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24th Sep '17 2:02:25 PM SpinAttaxx
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* Of all the {{Big Bad}}s in ''Franchise/DragonBall'', [[TheNapoleon Commander Red]] is the only one that neither Goku, nor any of the heroes, faces; right as Goku is fighting his way towards him, he's killed by [[TheDragon Staff Officer Black]] once he rants about how he wanted to use the Dragon Balls not to TakeOverTheWorld, but to make himself taller.
10th Sep '17 4:54:54 PM spectertv
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* The Emperor of Darkness was BiggerBad from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and BigBad from ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. The second series ended up with the heroes [[spoiler:killing his CoDragons and annihilating a large part of his army,]] but they never fought him. Outside of an episode of one of the manga versions of ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' and the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' games he has never been fought (and in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' he is not even mentioned).

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* The Emperor of Darkness was BiggerBad the GreaterScopeVillain from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and BigBad from ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. The second series ended up with the heroes [[spoiler:killing his CoDragons and annihilating a large part of his army,]] but they never fought him. Outside of an episode of one of the manga versions of ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' and the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' games he has never been fought (and in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' he is not even mentioned).



* While the entire "genome digimon" plot line was scrapped from ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'', fiveof them do manage to appear on panel. Of these, only [=NeoDevimon=] and Callismon are fought, Lycamon, Hermmon and Panimon only getting a fearsome reveal in front of the protagonists at their most vulnerable but never appearing again after departing with TheDragon's army with the promise to slaughter all their friends, aside from a SuperDeformed intro where the mangaka apologize for their absence and ask the fans to come up with their own story to make up for it.

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* While the entire "genome digimon" plot line was scrapped from ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'', fiveof five of them do manage to appear on panel. Of these, only [=NeoDevimon=] and Callismon are fought, Lycamon, Hermmon Hermmon, and Panimon only getting a fearsome reveal in front of the protagonists at their most vulnerable but never appearing again after departing with TheDragon's army with the promise to slaughter all their friends, aside from a SuperDeformed intro where the mangaka apologize for their absence and ask the fans to come up with their own story to make up for it.



* Marik Ishtar from Anime/YuGiOh. While set up as the BigBad of Battle City he never fights Yugi directly (unless you count Strings, which was a henchman controlled by him) and only speaks to him through his brainwashed minions. By the time Yugi finds out who he is, Marik is taken over by Dark Marik who is [[EvilerThanThou far more evil]] than Marik ever was. By the time Dark Marik is defeated the real Marik has gone over a HeelFaceTurn meaning he will never has to answer for his crimes.
* Anime/YuGiOhArcV has The Doktor. He is responsible for creating Parasite Monsters and placing them within Yuzu and her counterparts to control them. He is even shown caressing Yuzu's face just to piss off Yuya. When it looks like he is about to duel Yuya, Leo Akaba proceeds to card him after [[EvenEvilHasStandards expressing his disgust]] for what he has done and being reminded of his own actions in the past.



* The Council of Thirteen are the ultimate heads of the Yeerk Empire in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', but they're a mostly off-page BiggerBad, with Visser Three (and to a lesser extent, Visser One) being the actual main enemies the Animorphs have to contend with. The Thirteen themselves only appear in one book, where they're more concerned with investigating potential treason on the Vissers' parts than actually confronting the protagonists.

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* The Council of Thirteen are the ultimate heads of the Yeerk Empire in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', but they're a mostly off-page BiggerBad, GreaterScopeVillain, with Visser Three (and to a lesser extent, Visser One) being the actual main enemies the Animorphs have to contend with. The Thirteen themselves only appear in one book, where they're more concerned with investigating potential treason on the Vissers' parts than actually confronting the protagonists.
8th Aug '17 10:34:27 AM erazor0707
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* ''Fanfic/PokemonStorySinnohJourney'': Dawn never battles either Aaron or Ian despite the build-up to a potential one.
16th Apr '17 3:41:45 PM Thecommander236
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* The Super Soldier Assassination team in Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar [[spoiler:are shot and killed by Helmut Zemo while in cryogenic sleep]]. For all the talk of them and how dangerous they are, they are taken out of play in a very anti-climatic manner.
5th Mar '17 5:50:21 PM Drope
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Mostly a video game trope. Though this can happen in other media, it is much harder to tell what counts as a "battle" in books or movies, while video games have a clear distinction between gameplay and [=FMVs=]. Contrast with ClimaxBoss, which these examples are hyped up to be. Not to be confused with ZeroEffortBoss or AntiClimaxBoss, where the villain in question ''is'' fought, but ends up being a wuss (deliberately or not, respectively). Compare to KarmaHoudini, where the villain can get away with their crimes unpunished. GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere is the logical inversion, being about fighting a boss that has little to zero relevance in the plot.

