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30th Jun '17 5:45:19 AM Soarel
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* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Volume 3, Episode 7, "Beginning of the End" focuses on Emerald and Mercury, Cinder's loyal allies, and how Cinder recruited them. In addition, it shows how Adam Taurus came to work for Cinder, as well as teasing us with a little bit of Cinder's past, and showing us how Cinder defeated the Fall Maiden Amber.

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* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Volume 3, Episode 7, "Beginning of the End" focuses on [[StraightManAndWiseGuy Emerald and Mercury, Cinder's Mercury]], [[BigBad Cinder's]] loyal allies, and how Cinder recruited them. In addition, it shows how [[PsychoExBoyfriend Adam Taurus Taurus]] came to work for Cinder, as well as teasing us with a little bit of Cinder's past, and showing us how Cinder defeated the Fall Maiden Amber.
30th Jun '17 5:43:37 AM Soarel
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* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} episode 7 of season 3 focuses on Cinder and how she met the various members of her crew. As well as how they came to attack the fall maiden Amber.

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* WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} episode 7 Volume 3, Episode 7, "Beginning of season 3 the End" focuses on Cinder Emerald and Mercury, Cinder's loyal allies, and how she met the various members of her crew. As Cinder recruited them. In addition, it shows how Adam Taurus came to work for Cinder, as well as teasing us with a little bit of Cinder's past, and showing us how they came to attack Cinder defeated the fall maiden Fall Maiden Amber.
19th May '17 9:31:13 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheMachineriesOfEmpire'', the chapters written from Hexarchate [=POVs=] are sometimes interspaced with messages one of the heretics is sending to another.
18th May '17 5:17:21 AM Anddrix
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* ''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}'':

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9th May '17 12:25:27 PM darkemyst
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* ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]] Issue #85'' focuses entirely on [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker The Joker]], who gives a warped-but-mostly-accurate rundown of his history with all three Robins so far.
26th Mar '17 2:05:25 PM DaibhidC
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* ''Comicbook/{{Trinity}}'' #7 stars Comicbook/LexLuthor, Comicbook/RasAlGhul and Comicbook/{{Circe}}, complete with their own versions of the narrative captions Comicbook/{{Superman}}, Comicbook/{{Batman}} and Comicbook/WonderWoman usually provide.
22nd Mar '17 12:05:57 PM SSJMagus
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has two episodes in Season 2 that focus on Ludo to the extent that (outside of a single flashback) the heroes don't make any appearance at all. Episode 1B, "Ludo in the Wild", shows his transition from [[HarmlessVillain a hapless joke villain]] into [[NotSoHarmlessVillain a legitimate threat]]. Episode 18B, "The Hard Way", highlights Ludo's motivations and [[spoiler:reintroduces the ''real'' BigBad when [[DemonicPossession Ludo is possessed by Toffee]] in the final scene]].
17th Mar '17 12:06:07 AM AthenaBlue
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* In the anime version, Tier Harribel of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' got one of these in the form of a WholeEpisodeFlashback, largely to make up for the fact that in the manga, she's one of the only Espada ranked among the top 6 out of 10 that doesn't either get a fair amount of CharacterDevelopment or a flashback explaining their motives. This episode ended up turning her from possibly the least developed Espada to one of the most developed.



* Any early filler episode of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' features Vegeta and Nappa interrupting their journey to Earth to stretch their legs. They land on a planet of insect people ruled by a tyrant, and allow themselves to be thrown in his arena for their own amusement. They depose the king and leave as heroes - until Vegeta decides the planet won't fetch a decent price and vaporizes it. ''Just'' as the StarcrossedLovers were reuniting.
* Lust from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' received one in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]]. It's basically scary as shit, depressing as eternal damnation, and a DownerEnding rolled into one Villainous Joint. The episode is "Reunion of the Fallen".
* The "Yoshikage Kira" chapters of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' part 4. Part 4 in particular does this so often with Kira that it seems like half the story is being told from his perspective.
** To a lesser extent, the chapters with Doppio [[spoiler:(who's [[BigBad Diavolo's]] alter-ego)]] in Part 5, particularly the "King Crimson vs. Metallica" sequence.
* King Dedede and Dr. Escargon/Escargoon of ''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.
* Zenigata (who is a HeroAntagonist) in ''Franchise/LupinIII'' has a television special (''Anime/LupinIIICrisisInTokyo''), focusing more on his daily activities as the inspector in the Tokyo Metropolitan, and his successful efforts in arresting a criminal far worse than Lupin. This is also one of the few television specials where he is not as ButtMonkey-ish, but more focus is given on his badass aspects.
* ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'' has a few of these. In particular, in the [[AllThereInTheManual second Sound Stage]] of the first season, which featured the backstory of the then [[TheDragon Dragon]] Fate, and in two volumes of the second season's [[ComicBookAdaptation supplementary manga]], which portrayed the daily lives of [[AntiVillain Hayate and the Wolkenritter]], Nanoha didn't even appear at all.



* The {{Ecchi}} anime ''Musumet'' did one when it focused on their {{Evil Counterpart}}s.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** 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.
** Other villains (Or members of a QuirkyMiniBossSquad) are given their own cover-story arcs; 'Django's Dance Carnival', which shows Black Cat Pirate Django the Hypnotist joining the Navy, 'Hatchi's Sea-Floor Stroll' where Arlong Pirate Hatchan the fish-man becomes a Takoyaki salesman, 'Wapol's Omnivorous Hurrah'...the list goes on. They also combine these with VillainsOutShopping.
* ''Anime/Persona4GoldenTheAnimation'': Episode 6 "I told you Yu" focuses on the SerialKiller [[spoiler:Adachi]].



* ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'' has a few of these. In particular, in the [[AllThereInTheManual second Sound Stage]] of the first season, which featured the backstory of the then [[TheDragon Dragon]] Fate, and in two volumes of the second season's [[ComicBookAdaptation supplementary manga]], which portrayed the daily lives of [[AntiVillain Hayate and the Wolkenritter]], Nanoha didn't even appear at all.
* The "Yoshikage Kira" chapters of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' part 4. Part 4 in particular does this so often with Kira that it seems like half the story is being told from his perspective.
** To a lesser extent, the chapters with Doppio [[spoiler:(who's [[BigBad Diavolo's]] alter-ego)]] in Part 5, particularly the "King Crimson vs. Metallica" sequence.
* The {{Ecchi}} anime ''Musumet'' did one when it focused on their {{Evil Counterpart}}s.
* Lust, from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' received one in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]]. It's basically scary as shit, depressing as eternal damnation, and a DownerEnding rolled into one Villainous Joint. The episode is "Reunion of the Fallen".
* King Dedede and Dr. Escargon/Escargoon of ''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.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** 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.
** Other villains (Or members of a QuirkyMiniBossSquad) are given their own cover-story arcs; 'Django's Dance Carnival', which shows Black Cat Pirate Django the Hypnotist joining the Navy, 'Hatchi's Sea-Floor Stroll' where Arlong Pirate Hatchan the fish-man becomes a Takoyaki salesman, 'Wapol's Omnivorous Hurrah'...the list goes on. They also combine these with VillainsOutShopping.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'' there was the Battle City episode featuring [[EvilerThanThou Marik's duel against Bakura.]] Yugi appeared only for brief scenes.
* In the anime version, Tier Harribel of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' got one of these in the form of a WholeEpisodeFlashback, largely to make up for the fact that in the manga, she's one of the only Espada ranked among the top 6 out of 10 that doesn't either get a fair amount of CharacterDevelopment or a flashback explaining their motives. This episode ended up turning her from possibly the least developed Espada to one of the most developed.
* Zenigata (who is a HeroAntagonist) in ''Franchise/LupinIII'' has a television special (''Anime/LupinIIICrisisInTokyo''), focusing more on his daily activities as the inspector in the Tokyo Metropolitan, and his successful efforts in arresting a criminal far worse than Lupin. This is also one of the few television specials where he is not as ButtMonkey-ish, but more focus is given on his badass aspects.



* Any early filler episode of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' features Vegeta and Nappa interrupting their journey to Earth to stretch their legs. They land on a planet of insect people ruled by a tyrant, and allow themselves to be thrown in his arena for their own amusement. They depose the king and leave as heroes - until Vegeta decides the planet won't fetch a decent price and vaporizes it. ''Just'' as the StarcrossedLovers were reuniting.
* ''Anime/Persona4GoldenTheAnimation'': Episode 6 "I told you Yu" focuses on the SerialKiller [[spoiler:Adachi]].

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* Any early filler In ''Anime/YuGiOh'' there was the Battle City episode of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' features Vegeta and Nappa interrupting their journey to Earth to stretch their legs. They land on a planet of insect people ruled by a tyrant, and allow themselves to be thrown in his arena featuring [[EvilerThanThou Marik's duel against Bakura.]] Yugi appeared only for their own amusement. They depose the king and leave as heroes - until Vegeta decides the planet won't fetch a decent price and vaporizes it. ''Just'' as the StarcrossedLovers were reuniting.
* ''Anime/Persona4GoldenTheAnimation'': Episode 6 "I told you Yu" focuses on the SerialKiller [[spoiler:Adachi]].
brief scenes.



* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' has occasionally had episodes from the point of view of various Judge Dredd foes, including a series of stories focusing on events from the pasts of the Dark Judges Mortis, Fear, Fire and Death

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* ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' has occasionally had episodes from the point of view of various Judge Dredd foes, including a series of stories focusing on events from the pasts of the Dark Judges Mortis, Fear, Fire and DeathDeath.



* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' acts as this for Lord Voldemort. Several chapters are devoted to flashbacks to his childhood and journey to villainy. Ironically he doesn't actually appear in this book in the present time. The second book ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' dabbles in this as well - with TheReveal being that [[spoiler: the boy Tom Riddle we've heard so much about ''is'' Voldemort's teenage self]].
* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''[[Literature/MasqueradeCycle Nemesis]]'' is this to the Weatherlight Saga, set almost entirely in and around the Stronghold as various characters attempt to fill an EvilPowerVacuum.



* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, a novel called ''The Pillars of Creation'' deals with two half-siblings of the main protagonist. He has no idea they even exist until they meet towards the very end of the book, when the main cast [[DeusExMachina shows up]] to interact with them. The only main character of the series to show up in the novel at any point up to that is the main antagonist (to manipulate the half-siblings) and the [[BadassBookworm First Wizard]], who [[StuffBlowingUp blows up]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction half the big bad's army]] in one scene. But, other than that [[BestKnownForTheFanservice one scene]], the novel was the second-worst of the series.
* For Literature/TheWheelOfTime the short story "River of Souls", comprised of material cut for pacing and worldbuilding reasons from the final book[[note]] it was felt to be jarring to jump to a POV halfway around the world during the beginning of the GrandFinale, and also since it took place in a region Robert Jordan had only loosely outlined, Brandon Sanderson had to do a lot more worldbuilding than normal for it as well[[/note]], that focuses on fan-favorite villain Demandred and deal with his rise to power [[spoiler: in Shara]].
* The Literature/DarthBane trilogy was largely an example in that it revolved around the titular Sith Lord and his apprentice. Similarly the novel Darth Plagueis revolved around the Sith Lord and his apprentice Palpatine.



* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''[[Literature/MasqueradeCycle Nemesis]]'' is this to the Weatherlight Saga, set almost entirely in and around the Stronghold as various characters attempt to fill an EvilPowerVacuum.



* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' acts as this for Lord Voldemort. Several chapters are devoted to flashbacks to his childhood and journey to villainy. Ironically he doesn't actually appear in this book in the present time. The second book ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' dabbles in this as well - with TheReveal being that [[spoiler: the boy Tom Riddle we've heard so much about ''is'' Voldemort's teenage self]].
* While most of the [[TheBible Five Books of Moses]] focus on the journey of the Israelites, Numbers 22:225:9, or Parshat Balak, instead centers on the perspective of the Moabite king Balak and the Midianite diviner Balaam, who join forces in an effort to formulate an effective curse against the [[MookHorrorShow unstoppable Israelite nation and their terrifying God]].

