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** '''Madara Uchiha'''. Perhaps the MostTriumphantExample in all of fiction. [[spoiler:The BigBad, Tobi, was using his identity because Madara was feared so much. But even though he's supposedly been dead for awhile, he comes back as an immortal, regenerating being with unlimited chakra, a massive Susanoo that causes a high degree of damage by swinging its sword, and capable of creating clones indistinguishable from himself and as powerful as him. Seven of the strongest people in existence barely inconvenienced him; even Naruto has failed to significantly hinder him. But even when it seems that the heroes finally found a way to beat him, [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands he simply pulls out a new ability from nowhere]] or [[DiabolusExMachina any unexpected event happens which plays to his advantage]] [[{{Asspull}} even if was previously shown that it is impossible]]. WordOfGod states he has no weaknesses. Though one of the morals of the series was supposed to be that the new generations would surpass the old, but apparently to Madara this does not apply. As it stands, he has almost every power in the series available to him, and is inexplicably more powerful than anything that should be able to kill or wound him. Kishimoto stated at Jump Festa 2014 that OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow has hit WritersBlock at this point. The solution he came up with was for Madara to be backstabbed by Princess Kaguya, one of only two beings who is truly stronger than him, and her to take over as the villain. And then Kaguya [[FauxActionGirl puts up much less of a fight then Madara ever did]] (so that there is less than any other antagonist in the series) and [[AntiClimaxBoss is defeated in about ten chapters]] while it took Madara over a hundred to finally go down.]]

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** '''Madara Uchiha'''. Perhaps the MostTriumphantExample in all of fiction. [[spoiler:The BigBad, Tobi, was using his identity because Madara was feared so much. But even though he's supposedly been dead for awhile, he comes back as an immortal, regenerating being with unlimited chakra, a massive Susanoo that causes a high degree of damage by swinging its sword, and capable of creating clones indistinguishable from himself and as powerful as him. Seven of the strongest people in existence barely inconvenienced him; even Naruto has failed to significantly hinder him. But even when it seems that the heroes finally found a way to beat him, [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands he simply pulls out a new ability from nowhere]] or [[DiabolusExMachina any unexpected event happens which plays to his advantage]] [[{{Asspull}} even if was previously shown that it is impossible]]. WordOfGod states he has no weaknesses. Though one of the morals of the series was supposed to be that the new generations would surpass the old, but apparently to Madara this does not apply. As it stands, he has almost every power in the series available to him, and is inexplicably more powerful than anything that should be able to kill or wound him. Kishimoto stated at Jump Festa 2014 that OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow has had hit WritersBlock at this point. The solution he came up with was for Madara to be backstabbed by Princess Kaguya, one of only two beings who is truly stronger than him, and her to take over as the villain. And then Kaguya [[FauxActionGirl puts up much less of a fight then Madara ever did]] (so that there is less than any other antagonist in the series) and [[AntiClimaxBoss is defeated in about ten chapters]] while it took Madara over a hundred to finally go down.]]



* TropesAreNotBad: Ainz Ooal Gown/Momonga, the titular ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'', is a [[ShowyInvincibleHero Showy]] Invincible VillainProtagonist by virtue of being a level 100 MMO character in a world where anything equivalent to level 30 is considered legendary and unstoppable. Very rarely is he faced against an actual threat, but seeing him [[CurbStompBattle curbstomping]] {{Smug Snake}}s who used to think they're hot shit is oddly cathartic. He once killed an enemy by '''hugging her to death!'''
* Though technically not ''villains'' (with the exception of Paul), pretty much any one of Ash's arc rivals in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' will never be beaten before his league battle with them, and even ''then'', it'll usually be with Ash just barely coming out on top with his last Pokemon barely able to stand. Before then, at ''best'', he'll tie with them. At worst, it'll be a complete CurbStompBattle. There's also the trainers brought in specifically to beat Ash in the league, the most infamous case being Tobias, who not only had a Darkrai, [[spoiler: but ''also'' had a ''Latios!'']] Then, there's Alain. The guy fought Ash three times, [[spoiler: with the last case being in the Leauge,]] and won all three times because he had PlotArmor.

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* TropesAreNotBad: TropesAreTools: Ainz Ooal Gown/Momonga, the titular ''LightNovel/{{Overlord}}'', ''LightNovel/{{Overlord 2012}}'', is a [[ShowyInvincibleHero Showy]] Invincible VillainProtagonist by virtue of being a level 100 MMO character in a world where anything equivalent to level 30 is considered legendary and unstoppable. Very rarely is he faced against an actual threat, but seeing him [[CurbStompBattle curbstomping]] {{Smug Snake}}s who used to think they're hot shit is oddly cathartic. He once killed an enemy by '''hugging her to death!'''
* Though technically not ''villains'' (with the exception of Paul), pretty much any one of Ash's arc rivals in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' will never be beaten before his league battle with them, and even ''then'', it'll usually be with Ash just barely coming out on top with his last Pokemon barely able to stand. Before then, at ''best'', he'll tie with them. At worst, it'll be a complete CurbStompBattle. There's also the trainers brought in specifically to beat Ash in the league, the most infamous case being Tobias, who not only had a Darkrai, [[spoiler: but ''also'' had a ''Latios!'']] Then, there's Alain. The guy fought Ash three times, [[spoiler: with the last case being in the Leauge,]] League,]] and won all three times because he had PlotArmor.



