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** Regina Mills, aka the Evil Queen from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', is the Big Bad in the first season, but undergoes a slow redemption process afterwards, with [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor some setbacks]].

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** Regina Mills, aka the Evil Queen from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', ''WesternAnimation/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'', is the Big Bad in the first season, but undergoes a slow redemption process afterwards, with [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor some setbacks]].


* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', Cohen and his crew of octogenarian barbarians team up with "Evil Harry Dread", a former EvilOverlord with the vibe of a clapped-out old rock star, against whom they waged [[GreatOffscreenWar epic campaigns]] in their younger days. They reminisce about old times with a kind of camaraderie.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', ''Literature/TheLastHero'', Cohen and his crew of octogenarian barbarians team up with "Evil Harry Dread", a former EvilOverlord with the vibe of a clapped-out old rock star, against whom they waged [[GreatOffscreenWar epic campaigns]] in their younger days. They reminisce about old times with a kind of camaraderie.


...Or maybe they just want you to ''think'' that, and some poor sap is about to have their plan HijackedByGanon.

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...Or maybe they just want you to ''think'' that, and some poor sap is about to have their plan HijackedByGanon.
HijackedByGanon. Or they only claim to have turned a new leaf, [[FalselyReformedVillain only for it to turn out to be a lie]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''
** Heather is the most prominent example in the series. Being the original BigBad of ''Total Drama'', after the conclusion of her first season, she remains around for most of the series. All the other contestants are all too wary of her shady past, but she never quite ascends to the status of main threat ever again. In ''World Tour'' she actually becomes the VillainProtagonist for the first half of the season before going through a HazyFeelTurn and ends up as the AntiHero up against the new BigBad Alejandro.
** Alejandro is the most prominent example other than Heather. During ''World Tour'', Alejandro proved himself to be the nastiest ''Total Drama'' villain of all time, manipulating and backstabbing his way through the season all the way to the finale, and having a hand in ''almost'' everyone's eliminations. Come ''All-Stars'', unsurprisingly there is '''no one''' who trusts him due to his heinous past. This causes trouble for him once [[EvilerThanThou a threat greater than him]] emerges in the form of Mal. Being one of the few characters [[DevilInPlainSight aware of Mal's true nature]], Alejandro's attempts to warn everyone else falls on mostly deaf ears with everyone believing he's CryingWolf.
** Scott after causing havoc in ''Revenge of the Island'' returns in ''All-Stars'' as one of the returning villains. However unlike Alejandro and Heather, he's never treated like much of a threat, with most people [[CharacterizationMarchesOn brushing him off as an idiotic farmboy]].

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* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Akihiko Kayaba was the BigBad of the first arc, but after his initial goals of seeing SAO to the end were complete, he performs a BrainUploading and remains around for the rest of the series as a VirtualGhost, becoming a FriendlyEnemy to Kirito and often assisting him when he's in a tight spot.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Spike starts out as the BigBad of Season 2, only to lose the position to Angelus come the second half of the season; after forming an EnemyMine with Buffy to take Angelus down, he later tries to regain the Big Bad title, but fails and ends up pulling a HeelFaceTurn, going from one of Buffy's most dangerous enemies to one of her most trusted allies.





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* Sunset Shimmer was [[HerosEvilPredecessor Twilight's predecessor]] and the BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls1''. In its sequel, ''Rainbow Rocks'', she transitioned to [[TheAtoner an atoning]] {{Deuteragonist}} and became their last minute [[TheHero Hero]]. By ''Friendship Games'', she has become TheLeader of the Equestria Girls and more or less the HeroProtagonist of the spin-off series.
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* Examples in ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** Loki is the BigBad in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', but after his defeat by the Avengers turns into a reluctant NominalHero and a TokenEvilTeammate to Thor and Jane in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', and then a LovableRogue who initially minds his own business [[spoiler:but in the end arrives with TheCavalry to save the day]] in ''Film/ThorRagnarok''. Finally, in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar,'' [[spoiler:he [[RedemptionEqualsDeath is brutally killed]] by the film's BigBad, Thanos after attacking him.]]
** Throughout the series, Thanos had been on a quest to gather the Infinity Stones for the purpose of population control throughout the universe. ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' sees him successfully gathering the stones, defeating the heroes that stood in his way, and -- with one snap of his fingers -- wiping out half of the population of the universe. He then retired to a far off planet. In the followup, ''Film/AvengersEndgame'', [[spoiler:the surviving heroes track down Thanos and launch a surprise attack, [[LiteralMetaphor literally disarming him of his gauntlet]]. However, the Infinity Stones turn out to be missing, and Thanos explains that he had destroyed them shortly after getting what he wanted out of them to prevent his enforced status quo from being undone. [[OffWithHisHead He is then beheaded]] [[CallBack by Thor]]. The film's FinalBattle is still against Thanos, albeit an incarnation of him circa ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', who had witnessed the results of the future via the memories of a time-traveling Nebula, and decided that due to his plan resulting in the remaining populace of the universe unable to move on from the deaths of their loved ones, he will just KillEmAll instead and start life over from scratch]].