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* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' acts as this for ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** The ''Literature/DarthBane'' trilogy was largely an example in that it revolved around the titular Sith
Lord Voldemort. Several chapters are devoted to flashbacks to and his childhood apprentice.
** Similarly the novel ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'' revolved around the Sith Lord
and journey his apprentice Palpatine.
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, a novel called ''The Pillars of Creation'' deals with two half-siblings of the main protagonist. He has no idea they even exist until they meet towards the very end of the book, when the main cast [[DeusExMachina shows up]]
to villainy. Ironically he doesn't actually appear in this book interact with them. The only main character of the series to show up in the present time. The second book ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' dabbles novel at any point up to that is the main antagonist (to manipulate the half-siblings) and the [[BadassBookworm First Wizard]], who [[StuffBlowingUp blows up]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction half the big bad's army]] in this one scene. But, other than that [[BestKnownForTheFanservice one scene]], the novel was the second-worst of the series.
* For ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' the short story "River of Souls", comprised of material cut for pacing and worldbuilding reasons from the final book[[note]] it was felt to be jarring to jump to a POV halfway around the world during the beginning of the GrandFinale, and also since it took place in a region Robert Jordan had only loosely outlined, Brandon Sanderson had to do a lot more worldbuilding than normal for it
as well - well[[/note]], that focuses on fan-favorite villain Demandred and deal with TheReveal being that his rise to power [[spoiler: the boy Tom Riddle we've heard so much about ''is'' Voldemort's teenage self]].
* While most of the [[TheBible Five Books of Moses]] focus on the journey of the Israelites, Numbers 22:225:9, or Parshat Balak, instead centers on the perspective of the Moabite king Balak and the Midianite diviner Balaam, who join forces
in an effort to formulate an effective curse against the [[MookHorrorShow unstoppable Israelite nation and their terrifying God]].Shara]].



* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' shows the POV of a Wraith named Michael in the eponymous episode, which makes the main characters look morally ambiguous if not downright evil for their treatment of the Wraith-turned-human. The sympathies of the audience remain with Michael during most of the episode, and for a large part of the fanbase, well after Michael became a threat to the team in his own right.

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' shows the POV ''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}'':
** The episode "[[Recap/TheFlash2014S1E17Tricksters Tricksters]]"
of a Wraith named Michael in the eponymous episode, which makes ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' is partially one. While the main characters look morally ambiguous if not downright evil for their treatment plot involves the Flash and his allies foiling the latest villain of the Wraith-turned-human. The sympathies 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 audience remain with Michael during most series proper]].
** The ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode "Legion
of Doom" is mostly about the partnership between the three villains, and shows them going from a state of constant jockeying for position and resenting needing each other's help to actually working together. The Legends themselves appear throughout the episode, and for a large part of the fanbase, well after Michael became a threat but while their storyline is important to the team in his own right.[[AnArc Arc]], it doesn't involve any actual superheroing.



* The ''Series/BreakingBad'' episode "Hermanos" gives some special focus on [[Creator/GiancarloEsposito Gus Fring]], showing his backstory.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The fifth-season episode "Fool For Love" focuses on Spike and his backstory. At that time, present-day Spike [[VillainDecay wasn't that much of a villain any more]], but flashback-Spike certainly was. "Who Are You" focused on Faith.
** One half of the Season 9 comic ''The Hero Of His Own Story'' focuses on the pasts of Pearl and Nash and Whistler explains his backstory to Angel in the other half.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "True Night" is arguably an example of this, as it has about 75% of the screentime going to the killer. We don't even get to see the BAU deliver the profile, which is otherwise a OncePerEpisode occurrence. Instead, we see the different parts of the profile on a whiteboard in the police station when the killer is brought in.



* An episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' focused on the Cigarette Smoking Man. Another episode followed the misfortunes of the MonsterOfTheWeek, with Mulder and Scully only appearing towards the end.

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* An The eighth episode of ''Series/TheXFiles'' ''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/EnemyAtTheDoor'' episode "The Prussian Officer" is one for the SS officer Reinicke. It expands Reinicke's backstory and puts him in a difficult situation that the viewer can empathise with -- which he then handles badly, because he's Reinicke, leaving the viewer feeling sorry for Reinicke ''and'' confirmed in the opinion that he's a terrible human being whose sorrows are his own doing as much as anyone else's.
* The third-season ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode 'Incubator'
focused on [[BigBad Scorpius]], [[DarkAndTroubledPast his backstory]], [[CharacterFocus and how he came to be the Cigarette Smoking Man. Another person he is]].
* The ''{{Series/Fringe}}''
episode followed "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?" is partly told from the misfortunes perspective of one of [[{{Mooks}} the MonsterOfTheWeek, 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 Mulder Fringe Team, as Newton realizes that Duffy won't willingly aid him anymore because of his devotion to his family.]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
** The episode "Company Man", which also served as [[BadassNormal HRG's]] BackStory.
** Also the aptly named ''Villains'' in Volume 3, which served as backstory for that volume's BigBad
and Scully only appearing towards the end.expanded it for a few other characters.
* The third-season finale of ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', "The Gas Man".



* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me". The show's main character Frank Black only appears sporadically, with the episode proper centering on four demons discussing their different strategies about how to spread misery and death.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has numerous episodes devoted to the villains. They'll usually get two or three per season.
** Rumplestiltskin has "Desperate Souls", which shows how he became the Dark One to save his son from being killed in the Ogre Wars. Later on there's also "The Stranger", which reveals his son's eventual fate and his reason for getting Regina to cast the Dark Curse. He later gets other focus episodes but they don't fit this trope.
** Regina has "The Stable Boy" - where we discover that she grew up with an abusive mother who wanted her to be Queen - going so far as to murder her lover (the titular stable boy). Season 2's "The Doctor" shows her actual FaceHeelTurn in action.
** Cora has "The Miller's Daughter" - revealing that how she went from poor peasant to Prince Henry's wife, as well as her history with Rumplestiltskin.
** TheReveal is that the episode "Think Lovely Thoughts" is one for [[spoiler: Peter Pan]].
** Hook gets one called "Good Form", to a lesser extent since he's already made a HeelFaceTurn by that point.
** Zelena's is "It's Not Easy Being Green", showing how she learned of her true identity and came into her powers. Later on "Kansas" shows that there was a HeelFaceDoorSlam in her past.
** Ingrid's is "The Snow Queen", which reveals what happened to her missing sister Helga and how she got trapped in that urn.
* 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 [[{{Pun}} unearths]] his deepest, darkest secret.



* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
** The episode "Company Man", which also served as [[BadassNormal HRG's]] BackStory.
** Also the aptly named ''Villains'' in Volume 3, which served as backstory for that volume's BigBad and expanded it for a few other characters.
* The ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'' series finale episode Eric's POV does this for the most part, focusing on the protagonist's main rival and his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend Eric and his friends. The protagonist and his friends are given subplots and Eric is fleshed out.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
** The episode "Company Man",
''Series/StargateAtlantis'' shows the POV of a Wraith named Michael in the eponymous episode, which also served as [[BadassNormal HRG's]] BackStory.
** Also
makes the aptly named ''Villains'' in Volume 3, which served as backstory main characters look morally ambiguous if not downright evil for that volume's BigBad their treatment of the Wraith-turned-human. The sympathies of the audience remain with Michael during most of the episode, and expanded it for a few other characters.
* The ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'' series finale episode Eric's POV does this for
large part of the most part, focusing on fanbase, well after Michael became a threat to the protagonist's main rival and team in his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend Eric and his friends. The protagonist and his friends are given subplots and Eric is fleshed out.own right.



* The third-season ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode 'Incubator' focused on [[BigBad Scorpius]], [[DarkAndTroubledPast his backstory]], [[CharacterFocus and how he came to be the person he is]].
* 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 [[{{Pun}} unearths]] his deepest, darkest secret.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "True Night" is arguably an example of this, as it has about 75% of the screentime going to the killer. We don't even get to see the BAU deliver the profile, which is otherwise a OncePerEpisode occurrence. Instead, we see the different parts of the profile on a whiteboard in the police station when the killer is brought in.
* The third-season finale of ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' "The Gas Man."
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The fifth-season episode "Fool For Love" focuses on Spike and his backstory. At that time, present-day Spike [[VillainDecay wasn't that much of a villain any more]], but flashback-Spike certainly was. "Who Are You" focused on Faith.
** One half of the Season 9 comic ''The Hero Of His Own Story'' focuses on the pasts of Pearl and Nash and Whistler explains his backstory to Angel in the other half.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has numerous episodes devoted to the villains. They'll usually get two or three per season.
** Rumplestiltskin has "Desperate Souls", which shows how he became the Dark One to save his son from being killed in the Ogre Wars. Later on there's also "The Stranger", which reveals his son's eventual fate and his reason for getting Regina to cast the Dark Curse. He later gets other focus episodes but they don't fit this trope.
** Regina has "The Stable Boy" - where we discover that she grew up with an abusive mother who wanted her to be Queen - going so far as to murder her lover (the titular stable boy). Season 2's "The Doctor" shows her actual FaceHeelTurn in action.
** Cora has "The Miller's Daughter" - revealing that how she went from poor peasant to Prince Henry's wife, as well as her history with Rumplestiltskin.
** TheReveal is that the episode "Think Lovely Thoughts" is one for [[spoiler: Peter Pan]].
** Hook gets one called "Good Form", to a lesser extent since he's already made a HeelFaceTurn by that point.
** Zelena's is "It's Not Easy Being Green", showing how she learned of her true identity and came into her powers. Later on "Kansas" shows that there was a HeelFaceDoorSlam in her past.
** Ingrid's is "The Snow Queen", which reveals what happened to her missing sister Helga and how she got trapped in that urn.
* In the fourth-season of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', episodes "Live Bait" and "Dead Weight" focus entirely on the journey of the Governor post Woodbury.



* The episode "[[Recap/TheFlash2014S1E17Tricksters Tricksters]]" of ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' is partially 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]].
* The eighth episode of ''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 [[{{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.]]
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': "Somehow, the Devil Got Behind Me". The show's main character Frank Black only appears sporadically, with the episode proper centering on four demons discussing their different strategies about how to spread misery and death.
* The ''Series/BreakingBad'' episode "Hermanos" gives some special focus on [[Creator/GiancarloEsposito Gus Fring]], showing his backstory.
* The ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' episode "The Prussian Officer" is one for the SS officer Reinicke. It expands Reinicke's backstory and puts him in a difficult situation that the viewer can empathise with -- which he then handles badly, because he's Reinicke, leaving the viewer feeling sorry for Reinicke ''and'' confirmed in the opinion that he's a terrible human being whose sorrows are his own doing as much as anyone else's.
* The ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode "Legion of Doom" is mostly about the partnership between the three villains, and shows them going from a state of constant jockeying for position and resenting needing each other's help to actually working together. The Legends themselves appear throughout the episode, but while their storyline is important to the [[AnArc Arc]], it doesn't involve any actual superheroing.

to:

