The story features two or more {{Big Bad}}s, each of whom has their own distinct agenda and resources. The result can be EvilVersusEvil, EvilerThanThou, EnemyMine, VillainTeamUp or BigBadDuumvirate, but it may be the case that none of the villains have anything to do with each other. Played straight, each BigBad should be of a comparable threat level to prevent one from overshadowing the other.

Having multiple main villains can bring new dimensions to the story and make it more complex and less predictable. It can force TheHero to face a range of different challenges, for example if one villain seeks to TakeOverTheWorld while another is a more personal enemy from his past, though it's possible for both to have identical goals without making the story any less interesting.

The success or failures of one BigBad can affect the fortunes of another as they may have to consider each other in their plans, or might try to profit from another's defeat. The hero might defeat one villain before fighting another, or might regard one as more dangerous or important than the others. The SortingAlgorithmOfEvil may be either avoided- if all the Big Bads are equally powerful and dangerous - or inverted, if some are more powerful and/or more dangerous than others.

Remember this must be simultaneous - if a new BigBad arises only after another is defeated, then this does not count. See also RoguesGallery, which is similar but usually forces established villains to act as MonsterOfTheWeek. When there are so many {{Big Bad}}s involved that one needs a score card to keep them straight, this is TheBigBadShuffle. See also GambitPileup; something that usually result from this trope when these big bads plot against each other for power in the same way they plot against the good guys, which can also sometimes result in a {{Melee A Trois}} between the heroes and the two big bads.

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* Bakura does this a lot in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' with Pegasus, Marik, and Dark Marik, respectively.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has Emperor Charles zi Britannia and his son, Prince Schneizel el Britannia. [[spoiler: The former has an AssimilationPlot called the "Ragnarok", where all humans, living or dead, will become one being in an attempt to destroy all gods and unite all humans. The latter has an AGodAmI mindset, with the plan to launch a KillSat called the Damocles that fires [[FantasticNuke F.L.E.I.J.A.]] missiles, all to unite the world through fear]].
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' features one of these in the Dark Masters, a quartet of Mega-level Digimon who serve as the {{Big Bad}}s of final ten episodes. [=MetalSeadramon=], Puppetmon, Machinedramon, and Piedmon each have their own armies and territories and only appear together once, when they're first introduced. Otherwise they appear to function as four separate {{Big Bad}}s whose mutual goals seem to include ruling over the Digital World and killing the [=DigiDestined=] who are trying to stop them. Otherwise they don't lift a finger to help one another while the children clobber their way up their hierarchy, and in case of [[MonsterClown Piedmon]], he actually seems to ''[[AxCrazy enjoy]]'' watching the other three get obliterated one-by-one. And that's not taking Myotismon, Etemon and Devimon into account.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[SmugSnake Orochimaru]] serves as the BigBad for Part 1, but [[StandardEvilOrganizationSquad Akatsuki]] takes over after Orochimaru gets saddled with VillainDecay. Partway through the second half, [[EvilOldFolks Danzo]] throws his conniving hat into the mix. It becomes TheBigBadShuffle later on when Orochimaru and Akatsuki are defeated and replaced by [[DragonAscendant Kabuto]] and [[TheManBehindTheMan Tobi]], respectively, who form an unstable BigBadDuumvirate. And then there is [[RivalTurnedEvil Sasuke]], the wild card (though he is nominally a pawn of Tobi). The shuffle continues into the final parts of the manga; [[spoiler:Sasuke kills Danzo and helps his brother take Kabuto out of commission, and Tobi forms yet another duumvirate with his [[BackFromTheDead resurrected ancestor]] and PredecessorVillain Madara to summon [[EldritchAbomination the Ten-Tailed Beast]]. Then Sasuke revives Orochimaru and the two of them decide to help the good guys take down Tobi and Madara.]]
** [[spoiler:To make it even more confusing, Chapter 678 has Black Zetsu (literally) backstab Madara and reveal that he isn't a manifestation of Madara's will, but '''''Princess Kaguya's''''', the first chakra user and the mother of the Sage of the Six Paths, and the one ultimately responsible for the Ten-Tails' existence. This puts both Black Zetsu ''and'' her in the running as well.]]
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', most villains tend to survive their arcs and maintain possibility of returning.
** The Four Emperors are the most powerful pirates of the world, ruling the second half of Grand Line. The most antagonistic, as well as the ones with the highest resumes, are [[EvilCounterpart Marshall D. Teach (or Blackbeard)]] (who caused the Whitebeard War in its entirety), [[JerkAss Kaido]] "of the Beasts" (who has ''Doflamingo'' under his wing) and [[TheCaligula Charlotte]] [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever "Big Mom"]] [[ImAHumanitarian Linlin]] (whom Kid and Luffy have personally challenged).
** Several of the Eleven Supernovas could easily turn up as antagonists in the future, but the biggest ones are [[EvilRedhead Eustass Kid]] (the most savage one by far) and [[WildCard Trafalgar Law]] (who's made it clear that he ''will'' go after Luffy eventually).
** The [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Five Elder Stars]], or Gorosei, are five elders that control the World Government, so they're solely responsible for all the reprehensible policies that the World Government operates with. However, they're more of a BiggerBad, since [[GeneralRipper Fleet Admiral Sakazuki]] serves as TheHeavy from the Marine side.
** [[{{Privateer}} Allied with Marines]] are the Seven Warlords of the Sea. While their ranks have dwindled and some are on friendly terms with Luffy and his crew, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul Bartholomew Kuma]], [[AxCrazy Donquixote]] [[EnigmaticMinion Doflamingo]] and [[MasterSwordsman Dracule Mihawk]] are bound to be dealt with at some point. [[spoiler:Doflamingo has actually been confirmed for the mastermind behind the Punk Hazard, but he's actually operating under Kaido.]]
** On the front of former {{Big Bad}}s not affiliated with anybody yet, there are [[MagnificentBastard Sir Crocodile]], who decided to head for the New World when he heard of Luffy's return and [[ManipulativeBastard Buggy]] [[MonsterClown the Clown]], another rival of Luffy for crown of the Pirate King, who's been gathering an [[BadassArmy army of loyal followers]] and also has been contacted by the WG for joining [[spoiler:the Seven Warlords of the Sea]].
* Whenever there's an ArcVillain in Manga/SoulEater, like Arachne, Shaula or Noah (The Tables of Contents), Medusa and Asura are not too far behind, similar to Bakura from above.
* Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed''. The series appears to be shaping up to a battle between [[TheSociopath Muruta Azrael]] of Blue Cosmos and [[PresidentEvil Chairman]] [[GeneralRipper Patrick Zala]] of ZAFT, but the real BigBad [[spoiler:Rau Le Creuset]] is manipulating ''both'' of them in an attempt to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'': Most of the series is defined by a brawl between ZAFT [[PresidentEvil Chairman]] [[DarkMessiah Gilbert]] [[ManipulativeBastard Durandal]] and Blue Cosmos leader [[SmugSnake Lord Djibril]] over control of the world. Interestingly, [[TheChessmaster Durandal]] is much more competent than [[CardCarryingVillain Djibril]], a fact that is made clear from the start. However, despite his StupidEvil status, [[DiabolicalMastermind Djibril]]'s resources, combined with the fact that he's essentially pure evil and is a strong believer in ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill (complete with a WaveMotionGun and a penchant towards [[NukeEm nuclear warfare]]), means that both of them absolutely ''have'' to be defeated in order for the story to end well.
* The [[CosmopolitanCouncil One Shadow Nine Fists]] in [[KenichiTheMightiestDisciple History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi]], consisting of several EvilMentor martial artists, many of which verge into AntiVillain on a handful of occasions, barring Silcardo Jenazad and the mysterious BiggerBad of the group, [[spoiler: Miu's father, Saiga Furinji]]
* ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' did this with [[EvilPoacher Viper Snakely]] and [[EvilOverlord Claw]].
* ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' did this in a way. Megatron was the obvious one, but Starscream later became a BigBad in his own right after an attempt to backstab narrowly failed. Then there's Sideways and Soundwave, who seem to be avenging their homeworld. The comic adds in [[spoiler:Unicron, BackFromTheDead and going all OmnicidalManiac once again.]]
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': While the [[OmnicidalManiac Millennium Earl]] has been the main villain since day one and is still the [[TheHeavy most prominent threat]], recent chapters have [[TheStarscream The Fourteenth]] and [[HumanoidAbomination Apocryphos]] challenging the Earl for the position of Biggest Bad ([[EvilVersusEvil literally]], in the Fourteenth's case). Also, due to the BlackAndGrayMorality of the series, one could also arguably stick Black Order leader [[KnightTemplar Lveille]] on the list as well.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' has [[DiabolicalMastermind Dr. Faker]] and [[MalevolentMaskedMan Tron]], who are opposed to both the protagonists and each other. It remains to be seen which will prove EvilerThanThou.
** [[spoiler:None, they were both beaten by Yuma (through Dr. Faker was the final boss of the first arc), both reformed and both controlled by the bigger bads, the Barians]]
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' and its spinoff ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' have a lot of evil people who oppose each other or don't even know about each other, with [[GambitPileup complex plans that intersect and are hard to keep track of]].
