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9th Apr '16 12:03:37 PM FordPrefect
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* Jonathan from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' starts out as just a generic Sunnydale High Student/Monster Fodder, being used pretty much as scenery. Then he gets a handful of episodes where his insignificance is played up for all it's worth. Then he becomes a major character. hen he's murdered by one of his best friends.

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* Jonathan from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' starts out as just a generic Sunnydale High Student/Monster Fodder, being used pretty much as scenery. Then he gets a handful of episodes where his insignificance is played up for all it's worth. Then he becomes a major character. hen Then he's murdered by one of his best friends.
8th Mar '16 3:49:21 AM harostar
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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', the leader of [[TheSyndicate Aogiri Tree]] turns out to be Eto, the child-like Ghoul, a seemingly minor member that appears from time to time. Even the majority of the organization doesn't appear to realize their true importance. [[KingIncognito And that's]] exactly how they seem to like things. Come the sequel, they're now shown actively [[TheChessmaster manipulating]] people and events to further their own goals.

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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', the leader of [[TheSyndicate Aogiri Tree]] turns out to be Eto, the ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'':
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child-like Ghoul, Eto, a seemingly minor seemingly-minor member of Aogiri Tree that appears from time acts like a TagAlongKid to time. Even the majority higher-ranking members. Instead, she's not only the [[KingIncognito true leader]] of the organization, she is the legendary One-Eyed Owl and the enstranged, HalfHumanHybrid daughter of [[BigGood Yoshimura]]. Come the sequel, she steps out of the shadows and begins manipulating people openly. Eventually, she even reveals herself to her followers.
** Nimura Furuta, an easily-missed young Investigator introduced as the subordinate of the deranged, ObviouslyEvil Shiki Kijima. Once his superior is killed in action, however, he reveals himself to be one of the major players of the story -- a TykeBomb in the service
of the organization doesn't appear '''V'''. He's spent the last several years infiltrating various groups, posing as a ghoul named "Souta" in order to realize their join the Ghoul Restaurant and the [[WildCard Clowns Gang]]. Under this guise, he dropped the steel beams on Rize and caused Kaneki's transformation into an One-Eyed Ghoul. While working for the CCG as an Investigator, he's been aiding [[MadScientist Dr. Kanou]] in his experiments, and leaking sensitive information out to Aogiri. Suffice to say, it isn't clear where his true importance. [[KingIncognito And that's]] exactly how they seem to like things. Come the sequel, they're now shown actively [[TheChessmaster manipulating]] people and events to further their own goals.loyalties lie or what his real goals might be.
7th Mar '16 8:55:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Marlo Stanfield from ''TheWire''. The first time viewers see him, he looks like an average corner hustler, and he's only shown for a couple of seconds. The first few times he's mentioned, the police on the detail immediately dismiss his crew as a low-tier outfit. Later, it becomes clear that Marlo's crew is actually extremely capable and becomes the dominant criminal force in Baltimore.

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* Marlo Stanfield from ''TheWire''.''Series/TheWire''. The first time viewers see him, he looks like an average corner hustler, and he's only shown for a couple of seconds. The first few times he's mentioned, the police on the detail immediately dismiss his crew as a low-tier outfit. Later, it becomes clear that Marlo's crew is actually extremely capable and becomes the dominant criminal force in Baltimore.
15th Jan '16 1:35:42 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Marlo Stanfield from ''TheWire''. The first time viewers see him, he looks like an average corner hustler, and he's only shown for a couple of seconds. He turns out to be an ambitious killer who's even more ruthless than Avon Barkdale after he takes over the West Baltimore streets in the later seasons.

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* Marlo Stanfield from ''TheWire''. The first time viewers see him, he looks like an average corner hustler, and he's only shown for a couple of seconds. He turns out to be an ambitious killer who's even more ruthless than Avon Barkdale after he takes over The first few times he's mentioned, the West Baltimore streets in police on the later seasons. detail immediately dismiss his crew as a low-tier outfit. Later, it becomes clear that Marlo's crew is actually extremely capable and becomes the dominant criminal force in Baltimore.
15th Jan '16 1:32:30 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** Also the armored truck driver.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' begins with three terrorists being brought on board a CIA airplane, with their heads covered in bags. Unfortunately, one of these terrorists turns out to be [[BigBad Bane]], so this doesn't end well for the captors.
9th Nov '15 11:05:19 AM DragonQuestZ
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'''This is a RedHerring trope so all examples will be spoilers.'''

