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A subtrope of Evil vs. Evil, this is for when a previous villain, whether a significant or minor one, is made significantly less of a threat (or in some cases outright killed) with the help of the next villain. The previous villain is put aside, to make way for the new villains.

This often implies that the new villain is more competent, more evil, or for whatever other reason more threatening, but not necessarily. Cases where the new villain is less threatening instead can qualify as this trope, too. May be the result of Big Damn Villains.

Compare Always a Bigger Fish, which sometimes overlaps with this but not always and Sorting Algorithm of Evil, and Bait-and-Switch Boss. Also The Worf Effect, depending on how they take them out. In video games, this is often the True Final Boss. If the earlier baddie was a Laughably Evil Harmless Villain, this may also be a case of Shoo Out the Clowns.

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Contrast Hijacked by Ganon.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kyubey is, for lack of a better term, unstoppable. Killing him is utterly useless, trying to out-gambit him is nigh-impossible, and while Madoka's sacrifice denies him victory on his terms, he ultimately still gets exactly what he wants. Come Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, Akuma Homura reduces him to a quivering, traumatized mess by forcing him to hold all the curses of the world. However how much of a villain Homura is, is up for debate.
  • In Dragon Ball, after General Blue returns having failed to kill Goku, he is given a chance if he can defeat Mercenary Tao. After his psychic paralysis fails to have effect on him, Tao proceeds to kill him with a single strike to the head. Using his tongue.
    • In the anime, the Red Ribbon Army's introduction has them fight against the previous Arc Villain Emperor Pilaf once he manages to steal one of the Dragon Balls. Once they catch up to him, they proceed to very easily defeat him by destroying his ship and then wordlessly asking him to hand over the dragon ball, setting up how the organization is going to be a much bigger threat to Goku than Pilaf could ever hope to be.
  • Thanks to a strange case of Executive Meddling, Dragon Ball Z's Cell Saga nixed each of its initial Arc Villains this way. Android 20/Dr. Gero is killed by Androids 17 and 18, who become the new main villains... only for Cell to appear soon after, reducing 17 and 18's role to Living MacGuffins he absorbs to power up.
  • This is how Phibrizo reveals his identity in Slayers, by killing current villain Gaav right out of the blue, and after he was already giving Lina and the others an increasingly tough time.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has Yami Marik do this during Battle City, taking over his normal half and then eliminating Yami Bakura who's working with a remnant of regular Marik's personality to take him down.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS has a few examples:
    • Blood Shepherd acts as a major antagonist alongside Bohman during the second season. Big Bad Lightning's first duel has him Worf Blood Shepherd and later Spectre, though Spectre and the other Knights were working with the heroes by that point.
    • In the third season, the now-human appearing Ai does this first to Queen and then to the Knights of Hanoi, leaving only Revolver and new character Pandor.

    Comic Books 
  • After Keith Giffen took over the second series of Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, he did a storyline where Carnelian is killed off to make way for the return of the first series' Big Bad Dark Opal. This lasts for one page in that issue and two pages in the following issue before Dark Opal himself is dispatched to make way for the new villains, The Child and Flaw.
  • In the buildup to the Great Darkness Saga in the Legion of Super-Heroes (which Keith Giffen also worked on — he seems to love this trope), previous Big Bads Mordru and the Time Trapper are found beaten and helpless to show how bad Darkseid is.
  • Kingpin has been the Big Bad of Ultimate Spider-Man, up until the relauch of Ultimate Marvel after Ultimatum. In the new arc there is a new villain, Mysterio, and the first thing he did when he showed up was shoot the Kingpin out of a window.
  • In Fantastic Four when the Marquis of Death appeared he set Doctor Doom on fire and tossed him into prehistory. Unsurprisingly, he came back.
  • One of Onslaught's first actions was to beat The Juggernaut to a pulp and hurl him all the way to New Jersey. Mostly to get back at Juggernaut for the crap he did to Professor X all their lives as Onslaught turned out to be Xavier's dark side run amok. At the time the issue was written the writers had no idea who or what Onslaught was, they just wanted to demonstrate he was a threat.
  • When trying to establish Kaine as a credible threat during The Clone Saga, the writers had him kill off longtime Spider-Man foe Doctor Octopus. It didn't take.
  • Les Légendaires did this in the Anathos Cycle by having both Darkhell and the Guardian being obliterated by Anathos to show how bad the new villain was (though this had already been established by having him effortlessly delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to the good guys).