* In the ''Manga/GetterRobo'' manga (but not the anime), the Hundred Demon Empire shows up before the Dinosaur Empire is defeated, leading them to clash both with the heroes and each other. [[VillainPedigree The Dinosaur Empire is the underdog in this fight]], to the point where the Getter Team swear to ''avenge'' the dinosaurs' leader after the demons give him a humiliating death.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' has EvilInc Medical Mechanica, who plans to iron out free thought all over the world, and VillainProtagonist Haruko, who wants to steal the power of legendary SpacePirate Atomsk, which unfortunately involves freeing him from imprisonment by the former by helping them along with their plan (and she doesn't really care what happens afterwards.)
* In ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaFORCE'', there are Curren Hückebein, the leader of the Hückebein Family, and Hades Vandein, the head of the Vandein Cooperation. Both of them are fighting the TSAB, especially Special Duty Section 6, but they also oppose each other. While the Hückebein are huge {{Jerkass}}es, [[AtleastIAdmitIt they admit their actions]], while Hades pretends to be a normal innocent guy despite being ObviouslyEvil, who is even [[EvilerThanThou more evil]] than any of the Hückebein.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Almost every superhero worth his salt has his/her own RoguesGallery, so this is played several times. However, most comic villains can only be counted as {{Big Bad}}s within their own stories. The best examples exist when dealing with crossovers and prolonged {{story arc}}s, which can feature multiple villains and can last several months or even up to a year. Some examples from Franchise/TheDCU include:
** ''[[ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand No Man's Land]]'' involves [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]] being abandoned by the US and falling prey to the crazed villains of Gotham, who take over various parts and rule each as their own fiefdoms. The story climaxes with Lex Luthor and the Joker initiating their own unrelated schemes simultaneously and Batman and co. having to stop them, a takeover under the guise of VillainWithGoodPublicity and a plot to murder new-born infants to break Gotham's spirit, respectively.
** ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'', Chang Tzu, Lex Luthor, Lady Styx, [[spoiler: Neron]], and [[spoiler: evil Skeets, courtesy of Mister Mind]] are all the BigBad to a variety of heroes starring in a number of inter-connected stories.
** [[spoiler: Krona]] and [[spoiler: an undead Swamp Thing, which believes itself to be Nekron]], are the two biggest threats in ''ComicBook/BrightestDay'', but Max Lord, [[spoiler: Eclipso]], [[BigBadDuumvirate Black Manta and Siren]], [[ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} the Queen of Hawkworld]], [[ComicBook/MartianManhunter D'kay Drazz]], and Firestorm (who is actually serving [[spoiler: the Anti-Monitor]]), are all causing all kinds of trouble.
** The ''Comicbook/NewKrypton'' arc in the {{Superman}} comics has Generals [[GeneralRipper Zod]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist Lane]] opposing each other in EvilVersusEvil, though SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor and ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} have their own agendas as well.
* And from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse:
** ''ComicBook/DarkReign'' is about ComicBook/NormanOsborn accumulating substantial political and military power after he is placed in charge of all superhuman matters in the United States. During this he forms [[ComicBook/TheIlluminati The Cabal]] with SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, Emma Frost, ComicBook/{{Namor}}, ComicBook/{{Loki}}, and TheHood, while organizing and running a range of super-teams made up of anti-heroes and lower tiered supervillains. This was a year-long crossover arc that affected several titles, so many heroes in their own stories had to deal both the MonsterOfTheWeek and their own {{story arc}}s while also having to worry about Osborn or his minions.
** The ''Messiah'' MythArc in ''ComicBook/XMen'', which covers a multitude of story arcs from ''Messiah Complex'' up to ''Second Coming'' over a number of years, has the ComicBook/XMen dealing with anti-mutant activists [[spoiler:eventually united under [[KillerRobot Bastion]]]], traitor X-Man [[spoiler: Bishop]] and Stryfe, Selene and her vampiric underling, and appearances by Apocalypse and Sinister amongst others, as well as the possibility that the child they are protecting will grow up to be [[TheAntichrist a mutant Antichrist]]. All of these villains have their own agendas, most revolving around the girl, many of which impact on each other and affect the strength level of the ComicBook/XMen. Some of this takes also place during ''Dark Reign'', which means Osborn and co. factor in too, notably during the ''Utopia X'' story.
** ''ComicBook/{{Infinity}}'' follows [[TwoLinesNoWaiting two plots simultaneously]], so has one of these by default. Namely, a massive EnemyMine alliance (including the bulk of the Avengers) going up against a universal invasion by the Builders, and the remaining heroes on Earth holding off another attempt by ComicBook/{{Thanos}} to regain the Infinity Gems (via an invasion of Earth). And then [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Shuma-Gorath]]]] [[FromBadToWorse shows up...]]
** In ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' vol.2 at first it looked like the BigBad is going to be [[EldritchAbomination the Mother]] but then [[spoiler:Speed got kidnapped]] by what is assumed to be completely different EldritchAbomination posing as [[spoiler: Patriot's impostor]], who seems to happen some nefarious plans for the team, but completely unrelated to Mother's, even if they had one very short VillainTeamUp. And then [[spoiler: adult version of JourneyIntoMystery character Leah]], whose plans may, but don't have to be aligned with either of them, showed up.
** From ''ComicBook/TheKreeSkrullWar'', we have Ronan the Accuser, usurper of the Kree throne, and the Skrull Emperor, opposing both the heroes and each other. H. Warren Craddock, the anti-alien [=McCarthy=]-esque American politician, initially looks like a third contender, but is eventually revealed to be a disguised Skrull agent.
* In ''Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', Dr. Robotnik/Eggman has always been the ArchEnemy of the heroes and premier BigBad of the series. However, over the years, more and more villains of equal or greater threat have shown up to rival the doctor -- [[EvilSorcerer Ixis Naugus]], [[MagnificentBastard Mammoth Mogul]], [[PhysicalGod Enerjak]], [[MadScientist Dr. Finitevus]], [[EvilTwin Scourge]], [[DragonLady the Iron Queen]], and most recently, [[FeatheredFiend the Battle Kukku]] -- so you can't call him the sole BigBad anymore. This has been most apparent in the issues leading up to and following the ''Genesis'' arc, wherein Naugus has currently become the villain most equal to Eggman for the position.
* Across the pond in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' quite a few villains try to take the role of BigBad from Robotnik. The first to try is [[EvilKnockoff Emperor Metallix]] then [[DragonWithAnAgenda Commander Brutus]], after that [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Super Sonic]].
* Simon Furman's run on IDW's ''ComicBook/TransformersOngoing'' comics set up a large number of potential villains from the RoguesGallery. Nemesis Prime and the Dead Universe, The Machination, Shockwave, Doubledealer, The Decepticons, the Deathbringer and his Reapers, Galvatron, and Ramjet all step up to the plate as the bad guys in the numerous plotlines Furman's run had. By the end of his run all of them except the Decepticons and Galvatron have been taken care of however.
** This is cropping up again in the new, Post-War [[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye Transformers]] [[TransformersRobotsInDisguise stories]]. Megatron, Shockwave, Tyrest, the Decepticon Justice Division, and possibly the Galactic Council, all have conflicting plans to control or destroy the Cybertronian race.
* In the IDW Franchise/{{Godzilla}} comic series, we have Space-Godzilla, Monster X, Gigan and Hedorah.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', there's Jade, who is the main BigBad of the story, and Tarakudo, who she intends to replace. Though he's more of a BiggerBad, due to still being [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] at the moment.
* Don Dynamo and the Black Saltier King in [[http://fav.me/d5f2u52 Super Milestone Wars: Year One]].
* Princess Jody, the Black Saltier King, and Don Dynamo in [[http://fav.me/d5fkhe3 Super Milestone Wars: Birthday Fic]].
* Dr. Beeswax and Princess Jody in [[http://fav.me/d5kqh6t Supetastic 6: Year Four]]
* The entire concept of ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6048380/1/The_Hellbound_Hearts The Hellbound Hearts]]'', a Disney fanfic where essentially all the former Big Bads come back for revenge, but they all have their own agendas, so it's hard to figure out which one of them will be the Biggest Bad.
* In the ''Digimon'' story ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1584078/1/ Zero 2: A Revision]]'', after the Emperor arc is over, it dissolves into this: [[ManipulativeBastard UmbraDevimon]] and [[EvilOverlord Demon]] both have their own plans to conquer both worlds; the Gravemon (an {{Expy}} of [[Franchise/{{Halo}} the Flood]]) want to [[AssimilationPlot absorb everything]] in both worlds; [[TheStarscream Piedmon]] briefly goes off on his own; Darkheart -- Davis's SuperpoweredEvilSide -- is created to serve as an agent of [=UmbraDevimon=] but eventually splits (more successfully than Piedmon) and starts tormenting the Digidestined [[ForTheEvulz for shits and giggles]]; Dragomon [[OrcusOnHisThrone waits in the wings]]; and Myotismon is [[TheChessmaster pulling strings]] from the shadows.
* ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfSpyroANewDawn'' has three {{Big Bad}}s at the start, [[AntiVillain Deadlock]] seeking revenge on Spyro and Cynder for the death of her family (which wasn't their fault), Empress Tyrania seeking to conquer the Dragon Realms using Deadlock's plans to provide herself the opening to do so, and [[GentlemanThief Boss Kaze]] who seeks to ransom Pyrus off for the highest amount of money he can. Kaze is only a direct BigBad for Pyrus' storyline, however. [[spoiler:In the end, it's revealed Deadlock's [[TheDragon dragon]] General Grendel is actually TheManBehindTheMan and was manipulating all the others for his own plan of resurrecting an ancient civilization destroying EldritchAbomination to take revenge on the Dragons for banishing the Naga to the Unknown Realms.]]
