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* ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'' has several characters competing for the spot over its run. Skinner Sweet is originally one, but he is outclassed by other strong contenders such as {{Dracula}} and [[HumanoidAbomination The Gray Trader]]. The role is ultimately taken by [[spoiler:The Beast, an AncientEvil served by the Gray Trader]].
* JuliusCaesar in the ComicBook/{{Asterix}} comics; almost every comic involves undoing one of his schemes to gain control over the village or its powers; however, the series later recasts Brutus as the GreaterScopeVillain, mixing him up a bit with Octavian. And that is without counting all the times that Caesar is the GreaterScopeVillain to some other political leader or prefect and the times that someone acts as TheStarscream to him and is a BigBad of his own accord.
* ''ComicBook/BackToBrooklyn'': Paul "The Wall" Saetta.
* ''Literature/{{Baltimore}}'': [[VampireMonarch Haigus]].
* In ''Beast Wars: The Ascending'', Big Convoy notes that the building they're about to go into has that "Big Bad ambiance."
* In the AnthologyComic ComicBook/TheBeano Baby Face Finlayson is used as a Big Bad in a number of the longer strips by the artist Kev F Sutherland.
* Not sure if it counts as a comic or toy line first, but Toys/{{Bionicle}} has the Brotherhood of Makuta (a race of Big Bads), led by Teridax. Taken to the extreme when [[spoiler:Teridax steals Mata Nui's 40-million-foot body and banishes him to the depths of space [[ItMakesSenseInContext sealed in a mask]].]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ivo Statoc]].
* ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Twilight in season 8, [[AxCrazy Simone Doffler]] in season 9, and D'Hoffryn in season 10.
* The Mekon in ComicStrip/DanDare. While not the main villain in every storyline, he turned up often enough to qualify for the role here.
* ''ComicBook/{{Dinocorps}}'' has Jarek, the [[FantasticRacism racist]] OmnicidalManiac who tries to exterminate all humans by blowing up the world.
* Creator/DonRosa established that the biggest bad of the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse is [[EvilOldFolks Blackheart Beagle]], who eventually recruits all the other recurring villains into his LegionOfDoom. None too shabby for a guy who's probably pushing 100.
* Winnowill from ''ComicBook/ElfQuest''. She's not behind ''all'' the misery in the series (HumansAreBastards, after all), but close.
** Once the humans get technologically advanced enough to become a ''real'' threat for the heroes, Winnowill starts manipulating ''them'' as well.
** In the early series [[spoiler: Two Edge]] would be one of these, he manipulates even [[spoiler: his mother, Winnowill]] but is too sympathetic, more of an AntiVillain, turning to AntiHero [[spoiler: after his sanity is restored]]
* ''ComicBook/ElvisShrugged'': Col. Parker, who back in the 1970s was trying to keep Elvis from abandoning his status as "the King of Rock N Roll" in order to perform in Sondheim's ''Theatre/{{Company}}'', and, when he couldn't keep Elvis under his control, created a clone from skin samples.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' the Adversary turns out to be [[spoiler: GEPPETTO. FUCKING GEPPETTO!]] Better yet [[spoiler: it was originally planned to be Peter Pan but the rights weren't available.]]
** [[spoiler: After Gepetto's defeat, the role shifts to Mr. Dark although Kevin Thorn serves as Big Bad in the spin-off, Jack of Fables, and is defeated in a cross-over with the main series.]]
* Mr. Smile, the young, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity two-faced]] CEO of Bright Industries who's had his plans thwarted more than once by The Fox. ''ComicBook/TheFoxHunt'' mini-series sees him place a bounty for The Fox's head, directly causing the primary conflicts of the story, for both The Fox and his son.
* Dreadwing and Gothwrain from ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' both fit this trope to a T. Tirant also qualifies by most standards but it's hard to top just how much evil the first two have caused The most recurring Big Bad is Phobos.
* ''ComicBook/HackSlash'': Akakios, AKA [[spoiler: Samhain]].
* ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' has a few borderline examples, but the clearest-cut is probably [[spoiler:Moriarty]].
* Max in ''ComicBook/TheLosers''.
* In the Image series ''Lullaby'', provider of the page quote, the Big Bad is, indeed a book. A mesmerizing book that uses a powerful wizard (who appears to be a male version of the Wicked Witch of the West), captivated by its majesty, to gather power and enforce its will.
* In the ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse, the two most frequent {{Big Bad}}s are {{Pete}} and the Phantom Blot, who on occasion form a BigBadDuumvirate -- though Pete sometimes (especially in alternate-continuity series like ''ComicBook/WizardsOfMickey'') gets the role as TheDragon.
* In ''ComicBook/NextMen'', Aldus Hiltop appears to be this, but the true Big Bad is [[spoiler: Sathanas]].
* Gideon Gordon Graves from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' who single-handedly founded the League of Evil Exes.
* Herr Wallenquist could likely be considered the main villain in ''SinCity'' since he has had a hand in many of the storyarcs. He was Maxwell Lord's main business partner in ''A Dame To Kill For'', sent Manute to retrieve Jackie Boy's head and take over Old Town in ''Big Fat Kill'', and was the Colonel's boss in ''Hell and Back'' just to name a few. But he's a bit of a NobleDemon in this world, so he rarely comes across as this.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' has the ruler of Mobius Doctor Robotnik who takes the roll of overall BigBad however other villains try to take the roll of BigBad.
* In the American ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic The Hedgehog]]'' series, Sonic's ArchEnemy Dr. Robotnik/Eggman has always been the overall BigBad of the series, but occasionally the series has had other villains being the [[TheHeavy driving force]] behind events:
** The [[DragonLady Iron Queen]] was BigBad of the "Iron Dominion" arc (while Eggman was incapacitated by [[spoiler: a VillainousBreakdown]].)
