Invincible Villain
aka: Boring Invincible Villain

Heroes win. It's a general rule of fiction. Sometimes, though, you want the hero to lose a few battles. As a result, you have an occasional instance of The Bad Guy Wins. This also shows another generally good consequence: the importance of the struggle, the need to make an effort, and the necessity of Character Development. Often, the challenge is tied to a singular villain (generally a Big Bad) to build up a reasonable threat. This is usually good, as it simplifies the cast, has a standard deuteragonist, etc.

The Invincible Villain is chiefly recognized by their disproportionate win-lose ratios against the heroes (with the villain winning far more often than losing).

Any "losses" that occur either help the villain as much as outright victory or are ambiguous if they have lost or won, or The Cavalry shows the hero can't win on their own. Plus, it's expected in the short term; You Can't Thwart Stage One! Doesn't matter how hard The Determinator trains, the villain is always two steps ahead. That head start, of course, is a given when Villains Act, Heroes React. Even if there is a complete defeat, they'll still be subject to Joker Immunity or Cardboard Prison.

Failure Hero is a possible result of this trope. Deliberate Villain Decay is one way to counteract this by consciously making the villain less menacing, but can easily end up going too far in the other direction and reduce the villain to a joke if not handled carefully.

If taken to extremes, when a villain can't do anything other than win by some contrived reason, this trope turns into Villain Sue. The Villain Protagonist is especially at risk to this. Stories that abuse this trope have a very high risk of Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy.

Compare Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, the generally vincible villain. Contrast Invincible Hero, their Good Counterpart, and Harmless Villain, their exact opposite in terms of threat level. See also Generic Doomsday Villain, which is treated more like an obstacle for the hero to overcome rather than a true individual.

Remember, Tropes Are Tools. While some examples can become The Scrappy, some are still subject to Evil Is Cool.

