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"Steve Rogers. Your comrades have fallen by the wayside. You stand alone, the only bastion preventing me from slaughtering your comrades inside and obtaining the Time Stone from them. Your efforts are valiant, but they will prove futile. It is as this universe's version of me said to that pest of a trickster god. Dread it, run from it, destiny still arrives all the same. You have my respect, Captain. Surrender, and you will have my mercy."
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Dragon Ball
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  • Abridged:
    • The Christmas Tree of Might: Turles is a Saiyan survivor who leads a band of loyal criminals, whom he rescued from the Planet of Misfit Minions. Turles developed a burning hatred for Christmas, due to Santa Claus never visiting Planet Vegeta and robbing him of the joys of Christmas. As a result, Turles made it his life's mission to ruin Christmas on other planets by planting the Christmas Tree of Might, which would absorb all of the planet's Christmas joy, intending to do so on Earth. Meeting Gohan, Turles recognizes the boy as a Saiyan, where Turles pushes a Pressure Point to make Gohan's tail regrow, then tricks him into looking at an Artificial Moon he created. Gohan transforms into a Great Ape, with Turles pitting him against Goku, though when Goku halts his son's rampage by cutting off his tail, Turles commends Goku for this move. Fighting Goku, Turles gives himself the advantage by eating fruit from the tree, beating down and very nearly killing Goku.
    • Broly — The Legendary Super Saiyan: Paragus, after being stabbed and Left for Dead along with his son Broly by King Vegeta out of fear for the latter's power, desires revenge through the King's son. To do this, he recruits the Shamosians to build an infrastructure on a planet on a collision course with a comet before arriving on Earth and offering Prince Vegeta a planet to rule over, purposely taking advantage of his egotistical personality. When his plans are inevitably exposed, Paragus does not descend into a Villainous Breakdown but rather confesses his plans and backstory to the Z-Fighters. Even though he did not intend to trigger Broly's transformation — due to previously having wiped out the South Galaxy before — Paragus nevertheless showed pride in his son while letting him kill the Z-Fighters for him. Lacking the worst traits of his original counterpart, Paragus attempts to eliminate Vegeta not through brute strength but by knowledge and manipulations of the arrogant Prince.
  • In Pursuit Of Vengeance (link): Dodoria proves to be significantly more intelligent than his canon counterpart. Tasked by Frieza to watch over the forcibly recruited Goku, Dodoria tricks him into purging a helpless alien race by taking advantage of Goku's grudge against Raditz. Over time, Dodoria begins to form a bond with Goku, and when the Saiyans betray Frieza, Dodoria deduces the existence of the Namekian Dragon Balls, intending to use them as a way to persuade Frieza to spare Goku for his treachery. Attacking Namek alongside Zarbon for its Dragon Balls, when Dodoria discovers Goku intends to use them to revive the purged Earthlings, he turns against Frieza and kills Zarbon by surprise. After shielding Goku from Captain Ginyu's body swap technique, Dodoria impersonates Ginyu to trick Frieza into thinking the Saiyans are still on Namek, buying Goku time to resurrect everyone on Earth. Dodoria then goes to Earth to train the revived Z-Fighters, allowing them to grow strong enough to protect the planet from Frieza's forces.
  • Multiverse:
    • Captain Ginyu of Universe 8 was once the esteemed leader of the Ginyu Force, punished by Frieza for a past failure. Using his "Body Change" technique to fake his death, Ginyu goes into hiding and plots revenge against his former master. Taking over King Cold's body and usurping his place as leader of the Frost Demon empire, he keeps up the masquerade for decades and trains himself to control Cold's great power, even managing to unlock two new transformations in secret. In his battle against Bra of Universe 16 during the tournament, Ginyu takes advantage of the Saiyan girl's pride and arrogance to give himself an advantage in the fight, only losing due to Bra fighting dirty herself. Ginyu uses his Body Change technique to swap bodies with Bra and leaves her trapped in his old crippled body, only narrowly thwarted by virtue of Vegito's sheer strength. Even as Babidi's thrall, Ginyu is no less competent a fighter, making unorthodox use of his Body Change technique to make his enemies mutilate themselves before swapping them into one another's dying bodies.
    • Bardock of Universe 3 shows himself to be more than a low-class Saiyan thug. After foreseeing Frieza's genocide of the Saiyan race, Bardock successfully rallied the Saiyans to rebel against Frieza by overthrowing King Vegeta. The Saiyans under Bardock's new leadership then seized control of Frieza's empire, with Bardock using his precognitive powers to devise long-term plans to eliminate any competitors. To avoid any power struggles that would undo his work, Bardock willingly stepped down as king, instead becoming one of the empire's chief advisors to continue running affairs from behind the scenes, all the while adapting his plans to whichever Saiyan ascends to the throne.
    • Hanasia, Queen of the Saiyans: Snower is the second son of Emperor Blizzard of the Frost Demon Empire. Snower acts as the Empire's administrator to appoint his followers to important positions, while his efficiency makes him a trusted figure even as he secretly plots to seize total control in the future. When his brothers leave to seek revenge on Hanasia for the death of their brother Chilled, Snower takes advantage of their absence to enact his long-awaited coup. Snower covertly aids a group of rebels seeking to break free from the Empire, assassinating his father and older brother as well as Hanasia. Victorious, he offers the rebels a chance to join his ranks, or return home with their newly earned independence only to withhold any assistance to the independent planets unless they let themselves be annexed by his new empire.
  • PRIMAL: Cooler is the brutal but charismatic leader of the Cooler Empire. A gifted scientist and martial artist since his youth, Cooler rejected his father King Cold's tyrannical methods and sought to conquer planets through more honourable means, fighting and earning the respect of their world's strongest fighters, first doing so on planet Hera and even helping some of their people escape when his father found out. Upon being disowned and exiled to a desolate planet, Cooler allies with the natives to create the Big Gete Star program and relocates the surviving Herans to assemble an army to combat the Frieza Force, traveling the cosmos and welcoming strong planets into his empire while purging weak worlds so the universe was strong and knowledgable enough to survive. Arriving on Earth upon learning of Frieza's defeat by Goku's hand, Cooler shows genuine care for his men and challenges Gohan all while offering him a place in his empire. After being defeated and fatally wounded, Cooler sincerely congratulates Gohan, proving himself more virtuous than the original film.
  • What If Zamasu Did Nothing Wrong?: Zamasu in this fanwork still harbors some resentment for mortals but chooses a far different path upon being brought to Barbari by Gowasu. Instead of believing that mortals are universally irredeemable, he instead decides to prove his own worth as well as his belief that the gods should have a hands-on approach with mortals by civilizing them himself to his own standards. Using cunning and trickery, he's able to convince the Barbarians that he's an omnipotent being who created their world, all the while remaining hidden except from his chosen prophet. Through his guidance and teachings, the Barbarians' civilization grows considerably in only a few centuries. When the Barbarians split into two warring factions, Zamasu finds a new prophet in a ki-possessing Barbarian named Decraf, and together they are able to build an army strong enough to defeat the current prophet and unify the Barbarians. In the present day, Zamasu finds that his plan has worked and Barbari has become a space-age marvel. Deciding to replace the stubborn Rumsshi with Decraf, Zamasu manages to restore the latter's youth and convince Rumsshi to train him. In the end, having a new appreciation for mortals, Zamasu sacrifices himself in exchange for repairing the damage caused by his main timeline counterparts.

