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23rd Jun '18 4:27:02 AM Anddrix
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** [[Characters/MCUThanos Thanos]] shows up in the stinger to ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' to reveal that he was the unseen backer of [[Characters/MCULoki 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 most scenes featuring him in the above films, he's actually sitting on a throne.

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** [[Characters/MCUThanos Thanos]] Thanos shows up in the stinger to ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' to reveal that he was the unseen backer of [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]]'s 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 most scenes featuring him in the above films, he's actually sitting on a throne.
22nd Jun '18 2:02:07 PM Lopiny
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* Usually subverted in ''Manga/OnePiece''. A quite large percentage of the villains are introduced sitting on comfortable furniture, often surrounded by their QuirkyMinibossSquad, and may continue to do that for the next few chapters, but as soon as they realize that the Straw Hats or other heroes are a serious threat, they will step up to fight them. Played straight with Gekko Moriah, whose shtick is laziness, and a couple of other villains who simply are so arrogant that they think even their weakest henchmen can defeat any opponent.

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* Usually subverted in ''Manga/OnePiece''. A quite large percentage of the villains are introduced sitting on comfortable furniture, often surrounded by their QuirkyMinibossSquad, and may continue to do that for the next few chapters, but as soon as they realize that the Straw Hats or other heroes are a serious threat, they will step up to fight them. Played straight with Gekko Moriah, whose shtick is laziness, and a couple of other villains who simply are so arrogant that they think even their weakest henchmen can defeat any opponent. [[spoiler:And somewhat justified with Im, the true head of the World Government. Since his spot and very existence go against ''everything'' the WG is supposed to stand for, meaning the slightest leak on the matter could easily collapse civilization as a whole, he needs to be kept under a veritable mountain of wraps. As a result, he doesn't get to do much but give orders to the Gorosei and pick out important targets, spending the rest of his time seemingly tending to his butterfly garden and ripping up photographs of individuals he doesn't like]].
17th Jun '18 11:38:52 PM Qube
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** Alduin, the [[DragonsAreDemonic draconic]] BeastOfTheApocalypse, Subverts it. He's ''supposed'' to be doing this, waiting until it's the appropriate time for him to perform his divinely mandated duty of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroying the world]] so that it can be [[EternalRecurrence remade anew]]. Unfortunately, Alduin found that he preferred to [[TakeOverTheWorld rule the world]] and be [[DrunkWithPower worshiped as a god instead]]. After three ancient heroes of mankind [[SealedEvilInACan cast him out of the stream of time]] using the power of an [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]], he returned to kick off the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. He destroys the village of Helgen and can be found throughout the game resurrecting other dragons at burial mounds.

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** Alduin, the [[DragonsAreDemonic draconic]] BeastOfTheApocalypse, Subverts it.it... [[ZigZaggedTrope At first]]. He's ''supposed'' to be doing this, waiting until it's the appropriate time for him to perform his divinely mandated duty of [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroying the world]] so that it can be [[EternalRecurrence remade anew]]. Unfortunately, Alduin found that he preferred to [[TakeOverTheWorld rule the world]] and be [[DrunkWithPower worshiped as a god instead]]. After three ancient heroes of mankind [[SealedEvilInACan cast him out of the stream of time]] using the power of an [[TomeOfEldritchLore Elder Scrolls]], Scroll]], he returned to kick off the events of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]''. He initially destroys the village of Helgen looking for the only being in Skyrim who could defeat and permanently destroy him (i.e. [[PlayerCharacter you]]) and can be found throughout the game resurrecting other dragons at burial mounds.mounds. [[spoiler:At least until you defeat him at the Throat of the World, using a unique Shout that you could've only learned by witnessing his first defeat at the hands of those ancient heroes, at which point he runs off back to Sovngarde to lick his wounds until you follow him there for a rematch.]]
17th Jun '18 9:01:44 AM Hjortron18
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** Comicbook/{{Thanos}} shows up in the stinger to ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' to reveal that he was the unseen backer of Comicbook/{{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 most scenes featuring him in the above films, he's actually sitting on a throne.

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** Comicbook/{{Thanos}} [[Characters/MCUThanos Thanos]] shows up in the stinger to ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' to reveal that he was the unseen backer of Comicbook/{{Loki}}'s [[Characters/MCULoki 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 most scenes featuring him in the above films, he's actually sitting on a throne.
17th Jun '18 1:18:52 AM kaninefat
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** Lampshaded in ''Literature/ReturnOfTheKing'' by Denethor, who comments that all great lords rule and fight by using others as their weapon. That is why he sends his sons to fight and die for him. He predicts that Sauron will only appear for the final battle, when all else has been conquered.
16th Jun '18 2:15:43 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** At first it's more a case of "Orcus Stuck In His Prison Cell", since the demon- [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Orcus himself!]]- was tricked into confinement millenia ago. Then once the BigBad has finally decided to summon him (and discovered that Orcus, rather than just another demon you can force to serve you, is actually [[BiggerBad The Biggest Bad There Is]]), Orcus takes an active role in the final battle of the story, attacking his enemy Ardneh.

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** At first it's more a case of "Orcus Stuck In His Prison Cell", since the demon- [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Orcus himself!]]- was tricked into confinement millenia ago. Then once the BigBad has finally decided to summon him (and discovered that Orcus, rather than just another demon you can force to serve you, is actually [[BiggerBad The the Biggest Bad There Is]]), there is), Orcus takes an active role in the final battle of the story, attacking his enemy Ardneh.



