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14th Dec '17 7:22:42 AM mario0987
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** The Master particularly suffered from this, with many writers simply using him as a convenient bad guy with little motivation beyond being "eeeevil". The trend arguably started from his very first appearances, since he appeared as the BigBad in every episode of Season Eight of the classic series, which arguably diluted his effectiveness right from the off. He always allied with another evil power, which then betrayed him, forcing him to work with the Doctor. Over his many appearances in both classic and new series, writers have tried most of the tricks above to avert Villain Decay, including threat escalation, frequent EnemyMine plots, AlternateUniverse victories, and having him murder the family members of series regulars. Probably for the same reasons that the series itself has been so long-lived, despite succumbing to Villain Decay several times over, the character somehow keeps bouncing back as a MagnificentBastard. [[spoiler:The new series attempted to correct this both by giving him a plausible motivation - complete insanity - and by showing how badass he could be; not least by stranding the Doctor at the end of time itself, becoming [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister of Great Britain]], massacring a tenth of the population of Earth and all in all being a rather MagnificentBastard before the Doctor managed to [[ResetButton undo everything]].]]

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** The Master particularly suffered from this, with many writers simply using him as a convenient bad guy with little motivation beyond being "eeeevil". The trend arguably started from his very first appearances, since he appeared as the BigBad in every episode of Season Eight of the classic series, which arguably diluted his effectiveness right from the off. He always allied with another evil power, which then betrayed him, forcing him to work with the Doctor. Over his many appearances in both classic and new series, writers have tried most of the tricks above to avert Villain Decay, including threat escalation, frequent EnemyMine plots, AlternateUniverse victories, and having him murder the family members of series regulars. Probably for the same reasons that the series itself has been so long-lived, despite succumbing to Villain Decay several times over, the character somehow keeps bouncing back as a MagnificentBastard. [[spoiler:The new series attempted to correct this both by giving him a plausible motivation - complete insanity - and by showing how badass he could be; not least by stranding the Doctor at the end of time itself, becoming [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister of Great Britain]], massacring a tenth of the population of Earth and all in all being a rather MagnificentBastard before the Doctor managed to [[ResetButton undo everything]].]]



*** In his next appearance in "The End of Time", due to [[CameBackWrong a botched resurrection]] he becomes more crazy and is left more concerned with eating to keep his body stable. He succeeds in turning most of humanity into copies of himself, however he is revealed to have been manipulated by [[PresidentEvil Rassilon]], who easily turns everybody back. The Master then saves the Doctor.



*** The new series inverted most of the Classic Master's decay. The Harold Saxon Master was given a plausible motivation - complete insanity - and showed how badass he could be; not least by stranding the Doctor at the end of time itself, becoming [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister of Great Britain]], massacring a tenth of the population of Earth and all in all being a rather MagnificentBastard before the Doctor managed to [[ResetButton undo everything]]. In his next appearance in "The End of Time", due to [[CameBackWrong a botched resurrection]] he becomes more crazy and is left more concerned with eating to keep his body stable. He succeeds in turning most of humanity into copies of himself, however he is revealed to have been manipulated by [[PresidentEvil Rassilon]], who easily turns everybody back. The Master then saves the Doctor.



** The Sontarans started out fairly competent. One was a big threat in their first two appearances. Their next appearance had them be a threat because they used someone else to do the dirty work but once they were revealed an entire army did not take long to defeat. They were back to being a threat in the RTD era (in both the main series and the spin offs). In the Moffat era, the comic relief good Sontaran, Strax, was the only major Sontaran to appear. This seems to have been flanderised into all Sontarans becoming comic relief as shown when two of them can't tell if their cloaking device is up in "The Time of the Doctor".



* Captain Hook in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. In season two he was a ruthless man obsessed with vengeance that even manages to pull a BatmanGambit over on Rumplestiltskin himself. However, come season three, he was reduced to little more than a lovesick puppy following Emma around without any of his former edge. He later recovers villain cred after [[spoiler:Emma makes him the Dark One without his consent]]. He then becomes the BigBad and proves extremely dangerous and clever [[spoiler:but only for two episodes, whereafter he is promptly killed by Emma.]]

