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  • The Fleet of Fog from Arpeggio of Blue Steel is a globe-spanning fleet of nigh-unstoppable robot warships emulating the fleets of World War II with absurdly advanced technology. It's taken humanity nearly twenty years to come up with anything capable of breaking their total blockade of the oceans.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • The Colossal and Armoured Titans, being humans with the power to transform into Titans.
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    • The Titans themselves and the country that creates them. The former being weaponized humans, and the Kingdom of Marley is vastly technologically superior to the people within the walls.
    • Both Paradis and the Kingdom of Marley are this to each other: On one side, Marley has never encountered Paradis' ODM gear nor have they ever confronted enemy Titans on their own soil, so their forces are absolutely wrecked by the Survey Corps and the Titan-shifted Eren and Armin. On the other side of this is Paradis, who, while they're highly experienced fighting Titans, have never fought a conventional war before, and as such would be in real trouble if Marley resorted to a more traditional invasion, as Paradis' technological level is at least 5 decades behind Marley's.
  • Poor Kingdom of Midland in Berserk. Thanks to Griffith, Guts, and the Band of the Hawk, they had more or less won the Forever War that had plagued the land for over a hundred years. Then, out of nowhere, a huge plague hits them. And while they're trying and failing to deal with that, Kushan invades with a nigh-unstoppable army that steamrolls over everything in its path, thanks to a combination of soldiers and Black Magic. And then demons start appearing in the countryside. No wonder they're so eager to put their faith in the resurrected Griffith, who is now (unknown to most humans) a Demon Lord of the highest order.
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  • Bleach: Yhwach was a bolt out of the blue for Ichigo's group and the Gotei 13. Mayuri did actually foresee Yhwach coming as a result of Uryuu Ishida's past actions in Soul Society, but when he tried to warn Yamamoto, Yamamoto dismissed Mayuri's concern as paranoid. Had he listened to Mayuri, the Gotei 13 would have had more than 17 months preparation time instead of being caught completely unaware and unprepared by a Quincy army they didn't even know existed. Yamamoto might also have been too complacent to prepare, as he personally defeated Yhwach 1,000 years earlier and had grown even stronger in the interim. He simply couldn't imagine that Yhwach's power might have grown by an even greater margin in the interim. It's also very heavily implied that Urahara, Isshin and Ryuuken have been fully aware of Yhwach's activities for at least nine years and possibly longer but they have kept the knowledge within their tight circle which also left both Ichigo's group and the Gotei 13 completely unaware and unprepared. However, this is implied to be because Urahara's group have their own plans rather than simply burying their head in the sand as Yamamoto did. Ryuuken in particular reveals that he was creating a weapon that could kill Yhwach no matter how powerful he got.
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  • Used, then inverted in the Cardfight!! Vanguard movie Neon Messiah. We're introduced to a new Link Joker user, which is understandable. He uses a new subclan called Deletors, which resemble Starfish Aliens rather than evil cyborgs like the Star-Vaders and the rest of the clan, which is odd. Then they show off their special power Delete, which cuts the fighter off from unit they're riding and locks it, leaving the fighter totally vulnerable, which solidifies them as Outside Context Villains. Then, to beat them, the hero inverts it and provides an Outside Context Hero, where he pulls a Grade 4 out of nowhere, with 27000 power, which he calls Striding. This is later explained by being an Early-Bird Cameo for the next big mechanic, and all of it is explained, but not even the audience knew what the deal was (a promotional version of the card was given out when it was shown in theaters, but it was intentionally missing a lot of information on how it worked).
  • In A Certain Magical Index, Touma Kamijou started out as a complete unknown who had the unheard of ability of Imagine Breaker. Several villains had never heard of him and were at a complete loss to deal with him and his abilities.
  • Death Note: Light is the definition of a Villain Protagonist and can easily be seen as an Outside Context Problem. In either case, Light has a huge advantage over his enemies since he can kill them using a magic notebook if he has both their real names and seen their faces, and the world at large is ignorant or didn't believe in the supernatural. Light can control the circumstances of a person's death as well, but mostly just makes people drop dead of heart attacks, so the deaths can't easily be traced back to him, or even be recognized as murder until he's killed hundreds of people and a pattern emerges. The early part of the series is L just trying to figure out how Kira is killing people, and having to slowly realize that Kira is not killing by mundane means.
