Playing With / The Man Behind the Man

Basic Trope: The true Big Bad is revealed after the Disc One Final Boss is defeated.
  • Straight: Lord Bad is defeated, but Emperor Evulz is the real villain all along.
  • Exaggerated: Lord Bad was a flunky to Baron Cruel, the Big Bad... who was a flunky to the Big Bad Count Dastardly... who was a flunky to the Big Bad Duke Egregious... who was a flunky to Big Bad King Overly Long Gag... who was a flunky to the final Big Bad Emperor Evulz.
  • Downplayed: Lord Bad was a flunky to Emperor Evulz... who either turns out to be an Anti-Climax Boss (relative to Bad) or is taken in by the Supporting Leader offscreen.
  • Justified:
    • Lord Bad is commanding Emperor Evulz's forces in the region as the Emperor has matters to deal with elsewhere.
    • Lord Bad is bigger goals in mind but smart enough not to try to try to overthrow Evulz.
    • Lord Bad is a puppet ruler to Emperor Evulz. The latter can't rule directly and the former is happy being the face of power.
  • Inverted: The game's Final Boss turns out to be a subordinate of one of the villains the heroes defeated earlier in their adventure.
  • Subverted: Emperor Evulz is not the real villain despite the heroes suspecting this trope.
  • Double Subverted: Except for the fact that he's just pretending to confuse the hero.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: "Ah. You have beaten me. But dying here is a boon compared to having to report my failure to my master..."
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Emperor Evulz is killed by Lord Bad before the heroes find out about him.
  • Discussed: "Is he the real Big Bad? I don't know why, but it looks like he could be the pawn of a greater evil..."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Emperor Evulz and his minions are so wrapped up in a web of schemes that nobody knows who's really in charge.
  • Reconstructed: Emperor Evulz remembers that he is, not his minions.

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