** Dr. Finitevus, for the "Enerjak Reborn" arc.
** Sonic's EvilTwin Scourge, a long-time BigBadWannabe, finally earned BigBad status during the "Bold New Moebius" arc.
** [[KnightTemplar King Shadow]] acts as BigBad for the ''[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture X Years Later]]'' stories.
** [[EvilSorcerer Ixis Naugus]] and [[MagnificentBastard Mammoth Mogul]] have had their turns at being BigBad several times over the course of the series, and ''[[TheStarscream Snively]]'' got his turn for a little while, after the original Robotnik died but before Eggman replaced him.
** Meanwhile, [[MadScientist Dimitri]] - the [[LegacyCharacter original Enerjak]] - was more or less the BigBad of Knuckles' spin-off series.
** The ''[[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide Worlds Collide]]'' crossover with the ''Mega Man'' comics has a BigBadDuumvirate of Doctors Eggman and Wily. The sequel series, ''[[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsUnite Worlds Unite]]'', has them both being {{Demoted to|Dragon}} CoDragons by [[AIIsACrapshoot Sigma]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' comics have at least one for each storyline:
** ComicBook/MarvelStarWars stories: Varied, but the Tagge family and Lumiya were always popping up.
** ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'' and ''Empire's End'': [[YouClonedHitler The cloned Palpatine]].
** ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'': Naga Sadow, Exar Kun.
** ''Boba Fett'': Orko the Hutt.
** ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'': Ysanne Isard for Rogue Squadron. Warlord Zsinj for the Wraiths.
** ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'': Prince Xizor.
** ''Crimson Empire'': Carnor Jax, though Burr Nolyds and Xandel Carivus took over for very short periods. TheManBehindTheMan for [[UpperClassTwit the latter two]] was Nom Anor of the Yuuzhan Vong.
** ''Leviathan'': The titular creature.
** ''Mara Jade'': Dequc
** ''Republic'': Palpatine overall, with Iaco Stark, Volffe Karkko, Sora Bulq and Count Dooku filling in for stories based on the non-movie characters.
** ''Darth Maul'': Alexi Garyn.
** ''Jedi Council'': The Yinchorri Council of Elders [[spoiler: manipulated by Palpatine]].
** ''Jedi vs. Sith'': Lord Kaan, Darth Bane.
** ''Underworld'': Jozzel.
** ''Empire'': Grand Moff Trachta.
** ''Obsession'': Asajj Ventress, Durge.
** ''Rogue Leader'': General Weir.
** ''General Grievous'': The title character.
** ''Purge'': Darth Vader.
** ''Knights of the Old Republic'': [[spoiler: Haazen]] for the Covenant arc, [[spoiler: Demagol]] for the Crucible arc, and [[spoiler: Dorjander Kace]] for the ''War'' miniseries.
** ''Rebellion'': The Empire as a whole.
** ''Legacy'': Darth Krayt, then Darth Wyyrlok, then [[spoiler: the resurrected Darth Krayt]].
** ''Dark Times'': Vader again.
** ''Vector'': Karness Muur.
** ''The Clone Wars'': Palpatine.
** ''Knight Errant'': Most likely [[EvilOldFolks Vilia Calimondra]], the EvilMatriarch behind the feuding sibling and cousin Sith Lords ripping the galaxy apart, although she herself hasn't actually shown up yet.
** ''Invasion'': The BigBadDuumvirate of [[BloodKnight Tsalok]] and [[MadScientist Nagme]], with [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Warmaster Tsavong Lah]] of ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' fame as the GreaterScopeVillain.
** ''Dawn of the Jedi'' looks to be setting up a BigBadEnsemble with [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Predor Skal'nas]] and [[FallenHero Daegen Lok]] as the primary players. Though, considering that Daegen Lok became a FallenHero because the the Jedai'i (precursors to the Jedi) dismissed his vision of the coming Rakata (of which Skal'nas is one), and exiled him to the unpopulated moon of Bogan, and considering his intent is to save the Jedai'i (albeit using [[WellIntentionedExtremist extreme methods]]), his status as BigBad is up in the air. Especially now that the Jedai'i leaders have come to realize that Lok's vision is coming true.
** ''Lost Tribe of the Sith'' has Baron Remulus Dreypa, one of the twelve founding Sith Lords, coming off of several thousand years [[SealedEvilInACan stuffed in a can]].
** ''Blood Ties: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett'' has the crime lord Tayand, who put a bounty on Connor Freeman, son of one of Fett's clones.
** In ''Blood Ties: Boba Fett Is Dead'' [[spoiler: (he's not, of course)]], the BigBad is Purton, governor of Concord Dawn, who wants to kill Fett and all his loved ones (Fett does have a few, believe it or not) because Fett killed his son for "no reason." Fett's ex-wife Sintas Vel reveals to Purton that Fett killed his son because [[spoiler: the younger Purton raped her, and Fett refused to explain to spare Sintas being made a spectacle.]]
* Henry Bendix in [[Creator/WarrenEllis Ellis's]] ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}} and [[Creator/EdBrubaker Brubaker's]] ComicBook/TheAuthority.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Various but the most recurrent one is Escariano Avieso.
* ''Malesur'' in ''ComicBook/{{Tellos}}''.
