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%%* ''[[BloodPlus Blood+]]'' does this fairly often. In early episodes, Van Argeno is set up as the BigBad; however, after about ten episodes, he's revealed to be working to Solomon. Later, Solomon is shown to actually be the lowest-ranking of five Chevaliers. Then, for a time, their progenitor Diva is expected to be the mastermind, but she turns out to be too crazy to be the leader. By the end, it's become apparent that Amshel is calling the shots, whereas Argeno -- who was the first supposed BigBad, remember -- is reduced to cowering in fear and begging for his life. As a kind of a last hurrah, the final episode also implies that Nathan had been pulling the strings all along.

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%%* ''[[BloodPlus Blood+]]'' ''Anime/BloodPlus'' does this fairly often. In early episodes, Van Argeno is set up as the BigBad; however, after about ten episodes, he's revealed to be working to Solomon. Later, Solomon is shown to actually be the lowest-ranking of five Chevaliers. Then, for a time, their progenitor Diva is expected to be the mastermind, but she turns out to be too crazy to be the leader. By the end, it's become apparent that Amshel is calling the shots, whereas Argeno -- who was the first supposed BigBad, remember -- is reduced to cowering in fear and begging for his life. As a kind of a last hurrah, the final episode also implies that Nathan had been pulling the strings all along.



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* In ''FanFic/MinesOfDragonMountain'' (the second in a series of crossovers between ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''), it's eventually revealed that [[GodOfEvil Tirac]] has been manipulating [[WellIntentionedExtremist Gabbro]] for years, and everything Gabbro's done in the story is part of a GambitRoulette by Tirac to ensure his [[SealedEvilInACan release]].
* ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'': Part 2 reveals that [[MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Cackletta is responsible for pretty much all the villainous threats to Plit beforehand, up to and including Joe Dark and Tabuu.]]
* ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'': While the reader is aware from the beginning that [[EldritchAbomination Herald]] is the true BigBad, the protagonists spend most of the story believing that his UnwittingPawn Trixie is the main villain, until he reveals himself to them during the fight in Canterlot. And Herald himself is just a servant of [[SealedEvilInACan the Old Ones]], so they probably qualify as well.
* ''FanFic/EarthAndSky'': To an extent, Diamond Tiara is this to the Flim-Flam brothers -- while she may have lost control of them by the time the Pegalathon starts, she's still the one who sent them after Harmony Aeronautics in the first place, and is still covering for them the best she can. She also turns out to be the one who [[PunchClockVillain hired the LaFish brothers]] to attack the HA team during the race.
* ''FanFic/DigitalHarmony'': [[spoiler:Fluttershy]] is manipulated into becoming Vespimon by [[spoiler:Daemon and Dragomon]]. Also, according to Nightmare Rarity, [[spoiler:Dragomon]] was the one who caused the corruption of the moon's inhabitants into the Nightmare Forces in the first place, making him responsible for the trouble Nightmare Moon and Nightmare Rarity caused in canon.
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], apparently Celestia has been behind most significant events in Equestrian history, even the ones she wasn't even there for. Of course, given this claim is made by the ConspiracyTheorist narrator, it may not stand true in-universe.
* [[GodOfEvil Erebos]] earns his position as BigBad of the ''FanFic/PoniesOfOlympus'' series by benefit of this trope. He was the one who turned Chrysalis into a changeling, sent her to invade during the Royal Wedding, and later sends her to infiltrate the Atlas Strongest Tournament; he was the one who [[TheCorrupter corrupted]] Luna into Nightmare Moon; and Luna suspects that he was manipulating the conflict between the hippocampi and the dragons of the Scaly Back River Clan for his own benefit (though this hasn't been confirmed yet).
* ''FanFic/BurningBlack'': It's eventually discovered that Remy is in a "partnership" with the Pixies. However, the latter are clearly the superior party (despite what Remy might think) and are using Remy to further their own goal.
* ''FanFic/FriendshipIsAura'': [[UltimateEvil Lord Tartarus]] was the one who sent Chrysalis into Equestria in the first place, making him responsible for the incident at the wedding and her actions in-story.

