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* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', [[spoiler:[[SadistTeacher Akira]] [[DrillSergeantNasty Takaoka]] is revealed to be the mastermind in the Assassination Island arc, being the one responsible for infecting half of Class 3-E and demanding Nagisa to surrender Koro Sensei to him.]]

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* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'':
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[[spoiler:[[SadistTeacher Akira]] [[DrillSergeantNasty Takaoka]] is revealed to be the mastermind in the Assassination Island arc, being the one responsible for infecting half of Class 3-E and demanding Nagisa to surrender Koro Sensei to him.]]
** Shiro, who is the most reoccurring villain in the series with the most attempts at killing Koro-sensei, is upgraded to full on BigBad status [[spoiler:with the reveal of his true identity of Yanagisawa, the mad scientist who turned Koro-sensei into a tentacle monster and is indirectly responsible for the moon being destroyed and the death of Aguri.
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* Played as an InternalReveal in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'': the masterminds behind the war between Osea and Yuktobania turn out to be the same [[spoiler:rich Belkan nationalists]] who sponsored the Belkan War fifteen years earlier. However, this was the first time that the Belkan War was even mentioned in the ''AC'' canon at that point, and the prequel expanding on it, ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'', wouldn't come out for another two years.

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* ''VideoGame/AceCombat'':
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Played as an InternalReveal in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'': the masterminds behind the war between Osea and Yuktobania turn out to be the same [[spoiler:rich Belkan nationalists]] who sponsored the Belkan War fifteen years earlier. However, this was the first time that the Belkan War was even mentioned in the ''AC'' canon at that point, and the prequel expanding on it, ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'', wouldn't come out for another two years.


* It's revealed that, ultimately, the real BigBad was [[spoiler:the Iconians, whom ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' established as being long extinct. Not only are they not,]] they are behind most, if not all, of the big conflicts in the game leading up to their defeat. They are even responsible for the Hobus supernova that destroyed Romulus and kickstarted the Kelvin timeline.
* The Dominion are responsible two foes touched upon in the television franchise and who make their grand appearance in the game: firstly the Hur'q who were once a peaceful civilisation turned mindless berserkers, because they were the Dominion's first failed experiment in creating drug-addicted super soldiers; the second enemy are the Fek'Ihri horde, who were the second botched attempt by the Founders to make a subservient soldier race out of the Klingons aeons ago.

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* ** It's revealed that, ultimately, the real BigBad was [[spoiler:the Iconians, whom ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' established as being long extinct. Not only are they not,]] they are behind most, if not all, of the big conflicts in the game leading up to their defeat. They are even responsible for the Hobus supernova that destroyed Romulus and kickstarted the Kelvin timeline.
* ** The Dominion are responsible two foes touched upon in the television franchise and who make their grand appearance in the game: firstly the Hur'q who were once a peaceful civilisation turned mindless berserkers, because they were the Dominion's first failed experiment in creating drug-addicted super soldiers; the second enemy are the Fek'Ihri horde, who were the second botched attempt by the Founders to make a subservient soldier race out of the Klingons aeons ago.


** A variation happens in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS9E24TheEndingOfTheEndPart1 the series finale]]. It turns out that Season 9's VillainTeamUp was masterminded by [[spoiler:Discord, [[WellIntentionedExtremist though he did so with good intentions]]. He disguised himself as [[AncientEvil Grogar]] and rallied several past enemies, [[EngineeredHeroics intending to give Twilight some easy victories]] [[MotivationalLie to boost her confidence as the new ruler of Equestria]]. The villains managed to outsmart him, though, and [[BroughtDownToNormal remove his magic]] so he couldn't keep them in line]].