  • Dragon Ball
    • Each new villain tends to be this to a varying extent, but special mention goes to famous Evil Overlord Frieza whose power advantage over all the protagonists (and antagonists) combined was akin to helpless mortals opposing a god. Even though later villains could make mincemeat out of him, they almost always started out in a similar "tier" of power to the heroes; Frieza started out several tiers ahead. He was more than twice as powerful as his most elite subordinate when deliberately holding back as much as he could. To put this in perspective, at the time he was introduced, a Power Level of 50,000 was considered overwhelmingly powerful. Frieza at his absolute weakest was somewhere around 250,000, with his final level over 100 million. When Frieza returns from the dead he trained to become stronger and within four months gains power on par with Goku, who spent decades training to achieve the same.
    • King Piccolo is also worth mentioning. Before him, all of Goku's opponents were human or funny animals. Then Piccolo literally comes out of nowhere and kills a third of the main cast, kills the Eternal Dragon, and successfully takes over the world. His arrival changed the tone of the series forever.
    • Also worth mentioning is Raditz for literally having an alien background, embarrassing the Big Good and previous Big Bad simultaneously, and generally shaking up the status quo with his mere introduction. All this despite only being the Starter Villain of the new story arc.
    • Buu for literally being an Eldritch Abomination. This bizarre pink genie creature has terrorized the universe, cowed the gods themselves, can transform people into conscious food while eating them alive, or absorb strong warriors by using its own malleable flesh to break off and consume them as it reintegrates with him and transforms into a new form, taking some of the traits of the victims (this happened to the gods), and, sufficiently enraged, he can tear down dimensions. His pure, untainted form, Kid Buu, is even worse. Unlike all the other villains, he can't be reasoned with, he has no pride to take advantage of, and no desire except killing everything. In order to beat him, they literally had to go to a planet that he can't blow up in one shot. Even then, he was close to being an immortal given his endless energy and regeneration. On top of all that, he can teleport into the afterlife, and kill off the heroes for good after he kills them the first time. His origin is even retconed to make him this for the entire universe. Originally, it is thought that Bibidi created him using magic. We learn later that Buu is an old as the universe itself and no-one knows where he came from or how he was created.
    • Beerus, for being a god among gods. Even the strongest Supreme Kai was only even with Majin Buu's second strongest form. Beerus makes even the strongest form of Buu look laughably weak and he easily curb stomps the heroes without even trying. Although this is hardly new for a Dragon Ball villain, what makes Beerus stands out among the rest is that he is completely undefeated. Not even Goku becoming a god himself could slow this guy down and he was only using 70% of his power. Even Frieza returning stronger than ever and Goku going beyond godhood is still weaker than Beerus. He's so powerful that Whis states that it would take both Goku and Vegeta working together just to be a match for him. He's so incomprehensible to the cast that they can't even feel his ki, because god's ki can't be felt by mortals. Then it turns out that Whis himself would be this to an even greater extent, if he were actually a villain. Despite being Beerus's servant, he's actually so powerful he could defeat Goku, Vegeta, Frieza (all of whom have ascended to godhood, or something equivalent) and Beerus, maybe even at once.
    • Goku Black Arc
      • Little is known about Goku Black's motives or where he comes from. He just appeared one day and started slaughtering humanity in the name of 'justice'. He also appears to grow stronger from fighting and getting injured. On top of that, he has accessories only used by the Kais like a Potara earring and a Time Ring. Even Beerus and Whis are confused by what Goku Black is, and Whis suspects that he's a creation of the Super Dragon Balls. A large part of the Future Trunks Saga is devoted to unveiling who or what Black is, how he relates to Zamasu, and how he's connected to Goku. The Reveal clears his identity and motives up, while showing just how much this trope he truly was. He's not only from another universe entirely, something Trunks didn't even know existed when he showed up, he's not even from the same timeline as any of the heroes at this point.
      • Zamasu is from Universe 10, therefore no one even knew he existed except for Beerus and Whis. Nor did even they have any idea of the monster he would eventually become. Future Trunks didn't even know there was a multiverse before the future was attacked by Black. In addition, because up until then everyone had thought Black and Zamasu were the same person if there was any connection at all, the heroes are completely blindsided when Future Zamasu descends from the sky and joins his partner.
