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25th May '16 1:03:27 AM Vir
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** According to WordOfGod, the writers were somewhat restrained on this point by ExecutiveMeddling during Season 1--because the title of the show was ''Wander Over Yonder,'' they weren't allowed to do episodes that didn't include good-guy protagonist Wander in some way. They got around this in "The Funk," the first episode to focus on Hater and Peepers with no Wander-related plot, by giving him a brief cameo at the end (arriving on the planet that the bad guys have just left, without interacting with them at all). The success of such episodes allowed the writers to do entirely Wander-free outings in Season 2.
* Plankton on ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' has had his share of villain episodes. "The Algae's Always Greener" and "Plankton's Army," to name a few.

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** According to WordOfGod, the writers were somewhat restrained on this point by ExecutiveMeddling during Season season 1--because the title of the show was ''Wander Over over Yonder,'' they weren't allowed to do episodes that didn't include good-guy good guy protagonist Wander in some way. They got around this in "The Funk," the first episode to focus on Hater and Peepers with no Wander-related plot, by giving him a brief cameo at the end (arriving on the planet that the bad guys have just left, without interacting with them at all). The success of such episodes allowed the writers to do entirely Wander-free outings in Season season 2.
* Plankton on ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has had his share of villain episodes. "The Algae's Always Greener" and "Plankton's Army," to name a few.
15th Apr '16 2:18:52 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Music/GloryHammer's two albums are both concept albums, although we don't get to see the villainous Zargotthrax's Point of View until their second album ''Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards'':
** "Goblin King of the Darkstorm Galaxy" is told from Zargothrax' perspective, and this is the Goblin King of the Darkstorm Galaxy talking to him:
-->This magic crystal
-->is the artifact you seek
-->To unleash evil from the sky
-->You must find the portal
-->The crystal is the key
-->All universe alive will die!
** Parts of "Apocalypse 1992" are also narrated by Zargothrax, the [[EvilSorcerer dark sorcerer]] of Auchtermuchty:
-->My ancestral demon army
-->Will ride a cosmic sphere
-->And liberate the multiverse
-->From slavery and fear
-->With the power of the crystal
-->From an ancient galaxy
-->The force of evil will prevail
-->It is my destiny
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11th Apr '16 11:28:39 PM LancelotG
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** According to WordOfGod, the writers were somewhat restrained on this point by ExecutiveMeddling during Season 1--because the title of the show was ''Wander Over Yonder,'' they weren't allowed to do episodes that didn't include good-guy protagonist Wander. They got around this in "The Funk," the first episode to focus on Hater and Peepers with no Wander-related plot, by giving him a brief cameo at the end (arriving on the planet that the bad guys have just left, without interacting with them at all). The success of such episodes allowed the writers to do entirely Wander-free outings in Season 2.

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** According to WordOfGod, the writers were somewhat restrained on this point by ExecutiveMeddling during Season 1--because the title of the show was ''Wander Over Yonder,'' they weren't allowed to do episodes that didn't include good-guy protagonist Wander.Wander in some way. They got around this in "The Funk," the first episode to focus on Hater and Peepers with no Wander-related plot, by giving him a brief cameo at the end (arriving on the planet that the bad guys have just left, without interacting with them at all). The success of such episodes allowed the writers to do entirely Wander-free outings in Season 2.
11th Apr '16 11:27:23 PM LancelotG
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** According to WordOfGod, the writers were somewhat restrained on this point by ExecutiveMeddling during Season 1--because the title of the show was ''Wander Over Yonder,'' they weren't allowed to do episodes that didn't include good-guy protagonist Wander. They got around this in "The Funk," the first episode to focus on Hater and Peepers with no Wander-related plot, by giving him a brief cameo at the end (arriving on the planet that the bad guys have just left, without interacting with them at all). The success of such episodes allowed the writers to do entirely Wander-free outings in Season 2.
18th Mar '16 8:48:30 PM Pichu-kun
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* After being blown away by Luffy, the ''Manga/OnePiece'' anime spent two episodes following Buggy around as he tries to retrieve the rest of his body and find his crew. This was, at first, a story cover-arc in the manga, but was important enough to warrant the anime to expand on it.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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After being blown away by Luffy, the ''Manga/OnePiece'' anime spent two episodes following Buggy around as he tries to retrieve the rest of his body and find his crew. This was, at first, a story cover-arc in the manga, but was important enough to warrant the anime to expand on it.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' ChristmasEpisode "Just Like Old Times" Carmen 'kidnaps' The Chief. He suffers memory loss due to a virus and still thinks Carmen is an [=ACME=] agent. She uses this to her advantage and gets him to help with her thievery. In a twist on the usual formula, Ivy and Zach give out clues to Carmen about Christmas-related things to steal.



