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18th Jun '17 11:04:03 AM TheNerevarine
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** Bolivar Trask in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', though its extra-justified by him being suffering dwarfism.

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** Bolivar Trask in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', though its extra-justified by due to him being suffering dwarfism.
18th Jun '17 11:03:17 AM TheNerevarine
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* Much like the comics, ''Franchise/XMenFilmSeries'' follows suit with their human villains:
** William Stryker is the most recurring BigBad in the series and he has military background unlike his comic counterpart. With that said he almost never takes on any of the mutant heroes, either because of his advanced age or couldn't possibly match them in a fight, even in his prime, he decides to ran away rather than face them head on. The only instance where he takes action is in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' when he shoots Wolverine with adamantium bullets.
** Bolivar Trask in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', though its extra-justified by him being suffering dwarfism.
** Zander Rice in ''Film/{{Logan}}'' is a MadScientist just like Trask, but unlike his predecessors [[spoiler:he successfully engineered the extinction of mutantkind through genetically modified food-stuff]].
11th Jun '17 7:46:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VideoGame/EscapeFromButcherBay'': Hoxie, the Warden of Butcher Bay, never actually fights Riddick personally and spends the entire game residing in the corporate offices of the prison. Even when Riddick faces off with him at the end, Hoxie attempts to flee and let his robotic guards deal with Riddick.
15th Apr '17 11:14:57 AM Hanz
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* While it's shown that Dusan Nemec of ''Videogame/WatchDogs2'' has no problem judo-chopping people who annoy him in the neck, he primarily relies on using his connections and tech-savvy to deal with [=DedSec=]. [[spoiler:In the end, Marcus and T-Bone get him arrested for Insider Trading.]]
18th Mar '17 10:39:56 AM DesertDragon
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** Councilwoman Mariah Dillard from ''Series/LukeCage2016''. 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. After she kills Cottonmouth, she becomes a lot more ruthless.

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** Councilwoman Mariah Dillard from ''Series/LukeCage2016''. Rather than getting her own hands dirty, Out of the first season's rather crowded BigBadEnsemble, she is the only one with no fighting ability whatsoever. Instead, 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. After [[spoiler: she kills Cottonmouth, Cottonmouth]], she becomes a lot more ruthless.ruthless but is still no physical match for Luke himself. Note that this is a far cry from her comic book counterpart, Black Mariah, who is a definite BrawnHilda.
18th Mar '17 10:33:16 AM DesertDragon
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This villain has zero fighting skills or 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, just run for it, or they somehow have the fight stacked in their favor.

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This villain has zero fighting skills skills, or they 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, just run for it, or they somehow have the fight stacked in their favor.
7th Mar '17 12:32:21 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Alan Rikkin is an administrator and a speech giver; not a fighter. When [[spoiler: the Assassins start a prison riot]] he immediately leaves.

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Alan Rikkin is an administrator and a speech giver; not a fighter. When [[spoiler: the Assassins start a prison riot]] he immediately leaves.
**Tomás de Torquemada has no fighting skills. [[TheDragon Ojeda is his sole rampart]] when Aguilar and Maria ambush him inside the Alhambra chamber where Muhammad XII kept the Apple of Eden.



** President Coriolanus Snow, being a politician who has lots of underlings to do things for him. He also veers into DarkLordOnLifeSupport as well, since he is a 80-year-old man [[spoiler: diagnosed with a potentially fatal illness]], compared to our healthy 16-year-old female protagonist.
** [[spoiler: President Alma Coin]] from the third book, ''Mockingjay''. In fact, the series as a whole subverts the AuthorityEqualsAsskicking rule; none of the physical characters in the series can be counted as true villains, as they mostly do their dirty work because higher, non-action but charismatic, powers force them. [[TruthInTelevision Which is how politics work in real-life, as well]].

