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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=]]].
9th Feb '16 2:29:45 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** 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=]]].
7th Feb '16 11:49:18 PM Anddrix
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23rd Jan '16 8:41:27 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Villainous counterpart to TakeYourTime. Compare NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering. Contrast RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething and FrontlineGeneral. The opposite of this is RiskingTheKing. Not to be confused with - though principally very similar to - BiggerBad. See also ThePawnsGoFirst for when the BigBad chooses to let their minions fight a particular battle for a while before intervening. Similar to OffstageVillainy, where we only know the villain is evil because the author says so; with Orcus On His Throne, we only know the villain is ''dangerous'' because the author says so. May lead to ItsPersonalWithTheDragon, since if the BigBad is spending all his time offscreen seemingly doing nothing, than his enforcers who are doing the work may become the target of the hero's ire.

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Villainous counterpart to TakeYourTime. Compare NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering. Contrast RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething and FrontlineGeneral. The opposite of this is RiskingTheKing. Not to be confused with - though principally very similar to - BiggerBad.GreaterScopeVillain. See also ThePawnsGoFirst for when the BigBad chooses to let their minions fight a particular battle for a while before intervening. Similar to OffstageVillainy, where we only know the villain is evil because the author says so; with Orcus On His Throne, we only know the villain is ''dangerous'' because the author says so. May lead to ItsPersonalWithTheDragon, since if the BigBad is spending all his time offscreen seemingly doing nothing, than his enforcers who are doing the work may become the target of the hero's ire.
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