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

Note that Big Bad is not a catch-all trope for the biggest and ugliest villain of any given story. The BigBad is the one who turns out to be behind several other seemingly independent threats.
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* ''Film/TwelveMonkeys'': [[spoiler:Dr. Peters]].
* ''Film/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': Captain Nemo.
* ''Film/FiftyFirstDates'': The children from the golf course scene.
* ''Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter'': Adam.
* ''Agneepath'' (2012): Kancha Cheena.
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise has the titular creatures, or Xenomorphs, with each movie featuring several different beasts though there are few human antagonists with Weyland-Yutani and the Engineers serving as GreaterScopeVillain:
** ''Film/{{Alien}}'': The Xenomorph. [[spoiler:Ash the android too as he was sent to the planet to retrieve the Xenomorph]].
** ''Film/{{Aliens}}'': The Queen Xenomorph. On a human level there is [[spoiler:Carter Burke as he wants to use the Xenomorphs for the greater good of Weyland-Yutani]].
** ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'': The Canine Xenomorph.
** ''Film/AlienResurrection'': Dr. Mason Wren and [[spoiler:the Humanoid Xenomorph]].
** ''Film/{{Prometheus}}'': The Engineer.
* ''Film/AlienVsPredator'': The Queen Xenomorph.
** ''Alien vs. Predator: Requiem'': The Xenomorph-Predator Hybrid.
* ''Film/AllSuperheroesMustDie'' (also known as ''Vs''): Rickshaw.
* ''Film/AmberAlert'': [[WouldHurtAChild Michael Muller]].
* ''Film/AmericanDreamer'': The InUniverse books have Count Renalo, whom Cathy imagines looks like her {{Jerkass}} husband. [[spoiler:Later it turns out the real villain is a French drug lord.]]
* Most of the ''Franchise/{{Amityville}}'' films have the haunted house or an object from it acting as the main villain, ''Film/TheAmityvilleCurse'' has a human villain: [[spoiler:Frank, who murdered his illegitimate father in the past, memories of which are driving him to kill again]].
* ''Film/ArrowTheUltimateWeapon'': [[TheEvilPrince Prince]] [[NonActionBigBad Dorgon]].
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'':
** Parker Selfridge, sleazy head of the RDA mining site in the Creator/JamesCameron film. He is a greedy CorruptCorporateExecutive who only avoids war with the natives to avoid public backlash. Initially, it could be argued that his [[TheDragon Dragon]] is the head of the RDA Spec Ops (aka the RDA Security Force), Colonel Miles Quaritch, a corrupt, fascist, and warmongering SpaceMarine who is the EnemyToAllLivingThings on Pandora. But by the film's climax it becomes apparent not only that [[DragonAscendant Quaritch has usurped all the power in the base]], but also that Selfridge is very much aware of this fact.
** Selfridge and Quaritch are a great example of a NonActionBigBad and his DragonInChief. Selfridge is nominally in charge, but Quaritch is much more menacing and is ultimately the true threat.
* ''Film/TheAvengers1998'': [[EvilOldFolks Sir August De Wynter]].
* ''Film/BigBadWolf'': Mitch Toblat.
* ''Film/BlueVelvet'': Frank Booth.
* ''Film/BridgeToTerabithia'': [[EvilOverlord The Dark Master]]...[[YourMindMakesItReal if he exists]]. [[spoiler:Arguably, the crippling father-issues he represents are the ''real'' villain here]].
* ''Film/BrokenArrow1996'': Vic "Deak" Deakins.
* ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'': The Director. [[spoiler:With the [[AudienceSurrogate Ancient Ones]] acting as the GreaterScopeVillain]].
* ''Film/CapeFear'': Max Cady in [[Creator/RobertMitchum both]] [[Creator/RobertDeNiro versions]].
* ''Film/TheCarsThatAteParis'': The corrupt Mayor.
* ''Film/{{Chinatown}}'': Noah Cross.
* ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'': [[WickedStepmother Lady Tremaine]].
* ''Film/ClassOf1984'': [[TeensAreMonsters Peter Stegman]].
* ''Film/{{Collateral}}'': Vincent.
* Comic Book Movies:
** Most of them have one. [[SuperheroMovieVillainsDie They often die]].
** ''Film/{{Superman}}'':
*** ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'', ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace'' and ''Film/SupermanReturns'' have ComicBook/LexLuthor.
*** ''Film/SupermanII'' has General Zod.
*** ''Film/SupermanIII'' has Ross Webster.
** ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' has ''[[BigBadDuumvirate four]]'' villains but The Penguin seems to be most dominant. The others are Catwoman, Riddler and the Joker.
** The ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' films directed by Creator/TimBurton and Creator/JoelSchumacher:
*** ''Film/{{Batman}}'': TheJoker, who wants revenge on Batman and Gotham and wants to become the world's first homicidal artist and even have his face on the one dollar bill.
*** ''Film/BatmanReturns'': The Penguin and Catwoman, who start as a BigBadDuumvirate but eventually evolve into a BigBadEnsemble with Catwoman wanting revenge on Max Shreck, after he pushed her from a building and Penguin wanting to take over Gotham City and become Mayor to get revenge for not being accepted by society.
*** ''Film/BatmanForever'': The Riddler and Two-Face, who are a BigBadDuumvirate with Two-Face wanting revenge on Batman. But the Riddler wants to become Gotham's cleverest carbon-based life-form and get his revenge on Bruce Wayne, as well as kill Batman. He becomes the films true BigBad in the end.
*** ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'': Poison Ivy, who wants to eliminate man-kind and restore her and her plants' "rightful" place as rulers of the world and manipulates [[AntiVillain Mr. Freeze]] to help her accomplish this.
** ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'':
*** ''Film/ManOfSteel'' has General Zod.
** [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Nolanverse]]:
*** ''Film/BatmanBegins'': Ra's Al Ghul.
*** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': TheJoker.
*** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': [[spoiler:Talia Al Ghul]].
** ''Film/XMen'':
*** ''Film/XMen1'' has SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}}.
*** ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' and ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' have William Stryker.
*** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' has Magneto again, even though the main focus is on Jean Grey/Phoenix.
*** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' has Sebastian Shaw.
*** ''Film/TheWolverine'' has [[spoiler: Ichirô Yashida who is responsible for bringing Logan to Japan and has an EvilPlan to steal his HealingFactor. However, the yakuza that kidnap Mariko on two occasions were hired by Shingen and Mori]].
*** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' has a BigBadEnsemble of Mystique and Bolivar Trask [[spoiler: (though the young Magneto ends up [[EvilerThanThou being worse than both]])]].
** ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' has Kingpin.
** ''Film/{{Elektra}}'' has Kirgi.
** ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' has David Banner.
** ''Film/BladeTrilogy'':
*** ''Film/{{Blade}}'': Deacon Frost.
*** ''Film/BladeII'': Nomak.
*** ''Film/BladeTrinity'': [[{{Dracula}} Drake]].
** ''Film/FantasticFour'' has SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom, while ''Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer'' has Galactus.
** ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'':
*** ''Film/SpiderMan1'' has [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn the Green Goblin]].
*** ''Film/SpiderMan2'' has ComicBook/DoctorOctopus.
*** ''Film/SpiderMan3'' has {{ComicBook/Venom}} and the alien symbiote.
** ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' has the Lizard, with Norman Osborn as the looming GreaterScopeVillain. The [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2 sequel]] has a BigBadDuumvirate between Electro and the Green Goblin.
** ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990'' and ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze'' have The Shredder, ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII'' has Walker.
** ''Film/ThePunisher1989'' has Lady Tanaka, ''Film/ThePunisher2004'' has Howard Saint and ''Film/PunisherWarZone'' has Jigsaw.
** ''Film/GreenLantern'' has Parallax.
** ''Film/GhostRider'' has Blackheart, its sequel, ''Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeance'', has Roarke / Mephisto.
** ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' has Rasputin and its sequel, ''The Golden Army'', has Nuada.
** ''Film/{{Spawn}}'' has Malebolgia, with [[EvilClown Clown]] / Violator being more of a [[TheHeavy Heavy]].
** Frank D'Amico in ''Film/KickAss'', and The Motherfucker/[[spoiler: Chris D'Amico]] in ''Film/KickAss2''.
** [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] in ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''. Bizarrely, he's also kind of a BigGood.
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'': [[EvilSorcerer Thulsa]] [[NamesToRunAwayFrom Doom]].
* ''Film/TheCondemned'': BigBadDuumvirate of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ian Breckel]] and [[SociopathicSoldier Ewan [=McStarley=]]].
* ''Film/{{Cronos}}'': Dieter de la Guardia before his nephew, [[Creator/RonPerlman Ángel]], became a DragonAscendant.
* ''Film/DeadLands'': Wirepa
* ''Film/DeckTheHalls'': [[VillainProtagonist Steve Finch]].
* ''Film/DeltaForce2TheColombianConnection'': Ramon Cota.
* ''Franchise/DieHard'':
** ''Film/DieHard'': Hans Gruber.
** ''Film/DieHard2'': Colonel Stuart.
** ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'': Simon Gruber.
** ''Film/LiveFreeOrDieHard'': Thomas Gabriel.
** ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'': [[spoiler:Yuri Komarov]].
* ''Film/{{Disturbia}}'': Robert Turner.
* ''Film/DoubleIndemnity'': Phyllis Dietrichson.
* ''Film/DraculaUntold'': Sultan Mehmet.
* ''Film/{{Dredd}}'': Madeline "[[OneBadMother Ma-Ma]]" Madrigal.
* ''Film/EagleEye'': Aria [[spoiler:who is actually a [[AIIsACrapshoot computer]]]].
* ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'': [[HiveMind The Omega Mimic]].
* ''Film/{{Elysium}}'': Delacourt. [[spoiler: After her death, Kruger [[DragonAscendant ascends]].]]
* ''Film/TheExpendables'': [[RogueAgent James Munroe]] in the first, [[TerroristsWithoutACause Jean Vilain]] in the [[Film/TheExpendables2 second]], and [[EvilFormerFriend Conrad Stonebanks]] in the [[Film/TheExpendables3 third]].
* ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'':
** Johnny Tran in the first.
** Carter Verone in ''2F2F''.
** DK in ''Tokyo Drift''.
** Arturo Braga in ''F&F''.
** Hernán Reyes in ''Five''.
** Owen Shaw in ''6''.
** [[BigBadDuumvirate Deckard Shaw and Mose Jakande]] in ''7''.
* ''Film/FatalAttraction'': Alex Forrest.
* ''Film/FightClub'': [[spoiler:Tyler Durden]].
