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A '''Big Bad''' is the most prominent, powerful, and dangerous villain in a story, and is often responsible for most of the conflict that drive the plot. If there is a hierarchy of villains, the Big Bad is at the very top of it, and may be in control of most or all of the heroes' other enemies. Sometimes, the Big Bad can work from behind the scenes. However, as long as the most prominent antagonists of a story work for someone who was present all along, or who is setting their course of action, then this someone is the Big Bad.
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In some cases, there may be a '''Bigger Bad''', who is more powerful and/or evil than the Big Bad, but is much less involved in the plot and only appears briefly, maintaining the Big Bad as the most prominent and recurring villain in the story. Although sometimes Bigger Bads can act as the final boss of the story.
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There are also the case of the '''Big Bad Duumvirate''' when two villains of equal importance form a team and share the role, and the '''Big Bad Ensemble''' when several villains of equal importance further their goals on their own, usually in a competion. If there is a Villain based Franchise about the Big Bad appearing the most then they are the Big Bad and Villain Protagonist.
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'''IMPORTANT'''<br />'''A villain can only truly qualify as a Big Bad if the story has multiple antagonists and is of sufficient "scope". In other words, not all stories have a Big Bad, and villains cannot be labeled Big Bads when they are the only antagonist in the story.'''<br />'''Big Bads can ONLY be also labeled as Bigger Bads when they are involved in spin-offs in which one of their followers/another villain takes the role of Big Bad.'''<br />
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'''Big Bad Duumvirate and Big Bad Ensemble DO NOT count when these villain are not on equal footing in term of threat and prominence; or when one of these villains is the biggest threat for most of the story.'''
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==Examples==
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===Video games===
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* [[Chaos (Final Fantasy)|Chaos]] in ''Final Fantasy Dissidia'' and ''Final Fantasy Theatrhythm''. He can also be considered as the Big Bad of the whole ''Final Fantasy'' multiverse, controlling all the respective primary antagonist of each game. The Bigger Bad is Shinryu, the one who caused the cycles of war.
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** [[Sephiroth]] in ''Final Fantasy VII'' and it's sequels with [[Jenova]] and [[Hojo]] as the Bigger Bads.
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** [[Bhunivelze]] is the overall Bigger Bad of ''Final Fantasy XIII'' and its sequel and the Big Bad of ''Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII'': His actions in the past that drives the entire series - particularly his creation of Lindzei, who would go on to destroy Pulse and make the Cocoon fal'cie.
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* [[Bowser]] in the ''Super Mario Bros. ''franchise.
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** [[Kamek]] in the ''Yoshi ''series.
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** [[Fawful]] in the ''Mario & Luigi'' series. The [[Dark Star]][[Dark Bowser|/Dark Bowser]] is the Bigger Bad.
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** [[Donkey Kong]] himself was the Big Bad of the classic games.
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** [[Captain Syrup|Captain Syrup ]] in in the ''Wario'' series.
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** [[King Boo]] in the ''Luigi's Mansion'' series.
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* [[King K. Rool]] (under various aliases) in the ''Donkey Kong'' series.
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* [[Diablo (Diablo)|Diablo]] in the titular video game series.
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* [[Frank Fontaine]] in ''Bioshock''.
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* [[Junko Enoshima]]/[[Monokuma]] in the ''Danganrompa'' franchise.
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* [[Dr. Eggman|Ivo Robotnik]] in the ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' franchise. The Bigger Bad is debatedly [[Dark Gaia]].
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** [[Eggman Nega]] in the'' Sonic Rush'' series sharing with his ancestor Robotnik and the ''Sonic Rivals'' series as the sole Big Bad.
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** [[Metal Sonic]] in ''Sonic Heroes'' and in ''Sonic Free Riders.''
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** [[Black Doom]] in ''Shadow the Hedgehog'' and the Bigger Bad of ''Sonic Adventure 2''.
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** [[Mephiles the Dark]]/[[Solaris (Sonic)|Solaris ]] in ''Sonic Next-Gen ''and ''Sonic Generations''.
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* [[Ganondorf]]/[[Ganon]] in the ''Legend of Zelda'' franchise, with [[Demise]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Dr. Wily]] in the ''Mega Man'' franchise. His actions sometimes transcend to other characters, often antagonists, in the spin-off series.
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** [[Sigma (Megaman X)|Sigma]] of the'' Mega Man X'' series with [[Lumine]] as the Bigger Bad.
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** [[Dr. Weil]] of the ''Mega Man Zero'' series. The Bigger Bad would be [[Omega]], as Dr. Weil seemingly holds him in far higher regard then himself, calling Omega the God of Destruction.
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** [[Master Albert]] of the ''Mega Man ZX ''series. With Dr. Wile as the Bigger Bad.
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** Dr. Wily's ''Battle Network'' counterpart: [[Lord Wily]] in the ''Mega Man Battle Network ''series. 
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* [[Nefarious]] in the ''Ratchet & Clank ''series.
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* [[Dracula (Castlevania)|Count Vlad Tepes Dracula]] in the ''Castlevania'' franchise in the original series.
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** [[Satan (Castlevania)|Satan]] in the ''Castlevania: Lords of Shadow'' reboot. Dracula in the reboot has become a Anti-Hero than a villain even though Dracula was the villain of the Mirror of Fate.
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* [[Albert Wesker]] in the ''Resident Evil'' franchise, with [[Ozwell Edward Spencer]] as the Bigger Bad.
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** The[[Red Queen (Resident Evil)| Red Queen]] in the film adaptations.
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* [[Dragonlord]] the representative Big Bad of the whole'' Dragon Quest'' franchise, with [[Nokturnus]] acting as the Bigger Bad and leader of the series' villains in ''Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory''.
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* [[Master Xehanort]] in the ''Kingdom Hearts'' franchise, whose many incarnations serves as the primary antagonist of the game they appear in.
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* [[King Dedede]] in the ''Kirby'' Series, with [[Dark Matter]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Dr. Neo Cortex]] in ''Crash Bandicoot'', with [[Uka Uka]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Ripto]] in the ''Classic Spyro'' series.
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** [[Malefor ]] of ''The Legend of Spyro''.
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** [[Kaos (Skylanders)|Kaos]] in the ''Skylanders'' reboot.
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* [[Izanami (BlazBlue)|Izanami]] in the ''BlazBlue'' series.
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* [[That Man]] in The ''Guilty Gears'' Series.
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* [[Jaquio]] in ''Ninja Gaiden''.
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* [[Alma Wade]] and [[Genevieve Aristide]] form a Big Bad Duumvirate in ''F.E.A.R.'' with [[Harlan Wade|Harlan Wade/The Creep]] the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Hades (Kid Icarus)|Hades]] in ''Kid Icarus'', since he caused the events of the series.
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* [[The AI Director|The A.I. Director]] from ''Left for Dead'' given that he is the spawning of the zombies. Though [[The Tank]] is more of this to the survivors.
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* [[Queen Myrrah]] in the ''Gears of War'' games. The Lambent could be considered as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Vladimir Makarov]] in the ''Call of Duty: Modern Warfare'' series, with [[Imran Zakhaev]] and [[General Shepherd]] as the Bigger Bads.
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* [[Heihachi Mishima]]  and [[Kazuya Mishima]]/[[Devil]] being the Big Bad Ensemble of ''Tekken''. however Heihachi's impact seems to degrece from ''Tekken 5'' and Kazuya is more of a serious villain. The Bigger Bads being  [[Ogre (Tekken)|Ogre]] and [[Azazel]] as demonic Final Bosses.
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* Since [[Soul Edge]]/[[Inferno (Soul Calibur)|Inferno]] and [[Soul Calibur]]/[[Elysium]] were proven equally evil, both form a Big Bad Ensemble in the ''Soul Calibur'' franchise. [[Algol]], creator of both blades is the Bigger Bad.
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* The [[Prophet of Truth]] and the [[Gravemind]] in the first ''Halo'' trilogy, with the Gravemind also a Bigger Bad.
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** [[The Didact]] in the second ''Halo'' trilogy.
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* [[Clockwerk]] in the ''Sly Cooper'' franchise.
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* [[Zeus (God of War)|Zeus]] in ''God of War''.
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* [[God (Silent Hill)|The God]]/[[The Demon (Silent Hill)|The Demon]]/[[Samael (Silent Hill)|Samael]] in the ''Silent Hill ''Franchise.
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* [[Erol]] in ''Jak & Daxter'' franchise, with the [[Dark Maker Leader|Dark Leader]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Mr. Dark (Rayman)|Mr. Dark]] in the ''Rayman'' games.
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* [[Gruntilda]] in the ''Banjo&Kazooie'' games.
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* [[Andross]] in ''Star Fox''.
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* [[Wilfre]] from ''Drawn to Life''.
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* [[Andrew Ryan]] in Bioshock.
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* The [[Enclave]] in the ''Fallout'' series.
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* Xylan AKA [[The Corruptor]] in the Spore-like video game ''Darkspore''. The Bigger Bad would be considered to be [[Zrin]].
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* [[Mundus]], along with his [[Mundus (DmC)|Reboot counterpart]] in the ''Devil May Cry'' franchise. With [[Argosax the Chaos]] as a Bigger Bad.
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* [[Sargeras]] in the ''Warcraft'' universe's background mythology.
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** The [[Old Gods]] ([[C'thun]], [[Yogg-Saron]] and N'zoth) for the entire ''World of Warcraft''.
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** [[Kil'jaeden]] in ''The Burning Crusade.''
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** [[The Lich King]] as [[Arthas]] in ''Wrath of the Lich King''.
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** [[Deathwing]] in ''Cataclysm''.
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* [[Ridley]] in the ''Metroid'' series. With [[Mother Brain]] as the former Big Bad, now the Bigger Bad.
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** [[Metroid Prime]]/[[Dark Samus]] in the Prime Trilogy.
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* [[Orochi (King of Fighters)|Orochi ]] in ''King of Fighters''.
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* [[Geese Howard]] in the ''Fatal Fury'' series.
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* [[Sheltem]] in the classic ''Might and Magic'' games.
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* [[M. Bison]] in the ''Street Fighter'' series, with [[Akuma]] as the Bigger Bad.
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** [[Gil (Street Fighters)|Gill]] in the ''Street Fighter III'' Series.
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** [[Seth]] in the ''Street Fighter IV'' Series.