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19th Feb '16 5:55:49 AM Clare
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}'' has "The Overthrow of Merklynn", in which Darkstorm deposes Merklynn and seizes control of the Shrine atop Iron Mountain. But, in his arrogance, he summons the Sacred Secret Spell, only to find that he has "unleashed forces that none can contain"; the rest of the episode, from which the Spectral Knights (whom Darkstorm turns into statues) are almost entirely absent, sees the Darkling Lords racing to return Merklynn's crystal orb to its rightful owner. Darkstorm then learns that the Sacred Secret Spell is simply a fail-safe, designed to prevent power-hungry mortals like himself from stealing magic from wizards and using it to cause destruction.
17th Feb '16 9:21:07 AM chopshop
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* ''ComicBook/TheSuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'', is essentially a Spider-Man story told from the perspective of the average, D-List supervillains, showing Boomerang and his gang as they try to keep the lights on and eventually get tangled up into local gang conflict.

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* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' has done this quite a few times:
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''ComicBook/TheSuperiorFoesOfSpiderMan'', is essentially a Spider-Man story told from the perspective of the average, D-List supervillains, showing Boomerang and his gang as they try to keep the lights on and eventually get tangled up into in a local gang conflict.conflict. Spider-Man only appears in (mostly silent) cameos as [[TheDreaded a vague threat feared by many]].
** One issue of Dan Slott's run is told from the perspective of the Sinister Six as they prepare their latest evil plan and get into conflict with another supervillain gang. Spider-Man never appears, only being obliquely mentioned as the Six's enemy.
** Another Slott-penned story was told from Hobgoblin's perspective as he tries to escape or fight off a vengeful ComicBook/NormanOsborn. Hobgoblin later got another spotlight story during ''{{ComicBook/Axis}}'', in which he attempts to [[HeelFaceTurn go straight]] in [[OnlyInItForTheMoney the worst manner possible]].



** ''Generation 1'' episode "Triple Takeover" was about [[EvilVersusEvil Blitzwing and Astrotrain wresting leadership of the Decepticons from Megatron]]. The Autobots did appear, but didn't really do very much. The later episodes "Starscream's Brigade" and "Webworld" were similarly Decepticon-centric.

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** ''Generation 1'' episode 1'':
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"Triple Takeover" was about [[EvilVersusEvil Blitzwing and Astrotrain wresting leadership of the Decepticons from Megatron]]. The Autobots did appear, but didn't really do very much. The later episodes
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"Starscream's Brigade" and similarly focused on the Decepticons' internal problems, following Starscream as he concocted a new scheme to overthrow Megatron.
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"Webworld" were similarly Decepticon-centric.follows the Decepticons as they try to cure the madness Galvatron has been afflicted with. The Autobots only appear very briefly at the beginning and end, and are otherwise only passingly mentioned.
10th Jan '16 8:05:23 PM merotoker
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In an {{arc}}-based show, a villain episode is a good opportunity for CharacterDevelopment. It allows the writers to reveal details about what drives the villain and how they feel about the constant defeats at the hands of the heroes. Often, the villains become more sympathetic after getting such exposure. In quite a few cases, these are considered some of the best episodes by fans.

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In an {{arc}}-based [[StoryArc arc-based]] show, a villain episode is a good opportunity for CharacterDevelopment. It allows the writers to reveal details about what drives the villain and how they feel about the constant defeats at the hands of the heroes. Often, the villains become more sympathetic after getting such exposure. In quite a few cases, these are considered some of the best episodes by fans.



* Team Rocket has over a dozen episodes of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' themed around them, individually or as a group. They tend to be considerably more dramatic than other episodes, have an emphasis their friendship, and [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments be quite sweet]]. More than a few use the {{Recycled Plot}}s of "A member thinks of leaving; drama occurs" and "Pikachu teams up with Meowth".

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* Team Rocket has over a dozen episodes of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' themed around them, individually or as a group. They tend to be considerably more dramatic than other episodes, have an emphasis on their friendship, and [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments be quite sweet]]. More than a few use the {{Recycled Plot}}s of "A member thinks of leaving; drama occurs" and "Pikachu teams up with Meowth".



** "Holy Matrimony" is about James and his background. It reveals that James comes from a very wealthy family but [[TheRunaway ran away]] as a child to avoid [[ArrangedMarriage marrying]] his abusive fiancee.

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** "Holy Matrimony" "[[Recap/PokemonS1E48HolyMatrimony Holy Matrimony]]" is about James and his background. It reveals that James comes from a very wealthy family but [[TheRunaway ran away]] as a child to avoid [[ArrangedMarriage marrying]] his abusive fiancee.



* King Dedede and Dr. Escargon/Escargoon of ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' have several episodes dedicated to themselves like "Escar-gone" where nobody recognizes Escargoon due to the effect of Boukyakku/Erasem being inside his body and "Sweet & Sour Puss" where Togeira takes away Dedede's ability to get angry and makes him stay calm and friendly through all of the pain inflicted on him by everyone else just to store his anger for one big crazy mega-attack.

