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20th Mar '17 12:50:40 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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20th Mar '17 12:50:25 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'''s Spartan Ops co-op campaign, Covenant remnant leader Jul 'Mdama ''is'' actively commanding his forces, but he never engages in 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'', [[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=]]]. You do get to fight in him in multiplayer though, if you play a regular Warzone match on the map "Attack on Sanctum".
** Of the three Prophet hierarchs leading the Covenant, only one, the Prophet of Regret leaves their capital city to personally oversee the war effort (from the comfort of a nigh-invincible fleet of warships, but still). In-Universe he is acknowledged as an unusually active and HotBlooded Prophet, a possible side-effect of working directly alongside [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sangheili]]. He does engage in combat once, with the [[TheHero Master Chief]], which leads to his death, though he goes down blazing. Notably, he doesn't actually leave his throne; Prophets are deliberately physically frail, and besides, [[CoolChair their chairs are outfitted with all sorts of devastating weaponry.]]

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In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'''s Spartan Ops co-op campaign, Covenant remnant leader Jul 'Mdama ''is'' actively commanding his forces, but he never engages in direct combat himself, despite the fact that as a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Elite]], he likely [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority earned his rank through his personal asskicking abilities]].
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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=]]]. You do get to fight in him in multiplayer though, if you play a regular Warzone match on the map "Attack on Sanctum".
** Of the three Prophet hierarchs Hierarchs leading the Covenant, only one, the Prophet of Regret leaves is the only one to leave their capital city to personally oversee the war effort (from the comfort of a nigh-invincible fleet of warships, but still). In-Universe InUniverse he is acknowledged as an unusually active and HotBlooded Prophet, a possible side-effect of working directly alongside [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sangheili]]. He does engage in combat once, once during ''VideoGame/Halo2'', with the [[TheHero Master Chief]], which leads to his death, though he goes down blazing. Notably, he doesn't actually leave his throne; throne even during a fight; Prophets are deliberately physically frail, frail thanks to near-deadly levels of inbreeding and a ridiculously sedentary lifestyle, and besides, [[CoolChair their the Hierarchs' chairs are outfitted with all sorts of devastating weaponry.]]weaponry and cool gadgets]].
17th Mar '17 11:01:03 AM Hanz
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* ''VideoGame/FarCry3'': [[AmoralAfrikaaner Hoyt Volker]] lets his lackeys do most of the work in regards to dealing with Jason and is mostly off running his criminal empire.

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* ''VideoGame/FarCry3'': [[AmoralAfrikaaner [[AmoralAfrikaner Hoyt Volker]] lets his lackeys do most of the work in regards to dealing with Jason and is mostly off running his criminal empire.
17th Mar '17 11:00:33 AM Hanz
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* ''VideoGame/FarCry3'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Hoyt Volker]].

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* ''VideoGame/FarCry3'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive [[AmoralAfrikaaner Hoyt Volker]].Volker]] lets his lackeys do most of the work in regards to dealing with Jason and is mostly off running his criminal empire.
* In ''Videogame/FarCry4'', Pagan Min is content in letting Ajay run amok within his country while he occasionally calls him up to taunt him. The few times he does come face-to-face he's even quite friendly towards him and the worst he does is have him thrown in a cell up in the Himalayas. Of course, he has a reason: [[spoiler:Ajay is the son of his former lover, who he sees as a son himself that he was prepared to give Kyrat to. In fact, if Ajay actually sits still during the beginning as he's asked to, Pagan fulfills his promise of taking Ajay to place his mother's ashes while outright telling him all major plot details.]]
16th Mar '17 3:05:21 PM Jacob175
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* Every ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' villain strategy, starting with Dr. Wily, has been "wait for Mega Man to fight his way to each Robot Master who themselves are waiting for him in a airlocked room, beat them, go through one more level and possibly fight all the copies of the Robot Masters in a row before fighting the main villain of that game. The implication, of course, is that Wily is controlling his various Robot Masters to take over the world. When Mega Man inevitably defeats them, he barricades himself in his massive, well-defended fortress, hoping it will be enough to keep the Blue Bomber away. Through the magic of video game protagonist determinism, it never is.