* In ''FanFic/NaretoTheScretOfShiobi'', the role of BigBad is shared between Danzo, Madara, [[OriginalCharacter Darkeye]], and [[Franchise/AceAttorney Apollo Justice]]. Wait, what?
* In ''Fanfic/GoldenDawnLostSunrise'', the role of main villain is shared by Bonetail, a rogue who is building an army to destroy the Clans, and The Watcher, a mysterious villain from the prologue with mysterious intentions.
* The [[BadFuture Dark World]] arc of the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' initially has only [[EvilOverlord Discord]] as sole BigBad, not counting an [[BigBadWannabe attempt]] by [[TheStarscream the Valeyard]]. However, the Valeyard's FinalSpeech and a few other things hint at the presence of a second force manipulating events in its favor. [[spoiler: It eventually turns out to be [[TheVoice the Nameless Passenger]], the entity who's been manipulating Twilight and her friends from the start. She's revealed to be [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare]] [[IHaveManyNames Eclipse/Paradox]], an [[AlternateSelf alternate version]] of Dark World Twilight who was [[HeWhoFightsMonsters consumed by her hatred of Discord]] and trapped Dark World in a GroundhogDayLoop to punish Discord forever]]. This latter being ends up proving EvilerThanThou and acts as FinalBoss following [[spoiler: Discord's death]].
** Also the Shining Armor Arc. While Shining's ArchEnemy is [[GeneralRipper General-Admiral Makarov]] [[spoiler: aka the [[HumanoidAbomination Shadow of Chernobull]]]], who wants Shining dead no matter what, the even greater threat (to them both) is [[ClockRoaches the Wolf]], an AnimalisticAbomination that sees Shining's presence as a threat to the timeline and wants to [[RetGone erase him]]. [[spoiler: After the Wolf erases Makarov, it takes over as the primary threat.]]
* ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' has four main villains, [[DarkMessiah Red Eye]], [[EvilutionaryBiologist the Goddess]], [[TheEmpire the Enclave]], and the [[spoiler:[[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Steel Rangers]]]], who all overlap each other and are all at odds. As the trope suggests they serve different purposes. Red Eye is a NotSoDifferent EvilCounterpart who forces Little Pip to confront what she really stands for. The Goddess is an EldritchAbomination and TragicMonster, exposing the [[ScienceIsBad evils war created]]. The Enclave serves as example of why no one tried to stop the war and why the wasteland is still a CrapsackWorld, being the ultimate example of the BystanderSyndrome (the Delusional and Apathetic kind). The [[spoiler:Steel Rangers]] force the main characters into questioning WhatMeasureIsAMook (as one of their own is a MookFaceTurn). In addition to this it has numerous {{Arc Villain}}s unconnected with those four.
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', the [[MaiHime Obsidian Lord]] and the Usurper serve as the main antagonists. In Chapter 17-19, a variant occurs with [[spoiler:Ishigami, Nagi and the Bachiko and Meiko team]] being responsible for what happens.
* ''FanFic/ShadowsAwakening'' is an interesting example, as it has ''two'' {{Big Bad Duumvirate}}s ([[EvilSorcerer Daolon Wong]] and [[OurGhostsAreDifferent The Phantom]], [[EnemyWithin The Queen]] and [[SealedEvilInACan Tarakudo]]) that just so happen to be [[EvilVersusEvil opposed to each other]].
* Season 1 of [[Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse The Lunaverse]], in addition to the overall series MythArc of the conflict with [[AGodAmI Corona]], also focuses on a StoryArc of the Luna 6 dealing with the machinations of the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt corrupt Night Court]] (best represented by [[AristocratsAreEvil Duke Greengrass]]). However, this is dealt with in the season's last story, ''At The Grand Galloping Gala'', allowing Corona to take over as sole BigBad in Season 2.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' crossover fic ''FanFic/AShadowOfTheTitans'' is setting up one of these between [[EvilMentor Brother Blood]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Tarakudo]], who are both working to corrupt Jade, independently of each other, and for their own agendas. And then there's the BiggerBad, [[HumanoidAbomination the Cackler]], who transformed Jade into a Shadowkhan and banished her to the TT universe in the first place, for [[HiddenAgendaVillain reasons as of yet unknown]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/{{Kage}}'', [[TheChessmaster Nerissa]] is following her canon plot, while also plotting to steal Jade's [[CastingAShadow powers]] for herself. Meanwhile, [[EnemyWithin the Queen]] is trying to corrupt Jade so that she can perform a SplitPersonalityTakeover. And then there's Yua and Ari, currently closer to BiggerBad status as they watch events unfold on Meridian, waiting for when they can step in and help Jade to fulfill the prophecy that [[TheAntichrist she'll cause Kandrakar's downfall]].
* ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'':
** Series One's main villains are [[EvilUncle Scar]] and [[EvilSorcerer Hago]]. Between the two of them, they're responsible for every life-or-death adventure Simba and Nala face in the season; they [[VillainTeamUp team up once]] mid-season, go their separate ways, then team back up for the last two stories on the season. At this point, [[spoiler: Scar]] goes AxCrazy and proves to be EvilerThanThou... prompting [[spoiler: Hago]] to kill him and become the true BigBad.
** In Series Four, [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Shocker]] is the most prominent villain, but it turns out that everything he wasn't involved in -- and at least one situation he ''was'' -- was orchestrated by [[spoiler: the [[AlienInvasion Vimela]]-[[DemonicPossession possessed]] Mufasa and Sarabi]]. They prove so much worse that Shocker doesn't need too much prompting to [[EnemyMine team up against them]].
* The WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen fanfic "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6592700/1/Wolverine-and-the-X-Men-Season-2 Wolverine and the X-Men: Season 2]]" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin picks up where the original series left off]], with [[spoiler:Apocalypse]] as the upcoming and overriding threat and Mister Sinister as the DragonInChief and TheHeavy since his master has not appeared yet. However, they're far from the only threat, since "Danger Ratings" adds [[spoiler:The Human High Council, led by Cameron Hodge and General William Kincaid]], who are acting in response to Magneto's actions at the end of the original series and will go on to oppose Sinister according to WordOfGod. The series also has [[FatBastard Mojo]] as an ArcVillain for "Danger Ratings", with [[TheSociopath Omega Red]] out for revenge against Weapon X for some reason and Weapon X itself hanging around in the background.
* Almost every character and faction in [[http://kleinerkiller.deviantart.com/gallery/41037509 Yognapped]] can be interpreted as the BigBad, but [[spoiler: [[PhysicalGod Notch]]]] and [[GasMaskLongcoat Sben]] are the most prominent examples. The former is a JerkassGod who [[spoiler: murdered his younger sister to keep his creations intact, then imprisoned his retaliating brother for centuries before killing him anyway]], which destabilized Minecraftia and set the course for [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Collapse]], starting off the events of the series. The latter wants to properly destroy Minecraftia, and tries to accomplish this by flooding population centers with ruthless soldiers and unmatched firepower. [[spoiler: It gets even worse once he's resurrected by Notch's aforementioned brother.]]
** The [[TheChessmaster Alpha]] [[MagnificentBastard Griefer]] also counts, though his tactics are much cleaner than Sben's and he has legitimate motivations for the destruction he causes. [[spoiler: He points this out to Sben in a conversation, before one of his sleeper agents non-lethally shoots the latter in the back.]]
** [[spoiler: Towards the end of the series, even the heroic Lewis falls under this]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' is a chess duel between the Penguin, Catwoman, and original character Max Shreck. The Penguin is clearly the main villain and certainly the main threat as his plans increasingly escalate to mass murder and eventually destroying Gotham City itself, but the other two are formidable problems and all three engage in double-dealing, backstabbing and triple-crossing.
* ''Film/LoversLane'' features three distinct killers; Doctor Jack Grefe, his daughter Chloe, and sexual sadist Ray Hennessey. All three of them use [[HooksAndCrooks hooks]] though.
* ''On Stranger Tides'', the fourth ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film, has a three-way one between Blackbeard, Barbossa, and the Spaniard. All three want to get to the Fountain of Youth, albeit for different reasons, and all oppose each other- with [[LoveableRogue Jack Sparrow]] caught in the middle.
* In ''Satan's Playground'' we get the psychotic Leeds family, a group of Satanists, and TheJerseyDevil.
* In the second ''Film/GingerSnaps'' film, we are introduced to a werewolf who is simply TheHeavy of the story, but the BigBad who comes out on top is [[spoiler:Ghost.]]
* The comedy-horror ''Psycho Sleepover'' has a mass breakout at a mental institution, so the main characters have deal with dozens of different psychos.
* ''Film/WithoutWarning'' has the alien hunter and a psychotic ShellShockedVeteran.
* ''Film/TheHobbit'' has ''three'' {{Big Bad}}s. The dragon Smaug serves as the overarching BigBad for the entire trilogy and the ultimate obstacle for the protagonists attempting to retake Erebor. Azog the Defiler serves as a more "direct threat" villain, spending most of the films hounding the heroes. Finally, there's the Necromancer, responsible for the corruption of mirkwood and [[spoiler:who is revealed to be [[BiggerBad Sauron]] preparing for his big comeback and rebuilding his armies. He's also Azog's boss, but Azog is still acting on his own]].
