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29th Nov '17 10:40:46 AM RoarkTenjouin
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' After President Shinra [[spoiler: is killed by Sephiroth]], his son, Rufus, the Vice President of Shinra Inc. assumes his position. However, this isn't an entirely straight example: though Rufus isn't a good guy, he's more a pragmatist than his father, and [[spoiler: actually attempts to fight against Sephiroth, the real BigBad]].
** Later, as a result of [[spoiler: Rufus' apparent death and Professor Hojo's defection to Sephiroth's faction]], Shinra board members [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Scarlet and Heidegger]] attempt to do this, [[TheCoup staging a hostile takeover of the company]], placing Reeve, the sole [[HonestCorporateExecutive honest]] member of the board, under arrest, and taking the field personally in a [[HumongousMecha giant robot]] with the intent to wipe out all the opposing factions. [[spoiler: They don't even get out of the city before they're offhandedly killed by the heroes, because the robot wasn't nearly as strong as they thought it was]].

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* ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' After President Shinra [[spoiler: is killed by Sephiroth]], his son, Rufus, the Vice President of Shinra Inc. assumes his position. However, this isn't an entirely straight example: though Rufus isn't a good guy, he's more a pragmatist than his father, and [[spoiler: actually attempts to fight against Sephiroth, the real BigBad]].
** *** Later, as a result of [[spoiler: Rufus' apparent death and Professor Hojo's defection to Sephiroth's faction]], Shinra board members [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Scarlet and Heidegger]] attempt to do this, [[TheCoup staging a hostile takeover of the company]], placing Reeve, the sole [[HonestCorporateExecutive honest]] member of the board, under arrest, and taking the field personally in a [[HumongousMecha giant robot]] with the intent to wipe out all the opposing factions. [[spoiler: They don't even get out of the city before they're offhandedly killed by the heroes, because the robot wasn't nearly as strong as they thought it was]].
29th Nov '17 10:40:16 AM RoarkTenjouin
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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy likes to play with its SortingAlgorithmOfEvil in a way that often invokes this trope.''

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' likes to play with its SortingAlgorithmOfEvil in a way that often invokes this trope.''
23rd Oct '17 12:13:04 PM Sonicfan001
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** In ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', [[spoiler:Buredoran is this seemingly. He is the Dragon for all three villain groups but he's simply just using them for what he wants. Onnce they are out of the way, he becomes the TrueFinalBoss.]]

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** In ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'', [[spoiler:Buredoran is this seemingly. He is the Dragon for all three villain groups but he's simply just using them for what he wants. Onnce Once they are out of the way, he becomes the TrueFinalBoss.]]
23rd Oct '17 3:34:42 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', the heroes' NoNonsenseNemesis General Wesley plays this role. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he seizes power after an improbably successful lone-wolf terrorist strike (that [[FalseFlagOperation may or may not]] have been what it looked like) kills most of the Cabinet and senior legislators, proclaiming an outright military dictatorship [[EmergencyAuthority for the duration of the emergency.]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', the heroes' NoNonsenseNemesis General Wesley plays this role. As role, beginning as the corrupt President Warner's military hatchet man. Promoted to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he then seizes power after an improbably successful lone-wolf terrorist strike (that [[FalseFlagOperation may or may not]] have been what it looked like) kills Warner and most of the Cabinet and senior legislators, proclaiming an outright military dictatorship [[EmergencyAuthority for the duration of the emergency.]]
23rd Oct '17 3:31:36 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', the heroes' NoNonsenseNemesis General Wesley plays this role. As Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he seizes power after an improbably successful lone-wolf terrorist strike (that [[FalseFlagOperation may or may not]] have been what it looked like) kills most of the Cabinet and senior legislators, proclaiming an outright military dictatorship [[EmergencyAuthority for the duration of the emergency.]]
14th Sep '17 5:53:17 AM Shadowgazer
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* Sauron, the BigBad of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', was actually TheDragon to Morgoth in the First Age. Morgoth was defeated and locked away in the void, but Sauron was [[DragonTheirFeet AWOL]] for that battle, and took up the mantle himself afterwards. He actually had a HeelFaceTurn after the battle, and genuinely wanted to help rebuild... [[FaceHeelTurn but the]] [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor temptation to abuse his power and status]] was too strong to resist. It's stated that he honestly did repent... though only out of fear of being punished. When he was told that he wouldn't be given a blanket-amnesty but would have to stand trial to be forgiven, Sauron feared (probably correctly) that he would lose, so he ran.\\\
Sauron's fundamental loyalty always seems to lie with himself, with a healthy dose of self-preservation -- he's more than willing to work with whoever the most powerful being currently around is [[DragonWithAnAgenda while advancing his own goals in the process]]. It seems to be the realization that after the armies of the Valar depart ''he's'' the most powerful entity active in Middle-Earth that sets him on the path towards the throne of BigBad and EvilOverlord.