RWBY

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  • Children of Remnant: Cinder Fall is Queen Salem's chief strategist, put in charge of ensuring her war with humanity begins. To that end, she manipulates the Claimed to earn their trust, whispering in Jaune's ear to attempt to trick him into war. Behind the scenes, she hires Dr. Merlot to trick the Schnees and Belladonnas into attempting to assassinate Jaune, utilizing her spies to ensure they go through with the plan; simultaneously, she raises public tensions against the Claimed by assassinating anti-Grimm speakers and advocating for war. When her plan ultimately fails and she learns of how she was manipulated by Salem, she turns against her former master and tells Jaune the truth of their "mother", ultimately dying while defeating Tyrian and taking the identity of the Summer Maiden to the grave.
  • Destinies of Remnant:
    • "The Wolves and the Soulless": Roman Torchwick, surviving his canonical death, remains as skillfully charming as ever. Released from prison to serve James Ironwood's ends, Roman recruits Team RWBY and Sun to his cause, rescuing Weiss from her home and tracking Blake to Menagerie along the way. Coming up with the plan to secure Sienna Khan's aid against Adam Taurus, Roman keeps up a charade of helping Sienna throughout the subsequent battle and helps ensure Adam's defeat. Following the battle, Roman detonates a bomb in the headquarters, killing both Sienna and Adam as well as wiping out the White Fang in one fell swoop, giving Ironwood the reason he needs to conquer Menagerie while Roman himself retires to a quiet life in Mantle.
    • "Be Glad You Existed": Cinder Fall, though on the side of the heroes, remains no less ruthless than always. After learning of Arthur Watts' plan to invade Beacon with the White Fang, Cinder spends weeks studying Ruby Rose's methods and skills, eventually intervening to invite her to Beacon herself. After gathering both Team RWBY and her own team, Cinder orchestrates the plan to take the CCT back from Watts, further ingratiating herself to Ruby while pretending to be her friend. After they encounter Watts himself, she takes Ruby hostage, engaging in a Battle of Wits with her enemy that she ultimately wins when she reveals that not only did his ally already cave, but she had already rooted out his spies within Beacon Academy, leaving his plan a complete failure before she kills him herself.
    • "This World Will Have No Peace": Adam Taurus, while no less vengeful than in canon, funnels that nature into a dangerous level of ambition. Seeking to strike straight at the top of humanity, Adam targets Jacques Schnee himself, intending to steal everything the man built. Through a series of Engineered Heroics and framing others for his crimes, Adam ingratiates himself to the man, all the while plotting with Sienna Khan behind his back. After orchestrating a riot that kills multiple innocents and framing Weiss for an assassination attempt on him, Adam successfully convinces Jacques to give him control of the company, saving Atlas when Jacques then tries to destroy it out of spite. Though originally intending to tear society down out of vengeance, Adam decides to give hope a chance once he gains his power, yet remains vigilant for the day the world proves undeserving.
    • "Even Brilliant Lights":
      • Roman Torchwick remains as dastardly brilliant as ever. After taking Ruby in, Roman begins teaching her the art of criminality, gradually molding her into a successor for his chaotic cause while granting him a mole within Beacon. After approving of Ruby's peaceful strategy to blackmail Ozpin, he uses his analytical mind to disarm Adam Taurus, taking the opportunity to bug his sword. When Ruby tries to bring him into the side of good, he rejects her offer and gives her a brutal and pragmatic fight, beginning by pretending to have assassinated Ozpin in order to provoke her to go all out. When she wins the fight, Roman reveals the facade and keeps his deal to give her Neopolitan as a partner, dying confident that Ruby will carry on his legacy.
      • Ruby Rose takes to Roman's teachings and proves she will be a worthy successor. Entering Beacon and weakening her team's abilities from day one, Ruby comes up with the plan to peacefully blackmail Ozpin, using a meeting with him to stealthily bug his office. When she comes into conflict with her team, Ruby uses her analytical abilities to take down all three at once, including tricking Yang into attacking Blake, before giving Roman an all-out fight. When she successfully kills him, Ruby utilizes his plan to leave the country, yet correctly predicts that Cinder will attempt to kill her for leaving; to circumvent this, she tricks two travelers into taking her place, faking her death and successfully fleeing to Mistral.
    • "Born Indicted": Sienna Khan, surviving her canon death, learns that her life is short and she must make the most of what time she has to correct his path. To this end, she hatches one final scheme, beginning by decapitating Adam Taurus and presenting the head at a rally. Using her charisma and strength to lure Blake into a meeting and convince her to attend that rally, Sienna then forces a sit-down with several prominent figures, including General Ironwood and Jacques Schnee, in order to demand equality. However, after a bomb kills everyone present, Blake discovers that Sienna was actually gathering targets in one space to kill all of them at once, not only making herself into a martyr but also uniting humanity and Faunus for the first time. Her plan succeeds, beginning to mend the rift between humans and Faunus even at the cost of her own life.
    • "The Black Knight": Hazel Rainart, seeking to repent for his actions under Salem's orders, engineers the downfall of all of his allies. Using his status as the group's muscle to mask his devious scheming, Hazel manipulates Cinder into pitting Watts and Tyrian against each other, predicting their mutual paranoia will drive them to attack each other. When this happens, Tyrian is killed; when Cinder then moves to finish Watts off, Hazel ambushes her with cameras a Grimm to record her in the act, leading to her death at the hands of Salem's Grimm. Knowing that Salem will eventually catch him yet working to buy the heroes as much time as possible, Hazel's plan leads to Salem's forces being crippled for years, with himself planning to recruit a new batch of better people for her council.
  • Knight of Salem: Doctor Arthur Watts, shedding his usual petty and sadistic nature, is instead the only reason why Cinder remains a threat. While Cinder focuses on gaining power no matter the cost, Watts focuses on keeping her mission afloat, managing to keep her alive in spite of the damage the Grimm pools do to her and even serving as a successful spymaster to give her intel from her former allies and from Atlas. When she finally loses any shred of sanity or intelligence and attacks Vale, Watts takes advantage and sneaks back to Jaune, giving him the means to kill Cinder by preying on her predictable and power-hungry nature and happily returning to his former queen's service once she's dead.
  • Null: General James Ironwood may have originally been too idealistic for his post, but once he makes his deal with Jaune Arc, he proves just how much of a strategic genius he really is. After learning that Ozpin has Amber Arc hostage, he responds by informing Blake Belladonna of the situation, causing her to ally with Jaune and kill Matthew Fields, just as he intended for her to do. Meanwhile, predicting a betrayal from his own forces, he has Clover empty out his own airship's weaponry, preventing the Council from framing him for mass murder and allowing him to blackmail them for his investigative powers back. To deal with Ozpin, he strikes a deal with Qrow and Glynda to lead Jaune straight to him and his sister; the resulting battle kills Ozpin and Cinder, ridding Ironwood of his two biggest enemies, and following the battle, he helps Jaune fake his death so that he, Jaune, and Neopolitan can continue killing anyone who tries to resurrect the conspiracy, as well as giving him a permanent method of balancing his idealistic self with his ruthless Semblance.
  • Professor Arc: Professor Jaune Arc, through a mountain of lies and the power of his reputation, gradually proves himself as a genuine manipulator and strategist as time goes on. Coming into his own by forcing Roman Torchwick and Neopolitan to obey him, Jaune grows exponentially upon becoming Headmaster, managing to defeat Cinder Fall and place her powers into Pyrrha. Later pulling a similar gambit to defeat Adam Taurus by exploiting his rage, Jaune even gives the go-ahead for Cinder to steal the Winter Maiden powers, putting her under his control in the process. When Salem then tries to advance on Vale, Jaune manages to bluff her into a complete retreat with only a broom and a box of cigarettes, simultaneously tricking Cinder into compliance through a mountain of pre-written letters predicting her actions. After pulling a series of gambits to get Salem inside and convince her to spare humanity, Jaune later combats Hazel Rainart's usage of the Relics with his own, destroying him and saving all of humanity.
  • Relic Of The Future:
    • Jaune Ashari, determined to prevent the Bad Future no matter the cost, becomes far more intelligent and ruthless than in the original timeline. Originally wandering the planet trying to bide his time for the future, Jaune begins taking active steps against Salem and proves himself her greatest opponent, not only taking out her forces one by one but sabotaging her future plans to prevent her from getting a foothold on Remnant. From uniting Vale's gangs under his own banner, destroying the White Fang in a single evening, using Hazel Rainart's death to pose as a mole for Salem's organization, converting Cinder to his side through promises of power, and even creating a new energy source out of Aura along the way, Jaune's resolve carries him for years, even when he learns that defeating Salem will kill him as well. Managing to steal and unite the Relics, Jaune defeats Salem once again despite her attempts to subvert Emerald, returning to the timeline he once abandoned and resolving to continue fixing the world once more.
    • Raven Branwen, after confronting her cowardice and throwing her lot in with Jaune, proves to be just as intelligent as her partner. After using Jaune's mission to render the Relic of Knowledge inert to learn just who he is, Raven begins working both with him and independently to subvert Salem's plans, primarily by training his younger self in her brutal method of combat. Saving Jaune's life multiple times with her portals, Raven consistently plays her part in Jaune's plans to perfection and adds her own ideas, such as giving herself and Jaune alibis for Hazel's death, convincing Ozpin's forces that Nora Valkyrie is the Spring Maiden, using the Maiden powers on Atlas soldiers to provide cover for Watts' kidnapping, and summoning Summer to kill Oscar. Despite her emotional struggles and original cowardly nature, Raven is Jaune's most useful ally and contributes just as much to their partnership as he does.
    • Adam Taurus is the Only Sane Man of the White Fang who genuinely believes in the cause he's fighting for. After witnessing Jaune protect them from a mob with the threat of violence, Adam is inspired and helps radicalize the Fang, yet when he sees how far they've fallen, he refuses to sink to their level. Becoming the Fang's most useful operative despite his distaste for killing, Adam sees the writing on the wall and concludes the Fang will collapse on itself, seeking a way out for himself. After psychoanalyzing Jaune and attempting to save him in Menagerie, Adam later conspires with Winter Schnee to wipe out the Fang, preemptively betraying his soldiers before they can kill him and intending to lure the Atlas military to the Fang. Though Jaune kills them first, Adam gets out alive and un-captured with Blake, becoming Chieftan of Menagerie and working with Ironwood to make equality the law.
  • Resurgence: Raven Branwen is a huntress and a former member of Team STRQ. Upon discovering a mystical pool that allowed her to see various possible futures, Raven realized that desperate measures would have to be taken to ensure the one future where humanity survived. To this end Raven made the painful decision to abandon her family so that they could achieve their full potential. Taking the alias Krymsen, Raven approached Cinder Fall and used her access to the Pool of Life to help her carry out her plans, all the while manipulating her to ensure that the heroes of Remnant had a fighting chance. Upon deciding that the pieces were in place Raven reveals her true intentions to Team RWBY before mortally wounding Cinder with the aid of Neo. When Salem is defeated, Raven absorbs her power and decides to stay in the netherworld, both to ensure the balance and to serve penance for her crimes.

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My Hero Academia
  • Mastermind: Strategist for Hire: Izuku Midoriya, aka Mastermind, was once a Quirkless teenager with dreams of becoming a Pro Hero but a combination of his dreams being crushed by All Might and discrimination against the Quirkless preventing him from getting a legitimate job ultimately drive him to become the title character, selling plans to other villains to make a living. His excellent analytical abilities and the high-quality plans he provides to villains via said abilities quickly make him into The Dreaded within months, becoming responsible for the deaths of hundreds, including more than a dozen Pro Heroes. He takes full advantage of his public life to throw off the police, letting him evade capture for more than two years. On top of that, he made plans in the event he does end up captured and incarcerated in Tartarus.
  • Nemesis: Two years after faking his suicide, Izuku Midoriya, aka Mischief, calls Bakugou out as his nemesis, and ropes him into a "game" of Heroes and Villains with nearly a dozen hostages' lives on the line, remaining one step ahead of him all the way and psychologically tormenting him all the while. In the end, he gets his revenge, not just by breaking Bakugou's psyche, but by exploiting his Inferiority Superiority Complex to strip any pride he could feel from achieving his life-long dream of becoming the number one Hero.

Naruto

  • Echoes: In a fanfiction full of characters and universes, these characters have distinguished themselves through their morally dubious, but brilliant feats:
    • Sasori, eclipsing his canon counterpart, is "The Puppet Master" in more ways than one. Promoted to chunin as a child after single-handedly killing 50 enemies by poisoning their water supplies, Sasori, in adulthood, joined the Arashi clan with his student Chibaku and his subordinate Kabuto. Sasori proved to be valuable; in Kitsune's world, he effortlessly blackmailed the Hokage into handing the Kyuubi-possessed Naruto over to him. Through quick thinking, he forces Tsukiyomi to reveal more of his techniques even though he was losing, which proved to be useful when fighting Amaterasu, who has similar abilities, in the Wave-Verse, briefly crippling him. When most of the Arashi clan was imprisoned in a nigh-inescapable prison in the Cloud-Verse, he and Chibaku successfully broke out the entire group from the prison with their plan. He discovered most of the truth about the Dystopia-Verse by spying on an ANBU and had the perfect seal to defeat its dictator. When the Third Kazekage tries to use Sasori's body against Chibaku, Sasori self-destructed to save Chibaku. Called a Magnificent Bastard by Chibaku, Sasori has more than lived up to the name.
    • Amaterasu, AKA Kitsune's world's Madara Uchiha, promised to his dying little brother he would remain a samurai and follow the Bushido code to his last breath. Desiring to get back at his clan for "betraying" their former virtues and becoming ninjas, to destroy Konoha for "betraying" him and to throw the world in a state of perpetual warfare to supposedly help mankind improve, Amaterasu orchestrated the Kyuubi's attack on Konoha. Despite the attack's failure, Amaterasu manipulated Fugaku and Mikoto, counting on their coup attempt in Konoha to fulfill his objectives throughout the ensuing chaos. When he discovers Shisui spying on them, Amaterasu gives him a Breaking Lecture, leading Shisui to foil the coup by killing the clan, but still giving a victory to Amaterasu. Recruited by his counterparts Susanoo and Tsukiyomi, Amaterasu formed with them the Madara Trio. In the trio's attempts to harness Kazama's power, Amaterasu shined through his sheer strength, honor, adaptability and contingency plans, killing the Wave-Verse Kyuubi and knowing which one of his 100 weapons he had to use to adapt to his enemies' techniques. When finally defeated, he congratulated his killers, acknowledged his mistakes and peacefully passed on.
    • Tsukiyomi, AKA Kazama's world's Madara Uchiha, deserves his name of "The Deceiver". Wanting to harness Kazama's power and to destroy Konoha for "betraying" him, Tsukiyomi formed the Madara Trio and successfully destroyed Kazama's devotion to Konoha through Half Truths, also implanting Amatsu-Mikaboshi inside Kazama to further corrupt him. When Kazama was separated from his friends and ended up in the Ame-Verse alongside Susanoo and Tsukiyomi, the latter pulled an Enemy Mine with Kazama and both trained and manipulated him, resulting in both Kazama taking over Ame and finally snapping and destroying Konoha, thus fulfilling Tsukiyomi's life-long objective. Having grown to sincerely care for Kazama, he followed him in the "Road to Ninja" world and sacrificed himself to help Kazama overcome Amatsu-Mikaboshi. Willing to negotiate, affable, polite and ruthless, Tsukiyomi was the most successful villain in the entire fanfiction.
  • Redemption (link): Muraki Nikko, a former Kusa kunoichi, swore revenge against the five great shinobi villages after their neglect led to the death of her family. Testing her Kekkei Tota, Blossom Style, Muraki uses it as a drug to infect her former village with a mysterious illness, aware of her old village's status as the smallest ninja village to avoid unwanted attention. When Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno come to investigate, Muraki attempts to infect the two through different ploys, succeeding twice with Sasuke before leaving to Suna, planning to infect the five major shinobi villages and let them blame each other, starting a world-wide conflict she'll then take advantage of by revealing an antidote she'll sell to the highest bidder, thus controlling them and making them go through the pain her and her village went through. When Sasuke and Sakura manage to catch up to her in Suna and fight her, Muraki manages to paralyze them, nearly killing Sakura by the time Sasuke defeats her. After Sasuke and Sakura convince her to stop, Muraki accepts her defeat and starts making up for her crimes by working in Suna's medical unit.
  • White Eyes:
    • Itachi Uchiha and Neji Hyuuga keep their canon genius and go much further. Ordered to massacre the Hyuuga clan, with the exception of Hinata, to prevent the Uchiha coup attempt, with Neji taking the sole blame for it and subsequently leaving Konoha, Itachi and Neji launch Operation: White Eyes to protect Konoha and the world in the long run. For this purpose, they manipulate their own loved ones, various nations and politics all over the world, successfully infiltrating and spying on Akatsuki for Konoha, and defeat potential Akatsuki recruits. When Fugaku attempts to become Hokage, Itachi helps Hinata stall him long enough for Tsunade to return and take the set instead. When Hinata gives up on vengeance against Neji, the latter kidnaps her summon and forces her to fight and kill him in a location away from Konoha, keeping her safe from Pain's assault on the village. By the time it was completed, Operation: White Eyes left a long-lasting impact on the entire world, leading to the Toneri threat being neutralized, Hanabi surviving the Hyuuga massacre, Danzo's death, Kabuto and Edo Tensei's defeat and helping Team 7 defeat Madara and prevent the Infinite Tsukuyomi.
    • Madara Uchiha retains much of his canon counterpart's backstory and motives, but proves to be more powerful, brilliant and ruthless. Successfully reviving the Ten-Tails despite Obito Uchiha's attempts to slow down Madara's Eye of the Moon Plan, Madara—as an Edo Tensei—also out-gambits Obito by not immediately sealing Kurama's Yang half, contrary to what the latter expected, leading to Obito going berserk when the latter absorbed the Ten-Tails in an attempt to outsmart Madara. After the Ten-Tails' extraction from Obito's body, leading the latter to fully resurrect Madara in an attempt to blind and weaken him, Madara uses Hashirama's Sage chakra and Black Zetsu to keep fighting. Sending Black Zetsu to distract Hinata, Madara becomes the Ten-Tails' jinchuriki in the meantime. Keeping the advantage against Team 7 through a combination of sheer power and smarts, Madara is only defeated when Team 7 proves to be just as resourceful. Every bit the Well-Intentioned Extremist he was in canon, Madara ultimately agrees to resurrect all of the Fourth Shinobi World War's victims at the cost of his own life.

