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18th Nov '17 9:12:53 PM zealots
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** Paptimus Scirocco of ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' gets his start as one of these, being introduced in the 10th episode as a mysteriously skilled pilot who arrives out of nowhere to attack the Argama and departs as quickly as he came. Following this he takes a 10-episode break before returning in episode 21, where his backstory was properly established. [[spoiler:He eventually becomes the BigBad of the series via a late KlingonPromotion in episode 46]].



%%* Comic example: In the ''Comicbook/XMen'' universe, Mister Sinister serves this function in a number of arcs.
* Ignition from "ComicBook/EmperorJoker". Reality is now shaped by the Joker's twisted mind, and even he has no idea where this guy came from.

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%%* Comic example: In the ''Comicbook/XMen'' universe, Mister Sinister serves this function in a number of arcs.
* Ignition from "ComicBook/EmperorJoker".the ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'' story arc. Reality is now shaped by the Joker's twisted mind, and even he has no idea where this guy came from. Ignition later appeared in the "normal" DC universe working for the third General Zod (the one who was actually a Russian human being possessed by the spirit of Zod) but [[PutOnABus never appeared again]] after.
* While initially an independent villain, the ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain Mister Sinister served this function in a number of arcs after the eventual reveal that he was a 19th century British scientist who had been empowered by perennial X-Men BigBad ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}. This transferred over to the [[WesternAnimation/XMen animated series]] as well, with Sinister first introduced in the second season as an independent villain and later functioning as one of Apocalypse's lackeys (though the reason for his service to Apocalypse was undermined with an origin story episode in the final season that changed his origins).
** The 90s ''X-Men'' story arc ''ComicBook/FatalAttractions'' introduced one of these for ComicBook/{{Magneto}} in the form of [[Characters/XMenAcolytes Exodus]], a mysterious mutant who appeared out of nowhere to be Magneto's MouthOfSauron recruiter. He would later be given depth (and eventually a backstory establishing him as a time-displaced KnightTemplar), but in the first appearance he was very much this.
2nd Nov '17 7:56:57 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* General Wesley in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}''. Was he responsible for the death of almost the whole Administration in a very [[FalseFlagOperation weird-looking]] terrorist attack, or was he really its last major loyal supporter? Is he a mere power-hungry tyrant, or just a [[MyCountryRightOrWrong stolid patriot]] who blindly keeps fighting for national unity long after everyone else realizes it is dead and buried for good?
29th Oct '17 12:38:52 PM MangaShoggoth
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** Also subverted in that he is poses as a minion serving an unknown force, but is in fact the actual creature.
20th Oct '17 11:47:52 PM OgreProdigy
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* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}!'' has a particularly good example of this trope in Argent. He's working for one half of the game's BigBadDuumvirate Khrima, but his real motivation is gradually revealed through the story - he's actually a judge of sorts and he's pursuing the other half of the duumvirate, Eternion.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}!'' has a particularly good example of this trope in Argent. [[NobleDemon Argent]]. He's working for [[LaughablyEvil Khrima]], one half of the game's BigBadDuumvirate Khrima, story's [[BigBadDuumvirate main villains]], but he doesn't care about the heroes; his real motivation is gradually revealed through the story - he's actually [[spoiler: he has a judge of sorts and he's pursuing personal vendetta against the other half main villain, [[KnightOfCerebus Eternion]], and is just using Khrima for resources; when Eternion is defeated, he bows out of the duumvirate, Eternion.story.]].
23rd Aug '17 7:02:36 AM Nithael
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* ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'': Natsume at first only appear to be a minor, unimportant member of Kanzaki's crew who looks constantly bored. It is later shown that he is much stronger than he appears, possibly one of the strongest non-supernatural characters of the story, is much smarter than Kanzaki and most other delinquents, and is downright ''laughing'' when the school in invaded by demons. Why he is anyone's, let alone [[BadBoss Kanzaki]]'s subordinate is a complete mystery, unless he was telling the truth when he said that he liked hanging around Kanzaki because [[BloodKnight a fight was always bound to happen]].
31st May '17 9:51:27 PM Nylsa
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* ''Series/{{Continuum}}'': This show is in love with this trope. For example, the main group of time-travelling villains, Liber8, has (unsurprisingly) eight members, of whom three are pursuing their own hidden agendas -- one is part of an ancient conspiracy to protect history, one has been sent back by their arch-enemy to change his past, and one is just a ruthless opportunist who, over the course of the show, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betrays every other character at least once]].

