Playing With / Filler Villain

Basic Trope: A one-shot villain created for a Filler arc.
  • Straight: The Magical Girl series Blazing Hert Ichigo enters a Filler arc that wasn't in the original series. The arc's Big Bad is Blood Knight Rubia, and after her decisive defeat, she's never brought up again.
  • Exaggerated: Rubia and her followers, the four Crimson Heralds Rosso, Carmine, Scarlett and Rosy square off with Ichigo for a sprawling filler arc that takes up almost the entire season. Despite how long and difficult the battle was, they're lucky to get even a vague reference afterwards.
  • Downplayed: Rubia was nothing more then a simple mook in the origanal series, the adpaptation gives her motives and personality.
  • Justified: Rubia attacked Ichigo expecting to earn fame and glory, stomping on her Berserk Button to goad her into battle; Ichigo deliberately undermines her wishes by blowing her away and refusing to acknowledge her as being on the same level as her other adversaries.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Scarlett turns out to have Hidden Depths, pulling a Heel–Face Turn when Ichigo helps him with Defusing The Tykebomb that Rubia turned his baby sister Rosy into. In the process, he also grows into a potential Love Interest for Ichigo.
    • The Rubia arc marks the place where the anime splits off entirely from following the manga's storyline and heads in its own direction.
  • Double Subverted: Once Rubia is defeated once and for all, however, Scarlett and Rosy are Put on a Bus for their happy ending off-screen while Ichigo gets back to the main plot, never even sparing a thought for her Temporary Love Interest.
  • Parodied: Rubia freely admits she has no real reason to challenge Ichigo other than amusing herself. Ichigo also takes a cavalier approach to the whole arc, figuring that it's better than being bored waiting for some real challenge.
  • Zig Zagged: Rubia appears in another adaptation of the original work, but her story is exactly the same, right down to being never referenced again.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: The Blazing He♥rt Ichigo Anime Overtook the Manga (or threatens to), so the writers created Rubia as a stopgap measure.
  • Lampshaded: Ichigo points out that Rubia wasn't in the original. Rubia admits to it and says she won't be mentioned again after this.
  • Invoked: Ichigo advertises for Filler villains while waiting for the Manga to catch up.
  • Exploited: Ichigo strives to have villains that won't be seen again because she doesn't have to worry about them anymore.
  • Defied: Rubia knows she won't be seen again, which drives her to somehow force a change to the status quo.
  • Discussed: "You're just a one-shot villain made up this story and won't be seen again!" "Yeah, I know. BUT I'LL STILL DO MY BEST!"
  • Conversed: "Why did they ever bother with Rubia? They never mentioned her again". "That's cause the anime was ahead of the manga and the writers had to make something up".
  • Deconstructed: After Rubia's defeat, Ichigo promptly forgets not only about Rubia but also about Rubia's tactics, weapons, and weaknesses. This causes a problem when a later villain uses Rubia's exact strategies. Ichigo breaks down when she realizes she could have prevented a lot of devastation if she hadn't forgotten.
  • Reconstructed: The audience learns later that Rubia and the Crimson Heralds were written into reality to fill the void left behind by other (read: canon) villains. After their defeats, they are completely erased from reality.
  • Played For Laughs: Ichigo gets a Breather Episode where Unknown Rival Sherbert comes out of nowhere to challenge her to a volleyball contest. Using magical fire and bubbles to make the 'ball'.

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