      • Merged Zamasu's final form is this, as not only did anyone not expect it, no one knows how to fight him. While Buu was an Eldritch Abomination, Merged Zamasu's final form is a Lovecraftian monstrosity that becomes the multiverse to the point he begins breaking through into other timelines. At least Buu could be fought, Zamasu at this point can't. After all, how do you fight the multiverse itself? It takes Future Zen'o, Story-Breaker Power personified, to destroy the timeline itself to finally kill Zamasu.
    • Goku to the Red Ribbon Army. Before him, they were used to dealing with defenseless civilians, other armies, and maybe the occasional martial artist. While searching for the Dragon Balls they run into Goku, a super powered One-Man Army Human Alien who is practically indestructible. It's clear from the start that they had no clue how to deal with Goku and had to hire a renowned assassin just to have a remote chance against him. By the time Goku came to their base, they had nothing that could stop him and were basically defenseless. The pure terror that Goku struck inspires Gero to create the androids.
    • Goku is this even in the first story arc. He's a character Made of Iron making him nearly impossible to harm. Yamcha and Pilaf only came close to killing him because he was hungry and he ran out of energy due to it. There is also his transformation into a Giant Ape, something no one saw coming (not even the narrator in the original Japanese Language, who exclaimed he was also freaked out!) which saves him and the others from being microwaved in Pilaf's special prison. Only by grabbing Goku's tail do Yamcha and Puar subdue Goku as a Great Ape at the end of the arc.
    • For Frieza's army, they had a hard time dealing with the Earthlings because they couldn't track them. The characters from Earth knew how to hide and suppress their power, so not only didn't they track on the scouters but when they did find them, Frieza's men underestimated them because they showed a low battle power. Almost the entire Ginyu Force got stomped into the ground because they kept assuming Goku only had a power level of 5000. They were also caught off-guard that the Earthlings and Vegeta could read powers without a scouter.
    • Trunks manages to be this to Frieza for being a Kid from the Future on top of being a Super Saiyan. Until that point, Goku was the only known Super Saiyan in the universe, and there were only a handful of Saiyans left in the universe, so Frieza had no reason to expect Trunks would be a challenge.
    • Despite monitoring Goku and his friends for over a decade, the Super Saiyan transformation manages to be this to Dr. Gero. Since he fails to follow the heroes to Namek, he's caught completely by surprise when Goku transforms. The only point of reference he has is Goku's Kaioken.
    • Goku transforming into a Super Saiyan the first time also counts. Up to that point in the series a transformation like this has never been seen before and Frieza and Gohan are baffled about what just happened. Frieza lampshades this by saying he knew Saiyans turned into giant apes, but he had never seen anything like this before.
    • In Super, the Omni-King Zeno is the one-true "God" on the highest level seen in Dragon Ball. His personality is that of a bored little kid with absolute power over all reality who can wipe out entire universes with a thought, and has done so on a whim. While he may not be explicitly evil, his ability to wipe out incalculable numbers of life forms in a moment's notice and feel nothing about it is nothing short of terrifying.
  • In Gate, the Empire (which resembles a mix of Ancient Rome and the Middle Ages) was completely unprepared for the weapons and technology of modern Japan when they tried to invade it.
  • In Guardian Fairy Michel, episode 23 has a long-dead evil pharaoh with magical powers arising to kill the heroes, forcing Michel and Salome to team up against him.
  • Two arguable examples appear in Hellsing Ultimate. In a show where the enemy supernaturals are artificial vampires, the heroes seemed rather blindsided by the revelation of the Colonel being a werewolf. To say nothing of the curveball that was Warrant Officer Schrodinger.
  • Inazuma Eleven has a bunch of this:
    • The Aliea Academy arc was built on this idea alone, as one wouldn't expect aliens using soccer as a method to Take Over the World.
    • Raimon later becomes this to Aliea Academy, while at first were merely minor distractions, are later able to hold up against the Aliea Academy's stronger teams. Subverted, as Raimon opposing Aliea Academy was a part of Seijirou's plan.
    • Kenzaki giving the injured Raimon players, Nishigaki, Shadow, and Sugimori the Aliea crystal to create Dark Emperors.