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''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'': Loki is the BigBad in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' and ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', but after his defeat by the Avengers turns into a reluctant NominalHero and a TokenEvilTeammate to Thor and Jane in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', and then a LovableRogue who initially minds his own business [[spoiler:but in the end arrives with TheCavalry to save the day]] in ''Film/ThorRagnarok''. Finally, in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar,'' [[spoiler:he [[RedemptionEqualsDeath is brutally killed]] by the film's BigBad, Thanos after attacking him.]]
** Throughout the series, Thanos had been on a quest to gather the Infinity Stones for the purpose of population control throughout the universe. ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' sees him successfully gathering the stones, defeating the heroes that stood in his way, and -- with one snap of his fingers -- wiping out half of the population of the universe. He then retired to a far off planet. In the followup, ''Film/AvengersEndgame'', [[spoiler:the surviving heroes track down Thanos and launch a surprise attack, [[LiteralMetaphor literally disarming him of his gauntlet]]. However, the Infinity Stones turn out to be missing, and Thanos explains that he had destroyed them shortly after getting what he wanted out of them to prevent his enforced status quo from being undone. [[OffWithHisHead He is then beheaded]] [[CallBack by Thor]]. The film's FinalBattle is still against Thanos, albeit an incarnation of him circa ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', who had witnessed the results of the future via the memories of a time-traveling Nebula, and decided that due to his plan resulting in the remaining populace of the universe unable to move on from the deaths of their loved ones, he will just KillEmAll instead and start life over from scratch]].
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* Following his defeat and subsequent sealing in a literal PocketDimension, Dark Star of ''WebComic/LsEmpire'' spent most of his time being swarmed by {{Small Annoying Creature}}s and getting into {{Flame War}}s with the readers. He was later joined by the following BigBad, Phala, [[spoiler:and they had a kid together]].

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* Following his defeat and subsequent sealing in a literal PocketDimension, Dark Star of ''WebComic/LsEmpire'' ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' spent most of his time being swarmed by {{Small Annoying Creature}}s and getting into {{Flame War}}s with the readers. He was later joined by the following BigBad, Phala, [[spoiler:and they had a kid together]].



** Sunset Shimmer was [[HerosEvilPredecessor Twilight's predecessor]] and the BigBad of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013''. In its sequel, ''Rainbow Rocks'', she transitioned to [[TheAtoner an atoning]] {{Deuteragonist}} and became their last minute [[TheHero Hero]]. By ''Friendship Games'', she has become TheLeader of the Humane Six and more or less the HeroProtagonist of the spin-off series.


It's a simple setup. The heroes on the one side, and the villains on the other. The story consists of their back and forth until the primary evil, the driving force behind the villainy in the story, the BigBad himself, is foiled. That's a wrap, call it quits, everybody can go home. But what happens after that?

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It's a simple setup. The heroes on the one side, and the villains on the other. The story consists of their back and forth until the primary evil, the driving force behind the villainy in the story, the BigBad himself, BigBad, is foiled. That's a wrap, call it quits, everybody can go home. But what happens after that?


** [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative]], [[RealityWarper reality-warping]] draconequus Discord was the BigBad of the Season 2 premiere, causing chaos throughout Equestria. After [[TakenForGranite being defeated]] by the Mane Six, he was then reformed by [[FriendToAllLivingThings Fluttershy]] in Season 3, and after relapsing to villainy and [[EvilerThanThou being backstabbed by Tirek]], Discord became fully, if not [[ReformedButNotTamed still causing chaos]] ForTheLulz instead of ForTheEvulz, reformed by Season 5 onwards.

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** [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative]], [[RealityWarper reality-warping]] draconequus Discord was the BigBad of the Season 2 premiere, causing chaos throughout Equestria. After [[TakenForGranite being defeated]] by the Mane Six, he was then reformed by [[FriendToAllLivingThings Fluttershy]] had a HeelFaceTurn in Season 3, and 3. Then, after [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor relapsing to villainy and [[EvilerThanThou being getting backstabbed by Tirek]], Discord became fully, if not [[ReformedButNotTamed still causing chaos]] ForTheLulz instead of ForTheEvulz, reformed by Season 5 onwards.



** In the final season, all of the remaining {{Big Bad}}s of the show's two-parters--Queen Chrysalis, King Sombra, Lord Tirek, and Cozy Glow--are DemotedToDragon by Grogar to serve in his LegionOfDoom, with Sombra getting KilledOffForReal after trying to [[ItsAllAboutMe strike it on his own]], and the others spending the bulk of the season [[TheStarscream plotting against their new "leader" together]].

