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8th Dec '17 7:38:20 PM Xtifr
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* ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Laundry Files]]'' both inverts this and plays it straight, since the villains get progressively less ''powerful'' but progressively more ''dangerous''. The villain of the first book was a cosmic-scale EldritchAbomination that ''eats universes'', but it ended up being defeated without causing any damage to our universe, [[spoiler:and without a single casualty]]. The next villain was an insane millionaire with vast resources trying to reactivate an ancient biological superweapon, both of whom ended up dying before they could do anything beyond killing a few people. Then there was a fairly generic {{cult}} of (mostly) ordinary people, [[spoiler: who cause the hero far more suffering than any other threat so far, and come within a hairsbreadth of ''killing'' him and summoning a demon to destroy the world, necessitating a full-out military operation to defeat, AND they had already horribly murdered countless people]]. The latest villain was a SinisterMinister and his CorruptChurch, armed only with money, religious fervor, and a few {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s...who pretty much took over a large chunk of Colorado and tried to summon one of the most powerful and evil forces in the multiverse [[spoiler:and (partially) SUCCEEDED]].
** The sixth Laundry Files novel, "The Annihilation Score," uses this trope name as the title for the second section of the book.

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* ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Laundry Files]]'' ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' both inverts this and plays it straight, since the villains get progressively less ''powerful'' but progressively more ''dangerous''. The villain of the first book was a cosmic-scale EldritchAbomination that ''eats universes'', but it ended up being defeated without causing any damage to our universe, [[spoiler:and without a single casualty]]. The next villain was an insane millionaire with vast resources trying to reactivate an ancient biological superweapon, both of whom ended up dying before they could do anything beyond killing a few people. Then there was a fairly generic {{cult}} of (mostly) ordinary people, [[spoiler: who cause the hero far more suffering than any other threat so far, and come within a hairsbreadth of ''killing'' him and summoning a demon to destroy the world, necessitating a full-out military operation to defeat, AND they had already horribly murdered countless people]]. The latest villain was a SinisterMinister and his CorruptChurch, armed only with money, religious fervor, and a few {{Puppeteer Parasite}}s...who pretty much took over a large chunk of Colorado and tried to summon one of the most powerful and evil forces in the multiverse [[spoiler:and (partially) SUCCEEDED]].
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SUCCEEDED]]. The sixth Laundry Files novel, "The Annihilation Score," uses this trope name as the title for the second section of the book.
7th Dec '17 1:22:33 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has one. Season one had Roman Torchwick a suave thief and muggler, that turned out to be working for another villain that shows up in season 2, Cinder Fall and her underlings, Emerald Sustrai and Mercury Black, the two first characters to [[spoiler: actually kill someone]] and also Neo, Roman's new assitant who was about to do the same. Season 3, with the series being hit hard by CerberusSyndrome, all villains get an upgrade in villany and murderous intent, killing [[spoiler: Pyrrha and Penny]] through the season and also reintroduces Adam Taurus from Blake's prologue trailer, a WellIntentionedExtremist who is also a very violent {{Yandere}} for Blake. It all culminates in [[spoiler:Salem, some kind of HumanoidAbomination who can control the Grimm and wants Ozpin's entire Huntsman order destroyed. All other villains in the series, Cinder and Adam included, ultimately answer to her.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has one. Season one had Roman Torchwick a suave thief and muggler, that turned out to be working for another villain that shows up in season 2, Cinder Fall and her underlings, Emerald Sustrai and Mercury Black, the two first characters to [[spoiler: actually kill someone]] and also Neo, Roman's new assitant who was about to do the same. Season 3, with the series being hit hard by CerberusSyndrome, all villains get an upgrade in villany and murderous intent, killing [[spoiler: Pyrrha and Penny]] through the season and also reintroduces Adam Taurus from Blake's prologue trailer, a WellIntentionedExtremist who is also a very violent {{Yandere}} for terrorist with a psychotic obsession with Blake. It all culminates in [[spoiler:Salem, some kind of HumanoidAbomination who can control the Grimm and wants Ozpin's has plans that encompass the entire Huntsman order destroyed.world. All other villains in the series, Cinder and Adam included, ultimately answer to her.]]
26th Nov '17 10:50:32 AM Occidensill
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** Subverted in ''Dragon Ball GT'', where the first ArcVillain turned out to be pathetically weak, but had the ability to possess the bodies of the various insanely superpowered supporting characters surrounding the hero in order to increase its strength. It is later played straight [[spoiler: after possessing Vegeta]] where he becomes much stronger than a Super Saiyian 3 Goku, and a Super Saiyan 4 was needed to defeat him. The next ArcVillain was Super 17, who forced Goku to go all out, and the final BigBad, [[MadeOfEvil Omega]] [[AllYourPowersCombined Shenron]] was much stronger than Super Saiyian 4 Goku on his own. It took a fusion and an Universal Spirit Bomb to take him down, making him the strongest if you include him in the canon.

