Even Evil Makes Mistakes

Failed? Doctor Doom does not fail!
~ Doctor Doom

Even Evil Makes Mistakes is a scenario where a villain whom, during performing something wicked, made a terrible mistake that results disadvantages on their side or worse, defeat by the hero.

Overview

Over the course of conflict between good and evil where the hero finally defeated a villain, the said victory is not always contributed by the hero alone. When the wrongdoer worked on his/her evil schemes, he/she sometimes missed some flaws in the said schemes, resulting a loophole which either results in the said plan not going like what it was intended to be or the hero being given better advantage.

Aside flaws on evil plans, other forms of mistakes that a villain done that causes severe disadvantages in the conflict between good and evil are:

  • Trusting a Particular Minion Too Much: The villain may have a minion that they trusted like family, but he/she failed to see the said union's treachery, whether due to the said minion being a spy from the hero's side or a power hungry character that worse than the villain him/herself.
  • Overestimate Goodness: Some villains may have done horrible things or evil so much that they see various forms of goodness (ex. love, friendship, etc.) as useless red tape that should not taken seriously, which turned out to be their downfall as the hero managed to triumph over him/her due to strengthened by support from the said hero's loved ones and friends. Not only that, the villain may also not taking any serious precautions to dealing minions whom turned against him/her due to either their loved ones being threatened or clashing view about goodness. Had the said villain not comprehend how goodness can keep the heroes forward, the downfall won't surprisingly be disastrous.
  • Enjoying The Hero's Suffering Too Much: The more sadistic villains may see the hero's suffering as fun, even so far to ruin his/her innocence for greater pleasure, but the said pleasure resulting them lower their guards, unaware that torments that they done instead made the hero become more dangerous, particulary if the said torment strengthened whatever resolve that they had. In other case, the hero allowed themselves to be tortured so the villain would be too distracted from handling anything else.
  • Armed a Captured Hostage: Some villains who held a hostage may later proved either too arrogant or simply an idiot who doesn't know how to ensure their said hostage from becoming a threat as bad as heroes who tried to rescue him/her. These villains may either experimented on the said hostage by gave him/her powers against his/her consent, locked him/her near their weapons/gadgets cache, or put an armed weapon near him/her that will active and killed them if they wished to. But if the said hostage unexpectedly turned their given powers/weapons/gadgets against these villains while the hero still looking for him/her or occupied in the fight against them, this proved to be their undoing. This form of mistake would be embarrassing had most of the credit for defeating these villains given to their hostages.

Examples

  • Discord: Made the mistake of making a deal with Tirek and as a result was betrayed by him.
  • Jasper: In her pursuit to get her revenge on Steven and the Crystal Gems, she made a mistake by fusing with the Snow Monster and turned herself into a Corrupted Gem.
  • Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz: He overestimated his 2nd dimension counterpart's evil nature that the latter decided to dispose him after they got Perry the Platypus and device for travel between dimensions fixed.
  • Bebop & Rocksteady: They intend to mutate themselves into a 2-headed mutant turtle, but Leo tricked them into adding the Shredder Elite to the mix. The two evil mutants fall for it with a big consequence, with the three of them being fused into a Mega Shredder.
  • Janja: After he kicks out Cheezi and Chungu from his clan, he took in their place Nne and Tano - two new hyenas, which are as smart as him. During the plan, which involves diverting The Lion Guard's attention, while they hunt for gemsboks, Nne and Tano treacherously pushed Janja to the cliff.
  • Smilodon Brothers: One of brothers try stand up against Megatherium, who wanted take their carrion. But underestimating the size and strength of the ground sloth he was killed from a powerful strike to its paws. Half-Tooth, learning about it, gains the advantage to taking back his pride by defeating the last brother.
  • Mojo Jojo: When Professor Utonium revealed that Mojo, then a destructive lab monkey simply named Jojo, was the reason he knocked Chemical X into the concoction that created the Powerpuff Girls, Mojo was stunned that he created his own enemies. When this is observed in an episode of Villainous, Black Hat and (especially) Dr. Flug were outraged with this.
  • Equinox: When he attempted to make new order in universe by creating a vortex to destroy and recreate all reality, Bat Monolith points out that, since he hates his masters, Equinox is not the perfectly balanced being he claims to be. Equinox Prime realizes his mistake that his goal to create of new order in universe was for nothing and begins to freak out, which Batman uses as his chance to knock him into the vortex and destroy him.
  • Bellatrix Lestrange: Her pleasure from torturing Hermione made her lower her guard, allowing the girl to take a sample of her hair that was required for a later plan to infiltrate Gringgots bank where one of Horcruxes was kept.
  • Lord Voldemort: He did not realize that the Elder Wand's possession was not Snape's, thus leading him to fail to get the allegiance of the wand after murdering him. Later, he tried to murder Harry (who was the true owner of wand in that moment) with a Killing Curse using it. As the Elder Wand cannot kill the one who currently has its allegiance, the spell backfired and killed Voldemort instead.
  • Aldrich Killian: He has dangerously used Extremis serum on Pepper Potts to demoralize Tony Stark/Iron Man as he beat the hero. Unfortunately, in the middle of his boast over his seemingly triumph against Tony, Pepper (whose body revealed to be compatible with the serum) suddenly showed up and smacks Killian before defeating him by herself, resulting his humiliating defeat.
  • Cyclonus: As he repeatedly punches Ultra Bee as Galvatronus, Cyclonus states his allegiance to the Decepticon Empire and his failing desires to restart it by summoning Megatron. However, Cyberwarp, who has been trying to object these actions from the beginning and having enough of all the suffering the Decepticon High Council is inflicting on the galaxy, suddenly turns on him, giving Ultra Bee an opening to finish him off.
  • Joseph Korso: Realizes that he didn't betray Cale and Akima because he was working for the Drej. But it turns out that Preed was the traitor who did work for the Drej.
  • Kent Mansley: Realizes that he made a foolish mistake after snatching the walkie talkie from General Rogard to launch the missile as General Rogard angrily informs him that they will die for their country when the missile re-enters the Earth.
  • Megatron/Galvatron: Galvatron made three mistakes in the end of Armada:
    • Ignored the threat of Unicron till Starscream sacrificed himself, which made him fear the end of the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons.
    • Challenged Optimus Prime to a duel to death which reawakened Unicron when believing the threat of the latter to be over.
    • Released himself from Optimus' grasp with a retractable knife to plunge into Unicron's maw seemingly to his death.
  • Kylo Ren: When he orders First Order Stormtroopers to execute innocent villagers on Jakku, Finn saw how cruel the First Order truly was, leading towards his defection.
  • Galen Burke: Raped Evelyn Osorio in a church who afterwards tried to kill Samara Morgan by drowning her for being an anomaly only to be institutionalized. Years later Burke said that he "should have let her [Evelyn]" kill their daughter because of the threat she poses.
  • Kai the Collector: When Po infuses all his chi right into Kai, at first, he glad, having finally obtained the power for himself, but yellow lights start glowing out of him in result overloading his body against his will, much to his horror. Unable to stop it, the abundance of energy became so great that Kai exploded into a bright golden light, being destroyed by the very same power he sought to obtain.
  • Bill Cipher: When Bill accepts the deal with Ford, he enters in his mind, however, it turns out Ford and Stan switched clothes and imitated each other, and Bill ends up in Stan's mind, where Stan taunts him for falling for the trick. Realizing this, terrified Bill pleads for mercy by appealing to Stan's greedy nature with riches and power, but Stan angrily refuses by pointing out that Bill has messed with Pines family too long. As Bill begins freak out and to glitch, he furiously cries out at Stan and rushes at him, but Stan punches Bill directly in the eye, shattering him into pieces.

