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** [[spoiler:Daenerys herself]] is an inversion, being killed off [[spoiler:roughly halfway through the last episode.]]

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* In ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', happens from time to time, but a stand out episode is "Frame" which begins with [[spoiler: Frank Goren's murder, that along with Declan Gage's poisoning, was attributed to Nicole Wallace, but then she is killed midway through the episode and it was discovered that Declan had machinated everything all along, including his own arrest for her murder to improve Bobby's life.]]

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* ''Film/TheOutlawMichaelHowe'': At first the head of the operation to bring Michael down is Lieutenant Governor Tom Davey, but he's portrayed as a drunken lout from the beginning and his boss Peter Septon fires him and takes over in the last third of the film.


** Season 4 has a whole slew of these. It spends the first several episodes building up [[MadScientist Lucy Bauer]] as the main antagonist, in her quest to free herself of her ghost state no matter the cost. However, in Episode 6, she's [[DeaderThanDead destroyed by the Ghost Rider]], paving the way for [[spoiler: [[EvilAllAlong Eli Morrow]]]] to use her experiments for his [[AGodAmI own goals]]. He's soundly defeated several episodes later, at which point [[FaceHeelTurn Holden Radcliffe]] takes over as main villain for a while, before eventually being [[TheStarscream stabbed in the back]] by his [[AIIsACrapshoot robotic assistant]] AIDA, who takes his resources for her own ends, taking over as the FinalBoss of the season.

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** Season 4 has a whole slew of these. It spends the first several episodes building up [[MadScientist Lucy Bauer]] as the main antagonist, in her quest to free herself of her ghost state no matter the cost. However, in Episode 6, she's [[DeaderThanDead destroyed by the Ghost Rider]], paving the way for [[spoiler: [[EvilAllAlong Eli Morrow]]]] to use her experiments for his [[AGodAmI [[GodhoodSeeker own goals]]. He's soundly defeated several episodes later, at which point [[FaceHeelTurn Holden Radcliffe]] takes over as main villain for a while, before eventually being [[TheStarscream stabbed in the back]] by his [[AIIsACrapshoot robotic assistant]] AIDA, who takes his resources for her own ends, taking over as the FinalBoss of the season.


** Jeb becomes the main antagonist of the first half of Season 9, but [[spoiler: he and the Marauders are killed two episodes before the mid-season finale, allowing the Whisperers to take the spotlight.]]

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** Jeb Jed becomes the main antagonist of the first half of Season 9, but [[spoiler: he and the Marauders are killed two episodes before the mid-season finale, allowing the Whisperers to take the spotlight.]]

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** This trope happens in a bit of an odd way in ''Fugitive of the Judoon''. While the eponymous monsters don't really exit the narrative, the focus turns away from the Rhinomen to characterize the fugitive. And when they later appear, [[spoiler: the audience find out they have been contracted by the Time Lords.]]


** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': Kuroto Dan[=/=]Kamen Rider Genm drives the plot for the first half of the show, gathering data so he can create the "ultimate game", Kamen Rider Chronicle, as part of his [[AGodAmI raging God complex]]. Then, as Chronicle nears completion, his {{Dragon}} Parado kills him and takes the game for himself. The heroes end up having to revive Kuroto because his programming skills are indispensable, and he becomes an uneasy ally and source of comic relief. Parado is then usurped by Kuroto's father, who has much more corrupt plans for the game. Kuroto steps up to be the final BigBad in the [[PostScriptEpisode post-series movies]], pointing out that he never actually ''reformed'' from his evil ways.

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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': Kuroto Dan[=/=]Kamen Rider Genm drives the plot for the first half of the show, gathering data so he can create the "ultimate game", Kamen Rider Chronicle, as part of his [[AGodAmI raging God complex]]. Then, as Chronicle nears completion, his {{Dragon}} Parado kills him and takes the game for himself. The heroes end up having to revive Kuroto because his programming skills are indispensable, and he becomes an uneasy ally and source of comic relief. Parado is then usurped by Kuroto's father, who has much more corrupt plans for the game. Kuroto steps up to be the final BigBad in the [[PostScriptEpisode [[PostScriptSeason post-series movies]], pointing out that he never actually ''reformed'' from his evil ways.