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* In ''FanFic/MinesOfDragonMountain'' ''Fanfic/MinesOfDragonMountain'' (the second in a series of crossovers between ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''), it's eventually revealed that [[GodOfEvil Tirac]] has been manipulating [[WellIntentionedExtremist Gabbro]] for years, and everything Gabbro's done in the story is part of a GambitRoulette by Tirac to ensure his [[SealedEvilInACan release]].
* ''FanFic/ClashOfTheElements'': ''Fanfic/ClashOfTheElements'': Part 2 reveals that [[MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga Cackletta is responsible for pretty much all the villainous threats to Plit beforehand, up to and including Joe Dark and Tabuu.]]
* ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'': ''Fanfic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'': While the reader is aware from the beginning that [[EldritchAbomination Herald]] is the true BigBad, the protagonists spend most of the story believing that his UnwittingPawn Trixie is the main villain, until he reveals himself to them during the fight in Canterlot. And Herald himself is just a servant of [[SealedEvilInACan the Old Ones]], so they probably qualify as well.
* ''FanFic/EarthAndSky'': ''Fanfic/EarthAndSky'': To an extent, Diamond Tiara is this to the Flim-Flam brothers -- while she may have lost control of them by the time the Pegalathon starts, she's still the one who sent them after Harmony Aeronautics in the first place, and is still covering for them the best she can. She also turns out to be the one who [[PunchClockVillain hired the LaFish brothers]] to attack the HA team during the race.
* ''FanFic/DigitalHarmony'': ''Fanfic/DigitalHarmony'': [[spoiler:Fluttershy]] is manipulated into becoming Vespimon by [[spoiler:Daemon and Dragomon]]. Also, according to Nightmare Rarity, [[spoiler:Dragomon]] was the one who caused the corruption of the moon's inhabitants into the Nightmare Forces in the first place, making him responsible for the trouble Nightmare Moon and Nightmare Rarity caused in canon.
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], ''Fanfic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed'', apparently Celestia has been behind most significant events in Equestrian history, even the ones she wasn't even there for. Of course, given this claim is made by the ConspiracyTheorist narrator, it may not stand true in-universe.
* [[GodOfEvil Erebos]] earns his position as BigBad of the ''FanFic/PoniesOfOlympus'' ''Fanfic/PoniesOfOlympus'' series by benefit of this trope. He was the one who turned Chrysalis into a changeling, sent her to invade during the Royal Wedding, and later sends her to infiltrate the Atlas Strongest Tournament; he was the one who [[TheCorrupter corrupted]] Luna into Nightmare Moon; and Luna suspects that he was manipulating the conflict between the hippocampi and the dragons of the Scaly Back River Clan for his own benefit (though this hasn't been confirmed yet).
* ''FanFic/BurningBlack'': ''Fanfic/BurningBlack'': It's eventually discovered that Remy is in a "partnership" with the Pixies. However, the latter are clearly the superior party (despite what Remy might think) and are using Remy to further their own goal.
* ''FanFic/FriendshipIsAura'': ''Fanfic/FriendshipIsAura'': [[UltimateEvil Lord Tartarus]] was the one who sent Chrysalis into Equestria in the first place, making him responsible for the incident at the wedding and her actions in-story.



* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria''; in the side story where Rainbow Dash[=/=]Supermare teams up with Batpony, the thugs that tried to free Clayface were revealed to have been hired by Joker.

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* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria''; ''Fanfic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria''; in the side story where Rainbow Dash[=/=]Supermare teams up with Batpony, the thugs that tried to free Clayface were revealed to have been hired by Joker.



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* Professor Z's superior in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' is Sir Miles Axelrod, host of the World Grand Prix.

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* Professor Z's superior in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'' ''WesternAnimation/Cars2'' is Sir Miles Axelrod, host of the World Grand Prix.



--->'''Kinnison:''' I'm beginning to think there is no top!

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--->'''Kinnison:''' -->'''Kinnison:''' I'm beginning to think there is no top!



