History VillainDecay / WesternAnimation

16th May '17 10:28:20 AM iowaforever
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* An interesting case with Aku in Season 5 of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' in that it was somewhat self inflicted; frustrated by his inability to kill Jack in direct combat, Aku went for pragmatism and destroyed every time portal he could find before hiding out in his fortress, anticipating that Jack would die of old age or combat sooner or later. Unfortunately for Aku, sending Jack to the future turned him into TheAgeless, and in the fifty years that have passed between seasons Aku has become a nervous recluse trying to convince himself that he won't be stuck with an eternity of Jack hunting him.

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* An interesting case with Aku in Season 5 of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' in that it was somewhat self inflicted; frustrated by his inability to kill Jack in direct combat, Aku went for pragmatism and destroyed every time portal he could find before hiding out in his fortress, anticipating that Jack would die of old age or combat sooner or later. Unfortunately for Aku, sending Jack to the future turned him into TheAgeless, and in the fifty years that have passed between seasons Aku has become a nervous recluse trying to convince himself that he won't be stuck with an eternity of Jack hunting him. [[spoiler: He breaks out of it in Episode 9, gleefully corrupting Ashi into a female clone of himself and forcing Jack to surrender rather than kill her]].
11th Apr '17 3:09:06 PM Manny20444
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** In his second appearance, while the ClockKing did gain a device that actually let him control time, he also didn't show a lot of what made him such a formidable opponent in his debut episode (his ludicrously precise timing and planning). This resulted in the man who was able to physically match Batman in combat being taken out the instant his device broke. [[TropesAreNotBad This may have been a good thing though]], for those who found him able to do such a thing [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief too hard to swallow]]. Fortunately he recovered from the decay in his ''WesternAnimation.JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' appearance as a member of [[Comicbook/SuicideSquad Task Force X]], in which his planning and precise timing were key to a totally successful mission by the team to steal the Annihilator from right out of the Justice League's headquarters.

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** In his second appearance, while the ClockKing did gain a device that actually let him control time, he also didn't show a lot of what made him such a formidable opponent in his debut episode (his ludicrously precise timing and planning). This resulted in the man who was able to physically match Batman in combat being taken out the instant his device broke. [[TropesAreNotBad This may have been a good thing though]], for those who found him able to do such a thing [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief too hard to swallow]]. Fortunately he recovered from the decay in his ''WesternAnimation.JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' appearance as a member of [[Comicbook/SuicideSquad Task Force X]], in which his planning and precise timing were key to a totally successful mission by the team to steal the Annihilator from right out of the Justice League's headquarters.
9th Apr '17 6:33:25 PM drac0blade
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** Even worse with the Forever Knight, who went from a mysterious evil organisation to ridiculously weak villains who served as the heroes' punching ball (to the point in one episode, Gwen felt like it was more important for Ben to assist his girlfriend's tennis match than keeping an eye on them). Fortunately corrected in season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', where their founder comes back and turns them back into a real threat. ''Omniverse'' bring them back into this trope, since their war with [[ReligionOfEvil the Esoterica]] has left them mostly decimated, with only a very small team still active.

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** Even worse with the Forever Knight, Knights, who went from a mysterious evil organisation to ridiculously weak villains who served as the heroes' punching ball (to the point in one episode, Gwen felt like it was more important for Ben to assist his girlfriend's tennis match than keeping an eye on them). Fortunately corrected in season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', where their founder comes back and turns them back into a real threat. ''Omniverse'' bring them back into this trope, since their war with [[ReligionOfEvil the Esoterica]] has left them mostly decimated, with only a very small team still active.
9th Apr '17 6:31:57 PM drac0blade
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** [[ArchEnemy Vilgax]] is one of the most infamous cases of this trope in the franchise. In the Original Series, he was the Dreaded an ImplacableMan capable of [[CurbStompBattle beating the crap out of most of Ben's alien forms]] with nothing but sheer strenght, and Ben couldn't defeat him in a direct fight until he unlocked [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Way Big]]. When he returned in ''Alien Force'', he still had some moments of badassery, but now would more frequently lose to Ben ([[JustifiedTrope who by this point]] [[TookALevelInBadass was five years older, more mature and with a better understanding of the Omnitrix]]), most notably once losing to [[spoiler:Diamondhead, an alien form who previously couldn't even scratch him]]. Comes ''Omniverse'', now suddenly Vilgax is regularly the butt of jokes by other characters and is revealed to be scared of Ma Vreedle, a ''comedic'' villain, to the point she can send him running away by her mere presence.