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** Garuda in the ''Street Fighter EX'' Series.
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*[[Shinnok]] and [[Onaga]] in ''Mortal Kombat''. The Bigger Bad is [[One Being]].
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*[[Shao Kahn]] is the original Big Bad in the series.
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* [[Jaqueline Natla|Natla ]] in the ''Tomb Raider'' games.
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* [[The Combine]] in the ''Half Life'' series, especially the Advisors.
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* [[GLaDOS]] in ''P0RTAL''. While [[Cave Johnson]] could be considered as the Bigger Bad due to his multiple personalities.
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* Although she only made one appearance [[Katherine Marlowe]] can be considered the Big Bad of the ''Uncharted'' franchise.
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* The [[Harbinger]] in ''Mass Effect'' with The [[Illusive Man]] in a Big Bad Ensemble, and The Catalyst and The Leviathans as the Bigger Bads.
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* [[Warren Vidic]] in the ''Assasin's Creed'' series, with [[Juno (Assassin's Creed)|Juno]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Iris Sepperin]] in ''Rosenkreuzstilette''.
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* Scolar Visari in ''The Killzone Series''. However, <span style="font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19px;">Stahl seems to be shaping up to be this.</span>
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* [[Master Hand]] in ''Super Smash Bros''. Later on, he and [[Crazy Hand]] form a Big Bad Duumvirate. [[Tabuu]] is the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Giygas]] and [[Porky Minch|Porky]] form a Big Bad Ensemble in ''Earthbound''.
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* [[Lord Recluse]] of ''City of Heroes'' is not the only evil game-in-town and certainly not the most powerful; But his constant dedication to evil made him the guiding-hand of players that decided to play as villains which made him into the most consistent and competent big name threat and easily cemented him into the game's Big Bad status.
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* [[Jean Descole]] in the ''Professor Layton'' series, with the [[Voice of the Azran]] as the Bigger Bad.
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** In the manga spin-offs, [[Don Paolo]], the primary antagonist fo the first trilogy, is the Big Bad, with [[Dimitri Allen]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* A Big Bad Ensemble of [[Manfred von Karma]] (with Bansai Ichiyanagi as the Bigger Bad) and [[Dahlia Hawthorne]] (with [[Morgan Fey]] as the Bigger Bad) in ''Ace Attorney''.
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** In ''Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney'', the crossover of both series, the [[Story Teller]] acts as the Big Bad, with [[High Inquisitor Darklaw]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Superman (Injustice: Gods Among Us)|Superman]] is the big bad from the ''Injustice'' series. The Bigger Bads are [[Darkseid]] and [[Trigon]].       
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* [[Tau Volantis Moon]]   and others [[Brother Moons|Brother moons&nbsp;are]] Big Bads from Dead Space series.
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===Novels===
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* [[Sauron]], Morgoth's former lieutenant, is the Big Bad of ''The Lord of the Rings'' franchise.
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** [[Morgoth]] in ''The Silmarillion'', being also the Bigger Bad of the entire Middle Earth universe.
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* [[Professor Moriarty]] in the ''Sherlock Holmes'' stories, especially in the latter adaptation.
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* The ''Cthulhu Mythos'' has the titular [[Cthulhu]] (the most famous of the many Eldrich Abominations of the series) and [[Nyarlathotep (Lovecraft)|Nyarlathotep]] (the most reccuring and most active) forming a Big Bad Ensemble. [[Azathoth]] and [[Yog-Sothoth]] being the most powerful serve as possible Bigger Bads.
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* [[Randall Flagg]] in Stephen King's multiverse, with the [[Crimson King]] as the Bigger Bad.
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** The Crimson King himself becomes the Big Bad in King's central work ''The Dark Tower''.
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* [[Lord Voldemort]] in the ''Harry Potter'' series.
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* [[Superior Saturday]] in the ''The Keys to the Kingdom'' series, especially in the sixth book. [[Lord Sunday]] could be considered the Bigger Bad.
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** However, [[Dame Primus]] is the other real mastermind beneath many schemes besides Saturday, and so she is the hidden Big Bad of the whole series.
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* [[Esplin 9466]] in the original ''Animorphs'', with [[Crayak]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Opal Koboi]] in the ''Artemis Fowl'' series.
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* [[President Snow]] in the ''Hunger Games'' trilogy. [[Alma Coin]] could be considered the Bigger Bad.
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* [[The Authority]] in the ''His Dark Materials'' trilogy, with his treacherous lieutenant [[Metatron]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Kronos (Percy Jackson)|Kronos]] in the ''Percy Jackson and the Olympians'' books, with [[Gaea]] as a Bigger Bad.
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* [[Aro Volturi]] in the ''Twilight Saga''.
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* [[Jadis the White Witch]] in ''The Chronicles of Narnia'' (emphasized in the film adaptations), whith the Calormene god [[Tash]] as a possible Bigger Bad.
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* [[Mevolent]] in the ''Skulduggery Pleasant'' series, wit the [[Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant)|Faceless Ones]] as the Bigger Bads.
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* The Gaiaphage in the ''Gone ''series, though Caine begins as the Big Bad.
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* [[Shadow Lord (Deltora Quest)|The Shadow Lord]] in ''Quest for Deltora''.
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* [[Nome King|The Nome King ]] in the'' Wizard of Oz ''novels and a few adaptations; though it's the [[Wicked Witch of the West]] who is the most recognizable villain.
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* The Old Kingdom had Orannis the Destroyer .
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* [[Xayide]] in ''The Neverending Story''.
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* [[Emperor Palpatine]] in ''Star Wars''.
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**In the Expanded Universe [[Darth Nihilus]], [[Son (Star Wars)|The Son]], [[Darth Vitiate]], and [[Marka Ragnos]] are the Bigger Bads.
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* [[Dr. Evil]] in the ''Austin Powers'' series with [[Goldmember]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Pinhead]] in ''Hellraiser'', with [[Leviathan (Hellraiser) | Leviathan]] as the Bigger Bad.
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*[[Drayton Sawyer]] in '' The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ''and''[[Luda Mae Hewitt]]''in the remake and its prequel. Despite being the most iconic villain in the series, [[Leatherface]] takes orders from his senior family members; the Bigger Bad being [[Grandpa Sawyer]].
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* [[Lord Cutler Beckett]] in the ''Pirates of the Caribbean'' franchise.
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* [[Ernst Stavro Blofeld]] in the ''James Bond'' franchise.
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* There is a Big Bad Ensemble between [[Viktor]] and [[Marcus Corvinus]] in the ''Underworld ''series.
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* [[Jigsaw (Saw) | John Kramer]] in the ''Saw ''series, with [[Mark Hoffman]] taking over after Kramer's death though Kramer is the Bigger Bad posthumously.
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* [[John Kreese]] in ''The Karate Kid'' series.
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* [[King Ghidorah]] in many of the ''Godzilla'' films.
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* [[Ghostface]] in the ''Scream'' series since the antagonists take on the identity, but [[Roman Bridger]] stick out.
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* [[Ricky Chapman]] in the ''Silent Night, Deadly Night'' films with his brother, [[Billy Chapman|Billy]], as the Bigger Bad.
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* The ''Ginger Snaps'' Trilogy has a Big Bad Ensemble between the titular [[Ginger Fitzgerald|Ginger and]] [[Ghost (Ginger Snaps)|Ghost]].
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* [[Hans Gruber]] can be seen as this in the ''Die Hard'' films; despite only appearing and dying in the first film, as he is arguably the more memorable villain in the series.
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* [[OCP]] in ''RoboCop''.
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* [[Mary Lou Maloney]] can be seen as this in the ''Prom Night'' movies as she is the most powerful and only reccuring villain in the series.
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* [[HYDRA]] for the ''Marvel Cinematic Universe ''franchise, with [[the Other]] and most importantly [[Thanos]] as the Bigger Bads.
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* [[First Evil|The First Evil]] can be seen as the Big Bad of the entire ''Buffy''-verse, as it is the embodiment of evil itself. However, it was not revealed until very late in the story..
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** The ''Buffy'' spinoff ''Angel'' has the [[Senior Partners]] as the Big Bads. 
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* [[Dark Specter]] is arguably this for the entire ''Power Rangers ''franchise.
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* [[Rita Repulsa]] on ''Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers''; the Bigger Bad is considered to be [[Lord Zedd]] .
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* [[Lucifer (Supernatural)|Lucifer]] on ''Supernatural.''
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* [[Rufus Zeno]] in the first two seasons of ''House of Anubis''; after Zeno's death, [[Robert Frobisher-Smythe]] takes the role. The Bigger Bads would be [[Senkhara]] and Ammut.
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* [[Megan Parker]] on ''Drake and Josh.''
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* [[Nevel Papperman]] on ''iCarly.''
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* [[The Governor (The Walking Dead)|The Governor]], and later [[Negan]], on ''The Walking Dead.''
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* [[George Hawk]] from ''Big Time Rush,'' with [[Atticus Moon]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Gus (The Troop)|Gus]] on ''The Troop.''
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* [[Gorog]] on ''Wizards of Waverly Place.''
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* [[Kaita]] on ''Pair of Kings.''
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* [[Jesse (My Babysitter's a Vampire)|Jesse]] on ''My Babysitter is a Vampire.''
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* [[Sensei Ty]] on ''Kickin' It''.
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* [[Susan Skidmore]] on ''A.N.T Farm''.
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* [[Rhoda Chesterfield]] (for a while) on ''Jessie''. [[Darla (Jessie)|Darla]] somewhat acted as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Douglas Davenport]] on ''Lab Rats''; [[Victor Krane]] is the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Khan Noonien Singh]] on ''Star Trek: The Original Series.''
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** [[Gul Dukat]] on ''Deep Space Nine'', with the [[Pah-wraiths|Pah-Wraiths]] as the Bigger Bads.
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** [[Borg Queen]] on ''Voyager.''
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* The [[Werewolf Syndicite]] on ''Big Wolf on Campus''.
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* ''The Vampire Diaries ''had [[Niklaus "Klaus" Mikaelson]], as he always directly or indirectly involved in all the storyines. However, since Klaus appears to be on the verge of redemption in recent episodes, [[Silas (The Vampire Diaries)| Silas]] is shaping up to be this, being the true original vampire.