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-->'''Sydney:''' What's going to happen to me?
-->'''Khasinau:''' You'll have to ask my boss.
-->'''Sydney:''' Your boss? I'm looking for The Man. Aren't you Alexander Khasinau?
-->'''Khasinau:''' Yes. Yes, but I am not The Man.
-->(''The Man walks in'')
-->'''Sydney:''' Mom?
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' does this a lot in the first season. In the beginning the bad guys are just various apparently unconnected minor conspiracies, such as the Centipede project, seemingly directed by Raina (aka "the girl in the flower dress") and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ian Quinn]]'s [[EvilInc evil corporation]]. It is later discovered that both Raina and Quinn report to a [[TheChessmaster mysterious employer]] known as the Clairvoyant. In Episode 16, [=SHIELD=] agents discovers "The Clairvoyant" in the person of Thomas Nash and kill him, but Nash himself says that name was given to him by someone else, and further analysis from Coulson makes it clear that Nash was at best a front and at worst just a decoy and another victim. The BigBad is then revealed to be John Garret, who has not only been controlling everything from the start, but is also revealed to be Ward's handler, and both are HYDRA moles.

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-->'''Sydney:''' What's going to happen to me?
-->'''Khasinau:'''
me?\\
'''Khasinau:'''
You'll have to ask my boss.
-->'''Sydney:'''
boss.\\
'''Sydney:'''
Your boss? I'm looking for The Man. Aren't you Alexander Khasinau?
-->'''Khasinau:'''
Khasinau?\\
'''Khasinau:'''
Yes. Yes, but I am not The Man.
-->(''The
Man.\\
''[The
Man walks in'')
-->'''Sydney:'''
in]''\\
'''Sydney:'''
Mom?
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' does this a lot in the first season. In the beginning the bad guys are just various apparently unconnected minor conspiracies, such as the Centipede project, seemingly directed by Raina (aka (a.k.a. "the girl in the flower dress") and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ian Quinn]]'s [[EvilInc evil corporation]]. It is later discovered that both Raina and Quinn report to a [[TheChessmaster mysterious employer]] known as the Clairvoyant. In Episode 16, [=SHIELD=] S.H.I.E.L.D. agents discovers "The Clairvoyant" in the person of Thomas Nash and kill him, but Nash himself says that name was given to him by someone else, and further analysis from Coulson makes it clear that Nash was at best a front and at worst just a decoy and another victim. The BigBad is then revealed to be John Garret, who has not only been controlling everything from the start, but is also revealed to be Ward's handler, and both are HYDRA moles.



** The final two episodes of the Ninth Doctor's run revealed that the Jagrafess supposedly masterminding Earth in "The Long Game" was actually a pawn of the Daleks.

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** The final two episodes of the Ninth Doctor's run revealed reveal that the Jagrafess supposedly masterminding Earth in "The Long Game" was actually a pawn of the Daleks.



** The earliest example of the Daleks being the Man Behind the Man Behind the Man was in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E3FrontierInSpace Frontier in Space]], in which case they were behind the Master, who was the Man Behind the Man to the Ogrons.
** And Rassilon was the ManBehindTheMan to the Master, having used the time vortex to give him the continuous sound of drums in his head, effectively torturing him into insanity.

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** The earliest example of the Daleks being the Man Behind the Man Behind the Man was in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E3FrontierInSpace "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E3FrontierInSpace Frontier in Space]], Space]]", in which case they were behind the Master, who was the Man Behind the Man to the Ogrons.
** And Rassilon was is the ManBehindTheMan to the Master, having used the time vortex to give him the continuous sound of drums in his head, effectively torturing him into insanity.



** The races that formed the [[LegionOfDoom Alliance]] in "The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang" were apparently manipulated by the Silents, who wouldn't even appear till next series.

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** The races that formed the [[LegionOfDoom Alliance]] in "The Pandorica Opens/The Opens"/"The Big Bang" were apparently manipulated by the Silents, who wouldn't even appear till next series.



*** Season 4 has a different procession: The Beast (AKA Big Rubber {{Satan}}) is in front of [[DemonicPossession Evil Cordelia]], who is in front of (or rather, actually ''is'') EldritchAbomination Jasmine (who may be behind any number of other things, as well).

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*** Season 4 has a different procession: The Beast (AKA (a.k.a. Big Rubber {{Satan}}) is in front of [[DemonicPossession Evil Cordelia]], who is in front of (or rather, actually ''is'') EldritchAbomination Jasmine (who may be behind any number of other things, as well).