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** A variation happens in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS9E24TheEndingOfTheEndPart1 the series finale]]. It turns out that Season 9's VillainTeamUp was masterminded by [[spoiler:Discord, [[WellIntentionedExtremist though he did so with good intentions]]. He disguised himself as [[AncientEvil Grogar]] and rallied several past enemies, [[EngineeredHeroics intending to give Twilight some easy victories]] [[MotivationalLie to boost her confidence as the new ruler of Equestria]].Equestria. The villains managed to outsmart him, though, and [[BroughtDownToNormal remove his magic]] so he couldn't keep them in line]].


* ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' for the NES sets up [[TheGeneralissimo Generalissimo Killt]] as the villain of the story due to his attempts to build an "[[ThoseWackyNazis Imperial Army]]" LostSuperweapon known as "The Albatross," an [[StupidJetpackHitler airborne warship covered in flamethrowers]]. At the last second, Killt is killed off by a revived "Master D," described as a villain who had appeared earlier in the series and the one responsible for the creation of the Albatross. He launches the Albatross and attempts to take over the world. Master D is so obviously UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler that the pretense otherwise is beyond clingfilm thin (and not even bothered with in the original Japanese, where they just admitted it was a revived Hitler). The game itself notes that they had defeated the Imperials and Master D before and implies that the game depicting these events was ''VideoGame/{{Commando}}'' starring Super Joe, but no such boss appears in the top-down game that would correlate to Master D. The ''Bionic Commando'' arcade game, on the other hand, has a General final boss with officers in gray SS uniforms, so it's possible that this is the previous battle with Master D that the NES ''Bionic Commando'' refers to (even though the General and Master D look nothing alike). The Japanese version throws all this out the window and causes Killt to be meta-Hijacked by Ganon instead, with the real life fascist dictator Hitler serving as the true threat instead of the tinpot dictator Killt.


* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', it's revealed that, ultimately, the real BigBad was [[spoiler:the Iconians, whom ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' established as being long extinct. Not only are they not, they are also behind most, if not all, of the big conflicts going back to, at least, the Dominion War.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', it's ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'':
* It's
revealed that, ultimately, the real BigBad was [[spoiler:the Iconians, whom ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' established as being long extinct. Not only are they not, not,]] they are also behind most, if not all, of the big conflicts going back to, at least, in the game leading up to their defeat. They are even responsible for the Hobus supernova that destroyed Romulus and kickstarted the Kelvin timeline.
* The
Dominion War.]]are responsible two foes touched upon in the television franchise and who make their grand appearance in the game: firstly the Hur'q who were once a peaceful civilisation turned mindless berserkers, because they were the Dominion's first failed experiment in creating drug-addicted super soldiers; the second enemy are the Fek'Ihri horde, who were the second botched attempt by the Founders to make a subservient soldier race out of the Klingons aeons ago.


* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': {{Double Subver|sion}}ted. When vines from the Everfree Forest started invading Ponyville and the princesses went missing in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E1PrincessTwilightSparklePart1 Princess Twilight Sparkle]]", everyone assumed it was a new threat or villain causing all this. In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E2PrincessTwilightSparklePart2 Part Two]] it seems to be because of Luna becoming Nightmare Moon again, when it's revealed that it was all a flashback. Then it gets double subverted at the end. It turned out that it was caused by [[spoiler:seeds that the recently reformed villain [[MadGod Discord]] planted right before his defeat by Celestia and Luna over a millennium before. The Tree of Harmony's power managed to keep them from growing for that long.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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{{Double Subver|sion}}ted. When vines from the Everfree Forest started invading Ponyville and the princesses went missing in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E1PrincessTwilightSparklePart1 Princess Twilight Sparkle]]", everyone assumed it was a new threat or villain causing all this. In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E2PrincessTwilightSparklePart2 Part Two]] it seems to be because of Luna becoming Nightmare Moon again, when it's revealed that it was all a flashback. Then it gets double subverted at the end. It turned out that it was caused by [[spoiler:seeds that the recently reformed villain [[MadGod Discord]] planted right before his defeat by Celestia and Luna over a millennium before. The Tree of Harmony's power managed to keep them from growing for that long.]]]]
** A variation happens in [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS9E24TheEndingOfTheEndPart1 the series finale]]. It turns out that Season 9's VillainTeamUp was masterminded by [[spoiler:Discord, [[WellIntentionedExtremist though he did so with good intentions]]. He disguised himself as [[AncientEvil Grogar]] and rallied several past enemies, [[EngineeredHeroics intending to give Twilight some easy victories]] [[MotivationalLie to boost her confidence as the new ruler of Equestria]]. The villains managed to outsmart him, though, and [[BroughtDownToNormal remove his magic]] so he couldn't keep them in line]].


* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/{{Solo}}'' deals with Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando, and several other smuggler allies having to do a heist job for Dryden Vos, the public leader of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate. The inner workings of Crimson Dawn are left vague for most of the story (largely because they're too much of TheDreaded for anyone with half a brain to dig into that), but a climactic scene reveals that [[spoiler:the syndicate's true leader and the superior to Dryden Vos is none other than Darth Maul, the Sith Lord introduced in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.]]
** As of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', guess who's coming back? Emperor Palpatine himself!

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
**
''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/{{Solo}}'' deals with Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando, and several other smuggler allies having to do a heist job for Dryden Vos, the public leader of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate. The inner workings of Crimson Dawn are left vague for most of the story (largely because they're too much of TheDreaded for anyone with half a brain to dig into that), but a climactic scene reveals that [[spoiler:the syndicate's true leader and the superior to Dryden Vos is none other than Darth Maul, the Sith Lord introduced in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.]]
** As of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', guess who's coming back? Emperor Palpatine himself!
]]


** [[spoiler:Dr. Eggman and Eggman Nega]] in ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Rush|Series}} Adventure''.
** In an unusual example of one previously-established villain hijacking ''another'', the "Eggman" faced in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' turns out to actually be a disguised Metal Sonic.
** ''Both'' Classic and Modern Dr. Eggman in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''.
** ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'' has Sonic and Eggman team up for an EnemyMine early in the game, Eggman looking upstaged by the game's villains for the bulk of the game, [[spoiler:but at the start of the last area, Eggman fakes his death and sneaks off to complete his final mech in time to be the game's final boss]].
** ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'' leaves the hijacking for the ending's SequelHook. The game's BigBad has absolutely nothing to do with Dr. Eggman, and in fact, during the game Dr. Eggman claims to be completely reformed and becomes a playable character. Sonic doesn't quite trust him, but at least he's helping. To actually defeat the new villains, though, Sonic has to go somewhere with a YearOutsideHourInside effect, and when he returns, he discovers that Dr. Eggman has taken over the world while he was gone. The End?

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** [[spoiler:Dr. In ''VideoGame/SonicRushAdventure'', Eggman and Eggman Nega]] in ''VideoGame/{{Sonic Rush|Series}} Adventure''.
** In an unusual example of one previously-established villain hijacking ''another'', the "Eggman" faced in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' turns
Nega turn out to actually be a disguised Metal Sonic.
** ''Both'' Classic and Modern Dr. Eggman in ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations''.
** ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'' has Sonic and Eggman team up for an EnemyMine early in the game, Eggman looking upstaged by the game's villains for the bulk of the game, [[spoiler:but at the start of the last area, Eggman fakes his death and sneaks off to complete his final mech in time
to be the game's final boss]].
real threat behind Captain Whisker.
** ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'' leaves the hijacking for the ending's SequelHook. The game's BigBad has absolutely nothing to do with Dr. Eggman, and in fact, during the game Dr. In ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'', Modern Eggman claims to be completely reformed and becomes a playable character. Sonic doesn't quite trust him, but at least he's helping. To actually defeat the new villains, though, Sonic has to go somewhere with a YearOutsideHourInside effect, and when he returns, he discovers that Dr. Classic Eggman has taken over are controlling the world while he was gone. The End?Time Eater.


* ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', despite being set in the same world as ''Literature/HarryPotter'', features Gelert Grindelwald as the GreaterScopeVillain for the franchise. The first film, however, depicts him as being a VillainOfAnotherStory, with his actions being present but only in Europe. Surprise the villain isn't a follower, but Grindelwald himself.
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' features the return of SPECTRE, the NebulousEvilOrganization from the early Bond films and later novels. The movie reveals [[spoiler:that SPECTRE was the true power behind, or was at least strongly connected to, QUANTUM, the organization whose agents served as the villains of the first two Craig-era movies, ''Film/{{Casino Royale 2006}}'' and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', as well as Raoul Silva from ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. However, this trope only applies out-of-universe. The soft ContinuityReboot that occurred in ''Casino Royale'' means that this is the first time James Bond fights SPECTRE in this continuity.]]



* In ''Film/MurderAtTheBaskervilles'', the filmmakers inserted Professor Moriarty into the events of the Literature/SherlockHolmes short story "The Adventure of Silver Blaze" in order to [[AdaptationExpansion beef up the running time]]. However, for Holmes fans, it seems ludicrous that Moriarty would be taking a personal hand in so trivial a crime as [[FixingTheGame fixing a horse race]].
* ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'' has [[spoiler:[[AIIsACrapshoot the Red Queen]], who was previously deactivated at the end of the first movie and was revived presumably between ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction'' and ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'']].
** ''Film/ResidentEvilTheFinalChapter'' has Wesker appearing as the main antagonist, [[spoiler:[[SummonBiggerFish until he calls on]] the original Dr. Issacs for help]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/{{Solo}}'' deals with Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando, and several other smuggler allies having to do a heist job for Dryden Vos, the public leader of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate. The inner workings of Crimson Dawn are left vague for most of the story (largely because they're too much of TheDreaded for anyone with half a brain to dig into that), but a climactic scene reveals that [[spoiler:the syndicate's true leader and the superior to Dryden Vos is none other than Darth Maul, the Sith Lord introduced in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.]]
** As of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', guess who's coming back? Emperor Palpatine himself!
* It's said early on in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' that Eddie's brother was killed by a toon. The movie's villain, Judge Doom later turns out to be that toon disguising himself as a human.



* The ''Film/JamesBond'' movie ''Film/{{Spectre}}'' features the return of SPECTRE, the NebulousEvilOrganization from the early Bond films and later novels. The movie reveals [[spoiler:that SPECTRE was the true power behind, or was at least strongly connected to, QUANTUM, the organization whose agents served as the villains of the first two Craig-era movies, ''Film/{{Casino Royale 2006}}'' and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', as well as Raoul Silva from ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. However, this trope only applies out-of-universe. The soft ContinuityReboot that occurred in ''Casino Royale'' means that this is the first time James Bond fights SPECTRE in this continuity.]]
* ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'' has [[spoiler:[[AIIsACrapshoot the Red Queen]], who was previously deactivated at the end of the first movie and was revived presumably between ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction'' and ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'']].
** ''Film/ResidentEvilTheFinalChapter'' has Wesker appearing as the main antagonist, [[spoiler:[[SummonBiggerFish until he calls on]] the original Dr. Issacs for help]].



* ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'', despite being set in the same world as ''Literature/HarryPotter'', features Gelert Grindelwald as the GreaterScopeVillain for the franchise. The first film, however, depicts him as being a VillainOfAnotherStory, with his actions being present but only in Europe. Surprise the villain isn't a follower, but Grindelwald himself.
* ''Film/SoloAStarWarsStory'' deals with Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando, and several other smuggler allies having to do a heist job for Dryden Vos, the public leader of the Crimson Dawn crime syndicate. The inner workings of Crimson Dawn are left vague for most of the story (largely because they're too much of TheDreaded for anyone with half a brain to dig into that), but a climactic scene reveals that [[spoiler:the syndicate's true leader and the superior to Dryden Vos is none other than Darth Maul, the Sith Lord introduced in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.]]
* As of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', guess who's coming back? Emperor Palpatine himself!
* It's said early on in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' that Eddie's brother was killed by a toon. The movie's villain, Judge Doom later turns out to be that toon disguising himself as a human.
* In ''Film/MurderAtTheBaskervilles'', the filmmakers inserted Professor Moriarty into the events of the Literature/SherlockHolmes short story "The Adventure of Silver Blaze" in order to [[AdaptationExpansion beef up the running time]]. However, for Holmes fans, it seems ludicrous that Moriarty would be taking a personal hand in so trivial a crime as [[FixingTheGame fixing a horse race]].