As this trope frequently involves the conclusion of the story, beware of spoilers.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Dinoponera from Arachnid is certainly one. She appears, instantly frightens the big bad and begins curbstomping established characters.
  • Yujiro Hanma from Baki the Grappler. In the one anime fight where someone even lands a worthwhile attack (Doppo counters with several chest crushing punches), Yujiro simply stands up smiling as if he had an itch. To date, nothing has even given him cause to pause. Though several characters have evolved based on his almost unachievable status. Yujiro is so powerful, even at the very end of the series he still hasn't been defeated. Baki, now the second strongest man alive, attempts to fight Yujiro for the final time. At first it seems Baki is winning, even causing Yujiro to bleed, but Yujiro gets serious and begins no selling all of Bakis attacks, eventually beating him. Well, he is not beaten, but he is humbled enough to hand over the title "World's Strongest Creature" to Baki
  • Professor Desty Nova in Gunnm / Battle Angel Alita has his hands on the controls to the Laser-Guided Karma machinery, almost literally. He walks away from series 1 without paying for any of the thousands of lives he consumes - including the protagonist's adoptive father - and series 2 seems set to make him even more sadistic, more amoral, more manipulative, more powerful and much more immortal than before.
  • In Berserk Griffith as Femto is a Physical God in a mostly Low Fantasy setting (and most of the non-Low Fantasy elements are his direct minions). He can No Sell cannonballs, magic lightning and even a Reality Warper sword forged over hundreds of years specifically to kill him. Did we mention he's a Villain with Good Publicity to the point where most of the world believes he's the second coming of Crystal Dragon Jesus?
  • Sosuke Aizen of Bleach. Introduced as a charismatic good guy, to being a Magnificent Bastard, subsequent appearances played up his power, smugness, Gambit Roulette planning skills, and NUKE the dog tendencies to nearly ridiculous levels. He oturight declared his entire army of underlings weaker than him, and beat nearly all of the remaining Gotei 13 alone. Unfortunately, he never got to fight anyone capable of killing him until he had already gone through several transformations in power via [[Hougyoku MacGuffin]] that made him effectively immune to everything thrown at him. Once Ichigo showed up he got even stronger, and right about the time he had completely surpassed Ichigo the Hogyoku randomly took all his power away for no reason. But it left him immortal so he could only be imprisoned.
    • From the Invading Army Arc, we have Kagezora Inaba. His Shikai allows him to create portals that are mainly used to cause his opponents to attack themselves. He also created and controls the Reigai, Mod Souls that are essentially stronger and more aggressive copies of the Gotei 13 Captains, Vice Captains, and any other named Shinigami of considerable power, excluding Ichigo, (who's Hollow powers prevent Inaba from making one of him), and Yamamoto (the Strongest of the Gotei). After he's backed into a corner, Inaba reveals he can use his Shikai to teleport, and that he's a Mod Soul himself and can just hijack another Reigai's body to fully heal himself, and turn it into his body, leaving the other Reigai in his old injured body. Then it turns out that he can endlessly resurrect every single defeated Reigai, including the one's who had their pill forms destroyed. Then the reigai are revealed to have Power Limiters that, when removed, make the Reigai so powerful that not even the Gotei 13 or Yamamoto (who were already struggling to fight them) can stand a chance against even the weaker ones. He also has the ability to simultaneously absorb Ichigo, Yamamoto (strongest fire Zanpaktou), AND Nozomi Kujo (the ability to hurl an opponent's attack back at them drastically more powerful)'s powers and hurl it back at them, easily defeating Yamamoto, who even Aizen wouldn't take on without negating his power. When Ichigo FINALLY manages to seemingly defeat him using the last of his powers, Inaba reveals that he has a cloning ability that makes Ichigo waste the last of his powers on a clone. Urahara's stealthy tactics that were similiar to a century ago? Inaba is smart enough to catch on and sabotage it with a Reigai of Urahara. Then, Inaba and Nozomi are revealed to be 2 parts of one person, Ōko Yushima, who went brain dead after making them. When Inaba captures Nozomi and merges with her to create the Mod Soul Ōko, he's revealed to have BOTH Inaba and Nozomi's powers as his Shikai, making him the most powerful villain in Filler. His Shikai is so powerful, it's able to destroy Soul Society with its mere presence.note  It gets so bad that it takes Kon and one of the worst Ass Pull cop-outs in Bleach filler: the Reigai randomly turn against Ōko, sacrificing themselves to stop him from blowing up Soul Society, and Nozomi fighting from within to destroy Ōko's Soul Chain (which Mod Souls don't even have), just to make him weak enough that Ichigo is FINALLY able to kill him.
    • Then there is Yhwach, the King of the Quincies, who had gotten so bad that he is considered the Quincy equivalent of Madara Uchiha. He fights against Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto, who seems to kill him, but in reality, that was a Quincy named Royd Lloyd who can copy appearances and memories, who fought Yamamoto to weaken him while the true Yhwach goes to see and talk with Aizen. The real one shows up, he quickly steals his Bankai (and is apparently the only one strong enough to control it) then kills him effortlessly at that. Ichigo attacks but is soundly defeated. Yhwach leaves only to come back again and take over Soul Society. Then we find out that even if his subordinates are killed, their souls will ultimately empower him because he had given the Quincies their powers (and pieces of his soul) in the first place. Not only that, everyone in Soul Society is infected with pieces of his soul. So every death on the battlefield (Shinigami or Quincy) will give him that person's power, abilites and memories, he gets stronger, no matter what. Ichigo trains and comes back to Soul Society for a showdown...then we find out that this is exactly what Yhwach was waiting for since Ichigo had left a path straight to the Realm of the Soul King. Yhwach goes there, only to encounter Ichibei, the head of the Soul King's elite Squad Zero and an even stronger Soul Reaper than Yamamoto. Ichibei appears to gain an advantage, but Yhwach simply reveals he's been holding back this entire time, and that his Quincy power, "The Almighty," his actual Schrift, essentially gives him the ability to manipulate and nullify any special ability any foe possesses, so long as he knows said power. He also knows about said power instantly if he can only observe it, which he can do effortlessly with his special eyes, which can see everywhere, and everywhen. He's so overwhelmingly powerful that he instantly breaks Ichigo's true Bankai the very moment after it's revealed, successfully negated Orihime's powers, and rendered Ichigo's new form of unified Hollow and Quincy powers useless. Only the Author Can Save Them Now.
  • NEO from Digimon Next is probably the second- or third-closest thing to omnipotence the Digimon universe has come, capable of erasing the entire Gondor Calls for Aid army assembled to fight him from existence with a single thought. As with Hao above, the only reason he loses in the end is because the heroes talk him into a Heel Realization and he puts everything back to normal.
    • One of the main complaints about Digimon Frontier (season 4) was the Royal Knights, a Quirky Miniboss Squad who show up and do nothing but beat the tar out of the heroes for nine straight episodes because... something had to eat up the time before the Big Bad got out of his can, right?
    • Bagramon from Digimon Xros Wars gets in the act as well, as ever with his weaker left arm he can No Sell just about everything thrown at him and when he gets stabbed and forcibly fused with his brother Dark Knightmon, he just takes over after a while and becomes even more powerful. It takes the Digixros of Shoutmon and EVERY SINGLE DIGIMON in order to kill him. Even then, it is revealed in the sequel season that he came back as the clockman and it's the power of the Brave Snatcher (his disembodied right arm) that saves the day in the end.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Broly from the 8th movie doesn't have much going for him as a villain, with little in the way of characterization and a flimsy motivation. He's essentially what Goku would be with neither a sense of morals nor sanity. What he does have is a level of power that is much higher than the others to which he uses to negate the attempts of the heroes and give them a thorough No-Holds-Barred Beatdown until an Ass Pull is needed to defeat him twice, the second time killing him by vaporizing him into the sun. And even that doesn't stop him as a clone of his, albeit much weaker causes a lot of trouble for Goten and Trunks.
    • Beerus from the 14th movie, who dishes out MASSIVE CurbStompBattles to Super Saiyan 3 Goku, Super Saiyan 2 Vegeta, Ultimate Gohan, Super Saiyan Gotenks, Good Buu, and the rest of the Z-Fighters. It's so bad that even when Goku gains access to the Super Saiyan God Form (which is said to be the strongest form a Saiyan can attain), Beerus is still stronger than him, even when not using his full power. To point it out, he's the only antagonist in the Dragon Ball Z series to never be defeated, only giving up his plans to destroy the world because he's too tired to go through with it. Justified since he is a Physical God, and his unquestioned power is fundamental to the universe.
  • Naraku from InuYasha, until the last battle. The Big Bad for a manga series spawning 558 chapters, the handful of other villains that appeared were almost universally working for or with him with the exception of a few like the Thunder Brothers, the first enemies Inuyasha faces, etc. The very few times he was actually defeated or killed was part of his plans and he eventually returned, and despite the heroes repeatedly finding new powers and new weapons, every time they fought Naraku, he escaped and lived to fight another day. In the end, he did win, in that he got all the jewel shards and formed the completed Shikon Jewel, and if not for Inuyasha's Big Damn Heroes moment with Kagome, he would have yet again successfully executed a plan that hinged on him dying or feigning death.
  • Nui Harime and Ragyo Kiryuin from Kill la Kill were never seriously threatened by Ryuko and the others at any point, and even when they get defeated, it's on their own terms, with a comeback usually quick to follow. Their utterly vile behavior only made it worse.
