Looks like "the heavy" only means "the villain", so we're making it a bit more specific than common usage. Of course, just a rename won't fix this—the description itself needs to focus on The Trope Formerly Known As The Heavy being the "hands-on" cause of the hero's problems, not the ultimate cause (i.e. The Big Bad
Though many of the examples on the page are bad, there are a few good examples of various types of "heavies" (restricted to examples I was already familiar with, for confirmation purposes). Spoiler warning
, of course.
- Unrelated to the Big Bad
- Seymour from Final Fantasy X is trying to hijack living cataclysm Sin, and provides the main obstacles to the party's progress between the first failed attack on Sin and the party's final attempt to destroy Sin.
- The Dragon or (at least initially) occupying a similar position
- Kai Leng from Mass Effect 3 is the only villain to fight Shepard multiple times, and one of the few villains to interfere with Shepard's plans instead of having Shepard throw a wrench in theirs. He mainly serves the Illusive Man and has no major agenda of his own.
- Col. Quaritch Avatar is only around to serve Parker Selfridge (as the local rep for the Mega Corp.), but takes matters into his own hands when negotiations with the Na'vi fail and is the villain who must be defeated to end the conflict. (Quaritch is the Dragon-in-Chief, which is a trope full of "heavies")
- Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender is clearly only serving her father, the Firelord, but he doesn't get in on the action until a full season and a half after Azula's been attacking the heroes for him, and only takes matters into his own hands in the finale.
- Darth Vader in A New Hope captures and interrogates Leia, fights Obi-Wan, and is the most dangerous opponent flying in the final battle, while The Big Bad Grand Moff Tarkin—who has all of two scenes with any of the heroes—is the one in command of the Death Star and thus the villain whose plans must be stopped in order to save the day.
- Turn out to not be the Big Bad after all
- Saren from Mass Effect 1 seems to be the one behind the geth attacks and four times personally steps in to interfere with Shepard—other villains get two encounters at most.
- The Big Bad
- The Joker in The Dark Knight spends the entire movie making everyone dance to his tune.
- Blackbeard in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is trying to control the Fountain of Youth and quite hands-on with his leadership.
If we can get this trope a better description, we can probably leech off a lot of the bad examples using The Big Bad
as "the villain the hero faces at the end of the movie", such as The Abomination from The Incredible Hulk
(an underling until he goes crazy in the final act, and the real Big Bad
and The Hero
have to team up to stop him).
I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.