"The ultimate villain of the story, who's causing the problem the heroes must solve."

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Note that Big Bad is not a catch-all trope for the biggest and ugliest villain of any given story. The BigBad is the one who turns out to be behind several other seemingly independent threats.

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* 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 BiggerBad, mixing him up a bit with Octavian.
* 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 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 {{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]].]]
* The Mekon in ComicStrip/DanDare. While not the main villain in every storyline, he turned up often enough to qualify for the role here.
* 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 ''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.]]
* 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.
* ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' has a few borderline examples, but the clearest-cut is probably [[spoiler:Moriarty]].
* Max in 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 ''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.
* SonicTheComic has the ruler of Mobius Doctor Robotnik who takes the roll of overall BigBad however other villians try to take the roll of BigBad.
* In the American ''[[ArchiesSonicTheHedgehog 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 ''StarWars'' comics have at least one for each storyline:
** 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'': Jabba.
*** Actually, not only is Jabba ''not'' the BigBad, he's not even much of an antagonist in the story, merely one of the three Hutts sponsoring the competition and their respective teams. The ''real'' BigBad, if that term can truly be used, is one of the Hutts' servants, Jozzel, who orchestrates the competition in order to steal the reward.
** ''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 ''NewJediOrder'' fame as the BiggerBad.
** ''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 the shame.]]
* 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.
* President (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.
* [[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 [[{{Wildcats}} Wild C.A.T.S.]] 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 ''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]]]].
* Franchise/TheDCU has a couple of common big bads:
** {{Darkseid}}, a GalacticConqueror as well as a PhysicalGod.
** 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.
** 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]].
** * Bane in the original Franchise/{{Batman}}: {{Knightfall}} storyline orchestrated a mass breakout at Arkham to weaken Batman.
** Psychotic mobster Black Mask was the BigBad of the last ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} series.
** {{Brainiac}}, an [[AIIsACrapshoot evil robot]] and a being that seeks to control all information.
** The Anti-Monitor, responsible for starting the ''CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'' as well as the ''SinestroCorpsWar''. An OmnicidalManiac.
** * [[spoiler: Cronos]] in TheAllNewAtom
** In ''ComicBook/DCTheNewFrontier'', the Centre is revealed to be an historical Big Bad, responsible for mass extinctions throughout history. The use of the atomic bomb makes him decide it's our turn.
** Nekron, Lord of the Unliving, who commands the dead to drag the world of the living into death. He usually confronts GreenLantern characters, and is arguably their most powerful recurring foe.
** Some of the more prominent Big Bads that L.E.G.I.O.N. faced were Mr. Starr and Lyrl Dox.
** In ''InfiniteCrisis'', the Big Bad was a three-way tie between [[DimensionLord Alexander Luthor]] (overall), [[PsychopathicManchild Superboy Prime]] (for the Superman family), and [[AIIsACrapshoot Brother Eye]] (for the Batman family).
** ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' had several villains, as it was about several heroes. However, each of the seven main storylines had its own main villain.
*** The MetalMen's story: Chang Tzu ([[TookALevelInBadass formerly]] [[EthnicScrappy Egg Fu]]). He's also the power behind the Religion of Crime (antagonists of TheQuestion's story) and [[spoiler:the Four Horsemen of Apokolips]] (antagonists of Black Adam's story) and can thus be considered the Big Bad of these, as well.
*** {{Steel}}'s story: Lex Luthor.
*** The space heroes' story: Lady Styx.
*** ComicBook/ElongatedMan's story: [[spoiler:Neron]].
*** ComicBook/BoosterGold's story: [[spoiler:''Skeets'']], of all people, [[spoiler:BrainwashedAndCrazy courtesy of Mr. Mind]].
** Krona, whilst primarily a GreenLantern villain, is ultimately the biggest bad of the setting, or at least one of, in terms of the reach of his influence. The Anti-Monitor, and thus ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis, SinestroCorpsWar, ComicBook/BlackestNight and ComicBook/BrightestDay, along with the later Monitor problems that led to ComicBook/FinalCrisis? Exists because of what Krona did In The Beginning that created Anti-Monitor. Manhunter rebellion, and thus the Red Lantern problem as well as the horde of killer robots? All Krona. Entropy responsible for ensuring that the universe is running on borrowed time and will eventually die? ''You can blame Krona for that''.
*** And now he's also the BigBad of the ''War of the Green Lanterns'' story, where he shows just how bad he is by getting Parallax and the other [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Emotional Entities]] to serve him and effortlessly taking over the Green Lantern Corps.
** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is this in the BatFamilyCrossover, ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily''.
** ''Comicbook/RiseOfTheThirdArmy'' has [[Franchise/GreenLantern the Guardians]], after years of general douchebaggery, finally [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jump off the slippery slope]] and create the titular Third Army to [[AssimilationPlot absorb the universe]] in order to eliminate TheEvilsOfFreeWill. And when this arc ends and transitions into ''ComicBook/WrathOfTheFirstLantern'', [[RealityWarper Valthoom]] (the titular Lantern, who the Guardians [[BullyingADragon had been using to power the Third Army]]), proves to be EvilerThanThou, imprisoning the Guardians, destroying the Third Army, and becoming an immediate and direct threat to all of time and space.
** The events of ''ComicBook/TrinityWar'' turn out to have been engineered by [[spoiler: The Outsider (Earth-3 Alfred Pennyworth)]], the leader of the [[LegionOfDoom Secret Society]], in order to both weaken and defeat the various Justice Leagues, and get his hands on [[ArtifactOfDoom Pandora's Box]] so he can use it to [[spoiler: open a portal to Earth-3 and summon his masters, the Crime Syndicate]].
** ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'', being the direct sequel to ''Trinity War'', naturally therefore has [[spoiler: the Crime Syndicate]] as the BigBadDuumvirate. [[spoiler: Subverted. It turns out the Crime Syndicate was lying about destroying earth-3. The real Big Bad, or possibly Bigger Bad: The Anti-Monitor. Who has declared war on Darkseid. ]]
** ''ComicBook/LightsOut'' has [[WellIntentionedExtremist Relic]], the last survivor of a universe destroyed by overusing Emotional Spectrum energy, who seeks to prevent the same thing in this universe... by destroying all the Lantern Corps.
* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom has a big habit of being this, as does SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}, and the RedSkull, in the wider Marvel Earth. TheKingpin is sometimes this when it comes to more purely criminal scales.
** Thanos. He took Eternity's place. Twice. He had Mephisto kowtowing to him, and Mephisto is the ''Devil''. He's Marvel's designated "Big Bad that other Big Bads worry about". The kicker: he does it all for love... of Death.
*** In his most recent storyline, however, he's in an EnemyMine situation with Marvel's cosmic heroes to combat an even ''bigger'' BigBad: [[EldritchAbomination the Fault]].
*** Which means the BigBad of this event is essentially ''Life'' [[spoiler: without Death]].
** Mephisto himself is nothing to snuff at, either. The [[SatanicArchetype nearest equivalent Marvel has to Satan]], he has taken the time to torment nearly every hero in the MarvelUniverse. Aside from giving SpiderMan fans OneMoreDay (thus proving himself the epitomy of evil), he has made efforts to take the souls of [[IncorruptiblePurePureness pure hearted heroes]] like ComicBook/BlackPanther and the ComicBook/SilverSurfer, messed with the ComicBook/FantasticFour on several occasions (one of which got him destroyed, leading to a convoluted chain of events that led to him accidently kicking off the process that drove the Scarlet Witch insane), and just generally causes havoc. He's strong enough to at least tussle with the likes of Odin and Galactus, created the demon Blackheart as a son who has proved to be every bit as evil as his dad, turned Johnny Blaze into the Comicbook/GhostRider, abducted the mother of SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, and helped to create Daimon Hellstorm.
** In recent mini-crossover event "ComicBook/ChaosWar", former Ares and Hercules baddie Amitsu Mikaboshi upgrades to the Chaos King, ''nominally'' the ultimate Marvel villain ever - he [[spoiler: scares Eternity, has Death on the run and knocks Galactus on his ass]]. His beef: He is the darkness from before the universe was created and he wants to go back to that.
** He's more of a BiggerBad because of his handful of actual appearances, but few forces are as responsible for as much evil as the Elder God Chthon. An ancient demon native to Earth and perhaps the first and oldest sorceror to ever live, Chthon is the creator of the race of demons known as the N'garai and the author of the Darkhold, the first and most powerful book of BlackMagic on the Marvel Earth, which he left on the planet as a conduit for his eventual return and which is responsible for the creation of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] and, by extension, the fall of Atlantis. A piece of his essence is sealed in Mount Wundegore in Eastern Europe, from where the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Puppet Master]] gets his magical clay and where he encountered a young Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch. Chthon placed a piece of his power inside her so that he might one day use her as his host, so the reason she is so powerful, and therefore the reason she became such a threat to the universe, is entirely his fault. Being an Elder God, he carries some of the blame for the existence of Mephisto and the rest of TheLegionsOfHell as well.
