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Big Bad: Web Original

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

Note that Big Bad is not a catch-all trope for the biggest and ugliest villain of any given story. The Big Bad is the one who turns out to be behind several other seemingly independent threats.
  • A Game Of Gods originally had Omega as the Big Bad, who was behind all the disappearing Champions and was possessing a doomsday device. However, after he kicked the bucket, Lambda came in and some Fridge Horror came up, resulting in them going back for Echidna and confronting the true Big Bad, Digamma.
  • Later seasons of Arby 'n' the Chief have Big Bads.
    • Scott in Endgame.
    • Trent Donnovich in Season 5.
    • Chaos Theosis in Season 6.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall is noted for having a central antagonist for each storyline:
  • Bunny Kill had a different Big Bad for each installment. (each takes place in an alternate continuity, you see.)
    • Smoke in Bunny Kill 1.
    • Dust in Bunny Kill 2.
    • Professor Sludge in Bunny Kill 3.
    • Flint in Bunny Kill 4.
    • Smoke again in Bunny Kill 5.
  • Oswald Sherzikien in The Cartoon Man series, who remains He Who Must Not Be Seen for the duration of the first two movies.
  • The big bad of Chaos Fighters main series is the demon lord while Chaos Fighters II is Thanic Snader.
  • Bad Horse from "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog."
  • Celestia takes this role in Equestria Chronicles. Possibly.
  • Fine Structure has Oul, an Omnicidal Maniac and all-around Eldritch Abomination.
  • In The Gamers Alliance, several villains have had this role in different story arcs:
  • The Emperor, leader of TAROT, has his fingers in nearly every criminal enterprise on Earth in the Global Guardians PBEM Universe. He's also got his fingers in nearly every major legitimate business enterprise on Earth as well. But then, what do you expect of a villain who is secretly an immortal Niccolň Machiavelli?
  • The mysterious phantom thief Deus serves as this for Grandmaster of Theft.
  • In Greek Ninja, it turns out that the no-match-for-any-human-being force that was so strong it could destroy the whole world, was in fact nothing more than a bitter human being himself, who was purposefully reincarnated simply to get revenge and restore the reign of the Olympians.
  • Michelle Clore from KateModern is responsible, either directly or indirectly, for nearly everything that goes wrong over the course of the series.
  • Madness Combat had the Sheriff as its first Big Bad, who got killed relatively quickly, followed by Jebus and eventually the Clown. Then the Auditor showed up and things really hit the fan.
  • In Mario Brothers, King Koopa is this with his army of troops. He personally kills Luigi and plans to kill the Princess and Mario.
  • The Mysterious Somebody, Bracket Fungus and League of Mary-Sue Factories take this role for the Protectors of the Plot Continuum. Despite being long dead, the Mysterious Somebody could be said to be the most influential Big Bad, as his actions more or less shaped the PPC's identity in-story; the League is a series of offshoots from his original Mary-Sue Factory, and the organisation of the PPC itself is a reaction to his actions as its head.
  • Originally it was implied that Ozzie Arcane was the Big Bad of The Quest For Geekdom, but it was eventually revealed to be Eric Rosethorn.
  • Plenty of Big Bads in The Questport Chronicles: The Master of Darkness, The Prince of Shadows and Illusions, and the mage.
  • Red vs. Blue has a couple, actually.
    • Red Vs Blue The Blood Gulch Chronicles has O'Malley, though he's Laughably Evil.
    • Red Vs Blue The Recollection has the Meta, though he alternatively shares the spotlight with C.T. in Recreation and Washington in Revelation.
    • Seasons 9 and 10 are setting up the Director as the villain, particularly for the flashback episodes. The latter also reveals Sigma as the true Big Bad of Reconstruction and the Bigger Bad of Recreation and Revelation.
    • Seasons 11 and 12 have General Doyle apparently fitting this role except his apparent Dragon, Locus, isn't working him but for the true Big Bad, the mysterious Control.
  • The "dark, unidentifiable figure" from The Stranger
  • Danya commands the terrorist organization in charge of Survival of the Fittest, and is therefore primarily responsible for the students being abducted and forced to kill one another, even though as of yet it is unknown if he has ever directly killed anyone. This makes his status as Big Bad inarguable. At least until he's killed by Dorian Pello.
