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.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* 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, along with their respective crews, are the most powerful pirates of the world, ruling the second half of the Grand Line, the New World. The most antagonistic, as well as the ones with the highest resumes, are [[EvilCounterpart Marshall D. Teach (or Blackbeard)]], captain, [[spoiler: later admiral,]] of the Blackbeard Pirates (who caused the Whitebeard War in its entirety), [[TheCaligula Charlotte]] [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever "Big Mom"]] [[ImAHumanitarian Linlin]], captain of the Big Mom Pirates and matriarch of the Charlotte Family (whom Kid and Luffy have personally challenged), and [[JerkAss Kaido]] "of the Beasts", captain of the Beasts Pirates (who scares the shit out of ''Doflamingo'' and who Law and Luffy have declared war against).
** Several of the Eleven Supernovas could easily turn up as antagonists in the future, but the biggest one is [[EvilRedhead Eustass Kid]], who is the most savage one by far. Some, however, have demoted themselves out of the BigBad running by accepting roles as [[CoDragons lieutenants of Big Mom or Kaido]].
** 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 GreaterScopeVillain, 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]] [[BloodKnight 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 alongside 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 World Government for joining [[spoiler:the Warlords]].
* 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 ''[[Manga/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 GreaterScopeVillain 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.]]
* ''Anime/DragonballZ'' had the Namek Saga, where the Z warriors had to fight the last saga's BigBad (Vegeta, not yet at his HeelFaceTurn) and the new BigBad (Frieza).
* ''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. [[spoiler:Both were 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 {{Space Pirate|s}} 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.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', the endgame seems to be setting up two, potentially three {{Big Bad}}s in opposition with each other. [[PersonOfMassDestruction Black Wizard Zeref]] is the original and the most readily apparent one, his actions including the creation of demons and killing everything around him, and is responsible for most of the world's problems, directly and indirectly. [[HeelRealization However, he's also well aware of these actions]] [[ThenLetMeBeEvil even though he intends to wipe out humanity to cleanse the world its sins]]. [[TheDreaded The Dragon King]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Acnologia]] wants to [[OmnicidalManiac destroy everyone and everything]], having committed mass genocide against his fellow Dragons and wants to do the same to his [[WasOnceAMan former species]], and Zeref is heavily hinted to have something to do with this (despite the fact that even ''Zeref'' is terrified of him). [[spoiler:Not to mention he killed Natsu's father]]. Finally, the Dark Guild [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Tartaros]], made up of demons created by Zeref, is led by [[SealedEvilInACan the currently-sealed-away]] [[PlayingWithFire E.N.D.]] ([[spoiler:aka '''E'''therious '''N'''atsu '''D'''ragneel]]), the strongest of all Zeref's demons and is theorized to be strong enough to make even ''Acnologia'' wary of him, [[LaserGuidedTykebomb who wants to kill Zeref because that's what he was made to do and take humanity with him on the side]]. Interestingly enough, all three have played the role of GreaterScopeVillain (Zeref during the Pre-Timeskip and into the end of the ''Grand Magic Games'' arc, Acnologia near the end of the Pre-Timeskip to the climax of the ''Tartaros'' arc) at some point in the series as well, with E.N.D. still doing so due to his sealed status. [[spoiler:And all three have some form of connection to [[TheHero Natsu]]]].

* 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 ComicBook/LexLuthor and ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} have their own agendas as well.
** ''Comicbook/FinalCrisis'' has ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} and [[EldritchAbomination Mandrakk the Dark Monitor]]. They don't interact, one isn't manipulating the other, and it isn't clear whether Darkseid even knows Mandrakk exists, but Mandrakk is all too happy to piggyback onto Darkseid's schemes to further his own.
* 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 Doctor Doom, Emma Frost, [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]], Loki, and ComicBook/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 also takes 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 ''ComicBook/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.
** However, as of the CosmicRetcon at the end of the ''Comicbook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsCollide'' event, most of the above have been {{retgone}}d out of existence (save Naugus, who's just [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere quickly written out]] and later replaced with a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute), leaving Eggman as the sole BigBad. However, the Battle Kukku is still around (he was created and is owned by Sega, whereas the retconned characters were lost due to a lawsuit from a writer who had made them) and is hinted to be a potential [[TheStarscream future rival]], and right now [[EldritchAbomination Dark Gaia]] is another potential BigBad who's just as big of a threat as Eggman.
* 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]].
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Simon Furman's run on IDW's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers Ongoing]]'' 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 ''Transformers'' stories (''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'', ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise''). Megatron, Shockwave, Tyrest, the Decepticon Justice Division, and possibly the Galactic Council, all have conflicting plans to control or destroy the Cybertronian race.
** The post-Dark Cybertron comics see another realignment after Megatron's defection to the Autobots. Multiple, competing factions of Decepticons roam the galaxy. Starscream attempts to consolidate control over Cybertron and annex the lost Cybertronian colonies. Organic led galactic governments also threaten Cybertronian and mechanical life across the galaxy. And the Functionist Council, previously destroyed by the Great War is given new life and free rein over a newly created parallel timeline.
