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11th Sep '17 1:13:58 PM Byzantine
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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives'', the comic made to settle once and for all the true identity of the original Hobgoblin. Since another character had taken up the mantle in the intervening years, the story had the older villain murder the newer one.

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* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives'', the comic made to settle once and for all the true identity of the original Hobgoblin. Since another character had taken up the mantle in the intervening years, the story had the older villain murder the newer one. In this case the problem was the difference between the two villains. The "original", Roderick Kingsley, was one of the most dangerous and mysterious foes Spider-Man faced in the 1980s. The replacement, Jason Macendale, was initially depicted as a credible replacement. But over the years, Jason was depicted as mentally unstable, willing to go to insane lengths to increase his powers, and still surprisingly easy to defeat. Writers and readers had started treating him as a joke. Not a good sign for your status as a high-profile villain.
11th Sep '17 12:58:48 PM Byzantine
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* For a brief period in the early '90s ''Comicbook/XMen'' comics, the main villains were the Upstarts, a group of bratty rich mutants who competed with each other to kill other mutants in a "contest" sponsored by an [[TheOmniscient omniscient]] mutant called the Gamesmaster; among the casualties numbered the Reavers, the Hellions, Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, Selene, and even Comicbook/{{Magneto}} himself. This plotline was not well received, all the dead villains but the Hellions came back, and most of the Upstarts ended up meeting ignominious ends themselves.

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* For a brief period in the early '90s ''Comicbook/XMen'' comics, the main villains were the Upstarts, a group of bratty rich mutants who competed with each other to kill other mutants in a "contest" sponsored by an [[TheOmniscient omniscient]] mutant called the Gamesmaster; among the casualties numbered the Reavers, the Hellions, Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, Selene, and even Comicbook/{{Magneto}} himself. This plotline was not well received, all the dead villains but the Hellions came back, and most of the Upstarts ended up meeting ignominious ends themselves. In this case the problem was that the storyline replaced popular characters who had years of character development with relatively generic villains. Most of the Upstarts did not have distinctive personalities.
22nd Aug '17 6:19:24 AM rcmerod52
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyBraveExvius'' does this excellently, in a way that you never see it coming. [[spoiler:Rain and the party have defeated Veritas of the Dark for the final time and succeded in preventing him from shattering the last crystal. The Darklord's identity is finally revealed and it seems like the story is finally complete... when the crystal is suddenly shattered. Just then, the Eight Sages of Hess appear, who up until this point have been seen as a secondary threat, and it is revealed that they were the ones who shattered the last crystal. One of them then proceeds to kill the Darklord.]]
30th May '17 7:22:09 AM Shadowgazer
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* In ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', [[PsychopathicManchild Lord Hater]], the BigBad of the entirety of Season 1 had been for the most part a HarmlessVillain. At least, for the main characters Wander and Sylvia whom he never managed to seriously threaten, despite his fervent wishes of torturing and killing them. However, until that point he had been introduced as a serious threat for the rest of the galaxy, [[GalacticConqueror taking over planet after planet]] trying to prove his greatness. Cue [[KnightOfCerebus Lord Dominator]]'s appearance in Season 2. Dominator's first action in the series proper is [[DynamicEntry using a giant ship to slice Hater's ship in two with a gigantic drill]]. From that moment on, Lord Dominator takes the role as the show's BigBad, dethroning Hater as the Greatest in the Galaxy by overdoing him in every possible way:

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* In ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', [[PsychopathicManchild Lord Hater]], the BigBad of the entirety of Season 1 had been for the most part a HarmlessVillain.IneffectualSympatheticVillain. At least, for the main characters Wander and Sylvia whom he never managed to seriously threaten, despite his fervent wishes of torturing and killing them. However, until that point he had been introduced as a serious threat for the rest of the galaxy, [[GalacticConqueror taking over planet after planet]] trying to prove his greatness. Cue [[KnightOfCerebus Lord Dominator]]'s appearance in Season 2. Dominator's first action in the series proper is [[DynamicEntry using a giant ship to slice Hater's ship in two with a gigantic drill]]. From that moment on, Lord Dominator takes the role as the show's BigBad, dethroning Hater as the Greatest in the Galaxy by overdoing him in every possible way:
30th May '17 7:15:58 AM Shadowgazer
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Kyubey is, for lack of a better term, unstoppable. Killing him is utterly useless, trying to out-gambit him is nigh-impossible, and while [[spoiler: Madoka's sacrifice]] denies him victory on his terms, he ultimately still gets exactly what he wants. Come ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', [[spoiler: [[MadGod Akuma Homura]] reduces him to a quivering, traumatized mess by forcing him to hold all the curses of the world.]]

