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5th Dec '16 1:54:52 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', it eventually turns out that the two {{Big Bad}}s are both being manipulated by [[spoiler:the dragon Ash]], the true villain of the series.
23rd Nov '16 11:39:24 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Season 3 spends several episodes building up [[SuperEmpowering Doctor Alchemy]] as the new BigBad. However, it's soon revealed that he's actually merely the [[TheDragon chief acolyte]] of [[PhysicalGod Savitar]].
14th Nov '16 1:29:04 AM Doug86
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* The Orions in the Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse. That dancing girl or prostitute is enslaved to a man who is in turn enslaved to a woman of the elite lineages, who in turn owes allegiance to a man who runs an entire branch of a crime syndicate, who is himself a servant of the woman who runs the entire syndicate from behind the throne...

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* The Orions in the Literature/StarTrekNovelVerse.Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse. That dancing girl or prostitute is enslaved to a man who is in turn enslaved to a woman of the elite lineages, who in turn owes allegiance to a man who runs an entire branch of a crime syndicate, who is himself a servant of the woman who runs the entire syndicate from behind the throne...
11th Nov '16 11:21:08 PM ReddishGuy1
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* The ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars'' series enjoys this one. In ''Advance Wars'', Sturm was the Man behind Olaf and Clone Andy. In ''Dual Strike'', Von Bolt was the Man behind Kindle and the Bolt Guard. And in ''Days Of Ruin'', Caulder was the Man behind just about everybody.

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* The ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars'' series enjoys this one. one.
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In the original ''Advance Wars'', Sturm was the Man behind Olaf and Clone Andy. In ''Dual Strike'', Von Bolt was Eagle were deceived by Sturm into attacking Orange Star via a clone of the Man behind Kindle and Orange Star CO, Andy, whom Sturm used to frame the Bolt Guard. And in real Andy for numerous war crimes.
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''Days Of Ruin'', Caulder was is the Man man behind just about everybody.everybody, using people like Admiral Greyfield and the Beast to test his weapons and conducts experiments. Though Caulder appears early on, his influence isn't revealed until later in the game.
5th Nov '16 4:06:55 PM WillBGood
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** Book 3 gets tricky due to a KudzuPlot. The curse on Kitty's cabin was cast by the NotSoHarmlessVillain Alice and CorruptHick Sheriff Marks, but the cattle mutilations were the work of a skinwalker that had been attracted by the evil energies of the curse, and the latter was also the sister of the werewolf that infected Ben. So ultimately, everything traces back to the skinwalker's grandfather, who also taught her what she knew. Who, [[ShaggyDogStory after all that, proves to be an AnticlimaxBoss since neither he nor the heroes can hurt each other, and killing him won't get the heroes what they want anyway.]]

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** Book 3 gets tricky due to a KudzuPlot. The curse on Kitty's cabin was cast by the NotSoHarmlessVillain Alice and CorruptHick Sheriff Marks, but the cattle mutilations were the work of a skinwalker that had been attracted by the evil energies of the curse, and the latter was also the sister of the werewolf that infected Ben. So ultimately, everything traces back to the skinwalker's grandfather, who also taught her what she knew. Who, [[ShaggyDogStory after all that, proves to be an AnticlimaxBoss since [[ShaggyDogStory neither he nor the heroes can hurt each other, and killing him won't get the heroes what they want anyway.]]
5th Nov '16 4:05:38 PM WillBGood
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* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', it looks like it's such a MeleeATrois that there can't possibly be a BigBad. However, it turns out that TheSyndicate, the [[SpyVersusSpy dueling intelligence agencies, the Japanese police force, and PANDORA were all controlled by the same people. Evening Primrose was actually LaResistance, and other than their influence, all the conflict in the series had been due to the higher-ups pitting the Contractors against each other to keep them from finding out their genocidal plans.]]

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* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', it looks like it's such a MeleeATrois that there can't possibly be a BigBad. However, it turns out that TheSyndicate, the [[SpyVersusSpy dueling intelligence agencies, the Japanese police force, and PANDORA were all controlled by the same people. ]] Evening Primrose was actually LaResistance, and other than their influence, all the conflict in the series had been due to the higher-ups pitting the Contractors against each other to keep them from finding out their genocidal plans.]]
24th Oct '16 2:41:51 AM SimiOfDoom
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* The Pannion Seer from ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'' is first made out to be the big bad, then it turns out he is [[spoiler: one of the Jaghut children]] from the prologue and was compelled to his actions by [[spoiler: the Crippled God]].

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* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
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The Pannion Seer from ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'' is first made out to be the big bad, then it turns out he is [[spoiler: one of the Jaghut children]] from the prologue and was compelled to his actions by [[spoiler: the Crippled God]].God]].
** In ''Literature/MidnightTides'' [[spoiler: The Crippled God]] strikes again, backing Rhulad and also making sure he stays in line. Just like have seen in ''Memories Of Ice''. He is, in fact, backing several people throughout the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', because that is the only way he can influence the world around him at all.
23rd Oct '16 11:57:21 AM SimiOfDoom
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*The Pannion Seer from ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'' is first made out to be the big bad, then it turns out he is [[spoiler: one of the Jaghut children]] from the prologue and was compelled to his actions by [[spoiler: the Crippled God]].
22nd Oct '16 4:07:15 PM SimiOfDoom
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* Turns out the whole of the conflict in Luskan in ''Literature/{{Transitions}}'' has been initiated by Bregan D'earthe so that they can take control of the city. They use the people of Ship Kurth as a human front for their operations.
19th Oct '16 5:44:30 PM nombretomado
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* One of the endings of ''{{Drakengard}}'' has this occur. Throughout the game, we've become accustomed to thinking the BigBad was the [[EnfanteTerrible crazy high priestess of the Cult of the Watchers]]. When she's finally killed in the path to the fourth ending, the "Watchers" themselves show up. While it is left ambiguous if these are the true villains of the game, the sequel removes all doubt.

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* One of the endings of ''{{Drakengard}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' has this occur. Throughout the game, we've become accustomed to thinking the BigBad was the [[EnfanteTerrible crazy high priestess of the Cult of the Watchers]]. When she's finally killed in the path to the fourth ending, the "Watchers" themselves show up. While it is left ambiguous if these are the true villains of the game, the sequel removes all doubt.
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