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16th Apr '16 4:25:47 AM Shadowgazer
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* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' is a chess duel between the Penguin, Catwoman, and original character Max Shreck. The Penguin is clearly the main villain and certainly the main threat as his plans increasingly escalate to mass murder and eventually destroying Gotham City itself, but the other two are formidable problems and all three engage in double-dealing, backstabbing and triple-crossing.

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* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' is a chess duel between the Penguin, Catwoman, and original character Max Shreck. The Penguin is clearly the main villain and certainly the main threat as his plans increasingly escalate to mass murder and eventually destroying Gotham City itself, but the other two (especially Shreck) are formidable problems and all three engage in double-dealing, backstabbing and triple-crossing.


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** Before this there was ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'' where Davy Jones casted the main shadow over the film but in the background Lord Beckett was also waiting and pulling strings.
3rd Apr '16 5:38:10 PM erazor0707
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** ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'': Lord Death and his higher-ups have identified three primary threats: Massacre Queen Cancer Lucrenian, Arachne the leader of Arachnophobia, and Kishin Asura.

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** * ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'': Lord Death and his higher-ups have identified three primary threats: Massacre Queen Cancer Lucrenian, Arachne the leader of Arachnophobia, and Kishin Asura.
3rd Apr '16 5:37:42 PM erazor0707
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** ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'': Lord Death and his higher-ups have identified three primary threats: Massacre Queen Cancer Lucrenian, Arachne the leader of Arachnophobia, and Kishin Asura.
28th Mar '16 9:36:03 PM HamburgerTime
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* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', in an example that WordOfGod states was inspired by ''Jesus Christ Superstar'', has Aaron Burr, UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson, UsefulNotes/JamesMadison, and King George III, whose roles roughly correspond to Judas, Caiaphas, Annas, and Herod respectively. Even in comparison to their ''Superstar'' counterparts, however, Burr, Jefferson, and Madison are sympathetic, while King George is genuinely insane, as he was in RealLife.
26th Mar '16 5:32:30 PM Sarcasmosuchus
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** The Lannister family, led by {{Chessmaster}} [[ThePatriarch Tywin,]] are the main opponents of the heroic Starks during the [[CivilWar War of the Five Kings.]] Both [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei Lannister]] and her son [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] try to be [[BigBad Big Bads]] in their own right, but aren't nearly as competent as Tywin.

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** The Lannister family, Lannisters, led by {{Chessmaster}} [[ThePatriarch Tywin,]] are the main opponents of the heroic Starks during the [[CivilWar War of the Five Kings.]] Both [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei Lannister]] and her son [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] try to be [[BigBad Big Bads]] in their own right, but aren't nearly as competent as Tywin.



** At the Iron Islands , you have BigBadWannabe Balon Greyjoy. [[spoiler: He is later succeeded by his far more ruthless brother, pirate king [[AxeCrazy Euron]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Crow's Eye".]]]]

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** At the Iron Islands , Islands, you have BigBadWannabe Balon Greyjoy. [[spoiler: He is later succeeded by his far more ruthless brother, pirate king [[AxeCrazy Euron]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Crow's Eye".]]]]



** Beyond the Wall you have the wildlings, lead by former Night's Watch ranger [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels Mance Rayder]], who are trying to invade Westeros in order to flee from The Others, a GreaterScopeVillain army who are reanimating the dead in order to cause a ZombieApocalypse.

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** Beyond the Wall you have the wildlings, lead by former Night's Watch ranger [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels Mance Rayder]], Rayder, who are trying to invade Westeros in order to flee from The Others, a GreaterScopeVillain army who are reanimating the dead in order to cause a ZombieApocalypse.
26th Mar '16 2:33:59 AM ACW
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** [[spoiler: In Robb Stark's army you have [[TheSociopath Roose Bolton]] and [[EvilOldFolks Walder Frey]], who betray and murder Robb in order to form an alliance with Tywin Lannister. Roose and Walder each have henchmen of their own, including Ramsay Snow, a CompleteMonster, and Black Walder, a GeneralRipper.]]

