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16th Aug '17 4:14:12 PM GroLor
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* Back in the 70's, when the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk was dating the beautiful Microverse woman Jarella and seemed to stand an actual chance of being lastingly happy, a random supervillain we'd never seen before suddenly attacked them for no reason, killing Jarella, and then stupidly got himself killed, too. [[WordOfGod Supposedly,]] the writer of that story didn't intend for her to be really, truly dead, but that wound up being the last issue he got to write, and the next writer knew nothing of his plans, so she stayed dead.
2nd Aug '17 1:48:30 AM Silverblade2
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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker has no StartOfDarkness, no backstory ([[MultipleChoicePast none that you'd believe, at any rate]]). He's just ''there'' at the start of the movie to wreak havoc, havoc and more havoc, [[ForTheEvulz just 'cause]], which actually serves to make him even scarier than he might be otherwise. As Alfred puts it: "[[ForTheEvulz Some men just want to watch the world burn]]."

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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker has no StartOfDarkness, no backstory ([[MultipleChoicePast none that you'd believe, at any rate]]). He's just ''there'' at the start of the movie to wreak havoc, havoc and more havoc, [[ForTheEvulz just 'cause]], which actually serves to make him even scarier than he might be otherwise. As Alfred puts it: "[[ForTheEvulz Some men just want to watch the world burn]]."
2nd Aug '17 1:44:23 AM Silverblade2
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is this; his backstory was introduced [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke much, much later]] than the character and even in there, he outright stated that's probably false. Despite that he's still managed to rack up a body count any villain worth their salt would be jealous of, and is the person regular (and super) criminals tell stories of to scare one another.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is this; his backstory was introduced [[ComicBook/TheKillingJoke much, much later]] than the character and even in there, he outright stated that's probably false. Despite that he's still managed to rack up a body count any villain worth their salt would be jealous of, and is the person regular (and super) criminals tell stories of to scare one another.
1st Aug '17 12:22:03 PM lalalei2001
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* Grerimo from the Doma arc of Anime/YuGiOh''. Unlike other villains in the arc (and most in the series) he's a FlatCharacter with no backstory a all, with no explanation of why he works for Dartz. His entire purpose seems to be to introduce the viewers to Orichalcos and present it as a threat.

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* Grerimo from the Doma arc of Anime/YuGiOh''.''Anime/YuGiOh''. Unlike other villains in the arc (and most in the series) he's a FlatCharacter with no backstory a all, with no explanation of why he works for Dartz. His entire purpose seems to be to introduce the viewers to Orichalcos and present it as a threat.



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* ''{{Superman}}: The Man of Steel'' #17 introduces the most (in)famous Devil from Nothing: [[GenericDoomsdayVillain Doomsday]]. He basically emerges from the bowels of the earth, squishes a bird, and then goes on a killing spree for no good reason. He's pretty much there just to kill Superman and kick off the "Death" and "Rebirth" story arcs. Later stories revealed his origins, however.

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* ''{{Superman}}: ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}: The Man of Steel'' #17 introduces the most (in)famous Devil from Nothing: [[GenericDoomsdayVillain Doomsday]]. He basically emerges from the bowels of the earth, squishes a bird, and then goes on a killing spree for no good reason. He's pretty much there just to kill Superman and kick off the "Death" and "Rebirth" story arcs. Later stories revealed his origins, however.



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27th Jul '17 9:17:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'': Unlike most giant monster movies, this one doesn't bother explaining the creature's origin, since the main character's viewpoint is too low on the ground. Thus, no scenes with generals or scientists standing around providing exposition. It just shows up and rampages around New York City.
14th Jul '17 1:58:58 AM lalalei2001
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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': Apocalymon, the final villain, literally shows up out of nowhere in an outer space-like battlefield, and is fought and defeated within the course of two episodes. Apparently this was actually a case of ExecutiveMeddling, and there was supposed to be far more leadup to Apocalymon, as well as his relation to the Dark Masters.
** In ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]]'', Daemon and his followers appeared randomly, had incredibly vague motivations (they want the Dark Spores... for some reason) and are defeated in a few episodes after causing some pointless mayhem. They are then quickly forgotten. The manga version is slightly better about this, in that Daemon is on Oikawa's side rather than against him.
** In ''[[Anime/DigimonFrontier Frontier]]'', after seemingly defeating [[BigBad Cherubimon]] and destroying his fortress, the heroes fight an [=IceDevimon=] who was imprisoned for terrorizing villages. The lack of hinting towards this and his relatively quick defeat suggests that his only purpose was to [[{{Filler}} fill up half an episode]].

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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. Apocalymon, the final villain, literally shows up out of nowhere in an outer space-like battlefield, and is fought and defeated within the course of two episodes. Apparently this was actually a case of ExecutiveMeddling, and there was supposed to be far more leadup to Apocalymon, as well as his relation to the Dark Masters.
** * In ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]]'', ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', Daemon and his followers appeared randomly, had incredibly vague motivations (they want the Dark Spores... for some reason) and are defeated in a few episodes after causing some pointless mayhem. They are then quickly forgotten. The manga version is slightly better about this, in that Daemon is on Oikawa's side rather than against him.
** * In ''[[Anime/DigimonFrontier Frontier]]'', ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', after seemingly defeating [[BigBad Cherubimon]] and destroying his fortress, the heroes fight an [=IceDevimon=] who was imprisoned for terrorizing villages. The lack of hinting towards this and his relatively quick defeat suggests that his only purpose was to [[{{Filler}} fill up half an episode]].


