Big Bad Ensemble

The story features two or more Big Bads, each of whom has their own distinct agenda and resources. The result can be Evil Versus Evil, Eviler Than Thou, Enemy Mine, Villain Team-Up or Big Bad Duumvirate, but it may be the case that none of the villains have anything to do with each other. Played straight, each Big Bad 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 The Hero to face a range of different challenges, for example if one villain seeks to Take Over the World 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 Big Bad 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 Sorting Algorithm of Evil 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 Big Bad arises only after another is defeated, then this does not count. See also Rogues Gallery, which is similar but usually forces established villains to act as Monster of the Week. When there are so many Big Bads involved that one needs a score card to keep them straight, this is The Big Bad Shuffle. See also Gambit Pileup; 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 Mêlée à Trois between the heroes and the two big bads.


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  • Bakura does this a lot in Yu-Gi-Oh! with Pegasus, Marik, and Dark Marik, respectively.
  • Code Geass has Emperor Charles zi Britannia and his son, Prince Schneizel el Britannia. The former has an Assimilation Plot 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 A God Am I mindset, with the plan to launch a Kill Sat called the Damocles that fires F.L.E.I.J.A. missiles, all to unite the world through fear.
  • Digimon Adventure features one of these in the Dark Masters, a quartet of Mega-level Digimon who serve as the Big Bads 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 Bads 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 Piedmon, he actually seems to enjoy watching the other three get obliterated one-by-one. And that's not taking Myotismon, Etemon and Devimon into account.
  • In Naruto, Orochimaru serves as the Big Bad for Part 1, but Akatsuki takes over after Orochimaru gets saddled with Villain Decay. Partway through the second half, Danzo throws his conniving hat into the mix. It becomes The Big Bad Shuffle later on when Orochimaru and Akatsuki are defeated and replaced by Kabuto and Tobi, respectively, who form an unstable Big Bad Duumvirate. And then there is Sasuke, the wild card (though he is nominally a pawn of Tobi). The shuffle continues into the final parts of the manga; Sasuke kills Danzo and helps his brother take Kabuto out of commission, and Tobi forms yet another duumvirate with his resurrected ancestor and Predecessor Villain Madara to summon the Ten-Tailed Beast. Then Sasuke revives Orochimaru and the two of them decide to help the good guys take down Tobi and Madara.
    • 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 One Piece, most villains tend to survive their arcs and maintain possibility of returning.
    • The Four Emperors are the most powerful pirates of the world, ruling the second half of Grand Line. The most antagonistic, as well as the ones with the highest resumes, are Marshall D. Teach (or Blackbeard) (who caused the Whitebeard War in its entirety), Kaido "of the Beasts" (who scares the shit out of Doflamingo) and Charlotte "Big Mom" Linlin (whom Kid and Luffy have personally challenged).
    • Several of the Eleven Supernovas could easily turn up as antagonists in the future, but the biggest ones are Eustass Kid (the most savage one by far) and Trafalgar Law (who's made it clear that he will go after Luffy eventually).
    • The 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 Greater Scope Villain, since Fleet Admiral Sakazuki serves as The Heavy from the Marine side.
    • 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, Bartholomew Kuma, Donquixote Doflamingo and Dracule Mihawk are bound to be dealt with at some point. 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 Bads not affiliated with anybody yet, there are Sir Crocodile, who decided to head for the New World when he heard of Luffy's return and Buggy the Clown, another rival of Luffy for crown of the Pirate King, who's been gathering an army of loyal followers and also has been contacted by the World Government for joining the Warlords.
  • Whenever there's an Arc Villain in Soul Eater, like Arachne, Shaula or Noah (The Tables of Contents), Medusa and Asura are not too far behind, similar to Bakura from above.