* In the IDW Franchise/{{Godzilla}} comic series, we have Space-Godzilla, Monster X, Gigan and Hedorah.
* ComicBook/LuckyLuke: Some comics that feature the Daltons also have another evil and entirely separate group that often works in much more insidious ways and will at times even dethrone them from the primary antagonistic threat role. Examples include Justice Poindexter in ''The Treasure of the Daltons'' and the Pacific Railway representatives in ''Nitroglycerine''. This happens even more often in the new adventures animated series and in at least one movie (see below).

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* 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 GreaterScopeVillain, due to still being [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] at the moment.
* Don Dynamo and the Black Saltier King in ''[[ Super Milestone Wars: Year One.]]''
* Princess Jody, the Black Saltier King, and Don Dynamo in ''[[ Super Milestone Wars: Birthday Fic.]]''
* Dr. Beeswax and Princess Jody in ''[[ Supetastic 6: Year Four.]]''
* The entire concept of ''[[ 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 ''[[FanFic/Zero2ARevision 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 Blank Wolf]], an AnimalisticAbomination {{Clock Roach|es}} 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 the same vein RecursiveFanfiction [[ Fallout: Equestria: Starlight]] Has multiple [[BigBad Big Bads.]] In the order introduced they are [[ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil Spark]], [[MadGod Discord]], [[spoiler: [[FalseFriend Dusk Blue]]]] [[VisionaryVillain Pride]], (and TheManBehindTheMan Nightmare Moon[[spoiler:except it really isn't her]]) and the TrueFinalBoss, [[spoiler: [[FallenHero Twilight Sparkle.]]]] (who doubles as a GreaterScopeVillain)
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', the [[Anime/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.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' crossover fic ''FanFic/AShadowOfTheTitans'' the first arc sets up one of these between [[EvilMentor Brother Blood]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Tarakudo]], both of whom work to corrupt Jade, independently of each other, and for their own agendas. [[spoiler: When they finally clash at the arc's climax, [[EvilerThanThou Tarakudo wins]].]] And then there's the GreaterScopeVillain, [[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, while [[KnightTemplar Kur]] is plotting from the sidelines to manipulate Elyon into aiding his [[FantasticRacism anti-shapeshifter]] plans. And then there's Yua and Ari, currently closer to GreaterScopeVillain 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 "[[ 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 [[ 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]].
* ''FanFic/ParisBurning'' has several: [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Atlantis and his followers]], [[AssimilationPlot the thing in Antarctica]], and a large family of competing [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]].
* FanFic/YoungJusticeDarknessFalls has this with The Light and Darkseid sharing duty. However, after [[spoiler: Vandal Savage is KilledOffForReal]], Darkseid takes over as the true big bad, though the light does get a few pot shots in as well, even if they're in the background for the rest of the fic.
** FanFic/YoungJusticeTitans continues the trend with the light sharing the stage with [[ChurchOfEvil The Church of Blood]]. Whether they were partners at all in the past has yet to be revealed, though the church of blood is much more TheHeavy at this point in the fic.
* [[ The Upheaval Series]] has the following villains: [[SavageWolves Fenrir and the Wolven]], [[BearsAreBadNews Arugek and the Ursans]], and [[SnakePeople Sesyth and the Ophidites]] make up the armies and races attacking Equestria, but then you ''also'' have DeceptiveDisciple Black Rose and GreaterScopeVillain Oceanus. And let's not get started on all of [[TheDragon the Dragons]] and CoDragons.... KnightTemplar Gravitas also plays a major antagonistic role, but he's really more of an ArcVillain.
** RecursiveFanfiction [[ Legionnaires of Equestria]] introduces a new threat: [[GiantSpider the Arenea and their Queen.]]
* Kingdom Hearts New Epic has a triumvirate of big bads, though they're all opposed to one another just as much as they're opposed to the heroes, by and large. Alric Maynes has spent many years now trying to install his own corrupt dictatorship, on the basis of a political party, and has an Uday Hussein expy of a son. Then we have Wolfang Richler, the reality-crushing PhysicalGod who is creating a Dark Alliance to topple the government of Alric Maynes above, so he can become "King of the Sky". And lastly, opposed to Richler by all appearances is the newly revealed Inverse Organization, white cloak wielding schemers who are...very vague, but definitely villainous, and are led by Minus Thirteen.
* ''Fanfic/{{Webwork}}'' starts off with a clear-cut BigBad in the form of [[SealedEvilInACan Tarakudo]], as he manipulates Jade into being TheDragon and working to free him. However, as time goes on, she starts to realize that as DragonInChief, he needs her more than she needs him, and starts to slip more and more from his control. Meanwhile, [[FullyEmbracedFiend Tarantula]] beings to act as TheStarscream to Jade [[spoiler: under the guidance of [[NotQuiteDead the Old Queen's spirit]]]]. And on top of that, recently we've seen several members of the Chan family RoguesGallery unite under the leadership of an empowered [[DiabolicalMastermind Bartholomew Chang]], following their own agenda.
