History VillainDecay / WesternAnimation

20th Apr '18 7:27:34 AM Galiris8198
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* Gargona from WesternAnimation/MiaAndMe. In the first season she is The Dragon of the Big Bad and can be quite the challenge to the heroes, surely more than her minions. She only got hit in combat by a water based weapon once in all of season one, while in season two she is hit by the heroes' weapons almost every time. She can hardly enter combat, accomplishes nearly nothing and mostly acts as a Deadpan Snarker to the main bad guy.

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* Gargona from WesternAnimation/MiaAndMe. In the first season she is The Dragon TheDragon of the Big Bad BigBad and can be quite the challenge to the heroes, surely more than her minions. She only got hit in combat by a water based weapon once in all of season one, while in season two she is hit by the heroes' weapons almost every time. She can hardly enter combat, accomplishes nearly nothing and mostly acts as a Deadpan Snarker DeadpanSnarker to the main bad guy.
20th Apr '18 7:26:43 AM Galiris8198
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* Gargona from WesternAnimation/MiaAndMe. In the first season she is The Dragon of the Big Bad and can be quite the challenge to the heroes, surely more than her minions. She only got hit in combat by a water based weapon once in all of season one, while in season two she is hit by the heroes' weapons almost every time. She can hardly enter combat, accomplishes nearly nothing and mostly acts as a Deadpan Snarker to the main bad guy.
12th Mar '18 8:04:48 AM Manny20444
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** The Royal Flush Gang in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' was at their best in their first episode. In the second, they shoot themselves in the foot by alienating Melanie/Ten with their scheme. In their third and final appearance, they're on their last legs. King and Queen's relationship is falling apart as Queen constantly compares King negatively to her father the previous King, Ace is literally falling apart since they can no longer afford reliable repairs, and Jack ends up in prison by the midpoint of the episode. Batman barely has to do anything to beat them this time. They pretty much defeat themselves.
** [[InvertedTropes Inverted]] in ''Batman Beyond'' by Mad Stan, the show's resident BombThrowingAnarchist, who began the series as a comical, over the top paranoid weirdo whose grand plan was to blowup a library, and ended it as one of the few [[BadassNormal non-powered]] villains who posed a legitimate physical threat to Terry, and almost destroyed Gotham with a suitcase nuke.

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** The Royal Flush Gang in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' was at their best in their first episode.episode (the episode "Dead Man's Hand"). In the second, they shoot themselves in the foot by alienating Melanie/Ten with their scheme. In their third and final appearance, they're on their last legs. King and Queen's relationship is falling apart as Queen constantly compares King negatively to her father the previous King, Ace is literally falling apart since they can no longer afford reliable repairs, and Jack ends up in prison by the midpoint of the episode. Batman barely has to do anything to beat them this time. They pretty much defeat themselves.
** [[InvertedTropes Inverted]] {{Inverted}} in ''Batman Beyond'' by Mad Stan, the show's resident BombThrowingAnarchist, who began the series as a comical, over the top paranoid weirdo whose grand plan was to blowup a library, and ended it as one of the few [[BadassNormal non-powered]] villains who posed a legitimate physical threat to Terry, and almost destroyed Gotham with a suitcase nuke.



** In ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock', Hotstreak started out as the biggest bully in school and the leader of a local street gang who becomes even more dangerous when he got exposed to the big bang gas with the ability to control fire. He was a genuine threat for his first couple of appearances but as the series went on he became more and more pathetic. He was decayed so badly that on one occasion when one of the heroines gave him a wedgie he ran away crying. What is he now, Jack Spicer?

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** In ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock', ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', Hotstreak started out as the biggest bully in school and the leader of a local street gang who becomes even more dangerous when he got exposed to the big bang gas with the ability to control fire. He was a genuine threat for his first couple of appearances but as the series went on he became more and more pathetic. He was decayed so badly that on one occasion when one of the heroines gave him a wedgie he ran away crying. What is he now, Jack Spicer?
10th Mar '18 2:30:45 PM Isaac_Heller
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** 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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** Doofenshmirtz, at the beginning of the series, was a believably evil JerkAss {{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.evil because he feels that [[FreudianExcuse it justifies his ridiculously tragic past]]. In this case, the decay is due to CharacterDevelopment and not minded so much as a result.
10th Mar '18 2:29:24 PM Isaac_Heller
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** Discord is introduced as a [[TheFairFolk genuine threat]] that even ''[[GodEmperor Princess Celestia]]'' is afraid of, whose danger is limited only by his [[EvilIsPetty lack of ambition]]. In Season Three, however, he's deliberately released by Celestia to be reformed, and spends the episode hanging out in Fluttershy's house and having a dinner party with the ponies, being merely a {{Jerkass}} the whole time. Interestingly, he's every bit as powerful as he was before, and he's only pretending to be reformed so he can screw around with the ponies. However, ultimately, [[BecomingTheMask Discord comes to consider Fluttershy a friend]] and makes a HeelFaceTurn for her sake. The decay goes even further in seasons 4 and 5, where Discord is reduced to a "reality bending comic relief" type of character, and his role in the show mostly boils down to being a clingy, jealous brat trying to spoil others' fun whenever he doesn't feel he gets enough attention. (He steps back into villainy in "Make Friends But Keep Discord" and "Dungeons and Discords" by sending, or threatening to send, into a dangerous dimension.) Lampshaded by Tirek during the Season 4 finale.