* ''Film/FiveDeadlyVenoms'': [[BigBadDuumvirate Zhang Yiaotian the Centipede and Gao Ji the Scorpion]].
* ''Film/TheFrighteners'': TheGrimReaper [[spoiler:actually Johnny Barlett]].
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': Sarris.
* ''Film/{{Gamer}}'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ken Castle]].
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'':
** The first film had [[GodIsEvil Gozer the Gozerian]].
** The sequel had Vigo the Carpathian.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': Destro [[spoiler:at first. Later The Doctor/Cobra Commander]] in both this movie and ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''.
* ''Film/TheGiver'': The Chief Elder.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'': King Ghidorah of this franchise fits this trope as he has been Godzilla's greatest rival in six films (one of which he's actually the good guy). He also has faced Mothra in one of her solo movies (and had an {{expy}} face her in another solo film), and fought ''Series/ZoneFighter'', a Toho-produced ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''-like TV show hero. Godzilla himself could be seen as the Big Bad for some of his appearances.
** ''Film/{{Mothra}}'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Clark Nelson]].
** ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'': Zilla.
** ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'': The Mutos.
* ''Film/GoneGirl'': [[spoiler:Amy Dunne]].
* ''Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters'': [[WickedWitch Muriel the Grand Black Witch]].
* ''Film/HardBoiled'': Johnny Wong.
* ''Film/HardTarget'': Emil Fouchon.
* ''Film/HarryPotter'': Like in the books, Lord Voldemort[[spoiler:/Tom Marvolo Riddle]] is the ultimate villain though some of his accolytes (and other incredibly hated characters) had put Harry and his friends into great danger.
** ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'': [[spoiler:Professor Quirinus Quirrell who acts as a host to Voldemort's decaying soul]].
** ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'': Salazar Slytherin's heir, [[spoiler:Tom Riddle, a young version of Voldemort trapped inside his diary]].
** ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'': Sirius Black [[spoiler:...was a RedHerring. It was believed that Sirius betrayed Harry's parents and killed a bunch of muggles and his old schoolmate Peter "Wormtail" Pettigrew", when it was actually Pettigrew the culprit and hid himself transforming into Ron's old rat, Scabbers]].
** ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'': Lord Voldemort, who finally has returned, [[spoiler:thanks to Barty Crouch Jr. who disguised himself as Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody through Polyjuice Potion, helping his master to recover]].
** ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'': Dolores Jane Umbridge, the tyrant soft spoken new professor of Defence against the Dark Arts and member of the Ministry of Magic, and Lord Voldemort again, who is slowly but surely advancing his own plans.
** ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'': Draco Malfoy [[spoiler:and Severus Snape]] who are forced to kill Dumbledore by Voldemort, who is more a GreaterScopeVillain this time.
** ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': It's the final battle, so it's Lord Voldemort obviously.
* ''Film/{{Heat}}'': [[VillainProtagonist Neil McCauley]] was Vincent Hanna's [[WorthyOpponent major opponent]], though [[BigBadDuumvirate Van Zant and Waingro]] were less honest than Neil, specially the latter.
* ''Film/TheHeat'': Larkin, the drug lord.
* ''Film/{{Hercules 2014}}'': [[EvilOldFolks King Cotys]].
* ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'':
** The Kurgan in ''Film/{{Highlander}}''.
** General Katana in ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening''.
** Kane in ''Film/HighlanderIIITheSorcerer''.
** Jacob Kell in ''Film/HighlanderEndgame''.
** The Guardian in ''Film/HighlanderTheSource''
** Marcus Octavius was the Big Bad for the anime version of the story, ''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance''.
* Many Horror Movie Franchises [[VillainBasedFranchise are based on their central Big Bad]]:
** Freddy Krueger in the ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' series. In the alternate contnuity film, ''Film/WesCravensNewNightmare'', we are given an unnamed evil Entity that took Freddy's appearance
** Jason Voorhees in the ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' movies, with Pamela Voorhees in the first film, and [[spoiler: Roy Burns]] in [[Film/FridayThe13thPartVANewBeginning the fifth film]].
** Michael Myers in the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' films, although some would argue [[spoiler:[[TheManBehindTheMan Terrence Wynn]]]].
** Death itself in the ''Film/FinalDestination'' movies.
** Pinhead in the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' series. He often finds himself in a BigBadEnsemble, for example, Frank Cotton in [[Film/{{Hellraiser}} the first film]], Phillip Channard and Julia Cotton in [[Film/HellboundHellraiserII the second]], and in ''Film/HellraiserHellworld'' The Host.
** Chucky in ''Film/ChildsPlay''.
** While Leatherface is TheHeavy in ''Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre'' films, he still answers to the senior members of his family. Drayton Sawyer fills the spot as ''De Jure'' BigBad in ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'' and ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2'', Vilmer Sawyer fills the spot in ''Film/TexasChainsawMassacreTheNextGeneration'' and drives the plot more so than Leatherface himself. [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003 The remake]] and [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacreTheBeginning its prequel]] we are given Luda Mae Hewitt, the head of the Hewitt family. ''Film/TexasChainsaw3D'' has Leatherface himself, [[spoiler:but he is upstaged by the mayor Burt Hartman.]]
** The ''Literature/{{Carrie}}'' franchise has an ensemble of antagonists
*** ''Film/{{Carrie 1976}}'': Chris Hargensen
*** ''Film/TheRageCarrie2'': Mark Bing as the main antagonist with Monica Jones, Eric Stark, Chuck Potter and Deborah as his co-conspirators, though its clear that he's the mastermind.