* ''Film/LayerCake'' features a Serbian drug trafficker, Eddie Temple, and [[spoiler:Jimmy Price.]] All three are leaders of prominent criminal organizations, with various motivations for inciting the plot. Eddie Temple is the most benevolent one, and X comes to work for him.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'': [[spoiler:Khan and Admiral Marcus. The former wants to revive his crew of superhumans and take over the Earth, while the latter plans to sacrifice the ''Enterprise'' so he can start a war with the Klingons.]]
* ''Film/EscapeFromLA''. The American President is a religious fascist who turned his country into a police state and is willing to destroy entire countries if necessary to maintain his supremacy. [[NotSoDifferent Meanwhile]], Cuervo Jones runs the largest gang in Los Angeles and has united Latin America under the Shining Path to invade the United States to get that power himself.
* ''Film/TwoGuns'' has the heroes going up against no less than three different villainous factions -- a cartel boss, a corrupt Navy commander, and a dirty CIA operative. The final shootout is between [[MeleeATrois all four groups]].
* ''Film/XMen'':
** In ''Film/TheWolverine'', [[spoiler: there are two separate villainous factions in this movie: One led by Shingen Yashida, and one led by Shingen's father Ichirō.]]
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' has three characters, acting largely independently and often at cross-purposes, who take the primary actions leading to the BadFuture: [[MadScientist Bolivar Trask]], [[DarkActionGirl Mystique]], and Magneto.
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* In LetTheRightOneIn and its film adaptions, there is Conny/Kenny, the main characters bully. There is also Lacke who tries to kill the main vampiric character. In the American adaption, Lacke is replaced by an unnamed police officer who is a Designated Villain at best. There is also Jimmy, who is the FinalBoss and Conny/Kenny's BigBrotherBully, and he takes the role of the BigBad by storm.
* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'' there are numerous {{Big Bad}}s active throughout the series, mostly independent of one another if prone to making and breaking alliances at whim- [[MagnificentBastard High Lord Aquitaine]][[note]]the initial apparent BigBad, though he's eventually revealed to be an AntiVillain and WellIntentionedExtremist[[/note]], [[ManipulativeBitch Invidia Aquitaine]][[note]]technically her husband's Dragon, albeit a DragonWithAnAgenda, and later is forced to play the same role to the Vord Queen, but a scheme she did years ago is eventually revealed to have set much of the series in motion before she was allied to either[[/note]], High Lord Kalarus[[note]]the most visible villain of the middle three books, and easily the most psychotic and depraved of the entire ensemble, if ultimately a rather clumsy and obvious foe[[/note]], [[EvilSorcerer Sarl]][[note]]only lasts two books, but his actions very nearly set the stage for TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnow it, earning him his position here; also notable as the first major villain Tavi takes down entirely on his own devices[[/note]], and [[HiveQueen the Vord Queen]][[note]]who builds up slowly across the series, but is the ultimate final villain and most dangerous threat to the world at large[[/note]] are the biggies, and High Lord Rhodes is billed as one, despite [[HufflepuffHouse very limited development and pagetime]].
* In ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', there are several villainous characters (the majority of the [[JerkassGods gods actually fall under this]]), but the most prominent are [[AntiVillain Loki]], [[EldritchAbomination Ka Anor]], and [[MagnificentBastard S]][[ManipulativeBastard e]][[BastardBastard n]][[HotWitch n]][[BarrierMaiden a]].
* Creator/RobinHobb did this in the ''Literature/{{Farseer}}'' trilogy with Prince Regal and the Red Ships.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', the Big Bads are Lord Voldemort and [[HeadInTheSandManagement Cornelius Fudge]] (with [[SadistTeacher Dolores Umbridge]] as DragonInChief), though they have nothing to do with each other.
* ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara''. There's the [[DarkMagicalGirl Isle Witch]] and her [[EvilMentor former mentor]] The Morgawr, who form a BigBadDuumvirate, and are plotting against both the heroes and one another in their race to claim the books of magic that the ''Jerle Shannara'' is voyaging to find. There's also [[DiscOneFinalBoss Antrax]], the KnightTemplar computer system that guards the books against all comers, and operates completely independently of the other two. Between them, they manage to do a whole lot of damage to the heroes' and one another.
* In the first MythArc of ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Tigerclaw and Brokenstar were this for a while. [[spoiler: Then they teamed up and Brokenstar died.]] In the ''Power of Three'' arc, both [[spoiler: Sol and Tigerstar]] were vying for the spot of BigBad, and the arc ends with [[spoiler: Sol leaving, however he has been confirmed to return in book five of the Omen of the Stars arc, and Tigerstar is still around.]] And then you've got the end of the ''Omen of the Stars'' arc, which brings ''all'' the {{Big Bad}}s back to try and get revenge from beyond the grave.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Littlefinger, the Lannisters, the [[spoiler: Boltons and Freys]] although they're working, sort of, for the Lannisters, [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned Extremists]] [[spoiler: Varys]] and Melisandre and, overshadowing them all, [[BiggerBad the Others]].
* Swedish writer Simona Ahrnstedt gives us three villains in her debut novel ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}''. We have Wilhelm Löwenström, the abusive head of the household, his son Edvard, a serial abuser sadistic [[TheSociopath sociopath]], and last but not least Carl-Jan Rosenschiöld. And what is their common goal? To use the female protagonist Beatrice for their own gain or pleasure! (Wilhelm and Edvard, her own uncle and her own cousin, want to marry her off to Rosenschiöld...)
* For most of ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy'', [[TheChosenOne Morgon]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Raederle]] have to deal with the separate threats of [[EvilSorcerer Ghisteslwchlohm]] and the [[AbusivePrecursors Earth-Masters]], who are apparently lead by [[HotWitch Eriel]]... up until about the last third of the last book, when Eriel captures Ghisteselwchlohm and [[MindRape forcibly]] [[DemotedToDragon demotes him to her Dragon]].
* ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'': The villains in the main part of the novel are Warlord Zsinj and Gethzerion, leader of the Nightsisters; they form something of an alliance but don't trust each other at all. People who are partially responsible for why the heroes go to Dathomir in the first place and can be considered antagonists are [[spoiler:Ta'a Chume]], who sends assassins after Leia, inadvertently driving her into Isolder's arms, Threkin Horm, who apparently attempts to send Han on a long mission to separate him from Leia, and possibly Omogg, a previous "owner" of Dathomir, who [[{{Retcon}} according to a later sourcebook]] lets Han have it specifically to get back at Zsinj.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Has this in its final two seasons. Although there's the main BigBad that serves as the chief antagonist there's also a clear threat in a former hero working against everyone trying to kill said antagonist for personal reasons and who also has to be stopped because if he succeeds the consequences could actually make things even worse: [[spoiler: Tony Almeida to Alan Wilson]] in season 7 and [[spoiler: Jack Bauer ([[VillainProtagonist despite being the protagonist]]) to what was already a Triumvirate of Charles Logan, Allison Taylor, and Yuri Suvarov]] in season 8.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'' takes place in an asylum run by a [[NunTooHoly tyrannical nun]], who is fighting with one of the [[MadScientist doctors who experiments on their patients]], while a [[DemonicPossession demonically possessed nun]], a SerialKiller [[spoiler: posing as a one of the doctors]], and [[spoiler: some aliens]] run around the asylum doing awful things to the rest of the cast [[ForTheEvulz for kicks]].
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** This show was a master of this trope - at the height of Season 3, the Big Bads ([[AmoralAttorney Lila Morgan]], [[KnightTemplar Daniel]] [[BadassNormal Holtz]], and [[OutsideContextVillain Sajjhan]]) each got about as much screentime as the heroic main cast. Fans still debate over which of them "won" in terms of being the season's defining villain, while a few [[TakeAThirdOption nominate a fourth character entirely]].
** The series is this, the big bads being Wolfram & Hart and Jasmine, who is directly or [[ArcWelding retroactively]] responsible for many events of the series [[spoiler:until her death in season 4. After that point, Wolfram & Hart's Senior Partners stay as the undisputed Big Bads of the show]].
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' briefly delves into this in Seasons 3 and 4, when Gus Fring and TheCartel are at war. They eventually resolve their dispute peacefully, [[spoiler:only for Gus to then kill them all and avenge his friend / possible lover Max]].
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Season 4 has Commandant Grayza of the Peacekeepers and Emperor Staleek of the Scarran Empire, who are actually [[EvilVersusEvil at war with each other]] as well as with the protagonists.
* ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'': The Negative Syndicate.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'': As of episode 33, it's between [[spoiler:Ryoma Sengoku and a Duumvirate consisting of Redyue and Mitsuzane Kureshima]]. Given how many episodes are whams, this is subject to change at any time.
* ''Series/{{Nikita}}'':
** Season 2 is shaping up to this: in addition to the EvilVersusEvil rivalry between [[GovernmentConspiracy the Division]] and [[MegaCorp Zetrov]] (the {{Big Bad}}s in this case being their respective leaders [[TheSociopath Amanda]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Sergei Semak]]), there are also the various members of [[BigBadDuumvirate Oversight]], TheManBehindTheMan to Division [[spoiler: (to whom Amanda has become TheStarscream)]]. Oh, and former BigBad [[MagnificentBastard Percy]] -- despite his current condition of [[spoiler: being locked in a maximum security prison]] -- is still semi-active and plotting against everyone else.
