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11th Nov '16 2:03:40 PM mkmlp
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** Despite being a drug lord, Hernan Reyes in Fast Five is a CorruptCorporateExecutive and the only time he kills anyone personally, [[YouHaveFailedMe is when executing one his own men.]] Instead, Reyes relies on his {{mooks}}, money, and the heavily corrupt Rio Police Department to throw at the heroes, and [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext a giant steel vault is flung into his car]], he can only craw out and beg for mercy, before Hobs puts a few bullets in him.]]

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** Despite being a drug lord, Hernan Reyes in Fast Five is a CorruptCorporateExecutive and the only time he kills anyone personally, [[YouHaveFailedMe is when executing one his own men.]] Instead, Reyes relies on his {{mooks}}, money, and the heavily corrupt Rio Police Department to throw at the heroes, and when [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext a giant steel vault is flung into his car]], he can only craw out and beg for mercy, before Hobs puts a few bullets in him.]]
11th Nov '16 2:02:40 PM mkmlp
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* Every BigBad in ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' counts. Alexander Conklin from ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'' spends the film sending agents after Bourne from the safety of his control room. When Bourne confronts Conklin in personal, Conklin makes sure to surround himself with bodyguards. When Bourne defeats Conklin's bodyguards, he is about to knock out Conklin effortlessly. Conklin survives, but is then unceremoniously shot on the orders of his superiors. Ward Abbott from ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'' forges evidence against Bourne and manipulates the authorities into going after Bourne. Although Abbott does kill an unsuspecting underling himself, when Bourne confronts Abbott in person, Abbot doesn't even attempt to fight back. Noah Vosen from ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'' spends most of the film either spying on Bourne and his allies to predict his next move, or sending assassins to kill them. Vosen does shoot at Bourne at the end of the film as a last ditch effort to prevent his escape, but fails miserably. Vosen's superiors, Dr. Albert Hirsch and CIA Director Ezra Kramer, also qualify for this trope in ''Ultimatum''. Eric Byer from ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'' is only seen out in the field in one scene that took place years earlier, and even then he's out of the action. During ''Legacy'', he either spends his time in NRAG's office or in a crisis suite, hundreds of miles from the film's conflict. Dewey from ''Film/JasonBourne'' in particular may not be a physical threat, but he is the head of the CIA and this gives him a massive amount of men and money. He used this to have Bourne's father killed, and arranges for the death of several characters. He is also an expert smooth talker, capable of getting Jason to stand down, and is the closest any villain in the series comes to killing Bourne.

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* Every BigBad in ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' counts.
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Alexander Conklin from ''Film/TheBourneIdentity'' spends the film sending agents after Bourne from the safety of his control room. When Bourne confronts Conklin in personal, Conklin makes sure to surround himself with bodyguards. When Bourne defeats Conklin's bodyguards, he is about to knock out Conklin effortlessly. Conklin survives, but is then unceremoniously shot on the orders of his superiors. superiors.
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Ward Abbott from ''Film/TheBourneSupremacy'' forges evidence against Bourne and manipulates the authorities into going after Bourne. Although Abbott does kill an unsuspecting underling himself, when Bourne confronts Abbott in person, Abbot doesn't even attempt to fight back.
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Noah Vosen from ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'' spends most of the film either spying on Bourne and his allies to predict his next move, or sending assassins to kill them. Vosen does shoot at Bourne at the end of the film as a last ditch effort to prevent his escape, but fails miserably. Vosen's superiors, Dr. Albert Hirsch and CIA Director Ezra Kramer, also qualify for this trope in ''Ultimatum''. ''Ultimatum''.
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Eric Byer from ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'' is only seen out in the field in one scene that took place years earlier, and even then he's out of the action. During ''Legacy'', he either spends his time in NRAG's office or in a crisis suite, hundreds of miles from the film's conflict.
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Dewey from ''Film/JasonBourne'' in particular may not be a physical threat, but he is the head of the CIA and this gives him a massive amount of men and money. He used this to have Bourne's father killed, and arranges for the death of several characters. He is also an expert smooth talker, capable of getting Jason to stand down, and is the closest any villain in the series comes to killing Bourne.