  • Maken-ki!: Since her introduction, Love Espada has defeated everyone who's tried to face her with minimal effort. Tesshin only lated seconds, despite being strong enough to fight S rank Maken users, she shattered Kai's Partition just as easily, casually pwn'd Takeru when he tried to fight her, and was later told by Otohime that even if he used his ability to draw Element, that Espada's power would still be two times greater. The worst part being, Takaki admitted that even she, Haruko, and Minori combined couldn't stop her when they tried at the previous Himekagura Festival.
  • This trope is one of several reasons why the Huckebein of Nanoha Force are so hated - it takes all of 30 chapters in an extremely slipped schedule before the heroes make any real headway against them.
  • Naruto:
    • Madara Uchiha. The Big Bad, Tobi, was using his identity because Madara was feared so much. But even though he's supposedly been dead for awhile, he comes back as an immortal, regenerating being with unlimited chakra, a massive Susanoo that causes a high degree of damage by swinging its sword, and capable of creating clones indistinguishable from himself and as powerful as him. Seven of the strongest people in existence barely inconvenienced him, even Naruto has failed to significantly hinder him. Edo Tensei, the technique that revived him, was permanently negated, and every person who was revived by it returned to being dead... with the sole exception of him, as he can apparently use that same technique on himself without sacrificing anyone. Word of God states he has no weaknesses. Though one of the morals of the series was supposed to be that the new generations would surpass the old, in keeping Madara a threat, the author decided to have practically every other Arc Villain hand him more power (willingly or not). As it stands, he has almost every power in the series available to him, and is inexplicably more powerful than anything that should be able to kill or wound him. Kishimoto stated at Jump Festa 2014 that Only the Author Can Save Them Now has hit Writer's Block at this point. The solution he came up with was for Madara to be backstabbed by Princess Kaguya, one of only two beings who is truly stronger than him, and her to take over as the villain. And to keep her from utterly destroying everyone in five seconds flat, she seems to be not entirely human anymore and thus nearly mindless.
    • Tobi, the decoy villain, had Kamui allowed him to not be affected by most physical attacks, and other skills which made him immune to all harm for up to 10 minutes. He survives the exploitation of his weakness by using a Diabolus ex Machina. After the events in chapter 636, he officially becomes a Physical God with only one weakness, or two if you count Talking the Monster to Death.
    • To a lesser extent, before he become heroic - or, before it became known that he was heroic all along - Itachi Uchiha was effectively only limited by minor inconveniences, was able to ignore the established canon rules, and gained powers frequently.
  • Tropes Are Not Bad: Ainz Ooal Gown/Momonga, the titular Overlord, is a Showy Invincible Villain Protagonist by virtue of being a level 100 MMO character in a world where anything equivalent to level 30 is considered legendary and unstoppable. Very rarely is he faced against an actual threat, but seeing him curbstomping Smug Snakes who used to think they're hot shit is oddly cathartic. He once killed an enemy by hugging her to death!
  • Though technically not villains (with the exception of Paul), pretty much any one of Ash's arc rivals in Pokémon will never be beaten before his league battle with them, and even then, it'll usually be with Ash just barely coming out on top with his last Pokemon barely able to stand. Before then, at best, he'll tie with them. At worst, it'll be a complete Curb-Stomp Battle. There's also the trainers brought in specifically to beat Ash in the league, the most infamous case being Tobias, who not only had a Darkrai, but also had a Latios!
  • Hao from Shaman King is literally totally unbeatable (but not invincible). He's had quite a head start, and by the time the story ends, is stronger than the next six characters combined, including the one who trained her entire life to beat him, but only reached half his strength. Even without fighting, he has a strange ability to gather totally unrelated people to his side to help him destroy humanity. He is a human but is treated as more of a force of nature in the series. He even wins in the final battle of the series, and shows everyone else that all of their efforts were meaningless in the grand scheme of things. He was so overpowering that the author couldn't think of a satisfying ending for a while. When he finally did come out with one, Hao is ultimately defeated simply by being convinced that he's wrong, as overpowering him wasn't even a possibility anymore.
  • YuYu Hakusho's Sensui Shinobu is occasionally criticized as this, given that after all of Yusuke's efforts to defeat him he's still a Hopeless Boss Fight that requires the intervention of Yusuke's heretofore-unmentioned demon ancestor to finally bring down. Granted, this did turn out to be Foreshadowing for the next arc.
    • Younger Toguro to a lesser extent as literally no one was able to even force him to go all out, not even Genkai, so he was free to annihilate everyone. He only was killed because he intentionally kills Kuwabara, Yusuke's best friend in order to even force the strength needed to do so, as the latter, even with a significant power boost was unable to scratch him at full power prior to this.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has Filler Villain Dartz, who is unquestionably the most powerful, non-Eldritch Abomination villain that Yugi and the others have ever encountered. He's a 10,000-year-old expert shapeshifter and magician who knew the secrets of the Pharaoh before anyone else, and over the millennia, has become the single wealthiest man in the world, rich enough to effortlessly buy out even KaibaCorp. Then there's his deck, which features such winners as a monster that, whenever it's destroyed, revives even stronger, and another one that absorbs any Life Point damage he would have taken and is nigh-indestructible besides. If you can somehow get rid of that, he can summon another monster whose attack value is equal to all the Life Point damage he would've taken had the first one not been there (over 20,000 in the final duel with him), and if you can get rid of that, it turns into a monster that instantly wins the game if it attacks for damage; that's in addition to the ever-present Seal of Orichalcos (which he has two more levels to). Using this deck, he keeps the heroes occupied for an unheard-of six straight episodes (the longest duel in any Yu-Gi-Oh! series), and it takes a Heroic Sacrifice from Kaiba and some serious liberal application of the rules on Yugi's part to defeat. After going through all that, you'd think the Evil Plan would be good and foiled, right? Think again. Dartz reveals the he alone is equal to the tens of thousands of souls he intended to sacrifice to his Eldritch Abomination master, so he goes ahead and summons it anyway. It takes the God Cards in their purest forms and an Ass Pull from Yami in order to even weaken him and his master.
    • Subverted with Malik Ishtar who developed a strategy which would make him invincible. Slifer the Sky Dragon gains 1000 ATK and DEF for every card in Malik's hand, and Revival Jam protected Slifer from every attack, thanks to the Trap Card Jam Defender and the Jam revived itself after every destruction. And two Spell Cards allowed him to ignore the limit of having six hand cards in the end of every turn, and drawing three card by every revival. However, Yami Yugi used this strategy against him and he brainwashed Revival Jam, so Slifer's effect forced it to attack Revival Jam automatically and destroying it immediately. But since Revival Jam always revived itself after every destruction, Slifer's effect cannot be stopped, and Malik was forced to draw three new cards whenever Revival Jam was revived due to his own Spell Card. The resulting loop caused Malik to deck-out and lose the duel.
    • Averted with Yami Malik, despite being the darker half of Malik Ishtar and having the most powerful God Card in his deck, all of his victories are achieved by luck. It was Mai's fault that he got the opportunity to control The Winged Dragon of Ra as she chose to tribute her Harpy Ladies instead of attacking for game. Yami Bakura has no clue how the God Card works, as he tributed Ra which allowed Malik to utilize it. He is also the first to lose in the Battle Royale. Jonouchi would have won had he not played a Shadow Game under Malik's rule and fall unconscious. In fact, Yami Yugi was never driven to the point where he had to rely on a lucky draw to defeat him.
    • Zorc has No Sell to the Egyptian Gods, the Master of Dragon Knight, Exodia (only because of his feeble old man of a container) and everyone else, it takes a Serial Escalation of a summon of the most powerful monster involving the sacrifice of the three mentioned god monsters to even defeat him.
    • Yubel and Saiou from Yu-Gi-Oh! GX are ridiculously powerful; with the former having control of not only an evil version of the three gods including their formidable fusion, but a monster that reflects all damage back to the enemy. He/she defeats everyone she/he meets including a user of an even stronger version of Exodia and the main character had to merge with him/her in order to stop his/her mad rampage. With the latter, he predicts everything, and his charisma made it so no one would oppose him, as of course it took an Ass Pull, involving a student becoming a T-Rex in order to destroy his satellite, not to mention his fearsome deck.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's escalates the invincibility of its Big Bad villains, with Z-One, a literal Physical God who controls the space time continuum who could and does erase anything in existence that threatens his plan. His deck is an entirely different matter, as every last monster in his deck has incredibly powerful effects, and if you manage to defeat of all of them, he has an even more overpowering one that has the combined attack of all of his monsters (for bonus points, not only does it have the combined attack of them all, another of its effects actually raises the attack power of the others to 4000) with a very powerful effect as well.
    • Yu Gi Oh Zexal manages to top even this with Don Thousand. His ace monster has 10,000 attack and a plethora of great abilities, like destroying all of the opponent's monsters and then summoning every monster sent to the graveyard that turn afterwards. You managed to destroy it? Congratulations, now he gets to summon an even stronger version of it that has 100,000 (Yes, that's the correct number. One hundred thousand.), which is immune to card effects and MUST be attacked if you are able to. Failure to attack it means you automatically lose the duel, and with an attack score like that, successfully attacking it means you lose the duel.
  • Zoids:

