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"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 Big Bad is the one who turns out to be behind several other seemingly independent threats.

[[folder: Transformers]]
* Megatron in almost every incarnation of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', only to usually force an EnemyMine when Unicron appears.
** ''Generation 1'': Led the Decepticons on Cybertron and constantly tried all sorts of evil schemes to steal energy from Earth. Since these plans tended to fail, the writers eventually resorted to an EnemyMine plot every other episode to avoid Villain Decay.
** In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', he was the Big Bad twice. Firstly he's the standard ruler of the Predacons, fighting against the Maximals. During TheReveal, it is shown that [[spoiler:the G1 Megatron]] had orchestrated the plan, ordering the Beast Megatron to [[spoiler:[[TimeyWimeyBall go back in time]] and kill the G1 Autobots while they were in stasis]]. Only for that plan to be ignored. ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' Megatron only followed this plan as a last ditch effort, in only one plot, which failed. (Thankfully so, or they all would have been killed by Unicron at some point). Other plots include successfully killing both Optimuses (Optimi?), inventing new classes of Transformers (Transmetal 2, Vehicons) and introducing [[LargeHam ham]] to prehistoric Earth.
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'': He succeeds in conquering Cybertron and ruling over a planet of mindless, sparkless drones. All this happens ''before the series begins''. During the series, he absorbs every spark on the planet and comes within a millimetre of [[AGodAmI godhood]]. Yes, godhood.
** ''[[Anime/TransformersArmada Armada]]'': Leads the Decepticons and gets his servos on the three most powerful minicons in the universe and would probably have destroyed the Autobots if Unicron hadn't forced them into an [[EnemyMine alliance]].
** ''[[Anime/TransformersEnergon Energon]]'' starts off with Alpha Q as the BigBad though once Megatron becomes revived he rallies the Decepticons into once again fighting against the Autobots, and then hijacks Alpha Q's plan to restore his home planet and instead manages to successfully revive and, for a time, control Unicron. Oh, and he reformats Scorponok's and Demolishor's sparks to make them less moral and more loyal to himself.
** ''[[Anime/TransformersCybertron Cybertron]]'': Goes after the Omega Lock and the four Cyber Planet Keys to steal the power of Primus and become a god. He intends to use the Unicron Singularity to destroy the universe and then recreate it as he pleases. Later in the series, Starscream successfully betrays him and becomes a BigBad in his own right, forming a BigBadEnsemble.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': His body was destroyed in the pilot, leaving him a head in a scientist's lab. Hooked into the lab's computers, and with the right words to Professor Sumdac, he spends the first season working on getting a new body and taking shots at the Autobots through intermediaries. When he gains a new body and comes bursting out of Sumdac Tower in the first season finale, the 'bots know ''exactly'' how screwed they are. Circumstances still force him to spend most of his time plotting, but it's still a step up from "Decepticons, RETREAT!"
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': Arrives on Earth via space bridge during the FiveEpisodePilot, armed with "Dark Energon", which has the power to revive Cybertronian corpses as mindless berserkers. [[spoiler: The mini-series ends with him and an undead army disappearing in a space bridge explosion. Starscream promptly becomes the DragonAscendant and takes over as Big Bad for the next several episodes, but Megatron is ultimately revived and retakes the top spot. In the last few episodes of Season 1, though, he's overshadowed by Unicron as the premier threat, only to retake the position in Season 2]]. This series so far as a pattern of alternating between Megatron and someone else for chunks of episodes, going Megatron-> Starscream-> Megatron-> [[spoiler: Unicron]]-> Megatron.
*** [[spoiler:Unicron is the Big Bad of "Predacons Rising".]]
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersRobotsInDisguise Robots In Disguise]]'' averts this, instead having Steeljaw as the BigBad, at least until [[spoiler:[[GreaterScopeVillain Megatronus]] reveals himself.]]
** The second season at first presents Glowstrike as the main villain with Steeljaw DemotedToDragon. However, [[spoiler:Steeljaw successfully betrays her in the final episodes and takes leadership of her crew.]]
** In the third season, [[spoiler:Starscream]] is shaping up to be this.
* The Japanese series have added some other Big Bads, such as Scorponok, Devil Z, Overlord, Deathsaurus, Violen Jiger, and Dark Nova.
* The Japanese sequels to ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' also had their own. ''Beast Wars II'' had brothers Galvatron and Megastorm, and ''Beast Wars Neo'' had Magmatron.
* The comics also added a few of their own, including Shockwave, Thunderwing, Ratbat, Bludgeon, Soundwave, Straxus, Scrash, Trannis, Clench, and Jhiaxus. The finale of the ''Generation II'' comic revealed that ALL of the ''G1''-era Big Bads were unknowingly reporting to [[spoiler:Liege Maximo, the very first Decepticon.]] Unfortunately, the comic was canceled immediately after this revelation, so that storyline never went anywhere.

* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' has two: [[EvilOverlord King Goobot]] and [[EvilGenius Prof. Calamitous]].
* While the heroes of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' had an extensive RoguesGallery for a cartoon of TheEighties, the one who ruled them all was [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen The Queen of the Crown]]. Mass genocide? Check. Enslaving a planet and putting the inhabitants under concentration camp conditions? Check. [[DefaceOfTheMoon blowing a chunk out of Earth's Moon]] just to prove a point and demand 5000 human lives as tribute? Check. Mash her prisoners down for LifeEnergy, and use the resulting SoulJar [[PoweredByAForsakenChild to power a high-end mook?]] Check. Sends the wife of the one of the heroes to a FateWorseThanDeath? Check. Casual MindRape of TheHero? Oh, check. With a side of really squicky FoeYay.
* Duke Igthorn is the main villain of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Season 1 has the Ice King.
