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12th Aug '17 11:04:35 AM wingedcatgirl
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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'': Dolores Umbridge isn't one of Voldemort's death eaters, she's just a very sadistic ObstructiveBureaucrat.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'': Dolores Umbridge isn't one of Voldemort's death eaters, she's just a very sadistic ObstructiveBureaucrat.
ObstructiveBureaucrat. [[spoiler:She does join them in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', but less because she cares about pureblood supremacy and more because they give her a convenient supply of victims to torment.]]
18th Jun '17 3:51:11 PM infernape612
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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'': Battles against random bandits not affiliated with the story's main villains are ubiquitous, usually early in the game. [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Blade]] actually somewhat subverts this by having a ''series'' of bandits stretched out over multiple chapters during Lyn's story, thus averting the "lone" aspect of it.
** [[FatBastard Oliver]] in Path of Radiance, a corrupt senator with connections to slave traders, serves as the ArcVillain while the group is in Begnion, but he isn't connected to Daien or [[BigBad Ashnard]] at all. He's actually fought because the leader of Begnion has promised an alliance against Daien on the condition that Ike's group help take him out.
** Validar in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is a strange case. He's fought while Mad King Gangrel is the current ArcVillain and seems to have no connections to him. However, Validar is actually TheHeavy of the game in reality and Gangrel is just a DiscOneFinalBoss, and while this is obvious to the player from the start, the characters in-game don't know this yet. So serves this role early on before becoming much more important later.

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'': Battles against random bandits not affiliated with the story's main villains are ubiquitous, usually early in the game. [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade The Blazing Blade]] Blade]]'' actually somewhat subverts this by having a ''series'' of bandits stretched out over multiple chapters during Lyn's story, thus averting the "lone" aspect of it.
** [[FatBastard Oliver]] in Path of Radiance, a corrupt senator with connections to slave traders, serves as the ArcVillain while the group is in Begnion, but he isn't connected to Daien Daein or [[BigBad Ashnard]] at all. He's actually fought because the leader of Begnion has promised an alliance against Daien Daein on the condition that Ike's group help take him out.
** Validar in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is a strange case. He's fought while Mad King Gangrel is the current ArcVillain and seems to have no connections to him. However, Validar is actually TheHeavy of the game in reality and Gangrel is just a DiscOneFinalBoss, and while this is obvious to the player from the start, the characters in-game don't know this yet. So he serves this role early on before becoming much more important later.
14th Jun '17 9:21:49 PM greatpikminfan
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** Despite being a Koopa, Jr. Troopa in ''Videogame/{{Paper Mario|64}}'' actually isn't aligned with Bowser.
** Most Chapter bosses in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' aren't affiliated with the X-Nauts, the main antagonistic force in the game. Hooktail, however, does turn out to have been affiliated with [[spoiler: the game's BiggerBad]]. Most of them, such as Grubba or Cortez, are simply bad guys who found one of the Crystal Stars and are using or hoarding it for entirely selfish reasons. Doopliss is an interesting case since he ''starts out'' as a LoneWolfBoss but then allies himself with the Shadow Sirens after his chapter. Smorg is another odd example in that it was originally intended to have been a creature summoned by Beldam of the Shadow Sirens, but this exposition dialogue was cut in the final version, leaving its origins ambiguous.
** ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' has Francis, the third boss.

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** Despite being a Koopa, Jr. Troopa in ''Videogame/{{Paper Mario|64}}'' actually isn't aligned with Bowser.
Bowser. [[spoiler:In fact, near the end of the game he even attacks four of Bowser's minions just to get a final match with Mario.]]
** Most Chapter bosses in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' aren't affiliated with the X-Nauts, the main antagonistic force in the game. Hooktail, however, does turn out to have been affiliated with [[spoiler: the game's BiggerBad]]. Most of them, such as Grubba or Cortez, are simply bad guys who found one of the Crystal Stars and are using or hoarding it for entirely selfish reasons. Doopliss is an interesting case since he ''starts out'' as a LoneWolfBoss Lone Wolf Boss but then allies himself with the Shadow Sirens after his chapter. Smorg is another odd example in that it was originally intended to have been a creature summoned by Beldam of the Shadow Sirens, but this exposition dialogue was cut in the final version, leaving its origins ambiguous.
** ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' has Francis, the third boss. He is not allied with Count Bleck; he's just some nerd who kidnapped your ExpositionFairy.


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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Only a few of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] are related to the mystery surrounding the Author of the Journals, even counting the ones that the Author interacted with in the past. (Some episodes have the Pines discover an entirely "new" anomaly, such as the two living video games or the Summerween Trickster.) None of the villains are allied with [[BigBad Bill Cipher]] except for other major antagonist Gideon (even that doesn't stick), and when Bill's true minions finally do show up, it's only for the last few episodes of the series.
23rd May '17 1:30:58 PM Prinzenick
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* Gulpo (King of the Blobs), a [[VillainOfTheWeek oneshot villain]] from the WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat cartoon "Felix Babysits". He's not affiliated with [[BigBadWannabe Professor]] or [[BigBad Master Cylinder]], he's just a [[MegaMicrobes ravenous amoeba]] that becomes a threat to Felix and Poindexter when the latter shrinks Felix and unwittingly enlarges Gulpo with a formula. [[TheBusCameBack He comes back as a boss fight]] in the [[VideoGame/FelixTheCat 1992 video game]], but due to the games [[ExcusePlot wafer-thin plot]], it's not clear if he's affiliated with Professor now or if he's just giving Felix trouble again for the heck of it.

