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->'''Nute Gunray''': The war is over! Lord Sidious promised us peace! We only wanted--\\
''[before Gunray can finish, Anakin finishes him off]''
-->-- ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RevengeOfTheSith''

A subtrope of EvilVersusEvil, this is for when a previous villain, whether a significant or minor one, is made significantly less of a threat (or in some cases outright killed) with the help of the next villain. The previous villain is put aside, to [[TitleDrop make way for the new villains]].

This often implies that the new villain is more competent, more evil, or for whatever other reason more threatening, but not necessarily. Cases where the new villain is ''less'' threatening instead can qualify as this trope, too. May be the result of BigDamnVillains.

Compare AlwaysABiggerFish, which sometimes overlaps with this but not always and SortingAlgorithmOfEvil, and BaitAndSwitchBoss. Also TheWorfEffect, depending on how they take them out. In video games, this is often the TrueFinalBoss.

Contrast HijackedByGanon.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', [[spoiler:Kyubey]] is, for lack of a better term, [[InvincibleVillain unstoppable]]. Killing him is utterly useless, trying to out-gambit him is nigh-impossible, and while [[spoiler: Madoka's sacrifice]] denies him victory on his terms, he ultimately still gets exactly what he wants. Come ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', [[spoiler: [[MadGod Akuma Homura]] reduces him to a quivering, traumatized mess by forcing him to hold all the curses of the world. However how much of a villain Homura is, is up for debate.]]
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', after General Blue returns having failed to kill Goku, he is given a chance if he can defeat Mercenary Tao. After his psychic paralysis fails to have effect on him, Tao proceeds to kill him with a single strike to the head. Using his ''tongue''.
** In the anime, the Red Ribbon Army's introduction has them fight against the previous {{Arc Villain}} Emperor Pilaf once he manages to steal one of the Dragon Balls. Once they catch up to him, they proceed to very easily defeat him by destroying his ship and then wordlessly asking him to hand over the dragon ball, setting up how the organization is going to be a much bigger threat to Goku than Pilaf could ever hope to be.
* In the android saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', things are bad enough with three NighInvulnerable killing machines running around. [[FromBadToWorse Then Piccolo encounters a town's worth of slaughtered people]], and the [[SuperSoldier creature Cell]] who wants to absorb said androids to get stronger.
* This is how Phibrizo reveals his identity in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', by killing current villain Gaav right out of the blue, and after he was already giving Lina and the others an increasingly tough time.
* ''Manga/YuGiOh'' has Yami Marik do this during Battle City, taking over his normal half and then eliminating Yami Bakura who's working with a remnant of regular Marik's personality to take him down.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* After Keith Giffen took over the second series of ''ComicBook/AmethystPrincessOfGemworld'', he did a storyline where Carnelian is killed off to make way for the return of the first series' BigBad Dark Opal. This lasts for one page in that issue and two pages in the following issue before Dark Opal himself is dispatched to make way for the new villains, The Child and Flaw.
* In the buildup to the Great Darkness Saga in the ''Comicbook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' (which Keith Giffen also worked on -- he seems to love this trope), previous {{Big Bad}}s Mordru and the Time Trapper are found beaten and helpless to show how bad [[spoiler:{{ComicBook/Darkseid}}]] is.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' the first thing Mysterio did when he showed up was shoot the Kingpin out of a window.
* In ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' when the Marquis of Death appeared he set Doctor Doom on fire and tossed him into prehistory. Unsurprisingly, he came back.
* One of ComicBook/{{Onslaught}}'s first actions was to beat TheJuggernaut to a pulp and hurl him all the way to New Jersey. [[spoiler: Mostly to get back at Juggernaut for the crap he did to Professor Xavier all their lives as Onslaught turned out to be Xavier's dark side run amok.]] At the time the issue was written the writers had no idea who or what Onslaught was, they just wanted to demonstrate he was a threat.
* When trying to establish Kaine as a credible threat during ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'', the writers had him kill off longtime Franchise/SpiderMan foe Doctor Octopus. [[DeathIsCheap It didn't take.]]
* ''ComicBook/LesLegendaires'' did this in the [[CerebusSyndrome Anathos Cycle]] by having both [[spoiler:[[ArchEnemy Darkhell]] and [[JerkassGod the Guardian]]]] being obliterated by [[GodOfEvil Anathos]] to show how bad the new villain was (though this had already been established by having him effortlessly delivering a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to the good guys).
