Demotivational dating posters
But because this is a blog for victims of narcissistic abuse and not for people with NPD, and many victims are still embroiled with their narcs and find dealing with them very scary or intimidating, humor about a thing can sometimes make that thing seem less dangerous. One deserves to get punched in the head and the other deserves to get kicked in the balls.
It’s easier to deal with something dangerous or intimidating when we can laugh at it.
In contrast, if he/she is just doing what pretty much anyone else would do in this situation, the character will probably be forgettable. For example, perhaps Damon actually got the blood on him while ineptly trying to brew a potion, but he’s too embarrassed to admit his incompetence.
https://otterlover58.wordpress.com/2014/12/28/lets-laugh-at-the-narcs/ Not strictly about narcissists: What Sign is Your Personality Disorder?
Peter Parker is good at many things, but he’s not extremely methodical and probably doesn’t have much experience with hostage situations. In most superhero stories, superpowers are permanent.