** [[EvilSorcerer The Lich]]. He's the BigBad of the whole series. A monstrous OmnicidalManiac who desires nothing less than the extinction of all life. He is also heavily implied to have been involved with the destruction of mankind and one of the reasons why the show takes place in a world AfterTheEnd.
** [[AxCrazy The Earl of Lemongrab]] became one in Season 5, most specifically in "All Your Fault", "Too Old", "Lemonhope Part 1" and "Lemonhope Part 2".
** Season 6 has [[EldritchAbomination Orgalorg]].
** The "Stakes" arc in season 7 has Marceline's ArchEnemy the Vampire King.
* Poodle from ''WesternAnimation/AlmostNakedAnimals''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': Rob / Dr. Wrecker. Since Rob needed a new place in life and Elmore basically only had room for villains, he decides to become Gumball and Darwin's ArchEnemy.
* [[EvilPoacher The Huntsman]] and later [[SealedEvilInACan the Dark Dragon]] from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''.
* The KGB as an organization is the main opponent in ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', so the Big Bad tends to be whoever's heading it at the time:
** Nikolai Jakov is this at the start of the series.
** In "Crossing Over", [[spoiler:Jakov undergoes RedemptionEqualsDeath]] and is usurped by [[spoiler:Barry Dylan.]]
** [[spoiler:Barry]] is himself usurped by [[spoiler:Katya]] in "Viscous Coupling".
** [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] with Malory Archer. While [[spoiler:Barry and Katya]] may be the most obvious (albeit: current) opponents of the main characters, Malory Archer has consistently proven herself to be the series' primary conflict creator, often using ISIS and its employees to commit heinous and criminal acts bordering on treason (ranging from the sake of financial gain, to revenge against another, to just getting her sex tape(s) back). To say nothing of how she treats her subordinates, more often than not, she tends to get away with it all most of the time. [[spoiler:And that's not even covering the events of the fifth season.]]
* Maximus I.Q. from ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' settled this on Fire Lord Ozai, who usurped the throne from his older brother, [[SelfMadeOrphan manipulated his wife into killing his father to seize power for himself,]] psychologically forced his daughter to become a perfectionist and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness abandoned her when she served her purpose]], [[AbusiveParents viciously disfigured and disowned his thirteen-year old son]] [[DisproportionateRetribution for speaking out of turn]], and is the lead suspect in his wife's mysterious disappearance. A real piece of work, all right, and that's just his ''personal life'' in the ''{{backstory}}''. Professionally, he's an EvilOverlord, who ''gleefully tried to burn half of a continent to nothing'' just to '''quell a few uprisings'''. However, the comics that take place after the series each have a Big Bad:
** "The Promise" has Zuko, but he subverts this because he's as much of a victim to political complications as much as Aang is. Ozai however, is the GreaterScopeVillain in the story.
** "The Search" has [[DragonAscendant Azula]].
** "The Rift" has a BigBadEnsemble between Loban and a spirit known as General Old Iron. However, [[spoiler:Loban undergoes a HeelFaceTurn]].
** "Smoke and Shadow" has the Kemurikage and the New Ozai Society.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengerPenguins'' - Caractacus P. Doom. As if life could hold anything else in store for a chap with a name like that.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' had Loki as the ultimate Big Bad of its first season, and Baron Strucker, Baron Zemo, the Leader, Kang the Conqueror, and Ultron as {{Arc Villain}}s of smaller arcs within the season.
** In the second season, the Skrulls, lead by Queen Veranke, were the main villains for the first half (the second half, being more episodic, didn't really have one, though it was all leading up to a showdown with Galactus).
* Todd Ianuzzi from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'', also an example of BigBadFriend.
* Vilgax, from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', is a textbook example. He's wounded grievously in the pilot, drives the plot of most of season 1 from behind the scenes, and finally shows up in person in the season 1 finale, bigger, meaner, smarter, and tougher than anything Ben's faced before. From there on out, he's usually put somewhere between appearances that keeps him from getting involved... He's also an ImplacableMan and a {{Determinator}}, so he HAS to be kept out of the picture for other plot arcs to happen. Here are the other Big Bads for the following seasons:
** Season 2: Kevin 11
** Season 3: Ghostfreak
** Season 4: The Forever King
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'':
*** Season 1: The [=DNAliens=]
*** Season 2: The Highbreed
*** Season 3: Vilgax
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'':
*** Season 1: Aggregor [[spoiler:and then Kevin]]
*** Season 2: Diagon [[spoiler:but usurped by Vilgax]]
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'':
*** Arc 1: Khyber (working for Malware, the real villain)
*** Arc 2: Malware
*** Arc 3: Emperor Milleous
*** Arc 4: Albedo
*** Arc 5: Zs'skayr and Lord Transyl
*** Arc 6: Vilgax and Eon
*** Arc 7: Proctor Servantis
*** Arc 8: Mad Ben
*** Arc 9: Vilgax and Maltruant
* In ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'', the main antagonist is Lawrence Lactavius Limburger, a member of a race of fish-like aliens called the Plutarkians, who have invaded Mars with Limburger being one of their agents stationed on Earth. Pretty much every episode involves the titular Biker Mice thwarting his attempts to strip mine Chicago of resources that would benefit Plutark and help the Plutarkians continue conquering planets. While he gets replaced by the Catatonians and Ronaldo Rump in the 2006 revival, he does attempt to regain his stride in the episode "It's the Pits" and the first two parts of the three-part episode "Once Upon a Time on Earth".
%%* [[TheRival Jimmy Pesto]] and [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Hugo Habercore]] from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''.
* Steve, Angry Farmer and Baracoda in ''WesternAnimation/{{Bordertown}}''.
* [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Gaspar le Gecko]] from ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers''.
* Agnes Tapili from ''WesternAnimation/BroTown''.
* [[FantasticRacism Amanda]] [[MeaningfulName Killman]] from ''WesternAnimation/BunsenIsABeast''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' has Emperor Zurg.