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** [[Esther (The Vampire Diaries) | Esther]] is shaping up to be the Big Bad of ''The Originals'', after previously being the Bigger Bad of ''The Vampire Diaries''.
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* [[Harry Grout]] on ''Poridge''.
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* The [[Cigarette-Smoking Man]] on ''The X-Files''. The [[Colonists]] might be considered a Bigger Bad.
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* A Big Bad ensemble of [[The Master (Doctor Who)| The Master]] and the [[Daleks]] on ''Doctor Who'', with [[Davros]] as the Daleks' Bigger Bad and [[Rassilon]] as The Master's Bigger Bad.
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** In the spin-off series ''The Sarah Jane Adventures'', [[The Trickster (The Sarah Jane Adventures)|The Trickster]] acts as the Big Bad.
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** [[Abaddon (Torchwood)|Abaddon]] (with the [[The Beast (Doctor Who)|Beast]] as the Bigger Bad) is the Big Bad on ''Torchwood''.
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** As the most powerful and dangerous being in existance, [[Sutekh (Doctor Who)|Sutekh]] could be considered the Bigger Bad for the entire universe.
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** [[Fenric]] could be considered a Big Bad for the Seventh Doctor's era.
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** The [[Silence]] seem to be this for the Eleventh Doctor's era.
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*[[Son Hyuk]] from ''ATHENA:Goodness of War''.
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*[[The Source of All Evil]] on ''Charmed ''as it's, as it's name says, where all evil comes from in the series' universe.
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*[[Red John]] on ''The Mentalist''.
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*''Breaking Bad'' had [[Gustavo Fring]], but after his death, [[Jack Welker]] takes over the role.
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*[[Gerard Argent]] arugably qualifies for ''Teen Wolf'', as he is responsible for the motives and origins of the other villains on the show.
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*[[Tywin Lannister]] on ''Game of Thrones.''
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*Dian Lamitan on ''Amaya'', with Malandok as the Bigger Bad.
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*[[Moloch (Sleepy Hollow)|Moloch]] on ''Sleepy Hollow''.
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*[[Lois Wilkerson]] and [[Reese (Malcolm In The Middle)]]on ''Malcolm In The Middle '', with [[Ida Kenzel]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Ren Stevens]] on ''Even Stevens''.
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===Western Animation===
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* [[Count Dooku]] in the ''Star Wars: The Clone Wars'' series, with [[Emperor Palpatine|Darth Sidious]]  and [[Son (Star Wars)|the Son]] as the Bigger Bads.
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* [[Shredder (1987 TMNT)|The Shredder]] in the 1987 ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles '' series, under variable aspects following the versions but often in a Big Bad Duumvirate with [[Krang]].
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* [[Slade]] in ''Teen Titans'', with [[Trigon]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[The Light]] in ''Young Justice''.
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* [[Atrocitus]] in the ''Green Lantern Series''.
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* [[Dr. Ivo Robotnik (AoStH)|Robotnik]] n ''Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog''.
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** Likewise, the more sinister version of [[Dr. Robotnik (Sonic The Hedgehog SATAM)|Dr. Robotnik]] in the 1993 animated series thought Ixis Naugus who have taken the role had the series not been canceled.
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** [[Doctor Robotnik (Sonic Underground)|Ivo Robotnik ]] in ''Sonic Underground''.
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** Ivo Robotnik in ''Sonic Boom''.
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* [[Megatron]] in the ''Transformers'' franchise, after his death he is reincarnated/evolved as [[Galvatron]] who takes the role. The Bigger Bad would be [[Unicron]].
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* [[Tirek (My Little Pony)|Tirek]] in the original ''My Little Pony. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'' does not have a Big Bad but many Arc Villains.
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* [[Sunset Shimmer]] in ''My Little Pony: Equestria Girls''.
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* [[Nergal (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy)|Nergal]] on ''The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy'' with [[Boogey Man (Billy and Mandy)|Boogey Man]] serving as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Aku]] on ''Samurai Jack''.
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* [[Dan (Dan Vs.)|Dan]] from ''Dan Vs.'' with [[Imposter Dan]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Mandark]] on ''Dexter's Laboratory''.
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* [[Mojo Jojo]] from ''The Powerpuff Girls''. [[HIM]] serves as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Vilgax]] in the ''Ben 10'' franchise as a whole. The Bigger Bad would be [[Diagon]], although a rare example of a Bigger Bad defeated by the Big Bad.
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* [[Professor Pericles]] on ''Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated''. Fought in the first season, he was in a Big Bad Ensemble with [[Mayor Fred Jones Sr.|Mayor Jones]] due to him being the true mastermind behind the plot and later in Season 2 Pericles is in a Big Bad Duumvirate with [[Mr. E]]. The Bigger Bad is [[The Evil Entity]].
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* [[Father]] on ''Codename: Kids Next Door.'' A good example of the Bigger Bad would be [[Grandfather (K.N.D.)|Grandfather]]. 
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* The [[Ice King]] on ''Adventure Time'', with [[The Lich]] as the Bigger Bad. Though, this seems to have flipsided as the Lich is shaping up to be the Big Bad.
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* [[Kanker Sisters|The Kanker Sisters]] on ''Ed, Edd & Eddy'', with [[Eddy's Brother]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Van Kleiss]] on ''Generator Rex''. The Bigger Bad would be Consortium.
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* [[Di Lung]], [[Katz]], and [[Le Quack]] from ''Courage the Cowardly Dog''.
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* [[Miss Censordoll]] on ''Morel Orel''.
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* [[Firelord Ozai]] on ''Avatar: The Last Airbender''. The Bigger Bad would be his ancestor [[Fire Lord Sozin|Firelord Sozin]] since he caused the war.
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** [[Vaatu]] In ''The Legend of Korra'', being also the Bigger Bad of the ''The Last Airbender'' universe as a whole.
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* [[Vlad Plasmius|Vlad Masters/Vlad Plasmius]] on ''Danny Phantom''. [[Pariah Dark]] is the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Finbarr Calamitous]] on ''Jimmy Neutron''.
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* [[Plankton|Sheldon James Plankton]] on ''Spongebob Squarepants''. With [[Flying Dutchman|The Flying Dutchman]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* ''Fairly Odd Parents'' has a Big Bad Ensemble between [[Denzel Crocker]], [[Vicky]], and [[Anti-Cosmo]].
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* [[The Almighty Tallests]] on ''Invader Zim''.
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* [[Cheif (Tak and The Power of Juju)|Cheif]] and Lok form a Big Bad Ensemble in ''Tak and the Power of Juju''
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* [[Rancid Rabbit]] on ''CatDog''.
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* [[The Sorcerer (Randy Cunningham)|The Sorcerer]] on ''Randy Cunningham''.
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* [['Lil Gideon]] on ''Gravity Falls''. However as the most powerful being, [[Bill Cipher]] probably counts as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[The Huntsman]] on ''American Dragon: Jake Long'' with [[Dark Dragon]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Dr. Doofenshmirtz|Heinz Doofenshmirtz]] on ''Phineas and Ferb'', with [[Aloyse von Roddenstein]] and [[Mitch (Phineas & Ferb)|Mitch]] as the Bigger Bads.
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* ''Kim Possible'' has a Big Bad Ensemble with [[Dr. Drakken]] and [[Monkey Fist]].
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* [[NegaDuck]] on ''Darkwing Duck'', with [[Taurus Bulba]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Diesel 10]] on ''Thomas and the Magic Railroad'', ''Misty Island Rescue'' and ''Day of the Diesels''. Well as [[Diesel]], in Thomas and Friends, [[Spencer (Thomas the Tank Engine)|Spencer]] in ''Hero of the Rails'', and [[George the Steamroller]] in ''Steamroller''.
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* [[Chris McLean]] on the ''Total Drama'' series. From the third season foward, [[Ezekiel]] can be considered the show's Bigger Bad. 
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* [[The Hacker]] on ''Cyberchase''. Though, [[Ledge]] would be the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Mr. Burns]] on ''The Simpsons.''
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* ''Futurama ''has a Big Bad Ensemble between [[Mom]] and Richard Nixon.
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* Though one of the main characters, [[Eric Cartman]] can be established as the Big Bad in ''South Park'', given that he is the most frequent (and often the most dangerous) foil faced by the protagonists. In ''South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut'', [[Saddam Hussein (South Park)| Saddam Hussein]] is the Big Bad.
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* Even though each season has it's own main villain, [[Shendu]] is definitely the Big Bad in ''Jackie Chan Adventures''.
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* [[Senator Skull]] in TWF while [[Bucks Gazillion]] acts as a Bigger Bad.
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* ''Family Guy'' intially has [[Stewie Griffin]], but over time, he became less evil and [[Carter Pewterschmidt]] eventually took the role. Ironically, Carter also became more comical and light-hearted when he took the role.
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* [[No Heart]] to the ''Care Bears'' with the [[Evil Spirit]] and [[Dark Heart]], antagonists of the first two films, acting as the Bigger Bads.
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** [[Grizzle]] in the updated version.
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* [[Duke Sigmund Igthorn]] to the ''Gummi Bears''.
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* [[Pete (Disney)|Pete]] is arguably the Big Bad of Mickey Mouse's section of the Disney universe.
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** The [[Phantom Blot]] is a strong candidate too, particularly in the comics.
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* [[Skeletor]] in the ''Masters of the Universe'' cartoons (and other media as well).[[Hordak| Hordak]] is the Big Bad in ''Shera'', with [[Horde Prime]] the Bigger Bad.
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* ''The Venture Bros'' has an Big Bad Ensemble of [[Phantom Limb]] and [[The Monarch]], but Phantom Limb is more evil and competent. [[David Bowie (The Venture Bros) |The Sovereign]] is the Bigger Bad as he is the leader of the Guild of Calamatous Intent.
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* [[Barry Dylan]] gradually became this in ''Archer''. Katya Kasanova later takes the role and Barry became a dragon instead.
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* ''Xiaolin Showdown'' has a Big Bad Ensemble of [[Chase Young]], [[Wuya]] and [[Hannibal Roy Bean]].
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** The sequal has Chase Young as the antagonist with him taking center stage and Wuya is still competing with him.
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*[[The Overlord (Ninjago)|The Overlord]] on ''Ninjago''.