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* In ''VideoGame/CrueBall,'' Craig, the music-hating "Keeper of the Wall", ultimately answers to Mr. Gore, the Spirit of Anti-Metal.

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* In ''VideoGame/CrueBall,'' Craig, Some [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] students believe that Isaiah 14:12 (particularly in the music-hating "Keeper of the Wall", ultimately answers King James Version) and Ezekiel 28:12-19 is God talking to Mr. Gore, the Spirit of Anti-Metal.[[TheDevil The Man Behind The Kings]].



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* On Wrestling/RingOfHonor's 13th anniversary, Kyle O'Reilly credited reDRagon's ongoing success against Wrestling/TheYoungBucks and Wrestling/BulletClub to Shayna Baszler, who made her first professional wrestling appearance that night but would have been in contact with them for quite some time if true.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}}: In 1998, Creator/VinceMcMahon underwent a HeelFaceTurn after his son Creator/ShaneMcMahon took over his stable, Wrestling/TheCorporation, and merged it with Wrestling/TheUndertaker's pseudo-Satanic cult, The Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness, to form The Corporate Ministry. While Shane and The Undertaker usurped control of Vince's company and kidnapped his daughter Creator/StephanieMcMahon, Vince was forced to make peace with all the wrestlers he'd spent the past few years screwing over time and time again, and unite them against this new threat. Then, Undertaker started speaking of a "higher power" he served -- who turned out to be Vince himself.

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* On Wrestling/RingOfHonor's 13th anniversary, Kyle O'Reilly credited reDRagon's ongoing success against Wrestling/TheYoungBucks and Wrestling/BulletClub to Shayna Baszler, who made her first professional wrestling appearance that night but would have been in contact with them for quite some time if true.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}}:
In 1998, Creator/VinceMcMahon underwent a HeelFaceTurn after his son Creator/ShaneMcMahon took over his stable, Wrestling/TheCorporation, and merged it with Wrestling/TheUndertaker's pseudo-Satanic cult, The Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness, to form The Corporate Ministry. While Shane and The Undertaker usurped control of Vince's company and kidnapped his daughter Creator/StephanieMcMahon, Vince was forced to make peace with all ''VideoGame/CrueBall,'' Craig, the wrestlers he'd spent music-hating "Keeper of the past few years screwing over time and time again, and unite them against this new threat. Then, Undertaker started speaking Wall", ultimately answers to Mr. Gore, the Spirit of a "higher power" he served -- who turned out to be Vince himself.Anti-Metal.



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* Some [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] students believe that Isaiah 14:12 (particularly in the King James Version) and Ezekiel 28:12-19 is God talking to [[TheDevil The Man Behind The Kings]].

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* Some [[Literature/TheBible Bible]] students believe On Wrestling/RingOfHonor's 13th anniversary, Kyle O'Reilly credited reDRagon's ongoing success against Wrestling/TheYoungBucks and Wrestling/BulletClub to Shayna Baszler, who made her first professional wrestling appearance that Isaiah 14:12 (particularly night but would have been in contact with them for quite some time if true.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}}: In 1998, Creator/VinceMcMahon underwent a HeelFaceTurn after his son Creator/ShaneMcMahon took over his stable, Wrestling/TheCorporation, and merged it with Wrestling/TheUndertaker's pseudo-Satanic cult, The Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness, to form The Corporate Ministry. While Shane and The Undertaker usurped control of Vince's company and kidnapped his daughter Creator/StephanieMcMahon, Vince was forced to make peace with all
the King James Version) wrestlers he'd spent the past few years screwing over time and Ezekiel 28:12-19 is God talking time again, and unite them against this new threat. Then, Undertaker started speaking of a "higher power" he served -- who turned out to [[TheDevil The Man Behind The Kings]].be Vince himself.



