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Does it count as this trope if the villain turns into a reptile that isn't a snake or dragon?
I don't know who butchered the page while I wasn't looking, it'd be nice to see a link to the discussion at least but I suppose it is not important. What is clear is that this experiment has proved to be a failure. Has enough time passed for use to break the page back up to the way it was before?
You might want to say how the page was "butchered" before complaining about it. Hard to fix a problem if we have no idea what it is.
Now, in case you are referring to a "worked/didn't work" soft split: These soft-splits have a habit to be vague and confusing. We have had many problems with them in the past
Not just the soft split, the second, all the humor has been drained for the sake of making it look like every other page on the wiki, the secondary immediately self contradictory opening isn't even in the history.
Was there actually a problem with this page, or did someone decide they didn't like it and were going to "fix" it. That seems more common to me on this site (Disrupting the chronological order and adding unclassified eras to The WWE Characters Page, throwing out the Super Weight system because it doesn't accommodate for Earth-Shattering Kaboom, attempt to throw out the species based categorization of Non-Mammal Mammaries, attempts to undo the court rulings of Neglectful Precursors, watering down True Art because it was too "offensive", removing all hints of pro wrestling from the Tag Team Twins description even though it is a pro wrestling trope, ect, than soft split problems. Someone argued "Type 2" was caused by the sliding scale pages, so they had to taken through the ringer, proof that it was any more common than any other "please elaborate" type entry or that the pages themselves were a mess was not given...oh and please elaborate, I think there actually was good reason for that page being gone, but you wish you could have just slapped me with it right?
I feel like this trope is biased aganist itself. In the description it says that villains could turn into something "useful" like a koala or some other mammal. But isn't being a reptile useful? And it constantly refers the trpe as a cliche and tropes are not cliches. Anyone agree?
Suggested alternate titles: A snake am I; A Dragon am I.
The Maleficent example from Sleeping Beauty is mentioned twice on this page: once in "never works" under western animation and once in "partially works" under film. Which do people think it should be in?
To sum up the general theme of this: turning into a giant snake never helps, turning into a dragon can at least make for an epic final battle - though it's not as if villains tend to win otherwise anyway - and turning into a regular/small snake is a stroke of genius that often tends to allow for a quick getaway or a sneak attack.
What do you mean "NEVER HELPS"? it helps fine, it's the shocking, bone-shattering stupidity of the user who screws it up.
Turning into a giant snake can be extremely useful (if the villain can use the abilities properly). Turning into a dragon makes one nigh invincible except if the hero is ridicously powerful. But turning into a small snake means the hero can still kill you (but one could just escape thought the hero wouldn't be gone). If you kill the hero, you remove the problem. Villains aren't that stupid or else they wouldn't be able to do anything. They turn into reptiles for good reasons.
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