Quotes

[Mrs. Quaint has Gomez and Morticia in cages and is holding Wednesday and Pugsley hostage.] Okay, now don't anybody move or I'll shoot! (Gomez: Bad move, old girl! The last person to grab Wednesday's braids was that crook the late Grabsy McBill!) (Morticia: He was such a nice man.) "Was"? What did you do to him? (Pugsley, while Wednesday pulls up her sleeves: You don't wanna know.)
~ As Wednesday Addams prepares to lay a smackdown on Mrs. Quaint, her parents Gomez and Morticia and older brother Pugsley warn the crook of her terrible mistake of pulling Wednesday by her pigtails.
[Celebrates by manically laughing.] The city is mine! [Grabs the closest Nixel to him by the arms and swings him around.] It’s mine, mine, mine! [Lets go of the Nixel and lets him fly off.] Weak-minded Mixels, how easy it was to convince them to give up their Cubits! Those fools! [laughs some more] (Unbeknownst to King Nixel, the Newzers are overseeing this and Camsta extends his camera towards King Nixel as his visage shows through the lens. In Mixopolis Stadium, King Nixel is being shown on the monitors as the Nixel Airship flies above the stadium.) (Major Nixel: Would you look at that! I can see you on the Jumbotron!) [The Nixel airship flies off.] Huh? What’s that, Major? (Major Nixel, nervously alongside the pilot Nixel: Uh, nothing, Your Egregiousness! As you were saying?) (Throughout the stadium, Mixels watch King Nixel on the Jumbotron.) [laughs some more] Oh, yes, what dolts! What dimwits! (The Mixels in the crowd become shocked.) (Combustor: Hey! That guy’s a jerk!) What dunderheads! [continues laughing in his lair until five Nixels come up to him and stack up, with the top one whispering to him.] Huh? What? Really? Um… oh, well.
~ King Nixel unknowingly reveals the I-Cubit campaign to be a scam to all of Mixopolis due to Camsta filming him insulting the Mixels and broadcasting the footage to Mixopolis Stadium.
(General Rogard furiously berates Kent for doing something that was very stupid.) (General Rogard: That missile is targeted to the giant's current position! WHERE'S THE GIANT MANSLEY?!) What? (Kent looks at the Giant who is glaring at him and thinks of something.) Oh, we can duck and cover. There's a fallout shelter right there. (Rogard cuts him off.) (General Rogard, angrily: THERE'S NO WAY TO SURVIVE THIS, YOU IDIOT!) (Kent becomes nervous.) You mean, we're all going... (General Rogard: To die Mansley, for our country.)
~ Kent Mansley realizes that he made a foolish mistake as General Rogard angrily informs Kent that they will die for their country when the missile re-enters the Earth.

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