  • Toyed with in Captain America, where Red Skull was assassinated by the Winter Soldier during Ed Brubaker's first issue, leading many readers to think the writer was playing this trope straight. Instead, it was revealed that Red Skull had survived inside the body of the Winter Soldier's employer, setting up one of the series' longest running Plot Threads.
  • For a brief period in the early '90s X-Men comics, the main villains were the Upstarts, a group of bratty rich mutants who competed with each other to kill other mutants in a "contest" sponsored by an omniscient mutant called the Gamesmaster; among the casualties numbered the Reavers, the Hellions, Sebastian Shaw, Emma Frost, Selene, and even Magneto himself. This plotline was not well received, all the dead villains but the Hellions came back, and most of the Upstarts ended up meeting ignominious ends themselves. In this case the problem was that the storyline replaced popular characters who had years of character development with relatively generic villains. Most of the Upstarts did not have distinctive personalities.
  • Inverted in Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives, the comic made to settle once and for all the true identity of the original Hobgoblin. Since another character had taken up the mantle in the intervening years, the story had the older villain murder the newer one. In this case the problem was the difference between the two villains. The "original", Roderick Kingsley, was one of the most dangerous and mysterious foes Spider-Man faced in the 1980s. The replacement, Jason Macendale, was initially depicted as a credible replacement. But over the years, Jason was depicted as mentally unstable, willing to go to insane lengths to increase his powers, and still surprisingly easy to defeat. Writers and readers had started treating him as a joke. Not a good sign for your status as a high-profile villain.
  • In 2003, Mac Gargan replaced Eddie Brock as the new and much more monstrous Venom, and as a result Carnage was killed off in early 2005 since the writers had no more need for him for the time being. After Flash Thompson took over as the more heroic Venom, Carnage quickly returned.

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    Literature 
  • Calvin killing William Henry Harrison in The Tales of Alvin Maker.
  • In Magic: The Gathering, Volrath, The Heavy of the Weatherlight saga is missing and presumed dead after a climactic showdown near the end of the first half of the story. When he reappears midway through the second half, in sufficiently badass and grandiose fashion, it's only to be killed in a one on one duel to the death by Crovax, who becomes the new Ascendent Evincar.
  • Happens in the Warrior Cats novel The Darkest Hour, the final book of the original series. Tigerstar, the main villain of the series, obtains the assistance of an insane cat called Scourge, and his followers "BloodClan", in the prologue. Scourge isn't mentioned again until the supposed Final Battle, where Tigerstar calls him for aid. However, after the protagonist Firestar tells Scourge about Tigerstar's treachery, Scourge realizes that Tigerstar is a terrible boss to have. Stating "Nothing will control me", Scourge rips Tigerstar apart, killing him many times in one blow. Scourge goes on to become the villain of the book.
  • In The Book of the Dun Cow, Starter Villain Ebenezer Rat dies in a fight with the Basilisks, who serve the novel's major villain, Cockatrice.
  • In the New Jedi Order series, two of the alien species nearly wiped out by the Yuuzhan Vong are the Yevetha and the Ssi-ruuk, two races with similar, though less vicious, MOs to the Vong, and which had served as villains in previous books.
  • Luca Brasi is introduced in The Godfather, both the film and the novel, as this terrifying killer and enforcer for the Corleones, more force of nature than man. He is killed by Virgil Sollozzo and Bruno Tattaglia without very much difficulty as the opening gambit of their war with the Corleones. When the Corleones receive a fish wrapped in Brasi's bulletproof vest, they know they are in trouble. Unusually for this trope, while he is definitely a villain, he is not antagonistic but on the protagonists side.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Star Trek: Voyager, Species 8472 is introduced by destroying an armada of Borg Cubes.
  • In ‘’Aaron Stone’’, the mutants first order of business is swiftly killing the Omega Defiance for making them into what they are.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The Anointed One (a little kid vampire who was held over from season one) is shoved into a cage and hoisted into sunlight early in season two by Spike.
    • Spike gets similar treatment in this a quarter into season four where he returns ready to cause trouble for Buffy, only to be tasered and captured by members of the Initiative. He escapes from them in the next episode, but has a chip planted in his head to make sure he can't harm the heroes again, which wound up sending him directly into a certain other trope.
    • A few episodes later, Initiative professor Maggie Walsh was impaled on a spike and skewered by Adam, the monster she created.