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Kyubey is, for lack of a better term, unstoppable. Killing him is utterly useless, trying to out-gambit him is nigh-impossible, and while [[spoiler: Madoka's sacrifice]] denies him victory on his terms, he ultimately still gets exactly what he wants. Come ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', [[spoiler: [[MadGod Akuma Homura]] reduces him to a quivering, traumatized mess by forcing him to hold all the curses of the world. However how much of a villain Homura is, is up for debate.]]


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* Luca Brasi is introduced in ''Film/TheGodfather'', both the film and the novel, as this terrifying killer and enforcer for the Corleones, more force of nature than man. He is killed by Virgil Sollozzo and Bruno Tattaglia without very much difficulty as the opening gambit of their war with the Corleones. When the Corleones receive a fish wrapped in Brasi's bulletproof vest, they know they are in trouble. Unusually for this trope, while he is definitely a villain, he is not antagonistic but on the [[VillainProtagonist protagonists side]].
14th May '17 10:12:04 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' has multiple instances of this trope:

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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has multiple instances of this trope:
8th May '17 4:28:51 PM nighttrainfm
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** The Anointed One (a little kid vampire who was held over from season one) is [[spoiler:shoved into a cage and hoisted into sunlight early in season two by Spike]].
** Spike gets similar treatment in this a quarter into season four where he returns ready to cause trouble for Buffy, only to be tasered and captured by members of the Initiative. He escapes from them in the next episode, but has a chip planted in his head to make sure he can't harm the heroes again, which wound up sending him directly into [[BadassDecay a certain other trope]].

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** The Anointed One (a little kid vampire who was held over from season one) is [[spoiler:shoved into a cage and hoisted into sunlight early in season two by Spike]].
Spike.]]
** Spike gets similar treatment in this a quarter into season four where he returns ready to cause trouble for Buffy, only to be tasered and captured by members of the Initiative. He escapes from them in the next episode, but has a chip planted in his head to make sure he can't harm the heroes again, which wound up sending him directly into [[BadassDecay a certain other trope]].trope.]]



** Twilight killed the Master and Ethan Rayne by proxy.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': At the beginning of season two, Lord Zedd, Rita's superior, appears to relieve her of command after one failure too many. Her minions quickly jump ship as he sticks her in another dumpster and launches her into space. She comes back, of course...
* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'': Rita and Zedd are, in turn, ousted from the moon by the arrival of the Machine Empire. They get their revenge at the end of the season, but then (apart from a cameo in the ''Turbo'' movie) disappear until ''Space''.

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** In the season 8 comics, Twilight killed the Master and Ethan Rayne by proxy.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
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''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': At the beginning of season two, Lord Zedd, Rita's superior, appears to relieve her of command after one failure too many. Her minions quickly jump ship as he sticks her in another dumpster and launches her into space. She comes back, of course...
* ** ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'': Rita and Zedd are, in turn, ousted from the moon by the arrival of the Machine Empire. They get their revenge at the end of the season, but then (apart from a cameo in the ''Turbo'' movie) disappear until ''Space''.
19th Apr '17 8:01:10 PM Isaac_Heller
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* ''Film/JemAndTheHolograms'' ends with TheStinger where antagonist Erica Raymond recruits The Misfits to challenge Jem.
15th Apr '17 5:30:04 PM Tropetastic1995
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* Around 2009, Mac Gargan replaced Eddie Brock as the new and much more monstrous Venom, and as a result Carnage was killed off since the writers had no more need for him for the time being. After Flash Thompson took over as the more heroic Venom, Carnage returned.
9th Apr '17 3:05:59 PM john_e
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'': The Shadows make their entrance by blowing the [[SpacePirate Raiders']] mothership into tiny little bits.
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