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** Subverted in ''Dragon Ball GT'', where the first ArcVillain turned out to be pathetically weak, but had the ability to possess the bodies of the various insanely superpowered supporting characters surrounding the hero in order to increase its strength. It is later played straight [[spoiler: after possessing Vegeta]] where he becomes much stronger than a Super Saiyian 3 Goku, and a Super Saiyan 4 was needed to defeat him. The next ArcVillain was Super 17, who forced Goku to go all out, and the final BigBad, [[MadeOfEvil Omega]] [[AllYourPowersCombined Omega Shenron]] was much stronger than Super Saiyian 4 Goku on his own. It took a fusion and an Universal Spirit Bomb to take him down, making him the strongest if you include him in the canon.



** This trope is actually [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', in that the main antagonist of the movie is once again Frieza. However, this time Frieza ''DIDN'T'' [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind forget to level grind]] and instead "decided to train for the first time in his life". The results are...dramatic.
** {{Averted}} in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Beerus is the first enemy the Z-Fighters face and he is so far above their level that Goku is still weaker than him even after training with Whis. Frieza is a threat after coming back to life, training, and gaining an ultimate form that surpasses Super Saiyan Blue Goku, but he's still weaker than Beerus and would have been no threat at all if Goku and Vegeta worked together. His army is also easily defeated by the Z-Fighters who included Master Roshi and were missing several of their heavy-hitters like [[WrittenInAbsence Buu, Android 18]], and Gotenks only appears for a short time. In the Champa Saga, while there is no villain per say, only Hit on the U6 team poses a threat to Goku and Vegeta in their god forms, and strength-wise he is at best a little above Golden Frieza. Skill-wise, however, he is far more dangerous. Champa himself may be a little weaker than Beerus, but he is still far above any of the heroes since he was ready to murder [[spoiler: the entire U6 team]] despite all the power they showed and Goku is helpless to do anything about it. The next ArcVillain, Copy-Vegeta, is as strong as Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, which makes him on par with Golden Frieza and Hit. Even in just in his base, Copy-Vegeta is leagues above Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, [[WorfEffect who can't even harm him]]. In the Future Trunks Saga, [[spoiler: Goku Black]] is said to be only as strong as Super Saiyan 3 Goku. However, Black is able to improve rapidly much like Hit, and by the time Goku and Vegeta confront him in the future he is able to go toe-to-toe with Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta. [[spoiler: Then it's revealed that he has a Super Saiyan form, Super Saiyan Rosé, which he uses to strike down Vegeta with one blow and he's ''still'' getting stronger. To make matters worse for the heroes, they also have to deal with Future Zamasu who is almost even with Super Saiyan Blue Goku and an immortal]].It gets taken UpToEleven for the final four episodes of the arc where Black and Future Zamasu [[spoiler: perform a Potara Earring Fusion to create Merged Zamasu, who delivers an effortless CurbStompBattle to Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks all at once, ''all at their full power'', forcing ''Vegito'' to make a return appearance to stand a chance against him, although it's still unclear whether he's any stronger than Beerus. Then it's played horrifyingly straight for the first time ever when Merged Zamasu loses his physical form and becomes an insane EldritchAbomination with the ability to ''consume the entire future multiverse and break time to the point where he can devour the present timeline as well'', something that Beerus could never hope to achieve (nor desire to achieve), and '''nothing''' hurts him anymore. Nothing except the TopGod himself, Zeno-sama.]]

