Created By: Earnest on November 22, 2009


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Teleportation is a common enough power, but villains have a tendency to have this power a lot more often than heroes. Not just that, but they can combine it with Offscreen Teleportation to really get around. (not that way, ew!) Expect them to teleport everywhere, snatch MacGuffins this way, avoid being attacked, and even combine it with Circle Of Extinction to taunt the hero from just out of their reach. However, they won't use it to kill the hero easily.

Of course, their evil teleporting will be black and smoky for extra creepiness.

Occasionally it'll be used in combat tactically, they'll warp all over the battlefield and pelt you with projectiles while you close the distance.

  • Dracula in Castlevania just loves the warp tactic, combining it with fireballs.
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  • November 11, 2009
    Mystifyingly, many of the villains in Sailor Moon (except Eudial) just teleport away when the Monster Of The Week is beaten.

    Fridge Logic screams "Why aren't they teleporting away" when The Plot Reaper sloooowly announces they're about to die? Saffir of the Dark Moon Tribe did this...once, but he died anyways.
  • November 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Andyzero - perhaps they were out of mana ?

    • subverted for Nightcrawler in x-men. He is one of the most famous teleporters in Marvel and a good guy (which is very good since it has been stated many times that he could purposefully telefrag people if he wanted)
  • November 13, 2009
    I got the idea from Kingdom Hearts, Maleficent could teleport lots of places, and one clue Riku went bad is that he learned the same type of evil teleport. Also, every member of Organization XIII can do it, and in a bit of a subversion they use it tactically in battle too; they zip around the map most annoyingly. In fact, teleporting is so evil in Kingdom Hearts that Ansem the Wise described it as embracing darkness to travel between worlds.
  • November 22, 2009
    Vampyro of Wakfu has a cape-twirling version of this power. Main villain Nox can teleport, as well, but his movements aren't smoky and mysterious.
  • November 22, 2009
    Giant Space Chinchilla
    The Spiderman villain The Spot seems to run off this, not sure if he predates Nightcrawler though
  • November 22, 2009
    random surfer
    ^^Spot debuted in 1985, Nightcrawler 1975.
  • November 22, 2009
    Slayers loves villain teleportation.
  • November 23, 2009
    For another combat teleporter from the MU we have Blink, and the villain from Spider-man & Black Cat: The Evil that Men do who could teleport only small amounts of a substance.... Such as heroin directly into someone's bloodstream.
  • November 23, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    • The Teleport Spam trope: "A character with the power of teleportation milks it for all it's worth, and, in a fight, uses their power to constantly disappear and appear at will, hitting, running, and flanking without any effort at all and barely any threat of counterattack." Is this the same, or different?
  • January 2, 2010
    This trope is basically that if there's a teleporter in a show he'll likely be a villain, and will probably use the power to fight dirty and creep out the heroes. The combat Teleport Spam, is optional, but likely.

    If the hero could teleport it makes the plot too easy for them to solve, so it's usually kept in evil hands.
  • January 2, 2010
    • Raven from the comic Teen Titans teleported in spooky clouds of billowing, black smoke.
  • January 2, 2010
    Compare Invisible Jerkass. (sister trope)