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Basic Trope: A previous villain turns out to be the actual one as opposed to the new, advertised villain.

  • Straight: General Dusk seems to be set up as the leader of The Remnant, but the final chapters reveal that Emperor Evulz is still alive and trying to rebuild his empire through Dusk.
  • Exaggerated: Every evil plan after Emperor Evulz's "death", from the newest Omnicidal Maniac to a local purse snatcher, is being manipulated by the Emperor.
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  • Downplayed: General Dusk is the main villain, but the Evil Plan he's using was originally concieved by Emperor Evulz.
  • Justified: Emperor Evulz wanted to make sure nobody knew he was back, so he hid behind a new villain to get back to full power while nobody was looking.
  • Inverted:
    • General Dusk takes over Emperor Evulz's plot.
    • Captain Righteous, the previous hero, hijacks Sergeant Virtuous to fight the final battle.
    • Demoted to Dragon
    • When Emperor Evulz first appears late in the show, he's revealed as the true evil mastermind behind all of Dusk's previous villainy.
  • Subverted: The heroes suspect that Emperor Evulz is back en force, until General Dusk tells the heroes that Emperor Evulz is dead.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...Until it's revealed that Evulz is alive again.
    • Or General Dusk lied to the heroes.
    • Or Evulz is leading the army from beyond the grave.
  • Parodied:
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    • General Dusk gets hijacked within his first few minutes of appearing, and complains that he didn't get to do anything.
    • General Dusk is actually just Emperor Evulz in a shoddy getup that fails to disguise him at all. The characters still fall for it.
  • Zig Zagged: Evulz and Dusk keep trying to one-up each other in the process of working together.
  • Averted: General Dusk is the new villain. Evulz doesn't appear at all.
  • Enforced:
    • Executives were too afraid the audience wouldn't care about the new villain, so they forced the old villain in.
    • Evulz was so awesome that the fans would be disappointed by if he didn’t show up.
  • Lampshaded: "I had a feeling you'd resurfaced, Evulz..."
  • Invoked: See Justified
  • Exploited: General Dusk suspects he's being manipulated by his own boss, but follows the "invisible" hand anyway for the sake of power and notoriety.
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  • Defied: When Evulz tries to take over the plot, General Dusk effortlessly defeats him, firmly setting himself up as the new Big Bad, showing that Evulz is old news.
  • Discussed: "Do you think Dusk is the new villain, or do you think Evulz has something to do with this?"
  • Conversed: "Wait, what?" "It's him again. Meh."
  • Implied: There are many signs that Emperor Evulz is behind the plot, such as an offhanded reference to a teacher General Dusk had, but Evulz himself never appears and this is never confirmed.
  • Deconstructed: After Emperor Evulz reveals himself to the heroes after their battle with General Dusk, the half dead Dusk loses it when he learned he was a tool to the Emperor, and triggers the base's self-destruct to kill everyone in spite.
  • Reconstructed: Which was just what Evulz wanted to kill the heroes while he stayed completely unharmed.
  • Played For Laughs: Nobody takes General Dusk seriously because everybody already knows Emperor Evulz is behind the plot.
  • Played For Drama: The heroes eventually reach the Despair Event Horizon because they no longer can identify what bad things that have happened to them are Evulz' design or not, and worse yet, it seems Evulz is unstoppable in the long term.

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