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** [[spoiler: In Robb Stark's army you have [[TheSociopath Roose Bolton]] and [[EvilOldFolks Walder Frey]], who betray and murder Robb in order to form an alliance with Tywin Lannister. Roose and Walder each have henchmen of their own, including Ramsay Snow, a CompleteMonster, {{Sadist}}, and Black Walder, a GeneralRipper.]]
23rd Mar '16 8:10:13 AM Sarcasmosuchus
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Tywin Lannister, an evil {{Chessmaster}} and his three children, Jamie, a master swordsman, {{FemmeFatale}} Cersei and DepravedDwarf Tyrion, and Tywin's grandson, Joffery, who is TheCaligula.
** Joffery's bodyguards include {{Badass}} JerkWithAHeartOfGold Sandor Clegane, FatBastard Boros Blount, {{Jerkass}} Preston Greenfield, psychopathic Merlyn Trant, OneManArmy Mandon Moore, and TokenGoodTeammate Arys Oakheart.
** In addition to the Lannisters you have their generals, who include PsychoForHire Vargo Hoat, DarkKnight Gregor Clegane, and child murderer Armory Lorch. Vargo Hoat even has his own henchmen, including a MonsterClown named Shagwell, a cannibal named Biter, and a PedophilePriest named Septon Utt.
** At King's Landing also you have FauxAffablyEvil Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, mysterious Varys the Spider, and Lannister toady Grand Maester Pycelle.
** At Storm's End you have KnightTemplar Stannis Baratheon and his HotWitch and WellIntentionedExtremist advisor Melisandre, and Patchface the fool, who is strongly implied to be an EldritchAbomination / MonsterClown.
** At the Iron Islands you have BigBadWannabe Balon Greyjoy, pirate king Euron Crowseye, and Balon's son and daughter Theon and Asha, who are both trying to impress their father.
** [[spoiler: In Robb Stark's army you have Roose Bolton and Walder Frey, a serial-rapist and DirtyCoward respectively who murder Robb and his mother in order to form an alliance with Tywin Lannister. Roose and Walder each have henchmen of their own including Ramsay Snow, a complete monster, and Black Walder, a GeneralRipper.]]
** Beyond the Wall you have the wildlings, lead by Mance Rayder, who are trying to invade Westeros in order to flee from The Others, a GreaterScopeVillain army who are reanimating the dead in order to cause a ZombieApocalypse.
** Beyond Westeros you have yet another {{Chessmaster}} named Magister Illryo, who is working with Varys the Spider, a warlock named Pryat Pree, a mysterious woman named Quaithe the Shadowbinder, a group of EldritchAbomination's called the House of the Undying, and the Barbarian Kahl Drogo and his teenage wife Danareys, who plan on assembling an army to invade Westeros with.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Tywin Lannister, an evil several major antagonists for each StoryArc:
** The Lannister family, led by
{{Chessmaster}} and his three children, Jamie, a master swordsman, {{FemmeFatale}} [[ThePatriarch Tywin,]] are the main opponents of the heroic Starks during the [[CivilWar War of the Five Kings.]] Both [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei Lannister]] and DepravedDwarf Tyrion, and Tywin's grandson, Joffery, who is TheCaligula.
** Joffery's bodyguards include {{Badass}} JerkWithAHeartOfGold Sandor Clegane, FatBastard Boros Blount, {{Jerkass}} Preston Greenfield, psychopathic Merlyn Trant, OneManArmy Mandon Moore, and TokenGoodTeammate Arys Oakheart.
** In addition
her son [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] try to the Lannisters you have be [[BigBad Big Bads]] in their generals, who include PsychoForHire Vargo Hoat, DarkKnight Gregor Clegane, and child murderer Armory Lorch. Vargo Hoat even has his own henchmen, including a MonsterClown named Shagwell, a cannibal named Biter, and a PedophilePriest named Septon Utt.
right, but aren't nearly as competent as Tywin.
** At King's Landing also you have FauxAffablyEvil Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, has the two resident Chessmasters [[FauxAffablyEvil Petyr]] [[NotSoHarmlessVillain "Littlefinger"]] [[ManipulativeBastard Baelish]] and the mysterious Varys the Spider, and Lannister toady Grand Maester Pycelle.
[[TheSpymaster Varys,]] called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "the Spider."]]
** At Storm's End you have KnightTemplar Stannis Baratheon and his HotWitch and WellIntentionedExtremist advisor Melisandre, and Patchface the fool, who is strongly implied to be an EldritchAbomination / MonsterClown.
** At the Iron Islands you have BigBadWannabe Balon Greyjoy, pirate king Euron Crowseye, and Balon's son and daughter Theon and Asha, who are both trying to impress their father.
** [[spoiler: In Robb Stark's army you have Roose Bolton and Walder Frey, a serial-rapist and DirtyCoward respectively who murder Robb and his mother in order to form an alliance with Tywin Lannister. Roose and Walder each have henchmen of their own including Ramsay Snow, a complete monster, and Black Walder, a GeneralRipper.
[[HotWitch Melisandre.]]
** At the Iron Islands , you have BigBadWannabe Balon Greyjoy. [[spoiler: He is later succeeded by his far more ruthless brother, pirate king [[AxeCrazy Euron]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Crow's Eye".]]]]
** [[spoiler: In Robb Stark's army you have [[TheSociopath Roose Bolton]] and [[EvilOldFolks Walder Frey]], who betray and murder Robb in order to form an alliance with Tywin Lannister. Roose and Walder each have henchmen of their own, including Ramsay Snow, a CompleteMonster, and Black Walder, a GeneralRipper.]]
** Beyond the Wall you have the wildlings, lead by former Night's Watch ranger [[TheParagonAlwaysRebels Mance Rayder, Rayder]], who are trying to invade Westeros in order to flee from The Others, a GreaterScopeVillain army who are reanimating the dead in order to cause a ZombieApocalypse.
** Beyond Westeros you have yet another {{Chessmaster}} named Magister Illryo, Illyrio, who is working with Varys Varys. [[BigBadWannabe Viserys]] [[TheEvilPrince Targaryen]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Dothraki warlord]] [[BloodKnight Khal Drogo]] are set up as major threats early on, [[spoiler: but none of them lasts beyond the Spider, first book.]] Later antagonists of the Essos storyline include a warlock named Pryat Pree, who represents a group of HumanoidAbomination's called the Undying, a collective of [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil slave masters]] ruling over the cities of Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen, and a mysterious woman named Quaithe the Shadowbinder, a group of EldritchAbomination's terrorist leader called [[TheGhost the House of the Undying, and the Barbarian Kahl Drogo and his teenage wife Danareys, who plan on assembling an army to invade Westeros with.Harpy.]]
17th Mar '16 8:29:22 AM ObsidianFire
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* ''Dragon Avenger'', the second ''Literature/AgeOfFire'' novel, has two {{Evil Overlord}}s who, between the two of them, are responsible for all the terrible things that happen to [[ActionGirl Wistala]] in the book -- Gobold Fangbreaker of the Wheel of Fire dwarfs, who organized the attacks that killed Wistala's parents and sister and scattered her and her brothers, and Thane Hammar, the northern Hypatian warlord who kills her ParentalSubstitute. Wistala actually [[GenreSavvy takes advantage of this trope]] to get her revenge, by [[PlayingBothSides playing the two of them against each other]] in order to engineer their downfalls.