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** Discord is introduced as a [[TheFairFolk genuine threat]] that even ''[[GodEmperor Princess Celestia]]'' is afraid of, whose danger is limited only by his [[EvilIsPetty lack of ambition]]. In Season Three, however, he's deliberately released by Celestia to be reformed, and spends the episode hanging out in Fluttershy's house and having a dinner party with the ponies, being merely a {{Jerkass}} the whole time. Interestingly, he's every bit as powerful as he was before, and he's only pretending to be reformed so he can screw around with the ponies. However, ultimately, [[BecomingTheMask Discord comes to consider Fluttershy a friend]] and makes a HeelFaceTurn for her sake. The decay goes even further in seasons 4 and 5, later on, where Discord is reduced to a "reality bending comic relief" type of character, and his role in the show mostly boils down to being a clingy, jealous brat trying to spoil others' fun whenever he doesn't feel he gets enough attention. (He steps back into villainy in "Make Friends But Keep Discord" and "Dungeons and Discords" by sending, or threatening to send, into a dangerous dimension.) Lampshaded by Tirek during the Season 4 finale.finale, upon which case Discord promptly makes a FaceHeelTurn, only to solidify his HeelFaceTurn after [[EvilerThanThou Tirek turns on him]].
10th Mar '18 2:22:25 PM Isaac_Heller
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* On ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', it took an age-ified Nigel and the rest of the team to take Father down in his first appearance ("Operation: G.R.O.W.-U.P.). Then a few cadets took him down in his next appearance ("Operation: T.R.A.I.N.I.N.G."), making him more of a comic-relief pest. Then the writers escalated his crimes by turning the KND into animals ("Operation: G.R.A.D.U.A.T.E.S."), and after that was taken care of, they had him extend school hours to 8:25 p.m. (a big deal, since the protagonists are school-hating children -- "Operation: P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T."). In ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'', he is reduced to being completely ineffectual when faced with his father. ''Z.E.R.O.'' plays with this, however: [[spoiler:after his father banishes him for not being competent enough, he goes into a state of depression which takes his moral opposite brother to pull him out of. Together they face their father and though Father is still afraid he tries to stand up for himself. Soon after he gets sucker punched and Grandfather begins to rag on him a bit and sets off his BerserkButton. His unstoppable rage is so fierce that it makes his heroic brother, who was previously shown to not be afraid of anything, step back and makes Grandfather, the unstoppable evil who has conquered the world, afraid. But before he can do anything he gives up because he's too depressed]]. This shows that it's not the lack of ability that holds him back but rather the lack of self-confidence.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', it took an age-ified Nigel and the rest of the team to take Father down in his first appearance ("Operation: G.R.O.W.-U.P.). Then a few cadets took him down in his next appearance ("Operation: T.R.A.I.N.I.N.G."), making him more of a comic-relief pest. Then the writers escalated his crimes by turning the KND into animals ("Operation: G.R.A.D.U.A.T.E.S."), and after that was taken care of, they had him extend school hours to 8:25 p.m. (a big deal, since the protagonists are school-hating children -- "Operation: P.R.E.S.I.D.E.N.T."). In But then he began to decay yet again, with even his [[VocalEvolution his voice losing its menace.]] This reaches its peak in ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'', where he is reduced to being completely ineffectual when faced with his father. ''Z.E.R.O.'' plays with this, however: [[spoiler:after his father banishes him for not being competent enough, he goes into a state of depression which takes his moral opposite brother to pull him out of. Together they face their father and though Father is still afraid he tries to stand up for himself. Soon after he gets sucker punched and Grandfather begins to rag on him a bit and sets off his BerserkButton. His unstoppable rage is so fierce that it makes his heroic brother, who was previously shown to not be afraid of anything, step back and makes Grandfather, the unstoppable evil who has conquered the world, afraid. But before he can do anything he gives up because he's too depressed]]. This shows that it's not the lack of ability that holds him back but rather the lack of self-confidence.
10th Mar '18 2:05:59 PM Isaac_Heller
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** The show tries its hardest avert this trope with [[KnightofCerebus the Lich]] by having him show up only in big season finales--the less he shows up, [[FailureistheOnlyOption the less we have to see him being beaten]]. But even with only three real appearances to date, his impact has decayed just slightly enough that the writers decided to temporarily shelve the character by having Finn [[spoiler:turn him into a harmless giant baby]]. [[{{Irony}} Ironically]], this might be the ultimate example of villain decay, if it weren't made clear that the Lich we know and fear is still alive somewhere in there. For the next major finale in Season 6, a substitute villain is introduced, more comedic but just as threatening.