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** [[ArchEnemy Vilgax]] is one of the most infamous cases of this trope in the franchise. In the Original Series, he was the Dreaded an ImplacableMan capable of [[CurbStompBattle beating the crap out of most of Ben's alien forms]] with nothing but sheer strenght, strength, and Ben couldn't defeat him in a direct fight until he unlocked [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever Way Big]]. When he returned in ''Alien Force'', he still had some moments of badassery, but now would more frequently lose to Ben ([[JustifiedTrope who by this point]] [[TookALevelInBadass was five years older, more mature and with a better understanding of the Omnitrix]]), most notably once losing to [[spoiler:Diamondhead, an alien form who previously couldn't even scratch him]]. Comes ''Omniverse'', now suddenly Vilgax is regularly the butt of jokes by other characters and is revealed to be scared of Ma Vreedle, a ''comedic'' villain, to the point she can send him running away by her mere presence.
2nd Apr '17 7:37:32 PM patriciovalencia117
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', [[spoiler: Maul]] has suffered greatly even though he is still a dangerous badass. In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', he was a savage fighter {{chessmaster}} who easily massacred legions of Jedi and lead his own army of Mandalorians and Nightsisters to become a dangerous threat to both the Separatists and Galactic Republic. By the events of ''Rebels'', [[spoiler: Maul]] is on the run, lost all of his followers, and relies more on manipulating the heroes to achieve his goals. Although he is still powerful and skilled enough to take on the Imperial Inquisitiors, he admits that he is shell of his former self and quickly runs when Darth Vader. This is justified as his numerous losses to the Jedi and his brutal torture at the hands of [[spoiler:Darth Sidious]] have turned him into a wreck.

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* In Even though he is still a formidable recurring villain in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', [[spoiler: Maul]] has suffered greatly even though he is still been reduced to a dangerous badass. shell of his former self. In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', he was a savage fighter ruthless {{chessmaster}} who easily massacred legions of Jedi and lead his own army of Mandalorians and Nightsisters to become a dangerous threat to both the Separatists and Galactic Republic. By the events of ''Rebels'', [[spoiler: Maul]] is on the run, lost all of his followers, and relies more on manipulating the heroes to achieve his goals. Although he is still powerful and skilled enough to take on capable of defeating the Imperial Inquisitiors, he admits recognizes that he is shell of his former self no match for the Empire and quickly runs flees when Darth Vader. This Vader arrives to confront him. Maul's case is justified as his numerous losses to from the Jedi and his brutal torture defeat at the hands of [[spoiler:Darth Sidious]] have turned him into a wreck.
24th Mar '17 6:40:18 AM iowaforever
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* Rataxes in ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' and even more in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/{{BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou}}'', he was a ruthless slaver warlord in the Babar movie only to be turn into a JerkassWithAHeartOfGold in the first series and even more a wimpy husband in the sequel series. In the first series Rataxes could be mean and selfish, but was presented as LaughablyEvil and FriendlyEnemy, never really crossing the MoralEventHorizon, been a loving father and husband and, despite having a deep rivalry with Babar, even going into big deals to avoid war with his kingdom and trying to save Babar's baby daughter Isabelle from drowning. In the second series the decay is so total that he's presented as an abused husband.
* ''WesternAnimation'': Pretty much every villain in the series barring Master Cyclonis suffers this to some degree. The DarkAce, protagonist and main character Aerrow's ArchEnemy, went from being a [[TheDreaded feared]] warrior that had defeated countless sky knights and could defeat the Storm Hawks on his own with minimal help if he wished, to needing a ''gigantic mecha'' to hold his own against them. That being said, his case is relatively mild compared to his colleagues, who, by the end of the series, became so incompetent that Cyclonis felt it was more prudent to get rid of them.

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* Rataxes in ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' and even more in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/{{BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou}}'', ''WesternAnimation/BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou'', he was a ruthless slaver warlord in the Babar movie only to be turn into a JerkassWithAHeartOfGold in the first series and even more a wimpy husband in the sequel series. In the first series Rataxes could be mean and selfish, but was presented as LaughablyEvil and FriendlyEnemy, never really crossing the MoralEventHorizon, been a loving father and husband and, despite having a deep rivalry with Babar, even going into big deals to avoid war with his kingdom and trying to save Babar's baby daughter Isabelle from drowning. In the second series the decay is so total that he's presented as an abused husband.
* ''WesternAnimation'': ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'': Pretty much every villain in the series barring Master Cyclonis suffers this to some degree. The DarkAce, protagonist and main character Aerrow's ArchEnemy, went from being a [[TheDreaded feared]] warrior that had defeated countless sky knights and could defeat the Storm Hawks on his own with minimal help if he wished, to needing a ''gigantic mecha'' to hold his own against them. That being said, his case is relatively mild compared to his colleagues, who, by the end of the series, became so incompetent that Cyclonis felt it was more prudent to get rid of them.them.
* An interesting case with Aku in Season 5 of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' in that it was somewhat self inflicted; frustrated by his inability to kill Jack in direct combat, Aku went for pragmatism and destroyed every time portal he could find before hiding out in his fortress, anticipating that Jack would die of old age or combat sooner or later. Unfortunately for Aku, sending Jack to the future turned him into TheAgeless, and in the fifty years that have passed between seasons Aku has become a nervous recluse trying to convince himself that he won't be stuck with an eternity of Jack hunting him.
14th Mar '17 12:45:16 PM Nyame
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* Rataxes in ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' and even more in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/{{BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou}}'', he was a ruthless slaver warlord in the Babar movie only to be turn into a JerkassWithAHeartOfGold in the first series and even more a wimpy husband in the sequel series. In the first series Rataxes could be mean and selfish, but was presented as LaughablyEvil and FriendlyEnemy, never really crossing the MoralEventHorizon, been a loving father and husband and, despite having a deep rivalry with Babar, even going into big deals to avoid war with his kingdom and trying to save Babar's baby daughter Isabelle from drowning. In the second series the decay is so total that he's presented as an abused husband.