* Arguably Rastapopolous from ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'', if simply for his sheer number of appearances and the subordinate relationships that many other recurring villains (Allan, M?r, Dawson, etc.) have with him. Rastapopolous is one of the few recurring villains in Tintin; the comics tend to go for a new one every time.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersCombinerWars'': It's Starscream's time to step up as the main villain. His plan to unite the lost colonies of Cybertron under his rule, and his implementation of the dangerous powerful combiners sets the plot in motion.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersDrift'': In the original comic it's Braid, leader of the Slavers and biggest threat to the Circle of Light. In Empire of Stone: It's Gigatron, a Decepticon warlord who intends to raise the stone army and reignite the flame of Decepticon Conquest after Megatron had disbanded the group.
* {{President|Evil}} (That's right, ''[[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President]]'') Gary Callahan AKA The Smiler of {{Transmetropolitan}}. In their first meeting, he promises to place [[TheHero Spider Jerusalem's]] misery as top priority, and backs up that claim with gusto (while trying to kill him every once in awhile). He is the [[ArchNemesis personification of everything Spider hates]] in the CrapsackWorld, and so everything Spider does in the series traces back to his efforts to take down his ArchNemesis.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': [[EvilOverlord Lord Hikiji]].
* [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is an interesting example as, while his deeds are certainly worthy of proper BigBad status, he's occasionally a [[AntiVillain sympathetic character]].
* Alan Moore's ComicBook/WildCATs run had [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBastard TAO]] ]]
* ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'' comics has the following Big Bads:
** Part I: Phobos
** Part II: Nerissa
** Part III: Ari
** Part IV: Endarno aka [[spoiler:Phobos]]
** Part V: Jonathan Ludmoore
** Part VI: Tecla Ibsen
** Part VII: Dark Mother
** Part VIII: Takeda
*** However the most popular is Phobos as the Big Bad for the entire series.
* The BigBad of ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' was for the entirety of the comic's run [[spoiler:Augustus Medici]]. This was in doubt for a while; there was a point where [[spoiler:Megan Dietrich]] seemed to be manipulating him, and toward the end it appeared he'd been OutGambitted by [[spoiler:her and the rest of the younger [[AncientConspiracy Trust]] members]], but the final issue reveals they were playing into his hands the whole time. In the end, though, the one thing he didn't count on was [[spoiler:TheDragon, Agent Graves, having [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]]]].

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* ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'' has several characters competing for the spot over its run. Skinner Sweet is originally one, but he is outclassed by other strong contenders such as {{Dracula}} and [[HumanoidAbomination The Gray Trader]]. The role is ultimately taken by [[spoiler:The Beast, an AncientEvil served by the Gray Trader]].
* JuliusCaesar in the ComicBook/{{Asterix}} comics; almost every comic involves undoing one of his schemes to gain control over the village or its powers; however, the series later recasts Brutus as the GreaterScopeVillain, mixing him up a bit with Octavian. And that is without counting all the times that Caesar is the GreaterScopeVillain to some other political leader or prefect and the times that someone acts as TheStarscream to him and is a BigBad of his own accord.
* ''ComicBook/BackToBrooklyn'': Paul "The Wall" Saetta.
* ''Literature/{{Baltimore}}'': [[VampireMonarch Haigus]].
* In ''Beast Wars: The Ascending'', Big Convoy notes that the building they're about to go into has that "Big Bad ambiance."
* In the AnthologyComic ComicBook/TheBeano Baby Face Finlayson is used as a Big Bad in a number of the longer strips by the artist Kev F Sutherland.
* Not sure if it counts as a comic or toy line first, but Toys/{{Bionicle}} has the Brotherhood of Makuta (a race of Big Bads), led by Teridax. Taken to the extreme when [[spoiler:Teridax steals Mata Nui's 40-million-foot body and banishes him to the depths of space [[ItMakesSenseInContext sealed in a mask]].]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ivo Statoc]].
* ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Twilight in season 8, [[AxCrazy Simone Doffler]] in season 9, and D'Hoffryn in season 10.
* The Mekon in ComicStrip/DanDare. While not the main villain in every storyline, he turned up often enough to qualify for the role here.
* ''ComicBook/{{Dinocorps}}'' has Jarek, the [[FantasticRacism racist]] OmnicidalManiac who tries to exterminate all humans by blowing up the world.
* Creator/DonRosa established that the biggest bad of the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse is [[EvilOldFolks Blackheart Beagle]], who eventually recruits all the other recurring villains into his LegionOfDoom. None too shabby for a guy who's probably pushing 100.
* Winnowill from ''ComicBook/ElfQuest''. She's not behind ''all'' the misery in the series (HumansAreBastards, after all), but close.
** Once the humans get technologically advanced enough to become a ''real'' threat for the heroes, Winnowill starts manipulating ''them'' as well.
** In the early series [[spoiler: Two Edge]] would be one of these, he manipulates even [[spoiler: his mother, Winnowill]] but is too sympathetic, more of an AntiVillain, turning to AntiHero [[spoiler: after his sanity is restored]]
* ''ComicBook/ElvisShrugged'': Col. Parker, who back in the 1970s was trying to keep Elvis from abandoning his status as "the King of Rock N Roll" in order to perform in Sondheim's ''Theatre/{{Company}}'', and, when he couldn't keep Elvis under his control, created a clone from skin samples.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' the Adversary turns out to be [[spoiler: GEPPETTO. FUCKING GEPPETTO!]] Better yet [[spoiler: it was originally planned to be Peter Pan but the rights weren't available.]]
** [[spoiler: After Gepetto's defeat, the role shifts to Mr. Dark although Kevin Thorn serves as Big Bad in the spin-off, Jack of Fables, and is defeated in a cross-over with the main series.]]