  • Subverted in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. The series appears to be shaping up to a battle between Muruta Azrael of Blue Cosmos and Chairman Patrick Zala of ZAFT, but the real Big Bad Rau Le Creuset is manipulating both of them in an attempt to bring about The End of the World as We Know It
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny: Most of the series is defined by a brawl between ZAFT Chairman Gilbert Durandal and Blue Cosmos leader Lord Djibril over control of the world. Interestingly, Durandal is much more competent than Djibril, a fact that is made clear from the start. However, despite his Stupid Evil status, Djibril's resources, combined with the fact that he's essentially pure evil and is a strong believer in There Is No Kill Like Overkill (complete with a Wave Motion Gun and a penchant towards nuclear warfare), means that both of them absolutely have to be defeated in order for the story to end well.
  • The One Shadow Nine Fists in History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi, consisting of several Evil Mentor martial artists, many of which verge into Anti-Villain on a handful of occasions, barring Silcardo Jenazad and the mysterious Greater Scope Villain of the group, Miu's father, Saiga Furinji
  • Kimba the White Lion did this with Viper Snakely and Claw.
  • Transformers Cybertron did this in a way. Megatron was the obvious one, but Starscream later became a Big Bad 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 Unicron, Back from the Dead and going all Omnicidal Maniac once again.
  • Dragon Ball Z had the Namek Saga, where the Z warriors had to fight the last Big Bad (Vegeta, not yet at his Heel-Face Turn) and the new Big Bad (Frieza).
  • D.Gray-Man: While the Millennium Earl has been the main villain since day one and is still the most prominent threat, recent chapters have The Fourteenth and Apocryphos challenging the Earl for the position of Biggest Bad (literally, in the Fourteenth's case). Also, due to the Black and Gray Morality of the series, one could also arguably stick Black Order leader Lveille on the list as well.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL has Dr. Faker and Tron, who are opposed to both the protagonists and each other. It remains to be seen which will prove Eviler Than Thou.
    • None, they were both beaten by Yuma (through Dr. Faker was the final boss of the first arc), both reformed and both controlled by the bigger bads, the Barians
  • A Certain Magical Index and its spinoff A Certain Scientific Railgun have a lot of evil people who oppose each other or don't even know about each other, with complex plans that intersect and are hard to keep track of.
  • In the Getter Robo 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. 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.
  • FLCL has Evil Inc. Medical Mechanica, who plans to iron out free thought all over the world, and Villain Protagonist Haruko, who wants to steal the power of legendary Space Pirate 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 Magical Record Lyrical Nanoha FORCE, 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 Jerkasses, they admit their actions, while Hades pretends to be a normal innocent guy despite being Obviously Evil, who is even more evil than any of the Hückebein.
  • In Fairy Tail, the endgame seems to be setting up two, potentially three Big Bads in opposition with each other. 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. However, he's also well aware of these actions even though he intends to wipe out humanity to cleanse the world its sins. The Dragon King Acnologia wants to destroy everyone and everything, having committed mass genocide against his fellow Dragons and wants to do the same to his former species, and Zeref is heavily hinted to have something to do with this (despite the fact that even Zeref is terrified of him). Not to mention he killed Natsu's father. Finally, the Dark Guild Tartaros, made up of demons created by Zeref, is led by the currently-sealed-away E.N.D. (aka Etherious Natsu Dragneel), the strongest of all Zeref's demons and is theorized to be strong enough to make even Acnologia wary of him, 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 Greater Scope Villain (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. And all three have some form of connection to Natsu.

  • Almost every superhero worth his salt has his/her own Rogues Gallery, so this is played several times. However, most comic villains can only be counted as Big Bads within their own stories. The best examples exist when dealing with crossovers and prolonged story arcs, which can feature multiple villains and can last several months or even up to a year. Some examples from The DCU include:
    • No Man's Land involves 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 Villain with Good Publicity and a plot to murder new-born infants to break Gotham's spirit, respectively.
    • 52, Chang Tzu, Lex Luthor, Lady Styx, Neron, and evil Skeets, courtesy of Mister Mind are all the Big Bad to a variety of heroes starring in a number of inter-connected stories.
    • Krona and an undead Swamp Thing, which believes itself to be Nekron, are the two biggest threats in Brightest Day, but Max Lord, Eclipso, Black Manta and Siren, the Queen of Hawkworld, D'kay Drazz, and Firestorm (who is actually serving the Anti-Monitor), are all causing all kinds of trouble.