** For about a year during ComicBook/DarkReign, the biggest bad in Marvel was NormanOsborn, with Baron Strucker being a close second now that HYDRA has been upgraded to a full-on AncientConspiracy.
** In the ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'', comic the ComicBook/RedSkull almost always plays the role of the Big Bad. Whenever there is an evil plot in the Captain America comic, there is 80% chance that the Red Skull is behind it.
** And if it's not Red Skull, it's Baron Zemo first Baron Heinrich Zemo then his son Baron Helmut Zemo.
** The ComicBook/XMen usually have EnemyMine moments with their main nemesis SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} (and his followers, the Acolytes and/or Brotherhood of Evil Mutants) when confronting Apocalypse, so he could count, too.
** Mr. Sinister was the X-Men's Big Bad for a couple of years, until he was demoted to disciple of Apocalypse.
** During the "Dark Phoenix Returns" arc, Mystique recieved horrible dreams about being hunted by Mastermind and Jean Grey (the titular Dark Phoenix), the Phoenix effect appeared in the sky over Tokyo, Wolverine's bride-to-be was hypnotised into saying "no" at the altar, and Emma Frost, White Queen of the Hellfire Club, was put in a coma. This all seemed to be the leadup for Phoenix to return, and culminated in Xavier being left in a coma and Phoenix's apparent resurrection. In reality, it was all a sham, orchestrated by [[MasterOfIllusion Mastermind]], the arc's real BigBad.
** The biggest bad of Creator/GrantMorrison's much-beloved run on the book, although he personally didn't do much, was [[TheVirus John Sublime]]. He created the Weapon Plus Program (which included the Weapon X Project, making him arguably Wolverine's BigBad too), wrote the book that inspired the U-Men, gave Cassandra Nova her technology, and the drug Kick, which drove Xorn and Kid Omega insane, is made from his substance. He is partly responsible for the phenomenon of anti-mutant prejudice itself, subtly compelling humanity to be hostile to the emerging sub-species, making him arguably the BigBad for the entire Franchise/XMen franchise.
** Creator/ChrisClaremont's ''X-Treme X-Men'', which ran concurrently with Morrison's run, had OriginalGeneration character Elias Bogan, a centuries-old disembodied mutant said to have been the original founder of the Hellfire Club. While he wasn't the main villain in every arc, he was the only villain to appear in more than one and was also the FinalBoss.
** If someone is making TheHulk's life hell, it's The Leader.
** ComicBook/{{Ultron}} is the ultimate robotic Big Bad in Marvel. These days, when he pops up it's invariably on the final page of the build-up issue, usually after a few horrified whispers of the "Oh no - not him!" - "It can't be!" - variety.
** The Big Bad of the Comicbook/DoctorStrange title tends to be Dormammu, a DimensionLord EldritchAbomination who is the source of most of the conflict in Dr. Strange's life, either directly or through minions like Baron Mordo. If its not him then its likely to be Shuma-Gorath, who killed Strange's mentor and is an even more powerful demon than Dormammu himself, and ruled the Earth twice in the distant past.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' Alex's parents, Katherine and Geoffrey Wilder were the leaders of [[CosmopolitanCouncil The Pride]], and the major antagonists of the first arc, with [[BiggerBad The Gibborim]] in back of them. In the second arc, the writers go out of their way to imply that the BigBad is [[spoiler:Alex]] BackFromTheDead; in reality it's a [[spoiler:version of Geoffrey brought from 1985 to the present]].
** Marvel's {{Crisis Crossover}}s typically have a BigBad:
*** ''ComicBook/SecretWars'': The Beyonder is the one who set up the events of the story, and by far the most powerful being in it, but his morality is of the decidedly [[BlueAndOrangeMorality blue and orange]] flavor and he really just wants to learn as much as he can about our universe. SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom is a more traditional BigBad, particularly once he steals the Beyonder's power and becomes near-omnipotent.
*** ''ComicBook/SecretWarsII'': The Beyonder is the direct antagonist this time, but he's still really just curious. On a universe-destroying level.