** {{Subverted|Trope}} with Malik Ishtar who developed a strategy which would make him invincible. ''Slifer the Sky Dragon'' gains 1000 ATK and DEF for every card in Malik's hand, and ''Revival Jam'' protected Slifer from every attack, thanks to the Trap Card ''Jam Defender'' and the Jam revived itself after every destruction. And two Spell Cards allowed him to ignore the limit of having six hand cards in the end of every turn, and drawing three card by every revival. However, Yami Yugi used this strategy against him and he brainwashed ''Revival Jam'', so Slifer's effect forced it to attack ''Revival Jam'' automatically and destroying it immediately. But since ''Revival Jam'' always revived itself after every destruction, Slifer's effect cannot be stopped, and Malik was forced to draw three new cards whenever ''Revival Jam'' was revived due to his own Spell Card. The resulting loop caused Malik to deck-out [[labelnote:*]]being forced to draw from an empty deck[[/labelnote]] and lose the duel.

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** {{Subverted|Trope}} with Malik Ishtar who developed a strategy which would make him invincible. ''Slifer the Sky Dragon'' gains 1000 ATK and DEF for every card in Malik's hand, and ''Revival Jam'' protected Slifer from every attack, thanks to the Trap Card ''Jam Defender'' and the Jam revived itself after every destruction. And two Spell Cards allowed him to ignore the limit of having six hand cards in the end of every turn, and drawing three card cards by every revival. However, Yami Yugi used this strategy against him and he brainwashed ''Revival Jam'', so Slifer's effect forced it to attack ''Revival Jam'' automatically and destroying it immediately. But since ''Revival Jam'' always revived itself after every destruction, Slifer's effect cannot be stopped, and Malik was forced to draw three new cards whenever ''Revival Jam'' was revived due to his own Spell Card. The resulting loop caused Malik to deck-out [[labelnote:*]]being forced to draw from an empty deck[[/labelnote]] and lose the duel.



** Zorc has NoSell to the Egyptian Gods, the Master of Dragon Knight, Exodia (only because of his feeble old man of a container) and everyone else, it takes a SerialEscalation of a summon of the most powerful monster involving the sacrifice of the three mentioned god monsters to even defeat him.

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** Zorc has NoSell to the Egyptian Gods, the Master of Dragon Knight, Exodia (only because of his feeble old man of a container) and everyone else, it else. It takes a SerialEscalation of a summon of the most powerful monster involving the sacrifice of the three mentioned god monsters to even defeat him.



* Prometheus was an acceptably threatening Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}-level supervillain in his first appearances, but gradually went through VillainDecay as the story went on later. Come ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'', the writers retconned his decay and tried to make him a threat again... by having him pull out a ridiculously large GambitRoulette and make the whole League ''and'' [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]] look like morons, to the point it where no longer became believable. Made even more ridiculous when he actually is defeated... [[spoiler:by ComicBook/GreenArrow infiltrating his conveniently unprotected headquarters and shooting him through the head with an arrow. That's right, the guy who could anticipate anything, including his own capture, the heroes calling for a guy he was stated to not be able to identify and many other things, couldn't ensure something as simple as protecting his headquarters against infiltration.]]

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* Prometheus was an acceptably threatening Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}-level supervillain in his first appearances, but gradually went through VillainDecay as the story went on later. Come ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'', the writers retconned his decay and tried to make him a threat again... by having him pull out a ridiculously large GambitRoulette and make the whole League ''and'' [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]] look like morons, to the point it where it no longer became believable. Made even more ridiculous when he actually is defeated... [[spoiler:by ComicBook/GreenArrow infiltrating his conveniently unprotected headquarters and shooting him through the head with an arrow. That's right, the guy who could anticipate anything, including his own capture, the heroes calling for a guy he was stated to not be able to identify and many other things, couldn't ensure something as simple as protecting his headquarters against infiltration.]]