* Toyed with in ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'', where ComicBook/RedSkull was assassinated by [[ComicBook/BuckyBarnes the Winter Soldier]] during Creator/EdBrubaker's first issue, leading many readers to think the writer was playing this trope straight. Instead, it was revealed that [[SharingABody Red Skull had survived inside the body of the Winter Soldier's employer]], setting up one of the series' longest running PlotThreads.
* For a brief period in the early '90s ''Comicbook/XMen'' comics, the main villains were the Upstarts, a group of bratty rich mutants who competed with each other to kill other mutants in a "contest" sponsored by an [[TheOmniscient omniscient]] mutant called the Gamesmaster; among the casualties numbered the Reavers, the Hellions, Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, Selene, and even Comicbook/{{Magneto}} himself. This plotline was not well received, all the dead villains but the Hellions came back, and most of the Upstarts ended up meeting ignominious ends themselves. In this case the problem was that the storyline replaced popular characters who had years of character development with relatively generic villains. Most of the Upstarts did not have distinctive personalities.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives'', the comic made to settle once and for all the true identity of the original Hobgoblin. Since another character had taken up the mantle in the intervening years, the story had the older villain murder the newer one. In this case the problem was the difference between the two villains. The "original", Roderick Kingsley, was one of the most dangerous and mysterious foes Spider-Man faced in the 1980s. The replacement, Jason Macendale, was initially depicted as a credible replacement. But over the years, Jason was depicted as mentally unstable, willing to go to insane lengths to increase his powers, and still surprisingly easy to defeat. Writers and readers had started treating him as a joke. Not a good sign for your status as a high-profile villain.
* Around 2009, Mac Gargan replaced Eddie Brock as the new and much more monstrous Venom, and as a result Carnage was killed off since the writers had no more need for him for the time being. After Flash Thompson took over as the more heroic Venom, Carnage returned.

[[folder: Film ]]
* Despite supplying the page quote, [[spoiler:Anakin killing Gunray and his minions]] in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' could be seen as an inversion of this. It was a prequel after all, so it was more like Make Way for the Old Villains... but well in the story's timeline he is the newer villain.
* A non-lethal example is in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', when vicious crime boss [[SmugSnake Carmine Falcone]] is trying to {{blackmail}} corrupt psychiatrist Jonathan Crane... [[spoiler:who in turn sprays fear toxin in Falcone's face then and there, forcing Falcone into an intense panic attack and leaving him insane for the rest of the movie]].
* In ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', the Spinosaurus kills a T. rex [[WorfEffect for no reason other than to announce how much more powerful and mean she is than the last big evil dinosaur.]]
* In ''GameraVsGuiron'', the titular Guiron is introduced by cutting a space [[GameraVsGyaos Gyaos]] to pieces.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', [[BigBad Ronan]] offhandedly kills the Other, [[GreaterScopeVillain Thanos']] [[MouthOfSauron representative]] from ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', for annoying him during his meeting with Thanos.
** In ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', ComicBook/{{Hela}} is introduced when she demands that Thor and Loki [[KneelBeforeZod kneel before her]], which flabbergasts Loki, a previous villain who was big on this demand, in particular. Then he immediately tries to flee back to Asgard, only for Hela to knock both him and Thor through another spacegate.
** Loki suffers this ''again'' in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', when [[spoiler: Thanos casually breaks his neck ten minutes into the movie for trying to stab Thanos. Ironically, this was a situation where Loki was acting with ''[[RedemptionEqualsDeath good]]'' [[RedemptionEqualsDeath intentions]].]]

[[folder: Literature ]]
* Calvin [[spoiler:killing William Henry Harrison]] in ''Literature/TheTalesOfAlvinMaker''.
* In ''MagicTheGathering'', Volrath, TheHeavy of the Weatherlight saga is missing and presumed dead after a climactic showdown near the end of the first half of the story. When he reappears midway through the second half, in sufficiently badass and grandiose fashion, it's only to be killed in a one on one duel to the death by [[spoiler: Crovax]], who becomes the new Ascendent Evincar.
