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20th Aug '16 8:28:30 AM multibrawlr
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* Katherine Marlowe from ''Videogame/Uncharted3DrakesDeception'' never directly attacks Nathan Drake, mainly due to her old age (although she [[spoiler: ''does'' [[WouldHurtaChild slap young!Drake during a flashback]]]]). To make up for this, she's the head of an AncientConspiracy that employs armies of loyal agents to dispose of Drake. Later, Marlowe then hires [[RuthlessModernPirates a crew of Indian Ocean pirates]] to do the same.
17th Aug '16 3:35:50 PM WillBGood
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* The bad guy in ''Literature/DragonBones'' is a noble who has all the dirty work done by his underlings. He is after a substance that can greatly increase a mage's power, but doesn't intend to use it on himself, he wants to use that on a powerful mage who is completely loyal and subservient to him.

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* The bad guy in ''Literature/DragonBones'' is a noble who has all the dirty work done by his underlings. He is after a substance that can greatly increase a mage's power, but doesn't intend to use it on himself, himself; he wants to use that it on a powerful mage who is completely loyal and subservient to him.



* Shendu from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. Being TakenForGranite will do that to you. Averted with his true form- [[OurDragonsAreDifferent a 16 foot tall flightless dragon]] and powerful and devious [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demon]] [[EvilSorceror Sorceror]] who even without his magical talismans is seemingly invicible and an extremely dangerous enemy. In both his natural form and when he's stuck [[DemonicPossession possessing unwilling human hosts]], he demonstrates supernatural and impressive fighting skills as well as the ability to breath fire. And until the 4th series, he could summon his EliteMooks [[MadeOfEvil the Shadowkhan]] at will to fight either for or with him.

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* Shendu from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. Being TakenForGranite will do that to you. Averted with his true form- [[OurDragonsAreDifferent a 16 foot tall flightless dragon]] and powerful and devious [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Demon]] [[EvilSorceror Sorceror]] who even without his magical talismans is seemingly invicible and an extremely dangerous enemy. In both his natural form and when he's stuck [[DemonicPossession possessing unwilling human hosts]], he demonstrates supernatural and impressive fighting skills as well as the ability to breath breathe fire. And until the 4th series, he could summon his EliteMooks [[MadeOfEvil the Shadowkhan]] at will to fight either for or with him.
17th Aug '16 3:32:19 PM WillBGood
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* King Edward "Longshanks" from ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' commands his armies from the sidelines instead of fighting in battles personally. The closest thing Longshanks gets to fighting is when he throws an advisor out the window and beats his own son. When William Wallace confronts Longshanks personally, Longshanks flees to safety.
* Commodus from ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' is a DirtyCoward who has no combat experience apart from killing his deathly ill father to become Emperor. He relies on his countless soldiers to carry out his evil deeds, and sends his best gladiators into the arena in an attempt to kill TheHero Maximus. When Maximus goads Commodus into fighting him in the arena, Commodus stabs a restrained Maximus in order to win the fight unfairly. [[spoiler:Commodus still loses]].






* King Edward "Longshanks" from ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' commands his armies from the sidelines instead of fighting in battles personally. The closest thing Longshanks gets to fighting is when he throws an advisor out the window and beats his own son. When William Wallace confronts Longshanks personally, Longshanks flees to safety.
* Commodus from ''Film/{{Gladiator}]'' is a DirtyCoward who has no combat experience apart from killing his deathly ill father to become Emperor. He relies on his countless soldiers to carry out his evil deeds, and sends his best gladiators into the arena in an attempt to kill TheHero Maximus. When Maximus goads Commodus into fighting him in the arena, Commodus stabs a restrained Maximus in order to win the fight unfairly. [[spoiler:Commodus still loses]].
17th Aug '16 3:31:33 PM WillBGood
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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/BourneSupremeacy'' 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. 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/BourneSupremeacy'' ''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.
17th Aug '16 3:31:19 PM WillBGood
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* Dr. René Belloq from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is an intelligent ManipluativeBastard SmugSnake who surrounds himself with his personal goons whenever he confronts Indiana Jones, but never attempts to actually fight him. However, without him, the Nazis would have gotten nowhere. Colonel Herman Dietrich, the leader of the Nazis searching for the Ark, also qualifies. Although Dietrich looks imposing, he never does any physical work apart from manhandling Marian, leaving his Nazis to do all the fighting.