* ''PhantasyStar'' enjoyed this quite a bit. In ''Phantasy Star 1'', BigBad Lassic is in fact a puppet of the demonic Dark Force, from whom he received all his power. In ''Phantasy Star 2'', Mother Brain, a malfunctioning supercomputer, seems to be the BigBad, only to be revealed as corrupted by the Earthmen, who were in turn corrupted by, surprise surprise, Dark Force. ''Phantasy Star 3'' featured King Rulakir was Dark Force's most recent host and that the demon had been instigating the generations long feud between the two principal families. ''Phantasy Star IV'' seemed to break this cycle, revealing Dark Force early on, only for the party to destroy it three separate times. However, Dark Force itself is revealed as merely the most powerful fragments of the Profound Darkness that it had managed to slip through its seal once every thousand years, tasked with destroying the planets of the Algol system which formed the seal that kept the dark goddess imprisoned.

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* ''PhantasyStar'' ''VideoGame/PhantasyStar'' enjoyed this quite a bit. In ''Phantasy Star 1'', BigBad Lassic is in fact a puppet of the demonic Dark Force, from whom he received all his power. In ''Phantasy Star 2'', Mother Brain, a malfunctioning supercomputer, seems to be the BigBad, only to be revealed as corrupted by the Earthmen, who were in turn corrupted by, surprise surprise, Dark Force. ''Phantasy Star 3'' featured King Rulakir was Dark Force's most recent host and that the demon had been instigating the generations long feud between the two principal families. ''Phantasy Star IV'' seemed to break this cycle, revealing Dark Force early on, only for the party to destroy it three separate times. However, Dark Force itself is revealed as merely the most powerful fragments of the Profound Darkness that it had managed to slip through its seal once every thousand years, tasked with destroying the planets of the Algol system which formed the seal that kept the dark goddess imprisoned.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', the campaign starts as an apparent defense against an Ork invasion. However, it is soon revealed that a Chaos force is having the Orks run interference. Then within the Chaos force, it becomes clear that Chaos Sorcerer Sindri Myr and not the "primary commander" Chaos Lord Bale is the one really pulling the strings, masterminding the operation to his own gain. Beyond that, in the final cutscene it's suggested that even Sindri was a pawn to the daemon locked in the Malectidum.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000: VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', the campaign starts as an apparent defense against an Ork invasion. However, it is soon revealed that a Chaos force is having the Orks run interference. Then within the Chaos force, it becomes clear that Chaos Sorcerer Sindri Myr and not the "primary commander" Chaos Lord Bale is the one really pulling the strings, masterminding the operation to his own gain. Beyond that, in the final cutscene it's suggested that even Sindri was a pawn to the daemon locked in the Malectidum.



** Claycia, in ''[[VideoGame/KirbyandtheRainbowCurse Kirby and the Rainbow Curse]]'', is revealed to be possessed by Dark Crafter, an {{Expy}} of Dark Matter.

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** Claycia, in ''[[VideoGame/KirbyandtheRainbowCurse Kirby and the Rainbow Curse]]'', ''VideoGame/KirbyandtheRainbowCurse'', is revealed to be possessed by Dark Crafter, an {{Expy}} of Dark Matter.



* Izanami of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is revealed to be behind everything in the True Ending. But it turns out she was disguised as [[ChekhovsGunman THE GAS STATION ATTENDANT FOR THE ENTIRE GAME, until you question the attendant and her identity is revealed.]]

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* Izanami of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona4'' is revealed to be behind everything in the True Ending. But it turns out she was disguised as [[ChekhovsGunman THE GAS STATION ATTENDANT FOR THE ENTIRE GAME, until you question the attendant and her identity is revealed.]]



* In ''MagiNation'', Korg and Zet appear to have something to do with the Shadow Geyzers, but in fact it is revealed that someone named Morag is their master. But in fact, Agram is actually the teacher of Morag.

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* In ''MagiNation'', ''VideoGame/MagiNation'', Korg and Zet appear to have something to do with the Shadow Geyzers, but in fact it is revealed that someone named Morag is their master. But in fact, Agram is actually the teacher of Morag.



* ''MortalKombat'' does this, more specifically in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''. In the first game, Shang Tsung is hyped as the big bad, a deadly, powerful, long haired, evil sorcerer who has taken control of the shaolin tournament through unethical means, and corrupted it into chaos, ensuring that with 10 consecutive victories, he can take over Earthrealm. It's later revealed he's doing this for his boss, the emperor of Outworld, Shao Kahn, who the good guys eventually met when they're forced to continue a new tournament in Outworld itself.

