Playing With / Non-Action Big Bad

Basic Trope: A Big Bad who doesn't fight.
  • Straight: Emperor Evulz doesn't want to get his hands dirty, so he sends General Drake and his minions to fight the heroes.
  • Exaggerated: General Drake, Evulz's right-hand man, is an invincible God-Mode Sue with full control over Evulz's enormous Badass Army of Demonic Spiders. Evulz himself is a blind idiot in a wheelchair with a terminal illness. When fought, he lasts exactly one second.
  • Downplayed:
    • Evulz makes an effort to be on scene whenever enacting an evil plan, and is fairly decent at combat, but he never directly fights the heroes.
    • Evulz isn't good at physical combat, but he knows how to use a gun, and is fought and killed in a firefight with the heroes.
    • Evulz is perfectly capable of putting up a fight, but he lacks the supernatural abilities of his subordinates, making him much easier to take down.
    • Orcus on His Throne
  • Justified:
    • Evulz doesn't fight because he's too busy running his empire or organization; he literally doesn't have time or incentive for it.
    • Evulz is weakened by a terminal illness.
    • Evulz is the mind behind the villainy, but is lacking in brute force, so he leaves the fighting to those more suited to it.
    • Evulz is too old to fight.
    • Evulz is so Lean and Mean that he's become quite wimpy.
  • Inverted: Evulz is much more dangerous than any of his henchmen, and regularly fights and defeats his enemies.
  • Subverted:
    • Evulz doesn't fight and gives no indication of being capable of it, but when confronted directly, he turns out to be very powerful.
    • Orcus on His Throne
    • General Drake turns out to be the real Big Bad, using Evulz as a facade.
  • Double Subverted: ...But then it turns out this is only because he's wearing Powered Armor, drawing on an Artifact of Doom and when it's destroyed or taken away, he's helpless again.
  • Parodied: Evulz is a weakling who needs his Mooks to help him.
  • Zig Zagged: Evulz only fights if he's 100% certain he'll win, so he ends up fleeing half of his battles.
  • Averted: Emperor Evulz is as powerful as General Drake, if not more powerful.
  • Enforced: "If we make him a warrior, then the final battle just comes down to whoever's better at fighting. "
  • Lampshaded: "Why doesn't Evulz ever fight?"
  • Invoked: General Drake convinces Evulz to let him do all the fighting, so Drake knows he'll win if Evulz tries to betray him.
  • Exploited: General Drake is less subtle in his attempts to usurp Evulz, knowing he'll be too weak to do anything about it anyway.
  • Defied: Emperor Evulz trains himself in various forms of combat, just in case he's forced to take down the heroes on his own.
  • Discussed: "Should we be worried about the fact that we're soldiers, who're taking orders from someone who can't even throw a punch?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Emperor Evulz' lack of combat skills renders him no match to even the weakest heroes in straight up combat.
  • Reconstructed: If the heroes could just get to Evulz, they could take him out easily, but he always seems to have a way out, and a nasty surprise to slow them down while he makes his exit.
  • Played For Laughs: General Drake is wounded during the final battle, forcing Evulz to use a gun to fend off the heroes. He constantly asks if he's pointing it the right way and where the 'reload' button is. Drake facepalms.
    Evulz: Is this the way you're supposed to point it? And how the hell do you reload this thing?
    Drake: Ugh. What a way to die...

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