*** ''The Evolutionary War'': The High Evolutionary
*** ''Comicbook/{{Inferno}}'': N'astirh and Sinister
*** ''Acts Of Vengeance'': The LegionOfDoom, manipulated by [[spoiler:Loki]]
*** ''InfinityGauntlet'': {{Thanos}}, [[AGodAmI naturally]]
*** ''Infinity War'': The Magus
*** ''Infinity Crusade'': The Goddess
*** ''ComicBook/OperationGalacticStorm'': The Kree Supreme Intelligence
*** ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'': Apocalypse
*** ''ComicBook/TheCrossing'': [[AuthorsSavingThrow Immortus]]
*** ''{{Onslaught}}'': ... Err, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Onslaught]]
*** ''Maximum Security'': The Kree Supreme Intelligence (again)
*** ''Comicbook/AvengersDisassembled'': The insane Scarlet Witch, [[spoiler:an insanity later revealed to have been caused by the Life Force.]]
*** ''ComicBook/HouseOfM'': [[spoiler:Quicksilver]], of all characters, using the aforementioned insane Scarlet Witch to carry out his plan.
*** ''Comicbook/CivilWar'': Nitro could be considered the BigBad; he was only in the first issue and a few tie-ins, but his actions provided the lynchpin for the superhumans to start fighting each other, and he's one of only two significant characters in the story to be unambiguously evil besides (the other being essentially a mindless brute). ''Because'' he was only in one issue, though, fans tend to forget him and consider ComicBook/IronMan the BigBad instead due to the [[TookALevelInJerkass massive level in jerkass he took]] in his [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned efforts]] to clean up the mess Nitro started. A case could be made for Walter Declun, the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive crooked CEO]] of a company that cleans up the debris from superhero battles, who gave Nitro the drugs he used to produce the blast that caused the aforementioned "mess," being the true villain, but he only appeared in two tie-in issues, never in the main book.
*** ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}'': Annihilus, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as suggested by the title]].
*** ''WorldWarHulk'': [[spoiler:Miek]] was eventually revealed as the one who set the Hulk against Earth, all to make him a "better warrior."
*** ''Annihilation Conquest'': Ultron
*** ''SecretInvasion'': Skrull Empress Veranke
*** ''Comicbook/DarkReign''[=/=]''Comicbook/{{Siege}}'': NormanOsborn
*** ''WarOfKings'': Vulcan
*** ''Comicbook/XMen'''s Mutant Messiah MythArc: A truly enormous BigBadEnsemble, with all the traditional X-{{Big Bad}}s (Apocalypse, Sinister, Stryfe, Selene, the Purifiers) showing up, Bishop [[FaceHeelTurn going bonkers]] on top of that, and Osborn dropping by for an arc where this crossover was itself crossed over with ''Dark Reign''. By the end, though, the true threat and FinalBoss stands revealed as Bastion. This also demonstrates some of the risks of doing a storyline this massive with this many villains, as their appearances ended with nearly all of them being killed off or otherwise removed from the board in a seemingly-permanent way, which left the X-Men without any A-List villains for about a year, something that may have contributed to the weakness of the Creator/MattFraction run.
*** ''TheThanosImperative'': [[spoiler:The Many-angled Ones]]
*** ''ComicBook/ChaosWar'': Mikaboshi
*** ''Comicbook/FearItself'': Cul Borson, aka The Serpent, Norse god of fear. No, he doesn't exist in actual NorseMythology.
*** ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'': This is a GoodVersusGood event, so it's difficult to pin down a BigBad. The Phoenix Force, however, is the looming threat, with other candidates being Sinister who seeks to control it and [[spoiler:Emma Frost]] who appears to be becoming corrupted by it after [[spoiler:absorbing a portion of its power into her body]]. The FinalBoss, however, ends up being [[spoiler: Cyclops]], who absorbs all of the Phoenix Force's power and goes [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Dark Phoenix]].
*** ''Comicbook/AgeOfUltron'': A BigBadEnsemble of [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ultron]] and [[spoiler:AlternateUniverse evil Tony Stark]].
*** ''ComicBook/{{Infinity}}'': Due to following [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two different storylines simultaneously]], it naturally has a BigBadEnsemble -- the main Avengers team has to deal with the invasion of the universe by the Builders, while the heroes left behind on Earth have to deal with another attempt to gather the Infinity Gems by {{Thanos}}. And then [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Shuma-Gorath]]]] shows up...
** The ''Franchise/{{Marvel 2099}}'' line in the '90s had the [[MegaCorp Alchemax Corporation]] as the overarching villain, which had taken over the planet in the dystopian future. Its CEO was eventually revealed as the ''literal'' [[OddJobGods God of]] {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s.
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