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* ''MortalKombat'' ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' does this, more specifically in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''. In the first game, Shang Tsung is hyped as the big bad, a deadly, powerful, long haired, evil sorcerer who has taken control of the shaolin tournament through unethical means, and corrupted it into chaos, ensuring that with 10 consecutive victories, he can take over Earthrealm. It's later revealed he's doing this for his boss, the emperor of Outworld, Shao Kahn, who the good guys eventually met when they're forced to continue a new tournament in Outworld itself.






* [[spoiler: EXE]] in ''WebAnimation/TvTomeAdventures'' was the one really in charge of the D-Bug Organization. In ''{{WebAnimation/TOME}}'', [[spoiler: Rubirules]] takes on this role instead, with different motivations (as the D-Bug Organization, now called D-Buggers.org, is [[spoiler: [[AdaptationalHeroism more benevolent as a whole]] this time around]]).

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* [[spoiler: EXE]] in ''WebAnimation/TvTomeAdventures'' ''WebAnimation/TVTomeAdventures'' was the one really in charge of the D-Bug Organization. In ''{{WebAnimation/TOME}}'', ''WebAnimation/{{TOME}}'', [[spoiler: Rubirules]] takes on this role instead, with different motivations (as the D-Bug Organization, now called D-Buggers.org, is [[spoiler: [[AdaptationalHeroism more benevolent as a whole]] this time around]]).



* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' uses this trope a few times.
** Season 10 reveals [[AIIsACrapshoot Sigma]] as the one behind [[SerialKiller the Meta]]. However, it's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] due to Sigma dying at the end of season 6.
** Season 12 reveals that both of the two factions on Chorus, the Federal Army of Chorus and the New Republic, are being manipulated by Locus and Felix into fighting each other. The two mercenaries are also revealed to be working for an unseen person going under the alias of "Control," revealed at the end of the season to be Malcolm Hargrove, CEO of Charon Industries.
* Semi-invoked in ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'': The two {{Chessmaster}}s behind the Big Plan are presented as equal threats, only differing in that one stays more mysterious for longer than the other. Then, naturally, it turns out the more mysterious one, Lear, was just manipulating his more active partner Palmer, whom the heroes thought was the BigBad. Lear betrays and murders Palmer, revealing himself to be the real BigBad.
* In ''Machinima/CultOfPersonality'', [[WordOfGod which takes place before Mann Vs. Machine]], the then unknown Gray Mann is supporting oWn with funding, weapons, and prototypes of his robots in exchange for combat footage. Said combat footage would then be used to improve the AI of the robots and make them more closer to the mercenaries in terms of combat expertise and personality.



* "BobAndGeorge": In the final battle, it is revealed that Fistandantilus was controlling Bob.
* ''FunnyFarm'' does this at considerable length.

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* "BobAndGeorge": ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': In the final battle, it is revealed that Fistandantilus was controlling Bob.
* ''FunnyFarm'' %%* ''Webcomic/FunnyFarm'' does this at considerable length.



* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' uses this trope a few times.
** Season 10 reveals [[AIIsACrapshoot Sigma]] as the one behind [[SerialKiller the Meta]]. However, it's [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] due to Sigma dying at the end of season 6.
** Season 12 reveals that both of the two factions on Chorus, the Federal Army of Chorus and the New Republic, are being manipulated by Locus and Felix into fighting each other. The two mercenaries are also revealed to be working for an unseen person going under the alias of "Control," revealed at the end of the season to be Malcolm Hargrove, CEO of Charon Industries.