* Mr. Smile, the young, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity two-faced]] CEO of Bright Industries who's had his plans thwarted more than once by The Fox. ''ComicBook/TheFoxHunt'' mini-series sees him place a bounty for The Fox's head, directly causing the primary conflicts of the story, for both The Fox and his son.
* Dreadwing and Gothwrain from ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' both fit this trope to a T. Tirant also qualifies by most standards but it's hard to top just how much evil the first two have caused The most recurring Big Bad is Phobos.
* ''ComicBook/HackSlash'': Akakios, AKA [[spoiler: Samhain]].
* ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' has a few borderline examples, but the clearest-cut is probably [[spoiler:Moriarty]].
* Max in ''ComicBook/TheLosers''.
* In the Image series ''Lullaby'', provider of the page quote, the Big Bad is, indeed a book. A mesmerizing book that uses a powerful wizard (who appears to be a male version of the Wicked Witch of the West), captivated by its majesty, to gather power and enforce its will.
* In the ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse, the two most frequent {{Big Bad}}s are {{Pete}} and the Phantom Blot, who on occasion form a BigBadDuumvirate -- though Pete sometimes (especially in alternate-continuity series like ''ComicBook/WizardsOfMickey'') gets the role as TheDragon.
* In ''ComicBook/NextMen'', Aldus Hiltop appears to be this, but the true Big Bad is [[spoiler: Sathanas]].
* Gideon Gordon Graves from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' who single-handedly founded the League of Evil Exes.
* Herr Wallenquist could likely be considered the main villain in ''SinCity'' since he has had a hand in many of the storyarcs. He was Maxwell Lord's main business partner in ''A Dame To Kill For'', sent Manute to retrieve Jackie Boy's head and take over Old Town in ''Big Fat Kill'', and was the Colonel's boss in ''Hell and Back'' just to name a few. But he's a bit of a NobleDemon in this world, so he rarely comes across as this.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' has the ruler of Mobius Doctor Robotnik who takes the roll of overall BigBad however other villains try to take the roll of BigBad.
* In the American ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic The Hedgehog]]'' series, Sonic's ArchEnemy Dr. Robotnik/Eggman has always been the overall BigBad of the series, but occasionally the series has had other villains being the [[TheHeavy driving force]] behind events:
** The [[DragonLady Iron Queen]] was BigBad of the "Iron Dominion" arc (while Eggman was incapacitated by [[spoiler: a VillainousBreakdown]].)
** Dr. Finitevus, for the "Enerjak Reborn" arc.
** Sonic's EvilTwin Scourge, a long-time BigBadWannabe, finally earned BigBad status during the "Bold New Moebius" arc.
** [[KnightTemplar King Shadow]] acts as BigBad for the ''[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture X Years Later]]'' stories.
** [[EvilSorcerer Ixis Naugus]] and [[MagnificentBastard Mammoth Mogul]] have had their turns at being BigBad several times over the course of the series, and ''[[TheStarscream Snively]]'' got his turn for a little while, after the original Robotnik died but before Eggman replaced him.
** Meanwhile, [[MadScientist Dimitri]] - the [[LegacyCharacter original Enerjak]] - was more or less the BigBad of Knuckles' spin-off series.
** The ''[[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide Worlds Collide]]'' crossover with the ''Mega Man'' comics has a BigBadDuumvirate of Doctors Eggman and Wily. The sequel series, ''[[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsUnite Worlds Unite]]'', has them both being {{Demoted to|Dragon}} CoDragons by [[AIIsACrapshoot Sigma]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' comics have at least one for each storyline:
** ComicBook/MarvelStarWars stories: Varied, but the Tagge family and Lumiya were always popping up.
** ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'' and ''Empire's End'': [[YouClonedHitler The cloned Palpatine]].
** ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'': Naga Sadow, Exar Kun.
** ''Boba Fett'': Orko the Hutt.
** ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'': Ysanne Isard for Rogue Squadron. Warlord Zsinj for the Wraiths.
** ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'': Prince Xizor.
** ''Crimson Empire'': Carnor Jax, though Burr Nolyds and Xandel Carivus took over for very short periods. TheManBehindTheMan for [[UpperClassTwit the latter two]] was Nom Anor of the Yuuzhan Vong.
** ''Leviathan'': The titular creature.
** ''Mara Jade'': Dequc
** ''Republic'': Palpatine overall, with Iaco Stark, Volffe Karkko, Sora Bulq and Count Dooku filling in for stories based on the non-movie characters.
** ''Darth Maul'': Alexi Garyn.
** ''Jedi Council'': The Yinchorri Council of Elders [[spoiler: manipulated by Palpatine]].
** ''Jedi vs. Sith'': Lord Kaan, Darth Bane.
** ''Underworld'': Jozzel.
** ''Empire'': Grand Moff Trachta.
** ''Obsession'': Asajj Ventress, Durge.
** ''Rogue Leader'': General Weir.
** ''General Grievous'': The title character.
** ''Purge'': Darth Vader.
** ''Knights of the Old Republic'': [[spoiler: Haazen]] for the Covenant arc, [[spoiler: Demagol]] for the Crucible arc, and [[spoiler: Dorjander Kace]] for the ''War'' miniseries.
** ''Rebellion'': The Empire as a whole.
** ''Legacy'': Darth Krayt, then Darth Wyyrlok, then [[spoiler: the resurrected Darth Krayt]].
** ''Dark Times'': Vader again.
** ''Vector'': Karness Muur.
** ''The Clone Wars'': Palpatine.
** ''Knight Errant'': Most likely [[EvilOldFolks Vilia Calimondra]], the EvilMatriarch behind the feuding sibling and cousin Sith Lords ripping the galaxy apart, although she herself hasn't actually shown up yet.