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* [[Ed Wuncler, Sr.]] on ''The Boondocks'' with [[Colonel H. Stinkmeaner]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* Originally [[Lord Betrayus]] in ''Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures'', but later revealed to be [[Apex]] as he has an even more important part of the plot than Betrayus.
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* [[Major Nixel]] in the ''Mixels'' franchise.
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* The [[God Hand]] from Berserk are the ringleaders of the [[Apostles]] and four of the previous members are responsible for [[Griffith]] becoming Femto.
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** The [[Idea of Evil]] is the Bigger Bad to the God Hand's Big Bad.
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* Emperor [[Charles zi Britannia]] and his son, Prince [[Schneizel El Britannia]] form a Big Bad Ensemble in ''Code Geass''.
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* [[Dr. Eggman (Sonic X)|Ivo Robotnik]] and later [[Dark Oak]] in ''Sonic X.''
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* [[Frieza]] in the entire ''Dragon Ball'' series since he indirectly caused the events of the series, and the series was to originally ended on Namek after his defeat. His DNA was also used to create [[Cell]]. He is also the most recurring villain in the franchise and main villain of most video games. [[Beerus]] could be seen as a Bigger Bad, but he is not a true villain.
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** [[King Piccolo]]/[[Piccolo]]  would be considered the Big Bad for the classic ''Dragon Ball ''series, as he controlled one of the previous major villains and had the most Sagas associated with him.
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** [[Baby]] in ''Dragon Ball GT'' as his role in the series parallels Frieza's. [[Syn Shenron]] is the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Naraku]] in ''Inuyasha''.
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* [[Dio Brando]]/Diego Brando , the first and foremost villain of the ''JoJo's Bizarre Adventures'' manga, who influences the entire plot, even when not in charge or after his definite demise. [[Cars|Kars]] is the Bigger Bad.
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** Funny Valentine in Part 7:''Steel Ball Run''.Diego "Dio" Brando was working for him.
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* [[Undertaker (Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler)|Undertaker ]] is shaping up to this in the ''Black Butler'' Manga.
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** [[Angela Blanc]] and [[Ash Landers]] form a Big Bad Duumvirate in the ''Black Butler'' Anime.
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* [[Light Yagami]] in Death Note, unusually since he's the protagonist, with [[Ryuk]] and the [[Shingami King]] as the Bigger Bads.
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* [[Father (Full Metal Alchemist)|Father]] in ''Fullmetal Alchemist''.
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**  [[Dante (FMA 2003)|Dante]] plays the role in the first anime series.
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* [[Tobi]] and [[Madara Uchiha]] form a Big Bad Duumvirate in the ''Naruto'' franchise, Tobi enacting the plan that Madara devised. [[Kaguya Otsutsuki]] and her enforcer [[Zetsu]] serve as the Bigger Bads and final antagonists.
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* Most likely [[Marshall D. Teach]] in ''One Piece'', although currently he is in an Ensemble with [[Akainu]]. Which one is the biggest evil of the two has yet to be revealed. The Bigger Bads are the [[Five Star Elders]] and [[Kaido]].
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* Gyokuen Ren from ''Magi'' as the Big Bad. Ill Ilah as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Ragyo Kiryuin]] in ''Kill La Kill''.
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* [[Asura (Soul Eater)|Asura]] can be considered as the Big Bad in ''Soul Eater'', being the most prominent, powerful and dangerous villain of the series.
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* [[Rinichiro Hagire |Rinichiro Hagire]] in ''Deadman Wonderland''.
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* [[Zeref]] in ''Fairy Tail'', with [[Acnologia]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Sōsuke Aizen]] and later [[Yhwach]], who also counts as a Bigger Bad, in the ''Bleach'' franchise.
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* [[Alucard]] in ''Rosario+Vampire.''
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* [[The Major]] in the ''Hellsing'' manga and OVA series.
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**  [[Incognito]] in the anime adaptation.
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* The [[The Black King|Black King]] in ''Drifters'' with [[Easy]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* The [[Mage of the Beginning]] in ''Negima! Magister Negi Magi''.
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* [[Ruby Eye Shabranigdo]] for the whole ''Slayers'' franchise.
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* [[Zorc Necrophades]] , mostly acting through his avatar [[Ryo Bakura]], in ''Yu Gi Oh!''.
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** [[Nightshroud]] in the ''Yu-GiOh! GX'' anime. [[Tragoedia]] in the ''Yu-Gi-Oh! GX ''manga.
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** [[Z-ONE]] in ''Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D''s.
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* [[Creed Diskenth]] in ''Black Cat''.
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* [[Vearn]] in ''Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai''. Although equal in power and influence, [[Velther]] counts as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[The Millennium Earl]] in the ''D.Gray-man'' franchise however he is in a Big Bad Ensemble against [[Nea Walker]] the 14th who is trying to take over his host Allen the protagonist and the [[Apocryphos]] The "Third side of War" as well as a living innocence, so far he's losing ground to both of them.
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* [[Bernkastel]] and [[Lambdadelta]] form a Big Bad Ensemble in ''Umineko'', restarting time in every game and playing [[Beatrice]] (who seemed at first to be the Big Bad). [[Featherine Augustus Aurora]] is the true Bigger Bad.
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* [[Miyo Takano]] in ''Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni'' and ''Kai''. Though, [[Tokyo]] and [[Nomura]] would be the Bigger Bads.
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* [[Brian J. Mason]] throughout the entire ''Bubblegum Crisis'' series, with Quincy as the Bigger Bad in the first series and [[Galatea]] as the Bigger Bad in the 2040 series.
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* The closest thing ''Puella Magi Madoka Magica'' has to a Big Bad is [[Kyubey]], who hides facts from the Magical Girls and does not care about mankind.
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* [[Michael Roa Valdamjong|Roa/SHIKI]] in ''Tsukihime''.
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* The [[Night of Wallachia]], then White Len, in ''Melty Blood''. It's taken over by the [[Dust of Osiris]] in Actress Again.
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* [[Kirei Kotomine|Kotomine]] and [[Gilgamesh (Fate)|Gilgamesh]] in Fate/Stay Night and ''Fate/Zero''.
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* In ''Heaven's Feel'', the Big Bad is [[Zouken Matou]], although both Kotomine and [[Dark Sakura]] could also be seen as this.
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* [[Souren Araya]] in ''Kara no Kyoukai''. Notably, he was confronted about halfway through the series and never heard from again.
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* [[Myotismon]] in ''Digimon Adventure'' and its continuation ''Digimon Adventure 02''. [[Apocalymon]] counts as the Bigger Bad in ''Digimon Adventure''.
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** [[D-Reaper]] in ''Digimon Tamers''.
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** [[Lucemon]] in ''Digimon Frontier''.
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** [[Akihiro Kurata]] in'' Digimon Data Squad''
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** [[Quartzmon]] in ''Digimon Fusion''.
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* [[Moo]] in ''Monster Rancher''.
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* The [[The Swamp Witch|Swamp Witch]] in the ''Queen's Blade'' series.
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* The [[Beastly Titan|Beast Titan]] is shaping up to be this for ''Attack on Titan''.
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* [[King Dedede]] in ''Kirby: Right Back At Ya!'' sends monsters after Kirby in nearly every episode. The evil entity whom he buys the monsters from, [[Nightmare (Kirby)|Nightmare]], is the Bigger Bad.
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* The ''Pretty Cure'' series, as it spanned for various iterations, have a lot of these:
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** The [[Dark King (Futari wa Pretty Cure)|Dark King]] of the Dusk Zone in ''Futari wa Pretty Cure'' and its sequel ''Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart''.
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* [[Go Hojo]] in ''Initial D''. He's using other teams throughout Kanto (from the Myogi NightKids to Sidewinder; excluding the Akagi RedSuns, Akina SpeedStars, Impact Blue, Kyoko Iwase of the Northern Saitama Alliance, or Shinji Inui; but also including the Imposter Project D and his own older brother Rin) to defeat Project D, Takumi Fujiwara, or Keisuke or Ryosuke Takahashi in a race, all of whom are defeated by the likes of Project D.
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* [[Director Kakuzawa]] in Elfen Lied, with [[The Bullies (Elfen Lied)|the bullies]], led by [[Tomoo]] as the Bigger Bad since they are the cause of Lucy's demise.
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====''DC''====
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* [[Darkseid]] to the entire ''DC'' universe The Bigger Bads being [[Nekron]], [[Krona]], and [[Yuga Khan]].
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* [[Lex Luthor]] to ''Superman'' with the aforementioned [[Darkseid]] as the Bigger Bad.
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** [[Alexander Luthor, Jr.]] forms a Big Bad Ensemble with [[Superboy-Prime]] and [[Brother Eye]] in ''Infinte Crisis''.
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** [[General Zod ]] in ''Last Son'' and ''New Krypton''.
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** [[Imperiex ]] in the ''Worlds of War'' crossover.
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** [[Brainiac]] to ''Supergirl''.
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* [[The Joker]] to ''Batman'', with [[Ra's al Ghul]] as the Bigger Bad.
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** [[Derek Powers]] to ''Batman Beyond''.
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** [[Black Mask]] to [[Catwoman]].
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** [[Blockbuster II]] and Saiko form a Big Bad Enseble in the ''Nightwing'' spin-off series.
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** [[Bane]] in ''Knightfall.''
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* [[Ares (DC)|Ares]] to ''Wonder Woman''.
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** [[Circe]] as well in ''Amazons Attack'' and ''Battle of the Gods''.
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* [[Doctor Sivana]] to ''Shazam''.
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* [[Deathstroke]] to ''The Titans'' with [[Trigon]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Black Manta]] to ''Aquaman''.
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* [[Sinestro]] to the ''Green Lanterns'' with [[Anti-Monitor]] as the Bigger bad.
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** [[Parallax]] to ''The Spectre''.
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** The [[Manhunters]] in the ''Millennium'' crossover.
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** [[Volthoom]] in ''The Rise of the Third Army'' and first Lantern Crossover.
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** The [[Guardians of the Universe]] in ''The Rise of the Third Army'' crossover and the events leading up to it.
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** [[Atrocitus]] in ''Rage of the Red Lanterns''.
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* [[Vandal Savage]] to the ''Justice League''.
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* [[Ozymandias]] in ''Watchmen''.
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* The [[Time Trapper]] and [[Mordru]] in ''Legion of Superheroes.''