    • The New Krypton arc in the Superman comics has Generals Zod and Lane opposing each other in Evil Versus Evil, though Lex Luthor and Brainiac have their own agendas as well.
  • And from the Marvel Universe:
    • Dark Reign is about Norman Osborn accumulating substantial political and military power after he is placed in charge of all superhuman matters in the United States. During this he forms The Cabal with Doctor Doom, Emma Frost, Namor, Loki, and The Hood, 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 Monster of the Week and their own story arcs while also having to worry about Osborn or his minions.
    • The Messiah Myth Arc in X-Men, which covers a multitude of story arcs from Messiah Complex up to Second Coming over a number of years, has the X-Men dealing with anti-mutant activists eventually united under Bastion, traitor X-Man 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 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 X-Men. Some of this takes also place during Dark Reign, which means Osborn and co. factor in too, notably during the Utopia X story.
    • Infinity follows two plots simultaneously, so has one of these by default. Namely, a massive Enemy Mine 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 Thanos to regain the Infinity Gems (via an invasion of Earth). And then Shuma-Gorath shows up...
    • In Young Avengers vol.2 at first it looked like the Big Bad is going to be the Mother but then Speed got kidnapped by what is assumed to be completely different Eldritch Abomination posing as 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 Villain Team-Up. And then adult version of Journey into Mystery character Leah, whose plans may, but don't have to be aligned with either of them, showed up.
    • From The Kree Skrull War, 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 Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, Dr. Robotnik/Eggman has always been the Arch-Enemy of the heroes and premier Big Bad of the series. However, over the years, more and more villains of equal or greater threat have shown up to rival the doctor — Ixis Naugus, Mammoth Mogul, Enerjak, Dr. Finitevus, Scourge, the Iron Queen, and most recently, the Battle Kukku — so you can't call him the sole Big Bad anymore. This has been most apparent in the issues leading up to and following the Genesis arc, wherein Naugus has currently become the villain most equal to Eggman for the position.
  • Across the pond in Sonic the Comic quite a few villains try to take the role of Big Bad from Robotnik. The first to try is Emperor Metallix then Commander Brutus, after that Super Sonic.
  • ''Transformers:
    • Simon Furman's run on IDW's Transformers Ongoing comics set up a large number of potential villains from the Rogues Gallery. 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. 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 Godzilla comic series, we have Space-Godzilla, Monster X, Gigan and Hedorah.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Batman Returns is a chess duel between the Penguin, Catwoman, and original character Max Shreck. The Penguin is clearly the main villain and certainly the main threat as his plans increasingly escalate to mass murder and eventually destroying Gotham City itself, but the other two are formidable problems and all three engage in double-dealing, backstabbing and triple-crossing.
  • Lovers Lane features three distinct killers; Doctor Jack Grefe, his daughter Chloe, and sexual sadist Ray Hennessey. All three of them use hooks though.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 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 Jack Sparrow caught in the middle.
  • 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 Satans Playground we get the psychotic Leeds family, a group of Satanists, and The Jersey Devil.
  • In the second Ginger Snaps film, we are introduced to a werewolf who is simply The Heavy of the story, but the Big Bad who comes out on top is Ghost.
  • The comedy-horror Psycho Sleepover has a mass breakout at a mental institution, so the main characters have deal with dozens of different psychos.
  • Without Warning (1980) has the alien who is hunting the protagonists and the psychotic Shell-Shocked Veteran who thinks that the said protagonists are in cahoots with the alien.
  • The Hobbit has three Big Bads. The dragon Smaug serves as the overarching Big Bad 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 who is revealed to be Sauron preparing for his big comeback and rebuilding his armies. He's also Azog's boss, but Azog is still acting on his own.
  • Layer Cake features a Serbian drug trafficker, Eddie Temple, and 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.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: 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.
  • Escape from L.A.. 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. 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.
  • 2 Guns 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 all four groups.