* Jordan Buttsquat from ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom''.
* Zarm on ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Captain Planet]]'' definitely qualifies. He's immortal, equal in power to [[Characters/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers Gaia]], claims to have been behind almost every dictator in history (with the implied exception of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler) and manages to force all the other villains to work together under his command. Oh, and during his first encounter with the Planeteers, he [[TheCorrupter almost tricks four of them into starting a nuclear war]].
* Rancid Rabbit from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', though he later became just a SitcomArchNemesis to Cat.
* Skrawl on ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone''.
%%* Endive from ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans'': Cronus.
* Butchy and Blendar from ''WesternAnimation/CoconutFredsFruitSaladIsland''.
* XANA from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. An artificial intelligence villain [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen who's never seen]], but whose influence is certainly felt.
* On ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'', Father was undeniably the top of the villain hierarchy.
** Though, TheMovie revealed an [[OhCrap even more dangerous foe]]: [[SealedEvilInACan Grandfather]].
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Boss]] plays Big Bad a couple times, too, and if there's a LegionOfDoom to be had, he's usually the leader (though Father rarely participates in these).
* Katz from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' or at least the most recurring one, since most episodes have an independent villain, although in the series GrandFinale's "Remembrance of Courage Past"/"Perfect", this is occupied by the Cruel Vet/the Teacher.
* The Red Guy in ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' and ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel.''
* Hacker from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'' was this prior to his in-universe VillainDecay.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''
** Vlad [=Masters/Plasmius=]. He's introduced in episode seven, but his influence is felt as early as ''the opening scenes''. Until his VillainousBreakdown, only two people could claim to lay an effective hand on him: Pariah Dark and Jack Fenton, the latter aided with anti-ghost technology. Some have compared him to Slade in deviousness.
** Pariah Dark himself, despite only appearing twice, one of those being a cameo during a GondorCallsForAid situation, probably counts as well. He's essentially Ghost Darkseid, and is one of the strongest characters, if not the strongest seen in the series. The only person who can match his power would be Fright Knight, his [[TheDragon Dragon]].
** Each of the double-length movie episodes has one. First is Pariah, as mentioned above. Next is [[FutureMeScaresMe Dark Danny]], who is somewhat less powerful but a more personal (and psychotic) threat. Then is the ordinary {{Muggle|s}} [[OvershadowedByAwesome Freakshow]], who spends the movie trying to get his hands on an ArtifactOfDoom that will give him [[RealityWarper reality warping]] powers. The final Big Bad is not a person, but rather the ecto-asteroid. As Vlad is still the series-spanning Big Bad, he was active in all of these storylines as well (except for the third).
* Ms. Angela Li from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''. Her various schemes to raise money and increase Lawndale High's prestige have put her at odds with Daria.
* ''Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse''
** Ra's al Ghul in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. While he doesn't appear as often as the Joker or any other member of Batman's rogues gallery, his plan to make the world a better place by annihilating most of humanity and to get Batman to join his side makes him a greater threat than every other villain in the series.
** ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' featured an ongoing arc of Superman's struggle with the GalacticConqueror ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}, and his increasingly daring designs on Earth. (By contrast, Lex Luthor's schemes were almost purely episodic in nature.) Darkseid only first appeared in the second season, however: in the first, Brainiac was the overarching Big Bad.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' had Derek Powers, a CorruptCorporateExecutive who soon became known as the supervillain Blight, as its Big Bad for the first season.
** ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' had Ebon, a criminal mutated by the Quantum Vapor who recruited other people empowered by it to form his own gang and was frequently at odds with the hero Static.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''
*** The Big Bad of the Cadmus [[StoryArc Arc]] was constantly being teased. At first it seemed Amanda Waller was the mastermind, then Lex Luthor, until it was finally revealed in the next-to-last episode as [[spoiler:Brainiac, who enters into a BigBadDuumvirate with Luthor]].
*** There were several contenders for the title in the final season. At first it looked like Grodd, until he was deposed by [[spoiler:Lex Luthor]] leading to an apparent BigBadDuumvirate between [[spoiler: Lex and the remnants of Brainiac's consciousness]]. In the end, though, the real threat turned out to be [[spoiler:Darkseid. Again]].
* Syrrus becomes this in ''WesternAnimation/DexHamiltonAlienEntomologist''.
* Mandark from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', especially in the ''Ego Trip'' television film.
%%* Swiper in ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' can be seen as this.
* ''WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk'': Initially, it's Alvin the Treacherous. Later becomes a BigBadEnsemble of Alvin, [[EgomaniacHunter Dagur]], and the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Screaming Death]] in ''Defenders of Berk'' until Dagur attempts to kill Alvin in "A View to a Skrill", then it's Dagur and the Screaming Death while Alvin [[EnemyMine allies himself with the protagonists]].
* The Jew Producer from ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons'' cartoon series: The ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1-8bEnqtZ4 Evil Incarnate]]'' summoned by the Box of Balefire, which Venger attempts to welcome, calling it "master", until it accuses him of failure and reduces his (most recent) castle to a lava-filled crater. Then it goes after the main characters.
-->'''Bobby:''' C'mon, Dungeon Master, who is it? Or what is it?\\
'''Dungeon Master:''' His name is not for your ears, Barbarian! He is not life as we know it. He has many identities, on many different worlds! But all know him as... Evil!\\
''(Dungeon Master teleports himself and the children to the other side of the world)''\\
'''Dungeon Master:''' The ruler of many universes! But his goal is to rule the entire cosmos with evil.
** Arguably, Tiamat was the more commonly-encountered form. Even ''Venger'' hauled ass when she showed up.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'': The Kanker sisters are the closest thing this show ever had to one. Until [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddysBigPictureShow the movie]], that is.