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* ''Series/OnceUponATime''
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Captain Hook in ''Series/OnceUponATime''.Hook. In season two he was a ruthless man obsessed with vengeance that even manages to pull a BatmanGambit over on Rumplestiltskin himself. However, come season three, he was reduced to little more than a lovesick puppy following Emma around without any of his former edge. He later recovers villain cred after [[spoiler:Emma makes him the Dark One without his consent]]. He then becomes the BigBad and proves extremely dangerous and clever [[spoiler:but only for two episodes, whereafter he is promptly killed by Emma.]]]]
** Zelena started out as something of a VillainSue, always being able to get one over on the good guys even when they were seemingly winning. Her defeat at the end of her stint as the BigBad saw her beaten with one shot of light magic from someone who had just learned how to use it. In her return appearances in Season 4 and 5 she is a straight up BigBadWannabe with the heroes treating her as a small time threat to deal with now so they can focus on bigger problems.
** [[spoiler: King Arthur]] started out as one of the villains of Season 5A. After the first episode to show he is a villain, where he tricked the heroes, he is only a threat because Zelena is helping him. He is defeated without ceremony as soon as the heroes learn he is a villain.
12th Nov '17 7:09:43 PM SpocktorWho
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** The Demons as a whole. In an early episode, the brother have trouble to stop a single one from crashing planes but in later seasons [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils more powerful variants]] are introduced which leaves the lesser one as random mooks the brothers or their allies easily capture offscreen to interrogate them.
** The angel Metatron expels the angels at the end of season 8, is the BigBad of season 9 where he manipulates the angels into killing each others and [[spoiler:temporally kills Dean in the finale]]. However in season 10, despite his successful escape from Heaven's jail, he becomes a minor nuisance and tries to hid himself. In season 11, Cas even has pity of Metatron and spares him when he has the opportunity to kill him.

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** The Demons as a whole. In an early episode, the brother have trouble to stop stopping a single one from crashing planes but in later seasons [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils more powerful variants]] are introduced which leaves the lesser one as random mooks the brothers or their allies easily capture offscreen to interrogate them.
them. Also justified in that the Winchesters become better hunters as the series progresses, get better weapons, and get a lot more experience killing demons.
** The angel Metatron expels the angels at the end of season 8, is the BigBad of season 9 where he manipulates the angels into killing each others and [[spoiler:temporally [[spoiler:temporarily kills Dean in the finale]]. However in season 10, despite his successful escape from Heaven's jail, he Castiel, [[spoiler:he's human due to Castiel taking his Grace]] and so becomes a minor nuisance and tries to hid hide himself. In season 11, Cas even has pity of for Metatron and spares him when he has the opportunity to kill him.
8th Nov '17 7:51:48 AM xcountryguy
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** The Dominion got a bump in threat after the Breen joined and brought in a weapon thatvdrained all the enrgy in a ship and rendered them helpless. Then it dropped again, with another in-story justification as the Klingons accudentally stumbled onto a countermeasure that the Federation and Romulans were able to duplicate after a few months.

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** The Dominion got a bump in threat after the Breen joined and brought in a weapon thatvdrained that drained all the enrgy energy in a ship and rendered them it helpless. Then it dropped again, with another in-story justification as the Klingons accudentally accidentally stumbled onto a countermeasure that the Federation and Romulans were able to duplicate after a few months.
8th Nov '17 7:48:59 AM xcountryguy
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** Littlefinger is initially established as one of the show's most prominent BigBad contenders, setting the whole plot into motion and expertly weaving his way in and out of Westeros' political web. Come Season 7, he's been reduced from a MagnificentBastard to a small-time schemer and TokenEvilTeammate for House Stark. [[spoiler: In the end, he dies pathetically, begging for his life.]]

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** Littlefinger is initially established as one of the show's most prominent BigBad contenders, setting the whole plot into motion and expertly weaving his way in and out of Westeros' political web. Come Season 7, he's been reduced from a MagnificentBastard to a small-time schemer and TokenEvilTeammate for House Stark. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the end, he dies pathetically, begging for his life.]]



