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4th Jul '16 7:23:11 PM Discar
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Compare the GenericDoomsdayVillain, who has no clear motive for their actions other than being "evil," even if they do in fact have backstory or context. Contrast StartOfDarkness, where the villain's backstory is explored in full detail, and OutsideContextVillain, where the mystery behind a villain's origin, [[HiddenAgendaVillain motive]], and abilities are the source of their threat. [[RuleOfThree Consider]] InvincibleVillain, where them just showing up exemplifies how bad things can get. A Diabolus ex Nihilo used by a writer to get out of a corner may be an example of ChandlersLaw.

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Compare the GenericDoomsdayVillain, who has no clear motive for their actions other than being "evil," even if they do in fact have backstory or context. Contrast StartOfDarkness, where the villain's backstory is explored in full detail, and OutsideContextVillain, OutsideContextProblem, where the mystery behind a villain's origin, [[HiddenAgendaVillain motive]], and abilities are the source of their threat. [[RuleOfThree Consider]] InvincibleVillain, where them just showing up exemplifies how bad things can get. A Diabolus ex Nihilo used by a writer to get out of a corner may be an example of ChandlersLaw.
16th Jun '16 3:54:47 PM nombretomado
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* Kain, the villain of the ''TenchiMuyo'' movie "Tenchi In Love".

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* Kain, the villain of the ''TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' movie "Tenchi In Love".
16th Jun '16 2:33:05 AM BrokenEye
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** The SequelHook in [[Film/BatmanBegins the previous film]] does strongly imply that he escaped from Arkham, but that only explains where he came from ''immediately'' prior to showing up.
3rd Jun '16 5:27:34 PM DoctorTItanX
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** Played straight with Frieza however. Despite being one of the most important villains in the franchise, he does not have much of a backstory. His race has never been identified, nor have we ever learned what planet he is from. All we really know is that his family has been running an intergalactic space pirate organization for a long time.
* In Manga/{{Naruto}}, [[spoiler: Kaguya]] shows up out of nowhere (only being mentioned about forty chapters prior to her debut as being [[spoiler:the mother of the Sage of the Six Paths]] and dead for centuries), is revealed to be responsible for all of [[SpotlightStealingSquad the Uchiha]] turning evil, and gets sealed away after a relatively short fight. Her entire purpose is essentially to take out Madara because the author accidentally made him too strong. Despite being several magnitudes stronger than him (she is the single most powerful character in the entire series) she had no real combat experience, so she was easier to defeat.

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** Played straight with Frieza Frieza, however. Despite being one of the most important villains in the franchise, he does not have much of a backstory. His race has never been identified, nor have we ever learned what planet he is from. All we really know is that his family has been running an intergalactic space pirate organization for a long time.
* In Manga/{{Naruto}}, [[spoiler: Kaguya]] shows up out of nowhere (only being mentioned about forty chapters prior to her debut as being [[spoiler:the mother of the Sage of the Six Paths]] and dead for centuries), is revealed to be responsible for all ''all'' of [[SpotlightStealingSquad the Uchiha]] turning evil, and gets sealed away after a relatively short fight. Her entire purpose is essentially to take out Madara because the author accidentally made him too strong. Despite being several magnitudes stronger than him (she is the single most powerful character being in the entire series) world) she had no real true combat experience, so she was easier to defeat.
3rd Jun '16 5:27:34 PM DoctorTItanX
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17th May '16 1:27:07 PM Dracis
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' starts out with its monsters as such. Each MonsterOfTheWeek has zero context with the story, unless Steven decides that [[FluffyTamer it's cool enough to keep around]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero juuuust long enough to blow up in his face.]] However, revelations from later episodes slowly but surely subvert the trope; the Red Eye, for instance, [[spoiler: was a probe sent by [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Gem Homeworld]], and the Centipeetle is one of many [[spoiler: corrupted, insane Gems left behind after the Rebellion.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' starts out with its monsters as such. Each MonsterOfTheWeek has zero context with the story, unless Steven decides that [[FluffyTamer it's cool enough to keep around]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero juuuust long enough to blow up in his face.]] However, revelations from later episodes slowly but surely subvert the trope; the Red Eye, for instance, [[spoiler: was a probe sent by [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Gem Homeworld]], Homeworld]]]], and the Centipeetle is one of many [[spoiler: corrupted, insane Gems left behind after the Rebellion.]]
17th May '16 1:23:46 PM Dracis
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* Most of the monsters of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse.'' Each MonsterOfTheWeek has zero context with the story, unless Steven decides that [[FluffyTamer it's cool enough to keep around]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero juuuust long enough to blow up in his face.]]