* ''Fanfic/SoulEaterTroubledSouls'': Lord Death and his higher-ups have identified three primary threats: Massacre Queen Cancer Lucrenian, Arachne the leader of Arachnophobia, and Kishin Asura.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' has two varieties of GodOfEvil who serve as big bads. Bagan, the Terran God of Extinction, and Grogar, the Equestrian God of Dark Magic.
* The MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic FanFic ''FanFic/HarmonyTheory'' has Nightmare Umbra, a boisterous {{War God}}ess, SocialDarwinist, of unknown origin [[OmnicidalManiac seeking to turn the world to ash]]. In the other corner, we have Max Cash a wealthy and influential ChessMaster/ MagnificentBastard, BadBoss, and all around [[TheSociopath psychopath]] with a disturbingly upbeat FauxAffablyEvil personality, seeking to obtain The Elements of Harmony to use for his own ends. About the only thing they have in common, is they're both very mysterious threats with as of yet unclear end goals.
* As of this writing, FanFic/PonyGearSolid features Macbeth, a pony revolutionary who wants to take over Equestria so he can restore its military. Alistair Cain, Commander of the Pegasus Wings PMC that's providing him with a Metal Gear. Trenton, a cyborg ninja [[spoiler:who is in all likelihood working for [[TheConspiracy the Patriots]], who appear to be the ones who facilitated the deal between the previous two]]. And last but not least, an unknown dark force that appeared in Equestria roughly the same time as the humans [[spoiler:which seems to have aided Queen Chrysalis' takeover in Dodge Junction]].

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'': Xibalba is the primary villain, while Chakal and his bandits pose a threat to the characters in the Land of the Living. [[spoiler:Xibalba ultimately [[GracefulLoser admits defeat once it's clear he's out of angles to work]], leaving Chakal as the final boss of the story.]]
* [[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]].
* ComicBook/LuckyLuke has in the latest movie ''Go West'' two major villainous factions: the Daltons and the crooked landowner and swindler James Crook who will do anything to prevent the settlers from reaching their destination in time to claim their land.
* ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' has Stromboli, the Coachman and Monstro the whale.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' has [[spoiler:Stinky Pete]], Al [=McWhiggin=] and Zurg.
* Nigel the Cockatoo and Big Boss serve as this in ''WesternAnimation/Rio2'', with Nigel being the primary threat to Blu and Big Boss to the entire rainforest.
* ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' has Gladys and Dwayne [=LaFontant=] forming a BigBadDuumvirate, and the bear Vincent, who is operating on his own.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' is a chess duel between the Penguin, Catwoman, and CanonForeigner 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 (especially Shreck) 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.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' 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.
** Before this there was ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'' where Davy Jones casted the main shadow over the film but in the background Lord Beckett was also waiting and pulling strings.
* ''Film/{{Chappie}}'' has Hippo, a gang leader who demands 20 million dollars in 7 days from Ninja's gang after a failed job, and Vincent Moore, a jealous engineer who wants to do away with Deon's scouts and replace them with his MOOSE robot.
* In ''Film/SatansPlayground'' we get the psychotic Leeds family, a group of Satanists, and TheJerseyDevil.
* In ''Film/GingerSnaps2Unleashed'', 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 ''Film/PsychoSleepover'' has a mass breakout at a mental institution, so the main characters have deal with dozens of different psychos.
* ''Film/WithoutWarning1980'' has the alien who is hunting the protagonists and the psychotic ShellShockedVeteran who thinks that the said protagonists are in cahoots with the alien.
* ''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 [[GreaterScopeVillain 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/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''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 villains who are acting largely independently and are often at cross-purposes, and their deeds lead to the BadFuture: [[MadScientist Bolivar Trask]], [[DarkActionGirl Mystique]], and [[spoiler:[[DarkMessiah Magneto]]]].
* ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'': While the Klingon General Chang is the most prominent villainous leader, the conspiracy also includes a high-ranking Federation officer ([[spoiler: Admiral Cartwright]]) and the representative of a third country ([[spoiler: Romulan ambassador to the Federation Nanclus]]). None of them answer to the others, and their motives and resources are different -- they only work together because they have a common goal for the moment.
* In ''Film/JupiterAscending'', Balem is one of the three Abrasix siblings competing for Jupiter's inheritance and is the most evil of them as he's trying to harvest Earth after she gives him the planet while [[spoiler:Titus]] is [[spoiler:another one of those siblings and is also trying to kill Jupiter]]. The fact that they’re also at odds with each other is the only reason Jupiter has a chance in hell of staying alive.
* ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' has Jared Svenning, a TV producer who hates TS Quint for unknowingly killing one of his game show contestants and plots to keep him apart from his daughter Brandi; and there's Shannon Hamilton, manager of a clothing shop which despises Brodie Bruce for "not having a shopping agenda" and schemes to steal his ex and have sex with her "in a fairly uncomfortable place" (no, not the back of a Volkswagen).
* ''Film/TheMonsterClub'': The plots are driven by George, Angela's boyfriend who comes up with the scheme to con [[TragicMonster Raven]],  [[VampireHunter Pickering]], committer of VanHelsingHateCrimes, and the unnamed innkeeper who appears to be the acting leader of the ghouls.