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** [[Tharok]] in the comics and [[Emerald Empress]] in the adaption for the [[Fatal Five]] as thier the most frequent enemy.
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* [[Glorith ]] of ''Glorithverse''.
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* Praetor Lemnos in ''Threebootverse''.
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* [[Cosmic King]] in Silver Age, as the leader of the leagues of super-villains that are involved in the stories.
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* [[Despero]] to ''Martian Manhunter''.
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* [[Killer Frost]] to ''FireStorm''.
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* [[Professor Zoom]] to ''Flash'' as well as ''Flashpoint''.
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* [[Brain (DC)|The Brain]] to the ''Doom Patrol''.
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* [[General Wade Eiling]] to ''Captain Atom''.
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* [[Queen Bee]] in ''Justice League Europe and with The Light''.
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* [[Quentin Turnbull]] to ''Jonah Hex''.
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* [[Wotan]] to ''Doctor Fate'', although in a Big Bad Ensemble with [[Klarion the Witch Boy]] and [[The Light]].
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* [[Merlyn the Archer]] to ''Green Arrow''.
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* [[Anton Arcane]] to ''Swamp Thing''.
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* [[Mr. Thunderbolt]] to ''Robby Reed''.
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* [[Ebon]] to ''Static''.
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* Lucifer Morinngstar to ''The Sandman''.
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* The [[Negotiator]] leader of [[The Reach]] to ''Blue Beatle''.
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* Mr. Starr and Lyrl Dox to The L.E.G.I.O.N.
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* [[Cheshire]] to The Secret Six.
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* [[Argh!Yle!]] to ''Ambush Bug''.
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* [[Eclipso]] from the titular series and the ''Darkness Within''.
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* [[Neron]] in ''Underworld Unleashed'' and one crossover.
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* [[The Centre]] in the ''New Frontier''.
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* [[Hath-Set]] in ''Hawkman''.
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* [[Byth Rok|Byth&nbsp;Rok]] to Kater and Shyera.
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* The[[ Dominators]] in the invasion crossover.
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* [[Ex Nihilo]] to Nelson Jent
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* The [[IU7]] to Zeta
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* [[The Master (DC)|The Master]] to Chris King and Vicki Grant.
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* The [[Crime Syndicate]] in the ''Forever Evil'' series form a Big Bad Ensemble with [[Blight (Forever Evil)| Blight]]. [[Alexander Luthor, Sr.]] and the Anti-Monitor are the Bigger Bads.
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* [[Galactus]], [[Doctor Doom]] and [[Thanos]] to the entire ''Marvel'' universe, the Bigger Bads being [[Shuma-Gorath]], [[Lady Death (Marvel)|Lady Death]] and [[Oblivion (Marvel)|Oblivion]]
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* [[Norman Osborn]]/The [[Green Goblin]] to ''Spider-Man''.
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** [[Carnage]] to [[Venom]].
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* [[Magneto]] and later [[Apocalypse]] to the ''X-Men'', with [[Sublime]] and the [[Celestials (Marvel)|Celestials]] as the Bigger Bads.
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** [[Elias Bogan]] in ''X-Treme X-Men''.
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** [[Mystique]] to ''Ms. Marvel''.
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** [[Sabretooth]] to ''Wolverine''.
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** [[Quicksilver]] in ''House of M''.
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** [[Scarlet Witch]] after being corrupted by the life force in ''Avengers Diassembled.''
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** The [[Adversary]] in ''Fall of the Mutants''.
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** [[Stryfe]] to the ''X-Force''.
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** [[Cameron Hodge]] to ''X-factor''.
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** [[The Fury (Marvel)|The Fury]] to Excalibur.
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** Black Swan to [[Deadpool]].
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** [[Master Mold]] in ''Wolverine and the X-Men''.
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* [[Red Skull]] to ''Captain America''.
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* [[Loki]] to ''Thor'' with [[Surtur]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Mandarin]] to ''Iron Man''.
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* [[The Leader]] to ''Hulk''.
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* [[Miek]] in ''World War Hulk''.
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* [[Mephisto (Marvel)|Mephisto]] to ''Ghost Rider''.
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* [[Kingpin]] to ''Daredevil''.
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* [[Doctor Doom]] to the ''Fantastic Four'' with [[Galactus]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Dormammu]] to ''Doctor Strange'' with [[Chthon (Marvel)|Chthon]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Ultron]] to Hank Pym and the Avengers.
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** [[The Hood]] to ''The New Avengers''.
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** [[Dark Phoenix]] or rather the Phoenix Force in the Crossover ''Avengers vs X-men when using [[Cyclops]].''
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* [[Baron Von Strucker]] to Nick Fury and ''S.H.I.E.L.D''.
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* [[Klaw]] to ''Black Panther''.
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* [[Jigsaw]] to ''Punisher''.
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* [[Onslaught]] in the titular crossovers.
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* [[Dracula (Marvel)|Dracula]] to ''Blade''.
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* [[Beyonder]] in ''Secret Wars''.
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* [[Attuma]] to Namor.
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* [[Titania ]] to She-Hulk.
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* [[Kirigi]] to Elektra.
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* [[Magus (Marvel)|Magus]] to Adam Warlock.
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* [[Maelstrom]] to Quasar.
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* [[Amatsu-Mikaboshi]] to ''Hercules'' and [[Ares (Marvel)|Ares]] in the last series.
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* The [[Many-Angled Ones]] in the Thanos crossover.
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* The [[Goddess]] in ''The Infinity War''.
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* [[The Serpent]] in ''Fear Itself''.
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* [[Empress Veranke]] in Secret invasion.
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* Geoffery Wilder in Runaways with Gibborim as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[M.O.D.O.K.|Modok]] in ''Fall of the Hulks'' and ''Leader of Intelligencia''.
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* [[Immortus]] in the Crossing.
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* The [[High Evolutionary ]] in the Evolutionary war and Spider-man unltimated series
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* [[Purple Man]] to Jessica Jones.
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* [[Chemistro]] to Luke Cage.
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* [[Steel Serpent]] to Iron Fist.
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*[[Mammon]] in ''Spawn''. [[God (Spawn)|God]] and [[Satan (Spawn)|Satan]] are the Bigger Bads.
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* [[Noah Adam Mahn]] to the ''Extinctioners''.
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* [[Judge Death]] to ''Judge Dredd''.
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* [[Gideon Gordon Graves|Gideon Graves]] in the ''Scott Pilgrim'' series.
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* [[Lu-sho]] from ''Foldabots.''
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* [[Chef Piggy (Cooking with Chef Piggy)|Chef Piggy]] in ''Cooking with Chef Piggy''.
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* The [[Lord of the Locusts]] in the graphic novels ''Bone'',both its  prequels and sequels.
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* [[Dr. Eggman (Archie Comics)|Dr Eggman]] /[[Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Fleetway)|Dr. Ivo Robotinik]]/[[Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Archie Comics)|Robotink Prime]]  in the ''Sonic'' comics.
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** <span style="font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;">Dimitri the original Enerjak orginally in the ''Knuckle''s Spin-off series.</span>
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** <span style="font-family:sans-serif;line-height:19.200000762939453px;">[[Doctor Finitevus]] in ''Enerjak Reborn'' and Bigger Bad to Dmitri.</span>
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* [[Rastapopoulos]] in ''The Adventures of Tintin''.
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* [[Julius Caesar (Asterix)|Julius Caesar]] to ''Asterix''.
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* [[Darkhell]] in ''Les Légendaires'' (''The Legendaries''), with [[Anathos]] as the Bigger Bad.
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===Webcomics and web-films===
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* [[Nazo]] in the ''Sonic: Nazo'' series.
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* [[Count Vile]] in the ''Press Start'' movies and YouTube videos.
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* [[Xykon]] in the ''Order of the Stick'' webcomic.
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* [[Drip Tiberius Rat]] in ''Jack'', with [[Satan (Jack)|Satan]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Destioss]] in ''Positoss'', with [[The Shadow (Positoss)|The Shadow]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[The Auditor]] in ''Madness Combat''.
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* [[HABIT]] in EverymanHybrid, with [[Slender Man]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Patrick Andersen]] in MLandersen0, with [[Slender Man]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[Alex Kralie]] in MarbleHornets, with [[The Operator (MarbleHornets)|The Operator]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[The Observer]] in TribeTwelve, with [[Slender Man]] as the Bigger Bad.
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* [[The Devil (Sinfest)|The Devil]] in the webcomic ''Sinfest''.
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* [[Count Sigeeyai]] on the ''Fellow in the Coat ''website.
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===Religion and Mythology===
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* [[The Devil]] in the Bible and the Christian Religion in general.
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* [[God (Maltheism)|God]] in the Maltheism current.
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* [[Iblis (Religion)|Iblis]] in the Muslim religion.
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* [[Cronus]] in Greek/Roman mythology. The Bigger Bad would Gaia.
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* [[Loki (mythology)|Loki]] was originally a Trickster God. But as time went on, he was eventually regarded as the Big Bad of Norse Mythology, responsible of the Apocalyptic battle of Ragnarok. The Bigger Bad would be Niohoggr.
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* [[Apep (mythology)|Apep/Apophis]] in the original Egypian Mythology. As time went on, as more and more invaders came from the desert, the Desert God [[Set (mythology)|Set]] took his place as the Big Bad.
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* Izanami no Mikoto in Japanese Mythology with Amatsu-Mikabushi as the Bigger Bad.
 
