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22nd May '16 7:23:55 PM DyingWillKirby
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* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'': Following [[spoiler:the deaths of his son and his adopted human child]], King Asgore proclaimed that he would gather the human [=SOULs=] necessary to shatter the barrier keeping his kingdom of monsters trapped underground, and wage war on the human world, but he isn't really all too proactive about actually doing that. [[spoiler: This is because Asgore is actually a really nice guy, who made that proclamation in the heat of the moment while consumed with grief. He [[AntiVillain doesn't actually want to wage war]] on the humans, but he can't just revoke his statement. So he stalls for time by waiting for humans to fall into the Underground, when he could just as easily absorb the SOUL of his human child, cross the barrier, kill six other humans, break the barrier, and have the whole thing resolved in a matter of hours. His wife Toriel leaves him because not only is she disgusted by the fact that Asgore would be willing to advocate waging war on humanity in the first place, but because she realizes his subjects will continue to suffer underground, clinging to false hopes of seeing the surface, because he lacks the conviction to actually go through with what he promised.]]
14th May '16 2:49:32 AM WillBGood
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* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Webcomic/PerryBibleFellowship'' comics [[http://pbfcomics.com/154/ "Zuthulu's Resurrection"]].

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* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Webcomic/PerryBibleFellowship'' comics comic [[http://pbfcomics.com/154/ "Zuthulu's Resurrection"]].
"Zuthulus [sic] Resurrection"]].
14th May '16 2:48:48 AM WillBGood
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* PlayedForLaughs in the ''Webcomic/PerryBibleFellowship'' comics [[http://pbfcomics.com/154/ "Zuthulu's Resurrection"]].
5th Apr '16 12:31:11 PM ZimFan89
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* On ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'', [[BigBad Skeleton King]] spends the entire first season never leaving his throne aboard his fortress/ship, the [[SupervillainLair Citadel of Bone]]. {{Justified|trope}}, as we find out he's linked to the place and literally ''can't'' leave. After its destruction at the start of Season 2, however, it's averted, as he's now free to move about and be more active.
5th Apr '16 1:28:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/KillBill'', evil supervillain assassin kung-fu samurai guy Bill sits in his plush Central-American villa, waiting for The Bride to work her way through his subordinates and seek him out for a personal duel. His only real action was to warn (and possibly bail out) his brother.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Emperor Palpatine in the Original Trilogy (not so in the prequel trilogy, where he's TheChessmaster playing both sides for his own benefit). But then, he's got an Empire to micromanage and plots to set in motion; he has [[TheDragon Darth Vader]] to do the in-person chasing after of Rebels.
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', [[spoiler:Voldemort]] sits out most of the climatic battle. This is partially justified: Harry has been systematically [[spoiler:destroying his Horcruxes and Voldemort is understandably worried that Harry might succeed in killing him if given the opportunity]]. It still counts because he lets minions pound away at Hogwarts' protective shield to no effect, only to singlehandedly bring it down in a fit of rage. He could have conceivably destroyed the entire castle if he had been so inclined.

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* In ''Film/KillBill'', evil supervillain assassin kung-fu samurai guy Bill sits in his plush Central-American villa, waiting for The Bride to work her way through his subordinates and seek him out for a personal duel. His only real action was to warn (and possibly bail out) his brother.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Emperor Palpatine in the Original Trilogy (not so in the prequel trilogy, where he's TheChessmaster playing both sides for his own benefit). But then, he's got an Empire to micromanage and plots to set in motion; he has [[TheDragon Darth Vader]] to do the in-person chasing after of Rebels.
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', [[spoiler:Voldemort]] sits out most of the climatic battle. This is partially justified: Harry has been systematically [[spoiler:destroying his Horcruxes and Voldemort is understandably worried that Harry might succeed in killing him if given the opportunity]]. It still counts because he lets minions pound away at Hogwarts' protective shield to no effect, only to singlehandedly bring it down in a fit of rage. He could have conceivably destroyed the entire castle if he had been so inclined.
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* In ''Film/KillBill'', evil supervillain assassin kung-fu samurai guy Bill sits in his plush Central-American villa, waiting for The Bride to work her way through his subordinates and seek him out for a personal duel. His only real action was to warn (and possibly bail out) his brother.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Emperor Palpatine in the Original Trilogy (not so in the prequel trilogy, where he's TheChessmaster playing both sides for his own benefit). But then, he's got an Empire to micromanage and plots to set in motion; he has [[TheDragon Darth Vader]] to do the in-person chasing after of Rebels.
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', [[spoiler:Voldemort]] sits out most of the climatic battle. This is partially justified: Harry has been systematically [[spoiler:destroying his Horcruxes and Voldemort is understandably worried that Harry might succeed in killing him if given the opportunity]]. It still counts because he lets minions pound away at Hogwarts' protective shield to no effect, only to singlehandedly bring it down in a fit of rage. He could have conceivably destroyed the entire castle if he had been so inclined.
31st Mar '16 2:18:17 PM Generality
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* Thresh from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. [[spoiler:Until Rue dies, then he finally goes on the offensive.]]
14th Mar '16 7:09:15 AM 0MadWatch0
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*In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' you have Oloro, Ageless Ascetic who [[SlouchOfVillainy sits in his chair]], in the Command Zone, gaining you life, all game long.
24th Feb '16 9:40:03 AM nombretomado
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** Thanos shows up in the stinger to ''Film/TheAvengers'' to reveal that he was the unseen backer of Loki's attempt to take over earth, and ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' shows that he is also behind Ronan the Accuser and is seeking the Infinity Stones. Despite being TheDreaded, at least to those who know of him, he has yet to take any direct action. For bonus trope points, in every scene featuring him in the above films, he's actually sitting on a throne.

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** Thanos shows up in the stinger to ''Film/TheAvengers'' ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' to reveal that he was the unseen backer of Loki's attempt to take over earth, and ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' shows that he is also behind Ronan the Accuser and is seeking the Infinity Stones. Despite being TheDreaded, at least to those who know of him, he has yet to take any direct action. For bonus trope points, in every scene featuring him in the above films, he's actually sitting on a throne.
17th Feb '16 2:00:10 PM Scorntex
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** Star King Bazoo, the BigBad of ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman'', at least has a justification for staying on his throne: [[spoiler:he's just buying time until his real form arrives and allows him to destroy Earth.]]
9th Feb '16 2:33:02 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'''s Spartan Ops co-op campaign, Covenant remnant leader Jul 'Mdama is never seen in combat, despite the fact that as a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Elite]], he likely [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority earned his rank through his personal asskicking abilities]].
** He's finally forced into the fray in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians, [[spoiler:but it ends poorly for him, due to having the bad luck of going against Jameson Locke, one of the UNSC's very best Spartan-[=IVs=]]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'''s Spartan Ops co-op campaign, Covenant remnant leader Jul 'Mdama is ''is'' actively commanding his forces, but he never seen engages in combat, direct combat himself, despite the fact that as a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Elite]], he likely [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority earned his rank through his personal asskicking abilities]].
** He's finally forced into the fray in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians, ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'', [[spoiler:but it ends poorly for him, due to having the bad luck of going against Jameson Locke, one of the UNSC's very best Spartan-[=IVs=]]].
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