* The various conflicts in ''Film/{{VHS}}'' are driven by [[spoiler:Lily, Stephanie, her unnamed lover]], [[HumanoidAbomination the Glitch]], a group of {{aliens|AreBastards}}, and a demon.
* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'': Capitaine Vidal is the most relevant villain to the plot, but the abominable Pale Man, can easily qualify as a Big Bad of his own accord.
* ''Film/HorrorExpress'' has the alien creature as its dominant threat and the reason of the horror part of the title but the Cossack officer Captain Kazan does manage to become something more than a mere AssholeVictim to the creature by menacing the passengers and expressing his desire for a scapegoat by good ol' ColdBloodedTorture.
* ''Film/ReazioneACatena'' (or ''Twitch of the Death Nerve'') features [[EvilVersusEvil an ensemble cast]] of [[SlasherMovie slashers]] so large that most of the victims already [[AssholeVictim have their own body count to their name]] by the time they are offed.
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesOutOfTheShadows'', not only is the Shredder back in action, but now New York is being attacked by alien invaders led by Krang, as shown in the trailers.
* ''Film/ThePumpkinKarver'': [[spoiler:Ben Wicket]] is murdering everybody while Alec's vengeful ghost torments Jonathan.
* ''Film/CatsEye'' has Dr. Vinnie Donatti (a PsychoPsychologist who'll do anything to end smoking), Mr. Cressner (a mob boss fond of DisproportionateRetribution) and an unnamed troll tormenting a little girl.

* In ''Literature/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 TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, 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 several major antagonists for each StoryArc:
** The Lannisters, led by {{Chessmaster}} [[ThePatriarch Tywin,]] are the main opponents of the heroic Starks during the [[CivilWar War of the Five Kings.]] Both [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei Lannister]] and her son [[TheCaligula Joffrey]] try to be {{Big Bad}}s in their own right, but aren't nearly as competent as Tywin.
** King's Landing has the two resident Chessmasters [[FauxAffablyEvil Petyr]] [[NotSoHarmlessVillain "Littlefinger"]] [[ManipulativeBastard Baelish]] and the mysterious [[TheSpymaster Varys,]] called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "the Spider."]]
** At Storm's End you have KnightTemplar Stannis Baratheon and his WellIntentionedExtremist advisor [[HotWitch Melisandre.]]
** At the Iron Islands, you have BigBadWannabe Balon Greyjoy. [[spoiler: He is later succeeded by his far more ruthless brother, pirate king [[AxCrazy Euron]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Crow's Eye".]]]]
** [[spoiler: In Robb Stark's army you have [[TheSociopath Roose Bolton]] and [[EvilOldFolks Walder Frey]], who betray and murder Robb in order to form an alliance with Tywin Lannister. Roose and Walder each have henchmen of their own, including Ramsay Snow, a {{Sadist}}, and Black Walder, a GeneralRipper.]]
** Beyond the Wall you have the wildlings, lead by former Night's Watch ranger Mance Rayder, who are trying to invade Westeros in order to flee from The Others, a GreaterScopeVillain army who are reanimating the dead in order to cause a ZombieApocalypse.
** Beyond Westeros you have yet another {{Chessmaster}} named Magister Illyrio, who is working with Varys. [[BigBadWannabe Viserys]] [[TheEvilPrince Targaryen]] and [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Dothraki warlord]] [[BloodKnight Khal Drogo]] are set up as major threats early on, [[spoiler: but none of them lasts beyond the first book.]] Later antagonists of the Essos storyline include a warlock named Pryat Pree, who represents a group of HumanoidAbomination's called the Undying, a collective of [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil slave masters]] ruling over the cities of Astapor, Yunkai and Meereen, and a mysterious terrorist leader called [[TheGhost the Harpy.]]
* 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]].
* Franchise/StarWarsLegends:
** The initial antagonists of ''Literature/StarWarsKenobi'' are a tribe of Sand People a.k.a. Tusken Raiders led by A'Yark, {{Knight Templar}}s who consider the settlers blasphemous and attack them every so often. In response, Orrin Gault set up the Settlers' Call Fund for organized defense. Later in the novel it turns out that Orrin has huge debts, most notably to Jabba the Hutt, represented by Mosep Binneed. [[spoiler:Who's something of a decoy; it's a desperate Orrin who takes over as the antagonist. He has been SlowlySlippingIntoEvil for years by embezzling funds and staging raids to keep them coming. At the climax, Orrin and his kids have become outright murderous towards anyone they perceive as a threat, leading to EnemyMine between Ben and A'Yark.]]
** ''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.
* ''Dragon Avenger'', the second ''Literature/AgeOfFire'' novel, has two {{Evil Overlord}}s who, between the two of them, are responsible for all the terrible things that happen to [[ActionGirl Wistala]] in the book -- Gobold Fangbreaker of the Wheel of Fire dwarfs, who organized the attacks that killed Wistala's parents and sister and scattered her and her brothers, and Thane Hammar, the northern Hypatian warlord who kills her ParentalSubstitute. Wistala actually takes advantage of this trope to get her revenge, by [[PlayingBothSides playing the two of them against each other]] in order to engineer their downfalls.
* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' the Crippled God is built up to be the BigBad, only to get his plans hijacked by a BigBadDuumvirate of Forkrul Assail, K'Chain Nah'ruk and Tiste Liosan as well a gang of Elder Gods led by Errastas, each party planning TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in their own way.
* The Literature/CommonwealthSaga has [=MorningLightMountain=] and [[spoiler: the Starflyer]], with one as the xenophobic alien invader and the other as the insidious infiltrator who clearly does not have humanity's interests in mind but would prefer humanity to remain alive until it can finish its own plans. The second is actually implied to be an incarnation of the first, but due to how the Primes work and how far they'd have diverged, that would have made them the direst of enemies if only [=MorningLightMountain=] had known about [[spoiler: the Starflyer]].
* ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'': Beowulf battles [[TheDescendantsOfCain Gtendel]], [[MamaBear the she-wolf]] and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent the dragon]] throughout the poem.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': President Coriolanus Snow [[spoiler:with President Alma Coin in ''Mockingjay'']]
* ''Literature/{{Tigana}}'' has one of these owing to the fact that the peninsula in which the novel is set was conquered a generation ago by two rival {{Sorcerous Overlord}}s, [[AntiVillain Brandin of Ygrath]] and [[TheCaligula Alberico of Barbadior]]. This set up ends up being central to the plot; either of them by himself is too much for LaResistance to handle, and if they ''did'' manage to overthrow one it would only hand the entire peninsula to the other. Fortunately for everyone else, they ''hate'' each other, and so exiled prince Alessan decides the best way to solve them problem is to [[EnemyCivilWar manipulate them into fighting it out for good]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is pretty bad with this, mainly because Harry Dresden makes a lot of powerful enemies. Most of whom are also enemies with each other. To wit:
** the Red Court of vampires wants him dead,
** the Black Court of vampires wants him dead,
** both factions of Denarians want him either dead or [[DealWithTheDevil turned]],
** various [[TheFairFolk Unseelie]] of the Winter Court think he's inconvenient,
** the three [[EvilSorceror Kemmlerites]] are ''very annoyed'' with him,
** the Outsiders are continuously trying to invade reality,
** the Chicago Mafia definitely has plans to have him killed,
** and that's not even going into the [[MonsterOfTheWeek various minor one-off villains]] who pop up every other book.
** Later books feature [[spoiler:the total destruction of the Red Court, the deaths of two Kemmlerites, and Harry [[TeethClenchedTeamwork sort-of allying]] with both the Winter Court and the Mafia, but balances this out with the Fomor and the Black Council emerging as new, recurring threats.]]
* ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has two main antagonists: the [[AntiVillain misguided police officer]] InspectorJavert, who is out to [[HonorBeforeReason nail Jean Valjean for a crime he's repented for dozens of times over]], and the [[HateSink genuinely loathsome]] crime boss [[SmugSnake Monsieur Thenardier]], who the main characters run into several times by sheer coincidence, each time working a despicable hustle in an attempt to either get rich or get {{revenge}} against someone who prevented him from getting rich.

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* ''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/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Season 2 has a very impressive lineup of antagonists. In the first half alone, we have [[TotalitarianUtilitarian Daniel Whitehall]], "[[DeadlyDoctor the Doctor]]" [[spoiler: (aka Cal Zabo)]], General Talbot as a HeroAntagonist, and [[EvilFormerFriend Grant Ward]] as a WildCard. By the second half, Whitehall is dead and SHIELD have reached an understanding with Talbot, but things get ''more'' complicated, not less: the Doctor gets subsumed by the Inhumans, led by [[spoiler: his wife, Jiaying]], a new threat emerges in the form of [[spoiler: the "real" SHIELD]] led by [[WellIntentionedExtremist Robert Gonzales]], Ward continues to be a WildCard, and [[GreaterScopeVillain HYDRA's]] presence is continued to be felt, thanks to [[MadScientist Dr. List]].
* ''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 [[OutsideContextProblem 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/{{Arrow}}'': Season 3's present-day StoryArc is dominated by a war between Comicbook/RasAlGhul and Malcolm Merlyn, with Team Arrow stuck in the middle. Meanwhile, the flashback storyline has BigBad duties split between [[WellIntentionedExtremist Amanda Waller]] and [[TriadsAndTongs China White]] [[spoiler: and [[GeneralRipper General Shrieve]]]].
* ''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" is actually not a syndicate or one entity at all. It's sentai tradition to have a name to shout out when any of this year's villains show up, and this year it's "Negative!" but apparently a 'negative syndicate' is what SGS calls any of its enemies. There are four distinct villain teams: Gaja is trying to revive the ancient Gordom Civilization and conquer humanity, Ryuuwon is kinda the same but with his own dinosaur-men, Dark Shadow are a group of ninjas who steal artifacts and sell to the highest bidder, and the Questers, Gai and Rei, are the two currently free members of the Ashu are the race that went into legend as all the various types of {{Youkai}}. Sometimes it's a LegionOfDoom, sometimes it's an EnemyCivilWar, usually you just don't know which of the RoguesGallery will be sending the MonsterOfTheWeek this time until it happens.
* ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Season 1 is basically one long game of XanatosSpeedChess between Falcone, Maroni, Fish, and Cobblepott for control of Gotham's criminal underworld. And that's not even including TheConspiracy inside Wayne Enterprises.
* ''Series/{{Hercules}}: The BigBad role is shared between many different characters at once. Hera (who was Heracles' ArchEnemy in the myths) is [[TheGhost never seen onscreen]] though her followers serve as Herc's enemies; Alcmene and Megara work together to make Hercules' life a living Hell, but [[RapeAsDrama unfortunate]] [[QuestionableConsent circumstances]] makes them [[AntiVillain sympathetic]] and they ultimately [[spoiler: redeem themselves towards the end, at the cost of their own lives.]] Antaeus is responsible for the movie's events to begin with [[spoiler: since his rape of Alcmene ended up fathering Hercules and not Zeus]], but he serves other villains as TheBrute most of the time and [[spoiler: he is disposed before the climax]]. Eurysteus serves as the antagonist near the end, since Hercules is beholden to serve him and perform his labors in penitence for his heinous crimes.
* ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'': Had a few of these from time to time, most notably with the conflict between Yggdrasil and Helheim. [[spoiler:The higher-ups of Yggdrasil also qualify between Well Intentioned Extremist Takatora Kureshima and Social Darwinist Ryoma Sengoku. Furthermore, everyone involved with Helheim (Demushuu, Redyue, Roshuo, and Sagara) also have their own agendas, though the former two are the only outright evil ones, as the latter two are morally grey. Various combinations of these villains competed as Big Bads from time to time, though in the end, none of them became the final Big Bad. The final battle was between TheHero Kouta/Gaim and TheRival Kaito Kumon.]]
* ''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.]]
** Season 4A's main villain is Ingrid, the Snow Queen, with her insane plot to make Elsa and Emma be her [[ReplacementGoldfish new sisters]]. But while the heroes are dealing with her, they're oblivious to the fact that Rumplestiltskin has [[FaceHeelTurn fallen back into evil]] and is working to free himself from his one weakness, his connection to the Dark One's dagger.
** In Season 4B, we have a rather dizzying ensemble of villains -- Rumplestiltskin forging an alliance with the Queens of Darkness, led by Maleficent, but with each member having their own unique agendas. Then it turns out that Rumple has been forced into an alliance of his own with [[spoiler: [[NotQuiteDead Zelena]]]], who again has their own agenda. And on top of all that, [[spoiler: The Author turns out to have a massive [[AGodAmI God complex]], and will work with whoever he has to in order to ruin the heroes' lives.]]
* ''Series/PennyDreadful'' reveals that, at the core of its MythArc is a [[EvilVersusEvil rivalry]] between two {{Fallen Angel}}s -- [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] and his brother, who became the [[MonsterProgenitor first vampire]]. Between the two of them, most of the antagonism of the series can be drawn to one or the other. Though that said, the number of plotlines the series has means they're are a few unique antagonists:
** Season 1: The Master's presence is felt through a [[EliteMooks leader vampire]] [[spoiler: and [[AdaptationalVillainy Mina Murray]]]]; Lucifer himself tries to personally possess Vanessa; and Frankenstein's storyline has [[FrankensteinsMonster the Creature/Caliban]].
** Season 2: The [[WickedWitch Nightcomers]], led by Evelyn Poole, attempt to corrupt Vanessa on Lucifer's behalf; the Frankenstein storyline gains an [[EvilerThanThou even worse]] antagonist in the form of [[spoiler: [[CameBackWrong Brona/Lily]]]]; while Caliban's subplot has an antagonist in the form of [[SmugSnake Oscar Putney]], though he turns out to be more of a BigBadWannabe.
** Season 3: Dracula is the dominant threat in the main story, but most of the season also has Ethan's ArchNemesisDad as a major antagonist, and the [[BlackAndGrayMorality murky morality]] of Frankenstein's plot line could be seen as having been [[spoiler: Lily]], Dorian, or [[VillainProtagonist Frankenstein 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 when there's more than one BigBad.
** ''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 ComicBook/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 [[TheManBehindTheMan Men behind the Men]]. 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.
** Leaving the PostScriptSeason situation: Since Anubis vs. Replicators vs. good guys ended with [[spoiler: the Replicators gone and Goa'uld severely weakened but Baal as leader of TheRemnant and a ''very'' serious threat in his own right]] we have the new villains Ori in the main villain seat but Baal as the major threat. Instead of a GrandFinale, SG-1 ends with two DTV movies: one devoted to the last round with the Ori and one devoted to the last round with Baal.
* ''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.]] Michael makes so few appearances that Lucifer is essentially the sole BigBad, though.
** 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]].\\
[[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 is 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]], so that helps narrow things down. [[spoiler:Abaddon also dies midway through the season, leaving Metatron as sole BigBad.]]
