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15th Jan '17 3:42:06 PM ReddishGuy1
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* The ''Franchise/CallOfDuty:'' ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' games go through several Big Bads. In the first game, Al-Asad, the leader of a revolution in a [[{{Qurac}} nameless Middle Eastern country]] looks to be the BigBad at first. Halfway through, it's revealed that his revolution was being funded by Russian Ultranationalist leader, Imran Zakhaev. After Zakhaev is disposed, one of his CoDragons, Vladimir Makarov, appears to fill the BigBad role in ''Modern Warfare 2''. However, it's eventually revealed that Makarov was an UnwittingPawn of [[spoiler:General Shepherd]]. However, ''Modern Warfare 3'' reveals the Makarov may have been using [[spoiler:Shepherd]] as ''his'' pawn, and that [[spoiler:he's the one who detonated the nuke that drove him mad.]] He also [[spoiler:saved Zakhaev when he was shot]], ultimately making him responsible for the events of the ''Modern Warfare'' series as a whole.
8th Jan '17 2:51:48 PM ReddishGuy1
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* The Future Trunks saga of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' initially presents Goku Black as the main villain. Later on though, we learn that Goku Black is actually working with [[spoiler:Future Zamasu]] to exterminate the mortals, though their relationship is left ambiguous. Whis theorizes that Black is actually a servant created by [[spoiler:Future Zamasu]] to act as TheDragon to him. However, it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Goku Black is actually an alternate Zamasu, and he is the one who came up with their plan in the first place.]] Despite this, the two seem to have a pretty solid BigBadDuumvirate between them.

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* The Future Trunks saga of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' initially presents Goku Black as the main villain. Later on though, we learn that Goku Black is actually working with [[spoiler:Future Zamasu]] to exterminate the mortals, though their relationship is left ambiguous. Whis theorizes that Black is actually a servant created by [[spoiler:Future Zamasu]] to act as TheDragon to him. However, it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Goku Black is actually an alternate Zamasu, and he is the one who came up with their plan in the first place.]] Despite this, the two seem to have a pretty solid BigBadDuumvirate between them.them and they later [[spoiler:merge into a singular BigBad, Fusion Zamasu]].



* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' descends into this once original BigBad Adam Susan is killed.

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* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' descends into this once original BigBad Adam Susan is killed.killed, with multiple villains attempting to fill in the power vacuum caused by his death.
8th Jan '17 2:48:08 PM ReddishGuy1
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* Season 20 of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' at first presents a BigBadEnsemble between [[{{Troll}} SkankHunt42]] / [[spoiler:Gerald]] and Mr. Garrison, who are soon joined by the Memberberries. A few episodes later, they are also joined by Lennart Bedrager, head of [=TrollTrace=].com, who eventually takes [[spoiler:Gerald]] out of commission. Mr. Garrison, meanwhile, ends up becoming a pawn of the Memberberries, who are also revealed to be led by the [[TheDon Don Memberberry]]. However, the Memberberries become OutOfFocus when Lennart and [=TrollTrace=] take center stage, leaving Lennart as the FinalBoss of the season.
27th Dec '16 10:23:18 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The multiple storylines that occur indepedently of each other, as well as the shifting morality and power structures of the various noble houses and other factions, results in there being several central villains at a time. Among the top contenders across the series are Tywin Lannister (the head of House Lannister and thus an enemy to the Starks and Baratheons), Littlefinger (actively instigated the War of the Five Kings), Roose and Ramsay Bolton (evil overlords of the North and enemies of the Greyjoys), the High Sparrow (religious fanatic who is taking over King's Landing), Mance Rayder (the leader of the Wildlings planning to attack the Night's Watch), and most unquestionably, the White Walkers, who are plotting to invade Westeros and KillEmAll.
27th Dec '16 2:21:40 AM flodoris
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* The BigBad of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has, at various points, been: [[MadScientist Orochimaru]] (former [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad Akatsuki]] member) -> [[GottaCatchEmAll Akatsuki]] itself ([[DragonWithAnAgenda Itachi]] being its most visible player) -> [[PuppetKing Pain]] (the leader of Akatsuki) -> [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Tobi]] ''[[BigBadEnsemble and]]'' [[WellIntentionedExtremist Danzo]] -> [[MadScientist Kabuto]] [[BigBadDuumvirate and]] [[DeadPersonImpersonation Tobi]] combined -> [[spoiler: [[CameBackStrong Madara]] & [[EvilFormerFriend Obito]] -> [[DarkMessiah Obito]] (when he becomes the jinchuriki of the Ten-Tails and Madara leaves on second plan) -> [[AGodAmI Madara]] after defeat Obito -> [[FallenHero Kaguya]] after stabbing Madara -> [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Sasuke]] after helping Naruto seal Kaguya -> [[KnightTemplar Toneri]] when he tries to crash the Moon into the Earth -> [[EvilVersusEvil Momoshiki Otsutsuki]], who is Kaguya's rival in monopolizing chakra]].

