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🎨 Creative 101 Time-manipulating villains!

kingkasara

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24. The Troublemaker: Somewhere in a far possible future, humanity regulates temporal activity through the use of special "Troubleshooter" androids. Capable of altering their appearance to match the period they wind up in they are excellent infiltrators and undercover operatives, and are given advanced combat capabilities (often specific to the time period they are operating in) to deal with chrono-criminals.

However, one particular Troubleshooter model took some damage to its neural processor during an unexpected chronoquake while attempting to jump back to its own time period. It's programming was wiped and instead of preserving its home time period, it seeks to undo it. It does this by removing important and influential figures in the past that allowed its nigh-utopian (allegedly) home time to come to be. It targets great inventors, peacemakers, cultural figures. And its slowly moving back in time from where it landed after the chronoquake, which was about 10-20 years ahead of your current campaign timeframe. It's goal is to work all the way back to the earliest divergence points that let it be.

It's important to note that it doesn't call itself the Troublemaker. That's a term that others came up with for it. It still views itself as a Troubleshooter, pursuing a mission.
 

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25. The Emperor of Nevermore:. This celestial potentate resides in the Null Zone, a realm of existence outside the Space-Time Continuum. His empire, such as it is, consists of people, things and places that once might have been but now exist "Nevermore," erased from the timeline due to the errors or deliberate actions of time travelers but snatched by the Emperor's power before they could fade away into oblivion. Anyone or anything that becomes part of the Null Zone is his to command, totally obedient to his will. Other than that though they'll live and behave as they would have in linear history, with the exception of never aging or dying of course.

What makes this sovereign a villain and not just a reclusive collector of the debris of temporal upheaval is that on occasions he deliberately interferes in history in order to wipe someone or something from existence so he could add them to his Realm. He's even colluded with other temporal villains at times to instigate chronal crises just for the opportunity to add vast swathes of territory to his empire. He can venture forth or send forces and agents into Space-Time but they can only be active there for a limited duration before fading back into the Null Zone. The more he sends to a particular location in the Continuum the shorter they can stay.

Despite usually acting in a villainous capacity, there are other occasions when he's actually lent assistance to heroes. This is usually in circumstances when another temporal meddler has managed to successfully alter the timeline. If those changes managed to create a person, place or thing that the Emperor desires for his realm he'll lend aid to heroes looking to restore the timeline just for the chance to take what he wants from the soon to be unwritten history.
 
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DarkStarling

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26) The Dark Conclave: a sinister and ruthless cabal of grotesque alien mockeries, who are in fact the distant transhuman descendants of humanity from the End of the Universe. They are here for the sinister purpose...of making sure history stays exactly the same. They like how history turned out: they ruled the universe for millions of bloody, hellish years. And their agents are here to make sure that it all happens again.

27) The Bootstrap Society: 700 years in the future, time travel becomes common and defines a glorious era of culture and enlightenment. The path that got there required three World Wars, the last ending in mass deployment of nanophages that killed 3 billion people on Mars alone. And that's not getting into the Flesh Yards that the Replicants got into as amusement parks before it was put a stop to.

The Bootstrap Society is dedicated to changing all that. They want their Temporal Utopia to be founded earlier in history, to save as many as possible from the horrors of the past. And once they succeed, they will push the date back even further. Ultimately their goal is a self consistent history where Humanity springs full formed from time like Athena from Zeus's mind. Indeed, Athena's symbolism is all over their society: from owls to parthenogenic gene mods.

Never mind that these noble goals effectively murder entire timelines with every success, along with all of their inhabitants. Never mind that shaping history on such a scale requires assassination, gene manipulation, and mind control. Never mind that you'll have to completely destroy the cultures of the past in order to bring in yours. After all, it's for their own good.

Basically, take White Man's Burden and give it to time travelers from the future out to fix the savage past. Good times, good times.

25. The Emperor of Nevermore:. This celestial potentate resides in the Null Zone, a realm of existence outside the Space-Time Continuum. His empire, such as it is, consists of people, things and places that once might have been but now exist "Nevermore," erased from the timeline due to the errors or deliberate actions of time travelers but snatched by the Emperor's power before they could fade away into oblivion. Anyone or anything that becomes part of the Null Zone is his to command, totally obedient to his will. Other than that though they'll live and behave as they would have in linear history, with the exception of never aging or dying of course.

What makes this sovereign a villain and not just a reclusive collector of the debris of temporal upheaval is that on occasions he deliberately interferes in history in order to wipe someone or something from existence so he could add them to his Realm. He's even colluded with other temporal villains at times to instigate chronal crises just for the opportunity to add vast swathes of territory to his empire. He can venture forth or send forces and agents into Space-Time but they can only be active there for a limited duration before fading back into the Null Zone. The more he sends to a particular location in the Continuum the shorter they can stay.