    • In the season 8 comics, Twilight killed the Master and Ethan Rayne by proxy.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: At the beginning of season two, Lord Zedd, Rita's superior, appears to relieve her of command after one failure too many. Her minions quickly jump ship as he sticks her in another dumpster and launches her into space. She comes back, of course...
    • Power Rangers Zeo: Rita and Zedd are, in turn, ousted from the moon by the arrival of the Machine Empire. They get their revenge at the end of the season, but then (apart from a cameo in the Turbo movie) disappear until Space.
  • This is done to Captain Crais by Scorpius at the end of the first season of Farscape. In fact, it's done in three different ways: first, he manages to convince Crais's own bodyguards into obeying his orders and putting their boss in the Aurora Chair; secondly, he takes over Crais's command carrier and has him stripped of rank and office; finally, just to drive home the fact that Scorpius is well and truly in control, Crais tries to kill him and ends up having his ass kicked for his troubles.
  • In Mystery Science Theater 3000, Pearl suffocating a baby-fied Forrester to death, and turning out to be more dangerous.
  • In Doctor Who:
    • The old Daleks allow themselves to be killed by the new Paradigm ones in "Victory of the Daleks", agreeing that they're impure and should be destroyed. This doesn't actually stick, however, due to the redesign meeting near-universal scorn: the RTD-era models have remained the standard ever since.
    • The Daleks were also subject to this in the Eighth Doctor Adventures, as they end brutally killed by Krotons. Yes, Krotons. Make way for the sixties monsters only remembered as a joke...
    • At one point it was thought that rights issues would have prevented the Daleks being used in the 2005 series — in which case, it would have been revealed that they'd been wiped out by the Toclafane.
  • Happens in Stargate SG-1 when the Replicators start picking off the Goa'uld, who, up until that point, had been formidable enemies.
  • Gotham: Season 2 builds up Theo Galavan, an original character, as the arc villain, only for him to take a back seat to Hugo Strange about halfway through. Season 3 plays villain hot potato, with the major baddie shifting from Mad Hatter to a revived Jerome Valeska to the Court of Owls, and then their apparent leader becomes a pawn for Ra's al Ghul.
  • Heroes loved to do this. Arthur announced his prescence by killing Adam, and shortly afterward killing Maury. Arthur, in turn, was killed off by Sylar, who had previously disposed of Bob. Then Danko was killed by Edgar on behalf of Samuel. And that's not even counting all the minor villains killed by Sylar.
  • Nukus in Big Bad Beetle Borgs was careful to get rid of Vexor and his minions before taking over as the main antagonist.
  • Mutant X - in the final episode of season 1, new Big Bad Gabriel Ashlocke imprisions original Big Bad Mason Eckhart and takes over his mutant-hunting facility for his own ends.
  • Supernatural:
    • In the season six finale, God!Castiel blows up the Archangel Raphael with the snap of his fingers.
    • Two episodes later, God!Castiel is momentarily taken over by Leviathans and unintentionally slaughters a room of innocent people, causing him to have a Heel Realization and voluntarily de-power himself. He is then ripped apart from the inside by the Leviathans.
  • Season 3 of Sleepy Hollow literally opens with this, as in its first scene, new Big Bad Pandora confronts the Horseman, defeats him with a wave of her hand, and locks him in her box to be used as a power source.
  • Once Upon a Time's villains in Season 2, Greg and Tamara, are promptly rendered useless with the introduction of Peter Pan in Season 3. They were working for him, but had been duped about his whole plan. They betray him and are promptly killed for it.
  • Babylon 5: The Shadows make their entrance by blowing the Raiders' mothership into tiny little bits.
  • Teen Wolf loves to do this:
    • In season 1 alone, the hunter Chris Argent gets handed an Eviler Than Thou by his sister Kate, who comes to town in episode 4. Also, after the series strongly implied that Derek was evil, it is quickly revealed that there is a more monstrous werewolf controlling both Scott and Derek, called the alpha.
    • Incidentally, both big season one villains (the alpha and Kate) eventually have their plans taken Up to Eleven with Kate's done in season 2 by her father Gerard, who is clearly the head honcho of the Argent hunters.
    • In season 3, after being defeated, the darach is killed by none other than Peter Hale, who always seems to show up to step on people's heads when the time is most convenient. Peter actually intended to make use of this trope back in season 2 by killing the kanima in alpha form, hoping that he himself would become a kanima alpha. However, his plan was thwarted, so he promptly applied his plan to the next season's villain—the darach.
