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** Zig-zagged in subsequent Generations. The scheme of Generation V's Team Plasma was mostly limited to impacting Unova, Generation VI's Team Flare secretly sought to wipe out almost all life on the planet, Generation VII had [[spoiler: Lusamine recklessly unleashing Ultra Beasts all over Alola]] or [[spoiler: Necrozma stealing Alola's light]], and Generation VIII's Team Yell is basically a gang of FootballHooligans [[spoiler:while Galar's resident MegaCorp is [[MainliningTheMonster attempting to use an ancient alien Pokémon as a power source for the region]].]]

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** Zig-zagged in subsequent Generations. The scheme of Generation V's Team Plasma was mostly limited to impacting Unova, Generation VI's Team Flare secretly sought to wipe out almost all life on the planet, Generation VII had [[spoiler: Lusamine recklessly unleashing Ultra Beasts all over Alola]] or [[spoiler: Necrozma stealing Alola's light]], and Generation VIII's Team Yell is basically a gang of FootballHooligans [[spoiler:while [[spoiler:who are simply trying to support their local gym leader's little sister (and getting a tad carried away with it), while Galar's resident MegaCorp is [[MainliningTheMonster attempting to use an ancient alien Pokémon as a power source for the region]].]]


** Zig-zagged in subsequent Generations. The scheme of Generation V's Team Plasma was mostly limited to impacting Unova, Generation VI's Team Flare secretly sought to wipe out almost all life on the planet, and Generation VII had [[spoiler: Lusamine recklessly unleashing Ultra Beasts all over Alola]] or [[spoiler: Necrozma stealing Alola's light.]]

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** Zig-zagged in subsequent Generations. The scheme of Generation V's Team Plasma was mostly limited to impacting Unova, Generation VI's Team Flare secretly sought to wipe out almost all life on the planet, and Generation VII had [[spoiler: Lusamine recklessly unleashing Ultra Beasts all over Alola]] or [[spoiler: Necrozma stealing Alola's light.light]], and Generation VIII's Team Yell is basically a gang of FootballHooligans [[spoiler:while Galar's resident MegaCorp is [[MainliningTheMonster attempting to use an ancient alien Pokémon as a power source for the region]].]]


* In WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros this is the principal [[LegionOfDoom The Guild of Calamitous Intent]] runs off of. An equally matched aggression system that fits the right villain with the ideal protagonist of an equal or so skill and power level. Itís this system that prevents every costumed weirdo, MadScientist and miscreant from running amuck arc Ross the world and causing untold damage and killing who knows how many civilians; which would have the worlds governments up their asses and leave them no way to fight back. Itís for this reason if either the villains or heroes do not follow protocol or get too bloodthirsty? The Guild can claim self defense or liability and finish them off.

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* In WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros this is the principal [[LegionOfDoom The Guild of Calamitous Intent]] runs off of. An equally matched aggression system that fits the right villain with the ideal protagonist of an equal or so skill and power level. Itís this system that prevents every costumed weirdo, MadScientist and miscreant from running amuck arc Ross the world and amuck, causing untold damage and killing who knows how many civilians; which would have the worlds governments up their asses and leave them no way to fight back. Itís for this reason if either the villains or heroes do not follow protocol or get too bloodthirsty? The Guild can claim self defense or liability and finish them off.


* In WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros this is the principal [[LegionOfDoom The Guild of Calamitous Intent]] runs off of. An equally matched aggression system that fits the right villain with the ideal protagonist of an equal or so skill and power level. Itís this system that prevents every costumed weirdo, MadScientist and miscreant from running amuck arc Ross the world and causing untold damage and killing who knows how many civilians; which would have the worlds governments up their ass and leave them no way to fight back. Itís for this reason if either the villain or hero do not follow protocol or get too bloodthirsty? The Huild can claim self defense or liability and finish them off.

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* In WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros this is the principal [[LegionOfDoom The Guild of Calamitous Intent]] runs off of. An equally matched aggression system that fits the right villain with the ideal protagonist of an equal or so skill and power level. Itís this system that prevents every costumed weirdo, MadScientist and miscreant from running amuck arc Ross the world and causing untold damage and killing who knows how many civilians; which would have the worlds governments up their ass asses and leave them no way to fight back. Itís for this reason if either the villain villains or hero heroes do not follow protocol or get too bloodthirsty? The Huild Guild can claim self defense or liability and finish them off.

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* In WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros this is the principal [[LegionOfDoom The Guild of Calamitous Intent]] runs off of. An equally matched aggression system that fits the right villain with the ideal protagonist of an equal or so skill and power level. Itís this system that prevents every costumed weirdo, MadScientist and miscreant from running amuck arc Ross the world and causing untold damage and killing who knows how many civilians; which would have the worlds governments up their ass and leave them no way to fight back. Itís for this reason if either the villain or hero do not follow protocol or get too bloodthirsty? The Huild can claim self defense or liability and finish them off.


* A ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6697660/32/The-Discworld-Tarot fic]] by Creator/AAPessimal has Ponder Stibbons thinking creatively about an objective scale to gauge any magical hazard. He evolves something based clsoely on the Beaufort Scale for wind strength, which involves closely watching Rincewind to see how he reacts. If rincewind not only runs away but seeks to get to the next continent[[note]]force nine[[/note]], it's ''serious''.