** Update as of the middle of the season: [[spoiler: Oversight -- bar one member who pulled a HeelFaceTurn -- have all been killed on orders from Percy, who's escaped prison and is plotting revenge. Meanwhile, Amanda is revealed to be in a secret alliance with Semak's [[TheDragon Dragon]] Ari Tasarov; [[BigBadDuumvirate together]], they're plotting against both Semak ''and'' the protagonists]]. So in some ways things have gotten simpler, and in some they've gotten even ''more'' complicated.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** The Evil Queen/Regina and Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold. While they've [[BigBadDuumvirate worked together]], by the end of the first season they've ended up in a MagnificentBastard [[EvilVersusEvil versus]] MagnificentBastard tennis match, with all of the good guys in the middle of the fight.
** Then in the second season, we get Regina's more evil mother Cora and Rumplestiltskin's sworn enemy Captain Hook. They start out as a BigBadDuumvirate, but Hook is later cast out of it while [[spoiler: Cora gets her daughter to join her. And in the last quarter of the season, ''another'' BigBadDuumvirate appears: a pair of {{Muggles}}, Greg and Tamara, who are assisted by Hook.]]
* ''Series/PennyDreadful'' has this as a natural result of the number of PlotThreads the series has:
** The Master vampire (most likely Dracula), with [[spoiler: [[EvilAllAlong Mina Murray]]]] serving as [[MouthOfSauron his proxy]] is season 1.
** [[FrankensteinsMonster Caliban]], for Victor's storyline.
** The entity possessing Vanessa, which claims to be {{Satan}} himself.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Straddles the line between this trope and a RoguesGallery. Occasionally multiple villains will show up in a single episode.
* Done on occasion in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', although not as often as the "one after another" format.
** ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' features the Machine Empire and Rita and Zedd, both of them trying to kill the Rangers and conquer Earth, but spending nearly as much effort against each other as against the humans.
** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' had Moltor, Flurious, the Fearcats, and the Ninjas, all of whom had their own agendas, but who kept out of each others' ways for the most part as they took turns trying to kill the Rangers. Except for the [[MilestoneCelebration 15th anniversary episode]], where Rita and Zedd's son convinces them to [[VillainTeamUp join forces]] in order to take out the Rangers. It works, but a team of veteran Rangers fills in until the OO team gets their powers back, and [[SnapBack the villains fall right back into their old patterns immediately afterwards]].
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': So the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot pilot]] of the first season starts off with General Sebastian Monroe of the Monroe Republic as the Big Bad. Then there's Randall Flynn popping in and out, before he teams up with Monroe in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand episode 11]]. Tom Neville started out as Monroe's loyal dragon, until he had to run off to save his neck in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame episode 13]]. [[spoiler: By the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower first season finale]], Tom Neville takes charge of the Monroe Republic via a coup, Monroe is on the run from said coup, Randall succeeded in his mission and killed himself afterward, and now the American government Randall's been working for is coming back to retake what's theirs]].
* ''Series/TheSecretCircle'': So far, there's at least both Charles and Dawn — who often seem on the verge of stabbing each other in the back — and the witch hunters (especially Eben), neither of whom really seem to know about each other. There's also the threat of demons, along with anything else that may come up. BigBadDuumvirate: John Blackwell and Eben are both the real BigBad in the season finale.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' loves this trope. While the first three seasons had [[MagnificentBastard Lionel Luthor]] as a more or less consistent BigBad, later ones got much more iffy and complicated, often featuring one human antagonist, and a superpowered one:
** Season 4 had Lionel competing with [[EvilMatriarch Genevieve Teague]] and [[WickedWitch Margaret Isobel Thoreaux]] for control of the Stones of Power.
** Season 5 had Lex Luthor up to no good while Braniac attempted to free General Zod.
** Season 6 had Lex continue his villainy amidst the Phantom Zone prisoners running amok, culminating with Bizarro's debut.
** Season 7, had ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} and LexLuthor as the primary antagonists, the former out to end the world, the latter attempting to find out Clark's secret no matter what the cost.
** Season 8 was probably the most complicated, with Brainiac back and firmly in OmnicidalManiac territory, while new villains [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Tess Mercer]] and [[PersonOfMassDestruction Doomsday]] entered the scenario, with [[spoiler: [[EvilCripple Lex]]]] and [[SealedEvilInACan Faora]] as their respective Man Behind The Man's and {{Bigger Bad}}s. One would expect that one of {{The Chessmaster}}s would win out, but when the dust settles it's [[SerialKiller Doomsday]] and his host, Davis, who are the last villain standing, serving as the main emotional and physical threat as the season draws to a close.
** In Season 9, [[FourStarBadass Zod]] and [[GovernmentConspiracy Checkmate]], led by [[TheChessmaster Amanda Waller]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Maxwell Lord]], competed with one another and the main cast for control of the metahumans and the world.
** Finally, Season 10 would appear to have Comicbook/{{Darkseid}} as the BigBad, with [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic Rick]] [[SmugSnake Flag]] and the Comicbook/SuicideSquad trying to take down the government and the Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}, [[GeneralRipper Slade Wilson]] and the Vigilante Registration Agency (VRA) trying to force all heroes onto the government payroll, and [[EnfantTerrible Alexander Luthor]], [[AlternateUniverse Earth-2]] [[TheSocialDarwinist Lionel]], and the real [[{{Archenemy}} Lex]] all waiting in the wings. It ends up subverted though, as Slade is a DiscOneFinalBoss corrupted by Darkseid himself, and the others are just {{Big Bad Wannabe}}s when compared to the GodOfEvil that is The Great Lord of the Dark.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': This series almost always had one single BigBad whom SG-1 had to contend with. In the later part of season 8, however, they were simultaneously faced with two {{Galactic Conqueror}}s: the Goa'uld System Lord Anubis, an immortal EnergyBeing who is leading the combined Goa'uld forces behind the scenes with Ba'al as a puppet, and Replicator Carter, the humanoid leader of the Replicators, a HordeOfAlienLocusts. The Replicators proceed to invade the Milky Way to consume everything as [[EvilVersusEvil the two evil factions duke it out among each other]], while SG-1 and the Free Jaffa try to take Dakara to free the Goa'uld-dominated worlds. Anubis wants to use a weapon on the planet to wipe out all life, while [=RepliCarter=] tries to find a way to destroy Anubis and rule herself.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': By the final arc, Sisko is having to deal with the entirely separate threads of the [[EvilEmpire Dominion]] and their allies on one hand and [[TheAntichrist Dukat]] and [[GodOfEvil the Pah-Wraiths]] on the other.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' tended to have more or less consistent {{Big Bad}}s for its first four seasons, before using this trope in season five:
** In season five [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] is freed from his Cage, and starts the Apocalypse. He wants to wipe out all humans, [[spoiler:as well as the demons]], and turn the Earth into his own personal playground, considering it a last testament of God's work. On the other side of this are the forces of Heaven, led by the ArchangelMichael. While Michael is the LesserOfTwoEvils between the two, he still intends to destroy part of humanity as a "necessary sacrifice" for defeating the forces of Hell and bringing about Paradise on Earth. The Winchesters finds them both despicable, and strive to find another way to beat the devil. [[spoiler:In the end, Lucifer and Michael both get trapped in the Cage.]]
** Season six takes it even further, featuring four separate {{Big Bad}}s. Early on in the season, to start with, we have [[MagnificentBastard Crowley]] - the new King of Hell - who wants to find Purgatory and take control of its souls, and the ArchangelRaphael, who is trying to take control of Heaven and restart the Apocalypse. Then, midway through the season, we meet [[EldritchAbomination Eve]], the [[MotherOfAThousandYoung "Mother of All"]], who wants to [[KillAllHumans overrun the world with her "children"]]. And ''then'', a few episodes before the season finale, we find out that [[spoiler: [[WellIntentionedExtremist Castiel]]]] has been in a [[EnemyMine tentative alliance]] with Crowley to find Purgatory so that he can [[spoiler: defeat Raphael and prevent his plans from coming to fruition]].\\
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[[spoiler: Eve is killed about the same time we find out about Castiel and Crowley's alliance, so that knocks her out of the competition.]] This all comes to a head in the season finale, where [[spoiler: Castiel cuts Crowley out of the deal; Crowley retaliates by teaming up with Raphael, only for Castiel to [[OutGambitted Out-Gambit]] them both. He absorbs the souls of Purgatory, kills Raphael, and sends Crowley running, all before [[AGodAmI proclaiming himself the new God]]]].
** Season eight has the Winchesters fighting both Crowley and the angel Naomi -- the latter indirectly most of the season through [[spoiler: her ManchurianAgent Castiel]] -- for control of the Word of God tablets. Abaddon gets in on the act near the end of the season as a potential [[TheStarscream Starscream]] for Crowley [[spoiler: while Naomi has a HeelRealization in the finale, only to be [[RedemptionEqualsDeath killed]] by [[EvilAllAlong Metatron]], who casts a spell to banish ''all'' angels from Heaven.]]