** The Master particularly suffered from this, with many writers simply using him as a convenient bad guy with little motivation beyond being "eeeevil". The trend arguably started from his very first appearances, since he appeared as the BigBad in every episode of Season Eight of the classic series, which arguably diluted his effectiveness right from the off. He always allied with another evil power, which then betrayed him, forcing him to work with the Doctor. Over his many appearances in both classic and new series, writers have tried most of the tricks above to avert Villain Decay, including threat escalation, frequent EnemyMine plots, AlternateUniverse victories, and having him murder the family members of series regulars. Probably for the same reasons that the series itself has been so long-lived, despite succumbing to Villain Decay several times over, the character somehow keeps bouncing back as a MagnificentBastard. [[spoiler: The new series attempted to correct this both by giving him a plausible motivation - complete insanity - and by showing how badass he could be; not least by stranding the Doctor at the end of time itself, becoming [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister of Great Britain]], massacring a tenth of the population of Earth and all in all being a rather MagnificentBastard before the Doctor managed to [[ResetButton undo everything]].]]

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** The Master particularly suffered from this, with many writers simply using him as a convenient bad guy with little motivation beyond being "eeeevil". The trend arguably started from his very first appearances, since he appeared as the BigBad in every episode of Season Eight of the classic series, which arguably diluted his effectiveness right from the off. He always allied with another evil power, which then betrayed him, forcing him to work with the Doctor. Over his many appearances in both classic and new series, writers have tried most of the tricks above to avert Villain Decay, including threat escalation, frequent EnemyMine plots, AlternateUniverse victories, and having him murder the family members of series regulars. Probably for the same reasons that the series itself has been so long-lived, despite succumbing to Villain Decay several times over, the character somehow keeps bouncing back as a MagnificentBastard. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The new series attempted to correct this both by giving him a plausible motivation - complete insanity - and by showing how badass he could be; not least by stranding the Doctor at the end of time itself, becoming [[PresidentEvil Prime Minister of Great Britain]], massacring a tenth of the population of Earth and all in all being a rather MagnificentBastard before the Doctor managed to [[ResetButton undo everything]].]]



** That being said, in Season 3 they become secondary antagonists to Holtz and Sahjhan, and are portrayed as generally craven and incompetent. It gets even worse in Season 4, where [[spoiler: their LA offices are destroyed and the staff killed by the Beast]]. And then backtracked when [[spoiler: they let the team ''run'' the rebuilt LA branch in season 5 just to keep them busy; nothing in that theater of operations ultimately affected them at all.]]

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** That being said, in Season 3 they become secondary antagonists to Holtz and Sahjhan, and are portrayed as generally craven and incompetent. It gets even worse in Season 4, where [[spoiler: their [[spoiler:their LA offices are destroyed and the staff killed by the Beast]]. And then backtracked when [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they let the team ''run'' the rebuilt LA branch in season 5 just to keep them busy; nothing in that theater of operations ultimately affected them at all.]]



* The Source of All Evil in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' undergoes sudden and severe decay between seasons 3 and 4. After a well executed gambit at the end of season 3 that leaves two Charmed Ones dying and one trapped in the underworld, everything falls apart. He does manage to kill [[spoiler: Prue]], but only because her actress was leaving the show. Then he's revealed to be comically reliant on a Seer ally to the degree that without her telling him what's going to happen, he can't even predict that Leo, whose entire purpose in life is to protect the Charmed Ones, might try to rescue the one he has trapped, which he does ''offscreen''. After that he screws up his attempt to turn Paige evil by being incredibly obvious, gets severely wounded by one renegade demon throwing fireballs at him, and eventually loses not just his wings but the menacing hood as well and reveals a goofy face before dying. Three not mutually exclusive explanations for this are: they wrote the season 3 finale without knowing how they were going to resolve it; the loss of a main actress forced them to do a hasty rewrite and devote a lot of the screentime that would have been devoted to a satisfying followup to introducing a new character; and while it was fine for the Source to be competent and powerful as a background BiggerBad, if he was going to bring the fight to the Charmed Ones then one party needed to have a major competence shift, and it's easier to write down than up.

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* The Source of All Evil in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' undergoes sudden and severe decay between seasons 3 and 4. After a well executed gambit at the end of season 3 that leaves two Charmed Ones dying and one trapped in the underworld, everything falls apart. He does manage to kill [[spoiler: Prue]], [[spoiler:Prue]], but only because her actress was leaving the show. Then he's revealed to be comically reliant on a Seer ally to the degree that without her telling him what's going to happen, he can't even predict that Leo, whose entire purpose in life is to protect the Charmed Ones, might try to rescue the one he has trapped, which he does ''offscreen''. After that he screws up his attempt to turn Paige evil by being incredibly obvious, gets severely wounded by one renegade demon throwing fireballs at him, and eventually loses not just his wings but the menacing hood as well and reveals a goofy face before dying. Three not mutually exclusive explanations for this are: they wrote the season 3 finale without knowing how they were going to resolve it; the loss of a main actress forced them to do a hasty rewrite and devote a lot of the screentime that would have been devoted to a satisfying followup to introducing a new character; and while it was fine for the Source to be competent and powerful as a background BiggerBad, if he was going to bring the fight to the Charmed Ones then one party needed to have a major competence shift, and it's easier to write down than up.