** ''Invasion'': The BigBadDuumvirate of [[BloodKnight Tsalok]] and [[MadScientist Nagme]], with [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Warmaster Tsavong Lah]] of ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' fame as the GreaterScopeVillain.
** ''Dawn of the Jedi'' looks to be setting up a BigBadEnsemble with [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Predor Skal'nas]] and [[FallenHero Daegen Lok]] as the primary players. Though, considering that Daegen Lok became a FallenHero because the the Jedai'i (precursors to the Jedi) dismissed his vision of the coming Rakata (of which Skal'nas is one), and exiled him to the unpopulated moon of Bogan, and considering his intent is to save the Jedai'i (albeit using [[WellIntentionedExtremist extreme methods]]), his status as BigBad is up in the air. Especially now that the Jedai'i leaders have come to realize that Lok's vision is coming true.
** ''Lost Tribe of the Sith'' has Baron Remulus Dreypa, one of the twelve founding Sith Lords, coming off of several thousand years [[SealedEvilInACan stuffed in a can]].
** ''Blood Ties: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett'' has the crime lord Tayand, who put a bounty on Connor Freeman, son of one of Fett's clones.
** In ''Blood Ties: Boba Fett Is Dead'' [[spoiler: (he's not, of course)]], the BigBad is Purton, governor of Concord Dawn, who wants to kill Fett and all his loved ones (Fett does have a few, believe it or not) because Fett killed his son for "no reason." Fett's ex-wife Sintas Vel reveals to Purton that Fett killed his son because [[spoiler: the younger Purton raped her, and Fett refused to explain to spare Sintas being made a spectacle.]]
* Henry Bendix in [[Creator/WarrenEllis Ellis's]] ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}} and [[Creator/EdBrubaker Brubaker's]] ComicBook/TheAuthority.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Various but the most recurrent one is Escariano Avieso.
* ''Malesur'' in ''ComicBook/{{Tellos}}''.
* Arguably Rastapopolous from ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'', if simply for his sheer number of appearances and the subordinate relationships that many other recurring villains (Allan, M?r, Dawson, etc.) have with him. Rastapopolous is one of the few recurring villains in Tintin; the comics tend to go for a new one every time.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersCombinerWars'': It's Starscream's time to step up as the main villain. His plan to unite the lost colonies of Cybertron under his rule, and his implementation of the dangerous powerful combiners sets the plot in motion.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersDrift'': In the original comic it's Braid, leader of the Slavers and biggest threat to the Circle of Light. In Empire of Stone: It's Gigatron, a Decepticon warlord who intends to raise the stone army and reignite the flame of Decepticon Conquest after Megatron had disbanded the group.
* {{President|Evil}} (That's right, ''[[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President]]'') Gary Callahan AKA The Smiler of {{Transmetropolitan}}. In their first meeting, he promises to place [[TheHero Spider Jerusalem's]] misery as top priority, and backs up that claim with gusto (while trying to kill him every once in awhile). He is the [[ArchNemesis personification of everything Spider hates]] in the CrapsackWorld, and so everything Spider does in the series traces back to his efforts to take down his ArchNemesis.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': [[EvilOverlord Lord Hikiji]].
* [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is an interesting example as, while his deeds are certainly worthy of proper BigBad status, he's occasionally a [[AntiVillain sympathetic character]].
* Alan Moore's ComicBook/WildCATs run had [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBastard TAO]] ]]
* ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'' comics has the following Big Bads:
** Part I: Phobos
** Part II: Nerissa
** Part III: Ari
** Part IV: Endarno aka [[spoiler:Phobos]]
** Part V: Jonathan Ludmoore
** Part VI: Tecla Ibsen
** Part VII: Dark Mother
** Part VIII: Takeda
*** However the most popular is Phobos as the Big Bad for the entire series.
* The BigBad of ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' was for the entirety of the comic's run [[spoiler:Augustus Medici]]. This was in doubt for a while; there was a point where [[spoiler:Megan Dietrich]] seemed to be manipulating him, and toward the end it appeared he'd been OutGambitted by [[spoiler:her and the rest of the younger [[AncientConspiracy Trust]] members]], but the final issue reveals they were playing into his hands the whole time. In the end, though, the one thing he didn't count on was [[spoiler:TheDragon, Agent Graves, having [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]]]].
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* ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'' has several characters competing for the spot over its run. Skinner Sweet is originally one, but he is outclassed by other strong contenders such as {{Dracula}} and [[HumanoidAbomination The Gray Trader]]. The role is ultimately taken by [[spoiler:The Beast, an AncientEvil served by the Gray Trader]].
* JuliusCaesar in the ComicBook/{{Asterix}} comics; almost every comic involves undoing one of his schemes to gain control over the village or its powers; however, the series later recasts Brutus as the GreaterScopeVillain, mixing him up a bit with Octavian. And that is without counting all the times that Caesar is the GreaterScopeVillain to some other political leader or prefect and the times that someone acts as TheStarscream to him and is a BigBad of his own accord.
* ''ComicBook/BackToBrooklyn'': Paul "The Wall" Saetta.
* ''Literature/{{Baltimore}}'': [[VampireMonarch Haigus]].
* In ''Beast Wars: The Ascending'', Big Convoy notes that the building they're about to go into has that "Big Bad ambiance."
* In the AnthologyComic ComicBook/TheBeano Baby Face Finlayson is used as a Big Bad in a number of the longer strips by the artist Kev F Sutherland.
