Created By: ClockClockClock on October 28, 2012 Last Edited By: ClockClockClock on October 28, 2012

Missing My Nemesis

A character misses thier Arch Enemy

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Without your schemes my life it seems is empty,
I spent all my time keeping you from doing wrong
You were my only nemesis
I'd foil your plans, but still I miss
The moments when we didn't get along.
When We Didn't Get Along, Phineas and Ferb

When a Arch-Enemy (or sometimes rival) is either successfully defeated, killed or quit on them; one or both of the characters feels sad to have them gone. This is often looped with Victory Is Boring and serves as a form of Foe Yay. Usually played for comedic effect, but not always.

  • The Trope Namer comes from the Phineas and Ferb episode, "It's About Time!", where Perry finds out the Dr. Doofensmitz "dumps" him for a new nemesis; which leaves Perry heartbroken.
    Doofenshmirtz: It's not that I don't hate you anymore. I do, but look, I-- I just think it's time for us to, you know, take a break and start fighting other people.
  • Much of Megamind is this.
  • In the Batman: The Animated Series episode, "The Man Who Killed Batman", after Joker thinks that Batman is really gone, he becomes so depressed that he ends up quitting in the middle of a heist when he realizes that, "Without Batman, crime has no punchline." He immediately gets over it though. "Who's up for Chinese?"
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  • October 28, 2012
    This is the setup of the main plot in the film Mystery Men. Captain Amazing has conquered every major villain in Champion City, and is now reduced to taking on petty thugs. Crimefighting has become boring and he is losing sponsors. So he decides to release his archnemesis, Casanova Frankenstein.
  • October 28, 2012
    Real Life

    After Nixon's defeat in the California gubernatorial election in 1962 (coming on the heels of his 1960 presidential loss to Kennedy), he famously told the press, "You don't have Nixon to kick around anymore". Not sure if his detractors did miss him, and of course he made his political comeback in 1968 (and they had a big go at him in 1974...).
  • October 28, 2012
    Doesn't Antagonist In Mourning already cover this
  • October 28, 2012
    In Sherlock, it's made abundantly clear that after Moriarty had beaten Sherlock, if he hadn't had to kill himself to make this happen, he would have been bored and depressed.