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Basic Trope: The heroes defeat the villains in the order of weakest to strongest.

  • Straight: Our heroes first face off against Crimer, then Dr. Destructo, before moving on to Emperor Evulz, and finally facing off against the Queen Terra who previous villains unknowingly helped.
  • Exaggerated: The first villain Bob faces is a schoolyard bully, while the Final Boss is a nigh-omnipotent God of Evil.
    • The Mooks of the new Big Bad are just as strong as the previous Big Bad.
  • Downplayed:
    • The villains are not all that different from each other in terms of strength or threat level.
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    • Each Big Bad is stronger than the previous one, but only for a little bit.
  • Justified:
    • Emperor Evulz initially doesn't view the heroes as a threat, so he sends out his weakest forces to face them to conserve his resources. After realizing the threat the heroes pose, Evulz begins sending out stronger and stronger minions to fight them.
    • The heroes start off not very strong and thus are only equipped to face off against Evulz's weaker minions. As they get stronger, they are able to go up against the stronger members of Evulz's army.
    • Evulz' weakest minions are also not the most evil or loyal to his cause. He pits them against the heroes fully expecting them to die in order to weed out weakness in his ranks, while promoting any minion who proves surprisingly competent.
    • Evilz has many enemies, and at the start our heroes are the least of his worries. At the start of the tale Evulz has his stronger troops held back to protect him against the actual threats to his reign, which does no include the heros until much later in the plot.
  • Inverted:
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    • Evil Evolves
    • The heroes defeat Emperor Evulz first, before defeating The Dragon and working their way down the rest of Evulz's forces.
    • Emperor Evulz first defeats the kingdom's Red Shirts, then the Hero of Another Story, then The Hero, and finally the Big Good.
  • Subverted: The heroes defeat the Ultimate Evil in the first episode.
  • Double Subverted: Except it turns out that the supposed Ultimate Evil was just one of many Eldritch Abominations, and isn't even that strong compared to them.
  • Parodied: While facing off against Bob, the villains organize themselves from weakest to strongest and fight Bob one-by-one.
  • Zig Zagged: The heroes first defeat Sergeant Bad, who is little more than a glorified Mook Lieutenant in Evulz's army. They then battle General Drake, before fighting Captain Kill, who is considerably less strong than Drake. After that, they finally face off against Emperor Evulz himself.
  • Averted: The villains are not all that different from each other in terms of threat level.
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    • Alternatively, the first villain is more powerful than the ones who come later.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "The villains we face seem to keep getting stronger and meaner."
  • Invoked: Upon hearing Bob has trounced a squad of Mooks, the rest of them promptly decide to make Villain Forgot to Level Grind a Defied Trope.
  • Exploited: Bob makes himself look weaker than he is, allowing him to take Evulz's minions by surprise.
  • Defied: Emperor Evulz kills all of his weaker minions, leaving only the strong ones to fight the heroes.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: ???
  • Reconstructed: ???

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