  • X-Men:
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: While the Klingon General Chang is the most prominent villainous leader, the conspiracy also includes a high-ranking Federation officer ( Admiral Cartwright) and the representative of a third country ( 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 Let the Right One In 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 Final Boss and Conny/Kenny's Big Brother Bully, and he takes the role of the Big Bad by storm.
  • In Codex Alera there are numerous Big Bads active throughout the series, mostly independent of one another if prone to making and breaking alliances at whim- High Lord Aquitainenote , Invidia Aquitainenote , High Lord Kalarusnote , Sarlnote , and the Vord Queennote  are the biggies, and High Lord Rhodes is billed as one, despite very limited development and pagetime.
  • In Everworld, there are several villainous characters (the majority of the gods actually fall under this), but the most prominent are Loki, Ka Anor, and Senna.
  • Robin Hobb did this in the Farseer trilogy with Prince Regal and the Red Ships.
  • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the Big Bads are Lord Voldemort and Cornelius Fudge (with Dolores Umbridge as Dragon-in-Chief), though they have nothing to do with each other.
  • The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara. There's the Isle Witch and her former mentor The Morgawr, who form a Big Bad Duumvirate, 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 Antrax, the Knight Templar 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 Myth Arc of Warrior Cats, Tigerclaw and Brokenstar were this for a while. Then they teamed up and Brokenstar died. In the Power of Three arc, both Sol and Tigerstar were vying for the spot of Big Bad, and the arc ends with 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 Bads back to try and get revenge from beyond the grave.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has Littlefinger, the Lannisters, the Boltons and Freys although they're working, sort of, for the Lannisters, Well Intentioned Extremists Varys and Melisandre and, overshadowing them all, the Others.
  • Swedish writer Simona Ahrnstedt gives us three villains in her debut novel Överenskommelser. We have Wilhelm Löwenström, the abusive head of the household, his son Edvard, a serial abuser sadistic 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 The Riddle Master Trilogy, Morgon and Raederle have to deal with the separate threats of Ghisteslwchlohm and the Earth-Masters, who are apparently lead by Eriel... up until about the last third of the last book, when Eriel captures Ghisteselwchlohm and forcibly demotes him to her Dragon.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe:
    • The initial antagonists of Kenobi are a tribe of Sand People a.k.a. Tusken Raiders led by A'Yark, Knight Templars 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. Who's something of a decoy, it's a desperate Orrin who takes over as the antagonist. He has been Slowly Slipping Into Evil for years by embezzeling 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 Enemy Mine between Ben and A'Yark.
    • The Courtship of Princess Leia: 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 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 according to a later sourcebook lets Han have it specifically to get back at Zsinj.
  • Dragon Avenger, the second Age of Fire novel, has two Evil Overlords who, between the two of them, are responsible for all the terrible things that happen to 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 Parental Substitute. Wistala actually takes advantage of this trope to get her revenge, by playing the two of them against each other in order to engineer their downfalls.
  • In the Malazan Book of the Fallen the Crippled God is built up to be the Big Bad, only to get his plans hijacked by a Big Bad Duumvirate of Forkrul Assail, K'Chain Nah'ruk and Tiste Liosan as well a gang of Elder Gods led by Errastas, each party planning the End Of The World As We Know It in their own way.
  • The Commonwealth Saga has MorningLightMountain and 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 the Starflyer.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 24: Has this in its final two seasons. Although there's the main Big Bad 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: Tony Almeida to Alan Wilson in season 7 and Jack Bauer (despite being the protagonist) to what was already a Triumvirate of Charles Logan, Allison Taylor, and Yuri Suvarov in season 8.
  • American Horror Story: Asylum takes place in an asylum run by a tyrannical nun, who is fighting with one of the doctors who experiments on their patients, while a demonically possessed nun, a Serial Killer posing as a one of the doctors, and some aliens run around the asylum doing awful things to the rest of the cast for kicks.
  • Angel:
    • This show was a master of this trope - at the height of Season 3, the Big Bads (Lila Morgan, Daniel Holtz, and 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 nominate a fourth character entirely.