* The ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'' series finale episode "[[Recap/TheFlash2014S1E17Tricksters Tricksters]]" of ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' is partially one. While Eric's POV does this for the most part, focusing on the protagonist's main plot involves the Flash rival and his allies foiling girlfriend's ex-boyfriend Eric and his friends. The protagonist and his friends are given subplots and Eric is fleshed out.
* In
the latest villain fourth-season of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', episodes "Live Bait" and "Dead Weight" focus entirely on the journey 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]].
Governor post Woodbury.
* The eighth An episode of ''Series/{{Daredevil|2015}}'', "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S1E8ShadowsInTheGlass Shadows in ''Series/TheXFiles'' focused on 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}}''
Cigarette Smoking Man. Another episode "Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?" is partly told from followed the perspective misfortunes of one of [[{{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 MonsterOfTheWeek, with Fringe Team, as Newton realizes that Duffy won't willingly aid him anymore because of his devotion to his family.]]
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'': "Somehow, the Devil Got Behind Me". The show's main character Frank Black
Mulder and Scully only appears sporadically, with appearing towards the episode proper centering on four demons discussing their different strategies about how to spread misery and death.
* The ''Series/BreakingBad'' episode "Hermanos" gives some special focus on [[Creator/GiancarloEsposito Gus Fring]], showing his backstory.
* The ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' episode "The Prussian Officer" is one for the SS officer Reinicke. It expands Reinicke's backstory and puts him in a difficult situation that the viewer can empathise with -- which he then handles badly, because he's Reinicke, leaving the viewer feeling sorry for Reinicke ''and'' confirmed in the opinion that he's a terrible human being whose sorrows are his own doing as much as anyone else's.
* The ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode "Legion of Doom" is mostly about the partnership between the three villains, and shows them going from a state of constant jockeying for position and resenting needing each other's help to actually working together. The Legends themselves appear throughout the episode, but while their storyline is important to the [[AnArc Arc]], it doesn't involve any actual superheroing.
end.






[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* While most of the [[TheBible Five Books of Moses]] focus on the journey of the Israelites, Numbers 22:225:9, or Parshat Balak, instead centers on the perspective of the Moabite king Balak and the Midianite diviner Balaam, who join forces in an effort to formulate an effective curse against the [[MookHorrorShow unstoppable Israelite nation and their terrifying God]].
[[/folder]]



* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' has "The Last One", which focuses on the Mooninites gathering together every villain in the series so far, to destroy the Aqua Teens. Predictably, all of them [[HilarityEnsues fail miserably]].



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had a couple. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE51TheManWhoKilledBatman 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. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE56HarleyAndIvy Harley and Ivy]]" was basically "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Show]]" with the Joker as the guest star. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE46AlmostGotIm Almost Got 'Im]]" also qualifies. Batman had a bigger role in "[[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/TheBoondocks'' gives us "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show" and "The Story of Jimmy Rebel", both of which star BoomerangBigot Uncle Ruckus (no relation) and relegate the Freeman family to minor supporting roles. The episodes usually try to portray Ruckus as a slightly sympathetic figure (but only slightly). In the first, his self-hatred almost drives him to commit suicide. In the second, meeting him convinces a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Johnny Rebel to give up anti-black music ([[spoiler:but not racist music]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' had several, including "Operation: P.A.R.T.Y." and "Operation: "F.L.U.S.H."
* ''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.]]
* ''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.
* 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]].
* ''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.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'':
** The first is "The Bands Break Up". Stormer is the TokenGoodTeammate but she's still a Misfit nevertheless. It involves her and Kimber breaking up from their respective bands and forming a duet. It's also [[HoYay infamously subtext laden]].
** "Roxy Rumbles" is both AVerySpecialEpisode and a Roxy episode. After leaving the band after being mocked for being illiterate, Roxy wins the lottery and decides to lead her own life. It fails but it's a good characterization episode that shows Roxy's nicer side and has her [[CharacterDevelopment learning to read]].
** "Britrock" is basically Jetta's episode. In it the Misfits go to Britain and we learn Jetta is (unsurprisingly) lying about being rich and important. She tries to keep the charade up with help from her parents and almost scam Pizzaz out of millions but gets caught. The Misfits are furious they toyed with her but don't kick her out.
** Clash, the resident groupie of The Misfits, gets one in "Video Wars". It's also her last episode. It [[DownerEnding doesn't end well]]. [[spoiler:She makes The Misfits mad one too many times and they abandon her.]]
** Pizzazz doesn't get a proper one though the episode "Father's Day" does discuss her backstory and DaddyIssues.
** Riot has "Riot's Hope". In it we find out how his dad disowned him for being a musician and have them reconciling.
** Minx's 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.



* Happens occasionally on ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** ''Generation 1'':
*** "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.
*** "Starscream's Brigade" similarly focused on the Decepticons' internal problems, following Starscream as he concocted a new scheme to overthrow Megatron.
*** "Webworld" 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.
** ''[[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]]'' had "Rebellion" in which the Autobots only appeared for a few seconds. Sideways even {{narrat|or}}ed the episode instead of Rad.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' had "Crossfire", "Patch", and "Thirst".
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Lightspeed," which features [[EnsembleDarkhorse the H.I.V.E.F.I.V.E.]] and Madame Rouge from the Brotherhood of Evil. Kid Flash, a minor hero, is also prominent. Notably this episode also serves as a vehicle for [[spoiler:Jinx]]'s eventual HeelFaceTurn.
* ''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.
* The third season premiere of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' centers almost entirely on The Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend and their respective {{Mooks}}, only briefly involving Dr. Venture and Brock Samson, neither of whom have any lines. The title characters are nowhere to be seen, and are even replaced in the opening sequence by the Monarch and Dr. [[strike:Girflriend]] Mrs. the Monarch.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had a couple. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE51TheManWhoKilledBatman 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. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE56HarleyAndIvy Harley and Ivy]]" was basically "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Show]]" with the Joker as the guest star. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE46AlmostGotIm Almost Got 'Im]]" also qualifies. Batman had a bigger role in "[[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.

to:

* Happens occasionally on ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** ''Generation 1'':
*** "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.
*** "Starscream's Brigade" similarly focused on the Decepticons' internal problems, following Starscream as he concocted a new scheme to overthrow Megatron.
*** "Webworld" 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.
** ''[[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]]'' had "Rebellion" in which the Autobots only appeared for a few seconds. Sideways even {{narrat|or}}ed the
''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "Skeletons in the Closet" focuses on telling Amon's and Tarrlok's {{backstor|y}}ies.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Season 5's "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" is an episode that heavily deals with Diamond Tiara. In it she is given the FreudianExcuse of having an [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive mother]]. [[spoiler:It's also a huge WhamEpisode as Diamond Tiara takes a HeelFaceTurn ''and'' the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally get their Cutie Marks, at the same time at that.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Hail Doofania!" turns the show's [[StrictlyFormula usual formula]] on its head by focusing on Doofenshmirtz's daily scheme, inverting some of the lines (Phineas spouts the "entire tri-state area" line, Norm asks "Whacha doing?"), and
instead of Rad.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' had "Crossfire", "Patch",
Phineas and "Thirst".
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Lightspeed," which features [[EnsembleDarkhorse
Ferb's plan for the H.I.V.E.F.I.V.E.]] and Madame Rouge from the Brotherhood day being disposed of Evil. Kid Flash, a minor hero, is also prominent. Notably this episode also serves as a vehicle for [[spoiler:Jinx]]'s eventual HeelFaceTurn.
* ''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.
* The third season premiere of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' centers almost entirely on The Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend and
by Doofenshmirtz's invention, their respective {{Mooks}}, only briefly involving Dr. Venture and Brock Samson, neither invention disposes of whom have any lines. The title characters are nowhere to be seen, and are even replaced in the opening sequence by the Monarch and Dr. [[strike:Girflriend]] Mrs. the Monarch.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had a couple. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE51TheManWhoKilledBatman 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. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE56HarleyAndIvy Harley and Ivy]]" was basically "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Show]]" with the Joker as the guest star. "[[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE46AlmostGotIm Almost Got 'Im]]" also qualifies. Batman had a bigger role in "[[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.
his.



* ''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.
* The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Hail Doofania!" turns the show's [[StrictlyFormula usual formula]] on its head by focusing on Doofenshmirtz's daily scheme, inverting some of the lines (Phineas spouts the "entire tri-state area" line, Norm asks "Whacha doing?"), and instead of Phineas and Ferb's plan for the day being disposed of by Doofenshmirtz's invention, their invention disposes of his.



* ''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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' gives us "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show" and "The Story of Jimmy Rebel", both of which star BoomerangBigot Uncle Ruckus (no relation) and relegate the Freeman family to minor supporting roles. The episodes usually try to portray Ruckus as a slightly sympathetic figure (but only slightly). In the first, his self-hatred almost drives him to commit suicide. In the second, meeting him convinces a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Johnny Rebel to give up anti-black music ([[spoiler:but not racist music]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has a bonus episode focusing on [[TragicVillain Nox's]] StartOfDarkness. It's as much a TearJerker as one would expect.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has three of them for Sideshow Bob:
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E13DayOfTheJackanapes Day of the Jackanapes]]" has Bob {{brainwash|ed}}ing [[KidHero Bart Simpson]] into becoming an ActionBomb in an attempt to kill Krusty the Clown [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and then Bart once he is done with Krusty]].
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E6TheGreatLouseDetective The Great Louse Detective]]" has Bob investigate who the unknown assailant is and how s/he is so bent on killing Homer. Once the case is solved, he resorts to killing Bart, but can't do it [[FoeYay because he has grown accustomed]] [[NoYay to the boy's face]].
** The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS27E5TreehouseOfHorrorXXVI Treehouse of Horror XXVI]]" segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive" has Bob having the entire segment to himself once he has finally killed Bart; but then he quickly finds out that [[VictoryIsBoring life is meaningless without Bart around]], and that the only joy he
had two episodes devoted to [[TheRival Mandark]]. The first centered around in his attempts life was killing his ArchEnemy, so he creates a Reanimator machine and brings the boy BackFromTheDead only to impress Dee Dee use him as a cosmic punching bag over and over again 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 DeathMontage. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Bart pulls through with help from his morning routine to the meter of family (and Santa's Little Helper) and defeats Bob once again by [[OffWithHisHead having Homer cut off Bob's head]] and mixing his EvilLaugh head with other animal parts 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 reanimating him by the end of the show when he tricks Mandark into electrocuting himself much like Dexter in the intro.as a [[MixAndMatchCritters Mix-and-Match Critter]].]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' gives us Plankton on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has had his share of villain episodes. "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show" Algae's Always Greener" and "The Story of Jimmy Rebel", both of which star BoomerangBigot Uncle Ruckus (no relation) and relegate the Freeman family "Plankton's Army," to minor supporting roles. name a few.
*
The ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' episodes usually try to portray Ruckus as a slightly sympathetic figure (but only slightly). "Outsmartered", "Octocataclysm", and "Of Masters and Minions". In the first, his self-hatred almost drives him Smarty Smarts builds a machine to commit suicide. make everyone smarter, but gets annoyed when he's now become the dumbest one. In the second, meeting Smarty Smarts becomes too depressed to do evil, causing Octocat to take over for him convinces a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed version of Johnny Rebel and turn out to give be a HypercompetentSidekick, though Smarty Smarts sees it as betrayal. In the third, Octocat becomes fed up anti-black music ([[spoiler:but not racist music]]).
with being blamed for everything and leaves him for Peri.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has a bonus episode ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', via the anthology format, had entire story arcs focusing on [[TragicVillain Nox's]] StartOfDarkness. It's 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 much a TearJerker as one would expect.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 [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Deathwatch]]. In most Jedi only appeared in supporting roles or not at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' episode "Power Grab" focuses entirely on the main villains of the series. Master Cyclonis and the Dark Ace leave Cyclonia in Ravess' hands while on a mission, and her obsessive control drives her brother and fellow commander Snipe to take command from her. However, ''his'' idiocy drives PsychoForHire Repton to take over, and then his brothers. Through it all, a nameless Talon commander tries to get the rank and prestige he wants.



* ''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 [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Deathwatch]]. In most Jedi only appeared in supporting roles or not at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' episode "Power Grab" focuses entirely on the main villains of the series. Master Cyclonis and the Dark Ace leave Cyclonia in Ravess' hands while on a mission, and her obsessive control drives her brother and fellow commander Snipe to take command from her. However, ''his'' idiocy drives PsychoForHire Repton to take over, and then his brothers. Through it all, a nameless Talon commander tries to get the rank and prestige he wants.
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' has "The Last One", which focuses on the Mooninites gathering together every villain in the series so far, to destroy the Aqua Teens. Predictably, all of them [[HilarityEnsues fail miserably]].