* Scorpius in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' managed to remain a MagnificentBastard throughout the second and third seasons, thanks in large part to the writers letting him achieve total victory in the second season finale. The third season thus became about the heroes trying to reverse their earlier loss. However, by the end of the third season the show introduced a new villain who served as Scorpius' superior, and the first few episodes of the fourth season saw him apparently lose all his fearsomeness, [[spoiler: with Grayza and Braca dragging him around on a leash like a dog, occasionally forcing him to lick Grayza's boot!]] For a time, he even looked as though he was becoming one of the heroes, with the only concession towards his original {{magnificen|tBastard}}ce being somehow able to get himself (begrudgingly) accepted as a part of the hero's crew ''even though'' he freely admits that his goals and motivations haven't changed a jot since when he last tried to kill everyone. And then the whole descent into mediocrity turns out be a subversion: [[spoiler: not only does he backstab Crichton so masterfully that it takes him two episodes to figure out what happened, but he manages to neatly counter Crichton's attempt to backstab him back. He's even pretending to be a double-agent for the Scarrans, fooling ''the Emperor himself'' into believing that Scorpius had been employed by him for years. For good measure, it turns out that Braca was on his side after all, and the "dragged around on a leash" thing was just another part of Scorpy's masterplan.]]

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* Scorpius in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' managed to remain a MagnificentBastard throughout the second and third seasons, thanks in large part to the writers letting him achieve total victory in the second season finale. The third season thus became about the heroes trying to reverse their earlier loss. However, by the end of the third season the show introduced a new villain who served as Scorpius' superior, and the first few episodes of the fourth season saw him apparently lose all his fearsomeness, [[spoiler: with [[spoiler:with Grayza and Braca dragging him around on a leash like a dog, occasionally forcing him to lick Grayza's boot!]] For a time, he even looked as though he was becoming one of the heroes, with the only concession towards his original {{magnificen|tBastard}}ce being somehow able to get himself (begrudgingly) accepted as a part of the hero's crew ''even though'' he freely admits that his goals and motivations haven't changed a jot since when he last tried to kill everyone. And then the whole descent into mediocrity turns out be a subversion: [[spoiler: not [[spoiler:not only does he backstab Crichton so masterfully that it takes him two episodes to figure out what happened, but he manages to neatly counter Crichton's attempt to backstab him back. He's even pretending to be a double-agent for the Scarrans, fooling ''the Emperor himself'' into believing that Scorpius had been employed by him for years. For good measure, it turns out that Braca was on his side after all, and the "dragged around on a leash" thing was just another part of Scorpy's masterplan.]]



** Maury Parkman was originally toted as "The Nightmare Man", someone ''worse'' than Sylar. As an experienced psychic, he managed to [[KickTheDog put a little girl into a coma]] and [[MindRape continually mess with the heroes' heads]], until he was defeated in a [[CallingTheOldManOut close confrontation with Matt]]. Come Season 3, he is passively following the BigBad's orders, right til he [[spoiler: objects to Petrelli ordering Matt's death]], and has his neck unceremoniously snapped in ''another'' EvilerThanThou moment.

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** Maury Parkman was originally toted as "The Nightmare Man", someone ''worse'' than Sylar. As an experienced psychic, he managed to [[KickTheDog put a little girl into a coma]] and [[MindRape continually mess with the heroes' heads]], until he was defeated in a [[CallingTheOldManOut close confrontation with Matt]]. Come Season 3, he is passively following the BigBad's orders, right til he [[spoiler: objects [[spoiler:objects to Petrelli ordering Matt's death]], and has his neck unceremoniously snapped in ''another'' EvilerThanThou moment.



* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': [[spoiler: The mummy wasn't nearly as badass in "Wizards vs. Werewolves" as he was in the "Chronicles of Moises" arc, and his defeat was ridiculously easy.]]

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* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The mummy wasn't nearly as badass in "Wizards vs. Werewolves" as he was in the "Chronicles of Moises" arc, and his defeat was ridiculously easy.]]