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** This trope is actually [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] with in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', in that the main antagonist of the movie is once again Frieza. However, this time Frieza ''DIDN'T'' [[VillainForgotToLevelGrind forget to level grind]] and instead "decided to train for the first time in his life". The results are...dramatic.
** {{Averted}} in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Beerus is the first enemy the Z-Fighters face and he is so far above their level that Goku is still weaker than him even after training with Whis. Frieza is a threat after coming back to life, training, and gaining an ultimate form that surpasses Super Saiyan Blue Goku, but he's still weaker than Beerus and would have been no threat at all if Goku and Vegeta worked together. His army is also easily defeated by the Z-Fighters who included Master Roshi and were missing several of their heavy-hitters like [[WrittenInAbsence Buu, Android 18]], and Gotenks only appears for a short time. In the Champa Saga, while there is no villain per say, only Hit on the U6 team poses a threat to Goku and Vegeta in their god forms, and strength-wise he is at best a little above Golden Frieza. Skill-wise, however, he is far more dangerous. Champa himself may be a little weaker than Beerus, but he is still far above any of the heroes since he was ready to murder [[spoiler: the entire U6 team]] despite all the power they showed and Goku is helpless to do anything about it. The next ArcVillain, Copy-Vegeta, is as strong as Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, which makes him on par with Golden Frieza and Hit. Even in just in his base, Copy-Vegeta is leagues above Super Saiyan 3 Gotenks, [[WorfEffect who can't even harm him]]. In the Future Trunks Saga, [[spoiler: Goku Black]] is said to be only as strong as Super Saiyan 3 Goku. However, Black is able to improve rapidly much like Hit, and by the time Goku and Vegeta confront him in the future he is able to go toe-to-toe with Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta. [[spoiler: Then it's revealed that he has a Super Saiyan form, Super Saiyan Rosé, which he uses to strike down Vegeta with one blow and he's ''still'' getting stronger. To make matters worse for the heroes, they also have to deal with Future Zamasu who is almost even with Super Saiyan Blue Goku and an immortal]].immortal.It gets taken UpToEleven for the final four episodes of the arc where Black and Future Zamasu [[spoiler: perform a Potara Earring Fusion to create Merged Zamasu, who delivers an effortless CurbStompBattle to Goku, Vegeta, and Trunks all at once, ''all at their full power'', forcing ''Vegito'' to make a return appearance to stand a chance against him, although it's still unclear whether he's any stronger than Beerus. Then it's played horrifyingly straight for the first time ever when Merged Zamasu loses his physical form and becomes an insane EldritchAbomination with the ability to ''consume the entire future multiverse and break time to the point where he can devour the present timeline as well'', something that Beerus could never hope to achieve (nor desire to achieve), and '''nothing''' hurts him anymore. Nothing except the TopGod himself, Zeno-sama.]]



** The T-800 Terminator in ''Film/TheTerminator'' is a [[SuperToughness Super Tough]] hulking ImplacableMan with an [[ImmuneToBullets immunity to bullets]], pitted against human fighters.

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** The T-800 Terminator in ''Film/TheTerminator'' is a [[SuperToughness Super Tough]] hulking ImplacableMan with an [[ImmuneToBullets immunity to bullets]], ImmuneToBullets, pitted against human fighters.



* In the first ''Film/{{Alien}}'' film, just one alien manages to kill off all but one crew member of the ''Nostromo'', Ripley. In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', she has to face a ''colony'' of them, including their Queen. Then averted in ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', which like the first in the series has only a single alien menacing our protagonists, in addition to [[spoiler: a Queen embryo maturing in Ripley's thorax]]. And finally played half-straight in ''Film/AlienResurrection'' when a colony of them is being faced again, but this one consists of no more than 12 individuals in addition to their Queen, as well as [[spoiler: some sort of alien-human hybrid in the end]]. However, between their low numbers and [[TookALevelInBadass how badass Ripley has become]], a lot if not most of the tension was unfortunately lost.
* Ripley was long-dead by that time, remember? It was one of the Ripley-clones. -Theophane