    • In Chrono Stone, Protocol Omega and El Dorado is this. Soccer mysteriously faded from mystery after Holy Road, because El Dorado has ordered Protocol Omega to remove soccer from this world.
    • Fei is this to El Dorado, as this time traveler saved Tenma, and not even El Dorado knew who he is.
  • Izetta: The Last Witch. As the only character to possess magical abilities in an otherwise very realistic alternate history of World War II, Izetta comes as a complete shock to her enemies (and even her allies in the duchy of Eylstadt) when she starts fighting the Germanian Empire. While she can be a One Witch Army at her best, there are limitations to her power, and much of the drama comes from the Eylstadt high command covering up her weaknesses in order to create the illusion of Izetta as an all-powerful force. At the same time, the Germanians assign one of their officers to gather as much intelligence as possible in order to counter the advantage her Outside-Context status gives her.
  • The Lyrical Nanoha series has used this trope repeatedly to shake up the established franchise tropes:
    • The very first sequel, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's, pitted the main characters of the first season against a team of mages who, while still practicing familiar magic, did so in a way that was utterly foreign to them: hailing from a long-gone era of perpetual warfare, their spells were actually geared to maim and to kill, rather than simply to restrain and to disable. Team Nanoha was forced to adopt some of the Wolkenritter's tech (if not their tactics) before they could even go toe-to-toe with them.
    • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Vivid and its Spin-Off ViVid Strike! both focused on magical martial arts, which is to the previous seasons' combat magic what Olympic fencing is to actual medieval battlefields.
    • Finally, Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha Force took this trope to its logical extreme by introducing a whole slew of villains whose very existence is antithetical to magic as such, leaving our heroes naked and unarmed, scrambling to find any kind of replacement for their now-useless magic.
  • In Naruto, the Fourth Ninja World War was being fought between the Shinobi Alliance on one side, and Tobi and his White Zetsu Army, Kabuto and his zombie army, and the real Uchiha Madara on the other side. About 200 chapters after the war starts, the Sage of Six Paths' mother, Kaguya Ootsutsuki shows up as the real villain. This is particularly jarring since she appears with almost no foreshadowing though she was mentioned more than a few times to where one wonders if she would play a role and is revealed to be pulling the strings since the very beginning. The audience first knew of her existence barely 30 chapters ago, and no more than 5 people alive in universe at the time knew her name. To top it off, she died centuries ago and her role in the War was due to Black Zetsu using Madara to revive her. There is an in-universe justification for this though: Black Zetsu (who is such a good Chessmaster that he was able to manipulate all of ninja history) erased nearly all records of her existence or the truth of her demise in order to ensure nobody could foresee her revival and/or properly oppose her. Considering the rest of her clan was taken to the moon by her younger son (the Sage's brother) and this was after a period of endless strife and when modern civilizations were springing, it would be easy to destroy whatever records existed and have the rest fade into legend and be twisted into tales, as the only ones who would know about her at all would be the Tailed Beasts, whom were wanted for their power.
  • Shu, the hero of Now and Then, Here and There is a very cheerful and optimistic boy. However, for the denizens of the alternate universe he is thrown into where water is scarce, nearly every child is a soldier, and genocides occur on a daily basis, his extremely different outlook and boundless optimism utterly, utterly catches everyone off-guard. That turns out to his strongest asset when he finally convinced Lala-Ru that there is some good left in this world, thus triggering the end scenario.
  • One Piece:
    • For the people of the Blue seas, Devil Fruit users. They are so rare that they are often believed to be a myth and those who do have powers are seen as demons. Both pirates and marines are taken off-guard when they're faced with a fruit user, which is what make people like Luffy and Buggy so dangerous early in the series.
    • The Arlong Pirates are a complete Outside-Context Villain to the people of East Blue. Since the pirates of East Blue tend to be very weak compared to other seas, any pirate from the Grand Line is seen as big trouble. Arlong could have taken over all of East Blue since no one knew how to deal with him.
    • For those who don't know about it, Haki. The Straw Hats are initially caught flatfooted fighting people who can predict their movements or harm Devil Fruit users without seastone or an element advantage. They get better since Haki becomes much more common in the New World.
