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->''"I mean, I already [[VerbalTic 8eat]] a [[FinalBoss last 8oss!]] [[DiscOneFinalBoss The 8lack king]] was the officially sanctioned last 8oss of our session, and I killed him. [[NoNonsenseNemesis This is different.]] [[AlwaysABiggerFish There's always someone stronger w8ing to 8e revealed.]] [[HeroKiller Jack]] showed up shortly after that, and he was MUCH stronger. [[TheReveal Eventually the curtains get pulled 8ack,]] [[TheManBehindTheMan and you find out who was 8ehind every terri8le thing that happened all along.]] [[HopelessBossFight Someone who is invaria8ly stronger than all other adversaries 8y a wide margin.]] [[BigBad The supreme villain!]] [[BloodKnight To 8e honest, I was always kind of w8ing for that guy to show up,]] whoever he was. For the other shoe to drop, you know? [[LampshadeHanging There's always a 8ig 8ad 8ehind everything."]]''
-->--'''[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Vriska Serket,]]''' ''{{Homestuck}}''

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

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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* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}'' played around with this, even having a PR war between two of the villains over who was going to be the FinalBoss.
* In ''WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Franz Rayner, Dracula, and King Radical have all taken this role in various arcs.
* ''AnsemRetort'''s Big Bad tends to change every season.
** Season 1: The FOX president.
** Season 2: Cloud for the first half of the season.
** Season 3: Cid.
** Season 4: Xemnas
** Season 5: None, as the season focused on Axel and Aerith's wedding.
** Season 6: Xemnas, Ansem, and oddly enough [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]] are competing for the Big Bad title this season.
** Season 7: Xemnas again with Red XIII as TheDragon
** Season 8: The cast of [[VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou Shibuya]] [[JerseyShore Shore]].
* {{Archipelago}}: The Great Raven's ability is limited, but he remains in the shadows, giving orders to [[TheDragon Captain Snow,]] as well as [[DealWithTheDevil collecting loyalties of various civilians,]] all as a part of his plan to [[SealedEvilInACan free himself]] so he can wreck havoc.
* In BladeOfToshubi, both the Feline Emperor and [[TheDragon Advisor Toh]] count.
* ''BobAndGeorge'' had a new big bad each year, though Dr. Wily would always come up and Bob stayed consistent.
** Year One: The Yellow Devil [[spoiler: who undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and becomes Nate]]
*** Bob could be considered the Big Bad too.
** Year Two: Mynd
** Year Three: Megaman
** Year Four: The Helmeted Author [[spoiler: Who was the ManBehindTheMan in year three]]
** Year Five: Non-Alternative Mynd (though Bob comes in a close second)
** Year Six: Megaman X
** Year Seven: Bob
* Zenith of ''WebComic/CommanderKitty'' is [[MixAndMatchCritters part fox, part rabbit, part cat]], and ''all'' perfect. She's so perfect, in fact, that [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2010/07/04/nothing-like-a-good-rant/ her ultimate plan is to create for herself the perfect mate and take over the galaxy with her perfect children.]] [[spoiler: Actually, she's [[TeenGenius Ulysses J. Fortiscue]]'s [[RobotGirl robot assistant]], gone slightly overboard with her directive to "eliminate all life's little imperfections." Once she's [[HeelFaceBrainwashing rebooted in Safe Mode]], she's ''much'' more interested in fashion design than galactic conquest.]]
* It changes with a bunch of reveals in ''Webcomic/DivineBells''. [[spoiler: At first, it appears to be the emperor of Dae-hyun. Now it seems to be Baek-Yeom.]]
* Probably Lord Tedd in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''.
** Or that universe's Shade Tail.
** Formerly Daimen.
** Abraham is a [[PunchClockVillain punch clock]] example.
** Pandora "Chaos" Raven is probably the best current candidate.
*** [[ScheduleSlip Not]] [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome that]] [[KudzuPlot you]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad need to]] [[DemotedToExtra worry overmuch]].
* Persumably N'Grall in ''ElvenLacryment''.
* In {{Endstone}}, [[http://endstone.net/2011/06/06/5-41/ Kyri realizes that the God of the Eternity Spire is behind both of the tragedies of her life]], because he controls the Banestone.
* While it's not quite a certainty yet, a true BigBad seems to finally be shaping up in ''{{Erfworld}}'': [[spoiler:it's probably Charlie]]. [[http://www.erfworld.com/book-2-archive/?px=%2F2012-09-19.jpg This page]] (WARNING: MASSIVE SPOILERS) certainly goes all-out with the {{Shout Out}}s to drive the idea home.
* In ''HeartCore'' we have Royce Lashiec, Lord of [[{{Hell}} Asgar]], [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils mightiest of demons]], [[AbusiveParents horrible parent]] and [[OmnicidalManiac the bane of the entire Beastman species.]]
* In HolidayWars, the EasterBunny is the BigBad.
* The latest series in ''MSPaintAdventures'', ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' doesn't really get much traction in the case of definite enemies until Act 4 in which each Act gets a definite BigBad.
** [[EvilOverlord The Black King]] was initially set up as the Big Bad, but ended up getting hit by TheWorfEffect ''hard''.
** [[spoiler: [[TheStarscream Jack]] [[OmnicidalManiac Noir]]]] for Acts 4 and 5, helping to send Sburb ''severely'' of the rails.