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  • Berserk Web Video Abridged: Griffith, charismatic leader of the Band of the Hawks, manages to press Guts into the Band before taking the lead in Midland's Hundred-Year War. Using his command of tactics and the proper battle music to set them to, Griffith leads them to victory after victory before taking the impenetrable Doldrey fortress. Luring out its corrupt Governor who lusts after Griffith's place in his Escaflowne cosplay group, Griffith then fakes his death to catch the Queen of Midland in a plot and burns her and her co-conspirators alive. When the time comes to sacrifice the Hawks to the Godhand, Griffith can only refuse and tells the demon lords to leave him and his friends alone before recovering and setting off to become king.
  • Cowboy Bebop Fanfic Two Dragons: This version of Vicious remains a composed, nihilistic, Darwinist assassin. The most effective of the Red Dragon Syndicate's agents, Vicious kills scores of their enemies and sets up a drug deal to have his own mentor assassinated, allowing him to frame Spike Spiegel and stage his best friend's "execution" to murder the Van and take control of the Syndicate. In the following month Vicious proves an unmatchable tactician, spreading the Red Dragon's influence across Mars and when Spike tries to flee with his girlfriend Julia, sets up a trap to force Spike to fight him, wishing to die facing the ultimate opponent.
  • Death Note Fanfic Liability (link): Misa Amane, once given her memories back via the Death Note, decides to take the chess match between Light Yagami and L Lawliet and "flip the board over". To that end, she begins by forcing Mikami to call the Task Force and confess to being Kira before committing suicide, simultaneously subjecting Light and Takada to death by fire so that they can take the Death Note with them. Immediately afterwards, she relinquishes her ownership and hence memories of the Death Note, ensuring that she can't incriminate herself as the 2nd Kira. With Soichiro forces to save his wife and daughter from a house fire, L investigates Mikami's death and finds two notes: one supposedly written by Mikami confessing to all of Light's crimes, and another for L's eyes only in which Misa details her plan, not identifying herself but warning L that going after her won't end well for him. With the power of Kira gone from Earth and herself left blissfully unaware, Misa retires with L to Wammy's House.
  • Hellsing Ultimate Web Video Abridged:
    • The witty, rambunctious Alucard was once Vlad the Impaler, abandoning God after his childhood rape at the hands of his Turkish captors. Offering his soul to Satan, he became the vampire Count Dracula, lazily empowering himself with the blood of the dead, becoming a near-unstoppable force until he was defeated and recruited by the Hellsing Organization. Their best and most loyal agent despite his rude, silly demeanor, Alucard proves their best asset in discovering and eradicating the Nazi remnant group Millennium's plot, even as he apathetically kills luckless civilians in the way.
    • Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing is the ruthless and iron-willed head of the Hellsing Organization, having taken command by killing her traitorous uncle at a young age. Commanding the fearsome Alucard through sheer respect and never hesitating to unleash him on her foes, Integra proves clever and brutal, convincing her financiers to continue funding her organization through intimidation, trapping and killing the vampiric invader Jan Valentine, devising a method to attack an inaccessible ship via stealing resources from the British government, and keeping up with the schemes of both her rivals the Iscariot Organization and the secret organization Millennium, never lacking a dry quip or a display of valor, even foiling a coup with utter nonchalance. Able to constantly improvise and devise tactics to outplay her opponents, Integra personally confronts and executes Millenium's leader The Major despite Alucard temporarily dying, and goes on to rule the Hellsing Organization for years to come.
    • Much as in the original story, Alexander Anderson is an Iscariot agent defined by his brilliant tactical mind and being nearly unstoppable in combat. Ambushing Alucard and Seras at the start and putting a beatdown on them both, Anderson escapes the arriving Hellsing and continues to cause mischief for them and Millennium alike. Later saving Sir Integra from Millennium's forces and allying with her, Anderson helps take down his former boss Maxwell despite having raised Maxwell himself. After a failed attempt to forgive Alucard his sins and send him to God for judgment, Anderson accepts his own dying fate and earns Alucard's friendship, even trying to offer the vampire parting words of help in his final moments.
    • The parody version of Pip Bernadotte remains the Wild Geese's genius mercenary captain. Pip quickly shows his skills to Hellsing by killing off a group of Millennium-affiliated corrupt police officers. Later holding Zorin Blitz's vampires at bay, Pip outwits the psychopath and even dies empowering his lover to massacre his killer and her remaining forces.
    • The Major is the insidious head of the Millennium Organization, and a much more comical character than his canon counterpart. Spending countless years in the shadows and organizing a vicious attack by using vampiric Nazi soldiers merely as a means to end, finding the Nazi ideology distasteful, the Major tests the waters with multiple agents before sending out his lieutenant Rip van Winkle, knowing Hellsing will send Alucard with no way to return him to London. Once Alucard is gone, the Major sends his army upon London with dramatic flair, orchestrating the invasion brilliantly and dismissing the mass casualties on every side when Alucard arrives, even using Schrodinger to temporarily kill the vampire. When confronted on his zeppelin, the Major tells Integra and Seras that he did as he did to snap a warlike humanity out of their complacency and challenge his own tactical skill, dying happy to have achieved his goals.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Fanfic Agents Of Light (link): Professor Lyman Banner is even more cunning and devious than in canon. Seeking the power of the Sacred Beasts to create the Philosopher's Stone, Banner teams up with Kagemaru. Hiding his allegiance with the Shadow Riders from Duel Academy, Banner orchestrates the disappearance of several students, including Atticus. Needing Jaden for his strong duel energy, Banner foils every attempt the protagonists make to get him expelled. Manipulating a group of students into reviving Jinzo into the human world, he makes a deal with Jinzo to kill the protagonists. Banner lures Ghassan into a cave and holds his soul hostage to blackmail Scott and Damian into dueling Zane. Anticipating that one of them would come after him, Banner fakes his death at Jinzo's hands and leaves Jinzo behind to kill Damian. Being defeated by Zane, Banner reveals that Camula has been watching them the whole time, revealing the true method of reviving the Sacred Beasts to her, Banner calmly blackmails all of them before gracefully accepting his death.

    Comic Books 
Batman
  • Control Premium (link): Oswald Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, is a bookkeeper and enforcer for the Wesker gang. As an expert forger and financial wizard, he plays a major role in keeping the gang solvent, also playing a role in various negotiations. Despite his ruthless criminality, Oswald has a number of humanizing qualities, such as his care for his mentally ill mother and his genuine friendship with his boss's nephew Arnold. When one meeting goes south due to some members of the outfit being revealed to have been bribed to turn traitor by the leader of a rival gang, Oswald resolves not to go out without a fight, and starts thinking of ways to save himself even as he is led outside to be executed. Unexpectedly saved by Arnold, Oswald tricks the rival gang's leader, Mr. Goode, into becoming his hostage and turns his own henchmen against him. After sending Goode fleeing to Europe, Oswald and Arnold make an agreement to share power, while he resolves to make his nickname a name of fear.
  • The Gotham City Society of Fireproof Women: Cassandra Wayne is the daughter of assassins David Cain and Lady Shiva, raised since birth to be a perfect killing machine. Running away after her first murder, Cassandra sought redemption by joining Batman as "Orphan," getting adopted by Bruce and incarcerating her parents. Eventually chosen to be his successor, Cassandra returns the legend of the Dark Knight to its urban myth roots as a monster lurking in the shadows, leaving armies of broken mobsters in her wake. Upon learning of Ra's al Ghul and the Arkham Knight's plan to destroy Gotham, Cassandra anonymously feeds Astrid information—even allowing her to capture and brutally murder an oblivious Nightwing—to ensure the Arkham Knight won't kill the rest of her family and endanger the unknown mole, before secretly resurrecting Dick with a Lazarus Pit. Willing to leave her grieving comrades in the dark to ensure her plan's success but ultimately never swaying from her dad's one rule, Cassandra sabotages the pair's scheme before it even gets off the ground, ruthlessly proving once and for all why she is the worthiest successor to the mantle of Batman.

Civil War

  • Civil War Hulk: Loki is the puppetmaster of the events leading up to the Civil War, working with Baron Mordo to drive the Scarlet Witch insane that led to The Avengers disbanding, trapping the world's heroes in a dream where mutants are the world’s dominant species, and manipulating The Illuminati into exiling Hulk into space. Using the introduction of the Superhuman Registration Act to his advantage, Loki killed and impersonates Maria Hill to drive a further wedge between the pro and anti-Registration sides, planning to take over Earth once the dust settles. Even with the unexpected arrival of Hulk and his Warbound, Loki successfully bargains with the Hulk into leaving Earth be once he gets his revenge on The Illuminati, leaving Loki with one less threat and a weakened Earth for him to conquer. Opportunistic as always, Loki adapts to any situation before him and is only thwarted by Thor's unexpected revival.
  • Not A Typical Civil War (link): Doctor Doom is the mastermind behind the Superhero Registration Act and the resulting Civil War. Seeking to turn the world's heroes against each other, Doom hired Nitro to fight the New Warriors in Stamford, leading to the deaths of over eight-hundred civilians and causing the public to turn against the superhero community, with Doom working with Maria Hill to escalate tensions between the pro and anti-Registration sides. With the info gathered from the Registration Act, Doom learned all of the heroes' secret identities and the locations of their loved ones. Doom eventually trapped both sides of the conflict in the Negative Zone and released the supervillains from Prison 42 to kill them. He then sent The Sentry to attack New York City, planning on killing him so he could be hailed as a savior and be given control of the Earth. Focused solely on his dream of world conquest, Doctor Doom nearly rid himself of the world's superheroes by turning their own ideals against them.