* Played with in ''Videogame/StarControl II'', with both the [[BigBad Kzer-Za]] and [[BiggerBad Kohr-Ah]]. There really isn't ''much'' reason to enter their spheres of control (other than small incursions for several quests), so for the majority of the game there will be zero contact with either of them. And although they are directly responsible for the entire premise of the game and pretty much everything about its setting, they do not directly influence ''any'' of the action during much of the game itself. On the other hand, this is mainly because the Kzer-Za and Kohr-Ah are busy ''[[EnemyCivilWar fighting each other]]''. [[spoiler:Once that fight is over, however, the Kohr-Ah will suddenly become extremely active, triggering the TickingClock to GameOver.]]

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* Played with in ''Videogame/StarControl II'', with both the [[BigBad Kzer-Za]] and [[BiggerBad Kohr-Ah]].Kohr-Ah. There really isn't ''much'' reason to enter their spheres of control (other than small incursions for several quests), so for the majority of the game there will be zero contact with either of them. And although they are directly responsible for the entire premise of the game and pretty much everything about its setting, they do not directly influence ''any'' of the action during much of the game itself. On the other hand, this is mainly because the Kzer-Za and Kohr-Ah are busy ''[[EnemyCivilWar fighting each other]]''. [[spoiler:Once that fight is over, however, the Kohr-Ah will suddenly become extremely active, triggering the TickingClock to GameOver.]]
5th May '18 3:11:34 PM Prometheus117
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* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'':
** Medusa spends the entirety of her time in her castle in the Underworld ordering her legions and commanders to take the fight to the human world to destroy it, all while Pit spends his time fighting her legions or hunting down her commanders to take them out. Even when Pit goes after [[InfinityMinusOneSword the Three Sacred Treasures]] that defeated her the first time, Medusa can only be bothered to send a task force to intercept him and not go herself. Granted, Medusa makes it clear she's not interested in conquest so much as simply [[KillAllHumans slaughtering as many people as she can]] (which can be done easily with {{Mook}}s) and [[{{Revenge}} getting her revenge on Pit and Palutena]] (and she doesn't seem picky on ''who'' kills Pit), yet before the final battle she only appears twice as an AstralProjection and a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection. [[spoiler:It also turns out she's actually ''weaker'' than she used to be, and in the end was only meant to be a [[DiscOneFinalBoss distraction]] by the ''true'' BigBad...]]
** The true BigBad [[spoiler:Hades]] can only be bothered to fight himself when Pit finally invades the Underworld again with the intent of taking him down near the end of the game despite his existence being revealed almost a third of the way through the game, and otherwise prefers to act through his army or his commanders. In this case, however, it's {{justified}} because a) [[BrilliantButLazy for all his power he really is that lazy]]; b) [[JustAsPlanned he's already getting and has been getting everything he wanted since the game first started]] [[spoiler:since his only real goal as been to [[YourSoulIsMine harvest the souls of mortals]] and thus he's [[XanatosGambit instigated or played a part in almost every conflict in the game perpetuate the cycle of destruction]]]], and c) he's a VoiceWithAnInternetConnection too that passes time [[ForTheEvulz trolling Pit for laughs]].
5th May '18 5:39:02 AM Xlsfd
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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' General Onox shows up in the beginning, captures [[BarrierMaiden Din]], sinks the Temple of Seasons, then retreats to his Fortress of Doom. It never occurs to him to finish off Link before he gets the PlotCoupons and invades the Fortress. Compare this to Veran in the other game, who is actively trying to build the [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Black Tower]] and interacts frequently with Link.

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** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' General Onox shows up in the beginning, captures [[BarrierMaiden Din]], sinks the Temple of Seasons, then retreats to his Fortress of Doom. It never occurs to him to finish off Link before he gets the PlotCoupons and invades the Fortress. Compare this to Veran in the other game, who is actively trying to build the [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Black Tower]] and interacts frequently with Link. [[note]] Granted, Onox doesn't ''have'' to do anything else. With the seasons out of control, Holodrum will tear itself apart just fine.[[/note]]
19th Apr '18 7:03:41 AM Rytex
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** Zig-Zagged in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. For the first half of the game and before, Agahnim is actively seeking out the descendants of the Seven Sages and banishing them to the DarkWorld so as to undo a seal keeping Ganon imprisoned there. But once he does, he just sits atop Ganon's Tower doing nothing until Link confronts him and defeats him, revealing him to be Ganon in disguise.


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** Zig-Zagged in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''. Ghirahim is actively seeking out Zelda over the course of the game, multiple times showing up to hinder you or fight you himself. But once he steps out and the true bigBad shows up, he just warps off to a different plane and waits for Link to come to him before he goes out to take over Hyrule.
17th Apr '18 7:24:08 AM TheNerevarine
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* ''Film/TheScorpionKing'':
** Despite being the best warrior of his empire, Memnon sits out in his palace and sends his lackeys to kill Mathayus and bring the sorceress back. Mathayus actually overestimated him, since he kidnapped the sorceress expecting that Memnon would went after him personally.
** Sargon in the prequel is probably even worse, since he has magical powers but never actually goes anything to stop the heroes in their quest to find a magical sword that can kill him.
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