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9th Sep '17 8:44:05 AM CosmicFerret
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* The starter villain for TheFlash in UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks was the Turtle Man, "the slowest man on Earth" (he even ''talks'' slowly) whose gimmick was using the Flash's speed against him.

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* The starter villain for TheFlash ComicBook/TheFlash in UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks was the Turtle Man, "the slowest man on Earth" (he even ''talks'' slowly) whose gimmick was using the Flash's speed against him.
2nd Sep '17 5:12:20 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''ComicBook/MotherHubbard'': An unnamed Nazi agent who's sent to torture the formula for a flame gun from its inventor. He's blown up at the end of the first issue.
29th Aug '17 8:05:29 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''ComicBook/TheLoneWarrior'': Herr Kampf, a Nazi spy sent to sabotage the Army base Stan has been stationed in. He causes some damage, but is clearly subordinate to spymaster the Dictator's Shadow and is imprisoned by issue's end, never to be heard from again.
27th Aug '17 9:27:28 PM quackytrope
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+ ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': The first threat Superman takes on are a group of terrorists working for Lex Luthor, one of them being a pre-Metallo James Corben.

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+ ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': The first threat Superman takes on are a group of terrorists working for hired by Lex Luthor, Luthor to stage the theft of his latest invention, a robotic battle suit. What's especially noteworthy is that one of them being a pre-Metallo the terrorists, James Corben.Corben, would go on to become the supervillain Metallo.
27th Aug '17 9:17:55 PM quackytrope
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+ ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': The first threat Superman takes on are a group of terrorists working for Lex Luthor, one of them being a pre-Metallo James Corben.
26th Aug '17 10:14:28 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''Series/TheUnusuals'': Leon Wu, a juvenile drug dealer-turned-CopKiller out of a misplaced sense of revenge. He's killed by the end of the first episode.
23rd Aug '17 12:42:19 AM CountDorku
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* Baron Blade plays this role in ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'', serving as the initial impetus for Legacy to unite Bunker, Absolute Zero, Tachyon and the Wraith to form the Freedom Five...while still being low-difficulty. In the digital version, he's the villain in the tutorial. Akash'bhuta plays a similar role for the Prime Wardens.
15th Aug '17 6:59:59 PM Thepenguinking2
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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. If the overall {{antagonist}} is TheEmpire in a setting with some degree of GreyAndGrayMorality; the StarterVillain is some EvilIsPetty bureaucrat who, in getting TheHero to oppose them; makes TheEmpire oppose them (and vice-versa) on principle.

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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. If the overall {{antagonist}} is TheEmpire in a setting with some degree of GreyAndGrayMorality; the StarterVillain Starter Villain is some EvilIsPetty bureaucrat who, in getting TheHero to oppose them; makes TheEmpire oppose them (and vice-versa) on principle.



See also: WakeUpCallBoss. Sometimes, these may be the DiscOneFinalBoss. It's not uncommon for Starter Villains to be {{Token Motivational Nemes|is}}es as well.

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See also: WakeUpCallBoss. Sometimes, these may be the DiscOneFinalBoss. It's not uncommon for Starter Villains to be {{Token Motivational Nemes|is}}es as well.
well. If they're in a Video Game, they may be the WarmUpBoss.



* ''Manga/YuGiOh'': Seto Kaiba was Yugi's first opponent (unless you count the one-shots who appeared in the previous chapters, but he's definitely the StarterVillain of the Duel Monsters anime) and the first confrontation between them started the biggest rivalry in the history of the franchise.

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* ''Manga/YuGiOh'': Seto Kaiba was Yugi's first opponent (unless you count the one-shots who appeared in the previous chapters, but he's definitely the StarterVillain starter villain of the Duel Monsters anime) and the first confrontation between them started the biggest rivalry in the history of the franchise.



** Fist from the first game is also counts. A notorious crime lord who's been bribed by Saren to kill Tali and suppress all evidence of Saren's crimes, he acts as the main antagonist for the first mission chain following the prologue (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 successfully 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.

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** Fist from the first game is also counts. A notorious crime lord who's been bribed by Saren to kill Tali and suppress all evidence of Saren's crimes, he acts as the main antagonist for the first mission chain following the prologue (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 successfully takes down. Tali lampshades his StarterVillain starter villain nature (compared to the world-ending threats the team faces on a weekly basis from then on) in the second game.
3rd Aug '17 4:20:20 PM Tamfang
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** The show had one-shot villains for the first episode of each season; an enemy who was reasonably threatening, but who was ultimately defeated by Buffy before the credits roll: Luke in season 1, Absalom in season 2, Keith in season 3, Sunday in season 4, Dracula in season 5, and Razor in season 6. The Season 7 opener is a somewhat confusing beast, with Buffy fighting a group of malevolent spirits who are indeed defeated by the end but [[TheManBehindTheMan the true mastermind who summoned them]]...[[TheUnreveal is never actually identified]] (although the episode's tag scene does set up new Big Bad the First so possibly it can be deduced that way).

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** The show had one-shot villains for the first episode of each season; an enemy who was reasonably threatening, but who was ultimately defeated by Buffy before the credits roll: Luke in season 1, Absalom in season 2, Keith Ken in season 3, Sunday in season 4, Dracula in season 5, and Razor in season 6. The Season 7 opener is a somewhat confusing beast, with Buffy fighting a group of malevolent spirits who are indeed defeated by the end but [[TheManBehindTheMan the true mastermind who summoned them]]...[[TheUnreveal is never actually identified]] (although the episode's tag scene does set up new Big Bad the First so possibly it can be deduced that way).
12th Jul '17 5:08:19 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'': The Black Knight, a suit of AnimatedArmor who kidnapped a historian, and was actually [[spoiler:museum curator Mr. Rickles seeking to cover up his forgery scheme]].
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