    • The second half of season three subverts this trope, revealing that the very threatening Oni are not working for the big bad, but are supposed to have been Good All Along, although even that itself is fuzzy, since the Oni are True Neutral.
    • When season 4's scary big bag is revealed to be From Nobody to Nightmare, Peter takes over YET AGAIN, becoming the final big bad of that season. Can someone explain how he STILL ended up getting a Redemption Quest?

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Generation Next lived up to their name by taking out Special K, The Christopher Street Connection and The Ring Crew Express before going on to have a successful match in their Ring of Honor debut.
  • Mercedes Martinez willingly stayed out of Valkyrie's way after it interrupted her match with Amazing Kong in its debut. They caught up to her after about eleven shows.
  • One of the first things Lord Siniestro did in The World Wrestling league was take Legio away from El Profe. Not long after this his direction lead to them traumatizing and hospitalizing El Niche of Los Rabiosos, though Rabiosos had become faces by default at that point. Around the same time "La Verdadera Revolución" made their debut as part of an ambush on Hiram Tua, who held the Mega Television Title Belt for the dominant Power Stable Gentlemen's Club.
  • CHIKARA, Zig-zagged. Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes quickly surpassed Team F.I.S.T.note , The UnStablenote  and The Order of the Neo-Solar Templenote . By June 2012, the BDK were down to Tim Donst and Jakob Hammermeier, and they abandoned the name since GEKIDO had surpassed them.

    Video Games 
  • In Super Robot Wars Z2: Rebirth Chapter, Uther does this to Gaioh.
  • RuneScape's "Ritual of the Mahjarrat" quest officially, and properly, introduces the Dragonkin by having them gang up on a recently renewed and overpowered Lucien by kicking him to the curb and impaling him with his own staff.
  • In Final Fantasy VII, Shinra is rendered much less of a threat after Sephiroth appears and kills its president.
  • Final Fantasy Brave Exvius does this excellently, in a way that you never see it coming. Rain and the party have defeated Veritas of the Dark for the final time and succeded in preventing him from shattering the last crystal. The Darklord's identity is finally revealed and it seems like the story is finally complete... when the crystal is suddenly shattered. Just then, the Eight Sages of Hess appear, who up until this point have been seen as a secondary threat, and it is revealed that they were the ones who shattered the last crystal. One of them then proceeds to kill the Darklord.
  • The Kingdom Hearts series has this happen a couple of times. The first was Maleficent from the first game being ousted (but not killed) by Organization XIII in Kingdom Hearts II. Then played with in Birth By Sleep where we find out that she was slightly manipulated by Xehanort (of whom the leader of Org. XIII, Xemnas, is his Nobody) who told her about the Princesses of Heart. Then in Dream Drop Distance the trope happens again with both Xemnas and "Ansem" Seeker of Darkness (the Heartless of the aforementioned Xehanort and other Big Bad of the first game) being Demoted to Dragon to Xehanort. And even in the first game, Maleficent herself was manipulated by Xehanort's Heartless. Chances are that in these games it's ether this trope or Hijacked by Ganon with Xehanort.
  • StarCraft has multiple instances of this trope:
    • The Confederacy, who were the main villains for most of the Terran campaign in the original game, are eventually obliterated when their political opponent Arcturus Mengsk unleashes the Zerg Swarm on their home planet. This event mark the beginning of Mengsk's Moral Event Horizon, setting up his transition from pragmatic Rebel Leader to The Emperor and the franchise's human Big Bad.
    • Mengsk himself suffers this in Brood War, where the UED establish themselves as a threat by turning him into their punching bag for most of their campaign and eventually overthrowing him. He does eventually manage to get back in power however, and is still around by the second game, while the UED is obliterated at the end of Brood War.
    • Subverted in hindsight in the second game, where Amon's agents scheme to help the heroes take down Kerrigan, since despite being the biggest villain at this point she is the only one who can potentially ruin his plans. They do manage to considerably weaken her, but rather than be killed, she does a Heel–Face Turn, and eventually becomes considerably more powerful than she ever was as a villain.
  • This would become a recurring thing in the Mario RPGs, though not all of them:
    • Super Mario RPG begins with the classic showdown between Mario and Bowser - and then Bowser's castle gets hijacked by the Smithy gang, and everyone within is sent flying. Bowser teams up with Mario for the first time in video game history to take down Smithy and reclaim his castle.
    • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga has Bowser upstaged by Cackletta at every turn. Even after Mario and Luigi kill off Cackletta, her spirit still persists and possesses Bowser, turning him into Bowletta (at least until the Mario Bros. can defeat Cackletta's essence).
    • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has Bowser spend most of the game chasing Mario as Mario deals with the threat of the resurrection of the Shadow Queen. Bowser finally catches up to Mario in the Palace of Shadow, where he's treated as a nuisance to fight before the real threats appear.
    • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time puts Bowser in a minor role, and he gets to join up with his young self for a fairly tough boss battle, but he is clearly out of his league when compared to the Shroobs, who are executing a full-on Alien Invasion with technology no one in the Mushroom Kingdom has ever imagined.
    • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story zigzags this trope. While Fawful and the Dark Star are depicted as much more competent than Bowser and upstage him early on, Bowser won't take this lying down and fights through their forces until he reaches them directly, unknowingly fighting concurrently with the Mario Bros. in an Enemy Mine situation. In this game, Bowser is both the Butt-Monkey and the Determinator: No matter how many humiliating setbacks he gets, he just keeps going. Bowser is also the first one to take on the Dark Star, as it's enveloped in an evil aura that causes the Mario Bros. great pain to even stand near, but Bowser is evil enough that it doesn't bother him much. Hence, Bowser is the one to soften the Dark Star enough for the Mario Bros. to even be able to fight it.
    • Super Paper Mario opens with Count Bleck forcibly taking Bowser into another dimension, then mind-controlling Bowser and Peach into marrying each other, causing an interdimensional rip that will destroy all universes if left unchecked. (It Makes Sense in Context.) Though Mario initially thinks Peach going missing is Bowser's work, he realizes what happened when the two meet in The Bitlands, and the two join forces (among others) to take Count Bleck down. Count Bleck would then be usurped by an even more recent villain, Dimentio, who waits until Mario defeats Bleck, then takes the power of the Dark Prognosticus for himself and fuses with Luigi to become Super Dimentio.
    • Paper Mario: Color Splash has what appears to be Bowser terrorizing the land as usual, but this is actually Bowser as controlled by the Black Paint, an Eldritch Abomination contained within the fountain in Port Prisma. This one is a notable case in that Bowser isn't even doing anything malicious or villainous when the Black Paint takes over—he was selfishly using the fountain's paint for his own purposes, but he didn't have any plans beyond that at the time.
  • In the first route of Hentai RPG Sengoku Rance, shit hits the fan after all the gourds break. The Legions of Hell Worf every unconquered house in a dozen or so turns. You then have to capture international territories at the far end of the map before you can have a go at the True Final Boss. At that point, all you can do is reload your save and hope the Random Number God rolls in your favor.
  • Super Street Fighter II cuts to the chase with the now well-known scene of your final fight with M Bison being interrupted with the death of Bison, at the hands of Akuma.
  • Street Fighter V reveals that The Illuminati, the antagonist organization of Street Fighter III, was involved in the events that led to the final end of Shadoloo.
  • The retooled Shin Mazinger plot in Super Robot Wars V zigzags this. At first it seems like Hades and the Myceane will be the villains as in previous games. But then Mazinger ZERO shows up and quickly wipes the floor with Hades and replaces him as the main threat of the series. However, after Kouji and ZERO are reclaimed a few stages later, the Myceane return to being the Shin Mazinger Bad Guys, with Hades himself eventually returning as the Emperor of Darkness to be the Main Antagonist of the Shin Mazinger plot.
  • Star Fox: Assault starts with Andrew Oikonny, Andross's nephew, trying to take over the Lylat system with the remnant of Andross's forces. It doesn't last long though, as he gets shot down by the Aparoids still in the first level.
  • Red Faction starts off with the titular rebellious miners fighting Ultor's security guards. After killing Capek, Ultor sends in mercenaries, who quickly replace the security guards as the primary enemy.
  • Saints Row: The Third introduces STAG halfway through the game, who arrive to occupy Steelport.
  • Half-Life's expansion pack, Opposing Force, has both the Black Operations and the Race X aliens do this. The Black Operations(despite appearing a few times in the main game) are another clean-up crew sent in to silence everyone(including the first clean-up crew, the HECU) and destroy Black Mesa, while the Race X are another group of aliens who are invading Earth to harvest its minerals, and they also have a bone to pick with the already-invading Xen aliens.

