'''Basic Trope''': A villain reported to be powerful, ruthless and exceedingly evil turns out to be disappointingly feeble
* '''Straight''': The hero breaks down the door to Baron von Ruthless' chambers, only to find him to be an frail, old man in a wheelchair.
* '''Exaggerated''': [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport Baron von Ruthless is bedridden and on life support]], and looks a skeleton who has been dipped in wax. There is a strong impression that even the slightest bit of exertion would cause him to keel over for good.
* '''Downplayed''': Baron Von Ruthless has a leg cast.
* '''Justified''': Despite his brilliant [[TheChessmaster mental]] [[ClockKing abilities]], Baron von Ruthless has cancer.
* '''Inverted''': Baron von Ruthless is infamous for his mental abilities rather than his combat skills, but manages to put up an impressive fight against the heroes.
* '''Subverted''':
** Baron von Ruthless' infirmity was all an act and he attacks the hero.
** Baron von Ruthless may be stuck in a wheelchair, but it turns out he's still a powerful sorcerer who can put up a fight through sheer magical power, skill, and willpower.
** The [[TinTyrant vaguely human-shaped mass of steel plates and spikes]] from earlier, who our heroes "learned" was a body double upon encountering the feeble old man before them, really ''was'' Baron von Ruthless, and the old man is just there to get would-be assassins to drop their guard while the ''real'' Baron von Ruthless closes in.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** Only to find out that this Baron von Ruthless was a robot. The real one has been dead for years.
** He's still a SquishyWizard
** The "real" Baron von Ruthless was working off a script, and our heroes' initial assumptions about the old man were correct.
* '''Parodied''': Baron von Ruthless has committed several heinous crimes and is wanted in several countries. It's revealed that Baron von Ruthless is actually a genius 10-year-old child working all of it from behind her computer.
* '''Zig Zagged''': There is another ManBehindTheMan for Baron von Ruthless. He's not the {{the Man Behind The Curtain}}, but the man behind ''him'' is. And so on.
* '''Averted''': Baron von Ruthless is a brilliant roboticist and has built a suit of PoweredArmor to aid in defeating the hero when he arrived.
* '''Enforced''': "How's this for a twist: Baron von Ruthless turns out to this sickly old man!"
* '''Lampshaded''': "''You're'' Baron von Ruthless?"
* '''Invoked''': The heroes deliberately attempt to find out if Baron von Ruthless really is an old man in a wheelchair.
* '''Exploited''': The Heroes had brought themselves to their last legs fighting TheDragon and are saved by the fact that their opponent is actually harmless
* '''Defied''': Baron von Ruthless fed rumors of his condition in order to create confusion and doubt about his true abilities.
* '''Discussed''': "I can't believe ''this'' was the best the writers could come up with."
* '''Conversed''': "Why do most of these old villains think no-one will find out how feeble they are?"
* '''Deconstructed''': Baron von Ruthless' StartOfDarkness is explored, and we find that it is becoming an old man in a wheelchair that made him evil in the first place.
* '''Reconstructed''': He's still an old man in a wheelchair though, and falls easily.
Back to TheManBehindTheCurtain ...But never mind the man behind the curtain!
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