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* Rataxes in ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' and even more in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/{{BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou}}'', he was a ruthless slaver warlord in the Babar movie only to be turn into a JerkassWithAHeartOfGold in the first series and even more a wimpy husband in the sequel series. In the first series Rataxes could be mean and selfish, but was presented as LaughablyEvil and FriendlyEnemy, never really crossing the MoralEventHorizon, been a loving father and husband and, despite having a deep rivalry with Babar, even going into big deals to avoid war with his kingdom and trying to save Babar's baby daughter Isabelle from drowning. In the second series the decay is so total that he's presented as an abused husband.husband.
* ''WesternAnimation'': Pretty much every villain in the series barring Master Cyclonis suffers this to some degree. The DarkAce, protagonist and main character Aerrow's ArchEnemy, went from being a [[TheDreaded feared]] warrior that had defeated countless sky knights and could defeat the Storm Hawks on his own with minimal help if he wished, to needing a ''gigantic mecha'' to hold his own against them. That being said, his case is relatively mild compared to his colleagues, who, by the end of the series, became so incompetent that Cyclonis felt it was more prudent to get rid of them.
24th Feb '17 8:54:41 PM Luppercus
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* Rataxes in ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' and even more in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/{{BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou}}'', he was a ruthless slaver warlord in the Babar movie only to be turn into a JerkassWithAHeartOfGold in the first series and even more a wimpy husband in the sequel series. In the first series Rataxes could be mean and selfish, but was presented as LaughablyEvil and FriendlyEnemy, never really crossing the MoralHorizon, been a loving father and husband and, despite having a deep rivalry with Babar, even going into big deals to avoid war with his kingdom and trying to save Babar's baby daughter Isabelle from drowning. In the second series the decay is so total that he's presented as an abused husband.

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* Rataxes in ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' and even more in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/{{BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou}}'', he was a ruthless slaver warlord in the Babar movie only to be turn into a JerkassWithAHeartOfGold in the first series and even more a wimpy husband in the sequel series. In the first series Rataxes could be mean and selfish, but was presented as LaughablyEvil and FriendlyEnemy, never really crossing the MoralHorizon, MoralEventHorizon, been a loving father and husband and, despite having a deep rivalry with Babar, even going into big deals to avoid war with his kingdom and trying to save Babar's baby daughter Isabelle from drowning. In the second series the decay is so total that he's presented as an abused husband.
24th Feb '17 8:50:22 PM Luppercus
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* D-Structs of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinotrux}}'' initially rules over the crater without question, but when newcomer Ty comes along with his radical ideas of teamwork and friendship, D-Structs finds himself frequently outmatched by trux working together to fight him, and begins to notice that people are slowly becoming less terrified of him as a result.

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* D-Structs of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinotrux}}'' initially rules over the crater without question, but when newcomer Ty comes along with his radical ideas of teamwork and friendship, D-Structs finds himself frequently outmatched by trux working together to fight him, and begins to notice that people are slowly becoming less terrified of him as a result.result.
* Rataxes in ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' and even more in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/{{BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou}}'', he was a ruthless slaver warlord in the Babar movie only to be turn into a JerkassWithAHeartOfGold in the first series and even more a wimpy husband in the sequel series. In the first series Rataxes could be mean and selfish, but was presented as LaughablyEvil and FriendlyEnemy, never really crossing the MoralHorizon, been a loving father and husband and, despite having a deep rivalry with Babar, even going into big deals to avoid war with his kingdom and trying to save Babar's baby daughter Isabelle from drowning. In the second series the decay is so total that he's presented as an abused husband.
2nd Feb '17 6:20:18 AM 64SuperNintendo
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** Doofensmhirtz, at the beginning of the series, was a believably evil JerkAss who could sometimes legitimately give Perry a run for his money. Towards the end, he was stated as a NiceGuy who only ''pretends'' to be evil.

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** Doofensmhirtz, Doofenshmirtz, at the beginning of the series, was a believably evil JerkAss who could sometimes legitimately give Perry a run for his money. Towards the end, he was stated as a NiceGuy who only ''pretends'' to be evil.
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