* Happens in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' novel ''The Darkest Hour'', the final book of the original series. [[spoiler:Tigerstar, the main villain of the series, obtains the assistance of an insane cat called Scourge, and his followers "[=BloodClan=]", in the prologue. Scourge isn't mentioned again until the supposed FinalBattle, where Tigerstar calls him for aid. However, after the protagonist Firestar tells Scourge about Tigerstar's treachery, Scourge realizes that Tigerstar is a terrible boss to have. Stating "Nothing will control me", Scourge rips Tigerstar apart, killing him many times in one blow. Scourge goes on to become the villain of the book.]]
* In ''Literature/TheBookOfTheDunCow'', StarterVillain Ebenezer Rat dies in a fight with the Basilisks, who serve the novel's major villain, Cockatrice.
* In the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series, two of the alien species nearly wiped out by [[OutsideContextProblem the Yuuzhan Vong]] are the Yevetha and the Ssi-ruuk, two races with similar, though less vicious, [=MOs=] to the Vong, and which had served as villains in previous books.
* Luca Brasi is introduced in ''Film/TheGodfather'', both the film and the novel, as this terrifying killer and enforcer for the Corleones, more force of nature than man. He is killed by Virgil Sollozzo and Bruno Tattaglia without very much difficulty as the opening gambit of their war with the Corleones. When the Corleones receive a fish wrapped in Brasi's bulletproof vest, they know they are in trouble. Unusually for this trope, while he is definitely a villain, he is not antagonistic but on the [[VillainProtagonist protagonists side]].

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Species 8472 is introduced by destroying an armada of Borg Cubes.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The Anointed One (a little kid vampire who was held over from season one) is [[spoiler:shoved into a cage and hoisted into sunlight early in season two by Spike.]]
** Spike gets similar treatment in this a quarter into season four where he returns ready to cause trouble for Buffy, only to be tasered and captured by members of the Initiative. He escapes from them in the next episode, but has a chip planted in his head to make sure he can't harm the heroes again, which wound up sending him directly into [[BadassDecay a certain other trope.]]
** A few episodes later, Initiative professor [[spoiler:Maggie Walsh]] was impaled on a spike and skewered [[KarmicDeath by Adam, the monster she created.]]
** In the season 8 comics, Twilight killed the Master and Ethan Rayne by proxy.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': At the beginning of season two, Lord Zedd, Rita's superior, appears to relieve her of command after one failure too many. Her minions quickly jump ship as he sticks her in another dumpster and launches her into space. She comes back, of course...
** ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'': Rita and Zedd are, in turn, ousted from the moon by the arrival of the Machine Empire. They get their revenge at the end of the season, but then (apart from a cameo in the ''Turbo'' movie) disappear until ''Space''.
* This is done to [[spoiler: Captain Crais]] by Scorpius at the end of the first season of ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. In fact, it's done in three different ways: first, he manages to convince [[spoiler: Crais's]] own bodyguards into obeying his orders and putting their boss in the [[MindProbe Aurora Chair]]; secondly, he takes over [[spoiler: Crais's]] command carrier and has him stripped of rank and office; finally, just to drive home the fact that Scorpius is well and truly in control, [[spoiler: Crais]] tries to kill him and ends up having his ass kicked for his troubles.
* In ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', Pearl [[spoiler:suffocating a baby-fied Forrester to death, and turning out to be more dangerous]].
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The old Daleks allow themselves to be killed by the new Paradigm ones in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryoftheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]], agreeing that they're impure and should be destroyed. This doesn't actually stick, however, due to the redesign meeting near-universal scorn: the [=RTD=]-era models have remained the standard ever since.
** The Daleks were also subject to this in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures, as they end brutally killed by Krotons. Yes, Krotons. Make way for the [[NotSoHarmlessVillain sixties monsters only remembered as a joke]]...
** At one point it was thought that rights issues would have prevented the Daleks being used in the 2005 series -- in which case, it would have been revealed that they'd been wiped out by the Toclafane.
* Happens in ''Series/StargateSG1'' when the Replicators start picking off the Goa'uld, who, up until that point, had been formidable enemies.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Season 2 builds up Theo Galavan, an original character, as the arc villain, only for him to take a back seat to Hugo Strange about halfway through. Season 3 plays villain hot potato, with the major baddie shifting from Mad Hatter to [[spoiler: a revived Jerome Valeska]] to [[spoiler: the Court of Owls, and then their apparent leader becomes a pawn for Ra's al Ghul]].