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* Every ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' ''Franchise/MegaMan'' villain strategy, starting with Dr. Wily, has been "wait for Mega Man to fight his way to each Robot Master who themselves are waiting for him in a airlocked room, beat them, go through one more level and possibly fight all the copies of the Robot Masters in a row before fighting the main villain of that game. The implication, of course, is that Wily is controlling his various Robot Masters to take over the world. When Mega Man inevitably defeats them, he barricades himself in his massive, well-defended fortress, hoping it will be enough to keep the Blue Bomber away. Through the magic of video game protagonist determinism, it never is.



* The vast majority of villains that aren't SealedEvilInACan are like this in the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series, with Captain Syrup in the first game being seen to do absolutely nothing other than sitting in the throne room before the final battle (although averted in the second, where she's a RecurringBoss). The Black Jewel in ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'' just lays dormant in a treasure chest until the final battle, and The Shake King in ''VideoGame/WarioLandShakeIt'', after taking over the world, [[MalevolentMugshot putting his face on everything]] and capturing the princess, just sits on his throne waiting for Wario to enter, in complete darkness. Although in that case, the time out penalty is Wario being warped to his boss arena, so it may not be completely unjustified.

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* The vast majority of villains that aren't SealedEvilInACan are like this in the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series, with Captain Syrup in the first game being seen to do absolutely nothing other than sitting in the throne room before the final battle (although averted in the second, where she's a RecurringBoss). The Black Jewel in ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'' just lays dormant in a treasure chest until the final battle, and The Shake King in ''VideoGame/WarioLandShakeIt'', after taking over the world, [[MalevolentMugshot putting his face on everything]] and capturing the princess, just sits on his throne waiting for Wario to enter, enter in complete darkness. Although in that case, the time out penalty is Wario being warped to his boss arena, so it may not be completely unjustified.



* ''WebAnimation/RedVsBlue'':
** The Director of Project Freelancer and the man behind all the atrocities said operation committed, never directly confronts the heroes, even when they storm his hideout, he just lets his [[spoiler: army of robot Agent Texas doppelgangers]] deal with them. [[spoiler: Justified, as he is revealed to have become a washed up shell of his former self by the time the series gets to him, who's ''[[DrivenSuicide ready to kill himself]]'' by the time Agent Carolina and Church finale confront him face to face.]]

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** The Director of Project Freelancer and the man behind all the atrocities said operation committed, never directly confronts the heroes, even when they storm his hideout, he just lets his [[spoiler: army of robot Agent Texas doppelgangers]] deal with them. [[spoiler: Justified, as he is revealed to have become a washed up shell of his former self by the time the series gets to him, who's ''[[DrivenSuicide ''[[DrivenToSuicide ready to kill himself]]'' by the time Agent Carolina and Church finale confront him face to face.]]



* Justified in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''; Jack's sword is the only thing that can kill Aku, so he mostly hides in his lair and sends minions out to do his dirty work, and he only ever attacks Jack personally if Aku has some advantage he's sure will let him win.