    Films 
  • Avengers: Endgame Fanfic Avengers: Endgame (Dragonis Prime): Thanos-842667 maintains the guile of his canon counterpart in this alternate telling of the film. After wiping out half of all life in the universe, Thanos retired to the Garden in peace. When the Avengers arrive seeking revenge, Thanos destroys all but the Reality Stone to prevent them from undoing his work. After he's killed by Thor, the Thanos of an alternate timeline learns about the history of his counterpart and sets about to assemble his Infinity Gauntlet more efficiently. He helps start Ragnarok to kill Thor, and murders Eitri before he could forge a weapon that could kill him. Thanos fails to collect the Time Stone and spends the next few years balancing worlds one at a time while crushing the rebellion led by the surviving Avengers. Realizing the main timeline would have the Time Stone he needs, Thanos travels to the Avengers Compound and tries to recruit Steve Rogers to his side. When that fails, he strips Carol Danvers of her powers and has Ebony Maw destroy his home dimension to keep him focused on his new goal of wiping out half of all life across the entire multiverse.
  • Fanscription:
    • "What if The Joker Was in 'The Dark Knight Rises'?" two-parter: Bane and Talia al Ghul, the children of Ra's al Ghul, take over the League of Shadows following his death. Together, they seek to destroy Gotham and get revenge on Bruce Wayne for their father's death. Bane attacks a stock exchange and costs Bruce his fortune by using his finger prints. Meanwhile Talia takes the identity of Miranda Tate in order to gain access to Bruce's fusion reactor and control of his company. Having Selina Kyle lead Bruce into a trap, Bane easily bests him in a fight, breaking his back and imprisoning him in the Pit, before taking over Gotham and cutting it off from the rest of the world. When the Joker is released, Bane engages him in a gang war, managing to keep him contained to the Narrows. Though ultimately defeated, Talia informs the heroes that she flooded the reactor room to prevent them from defusing the bomb. Proving worthy successors to their father, Bane and Talia come with in a hair's breadth of winning.
    • "What If Harvey Dent Was In 'Batman Returns'?" & " What If Tim Burton Directed 'Batman Forever'?" two-parter: Catwoman, real name Selina Kyle, once again is the slippery and smooth operator she was in her film appearance. Fulfilling all the same actions she did in the film in her first appearance: such as joining forces with the Penguin to frame Batman for the attack on the Ice Princess, whom Catwoman didn't plan on getting killed; undermining Max Shreck and eventually killing him too, Catwoman once again survives and ends triumphant. In her second appearance, while Selina is incognito for the majority of the story and doesn't come back until the very end, she reveals she's kept tabs on Bruce and has recently provided the evidence that officially clears Batman of all wrong-doing she set him up for—"to make Gotham's nightlife a little more interesting"—before once again slipping away into hiding.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney) Fanfic What REALLY Happened (link): Clopin Trouillefou is the leader of the Romani population of Paris who seeks revenge on Claude Frollo, France's Minister of Justice, and also wishes to end gypsy persecution. To this end, he makes an arrangement with an old rival of Frollo's named Jean-Michel du Champs who wants to be Minister of Justice. The night after the Feast of Fools, Clopin imprisons Frollo in his own dungeons and replaces him with a disguised Jean-Michel, who begins sullying Frollo's name by persecuting many Parisans. Learning of Jean-Michel's plans to betray him, Clopin outplays him by subtly getting Quasimodo and Phoebus on his side, resulting in Jean-Michel's death. Even after being paralyzed in a violent incident at the Court of Miracles, Clopin still refuses to give up and is soon working on new plans. Only failing due to things he had no reasonable way of knowing about, Clopin proves a genuinely cunning and compelling antagonist.
  • Star Wars Fanfic Roger, Roger: 711 quickly proves an adept commander. Mounting a defense of the mines of Khorm, 711 baits the Republic troops into an ambush and defeats them quickly and efficiently, only losing the mines because the local warlord's failed attempt to destroy the Jedi along with Ventress and 711 allows the Jedi to destroy the weather control machine keeping Republic reinforcements at bay, which Ventress and 711 make the warlord pay dearly for. 711 then builds the Network, which turns the droids under his command into a frighteningly effective fighting force, and goes on a campaign of capturing Republic ships with ruthless efficiency. After 711 soundly wins the battle of Iraknya but fails to keep Admiral Himler from destroying the Iraknian capital, 711 hands Himler and his men over to the Iraknians to convince them to join the Separatists. After being assigned to take part in the attack on Kamino, 711 mounts a highly effective siege, defeating the reinforcing Republic ships even when severely outnumbered, severely damaging Tipoca City and crippling its cloning facilities, and almost destroying it completely, with only the Jedi's last-minute intervention saving the city.

    Literature 
Battle Royale

The Hunger Games

  • Cheating Death: Those That Lived:
    • Jack Tylos is a self-proclaimed "master thief" who engages in this trade out of necessity, thrill-seeking, and altruism at various points. He's forced to volunteer for the 21st Hunger Games after trying to steal the head peacekeeper's wallet. He steals a taser which he uses against his opponents in the arena and constantly and publicly brings up the circumstances behind his volunteering as a successful gambit to get the head peacekeeper arrested or executed. After winning, he gloatingly reveals his use of the taser, but is horrified when several innocent residents of District 7 are executed. Despite Panem's status as a heavily surveilled police state and his own open ties to the underworld, Jack continues stealing and is never caught unless it's on purpose for a Batman Gambit. He is a devoted mentor and will rob banks to get sponsor money for tributes he feels especially attached to. During the rebellion, Jack supplies the victors caught in the Capitol with a stash of guns he stole and hid over the years and goes down fighting so his allies can escape.
    • Porsche London is an orphaned District 6 tribute who survives by working as a runner for a brutal drug gang. She is a morphling addict who is underestimated in the buildup to her games, but dominates it without ever using a weapon. Porsche is a camouflage expert who hides herself in the gymnasium during the training sessions, reveals herself to the gamemakers and dictates the training score she wants-respectably high but not high enough to invoke Tall Poppy Syndrome—as they gape in shock. During the Games, Porsche initially tries to protect her district partner then sets out to avenge him. She spends days using her camouflage skills to live in the Careers camp and steal or ruin their food without being found. She uses mathematics to monitor the train schedules of the railyard arena and diverts the train tracks at just the right time to run the Careers over. Afterward, she becomes part of the victors sequel, before being reaped for the 3rd Quarter Quell and performing a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • The Victors Project:
    • Ben Cooper is the son of a Hunter Trapper from District 9 and aides his father in protecting the District and making a good living for themselves. When Ben is reaped, he ignore the advice of his mentors, kills a Career and replaces his victim in the Career alliance. He proves his loyalty to the Careers by helping them track down and kill his district partner and four others, then poisons them during a meal. Ben then kills five wolves sent by the gamemakers, despite being injured in the process, and goes on to mercilessly hunt and kill the remaining outliers. When the last of them cuts off two of his fingers, Ben fakes being helpless before finishing her off. As a victor, Ben becomes an influential celebrity and a good mentor until he retires in favor of the first tribute he saved. Ben comes out of retirement to successfully mentor Abram Mills, who might be his son from a one night stand. Ben sides with the rebellion and dies on a mission that helps save several of his fellow victors in the Capitol.
    • Jade Boleyn grows up as a Blue Blood in a toxic environment, indirectly maims a childhood enemy and is sent to the [DAEYD. She uses a Sherlock Scan to deduce that a murder took place and helps Ermine violently avenge her dead friend at least partially to amuse herself. In the arena, she achieves many impressive archery kills, plays the members of her alliance against each other and kills them all singlehandedly. While Jade expresses little remorse for that part of her life, she becomes a rebel, and aids in intricate plans to win District 1's freedom. Jade does an expert job of avoiding suspicion and treats her fellow victors aloofly, but shows occasional warmth and helpfulness even to people who dislike her, and mourns for dead friends. Jade uses her knowledge of Panem's legal code to take back some control during her Kangaroo Court trial after the new regime turns on her, buying time for a Character Witness to arrive. Jade sacrifices a chance to kill Coin—who nevertheless tries to Jade—to ensure the safety of a friend, having one vowed not to let anymore people die when she can save them and later takes part in the mission to rescue Katniss.
    • Halibut "Hal" Shore is feared both inside and outside of the arena for his ruthless, detached attitude toward killing. He poisons his closest ally in the arena, Copper, both to avoid a fight, and so that Copper's girlfriend won't be any more upset by his death than she has to be—which earlier caused Hal to assume the role of executioner for himself rather than have her watch Copper drown a helpless tribute. He defeats the rest of his alliance with additional Combat Pragmatist methods and a jagged harpoon he receives as a sponsor gift. Hal is viewed as a frightening and unstable person, but he can show a friendlier side around victors like Berenice and Ares. When his son dies in the arena, Hal is devastated, but continues to mentor future tributes to the best of his ability, while showing protectiveness toward his son's district partner Annie. During the rebellion, He kills half-a-dozen peacekeepers while protecting Annie, before dying form thirty stab wounds, with his death inspiring the district to fight harder.
    • Cashmere Delacroix attends the DAEYD with her brother to keep from being separated once their family decides one of them needs to be a victor to save the family from bankruptcy. Cashmere has to be forced into volunteering for the games. She becomes a broker of information and favors who is capable of having her tributes perform Mercy Kills or sabotaging an arena. Cashmere helps her brother control his growing bloodlust by drugging, kidnapping, and torturing Capitolians but keeps him from killing his victims. Cashmere threatens to arrange the deaths of fifty people in a blackmailer's district to make her leave Gloss alone. Upon finding out about the Rebellion's plan to save Katniss and Peeta, Cashmere audaciously forces her way into the rebellion to get revenge on Snow and end his reign of evil. When asked to play the role of a villain rather than openly aide the rebellion, she agrees and reluctantly asks for a list of expendable victor-tributes who can be killed without jeopardizing the plan before requesting that the rebels kill her and Gloss to sell the charade and keep her brother from completely losing his humanity.