    Comic Books 
  • Under a bad writer, the Teen Titans' archnemesis Slade Wilson/Deathstroke can be this. His most infamous showing was in Identity Crisis, in which he demonstrated faster reflexes than even Wally West and enough willpower to convince a Green Lantern ring to not attack him. The encounter ends with half the Justice League on the floor spitting up blood, and Slade quipping that this League, made up mostly of new faces (in Comic-Book Time terms, anyway) to superheroing, is so much weaker than the old one... despite the fact that many of them (Wally in particular) are far more powerful than their predecessors. He is only taken down because Green Arrow catches him off guard and shoves an arrow into his blind eye. You'd think that an arrow to the eye would have done something more than force him to retreat, but he was just fine afterwards.
  • Prometheus was an acceptably threatening Justice League level supervillain in his first appearances, but gradually went through Villain Decay as the story went on later. Come Justice League: Cry for Justice, the writers retconned his decay and tried to make him a threat again... by having him who pull out a ridiculously large Gambit Roulette and makes the whole League and Titans look like morons, to the point it no longer became believable. Made even more ridiculous when he actually is defeated... by Green Arrow infiltrating his conveniently unprotected headquarters and shooting him through the head with an arrow. That's right, the guy who could anticipate anything, including his own capture, the heroes calling for a guy he was stated to not be able to identify and many other things, couldn't ensure something as simple as protecting his headquarters against infiltration.
  • Darkseid veers into this territory, especially after his Infinite Crisis appearances after all his 90's Villain Decay had been reversed. Not only is he by far the single most powerful being in the entire DC universe, to even reach him in the first place, you have to go through his armies and lieutenants, most of which rival Superman in power level. He's powerful enough that most attacks won't even feel like a breeze to him, his physical strength outclasses Superman's, AND he posseses the Omega Beams, which can basically do anything he wants. And of course, he's The Chessmaster, always three steps ahead of all his enemies.
  • On the Marvel Universe side, Thanos can be this mostly under Jim Starlin, especially when he has the Infinity Gauntlet: when he had it, he easily took down and killed practically every hero that oppose him, plus Doctor Doom, Galactus, Mephisto and several cosmic beings, either killing or defeating them and taking everything they threw at him. He even went as far as defeating the incarnation of the universe. The only way he was defeated was because of his own error, and it's implied he partially did it on purpose. In fact, virtually all the times he acquires ultimate power he fails to win is implied to due his subconscious desire to lose. Or a clone did it.
  • Red Hulk was this in his initial run, defeating easily Hulk and the Avengers initially, with the worst case being when he was able to raise Mjolnir, something only people worthy to use it (Thor, Captain America, Beta Ray Bill and a few others, namely) should be able to do. This was fortunately corrected in later issues, making it, ironically, one of the few case where Villain Decay was considered a good change by fans.
  • The Marvel Universe's Ultimate version of Loki was this at first. He was a reality warper who could rewrite history, summon armies of monsters, and make himself immune to physical attacks and weapons, including Thor's hammer. During the final battle, Thor mentions his powers have conveniently weakened, allowing Thor to beat him. Loki suffered Villain Decay in later appearances where he was reduced to the traditional illusions and feats of sorcery.
  • In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, we have the Dark Mobius storyline's version of Enerjak, who the story points out immediately is Chaos Knuckles turned evil, so he's this inevitably. In his timeline, despite having a 0% Approval Rating, he singlehandedly took over the world and the only heroes left to fight him, he only left alive because he was bored and could have killed them at any point he wished. During his fight with Silver, he No SellS everything thrown at him. About the only thing that can hurt him are his own attacks. Thankfully, he was only around for one four issue storyline that ended with his powers being drained.
  • We can't forget Superboy Prime, the Face–Heel Turn to end all Face Heel Turns, who not only went from good to bad, but also from a sympathetic hero who lost his universe to a whiny Jerkass who had all of the Silver Age Supermans power level, with none of his weaknesses, as his universes Krypton had been swallowed by its Sun, and thus there was no Kryptonite that could harm him, and magic seemed to have little effect either for explained reason. The result was a superpowered, adolescent jerk on a cosmic tantrum who could effortlessly destroy entire universes and tear through countless heroes without getting a scratch, and any setback was at most temporary.
    • Ironically, the one time karma finally gets him is when he finally gets what he wants to return home. Since his world is our own, the fan backlash has trapped Prime in his own Ironic Hell.
  • Vulcan, brother of Cyclops and Havok, started out as a sweet kid, despite being artificially aged and used as a slave by the Shiar. Then came Krakoa and his Start of Darkness. Already powerful, he described as 'beyond Omega' (admittedly, he had absorbed the essences of several of his former team-mates at the time'), being able to manipulate just about every form of energy, remotely control his niece Rachel Grey's powers - despite the fact that she was an Omega class mutant herself, flatten the Shiar Imperial Guard all by himself - though he lost an eye in the process - and succeeds in taking over the Shiar Empire. This, however, is deconstructed in Emperor Vulcan and War of Kings: in the former, he has a great deal of difficulty facing Lorna Dane a.k.a. Polaris and Havok, after being dumped into the sun, beats Vulcan to a pulp. In the latter, he takes on Black Bolt. As in Black 'goes-toe-to-toe-with-the-Hulk' Bolt, King of the Inhumans, described by Spider-Man as the third most powerful guy in the galaxy after the Sentry and the Green Scar Hulk (though it was entirely possible that Spidey didn't know Thor was back at that point).
  • Harvest from the New 52. His introductory story The Culling spends its whole second half on scene after scene of him effortlessly beating back every attack the heroes make and insisting literally every single thing that all the many heroes involved in the story have done was part of his master plan, before getting away at the end. It also doesn't help that he claims to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist with no evidence to back it up. The Atop the Fourth Wall review says he's actually worse than the above-mentioned Prometheus.
    • Later it is revealed that not only is he a time traveller and an experienced fighter of metahumans (so he knows their weaknesses), but his plans are running into difficulty thanks to Kon being a Spanner in the Works and his adopted son Jon Lane-Kent performing a Heel–Face Turn - and even beforehand hadn't exactly been intending to dance to his father's tune.
  • Anton Arcane and the Rot introduced in the New 52 run of Swamp Thing. His new Rot-based powers allow him to instantly kill, turn undead, and take control of any living thing that has even a single dead cell in it, anywhere in the entire world at any time, in unlimited numbers as well as reshape them into any shape desired as well. There are no functional limits to this power, only that champions of the Green and Red can sometimes resist it. He is also effectively unkillable as he can just reform a body from any corpse anywhere in the world. Add to the fact that he's been around for centuries, effortlessly killing champions of both the Green and Red, until finally infecting and taking over the entire world in the Rotworld segment along with killing and cloning Abby. He only loses not through any action of the heroes, when he's declared to be TOO successful as a villain, and the Parliament of Rot withdraws their support and allow them to rewind time to before his victory.
  • Another Marvel Comics example is Morlun and his family from the Spider-Verse. The don't seem to lose, have massacred their way through some (way beloved) C-List Fodder effortlessly, and a literal army of Spider-Men from across the Marvel multiverse can't do more than be an annoyance to them. Probably the worst case of this was Solus, the patriarch of the family, who not only curbstomps a Spidey with the power of Captain Universe, but goes on to wreck friggin' Leopardon.
  • In the Marvel issue What If? shows what would have happened if Doom had managed to keep the Beyonder's power, which results in him winning the Secret Wars, acquiring Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet, and dominating the cosmos. This attracts the attention of the Celestials whom Doom eventually defeats in a war that destroys the planet. Using the last of his power, Doom recreates Earth and humanity with it before becoming mortal himself in order to lead them to greatness. Downplayed in the sense that Doom becomes an Anti-Hero instead of a villain as the story progresses.

