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16th Jan '16 2:23:16 PM N8han11
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** SelfDemonstrating/{{Bowser}}. Before ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'', the portly plumber tangled with a lot of nasty foes. VideoGame/DonkeyKong, Foreman Spike, and random unorganized critters (though some did look similar to Koopas). But once ''Super Mario Bros.'' hit the scene, it was Mario's defining moment, and from that day forth, the Koopa troop and its fearless leader would be his most prominent nemesis. This seems even more dramatic in America, where Bowser was in fact absent for [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 a game]] before making a triumphant reappearance in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''. In this case it was the unforeseen popularity of the game that caused Bowser to become a Breakout Villain.
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** SelfDemonstrating/{{Bowser}}.Bowser. Before ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'', the portly plumber tangled with a lot of nasty foes. VideoGame/DonkeyKong, Foreman Spike, and random unorganized critters (though some did look similar to Koopas). But once ''Super Mario Bros.'' hit the scene, it was Mario's defining moment, and from that day forth, the Koopa troop and its fearless leader would be his most prominent nemesis. This seems even more dramatic in America, where Bowser was in fact absent for [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 a game]] before making a triumphant reappearance in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''. In this case it was the unforeseen popularity of the game that caused Bowser to become a Breakout Villain.
8th Jan '16 8:21:01 AM Omeganian
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** Raina was originally intended to be a minor villain, but the writers and fans found the character so entertaining that she was given a greatly expanded role in the plot. ** Grant Ward is an unusual case in that he was on the show as a regular from the pilot, but ostensibly as one of the heroes. Then around two-thirds of the way through the first season, it's suddenly revealed that he was a member of HYDRA and TheMole on Coulson's team. By WordOfGod, the point of the character was to add weight to the reveal HYDRA had taken over S.H.I.E.L.D. by having a close and personal betrayal amongst the main cast, there were no long-term plans for the character and as originally scripted he would have died in the season 1 finale. However, after seeing the impact the twist had on the show, the character's [[DracoInLeatherPants newfound popularity]], and Brett Dalton's CreepyAwesome portrayal of Ward post-turn, they decided to keep him around as a recurring antagonist for season 2. Now he looks set to be the BigBad of season 3, and possibly the entire series, making a bid to take over and rebuild HYDRA for his own purposes.
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** Raina was originally intended to be a minor villain, but the writers and fans found the character so entertaining that she was given a greatly expanded role in the plot. plot, until pulling off a memorable RedemptionEqualsDeath. ** Grant Ward is an unusual case in that he was on the show as a regular from the pilot, but ostensibly as one of the heroes. Then around two-thirds of the way through the first season, it's suddenly revealed that he was a member of HYDRA and TheMole on Coulson's team. By WordOfGod, the point of the character was to add weight to the reveal HYDRA had taken over S.H.I.E.L.D. by having a close and personal betrayal amongst the main cast, there were no long-term plans for the character and as originally scripted he would have died in the season 1 finale. However, after seeing the impact the twist had on the show, the character's [[DracoInLeatherPants newfound popularity]], and Brett Dalton's CreepyAwesome portrayal of Ward post-turn, they decided to keep him around as a recurring antagonist for season 2. Now Then he looks looked set to be the BigBad of season 3, and possibly the entire series, making a bid to take over and rebuild HYDRA for his own purposes.purposes... until he was KilledOffForReal and possessed by a GreaterScopeVillain PuppeteerParasite EldritchAbomination.
5th Jan '16 5:16:13 PM SeriesOfNumbers
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** The Welsh Triads include Mordred in a list of ''heroes''. The first unambiguous mention of Villain!Mordred is in Geoffrey of Monmouth's ''Literature/HistoriaRegumBritanniae'' (1100s). From there, Mordred got steadily more villainous: in Geoffrey he only speaks twice, in the Alliterative ''Morte Arthure'' (early 1300s) he's an angsty WorthyOpponent, in the Stanzaic ''Morte'' (late 1300s) he's distinctly worse, and by Malory's ''Literature/MorteDarthur'' (1470s) he's all the way into ForTheEvulz. As Malory's is the only version most non-medievalists have read, that's the characterization that held.
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** The Welsh Triads include Mordred in a list of ''heroes''. The first unambiguous mention of Villain!Mordred is in Geoffrey of Monmouth's ''Literature/HistoriaRegumBritanniae'' (1100s). From there, Mordred got [[AdaptationalVillainy steadily more villainous: villainous]]: in Geoffrey he only speaks twice, in the Alliterative ''Morte Arthure'' (early 1300s) he's an angsty WorthyOpponent, in the Stanzaic ''Morte'' (late 1300s) he's distinctly worse, and by Malory's ''Literature/MorteDarthur'' (1470s) he's all the way into ForTheEvulz. As Malory's is the only version most non-medievalists have read, that's the characterization that held.
31st Dec '15 6:31:06 PM Anddrix
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* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} played by Creator/TomHiddleston has exploded in popularity as the villain in both ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', becoming probably the most popular character in the universe after Tony Stark.
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* In the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} Loki played by Creator/TomHiddleston has exploded in popularity as the villain in both ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', becoming probably the most popular character in the universe after Tony Stark.
30th Dec '15 2:46:06 PM Anddrix
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** SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor started out as a minor if powerful villain, with only two comic appearances in the first year he was created. Superman's original arch-nemesis was intended to be the now largely forgotten Ultrahumanite.