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* A ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6697660/32/The-Discworld-Tarot fic]] by Creator/AAPessimal has Ponder Stibbons thinking creatively about an objective scale to gauge any magical hazard. He evolves something based clsoely on the Beaufort Scale for wind strength, which involves closely watching Rincewind to see how he reacts. If rincewind Rincewind not only runs away but seeks to get to the next continent[[note]]force nine[[/note]], it's ''serious''.


* Sinestro. With an army of Yellow Lanterns behind him. Plus Superboy Prime. Plus Hank Henshaw, who ''also'' has Superman's powers (and [[{{Immortality}} can't die]] [[DeathSeeker no matter how much he wants to]]). Plus '''the motherfucking [[spoiler:Anti-Monitor]].''' After the Sinestro Corps War, what the hell can be considered a threat to the [[GreenLantern Green Lanterns]]? Satan? God? [[MemeticBadass BATMAN!?]]

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* Sinestro. With an army of Yellow Lanterns behind him. Plus Superboy Prime. Plus Hank Henshaw, who ''also'' has Superman's powers (and [[{{Immortality}} can't die]] [[DeathSeeker no matter how much he wants to]]). Plus '''the motherfucking [[spoiler:Anti-Monitor]].''' After the Sinestro Corps War, what the hell can be considered a threat to the [[GreenLantern [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Green Lanterns]]? Satan? God? [[MemeticBadass BATMAN!?]]


** Well, judging from the previews, it looks like the next big threat is the Sinestro Corps, plus two ''other'' equally evil Corps based off of Rage and Greed, and just to top it all off, [[spoiler:an army of zombies with power rings drawing power from the Anti-Monitor's corpse]]. So yeah, that threat can be topped.



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* A ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6697660/32/The-Discworld-Tarot fic]] by Creator/AAPessimal has Ponder Stibbons thinking creatively about an objective scale to gauge any magical hazard. He evolves something based clsoely on the Beaufort Scale for wind strength, which involves closely watching Rincewind to see how he reacts. If rincewind not only runs away but seeks to get to the next continent[[note]]force nine[[/note]], it's ''serious''.


* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' example: This fits the escalation of excessiveness till a plateau is hit. The villains of the first two sets of games were a criminal syndicate who did nothing much more than your standard criminal activities. Steal Pokémon here, take over a corporation there, yada yada. The next set of games have villains who wanted to use the legendary Pokémon of those locations to either wipe out all of the ocean or the land on earth, respectively. The most recent games had villains who wanted to wipe out the universe and reshape it to their will. What next!?

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* The first four ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' example: This fits the escalation generations followed this pattern. Team Rocket of excessiveness till a plateau is hit. The villains of the first two sets of games Generations I and II were a criminal syndicate who did nothing much more than your pretty standard criminal activities. Steal Pokémon here, take over a corporation there, yada yada. The next set of games have villains who wanted organized crime syndicate. In Generation III, Team Magma and Team Aqua sought to use the Hoenn's legendary Pokémon of those locations to either wipe out all of the ocean or expand the land on earth, respectively. The most recent games had villains who wanted or sea respectively, risking widespread destruction worldwide. Then in Generation IV, Team Galactic's leader sought to wipe out reshape the universe to his will with legendary Pokémon that can warp time or space.
** Zig-zagged in subsequent Generations. The scheme of Generation V's Team Plasma was mostly limited to impacting Unova, Generation VI's Team Flare secretly sought to wipe out almost all life on the planet,
and reshape it to their will. What next!?
Generation VII had [[spoiler: Lusamine recklessly unleashing Ultra Beasts all over Alola]] or [[spoiler: Necrozma stealing Alola's light.]]


* ''{{Pokemon}}'' example: This fits the escalation of excessiveness till a plateau is hit. The villains of the first two sets of games were a criminal syndicate who did nothing much more than your standard criminal activities. Steal Pokémon here, take over a corporation there, yada yada. The next set of games have villains who wanted to use the legendary Pokémon of those locations to either wipe out all of the ocean or the land on earth, respectively. The most recent games had villains who wanted to wipe out the universe and reshape it to their will. What next!?

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* ''{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' example: This fits the escalation of excessiveness till a plateau is hit. The villains of the first two sets of games were a criminal syndicate who did nothing much more than your standard criminal activities. Steal Pokémon here, take over a corporation there, yada yada. The next set of games have villains who wanted to use the legendary Pokémon of those locations to either wipe out all of the ocean or the land on earth, respectively. The most recent games had villains who wanted to wipe out the universe and reshape it to their will. What next!?


** [[AnimalWrongsGroup PETA]]

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** [[AnimalWrongsGroup PETA]]



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* Averted for ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'', where TheBadGuyWins actually happened... just in time for the new game, ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar''.






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* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Dark Ranger]] struggles with this. For a time, Dark Ranger was constantly having to upgrade his gear to compete with the increasingly dangerous supervillains he was facing.

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* ''Fanfic/FairyDanceOfDeath'': By design, for any good game. As the players progress through the World Tree, each new level presents a more difficult challenge than the last. In some cases, such as the 25th gateway boss, the DifficultySpike is lethal.






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* ''Roleplay/SayakaQuest'': Skadi. A triple-Witch spawned from a natural 100 on the difficulty role and the second most powerful Witch fought to date.



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