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* ''Dragon Avenger'', the second ''Literature/AgeOfFire'' novel, has two {{Evil Overlord}}s who, between the two of them, are responsible for all the terrible things that happen to [[ActionGirl Wistala]] in the book -- Gobold Fangbreaker of the Wheel of Fire dwarfs, who organized the attacks that killed Wistala's parents and sister and scattered her and her brothers, and Thane Hammar, the northern Hypatian warlord who kills her ParentalSubstitute. Wistala actually [[GenreSavvy takes advantage of this trope]] trope to get her revenge, by [[PlayingBothSides playing the two of them against each other]] in order to engineer their downfalls.
14th Mar '16 11:56:10 AM contrafanxxx
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* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesOutOfTheShadows'', not only is the Shredder back in action, but now New York is being attacked by alien invaders led by Krang, as shown in the trailers.
12th Mar '16 9:26:25 PM MasterGhandalf
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* ''Literature/{{Tigana}}'' has one of these owing to the fact that the peninsula in which the novel is set was conquered a generation ago by two rival {{Sorcerous Overlord}}s, [[AntiVillain Brandin of Ygrath]] and [[TheCaligula Alberico of Barbadior]]. This set up ends up being central to the plot; either of them by himself is too much for LaResistance to handle, and if they ''did'' manage to overthrow one it would only hand the entire peninsula to the other. Fortunately for everyone else, they ''hate'' each other, and so exiled prince Alessan decides the best way to solve them problem is to [[EnemyCivilWar manipulate them into fighting it out for good]].
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