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'''This is a RedHerring trope so all examples will be spoilers.''' YouHaveBeenWarned.'''
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* [[spoiler:The Young Conducter / Claire Stanfield / Vino / Rail Tracer]] of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. The audience is led to believe that he died [[spoiler: in the second episode]], and has no reason to suspect otherwise until [[spoiler: [[WhamEpisode the ninth episode]]]], despite his heavy involvement in between. To really get the point across, he's one of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 23 characters who appear in the opening credits]], but he isn't one of the 17 identified by name. [[spoiler:The entire Martillo family]] appears to be dead after being gunned down by [[spoiler:Szilard]]. A few episodes later, it is revealed that [[{{Immortality}} nothing could be further from the truth]].
* The first episode of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' introduces the VictimOfTheWeek, Erika. Hey, wait a minute, [[SpoilerOpening why is she so prominent in the opening credits?]]
* In the second chapter/movie of ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', [[spoiler:a seemingly random student at Shiki's school makes a cryptic statement to her in the hallway. Kokutou soon mentions he was at a party for a student named Lio Shirazumi, who was dropping out of school. Neither the name nor the person are ever mentioned again. You later realize that the random student was Shirazumi and that he is actually the murderer behind the events of both the second and seventh chapters]]. Somewhat less of a surprise in the movie, because [[spoiler:Shirazumi is voiced by Creator/SoichiroHoshi, so you figure he's going to show up again and be important later]].
* Mikael from ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel''. In the first season he was nothing more but a background character, sometimes appearing only at the very end of episode or not appearing at all. [[spoiler: In the second season, it was revealed that he is one of the three main individuals important to the plot, then he got promoted to a final villian and at the end, it turned out that ''he'', in fact was the main hero of the show -- confirmed by WordOfGod]].
* [[spoiler: Angela]] from ''Manga/BlackButler'' appears as the [[{{Meido}} maid]] to the BigBad of Episode 7. She's "beautiful" ([[GenericCuteness which is standard fare]]) and a domestic servant -- that was pretty much it. TheStinger, however, is ominous enough and subsequent episodes make it obvious that [[spoiler: she's the BigBad of the season]].

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* [[spoiler:The The Young Conducter / Claire Stanfield / Vino / Rail Tracer]] Tracer of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. The audience is led to believe that he died [[spoiler: in the second episode]], episode, and has no reason to suspect otherwise until [[spoiler: [[WhamEpisode the ninth episode]]]], episode]], despite his heavy involvement in between. To really get the point across, he's one of the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 23 characters who appear in the opening credits]], but he isn't one of the 17 identified by name. [[spoiler:The The entire Martillo family]] family appears to be dead after being gunned down by [[spoiler:Szilard]].Szilard. A few episodes later, it is revealed that [[{{Immortality}} nothing could be further from the truth]].
* The first episode of ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' introduces the VictimOfTheWeek, Erika. Hey, wait a minute, [[SpoilerOpening why is she so prominent in the opening credits?]]
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* In the second chapter/movie of ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', [[spoiler:a a seemingly random student at Shiki's school makes a cryptic statement to her in the hallway. Kokutou soon mentions he was at a party for a student named Lio Shirazumi, who was dropping out of school. Neither the name nor the person are ever mentioned again. You later realize that the random student was Shirazumi and that he is actually the murderer behind the events of both the second and seventh chapters]]. chapters. Somewhat less of a surprise in the movie, because [[spoiler:Shirazumi Shirazumi is voiced by Creator/SoichiroHoshi, so you figure he's going to show up again and be important later]].
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* Mikael from ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel''. In the first season he was nothing more but a background character, sometimes appearing only at the very end of episode or not appearing at all. [[spoiler: In the second season, it was revealed that he is one of the three main individuals important to the plot, then he got promoted to a final villian and at the end, it turned out that ''he'', in fact was the main hero of the show -- confirmed by WordOfGod]].
WordOfGod.
* [[spoiler: Angela]] Angela from ''Manga/BlackButler'' appears as the [[{{Meido}} maid]] to the BigBad of Episode 7. She's "beautiful" ([[GenericCuteness which is standard fare]]) and a domestic servant -- that was pretty much it. TheStinger, however, is ominous enough and subsequent episodes make it obvious that [[spoiler: she's the BigBad of the season]].season.



* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', the leader of [[TheSyndicate Aogiri Tree]] turns out to be [[spoiler: Eto, the child-like Ghoul]], a seemingly minor member that appears from time to time. Even the majority of the organization doesn't appear to realize their true importance. [[KingIncognito And that's]] exactly how they seem to like things. Come the sequel, they're now shown actively [[TheChessmaster manipulating]] people and events to further their own goals.

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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', the leader of [[TheSyndicate Aogiri Tree]] turns out to be [[spoiler: Eto, the child-like Ghoul]], Ghoul, a seemingly minor member that appears from time to time. Even the majority of the organization doesn't appear to realize their true importance. [[KingIncognito And that's]] exactly how they seem to like things. Come the sequel, they're now shown actively [[TheChessmaster manipulating]] people and events to further their own goals.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', a short, redheaded man who holds a sign that says "The End is Nigh" is often seen in the backgrounds. He blends in with many of the recurring faces, seemingly just another part of the city's colorful population. [[spoiler: He is actually Rorschach with his "face" off to observe without revealing his costumed-vigilante identity.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', a short, redheaded man who holds a sign that says "The End is Nigh" is often seen in the backgrounds. He blends in with many of the recurring faces, seemingly just another part of the city's colorful population. [[spoiler: He is actually Rorschach with his "face" off to observe without revealing his costumed-vigilante identity.]]



* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' likes these. Wedge Antilles is not a minor pirate but a major Rebel, though any reader who recognized his name would guess that. Domisari seems like an affable bystander [[spoiler: and is Vader's assassin]].
* ''City of the Chasch'' by Jack Vance introduces the command staff of a starship. They send a pair of scouts to explore the mysterious planet below. The reader is likely to assume the scouts are doomed [[spoiler: (and one of them is)]], but one becomes the main character of the novel and its three sequels. [[spoiler: The starship explodes in the first chapter.]]

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* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' likes these. Wedge Antilles is not a minor pirate but a major Rebel, though any reader who recognized his name would guess that. Domisari seems like an affable bystander [[spoiler: and is Vader's assassin]].
assassin.
* ''City of the Chasch'' by Jack Vance introduces the command staff of a starship. They send a pair of scouts to explore the mysterious planet below. The reader is likely to assume the scouts are doomed [[spoiler: (and one of them is)]], is), but one becomes the main character of the novel and its three sequels. [[spoiler: The starship explodes in the first chapter.]]



* Jonathan from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' starts out as just a generic Sunnydale High Student/Monster Fodder, being used pretty much as scenery. Then he gets a handful of episodes where his insignificance is played up for all it's worth. Then he becomes a major character. [[spoiler:Then he's murdered by one of his best friends]]. Creator/JossWhedon has his obligations to keep up.
* Seska from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. She was originally just a red shirt that appeared in a couple episodes as a member of Voyager's crew. As it turns out, [[spoiler:she is the main antagonist of the first two seasons]].
* Megan from ''Series/MadMen''. For over half the season, she's just a secretary/receptionist at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, albeit one who was more stylish than the others. By the end of the season, [[spoiler: she's Don Draper's fiancee]].
* "Jim from IT" in BBC's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', who appears as Molly's boyfriend, and whom Sherlock quickly dismisses as gay after Jim gives him his number. Turns out he's actually [[spoiler:Moriarty himself]].