* ''Series/KamenRiderStronger'' has the Black Satan organization as the villains for the first half until they're defeated by Kamen Rider Stronger. After their downfall, their former [[TheDragon top lieutenant]] [[NobleDemon General Shadow]] steps in with his Delza Army to begin menacing Stronger. [[spoiler:And then in the final arc, Shadow gets usurped by Marshal Machine, who is revealed in the final few episodes to be working for the [[HijackedByGanon Great Leader]].]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderSuper1'' has the Dogma Kingdom as the villains for the first half up until Super-1 takes them out, at which point Jin Dogma steps in and becomes the faction opposing Super-1.
* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Kyoji Murakami]] is the one instigating the Orphnochs' campaign to wipe out humanity for most of the series, up until [[spoiler:the final episodes, where Murakami gives his life to help awaken the [[DarkMessiah Orphnoch King]]. Other foes like [[FaceHeelTurn Yuji Kiba]] and [[BloodKnight Kitazaki]] also briefly take the spot at this time, though they are eclipsed by the power of the Orphnoch King.]]
* Similar to example above, [[spoiler:[[AGodAmI Hiroshi Tennoji]]]] is the one responsible for the [[spoiler:fake]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek Undead]] fight and eventually [[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel fuses with his creation Kerberos]] to take the heroes head on, but he is killed in the final few episodes by the Giraffa Undead, and the [[GreaterScopeVillain Joker Undead]] becomes the final threat of the series.]]
* The [[KillAndReplace Worms]] are the villain for most of ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'', [[spoiler:but after most of their kind are wiped out, [[TokenEvilTeammate Mishima]] and the Native Worms step up to instigate their plans.]]
* Ryubee Sonozaki is the villain for most of ''Series/KamenRiderW'', [[spoiler:but he dies three episodes before the final episode, at which point Ryubee's benefactors [[NebulousEvilOrganization Foundation X]] come onto the scene and try to complete Ryubee's plans, with Foundation X researcher Jun Kazu serving as the main threat to the heroes for the rest of the series. It's worth noting that Kazu only gets brought down in the penultimate, and the final episode focuses on a street gang as the main villains, though Kazu is still the last major villain faced by Double and the final episode serves more as an epilogue showing [[WhereAreTheyNow what happened to the heroes after the final fight]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' has Takatora Kureshima; as the head of the [[MegaCorp Yggdrasil Corporation]], he rules over Zawame City with an iron fist and has open portals into the Forest of Helheim from which the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Invase]] come, and as Armored Rider Zangetsu he's more powerful and experienced than any of the other Riders and [[CurbStompBattle can beat any of them without breaking a sweat]]. [[spoiler:Ultimately it turns out that he's not a villain at all, but is doing everything he can to save humanity -- including shouldering difficult burdens like the fact that Yggdrasil can only save about one billion people at best. When Kouta discovers a way to potentially save everyone, Takatora gladly agrees to team up with him...just in time for his [[DragonWithAnAgenda traitorous lieutenants]] to back-stab him and seize power.]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'': [[spoiler:Kazari]] had been the main villain most of the series, and if not him, then the Greeed as a whole. [[spoiler:Then towards the final act, Dr. Maki takes the role by force and killed Kazari.]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' has the Heart Roidmude as the BigBad for most of the series, only for [[spoiler:MadScientist Tenjuro Banno]]]] to force Heart into an EnemyMine with the Kamen Riders once he's revived.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'': Chikara Saionji is the villain for the first part of the series, up until he's killed by the Monolith for attempting to make an evil wish with it. Alain of the Ganma then takes center stage, [[spoiler:only to be ousted when his older brother Adel frames him for the death of their father and usurp the Ganma throne. Adel himself later gets usurped by the true {{Big Bad}}s, the Gammaizers.]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': Kuroto Dan[=/=]Kamen Rider Genm drives the plot for the early part of the series, gathering data so he can create the "ultimate game", Kamen Rider Chronicle, as part of his [[AGodAmI raging God complex]]. [[spoiler:Then, as Chronicle nears completion, his {{Dragon}} Parado kills him and takes the game for himself. The heroes end up having to revive Kuroto as a [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bugster]] because his programming skills are indispensable, and he becomes an uneasy ally and source of humor (mostly by making fun of or deflating his God complex and egotistical ravings). However, the ''Another End'' [[PostScriptEpisode Post-Series Movies]] promote him to BigBad once more by pointing out that he was never reformed, just pulling an extended EnemyMine, and that he can only be trusted so far.]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' has a lot of these. [[BatOutOfHell Night Rogue]] is the one menacing the heroes initially until he's overshadowed when Hokuto invades Touto. [[spoiler:Hokuto is then conquered by Seito, who try to take Touto immediately afterward. Seito soon gets taken over from the inside by [[MegaCorp Namba Heavy Industries]], who are later wiped out by the true BigBad Evolto, once he regains his full power.]]