** Season nine builds on the previous season's Ensemble as it stood at the end of the season: [[KnightTemplar Bartholomew]] and [[TheSociopath Malachi]] emerge as the leaders of the civil war amongst the [[spoiler: fallen angels]], with [[spoiler: Metatron]] — now in full AGodAmI mode — also recruiting in order to secure his own position [[spoiler: as sole ruler of Heaven]]. Meanwhile, Abbadon is continuing to try and usurp Crowley's position, while Crowley himself now a WildCard. In something of a subversion, Bartholomew [[spoiler: is impaled by Cas in his second appearance]] while Malachi [[spoiler: doesn't get a second appearance, being KilledOffscreen by Gadreel]].
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' in it's first season had Laura Plamer's killer [[spoiler: Leland/BOB]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ben Horne]] . After [[spoiler: the Laura Palmer mystery was solved]] the BigBadEnsemble shifted to [[spoiler: Jean Renault]], Windom Earle and then finally [[spoiler: BOB again]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', it's not a question of who's trying to [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy Creation]] -- it's a question of who's pulling ahead in the race. The Deathlords want to feed the world into the great cosmic garbage disposal in the name of their eternally-dying-but-not-yet-dead god bosses, the Yozis want to make Creation indistinguishable from Hell on the ''very'' off chance that they might be allowed to move in then, and TheFairFolk view Creation the same way one would view a turd in the swimming pool and want it to stop ruining their beautiful chaos.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''being a [[CrapsackWorld supremely cheery place]], has entire ''armies'' of this trope. The Chaos Gods and their Champions, the Dark Elf Lords (headed by Malekith the Witch King), the Skaven Warlords, the Orc Warbosses and the Vampire Counts (their founder, [[BiggerBad Nagash]], would easily qualify if he was still around), and others.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', had this as well, mostly inspired by those above: At the very top of the SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat are [[EldritchAbomination the Chaos Gods]] and the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranid]] HiveMind, and going down there are the [[OneWingedAngel Daemon Primarchs]], Chaos Lords, Ork Warbosses, Dark Eldar Archons and the various sundry madmen and psychopaths the galaxy breeds like mosquitoes.
** Don't you need at least one "good" faction for this trope? The Imperium, Eldar, Tau, and Necrons would ''also'' be over-the top villains by the standards of any other setting.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', [[GodOfEvil Yawgmoth]] was the main villain before he got wiped from existence. Now the story has this trope between [[FromASingleCell the remains of]] [[TheVirus Phyrexia]], [[SealedEvilInACan the Eldrazi]], and [[TheChessmaster Nicol Bolas]].
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* ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'': Judas, [[BigBadDuumvirate Caiaphas and Annas]], Pilate, and Herod all participate equally as villains toward Jesus, the protagonist. All are sympathetic to a degree except Herod (Caiaphas and Annas want to protect the Jewish people, Judas is concerned that Jesus is bigger than even he can handle, and Pilate only sentences Jesus to death because Jesus refuses to fight back), but all contribute to Jesus's crucifixion.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' has most of Bat's RoguesGallery vying for the position of BigBad over the course of the game. [[spoiler:At the end, Hugo Strange and The Joker take their positions as the two {{Big Bad}}s of the game, with Ra's al Ghul as BiggerBad to the former.]]
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' has this with M. Bison and Akuma, who both have their own agendas which revolve around the hero Ryu. Bison's goals revolve around his plan to TakeOverTheWorld, while Akuma is more of a NobleDemon and BloodKnight trying to goad Ryu into surrendering to the DarkSide to give him an ultimate showdown. In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'', Seth adds to the list, while in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' (which chronologically takes place ''after'' IV) Gill takes the place of Bison.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' originally had this, with players having to fight several {{Big Bad}}s of varying importance such as Van Cleef, Nefarian or Hakkar. Later patches and expansions generally focus on one threat, but the ensemble is still technically present, mainly with the [[ZombieApocalypse Scourge]], the [[TheLegionsOfHell Burning Legion]], and the [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]].
* The ''Disciples'' series of TurnBasedStrategy games has a number of major villains in conflict with one another, including [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Mortis]], [[{{Satan}} Bethrezen]], [[TheAntichrist Uther]], and [[spoiler: [[GollumMadeMeDoIt Gallean]]]]. None of them are powerful enough to claim the title of ''the'' BigBad, but all of them are serious threats to the setting.
* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' featured the former [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]] of Darth Nihilus, Darth Sion, and Darth Traya. Prior to the story they led a massive assassination campaign against the Jedi still alive after the events of the first game, but Sion and Nihilus turned on Traya, the teacher and parted ways, though Traya survived; thus, all three are up to no good in the story and have to be deat with. Sion seeks to kill you; Traya seeks to corrupt you; and Nihilus, the most powerful, doesn't really care about you, but is the greatest and most imminent threat to the galaxy.
** There are two more, actually - Atris, the one who summoned the Jedi to Katarr and unwittingly drew Nihilus into the universe; and GO-TO, the one who put a bounty so large that ''every'' criminal wants a piece of it.
* The main ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' trilogy has [[OmnicidalManiac the Prophet of Truth]] at the head of [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Covenant]] and [[EldritchAbomination the Gravemind]] representing [[TheVirus the Flood]].
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankToolsOfDestruction'' had a definite BigBad in the form of [[TheEmperor Emperor Tachyon]], but Ratchet was also menaced by [[SpacePirates Captain Slag]], who serves as the games second major villain.
* ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' has 3 different UltimateEvil entities competing for the power of the Mana Tree. Which one succeeds and ends up becoming the main villain depends on which hero you choose as your main character.
* Likewise with ''LegendOfMana'', which has multiple plot-arcs running together simultaneously throughout the game, each of which features a world-threatening BigBad behind everything.
* A staple in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** ''Videogame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has you dealing with Darkspawn led by the Archdemon while dodging assassination attempts and other nefarious plots from [[spoiler: Teryn Loghain]]. Doubles as TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil, as [[spoiler: Loghain]] is more of a WellIntentionedExtremist than a true villain, whereas the Archdemon wants to destroy everything in it's path.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'', you are caught in a crossfire between two [[spoiler:sentient Darkspawn, the Architect, and the Mother]], each with their own army of Darkspawn, while having to deal with a conspiracy of local nobles unhappy about the Grey Wardens being granted their land.
** In ''Videogame/DragonAgeII'' there are many people that could qualify as being a BigBad. In the framing story, one character thinks that it's ''you''.
* The ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' series has multiple BigBad characters, and in the later games (especially ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon'') they ended up operating at the same time due to the series' tendency to keep old characters while introducing new threats. The most prominent would probably be TheEmperor Shao Kahn, the GodOfEvil Shinnok, the preceeding and resurrected emperor Onaga, and (to a slightly lesser extent) the duo of TheStarscream sorcerers Shang Tsung and Quan Chi. Shao Kahn would probably be the one with the best claim to being ''the'' Big Bad of the series, as he was the main villain in the largest number of games, and also the canonical winner of ''Armageddon'' according to ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9''.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar 3'' has [[GodIsEvil Zeus]], Gaia, and [[spoiler: Athena]].
* Archie and Maxie, the leaders of Team Aqua and Team Magma, in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon Emerald]]'', and any adaptations of the plot of the Advance games (In the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Anime]] and [[Manga/PokemonSpecial Manga]]), even though in ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire'' only one of them was the villain while the other helped the protagonist.
* In ''Franchise/ResidentEvil Survivor'', we have a janitor DrivenToMadness by the zombie outbreak, the leader of a mercenary group sent to [[LeaveNoWitnesses cover up]] the outbreak, and [[spoiler:the Umbrella executive responsible for the whole mess]].
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' had Lord Deus as the leader of the Demigods fighting the Gohma, while Asura is opposed to both of them. [[spoiler: Then the true ending adds the Golden Spider[=/=]Chakravartin as the BiggerBad]].
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' looks to have Dark Falz as its BigBad. [[spoiler:Defeating him in a story mission reveals, however, that there are actually several Dark Falzes, of which the one you defeated, Dark Falz Elder, is only one. Aside from him, there is also Apprentice, who takes the form of a female Newman; Double, a pair of human twins; and Persona, a mysterious masked man.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' has Greene and Randall being the big nasties of the Infected and the Military factions out to get each other.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has this with [[OmnicidalManiac Harbinger]] and [[spoiler:[[MagnificentBastard the Illusive Man]]]]... initially. While [[spoiler: The Illusive Man and Cerberus]] are a separate threat in their own right, and fight the Reapers occasionally, by the end [[spoiler: The Illusive Man is ultimately nothing more than Harbinger's unwitting pawn.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'' has Arcturus Mengsk, Sarah Kerrigan, the Tal'darim Protoss, and [[spoiler:Amon]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'', the bad guys are Charnel, Pyro, Stratos, and Marduk.
* ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' has Grimskull [[spoiler: and Nemeroth.]]
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' only has one BigBad in the vanilla game: Caesar, leader of a horde of barbaric Roman wannabes, who is trying to defeat the New California Republic and annex New Vegas. However, with all DLC installed, it's revealed that there are more villains who have their own plans- ''all'' of which are even more dangerous than Caesar. The ensemble ends up consisting of Caesar, Ulysses, Father Elijah, and Dr. Klein.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has three major antagonists: [[spoiler: Seymour Guado, Yu Yevon, and Sin, aka Jecht.]]