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** The show tries its hardest avert this trope with [[KnightofCerebus the Lich]] by having him show up only in big season finales--the less he shows up, [[FailureistheOnlyOption the less we have to see him being beaten]]. But even with only three real appearances to date, his impact has decayed just slightly enough that the writers decided to temporarily shelve the character by having Finn [[spoiler:turn him into a harmless giant baby]]. [[{{Irony}} Ironically]], this might be the ultimate example of villain decay, Villain Decay, if it weren't made clear that the Lich we know and fear is still alive somewhere in there. For the next major finale in Season 6, a substitute villain is introduced, more comedic but just as threatening.
2nd Mar '18 3:08:57 PM Manny20444
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** Also from Batman: TAS, Killer Croc. In his first appearance (the episode "Vendetta"), he came up with a pretty good plan to frame Harvey Bullock, and gave Batman a pretty good fight. After that, he was mostly treated as DumbMuscle comic relief, and [[TheWorfEffect was used to demonstrate how awesome Bane and the Judge were by getting his ass kicked]]. And he was barely a threat to Batman anymore, who flattened him with one punch in the episode "The Trial".

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** Also from Batman: TAS, ''Batman: TAS'', Killer Croc. In his first appearance (the episode "Vendetta"), he came up with a pretty good plan to frame Harvey Bullock, and gave Batman a pretty good fight. After that, he was mostly treated as DumbMuscle comic relief, and [[TheWorfEffect was used to demonstrate how awesome Bane and the Judge were by getting his ass kicked]]. And he was barely a threat to Batman anymore, who flattened him with one punch in the episode "The Trial".



** 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
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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.



*** Kalibak was perhaps the most obvious example. His first appearance was a whole-episode slugfest where he stood toe-to-toe with Superman. In subsequent appearances, he's little more than a doorstop: Superman punches him out in less than a minute in "Legacy", and although he beat Franchise/WonderWoman he loses to Batman in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. In his final appearance (the ''JLU'' episode "The Ties That Bind", he finally got to do something useful... Because he was in an Enemy Mine situation with Scott Free and Franchise/TheFlash.

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*** Kalibak was perhaps the most obvious example. His first appearance was a whole-episode slugfest where he stood toe-to-toe with Superman. In subsequent appearances, he's little more than a doorstop: Superman punches him out in less than a minute in "Legacy", and although he beat Franchise/WonderWoman he loses to Batman in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. In his final appearance (the ''JLU'' episode "The Ties That Bind", Bind"), he finally got to do something useful... Because he was in an Enemy Mine situation with Scott Free and Franchise/TheFlash.
2nd Mar '18 3:07:23 PM Manny20444
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** In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Metallo became less and less of a credible threat with each appearance. Probably intentional, too. Metallo's appearance over the episodes maintained the damage he suffered from each prior appearance, implying that he wasn't getting internal repairs, either.
*** Kalibak was perhaps the most obvious example. His first appearance was a whole-episode slugfest where he stood toe-to-toe with Superman. In subsequent appearances, he's little more than a doorstop: Superman punches him out in less than a minute in "Legacy", and although he beat Franchise/WonderWoman he loses to Batman in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. In his final appearance (the ''JLU'' episode "The Ties That Bind", he finally got to do something useful... Because he was in an Enemy Mine situation with Scott Free and Franchise/TheFlash.
** In ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock', Hotstreak started out as the biggest bully in school and the leader of a local street gang who becomes even more dangerous when he got exposed to the big bang gas with the ability to control fire. He was a genuine threat for his first couple of appearances but as the series went on he became more and more pathetic. He was decayed so badly that on one occasion when one of the heroines gave him a wedgie he ran away crying. What is he now, Jack Spicer?
*** Ebon also suffers for this. He's threatening at first, but gets his ass handed to him in nearly every appearance even with help form his henchmen, and loses fights against supporting characters.



* ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''
** Hotstreak started out as the biggest bully in school and the leader of a local street gang who becomes even more dangerous when he got exposed to the big bang gas with the ability to control fire. He was a genuine threat for his first couple of appearances but as the series went on he became more and more pathetic. He was decayed so badly that on one occasion when one of the heroines gave him a wedgie he ran away crying. What is he now, Jack Spicer?
** Ebon also suffers for this. He's threatening at first, but gets his ass handed to him in nearly every appearance even with help form his henchmen, and loses fights against supporting characters.



* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''
** Metallo became less and less of a credible threat with each appearance. Probably intentional, too. Metallo's appearance over the episodes maintained the damage he suffered from each prior appearance, implying that he wasn't getting internal repairs, either.
** Kalibak was perhaps the most obvious example. His first appearance was a whole-episode slugfest where he stood toe-to-toe with Superman. In subsequent appearances he's little more than a doorstop: Superman punches him out in less than a minute in "Legacy", and although he beat Franchise/WonderWoman he loses to Batman in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. In his final appearance he finally got to do something useful... Because he was in an Enemy Mine situation with Scott Free and Franchise/TheFlash.
2nd Mar '18 3:01:33 PM Manny20444
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* Ra's Al Ghul himself suffered from this in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and later Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse canon. Introduced as the leader of a global secret society, whose first villain plan involved wiping out 99% of the human race to save the planet, and once described by Batman himself in the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Demon Reborn," as "a criminal mastermind more dangerous than ComicBook/LexLuthor and ComicBook/TheJoker put together", Ra's would end up spending EVERY SINGLE ONE of his episodes trying out various wacky schemes to cheat death and expand his already 600 year long lifespan, instead of doing anything productive to menace the human race. Ra's al Ghul's Villain Decay is still debatable, considering how later in the canon, they refer to something called "The Near-Apocalypse of '09," which Ra's was behind, and apparently took the whole Justice League to stop. In a more justified example its not that he became less formidable, as much as the fact that his primary motivation became less harmful. Ra himself says in "The Demon Reborn" that he realized the Lazarus Pits effects were becoming shorter and shorter, so perhaps he was concentrating on finding out a way to live longer before trying another [[TakeOverTheWorld world domination effort]]. His diminished threat is cemented in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' where not only has he pulled a GrandTheftMe on his own daughter in yet another plan to avoid death, he suffers an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from Batman himself who tells him "You don't cheat death, you whimper in fear of it... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And you hit like a girl.]]"
** Also from BTAS, Killer Croc. In his first appearance he came up with a pretty good plan to frame Harvey Bullock, and gave Batman a pretty good fight. After that, he was mostly treated as DumbMuscle comic relief, and [[TheWorfEffect was used to demonstrate how awesome Bane and the Judge were by getting his ass kicked]]. And he was barely a threat to Batman anymore, who flattened him with one punch in the episode "The Trial".

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* ''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse'':
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Ra's Al Ghul himself suffered from this in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and later Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse DCAU canon. Introduced as the leader of a global secret society, whose first villain plan involved wiping out 99% of the human race to save the planet, and once described by Batman himself in the ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Demon Reborn," as "a criminal mastermind more dangerous than ComicBook/LexLuthor and ComicBook/TheJoker put together", Ra's would end up spending EVERY SINGLE ONE of his episodes trying out various wacky schemes to cheat death and expand his already 600 year long lifespan, instead of doing anything productive to menace the human race. Ra's al Ghul's Villain Decay is still debatable, considering how later in the canon, they refer to something called "The Near-Apocalypse of '09," which Ra's was behind, and apparently took the whole Justice League to stop. In a more justified example its not that he became less formidable, as much as the fact that his primary motivation became less harmful. Ra himself says in "The Demon Reborn" that he realized the Lazarus Pits effects were becoming shorter and shorter, so perhaps he was concentrating on finding out a way to live longer before trying another [[TakeOverTheWorld world domination effort]]. His diminished threat is cemented in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' where not only has he pulled a GrandTheftMe on his own daughter in yet another plan to avoid death, he suffers an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech from Batman himself who tells him "You don't cheat death, you whimper in fear of it... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And you hit like a girl.]]"
** Also from BTAS, Batman: TAS, Killer Croc. In his first appearance (the episode "Vendetta"), he came up with a pretty good plan to frame Harvey Bullock, and gave Batman a pretty good fight. After that, he was mostly treated as DumbMuscle comic relief, and [[TheWorfEffect was used to demonstrate how awesome Bane and the Judge were by getting his ass kicked]]. And he was barely a threat to Batman anymore, who flattened him with one punch in the episode "The Trial".
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