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** ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'' leaves the hijacking for the ending's SequelHook. The game's BigBad has absolutely nothing to do with Dr. Eggman, and in fact, during the game Dr. Eggman claims to be completely reformed and becomes a playable character. Sonic doesn't quite trust him, but at least he's helping. To actually defeat the new villains, though, Sonic has to go somewhere with a YearOutsideHourInside effect, and when he returns, he discovers that Dr. Eggman has taken over the world while he was gone. The End?

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* As of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', guess who's coming back? Emperor Palpatine himself!


* GreenLantern Rebirth: The [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere newly introduced Parallax Entity]] was directed by Sinestro.

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* GreenLantern Rebirth: ComicBook/GreenLanternRebirth: The [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere newly introduced Parallax Entity]] was directed by Sinestro.


*** Dr. Well himself pulls this off. The first two ''Zero'' games have two different villains, but ultimately Well (who only first appears in the third game) is the GreaterScopeVillain for both. He even resurrects one of the previous main villains (Copy-X) as a PuppetKing and DiscOneFinalBoss, if only to further his plans.

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*** Dr. Well Weil himself pulls this off. The first two ''Zero'' games each have two different villains, but ultimately Well Weil (who only first appears in the third game) is the GreaterScopeVillain for both. He even resurrects one of the previous main villains (Copy-X) as a PuppetKing and DiscOneFinalBoss, if only to further his plans.


** Due to his hand in the creation of the Maverick Virus and Zero, Wily also indirectly set up the events of the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series that acts as a continuation of the ''X'' series, so he could be considered to have hijacked that too, especially when Dr. Weil, the BigBad of the third and fourth games, uses a robot ([[spoiler:Zero's original body, specifically]]) that Wily built.
** Finally, the ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' series that continues the ''Zero'' series, the original Biometal W is a part of the Ragnarok space station from ''Zero 4'' and has Weil's consciousness possessing it due to his FusionDance with it at the climax of the game to try and kill Zero only for Zero to destroy him and the station, driving other Reploids Maverick. It's also implied to have driven the major antagonists of the games into BrainwashedAndCrazy territory by compelling them to carry out its will.

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** Due to his hand in the creation of the Maverick Virus and Zero, Wily also indirectly set up the events of the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' series that acts as a continuation of the ''X'' series, so he could be considered to have hijacked that too, especially when Dr. Weil, the BigBad of the third and fourth games, ''Zero'' series, uses a robot ([[spoiler:Zero's original body, specifically]]) that Wily built.
*** Dr. Well himself pulls this off. The first two ''Zero'' games have two different villains, but ultimately Well (who only first appears in the third game) is the GreaterScopeVillain for both. He even resurrects one of the previous main villains (Copy-X) as a PuppetKing and DiscOneFinalBoss, if only to further his plans.
** Finally, the ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' series that continues the ''Zero'' series, the original Biometal W is a part of the Ragnarok space station from ''Zero 4'' and has Weil's consciousness possessing it due to his FusionDance with it at the climax of the game to try and kill Zero only for Zero to destroy him and the station, it, driving other Reploids Maverick. It's also implied to have driven the major antagonists of the games into BrainwashedAndCrazy territory by compelling them to carry out its will.

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