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A Big Bad is the most prominent, powerful, and dangerous villain in a story, and is often responsible for most of the conflict that drive the plot. If there is a hierarchy of villains, the Big Bad is at the very top of it, and may be in control of most or all of the heroes' other enemies. Sometimes, the Big Bad can work from behind the scenes. However, as long as the most prominent antagonists of a story work for someone who was present all along, or who is setting their course of action, then this someone is the Big Bad.

In some cases, there may be a Bigger Bad, who is more powerful and/or evil than the Big Bad, but is much less involved in the plot and only appears briefly, maintaining the Big Bad as the most prominent and recurring villain in the story. Although sometimes Bigger Bads can act as the final boss of the story.

There are also the case of the Big Bad Duumvirate when two villains of equal importance form a team and share the role, and the Big Bad Ensemble when several villains of equal importance further their goals on their own, usually in a competion. If there is a Villain based Franchise about the Big Bad appearing the most then they are the Big Bad and Villain Protagonist.

IMPORTANT
A villain can only truly qualify as a Big Bad if the story has multiple antagonists and is of sufficient "scope". In other words, not all stories have a Big Bad, and villains cannot be labeled Big Bads when they are the only antagonist in the story.
Big Bads can ONLY be also labeled as Bigger Bads when they are involved in spin-offs in which one of their followers/another villain takes the role of Big Bad.
Big Bad Duumvirate and Big Bad Ensemble DO NOT count when these villain are not on equal footing in term of threat and prominence; or when one of these villains is the biggest threat for most of the story.