* Not sure if it counts as a comic or toy line first, but Toys/{{Bionicle}} has the Brotherhood of Makuta (a race of Big Bads), led by Teridax. Taken to the extreme when [[spoiler:Teridax steals Mata Nui's 40-million-foot body and banishes him to the depths of space [[ItMakesSenseInContext sealed in a mask]].]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ivo Statoc]].
* ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Twilight in season 8, [[AxCrazy Simone Doffler]] in season 9, and D'Hoffryn in season 10.
* The Mekon in ComicStrip/DanDare. While not the main villain in every storyline, he turned up often enough to qualify for the role here.
* ''ComicBook/{{Dinocorps}}'' has Jarek, the [[FantasticRacism racist]] OmnicidalManiac who tries to exterminate all humans by blowing up the world.
* Creator/DonRosa established that the biggest bad of the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse is [[EvilOldFolks Blackheart Beagle]], who eventually recruits all the other recurring villains into his LegionOfDoom. None too shabby for a guy who's probably pushing 100.
* Winnowill from ''ComicBook/ElfQuest''. She's not behind ''all'' the misery in the series (HumansAreBastards, after all), but close.
** Once the humans get technologically advanced enough to become a ''real'' threat for the heroes, Winnowill starts manipulating ''them'' as well.
** In the early series [[spoiler: Two Edge]] would be one of these, he manipulates even [[spoiler: his mother, Winnowill]] but is too sympathetic, more of an AntiVillain, turning to AntiHero [[spoiler: after his sanity is restored]]
* ''ComicBook/ElvisShrugged'': Col. Parker, who back in the 1970s was trying to keep Elvis from abandoning his status as "the King of Rock N Roll" in order to perform in Sondheim's ''Theatre/{{Company}}'', and, when he couldn't keep Elvis under his control, created a clone from skin samples.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'' the Adversary turns out to be [[spoiler: GEPPETTO. FUCKING GEPPETTO!]] Better yet [[spoiler: it was originally planned to be Peter Pan but the rights weren't available.]]
** [[spoiler: After Gepetto's defeat, the role shifts to Mr. Dark although Kevin Thorn serves as Big Bad in the spin-off, Jack of Fables, and is defeated in a cross-over with the main series.]]
* Mr. Smile, the young, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity two-faced]] CEO of Bright Industries who's had his plans thwarted more than once by The Fox. ''ComicBook/TheFoxHunt'' mini-series sees him place a bounty for The Fox's head, directly causing the primary conflicts of the story, for both The Fox and his son.
* Dreadwing and Gothwrain from ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' both fit this trope to a T. Tirant also qualifies by most standards but it's hard to top just how much evil the first two have caused The most recurring Big Bad is Phobos.
* ''ComicBook/HackSlash'': Akakios, AKA [[spoiler: Samhain]].
* ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' has a few borderline examples, but the clearest-cut is probably [[spoiler:Moriarty]].
* Max in ''ComicBook/TheLosers''.
* In the Image series ''Lullaby'', provider of the page quote, the Big Bad is, indeed a book. A mesmerizing book that uses a powerful wizard (who appears to be a male version of the Wicked Witch of the West), captivated by its majesty, to gather power and enforce its will.
* In the ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse, the two most frequent {{Big Bad}}s are {{Pete}} and the Phantom Blot, who on occasion form a BigBadDuumvirate -- though Pete sometimes (especially in alternate-continuity series like ''ComicBook/WizardsOfMickey'') gets the role as TheDragon.
* In ''ComicBook/NextMen'', Aldus Hiltop appears to be this, but the true Big Bad is [[spoiler: Sathanas]].
* Gideon Gordon Graves from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' who single-handedly founded the League of Evil Exes.
* Herr Wallenquist could likely be considered the main villain in ''SinCity'' since he has had a hand in many of the storyarcs. He was Maxwell Lord's main business partner in ''A Dame To Kill For'', sent Manute to retrieve Jackie Boy's head and take over Old Town in ''Big Fat Kill'', and was the Colonel's boss in ''Hell and Back'' just to name a few. But he's a bit of a NobleDemon in this world, so he rarely comes across as this.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' has the ruler of Mobius Doctor Robotnik who takes the roll of overall BigBad however other villains try to take the roll of BigBad.
* In the American ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic The Hedgehog]]'' series, Sonic's ArchEnemy Dr. Robotnik/Eggman has always been the overall BigBad of the series, but occasionally the series has had other villains being the [[TheHeavy driving force]] behind events:
** The [[DragonLady Iron Queen]] was BigBad of the "Iron Dominion" arc (while Eggman was incapacitated by [[spoiler: a VillainousBreakdown]].)
** Dr. Finitevus, for the "Enerjak Reborn" arc.
** Sonic's EvilTwin Scourge, a long-time BigBadWannabe, finally earned BigBad status during the "Bold New Moebius" arc.
** [[KnightTemplar King Shadow]] acts as BigBad for the ''[[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture X Years Later]]'' stories.
** [[EvilSorcerer Ixis Naugus]] and [[MagnificentBastard Mammoth Mogul]] have had their turns at being BigBad several times over the course of the series, and ''[[TheStarscream Snively]]'' got his turn for a little while, after the original Robotnik died but before Eggman replaced him.
** Meanwhile, [[MadScientist Dimitri]] - the [[LegacyCharacter original Enerjak]] - was more or less the BigBad of Knuckles' spin-off series.