* Bill Williamson, {{Crazy Prepared}} {{Chessmaster}} CreatorsPet {{Villain Protagonist}} from Uwe Boll's ''Film/{{Rampage}}'' trilogy plays this straight as a bloody arrow. In both films, his titular rampages go exactly according to plan, and he kills nearly a hundred innocents per film with out even a scratch, and gets away Scott-free by either a {{Frame up}} or by faking his death. In his defense, most of his victims are unarmed civilians who can't fight back, but even when the authorities do manage to engage him, his homemade Kevlar suit and {{Bottomless Magazines}} make him pretty much unbeatable. The closest anyone came to landing a blow on him was in the first film, where a civilian tackled him from behind and called to the others to help him disarm Williamson, but this scene just serves to show why such a tactic wouldn't work, as Bill somehow manages to slit the man's throat with an army knife we saw him equip earlier and gun down the the other civvies in retaliation, even though the man was on his back, and Bill was in a physically constraining Kevlar suit. Subverted in the final movie where he once again takes out loads of FBI and SWAT personel who've come to apprehend or take out someone who's by then become the biggest mass murderer in American history, but he finally bites it at the end.

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* Bill Williamson, {{Crazy Prepared}} {{Chessmaster}} CreatorsPet {{Villain Protagonist}} from Uwe Boll's ''Film/{{Rampage}}'' trilogy plays this straight as a bloody arrow. In both films, his titular rampages go exactly according to plan, and he kills nearly a hundred innocents per film with out even a scratch, and gets away Scott-free by either a {{Frame up}} Up}} or by faking his death. In his defense, most of his victims are unarmed civilians who can't fight back, but even when the authorities do manage to engage him, his homemade Kevlar suit and {{Bottomless Magazines}} make him pretty much unbeatable. The closest anyone came to landing a blow on him was in the first film, where a civilian tackled him from behind and called to the others to help him disarm Williamson, but this scene just serves to show why such a tactic wouldn't work, as Bill somehow manages to slit the man's throat with an army knife we saw him equip earlier and gun down the the other civvies in retaliation, even though the man was on his back, and Bill was in a physically constraining Kevlar suit. Subverted in the final movie where he once again takes out loads of FBI and SWAT personel who've come to apprehend or take out someone who's by then become the biggest mass murderer in American history, but he finally bites it at the end.



* [[KnightOfCerebus Nukus]] from ''Series/BigBadBeetleBorgs'' started out as the OutsideContextProblem variant of this; as soon as he brought to life, he proves savvy enough to destroy the Beetle Borgs' weaponry, leaving them gradually losing. When they finally defeated the invincible monster he created to fight them, it turns out [[ILetYouWin he let them do it]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder so he could get rid of the actual villains]] [[MakeWayForTheNewVillains and take over as the new]] BigBad. He then proceeds to deliver a CurbStompBattle to the protagonists, obliterating their powers, and transforms the one who gave them power into ice. Of course, once the protagonists got new powers and he became the new BigBad, he lost this status and ended up defeated on regular basis.

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* [[KnightOfCerebus Nukus]] from ''Series/BigBadBeetleBorgs'' started out as the OutsideContextProblem variant of this; as soon as he brought to life, he proves savvy enough to destroy the Beetle Borgs' weaponry, leaving them gradually losing. When they finally defeated the invincible monster he created to fight them, it turns out [[ILetYouWin he let them do it]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder so he could get rid of the actual villains]] [[MakeWayForTheNewVillains and take over as the new]] BigBad. He then proceeds to deliver a CurbStompBattle to the protagonists, obliterating their powers, and transforms the one who gave them power into ice. Of course, once the protagonists got new powers and he became the new BigBad, he lost this status and ended up defeated on a regular basis.



* The Alliance from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' [[TheBadGuyWins already won]] the GreatOffscreenWar before the series began. Mal and our intrepid heroes may win short-term victories on a small scale by pulling off this heist or evading that patrol, but at the end of the day, the Alliance will remain in power and [[LaResistance the Browncoats]] will remain a historical footnote. The best Our Heroes can hope for is to fly far enough under the radar to continue to live their lives the way they want. This ''may'' have been subverted as of [[spoiler: TheMovie; it's unclear whether the PR nightmare that the revelation of the Reavers' origins represents will be enough to do any lasting damage to the Alliance' moral authority. Given its at least somewhat democratic structure it's theoretically possible for everyone directly involved to be replaced without harming the overall political structure at all.]]

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* The Alliance from ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' [[TheBadGuyWins already won]] the GreatOffscreenWar before the series began. Mal and our intrepid heroes may win short-term victories on a small scale by pulling off this heist or evading that patrol, but at the end of the day, the Alliance will remain in power and [[LaResistance the Browncoats]] will remain a historical footnote. The best Our Heroes can hope for is to fly far enough under the radar to continue to live their lives the way they want. This ''may'' have been subverted as of [[spoiler: TheMovie; it's unclear whether the PR nightmare that the revelation of the Reavers' origins represents will be enough to do any lasting damage to the Alliance' moral authority. Given its at least somewhat democratic structure structure, it's theoretically possible for everyone directly involved to be replaced without harming the overall political structure at all.]]



