Quotes: Villain Decay

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"Yes, Ali's destined to be another flunky
A sad fate not even saved by the goatee
His rivalries are all gone
He's just an Innovade pawn
And all his screentime is brief little clips
And he's just Evil Amuro's bitch
And his fights are shortened, his character thwarted
Killed by Lyle Dylandy
Farewell,
ex-Prince Aaaaa-LIIIIIII!!!!!"
Gundam 00 song parody, to the tune of "Prince Ali (reprise)" from Disney's Aladdin

There was a time, when I was a young man, the mere mention of the Klingon Empire made worlds tremble. Now, our warriors are opening restaurants and serving racht to the grandchildren of men I slaughtered in battle.
Kang, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("Blood Oath")

Messy: You may have beaten us this time! And you may have beaten us last time!
Lame: And you'll beat us next time! And the time after that! And the five times... um, what was our point again?!

I see a Nine Inch Nails video. I see an NBC Mystery Movie of the Week. I see a video game politicians decry in order to win voters. I see Dante being ripped off for the umpteenth time in the course of history. But most of all... I see that you haven't achieved anything the humans haven't already thought of before. You and the other Dark Generals have been at this for so long that it stopped being original centuries ago. The Yamiko used to be fear itself... gloriously pure and horrible. Now you're just another thing to be afraid of.
Dark General Cobalt, Sailor Nothing

Wotch! You've foiled my plans for the last time! You've turned my own minions against me, but who needs them! Plan #340 will spell my triumph!

You're not the 'Big Bad' anymore. You're not even the 'Kind Of Naughty'.
Xander to Spike, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

My dear Spencer... how the mighty have fallen. Your Umbrella has folded and now you have become a fugitive in the same world you once sought to control.
Albert Wesker, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles ending

The times turn Jack the Lad into a pitiful figure. The local horror story - the one children have long been taught to fear - must now accept that he is not the only terror in town, and certainly not the greatest. There are no children now, and skipping through Archie Henderson's farm is hardly the worst you can do at night. We do not mind playing Jack's old nightmare game. However, there is little room for pity in the world of chaos: the next time you play with Jack, consider his misery and make it the last.
The Dragon, commenting on an in-universe example of this trope, The Secret World.

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I never quite understood how the Jackal came to this 'world domination/replace all humans with clones' scheme. This came out of nowhere, and is just so far removed from the original concept of the Jackal. And the scheme itself is just so ludicrous... The Jackal was so ruined as a character by this point that he can now only be considered 'damaged goods.' I sincerely believe that it will be a VERY long time before we ever see him again, if indeed we ever do.
Editor/Writer Glenn Greenberg on The Clone Saga

Just about every stage boss is a Predator. You kill more Predators in this game than the Predator kills people in the movie. If that's all you do — is hunt down Predators — then the Predator isn't really a Predator, it's Prey!

It is a nice idea to be able to play Dracula. I look forward to the game that allows us to do so, other than the shirtless, mopey pantywaist presented for us here. Despite the constant lip service to him being 'The Prince of Darkness', all the creatures of darkness are trying to kill him as well.

Dracula does not tussle with the groundlings like a terrier at a bear-baiting!

Dracula does not do mandatory stealth sections!

Dracula does not fetch quest!

Dracula is the guy at the far end of an army of minions, slouched on a throne, tossing expensive wine glasses aside like he couldn't give two licks of a used tampon for whoever has to shampoo the carpet!

In the first film, the Nothing was an abstract entity. In the second film, the Emptiness was the human form of dying imagination. In this film, it's literally just a bunch of bullies named "the Nasties"? How fucking uninspiring is that? To go from complex ideas destroying worlds to one half of Tenacious D acting like a dick-mule! Boy, they keep upping the ante, don't they.