** The ''[[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide Worlds Collide]]'' crossover with the ''Mega Man'' comics has a BigBadDuumvirate of Doctors Eggman and Wily. The sequel series, ''[[Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsUnite Worlds Unite]]'', has them both being {{Demoted to|Dragon}} CoDragons by [[AIIsACrapshoot Sigma]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' comics have at least one for each storyline:
** ComicBook/MarvelStarWars stories: Varied, but the Tagge family and Lumiya were always popping up.
** ''ComicBook/DarkEmpire'' and ''Empire's End'': [[YouClonedHitler The cloned Palpatine]].
** ''ComicBook/TalesOfTheJedi'': Naga Sadow, Exar Kun.
** ''Boba Fett'': Orko the Hutt.
** ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'': Ysanne Isard for Rogue Squadron. Warlord Zsinj for the Wraiths.
** ''ShadowsOfTheEmpire'': Prince Xizor.
** ''Crimson Empire'': Carnor Jax, though Burr Nolyds and Xandel Carivus took over for very short periods. TheManBehindTheMan for [[UpperClassTwit the latter two]] was Nom Anor of the Yuuzhan Vong.
** ''Leviathan'': The titular creature.
** ''Mara Jade'': Dequc
** ''Republic'': Palpatine overall, with Iaco Stark, Volffe Karkko, Sora Bulq and Count Dooku filling in for stories based on the non-movie characters.
** ''Darth Maul'': Alexi Garyn.
** ''Jedi Council'': The Yinchorri Council of Elders [[spoiler: manipulated by Palpatine]].
** ''Jedi vs. Sith'': Lord Kaan, Darth Bane.
** ''Underworld'': Jozzel.
** ''Empire'': Grand Moff Trachta.
** ''Obsession'': Asajj Ventress, Durge.
** ''Rogue Leader'': General Weir.
** ''General Grievous'': The title character.
** ''Purge'': Darth Vader.
** ''Knights of the Old Republic'': [[spoiler: Haazen]] for the Covenant arc, [[spoiler: Demagol]] for the Crucible arc, and [[spoiler: Dorjander Kace]] for the ''War'' miniseries.
** ''Rebellion'': The Empire as a whole.
** ''Legacy'': Darth Krayt, then Darth Wyyrlok, then [[spoiler: the resurrected Darth Krayt]].
** ''Dark Times'': Vader again.
** ''Vector'': Karness Muur.
** ''The Clone Wars'': Palpatine.
** ''Knight Errant'': Most likely [[EvilOldFolks Vilia Calimondra]], the EvilMatriarch behind the feuding sibling and cousin Sith Lords ripping the galaxy apart, although she herself hasn't actually shown up yet.
** ''Invasion'': The BigBadDuumvirate of [[BloodKnight Tsalok]] and [[MadScientist Nagme]], with [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Warmaster Tsavong Lah]] of ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' fame as the GreaterScopeVillain.
** ''Dawn of the Jedi'' looks to be setting up a BigBadEnsemble with [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Predor Skal'nas]] and [[FallenHero Daegen Lok]] as the primary players. Though, considering that Daegen Lok became a FallenHero because the the Jedai'i (precursors to the Jedi) dismissed his vision of the coming Rakata (of which Skal'nas is one), and exiled him to the unpopulated moon of Bogan, and considering his intent is to save the Jedai'i (albeit using [[WellIntentionedExtremist extreme methods]]), his status as BigBad is up in the air. Especially now that the Jedai'i leaders have come to realize that Lok's vision is coming true.
** ''Lost Tribe of the Sith'' has Baron Remulus Dreypa, one of the twelve founding Sith Lords, coming off of several thousand years [[SealedEvilInACan stuffed in a can]].
** ''Blood Ties: A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett'' has the crime lord Tayand, who put a bounty on Connor Freeman, son of one of Fett's clones.
** In ''Blood Ties: Boba Fett Is Dead'' [[spoiler: (he's not, of course)]], the BigBad is Purton, governor of Concord Dawn, who wants to kill Fett and all his loved ones (Fett does have a few, believe it or not) because Fett killed his son for "no reason." Fett's ex-wife Sintas Vel reveals to Purton that Fett killed his son because [[spoiler: the younger Purton raped her, and Fett refused to explain to spare Sintas being made a spectacle.]]
* Henry Bendix in [[Creator/WarrenEllis Ellis's]] ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}} and [[Creator/EdBrubaker Brubaker's]] ComicBook/TheAuthority.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': Various but the most recurrent one is Escariano Avieso.
* ''Malesur'' in ''ComicBook/{{Tellos}}''.
* Arguably Rastapopolous from ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'', if simply for his sheer number of appearances and the subordinate relationships that many other recurring villains (Allan, M?r, Dawson, etc.) have with him. Rastapopolous is one of the few recurring villains in Tintin; the comics tend to go for a new one every time.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersCombinerWars'': It's Starscream's time to step up as the main villain. His plan to unite the lost colonies of Cybertron under his rule, and his implementation of the dangerous powerful combiners sets the plot in motion.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersDrift'': In the original comic it's Braid, leader of the Slavers and biggest threat to the Circle of Light. In Empire of Stone: It's Gigatron, a Decepticon warlord who intends to raise the stone army and reignite the flame of Decepticon Conquest after Megatron had disbanded the group.
* {{President|Evil}} (That's right, ''[[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President]]'') Gary Callahan AKA The Smiler of {{Transmetropolitan}}. In their first meeting, he promises to place [[TheHero Spider Jerusalem's]] misery as top priority, and backs up that claim with gusto (while trying to kill him every once in awhile). He is the [[ArchNemesis personification of everything Spider hates]] in the CrapsackWorld, and so everything Spider does in the series traces back to his efforts to take down his ArchNemesis.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'': [[EvilOverlord Lord Hikiji]].
* [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is an interesting example as, while his deeds are certainly worthy of proper BigBad status, he's occasionally a [[AntiVillain sympathetic character]].