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* King Dedede and Dr. Escargon/Escargoon of ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' have several episodes dedicated to themselves like "Escar-gone" where nobody recognizes Escargoon due to the effect of Boukyakku/Erasem being inside his body and "Sweet & Sour Puss" where Togeira takes away Dedede's ability to get angry and makes him stay calm and friendly through all of the pain inflicted on him by everyone else just to store his anger for one big crazy mega-attack.



** "The Deep Dark Woods" is this for a lowly {{Mook}}.

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** "The Deep Dark Woods" is this for a lowly {{Mook}}.{{Mook|s}}.



* Several issues of ''[[ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'' during the ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' crossover event are told from the perspective of Crusader, secretly an advance scout for a Skrull invasion.
** Key word there -- ''a'' Skrull invasion. The particular Skrull invasion featured in ''Secret Invasion'' was a surprise to even Crusader himself.

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* Several issues of ''[[ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative Avengers: The Initiative]]'' during the ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' crossover event are told from the perspective of Crusader, secretly an advance scout for a Skrull invasion.
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invasion. Key word there -- ''a'' Skrull invasion. The particular Skrull invasion featured in ''Secret Invasion'' was a surprise to even Crusader himself.



* A "Faces of Evil" FifthWeekEvent from DC consisted of villain spotlight issues of many of their major titles.
** An earlier FifthWeekEvent was "New Year's Evil".
* Creator/GeoffJohns' run on ''TheFlash'' featured periodic issues spotlighting one of the {{Rogues|Gallery}}.

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* A "Faces of Evil" FifthWeekEvent from DC consisted of villain spotlight issues of many of their major titles.
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titles. An earlier FifthWeekEvent was "New Year's Evil".
* Creator/GeoffJohns' run on ''TheFlash'' ''Franchise/TheFlash'' featured periodic issues spotlighting one of the {{Rogues|Gallery}}.



* Comicbook/DarkReign was basically one long villain episode for Marvel.
** The ComicBook/DarkAvengers concept was specifically revisited in ''Comicbook/NewAvengers #18'', which centered around ComicBook/NormanOsborn assembling a new incarnation of the group and forging bonds with HYDRA, A.I.M., and the Hand. Not a single hero -- much less an actual member of the Avengers -- appeared in the issue.

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* Comicbook/DarkReign was basically one long villain episode for Marvel.
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Marvel. The ComicBook/DarkAvengers concept was specifically revisited in ''Comicbook/NewAvengers #18'', which centered around ComicBook/NormanOsborn assembling a new incarnation of the group and forging bonds with HYDRA, A.I.M., and the Hand. Not a single hero -- much less an actual member of the Avengers -- appeared in the issue.



* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic'' is a five issue mini-series all about various ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' villains and their origins.
** ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendsForever'' #16 focuses on Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon trying to outdo the Cutie Mark Crusaders. While not nearly as bad as some of the examples on the list, the two have been nothing but antagonistic throughout the franchise so far.

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* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic'' is a five issue mini-series all about various ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' villains and their origins.
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origins. ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendsForever'' #16 focuses on Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon trying to outdo the Cutie Mark Crusaders. While not nearly as bad as some of the examples on the list, the two have been nothing but antagonistic throughout the franchise so far.



* A notable story in ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' is told from the perspective of the Joker. Specifically it starts immediately ''after'' a typical Batman story, showing how he has to make his way back to his hideout after getting punched off a blimp to his supposed doom [[JokerImmunity for the hundredth time]].
** ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' is another notable "spotlight story" for the Joker, showing his point-of-view on his conflict with Batman, MultipleChoicePast, and motivations.

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* A notable story in ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' is told from the perspective of the Joker. Specifically it starts immediately ''after'' a typical Batman story, showing how he has to make his way back to his hideout after getting punched off a blimp to his supposed doom [[JokerImmunity for the hundredth time]].
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time]]. ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' is another notable "spotlight story" for the Joker, showing his point-of-view on his conflict with Batman, MultipleChoicePast, and motivations.



* [[VideoGame/DieAnstalt Dr Wood]] gets one of these in Fanfic/APosseAdEsse.

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* [[VideoGame/DieAnstalt Dr Wood]] gets one of these in Fanfic/APosseAdEsse.''Fanfic/APosseAdEsse''.



* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', the chapter "A Common Enemy Without A Common Cause" focuses on the [=SUEs=] ([[ParodySue Parody Sues]] who are in opposition to [[Anime/MaiHime the Himes]]), specifically what would have happened if they had been forced to work together. [[spoiler:They end up killing each other before they even encounter the Himes]].

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* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', the chapter "A Common Enemy Without A Common Cause" focuses on the [=SUEs=] ([[ParodySue Parody Sues]] ({{Parody Sue}}s who are in opposition to [[Anime/MaiHime the Himes]]), specifically what would have happened if they had been forced to work together. [[spoiler:They end up killing each other before they even encounter the Himes]].



