Big Bad created just for a Filler arc. Not the most dignified place for the villain, because that means the villain will have less effect on the actual canon than the weakest Mooks in the real arcs. This puts the writers in an awkward position because they have to somehow make the villain a credible threat to the heroes, yet at the same time maintain that the threat is relatively new or extremely region-contained to explain why such a huge threat wasn't a problem for the rest of the series - rather problematic if the heroes are already facing the upper tiers of the Sorting Algorithm of Evil in canon. Mostly common in Anime based on Manga, since the filler is used to help avoid overtaking the manga, or it could be in a Non-Serial Movie. Either way, the villain wasn't in the source material, so of course he/she/it would have no effect on the actual canon. This can also cost him his Joker Immunity and all of them will die by the end. Rare in Western media, but it does happen. The thing is that there has to be no canonical appearance, or even a mention of this villain after the arc. And the arc has to be filler, not just one that isn't mentioned (so Onslaught doesn't count). They will probably be a Hate Sink, as their entire raison d'etre is to fill time while the real villains are elsewhere anyway. There is a 75% chance that most of them will be Generic Doomsday Villains as well. A Sub-Trope of Canon Foreigner. Compare to the equally inconsequential Monster of the Week. This is available in the Trope Co. catalog.
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Anime and Manga
- Dragon Ball:
- Almost all of the movies featured villains separate from the manga and TV series. However, they mostly consist of "re-imaginings" of previous foes/situations, some of which are more obvious than others. However unlike most examples, they are memorable and some like Broly, Cooler, and Janemba are Ensemble Dark Horse characters for managing to almost kill Goku in a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged pokes fun of one such villain, Lord Slug, by pointing the resemblance between him and King Piccolo as a Running Gag.
- Garlic Jr is a unique case as the Z series rarely had any anime only arcs during its run and at best just expanded on used material. He was the only one to get a filler arc to himself. What's more he was a villain from a movie as well. Garlic Jr also had good reasons for being a credible threat. 1. He wasn't particularly that powerful, even Kami could hurt him, but he WAS immortal so he just couldn't be defeated and the heroes would exhaust themselves against him, and 2. In his filler arc both Goku (who was now so much more powerful than him it wasn't funny) and Vegeta were off planet, leaving the weaker characters to have to deal with him.
- YuYu Hakusho has The Movie where the villain is this. Yu Yu Hakusho Abridged did that movie, and gave the name of the trope in the last part.
- Sailor Moon:
- Sailor Moon R avoided overtaking the manga by using the aliens Ail and En and their energy-eating tree, Makaiju to fill 13 episodes. They are never referenced again, though the Sailor Moon R Non-Serial Movie seems to draw some inspiration from it with the flower-obsessed alien Fiore and his evil life-eating Xenian Flower. Fiore looks markedly similar to Ail and shares his voice actor (Hikaru Midorikawa) and the flower shares An's (Yumi Touma). The villains from the other two movies might also count, although it worth noting that the Sailor Moon S movie, as well as the Ami's First Love special, are actually adapted from the manga side stories (which tend to use a lot of unique villains).
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Big Five served this role in the first Virtual World arc. Since the show had them collaborating with Pegasus, the Big Bad of the previous arc, it doesn't feel horribly out of place. A later filler arc had Noah and Gozaburo Kaiba as its main villains, with the Big Five returning as their henchmen. In the manga, Gozaburo had been a Posthumous Character who played a major role in Seto Kaiba's backstory, so it again, worked fairly well. Then there was Dartz from the Waking the Dragons arc, and Siegfried von Schroeder from the KaibaCorp Grand Prix, neither of whom had any additional set up.
- Naruto: Many, many, MANY filler villains during its season-long filler arcs so as not to overtake the manga.
- Aoi Rokusho of the Land of Tea arc, is notable for actually injuring a cast member, Sasuke. This is because they inserted the filler arc in between the return of Tsunade and Sasuke's defection. As a result, Sasuke had to be hospitalized again for the start of the next arc. Still, not many remember this filler villain's name. More importantly, he was actually a major figure in the background of canon character (albeit a minor one) Ibiki Morino; namely he's indirectly the cause of all of those scars.
- They managed to make a filler arc out of an existing character with Mizuki, the ninja that tricked and tried to kill Naruto all the way at the start of the first chapter/episode.
- All of the movie villains count as well, with the exceptions of Tobi in Road to Ninja (since he's already one of the main Big Bads in the manga), and Toneri Otsutsuki in The Last and Momoshiki and Kinshiki from Boruto (since their movies are the only two so far to be explicitly canon to the manga).
- Bleach does its filler material as season-long arc stories. As a result, every filler arc has a filler villain.
- The Bount Arc had the Bounts, led by Big Bad Kariya. The anime was so fond of this that it deliberately inserts a couple of filler scenes later on during Ichigo's vizard training just to bring back Kariya for a few random moments.
- The Captain Amagai Arc also has a filler arc villain. Captain Amagai himself.
- The Zanpakuto Unknown Tales Arc has a filler arc villain in the form of Muramasa and his master, insane shinigami Kouga Kuchiki.
- The Invasion Arc's filler villain is Kageroza Inaba who is nothing more than a puppet for the real filler villain, Oko Yushima.
- One Piece has a whole bunch of these, of widely varying quality and power level. Foxy, an actual canonical villain from the manga, seems to have been demoted to filler villain, showing up randomly in a couple of filler arcs, and forming a Goldfish Poop Gang with subordinates Hamburg and Porche.
- A filler villain, Don Achino had the amazing power of controlling heat. This allowed him to control the lava on his frozen volcano island. Given that a major villain of a later arc is made of lava, the implications are astounding...yet he will never actually have an effect on the plot due to his Filler Villain status. Though, it's definitely worth noting that Oda wrote that particular filler arc, and the powers of Don Achino and the other lava-man are still completely different. (Don controls heat and can move lava, but the other is a logia-type actually made of it.)