Despite usually acting in a villainous capacity, there are other occasions when he's actually lent assistance to heroes. This is usually in circumstances when another temporal meddler has managed to successfully alter the timeline. If those changes managed to create a person, place or thing that the Emperor desires for his realm he'll lend aid to heroes looking to restore the timeline just for the chance to take what he wants from the soon to be unwritten history.
Makes me think of how The Doctor reference the Might-Have-Been King from the time war. That being the case, I'd give him a methodology rather than it being a natural part of the universe and sheer power of will. The Null Zone is an area actually maintained by a Paradox Machine, and he controls the people of his empire by being the only source of (for example) Artron Energy that lets them exist despite being walking paradoxes. They need regular infusions of the energy, or they fade away. He probably knows how to make a more lasting chronal stabilizer, but since that would limit his control he only gives them to his most trusted servants.
Naturally he uses the permanent Paradox Machine that maintains his realm to preserve physical territory.

Of course, none of this stops him from SAYING that it's all a mater of sheer willpower...

Another way he can be a villain is deliberately creating alternate timelines that he knows will be fixed just to steal some of their residents. Want dinosaur people? Deflect the asteroid, then introduce Artron Water into the local wells before meddling time agents change it back (exactly as planned).
 
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28) Thon From 101 Talking Gorillas

He is a refugee from a Time Experiment (on our end) gone wrong. He comes from a Planet of the Apes movie world. He is a reluctant hero, as he has a strong "heroic streak" and this is a very different timeline from him. He is still trying to get home. He is not prohuman and will work with anyone creating super apes that would be forerrunners to his superior species. He tends to work with time travellers, just on the off chance he can either tip history to the favor of The Apes or travel to his world line. As you can guess these "allies" or employers are usually not heroic. So you can often find yourself squaring off against Thon.

Currently he is a super soldier, highly trained, very strong, and uses a variety of weapons he has picked up recently (a few laser weapons, an electroknife, and a jet pack).

He knows about the Null Zone. While he could visits a colony of his people, he wants to restore them to "the real world".
 
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amechra

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29) Ms. Memory is a fixed point in time - essentially, a few key facts about her personal history can't be altered by shifts in the timeline.

This would just be a curiosity if she didn't remember all of those alternate histories. On an objective level, she's been alive for 20 years - subjectively, she's been around for thousands. This time around, she's the only daughter of a rich philanthropist, widely considered to be a cross between Einstein, Paris Hilton, and Princess Diana. Several lifetimes of experience ensure that no one picks up on the fact that she's also a serial killer.

Her main target? Time travelers. She really, really wants them to stop changing the past - she's had quite a few awful childhoods so far because of their meddling. And she'd prefer if her past stabilized the way it is now - she likes being rich and adored.
 
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Dr. C. Locke, The Collapser
The future normally has infinite possibilties. Doctor Cornelius Locke discovered how to make a viewer that can target a person and see half a dozen scenes from likely futures for them that would take place in the next few days.

He also discovered a technique to collapse the quantum uncertainty about the future, forcing that scene to take place no matter what happened. But before he could tell his bosses, he was fired by some faceless bureaucrat who judged his department inefficient and a waste of funds. He took a time picture of the bureaucrat in question; one of the images was him being loaded into an ambulance. He used his Collapser, and forced it to be true.

Once the collapser has been used, it's impossible to prevent the scene it portrays from happening, though sometimes the context is misleading.

Every now and then he gets something spectacular he can threaten somebody with, especially supers and action types who put themselves in dangerous situations regularly. But for others, it's really situational how much he can get out of it. Once a movie star insulted him and the worse he could do was delay their shooting of the film, costing the studio a couple of million dollars.

He's largely a blackmailer, targeting someone he feels has slighted him and threatening to make the worst thing he possibly can happen unless he gets a good sum of money. It's also possible that, for a decent fee/promise of immunity/etc., he will help the heroes, giving them likely outcomes to a situation.
 

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31) Telemaster

He who possess a magic remote control. It allows him to stop time in areas or speed it up or slow things. The one thing that is hard to notice is when he changes a channel. He travels to an alternate worlds when he does so... and often does not leave a version of himself behind.

In the last year or so, he has learned to harness the power of the remote. He can bring others into alternate worlds. Note these alternate worlds look like movies and tv shows and game shows that have been on. Those other are often trapped in these worlds until the show is over.

He now has a new trick. He can change the channel for a given person, changing them into an alternate world version of themselves.


The remote? It is this/ his realities manifestation of The Warp Stone. So when a period of synchronization occured, that remote was the right symbolic item in the right place at the wrong time. And it fell into Sylvester's hand. Yes, Sylvester Morris Slacker and Otaku extraordinare is the Tele's Master. He dresses in t-shirts and jeans, often with a Doctor Strange inspired cloak.
 
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32) Felix & Crumb: Omniversal Investigators

Saul Crumb was a down at heels private eye in 1940s Los Angeles. A balding, squat little man who led with his fists. And one day a weird man, Turlough Felix walked through his door, tall and skinny with his bright yellow jumpsuit, and hemispherical metal cups over each ear, from which protruded aerials. Felix claimed to be a time traveller from the 1980s and he needed Crumb's help. Thus began the partnership of these interdimensional conmen and hucksters.

