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[[caption-width-right:315:[[CardCarryingVillain A villainous pose]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgjcvxQjpKA can't hold a candle]] to a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown.]]

->'''[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Nute Gunray]]''': The war is over! Lord Sidious promised us peace! We only wanted-
->''[[spoiler:[[KilledMidSentence 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.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* 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.
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[[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 the villain behind the Great Darkness Saga (who turns out to be [[spoiler: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 DoctorDoom on fire and tossed him into prehistory. Unsurprisingly, he came back.
* One of {{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 as Juggernaut from the crap he did to Professor Xavier all their lives as Onslaught turned out to be Xavier's dark side run amok.]]
* When trying to establish Kaine as a credible threat during ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'', the writers had him kill off longtime {{Spider-Man}} 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 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.
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[[folder: Film ]]
* Despite supplying the page quote, [[spoiler:Anakin killing Gunray and his minions]] in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' is an inversion of this. It was a prequel after all, so it was more like Make Way for the Old Villains.
* 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 he is than the last big evil dinosaur.]]
* In ''GameraVsGuiron'', the titular Guiron is introduced by cutting a space [[GameraVsGyaos Gyaos]] to pieces.
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[[folder: Literature ]]
* Calvin [[spoiler:killing William Henry Harrison]] in ''Literature/TheTalesOfAlvinMaker''.
* In ''MagicTheGathering'', Volrath, the BigBad (actually TheDragon, but for all intents and purposes) 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.]]
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[[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 [[{{Spikeification}} a certain other trope]].
** Twilight killed the Master and Ethan Rayne by proxy.
* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' has the Machine Empire [[spoiler:booting out Lord Zedd and Rita]]. Before that [[spoiler: Zedd booted out Rita. She came back of course]].
* 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 ''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 ones, agreeing that they're impure and should be destroyed.
** The Daleks were also subject to this in the Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures, as they end brutally killed by Krotons. Yes, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E4TheKrotons those]] Krotons. Make way for the [[NotSoHarmlessVillain sixties monsters only remembered as a joke]]...
** And for the trifecta, 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/{{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 BigBadBeetleBorgs was careful to get rid of [[BigBad Vexor]] and his minions before taking over as the main antagonist.
* ''{{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.
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[[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]].]]
* 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 ''FinalFantasyVII'', [[MegaCorp Shinra]] is rendered much less of a threat after Sephiroth appears and kills its president.
* The ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' have this happen a couple times. The first was [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]] from [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts 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 is his Nobody Xenmas) 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 of HijackedByGanon with Xehanort.
* ''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.
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[[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]].
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* 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.
* 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 immediatly 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 [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy 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.
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