    • Although far from a villain, Smoker was this to the Straw Hats when he was first introduced. He was the first marine they met who was competent, powerful, and not corrupted. Most of all, he was the first one to introduced them to the Logia type Devil Fruit. Luffy was utterly powerless against him since none of his hits connected and would have been captured if it wasn't for Dragon saving him. Until the Time Skip, Luffy always ran if he saw Smoker.
      • In addition to being impossible to hit, Smoker also introduced the concept of Seastone to the story, the Devil Fruit user's Kryptonite. Smoker was the simultaneous introduction of an enemy that couldn't be defeated by any means the characters had access to AND the special thing that could nullify the main hero's abilities besides seawater.
    • When Krieg (one of the strongest East Blue pirates) went to the Grand Line, he had the misfortune of coming across a bored Mihawk, one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea and the greatest swordsman in the world, in his first week. Mihawk slaughtered his crew and sunk his fleet simply to kill time. And chased the survivors back to the East Blue simply because he was still bored.
    • When Luffy started his pirate career in East Blue, he was an outside context-foe for both pirates and the marines. Devil Fruits in the Blues are so rare that they are often believed to be mere myth and those who do have powers are seen as demons and monsters. So when Luffy, a rubber man, came along able to deflect bullets and absorb blunt blows without taking any damage, most of his early enemies didn't know what to do except for Buggy and Arlong, both who sailed the Grand Line where Devil Fruit users are more common.
    • Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates tend to be an Outside Context-Foe for the pirate-marine conflict as a whole. A key element of the setting is that the world had mostly settled into a political stalemate decades ago (if not centuries), to the point where nearly everyone follows certain rules without even considering other possibilities. So when the Straw Hats come along with no regard for anything but their personal goals, people tend to be taken by surprise. The marines aren't sure what to do about people who aren't afraid of Buster Calls and the sheer force of the government (not to mention a pirate crew that's relatively altruistic), and pirates have no experience dealing with people who cannot be intimidated or bribed, or will take a personal stake in a conflict that predated them. Even the more chaotic or maverick pirate crews are consistently surprised about what expectations the Straw Hats will betray.
      • While maybe not to the same extent as the Straw Hats, this applies to all of the 11 supernovae. They were mere rookies when they entered the New World, but started to actively provoke and defy the World Governement and the Four Emperors, causing so much chaos that they got the reputation of being the worst generation since the beginning of the great pirate age.
    • Luffy does it again during his battle against Eneru. Before Eneru met Luffy, he was completely unbeatable and all of his fights ended in a curb stomp. That is because Eneru had the Rumble Rumble Fruit that made him into living lightning. The fruit is so powerful that it is classified as unbeatable. However, since Luffy is a rubber man, he is completely immune to lightning. Even better, rubber doesn't even exist on Skypiea, so Luffy is also an out of context material. Eneru had no clue that a foe like Luffy could exist. The face he makes when he realizes that Luffy isn't affected by his powers is priceless.
    • Chopper, mostly thanks to his Rumble Balls. Zoan users have three transformations: their default form, an animal hybrid, and a full animal form. Chopper has seven transformations that mixed the strengths and weaknesses of his default three forms, which surprises even people who are used to fighting Devil Fruit users. Then there is what happens if he eats three Rumble Balls within six hours before the Time Skip.
    • Franky when he was first introduced. The Straw Hats didn't know how to really fight him since he's a cyborg. They actually thought he was a Devil Fruit user. CP9 had a better advantage since half of them lived in Water 7 for five years and personally knew him. Those who didn't know or understand Franky's abilities had a hard time countering him, especially since he's literally Made of Iron.
    • And of course there's Blackbeard. His Yami-Yami Fruit is a logia but doesn't work the same way as other Fruits of that type, and can be considered weird even by Devil Fruit's standard. He spent years keeping low-profile in Whitebeard's crew before in order to get that fruit. Thus he was seen by everyone as a no-name pirate and no one saw him coming when he put his plan in motion. Even more surprising, he is the only known person to have the power of more than one Devil Fruit.
  • Overlord actually has the protagonist as the Outside Context Problem. A level 100 player character lich from a VR MMORPG who gets transported to a foreign land along with his base of operations, similarly overpowered NPC servants and his hoard of god-tier artifacts, and then proceeds to steamroll over everyone in his way in his quest to Take Over the World.