* In ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast And Furious]]'' (the fourth film), we have Braga, who despite being a ''very'' SmugSnake who boasts that he clawed his way up from the slums, puts up no resistance once the heroes get the drop on him, beyond trying to convince Dom they are NotSoDifferent and spends the climax bragging that his men are going to kill them once they catch up, until Bryan gives him a very satisfying elbow to the face. When Braga turns up again in the sixth installment, he arrogantly confronts Bryan like he's invincible, while he has couple goons with shivs to back him up. But as soon as they're dispatched, Bryan finally wipes that smug look off his face, as Braga can do nothing but [[DirtyCoward beg for his life, until he gives Bryan the information he was after]].

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* Film/TheFastAndTheFurious
** Carter Verone in 2 Fast 2 Furious mostly relied on his brains and left his henchmen to be the brawn. Although he does try to kill heroes with a shotgun in the climax, Bryan manages to shoot him in the shoulder first and he puts up no further resistance. Even [[GracefulLoser accepting his defeat with dignity and giving the heroes a smile]], as customs agents are taking him away.
** Despite being a drug lord, Hernan Reyes in Fast Five is a CorruptCorporateExecutive and the only time he kills anyone personally, [[YouHaveFailedMe is when executing one his own men.]] Instead, Reyes relies on his {{mooks}}, money, and the heavily corrupt Rio Police Department to throw at the heroes, and [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext a giant steel vault is flung into his car]], he can only craw out and beg for mercy, before Hobs puts a few bullets in him.]]
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In ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast And Furious]]'' Furious (the fourth film), we have Braga, who despite being a ''very'' SmugSnake who boasts that he clawed his way up from the slums, puts up no resistance once the heroes get the drop on him, beyond trying to convince Dom they are NotSoDifferent and spends the climax bragging that his men are going to kill them once they catch up, until Bryan gives him a very satisfying elbow to the face. When Braga turns up again in the sixth installment, he arrogantly confronts Bryan like he's invincible, while he has couple goons with shivs to back him up. But as soon as they're dispatched, Bryan finally wipes that smug look off his face, as Braga can do nothing but [[DirtyCoward beg for his life, until he gives Bryan the information he was after]].
1st Nov '16 1:25:45 PM Medinoc
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* Sauron from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' film series is a partial case. He does come out, and he DOES do some major damage in the prologue against the Last Alliance. But he never comes out to play again during the main story arc; in the film explicitly because his form is just an eye on his tower.

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* Sauron from ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' film series is a partial case. He does come out, and he DOES do some major damage in the prologue against the Last Alliance. Alliance, until he's deprived of his RingOfPower. But he never comes out to play again during the main story arc; in the film explicitly because his form is has been reduced to just an eye on his tower.
1st Nov '16 1:19:27 PM Medinoc
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** The Crane Hermit is the main antagonistic force in the 22nd Tenkaichi Tournament arc. He's actually quite strong, but he leaves the fighting to his pupils; when he lashes out at them for [[HeelFaceTurn turning against him]], [[OldMaster Roshi]] sends him flying.

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** The Crane Hermit is the main antagonistic force in the 22nd Tenkaichi Tournament arc. He's actually quite strong, but he leaves the fighting to his pupils, hoping they'll crush his old enemy's own pupils; when he lashes out at them for [[HeelFaceTurn turning against him]], [[OldMaster Roshi]] sends him flying.
30th Oct '16 3:25:10 AM Morgenthaler
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[[NoRealLifeExamplesPlease While we can't name examples]] this is partly TruthInTelevision, as usually commanders are usually more well known for being a MagnificentBastard, and even real life {{Badass}}es aren't the OneManArmy [[RealityEnsues that fiction tends to be.]]

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[[NoRealLifeExamplesPlease While we can't name examples]] this is partly TruthInTelevision, as usually commanders are usually more well known for being a MagnificentBastard, and even real life {{Badass}}es badasses aren't the OneManArmy [[RealityEnsues that fiction tends to be.]]



** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' subverts this trope. It initially appears that {{Non Action Guy}}s Muruta Azrael and [[GeneralRipper Patrick Zala]] will be the show's BigBadEnsemble. The former is a psychopathic madman who leads the Earth Forces from behind the scenes, the latter an InsaneAdmiral turned PresidentEvil who rules ZAFT with an iron fist. Both lead massive armies, and are dedicated to eliminating one another. In reality however, they are both {{Unwitting Pawn}}s of {{Badass}} AcePilot and MagnificentBastard [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Rau Le Creuset]], who is the ''real'' BigBad of the series.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' subverts this trope. It initially appears that {{Non Action Guy}}s Muruta Azrael and [[GeneralRipper Patrick Zala]] will be the show's BigBadEnsemble. The former is a psychopathic madman who leads the Earth Forces from behind the scenes, the latter an InsaneAdmiral turned PresidentEvil who rules ZAFT with an iron fist. Both lead massive armies, and are dedicated to eliminating one another. In reality however, they are both {{Unwitting Pawn}}s of {{Badass}} AcePilot and MagnificentBastard [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Rau Le Creuset]], who is the ''real'' BigBad of the series.
26th Oct '16 3:56:47 PM mkmlp
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** After the defeating the ex-Soviet Spetsnaz and crime lord who was thought to be the man behind everything, both Bryan and the audience are treated to the revelation that, [[spoiler: Stuart St.Clare, Bryan's ex-wife's former new husband and CorruptCooperateExecutive]] with no known combat ability what so ever is the true Big Bad.

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** After In the third film, after the defeating the ex-Soviet Spetsnaz and crime lord who was thought to be the man behind everything, both Bryan and the audience are treated to the revelation that, [[spoiler: Stuart St.Clare, Bryan's ex-wife's former new husband and CorruptCooperateExecutive]] CorruptCorporateExecutive]] with no known combat ability what so ever is the true Big Bad.
26th Oct '16 3:55:23 PM mkmlp
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%% * Murad in ''Film/{{Taken 2}}''.


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** The first film has three different characters that can qualify for the BigBad, (the guy who actually kidnapped his the hero's daughter, the man auctioning off the women, and the sheek who buys her) ''non of which'' put up a fight, with only the first one actually trying to resist and the third making a feeble attempt to take his daughter hostage.
** Murad in ''Film/{{Taken 2}}'', despite the plot being about his own [[ItsPersonal personal revenge]] against Bryan Mills, he does absolutely none of the physical work beyond slapping Bryan while they had him captive and without his goons to the killing, he is completely defenseless. When Murad tries to shoot Bryan in the back, after the latter tried to make peace [[spoiler: and dropped an unloaded gun to test him, Bryan kills him with one blow.]]
** After the defeating the ex-Soviet Spetsnaz and crime lord who was thought to be the man behind everything, both Bryan and the audience are treated to the revelation that, [[spoiler: Stuart St.Clare, Bryan's ex-wife's former new husband and CorruptCooperateExecutive]] with no known combat ability what so ever is the true Big Bad.


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* In ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast And Furious]]'' (the fourth film), we have Braga, who despite being a ''very'' SmugSnake who boasts that he clawed his way up from the slums, puts up no resistance once the heroes get the drop on him, beyond trying to convince Dom they are NotSoDifferent and spends the climax bragging that his men are going to kill them once they catch up, until Bryan gives him a very satisfying elbow to the face. When Braga turns up again in the sixth installment, he arrogantly confronts Bryan like he's invincible, while he has couple goons with shivs to back him up. But as soon as they're dispatched, Bryan finally wipes that smug look off his face, as Braga can do nothing but [[DirtyCoward beg for his life, until he gives Bryan the information he was after]].
3rd Oct '16 9:03:10 PM DesertDragon
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Enter the Non-Action Big Bad, the EvilCounterpart of the NonActionGuy. This guy has zero fighting skills. Or, they might have okay fighting skills ''for a human'' but they're against a superpowered hero. In any case, what they lack in physical prowess they make up for in resources, cunning, and/or [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good PR]], and will rely on a [[TheDragon second-in-command]] or QuirkyMinibossSquad to do all of the dirty work that needs to get done. In the event they do encounter the hero, they usually try to trick them into not attacking them, just run for it, or they somehow have the fight stacked in their favor.

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Enter the Non-Action Big Bad, the EvilCounterpart of the NonActionGuy. This guy villain has zero fighting skills. Or, they might have okay fighting skills fight well enough ''for a human'' but they're against a superpowered hero. In any case, what they lack in physical prowess they make up for in resources, cunning, and/or [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good PR]], and will rely on a [[TheDragon second-in-command]] or QuirkyMinibossSquad to do all of the dirty work that needs to get done. In the event they do encounter the hero, they usually try to trick them into not attacking them, attacking, just run for it, or they somehow have the fight stacked in their favor.