* The ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'' side story/sequel "Another Happy Mother's Day" is written from the perspective of [[BigBad Checker Monarch]] [[spoiler: after her defeat and [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness decent into insanity]] at the end of the main fic.]]

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* The ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'' side story/sequel "Another Happy Mother's Day" is written from the perspective of [[BigBad Checker Monarch]] [[spoiler: after her defeat and [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness decent into insanity]] at the end of the main fic.]]fic]].



** [[spoiler:"Nightmare House", which involves Nightmare Eclipse and her PsychoRangers discussing an attempt by Eclipse to find a Nightmare of Rarity and failing, then her interacting with Nightmare Mirror. In a twist, we're shown them trying to imitate their old lives to some degree...and failing due to what they've become.]]
* A lot of chapters from ''FanFic/BadFutureCrusaders'' focus entirely on the villains and shows that a lot of them (particularily the {{Mook}}s) are actually fairly decent and reasonable ponies. Even the high-ranked characters like [[TheDragon Princess Dinky]] and [[TheDreaded Captain Rumble]] are shown to have redeeming qualities.

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** [[spoiler:"Nightmare House", which involves Nightmare Eclipse and her PsychoRangers [[ThePsychoRangers Psycho Rangers]] discussing an attempt by Eclipse to find a Nightmare of Rarity and failing, then her interacting with Nightmare Mirror. In a twist, we're shown them trying to imitate their old lives to some degree...and failing due to what they've become.]]
* A lot of chapters from ''FanFic/BadFutureCrusaders'' focus entirely on the villains and shows that a lot of them (particularily (particularly the {{Mook}}s) {{Mooks}}) are actually fairly decent and reasonable ponies. Even the high-ranked characters like [[TheDragon Princess Dinky]] and [[TheDreaded Captain Rumble]] are shown to have redeeming qualities.



* ''Visser,'' of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, is told from the perspective of [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Visser One]] as she's put on trial [[EvilVsEvil by Visser Three]] and their bosses, [[BiggerBad the Council of Thirteen]]. It provides back story about how she began the invasion of Earth and reveals some startling details about her motives.

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* ''Visser,'' of the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' series, is told from the perspective of [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Visser One]] as she's put on trial [[EvilVsEvil [[EvilVersusEvil by Visser Three]] and their bosses, [[BiggerBad [[GreaterScopeVillain the Council of Thirteen]]. It provides back story about how she began the invasion of Earth and reveals some startling details about her motives.



* ''{{Series/CSI}}'' episode "Killer" - as its title suggests, it focused on the murderer.

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* ''{{Series/CSI}}'' ''{{Series/CSI}}''
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episode "Killer" - as its title suggests, it focused on the murderer.



* Ben's [[CharacterFocus centric episodes]] on ''{{Series/Lost}}''.
** "Across the Sea" as well, since it give sympathetic backstory to the Man in Black.

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* ''{{Series/Lost}} ''
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Ben's [[CharacterFocus centric episodes]] on ''{{Series/Lost}}''.
episodes]].
** "Across the Sea" as well, since it give gives a sympathetic backstory to the Man in Black.



* The ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' episode "Company Man", which also served as [[BadassNormal HRG's]] BackStory.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
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The ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' episode "Company Man", which also served as [[BadassNormal HRG's]] BackStory.



* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', a couple of episodes are concentrated on Jem'Hadar, the Dominion soldiers. And there is one episode where we concentrate on Damar and VU-s... and [[spoiler: shortly afterwards Damar makes a HeelFaceTurn.]]
** Not to mention the ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' two-parter "In A Mirror Darkly" focusing entirely on the MirrorUniverse characters. Complete with [[SpecialEditionTitle different intro scenes]].

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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek''
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''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', a couple of episodes are concentrated on Jem'Hadar, the Dominion soldiers. And there is one episode where we concentrate on Damar and VU-s... and [[spoiler: shortly afterwards Damar makes a HeelFaceTurn.]]
HeelFaceTurn]].
** Not to mention the The ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'' two-parter "In A Mirror Darkly" focusing entirely on the MirrorUniverse characters. Complete with [[SpecialEditionTitle different intro scenes]].



* The second season ''Series/PrisonBreak'' episode "Unearthed" is that show's best example of a Villain Episode; while the audience sees newly-introduced AntiVillain Alexander Mahone operating under the thumb of the series' [[TheDragon dragon]] Kellerman (a new revelation, as he'd previously been portrayed as the InspectorJavert), protagonist Michael digs around into Mahone's DarkAndTroubledPast and [[IncrediblyLamePun unearths]] his deepest, darkest secret.