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' loved to do this. [[ArchnemesisDad Arthur]] announced his prescence by killing [[AGodAmI Adam]], and shortly afterward killing [[MindRape Maury.]] Arthur in turn was killed off by [[SerialKiller Sylar]], who had previously disposed of [[FourEyesZeroSoul Bob]]. Then [[KnightTemplar Danko]] was killed by [[KnifeNut Edgar]] on behalf of [[ManipulativeBastard Samuel]]. And that's not even counting all the minor villains killed by Sylar.
* [[KnightOfCerebus Nukus]] in ''Series/BigBadBeetleBorgs'' was careful to get rid of [[BigBad Vexor]] and his minions before taking over as the main antagonist.
* ''Series/{{Mutant X}}'' - in the final episode of season 1, new BigBad Gabriel Ashlocke imprisions original BigBad Mason Eckhart and takes over his mutant-hunting facility for his own ends.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In the season six finale, [[spoiler:God!Castiel]] blows up [[spoiler:the ArchangelRaphael]] with the snap of his fingers.
** Two episodes later, [[spoiler:God!Castiel is momentarily taken over by Leviathans and unintentionally slaughters a room of innocent people, causing him to have a HeelRealization and voluntarily de-power himself. He is then ripped apart from the inside by the Leviathans.]]
* Season 3 of ''Series/SleepyHollow'' literally opens with this, as in its first scene, new BigBad Pandora confronts [[TheHeavy the Horseman]], [[CurbStompBattle defeats him with a wave of her hand]], and [[SealedEvilInACan locks him in her box]] to be used as a power source.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'''s villains in Season 2, Greg and Tamara, are promptly rendered useless with the introduction of Peter Pan in Season 3. They were working for him, but had been duped about his whole plan. They betray him and are promptly killed for it.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': The Shadows make their entrance by blowing the [[SpacePirate Raiders']] mothership into tiny little bits.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Generation Next lived up to their name by taking out Special K, The Christopher Street Connection and The Ring Crew Express ''before'' going on to have a successful match in their Wrestling/RingOfHonor debut.
* Wrestling/MercedesMartinez willingly stayed out of Valkyrie's way after it interrupted her match with [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Amazing Kong]] in its debut. They caught up to her after about eleven shows but points for being GenreSavvy.
* One of the first things Lord Siniestro did in The World Wrestling league was take Legio away from El Profe. Not long after this his direction lead to them traumatizing and hospitalizing El Niche of Los Rabiosos, though Rabiosos had become {{face}}s by default at that point. Around the same time "La [[TakeThat Verdadera]] Revolución" made their debut as part of an ambush on Hiram Tua, who held the Mega Television Title Belt for the dominant PowerStable Gentlemen's Club.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Super Robot Wars Z}}2: Rebirth Chapter'', [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHkSmu91PRc Uther does this to Gaioh]].]]
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'''s "Ritual of the Mahjarrat" quest officially, and properly, introduces the Dragonkin by having them [[spoiler: gang up on a recently renewed and overpowered Lucien by [[TheWorfEffect kicking him to the curb]] and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling him with his own staff]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', [[MegaCorp Shinra]] is rendered much less of a threat after Sephiroth appears and kills its president.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyBraveExvius'' does this excellently, in a way that you never see it coming. [[spoiler:Rain and the party have defeated Veritas of the Dark for the final time and succeded in preventing him from shattering the last crystal. The Darklord's identity is finally revealed and it seems like the story is finally complete... when the crystal is suddenly shattered. Just then, the Eight Sages of Hess appear, who up until this point have been seen as a secondary threat, and it is revealed that they were the ones who shattered the last crystal. One of them then proceeds to kill the Darklord.]]
* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series has this happen a couple of times. The first was [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]] from [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI the first game]] being ousted (but not killed) by Organization XIII in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''. Then played with in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth By Sleep]]'' where we find out that she was slightly manipulated by [[BigBad Xehanort]] (of whom the leader of Org. XIII, Xemnas, is his Nobody) who told her about the Princesses of Heart. Then in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance Dream Drop Distance]]'' [[spoiler: the trope happens again with both Xemnas and "Ansem" Seeker of Darkness (the Heartless of the aforementioned Xehanort and ''other'' BigBad of the first game) being DemotedToDragon to Xehanort.]] And even in [[RuleOfThree the first game]], Maleficent herself was manipulated by Xehanort's Heartless. Chances are that in these games it's ether this trope or HijackedByGanon with Xehanort.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' has multiple instances of this trope:
** [[TheFederation The Confederacy]], who were the main villains for most of the Terran campaign in the original game, are eventually obliterated when their political opponent Arcturus Mengsk unleashes the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Zerg Swarm]] on their home planet. This event mark the beginning of Mengsk's MoralEventHorizon, setting up his transition from pragmatic RebelLeader to TheEmperor and the franchise's [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters human]] BigBad.
** Mengsk himself suffers this in ''Brood War'', where the [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression UED]] establish themselves as a threat by turning him into their punching bag for most of their campaign and eventually overthrowing him. He ''does'' eventually manage to get back in power however, and is still around by the second game, while the UED is obliterated at the end of ''Brood War''.
** Subverted in hindsight in the second game, where [[spoiler:Amon's agents]] scheme to help the heroes take down Kerrigan, since despite being the biggest villain at this point she is [[spoiler:the only one who can potentially ruin his plans]]. They do manage to considerably weaken her, but rather than be killed, she does a HeelFaceTurn, and eventually [[RedemptionPromotion becomes considerably more powerful than she ever was as a villain]].
* ''Videogame/SuperMarioRPG'' begins with the classic showdown between Mario and Bowser - and then Bowser's castle gets hijacked by the Smithy gang, and everyone within is sent flying. Bowser teams up with Mario for the first time in video game history to take down Smithy and reclaim his castle.
* In the first route of Hentai RPG ''[[Creator/AliceSoft Sengoku Rance]]'', shit hits the fan after all the gourds break. TheLegionsOfHell [[TheWorfEffect Worf]] every unconquered house in a dozen or so turns. You then have to capture international territories [[ChokepointGeography at the far end of the map]] before you can have a go at the TrueFinalBoss. At that point, all you can do is [[SaveScumming reload your save]] and hope the RandomNumberGod rolls in your favor.
* ''Super Street Fighter II'' cuts to the chase with the now well-known scene of [[spoiler:your final fight with M Bison being interrupted with the death of Bison, at the hands of Akuma.]]
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' reveals that [[spoiler:TheIlluminati, the antagonist organization of VideoGame/StreetFighterIII, was involved in the events that led to the final end of Shadoloo.]]
* The [[ArcWelding retooled]] ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' plot in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV'' [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] this. At first it seems like Hades and the Myceane will be the villains as in previous games. But then [[Manga/ShinMazingerZero Mazinger ZERO]] shows up and [[CurbStompBattle quickly wipes the floor with Hades]] and replaces him as the main threat of the series. However, after Kouji and ZERO are reclaimed a few stages later, the Myceane return to being the ''Shin Mazinger'' Bad Guys, with Hades himself eventually returning as the Emperor of Darkness to be the Main Antagonist of the ''Shin Mazinger'' plot.

[[folder: Web Video ]]
* ''WebVideo/IncognitoCinemaWarriorsXP'': Comically ineffectual, possibly senile Dr. Harrison Blackwood, who has been holding Rick and the 'bots captive, is [[spoiler:knocked out and shipped out for brainwashing in episode four by Jonathan Kincaid]], who promptly reveals that he can shut down the 'bots, give Rick a brain aneurysm with the press of a button, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking reconnect calls through the viewscreen after being hung up on]].

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* While it's not revealed until the {{Grand Finale}}, this is ultimately why Ronaldo Rump and the Catatonians replace Lawrence Limburger as the {{Big Bad}} of {{Biker Mice From Mars}} in the 2006 sequel. The Catatonians help the Biker Mice get rid of Limburger and the Plutarkians, only to betray them later on while Rump steals Limburger's riches. It even happens again when Limburger attempts to get revenge on all three parties, only to end up accidentally helping Rump and the Catatonians, and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness is promptly disposed of soon after]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', the "evil monkey" getting a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from Dylan [Brian's son] is a clear case of this. While [[spoiler:the monkey later turns out to be a nice guy]], up until that point he had been a villain, albeit minor. And, in that episode, the point was to show that Dylan was going to be harder to deal with than the monkey.