Others

  • Harry Potter Fanfic Wish Carefully: Harry Potter himself is the architect behind the Death Eaters' downfall. Concluding he could not face Lord Voldemort in a prolonged war, Harry cut a deal with the Death Eaters where they would be allowed to rule Wizarding Britain, free from those who did not share their beliefs, while requiring the Death Eaters to not interfere with the Muggle world as Harry personally arranged for the departure and relocation of non-Voldemort supporters. Through this deal, Harry doomed Voldemort, the Death Eaters, and their descendants to a slow death as their country collapsed piece-by-piece through their own racist beliefs, knowing that Voldemort would repulse new blood and showing the world how foolish the concept of pureblooded elitism was. It is believed that Harry is banking on Voldemort being foolish and sadistic enough to attack a Muggle, whereupon he would lose his power and be arrested or killed due to his body being made by magic.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire Fanfic Of Gold and Iron:
    • Tywin Lannister, lacking his canon counterpart's unsavory acts, remains just as brilliant and ruthless. During his time as a soldier, Tywin engaged in shady tactics like burning crop fields to destabilize enemy supplies and crashing the economy of Braavos to prevent them from interfering. When Arya Stark arrives in his manor disguised as "Beth Rivers", Tywin sees through her within weeks and begins unraveling the Faceless Men's conspiracy, even allowing the Brotherhood Without Banners to attack his train to see what she's capable of. After defeating Petyr Baelish and torturing him for any information he can get, Tywin deduces the source of the conspiracy and arranges for his company to succeed when he resigns. When Jaqen then tries to kill him in spite of their deal, Tywin is able to negotiate with the Iron Bank for a lower price, ending the series in the best possible position even when the conspiracy killed all of his former allies.
    • The Spider is the name of a brilliant hacker who knows everything there is to know within King's Landing. Reaching out to Bran Stark following Joffrey's death, the Spider soon helps them find Sansa Stark in exchange for a way to contact the Faceless Men, keeping his identity secret all the while and even throwing in more information than he promised as a reward. Reappearing during the Long Night crisis, the Spider uses Oberyn Martell as a middle man to put Bran in contact with Mance Rayder, sending all of them into a battle with the Night King in order to kill the drug lord. When Bran demands a favor in return, the Spider concedes that he went above the call of duty and rewards him with Arya's true location, not only circumventing the Faceless Men but ensuring their final defeat before helping Bran and Oberyn guard the city for the foreseeable future.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrowverse fanfic To Hell and Back:
    • Malcolm Merlyn, aka the Dark Archer, is a former member of the League of Assassins who fled the League following a massacre by Talia al Ghul. Endeavoring to better Starling City and avenge his wife's death, Malcolm masterminded the Undertaking, an attempt to destroy the Glades and make the city better. Upon coming into conflict with the Green Arrow, Malcolm schemes against him, yet ultimately proves to be little threat to the fellow archer before the Undertaking's failure. However, upon being captured by Talia and having Tommy's life threatened, he proves his manipulative abilities: first by convincing Tommy that Talia had his lover Isabel murdered, including leaving out his correct assumption that they were working together because Tommy would never believe him, then turning Tommy to his side and having him murder Talia, passing control of the League of Shadows onto him. After killing those who helped him because they might betray him as well, Malcolm then plants a Body Double so effective that even ARGUS is fooled, faking his death so he can lay low while Tommy helps him scheme against the Green Arrow further.
    • Amanda Waller is the director of ARGUS and the true leader of the Justice League. Quickly deducing the heroes' identities, Waller blackmails all of them into working for her under the threat of exposing them. She also works with the Queens to scapegoat Frank Chen into confessing to the Undertaking, allowing them to get off scot free in exchange for stopping Malcolm Merlyn, while also revealing that she's aware of Malcolm and Oliver's relation yet is happy to keep it secret. Upon learning of the Dominator threat, Waller leads the human resistance in arming and preparing everyone capable of resisting the threat, later proving vital to repelling the invasion with her scientists. Upon becoming aware of Zoom's threat, Waller tortures Killer Frost to learn everything she can, making Deathstorm cave within moments. She then unleashes her signature creation, Task Force X, to rescue Barry and save his father from Zoom. Lacking any powers yet brave enough to insult Zoom to his face, Waller is one of the few people able to control the various heroes that work for her with nothing but her intelligence and information.
  • Victorious Fanfic Diamond Eyes (link): Jade West, desiring to make her and her friends rich, decides to form a gang after reading books about the old ways of crime. Deducing that the local guards won't be able to handle a form of crime they are unfamiliar with, Jade has the Stonehearts start off small by robbing banks before moving on to robbing a museum and casino to get the Council to acknowledge them as a threat. Letting her friend out of the gang when it gets to be too much for her, Jade makes sure to have a way to monitor her to keep her safe. Later wiping out a part of the army, Jade swears revenge on the Council and two government assassins when the latter kill Cat Valentine, calling the Chairmen to intimate him before blowing up the Las Vegas sign. Jade later tracks down and kills one of the assassins in his safe house before killing the other in a fair fight. Later killing the Council, Jade ends the story continuing her quest to make money and getting engaged to her girlfriend, Tori Vega.

    Video Games 
Five Nights at Freddy's
  • Final Nights 4: Fates Entwined: In the past, the Puppet Master was just one of the animatronics at Fredbear's Family Diner. However, the Puppet Master is the mastermind behind all the events in the franchise that seeks to bring about the downfall of William Afton. The Puppet Master was the one who gave life to the murdered children and sent the reaper animatronics to the hurricane hospital which ended up failing. However, in 2017, The Puppet Master finally gets his chance to complete his mission by controlling a paranormal investigator named Max Donavan. The Puppet Master uses him to one-by-one free the spirits of the remaining animatronics, learn the truth of what happened, and undo his mistake. After everything is done, the Puppet Master orders Max Donovan to burn down Fazbear's Fright and kill Afton inside Springtrap, which he does, but at the cost of his life.
  • TheHottest Dog Special Strike Series (link): Glitchtrap is reimagined as The Dragon to The_End, who seeks to turn the entire multiverse into meme-spouting puppets. Under his masters orders, he sets up Golden Freddy's transformation into "The Chief", secretly kidnapping characters while spying on the main cast undetected. Upon a chunk of the cast being killed by the resulting battle, he searches for the Chief's corpse to revive him into a powerful minion, adapting to being ambushed by the survivors by convincing them that he's another survivor. When a slip up results in Chester and the Penguin arriving with reinforcements, Glitchtrap uses the resulting chaos to retrieve his syringe and control the Chief with it, willingly mutating himself with it to aid him in the fight.
  • Joy Of Creation (link): Goldie Fazbear was the titular star of The Amazing Goldie Show until he was decommissioned and left wandering Freddy Fazbear's Pizza as a spirit. Once Freddy Fazbear and his friends try to kill five children so Goldie won't be alone, the bear saves one of the kids, Mike Schmidt, and lets him escape the animatronics. Decades later, Mike would become the night guard at Freddy's, leaving Goldie to take the identity of "the Phone Guy" to teach Mike how to survive, while scaring him about the dangers of the job and faking his death. Once Mike destroys Freddy, Goldie reveals that he kept saving Mike because the boy called him his best friend on his final show, and says that he wants Mike to reconstruct the animatronics and bring the "Joy of Creation" to everyone, all while comforting him about how he will get over the horrors he experienced and become happy again soon. The epilogue shows that Goldie was right and Mike would help in building the Toy Animatronics, although not without losing some of his sanity.
  • Mike's New Ghostly Family: Nightmare is a ruthless Hell Lord and the leader of the Nightmare demons. Exploiting his status as one of the more "Moral" demons, which allows him more access to Earth, he uses it to secretly advance his mysterious goals, while also taking wagers with his victims in exchange for sparing them of torture. Taking one such bet with William Afton to break apart the Schmidt family, his disgust of how he treats his own family leads him to intentionally tighten the bond of the family via his brutally accurate speeches and winning the bet. Gaining a genuine respect towards Mike Schmidt after being bested by him, he later willingly aids the family on occasion, from organizing the brutal defeat of an escaped Afton alongside Mike to helping destroy Glitchtrap's copies while locating the one that escaped via manipulating Fazbear Entertainment, all while subtly advancing his own agenda.
  • POPGOES: Simon is a intelligent robot made by Jeremy "Fritz" Fitzgerald to revive his brother, only to be locked away by fear, causing Simon to hatch an escape plan to take revenge and gain freedom. Practicing his skills by setting up puzzles for the robotic night guard Strings, he tricks Fritz into connecting him to the mainframe by promising to bring back his daughter that Fritz accidentally killed, using it to rebuild The Blackrabbit, killing him and freeing Simon. He then makes his escape, but not before thanking Strings for his help, shutting down the guard in the process.

Pokémon

  • Red and Blue Fan Game Kanto Origins (link): Giovanni is the Boss of the Team Rocket and leader of the Viridian City Gym. Part of the Ancient Conspiracy of the Elite Four to control the region, Giovanni wishes to restore Kanto's former glory by any means. Creating Mewtwo as the first step of a series of experiments to create stronger Pokemon, Giovanni manipulates the Player Character to be his beta-tester while slowly becoming fond of him. Intending to overthrow the Elite Four, Giovanni invades the Indigo Plateau with his most loyal followers, dedicated to slowing the player as much as possible. A Graceful Loser as in the original games, Giovanni is partially aware of the fictional nature of the Protagonist and congratulates him for his victory against him, allowing the player character to defy the ultimate being, the Kanto Spirit.
  • Reset Bloodlines:
    • Belladonna Tyrian is a Poison heart bloodliner whose primary interests lie in living the way she wants to and helping those she cares for, primarily her girlfriends and Pokemon. After being turned out by her homophobic mother, she began wandering around the world and supporting herself through crime. When she learns how her girlfriend Aurora was disowned by her father, she comes up with a plan to kill the hospitalized man while making it look like an indirect consequence of a wild Pokemon attack. When Ash attempts to interfere, she quickly captures him, only sparing him because she suspects they may be long-lost half siblings. Once she knows Aurora's father is dead, she discovers evidence of more half-siblings and begins an investigation into her father's identity, temporarily pausing her search for information to help save Ash from Sabrina's clutches. Doing as she pleases and marching to the beat of her own drum, Belladonna provides a compelling look at how Ash might have turned out had things been different.
    • Sabrina is a ruthless Psychic heart bloodliner who operates as Saffron City's Gym Leader and is known for sparing challengers who prove their worth. As a child, she came to the conclusion that people needed some kind of incentive for improvement, so she terrorized her hometown to test her theory. Considering her ideas vindicated when a previously complacent young bug catcher finally stood up to her, she spent the next several years embarking on various schemes to improve or eliminate various people, all for her eventual goal to build a truly meritocratic world. She eventually kidnaps Ash and forces him to fight his way through her gym with the intention of forcing him to shed his reluctance to go all-out. She proves an extremely capable opponent during this fight, adjusting to virtually every new development and constantly keeping Ash on his toes. Very persuasive when she wants to be and balancing her villainy with genuine moral standards, Sabrina proves to be one of the most brilliant and dangerous adversaries Ash has to deal with on his second journey.
  • The Sun Soul: Mewtwo is a powerful Psychic-type Pokémon and the true mastermind behind the entire story. Initially created by Team Rocket to retrieve the Sun Soul, Mewtwo rebelled when he learned he was designed to die within a year. Believing humanity was too selfish to share the world with Pokémon, Mewtwo decided to wipe out humankind. Using the Sun Soul to amplify his powers, Mewtwo modified millions of Pokémon to serve as his personal army. Reaching out to Professor Elm, Mewtwo convinced him that he would be spared if he amassed an army to help wipe out the Kanto region. Although he was opposed at every turn by Team Rocket, Mewtwo was able to manipulate Ash Ketchum into dismantling their operations. By convincing Ash to free Sabrina from captivity, Mewtwo was able to break her hold over Zapdos and used it to devastate the armies gathered to stop him. Mewtwo managed to concentrate Kanto's forces to more easily wipe them out and offered to spare Ash due to his fascination his Savant powers. Eventually, Ash used the Sun Soul to fuse his consciousness with Mewtwo's, and the two agreed to work together to help restore balance to the world.

The Walking Dead (Telltale)

  • Dreadful Truths (link): Julian is a former hitman who joins the church out of respect for his dead religious brother. Disillusioned when the corrupt priest tries to kill the well-meaning Kenny, Julian shakes the priest's followers' faith in him before killing the priest, exiled for his murder but leaving the flock under the reaccepted Kenny.
  • Something to Fight For (link): Clementine, unlike her original incarnation, is far more cunning and pragmatic. Believing that only the strong and wise can survive in the apocalypse, Clementine resorted to killing Kenny and Jane for being a liability, and even went as far as sacrificing AJ to a herd of walkers because he wouldn't stop crying. Upon reuniting with Lilly years later and discovering she's now in league with raiders harassing teenagers at the Ericson school, Clementine usurped the leadership of Ericson and plotted to have Lilly and her group killed. After pretending to nearly kill Tenn to convince his sister, Minerva, to give up Lilly, Clementine murders Minerva and leads the teenagers to storm Lilly's hideout. When she gets captured, Clementine distracts Lilly and her raiders in order to let the other teenagers escape, and also to prevent her from disarming the hidden bomb that subsequently detonates and eradicates Lilly and her crew.