* Common place in ''SuperSentai'' to have some henchmen or BigBad who goes out and hands repeated defeats to the titular team, though never kills them for whatever reason, before the team eventually gets strong to beat them. For the most part the trope works since the defeats mostly inconvenience the heroes. The other case where it tends to occur is if its a SixthRanger who starts off as a villain for whatever reason before joining the team, to [[TheWorfEffect show how off how]] badass before joining, which tends to lead to a RedemptionDemotion to avoid them becoming a SpotlightStealingSquad. Whether or not their story arc works tends to vary.

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* Common It's common place in ''SuperSentai'' ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' to have some henchmen or BigBad who goes out and hands repeated defeats to the titular team, though never kills them for whatever reason, before the team eventually gets strong to beat them. For the most part the trope works since the defeats mostly inconvenience the heroes. The other case where it tends to occur is if its it's a SixthRanger who starts off as a villain for whatever reason before joining the team, to [[TheWorfEffect show how off how]] badass they are before joining, which tends to lead to a RedemptionDemotion to avoid them becoming a SpotlightStealingSquad. Whether or not their story arc works tends to vary.
5th Jan '18 10:17:38 AM Jacob175
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** Goku Black from ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' possessed an enhanced Zenkai ability that allows him to get stronger from every damage he takes and within the span of four battles with him grows from going toe-to-toe with a Super Saiyan 2 Goku, to being able to shrug of blows from Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta in his base from before transforming into Super Saiyan Rose and utterly decimating Goku, Vegeta and Future Trunks despite being at their strongest form. Even Vegeta gaining the upper hand ends up being negated when he simply used his scythe to create clones that quickly overwhelms both Goku and Vegeta. And with him fusing with Zamasu after the latter suffered a VillainousBreakdown, he remains completely undefeated and [[KarmaHoudini will never get the chance to answer for his crimes either]]. As an added bonus, he is one of the very few villains to never suffer a VillainousBreakdown and his compliance with Future Zamasu's request for fusion isn't out of desperation but because he decides to stop playing around. With the exception of his first fight with Goku, which was a case of WorfHadTheFlu and ended before either one of them could get serious, Black ''never'' actually loses a fight.

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** Goku Black from ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' possessed an enhanced Zenkai ability that allows him to get stronger from every damage he takes and within the span of four battles with him grows from going toe-to-toe with a Super Saiyan 2 Goku, to being able to shrug of blows from Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta in his base from before transforming into Super Saiyan Rose and utterly decimating Goku, Vegeta and Future Trunks despite being at their strongest form.forms. Even Vegeta gaining the upper hand ends up being negated when he simply used his scythe to create clones that quickly overwhelms both Goku and Vegeta. And with him fusing with Zamasu after the latter suffered a VillainousBreakdown, he remains completely undefeated and [[KarmaHoudini will never get the chance to answer for his crimes either]]. As an added bonus, he is one of the very few villains to never suffer a VillainousBreakdown and his compliance with Future Zamasu's request for fusion isn't out of desperation but because he decides to stop playing around. With the exception of his first fight with Goku, which was a case of WorfHadTheFlu and ended before either one of them could get serious, Black ''never'' actually loses a fight.



* In WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged, MR. Popo is depicted as an absurdly powerful psychopath. It was he, not King Yemma, who was the first to run Snake Way. All the good guys are terrified of him, especially Krillin. He is shown to be so powerful that even lifeless objects are afraid of him, and activate the moment his name is spoken because they "just know better". Popo can even appear in the real world and attack people. Popo has also demonstrated the ability to invade other abridged series. When the sun is blown up in the first abridged Cooler movie, Popo puts the sun back just like that. None of the good guys ever stand up to him, and it is shown that he is the boss of Kami. When Garlic jr. and his minions invade the lookout, Popo easily kills them all. Popo never gets punished in any way for his crimes, as the heroes are too weak next to him to do anything. Popo is a rare version of this trope in that most fans actually like him [[ParodySue because he's an overpowering villain played for laughs]]. Recent information suggests he is not completely invincible however, as it is shown that he can get a real bad trip from taking too many drugs, and he is implied to fear Cell.

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* In WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged, MR.Mr. Popo is depicted as an absurdly powerful psychopath. It was he, not King Yemma, who was the first to run Snake Way. All the good guys are terrified of him, especially Krillin. He is shown to be so powerful that even lifeless objects are afraid of him, and activate the moment his name is spoken because they "just know better". Popo can even appear in the real world and attack people. Popo has also demonstrated the ability to invade other abridged series. When the sun is blown up in the first abridged Cooler movie, Popo puts the sun back just like that. None of the good guys ever stand up to him, and it is shown that he is the boss of Kami. When Garlic jr.Jr. and his minions invade the lookout, Popo easily kills them all. Popo never gets punished in any way for his crimes, as the heroes are too weak next to him to do anything. Popo is a rare version of this trope in that most fans actually like him [[ParodySue because he's an overpowering villain played for laughs]]. Recent information suggests he is not completely invincible however, as it is shown that he can get a real bad trip from taking too many drugs, and he is implied to fear Cell.



