History VillainDecay / LiveActionTV

4th Feb '16 2:46:34 PM bigfatcarp93
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** Rassilon is on the receiving end of this ''hard'' in Hell Bent. In previous stories, Rassilon was one of ''the'' Big Bads of the Doctor Who Universe, a rarely-seen but immensely powerful and influential villain, the corrupt co-founder of Time Lord society, a MadScientist of such staggering genius that he made his fellow Time Lords seem dimwitted by comparison, and obsessed with immortality. Come the Series 9 finale, however, and this once impressive villain has regenerated from Timothy Dalton into Donald Sumpter, with the new interpretation coming off as an ineffectual, whiny, ranting old man who can do little more than ramble about his supposed invincibility, threaten (but not actually kill) people with his gauntlet, and froth with rage about the Doctor doing Doctor-y stuff. He gets defeated in about fifteen minutes via the Doctor simply staring him down, convincing all of his minions to abandon him, and booting him off of Gallifrey.
7th Jan '16 12:22:37 PM bohunk
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real people can't be "straw" anything
* Partly due to SeinfeldIsUnfunny, Jerri Manthey in ''Series/{{Survivor}}''. She was seen as the original survivor villain mostly because she was the first to be called that. (Richard Hatch is probably more of the "original" survivor villain) She was actually booed off the stage in ''All Stars'', yet years later after the likes of Boston Rob controlling the game, Russell Hantz sociopathically pushing his way to the finals and ''admittedly'' griefing his fellow players, Jonny Fairplay lying to get a sympathetic advantage, [[StrawFeminist Ami Cusack]], and players like Naonka, Corrine, and Randy just being a JerkAss...When Jerri showed up on stage in ''Heroes vs. Villains'' and wasn't like ''any'' of those, people actually ''applauded'' for her.
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* Partly due to SeinfeldIsUnfunny, Jerri Manthey in ''Series/{{Survivor}}''. She was seen as the original survivor villain mostly because she was the first to be called that. (Richard Hatch is probably more of the "original" survivor villain) She was actually booed off the stage in ''All Stars'', yet years later after the likes of Boston Rob controlling the game, Russell Hantz sociopathically pushing his way to the finals and ''admittedly'' griefing his fellow players, Jonny Fairplay lying to get a sympathetic advantage, [[StrawFeminist Ami Cusack]], Cusack, and players like Naonka, Corrine, and Randy just being a JerkAss...When Jerri showed up on stage in ''Heroes vs. Villains'' and wasn't like ''any'' of those, people actually ''applauded'' for her.
21st Dec '15 11:38:03 AM Silverblade2
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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 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.
17th Dec '15 7:22:59 AM Bluecatcinema
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* Most antagonists in ''Series/Scrubs'' do this, since we learn more about them. Dr. Kelso, for example, starts out a harsh jerk, who loves making people feel small, especially Ted, but after he retires, he mellows out considerably, to the point he and Dr. Cox, whom aruged with him all the time, became best friends.
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* Most antagonists in ''Series/Scrubs'' ''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, whom aruged who had argued with him all the time, became best friends.
13th Dec '15 6:43:41 AM Morgenthaler
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This is Flanderization. Villain Decay is when a villain goes from threatening to harmless. Dukat did the reverse, as he became *more* evil and dangerous over time.
** Also from ''Deep Space Nine'', Gul Dukat and Vedek (later Kai) Winn. For most of the show's run, Dukat was depicted as being somewhat villainous but with several moral shades, being willing to help out Sisko and the Federation when it was in his best interests, but also being willing to trample over anyone and anything when need be. Winn, meanwhile, was a religious WellIntentionedExtremist, who genuinely did want what was best for the Bajoran people, but was determined to maintain the supremacy of their religion at all costs, to the point where when she was asked to become acting head-of-state she quickly started planning how to turn the government into a de facto theocracy. By midway through the final season the two had become pretty straightforward {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s who wanted to release the Pah-Wraiths and destroy the universe, although Dukat at least had the excuse of undergoing a VillainousBreakdown following the death of his daughter in the previous season. Creator/IraStevenBehr was pretty open about it being intentional with Dukat, as he didn't like the way his fandom had started RootingForTheEmpire.
13th Dec '15 6:39:08 AM Morgenthaler
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** Likewise Species 8472, who 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 it turns out that they're just as empathetic as humans and were only fighting the Borg in self-defense.
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** Likewise Species 8472, who 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 it turns out that they're just as empathetic as humans {{retcon}}ned to be a peaceloving people beneath the surface, and were only fighting the Borg in self-defense.
10th Dec '15 5:42:21 PM MyFinalEdits
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* Captain Hook in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' seems to be heading down that road in season three. 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's been reduced to little more than a lovesick puppy following Emma around without any of his former edge. ** He latter 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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* Captain Hook in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' seems to be heading down that road in season three. 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's been reduced to little more than a lovesick puppy following Emma around without any of his former edge. ** edge. He latter 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.]]
10th Dec '15 3:01:29 AM LMage
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** He latter 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.]]
12th Jul '15 8:50:06 PM mewmdude77
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12th Jul '15 8:48:43 PM mewmdude77
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* Captain Hook in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' seems to be heading down that road in season three. 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's been reduced to little more than a lovesick puppy following Emma around without any of his former edge.
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* Captain Hook in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' seems to be heading down that road in season three. 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's been reduced to little more than a lovesick puppy following Emma around without any of his former edge.edge. * Most antagonists in ''Series/Scrubs'' do this, since we learn more about them. Dr. Kelso, for example, starts out a harsh jerk, who loves making people feel small, especially Ted, but after he retires, he mellows out considerably, to the point he and Dr. Cox, whom aruged with him all the time, became best friends.
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