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8th Jan '17 10:11:30 PM Lloigor
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} usually starts in adaptations and reboots by butting heads with the Gotham mob bosses or the corrupt Police Force which is ([[TokenGoodTeammate Minus Jim Gordon]]) more than happy to blame all of the city's troubles on him. As Batman takes them down maniacal super villains like the Joker then step up to the plate.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} usually starts in adaptations and reboots by butting heads with the Gotham mob bosses or the corrupt Police Force police force which is ([[TokenGoodTeammate Minus minus Jim Gordon]]) more than happy to blame all of the city's troubles on him. As Batman takes them down down, maniacal super villains like the Joker then step up to the plate.
1st Jan '17 11:18:40 PM quackytrope
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* [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Spider-Man's]] starter villain was the Chameleon, a character who would go on to be a regular member of his rogues gallery.
** His [[ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate counterpart]] starts off fighting the Enforcers and Electro; all of whom are working for Wilson Fisk.
8th Dec '16 5:36:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* Admiral Zhao from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. While Zuko showed up first, he is initially [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain ineffective]] against the Gaang, while Zhao is a consistent threat to both the Gaang ''and'' Zuko for the entire first season. He's still too [[SmugSnake confident in his abilities,]] and is ultimately replaced by the ''far'' [[MagnificentBastard worse]] [[HeroKiller Princess]] [[TheDragon Azula.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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Admiral Zhao from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.Zhao. While Zuko showed up first, he is initially [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain ineffective]] against the Gaang, while Zhao is a consistent threat to both the Gaang ''and'' Zuko for the entire first season. He's still too [[SmugSnake confident in his abilities,]] and is ultimately replaced by the ''far'' [[MagnificentBastard worse]] [[HeroKiller Princess]] [[TheDragon Azula.]]
8th Dec '16 5:36:13 AM Morgenthaler
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A Subtrope of ArcVillain, the Starter Villain ranks the lowest on the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil (the heroes have to start off fighting ''someone''). He is the first true threat to the heroes, not just some common {{Mook}} who's there to let them show how {{Badass}} they are. Expect even the weakest member of the heroic team to eventually become more powerful than him (that is, if he survives). The Starter Villain is not always associated with the intended BigBad of the whole series, usually having a whole story arc to himself.

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A Subtrope of ArcVillain, the Starter Villain ranks the lowest on the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil (the heroes have to start off fighting ''someone''). He is the first true threat to the heroes, not just some common {{Mook}} who's there to let them show how {{Badass}} badass they are. Expect even the weakest member of the heroic team to eventually become more powerful than him (that is, if he survives). The Starter Villain is not always associated with the intended BigBad of the whole series, usually having a whole story arc to himself.



* ''Film/{{Taken}}'' has the stalker that Bryan saves singer Sheerah from. He has a minute of screentime, but it's enough to demonstrate Bryan's all-around [[{{Badass}} badassery]] before the real plot kicks off.

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* ''Film/{{Taken}}'' has the stalker that Bryan saves singer Sheerah from. He has a minute of screentime, but it's enough to demonstrate Bryan's all-around [[{{Badass}} badassery]] badassery before the real plot kicks off.
3rd Dec '16 12:47:10 PM MonsieurThenardier
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** Fist from the first game is a better example. A notorious crime lord who's been bribed by Saren to kill Tali and suppress all evidence of his (Saren's) crimes, he acts as the main antagonist for the first mission chain (which revolves around proving Saren's guilt), with three of the five most prominent series squadmates (Tali, Garrus, and Wrex) being recruited in the process of taking him down. Overall, he's the first real villain Shepard's team takes down. Tali lampshades his StarterVillain nature (compared to the world-ending threats the team faces on a weekly basis from then on) in the second game.
-->'''Tali:''' Fist and his men seemed so dangerous. We've come a long way. Don't know if that's a ''good'' thing, but... it's definitely more interesting.
24th Nov '16 9:40:10 PM Blazer
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}, Roman Torchwick was designed to be this. He first appeared as a simple lowly crook who gives Ruby Rose a hard time after she wipes the floor with his minions. Glynda Goodwitch would come in, drive him off and end up setting Ruby on her way to Beacon Academy. Fans, however, loved Roman and his role got expanded greatly. So much so that, to show that they were moving on, they had to kill him off at the end of Volume 3.
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17th Nov '16 10:10:09 AM contrafanxxx
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** An unnamed character (who bears a [[LawyerFriendlyCameo suspicious resemblance]] to [[ExiledFromContinuity former]] BigBad Ernst Blofeld) in the prologue of ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', who tries to kill Bond.

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** An unnamed character (who bears a [[LawyerFriendlyCameo suspicious resemblance]] to [[ExiledFromContinuity former]] BigBad Ernst Stavro Blofeld) in the prologue of ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', who tries to kill Bond.



** ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' opens with Bond assassinating terrorist-for-hire Marco Sciarra following an eventful chase through Mexico City that climaxes in a fight aboard a moving helicopter. Sciarra has a good deal more plot influence than the average starter villain, however, as a signet ring taken from his body and testimony from his abused TrophyWife lead Bond to [[EurekaMoment the realization]] that all his previous enemies - Le Chiffre, Mr. White, [[Film/QuantumOfSolace Dominic Greene]], [[Film/{{Skyfall}} Raoul Silva]], and the Quantum organization as a whole - had served [[TheManBehindTheMan the same master]]: [[spoiler: Ernst Stavro Blofeld]].

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** ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' opens with Bond assassinating terrorist-for-hire Marco Sciarra following an eventful chase through Mexico City that climaxes in a fight aboard a moving helicopter. Sciarra has a good deal more plot influence than the average starter villain, however, as a signet ring taken from his body and testimony from his abused TrophyWife lead Bond to [[EurekaMoment the realization]] that all his previous enemies - [[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 Le Chiffre, Mr. White, White]], [[Film/QuantumOfSolace Dominic Greene]], [[Film/{{Skyfall}} Raoul Silva]], and the Quantum organization as a whole - had served [[TheManBehindTheMan the same master]]: [[spoiler: Ernst Stavro Blofeld]].
25th Oct '16 4:00:57 AM catmuto
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** ''VideoGame/Persona5'' has the gym teacher, Kamoshida, take on this role. He's the lowest of the low when it comes to someone considering themselves above the law and has a personal connection to the first two friends the protagonist makes, fueling the desire to knock him down a peg.
14th Sep '16 3:49:02 PM contrafanxxx
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* The nameless flamethrower-toting man rocking out to Music/VanHalen who Riggs and Murtaugh confront in the prologue to ''[[Film/LethalWeapon Lethal Weapon 4]]''.
4th Sep '16 10:32:59 PM Kazmahu
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* After the low-stakes but very personal TokenMotivationalNemesis, ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' has Riser Phenex, the first foe with a goal that affects everyone on Rias's team, and a squad of his own that can keep up with them in a fight. Since that goal is an ArrangedMarriage with Rias and that squad is his [[ChessMotifs Peerage]], though, all of them survive - he might be the plot's first real challenge, but he's still just a garden-variety selfish asshole and everything he did was technically above-board. [[spoiler:After falling from grace when he loses an EngagementChallenge to Issei, Riser undergoes some off-screen CharacterDevelopment and becomes a huffy but sincere supporter in his future appearances.]]
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