** Season ten lacks a central antagonist. The season sets up a roster of characters who could fill the role, including [[spoiler:Metatron]], Crowley, Rowena, [[spoiler:Dean under the influence of the Mark of Cain]], and [[spoiler:Sam, having [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope in an attempt to cure his brother]]]]. However, by the season finale, [[spoiler:Metatron]] gets BroughtDownToNormal and subsequently becomes totally irrelevant, and Crowley and Rowena have [[spoiler:teamed up with Sam to cure Dean of the Mark]], leaving the true Big Bad Ensemble as [[spoiler:[[VillainProtagonist Sam and Dean Winchester themselves.]]]]
** The first half of Season 11 seems to return to form with The Darkness as sole Big Bad, but then midway through, [[spoiler: Lucifer]] [[TheBusCameBack returned]], setting him up as a second major threat. [[spoiler: Until he's forced to [[EnemyMine ally with the Winchesters]].]]
* ''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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* It seems the Big Bads in ''Roleplay/PokemonRiseOfTheRockets'' only ever come in groups, with different ones coming and going as time goes on and plots are resolved:
** The four Shadow Admins--Sleight, Joker, Ace, and Bounty[[spoiler:--for the first arc, though they all eventually took a HeelFaceTurn (with the exception of Ace, who was KilledOffForReal early in the story.)]]
** The Ancient Darkrai, a group of Darkrai so powerful that in ancient times they managed to almost usurp Arceus himself and have returned to take over the world for real this time. [[spoiler:Later defeated along with his followers, after three years real-time of slowly taking over Hoenn and Sinnoh.]]
** John Ford, a terrorist and mastermind who effectively organized his own takeover of Hoenn alongside countless attacks on various characters and groups. Along with his [[FourIsDeath four Agents]], he has effectively taken over as the main BigBad of the story, though is certainly not the only one.
** Gerald Hikari, who orchestrated a mass devastation in Unova at the same time that Ford's Agent, Maddison Hayes, was acting to make the Unovan government acknowledge the Rocket-Liberty War.
** [[spoiler:The SevenDeadlySins, trainers who were somehow corrupted by the Ancients during their takeover of Hoenn and Sinnoh, although the Sins do not appear to bear any relation to the Ancients in terms of motives. While they act independently of each other and thus could be considered to share the status of BigBad with each other (lower on the totem than Ford), Sloth appears to be the leader of the group itself, or at least the most powerful.]]

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', it's not a question of who's trying to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt 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, [[GreaterScopeVillain 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]].

* ''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.
* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', in an example that WordOfGod states was inspired by ''Jesus Christ Superstar'', has Aaron Burr, UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson, UsefulNotes/JamesMadison, and King George III, whose roles roughly correspond to Judas, Caiaphas, Annas, and Herod respectively. Even in comparison to their ''Superstar'' counterparts, however, Burr, Jefferson, and Madison are sympathetic, while King George is genuinely insane, as he was in RealLife.

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* ''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 GreaterScopeVillain 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]].
** ''Warlords of Draenor'' has a case, with the Shadow Council (led by Gul'dan) and the Iron Horde (led by Grommash Hellscream). Both {{Big Bad}}s are at odds, but the Alliance and Horde don't want ''either'' of them to win, and an EnemyMine with either is almost certainly off the table.
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicII'' 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 dealt 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 original ''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/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction'' 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. In-game files reveal that Slag was originally built by Tachyon, but by the time of the game he's long since forgotten his original programming and is completely independent.
* ''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 ''VideoGame/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 preceding 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/GodOfWarIII'' 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 GreaterScopeVillain]].
* ''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. And ''another'' one, Loser, is created after Luther, the main villain of Episode 2, [[VillainousBreakdown loses his shit]].]]
* ''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 (Unless you count BigBadWannabe Benny, who triggers the events of the game by almost killing the Courier, for his own scheme.) 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/SuperRobotWars series in general, being MassiveMultiplayerCrossover usually has villains of various anime and OriginalGeneration baddies running for the title. Usually the Original Generation wins, as his competitors gets defeated one by one by the heroes, but not always. For example in ''SuperRobotWarsZ 3: Jigoku hen'' original villain gets beaten and your final enemy is [[spoiler: [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Anti-Spiral]]]]
* ''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.
** In ''[[VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne Nocturne]]'', the Conception gods (and by proxy their human avatars), Kagutsuchi, and probably Lucifer more or less share BigBad status.
** In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiII'', after the Archangels are taken care of, Satan and Lucifer take over as the driving force behind the plot, with YHVH as the GreaterScopeVillain for the Law faction until the very end, where He becomes the sole BigBad.
* ''VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution'' has [[CorruptHick Blake Dexter]] and [[NotSoDifferent Benjamin Travis]], who both want 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 Saints 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.
* ''Videogame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'' has Reshef and Bandit Keith. While the former is the BigBad of the whole story, the latter interrupts your battle against him by attacking you and Domino City with the Neo Ghouls.
* ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'' has [[BloodKnight Nightmare]], the embodiment of [[ArtifactOfDoom Soul Edge]], serving as the primary BigBad of the series. However, in ''V'' he shares the role with [[KnightTemplar Elysium]], who is the [[LightIsNotGood Soul Calibur]] equivalent. Also, [[DragonAscendant Tira]] joins in on the game as well, and [[AboveGoodAndEvil Algol]] serves as the GreaterScopeVillain to the story, [[AllThereInTheManual according to the artbook anyway]].