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* The climax of ''Anime/YuGiOhTheDarkSideOfDimensions'' has [[spoiler:the Millennium Ring corrupting others, and bonding with Diva to create a reality-warping monster]], but how it does so [[spoiler:with Zorc and Yami Bakura gone]] is never explained.
27th Jun '17 5:26:03 PM nombretomado
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** TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarasque a page on the original legend]].

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** TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarasque a page on the original legend]].
16th Jun '17 3:44:13 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* On your way through the abandoned subway towards the end of ''VideoGame/BeneathASteelSky'', you come across a crevice that holds a tentacled, presumably gigantic monster that will kill you unless you take the right precautions. It has no discernable connection to [[AIIsACrapshoot the main threat in the game]], and there is no indication as to what it is or where it came from.
13th Jun '17 3:30:54 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Grerimo from the Doma arc of Anime/YuGiOh''. Unlike other villains in the arc (and most in the series) he's a FlatCharacter with no backstory a all, with no explanation of why he works for Dartz. His entire purpose seems to be to introduce the viewers to Orichalcos and present it as a threat.
29th May '17 9:12:44 PM eaglescorch
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* The BigBad in DC's ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' wasn't {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}. It was a Multiversal Vampire. This means exactly what you think it does: he eats stories. If you didn't read the ''Final Crisis: Superman Beyond'' tie-in, he seemed to come out of nowhere. Writer Creator/GrantMorrison did, however, intend for ''Superman Beyond'' to be an integral part of the story, and it is included in the trade editions of ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.

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* The BigBad in DC's ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' wasn't {{ComicBook/Darkseid}}. It was a Multiversal Vampire.multiversal vampire, the Dark Monitor Mandrakk. This means exactly what you think it does: he eats stories. If Mind you this is explained and there is a lead up to it, but if you didn't read the ''Final Crisis: Superman Beyond'' tie-in, he seemed to come out of nowhere. Writer Creator/GrantMorrison did, however, intend for ''Superman Beyond'' to be an integral part of the story, and it is included in (most of) the trade editions of ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.



* The vampire that turns Lord Andrew Bennett, title character in ''ComicBook/IVampire''. He turns up while Bennett is out riding, mesmerises him, gives a [[MotiveRant little rant]] about hating Bennett's positive outlook on life and wanting to show him the dark side and generally screw his life up, bites him, and then promptly gets staked by him. Then Andrew makes it home, filled with angst over his new condition, his wife agrees to be turned by him so that they can spend eternity together, she promptly turns evil, decides to take over the world, declares Andrew to be her enemy when he tries to talk her out of it, and flies off to begin her campaign. And there's your central plot and background set, now on with the episodic story.
* ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' had [[spoiler: Black Lantern Swamp Thing]]. It's mentioned a few issues earlier that a Dark Avatar will rise, but the White Ring is vague as to exactly what our heroes will be facing, so it certainly felt like one of these.
* In GreenLantern: Rebirth, Hal Jordan's 90s FaceHeelTurn is explained and excused as a result of his possession by Parallax, a "Fear Entity" and literal GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere. Parallax has since become the BigBad of a crossover event, [[RetCon one of the cornerstones]] of modern GL Continuity, and was depicted as the giant floating CGI head of Clancy Brown in TheMovie.

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* The vampire that turns Lord Andrew Bennett, title character in ''ComicBook/IVampire''. He turns up while Bennett is out riding, mesmerises mesmerizes him, gives a [[MotiveRant little rant]] about hating Bennett's positive outlook on life and wanting to show him the dark side and generally screw his life up, bites him, and then promptly gets staked by him. Then Andrew makes it home, filled with angst over his new condition, his wife agrees to be turned by him so that they can spend eternity together, she promptly turns evil, decides to take over the world, declares Andrew to be her enemy when he tries to talk her out of it, and flies off to begin her campaign. And there's your central plot and background set, now on with the episodic story.
* ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'' had [[spoiler: Black Lantern Swamp Thing]]. It's mentioned a few issues earlier that a Dark Avatar will rise, but the White Ring is vague as to exactly what our heroes will be facing, so it certainly felt like one of these.
* In GreenLantern: Rebirth, Hal Jordan's 90s FaceHeelTurn is explained and excused as a result of his possession by Parallax, a "Fear Entity" and literal GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere. Parallax has since become the BigBad of a crossover event, [[RetCon one of the cornerstones]] of modern GL Continuity, and was depicted as the giant floating CGI head of Clancy Brown in TheMovie.TheMovie (for better or for worse). So while he is a Giant Space Flea from Nowhere, he's a beloved one.
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