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* Jonathan from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' starts out as just a generic Sunnydale High Student/Monster Fodder, being used pretty much as scenery. Then he gets a handful of episodes where his insignificance is played up for all it's worth. Then he becomes a major character. [[spoiler:Then hen he's murdered by one of his best friends]]. Creator/JossWhedon has his obligations to keep up.
friends.
* Seska from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. She was originally just a red shirt that appeared in a couple episodes as a member of Voyager's crew. As it turns out, [[spoiler:she she is the main antagonist of the first two seasons]].
seasons.
* Megan from ''Series/MadMen''. For over half the season, she's just a secretary/receptionist at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, albeit one who was more stylish than the others. By the end of the season, [[spoiler: she's Don Draper's fiancee]].
fiancee.
* "Jim from IT" in BBC's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', who appears as Molly's boyfriend, and whom Sherlock quickly dismisses as gay after Jim gives him his number. Turns out he's actually [[spoiler:Moriarty himself]].Moriarty himself.



* This trope is what makes the Imperial Guard campaign of ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War II: Retribution]]'' so satisfying. The faction universally considered the weakest and the biggest joke in the entire setting, usually existing only to be [[RedShirtArmy utterly crushed to display how awesome the opposing group is,]] can go on to single-handedly [[spoiler: defeat fallen [[BadAss Space Marines]], escape a planet undergoing [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus,]] survive a [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Space Hulk,]] and finally wind up defeating a [[BigBad demon.]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', one of the Shinra guards in some flashbacks turns out to have been [[spoiler:Cloud]] the whole time.
* Marx from ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'', who at first glance appears to be nothing more than a generic resident of pop star. Turns out, [[spoiler: he was actually the BigBad who staged the whole thing, and was manipulating Kirby into awakening Nova so he could use its power to seize control of pop star]]. Especially since unless you waited at the title screen, he doesn't even appear in the game proper beforehand.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', [[spoiler:Johnny Cage]] is one of the few characters who ''doesn't'' die, a total inversion of the character's role in the original trilogy.

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* This trope is what makes the Imperial Guard campaign of ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War II: Retribution]]'' so satisfying. The faction universally considered the weakest and the biggest joke in the entire setting, usually existing only to be [[RedShirtArmy utterly crushed to display how awesome the opposing group is,]] can go on to single-handedly [[spoiler: defeat fallen [[BadAss Space Marines]], escape a planet undergoing [[EarthShatteringKaboom Exterminatus,]] survive a [[EverythingTryingToKillYou Space Hulk,]] and finally wind up defeating a [[BigBad demon.]]]]
demon]].
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', one of the Shinra guards in some flashbacks turns out to have been [[spoiler:Cloud]] Cloud the whole time.
* Marx from ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'', who at first glance appears to be nothing more than a generic resident of pop star. Turns out, [[spoiler: he was actually the BigBad who staged the whole thing, and was manipulating Kirby into awakening Nova so he could use its power to seize control of pop star]]. star. Especially since unless you waited at the title screen, he doesn't even appear in the game proper beforehand.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', [[spoiler:Johnny Cage]] is one of the few characters who ''doesn't'' die, a total inversion of the character's role in the original trilogy.
beforehand.



* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil runs: [[spoiler:Mitsuo, a creepy kid who shows up once on your first day of school and appears in the shopping district every now and again, Namatame, a character mentioned in the throwaway news reports near the beginning of the game and sometimes shows up around town, Adachi, Dojima's bumbling PluckyComicRelief of a partner, and Izanami, the gas station attendant who greeted you at the beginning of the game]].
* When [[spoiler:the Fold take over the nanite-controlled supervillains]] in ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance 2'', Bullseye kills a large number of Red Shirts with [[DeadMansHand his lethal playing cards]]. The only one that gets back up? A disguised Comicbook/NickFury (who turns out to be an LMD, as per usual).
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'' features a new "Mob Trial" system, where Phoenix has to cross-examine several witnesses at once. To keep this from being too overwhelming, the individual witnesses in each "mob" are generally flat, generic characters with very basic portraits and personalities. Of course, in the first trial involving the system [[spoiler: one of the seemingly generic witnesses turns out to be the real killer.]] They get a lot more expressive after you start to PullTheThread.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil runs: [[spoiler:Mitsuo, Mitsuo, a creepy kid who shows up once on your first day of school and appears in the shopping district every now and again, Namatame, a character mentioned in the throwaway news reports near the beginning of the game and sometimes shows up around town, Adachi, Dojima's bumbling PluckyComicRelief of a partner, and Izanami, the gas station attendant who greeted you at the beginning of the game]].
game.
* When [[spoiler:the the Fold take over the nanite-controlled supervillains]] supervillains in ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance 2'', Bullseye kills a large number of Red Shirts with [[DeadMansHand his lethal playing cards]]. The only one that gets back up? A disguised Comicbook/NickFury (who turns out to be an LMD, as per usual).
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'' features a new "Mob Trial" system, where Phoenix has to cross-examine several witnesses at once. To keep this from being too overwhelming, the individual witnesses in each "mob" are generally flat, generic characters with very basic portraits and personalities. Of course, in the first trial involving the system [[spoiler: one of the seemingly generic witnesses turns out to be the real killer.]] killer. They get a lot more expressive after you start to PullTheThread.



