History Main / TheBigBadShuffle

26th May '17 3:24:49 PM MajinAkuma
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* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', the initial antagonists are Jack Atlas, TheRival, and Sector Security and their leader, Rex Godwin. Then in the second half of Season 1 the heroes find out Rex has been recruiting the heroes to fight the Dark Signers and his brother Roman, the ''real'' villains. Then Rex becomes a Dark Signer as well and becomes the FinalBoss of the season. Next season the Three Emperors of Yliaster become the main antagonists, and it is revealed Roman and Rex were their puppets they manipulated. The Three Emperors in turn are working for the leader of Yliaster, Z-one. It is also revealed that the BigBad of the 10th Anniversary film, Paradox, was another member of Yliaster.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', the initial antagonists are Jack Atlas, TheRival, and Sector Security and their leader, Rex Godwin. Goodwin. Then in the second half of Season 1 the heroes find out Rex Goodman has been recruiting the heroes to fight the Dark Signers and his brother Roman, Rudger, the ''real'' villains. Then Rex Goodwin becomes a Dark Signer as well and becomes the FinalBoss of the season. Next season the Three Emperors of Yliaster become the main antagonists, and it is revealed Roman Rudger and Rex Goodman were their puppets they manipulated. The Three Emperors in turn are working for the leader of Yliaster, Z-one.Z-ONE. It is also revealed that the BigBad of the 10th Anniversary film, Paradox, was another member of Yliaster.
5th Apr '17 7:47:14 PM LinTaylor
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* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' goes through this as more of the story is unveiled and important details surface. When the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Invase]] first appear, it looks like Takatora Kureshima (Kamen Rider Zangetsu) and his [[MegaCorp Yggdrasil Corporation]] are behind it. Then it turns out he's trying to ''save'' humanity, but everything is thrown into chaos by the reveal of a metaphorical and literal AppleOfDiscord: Takatora gets back-stabbed by his power-hungry inner circle and his younger brother Mitsuzane. Then the characters learn that the Invase have intelligent leaders called "Overlords", who possess the Golden Fruit everyone wants. Then Mitsuzane undergoes a full [[LoveMakesYouEvil love-induced]] FaceHeelTurn, including allying with one of the Overlords who wants the Fruit for herself. In the end, TheRival Kaito Kumon (Kamen Rider Baron) is the "final boss" because his SocialDarwinism clashes with TheHero Kouta's more benevolent attitude and they fight for ownership of the Fruit.
1st Mar '17 12:45:59 PM Baithin
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''. The game starts off with a series of [[TheEmpire Garlean]] superior officers on the surface - Nael van Darnus in 1.0, who along with Bahamut caused the Calamity; Gaius van Baelsar in 2.0 who acts as the Empire's TheHeavy as they invade Eorzea; Regula van Hydrus in 3.0 who replaces Gaius and even brings along Emperor Varis as the GreaterScopeVillain for the Empire. The Ascians, with Lahabrea, Nabriales (pre-3.0), and Igeyorhm (during 3.0), working from the shadows form the majority of the overall conflict of the story. Then 3.0 reveals that King Thordan of Ishgard is driving most of the plot and is the true BigBad of the 3.0 plotline, manipulating the Ascians while they think they're manipulating him. Meanwhile, each of the city-states have their own minor antagonists (who are usually underlings to one of the above), but Lord Lolorito of Ul'dah has been orchestrating a lot behind the scenes and may be a step ahead of them all if he gets Omega in possession like he's planning to.
2nd Feb '17 11:18:34 AM eroock
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Tropes by which this can be invoked include TheManBehindTheMan, HiddenVillain, TheDogWasTheMastermind and HijackedByGanon.