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    Western Animation 
  • While it's not revealed until the Grand Finale, this is ultimately why Ronaldo Rump and the Catatonians replace Lawrence Limburger as the Big Bad of Biker Mice from Mars in the 2006 sequel. The Catatonians help the Biker Mice get rid of Limburger and the Plutarkians, only to betray them later on while Rump steals Limburger's riches. It even happens again when Limburger attempts to get revenge on all three parties, only to end up accidentally helping Rump and the Catatonians, and is promptly disposed of soon after
  • In Family Guy, the "evil monkey" getting a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Dylan [Brian's son] is a clear case of this. While the monkey later turns out to be a nice guy, up until that point he had been a villain, albeit minor. And, in that episode, the point was to show that Dylan was going to be harder to deal with than the monkey.
  • In the second season of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Princess Azula's first episode has her telling Zuko and Iroh of their fugitive status and almost managing to capture them.
  • Young Justice begins its second season with a species called the Kroloteans secretly infiltrating Earth, before they're finished off by an unknown "Competitor" after three episodes. Played With because these new foes are actually allies of the Light, the previously-established Big Bad of the series.
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien played straight and inverted this trope at the same time in its finale: when Diagon arrives on Earth, he ends up, after a brief fight with Ben, killing previous villain Sir George... and is almost immediately then killed and absorbed by Vilgax, Ben's long date Arch-Enemy, who assumes the role of True Final Boss for the remaining of this finale.
  • Subverted in season 4 of Teen Titans, where season 1 and 2 Big Bad Slade, after being Demoted to Dragon for the whole season following a Deal with the Devil, is apparently double-crossed and disposed of by his boss Trigon. Turns out Slade saw it coming and made sure he would be able to escape, allowing him to make an Enemy Mine with the heroes and to get what he wanted from all of this. By the end of the season, Slade is alive and free to scheme again, while Trigon has been obliterated by his daughter.
  • Danny Phantom's The Ultimate Enemy played with this trope. Upon being separated from Danny Fenton, the ghost Danny turned malevolent and stripped Vlad of his ghost half, followed by merging with it to become Dark Danny. He then goes on to torment Danny's Rogues Gallery.
  • In Wander over Yonder, Lord Hater, the Big Bad of the entirety of Season 1, had been an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, for the most part. At least, for the main characters Wander and Sylvia whom he never managed to seriously threaten, despite his fervent wishes of torturing and killing them. However, until that point he had been introduced as a serious threat for the rest of the galaxy, taking over planet after planet trying to prove his greatness. Cue Lord Dominator's appearance in Season 2. Dominator's first action in the series proper is using a giant ship to slice Hater's ship in two with a gigantic drill. From that moment on, Lord Dominator takes the role as the show's Big Bad, dethroning Hater as the Greatest in the Galaxy by overdoing him in every possible way:
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "Weirdmageddon Part 1", Bill Cipher disfigures Preston Northwest when he tries to join Bill's forces, and then disintegrates the Time Baby when he shows up to stop Bill with a small army of Time Agents. This cements his status as the most evil and powerful character in the series.
  • Ninjago: While it plays out a little differently, there's Lord Garmadon destroying the Great Devourer at the end of season one. Played with in that Garmadon was not only the villain of pilot movie, but a sub-arc of the season was dedicated to identifying the Green Ninja who would be destined to battle him, so it was very clear from the beginning that Garmadon was going to be the next focal villain regardless of who exactly defeated the Devourer. He also defeated the Devourer as part of an Enemy Mine with the ninja, and as a means of taking vengeance on it for turning him into a villain in the first place. But nevertheless, Lord Garmadon did not act as a villain in the series proper until after defeating the Devourer (save a brief Let's You and Him Fight scene with Wu), and the very next episode has him becoming proactive and antagonistic.
  • The last several episodes of the final season of Jem made way for The Stingers, an already popular band in Europe and yet another rival band to the Holograms versus the perpetual second place band, The Misfits. Whereas the latter band had devolved into a liability/nuisance whose antics of their band members and their manager, Eric Raymond, had seriously undermined their credibility, the newer band was more intelligent and business savvy (so much that Eric tried to manage them while leaving his old band more or less high and dry), already well-off and had far more sociopathic tendencies (especially their bassist, Rapture, who displayed this early on by humiliating Pizzazz with a "love potion" to lure in Riot and which made her physically ill all to her and her bandmates' amusement). They soon overtook many of the Misfits qualities to the point they ended up Demoted to Extra.


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