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', via The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Lightspeed," which features [[EnsembleDarkhorse the anthology format, had entire story arcs focusing on H.I.V.E.F.I.V.E.]] and Madame Rouge from the Brotherhood of Evil. Kid Flash, a minor villain characters. One involves Asajj Ventress' and her betrayal by Count Dooku, and her trying to take revenge and later rebuilding her life hero, is also prominent. Notably this episode also serves as a Night Sister and, later, vehicle for [[spoiler:Jinx]]'s eventual HeelFaceTurn.
* Happens occasionally on ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''
** ''Generation 1'':
*** "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.
*** "Starscream's Brigade" similarly focused on the Decepticons' internal problems, following Starscream as he concocted
a bounty hunter. Savage Oppress also new scheme to overthrow Megatron.
*** "Webworld" follows the Decepticons as they try to cure the madness Galvatron
has his arc where he locates an exiled been afflicted with. The Autobots only appear very briefly at the beginning and mutilated [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]] end, and their story bridges together a couple of other arcs involving pirates, bounty hunters, crime syndicates (like are otherwise only passingly mentioned.
** ''[[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]]'' had "Rebellion" in which
the Hutts) and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Deathwatch]]. In most Jedi Autobots only appeared in supporting roles or not at all.
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks''
for a few seconds. Sideways even {{narrat|or}}ed the episode "Power Grab" focuses entirely on the main villains instead of the series. Master Cyclonis Rad.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime Prime]]'' had "Crossfire", "Patch",
and the Dark Ace leave Cyclonia in Ravess' hands while on a mission, and her obsessive control drives her brother and fellow commander Snipe to take command from her. However, ''his'' idiocy drives PsychoForHire Repton to take over, and then his brothers. Through it all, a nameless Talon commander tries to get the rank and prestige he wants.
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' has "The Last One", which focuses on the Mooninites gathering together every villain in the series so far, to destroy the Aqua Teens. Predictably, all of them [[HilarityEnsues fail miserably]].
"Thirst".



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "Skeletons in the Closet" focuses on telling Amon's and Tarrlok's {{backstor|y}}ies.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' had several, including "Operation: P.A.R.T.Y." and "Operation: "F.L.U.S.H."
* 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]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' episodes "Outsmartered", "Octocataclysm", and "Of Masters and Minions". In the first, Smarty Smarts builds a machine to make everyone smarter, but gets annoyed when he's now become the dumbest one. In the second, Smarty Smarts becomes too depressed to do evil, causing Octocat to take over for him and turn out to be a HypercompetentSidekick, though Smarty Smarts sees it as betrayal. In the third, Octocat becomes fed up with being blamed for everything and leaves him for Peri.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' episode "Skeletons The third season premiere of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' centers almost entirely on The Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend and their respective {{Mooks}}, only briefly involving Dr. Venture and Brock Samson, neither of whom have any lines. The title characters are nowhere to be seen, and are even replaced in the Closet" focuses on telling Amon's opening sequence by the Monarch and Tarrlok's {{backstor|y}}ies.
Dr. [[strike:Girfriend]] Mrs. the Monarch.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' had several, including "Operation: P.A.R.T.Y." ''WesternAnimation/{{Visionaries}}'' has "The Overthrow of Merklynn", in which Darkstorm deposes Merklynn and "Operation: "F.L.U.S.H."
* David Xanatos of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has two of them. In the first one ,"Eye
seizes control of the Beholder", Xanatos struggles to save [[spoiler: Fox after Shrine atop Iron Mountain. But, in his arrogance, he gives her summons the Eye Sacred Secret Spell, only to find that he has "unleashed forces that none can contain"; the rest of Odin as a gift to seal their engagement. Fox 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 werewolf fail-safe, designed to prevent power-hungry mortals like himself from stealing magic from wizards and Xanatos is shown for the first time with worry and panic, something he's not known for. Ultimately, using it serves as an to cause destruction.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has a bonus
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 focusing 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 [[TragicVillain Nox's]] StartOfDarkness. It's as much a TearJerker as one would ultimately foreshadow his HeelFaceTurn at the end of season 2]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' episodes "Outsmartered", "Octocataclysm", and "Of Masters and Minions". In the first, Smarty Smarts builds a machine to make everyone smarter, but gets annoyed when he's now become the dumbest one. In the second, Smarty Smarts becomes too depressed to do evil, causing Octocat to take over for him and turn out to be a HypercompetentSidekick, though Smarty Smarts sees it as betrayal. In the third, Octocat becomes fed up with being blamed for everything and leaves him for Peri.
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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/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has had his share of villain episodes. "The Algae's Always Greener" and "Plankton's Army," to name a few.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'':
** The first is "The Bands Break Up". Stormer is the TokenGoodTeammate but she's still a Misfit nevertheless. It involves her and Kimber breaking up from their respective bands and forming a duet. It's also [[HoYay infamously subtext laden]].
** "Roxy Rumbles" is both AVerySpecialEpisode and a Roxy episode. After leaving the band after being mocked for being illiterate, Roxy wins the lottery and decides to lead her own life. It fails but it's a good characterization episode that shows Roxy's nicer side and has her [[CharacterDevelopment learning to read]].
** "Britrock" is basically Jetta's episode. In it The Misfits go to Britain and we learn Jetta is (unsurprisingly) lying about being rich and important. She tries to keep the charade up with help from her parents and almost scam Pizzaz out of millions but gets caught. The Misfits are furious they toyed with her but don't kick her out.
** Clash, the resident groupie of The Misfits, gets one in "Video Wars". It's also her last episode. It [[DownerEnding doesn't end well]]. [[spoiler:She makes The Misfits mad one too many times and they abandon her.]]
** Pizzazz doesn't get a proper one though the episode "Father's Day" does discuss her backstory and DaddyIssues.
** Riot has "Riot's Hope". In it we find out how his dad disowned him for being a musician and have them reconciling.
** Minx's 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Season 5's "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" is an episode that heavily deals with Diamond Tiara. In it she is given the FreudianExcuse of having an [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive mother]]. [[spoiler:It's also a huge WhamEpisode as Diamond Tiara takes a HeelFaceTurn ''and'' the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally get their Cutie Marks, at the same time at that.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has three of them for Sideshow Bob:
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E13DayOfTheJackanapes Day of the Jackanapes]]" has Bob {{brainwash|ed}}ing [[KidHero Bart Simpson]] into becoming an ActionBomb in an attempt to kill Krusty the Clown [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and then Bart once he is done with Krusty]].
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E6TheGreatLouseDetective The Great Louse Detective]]" has Bob investigate who the unknown assailant is and how s/he is so bent on killing Homer. Once the case is solved, he resorts to killing Bart, but can't do it [[FoeYay because he has grown accustomed]] [[NoYay to the boy's face]].
** The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS27E5TreehouseOfHorrorXXVI Treehouse of Horror XXVI]]" segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive" has Bob having the entire segment to himself once he has finally killed Bart; but then he quickly finds out that [[VictoryIsBoring life is meaningless without Bart around]], and that the only joy he had in his life was killing his ArchEnemy, so he creates a Reanimator machine and brings the boy BackFromTheDead only to use him as a cosmic punching bag over and over again in a DeathMontage. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Bart pulls through with help from his family (and Santa's Little Helper) and defeats Bob once again by [[OffWithHisHead having Homer cut off Bob's head]] and mixing his head with other animal parts before reanimating him as a [[MixAndMatchCritters Mix-and-Match Critter]].]]
* ''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.

