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19th Jan '16 3:38:32 AM Perseus
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* The two major villains of ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' are BigBad Cackletta and TheDragon Fawful. In ''[[VideoGameMarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]], where [[DragonAscendant Fawful is the Big Bad]], he gets a Dragon of his own, Midbus.
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* The two major villains of ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' are BigBad Cackletta and TheDragon Fawful. In ''[[VideoGameMarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]], Story]]'', where [[DragonAscendant Fawful is the Big Bad]], he gets a Dragon of his own, Midbus.
19th Jan '16 3:38:13 AM Perseus
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* The two major villains of ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' are BigBad Cackletta and TheDragon Fawful. In ''[[VideoGameMarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Bowser's Inside Story]], where [[DragonAscendant Fawful is the Big Bad]], he gets a Dragon of his own, Midbus.
5th Jan '16 2:12:57 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'': Subverted. The apprentice (Jen) is a more skilled combatant than the Master (Jade Fox), but the Master is more treacherous.
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* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'': Subverted. The apprentice (Jen) is a more skilled combatant than the Master (Jade Fox), but the Master is more treacherous.
26th Dec '15 10:32:25 PM DanMat6288
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minor edit; formatting
**** Conversely, Palpatine began to suspect that Dooku was plotting the same in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars with his own assassin, [[DarkActionGirl Asajj Ventress]], and ordered him to have her killed to prove his loyalty. Dooku followed through with the order but failed to have her killed, resulting in her turning on him.
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**** Conversely, Palpatine began to suspect that Dooku was plotting the same in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' with his own assassin, [[DarkActionGirl Asajj Ventress]], and ordered him to have her killed to prove his loyalty. Dooku followed through with the order but failed to have her killed, resulting in her turning on him.
26th Dec '15 10:31:54 PM DanMat6288
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whoops forgot show name
**** Conversely, Palpatine began to suspect that Dooku was plotting the same with his own assassin, [[DarkActionGirl Asajj Ventress]], and ordered him to have her killed to prove his loyalty. Dooku followed through with the order but failed to have her killed, resulting in her turning on him.
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**** Conversely, Palpatine began to suspect that Dooku was plotting the same in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars with his own assassin, [[DarkActionGirl Asajj Ventress]], and ordered him to have her killed to prove his loyalty. Dooku followed through with the order but failed to have her killed, resulting in her turning on him.
26th Dec '15 10:30:28 PM DanMat6288
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**** Conversely, Palpatine began to suspect that Dooku was plotting the same with his own assassin, [[DarkActionGirl Asajj Ventress]], and ordered him to have her killed to prove his loyalty. Dooku followed through with the order but failed to have her killed, resulting in her turning on him.
28th Oct '15 8:18:45 PM H2SO4
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' is the TropeNamer. The Sith have the RuleOfTwo, where there can only be a Sith master and an apprentice - no more, no less - one to possess power and the other to desire it. The mentality is that each Sith Lord teaches one apprentice until they are strong enough to destroy the master and take their place, at which point they will seek out a student of their own. In this manner, each master not only ''becomes'' strong, but must ''stay'' that way to stay alive, and each student must become stronger than their master. Each generation of Sith is stronger than the last, because any weak link in the chain is dead. A master cannot have more than one apprentice, because they may team up to kill their master despite being individually weaker than him, then turn on each other and weaken the Sith Order. In short, ChronicBackstabbingDisorder as a way of life and a code of morality.
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* ''Franchise/StarWars'' is the TropeNamer. The Sith have the RuleOfTwo, where there can only be a Sith master and an apprentice - no more, no less - one to possess power and the other to desire it. The mentality is that each Sith Lord teaches one apprentice until they are strong enough to destroy the master and take their place, or until the master kills the apprentice, at which point they will seek out a student of their own. In this manner, each master not only ''becomes'' strong, but must ''stay'' that way to stay alive, and each student must become stronger than their master. Each generation of Sith is stronger than the last, because any weak link in the chain is dead. A master cannot have more than one apprentice, because they may team up to kill their master despite being individually weaker than him, then turn on each other and weaken the Sith Order. In short, ChronicBackstabbingDisorder as a way of life and a code of morality.
11th Oct '15 1:07:23 PM H2SO4
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** Since Series/StarWarsRebels, has canonized the Imperial Inquisition, they are Dark Side Force-sensitives employed by Darth Vader, but are immune to the Rule of Two because they are not Sith.
20th May '15 6:05:39 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** [[spoiler: Kaguya and Black Zetsu.]]
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** [[spoiler: Kaguya and Black Zetsu.]] Although the dynamic isn't really there since [[spoiler:Black Zetsu is the one calling the shots, as [[FlatCharacter Kaguya has absolutely no personality at all]].]]
21st Apr '15 12:56:27 PM acrobox
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Sometimes the BigBad gets bored doing everything himself. He'll get a [[TheDragon second in command, a lieutenant, or an apprentice]] to keep things interesting. This is the RuleOfTwo. There are two big bosses, and both have to be taken down. If TheHero is about to take {{the Dragon}} down, expect the BigBad to try to turn him to TheDarkSide. If {{the Dragon}} is about to take the hero down, expect him to [[WeCanRuleTogether offer an alliance]] to overthrow the BigBad and take his place. Compare and contrast BigBadDuumvirate, DeceptiveDisciple and BastardUnderstudy.
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Sometimes the BigBad gets bored doing everything himself. He'll get a [[TheDragon second in command, a lieutenant, or an apprentice]] to keep things interesting. This is the RuleOfTwo. There are two big bosses, and both have to be taken down. It's usually understood that the two want to keep it that way. Never introduce a third, and quickly replace the other if they go down. Due to infighting or general ForTheEvulz culture, the BigBad may [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness decide to dispose]] of the Dragon himself and get a new one. Similarly the Dragon [[TheUsurper will overthrow]] the BigBad if the opportunity presents itself, and bring on a new Dragon of his own. The tension of this dynamic is that they rely on each other, but both know it's a race to see who will stab who in the back first. TheHero is usually the prime candidate for the replacement. If TheHero is about to take {{the Dragon}} down, expect the BigBad to try to turn him to TheDarkSide. If {{the Dragon}} is about to take the hero down, expect him to [[WeCanRuleTogether offer an alliance]] to overthrow the BigBad and take his place. Compare and contrast BigBadDuumvirate, DeceptiveDisciple and BastardUnderstudy.
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