* In the second season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[MagnificentBastard Princess Azula's]] first episode has her telling [[AntiVillain Zuko]] and [[CoolOldGuy Iroh]] of their fugitive status and almost managing to capture them.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' begins its second season with a species called the Kroloteans secretly infiltrating Earth, before they're finished off by an unknown "Competitor" after three episodes. PlayedWith because these new foes are actually allies of [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness the Light]], the previously-established BigBad of the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' played straight ''and'' inverted this trope at the same time in its finale: [[spoiler:when [[EldritchAbomination Diagon]] arrives on Earth, he ends up, after a brief fight with Ben, killing previous villain [[HeroAntagonist Sir George]]... and is almost immediately then killed and absorbed by [[TheStarscream Vilgax]], Ben's long date ArchEnemy, who assumes the role of TrueFinalBoss for the remaining of this finale]].
* Subverted in season 4 of WesternAnimation/TeenTitans, where season 1 and 2 BigBad [[DiabolicalMastermind Slade]], after being DemotedToDragon for the whole season following a DealWithTheDevil, is apparently double-crossed and disposed of by his boss [[{{Satan}} Trigon]]. Turns out Slade saw it coming and [[CrazyPrepared made sure he would be able to escape]], allowing him to make an EnemyMine with the heroes and to get what he wanted from all of this. By the end of the season, Slade is alive and free to scheme again, while Trigon has been obliterated by his daughter.
* WesternAnimation/{{Danny Phantom}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheUltimateEnemy'' played with this trope. Upon being separated from Danny Fenton, the ghost Danny turned malevolent and stripped Vlad of his ghost half, followed by merging with it to become Dark Danny. He then goes on to torment Danny's RoguesGallery.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', [[PsychopathicManchild Lord Hater]], the BigBad of the entirety of Season 1 had been for the most part a IneffectualSympatheticVillain. At least, for the main characters Wander and Sylvia whom he never managed to seriously threaten, despite his fervent wishes of torturing and killing them. However, until that point he had been introduced as a serious threat for the rest of the galaxy, [[GalacticConqueror taking over planet after planet]] trying to prove his greatness. Cue [[KnightOfCerebus Lord Dominator]]'s appearance in Season 2. Dominator's first action in the series proper is [[DynamicEntry using a giant ship to slice Hater's ship in two with a gigantic drill]]. From that moment on, Lord Dominator takes the role as the show's BigBad, dethroning Hater as the Greatest in the Galaxy by overdoing him in every possible way:
** Hater has an [[PunchClockVillain army of friendly and usually incompetent Watchdogs]]? Dominator has an army of [[MechaMooks highly efficient robots]] which provide a such a great physical threat that not even [[LightningBruiser Sylvia]] can punch them without hurting her hand.
** Hater was mainly the image of his empire, showing up for conquests and defeating rival villains or heroes, while his second in command [[TheDragon Commander Peepers]] was the brains keeping the Empire together. Dominator can manage an entire empire solo.
** Hater was powerful enough to punch [[TheRival Emperor Awesome]] through a planet and take down his entire army by himself if [[ThePowerOfHate angered enough]]. Dominator can easily NoSell and {{Curbstomp|Battle}} Hater without much effort (although, in their next encounter, Hater [[TookALevelInBadass fights Dominator so evenly]] that it is actually arguable that he could have won if [[spoiler:he hadn't gotten... [[LoveAtFirstSight distracted]] the moment he took her helmet off]]).
** Hater spent a season [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption trying and failing]] to reclaim the title of "The Greatest in the Galaxy". Dominator also managed to climb to the top of the Villain Board in a record time, and let's say that [[spoiler:her final objective to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy the galaxy]]]] is [[EvenEvilHasStandards evil enough to horrify other villains]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Weirdmageddon Part 1", Bill Cipher disfigures Preston Northwest when [[TheQuisling he tries to join Bill's forces]], and then disintegrates the Time Baby when he shows up to stop Bill with a small army of Time Agents. This cements his status as the most evil and powerful character in the series.