    Fan Fiction 
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: In Acts III and IV, Jovian and Jacqueline, Hokuto's Co-Dragons, are set up as this. As noted by Akua and Kahlua in Act IV chapter 2, their barriers are unbreakable, their energy blasts are unblockable, and they will never tire no matter what. In Act IV chapter 23, with The Reveal that Apoch's barrier sword can both pierce their barriers and deflect their energy attacks, the two become Not So Invincible After All.
  • In Zero 2 A Revision Dragomon once stated during his monolougues that Darkheart will be the hardest and most dangerous opponent that the Digidestined will have to face, and he is not kidding. When Darkheart first appeared, he curb-stomps the entire Digidestined including Aetherdramon, Shaun, and Omnimon through pragmatism and took advantage of their hesitance to hurt Davis. After reappearing with a free will and a growing taste for destruction, Darkheart returns to No Sell all of the Digidestined's Digimons attacks, curb-stomps them to the ground and absorbs them all one-by-one, failing to significantly hinder him in his absorbing spree whatsoever. The same results happen 8 times before he is finally taken down by the efforts of Kari, Siara, and Blackwargreymon. But it ends up being too little too late as the entire time the Digidestined are fighting and fleeing from Darkheart, entire Odaiba becomes leveled with the citizens including Davis's parents and Cody's grandfather dying as well due to the attacks by Umbradevimon's black gears army, Demon's and his Black Generals, and Gravemon and its Spores. Essentially, Darkheart is the Zero 2's version of Blackwargreymon only even more relentless and dangerous.
  • In Sonic X: Dark Chaos, Maledict is pretty explicitly depicted as this trope. While he prefers manipulating events from the background, Tsali summons him in a Godzilla Threshold moment to save himself from Super Sonic and friends. Maledict quickly shows that he's completely invincible and essentially omnipotent by immediately curb-stomping Sonic, Shadow, and Eric simultaneously. Good thing he was actually on Sonic's side all along. Well, sort of.
  • Veran is depicted as such in the The Legend of Zelda fic Wisdom and Courage; she succeeds in getting the Triforce before the first third of the fic is over, most of the fic has things going her way, and Link and Zelda have little choice but to Run or Die. It's only when Link acquires the Fierce Deity's Mask that they can actually fight back.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Tales of the Oppressed (by Terran34), King Sombra may be a Physical God who can stand up to multiple Alicorn-tier characters, but he's still reasonably fallible in the end. However, the same can't really be said for one of his generals, Silent Shatter, who repeatedly gets the best of multiple protagonists and just pulls a Villain Exit Stage Left whenever he gets caught off-guard. Being able to negate all direct magical attacks makes him bad enough, but being able to both break through others' magical defenses with little-to-no effort and constantly pull off Nonchalant Dodges is just pushing it. Furthermore, even after specific training on how to work around an Earth Pony's physical advantages, Seth Rogers still can barely even touch, let alone hurt, Shatter. In the end, Applejack has to resort to a sudden My Name Is Inigo Montoya in order to catch him off-guard just long enough for a Humiliation Conga and subsequent death.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars, the eponymous ghosts are just that — intangible ghosts, who possess humans to interact with them. The spirits can't be killed by any known means (they even tried a nuclear detonation, which did nothing), which means that if their host is destroyed they'll just move on to the next body. The movie dances around this issue by setting up the all-out battle to occur after the story's events, but it's impossible to maintain any hope for the surviving characters because victory is ultimately impossible.
    • The zombies in the first three Return of the Living Dead are essentially a similar concept done right. Yes, they are universally hostile. Yes, they as as intelligent as they were before death. Yes, they're shown to be almost completely unkillable, save complete immolation (though in the first film doing this only allowed the trioxid to spread further). However, it helps that they're mostly comedic villains, and their hunger for brains prevents them from thinking rationally in most situations, allowing the highly [[Genre Savvy]] and resourceful protagonists to frequently (albeit temporarily) incapacitate them through various forms of dismemberment. And though they appear to win in the first film, this was mostly due to the military's blunders, and the sequel [[retcons]] this, and gives them a new weakness in electricity.
  • The Final Destination movies teeter back and forth as to whether the heroes can actually win, but this theme consistently shows up in every entry. They're explicitly fighting Death, a presumably eternal force of nature. Every plan the heroes have made involves evading or hiding from Death and have only occasionally been succesful and temporarily at that; destroying or defeating it for good is never presented as an option.
  • Paul and Peter in both versions of Funny Games are well aware that they are in a movie, and that they win at the end. They can anticipate every move you make, only keeping you alive long enough for the film to reach feature length, and even if you do manage to squeeze out a victory, they have the ability to rewind their own movie with a TV remote and undo what you've done.
  • In the Mouth of Madness is solidly in this territory. The villain Sutter Cane is the author figure of the entire movie, and just makes any changes he wants to the story no matter how implausible or crushing to the protagonist's goals. Trent never stood a chance of defeating him; he's just words in Cane's imagination. The meanest part is that not even Only the Author Can Save Them Now applies here (except out-of-universe). Cane is both the villain and the author, and won't save Trent from ceasing to exist when the story ends.
  • The Tall Man from the Phantasm films. No matter what our heroes do, he will always come back for them, often pulling a new power out of his ass in the process. The series is designed to feel like a nightmare, and every nightmare needs a guy whom you can never hope to defeat and can only stay ahead of for a bit.
  • John "Jigsaw" Kramer from the Saw franchise. He always wins, and gets away with his crimes. Even when he gets killed, he still wins.
  • Mick Taylor from the Wolf Creek films. In both films he kills several people, does not get hurt much, and winds up a Karma Houdini.
  • Bill Williamson, Crazy-Prepared Chessmaster Creator's Pet Villain Protagonist from Uwe Boll's "Rampage 1 & 2 plays this straight as a bloody arrow. In both films, his titular rampages go exactly according to plan, and he kills nearly a hundred innocents per film with out even a scratch, and gets away Scott-free by either a Frame up or by faking his death. In his defense, most of his victims are unarmed civilians who can't fight back, but even when the authorities do manage to engage him, his homemade Kevlar suit and Bottomless Magazines make him pretty much unbeatable. The closest anyone came to landing a blow on him was in the first film, where a civilian tackled him from behind and called to the others to help him disarm Williamson, but this scene just serves to show why such a tactic wouldn't work, as Bill somehow manages to slit the man's throat with an army knife we saw him equip earlier and gun down the the other civvies in retaliation, even though the man was on his back, and Bill was in a physically constraining Kevlar suit.
  • The future Sentinels from X-Men: Days of Future Past. The only way to truly stop them (and the main plot of the film) is to attempt to rewrite history so that they were never created to begin with. Interestingly, the film also features an Invincible Hero Quicksilver. Though they do not meet each other due to existing in different time lines.
  • Pick any Villain-Based Franchise, the foregone conclusion that the villain will appear in their respective films’ sequels make them inevitably this. No matter what the protagonists do, the bad guy(s) will always either come out on top, or live to torment the protagonists another day. Examples include: Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Hannibal, Michael Myers, etc.
  • The South Korean film Kundo Age Of The Rampant has a pretty blatant example in the person of antagonist Jo Yoon. Even though the kundo bandits are shown to be powerful warriors, Jo Yoon is completely untouchable in every single scene, slaughtering tens of warriors by himself largely without effort, often in a single sword-swing. The closest to a hit being landed on him for most of the film is the loss of his topknot (and even that doesn't make much of an impression, since he has one immediately afterwards) and a single cut on his cheek from his dying father. He is naturally gifted and destined to be awesome. Being a complete Smug Snake doesn't make him any more enjoyable. At least you get to enjoy a Crowning Momentof Awesome that is also a Western-inspired instance of Gatling Good.
  • The mirror in Oculus accounts for everything that the main protagonists set up to destroy it, and uses the anchor fail-safe to kill one and frame the other.
  • Kayako Saeki from The Grudge. Once you've been affected by her curse, it's not a matter of if you'll die, but when you'll die and how horrible your death will be. The underlying theme of the films is that there is no way to stop her curse. It's only a matter of time before it takes your life. Attempting to hide or seek help will only spread the curse farther. Also, Kayako and her son Toshiro can attack you from virtually anywhere.