- The movies, as well, typically have villains that don't even amount to Goldfish Poop Gang status, aside from the movies that revisit/reimagine story arcs. There is an exception to this rule in the form of Shiki from One Piece Film: Strong World, considering that his movie is actually canon and he has been referenced in the manga (specifically, he was the only person prior to the Impel Down arc to escape Impel Down). Z, from One Piece Film: Z, would also count, as his movie was originally slated to be canon like Shiki's, but there were too many discrepancies between the movie and the manga to make it official.
- A few villains in Wedding Peach. Wedding Peach Abridged even refers to them by this trope name.
- In Fist of the North Star, we have:
- Joker, Shin's right-hand man whose main purpose was to serve as an informant between Shin and many of the villains of the week that were sent out to get Kenshiro. He actually has a bigger screen-time than any of Shin's playing card-themed henchmen from the manga (along with the Godland Colonel and Jackal for that matter).
- The renegade Gento Koken successors, Taiga and Boltz, are essentially stand-in for Jakoh's sons from the manga, Jask and Shieno, who were omitted from the anime version.
- Mao of Code Geass qualifies as this. Apart from setting up a little of CC's background, and letting Lelouch know about the real circumstances of Suzaku's father's death, his mini-arc does not advance the plot at all, he's disposed of easily, with no character development and little real threat to the main cast. However, Mao does manage to deliver a Wham Line before he goes. revealing the identity of the former prime minister of Japan's killer... Suzaku.
- Majahal in the Fullmetal Alchemist is this - the conflict with him has little impact on the overall story arc - although he does receive a Call Back later on.
- Fairy Tail's Daphne arc features Daphne, a crazy woman obsessed with creating an artificial dragon to get back at everyone who didn't believe her when she saw a dragon as a child.
- Played with in the Key of the Starry Heavens arc, where the villain first appears to be Byro Cracy, the Earth-land version of one member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad from the Edolas arc; he leads a group composed of counterparts of the rest of the Edolas villains, plus three completely original characters. Then it turns out they're being manipulated by Oracion Seis, the villains from the manga's Nirvana arc, who are led this time by Midnight, The Dragon to the Nirvana arc's main villain Brain. In an even more interesting case than the Fullmetal Alchemist example above, not only were the new villains designed by the original mangaka, but the whole arc itself is referenced in the manga as something that happened offscreen.
- Played with again during the Eclipse Celestial Spirit arc, in which the villains in question are actually the Super-Powered Evil Sides of the existing canonical 12 Gold Key Celestial spirits, along with Ophiuchus and The Celestial Spirit King, all of whom get new designs and powers. Also, they have a canon reason for existing, namely as a direct result of the Eclipse Project near the end of the Grand Magic Games arc.
- The Movie features Prince Kriem, a power-hungry prince who wishes to become immortal so he can conquer other lands and not die. He is one-upped by Dist, the leader of the Carbuncle guild hired by Kriem who wishes to become immortal for...not particularly explained reasons. Unless one counts The Movie's tie-in prequel manga/OVA, which shows that Dist first became obsessed with immortality because his pet weasel died when he was a little boy, though it's not so much his weasel dying but Eclair (who at the time was working as a fortune teller when he came to her) telling him all things have to die eventually and to cherish your life while you can. He took it the wrong way however and was more afraid of dying.
- Captain Ceyderom in Les Légendaires; him and Anathos are the only Big Bads to appear each one in only one Story Arc; and while Anathos averts this trope due to his arc being much more important and having heavy repercussions on the story, Ceyderom is forgotten as soon as he is dealt with, all the damages he did being fixed. Justified in that his story arc involved Time Travel and ended with Jadina putting a Reset Button.
- Neo BloodClan in Warrior Cats, whose whole existence is to give Ravenpaw's Path villains. They are beaten easily, never mentioned again, and have zero impact on the plot. They don't even make sense in the overall canon. They're just... there.
- Although they are more accurately an ensemble of Elite Mooks than a single villain, the Bohrok-Kal from BIONICLE were created by LEGO to fill the space between the defeat of the Bahrag and the return of Makuta.
- The Morbuzakh plant in the first half of 2004 was this, because the villain sets only got released during the summer. In fact, it didn't even have a toy, unless one counts that Morbuzakh sponge that came out in Germany as part of a magazine promo.
- The Radio Drama version of Metal Gear Solid featured a character named Sergei Ivanovich, a former SVR operative and old buddy of Revolver Ocelot who ends up capturing Campbell and eventually Snake and Meryl as well. Despite being a master of close quarter battle and torture, his only notable victim is another Canon Foreigner.
- Eremiya the Sinister Minister from Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem. Alongside her adoptive children and hitmen: Eine aka Katarina, Legion, and Kleine. Though Katarina can have a Heel-Face Turn.
- Circe in Age of Mythology. The mission dealing with her has no connection to the plot, only to serve as a Breather Episode between the Egyptian and Norse campaigns.
- Teen Titans had Brother Blood in the third season. Counts since he's not even given a passing mention following the four episodes that he appears in. And he's basically just there to replace Slade as the Big Bad (who was dead at the time) and then in the next season Slade returns albeit not the major threat
- Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the Realm had Quan Chi, an Evil Sorceror who appeared for one episode and used his magic to turn the heroes against each other, then was quickly dropped after his episode was over. However, after making a successful transition to the games, he became a major character who turned out to be behind many events in the backstory, including being the true murderer of Scorpion's family.
- Paulie and Dan Duck from Scaredy Squirrel has no connections to Nester, his mom or Paddy.