* Don Sebastiano, the BigBad who rules [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, dropped hints for some time that Hekate, his 'queen', scared even him. Now we know that ''she'' was really behind the horrific act that gave Don Sebastiano his power base. BUT we also know there's someone behind her. Someone we've never seen except in a concealing cloak...
** More recently there's been a story about a villain who became the Man Behind The Man by ''accident'' - basically bluffing a smallish gang and checking up on them later to discover they'd set up the international 'Master of the World Network', with thousands of pawns, all channelling money and information back to that one gang leader, who was more than happy to give it all to his 'Master'. Later on in the story this villain does a similar thing, except this time ''he actually does control it all''.
* Semi-invoked in ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'': The two {{Chessmaster}}s behind the Big Plan are presented as equal threats, only differing in that one stays more mysterious for longer than the other. Then, naturally, it turns out the more mysterious one, Lear, was just manipulating his more active partner Palmer, whom the heroes thought was the BigBad. Lear betrays and murders Palmer, revealing himself to be the real BigBad.
* Metus to the Skrall in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
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Don Sebastiano, the BigBad who rules [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Academy]], dropped hints for some time that Hekate, his 'queen', "queen", scared even him. Now we know that ''she'' was really behind the horrific act that gave Don Sebastiano his power base. BUT we also know there's someone behind her. Someone we've never seen except in a concealing cloak...
** More recently there's been a story about a villain who became the Man Behind The Man by ''accident'' - -- basically bluffing a smallish gang and checking up on them later to discover they'd set up the international 'Master "Master of the World Network', Network", with thousands of pawns, all channelling channeling money and information back to that one gang leader, who was more than happy to give it all to his 'Master'."Master". Later on in the story this villain does a similar thing, except this time ''he actually does control it all''.
* Semi-invoked in ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'': The two {{Chessmaster}}s behind the Big Plan are presented as equal threats, only differing in that one stays more mysterious for longer than the other. Then, naturally, it turns out the more mysterious one, Lear, was just manipulating his more active partner Palmer, whom the heroes thought was the BigBad. Lear betrays and murders Palmer, revealing himself to be the real BigBad.
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%%* Metus to the Skrall in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''.



* In ''Machinima/CultOfPersonality'', [[WordOfGod which takes place before Mann Vs. Machine]], the then unknown Gray Mann is supporting oWn with funding, weapons, and prototypes of his robots in exchange for combat footage. Said combat footage would then be used to improve the AI of the robots and make them more closer to the mercenaries in terms of combat expertise and personality.



* Twin Masters to High Roller in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Hero 108}}''.

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* Twin Masters to High Roller in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Hero 108}}''.''WesternAnimation/Hero108''.



* {{Implied}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''--[[EvilAlbino Tombstone]] is revealed as New York's "Big Man of Crime," but a few lines hint that he may be working for someone else. WordOfGod says that they wanted the Kingpin to be the Big Man, but couldn't [[ScrewedByTheLawyers because of legal issues]]; presumably, they would have introduced Kingpin as the real Big Man if things changed.

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* {{Implied}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''--[[EvilAlbino ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' -- [[EvilAlbino Tombstone]] is revealed as New York's "Big Man of Crime," but a few lines hint that he may be working for someone else. WordOfGod says that they wanted the Kingpin to be the Big Man, but couldn't [[ScrewedByTheLawyers because of legal issues]]; presumably, they would have introduced Kingpin as the real Big Man if things changed.
12th Jun '17 9:12:47 AM SullenFrog
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* ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'' starts out as a pretty straightforward war story, with [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny PACT]] as the main antagonists and their megalomaniacal dictator [[GalacticConqueror Veniczar Arcadius]] as the BigBad. Then itís revealed that Arcadius is just a persona adopted by the Prototypes, a [[HiveMind collective]] of telepathic clones who are pulling PACTís strings and claim to be doing so for the [[TheFederation Solar Alliance]] as well. The Prototypes in turn are subservient to their HiveQueen Alpha.
10th Jun '17 9:10:08 AM nombretomado
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* Don Sebastiano, the BigBad who rules [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the WhateleyUniverse, dropped hints for some time that Hekate, his 'queen', scared even him. Now we know that ''she'' was really behind the horrific act that gave Don Sebastiano his power base. BUT we also know there's someone behind her. Someone we've never seen except in a concealing cloak...

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* Don Sebastiano, the BigBad who rules [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, dropped hints for some time that Hekate, his 'queen', scared even him. Now we know that ''she'' was really behind the horrific act that gave Don Sebastiano his power base. BUT we also know there's someone behind her. Someone we've never seen except in a concealing cloak...
8th Jun '17 9:09:22 AM veronchung27
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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV'': Skull Face and Huey are separately responsible for corrupting The Patriots and the Patriot AIs by developing the prototypes of the nanomachines (the parasites), nearly assassinating Zero, thus putting him in a vegetative state, and arranging for the death of Strangelove, which mutates The AIs' objective to regulate and control the world into a psychotic obsession with brainwashing humanity to fight a ForeverWar.