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* Sauron, the BigBad of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', was actually TheDragon to Morgoth in the First Age. Morgoth was defeated and locked away in the void, but Sauron was [[DragonTheirFeet AWOL]] for that battle, and took up the mantle himself afterwards. He actually actually pretended that he had a HeelFaceTurn after the battle, and genuinely that he wanted to help rebuild... [[FaceHeelTurn but the]] [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor temptation to abuse his power and status]] was too strong to resist. rebuild. It's stated that he honestly did repent...decide to give up... though only out of fear of being punished. When he was told that he wouldn't be given a blanket-amnesty but would have to stand trial to be forgiven, Sauron feared (probably correctly) that he would lose, so he ran.\\\
Sauron's fundamental loyalty always seems to lie with himself, with a healthy dose of self-preservation -- he's more than willing to work with whoever the most powerful being currently around is [[DragonWithAnAgenda while always advancing his own goals in the process]]. It seems to be the realization that after the armies of the Valar depart ''he's'' the most powerful entity active in Middle-Earth that sets him on the path towards the throne of BigBad and EvilOverlord.
23rd Aug '17 9:58:59 AM longWriter
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* ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'': The pilot had a dark, sinister, magical villain simply called "The Evil One". It wasn't established whether he was a demon or simply a SorcerousOverlord, but either way, he had a [[VileVillainLaughableLackey bumbling minion]] named, we kid you not, ''Murky Dismal''. The pilot ended with The Evil One killed, so Murky filled the BigBad slot for the remainder of the series.
13th Jun '17 12:08:18 PM Njein
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** [[spoiler:Following Shinnok's defeat at the end of the game, Liu Kang and Kitana become the new rulers of the Netherrealm.]]

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** [[spoiler:Following Shinnok's defeat [[spoiler:After Shinnok is reduced to a mere living head by Raiden at the end of the game, Liu Kang and Kitana [[HellHasNewManagement become the new rulers of the Netherrealm.Netherrealm]].]]
13th Jun '17 12:06:53 PM Njein
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* ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'':
** In the ''Mortal Kombat X'' comic, Mileena takes over Outworld after [[VideoGame/MortalKombat9 Shao Kahn's death]], but she proved to be an [[TheCaligula incompetent ruler]] (due to her AxCrazy [[PsychopathicWomanchild homicidal]] nature) and pushed it to the brink of ruin. She is later dethroned by Kotal Kahn, but she then starts a civil war, further plunging Outworld into chaos. [[spoiler:She is finally KilledOffForReal at the hands of D'Vorah, thus bringing the civil war to an end.]]
** [[spoiler:Following Shinnok's defeat at the end of the game, Liu Kang and Kitana become the new rulers of the Netherrealm.]]
3rd Jun '17 6:34:11 PM Sammettik
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* Often in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games, Dracula isn't always revived for most of the time the castle is around. This leaves Death to try and figure out how to revive him and set some of the plots in motion, such as in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Harmony of Dissonance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Portrait of Ruin]]''. Inevitably, he succeeds (or fails but but comes back anyway) and [[HijackedByGanon Dracula is once again the final boss.]]

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* Often in ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games, Dracula isn't always revived for most of the time the castle is around. This leaves Death to try and figure out how to revive him and set some of the plots in motion, such as in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDissonance Harmony of Dissonance]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Portrait of Ruin]]''. Inevitably, he succeeds (or fails but but Drac comes back anyway) and [[HijackedByGanon Dracula is once again the final boss.]]
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