multiple times over, herald him as pioneer in science, history, among other fields, and essentially hand him the world on a silver platter!



** Zig Zagged in ''VideoGame/WarioWare''. After a couple of games serving as [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'s rival and all the while playing a greedy AntiHero role, he finally went on to become the founder of the honest [=WarioWare=] business and is presumably wealthier than ever. However, anything with Wario's name in it is not likely to be honest. Case in point: he never actually pays any of his employees.

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** Zig Zagged [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''VideoGame/WarioWare''. After a couple of games serving as [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'s rival and all the while playing a greedy AntiHero role, he finally went on to become the founder of the honest [=WarioWare=] business and is presumably wealthier than ever. However, anything with Wario's name in it is not likely to be honest. Case in point: he never actually pays any of his employees.



* Zig-zagged in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' spinoff material where Mystia Lorelei uses her MagicMusic to strike humans night-blind and sells them grilled lamprey as a night-blindness cure. The con is seen as a minor issue in Gensokyo, and her cooking is good enough that she gets away with it, and gets return business and turns a profit. She's also explicitly not in it for the money: she's a bird youkai, so [[CarnivoreConfusion she wants humans to stop eating poultry]].

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* Zig-zagged [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' spinoff material where Mystia Lorelei uses her MagicMusic to strike humans night-blind and sells them grilled lamprey as a night-blindness cure. The con is seen as a minor issue in Gensokyo, and her cooking is good enough that she gets away with it, and gets return business and turns a profit. She's also explicitly not in it for the money: she's a bird youkai, so [[CarnivoreConfusion she wants humans to stop eating poultry]].



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* While it's questionable if they're "evil", the management in ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' possesses animatronics... that can walk around by themselves very quickly and have the strength, intelligence and dexterity to pick up heavy endoskeletons (and humans) and put them in suits. Pretty damn advanced for mere animatronics. Then the new animatronics in ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'' one-up them by also being able to crawl through air ducts (again, unaided) and having advanced facial recognition [[spoiler:in '''''1987'''''. Far beyond even anything made in '''''2014''''']]! How are they still a small-time pizza joint and not the robotics equivalent of Apple or IBM?!

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* While it's questionable if they're "evil", the management in ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' possesses animatronics... that can walk around by themselves very quickly and have the strength, intelligence intelligence, and dexterity to pick up heavy endoskeletons (and humans) and put them in suits. Pretty damn advanced for mere animatronics. Then the new animatronics in ''Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2'' one-up them by also being able to crawl through air ducts (again, unaided) and having advanced facial recognition [[spoiler:in '''''1987'''''. Far beyond even anything made in '''''2014''''']]! How are they still a small-time pizza joint and not the robotics equivalent of Apple or IBM?!



** The [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 third game]] reveals that the company had animatronics that could be worn as a suit by humans. And the animatronics still work after being used as suits. Even after they're effectively dismantled and shoved into different areas of the suit, which is some pretty damn impressive technology considering the suit's no larger than the average animatronic (so where do the pieces go when a human's inside?). This trope is justified in this case, however, thanks to the suits being ''ludicrously'' unsafe [[spoiler:(as Springtrap can attest to)]] and Fazbear Entertainment retiring them after multiple failures.

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** The [[Videogame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3 third game]] reveals that the company had animatronics that could be worn as a suit by humans. And the animatronics still work after being used as suits. Even after they're effectively dismantled and shoved into different areas of the suit, which is some pretty damn impressive technology considering the suit's no larger than the average animatronic (so where do the pieces go when a human's inside?). This trope is justified {{justified|Trope}} in this case, however, thanks to the suits being ''ludicrously'' unsafe [[spoiler:(as Springtrap can attest to)]] and Fazbear Entertainment retiring them after multiple failures.



*** Ironically, in ''Cold, Cold, Heart'', he's suspected of releasing information about the mayor and the incoming police commissioner about their mob ties, which made the the former to resign in disgrace.

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*** Ironically, in ''Cold, Cold, Heart'', he's suspected of releasing information about the mayor and the incoming police commissioner about their mob ties, which made the the former to resign in disgrace.


* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': Flintheart Glomgold is already the second-richest in the entire world, but his sole objective in life is surpassing Scrooge [=McDuck=] for the top spot. One might wonder if he could accomplish this if not for how much he spends on plans to off Scrooge. This is especially the case in the 2017 series.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': Flintheart Glomgold is already the second-richest in the entire world, but his sole objective in life is surpassing Scrooge [=McDuck=] for the top spot. One might wonder if he could accomplish this if not for how much he spends on plans to off Scrooge. This is especially the case in [[WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017 the 2017 series.series]].


* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': Flintheart Glomgold is already the second-richest in the entire world, but his sole objective in life is surpassing Scrooge McDuck for the top spot. One might wonder if he could accomplish this if not for how much he spends on plans to off Scrooge. This is especially the case in the 2017 series.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'': Flintheart Glomgold is already the second-richest in the entire world, but his sole objective in life is surpassing Scrooge McDuck [=McDuck=] for the top spot. One might wonder if he could accomplish this if not for how much he spends on plans to off Scrooge. This is especially the case in the 2017 series.


A subtrope of MisappliedPhlebotinum. Compare ReedRichardsIsUseless, ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers, and DickDastardlyStopsToCheat. Contrast VisionaryVillain and PragmaticVillainy. See also ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder and SanityHasAdvantages for the possible [[JustifiedTrope justifications of this trope]]. Can end up leading to BoxedCrook when put into practice.

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A subtrope of MisappliedPhlebotinum.MisappliedPhlebotinum, with a degree of StupidEvil. Compare ReedRichardsIsUseless, ScrewTheRulesIHaveSupernaturalPowers, and DickDastardlyStopsToCheat. Contrast VisionaryVillain and PragmaticVillainy. See also ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder and SanityHasAdvantages for the possible [[JustifiedTrope justifications of this trope]]. Can end up leading to BoxedCrook when put into practice.

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* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' is an odd one - the titular theme park seems, by all appearances, to be incredibly popular and profitable (there's an offhand line to the effect that it's losing popularity and people are bored of regular dinos, but that's scarcely borne out in the film). In spite of this, they decide it'd be a great idea to deliberately engineer the Indominus rex, a killing-machine dino, for a military contract, using facilities on the park itself. Predictably, the Indominus escapes, kills dozens, and basically destroys their entire corporate empire overnight. Apparently, they were planning to double-dip and make it another attraction along with filling out the contract, but as the Indominus doesn't look too different from their current stock, and its genetic modifications include ''camouflage'', it's a wonder how they thought it'd be successful at that past the novelty. Had they just kept running the theme park, or designed a cool-looking but harmless dino, they'd be sailing smoothly.

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