* Thanks to the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil, the Big Bad of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has changed a few times. In the first three seasons, [[EvilTeacher Mr. Crocker]] was Timmy's worst enemy, appearing as the bad guy in every special that had a true villain. "The Big Superhero Wish" was the first special where he was not the main bad guy, and "Channel Chasers" reduced him to a cameo. After that, [[EvilTwin Anti-Cosmo]] of the anti-fairies and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive HP]] of the pixies took over for the next three seasons as a BigBadDuumvirate, especially in season six, where the characters never appear separate. Then The Darkness for the "Wishology" trilogy. With the birth of [[EnfanteTerrible Foop]], he took over for season seven (appearing as the villain in that season's finale). The movies are a good example of this.
** Abra-Catastrophe: Crocker
** Channel Chasers: Vicky
** School's Out! The Musical: HP and the Pixies
** Fairy Idol: Norm the Genie
** Fairly Oddbaby: Anti-Fairies and Pixies
** Wishology: The Darkness and the Destructinator
** There's also the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius Jimmy]]/Timmy Power Hour'' crossovers:
*** Part 1: Crocker and a malfunctioning Goddard
*** Part 2: Professor Calamitous and Anti-Cosmo
*** Part 3: The Villain Whose Name Isn't Shirley
%%* Stewie Griffin from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' was the Big Bad in the early seasons, although this role has been occupied by Carter Pewterschmidt in later seasons.
* The EvilSorcerer Venomous Drool from ''WesternAnimation/{{Fangbone}}'', who is inspired by those found in SwordsAndSorcery stories of ''Conan the Barbarian''.
* Princess Boo-Boo from ''WesternAnimation/{{Freaktown}}'' seeks to turn the eponymous setting into a SugarBowl like the rest of her domain and to make make Ben Bones her prince.
* Prime Evil from ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' doesn't always call for a Big Bad, but when it does, it's almost always UsefulNotes/RichardNixon's Head, [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mom]], or [[GalacticConqueror Lrr]], with the Big Brain as a GreaterScopeVillain. Each of [[TheMovie the movies]] have had one.
** Bender's Big Score: Nudar.
** The Beast With A Billion Backs: Act 1: Dr. Ogden Wernstrom. Act 2: Zapp Brannigan. Act 3: Yivo. Act 4: Bender.
** Bender's Game: Mom/Momon.
** Into The Wild Green Yonder: Leo Wong and The Dark One/[[spoiler: The desert muck leech]].
* ''Franchise/GIJoe''
** Being the leader of the terrorist organization Cobra, Cobra Commander is usually the main enemy of the Joes. He does get DemotedToDragon in the second season of the Sunbow series of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' after Serpentor is created to be Cobra's new leader, but he manages to take back control of Cobra from Serpentor in the Creator/DiCEntertainment continuation.
** Instead of Cobra, the main threat in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'' is a terrorist organization called SKAR (Soldiers of Khaos, Anarchy, and Ruin), the leader of which is known as Iron Klaw.
* There are two main villains whose overarching schemes [[VillainsActHeroesReact drive the plot]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': [[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]] and [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Demona]]. As the show progresses, however, [[spoiler:Xanatos]] gets character development leading to a HeelFaceTurn (kind of), leaving [[spoiler:Demona]] the unchallenged Big Bad by the time of the GrandFinale. In [[CanonDiscontinuity season 3]] [[KnightTemplar Castaway]] and his Quarrymen took on the role, while the (canon) comic continuation has [[spoiler:Thailog]] stepping in to fill the empty shoes of main bad guy.
* Van Kleiss from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', though it might end up being a bit more complicated than that seeing as White Knight, nominally the BigGood, [[BlackAndGreyMorality isn't the nicest guy himself]]...
* Turk from ''WesternAnimation/GoodVibes''.
* Dean from ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodeFamily''.
* Cousin Mel from ''WesternAnimation/GrandmaGotRunOverByAReindeer''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' [[CorruptHick Gideon Gleeful]] holds this position in season 1, but in season 2 it becomes apparent that [[EldritchAbomination Bill Cipher]] is the true threat.
* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Arc 1: Atrocitus, leader of the Red Lanterns
** Arc 2: The Anti-Monitor, later [[AIIsACrapshoot Aya]] after she destroys it and takes control of its body
* [[AlphaBitch Trina Riffin]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'', especially in "Ahead of Our Own Tone" and "The Bandidate".
* Horde Prime is the guy giving orders to the much more famous [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983 Skeletor]] and [[WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower Hordak]]. He's also a prime example of why NothingIsScarier, as when he finally came out of [[http://www.frankshemanpage.net/micah00.JPG the shadows]] in the comics, [[http://www.bustatoons.com/blog_images/blog_horde_prime_uk.jpg this]] [[{{Narm}} was the result]].
* ''WesternAnimation/Hero108'' featured High Roller in the first season, then in season 2 he was usurped by Twin Masters.
* ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5'': Krytus.
* The Betrayer in ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers''.
* Stavros Garkos from ''WesternAnimation/{{Hurricanes}}''.
* [[TheFaceless Dr. Claw]] from the ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' franchise.
* The Almighty Tallests in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''.
** Depends more on how you look at it: Are they stupid? Yes. But, all Irkens are very materialistic and wasteful, and they are willing to kill everyone on a planet just to they can use them as silly things like parking garages and package shipping.