After ten movies, Thanos has become the Trix rabbit of supervillains. "Silly Thanos, Infinity Stones are for anyone other than you." So far, we have been introduced to three (maybe four, depending on who you talk to) Infinity Stones and one is safely on Asgard, one is safely on Xandar, one is with The Collector, and another (maybe) is with Baron von Strucker. After ten movies, Thanos only has his space chair and a voice that sounds a lot like Brandon from The Goonies. Perhaps this is why these are called Infinity Stones, because it will take an infinite amount of movies for Thanos to ever obtain one....Watching Thanos fail at obtaining an Infinity Stone has become as common as watching the Duke boys once again thwart Boss Hogg. And the thing is, itís fun to watch the good guys win — and win, and win, and win, and win, and win, and win, and win, and win, and win — but now Iíve started to feel a legitimate amount of sympathy for Thanos. Would it kill the universe just to let the guy have one Stone? I mean, it has been ten movies. What would one Stone hurt? Perhaps this is why Edgar Wright left Ant-Man? Maybe his grand idea was for poor Thanos to finally get himself a Stone. "Sorry, Edgar, thatís just never going to happen. We have to let you go now for even suggesting such a thing."

In all seriousness, it is funny to take stock of where all of the Stones are at this point and realize that after 20 hours of movie time, Thanos has managed to collect zero of them. (And he may have had one, but he gave that one to Loki, which just makes this all the worse if true: That would mean heís actually down a Stone over the course of ten movies.) And, yes, I realize that by the time we see Thanos as the rumored marquee villain in The Avengers 3: Please Let Me Have An Infinity Stone, Love Thanos, heíll probably have all of the Stones. And, to be honest, by that point, I might be rooting for him. His determination should be celebrated.

...in less than two and a half years, Roger Delgado appears in thirty-nine episodes of Doctor Who. In comparison, Vicki only appears in thirty-eight episodes total, and in the twenty-five months after their first appearances the Daleks and Cybermen appeared in thirty-two and twenty-six episodes respectively. While I love Delgadoís Master, the fact remains that this is a staggering level of frequency for one villain played by one actor.

One result of this is that, inevitably, and with no particular story being at fault, the Master has gone from being a character who transgresses against the narrative and throws it into chaos to being virtually the most predictable character on the show... the Master, because he always needs to be defeated, has been trapped in an increasingly small set of schemes. As we feared when it happened, there was nowhere to go but down once he summoned the Devil.
Dr. Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who ("Frontier in Space")

Bischoff the character was given leadership in the story lines of the New World Order...His first order of business was to give WCW wrestlers a chance to join the most prestigious and elite organization the wrestling industry had ever seen, via a membership drive for the New World Order. Effectively, he was telling the entire roster that they were either with them or against them. This led several WCW mid-carders—Big Bubba, Scott Norton, Michael Wallstreet, and others—to jump ship and join the heel conglomerate. It could—and will—be argued that this was the first huge mistake Bischoff made with regard to the booking of the New World Order story line. Before, the nWo consisted of top-tier guys in the industry. Now, it was being watered down considerably as wrestlers who had been nowhere near the top of the card gained easy entry into the previously elite group.
R. D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez, The Death of WCW

I want to talk a little bit about the Borg who began their life as the biggest badass villains that Trek had ever seen. They were a genuinely ghoulish creation with a visual hook that emphasised the idea of the walking dead and the emotional resonance that these were people who were turned into machines against their will. With their simple yet utterly distinctive ships, a creed that was terrifying and a catchphrase to die for they were the best thought through race of nasties I had seen in science fiction in an age (and as far as Trek is concerned only the various ranks of the Dominion come close to topping their early appearances). However this being Trek it wasnít long before some numpty decided to humanise them...Some bright spark in the Voyager office probably thought "How about a bunch of Borg kids attacking the ship?" and Brannon Bragaís eyes lit up. Clearly this production team is way past their creative best now (for Braga it was around TNG season seven and yet Trek would have to endure five more years of him) and as for the Borg? Beyond redemption. So naturally there are two more two-part spectaculars that feature them which take that nailed down coffin deep into the Earth and well and truly bury it. Congratulations Voyager, youíve gutted the franchise of one of its greatest foes.
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Collective"

So what if he's Superman's #1 nemesis. So what if Michael Rosenbaum did a spectacular job playing him. He died like a chump and didn't really accomplish much as a supervillain. All of his world domination schemes were immediately suspect when we saw how much time they spent on him operating a coffee shop... His grandiose schemes, so well-developed in the comics, came off as one-episode hits in Smallville, mostly hanging around the house drinking and having staring contests with Clark. Also, he gets knocked out more than most boxers, and usually by one punch.