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** In the final season, all of the remaining {{Big Bad}}s of the show's two-parters--Queen Chrysalis, King Sombra, Lord Tirek, and Cozy Glow--are DemotedToDragon by Grogar to serve in his LegionOfDoom, with Sombra getting KilledOffForReal after trying to [[ItsAllAboutMe strike it out on his own]], and the others rest spending the bulk of the season [[TheStarscream plotting against their new "leader" together]].together]]. [[spoiler:When it's revealed in the GrandFinale that Grogar was Discord all along and his LegionOfDoom was a misguided SecretTest for Twilight, however, they immediately become the show's ultimate BigBadTriumvirate.]]


* Negan from ''Series/{{TheWalkingDead}}'' serves as the BigBad during the second half of Season 6 and the entirety of Seasons 7 and 8, but survives to be deposed as leader of the Saviors and becomes a TokenEvilTeammate to the heroes by from Season 9 onwards.

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* Negan from ''Series/{{TheWalkingDead}}'' ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' serves as the BigBad during the second half of Season 6 and the entirety of Seasons 7 and 8, but survives to be deposed as leader of the Saviors and becomes a TokenEvilTeammate to the heroes by from Season during the Whisperer arc of Seasons 9 and 10 and onwards.

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* Negan from ''Series/{{TheWalkingDead}}'' serves as the BigBad during the second half of Season 6 and the entirety of Seasons 7 and 8, but survives to be deposed as leader of the Saviors and becomes a TokenEvilTeammate to the heroes by from Season 9 onwards.


** Pegasus was the Big Bad of the Duelist Kingdom arc, and after his defeats at the end of it, he gives up on villainy and continues to make minor appearances, occasionally offering aid or advice to the heroes.

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** Pegasus was the Big Bad of the Duelist Kingdom arc, and after his defeats at the end of it, he gives up on villainy and continues to make minor appearances, occasionally offering aid or advice to the heroes. Notably though this only apples to his anime counterpart, in the manga [[spoiler:he is murdered by Yami Bakura after having his Millennium Eye ripped out following his defeat by Yugi's hands.]]


* Malcolm Merlyn in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' is the big bad of the first season. In the second season, he only has a handful of appearances, and in the third, he is a semi-good guy. He develops back to a villain by season 4's end, but doesn't regain his footing as BigBad (on ''Arrow'', anyway; he's part of the BigBadDuumvirate in Season 2 of ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''). At the end of Season 5, he returns to [[EnemyMine help the heroes]] against new BigBad Prometheus [[spoiler: and goes out in a HeroicSacrifice to save Thea during the season finale]].

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* Malcolm Merlyn in ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' is ''Series/{{Arrow}}''. While he was the big bad BigBad of the first season. season, he remains around after his initial defeat. In the second season, he only has a handful of appearances, and in the third, he instigates the conflict with Ra's, but is a semi-good guy. soon forced to ally with Oliver over his fear of the man. He develops back to a full-time villain by season 4's end, but doesn't regain his footing as BigBad Big Bad, having to ally with Team Arrow in the finale again (on ''Arrow'', Arrow, anyway; he's part of the BigBadDuumvirate in Season 2 of ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow''). ''Legends of Tomorrow''). At the end of Season 5, he returns to [[EnemyMine help the heroes]] heroes against new BigBad Big Bad Prometheus [[spoiler: and goes out in a HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice to save Thea during the season finale]].finale.


** This trope is downplayed in ''A Fire Upon the Deep''. EmperorScientist and EvilutionaryBiologist Flenser is noted to have previously been in charge of the Flenserists (a faction which was, of course, named after him), but for all intents and purposes, his defeat prior to the events of the book have made him a (literal) fragment of himself, and Steel runs the show. At the end of ''Fire'', Flenser undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and becomes genuinely invaluable to the protagonists in the sequel, taking the trope even further.
** In ''The Children of the Sky'', the pack Screwfloss is revealed late in the story to actually be the remains of Lord Steel, disguised and rearranged with a new member or two. He's still not the nicest fellow, but he seems to have undergone a HeelFaceTurn since escaping from the Fragmentarium, a sanctuary for fragmented packs.

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** This trope is downplayed in ''A Fire Upon the Deep''.''Literature/AFireUponTheDeep''. EmperorScientist and EvilutionaryBiologist Flenser is noted to have previously been in charge of the Flenserists (a faction which was, of course, named after him), but for all intents and purposes, his defeat prior to the events of the book have made him a (literal) fragment of himself, and Steel runs the show. At the end of ''Fire'', Flenser undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and becomes genuinely invaluable to the protagonists in the sequel, taking the trope even further.
** In ''The Children of the Sky'', ''Literature/TheChildrenOfTheSky'', the pack Screwfloss is revealed late in the story to actually be the remains of Lord Steel, disguised and rearranged with a new member or two. He's still not the nicest fellow, but he seems to have undergone a HeelFaceTurn since escaping from the Fragmentarium, a sanctuary for fragmented packs.

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** Pegasus was the Big Bad of the Duelist Kingdom arc, and after his defeats at the end of it, he gives up on villainy and continues to make minor appearances, occasionally offering aid or advice to the heroes.

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