    • The series is this, the big bads being Wolfram & Hart and Jasmine, who is directly or retroactively responsible for many events of the series until her death in season 4. After that point, Wolfram & Hart's Senior Partners stay as the undisputed Big Bads of the show.
  • Arrow: Season 3's present-day Story Arc is dominated by a war between Ra's Al-Ghul and Malcolm Merlyn, with Team Arrow stuck in the middle.
  • Breaking Bad briefly delves into this in Seasons 3 and 4, when Gus Fring and The Cartel are at war. They eventually resolve their dispute peacefully, only for Gus to then kill them all and avenge his friend / possible lover Max.
  • Farscape: Season 4 has Commandant Grayza of the Peacekeepers and Emperor Staleek of the Scarran Empire, who are actually at war with each other as well as with the protagonists.
  • GoGo Sentai Boukenger: The Negative Syndicate.
  • Kamen Rider Gaim: Had a few of these from time to time, most notably with the conflict between Yggdrasil and Helheim. 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. That honor went to Kaito Kumon.
  • Nikita:
    • Season 2 is shaping up to this: in addition to the Evil Versus Evil rivalry between the Division and Zetrov (the Big Bads in this case being their respective leaders Amanda and Sergei Semak), there are also the various members of Oversight, The Man Behind the Man to Division (to whom Amanda has become The Starscream). Oh, and former Big Bad Percy — despite his current condition of being locked in a maximum security prison — is still semi-active and plotting against everyone else.
    • Update as of the middle of the season: Oversight — bar one member who pulled a Heel-Face Turn — 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 Dragon Ari Tasarov; 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.
  • Once Upon a Time:
    • The Evil Queen/Regina and Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold. While they've worked together, by the end of the first season they've ended up in a Magnificent Bastard versus Magnificent Bastard 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 Big Bad Duumvirate, but Hook is later cast out of it while Cora gets her daughter to join her. And in the last quarter of the season, another Big Bad Duumvirate 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 new sisters. But while the heroes are dealing with her, they're oblivious to the fact that Rumplestiltskin has 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 previously saw a Big Bad Duumvirate between Gold and a resurrected Maleficent, however the latter has ditched the Villain Team-Up, knowing the former does not care about her success, and is now using the heroes to find her daughter and exact revenge on those who took her away, thus creating this trope.
  • Penny Dreadful has this as a natural result of the number of Plot Threads the series has:
    • The Master vampire (most likely Dracula), with Mina Murray serving as his proxy is season 1.
    • Caliban, for Victor's storyline.
    • The entity possessing Vanessa, which claims to be Satan himself.
  • Person of Interest: Straddles the line between this trope and a Rogues Gallery. Occasionally multiple villains will show up in a single episode.
  • Done on occasion in Power Rangers, although not as often as the "one after another" format.
  • Revolution: So the 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 episode 11. Tom Neville started out as Monroe's loyal dragon, until he had to run off to save his neck in episode 13. By the 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.
  • The Secret Circle: 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. Big Bad Duumvirate: John Blackwell and Eben are both the real Big Bad in the season finale.
  • Smallville loves this trope. While the first three seasons had Lionel Luthor as a more or less consistent Big Bad, later ones got much more iffy and complicated, often featuring one human antagonist, and a superpowered one:
    • Season 4 had Lionel competing with Genevieve Teague and 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 Brainiac and Lex Luthor 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 Omnicidal Maniac territory, while new villains Tess Mercer and Doomsday entered the scenario, with Lex and Faora as their respective Man Behind The Man's and Bigger Bads. One would expect that one of The Chessmasters would win out, but when the dust settles it's 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, Zod and Checkmate, led by Amanda Waller and 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 Darkseid as the Big Bad, with Rick Flag and the Suicide Squad trying to take down the government and the Justice League, Slade Wilson and the Vigilante Registration Agency (VRA) trying to force all heroes onto the government payroll, and Alexander Luthor, Earth-2 Lionel, and the real Lex all waiting in the wings. It ends up subverted though, as Slade is a Disc One Final Boss corrupted by Darkseid himself, and the others are just Big Bad Wannabes when compared to the God of Evil that is The Great Lord of the Dark.