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Mostly a video game trope. Though this can happen in other media, it is much harder to tell what counts as a "battle" in books or movies, while video games have a clear distinction between gameplay and [=FMVs=]. Contrast with ClimaxBoss, which these examples are hyped up to be. Not to be confused with ZeroEffortBoss or AntiClimaxBoss, where the villain in question ''is'' fought, but ends up being a wuss (deliberately or not, respectively). Compare to KarmaHoudini, where the villain can get away with their crimes unpunished. GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere is the logical inversion, being which is about fighting a boss that has little to zero context or relevance in the plot.
7th Feb '17 6:45:57 PM fearlessnikki
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* {{Wrestling/Melina}} had two of these in her time:
** Rosa Mendes debuted as an obsessed Beth Phoenix fan, attacking Melina from behind while she was chasing Beth's Women's Championship. Melina eventually won the title off Beth, but never had a match with Rosa at all.
** In 2009, {{Wrestling/Maryse}} made her return and intended to challenge Melina for the Divas' Championship. Melina suddenly tore her ACL and had to vacate the title. By the time she returned from injury, Maryse was no longer wrestling and instead acting as a valet. So they never got their grudge match after all.
* WWE in 2011 were building towards a program between Kharma and Beth Phoenix. Kharma suddenly got pregnant and thus went on maternity leave. After her baby didn't survive the birth, she was released from her contract. Beth herself retired the same year, making a match between them extremely unlikely.
* When the team of MNM split up, there was never a match between Johnny Nitro or Joey Mercury. The night the team split, both Nitro and Melina were immediately moved to Raw and Mercury remained on Smackdown. This was before any kind of grudge match could take place.
* While she was in WWE, {{Wrestling/Chyna}} never faced the two other big women employed at the time. Nicole Bass left WWE too soon, and {{Wrestling/Jacqueline}} simply never had a match with Chyna. A program with both was teased at some point, but they never fought.
* Famously Stone Cold and Brock Lesnar. Stone Cold walked out of WWE one night when a match between him and Lesnar was scheduled for that night's Raw - feeling that such a match should not be given away on free TV. By the time he returned to WWE, he had his retirement match with The Rock because his body wasn't up to wrestling anymore. So he never fought Lesnar after all.
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22nd Dec '16 12:37:45 PM MyFinalEdits
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** Drusilla does eventually fight Buffy during her return in Season 5, but it's incredibly short, and by that time she is no longer a [[BigBad Big Bad]] anyway.

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** Drusilla does eventually fight Buffy during her return in Season 5, but it's incredibly short, and by that time she is no longer a [[BigBad Big Bad]] BigBad anyway.



* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' Vegeta is stunned to realize he never actually fought Piccolo-Nappa had. What's worse to him is he was LateToTheRealization: even Goku had realized it before him.

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* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' Vegeta is stunned to realize he never actually fought Piccolo-Nappa Piccolo - Nappa had. What's worse to him is he was LateToTheRealization: even Goku had realized it before him.
22nd Dec '16 11:55:00 AM jlindsay
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** Drusilla does eventually fight Buffy during her return in Season 5, but it's incredibly short, and by that time she is no longer a [[BigBad Big Bad]] anyway.
19th Dec '16 12:15:14 PM FordPrefect
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* In Episode IV of ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Film/ANewHope'', Luke Skywalker never directly fights this film's BigBad, Grand Moff Tarkin (Darth Vader was TheHeavy in this film); he simply dies after he refuses to evacuate the then-collapsing Death Star.

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* In Episode IV of ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Film/ANewHope'', Luke Skywalker never directly fights this film's BigBad, Grand Moff Tarkin (Darth Vader was TheHeavy in this film); he simply dies after he refuses to evacuate the then-collapsing Death Star.Star, assuming that no one could actually pull off the kill shot.
11th Dec '16 7:16:28 PM flameclaw0x7
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Mostly a video game trope. Though this can happen in other media, it is much harder to tell what counts as a "battle" in books or movies, while video games have a clear distinction between gameplay and [=FMVs=]. Contrast with ClimaxBoss, which these examples are hyped up to be. Not to be confused with ZeroEffortBoss or AntiClimaxBoss, where the villain in question ''is'' fought, but ends up being a wuss (deliberately or not, respectively). GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere is the logical inversion, being about fighting a boss that has little to zero relevance in the plot.

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Mostly a video game trope. Though this can happen in other media, it is much harder to tell what counts as a "battle" in books or movies, while video games have a clear distinction between gameplay and [=FMVs=]. Contrast with ClimaxBoss, which these examples are hyped up to be. Not to be confused with ZeroEffortBoss or AntiClimaxBoss, where the villain in question ''is'' fought, but ends up being a wuss (deliberately or not, respectively). Compare to KarmaHoudini, where the villain can get away with their crimes unpunished. GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere is the logical inversion, being about fighting a boss that has little to zero relevance in the plot.
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