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2'' has [[spoiler: Zobek/Death]], [[spoiler: Dracula's Castle]] and Satan.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto2'': All the gang leaders. The Zaibatsu seem to come out on top as the promo movie implies, and the fact they are the most recurring gang in the city.
* ''Videogame/NocturneRPGMaker'': The three vampire ancestors are directly or indirectly responsible for turning many humans into lesser vampires. The most active of them, Reviel, also happens to be the [[VillainProtagonist main character]]. [[spoiler:Though he ends up pulling a HeelFaceTurn after sympathizing with a village that he was originally going to attack. Ironically, the most merciful of the three, Khaos, ends up as the main BigBad in the end due to his plan to destroy and reconstruct the world.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' has two primary antagonistic factions in the story -- [[NebulousEvilOrganization Talon]] and [[MegaCorp Vishkar Corporation]]. The former has a yet-to-be-clear motive ([[TerroristsWithoutACause if there is any at all]]) and only seem to be causing as much chaos around the world as possible. The latter on the other hand, is trying to expand its influences to TakeOverTheWorld. Due to the [[AllThereInTheManual nature]] of the game, we don't know who the official leaders are for each organization as of yet, but it can be assumed that we'll found out who exactly the major players are later.

* 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 GreaterScopeVillain 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 GreaterScopeVillain 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]]]]
* In ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'', the most significant threats have been the evil corporation Hereti-Corp, bent on TakingOverTheWorld and later threatening to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, and K'Z'K, a demon who's also into both of those things. Beings in charge of the threads of fate are shown fearing that Hereti-Corp coming in contact with the cult of K'Z'K is going to collapse the whole fate-web somehow.

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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 ''Roleplay/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 NebulousEvilOrganisation 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 [[GreaterScopeVillain 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]]). As Mr. Burns is the most influential villain in Homer's life, Sideshow Bob is the most dangerous threat to the Simpson family while Cargill becomes a far more dangerous one to all of Springfield.
* ''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]], [[Myth/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. [[{{Irony}} Satan actually manages to be the most sympathetic of them all]].
** Season 20 has [[{{Troll}} Sknakhunt42]] (aka [[spoiler: Gerald]]), [[Creator/DonaldTrump Mr. Garrison]], and [[NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe the Member Berries]].
* Very much so in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. 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 they are 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 1 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. Now, 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 [[OutsideContextProblem 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.
* ''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 ''Franchise/{{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]].
** Book 3 has Zaheer and the Red Lotus vs. Earth Queen Hou-Ting. [[spoiler:Once they meet, it ends badly for Hou-Ting, who was easily defeated and got asphyxiated.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' starts off with the Gem Monsters and later reveals [[spoiler: the Homeworld Gems.]] While the Gem Monsters pose a danger to Beach City, [[spoiler: The Homeworld Gems are the reason for the Crystal Gems protecting it, and drove them off their world.]] In season 3, [[spoiler:Jasper, a Homeworld Quartz soldier, becomes a RogueAgent and becomes an independent main antagonist.]]
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama All-Stars]]'' brought back every BigBad and villain that had appeared in the series ([[spoiler: along with a new, [[GreaterScopeVillain even greater evil]]]]) and put them on one team, called the Villainous Vultures.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' has a brief, yet unique example with Rushu and [[spoiler: Quilby]] that occurs in the final episodes of the second season, as it occurs after their alliance.
** The [=OVAs=] have Lady Echo and Ogrest, although the former isn't confronted by any of the Brotherhood of the Tofu, besides Adamaï, and is only a BigBad because she commands her organization, whose members have the most conflict with the Brotherhood during the [=OVAs=]' events.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' Has Ludo and Toffee, Miss Heinous of St. Olga's Reform School of Wayward Princesses, and potentially the Pixie Empress because of [[spoiler: Alfonzo's marriage to her]]. While the first two antagonists are bent on stealing Star's wand to take over the universe, Miss Heinous seeks to annihilate Marco for his uprising against her institute.
* In the 2006 revival of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'', the main antagonists are a race of cat-like aliens called the Catatonians, led by Hannibal T. Hairball and his DragonInChief Cataclysm, as well as a CorruptCorporateExecutive named Ronaldo Rump. The Catatonians are invading Mars and try to stop Vinnie, Throttle, and Modo from rescuing Stoker so he can make a new regenerator that can be used to end the drought on Mars, while Ronaldo Rump wants Stoker to build a new regenerator because the one he has that he uses for his land development schemes is running low on power. In addition, Lawrence Limburger, the main villain of the original 1993 cartoon, sometimes returns in an attempt to get even with the Biker Mice.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Candace Flynn. While [[WhiteAndGreyMorality neither is particularly evil]], Doofenshmirtz's inept attempts to take over THE ENTIRE! TRI-STATE AREA! and Candace's attempts to get her brothers in trouble are the source of most of the conflicts in the series. However, Doofenshmirtz falls squarely into BigBadWannabe territory.