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* In the first ''Film/{{Alien}}'' film, just one alien manages to kill off all but one crew member of the ''Nostromo'', Ripley. In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', she has to face a ''colony'' of them, including their Queen. Then averted in ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'', which like the first in the series has only a single alien menacing our protagonists, in addition to [[spoiler: a Queen embryo maturing in Ripley's thorax]]. thorax. And finally played half-straight in ''Film/AlienResurrection'' when a colony of them is being faced again, but this one consists of no more than 12 individuals in addition to their Queen, as well as [[spoiler: some sort of alien-human hybrid in the end]]. However, between their low numbers and [[TookALevelInBadass how badass Ripley has become]], a lot if not most of the tension was unfortunately lost.
* Ripley was long-dead by that time, remember? It was one of the Ripley-clones. -Theophane
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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' makes use of this trope, with each main villain becoming more competent. Alluded to in ''The Dark Knight'' where the first time we see Batman he handily [[spoiler:arrests Scarecrow]]. In addition, the first two movies have Gotham City at risk of losing hope or [[spoiler:sanity]]. The third movie has the city at risk of [[spoiler:every person in it dying.]]
** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' has Batman first fight the mob, then [[PsychoPsychologist Scarecrow]] and his [[BrownNote fear toxin]] and finally Batman must defeat [[spoiler:[[EvilMentor Ra's al Ghul]] who nearly drives all of Gotham insane with fear toxin, before Batman defeats his army and leaves Ra's to die]].
** Then in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker manages to put all of Gotham into panic without the vast resources and army that [[spoiler:Ra's al Ghul]] had in ''Batman Begins'' and creates another villain, [[spoiler:Two-Face, by causing Harvey Dent to become a FallenHero]]. The Joker also nearly succeeds in making Gotham lose all hope.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[GeniusBruiser Bane]] at first seems to be just a robber who attack the stock market. Very quickly, Bane is shown to be a huge threat, ''especially'' when he [[spoiler:defeats Batman and traps him in a prison halfway around the world]]. After that, Bane forcibly takes over Gotham for months, [[spoiler:and is secretly working with [[DaddysLittleVillain Talia]] [[FemmeFatale al]] [[ManipulativeBitch Ghul]]. Both want {{revenge}} for Ra's death, and want it by [[NukeEm nuking Gotham]].]]

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' makes use of this trope, with each main villain becoming more competent. Alluded to in ''The Dark Knight'' where the first time we see Batman he handily [[spoiler:arrests Scarecrow]]. arrests Scarecrow. In addition, the first two movies have Gotham City at risk of losing hope or [[spoiler:sanity]]. sanity. The third movie has the city at risk of [[spoiler:every every person in it dying.]]
dying.
** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' has Batman first fight the mob, then [[PsychoPsychologist Scarecrow]] and his [[BrownNote fear toxin]] and finally Batman must defeat [[spoiler:[[EvilMentor [[EvilMentor Ra's al Ghul]] who nearly drives all of Gotham insane with fear toxin, before Batman defeats his army and leaves Ra's to die]].
die.
** Then in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker manages to put all of Gotham into panic without the vast resources and army that [[spoiler:Ra's Ra's al Ghul]] Ghul had in ''Batman Begins'' and creates another villain, [[spoiler:Two-Face, Two-Face, by causing Harvey Dent to become a FallenHero]].FallenHero. The Joker also nearly succeeds in making Gotham lose all hope.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[GeniusBruiser Bane]] at first seems to be just a robber who attack the stock market. Very quickly, Bane is shown to be a huge threat, ''especially'' when he [[spoiler:defeats defeats Batman and traps him in a prison halfway around the world]]. world. After that, Bane forcibly takes over Gotham for months, [[spoiler:and and is secretly working with [[DaddysLittleVillain Talia]] [[FemmeFatale al]] [[ManipulativeBitch al Ghul]]. Both want {{revenge}} for Ra's death, and want it by [[NukeEm nuking Gotham]].]]



* Justified in ''Film/PacificRim''. The first {{Kaiju}} to arrive on Earth are [[spoiler: ''scouts'' sent to cause as much mayhem as possible.]] Once humanity began to show resistance, [[spoiler: the Precursors]] responded by sending more advanced and larger Kaiju to deal with the Jaegers. And once the plan of wiping out all Jaegers succeeded, [[spoiler: an extermination wave of deadly Kaiju would come to destroy humanity once and for all.]]

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* Justified in ''Film/PacificRim''. The first {{Kaiju}} to arrive on Earth are [[spoiler: ''scouts'' sent to cause as much mayhem as possible.]] possible. Once humanity began to show resistance, [[spoiler: the Precursors]] Precursors responded by sending more advanced and larger Kaiju to deal with the Jaegers. And once the plan of wiping out all Jaegers succeeded, [[spoiler: an extermination wave of deadly Kaiju would come to destroy humanity once and for all.]]



