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16th Jan '17 1:43:07 PM Wade2012
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* General Deathshead in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' has come a long way since his first appearance in Return to Castle Wolfenstein. In The New Order, he is single-handedly responsible for producing the technology which won Germany the war, and becomes B.J's nemesis after [[spoiler: brutally murdering one of B.J companions]], setting off a grudge that carries on for 14 years. His presence is felt everywhere in the game, as he is the creator of most of the war machines B.J fights and the ultimate goal of the Resistance is to kill him.
15th Jan '17 11:32:57 AM SunGuyThe3rd
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* Pontiff Sulyvahn from ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' is the pope of [[ReligionOfEvil the Cathedral of the Deep]], and many of the characters in the game and lore have suffered as a result of his diabolical plans. He himself is one of the toughest bosses in the series, armed with dual greatswords and two forms of dangerous magic thought to oppose each other. In spite of his influence and threat, he is outranked by [[BigBadEnsemble the Lords of Cinder]], one of whom is the central figure of the Cathedral.
14th Jan '17 3:47:49 AM Sabrewing
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* The first page of the ''Tome of VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' that Alex finds, details the fall from grace of Roman Centurian Pious Augustus, who is lichefied and tasked with summoning an Ancient over the course of two millennia to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy the civilized world]]. Every bearer of the Tome that follows has Pious as their main antagonist, and he easily gets the most lines of dialogue after the game's {{narrator}}, Dr. Edward Roivas.
13th Jan '17 1:42:29 PM Jokubas
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* Dio Brando is ''the'' villain of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure''. When he's not directly playing the villain (like in parts 1 and 3,) he's still playing PredecessorVillain and influencing the plot even long after his death. [[spoiler:Even when the universe is essentially reset at the end of Part 6, an alternate universe version of him still appears in Steel Ball Run to make trouble.]]
** The first opening of Phantom Blood can be summed up as Dio making dramatic poses and faces. There's barely enough Jonathan to justify the series title.
** Diavolo as well, as he is the one who discovered the [[spoiler:Stand Arrows]]. Had it not been for that and him [[spoiler:selling all but one of them to Enya]] the events from Part 3 onward would have been very different.
12th Jan '17 8:35:05 AM crazysamaritan
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The Heavy is the antagonist whose direct actions are the primary focus of the storyline. This is a big role for an actor, if not ''the'' largest role, in a play or movie. The term, which goes back to theater in the 1800s, refers to this player having the most lines and thus the heaviest script.

This can be the BigBad, but is also often TheDragon, since [[OrcusOnHisThrone keeping the Big Bad mysterious generally makes him scarier]]. This is especially true in the case of a NonActionBigBad. In the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy, Emperor Palpatine may be the BigBad, but Darth Vader is the plot driver. He's seen more. He has more to do. He dominates the films, and as the prequels prove, ''[[TheVillainMakesThePlot the story is about him]].''

Actors often cast in such parts are known for "playing the heavy."

Compare DragonInChief, which is when TheDragon fills this role specifically because he overshadows the BigBad as a threat. Likely to intersect with VillainsActHeroesReact. If they railroad the plot too strongly, it may result in a PinballProtagonist.

Do not confuse with the [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Heavy Weapons Guy]][[labelnote:*]]though he can be the driving force of his team in certain scenarios[[/labelnote]], who is TheBigGuy. Or [[Music/TheHeavy the band]].

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The In theatre jargon, the Heavy is the character that provides the most conflict in the story. They're the {{Antagonist}} that creates obstacles for the {{Protagonist}} to overcome. They're who the protagonist confronts most directly and most often, effectively providing a face for the forces opposing them.

In other words, they're
the antagonist whose direct actions are with the primary focus most screen time, the one that the audience is most familiar with as a character. This is the origin of the storyline. This trope name, which comes [[OlderThanRadio as far back as the 1800s]]. The Heavy is a big role for an actor, if not ''the'' largest role, in a play or movie. The term, which goes back to theater sometimes the biggest role in the 1800s, refers work, eclipsing even the main character. This means that the Heavy tends to this player having have the most lines lines, and thus therefore the heaviest ''heaviest'' script.