* [[BigBad Megatron]] from ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' operates on an intellectual level far above and beyond the main characters and commands an army so vast that despite chipping away at it for two seasons, the heroes can't even dent his forces. He also commands a body far more powerful than anyone else in the show. After promptly beating the Maximals, subduing Optimus Primal, and succeeding in absorbing all the sparks, Megatron is only defeated after a [[DeusExMachina Deus ex Machina]] in the form of the AllSpark intervening to break Primal free and allow him to push Megatron (who conveniently [[ForgotAboutHisPowers forgets to fly]]) into the planet's core.

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* [[BigBad Megatron]] from ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'' operates on an intellectual level far above and beyond the main characters and commands an army so vast that despite chipping away at it for two seasons, the heroes can't even dent his forces. He also commands a body far more powerful than anyone else in the show. After promptly beating the Maximals, subduing Optimus Primal, and succeeding in absorbing all the sparks, Megatron is only defeated after a [[DeusExMachina Deus ex Machina]] in the form of the AllSpark [=AllSpark=] intervening to break Primal free and allow him to push Megatron (who conveniently [[ForgotAboutHisPowers forgets to fly]]) into the planet's core.



* Aggregor in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' was pretty much this for the first half of season 1, and only got defeated at the end of his story arc; all the previous episodes, he ended up somehow winning, usually [[ManipulativeBastard by using the heroes to do his job]]. TropesAreNotBad however: after the previous light-hearted season 3 of Alien Force with a Vilgax suffering VillainDecay, [[KnightOfCerebus an actually threatening villain]] was rather welcomed by the fans.

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* Aggregor in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' was pretty much this for the first half of season 1, and only got defeated at the end of his story arc; all the previous episodes, he ended up somehow winning, usually [[ManipulativeBastard by using the heroes to do his job]]. TropesAreNotBad TropesAreTools however: after the previous light-hearted season 3 of Alien Force with a Vilgax suffering VillainDecay, [[KnightOfCerebus an actually threatening villain]] was rather welcomed by the fans.



* Much like Aizen, the Choten in ''WesternAnimation/KaijudoRiseOfTheDuelMasters'' was initially a fairly convincing MagnificentBastard, but season 2 ended up making him this trope: none of the episodes where he shows up really ends up with him actually losing, as he [[XanatosGambit constantly finds a way to get a victory out of the situation]], where he is not outright [[TheBadGuyWins winning his scheme of the week]]. Even in the last three episodes, when his plan developped over the course of the season has just been entirely destroyed, he just switches to [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs invading the good guys' headquarters]], which he does in a single episode with barely a sweat. And since he cumulates even more KickTheDog moments on the way, it quickly becomes even more irritating.

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* Much like Aizen, the Choten in ''WesternAnimation/KaijudoRiseOfTheDuelMasters'' was initially a fairly convincing MagnificentBastard, but season 2 ended up making him this trope: none of the episodes where he shows up really ends up with him actually losing, as he [[XanatosGambit constantly finds a way to get a victory out of the situation]], where he is not outright [[TheBadGuyWins winning his scheme of the week]]. Even in the last three episodes, when his plan developped developed over the course of the season has just been entirely destroyed, he just switches to [[AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs invading the good guys' headquarters]], which he does in a single episode with barely a sweat. And since he cumulates even more KickTheDog moments on the way, it quickly becomes even more irritating.



* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' Skullmaster full stop. Oh sure, Max, Virgil and Norman squeeze out a few small victories against him. But ultimately they're nothing but small setbacks and Skullmaster manages to find a way to continue his plan one way or the other. By series end [[spoiler: he regains his Crystal of Souls which Max had previously smashed, re-powered it then sets about reviving every previous villains fought and chases down Max for his portal making cap. Even killing Norman and Virgil in the process. The only reason he doesn't succeed in the end is because Max interrupted the ritual at the last moment and rewound time to the point Max got the cap. Only now Max has full knowledge about what's about to go down and they'll be able to beat Skullmaster this time.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'': Skullmaster full stop. Oh sure, Max, Virgil and Norman squeeze out a few small victories against him. But ultimately they're nothing but small setbacks and Skullmaster manages to find a way to continue his plan one way or the other. By series end [[spoiler: he regains his Crystal of Souls which Max had previously smashed, re-powered it then sets about reviving every previous villains villain fought and chases down Max for his portal making cap. Even killing Norman and Virgil in the process. The only reason he doesn't succeed in the end is because Max interrupted the ritual at the last moment and rewound time to the point Max got the cap. Only now Max has full knowledge about what's about to go down and they'll be able to beat Skullmaster this time.]]