* Omen on ''Series/DarkOracle''. In Season 1 he managed to be the BigBad, even with his powers sealed. In Season 2 he returns with his powers unlocked...and is demoted to being a flunky of Blaze and Violet. He's still dangerous, but Lance and Cally have bigger fish to fry, and simply aren't scared of him anymore. In the end, he's reduced to a rather pitiful figure who [[spoiler: pulls a HeelFaceTurn to help Cally and then dies]].

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* Omen on ''Series/DarkOracle''. In Season 1 he managed to be the BigBad, even with his powers sealed. In Season 2 he returns with his powers unlocked...and is demoted to being a flunky of Blaze and Violet. He's still dangerous, but Lance and Cally have bigger fish to fry, and simply aren't scared of him anymore. In the end, he's reduced to a rather pitiful figure who [[spoiler: pulls [[spoiler:pulls a HeelFaceTurn to help Cally and then dies]].



** The angel Metatron expels the angels at the end of season 8, is the BigBad of season 9 where he manipulates the angels into killing each others and [[spoiler: temporally kills Dean in the finale]]. However in season 10, despite his successful escape from Heaven's jail, he becomes a minor nuisance and tries to hid himself. In season 11, Cas even has pity of Metatron and spares him when he has the opportunity to kill him.

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** The angel Metatron expels the angels at the end of season 8, is the BigBad of season 9 where he manipulates the angels into killing each others and [[spoiler: temporally [[spoiler:temporally kills Dean in the finale]]. However in season 10, despite his successful escape from Heaven's jail, he becomes a minor nuisance and tries to hid himself. In season 11, Cas even has pity of Metatron and spares him when he has the opportunity to kill him.



* Captain Hook in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. In season two he was a ruthless man obsessed with vengeance that even manages to pull a BatmanGambit over on Rumplestiltskin himself. However, come season three, he was reduced to little more than a lovesick puppy following Emma around without any of his former edge. He later recovers villain cred after [[spoiler: Emma makes him the Dark One without his consent]]. He then becomes the BigBad and proves extremely dangerous and clever [[spoiler: but only for two episodes, whereafter he is promptly killed by Emma.]]
* Most antagonists in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' do this, since we learn more about them. Dr. Kelso, for example, starts out as a harsh jerk, who loves making people feel small, especially Ted, but after he retires, he mellows out considerably, to the point that he and Dr. Cox, who had argued with him all the time, became best friends.

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* Captain Hook in ''Series/OnceUponATime''. In season two he was a ruthless man obsessed with vengeance that even manages to pull a BatmanGambit over on Rumplestiltskin himself. However, come season three, he was reduced to little more than a lovesick puppy following Emma around without any of his former edge. He later recovers villain cred after [[spoiler: Emma [[spoiler:Emma makes him the Dark One without his consent]]. He then becomes the BigBad and proves extremely dangerous and clever [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but only for two episodes, whereafter he is promptly killed by Emma.]]
* Most antagonists in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' do this, since we learn more about them. Dr. Kelso, for example, starts out as a harsh jerk, who loves making people feel small, especially Ted, but after he retires, he mellows out considerably, to the point that he and Dr. Cox, who had argued with him all the time, became best friends.friends.
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15th Sep '17 6:35:01 AM TheWarioBros
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** The Monks in series 10 go through this in all of three episodes. In the first (Extremis), they're competent enough to have simulated every possible reality to find ways to stop the Doctor and conquer Earth. In the Pyramid at the End of the World, they're effortlessly pulling planes out of the sky and disintegrating their enemies with a touch. By The Lie of the Land? They're being fooled by rudimentary stealth tactics, killed with simple gunfire, stuck fighting with close range electricity attacks like the Silence, defeated with the PowerOfLove and quickly run away with their tails between their legs the minute humanity breaks free of the mind control.
2nd Sep '17 4:55:00 AM Morgenthaler
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** Species 8472 were ScaryDogmaticAliens until "In the Flesh". They were introduced as a terrifying telepathic species of aliens from a place called "fluidic space", a race so xenophobic that they [[AbsoluteXenophobe tried to exterminate all other life]] because they considered it impure. They traveled in bio-organic ships that could destroy Borg cubes like a photon torpedo could destroy a Ford Pinto and these ships could combine energy weapons to blow up a Borg planet. Except not, because they're {{retcon}}ned to be a peaceloving people beneath the surface, and were only fighting the Borg in self-defense.