*** ''Film/{{Carrie 2002}}'': A BigBadDuumvirate between Billy and Chris, with Billy being more antagonistic and in charge.
*** ''Film/{{Carrie 2013}}'': Chris Hargensen
** Pazuzu the demon in ''Film/TheExorcist''.
** Jigsaw aka John Kramer [[spoiler: but after his death in the [[Film/SawIII third film]] he is followed by Mark Hoffman]] in ''Franchise/{{Saw}}''.
** The Creeper in ''Film/JeepersCreepers'' films.
** ''Film/TheLostBoys'' movies have [[spoiler: Max]] in the first movie, Shane Powers in the second movie and [[spoiler: Peter Leiber]] in the third.
** ''Film/FrightNight1985'' has Jerry Dandridge, and [[Film/FrightNightPart2 its sequel]] has his sister Regine.
** David Kessler was more of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' but its sequel ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInParis'' has [[spoiler: Claude]] as it's Big Bad.
** [[spoiler: Billy Loomis]] in the first ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'' movie, [[spoiler: his mother]] in [[Film/{{Scream 2}} the second movie]], [[spoiler: Roman Bridger]] in [[Film/{{Scream 3}} the third]], and [[spoiler:Jill Roberts]] in [[Film/{{Scream 4}} the fourth movie]]. [[spoiler: (all but the third [[BigBadDuumvirate have help]], but the comrades die before them - in Jill's case, by her own hand so she would pass as a FinalGirl)]]
** In ''Film/GingerSnaps'', Ginger Fitzgerald was TheHeavy, but its sequel ''Film/GingerSnaps2Unleashed'' has [[spoiler: a seemingly innocent girl named, Ghost]] and its prequel ''Film/GingerSnapsBackTheBeginning'' has Reverend Gilbert.
** The Fisherman/[[spoiler:Ben Willis]] in ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer''. [[spoiler: In all three of them.]]
** ''Ghoulies'':
*** ''Film/{{Ghoulies}}'': Not the Ghoulies, although being the titular characters; the real main antagonist is Malcolm Graves.
*** ''Film/GhouliesII'': The Ghoulies. At least they had more screen time than in the first movie.
*** ''Film/GhouliesIIIGhouliesGoToCollege'': The Ghoulies and Prof. Ragnar, who summoned them.
*** ''Ghoulies IV'': Faust. The Ghoulies in this movie are the protagonists. And midgets in costumes.
** ''Insidious'' series:
*** ''Film/{{Insidious}}'': Lipstick Face Demon
*** ''Film/InsidiousChapter2'': Michelle Crane
** Pumpkinhead in ''Film/{{Pumpkinhead}}'' of course.
** The Demon in ''Film/ParanormalActivity''.
** ''Film/TheThing1982'' and [[Film/TheThing2011 its prequel]] has the Thing, natch.
** ''Film/TheBlob1988'' has the titular cerature as TheHeavy, but [[spoiler: it's revealed to be an experiment set loose on the town by a milatary project funded by Dr. Meddows]].
** ''Film/TheFly1986'' remake has [[TragicMonster Seth Brundle]] as TheHeavy, with Anton Bartok as the GreaterScopeVillain. In the sequel ''Film/TheFlyII'', Bartok steps down to Big Bad status. ''Return of the Fly'' has Alan Hines aka Ronald Holmes.
** The Tall Man in ''Film/{{Phantasm}}''
** ''Film/{{Candyman}}'' has the titular Candyman.
** The ''Urban Legend'' movies has [[spoiler: Brenda Bates]] in [[Film/UrbanLegend the first film]], [[spoiler: Professor Solomon]] in [[Film/UrbanLegendsFinalCut the second film]], and [[Film/UrbanLegendsBloodyMary the third film]] has [[spoiler: Mr. Owens]].
** In the ''Prom Night'' films, the [[Film/PromNight1980 first film]] has [[spoiler:Alex Hammond]], the [[Film/HelloMaryLouPromNightII second]] and [[Film/PromNightIIITheLastKiss third film]] has Mary Lou Maloney, the [[Film/PromNightIVDeliverUsFromEvil fourth film]] has [[SinisterMinister Father Jonas]], and [[Film/PromNight2008 the reboot]] has Richard Fenton.
* ''Film/TheHowling'': Eddie Quist.
* ''Film/HudsonHawk'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Darwin Mayflower]], [[BigBadDuumvirate assisted by]] his [[AxCrazy crossbow-crazy]] [[UnholyMatrimony wife Minerva]].
* ''[[Film/TheHungerGames The Hunger]] [[Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire Games]] [[Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjay Trilogy]]'': President Coriolanus Snow.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'':
** Colonel Herman Dietrich in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', though Dr. René Belloq is TheHeavy.
** Mola Ram in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.
** Walter Donovan and Elsa Schneider in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.
** Irina Spalko in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''.
* ''Film/InvasionUSA1985'': [[DirtyCommunists Mikhail Rostov]].
* ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'': Mr. Potter.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** Ernst Stavro Blofeld, from the movies (as well as the books they were based on), up until [[spoiler:he was apparently killed in the opening sequence of ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''.]] Each ''Bond'' film also has its own BigBad:
** ''Film/DrNo'': [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Doctor Julius No]], though he's working for [[NebulousEvilOrganisation SPECTRE]].
** ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'': As far as the plot is concerned, it's [[TheBaroness Rosa Klebb]], however, we're made aware of the mysterious "[[GreaterScopeVillain Number One]]" of SPECTRE who issues orders and terrifies even her.
** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'': [[AntagonistTitle Auric Goldfinger]]. Technically, he's been hired by [[RedChina Communist China]], but it's pretty clear that he doesn't care about causing chaos in the west and is just using them to get richer.
** ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'': Emilio Largo, though "Number One" again appears.
** ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'': Number One takes direct command this time, and he's revealed to be the aforementioned Blofeld. Again, the Chinese are paying him, but he's the dominant partner by far.
** ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'': Blofeld.
** ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'': [[RuleOfThree Blofeld]].
** ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'': [[TheCartel Mister Big, a.k.a. Dr. Kananga]].
** ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'': [[ProfessionalKiller Francisco Scaramanga]]. [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Hai Fat]] would [[BigBadWannabe ''like'']] to be this, but [[DragonWithAnAgenda Scaramanga has other ideas]].
** ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'': [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Karl Stromberg]].
** ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'': [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Hugo]] [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Drax]].
** ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'': Aristotle Kristatos.
** ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'': Prince Kamal Khan [[BigBadDuumvirate and]] [[RenegadeRussian General Orlov]]
** ''Film/AViewToAKill'': [[AxCrazy Max Zorin]]
** ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'': [[MilesGloriosus Brad]] [[TriggerHappy Whitaker]] and [[RenegadeRussian General Georgi Koskov]].
** ''Film/LicenceToKill'': [[TheCartel Franz Sanchez]].
** ''Film/GoldenEye'': [[EvilCounterpart Alec Trevelyan]].
** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Elliot Carver]].
** ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'': [[FemmeFatale Elektra King]] and [[WesternTerrorists Viktor Zokas/Renard]]. They're playing on the [[BigBadDuumvirate same team]] but with different endgames in mind and each of them see themselves as the dominant BigBad of the situation.
** ''Film/DieAnotherDay'': [[SecretIdentity Sir Gustav Graves]] [[spoiler: (Colonel Tan-Sun Moon)]].
** ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'': Le Chiffre is TheHeavy, but like other villains in the series he's been hired by third parties (including a NebulousEvilOrganisation called Quantum). Perhaps a better example would be the mysterious Mr. White.
** ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'': Dominic Greene, though other members of [[NebulousEvilOrganisation Quantum]] of equal or greater rank than him appear briefly.
** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'': Raoul Silva [[spoiler:a.k.a Tiago Rodríguez]].
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'': The shark.
* ''Film/JudgeDredd'': Rico Dredd.
* The ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' films:
** ''Film/JurassicPark'': The [[MeaningfulName "Big One"]], the alpha female ''Velociraptor''.
** ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'': Peter Ludlow...[[DesignatedVillain kind of]].
** ''Film/JurassicParkIII'': The ''[[PrehistoricMonster Spinosaurus]]''.
** ''Film/JurassicWorld'': A BigBadEnsemble with the ''Indominus rex'' and Vic Hoskins.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** Every single Movie War films has had a BigBad:
** ''Movie War 2010'': [[LegoGenetics Ultimate D]]
** ''Movie War Core'': [[EvilKnockoff Kamen Rider Core]], although [[Series/KamenRiderOOO Giru the Dinosaur Greeed]] made his presence known and The OOO portion of the film had [[HalfHumanHybrid Nobunga]] as the BigBad
** ''Movie War Megamax'': [[AxCrazy Lem Kannagi]]/[[OneWingedAngel Super Galaxy King]]
** ''Movie War Ultimatum'': [[AdaptationalVillainy The Akumaizer]] along with the [[Series/KamenRiderFourze Hercules Zodiarts]].
** ''The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle'': [[EvilKnockoff Kamen Rider Bujin Gaim]] for most of the movie, though there's also the standalone [[Series/KamenRiderWizard Ogre Phantom]].
** ''Movie War Full Throttle'': First [[AssimilationPlot Megahex]], then [[PhantomThief Zoruko Tojo/Kamen Rider Lupin]], and finally Megahex again.
* ''Film/TheKiller'': Wong Hoi/Johnny Weng.
* ''Film/KingArthur'': Cedric.
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'': Richmond Valentine.
* ''Krrish 3'': Kaal.
* ''Film/LAConfidential'': [[spoiler:Dudley Smith]].
* ''Film/LadyInTheWater'': [[SavageWolves The Scrunt]].
* ''Film/LethalWeapon'':
** General Peter [=McAllister=] in ''Lethal Weapon''.
** Arjen Rudd in ''Film/LethalWeapon2''.
** Jack Travis in ''Film/LethalWeapon3''.
** Wah Sing Ku in ''Film/LethalWeapon4''.
* ''[[BigDamnMovie The]] Series/LizzieMcGuire [[TheMovie Movie]]'': [[spoiler: Paolo Valisari, a young and charming pop star who uses Lizzie's resemblance to his ex girlfriend/singing partner to ruin her reputation.]]
* ''Film/LittleNicky'': Adrian.
* ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive The ACME Chairman]].
* ''Film/{{Looper}}'': A BigBadEnsemble between Abe, The Rainmaker and [[spoiler:[[CrusadingWidower Old Joe]], since the Rainmaker is an avoidable big bad in the future, driven to madness because of the loss of his mother at Old Joe's hands and thus developes a hatred towards the loopers]].