** [[spoiler:Though Jecht as Sin is merely an extension of Yu Yevon's will and is mostly just his DragonInChief by all accounts.]]
* ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' gives us [[KnightTemplar Zachary]] [[TheFundamentalist Comstock]] and [[RebelLeader Daisy]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Fitzroy]], [[spoiler: though Fitzroy leaves the plot early and then the game focuses completely on Comstock]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' has Krelian, Ramsus, Miang, the Emperor, the Gazel Ministry, and Grahf.
* ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration 2nd Super Robot Wars Original Generation]]'' has the Garden of Baral, [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsClassic the Guests]], the Gaia Sabers, and the [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsDestiny Ruina]].
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' has antagonists representing all three alignments: [[KnightTemplar The Three Wise Men]] (with [[SmugSnake Mastema]] as DragonInChief) for Law, [[TheDevil Louisa Ferre]] and [[MotherNature Mem Aleph]] for Chaos, and [[PrivateMilitaryContractor Captain Jack]] for Neutrality. Notably, Jack is the only human villain, the only one without a single redeeming quality or idealistic motive, the only one who cannot be sided with, and the only one to die no matter what path is taken. Should tell you all you need to know about him, really.
** [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks Lucifer and YHVH]] are this for the whole series, and are obviously opposed to one another as well as the protagonists. How evil each is [[DependingOnTheWriter varies depending on the game]], though Lucifer is at least usually ([[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV but not always]]) the more honorable of the two.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Hitman}} Hitman Absolution]]'' has [[CorruptHick Blake Dexter]] and [[NotSoDifferent Benjamin Travis]], who both want [[MacGuffinGirl Victoria]] for different reasons.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Devin Weston]] and [[InterserviceRivalry Steve Haines]]. Weston has a bigger influence over the story, but Haines is a bigger menace. Along with that, [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Wei Cheng]] and [[GangBanger Stretch]] serve as personal menaces to Trevor and Franklin, respectively, and are dealt with in the GoldenEnding.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' has Cyrus Temple and [[spoiler: Killbane]]. With [[spoiler: Killbane]] it's an ItsPersonal situation, being the head of the main rival gang and a ShadowArchetype of the Boss. With Temple, he's a threat to both the Siants and the Syndicite, as [[ArmiesAreEvil STAG]] has more powerful resources then either Saints or the Syndicite, making him a bigger threat.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' While the game has many villains through it's installments (Heihachi Mishima, Kazuya Mishima, Ogre, and later Jinpachi Mishima, Jin Kazama, and Azazel) in which some are present in multiple games, sometimes their presence as literal antagonists is often played straight. Tekken 4 (and Blood Vengeance to a lesser extent) had Heihachi Mishima and Kazuya Mishima both fighting over each other, as antagonists towards Jin Kazama. In Tekken 6, Lars found himself facing opposition from Kazuya Mishima, Jin Kazama AND Azazel.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' features Dr. Eggman and Black Doom, both with their own plans to conquer the world. Depending on which path you take and who you side with, G.U.N. may oppose you as well, although they fall more into the HeroAntagonist group.
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', there are several factions, both good and evil, and most of the evil ones can qualify as independent big bads:
** Lord Xykon is the most prominent throughout the story, though he might not be the ultimate big bad. [[spoiler: Redcloak [[DragonWIthAnAgenda pretends to be]] his [[TheDragon Dragon]]]].
** The IFCC is a [[BigBadDuumvirate Big Bad Triumvirate]].
** As revealed in Start of Darkness, [[spoiler:the Dark One, the goblin deity. Redcloak is really his [[TheDragon Dragon.]]]]
** Elan's brother Nale probably doesn't count (though [[BigBadWannabe he certainly thinks he does]]), but [[spoiler: his father Tarquin is shaping up to be one]].
** With the end of Book Five [[spoiler: Tarquin might be demoted to villain fo another story, but Hel, Northen Godess of Death, has joined race for the gate in his place]].
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' had a sort of "guess the BigBad" thing going on with several characters being built up as potential "FinalBoss" candidates:
** Black Mage, VillainProtagonist and hinted at eventually ([[CerebusSyndrome seriously]]) betraying his comrades. [[spoiler:Which does happen before the plot gets [[HijackedByGanon Hijacked By Sarda]].]]
** The Dark Warriors. In the beginning, Garland seemed to be a joke villain who had a greater role in the story. [[spoiler:It turns out their purpose was to become {{Fake Ultimate Hero}}es.]]
** Sarda, the biggest threat whose motives were hidden, but came across as a TricksterMentor. [[spoiler:He turns out to be the "real" BigBad but is assimilated by Chaos.]]
** The Fiends, who were teaming up in Hell as they were killed. [[spoiler:Killed by Black Mage.]]
** "Darko," who was TheDragon to BiggerBad Chaos and trying to manipulate Black Mage [[spoiler:(and previously Garland)]] into bringing about his plans. [[spoiler: He eventually gives up.]]
** And finally, Chaos, said BiggerBad the villains were destined to eventually face. [[spoiler:They do, at a point in time they're woefully unprepared for it. Chaos is killed off-screen by White Mage instead, saving the world and setting up the Dark Warriors as the ones who defeated him.]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', has [[EvilOverlord Lord Tedd]], [[HiddenAgendaVillain Pandora Raven]], [[BigBadDuumvirate Sirleck and Magus]] and [[spoiler:formerly]] [[AGodAmI Damien.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' originally set up the Black King as the BigBad, but then is killed when [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream Jack]][[AxCrazy Noir]]]] goes rogue, leaving Act 5 as a struggle between [[spoiler:Jack]], [[ManipulativeBastard Vriska]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist Serket]], and [[TheChessmaster Doc]] [[AffablyEvil Scratch]]. It turns out that [[spoiler:Scratch was manipulating everybody, including the other villains, and sacrifices himself, leaving his master [[EldritchAbomination Lord]] [[MultiversalConqueror English]] as the sole BigBad]]. As of Act 6, [[spoiler:English]] is the only BigBad, since [[spoiler:Jack is being manipulated by him, [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Her]] [[EvilOverlord Imperious]] [[GalacticConqueror Condescension]] is working for him, and [[PsychopathicManchild Cal]][[SmugSnake iborn]] is his past self]].
* In Webcomic/SonicTheComicOnline with Robotnik driven insane several characters have taken the place of the BigBad: [[OmnicidalManiac Dr. Zachary]], [[TheDon Don Long-Legs]], head of [[TheMafia The Family]], [[spoiler:[[EvilGenius Grimer]]]], [[spoiler:[[OmnicidalManiac Dr. Robotnik]]]] and [[spoiler:[[TheEmpire The Drakon Empire]]]]
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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', many major antagonists are working for different goals separate from one another during the Godslayer era:
** [[DarkMessiah Glaurung]], leader of the [[LegionOfDoom Crimson Coalition]]
** [[AboveGoodAndEvil Godslayer]] and its high prophet [[ManipulativeBastard Xerathas]] of the Grey Cult
** [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jemuel]], lord of [[TheMagocracy Alent]]
** [[FourStarBadass Malphas]], leader of the [[TheLegionsOfHell Northern Horde]]
** [[MagnificentBastard The Master]] of the [[ReligionOfEvil Totenkopf cult]]
** [[JerkassGods Nergal]], [[WarGod god of war]]
** [[VisionaryVillain Vaetris]], leader of the [[HornyDevils Eastern Horde]]
* In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', [[EvilOverlord The Emperor]], [[EvilGenius Lord Doom]], [[MadScientist Doctor Simian]], [[TimeAbyss Abyss]], [[OmnicidalManiac the Blood Red King]], and [[CrushKillDestroy Omega]] all present a threat to the whole world. They do this simultaneously, though they don't do it cooperatively.
* The ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' has a ridiculous number of potential {{Big Bad}}s. The most prominent is [[TheFaceless Hekate's Master]], but there's also [[EvilSorceress Lady Jettatura]], [[AIIsACrapshoot The Palm]], [[EvilSorcerer Necromancer]], [[WhatMeasureIsaNonHuman Dr. Emil Hammond]], [[TheSyndicate Dominus]] and whatever Bladedancer saw in her [[DreamingofThingstoCome dream]], plus dozens of smaller bads. The only reason the world didn't implode by now is because there's also a ridiculous amount of heroes and other elements to balance things out.
** In particular, in "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl", Hekate and The Necromancer team up to attack Team Kimba. Hekate is stuck hiding in a magical bunker, and The Necromancer is using her talents since it's his bunker: he owes Hekate's Master a huge favor.
*** And this leads to another supervillain stepping in, during the big battles, and the Necromancer doesn't like him, so things get confusing.
* At the start, ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has ''three'' {{Big Bad}}s, all of them supervillains bent on control over the city of Brockton Bay. First there's Kaiser of [[ThoseWackyNazis Empire Eighty-Eight]], a Neo-Nazi organization that, thanks to his prolific recruiting, is one of the single largest parahuman groups in the country. Second is Lung, an Asian gang-leader with the power to turn into a dragon, who relies upon this, a few parahuman underlings, and a small army of gang members to hold his own. Finally, there is Coil, a DiabolicalMastermind with a ''literal'' private army of mercenaries, who has declared war upon Kaiser and has even greater long term plans. All three hate each other.