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** Species 8472 were ScaryDogmaticAliens until "In the Flesh". They were introduced as a terrifying telepathic species of aliens from a place called "fluidic space", a race so xenophobic that they [[AbsoluteXenophobe tried to exterminate all other life]] because they considered it impure. They traveled in bio-organic ships that could [[TheWorfEffect destroy Borg cubes cubes]] like a photon torpedo could destroy a Ford Pinto and these ships could combine energy weapons to blow up a Borg planet. Except not, because they're {{retcon}}ned to be a peaceloving people beneath the surface, and were only fighting the Borg in self-defense.
2nd Sep '17 4:50:17 AM Morgenthaler
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** The Replicators, on the other hand, largely avert this trope, as each time the heroes meet a bunch of those things, it has required an even more insane plan than the last one to merely stall them. Trapping them in a time-stop bubble (they escape), sending then into a black hole (escape too), finding a ancient-made BFG specially designed to destroy them (become immune) and friggin' finally, using a weapon that can fry the entire Milky Way to destroy them all at the same time once and for all. Their Asuran brethren in ''Atlantis'' required a similarly insane plan -- an EarthShatteringKaboom -- to put them down once and for all.

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** The Replicators, on the other hand, largely avert this trope, as each time the heroes meet a bunch of those things, it has required an even more insane plan than the last one to merely stall them. Trapping them in a time-stop bubble (they escape), sending then into a black hole (escape too), finding a ancient-made BFG specially designed to destroy them (become immune) and friggin' finally, using a weapon that can fry the entire Milky Way to destroy them all at the same time once and for all. Their Asuran brethren in ''Atlantis'' required a similarly insane plan -- drawing them all into one huge blob then following that up with an EarthShatteringKaboom -- to put them down once and for all.
2nd Sep '17 4:49:08 AM Morgenthaler
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** The Replicators, on the other hand, largely avert this trope, as each time the heroes meet a bunch of those things, it has required an even more insane plan than the last one to merely stall them. Trapping them in a time-stop bubble (they escape), sending then into a black hole (escape too), finding a ancient-made BFG specially designed to destroy them (become immune) and friggin' finally, using a weapon that can fry the entire Milky Way to destroy them all at the same time once and for all. Their Asuran brethren in ''Atlantis'' required a similarly insane plan to put them down once and for all.

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** The Replicators, on the other hand, largely avert this trope, as each time the heroes meet a bunch of those things, it has required an even more insane plan than the last one to merely stall them. Trapping them in a time-stop bubble (they escape), sending then into a black hole (escape too), finding a ancient-made BFG specially designed to destroy them (become immune) and friggin' finally, using a weapon that can fry the entire Milky Way to destroy them all at the same time once and for all. Their Asuran brethren in ''Atlantis'' required a similarly insane plan -- an EarthShatteringKaboom -- to put them down once and for all.
2nd Sep '17 4:37:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In Season 4, Ramsay Bolton is shown to be a BloodKnight MasterSwordsman who is able to defeat the "most vicious killers on the Iron Islands" while shirtless, with contemptuous ease. Come Season 6, he's a DirtyCoward who goes down after a few punches to the face.

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In Season 4, Ramsay Bolton is shown to be a BloodKnight MasterSwordsman who is able to defeat the "most vicious killers on the Iron Islands" while shirtless, with contemptuous ease. Come Season 6, he's a DirtyCoward who goes down after a few punches to the face.
1st Sep '17 7:31:14 PM FictionFan101
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** Littlefinger spends most of his time as a legitimate BigBad contender, setting the whole plot into motion and expertly weaving his way in and out of Westeros' political web. Come Season 7, all of his efforts are rendered moot. He gets overshadowed by the show's other villains and is reduced to being a TokenEvilTeammate for House Stark. [[spoiler: In the end, he dies pathetically, begging for his life.]]

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** Littlefinger spends is initially established as one of the show's most of his time as a legitimate prominent BigBad contender, contenders, setting the whole plot into motion and expertly weaving his way in and out of Westeros' political web. Come Season 7, all of his efforts are rendered moot. He gets overshadowed by the show's other villains and is he's been reduced from a MagnificentBastard to being a small-time schemer and TokenEvilTeammate for House Stark. [[spoiler: In the end, he dies pathetically, begging for his life.]]
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