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Tropes by which this can be invoked include TheManBehindTheMan, HiddenVillain, TheDogWasTheMastermind TheDogWasTheMastermind, DiscOneFinalBoss and HijackedByGanon.
15th Jan '17 3:42:06 PM ReddishGuy1
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* The ''Franchise/CallOfDuty:'' ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' games go through several Big Bads. In the first game, Al-Asad, the leader of a revolution in a [[{{Qurac}} nameless Middle Eastern country]] looks to be the BigBad at first. Halfway through, it's revealed that his revolution was being funded by Russian Ultranationalist leader, Imran Zakhaev. After Zakhaev is disposed, one of his CoDragons, Vladimir Makarov, appears to fill the BigBad role in ''Modern Warfare 2''. However, it's eventually revealed that Makarov was an UnwittingPawn of [[spoiler:General Shepherd]]. However, ''Modern Warfare 3'' reveals the Makarov may have been using [[spoiler:Shepherd]] as ''his'' pawn, and that [[spoiler:he's the one who detonated the nuke that drove him mad.]] He also [[spoiler:saved Zakhaev when he was shot]], ultimately making him responsible for the events of the ''Modern Warfare'' series as a whole.
8th Jan '17 2:51:48 PM ReddishGuy1
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* The Future Trunks saga of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' initially presents Goku Black as the main villain. Later on though, we learn that Goku Black is actually working with [[spoiler:Future Zamasu]] to exterminate the mortals, though their relationship is left ambiguous. Whis theorizes that Black is actually a servant created by [[spoiler:Future Zamasu]] to act as TheDragon to him. However, it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Goku Black is actually an alternate Zamasu, and he is the one who came up with their plan in the first place.]] Despite this, the two seem to have a pretty solid BigBadDuumvirate between them.

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* The Future Trunks saga of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' initially presents Goku Black as the main villain. Later on though, we learn that Goku Black is actually working with [[spoiler:Future Zamasu]] to exterminate the mortals, though their relationship is left ambiguous. Whis theorizes that Black is actually a servant created by [[spoiler:Future Zamasu]] to act as TheDragon to him. However, it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Goku Black is actually an alternate Zamasu, and he is the one who came up with their plan in the first place.]] Despite this, the two seem to have a pretty solid BigBadDuumvirate between them.them and they later [[spoiler:merge into a singular BigBad, Fusion Zamasu]].



* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' descends into this once original BigBad Adam Susan is killed.

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* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' descends into this once original BigBad Adam Susan is killed.killed, with multiple villains attempting to fill in the power vacuum caused by his death.
8th Jan '17 2:48:08 PM ReddishGuy1
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* Season 20 of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' at first presents a BigBadEnsemble between [[{{Troll}} SkankHunt42]] / [[spoiler:Gerald]] and Mr. Garrison, who are soon joined by the Memberberries. A few episodes later, they are also joined by Lennart Bedrager, head of [=TrollTrace=].com, who eventually takes [[spoiler:Gerald]] out of commission. Mr. Garrison, meanwhile, ends up becoming a pawn of the Memberberries, who are also revealed to be led by the [[TheDon Don Memberberry]]. However, the Memberberries become OutOfFocus when Lennart and [=TrollTrace=] take center stage, leaving Lennart as the FinalBoss of the season.
27th Dec '16 10:23:18 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The multiple storylines that occur indepedently of each other, as well as the shifting morality and power structures of the various noble houses and other factions, results in there being several central villains at a time. Among the top contenders across the series are Tywin Lannister (the head of House Lannister and thus an enemy to the Starks and Baratheons), Littlefinger (actively instigated the War of the Five Kings), Roose and Ramsay Bolton (evil overlords of the North and enemies of the Greyjoys), the High Sparrow (religious fanatic who is taking over King's Landing), Mance Rayder (the leader of the Wildlings planning to attack the Night's Watch), and most unquestionably, the White Walkers, who are plotting to invade Westeros and KillEmAll.
27th Dec '16 2:21:40 AM flodoris
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* The BigBad of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has, at various points, been: [[MadScientist Orochimaru]] (former [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad Akatsuki]] member) -> [[GottaCatchEmAll Akatsuki]] itself ([[DragonWithAnAgenda Itachi]] being its most visible player) -> [[PuppetKing Pain]] (the leader of Akatsuki) -> [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Tobi]] ''[[BigBadEnsemble and]]'' [[WellIntentionedExtremist Danzo]] -> [[MadScientist Kabuto]] [[BigBadDuumvirate and]] [[DeadPersonImpersonation Tobi]] combined -> [[spoiler: [[CameBackStrong Madara]] & [[EvilFormerFriend Obito]] -> [[DarkMessiah Obito]] (when he becomes the jinchuriki of the Ten-Tails and Madara leaves on second plan) -> [[AGodAmI Madara]] after defeat Obito -> [[FallenHero Kaguya]] after stabbing Madara -> [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Sasuke]] after helping Naruto seal Kaguya -> [[KnightTemplar Toneri]] when he tries to crash the Moon into the Earth -> [[EvilVersusEvil Momoshiki Otsutsuki]], who is Kaguya's rival in monopolizing chakra]].