Others

  • Bloodborne Fan Webcomic Lady Maria And The Old Hunters link): Alice of Cainhurst is the childhood friend of Maria. Left behind in the hellish domain of Cainhurst, Alice becomes a Hunter for the monstrous Queen Annalise and relies on her old friendship with Maria to gain access to Byrgenwerth. Playing the part of a sweet and kind, curious girl, Alice steals the blood of Queen Yharnam for Queen Annalise and sets up a duel with Maria while intending to force Maria to liberate her through death. Using the lives of innocents as leverage to pressure Maria into using her true power, Alice secures her duty to the Queen and achieves her freedom, dying with a final kiss and proclamation of love to Maria, saying she will never be far from her heart.
  • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Fanfic Queen of Sorrow
    • Elincia, Queen of Crimea, was once a kind princess who became a jaded and ruthless ruler after suffering tragedies, desiring to protect her kingdom by any means. Losing Lucia, Elincia determines to become a strong queen to prevent tragedy from ever happening again, reluctantly dirtying her hands when forced by others for her kingdom's future, having Bastian assassinated, holding former friends as political hostages and even using her broken uncle as a living weapon. Embracing her inner evil, Elincia begins holding control over her own fate, having her enemies crushed with underhanded tactics, gambits, and massacres or kneeling to her with the Blood Pacts, culminating in a final battle against Begnion, Gallia, and Ike where she singlehandedly wins with her cunning use of Lehran's Medallion. Forcing every nation under the Blood Pacts, Elincia uses her new power as Queen of Tellius to enforce peace and reformation to end war and prejudice with intent to destroy the Blood Pacts when it's all over. Even knowing she would be remembered as evil as her tormentors, Elincia doesn't stray as long as she can be a strong queen for her people.
    • Volke is an infamous assassin known as the "Fireman" who can kill even the most powerful people in the world. Hired by Elincia to kill his regular client Bastian, Volke shows his mastery over the world of cloak and dagger and easily becomes a hire of Elincia thanks to his ruthlessness on the job. Hired once more by Elincia to kill Lekain and steal his Blood Pacts, Volke manages to successfully infiltrate one of the most secured bases in the land and kill one of the most powerful men in the world through his repertoire of special equipment and pure talent, finishing the job and unlocking the door for Elincia to take over the whole nation to protect Crimea.
  • Half-Life Fan Game Hunt Down the Freeman: The G-Man is portrayed as a powerful trickster. During Black Mesa incident he has Adam beat Mitchell up with a crowbar and frame Gordon Freeman for this. Afterwards he makes a deal with a gravely wounded Mitchell, promising him authority, power and time in exchange for killing Gordon. During the Seven Hour War the G-Man indirectly kills anyone with a rank higher than Mitchell's. Twenty years later, he coerces Mitchell into starting the hunt and joining the Combine. Later on, the G-Man orders Adam to kill Sasha and frame Mitchell up. When confronted, the G-Man reveals that since Mitchell is wanted by the Combine, Gordon Freeman will have much less trouble to deal with in City 17 and leaves Mitchell to his fate. Always keeping his charm, the G-Man manages to intertwine the deals he made with others to get the outcome he and his employers wanted.
  • Hearts of Iron Game Mod Kaiserreich: Legacy of the Weltkrieg:
    • Emperor Pedro III is the emperor of Brazil, ascending to power after the way was cleared for his ascent to the throne by the Brazilian Integralists. Upon taking power he launches a massive purge of the Syndicalists and establishes the paramilitary Imperial Green Guards to suppress the far left and enforce religious fundamentalism, while indoctrinating the population through the distribution of Integralist propaganda and the creation of youth movements to indoctrinate the youth. Despite these measures however, Pedro III stands out as one of the more benevolent National Populist dictators in the setting, using his powers to weaken the powers of local governors and oligarchs in order to give the population as much individual rights and freedoms as possible; ruling through charisma and . Emperor Pedro is also noteworthy for his anti-racist policies, as he institutes laws protecting indigenous tribes and Afro-Brazilians from racial discrimination within Brazil in order to create a new cosmopolitian culture blending both Portuguese and Afro-Brazilian traditions.
    • Huey Long—also known as The Kingfish—is a populist from Louisiana who despises syndicalists while also desiring to save the American economy with his "Share the Wealth" program, which he perceives as America's only defense against Syndicalism. Popular in the American South due to his bombastic style, Long allies with the far right Silver Legion and the War Powers Committee in order to create a anti-syndicalist power bloc in the form of the America First Party despite his relatively tolerant views for his time, being so charismatic that his death would mean its dissolution. When the Second American Civil War starts, as either due to him either using Reed's assassination to his advantage, rebelling against either a social democratic Progressive government or a Reed presidency, or due to Douglas MacArthur's military coup against him in office, Long serves as the face of the American Union State. If the AUS wins, Long declares himself President for Life and purges his more despicable allies, while allowing his Minutemen to harass Syndicalists. Despite being a dictator struggling between his own altruism and his growing authoritarianism, Long's charisma and relative benevolence made him stand out from most dictators.
    • John "Jack" Reed is the candidate of the American Socialist Party in the 1936 presidential elections. In the leadup to the elections, Reed takes advantage of the political chaos in the US to consolidate his own support; effectively flipping the state of Minnesota to the Socialist side if the Progressives collapse. Assuming Reed wins the 1936 elections, he either tries to enact his policies via court packing and executive orders or he tries to suppress the American First movement via the use of the national guard before he's ousted by a military coup. If he loses the election however, Reed continues to agitate against the US government; taking advantage of Huey Long's assassination assuming it occurs to turn public opinion against the US government and launch an uprising. Once the Second American Civil War begins, Reed can enact measures such as War Syndicalism as well as enact ruthless means to deal with political opponents in order to bolster the war effort of the Combined Syndicates of America. If the Combined Syndiates are victorious, Reed steps down in favor of the next generation of socialists, content with leading the revolution to victory and letting new leadership decide the future of the a Socialist America.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Fan Game Sonic GT (link): Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, once again the Arch-Enemy of Sonic and friends, plans to use Mighty the Armadillo's highly durable shell as a basis for his next line of "ultra-heavy" Badnik superweapons. To achieve this, he kidnaps Mighty's best friend Ray the Flying Squirrel, uses a ransom note to bait the armadillo into being overwhelmed by an ambush of robots, and collects a sample of Mighty's shell in the ensuing struggle. As Eggman predicted, Mighty eventually tracks down Ray with the assistance of Sonic and Tails, and upon the trio's arrival at his pyramid base, the doctor reveals his intent to finally secure victory over the heroes using the Hard Boiled EGG Tank, a weapons platform reverse-engineered from the collected sample of Mighty's shell. Despite expressing shock and disbelief when Sonic and Mighty manage to defeat it, Eggman quickly regains his composure before escaping, leaving Metal Sonic behind to seemingly deal with anyone who sticks around.
  • Shin Megami Tensei Fanfic Megami no Hanabira: Cypher is the mysterious guide of the heroines, helping Demon Tamers by unlocking new functions of the Demon Summoning Program to help them to survive the demon outbreak in the city of Kazamino, while also causing the Flock's controlled outbreak to become uncontrollable. Guiding the protagonists to the server hosting the Demon Summoning Program, Cypher later contacts with the protagonist disguised as Sister Danica, telling them about the real nature of the Flock. Actually Lucifer, he also summons the Fiends (apocalyptic demons) and unleashes them in Kazamino, hoping to find Tamers strong enough to defeat them. Revealing the real nature of the Flock to the world with the heroines, Danica tests them to give them the power to defeat The Flock. Saving the heroines from Sister Collete after they defeat Father Phillips, Danica breaks her remaining convictions in a speech before closing the server and revealing herself as Lucifer to the heroines, offering them the privilege of being his Godslayers and fighting God's Servants throughout the many worlds. After they refuse, Lucifer accepts their choice, leaving their world and taking pleasure in the fact that—at least in that world—God has lost.

    Web Videos 
  • Mystery Skulls Animated Fan Animatic Revenge Creates More Revenge (link): ??? is a mysterious, malevolent ghost with unknown ties to Mystery and Shiromori, the latter of whom he wants his hands on. Seeing an opportunity when the Mystery Skulls explore a cave he's taken residence in, ??? possesses Arthur and pushes Lewis to his death, knowing Mystery would unleash his full power to save him, unintentionally drawing Shiromori out. After a forceful exorcism, ??? covertly tails the gang, waiting for either Shiromori to find them or for Lewis' ghost to come and kill Arthur, believing he could again prove useful as a spirit. Upon Arthur's death, ??? offers to join with him to take revenge against Lewis, reminding him of the many sleepless nights he spent searching for his supposed "best friend", then telling him Lewis left Vivi to die when Arthur falters. Arthur snaps and vows to tear Lewis apart, too angry to care when ??? tells him they'll be going for his own target afterward, ??? gladly waiting a little longer for what he wants now that he has a powerful wraith at his side.

    Western Animation 
Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender Fanfic The Fall of the Fire Empire:
    • High Minister Qing Xi is the head of the Fire Empire's bureaucracy and its Secret Police, the Hidden Flame, whose long years as Minister coincide with his effectiveness. Tasked with finding an heir for Dragon Empress Azula, Qing Xi falsifies evidence of a government coup just to test the mettle of the young protagonist Jiazin. Discovering that Azula intends to drag the entire world into a Civil War of titanic proportions, Qing Xi betrays Azula by teaming with High General Xia, poisons Azula's head bodyguard, and has an agent trick another bodyguard into killing Azula herself, accepting his forced retirement with only a declaration that he will be needed one day.
    • High General Xia is the commander of the Fire Empire's military, having spent his life serving the Fire Empire he believed in through triumphs and atrocities while climbing Up Through the Ranks. Teaming with High Minister Qing Xi when he hears Azula's plans, Xia is ordered to retake the city of Long Du Shi from rebels, but turns on Azula and allies with them instead. Persuading Jiazin to accept the title of Fire Lord to prevent a Succession Crisis, Xia leads the defense of the city and holds out long enough for Azula to be defeated.
  • The Legend of Korra Fanfic Varium Fortune: Asami Sato is the seductive daughter of Hiroshi Sato, and is reimagined here as a Femme Fatale. Desiring to destroy the Triads after witnessing her mother's murder years ago, Asami tricks Korra into tracking down the murderer and kills him using Korra's gun. Travelling to Ba Sing Se, Asami tries to get the Earth Queen to lend her some Dai Li to train an army that she plans to have Korra lead. Recruiting Mako and Bolin, Asami plans to blow up a bank in Gaoling and frame the brothers for it. Even when Korra has her at gunpoint, Asami manages to calmly make peace with her and kills the Dai Li agents spying on them. Seeking to unite Republic City, Ba Sing Se and Gaoling for an impending war with the Fire Nation, Asami and Korra agree to help Suyin Beifong reconnect with her sister Lin. Every bit as smart as her canon counterpart, Asami ends the story managing to get Korra to agree to lead her revolution.

