Quotes / Villain Decay

"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
ex-Prince Aaaaa-LIIIIIII!!!!!"
Gundam 00 song parody, to the tune of "Prince Ali (reprise)" from Disney's Aladdin

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    Live-Action TV 

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

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?!

    Video Games 

"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.

"Imbeciles! Fools! Nincompoops! Can't you idiots do anything right?! According to this, (Uka Uka shows a diagram in which their Villain Cred gradually decreases) your track-record for spreading evil is pathetic!"
Uka Uka to the other adversaries of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex


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!

See, I've fought you guys enough, you're basically not level bosses anymore. It's like a videogame!
'Dr. McNinja, after flawlessly beating one of his oldest foes

    Web Original 

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

"And that's how Jason Took Manhattan. I guess he didn't really TAKE Manhattan, so much as...I don't know. Annoy it briefly? Strolled through it for about 3 minutes without hurting anybody? And then got killed in a really embarrassing fashion that doesn't make any sense? Heck he barely made an impact on Manhattan. What are the papers bound to say if they even run the story? 'JASON VOORHEES GOES ON RAMPAGE: DESTROYS BOOMBOX, NOBODY HURT.'"

"Cate Blanchett is cutting bitches with those sharpened shiv brows... I just hope that she stays regally cunty from beginning to end and doesnít pull a Maleficent (SPOILER ALERT) by growing a heart. Itís always a sad day for bitches when an iconic villain starts feeling things."
Michael K., "Well, At Least The Cinderella Trailerís Got A Ginger Cate Blanchett In It"

After ten movies, Thanos has become the Trix rabbit of supervillains. "Silly Thanos, Infinity Stones are for anyone other than you."

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... 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")

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

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.
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... Also, he gets knocked out more than most boxers, and usually by one punch.

    Web Video 

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!

[despairing] To go from complex ideas destroying worlds to one half of Tenacious D acting like a dick-mule!

"The real crowning glory of this shit-show, however, is when Pyramid Head basically becomes a Pokémon summoned to do battle for the good guys against some last-minute, contrived Clive Barker rip-off crap. She just chooses him to do battle at the end, and there's no good reason for it! No good reason for any of it! At all!"

Mike: Boba Fett's so cool! 'Cause he's so awesome and mysterious!
Rich: Look, guys. Boba Fett is cool because he's mysterious. If they make a movie about him, then it kinda ruins all of that.
Mike: [counting cash while "In the Money" blares overhead] ...sorry, what?

    Western Animation 

God: Jesus, what the hell happened to you?
Satan: Huh?
God: You got kicked out of here for being a headstrong rebel, and now you're such a whiny little bitch.
South Park, "Probably"

    Real Life 

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, Life of Reilly