    • This is made particularly clear by the fact that the world he's arrived in uses the same magic-system as the game, sorting spells into tiers. There, it's accepted as fact that humans can master up to 3rd Level spells with suitable study and talent - only those rare individuals called 'heroes' are capable of breaking this limit, going as high as 5th Level spells. Anything beyond that is the realm of The Archmage, mythical artifacts and legendary demigods. An early Starter Villain has his whole dastardly plot based around obtaining and using an arcane artifact capable of enabling someone to cast spells up to 7th Level, albeit at terrible cost. Meanwhile, the main character's army of Combat Maids can casually use 7th Level spells, and Ainz/Momonga himself wields 9th and 10th Level spells with ease - and can bust out the even more obscenely powerful 'Super-Level' spells when pressed.
    • Ainz takes it even further when he shows up out of the blue in the Empire's (currently an iffy ally of Ainz, who they know has horrifyingly powerful magic) arena, having signed up to do battle with the current champion. Not only does he agree to not use magic, he only uses a staff and a pair of daggers. It's still a crushing victory, and having realized that Squishy Wizard does not apply to a lich who can solo a troll, the Emperor promptly pledges himself as a vassal of Ainz.
  • Pokémon XY: Two episodes had Ash, his friends and Team Rocket encounter an evil Malamar. While Pokémon have played antagonistic roles in the series beforehand, they were either under the control of a person or they were just acting territorial. This Malamar was planning world domination on its own and even came up with a weapon to do just that.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica:
    • Akemi Homura is an example as she is a time-traveling oddity of a magical girl whose existence even Kyubey cannot explain. Her powers also work much differently than the other magical girls and no one seems to be able to effectively counter them, at least until she faces the Big Bad at the end.
    • Kyubey is also one, as a race of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens who follow their own Blue and Orange Morality with the ability to rip girls' souls out of their body and grant their wishes and with odd ideals, to say the least. Worse, most people have a Weirdness Censor that doesn't allow them to see him. To teenage girls, he literally appears out of nowhere to get them to sign away their lives. In essence, Kyubey and his true motive represents an archetypal sci-fi problem with elements of a Cosmic Horror Story in a Magical Girl show.
    • Walpurgisnacht is a subversion. It is a witch, which are things magical girls are made to fight. The problem is that it is unlike any other witch shown in the series as it is an amalgamation of many witches, something that is basically unheard of in the setting. Not helping matters is that nobody knows anything about Walpurgisnacht and nobody has lived long enough to know anything about it because it is so god-awfully powerful that it kills any magical girl who dares to fight it. Even Homura, who has fought it multiple times using Japan's entire military arsenal only escapes being its victim because of her time-traveling powers.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Dartz during the Orichalcos season. Prior to this, the main plot and filler had all been relatively connected (even the Virtual World arc was centered around pre-established character aspects in the end with Gozaburo and the Big 5 driving it all). Dartz's organization were connected to a completely different mythology that Retconned the origins of Duel Monsters with magic apparently more powerful that the Millennium Items, and the Great Leviathan didn't even appear to have been a Duel Monster.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V:
    • Despite all expectations, both played straight and subverted. The inter-dimensional war threw a huge curve ball for Heartland, who were pretty much wiped out in months. Subverted by Reiji and LDS, who knew about the invasion and have been preparing to launch a counter-offense for years. To this end, they deliberately broke The Masquerade and told their entire dimension about the war, completely defying this trope.
    • In the Synchro Dimension's City/New Domino City, this is averted and played straight, since the Executive Council knew about the war but kept it a secret from everyone else. As a result, characters from the Synchro Dimension make false assumptions about the protagonists even if they've been told the truth because they think it's too unrealistic and don't believe the main cast.
    • On a meta level, this trope applies for the audience, who expected this show to be about winning card-game tournaments, bringing out the best in villains and befriending them, and eventually fighting off some demonic god or Eldritch Abomination, maybe even several of them. Instead, the Big Bad is the leader of a military organization who actually uses his public resources, and even if there is some Elder God pulling the strings, the enemy forces are attacking en-masse and doing real damage to civilians, instead of using a handful of elite soldiers to target the protagonists specifically.


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