* Shredder in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' series. Compared to his '89 version (where he constantly suffered defeat) and his 2003 version (where he was tougher, got a few wins in on turtles but wasn't completely unbeatable), this Shredder constantly hands the turtles their butts or succeeds in whatever he does for the sake of his revenge. The most the turtles can do is either cause inconvenience for him or at best tie with him in a fight and run away, but so far he never suffers a complete defeat to the point fans are starting find his end actions of his appearances predictable because the writers can't seem to just let him lose in one of his revenge bids.

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* Shredder in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' series. Compared to his '89 version (where he constantly suffered defeat) and his 2003 version (where he was tougher, got a few wins in on turtles but wasn't completely unbeatable), this Shredder constantly hands the turtles their butts or succeeds in whatever he does for the sake of his revenge. The most the turtles can do is either cause inconvenience for him or at best tie with him in a fight and run away, but so far until [[spoiler:his death]], he never suffers a complete defeat to the point fans are starting find his end actions of his appearances predictable because the writers can't seem to just let him lose in one of his revenge bids.bids. [[spoiler:And even then, he did succeed in getting his revenge and killing Splinter before the turtles finally finished him off.]]
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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has FillerVillain Dartz, who is unquestionably the most powerful, non-EldritchAbomination villain that Yugi and the others have ever encountered. He's a 10,000-year-old expert shapeshifter and magician who knew the secrets of the Pharaoh before anyone else, and over the millennia, has become the single wealthiest man in the world, rich enough to effortlessly buy out even [[MegaCorp KaibaCorp]]. ''Then'' there's his deck, which features such winners as a monster that, whenever it's destroyed, revives even stronger, and another one that absorbs any Life Point damage he would have taken and is nigh-indestructible besides. If you can somehow get rid of that, he can summon another monster whose attack value is equal to all the Life Point damage he would've taken had the first one not been there (''over 20,000'' in the final duel with him), and if you can get rid of ''that'', it turns into a monster that ''instantly wins the game if it attacks for damage''; that's in addition to the ever-present [[YourSoulIsMine Seal of Orichalcos]] (which he has [[UpToEleven two more levels to]]). Using this deck, he keeps the heroes occupied for an unheard-of ''six straight episodes'' (the longest duel in any ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' series), and it takes a HeroicSacrifice from Kaiba and some serious [[ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot liberal application of the rules]] on Yugi's part to defeat. After going through all that, you'd think the EvilPlan would be good and foiled, right? [[spoiler: Think again. Dartz reveals the he alone is equal to the tens of thousands of souls he intended to sacrifice to his EldritchAbomination master, so he goes ahead and summons it anyway]]. It takes the God Cards in their purest forms and an AssPull from Yami in order to even weaken him and his master.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has FillerVillain Dartz, who is unquestionably the most powerful, non-EldritchAbomination villain that Yugi and the others have ever encountered. He's a 10,000-year-old expert shapeshifter and magician who knew the secrets of the Pharaoh before anyone else, and over the millennia, has become the single wealthiest man in the world, rich enough to effortlessly buy out even [[MegaCorp KaibaCorp]]. ''Then'' there's his deck, which features such winners as a monster that, whenever it's destroyed, revives even stronger, and another one that absorbs any Life Point damage he would have taken and is nigh-indestructible besides. If you can somehow get rid of that, he can summon another monster whose attack value is equal to all the Life Point damage he would've taken had the first one not been there (''over (''Over 20,000'' in the final duel with him), him. To put that in perspective, a monster is considered near the high end of the attack value scale is around ''2,000,'' a ''tenth'' of that card, and only extremely rare cards or hard-to-pull-off buffed cards get above ''5,000''.), and if you can get rid of ''that'', it turns into a monster that ''instantly wins the game if it attacks for damage''; that's in addition to the ever-present [[YourSoulIsMine Seal of Orichalcos]] (which he has [[UpToEleven two more levels to]]). Using this deck, he keeps the heroes occupied for an unheard-of ''six straight episodes'' (the longest duel in any ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' series), and it takes a HeroicSacrifice from Kaiba and some serious [[ScrewTheRulesIHavePlot liberal application of the rules]] on Yugi's part to defeat. After going through all that, you'd think the EvilPlan would be good and foiled, right? [[spoiler: Think again. Dartz reveals the he alone is equal to the tens of thousands of souls he intended to sacrifice to his EldritchAbomination master, so he goes ahead and summons it anyway]]. It takes the God Cards in their purest forms and an AssPull from Yami in order to even weaken him and his master.
21st Dec '17 7:26:55 AM LordOfTheSword
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** Madara Uchiha. [[spoiler:The BigBad, Tobi, was using his identity because Madara was feared so much. But even though he's supposedly been dead for awhile, he comes back as an immortal, regenerating being with unlimited chakra, a massive Susanoo that causes a high degree of damage by swinging its sword, and capable of creating clones indistinguishable from himself and as powerful as him. Seven of the strongest people in existence barely inconvenienced him; even Naruto has failed to significantly hinder him. But even when it seems that the heroes finally found a way to beat him, [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands he simply pulls out a new ability from nowhere]] or [[DiabolusExMachina any unexpected event happens which plays to his advantage]] [[{{Asspull}} even if was previously shown that it is impossible]]. WordOfGod states he has no weaknesses. Though one of the morals of the series was supposed to be that the new generations would surpass the old, but apparently to Madara this does not apply. As it stands, he has almost every power in the series available to him, and is inexplicably more powerful than anything that should be able to kill or wound him. Kishimoto stated at Jump Festa 2014 that OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow has hit WritersBlock at this point. The solution he came up with was for Madara to be backstabbed by Princess Kaguya, one of only two beings who is truly stronger than him, and her to take over as the villain. And then Kaguya [[FauxActionGirl puts up much less of a fight then Madara ever did]] (so that there is less than any other antagonist in the series) and [[AntiClimaxBoss is defeated in about ten chapters]] while it took Madara over a hundred to finally go down.]]