    Literature 
  • The Lincoln Rhyme series relies heavily on these to fill out pages. Count the number of times Lincoln nearly closes in on the villain only for him or her to find a way to slip away unscathed, or for it to be revealed that it was all an elaborate ruse to distract Lincoln and the cops from the villain's real target / goal, or for the story to jump forward and reveal that they had their eyes on the wrong guy while the villain escaped in disguise, etc, etc.
  • The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To has the in-universe example of The Man. The boys seem to think he's just straight Rule Of Awesome, but it would be very hard for them to keep future readers of their comic from assuming that only the authors could possibly kill him, as he literally has no weaknesses.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Criminal Minds occasionally has some absurdly victorious killers, such as in the episodes "North Mammon" and "Mr. Scratch". In both episodes, the BAU can't even figure out their identities — let alone track them down — until after they've succeeded in their sprees anyway, and they even get to Go Out with a Smile upon being arrested. In particular, Mr. Scratch's plan depended on Fantastic Drugs that don't actually exist in real life.
    • On a larger scale, we have Arc Villain Frank Breitkopf from "No Way Out" and "No Way Out II: The Evilution of Frank". He's unbreakably charming, he's Crazy-Prepared, he keeps outwitting the BAU, his Villainous Breakdown is downplayed Tranquil Fury instead of satisfying outrage, he's never actually punished (instead dying on his own terms), and his lasting influence even sends Gideon (the original Big Good, no less) over the Despair Event Horizon and causes him to leave the BAU forever.
  • Andre Linoge from the 3-part Storm of the Century miniseries. By his own admission, Linoge is dying and his Evil Plan revolves around that fact, but that's cold comfort for the people of Little Tall Island as from the start of the series to its conclusion, the townspeople are utterly incapable of stopping him and whatever action they do take {such as locking him in a prison cell that he clearly could have escaped at any moment) is solely because he lets them. (And he gets a sick kick out of screwing with them).
  • Blake's 7: Servalan almost always ran circles around Blake and his Rebels. Most of the time, she left them holding the bag after playing them too. She also survives the series finale. The alleged heroes don't.
  • Leverage: Sterling. Never. Loses. The best the con artist team can manage is misdirection.
  • The X-Files: The Cigarette Smoking Man survived things no human being ought to have survived, and repeatedly came out on top with Mulder and Scully once again discredited and humiliated.
    • Even though he ultimately dies definitively in an airstrike, he still has the last laugh when he gets to tell Mulder and Scully that the alien invasion is scheduled for 2012.
    • And now with the release of the new miniseries set in 2016, the Smoking Man is revealed to have somehow survived the airstrike and the next 15 years and is still in control of everything while smoking from a tracheotomy hole in his neck.
  • Sylar from Heroes. He kills numerous people, usually minor characters, over multiple seasons; and despite being mortally stabbed (twice), getting completely incinerated, having his entire brain overwritten, etc. he still keeps coming back, usually with even more powers, to terrorize the rest of the cast.
    • Arthur Petrelli takes this Up to Eleven. While he's around, he's able to overpower Sylar effortlessly, as well as killing off nearly every major baddie the show had cultivated up to that point. Realizing their mistake, the writers deemed him Too Powerful to Live and had the three most powerful non-Arthur characters come together to kill him for good. Embodies this trope to a much greater degree than Sylar, because Sylar's rise to godhood occurred over the course of the series and stemmed from his own determinator persistence and cleverness, Arthur's ascent occurred off-screen and before the main storyline and comes without any real emotional baggage, so there's no sense that he was ever particularly vulnerable.
  • Anna on V (2009). This is even lampshaded by Erica. No matter what the Fifth Column does, Anna always comes out on top. Either through Diabolus ex Machina or just good PR, every supposed win they've had is thrown right back in their faces. Manages to go Up to Eleven in the season 2 finale. The Fifth Column decides to take out Anna. Result? Anna uses Bliss on pretty much all of humanity; the Fifth Column is basically defeated; Diana, Tyler, and Ryan are dead; and the queen egg hatches to replace Lisa. This was all the writers got to before the show was Cut Short.
  • Nukus from Big Bad Beetle Borgs started out as the Outside-Context Problem variant of this; as soon as he brought to life, he proves savvy enough to destroy the Beetle Borgs' weaponry, leaving them gradually losing. When they finally defeated the invincible monster he created to fight them, it turns out he let them do it so he could get rid of the actual villains and take over as the new Big Bad. He then proceeds to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to the protagonists, obliterating their powers, and transforms the one who gave them power into ice. Of course, once the protagonists got new powers and he became the new Big Bad, he lost this status and ended up defeated on regular basis.
  • Pelant from Bones is turning into this. He can pretty much hack any system he wants, change whatever records he wants, stop traffic, fake video footage, block cell phone signals, and kill anyone he wants at any time. With these abilities from a computer, it seems the writers have made his character so powerful of a threat, the team simply cannot defeat him and any defeat would come at Pelant's own mistake, which according to his character, seems impossible.
    • Ultimately that's exactly what happens, as he overestimates his own importance. He honestly believes that Brennan values his intelligence over Booth's life. He's wrong.
  • The Alliance from Firefly already won the Great Offscreen War before the series began. Mal and our intrepid heroes may win short-term victories on a small scale by pulling off this heist or evading that patrol, but at the end of the day, the Alliance will remain in power and the Browncoats will remain a historical footnote. The best Our Heroes can hope for is to fly far enough under the radar to continue to live their lives the way they want. This may have been subverted as of The Movie; it's unclear whether the PR nightmare that the revelation of the Reavers' origins represents will be enough to do any lasting damage to the Alliance' moral authority. Given it's at least somewhat democratic structure it's theoretically possible for everyone directly involved to be replaced without harming the overall political structure at all.
  • Kanzaki Shirou from Kamen Rider Ryuki, since his main plan is to make sure the titular Kamen Riders fight each other, he's effectively getting what he wants for most of the series, and even if they refuse to fight, his plans only require riders to die, whether from fighting each other or outside circumstances. As he's a ghost, it also means directly challenging him is impossible, and any time he does feel the need to do something himself he sends his avatar Kamen Rider Odin, who far outclasses the other riders and only loses a couple of fights due to him getting careless, and Kanzaki can just send out replacements for him if he's killed. In the end, the only thing that stops him is coming to grips with Yui being opposed to his plans.
  • Common place in Super Sentai to have some henchmen or Big Bad who goes out and hands repeated defeats to the titular team, though never kills them for whatever reason, before the team eventually gets strong to beat them. For the most part the trope works since the defeats mostly inconvenience the heroes. The other case where it tends to occur is if its a Sixth Ranger who starts off as a villain for whatever reason before joining the team, to show how off how Badass before joining, which tends to lead to a Redemption Demotion to avoid them becoming a Spotlight-Stealing Squad. Whether or not their story arc works tends to vary.
  • Hannibal Lecter from Hannibal. The result of the writers pulling The Bad Guy Wins one too many times. A chessmaster highly skilled in manipulation (and playing Xanatos Speed Chess), he flawlessly plays everyone like a fiddle in the series, up to and including everyone who knows he is the Chesapeake Ripper. To make it worse, he always gets away with his crimes. In the Season one finale "Savoureux", he successfully frames the protagonist Will Graham for his murders. And in the Season two finale “Mizumono”, he manages to beat Jack in hand-to-hand combat and grievously wound him, have Alana pushed out of a window by Abigail Hobbs (who he secretly kept alive all season), gut Will Graham, and then cut Abigail's throat. He then makes his escape, leaving all four of them to their gruesome fates. The last shot of the season is him on a plane out of the country. This time it is, at least, a bitter victory; he was very hurt by Will's "betrayal" or he wouldn't have reacted so violently.
    • That being said, the final season revokes all of this, as he is violently beaten by Jack, arrested and humiliated by the police, and ultimately implied to die at Will's hand in the end.
  • Malcolm Merlin in Arrow has basically become this, because he's always one step ahead of Oliver Queen. In Season 1, every time Oliver faced his black arrow alter ego in one-on-one combat, he lost. Oliver is able to stop Merlin's master plan of destroying the city, but not before most of the city gets destroyed, anyway. Malcolm is able to fake his death in Season 2 and get to know his biological daughter Thea. During season 3, Malcolm is able to continue scheming behind the scenes and manipulate Oliver to the point that by the end of the season, Malcolm takes over the League of Assassins after Oliver killed Ra's al Ghul.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5: Throughout the season, most of Glory's encounters with the Scoobies end in her favor, with the Scoobies forced to retreat. By the time of "Spiral," when Glory finally discovers that Dawn is the Key, Buffy concludes that they have no choice but to leave Sunnydale or die.
  • Warehouse Thirteen seasonal villains are prone to this. They typically outwit or outfight the heroes at every turn, always have some artifact that can effortlessly capture, paralyse or otherwise neutralise the heroes whenever they get cornered, and in the end they either lose by Deus Ex Machina or by getting stabbed in the back by next season's villain to show that he or she is even tougher. Especially noticeable in season four, when Artie turns out to be the villain and suddenly turns from competent but fallible to completely unstoppable.
  • A The Flash (2014)/Arrow crossover introduces Vandal Savage, a 4000-year-old immortal, who is also extremely adept at using knives, whose skills put even Barry and Oliver to shame (that's right, Barry might have Super Speed, but Vandal's millennia of training make even him barely able to keep up). In fact, in one timeline, Savage manages to kill most of the heroes and destroy Central City. Fortunately, Barry's time-meddling results in Savage being burned to ashes by his own weapon. You think this stopped him? Not according to Legends of Tomorrow, where Savage is revealed to be able to regenerate From a Single Cell. In fact, the spin-off entire first season is dedicated to trying to stop Savage in multiple time periods, with the heroes usually failing. It turns out that the Time Masters themselves were helping Savage and manipulating the team in order to stop a future Alien Invasion. Eventually, Savage is only stopped because his plan for unraveling time itself has a side effect of turning him mortal again, allowing him to be killed.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • In the territorial days, promoters sometimes used Invincible Villain gimmicks to push physically larger, stronger wrestlers as unstoppable. The storylines were usually formulatic: The heel would systematically beat down a series of jobbers, before easily defeating any of the low- to mid-card wrestlers and then several of the highlight wrestlers ... all of them being completely one-sided matches where the villain would not so much as flinch against even the most powerful blows their foes tried. This, naturally, would eventually set up a confrontation between the lead babyface wrestlers (especially if he were champion) or, during the territorial days, a "special appearance from André the Giant," who would ultimately find a weakness in this wrestler and hand him a loss.
  • Before the end of the Detroit territory, the original Shefaik was this to anyone who was not rooting for the empire.
  • In the summer of 1989, the WWF (as WWE was then known) pushed Tony Lister Jr.'s No Holds Barred character Zeus as an unstoppable, undefeatable villain who posed a genuine threat not only to Hulk Hogan's World Championship, but Hogan's well-being as well. This was done without the (apparent) benefit of putting Zeus in a series of squash matches against jobbers and low-carders on TV (to build Zeus' in-ring persona and get his moveset over) ... but eventually, the trope became averted.
  • The Undertaker rode a heavily hyped 21-year win streak at Wrestlemania, despite no one really believing he'll lose.note  Memes have been made about him being beaten by the least likely person. Of course, the "villain" part only applies due to his angle and whenever he's a Heel (which he hadn't been from 2003 until 2016, when he became The Authority's hired gun to battle Shane McMahon for (kayfabe) control of the WWE)).
  • For a couple years after being recognized both in-story and out as Vince McMahon's son-in-law, Triple H could never lose a major match. Thanks to being part of Vince's family, "Trips" is pretty squarely heel, though occasionally a lesser of two evils.
    • Triple H was actually a Face from shortly after WrestleMania 22 in 2006 all the way until Summerslam 2013, and was actually an Invincible Hero during that period of time instead.
  • The New World Order faction in WCW was a notable example of an entire group of invincible villains. This was especially evident in the group's early days, where the nWo would frequently run roughshod over their WCW foes and episodes of WCW Monday Nitro would end with the nWo triumphant more often than not.
  • In 2012, John Laurinaitis (who was Senior Vice President of Talent Relations in the WWE) became the GM of Raw and Smack Down, and before the interim GM of Raw. What befell his character wasn't that it was not done well by John (it was), but that, as a heel GM, he seemed to never be able to be outsmarted by anyone and his character nearly took over the show, getting more air time than some of the wrestlers combined. It got so bad that Vince's "firing" of John at No Way Out was welcome because someone FINALLY was able to outsmart him, despite their like for how well done John played the actual role.
    • This is because usually, a heel boss only works if some wrestlers, preferably baby faces, are able to outsmart them, such as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin finding a way around Vince's stacking the deck at many points during their feud in 99. Vince seemed to have things work, but Austin found a way around it. This hasn't been the case in some of the more recent heel GMs that the WWE has put out there, where it might take months for any heel GM to get their comeuppance due to them either being way too smart, have way too many allies, or just being on TV way too long during a show. However, heel GMs (Laurinaitis, especially), as well as some other heels, when they finally get beat, might draw some Fan Dumb from fans who insist that a character has been ruined, or that the WWE did something awful because they lost a battle if they like something about the character to a fault.
  • The Authority seems to be teetering on this. Most believe the angle is only around because the WWE writers don't really have any other major heel stables to work with, and for the few weeks right after Summerslam 2013, it did seem like they were becoming that (how many shows in a row did we really have to see Daniel Bryan get beat up the exact same way to end the show before we got the point?).
    • This was right when just about everyone thought that the WWE was booking Bryan extremely weakly, and the heel wrestler in the angle was Randy Orton, who hasn't always been the best person outside of kayfabe.
    • The explicit leaders of the Authority, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have both dove headfirst into this; especially Stephanie. They almost always come out on top in whatever they're doing and anything that seems like it would or should finally defeat them or at least get them off TV will only turn out to be a minor setback and be completely undone within a few weeks. While Triple H is willing to put over other guys in matches (like Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 30 and The Shield in the months after that) he still defeated Sting in his WWE debut match. Stephanie is much worse about it, since she always makes others look like fools (even her own allies) if they annoy her in any way and, since her attention is almost exclusively aimed at the male roster, nobody is allowed to physically retaliate against her the way it normally would be in a wrestling setting, but are almost never allowed to come out on top against her with words either.
    • Despite being made to look like a weak, sniveling, pathetic coward outside of matches, Seth Rollins ultimately fits the bill of an Invincible Villain. Much like the other members of the Authority, he pretty much always wins, and on the off-chance he loses, chances are there will be a rematch where Rollins wins and gets the last laugh over whatever Babyface stood in his way (prime examples being Dean Ambrose, John Cena, Randy Orton, and Brock Lesnar). His WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign ended prematurely due to an injury, but upon his return, he was immediately thrust back into the top Heel role and within a month, defeated Roman Reigns (who is often labeled a boring invincible hero) clean to win the title back (though he ended up losing it to Dean Ambrose minutes later thanks to Money in the Bank). Later, he was made the very first pick in the 2016 Draft.
  • While generally Invincible Villain gimmicks are legitimately used to push monster heels, there have been times where the trope was grossly misused or misapplied. One famous example was the WWF's Saturday Night's Main Event in 1988, where Mr. Fuji promised viewers that his latest find, the Super Ninja, would not only defeat Ultimate Warrior for the Intercontinental Championship, he would virtually destroy him ... all while Super Ninja acts like a Stone Wall and not so much as even flinch at Warrior's most powerful moves. Of course, Warrior turned that trick right around and destroyed Super Ninja (a masked Rip Oliver, of the Pacific Northwest Wrestling league, who from time to time served as a jobber to WWF wrestlers) and foiled Fuji's plans for world domination ... at least in the world of the WWF.
  • TNA's director of wrestling operations MVP after his Face–Heel Turn. He was free to pit World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young in as many hopeless matches as he saw fit, in order to soften him Young up for what MVP considered to be an inevitable title victory at the next pay per view, silencing any descent among the baby faces with suspensions, unwanted matches or simply not allowing them to be booked. His momentum ended up being halted by his own knee injury, which just resulted him throwing all his power behind Bobby Lashley, which in turn lead to MVP losing his power thanks to a Deus ex Machina called the board of directors, allowing Lashley to become champion but also giving Bobby some vulnerability, despite MVP's claims to contrary.