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* The second season ''Series/PrisonBreak'' episode "Unearthed" is that show's best example of a Villain Episode; while the audience sees newly-introduced AntiVillain Alexander Mahone operating under the thumb of the series' [[TheDragon dragon]] Kellerman (a new revelation, as he'd previously been portrayed as the InspectorJavert), protagonist Michael digs around into Mahone's DarkAndTroubledPast and [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} unearths]] his deepest, darkest secret.



* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' season 9 episode "Meta Fiction" focuses on the evil Angel who has become the new BigBad. The episode opens as [[BreakingTheFourthWall he directly adresses the audience]] to tell them a story about how he outsmarted the Winchesters and has [[AGodAmI become as omnipotent as a god]]. He proceeds to rewrite everything as he sees fit to cast himself as a "hero" against the "villain" Castiel. Even the intro title is changed to reflect his name instead of that of the show.
* The episode "[[Recap/TheFlash2014S1E17Tricksters Tricksters]]" of ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'' is partially a VillainEpisode. While the main plot involves the Flash and his allies foiling the latest villain of the week, the subplot is a series of flashbacks which [[spoiler:tell the story of how the Reverse-Flash got stuck in the present (as he is from the future) and how he took the identity of an innocent scientist in order to kickstart the events of the series proper.]]
* The eighth episode of ''[[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} Daredevil]]'', "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E8ShadowsInTheGlass Shadows in the Glass]]", gives special focus on [[ComicBook/TheKingpin Wilson Fisk]], telling his backstory, exploring more about the difficulties he's facing, and developing his relationship with his love interest Vanessa.
* The ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' episode "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?" is partly told from the perspective of one of [[{{Mook}} the Shapeshifters]], named Ray Duffy. The episode spends a significant amount of time developing Duffy, showing that he started a family while in his current disguise and steadily [[BecomingTheMask became the mask]]. He's established as a tragic and reluctant figure who's secretly scared of both being called back into duty (he would have to change forms again and thus be separated from his family) and that his family would view him as a monster if they learned his true origins. [[spoiler: In the end he's murdered by Thomas Jerome Newton after his clash with Fringe Team, as Newton realizes that Duffy won't willingly aid him anymore because of his devotion to his family.]]

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* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' season 9 episode "Meta Fiction" focuses on the evil Angel who has become the new BigBad. The episode opens as [[BreakingTheFourthWall he directly adresses addresses the audience]] to tell them a story about how he outsmarted the Winchesters and has [[AGodAmI become as omnipotent as a god]]. He proceeds to rewrite everything as he sees fit to cast himself as a "hero" against the "villain" Castiel. Even the intro title is changed to reflect his name instead of that of the show.
* The episode "[[Recap/TheFlash2014S1E17Tricksters Tricksters]]" of ''[[Series/TheFlash2014 The Flash]]'' ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' is partially a VillainEpisode. one. While the main plot involves the Flash and his allies foiling the latest villain of the week, the subplot is a series of flashbacks which [[spoiler:tell the story of how the Reverse-Flash got stuck in the present (as he is from the future) and how he took the identity of an innocent scientist in order to kickstart the events of the series proper.]]
proper]].
* The eighth episode of ''[[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} Daredevil]]'', ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'', "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E8ShadowsInTheGlass Shadows in the Glass]]", gives special focus on [[ComicBook/TheKingpin Wilson Fisk]], telling his backstory, exploring more about the difficulties he's facing, and developing his relationship with his love interest Vanessa.
* The ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' episode "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?" is partly told from the perspective of one of [[{{Mook}} [[{{Mooks}} the Shapeshifters]], named Ray Duffy. The episode spends a significant amount of time developing Duffy, showing that he started a family while in his current disguise and steadily [[BecomingTheMask became the mask]]. He's established as a tragic and reluctant figure who's secretly scared of both being called back into duty (he would have to change forms again and thus be separated from his family) and that his family would view him as a monster if they learned his true origins. [[spoiler: In the end he's murdered by Thomas Jerome Newton after his clash with Fringe Team, as Newton realizes that Duffy won't willingly aid him anymore because of his devotion to his family.]]



* There are several of these in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'', where the player periodically takes control of the God-Emperor Fou-Lu and his own experiences. Though it is debatable as it is these events that set up his motivation rather than focusing on a villain the heroes have faced for a while, [[spoiler:and due to the fact that he and Ryu are two parts of the same individual.]]

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* There are several of these in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'', where the player periodically takes control of the God-Emperor Fou-Lu and his own experiences. Though it is debatable as it is these events that set up his motivation rather than focusing on a villain the heroes have faced for a while, [[spoiler:and due to the fact that he and Ryu are two parts of the same individual.]]individual]].



** ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles The Umbrella Chronicles]] and [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles The Darkside Chronicles]]'' had chapters where you got to play as [[BigBad Wesker]] and HUNK's mission from [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 RE2]]. Both of them let you see ''exactly how evil'' these two are.

