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15th Sep '16 10:36:55 PM Morgenthaler
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A Big Bad is not a catch-all term for the biggest, ugliest or even primary villain of any given story. The {{Badass}} leader of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad outlaw gang]] that causes the most personal trouble is ''not'' the Big Bad. The [[CorruptCorporateExecutive railroad tycoon]] who turns out to be ''using'' the gang as muscle is the Big Bad. TheManBehindTheMan is very common for this trope, leaving the reveal of the big bad as TheChessmaster behind it all and proving themselves far more clever and resourceful than the VillainOfTheWeek. Sometimes the BigBad is the grand enemy of the entire story as an OverarchingVillain. At other times, the Big Bad is an ArcVillain who causes trouble for a period of time only to be replaced by another Big Bad with ambitious plans.

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A Big Bad is not a catch-all term for the biggest, ugliest or even primary villain of any given story. The {{Badass}} badass leader of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad outlaw gang]] that causes the most personal trouble is ''not'' the Big Bad. The [[CorruptCorporateExecutive railroad tycoon]] who turns out to be ''using'' the gang as muscle is the Big Bad. TheManBehindTheMan is very common for this trope, leaving the reveal of the big bad as TheChessmaster behind it all and proving themselves far more clever and resourceful than the VillainOfTheWeek. Sometimes the BigBad is the grand enemy of the entire story as an OverarchingVillain. At other times, the Big Bad is an ArcVillain who causes trouble for a period of time only to be replaced by another Big Bad with ambitious plans.
13th Aug '16 11:00:28 AM DustSnitch
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* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'': [[EvilIsHammy King George III]], with {{Anti Villain}}s [[ThenLetMeBeEvil Aaron Burr]] and [[InsufferableGenius Thomas Jefferson]] as TheHeavy.

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* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'': [[EvilIsHammy King George III]], with {{Anti Villain}}s [[ThenLetMeBeEvil Aaron Burr]] Burr, who notably serves as both the {{Deuteragonist}} and [[InsufferableGenius Thomas Jefferson]] as TheHeavy.an InteractiveNarrator.
8th Aug '16 5:47:22 PM HamburgerTime
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* ''Theatre/TheCrucible'': [[ManipulativeBastard Abigail Williams]]

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* ''Theatre/TheCrucible'': [[ManipulativeBastard Abigail Williams]]Williams]], [[HangingJudge Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth]] [[BigBadEnsemble and]] [[AristocratsAreEvil Thomas Putnam]]



* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'': [[EvilIsHammy King George III]], with {{Anti Villain}}s [[ThenLetMeBeEvil Aaron Burr]] and [[InsufferableGenius Thomas Jefferson]] as TheHeavy.



* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': [[HangingJudge Judge Turpin]]

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* ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': [[HangingJudge Judge Turpin]]Turpin]] [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation or]] [[LadyMacbeth Mrs. Nellie Lovett]]
12th Jul '16 7:31:39 AM Malady
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It is one of the most well-known tropes on the TV Tropes community, [[OverdosedTropes it being the only one to have over thirty thousand wicks.]] This is probably because it's incredibly common; it's OlderThanFeudalism, and it applies to almost every villain in any multi-part speculative work.

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It is one of the most well-known tropes on the TV Tropes community, [[OverdosedTropes it being the only one first to have over thirty thousand wicks.wicks, and is the most wicked trope.]] This is probably because it's incredibly common; it's OlderThanFeudalism, and it applies to almost every villain in any multi-part speculative work.
13th May '16 1:41:59 PM cakecake
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* ''VisualNovel/DeathRoom'': Could be [[VillainProtagonist you]].
* ''VisualNovel/War13thDay'': The clan of the Vi [[MultipleEndings in most routes]].
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27th Feb '16 11:01:13 AM universalperson
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See also BigBadDuumvirate for two (or more) Big Bads working together ([[EvilVsEvil or not]]). Sometimes a Big Bad will get their start as a servant to another villain -- if that's the case, they're a DragonAscendant. If the character who fills the role of Big Bad in most meaningful ways is nominally subordinate to someone else (someone significantly less menacing by comparison), they are a DragonInChief. If the story has many Big Bads at once who ''don't'' work together, see BigBadEnsemble. If the Big Bad doesn't start out as bad but develops over the course of the story, it's BigBadSlippage.