    Theatre 
  • In Pokémon Live!, MechaMew2 wins every battle it participates in until the very end, meaning it defeated at least 250 trainers offscreen. It takes Mewtwo to stop it by using Ash's memories to give it knowledge of right and wrong, causing it to become sentient and blow itself up to stop Giovanni's plans.

    Toys 
  • BIONICLE's very own Big Bad, Makuta Teridax was this. Even after his body got destroyed, he still kept coming back as the Man Behind the Man for years. It took LEGO to pull the plug on the toyline to get him finally offed.

    Video Games 
  • Kingdom Hearts has Xehanort's many selves, all nigh-impossibly strong and smart, but Master Xehanort stands out for having the whole series retconned for him repeatedly. Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance takes this Up to Eleven by suddenly giving him Time Travel magic and nigh-omniscience over all the past games — even "Ansem" and Xemnas get Demoted to Dragon for him because they were following his long-planned schemes all along.
  • In Dragonfable, Sepulchure is one of these when he isn't being Orcus on His Throne. His incompetent minions frequently fail at their tasks, but whenever Sepulchure gets directly involved, he wins every battle with ease and makes the Hero of Dragonfable look like a total Failure Hero. Sepulchure never loses until his Villainous Breakdown, which is triggered by Drakath betraying him and stabbing him in the back with his own Doom weapon.
  • While not exceedingly common, a few of these have reared their heads in the Final Fantasy series.
    • Barthandelus from Final Fantasy XIII. The whole ending is you kicking the guy's ass, followed by him gloating that you just played right into his hands. Followed by the heroes proclaiming that they won't let him dictate their fates... before doing exactly what he just said he wanted them to do. Even his eventual defeat happens in the most aggravating way possible, as this is all in service of a plan that's nothing more than a wild stab in the dark to get God's attention and have a little chat. And since the heroes do eventually win, we never find out if it would have actually worked.
    • Caius Ballad from Final Fantasy XIII-2 possesses the Heart of Chaos, which makes him immortal and also connects him to the goddess Etro. If he dies, so does she. This actually happens at the end of the game. Due to him being the overseer of the world's timeline, he has gained vast knowledge of every possible scenario and uses it to his advantage.
      • The Stinger that's shown if you collect all of the fragments reveals that he's still alive, and in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, it turns out that he actually has Complete Immortality, being unable to die as long the souls of countless incarnations of Yeul desire for him to live, and has become a part of the Chaos itself, though having reached his goal, he's now content to simply watch things unfold.
    • Golbez of Final Fantasy IV, which is no surprise when you consider how many Final Fantasy games are already up here. The first time he encounters the party, he effortlessly defeats them in a cutscene. The second time, he shrugs off the most powerful magic in the game turning Tellah's Heroic Sacrifice using the Dangerous Forbidden Technique into a Senseless Sacrifice. Golbez's mind control over Kain isn't even broken at the time, though he has the wits to fake it. The next time, he once more beats the entire party and is about to claim an easy victory until a Big Damn Heroes moment by Rydia. But just when you think his invincibility has run out, nope, he gets away with his real target, the Dwarves' Crystal. In short, not once in the game can the heroes even slow down his evil plans, though you do get to defeat him in a boss battle. In an odd case for this trope, it's shown that one of his Four Archfiends, Rubicante, is actually stronger than he is.
      • He'd later subvert it, though, because when the heroes actually make a dent in the Tower of Babil, he shows up, visibly upset that they ruined his plan... Then Fusoya does something to him to jog his memory... and it turns out Golbez was Brainwashed and Crazy all along, he's actually a good guy! And he's going to help you defeat the Greater Scope Villain, Zemus! ... He's not so invincible as a good guy and ends up getting one-shot by Zeromus after dealing with Zemus in a cutscene, leaving our heroes to finish the job. This also explains the power discrepancy mentioned above; the Elemental Archfiends were really subservient to Zemus above all, though they do seem to have been genuinely fond of Golbez judging by The After Years.
  • BlazBlue seems to be fond of these types of villains, because all of its known villains are this in some way, shape, or form. Two of them prove to be not so invincible after all in Chronophantasma, though.
    • Relius Clover has remained enigmatic in his ability to plan ahead and outfit Ignis accordingly, and while he has little direct impact on the story, it's safe to say that a large portion of the Evil Plan is of his creation. note  Further, while Relius avoids conflict most of the time, almost any time someone fights him, they either get subdued and/or apprehended, or it's time for a Bad Ending. The exception is Valkenhayn, who thrashes him enough to force him to withdraw, but not enough to derail the plan. In Chronophantasma, while Ragna and Noel (followed by Makoto and Tsubaki) help Bang hold off Relius, Litchi and Carl, it isn't until Valkenhayn intervenes that Bang gets to use the Lynchpin and Rettenjou on his terms, effectively scuttling Relius' plans completely and leaving him a broken shell of a man leashed by his own pawns for the sake of saving people he never had any intention of aiding — whether this holds in the last act is yet to be seen.
    • Yuuki Terumi is even more broken, and is nearly completely overwhelming in terms of combat ability, and is unafraid to rub it in the protagonists' faces whenever he can. Further rubbing salt in the wound, every time he has lost in combat it is beneficial to the Evil Plan. Jin on the verge of owning him? He dives into a cauldron to force a reset. Ragna rocks his face in the True Ending? Relius kills Terumi soon after so he can infiltrate Takamagahara. Kokonoe keeps a loaded nuke silo for this? With the Imperator observing him, a number of lifelinks, and Phantom as his exit bus, all that will do is annihilate millions of innocents. Effective Extend, his "invincible" facade rapidly falls apart; Makoto fell into the Wheel of Fortune timeline, eluded Relius' pursuit of her, and obliterated Terumi's plans as collateral damage in Slight Hope, and in Chronophantasma, her actions alongside Jin and Noel, with Kagura and Kokonoe on technical support, strip him of his last anti-Hakumen resort, whilst a parallel scheme by Rachel, Trinity and the aforementioned Hakumen end with Terumi six feet under courtesy of Time Killer.
    • Imperator Librarius, like Relius, mostly provided crippling support in Continuum Shift, and when she acted as if she was in charge of affairs, Rachel refused to buy it. However, Chronophantasma paints a different picture with this trope front and center: as Hades of Izanami, an avatar of death, she possesses powers beyond what the protagonists have shown to be able to handle, up to and including drawing Take-Mikazuchi from orbit and firing at Rachel and Amaterasu (the former using Tsukuyomi to protect the latter) with impunity, and later causes Nu to merge with Ragna, driving the latter's Azure Grimoire out of control and having him overwhelm Noel and Jin, the latter beaten to an inch of his life. To drive the point home that she's the power in charge, she leaves Terumi and Relius to their fates, having no further use for them.
    • From the same game we also have Azrael, The Mad Dog, who combines this trope with Too Powerful to Live. To give you a good idea, think Relius and Terumi, merge them together and crank it Up to Eleven. While Azrael is not a tactical planner or a Magnificent Bastard like the former two, he makes up for it in raw physical power. Both Story Mode and his Arcade Mode basically consists of him steamrolling over the cast and he even admits he's only using a fraction of his actual power. note  And even then, he either decimates strong opponents like Ragna or Valkenhayn or forces other opponents like Hakumen and Rachel to retreat. And unlike the above two he's never been defeated in a straight-up fight and had to be sealed away in the space between dimensions by Kokonoe to be dealt with. note 
  • Carmen Sandiego, full stop. In some games it's possible for her to be arrested and jailed, but never actually held; she always escapes. In the case of the game show, winning a contestant winning the bonus round resulted in her capture, but only until the next episode.
  • Diablo takes this trope and run with it Up to Eleven: for the first two games and most of the third game, all you character does by trying to defeat the Great Evils usually only ends up helping them in some way, to the point that the first game actually ends with Diablo winning anyway despite his death at the hands of the hero.
    • Though in Diablo III this seems subverted. Diablo looks like he's winning again. But then, your hero wrecks his plan anyway and he suffers a Villainous Breakdown and die for good. Well, probably you win... Until the expansion, that is, where new Big Bad Malthael ended up releasing Diablo's essence to the world again, so Diablo can have another shot...
  • The Templars from Assassin's Creed are really starting to feel like this, at least during the present, in the segments in the past they suffer so many defeats them winning being a Foregone Conclusion can come off as Fridge Logic. For starters, Abstergo (the Templars' front company) already holds a large monopoly on the world's economy and technology. Their archenemies, the Assassins, are on the brink of extinction. By the time the games take place, the Templars' plan for world domination is largely unoppossed, save for the last Assassins, who seek out the Pieces of Eden to stop them. In Assassin's Creed III, Desmond kills Warren Vidic and Daniel Cross, two very important Templar members, and even then William Miles says that their deaths will not affect the Templars in the long run.
  • Rorke from Call of Duty: Ghosts comes across quite heavily as this. Despite the hero's best efforts, and his many losses and injuries, he still manages to magically come out on top on nearly every possible angle. The most egregious example comes at the end, when despite being shot point blank in the chest with a .44 round and being left to drown in a sinking train, he survives with only minor injuries and kidnaps the main protagonist to brainwash against his brother.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising gives us Big Bad Hades. His goal throughout the game was to harvest human souls to creat more Underworld Monsters. To do so, he instigates a war between human nations by pulling a Xanatos Gambit so brilliant that no matter who killed the humans, whether his forces, Viridi's forces, or Palutena's forces under the Chaos Kin's control, he would always end up with more souls for his realm. And his invinciblity doesn't end at tactics. In terms of combat prowess, Hades is all but outright stated to be one of the most powerful characters in the game, second only to Lord Dyntos. His first fight with Pit is an out and out Curb-Stomp Battle that ends with Pit nearly eaten alive. And though Pit fares much better with the Great Sacred Treasure, Hades still had the upper hand and only lost due to Medusa's Villainous Rescue. And even when Pit vaporizes him with the Great Sacred Treasure's Final Strike, The Stinger reveals he's still alive! Albeit as a disembodied voice. But unlike most examples, this is completely justified because... he's a god.
    • Hades is an odd case of this trope. While most the game things go his way, very little of it is actually spent fighting him.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Sith Emperor. He glued the protagonists of the first two games to an Idiot Ball so he could kill one and use the other as a pawn and insane chew toy. Effortlessly manipulates both sides for centuries. The Jedi Knight is only Fighting a Shadow and can't even manage to shut it up. And just to spite the Player Characters, decides to vaporize one of his own Empire's most populous planets For the Evulz
  • Undertale in one of the possible endings has the dreaded and unstoppable killing machine that is YOU if you decide to kill every enemy in your path. Even though Sans is an incredibly tough boss fight he can't ever truly beat you and he knows it: he even counts off how many times you've died and restored from a check point. He ultimately decides to cheat by never ending his turn, thus making it impossible for you to finish the fight, out of a hope that you the player will grow bored and stop playing. Of course, you find a way to cheat as well. Thankfully the game allows you to choose to use this power for good too: see Invincible Hero.

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  • One of the major problems with the Mega Crossover Grim Tales from Down Below is that Him and Minnie are this; the former cumulates as many Kick the Dog moments as possible while still getting Karma Houdini so far, even killing some fan-favourite characters in the process; the latter is well-known to Curb-Stomp Battle practically everyone she meets, including the protagonists.
  • Homestuck has two:
    • The first major invincible villain introduced is Jack Noir, especially after gaining the power of the First Guardians. He's described in-story as being "omnipotent", and while this may not quite be true, the power he has displayed was enough to destroy planets, curb-stomp god-tiers, kill universes, and rampage throughout the universes completely unchecked. Act 5 Act 2 has been unofficially named "Jack Noir kills everyone" by the author, and he's not joking. By the time the characters can finally challenge him, he's rendered completely irrelevant, and has yet to be killed because everyone is too busy focused on:
    • Lord English, who has all the problems you'd expect when you establish your villain as completely invincible, even retroactively so. Universes, Eldritch Abominations, ghosts, Andrew Hussie, you name it, he can kill it in a single shot. As for manipulation skill? Try manipulating and entire civilization, another major villain, and three sets of protagonist all to set up circumstances he decided himself, for the hell of it. Okay, so some of that was due to his omniscient right-hand, who also only gets killed thanks to him wanting to die, but it still counts. Each new revelation about his backstory shows how Sburb (and its variations) bent over backwards to make him the villain he is today.
  • The Order of the Stick has the main villain Xykon who certainly counts. He has defeated the Order in every encounter but one, though the heroes (or just plain luck) have always done just enough to keep Xykon from achieving his goal; gaining access to one of the Gates. This includes the fact that Xykon has gone up against some of the most powerful mortals in the world in pursuing the Gates and simply overpowered them through sheer magical force. The only time he has actually been defeated by the Order was in their first encounter where he was brought down more by the fact that he was fooling around too much than by any skill on the part of the heroes- and even then he was able to escape pretty easily by virtue of the fact that Roy and crew didn't know how Lichs work at the time. Even if the Order did know about his phylactery then, it's still protected by numerous epic level enchantments and it's extremely questionable whether they would have been able to destroy it even if they had captured it.