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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,'' 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," 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. \n* Plankton on ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has had his share of villain episodes. "The Algae's Always Greener" and "Plankton's Army," to name a few.\n* ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'':\n** The first is "The Bands Break Up". Stormer is the TokenGoodTeammate but she's still a Misfit nevertheless. It involves her and Kimber breaking up from their respective bands and forming a duet. It's also [[HoYay infamously subtext laden]].\n** "Roxy Rumbles" is both AVerySpecialEpisode and a Roxy episode. After leaving the band after being mocked for being illiterate, Roxy wins the lottery and decides to lead her own life. It fails but it's a good characterization episode that shows Roxy's nicer side and has her [[CharacterDevelopment learning to read]].\n** "Britrock" is basically Jetta's episode. In it The Misfits go to Britain and we learn Jetta is (unsurprisingly) lying about being rich and important. She tries to keep the charade up with help from her parents and almost scam Pizzaz out of millions but gets caught. The Misfits are furious they toyed with her but don't kick her out.\n** Clash, the resident groupie of The Misfits, gets one in "Video Wars". It's also her last episode. It [[DownerEnding doesn't end well]]. [[spoiler:She makes The Misfits mad one too many times and they abandon her.]]\n** Pizzazz doesn't get a proper one though the episode "Father's Day" does discuss her backstory and DaddyIssues.\n** Riot has "Riot's Hope". In it we find out how his dad disowned him for being a musician and have them reconciling.\n** Minx's 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.\n* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':\n** Season 5's "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" is an episode that heavily deals with Diamond Tiara. In it she is given the FreudianExcuse of having an [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive mother]]. [[spoiler:It's also a huge WhamEpisode as Diamond Tiara takes a HeelFaceTurn ''and'' the Cutie Mark Crusaders finally get their Cutie Marks, at the same time at that.]]\n* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has three of them for Sideshow Bob:\n** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E13DayOfTheJackanapes Day of the Jackanapes]]" has Bob {{brainwash|ed}}ing [[KidHero Bart Simpson]] into becoming an ActionBomb in an attempt to kill Krusty the Clown [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and then Bart once he is done with Krusty]].\n** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS14E6TheGreatLouseDetective The Great Louse Detective]]" has Bob investigate who the unknown assailant is and how s/he is so bent on killing Homer. Once the case is solved, he resorts to killing Bart, but can't do it [[FoeYay because he has grown accustomed]] [[NoYay to the boy's face]].\n** The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS27E5TreehouseOfHorrorXXVI Treehouse of Horror XXVI]]" segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive" has Bob having the entire segment to himself once he has finally killed Bart; but then he quickly finds out that [[VictoryIsBoring life is meaningless without Bart around]], and that the only joy he had in his life was killing his ArchEnemy, so he creates a Reanimator machine and brings the boy BackFromTheDead only to use him as a cosmic punching bag over and over again in a DeathMontage. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Bart pulls through with help from his family (and Santa's Little Helper) and defeats Bob once again by [[OffWithHisHead having Homer cut off Bob's head]] and mixing his head with other animal parts before reanimating him as a [[MixAndMatchCritters Mix-and-Match Critter]].]]\n* ''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.


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* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is captured by [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Nella]], the latter decides to do a [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/30777-tron review]] of ''Film/{{Tron}}'' in an effort to understand (and mock) the nerdy mind.

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* When WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is captured by [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Nella]], the latter decides to do a [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/team-nchick/nostalgia-chick/30777-tron [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtH_ry5pAl4&index=7&list=PL66c4W8cttvwIdXrPXm03if0SMHHj7kOH review]] of ''Film/{{Tron}}'' in an effort to understand (and mock) the nerdy mind.
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* The ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode "Legion of Doom" is mostly about the partnership between the three villains, and shows them going from a state of constant jockeying for position and resenting needing each other's help to actually working together. The Legends themselves appear throughout the episode, but while their storyline is important to TheArc, it doesn't involve any actual superheroing.

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* The ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' episode "Legion of Doom" is mostly about the partnership between the three villains, and shows them going from a state of constant jockeying for position and resenting needing each other's help to actually working together. The Legends themselves appear throughout the episode, but while their storyline is important to TheArc, the [[AnArc Arc]], it doesn't involve any actual superheroing.
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