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* A typical ''Franchise/KamenRider'' show has between one to three of these:
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''Series/KamenRiderStronger'' has the Black Satan organization as the villains for the first half until they're defeated by Kamen Rider Stronger. After their downfall, their former [[TheDragon top lieutenant]] [[NobleDemon General Shadow]] Shadow steps in with his Delza Army to begin menacing Stronger. [[spoiler:And then in Stronger. In the final arc, Shadow gets usurped by Marshal Machine, who is revealed in the final few episodes to be working for the [[HijackedByGanon Great Leader]].]]
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Leader]].
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''Series/KamenRiderSuper1'' has the Dogma Kingdom as the villains for the first half up until Super-1 takes them out, at which point Jin Dogma steps in and becomes the faction opposing Super-1.
* ** In ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'', [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Kyoji Murakami]] is the one instigating the Orphnochs' campaign to wipe out humanity for most of the series, up until [[spoiler:the the final episodes, where Murakami gives his life to help awaken the [[DarkMessiah Orphnoch King]]. Other foes like [[FaceHeelTurn Yuji Kiba]] Kiba and [[BloodKnight Kitazaki]] Kitazaki also briefly take the spot at this time, though they are eclipsed by the power of the Orphnoch King.]]
* Similar to example above, [[spoiler:[[AGodAmI
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** In ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'',
Hiroshi Tennoji]]]] Tennoji is the one responsible for the [[spoiler:fake]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek Undead]] fake Undead fight and eventually [[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel [[OneWingedAngel fuses with his creation Kerberos]] to take the heroes head on, but he is killed in the final few episodes by the Giraffa Undead, and the [[GreaterScopeVillain Joker Undead]] becomes the final threat of the series.]]
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series.
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The [[KillAndReplace Worms]] shapeshifting alien Worms are the villain villains for most of ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'', [[spoiler:but after with humanity receiving aid from their sister species the Natives. After most of their kind the Worms are wiped out, [[TokenEvilTeammate Mishima]] however, the Natives turn on humanity and serve as the Native Worms step up to instigate their plans.]]
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villains of the finale.
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Ryubee Sonozaki is the villain for most of ''Series/KamenRiderW'', [[spoiler:but but he dies three episodes before the final episode, at which point Ryubee's benefactors [[NebulousEvilOrganization Foundation X]] come onto the scene and try to complete Ryubee's plans, with Foundation X researcher Jun Kazu serving as the main threat to the heroes for the rest of the series. It's worth noting series.
** ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' begins with the four Greeed as a BigBadEnsemble, but after a fight
that Kazu only gets brought down in the penultimate, and the final episode focuses kills off two of them, Kazari strikes out on a street gang as his own to become the main villains, though Kazu is still villain for most of the series, while the last major villain faced by Double and goes into hiding. Kazari forms a partnership with mad scientist Dr. Maki, who it soon becomes clear is the final episode serves more as an epilogue showing [[WhereAreTheyNow what happened to true BigBad of the heroes after the final fight]].
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series, although Kazari doesn't quite figure it out until Maki guts him like a fish.
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''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' has begins with Takatora Kureshima; Kureshima as the lead villain, being both a monstrously powerful Kamen Rider and the head of the [[MegaCorp Yggdrasil Corporation]], he Corporation that rules over Zawame City with an iron fist and has open portals into fist. Takatora is defeated a little less than a third of the Forest of Helheim from way through the show, at which the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Invase]] come, and as Armored Rider Zangetsu point he's more powerful and experienced than any of the other Riders and [[CurbStompBattle can beat any of them without breaking a sweat]]. [[spoiler:Ultimately it turns out that he's not a villain at all, but is doing everything he can to save humanity -- including shouldering difficult burdens like the fact that Yggdrasil can only save about one billion people at best. When Kouta discovers a way to potentially save everyone, Takatora gladly agrees to team up with him...just in time for usurped by his [[DragonWithAnAgenda traitorous lieutenants]] to back-stab him and seize power.]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'': [[spoiler:Kazari]] had been
lieutenant, who's usurped by a manipulative alien, who's usurped by the main villain most of the series, and if not him, then the Greeed as a whole. [[spoiler:Then towards the final act, Dr. Maki takes the role lieutenant again, who's usurped by force and killed Kazari.]]
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Gaim's rival.
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''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' has the Heart Roidmude as the BigBad for most of the series, only for [[spoiler:MadScientist MadScientist Tenjuro Banno]]]] Banno to force Heart into an EnemyMine with the Kamen Riders once he's revived.
* ** ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'': Chikara Saionji is the villain for the first part of the series, up until he's killed by the Monolith for attempting to make an evil wish with it. Alain of the Ganma then takes center stage, [[spoiler:only only to be ousted when his older brother Adel frames him for the death of their father and usurp the Ganma throne. Adel himself later gets usurped by the true {{Big Bad}}s, the Gammaizers.]]
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Gammaizers.
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''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': Kuroto Dan[=/=]Kamen Rider Genm drives the plot for the early part first half of the series, show, gathering data so he can create the "ultimate game", Kamen Rider Chronicle, as part of his [[AGodAmI raging God complex]]. [[spoiler:Then, Then, as Chronicle nears completion, his {{Dragon}} Parado kills him and takes the game for himself. The heroes end up having to revive Kuroto as a [[MonsterOfTheWeek Bugster]] because his programming skills are indispensable, and he becomes an uneasy ally and source of humor (mostly comic relief. Parado is then usurped by making fun of or deflating his God complex and egotistical ravings). However, Kuroto's father, who has much more corrupt plans for the ''Another End'' game. Kuroto steps up to be the final BigBad in the [[PostScriptEpisode Post-Series Movies]] promote him to BigBad once more by post-series movies]], pointing out that he was never reformed, just pulling an extended EnemyMine, and that he can only be trusted so far.]]
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actually ''reformed'' from his evil ways.
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''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' has a lot of these. [[BatOutOfHell Night Rogue]] is these. The heroes go from fighting a terrorist organization to defending their nation of Touto from invasion by their aggressive neighbor Hokuto, then by more advanced rival Seito, then by a MegaCorp that was backing Seito, and then finally the one menacing alien who's responsible for the whole scenario in the first place.
** ''Series/KamenRiderZeroOne'' follows a similar setup to Build, including the reveal that the terrorist organization
the heroes initially until he's overshadowed when Hokuto invades Touto. [[spoiler:Hokuto is then conquered by Seito, who try to take Touto immediately afterward. Seito soon gets taken over from thought they were stopping was actually a false flag operation. In this case, however, the inside terrorists were being backed by [[MegaCorp Namba Heavy Industries]], who are later wiped out by the true BigBad Evolto, a predatory MegaCorp that takes center stage once he regains his full power.]]their pawn has fallen.