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* Gulpo (King of the Blobs), a [[VillainOfTheWeek oneshot villain]] from the WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat cartoon [[Recap/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat1x27FelixBabySits "Felix Babysits".Babysits"]]. He's not affiliated with [[BigBadWannabe Professor]] or [[BigBad Master Cylinder]], he's just a [[MegaMicrobes ravenous amoeba]] that becomes a threat to Felix and Poindexter when the latter shrinks Felix and unwittingly enlarges Gulpo with a formula. [[TheBusCameBack He comes back as a boss fight]] in the [[VideoGame/FelixTheCat 1992 video game]], but due to the games [[ExcusePlot wafer-thin plot]], it's not clear if he's affiliated with Professor now or if he's just giving Felix trouble again for the heck of it.
23rd May '17 1:28:30 PM Prinzenick
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* Gulpo (King of the Blobs), a [[VillainOfTheWeek oneshot villain]] from the WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat cartoon "Felix Babysits". He's not affiliated with [[BigBadWannabe Professor]] or [[BigBad Master Cylinder]], he's just a [[MegaMicrobes ravenous amoeba]] that becomes a threat to Felix and Poindexter when the latter shrinks Felix and unwittingly enlarges Gulpo with a formula. [[TheBusCameBack He comes back as a boss fight]] in the [[VideoGame/FelixTheCat 1992 video game]], but due to the games [[ExcusePlot wafer-thin plot]], it's not clear if he's affiliated with Professor now or if he's just giving Felix trouble again for the heck of it.
21st May '17 7:51:12 PM Prinzenick
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Sometimes overlaps with GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere, but while the Giant Space Flea From Nowhere comes from out of, well, nowhere, the Lone Wolf Boss is often established into the plot, and sometimes even plays a crucial role in some way, but either has nothing to with the aims of the BigBad, or is outright opposed to them. Compare VillainOfAnotherStory.

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Sometimes overlaps with GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere, but while the Giant Space Flea From Nowhere comes from out of, well, nowhere, the Lone Wolf Boss is often established into the plot, and sometimes even plays a crucial role in some way, but either has nothing to with the aims of the BigBad, or is outright opposed to them. Compare PlotIrrelevantVillain and VillainOfAnotherStory.
2nd Apr '17 9:52:06 AM nombretomado
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** Most Chapter bosses in ''PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' aren't affiliated with the X-Nauts, the main antagonistic force in the game. Hooktail, however, does turn out to have been affiliated with [[spoiler: the game's BiggerBad]]. Most of them, such as Grubba or Cortez, are simply bad guys who found one of the Crystal Stars and are using or hoarding it for entirely selfish reasons. Doopliss is an interesting case since he ''starts out'' as a LoneWolfBoss but then allies himself with the Shadow Sirens after his chapter. Smorg is another odd example in that it was originally intended to have been a creature summoned by Beldam of the Shadow Sirens, but this exposition dialogue was cut in the final version, leaving its origins ambiguous.

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** Most Chapter bosses in ''PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' aren't affiliated with the X-Nauts, the main antagonistic force in the game. Hooktail, however, does turn out to have been affiliated with [[spoiler: the game's BiggerBad]]. Most of them, such as Grubba or Cortez, are simply bad guys who found one of the Crystal Stars and are using or hoarding it for entirely selfish reasons. Doopliss is an interesting case since he ''starts out'' as a LoneWolfBoss but then allies himself with the Shadow Sirens after his chapter. Smorg is another odd example in that it was originally intended to have been a creature summoned by Beldam of the Shadow Sirens, but this exposition dialogue was cut in the final version, leaving its origins ambiguous.
16th Feb '17 6:40:46 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* In at least half of ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' games, Wild Dog is working with the BigBad as a mercenary, but in ''Time Crisis 3'' and ''4'' he bears no apparent connection to these games' respective villains, only appearing to get his revenge on the VSSE.
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16th Feb '17 6:38:54 PM LucaEarlgrey
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[[folder: Light Gun Games]]
* In at least half of ''VideoGame/TimeCrisis'' games, Wild Dog is working with the BigBad as a mercenary, but in ''Time Crisis 3'' and ''4'' he bears no apparent connection to these games' respective villains, only appearing to get his revenge on the VSSE.
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15th Feb '17 6:51:08 PM bt8257
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This is relatively common in {{RPG}}s, where the player party often winds up just running into wild monsters that just happen to be at the end of caves, attacking the town, guarding {{MacGuffin}}s, etc.

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This is relatively Relatively common in {{RPG}}s, where the player party often winds up just running into wild monsters that just happen to be at the end of caves, attacking the town, guarding {{MacGuffin}}s, etc.
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