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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV'': Skull Face and Huey are separately is responsible for corrupting The Patriots and the Patriot AIs by developing the prototypes of the nanomachines (the parasites), and nearly assassinating Zero, thus putting him in a vegetative state, and arranging for the death of Strangelove, which mutates The AIs' objective to regulate and control the world into a psychotic obsession with brainwashing humanity to fight a ForeverWar.
8th Jun '17 9:05:52 AM veronchung27
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** ''VideoGame/MetalGear'': Outer Heaven was [[ItWasHisSled masterminded]] by your supposed mentor Big Boss.

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** ''VideoGame/MetalGear'': ''VideoGame/MetalGear1'': Outer Heaven was [[ItWasHisSled masterminded]] by your supposed mentor Big Boss.
8th Jun '17 9:04:23 AM veronchung27
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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid5'': Skull Face is responsible for installing a 'hate virus' into The Patriots by developing the prototypes of the nanomachines and assassinating Zero, which mutates their objective to regulate and control the world into a psychotic obsession with brainwashing humanity to fight a ForeverWar.

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** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid5'': ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV'': Skull Face is and Huey are separately responsible for installing a 'hate virus' into corrupting The Patriots and the Patriot AIs by developing the prototypes of the nanomachines and (the parasites), nearly assassinating Zero, thus putting him in a vegetative state, and arranging for the death of Strangelove, which mutates their The AIs' objective to regulate and control the world into a psychotic obsession with brainwashing humanity to fight a ForeverWar.
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*** [[spoiler: In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', Shinnok's arcade ending reveals that the fallen Elder God was being manipulated by the One Being into merging the realms from behind the scenes.]]
4th Jun '17 8:36:53 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has a whole chain of these spread out over its MythArc. Season 1 makes it clear that the Wayne murders were carried out by a conspiracy within Wayne Enterprises itself. Mid-Season 2 reveals that the order was specifically given by [[MadDoctor Hugo Strange]], only for the end of the season to reveal that both Strange and the Wayne conspiracy members were working for [[AncientConspiracy the Court of Owls]], which appears throughout Season 3 to be led by a woman named [[EvilOldFolks Kathryn]]. But then the final episodes of the season reveal that the Court is led by a mysterious man known as [[ManipulativeBastard the Shaman]], who in turn reveals with his final breaths that he was actually all along an acolyte of [[spoiler: ComicBook/RasAlGhul]].
21st May '17 4:49:48 PM nombretomado
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* ''WeissKreuz'' has layer after layer of this. In season 1, Reiji Takatori is the man behind criminal organizations like the Creeper gang and the Liott prostitution ring, and [[AncientConspiracy Essett]] is behind Takatori. In season 2, Mayumi Tsujii is behind [[EnfanteTerrible Todou]] and [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil S Class]], and Epitaph (and by extension Essett again) is behind Tsujii. Rampant ChronicBackstabbingDisorder -- particularly on the parts of [[ThePsychoRangers Schwarz]], who start out as one of the groups that Reijia Takatori is behind and end up backstabbing their way right out of Essett altogether -- muddies the exact order in both cases.

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* ''WeissKreuz'' ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' has layer after layer of this. In season 1, Reiji Takatori is the man behind criminal organizations like the Creeper gang and the Liott prostitution ring, and [[AncientConspiracy Essett]] is behind Takatori. In season 2, Mayumi Tsujii is behind [[EnfanteTerrible Todou]] and [[AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil S Class]], and Epitaph (and by extension Essett again) is behind Tsujii. Rampant ChronicBackstabbingDisorder -- particularly on the parts of [[ThePsychoRangers Schwarz]], who start out as one of the groups that Reijia Takatori is behind and end up backstabbing their way right out of Essett altogether -- muddies the exact order in both cases.
17th May '17 8:11:34 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', it's an open secret among the higher echelons of the Hexarchate that hexarch Nirai Faian - as well as his precedessors - is just a puppet to the immortal Nirai Kujen.
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