* ''Series/LukeCage'': Midway through the first season, the apparent BigBad, Cottonmouth, is killed. Enter Diamondback as the new BigBad, who until that point had only been mentioned in passing a couple times.

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* ''Series/LukeCage'': ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Midway through the first season, the apparent BigBad, Cottonmouth, is killed. Enter Diamondback as the new BigBad, who until that point had only been mentioned in passing a couple times.


* ''Film/Yuma1971'': Nels Decker seems like the BigBad of this MadeForTVMovie, but he gets an arrow to the back an hour or so in, and [[spoiler:fellow businessman Mules McNeil is revealed to be the true mastermind]].

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* ''Film/Yuma1971'': ''Film/{{Yuma}}'': Nels Decker seems like the BigBad of this MadeForTVMovie, but he gets an arrow to the back an hour or so in, and [[spoiler:fellow businessman Mules McNeil is revealed to be the true mastermind]].


** [[spoiler: The Night King]] is the GreaterScopeVillain for the series, the threat of whom is built up from the very first scene. [[spoiler: Him and the White Walkers are defeated halfway through the final season, leaving [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]] as the FinalBoss of the series.]]

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** Season 8 has two examples. [[spoiler: The Night King]] King is the GreaterScopeVillain for the series, the threat of whom is built up from the very first scene. [[spoiler: Him and the White Walkers are defeated halfway through the final season, leaving [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]] as the BigBad for the remainder of the season. However she and her forces are killed just one episode before the finale and [[FallenHero Daenerys]] is revealed to be the FinalBoss of the series.series after finally JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.]]


** [[spoiler: The Night King]] is the OverarchingVillain for the series, the threat of whom is built up from the very first scene. [[spoiler: Him and the White Walkers are defeated halfway through the final season, leaving [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]] as the FinalBoss of the series.]]