* ''Film/TheLoneRanger'': [[spoiler:Latham Cole]] and Butch Cavendish.
* ''Film/{{Lucy}}'': Mr. Jang.
* ''Film/{{Machete}}'': Rogelio Torrez.
* ''Film/MadDogMorgan has two: Smith the DirtyCop, and later on his boss Cobham the evil prison warden.
* ''Film/{{Madman}}'' has Madman Marz, the man who killed his family and who will do the same anyone else unlucky to cross him.
* ''Franchise/MadMax'':
** The Toecutter in the [[Film/MadMax first film]].
** Lord Humungus in ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior''
** Aunty Entity in ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome''
** Immortan Joe in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''
* ''Film/TheManchurianCandidate'': Eleanor Iselin in the 1962 film and Eleanor Shaw in the 2004 remake
* ''Film/ManOfTaiChi'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Donaka Mark]].
* ''Film/MarathonMan'': Dr. Christian Szell.
* ''Film/TheMask'': Dorian Tyrell.
** ''Film/SonOfTheMask'': Baby Alvy and Loki.
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' has Smith. He starts out as just another Agent in ''Film/TheMatrix'' who gets more character depth than the others (i.e, he's actively disgusted and angered by people instead of just being an emotionless drone), but after he comes BackFromTheDead in ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' and [[TheVirus starts copying himself]], [[spoiler: the Machines are forced to reach a truce with Neo to stop him in ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions''.]]
* [[FatComicRelief Jack]] and [[LittlePeopleAreSurreal Jack Jr.]] from ''Film/MeetTheFockers''.
* 1998's ''Film/MightyJoeYoung'': [[EvilPoacher Andrei Strasser]].
* ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'': [[SealedEvilInACan Ivan Ooze]].
* ''Film/MinorityReport'': [[spoiler:Lamar Burgess]].
* ''Mission Impossible'':
** The [[Film/MissionImpossible first movie]] has [[spoiler: Jim Phelps]].
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' has Sean Ambrose.
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII'' has Owen Davian.
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' has Kurt Hendricks.
** ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation'' has Solomon Lane.
* ''Film/MommieDearest'': Joan Crawford.
* ''Film/MoronFiveAndTheCryingLady'': Becky Pamintuan.
* ''Film/MysteryMen'': Casanova Frankenstein.
* ''Film/MysteryTeam'': [[spoiler: Robert]].
* ''[[Film/{{Neighbors 2014}} Neighbors]]'': Teddy.
* ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter'': Reverend Harry Powell.
* ''Film/TheNovemberMan'': Arkady Federov.
* ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'': [[spoiler:Dylan Rhodes is the fifth Horseman.]]
* ''Film/{{Oblivion}}'': [[spoiler:"Sally", the Tet's A.I.]]
* ''Film/OutOfTheFurnace'': [[CorruptHick Harlan [=DeGroat=]]].
* ''Film/PacificRim'': [[spoiler:The Precursors, the Kaiju's Masters]].
* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'': Captain Vidal.
* ''Film/PanicRoom'': Raoul.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Lord]] [[SmugSnake Cutler Beckett]]. Even though he didn't appear until ''Dead Man's Chest'', you can make a pretty good case for Beckett being Big Bad all along, as he was indirectly responsible for the events of the first movie (branding Jack, initiating the chain of events that made Jack the captain of the Pearl, etc.) despite never appearing or being mentioned, and was pulling everyone's strings in the second. Each movie also has its own individual villain as well:
** Captain Barbossa in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl The Curse of the Black Pearl]]''
** Davy Jones in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest Dead Man's Chest]]'', until Beckett manages to take control of him at the end.
** Cutler Beckett himself is BigBad directly in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]''.
** Blackbeard in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides On Stranger Tides]]'', which is only loosely connected to the previous trilogy.
* ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'':
** ''[[Film/PlanetOfTheApes1968 Planet of the Apes]]'' (1968): Dr. Zaius
** ''[[Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes Beneath the Planet of the Apes]]'': A large BigBadEnsemble consisting of General Ursus, Albina, Ongaro, Adiposo, and Mendez XXVI.
** ''Film/EscapeFromThePlanetOfTheApes'': Dr. Hasslein.
** ''Film/ConquestOfThePlanetOfTheApes'': Governor Breck.
** ''Film/BattleForThePlanetOfTheApes'': A BigBadEnsemble that consists of [[DragonAscendant Governor Kolp]] & General Aldo.
** ''Film/PlanetOfTheApes2001'': General Thade.
** ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'': Jacobs.
** ''Film/DawnOfThePlanetOfTheApes'': Dreyfus & Koba form a BigBadEnsemble, but it's clear that Koba is the bigger threat.
* ''Film/{{Pleasantville}}'': Has the Mayor of the titular fiction-turned-real town, who is bent of keeping everyone in it in the not-so-idyllic '50s forever.
* ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'': [[SinisterMinister Reverend Henry Kane]].
* ''Film/{{Push}}'': Has Henry Carver, and on a more broad scale, the Division itself.