Examples

Video games

  • Chaos in Final Fantasy Dissidia and Final Fantasy Theatrhythm. He can also be considered as the Big Bad of the whole Final Fantasy multiverse, controlling all the respective primary antagonist of each game. The Bigger Bad is Shinryu, the one who caused the cycles of war.
    • Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII and it's sequels with Jenova and Hojo as the Bigger Bads.
    • Bhunivelze is the overall Bigger Bad of Final Fantasy XIII and its sequel and the Big Bad of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII: His actions in the past that drives the entire series - particularly his creation of Lindzei, who would go on to destroy Pulse and make the Cocoon fal'cie.
  • Bowser in the Super Mario Bros. franchise.
  • King K. Rool (under various aliases) in the Donkey Kong series.
  • Diablo in the titular video game series.
  • Frank Fontaine in Bioshock.
  • Junko Enoshima/Monokuma in the Danganrompa franchise.
  • Ivo Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The Bigger Bad is debatedly Dark Gaia.
    • Eggman Nega in the Sonic Rush series sharing with his ancestor Robotnik and the Sonic Rivals series as the sole Big Bad.
    • Metal Sonic in Sonic Heroes and in Sonic Free Riders.
    • Black Doom in Shadow the Hedgehog and the Bigger Bad of Sonic Adventure 2.
    • Mephiles the Dark/Solaris in Sonic Next-Gen and Sonic Generations.
  • Ganondorf/Ganon in the Legend of Zelda franchise, with Demise as the Bigger Bad.
  • Dr. Wily in the Mega Man franchise. His actions sometimes transcend to other characters, often antagonists, in the spin-off series.
    • Sigma of the Mega Man X series with Lumine as the Bigger Bad.
    • Dr. Weil of the Mega Man Zero series. The Bigger Bad would be Omega, as Dr. Weil seemingly holds him in far higher regard then himself, calling Omega the God of Destruction.
    • Master Albert of the Mega Man ZX series. With Dr. Wile as the Bigger Bad.
    • Dr. Wily's Battle Network counterpart: Lord Wily in the Mega Man Battle Network series. 
  • Nefarious in the Ratchet & Clank series.
  • Count Vlad Tepes Dracula in the Castlevania franchise in the original series.
    • Satan in the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow reboot. Dracula in the reboot has become a Anti-Hero than a villain even though Dracula was the villain of the Mirror of Fate.
  • Albert Wesker in the Resident Evil franchise, with Ozwell Edward Spencer as the Bigger Bad.
  • Dragonlord the representative Big Bad of the whole Dragon Quest franchise, with Nokturnus acting as the Bigger Bad and leader of the series' villains in Dragon Quest Battle Road Victory.
  • Master Xehanort in the Kingdom Hearts franchise, whose many incarnations serves as the primary antagonist of the game they appear in.
  • King Dedede in the Kirby Series, with Dark Matter as the Bigger Bad.
  • Dr. Neo Cortex in Crash Bandicoot, with Uka Uka as the Bigger Bad.
  • Ripto in the Classic Spyro series.
    • Malefor of The Legend of Spyro.
    • Kaos in the Skylanders reboot.
  • Izanami in the BlazBlue series.
  • That Man in The Guilty Gears Series.
  • Jaquio in Ninja Gaiden.
  • Alma Wade and Genevieve Aristide form a Big Bad Duumvirate in F.E.A.R. with Harlan Wade/The Creep the Bigger Bad.
  • Hades in Kid Icarus, since he caused the events of the series.
  • The A.I. Director from Left for Dead given that he is the spawning of the zombies. Though The Tank is more of this to the survivors.
  • Queen Myrrah in the Gears of War games. The Lambent could be considered as the Bigger Bad.
  • Vladimir Makarov in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series, with Imran Zakhaev and General Shepherd as the Bigger Bads.
  • Heihachi Mishima  and Kazuya Mishima/Devil being the Big Bad Ensemble of Tekken. however Heihachi's impact seems to degrece from Tekken 5 and Kazuya is more of a serious villain. The Bigger Bads being  Ogre and Azazel as demonic Final Bosses.
  • Since Soul Edge/Inferno and Soul Calibur/Elysium were proven equally evil, both form a Big Bad Ensemble in the Soul Calibur franchise. Algol, creator of both blades is the Bigger Bad.
  • The Prophet of Truth and the Gravemind in the first Halo trilogy, with the Gravemind also a Bigger Bad.
  • Clockwerk in the Sly Cooper franchise.
  • Zeus in God of War.
  • The God/The Demon/Samael in the Silent Hill Franchise.
  • Erol in Jak & Daxter franchise, with the Dark Leader as the Bigger Bad.
  • Mr. Dark in the Rayman games.
  • Gruntilda in the Banjo&Kazooie games.
  • Andross in Star Fox.
  • Wilfre from Drawn to Life.
  • Andrew Ryan in Bioshock.
  • The Enclave in the Fallout series.
  • Xylan AKA The Corruptor in the Spore-like video game Darkspore. The Bigger Bad would be considered to be Zrin.
  • Mundus, along with his Reboot counterpart in the Devil May Cry franchise. With Argosax the Chaos as a Bigger Bad.
  • Sargeras in the Warcraft universe's background mythology.
  • Ridley in the Metroid series. With Mother Brain as the former Big Bad, now the Bigger Bad.
  • Orochi in King of Fighters.
  • Geese Howard in the Fatal Fury series.
  • Sheltem in the classic Might and Magic games.
  • M. Bison in the Street Fighter series, with Akuma as the Bigger Bad.
    • Gill in the Street Fighter III Series.
    • Seth in the Street Fighter IV Series.
    • Garuda in the Street Fighter EX Series.
  • Shinnok and Onaga in Mortal Kombat. The Bigger Bad is One Being.
  • Shao Kahn is the original Big Bad in the series.
  • Natla in the Tomb Raider games.
  • The Combine in the Half Life series, especially the Advisors.
  • GLaDOS in P0RTAL. While Cave Johnson could be considered as the Bigger Bad due to his multiple personalities.
  • Although she only made one appearance Katherine Marlowe can be considered the Big Bad of the Uncharted franchise.
  • The Harbinger in Mass Effect with The Illusive Man in a Big Bad Ensemble, and The Catalyst and The Leviathans as the Bigger Bads.
  • Warren Vidic in the Assasin's Creed series, with Juno as the Bigger Bad.
  • Iris Sepperin in Rosenkreuzstilette.
  • Scolar Visari in The Killzone Series. However, Stahl seems to be shaping up to be this.
  • Master Hand in Super Smash Bros. Later on, he and Crazy Hand form a Big Bad Duumvirate. Tabuu is the Bigger Bad.
  • Giygas and Porky form a Big Bad Ensemble in Earthbound.
  • Lord Recluse of City of Heroes is not the only evil game-in-town and certainly not the most powerful; But his constant dedication to evil made him the guiding-hand of players that decided to play as villains which made him into the most consistent and competent big name threat and easily cemented him into the game's Big Bad status.
  • Jean Descole in the Professor Layton series, with the Voice of the Azran as the Bigger Bad.
    • In the manga spin-offs, Don Paolo, the primary antagonist fo the first trilogy, is the Big Bad, with Dimitri Allen as the Bigger Bad.
  • A Big Bad Ensemble of Manfred von Karma (with Bansai Ichiyanagi as the Bigger Bad) and Dahlia Hawthorne (with Morgan Fey as the Bigger Bad) in Ace Attorney.
  • Superman is the big bad from the Injustice series. The Bigger Bads are Darkseid and Trigon.       
  • Tau Volantis Moon   and others Brother moons are Big Bads from Dead Space series.