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* The BigBad of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has, at various points, been: [[MadScientist Orochimaru]] (former [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad Akatsuki]] member) -> [[GottaCatchEmAll Akatsuki]] itself ([[DragonWithAnAgenda ([[AloofBigBrother Itachi]] being its most visible player) -> [[PuppetKing Pain]] (the leader of Akatsuki) (with [[TheManBehindTheMan Tobi]] as true BigBad) -> [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Tobi]] ''[[BigBadEnsemble and]]'' [[WellIntentionedExtremist [[KnightTemplar Danzo]] -> [[MadScientist [[{{Necromancer}} Kabuto]] [[BigBadDuumvirate and]] [[DeadPersonImpersonation Tobi]] combined -> [[spoiler: [[CameBackStrong [[PredecessorVillain Madara]] & [[EvilFormerFriend [[BigBadDuumvirate and]] [[FallenHero Obito]] -> [[DarkMessiah Obito]] (when he becomes the jinchuriki jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails and Madara leaves on second plan) -> [[AGodAmI Madara]] after (after defeat Obito Obito) -> [[FallenHero [[PhysicalGoddess Kaguya]] after (after stabbing Madara Madara) -> [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor Sasuke]] after (after helping Naruto seal Kaguya Kaguya) -> [[KnightTemplar Toneri]] when (when he tries to crash the Moon into the Earth Earth) -> [[EvilVersusEvil Momoshiki Otsutsuki]], who (who is Kaguya's rival in monopolizing chakra]].chakra)]].
20th Dec '16 8:02:42 PM ReddishGuy1
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* ''VideoGame/Halo2'' starts off with the three Covenant High Prophets in a BigBadTriumvirate. However, after [[spoiler:the Prophet of Regret gets killed by Master Chief]] and [[spoiler:the Prophet of Mercy gets devoured by [[TheVirus the Flood]]]], leaving the [[ManipulativeBastard Prophet]] [[AxCrazy of Truth]] as the sole BigBad. He soon forms a BigBadEnsemble with the [[HiveMind Gravemind]], though in ''VideoGame/Halo3'' [[spoiler:the Gravemind and the Flood briefly team up with our heroes to stop Truth from activating the Halo Rings]]. After this gets accomplished, the Gravemind takes over the sole BigBad.