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** Madara Uchiha.'''Madara Uchiha'''. Perhaps the MostTriumphantExample in all of fiction. [[spoiler:The BigBad, Tobi, was using his identity because Madara was feared so much. But even though he's supposedly been dead for awhile, he comes back as an immortal, regenerating being with unlimited chakra, a massive Susanoo that causes a high degree of damage by swinging its sword, and capable of creating clones indistinguishable from himself and as powerful as him. Seven of the strongest people in existence barely inconvenienced him; even Naruto has failed to significantly hinder him. But even when it seems that the heroes finally found a way to beat him, [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands he simply pulls out a new ability from nowhere]] or [[DiabolusExMachina any unexpected event happens which plays to his advantage]] [[{{Asspull}} even if was previously shown that it is impossible]]. WordOfGod states he has no weaknesses. Though one of the morals of the series was supposed to be that the new generations would surpass the old, but apparently to Madara this does not apply. As it stands, he has almost every power in the series available to him, and is inexplicably more powerful than anything that should be able to kill or wound him. Kishimoto stated at Jump Festa 2014 that OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow has hit WritersBlock at this point. The solution he came up with was for Madara to be backstabbed by Princess Kaguya, one of only two beings who is truly stronger than him, and her to take over as the villain. And then Kaguya [[FauxActionGirl puts up much less of a fight then Madara ever did]] (so that there is less than any other antagonist in the series) and [[AntiClimaxBoss is defeated in about ten chapters]] while it took Madara over a hundred to finally go down.]]
18th Dec '17 8:26:50 AM AjWargo
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* Though technically not ''villains'' (with the exception of Paul), pretty much any one of Ash's arc rivals in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' will never be beaten before his league battle with them, and even ''then'', it'll usually be with Ash just barely coming out on top with his last Pokemon barely able to stand. Before then, at ''best'', he'll tie with them. At worst, it'll be a complete CurbStompBattle. There's also the trainers brought in specifically to beat Ash in the league, the most infamous case being Tobias, who not only had a Darkrai, [[spoiler: but ''also'' had a ''Latios!'']] Then, there's Alain. The guy fought Ash three times, with the last case being in the Leauge, and won all three times because he had PlotArmor.

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* Though technically not ''villains'' (with the exception of Paul), pretty much any one of Ash's arc rivals in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' will never be beaten before his league battle with them, and even ''then'', it'll usually be with Ash just barely coming out on top with his last Pokemon barely able to stand. Before then, at ''best'', he'll tie with them. At worst, it'll be a complete CurbStompBattle. There's also the trainers brought in specifically to beat Ash in the league, the most infamous case being Tobias, who not only had a Darkrai, [[spoiler: but ''also'' had a ''Latios!'']] Then, there's Alain. The guy fought Ash three times, [[spoiler: with the last case being in the Leauge, Leauge,]] and won all three times because he had PlotArmor.
14th Dec '17 2:39:24 PM AjWargo
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* Though technically not ''villains'' (with the exception of Paul), pretty much any one of Ash's arc rivals in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' will never be beaten before his league battle with them, and even ''then'', it'll usually be with Ash just barely coming out on top with his last Pokemon barely able to stand. Before then, at ''best'', he'll tie with them. At worst, it'll be a complete CurbStompBattle. There's also the trainers brought in specifically to beat Ash in the league, the most infamous case being Tobias, who not only had a Darkrai, [[spoiler: but ''also'' had a ''Latios!'']] Then, there's Alain. The guy fought Ash three times, with the last cause being in the the Leauge, and won all three times because he has PlotArmor.