  • Stargate SG-1: This series almost always had one single Big Bad whom SG-1 had to contend with. In the later part of season 8, however, they were simultaneously faced with two Galactic Conquerors: the Goa'uld System Lord Anubis, an immortal Energy Being 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 Horde of Alien Locusts. The Replicators proceed to invade the Milky Way to consume everything as 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.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: By the final arc, Sisko is having to deal with the entirely separate threads of the Dominion and their allies on one hand and Dukat and the Pah-Wraiths on the other.
  • Supernatural tended to have more or less consistent Big Bads for its first four seasons, before using this trope in season five:
    • In season five Lucifer is freed from his Cage, and starts the Apocalypse. He wants to wipe out all humans, 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 Archangel Michael. While Michael is the Lesser of Two Evils 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. In the end, Lucifer and Michael both get trapped in the Cage.
    • Season six takes it even further, featuring four separate Big Bads. Early on in the season, to start with, we have Crowley - the new King of Hell - who wants to find Purgatory and take control of its souls, and the Archangel Raphael, who is trying to take control of Heaven and restart the Apocalypse. Then, midway through the season, we meet Eve, the "Mother of All", who wants to overrun the world with her "children". And then, a few episodes before the season finale, we find out that Castiel has been in a tentative alliance with Crowley to find Purgatory so that he can defeat Raphael and prevent his plans from coming to fruition.

      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 Castiel cuts Crowley out of the deal; Crowley retaliates by teaming up with Raphael, only for Castiel to Out-Gambit them both. He absorbs the souls of Purgatory, kills Raphael, and sends Crowley running, all before 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 her Manchurian Agent Castiel — for control of the Word of God tablets. Abaddon gets in on the act near the end of the season as a potential Starscream for Crowley while Naomi has a Heel Realization in the finale, only to be killed by 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: Bartholomew and Malachi emerge as the leaders of the civil war amongst the fallen angels, with Metatron — now in full A God Am I mode — also recruiting in order to secure his own position as sole ruler of Heaven. Meanwhile, Abbadon is continuing to try and usurp Crowley's position, while Crowley himself now a Wild Card. In something of a subversion, Bartholomew is impaled by Cas in his second appearance while Malachi doesn't get a second appearance, being Killed Offscreen by Gadreel.
  • Twin Peaks in it's first season had Laura Plamer's killer Leland/BOB and Ben Horne . After the Laura Palmer mystery was solved the Big Bad Ensemble shifted to Jean Renault, Windom Earle and then finally BOB again

    Role-Playing Games 
  • It seems the Big Bads in Pokémon: Rise of the Rockets 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—for the first arc, though they all eventually took a Heel-Face Turn (with the exception of Ace, who was Killed Off for Real 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. 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 four Agents, he has effectively taken over as the main Big Bad 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.
    • The Seven Deadly Sins, 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 Big Bad 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.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Exalted, it's not a question of who's trying to 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 The Fair Folk view Creation the same way one would view a turd in the swimming pool and want it to stop ruining their beautiful chaos.
  • Warhammerbeing a 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, Nagash, would easily qualify if he was still around), and others.
  • Warhammer 40,000, had this as well, mostly inspired by those above: At the very top of the Sliding Scale of Villain Threat are the Chaos Gods and the Tyranid Hive Mind, and going down there are the 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 Magic: The Gathering, Yawgmoth was the main villain before he got wiped from existence. Now the story has this trope between the remains of Phyrexia, the Eldrazi, and Nicol Bolas.

  • Jesus Christ Superstar: Judas, 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.

    Video Games 
  • Batman: Arkham City has most of Bat's Rogues Gallery vying for the position of Big Bad over the course of the game. At the end, Hugo Strange and The Joker take their positions as the two Big Bads of the game, with Ra's al Ghul as Greater Scope Villain to the former.