** Depending on whose side you're on, Zim, Dib, or Tak can also qualify.
** Looking at it from Dib's POV as the HeroAntagonist, you could say that Zim is the Big Bad trying to take over the world, Tak is the Big Bad's more competent [[TheRival rival]], and the Tallest are the GreaterScopeVillain trying to take over the whole universe.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'':
** Season 1: Shendu, who is consistently treated as the J-Team's most dangerous individual enemy
** Season 2: The Demon Sorcerers (Shendu's brothers and sisters, with Shendu's spirit doing their legwork)
** Season 3: Daolon Wong, [[HijackedByGanon usurped by Shendu]] in the season finale
** Season 4: Tarakudo
** Season 5: Drago, who eventually forces the heroes to unseal Shendu in a SummonBiggerFish moment
* The main villain of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' is Eric Raymond, who starts off [[CorruptCorporateExecutive owning half of Jerrica Benton's father's music company Starlight Music]] before being kicked out and subsequently starting his own company Misfits Music. He is the backer for Jem and the Holograms' rivals the Misfits and he frequently uses underhanded and unfair tactics and schemes to sabotage the Holograms and prevent them from helping people or achieving their goals.
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lucius Heinous VII]] on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' was this when he wasn't a VillainProtagonist.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', the original series (1964-65): The arch villain named Dr. Zin appeared in four episodes ("Riddle of the Gold", "The Robot Spy", "Double Danger" and "The Fraudulent Volcano"). All of the other episodes' villains only appeared once.
* Dr. Drakken and Shego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' are the primary antagonists and the ones that get closest to their goals.
** Monkey Fist served as the Big Bad of the Yamanouchi arc, but was treated like a MonsterOfTheWeek in the overall series.
* [[CatsAreMean Mechanikat]] from ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', set 70 years after ''Airbender'', shifts this role to [[FantasticRacism Amon]], RebelLeader of an [[AntiMagicalFaction anti-bending faction]] known as Equalists in Season 1. However, it ended up being more complicated than that seeing as Tarrlok, who at first appeared to be the nominal BigGood, [[BlackAndGrayMorality wasn't really the nicest guy himself]]. [[spoiler:It turned out that he was another Big Bad all along, as he ultimately betrays everyone by staging a FalseFlagOperation that would lead him to arrest innocent non-benders before turning on the Avatar and her comrades. Eventually, he was [[HijackedByGanon put in his place]] by Amon. Then it turned out the two of them were brothers, and had been raised by a villain Aang fought and de-powered during the timeskip. Basically, bad parents are responsible for nearly everything in this universe.]]
** Book 2 has Korra's uncle Unalaq, who is the leader of the [[GrimUpNorth Northern Water Tribe]] that is at war with the Southern Water Tribe led by Korra's father Tonraq. Later, the real threat is revealed to be [[SealedEvilInADuel Vaatu]], the spirit of darkness and the Avatar's ancient enemy, [[spoiler:who Unalaq merges with in the season finale to become the Dark Avatar]]. There's also a BigBadEnsemble with [[spoiler:Varrick, though he's not the evil type, but he was still a threat to Korra's mission by trying to escalate the civil war even though he's more comedic than the other villains.]]
** Book 3 has Zaheer on one side, who is the leader of the Red Lotus, a cabal that plans to have a world without leaders. However, on the other side was the Earth Queen Hou-Ting, the evil tyrannical overlord who rules the Earth Kingdom like an empire, but went out of her way to antagonize the Avatar by declaring Korra an wanted enemy of the state and having the entire Earth Kingdom military hunt her down. In actual fact, after [[spoiler:Hou-Ting's death]], Zaheer and the Red Lotus are the true big bad of the season as their role becomes bigger in the final four episodes.
** Kuvira in Book 4. Eventually, [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn redeems herself]] in the finale after surrendering herself and calling off the invasion.]]
* Randy and Coach Bundy in ''WesternAnimation/LegendsOfChamberlinHeights''.
* ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' had a FiveBadBand led by The Emerald Empress as the most common villain in the first season, in the second season the Big Bad was definitely [[GalacticConqueror Imperiex]], even though Imperiex was upstaged by Braniac 1.0.
* Janja from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard''.
* [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent Delilah]] from ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop1995''.
* Marvin the Martian and Yosemite Sam from the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
** Marvin himself is the Big Bad in the 2003 series ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' has [[TerroristsWithoutACause Miles Mayhem]], the leader of VENOM.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiaAndMe'': Panthea in season 1, Rixel in season 2.
* Skullmaster from ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax''.
* Mary Gibbons and Anton St. Germain from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB''
* Hawk Moth from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterAllergy'' had CorruptCorporateExecutive Magnacat in season 1, EvilOverlord Moog Magister and Hector Sinestro, a [[FallenHero dark Tamer]], in season 2.
* Ms. Censordoll in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' was set up to be the Big Bad but the show ended before anything could come of it. Instead, Clay Puppington became the Big Bad.
* Abraham Kane, the leader of Detroit Deluxe in ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha: The Return of El Malefico'', the titular character is the Big Bad.
%%* [[ThreateningShark Bull Sharkowski]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey''.
* [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Number 9]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyGiantFriend''.
* [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Vexus]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' doesn't have one overall or any lasting ones, since it operates on a MonsterOfTheWeek basis. Even the serious villains ([[MadGod Nightmare Moon]], [[ManipulativeBastard Discord]], [[HornyDevils Queen Chrysalis]] and [[SorcerousOverlord King Sombra]]) each only get to be Big Bad for one two-episode story. This actually means that the biggest Big Bad so far is... the Grand Galloping Gala, the big party the ponies are looking forward to, which causes trouble in a whole three episodes ("The Ticket Master", "Suited for Success" and "The Best Night Ever").
%%** Lord Tirek in the season 4 [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E25TwilightsKingdomPart1 fin]][[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 ale]], who incidentally is a revamp of the ''original'' MLP Big Bad.
%%** [[AscendedExtra Sunset]] [[AlphaBitch Shimmer]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', who steals the crown and antagonizes Twilight throughout her high school experience.
%%** Adagio Dazzle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ninjago}}'': A staple of the series is to have one main BigBad driving the events of every season.