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  • Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies:
    • "Lighter Than Hare" — Already, Yosemite Sam had, in previous cartoon appearances, boasted that he was the baddest guy in the west, what with his aggressive demeanor and hair-trigger temper, and proclaimed (in not so many words) that he was unbeatable. This was taken to absurd levels in this short, where Sam is cast as a space alien out to capture a rabbit (i.e., Bugs Bunny) to bring to his home planet for scientific study. He had an "indestructible tank" and an army of "undefeatable robots" in his arsenal. Only problem was, Bugs was always one step ahead of the "unbeatable" Sam.
  • Megatron from Beast Machines operates on an intellectual level far above and beyond the main characters and commands an army so vast that despite chipping away at it for two seasons, the heroes can't even dent his forces. He also commands a body far more powerful than anyone else in the show. After promptly beating the Maximals, subduing Optimus Primal, and succeeding in absorbing all the sparks, Megatron is only defeated after a Deus ex Machina in the form of the All Spark intervening to break Primal free and allow him to push Megatron (who conveniently forgets to fly) into the planet's core.
    • On the subject of Transformers, Soundwave from Transformers Prime is the most blatant example of this trope in the show. In every situation where he had to get directly involved in the plot, he always found a way to win. Encounters Arcee or Airachnid? He Groundbridges them away. Fights Wheeljack for a Iacon relic? He wins. Gets in a dogfight with Optimus Prime? He knocks him out of the sky with Laserbeak. Gets captured by the Autobots? He breaks himself out. Soundwave was flat out unstoppable until the series finale, where he gets trapped in the Shadowzone by the kids. But unlike most examples, this was part of the reason why he was so well liked by the fans (also helped that he didn't come off as completely infallible). It also helps that he was a lot less active than the other Decepticons so he didn't suffer from overexposure.
      • And from Season 3 of the same show, we have Predaking. Think Soundwave, then crank it up. All the way up. 95% precent of the guy's screentime is him steamrolling over anyone dumb enough to trade blows with him. In his debut appearance, he's managed to survive everything that's thrown at him. That incudes various weaponry, burying him under rocks, and the detonation of an entire Energon mine. And when he reveals his robot mode, he's still as much of a powerhouse as before as he nearly kills Wheeljack and Ultra Magnus, who were only saved by Optimus's Big Damn Heroes moment. He later goes on to beat Optimus in a straight-on fight, the same Optimus who can regularly go toe-to-toe with Megatron. And later still, he gets in a fight with Megatron and would've most likely won had Starscream not interfered. By the time the series ends, he's only got one loss to his name and that's with A Unicron-possessed Megatron. But even then, he fared much better than the Autobots did. Much like Soundwave, this was part of the reason so many fans like him. It also helps that like Soundwave, he wasn't as active as most Decepticons so he didn't suffer overexposure.
  • Aggregor in Ben 10: Ultimate Alien was pretty much this for the first half of season 1, and only got defeated at the end of his story arc; all the previous episodes, he ended up somehow winning, usually by using the heroes to do his job. Tropes Are Not Bad however: after the previous light-hearted season 3 of Alien Force with a Vilgax suffering Villain Decay, an actually threatening villain was rather welcomed by the fans.
  • The only time Mandy, the Villain Protagonist of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy can be said to have "lost" on her own show are the times everybody loses for some reason; otherwise, she's like an Invincible Hero who's evil. The only time another living being truly won a decisive victory over her was in the crossover with Codename: Kids Next Door.
  • Ghost from Iron Man: Armored Adventures consciously avoids the usual villain pitfalls and operates on an intellectual capacity far above all the other villains (and heroes) on the show combined. It helps being very smart (he figures out the titular heroes’ identity and blackmails him with it; knows that he Chronic Hero Syndrome cares more about saving people than fighting bad guys and uses this to Manipulative Bastard his advantage) and having contingency plans in case anything goes wrong (His suit has a 5 minute battery back-up in case his own EMP tech is used against him). Sure, he might occasionally suffer minor losses, but he ALWAYS achieves his goals in the end. It also helps being extremely charismatic.
  • Much like Aizen, the Choten in Kaijudo Rise Of The Duel Masters was initially a fairly convincing Magnificent Bastard, but season 2 ended up making him this trope: none of the episodes where he shows up really ends up with him actually losing, as he constantly finds a way to get a victory out of the situation, where he is not outright winning his scheme of the week. Even in the last three episodes, when his plan developped over the course of the season has just been entirely destroyed, he just switches to invading the good guys' headquarters, which he does in a single episode with barely a sweat. And since he cumulates even more Kick the Dog moments on the way, it quickly becomes even more irritating.
  • Amon in The Legend of Korra; seriously, the guy goes as far as preventing a Big Bad Ensemble by defeating his rival in one fight after displaying immunity to said Rival's powers. And he did nothing but win until the finale, even succeeding in de-powering two major characters (though temporary). Fortunately, this was balanced by a good Character Development in the finale, a notable charisma, and while Amon never exactly lost, his victories weren't always perfect. It also helps that they explain why he was so invincible. Although exactly how bloodbending can take away a person's bending isn't clearly explained, though the guy is an expert Chi Blocker.
    • Book 4's Kuvira actually manages to one up Amon by virtue of just being an excellent Metalbender without even a powerful sub-skill, mysterious past, or advanced weaponrynote  to justify her unbroken series of success and by the season finale, the worst thing she suffered was nearly being beaten by Korra, who only failed to win due to a Diabolus ex Machina (and even then, only started winning while in the Avatar State, before then not being able to lay a hand on her). It doesn't help the audience's patience that by the time we see Kuvira, she has already become a racist, facist villain whose every appearance consists of her effortlessly besting her opponents with constant smug, condescension. Every time the heroes seem to be making progress, Kuvira is two steps ahead and gaining another advantage all the while running circles around her opponents while barely breaking a sweat. The fact that Korra is at her all time low, not even able to use the Avatar State and suffering from flashbacks that leave her frozen in combat, all political sides are helpless against Kuvira or refuse to fight until it's too late, and Kuvira's growing bag of surprises is not helping Kuvira's reputation.
  • Mighty Max Skullmaster full stop. Oh sure, Max, Virgil and Norman squeeze out a few small victories against him. But ultimately they're nothing but small setbacks and Skullmaster manages to find a way to continue his plan one way or the other. By series end he regains his Crystal of Souls which Max had previously smashed, re-powered it then sets about reviving every previous villains fought and chases down Max for his portal making cap. Even killing Norman and Virgil in the process. The only reason he doesn't succeed in the end is because Max interrupted the ritual at the last moment and rewound time to the point Max got the cap. Only now Max has full knowledge about what's about to go down and they'll be able to beat Skullmaster this time.
  • Palpatine/Darth Sidious in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The series' placement means his victory is a Foregone Conclusion, and by extension, most anytime something that might seem it would derail his plans comes up, it will obviously fail. While his plans sometimes didn't go how he wished, they were only minor setbacks.
  • Shredder in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) series. Compared to his '89 version (where he constantly suffered defeat) and his 2003 version (where he was tougher, got a few wins in on turtles but wasn't completely unbeatable), this Shredder constantly hands the turtles their butts or succeeds in whatever he does for the sake of his revenge. The most the turtles can do is either cause inconvenience for him or at best tie with him in a fight and run away, but so far he never suffers a complete defeat to the point fans are starting find his end actions of his appearances predictable because the writers can't seem to just let him lose in one of his revenge bids.
  • The Light from Young Justice takes this trope Up to Eleven; the group consist in a group of various villains from the DCU working together to oppose the Justice League. Though they hardly get any development themselves, they constantly pull out a combination of Xanatos Gambit and The Man Behind the Man that would put the Trope Namer to shame. The previous examples listed at least didn't last more than one season before being defeated or having a Heel–Face Turn; The Light, on the other hand, end a whole season with Karma Houdini, and their Evil Plan is still going on. The heroes' "victories" to date have tended to be little more than minor inconveniences for The Light (and often not even that). No matter how successful the team seems to have been, the episode will usually end with The Light revealing that either the heroes played into their hands, or that they have a backup plan that makes the heroes' victory irrelevant.
    • Finally Subverted in the second-to-last episode of season 2, where the team out wits the Light, derailing their plans and capturing two of them while the others flee. Vandal Savage even states that no one else has ever managed to disrupt his plans so much before.
    • But even then The Light is not defeated. Most of the members go scot free and Savage is able to salvage some of his plan, by using the Warworld to threaten the rest of the the galaxy to stay away from Earth. At the very end, he steps onto Apokolips itself and is revealed to have a working relationship with Darkseid.
      • Black Beetle does nothing but roll over everyone in his way. Superboy goes down in one hit, Wondergirl's only credit is that he has to hit her at least 10 times to get her to stay down, he can easily track Impulse's movements and nobody else can even come close to denting him. Only Blue Beetle with scarab in control cased him any problems, and even then he probably couldn't win. Superman probably could have but he was convieiently off world whenever Black was around. The Light's people don't do any better as Beetle effortlessly holds off Deathstroke and Black Manta and his troopersand kills Ra's Al Ghul, though he can ressurect. Even MONGOL can at best stalemate him. Aqualad's first 5 minutes being officially back in uniform end with Beetle stomping him too. Green Beetle might have been able to win, but he hacks and destroys his Scarab. He's FINALLY defeated when Blue Beetle and scarab working together hack and destroy his Scarab. And even though destroying a scarab is usually fatal for all but a Martian, Black STILL survives, albeit now powerless.
  • Apocalypse in the 90s X-Men cartoon. Each appearance he made, even though his plans didn't work out, still didn't result in anything more than a temporary setback for him, and defeating him in a fight is never presented as possibility. Stories focused on Cable showed that he would long outlive the X-Men and continue to ravage the world in the distant future. Even when he's apparently erased from existence he finds a way to come back. Since he only appeared once a season, however, this trope added to his appeal since he never suffered overexposure.
  • Chase Young from Xiaolin Showdown is basically an immortal, powerful, intelligent, handsome, highly skilled warrior who outclasses every other villain on the show as well as most of the heroes, and almost never suffers major setbacks. In the first two episodes of the revival have him get a spy amongst the Xiaolin warriors, who manages to steal all the Shen Gong Wu, and then he attacks the temple, defeats Master Fung with ease, and destroys the temple in a matter of minutes.


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