This In terms of story role, the Heavy can be anything from an IneffectualSympatheticVillain all the way up to the BigBad, but as long as they're the ones out front and center, personally opposing the heroes rather than staying in the shadows and working in the background. The Heavy is also often TheDragon, since [[OrcusOnHisThrone as keeping the Big Bad mysterious generally out of the limelight makes him scarier]]. them [[OrcusOnHisThrone more mysterious, and thus scarier]]. This method often overlaps with a NonActionBigBad, where the Heavy is especially true providing the muscle. Note that the Heavy is an ''{{antagonist}}'' trope, not a ''{{villain|s}}'' trope, so they can be a HeroAntagonist standing in the case way of a NonActionBigBad. In the original ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy, Emperor Palpatine may VillainProtagonist just as easily as anything else.

Not to
be the BigBad, but Darth Vader is the plot driver. He's seen more. He has more to do. He dominates the films, and as the prequels prove, ''[[TheVillainMakesThePlot the story is about him]].''

Actors often cast in such parts are known for "playing the heavy."

Compare DragonInChief, which is when TheDragon fills this role specifically because he overshadows the BigBad as a threat. Likely to intersect
confused with VillainsActHeroesReact. If they railroad the plot too strongly, it may result in a PinballProtagonist.

Do not confuse with
[[Music/TheHeavy band of the same name]], or the [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Heavy Weapons Guy]][[labelnote:*]]though he can be the driving force of his team in certain scenarios[[/labelnote]], who is TheBigGuy. Or [[Music/TheHeavy the band]].
Guy]].
11th Jan '17 9:31:12 AM nighttrainfm
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* Darth Vader in ''Franchise/StarWars'' and especially ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' is the most famous example, the defacto face of evil in the Galaxy, but ultimately subservient to Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Sidious.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
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Darth Vader in ''Franchise/StarWars'' and Vader, especially ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', is the most famous example, the defacto face of evil in the Galaxy, but ultimately subservient to Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Sidious.
6th Jan '17 3:50:59 PM AnotherDuck
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*** Though [[MadScientist Hojo]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Rufus]] have a few turns being plot drivers themselves.
4th Jan '17 6:08:06 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Roman Torchwick's string of dust robberies and other illegal activity is a looming shadow of a much bigger plot in volume one while the main focus is the girls' introduction to Beacon and the forming of their team, but then [[spoiler: the revelation that he's working for Cinder comes along]] and by Volume 2 he becomes the heavy full stop until the finale where he is locked with Cinder taking on the role in Volume 3.

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Roman Torchwick's string of dust robberies and other illegal activity is a looming shadow of a much bigger plot in volume one Volume 1 while the main focus is the girls' introduction to Beacon and the forming of their team, but then [[spoiler: the revelation that he's working for Cinder comes along]] along, and by in Volume 2 he becomes the heavy full stop The Heavy full-stop until the season finale where he is locked up, with Cinder taking on the role of main antagonist in Volume 3.3. The season finale of 3 then reveals that Cinder herself is working for [[spoiler:Salem]], with the latter content to let Cinder work out the details of how to [[spoiler:fully capture the Fall Maiden's powers]] and destroy Vale.
27th Dec '16 7:43:15 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'''s nineteenth season, [[spoiler:Leslie]] is only one of an entire race of [[spoiler:sapient Internet ads]], but seems to be the only one [[TheyLookLikeUsNow with a human form]] active in South Park.
27th Dec '16 12:07:06 PM tvtropeseditor
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* Solidus Snake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' is a mere BigBadWannabe in the grand scheme of things, but he nevertheless provides a direct opponent unlike the NebulousEvilOrganisation that's really pulling the strings.

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* *Franchise/MetalGear: Ocelot (with other various code names) is one for the series overall, being the chief agent and representative of the shady US government, having more boss fights and encounters than any other antagonist.
**
Solidus Snake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' is a mere BigBadWannabe in the grand scheme of things, but he nevertheless provides a direct opponent unlike the NebulousEvilOrganisation that's really pulling the strings.
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