** Pilot: Lord Garmadon, who aims to obtain the Golden Weapons and escape from the Underworld.
** Season 1: Pythor, who unites the Serpentine Tribes in order to unleash the Great Devourer to destroy all of Ninjago.
** Season 2: Lord Garmadon, making various attempts to defeat the ninja using the fused Golden Weapons, up until [[UltimateEvil The Overlord]] takes the position with a plan to corrupt all of Ninjago.
** Season 3: The Overlord again, who seeks to escape from the digital world and absorb Lloyd's Golden Ninja power to become the Golden Master.
** Season 4: Master Chen, who aims to absorb every element from the Elemental Masters in order to turn his cult (himself included) into Anacondrai and begin the Second Serpentine War.
** Season 5: The Preeminent, with Morro as TheHeavy. The former seeks to escape and unleash a curse on all the 16 realms (of which Ninjago is one). The latter wants revenge on Sensei Wu for not giving him the title of Green Ninja, and possesses Lloyd, who was given the title instead.
** Season 6: Nadakhan, who wishes to remake his homeworld Djinnjago from pieces of Ninjago, as well as make himself all-powerful.
** [[HalloweenEpisode Day of the Departed]]: Sensei Yang, who temporarily resurrects previously defeated villains to kill the ninja in order to take their place among the living.
** Season 7: Acronix and Krux, who want to use the four Time Blades to conquer Ninjago in the past.
* Ronald from ''WesternAnimation/NatureCat''. He also serves as both an ArchNemesis and TheRival thoughout the show.
* Alex in ''WesternAnimation/NutriVenturesTheQuestForTheSevenKingdoms''.
%%* Joey, Marky & Dee Dee in ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches''.
* Lord Boxman from ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes''.
* The Beast from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall''.
* Betrayus from ''WesternAnimation/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures''.
* Saphira from ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}''.
* Rippen from ''WesternAnimation/PennZeroPartTimeHero''. His goal is to defeat Penn at least once to become a full-time villain, which would in the process disrupt the balance of the multiverse, and also destroy Penn to wipe out the Zero family line.
* Psychopath Giraffe currently serves as the primary threat in ''WesternAnimation/PigGoatBananaCricket''.
* Walter and Billy White from ''WesternAnimation/{{Poochini}}''.
* The Sorcerer from ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' has Megabyte. He is the main villain in this show and never suffered from VillainDecay. He even strands Bob in the Web for 10 episodes. Even after the Daemon arc, which threatened the entire net, Megabyte's return invokes a lot more fear in the heroes. This fear is well founded, as Megabyte takes over the Principal office in less than 2 episodes since returning.
* Citrocet from ''WesternAnimation/TheRippingFriends''.
%%* Pendulum Depot from ''WesternAnimation/RobotAndMonster''. However, he only appeared in one of the last few episodes of the show's [[ShortRunners first and only season]], so it's really hard to consider him one.
* Dr. Kamikazi from ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotboy}}''. He wants to obtain Robotboy's schematics to mass produce an army of him to TakeOverTheWorld, though he's also shown wanting to take control of the original Robotboy as well.
* [[MadScientist Fritz Huhnmorder]] in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', since he forces the chicken to watch the crossovers on the television. In the 100th episode the chicken kills him and in the season 6 intro turns him into a robot and sentences him to watching the show in retaliation, then his son takes over as the villain in the season 7 finale.
* In-between several recurring villains, [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]], and personal drama, ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies'' plays with the concept of a HiddenVillain antagonist for the majority of the series in the form of an enigmatic traitor in the Alliance's ranks that drives much of the most important conflicts of the plot. Towards the end of the series, the BigBad is revealed as none other than [[spoiler:General Rinaker, or rather a Shadoen agent named Wraith taking his place,]] who -- being behind both the disappearance of Nick's father, the corruption of the Alliance, and the various acts of sabotage -- essentially sets up and drives the series' MythArc.
* One-Tom from ''WesternAnimation/SagwaTheChineseSiameseCat''.
* Aku on ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''. His destruction is one of Jack's two big goals, the other being getting back home.
%%* Leslie Noodman from ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig''. WordOfGod says that his father is the GreaterScopeVillain.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': The end of season 1 revealed that [[spoiler: Mayor Jones]] was the one behind the whole plot, and he actively confronted the gang in the finale. However, it could also be argued that he [[BigBadEnsemble shared]] the role with [[KnightOfCerebus Professor]] [[FeatheredFiend Pericles]] who is much more active a villain throughout the season. And in any case, at the end of the season [[spoiler: the Mayor]] is arrested, leaving Pericles to take on the role fully.
** In the second season, Pericles has formed a BigBadDuumvirate with Mr. E / [[spoiler: Ricky Owens]], and clearly holds the more dominant position of the two. Basically, Pericles has secured his place as ''the'' Big Bad of this show.
*** Though in the final episodes, [[spoiler: it turns out Pericles has been serving the [[SealedEvilInACan Nibiru]] [[GreaterScopeVillain entity]], which in turn has been manipulating events since long before the series started. And in the GrandFinale, it escapes and [[GrandTheftMe steals Pericles' body]], thus becoming the FinalBoss.]]
* V. V. Argost's schemes drive the plot of ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays''.
* Zeta in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/ShimmerAndShine''.
* Vladmire, Katana School and Bratty Rich Kid from ''WesternAnimation/ShurikenSchool''.
* [[ClassicVillain Master XOX]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}''.
* Mr. Burns from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', [[VillainDecay in the early seasons at least]].
* Dragon, from ''WesternAnimation/SkunkFu'' Ironically, he is not TheDragon.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'': [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr.]] [[EmperorScientist Robotnik]].
* Saddam Hussein from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', especially in the early seasons (although in TheMovie, he is more of a GreaterScopeVillain).
** Sheila Broflovski is the co-Big Bad in the same movie, with Satan.
** Cartman himself is this, more specifically in the later seasons and the trilogy "Coon & Friends" and the two-part finale of season 18.