Time travel, dimension travel, reality travel, Felix and Crumb do it all and they don't care about no rules. They've not only broken every rule in the Book of the Laws of Time, they've stolen the book, pencilled in new laws, stolen the book from themselves to erase those laws, fought over the book, ripped it, glued it back together, missed a few pages and travelled the omniverse getting them back, accidentally dropped the book down a black hole (destroying all reality in the process) and finally returned a handwritten copy (in a child's pink notebook) as best they could remember to some suspiciously smug Lords of Time, only for it to be revealed to them that the 'True Book of Time' was safe all along and contains a little footnote under each law which reads, * Except Felix & Crumb.

Felix and Crumb's arch-nemeses are Felix and Crumb from the future. Wherever they go, they turn up soon after to mess up whatever it was they were doing. They used to tell their future or past selves things they needed to know, but they lost all trust in each other and started lying to them. A typical hustle involves future future F&C ambushing now F&C to replace them when future F&C turn up expecting to hustle now F&C, you see? If Felix & Crumb turn up, things are going to get very weird indeed.

Felix & Crumb are effectively immortal. They have time 'save points' and tend not to mess with those. They also keep spare copies of themselves in their pockets, as well as an infinite number of other things they've picked up on their travels. (Crumb once revealed he collected a tank shell travelling at speed). They can manipulate time and space to a ridiculous degree, 'Smearing reality like three year olds with poster paint' as one Lord of Time observed wryly. They have other powers, mild telekinesis, a telepathic link with each other and the ability to appear behind the person they're talking to while holding up a sign saying 'BAD GUY!' and pointing at them.

The only condition to their power is that they must travel together or find some other way to travel alone. They're both rubbish at repairing other people's time machines.

When Crumb finally got to the 1980's, he looked at Felix and said, 'Nobody here dresses like you!'
'It was a different 80's. I kinda broke it getting to you.'

Felix and Crumb aren't exactly villains. In theory they're the good guys, but they are chaos incarnate.

(They also do package drops. Anytime, anywhere.)
 
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amechra

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33) The Titanium Destroyer is a power-armored villain that comes stomping into the city every so often, kidnaps a few young women, and then takes them back to his lair. He then threatens to put out the sun, or blow up the moon, or otherwise commit wide spanning but ill-defined destruction. He's a chump that goes down pretty easily - he usually escapes, however, always plotting revenge!

That's because the Titanium Destroyer is actually a ploy - "he" is actually a painfully shy middle-aged woman who happened to find an alien exoskeleton in a dumpster on her way home from work one evening. Once she got it working, she found that it has a self-contained time machine, which she used to travel back fifteen years.

Then she proceeded to kidnap herself - she'd always felt that her life was really dull, and what could be more exciting than getting kidnapped by a villain and rescued by some heroes? Of course, that was the plan - however, then she realized that she really liked both sides of the equation, and kept doing it. Right now, it's still a game... but someday, she might accidentally activate one of the suit's weapon systems, and realize that she likes that too.

Oh, and on top of that? Her younger self is getting used to the regular kidnappings, and is starting to develop a crush on her captor. Stockholm Syndrome can be a bitch.
 

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34) The Majestic!

He is your typical time travelling conqueror. Future tech. Big army. Cryptic comments about the future. He acts and sounds like a confident mastermind.

Well he is.

He is one of your master villains, your world's Doom or Doctor Appocolypse or such. He has done the conqueroring the world a couple of times. He has spent some years in jail... contemplating. He is now 280 years old (some of his science has worked very well). He has looked back at his life and how the history of the world has made his drive... quaint.

So now he invades the present world mostly to stop others (and mostly himself) from launching their/his plans. "I was poised to conqueor Alberta, but that time menace destroyed the equipment I was about to steal to do so, in that failed attempt to take the military arms."

He starts an invasion attempt to put governments on high alert. And because of that, Earth has more readily repelled two recent alien invasions, in a fraction of the time and resources that it did in his timeline.

He has also sent information and items to his own self. He has also published works under his name (which were things he had already discovered by this time) and put out some patents in his name. When he sees the advantages of working "this aspect of the system", he hopes his younger self will stop bothering to conqueor the world. He knows it won't change his personal history, as they create forks in the timeline, but this way he can ensure that their efforts improve their life and their position in the future world where he and his kind are no longer relevant.

He is actually working to carefully eliminate his timeline, or minimize it chronal inertia to an alternate status of the new mainline.

A pity that his timeline is "The Timeline". Many consider him a great villain, destroying the real timeline for his own personal gain. Already a number of Heroes, Villains, and two historical figures have been eliminated from existence. His changes have already begun to ripple out into the cosmos, as galactic politics are being altered beyond the light code (FTL). While Earth is better off, the tensions that would of been relieved by the failed invasion of Earth, are still building. In another fifty years or so, a Galactic War of the likes that has not been seen in millions of years, will likely occur. Trillions of Sophonts will die. LIfebaring Planets will be laid to waste. Galactic elders will be made no more. Cultures will go extinct.

(Strangely enough, time agents are starting to appear to rectify his changes... so he is being frustrated.)

Or another happentrack has every alien species allying to destroy The Terrans before they come into their true powers. This will truly cause the galactic timeline to fork distrupting local timetracks so far that a full phase temporal rupture will occur.

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