Code Lyoko

  • Bataille pour l'espoir (link): Andrew Streep was originally one of many young graduates hired by the French government to work in Project Carthage on quantum mechanics. When Youbakou Senja took over the project for his nefarious purposes and attempted to kill Streep, the latter found help within the French government who protected him in exchange for total cooperation, leading to Streep becoming the General Alexandre Hussinger. Hussinger then engaged in multiple schemes to stop Senja, such as killing the Prime Minister and staging a coup to take over France and use it's resources against Carthage and save the captured Lyoko-warriors, faking his death, send Léopold to rescue the Lyoko-warriors and using the Lyoko-warrior Jérémie as The Mole to kill Senja — a near success —, and figuring out how the Grande Arche works and telling his subordinate Kiichi how to breach it. Even when mortally wounded by Senja, Hussinger remained unshakable and determined to stop Carthage at all costs, successfully killing Senja and ordering the Eiffel Tower's destruction, aware it could cause a city-wide blackout disorienting Carthage's planes now unable to see their targets.
  • The Games Of Moriarty (link):
    • Jérémie The Eternal and Omnipotent is the result of Moriarty's mind-rape of Jérémie in the first chapter and Jérémie being kicked out of the group for releasing XANA from William's mind. Becoming obsessed with destroying Moriarty at all costs, Jérémie creates the "Holmes" program to do so. When he realizes Holmes is also damaging the entire Internet (thus causing bugs and damaging the nations' relations with each other), he reasons that he must become humanity's guide/god/master to ensure that they stop fighting each other. As such, when Holmes is on the brink of starting a nuclear war, Jérémie plans to virtualize himself in the Network, destroy Holmes, Moriarty and Odd (Moriarty's unwilling minion), and then conquer the world as he would be seen as humanity's savior, all of this while remaining under the radar. When his former teammates discover his evil plan, Jérémie uses the power he previously gave himself to easily defeat them, despite them having Moriarty's help. His failure was only caused by errors he made dues to his insanity. As smart as he was unstoppable, Jérémie's short villainous moments left a permanent mark on his teammates, the entire world and Moriarty's plans.
    • XANA, the main villain of the original series, was not only created by Franz Hopper to destroy Carthage, but also Moriarty. Long after Season 4, after barely escaping death by hiding inside William, XANA is still obsessed with destroying Moriarty. Manipulating William and Jérémie into freeing it from the former's body, XANA easily defeated the Lyoko-warriors and Moriarty, and would've killed them if it wasn't for William Fighting from the Inside. Despite being depowered and stuck inside William, it made an alliance with William, and proved to be a valuable, if evil, ally, giving him pixelized human powers to take on Moriarty on Earth, and often saving him from death through sheer power or quick thinking, such as when it noticed a high-voltage metal box that was used to kill Dark Yumi, who was about to kill a depowered William. Defeating the Dark Lyoko-warriors with William, XANA played an important role in Moriarty's defeat. Ruthless, brutal, unfettered and above all, efficient, XANA was the most competent character of the entire fanfiction.
  • Trente Degrés (link): Aelita Schäffer, after losing her fellow Lyoko-warriors Jérémie, Ulrich, Odd and Yumi to the XANA-possessed William, decides to destroy any remnant of XANA by killing William. When she learns he's in Melbourne, Australia, she goes there and befriends him once again. When she realizes he's amnesiac, she decides to jog his memory by committing two murders in front of him, before fleeing with him to her place, where she leaves him alone, since she kept all of the Lyoko-warriors' belongings, allowing William to remember what happened by inspecting them. Luring him to a beach, she revealed the truth to him before shooting him dead, killing XANA at the same occasion. Upon succeeding in her mission, Aelita commits suicide by swallowing a cyanide pill.

Total Drama

  • Despair Island: Justin, the "Eye Candy", is significantly more cunning than in canon. A model born into the Serbian mafia, Justin aims to win Total Drama Island and reunite with his family by any means necessary. To that end, he cultivates the image of a dumb pretty boy obsessed with his looks to make the others underestimate him, charms several female contestants into doing what he wants, and manipulates events to get several contestants eliminated. Proceeding to lay low and slip beneath suspicion, Justin beats fellow manipulator Alejandro, forms friendships with other campers for his benefit, and eventually manages to win the competition. Despite this, he feels regret for his heinous deeds and forms genuine bonds with his allies, especially Geoff whom he apologizes to. When the Canadian military saves the remaining campers, Justin amiably parts with Geoff and the others and goes on the run from the Serbian mafia, remaining untouchable to the end.
  • Total Shuffled Island Series: Noah is considerably more devious and manipulative than in canon. Serving as the Big Bad of the fourth season, Revenge of the Island, Noah keeps a low profile while subtlety sabotaging the competition. He causes Leonard and Justin's eliminations by writing them anonymous notes, stroking the former's ego and making the latter butt heads with Lindsay throughout the challenge. Upon Courtney being given the power to decide who to eliminate, Noah gets Zoey eliminated by her by forging a diary framing Zoey as a two-faced hypocrite planning to betray everyone. Successfully eliminating Courtney and Jasmine and making it to the finale, Noah becomes the first villain to win a season by using a variety of traps and weapons to wear down Harold's Powered Armor and defeat him.

Others

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fanfic The Captain Goodking Saga: The silly-seeming Sacanas manages to be Captain Goodking's most competent adversary. Swaying his future apprentice to his side after tricking the apprentice's father into being turned to stone, Sacanas later uses time magic to evade guards keeping the spells he wanted to teach Sanies. Though eventually betrayed and murdered by Sanies, Sacanas returns to life with style: leading an alien invasion to act as a diversion while he traps the heroes in dream worlds catering to their greatest desires and convinces Stygian to once again become the Pony of Shadows to become Sacanas' personal attack dog. Though eventually defeated, Sacanas shows remorse for his actions and gracefully accepts being sent back to the time of his death, even laughing as he goes.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Fanfic Hegemony: Hordak, warlord of the Horde, is the ruler of the Fright Zone aiming to mentor Catra into one day taking his spot. Through his brilliant campaigns, Hordak has become a force to be reckoned with against the Hegemony and uses clever gambits such as forcing an attack from the Hegemony, all to expose a mole in his own group. Upon finding his former "Brother", Horde Prime, Hordak sees the folly of his old plan and leaves him to his seal, opting instead to raise Catra to true leadership of the Horde.
  • South Park Fanfic Girls Game (link): Bebe Stevens is the leader of the girls, uniting them all against the boys. Bebe assisted the child mobster Loogie in his efforts to gain more baby teeth so Bebe can obtain Loogie's loyalty. Bebe also exposed Stan Marsh's disguise by giving him a Groin Attack before ripping out his wig. Gathering everyone to the school gym, Bebe reveals her plan to use a magical fortune telling device to rid her enemies while reshaping reality and time in her own image, which she nearly succeeds until a sudden intervention of Dr. Mephesto's latest creation. The boys then decide to forgive Bebe and invite Bebe and her friends to hang out with them, because they were impressed that she pulled off such an elaborate plan.