    • Each Survival of the Fittest Endgame tends to have one major villain from the students too. V1 had Cody Jenson, the killer of Adam Dodd's girlfriend and best friend, V2 had Mariavel Varella, the biggest killer on the island, who further cemented her status when she killed Bryan Calvert's girlfriend, and V3 had J.R. Rizzolo, who actually ended up winning.
  • The Shadows from The Tale of Gaven Morren.
  • Taco Man, in "Taco Man: The Game Master," has certain villians. In "Taco Man Plays A Video Game," however, when he got tired of playing Bubsy, Taco Man had a dream of a evil Bubsy forcing Taco Man to play Bubsy 3D, and then, Taco Man realized it wasn't a dream, because the Bubsy 3D title screen was on Taco Man's TV, and the evil Bubsy forced Taco Man to play Bubsy 3D, and then, after Taco Man was treated to a death animation in Bubsy 3D, the evil Bubsy said that there was Bubsy II and Bubsy for the Jaugar, and the evil Bubsy disappears.
  • Doctor Insano certainly fits this for the That Guy with the Glasses team, being the Arch-Enemy of Linkara and The Spoony One, as well as an enemy of many others such as Angry Joe, The Nostalgia Critic and Paw Dugan.
  • There Will Be Brawl has the Butchers, Lucas and Ness, which are the Dragons to Kirby, the real Big Bad. Ganondorf is the Big Bad Wannabe, right up until he's executed. Add in the Cosmic Horrors and End of Days cult and we practically have a Big Bad Ensemble.
  • Twitch Plays Pokémon. Yes, the entire "canon" is made up of Ascended Fanon, but surprisingly each instalment so far has had one character whom the Mob basically all agrees to blame for anything bad (Pokémon getting released, countdown timers, etc).
  • There are lots of Big Bads in the Whateley Universe
    • The unseen supervillain Nimbus seems to be behind everything. The superweapons at Halloween, the deviser drug used on Merry and maybe also G-Force, and so on. Even some of the Christmas holiday adventures had Nimbus lurking somewhere behind the scenes. We still don't know what he's up to.
    • That said, "Seńor X" seems to be responsible for everything that Nimbus isn't. Among other things, he's indirectly responsible for everything Hecate did, and by connection, half the bad stuff the Alphas were up to early on. More importantly though, a recent story revealed that There was a very powerful and very subtle spell active on campus designed to increase tension and conflict, and he's implied to be the one responsible — making him indirectly responsible for the actions of more or less every on-campus bad-guy to date. Oh and it's practically been confirmed by this point that he's masquerading as a student.
    • In the recent story "Razzle Dazzle", Thomas Townsend, alias Mephisto the Mentalist, alias Cerebrex the Super-Brain, claims to have been scheming against many different heros for over eighty years. Under the alias Dominus, he's the current boss of the Syndicate. We don't know for such how much of this is true, since Thomas Townsend admits that he's an Unreliable Narrator.
    • Considering how little we know about these Whateley Big Bads, it's possible that two or more of them are the same person.
  • Worm at first appears to have a Big Bad Ensemble, between the multitudes of supervillains, the three Endbringers, the Slaughterhouse 9, and Cauldron, but the best contender for the role is the Simurgh, the third of the Endbringers, a malevolent, massively powerful telepath and precognitive with a fondness for Disaster Dominoes and brainwashed pawns, who is essentially responsible for the world being in the state that it is by sabotaging any attempts to improve the world almost before they start, and who may be The Man Behind the Man for any of the above.
    • However, the real Big Bad turns out to be Scion, who spends most of the story looking like the Big Good.
  • Serias fills this role in Wormtooth Nation.
  • Israphel is this in Shadow of Israphel, having antagonized Knight_Peculier all his life, and is currently trying to destroy the world, and we still don't know who he actually is. Then it turns out he may have actually been working for the Sand God/Jade Sentinel, but we may never know.
  • The Medic who leads oWn in Cult of Personality. The series begins with him being fired from the BLU team and forging his own organization. He's personally leading a campaign to destroy RED and BLU.
  • In the My Little Pony Meets, in The Joker Meets My Little Pony, Zod and Chrysalis in Superman Meets My Little Pony, Slenderman in ??? Meets My Little Pony
  • Dr. Josh Sherman serves as the Big Bad in the pilot story of Lightning Dust.

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