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** President Coriolanus Snow, being a politician who has lots of underlings to do things for him. He also veers into DarkLordOnLifeSupport as well, since he is a 80-year-old man [[spoiler: diagnosed with a potentially fatal illness]], compared to our healthy 16-year-old female protagonist.
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** [[spoiler: President Alma Coin]] from the third book, ''Mockingjay''. In fact, the series as a whole subverts averts the AuthorityEqualsAsskicking rule; none of the physical characters in the series can be counted as true villains, as they mostly do their dirty work because higher, non-action but charismatic, powers force them. [[TruthInTelevision Which is how politics work in real-life, as well]].
2nd Mar '17 5:27:13 AM Gorank
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* The alien brain in ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense does absolutely nothing but sit in its underground base, waiting for someone to shoot it. The Great Dreamer (''VideoGame/XComTerroFromTheDeep'') is no better.

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* The alien brain in ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense'' does absolutely nothing but sit in its underground base, waiting for someone to shoot it. The Great Dreamer (''VideoGame/XComTerroFromTheDeep'') is no better.
22nd Feb '17 3:52:54 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Gendo and the SEELE members are manipulative bastards and schemers but no one of them can fight the heroes or the alien monsters directly. So SEELE resorted to send one of their minions to crush NERV.

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* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Gendo and the SEELE members are manipulative bastards and schemers but no one of them can fight the heroes or the alien monsters directly. So SEELE resorted to send one of The latter instead relies on their minions [[TheDragon Dragon]], the shadowy official, Musashi Kluge, to crush NERV.do the heavy lifting.
14th Feb '17 11:53:28 AM ChaoticNovelist
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The BigBad, as everybody knows, is the source of conflict in a work of fiction, with their defeat being the main goal of TheHero which brings an end to that StoryArc. But, what exactly makes them such a threatening villain? Is it because they're [[TheChessmaster cunning]]? [[EvilerThanThou Eviler than anybody else]]? Or maybe because [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking they're powerful?]] In practically every work of fiction centered around action, the latter is the case. Well, not always.

Enter the Non-Action Big Bad, the EvilCounterpart of the NonActionGuy. This villain has zero fighting skills. Or, they 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, just run for it, or they somehow have the fight stacked in their favor.

If encountered in a video game, this character will either act as a deliberate AntiClimaxBoss or an outright ZeroEffortBoss, or even be TheUnfought.

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. 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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The BigBad, as everybody knows, is the source of conflict in a work of fiction, with their defeat being the main goal of TheHero which brings an end to that StoryArc. But, what exactly makes them such a threatening villain? Is it because they're [[TheChessmaster cunning]]? [[EvilerThanThou Eviler than anybody else]]? Or maybe because [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking they're powerful?]] In practically every work many works of fiction centered around action, the latter is the case. Well, case but not always.

all of them. Enter the Non-Action Big Bad, the EvilCounterpart of the NonActionGuy. Bad.

This villain has zero fighting skills. Or, they skills or 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, just run for it, or they somehow have the fight stacked in their favor.

If encountered in a video game, this character will either act as a deliberate AntiClimaxBoss or AntiClimaxBoss, an outright ZeroEffortBoss, or even be TheUnfought.

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. And for 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.



* Played with by [[LightningBruiser Aizen]] of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. While a legitimately powerful threat who could wipe out most of main cast by himself if he wanted to, after TheReveal he just spends most of his time sitting on his ass. He still has his usual machinations, but he leaves the heavy lifting to the Espada. But even though that could be seen as OrcusOnHisThrone, after he leaves Hueco Mundo and makes it to Fake Karakura to kick-start the final battle, Yamamoto envelops him in a fire prison. Although he likely couldn't do much regardless, his dialogue makes it fairly clear he had no intention of doing anything anyway. It's only when most of his soldiers are dead or defeated does he finally decide to get involved personally...and even then only got truly serious once his MacGuffin started giving him [[PowerUp Power-Ups]].


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* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Alan Rikkin is an administrator and a speech giver; not a fighter. When [[spoiler: the Assassins start a prison riot]] he immediately leaves.
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