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27th Apr '17 10:43:11 PM TheLordofDeathless
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** Cruella De Vil and Ursula are part of a VillainTeamUp with [[TheChessmaster Rumplestiltskin]] and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Maleficent]] in Season 4, however Rumple only really uses them to get himself back into Storybrooke and resurrect Maleficent. Once she's back, the other two are mostly support. Maleficent even points out to Rumple that Cruella and Ursula are simply a means to an end for herself and Rumple - something he doesn't deny. It's arguably even worse with Cruella than Ursula (even though Ursula leaves the story earlier) - she decides to go solo in "Sympathy for the De Vil" and uses [[TheBeastmaster animal magic]] on an enraged Dragon Maleficent, forcing her to stop and lie down. Instead of forcing Mal to bodyguard her, she leaves her there and gets killed by Emma because she couldn't defend herself - in fact, the Author took away her ability to kill decades ago.


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** [[spoiler: [[VillainDecay ''Peter Pan'']]]] of all people in Season 5's latter half. Where in Season 3 he was [[spoiler: the EvilOverlord and immortal ruler of Neverland whom Rumple pulled a HeroicSacrifice on to kill]], here he's just another soul in the Underworld run by Lord Hades, and has to hold Zelena hostage in order to get any sort of deal out of him. In the end [[spoiler: his own son, Rumple, (now with more dark power than anyone else sans Hades himself)]] does him in yet again and sends his soul directly to the River of Lost Souls without even mentioning it to the heroes.
** [[spoiler: [[EnemyWithout The Evil Queen]]]] has become a much more machiavellian antagonist in Season 6 without her GoodCounterpart [[spoiler: Regina]]'s influence, however when [[spoiler: Gideon]] arrives in Storybrooke, he throws her across the street, turns her into a snake in a cage and never spares her another glance.
26th Apr '17 7:40:42 PM ZimFan89
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** Season Four has Anton Ivanov, the so-called "[[BadassNormal Superior Man]]". He's the head of the [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Watchdogs]], who plague SHIELD throughout most of the season, all as part of a decades-long vendetta against Coulson for a previous encounter. Except not only does Coulson [[ButForMeItWasTuesday not remember him or the event in question]] (robbing him of much of his significance), but he ends up [[CurbStompBattle easily defeated by Daisy]], after which the season's real villains usurp his resources and turn him into a pawn.



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25th Apr '17 8:57:11 PM Nintendoman01
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** His HyperCompetentSidekick Officer Black become this trope once he kills Red and takes over what is left of the Red Ribbon Army. He claims that he will led the army into a new era of greatness and take over the world. He is killed within minutes of taking command by Goku.

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** His HyperCompetentSidekick HypercompetentSidekick Officer Black become this trope once he kills Red and takes over what is left of the Red Ribbon Army. He claims that he will led the army into a new era of greatness and take over the world. He is killed within minutes of taking command by Goku.



** Dr Gero, aka Android 20. Although he is very powerful, he's many times stronger than Frieza, him underestimating the Saiyans and Piccolo despite his research proves to be his undoing. That and he thought raw power alone was enough to beat a group who have trained their entire lives and he was shortsighted enough to give himself the weaker, outdated android design instead of the much more powerful endless energy model like Androids 17 and 18.
** In spite of his dark magic powers, Babidi is really no match for any of the Z Fighters and is completely reliant on the likes of [[DragonInChief Dabura and Majin Buu]] to do all the fighting for him. His [[BadFuture counterpart in Future Trunk's timeline]] was no better, as even though Dabura was a much larger threat to Trunks than he was to the Saiyans of the main timeline, Trunks ultimately killed them both before they could successfully resurrect Majin Buu.

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** Dr Gero, aka Android 20. Although he is very powerful, he's being many times stronger than Frieza, him underestimating the Saiyans and Piccolo despite his research proves to be his undoing. That and he thought raw power alone was enough to beat a group who have trained their entire lives and he was shortsighted enough to give himself the weaker, outdated android design instead of the much more powerful endless energy model like Androids 17 and 18.
** In spite of his dark magic powers, Babidi is really no match for any of the Z Fighters and is completely reliant on the likes of [[DragonInChief Dabura and Majin Buu]] to do all the fighting for him. His [[BadFuture counterpart in Future Trunk's Trunks' timeline]] was no better, as even though Dabura was a much larger threat to Trunks than he was to the Saiyans of the main timeline, Trunks ultimately killed them both before they could successfully resurrect Majin Buu.