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* Most of the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' starts out with its monsters of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse.'' as such. Each MonsterOfTheWeek has zero context with the story, unless Steven decides that [[FluffyTamer it's cool enough to keep around]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero juuuust long enough to blow up in his face.]] However, revelations from later episodes slowly but surely subvert the trope; the Red Eye, for instance, [[spoiler: was a probe sent by [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Gem Homeworld]], and the Centipeetle is one of many [[spoiler: corrupted, insane Gems left behind after the Rebellion.]]
16th Mar '16 8:34:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* The creators of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' promised in an interview that the end of season four would end with an intriguing CliffHanger in which a previously seen "evil" character would reappear. Most fans bet their money on Mordred. However, it turned out to be something completely random. In an early season four episode Merlin discovers a dragon's egg, hatches it, and calls the baby dragon Aithusa, said to be a symbol of the forthcoming Golden Age of Camelot. The audience was given absolutely no reason to believe that Aithusa was anything but a harmless baby dragon, who is not seen or mentioned until the end of season four, where it appears in the forest to heal an injured Morgana for no apparent reason and fly off again.

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* The creators of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'' promised in an interview that the end of season four would end with an intriguing CliffHanger in which a previously seen "evil" character would reappear. Most fans bet their money on Mordred. However, it turned out to be something completely random. In an early season four episode Merlin discovers a dragon's egg, hatches it, and calls the baby dragon Aithusa, said to be a symbol of the forthcoming Golden Age of Camelot. The audience was given absolutely no reason to believe that Aithusa was anything but a harmless baby dragon, who is not seen or mentioned until the end of season four, where it appears in the forest to heal an injured Morgana for no apparent reason and fly off again.
26th Feb '16 5:17:26 AM MegaMarioMan
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* Clockwerk from the SlyCooper series. It's known that he was jealous of the Coopers for their superior thieving reputation, and that he turned himself into a robot to gain immortality so he could continue to hunt them for centuries. However, it is not known why he became a thief in the first place, nor does he have any backstory prior to becoming a thief (for example, if he had a family or a FreudianExcuse). It is also unclear how he was able to turn himself into a robot when he was born thousands of years before the concept of robotics even began, or if Clockwerk is even his real name.

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* Clockwerk from the SlyCooper ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series. It's known that he was jealous of the Coopers for their superior thieving reputation, and that he turned himself into a robot to gain immortality so he could continue to hunt them for centuries. However, it is not known why he became a thief in the first place, nor does he have any backstory prior to becoming a thief (for example, if he had a family or a FreudianExcuse). It is also unclear how he was able to turn himself into a robot when he was born thousands of years before the concept of robotics even began, or if Clockwerk is even his real name.
14th Feb '16 4:16:02 PM MasoTey
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* ''Film/TheHitcher'': When the police arrest [[SerialKiller John Ryder]], they can't match his finger prints to any existing criminals, nobody knows anything about him, and even his name is undoubtedly an alias (in the sequel, it was stolen from one of his victims). It's as if the desert just spat out Death in human form.

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* ''Film/TheHitcher'': When the police arrest [[SerialKiller John Ryder]], they can't match his finger prints to any existing criminals, nobody knows anything about him, and even his name is undoubtedly an alias (in the sequel, remake, it was stolen from one of his victims). It's as if the desert just spat out Death in human form.
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