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15th Jan '18 11:13:23 AM erforce
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* Much like the comics, ''Franchise/XMenFilmSeries'' follows suit with their human villains:

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* Much like the comics, ''Franchise/XMenFilmSeries'' ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' follows suit with their human villains:
10th Jan '18 12:45:34 PM MasterN
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Often overlaps with EvilCripple, where the villain doesn't fight because he physically can't. Also compare TheManBehindTheCurtain and DragonInChief; in both cases, Big Bad is only nominally in charge while someone else is calling the shots. If The Dragon knows he's the one truly in charge and decides to do something about it, he may become TheStarscream. 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 they physically can't. Also compare TheManBehindTheCurtain and DragonInChief; in both cases, the Big Bad is only nominally in charge while someone else is calling the shots. If The Dragon knows he's they’re the one truly in charge and decides to do something about it, he may become TheStarscream. 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.
4th Jan '18 8:43:43 PM DoctorCooper
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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 badasses aren't the OneManArmy [[RealityEnsues that fiction tends to suggest.]]

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[[NoRealLifeExamplesPlease While we can't name examples]] examples this is partly TruthInTelevision, as usually commanders are usually more well known for being a MagnificentBastard, and even real life badasses aren't the OneManArmy [[RealityEnsues that fiction tends to suggest.]]
4th Jan '18 4:56:43 AM Njein
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** Ernst Stavro Blofeld, 007's biggest ArchEnemy, usually relays his orders to his {{Mooks}} while sitting on his CoolChair and stroking his RightHandCat, but when he decided to join the fray and take a more active role in ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', ''[[KnightOfCerebus things really got uglier]]''.
30th Dec '17 1:11:19 PM MasterN
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* [[spoiler:Kyubey,]] one half of the BigBadEnsemble In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica.'' They never ''actively'' bring the girls into harm, they simply [[spoiler:gave the girl their wishes and let them fight [[MonsterOfTheWeek witches]] as {{magical girl}}s as payment]]. There are only two reasons to consider it a villain at all: it doesn't value individual human life at all (and [[EvilCannotComprehendGood doesn't even understand the idea]]), and [[spoiler: [[ManBehindTheMan is directly or indirectly responsible for everything bad that happens in the series]]]]. The reason it's all arguable is that [[spoiler:he's doing it to prevent [[ApocalypseHow universal destruction due to entropy]]]]. A more "traditional" BigBad is [[TheDreaded Walpurgisnacht]], but she is [[GenericDoomsdayVillain more of a force of nature than a true enemy]].

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* [[spoiler:Kyubey,]] one half of the BigBadEnsemble In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica.OverarchingVillain in ''Franchise/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica.'' They never ''actively'' bring the girls into harm, they simply [[spoiler:gave the girl their wishes and let them fight [[MonsterOfTheWeek witches]] as {{magical girl}}s as payment]]. There are only two reasons to consider it a villain at all: it doesn't value individual human life at all (and [[EvilCannotComprehendGood doesn't even understand the idea]]), and [[spoiler: [[ManBehindTheMan is directly or indirectly responsible for everything bad that happens in the series]]]]. The reason it's all arguable is that [[spoiler:he's doing it to prevent [[ApocalypseHow universal destruction due to entropy]]]]. A more "traditional" BigBad is [[TheDreaded Walpurgisnacht]], but she is [[GenericDoomsdayVillain more of a force of nature than a true enemy]].
25th Dec '17 3:22:32 PM Viira
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** General Doyal is this for Seasons 11 and 12, not even having any fighting experience (he was promoted from brigadier's secretary) and having no control over Locus. [[spoiler:Even when he is revealed not to be the BigBad, this trope still counts to the true BigBad, Control, who only gives orders for Locus and Felix to carry out while Control sits and waits.]]

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** General Doyal Doyle is this for Seasons 11 and 12, not even having any fighting experience (he was promoted from brigadier's secretary) and having no control over Locus. [[spoiler:Even when he is revealed to not to be the BigBad, a villain at all, this trope still counts to the true BigBad, Control, who only gives orders for Locus and Felix to carry out while Control sits and waits.]]
23rd Dec '17 5:13:17 PM nombretomado
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* Henry Leland in ''AlphaProtocol''. [[spoiler:He can be the final boss, but the fight is [[AntiClimaxBoss a joke]] and its made clear that this is just an act of desperation.]] [[spoiler:Sergei Surkov]] is also one.

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* Henry Leland in ''AlphaProtocol''.''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol''. [[spoiler:He can be the final boss, but the fight is [[AntiClimaxBoss a joke]] and its made clear that this is just an act of desperation.]] [[spoiler:Sergei Surkov]] is also one.
8th Dec '17 8:40:22 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Memorably subverted with TheEmperor, who projects an image (both to the audience and to Luke) of being a helpless feeble old (even using a cane that [[ObfuscatingDisability he doesn't need]]) man who needs [[TheDragon Darth Vader]] to fight for him. Then he busts out the [[ShockAndAwe Force Lightning]]. The same applies in the prequels (which take place before he was the Emperor), where he manipulates things behind the scenes and lets his subordinates do the actual fighting. When he's forced to actually get into a fight, however, he's shown to be a LightingBruiser able to kill several Jedi masters in seconds, even without using Force Lighting.

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** Memorably subverted with TheEmperor, who projects an image (both to the audience and to Luke) of being a helpless feeble old (even using a cane that [[ObfuscatingDisability he doesn't need]]) man who needs [[TheDragon Darth Vader]] to fight for him. Then he busts out the [[ShockAndAwe Force Lightning]]. The same applies in the prequels (which take place before he was the Emperor), where he manipulates things behind the scenes and lets his subordinates do the actual fighting. When he's forced to actually get into a fight, however, he's shown to be a LightingBruiser LightningBruiser able to kill several Jedi masters in seconds, even without using Force Lighting.
25th Nov '17 1:06:43 AM Darth_Marth
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** William Rawlins, AKA Agent Orange, from ''Series/ThePunisher''. He does perform interrogations, but possesses no real combat skills and is completely helpless in a fight against anyone who isn't tied up. Despite receiving numerous rewards for his service to the CIA he's never actually seen combat, and both protagonist Frank Castle and his DragonInChief [[spoiler: Billy Russo]] are disgusted by his refusal to actually get his hands dirty. [[spoiler: When Russo decides he's had enough of Rawlins, he discreetly sets Frank loose, knowing that without his intervention Frank will utterly destroy Rawlins, despite Frank having been tortured to the point of not even being able to stand on his own]].
22nd Nov '17 2:00:41 PM nombretomado
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* In the arcade version of ''TheCombatribes'', the main heroes spent the last two stages chasing after a man in a suit who fits the image of a stereotypical crime boss. When the crime boss is cornered in the final stage, he is betrayed and killed by his [[BodyguardBabes female bodyguard]] Martha Splatterhead, who proceeds to fight the player in her boss' place.

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* In the arcade version of ''TheCombatribes'', ''VideoGame/TheCombatribes'', the main heroes spent the last two stages chasing after a man in a suit who fits the image of a stereotypical crime boss. When the crime boss is cornered in the final stage, he is betrayed and killed by his [[BodyguardBabes female bodyguard]] Martha Splatterhead, who proceeds to fight the player in her boss' place.
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