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18th Mar '17 6:01:31 PM nombretomado
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* Few of the {{Neopets}} villains are actually seen doing anything bad. Deliberately invoked for Jhudora, who is free to do as she pleases because she's never been caught at anything.
* For the first two years of ''TheQuestportChronicles'', the villains never appear until the final showdown, and the heroes learn of their misdeeds second-hand.

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* Few of the {{Neopets}} {{Website/Neopets}} villains are actually seen doing anything bad. Deliberately invoked for Jhudora, who is free to do as she pleases because she's never been caught at anything.
* For the first two years of ''TheQuestportChronicles'', ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles'', the villains never appear until the final showdown, and the heroes learn of their misdeeds second-hand.
1st Feb '17 11:18:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': The Lord Marshal's extermination of the Furyans to try to cheat the prophecy that Aereon gave him, which is only alluded to in the theatrical cut. Averted in the extended cut, which actually shows him committing these massacres.
14th Jan '17 2:44:18 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity'': Not one of the villain protagonists does anything really evil in the story, thus allowing us to sympathize with them. Anything like that is only mentioned as part of their past (for instance Sam's apparently assassinated dozens of people).
31st Aug '16 9:55:21 AM Silverblade2
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* This happens a lot in video games, since the hero is usually the PlayerCharacter, we don't see a whole lot of the villain's actual villainy--though we will usually see the fallout of such--unless either the heroes are there to witness it, or the game opts to show a cutscene.
30th Jul '16 11:19:47 AM Silverblade2
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* In [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Professor Moriarty]]'s first appearance, we never actually read about anything he did; he just "has his hands" in villainy. This was remedied in the later ''The Valley of Fear''. Granted, his villainy is still technically offscreen, but it's one hell of a punch in the gut all the same.

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* In [[Literature/SherlockHolmes ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', in Professor Moriarty]]'s Moriarty's first appearance, we never actually read about anything he did; he just "has his hands" in villainy. This was remedied in the later ''The Valley of Fear''. Granted, his villainy is still technically offscreen, but it's one hell of a punch in the gut all the same.



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', whilst Gregor "The Mountain that Rides" Clegane is one of the cruelest villains in the series, the reader only hears about the great majority of his deeds from other characters, rather than witnessing them directly (though there are often enough details included and enough reason to believe the various narrators to be reliable that it still gets the effect across, [[TropesAreNotBad showing that this trope is not inherently flawed]]).

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', whilst ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'',
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Gregor "The Mountain that Rides" Clegane is one of the cruelest villains in the series, the reader only hears about the great majority of his deeds from other characters, rather than witnessing them directly (though there are often enough details included and enough reason to believe the various narrators to be reliable that it still gets the effect across, [[TropesAreNotBad showing that this trope is not inherently flawed]]).
24th Jul '16 11:17:51 AM OlmoJV
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** When Uncle and Daolon Wong first meet, Wong reveals himself as the one who killed Uncle's Chi Master. This crime is never shown onscreen.
** The Dark Hand are said to have connections to nearly every known form of criminal activity and when Valmont, Finn, and Ratso allow themselves to be arrested, they get a fifty year sentence in a maximum security prison. However, most criminal acts that don't relate to magic artifacts or are otherwise relevant to the plot aren't shown, the Enforcers are mostly portrayed as AffablyEvil and [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain incompetent]] and while Valmount does start off as a credible threat, he soon undergoes VillainDecay.

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** When Uncle and [[EvilSorcerer Daolon Wong Wong]] first meet, Wong reveals himself as the one who killed ([[NeverSayDie though he uses the verb defeat]]) Uncle's teacher Chi Master.Master Fong. This crime is never shown onscreen.
** The [[TheSyndicate Dark Hand Hand]] are said to have connections to nearly every known form of criminal activity activity, and when Valmont, Finn, Finn and Ratso [[GetIntoJailFree allow themselves to be arrested, arrested]], they get a fifty year sentence in a maximum security prison. However, most criminal acts that don't relate to magic artifacts or are otherwise relevant to the plot aren't shown, the Enforcers [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Enforcers]] are mostly portrayed as AffablyEvil and [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain incompetent]] incompetent]], and while Valmount [[DiabolicalMastermind Valmont]] does start off as a credible threat, he soon undergoes a major VillainDecay.
9th Jul '16 11:02:53 AM nombretomado
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* Tuma, his Skrall legion, and the Bone Hunters in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn''. Everyone makes them out to be deadly threats, but when they are on-screen, they are revealed to be a bunch of goofy {{Mooks}} and a dumb [[TheDragon Dragon]], and are easily defeated. The only bad thing they do is plundering a village and beating up a good guy, however we never see them do it, and only two villagers react with shock to the destruction of their home (even the Village Leader doesn't seem to care). Keep in mind this only applies to ''Legend Reborn''. In other media, the Bone Hunters raided trade caravans and attacked the city of Vulcanus; while Tuma was a full EvilOverlord, manipulating the Bone Hunters and protagonist tribes and having the Skrall subvert the impending TournamentArc by razing the stadium instead.

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* Tuma, his Skrall legion, and the Bone Hunters in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn''. Everyone makes them out to be deadly threats, but when they are on-screen, they are revealed to be a bunch of goofy {{Mooks}} and a dumb [[TheDragon Dragon]], and are easily defeated. The only bad thing they do is plundering a village and beating up a good guy, however we never see them do it, and only two villagers react with shock to the destruction of their home (even the Village Leader doesn't seem to care). Keep in mind this only applies to ''Legend Reborn''. In other media, the Bone Hunters raided trade caravans and attacked the city of Vulcanus; while Tuma was a full EvilOverlord, manipulating the Bone Hunters and protagonist tribes and having the Skrall subvert the impending TournamentArc by razing the stadium instead.
5th Jul '16 2:51:11 PM Someoneman
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* Dr. Merlot, BigBad of ''VideoGame/RWBYGrimmEclipse, who creates mutated Grimm and sends them after the main characters, but is never seen in person.
22nd Jun '16 3:20:31 AM Evighet
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* The titular villain of Stephen King's ''Literature/It'' may antagonize the characters a lot but manages still to fit this trope quite well. It has been around since the beginning of time and as Mike Hanlon finds out, [[MonsterClown Pennywise]] has been present for every disaster and mass-killing in Derry's history. Not to mention It murders numerous characters off-screen during the story proper.

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* The titular villain of Stephen King's ''Literature/It'' ''Literature/{{It}}'' may antagonize the characters a lot but manages still to fit this trope quite well. It has been around since the beginning of time and as Mike Hanlon finds out, [[MonsterClown Pennywise]] has been present for every disaster and mass-killing in Derry's history. Not to mention It murders numerous characters off-screen during the story proper.
22nd Jun '16 3:20:11 AM Evighet
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* The titular villain of Stephen King's ''Literature/It'' may antagonize the characters a lot but manages still to fit this trope quite well. It has been around since the beginning of time and as Mike Hanlon finds out, [[MonsterClown Pennywise]] has been present for every disaster and mass-killing in Derry's history. Not to mention It murders numerous characters off-screen during the story proper.
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