* This trope is almost universally played straight in [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man stories.]] Notable instances include [[spoiler:Tim from WebVideo/MarbleHornets, who is secretly Masky, Brian from the same series who is secretly the Hooded Man, and also totheark, and much more surprisingly Kevin from WebVideo/TribeTwelve, who turns out to be none other then the Observer, the series's secondary antagonist and primary selling point alongside VisualEffectsOfAwesome.]]

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* This trope is almost universally played straight in [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man stories.]] Notable instances include [[spoiler:Tim Tim from WebVideo/MarbleHornets, who is secretly Masky, Brian from the same series who is secretly the Hooded Man, and also totheark, and much more surprisingly Kevin from WebVideo/TribeTwelve, who turns out to be none other then the Observer, the series's secondary antagonist and primary selling point alongside VisualEffectsOfAwesome.]]Observer.
13th Sep '15 2:13:06 AM harostar
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* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', the leader of [[TheSyndicate Aogiri Tree]] turns out to be [[spoiler: Eto, the child-like Ghoul]], a seemingly minor member that appears from time to time. Even the majority of the organization doesn't appear to realize their true importance. [[KingIncognito And that's]] exactly how they seem to like things. Come the sequel, they're now shown actively [[TheChessmaster manipulating]] people and events to further their own goals.
19th Aug '15 3:55:07 AM Jackleton
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* Taken to the extreme in the first chapter of ''Manhwa/ShinAngyoOnshi''. The main character of the series appears only as some henchman of the unknown evil lord of the city. In chapter 2, after it turns out that the supposed hero from chapter 1 was the evil lord all along, the true main character reveals his identity and kicks some ass!


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[[folder: Manhwa ]]
* Taken to the extreme in the first chapter of ''Manhwa/ShinAngyoOnshi''. The main character of the series appears only as some henchman of the unknown evil lord of the city. In chapter 2, after it turns out that the supposed hero from chapter 1 was the evil lord all along, the true main character reveals his identity and kicks some ass!
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13th Aug '15 5:53:15 AM Anddrix
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* Rashim Anwar joining the team in ''[[Literature/TimeRiders Gates of Rome]]'' was completely unexpected. He seemed to just be another OneShotCharacter until he was dragged off by the team back to the archway (and into subsequent books).

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* Rashim Anwar joining the team in ''[[Literature/TimeRiders Gates of Rome]]'' ''Literature/GatesOfRome'' was completely unexpected. He seemed to just be another OneShotCharacter until he was dragged off by the team back to the archway (and into subsequent books).
11th Aug '15 7:57:40 PM Daylight
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* Marlo Stanfield from ''TheWire''. The first time viewers see him, he looks like an average corner hustler, and he's only shown for a couple of seconds. He turns out to be an ambitious killer who's even more ruthless than Avon Barkdale after he takes over the West Baltimore streets in the later seasons.

[[folder: Manhwa ]]
* Taken to the extreme in the first chapter of ''Manhwa/ShinAngyoOnshi''. The main character of the series appears only as some henchman of the unknown evil lord of the city. In chapter 2, after it turns out that the supposed hero from chapter 1 was the evil lord all along, the true main character reveals his identity and kicks some ass!



[[folder: Manhwa ]]
* Taken to the extreme in the first chapter of ''Manhwa/ShinAngyoOnshi''. The main character of the series appears only as some henchman of the unknown evil lord of the city. In chapter 2, after it turns out that the supposed hero from chapter 1 was the evil lord all along, the true main character reveals his identity and kicks some ass!
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