** [[ManipulativeBastard Vriska]] [[DarkActionGirl Serket]] was thought of being the BigBad of Act 5, engineering most of what took the game off the rails [[spoiler:until it's revealed that she and several others were being manipulated by [[TheManBehindTheMan Doc]] [[TheChessmaster Scratch]], the ''real'' BigBad of Act 5.]]
** [[spoiler: [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Her Imperious]] [[TheEmperor Condescension]]]] for most of Act 6, controlling [[spoiler: the Post-Scratch Earth]] and antagonizing the Kids [[spoiler:although she's somewhat been out of focus upon the reveal of the psychotic, bloodthirsty [[PsychopathicManchild Caliborn]].]]
** [[spoiler: [[TheDreaded Lord English]]]] though can be seen as the BigBad to the series as a whole given that he is the BiggerBad to everyone else previously mentioned but has not made his first full appearance until just before Act 6, and has not yet encountered any of the main characters.
* ''TheLawOfPurple'': Silver, Lord of Caligula.
* ''TheLifeOfNobTMouse'': [[spoiler:The Pie Ghosts of Somewhere]] in ''Pie Noon'' and probably also King Nastie from the ''Nasties'' stories, although he's also something of a [[TheDragon Dragon]].
* Most likely Aelloon in ''LookingForGroup''.
** [[spoiler: Recently revealed to be Tavor.]]
*** [[spoiler: And then Aellon took the throne when Tavor was killed, putting him back in Big Bad position.]]
* In the Nomura Syndrome story arc of ''ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'', Creator/{{Gackt}} is the BigBad. [[spoiler: Hired by [[BiggerBad Commander Badass's superiors]] to bishify him so they can market new merchandise.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Lord Xykon.
** Though the comic also features [[SmugSnake Nale]] and [[AristocratsAreEvil Kubota]] (two {{Big Bad Wannabe}}s), Redcloak (a [[TheDragon Dragon]] who is in some ways [[HyperCompetentSidekick even more dangerous than his boss]]), The Snarl (an EldritchAbomination that hasn't done anything yet but could destroy the universe if released), Tarquin (the MagnificentBastard EvilOverlord who's also a main character's father), and the Interfiend Co-operation Committee (a trio of fiendish Chessmasters who are playing everybody else to a greater or lesser extent) -- so there's definitely more than a bit of a BigBadEnsemble going on rather than ''just'' Xykon. As he's arguably the most powerful non-divine villain in the comic and is the most central single villain to the plot, he'd still qualify as ''the'' BigBad though, barring a (not entirely impossible) future upset.
** Recent developments as of #830 mean this might be [[spoiler: more of a BigBadDuumvirate between Xykon and Redcloak, with each thinking they control the other.]]
* We have not one, but [[BigBadDuumvirate two]] in ''OurLittleAdventure''. [[TheEmperor Brian]] and [[DarkMessiah Angelo]], who not only work together but are a [[UnholyMatrimony married]] [[YaoiGuys couple.]]
* ''ProblemSleuth'' had Mobster Kingpin, who was set up to be the game's FinalBoss from the start. The heroes spent ''more than half of the game'' fighting him.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': Hereti Corp and K'Z'K constantly take turns being the overall BigBad of the comic. Other examples (mainly for mini arcs) include vampire queen Lysinda, demon general Lord Horribus, corrupt nobleman Sir John Jacobs, and a totalitarian dictator known only as "His Masterness".
** Though His Masterness turned out to be a subversion. [[spoiler: It was originally Alt Doctor Shlock keeping the people of 4U city in drugged stasis while he repairs the damage caused to the Dimension by his irresponsible portal abuse, then the role was assumed by Alt Riff who continued the job after Shlock's death, and then by a computer Riff left in charge of the city, while he devoted all his energies to saving the world, that ended up going rogue]].
* In SonicTheComicOnline the role is first taken by the leader of The Syndicate [[OmnicidalManiac Dr Zachary]], then the role is taken by [[TheDon Don Long-Legs]] head of [[TheMafia The Family]],then by [[spoiler:[[EvilGenius Grimer]]]] who is behind the Neo Metallix as well as Kane also telling [[TheMafia The Family]] about The Syndicate planning to destroying the Special Zone which cause [[TheMafia The Family]] to travel to Mobius, then by [[spoiler:[[OmnicidalManiac Dr Robotnik]]]] and [[spoiler:[[TheEmpire The Drakon Empire]]]].
* Xaneth of TrueVillains, being one of the main characters and leader of a villainous band, seems to be this as of now.
* With this [[http://voodoowalrus.com/?p=1728 page]] ''VoodooWalrus'' seems to be setting things up to suggest that Rip Flintolocke, a character who hasn't even been seen beyond being a shadowed figure, is responsible for everything that's happened in Grymm and Creepknight's lives.
* Fred from ''WhatsShakin'' is the reoccurring BigBad.
* Xaos from TheWotch might be a Big Bad [[OrcusOnHisThrone if he ever]] [[PutOnABus gets around to doing it]]
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': Sarda
** And let's just stop saying that the Light Warriors, either individually or as a group, are Big Bads, because they're not - they're working for Sarda and he is the Big Bad.
* Director Deena Daniels of B.E.N.T. is the Big Bad of ''Webcomic/{{Hexenringe}}''. Her design is based on Mama Fratelli from ''Characters/{{The Goonies}}''.
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