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* The BigBad of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has, at various points, been: [[MadScientist Orochimaru]] (former [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad Akatsuki]] member) -> [[GottaCatchEmAll Akatsuki]] itself ([[DragonWithAnAgenda ([[AloofBigBrother Itachi]] being its most visible player) -> [[PuppetKing Pain]] (the leader of Akatsuki) (with [[TheManBehindTheMan Tobi]] as true BigBad) -> [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Tobi]] ''[[BigBadEnsemble and]]'' [[WellIntentionedExtremist [[KnightTemplar Danzo]] -> [[MadScientist [[{{Necromancer}} Kabuto]] [[BigBadDuumvirate and]] [[DeadPersonImpersonation Tobi]] combined -> [[spoiler: [[CameBackStrong [[PredecessorVillain Madara]] & [[EvilFormerFriend [[BigBadDuumvirate and]] [[FallenHero Obito]] -> [[DarkMessiah Obito]] (when he becomes the jinchuriki jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails and Madara leaves on second plan) -> [[AGodAmI Madara]] after (after defeat Obito Obito) -> [[FallenHero [[PhysicalGoddess Kaguya]] after (after stabbing Madara Madara) -> [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Sasuke]] after (after helping Naruto seal Kaguya Kaguya) -> [[KnightTemplar Toneri]] when (when he tries to crash the Moon into the Earth Earth) -> [[EvilVersusEvil Momoshiki Otsutsuki]], who (who is Kaguya's rival in monopolizing chakra]].chakra)]].
20th Dec '16 8:02:42 PM ReddishGuy1
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* ''VideoGame/Halo2'' starts off with the three Covenant High Prophets in a BigBadTriumvirate. However, after [[spoiler:the Prophet of Regret gets killed by Master Chief]] and [[spoiler:the Prophet of Mercy gets devoured by [[TheVirus the Flood]]]], leaving the [[ManipulativeBastard Prophet]] [[AxCrazy of Truth]] as the sole BigBad. He soon forms a BigBadEnsemble with the [[HiveMind Gravemind]], though in ''VideoGame/Halo3'' [[spoiler:the Gravemind and the Flood briefly team up with our heroes to stop Truth from activating the Halo Rings]]. After this gets accomplished, the Gravemind takes over the sole BigBad.

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* ''VideoGame/Halo2'' starts off with the three Covenant High Prophets in a BigBadTriumvirate.[[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]]. However, after [[spoiler:the Prophet of Regret gets killed by Master Chief]] and [[spoiler:the Prophet of Mercy gets devoured by [[TheVirus the Flood]]]], leaving the [[ManipulativeBastard Prophet]] [[AxCrazy of Truth]] as the sole BigBad. He soon forms a BigBadEnsemble with the [[HiveMind Gravemind]], though in ''VideoGame/Halo3'' [[spoiler:the Gravemind and the Flood briefly team up with our heroes to stop Truth from activating the Halo Rings]]. After this gets accomplished, the Gravemind takes over the sole BigBad.
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