* Alan Moore's ComicBook/WildCATs run had [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBastard TAO]] ]]
* ''Comicbook/{{WITCH}}'' comics has the following Big Bads:
** Part I: Phobos
** Part II: Nerissa
** Part III: Ari
** Part IV: Endarno aka [[spoiler:Phobos]]
** Part V: Jonathan Ludmoore
** Part VI: Tecla Ibsen
** Part VII: Dark Mother
** Part VIII: Takeda
*** However the most popular is Phobos as the Big Bad for the entire series.
* The BigBad of ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' was for the entirety of the comic's run [[spoiler:Augustus Medici]]. This was in doubt for a while; there was a point where [[spoiler:Megan Dietrich]] seemed to be manipulating him, and toward the end it appeared he'd been OutGambitted by [[spoiler:her and the rest of the younger [[AncientConspiracy Trust]] members]], but the final issue reveals they were playing into his hands the whole time. In the end, though, the one thing he didn't count on was [[spoiler:TheDragon, Agent Graves, having [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]]]].
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* ''ComicBook/{{Dinocorps}}'' has Jarek, the [[FantasticRacism racist]] OmnicidalManiac who tries to exterminate all humans by blowing up the world.
5th Oct '16 6:27:20 AM HeyFella
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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker plays BigBad less frequently as he usually prefers getting right up close and personal to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a certain someone]]. He ''did'' [[RealityWarper hijack reality]] one time, and when he was tricked into thinking he was dying he decided to quit kidding around and just [[OmnicidalManiac gas the whole world]].
*** If it isn't Joker then it's {{Ra'sAlGhul}}

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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker plays BigBad less frequently as he usually prefers getting right up close and personal to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} a certain someone]]. He ''did'' [[RealityWarper hijack reality]] one time, and when he was tricked into thinking he was dying he decided to quit kidding around and just [[OmnicidalManiac gas the whole world]].
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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is this in the BatFamilyCrossover, ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily''.

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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is this in the BatFamilyCrossover, ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily''.
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** In the days before Kingpin made wrecking {{ComicBook/Daredevil}}'s life his hobby, the Owl served this role for him.
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* ''ComicBook/AmericanVampire'' has several characters competing for the spot over its run. Skinner Sweet is originally one, but he is outclassed by other strong contenders such as {{Dracula}} and [[HumanoidAbomination The Gray Trader]]. The role is ultimately taken by [[spoiler:The Beast, an AncientEvil served by the Gray Trader]].
9th Sep '16 11:23:46 PM Tron80
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** ComicBook/LexLuthor, a CorruptCorporateExecutive MagnificentBastard as well as the arch-nemesis of Superman. If there's ever a Legion of Doom anywhere, you can bet top dollar he's the boss of it. In some continuities he's a MadScientist.

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** ComicBook/LexLuthor, a CorruptCorporateExecutive MagnificentBastard as well as the arch-nemesis of Superman.Franchise/{{Superman}} and often of ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}''. If there's ever a Legion of Doom anywhere, you can bet top dollar he's the boss of it. In some continuities he's a MadScientist.MadScientist.
*** In ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'', Lex Luthor [[spoiler:killed baby Kal-El and sent a hitman to kill the Waynes]], depriving Earth of its greatest heroes who would have saved countless lives and forcing their successors -''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' and ''Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}''- to grow up quick and pick up their slack. He deceived and manipulated the Justice Society and Supergirl. And he allied himself with the Joker, hoping to get rid of both Supergirl and Batgirl.


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** ''Comicbook/{{Brainiac}}'' is also one of the arch-enemies of Superman and her cousin Supergirl. He's -usually- a super-intelligent -and increbily mean-spirited, temperamental and ruthless- alien who regards every life-forms as lab rats meant to be captured, locked and examined.
7th Aug '16 8:48:21 PM omegaman
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** In ''Blood Ties: Boba Fett Is Dead'' [[spoiler: (he's not, of course)]], the BigBad is Purton, governor of Concord Dawn, who wants to kill Fett and all his loved ones (Fett does have a few, believe it or not) because Fett killed his son for "no reason." Fett's ex-wife Sintas Vel reveals to Purton that Fett killed his son because [[spoiler: the younger Purton raped her, and Fett refused to explain to spare Sintas the shame.]]

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** In ''Blood Ties: Boba Fett Is Dead'' [[spoiler: (he's not, of course)]], the BigBad is Purton, governor of Concord Dawn, who wants to kill Fett and all his loved ones (Fett does have a few, believe it or not) because Fett killed his son for "no reason." Fett's ex-wife Sintas Vel reveals to Purton that Fett killed his son because [[spoiler: the younger Purton raped her, and Fett refused to explain to spare Sintas the shame.being made a spectacle.]]
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* ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': [[AxCrazy Simone Doffler]] in season 9.

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* ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Twilight in season 8, [[AxCrazy Simone Doffler]] in season 9. 9, and D'Hoffryn in season 10.
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* Not sure if it counts as a comic or toy line first, but {{Bionicle}} has the Brotherhood of Makuta (a race of Big Bads), led by Teridax. Taken to the extreme when [[spoiler:Teridax steals Mata Nui's 40-million-foot body and banishes him to the depths of space [[ItMakesSenseInContext sealed in a mask]].]]

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* Not sure if it counts as a comic or toy line first, but {{Bionicle}} Toys/{{Bionicle}} has the Brotherhood of Makuta (a race of Big Bads), led by Teridax. Taken to the extreme when [[spoiler:Teridax steals Mata Nui's 40-million-foot body and banishes him to the depths of space [[ItMakesSenseInContext sealed in a mask]].]]
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