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** ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheUmbrellaChronicles The Umbrella Chronicles]] and [[VideoGame/ResidentEvilTheDarksideChronicles The Darkside Chronicles]]'' had chapters where you got to play as [[BigBad Wesker]] and HUNK's mission from [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 RE2]].''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 RE2]]''. Both of them let you see ''exactly how evil'' these two are.



* The Ryder White DLC for ''VideoGame/DeadIsland.'' In the main game he's the final boss basically on account of losing his head and injecting himself with the so called cure, only to become infected. When playing as him we learn that he's after the cure for his wife despite under orders to kill her, only for her to become infected and die. He's essentially a ''villain'' in name only.

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* The Ryder White DLC for ''VideoGame/DeadIsland.'' In the main game he's the final boss basically on account of losing his head and injecting himself with the so called cure, only to become infected. When playing as him we learn that he's after the cure for his wife despite under his orders to kill her, only for her to become infected and die. He's essentially a ''villain'' in name only.



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': The Midnight Crew Intermission, which focused on the alternate universe counterparts of the BigBad and his cohorts. We are later given a proper one after Jack [[spoiler: murders John and Rose's parents.]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': The Midnight Crew Intermission, which focused on the alternate universe counterparts of the BigBad and his cohorts. We are later given a proper one after Jack [[spoiler: murders John and Rose's parents.]]parents]].



** Act 6 Intermission 4 follows [[spoiler:Caliborn, who is the BigBad Lord English before he became so big. Still pretty bad though.]]

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** Act 6 Intermission 4 follows [[spoiler:Caliborn, who is the BigBad Lord English before he became so big. Still pretty bad though.]]though]].



* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' had "Alive!", focusing on the Secret Society's EnemyCivilWar, with the heroes only showing up for a few seconds at the end (without any lines) and "Task Force X", where four BadassNormal villains infiltrate the Watchtower to retrieve the ContinuityNod stored there.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' had "Alive!", "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS3E12Alive Alive!]]", focusing on the Secret Society's EnemyCivilWar, with the heroes only showing up for a few seconds at the end (without any lines) and "Task "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS2E4TaskForceX Task Force X", X]]", where four BadassNormal villains infiltrate the Watchtower to retrieve the ContinuityNod stored there.



* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' inverts this with several episodes that focus on HeroAntagonist Dib rather than VillainProtagonist Zim, with a few episodes leaving Zim out altogether. One could argue this happens so much the show has ''two'' protagonists, breaking the usual hero/villain mold.
** Also "Game Slave 2," which focuses on Gaz rather than Zim or Dib. She's not ''[[SociopathicHero technically]]'' a villain...but she's pretty close.

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* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' inverts this with several episodes that focus on HeroAntagonist Dib rather than VillainProtagonist Zim, with a few episodes leaving Zim out altogether. One could argue this happens so much the show has ''two'' protagonists, breaking the usual hero/villain mold.
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mold. Also "Game Slave 2," which focuses on Gaz rather than Zim or Dib. She's not ''[[SociopathicHero technically]]'' a villain...but she's pretty close.



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had a couple. "The Man Who Killed Batman" followed a two-bit thug who was thought to have killed Batman, while the titular hero was obviously absent through most of the episode. "Harley and Ivy" was basically "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Show]]" with the Joker as the guest star. "Almost Got 'Im" also qualifies.
** Batman had a bigger role in "Harley's Holiday", but Harley was undoubtedly the star.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' goes one step further giving the Joker his own episode complete with a cold open where he destroys the future earth (with an appearance from obscure DC character ComicBook/{{Kamandi}}), his own title sequence renaming the show "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous" and a plot featuring him teaming up with obscure DC villain [[ADayInTheLimelight The Weeper]] against Batman.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Just Another Manic Mojo" features Mojo Jojo going through a normal day - which, for him, consists of [[VillainsOutShopping getting breakfast, reading the paper]], and plotting to destroy the titular heroes. The Powerpuffs themselves show up later on, but the focus still remains on Mojo.
** In "Custody Battle" he and Him fight over who gets to be the father of the [[ThePsychoRangers Rowdyruff Boys]] and in "Prime Mates" he has to deal with Mopey Popo (the girls appear briefly in the latter).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' - "Back to the Norm"-it focuses on [[LiteralGenie Norm the Genie]] and [[SadistTeacher Crocker]] as they try to destroy Timmy Turner. Norm spends most of it {{Deadpan Snark|er}}ing Crocker.
** Later on there's "Crock Talk", focusing on Crocker gaining notoriety through his online talk show.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had a couple. "The "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE51TheManWhoKilledBatman The Man Who Killed Batman" Batman]]" followed a two-bit thug who was thought to have killed Batman, while the titular hero was obviously absent through most of the episode. "Harley "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE56HarleyAndIvy Harley and Ivy" Ivy]]" was basically "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Show]]" with the Joker as the guest star. "Almost "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE46AlmostGotIm Almost Got 'Im" 'Im]]" also qualifies.
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qualifies. Batman had a bigger role in "Harley's Holiday", "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfBatmanAndRobinE16HarleysHoliday Harley's Holiday]]", but Harley was undoubtedly the star.
** * ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' goes one step further giving the Joker his own episode complete with a cold open where he destroys the future earth (with an appearance from obscure DC character ComicBook/{{Kamandi}}), his own title sequence renaming the show "Joker: The Vile and the Villainous" and a plot featuring him teaming up with obscure DC villain [[ADayInTheLimelight The Weeper]] against Batman.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode "Just Another Manic Mojo" features Mojo Jojo going through a normal day - which, for him, consists of [[VillainsOutShopping getting breakfast, reading the paper]], and plotting to destroy the titular heroes. The Powerpuffs themselves show up later on, but the focus still remains on Mojo.
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Mojo. In "Custody Battle" he and Him fight over who gets to be the father of the [[ThePsychoRangers Rowdyruff Boys]] and in "Prime Mates" he has to deal with Mopey Popo (the girls appear briefly in the latter).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' - "Back to the Norm"-it focuses on [[LiteralGenie Norm the Genie]] and [[SadistTeacher Crocker]] as they try to destroy Timmy Turner. Norm spends most of it {{Deadpan Snark|er}}ing Crocker.
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Crocker. Later on there's "Crock Talk", focusing on Crocker gaining notoriety through his online talk show.



* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had "Aku's Fairy Tales" where Aku, tired of all the hero worship Jack gets from the children, decides to tell stories with him as the hero and Jack as the villain. Jack himself only shows up in these stories.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' had ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
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"Aku's Fairy Tales" where Aku, tired of all the hero worship Jack gets from the children, decides to tell stories with him as the hero and Jack as the villain. Jack himself only shows up in these stories.



* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had two episodes devoted to [[TheRival Mandark]]. The first centered around his attempts to impress Dee Dee in a surfing contest, with Dexter not appearing at all. Though the effectiveness of that episode wavers a bit considering, other than using his science to cheat in a surfing contest, he wasn't up to anything particularly villainous. The second was pure VillainsOutShopping, with Mandark going through his morning routine to the meter of his EvilLaugh before going out to battle Dexter.
** [[HostileShowTakeover Taken one step further]] when a set of shorts were all dedicated to Mandark -- even the intro was altered with Mandark electrocuting Dexter instead of Dee Dee and the usual ''Dexter's Laboratory'' title card reading ''Mandark's Laboratory''. [[spoiler: Though Dexter does get back at him by the end of the show when he tricks Mandark into electrocuting himself much like Dexter in the intro.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had two episodes devoted to [[TheRival Mandark]]. The first centered around his attempts to impress Dee Dee in a surfing contest, with Dexter not appearing at all. Though the effectiveness of that episode wavers a bit considering, other than using his science to cheat in a surfing contest, he wasn't up to anything particularly villainous. The second was pure VillainsOutShopping, with Mandark going through his morning routine to the meter of his EvilLaugh before going out to battle Dexter.
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Dexter. [[HostileShowTakeover Taken one step further]] when a set of shorts were all dedicated to Mandark -- even the intro was altered with Mandark electrocuting Dexter instead of Dee Dee and the usual ''Dexter's Laboratory'' title card reading ''Mandark's Laboratory''. [[spoiler: Though Dexter does get back at him by the end of the show when he tricks Mandark into electrocuting himself much like Dexter in the intro.]]



** "Aliens Among Us", focusing on Agent Bishop as [[WellIntentionedExtremist he plans his own alien invasion and kidnaps the president in order for him to get respected]].
** "Insane in the Membrane" has Stockman attempting to regain a human body, [[BodyHorror but it all went wrong]].
** "Hun on the Run" focuses on Hun as he tries to rescue Karai from Bishop.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', via the anthology format, had entire story arcs focusing on minor villain characters. One involves Asajj Ventress' and her betrayal by Count Dooku, and her trying to take revenge and later rebuilding her life as a Night Sister and, later, a bounty hunter. Savage Oppress also has his arc where he locates an exiled and mutilated [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]] and their story bridges together a couple of other arcs involving pirates, bounty hunters, crime syndicates (like the Hutts) and [[ProudWarriorRace Deathwatch]]. In most Jedi only appeared in supporting roles or not at all.

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** "Aliens "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003S4E9AliensAmongUs Aliens Among Us", Us]]", focusing on Agent Bishop as [[WellIntentionedExtremist he plans his own alien invasion and kidnaps the president in order for him to get respected]].
** "Insane "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003S4E19InsaneInTheMembrane Insane in the Membrane" Membrane]]" has Stockman attempting to regain a human body, [[BodyHorror but it all went wrong]].
** "Hun "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003S3E18HunOnTheRun Hun on the Run" Run]]" focuses on Hun as he tries to rescue Karai from Bishop.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', via the anthology format, had entire story arcs focusing on minor villain characters. One involves Asajj Ventress' and her betrayal by Count Dooku, and her trying to take revenge and later rebuilding her life as a Night Sister and, later, a bounty hunter. Savage Oppress also has his arc where he locates an exiled and mutilated [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]] and their story bridges together a couple of other arcs involving pirates, bounty hunters, crime syndicates (like the Hutts) and [[ProudWarriorRace [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Deathwatch]]. In most Jedi only appeared in supporting roles or not at all.