* Quentin Tarantino films often have Big Bads:
** ''Film/ReservoirDogs'' has John Cabot.
** ''Film/PulpFiction'' has Marsellus Wallace.
** ''Film/JackieBrown'' has Ordell Robbie.
** ''Film/KillBill'' has Bill.
** Tarantino's ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' segment, ''Film/DeathProof'', has Stuntman Mike.
** ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' has Colonel Hans Landa.
** ''Film/DjangoUnchained'' has a BigBadDuumvirate between Calvin Candie, and his head house slave Stephen. [[spoiler: Between the two, Stephen appears to be the bigger threat.]]
** ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' has Santanico, [[spoiler:although she dies halfway through.]]
* ''Film/TheRaid'': Tama.
** ''Film/TheRaid2Berandal'': [[EvilCripple Bejo]].
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'': Rotti Largo has Big Bad among his many diabolical credentials.
* In the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' films, the [[MegaCorp Umbrella Corporation]] is the source of everything bad that happens, with each movie having an individual main antagonist working for Umbrella:
** ''Film/ResidentEvil'': [[AIIsACrapshoot The Red Queen]]
** ''Film/ResidentEvilApocalypse'': [[SociopathicSoldier Major Cain]]
** ''Film/ResidentEvilExtinction'': [[MadScientist Dr. Issacs]]
** ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'': [[EmpoweredBadassNormal Albert Wesker]]
** ''Film/ResidentEvilRetribution'': [[KillAllHumans The Red Queen]] again, having seized control from Wesker.
* ''Film/{{Revolution 1985}}'': Sergeant Major Peasy.
* ''Film/RobotHolocaust'': The Dark One.
* ''Film/RurouniKenshin'': Kanryu Takeda.
* ''Film/{{Sahara}}'': Brigadier General Zateb Kazim.
* ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'': Alejandro Sosa.
* Creator/SergioLeone:
** In his films:
** Ramon Rojo from ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars''.
** El Indio from ''Film/ForAFewDollarsMore''.
** Angel Eyes from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.
** Mr. Morton from ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''. Ironically, he's the BigBad, but more sympathetic than Frank, who is the VillainProtagonist and much more evil.
** The governor from ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite''.
* ''Film/TheSerpentAndTheRainbow'': [[TortureTechnician Dargent Peytraud]].
* ''Film/{{Se7en}}'': [[spoiler:John Doe]].
* ''Bollywood/{{Sholay}}'': [[FauxAffablyEvil Gabbar Singh]].
* ''Film/ShowdownInLittleTokyo'': [[{{Yakuza}} Funekei Yoshida]].
* ''Film/ShowdownInSeattle'': For the protesters , it is the World Trade Organization.
* ''Film/{{Silverado}}'': Cobb.
* ''Film/SkyHigh'': Has Royal Pain/[[spoiler:Gwen Grayson]], although the case could also be made for a ''[[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning posthumous]]'' BigBad in the form of [[spoiler:Sue Tenny, the original Royal Pain and Gwen's pre-incarnation]], who set up the EvilPlan in the backstory before [[spoiler:an unfortunate accident involving a weaponized FountainOfYouth set her back a little bit.]]
* The ''Slumber Party Massacre'' trilogy:
** ''Film/TheSlumberPartyMassacre'': Russ Thorn, a mass murderer who escaped from a mental hospital to continue killing people.
** ''Film/SlumberPartyMassacreII'': The Driller Killer, a supernatural Rockabilly who wants to make the main character his.
** ''Film/SlumberPartyMassacreIII'': [[spoiler:Ken]], who has been inspired by the death of his perverted uncle to kill people.
* ''Film/{{Snowpiercer}}'': Wilford.
* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'': [[Creator/MelBrooks President Skroob]] in a [[PlayedForLaughs humorous way]].
* The ''Film/SpyKids'' films have had the following:
** [[DepravedKidsShowHost Fegan Floop]] in the first, [[spoiler: who's actually being played by [[BastardUnderstudy Alexander]] [[MeaningfulName Minion]]]].
** [[spoiler:[[MoleInCharge Donnagon Giggles]]]] in the second.
** [[MadScientist The Toymaker]] in the third, and the only one to be readily apparent as the main villain from the beginning.
** [[spoiler:[[MoleInCharge Danger D'Amo]]]] in the fourth.
* ''Film/StarshipTroopers'': The Brain Bug in the first film, which leads the other Bugs. [[Film/StarshipTroopers3Marauder The third film]] reveals that [[spoiler:the Brain Bugs are actually in thrall to an even higher leadership caste of which there is only one member, the humongous Bug God Behemecoatyl.]]
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Almost all the movies have one:
** The title character of ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''
** Kruge in ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''
** Sybok in ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier''. Although, since he doesn't really seem to be ''bad'', being a WellIntentionedExtremist at worst, a better candidate would be the "God" entity manipulating him.
** [[spoiler:General Chang]] in ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''
** Dr. Tolian Soran in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations''
** The Borg Queen in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''
** Ru'afo in ''Film/StarTrekInsurrection''
** Shinzon in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''
** ''Film/StarTrek'' has Nero, possibly the most pissed off Romulan ''ever'', who is determined to [[spoiler:destroy Vulcan and then the rest of the Federation]] because neither managed to save [[spoiler:Romulus from being obliterated by a supernova]]. He's got a decent reason for being so angry, but good grief, he's got to be the new king of [[DisproportionateRetribution disproportionate response]].
** ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' has John Harrison[[spoiler:/Khan]] [[BigBadEnsemble and]] [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Grand Moff Tarkin was this in the original film, with Darth Vader as DragonInChief. The movie saga as a whole has GreaterScopeVillain Emperor Palpatine. In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Darth Vader is the Big Bad. He is still taking orders from Palpatine, but he only appears in a single scene of the film as a hologram, the events of the film are part of Darth Vader's gambit to use Luke Skywalker to overthrow the Emperor.
* ''Film/StreetFighter'': [[Creator/RaulJulia M.]] [[LargeHam Bison]], OF COURSE!
* ''Film/StrikeCommando'': [[HuskyRusskie Jakoda]].
* ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'': Depending on your interpretation, the Big Bad of the film (and the original play) may be Judge Turpin [[spoiler: or Mrs. Lovett]].
* ''Film/TheSwordAndTheSorcerer'': King Cromwell.
* ''Film/TaxiDriver'': Sport Higgins and [[VillainProtagonist Travis Bickle]].
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'': The Shredder. As if there was any doubt. He's the leader of the Foot Clan and aspires to take over New York City with a biological toxin.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'': [[AIIsACrapshoot Skynet]] is the BiggerBad but every film has always a TheHeavy sent by the evil supercomputer and acting as a Big Bad for every film.
** T-800 in ''Film/TheTerminator''.
** T-1000 in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''.
** T-X in ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines''.
** T-RIP in ''Film/TerminatorSalvation''.
** T-3000 ([[spoiler:John Connor]]) in ''Film/TerminatorGenisys''.
* ''Film/Thir13enGhosts'': Cyrus Kriticos.
* ''Film/{{Timecop}}'': [[CorruptPolitician Aaron McComb]].
* TLH Productions films usually have a BigBad.
** Scream for Me: [[spoiler: Nina Harrold, the twin sister]] of the protagonist.
** Shanequia, Where you at, Gurl?: The Ghost
** Family Retreat: This one doesn't have much of a BigBad.
** Family Retreat 2: A BigBadDuumvirate between Taylor and Ellie.
* ''Franchise/TransformersFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/{{Transformers}}'': Megatron
** ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'': The Fallen (Also doubles as TheManBehindTheMan)
** ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'': [[spoiler:Sentinel Prime]]
** ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'': A BigBadEnsemble of Harold Attinger, Galvatron, and Lockdown, with a GreaterScopeVillain in the latter's mystery employers.
* ''Film/TrickOrTreat'': Sammi Curr. He's the ghost of a [[DarkIsEvil Satanic rockstar]] who comes back from the dead via ThePowerOfRock.
* ''Film/{{Tron}}'': The [[MasterComputer MCP]].
* ''Film/TronLegacy'': Clu 2.0.
* ''Film/UnderSiege2DarkTerritory'': MadScientist [[EvilGenius Travis Dane]].
* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'':
** Viktor in ''Film/{{Underworld}}''
** Marcus in ''Film/UnderworldEvolution''
** Viktor ([[{{Prequel}} again, sorta]]) in ''Film/UnderworldRiseOfTheLycans''
** Dr Jacob Lane in ''Film/UnderworldAwakening''
* ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'': "Little" Bill Daggett.
* ''Film/TheUntouchables'': UsefulNotes/AlCapone.
* ''Film/TheUsualSuspects'': Keyser Soze though we never see him [[spoiler:until the end of the film]].
* ''{{Film/Utu}}'' has two Big Bads in an example of EvilVsEvil: TheSavageIndian VillainProtagonist Te Wheke, and EvilBrit Colonel Elliot.
* ''Film/VanHelsing'': Count Dracula.
* ''Film/VeronicaMars'': [[spoiler: Stu "Cobb" Cobbler]].
* ''Film/TheVillage'': [[spoiler:Noah Percy]].
* ''Film/AWalkAmongTheTombstones'': [[BigBadDuumvirate Ray and Albert]].
* ''Film/WallStreet'': Gordon Gekko.
* ''Film/WildThings'':
** The first film has [[spoiler:Suzie Toler]].
** ''Wild Things 2'': Brittney Havers.
** ''Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough'': A BigBadDuumvirate between [[spoiler: Kristen Richards]] and Elena Sandoval.
** ''Wild Things: Foursome'' A BigBadDuumvirate between George Stuben and Linda Dobson.
* ''Film/WildWildWest'': [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain Arliss Loveless]].
* ''Film/{{Willow}}'': [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Bavmorda]].
* ''Film/TheWitchesOfEastwick'': Daryl Van Horne.
* The ''Book/TheWizardOfOz'' films:
** ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'': The Wicked Witch of the West.
** ''Film/ReturnToOz'': A BigBadDuumvirate of the Nome King and Princess Mombi.
** ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'': A BigBadDuumvirate between Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the East and Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West. Though, Evanora is the films true BigBad, being the one who manipulated Theodora into becoming evil in the first place.
** ''Film/TheWitchesOfOz'': The Wicked Witch of the West, who is revealed to be [[spoiler:Billie Westbrook]].
* ''Film/TheWolfman2010'': [[spoiler:Sir John Talbot]].
* ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'': [[spoiler:The Network]].
* ''Film/ZeroDarkThirty'': UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden.
* ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'': The Zodiac Killer, [[spoiler:believed to be Arthur Leigh Allen]].
* The ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'' films starring Creator/AntonioBanderas:
** ''Film/TheMaskOfZorro'': Don Rafael Montero, though [[TheHeavy Capt. Harrison Love]] serves as the antagonist to Alejandro's character arc.
** ''The Legend of Zorro'': Count Armand.
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