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* ''Series/{{Continuum}}'': This show is in love with this trope. For example, the main group of time-travelling villains, Liber8, [=Liber8=], has (unsurprisingly) eight members, of whom three are pursuing their own hidden agendas -- one is part of an ancient conspiracy to protect history, one has been sent back by their arch-enemy to change his past, and one is just a ruthless opportunist who, over the course of the show, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betrays every other character at least once]].
18th May '17 11:09:28 AM koopatheqwik
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** Iroh from is introduced as Zuko's AffablyEvil uncle and mentor who halfheartedly tags along on his nephew's quest to capture the Avatar. Over time, we find out details about his past, like the death of his son Lu Ten, and his experience as a war hero and a mystic. It's only later that we find out that he's [[spoiler:a leader in the Order of the White Lotus and an active opponent of the Fire Nation's campaign of conquest]].
** Mai is a decent example as well, in contrast to Azula's volatile nature. Mai keeps to herself and really does anything out of boredom, however get between her and Zuko and you'll see [[TheDogBitesBack whose more careless then.]]

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** Iroh from is introduced as Zuko's AffablyEvil uncle and mentor who halfheartedly tags along on his nephew's quest to capture the Avatar. Over time, we find out details about his past, like the death of his son Lu Ten, and his experience as a war hero and a mystic. It's only later that we find out that he's [[spoiler:a leader in the Order of the White Lotus and an active opponent of the Fire Nation's campaign of conquest]].
** Mai is a decent example as well, in contrast to Azula's volatile nature. Mai keeps to herself and really rarely does anything out of boredom, however get between her and Zuko and you'll see [[TheDogBitesBack whose who's more careless then.]]
2nd May '17 7:23:19 AM ReddishGuy1
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* Sideways in ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' starts off as a drifter who joins the Autobots, but he later [[FaceHeelTurn defects]] to the Decepticons. However, Sideways is hinted several times to [[DragonWithAnAgenda have his own agenda]] and he eventually betrays the Decepticons as well. Sideways makes several more appearances throughout the series and is hinted to be working for a third party, eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:[[GreaterScopeVillain Unicron]]]].
16th Apr '17 2:41:09 PM Wyldchyld
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* Neopolitan from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' serves as this to Roman Torchwick. Pretty much all the fans know about her is that she's an incredibly skilled fighter, potentially surpassing Roman himself; since [[SilentAntagonist she's never spoken a word on-screen]] and Roman's never offered any information about her, nobody has any idea what her motives might be or why she's loyal to Roman. Even whether or not she ''can'' speak is hotly debated by fans.
** In Volume 4, [[TheBigGuy Hazel]] serves as this for Salem's Inner Circle. For a villain he's considerably less repugnant than the other two men of the group. He doesn't speak much, [[BewareTheQuietOnes yet he doesn't have too to get his point across]] his strength does the talking for him mostly.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Neopolitan from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' serves as this appears to serven Roman Torchwick. Pretty much all the fans know about her and is that she's completely loyal to him. She's an incredibly extremely skilled fighter, potentially surpassing Roman himself; since superior to Roman, and usually ends up protecting him when his skill isn't enough. She [[SilentAntagonist never speaks]] and appears to get on with the villains that control Roman much better than Roman does, even though she's never spoken a word on-screen]] clearly serving him and Roman's never offered any information about her, nobody has any idea what her motives might be or why not them. Why she's so loyal to Roman. Even Roman is unknown. Why she's willing to work better with the other villains than Roman despite her loyalty to Roman, is unknown. And whether or not she ''can'' speak she's capable of speech is hotly debated by fans.
** In Volume 4, [[TheBigGuy Hazel]] serves as this for Salem's Inner Circle. For a villain he's considerably less repugnant than the other two men of the group. He doesn't speak much, [[BewareTheQuietOnes yet he doesn't have too to get his point across]] his strength does the talking for him mostly.
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7th Apr '17 6:26:07 AM Willbyr
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* Miyabi from ''RosarioToVampire'' is one to [[BigBad Gyokuro]]; he's very AmbiguouslyEvil, to the point that even the main characters don't seem to know what to make of him, but he and Gyokuro don't seem to trust each other, [[spoiler:he is really [[TheManBehindTheMan The Masked King]] and the [[EldritchAbomination Shinso Vampire]] [[BigBad Alucard]]]].

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* Miyabi from ''RosarioToVampire'' ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is one to [[BigBad Gyokuro]]; he's very AmbiguouslyEvil, to the point that even the main characters don't seem to know what to make of him, but he and Gyokuro don't seem to trust each other, [[spoiler:he is really [[TheManBehindTheMan The Masked King]] and the [[EldritchAbomination Shinso Vampire]] [[BigBad Alucard]]]].



* Faybol in the ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] fic series ''Legacy of the Sith'' has many elements of this- mysterious, powerful, pops in and out of the story seemingly at will, etc. [[spoiler: He turns out, however, to be almost completely evil and is one of the BigBad's most loyal minions- he's just secretive by nature. Said BigBad is also the only one who can be said to know ''all'' his secrets, though the reader now knows quite a bit about him too]].

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* Faybol in the ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] fic series ''Legacy of the Sith'' has many elements of this- mysterious, powerful, pops in and out of the story seemingly at will, etc. [[spoiler: He turns out, however, to be almost completely evil and is one of the BigBad's most loyal minions- he's just secretive by nature. Said BigBad is also the only one who can be said to know ''all'' his secrets, though the reader now knows quite a bit about him too]].
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