"The man pervades London, and no one has heard of him. That's what puts him on a pinnacle in the records of crime. I tell you, Watson, in all seriousness, that if I could beat that man, if I could free society of him, I should feel that my own career had reached its summit, and I should be prepared to turn to some more placid line in life. Between ourselves, the recent cases in which I have been of assistance to the royal family of Scandinavia, and to the French republic, have left me in such a position that I could continue to live in the quiet fashion which is most congenial to me, and to concentrate my attention upon my chemical researches. But I could not rest, Watson, I could not sit quiet in my chair, if I thought that such a man as Professor Moriarty were walking the streets of London unchallenged."
— Sherlock Holmes, "The Final Problem"
"I mean, I already 8eat a last 8oss! The 8lack king was the officially sanctioned last 8oss of our session, and I killed him. This is different. There's always someone stronger w8ing to 8e revealed. Jack showed up shortly after that, and he was MUCH stronger. Eventually the curtains get pulled 8ack, and you find out who was 8ehind every terri8le thing that happened all along. Someone who is invaria8ly stronger than all other adversaries 8y a wide margin. The supreme villain! To 8e honest, I was always kind of w8ing for that guy to show up, whoever he was. For the other shoe to drop, you know? There's always a 8ig 8ad 8ehind everything."
Mrs. Price: This is one of Johann Davis's earliest drawings. See the villain's eyes? They're larger than the other characters'. They - insinuate a slightly skewed perspective on how they see the world. Just off normal.
David Dunn: Doesn't look scary.
Mrs. Price: That's what I said to my son. But he says there's always two kinds; there's the soldier villain - who fights the hero with his hands; and then there's the real threat - the brilliant and evil archenemy - who fights the hero with his mind.
The blood of the demons quickened as their master rose over the battlefield. The blood of the angels also quickened: here was the chance to finally end the war started millennia ago.
Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
—"The Three Little Pigs (1933)," a Disney Silly Symphony
Basically he's Mr. Big Bad Himself.
Think of every fairy-tale villainess you've ever heard of. Think of those wicked witches, the evil queens, the mad enchantresses. Think of the alluring sirens, the hungry ogresses, the savage she-beasts. Think of them and remember that somewhere, sometime, they've all been real.
Mab gave them lessons.
—Harry Dresden, Small Favor
It was Voldemort, Harry thought, staring up at the canopy of his bed in the darkness, it all came back to Voldemort. He was the one who had torn those families apart, who had ruined all those lives.
"For years past I have continually been conscious of some power behind the malefactor, some deep organising power which forever stands in the way of the law, and throws its shield over the wrong-doer. Again and again in cases of the most varying sorts—forgery cases, robberies, murders—I have felt the presence of this force, and I have deduced its action in many of those undiscovered crimes in which I have not been personally consulted. For years I have endeavoured to break through the veil which shrouded it, and at last the time came when I seized my thread and followed it, until it led me, after a thousand cunning windings, to ex-Professor Moriarty of mathematical celebrity. He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organiser of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city."
—Sherlock Holmes, "The Final Problem"
Of ALL the villains, I had to bump into Shendu?
—Jackie, Jackie Chan Adventures
Hobgoblin: (in Crime Central) So, this is what it's all about. I didn't think this place existed! It was a legend, like El Dorado or Shangri-La. A pipe dream thought up by criminal lunatics to entertain the gullible. But it's true, isn't it? There really is one nerve center that controls most of the crime on this planet - and THIS is IT! Call off your men, Fisk.
Wilson Fisk: And why should I do that?
Hobgoblin: 'Cause you can do just about anything, Fisk. Or should I say - Kingpin?
"Who am I? I [Dramatic Pause] am the Napoleon of Wickness. The Most Naughty Man in the World! Master of Disguises (Sussex University). Arch Rascal, Prince of Mischief. You many know me as... [henchman plays Ominous Pipe Organ] Nasty Person!"
— The Goodies, "The Lost Island of Munga".