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* Dr. René Belloq from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is an intelligent ManipluativeBastard ManipulativeBastard SmugSnake who surrounds himself with his personal goons whenever he confronts Indiana Jones, but never attempts to actually fight him. However, without him, the Nazis would have gotten nowhere. Colonel Herman Dietrich, the leader of the Nazis searching for the Ark, also qualifies. Although Dietrich looks imposing, he never does any physical work apart from manhandling Marian, leaving his Nazis to do all the fighting.
16th Aug '16 9:45:22 AM htuttle
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* The alien brain in ''VideoGame/{{X-COM}}'' does absolutely nothing but sit in its underground base, waiting for someone to shoot it.

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* The alien brain in ''VideoGame/{{X-COM}}'' ''VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense does absolutely nothing but sit in its underground base, waiting for someone to shoot it.it. The Great Dreamer (''VideoGame/XComTerroFromTheDeep'') is no better.
6th Aug '16 8:59:25 PM JacobBurt
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* Dr. René Belloq from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is an intelligent ManipluativeBastard SmugSnake who surrounds himself with his personal goons whenever he confronts Indiana Jones, but never attempts to actually fight him. However, without him, the Nazis would have gotten nowhere. Colonel Herman Dietrich, the leader of the Nazis searching for the Ark, also qualifies. Although Dietrich looks imposing, he never does any physical work apart from manhandling Marian, leaving his Nazis to do all the fighting.



* Dr. René Belloq from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is an intelligent ManipluativeBastard SmugSnake who surrounds himself with his personal goons whenever he confronts Indiana Jones, but never attempts to actually fight him. However, without him, the Nazis would have gotten nowhere. Colonel Herman Dietrich, the leader of the Nazis searching for the Ark, also qualifies. Although Dietrich looks imposing, he never does any physical work apart from manhandling Marian, leaving his Nazis to do all the fighting.
4th Aug '16 6:00:26 PM dgenega5764
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* Every BigBad in ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' counts. 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. 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/BourneSupremeacy'' 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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* Dr. René Belloq from ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' is an intelligent ManipluativeBastard SmugSnake who surrounds himself with his personal goons whenever he confronts Indiana Jones, but never attempts to actually fight him. However, without him, the Nazis would have gotten nowhere. Colonel Herman Dietrich, the leader of the Nazis searching for the Ark, also qualifies. Although Dietrich looks imposing, he never does any physical work apart from manhandling Marian, leaving his Nazis to do all the fighting.


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* King Edward "Longshanks" from ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' commands his armies from the sidelines instead of fighting in battles personally. The closest thing Longshanks gets to fighting is when he throws an advisor out the window and beats his own son. When William Wallace confronts Longshanks personally, Longshanks flees to safety.
* Commodus from ''Film/{{Gladiator}]'' is a DirtyCoward who has no combat experience apart from killing his deathly ill father to become Emperor. He relies on his countless soldiers to carry out his evil deeds, and sends his best gladiators into the arena in an attempt to kill TheHero Maximus. When Maximus goads Commodus into fighting him in the arena, Commodus stabs a restrained Maximus in order to win the fight unfairly. [[spoiler:Commodus still loses]].
1st Aug '16 1:27:07 PM VVK
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* ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'': Every CEO of the evil, world-conquest-plotting company Hereti-Corp (as of 2016; there have been a couple) has been a DiabolicalMastermind (or at least wannabe) who relies on {{mooks}} and powerful minions to do the fighting and has no combat ability himself.
31st Jul '16 2:41:18 PM contrafanxxx
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* Every BigBad in ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' counts.

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* Every BigBad in ''Film/TheBourneSeries'' counts. 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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