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* ''[[FanFic/BoundDestiniesTrilogy Wisdom and Courage]]'': While Veran ''is'' very dangerous, managing to acquire the Triforce and bring both Hyrule and Termina to ruin by herself, it's revealed upon her demise that her plan to conquer the Sacred Realm was nothing but a delusion of grandeur; even if she had gotten into the Sacred Realm, Din, Nayru, and Farore would have easily annihilated her, and Din outright mocks her for being such an arrogant moron. Furthermore, Majora reveals to Link that the only reason Veran was able to control its power in the first place is because Majora was ''letting'' her do so, and planned to kick her to the curb as soon as it was convenient.
24th Apr '17 11:39:21 AM Trooper924
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**[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Derek Powers A.K.A Blight]] is very much a nasty piece of work, but after his schemes continuously fail, it's clear that he isn't the criminal mastermind that he considers himself to be. Not helping matters, his condition is causing his mental health and body to rapidly deteriorate. Once his son outs him as Blight, it's basically over for Powers and he's [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat (apparently)]] killed off not long after.
9th Apr '17 6:43:13 AM Euodiachloris
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** Cersei Lannister, who has a couple of neat ideas, but once she gets on the throne... she manages to surprise MagnificentBastard Petyr Baelish with how quickly she runs the kingdom into the ground. He points out that in the [[TitleDrop Game of Thrones]] she imagines herself a player, but is in reality a piece, because even as the most politically powerful person in Westeros she is so damn predictable.
** Cersei's son, Joffrey, would love to be the main villain of the story, but is handicapped by his own stupidity, and the presence of Tyrion and [[DragonInChief Tywin]], who both work to constrain his worst impulses. Anybody who Joffrey does get his hands on is in for a very bad time of it though.
** In truth, however, ''everyone'' in Westeros is a BigBadWannabe. It doesn't matter if they're dangerous fools like the above, traitorous lords without any moral compass whatsoever, or even the best players of the game of thrones, with massive intelligence networks and minions to do their bidding. Because, in the end, ''Winter is Coming'' and with it comes the White Walkers.

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** Cersei Lannister, who indeed has a couple of neat ideas, but ideas here and there, yet once she gets on the throne... she manages to surprise MagnificentBastard Petyr Baelish with how quickly she runs the kingdom into the ground. He points out that in the [[TitleDrop Game of Thrones]] she imagines herself a player, but is in reality a piece, because merely another piece; because, even as the most politically powerful person in Westeros Westeros, she is just so damn damned predictable.
** Cersei's son, Joffrey, would love ''love'' to be the main villain of the story, but is handicapped by his own stupidity, stupidity and the presence of Tyrion both [[HonestAdvisor Tyrion]] and [[DragonInChief Tywin]], who both work to constrain his worst impulses. Anybody who Joffrey does get his entitled hands on on, however, is in for a very bad time of it though.
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** In truth, however, ''everyone'' in Westeros is a BigBadWannabe. It doesn't matter if they're dangerous fools like the above, traitorous lords without any moral compass whatsoever, or even the best players of the game of thrones, thrones with massive intelligence networks and minions to do their bidding. Because, in the end, ''Winter is Coming'' Coming''... and with it comes [[TheMagicComesBack magic]] and [[OutsideContextProblem the White Walkers.Others]].
6th Apr '17 1:33:15 PM randomtroper89
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** Also, the 5th season episode "Fool For Love" is dedicating to exploring this trope, after Buffy nearly gets killed by a random vampire that is easily dispatched later by Riley. When asked for advice, Spike tells Buffy that it is incredibly likely that her end will come at the hands of a random {{Mook}}, just having a good day.
6th Apr '17 1:31:18 PM randomtroper89
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The early victory can show the BadassInDistress. Fans might feel a PlayerPunch if a sidekick comes to grief.



* As if fulfilling Batman's addressing in the Western Animation example, ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'' had [[TheLancer Gai Yuuki/Black Condor]], after surviving lots and lots of battles against the Vyram... gets stabbed by a random mugger and killed. Whatever happened to the thug is mostly unknown, most fans call him KarmaHoudini.
30th Mar '17 9:39:13 PM M84
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* Ludo from ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' is initially this. He's completely incompetent as a villain, never showing to possess any magical abilities of his own and [[NeverMyFault frequently blaming his failures on his minions]]. In the case of the latter, he at one point punishes them for something that was clearly his fault, which is what leads to [[TheStarscream Toffee]] convincing most of his minions to turn on him. He then [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] in season 2.

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* Ludo from ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' is initially this. He's completely incompetent as a villain, never showing to possess any magical abilities of his own and [[NeverMyFault frequently blaming his failures on his minions]]. In the case of the latter, he at one point punishes them for something that was clearly his fault, which is what leads to [[TheStarscream Toffee]] convincing most of his minions to turn on him. He then [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] in season 2. [[spoiler:Only to become Toffee's pawn again. Only worse, since Toffee's spirit is outright possessing Ludo.]]
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