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* ''VideoGame/Halo2'' starts off with the three Covenant High Prophets in a BigBadTriumvirate.[[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]]. However, after [[spoiler:the Prophet of Regret gets killed by Master Chief]] and [[spoiler:the Prophet of Mercy gets devoured by [[TheVirus the Flood]]]], leaving the [[ManipulativeBastard Prophet]] [[AxCrazy of Truth]] as the sole BigBad. He soon forms a BigBadEnsemble with the [[HiveMind Gravemind]], though in ''VideoGame/Halo3'' [[spoiler:the Gravemind and the Flood briefly team up with our heroes to stop Truth from activating the Halo Rings]]. After this gets accomplished, the Gravemind takes over the sole BigBad.
20th Dec '16 8:01:45 PM ReddishGuy1
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* ''VideoGame/Halo2'' starts off with the three Covenant High Prophets in a BigBadTriumvirate. However, after [[spoiler:the Prophet of Regret gets killed by Master Chief]] and [[spoiler:the Prophet of Mercy gets devoured by [[TheVirus the Flood]]]], leaving the [[ManipulativeBastard Prophet]] [[AxCrazy of Truth]] as the sole BigBad. He soon forms a BigBadEnsemble with the [[HiveMind Gravemind]], though in ''VideoGame/Halo3'' [[spoiler:the Gravemind and the Flood briefly team up with our heroes to stop Truth from activating the Halo Rings]]. After this gets accomplished, the Gravemind takes over the sole BigBad.
2nd Dec '16 10:53:23 AM ashlay
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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' is similar. At first the Full Moon Shadows serve as the collective BigBad of the game, being the source of the Dark Hour. Then you meet Strega, a fellow group of Persona users who want to stop you from getting rid of the Dark Hour, but they aren't affiliated with the Shadows at all, they just want to keep using their powers for petty reasons (which mostly involve killing people). Their leader Takaya [[spoiler: eventually manages to inflict a PlotlineDeath on one of your party members]] and is the closest thing the game has to a human villain. Then you kill all the Full Moon Shadows and [[spoiler: Shuji Ikutsuki, your MissionControl, reveals himself as EvilAllAlong and that he was just using the party to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]] This character becomes the clear new BigBad... for all of one cutscene, after which they're quickly killed off and the game has NoAntagonist for a while. Then we meet [[spoiler: Ryoji, who turns out to be the avatar of Nyx, a godlike being that will bring about the end of the world.]] Takaya becomes TheDragon to this new BigBad, and said new BigBad is the FinalBoss. However, the PlayableEpilogue added in the UpdatedRerelease reveals that [[spoiler: Nyx wasn't really evil and the ''true'' BigBad, Erebus, was just using her to destroy the world. Though Erebus is more of an animalistic force born from humanity's collective despair than an actual sentient being, complicating things further.]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' is similar. At first the Full Moon Shadows serve as the collective BigBad of the game, being the source of the Dark Hour. Then you meet Strega, a fellow group of Persona users who want to stop you from getting rid of the Dark Hour, but they aren't affiliated with the Shadows at all, they just want to keep using their powers for petty reasons (which mostly involve killing people). Their leader Takaya [[spoiler: eventually manages to inflict a PlotlineDeath on one of your party members]] and is the closest thing the game has to a human villain. Then you kill all the Full Moon Shadows and [[spoiler: Shuji Ikutsuki, your MissionControl, reveals himself as EvilAllAlong and that he was just using the party to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]] This character becomes the clear new BigBad... for all of one cutscene, after which they're quickly killed off and the game has NoAntagonist for a while. Then we meet [[spoiler: Ryoji, who turns out to be the avatar of Nyx, a godlike being that will bring about the end of the world.]] Takaya becomes TheDragon to this new BigBad, and said new BigBad is the FinalBoss. However, the PlayableEpilogue added in the UpdatedRerelease reveals that [[spoiler: Nyx wasn't really evil and the ''true'' BigBad, Erebus, was just using her to destroy the world. Though Erebus is more of an animalistic force born from humanity's collective despair than an actual sentient being, complicating things further.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' is similar. At first the Full Moon Shadows serve as the collective BigBad of the game, 5}}'': Each ArcVillain was being pressured into TheConspiracy by someone in a "Black Mask". Black Mask was in turn working for politician Masayoshi Shido. [[spoiler:And the source of villains ''and'' the Dark Hour. Then you meet Strega, a fellow group of Persona users who want to stop you from getting rid of the Dark Hour, but they aren't affiliated with the Shadows at all, they just want to keep using their powers for petty reasons (which mostly involve killing people). Their leader Takaya [[spoiler: eventually manages to inflict a PlotlineDeath on one of your party members]] and is the closest thing the game has to a human villain. Then you kill all the Full Moon Shadows and [[spoiler: Shuji Ikutsuki, your MissionControl, reveals himself as EvilAllAlong and that he was just using the party to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]] This character becomes the clear new BigBad... for all of one cutscene, after which they're quickly killed off and the game has NoAntagonist for a while. Then we meet [[spoiler: Ryoji, who turns out to be the avatar of Nyx, a godlike heroes were being that will bring about manipulated by the end of the world.]] Takaya becomes TheDragon to this new real BigBad, and said new BigBad is the FinalBoss. However, the PlayableEpilogue added in the UpdatedRerelease reveals that [[spoiler: Nyx wasn't really evil and the ''true'' BigBad, Erebus, was just using her to destroy the world. Though Erebus is more Yaldabaoth, God of an animalistic force born from humanity's collective despair than an actual sentient being, complicating things further.Order.]]
23rd Nov '16 7:13:35 PM nombretomado
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* AssassinsCreed: The Templars/Abstergo are the oldest enemies of the Assassins and seem a lock for the position of {{Big Bad}}s. But that's before you learn the AbusivePrecursors who made the Pieces of Eden. Even then, it's a toss-up between [[spoiler: Minerva and Juno]] until the end of III, which pretty clearly cements the latter.

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* AssassinsCreed: ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'': The Templars/Abstergo are the oldest enemies of the Assassins and seem a lock for the position of {{Big Bad}}s. But that's before you learn the AbusivePrecursors who made the Pieces of Eden. Even then, it's a toss-up between [[spoiler: Minerva and Juno]] until the end of III, which pretty clearly cements the latter.
12th Nov '16 11:57:58 PM ReddishGuy1
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* The Future Trunks saga of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' initially presents Goku Black as the main villain. Later on though, we learn that Goku Black is actually working with [[spoiler:Future Zamasu]] to exterminate the mortals, though their relationship is left ambiguous. Whis theorizes that Black is actually a servant created by [[spoiler:Future Zamasu]] to act as TheDragon to him. However, it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Goku Black is actually an alternate Zamasu, and he is the one who came up with their plan in the first place.]] Despite this, the two seem to have a pretty solid BigBadDuumvirate between them.
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