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** [[spoiler: The Night King]] is the OverarchingVillain GreaterScopeVillain for the series, the threat of whom is built up from the very first scene. [[spoiler: Him and the White Walkers are defeated halfway through the final season, leaving [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]] as the FinalBoss of the series.]]

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** [[spoiler: The Night King]] is the OverarchingVillain for the series, the threat of whom is built up from the very first scene. [[spoiler: Him and the White Walkers are defeated halfway through the final season, leaving [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]] as the FinalBoss of the series.]]

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* ''Series/KamenRiderStronger'' has the Black Satan organization as the villains for the first half until they're defeated by Kamen Rider Stronger. After their downfall, their former [[TheDragon top lieutenant]] [[NobleDemon General Shadow]] steps in with his Delza Army to begin menacing Stronger. [[spoiler:And then in the final arc, Shadow gets usurped by Marshal Machine, who is revealed in the final few episodes to be working for the [[HijackedByGanon Great Leader]].]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderSuper1'' has the Dogma Kingdom as the villains for the first half up until Super-1 takes them out, at which point Jin Dogma steps in and becomes the faction opposing Super-1.
* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Kyoji Murakami]] is the one instigating the Orphnochs' campaign to wipe out humanity for most of the series, up until [[spoiler:the final episodes, where Murakami gives his life to help awaken the [[DarkMessiah Orphnoch King]]. Other foes like [[FaceHeelTurn Yuji Kiba]] and [[BloodKnight Kitazaki]] also briefly take the spot at this time, though they are eclipsed by the power of the Orphnoch King.]]
* Similar to example above, [[spoiler:[[AGodAmI Hiroshi Tennoji]]]] is the one responsible for the [[spoiler:fake]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek Undead]] fight and eventually [[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel fuses with his creation Kerberos]] to take the heroes head on, but he is killed in the final few episodes by the Giraffa Undead, and the [[GreaterScopeVillain Joker Undead]] becomes the final threat of the series.]]
* The [[KillAndReplace Worms]] are the villain for most of ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'', [[spoiler:but after most of their kind are wiped out, [[TokenEvilTeammate Mishima]] and the Native Worms step up to instigate their plans.]]
* Ryubee Sonozaki is the villain for most of ''Series/KamenRiderW'', [[spoiler:but he dies three episodes before the final episode, at which point Ryubee's benefactors [[NebulousEvilOrganization Foundation X]] come onto the scene and try to complete Ryubee's plans, with Foundation X researcher Jun Kazu serving as the main threat to the heroes for the rest of the series. It's worth noting that Kazu only gets brought down in the penultimate, and the final episode focuses on a street gang as the main villains, though Kazu is still the last major villain faced by Double and the final episode serves more as an epilogue showing [[WhereAreTheyNow what happened to the heroes after the final fight]].


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* ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' has the Heart Roidmude as the BigBad for most of the series, only for [[spoiler:MadScientist Tenjuro Banno]]]] to force Heart into an EnemyMine with the Kamen Riders once he's revived.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'': Chikara Saionji is the villain for the first part of the series, up until he's killed by the Monolith for attempting to make an evil wish with it. Alain of the Ganma then takes center stage, [[spoiler:only to be ousted when his older brother Adel frames him for the death of their father and usurp the Ganma throne. Adel himself later gets usurped by the true {{Big Bad}}s, the Gammaizers.]]


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* ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' has a lot of these. [[BatOutOfHell Night Rogue]] is the one menacing the heroes initially until he's overshadowed when Hokuto invades Touto. [[spoiler:Hokuto is then conquered by Seito, who try to take Touto immediately afterward. Seito soon gets taken over from the inside by [[MegaCorp Namba Heavy Industries]], who are later wiped out by the true BigBad Evolto, once he regains his full power.]]


** Season 5 technically has two discs. The first one is Gareth, the leader of the cannibals of Terminus who is [[spoiler: killed off three episodes into the season.]] The second one is Dawn, the police officer who is [[spoiler: killed in the mid-season finale.]] The last major villain is DomesticAbuser Peter.

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** Season 5 technically has two discs. The first one is Gareth, the leader of the cannibals of Terminus who is [[spoiler: killed off three episodes into the season.]] The second one is Dawn, the police officer who is [[spoiler: killed in the mid-season finale.]] The last major villain is DomesticAbuser {{Domestic Abuse}}r Peter.

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