** Season 19 sets up PC Principal as the Big Bad but [[spoiler:he was really being manipulated by the ads, with Leslie as their DragonInChief.]]
** The "Imaginationland" trilogy has the terrorists who attacked Imaginationland on both separate halves, despite that they were out of the picture by Part II. Still, [[PretextForWar they started the war between the Good Imaginary characters and the Evil Imaginary characters.]] [[KillEmAll to destroy Imaginationland by having both sides kill each other.]] [[HalfwayPlotSwitch By Part II, however, the evil characters kill all the terrorists and the conflict turns into another straight Good vs. Evil battle]]. [[ThanatosGambit But that's what the terrorists wanted: manipulating the Evil characters to destroy any chance of knowing they framed the Good characters for attacking the Evil ones]] [[KillEmAll so the war would never end until Imaginationland's entire population--good and evil--kill each other.]] So technically they're still the Big Bads, even posthumously.
* While the ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' had several characters vying for the title of boss of the New York underworld, the title belongs to Tombstone, who serves as the Big Bad for the series until he is deposed by [[spoiler: Green Goblin]].
** In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', the Kingpin and Norman Osborn/Green Goblin took turns vying for this title, though much moreso the Kingpin than Osborn.
** Dr. Octopus serves as this for most of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}''.
* Plankton from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', especially in [[WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie the first movie]], but after VillainDecay and SeasonalRot he became a BigBadWannabe to [[DesignatedHero Mr. Krabs]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': initially it's [[TheNapoleon Ludo]], until [[TheStarscream Toffee]] takes his castle and his minions in the penultimate episode of season 1. In season 2 Ludo retakes the position after [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]], [[spoiler: then it turns out Toffee is still around and is still the real threat after all. After Toffee is KilledOffForReal at the beginning of season 3, it appears Queen Eclipsa is set to take the position.]]
* The Big Bad of both ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'' and ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' is, surprising probably nobody, Palpatine/Darth Sidious.
** With Palpatine at a far distance due to his ruling position in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', the Big Bad moniker goes to the same man it did in the original ''Star Wars'' film: Grand Moff Tarkin.
* The BigBadDuumvirate of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is the Great Diamond Authority, a group of Gems that are ruling the Homeworld Gems and creating feral [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]]. The tail end of season 1 and beginning of season 2 suggest that most of the problems faced so far have been caused by Yellow Diamond, one of three leaders on the group, but she is the most ruthless of all.
* Bad Inc. from ''WesternAnimation/SuperDuperSumos''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperHeroSquadShow'':
** ComicBook/DoctorDoom is the Big Bad in the first season, forming the [[LegionOfDoom Lethal Legion]] to help him recover the Infinity Fractals and reform the Infinity Sword, which was shattered during a fight between him and Iron Man prior to the series.
** ComicBook/{{Thanos}} is the Big Bad in Season 2, tracking down the Infinity Gems so he can use the Infinity Gauntlet to take over the universe. [[spoiler: Halfway through the season, Thanos is [[DiscOneFinalBoss supplanted]] by the [[FaceHeelTurn Silver Surfer]], who has become corrupted by the Infinity Sword, and uses both the Sword and the Gauntlet to wreak havoc across the universe as the Dark Surfer]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' has the Skeleton King as the root cause of most of the evil on the show.
* General Modula in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''.
* [[EvilTeacher Mother Goose]] from ''WesternAnimation/TeenageFairytaleDropouts''.
* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' usually has Shredder as the Big Bad, but in the cartoons he is often [[EvilerThanThou topped by some alien threat]]. In the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003]] version of the cartoon, he usually [[HijackedByGanon comes out on top,]] since he took [[NotSoHarmlessVillain about a hundred levels in badass.]]
** In the 2003 cartoon, he cements his position as the Big Bad even further by making plenty of Xanatos Gambits.
** [[EldritchAbomination The Tengu]] (the demon whose legend inspired the Shredder) for season four and five and [[EvilUncle Darius]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Dun]] in season six. The 'original' Shredder made his triumphant return in season seven as a digital program and in the flesh in the [[WesternAnimation/TurtlesForever concluding film.]]
** The 2012 cartoon initially features a BigBadEnsemble between Shredder and Kraang Prime. In season 4, the Triceratons briefly take over as the villains, then once they're defeated Shredder returns to the position.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' followed a Big Bad per season formula:
** Seasons 1 and 2: [[ManipulativeBastard Slade]]
** Season 3: [[EvilMentor Brother Blood]]
** Season 4: [[GodOfEvil Trigon]]
** Season 5: [[BrainInAJar The Brain]]
* Creator/{{Disney}}'s Zeke, the Big Bad Wolf from ''Three Little Pigs'' (1933) and its sequels, was originally the Big Bad of his forest world -- as befits his name.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''
** In the original series and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', there's SorcerousOverlord {{mummy}}[=/=]{{lich}} Mumm-Ra, foe of the title Cats as they foil his attempts to TakeOverTheWorld.
** There were, however, four {{Greater Scope Villain}}s behind Mumm-Ra, who are never confronted directly and only appear in statue form. Mumm-Ra isn't even their strongest follower; that honor goes to Pyron, who [[DiabolusExNihilo appeared out of nowhere]] to be the FinalBoss of the original series.
* In each season of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', there's a contestant that's causing the most trouble.
** ''Island'': [[RichBitch Heather]], and the most iconic one at that. Her role is also sometimes backed up by [[GuileHero Duncan]], depending on whether or not he's nice.
** ''Action'': [[{{Bishonen}} Justin]] [[DiscOneFinalBoss and then]] [[AntiVillain Courtney]].
** ''World Tour'': [[DashingHispanic Alejandro]], with Blaineley as the antagonist for the Aftermath Specials.
** ''Revenge of the Island'': [[FarmBoy Scott]], then [[JerkJock Lightning]] [[FinalBoss in the finale]], [[TheBadGuyWins who then wins in the alternate ending]].