Novels

  • Sauron, Morgoth's former lieutenant, is the Big Bad of The Lord of the Rings franchise.
    • Morgoth in The Silmarillion, being also the Bigger Bad of the entire Middle Earth universe.
  • Professor Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes stories, especially in the latter adaptation.
  • The Cthulhu Mythos has the titular Cthulhu (the most famous of the many Eldrich Abominations of the series) and Nyarlathotep (the most reccuring and most active) forming a Big Bad Ensemble. Azathoth and Yog-Sothoth being the most powerful serve as possible Bigger Bads.
  • Randall Flagg in Stephen King's multiverse, with the Crimson King as the Bigger Bad.
    • The Crimson King himself becomes the Big Bad in King's central work The Dark Tower.
  • Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series.
  • Superior Saturday in the The Keys to the Kingdom series, especially in the sixth book. Lord Sunday could be considered the Bigger Bad.
    • However, Dame Primus is the other real mastermind beneath many schemes besides Saturday, and so she is the hidden Big Bad of the whole series.
  • Esplin 9466 in the original Animorphs, with Crayak as the Bigger Bad.
  • Opal Koboi in the Artemis Fowl series.
  • President Snow in the Hunger Games trilogy. Alma Coin could be considered the Bigger Bad.
  • The Authority in the His Dark Materials trilogy, with his treacherous lieutenant Metatron as the Bigger Bad.
  • Kronos in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, with Gaea as a Bigger Bad.
  • Aro Volturi in the Twilight Saga.
  • Jadis the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia (emphasized in the film adaptations), whith the Calormene god Tash as a possible Bigger Bad.
  • Mevolent in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, wit the Faceless Ones as the Bigger Bads.
  • The Gaiaphage in the Gone series, though Caine begins as the Big Bad.
  • The Shadow Lord in Quest for Deltora.
  • The Nome King in the Wizard of Oz novels and a few adaptations; though it's the Wicked Witch of the West who is the most recognizable villain.
  • The Old Kingdom had Orannis the Destroyer .
  • Xayide in The Neverending Story.

Films

Television

Western Animation

Manga/Anime

  • The God Hand from Berserk are the ringleaders of the Apostles and four of the previous members are responsible for Griffith becoming Femto.
    • The Idea of Evil is the Bigger Bad to the God Hand's Big Bad.
  • Emperor Charles zi Britannia and his son, Prince Schneizel El Britannia form a Big Bad Ensemble in Code Geass.
  • Ivo Robotnik and later Dark Oak in Sonic X.
  • Frieza in the entire Dragon Ball series since he indirectly caused the events of the series, and the series was to originally ended on Namek after his defeat. His DNA was also used to create Cell. He is also the most recurring villain in the franchise and main villain of most video games. Beerus could be seen as a Bigger Bad, but he is not a true villain.
    • King Piccolo/Piccolo  would be considered the Big Bad for the classic Dragon Ball series, as he controlled one of the previous major villains and had the most Sagas associated with him.
    • Baby in Dragon Ball GT as his role in the series parallels Frieza's. Syn Shenron is the Bigger Bad.
  • Naraku in Inuyasha.
  • Dio Brando/Diego Brando , the first and foremost villain of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventures manga, who influences the entire plot, even when not in charge or after his definite demise. Kars is the Bigger Bad.
    • Funny Valentine in Part 7:Steel Ball Run.Diego "Dio" Brando was working for him.
  • Undertaker is shaping up to this in the Black Butler Manga.
  • Light Yagami in Death Note, unusually since he's the protagonist, with Ryuk and the Shingami King as the Bigger Bads.
  • Father in Fullmetal Alchemist.
    •  Dante plays the role in the first anime series.
  • Tobi and Madara Uchiha form a Big Bad Duumvirate in the Naruto franchise, Tobi enacting the plan that Madara devised. Kaguya Otsutsuki and her enforcer Zetsu serve as the Bigger Bads and final antagonists.
  • Most likely Marshall D. Teach in One Piece, although currently he is in an Ensemble with Akainu. Which one is the biggest evil of the two has yet to be revealed. The Bigger Bads are the Five Star Elders and Kaido.
  • Gyokuen Ren from Magi as the Big Bad. Ill Ilah as the Bigger Bad.
  • Ragyo Kiryuin in Kill La Kill.
  • Asura can be considered as the Big Bad in Soul Eater, being the most prominent, powerful and dangerous villain of the series.
  • Rinichiro Hagire in Deadman Wonderland.
  • Zeref in Fairy Tail, with Acnologia as the Bigger Bad.
  • Sōsuke Aizen and later Yhwach, who also counts as a Bigger Bad, in the Bleach franchise.
  • Alucard in Rosario+Vampire.
  • The Major in the Hellsing manga and OVA series.
  • The Black King in Drifters with Easy as the Bigger Bad.
  • The Mage of the Beginning in Negima! Magister Negi Magi.
  • Ruby Eye Shabranigdo for the whole Slayers franchise.
  • Zorc Necrophades , mostly acting through his avatar Ryo Bakura, in Yu Gi Oh!.
  • Creed Diskenth in Black Cat.
  • Vearn in Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai. Although equal in power and influence, Velther counts as the Bigger Bad.
  • The Millennium Earl in the D.Gray-man franchise however he is in a Big Bad Ensemble against Nea Walker the 14th who is trying to take over his host Allen the protagonist and the Apocryphos The "Third side of War" as well as a living innocence, so far he's losing ground to both of them.
  • Bernkastel and Lambdadelta form a Big Bad Ensemble in Umineko, restarting time in every game and playing Beatrice (who seemed at first to be the Big Bad). Featherine Augustus Aurora is the true Bigger Bad.
  • Miyo Takano in Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni and Kai. Though, Tokyo and Nomura would be the Bigger Bads.
  • Brian J. Mason throughout the entire Bubblegum Crisis series, with Quincy as the Bigger Bad in the first series and Galatea as the Bigger Bad in the 2040 series.
  • The closest thing Puella Magi Madoka Magica has to a Big Bad is Kyubey, who hides facts from the Magical Girls and does not care about mankind.
  • Roa/SHIKI in Tsukihime.
  • The Night of Wallachia, then White Len, in Melty Blood. It's taken over by the Dust of Osiris in Actress Again.
  • Kotomine and Gilgamesh in Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero.
  • In Heaven's Feel, the Big Bad is Zouken Matou, although both Kotomine and Dark Sakura could also be seen as this.
  • Souren Araya in Kara no Kyoukai. Notably, he was confronted about halfway through the series and never heard from again.
  • Myotismon in Digimon Adventure and its continuation Digimon Adventure 02. Apocalymon counts as the Bigger Bad in Digimon Adventure.
  • Moo in Monster Rancher.
  • The Swamp Witch in the Queen's Blade series.
  • The Beast Titan is shaping up to be this for Attack on Titan.
  • King Dedede in Kirby: Right Back At Ya! sends monsters after Kirby in nearly every episode. The evil entity whom he buys the monsters from, Nightmare, is the Bigger Bad.
  • The Pretty Cure series, as it spanned for various iterations, have a lot of these:
    • The Dark King of the Dusk Zone in Futari wa Pretty Cure and its sequel Futari wa Pretty Cure Max Heart.
  • Go Hojo in Initial D. He's using other teams throughout Kanto (from the Myogi NightKids to Sidewinder; excluding the Akagi RedSuns, Akina SpeedStars, Impact Blue, Kyoko Iwase of the Northern Saitama Alliance, or Shinji Inui; but also including the Imposter Project D and his own older brother Rin) to defeat Project D, Takumi Fujiwara, or Keisuke or Ryosuke Takahashi in a race, all of whom are defeated by the likes of Project D.
  • Director Kakuzawa in Elfen Lied, with the bullies, led by Tomoo as the Bigger Bad since they are the cause of Lucy's demise.

Comics

DC

Marvel

Other

European comics

Webcomics and web-films

Religion and Mythology

  • The Devil in the Bible and the Christian Religion in general.
  • God in the Maltheism current.
  • Iblis in the Muslim religion.
  • Cronus in Greek/Roman mythology. The Bigger Bad would Gaia.
  • Loki was originally a Trickster God. But as time went on, he was eventually regarded as the Big Bad of Norse Mythology, responsible of the Apocalyptic battle of Ragnarok. The Bigger Bad would be Niohoggr.
  • Apep/Apophis in the original Egypian Mythology. As time went on, as more and more invaders came from the desert, the Desert God Set took his place as the Big Bad.
  • Izanami no Mikoto in Japanese Mythology with Amatsu-Mikabushi as the Bigger Bad.
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