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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', [[TheCaptain Lindy Harlaown]] doesn't show up until [[WhamEpisode episode seven]]. Before that point the story had been a simple MagicalGirl vs DarkMagicalGirl tale, so her introduction (and by extension, the introduction of [[TheFederation the TSAB]]) gives the audience the idea of a much larger setting.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The closest thing that the show has to a BigGood, Whitebeard, only shows up after the end of Jaya arc (around 200+ chapters in). He's one of the "Four Emperors", the 4 strongest pirate crews that are among the biggest threat to the World Government; he's also the WorldsStrongestMan. He only gets to showcase his capabilities much later, in the Battle of Marineford, where he and his crew comes to rescue one of their commanders, Ace, from execution; he alone causes more damage to the Marine troops and the Marineford building itself than any of his crew or allies combined. However, [[spoiler:Whitebeard gets killed by the whole Blackbeard Pirates gunning at him at once, and the battle gets stopped by Shanks, another of the 4 Emperors, who becomes the "new" BigGood of the story.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' during the final parts of the Fusion arc, [[spoiler:Yuya finally succumbs to Zarc's influence, reviving the BigBad of the show while taking out TheHero in the process. It doesn't get better as due to Leo's rushing, BigGood Ray's revival is stopped. Thus from episodes 136 to 139 the Lancers, their allies, some of the dimension's strongest duelists and even Leo himself face Zarc and he shows why he's called Supreme King Dragon. Zarc spends each of these episodes completely crushing the heroes easily. Zarc came extremely close to winning if not for Reira channeling Ray to save the day.]]

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', [[TheCaptain Lindy Harlaown]] doesn't show up until [[WhamEpisode episode seven]].seven. Before that point the story had been a simple MagicalGirl vs DarkMagicalGirl tale, so her introduction (and by extension, the introduction of [[TheFederation the TSAB]]) gives the audience the idea of a much larger setting.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The closest thing that the show has to a BigGood, Whitebeard, only shows up after the end of Jaya arc (around 200+ chapters in). He's one of the "Four Emperors", the 4 strongest pirate crews that are among the biggest threat to the World Government; he's also the WorldsStrongestMan. He only gets to showcase his capabilities much later, in the Battle of Marineford, where he and his crew comes come to rescue one of their commanders, Ace, from execution; he alone causes more damage to the Marine troops and the Marineford building itself than any of his crew or allies combined. However, [[spoiler:Whitebeard gets killed by the whole Blackbeard Pirates gunning at him at once, and the battle gets stopped by Shanks, another of the 4 Emperors, who becomes the "new" BigGood of the story.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' during the final parts of the Fusion arc, [[spoiler:Yuya [[spoiler:Yuya]] finally succumbs to Zarc's influence, reviving the BigBad of the show while taking out TheHero the hero in the process. It doesn't get better as due to Leo's rushing, BigGood Ray's [[BigGood Ray]]'s revival is stopped. Thus from episodes 136 to 139 the Lancers, their allies, some of the dimension's strongest duelists and even Leo himself face Zarc and he shows why he's called Supreme King Dragon. Zarc spends each of these episodes completely crushing the heroes easily. Zarc came extremely close to winning if not for Reira [[spoiler:Reira channeling Ray to save the day.]] ]]



* In the original ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' series, the ComicBook/{{Avengers}} would have been ''really'' helpful against the Gibborim and the Pride, but they don't show up until just after the kids win...just in time to separate them and ship them off to foster care. [[NeverLiveItDown The Runaways have never forgiven the Avengers for this, even after Nico and Victor became Avengers themselves.]]

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* In the original ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' series, the ComicBook/{{Avengers}} ComicBook/TheAvengers would have been ''really'' helpful against the Gibborim and the Pride, but they don't show up until just after the kids win...just in time to separate them and ship them off to foster care. [[NeverLiveItDown The Runaways have never forgiven the Avengers for this, even after Nico and Victor became Avengers themselves.]]



* It happens in some ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' stories:
** ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'': Superman dies in the first arc, remains absent during "Funeral for a Friend" and reappears at the end of "Reign of Supermen", right in time to prove who's the real Man of Steel and stop the murderous Cyborg Superman.
** ''ComicBook/SupergirlBeingSuper'': Superman isn't heard of until the last pages, when one character mentions news reports of a flying strongman hero operating in Metropolis. ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} finally meets him in the flesh in the very final page.