    Crossovers 
  • Battle Royale, Maine (Battle Royale & Carrie) (link): Carrietta "Carrie" White is a Composite Character of her original canonical self and Kazuo Kiriyama, and proves to be as sympathetic as the former and as implacable and cunning as the latter. Forcibly inducted in the Battle Royale Program with her classmates and bullies, Carrie, determines to slaughter them, putting to good use the skills she developed after being tormented for so long, staying hidden from her classmates for extended periods of time and being prepared for several possibilities. These skills allowed Carrie to sneak up on her classmates on several occasions, double-tap Steve Deighan when he tries to fake his death, discover Henry Blake's bulletproof vest and take it for herself and wait for the remaining survivors to kill each other when there were few enough. When the last one, her biggest bully Christine "Chris" Hargensen nearly kills her, Carrie pretends to succumb to her attack while being protected by her bulletproof vest, before taking down Chris as well, winning the Program. Taking advantage of the legal privileges granted to Program winners, Carrie then proceeds to kill her abusive mother Margaret White, fully completing her revenge.
  • Child of the Storm (Massive Multiplayer Crossover): Doctor Stephen Strange aka Taliesin is the Sorcerer Supreme whose Purpose-Driven Immortality is based on defeating Thanos and will take any means necessary to save as many people as he possibly can. Carefully crafting a "reputation for omniscience" over millennia, he uses his inability to lie, abilities a Seer, and careful word choice to ensure people will react as he intends, Strange plays heroes and villains alike, even breaking Lucius Malfoy, a dangerous mastermind who had brought the world to its knees, in a single speech. Setting up his pieces perfectly, Strange has the world organized exactly as he needs for his plans and even tricks Chthon into taking the worst possible host, purging him from the universe. In the sequel, Strange adapts to the temporary loss of his seer powers and manages to destroy various threats to himself and the world, while making amends and earning a happy ending for Maddie Pryor, whom he believes he failed more than anyone else. Regretful of his own necessary evil but resolved to defeat Thanos no matter what it takes, Strange showcases remarkable ingenuity and charm through all his appearances.
  • Code Lyoko: EG (Code Lyoko & My Little Pony: Equestria Girls): Sunset Shimmer, while a Composite Character of her original canon self and William Dunbar, eclipses them both in dastardly brilliance. Joining an hacktivist group in her youth, Sunset worked with it to hack into large corporations, driving one to bankruptcy and nearly giving the same fate to 12 of the biggest government-funded companies. On the run after the group was sold out to the police, Sunset hacked into wealthy people's bank accounts for a living. Recruited by the Lyoko 6 after proving her worth, Sunset proves to be an invaluable member of the team, an effective leader during Twilight Sparkle's absence, tricking XANA into revealing to her his IP address and thus his Replikas, figuring out XANA's modus operandi, using her own crush on one of the Dazzlings to keep an eye on them when they infiltrate the Lyoko 7, and sending a hidden mail containing the anti-XANA program to Twilight while tricking XANA into stealing a fake, securing his final defeat in the long run.
  • Drakigo (Bram Stoker's Dracula & Kim Possible): Once the leader of the Transylvanian knights, Shego Dracula forsakes god and willingly becomes a vampire after her beloved Elizabeta kills herself. Years after killing the vampire that turned her, Shego tricks Ronald Stoppable into selling her a house. Turning him over to her brides, Shego journeys to London and runs into Stoppable's fiance, Kimberly. Determined to woo Kimberly, Shego takes her on dates and eventually turns her friend Monique into a vampire after feeding on her. Upon being betrayed and wounded, Shego is prepared to fight to the death. Snarky and clever, Shego manages to live the rest of her life with her beloved.
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters:
    • Charles Ludmoore, the King Smuggler, is Meridian's most notorious trader of secrets and artifacts of power. Through his brothers Cedric and Cyrus, he manipulates both sides of the civil war for his family's Long Game. Using the Oni masks as distractions to cover his acquisition of even more powerful items, he shores up a great deal of power for himself that few can match. Once Cedric tracks down Phobos's sister Elyon, he has Cedric manipulate Phobos into attacking him to give himself an excuse to join the Rebellion, where he proves invaluable to many of the Rebellion's operations. When Daolon Wong betrays Phobos, Ludmoore arranges to place himself in a position to save Wong's life, taking all of Wong's magic in exchange. He later arranges the events that set Elyon against Phobos, leading to Phobos's downfall and putting him in a position to shape the future of Meridian even further.
    • Harold Hale, aka Arthur Pendragon, is Cornelia's father and a member of the Dark Hand. After pretending to be unaware of the Dark Hand, he betrays Jackie Chan to Bartholomew Chang, who blackmails Jackie into working for the Dark Hand. Knowing that Jackie is infiltrating the Dark Hand for Section 13, Hale seemingly switches sides in order to give Section 13 control over the American branch of the Dark Hand, along with helping them arrest Chang, only to reveal to the renegade Quentin Ross that the Dark Hand and Section 13 were both created, in part by Hale himself, for the purpose of manipulating the world's governments into using magic to protect Earth from extradimensional threats, before killing Ross. He then meets with the other leaders of the Dark Hand, revealing to the readers that everything from his defection to his takeover of the American Dark Hand was all part of his plan.
  • "Heroes" Series (Massive Multiplayer Crossover):
    • Doctor Doom of Earth-10005 is the most competent adversary the heroes ever face and the only one to succeed in his goals multiple times. Seeking the power to protect his universe no matter the cost, Doom uses his intelligent mind and magical abilities to keep the heroes on their toes, keeping his motives hidden and always having a backup plan to escape. Even in his alliance with Lex Luthor, Doom simultaneously engineers his own success and his partner's downfall, briefly gaining control of the Phoenix Force thanks to a plan he set in motion decades prior. Later on tricking Morgana into giving him her powers, Doom also singlehandedly destroys the Seed of Wonder, trapping the Senior Partners in their dimension. With genuine respect for his adversaries and destructive yet will-intentioned methods, Doom is the heroes' most dangerous foe and the only one they genuinely fear.
    • Moon Knight is simultaneously a billionaire philanthropist, a brilliant detective, and a brutal vigilante. Called in by Daredevil to investigate Gwen Stacy's disappearance, Moon Knight tracks down Rhino and tortures him for her location, even threatening Rhino's mother to make him sell out Norman Osborn. Using a business meeting to plant a bug on him and later defeating Silver Sable in one-on-one combat, Moon Knight then holds off Osborn long enough for the other heroes to defeat him. Later repeating his brutal techniques on Lindsey McDonald, Moon Knight gathers information on the entire Circle of the Black Thorn, proving instrumental to its downfall in the process. Despite his eccentric nature, Moon Knight is a dangerous man to cross, both intellectually and physically.
  • I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC (DC Comics & Marvel Comics): Lex Luthor is the mastermind behind "After Hours" and one of the craftiest supervillains in the series. After creating Lance to spy on the heroes over at Stan's Place, Luthor kidnapped Stan Lee and replaced him with an Life Model Decoy. He intended on using Doctor Doom's time machine to fix all the mistakes the studios had made with the other villains' films. However, Luthor was surprised when they all refused to risk losing what little they had. Believing the heroes of the Marvel universe had created a culture content with remaining unambitious, Lex sought to travel back in time and prevent Stan Lee from creating Marvel Comics. After his plan was foiled by Superman, Luthor learned that the Joker had initiated "Plan Q"; a plan he had previously scrapped that led to Darkseid learning he was a fictional character. Believing Lance was the key to stopping him, Luthor recruited the Green Goblin to retrieve his head back from the heroes. Thanks to the warnings from his future self, Lex teamed up with the heroes to repair Lance and help them stop Darkseid's forces. Managing to persevere no matter the odds, Lex Luthor proves he still is the most ambitious criminal mind among both Marvel and DC.
  • Kira Yoshikage's Little Sister (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure & Pippi Longstocking) (link): Pippi Longstocking is reimagined as Koichi Hirose's former classmate and Yoshikage Kira's little sister, consequently renamed Pippi Kira. Well aware and supportive of her older brother's true nature as a serial killer, Pippi helps him cover up his crimes to ensure he continues living the peaceful life he strives for. When Yoshikage is forced to become Kosaku Kawajiri, Pippi tasks her father Yoshihiro Kira to look after her brother before waiting for Josuke Higashikata, Okuyasu Nijimura, Koichi and Jotaro Kujo to come to the Kira house to investigate. Keeping hidden her Stand Black Queen's versatile abilities unless she's gradually forced to reveal them, Pippi manages to keep up with the group despite being aware she has little chances of winning, nearly killing her classmate and Okuyasu on separate occasions. Even when defeated and mortally wounded by Jotaro, Pippi refuses to tell him any information about Yoshikage and takes advantage of her opponents dropping their guard to transfer part of her power to her brother, empowering him.
  • Love at First Sight (Once Upon a Time) (Mr. Right & Once Upon a Time): Emma Swan is a quirky ex-CIA agent and ex-assassin who went rogue and now kills her clients out of both boredom and belief that they are bad people. Introduced killing a woman who hired her to kill said woman's husband and easily taking out a group sent to kill her, Emma eventually meets Regina Mills and instantly falls in love with her. During her relationship with Regina, Emma is constantly dodging assassination attempts and killing those sent to kill her, all the while being completely honest with Regina about her profession. Emma later easily takes out most of Jekyll and Hyde's men, even befriending some, before letting Regina join her in her assassination business, even promising to help Regina kill her cheating ex-boyfriend, Robin.
  • No More Turnabout (Ace Attorney & No More Heroes) (link): The polite and playful Henry Cooldown is the true murderer behind the crime that his twin brother, Travis Touchdown, finds himself framed for. Worried that Travis's relationship with Henry's ex-wife, Sylvia Christel, will lead Travis down to ruin, Henry formulates a plan to make Travis believe Sylvia was the one who framed him for the murder, and lead to the end of their relationship. Henry hires renowned assassin, Shelly de Killer, to attack Diane Heifer at the cemetery and make it seem as if the true crime scene occurred there before having him bring her body to the video store for Henry to murder. Henry then poses as an assistant and bodyguard to Phoenix Wright after saving his life from hitmen who Henry himself hired, and subtly leads Phoenix and Maya to misleading pieces of evidence. Henry successfully manages to put Sylvia under suspicion by having de Killer fake a slip-up about his client's identity. Even after Phoenix discovers that Henry is the murderer, Henry nearly gets away with his crimes by presenting proof of an alibi at the time the murder was thought to occur at the cemetery. When finally defeated, Henry accepts defeat with dignity and openly admits to being wrong when he finds out that Sylvia truly cares for his brother.
  • Purpose (Elfen Lied & Saw) (link): John Kramer and his apprentice Lucy, aka Kaede, are the philosophical Jigsaw Killers:
  • Remnant's Bizarre Adventure (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure & RWBY):
    • Neo Politan is the adoptive daughter and personal assassin for Roman Torchwick. She is a highly skilled and dangerous fighter, frequently able to take on multiple trained warriors at a time. When Koichi Hirose is kidnapped by Anjuro Katagiri, Neo rescues Koichi and the two defeat the infamous murderer, with Neo being impressed by Koichi's courage and forming a Villainous Crush. Neo successfully prevents Jotaro from taking Emerald Sustrai prisoner during the Dance, and when Joseph Joestar is brought to Vale to find Torchwick, she attempts to assassinate him and is nearly successful. During the Breach, Neo escapes her imprisonment the very moment her guards attempt to transfer her from her cell, leaving their bodies in her place. Sneering at egotists and cowards, Neo proves that she is one of Remnant's most capable criminals.
    • Eleven Men is one of the enforcers hired by Whitesnake to facilitate the Breach, and is cunning, pragmatic, and unfailingly polite. Despite having a seemingly weak Stand, Eleven Men proves himself a deadly opponent when he fights Yang Xiao Long, scoring a definitive victory over the blonde brawler, and only being prevented from killing her by the intervention of Raven Branwen. Despite being outmatched by Raven, Eleven Men remains as professional as ever, successfully escaping the train with Jotaro and Team RWBY having been unable to avert the Breach.
  • The Requiem of Remnant (Jojos Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind & RWBY): Giorno Giovanna remains as magnificent as ever. Even despite being Trapped in Another World without his Requiem powers, Giorno sets out to take over the criminal underworld in hopes of killing Cinder Fall and gaining the resources to return home. When confronted by Emerald Sustrai and Mercury Black, Giorno defeats the master assassins with relative ease, with the two of them only barely managing to escape death at his hands. For months he robs Roman Torchwick blind, culminating in him stealing Roman's best weapons at his own White Fang rally. After escaping from Team RWBY in a high-speed chase, Giorno defeats Roman and Neo Politan in battle and lets them escape with the idea that he has an entire organization backing him. Giorno is an expert at manipulating people by subtly changing his behavior, and tricks his enemies into coming to the conclusions that he wants them to reach. When confronted on his motives, Giorno states that he won't be satisfied until he's the one in control.
  • Sleepy (Bleach & RWBY) (link): Tier Harribel, the Tres Espada, becomes King of Hueco Mondo after Sosuke Aizen's defeat and shines through her leadership, becoming one of Ruby Rose, Coyote Starrk and Lilynette Gingerbuck's most brilliant allies. Using fellow Arrancar Ruby Rose to establish links with Remnant, she has her collect Grimm as the newest Hollow food instead of the Hollows' cannibalism and establishes a ceasefire with Soul Society by sending Ruby there – risking the latter's life in the process – with a record of Mayuri Kurotsuchi and Zaraki Kenpachi's incursion within Soul Society, using that same record to fasten the negociations with Atlas by convincing them to build shared defenses against Soul Society. Establishing secret alliances with Remnant in several aspects such as soul research, transportation and Grimm harvesting, Harribel and several Arrancars assist Vale during the Fall of Beacon, making hers and Hueco Mondo's existence public as heroes after successfully foiling Cinder Fall's plans.
  • The Spiral of Descent (Bleach & Naruto) (link): Sasuke Uchiha, having learned about Madara Uchiha's status as the Soul King in his Infinite Tsukuyomi-created Soul Society, wants to stop him to save the shinobi world. Infiltrating the Gotei 13 as Sosuke Aizen, Sasuke quickly became a beloved shinigami Captain. Teaming up with his best friend Naruto Uzumaki and the latter's lover Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck, Aizen has the latter join the Espada with a middle rank to avoid too much attention. Committing most of his canon deeds, Aizen masterminds and starts a war in his supposed target Karakura Town to draw Soul Society's attention away from Naruto and Nelliel, whom Aizen sent to destroy Los Angeles to create the required King's Key to reach Madara and kill him to dispel the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Upon successfully doing so, Naruto, Nelliel's soul and Aizen engage Madara in the real world, defeating him and successfully saving the shinobi world. A combination of his canon self's sympathetic traits, talent and ruthlessness with Aizen's mastery of strategy and tactics, Sasuke proves to be nobler than the canon Aizen.
  • To My Death I Fight (Bleach, Hellsing & Kill la Kill): Sosuke Aizen, while retaining his canon cruelty, is driven by genuinely good intentions. Discovering the Original Life Fiber's existence and omnicidal intentions in the 19th century, Aizen started plotting against it, committing his canon deeds to empower his Hogyoku and kill the Soul King in the hopes of taking down the Original Life Fiber. When freed from the Muken by Kisuke Urahara, Aizen works with Ichigo Kurosaki, Ryuko Matoi, Satsuki Kiryuin and their allies against Ragyo Kiryuin, coming up with several strategies and teamwork tactics either in the long run or on the fly, using psychological warfare and excellent teamwork with Satsuki against Ragyo — forcing the latter to go all out to defeat them —, nearly sealing the Original Life Fiber with the help of Seras Victoria and Kinue Kinagase, masquerading as Satsuki and working with Ryuko to trick Ragyo into getting close enough for Aizen to severely injure her, later on successfully outsmarting Ragyo and leading to her death, and finally work with Ichigo, Ryuko, Satsuki and Nui Harime to send the Original Life Fiber to Hueco Mondo to give the former three a field advantage, allowing them to achieve victory.
  • This War of Mine (Dragon Ball & RWBY) (link) : Future Son Goku and Future Piccolo, while long dead, remain the fighting geniuses they were in canon. Coming up with a plan to take down Future Cell and save Earth and Remnant, Goku and Piccolo brutally train Ruby Rose for months after her death in the Fall of Beacon, significantly increasing her overall strength and skills. Allowed to return to the mortal world for a day for his good deeds, Goku used that reward to use the Namek Dragon Balls to resurrect Ruby and Piccolo, bringing back the Earth Dragon Balls for later use. Teleporting to Remnant to rescue his son Future Son Gohan, Ruby and their allies from Perfect Cell, Goku engages Cell, while ensuring Gohan could observe Cell's fighting style. Left with little time before going back to the afterlife, Goku manipulates Cell into setting up the Cell Games in a week, allowing Gohan, Ruby and their allies to train in the Room of Spirit and Time to become strong enough to confront Cell by then, willing to risk innocent lives to save them and ensure the new generation could measure up.

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