* ''Series/TwentyFour'': The first season is about Drazen's personal vendetta against Jack and Palmer. The second is about a threatened nuclear attack on Los Angeles. This escalates to a ''successful'' nuclear attack at the ''beginning'' of Season 6. The trope is used within individual seasons as well. In season 1, the main antagonists of the first few hours are a pair of college kids, followed by a local gangster, and building all the way up to [[spoiler: a very well-funded international terrorist group, plotting for the release of an ex-dictator with the help of a group of heavily-armed mercenaries.]] And it happens from season to season, with the BigBad of [[spoiler: season four]] actually working for the BigBad of [[spoiler: season five]], with that BigBad [[spoiler: working for a minor villain in season six]]... and as it turns out, most of ''those'' villains were actually working for the BigBad of [[spoiler: season seven]].

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* ''Series/TwentyFour'': The first season is about Drazen's personal vendetta against Jack and Palmer. The second is about a threatened nuclear attack on Los Angeles. This escalates to a ''successful'' nuclear attack at the ''beginning'' of Season 6. The trope is used within individual seasons as well. In season 1, the main antagonists of the first few hours are a pair of college kids, followed by a local gangster, and building all the way up to [[spoiler: a very well-funded international terrorist group, plotting for the release of an ex-dictator with the help of a group of heavily-armed mercenaries.]] mercenaries. And it happens from season to season, with the BigBad of [[spoiler: season four]] four actually working for the BigBad of [[spoiler: season five]], five, with that BigBad [[spoiler: working for a minor villain in season six]]... and as it turns out, most of ''those'' villains were actually working for the BigBad of [[spoiler: season seven]].seven.
22nd Nov '17 1:13:05 AM Theokal3
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* Parodied in ''AudioPlay/RefletsDAcide'', with the son "Pom, Pom, Pom", which starts with a bunch of adventurers singing about how they like to go to the forest to slaughter kobolds. As the song progresses, the kobolds are replaced by goblins, which they also slay, and then by orcs, who they prefer to hide from. Finally, trolls arrive, causing them to pull a ScrewThisImOuttaHere.
20th Nov '17 6:15:25 PM Nyame
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** ''Series/{{Arrow}}: The first four seasons had each BigBad stronger than the last, and whose goal became increasingly grandiose in design. The BigBad for the fifth season was actually the weakest thus far in the series, and his goal was positively minuscule in comparison to the previous four.

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** ''Series/{{Arrow}}: ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': The first four seasons had each BigBad stronger than the last, and whose goal became increasingly grandiose in design. The BigBad for the fifth season was actually the weakest thus far in the series, and his goal was positively minuscule in comparison to the previous four.
20th Nov '17 6:14:52 PM Nyame
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has used this for the first three seasons.
** The first BigBad was Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash, who was able to successfully defeat Barry in their first clashes. However, Thawne's speed is fluctuating and requires constant use of tachyonic technology to keep it stable. He also suffers the drawback of being unable to kill Barry at all, since he needs him to become fast enough to create a breach of the space-time continuum that Thawne can get back home through.
** In Season Two, Zoom is not only faster than Barry, but manages to [[spoiler: successfully steal his speed]] for a time. He has several abilities unavailable to Thawne, including the ability to toss lightning and create clones of himself through time travel. Finally, Zoom has an entire army of metahumans that he can pit against Team Flash as he pleases.
** Season Three features Savitar, who spends most of his screen time bound to the Speed Force. He is so impossibly fast that only speedsters like the Flash can see the wisps of light he leaves behind. He can use the powers of the Philospher's Stone to invade the mind sof others and pit the members of Team Flash against one another. Finally, [[spoiler: he is revealed to be Future Flash, giving him an intimate knowledge of Team Flash that no other villain had. No matter what plan Barry comes up with to stop him, Future Flash will simply draw on whatever new memories he gains and plan around it. Only the HeroicSacrifice of H.R. allows the heroes to disrupt the plans of Future Flash and kill him once and for all.]]

