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Basic Trope: A scheming villain whose fatal flaw is overconfidence.

  • 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 a quite cunning villain, but he would be a lot more effective one if he had a smaller ego.
  • Justified:
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  • 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.
    • Eugene’s wild mental state means that his level of competency varies. On a good day, he’s focused, cautious, very capable of pulling off the grand schemes that he envisions and almost always keeps a cool head. On a bad day he’s an overconfident, emotionally unstable wreck capable of only a fraction of what he can usually muster and flipping his lid when something so much as inconveniences him.
  • Averted: Eugene lacks the charm and grace of a Magnificent Bastard, but he has a normal-sized ego.
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  • 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 Jerkass."
  • 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.
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