  • Street Fighter 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 Take Over the World, while Akuma is more of a Noble Demon and Blood Knight trying to goad Ryu into surrendering to the Dark Side to give him an ultimate showdown. In Street Fighter IV, Seth adds to the list, while in Street Fighter III (which chronologically takes place after IV) Gill takes the place of Bison.
  • World of Warcraft originally had this, with players having to fight several Big Bads 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 Scourge, the Burning Legion, and the 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 Bads are at odds, but the Alliance and Horde don't want either of them to win, and an Enemy Mine with either is almost certainly off the table.
  • The Disciples series of Turn-Based Strategy games has a number of major villains in conflict with one another, including Mortis, Bethrezen, Uther, and Gallean. None of them are powerful enough to claim the title of the Big Bad, but all of them are serious threats to the setting.
  • Knights of the Old Republic II featured the former Big Bad Triumvirate of Darth Nihilus, Darth Sion, and Darth Traya. Prior to the story they led a massive assassination campaign against the Jedi still alive after the events of the first game, but Sion and Nihilus turned on Traya, the teacher and parted ways, though Traya survived; thus, all three are up to no good in the story and have to be deat with. Sion seeks to kill you; Traya seeks to corrupt you; and Nihilus, the most powerful, doesn't really care about you, but is the greatest and most imminent threat to the galaxy.
    • There are two more, actually - Atris, the one who summoned the Jedi to Katarr and unwittingly drew Nihilus into the universe; and GO-TO, the one who put a bounty so large that every criminal wants a piece of it.
  • The main Halo trilogy has the Prophet of Truth at the head of the Covenant and the Gravemind representing the Flood.
  • Ratchet And Clank Tools Of Destruction had a definite Big Bad in the form of Emperor Tachyon, but Ratchet was also menaced by Captain Slag, who serves as the games second major villain.
  • Seiken Densetsu 3 has 3 different Ultimate Evil 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 Legend of Mana, which has multiple plot-arcs running together simultaneously throughout the game, each of which features a world-threatening Big Bad behind everything.
  • A staple in the Dragon Age series:
    • Dragon Age: Origins has you dealing with Darkspawn led by the Archdemon while dodging assassination attempts and other nefarious plots from Teryn Loghain. Doubles as The Good, the Bad, and the Evil, as Loghain is more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist than a true villain, whereas the Archdemon wants to destroy everything in it's path.
    • In Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, you are caught in a crossfire between two 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 Dragon Age II there are many people that could qualify as being a Big Bad. In the framing story, one character thinks that it's you.
  • The Mortal Kombat series has multiple Big Bad characters, and in the later games (especially Mortal Kombat: Armageddon) 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 The Emperor Shao Kahn, the God of Evil Shinnok, the preceeding and resurrected emperor Onaga, and (to a slightly lesser extent) the duo of The Starscream 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 Mortal Kombat 9.
  • God of War 3 has Zeus, Gaia, and Athena.
  • Archie and Maxie, the leaders of Team Aqua and Team Magma, in Pokémon Emerald, and any adaptations of the plot of the Advance games (In the Anime and Manga), even though in Ruby and Sapphire only one of them was the villain while the other helped the protagonist.
  • In Resident Evil Survivor, we have a janitor Driven to Madness by the zombie outbreak, the leader of a mercenary group sent to cover up the outbreak, and the Umbrella executive responsible for the whole mess.
  • Asura's Wrath had Lord Deus as the leader of the Demigods fighting the Gohma, while Asura is opposed to both of them. Then the true ending adds the Golden Spider/Chakravartin as the Greater Scope Villain.
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 looks to have Dark Falz as its Big Bad. 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, loses his shit.
  • Prototype has Greene and Randall being the big nasties of the Infected and the Military factions out to get each other.
  • Mass Effect 3 has this with Harbinger and the Illusive Man... initially. While The Illusive Man and Cerberus are a separate threat in their own right, and fight the Reapers occasionally, by the end The Illusive Man is ultimately nothing more than Harbinger's unwitting pawn.
  • StarCraft II has Arcturus Mengsk, Sarah Kerrigan, the Tal'darim Protoss, and Amon.
