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13th Jan '17 8:24:41 AM Morgenthaler
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** Also from a work by BrandonSanderson, it was very obvious from the beginning of {{Mistborn}} that [[EvilOverlord the Lord Ruler]] won his position by saving the world from something [[OmnicidalManiac even worse]]. In the second book, it was revealed that this entity was still around, [[spoiler: and it was freed from its [[SealedEvilInACan prison]] at the climax. In the third book, the entity was revealed as Ruin, primordial god of entropy and destruction]].

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** * Also from a work by BrandonSanderson, Creator/BrandonSanderson, it was very obvious from the beginning of {{Mistborn}} Literature/{{Mistborn}} that [[EvilOverlord the Lord Ruler]] won his position by saving the world from something [[OmnicidalManiac even worse]]. In the second book, it was revealed that this entity was still around, [[spoiler: and it was freed from its [[SealedEvilInACan prison]] at the climax. In the third book, the entity was revealed as Ruin, primordial god of entropy and destruction]].
19th Nov '16 6:40:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* For the first three-quarters of the first book of ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', it's obvious that there ''is'' a BigBad (EvilSorcerer Pryrates is an obvious villain, but as he's getting his power through a DealWithTheDevil he's also obviously not the ultimate string puller) but none of the main characters know who he is. It turns out to be the [[OurElvesAreDifferent vengeful Sithi prince]] Ineluki, resurrected as the undead entity called the Storm King, who had only been mentioned in scraps of legends prior to TheReveal.

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* For the first three-quarters of the first book of ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', it's obvious that there ''is'' a BigBad (EvilSorcerer Pryrates is an obvious villain, but as he's getting his power through a DealWithTheDevil he's also obviously not the ultimate string puller) but none of the main characters know who he is. It turns out to be the [[OurElvesAreDifferent vengeful Sithi prince]] Ineluki, resurrected as the undead entity called the Storm King, who had only been mentioned in scraps of legends prior to TheReveal.



* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'' the BigBad is hidden for almost the entire novel, and the most obvious candidates are eliminated one by one (either by proving harmless, or revealed to be only a cog in the big machine). [[spoiler: It turns out to be Bluefingers, the God King's kindly, timid secretary, who had been considered an ''ally'' of the heroes up to that point.]]

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* In ''{{Warbreaker}}'' ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}'' the BigBad is hidden for almost the entire novel, and the most obvious candidates are eliminated one by one (either by proving harmless, or revealed to be only a cog in the big machine). [[spoiler: It turns out to be Bluefingers, the God King's kindly, timid secretary, who had been considered an ''ally'' of the heroes up to that point.]]



* In ''FateOfTheJedi'', from the very first book ''something'' had started to make various Jedi go crazy, but none of the already introduced villains (PresidentEvil Daala and an isolated but ambitious cult of Sith) seemed to have the power to cause it. In the third book, readers are introduced to an enigmatic woman with ''tremendous'' Force powers named Abeloth. [[spoiler: Turns out that she's the avatar of an EldritchAbomination who has been subtly influencing galactic events for a while now- and by the end of the book she's out of her [[SealedEvilInACan can]] and ready to take the position of BigBad full time]].

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* In ''FateOfTheJedi'', ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'', from the very first book ''something'' had started to make various Jedi go crazy, but none of the already introduced villains (PresidentEvil Daala and an isolated but ambitious cult of Sith) seemed to have the power to cause it. In the third book, readers are introduced to an enigmatic woman with ''tremendous'' Force powers named Abeloth. [[spoiler: Turns out that she's the avatar of an EldritchAbomination who has been subtly influencing galactic events for a while now- and by the end of the book she's out of her [[SealedEvilInACan can]] and ready to take the position of BigBad full time]].
5th Nov '16 3:53:56 PM WillBGood
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* Used to create a new villain in ''X-Factor''. There was a shadowy villain pulling the strings for several issues, and it was originally intended to be the Owl. For various reasons, this was nixed, and when the reveal came, prolific X-Men nemesis [[ComicBook/Apocalypse]] made his debut.

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* Used to create a new villain in ''X-Factor''. There was a shadowy villain pulling the strings for several issues, and it was originally intended to be the Owl. For various reasons, this was nixed, and when the reveal came, prolific X-Men nemesis [[ComicBook/Apocalypse]] {{ComicBook/Apocalypse}} made his debut.
30th Oct '16 8:43:39 PM ReddishGuy1
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* ''Webcomic/KirbyAdventure'' has the leader of Talzo's Gang. He has very few appearances throughout the comic and when he does appear, he is shrouded in shadows, with the only part of him being a pair of [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes.]]

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* ''Webcomic/KirbyAdventure'' has the leader of Talzo's Gang. He has very few appearances throughout the comic and when he does appear, he is shrouded in shadows, with the only part of him we see being a pair of [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes.]]
15th Oct '16 7:23:13 PM ReddishGuy1
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* ''Webcomic/KirbyAdventure'' has the leader of Talzo's Gang. He has very few appearances throughout the comic and the only part of him we do see are a pair of [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes.]]

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* ''Webcomic/KirbyAdventure'' has the leader of Talzo's Gang. He has very few appearances throughout the comic and when he does appear, he is shrouded in shadows, with the only part of him we do see are being a pair of [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes.]] ]]
6th Oct '16 7:36:48 AM gophergiggles
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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' according to WordOfGod. Creator/LaurenFaust claimed that originally ''something'' corrupted Princess Luna into [[FallenHero Nightmare Moon]] and also aided in her release, and fans speculated this same force aided in [[RealityWarper Discord's]] release as well. However with Faust's departure from the show, this plot point was dropped completely and never so much as touched on again. The ExpandedUniverse picked this up with the existence of the Nightmare Forces being responsible for the corruption, but later episodes of the main series seem to contradict this.
25th Sep '16 12:14:45 PM Monolaf317
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* [[spoiler:The phantom]] from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies''.
8th Sep '16 11:19:18 AM MaulMachine
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* ''Series/{{Stargate SG1}}'': The mysterious backer of all the attempts to loot off-world sites and waylay the second Stargate isn't revealed until half the series' run was over as The Committee, and they aren't at all what the Stargate Command was expecting. The organization reformed itself later without a single, clear leader.
11th Jul '16 3:59:32 PM lavendermintrose
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* In the first season of ''Anime/{{K}}'', the events were all secretly orchestrated by the Green King, who becomes the main antagonist of the second season.
7th Jul '16 5:12:44 AM DaibhidC
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* The Comedian's murderer and the person responsible for the events of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''. It turns out that [[spoiler:Adrian Veidt AKA Ozymandias is behind it, [[KnightTemplar all in the name of]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans world peace]] of course.]] The picture at the top of the page is this hidden villain from [[{{Film/Watchmen}} the film adaptation]]. No. Not [[TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]].

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* The Comedian's murderer and the person responsible for the events of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''. It turns out that [[spoiler:Adrian Veidt AKA Ozymandias is behind it, [[KnightTemplar all in the name of]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans world peace]] of course.]] The picture at the top of the page is this hidden villain from [[{{Film/Watchmen}} the film adaptation]]. No. Not [[TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]].
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