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** SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor started out as a minor if powerful villain, with only two comic appearances in the first year he was created. Superman's original arch-nemesis was intended to be the now largely forgotten Ultrahumanite.
29th Dec '15 9:04:03 AM Anddrix
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* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom is this to the ComicBook/FantasticFour; appearing in their fifth issue, he took over their second annual, getting a DeathByOriginStory background for him and his parents, and has since then had his own book, own team-up series, and antagonized most of the Marvel [[TheVerse verse]] by power hoarding {{MacGuffin}}s and being TheChessmaster MagnificentBastard with PoweredArmor. Lampshaded in Doom's third appearance. Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby spend some time discussing how good of a villain Doom wound up unexpectedly being and lament killing him off so fast. Doom promptly storms in, very much alive, and berates them for doing the same.
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* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Doctor Doom is this to the ComicBook/FantasticFour; appearing in their fifth issue, he took over their second annual, getting a DeathByOriginStory background for him and his parents, and has since then had his own book, own team-up series, and antagonized most of the Marvel [[TheVerse verse]] by power hoarding {{MacGuffin}}s and being TheChessmaster MagnificentBastard with PoweredArmor. Lampshaded in Doom's third appearance. Creator/StanLee and Creator/JackKirby spend some time discussing how good of a villain Doom wound up unexpectedly being and lament killing him off so fast. Doom promptly storms in, very much alive, and berates them for doing the same.
22nd Dec '15 12:31:13 AM SSJMagus
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** [[EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Film}} Boba Fett]]. Boba Fett's presence in the movies was… minimal, at best. But oooooh, has he become a staple of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse. Much contention has been made over his survival after being ingested by the Sarlacc ([[Creator/GeorgeLucas Lucas]] [[WordOfGod says]] he died; Creator/DarkHorseComics along with most fans say he survived), but his popularity cannot be debated. Boba Fett is, to most fans, as integral to the plot as any other characters- in some respects, much more important and likable to the series as a whole. Lucas' opinion later shifted to "[[AscendedFanon Sure Why Not]]," and he actually considered adding in a scene of him surviving in the 2006 [=DVD=] of ''Return of the Jedi''. Tellingly, Boba has a bigger role as a little boy in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' than he did as an adult in the original trilogy.
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** [[EnsembleDarkhorse/{{Film}} Boba Fett]]. Boba Fett's presence in the movies was… minimal, at best. But oooooh, has he become a staple of the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse. [[note]]This was actually a bit of an accident. Though Fett's popularity with fans played a role, when the Expanded Universe got its start George Lucas specifically forbade going into the backstories of characters like Obi-Wan, Yoda, Vader and the Emperor beyond what was already in the movies. He had his own ideas for some of them and wanted Yoda to remain a mystery. But he didn't say anything about restrictions on Boba Fett stories, leaving him fair game for EU writers to do with as they pleased.[[/note]] Much contention has been made over his survival after being ingested by the Sarlacc ([[Creator/GeorgeLucas Lucas]] [[WordOfGod says]] he died; Creator/DarkHorseComics along with most fans say he survived), but his popularity cannot be debated. Boba Fett is, to most fans, as integral to the plot as any other characters- in some respects, much more important and likable to the series as a whole. Lucas' opinion later shifted to "[[AscendedFanon Sure Why Not]]," and he actually considered adding in a scene of him surviving in the 2006 [=DVD=] of ''Return of the Jedi''. Tellingly, Boba has a bigger role as a little boy in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' than he did as an adult in the original trilogy.
19th Dec '15 4:43:26 PM TVRulezAgain
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* VideoGame/{{Blazblue}} has a lots of villains and psychopaths, but Hazama/Yuuki Terumi is by far the most memorable of them. Series producer Toshimichi Mori designed him to have absolutely [[CompleteMonster no redeeming qualities at all]], and yet its the lack of those qualities that fans absolutely love about him. Notably, on an official popularity poll taken by ArcSystemWorks, he ranked ''higher than the main character'' and held the third overall spot on the poll.
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* VideoGame/{{Blazblue}} has a lots of villains and psychopaths, but Hazama/Yuuki Terumi is by far the most memorable of them. Series producer Toshimichi Mori designed him to have absolutely [[CompleteMonster no redeeming qualities at all]], all, and yet its the lack of those qualities that fans absolutely love about him. Notably, on On an official popularity poll taken by ArcSystemWorks, he ranked ''higher than the main character'' and held the third overall spot on the poll.
18th Dec '15 10:52:56 PM BlackYakuzu94
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* VideoGame/{{Blazblue}} has a lots of villains and psychopaths, but Hazama/Yuuki Terumi is by far the most memorable of them. Series producer Toshimichi Mori designed him to have absolutely [[CompleteMonster no redeeming qualities at all]], and yet its the lack of those qualities that fans absolutely love about him. Notably, on an official popularity poll taken by ArcSystemWorks, he ranked ''higher than the main character'' and held the third overall spot on the poll.
11th Dec '15 7:32:33 AM Prinzenick
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* The main bad guy of the PopeyeTheSailor cartoons, Bluto, started off as a minor oneshot villain in the original E.C. Segar comics, only appearing briefly in a 1932 story. The Creator/FleischerStudios cartoons upgraded him to recurring villain status, and this made him as iconic as Popeye and Olive.
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