  • Sacrifice, the bad guys are Charnel, Pyro, Stratos, and Marduk.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine has Grimskull and Nemeroth.
  • Fallout: New Vegas only has one Big Bad 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.
  • Final Fantasy X has three major antagonists: Seymour Guado, Yu Yevon, and Sin, aka Jecht.
    • Though Jecht as Sin is merely an extension of Yu Yevon's will and is mostly just his Dragon-in-Chief by all accounts.
  • BioShock Infinite gives us Zachary Comstock and Daisy Fitzroy, though Fitzroy leaves the plot early and then the game focuses completely on Comstock.
  • Xenogears has Krelian, Ramsus, Miang, the Emperor, the Gazel Ministry, and Grahf.
  • 2nd Super Robot Wars Original Generation has the Garden of Baral, the Guests, the Gaia Sabers, and the Ruina.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey has antagonists representing all three alignments: The Three Wise Men (with Mastema as Dragon-in-Chief) for Law, Louisa Ferre and Mem Aleph for Chaos, and 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.
    • 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 varies depending on the game, though Lucifer is at least usually (but not always) the more honorable of the two.
    • In Nocturne, the Conception gods (and by proxy their human avatars), Kagutsuchi, and probably Lucifer more or less share Big Bad status.
    • In Shin Megami Tensei II, after the Archangels are taken care of, Satan and Lucifer take over as the driving force behind the plot, with YHVH as the Greater Scope Villain for the Law faction until the very end, where He becomes the sole Big Bad.
  • Hitman Absolution has Blake Dexter and Benjamin Travis, who both want Victoria for different reasons.
  • Grand Theft Auto V has Devin Weston and Steve Haines. Weston has a bigger influence over the story, but Haines is a bigger menace. Along with that, Wei Cheng and Stretch serve as personal menaces to Trevor and Franklin, respectively, and are dealt with in the Golden Ending.
  • Saints Row: The Third has Cyrus Temple and Killbane. With Killbane it's an It's Personal situation, being the head of the main rival gang and a Shadow Archetype of the Boss. With Temple, he's a threat to both the Siants and the Syndicite, as STAG has more powerful resources then either Saints or the Syndicite, making him a bigger threat.
  • 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.
  • Shadow the Hedgehog 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 Hero Antagonist group.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction has Reshef and Bandit Keith. While the former is the Big Bad of the whole story, the latter interrupts your battle against him by attacking you and Domino City with the Neo Ghouls.
  • Soul Calibur has Nightmare, the embodiment of Soul Edge, serving as the primary Big Bad of the series. However, in V he shares the role with Elysium, who is the Soul Calibur equivalent. Also, Tira joins in on the game as well, and Algol serves as the Greater Scope Villain to the story, according to the artbook anyway.
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 has Zobek/Death, Victor Belmont, Dracula's Castle and Satan.


    Web Originals 
  • In The Gamers Alliance, many major antagonists are working for different goals separate from one another during the Godslayer era:
  • In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, The Emperor, Lord Doom, Doctor Simian, Abyss, the Blood Red King, and Omega all present a threat to the whole world. They do this simultaneously, though they don't do it cooperatively.
  • The Whateley Universe has a ridiculous number of potential Big Bads. The most prominent is Hekate's Master, but there's also Lady Jettatura, The Palm, Necromancer, Dr. Emil Hammond, Dominus and whatever Bladedancer saw in her 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, Worm has three Big Bads, all of them supervillains bent on control over the city of Brockton Bay. First there's Kaiser of 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 Diabolical Mastermind 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 Bads, 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 Nebulous Evil Organization with the ability to create a Super Serum which it has leveraged to gain control over the majority of the most powerful heroes in the world, and whose ends remain unknown.
  • The commanding officers of the Army of Shadow in Rplegacy's Dark Clouds Gathering fantasy crossover RPG are comprised of various Big Bads and their Dragons from fiction, including Ganon, Morgoth, Absalom, and of course the Army's leader, the Phantom-lord Grogna.

    Western Animation