** As the story goes on, however, the perspective of the story expands, and we are introduced to the world-scale {{Big Bad}}s, of which there are also three. First are the Endbringers, a group of three {{Kaiju}} with ruinously powerful superpowers which are bent on destroying humanity for unknown reasons. Second is the Slaughterhouse 9, a group of psychopathic superpowered murderers who are predicted to be the ones to cause the end of the world. Finally, there is Cauldron, a NebulousEvilOrganization with the ability to create a SuperSerum which it has leveraged to [[spoiler:gain control over the majority of the most powerful heroes in the world,]] and whose ends remain unknown.
* The commanding officers of the [[DesignatedVillain Army of Shadow]] in Website/{{Rplegacy}}'s ''Dark Clouds Gathering'' fantasy crossover [=RPG=] are comprised of various Big Bads and their [[TheDragon Dragons]] from fiction, including [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganon]], [[Literature/TheSilmarillion Morgoth]], [[DarkSiders Absalom]], and of course [[BiggerBad the Army's leader, the Phantom-lord Grogna]].
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Mr. Burns]], [[VileVillainSaccharineShow Sideshow Bob]] and [[KnightTemplar Russ Cargill]] (from [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie the movie]]). While Mr. Burns is the most influential villain in Homer's life, Sideshow Bob is the most dangerous threat to the Simpson family.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' started out with one BigBad, Tombstone, but gained more as it went on in the form of Doc Ock, Green Goblin, and Venom. [[spoiler: Hammerhead thinks he's another one in the second season's Gang War arc, but he was just Green Goblin's UnwittingPawn all along]].
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' starts out with only Wuya as the BigBad, but adds Chase Young and Hannibal Roy Bean in successive seasons, with the various alliances between the villains changing almost every episode by season 3. Technically, one could call Jack Spicer a BigBad in his own right after Wuya ditches him, but he mostly ends up getting manipulated by the other villains.
** [[spoiler: Taken in a literal sense in the finale, when all the villains line up at the heroes' doorstep.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' initially had the BigBadDuumvirate of [[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]] and [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Demona]], but after they went their separate ways and new villains of BigBad caliber such as [[EvilSorcerer the Archmage]], [[EvilTwin Thailog]], [[TheFairFolk Oberon]], and [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Castaway]] were introduced it ended up like this.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** {{Inverted|Trope}} with the Council of Nine from the Imaginationland episodes, a {{Big|Good}} ''[[BigGood Good]]'' Ensemble (consisting of {{Jesus}}, Franchise/WonderWoman, [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Aslan]], [[Film/TheMatrix Morpheus]], [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]], [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]], [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz Glinda the Good Witch]], [[ClassicalMythology Zeus]], and ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}). The Evil imaginary characters themselves are a subversion, at least initially, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as despite what they literally are,]] they did not start the war. The terrorist cell did, [[PretextForWar in order to bring the previously at-peace Good and Evil characters to war against each other]] [[KillEmAll to kill each other and bring an apocalypse to Imaginationland.]] [[spoiler: Of course, the terrorists were killed after they started the war, [[UnwittingPawn and the fact that the Evil characters were as much pawns as the Good characters]] [[MoralEventHorizon was no longer an excuse after what they did to Strawberry Shortcake for one.]] [[OutGambitted Still, the Good characters won]] and [[BackFromTheDead all casualties were resurrected]], [[CruelMercy while any Evil casualties weren't as lucky and ended up imprisoned.]]]]
** A true example was the celebrity alliance in "200/201" (with Tom Cruise, Rob Reiner, and Barbara Streisand being the foremost of them), and the Ginger Kids led by [[spoiler:Scott Tenorman]].
** The BigDamnMovie, ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', has Sheila Broflovski, Saddam Hussein, and Satan. Satan actually manages to be the most sympathetic of them all.
* Very much so in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. The show starts with a mass supervillain breakout, and while most of these villains are essentially [[EliteMooks powerful mooks]], several of them are of BigBad calibre, such as Baron von Strucker, Baron Zemo, and the Leader- to say nothing of villains who weren't imprisoned at all, like Loki and Kang the Conqueror. All of these guys have distinct agendas; sometimes they work together, more often at cross-purposes. Ultimately, it was revealed that [[spoiler: Loki was directly or indirectly behind everything except Kang, cementing him as ''the'' BigBad]].
** [[spoiler: The second season is similar, though with Alien Empires being the big bads in this scenario. The first are the Skrull, and the other major one is the Kree (who are also fighting each other, of course). Then all of a sudden, Galactus arrives]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': The most active villain throughout the first season was [[KnightOfCerebus Professor Pericles]], but the finale revealed that [[spoiler: Mayor Jones]] was the true instigator of the plot, and had been manipulating the gang throughout the season.
* ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5'' has had at least two {{Big Bad}}s per season. Season one has Kalus leading the Vandals and Zemerik leading the Sark as the main villains. Season 2 introduced the Red Sentients lead by Krytus, [[BigGood Sage's]] EvilTwin brother, as a third BigBad. While Zemerik was pushed aside somewhat, he still remained a main threat. Not, only the Red Sentients remain, but [[VaguenessIsComing Sage states something]] ''[[FromBadToWorse worse]]'' than her brother is coming and a Sark {{Cult}} called the Alpha-Code has shown up, implying that season three will also have one with at least these two groups.
* Elmyra and Montana Max in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' has Megatron, the [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Tripredacus Council]], and [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers the original Megatron]]]], though the latter two get far less screen time than the first.
** And don't forget [[OutsideContextVillain the Vok]].
* In another ''Transformers'' example, there's ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' season 2 -- while Megatron is recognized as the main villain, [[TerroristsWithoutACause Silas]] and [[spoiler: [[DangerousDeserter Airachnid]]]] have taken on equal standing as threats, with the role of TheHeavy shifting between them depending on the episode. [[spoiler: Starscream]] is also running around independently, but with his recent string of bad luck he's more of a cross between a BigBadWannabe and a WildCard.
** Around the middle of the season, though, [[spoiler:Airachnid has been put out of commission (for the foreseeable future)]] and [[spoiler:Starscream has obtained armour which makes him a genuine threat, ending his IneffectualSympatheticVillain run.]]. Silas is still a very real threat at this point, however.
*** And by the end of the season, as a result of [[spoiler: Silas's apparent death and Starscream rejoining the Decepticons]], Megatron solidifies his position as sole BigBad.
* [[SinisterMinister Tzekel-Kan]] and [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Hernando Cortez]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado''. They meet and form an alliance toward the end of the movie, which ends in [[spoiler:Cortez dragging Kan off to be executed after being fooled by the protagonists into thinking Kan was setting him up for a fall]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' did this in its fourth season, with a number of villainous characters attempting to fill the power vacuum left after [[BigBad the Shredder]] was exiled to a deserted asteroid by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien the Utroms]]. The BigBadDuumvirate of [[SuperSoldier Agent Bishop]] and [[MadScientist Baxter Stockman]] were TheHeavy throughout most of the season, with the Shredder's adopted daughter Karai (having inherited her "father"'s trademark armor) and DragonAscendant Hun occasionally swooping in for a shot at the heroes, as well. Bishop's artificial plague, once he loses control of it, necessitating a [[EnemyMine teamup]] with the Turtles to stop it, might count as well, even though it's not sentient. The season finale also revealed the Foot Mystics, who until that point were assumed to just be EliteMooks, had their own agenda, as well.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' the Turtles deal with the Kraang, who are the first villains they face, and the Shredder's Foot Clan.
* Though most seasons of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' franchise only have one BigBad per season, season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' ends up aligning no less than three {{Big Bad}}s fighting or scheming against each other: [[ArchEnemy Vilgax]], [[KnightTemplar Sir George]] (though he turned out to be a good guy opposing Ben), and [[EldritchAbomination Diagon]].
* The two most important villains in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' are Edwin Alva, the CorruptCorporateExecutive responsible for the industrial accident that released the gas which created the Bang Babies, and Ebon, a [[GangBangers gang leader]] mutated by the gas who gained the ability to [[CastingAShadow control darkness]]. Alva will stop at nothing to obliterate any evidence of his involvement, Ebon will stop at nothing to gain control of all metahuman crime in the city, and as such they represent very different types of threat for Static to face. Surprisingly, it's Alva who [[EvilerThanThou loses out]], genuinely repenting out of gratitude for Static saving his son's life, and Ebon becomes the sole BigBad from that point until the finale.
* Book 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has the Dark Spirits, renegade spirits on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against humanity due to [[spoiler:Tonraq desecrating their sacred forest]], Unalaq, the dictator of the Northern Water Tribe who seeks to conquer the South and forcibly convert them to spirituality, and [[spoiler:Varrick, a CorruptCorporateExecutive MagnificentBastard who is playing both sides of the North/South conflict and ensuring it escalates into all out war so he can make a profit selling weapons to both sides.]]
** However, the over arching BigBad of Book 2 turned out to be [[spoiler:Vaatu]], as Unalaq's true intentions for bringing troops to the South was to [[spoiler:release Vaatu and unleash armageddon]].
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama All-Stars]]'' brought back every BigBad and villain that had appeared in the series ([[spoiler: along with a new, [[BiggerBad even greater evil]]]]) and put them on one team, called the Villainous Vultures.
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