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* Series/{{Arrowverse}}
** ''Series/{{Arrow}}: The first four seasons had each BigBad stronger than the last, and whose goal became increasingly grandiose in design. The BigBad for the fifth season was actually the weakest thus far in the series, and his goal was positively minuscule in comparison to the previous four.
*** Season One: Malcolm Merlyn, the Dark Archer, who handed Oliver his ass every time they fought during that season. Later seasons revealed he was just an EliteMook for the series' OverarchingVillain, the League of Assassins. His goal was to destroy the Glades of Star(ling) City in retaliation for his wife's death twenty years prior.
*** Season Two: Slade Wilson, who was as skilled as Malcolm (if not more so) but was also empowered by the Mirakuru, which enhanced his speed and strength on top of driving him insane. Slade wished to destroy Star(ling) city as revenge for Oliver's role in Shado's death.
*** Season Three: Ra's al Ghul, WorldsBestWarrior and leader of the League of Assassins. Ra's skill and experience alone was enough to match Mirakuru!Slade, if not surpass him. Ra's main objective was to get Oliver to succeed him as the Demon's Head, and part of the initiation ceremony was the destruction of Star(ling) City through use of the Alpha-Omega Virus.
*** Season Four: Damien Darhk, a contemporary and former rival of Ra's, whose skill as a combatant was actually just a bit below his. However, Darhk was more dangerous, as he had magic at his disposal, meaning that unless you were a meta, you were screwed. His goal was the most grandiose of all -- nuking the world.
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''Series/TheFlash2014'' has used this for the first three seasons.
** *** The first BigBad was Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash, who was able to successfully defeat Barry in their first clashes. However, Thawne's speed is fluctuating and requires constant use of tachyonic technology to keep it stable. He also suffers the drawback of being unable to kill Barry at all, since he needs him to become fast enough to create a breach of the space-time continuum that Thawne can get back home through.
** *** In Season Two, Zoom is not only faster than Barry, but manages to [[spoiler: successfully steal his speed]] for a time. He has several abilities unavailable to Thawne, including the ability to toss lightning and create clones of himself through time travel. Finally, Zoom has an entire army of metahumans that he can pit against Team Flash as he pleases.
** *** Season Three features Savitar, who spends most of his screen time bound to the Speed Force. He is so impossibly fast that only speedsters like the Flash can see the wisps of light he leaves behind. He can use the powers of the Philospher's Stone to invade the mind sof others and pit the members of Team Flash against one another. Finally, [[spoiler: he is revealed to be Future Flash, giving him an intimate knowledge of Team Flash that no other villain had. No matter what plan Barry comes up with to stop him, Future Flash will simply draw on whatever new memories he gains and plan around it. Only the HeroicSacrifice of H.R. allows the heroes to disrupt the plans of Future Flash and kill him once and for all.]]
10th Oct '17 3:56:14 AM Soarel
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has one. Season one had Roman Torchwick a suave thief and muggler, that turned out to be working for another villain that shows up in season 2, Cinder Fall and her underlings, Emerald Sustrai and Mercury Black, the two first characters to [[spoiler: actually kill someone]] and also Neo, Roman's new assitant who was about to do the same. Season 3, with the series being hit hard by CerberusSyndrome, all villains get an upgrade in villany and murderous intent, killing [[spoiler: Pyrrha and Penny]] through the season and also add Adam Taurus to the mix, a WellIntentionedExtremist who is also a very violent {{Yandere}} for Blake. It all culminates in [[spoiler:Salem, some kind of HumanoidAbomination who can control the Grimm and seems to want to slaughter all of humanity. All other villains in the series, Cinder and Adam included, ultimately answer to her.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has one. Season one had Roman Torchwick a suave thief and muggler, that turned out to be working for another villain that shows up in season 2, Cinder Fall and her underlings, Emerald Sustrai and Mercury Black, the two first characters to [[spoiler: actually kill someone]] and also Neo, Roman's new assitant who was about to do the same. Season 3, with the series being hit hard by CerberusSyndrome, all villains get an upgrade in villany and murderous intent, killing [[spoiler: Pyrrha and Penny]] through the season and also add reintroduces Adam Taurus to the mix, from Blake's prologue trailer, a WellIntentionedExtremist who is also a very violent {{Yandere}} for Blake. It all culminates in [[spoiler:Salem, some kind of HumanoidAbomination who can control the Grimm and seems to want to slaughter all of humanity.wants Ozpin's entire Huntsman order destroyed. All other villains in the series, Cinder and Adam included, ultimately answer to her.]]
18th Sep '17 10:01:45 PM azbyc15243
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has a somewhat inverted example of this. After reaching the Calm Lands, if one wanted to go backwards and attempt to fight some easier monsters, they're only able to go to the Thunder Plains. Attempt to go any further than this, and you'll find some people who are very annoyed about your previous actions in the game, and sic a [[BeefGate horrifically powerful enemy]] on you, that will devastate you at that stage of the game. It's impossible to have anything even close to a chance of beating it until the end of the game.
8th Sep '17 5:26:04 PM infernape612
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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** In one of the earliest chapters of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Binding Blade]]'', you have the BigBad, [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking King Zephiel]][[note]]the guy with the giant lightning trident-sword[[/note]], and feared DragonRider Narcian are all in Araphen just as Roy's plucky and low-level band of heroes arrive. Zephiel immediately dismisses a suggestion to unleash war dragons on them and delegates the matter to Narcian, who immediately delegates it to ''his'' underling: a level 7 knight. If Zephiel had just stuck around for five minutes, he probably would have won.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' Early in the game, your group is not seen as a big threat. You start in independent countries that the bad guys have less control in. After you make it to enemy territory, a knight questions why [[BigBad Ashnard]] is spreading his force so thin near the end of the game. Ashnard's response is that he's fascinated by the strength of the group and it's implied he wants to personally fight the strongest force possible. Also, he's just plain vanilla crazy.
** In the endgame of the sequel, ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'', [[spoiler:You fight a politician who was blessed by a goddess. Then you fight the Black Knight, who has also been blessed. Next, you fight an army of dragons led by their king, Dheginsea, who in addition to being blessed is also an ancient being who helped defeat the goddess of chaos. Next comes another ancient being who is also blessed by the goddess. Finally, you reach the damn goddess who blessed the bastards from before.]]