* David Xanatos of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has two of them. In the first one ,"Eye of the Beholder", Xanatos struggles to save [[spoiler: Fox after he gives her the Eye of Odin as a gift to seal their engagement. Fox turns into a werewolf and Xanatos is shown for the first time with worry and panic, something he's not known for. Ultimately, it serves as an episode to reveal that Xanatos is not the ruthless villain he wants people to believe, because he's capable of loving someone besides himself.]] Another Xanatos episode is, "The Gathering", where he [[spoiler: battles the Earth God, Avalon, after he starts the Gathering, calling all of his children back home. Turns out Fox (now his wife) is half Avalon, but wasn't born with any spiritual powers. Her son by Xanatos on the other hand, was born with great power potential. In the end, Xanatos is able to defend his home, and because Goliath helped him during both examples, it would ultimately foreshadow his HeelFaceTurn at the end of season 2.]]

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* David Xanatos of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has two of them. In the first one ,"Eye of the Beholder", Xanatos struggles to save [[spoiler: Fox after he gives her the Eye of Odin as a gift to seal their engagement. Fox turns into a werewolf and Xanatos is shown for the first time with worry and panic, something he's not known for. Ultimately, it serves as an episode to reveal that Xanatos is not the ruthless villain he wants people to believe, because he's capable of loving someone besides himself.]] himself]]. Another Xanatos episode is, "The Gathering", where he [[spoiler: battles the Earth God, Avalon, after he starts the Gathering, calling all of his children back home. Turns out Fox (now his wife) is half Avalon, but wasn't born with any spiritual powers. Her son by Xanatos on the other hand, was born with great power potential. In the end, Xanatos is able to defend his home, and because Goliath helped him during both examples, it would ultimately foreshadow his HeelFaceTurn at the end of season 2.]]2]].



* Plankton on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has had his share of villain episodes. "The Algae's Always Greener" and "Plankton's Army," to name a few.

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* Plankton on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' has had his share of villain episodes. "The Algae's Always Greener" and "Plankton's Army," to name a few.



** Pizzazz doesn't get a proper VillainEpisode though the episode "Father's Day" does discuss her backstory and DaddyIssues.

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** Pizzazz doesn't get a proper VillainEpisode one though the episode "Father's Day" does discuss her backstory and DaddyIssues.



** Minx's VillainEpisode is "A Change Of Heart". After nearly dying she tries to make amends with Jem and The Holograms but her bandmates kick her out due to her personality change. Rio ends up becoming her LivingEmotionalCrutch when she's [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] and with nowhere to go, but her gratitude soon becomes annoying.

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** Minx's VillainEpisode Villain Episode is "A Change Of Heart". After nearly dying she tries to make amends with Jem and The Holograms but her bandmates kick her out due to her personality change. Rio ends up becoming her LivingEmotionalCrutch when she's [[DrivenToSuicide suicidal]] and with nowhere to go, but her gratitude soon becomes annoying.



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* The eighth episode of ''[[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} Daredevil]]'', "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E8ShadowsInTheGlass Shadows in the Glass]]", gives special focus on [[ComicBook/TheKingpin Wilson Fisk/Kingpin]], telling his backstory, exploring more about the difficulties he's facing, and developing his relationship with his love interest Vanessa.

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* The eighth episode of ''[[Series/{{Daredevil2015}} Daredevil]]'', "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E8ShadowsInTheGlass Shadows in the Glass]]", gives special focus on [[ComicBook/TheKingpin Wilson Fisk/Kingpin]], Fisk]], telling his backstory, exploring more about the difficulties he's facing, and developing his relationship with his love interest Vanessa.


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* The ''Series/BreakingBad'' episode "Hermanos" gives some special focus on [[Creator/GiancarloEsposito Gus Fring]], showing his backstory.
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* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', the chapter "A Common Enemy Without A Common Cause" focuses on the [=SUEs=] ([[ParodySue Parody Sues]] who are in opposition to [[MaiHime the Himes]]), specifically what would have happened if they had been forced to work together. [[spoiler:They end up killing each other before they even encounter the Himes]].

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* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', the chapter "A Common Enemy Without A Common Cause" focuses on the [=SUEs=] ([[ParodySue Parody Sues]] who are in opposition to [[MaiHime [[Anime/MaiHime the Himes]]), specifically what would have happened if they had been forced to work together. [[spoiler:They end up killing each other before they even encounter the Himes]].
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