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* ''Roleplay/TheBalladOfEdgardo'': There ''was'' no BigGood on the forum. Goldenharl was a NobleDemon under [=Xer0=]'s thumb, and Squid was basically an outcast just trying to get by. Then Edgardo shows up and becomes the HopeBringer, pretty much entirely by accident.
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* In the first IDW ''Transformers'' arc, ''Infiltration'', Optimus Prime didn't appear until the very last page, and one of the running threads of the arc was whether or not he should be summoned from Cybertron by the small recon team of Autobots on earth. This happens, but they wonder what's taking him so long to get there. The in-story explanation was that Prime was actually busy fighting Thunderwing in the simultaneously running ''Stormbringer'' arc. The ''actual'' reason given by the publisher was that they didn't want to bring Prime out right at the start, so he could keep a level of mystique and gravitas as long as possible.

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* In the first IDW ''Transformers'' ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'' arc, ''Infiltration'', ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries Infiltration]]'', Optimus Prime didn't appear until the very last page, and one of the running threads of the arc was whether or not he should be summoned from Cybertron by the small recon team of Autobots on earth. This happens, but they wonder what's taking him so long to get there. The in-story explanation was that Prime was actually busy fighting Thunderwing in the simultaneously running ''Stormbringer'' arc. The ''actual'' reason given by the publisher was that they didn't want to bring Prime out right at the start, so he could keep a level of mystique and gravitas as long as possible.


** From the season two premiere onward, Superman starts showing up in person, at which point it shifts more to "[[SupermanStaysOutOfGotham Superman stays out of National City]]" - he's either busy back in Metropolis or outright off-planet.

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** From the season two premiere onward, Superman starts showing up in person, at which point it shifts more to "[[SupermanStaysOutOfGotham Superman stays out of National City]]" - he's either busy back in Metropolis or outright off-planet.


** From the season two premiere onward, Superman starts showing up in person, although he's generally busy back in Metropolis or outright off-planet.

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** From the season two premiere onward, Superman starts showing up in person, although at which point it shifts more to "[[SupermanStaysOutOfGotham Superman stays out of National City]]" - he's generally either busy back in Metropolis or outright off-planet.


* ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'': Superman is referenced a great deal, but for all practical purposes does not appear for the entire first season. He [=IMs=] Kara a few times, but his one brief appearance (not even showing his face, and he's "onscreen" for all of five seconds) is in an episode about Kara wanting to establish herself as her own hero and her own person, not an adjunct to Superman, as just ''his'' cousin and part of ''his'' legacy. Part of the show's female empowerment message to be sure, but also a message for anyone who's felt overwhelmed by someone else's shadow. It's also part of the show forging an identity for Supergirl herself beyond "Superman's DistaffCounterpart", which is largely all she's been in comics for decades. Basically, withholding Superman is about letting Supergirl become her own BigGood, and an equal one to Superman, on her own terms, in her own way, and in her own time. Superman shows up again for the first season finale, where he immediately succumbs to the BigBad's mind control, being [[TheWorfEffect Worfed]] to keep the story focus on Kara.

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Superman is referenced a great deal, but for all practical purposes does not appear for the entire first season. He [=IMs=] Kara a few times, but his one brief appearance (not even showing his face, and he's "onscreen" for all of five seconds) is in an episode about Kara wanting to establish herself as her own hero and her own person, not an adjunct to Superman, as just ''his'' cousin and part of ''his'' legacy. Part of the show's female empowerment message to be sure, but also a message for anyone who's felt overwhelmed by someone else's shadow. It's also part of the show forging an identity for Supergirl herself beyond "Superman's DistaffCounterpart", which is largely all she's been in comics for decades. Basically, withholding Superman is about letting Supergirl become her own BigGood, and an equal one to Superman, on her own terms, in her own way, and in her own time. Superman shows up again for the first season finale, where he immediately succumbs to the BigBad's mind control, being [[TheWorfEffect Worfed]] to keep the story focus on Kara.Kara.
** From the season two premiere onward, Superman starts showing up in person, although he's generally busy back in Metropolis or outright off-planet.


* In the original ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' series, the ComicBook/{{Avengers}} would have been ''really'' helpful against the Gibborim and the Pride, but they don't show up until just after the kids win... [[SubvertedTrope at which point they bust the kids for their roles in the Pride's deaths.]] [[NeverLiveItDown The Runaways have never forgiven the Avengers for this, even after Nico and Victor became Avengers themselves.]]