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* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
''VideoGame/FireEmblem''
** In one of the earliest chapters of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade The Binding Blade]]'', you have the BigBad, [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking King Zephiel]][[note]]the guy with the giant lightning trident-sword[[/note]], and feared DragonRider Narcian are all in Araphen just as Roy's plucky and low-level band of heroes arrive. Zephiel immediately dismisses a suggestion to unleash war dragons on them and delegates the matter to Narcian, who immediately delegates it to ''his'' underling: a level 7 knight. If Zephiel had just stuck around for five minutes, he probably would have won.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' Early in the game, ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'', your group is not seen as a big threat. You start in independent countries that the bad guys have less control in. After you make it to enemy territory, a knight questions why [[BigBad Ashnard]] is spreading his force so thin near the end of the game. Ashnard's response is that he's fascinated by the strength of the group and it's implied he wants to personally fight the strongest force possible. Also, he's just plain vanilla crazy.
** In the endgame of the sequel, ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn]]'', [[spoiler:You ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', [[spoiler:you fight a politician who was blessed by a goddess. Then you fight the Black Knight, who has also been blessed. Next, you fight an army of dragons led by their king, Dheginsea, who in addition to being blessed is also an ancient being who helped defeat the goddess of chaos. Next comes another ancient being who is also blessed by the goddess. Finally, you reach the damn goddess who blessed the bastards from before.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is an interesting variation. They started with AntiVillain Zuko, who was superseded by Admiral Zhao as the main threat. After [[spoiler:Zhao's death]] came Zuko's DarkActionGirl sister Azula, the main threat for the second season, [[WakeUpCallBoss who posed far more of a threat than Zuko and Zhao combined]] and whom [[spoiler:Zuko rejoined in the season finale]]. Team Avatar's inability to adjust to her threat level quickly enough [[spoiler:led to her dealing them a [[TheBadGuyWins crushing defeat at the end of Book 2]]]]. The variation comes from [[EvilOverlord Fire Lord Ozai]] being identified as the BigBad from the very start of the series, both the audience and the protagonists fully aware that no matter how many enemies they face he would remain their ultimate goal.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is an interesting variation. They started with AntiVillain Prince Zuko, who was superseded by [[SmugSnake Admiral Zhao Zhao]] as the main threat. After [[spoiler:Zhao's death]] came Zuko's DarkActionGirl sister Azula, [[TheDragon Princess Azula]], the main threat for the second season, [[WakeUpCallBoss who posed far more of a threat than Zuko and Zhao combined]] combined]], [[TheSociopath had none of the noble qualities her older brother had]], and whom [[spoiler:Zuko rejoined in the season finale]]. Team Avatar's inability to adjust to her threat level quickly enough [[spoiler:led to her dealing them a [[TheBadGuyWins crushing defeat at the end of Book 2]]]]. The variation comes from [[EvilOverlord Fire Lord Ozai]] being identified as the BigBad from the very start of the series, both the audience and the protagonists fully aware that no matter how many enemies they face he would remain their ultimate goal.
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