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* Justified in ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''; Jack's sword is the only thing that can kill Aku, so he mostly hides in his lair and sends minions out to do his dirty work, and he only ever attacks Jack personally if Aku has some advantage he's sure will let him win. By the time of season five, Aku is still doing this only because he's sick of losing to Jack each time he does bother to fight and would rather forget Jack even exists.
3rd Mar '17 6:06:41 PM TheNicestGuy
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* In ''Series/TheWire'', drug lord Avon Barksdale has this trope forced on him by his colleagues. The [[JustifiedTrope justification]] is that if he never touches drugs, money, or guns, and he doesn't meet with his underlings in the field, he becomes very difficult to prosecute. Until Detective [=McNulty=] stirs up a crusade against him, most police have never even heard of him, and they have a very difficult time digging up any intel or even a physical description. In contrast, [[TheDragon Stringer Bell]] does and says plenty in the course of running the gang, though he is likewise very careful about it. A lampshade is hung on it in the scene where D'Angelo teaches his dealers the rules of chess; they liken Avon to the king and Stringer to the queen. Ironically, however, when an arrest finally comes at the end of season one, Avon is charged while Stringer (to his own surprise) is left free for the moment. After he returns from prison, the roles are somewhat reversed. Stringer wants to run the gang like a business and keep a low profile, but Avon insists there are good reasons to war with other gangs and leads personally. It directly causes him to return to prison.
25th Feb '17 11:27:14 AM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheVagrant'' (first book of ''Literature/TheVagrantTrilogy''): Heroic version. After Gamma fell, the remaining members of the Seven retreated to the Shining City to mourn, leaving the infernals to rampage unchecked across the land. If they banded together and fought back, they could drive them off easily. [[spoiler:Even mostly dead, Gamma manages to kill the Uncivil and the Usurper with the tiniest remnant of her power left behind in her corrupted Knight-Commander]].
22nd Feb '17 2:19:24 AM Hylarn
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** Sometimes the game subverts this. Every once in a while, there will be a boss that'll sit there until one of your units comes into attacking range. Hope you didn't send [[YetAnotherStupidDeath your healer]] first. [[spoiler:Lloyd]] is an especially nasty one in Blazing Sword. Not only does he attack if you get too close, it's a [[FogOfWar]] map, so you might be too close and not know it. And if you send a knight to absorb the hit, he'll take magic damage from his lightbrand, probably [[PermaDeath kicking the bucket]] in the process. Thankfully, this is only on hector mode. The trope is played straight in Eliwoods story.

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** Sometimes the game subverts this. Every once in a while, there will be a boss that'll sit there until one of your units comes into attacking range. Hope you didn't send [[YetAnotherStupidDeath your healer]] first. [[spoiler:Lloyd]] is an especially nasty one in Blazing Sword. Not only does he attack if you get too close, it's a [[FogOfWar]] FogOfWar map, so you might be too close and not know it. And if you send a knight to absorb the hit, he'll take magic damage from his lightbrand, probably [[PermaDeath kicking the bucket]] in the process. Thankfully, this is only on hector mode. The trope is played straight in Eliwoods story.
20th Feb '17 8:34:21 PM LadyJaneGrey
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-->'''Jalie''': You expected someone different?" asked the Lich-Fiend.

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-->'''Jalie''': You expected someone different?" asked the Lich-Fiend.different?



-->'''Jalie:''' ''(Tired sigh)'' If I was the stereotypical bad guy, I might do things that way… But such people never become gods… They only become servants of gods, like those two moronic Doomdreamers.

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-->'''Jalie:''' ''(Tired sigh)'' If I was the stereotypical bad guy, I might do things that way… [[SmallNameBigEgo But such people never become gods… gods…]] They only become servants of gods, [[SurroundedByIdiots like those two moronic Doomdreamers.]]
26th Jan '17 10:41:48 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's novel ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation And Empire]]'', it turns out the Galactic Empire has become this, thanks to psychohistory. A strong Emperor cannot allow strong subjects (who will certainly depose him instead). A weak Emperor will be deposed by strong subjects. And, a strong Emperor can't get involved on the galaxy's fringes (where the nascent Foundation is) since civil war will draw him back home.

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* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's novel ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation And Empire]]'', ''Literature/FoundationAndEmpire'', it turns out the Galactic Empire has become this, thanks to psychohistory. A strong Emperor cannot allow strong subjects (who will certainly depose him instead). A weak Emperor will be deposed by strong subjects. And, a strong Emperor can't get involved on the galaxy's fringes (where the nascent Foundation is) since civil war will draw him back home.
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