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* In the original ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' series, the ComicBook/{{Avengers}} would have been ''really'' helpful against the Gibborim and the Pride, but they don't show up until just after the kids win... [[SubvertedTrope at which point they bust the kids for their roles just in the Pride's deaths.]] time to separate them and ship them off to foster care. [[NeverLiveItDown The Runaways have never forgiven the Avengers for this, even after Nico and Victor became Avengers themselves.]]


* The roguish ''Film/TimeBandits'' are lured into the clutches of the Evil Genius, who would exploit their map of creation to remake the world to his liking. Though the Bandits are able to escape and summon TheCavalry from far and wide, nobody comes close to vanquishing the Evil Genius. Then, the Supreme Being shows up in person (he'd been seen as a DemonHead only until the climax), whereupon he thwarts the villain, recovers his map, and saves the world. Because he'd planned it that way, or so he says.

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* The roguish ''Film/TimeBandits'' are lured into the clutches of the Evil Genius, who would exploit their map of creation to remake the world to his liking. Though the Bandits are able to escape and summon TheCavalry from far and wide, wide[[note]]Roman archers, cowboys on horseback, and a futuristic ship that fires lasers[[/note]], nobody comes close to vanquishing the Evil Genius.Genius. No one even harms him. Then, the Supreme Being shows up in person (he'd been seen as a DemonHead only until the climax), whereupon he thwarts the villain, recovers his map, and saves the world. Because he'd planned it that way, or so he says.


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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': Aslan typically refrains from showing up until a climactic point in each book.

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'', Chronos traps the Lord of Spirits Milla Maxwell in the void between worlds to prevent her from interfering with his plans for humanity. Matters are made even more difficult when Elle accidentally brings a [[AlternateUniverse different Milla]] into the prime dimension.



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* ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'': ComicBook/{{Superman}} doesn't appear until halfway through the movie. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], what with him having died in [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice the previous film]], necessitating a reason for him to [[BackFromTheDead get better]]. Still, he doesn't show up to the final battle until it's pretty thoroughly engaged.
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* ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'': ComicBook/{{Superman}} doesn't appear until halfway through the movie. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], {{Justified|Trope}}, what with him having died in [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice the previous film]], necessitating a reason for him to [[BackFromTheDead get better]]. Still, he doesn't show up to the final battle until it's pretty thoroughly engaged.
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* ''Series/Supergirl2015'': Superman is referenced a great deal, but for all practical purposes does not appear for the entire first season. He [=IMs=] Kara a few times, but his one brief appearance (not even showing his face, and he's "onscreen" for all of five seconds) is in an episode about Kara wanting to establish herself as her own hero and her own person, not an adjunct to Superman, as just ''his'' cousin and part of ''his'' legacy. Part of the show's female empowerment message to be sure, but also a message for anyone who's felt overwhelmed by someone else's shadow. It's also part of the show forging an identity for Supergirl herself beyond "Superman's DistaffCounterpart," which is largely all she's been in comics for decades. Basically, withholding Superman is about letting Supergirl become her own BigGood, and an equal one to Superman, on her own terms, in her own way, and in her own time. Superman shows up again for the first season finale, where he immediately succumbs to the BigBad's mind control, being [[TheWorfEffect Worfed]] to keep the story focus on Kara.

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* ''Series/Supergirl2015'': ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'': Superman is referenced a great deal, but for all practical purposes does not appear for the entire first season. He [=IMs=] Kara a few times, but his one brief appearance (not even showing his face, and he's "onscreen" for all of five seconds) is in an episode about Kara wanting to establish herself as her own hero and her own person, not an adjunct to Superman, as just ''his'' cousin and part of ''his'' legacy. Part of the show's female empowerment message to be sure, but also a message for anyone who's felt overwhelmed by someone else's shadow. It's also part of the show forging an identity for Supergirl herself beyond "Superman's DistaffCounterpart," DistaffCounterpart", which is largely all she's been in comics for decades. Basically, withholding Superman is about letting Supergirl become her own BigGood, and an equal one to Superman, on her own terms, in her own way, and in her own time. Superman shows up again for the first season finale, where he immediately succumbs to the BigBad's mind control, being [[TheWorfEffect Worfed]] to keep the story focus on Kara.



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* One of the first things novice players of TabletopGame/{{Chess}} learn is to not rush forward with their strongest piece, the Queen, simply because it is such a valuable target and the Queen gains its offensive power from its sheer maneuverability while being no harder for any other piece to actually remove if they get the opportunity. In an early-game board cluttered with other pieces it is thus relatively easy to trap a Queen in a situation where it will be at risk, or possibly even a liability to the player controlling it - but later in the game, when the board is less cluttered from pieces being removed, the Queen can run amok and be nigh-impossible to trap, threatening multiple pieces at once.

