History VillainDecay / LiveActionTV

19th Aug '16 6:44:19 AM SirPellucidar
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** The Borg are probably the most infamous example, gradually going from a once-a-season menace to a routine annoyance. In their original appearance in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Q Who?", they were a faceless, inscrutable HiveMind who could never be truly defeated because they always acted in perfect synchronicity, and could never be reasoned or bargained with. This gradually changed with "I, Borg" and ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', which presented the idea that the Borg could be taught to act as individuals, and introduced the Borg Queen as a physical leader figure whose defeat could provide an easy way to resolve plots. Then came ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', which took place entirely in the Delta Quadrant (the site of the Borg's homeworld), thus making the Borg regular antagonists for the first time in the franchise's history. Since tangles with the Borg suddenly became frequent occurrences, the writers of ''Voyager'' had to regularly depict them being defeated by the crew of the titular lone starship (in contrast to appearances in previous shows, where the Borg mopped the floor with entire ''fleets'') in order to keep the story moving, thus robbing them of a good deal of their original scare value.

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** The Borg are probably the most infamous example, gradually going from a once-a-season menace to a routine annoyance. In their original appearance in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Q Who?", they were a faceless, inscrutable HiveMind who could never be truly defeated because they always acted in perfect synchronicity, and could never be reasoned or bargained with. This gradually changed with "I, Borg" and ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', which presented the idea that the Borg could be taught to act as individuals, and introduced the Borg Queen as a physical leader figure whose defeat could provide an easy way to resolve plots. Then came ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', which took place entirely in the Delta Quadrant (the site of the Borg's homeworld), home territory), thus making the Borg regular antagonists for the first time in the franchise's history. Since tangles with the Borg suddenly became frequent occurrences, the writers of ''Voyager'' had to regularly depict them being defeated by the crew of the titular lone starship (in contrast to appearances in previous shows, where the Borg mopped the floor with entire ''fleets'') in order to keep the story moving, thus robbing them of a good deal of their original scare value.
12th Aug '16 11:44:47 PM ImpudentInfidel
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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 LA offices are destroyed and the staff killed by the Beast]].

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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 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.]]
21st Jul '16 10:17:29 AM Morgenthaler
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** Crowley's character arc has taken a few weird turns over the seasons to the point where he [[ZigzaggingTrope zigzaggs the trope]]. He was genuinely threatening in season 5-7 and a rare DangerouslyGenreSavvy demon, but not above entering an EnemyMine with the Winchesters solely for his own benefit. In season 8 he became more evil than ever, capping it off with [[spoiler:trying to kill ''everyone'' the Winchesters have ever saved]]. Due to a partial demon cure trial, he becomes a lot more emotional in season 9, and spends most of his time chained up in a cellar. His position is all but usurped by Abaddon, and the Winchesters openly express their disgust at [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen how inconsequential the supposed King of Hell has become]]. Then a gambit of Crowley's played out at season's end - [[spoiler:Dean is now a Demon, and in Crowley's claws.]] This is eventually lampshaded when his mother rants that he's not the king of hell but the Winchesters' bitch.

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** Crowley's character arc has taken a few weird turns over the seasons to the point where he [[ZigzaggingTrope zigzaggs the trope]]. He was genuinely threatening in season 5-7 and a rare DangerouslyGenreSavvy demon, demon who avoids the VillainBall, but not above entering an EnemyMine with the Winchesters solely for his own benefit. In season 8 he became more evil than ever, capping it off with [[spoiler:trying to kill ''everyone'' the Winchesters have ever saved]]. Due to a partial demon cure trial, he becomes a lot more emotional in season 9, and spends most of his time chained up in a cellar. His position is all but usurped by Abaddon, and the Winchesters openly express their disgust at [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen how inconsequential the supposed King of Hell has become]]. Then a gambit of Crowley's played out at season's end - [[spoiler:Dean is now a Demon, and in Crowley's claws.]] This is eventually lampshaded when his mother rants that he's not the king of hell but the Winchesters' bitch.
13th Jun '16 4:43:45 PM LondonKdS
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*** The Master's worst period for this covered his two appearances in the Sixth Doctor's era, "The Mark of the Rani" and "The Ultimate Foe" (in which he is '''not''' the title character), in both of which he achieves very little and is used as comic relief for the Doctor's confrontations with entirely new Time Lord villains. This was recovered to a degree in his final old-school appearance, "Survival", in which his tendency to kill people for lulz was played up and taken extremely seriously as repugnant villainy instead of comedy.
23rd May '16 9:47:17 AM Doug86
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* Omen on ''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 ''DarkOracle''.''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]].
21st May '16 7:03:48 PM ImpudentInfidel
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*** The only time the Cybermen get to be properly {{Badass}} after their reintroduction is "Nightmare in Silver," where none of their weaknesses can be brought to bear in a way that lets you kill 'em all at once, ''and they're faster.'' In the end, ''the king of the planet evacuates it, destroys it, and everyone runs away. Dayum.)''

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*** The only time the Cybermen get to be properly {{Badass}} after their reintroduction is "Nightmare in Silver," where none of their weaknesses can be brought to bear in a way that lets you kill 'em all at once, ''and they're faster.'' All the doctor can do is play for time. In the end, ''the king of the planet evacuates it, destroys it, and everyone runs away. Dayum.)''
14th May '16 10:36:52 PM bwburke94
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** That being said, in Season 3 they become secondary antagonists to Holtz and Sahjahn, 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]].

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** That being said, in Season 3 they become secondary antagonists to Holtz and Sahjahn, 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]].
14th May '16 12:04:25 PM maxwellsilver
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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 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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* Captain Hook in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' seems to be heading down that road in season three.''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's been 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.]]
24th Mar '16 4:47:36 PM Delphi
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** Happened often in MMPR seasons two and three given how often they reused the monster suits; a monster who nearly killed the Rangers in its original appearance would often return to be defeated with a single blow or be incapacitated with slapstick.
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.
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