Often overlaps with EvilCripple, where the villain doesn't fight because he physically can't. Compare TheManBehindTheCurtain, and DragonInChief, where The Dragon serves as the de-facto Big Bad for the story, though not necessarily because of this trope. Though often confused for this a DragonInChief is more mentally competent and more threatening so being the physical threat just because the mastermind isn't capable of it, doesn't make one a DragonInChief. If The Dragon knows he's the one truly in charge and decides to do something about it, he may become TheStarscream. And for Big Bads who ''have'' power but act like this until the climax, see OrcusOnHisThrone, where the Big Bad doesn't carry out any plans beyond sitting around being generally evil. This trope may result in ItsPersonalWithTheDragon, as The Dragon doing all the heavy lifting may become the hero's personal ArchEnemy.

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Often overlaps with EvilCripple, where the villain doesn't fight because he physically can't. Compare TheManBehindTheCurtain, Also compare TheManBehindTheCurtain and DragonInChief, where The Dragon serves as the de-facto DragonInChief; in both cases, Big Bad for is only nominally in charge while someone else is calling the story, though not necessarily because of this trope. Though often confused for this a DragonInChief is more mentally competent and more threatening so being the physical threat just because the mastermind isn't capable of it, doesn't make one a DragonInChief.shots. If The Dragon knows he's the one truly in charge and decides to do something about it, he may become TheStarscream. And for Big Bads who ''have'' power but act like this until the climax, see OrcusOnHisThrone, where the Big Bad doesn't carry out any plans beyond sitting around being generally evil. This trope may result in ItsPersonalWithTheDragon, as The Dragon doing all the heavy lifting may become the hero's personal ArchEnemy.



* Most of the [[ComicBook/XMen X-Men's]] human villains like Reverend Stryker, Bolivar Trask, Senator Kelly, Arcade, etc., since they mainly represent humanity's hatred of mutants (except Arcade, who's just crazy).

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* Most of the [[ComicBook/XMen X-Men's]] human villains like Reverend Stryker, Bolivar Trask, Senator Kelly, and Arcade, etc., since they mainly represent humanity's hatred of mutants (except Arcade, who's just crazy).


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* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse has given us a few such villains:
** Madame Gao from ''Series/{{Daredevil}}''. It turns out she ''can'' kick ass but chooses not to. Rather, she lets people think she's just a frail old woman when such underestimation suits her.
** Justin Hammer from ''Film/IronMan2''. While he isn't quite as old as his comic book counterpart, he still doesn't get involved in physical combat, preferring to act as a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
** Helmut Zemo from ''CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. While he's certainly a capable fighter and a trained soldier, he's GenreSavvy enough not to go toe-to-toe with the Avengers. Instead he manipulates them into fighting ''each other''.
** Killgrave from ''Series/JessicaJones''. Physically average in every way, it's his CommandingVoice that makes him truly horrifying.
** Councilwoman Mariah Dillard from ''Series/LukeCage''. Rather than getting her own hands dirty, she prefers to act through hired thugs, powerful connections, and plausible deniability (and a bit of luck), while using her position to provide a legit front for it all.
30th Sep '16 1:49:30 PM contrafanxxx
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* General Peter [=McAllister=] and Arjen Rudd from the first two ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movies. The only time the latter takes action is to empty an entire clip on Riggs in the climax.

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* General Peter [=McAllister=] and Arjen Rudd from the first two ''Film/LethalWeapon'' movies. The only time In the first movie, [=McAllister=] is able to sneak up on Riggs without the latter noticing, and is clearly proficient with firearms. He just chooses not to get his hands dirty. And in the second movie, the only time Rudd takes action is to empty an entire clip on Riggs in the climax.
24th Sep '16 7:27:01 PM stewyworks333
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[[NoRealLifeExamplesPlease While we can't name examples]] this is partly TruthInTelevision, as usually commanders are usually more well known for being a MagnificentBastard, and even real life {{Badass}}es aren't the OneManArmy [[RealityEnsues that fiction tends to be.]]
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