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See also BigBadDuumvirate for two (or more) Big Bads working together ([[EvilVsEvil or not]]). Sometimes a Big Bad will get their start as a servant to another villain -- if that's the case, they're a DragonAscendant. If the character who fills the role of Big Bad in most meaningful ways is nominally subordinate to someone else (someone significantly less menacing by comparison), they are a DragonInChief. If the story has many Big Bads at once who ''don't'' work together, see BigBadEnsemble. TheBigBadShuffle occurs when there are multiple candidates for the Big Bad position. If the Big Bad doesn't start out as bad but develops over the course of the story, it's BigBadSlippage.
12th Feb '16 2:30:30 PM ading
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12th Feb '16 2:30:27 PM ading
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* ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'': LadyMacbeth

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* ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'': LadyMacbeth[[VillainProtagonist Macbeth himself]].




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* ''Theatre/TheResistibleRiseOfArturoUi'': Arturo Ui, though [[GreaterScopeVillain from an in-universe perspective his threat is overshadowed by]] UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
30th Jan '16 5:59:38 PM maxwellsilver
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In its most general terms, a Big Bad will be at the center of the MythArc rather than just any StoryArc. At the same time, the BigBad is not exclusively the most dangerous enemy of the arc. In many cases, you will find that while the Big Bad may be in control, the DragonInChief would still be the greater threat. In the grand scheme of things and the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil, a BigBad could even become a SixthRanger to [[EnemyMine aid the heroes against the next threat]]. The GreaterScopeVillain would be an enemy who is an extremely obtuse danger but nothing that directly concerns the heroes at that point in time.

The term "Big Bad" was popularized in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. It was characteristic of Buffy's Big Bads for their identity or nature, or even the fact that they are the Big Bad at all, to remain unclear for considerable time. Occasionally, characters would even refer to themselves as "the Big Bad", whether or not they were; this is a BigBadWannabe (although Spike was the character to do this the most, and he was part of the BigBadDuumvirate of Season 2 along with Drusilla until Angelus showed up). The structure of Buffy placed the BigBad as being crucial to the HalfArcSeason, half the episodes are {{filler}} dealing with unrelated enemies while the other half involved the ongoing MythArc with the BigBad. Each season can easily be defined by who the BigBad was.

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In its most general terms, a Big Bad will be at the center of the MythArc rather than just any StoryArc. At the same time, the BigBad Big Bad is not exclusively the most dangerous enemy of the arc. In many cases, you will find that while the Big Bad may be in control, the DragonInChief would still be the greater threat. In the grand scheme of things and the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil, a BigBad Big Bad could even become a SixthRanger to [[EnemyMine aid the heroes against the next threat]]. The GreaterScopeVillain would be an enemy who is an extremely obtuse danger but nothing that directly concerns the heroes at that point in time.

The term "Big Bad" was popularized in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. It was characteristic of Buffy's Big Bads for their identity or nature, or even the fact that they are the Big Bad at all, to remain unclear for considerable time. Occasionally, characters would even refer to themselves as "the Big Bad", whether or not they were; this is a BigBadWannabe (although Spike was the character to do this the most, and he was part of the BigBadDuumvirate of Season 2 along with Drusilla until Angelus showed up). The structure of Buffy placed the BigBad Big Bad as being crucial to the HalfArcSeason, half the episodes are {{filler}} dealing with unrelated enemies while the other half involved the ongoing MythArc with the BigBad. Each season can easily be defined by who the BigBad Big Bad was.



See also BigBadDuumvirate for two (or more) Big Bads working together ([[EvilVsEvil or not]]). Sometimes a Big Bad will get their start as a servant to another villain -- if that's the case, they're a DragonAscendant. If the character who fills the role of Big Bad in most meaningful ways is nominally subordinate to someone else (someone significantly less menacing by comparison), they are a DragonInChief. If the story has many Big Bads at once who ''don't'' work together, see BigBadEnsemble. If the BigBad doesn't start out as bad but develops over the course of the story, it's BigBadSlippage.

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See also BigBadDuumvirate for two (or more) Big Bads working together ([[EvilVsEvil or not]]). Sometimes a Big Bad will get their start as a servant to another villain -- if that's the case, they're a DragonAscendant. If the character who fills the role of Big Bad in most meaningful ways is nominally subordinate to someone else (someone significantly less menacing by comparison), they are a DragonInChief. If the story has many Big Bads at once who ''don't'' work together, see BigBadEnsemble. If the BigBad Big Bad doesn't start out as bad but develops over the course of the story, it's BigBadSlippage.
11th Dec '15 8:51:52 PM DemonDuckofDoom
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* ''Theatre/{{TheCrucible}}'': [[ManipulativeBastard Abigail Williams]]

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* ''Theatre/{{TheCrucible}}'': ''Theatre/TheCrucible'': [[ManipulativeBastard Abigail Williams]]
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