** ''All-Stars'': [[TheMentallyDisturbed Mike]] under the control of [[HiddenEvil his evil personality]], [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Mal]].
** ''Pahkitew Island'': While [[FatIdiot Sugar]] was already a villain, [[BitchinSheepsClothing Scarlett]] reveals herself to be the true villain in "Scarlett Fever", but [[AbortedArc she's eliminated]] in the very episode where she fully takes over, along with Max, after which Sugar officialy takes the position again. After she gets eliminated in the penultimate episode of the segment, Dave takes over this position in the finale.
** ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'': Subverted with Josee and Jacques, the Ice Dancers. Though they may be the main antagonists of its first season they don't really contribute to anything majorly bad in the show other than being competitive jerks and are treated more like [[ArcVillain Arc Villains.]]
** [[TheChewToy Ezekiel]] serves as the antagonist for "I See London" in ''World Tour'', and "Zeke and Ye Shall Find" in ''All-Stars'' ([[MilestoneCelebration the 100th episode of the series]]), where, in both of these respective episodes, he kidnaps contestants in a horror-themed challenge.
** [[DepravedKidsShowHost Chris]] himself could be considered this for the first five seasons, due to how cruel he is towards the contestants of the show.
* Quint in ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa''.
* There are several examples of this in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryKids'' and its spinoff, ''WesternAnimation/DroopyMasterDetective'':
** While the Droopy and Dripple shorts consisted of many [[MonsterOfTheWeek one-episode antagonists]], [=McWolf=] is the most prominent and recurring antagonist of them all, with almost all of the shorts featuring him as one. From trying to take over the world or becoming the best business over his rivals, he would do anything to get what he wants. The only other recurring antagonist is the Yolker, who has returned in the spinoff for only one episode, [[AdaptationalSpeciesChange albeit with a different appearance]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ToxicCrusaders'' has Dr. Killemoff, who seeks to pollute Tromaville, the home of the Toxic Avenger and the other Toxic Crusaders, to the point that it can be invaded by his fellow bug-people from the planet Smogula.
* Simon the gremlin in ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollz}}''.
* Verminious Snaptrap, The Chameleon and Bird Brain from ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' form either a BigBadEnsemble or in some episodes a BigBadDuumvirate.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has had the Monarch through the series, though often in a BigBadEnsemble with another villain. In Season 1, Monarch was more of a BigBadWannabe and was competing with more-threatening Baron Ünderbheit to be Rusty Venture's primary arch. In Season 2, he took on more of a VillainProtagonist role with Phantom Limb taking over as the main Big Bad. Come Season 3, Monarch was barred by the [[WeirdTradeUnion Guild of Calamitous Intent]] from arching Dr. Venture, with the AffablyEvil Sgt. Hatred becoming Rusty's Guild-sanctioned arch enemy. Monarch retakes his status as the main Big Bad in Seasons Four and Five, though occasional {{Arc Villain}}s like the returning Phantom Limb, Monstroso, and Molotov Cocktease get their share of focus as well.
* Sagebrush Sid, Dan the Man, Genghis the Lion, Mooch the Fox and Amanda Banshee from ''WesternAnimation/TheWackyWorldOfTexAvery''.
* Lord Hater from ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' was originally this before falling to VillainDecay in-universe. In season 2, he's dethroned by Lord Dominator.
%%* Nom Nom the Koala from ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears''.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'':
** Season 1: The Trix
** Season 2: Lord Darkar
** Season 3: Valtor
** Secret of the Lost Kingdom (first movie): The Ancestral Witches
** Season 4: The Fairy Hunters
** Magic Adventure (second movie): The Trix and the Ancestral Witches
** Season 5: Tritannus
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' had EvilOverlord Phobos in season 1, who was succeeded by Nerissa, a {{Chessmaster}} and [[FallenHero former Guardian]], in season 2. Nerissa was manipulating from behind the scenes even during season 1. Pretty impressive, considering she was [[SealedEvilInACan trapped in a coffin for quite a while.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' has Apocalypse in a more series-wide capacity, since Magneto's HeelFaceRevolvingDoor was played up. Mister Sinister clearly holds this status in Season 2, though.
** In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', Magneto is the Big Bad for the first two seasons, and Apocalypse takes the role in the last two.
** And in ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'', [[AIIsACrapshoot Mastermold]] is the Big Bad of the BadFuture Xavier is stuck in, while [[WellIntentionedExtremist Magneto]] and Senator Robert Kelly largely takes the role among several long-term villains [[spoiler: Though the Inner Circle also has a pretty good claim on driving a lot of the plot]]. The SequelHook set up [[spoiler: Apocalypse]] as the Big Bad for an aborted second season.
%%* Rondo Jr. from ''WesternAnimation/YakkityYak''.
* [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness The Light]], which consists of ComicBook/VandalSavage, [[Really700YearsOld Ra's al Ghul]], ComicBook/LexLuthor, [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Bee]], [[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} Ocean Master]], [[BrainInAJar The Brain]], and [[HumanoidAbomination Klarion the Witch Boy]] in season 1 of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. In season 2, the Light replaces Ocean Master with Black Manta.
** In season 2, the Light shares the role of Big Bad with their mysterious "partner", later revealed to be [[AlienInvasion the Reach]], who are led by [[ManipulativeBastard the Ambassador]], [[MadScientist the Scientist]], and [[SmugSuper Black Beetle]]. Of course, both groups are also using and plotting against the other [[spoiler: and at the end of the season, Black Beetle takes full command of the Reach and sets in motion the doomsday threat the heroes must deal with in the season finale. The very last scene reveals that the Light (or at least Vandal Savage) have been working with Darkseid the entire time]].