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* One of the first things novice players of TabletopGame/{{Chess}} learn is to not rush forward with their strongest piece, the Queen, simply because it is such a valuable target and the Queen gains its offensive power from its sheer maneuverability while being no harder for any other piece to actually remove if they get the opportunity. In an early-game board cluttered with other pieces it is thus relatively easy to trap a Queen in a situation where it will be at risk, or possibly even a liability to the player controlling it - -- but later in the game, when the board is less cluttered from pieces being removed, the Queen can run amok and be nigh-impossible to trap, threatening multiple pieces at once.



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* Zigzagged in Videogame/DawnOfWarIII - Jain Zar, as a Phoenix Lord, would be capable of ending the EnemyCivilWar between the two [[SpaceElves Eldar]] factions with just a few words of authority, but doesn't because [[INeedYouStronger it would mean the Eldar would never rise to the challenges facing them]] and start HoldingOutForAHero to solve their problems instead. So while she is physically present in the story and will fight for the player's faction, she is still vastly less significant than she could be.

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* Zigzagged in Videogame/DawnOfWarIII - ''Videogame/DawnOfWarIII''. Jain Zar, as a Phoenix Lord, would be capable of ending the EnemyCivilWar between the two [[SpaceElves Eldar]] factions with just a few words of authority, but doesn't because [[INeedYouStronger it would mean the Eldar would never rise to the challenges facing them]] and start HoldingOutForAHero to solve their problems instead. So while she is physically present in the story and will fight for the player's faction, she is still vastly less significant than she could be.



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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' during the final parts of the Fusion arc, [[spoiler:Yuya finally succumbs to Zarc's influence, reviving the BigBad of the show while taking out theHero. It doesn't get better as due to Leo's rushing, BigGood Ray's revival is stopped. Thus from episodes 136 to 139 the Lancers, their allies, some of the dimension's strongest duelists and even Leo himself face Zarc and he shows why he's called Supreme King Dragon. Zarc spends each of these episodes completely crushing the heroes easily. Zarc came extremely close to winning if not for Reira channeling Ray to save the day.]]

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' during the final parts of the Fusion arc, [[spoiler:Yuya finally succumbs to Zarc's influence, reviving the BigBad of the show while taking out theHero.TheHero in the process. It doesn't get better as due to Leo's rushing, BigGood Ray's revival is stopped. Thus from episodes 136 to 139 the Lancers, their allies, some of the dimension's strongest duelists and even Leo himself face Zarc and he shows why he's called Supreme King Dragon. Zarc spends each of these episodes completely crushing the heroes easily. Zarc came extremely close to winning if not for Reira channeling Ray to save the day.]]

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' during the final parts of the Fusion arc, [[spoiler:Yuya finally succumbs to Zarc's influence, reviving the BigBad of the show while taking out theHero. It doesn't get better as due to Leo's rushing, BigGood Ray's revival is stopped. Thus from episodes 136 to 139 the Lancers, their allies, some of the dimension's strongest duelists and even Leo himself face Zarc and he shows why he's called Supreme King Dragon. Zarc spends each of these episodes completely crushing the heroes easily. Zarc came extremely close to winning if not for Reira channeling Ray to save the day.]]


* In the pilot two-parter of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Princess Celestia is completely absent, only sending [[TheHero Twilight Sparkle]] to Ponyville via a letter and is nowhere to be found when her sister [[SealedEvilInACan Nightmare Moon]] returns. It's only after Nightmare Moon is defeated that Celestia finally shows up to make amends with her sister. [[spoiler:Turns out she could no longer wield the Elements of Harmony needed to defeat Nightmare Moon, and sending Twilight to Ponyville to make friends was her plan to create new wielders for them.]]

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* In the pilot two-parter of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Princess Celestia is completely absent, only sending [[TheHero Twilight Sparkle]] to Ponyville via a letter and is nowhere to be found when her sister [[SealedEvilInACan Nightmare Moon]] returns. It's only after Nightmare Moon is defeated that Celestia finally shows up to make amends with her sister. [[spoiler:Turns out she could no longer wield the Elements of Harmony needed to defeat Nightmare Moon, and sending Twilight to Ponyville to make friends was her plan to create new wielders for them.]]]]
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