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* Though technically not ''villains'' (with the exception of Paul), pretty much any one of Ash's arc rivals in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' will never be beaten before his league battle with them, and even ''then'', it'll usually be with Ash just barely coming out on top with his last Pokemon barely able to stand. Before then, at ''best'', he'll tie with them. At worst, it'll be a complete CurbStompBattle. There's also the trainers brought in specifically to beat Ash in the league, the most infamous case being Tobias, who not only had a Darkrai, [[spoiler: but ''also'' had a ''Latios!'']] Then, there's Alain. The guy fought Ash three times, with the last cause case being in the the Leauge, and won all three times because he has had PlotArmor.
14th Dec '17 9:55:28 AM AnotherGuy
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* Under a bad writer, the Comicbook/TeenTitans' archnemesis Slade Wilson/ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} can be this. His most infamous showing was in ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', in which he demonstrated ''faster reflexes than even [[ComicBook/TheFlash Wally West]]'' and ''enough willpower to convince a GreenLantern ring to not attack him''. The encounter ends with half the Justice League on the floor spitting up blood, and Slade quipping that this League, made up mostly of new faces (in ComicBookTime terms, anyway) to superheroing, is so much weaker than the old one... despite the fact that many of them (Wally in particular) are ''far'' more powerful than their predecessors. He is only taken down because Green Arrow catches him off guard and shoves an arrow into his blind eye. You'd think that an [[EyeScream arrow to the eye]] would have done something more than force him to retreat, but he was just fine afterwards.

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* Under a bad writer, the Comicbook/TeenTitans' archnemesis Slade Wilson/ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} can be this. His most infamous showing was in ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', in which he demonstrated ''faster reflexes than even [[ComicBook/TheFlash Wally West]]'' and ''enough willpower to convince a GreenLantern ring to not attack him''. The encounter ends with half the Justice League on the floor spitting up blood, and Slade quipping that this League, made up mostly of new faces (in ComicBookTime terms, anyway) to superheroing, is so much weaker than the old one... despite the fact that many of them (Wally in particular) are ''far'' more powerful than their predecessors. He is only taken down because Green Arrow catches him off guard and shoves an arrow into his blind eye. You'd think that an [[EyeScream arrow to the eye]] would have done something more than force him to retreat, but he was just fine afterwards.[[note]]To be fair, it was more a BerserkButton that made Slade lose total focus and get sloppy rather than any damage.[[/note]]
14th Dec '17 8:40:06 AM AjWargo
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* Though technically not ''villains'' (with the exception of Paul), pretty much any one of Ash's arc rivals in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' will never be beaten before his league battle with them, and even ''then'', it'll usually be with Ash just barely coming out on top with his last Pokemon barely able to stand. Before then, at ''best'', he'll tie with them. At worst, it'll be a complete CurbStompBattle. There's also the trainers brought in specifically to beat Ash in the league, the most infamous case being Tobias, who not only had a Darkrai, [[spoiler: but ''also'' had a ''Latios!'']]

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* Though technically not ''villains'' (with the exception of Paul), pretty much any one of Ash's arc rivals in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' will never be beaten before his league battle with them, and even ''then'', it'll usually be with Ash just barely coming out on top with his last Pokemon barely able to stand. Before then, at ''best'', he'll tie with them. At worst, it'll be a complete CurbStompBattle. There's also the trainers brought in specifically to beat Ash in the league, the most infamous case being Tobias, who not only had a Darkrai, [[spoiler: but ''also'' had a ''Latios!'']] Then, there's Alain. The guy fought Ash three times, with the last cause being in the the Leauge, and won all three times because he has PlotArmor.
11th Dec '17 5:07:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* The villain in the supernatural slasher ''Film/TellMeHowIDie'' is an advanced [[{{Seer}} precog]] who can flawlessly see months into the future. He's always at least five steps ahead of the main characters, and although [[AssholeVictim some of his victims definitely deserved their fate]], his killing spree goes off without a hitch and he escapes before the police can find him. Even when the heroine acquires precognitive abilities of her own in order to predict his moves, he still outperforms her.
25th Nov '17 7:48:35 AM kasperow
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** Sin from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is technically this. While the real villain is [[spoiler:Yu Yevon]], Sin is the antagonist that the heroes are actually on a quest to defeat. However, every time Sin is defeated by the Final Aeon, Sin returns after an unknown period of time known as "the Calm". Thus, it's impossible for summoners to actually defeat Sin permanently, as Sin is reborn every time, making it a case of DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist for Sin.
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